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!

Frank DiBello


Everyday - Views from our headquarters


Everyday - the Hospitality Suite (Note this is Room 702 !!)
Our new banner thanks to Budweiser
Sauces anyone ? Bobby Moore and his eternal coffee cup Frank laying down the LAW Linda Kopfstein has our undivided attention
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 - FREE FOOD
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 no less
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 2-5, 2014
Optional tours


Visit to the USS Stewart (DD-238)
Visit to the Exxon-Mobil Ocean Star
NASA - Houston


Monday, May 5, 2014
The Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony

The memorial table to our fallen shipmates
   Some locals waiting to take part in our Banquet
Where's the BEEF ???
Lee looking for her hat   Okay, where's the Chicken ??? Nothing like a bunch of Chiefs !
(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 
Jan Taylor, 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 Hart
(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 crew
Bruce Bramlett 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
Lee Robson
Linda Kopfstein
Vickie Armstrong
Elaine Armstrong
Jan Taylor
Rita Hart
Pat Hruska Karen Frederickson
Connie DiBello
Ricki Jovanovich
Rose Marie Rumac Diane Valentine Faith Garcia
Gail Dromms
Karen Haderer
Mary Moore

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

The Crews


The 1940's
Ed Braden and Ed Eidt

The 1950's
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

The 1970's
Dave Robson, Earle Hedenberg, Paul Rosskamp, Dale Surber, John Hruska, Bernie Armstrong

Everybody !


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.


Sailing List


Frank & Connie DiBello (RM3 66-68)
Pete & Gail Dromms (FTG2 66-67)
Bernie & Vickie Armstrong (FN 68-70)
Jim & Elaine Armstrong (USAF)
Kelly Brown w/Carla Cawlfield (EM2 66-68)
Bruce & Earlene Fulbright (TM3 60-64)
Earle & Elizabeth Hedenberg (EM1 68-71)
Ron & Ricki Jovanovich (AN 68-69)
John & Pat Hruska (MR3 68-71)
Scott & Linda Kopfstein (SK3 66-69)
Dave & Lee Robson (SH3 66-70)
Barry & Rose Marie Rumac (FN 58-60)
Paul & Lee Rosskamp (BT3 68-71)
Don Hayden (TM3 61-62)
Jon Randall w/guest Marie Tutt (SN 66-67)

Bobby & Mary Moore (MMC 61-69)

Jan Taylor (Earl's wife) (TM3 66-69)
Bob & Karen Haderer (BT2 63-68)
Jim & Karen Frederickson (ETN2 66-67)
Edwin & Cile Braden (SK2 49-52)
Pete & Rita Hart (BT3 65-67)
Ed & Mary Eidt (FCSN 47-49)
Don & Diane Valentine (SOG2 58-61)

Jose & Faith Garcia (BT2 65-68)

Dale Surber (EN2 68-71)

Joe & Barbara Amato (SN 66-68)

Fred Willshaw (SK1 67-69)