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),
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,
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, email@example.com
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, Dlfrsf@aol.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Navy Postal Clerk Association
May 1–5, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact Alan Hass, 10 Timber LN., Mt Holly Springs, PA 17065, 717-226-1595, email@example.com
USCG Port Security Unit 303(b)
May 13–15, 2016, New York, New York. Contact Martin Maher, 917-337-4723, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, ray.Cornelius@ymail.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
USS Hollister (DD- 788)
Sept. 21–25, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida. Contact Casey or Chris Orr, 3132 Carlisle Circle, Marion, IA 52302, 319-431-1581, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
USS Kretchmer (DE/DER-329)
Sept. 14–18, 2016, Covington, Kentucky. Contact John Michael, 937-436-1245, email@example.com
USS Macon (CA- 132)
May 23–27, 2016, Macon, Georgia. Contact Ted Parker, 302-947-1923, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14, CG-47)
May 19–23, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact Lloyd Frank, 702-361-6660, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 15–19, 2016, Dayton, Ohio. Contact Gerald Tripp, 951-926-6047, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
All reunion notices must be submitted in writing. Members can post reunions online at www.fra.org, submitted via e-mail to VictoriaD@fra.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://hokveteranevent.eventbrite.com for information about the event. For information on applying for the “Ambassador for Peace Medal,” contact MSC (SS) John L. Owens, USN (Ret.) at email@example.com
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, Dharmonlpga1@aol.com or 386-235-8723.
All Looking For … notices must be submitted in writing. Members can submit requests via e-mail to Lauren@fra.org 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 NEDFRA@fra.org, with a copy to Teresa Wiener, FRA’s director of Administration, at ADMINFRA@fra.org
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-225-9147
NEWS FROM THE BRANCHES
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 20 Groton, ConnECTICUT
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.
BRANCH 269 Goose Creek, SOUTH CAROLINA
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.
BRANCH 5 Norfolk, VIRGINIA
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 FRAToday@fra.org 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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NEWS FROM THE AUXILIARY OF THE FRA
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 www.la-fra.org/about.html
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