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Edward C Reese
Ed Stigliano
Harold (Sonny) Pratt
Edward C Reese
David Yeaw
John Scott
Thomas Kuczmynda
Charles Vandertang
David Yeaw
 Edward C Reese
Dick Griswold
Robert Currier
John Comins
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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 . . . 
With over 200 people in attendance at the 3rd annual Orleans County Joint Veteran's Council awards presentation, three ship 1812 members receive long over due medals and cold war certificates. Well done to Rex Hultz, Jim Miller and Grant Seaward. 
Ed Reese, President,  Joint Veteran's Council performed the welcoming presentation. 
Shipmate Jim Miller recently became a life member of the Navy Club of Lake Ontario. 
The event was organized by the Orleans County Veterans Service Director Frank Tower who also happens to be a member of Ship 1812 

Assemblyman Charlie Nesbitt, Past Ship 1812 Shipmate Grant Seaward and State Senator George Maziarz

Assemblyman Charlie Nesbitt, Shipmate Jim Miller, Life Member and State Senator George Maziarz

Shipmate Rex Hults

National Anthem sang by Carol Lonnen and Adam Tyson

2002-Chief Wiley Renfroe
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Wiley donated US postage stamps and money to the ship. This kind of unselfish dedication exemplifies the dedication our members show towards their Navy Club. Well done Wiley! 

Lew Randall  received the ship 1812 service award. Right is Admiral Comins

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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Gunny Leonard
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.
David Yeaw died. R.I.P. Shipmate

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.


Wiley L Renfroe
August 16, 1941 – October 16, 2019

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. 
William A. Murphy, age 92, died April 29, 2021 in Elderwood of Brockport following a long illness.
He was born February 24, 1929 in Holley, a son of George W. and Marguerite (Nesbitt) Murphy and was a life-long resident of this area. Bill was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, a member of the American Legion, VFW and Navy Club of Brockport. He also belonged to the NYS Telephone Pioneers, the Holley Fire Department, the Antique Car Club of Batavia and enjoyed collecting, restoring and driving his classic cars. Mr. Murphy was predeceased by his wife Betty (Ward), his daughter: Kathy Murphy Rought, his brother: Bob and sisters: Lois Dill and Betty Rocco.
He is survived by his son: Jack (Judy) Murphy of MD, his daughters: Linda (John) Nielsen of Holley, Roberta (Howard) Knight of ME, his brother: Harold Murphy of SC, his grandchildren: Lisa and Matthew Nielsen, Beth Eisenberg, Rebecca Murphy, his great grandchildren: Ethan, Jessica, Gregory as well and several nieces and nephews and special friend, Eleanor Nichols.
There will be no prior calling hours

John P. Scott, age 74, died January 22, 2021 in the Batavia Veterans Administration Medical Center following a brief illness.
He was born September 21, 1946 in Honeoye Falls to Shaw and Margaret (Skuse) Scott and had lived in this area for over 40 years. John was United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed auto mechanics and was always buying cars, fixing them up and then re-selling them. Mr. Scott was predeceased by a sister: Bonnie.
He is survived by his sons: Jonathan Scott of Waterport, Michael Scott of CA, his daughter: Amy Barber of Varysburg, his brothers: Bill and Hank and his grandchildren: Zeke Barber, Zane Barber and Logan Scott-Grager.

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 Gardens.

Gail Harribine Salvatore
It is with great sadness that tomorrow is the day we say goodbye to my father. My heart is broken, and I am just so sad but he will have a beautiful memorial military service which was his final wishes. He was the best, so cute and understanding and loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all his heart. I am going to miss him so much. Thank you to all my friends and family who have sent love, hugs and comforting thoughts this past week. Please keep us all in your prayers on this sad day to come.  Thank you and God bless you all.

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 14470.

Lewis Randall Obituary

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
Obituary of John Rooney

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.

Ship Model Donated To Navy Club
A model of the USS Constitution, the oldest vessel serving in the U. S. Navy, has been donated to the Navy Club
of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812 by Mr. Gerald Mercandetti of Fairport, NY. This is the fourth ship model built by Mr.
Mercandetti, a Kodak / ITT Space System Division retiree.
The first model Gerald built was an Admiralty
model of HMS Victory, the flagship of British
Admiral Lord Nelson. He subsequently built
two more models: the Friesland, the first Dutch
square rigged sailing vessel and the San Felipe,
the lead ship of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
The USS Constitution model is four feet long
and almost three feet high. Starting in March
2012, Mr. Mercandetti spent more than 1,000
hours over a 33 month time span. Intricate
details of the model include over 2,600 miniature
rivets and required cutting copper strips to make
over 1,000 copper plates to cover the models
In preparation for building the ship model, Mr.
Mercandetti conducted a significant amount of
research, including a trip to the Boston Navy Yard
on September 11, 2012 to tour the "real" USS
Constitution taking pictures of the ship to ensure colors and other details were accurate. Accompanying Mr.
Mercandetti on the tour was John R Comins, a retired US Navy Captain and Rear Admiral in the New York Naval
Militia. Mr. Comins is the current Senior Executive of Ship 1812 and a Past Commander of the Navy Club.
Their tour of the USS Constitution was hosted by the current and 72nd Commanding Officer, Commander
Matthew J Bonner. CDR Bonner presented a letter to the Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812 verifying the
American flag displayed in the Navy Club was actually flown over the USS Constitution.
A dedication ceremony, officiated by Ship 1812's Commanding Officer, Robert K. Currier, was held at the Navy
Club on 21st of March, 2015 to christen the model into Ship 1812's museum at 21 Clinton Street, Brockport. The
model of the USS Constitution and other models and military articles are available for viewing in Ship 1812's
museum open to the public, during clubhouse hours or by request. The model USS Constitution can be viewed in
the front window of the Navy Club any time.
Submitted by John Comins


LTCDR C. Stuart Dube', USNR, Ret.
Dube', Charles Stuart

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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Navy Club of Lake Ontario past member
Batavia - Mr. Theodore G. “Ted” Longchamps, age 85, of Batavia, a World War II Navy Veteran, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at the New York State Veteran's Home.

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

Steve Renfroe

A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The son of CPO Wiley Lane & Kazuko Haro Renfroe. He was a Army Veteran. He was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. Survivors other than parents include his wife, Rebecca Wories Renfroe; one son, Wiley Pete Renfroe, of the home; one daughter, Annalee Erin Renfroe, of the home; one sister, Susan Hutson, Columbus, Indiana

Harold ‘‘Sonny’’ Pratt

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.
Sonny had served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and after had served in the Navy Reserves where he retired after 20 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Holley American Legion Jewell Buckman Post No. 529, Navy Club of Holley and Brockport and was a life member of the Holley VFW Post No.202. Sonny had retired from Brockport State College and he enjoyed tinkering in his barn.

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

Dan Morehouse
Member Ship 1812

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.
Dan is the shipmate with the POW flag in this short movie clip 

Veterans tribute
Veterans from around Orleans County participated in the traditional ceremony to open the Orleans County 4-H Fair Monday. From left, are Ron Ayrault of Holley, Navy Club Ship 1812; Mike Paduchak of Kendall, Army; Jim Freas of Medina, Marines; and David Kusmierczak of Medina, Air Force.

20th Anniversary Ship 1812
200th Anniversary War of 1812

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!
John Comins
Click on the movie above to view that cruise.

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.

WHEREAS, the citizens of the Village of Brockport are pleased and proud to recognize the Navy Club 
of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc. in its 20th
 anniversary year; and 
WHEREAS, it is also the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and 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; and 
WHEREAS, the Navy Club, Ship 1812 is a 501c non-profit organization having incorporated on March 
20, 1996 and is located at 21 Clinton Street in the Village of Brockport; and 
WHEREAS, Ship 1812 was commissioned on March 14, 1992 by its parent organization, the Navy Club 
of the United States of America, a Sea Service Organization of active, reserve and veteran servicemen 
and women from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; and 
WHEREAS, service personnel from the Army and Air Force, as well as outstanding civilians from the 
surrounding communities are eligible for Associate membership in Ship 1812; 
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Maria Connie Castañeda, Mayor of the Village of Brockport do hereby proclaim 
March 17, 2012 as Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812 Day in the Village of Brockport in recognition 
of their anniversary and encourage citizens to provide their well wishes. 
IN WITNESS WHEROF, I do hereby set my hand, and cause the Corporate Seal of the Village of 
Brockport to be affixed this 13
 day of March in the year 2012. 
?  At 5:49pm, Trustee Blair moved, Trustee Blackman seconded, carried 4/0 that the meeting be 
Leslie Ann Morelli, Village Clerk 
From notes of Michael A. Giardino

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.

Fireman to Admiral
David J. Tucker
Life Member Navy Club of Lake Ontario Ship 1812

The Commander, New York Naval Militia, 
Major General Robert L. Wolf
is pleased to announce the selection of 

Captain David J. Tucker 

for promotion to the rank of 
Rear Admiral (Lower Half), NYNM.

Pete Barber
Honorary Member Ship 1812

•Barber, Peter J. Sr., October 15, 2012 at age 87. He is survived by loving wife of 65 years Betty Brundage Barber; children Peter Jr. (Eileen) Barber, Gail (Bryan) Barber-Popowich; grandchildren Kevin (Meg) Barber, Patrick Barber, Scott Popowich, Eric Popowich; great-grandson Casey Barber; sister Josephine Janus; brothers and sisters-in-law Harold (Lorna) Brundage, Helen (Richard) Rubino, Richard (Betty) Brundage, Barbara (Gary) Webster; several nieces and nephews. Peter was a WWII veteran who served in the European Theatre.

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.

1812 Member Harold Coleman

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.

At the Shamrock in Albion John Duffy, Bill Shay and Ron Ayrault admire the 16x20 inch Ship 1812 photo to be displayed at the Albion Bar. Circa 1993

Tommy Kuczmynda
First Executive Officer and past Commander
Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812

Home: Brockport, NY
Date of Death: October 09, 2011
Place of Birth: Brockport, NY
Birthdate: February 26, 1938
Age: 73
Memorial Service: Friday, October 14, 2011 11:00 AM First Bible Baptist Church, Hilton, NY
Visitation: Thursday, October 13, 2011 Visitation 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, Spencerport, NY
Interment: Garland Cemetery, Brockport, NY
Sunday, October 9, 2011. Predeceased by his parents, Edward and Katherine Kuczmynda. Survived by wife, Margaret "Peg" (Nichols) Kuczmynda; children, Thomas Kuczmynda Jr. (Christine) and Tamra Riexinger (Keith); grandchildren, Ashley, Joshua (Samantha) and Brett Riexinger, and Emily Kuczmynda; his brother, Ed (Barbara) Kuczmynda and sister, Karen (Gerry) Blossom; sisters-in-law, Lois Nichols, Joyce Wheeler, Dot (Dave) Clark, Edie Boyle; brothers-in-law, Ray (Heidi) Nichols, and recently deceased, Sonny (Carrie) Nichols and several nieces and nephews.

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 
Tom's Visitation will be on THURSDAY, 10/13, 2011 from 2-4 & 7-9 at the Funeral Home, 15 West Ave. Spencerport. Memorial Service FRIDAY, 10/14, at 11 am at First Bible Baptist Church (990 Manitou Rd. Hilton.) Interment Private.

Past Ship 1812 Member John Penna

Penna, John, age 76, died June 20, 2012 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. He was born April 5, 1936 in Holley, a son of the late Donald and Catherine (Pace) Penna and lived in this area all his life. John served in the US Navy. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church and served on the Holley Central School Board of Education for 20 years, helping to organize the Holley Sports Boosters for Holley High School. John worked as a supervisor at G.E. and Black and Decker for 33 years. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Jeremy and Donald; sisters Madeline Henry and Carolyn Nenni. He is survived by his loving wife, Mae, of 54 years; children Lori (Dale) Passarell; Jeffrey Penna; grandchildren Ashley Passarell, Amanda Penna, Jonathan Penna; sisters Kathleen (Frank) Gifaldi; Joanne (Dick) Aldrich; brother Matthew (Charlene) Penna; sisters-in-law Nancy Penna and Ann Pellegrino; brothers-in-law Hank Henry, Richard Nenni; eight God- children, special God child Michael Pellegrino, and many nieces, nephews, friends and co-workers.

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

Past Commander David Yeaw August 2011

Navy Club of Lake Ontario
Ship 1812, Incorporated


MA1 David Hartz, USNR a NY State Trooper and member of Ship 1812 is now LTjg Hartz. Ed Reese 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! 

•Mawn, Gerald S.

, 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.
•Handley, Ralph A. 
Suddenly, April 2, 2011 at age 73. He is predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Howard Handley; brother, Richard, sister, Dianna. Survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nancy; sons, Mark (Kim) Handley, James (Nancy) Handley; grandchildren, Travis, Sarah and Janelle Handley; brothers, Howard (Marie), Carl (Kary) Charles (Nora) of Las Vegas, John (Mary Jane), Dennis (Cindy) Morley, Frederick Morley; sisters, Shirley Beam, Denise (Lenny) Gentile of Naples, Florida, Debra Morley, Charlene Handley, Sharon, Patricia (Dan) Panek of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews. Ralph was a retiree of the US Navy after 24 years of service; also a retiree of the Xerox Corp. He was active in Cure Childhood Cancer Association, a board member of Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna (Father Baker’s); past Grand Knight, former District Deputy and a former Master 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus.

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.

Navy Seabees in Brockport

Seabees — their simple motto tells the story: "We build, we fight". From the island hopping of
World War II and the cold of Korea, to the
jungles of Vietnam, to the mountains of Bosnia,
and to the desert of Afghanistan, the Seabees have built entire bases, bulldozed and paved thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips, and accomplished a myriad of construction projects.

......... Navy Seabees "Can Do"
As a public Service, All day Saturday and Sunday, a dozen Seabees will be doing construction work at the Navy Club. 
Brockport's Navy Club Commander, Ed Reese is working with the Navy Reserve Center Rochester Seabees in order to make improvements at the Navy Club on 21 Clinton Street, Brockport. One major project and a necessary repair that we hope to complete before winter sets in, is a new roof thoughout the building. The Club and the Seabees provide a great service to the community from all their dedicated and hard work. They are a repairing, building and cleaning service all wrapped into one of which the community is most appreciative to have them there to help. According to Navy Club Commander Ed Reese "This is a perfect cooperative relationship between the Navy Club and the Navy Seabees. The Navy Club gets rebuilt and the Seabees get to do what they do best, build!" The Seabees and Master Chief Reese are members of the New York Naval Guard, the Navy Component of the National Guard. Many of these Seabees were at "ground zero" after the September 11 attack on America. Check out the Seabees work. Stop by the Navy Club Sea Service Museum Friday afternoons and take a tour or stop in this weekend and say "Ahoy"!

Ship 1812 helped veterans receive their Cold Ward Certificates in 1999
Newsletters 2010
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.

Fund Raising

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. 

Officer Elections: 

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.

Master Chief Todd Browne

When I found your web site ( ) 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.

Jim Conley and Ron Ayrault
The good old days.

David Myers & Rose Myers
Local couple Navy Club commandants

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  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 

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.

Ship 1812 archives
Veterans come to Brockport 

In honor of Veteran's Day, some local veterans came to Brockport's Hill Elementary School to speak with fourth- and fifth-grade students. Here, Navy veteran Ron Ayrault talks to students in Heidi Squillante's class about his years in the Navy. Ayrault served during the Korean War from 1950-1953. The students asked many questions about the war and the military in general. He discussed various aspects of his career from Navy terminology to the correct way to wear a sailor's hat. In addition to Ayrault, Pete Barber, Air Force; Dan Sell, Navy; Ben Pasgenski, Navy; Bob Griswold, Navy; and David Yeaw, Navy all shared stories with the students.

Navy Club of' Lake Ontario Ship 1812
 21 Clinton St. 
Brockport NY, 14420 

From the Commander's Desk: 
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: 
Tim Hilton, NCUSA National Staff secretary visited the club on 17th of Sept. was very pleased will our presentation and preparation for the convention. The Paymaster, Bob Currier, put together some last minute details and met with Tim to discuss the presentation. 
Tim left Brockport very satisfied and made the club presentation for us to the National Staff, who gave final approval for hosting of the convention in Brockport. So, NCLO Ship 1812 is officially hosting the 2010 NCUSA National Convention. 
All members are requested to provide support to make this convention a huge success. I am confident all members will step up to help make the convention a huge success. 
NY State Meeting: 
The State Squadron met at the club On the 12th of Sept. The Staff was very impressed with the club and looking forward to supporting and attending the upcoming national convention. BZ and thanks to Jeff Black and  Tony Rios for successfully hosting and supporting this meeting. 
Liquor License Application: 
We are still waiting for word on approval of our application. A recent change to NY State regulations, required us to secure the assistance of an officer of the courts (judge or lawyer) to submit additional paperwork certifying the authenticity of our submission. We successfully obtained the pro-bono assistance of Chris Wilcox, a lawyer and town justice .. Chris met with Bob Currier and myself to review the application and verify the accuracy of the license submission. Chris quickly completed and submitted the letter of certification. Submission of this certification is expected to expedite the approval of the license. 
Bob Currier is tracking approval of the license on-line daily and will notify the Executive Staff as soon as approval is obtained. 
Annual Dues: 
All members are reminded to pay your annual dues before Ian 1, 2010. With our club liquor license, sales of alcohol is limited to club members and registered guests only. Members whose dues are not  paid  by  Jan 1 • 2010.  will  be considered a "guest" until their dues are paid. a new card is issued and  consequently  they  must 
Register  as a guest in order to purchase alcohol.
Upon receipt of payment of annual dues, the club will notify the national club who will issue membership cards and forward them to the club for distribution. 
Membership, nationally and locally, has fallen over the last few years. All members are requested to be on the alert for fellow service members and, hopefully, engage the service member in a discussion about joining the Navy Club. If we all add at least one new member, annually or more frequently, we will grow our membership significantly. 
Be on alert and willing to engage strangers in joining their fellow service members in our club. With your help we can improve our membership rolls. 

Disclaimer of Endorsement:
 Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade  name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, 
 recommendation, or favoring by Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Incorporated. The views and opinions of authors expressed  herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of  Navy Club and its parent organization NCUSA, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.
This is an approved web site by the Commander of the Corporation
The Navy Club web site is hosted (at no cost) by "The first Navy Veterans' Organization created on, and for, the
World Wide Web." 
 Founder Edward C. Reese, USN, Ret.


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This site designed and hosted by NAVetsUSA

Life Member, Navy Club of Lake Ontario

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

Saturday, 21 March 2009, 17th Annual Installation of Officers.
Chaplain Ron Ayrault and new Commander John Comins discuss the 2009 Cruise of Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812. Inc..

Rear Admiral John Comins
Elected Commander Ship 1812 2009 Cruise.

Shipmates Scott Hoffmeier, Ron Ayrault and Dave Yeaw visit 
their Sea Servicies Museum at the Navy Club of Lake Ontario.

Scott and Nancy admire Ron Ayraults Article below

Departed Ship 1812 Shipmates

John Duffy USN
Roger Goff USN
Harry Parker WWII USA (Associate)
Jim Pickard
Arnold Jenks
John Pratt
Samuel Colaprete
Jessie Harris
Roger Hanas
Thomas Bishop
Thomas R. Bishop
Wlliam Finnefrock
Schuyler Meyer, Jr. NY State Tug Boat Captain
Carl Johnson USS Sierra
Jim Corbett USAF Associate
John Boyd
Shipmate Gerald Popen, CT3, USN 
Rochester, NY died 2 January 2002 
He was honorably discharged October 22, 1968 

Jack G. Sankel
Seaman US Navy
Brockport: On Thursday June 18, 2009 at the age of 84. Predeceased by his wife Doris. He is survived by his children Jacquelyn (George) Sabine, Susan (Philip) Ryan, David Sankel, Marcia (Nelson) Crosier, grandchildren Nicole Finger, Melanie Chaput, Morgan Ryan, David J. Sankel, John Sankel, Katlyn Munn, Giles Crosier, 7 great grandchildren

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. 

Thomas M. Legler 

Life Dates: 5/1/1960 - 9/18/2009 
History: Mr. Legler was born in Phoenix, AZ son of the late Wellington Legler and Helen Buell of Rochester. Tom was a member of the Brockport Navy Club. He loved riding his Harley Davidson Low Rider. 

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. 
Services: Services will be 1:00 PM on Wednesday September 23, at the Funeral Home. 
Burial: North Byron Cemetery 
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family.

 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. 

We lost a good friend and shipmate
Duane P. Everetts

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. 
Surviving besides his parents of Olean are 1 sister Lori Everetts of Olean; 2 brothers Dwight D. (Ruth) Everetts and Terry L. (Vicki) Everetts, both of Olean; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and 2 aunts Geraldine Witter of Allegany and Frances Greener of Las Vegas, NV.
Friends will be received at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home 3128 W. State Rd. Olean on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral services will be held Wednesday (August 20, 2008) at 11:00am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Hinsdale Cemetery, Maplehurst. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Diabetes Association 315 Albert Drive Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14226.

There was a get-to-gether at the Navy Club,
21 Clinton St., Brockport, NY 14420
Phone 585 637-6110
at 1300 hours (1pm) Sunday, 24 August 2008
to honor Duanes Memory.

Harry C Stevenson III 

Date published: 2/14/2003
"Thursday, February 13, 2003. Mr. Stevenson is
survived by his children, Harry C. (Vicki), Robert
L. (Heather), Gwenn E., & Sara J. Stevenson;
sister, Patricia Seacrist; step brothers, David (Ann)
Yeaw, Michael (Donna) Yeaw; grandchildren,
Brianna, Felecia, Joshua, Cody & Stone; several
nieces & nephews, Marcey S. Stevenson, and his
loving pet, Socks. Harry was a member of The
Navy Club of Lake Ontario.His family will receive
friends SUNDAY 2-3:30 PM followed by his
Funeral Service at 3:30 PM at the Paul W. Harris
Funeral Home Inc., 570 Kings Hwy So. (corner of
Titus Ave.). Interment private. Memorials may be
directed to American Cancer Society, 1400 N.
Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14609, or to The
Chime Fund, at Durand United Church Of Christ,
4225 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622."

Michael Hilliard Yeaw

Date published: 12/12/2004
"63, of Sparta, passed away onNovember 30, 2004.
Born on Aug 27, 1941, in Irondequoit, NY, to Jesse
S. Yeaw and Mary Rinehart Yeaw. Mike spent over
a decade working at Rochester Telephone (Citizens
Communications) as an engineer, as well as other
engineering positions around the country; ending his
career with Volt Telecom. Yeaw was preceded in
death by his parents. Survivors include his wife,
Donna Yeaw, of Sparta, TN; 3 children: LisaHenkel
of Littleton, CO, Timothy Yeaw of Rochester, NY,
Michelle Munson, of Highland, NY; 3 step-children:
Darren Sargent, of Cincinnati, OH, Sheri Coleman,
of Denver, CO, Jennifer Rose Locke, of Atlanta,
GA; one brother, David Yeaw, of Brockport, NY; 1
sister, Patricia Secrist, of Webster, NY; and 13
grandchildren. Mike loved life, spending time with
his wife and children and riding his Harley. He will
forever be remembered. . . DTFR "

Ben Pasgenski Life Member

More information at

Greece: On January 14, 2008, age 87. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jane V.; 
1 daughter, JoAnn (Jack) Langdon; 3 grandchildren, Jennifer (Christopher) Vitale, 
Clifford (Michelle) Matthews, Tonia Langdon; 4 great-grandchildren, 
Joelle, Adriana, Lauren, Gabrielle; several nieces & nephews. 
Combat Veteran of U.S. Navy (USS Iowa) WW II. Retiree of Delco Products.
Life member of Navy Club of Lake Ontario Ship #1812 and Life Member of VFW.
Friends may call at ARNDT FUNERAL HOME, 1118 Long Pond (S. of Maiden Lane) on 
Wednesday 4-8 P.M. Everyone will meet on Thursday 9:30 AM at 
St. John the Evangelist Church (Ridge Rd. W.) for Funeral Mass.
Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions to the American Heart Assoc.

Glenn Aures Life Member

Mr. Aures was a WWII U.S. Navy submarine
veteran, USS Flounder SS-251. He was a life
member of the Navy Club of Lake Ontario Ship
1812, an Eastman Kodak retiree and a registered
diver with the Sheriff of Erie County. He enjoyed
playing his accordion and scuba diving.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Aures;
children, Bonita Aures, Linda (Tom) Harissis,
Glenda (Kim) Williams, Glenn (Mary) Aures Jr.,
Marsha (Doug Anderson) Aures; his  grandchildren,
Michael Martuscello, Mark, Alan, Lindsay Harissis,
Keith, Aron Williams, Glenn Aures III, Wendy
(Ryan) Marlatt; great-grandchildren, Michelle
Martuscello, Lucas Marlatt; brother, Clyde Aures;
sister-in-law, Carole (Robert) Blandford; nieces,
nephews, cousins, extended family and many
His funeral service was held at Bartolomeo &
Perotto Funeral Home. Interment was private.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart
Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-
3049 or a charity of  choice.

Ted Graff Life Member

Graf, Theodore (Ted) J. Sr., October 3, 2007, at the
age of 99. Predeceased by his wife Ruth E.
Carpenter, son Theodore "Topper" J. Jr., son-in-law
Robert McPhillips, grandson Kevin McPhillips and
great-granddaughter Lynn Graf. Survived by his
daughter, Sandra "Sandy" McPhillips; sons Richard
Sr. "Dick" and Gary Lynn (Kathy); daughter-in-law
Barbara Graf; nine grandchildren, Daniel (Elizabeth)
Graf, Michelle (Jeffrey) Mank, Ingrid (Michael)
Weiner, Pamela (Todd) Hogan, Rick Jr. (Elizabeth)
Graf, Hank (Sue) Graf, Dina Jo (Wally) Knoedl,
Tania Graf, Kevin Graf; 20 great-grandchildren;
nephew, Father William Graf; nieces, Jeannie
(Robert) Coffey, Marjorie (Jerry) Brown and Lynne
(Tom) Marcisofsky. Ted was a WWII Navy
Veteran, a member of the Brockport VFW Post,
Fireman's Exempt Association, Brockport Hook and
Ladder Fire Department and the 
Brockport Elks Club.
Funeral Services were held October 10 at the Fowler
Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport. Private interment.
Contributions can be made to Mercy Flight or a
charity of one's choice in his memory.

Bob Caley Life Member

Clark Converse

Converse, Waldo Clark"
Date published: 10/1/2003
"BROCKPORT: On Monday, September 29, 2003
in Rochester, NY. He is survived by his daughter,
Connie Converse; and 2 sons, Wayne (Debbie) and
Scott; his sister, Carrie (Clair) Robbins; and his
brother, Philip Maurice Converse; his
grandchildren, Tiffany, Roy and Jane; and his great-
granddaughter, Kailymie Rose; several nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by his brother,
Horace.Friends may call Friday 2-4 only at the
Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., 340 West Avenue,
Brockport. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday
at 4:30 at the First Presbyterian Church of
Brockport. Friends wishing may make contributions
to the Brockport Lions Club."

Gerald L. ""Bud" Henshaw

 Date published: 10/19/2005
 "BROCKPORT: Went to be with the Lord on Oct.
 18, 2005. Gerald L. Henshaw 75. Predeceased by
 his wife, Esther. Survived by his children, Mickey
 Schoepfel, Rita Henshaw, Karen (Terry Gross)
 Henshaw; 5 brothers; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-
 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. A
 Memorial Service will be held FRI., 2 PM at
 Hamlin United Methodist Church. Thomas E.
 Burger Funeral Home, Inc. "

Franklin E. Tower, PR1, USN, Ret

Date published: 2/2/2004
"January 29, 2004. Survived by dear friend, Cindy
Malo; 3 brothers, Arthur (Gail), Donald (Linda) and
Jerry; aunt, Helen Carr; several nieces, nephews,
and cousins.Funeral service will be held Sunday
Feburary 8 2 PM at the Sheret Post #35, 131 South
Main St., Albion. Memorials to the Orleans County
Joint Veterans Council. He was a retired director of
the Orleans County Veterans Service Agency.
Arrangements Cooper Funeral Home, Medina."

Jim Conley

"Conley, James E."
Date published: 11/9/2003
"MANCHESTER/GREECE: Age 63, died suddenly
on Friday, November 7, 2003. James was a U.S.
Navy veteran. He is survived by two sisters, Patricia
(Phil) D'arduini and Terry Herzog; and several
nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his
parents, John C. and Esther Conley Sr.; two sisters,
Eileen Ciardi and Ann Vanderhoof; 1 brother, John
C. Conley Jr.; and close friend, Ann (Bunny) Lytle.
Friends may call at Halsted-Patrick Funeral Home,
19 North Main Street Manchester, NY on Monday,
November 10 from 4-8 P.M. A Funeral Mass will
be held Tuesday, November 11 at 1 P.M. at St.
Dominic Church, Shortsville, NY. Interment will be
in St. Rose Cemetery, Shortsville, NY.

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.

He attended Clifton Springs High School. Jim joined the U.S. Navy and went to Bainbridge, Md. to attend the United States Naval Training Center. He served aboard the U.S.S. Mitscher and

was honorably discharged with the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class Yeoman. Jim graduated

from Empire College in 1978 and spent most of his career as a chemical dependency counselor.

He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church of Greece, first

vice commander of Jewel Buckman American Legion Post 529 of Holley, junior executive officer

of the Navy Club of Lake Ontario Ship 1812, the Tin Can Sailors Association for Destroyer Veterans, and was a crew member of the U.S.S. Mitscher DL-2. Jim was a talented artist, avid fisherman, and had a great love of the Navy, his country, and his family. He is survived by his two sisters, Patricia (Phil) D'Arduini of Manchester and Terry Herzog of

Adams Center, N.Y.; 15 nieces and nephews; 26 grand nieces and nephews; and two great-grand nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, John C. Sr. and Esther (Wolfe) Conley; his brother, John

C. Conley Jr.; two sisters, Eileen Ciardi and Ann Vanderhoof; his niece, Kristen Morley; his nephew, Luke Vanderhoof; and his dear friend, Ann ³Bunny² Lytle. Friends may call Monday, November 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Halsted-Patrick Funeral Home,

19 North Main St., Manchester. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 11 at 1 p.m.

at St. Dominic's Church, Shortsville. Internment will be in St. Rose Cemetery in Shortsville. Donations in Jim's memory can be made to the House of John, 14 Spring St., Clifton Springs, NY 14432, or to any veterans organization.

Goff, Glen M. (Mike)"
Date published: 9/28/2003
"Sept. 26, 2003 at age 42. Predeceased by his
father, Roger.  (Father and son members Ship 1812)He is survived by his wife, Virgilia
son, Glen, Jr.; daughters, Michelle (Tito) Santiago
Annabel (Emilio) Maldonado, & Rosalinda Pacheco;
mother, Ruth Goff of FL; brother, Dale Goff; 6
grandchildren, nieces & nephews. He was a Navy
veteran & USPS retiree. Friends will be received
FUNERAL HOME, 495 N. Winton Rd. (between
Browncroft & Humboldt). Funeral Mass,
TUESDAY (Sept. 30th) at 10 AM at St. Lawrence
Church. Those wishing may contribute, in lieu of
flowers, to the American Diabetes Assoc

         Navy Veteran
          "Butch" Pickard
             Died 19:30 Hours
          Monday, 18 August 1997
          Calling Hours 1400-1600
         Thursday, 21 August 1997
            Fowler Funeral Home
     West Avenue, Brockport, NY 14420

             Funeral Services
     10:00 hrs, Friday 22 August 1997
      Golden Heights Christian Center

(Holley) - Alvin G. Dill, age 82, of Orchard Street,
died June 27, 2008 in Lakeside Memorial Hospital,
following a short illness. He was born June 9, 1926
in Webster to George and Anna (Siels) Dill and had
lived in this area most of his life. Mr. Dill was a US
Navy Veteran of WWII, a member of St. Mary
Church, the American Legion, and member and Past
Chief (1963-65) of the Holley Fire Department.
Alvin was also the 1st President of the Holley Band
Boosters, a Kodak Retiree (1982), and loved to
fish....especially while vacationing in Corpus Christi
during the winter months.Mr. Dill was predeceased
by a sister, Beverly Barrus. He is survived by his
wife of 60 years, Lois; sons, David (Brenda) Dill of
Holley, Daniel (Nancy) Dill of Holley; his daughter,
Dianne (Ralph) Herbert of Wyoming; sister,
Dorothy (Durwood) Keller of E. Aurora;
grandchildren, Jennifer, Joshua, Tristan, Juli,
Danna, Jessica, Steven; great-grandson, Michael, as
well as several nieces and nephews. The family will
receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral
Homes, Inc., 16650 W. Albion Road (Rt. 31),
Holley, MONDAY 2-4, 7-9 PM. Family and friends
are invited to meet at St. Mary Church TUESDAY
10 AM for his Mass of Christian Burial. Interment
in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans,
Holley Fire Department or the Holley Fire Dept.
Auxiliary. Visit to
sign an on-line guest book.

We were saddened to learn of the home going of
PNC/PSC Eugene R. “Gene” Backofen. He
passed away on 30 December 2007 in Indianapolis
IN. at the age of 83. Surviving are his wife of over 60
years Donna J Backofen in Indianapolis, His son
Bruce Backofen with his wife Jana in Carmel, IN, his
daughter Darla Malott with her husband Leroy Jay
Malott in New Albany Indiana, His brother Donald
Backofen with his wife Ann in Fort Wayne IN along
with 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Eddie Freson Associate Member

April 19, 2001 
Section: Local News 
Memo:Police investigation into drowning has stalled.

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.

"Henion, James M." 1812 Associate
Date published: 7/8/2005
"BROCKPORT: On Monday, July 4, 2005. He is
survived by his mother, Marcia Reynolds; father,
Ronald; brother, Dean; paternal grandparents, John
and Lois Henion; maternal grandmother, Helen
Myers; nephews, Andrew and Alex Henion; several
aunts, uncles and cousins.No prior calling. A
Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 12,
11:00 AM at the Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., 340
West Ave., Brockport. Interment at convenience of
the family. Friends wishing may contribute to a
charity of their choice."

Free 40 Foot Personnel Boat Offered to Ship 1812

Admiral's Gig off of the USS Saratoga (CV-60) has been offered to Ship 1812. All the Ship needs to do is get it from Sampson area to Brockport, make her shipshape, build a stand in the back yard of  21 Clinton Street and show her to the public. Our purpose among other things is to promote the United States Navy and its History. What better way can we do that and at the same time put ship 1812 back in to her former glory? There is a water way from Geneva to Brockport, the barge canal system.
It is never easy, as demonstrated above this vessel is BIG! Are we up to the task? Please provide the webmaster with your remarks via email

Hi Ed,

I saw the pictures in the Quarterdeck.  Not bad for a few "OLD" salts.  One thing though, you might want to make a few changes on your name lists.  My last name is Aures not Ayres and Langdon's first name is Jack not Dave.

As for the Gig, I don't think the club is financially able to support a venture like that.  Also, there's no room at the club to put a boat that large. 

Hope your new assignment is going well.

Glenn Aures 
Enter Your remarks here

But there WAS a parade!

There had been an annual Memorial Day Parade down the streets of Brockport as far back as most can remember.  Unfortunately, following the experiences of those involved in the Brockport Memorial Day Parade of 2005, the representatives that have traditionally organized the parade decided to curtail that activity.  This was an unfortunate decision.  There was no parade in 2006. 

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........................
It wasn't big.  But our veterans who gave their lives were commemorated.
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 Rochester General for observation.

But there WAS a parade!

David C. Yeaw

A parade of one, HM3 Dave Yeaw
US Navy Veteran 1962-1966 
Dave Yeaw marching alone in the traditional 
Memorial Day Parade, Brockport, NY

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.
More About Shipmate Yeaw at

Ed Reese, Assistant Museum Director

Ed Reese selected to assist in Sampson
Navy Museum Transition

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"  (, 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 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

Roger, Ed, Dave, Ron and Dick at the Sampson WWII Navy Veteran's Museum
Today's quote ................................
"One who angers you conquers you"

Saturday 24 March 2007 Installation, Ship 1812

Chaplain Ron Ayrault visiting the CPO Mess at NAS Key West on 16 Feb 2007. Ed Reese signed Ron in to the ship's log as his guest after giving Ron the grand tour of the Naval Air Station. Here Ron points out a CPO he recognizes. He was lucky the mess was closed at the time...note the cover (hat)." He who enters covered here shall by the bar a round of cheer"

Ron Ayrault and Ed Reese at Naval Air Station Key West onboard Sigsbee RV Park.

December 7, 2006, Pearl Harbor day remembered at Ship 1812
Sonny Pratt, Glenn Aures, Ron Ayraut, Dick Griswold,
Jack Langdon , Jim Miller and Ben Pasgenski

Retired Master Chief 's  Herman Smith and Ed Reese while visiting
Truman Annex, Naval Air Station Key West, Florida

Happy 10th Anniversary of
Ship 1812's Homeport in Brockport

Come all ye young sailors a yarn I will tell, the story of the ship by the old barge canal.
Twas in October, the year ninety-six.. this ship had floors. There were no decks.
A birthday for the Navy age two twenty one and we all thought "we've just begun."
A grand opening was the main theme. ship 1812 has fulfilled its big dream.
A place that was ours! A place of our own. A harbor! A port! A place to call home!
Oh they were all there, the commodore, the mayor too! The assemblyman and the whole proud crew 
 The weather was perfect. not a drop of rain.
       Speeches were heard, there was cake and champagne.
And there was pride and a couple of tears as the sound of "taps" came to our ears.
Standing there with heads bowed low, we remembered lost shipmates. God rest their souls.
And up on that mast gleaming and tall.. proudly flew "Old Glory" the best flag of all!
So now young sailors, you've heard me tell, the story of the ship by the old barge canal

Lew Randall


13 October 1996

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!!
Now. Back to the story of the grand opening at 1000 hr. the doors, (hatches??) were thrown open to the public. During the day a number of people came through on tours. The tour guides were Ron Ayrault. Lew Randall. Ed Reese and Art Kamp. The United States Navy recruiting van was here, the recruiters handing out ball caps and the like. Ceremonies commenced at 1832 hrs with an opening address by Commander Ed Reese to the passer by’s and guests outside our club. Lew Randall then came forward and gave a speech dedicating the Navy Club. Brockport Mayor Mary Ann Tborpe then proceeded to cast flowers on the Erie Canal waters in memory of all Navy Veterans. Chaplain Ron Ayrault gave a prayer while the Mayor was casting the flowers.
After the Mayor returned, there was a gun salute by the Brockport Vet’s Club honor guard, the playing of “Taps” and lowering of the flags from the Navy Club mast. Commander Reese then introduced Mayor Mary Ann Thorpe as Master of Ceremonies. Mayor Thorpe then introduced the following speakers: Commander Scott Crossley and Assemblyman Charlie Nesbitt. After the speakers Mayor Thorpe proposed a toast to the Veterans of Navy Club Lake Ontario and thanked all who attended. She then cut the 221st birthday cake while “anchors aweigh” was played for all who lined up for chow.
Once again thanks to all who helped make this a memorable event for all who attended!!

Dave Yeaw holding colors at 1812 hours

Hand Salute!

Ceremony concludes

Secure the flags

Ship 1812 happy anniversery & US Navy Happy Birthday

Contact the Web Master at 585 766-5013 email here

911 2006 5YO 1812

Pete Barber, Glenn Aures, Ben Pasgenksi, Ron Ayrault, Dave Yeaw, Ed Reese

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

Ed Reese, Dave Yeaw, Bill Murphy, Pete Barber, Ron Ayrault,
Ben Pasgenski, Glenn Aures

Ship 1812 visited Chief Mike Shaner at the VA Medical Center Batavia on Wednesday 9 August 2006. Top photo Chief Shaner, Ron Ayrault and Ed Reese
Second photo Ron Ayrault and Dick Griswold with Mike Shaner

 22 Oct 2005, CPO Club, Little Creek, Virginia.             Photo by Reese

            VERY good advise for Ship 1812 pointed out by :"the Gris"

Past Commander Dick Griswold and Past Commander Ed Reese hanging out in 
Ocean View Virginia 22 October 2005

William and grand dad Jerry Henshaw.
Shipmate Jerry Henshaw has stood his last watch .
 He died 18 October 2005 after a long illness.
Fair winds and following seas  Jerry!

Glenn Aures, Ben Pasgenski, Ed Reese, Dave Yeaw and Dick Griswold ..... Patriot's Day Hamlin
New York 11 Sept 2005

Patriot's Day

Patriot's Day Hamlin
New York 11 Sept 2005

Nancy and Stu "man" the ship during open house Saturday and Sunday
13 and 14 August 2005

Meanwhile Roger, Ed , Dave, Ron, Dick and Glenn (not pictured)
Visit Sampson Naval Museum on Seneca Lake.

Red at night sailors delight

10 August 2005, Shipmate Yeaw at attention
with our new flags

Navy Club USA National Staff Meeting

On Saturday 6 August, Ship 1812 members Ben Pasgenski, Dave Yeaw, Ed Reese, Dick Griswold and Jim Miller attended the staff meeting at Navy Marine Club. Ship 110, a part of the Navy Marine Club Inc. in Lockport, hosted the meeting. Ship 1812's attendance accounted for over 20 percent of all at the meeting.

Dean, Kelly and Dick

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
in Brockport
28 May 2005

Shipmate Dave Yeaw

On board ship 1812
Ron Ayrault, Glenn Aures, Ben Pasgenski and Ed Reese

The "Gris", Squared Away

Of course you can't 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? The installation dinner was held on March 12, 2005.

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

Monday, 21 March 2005
"Another day in paradise"

The Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc.
21 Clinton Street, Brockport, New York 14420

Meeting of:  March 9, 2005

Role Call of Officers:
Commander Ed Reese    Absent
Sr. Exec. Richard Griswold   Present 
Jr. Exec. Ben Pasgenski    Present
Paymaster Dave Yeaw    Present 
Exec. Staff Bill Murphy    Present 
Exec. Staff Stu Dube’    Present 
Exec. Staff Glenn Aures    Present
Exec. Staff Jim Miller    Present 
Chaplain Ron Ayrault    Present 
Master-at-Arms Bill Murphy   Present 
Primary Shipswriter Nancy Thompson Present 
Assistant Shipswriter Duane Everetts  Present 

Introduction of New Members or Visitors:
No new members or visitors.

Reading of the Minutes from Previous Meeting:
Accepted as read.

Reading of the Communications:
Brockport Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps.—asking for donation.
Brockport Veterans Club—Memorial Day Parade
(Shipswriter to respond—will attend)

Reading of the Bills / Financial Activity:

Standard Bills:  Insurance, telephone, waste, cable, electric
There was a question raised with regard to our credit with RG&E and carrying the balance.  Dave Yeaw will check into this.

Financial Activity Report:
Checking account was taken down to $56.00 and a transfer of funds of $500.00 was made to cover usual expenses.

$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:
Cash on Hand:  $491.50
Checking Account:  $811.67
Freeson Fund:  $1,553.59
Savings Account:  $8,614.23

Beach Patrol:
Dave Yeaw mentioned a gentleman who stopped in.  Also the use of cards to promote club business.

Sick Bay:
Associate Marge Ackers is doing better.

Installation Dinner—need a count on people and who has paid.
Ron Ayrault is picking up the cake—Wegmans is putting the Navy Club logo on it.

Unfinished Business:
Stuart Dube’-- “Shipmates of the Year”—from minutes of previous meeting, “For outstanding action above and beyond”.  Motion brought by Stu Dube’—passed.

New Business:
Parking problem mentioned—since new restaurant opened across the street.

New Business (cont.)
Change in meeting time brought forth.  Stu Dube’—meeting time is not specified by the by-laws.  Executive committee to decide.  Executive committee to meet at 1812 hours.  Dick Griswold—next month regular meeting  will be at 1900 hours.  Stu Dube—the Executive committee to meet at 1812 hours.  2nd by Ray Wilson.  Unanimously passed.

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:
Ron Ayrault wanted to know where the 3 inch 50 was.  It was located in the corner of the door in the museum. 

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+
NJ Thompson 
Primary Shipswriter

The Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc.
21 Clinton Street, Brockport, New York 14420

Meeting of: February 8, 2005
Sr. Executive, Dick Griswold opened the meeting at approximately 18:12.  A quorum was present.  The usual opening ritual was followed.

Role Call of Officers:
Commander Ed Reese    Absent (in paradise...see above)
Sr. Exec. Richard Griswold   Present
Jr. Exec. Ben Pasgenski    Present
Paymaster Dave Yeaw    Present
Exec. Staff Bill Murphy    Present 
Exec. Staff Stu Dube’    Present 
Exec. Staff Glenn Aures    Absent
Exec. Staff Jim Miller    Absent
Chaplain Ron Ayrault    Present
Master-at-Arms Bill Murphy   Present
Primary Shipswriter Nancy Thompson Present
Assistant Shipswriter Duane Everetts  Absent

Introduction of New Members or Visitors:
There were no new members or visitors present.

Reading of the Minutes from Previous Meeting:
The minutes were accepted as read.
Motion was made by Stu Dube’.  Seconded by Bill Murphy.  Motion Passed.

Reading of the Communications:
Village of Brockport – Notice of Change in Assessment.

Reading of the Bills / Financial Activity:

Paymaster Dave Yeaw indicated that the regular, typical bills needed to be paid.  Regular Bills included:

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:
Paymaster Dave Yeaw read the 2004 year-end report.  (Attached)
Rear Admiral John Comins brought a motion to accept the year-end report.  Seconded by Ron Ayrault. Motion passed.

Navy Club Accounts:

Cash on Hand: $164.50
Checking Account: $535.08
Freason Fund: $2,550.44
Savings Account: $9,114.23

Beach Patrol:
None at this time.

Sick Bay:
Ron Ayrault reported that cards were sent to Marge Ackers & Dan O’Connor. It was reported that Duane Everetts experienced a problem with his wheelchair while on duty at the club.  Help was called in and the problem was resolved.

Stu Dube’ reminded the board of the original committee that was formed to approve items to be placed on the interior walls of the club.  He then asked for a vote regarding the removal of the mural that is painted on the WAR room wall.
A motion was made to paint over the mural.  Motion was seconded by Bill Murphy.  Motion passed unanimously.

Unfinished Business:
Chris Marks donated the new locks for the bar door.
Keys have not yet been made.

New Business:
No new business.

Good of the Ship:
Officer nominations were sent forth to members.  Stu Dube’ moved to accept the amended nominations.  Shipswriter cast a single vote for the unopposed slate of officers.  The slate passed unanimously.

Stu Dube’ expressed heartfelt thanks for the stellar work done on the facilities and acknowledged:

Ken Trowbridge
Chris Marks
And Nancy Thompson

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.
1.) A St. Patrick’s Day dinner raffle. 
2.) American Stroke Association Marathon.

Submitted:  March 9, 2005
NJ Thompson 
Primary Shipswriter

A  newsletter  for  members
January 2005

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. 
We have changed the old, single color paint in the meeting and WAR rooms to a two-toned motif that is more representative of blue and gold.  The rear entrance steps have been rebuilt and a partial wall installed next to them.  This wall will also have a handrail and floor illumination for better visibility when entering and exiting. We are also reconfiguring space in the meeting and WAR rooms to allow for better use of these areas such as, a nicer seating area along the wall in the WAR room.  We have put a drop ceiling in the menÕs head, insulated the meeting room, office and museum and enclosed the space over the back bar area to help with heating issues.  We have been working on updating the kitchen and bar area, cleaning and organizing the office, and thatÕs just the beginning!!!  There are some projects still being completed and others that are in the planning phase for the near future.
We also now have computers!!!  There are two MacIntosh computers located in the meeting room for member use.  These computers have word processing programs, e-mail and there is free internet for all members!  There is also a printer available for member use.  We now have a computer in the office to handle shipÕs business and this will definitely make our lives easier! 
If you haven'nt been to the club lately, please stop in and check out what weve been doing.

New Officers

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:
  Commander Richard Griswold
  Sr. Executive
  Jr. Executive Ben Pasgenski
  Paymaster David Yeaw
  Additional (5) Trustees

Other staff positions include:
  Judge Advocate
  General Stu Dube'
  Chaplain Ron Ayrault
  Shipswriter Nancy Thompson
  Shipswriter Duane Everetts

These other staff positions are appointed positions only and will not be involved in the voting process.

Installation Dinner
March 12, 2005

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?
The installation dinner is being held on March 12, 2005.  The schedule for the dinner is as follows:

5:00 - 6:00 pm Cocktail Hour
6:10 pm  POW/MIA Ceremony
6:20 pm  Mayor Josephine Matela Speaks
6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm  Installation Ceremony

Installation Ceremony: 
 Swearing in by Rear Admiral Comins 
 Rear Admiral Speaks 
(Alternate: Mayor Josephine Matela)

Dinner Menu:
Chicken French or Ham
Salt Potatoes
Pasta Dishes
(lasagna & ziti)
Rolls and Butter
Coffee and Tea

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!

Membership Updates

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.
In addition to your mailing address, it would be helpful to have a contact phone number, and/or an e mail address.  Please let us know if you would prefer to be c
ontacted (including the newsletter) via e mail.  We will do our best to accommodate you.

Membership Dues

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.
No matter what type of member you are, the dues are always $20.00 annually. This annual fee expires on December 31st which means, that in order to remain an active member of the Navy Club you must pay your dues beginning January 1st for that year.  If you are an existing member and choose not to pay the annual dues until very late in the year, for example, September or October, those dues are applied to the current year and the annual fee becomes due again as of January 1st for the following year.  If you let your dues lapse, you will be considered an inactive member.  Once the dues are paid, you are then reinstated as an active member.
We hope that this information helps to clarify things and as always, please contact us with any questions you may have.  We appreciate your support!!!  If you would like to renew your dues, we have enclosed an envelope with this mailing for your convenience.

Contact Us

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.
      P.O. Box 185
      Brockport, New York 14420   or,
Call us at: (585) 637-6110 between 4:00 pm & 8:00pm or,
E-mail us at:
How Well Do You Know Your Naval History?

1.)  What state claims to be the birthplace of the Navy?
2.)  What was the name of the first submarine and  how was it powered? 
3.)  The first submarine sank one ship.  What was the name of that ship and in what year was it sunk?
The answers can be found on the internet at individual sites, or you can find them posted on the club bulletin board.

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.
We had a dozen cocktails together at the Sunset Lounge Wel&REC at Sigsbee, KW ...(ouch).
 I was honored to meet him and his wife. This guy could drink Cdr and Master Chief  "the Gris" under the table! 

in Honor of the First Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy 
GMCM Delbert D. Black

10 March, 2000 
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!

MA1 David Hartz

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............. FW&FS Shipmate!
July 24, 2006 update CPO Selectee David Harts

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.


Ship 1812  September 2004 meeting
Liz and Amy display their membership cards

Our watch standers on the Navy's birthday, Wednesday 13 October 2004
Liz and Amy from the salvation Army ... .
Welcome aboard !
All are welcome to attend an open house at 6:12 pm (1812 hrs), Navy Club 21 Clinton St., Brockport. Bring a cruise book, wear your uniform, tell a sea story!
Enjoy some Navy bean soup  and grog!
Grants Presentation
Schedule of Events
1430 Hours 16 July 2004
Assemble in the Ship’s Meeting Space
Pledge of Allegiance
Commander Ed Reese
National Anthem
Chaplain Ron Ayrault
Master of Ceremonies
The honorable Mayor Jo Matela
The honorable  NY State Assemblyman
Charles H. Nesbitt Remarks

At the head table during Ship 1812's grants presentation, Mayor Jo Matela, NY State Assemblyman Charlie Nesbitt, Senator George Maziarz
and Ship 1812 Chaplain Ron Ayrault

Assembly Leader Charlie Nesbitt and Senator Maziarz present $12,500 in grant money to Ship 1812 Commander Ed Reese

Life Member Ship 1812 Commander Sorrentino (right) meets 
with the new skipper of Navy Reserve Center
Rochester LtCdr Michael P. Cavil

Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, Inc.  News

21 Clinton Street, Box 185, Brockport, NY 
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
Operation Patriot is a program sponsored by the Salvation Army for the benefit of our homeless veterans.  These disadvantaged veterans are in need of nearly everything, but, according to our sources in the Salvation Army (S.A.), the most needed items are underwear and socks.  Ship 1812 has agreed to pitch in and collect those items for them.  We have a barrel at the ship for the collection of packages of new socks and underwear.  This collection will be turned over to the S.A. on 11 August at 1812 hours (our regular meeting).  So get your contribution over to the Ship by that date.  Remember, new packaged underwear (any style, any adult size) and socks.  Our needy vets are depending on us.  Let’s give our all.
Operation Patriot culminates with a ceremony and festival to be held at Ontario Beach Park (Charlotte Beach) on 11 September.  NCLO will be a proud participant in these events.  Join us if you are able.  Wear your uniform.

Membership Drive
Ship 1812 is always looking for a few more active, caring members.  Of course, our veteran (voting) membership is restricted to veteran and active members of the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.  However, we also make provision for those that don’t qualify by those standards.  Anyone may become an Associate Member.  Currently we have a very active core of Associates that accomplish a great deal around the Ship.  Dues for any member is only $20 per year.  Indeed, if any member signs up 20 others, they are automatically elevated to Life Membership with the Navy Club of Lake Ontario. Or, use the enclosed envelope to remit your $20.00 check for 2004 dues. Or, Veteran members become a life member…Send your check in the enclosed envelope for (Over Age 80) [$60], (Age 71 to 80) [105], (Age 61 to 70) Years $140], (Age 51 to 60) Year [$175] (Age 41 to 50) Years [$200.00], (Age 31 to 40) Years [$225.00], (Age under 31) [Years $245.00].

Ship 1812 Ladies Auxiliary
There is currently a membership drive to collect a sufficient number of ladies that we can gain a Charter from the Navy Club of the United States of America (our parent organization).  Sue (PH 585 964-2998) is spearheading that drive.  If you are (or have) a wife, daughter, granddaughter, stepdaughter of a Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard veteran, sign up.  The Auxiliary will be directly responsible to Ship 1812, but they have their own meetings, conduct their own events, and maintain their separate accounts.  It’s a worthwhile endeavor and the ladies always seem to enjoy the camaraderie while performing important work for the Ship.

U.S. Navy Birthday
October 13th will mark the 228th birthday of the US Navy.  It happens to fall on the 2nd Wednesday of October – a regular Ship 1812 meeting night.  Let’s make this meeting special.  All you guys that, for one reason or another, have not been able to make the meetings, plan for this one.  Let’s have a blowout for that night.  Maybe we can have available all those things that you look fondly back on – grog, Navy bean soup, SOS.  Come on in and see all the improvements that we have made to our clubrooms.  Swap old sea stories with your Shipmates.  Bring in your scrapbooks and cruise books.  Share your experiences.  And you know what would make it all the more special?  If you brought in a friend who is also an old salt and signed them up for membership.  See you there!!!
Any questions about anything? Please call the commander at the club 585 637-6110 or home 638-6524

Navy Club, USA convention, June 19, 2004 in Myersville, Pennsylvania was attended by Ed Reese and Dave Yeaw . In the picture above, the out going Commandant, after being relieved by in coming Commandant Archie Gainy closes the fourth and final delegate session..

David Yeaw, past commander of Ship 1812 has been reelected as the Exalted Ruler of  Brockport Elks Lodge No. 2110 . Picture taken during the installation of officers dinner on Saturday, 27 March 2004.  Well done shipmate!

Naval Reserve Center Rochester
Seabee's work on our Navy Club

Left to right back row: CM2 Bryce W. Bills, USNR, BU3 Matt Fitch, USNR, EO2 Frank C. Russo II, USNR, EO2 Jack J. Julian, USNR and CM2 Ron Newman, Jr., USNR. 
Front row, NCCM Edward C. Reese, USN ret., NYNM and CM2(FMF) Ken Bennett, USNR

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.

Remember 911

Blasts from the Past
1999, Rear RADM John Comins and Master Chief Ed Reese of the NY Naval Militia and Navy Club of Lake Ontario present a Certificate of Appriciation to shipmates of  Navy Recruiting Office Greece, New York.

10th Anniversary

Westside News 
News for the week of 
September 5, 2004

Navy Club of
Lake Ontario
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.

Westside News
News for the week of
October 15, 2001 

Naval Guard change of command in Brockport 
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.

Defense of Liberty Medal
awarded to Master Chief Edward C. Reese 

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.
Incurring personal expense, he contacted over 50 militia members throughout the Rochester area and organized them into three separate mobilization waves. He also contacted local media and area employers, reminding them of the importance of this effort and asking their assistance and support of their Naval Guard employees. He continuously updated the Region 3 Navy website with many email message details of this rapidly evolving recall and as a central repository of information for second and third wave personnel. 
Master Chief Reese's actions and "can-do" spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the New York Naval Militia. 

 Editor Edward C. Reese, NCCM, New York Naval Guard, USN Retired