Ron Zimmerman Sr.
6710 57th St NE
Marysville, WA 98270
2137 Young Farm Pl.
Montgomery, AL 36106
2613 Dalgreen Court
Plano, TX 75075
311 W. Oak Lane
Glenolden, PA 19036
From our President:
Shipmates, where does the time go? Here it is March already and before
you know it will be time to start packing for the reunion trip.
Many of you have not been able to attend one before and we hope that
you, along with those who have, are able to attend this year. August 11,
2005 marks the 60th Commissioning Anniversary and holding the reunion in
the city where it was commissioned makes it special. Our Host and
Hostess have cooked up a great itinerary for us. Check out Doug’s column
for more details.
New Finds: Keith Wiese, BT3, '58; Stephen Grove, EM3, '67;
Charles Martin, CS3, '66; Kenneth Carlson, LT, '63; Robert Donahue, LT,
'64; Richard Hopkins, LT, '65; John Jacobs, LTjg, '64; Buddy Love, LTjg,
'64; Joseph McCarton, LTjg, '62, Chad Underkoffler, EN2, ‘67; John Igoe,
BM2, '67; Michael Chalpin, RM3, '66
Since Nov of 2000, a total of 159 shipmates have been "found". Most of
these Shipmates located themselves, by them finding the web site and
responding The number one response from them was: "WOW, I never knew
that the web site or the organization existed, please add me to the
found list"…… Other sources have been the reunions ads in various
veteran publications and shipmates telling us of others they have
located. Many have also become Active Members and sent in their annual
dues to help support the organization. The increase in found crew
members and the increase in Active Membership participation only
increases the strength of the organization and helps to support the
reason we exist…. to perpetuate the memory of the ship and her crews.
Honor Roll: Frank Hanover, SK2, '68; Edward Herder, SC1c, '45;
Michael Hoschek, SK3, '56; William Samios, CS3, '54; Irvan Piper, QM3,
'58; George Benuska, TE3, '54; Alex Koblinski, FN, '48
Web site update: We have received copies of the Ship's Deck Logs
for 1945 and 1946. I am working on getting the important stuff extracted
and then the logs scanned for the web site. I hope to have this
accomplished for the June update. Besides working on the logs, we have
added additional pictures to the 2003 & 2004 Reunions along with Crew
Pictures for all the groups and Cruise pictures to the 50's & 70's books
- 68 new pictures in all.
Nominations for Office: Nominations for Executive Board positions
are now open. All positions are up for election each year and officers
may be reelected. Only ACTIVE Members, whose Annual Dues are current,
are eligible to serve. All nominations for office must be received by
the Association's Secretary no later than 15 May 2005. All nominations
received by that date will be published in the June edition of the
newsletter. Nominations must be in writing and may be sent either by
postal service or by electronic mail. Nominees will be contacted by the
Secretary to insure their acceptance of the nomination and willingness
If you have any questions regarding nominations or serving as an
officer, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.
MOTBY still a homeport: Doug Wales, one of our shipmates from the
1962 crew, sent us a December 2003 Miami Herald newspaper article about
our old homeport becoming a seasonal home port for two of Royal
Caribbean Cruise Lines’ ships, the Nordic Express and Voyager of the
Surfing the net brought up more informa tion. On May 14, 2004 Royal
Caribbean Cruises Ltd officially opened the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in
Bayonne, NJ. According to the article, Cape Liberty Cruise Port is
located at the northeast corner of the former Bayonne Military Ocean
Terminal now renamed The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. ( does that
location sound familiar?)
It went on to say that Royal Caribbean will base two ships at the new
port from May through October 2004. One is named the Voyager of the Sea
as reported in the Miami Herald, the other is named Empress of the Seas
which offers alternating six-night and eight-night Bermuda itineraries.
If you are interested in reading more, try this web link.
Hmmmmm………. Wonder if we could get the city to build a new Tops Diner and
Spa Bar close to the base, er….. cruise port ….. would make a great
tourist attraction…… well, least it was popular with the sailors!
From The Desk of the Membership Chairman: Thanks to all of you
paid-up members. For all the rest, if you possibly can, please get your
dues in as soon as possible. In the past four years we have had
over 325 paid members at one time or another. For 2004 we had 234 paid
members. To date in 2005 we have only 157 paid members. I am hoping that
those of you who have not paid will sit down and write a check now.
Special note: Those Shipmates that were paid members in the past, please
catch up on your dues. We need your valued support and would like to
hear from you again.
I would like to thank all the members, without your support, our
association couldn’t survive.
USS Great Sitkin (AE-17)
Charleston, South Carolina
August 17, 18, 19, & 20th
Town and Country Inn
Call for reservations today: 843-571-1000 or 800-334-6660. Room rates are $82.00+ tax.
Mention the Great Sitkin Reunion. The rates are good for 3 days before
and after. Make reservations early. The cut off date is July 17.
As always, you may cancel your reservations if needed.
Wednesday, August 17: Registration Day. The hotel will
furnish snacks for one hour from 5:00 - 6:00 pm which will include a
fruit and cheese plate , Deviled Eggs, Assorted Egg Rolls, Mini Quiches
& fried Chicken Drummettes & ice tea & water and a cookie tray.
Thursday, August 18: Thursday morning and afternoon is free time.
Have fun, look around get reacquainted.
Thursday Evening: Three Hour Dinner and
Dancing Cruise aboard the Spirit Of Carolina. This is included in
the reunion package. Choose from four entrees
Salad: She Crab Soup with Sherry Spirit Salad with Baby Creek
Entrées (may vary, typical selections are):
Beef Tenderloin with a Savory Wine Sauce;
Fresh Filet of Salmon;
Roasted Breast of Chicken with Wild Rice Mushrooms, Red
Penne Rigatoni with Garlic , Tomatoes, Herb & Parmesan
Chef’s Choice of Potatoes, Rice, or Pasta, Fresh Vegetable, Rolls &
Pecan Pie with whipped cream topping.
Back to hotel around 10:15 pm
Friday, August 19:
Optional Tour Fort Moultrie & Boone Hall
Time 9:00 AM till 1:00PM cost is $31.00. Arrive Fort
Moultrie at 9:30 and see Original Palmetto Log Fort . It was started in
1776 and was finished in 1809.
Leave Fort Moultrie at about 10:30AM for Boone Hall Plantation We will
arrive around 11:00 am . The plantation was used in the filming of Gone
With The Wind and later in the filming the TV mini-series North & South.
We will get a tour of the mansion and grounds and return to the hotel
around 1:00 PM.
Business Meeting at 3:30
We will cover old business, business, election of officers and vote on
the reunion site for 2007.
Picnic By the Pool. Optional $13.00 each
Friday evening we will have an optional Picnic By the Pool.
Menu: Beef , Ham, & Turkey sliced with rolls and Potato Salad,
Pasta Salad. Coleslaw , iced tea& water Plus cookies and Brownies. All
food will be kept inside to keep it fresh.
Saturday, August 20:
Tour of Patriots Point & Fort Sumter: Board
buses around 10:00 AM for Patriots Point and Memorial Service and a tour
of the Carrier USS Yorktown. Tour the ship and have lunch in the CPO
Lunch Menu: Soup of the day, Roasted Chicken, Choice of two
Vegetable, Rolls and Butter, Iced Tea and Coffee.
Please visit the Destroyer Laffey, Coast Guard Cutter Ingham
& Submarine Clamgore. Board the Fort Sumter sightseeing boat and see
Fort Sumter located on the entrance of Charleston Harbor. This is where
the War between the States began. The Fort has an excellent museum with
priceless exhibits. Historians with the National Park Districts who will
We will be back at the hotel around 4:00 pm in time to get
ready for the Cocktail hour and the Banquet .
Annual Dinner Banquet: Cocktail hour 6:00 - 7:00
pm with a cash bar Mingle and get ready for a pleasant evening.
Our annual seated Dinner Banquet will be served at 7:00 pm.
Entrées will be Chicken Breast and London Broil with all the usual
Then around 8:00 pm the music starts for your listening and
dancing pleasure with Sugar & Marty. The band will wrap up at
Sunday, August 21:
Sunday farewell breakfast will be a little different this year.
Breakfast Buffet in the hotel restaurant, farewells in the hospitality
Tour of Charleston: Optional $22.00 each.
Leave the hotel around 10:00 am and return around 1:30. Late check
out is allowed if you go on the tour. Advance notice to the hotel
that you will be taking this tour is mandatory.
Hope to see you all in Charleston!
Doug & Cathy Hauser
2005 Reunion Host & Hostess
From the Fantail: The next newsletter will be the last
edition from your loving and loyal Secretary. I have had a lot of fun
and I want to thank you all for your loyal support and kind words. I
will resign the position of Secretary, as of the Annual Business
Meeting, this year in Charleston. I hope I have served you well. You
have surely given me more than I can ever repay. Please accept
these words as they are written. See Nominations for Office, on page
Of course, I pledge my absolute support to the association and my lucky
successor. Patti and I will see you in beautiful Charleston.
Planning to drive your RV to the reunion? Read this great advice
from Shipmate Jack Stoeffler.
We stayed at the Oak Plantation Campground which is about 4.5 miles
south of the T&C. It is a better than average campground and quiet, even
though it is just off the highway. It does not have phone or cable hook
ups on site, but they are available in the office. If any one is
interested, their phone number is 1-866-658-2500 (reservations) or
1-843-766-5936 (general info). Their web site is
www.oakplantationcampground.com. For that time of year they
recommend making reservations at least three weeks in advance.