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Shipmate: March 2018 14 January 2018

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by Mark Hubbard

¡Hola! I am writing to you from my spacious hotel room at the Villa del Palmar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Barb and I decided to escape the frigid weather back east for a week to thaw out our frozen bones. I hear that the east coast is getting slammed by a winter storm – my condolences…(I know, I know, I am gloating but I just can’t help myself!).

Mark & Barb Hubbard smile warmly in the Puerto Vallarta sun

Mark & Barb Hubbard smile warmly in the Puerto Vallarta sun

We have another author in our Class – Carl Sharperson. Carl has written a book, Leadership: Overcome Adversity to Lead with Authenticity. This book was written by Carl as a supplemental product to his executive leadership training series, “Sharp Leadership Academy”. You can find out more about Carl’s training series and how to purchase his book at http://www.carlsharpersonjr.com/.

Carl Sharperson over the years

Carl Sharperson over the years

Joe Foy sent me an update:

My son, Andy and I visited Annapolis and then attended the game at Philly last week. While in Annapolis, we reconnected with 24th company classmate Lou Saccoccio for a tour of the Yard. Since I hadn’t been back in over 30 years, I was amazed at the changes. Lou and wife Debbie live near Annapolis, he is the CEO of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA). He has appeared before Congressional and Senate Committees multiple times in his expertise of health care fraud law. Lou was interviewed last summer by FoxNews concerning a major crackdown. Lou’s five kids are all doing very well, I was surprised to hear about the Saccoccio Tennessee connection; oldest son Scott is a writer and producer for the TV show “Nashville”. I’m still teaching high school at a public magnet school in Tennessee; stay busy with four different courses (3 are AP). I plan on going another few years; Lou’s target is “go to 75, reassess at that time”. Wife Sharon and I live in Knoxville – tell the ‘76ers to drop by if they are going through town.

Lou Saccoccio and Joe Foy meet up in Tecumseh court

Lou Saccoccio and Joe Foy meet up in Tecumseh court

Greg Vaughn recently participated in the Change of Command ceremony for the Commodore of Commander, Undersea Surveillance (CUS) where Scott Luers ’95 relieved Kevin Mooney ’91. Greg was a previous Commodore of CUS from 2001-2003.

CUS Change of Command Ceremony 8DEC17 with current and previous Commodores

CUS Change of Command Ceremony 8DEC17 with current and previous Commodores

I received an email, which I forwarded to the class, from Roger Henderson ’69 that he sent to all Shipmate Corresponding Secretaries:

I am Roger Henderson, USNA ’69, and chairman of the Class of ’69 Alumni Memorial Fund (AMF) that has taken on the task of raising funds to mount a USNA plaque at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. The attached below gives details of why the plaque is needed, and our efforts to raise the funds. Shipmate and Alumni staff are aware of our efforts, and CDR Mike Michaelis ’69 reported on our efforts at the November USNA Council of Class Presidents. Please pass this information onto your classmates. If you want additional details, please contact me at rhhusna69@gmail.com, or call 540-583-5289(h) or 540-875-9927(c). Thanks! Roger ’69

The attachment reads:

The June-July 2017 issue of Shipmate had an All Hands article and picture on page 13 relating the efforts of the Class of 1969 to gain recognition for the heroic efforts of USNA grads at D-Day on 6 June 1944. Please take a few minutes to read the below summary, and then we ask that you pass on this information to your classmates via email and mention in Shipmate, and on your class Facebook page if you have one. Cdr. Mike Michaelis ’69 reported on the effort at the November USNA Council of Class Presidents meeting, so if present at the meeting your class president is already aware of this effort. It will be included in the COCP minutes to be mailed soon.

D-Day, 6 June 1944, was a pivotal point in the Allies effort to defeat Hitler’s forces and end WWII in Europe. While the landing and push inland was an Army operation, it took the combined effort of thousands of Navy men to put the troops and supplies on the beach. Over 250 ships, plus almost 5,000 landing craft took part in the operation. Many of the ships were commanded by USNA graduates, including three destroyer skippers who received the Silver Star for their heroic efforts that literally saved the day on Omaha Beach. The Shipmate article has an accompanying picture (attached below) of eight USNA ’69 classmates pointing to a blank spot on the wall of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA where there should be a plaque recognizing the significant participation of Naval Academy graduates in D-Day operations. Next to the blank spot are plaques honoring West Point, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech alumni. The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, VA because our small community lost more men per capita on the beaches of Normandy than any other community in the US. I live just three miles from the D-Day Memorial, and have been a supported for over 20 years. Please visit http://www.dday.org to learn more about the Memorial, and if you would like to tour the Memorial as my guest, contact me at rhhusna69@gmail.com.
We need your help in raising $25,000 to fund the casting and mounting of a USNA plaque, and to provide for it’s perpetual care. Our goal is to raise the money by 31 Dec 2018, and to have the plaque unveiled and dedicated on 6 June 2019, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

The USNA Alumni Association has declined to take part in this fundraising effort for now, so the class of 1969 Board of Directors has taken the lead in creating the USNA Alumni Memorial Fund (AMF) under our class Foundation, which you can support by sending your tax-deductible contributions to:

USNA Class of 1969 Foundation
c/o DR Steve Hudock
6006 Woodlake Lane
Alexandria, VA 22315

Please make your check out to the USNA Class of 1969 Foundation and on the memo line write “AMF-USNA D-Day Memorial Plaque”. If you provide an email address with your check, you will receive an email receipt for your tax records. To date members of the class of 1969 have donated over $7,000 to this effort.

Thanks for your financial support of this worthy endeavor.

Roger H. Henderson ‘69
Chairman, ’69 AMF DDay
BEAT ARMY!

That’s it! HAPPY NEW YEAR and STAY WARM!!!

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National D-Day Memorial Bedford, VA 9 January 2018

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9 December 2017
USNA Class of 1969 Foundation
6006 Woodlake Lane, Alexandria, VA 22315

Fellow USNA grads and corresponding secretaries,

The June-July 2017 issue of Shipmate had an All Hands article and picture on page 13 relating the efforts of the Class of 1969 to gain recognition for the heroic efforts of USNA grads at D-Day on 6 June 1944. Please take a few minutes to read the below summary.

D-DAY

D-Day, 6 June 1944, was a pivotal point in the Allies effort to defeat Hitler’s forces and end WWII in Europe. While the landing and push inland was an Army operation, it took the combined effort of thousands of Navy men to put the troops and supplies on the beach. Over 250 ships, plus almost 5,000 landing craft took part in the operation. Many of the ships were commanded by USNA graduates, including three destroyer skippers who received the Silver Star for their heroic efforts that literally saved the day on Omaha Beach. The Shipmate article has an accompanying picture (attached below) of eight USNA ’69 classmates pointing to a blank spot on the wall of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA where there should be a plaque recognizing the significant participation of Naval Academy graduates in D-Day operations. Next to the blank spot are plaques honoring West Point, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech alumni. The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, VA because our small community lost more men per capita on the beaches of Normandy than any other community in the US. I live just three miles from the D-Day Memorial, and have been a supported for over 20 years. Please visit http://www.dday.org to learn more about the Memorial, and if you would like to tour the Memorial as my guest, contact me at rhhusna69@gmail.com.

dday

We need your help in raising $25,000 to fund the casting and mounting of a USNA plaque, and to provide for it’s perpetual care. Our goal is to raise the money by 31 Dec 2018, and to have the plaque unveiled and dedicated on 6 June 2019, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

The USNA Alumni Association has declined to take part in this fundraising effort for now, so the class of 1969 Board of Directors has taken the lead in creating the USNA Alumni Memorial Fund (AMF) under our class Foundation, which you can support by sending your tax-deductible contributions to:

USNA Class of 1969 Foundation
c/o DR Steve Hudock
6006 Woodlake Lane
Alexandria, VA 22315

Please make your check out to the USNA Class of 1969 Foundation and on the memo line write “AMF-USNA D-Day Memorial Plaque”. If you provide an email address with your check, you will receive an email receipt for your tax records. To date members of the class of 1969 have donated over $7,000 to this effort.

Thanks for your financial support of this worthy endeavor.

Roger H. Henderson ‘69
Chairman, ’69 AMF DDay

BEAT ARMY!!

 

Military Bowl 2017 Navy vs. Virginia 9 January 2018

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Shipmate: January/February 2018 4 December 2017

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by Mark Hubbard

As 2017 comes to a close and 2018 looms on the horizon, I don’t have any special words of wisdom to impart to the Class other than, embrace each day we have with family and friends as if it were your last. I had a recent scare while in Lake Tahoe with my wife, Barb, in November. I had to be taken by ambulance to the local hospital due to atrial fibrillation (AFib). Apparently, it is more common than I ever imagined. In my case, I had to be put to sleep for a few minutes in order to have my heart shocked back into normal sinus rhythm (NSR). My only advice from this experience is, listen to your body and if in doubt, seek medical help immediately! I did that in this case and am still alive today because of it. Now onto the mailbag.

Mike Seifert writes:

Bruce Bevard came up from Oak Ridge, TN, on business and some of the 21st Company group gathered for a dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. Scott Ackerson even came in from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to attend. We placed a call to Casey Napora who lives in Chesapeake, VA, so we had a high percentage of 21st Company represented. Left to right are Mike Hlywiak, Bruce Bevard, Mike Seifert, Scott Ackerson and Chris Kidd. We also welcomed our third grandchild, Kelvin Patrick Seifert, into the world on October 13th, weighing in at 6 lbs-12 oz. Vanessa and I went to Harrisonburg, VA, and got to see and hold him on day one. Attached is a picture of Olivia and Evan with their new little brother.

21st Company Contingent Converges on Ted’s Montana Grill

21st Company Contingent Converges on Ted’s Montana Grill

The Seifert’s grandchildren

The Seifert’s grandchildren

Dave Winters provided a “pre-Winters Tale” to entertain and delight us all:

Looking back on the last few months, it is hard to believe we actually stuffed so many events into so little time. In August, classmate Mark Hubbard and wife, Beautiful Barb, visited Debbie and me for a couple of days to catch the Solar Total Eclipse. Weather was perfect, and the view was STUNNING! Mark cranked out some great photographs!

Mark Hubbard’s collage of his solar eclipse photographs

Mark Hubbard’s collage of his solar eclipse photographs

Then, in September, Deb and I sponsored a concert at the local university (Austin Peay State University, favorite cheer “LET’S GO PEAY!”). We were nervous, but it was a great success. (See photo of old, busted up me with the starring soprano Diana McVey.)

Soprano Diana McVey poses with Dave Winters

Soprano Diana McVey poses with Dave Winters

The next few days, we trundled down to Panama City to participate in the retirement ceremony of the Navy’s senior diver, Warrant Officer Chris Spann (I had only a small, speaking part). We have never witnessed a more vigorous and impressive ceremony. If you are ever looking for advice on how to set one up, just contact me, and I will put you in touch with the champion organizers of retirement ceremonies! After that came a run to Cleveland, Ohio for professional inspection of my amateur aortic plumbing installation. Good news! It proved so solid that I am not invited back for another two years. Then we were off to Maryland where I presented a paper in the Symposium for Cryptologic History at Johns Hopkins University, sponsored by NSA. On the day before, I got to deliver a sneak preview for Goddard Space Flight Center at the invitation of classmate Mark Hubbard. He (and enchanting Barb) kindly put us up for a few nights in their gorgeous residence. Also, USNA alums, astronaut Kay Hire ‘81 and Tim Beach ’94, attended my Goddard lecture to gently needle me as only our USNA own can do.

Mark Hubbard, Dave Winters, Kay Hire, and Tim Beach at Dave’s OTAR briefing at NASA/GSFC

Mark Hubbard, Dave Winters, Kay Hire, and Tim Beach at Dave’s OTAR briefing at NASA/GSFC

World renowned cryptologist Whitfield “Whit” Diffie attended my lecture as JHU and graciously refrained from embarrassing me any more than absolutely necessary. He was coincidentally seated in the back row beside my wife Debbie and surrounded by a hoard of USNA midshipmen computer groupies from USNA cyber-security classes. Since they were unacquainted, Debbie got a truck load of unexpectedly candid comments about my lecture from Whitfield Diffie. And Whit got to learn the characteristics of a good sea story. (i.e., every word is true with the express exceptions of those that are not.)
This was all essentially permitted by the fact that my rogue cloak and dagger escapades of the Cold War have finally been declassified. This allowed me to reveal (without prosecution) humorous details that had, heretofore, remained untold. Spinning the story is frankly fun because it allows injection of the human elements into our record that would otherwise remain vague and obscure in the fog of old anti-espionage games. Real sea story material. Back when I was pulling this stuff off, nobody could understand why I worked day and night even on plum shore duty. But, I could hardly divulge the reasons. Secrecy was paramount, and we all know that only dead men tell no tales.

On the following day, we were treated to a private tour of the NSA Museum of Cryptology where I encountered John Inglish USAFA ’76. He was the immediately previous Deputy Director of NSA. John now lectures the Cyber-Warfare classes at Annapolis. Shortly thereafter, we were on a trans-Atlantic flight to attend a royal reception in London and a next day luncheon at my club (The Special Forces Club. See Wikipedia). On the train into London, we found ourselves seated by Salmon Rushdie, who is still under a Muslim Death Edict (“fatwa”), so I refrained from angling for a posed selfie. The luncheon was followed by a small private remembrance ceremony in Westminster Abbey for covert agents lost in WWII. At the reception, I had the great pleasure of introducing two of my sweet nieces to Princess Anne of the United Kingdom. (Sometimes, you must remind the young ones who their old fuddy-duddy Uncle really is). At the luncheon, an acquaintance of some years introduced us to Shrabani Basu, author of the book (now a hit movie), Victoria and Abdul. The remarkably kind lady invited us to her home for tea and a private signing. Of course, we accepted. While in London, we also stopped by the Victory Services Club to check the status of a painting transfer that I had facilitated. The artist I represent was commissioned to do a portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall for the club, and we were elated to find that it was placed in the premier display location. While later visiting many other generous-to-a-fault friends scattered about the south of England, we found ourselves invited to share morning coffee with an English High Sheriff and Magistrate, with her husband, a British Circuit judge. For an old lawyer like me, this was fascinating.

Finally, we returned to Tennessee for a few weeks recovery time. Wrapping up this series, only after returning home did we accidentally learn that our previously mentioned acquaintance (who introduced us to Mrs. Basu) is actually a Hungarian Countess, on the sly. (Sounds like a scene from My Fair Lady, no?) I think the above must have been about ten years’ worth of shameless name dropping. Now, officially retired from my PAID law practice, I have canceled my business phone number, and my web site is about to expire. From now on, only my pro-bono practice continues and only the web pages for my books will remain posted. But we still enthusiastically welcome visitors to Clarksville, which is within commuting distance from Nashville. In fact, I will be relating my “secret squirrel” sea story again in Nashville this March for our local USNA Alumni chapter, the All Service Academy group, and the Military Officer’s Association, all in a single combined luncheon. The entire shebang is organized by USNA Alumnus John Ohlinger ‘69. If you are in the area, come on down!

A collage of Dave Winters’ photographs that go with his story

A collage of Dave Winters’ photographs that go with his story

On a final note, we received confirmation in late November of the passing of Jack “Jackie Blue” Williams (11th Company), of Ridgeland, SC, and formerly of Hilton Head Island on Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Navy vs. SMU 2017 14 November 2017

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Navy vs. UCF 2017 29 October 2017

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Former US, NATO commander named Brookings Institution president 7 October 2017

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By: Armin Haracic < Caution-https://www.defensenews.com/author/aharacic@mco.com >

Gen. John R. Allen (ret.), , is set to become the Brookings Institution’s next president. (Susan Walsh/AP)

WASHINGTON — The Brookings Institution has named a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as the think tank’s next president.

John R. Allen replaces Strobe Talbott, who steps down after more than 15 years with the nonpartisan, public policy-based think tank. He will remain with the organization as a senior foreign policy fellow.

Allen currently holds the Brookings chair of security and strategy and is a distinguished fellow in residence. During his 38-year military career, he was a senior adviser on Middle East security to the secretary of defense, helping lead security dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli authorities. Between July 2011 and February 2013, he commanded U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He recently served as a presidential envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Notably, the retired officer notably moved Afghan National Security Forces into a combat operations leadership role and helped transition NATO forces from conventional combat forces to an advisory command unit.

Talbott said in a news release that Allen “has impressed those with whom he worked with his expertise, initiative, collegiality and collaboration. He has been a boon to our Foreign Policy program, bringing his experience, intellect, and high standards to our scholarship. He is a superb choice to lead Brookings into its second century.”

Allen added in the release that “Brookings is home to some of the brightest minds addressing the most pressing issues we face today, including economic and domestic challenges, as well as foreign policy and national security matters, and I am looking forward to working with them to advance the mission of the Brookings Institution.”

Allen is a 1976 military honors graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in national security studies, strategic intelligence and national security strategy.

Shipmate: November/December 2017 1 October 2017

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by Mark Hubbard

As I write this column, Navy has just won their 4th game of the football season making them 3-0 in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and 4-0 overall. This, in spite of sportswriters predicting a mediocre season for Navy. I attribute the success thus far to the dauntless coach, Ken Niamatololo, who continues to get the most out of his players year-after-year. We face Air Force in Annapolis next weekend (our Mini-Reunion) as Navy begins their quest to regain possession of the Commander-In-Chief Trophy. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend the Showtime Series, “A Season With Navy Football”, to get an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the Navy Football Team throughout the 2017 season. I just ordered Showtime so I can watch all of the episodes to date as well as the future shows – so far, so good: CHECK IT OUT!

From Jim Taplett (25th Co.):

My wife, Katie, and I had the pleasure of attending ADM Jim Stavridis’ forward looking and thought-provoking presentation regarding his relevant new book Sea Power at the Washington, DC National Book Festival on Saturday, 2 September 2017. It was a real thrill to see and catch up with Jim “The Accidental Admiral” [the title of another book authored by Stav – he has several!] at his book signing following the presentation. Think everyone should go out and get a copy of this quick read; makes a nice companion to the Potter/Nimitz “Sea Power” from our Plebe year studies!

Jim Stavridis and Jim Taplett in Washington D.C. at Jim’s book signing event for his book, “Sea Power”

Jim Stavridis and Jim Taplett in Washington D.C. at Jim’s book signing event for his book, “Sea Power”

We also have another author in our Class: Jordan B. Smith (17th Co.) whose book, Annapolis Creed: The First African American Color Company Commander at the United States Naval Academy was released for publication on July 2, 2017. Jordan led the 17th Company from 12th to 1st place in the spring of 1976. He is a Marine Corps Veteran (Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm) serving 20 years both active and reserve achieving a final rank of Major. After graduating from USNA with a BS in Mathematics, he went on to earn his Masters of Arts in Education in Secondary Education in 2006 and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2015. Jordan is currently finishing a second Masters of Education in Administration and Services. He has been a public-school teacher for 14 years, a teacher leader & district level professional development instructor and is presently a teacher in the San Jacinto Unified School District in California. I believe Jordan and I were in some of the same classes before I switched my major from Math to Physical Science after Youngster Year.

Jordan Smith’s book covers and a “then and now” picture of him

Jordan Smith’s book covers and a “then and now” picture of him

✉ In July, Joelle and Wayne Jakubowski, Chris and Bill Ostendorff, and Randy Pinetti (whose wife Kara could not join us as she was studying for the California bar exam) made the trek to the Dunoon Peninsula of Scotland to visit a fellow Seventh Company Seadog, Terry Perlich. Terry met his Scottish born wife Kate while both were serving in the Military Sealift Command in Germany in the early 1980’s. Following the birth of their son James, and tours in Naples, London and Washington DC, Terry and Kate retired to the small village of Tighnabruaich with just thirty residents where Kate grew up. The adventure to get there was all part of the experience. Single lane roads (with pull offs for on-coming traffic) through mountain passes were thankfully survived. We hit our share of curbs, coordinated gasps as buses and hedges left little room, and somehow Bill’s driving skills saved the day. On a sad note, Kate died from a sudden illness in late 2015 while Terry lives with a significant heart condition. That said, it was great to spend time with Terry, to meet his son James and his wife and son and to see his lovely home in the Scottish countryside. The memories and high spirits of living together in Seventh Company on 5-0 certainly have not faded.

L to R: Randy Pinetti, Terry Perlich, Joelle and Wayne Jakubowski, Bill and Chris Ostendorff

L to R: Randy Pinetti, Terry Perlich, Joelle and Wayne Jakubowski, Bill and Chris Ostendorff

L to R: Wayne Jakubowski, Randy Pinetti, Terry Perlich and Bill Ostendorff in front of Terry’s cottage

L to R: Wayne Jakubowski, Randy Pinetti, Terry Perlich and Bill Ostendorff in front of Terry’s cottage

Kevin Stone has an update on our annual Leadership Awards:
✉ We presented our annual “Class of 1976 Leadership Awards” to two members of the USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) in August at the ship’s summer picnic in San Diego. Ike Owens and Dennis DiLucente represented us and made the presentations. This year, in addition to the $250 check we added a pair of “76” cuff links to the award. The awardees were ENS Jeremy Adams and CS1 Damieon Colvin. The awardees, selected by the crew, are the best JO and senior enlisted whose professionalism, moral courage, and sound leadership are the embodiment of Colonel William R. Higgins, the ship’s namesake. The photo shows Ike Owens, CDR Dave Taft (XO), CS1 Colvin, ENS Adams, Dennis DiLucente and the skipper, CDR Marc Deltete.

Ike Owens and Dennis DiLucente pose with the winners of this year’s Class of 1976 Leadership Awards

Ike Owens and Dennis DiLucente pose with the winners of this year’s Class of 1976 Leadership Awards

Gary Stark writes about a mini-reunion for 34th Company in Hawaii:

✉ During Memorial Day weekend, 34th Company held a mini-reunion in Waikiki, Hawaii. Linda & Gary Stark served as hosts, and the reunion was attended by (in alphabetical order) Mary & Nick Flacco, Michelle & Jim Francis, Sandy & Scott Goodson, Martha & Mark Nesselrode, Kim & JB Parrett, Esther & Bruce Smith, Annie & Dick Spencer, Barb & Kevin Stone, Linda & Al Turk, and Pam & Zeek Zimmerman. In addition, a guest appearance was made by Maurice Hutchinson, who started out in 34th Company, but graduated in 1976 from the University of Rochester under the ROTC program. Saturday’s activities included placing flags on Veteran’s graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, taking a scenic drive on Tantalus Road (which afforded unobstructed views of Diamondhead), touring the USS Missouri and the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, followed by a luscious dinner at Duke’s Canoe Club on Waikiki Beach. On Sunday, the group attended Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church, where the Samoan Choir surprised the attendees by singing the Navy Hymn as the recessional song—reminiscent of our old days at Canoe U. That afternoon, the ladies attended a High Tea at the Moana Surfrider Hotel (one of the most historic hotels in Waikiki) while the gents enjoyed adult beverages poolside at the Hale Koa Hotel. All in all, it was a great weekend, spent with great friends and we all look forward to our next opportunity to get together and reminisce, to see how the stories change from this year’s version.

Collage of the 34th Company Reunion in Waikiki, Hawaii, over Memorial Day Weekend

Collage of the 34th Company Reunion in Waikiki, Hawaii, over Memorial Day Weekend

Some of you know that Jim “Doc” Doherty’s daughter, Bobbie, is already an experienced actress (see for yourself – Google search “Bobbie Celine Doherty”. During the summer, Bobbie performed in the musical, “The Music Man” in the role of Amaryllis at Bill Hanney’s Theatre By The Sea in Wakefield, Rhode Island. In a review by the local newspaper, The Independent, journalist Brad Hevenor wrote, “‘The Music Man’ also features a couple of scene stealing moments from little Amaryllis (Bobbie Celine Doherty) …”. Doc and Melanie are very proud parents, indeed!

Tiffan Borelli (Marian Paroo) and Bobbie Celine Doherty (Amaryllis) in THE MUSIC MAN at Theatre By The Sea (Photo by Steven Richard Photography)

That’s it for the news! Hope to see many of you during the Mini-Reunion weekend when Navy faces the Zoomies of Air Force at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.✉

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