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Newport Dealeys 2014 Reunion Boston MA

Chairman Michael Upchurch MM2
USS Van Voorhis

 

 

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Best Western Adams Inn 
Quincy MA 

 

 

After a long year of anticipation, on the 4th to the 7th of September, the Newport Dealeys shipmates mustered in the Boston area for our 16th annual reunion with Mike Upchurch MM2 of the USS Van Voorhis, serving as chairman for the event. Seventy five shipmates and guests began arriving on Thursday and enjoyed a light fare of chicken wings and pizza. After the pledge of allegiance, Mike welcomed our assembly and named the USS Dealey as the host ship this year. Marc Arsenault, USS Lester, provided a welcome to Boston introduction including comments on how to decipher our heavy Boston accent and local slang. Our evening's entertainment, the "Dealey Fued" game created by Chief Rich Legg and hosted by Tony Zeole of the USS Lester, was again a hit this year.

 The Friday tour to the Plimouth Plantation provided us with an historical insight into the harsh lives endured by the pilgrims during the early days in the New England settlements. Their transportation to the new world, the Mayflower (which is smaller than a Dealey) was docked next to the Plymouth Rock, downtown. After a stop for photo ops, gift shopping and lunch, we returned to the hotel and our business meeting. The attendees voted Warwick RI (local to our former home port of Newport RI) for our 2016 reunion location. Next year, 2015, the Newport Dealeys reunion will be held in Cincinnati OH, with LCDR Ray Hammock, YN3, USS John Willis as the chairman.

 After dinner, Marc Arsenault, reported on a new Tom Clancy style submarine thriller and best seller "The Trident Deception" by Rick Campbell.  Along with other veterans groups, Rick had forwarded one to Marc and the Newport Dealeys for review prior to the reunion and later donated three more for our raffle.

Marc then followed by reading an email he had received from a former Norwegian merchant sailor, Jarleiv Bøe, he was on a freighter, en route from Baltimore to Miami in January 1970 when the boiler room blew up off the cape Hatteras, NC. Two of his shipmates were killed and all but a few abandoned ship. In life boats for about 8 hours, their ordeal finally ended when, the USS Joseph K Taussig, on route back to Newport from operations down south, was notified and arrived at the scene to bring the survivors aboard. Master Chief Larry Goulet, USS Joseph K Taussig, who was in attendance and gave us first hand account of the rescue as he witnessed it. Jarleiv also indicated in his email that he was in the process of building a ship model based on the Norwegian version of our Dealey Class ships for his grand son and would like to obtain some sort of a souvenir for him from the Joseph K Taussig, if possible. Chief Richard Legg generously stepped forward and donated his original JKT hat to send to Jarleiv's grandson.

 The Friday evening's entertainment followed with another Chief Legg production "How I Hooked my Dealey Sailor", where shipmate's wedding pictures were projected to a screen. We had to guess who they were, once revealed, the wives then were asked to give us a short story of how she caught her sailor. There were many comments such as, Oh, how young we were back then!

Saturday's tour took us to the Boston Navy Yard and the USS Constitution. A stop at Quincy Market for shopping and lunch was followed by a narrated Boston city tour. Chief Ernie Pina, USS Hartley, served as the tour guide with many amusing stories. A cash bar and formal photos by our reunion organizers, Premier Reunion Services, preceded the banquet. The USS Dealey color guard organized by Jerry Skorch, USS Joseph K Taussig, posted colors, followed by the "Missing Man" ceremony and Grace.

The post Saturday evening banquet activities included our raffle where attendee's names were pulled from a hat to win Navy themed prizes. Steve Kittle, USS Lester, won the grand prize, the Newport Dealeys porthole clock. Music, dancing and socializing completed the evening.

The Newport Dealeys Sunday morning ceremony was conducted by our Chaplain Jerry Skorch and the USS Dealey shipmates. Names were read from a list of recently deceased shipmates and the memorial bell rang twice for each shipmate.

Parting good wishes and tearful hugs were everywhere as we concluded our 16th annual reunion.  

Many shipmates also personally expressed their gratitude to our reunion committee members for their continuing dedicated work throughout the years to insure successful, fun and memorable reunions.

 I personally would like to thank, Jerry Skorch, Chief Richard Legg and his wife Lee, for their dedicated assistance in the organizing and planning the evening ceremonies and entertainment.

Our first time chairman, Mike Upchurch, proved to be a natural as he kept the committee in contact through out the year with conference calls and schedule updates.  After he opened the reunion, he led us through the schedules and activities with personal friendliness, and when things didn't go on time or as planned (Murphy's Law), with his good humor, he just continued to plan "B" like a pro so it would go along seamlessly. GREAT JOB MIKE.   

See you next year, on to Cincinnati 2015.

"Shipmates are Forever"

 Marc Arsenault ET2

USS Lester / USS Hartley

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2014 Chairman
Mike Upchurch MM2 
USS Van Voorhis 

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Steve Ninesling, Bill McColl, Rich Legg
with Joe and Mary Disabella 

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Ray and Ginny Hammock with Joe Areana
who stopped in to say hello 

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 Model of the USS Dealey
owned by Phil Passler

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Hospitality Room 
Ginny and Ray Hammock with Rich Legg

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Chairman Mike and Beverly Upchurch
USS Van Voorhis 

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Ron Distin, Larry Percival and Mike Upchurch

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Nina Percival, Rita and Ron Distin

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Marc Arsenault USS Lester
delivering the
welcome to Boston address 

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Larry Percival and Marc Arsenault

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Edith Kitchen and Kathy Arsenault

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Susan Harlow and Ginny Hammock

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Phil Passler, Bill McColl, Joe Disabella and Harry Davis

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Plimouth Plantation

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Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor

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Sandy Skorch and Herb Mann
aboard the Mayflower 

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Kathy Arsenault at the Plymouth Rock Memorial

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Plymouth Rock

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Chairman Mike Upchurch addresses the assembly

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Master Chief Larry Goulet USS Joseph K Taussig
Describing the JKT's rescue of the crew of a sinking
Norwegian freighter
off the coast of North Carolina in 1970 

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John Livingston with Al and Claudette Bardsley

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Ruth Whitney, Doris Stum and Kathy Arsenault

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Phil Passler
USS Dealey 

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Joe and Mary Disabella
USS Dealey

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Skip and Martha Urbati
USS Lester

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Bob and Pat Litza
with Jerry Skorch

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USS Constitution

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Jerry and Sandy Skorch
USS Joseph K Taussig
 

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Jerry Skorch
Describing the significance of the missing man table

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John and Cathy Hagan
USS Lester

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Larry and Nina Percival
USS Cromwell

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Bob Litza, Ginny and Ray Hammock
USS John Willis

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Bob and Edith Kitchen
USS Lester

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David and Nancy Gondak
USS John Willis

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Bud and Sue Harlow
USS John Willis

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Bruce and Ruth Whitney
USS Joseph K Taussig

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Charles Hall, Ernie Pina And Tom Hennessy

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Randy Pomeroy and John Livingston

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Phil and Gail Passler
USS Dealey

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Bill Wood and Rosemary Russell with
Dale Holtzworth and Donna Rigsby-Wright
USS Dealey

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John Hagan and Don Shields
USS Lester

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Chief Richard Legg and Lee
USS Joseph K Taussig and USS Hartley 

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Ginny and Ray Hammock
USS John Willis

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 Mike Upchurch, Charlie Hall, Bob Buchanan,
Jerry Skorch, Ray Blazak and Larry Percival

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Ron Trummell with Shirley and Candice
USS Cromwell

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Garnet and Doris Stum
USS Joseph K Taussig

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Dale Holtzworth and Donna Rigsby-Wright
USS Dealey 

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Jack and Cathy Pero
USS John Willis 

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Arthur and Gloria Petz
USS Hartley

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Mike Upchurch with
Cathy Babcock and Ray Blazak ( Deceased 9-22-14)
USS Van Voorhis

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Mike Upchurch with Chief Ernie Pina

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Mike Upchurch, Larry Percival and Jerry Skorch

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Bill McColl with a prize from Chief Rich Legg

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Jerry Skorch showing one of the raffle prizes,
an offical US Navy snuggy blanket
won by Herb Mann

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And a little dancing to end the formal evening

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Newport Dealeys
Sunday morning Memorial Services

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Newport Dealeys Chaplain Jerry Skorch
(USS Joseph K Taussig)
reading from a list of recently deceased shipmates
with Steve Ninesling (USS Dealey) ringing the bell twice for each name 

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