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Shipmate: Membership & Services 2013 6 July 2013

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by Mark Hubbard

My Classmates responded to my threat of monopolizing the column with a Hubbard Family update and provided several last minute news updates: 

Nick Karangelen sent a photo from his latest excursion to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he’s been helping the Saudi Special Forces with unattended sensor technologies for border security applications.

Nick Karangelen with a Saudi Special Forces soldier

Nick Karangelen with a Saudi Special Forces soldier

Mark Haas provided a recap of his recent trip to the West Coast: 

My wife, Phyllis, son, Chris, and I had a very nice one-week vacation in Southern California (mainly in San Diego) in early June.  We partied it up the first three nights in the luxurious Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at the expense of my company (I won a trip!), and then downgraded our accommodations a bit for the next four nights.  Included was a night eating and partying on the U.S.S. Midway and another night that we were treated to a post-dinner concert by the Eagles.  Although I’m not sure how many of the original members remain with the group, they sounded good in playing a lot of their hits from the 70’s.  At the request of my son, we also attended a recruit graduation ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (Chris, a 10th grader, currently plans to enlist after his HS graduation).  We spent two nights up near Anaheim and spent all day Monday hanging out (mainly at the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens) with one of my 28th Company buddies, Jim Sloan, and his wife, Lori, who drove six hours down from their home in Livermore.  Sloaner & I roomed together for 2+ years when we were both stationed in San Diego from ’78 – ’81 (he a submariner & me at the Marine Recruit Depot).  It was a great get-together and I am glad to say that they both look good and are doing very well.  On Tuesday night, Phyllis, Chris & I had dinner and then went to the Padres game with another good friend of mine, Chris Rowden.  Chris was my “Little Brother” in the San Diego Big Brother program when I was stationed there.  Although my “Little Brother” is now age 44, it was great seeing & hanging out with him, having only seen him on 2-3 occasions in the 30+ years since I was stationed in S Diego.  Last but not least, we visited the gravesite of another member of Frat 28, Rich Eisloeffel, who perished in a helo crash on Okinawa on Oct 31, 1988.  Rich is buried with his father (who served in the Navy) in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma in San Diego.  We arranged to meet Rich’s mom there (with whom I have remained in touch) and went to lunch with her afterward.  Rich having been a very good buddy of mine, and this being my first visit to his gravesite, I must confess that I needed a few tissues.  

Lori & Jim Sloan join Phyllis & Mark Haas in San Diego

Lori & Jim Sloan join Phyllis & Mark Haas in San Diego

The Haas Family

The Haas Family

Mark Haas with his “Little Brother”, Chris Rowden

Mark Haas with his “Little Brother”, Chris Rowden

Rich Eisloeffel’s Mom with Mark Haas

Rich Eisloeffel’s Mom with Mark Haas

The final resting place for Rich Eisloeffel and his father, John, in Point Loma

The final resting place for Rich Eisloeffel and his father, John, in Point Loma

Carrie and Carl Butler (6th Company) are back in the Continental US again after 4 years as expats exploring the eastern Caribbean.  With the help of Carl’s brother, Steve, they sailed their 50 ft. Gulfstar ketch-rigged sailboat “La Creole” offshore for 9-1/2 days from St. John in the Virgin Islands to Ft. Pierce, Florida to finish refitting the boat at a boatyard outside of Jacksonville.  Plans are to complete some repairs and upgrades over the summer and then move to the Keys and find work to refill the “Cruising Kitty” before taking off again for the western Caribbean sometime in 2015.

Carrie & Carl Butler’s sailboat, La Creole, at anchor

Carrie & Carl Butler’s sailboat, La Creole, at anchor

I must make one small Hubbard Update – my wife’s oldest daughter, Sara, took first place in her age group with a net time of 01:52:37.91 at the Quarry Man Triathlon held in Westminster, MD, on Sunday, 30 JUNE.  The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree since she is related to Jim Doherty, a wing-footed Navy cross-country star from days of old.

1st Place finisher, Sara Myers, basking in the glory

1st Place finisher, Sara Myers, basking in the glory

As we all know (or may not know), one doesn’t draw Reserve retirement until one turns 60.  Well, Rick DaPrato does just that in July – Rick finally gets paid for being old!  He writes:

My son, LT RJ DaPrato has orders departing USNA’s Seamanship and Navigation Department.  He’s been selected as Flag Lieutenant for RDML Gilday, Carrier Strike Group Eight. He and his lovely bride, Meredith Mewbourne DaPrato, are in the process of moving back to the Norfolk area.  Meredith is daughter of RDML Dee Mewbourne ’82.  

Next is a family update from Jim Grayson:

Hard to believe but I am finishing my ninth year as an assistant principal in a middle school here in Stafford County, Virginia.  Counting my eight years as a sixth grade teacher, I have been in education for 17 years after retiring from the Navy in 1996.  It’s all good, but having applied for 12 principal positions, as I approach 60, I’m thinking my age has been a factor.  Tammie retired four years ago when her RA got to the point she could not work but she is keeping very busy with five grand daughters, three from my daughter-in-law’s previous marriage and two which are my son’s and ours.  Baylee is 22 months and Dakota is 7 months, they are each the most beautiful and amazing babies and we love them dearly.  We have been accused of spoiling them, but I thought it was in the job description for grandparents.  To have them close, I built a house on five acres for my son and his family about 10 minutes from my retirement home in Stafford, which they moved into last December.  I look forward to seeing my classmates at football games this fall. Beat Army!

As always, I save the last word for our Class President, Kevin Stone, who writes:

Can you believe it’s Tailgating season again? We’ll be ready when Navy comes to town; here’s what you need to know: We’re in the same spot as years past, #21 on the Blue (Navy) side of the stadium, in the far corner of Farragut and Cedar Park Roads. Just look for the blue & gold tent(s) and people having a great time.  I send out emails in the weeks leading up to a game, just send a reply with how many are coming. If you can make it at the last moment, that’s OK, just show up.  It’s check/cash for the food and soft drinks, BYOB for beer and wine.  Games will vary in time this year so make sure you keep track of when kickoff is! 

We’ll have the “Mini-reunion” on Air Force weekend, October 5th.  We’ll have a reception the evening before at the “Yellowfin” restaurant on the South River.  It’s a great venue with good food and a wonderful view.  Add classmates and friends and you couldn’t ask for a better time.  

We have a block of 100 tickets to the game, which have sold out, so I’m anticipating a good crowd.  The game is standing room only but I’m reasonably sure there will be tickets available at the last minute.  The game is early (11:30 kickoff) so the tailgate will be AFTER the game. We’ll have light fare beforehand and the main food ready to go as “Blue & Gold” is fading away around 1430. We’ll be there till they kick us out! Watch your email for more details and sign ups.   

Go Navy, Beat Air Force!

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