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Latest Additions to the Web Site, as of: 5/16/2018

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May 16, 2018

TAPS

John Cassidy, Civilian, Boilerman, 66 - 77.

Please keep John and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Drew Ranier, LTJG, 11/69 - 12/72, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

2019 REUNION IN DERRY - ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATES AND HEADQUARTERS HOTEL

All Hands,

Your USNAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association is pleased to announce the official dates of our "2019 Reunion in Derry" -- July 29, 2019 through and including August 2, 2019.

The City Hotel, Queen's Quay, Derry, Northern Ireland, has once again been selected as our Headquarters Hotel.

Our fun-filled week will commence with our Opening Night Cocktail Party with Buffet being held on the evening of Monday July 29th, continue with our Grand Gala Cocktail Party with Buffet on the evening of Wednesday July 31st, and end with our Closing Night Dinner Dance being held on the evening of Friday, August 2nd, 2019.

Additionally, on one day during the reunion period we will be scheduling a Dedication Ceremony for our old Base Flag Pole and Memorial Monument on the campus of the new Foyle College which is now located on the grounds of our former Clooney Base. During the ceremony we plan on raising the actual US Flag that last flew on the flag pole the day our old base was officially closed in 1977. The Commanding Officer at the time of closing, Captain Tom McKeown, has undertaken the task of delivering that historic flag for the ceremony. What a thrill it will be to see that actual flag fly once again! We are in the process of planning a Grand ceremony, one that you will not want to miss! The date, time, and other particulars of this Ceremony will be announced once we complete our negotiations with Foyle College.

More information on hotel room rates, event pricing, and the Flag Pole and Memorial Dedication Ceremony will follow in the near future.

You now have the dates, so please mark them on your calendar!

Questions? Please contact a Reunion Committee Member:

Via e-mail (click on name) to either Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Warm Regards,

Dennis Kolodziej and Jim Sullivan - USNLAA Reunion Committee

 

May 5, 2018

NEW MEMBER

Drew Ranier, LTJG, 11/69 - 12/72

Welcome aboard!

 

SEARCHING FOR

Anyone that was stationed with or knew Chico Guadalupe, rating unknown, who was TAD sometime between 1964 - 1967. Any information would be appreciated. Please contact MS BRUCE (e-mail address and contact information is posted on the "Searching For" web page).

While visiting this page, kindly take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

April 18, 2018

TAPS

Joe 'Blackie' Black USN(Ret), RM, 6/63 - 12/64, passed away April 18, 2018.

Anna Sweeney, former wife of the late Lamont 'Goofy' Leon, RM, 66 - 70, passed away March 17, 2018.

Please keep Joe, Anna, and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

NEW MEMBER

Steve Fadarishan, ET, 8/76 - 9/77

Welcome aboard!

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Dennis A. Fitting, RM, 11/71 - 6/73, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

FORMER CLOONEY BASE FLAGPOLE AND MEMORIAL MARKER PROJECT

GOOD NEWS !!!

'Our' flagpole has been refurbished and re-erected. Photos of the installation process are posted on the Base History web page.

A BIG Bravo Zulu to all those that have generously given to help make this project a reality.

 

March 1, 2018

TAPS

Hugh McNutt, Civilian, Cook, passed away January 23, 2018.

Please keep Hugh and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

February 25, 2018

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Leonard Pfau USN (Ret), ET, 6/74 - 12/75, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

THE 500 CLUB

Rod Knapp, ET, 9/69 - 4/71, has renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2018.

"Bravo Zulu" to Rod!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

FORMER CLOONEY BASE FLAGPOLE AND MEMORIAL MARKER PROJECT

A list of the Project Contributors now follows the memorial marker closing narrative. A BIG Bravo Zulu to all those that have generously given to help make this project a reality.

The Contributor List is available for viewing on the "Base History" web page.

 

February 4, 2018

NEW MEMBER

Ronald F. Lamarche "The Wee One", RM, 8/61 - 9/64

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

John McNamara, RM, 74 - 77.

Please keep John and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

FORMER CLOONEY BASE FLAGPOLE AND MEMORIAL MARKER PROJECT

The proposed marker design is available for viewing on the "Base History" web page.

 

January 13, 2018

TAPS

Donald 'Duke' Karsten, RM, 7/62 - 9/64, passed away in 2014.

Mary J. Karsten, wife of the late Donald 'Duke' Karsten, RM, 7/62 - 9/64, passed away in 2014.

Please keep Donald, Mary, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

ANNUAL DUES

The Members List has been reset to indicate those who are current on voluntary Annual Dues for 2018.

If you believe that your dues are up to date -or- you have paid Lifetime Dues and are not properly noted in the Members List, please contact the Webmaster.

In the left margin click on "Members List" to go to the web page to check this.

 

January 2, 2018

TAPS

James 'Jim' Logan, Civilian, 9/61 - 9/77, passed away January 1, 2018 in Derry.

Please keep Jim and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

November 1, 2017

NEW MEMBER

Rod Knapp, ET, 9/69 - 4/71

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Jack V. Bridges, CT1, 1946 - 1949, passed away on September 18, 2017.

Please keep Jack and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Rod Knapp, ET, 9/69 - 4/71 has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

SEARCHING FOR

Anyone that was stationed with or knew Ferguson Marshall Duckett, rating unknown, early 1944. Any information would be appreciated. Please contact Jade Gabriel (e-mail address is posted on the "Searching For" web page).

While visiting this page, kindly take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

2017 REUNION PHOTOS SHARED ON FACEBOOK

To date, over 100 photos taken by attendees of the 2017 Las Vegas Reunion have been shared on our Facebook page. 

As you may be aware, "NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association" maintains a Facebook page. Activated over five years ago and currently at a strength of 308 members, consider it an extension of our website. Latest news, events, and photos are shared there. The site is maintained as a closed group, therefore admin approval is required in order to view it. Anyone that expresses an interest in the Association is welcomed to join our Facebook page.

We'll be looking forward to seeing you there!

 

THE 500 CLUB

Rod Knapp, ET, 9/69 - 4/71, has made a commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2017.

"Bravo Zulu" to Rod!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

October 4, 2017

"LONDONDERRY FAREWELL"

Association member CAPT Thomas J. McKeown USN, CO, 76 - 77, and John Fraim (Contributor) authored a book about the mission of closing our base in Derry. The book, titled "Londonderry Farewell: An Untold Story", is available on Amazon. Below are two links to a Derry Journal feature article regarding CAPT McKeown's publication.

Derry Journal Feature - 29 Sept 2017 pg.24 'This is a dangerous mission: it has to be kept top secret'

Derry Journal Feature - 29 Sept 2017 pg.25 'This is a dangerous mission: it has to be kept top secret'

For further information on how to obtain a copy of the book, in the left margin click on "Favorite Links", then follow down to the respective yellow highlighted item.

 

August 4, 2017

TAPS

Joel Houston Jones, SDC, 42 - 45, passed away on March 8, 1968 at age 47.

John F. McEvoy USN(Ret), RM1, 11/59 - 4/63, 72 - 74, passed away on August 1, 2017 in Derry.

Please keep Joel and John and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

July 18, 2017

SEARCHING FOR

Trying to locate Daniel J. O'Neill, RM, early 70's, from Bronx NY. Any contact information or leads would be appreciated. Please contact Wayne 'STRETCH' Rousseau (his e-mail address is posted on the "Searching For" web page).

While visiting this page, kindly take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

July 16, 2017

TAPS

James M. Lloyd, RM1, Aug 69 - Apr 71, passed away on September 10, 2013.

Please keep James and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

SEARCHING FOR

Anyone that was stationed with or knew James M. Lloyd, RM3, Aug 69 - Apr 71. Any information would be appreciated. Please contact his daughter Carrie Lloyd (her e-mail address is posted on the "Searching For" web page).

While visiting this page, kindly take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

July 12, 2017

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Announcement from John Shanahan, Commander - American Legion Post IR - 01:

I am pleased to announce that, with special thanks to Mrs. Juliette Batchelor of Derry, we have agreed details of a Memorial Service to remember our deceased comrade and her late husband, Howard Batchelor, who reported to Post Everlasting in July of last year. Please mark your calendars for Sunday afternoon, 16 July 2017 at 3:00 PM for a gathering of American Legion members and friends at the Beech Hill Lodge in Derry, where we will recognize and honour Howard's membership in the Legion and his service to the United States Navy. It will be our honour to present to Mrs. Juliette Batchelor, Howard's widow, the flag of the United States and a memorial certificate honouring his service to the Nation.

 

June 25, 2017

NEW MEMBER

Gary L. Blasingame, RM, 5/72 - 11/74

Welcome aboard!

 

THE 500 CLUB

Ronald Spadafora, RM, 59 - 60, has renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2017.

"Bravo Zulu" to Ron!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

NEW LINK

Association member CAPT Thomas J. McKeown USN, CO, 76 - 77, and John Fraim (Contributor) authored a book about the mission of closing our base in Derry. The book, titled "Londonderry Farewell: An Untold Story", is available on Amazon.

To view this and for further information on how to obtain a copy, in the left margin click on "Favorite Links", then follow down to the respective yellow highlighted item.

 

May 17, 2017

2017 REUNION - UPDATE

As detailed in an e-mail recently sent to the membership, registration deadline has been modified from June 12th to an earlier date of June 1st.

Both the Information Form and Registration Form have been posted on the Reunion web page in both .pdf and MS Word formats for your convenience.

In addition, headquarters hotel room reservation information is also posted on the Reunion web page.

Therefore, if you have plans to attend, kindly make both your room reservations at the headquarters hotel and send in your reunion registration form now.

 

May 11, 2017

TAPS

Raymond E. Ward USN(Ret), Capt., 12/57 - 5/60 and 9/67 - 4/70, passed away on May 10, 2017.

Please keep Raymond and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Dennis Hegdahl, ET, 12/72 - 2/74 has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

2017 REUNION - UPDATE

Both the Information Form and Registration Form have been posted on the Reunion web page in both .pdf and MS Word formats for your convenience.

In addition, headquarters hotel room reservation information is also posted on the Reunion web page.

IMPORTANT - The deadline is approaching!

If you have plans to attend, kindly make both your room reservations at the headquarters hotel and send in your reunion registration form now.

 

USNCS LONDONDERRY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2016

The following students from the North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry, were recognized in March as selectees for the USNCS Londonderry Alumni Association Scholarship for 2016.

Sharon Lavery - BTEC Level 3 DIP ENGINEERING - Strand Road Campus

Gary McBay - BTEC Level 3 DIP IT - Strand Road Campus

Karen Thompson - BTEC Level 3 EXT DIP ENGINEERING – Limavady Campus, Greystone

Cathoir Tracey - BTEC Level 3 EXT DIP IT – Limavady Campus

Congratulations to all!

Additional information and news photos can be found on the "500 Club" web page.

We would like to thank all those that contributed to the success of this endeavor.

In the left margin, click on "The 500 Club" to go to the web page and read more about this worthwhile effort.

 

April 26, 2017

TAPS

Sophia Doherty Scudder, ex wife of William Scudder, RM, 1965 - 1969, passed away on April 23, 2017.

Please keep Sophia and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

April 19, 2017

THE 500 CLUB

Kenneth Ramsey, RM, 74 - 77, has renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2017.

"Bravo Zulu" to Kenneth!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

April 14, 2017

NEW MEMBER

Sanford Bernstein USN(Ret), , 1971

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Floyd L. Seim, RM2, 71-72, passed away unexpectedly August 22, 2012.

Louis Edward Westberry USN(Ret), RMCS, 66-67 75-77, passed away January 6, 2017.

Please keep Floyd and Louis and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

THE 500 CLUB

Richard Stacy, ET, 65 - 67, has renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2017.

"Bravo Zulu" to Richard!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

2017 REUNION - UPDATE

Both the Information Form and Registration Form have been posted on the Reunion web page in both .pdf and MS Word formats for your convenience.

In addition, headquarters hotel room reservation information is also posted on the Reunion web page.

Reunion Registration is open!

Don't delay, kindly make both your room reservations at the headquarters hotel and send in your reunion registration form now.

If there are questions, please visit the Reunion webpage for additional information or contact one of the Reunion Committee members, Dennis Kolodziej and/or Jim Sullivan.

 

March 6, 2017

NEW MEMBERS

Terry Jon Pike, RM, 2/67 - 8/68

William R. (Bill) Mascari, SK, 11/71 - 2/73

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Raymond 'Ray' Philson, Civilian, Cook - Clooney/Dungiven, 64-77, passed away in Derry December 16, 2016.

John Griffin USN(Ret), RM1, 68-70 75-77, passed away in Derry January 13, 2017.

Anna Ippolito, wife of Arthur 'Ippy' Ippolito USN(Ret), RMCM, 56-61 63-67, passed away January 14, 2017.

Barbara Mann, wife of Donald 'Red' Mann USN(Ret), ETC, 74 - 77, passed away after a long illness February 3, 2017.

Please keep Raymond, John, Anna, and Barbara and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

SEARCHING FOR - CIRCA 1958

Trying to locate Lee Brooks, Rating Unknown, 1958. Any contact information, leads, or if you recall him, it would be appreciated. Please contact Sinead Diver in Derry (her e-mail address is posted on the "Searching For" web page).

While visiting this page, kindly take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

2017 REUNION - UPDATE

Both the Information Form and Registration Form are now posted on the Reunion web page in both .pdf and MS Word formats for your convenience.

In addition, the reunion web page Attendee List has also been updated.

The Reunion Information Form and Registration Form have been e-mailed to all members with an e-mail address on file, along with being posted on the Association's Facebook page.

If you have not received these, please visit the Reunion webpage to view and/or download these forms or contact one of the Reunion Committee members, Dennis Kolodziej and/or Jim Sullivan.

 

NEW LINK

Association member Phil Fusilier, CYN, 70 - 71, is looking for members that are Amateur Radio Operators to join the "Navy Amateur Radio Club". A link is provided to the club website. In addition, for those interested in Amateur Radio, a link has also been provided to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The ARRL has been in existence for over 100 years and is "Of, By, and For Amateur Radio".

To view these, in the left margin click on "Favorite Links", then follow down to the respective yellow highlighted item.

 

ANNUAL DUES

The Members List has been reset to indicate those who are current on voluntary Annual Dues for 2017.

If you believe that your dues are up to date -or- you have paid Lifetime Dues and are not properly noted in the Members List, please contact the Webmaster.

In the left margin click on "Members List" to go to the web page to check this.

 

December 9, 2016

TAPS

James 'Jim' Weiner USNR(Ret), ETC, former husband of the late Cindy Herold USNR(Ret), RM2/LT, 76 - 77, passed away unexpectedly October 18, 2016 at age 69.

Please keep Jim and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

December 6, 2016

NEW MEMBER

Cesar Gonzalez, RM, 75 - 76

Welcome aboard!

 

2017 REUNION - UPDATE

The reunion web page Attendee List has been updated.

The Reunion committee would like to thank all those that responded to date!

 

December 4, 2016

2017 REUNION - UPDATE

The reunion web page Attendee List has been updated.

The Reunion committee would like to thank all those that responded to date!

 

November 30, 2016

TAPS

Andrew Janer, RM3, 12/50 - 12/51, passed away March 29, 2016 at age 86 from complications of a heart attack and dementia.

Please keep Andrew and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

October 15, 2016

TAPS

Florian Bednarski, EM1, 3/42 - 8/44, passed away January 7, 2011 at age 87.

Walter 'Walt' Bort, RM2, 58 - 60, passed away August 29, 2013 at age 74.

Charles 'Chuck' Goodale USN(Ret), YN1/CDR, 11/51 - 2/54, passed away September 10, 2014 at age 86.

William 'Bill' A. Marschner, Y3, 12/42 - 2/44, passed away December 17, 2015 at age 90.

Billy McCaleb USN(Ret), LT CEC, 2/70 - 5/72, passed away January 7, 2011 at age 67.

Herbert Paul Spencer, SF2, 2/42 - 5/44, passed away May 28, 2014 at age 90.

Joseph 'Pat' Yerashunas USN(Ret), SWCS, 50 - 52, passed away May 20, 2013 at age 86.

Please keep Florian, Walter, Charles, William, Billy, Herbert, Joseph and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Thomas 'Tom' Braden, RM, 4/70 - 12/71 has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

SEARCHING FOR

Trying to locate Jack Hitchcock, SKC, 1968 - 1970. Any contact information or leads would be appreciated. Please contact Alvin Brownstein.

While visiting this page, take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

2017 REUNION - UPDATE

The reunion web page has been updated with an Attendee List.

If you replied with either a 'Yes' or 'Maybe', kindly check to see that your name(s) is listed. Updates or corrections should be sent to the webmaster.

The Reunion committee would like to thank all those that responded to date. Those that haven't responded we still would like to hear from you. It does help verify if our message is being received. - QSL pls!

 

September 14, 2016

THE 500 CLUB

Richard Stacy, ET, 65 - 67, has renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2016.

"Bravo Zulu" to Richard!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

2017 REUNION - ANNOUNCEMENT

Your NavCommSta Londonderry Alumni Association's 2017 Reunion Committee is pleased to announce the host city for our 2017 reunion, which is ....

..............Drum Roll, please..................

Las Vegas, Nevada.

We are currently contacting hotels and it would be most helpful to know approximately how many of our Association members would look forward to attending the 2017 reunion in Las Vegas.

While we have not selected exact dates at this time, we can tell you we are looking at the period July through September. We found in the past that hotels offer better (i.e., lower price) room rates to groups who book during time periods when the hotel is looking to fill rooms. So, we'll give them that time period and see what they offer.

It would be most helpful to us if you would give us an indication of whether or not you would consider joining us in Las Vegas for the reunion. A YES reply would NOT be a commitment, as we know things can change over the next year. We will only use your reply to gauge the approximate number of rooms we might need to block for the reunion, which is also helpful in getting lower price rooms.

Please respond by e-mail to ford427@peoplepc.com with a reply of either YES, or NO.

If yes, indicate how many will be attending.

Thank you!

Final Note: Please do reply to this posting, as we really need to hear from you!

Reply via e-mail (click on name) to either Dennis or Jim.

Kind Regards,

Dennis Kolodziej and Jim Sullivan - USNLAA 2017 Reunion Committee

 

NEW LINK

Association member Richard Chase, RM, 70 - 72, wrote a memoir about his time in Derry. The book, titled "Domicile", is available for purchase from amazon.com.

To view this, in the left margin click on "Favorite Links", then follow down to the respective yellow highlighted item.

 

August 24, 2016

NEW MEMBER

Dennis A. Fitting, RM, 11/71 - 6/73

Welcome aboard!

 

August 18, 2016

TAPS

James 'JC' Clippard USN(Ret), RMC, 2/60 - 3/64, passed away May 14, 2016 at age 89.

Please keep James and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

August 16, 2016

TAPS

Jeanne Simpson USN, RM3, 1976, passed away October, 1976 when stationed in Derry.

June (Crockett) Taylor, wife of the late Zackery Taylor USN(Ret), RMCS, 71 - 73 and 74 - 76, passed away August 14, 2016 in Derry.

Please keep Jeanne, June and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Stanley 'Stan' Rogers USN(Ret), RM, 65 - 67 and 71-74, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

July 23, 2016

SEARCHING FOR

Trying to locate Melton Thorne, RM1/RMC, 1968 time frame. Any contact information or leads would be appreciated. Please contact either Steven Riddick or the Webmaster.

While visiting this page, take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

July 17, 2016

TAPS

Howard Robert Batchelor, BT2, 3/66 - 4/69, passed away July 11 , 2016.

Please keep Howard and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

SHIPS STORE

The USNLAA Historical Database CD#1 has been updated with four additional editions of the "Derry NOB-News" (circa 1943), and ten additional editions of the "Modulator" (circa 1971-1977).

In the left margin click on "Ships Store" to go to the web page. Follow down for details, along with a link to the content list, instructions and order form.

 

REUNION PHOTOS SHARED ON FACEBOOK

To date, over 450 photos taken by attendees of the 2009 Charleston, 2013 New Orleans, and 2015 Derry Reunion have been shared on our Facebook page. 

As you may be aware, "NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association" maintains a Facebook page. Activated over three and one half years ago and currently at a strength of 262 members, consider it an extension of our website. Latest news, events, and photos are shared there. The site is maintained as a closed group, therefore admin approval is required in order to view it. Anyone that expresses an interest in the Association is welcomed to join our Facebook page.

We'll be looking forward to seeing you there!

 

May 23, 2016

NEW MEMBER

Paul Shaner USN(Ret), EO, 75 - 77

Welcome aboard!

 

OLD PHOTOS

Ron Rice, son of Stuart Lee Rice, MM, 43 - 44, submitted twenty nine photos taken during his tour.

Andy McKaye USN(Ret), PhM, 42 - 44, submitted nine photos taken during his tour.

In the left margin click on "Old Photos" to go to the web page. Follow down to the item highlighted in "yellow" and click on VIEW.

 

May 15, 2016

TAPS

Bobby Durand James USN(Ret), PN1, 4/76 - 3/77, passed away April 24, 2016 at age 74.

John E. Kistner USN(Ret), LTJG, 6/56 - 12/57, passed away February 14, 2016.

Robert (Bob) L. Reiss, MM 1/c, 4/4/43 - 10/4/44, passed away July 19, 2012 at age 88.

Stuart Lee Rice, MM 1/c, 4/4/43 - 10/4/44, passed away August 28, 1988 at age 68.

Lawrence W. "Larry" Moore, RM, 75 - 77, passed away March 16, 2016 in St. Louis MO at age 61.

Please keep Bobby, John, Bob, Stuart, Larry and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

BINNACLE LIST

A recent request was received inquiring about the well being of Capt. Raymond Ward, OIC/CO, 57-60/67-70.

I was able to make contact with his grandson, Nathaniel Monrad, and here is what he has to share:

"Sorry for souch a late reply Dennis I have been very busy with persoanl mattes. Any ways my grandfather Cpt. Raymond Ward is still with us he has had sleep aptnia for years and this has caused some dimensia. So in body him and his wife are fine but his mental state is not up to par any more he has memory issues and has withdrawn from things because of such. He plainly does not remember any more about allot of things though random flash backs will come up this is why you all have had dificuly contacting him. On his behalf he wishes you all the best and I am sure he misses you all. If there is anything else you would like to know or have questions about you can contact me on here any time and i can relay a message or continue to update you all. I can understand this is dificult for you as it is for me and my family but know that deep down inside he has not forgotten his frineds."

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Gordon Bauschka USN(Ret), RM, 6/66 - 5/69, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

SEARCHING FOR

Trying to locate Gerald/Gerry/Jerry Bailey, RM3, 1969 - 1970, worked in the Comm Center - Traffic Div. Any contact information or leads would be appreciated. Please contact Kieran Dunlop.

Searching for the "R" group from Great Lakes NSC that arrived together in Derry in April 1943. Darryl Ramsey, John Ramsey, Charles Redin, Reiner, Herb Rhode from NJ, Al Ricard, Arthur Richards, Riif, Mike Rimar, Frank Robinson, or Rose (from Guthrie Center, IA) or other Machinists from Shop 2 or Shop 5. Or Bob Reiss relatives. Please contact Ron Rice (son of Stuart “Slim” Rice, Springtown Hut 214, 1943 – 1944). Ron Rice, Cedar Grove, NJ.

While visiting this page, take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

OLD PHOTOS

An inquiry was received to see if anyone might know anything about the background of a life ring labeled "U.S. NAVY L'DERRY N'IRELAND". It appears to have a couple bullet holes in it. If anyone recognizes this item, please contact Jim Sullivan or the Webmaster.

In the left margin click on "Old Photos" to go to the web page. Follow down to the item highlighted in "yellow" and click on VIEW.

 

FACEBOOK

As you may be aware, "NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association" maintains a Facebook page. Activated over three and one half years ago and currently at a strength of 256 members, consider it an extension of our website. Latest news, events, and photos are shared there. The site is maintained as a closed group, therefore admin approval is required in order to view it. Anyone that expresses an interest in the Association is welcomed to join our Facebook page.

We'll be looking forward to seeing you there!

 

NEW LINKS

Jim Sullivan received a request on a recruitment effort from the U.S. Naval Training Center Bainbridge Association. As many RM's attended Class A and/or B school, or served there as an instructor, you may be interested in visiting their website and becoming a member.

A request was received from the "Mesothelioma Veterans Center" to post a link to their website as an informational awareness on this disease.

Art Saraphis would like the membership to be aware that Verizon Wireless offers 15% discounts on plans and 25% on certain hardware to both active military personnel, retirees, and veterans. Details are posted on the Verizon Wireless website.

Links are provided for these sites.

To view these, in the left margin click on "Favorite Links", then follow down to the respective yellow highlighted item.

 

THE 500 CLUB

The following members have renewed their commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2016.

Arthur 'Ippy' Ippolito, RM, 56 - 61, 63 - 66.

John J. Ryan, RM, 72 - 76.

"Bravo Zulu" to both Art and John!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

January 31, 2016

TAPS

Neil Cowell USN(Ret), EM2(SS)/LCDR, 65 - 68, passed away January 10, 2016 from various health issues at age 80 in Virginia Beach VA.

William H. Lynch USN(Ret), Capt., 4/70 - 8/72, passed away January 9, 2015 at 88 years of age.

Please keep Neil, William, and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Joyce McGowan Kent, wife of the late William Kent USN(Ret), RM, 58 - 61, 64 - 67, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

October 31, 2015

TAPS

Ann Marie (McCourt) Gemelke, wife of Jack Gemelke, RM, 3/67 - 3/69, passed away October 27, 2015.

Joy Beiner, wife of Fred Beiner, RM, 59-61, passed away October 22, 2015 at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral FL.

Madlin (Bessie) Hopkins, wife of the late Charles 'Hop' Hopkins, Teleman, (50-53), passed away October 14, 2015 at age 82.

Caroline Teresa (Ward) Hicks, wife of Christopher Hicks, RM, 70-72, passed away September 28, 2015.

Please keep Ann Marie, Joy, Madlin, Caroline, and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

October 4, 2015

OLD PHOTOS

Jim Stanton, CYN, 70-71, submitted fifteen photos taken during his tour.
Photos taken up in Creggan in July 1971, group photos the day leaving for the airport, and people at locations in Ireland.

In the left margin click on "Old Photos" to go to the web page. Follow down to the item highlighted in "yellow" and click on VIEW.

 

September 1, 2015

TAPS

Karl Nitschke USN(Ret), ET/WO/LT, 58-61, 61-66, 72-75, passed away August 31, 2015.

Please keep Karl and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

August 25, 2015

TAPS

Anthony Manfredi, SK 3/c, 42-44, passed away December 10, 2013 at age 91.

Please keep Anthony and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

THE 500 CLUB

In response to the 2015 Appeal, the following members have either made or renewed their commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2015.

(family of) Robert Elfsten, XO-LCDR, 65 - 67.

Gene Graeff, RM, 58 - 62.

Byron and "Frankie" Hodgkins, RM, 60 - 62.

Arthur 'Ippy' Ippolito, RM, 56 - 61, 63 - 66.

Kenneth Ramsey, RM, 74 - 77.

Ronald Spadafora, RM, 59 - 60.

Richard Stacy, ET, 65 - 67.

Phillip Wade, RM, 59 - 62.

Joseph T. Wells, ET, 63 - 66.

"Bravo Zulu" to our 2015 participants!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

July 19, 2015

TAPS

Betty (Roddy) Cohen, wife of the late Steve Cohen USN(Ret), ETC, 60's, from Virginia Beach VA, passed away July 13, 2015.

Please keep Betty and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Mark Roach USNR(Ret), ETN/LCDR, 76-77, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

NOW AND THEN

Paul Wise, RM, 63-66, 70-75, has submitted a current "Now" photo of him and his lovely Derry bride Cindy.

These photos can be viewed on Paul's listing on the Members List web page, details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY - UPDATE

"THE YANKS ARE COMING ...."
Link to Derry Journal news article:
The Yanks are coming ... back again


Both the 'Schedule of Events' and 'Who's Attending' list have been updated.

For those that are traveling, have an enjoyable trip, we'll see you there!

 

June 9, 2015

"AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION POST BEING ORGANIZED IN DUBLIN IRELAND"

Dear Fellow Navy Veteran,

I'm writing to invite you to become a Charter Member of a new American Legion Post -- the LT Michael Murphy Post, IR-01 -- proposed for formation in Dublin, Ireland.

The LT Michael Murphy Post of the American Legion is being organized in the greater Dublin area to honour the service and sacrifice of an Irish-American hero and Medal of Honor winner and to provide current and future members of the American Legion with an opportunity to serve and support fellow veterans, fully in the spirit of teamwork and “self-before-others” that characterized the life and service of Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy.

We are especially eager to attract NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry veterans to the Post, as you represent the last U.S. military service activity on this Island -- a living link to the long relationship between American service members and the people of Ireland.

Can you join the Dublin post if you live somewhere else, including the USA?
Yes – you will be bona fide members of the American Legion and entitled to member privileges anywhere in the world. If you are an existing Legion member, you are very welcome to transfer to new Post IR-01. Please know, however, that you cannot belong to two posts at the same time.

Regarding our Post Home, I am pleased to advise that we have reached agreement with Malahide Yacht Club in north County Dublin to provide us with availability of their lovely club facilities on a regular basis for both business and social meetings. This is an outstanding, modern facility located on the waterfront in the village of Malahide. If affords all members easy access by rail, bus and automobile. The American Legion’s use of the club will ensure both a sense of identity for the Post and long-term continuity for its programmes.

All you have to do to join the Legion is to complete the Legion’s Application Form (or “Notice of Transfer”). Your dues of €40 (or $40) for the coming year (2015-2016) will be payable upon Post approval by the Legion later this summer.

For all interested in joining or intending to transfer, Frank Ekstrom (ex-ET1, USN - NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry) and I will be attending the 2015 Reunion in Derry City. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the new Post and to join the work of the Organizing Committee (yes, we'd love to have additional volunteers).

Please contact John directly at jhshanahan@gmail.com for membership application or a transfer request and additional information on the Post.

John Shanahan and Frank Ekstrom will also be at the 2015 Derry Reunion to answer questions and to pick up your enrollment forms.

Also, please see our new Facebook page at "https://www.facebook.com/AmLegionIreland"
American Legion Post IR-01 Dublin,Ireland
for updates on our Post start-up.

Kind regards,

"John"

John H. Shanahan, Jr. (ex-RD1, USN)

Chairman, Post Organizing Committee
LT Michael Murphy Post, IR-01
American Legion, Dublin, Ireland
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1, The Court, North Road
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Mobile: +353-86-835-7881
E-Mail: jhshanahan@gmail.com
On the web: www.facebook.com/AmLegionIreland

Link to Facebook page: American Legion Post IR-01 Dublin,Ireland

 

May 24, 2015

NEW MEMBERS

William H. (Bill) Erwin USN (Ret), RM, 63 - 64, 65 - 68

Jim Stanton, CYN, 5/70 - 11/71

Welcome aboard!

 

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY - UPDATE

Reunion Registrations continue to be received daily and we sincerely appreciate all those that have submitted their form and payment.

For those that are planning on attending the functions, deadline to send in your Registation Form and payment is June 30th. As head count is required to be turned in to the hotel in advance, there are no plans to sell tickets at the door.

If by chance you have not yet booked your room, reduced rate rooms at our Headquarters, the City Hotel, are still available. However, reservations must be confirmed by June 5th. After that, any remaining rooms in our reduced rate block will be released by the hotel.

In addition, the 'Who's Attending' list has been updated.

Questions regarding the Reunion or registration process, please contact Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

 

THE "500" CLUB

An appeal from the USNLAA President.

Of the many accomplishments of which our Alumni Association can be justifiably proud, I believe our providing academic scholarships for deserving Derry students of The North West Regional College (NWRC) in Derry would surely rank among the most satisfying.

Through the generosity of our members over the past eight years, our "Derry Scholarship Program" has awarded thirty-two scholarships totaling 8,000 pounds sterling (over $12,500 US) to deserving students in the Engineering program and IT & Computing program at NWRC.

Donations both large and small continue to come in through our 500 Club program, for which we are most thankful. However, we find ourselves approximately $1,200 short of the amount needed to fully fund the scholarships for this year.
Thus I would ask that you join with me in making a small donation at this time which would allow the Association to continue our support of this worthwhile effort.

NWRC has publicly stated that our award is considered to be a "prestigious scholarship " within NWRC educational community and we, as members of USNLAA, can feel justifiably proud of this designation. I would hope you would be supportive of continuing forward with our fully funded award this year.

Your donation can be made by check made payable to U.S. NAVCOMMSTA
Londonderry Alumni Association, or USNLAA for short, with a notation
"Scholarship Fund" and mailed to: U.S. NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni
Association, P.O. Box 108, New Boston, MI 48164-0108.

Thank you,
Jim Sullivan, President, USNLAA

 

May 9, 2015

TAPS

Pat (Reynolds) Walker, wife of the late Artie 'Jonnie' Walker, RM, 63-65. Passed away at hospital, April 19, 2015. Her obituary is posted with the Taps entry.

Please keep Pat and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

NOW AND THEN

Richard Olson, RM, 10/74 - 9/76, has submitted "Now and Then" photos of him and his family.

These photos can be viewed on Rich's listing on the Members List web page, details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

SEARCHING FOR

Graham Clogg (for Albert Corsacaden), is trying to locate Albert York, rating unknown, mid 60's time frame. Any contact information or leads, please contact Graham or the webmaster.

Edward Cripps, RM, 70 - 72, is trying to locate Bob Simpson, RM, 70 - 72. Any contact information or leads, please contact Edward.

While visiting this page, take a moment and see if you can help out on any of the other requests posted by your shipmates and other interested parties. It will be appreciated!

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

May 5, 2015

TAPS

Roy E. Hartley, RM 1/c, 42-44, from Dunkard PA, passed away Jan 5, 1966.

Please keep Roy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

OLD PHOTOS

Donald 'Red' Mann, ET, 74-77, submitted twenty photos taken during his tour.
There are many of family parties in base housing and the 4th of July 1976 Base Party in Red's collection. If you recognize yourself or others, kindly let us know in order to update the captions.

John Cox, son of the late Earl D. Cox PFC-USMC, 1943, submitted fifteen photos taken during his father's tour. Company B Marines and their huts at Beech Hill, local girls, Honor Guard, and field maneuvers.

In the left margin click on "Old Photos" to go to the web page. Follow down to the item highlighted in "yellow" and click on VIEW.

 

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY - UPDATE

Reunion Registrations are being received daily and we sincerely appreciate all those that have already submitted their form and payment.

If by chance you have not yet booked your room, reduced rate rooms at our Headquarters, the City Hotel are still available. However, reservations must be confirmed by June 5th. After that, any remaining rooms in our reduced rate block will be released by the hotel.

In addition, the 'Who's Attending' list has been updated.

 

April 22, 2015

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Elwood 'Harry' Dunlap USN(Ret), ET, 63-64, 66-69, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

OLD PHOTOS

Gregg Richter, RM, 74-76, submitted eighteen photos taken during his tour.
There are many familiar faces from EMO Div in Gregg's collection.

In the left margin click on "Old Photos" to go to the web page. Follow down to the item highlighted in "yellow" and click on VIEW.

 

April 13, 2015

TAPS

Ed Kleynen USN(Ret), RM, 62-64, 74-77, passed away April 2, 2015 in Germany.

Please keep Ed and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

April 9, 2015

THE 500 CLUB

Richard Stacy, ET, 65 - 67, has again renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2015.

"Bravo Zulu" to Richard!

In the left margin, click on "the 500 Club" to view the web page and read more on this worthwhile effort.

 

April 1, 2015

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Thomas Pacileo USN(Ret), RM, 60 - 61, has upgraded to life membership.

William Scudder USN(Ret), RM, 12/65 - 12/69, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

March 24, 2015

SEARCHING FOR

Don Kear, RM, 61 - 63, is trying to locate Bill 'Slick' Eslick, RM, 62-64. Any contact information or leads, please contact Don.

In the left margin click on "Searching For", details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

March 19, 2015

TAPS

David 'Roger' Mendez USN(Ret), PC/DPC, 11/61 - 5/64, passed away mid October 2014 in New Orleans from leukemia.

Richard L. Shea USN(Ret), RMC, 11/69 - 12/72, passed away on February 26, 2015. He leaves his wife, Margaret, of almost 60 years, his sons Richard, Robert (Jane), Gordon (Janet), and Linda Alley. Also seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. (contact information on file)

Ronnie Vaughn USN(Ret), RM1, 72 - 75, born and raised in Cincinnati OH, husband of Diana. He passed away while asleep on July 3, 2011 in Las Vegas NV, and is missed dearly every day.

Please keep David, Richard, and Ronnie and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

OLD PHOTOS

"BASE PATCHES FROM THE 60's AND 70's"
Edward Cripps, RM, 1/70 - 1/72, submitted a Dungiven Transmitter Site jacket patch from the early 70's. Edward indicated that RMCS Mercer had these made up.

In the left margin click on "Old Photos" to go to the web page. Follow down near the bottom to "Base Patches from the 60's and 70's", and click on VIEW.

 

March 8, 2015

TAPS

Joan M. (Callan), wife of Tom Pacileo USN(Ret), RM, 60 - 61, originally from the Waterside, she passed away January 9, 2015 at hospice.

Please keep Joan and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY - UPDATE - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN !!!

Posted on the Reunions web page is the 'REGISTRATION FORM' for viewing and printing. In addition, the 'ANNOUNCEMENT' has been updated with menu details for the Members Opener, Grand Gala, and Dinner Dance venues.

A separate announcement will also be sent to the membership by e-mail. If you have specific questions, please contact a Reunion Committee Member, Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

In addition, the 'Who's Attending' list has been updated.

 

NEW LINKS

Art 'Ippy' Ippolito receiv