U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692
25th Annual "All Hands" Reunion

May 2 - 5, 2013, Marriott Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado




I want to thank everyone for making the 2013 Reunion such a success. In the true Sumner Spirit, you all stepped up and made it one of the best reunions ever! Thanks to Chief Joe Gall for setting up the reunion at the Marriott, Colorado Springs. They gave us excellent service - the best ever! I thank all of you for your hard work. A special thanks to Pete & Gail Dromms for driving to Chief Joe's house to pick up the Ship's Store, kitchen and registration supplies, etc., haul everything across the country to Colorado Springs; then to haul it all back to Chief Joe. I salute Karen Haderer & Rita Hart for handling the registration, Ship's Store and silent auction activities. Special thanks to Dave & Lee Robson for chauffeuring Connie and myself around Colorado Springs to pick up the food, beverages and supplies for the Hospitality Room. Thanks to Vickie Armstrong, Lee Robson, Gail Dromms & Connie for keeping the food and drinks orderly. Thanks to Kelly Brown for hustling up our new Banner and more free beer from Coors. Thanks to Dale Surber for keeping watch over the Hospitality Room when needed and all your other help. Thanks to everyone for helping unload supplies and taking care of all the details - Big and small. You all made this such a success. Thanks to everyone that donated their winnings from the 50 - 50 drawings back to the Assistance Fund - BRAVO ZULU! Thanks to Colin Benporath for traveling all the way from Australia. Condolences to Bev Benporath for the passing of her Mother while we were at the Reunion. Thanks everyone, especially Don Hayden for the pictures you have sent in so we can all share our memories. Thanks to the Ladies for reading the names of our fallen sailors; to Bobby Moore & Jim Frederickson for our Memorial Service. I especially want to thank Fred Willshaw. Fred likes to stay in the background folks, but I am going to highlight him - If it weren't for Fred we would have Chaos! He gets the details and passes them on to the right spot at the right time. Once again I just want to thank each and everyone of you. If I have neglected to recognize anyone, please forgive me. You all did a great job! See you all in Galveston next year!

Frank DiBello


Everyday - Our headquarters and Frank's private transportation



Everyday - the Hospitality Suite



Monday, April 29, 2013
An optional tour - Seven Falls



Tuesday, April 30, 2013
An optional tour - Cripple Creek Casino



Wednesday, May 1, 2013
An optional tour - Royal Gorge Route Railroad


Dale & Robbie relaxing
Local "Babes"
Elaine Armstrong ready for the local weather!
Bernie Checks out the situation
Inside the station
Hopefully a museum engine?
The crew
Jim & Elaine Armstrong    Bernie & Vickie Armstrong    Frank & Connie DiBello and Pete & Gail Dromms
Lee Robson and Colin Benporath   Pete & Rita Hart Bob & Karen Haderer    Bill & Jocelyn Juzwiakowski
Paul & Lee Rosskamp Paul & Meryl Delasco Bruce & Earlean Fulbright Jim & Elaine Armstrong
Dale & Robbie still relaxing! Who is that? I still don't know Dave & Lee Robson

Ordering more drinks !!!
Karen Haderer  Bill & Jocelyn Juzwiakowski,  Paul & Lee Rosskamp and Bruce & Earlene Fulbright
Bruce Fulbright, Bill Juzwiakowski and Paul Rosskamp Bob & Karen Haderer
Frank DiBello and Pete & Gail Dromms
Paul & Meryl Delasco  Bruce & Earlene Fulbright   

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Meanwhile back at the Marriott




Thursday, May 2, 2013
An optional tour - Garden of the Gods


Jim & Elaine Armstrong , Dave & Lee Robson and Bernie Armstrong
Bernie LOST !   Dave & Lee Robson   The Armstrong Gang
Jim & Elaine Armstrong
Dave & Lee Robson       
Lee Rosskamp, Jocelyn Juzwiakowski and Earlene Fulbright
  Bill Juzwiakowski and Larry Conely Larry Conely
Earlene Fulbright, Paul Rosskamp, unknown, Larry Conely, Lee Rosskamp, Bruce Fulbright and Bill Juzwiakowski
Earlene Fulbright and Jocelyn Juzwiakowski Larry Conely, Bob & Gloria Kelly and Don Hayden Bill Juzwiakowski and Larry Conely

Friday, May 3, 2013
An optional tour - The Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway



Friday, May 3, 2013
The Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony


Our President, Frank DiBello leads the way.

Our speaker was Joseph Murphy, Major, USAF (Ret.) who gave a fascinating talk about the history of Pearl Harbor.

Bobby & Mary Moore
Jim & Elaine Armstrong Bernie & Vickie Armstrong John & Judy Barry
Dale Surber Colin Benporath Dave & Lee Robson Frank & Connie DiBello
Bob & Gloria Kelly The Webmaster Norm & Pamela Charette Paul & Lee Rosskamp
Let the auction and party begin !

Is that really Joe Drabick ?


Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Memorial Service - United States Air Force Academy Chapel, Colorado Springs




  Chaplain Heather Bodwell, CAPT, USAF led us in the services while Dr. Joseph Dalema played patriotic and spiritual music on the Academy's famous organ.


Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Crews


1950's 1960-1964 1965-1969 1970's
Norm Charette Paul Delasco, Bobby Moore, Bruce Fulbright, Larry Conely, Bill Juzwiakowski, Bob Haderer, Ted Cooper and Don Hayden Frank DiBello, Jose Garcia, John Barry, Pete Hart, Dave Robson, Joe Drabick, Bob Kelly, Jim Frederickson, Pete Dromms, Dale Surber, Bobby Moore, Bob Haderer, Dennis Carroll, Colin Benporath, Ted Cooper, Kelly Brown, Paul Rosskamp, Earle Hedenberg, Fred Willshaw and Bernie Armstrong Dave Robson, Bob Kelly, Dale Surber, Paul Rosskamp, Earle Hedeberg and Bernie Armstrong


Many thanks to Bernie & Vickie Armstrong, Bill & Jocelyn Juzwiakowski, Don Hayden, Pete & Gail Dromms and Frank & Connie DiBello for sharing their photos with us.


Sailing List


Frank & Connie DiBello (RM3 66-68)
Larry Conely (TM2 61-63)
Dennis Carroll (LTJG 65-66)
Bruce & Earlene Fulbright (TM3 60-64)
Jim & Elaine Armstrong (USAF)
Joe & Millie Drabick (BT3 65-68)
Pete & Gail Dromms (FTG2 66-67)
Bob & Gloria Kelly (EM3 68-71)

Bernie & Vickie Armstrong (FN 68-70)

John & Judy Barry (DC2 65-69)

Colin Benporath (SAC2, RAN 67)

Norm & Pamela Charette (CS3 51-54)

Bob & Karen Haderer (BT2 63-68)
Earle & Elizabeth Hedenberg (EM1 68-71)

Dave & Lee Robson (SH3 66-70)

Pete & Rita Hart (BT3 65-67)

Dale Surber (EN2 68-71)

Bill & Jocelyn Juzwiakowski (TM3 61-63)

Jose & Faith Garcia (BT2 65-68)

Paul & Lee Rosskamp (BT3 68-71)

Kelly Brown w/Carla Cawlfield (EM2 66-68)
Ted & Kandy Cooper (BT2 63-66)

Paul & Meryl Delasco (IC2 61-63)

Don Hayden (TM3 61-62)

Bobby & Mary Moore (MMC 61-69)

Jim & Karen Frederickson (ETN2 66-67)
Fred Willshaw (SK1 67-69)