U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner (DD-692)
27th Annual "All Hands" Reunion

Sunday May 3, 2015 to Wednesday May 6, 2015 at Annapolis, Maryland



I want to thank everyone for making our 2015 Annapolis Reunion a great success. Once again that great "Sumner Spirit" came through. Thanks to everyone that stepped up and made it wonderful. Although this one had some "Rough Seas", we sailed through it okay. Please forgive me if I forget to mention your name. Thank you Connie, for all your hard work and details you took on to make this reunion turn out so successful and for keeping me on the right tract. I especially want to thank Fred Willshaw for keeping me straight and making sure that everything went as planned. Thanks to Karen Harderer and Mary Moore for handling the registration. Thank you Rita Hart and Gail Dromms for handling the auction and Ship's Store. Thanks to Connie, Dale Surber, Dave Robson, Bernie and Vickie Armstrong, Jim and Elaine Armstrong, and Scotty and Linda Kopfstein for keeping the Hospitality Room running smoothly. I especially want to thank Pete and Gail Dromms. For the third year in a row, they went out of their way to go to Chief Joe Gall's house, a five hour drive round trip, and pick up essentials for the reunion. They were always there to help when there was a need for anything to be done; "Dromms Trucking - Serving the Fleet"! Pete made numerous trips taking Dale, Dave, Connie and myself to get supplies, food and "Booze runs".Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for the Shipmate Assistance Fund drawing. All proceeds of the 50-50 drawing go to the Shipmate Assistance Fund. Thanks for 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 sailors at the Memorial Service and for Jim Frederickson for ringing the bell. Last but not least a special thanks to our wonderful speakers, Capt. Glenn Gottschalk, Dr. William B. Cogar, Executive Director, Historic Naval Ships, and CDR Howard Sipple USN (Ret.) for sharing his knowledge of the Academy and giving a great tour of the grounds. Once again I just want to thank each and every one of you. If I neglected to recogn!ize anyone, please forgive me. You ALL did a great job! See you in Cleveland next year!

Frank DiBello

    Our Headquarters

DoubleTree by Hilton, Annapolis, Maryland
May 3-6, 2015


  Dromms Trucking
"We Serve The Fleet"
Hanging around waiting for the Hospitality Suite to open
   May 1-2, 2015
Paul Stebbins, Dale Surber, Charley McManus, Frank DiBello and Dave Robson
Millie Drabick and Connie DiBello wondering how they wound up here Somewhere in the Throne Room, well maybe not Earlene Fulbright; "Let's go to Las Vegas!" OH NO, the Grabowski's are here
Bill & Jocelyn Juzwiakowski waiting for the infamous elevator
The Prez explains to the Moore's that the hotel is out of rooms Paul Rosskamp, Dave Robson, Bob Kelly & the Webmaster Bruce Fulbright, Paul Rosskamp, Dave Robson, Bob Kelly & the Webmaster
Dave Robson, Charley McManus, Scott Kopfstein, Pete Dromms & Joe Drabick
Getting together
Joe Drabick awaits the word Mary Moore looks tired already Bobby Moore looks confused by Kandy Cooper
Instead Bobby hugs Connie DiBello
The Quarterdeck Crew
Bob Kelly, Dave Robson & the Webmaster
Welcome to ALL
Bobby Moore,
Millie Drabick & Mary Moore
Paul Stebbins & Dale Surber
in session
George Aichele & "Rocky" Drabick take a break My God, it's a marine !
Karen Haderer, Rita Hart & Ted Cooper looking for somewhere to go
Not to be outdone, Pete Hart and Bob Haderer pretend they can read maps Frank explaining why the Hospitality Suite isn't open to Joe Drabick, Bobby Moore & Gerald Williamson
Gail Dromms, Mary Moore, Connie DiBello & Carla Cawlfield planning something big Bobby Moore; "it's not my Job!"
The President explaining to Karen & Jim Frederickson why they need to pay more !
Lee Rosskamp wondering where her room is John Hruska & Bob Kelly look guilty to me The President realizes there are foreigners in our midst, Colin & Bev Benporath The "Rat Pack", Rita Hart, Karen Haderer & Mary Moore
Gail Dromms & Connie DiBello think they are helping ! Kelly Brown & Pete Hart check out Pete's new purse
Frank explaining to Pat Hruska who he is, I wonder too? Attention on Deck ! Kelly has made off with Pete's purse
Bob Kearns takes a break
Tours of Annapolis
May 1-5, 2015

The Hospitality Suite
Rooms 280, 281 and 282

May 3-5, 2015
FREE FOOD, FREE FOOD !!! The side room where you can eat in peace
Bernie Armstron and Scotty Kopfstein about to be wheeled out
You will not believe this, but ........
Eating pizza and watching Dale Junior win, what a life
John Hruska really enjoys pizza Good God, they are eating pizza in the bathroom....... Forget pizza, let's watch Dale Junior
Gerald Williamson signs away his life ! Frank & Connie sort what looks like Pizza while Bob Kelly waits for his flavor
Can you believe Dave is checking the calories while Connie, Elaine Armstrong, Bernie Armstrong and Vickie Armstrong wait their turn
You sure we ordered enough ?
Bill & Jocelyn Juzwiakowski and Gail Drooms in the Ship's Store
Bring MONEY ! Bob Kelly checking out the store Bev Benporath and Vicki Armstrong looking for a good deal Bernie Armstrong, Dave Robson and Scotty Kopfstein in the Lounge
The "Gang" in the TV Room Kandy Cooper, Bob Haderer, John Hruska and Ted Cooper enjoying the TV
The Girls in their private room Did somebody say FREE FOOD ??? Charley McManus and Bobby Moore ready for more Pizza
  Elaine Armstrong, Bob Kearns, George Aichele and Joe Drabick telling more lies
  The Ladies Lounge  
The USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) model as she appeared during the Korean War (1953). Built by Donald G. Cassady (FT2 51-55) and donated to us by his nephew Newton Smith.
The Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
The Memorial Service

May 4, 2015
Inside the famous Chapel
  Our Chaplain Bobby Moore President DiBello begins the Ceremony
Scotty Kopfstein addresses us  
Navy Chaplain LCDR Margaret Sienier USN prays with us
  Bobby leads us in prayer Frank reads Dan Coli's poem "Legacy"
The Crew  
The names of Sumner's Fallen are read as Jim Frederickson rings the Memorial Bell
The Crew passes the Memorial Wreath forward
John Paul Jones Crypt
May 4, 2015
CDR Howard Sipple's guided tour of the Academy
May 4, 2015
    CDR Howard Sipple, USN (Ret.)
Don Hayden and Stu Johnston decide what to do next
The Crew attempts to get organized
"So who is this Sipple guy ? It's called Milling Around   
I think Darryl's family are too close to that muzzle "Now all hands knock off ship's work
Bancroft Hall
The Midshipmen in Noon Formation and March Off
Watch a movie of the Midshipmen thanks to Pete Hart.
In .MOV format and runs 1:47
Note, your computer must have software that will play .MOV format

Inside Bancroft Hall

Around the Grounds
    Now Mess Gear !    
The Business Meeting
May 5, 2015
The Banquet
May 5, 2015
Carla Cawlfield, Kelly Brown and Colin & Bev Benporath with the Australian National Flag
Kelly Brown and Carla Cawlfield Bev & Colin Benporath Paul Stebbins Paul Stebbins and Bob Kelly
Trish & Maurice Warren CAPT Glenn Gottschalk tells of his Sumner days and what the Academy is all about Why doesn't Glenn look older ??

Dr. William B. Cogar, Executive Director, Historic Naval Ships Association, addresses us


The Prez
    CDR Howard Sipple, USN (Ret.) receives our thanks    
And let the auction begin !
The Sumner Ladies Auxiliary receive recognition of their efforts. In order of acknowledgement - Connie DiBello, Pat Hruska, Rita Hart, Linda Kopfstein, Millie Drabick, Vickie Armstrong, Elaine Armstrong, Karen Haderer, Mary Moore, Kandy Cooper, Lee Rosskamp, Karen Frederickson, Ricki Jovanovich, Earlene Fulbright, Jocelyn Juzwiakowski and Sheila Grabowski.
Dave Robson, Frank DiBello thank Gail Dromms for her running the Ship's Store
Frank DiBello and Colin Benporath Bev & Colin Benporath
winners of the Long Distance award
Pick a number, any number Vickie and the Prez
Dave Robson and the Prez Maurice Warren Mary making her get-away ! Paul Rosskamp guarding the door Looks like Darryl is really enjoying himself
  Charley McManus gets recognition as the youngest crewmember in attendance
   Dave Robson is given the Memorial Wreath to place on our beloved Lee's grave
And the Riverside Carnival Band played on.......
The Farewell Breakfast
May 6, 2015
Heartfelt goodbyes and free food what a combination
Your guess is as good as mine !!!


The Crews
The 1940s
Charley McManus
The 1950s
Dick Foran, Darrell Sigmon
Bill Juzwiakowski, Bobby Moore, Bruce Fulbright, Ted Cooper, Stu Johnston, Dick Foran, Paul Delasco, Howard Sipple, Bob Haderer
1st row - Frank DiBello, Scott Kopfstein
2nd row - Jim Frederickson, Gerald Williamson, Bobby Moore, George Aichele, Colin Benporath, John Barry,
Ron Jovanovich, Bernie Armstrong
3rd row - Paul Rosskamp, Maurice Warren, Pete Dromms, Ted Cooper, Bob Haderer, Dale Surber, Pete Hart, Kelly Brown, Dave Robson
4th row - Paul Stebbins, Joe Drabick, Dennis Carroll, John Hruska, Fred Willshaw, Bob Kelly
1st row - Frank DiBello, Scott Kopfstein
2nd row - Jim Frederickson, Bobby Moore, George Aichele, Colin Benporath, John Barry, Dave Robson
3rd row - Maurice Warren, Pete Dromms, Joe Drabick, Bob Haderer, Fred Willshaw, Pete Hart, Kelly Brown
  The 1970s
1st row - Gerald Williamson, Paul Rosskamp, Dave Robson, Bob Kelly
2nd row - Paul Stebbins, John Hruska, Dale Surber, Bernie Armstrong
  Our Aussie
Colin Benporath

Many thanks to Pete & Gail Dromms, Pete & Rita Hart  and Don Hayden for sharing their photos with us


Sailing List


George Aichele (SK2 66-69)

Bernie & Vickie Armstrong (FN 68-70)

Jim & Elaine Armstrong (USAF)

John Barry w/Lou Lepore (DC2 65-69)
Kelly Brown w/Carla Cawlfield (EM2 66-68)

Dennis & Christine Carroll (LTJG 65-66)

Ted & Kandy Cooper (BT2 63-66)

Paul & Meryl Delasco (IC2 61-63)

Frank & Connie DiBello (RM3 66-68)

Joe & Millie Drabick (BT3 65-68)

Pete & Gail Dromms (FTG2 66-67)

Dick & Mary Ann Foran  w/John & Pat Barley (MR2 58-60)
Jim & Karen Frederickson (ETN2 66-67)
Bruce & Earlene Fulbright (TM3 60-64)
Pete & Rita Hart (BT3 65-67)

Glen Gottschalk (LTJG 68-69)

Richard & Sheila Grabowski (TM3 62-64)

Bob & Karen Haderer (BT2 63-68)
Don Hayden (TM3 61-62)

John & Pat Hruska (MR3 68-71)

Bill & Jocelyn Juzwiakowski (TM3 61-63)

Bob Kelly (EM3 68-71)

Scott & Linda Kopfstein (SK3 66-69)
Terry & Oma Maxwell (RD1 66-67)

Charley & Dicksie McManus (Y2 46-47)

Bobby & Mary Moore (MMC 61-69)

Dave Robson (SH3 66-70)

Tom & Carolyn Shell (ICFN 61-63)

Darrell & Shirley Sigmon w/David & Marie Sigmon (BT2 52-56)

Howard & Louise Sipple (LTJG 62-63)

Brenda Stanley w/Sue Miller (Jim Poston's sister)

Paul John Stebbins (SF2 68-71)

Maurice & Tricia Warren (EN3 66-68)

Dale Surber (EN2 68-71)

Paul & Lee Rosskamp (BT3 68-71)

Stuart Johnston (SOG2 61-63)

Ron & Ricki Jovanovich (AN 68-69)

Bob Kearns (FTG2 66-68)
Gerald Williamson (FN 69-71)

Dr. William B. Cogar (Executive Director, Historic Naval Ships Association)

Fred Willshaw (SK1 67-69)