SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
September- October - 2011
I’m starting assembly of this column on 31 July.
We were told originally that it would be about 6 weeks before we could move back in, but we’re now told it will be 8 months or longer before the building can be put in order-the flames reached all of the fifth floor and water damage (ceilings collapsed because of water ) was extensive.
I stayed with one daughter the first night, a second daughter the next, and was put in temporary quarters for the next two months. At least that’s what I thought-now I must make other arrangements since they’re not at all sure of the 8 months figure.
So-I’m OK-furniture must be cleaned and put in what is described as an “ozone room” to remove smoke smell. Can’t have furniture for at least 3 weeks. Life is full of surprises.”
That’s been two months now. I haven’t heard anything new from Mary so I must presume she has found some acceptable living conditions.
Now some good news from Randy Patterson 13th Co. I have published this word for word to all the email addresses, but I think you “hold outs” will find it of interest. “I have moved out of assisted living in MD and back to the Chambersburg, PA area into a 2BR Town home on the campus of Menno Village, a component of the Mennonite facility here. Have 2BR and baths and all the rest, plus a nice front porch to enjoy when it is cooler. Address 270-B Menno Village, Chambersburg PA 17201. Phone 71-263-3565.
My health is pretty much back to normal from the small strokes last Jan that sent me to MD and assisted living. Most of my local pals and fly- fishing pals live nearby as is my church-so this is sort of a homecoming. I sold the condo to the incoming pres. of Volvo International that is moving its heavy equipment facility here. Everything in the condo has been distributed to me or the kids and grands or will be auctioned in DC. I am ready to resume a more normal life even though without wheels. Fly-fished with pals three times last week. May join the west coast class cruise if still room and plan to fly back to Seattle next spring for the annual fishing trip up to BC. This place has all the facilities if my health goes or a repeat stroke. Randy”
Even in the short period between the last column and now we have lost 3 members of our family:
From John Fry 21st Co. on 7/25/11—“Many years ago, when returning to their Virginia homes from Hilton Head Island, SC, George and Carolyn Ball and Bill and Grace Harkins stopped briefly to visit Carolyn’s family Mount Hope Cemetery plot in Florence. SC. While there, in its quietly peaceful, beautiful surroundings, George was overheard to say: “This is where I want to be buried.”
And so it was on July 16th, 2011, amidst plumeria and maile garlanded family and friends, George was buried there with familiar military, religious, and personal honors: five servicemen, three-shot, rifle volleys, mournful taps, ritual folding and bended-knee flag presentation, followed by readings, hymns, and loving eulogies. Playing her ukulele, their daughter Louise led us in singing “Aloha Oe,” ending, “Until we meet again.”
I remember George as a feet-on-the-desk, trombone-playing, Company-mate for three years, an unexpected visitor test-driving his new Triumph sports car, an understandingly proud George Washington law school graduate, an inspiring leader of his entertaining Hawaiian band, and always, with a cheerful smile and genial word, an enduring friend demonstrating steadily through the years the kind of personal friendship that makes life worthwhile.
From Rhona Gorder with memories of Troy Stone 2nd Co.-Chuck and Troy became firm friends when gradating the Naval Academy they both were assigned to the USS SPRINGFIELD, their first ship. They traveled together from Long Beach to San Francisco (Chuck said it was the first and only time he’d ridden in a Pullman), went to the famous Top of the Mark for a drink and looked down and saw the SPRINGFIELD for the first time. In those days before all the tall buildings were built, they had a clear view of the port. A couple of years later, Troy signed up to fly airplanes and spent the next 30 years in the service.
Scribe’s note, at graduation Ty Dedman 13th Co., Sam Smith 14th Co. and I were all assigned to OAKLAND (CLAA-95). Since the ship was deployed the skipper asked the bureau to send one of us to gunnery school, one to CIC school and one to Damage Control School. The bureau screwed up and sent all three of us to all three schools. Lots of funny stories of how that was handled; however, we did not travel by Pullman to our first school, Damage Control. On part of the trip we gathered in the Club car for a drink with Hal Deeley 9th Co., John Rasmussen 14th Co. and some others whose names I can’t recall now. We displayed practically all of the uniforms then in vogue, Gray (the Grayhound Bus uniform), Blue, Khaki, and White. One of the other passengers came over and inquired if we were all in the same service? Thank goodness the gray uniform didn’t stay long.
An email and picture from Paul Riley 13th Co. -Herewith is photo evidence of the (last Class of 48) Golden Wedding ceremony held by Evelyn and me at the vintage 1886 Grand Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR, in mid-June. Our original class groomsmen, Joe Elwood Weatherly and the late Jim Schmoller, were not available, but the USNA was represented by my oldest son, Miles, Class of ’86. Of course, Mary, Jack and Will were also there with spouses, along with our eight grand children, one great-grandson, and several of our siblings. A great time was had by all.
| Golden Wedding Ceremony - Evelyn and Paul Riley
Balances in various funds are now as follows:
NAPS-last year when we were discussing NAPS, Cliff Morgan 18th Co. was motivated to send me two emails:
Your committee is working on the 65th. By the time you read this you should have long since responded to the letter asking if you planned to attend. If you haven’t done so please go find that letter and let us know whether or not you plan to join us.