Ron Zimmerman Sr.
474 SW Prater Ave.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34953
272 Stone Hedge Row
Johnstown, OH 43031
2386 SE Patio Circle
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
311 W. Oak Lane
Glenolden, PA 19036
From Our President:
By the time this reaches most of you, the cut-off date for
hotel registration and reunion registration will have
passed. Those of you who had not been able to attend prior
“cut-off” date due
to work or family commitments but are now able to, there is
IF you act as soon
as you get this. The reunion registration form is still
available on our web site but you will need to print it out,
complete the form and mail it to Jack along with your
I would highly recommend that you use 2 Day
mail to make sure we get it in time.
As for the hotel, once the
“cut-off” date is reached, they will provide rooms only on a
basis and it is up to them if they want to honor the
contract room price.
One new find to report this time, Albert
Flaton, BM2, ‘63
Mailings of our last newsletter were returned
as “Bad Address” for the following shipmates: Paul Dumais,
Garcie Roberts and O. Albert Henzl. If anyone out there has
contact with these shipmates, please let them know we need
Web Site: No
updates to report this time.
A word from the Vice-President: I
can’t believe it’s time to send you guy’s another article;
it seems like just yesterday Ron sent me an e-mail saying to
get my article in! Now that I think about it---it was
Anyway the last time I was doing flowers and going to ball
games, that’s all over with now so I can concentrate on
doing other fun things like cutting the grass, pulling
weeds, and watching my 3 tomato plants grow! Exciting isn’t
Well the exciting part of the summer so far is the birth of
my 5th grandchild, Camryn Elizabeth, born June 4 th , 6 lbs
14ozs, 19 ½ “.She has lots of black hair and being spoiled
rotten as this is being typed.
Ok enough of the fun stuff it’s time for a
little quiz! Don’t worry you won’t be graded and the answers
will be at the end of the article.
How many dues paying members are currently on the
How many members have paid their dues this
How many new members have we picked up this year?
Don’t feel bad if you don’t know the answers,
I had to look them up also! The answers are: 281, 136
Ok I’m going to keep this short and hope to see you all in Boston.
Vice-President & Membership Chairman
Shipmates! As I stated in the last newsletter we did
not receive any new nominations for the Executive office
positions, but nominations are still open and will be
accepted from the floor during the Annual Business Meeting
in Boston. Also, if you know that you are going to have a
mailing address change, please notify us.
This letter is being published a couple of weeks in
advance so that any of the shipmates that intended to go to
the reunion and forgot to register will have a chance to
still take care of it. Our Boston turnout is not as good as
we expected and we are not sure whether it is the times
(financial) or our northeast location So please shipmates
your support in attendance is needed. To our shipmates who
have registered we thank you.
So many of our shipmates are also in ill health, but I
think this is true for us who are now reaching the Golden
Years. This includes myself, as I am still trying to regain
my strength after four major cancer surgeries (the last two
within the span of seven months). Please stay healthy and
see you in Boston.
The Chaplain’s Corner:
Day to all of you”. Summer has arrived and I can’t believe
by the time you read this that July will be gone. The summer
is passing so fast and it’s almost time for our reunion. I
have found out that the older I get the slower I move but
the faster the days go by.
reminded of a scripture in
For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our
years as a tale
that is told.
The days of our years
threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength
fourscore years, yet
their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off,
and we fly away.
We are just passing through this old life down here but
it is a wonderful thought to think that when we must leave
that God has a place for us that that there will be no
clocks or calendars to look at because there will be no end
Well I hope you are planning to be in Boston in September. I’m sure we
will have another great reunion this year.
Let’s keep those families in our prayers that have lost
a loved one who sailed aboard the Great Sitkin. May the
Lord Bless and Keep You...
Honor Roll Update:
Paul Corazza, ENS, ‘50’s; Charles Hart, BM1, ‘54
Function: noun 1: the annual recurrence of a
date marking a notable event ; broadly : a date that follows
such an event by a specified period of time measured in
units other than years <the 6-month anniversary of the
accident>2: the celebration of an anniversary
Ever consider the word “anniversary?” This week, our
collective memory has been reminded of the fact that 40
years ago, Apollo 11 made it’s successful landing on the
surface of the moon. There has been lots of talk to the
effect of “Where were you when this happened?” I was a 19
year old kid, sitting in my living room, watching it on a
black & white Admiral TV set. But, as excited as I was about
that, I think I was even more excited about my own adventure
soon to begin. In less than 2 months, I was to report to the
Philadelphia Naval Base to start my USN active duty. That
big date was 13 September 1969. 40 years ago this September.
So, I started thinking of other, notable, 40th
August 15 to 18, 1969…
WOODSTOCK!! Ok, I wasn’t there, but I did listen to the
music played by many of the bands of the day that performed
The Boeing 747 first entered service in 1969;
Richard Nixon became President; Brett Favre, Catherine
Zeta-Jones, Rene Zellweger, and Jennifer Anniston were born;
our annual income was $8,550 a year and a gallon of gas was
Closer to home, this date, 21 July 1969, the Great
Sitkin was in the Med, in Augusta Bay, Sicily to be exact.
She would get home to Bayonne on 11 November.
23 November 1969 is another big 40th anniversary for
me. That was the day newly minted DCFN Kaiser started his
Great Sitkin service, asking EMCS Jim Kerfien if he could
come aboard his ship.
And as 2009 fades into 2010, many more Great Sitkin 40th
anniversaries will come up. Sewing DC3 on, the yards in
Brooklyn and Hoboken, GITMO…twice. But, I’ll save some of
those memories for next year. Back to this year. The E Board
has been granted the, uh, luxury of sending out a 4th
newsletter. That means one more shot at the crew to plead
the reunion in Boston. Now…I know for a fact that a whole
lot of my R Division buddies live right there, or close
enough to hear us having a good time. And I can promise
anyone reading this that a Great Sitkin reunion is a good
time. Try it once, you’ll see.
And, finally, lots of good things are still available
for sale from my boxes of stash back here in Repair 3, so
stop by and have a look. Starboard side, aft of the gun tub,
1 deck down. If the WTD is closed, knock once, then enter.
2009 Reunion update:
Well here it
is almost time for our September 9 - 13 Reunion. We had
hoped for more of the Boston and Northeast shipmates to
attend this reunion. This is it guys, we will not have
another reunion in this location for a long time. This
newsletter is being sent out a couple of weeks early in
hopes that if you did forget to mail your registration or
reserve your hotel room, that you would still have time to
do so. August 9th is the cutoff date for rooms at the
Sheraton for the low group rate. Our starting date is just
two days after the Labor day weekend and the hotel is
honoring our rate for 3 days before and after, that is
Sunday 9/6 to Tuesday 9/15. So, make your reservation now
at 781-848-0600, Sales #3 and if necessary it can be
cancelled 72 hours before your reservation date.
All the plans for all of the functions are complete and
the only thing not finalized is the number of people
attending. If you have not attended one of our reunions let
me tell you that it starts with a welcome reception in our
large hospitality room with a wine and cheese party on
Wednesday evening. On Thursday we will go to Boston on
trolley busses, our plan is to have our memorial service
aboard the USS Constitution and then visit many historic
sites. Friday we travel to Battleship Cove in Fall River,
which is located in southeastern Mass. on scenic Mt.
Hope Bay. It has the largest collection of historic naval
ships. After our trip we head back to the Sheraton for a
picnic. An optional trip is set for Saturday morning to
the Kennedy Library with a drive by the Quincy shipyard,
USS Salem and going to the John Adams Estate. At 3 PM we
will have our annual business meeting and that evening our
fantastic dinner banquet, with a band for your listening and
dancing pleasure until midnight. Sunday morning is our
farewell breakfast. All of this is with old friends and
shipmates you may not have seen for years or ones that you
have just met. No matter what our age we all have one thing
in common - we served aboard the USS Great Sitkin!
Remember shipmates if you were planning to attend a
reunion now is the time. None of us are getting any younger
and as I said in my Secretary's report so many of the
shipmates are now having health problems. For many of our
shipmates this reunion is just a short drive away, so
consider joining us in Boston. We are looking forward to
welcoming you to our fantastic group.
Jack & Pat Norton