SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
|CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
JANUARY-FEBRUARY - 2017
Since I am beginning to assemble this column on 26 Nov. ’16 we have already eaten our way through Thanksgiving and are preparing for Christmas. I pray that your holidays were absolutely wonderful and that you exercised some discretion regarding the overloaded table. Our children came and prepared turkey et al here at our house, all Betty and I had to do was enjoy the company and come to the table when called. The grandchildren didn’t make it and they were missed.
Let us begin by correcting an oversight on my part in the last column. When I was telling you about Alice and Tom O’Connor’s 19th Co. family contribution to the USNA/Navy I didn’t get the people correct so here is the way it should have read: “Nic” represents a third generation O’Connor to enter USNA. Tom ’48 (Supply), son Tom Jr. ‘75(Submarines), son Larry ’83 (NFO/EA6B), grandson Peyton Walsh ’15 (Marines), grandson Bradley Elder ’15 (Navy Seals) and now grandson Nicholas, Class of 2020.
Scribe’s note: Tom and Alice you have much to be proud of.
| Tom and Alice O'Connor
| Nic and Tom O'Connor
|As do many churches, mine included, the Gorder’s church asked all retired and active duty service personnel to wear their uniforms to church to celebrate Veterans Day so Chuck did and Rhona sent this picture.|
|Chuck's daughter Janet Dabbert, Chuck and Rhona|
A short snail mail from Frank Fogarty 14th Co. on Sept. 8 reports:
Terry Terass and Frank Fogarty
| I have been notified of the loss of five Classmates since the last column.
6th Co. Bilderback, O.J. 9/26/16 *
19th Co. Brewster, B.Y., Jr. 10/31/16
22nd Co. Bevis, B.W. 10/29/16 #
1st. Co. Rab, B. 11/12/16
23rd Co. Perkins, J.M. 11/18/16
* Bio. in 50 year book. # Bio. in 30 year book
I hope the fact that I have received no information on loss of wives is correct.
We send our condolences to each family and we shall miss each Classmate.
At least a couple of columns back I mentioned a 70th reunion and asked for comments. About four people have responded and each response was positive also stating that their preferred venue is Annapolis. One of my “yes” correspondents, Hart Stringfellow 1st Co, commented on July 21st ’16:
Thanks Hart. For the rest of you, how about some additional inputs. I know, it is 2 years away and at our ages we don’t know if we’ll be around; however, let’s think positive.
For those of you who don’t know, these columns are limited to 2000 words including pictures. This column has less than 800 (not including pictures). I need additional input from you folks.
To close on a happy note, our Granddaughter and her boyfriend announced over the Thanksgiving holidays that they are engaged and planning a wedding for June or July ’17.