Ron Zimmerman Sr.
474 SW Prater Ave.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34953
272 Stone Hedge Row
Johnstown, OH 43031
PO Box 675
Barnegat Light, NJ
311 W. Oak Lane
Glenolden, PA 19036
241 Larchmont Ave.
Springfield, OH 45503
25850 Lake Shore Blvd.
Euclid, OH 44132-1107
From Our President: Another
reunion is in the books. Doug and Kathy Hauser did a real
good job putting the Mobile Reunion together. We all had a
great time! This was Doug’s seventh and final reunion. We
need volunteers to step up! Volunteer to host a reunion,
propose a site and bring information to the next annual
reunion in Nashville!
On a personal note, I had another CT scan after we got home
from the reunion. The results were promising. The doctor
told me I was still in remission, but we are going to watch
it for another three months and then repeat the CT scan.
At the General Business Meeting, no one volunteered to host
the 2015 Reunion. I suggested Tampa, Florida. There is
plenty to do there. They have a WWII Liberty Ship freighter
that still gets underway for day cruises. It was voted on
to have the reunion in Tampa with a focus on doing the
underway cruise. Since returning home, I have been in
contact with the SS American Victory about their day cruise
in the harbor. The results were not good: 1) They won’t
have their 2015 schedule until late 2014. This is too late
to get contracts in place for hotels, etc. 2) They have two
cruises a year, usually in March and November (before and
after Hurricane season). 3) they will schedule an
“exclusive” cruise, but the cost would be between $30K and
$40K. Based on our average attendance of 70 people, that
would be approximately $500 per person for just the cruise.
Sorry, shipmates! The day cruise is out of the picture
unless one of you hits the lottery for some really big $$$
and would to make a donation to the Association.
That’s all for now. See you in Nashville!
None to report.
No update yet.
A word from the Vice-President: First
of all, a big “thank
to Doug and Kathy for another wonderful reunion. I’m sorry
this will be your last. To say the least, my Air Force
buddy, Walt Dodson, had a great time! If you don’t believe
it, please go to Mobile Mystery Theater and look at the
photos of Walt with a voluptuous blond lying all over him!
I told Joy how much she was missed. She will be back next
year in Nashville.
Nothing new to report other than a reminder to send in your
membership dues and keep us updated with any new information
such as phone numbers, home and E-mail addresses.
I just squeezed this report in between two grandsons having
cross country meets, two granddaughters playing volleyball
in different locations, one granddaughter doing
cheerleading, and fortunately, the sixth grandchild isn’t
old enough to do anything! There! You have it - short and
Vice-President & Membership
big “thank you” goes out to Doug & Kathy Hauser for hosting
our reunion in Mobile. All who attended enjoyed the planned
events and the chance to renew friendships. I hope to see
more of you next year in Nashville!
Our membership needs to grow. With that fact in mind, please
consider our membership theme of
EACH ONE REACH ONE
and think of what you can do to help. If you know the
address, phone number or E-mail address of a shipmate,
please reach out and contact them or forward the information
to Jim Dunno or me, and we will contact them. If any of you
have any further ideas on how to increase membership, be
sure to let us know.
Please continue to keep our President, Ron, in your prayers.
It was good news that his recent doctor’s visit was very
In closing, I want to wish all of our shipmates and their
families a very Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a
Healthy and Happy New Year!
It’s a crisp fall evening here in the Bayonne of our
memories. I’m back here in Repair 3, thinking about the
events that took place just a month ago at our reunion in
Mobile. Doug and Kathy did another outstanding job! The
USS Great Sitkin has been gone for 40 years. By now, any of
us who sailed the seas in Navy ships have seen those ships
go to the breakers or at the very least, have seen them
languishing in backwater, rusting away in mothballs. This
happened to the Great Sitkin and yet for 21 years now; men
have gathered together in the name of a ship that wasn’t
glamorous like a cruiser, as mighty as a carrier or as
stealthy as a submarine. We bring our wives, girlfriends,
children, parents, etc. to the Sitkin reunions. Wives of
shipmates departed still join us. During the short time we
are together, we tell dusty, yet still vivid stories of
events that took place on this old gray ship.
We gather one final time on Saturday evening for our annual
banquet. We sit with our friends. Sometimes, we seek out
that new couple who came for the first time. We hope to
make them feel as welcome as we were made to feel the first
time we came to a Sitkin reunion.
Sunday, we hug and say good-bye, trusting that health and
good fortune will permit us to gather again next year.
Invariably, time will continue to gather us from this earth
to set us on our journey to our Final Reward. Such is
life. Without stealing thunder from our Chaplain, Mark
Rucker, I’d like to offer a passage from the Old Testament,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every
activity under the heavens; a time to plant and a time to
uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear
down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to
laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to
scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace
and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a
time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a
time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a
time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for
war and a time for peace.“
Be sure to check out the Ship’s Store. There are lots of
Great Sitkin gear, including a digital camo ball cap and a
very nice wind breaker.
Great news! We are working with Facebook. There are two Facebook
pages for the USS Great Sitkin. Many of us are already
regular visitors. Another great way to stay in touch!
Have a smooth cruise this fall. We’ll see you next spring.
The Chaplain’s Corner:
“Good Day to all of you!” I feel like I just finished
writing the spring article and now it’s time for our fall
Newsletter. Time just keeps marching on!
What a great time we had in Mobile this year! Twelve years
have gone by since we were there for the first reunion.
Doug and Kathy did another excellent job of hosting the
reunion. The Holiday Inn recently had a $12 million upgrade
and looked great. The staff made us all feel welcome. The
seafood was wonderful. I ate some of the best combo. As
the waitress said, “It is so good, it will make you slap
It was hard to come back home after a nice week of relaxing
to all the uncertainty in our country that we are facing. I
am tired of all the political posturing and bickering that’s
going on in Washington. The Issues that have affected all
the veterans are inexcusable for
politicians in Washington. They should be ashamed of
themselves. They have embarrassed our country.
In the book of Matthew 12:25, it says
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, every
kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and
every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:”
We need to pray for a leader that will unite our country.
It’s time to say “good-bye” for now. 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
Honor Roll Update:
Spouse Honor Roll:
None to report
Comments from the Editor: It
goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways: Doug and
know how to show us a good time! The weather was beautiful,
the activities were loads of fun and best of all, we were
all happy to see one another again. It’s wonderful to see
the camaraderie between everyone. We really have bonded
through the years.
For those of you who have
attended or haven’t recently attended one of our “bashes”
you are really missing a good time. Think about it! Mark
your calendars, save up your $$ and plan on joining us in
Nashville! I promise - you won’t regret it. Gene and Nora
McNeill are another fun-loving couple. I can hardly wait to
see what they have in store for us in 2014. I’ve already
made my Holiday Inn reservation!
2013 Mobile Reunion Report:
The reunion takes a long time to arrive, then it’s over for
the year. It was so good seeing Y’all! Thank you for
coming and making it such a great success. Without all of
you, there would be no reunion.
The reunion began on Wednesday with hot food and free drinks
for everyone on the 17th floor of the hotel. What a
beautiful view of Mobile at night! On Thursday evening, we
attended the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at the Mardi Gras
Museum. The show, along with audience participation, was
outstanding!. George Kaiser won the prize for figuring out
“who done it.” Our trip to Pensacola, Florida and the
Naval Air Museum was held on Friday. Mark Rucker did a
superb job speaking at the Memorial Service in the base
Chapel. His service brought tears to our eyes. The museum
was huge with so much to see. I heard people calling my
name, “Doug, Doug!” I never looked up, therefore, could not
find the culprits. Later, I found out it was the Perkos and
the Gallaghers. Saturday evening was our banquet and
Mardi Gras party! The Mardi Gras Museum players marched in
dressed in all their finery with masks and beads for
everyone. True to form, we all got out on the dance floor
and danced up a storm to Tony Bower’s Band. We had a lot of
fun! Our 2001 King and Queen, Don & Patti McClane, crowned
our new 2013 King and Queen, Alex & Joyce Paszly. They
were really surprised!
After hosting seven reunions, Kathy & I are now officially
retired. We need others to stand up and offer sites and
host future reunions. If no one stands up, there may not be
any more reunions and there goes our fun! Thank Y’all for
supporting us over the years and your appreciation for our
work in putting these reunions together.
Doug & Kathy Hauser
2013 Mobile Reunion Hosts