Secretary’s Corner -
Here we are just coming into Feb., with only a few weeks before The Reunion in San Diego, which now includes a fantastic Dependents’ Day Cruise aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) - what more could we have asked for!!!
By now, you will have received the "flyers" sent out recently by the Reunion Committee with the Plan of the Day" details, along with all sorts of ideas for places to visit and see during free time.
If you haven’t made up your mind to come, DO IT NOW before it’s too late. Join the 60 Shipmates, plus spouses friends and relatives, who have already said YES they’ll be there!
Thanks to the publicity our reunion has received in various publications, our Membership has been soaring – 330 at latest count, a number of whom will be in San Diego. Great!
Quite a bit of news about DD-932/DDG-32 has been traveling about the Internet in recent months – see details below.
And, as usual, we have some more Good (and Humorous) Thoughts for you to enjoy and reflect upon.
Again, THE BIG ITEM:
Get to San Diego if you can!!!
New Members –
19 shipmates have officially joined our Association since the last Newsletter – just wonderful news all around!
Roger Goupil ‘56-’57
"Gus" Gustafson ‘55-’57
Dave Sherman ‘56-’59
Bob Tavaglione ‘60-’64
Myron Winkelwoss ‘62-’65
Gene Artzer ‘67-’71
Kim Garthwaite Not avail.
Dave Green ‘67-’69
Gordon Karrer ‘71-’74
Larry Leonard ‘69-’74
Mike Lynch ‘73-’77
Dave Nash ‘66-’67
Luis Wright Not avail.
Don Shepherd Not avail.
WELCOME, WELCOME, WELCOME!
"We commit thee to the sea …."
We just learned that RADM Dick Berry, former OPS Off. of DD-932 (‘61-’63), died 7 Nov. 2000 from respiratory failure one day after knee surgery in Myrtle Beach, SC; and that his wife, Patty, had succumbed to cancer last 21 July. Both were inurned in Arlington National Cemetery.
Doug Anderson, son of CWO4 James C. Anderson, DD-230, emailed in a beautiful tribute to his father last Nov. telling of his father’s death 17 Dec. 1995. Although he served aboard numerous ships during his 30-year Navy career, "his fondest memories were those of the John Paul Jones; the gallantry, pride and fellowship of those with whom he shared his life."
It is understood that our beloved ship, DD-932/DDG-32 is now resting in Davy Jones’ Locker off the West Coast following a long-rumored SINKEX that apparently took place the end of January.
JPJ (DD-932/DDG-32) –
Kit Banner, naval historian and author, together with his photographer wife, Carolyn, were doing research last Nov. on the former fleet oiler, USS Ashtabula AO-51 when they noticed the USS John Paul Jones (DD-932/DDG-32) moored just aft of the oiler, awaiting a "tug of opportunity" for the SINKEX mentioned above.
As is their customer, they took pictures of the ship, sending them to shipmate John McKechnie, who put them on our website for all to see.
Those pictures will be on display in San Diego, and can be seen on our website at http://www.ussjohnpauljones.org.
Following are a few comments from shipmates who viewed the pictures on the website:
Pat Scollard (DD-932 - ‘60-’62):
"Thanks for sharing the comments and photos about the JPJ as she never was in our experience or memories. The first time I saw her was in Naples in 1959 on my way to my first ship, the USS Dashiell (DD-659). The JPJ was also in the harbor with holiday lights rigged, and she looked beautiful from shore. Only later did I learn engine problems had caused her Med tour to be cut short. When the Dashiell was decommissioned the following year, I was fortunate to be transferred to the JPJ, and I thought I had "gone to heaven". I loved so much about that ship".
Bill Cantrell (DDG-32 – 67-’69):
"As a plankowner of DDG-32, I want to thank you for the pictures of one of my favorite ships I served on during my naval career. It really brings a tear to my eye to see her in the final stages, but her replacement more than makes up for it. Thank God JPJ lives on. I’ll never forget the cutting-edge JPJ and the cutting-edge crew I was privileged to serve with.
Ralph Banta (DDG-32 – ‘70-’73):
"I’m sitting here at FRED with tears in both eyes after viewing those pics. Memories, memories and more memories. It hurts to see JPJ like that. But to ease the pain is the knowledge that there’s another USS John Paul Jones in our fleet to carry on the tradition and the name!"
NAVYLOG Press Release –
The non-profit U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation has asked that we publish the following as a Public Service Announcement:
Honoring WWII, Korean & Vietnam Veterans
Washington, D.C., December 7, 2000
"Did you serve? The United States Navy memorial Foundation in Washington, DC, has established the "Navy Log" in an effort to honor all naval veterans who have served our country. The Navy Log includes Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Mariners. The Navy Log has thus far collected the names, service information and photographs of over a quarter million service personnel. All enrollments form a part of America’s enduring naval heritage, a permanently-accessible video register available for reviewing by the public at the Naval Heritage Center next to the Navy memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue, midway between the White House and the Capitol, or on the Memorial’s Internet website, www.lonesailor.org.
Write, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Attn: Navy Log (Dept. R)
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-2608
or call 1-800-821-8892, ext. 730
Media Contact: David J. Michael, NCCM, USN (Ret.)
Director, Navy Log
Good (and Humorous) Thoughts –
Following quotes are rather amusing:
"What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere? ‘Hold my purse.’" (Sandra Bullock)
"My luge strategy? Lie flat, and don’t try to die!" (Carmen Boyle, 1996 Olympic Luge Gold Medal winner)
"My cousin just died – he was only 19. He got stung by a bee – the natural enemy of a tightrope walker." (Dan Rather, TV news anchorman)
"Honesty is key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you’re in." (Courtney Cox, TV actress)
A duck’s quack doesn’t echo – no one knows why.
Daniel Boone detested coonskin hats.
Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most stolen from Public Libraries.
315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
"I can please only one person per day. Today isn’t your day. Tomorrow doesn’t look good either."
S’WONDERFUL! S’MARVELOUS! MEMORY LANE!
Shipmate Dick Moore shares the following, received from a navy buddy on his first ship.
"If you’re old enough…take a stroll with us…close your eyes and go back…before the Internet.. before semi-automatics and crack, before SEGA or Super Nintendo…way back… I’m talkin’ bout hide-and-go-seek at dusk…sittin’ on the porch, Simon Says, Kick-the-Can, Red Light/Green Light. Lunch boxes with a thermos, chocolate milk, going home for lunch, penny candy from the store, hopscotch, butterscotch, skates with keys, Jacks, Mother May I? Hula Hoops and sunflower seeds, Whist and Old Maid, Crazy Eights, wax lips and mustaches, Mary Janes, saddle-shoes, and Coke bottles with the names of cities on the bottom, running through the lawn-sprinkler, bobby pins, Mickey Mouse Club, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Fran & Ollie…all in black-and-white.
Remember … when there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds and PF Flyers), and the only time you wore them at school was for "gym". When it took 5 minutes for the TV to warm up. When nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school. When a quarter was a decent allowance. When you’d reach into the gutter for a muddy penny. When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then. When all your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers did their hair every day and wore dresses and high heels.
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped without asking, all for free, and you didn’t pay for air. And you got trading stamps to boot! When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box. When any parent could discipline any kid, or use him to carry groceries; and, nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it. When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…. and did!
When a ’57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car, and no one ever asked where the car keys were ‘cause they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.
Remember playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules – back then, baseball wasn’t a psychological group learning experience, it was a game. Remember when stuff came without safety caps and hermetic seals ‘cause no one had yet tried to poison a stranger.
And….with all our progress…don’t you just wish…just once…you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace…and share it with the children of the 80’s and 90’s.
So, send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Howdy Doody, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Roy and Dale…as well as the sound of a reel-mower on Sat. morning, and summers filled with bike rides, playing in cowboy land…and eating Kool-Aid powder. When being sent to the Principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate awaiting a misbehaving student at home. Basically, we were in fear of our lives – not because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. – our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we all survived because their love was greater than the threat. Didn’t that feel good…just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that!"
Get me the hammock!"
Reunion Reminders –
( Make sure to send in your "Next of Kin" info if you take the cruise