Ship 1812's anchor
17 December 2001 - at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council (above) incoming President Ron Vendetti, presented Ed Reese a certificate of appreciation for his work in the previous year as President (below)
12 November 2001 . . .
2002-Chief Wiley Renfroe
From the Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Lew Randall:
Lew wishes all his Shipmates well and reiterates his invitation to “Come
on down!” to visit charming Canandaigua. He will welcome Shipmates
to his home and arrange a tour of the VAMC facility in town. Robin
and Patty of the VAMC volunteer office send their regards to Ship 1812.
Primarily through Lew’s efforts, the Ship continues to maintain an excellent
relationship with that office
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Obituary of David L. Leonard
David “Gunny” Leonard
Brockport: Passed away on Monday, March 14, 2022 surrounded by family. He is predeceased by his parents Eileen and Julius Sabo, brother Jamie, sister Julie and grandson Kevin. Survived by his children Jennifer (Adam) Keller, Sheila (Shannon) Turner, David P. Leonard, 11 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren, sisters JoAnn Demcovich and Elizabeth Grey, brother Matthew Sabo, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
David was a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and a veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. He was an excellent marksman, active for many years in the Marine Corp Reserve and an instructor in the Marine Explorer program. His civillian career was that of a lineman for Rochester Telephone Corporation.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 5 – 7 PM at Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., 340 West Ave., Brockport. There will be a Graveside Service with Military Honors on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 11 AM in the Veteran’s Section in Lakeview Cemetery, Lake Rd., Brockport.
The majority of my tour was spent working as a neuropsychiatric technician on the mental health wards @ USNH 59, St. Albans, Queens, NY. It was our job to observe the patients, report to the psychiatrists, and maintain control. Never even SAW a ship in 4 years . The first time I boarded a Navy vessel was in 1991, 25 years after I got out.
On October 16, 2019, Wiley Lane Renfroe departed from this earth and began his heavenly journey. He was born August 16, 1941 in Quitman Georgia, to his parents, Lewis Silas & Maude L. Renfroe. After graduating from high school, he joined the US Navy where he spent many years as a “Gunfire Support Training” instructor. Upon retiring from his service in the military, he was employed at Eastman Kodak in Rochester NY., where he raised his family.
After retiring from Eastman Kodak, Wiley relocated to Pensacola Florida, with his wife, Kazuko Renfroe. Shortly after moving to Pensacola, Wiley decided to go back to work at West Florida Hospital, as he was the type of person who had to stay busy. After a few years, he decided it was time to retire for good, due to his declining health.
He is preceded in death by both his parents; his sisters: Sara, Janie, Nadine; his brothers: Lewis, Robert, Greg; and his son, L. Steven Renfroe.
Survivors include his devoted wife, Kazuko; his daughter, Susan (Chris) Hutson of Columbus Indiana; his grandchildren; his sister, Mary Ann; his brother, Thomas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
For those who knew him, remember him as a devoted husband, loving father, and a good friend.
He will be laid to rest at the Barrancas National Cemetery at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
R.I.P. Bill. You were a good shipmate.
Charles H. Vandertang, 71, of White House, died Sunday November 12,
2017 at Centennial Medical Center. Born Nov. 5, 1946 in Rochester, NY,
Charles was the son of the late Peter J. and Helen L. (Maurer) Vandertang.
He lived in NY state for most of his life and moved to Tennessee some 10
years ago. Charles was a graduate of Wor-Wic Technical Community College,
Salisbury, MD and had worked at various jobs including owning and operating
a home improvement business. He was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam Era
and was a member of VFW Post 4895 in Clarksville, TN. Charles enjoyed golfing,
fishing and especially horse races in his leisure time. In addition to
his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his sisters, Eunice Muniz
and Dianne Cary. He is survived by his wife, Sue Vandertang; his daughter,
Brenda Sue (Ed) Tyree; his step-son, Tim Hudgens; his grandsons, Brandon
and Andrew Tyree; his sisters, Nancy (Doug) Jones and Helen (Bob) Fantauzzo;
and several nieces and nephews, Carl Geer, Donna Sawyer, Pete Geer, Doug
Jones,Tina Jones, Kelly Delvecchio, Jen Geer, Sheila Turner and David Leonard.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-8 PM and Friday from 11:30 AM –
1 PM at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville. A Life Celebration
Service will be held at 1 PM with burial to follow at White House Memorial
Gail Harribine Salvatore
Holley: Roger A. DeFrancesco, age 76, passed away April 5, 2018 at the Martin Linsin Residence in Albion. He was born August 27, 1941 in Holley, a son of the late Joseph and Florence (Townsend) DeFrank Sr. Roger served in the United States Navy from 1960-1964. He was a member and past Commander of the Jewell Buckman Post #529 American Legion, past 8th District Commander of the N.Y.S American Legion and past Commander of the Orleans County American Legion. He was also a member of the Hobo Junction V.F.W. Post #202, and the N.R.A. Roger was very active in the Jay Cees in the late 1960’s and was listed in the publication of Outstanding Young Men of America. He was an active member and past president of the Holley Rotary Club and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor given by Rotary International.
He was predeceased by his brother Gary DeFrank. Roger is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Kathy; daughters, Denise Candela of Hamlin and Marla (Harold) Daly of Holley; grandchildren, Amanda Candela, Hunter, Heath and Hawkins Daly; great-granddaughter, Lilly Kathleen; sister, Madelin Welch; brothers, Joseph (Barrel) DeFrank, Dale (Ellen) DeFrank, Scott DeFrancesco and Todd DeFrank; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral
Homes, Inc. 16650 Route 31, Holley on Monday April 9, from 12:00 to 2:00
followed by his Funeral Service at the funeral home at 2:00pm. Entombment
with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the Holley Rotary Club, P.O. Box 224 Holley, NY
Hopewell: Lewis "Cowboy" Randall, 76, passed away on March 17, 2017 at Thompson Hospital. He attended school in Canandaigua, and served with the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1964. He retired from General Motors. Lewis was a member of the Navy Club. Lewis loved rodeo and was a lifetime pass holder at the Attica rodeo. He enjoyed writing short stories and poetry with a western theme.
Survivors include his grandchildren Deanna (Lee), David, Cassie, Autumn, Emily and Daniel; sons Lewis and William (Nikki) Randall and a sister Ellen. He was preceded in death by his son David, daughter Annmarie and sister Kathleen.
A Memorial Service will be held at Fuller Funeral Home, 190 Buffalo
St., Canandaigua, on Saturday at one o'clock.
Past member Navy Club of Lake Ontario
Holley: John S. Rooney, age 90, passed away at his home on December
7, 2015. John was born January 4, 1925 in Portsmouth, VA to the late John
and Mabel (Doughti) Rooney. John served his country in the Navy on the
USS WASP during World War II. John also served in nearly every major naval
battle during the war in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. In addition to his
parents, he was predeceased by his son; John Rooney and step-son; Austin
Zajaczkowski. John is survived by his wife June, sons; Jimmy (Carrie) Rooney,
Matt (April) Rooney, daughters; Laurie Lee Roonie, Donna (Jason) Gashel,
step-children; Joe Zajaczkowski, Melody Zajaczkowski, Kathy (Jim) Clark,
Mary Hofstra, daughter-in-law; Pam Rooney, several grandchildren, nieces,
nephews and cousins. There are no prior calling hours. John’s Mass of Christian
Burial will be held Thursday, December 17th at 9:00AM at St. Mary Roman
Catholic Church, 11 South Main St. Holley, NY. Memorial contributions in
John’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the Hamlin VFW Post
6703, 1939 Lake Rd. Hamlin, NY 14464.
Brockport 75 died Tuesday July 28, 2015. Stu was born in Bridgeport, CT to Charles Stuart and Marie (Fagan) Dube'. He was a graduate of Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport. He was a special assistant to Dr. Al Brown, President of SUNY Brockport and long-time assistant professor of psychology. Stu was recognized by many community and civic groups. Brockport Fire Department, Brockport Police Department and Brockport Exempts. He was known for being a very successful grant writer and used his skills to write grants for many organizations which improved quality for all.
He is survived by his sisters Cynthia Dube'and Marie Rixon and her husband John, his nephews Gregory Rixon, Andrew Rixon and his wife Jennifer, their children Lyla and Liam. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday August 1st at 10 am in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Burial will be in the family plot in Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in Stu's name it would be appreciated that you consider Brockport Vet's Club or Fairfield University, N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT.
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Mr. Longchamps was born February 24, 1925 in Manchester, New Hampshire, a son of the late Clovis and Carmeline Cote Longchamps.
Mr. Longchamps proudly served in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga for three years. He retired from the VA Hospital in 1965 and then worked for the City of Batavia D.P.W. until his retirement in 1985. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1602, American Legion and former St. Nicholas Club.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Hiscutt Longchamps whom he married September 16, 1995; two daughters, Kristen Flicker of New Port Beach, California and Kathleen Longchamps of Batavia; three step-sons, Paul (Beth) Hiscutt of LeRoy, Gary (Darla) Hiscutt of Batavia and Robert (Sandra) Hiscutt of Alexander; two step-daughters, Diane (Charley) Page of Wyoming and Teri (Tom) Martucci of Florida; three grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and his 12 step-great-grandchildren who knew him as "Great Ted".
He was predeceased by his son, Kelly Longchamps, brother Adrian Longchamps, two sisters, Louise Helie and Teresa Lemire all of New Hampshire, his great-granddaughter, Teriyana Seaburg of Florida and a step-grandson, Jeffrey Rider.
At his request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will
be held at the First Baptist Church of Batavia at a later date. Memorials
may be made to V.F.W. Post No. 1602, 25 Edwards Street, Batavia, New York
14020 or the New York State Veteran’s Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia,
New York 14020. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com
HOLLEY — Harold “Sonny” Pratt, 80 died Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) peacefully at his home with his loving wife by his side.
He was born Feb. 18, 1932, in Holley, a son of the late Milo and Myrtie
(Kelly) Pratt and had lived in this area all of his life.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother and his sisters.
He is survived by his wife Susie of 57 years; his daughters, Deborah P. (Eugene) Wood of Brockport, Judith P. Chilson of Brockport, and Barbara (Robert Defendorf) Morlino of Kendall; grandchildren, Zachary Wood, Katelyn (Neil) Foose, Joseph (Stacey Richenberg) Morlino, Alissa (James) Dale, and Suzanne (Tim Adams) Chilson; great-granddaughter, Natalie Amelia Foose; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 16650 W. Albion Rd. (Rt. 31), Holley. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church, followed by full military honors. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring.
Ship 1812 Life Member Dave Tucker
Morehouse, Sr., Daniel A., August 26, 2012 at age 82. Daniel is predeceased
by his first wife, Elizabeth Morehouse; sister and brother-in-law, Molly
(George) Allen. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Gale Morehouse;
children, Thomas Morehouse, Alton (Joanne) Morehouse III, Theresa (Donald)
Peluso, Edward (Deborah) Morehouse, Daniel A. Morehouse Jr., Timothy (Karen)
Post, Brian (Michelle) Post and Jeffrey Post; brothers William (Bertha)
Morehouse, Alton (Ruth) Morehouse II and Michael (Jean) Morehouse; 20 grandchildren;
18 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins, many dear
friends. Daniel is a veteran of the US Navy and served in the Korean War.
He is a retiree of Eastman Kodak after 30 years of service, a lifetime
member of the VFW Post 202 in Holley and was a Cub Master for Troop 24
for many years.
MA1 David Hartz, USNR a NY State Trooper and member of Ship 1812 is now LTjg Hartz. Ed Reese, a past commander and the founder, ran into him years ago in Key West of all places (see below on this page) and again on the 4th of July 2011 in a more unlikely place, Aboard USS Constitution during her turn-around cruise. We sailed together!
Master Chief Reese, a past Constitution crew member (1965-1966) procured the ship’s prize possession, a 15 Star US Flag (the number of states at the time of the War of 1812) which was flown over the frigate USS Constitution.
VILLAGE OF BROCKPORT
Brockport Navy Club to celebrate the Ship’s 20th anniversary and 200th anniversary of War of 1812
This year is a momentous time for the local Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc. It is the 20th Anniversary of the commissioning of Ship 1812. It is also the Bicentennial (200th Anniversary) of the War of 1812. The Navy Club’s Ship number “1812” was chosen in recognition of Rochester and Lake Ontario’s historical prominence and involvement in the War of 1812. The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812 as a result of the United States first declaration of war on a foreign nation, Great Britain, by President James Madison.
The Navy Club, Ship 1812 (a 501c non-profit organization incorporated on March 20, 1996) is located at 21 Clinton Street, Brockport. Ship 1812 was commissioned on March 14, 1992 by its parent organization, the Navy Club of the United States of America (NCUSA), a Sea Service Organization of active, reserve and veteran servicemen and women from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Service personnel from the other armed services (US Army and US Air Force), as well as outstanding civilians from the surrounding communities are eligible for Associate membership in Ship 1812. Initially commissioned by 62 charter members, otherwise known as “Plank Owners” in Navy tradition for a ship commissioning, Ship 1812 currently has approximately 100 members and associate members.
Ship 1812’s clubhouse on Clinton Street has a refreshment bar, a meeting room and an adjoining Naval History Museum, containing plaques and photographs from many active and decommissioned ships, several ship and airplane models, as well as other pieces of military memorabilia. The ship’s prize possession is a 15 Star US Flag (the number of states at time of the War of 1812) which was flown over the frigate USS Constitution, the oldest active US Navy Ship. The USS Constitution, nickname “Old Ironsides” due to the enemy cannon balls bouncing off it sides, engaged and captured the British ship (HMS Guerriere) and several other ships in War of 1812 naval battles in the Atlantic.
The Navy Club will celebrate is 20th Anniversary on Saturday, March 17, 2012 with a Navy traditional cake cutting ceremony for club members and associates. The Navy Club is planning a public celebration and open house for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 to coincide with the Brockport Arts Festival in August 2012. Details are not yet firm, but a historic reenactment may be included in the anniversary celebration.
The Commander, New York Naval Militia,
Captain David J. Tucker
for promotion to the rank of
A Mass of Christian Burial was said October 19 at Nativity Church BVM.
Interment with Military Honors in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Contributions can
be made to Lakeside Memorial Hospital or Nativity Church for mass said
in his memory.
Coleman, Harold F., age 87, real estate agent for Nothnagle Realtors in Brockport for 20 years, died April 22, 2012 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. His wife of 62 years, Lois Jean Harris Coleman, died March 31, 2008. Survivors include his daughter, Linda Jean Coleman of Brockport; his son, Don (Deb) Coleman of Bergen; his sister, Violet Whitman of Fulton; four granddaughters, Amy (Mike) Koziej of Akron, Sherry (Jim) Starowitz of Bergen, Carrie (Brian) Fair and Sandy Coleman, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia; eleven great-grandchildren; a special “grandson,” John Wortman; his beloved dog and companion, Baille and one nephew. A member of Brockport United Methodist Church, Mr. Coleman was an active volunteer at Lakeside Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. He was a member of the Navy Club, an honorary Irish Dancer and served with the United States Navy during World War II.
Services were held April 26 at Brockport United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made in his memory to Brockport United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 247, Brockport, NY 14420, Bergen United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 216, Bergen, NY 14416 or to Lakeside Foundation, Inc., 156 West Avenue, Suite 101, Brockport, NY 14420 - designate gift for Lakeside Memorial Hospital. Burial in White Haven Memorial Park, Fairport.
Home: Brockport, NY
Tom proudly served our country in the Navy for 22 years. He then worked
and retired from Eastman Kodak Company after 20+ years. Tom was very active
in the local VFW and devoted to serving the Lord in his local church, First
Bible Baptist Church. To light a candle of rememberance and for more information
about Tom, visit walkerbrothersfh.com
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Inurnment in Holy Cross Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans County or to the family in his memory
Navy Club of Lake
, Age 85, March 25, 2011. Predeceased by daughter Kathleen Miller in 2001; brothers Stephen, David, Tom, Dick, Jack. Survived by loving wife, Arlene of 63 years; sons Robert, Daniel, both of Holley; daughters Susan (Mark) LaPoint of Corinth, NY, Wendy (John) Kenney of Holley; grandchildren Chad (Dionne) Mawn, Amy Mawn, Michael (Kristen) Kenney, Elizabeth Kenney, Jill and Christopher LaPoint; great-grandchildren Hillary Mawn, Owen Kenney; brothers Bob (June) of Penfield, Gene (Joyce) of Henrietta; sister Mary Ann (Jerry) VandeWater of Rochester; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins.
A Memorial Service was held March 30, at the Christopher Mitchell
Funeral Homes, Inc., Holley. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans
or American Legion Jewell Buckman Post #529, Holley, in his memory.
A Funeral Mass was held April 7 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Gates.
Interment, Arlington National Cemetery. Contributions can be directed to
Our Lady of Victory, Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna, NY, 767 Ridge
Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218 or to Cure Childhood Cancer Association, 200
Westfall Road, Rochester NY 14620 in his memory.
Seabees — their simple motto tells the story: "We build, we fight".
From the island hopping of
......... Navy Seabees "Can Do"
September 2010: From the Commander’s Desk
NCUSA 73rd National Convention
“It’s Sunday”. That was the sigh of relief expressed by all the convention workers as the NCUSA National Convention finally came to a close. By all the many positive comments of the convention attendees, the convention was a huge success. Many conventioneers said they had attended numerous conventions over the years and this was “the best convention ever”.
I want to personally thank all those who contributed their significant time and energy preparing the club for the convention, completing the convention booklet, collecting raffle items, selling raffle and 50/50 tickets, preparing and serving food, supporting the hospitality room and many, many more tasks. Since there were more volunteers than I can remember, I am not able to acknowledge everyone individually. You know who you are and how much support you provided. Thank you. It was truly a “team” effort. Bravo Zulu to all.
Financially, the convention was a success. We did show a small profit. Not as much as we wished, but it was certainly not the financial loss it could have been without everyone’s support.
The Navy Club of Lake Ontario established ”the standard” against which all future conventions will be judged. Other club will have to really stretch to pass the level we established. We wish them luck in trying to beat us.
We really pulled off a monumental task and surprised everyone on the National Staff. Although successful, I wouldn’t want to host another convention for many years to come. It was fun, but draining for all involved. I’m glad to sit back and watch others try to match our success.
Now that the convention is behind us, the club needs to improve our financial picture. As everyone knows the club is definitely aging and significant costs are around the corner. Most notably is the condition of the floor and walls of the building. Some day, we are going to have major repair issues. Long term, we may need to find and purchase a new clubhouse. In order to do that, we will require a very large savings account. We need to explore ways to produce significant income to enhance our financial status. Please pass on any ideas you may have.
We need to continue to increase our membership. Please pass this website on to everyone you meet and encourage them to join the club. We need more members.
We are rapidly approaching the end of the 2010 Cruise Year. This means the election of a new command staff is around the corner. Since this is my second year as Commander, it is necessary to elect another commander for the coming 2011 Cruise Year. I encourage all members to consider running for command. It is a valuable experience. I have certainly enjoyed serving as your commander, but realize it is time to step down and allow others to take the helm.
USS South Dakota (BB-57) Memorial
I just returned from a road trip across the continent with the purpose of visiting my daughter in Seattle. Over the years, I have crisscrossed the US over 12 times on road trips, as I thoroughly enjoy driving, rather than flying. Takes longer, but is more scenic. If you haven’t done it at least once, put in on your ”bucket list”.
During my travels I examine maps and watch road signs for interesting sites to visit. As we were passing through Sioux Falls, SD, we noticed a sign for the USS South Dakota Memorial. Since Sioux Falls does not have a large river near it, I guessed the memorial might be only a marker or a museum with some memorabilia. We were surprised to find not only a nice museum, but a unique memorial layout in the park. Remarkably, the memorial is a concrete wall about 24 in. high laid out in the shape and exact sixe of the main deck on the USS South Dakota. This results in a form 783 ft. long by about 100 ft. wide. They have a 16? barrel from one of the main mounts, some 5? barrels, an anchor, anchor chain, the main mast, and more. The center of the memorial is a museum containing smaller items, letters, photographs, and much much more from the battleship.
When I found your web site ( http://www.navetsusa.com/1812.html ) I decided to write a note some of the Club members may find of interest. My name is Todd Browne, I joined the U.S. Coast Guard in June of 1965 and retired as MCPO in June of 1985. Spent almost ten years outside of the US at stations & ships in the Philippines, VietNam and Guantanamo Bay, so I served with as many Sailors and Marines as I did with Coasties.
I was born in Brockport and graduated from BHS in 1962. The two story house, with the stone back portion, across the street from your clubhouse belonged to my grandfather Arch Browne. I helped reroof the place in the summer of 1960. Took Driver Ed. classes in the morning from Mr Fred Lawrence then worked the rest of the day with my uncle Albert "Hap" Browne reroofing. Never cared to much for high places after that.
My cousin, Richard Browne, was brought up in that house. He joined the Navy in 1949 and served aboard the U.S.S. Perch (ASSP 313). Shortly thereafter died in a car wreck while home on leave. One of his boyhood friends was Eddie Miller who went on to be a school teacher in Brockport. I have a 1949 USN Training Center Companies 283-284 photo book if any of your members would be interested.
The location that the club is at was a NAPA store when I left Brockport. Believe it may have been a cleaners before that.
Smooth seas and following winds, Todd Browne. firstname.lastname@example.org
For The Van Wert independent
A local couple was recently elected to national positions in The Navy Club of the USA during its 73rd National Convention in Brockport, N.Y.
David Myers of Van Wert was elected national commandant of the Navy Club USA and Rose Myers of Van Wert was elected national commandant of the Navy Club USA Auxiliary.
NCUSA is made up of United States residents who have served, or are now serving, in the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, Seabees, or the United States Coast Guard (including service in an active classification in a reserve component of the above services) under honorable conditions or has an honorable discharge.
NCUSA Auxiliary is made up of wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, stepsisters, stepbrothers, half-sisters, half-brothers, mothers, fathers, stepmothers, stepfathers, grandparents, granddaughters and grandsons and children of members of any of the above services.
NCUSA has a local ship Navy Club of USS Ohio, Ship 726, in Van Wert. Each week, NCUSA presents a watch to the outstanding graduate of the recruit training command in Great Lakes, Ill. NCUSA is presently reviewing setting up a program to present a watch to the outstanding student of Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
NCUSA hosts a luncheon in Washington, D.C., for the United States Navy’s “recruiters of the year” winners and presents these winners with an award for their hard work in Navy recruiting. NCUSA participates in the Veteran Day and Memorial Day parades in Washington and Philadelphia and in 2010 will be attending the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
NCUSA is a member of the Navy Marine Corps Council. NCUSA has ships in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Florida, with its original Ship 1 in Rockford, Ill.
NCUSA has a website http://www.navyclubusa.org/ or phone 800.NCUSAOK. Anyone interested in joining can contact the Myers at 419.495.2073 or 800.628.7265 or can email the national office for membership information at email@example.com.
Precisely at 2 bells evening watch on June 18, 1938, at a Navy veterans reunion in Quincy, Ill., a new and powerful organization, the Navy Club of the United States of America, was launched. At that hour, a constitution and bylaws was adopted to govern this unique and colorful group, speaking the language of the men who go down to the sea in ships.
The original organization committee drew up a broad administrative charter that envisioned a new concept in collectively bringing together the many private Navy clubs, and Navy veterans organizations that had sprung up across the country and, by so doing, give each member and prospective member a powerful voice as a nationally recognized organization.
With the Navy men and women of the United States formed together in one great powerful service organization, there should come a more extensive and widespread observance of Navy Day, a more searching survey of all legislation that concerns a strong United States Navy and national defense, and guarantee that the U.S. Navy will have no more “Pearl Harbors”, a more powerful influence on American thinking of the importance of a first-class Navy, a better and more informed medium through which the Navy Department can convey its problems to the American citizen, and to join together all sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel into a closer comradeship.
In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a declaration proclaiming the Navy Club of the United States of America, an original United States Congressional chartered Naval veterans organization.
Navy Club of' Lake Ontario Ship 1812
Sale of NCLO Ship 1812 Bonds:
The delay in obtaining a liquor license has placed a tremendous amount of pressure on club finances. Meeting our monthly expenses has nearly exhausted our savings and checking accounts. If the license is not received very soon and without an influx of funds, we may not be able to financially maintain the club.
The NCLO is in a "very critical" financial position.
Even if we receive our license in the next couple weeks, we may not have sufficient operating funds to continue capital improvements to the club, meet unexpected expenses and the "additional" cash flow from the resumption of the sale of alcohol will not be able to sufficiently build up our finances accounts rapidly enough to ensure we have necessary funds in our bank accounts to meet expenses.
At the November meeting, a proposal was presented, motions made and approval granted, by the membership in attendance, for the sale of NCLO Bonds. The sale of bonds will enable us to provide a cushion for the clubs fmancial position. These NCLO Bonds will carry a 5 year expiration date and will pay periodic interest, based on bank savings rates, during the period of the bonds. The bonds will be issued in $25, $50 and $100 denominations. Members can purchase any number of any denominations, however, the NCLO Ship 1812 will reserve the right to limit the number of bonds issued and, at the discretion of NCLO, bonds can be repaid any time prior to the expiration date of the bonds.
When Ship 1812 was established, bonds were sold to provide capital for the purchase of the club building and funds for operating the club. The bonds were well received and enable the club to quickly reach fmancial stability. We are hopeful the sale of bonds will enable the club to reach financial stability and give us a cushion as we enter the coming year in preparation for the NCUSA National Convention in June 2010.
Personnel interested in purchasing bonds should contact the Paymaster (Bob Currier) or Ships writer (Tony Rios) for further details and to purchase the bonds. Funds obtained from the sale of bonds will be placed in an escrow account and used for specific needs only as directed by the Executive staff. Bond should be available for issuance by the time this newsletter is issued.
NCLO Endowments in Members Wills:
We are asking all NCLO members to consider remembering the Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812 in their wills. Endowments are a common way for organizations (non-profit, for-profit, educational institutions, etc.) to ensure long term financial stability for the organization and provide funding for significant emergency needs .. The NCLO would likewise benefit greatly from gift endowments from its members.
Please consider adding an endowment for the Navy Club in your wills. One thought would be to provide endowments in increments of 1812, such as $181.20, $1,812, and so on .. Of course, endowments in any amount would be greatly appreciated and help ensure the long term stability of the club.
2010 NCUSA National Convention Update:
Disclaimer of Endorsement:
NYNM WESTCOM is
a subsidary of the New York Naval Militia (NYNM), the Naval Component of
the New York State Military Forces (DMNA), the other components being the
New York Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, and the New York
Guard. Today, the New York Naval Militia is the only active, federally
recognized Naval Militia with continuous, unbroken service to the country
and the state. Be sure to visit us at our website
Rear Admiral John Comins
Shipmates Scott Hoffmeier, Ron Ayrault and Dave Yeaw visit
their Sea Servicies Museum at the Navy Club of Lake Ontario.
Jack G. Sankel
Charles A. Austin
World War II Navy Veteran
Charles A. Austin, Jr. 77
years of age, Cohocton Valley Inn, Cohocton, passed away Wednesday, March
5 at the Veterans Administration Health Care Facility in Bath. Charlie
was born September 12, 1925 in Brooklyn, the son of Charles and Hedwig
(Vollendorf) Austin. Charlie resided the early part of his life in Brooklyn
and Long Island and then moved to Virginia. In 1974, Charlie moved to the
Wayland area. Charlie and Arlene Woosley entered into a loving marriage
on August 16, 1947 at the St. James Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. They spent
thirty two years of marriage together until she passed away in 1980. Charlie's
employment career spanned a couple of different areas. He operated a taxi
cab during his time spent in New York City and upon his move to the Wayland
area in 1974, he became employed by the Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation
of Dansville. Charlie was one of the security guards for Foster Wheeler.
Charlie also had a love for ceramics. This was evidenced by the number
of different items that he made. These items included ceramic Christmas
trees, dishes and numerous other items. He sold these and other knick knacks
at several gift shops in different areas that included Virginia, Springwater,
Hornell and at Shep's Hardware in Wayland. Charlie was very proud of his
time spent with the United States Navy. He served his country in active
service from September 11, 1942 until he was honorably discharged November
12, 1946 from the Naval Air Advanced Training Command Flag Unit (Post Demobilization)
NAS. Charlie was very active in the European Theater portion of World War
II. He achieved the rank of coxswain and served on the following vessels
and stations; the USS Bache, USSÊWyoming, AMPH Trabas in Little Creek,
Virginia and the USS Biddle. There was a point during his campaign that
Charlie was classified as Missing in Action, however he was often heard
saying that he was not MIA because he knew where he was. Charlie was pre-deceased
by his wife, Arlene (Woosley) Austin and an infant son. Charlie is survived
by his children, Larry Gleason of Long Island, James (Cynthia) Gleason
of Long Island, Catherine Neal of Virginia, Frances (Dan) Doty of Kentucky,
Charlene Benson of Florida, Charles (Carol) Austin of Rochester, Gladys
Kirk of Garnerville, New York, and Karl Austin, his sister, Mary Shute
of Dansville; his brother Allyn (Elli) Austin of Brooklyn; many grandchildren;
several nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Family and friends called Friday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home,
109 West Naples St., Wayland. Charlie's Funeral Service was held Saturday
at the funeral home. Reverend Randy Bishop of St. Paul's Lutheran Church
in Dansville will officiate the service. Contributions in memory of Charles
A. Austin, Jr. may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Avenue, Wayland
or Christ the Good Shepard Church, 1000 Winton Road North, Rochester, 14609.
Life Dates: 5/1/1960 - 9/18/2009
Survived By: His wife Suzanne C. Legler of Elba; sons Daniel Legler of Chili Center; Matthew J. Legler of Batavia; one grandson Madden James Legler survive along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation: Friends may call Tuesday September 22, from
4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home.
Harry M. RUCKER
New York Naval Militia
Member Ship 1812
Dec. 5, 1921 — July 1, 2008
Harry Michael Rucker, age 86, of Springville, NY died 1 July 2008 after a 9-month battle with cancer. A military service was held in Springville on 12 July. Donations will be accepted for the Harry Rucker Memorial Bench at the Veterans¢ Park in Springville.
Harry served 33 months in WWII, based in Egypt, and was chosen as an honor guard for the conference in Normandy. He served continuously in the military, in the Army Reserve until 1981 and as a Seabee in the Naval Reserve until 1986, then in the NYS Naval Militia. He was a member of the VFW, the Seabee Veterans of America, Combat Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Military Vehicle Preservation, And the Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812
Harry M. Rucker, locksmith, longtime reservist
Harry Michael Rucker of Springville, a retired locksmith and dedicated military reservist, died July 1 after a nine-month battle with cancer. He was 86.
Born in Boston Center, he moved to Springville as a child. He served in the Army during World War II in Egypt and was picked as an honor guard for the conference in Normandy. Returning from service, he graduated from Griffith Institute in 1947.
He then worked at the Chevrolet plant as an inspector, then as a senior research operator at DuPont for 13 years.
After returning to Springville, Mr. Rucker became night custodian and head custodian at Griffith Institute and a substitute bus driver. In 1970, he started his own locksmith business, retiring in 1996. He also worked part time at Springville Door and Window.
Mr. Rucker continued his military service in the reserves for many years. He was a Seabee in the Naval Reserve until 1976, served the Army Reserve until 1981 and in the New York State Naval Militia. He worked in many capacities, including cook, guard duty, construction, heavy equipment operator, transportation, teaching and assisting in natural disasters.
He was a member of Post 431, American Legion; Post 5260, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Seabee Veterans of America (Buffalo); the Combat Veterans Association; Disabled American Veterans; the Marine Corps League; and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association.
He also participated in military parades around the area and enjoyed sharing military history through presentations and with his displays and restored military vehicles.
Mr. Rucker was an active member of the Concord Historical Society and a past Boy Scout leader. He loved Western-style square dancing and traveling with his wife, Helene.
He was married for 26 years to his first wife, the former Betty Lois May, and for 25 years to Helene Elise Grassel.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan; a son, Wayne; and two stepdaughters, Laurel Meyer and Valerie White.
A military service will take place at 3 p. m. Saturday in Veterans Park
off South Buffalo Street in Springville.
Brockport, NY—Duane P. Everetts of 140 Park Ave. Apt. 7 died Saturday (August 16, 2008) in his home. Born June 18, 1949 in Olean, NY he was the son of Hazen and Virginia Morgan Everetts. Mr. Everetts was a 1968 graduate of Portville Central School and then served with the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, having been stationed in the Azores. He received his Associates Degree from Jamestown Community College and later graduated from SUNY Brockport. He had been employed by SUNY Brockport for many years in the bursar’s office and most recently had been employed by the Navy Club in Brockport prior to his death. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist in Olean and also belonged to the Moose Club and the American Legion. He volunteered annually for the American Diabetes Association and for a hobby he enjoyed collecting memorabilia.
Date published: 2/14/2003
Date published: 12/12/2004
Greece: On January 14, 2008, age 87. He is survived
by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jane V.;
Converse, Waldo Clark"
Date published: 10/19/2005
Date published: 2/2/2004
"Conley, James E."
James E. Conley Category:Obits
1940 - 2003
MANCHESTER: James E. Conley, 63, our beloved brother, uncle, and friend, died suddenly on Friday, November 7, 2003. Jim was born April 12, 1940 in Clifton Springs, the son of John C. Sr. and Esther (Wolfe) Conley.
(Holley) - Alvin G. Dill, age 82, of Orchard Street,
We were saddened to learn of the home going of
April 19, 2001
Freson death still a mystery
Authorities say they are no closer today to solving the mysterious death of Brockport resident Edward Charles Freson than they were a year ago.
Freson, 41, was found dead May 5, 2000 at Buttermilk Falls near LeRoy, N.Y. His body was discovered by four kids hiking in the area. The cause of death was ruled a drowning, said Jerome Brewster, a deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.
Freson was in the water only a "matter of hours" before he was discovered, Brewster said.
Freson was last seen alive at the C&S Saloon on Main Street in Brockport. A bartender who served Freson that night reported that she believed he left the bar alone.
Edward Reese, a friend of Freson, said someone had to give Freson a ride, because he did not own a car.
"So someone knows something," Reese said. "If somebody would come forward, the mystery would be gone."
Brewster said he is "absolutely confident" that there are people in the Brockport area who have information about Freson's death, but, for whatever reason, are not coming forward.
The death is being treated as a homicide, unless evidence is uncovered that suggests otherwise, Brewster said, adding that his gut feeling is that it was either a homicide or an accident, and not a suicide.
More than 100 people were interviewed during the course of the investigation into Freson's death, which is still open, but not active, Brewster said. As many as 15 investigators were working the case initially.
A $500 reward for information regarding the death is being offered by the Sheriff's Office.
Reese said Freson, who lived at 492 West Ave., was quiet and well-liked.
"Everybody was his friend," he said. "He'd sit down and talk to you for hours, and he was one of the few people who looked like he really enjoyed it."
Freson was an active member of the Brockport Sons of the American Legion, the local Elks club, and the Brockport chapter of the Navy Club of Lake Ontario.
Anyone with information about the death of Edward Freson should call the Genesee County Sheriff's Office at 345-3000, Ext. 241.
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Those that gave their lives that we might be free deserve to be commemorated. The townspeople that have always lined the parade route have been denied that opportunity.
One man was determined that this was not going to happen this year. He was determined to have that Memorial Day Parade down Main Street in Brockport. That man, a Navy Veteran of the Viet Nam Era, donned his old Navy uniform, rigged a U.S. flag for parade carry, and, at 10:00 AM on May 28th, commenced his march down the center of Main Street to the north. He stopped a few times to catch his breath, but continued each time after a rest of a minute or so. People on the sidewalks cheered; passing drivers voiced appreciation and encouragement; several took pictures with cell phones.
Although his intent was to continue his march to the intersection
with East Avenue, his heart gave out on the canal bridge and he collapsed.
He was taken to Rochester General by the Brockport Ambulance Corps and
was admitted for observation. Fortunately, he is expected to make
a full recovery. He may not be able to march next year, but perhaps
the message won’t be lost to his veteran colleagues.
Dave Yeaw's comments........................
But there WAS a parade!
David C. Yeaw
But there WAS a parade!
About twenty feet past where the last shot was taken, my heart gave out and I collapsed on the bridge. My defibrillator jump started me six times. I spent the night in General for observation.
Ed Reese, Assistant Museum Director
Ed Reese selected to assist in Sampson
Ed Reese, founder of the Navy Club of Lake Ontario on Clinton Street in Brockport and of the online veteran's organization, "Navy Veterans of the USA" (navetsusa.com), winters in Naval Air Station Key West Florida. In past years Ed has come home to Brockport to spend his summers. However, this year he will not return here. Ed has secured a position as the Assistant to the Director of the US Navy Museum at Sampson. Sampson, located on Seneca Lake, formerly a navy boot camp, saw some 600,000 men and women pass through its gates. Sampson, formerly run by WWII vets, is being turned over to the NY State Park Authority. Ed will assist in this enormous job. If you wish to give Ed your congratulations, you may do so by logging on to navetsusa.com and email him. Our best wishes go out to Master Chief Ed Reese and we know that Sampson couldn't have picked a better man for the job! Learn more about WWII US Naval Training Museum and Sampson State Park at http://www.rpadden.com/sampson.htm
"One who angers you conquers you"
Happy 10th Anniversary of
OUR GRAND OPENING
On Navy Day. October 13th the grand opening was held for our homeport.
The day began at 1000 hr.... well. actually the start of this can be traced
back to the meeting on 9 October when the different setup/teardown and
general help volunteers stepped forward. Tables and chairs were brought
in from the Vet’s club and set up. the tables had to be covered. The inside
and outside of the homeport had to be field day’d. Pictures, posters and
the like had to be set up. food picked up and prepared, cake picked up.
champagne delivered, etc., etc.. etc. You get the picture. Needless to
say a ton of work was required to pull this thing off. Many thanks to all
who volunteered their time!!
911 2006 5YO 1812
On the 11th of September in 2001 our way of life – our very freedom – came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, and huge structures collapsing, filled us with disbelief, a terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world, and no one will keep that light from shining. On this day in 2001, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. The full resources of our intelligence, law enforcement, and military have been set to finding those responsible and bring them to justice. And we make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
America, along with our friends and allies, join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war on terrorism. Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so again. None of us will ever forget this day.
We grieve not only for those whose lives were taken in those attacks, but for the families whose world was shattered by these evil acts; for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened
Glenn Aures, Ben Pasgenski, Ed Reese, Dave Yeaw and Dick
Griswold ..... Patriot's Day Hamlin
Nancy and Stu "man" the ship during open house Saturday and Sunday
Navy Club USA National Staff Meeting
We would like to thank Commander Dick Grizwold and the entire Navy Club of 1812, members and associates for their tremendous generosity in our time of need. James Henion, Brother and friend of Dean died suddenly on July 4, 2005. Jim was an associate of The Navy Club 1812 and he quickly became loved by everyone. The Navy Club held a beautiful service for Jim and their thoughtfulness meant so much. Thank you everyone for a wonderful evening - just one more great memory of Jim.
Memorial Day Parade
Jim, Glenn chat with Glenn's wife
Brockport Mayor Jo Matela and Rear Admiral John Comins
do the traditional cutting of the Ship 1812 Cake
The Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc.
Meeting of: March 9, 2005
Role Call of Officers:
Introduction of New Members or Visitors:
Reading of the Minutes from Previous Meeting:
Reading of the Communications:
Reading of the Bills / Financial Activity:
Financial Activity Report:
$1,000.00 was returned to the Elks from the Ed Freeson Fund.
It was reported that last week was very good financially. Over $700.00 was deposited to the account. Nancy Thompson mentioned feedback from newsletter has been good and apparently has helped.
Duane Everetts reported that service fees are taken from the Freeson Account if it drops below $2,500.00. Paymaster Yeaw is aware of this and will check into the type of account that is held and the possibility of changing the type of account.
Navy Club Accounts:
New Business (cont.)
Dick Griswold mentioned that we need more help behind the bar and would like to see more veteran members help out.
A member wanted to know why there was nothing mentioned about our Navy Club in the Quarterdeck. Some discussion took place. Dave Yeaw indicated that there has been no state convention here in five years, that the state will not come here and therefore we do not support them. Stu Dube’ stated that “there was no such thing as a state squadron”.
Good of the Ship:
Stu Dube’ and Nancy Thompson to work on cleaning, organizing and restructuring the museum.
Copier in museum and radio. These belong to Ed Reese. Question was raised as what to do with them.
Dan Sell mentioned that his daughter was involved with regard to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and asked about a military presence at the middle school --Memorial Day.
Submitted: April 11, 2005+
The Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc.
Meeting of: February 8, 2005
Role Call of Officers:
Introduction of New Members or Visitors:
Reading of the Minutes from Previous Meeting:
Reading of the Communications:
Reading of the Bills / Financial Activity:
Additionally, the $500.00 balance for the roof repair has been paid.
A motion was brought by Bill Murphy to pay the bills and accept the bill report. Ron Ayrault seconded motion. Motion Passed.
Financial Activity Report:
Navy Club Accounts:
Cash on Hand: $164.50
Good of the Ship:
Stu Dube’ expressed heartfelt thanks for the stellar work done on the facilities and acknowledged:
He also wished to make an acknowledgement of the aforementioned persons in the form of “Shipmates of the Year”. Action on this is to be taken at the next meeting.
Dave Yeaw indicated that the club has a beer mister tap that is to be offered to someone who needs it. The tap is in need of a pressure tank.
Nancy Thompson brought two issues forth.
Submitted: March 9, 2005
A newsletter for members
For the members that have been to the Navy Club lately, the word change
may seem a bit understated. The Navy Club has been undergoing some
major growth in the past few months. There have been so many changes
lately that it would take the entire newsletter to list them all.
Here are some of the highlights of what weÕve accomplished.
In addition to the physical changes being made, there will also be a change of officers. During the December meeting, a nominating committee was established. The results of the nominating committee were presented at the last board meeting on January 13th and the vote for these nominees will be held at the next meeting, which is on February 9th at 18:12 hours. If you are a full member of the club, you may vote at that meeting. Because of the short period of time involved, we are uunable to send out proxy votes. We apologize for any inconvenience this presents to anyone.
The offices and nominees are:
Other staff positions include:
These other staff positions are appointed positions only and will not
be involved in the voting process.
Of course you canÕt have new officers without having an installation
dinner. After all, the officers need to be sworn into office and
why not have a little fun while were at it?
5:00 - 6:00 pm Cocktail Hour
The cost of the dinner is $8.00 for a single individual and $12.00 for a couple. If you are planning on attending, please send your payment in the envelope provided, no later than March 5, 2005. If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact the Navy Club. We hope to see you here!
As mentioned previously, we now have a computer in the office.
This has already made a huge difference in the way we handle the shipÕs
business and has made it so much easier to accomplish tasks. One
of those tasks has been to create a membership database. Of course
a database is only as good as the information it contains. This is
where we need your help. If the information on your mailing label
is incorrect, please let us know. In addition, we try very hard to
keep up with the records, however, sometimes we miss something. If
we have sent a newsletter to a deceased family member--we sincerely apologize.
Please let us know right away and we will correct the problem immediately.
If you prefer to not remain on our database, please let us know and we
will remove your information. We do not give out any of your information
to anyone else.
We have been speaking to members recently with regard to membership
dues. What we are finding is that there appears to be some confusion
as to when they need to be paid and how much the dues are.
Ok, so we keep saying contact us with any questions that you may have,
well hereÕs how. You can always write to us at:
The Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc.
Another day in paradise. Past Commander Reese was fishing
at Key West and the above couple came up and said "Ahoy". Turns out that
this shipmate is the oldest living (Second after the late MC Black, see
below) Master Chief of the Navy, Richard Downing.
By MCPON(SS/SW/AW) James L. Herdt
Not often enough in our short lives on earth are we offered the opportunity to walk beside truly great men. But, by any measure or definition you chose, Del Black was truly a great man that blessed our country, our Navy and each of us with his presence. He was the naval warrior and best friend that all of us strive to be more like. He loved his God; his wife, Ima; his Navy and all of us and it showed in all he did. It was no more apparent than in the fifty years he and Ima spent together. He knew God had given her to him. And he knew she was the one not only because of her beauty and warmth, but because she was also a Sailor. You see, no civilian would do. Around all of us, you never heard Del or Ima. Instead the phrase you heard most often was Del AND Ima.
Certainly much could be written and said of his life in the Navy and even more as the first MCPON. He was my first MCPON having taken office less than thirty days before I headed off to boot camp. What's less apparent to many was his continued service to our Navy after retirement. Humble almost to a fault, he continued to serve as the example for young, and not-so-young Sailors throughout his life. Those of us that had hosted him at official functions wondered at and enjoyed the sight of young and old Sailors standing in line just to say hello to him or be beside him. Just as wonderful was to be told by Del that he couldn't go home yet; there were still Sailors that wanted to meet him and that he wanted to talk to.
His involvement with the office of the MCPON was frequent and welcome. He gave us advice on our job without inserting agenda or direction. He was the "perfect" mentor. Not one of the eight of us who has served in the office has not felt the unseen hand of Del Black on our shoulder at times guiding us, and not one of us has judged our decisions or accomplishments without in some manner comparing them to what Del would have done or said. He will always be our hero.
When I received the stunning news that we had lost our hero, I was hurt and angry. Angry because I wouldn't again have the opportunity to share time or to share the feelings I had for Del with him. So much was left unsaid. But then I realized that God knew best and meant us only good. He chose to call Del in a way that would not diminish in any way our remembrance of him as he truly was. Those of us that knew him best will always remember him as a dear friend with a zest for life, having the most remarkable twinkling blue eyes that shown with genuine mirth as he told one of his slightly naughty jokes, then laughing heartily as he bounced on one foot pumping his left arm back and forth. He filled our hearts and now we're left with a hole in them. But history will keep him alive forever as the Navy leader that forever gave the enlisted Sailor something they had not had in our history. Del Black will be remembered forever for giving "Jack Tar" both a face and a voice. And, not a better face and voice could we have hoped for. God blessed us with Del for all times and he will forever be our hero!
I (immediate past Cdr. Reese) was walking on the beach in Key
West, minding my own business when out of no where I heard "ahoy" Master
Chief. Turns out a member of Ship 1812 who was doing his 2 weeks active
duty had spotted me. Small world indeed. Shipmate David Hartz is
a NY State trooper on his two weeks active duty. We chatted for awhile
and I decided to hit the road, was 82 degrees, make a note Brockport.............
Adviser and Past Commander, NYNMIII Rear Admiral John Comins and Master Chief Ed Reese, representing New York Naval Militia Region Three, volunteered to assist in Saturday's September 11th Operation Patriot. The Patriotic ceremony was sponsored by Time Warner Cable and Infinity radio. Proceeds to benefit the Salvation Army's Homeless Veterans Program. NYNMIII, along with Ben Pasgenski, Jim Miller and Ken Trowbrigde of the Navy Club in Brockport and members NAVetsUSA.commanned recruiting table and the public encouraged to stop by and chat.
Our watch standers
on the Navy's birthday, Wednesday 13 October 2004
Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc. News
14420 Phone 585 638-6524
The next meeting of the Navy Club of Lake Ontario will be held on Wednesday, 14 July at 1812 hours (6:12 pm). On the agenda are:
1. Immediate plans for our continuing clubrooms face-lift. Come in and see the progress our members and Seabees have made so far.
2. Final planning for the ceremony on 16 July, officially, awarding NYS grant monies to Ship 1812. Both the Hon. Charles Nesbitt and the Hon. George Maziarz will be making the presentations at the Ship.
3. Long term plans for capital improvements to the Ship over the next year or so.
4. Progress on Operation Patriot and the "Drop Your Drawers for our Veterans" campaign in conjunction with the Salvation Army for the benefit of our homeless veterans. Please donate at the meeting, new and still packaged underwear and socks for vets.
So, join us on Wednesday evening for an enjoyable time and a chance to help direct the efforts of your shipmates.
Be a part of it, not apart from it!!
Operation Patriot and the Ship 1812
"Drop Your Drawers" Campaign
Ship 1812 Ladies Auxiliary
U.S. Navy Birthday
Naval Reserve Center Rochester
As a public service to the local Navy veteran's organization, Navy
Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc, members of the NMCB 21 worked
on the Club rooms drill weekend March 6 and 7.
receives NYS grant
The Navy Club of Lake Ontario received a $12,500 New York State grant to support its daily operating expenses, programs for veterans and renovation of its sea service museum. The club also received a donation of three computers from SUNY Brockport and now has internet access for research. There will be an open house at the club's 21 Clinton Street, Brockport location during the U.S. Navy's birthday on October 13 at 6 p.m. Call 637-6110 for information. Pictured during the check presentation are: (l-r) Brockport Mayor Jo Matela, Assemblyman Charlie Nesbitt, Senator George Maziarz and Navy Club chaplain Ron Ayrault.
The New York Naval Militia had its Change of Command Ceremony on September 29 at the Navy Club, in Brockport. Soon after, new Commander Bruce Speller had the responsibility of sending 67 Naval Militia members from the area to Ground Zero in New York City to perform duties as perimeter guard in relief of fellow Naval Militia members currently on site. They will remain there for two weeks. More recalls are expected.
Participants in the Change of Command ceremony included Commander Wayne Sorrentino, Rear Admiral John R. Comins, Captain Bruce Speller, Chaplain Ron Ayrault, Jon Lefferts, Dan Sell and Brockport Mayor Josephine Matela.
The New York Naval Militia is the Naval Component of the New York State Military Forces (DMNA), the other components being the New York Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, and the New York Guard. Today, the New York Naval Militia is the only active, federally recognized Naval Militia with continuous, unbroken service to the country and the state. All drilling Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard members are eligible to join. Interested reservists can contact Master Chief Reese at the Navy Club or call him at 638-6524.
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
on the United States, a call went out from Governor Pataki to the Naval
Militia for volunteers to assist in organizing a recall of Militia members
for perimeter guards, as well as rescue and recovery efforts at the World
Trade Center site in New York City. Master Chief Reese immediately responded
to his call.
Editor Edward C. Reese, NCCM, New York Naval Guard, USN Retired