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Latest Additions to the Web Site, as of: 8/4/2017

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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 received these two links from a retired shipmate in Japan, and will provide some good reading and memories for the Naval Comm. "A Secret Landscape - America's Cold War Infrastructure and "US Naval Communications".

Links are provided for both sites.

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 2015.

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.

 

USNCS LONDONDERRY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2014

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 2014.

Niamh Henderson, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology

Adam Brown, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology

Miriam O'Donnell, Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering

Darryl McAleese, Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering

Congratulations to all!

Additional information and links to the announcement on the NWRC Website, Derry Journal, and News Wire Northern Ireland sites 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.

 

February 23, 2015

NEW MEMBERS

Francis (Frank) Robillard Jr. USN (Ret), RM, 8/64 - 4/67

John Kramer USN(Ret), RM, 71 - 74

Edward J. (Eddie) Cripps USN(Ret), RM(SW), Jan 70 - Jun 72

Berlyn Gross USN(Ret), PC, 1/71 - 6/72

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Frank Smith USN(Ret), RMC, 5/58 - 8/61, husband of Eva (Barnhill) Smith, passed away peacefully at hospice on February 8, 2015. Frank, a plank owner, also served the Association Board for numerous years, including President, and assisted in organizing Reunion functions, particularily the Irish dancers. Additional details are posted in his Taps entry. Please keep Frank and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Peggy (Curran) Shepard, wife of Bob Shepard, SM, 70's, passed away February 12, 2015 in Derry. Please keep Peggy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Mary Josephine (Quigley) Hendricks, wife of the late Chris Hendricks, passed away February 2, 2015 in Salem OR.

Christian ' Chris' (formerly Laslie) Hendricks USN(Ret), RMCS, 65 - 67, 73 - 77, passed away in Salem OR, date unknown. Please keep Jo and Chris and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Guy 'Buddy' Eidson USN(Ret), RM, 9/65 - 10/69, passed away September 14, 2014. Please keep Guy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Dave Stuttler, RM, 60 - 62, passed away December 11, 2014. Please keep Dave and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve Swiggum, RM, 2/72 - 5/74, passed away November 3, 2014 at age 60 from bladder cancer. Please keep Steve and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ralph E. Arnold USN(Ret), ET, 5/60 - 6/62, passed away October 9, 2104. Please keep Ralph and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

William G. Walters, RM3, 2/68 - 12/69, passed away July 24, 2013 in Derry at age 68. Please keep Walter and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Harvey Day USN(Ret), YNC, 5/70 - 5/74, passed away September 5, 2014 from pancreatic cancer. Please keep Harvey and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Janet Lea Richert Flint, DT2, 75 - 76, passed away August 10, 2014 from cancer at age 60. Please keep Janet and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Susan Miller, wife of Gregory Miller, RM, 1/71 - 3/75, passed away August 5, 2014, at the Bethesda MD Military Hospital from small cell cancer. Please keep Susan and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

SEARCHING FOR

Trying to locate Curt/Curtis James, rating unknown, circa 1971 - 1972. Any contact information or leads, please contact the Webmaster.

 

'NOW' PHOTO

Elizabeth Isobel Cassidy has submited a recent photo of herself and Suzanne McIntyre. This can be viewed on the Derry Brides webpage, following her listing.

 

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY - UPDATES

The Reunion Committee is pleased to announce the return of Trevor Keys' - 'Strings and Things' band, performing for your dancing and listening pleasure at both the Grand Gala and Dinner Dance. Trevor Keys', a well known and respected musician in Ireland, and for those that didn't hear his group perform at the 2011 Derry Reunion, I can assure you will be in for an enjoyable evening.

The Reunion Committee is finalizing event registration, a separate announcement will be sent to the membership. Details, including Registration Form, will also be posted on the Reunions webpage of the Association website.

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

 

2014 CIRCA 1960 - MINI REUNION - GROUP PHOTO

A group photo of the Circa 1960 Mini Reunion held last October in Virginia Beach has been posted on the Reunion's Webpage.

 

August 8, 2014

 

TAPS

Veronica (Plowman) Wardlow, wife of the late Ross Wardlow, RM, 71 - 76, passed away August 4, 2014 in Derry.

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

 

August 5, 2014

TAPS

George 'Phonsie' Curran, Civilian Electrician, 1969 - 1977, passed away July 27, 2014 at age 80.

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

 

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY

An announcement detailing hotel reservation information was recently sent out to the membership. If additional information is required or there are questions, please visit the Reunion web page or contact one of the Reunion Committee members.

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

 

July 23, 2014

NEW MEMBER

Mark Roach USNR(Ret), ETN/LCDR, Aug 1976 - Apr 1977

Welcome aboard!

 

July 10, 2014

NEW MEMBER

Gerald A. Bloch, SK, Nov 1969 - Jan 1971

Welcome aboard!

 

SEARCHING FOR

New member Jerry Bloch and his wife have a trip planned to Ireland in August.

Jerry, who worked in Supply has inquired about the following civilian base workers:

Wee Jim Kelly - worked in the warehouse

Jim Kelly - worked in accounting

Seamus Bradley - worked in the warehouse

If you know where any of them may be today, please contact either Jerry or the Webmaster.

 

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY

The "Who's Attending" list has been updated!

 

USNLAA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2013

A link to the announcement on the NWRC Website can be found on the "500 Club" web page.

In addition, additional photos and newspaper articles from the Londonderry Sentinel, The Chronicle, and Derry Post to be added shortly.

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

 

June 14, 2014

REUNION 2015 IN DERRY - ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATES - HEADQUARTERS HOTEL AND HOTEL RESERVATION DETAILS

Your Board is pleased to announce the selection of the City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry as our 2015 Derry Reunion Headquarters Hotel, being held Sunday, July 26 through Thursday, July 30, 2015.

On the Reunions web page, hotel room reservation details, including discounted room rates and dates are posted. Links and contact information to the City Hotel to make reservations or to find out additional hotel information are also provided.

The initial "Schedule of Events" including dates and times for the Opening Night Members Reception, Grand Gala Reception, and The Member's Dinner Dance are available for viewing. The event Registration Form is currently being developed and will be posted shortly. In addition, a "Who's Attending" list is being maintained to keep everyone informed.

To view these announcements, in the left margin, click on "Reunions", then follow down to the respective item.

 

May 14, 2014

TAPS

Dorothy (Heaney) Williams, wife of Trenton 'Willie' Williams, RM (62 - 63), passed away peacefully at home, May 8, 2014, from cancer.

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

 

May 8, 2014

NEW MEMBER

Frank L. Rose USN(Ret), RM(SS), Jan 1970 - Oct 1971

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Earl Dale Cox, PFC-USMC, 1943, passed away February 29, 1972 at age 51 in Baltimore MD.

William "Willie" Mann, son of Donald 'Red' and Barbara Mann, ET, 74 - 77, passed away April 28, 2014 in Virginia Beach VA.

Please keep Earl and Willie and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

April 12, 2014

NEW MEMBER

David Christenbury, RM, 72 - 74

Welcome aboard!

 

March 24, 2014

NEW MEMBER

Gregg Richter, RM, 74 - 76

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Edward Joseph Reilly USNRF, CM 1/c, NAS Lough Foyle, passed away 31 Aug 1918.

William Edward Kelly USNRF, B, NAS Lough Foyle, passed away 18 Sept 1918.

Please keep Edward and William in your thoughts and prayers.

 

USNCS LONDONDERRY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2013

The following students from the North West Regional College were recognized in February as selectees for the USNCS Londonderry Alumni Association Scholarship for 2013.

Amy Louise Neary, in Level 3 BTEC Engineering

Andrew Owens, in Level 3 BTEC EXT DUIP Engineering

Cormac O'Hagan, in Level 3 BTEC EXT Information Technology

Benjamin Hegan, in Level 3 BTEC EXT Information Technology

Congratulations to all!

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

 

U.S. NAVAL PRESENCE IN LONDONDERRY DURING WORLD WAR ONE

An e-mail was recently received asking for advice for how to find information about the US Naval Air Station outside of Derry during WWI, as her grandfather was a US sailor stationed at NAS Lough Foyle, mid 1918 to mid 1919, and was part of the construction crew that built and dismantled the station.

First, I've never heard of this facility. However after researching the subject, found out the following:

Construction of NAS Lough Foyle started approximately March 1918 and was commissioned 1 July 1918 as a seaplane patrol station.

The first naval air operations from bases in Ireland began from NAS Lough Foyle with patrols over the North Channel entrance to the Irish Sea.

The station complement on 11 Nov 1918 were 20 Officers, 432 Enlisted Men, and seven Curtiss H16 'Large America' flying boats.

There were 60 operational flights made, logging over 11,000 sea miles patrolled.

The station was closed and handed over to the Royal Navy on 22 February 1919, however the RN never used it.

Base dismantled by April 1919, with personnel still present until at least July 1919.

Two enlisted men from the NAS died in Aug and Sept 1918, see Taps web page for details.

At least one enlisted man, Benjamin Smith, married a Derry girl, Margaret Jane Gallagher, and went to the United States.

Remains of the base are still visible. The former NAS was located in what is now the Republic of Ireland, approximately three miles from the present NI/ROI border on Route 238, between Muff and Quigley's Point, just past the Aught River bridge.

 

March 2, 2014

TAPS

Edward Knudsen USN (Ret), ET-ENS/LT, 6/59 - 6/63.

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

 

February 24, 2014

 

500 CLUB

John J. Ryan USN(Ret), RM 72 - 76, has renewed his committment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2014.

Phillip Wade USN(Ret), RM, 9/59 - 3/62, has renewed his committment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2014.

A "Bravo Zulu" to both John and Phillip for their on going contribution to the success of this program.

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

 

February 15, 2014

TAPS

Joseph Banks USN (Ret), RM, 62 - 65, passed away February 3, 2014 in Manchester NH.

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

 

SEARCHING FOR

Long Lost Family episode (ITV) on Grant Williams and Wendy O'Hagan, finally meeting her father for the first time in nearly 40 years. Grant was an ET stationed at the base in 1975, who at the time was going with Sara O'Hagan.

Link to:

Long Lost Family Episode

 

ANNUAL DUES

The Members List has been reset to indicate those who are current on voluntary Annual Dues for 2014.

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 27, 2014

NEW MEMBER

Warren R. (Thumper) Frye, RM, 69 - 71

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Edward Mercer USN(Ret), RMCS, 71 - 72, passed away November 26, 2013 in Mesa AZ.

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

 

January 20, 2014

NEW MEMBER

Michael Scarantino, ET, 7/68 - 2/70

Welcome aboard!

 

NEW LINKS

"U.S. Military in Northern Ireland during WWII"

This 'Flickr' site, created by Mr Clive Moore of Belfast, provides a means to centralize images of the U.S. Military in Northern ireland during WW2.

Links are provided to the "Main Page", "U.S. Navy Page", and "U.S. Marine Corps Page".

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

 

January 7, 2014

NEW MEMBER

Kenneth W. 'Brownie' Brown, RM, 61 to 62

Welcome Aboard!

 

January 1, 2014

NEW MEMBERS

Richard J. Olson USN (Ret), RM, 10/74 - 9/76

Max L. Padgett, CYN/YN, 12/69 - 5/71

Steven ('Steve', 'dingtoo', 'too') Wallace USN (Ret), RM, 1/70 - 8/71

BINNACLE LIST

Len Kafer reports that Fred Beiner, RM, 59 - 61, had quad bypass surgery and to keep Fred in your thoughts and prayers.

A further report indicates Fred was discharged from the hospital on Christmas, everything is going well, and thanks loads for your thoughts and prayers.

 

Welcome aboard!

 

SEARCHING FOR

David Rossi, RM, 72 - 74, is trying to locate Curtis Brinkley, RM, 72 - 74 time frame, a photo of Curtis has been posted in the Old Photos section.

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

 

OLD PHOTOS

Davis Rossi has submitted five 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.

 

2014 MINI REUNION

Note from Len Kafer:

Subject: 2014 Mini......
Just a reminder to those who have not yet responded re attending the 2014 Mini, 7 through 11 June 2014. Pls let me know if you will attend and if you'll need a hotel room. I need to finalize the block of rooms with the hotel on 2 Jan 14. Once I finalized all with the hotel, I will then send you all the details re hotel reservations and so on.....

If anyone has suggestions re making the Mini a better event, pls feel free to make your wishes known to me.....

To those who have responded, thanks and we have enough positive responses that we will go ahead with the Mini for these dates.....

Take care all and have a Blessed holiday and New Year...... Looking forward to see many of you at the Mini !!!!!!

Leonard P. Kafer

Haydnstr 8, Top A
Salzburg Austria
E-mail: kaferleonard@yahoo.com
Cell : 0043 (0)681-8371-6868
Land-line: 0043 (0)662-872-897
Skype: leonard.kafer

 

December 17, 2013

TAPS

Charlie Hayes, RM 2/c, 1943 - 1944, passed away December 15, 2013 in Northampton MA.

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

 

December 7, 2013

TAPS

Donald "DJ" Kring USN (Ret), RMCS, 6/60 - 7/63, passed away December 1, 2013 from a massive stroke.

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

For Don's contact information or additional details, please contact Art Saraphis at: artjojo@outlook.com

 

November 26, 2013

 

NEW MEMBER

David Rossi, RM, 71 - 74.

Welcome aboard!

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

David Rossi, RM, 71 - 74, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

November 12, 2013

NEW MEMBER

John Douglas "Rollie" Rowland, Civilian, 75 - 77.

Welcome aboard!

 

November 8, 2013

TAPS

Roy Seddon, Civilian, 75 - 77, passed away October 6, 2012 at age 77 in Wallingford, England.

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

 

LIFE MEMBER

Dave Bartholomew USN(Ret), ET, 8/63 - 11/63, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

NEW LINKS

Submitted by Art "Ipp" Ippolito.

"Navy Personnel Command - Navy Retired Activites"

VETERANS DAY - 2013

A link to "RestaurantNews.com" titled: "Veterans Eat Free at these Restaurants on Veterans Day - 2013"

In addition, submitted by 'Ipp' - a list of of Senior Discounts offered year round by various businesses and establishments.

Finally, a link to "MilitaryConnections.com" offering Veteran and Military Deals and Discounts.

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

 

November 5, 2013

BINNACLE LIST

Jack McGrail has forwarded an update on Steve Swiggum, RM 72 - 74:

"A follow up on Steve’s fight with bladder cancer. After several rounds of chemo to fight spots of cancer that appeared in other parts of his body, Steve told me that in most of those areas, he’s in remission. He’s finished his chemo and has returned home. He’s feeling well and sounded upbeat the last time we talked. No further treatments are scheduled at this time. Jack McGrail".

 

October 28, 2013

NEW MEMBER

Charles 'Chuck' Weigand USN(Ret), RM, 7/67 - 6/69.

Welcome Aboard!

 

TAPS

Dan Frazier, RM, 11/63 - 5/65, passed away October 20, 2013 at age 69 in Indianapolis IN

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

 

October 19, 2013

NEW MEMBER

Joe R. Stroud USN(Ret), CWO, 71 - 74.

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Maureen (McGrory) Bauschka, wife of Gordon Bauschka USN(Ret), RM, 66 - 69, passed away October 12, 2013 at age 69 in Pensacola FL

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

 

October 9, 2013

TAPS

George Spaits USN(Ret), RM, 59 - 62, passed away October 7, 2013 at age 75 in Bethlehem PA.

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

 

LIFE MEMBER

Ken Baker, ETN, 64 - 66, has upgraded to life membership

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

2013 REUNION IN NEW ORLEANS

A current "deja vu" photo has been added, thank you "Bobby Red".

If you have photos that you like to submit for posting, please contact the Webmaster.

In the left margin, click on "Reunions" to go to the web page.

 

OLD PHOTOS

Helene Rizzo Foltis, wife of the late Tony Rizzo, RM, 61 - 65, has submitted fifteen photos of people at Clooney Base and from Derry.

George Galligan, RM, 63 - 65, 75 - 77, has submitted a photo of a group taken at the Embassy Ballroom in 1965.

Website viewer, Patrick McHugh, responded to a question on a photo contained in Ken Craddock's group of pictures relative to the location of a picture taken in Derry, Hoggs Folly or Holywell St?. Patrick's response and evidence to support his statement is posted below the photo in question.

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".

 

500 CLUB

Gene Graeff, RM, 58 - 62, has renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2013.

"Bravo Zulu" to Gene for his on-going contribution to the success of this program.

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

 

September 9, 2013

NEW MEMBER

Robert A Walker, RM, 63 - 65.

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Pat Deeney, Civilian Engineer - Public Works Rossdowney. 66 - 77, passed away July 31, 2013, at age 90.

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

 

OLD PHOTOS

Not a photo, but actually a write up that Rick Cavazos, RM, wrote for possible inclusion in the book that Capt. McKeown is currently working on.

The "write up" compliments a photo of the 1976 Base Soccer Team that John Ryan recently submitted, so it's been placed below the photo for the membership to read.

 

SEARCHING FOR

Damien O'Kane is seeking information on the following:

I am a resident from the town of Dungiven under the shadow of Benbradagh. I am thinking of writing an article on the facility that was on top of Benbradagh. I have been looking through your website and I think it is wonderful to see pictures of the old base in its prime. I am trying to gather as much information about this base and I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of some people who served on the base or any other documents that you might have?

Hopefully I have been clear and I look forward to your response.

Regards,
Damien

If you are able to help Damien out on his project, he may be contacted at:
damienokane@gmail.com

 

August 23, 2013

TAPS

Raymond J. Gilstrap, ET, 65 - 67 and 69 - 71, passed away October 23, 2012 at age 69 in CA.

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

 

GOOD NEWS

Richard H. 'Russ Russell, RM, 59 - 61, has reported:
"Nine or ten months ago I asked for your prayers as I battled cancer. Last week I was informed that I am now in remission as per the doctor. Thanks to all for the thoughts and prayers. Go K C Chiefs ".

 

BASE HISTORY

Three aerial photos of the Rossdowney Transmitter Site from different years have been posted on the Base History web page.

If anyone can help date these photos or provide additional details, please contact the Webmaster.

 

OLD PHOTOS

Rick Cavazos, RM, 66-70, 75-77, provided help in identifying a number of individuals in the photos taken by Len Joslyn at the July 4, 1976 - "It's a Knockout Competition" - Base celebration. The captions have been updated and can be viewed on the Old Photos web page.

If photos exist of the other teams in competition, please submit them to the Webmaster for posting.

 

THE 500 CLUB

Richard Stacy, ET, 65 - 67, has again renewed his commitment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2013.

"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.

 

2013 REUNION IN NEW ORLEANS

Hotel room reservations MUST by made by TODAY, Friday, 23 August, in order to guarantee our preferred group rate.

Late Registrations are still being accepted. However, if you plan to attend, now is the time to send your form in, along with an e-mail message so we are aware of your intentions.

Questions may be sent to the Reunion committee, Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

 

August 15, 2013

NEW MEMBER

Moira Sharkey Miller, wife of the late Mike Miller, RMCS, 56 - 59 and 73-77.

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Andrew "Jim" Eggett, ET/LT, 56-59, 64-66, passed away June 13, 2013 in Westville, IL.

Alvah 'A.J.' "Tex" Holder, RM, 10/70 to 2/72, passed away July 4, 2013 in Wichita Falls, TX.

Please keep Andrew and Alvah in your thoughts and prayers.

 

NEW ADDITION TO "DERRY BRIDES" LIST

Moira Sharkey Miller

Welcome!

In the left margin, click on "Derry Brides", to go to the web page, details are highlighted in yellow.

 

OLD PHOTOS

Amanda Joslyn Krueger, has submitted sixteen photos of her father's, Len Joslyn, RM, taken at the July 4, 1976 Celebration - "It's A Knockout Competition" held at Clooney Base. If you can help identify and/or make name corrections of anyone in the photos, please contact 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".

 

2013 REUNION IN NEW ORLEANS - FINAL REMINDERS

Hotel reservations MUST be made by 23 August in order to get our preferred group rate.

All those that have mailed in a Reunion Registration Form and were processed by the Reunion Committee have been sent by e-mail a "Reunion Confirmation Receipt" .

If you haven't received your Confirmation, please contact Dennis Kolodziej by e-mail at:

ford427@peoplepc.com

If you plan to attend the reunion in New Orleans and have not yet sent in your Registration Form and payment, "the ship is about to sail", so please get them in the mail now.

It would also be helpful to notify us by e-mail so that we can keep a lookout for your mailing.

Reunion information, printable registration forms, schedules, helpful information, and other details are posted on the Reunion webpage.

Questions may be sent to the Reunion Committee, Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

 

NEW LINK

Submitted by Art "Ipp" Ippolito.

"National Archives - Veterans Service Records"

This site provides information on requesting and researching military service records, replacing lost or damaged medals and awards, and photo holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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

 

July 17, 2013

NEW MEMBERS

JD Smith, RM, 5/75 - 1/77

Steven W. Abele, ETN, 3/66 - 12/67

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

John 'Jack' Butrovich III USN(Ret), LT, 68 - 70, passed away April 13, 2013 at age 80 in Corpus Christi, TX.

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

 

BINNACLE LIST

Jack McGrail advised us that Steve Swiggum, RM, 72 - 74, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He's received news of some further complications and is feeling a little down. He's got a long road ahead and is asking for him that everyone keep him in their prayers.

 

OLD PHOTOS

John J Ryan USN(Ret), RM, 10/72 - 6/76, has sent in a team photo of the U.S. Navy Football Club - Londonderry Northern Ireland April 1976 - just after defeating RAF Mildenhall, 9 -1.

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".

"NOW" PHOTOS

In addition, John submitted photos of three of his five grandaughters, these can be viewed on the Members List web page, after his name listing.

 

SEARCHING FOR

Kevin McFadden is trying to locate H. L. Engleman, SC 3/c, 1942 - 1944, NOB Londonderry - Creevagh Base.

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

 

2013 REUNION IN NEW ORLEANS - UPDATE

We continue to receive reunion registrations daily and would like to thank all those that have responded to date.

As a reminder, please note the reunion registration deadline is July 20th.

Therefore, if you are planning on attending, now is the time to send in your registration and payment.

Likewise with making your hotel reservations.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

 

June 30, 2013

TAPS

Richard Williams, RM, 61 - 64, passed away from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease June 28, 2013 in Brigantine, NJ.

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

 


June 25, 2013

NEW MEMBER

Randy Wayne McCarty USN(Ret), ET, 12/75 - 7/77.

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Eileen (Murray) Keenan, ex-wife of Jerry Keenan, RM, 66-67, 69-70, 75-76, passed away April 28, 2013 from cancer at age 67 in Derry.

Anna Canning, wife of the late William Canning, Civilian Gate Guard, 66 - 77, passed away June 2013 in Derry.

Andrew 'Jim' Eggett, ET, 56 - 59, 64 - 66, passed away June 13, 2013 in Westville, IL.

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

 

LIFE MEMBER

David L. Hill USN(Ret), RM, 73 - 74, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

 

BASE HISTORY

Dennis Hegdahl, ET, 72 - 74, submitted post demolition photos of the former Clooney Base.

In the left margin click on "Base History", then follow down to the bottom of web page.

As evidenced by the photos, the only remaining structure is the flagpole located near the main entrance on Limavady Road.

 

2013 REUNION IN NEW ORLEANS - UPDATE

The Reunion Announcement and Registration Form was sent by e-mail to the membership on May 17th. We would like to thank all those that have responded and sent their reunion registration in to date.

Please note that reunion registration deadline is July 20th.

These Reunion documents are also posted on the Reunions web page for your viewing convenience and for download.

Additional information has been posted on the 'Reunions' web page for our Tuesday evening visit to "The Irish House" for informal dinner and drinks, with local entertainment being provided, especially for us, by "The Irish House" management.

In the left margin, click on Reunions, and follow down to the yellow highlighted areas.

Specific questions may be forwarded to Reunion Organizers, Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

 

NEW LINKS

"Derry was Allies' best-kept Secret in Battle of Atlantic"

This is an intersting article published in the 10 May edition of the 'Derry Journal'.

The link was forwarded by numerous members, including Deirdre (Devine) Land, Art 'Ipp' Ippolito, Chuck Brozek, and Jan Flint.

The article addresses the historical significance of our town during World War II in the Battle of the Atlantic. It culminates with the Londonderry Royal Navy Association remembering the 100,000 seamen of all nations that lost their lives in the Battle of the Atlantic, by unveiling the statue of the International Sailor in Ebrington Square.

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

US Navy Cruise Books

Art 'Ipp' Ippolito, RM, (56 - 61, 63 - 66), submitted a link for "US Navy Cruise Books", the largest online collection of freely accessible U.S. Navy Cruise Books.

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

"Old Memories" - US Navy Shore Station Call Signs

Art 'Ipp' Ippolito, RM, (56 - 61, 63 - 66), submitted the following:

Subject: Old Memories Going through some junk in my bookshelf…. I found the following --- see how many you can remember……. NSS, NHY, NPN, NPO, NBA, NHB, NWP, NPM, NAM, NAA, NKW, NKA, NNI, NGR, NWC. NLK, NAA, NUB and NAU….. so then I was trying to remember one or two of them and found this page --- very interesting --- ( link posted on Favorite Links web page).

As a side note… we always thought of Washington as NSS…. But in days before our time… Navy Department (from which Navcommsta Washdc came from was NAA… the NSS belonged to Annanpolis ……. .

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

 

The Irish Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Project

Submitted by Gene Graeff, RM, 58 - 62. This project was brought to his attention at a recent meeting of the Tidewater irish American Society, where Matthew Carroll gave a presentation on his organization and what their goals are.

This memorial is to be located in Ennis, County Clare, Republic of Ireland.

An article published in the May/June 2013 issue of "The VVA Veteran" titled "A Good Thing for the Irish: Honoring Those Who Served in Vietnam" details this project further.

A link to this article is posted on the Favorite Links web page.

To find out more about the Irish Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Project, or to volunteer or contribute, visit the IVNVMP Website.

Links to the VVA article and IVNVMP Website, along with contact information, are posted on the 'Favorite Links' web page, follow down to the respective item highlighted in 'yellow".

 

April 12, 2013

NEW MEMBER

David L. Hill USN(Ret), RM, 73 - 74.

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Helga Phifer, wife of Ronnie Phifer, CWO2, 76 - 77, passed away December 28, 2012 from cancer.

Josephine 'Josie' (Hamilton) With, wife of the late Julian F. With, RM, 68 to 69, passed away March 30, 2013.

Please keep Helga and Josie, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

 

BINNACLE LIST

Jan Reichert Flint, DT, 75 - 76, although in remission for some time, cancer has metastasized to her lungs, liver, nodes, and bones. Jan is back in chemo and gonna give it a helluva fight.

Prayers will be appreciated, she'll take all you can give.

 

BASE HISTORY

Seán McNicholl of Glenullin, recently inquired about the purpose of the former Dungiven Transmitter Site.

In turn, he forwarded a number of photos taken during a visit to the site on 18 March 2013.

These photos can be viewed on the "Base History" web page, in the left column click on the link, then follow down to the item highlighted in 'yellow' and click on "View".

 

OLD PHOTOS

David Burhans of NY, recently purchased an circa WW2 USNOB Londonderry N.I. CPO ashtray and submitted photos of the item.

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.

 

NEW LINKS

"Derry City of Culture for 2013"

Karl Nitschke, ET/WO/LT, (58-61, 61-66, 72-75), submitted a link to Belfast Telegraph.co.uk of 21 photos at various locations around town as Derry celebrates being the "City of Culture for 2013.

"Defense Finance and Accounting Service"

Art 'Ipp' Ippolito, RM, (56 - 61, 63 - 66), submitted an updated link for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service - Retired Pay Newsletter - March 2013.

The newsletter contains numerous on line tools that may be beneficial to military retirees.

"Geograph® Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square"

John Boyda, ET, (67 - 70, 75 - 77), submitted a link to Geograph® Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square"
The Geograph® Britain and Ireland project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.

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

 

2013 REUNION IN NEW ORLEANS - ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE

An 'Announcement' was sent out April 4th by e-mail to the membership that details information on the headquarters hotel, Schedule of Events, discounted hotel room rates, reservations instructions, along with tours and attractions.

This document is also available for viewing on the Reunions web page, under the 4 April 2013 Update, titled - "2013 New Orleans Reunion: ANNOUNCEMENT ".

The Reunion Committee is currently working on both the Member's Opener and Dinner Dance details. It is planned to have the Registration Form finalized, sent to the membership and posted on the website by early May.

In addition, selection and details of the evening visit to a local Irish pub to be announced.

Specific questions may be sent to Reunion Organizers, Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

We hope to see you in New Orleans!

 

March 16, 2013

NEW MEMBER

Steven Pfettscher, RM, 72 - 73

Welcome aboard!

 

LIFE MEMBER

Richard Bellemare USN(Ret), RM, 74 - 76, has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is sincerely appreciated!

 

500 CLUB

John J. Ryan USN(Ret), RM, 72 - 76, has renewed his committment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2013.

"Bravo Zulu" to John!

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

 

SEEKING INFORMATION

New member, Steven Pfettscher, was one of two Navy personnel injured in an off base bomb blast on 8 March 1973.

He would like to find out the name, and if possible any contact information, of the other person injured with him.

Any suggestions on how to recover this information would be greatly appreciated.

If anyone can help out, please forward information to Steve and/or the Webmaster.

 

2013 REUNION IN NEW ORLEANS - ANNOUNCEMENT

It's official! The Board is pleased to announce the 2013 Reunion in New Orleans, LA.

Reunion dates are September 23 - 27, 2013 and headquarters hotel is the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome.

Details and updates will be posted on the Reunions web page along with being forwarded to the membership.

In the left margin, click on "Reunions" to visit the web page to view the "Who's Attending" list, details, updates, and related website links for general information.

Questions may be fielded to reunion organizers, Dennis Kolodziej or Jim Sullivan.

We hope to see you there in "The Big Easy"!

 

February 16, 2013

NEW MEMBERS

Thomas Michael Martin, RM, 62 - 63

Kathleen Griswold Higgins, wife of the late Robert Griswold, LT, 6/75 - 7/77

John R. (Jack) Eamigh USN(Ret), LT, 73 - 75

Welcome aboard!

 

BINNACLE LIST

Andy's daughter, Cheryl, has advised us that Andrew Janer, RM, 12/50 - 12/51, has been diagnosed with Alzeimer's Disease resulting in memory loss. She indicated he will not be able to attend any future reunions, but he really enjoyed the one he went to years ago.

Richard H. 'Russ' Russell, RM, 60 - 61, has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. It is non-Hodgkins and doctors say it is very very treatable. He will be taking chemo for some months. Prayers will be greatly appreciated for healing.

George Ramsden, RM, 57 - 60, has been placed in a nursing home. He may be contacted via his daughter's e-mail which is in his member's listing.

Please keep Andy, Richard, and George in your thoughts and prayers.

 

NEW ADDITIONS TO "DERRY BRIDES" LIST

Sarah (Nancy) McLaughlin, former wife of Raymond Gilstrap, ET, 65 to 67, 69 - 71.

Dolores McClinchey, former wife of John 'Boot' Adam, ET, 8/73 - 6/76.

Welcome!

In the left margin, click on "Derry Brides" to go to the web page, details are highlighted in "yellow".

 

LIFE MEMBERS

The following have upgraded to Life Membership:

Robert Faunce USN(Ret), RM 10/61 - 4/63

Alan Smith, RM, 3/67 - 9/68

Jim Hoffman USN(Ret), RM, 4/73 - 7/76

Denny 'Bear' McMahon, CYN, 9/66 - 4/68

John Barker, IC, 3/67 - 4/69

Edward Derderian, ETN, 62 - 65

Your on-going support is sincerely appreciated!

 

500 CLUB

Arthur Saraphis USN(Ret), SK, 61 - 62, and Joseph T. Wells, ET, 63 - 66, have renewed their committment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2013.

"Bravo Zulu" to both Art and Joseph!

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

 

OLD PHOTOS

Richard Russell, RM, 60 - 61, has submitted twenty photos from his tour in Derry.

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".

 

MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION PROGRAM - UPDATE

We have some "optimistic" news to share with you as a result of our recent "Membership Verification Program".

We have confirmed that, YES, a slight majority of you are receiving our E-Mail messages. To date, 259 of our members responded back to us, out of a total of 481. This is a 54 percent response rate, which is an improvement, but far from desirable, over the dissapointly low 30 percent response rate for our earlier " 2013 Reunion Site Selection Survey" message. Of course, this means that we've yet to hear from 46 percent of our members regarding their membership verification. Understanding that not everyone checks their e-mail on a daily, or weekly basis (or maybe even on a monthly basis) we are looking forward to hearing from more of those members over the next few weeks.

Hopefully all are aware of the fact that for years there have been two membership listings on the Alumni Association web site: one is labeled "Members List" for active members, and another labeled "Inactive List" which is used for those members who no longer have a valid email address and thus with whom we have lost contact. It is here where non-responders to our Membership Verification program will be listed --- still members, of course, just listed as "inactive" because we are no longer able to be in touch with them. Inactive members can, of course, be easily restored to the active member listing once they reestablish contact with us. Our guiding principle is "Once a member, always a member", but it is the member's responsibility to keep in touch with us by responding to those few email surveys when requested to do so.

 

January 15, 2013

NEW MEMBER

Daniel H. Leonardson, ETN, 10/66 - 10/68

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

June Carpenter - reports that Artie J (Jonnie) Walker, RM, 63 - 65, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, The family Pat & the kids could use a wave of support right now, They have all gathered to pipe him over so to speak, They are still living in Riverside CA & their mailing address is available from the Webmaster. Please keep Jonnie & Pat in your thoughts & prayers for the immediate future.

Jim Sullivan sent an e-mail late yesterday that Artie 'Jonnie' Walker USN(Ret), RM, 63-65, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013 , in California at age 80.

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

 

USNCS LONDONDERRY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2012

The following students from the North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry, were recognized in October as selectees for the USNCS Londonderry Alumni Association Scholarship for 2012.

Adam Hurrell, in Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practioners

Breandan O'Hara, in Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practioners

Mark Taylor, in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

Olivia Wyer, in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

Congratulations to all!

Additional information, group and individual photos, and a link to the announcement on the NWRC Website 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 closing, we would also like to recognize recent contributors, Richard Stacy and John J. Ryan.

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

 

FACEBOOK

We are on "Facebook", a worldwide social networking service.

"NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association" has now been active on Facebook for approximately four months.

While you are on Facebook, come pay us a visit and join the group!

 

ANNUAL DUES

The Members List has been reset to indicate those that are current on voluntary Annual Dues for 2013.

If you believe that your dues are up to date -or- you have paid Lifetime Dues and are not properly indicated 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.

 

MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION - IMPORTANT REQUEST

Shortly, members will be receiving a separate e-mail addressing this subject. The Board asks that you respond to our request promptly, we truly need your support in this matter.

 

September 25, 2012

NEW MEMBERS

Robert J. Pollack, CYN, 3/68 - 3/70

Michael Andrew 'Rocky' Clark USN(Ret), RM, 71 - 74, 76 - 77

Charles R. 'Chuck' Clark, RM, 56 - 57

Clarence 'Ed' Leab USN(Ret), RM, 8/60 - 4/62

Welcome aboard!

 

TAPS

Dan Baucher, RM2, 70's, passed away 2004 in Londonderry.

Richard M. Strong, YN3, 70's, passed away March 24, 2004 at age 51 in Lebanon, TN.

Leo G. Sangiolo USN(Ret), TMCM, 4/43 - 8/44, passed away June 21, 2011 at age 87 in San Diego, CA.

Anna T. (McGuiness) Dunn, wife of the late RMC David D. Dunn, passed away August 21, 2012 at age 77 in Virginia Beach, VA.

Robert C. Flint USN(Ret), WO1 - CWO2 / LCDR, 12/72 - 1/75, passed away September 24, 2012 at age 68 in Castleberry, FL.

Bob is the spouse of fellow member Janet (Jan) Flint (nee: Reichert), DT 75-76.

Please keep Dan, Richard, Leo, Anna, and Robert, and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

SEARCHING FOR

Jonathon Paul Price is trying to contact Terry Stubbs, RM, 1969 - 1970.

In the left margin, click on "Searching For" to go to the web page. Details are highlighted in "yellow".

 

OLD PHOTOS

Ted Nevels, RM, 74 - 77, submitted a photo of the US Navy Ship Yard in Derry taken in 1943.

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.

 

BASE HISTORY

Michael 'Rocky' Clark, RM, 71 - 74, 76 - 77, submitted a photo taken during the demolition of Sampson Hall.

In the left margin click on "Base History", then follow down to the bottom of the web page.

 

ADDITION TO "DERRY BRIDES" LIST

Avril Josephine Lappin, Mrs Bob Faunce, RM 61 - 63.

Welcome!

In the left margin, click on "Derry Brides" to go to the web page, details are highlighted in 'yellow'.

 

THE 500 CLUB - UPDATE

We are happy to report we had a fantastic response to our earlier request for donations for this year's Derry Scholarship Fund, resulting in not only an ability to fully fund this year's scholarships, but to fully fund the 2013 scholarships, as well. I want to thank all of you who participated in this fund raising effort, and also pass along the gratitude of the North West Regional Collage administration, as well. They were overjoyed to receive this news. Bravo Zulu!

 

FACEBOOK

We can now be found on Facebook, a worldwide social networking service, at "NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association".

While you are on Facebook, come pay us a visit and join the group!

 

April 17, 2012

BASE HISTORY

A number of Ordnance Survey Map plats, along with "Google Earth" Satellite Images of the former Clooney Base, Receiver Site and Antenna Farm have been posted to show the progression of the subdivision expansion and house construction where the receiving antennas once stood.

In the left margin click on "Base History" to go to the web page. The map plats and photos are found at the bottom of the page.

 

LONDONDERRY SENTINEL ARTICLE ON CLOONEY BASE TRANSITION TO THE NEW HOME OF 'FOYLE AND LONDONDERRY COLLEGE'

A news article written by Olga Bradshaw and titled "Vital to the 'war effort' Clooney is key to education infrastructure" was published in the 1 March 2012 issue of the Londonderry Sentinel.

The article reports the historical significance from WWII until 1977 as a US Naval Communications Station, plans for the site to be the new home of Foyle and Londonderry College, an interview with our Association Historian Jerry Keenan, the recent base visit by Association members and their families during the 2011 Derry Reunion, and that 'Foyle' are considering a permanent feature being created commemorating their association with the former base.

Link to Londonderry Sentinel News article:

Vital to the ‘war effort’ Clooney is key to education infrastructure

 

OLD PHOTOS

Bob Martin, YN, 71 - 72, was able to identify the remaining individuals in the third group of photos recently submitted by John Sadler.

These photos can be viewed in the Old Photos section.

Tom Conrad, PN, 72 - 74, submitted fifteen photos, various documents, and Special Services Bulletins from his time in Derry.

They are posted in two groups. The first group contains various photos taken in various locations, a 1972 All Star Game Program Guide, Ration Card, Change of Command Ceremony pamphlet, Admin Office photos, and photos of the Slieveanorra microwave relay site. The second group posted contains six issues of Special Services Bulletins, circa 1973.

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

 

US NRS/NCS THURSO SCOTLAND REUNION IN NORFOLK VA - CANCELLED

A notice cancelling the reunion scheduled for 5 May 2012 at the Hilton Norfolk Airport Hotel has been posted on their Facebook page.

Visit the "NAVCOMMSTA THURSO SCOTLAND UK" Facebook page for further details and any updates.

Note: a Facebook account is required in order to log in and visit their 'page'.

 

April 1, 2012

TAPS

Jean Rush Coulter, former wife of Chuck Harrington, ET, 70's, passed away in Derry, July 2003 at age 55.

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

 

OLD PHOTOS

Ron McKenzie, RM, 70 - 71, was able to identify a couple individuals in the third group of photos recently submitted by John Sadler.

These photos can be viewed in the Old Photos section.

 

SEARCHING FOR

Daniel 'Speedy' Carlin, Civilian, 69 - 74, is looking to contact Milton (Jonesey) Jones. He was on the base for a short time between 1969 and 1972. He was then transferred to Newquay in Cornwall, England.

In the left margin, click on "Searching For" to go to the web page, details are highlighted in "yellow".

 

THE "500" CLUB - APPEAL UPDATE

We can advise that we've had an overwhelming response to our request for scholarship funds and will continue to accept donations until the end of April as previously announced, with a goal of fully funding both this year and 2013.

"On behalf of your Board of Directors I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those members who stood up and answered our call for donations for our Association's Derry Scholarship Fund. Your overwhelming response speaks volumes about the generosity of our Alumni Association, and speaks well of your desire to give something back to Derry and its people. To those who've already contributed, as well as to those whose check is in the mail, I want to say I've never been more proud to be a part of this, OUR Alumni Association. Bravo Zulu! "

Jim Sullivan, President, USNLAA

 

March 26, 2012

 

TAPS

Norman 'Doe' Upton USN(Ret), RM, 62 - 63 and 69 - 71, passed away at home in Madison WI, March 9, 2012 at age 69.

Mary Brandon Webster, former wife of the late Mike Harlan, RM, 69 - 71 and 75 - 77, passed away November 29, 2011 at age 62.

Please keep Norman and Mary and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

 

OLD PHOTOS

John Sadler, RM, 71 - 72, submitted 42 photos from his time in Derry. There are two groups of (13) and (16) photos taken during the wedding ceremony, and a third group of (13) with a photo of his wife and daughter, then a number of his Derry shipmates.

If you can help identify any of the unknown people, please contact the Webmaster.

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

In addition, I received an e-mail from Sean Mc Carron who kindly identified many of the unknown locations in John Sadler's first group of 19 photos posted last July.

These photos can also be viewed in the Old Photos section.

 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Arthur Saraphis USN(Ret), SK, 61 - 62 has upgraded to life membership.

Thank you, your support is sincerely appreciated.

 

THE "500" CLUB

Joseph T. Wells, ET 63 - 66, has renewed his committment to the Derry Scholarship Program for 2012.

His contribution will be instumental in the support of this effort for 2012. "Bravo Zulu" to Jody.