|U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692|
|26th Annual "All Hands" Reunion|
May 4-7, 2014 - South Shore Harbor Resort & Spa, League City, Texas
Thanks to everyone for making our 2014 TEXAS Reunion a great success. Once again that great "Sumner Spirit" came through. Thanks to everyone that stepped up and made it wonderful. This one will be hard to top.
Please forgive me if I forget to mention your name. Thank you Connie, for all your hard work and details you did to make this reunion turn out so successful and for keeping me on the right track, and for still speaking to me!
I especially want to thank Fred Willshaw for keeping me straight and making sure everything went as planned. Thanks to Karen Haderer and Mary Moore for handling the registration. Thank you Rita Hart for handling the auction and Ship's Store. Thanks to Dale Surber, Dave and Lee Robson, Bernie and Vicki Armstrong, Jim and Elaine Armstrong, Jan Taylor, Ron and Ricki Jovanovich, and Scotty and Linda Kopfstein for keeping the Hospitality Room running smoothly. I especially want to thank Pete and Gail Dromms. For the second year in a row, they went out of their way to go to Senior Chief Joe Gall's home and pick up essentials for the reunion and then go back out of their way to return them to the Senior Chief for next year. They were always there to help when there was a need for anything to be done.
Thanks to the winners of the 50-50 drawings for donating their winnings back to the Shipmate Assistance Fund. We couldn't have done it without you.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the live and silent auctions.
Thank you Don Hayden for all your skilled photography work that you do for the Association each year.
Thanks to all the ladies who read the names of our fallen shipmates at the Memorial Service and Jim Frederickson's ringing the bell.
Last but not least a special thanks to our wonderful speakers, Astronaut Marion Runco; Johnson Space Center Speakers Program Manager, Dr. Glenda Johnson; Director of the USS Texas Memorial Park, Bruce Bramlett; and "Brown Water Sailor", Salvatore "Buddy" Farina. Also, the great musical talent of Darion Farina.
Once again I just want to thank each and every one of you. If I have neglected to recognize anyone, please forgive me. You ALL did a great job!
See you in Annapolis next year!
Everyday - Views from our headquarters
Everyday - the Hospitality Suite (Note this is Room 702 !!)
|Our new banner thanks to
||Sauces anyone ?||Bobby Moore and his eternal coffee cup||Frank laying down the LAW||Linda Kopfstein has our
|The Ship's Store
||John Hruska tells another Master
Chief Hedenberg story
||Frank wondering where all the food went||Lee puts Scotty in his place !||Ed Eidt wondering who all these people are|
|BT's in conversation ?
||Scotty steals another beer...||All that training at McDonalds finally pays off||Lee & Connie inform everyone
what is and isn't recyclable
||Gail and Mary heard the word -
|It is getting deep by now
||Getting ready for Man Overboard drill||Our famous poolside registration room||The 70th Sumner Birthday cake||The first slice by a Storekeeper
|Lee looks really enthused
||The BT end of the table||Dave and Dale looking for some
good spices in the jungle
||Happy to find her hat Lee is all smiles||Carla enjoying the Kentucky Derby|
|Mary explaining the rules to Jon||Another great head shot||With that smile I think Ron just saw a moose||Robbie in his normal position|
Friday to Monday, May
|The memorial table to our fallen
| Some locals waiting to
take part in our Banquet
|(L-R) Bruce &
Earlene Fulbright, Fred Willshaw, Paul & Lee Rosskamp, Don Hayden
||We miss you Bill & Jocelyn||Darion Farina entertains us with "Anchors Aweigh" as Frank & Connie DiBello look on||(L-R) Ed & Mary Eidt, Cile & Ed Braden||(L-R) Jan Taylor, Ricki Jovanovich, Lee & Dave Robson, Dale Surber|
Ron & Ricki Jovanovich
||(L-R) Earle Hedenberg, Bobby Moore, Pete Dromms||(L-R) Gail Dromms, Mary Moore, Liz Hedenberg||Jim Armstrong, Bernie Armstrong,
Vickie Armstrong, Elaine Armstrong
||(L-R) Faith Garcia, John Hruska, Jose Garcia, Pat Hruska|
|Jan Taylor||(L-R) Karen & Bob
Haderer, Pete & Rita Hart
||(L-R) Jim & Karen Frederickson, Marie Tutt, Jon Randall||(L-R) Connie
DiBello, Mario & Sue Runco (NASA), Salvadore "Buddy" Farina
, Darion Farina, Frank DiBello, Dr. Glenda Johnson (NASA)
||Elaine & Jim Armstrong|
|(L-R) Bernie, Vickie,
Elaine & Jim Armstrong
||Linda & Scotty Kopfstein||Ron & Ricki Jovanovich||Dale "Mort" Surber||I have no idea what that is ?|
|(L-R) Faith Garcia,
John Hruska, Karen Haderer, Pat Hruska, Rita Hart, Bob Haderer, Pete
||(L-R) Karen & Jim Frederickson, Marie Tutt, Jon Randall, Rita Hart, Joe & Barbara Amato|
|Ron & Ricki
Jovanovich receive the Long Distance Traveler Award
||Pete & Gail Dromms receive the Early Bird Registration Award||REMEMBER||Frank receives the Presidential Service Award||Linda Kopfstein receives the Half Bagger Trophy|
|Faith & Jose head for the dance floor||And the band played on - Charley
Lair and the Straight Street Band
||They are not done yet||Bubbles and the Coastie cut a rug|
|These are out of focus as are the subjects !|
Our Speaker MARIO RUNCO - New Jersey State Trooper, US Navy Commander and NASA Astronaut
Mario gave us a great lecture on space and space travel followed by a very interesting Q&A session
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The Memorial Service - USS Texas (BB-35)
| Views of the
USS Texas at 100 years old !
|Color Guard from the Deer Park
Independant School District
|Darion Farina plays "Call to
Colors," "Eternal Father" and "Taps"
|Frank reads the names of those
called to the Final Muster in the last year
||Scotty Kopfstein addresses the
Director of the USS Texas Memorial Park addresses us
|Salvatore "Buddy" Farina, former
"Brown Water Sailor" speaks to us
|Jim Frederickson rings the ceremonial bell for those who have been called to the final muster|
The Ladies honor the Sumner fallen at Ormoc Bay
||Pat Hruska||Karen Frederickson
|Rose Marie Rumac||Diane Valentine||Faith Garcia
Passing the Memorial wreath to the strains of Eternal Father
The wreath is committed to the deep as Taps sounds
The San Jacinto Battlefield Monument with views of the USS Texas
Ed Braden and Ed Eidt
Ed Braden, Barry Rumac and Don Valentine
1960 - 1964
Don Hayden, Bruce Fulbright, Barry Rumac, Bobby Moore and Bob Haderer
(Row 1) Earle Hedenberg, Jim Frederickson, Frank DiBello, Scott Kopfstein, Ron Jovanovich, Bernie Armstrong, (Row 2) Pete Hart, Bobby Moore, Jose Garcia, Paul Rosskamp, Bob Haderer, (Row 3) Kelly Brown, Pete Dromms, John Hruska, (Row 4) Fred Willshaw, Dave Robson, Jon Randall, Dale Surber
Dave Robson, Earle Hedenberg, Paul Rosskamp, Dale Surber, John Hruska, Bernie Armstrong
Many thanks to Don Hayden, Dave & Lee Robson and Pete & Gail Dromms for sharing their photos with us.
At the Reunion we had the opportunity to spend some time with President Eliu Rojas and Vice President Joel Montgomery of the CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND who do great work for those left behind. We made an Association contribution to the FUND at our annual business meeting and recommend that if you would like to help a great cause, this is the one! Click on the logo above or go to http://www.cfsrf.org for more details.
|Frank presents our check for $500.00 to Rebeca Campbell, Founder and President of CHILDREN OF FALLEN SOLDIERS RELIEF FUND, Eliu Rojas, President of the Local Chapter and Joel Montgomery President of the State of Texas Chapter.|
Bobby & Mary Moore (MMC 61-69)
Jose & Faith Garcia (BT2 65-68)
Dale Surber (EN2 68-71)
Joe & Barbara Amato (SN 66-68)