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Newport Dealeys 2015 Reunion Cincinnati OH

Chairman LCDR Ray Hammock YN3
USS John Willis

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 Cincinnati Airport Hotel Florence Ky

 

Newport Dealeys 2015 Reunion Review

September 10-13 2015

Cincinnati Ohio, the designated city for our 2015 annual reunion, was another memorable gathering of shipmates and friends.
Our hotel, the Airport Hilton located in the greater Cincinnati area, which includes Florence Kentucky across the Ohio River, provided
us with hospitality from both states. Reunion Chairman, LCDR Ray Hammock USN (Ret), of the USS John Willis, welcomed 71 shipmates
and guests to his home state of Kentucky, with a short address and bags of goodies from the Chamber of Commerce, assembled
by his wife Ginny, assisted by Bud and Sue Harlow also of the USS John Willis. LCDR Hammock then presented the Newport Dealeys
with a welcome to Kentucky letter from the Governor and a US flag that was flown over the US Capitol. Larry Percival, USS Cromwell,
took charge of the sale of Newport Dealeys reunion tee shirts and they went quickly.
Chief Richard Legg provided entertainment Thursday evening with another version of Family Feud games which was followed by a series
of 
Navy theme Bingo games created by Beverly Upchurch and her sister Dee Egizi.
The Friday tour took us to Dayton Ohio and the US Air Force Museum, where an extensive display of US military aircraft could be viewed
close up, starting from the Wright Brothers first planes through WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam to the present. An additional tour of the
presidential and experimental planes in a separate hanger on the base added to our experience. We all agreed that the four hour museum
visit didn't do it justice and another complete day or more would be needed to immerse ourselves in the complexity and history of these fine aircraft. 
 
On return, we held our business meeting. Earlier the reunion committee, after reviewing the list of potential reunion locations, had
selected three cities for our 2017 consideration. Harrisburg PA, Washington DC and Charleston SC. After two votes ended in a tie,
with Washington and Charleston, a flip of a coin decided Charleston SC was the choice.
Marc Arsenault, USS Lester, provided an update of Newport Dealeys related notes of interest that became known over the past year.
Jarliev Boe, the Norwegian sailor that was rescued by the Joseph K Taussig in 1970 off Cape Hatteras NC, acknowledged that he
received Richard Legg's USS Joseph K Taussig hat that he donated and we sent to him after the reunion last year He included photos
of his grandson wearing it. He also researched for us and sent a photo of the Norwegian freighter "Blue Master", the ship that collided
with the USS Hartley in 1965, which I posted on the Hartley Collision page of this site. Joe Banana, aka: James Venanzi RM3 USS Courtney,
who resides in Treasures Island FL, is assembling USS Courtney memorabilia to create a display at city hall where one of the USS Courtney
anchors resides in front of the building. A review of author Rick Campbell's new book, the Empire Rising, followed noting his generous
donation of four copies for our Saturday evening raffle.
Friday evening's entertainment was again hosted by Chief Richard Legg. This time we projected high school pictures of shipmates and
guests to see if they could be identified which resulted in many laughs and memories of the styles in the 50s and 60s. Oh, how young we were!
Our Saturday tour first took us to a river boat dinner cruise on the Ohio River. As we boarded we were escorted to the main dining room
where an elaborate all you could eat buffet style meal was ready for us. 
Once underway we explored the outer decks and the river front scenery.
The museum ship LST 325 was docked across the river in downtown Cincinnati and open for visitors. The second part of the trip was a
narrated tour of the City ending at the Cincinnati railroad terminal and museums for a short visit. Some shipmates took the opportunity
to take a quick tour of tower A, a former railroad switch control tower, in the building which provides a commanding view of the railroad yards below.
The 2015 host ship the USS Cromwell honor guard with Chaplain Jerry Skorch in Command, entered and posted the colors to commence
the evening banquet.
After the dinner, Admiral Roy Hoffmann, Commanding Officer of the USS Cromwell 1961-63, addressed the shipmates and commented
on the important tasks the Destroyer Escorts preformed and thanked us for our dedicated US Navy and Coast Guard service in the cold war era.
Our traditional raffle followed with prizes purchased by our remaining 2014 funds and donations by Rich and Lee Legg, Sue and Bud Harlow
along with copies of books donated by Rick Campbell author of the Trident Deception and Empire Rising. Garnet Stum, USS Joseph K Taussig
won the grand prize, the Newport Dealeys reunion port hole clock.
LCDR Hammock and Newport Dealeys Chaplain Jerry Skorch conducted our Sunday morning memorial service with the reading the names
and ship of our recently noted deceased shipmates. Joe Csizmadia USS Cromwell rang the memorial bell for each name.
Upon the conclusion of the service tearful goodbyes and a safe trip home were in abundance.

It's back to Newport RI next year. "2016" 

Marc Arsenault 
USS Lester / USS Hartley

 

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Reunion Chairman
LCDR Ray Hammock
USS John Willis

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Bob Cordner USS Courtney with
Sandy and Jerry USS JK Taussig

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Tom and Mike Hennessy

USS Hartley 

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Garnet Stum and herb Mann USS JK Taussig
with Steve Kittle USS Lester

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Bill and Marcia Price
with Carl Albrittron
USS Dealey
 

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Joe and Evelyn Csizmadia
USS Cromwell
 

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Jim and Joann Deyo
USS Cromwell

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Francis (Skip) and Martha Urbati
USS Lester
 

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Phil and Gail Passler
USS Dealey

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Phil Passler, with Joe and Mary Disabella
USS Dealey
 

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Jim and Loretta Cunningham
USS John Willis

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John and Cathy Hagan
USS Lester

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Steve and Jean Owens
USS Cromwell

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Rich and Reah Marian
USS Van Voorhis

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Bruce and Ruth Whitney
USS JK Taussig
 

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Bud and Sue Harlow
USS John Willis
 

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David and Nancy Gondak
with Ray Hammock
USS John Willis

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Hospitality Room

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Charles and Juanita Lawing
USS Lester

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Larry Percival with Ron and Linda Bauer
USS Cromwell

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Skip and Martha Urbati
USS Lester

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Cecile Gorham and Christine Carnahan
Admiral Hoffmann's Daughters
USS Cromwell

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Jerry Skorch with Admiral Hoffmann

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Phil Passler's model of the USS Dealey

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Ronald Guthrie
USS Cromwell

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Marc Arsenault USS Lester  with
Harry and Karen Davis USS Van Voorhis

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Charlie (Shoe) and Norma Holzschuh
USS Hartley

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Don Shields and Bridget Hack
USS Lester

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Chairman Ray Hammock and Marc Arsenault

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Rich Legg USS JK Taussig
Hosting the evening Family Fued game

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Beverly Upchurch with her sister
Dee Egizi hosting the Navy Bingo game

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Nina Percival holding her bingo winnings

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Marc and Kathy Arsenault
USS Hartley / USS Lester
 

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Marc Arsenault with the B 29 'Bockscar"

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 The Missile Room

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Beverly Upchurch

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Mike and Tom Hennessy
looking over and A 10
 

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Planes, planes and more planes

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Kathy Arsenault exits John Kennedy's Air Force One

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Al Albritton USS Dealey and Jerry Skorch USS JK Taussig

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Ray and Ginny Hammock
USS John Willis

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Tom and Dee Egizi
US Coast Guard

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Dinner aboard

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LST 325 welcomes visitors across
the river in Cincinnati

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Cincinnati Railroad Terminal

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Terminal Rotunda

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Railroad yard view from

former control Tower A

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Rich and Lee Legg
USS Joseph K Taussig

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Hospitality Room

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Breakfast

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Tom Egizi, Tony Zeoli and Mike Hennessy

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Admiral Roy Hoffmann and Mary Linn
USS Cromwell

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Admiral Hoffmann speaking to the crew

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Jerry Skorch, Wilbert McCartney,
Rich Legg and Marc Arsenault

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Tom Egizi and Mike Upchurch

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Mike and Bevery Upchurch

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Chief Richard and Lee Legg with family

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Jerry Skorch USS J K Taussig and
Ray Hammock USS John Willis
conducting our Memorial Service
 

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Joseph Csizmidia USS Cromwell
Rings the Memorial Bell twice for each
deceased shipmate reported in the past year
 

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Beverly Hulse (Upchurch)

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 Bruce Whitney
USS J K Taussig

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Doris Odonnell (Stum)

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Bud Harlow
USS John Willis
 

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Gail Kuchler (Passler)

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Jerry Skorch
USS J K Taussig

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Ginny Head (Hammock)

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Joe Disabella
USS Dealey
 

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Kathy Doherty (Arsenault)

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Larry Percival (early years)

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Larry Percival (early years)

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Larry Percival
USS Cromwell

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Leona Hehaffie (Legg)

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Marc Arsenault
Sparky and the gang

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Marc Arsenault
USS Hartley / USS Lester

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Christine  Hoffmann (Carnahan)

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Charles (Shoe) Holzschuh
USS Hartley

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Martha Snow (Urbati)

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Tom Hennessy
USS Hartley

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Mary Price (Disabella)

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Mike Upchurch
USS Van Voorhis

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Norma DeSomma (Holzschuh)

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Duane Stum
USS J K Taussig
 

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Mary Linn Thompson (Hoffmann)

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Jim Cunningham
USS John Willis

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Nancy Boyer (Gondak)

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Tony Zeoli
USS Lester

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Bob Cordner
USS Courtney
 

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Nina Radomski (Percival)

Nina Radomski (Percival)

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Nina Radomski (Percival)
British Women's Royal Navy Service
(WRNS)
 

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Phil Passler
Age 7

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Phil Passler
USS Dealey

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Ruth Kuhnert (Whitney)

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Ray Hammock
USS John Willis

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Loretta Gilberto (Cunningham)

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Donna Best (Buchanan)

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Wilbert McCartney
USS Hartley

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Judy Vautrinot (Zeoli)

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Roy Hoffmann
USS Cromwell

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Roy Hoffmann
USS Cromwell

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Richard Marien
USS Van Voorhis

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Mike Hennessy

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Sandy Schessi (Skorch)

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Francis (Skip) Urbati

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Francis (Skip) Urbati
USS Lester

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Susan Blake (Harlow)

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Susan Blake (Harlow)

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Bill Buchanan
USS Lester

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Steve Kittle
USS Lester

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Joe and Evelyn Fuchs (Csizmadia)
USS Cromwell
 

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Dave Gondak
USS John Willis
 

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Rich Legg
USS J K Taussig / USS Hartley

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Clearing the harbor, underway

Is chow ready yet? 

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