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:
Only a little over 4 months until it will be time for our
Annual Reunion. In this edition you will find the itinerary
and 2009 Reunion Registration form. Please get yours in the
mail to Jack and Pat as soon as you can. Also I would
suggest that you not procrastinate and make your hotel
reservations early as well. While the hotel will try to
accommodate everyone, they can not guarantee rooms beyond
what we have blocked as it gets closer to August. At this
we fill our blocked rooms early, we can get more. IF
you have already made hotel reservations,
please e-mail me and let me know. If you could include your
confirmation number, that would be great as it helps us
track room counts. Thanks!
James Connallon Jr., MM2, ‘60 and Ronald
Doctorman, PN3, ‘63. Welcome back aboard shipmate.
Mailings of our last newsletter were returned
as “Bad Address” for the following shipmates: Mark Battel
and John Evers ( the ‘47 crew Evers). If anyone knows where
these shipmates are, please let us know.
Have a couple of new pictures of shipmates
added this update - 1 from the ‘40s; 2 from the 60’s and 1
from the ‘70s. Also a couple of new pictures from the ‘68
WestPac cruise. I am also still working on converting a
bunch of slides that John Whitford provided of the cruises
in ‘71 and ‘72. There will also be some shipmate pictures
that will come from that treasure trove as soon as he can ID
them for me.
A word from the Vice-President: It’s
that time again and here I sit wondering what kind of stuff
I am going to write about in this edition of the newsletter.
I could go on and tell you that the membership now stands at
130 paid members, which is up from the 107 we had at the
time of the last newsletter. I can even mention that all of
you guys who have paid your dues and those of you who are
going to send them in soon, that your support is greatly
appreciated! But I’m not going to do that. Oops! Sorry seems
like I just did!
The next item on the agenda is membership pins for consecutive years in
a row for paying Dues. (How did I get back on this subject?)
After having George, Ron, and even Doug Hauser fumble
through their past records we found out where we had ordered
the pins from in the past which was back in 2004 and I have
the new pins on order. In conclusion all you Gents who have
10 and 15 year pins coming will get them a few days after I
Third item to bring up is, if all of you would fill out
the membership forms completely it would help to keep track
of you. Any change of address, phone and e-mail address help
us to send out your newsletters and every now and then an
All- Hands Email. I will send this info to Ron/ Jack as I
get it. Yes Doug even if you have 2- email addresses I will
Well seems I must end this here and decide which
direction I need to run in. Spring has sprung, the flower
beds need attended to and the grandkids have started Soccer;
and of course they are all going in different directions!
This wraps things up until the next issue when it will be
about time for the reunion.
Vice-President & Membership Chairman
Hello Shipmates! Well, we
did not receive any new nominations for the Executive office
positions. So there will be no names published with this
newsletter. However, nominations will still be opened until
we have our business meeting at our reunion in September.
The rules that pertain to nomination will still be adhered
From the last newsletter we only received back about
eight with incorrect addresses. We have to pay a penalty
for these returns, so if your address is changing before our
next mailing in August please let us know your correct
address. Thanks to the shipmates who have called us or sent
e-mails about address changes it is appreciated.
The Chaplain’s Corner:
Day to all of you”. Spring has finally arrived. This is a
beautiful time of the year. The birds are returning to their
summer homes bringing with them their songs. The flowers are
starting to bloom with all their splendid colors. Trees are
starting to green up. It’s so wonderful to see new Life
emerging all around us after a long cold winter. And of
course we think about Easter and the new life and hope we
have in God’s son. What a wonderful gift he has given us.
I want to share something I read the other day about
“John is the kind of guy you love to hate.
He is always in a good mood and always has something
positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was
doing, he would reply, If, I were any better, I would be
twins! He was a natural motivator. If an employee was
having a bad day, John was there, telling the employee how
to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this
style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked
him, I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of
the time. How do you do it?” He replied, each morning I
wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You
can choose to be in a good mood or...you can choose to be in
a bad mood, I choose to be in a good mood. Each time
something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I
can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to
accept their complaining or...I can point out the positive
side of life. I choose the positive side of life. Yeah,
right, it's not that easy, I protested. Yes, it is, he said.
Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk,
every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to
situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You
choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line:
It's your choice how you live your life.”
When you choose to have good attitude and
be in a good mode it will not only make you feel better but
also those around will be affected. Try it. The only thing
you have to lose is a bad attitude.
Honor Roll Update:
Lets 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.
Robert Pritchard, BM1,
‘57; Nolan Saalman, S1c, Plank Owner and
Sigmund Racki, BM3, ‘52.
Honor Roll Update:
2009 Reunion update:
thanks to Ron for staying on top of the Reunion. I had more
surgery in March (which was not planned) but I am really
doing good now and trying to help Ron as much as I can.
With having to miss Cincinnati last year, we are
looking forward to seeing all the friends we have made at
the past reunions.
For those of you in the North East who have
been waiting for it to come back to your area, here is your
We are counting on your support and future membership.
The Reunion is completely under contract and firm. This
Reunion promises to be a fantastic time and hopefully a
pleasant and memorable experience.
the Wine and Cheese opening cocktail party and meeting old
friends to our tour in Boston in trolleys and all the
different sights including our Memorial Service on the USS
Constitution and the rest of our Boston visit; to our trip
to Fall River and the Battleship Massachusetts and other
ships; to the Concrete Beach Picnic at the hotel; to
Saturday’s optional tour of the Kennedy Library and some
side attractions; to the annual Dinner Banquet (dinner and
dancing) and finally to our Farewell Breakfast on Sunday
morning it will be fun and a great chance to visit with old
( and new) friends.
we are going to try this year is a DVD of pictures from the
Ron can make it work. There will be pictures from
the past Reunions, pictures of shipmates, the ship, ships we
rearmed and of course places we visited.
we will need the assistance from someone who will be driving
to the Reunion (arriving on Wednesday) and has a TV & DVD
player they can loan the use of. We will be using it in the
Hospitality Room and it will be playing anytime we are
gathered there. If you are interested in helping, give me a
The long awaited Reunion Registration form is
in this newsletter. Don’t set it aside, take it out, fill
it in and mail it to us today!
Once again, please Northeastern Shipmates (and anyone else
who has never attended), whether you are an Active Member or
not, join us and your shipmates and help support this
Reunion. We know that once you attend one of our reunions
you will keep coming back and will stay active in the
Jack & Pat Norton
Well shipmates, here we
are, time for another newsletter. As President Ron is at me
again to come up with something from Repair 3, I will again
attempt to convey some musings of an old Sailor. Wow, that
sounds tough, doesn’t it? Well you try coming up with a
story line that hasn’t been told 10 times already. Please!
With all of the Somalia pirates in the news these days,
has anyone thought back to the “repel boarders” drill we
used to conduct on the Great Sitkin? Maybe some of our US
flagged ships need a little of that these days. All kidding
aside, a big USN “Bravo Zulu” has to go out to our SEALS
that took those 3 pirates out of the gene pool and saved the
captain of the Maresk Alabama. Pretty cool stuff.
I should remark, again, about how impressive it is seeing
all the support we get from our dues paying shipmates. It
just amazes me, even in the current economic climate, that
you guys continue to support the organization. The few other
Navy group’s I have contact with are continuously amazed at
what we do, especially having been a service squadron ship.
There are major warships that don’t even come close to the
fraternity we keep alive here. Keep it up!
Speaking of memorabilia, you all should be making some of
your own to pass down to your kids and grandkids. With the
ability to “acquire” your own from the Great Sitkin being
long gone, the next best way is to buy some repro items from
our Ships Store. Mugs, pins, hats, shirts, patches, port
holes, 2 anchors, the LP turbine, all of it is sitting in my
garage, waiting for someone to give them a good home. Well,
ok maybe a few things in that list are a stretch, but why
not send me an email to see what I do have?
And that’s it for this edition from Repair 3. One more
edition before our reunion in Boston. Oh, speaking of
Boston, are your reservations in yet? This trip promises to
be one for the record books, and we might even see a few
Shipmate looking for help:
was injured while onboard the Sitkin and was operated on at
St. Albans Naval Hospital in late 1966 after our return. I
need some help from shipmates who were aboard during the
time the incident occurred. We were underway and had
pre-staged ammo on deck for an early morning re-arming. The
ship took a bad roll and all the bombs, ammo and fork trucks
were flying all over the place. I tried to stop the
batteries in the fork trucks from starting a fire and also
tried to stop some of the bombs from rolling. If anyone out
there remembers that night it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks! EM2 Mickey Doyle, '65 - '67.
(Editor's note: If anyone can help our
shipmate, please contact me. I'll pass the information
and/or your contact information along to Mickey).
$250 Recovery Payments to Go to Social
Security and SSI Beneficiaries in May
March 26, 2009)
(Editor's note: The article below was copied
in entirety from the government website www.recovery.gov,
and is provided here strictly as a source of information.
Any questions you may have about your entitlement should be
directed to the appropriate government agency).
Vice President Joe Biden and Michael J. Astrue,
Commissioner of Social Security, announced today that the
federal government will send out $250 economic recovery
payments to people who receive Social Security and
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits beginning in
early May 2009 and continuing throughout the month. Payments
will inject more than $13 Billion into Economy.
"The Social Security Administration and Commissioner
Astrue have been working closely with other federal agencies
to get these payments out the door in record time and into
the hands of folks who need it most," said Vice President
Biden. "These are checks that will make a big difference in
the lives of older Americans and people with disabilities -
many of whom have been hit especially hard by the economic
crisis that has swept across the country."
"We have been working diligently to issue the $250
one-time recovery payments as soon as possible,"
Commissioner Astrue said. "The legislation requires
extensive coordination with other federal agencies and I'm
pleased we are on track to issue these recovery payments
earlier than the statute requires. Soon more than $13
billion will be in the hands of more than 50 million
The American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 provides for a one-time payment of $250 to adult
Social Security beneficiaries, and to SSI recipients, except
those receiving Medicaid in care facilities. To receive the
payment the individual must be eligible for Social Security
or SSI during the months of November 2008, December 2008 or
The legislation also provides for a one-time
payment to Veterans Affairs (VA) and Railroad Retirement
Board (RRB) beneficiaries.
The VA and RRB will be responsible for paying
individuals under their respective programs. However, if
someone receives Social Security and SSI, VA or RRB
benefits, he or she will receive only one $250 payment.
People getting Social Security or SSI should
not contact the agency unless a payment is not received by
June 4, 2009.
For more detailed information about the
$250 one-time recovery payments, go to:
(Editor's note: It is our understanding that
if you are entitled to the VA payment and
entitled to a payment under Social Security, then those
funds will show up in your June 2009 VA check. You do not
have to file for the payment.)
Support the Troops:
I received the following e-mail from shipmate
Tom Dever, SA, ‘56…
Sorry, I have not contacted you sooner. My oldest son
Thomas is in the Marine Corp. and has been for 18 years. He
is now a Warrant Officer 2 . He has been to Iraq a few
times. The last time he came back on the USS BONHOMME
RICHARD [LHD 6], in 2007, I was invited along with many
others to join the ship in Hawaii and participate in a
Tiger Cruise. We were on board the ship for 9 days,
traveling from Pearl Harbor to San Diego [the Marines and
their guests left the ship at Camp Pendleton by landing
craft]. While on board we participated in quite a bit of
the life of the ship and had many opportunities to
experience new and exciting things to do and see. It was
quite an experience.