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Shipmate: May 2017 4 March 2017

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by Mark Hubbard

Well, time continues to fly by and here I am writing another Class Column. Is there any way we can slow this pace down just a little?! I guess not…anyway, here’s the news!

Update from Gary Greenfield:

Earlier this week I had a chance to catch up with Allie Mysliwy and his wife Debbie in Dallas where I was visiting on business. Allie retired as a senior executive at Safeco several years and spends his time between Dallas and Hawaii – though weighted to Dallas. They are enjoying life and it was great to catch-up. Over the holidays they had joined a close friend and his 9 children and grandchildren on a visit to Orlando and Allie described it as tougher than any military duty he had ever confronted. Though they could not make the reunion, they will be joining in Philadelphia for Army/Navy.

From Dallas, I head to Aspen where I wanted to try out my new knee which I received last summer that originated from an injury at USNA. Snow conditions were great, albeit a bit cold. The replacement held up well, with the biggest challenge being a bit of over use. I had put it to a test on golf earlier in the month in Naples, Florida. It upheld well and think I can declare it a success.

Allie and Debbie Mysliwy and Gary Greenfield catching up in Dallas

Allie and Debbie Mysliwy and Gary Greenfield catching up in Dallas

Here’s some news from Mark Hubbard (yes, me). Barb and I were recently watching the two youngest grandchildren, Madeline (2) and John (4 months old) because the parents, Sara & John McCain (again, not to be confused with our famous alum), were on a trip to Portland, Oregon. I decided to take them all with me down to Annapolis on a rainy Saturday in late February to drop off a painting to the Naval Academy Museum in Preble Hall. Late last year the curator for the museum, Jim Cheevers, accepted my offer to accept the donation of a painting I commissioned space artist and retired astronaut suit technician for NASA, Ron Woods, to paint for me last year. Ron was the suit tech who worked with Buzz Aldrin USMA ‘51 getting him suited up before the famous Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. The painting depicts a picture taken from the flight deck of the space shuttle, Discovery, of Mission Specialist Astronauts John Grunsfeld and Steve Smith during an Extravehicular activity (EVA) for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Servicing Mission 3A in December 1999 (they were replacing the gyros). The canvas used in the painting is a portion of payload bay liner flown on Columbia in February 2002 aboard Columbia for HST SM3B. Assistant Curator, Grant Walker USMA ’73, was there to take delivery of the painting (Of course, I had to mention to Grant, GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY!). If anyone would like to buy a giclée print copy of the painting, please contact me for details. By the way, I got to meet Ron Woods for the first time through my association with Apollo 10 Commander, General Tom Stafford ’52, and helping Tom with Hubble flown hardware story boards at the Thomas P. Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford, OK.

Grandparents Mark (holding a sad Madeline) & Barb Hubbard (holding John) deliver Hubble painting to Grant Walker at the USNA Museum 25FEB17

Grandparents Mark (holding a sad Madeline) & Barb Hubbard (holding John) deliver Hubble painting to Grant Walker at the USNA Museum 25FEB17

Space artist and suit tech, Ron Woods, getting Buzz Aldrin ready to fly to the moon 16JUL69 (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Space artist and suit tech, Ron Woods, getting Buzz Aldrin ready to fly to the moon 16JUL69 (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Tom Stafford poses with Ron Woods in front of Ron’s oil painting of an Apollo suit

Tom Stafford poses with Ron Woods in front of Ron’s oil painting of an Apollo suit

I, along with several alumni from USNA ’74, attended the Memorial Service at the Fairfax (VA) Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, 28FEB17, for Dave Marra ’74 who was affectionately known as Bear Marra to those of us who knew him at the Academy. He passed away suddenly on 20FEB. Bear was in my company (26th Co.) our Youngster year. I actually met Bear and some of his Classmates at the end of their Plebe year when I was a junior in high school and had flown east from Oakland, CA, with my family to attend my older brother’s (John Hubbard ’71) graduation from USNA. Home base for 15th Co. during June Week that year was Roy & Fran Gregory’s house at Turkey Point. The Gregory’s were sponsors for my brother and several of his Classmates (the Gregory’s adopted many of John’s Plebes as well). So, there I was as a 16-year-old hanging out with all these Midshipmen and their girlfriends. That’s where I first met Bear, Fred Stuvek ‘74, and others as well. A year later, having survived Plebe Summer at USNA and with the return of the Brigade for the fall semester, I chopped down the middle of the passageway from 6th wing to 8th wing to visit these upperclassmen I knew in when they were in 15th Co., now moved to 35th Co. I recall that Bear and Fred Stuvek were the first upperclassmen that I shook hands with (“spooned” as it was known back then – no comments from the peanut gallery, please). I remember strolling back from 8-1 back to 6-1 with a grin on my face having succeeded in getting on a first-name basis with Bear & Fred and given “carry-on” privileges on my trip back to my company area, when suddenly a random upper classman appears from one of the rooms and yells, “Hippity hop, PLEBE STOP!” He asked me why I wasn’t chopping down the passageway and I said that Fred and Bear gave me carry-on. He asked, incredulously, “Fred and Bear who?!”. I told him their last names and that I knew them before I was a Midshipman. He then shook his head ruefully and sent me on my way (whew!). Anyway, these guys were moved to 26th Co. their First Class year and it was great having familiar faces in the same company. John Brown ’74 first informed me of Bear’s passing and we were all shocked by the news. He was larger than life and was such a wonderful person. I learned from his two children, Kelly and David, Jr., just how much he was loved by his family, friends, coworkers, and what a great husband he was to his wife, Pam. Bear always put his family first. Their touching and sometimes humorous stories related in their eulogies elicited a mixture of tears and laughter from those in attendance. He will be missed but we will always remember Bear fondly, especially that big smile with his pearly whites in full display.

Mark Hubbard, Mike Holton, John Brown, Morgan Ames, Ray Donahue, Bob Hogan, and Don Loren after Bear Marra’s Memorial Service

Mark Hubbard, Mike Holton, John Brown, Morgan Ames, Ray Donahue, Bob Hogan, and Don Loren after Bear Marra’s Memorial Service

Dave “Bear” Marra and his grandson, Dave Marra III – the spittin’ image (or a clone)! There’s that heartwarming smile Bear was known for!

Dave “Bear” Marra and his grandson, Dave Marra III – the spittin’ image (or a clone)! There’s that heartwarming smile Bear was known for!

I got a brief but newsworthy update from fellow 26th Co. Classmate, Mark Metcalf:

Well, it took a while to get things published, but 2017 was the year:
– A chapter that I wrote on PRC warship technical standardization was published in a USNI book in January: http://www.usni.org/store/books/spring-2017-catalog/chinese-naval-shipbuilding
– An article about contemporary PRC perspectives on applying deception to modern warfare (as described in the Sunzi) was published in the February 2017 Proceedings.
Currently teaching a weekly undergraduate seminar (the third time) on Sunzi’s Art of War at the University of Virginia. Also, had the privilege of giving a talk to the UVA NROTC Battalion on how the PRC PLA applies Sunzi’s Art of War to modern warfare and got a coin for me effort.

Did I mention that I enjoy being semi-retired?

Rumor has it that Chris Ames live in Carlsbad, CA, but he really is a world traveler selling unmanned air systems for a world-class manufacturer. Don’t understand why a former P-3 pilot would be selling unmanned aircraft, but that’s just me (and someone else who knows him like a brother…). He has two children currently in prestigious colleges. Hey, Chris, how about dropping by when you are in the Annapolis area and come to one of our reunions/football tailgaters?! Just sayin’!

We are led to believe that this is what Chris Ames looks like now (can someone confirm?)

We are led to believe that this is what Chris Ames looks like now (can someone confirm?)

Here’s a last minute bulletin from Jim Doherty! (I hope Maria O’Shea at Shipmate doesn’t get upset with me pushing the word limit…)

I was down in Florida last week, in the Tarpon Springs area, for the 3rd annual get-together with some old Navy buds, Jerry Willett being one of them. Here we are: From the left is Dave Rogers ‘79, one of our Plebes, (every other picture in the past we made him stand in the back…), Chris Staszak, good friend commissioned out of Boston University and served with Jerry on the USS Glover–at one point in the 80’s, when Jerry, Chris and I were roaming free on the streets of Boston, Chris was the XO of the USS Constitution. The Boston Globe anointed him one of “Boston’s Most Eligible Bachelors”! That’s me and then Jerry. Yes, that’s “TK” (Tom Kennedy) on the left, his wife, Barb, me, Jerry, Ed Harper and his wife Kathy. So many laughs that night…

The Tarpon Springs area USNA ’76 minireunion with Doc & Company

The Tarpon Springs area USNA ’76 minireunion with Doc & Company

That’s all, folks! Now, carry on…

Shipmate: April 2017 11 February 2017

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by Mark Hubbard

This is the Super Bowl LI edition of the Class of ’76 class news. As I write this column, President George H. W. Bush (with Mrs. Bush at the side of his wheelchair) has just tossed the game coin with the Falcons winning the toss, choosing to kickoff to the Patriots to start the game in order to receive the 2nd half kickoff. I don’t have a lot of news from the Class to report (I feel the urge to add a Hubbard Family update…).

As announced to the Class last year, Steve Topscher (14th Company) succumbed to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in March. The interment of his ashes didn’t occur until January of this year at Arlington National Cemetery due to the tremendous backlog in burials. Ray Eckenrode reports:

A large gathering of family, friends, and USNA classmates convened on January 5, 2017 to honor Steve Topscher upon his interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Steve passed away in March 2016 and was placed on the schedule for a resting place in Arlington. The cemetery can only manage six ceremonies per day, so there’s a several-month delay for veterans who are eligible. Steve’s wife, Diane, coordinated with the cemetery to arrive at the January date.

Steve was slated for full military honors. The ceremony began in the cemetery’s administration building. The attending group immediately outgrew the room assigned to us. Among the family attending were Diane, Steve & Diane’s son Bryan and wife Jennifer Topscher with Kids -Tessa and Zachary Topscher; their daughter Melissa Topscher with husband Rohit Eustace and parents Jeff and Tsuneko Eustace. Also, there were Steve’s sister Cathy with husband James Stephens and daughter Shannon, as well as Steve’s brother, Tom Topscher, with wife Stephanie and daughter Aly. Also present were Chris and Dennis Cohen, parents of Jennifer Topscher.

On the Navy side, Steve’s place in the hearts of his classmates was readily apparent from the large USNA turnout. From 14th Company: Ray Eckenrode, Barb & Dave Fischer, Dick Gallagher, Gary Hentz, RADM Martha & Mike Herb, Nick Karangelen, Cindy & Bill Kneller, Peggy Wilckens, Lisa & Eric Youngborg, Mal Brubaker, and former classmate Ted Mundorff. Keith Champion (6th Company) also attended.

Leaving the admin building, we all gathered at a rendezvous point inside the cemetery. At this point, Diane surrendered Steve’s remains to the Navy Honor Guard, and he was transferred to the horse-drawn caisson with great care and respect. We then followed the caisson further into the cemetery to the designated location for the memorial, all to the accompaniment of the Navy honor band.

Our own VADM Dick Gallagher (retired) represented the Navy during the memorial service, which was conducted by Arlington’s Navy Chaplain. Following the Chaplain’s remarks, Steve was honored with a three-gun volley, which was all the more impressive with the Pentagon looming directly behind the gun squad. At this point, the color guard folded Steve’s US flag with military precision and handed it to Dick, who then presented it to Diane with his condolences.

We then walked together to a columbarium about a hundred yards away, where Steve was permanently interred. Although there’s nothing sadder than burying a classmate, there is considerable consolation in seeing him honored in such a spectacular fashion. The Navy provided Steve with a wonderful ceremony, as all of us who attended can attest.

Following the interment, Nick Karangelen and family hosted all of us for dinner and drinks at his house for a final commemoration of Steve. Throughout Steve’s illness, one positive outcome was how close Steve’s USNA family grew to Diane, Tom, Cathy and Steve’s extended family. This gathering was proof of that bond, and it’s very likely that we’ll see Diane and some of the family at our future reunions.

Back row, l to r: RADM Martha Herb, Mike Herb, Dave Fischer, Bill Kneller, Keith Champion, Eric Youngborg, Nick Karangelen, Gary Hentz, Ted Mundorff, Mal Brubaker, Ray Eckenrode Front row, l to r: Cindy Kneller, Peggy Wilckens, Diane Topscher, Barb Fischer, Lisa Youngborg

Back row, l to r: RADM Martha Herb, Mike Herb, Dave Fischer, Bill Kneller, Keith Champion, Eric Youngborg, Nick Karangelen, Gary Hentz, Ted Mundorff, Mal Brubaker, Ray Eckenrode Front row, l to r: Cindy Kneller, Peggy Wilckens, Diane Topscher, Barb Fischer, Lisa Youngborg

 

The caisson carries Steve Topscher’s remains to the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium

The caisson carries Steve Topscher’s remains to the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium

 

L to R: Ray Eckenrode, Gary Hentz, Nick Karangelen, Mike Herb, Bill Kneller, Ted Mundorff, Dave Fischer, Dick Gallagher

L to R: Ray Eckenrode, Gary Hentz, Nick Karangelen, Mike Herb, Bill Kneller, Ted Mundorff, Dave Fischer, Dick Gallagher

Hugh Willis, Chris Scoppa, and Tim Farrell were at the West Point Society of Philadelphia lunch on 01FEB making USNA ’76 the most represented class there. The Society is dedicated to “furthering the mission of the United States Military Academy, Our Military and Our Country. We are an inclusive Society; we welcome graduates from all of the Service Academies as well as others in our community who support West Point’s Values of Duty, Honor, and Country, for membership and participation in all activities of the Society”.

Hugh Willis, Chris Scoppa, and Tim Farrell meet for the West Point Society lunch in Philadelphia

Hugh Willis, Chris Scoppa, and Tim Farrell meet for the West Point Society lunch in Philadelphia

Kevin Stone has a couple of announcements:

Well, it’s hard to believe as I write this in February but it is time to order season tickets for the 2018 football season. If you are ordering new tickets, dropping your existing ones or want to move to “better” seats, please contact me ASAP. I’ll be contacting the NAAA in mid-April to move the chess pieces around; if you wait until May you’re going to get the luck of the draw.

Halfway Dinner: Our annual “Halfway Dinner” will be held on April 22nd at Joe Theismann’s in Old Town Alexandria. It will be the same drill as previous years: $35/head + cash bar, starting at 6:30. If you haven’t signed up yet, there may still be time so give me a shout.

Since there is some room left, I will mention this tidbit of Hubbard Family news: Mark Hubbard and his wife, Barb, are proud to announce the arrival of their 7th grandchild, John Allen McCain, who came into this world on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 9:45 AM at the Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Maryland. He weighed in at 8.3 lbs. and was 21 inches long. Proud parents, Sara & John McCain, are thrilled with the arrival of their second child! [Just to clarify, it is purely coincidental that our grandchild’s name might be confused with two famous USNA graduates: The Honorable John McCain ’58 and our own 4-Star Marine Corps General, John Allen.]

John & Sara McCain and children, Madeline & John

John & Sara McCain and children, Madeline & John

John Allen McCain brings luck to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI

John Allen McCain brings luck to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI

That’s it for this special Super Bowl LI edition of the Class News. By the way…the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit scoring 31 unanswered points to defeat the Falcons in OT, 34-28! Greatest comeback in Super Bowl history – what a game! I guess you can say that was a game to go Gaga over (Lady Gaga performed an elaborate halftime show).

Shipmate: March 2017 7 January 2017

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by Mark Hubbard

I know that this is the March edition of Shipmate but it is 04JAN17 as I finish this column. With that in mind, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays with family and friends and that the new year brings joy to you as we have another year to excel and continue on this journey called life, along with its ups and downs, triumphs and tribulations. To keep it positive, I’ll leave you with a quote by Helen Keller: “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

Bryan Dolan and several Classmates were in attendance at the Navy-USF game in Tampa earlier last fall and shared some photographs. First is a shot of ’76’rs Mary Ann & Steve Kelly, Kent Bolin, Craig Harvey, Joyce and Bryan Dolan on the Dolan balcony in Indian Shores, FL. Kent and the Kelly’s drove down from P’cola to join the Dolans for two days. Craig joined them for lunch on Friday but could not stay for the game.

Mary Ann & Steve Kelly, Kent Bolin, Craig Harvey, Joyce & Bryan Dolan on the Dolan balcony in Indian Shores, FL

Mary Ann & Steve Kelly, Kent Bolin, Craig Harvey, Joyce & Bryan Dolan on the Dolan balcony in Indian Shores, FL

Eric Gardner, Bryan, Kent Bolin, Steve Kelly, and John Sarao hanging out with the Navy Goat

Eric Gardner, Bryan, Kent Bolin, Steve Kelly, and John Sarao hanging out with the Navy Goat

76’ers cheer Navy onto to almost a victory!

76’ers cheer Navy onto to almost a victory!

Steve Clark and Bruce Petit joined Mike Seifert to celebrate the Marine Corps 240th birthday at the Commandant’s Ball. The event was held on November 12th in National Harbor, MD.

76er’s at the Commandant’s Ball celebrating the USMC 240th Birthday

76er’s at the Commandant’s Ball celebrating the USMC 240th Birthday

Chet Moeller received the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Florida East Coast Railway at the awards banquet held in Charlotte, NC, on 5DEC16 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Chet, you still look like you could play – BZ!

Chet Moeller stands proudly next to his award trophy

Chet Moeller stands proudly next to his award trophy

Clayton Hill (aka “The Marathon Meister”) informed me that he completed his 31st Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on 30OCT. Yes, you heard me correctly – he has completed thirty-one Marine Corps Marathons (plus 5 other marathons)! As far as the MCM goes, there are only 23 other finishers ahead of Clayton and five others with 31 completions Clayton retired on 31OCT, after completing 45+ years of combined Military and DoD service (Navy Enlisted, USNA, Marine Corps Officer, DoD Civilian for the Department of Army, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate). His job now is taking care of his wife, Cathy, who is recovering from Guillain Barre Syndrome, which struck her this time last year. She requires 24/7 care, and is now recuperating nicely. Clayton expects she’ll be walking soon. His tee shirt for the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon read: “RUNNING … for my wife CATHY … Who is recovering from Guillain Barre Syndrome … and will soon be WALKING”.

Clayton Hill smiles broadly after completing his 31st Marine Corps Marathon

Clayton Hill smiles broadly after completing his 31st Marine Corps Marathon

Greg Vaughn travelled to Arizona to reconnect with a fellow 36th Company Classmate:

Although a little after the fact, wanted to let you know that Susan and I had a chance to travel from Alexandria, VA, to visit 36th Company classmate Chris Earl and his wife Judy in Scottsdale, AZ, for Thanksgiving. Chris turns out to be a great cook and cooked the best turkey dinner this year that I think I’ve ever had. (He’s been on a quest for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey for at least 18 years – and he keeps making improvements!) After moving to Scottsdale at the end of summer, 2014, Chris and Judy have settled in, customized their beautiful home and started to sink roots in the community. While there we also took in some of the local flavor at two nearby ‘Indian Markets’ and some unique restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves throughout our stay. Although the weather was a little cool by local standards, it was absolutely perfect for us. Chris is working long distance for DARPA as an LLC and gets back to the DC area once or twice a month to check in with the mother ship in Arlington, VA. After retiring from federal service prior to their move, Judy is now managing the books for Chris and has become a born again athlete with a very aggressive walking schedule. Since Thanksgiving, we’ve had a few exciting football games in which Navy, unfortunately, was not the victor. However, still a great season, especially considering the loss of two of our quarterbacks and some other key players, particularly during the Temple game. The raw talent and determination Navy displayed with the replacement players also gives me great hope for another great season next year. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours and the rest of the Class of 1976!

Chris & Judy Earl pose in front of their beautiful Scottsdale, AZ, home

Chris & Judy Earl pose in front of their beautiful Scottsdale, AZ, home

Susan & Greg Vaughn make friends with a giant Gila Monster

Susan & Greg Vaughn make friends with a giant Gila Monster

Fellow 26th Company Classmate, Eric Kimura, is quoted in a recent USA TODAY article “Explore 8 hidden Pearl Harbor memorials at this ‘sacred place’”. See the following link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/06/hidden-memorials-pearl-harbor-oahu/94039116/

That is all for now – carry on!

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Shipmate: January/February 2017 4 December 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

As I write this, it is the Sunday after the disappointing Navy loss to Temple for the AAC Championship in Annapolis. It was obvious from the start that Temple came to play and Navy never got into gear and then suffered injuries to key players (Worth, Gulley, Merchant, High, & Romine, to name a few). There are still two more games for Navy to make up for that loss: Army on December 10th in Baltimore and Louisiana Tech on December 23rd in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Navy team (9-3) has surprised a lot of people this year with how much success they did have in spite of graduating Navy and NCAA record setting QB Kenan Reynolds ’16. Firstie Will Worth ’17 stepped up and did a tremendous job this season filling the shoes of his high achieving predecessor (Note: his ankle injury yesterday was season-ending). In spite of the loss yesterday, kudos to Kevin Stone for coordinating a short notice Class tailgate in our usual spot. We had a great turnout for this game, as well as the other home games!

Greg Vaughn sent a report from Jacksonville, Florida, where he and fellow 36th Company Classmates got together for the exciting Navy-Notre Dame game:

Several 76ers from 36th Company got together in Jacksonville for the Navy-Notre Dame game and to see the Blue Angels perform. In addition to a win over Notre Dame, what made this a special occasion was our reconnection with the family of Doug Deem, our company-mate who was killed in an S-3 crash in November 1981 while serving on NIMITZ (CVN-68) in the Mediterranean. Doug’s oldest sister, Karen Tutwiler, and his brother, Bill, both live in Jacksonville so the game was the perfect occasion. They brought their mother up from St. Augustine and Doug’s other sister, Sharon DiFilippo, flew down from Pennsylvania and we had a great reunion. This was a reconnection because 36th Company (and the Class of 1976 and the Alumni Foundation) had sponsored a visit by the family to Annapolis in November, 2013, for the ‘Honor our Fallen Heroes’ weekend. Several of us rode in style to the game in a school bus converted to a tailgate/party bus by Karen’s two sons. This can be seen in the back of the first photo – painted in the colors of the University of Florida Gators. 36th Company Classmates at the game were Mike Donnelly, Gary Greenfield, Kathy & Craig Krauss, Kathy & Brad Little (and friends) and myself. Mike Donnelly and his wife Candy were kind enough to have us all over to their new home in St. Augustine Beach, less than an hour south of JAX, for a fabulous dinner Saturday night after the game. Mike was CEC and used his talents to beautifully customize a home they were lucky to find (and which survived hurricane Matthew) just a block from the Atlantic. Joining us for the game and the Blue Angels performance on Sunday were Debbie & Jim McKee. In addition, we ran into Pam & Steve Ewell, who now live in Fair Hope, Alabama, and Fred Yarger, who now lives in Atlanta at the USNA Tailgate. Bottom line, a great weekend with classmates and friends punctuated by a fantastic win for Navy!

Tailgate Bus Gang L to R: Jason Little, Lauren Astigarraga, Greg Vaughn, Brad Little Louise Dennis, Kathy Little, Sharon DiFilippo, Dan Rybak, Karen Tutwiler, and Mike Donnelly

Tailgate Bus Gang L to R: Jason Little, Lauren Astigarraga, Greg Vaughn, Brad Little Louise Dennis, Kathy Little, Sharon DiFilippo, Dan Rybak, Karen Tutwiler, and Mike Donnelly

Brad & Kathy Little pose with their sponsored Mid, Ben Reid ‘19

Brad & Kathy Little pose with their sponsored Mid, Ben Reid ‘19

Steve Ewell and wife Pam, Jim McKee, Bill the Goat, Debbie McKee, and Fred Yarger

Steve Ewell and wife Pam, Jim McKee, Bill the Goat, Debbie McKee, and Fred Yarger

Dinner @ the Donnelly’s: Kathy Little; Dan Rybak and wife, Louise Dennis; Mike Donnelly and wife, Candy Johnson; Cathy Krauss; Greg Vaughn; Craig Krauss; Brad Little; Gary Greenfield

Dinner @ the Donnelly’s: Kathy Little; Dan Rybak and wife, Louise Dennis; Mike Donnelly and wife, Candy Johnson; Cathy Krauss; Greg Vaughn; Craig Krauss; Brad Little; Gary Greenfield

There was a Hubbard Contingent at the Notre Dame game, as well. Barb & Mark Hubbard joined Susan & John Hubbard ’71, John’s son, John Jr., and daughter, Kelley and her husband, Bobby Wenger, and their son, Tim; John Dooling, nephew of Frank Culbertson ’71, and Jon Bosworth.

The Hubbard Family Contingent descends onto EverBank Field in Jacksonville to witness the Navy victory over Notre Dame

The Hubbard Family Contingent descends onto EverBank Field in Jacksonville to witness the Navy victory over Notre Dame

Tim Farrell reports that in October he became the Area Coordinator for Southeastern Pennsylvania, United States Naval Academy Information Program (Blue & Gold Officers).

On November 29th, ‪Jim Stavridis was honored to win the 2016 Washington Institute Scholar Statesman award with John Allen. Former winners include Condi Rice and Dr. Henry Kissinger.‬

John Allen and Jim Stavridis proudly wearing their Scholar Statesman award medals

John Allen and Jim Stavridis proudly wearing their Scholar Statesman award medals

Fellow 26th Company Classmates, Phil Kumpis and Ed Harper were able to reconnect in person. Phil writes:

The only thing I’d offer for Shipmate, Mark, if it is of any use, is that Ed and I got together at the Fort Lauderdale boat show earlier this month. We both missed the 40th, so we had a mini-mini-reunion at the show. We, of course, trashed you and Doc [Jim Doherty], and the rest of our 26th Company mates, for not being there! Ed’s looking good and still lifting weights, and has finally replaced his 40-year-old bicycle now that he’s moved back down to Florida for, hopefully, his final push to retirement. I was on a total boondoggle, helping a buddy select electronics packages for his new boat. Yeah, life’s tough when you’re retired. Ed and I particularly liked a nice 82-foot sailboat. It was only a couple million more than the first boat we picked out at the Annapolis Boat Show our Plebe year, back in the fall of ’72. Back then, we all thought an Out Islander 41 looked like an ideal boat to take all of us around the world. It’s a “few” years later, but we’re still working on the plan! Never give up the dream!

Christi & Bruce Hinkley recently vacationed in Cabo San Lucas. Bruce was able to cross catching a Marlin off of his bucket list. Took 45 minutes to land the marlin and an hour for Bruce to recover. The Marlin and Bruce are resting comfortably…

You should have seen the one that got away from Bruce Hinkley!

You should have seen the one that got away from Bruce Hinkley!

Bryan Dolan and Classmates were in attendance at the Navy-USF game in Tampa earlier this fall.

Mark, here are some photos from the event. First is a shot of ’76’rs Mary Ann & Steve Kelly, Kent Bolin, Craig Harvey, Joyce and Bryan Dolan on our balcony in Indian Shores, FL. Kent and the Kelly’s drove down from P’cola to join us for two days. Craig joined us for lunch on Friday but could not stay for the game.

76ers hang out at the Dolan’s

76ers hang out at the Dolan’s

76’ers get the goat!

76’ers get the goat!

’76'rs Eric Gardner, me, Ken Bolin, Steve Kelly, and John Sarao (working at USF) pre-game with the goat. We met Tommy Gardner (not pictured here) inside the stadium as well.

’76’rs Eric Gardner, me, Ken Bolin, Steve Kelly, and John Sarao (working at USF) pre-game with the goat. We met Tommy Gardner (not pictured here) inside the stadium as well.

On a final note, again, we have received news of two members of our Class who have recently passed away: Stephen Kovalec and Robert Frankhouse. Our thoughts prayers go out to the families of both Stephen and Robert. May they both rest in peace.

Shipmate: November/December 2016 15 October 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

WOW! The 40th Reunion weekend was tremendous with a big turnout! It was wonderful seeing you all, especially those that I haven’t seen since graduation some 40 years ago! It was also great to run into Phyllis and Mark Haas during the reunion weekend. Mark dropped me an email to summarize his experience from that weekend:

It was great to see you, Mark, and your bilateral knee scars from your surgeries at our fantastic reunion over the Labor Day weekend. It was even good to see Barb (sans scars!). As well, it was great seeing all of the other 76’ers (so well-attended). My company (Frat 28) had the biggest turnout…and, as a result, each of our 3 tables at the Friday night dinner dance got 2 complimentary bottles of wine! Our turnout even included some of the guys who did not stick around long enough on the Severn to actually toss their caps in the air on June 2, 1976 (such as Tim Kresowik and Rod Ullein). A BIG THANKS to Jim Sloan for his efforts in tracking down a number of our classmates in the months (years?!) leading up to the event. And a BIG THANKS also to John Boulden, for convincing “Sloaner” to make the cross-country trek for our 40th. We also thank “JB” for arranging the Saturday night Frat 28 dinner at the Killarney House and congratulate him on his recent engagement (another Phyllis joining the Frat 28 family!). It was great to catch up with a couple of our “missing” Company 28 mates, Doug Austin & Van Sewell, neither of whom I had seen for probably 35+ years. Doug adjusted his cross-country motorcycle agenda so as to be in Annapolis and attend the reunion (pretty sure this was the 1st reunion that both Doug and Van have made it to!). Quite a bike he has there (has all the bells and whistles and probably cost twice as much as the car I drive!) Prior to leaving the east coast 3 weeks later, Doug visited us in Leesburg——taking us out for a Mexican dinner in exchange for a night in our guest room. I also wanted to mention that it was great seeing a couple of my old baseball teammates that weekend: Mike Golden (whom I probably see at every reunion) and Ron Clipp (now in Albuquerque, NM), whom I had not seen since we graduated. Also, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that we extended our stay in Annapolis a 3rd night in order to go to the Baltimore Harbor on Sunday to take in the great aquarium with Lori & Jim Sloan, with whom we had a great time. As I write this, Navy football is 3-0, but with a very tough road game against the Zoomies in Colorado Springs this afternoon. Go NAVY! Beat AF (& Army)!

Dave Renaud continued with the reunion spirit by completing a 5-day backcountry hike down the Lost Coast of California (Sinkyone Wilderness) later in September with Chris Alberg, Jeff Hoy, and Gary Freeman. The group was greeted with great weather as they hiked through old growth redwood groves scattered along the coast. Dave summed it up by stating, “…a fun way to put an exclamation point on our 40th reunion!”

The Lost Coast Boys of California, Chris Alberg, Jeff Hoy, Gary Freeman & Dave Renaud

The Lost Coast Boys of California, Chris Alberg, Jeff Hoy, Gary Freeman & Dave Renaud

Brad Little writes:

One of the things I knew I would like about the American [i.e. American Athletic Conference (AAC)] was an excuse to go to New Orleans every couple of years or so. Made a weekend of the inaugural visit. In fact, turned into a family reunion! In addition to Brennan’s, Antoine’s, Bayona and Tujagues, and beating Tulane, a great time was had by all. Pictured Right to left, my Mother, Jamie, married a member of the Class of ’51; my Wife, Kathy, stationed with my father-in-law, the Master Chief, at NAVSTA Annapolis when he was a TD3; and, my daughter, dating a Coastie, what can I say! Three generations of Navy fans, and one knucklehead they brought along.

 

Brad Little poses with three lovely ladies at the Navy-Tulane Tailgater

Brad Little poses with three lovely ladies at the Navy-Tulane Tailgater

 

Mike Prendergast (5th Co.) is a “newbie” to submitting to Shipmate and he writes:

“Frat Five” met at Fado Irish Pub across the street from the Westin Hotel after
the game on Saturday. Here are the names of our Classmates in the picture from left to Right, Back Row–Bob Butt, John Cabaniss, Paul Johnson, Jim Petersen, Dave DeSilva, and Leroy Sparr. In the front Row from left to right are: Mike Prendergast, Arthur Hanket, and Matt Tobin. Also present but NOT in the picture were Dick Feckler and Diego Mantilla. We are grateful for the wives that also attended. We are especially grateful for all the hard work done by Kevin and Barbara Stone, Mike and Vanessa Seibert, and the entire reunion Committee. We are blessed to have such dedicated Classmates and Spouses that cover all of the bases to have a GRAND REUNION. Thanks for all you do as well!

 

Frat Five Gathers at the Fado Irish Pub Annapolis

Frat Five Gathers at the Fado Irish Pub Annapolis

 

Here’s an input from Dave Fleischman:

I had a busy 5 days in mid August and would like to share some pictures with Shipmate. I realize that you have lots of material that needs to go in the vast column so my feelings won’t be hurt if you can’t use my material!

On Sat 13 Aug, my son David graduated from the Platoon Leaders Class Seniors at Quantico. He is now a “Marine Officer awaiting commissioning” – that will happen when he graduates from California Maritime Academy.

Four days later I climbed Mt Whitney, at 14505 ft., the highest point in the continental United States. And then the next day, as a member of the San Diego Chargers’ chain crew, I met Chargers rookie running back Chris Swain ’16. He is an awesome young man!

I still teach high school physics here in San Diego for at least this school year.

 

Dave Fleishman with son David, on Mt. Whitney, and with Chris Swain

Dave Fleishman with son David, on Mt. Whitney, and with Chris Swain

 

Jim “Doc” Doherty had a chance airport encounter with Jim Stavridis:

Last Wednesday, September 28th, I was weaving my way through Boston’s Logan Airport, on my way to Denver for the Navy – Air Force game, when I spotted a familiar face at one of the ticket kiosks. It took me a few seconds but when my brain, searching for a clue as to how I know this guy, removed from his hand his carry-on luggage and replaced it with a squash racquet, it became instantly clear to me who he was—it was our old classmate, Jim Stavridis! I shouted out “Jim” and, his brain searching for a clue, too, probably replacing my penny loafers with some running shoes, he shouted back, “Doc”! It had been forty years since we’d seen each other. We quickly discerned that we were on the same flight to Denver and, given the typical frantic rush through security and subsequent madness of the boarding process, we agreed to meet in Denver and catch up there. That plan worked and we spent the better part of an hour sitting at an airport bar mostly doing a lot of laughing and backslapping! Ten minutes into our little get-together, we were joined by my friend, Chris Staszak (the other guy in the picture) who was flying up from Dallas and with whom I had pre-arranged to meet at the Denver airport. Chris was commissioned out of Boston University and did a Division Officer tour with Jerry Willett on the USS Glover. Jerry, who we would meet up with later, Chris and I were heading to the game in Colorado Springs together. Anyway, Jim, Chris and I jabbered away telling our stories and sharing with each other what we’ve been doing for the past forty years. A lot of what Jim’s been up to, as we know, is in the public domain, but, I have to say it was fascinating hearing the nuances surrounding some of his adventures and achievements. For instance, it’s not every day that one of us is vetted to be a Vice Presidential running mate by a candidate running for the office of President of the United States. Hmmm…Jim’s come a long way. I can report that Jim is healthy, happy, handsome as ever in an Errol Flynn-sort-of-way, and very busy! As we were saying our farewells, I went out on a limb and told Jim that we, the Class of ’76, were proud of him, are always behind him, and I urged him to keep up the good fight. It was, truly, great to see him.

 

Chris Staszak, Jim Stavridis, and Doc Doherty meet at Denver Int’l Airport

Chris Staszak, Jim Stavridis, and Doc Doherty meet at Denver Int’l Airport

 

I have to end this column with somber news of another Classmate’s passing. Glen Davis (20th Co.) passed away in early September. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Glen – may he rest in peace.

Shipmate: September/October 2016 31 July 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

Another Navy football season and our 40th Reunion are just around the corner – time sure does fly as we get older! Looking forward to the big Class of ’76 celebration over Labor Day Weekend. This summer presented an opportunity for many of you to travel and provide me with your vacation stories.

Greg Vaughn submitted his Trip Advisor review of his trek to Ireland:

Susan and I just got back from a ten-day trip to Ireland. While there we had the opportunity to tour the landmarks and attractions in Dublin and Kilkenny with Debbie and Jim McKee. The timing for their trip (and ours) was to coincide with the marriage of Jim’s eldest son, Ryan, to a young Irish lady, Claire, who Ryan met while living in New Zealand. They are a lovely couple. Ryan has his own virtual reality software company and Claire is a Palliative Care Professional and they both plan to return to New Zealand after a whirlwind honeymoon in the U.S. – visiting Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon on their westward journey home. Jim and Deb actually met us in Ireland after touring Scotland with Ryan and Claire and their youngest son, Kevin. I’ve included a photo of the McKee clan taken in Kilkenny and one of Jim and Debbie and my wife, Susan when we were in Dublin.

We had a great time and didn’t let the rain bother us a bit. Friendly people, beautiful countryside, impressive medieval castles and relics from another age were all part of an exciting journey. We stumbled onto a drum and bagpipe competition just north of Dublin and Jim & I both got our photography fix for the month. Add to that a good Irish wedding and it made for a very enjoyable and memorable trip!

As an aside, we all toured the Guinness Storehouse while we were in Dublin (advertised as the #1 attraction in the capital city). I think they tell you in their literature how great the Guinness is before you go through the tour, but I didn’t believe it – it’s always tasted like cigarette tar to me, whether in WESTPAC or in the Century Pub in Falmouth, MA. (Guinness Stout was what we drank first in my younger years to make sure all the beer that followed tasted great.) Well in Ireland, Guinness is fresh and it is fabulous! I was very pleasantly surprised when we did the tasting and found it to be very tasty and smooth. An unexpected pleasure!

The weather there was very pleasant and cool with intermittent showers. Very different than the heat and humidity that we experienced on our return to our Nation’s Capital after the Fourth of July.

All in all a great trip! Highly Recommended!

 

The McKee Clan in Kilkenny, Ireland

The McKee Clan in Kilkenny, Ireland

Susan Vaughn joins Jim & Debbie McKee to pose with an Irish Policeman

Susan Vaughn joins Jim & Debbie McKee to pose with an Irish Policeman

Susan Vaughn between Debbie & Jim with a beautiful Cathedral in the background

susan Vaughn between Debbie & Jim with a beautiful Cathedral in the background

The beautiful couple, newlyweds Ryan & Claire McKee

The McKee Clan in Kilkenny, Ireland

The Groom, Ryan McKee, receiving applause after his speech

The beautiful couple, newlyweds Ryan & Claire McKee

Greg & Susan Vaughn have a Guinness moment

Greg & Susan Vaughn have a Guinness moment

Bryan Dolan reports from Wimbledon:

Joyce and I just completed a fabulous 3-1/2 weeks across the pond – Israel, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the UK. The main event was a river cruise up the Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg. Finished with a day at Wimbledon, a bucket list item. Looking forward to seeing everyone over Labor Day weekend!

Joyce & Bryan Dolan enjoying the tennis matches at Wimbledon

TJoyce & Bryan Dolan enjoying the tennis matches at Wimbledon

Bryan Dolan also reports that five USNA grads got together after Friday (29JULY), day 6 of RAGBRAI XLIV. Left to right: Hugh Blackwood ’73, Team Captain Craig McDonald ’76, Steve Kelly ’76, Greg Vaughn ’76, and Bryan Dolan ’76. Once again, a firstie from ’73 trying to run anther plebe summer, but this time we have him outnumbered.

Navy Alumni at RAGBRAI XLIV

Navy Alumni at RAGBRAI XLIV

Chuck Litz writes:

This year marked the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the most pivotal events of WWII. VIPs, invited guests, active duty military, and veterans braved foul weather to attend the annual Battle of Midway Celebration Dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. This was the 4th Battle of Midway dinners that I have attended and Dave Jourdan’s presentation was the best. Plus, we finally got Chris Kidd out in the open with us. It was a wonderful, true Navy affair.

Matthew T. Eng writes of the event, “Marine explorer and author David Jourdan rounded off the evening’s festivities with his talk, ‘The Search for the Japanese Fleet.’ This year’s lecture built on the intelligence theme of last year’s event, which Jourdan admitted was a ‘significant part of the story.’ Using his knowledge as an underwater explorer and researcher, Jourdan based his informative talk on his 2015 book of the same name. Jourdan has become an expert on the battle and the heroic exploits of submarine USS Nautilus.” [NOTE: The actions of Lt. Cdr. William Brockman and his ninety-three-man crew during an eight-hour period rank among the most important submarine contributions to the most decisive engagement in U.S. Navy history. Read more @ http://www.navyhistory.org/2016/06/more-than-luck-submarine-nautilus-plays-critical-role-at-74th-midway-celebration-dinner/%5D

Dave Jourdan, Phil Renaud '79 (Dave Renaud's brother), Chuck Litz, and Chris Kidd at the Midway Dinner

Dave Jourdan, Phil Renaud ’79 (Dave Renaud’s brother), Chuck Litz, and Chris Kidd at the Midway Dinner

Chuck Litz had a mini-reunion with Classmates, Jack Suter and Dave Manners Emerald Isle, NC. Chuck mentions, “Jack and I wrestled together on Navy’s team. One of us wrestled 142 and the other 150 lbs. You might be surprised which is which.”

Chuck Litz, Jack Suter, and Dave Manners at Emerald Isle

Chuck Litz, Jack Suter, and Dave Manners at Emerald Isle

On a final note, Dave Bealer (1st Company) passed away in Yuma, Arizona on June 7, 2016. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s loving wife, Kelly, his children Stephanie Bealer and Michael Bealer, and the rest of his family.

Class of 1976 40th Reunion 4 July 2016

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40th Reunion 2016
Hotel/ Registration/ Reunion Costs/ Check-In

Thanks to the hard work of our Reunion Committee, our 40th Reunion is on track and will be a great time to get together and relive the “good old days”. If you haven’t attended a reunion recently, now is the time. Registration is now open! Check the class reunion web site, 40th Reunion Information for all the details on how to register. This will initially take you to the USNA website where you have to log in. If you don’t remember your user ID and password, the alumni association can look it up for you. Don’t create a new one! Once you have logged in, paste the class reunion web site into your browser and it should take you to the class web site. There is a full weekend of events you won’t want to miss. Reunion weekend is scheduled from 1-4 September 2016. Plan to arrive early and stay late so as not to miss a thing.

Our 40th Reunion Headquarters Hotel is The Westin Annapolis. Block rooms have already sold out so if you haven’t made a reservation somewhere in Annapolis, you need to do so ASAP.

Registration and payment will be handled online through the Alumni Association. Information on “How to Register” can be found on the class web site. You must register no later than July 28th so that final numbers can be provided to our vendors. Only registrations made prior to July 28th will have pre-printed nametags. While you can still register after that date, there is no guarantee that you will receive your class jacket at reunion check in. The registration site will close down on or about August 26th.

All visitors to the Yard must present a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license, CAC, retired ID, etc. NOTE: If you are from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington State or American Samoa, your driver’s licenses will NOT provide access to USNA as your IDs do not meet the 2002 Federal “Real ID” law’s requirements. A second personal identification card, such as a passport, birth certificate will need to be presented along with the driver’s license. Please see the USNA website about visiting USNA for the latest info.

Reunion Costs/ Refunds/ Check-In
All prices include the cost of bus transportation in Annapolis, administration costs including name tags, printing, fees by NAAA for the room rental, Alumni Association fees for processing credit cards and managing funds as well as the reunion giveaways which this year is a jacket and a class challenge coin. Because we incur costs once you register, all refunds will be charged a 5% fee. Furthermore, because we will have to provide final counts and make commitments to our vendors, any refunds after August 15th will be considered a case by case basis. The good news is that we were able to keep our costs equal to or below those of our 35th reunion, which was not easy to do!

Early bird discount rates (registration prior to July 28th):
Registration Fee – $100 per classmate (Only Classmates need to pay this)
Thursday Cocktail Reception – $50 per person
Friday Reception/ Dinner & Tailgater Package- $165 per person
Friday Reception/ Dinner (a la carte) – $90 per person
Tailgater- Adult (a la carte) – $100 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 11-20 (a la carte) – $35 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 3-10 (a la carte) – $25 per person
Tailgater – Children, Ages 2 and under (a la carte) – No Charge

After July 28th (no guarantee of jacket & pre-printed name tag):
Registration Fee: $100 per classmate (Only Classmates need to pay this)
Thursday Reception: $55 per person
Friday Dinner & Tailgater Package: $180 per person
Friday Dinner (a la carte): $100 per person
Tailgater (a la carte): $110 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 11-20 (a la carte) – $35 per person
Tailgater- Children, Ages 3-10 (a la carte) – $25 per person
Tailgater – Children, Ages 2 and under (a la carte) – No Charge
Sunday Brunch: $25 per person

Reunion check-in will be located in the Westin Annapolis lobby on Thursday 1500-1900 and Friday from 1000-1830. On Saturday, check-in will be at the stadium in the N* lobby from 1000-1200. Please be sure to check-in before attending any of the reunion events or visiting the yard so that you have your reunion name tag (you need this, for example, to gain access to the Mid Store), schedule, bus transportation, and all up to date weekend events and information. Everyone is highly encouraged to check in Thursday or Friday at the Westin. That way you won’t have to carry your giveaways and check in information around with you during the tailgater and game. Classmates/Companymates are able to check-in for you in event you are unable to come earlier to the Westin.

Thursday, 1 September
Cocktail Reception

Thursday evening, there will be a reception at the Yeager Pavilion located inside Navy Marine Corps Stadium. This will be a casual evening with heavy hors d’oeurves. Bus transportation will be available from/to the Westin. This event is limited to 150 attendees – register early so you don’t miss out!

Friday, 2 September
Golf/ Memorial Service/ Class Meeting/ Superintendent’s Brief/ Formal Parade/ Class Reception & Dinner
Friday is filled with reunion events beginning with our Golf Outing starting at 0930 at the Naval Academy Golf Course. Keith Champion has all the details and will be taking payment. Our Memorial Service to honor our fallen comrades will take place at the Main Chapel at 0930. Lunch time is free to enjoy the Mid Store and lunch downtown or in the yard before we gather at Mahan Hall for the Class Meeting at 1245. The Superintendent’s Brief will follow at 1350. After the brief, we will gather for the Formal Parade on Worden Field. We will have a designated area for our class to review the parade. Continuous bus transportation will be available throughout the day to and from the Westin and the yard.

Friday evening is one of our main events of the weekend. A Reception and Dinner will take place to The Westin Annapolis beginning at 1900 with a cocktail reception in the lobby area. At 2000, the ballroom will open and we will enjoy a sit down dinner. There will be no reserved tables with one exception. The company that has the highest registration percentage will get a reserved table/tables and two free bottles of wine for each of their tables. So get your company mates to register prior to the August 19th cutoff. Later in the evening, a DJ will be cranking up the tunes for dancing. Smaller ballrooms and areas will be available outside the main ballroom for those that just wish to visit in a quieter environment. A photographer will be available for company photos in the lobby area. This is an adult only event.

Saturday, 3 September
Tailgater/ Football Tickets/ Company Parties

The Reunion Tailgater will take place in the N* Room at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium beginning at 1000. The N* Room is located on the Blue Side of the stadium below the press box. The banquet area is temperature controlled with closed circuit televisions and features indoor plumbing, offering many comforts regardless of the weather. There will also be two tented areas outside on the second floor for those that wish to enjoy the fall day. You MUST have a game ticket to gain entry into the stadium and the Tailgater. Our featured menu items include: Ice Cold Draft Beer, Assorted Wine, Assorted Sodas, Bottled Water, Ice Tea, Crab Cakes, Eastern Shore Herbed Grilled Chicken, Hot Pit Beef, Eastern Shore Raw Bar (Maryland Oysters and Clams shucked to order), Maryland Steamed Shrimp, Maryland Crab Soup, Antipasto, Fruit and Vegetable Table, Caesar Salad, Homemade Potato Chips, Homemade Cole Slaw, Assorted Desserts and Bo Brooks’ World Famous Nutty Buddies. A Cash Bar will be available for those who wish to purchase other than beer and wine. Food service will conclude at the end of the game with dessert and beverage service continuing until 1600. Please note: Due to the large attendance expected, walk-ups to the tailgater may not be able to be accommodated. Walk-ups, if accommodated, will still have to pay the full registration fee. Please remember that you MUST have a game ticket in order to enter the stadium and access the Tailgater.

Football tickets are available though NAAA and must be purchased separately through their web site. Season ticket holders do not need a separate ticket. The link with sign-in ID and password can be found on our class web site. Please note, this is an early game with kickoff set for 1200. Beat Fordham!

Following the game, there will be plenty of time for company parties as desired.

Sunday, 4 September
Class Breakfast

For those how have not been back to King Hall since graduation, this is a great opportunity to both bring back a host of memories as well as to see how things have changed since 1976. Breakfast hours are 0800-1000 (set by USNA) and we will be served family style as tables fill up. Sound familiar? Don’t be late or you might hear “no more food for midships” again!
Catholic and Protestant services will be held at the chapel. The rest of the day is open for class events as desired.

Reunion Merchandise available online
Class apparel and merchandise is available for the 40th Reunion at http://www.usnaclasstore.com/76store.html. Purchases will be mailed directly to your home in time for the reunion. Items will continue to be available for purchase during the reunion and for a short time following the reunion but don’t wait too long as we can’t control when the site shuts down.

Be sure to check the class web site frequently for the latest news and information regarding the reunion. Questions can be emailed to Valerie Gerheiser, Reunion Coordinator, at platweddings@aol.com or Mike Seifert, Reunion Chair, at vmlseifert@verizon.net. Don’t miss out…Register Today, and Go Navy!
Class of 76 40th Reunion Schedule of Events

Thursday Sept 1st
0730-1600 Midshipmen Store Hours
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
1200-1215 Noon Meal Formation
1500-1900 Check-in- Westin Lobby
1900-2100 Cocktail Reception- Yeager Pavilion/N-MC Stadium

Friday Sept 2nd
0730-1600 Midshipmen Store Hours
0930 Golf Outing – USNA Golf Course
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
0930-1030 Memorial Service- USNA Main Chapel
1000-1830 Check-in- Westin Lobby
1200-1215 Noon Meal Formation
1245-1330 Class Meeting- Mahan Hall
1350-1500 Superintendent Briefing and Alumni Association Welcome- Mahan Hall
1600-1715 Dress Parade- Worden Field
1915-2030 Jewish Service- Levy Center
1900-2300 Class Dinner- Westin Ballroom

Saturday Sept 3rd
0730-1200 Midshipmen Store Hours
0900-1700 Museum Hours
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
1000-1200 Check-in- N* Lobby/ N-MC Stadium
1000-1600 Tailgate Party – N* Room/ N-MC Stadium
1200 Game Kick-off- Navy vs. Fordham
TBD Company Parties

Sunday Sept 4th
0900-1700 Visitor Center Hours
0900-1000 Catholic Service – USNA Main Chapel
0800-1000 Breakfast- King Hall
1100-1215 Protestant Service- USNA Main Chapel
1100-1700 Museum Hours
TBD Company Parties

Shipmate: Membership and Services 2016 4 June 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 has come and gone but what I found most memorable was the speech that John Allen gave on Wednesday, 25MAY, at NASA/GSFC. He was invited to be the keynote speaker for this year’s Memorial Day Commemorative Event hosted by the Goddard Veterans Advisory Committee (VAC), which I am presently a Co-Chair. Several Classmates joined John and me to honor our fallen heroes as he related his experience in Afghanistan when he ordered SEAL Team Six to locate and return an American Doctor, Dilip Joseph, who had been taken hostage by the Taliban. As John watched on one of the several monitors providing live feeds of various missions underway in the darkness of night, he saw the SEALs surround the building where the Doctor was being held and with precision, they were able to get Dr. Joseph out of the building and away from enemy hands, but not without getting enemy fire in return. Unfortunately, one of the SEALs suffered a head wound and what had been a hostage rescue became a medevac mission. The SEAL was brought to a forward Critical Care unit but expired soon after. The story goes on but what brought the speech to a climax was John’s comparison to the battlefield and to the 2012 Army-Navy Classic, which was being played live on one of the monitors as he watch the SEALs rescue the doctor. John then brought everything together by providing a quote from General Douglas MacArthur: “Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory.” P.S. One of the SEALs, Navy Chief Edward Byers, received the Medal of Honor earlier this year from President Obama for valor in in combat and protecting Dr. Joseph by throwing himself onto the hostage to shield him from enemy fire.

Four-Star General John R. Allen USMC (Retired) speaking at Goddard

Four-Star General John R. Allen USMC (Retired) speaking at Goddard

Tim Farrell, Hugh Willis, Mark Hubbard, John Allen, Dave & Debbie Winters at NASA/GSFC Building 8 Auditorium

Tim Farrell, Hugh Willis, Mark Hubbard, John Allen, Dave & Debbie Winters at NASA/GSFC Building 8 Auditorium

Here’s news from Kevin Stone…and it’s not Presidential!

Barbara and I were vacationing in Virginia Beach recently and while at the Oceana commissary ran into an older gent wearing a USNA sweatshirt. I couldn’t resist saying hello and we started chatting. He said he was USNA ’47 and had been in submarines. I asked which and he started listing a series of diesel boats including the GRENADIER. I remarked that my father had served on that boat and asked, “Did he know Jim Stone ’52?” His jaw dropped and said, “I should have recognized you … You’re the spitting image of your dad!” He was Ted Davis ‘47, my father’s CO on GRENADIER in the early ‘60s! Barbara and I joined him for dinner at his retirement place later that week (see photo). He’s doing pretty well for a 93 year old. Ted and the GRENADIER are mentioned in “Blind Man’s Bluff”, a history of US submarine special operations, for their having won a case of whiskey from COMSUBLANT for forcing a Soviet diesel sub to the surface. Ted told us the “rest of the story” over dinner: Decades later one of his JOs from the GRENADIER married a Russian woman whose father turned out to be the CO of the Soviet boat. You just can’t make this stuff up!

Kevin Stone poses with his Dad’s former CO, Ted Davis

Kevin Stone poses with his Dad’s former CO, Ted Davis

Here’s a Memorial Day Weekend update from Pat Tracy:

The Tracy Family had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to our niece’s wedding, sisters & husbands, cousins, kids & grandkids converged on Central Ohio from the four winds (sister-of-the-bride, from Alaska, got the prize for longest distance). While I’ve been doing my normal bit of ‘round the country traveling, Lisa did the hard work of reclaiming bedrooms from stuff and prepping sleeping arrangements for guests. It was a bit nostalgic, getting out the cabinet locks and outlet covers to keep little fingers from getting into trouble. We had about 22 in and out at various times over the weekend, including our 2.4 grandchildren — yup, grandkiddo #3 is due in mid-November, which will split our “grandchildren-travel” between Houston and Chicago from here on out. 🙂 A famous guy once said, “Grandchildren are God’s prize to you, for not killing your own kids.” Amen! Looking forward to catching up with everyone at the Reunion. See y’all there!

Lisa & Pat Tracy involved in PDA (that’s 30 demerits, Pat!)

Lisa & Pat Tracy involved in PDA (that’s 30 demerits, Pat!)

Congratulations are in order to Luke Memminger who became a Deacon at Grace Anglican Church on 18MAY in Fleming Island, FL:

Hey Mark, I am attaching a photo of my recent Ordination for Anglican Deacon. The photo includes Classmates Mike Abbott and Gary Harrell as well as Gary Lundeen ‘75. The two Garys and I rowed Lightweight Crew together. Mike Abbott and I both entered the Academy from Aiea High School, and then Mike got me hired at American Airlines with a very nice letter to the Chief Pilots back in 1990. It was great having Classmates at my ordination! I became serious about my faith when Ann was diagnosed with Lymphoma and was then healed through the power of prayer and the grace of God. I will retire from American Airlines in 12 months and then continue as a Deacon in our church.

Deacon Luke Memminger with fellow alumni

Deacon Luke Memminger with fellow alumni

Congratulations are also in order to Steve Barilich who was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame during a banquet at St. Hedwig’s Hall in South Bend on 19MAY.

 

L to R: Maggie (daughter), Julie and Steve Barilich, sons Ben and Nathan

L to R: Maggie (daughter), Julie and Steve Barilich, sons Ben and Nathan

Ike Owens congratulates Steve Barilich at his induction

Ike Owens congratulates Steve Barilich at his induction

Julie and Steve Barilich are also new grandparents with the birth of Ellis Campbell “Cam”, son of their son, Ben, and his wife, Abby.

Steve Barilich with Grandson, Cam

Steve Barilich with Grandson, Cam

Debbie and Dave Winters were present for graduation/commissioning in Annapolis:

DATELINE 27 May 2016: We attended the US Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremonies today. My illustrious protégé, Midshipman Dominique Braswell ‘16, leader of the USNA Silent Drill Team became “Ensign, USN.” This pupil has unquestionably exceeded his teacher. (But then, he always had me available to warn him off potential mistakes. And who better than I? I am probably the only guy in our class to have personally committed every single blooper in the book AND added new original material for the next edition.) I must say the crowd today was fascinated by SECNAV and utterly mesmerized by the SECDEF. Hardly anybody noticed as the Sun climbed toward its apex, the temperature and humidity soared, and dehydration set in. No member of the crowd cared in the least as heatstroke began to claim victims in the stands. Even the babes in arms were entirely oblivious as the unmistakable aromas of previously consumed baby foods began to permeate the stands. Indeed, before I passed out myself (somewhere at what I estimate to have been the beginning of our second hour of fiery and riveting rhetoric from SECDEF) my seat mate and I were fighting off an overwhelming urge to initiate a wave of spontaneous and extended…VERY extended…. applause, to ensure that SECDEF was made acutely aware of the degree to which his imparted wisdom and masterful oratory was appreciated by each and every member of his rapt and spellbound, but otherwise eerily silent audience. (Their silence had reached such a decibel level that my seat mate swears nobody could possibly hear me snoring.) P.S. Mark Hubbard where are you when I need you? When they played the Navy Alma Mater, there was not a single Academy man within audible range. So I ended up doing a solo performance for a few hundred people.

Hear from Frank Inzirillo:

Geraldine and Frank “Izzy” Inzirillo, of the infamous 7th Company Seadogs, had a family come-around at Disney World Orlando this past March. Frank’s oldest son Joseph (LT, CEC, USN) had just returned form 7 months in Guam with NMCB 1. Joe and his wife Lauren are stationed in Gulfport Mississippi with their 2 sons Carmine and Dominic, Christopher and fiancé Bridget are in Chicago, Anthony and wife Tricia are living in Annapolis (visit Anthony (Manager) at Charm City Run in the Annapolis Town Center), and daughter Diana is a rising Junior at the University of South Carolina.

Inzirillo clan at Disney World

Inzirillo clan at Disney World

On a sad note, please keep Ray Lincoln (30th Company) and Liz Lewis in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the tragic loss of their son, Kevin Robert Lincoln, on 8MAY16.

Commissioning Week 2016: Blue Angels 27 May 2016

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