3 May 2023
Our search for a future home for our cherished
Newport Dealeys reunion display of artifacts has been completed.
items have been donated to the USS Slater, Albany NY and the remainder to Tin Can Sailors, Sommerset MA and will now live
on respectively in a proper venue.
April 26, 2023
Arsenault and Ernie Pina with Tim Rizzuto
receiving the USS Dealey ship builders
and shadow box donation from the Newport Dealeys
to the USS Slater Museum Albany NY
USS Dealey ship builders plates
in the artifacts display area
of the USS Slater berthing compartment
Marc Arsenault and Ernie Pina with Annmarie Exterlla
of Tin Can Sailors receiving our remaining Newport Dealeys Artifacts
Tin Can Sailors meeting room and
library of artifacts
1077 W. County St.
Sommerset MA 02726
24 April 2023
Our Newport Dealeys reunion
committee met in February via teleconference to discuss our present status. The resulting consensus was that it became obvious
we could no longer maintain the level of attendance that would be required to continue scheduling annual reunions.
I'm sadden to report to you that after 22 annual reunions, our beloved annual shipmate gatherings have come to an end as the
aging years have finally caught up with us. We also decided to donate our reunion display artifacts to appropriate museums
in the Newport RI / New England area. once completed, I will post the location of the recipients. Our web site will continue
with updates posted periodically, as we are subscribed to the year 2029 and hopefully will continue beyond.
little early History
I never imagined back in 1999 when Chief Ernie Pina informed me
of a reunion he was organizing in Seekonk MA. which was attended by 44 shipmates and guests that it would eventually achieve
the level that it did with close to 3000 shipmates now on our roster.
Back then, employed but anticipating retirement
soon, I agreed to attend for the Saturday evening banquet with little expectation of meeting anyone I knew. However once there,
introductions and sea stories started to flow ( of course with a few beers) it quickly became obvious that "
Shipmates are Forever" , especially the Newport Dealeys due to the fact that we all had the same experiences
on these little ships and some of us served on several of them. Many of us bonded from that first reunion.
in the evening Chief Pina conducted a short entertainment schedule and on conclusion asked if we would like to continue next
year with all smiles a definite "Yes" was the answer. His next question was who would like to volunteer to be the
Chairman for the next reunion and as with all military request for volunteering all was silent. A thought flashed through
my mind at the time that there was definitely something about this and it was too good to let go. So I raised my hand and
told Ernie that I had no clue how to proceed but with his assistance I would give it a try. With additional help of reunion
organizers Military Locators and Reunion Services, I chaired our next reunion in Lake George NY and it was an overwhelming
success with 148 shipmates and guests. The expressed enthusiasm of shipmates from Seamen to Admirals was the indicator that
we had a positive future ahead. As the Newport Dealeys annual reunions continued to flourish and grow, many of you who volunteered
to chair and assist with the organizing efforts over the years did it as a labor of love for the group and were rewarded with
a great deal of satisfaction which was evident as we departed on Sunday mornings all smiles, hugs and tears looking forward
to the next years gathrings.
Sadly, all good things eventually come to an end but memories and friendships will
I personaly am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to become a part
of the Newport Dealeys and participate with former shipmates to reminisce in activities of a Navy life of the past.
Thanks for the memories.
"Shipmates are Forever"
Marc Arsenault ET2
USS Hartley / USS Lester
13 Nov, 2022
Admiral Roy Hoffmann
USS Cromwell CO 1961-63
Deceased 8 November 2022
Philip Passler FN
USS Dealey 1961-63
8 September, 2022
Ronald Trummell RD2
USS Cromwell 1971
Deceased 6 June, 2022
USS VanVoorhis 1960-62
Deceased 31 August, 2022
Robert Buchanan MMC
USS Van Voorhis 1959-62
27 January 2022
August 5, 2022
Our 2022 Newport Dealeys Baltimore Washington Airport reunion has been canceled due to our unability
to obtain a suffient number of shipmate registrations that were required by our reunion coordinators to continue finalizing
the reunion details.
A notifing email will follow to all on our listing with further details.
USS Courtney Anchor Move
19 May 2022
City of Treasure Island FL is moving to a new location 10451 Gulf Blvd. Treasure Island FL 33706.
The anchor of
the USS Courtney had resided in location of honor in front of the building by the flag pole. It will be placed in storage
while it's new home is being prepped.,. then it will be relocated by the flag pole, on the west side of the building at the
new location. It is scheduled to be back on display by mid-July.
March 27, 2022
result of the survey indicated that our tradinal annual reunions (Thursday thru Sunday) should continue until the attendance
can no longer sustain our level of activities and only then consider other alternatives. A majority also indicated a
Friday tour and Saturday left open for inhouse socializing and related activities was preferred.
Our 2022 co-chairmen Mike Upchurch (USS Van Voorhis) and Jerry Skorch (USS JK Taussig) have been in contact
with our reunion coordinators Gatherings Plus and are in the process of selecting a reunion city location and dates.
The reunion notice will be emailed out to all our active reunion shipmates and posted here as soon as it becomes
Lawrence Percival RM2
USS Cromwell 1959-62
Deceased October 7, 2020
Chief Richard Legg
USS Joseph K Taussig / USS Hartley
Deceased 12 September, 2021
Steve Kittle RD2
USS Lester 1961-63
Deceased 12 April, 2019