From Our President: Where
to start…… It’s been one heck of a year! With the passing
of our Secretary, Jack Norton, we needed to have a shipmate
step up-to-the-plate to fill this position. Joe Savadge
volunteered and we WELCOME him aboard the Executive Board
team! Joe is a retired Senior Chief and has a lot of
experience in administration. I am very confident that he
will do an outstanding job for the Association.
It was also voted on to discontinue mailing newsletters
by Bulk Mail due to the increasing cost in the Initial
Application fee, the Annual Fee, Per piece Rate and the
requirement of HAVING to mail a min. of 4 times a year. It
was decided that we would only mail to shipmates whose dues
are CURRENT! If you are use to receiving a newsletter in
the mail and don’t, then it is probably because your dues
have lapsed. Our Dues Year is 1 Jan to 31 Dec. Your
expiration date is noted on the card you receive from our VP
and Membership Chairman.
You will notice that there are no “Ship’s Store” items
advertised in this edition — that is because, just a couple
of weeks prior to the Reunion, a neighboring business to
where we have our merchandise and ALL of our archive items
stored had a fire that also destroyed our storage area.
David Toothaker, EOD Team,
’72; Charles Peterson, EN3, ’56; Harold Adams, MM3, ’56;
Bruce Kiefer, MM2, ’67 and Kyle (Curry) Deppe, SN, ’66.
Welcome back aboard shipmates!
No up-dates except to the “Found Crew” and “Honor Roll”
pages. I have a lot of reunion pictures to get ready.
Hopefully they will be posted by Thanksgiving time, but no
A word from the Vice-President:
another reunion has come and gone! And my congratulations to
Doug and Kathy for another fine job! Kinda makes me wonder
how I’m supposed to follow that, but then all of us that
plan these things probably say that also.
It’s nice not having Ron send me an E-Mail reminding me to get my
article ready for the newsletter, so I thought. Now Joe is
reminding me! Ron has taught him well! Anyway it gives me
something to do until Joy gets home from work.
Now the subject of membership. With 2 months to go in 2010, we
have 178 paid members. On a high point, it seems that the
majority of you are caught up and are starting to pay your
dues for 2011; currently we have 79 paid for 2011. The next
item is — if you find a mistake in your dues, please let me
know and I will get it corrected.
Joy and I just got back from Chattanooga 2 weeks ago. We spent 3 more
days there doing all the things we didn’t get to do the last
time we were there and can tell you if you can’t find
anything to do in your free time something is wrong. We have
heard from past reunions that you would like to have more
time to visit with everybody, so this year I have freed up
more time to visit.
Friday morning will be open as well as Saturday morning. A list of
thing to do and how to get to them will be prepared. The
majority of things to do can be reached by the free shuttle
which is located next to the Hotel and, for those that want
to shop, the hotel shuttle will take you to the mall. Well
that ought to be enough until the next newsletter.
Vice-President & Membership Chairman
The Chaplain’s Corner:
Day” to all of you. I can’t believe its Nov.1 already. Where
did our summer go?
What a great reunion we had in Chicago this year. Seeing
friends we have not seen in a couple of years. “Dougy”, you
and your honey got it right again. Well Done Sailor!!
The trip to the training center was great. It brought back
some old memories from long ago when I looked that young. My
mother bought me a can of shaving cream when I left for Boot
Camp and I was still using it a year later. I will say that
we marched a lot better than the Boots graduating today.
They don’t spend much time learning to march, not like we
did. I was still very impressed. I know I left that building
feeling very proud that I was once down there marching with
all eyes on us as we marched by in review.
It was difficult hearing at the last minute the passing of
John Witford and George Mitchell’s wife Anna. We will miss
them so very much.
We sang a song yesterday in our worship service, “What a Friend We
Have in Jesus” and the second verse goes like this:
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
What a great consolation to
have someone we can share our problems with. Well it’s
time to say “See ya latter”.
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:
John Whitford, SK2, '70; Melvin Karnitz, CS2, '59;
Ralph Sagliocco, S1c, Plank Owner
Spouse Honor Roll:
Anna Mitchell, spouse of shipmate George Mitchell
Warm Greetings Shipmates!
First, I do apologize for the lateness of my first
newsletter. I am not that inclined to computer technology
and trying to balance out full time work and assistance from
my Nephew with his full time job I am finally getting to
drop this in the mail to you. I promise to do better with
I am able to keep our mailing list up to date with those
changes I receive. Also, since only paid up members will be
receiving the newsletter, I update our list with information
received from Jim.
I volunteered for this position of Secretary of our
Association because I believe in our mission and purpose –
to keep the memories of our Ship USS Great Sitkin (AE-17)
alive. I believe we have an excellent association and, being
retired after 26 years, this is the only association I am a
part of after serving in many Ships and duty stations.
A job well done to Doug & Kathy as this past year’s reunion
sponsors – what a fantastic time together! The highlight for
me was to return to RTC, Great Lakes for a graduation
ceremony and tour – so many memories thinking back to my own
graduation there 40 years ago! USS Great Sitkin was my first
assignment after boot camp. Another very special time was
the memorial service at the base chapel led by our chaplain,
Looking forward to our reunion in Chattanooga, TN in 2011—
hope you can be there! As I’ve commented before, if you
haven’t been to one of our reunions, you really should
attend (spouses too!). We are a family whether you served in
the early days of the ship all the way to those who were
part of the decommissioning crew.
I appreciate the wonderful example of those serving before me
and, with your help and understanding, I look forward to
serving as your Secretary of the USS Great Sitkin (AE-17)