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Alcorn, David, CEC, USN MAL

Allen, Glenn E, CPO, USN MAL

Ballard, Joel H, MSCM, USN 386

Bassett, Gerald D, HMCS, USN 089

Bellavance, Henry R, EM1, USN 344

Bence, Ron, CDR, USN 040

Bender, Robert J, AMHC(AC), USN 156

Bermudez, Jesus S, SKC, USN 084

Bertelson, Norris L, ADRC, USN 005

Brashear, Carl H, ATCS, USN 261

Breen, John R, PRCS, USN MAL

Brown, Joseph J, RMC, USN 004

Carl, Thomas A., CPL, USMC 162

Chaney, Clifford R, BM1, USN 089

Collier, John, HMCS, USN 117

Combs, Carrol H, HMCS, USN 018

Crane, Herman C, EMC, USN 172
Dallas, David F, YN3, USN 042

Damme, Richard W, CWO4, USN 024

Dean, Donald W, AECS, USN 001

Dittlinger, Yancey W, CWO1, USN 201

Durbin, Durwood R., CTCM, USN 024
Espanol, Alex J., MS1, USN 247
Franks, John E, HTC, USN 049
Gagnon, Albert M, OSC(SW), USN 046

Goodman, Cuthrel T, BTCS, USN MAL

Hamman, George N, OSC, USN 216
Hansen, Donald R, DK1, USN MAL

PRPNW, Hardin, Walter A, ATC, USN 310

Harper, James I, BMC, USN 117

Hartford, William T, BTCM, USN 046

Hennesy, Lawrence H, POC, USN 089

PRPNW, Hood, Frank R, FTCS(SS),
USN 046

Hornshaw, Jim F, BMC, USN 005

Hylton, Robert M, LT, USN 070
Jacoby, Norman V, CSC, USN 212

Jiminez, Prodencio, USN 247

Kazarosian, John, ADCS, USN 066

Keenan, Donald J, MMC, USN 216

Kennedy, John P, ADC, USN MAL
Lancaster, Harold S, SFC, USN 115

Langdon, Richard C, BUCS, USN 008

Lee, Terrance, PO2, USCG 115

Lipovsky, Lawrence G, YN1, USN 162

Livramento, Edwin L, YNC, USN 072

Lochmiller, Richard V, SH2, USN 097

McMullin, Eugene F, CWO, USN 192

McNicholas, Robert J, PNCS, USN MAL

Mikita, Joseph V, ADC, USN 022

Miller, George A, EQCM, USN 109

Moreno, Dominic V, PO1, USN 127

Moyers, John S, BTC, USN 040

Mullins, Jack D, AD1, USN 091

Mullins, Larry L, GMG1, USN MAL

Murray, Lynwood C, CAPT, USN MAL
Nettles, Roger L, FTGC, USN 256

Noe, Clinton J, BMCM, USN 175

O’Malley, George N., OSC, USN MAL

Ochoa, Jose Felipe, AKC, 046

Overton, John T., RM1, USN MAL
Pace, Roy M, TMC, USN MAL

Petterson, Richard M, 1STSGT,

USMC 175

Pfeiffer, Helen P, CS1, USN 115

Pollard, James L, RDC, USN 055
Ramey, Montreal J, CBM, USN 070

Rice, Ford W, MEC, USN 085

Samples, Gary L, RMCM, USN 269

Seidel, Donald F, ADR1, USN 060

Sinclair, Gary, PO1, USN MAL

Skelly, Romauld N, AQ1, USN 147

Stanek, Clyde, ADJC, USN 089

Stedham, Floyd L, SSGT, USMC MAL

Swann, Jack T, LTJG, USN MAL
Vavro, John G, SSGT, USMC 208

Vidacovich, William P, AC1, USN 162

White, Dale A, CTTCM, USN 024

White, William T, FCCM, USN 061

Yaniga, Martin, OSCS, USN 040

Names in red indicate 50 year continuous members. Names in bold indicate Past National Officers.

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National Association of Destroyer Veterans

Sept. 25–29, 2016, Branson, Missouri. Contact Terry Miller, Tin Can Sailors, P.O. Box 100, Somerset, MA 02726, 800-223-5535,

Naval Air Station Sanford (All Units and Squadrons, 1942-1968)

June 23–26, 2016, Sanford, Florida. Contact Cdr. Ralph Feeback, USN, (Ret.) at 205 Poinsetta Drive, Sanford, FL 32773-7329, 407-302-2252,

Naval Training Center Bainbridge Assoc.

Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2016, Aberdeen, Maryland. Contact Walter Alexander, P.O. Box 2444, Glen Allen, VA 23050-2444, 540-345-5826,

Navy Postal Clerk Association

May 1–5, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact Alan Hass, 10 Timber LN., Mt Holly Springs, PA 17065, 717-226-1595,

USCG Port Security Unit 303(b)

May 13–15, 2016, New York, New York. Contact Martin Maher, 917-337-4723,

USCGC Southwind (WAGB-280)

Sept. 15–18, 2016, San Antonio, Thexas. Contact Edward F. Clancy, 888 6th Street North, Jacksonville, FL 32250, 904-242-9070, clancyedward@

USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619)

Aug. 16–19, 2016, Reno, Nevada. Contact Jack (Doc) McAllister, 963 Harbor Town Dr., Venice, FL 34292, 941-493-7488,

USS Antietam (CV-36/CG-54)

Sept. 11–14, 2016, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Contact L. Ray Young, 411 Hill Drive, Galena, MO 65656, 316-680-0252,

USS Bexar (APA-237)/USS Pickaway (APA-222)

Sept. 13–16, 2016, Reno, Nevada. Contact Steve Malloy, 1542 10th St., Bremerton, WA 98337, 360-373-1093,

USS Conserver (ARS-39)

April 6–9, 2016, San Antonio, Texas. Contact Dale Hower, 10407 Santana Street, Santee, CA 92071, 619-449-4499,

USS Constant (MSO-427)

Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 2016, Charleston, South Carolina. Contact Ray Cornelius, 312 Anita Drive, Goose Creek, SC 29445, 843-697-3689,

USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836)

Sept. 4–7, 2016, San Diego, California. Contact Terry Miller, PO Box 1544, North Wales, PA 19454, 215-855-5895,

USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD-748)

Apr 27–May 1, 2016, San Diego, California. Contact Jim Kelly, 1225 N. Avenue 63, Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-445-9200,

USS Hollister (DD- 788)

Sept. 21–25, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida. Contact Casey or Chris Orr, 3132 Carlisle Circle, Marion, IA 52302, 319-431-1581,

USS Hornet (CV-8, CV, CVA, CVS-12) 68th Reunion

Sept. 13–18, 2016, Portland, Oregon. Contact Sandy Burket, Secretary, PO Box 108, Roaring Spring, PA 16673-9817, 814-224-5063,

USS King (DLG-10/DDG-41)

June 16–19, 2016, Herndon, Virginia. Contact John Fitzsimons, 410 Premore Avenue, Lanoka Harbor, N.J. 08734, 609-971-5498,

USS Kretchmer (DE/DER-329)

Sept. 14–18, 2016, Covington, Kentucky. Contact John Michael, 937-436-1245,

USS Macon (CA- 132)

May 23–27, 2016, Macon, Georgia. Contact Ted Parker, 302-947-1923,

USS Seawolf (SSN-575)

Oct. 9–12, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact Joe Jones, USS Seawolf 2016 Reunion, 11523 Fury Lane #111, El Cajon, CA 92019, 619-379-3100,

USS Takelma (ATF-113)

Sept. 15–18, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Mike Simmons, 6150 N 35 E, Howe, IN 46746, 260-499-0673,

USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14, CG-47)

May 19–23, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact Lloyd Frank, 702-361-6660,

VAH-21 Roadrunners

June 15–19, 2016, Dayton, Ohio. Contact Gerald Tripp, 951-926-6047,

VP-44 Reunion/2016 MPA Symposium

Apr. 12–15, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida. Contact Gene Toffolo, 1016 Egret Way, Lake Park, GA 31636-2759, 229-559-7959,

All reunion notices must be submitted in writing. Members can post reunions online at, submitted via e-mail to or in writing to FRA Reunions, 125 N. West St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Please include your FRA member number and a daytime phone number. Questions regarding reunion submissions should be directed to 1-800-FRA-1924, ext. 108.

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RM1 Don King

I served with King aboard USS Gallup (PG-85) at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, in 1968. Please contact OSC Bob Stockton, USN (Ret), with any leads at or toll free at 877-245-6420.

Great Lakes Boot Camp book or photo, U.S. Navy Company 577, from late 1965.

Mine were lost during hurricane Isabel in September 2003. Please contact ETCS(SS) Bill Brown, USN (Ret.), at or 149 Red Banks Road, Hertford, NC, 27944.

San Diego Korean War Veterans

Korean War veterans will be honored with “Ambassador for Peace Medals” on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Hall of Nations at Balboa Park, from noon to 3 p.m. House of Korea is sponsoring a presentation by the Korean Consulate General Los Angeles. Please visit for information about the event. For information on applying for the “Ambassador for Peace Medal,” contact MSC (SS) John L. Owens, USN (Ret.) at

USS Tattnall (DDG-19) Shipmates

I am looking for all shipmates who served aboard the USS Tattnall (DDG-19) between April 1963 and January 1990. Contact Dick Harmon at 1440 E. Minnesota Ave, Orange City, FL 32763-3012, or 386-235-8723.

All Looking For … notices must be submitted in writing. Members can submit requests via e-mail to or in writing to FRA Looking For, 125 N. West St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Questions regarding Looking For… submissions should be directed to 1-800-FRA-1924, ext. 126.

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Resolutions Deadline is June 14

Got a great idea for changing FRA’s Constitution and By-Laws? Want to nominate a fellow shipmate to serve as a national officer*? Want to honor a member of your community with honorary FRA membership?

Shipmates will consider these and other kinds of proposals during FRA’s 2016 National Convention in October, but only if they are submitted in proper resolution format** before June 14, 2016.

FRA branches, national committees and the national board of directors are invited to submit resolutions to FRA National Executive Director Tom Snee. Hard copies of the resolutions may be sent to NED Snee’s attention at FRA National Headquarters, 125 N. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Digital submissions should be sent to, with a copy to Teresa Wiener, FRA’s director of Administration, at

* Nominations will be accepted for National Executive Director, National President and National Vice President

** To ensure resolutions are submitted properly, please contact National Parliamentarian PNP Don Mucheck at or 843-225-9147


BRANCH 90 Clark County, NevADA

Shipmates (shown l to r, front) Gordon Hewson, Mark Melton, (middle) Betty Hewson, Joyce Elter, Gene Hall, Mike Mattingly, (back) Dannie Szyc, Richard Szyc and Steve Smith pose at the branch’s display at the Nellis AFB Retiree Day.


Branch and Unit members were on hand to present a check to PFC Sean Pesce, who will be the recipient of a custom-built home in the New Haven-West Haven, Conn. area through Home For Our Troops. These funds were raised through a haunted house charity event hosted by Branch 20 in late October. Shown (l to r) behind Sean are Branch President Billye Serabian; Mare Hassan (Sean’s girlfriend); Unit 20 member Lisa Holmes, the “architect” of the event; and Unit 20 Secretary Tamara Perry, who assisted Lisa in promoting the event.

BRANCH 226 Staten Island, NEW YORK

Shipmate Charlie Roberts poses with his grandson, Liam, and Branch President/PRPNE/NEng Jim Brown after being acknowledged for his 50 years of continuous service to the FRA.

BRANCH 136 Minneapolis, MinnESOTA

Shipmate Thomas Dooley (left) presents Shipmate Samuel Mongiat with a certificate and pin marking his 50 years of continuous FRA membership.


Shipmate Stacy Power receives his 60-year membership pin from Southeast Regional President Dave Davis.

BRANCH 276 Omaha, NebRASKA

Branch President Carl Burnham had the pleasure of recognizing Shipmate Roger Brooks as he marked his 50 years of continuous FRA membership.

BRANCH 101 Santa Clara, CalifORNIA

101 for 101! Shipmate Rena Estes has been an FRA member since 1970 and has volunteered countless hours to help veterans. She turned 101 years old on February 24, 2016, and still attends meetings and often helps out at the weekly branch bingo for veterans. Please join us in wishing Rena a great 101st birthday and many more!

BRANCH 57 South Jersey, NEW JERSEY

Branch Vice President Chester Hoffman (left) receives his 50-year membership pin from Branch President Eugene Fusco.


Shipmate Art Bartlett (left) accepts his 50-year membership certificate, pin and membership card from Branch President Ed Klavenski.

BRANCH 226 Staten Island, NEW YORK

Congratulations to Dr. Hooker for being named one of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Award Honorees at Teachers College, Columbia University! Shipmate Hooker was one of the original USCG SPARS and also celebrated her 101st birthday in February.

To submit a photo for News from the Branches, please e-mail a photo as an attachment in jpeg format to or mail a high-quality photograph to FRA Today, 125 N. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please include a brief description of the photograph and include the names of those pictured. Laser prints and scanned copies of photographs cannot be accepted.
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Aloha from the Northwest Region

It’s hard to believe that our association year is nearing the half-way point! I hope that your units and branches are having a successful year.

Here in the Northwest region, I have been fortunate to visit nearly all of my mainland units during the first two quarters alongside my husband, RPNW Julian “JJ” Wynn. We are so thankful for the hospitality afforded to us by our FRA family.

A common theme on our visits was succession planning. Many leaders expressed their concern about the pool of active members from which they can elect their successors. At the heart of the matter are two issues.

One is the number of members who are active in the organization. In some cases, units face the possibility of having to fold — not because they do not have enough members on the roster, but because not enough members attend meetings or participate in unit activities. The second is a lack of younger or new members being brought into the organization.

The solution is also twofold. First, we must make our organization relevant. We all like to be involved with missions that are meaningful to us. Selecting service projects that are important to those who are active duty or recently retired is key to garnering the involvement of their family members. Let’s not forget that for each shipmate who joins the branch, the auxiliary has the potential to recruit practically the whole family1 of that member. Often, we forget about the parents and grandparents of deployed sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel. I know quite a few and they are very proud and willing to do whatever they can to ensure that their sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters are well cared for and always feel appreciated.

One idea is to host a “Calling All Parents” project to prepare care packages for the troops for key holidays. Having an open event will accomplish several things:

1. It helps you identify potential new members — both for the auxiliary and the branch;

2. It gives you a relevant and meaningful mission for active duty families; and

3. It gives you visibility in the community.

Remember, these families live all over the country — not just in active duty communities, so it works everywhere! Involve the branch in your efforts, work out a plan to enroll the service members and you now have the whole family!

Engaging members in a relevant mission makes it much more likely that they will participate in your meetings. It might mean making some adjustments to the day and time to allow those who are still working to attend, but in the long run this will benefit everyone — including those officers and directors who are ready to pass the baton to the next generation.

1 See the web site for a full list of eligible members at

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