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                                                          Newport Dealeys

 

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 2016 Annual Reunion
Newport RI

 

 

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 Crown Plaza Airport Hotel
Warwick RI

 
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2016 Chairman
Chief Richard Legg

 

 

Newport Dealeys 2016 Reunion Newport RI
September 8 to the 11th

The Crown Plaza Airport hotel in Warwick RI, located us a short distance away from a highly anticipated visit to our former home port, the US Naval Base Newport RI, and our eighteenth annual reunion.

 Starting Thursday noon, shipmates began arriving and exchanging old sea stories in the hospitality room . Chairman Chief Rich Legg (USS Hartley/USS J K Taussig) opened festivities by naming the 2016 reunion host ship the USS Courtney and welcoming the 81 shipmates and guests followed by a special address and welcome to our first time attendees. Pizza, chicken wings and cash bar were the fare of the evening, followed by another version of the Newly Wed game hosted by Larry Percival (USS Cromwell).

Our Friday tour took us over the Newport Bridge to the Naval Base with a stop at pier two to view our former home and a unique opportunity to see our newest US Navy ship, the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000. The ship had left the Bath shipyard in Bath ME the week before and was on its way to Baltimore for commissioning. A visit to the base Naval War College Museum, the Marine Detachment and lunch at the officers club completed the base tour. Our tour guide Chief Ernie Pina (USS Hartley), constantly entertained us by providing stories and interesting facts as we transited downtown Newport ( Wow, a lot has changed in fifty years)  and a brief stop at the beautiful Brenton Point State Park on our way to the mansions and a visit to the Breakers.
On return, our reunion business meeting selected Harrisburg PA as our 2018 reunion city destination.

A casual Friday evening began with buffet dinner followed by Chairman Legg  addressing the shipmates and then holding up a USS John Willis cigarette lighter that was donated and to be offered to a John Willis shipmate. First time shipmate Robert Castle SK3 quickly raised his hand and received the lighter with a comment that he ran the ship store while aboard and he could have actually sold that lighter. Marc Arsenault and Jerry Skorch then approached the podium  and recognized Chief Legg for his three years of chairmanship of the Newport Dealeys reunions by presenting him with a Newport Dealeys ball cap. We now have a total of four three time chairmen, which also includes not in attendance, Bob Kitchen, USS Lester.
Marc Arsenault provided and informative presentation of the Newport Dealey News, which included Dealey class articles of interest that surfaced in the past year which included, author Rick Campbell's latest book Ice Station Nautilus, Charles Lamm's plans to build a remote control Dealey Ship Model and share the progress details with us, he continued with a final update on the site cleanup and disposal of the remaining parts
of the former USS Hartley/ARC Boyaca, in Guatape Colombia and the recent USS Courtney Anchor display dedication at the city hall in Treasure Island FL,
Mike Upchurch, USS Van Voorhis, followed with an  interesting  talk on Reflections of the Past which most of us could relate to as we look back to our own retirement, elder years, and our relationship with the younger (millennial) generation.  

Our Saturday tour took us to Battleship cove in Fall River MA and the USS Massachusetts, USS Joseph P Kennedy, USS Lionfish and an East German Corvette with a lunch break board the big Mamie.
Saturday evening festivities began with the entrance of the USS Courtney Honor Guard commanded by Jerry Skorch, the Pledge of Allegiance and the Missing Man ceremony. Following invocation and dinner, we continued with our door prize raffle which included purchased and donated gifts. Rose Russell (guest of Bill Wood USS Dealey) won the 2016 grand prize, a Newport Dealeys porthole clock.

Sunday morning service was conducted by Chaplain  Jerry Skorch assisted by bell ringer John Livingston of the USS Courtney and Chairman Chief Richard Legg.  As in all our past reunions departing and saying goodbye to our friends and shipmates is always a difficult time as we leave but with anticipation to seeing them again at our next reunion in Charleston SC in September of 2017 with Mike Upchurch, USS Van Voorhis, as Chairman and the USS Lester the host ship.

And a big thank you to  
Chief Richard Legg , the Committee and Premier Reunion Services for organizing another great union. 

Marc Arsenault  
USS Hartley/USS Lester 

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Bruce and Ruth Whitney
USS Joseph K Taussig
Checking in
 

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Early Arrivals in the
Hospitality Room

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 Chicken wings and pizza

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  Newlywed Game
with Larry Percival

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Waiting for the tour bus
Allen and Claudette Bardsley
with tour guide Ernie Pina

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USS Zumwalt DDG 1000
AT Pier 2 Newport RI
 

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Naval War College Museum

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Mike and Beverly Upchurch

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Charlie Holzschuch
and Karen Davis

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Captain Martinez USMC
and the touring shipmates at the
Marine Detachment Building

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Al Bardsley
at the Lebanon
Marine Barracks Memorial

 

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Beriut Lebanon
Marine Barracks
Memorial

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Kathy Arsenault and Captain Martinez

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Lunch at the Officers Club

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Ruth and Bruce Whitney with
Steve Kittle and Ernie Pina
AT Brenton Point Park

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Mike Hennesy and Jerry Skorch

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Mike and Bevelery Upchurch

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Mike Upchurch
in the main entry room

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Friday Evening Buffet

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3X3 a Chairman
Chief Richard Legg, Marc Arsenault and Jerry Skorch
each with three years as Reunion Chairmen

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Newport Dealey News
offered by
Newport Dealeys Historian
Marc Arsenault

 

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 Chaplain Jerry Skorch
Offering our Meal Blessing

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Mike Upchurch with Tom and Mike Hennesy
Battleship Cove Fall River MA

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Marc Arsenault

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Jerry Skorch

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Bill McColl USS Dealey
Inspecting the Berthing Area


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Herb Mann Jr

USS Joseph K Taussig 

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Skip and Martha Urbati
USS Lester

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Bobby and Ann Young 
with Pat and Sherrie Aube

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Mike Upchurch and Tom Hennesy
in the engine room

 

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Break Time

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That's enough touring

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 We need a break too

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Mike Upchurch
USS Van Voorhis

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USS Courtney Honor Guard

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Chairman Chief Richard Legg
Commencing the Evening

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Chaplain Jerry Skorch
reading the Invocation

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Newport Dealeys Chaplain
Jerry Skorch
Reciting the Missing Man Ceremony

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

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Charles and Juanita Lawing
USS Lester With Catherine Hagan

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Bill McColl and Carl Albittron
USS Dealey

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Don Shields and Bridget Hack
USS Lester

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Jerry and Sandy Skorch
USS Joseph K Taussig

 

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Phil and Gail Passler
USS Dealey

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Dale and Donna Holzworth
USS Dealey

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Mark and Pamela Novak
USS Lester

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Arthur and Gloria Petz
USS Hartley

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Robert Cordner
USS Courtney

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James and Patricia Cruickshank
USS John Willis

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David and Nancy Gondak
USS John Willis

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Pat and Sherrie Aube
USS Van Voorhis

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Chief Bobby and Ann Young
USS Courtney

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 Garnet and Doris Stum
USS Joseph K Taussig

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William and Donna Buchanan
USS Lester

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Robert and Ralphene Matuszewski
USS Courtney

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John Livingston
USS Courtney

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Charles (Shoe) and Norma
Holzschuh
USS Hartley

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Larry and Janina Percival
USS Cromwell

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Randle Pomeroy USS Dealey
and Charles Hall USS John Willis

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Raymond and Catherine Dunlap
USS Lester

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Karen and Harry Davis
with Chief Robert Buchanan
USS Van Voorhis 

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Dale Holzwort with
Bill McColl
USS Dealey

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Charles and Juanita Lawing
USS Lester

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Master Chief John and Catherine Hagan
USS Lester

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Marc and Kathy Arsenault
USS Lester

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Mark and Patricia Priest
USS Lester

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Nina Percival and Mike Upchurch

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Bill Wood and Rose Russel with guests
USS Dealey

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Chief Richard and Lee Legg
 USS Joseph K Taussig
USS Hartley

 

 

 

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Francis (Skip) and Martha Urbati
USS Lester

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Allen and Claudette Bardsley
USS Van Voorhis

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Rod Sheley
USS Lester

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 Ray and Ginny Hammock
USS John Willis

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 Bud and Sue Harlow
USS John Willis

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Mike and Tom Hennessy
USS Hartley

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Bruce and Ruth Whitney
USs Joseph K Taussig

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Steve Kittle
USs Lester

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Jack and Catherine Pero
USS John Willis

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Robert Castle with Sue Badia
USS John Willis

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Anthony Capon and Kathy Willis
USS John Willis

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Jerry Skorch with Chief Bobby Young

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Jerry Skorch, Rod Sheley
and Mike Upchurch

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Marc Arsenault and John Hagan
comparing the ET duties
of the early years vs the later years
aboard the USS Lester

 

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Larry and Brenda Eckard
Premier Reunion Services
(MLRS)

Reunion Coordinators 

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Newport Dealeys Chaplain
Jerry Skorch coonducting
the Memorial Service

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Beverly and Mike Upchurch
2017 Reunion Chairman