SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
|CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER - 2012
Today is 7/29/12 and I am just starting this column, which is due on the 31st. Betty and I have had a house full of family and it was wonderful; however, back to business.
Let’s begin with some nostalgia. Sometime at the end of last year one of you sent me a picture but I cannot remember who and I have lost the accompanying letter. If that person will identify himself I want to give him credit for this item. I sent the picture to Chick Rauch 6th Co. and asked if he could add to the identification of the people in the picture. He replied on 1/23/12 with the following: I suspect that you are aware that this is a picture of the Class of 48 men who attended a reunion of our Submarine School Class (that graduated in June, 1950) in November 2002 in San Antonio, TX. The trouble is that I have been ashamedly terrible in keeping up with classmates and shipmates through the years. I have blown the picture up and labeled the ones that I am relatively sure about. However, here is list of all of the attendees at that reunion. Perhaps you might know somebody who could take the ’48 folks out of that list and pair them up with the picture. If I were a betting man, I would say that the person on my left in the yellow jacket is Herb Kline 12th Co. , the one between him and Angus is Kevin Hanlon 2nd Co., and the one in the yellow sweater in the front row is Jack Klinefelter 5th Co., however I am not sure of those. Craig Olson 15th Co. agrees with Chick’s guess about those not labeled.
Back row, left right-UNK, Randy Zelov, Zeb Alford, John Wilkie, Frank Fogarty;
Middle row, Chick Rauch,Herb Kline, Kevin Hanlon, George Parish, Angus McDonald, UNK;
Front row, Bob Rawlins, Paul Early, Jack Klinefelter, John Jensen.
Scribe’s note: Chick, you need not be ashamed about not keeping up with Classmates and Shipmates. I’m certain we are all in that same boat. I know I am. Many years ago in Norfolk the postman handed me a stack of Christmas cards and commented, “you certainly have a lot of friends all over the world.” Not so anymore for we have lost track of so many of our friends who are still alive.
Speaking for the Class Phil, our condolences.
Before he passed on Bob Ghormley 11th Co. wrote this report/request.
A short review of highlights of where the money went shows that we spent $2,000 for 2 chairs, one in honor of Sumner Moore 20th Co. and the other in honor of Raymond Lochner 6th Co. We also spent $2,400 on funeral flowers and $12,000 for charities in honor of classmates. We spent another $2,000 to help the 24th company update it’s wardroom, and to pay for meals when the midshipman and their Co. Officer and enlisted representative join us for lunches to tell us how they perceive things are going at the Academy. Finally, when our secretary inherited the laptop the class bought for Sumner we spent $1,000 to clean it up, install software updates and insure all was functioning correctly. That expenditure also covered postage to send items from the secretary to classmates.
Please make your checks payable to “Class of 48 U.S. Naval Academy” and mail to CDR Charles Mertz 13th Co., 7200 Matthew Mills Rd., McLean, VA 22101
An email from Bill Small 1st Co., dated 7/18 says:
This is a good place to tell you whom we have lost since the last column.
An email from Doug Lawler 14th Co. dated 7/17
Scribe’s note: Fires, draught, derecho, (we were without power for three days), flooding, and the hurricane season isn’t up to speed yet. Mother nature is not being particularly kind to us so far this year.
An email from Harry Belflower 2nd Co. dated 7/15 says-
Scribe’s note: at our age almost all of us have some physical or other problems so I’m impressed that Phil is getting out for lunch with friends of long standing. I asked Harry to carry a camera with him to the luncheons and send me some pictures.
Related to the above comment, an email from Tom Hayward 21st Co. dated 4/10: I had earlier advised that there was about a 50-50 chance that Peggy and I would be attending the 65th. I now have to lower that possibility to about 20-80. Peggy’s arthritis is increasingly a factor that we have to consider when long trips are contemplated. Right now, she just could not take the travel grind, plus all the other appropriate activities that will make for a great reunion. It pains both of us to have to double up on our druthers, but that’s what “old age” seems to be about in large measure.
A note from Roger Carlquist 19th Co. today says he is contacting a number of Classmates who have indicated they will attend but still have not made reservations. We are still 10 months out so a lot could happen. I hope most of you will be able to join us. Betty and I plan to be there but we don’t have far to go