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Member Links

  • Member Jim Gola (RM, 60 to 63). As you may or may not know, while stationed at Navcomsta Londonderry, Jim took advantage of the off time and painted in oils with the Irish Art Association. After some 40 plus years in architecture, Jim is back to painting again for his final career. He took an extended trip back to Ireland in 2003 and retraced many of his earlier steps. He is again painting scenes of the Irish countryside and Derry based on his 700 plus high resolution digitals taken on his last trip. To view the Irish portion on Jim's work, click on: Jim Gola's Art Gallery

  • Al Britnell, RMC USN (Ret), Doire website: home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DoireRM

  • Member Bob Gradisher (RM, 64 to 67) wife Alice (from Derry) is an artist: www.muralpro.com  

  • Fellow communicator, Michael R. Ellis, RMCS USN(Ret), has become an excellent author and his offerings center around Navy Communications, hero being RM2 Rigney Page - very interesting novels. Two to date and a third one on the way. The latest novel takes place at NCS Nea Makri (NGR). Terrific author and a must read for all intersted in Naval Communications in the era of 1950-1970. Links for more information and how to obtain these books are: Apollo Rises and Nea Makri.
    Mike Ellis has released yet another novel, titled "Chief Page". “From the Philippines to the northern coast of Scotland, Chief Page combats America’s enemies and stirs conflict with his chain of command.” “Evil regrets the day it crossed paths with this navy chief!”

    Mike has just released a fourth novel!
    Chief Page embarks on another adventurous trek through the Cold War navy. . . . Follow The Hero of Thurso as he combats the red menace in the waters and islands of The Bonifacio Strait . . . . . . Watch the chief’s leadership tested when he must cope with destructive incompetence in the chain-of-command . . .

    Read more about Chief Page and "The Bonifacio Strait" at his publisher’s website: Chief Page

    Association member Richard Chase, RM, 70 - 72, wrote a memoir about his time in Derry. The book, titled "Domicile", is available on Amazon. Link to: Amazon - Domicile

    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.
    Link to: Amazon - Londonderry Farewell
    Link to: Additional Information on "createspace" - Londonderry Farewell

Membership Related Links

DO NOT be responsible for forwarding bogus "VIRUS ALERT" messages to all your friends. Two good sites to check out VIRUS WARNINGS to see if they're BOGUS are:

  www.snopes.com and www.vmyths.com

E-mail Chat Group for Alumni members,  groups.yahoo.com/group/DerryAlumni

Military Related Links

List of Veteran's Affairs Offices for all States: All 50 States
Radio Shack Equipment you haven't seen in a while: Navy Radio Gear
FRA: The Fleet Reserve Association, web site: www.fra.org
A musical/pictorial THANK YOU to our World War II veterans: "Before You Go"
ONLINE Veteran and Military Personnel Locator/Registry: www.amervets.com/registry.htm (Info on accessing database: www.amervets.com/database.htm)
Medal Replacements and Medal Display Recognitions: www.amervets.com/replacement/other.htm
Vets Roll Call Site; locate old shipmates, www.vetsrollcall.com
Free service for Navy veterans looking for civilian careers, www.recruitnavy.com
Online database of U.S. Navy members (active, reserve, and retired) E-mail addresses, www.usnavyemail.com
Military Veterans On-line Data Base, www.vetfriends.com
U.S. Navy Ship's Company, www.hullnumber.com
The Navy Times, www.navytimes.com
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers Alumni Association, http://www.goatlocker.org/index.html
NAVCOMMSTA Thurso, Scotland, Alumni Association, sacman.net
USNTC Bainbridge Maryland Alumni Association, www.usntcbainbridge.org
Radioman "A" and "B" School of USNTC Bainbridge Alumni Association, e-mail Bill O'Donnell: Odusn29@aol.com  We have word that Bill O'Donnell has passed away, so you may not get a reply.
Military Connections - Veteran Reunion and Military Database Searches: www.militaryconnections.com
Navy Database for History, Ships, Reunions, Shipmates, etc.: www.theanchorstore.com/chief/
For you guys who worked in "Crypto": http://www.jproc.ca/crypto/menu.html
For those who served on Carriers: www.flight-history.com
The Kitchen Table Gang, a group of retires dedicated to making life better for hospitalized veterans: KitchenTableGang
WARSHIP: the tale of the ships and submarines that changed the face of modern naval warfare: Navy Warships
Home Page of The White House, Washington, DC: White House
Retirement Planner - Special Extra Earnings for Military Service: Social Security Online

Naval Historical Center - Naval History and Heritage Command: NHC - NHHC

Action Alert re "Retirees,Vets eyed for Health Cost Cuts": Military.com

"Navy Together We Served", a website for current and former serving members of the United States Navy, enabling one to connect with lost shipmates: togetherweserved.com

Although this appears to be sponsored by a law office, this website contains information about Mesothelioma and asbestos awareness for veterans: Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center

Although this appears to be sponsored by a law office, this website contains information about Mesothelioma and asbestos awareness for veterans: MesotheliomaGuide - Veterans and Mesothelioma

Some of our retired members may not realize that there may be a Coast Guard exchange nearby. There are 26 Coast Guard Exchanges located in CA, CT, AL, MA, FL, OH, NC, NJ, NY, TX, LA, VA, ME, WA, AK, HI and Puerto Rico: Coast Guard Exchange Website

This is a link to a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with names, bio's, and other information on our lost comrades: Virtual Wall

Here are links to two websites that allow one to convert plain text to Morse Code or CW, and adjust rate to various speeds:
Text to Morse Code MP3 conversion      Morse Code Translator

United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors:
Federal Benefits - 2010 Edition

U.S. Social Security Administration - Online Website: Home Page

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) News Item - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded list of USN and USCG vessels during Vietnam to Agent Orange Exposure List - Link to: FRA News Item

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) analysis of the 2010 Medicare Trustees Report - Link to: News Item

"U.S. Navy Radio Communications" - this website contains a phenomenal wealth of photos, technical manuals, and other documentation on the Naval Communications System and the equipment used both on shore stations and aboard ship. - Link to: US Navy Radio Communications

"The Second World War in Northern Ireland" - Andy's website contains a wealth of historical information, "then and now" photos, and other documentation on circa WW2 Allied Military Bases, including USAAF, RAF, RN, and Army units located in Northern Ireland. - Link to: The Second World War in Northern Ireland

Defense Finance and Accounting Service - Contains links on information for:
On Line Tools You Can Use; On Line Tools Your Loved Ones Can Use; Life Changes and Your Retired Pay Account, Direct Deposit Required; Resetting MyPay Passwords; Tips To Use When Making a Bank Account Change; Customer Service Menu Option Changes; Questions and Answers about Sequestration; Change to Survivor Benefit Plan Annuity Accounts - Retired Pay - March 2013 Newsletter

"Derry was Allies’ best-kept secret in Battle of Atlantic" -
Interesting article published in the 10 May 2013 issue of the Derry Journal
Link to: "Derry was Allies’ best-kept secret ..."

"U.S. Navy Cruise Books" -
The largest online collection of freely accessible U.S. Navy Cruise Books
Link to: U.S. Navy Cruise Books

"U.S. Navy Shore Station Call Signs" -
A listing of the three letter U.S. Navy Radio and Communication Stations - Worldwide
Link to: U.S. Navy Call Signs

"The Irish Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Project" - 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" details this project further, read:
"A Good Thing For the Irish: Honoring Those Who Served In Vietnam"
To find out more about the Irish Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Project, visit "The Irish Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Project"
To volunteer or contribute, contact Matthew Carroll by e-mail at: matthew_carroll@theirishvietnamveteransmemorialproject.org
or Brian McDonnell at 703-863-2705.

"National Archives - Veterans Service Records"
This site provides information on the following:
* Requesting Military Service Records
* Research Using Military Records
* How to Replace Lost or Damaged Medals and Awards
* Browse World War Two Photos - Holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration
Link to: National Archives - Veterans Service Records

"Navy Personnel Command"
This site provides information on the following:
* Navy Retired Activities
Link to: Navy Personnel Command - Navy Retired Activities

"U.S. Military in Northern Ireland during WWII"
This Flickr site has been created as a means to centralise images of the US Military in Northern Ireland during WW2:

* Link to: Main Page

* Link to: U.S. Navy Page

* Link to: U.S. Marine Corps Page

"A Secret Landscape - America's Cold War Infrastructure" -
This site contains many links to various Facilities, Systems, and Operating Plans related to communications during the Cold War.
Link to: Webpage

"Interested in Amateur Radio ..." -
As a Communications Yeoman, Radioman, or ET, you were once a member of the greatest Communications Team in the world. Miss those days of SSB Voice, CW, and RTTY?

There is a club for you....the Navy Amateur Radio Club. The web site is: Navy Amateur Radio Club

Many of our members are former Navy Communicators and we enjoy contacting each other on 7.245 MHz LSB. Our nets run from 0700 to 0900 Eastern 365 days a year, and there's a Tin Can Sailors net beginning at 0900.

In you're not a Ham Radio Operator, and want to learn more, visit the American Amateur Radio League web site at: http://www.arrl.org/home American Radio Relay League

There's probably a ham radio club in your area of the country...search for one on Google... attend a meeting to learn more and you will find ham operators who are more than willing to help you study for and obtain your licenses. The FCC License fee is only $15.00 for the test, and this includes your license for 10 years, and can be renewed online at the FCC web site. You were Navy trained...you got this!

Senior, Military, and Veteran Discounts

"Senior Discounts"
* NOTE: No attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of this listing:
* This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family too.

Dunkin Donuts gives free coffee to people over 55 .
If you're paying for a cup every day, you might want to start getting it for FREE.

YOU must ASK for your discount !

Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney's: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Whataburger: 10% off (62+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me ... if I ever see one again.

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)Modell's Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays - Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria - NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Massage Envy - NYC 20% off all "Happy Endings" (62 +)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: "Verizon is offering a 15% discount for military personnel, retirees, and veterans. The company is also offering a 25% discount on accessories like chargers, cases and batteries and 12% off some calling features. The company has already identified 100,000 eligible accounts with the discount on monthly wireless service being applied automatically. If you have not been signed up, active duty personnel will need to show a military email or leave and earnings statement, and retirees and veterans can show an account statement from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service myPay site; DD Form 214; DD Form 214; and the planned Veterans ID Card."
Keep in mind this may or may not represent your best plan deal. It is up to the individual to research this. Verizon Wireless - Home Page

Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)

NOW, go out there and claim your discounts - - and remember -- YOU must ASK for discount ---- no ask, no discount.
I Know everyone knows someone over 50 please pass the one on!!!!!

"More Veterans and Military Discounts"
This site provides information on the following:
* NOTE: No attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of this listing
Link to: Military Connection.com

Derry Related Links

City of Derry web site: www.derrycity.gov.uk

Web Site for the CITY OF DERRY AIRPORT: www.cityofderryairport.com

A Derry City Web Page with Lots of Information, www.derry.net

Derry Tourist Guide, www.visitderry.com

Old Ghost Stories from in and around Derry: www.derryghosts.com

Over 100 of Photographer Eamon Melaugh's Pictures of Derry (1968-1974), cain.ulster.ac.uk/melaugh/gallery.htm

Derry City Pictures from the CAIN Project, Derry City

"Very Derry" provides access to a collection of Quicktime Virtual Reality VR) panoramas of Derry. Very Derry

"propertynews.com" provides access to a satellite photo imagery starting at Sperrin Park, with the capability to maneuver all around the surrounding area allowing a "birdseye view". Outstanding resolution and clarity. Instructions are contained on the website, along with the icons to switch between "map" and "bird's eye view". propertynews.com

Guide to Late-Night Clubs, Eats, Hotspots and other stuff in Derry, www.knowhere.co.uk/165.html
The Derry City FOOTBALL CLUB's Web Page, www.derrycityfc.com
The Richmond Shopping Centre (Inside the Derry Wall), www.richmondcentre.co.uk
The Foyleside Shopping Centre (Outside the Derry Wall), www.foyleside.co.uk
DerryCity.Com, submitted by John Fout, son of the late John T. Fout RM (58-60, 68-70): DerryCity.Com

Welcome to Springtown Camp - Dedicated to the men, women, and children of Springtown Camp - 1946 - 1967: www.springtowncamp.com

Part Two and other similar videos are listed under "Related Videos".

"The Wile BIG Derry Phrasebook" by Seamus McConnell - GP Media/Guildhall Press, posted on the Springtown Camp Website.
Link to: Book

Most know it as the Dungiven Transmitter Site and not as a US Army Signal Base. After the US Navy departed it was turned over to the MOD. Regardless, some very nice footage of the former transmitter site of how it looks today, along with music to accompany the video, created by "CRAFTYMARCUZ".     Link to: US ARMY SIGNAL BASE, NORTHERN IRELAND, BENBRADAGH

"In Pictures - Derry City of Culture"
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
Link to: "In Pictures - Derry City of Culture"

"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, and you can be part of it.
Map Grid designators that reference Derry (there may be more) are: C4117, C4216, C4315, C4316, C4317, C4416, C4419, C4517.
Link to: Geograph

Derry/Northern Ireland Newspapers Links

The Belfast Telegraph, www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Irish America Magazine, www.irishamerica.com
Irish Newspapers, www.irishnewspapers.com
Ireland's Eye, a weekly web-magazine on Ireland: Ireland's Eye
NEWSHOUND, a "news sifting" service for people interested in the Northern Ireland situation: www.nuzhound.com
MSNBC News Special Report on Northern Ireland,  msnbc.com/news/536604.asp?0sp=N2bB
Derry Journal, www.derryjournal.com/
Londonderry Sentinel, www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/
Search Notices - Announcements Ireland, announce.jpress.ie/

Derry/Northern Ireland Radio Station Links

Radio Foyle on Internet, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/radio
Derry Radio Station Q102FM Live Broadcast on Internet, Q102FM
Letterkenny's Highland Radio Live Broadcast on Internet, www.highlandradio.com
Ed McBride's Radio Show, "Reflections of Ireland", "Maryland's longest running-radio program of traditional Irish music, news, and sports" can now be heard Sunday (5:00 - 7:00 pm) and Monday (4:00 - 6:00 pm) on WHFC 91.1 FM or: www.whfc911.org
Various radio stations in N. Ireland and worldwide: www.live-radio.net

Derry/Northern Ireland Miscellaneous Links

Weather Forecasts for N.I., www.weatheronline.co.uk/Ireland.htm 
Weather Forecasts for N.I., www.meto.gov.uk/datafiles/AAPMS.html 
Weather Forecasts for N.I., uk.weather.yahoo.com/Europe/United_Kingdom/Northern_Ireland/index.html

Northern Ireland Tours, Derry: www.irishtourguides.com
Cheap Flights to Ireland, www.oconnors.com/aerlingus
Abbey Bed & Breakfast, Abbey Road, Derry: www.abbeyaccommodation.com
The Waterfoot Hotel & Country Club, www.thewaterfoothotel.co.uk
Beech Hill Country House Hotel, www.beech-hill.com
Information on Ireland's Hotels, www.irelandhotels.com

Submitted by Declan Walls, his website containing useful information on businesses in Derry, www.thebestof.co.uk/cityofderry

National Art Gallery, www.nationalgallery.ie


        Want to talk with old shipmates from NCS Londonderry?  If your computer has speakers and a microphone, you can visit Paltalk Voice and Video Chat and download their software and set yourself up in just a few minutes. There is a group of alumni who meet on PALTALK weekday nights from around 8:00pm EST to chat. Look for a group under MEET NEW PEOPLE called 'Derry Alumni' and join in. It's Free.


        Want to talk with old shipmates from NCS Londonderry?  If your computer has speakers and a microphone, you can visit Skype for more details, download their software and set yourself up in just a few minutes.

U.S. NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association
P.O. Box 108
 New Boston, MI 48164-0108