U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692
Binnacle List

The Binnacle List contains reports of our shipmates who are under the weather and might like a bit of cheering up. If you know of anyone who should be included and is not, please contact our President, Frank DiBello ASAP. Frank is at  DIBELLOFP@AOL.COM or you can call him at (713) 253-9753.


Jan 15, 2017 - Received word that Don Hayden had a Stroke last Wednesday. He is still in the ICU but appears to be doing better. Cards & letters to:

Don Hayden
3026 S. Cincinnati Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74114-5225


Jul 14, 2016 - Received the following message; "My name is Linda Hunter. I was asked by my father, Robert A Cowart to contact you and let you know that he is being placed under hospice care at this time. If anyone of his old friends would like to send him a card or similar, Iím sure he would appreciate it." Cards & letters to:

Robert A. Cowart
3 Navel Court
Deland, FL 32724


February 18, 2016 - Donald "Ted" Cooper had surgery for his back. Cards & letters to:

Donald Cooper
26222 Peavine St.
Cassopolis, MI 49031


February 15, 2016 - Our Second Vice President, George W. Aichele (SK2 66-69) is in the hospital suffering from the side affects of all the medicine he has had to take. Cards & letters to:

George W. Aichele, Room #3215
 Huntington Memorial Hospital
100 West California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105.


November 4, 2014 - Received the following message from Adam Uziel ; "Hello. My name is Adam Uziel and I am Dan Uziel's son. My father served on the USS Allen M. Sumner from 1969-1973 as a signalman (SM3) and often referred to it as the best time of his life. Over the years he has shared countless stories about his time in the Navy, the friends he made, and how it helped shape him as a man. Unfortunately he is currently in very poor health and has been fighting through a lot of very complicated medical conditions. As a result he is starting to lose his ability to speak and communicate. He is typically in a lot of pain, but when I bring him old pictures from the Navy and the Sumner, as well as items that he collected over that time period, he seems to focus and relax. He has been in and out of hospitals for a very long time and my family and I are now taking care of him at home. I created a gofundme page to share his story with others and hopefully raise some funds to help pay for some of his care, as it's quite expensive. It costs us around $7,000 per month, and between my mom, sister and I, we don't have enough money to continue. I wanted to send you the link to his page in hopes that you might share it with others that served on the USS Allen M Sumner. If anyone is able to donate, that would be great, but if others could keep my father in their thoughts and prayers, he needs those the most. Go to the online website  http://www.gofundme.com/eiioqk Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help share his story with the men he served with as well as others." Cards & letters to:

Daniel J. Uziel
3994 East Sprague Rd
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

(Dan passed away on January 20th 2015)


August 22, 2014 - Received a call from Dan Coli's girl friend that he is terminally ill with cancer and has only a short time left. Cards & letters to:

Daniel L. Coli
1906 Nortonia Road
Richmond, VA  23294


August 5, 2014 - Our President just called and said that Lee Robson is in the Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, FL undergoing tests.  Please let her know we care with cards & letters to:

Mrs. Lee Robson
1570 Scott Ridge Lane
Switzerland, FL 32259

August 8, 2014 - Dave sent an update " We got the results back this a.m. Itís stage 4 Pancreatic cancer. I think we all knew that from the pain sheís in. Sheís pretty tuff, but itís kicking her butt right now. Trying to get her pain under control. Should get started with chemo sometime after next week. I will keep you posted. If you would like to post this on the binnacle list, itís ok. No flowers or candy."


July 15, 2014 - Received the following message from Mary Gingrich; "SN  Charles T. Petrone (Tom), retired State Representative from Pennsylvania, member of the crew from the 55-56 sailing of DD 692 is in a facility whose address is:

Charles T. Petrone
Vi Vincentian Home
111 Perrymont Road 
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

He has a condition with his stomach where he cannot absorb the food he is taking in and has lost weight and strength. They are working to find the cause. I KNOW HE WOULD BE THRILLED TO HEAR FROM ANYONE HE SERVED WITH OR ANYONE THAT SAILED ON THE DD692. Thank you so much. Mary Gingrich, his Administrative Assistant when he served as State Representative."


July 14, 2014 - Our Association photographer and Shipmate Don Hayden suffered a heart attack last Wednesday and is back home now. I am sure he would love to hear from you. Cards and letters to

Donald E. Hayden
3026 S. Cincinnati
Tulsa, OK  74114


June 23, 2013 - My Shipmates, Mates, & Friends. My darling Dottie has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her right lung. She will start chemo tomorrow. The regimen is one dose weekly for 2 months. The Dr. says she should not get sick or lose her hair. He says they cannot cure it, but they can control it. When he said they can't cure it, Dottie told him "But the Lord can" The Dr. agreed. Anyhow, at this time We ask for your Prayers. Also, Dottie loves getting cards. Thank you all. "33" Joe Gall CPO, USN (Ret.). Card and letters to

Dottie Gall
56 Amsterdam Avenue
Tonawanda, NY 14150-5416


May 17, 2013 - Received the following message from our shipmate Larry Conely; "The week before the reunion I found out I had cancer in the right lung, I was almost going to tell you all but didn't want to spoil our good time. When I got back the V A sent me to a big cancer hospital also in Fargo, after more tests they say my lung cancer has already spread to my right shoulder bones. They offered to try chemotherapy and radiation but didn't really think it would do any good so I  am just staying home and let it go. My regular V A doctor says I might make it through the summer. Yvonne and my sister and her family are here for me, I am not religious and wish to hear nothing on that subject. I am glad to have had all you good folks for friends in my lifetime. Larry Conely" Cards and letters to:

Larry Conely
217 1/2 E. 3rd Street
Thief River Falls, MN 56701


April 23, 2013 - Received the following message from Dan Coli; I regret to inform you that I will not be attending the reunion next month in Colorado springs. As some of you allready know I spent my 12 days of Christmas last year in the hospital. Blocked bile duct from the liver to the gall bladder. However I was not completely forthcoming with you on all the circumstances. A CT scan found the blockage and a stent was implanted. That corrected that problem. The CT scan also found something else. Cancer on my liver and pancreas. I am now undergoing chemotherapy that will last in to June. The good news is that much of the cancer has been killed off and I am regaining lost weight. Ironically I dropped 25 pounds in 12 days and another 10 after I got home. I found out you dont bounce back at 67 the way we did maybe just a few years ago but I'm getting there. I'm back up to over 200 and the doctors are very pleased and somewhat surprised at my progress. This aint no deal deal just yet it isnt. I would have loved Colarado this time of year. So everybody have a great time. I still dont know about Galveston next year. Its always a last minute thing with me anyway. I dont know if my long distance driving days are over but in 2015 any reunion venues east of Cumberland Gap, north of South Carolina and no further North than the Finger Lakes would be greatly appreciated. Until better times. "B'wana" Cards and letters to:

Daniel Coli
1906 Nortonia Rd.
Richmond, VA  23294


April 23, 2013 - Received word that our shipmate Maurice Warren has broken his ankle and will be unable to attend our upcoming reunion.  Cards and letters to:

Maurice Waren
106 S. College
Marshall, TX  75670


July 10, 2011 - Received the following note; "To the Crew of DD-692, Arne Schumacher (RD2 46-49) has spoken highly of his time on DD-692, so I know it would be important to let you know that he is entering Hospice care tomorrow (July 10, 2011) in Heber Springs, AR at the Baptist Hospital.  To all who served on the USS Sumner, thank you for your service. Sincerely, Arne's daughter, Jo Schumacher (USANG Retired, MSgt)"  Cards and letters to:

Arne Schumacher
844 Davidson Circle
Edgemont, Arkansas 72044


April 30, 2011 - Received the following note from Joe; "Merlin ďPunkĒ Fenelon is recovering from recent surgery, and as a result, will be unable to attend this years' reunion." Cards and letters to:

Mr. Merlin Fenelon
3444 Schealck Drive
Rockford, IL 61103


November 20, 2010 - Received the following message from Deedy Boland; "Just wanted to let you know that my mother, Juanita Boland, is in the hospital and has had an acute heart attack. She is not doing well and we need your prayers." Cards and letters to:

Mrs. Juanita Boland
5195 Hwy 342
Pontotoc, MS  38863


November 15, 2010 - Received the following message from Bob Haderer; "FYI, my wife, Karen, is in the hospital. She had a knee replcement Oct. 12th. Everything was going fine until last week. She has had a lot of pain & swelling the last 2 days. We called her orthopedic doctor & he told us to go to the ER & he would meet us there. He doesn't know what the problem is, so he admitted her for observation & put her on antibiotics for three days. I will keep you informed."  Cards and letters to:

Mrs. Karen Haderer
6544 Joann Drive
Roscommon, MI  48653


October 7, 2010 - Our friend and Life Member, Aleta Walters, has just gotten out of the hospital and I am sure would appreciate hearing from you. Cards and letters to:

Aleta Walters
15 West Main St.
Hampton, GA  30228


September 13, 2010 - Received the following message from Bobby Moore; "Well it's come that time, with this tingling in my left little finger, and loss of grip in hand, time to fix it. Will be spending a couple days with the doctor to get a nerve damage in my left elbow repaired. He claims it's an in and out one day thing. sure hope it's as simple as he claims. I covet your prayers, Thank you, Bobby " Cards and letters to:

Bobby Moore
Box 347
Bernice, LA  71222


Our Good friend Frank Castaldi is in need of Prayers and cards.
He is in a battle for his life- chemo and radiation.One for a brain tumor, the other for lung cancer.

Frank Castaldi
1 Button Gwinett Bldg.
Turnersville, NJ  08012-2224


Our Shipmate and Past President Jeff Clevenger is back on the Binnacle List with infection in his leg after surgery.  Cards and letters to:

Ronald L. "Jeff" Clevenger
15378 Paseo Ajanta
San Diego, CA  92129


March 16, 2010 - Received a call from Gene McManus (SKD3 46-47), he had a heart attack followed by triple bypass surgery and is now out of the hospital and recovering at home. Cards and letters to:

Edwin G. McManus
6750 Fossil Park Ct.
Fort Worth, TX  76137-6605


February 17, 2010 - Aleta Walters reports that Charles had an MRI and that afternoon the Doctor called and reported that the MRI indicates he has not only a bad gallbladder that needs to come out but cancer of the liver. He referred us to a Doctor at the Emory clinic (Dr Charles Staley) that specializes in Liver cancer. We will see him either tomorrow or Monday which ever day he sees patients and then go from there.  Cards and letters to:

Charles A. Walters
15 West Main St.
Hampton, GA  30228

March 6, 2010 - Charles passed away this morning.


February 16, 2010 - Jeff Clevenger reports that his wife Terry fell down the stairs and broke her foot, she has 11 pins holding it together. She also banged up her knee on the other leg. She's laid up, and Jeff is doing double duty. Cards and letters to:

Terry Clevenger
15378 Paseo Ajanta
San Diego, CA  92129


January 26, 2010 - Received a note from "Patches" Presfield that our shipmate Frank Presfield is in the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis and will be transferred to the St. Cloud Medical Center today. He had a total knee replacement of his right knee (1-21). He is having some bleeding problems but other than that, seems to be coming along fine. Cards and letters to:

Frank Presfield
124 37th Ave. North
St. Cloud, MN  56303

Update from Patches February 7, 2010 - He had his right knee replaced Thursday (1-21) in Minneapolis at the VA Medical Center. He came thru surgery really good, the knee was a lot worse than the X-rays showed, which explains why he was always in so much pain. He was transferred from the VA in Minneapolis to the VA Medical Center here in St. Cloud on Tuesday (1-26). He is progressing well and the pain is almost nil. Before surgery the pain was always 8-9 and now he is at 3-4 and that is after Physical Therapy. He goes to PT twice a day. All and all he is in good spirits. He does have his phone with him.

Update from Patches February 15, 2010 - Frank is home!!! I brought him home Friday (2/12). He is doing fabulous. His knee is at 90% and coming along better every day. He does home exercises and will go physical therapy twice a week at the VA.


September 29, 2009 - Received a note from Joe Pritchett that our shipmate Walter Wayne (Wally) SHUPE has cancer that has spread about his lungs, heart, and other body parts. He has been put on the Hospice program.

He can be contacted at (606) 549 2943......E-MAIL ashupe@bellsouth.net

October 6, 2009 - Wally passed away today.


September 1, 2009 - Received a note from the Senior Chief that our shipmate Vinnie Sodano is in a rehabilitation center battling colon cancer.  Cards and letters to:

Vincent Sodano
Waterview Rehab Center
336 Ridge Road
Cedar Grove, NJ  07009

November 5, 2009 - Vinnie passed away today.


March 30, 2009 - Received a message from the Skipper, Captain Laighton, that our shipmate Earl Finch underwent triple-bypass surgery earlier this morning, March 30th. He is also suffering from diabetes and Agent Orange exposure but the heart condition is a new problem. He'll be on the binnacle list from now through well into the summer. Cards and letters to:

Earl Finch
Mikish Lane
Shawnee, OK 74801


January 25, 2009 - We received the following update from Brenda Stanley on the condition of Jim Poston who has been on and off the Binnacle List; "Hello, Everyone.  Just wanted to let all of you know that Jim is in the hospital.  Jim had a CT scan last Monday and the scan showed that he had developed some sort of lesion on his liver. The doctors werenít sure exactly what it was but suspected an abscess. They scheduled him for a PET scan.  Wednesday morning, Jim was running a fever. I didnít feel good about leaving him home alone with a fever, so I called one of the chemo nurses. When she heard that Jimís temperature was 101.3, she said to bring him to the ER immediately. She said it is risky for a chemo patient to have a temperature of 100 or higher and not find out why.  When we got to the ER, Jimís white count was 14,000, which is high, so they admitted him to the hospital and put him on antibiotics. They canceled the PET scan and scheduled him for a liver biopsy. He had the biopsy yesterday morning. It was performed by one of our radiologists.  The lesion did turn out to be a large abscess (8 centimeters), but Jim gave us quite a scare. During the procedure, Jimís blood pressure dropped to 40/50. His blood pressure seems to be stabilized now, but he will be in ICU for at least a couple of days.  Jim says he feels much better than he did. His blood pressure is remaining stable and he is eating a little better. If he continues to improve, he may be able to be moved out of ICU, but he will be in the hospital for several more days. He still has a tube in his side to ensure that the entire abscess drains from his liver. He is on IV fluids and antibiotics.  Dr. Aliker told me today that he will be consulting with Dr. Colbert about putting Jim on a protein supplement to help him gain weight. Jim only weighs 90 pounds now.  I just wanted to fill you in on Jimís progress. Please keep him in your prayers. Iím spending a lot of time at the hospital, but I will do my best to keep you up-to-date.  Brenda"  Cards & letters to:

Jim Poston
4335 Lower Licking Road
Morehead, KY 40351-9780

August 16, 2009 - Jim passed away today.


December 19, 2008 - Mr. Sumner-- a/k/a Jesse Marney, is in the hospital after a fall. Cards and letters to:

Jesse Marney
c/o Kindred Hospital
200 Hospital Circle
Westminster, CA 92683

Note: Jesse passed away in January 2009, may he never be forgotten.


December 19 2008 - Charles Walters is recovering from a recent surgery. Cards and letters would be very welcomed to:

Charles Walters
15 west Main St
Hampton, GA 30228


September 11, 2008 - Lee Robson is going into the hospital for spinal surgery which she has put off for years, but the pain is getting to be too much.  Cards and letters to:

Lee Robson
1570 Scott Ridge Lane
Switzerland, Florida 32259


September 11, 2008 - Received word from Dave Robson that Earl Taylor is back in the hospital with a collapsed lung that was caused by his Open Heart surgery back in January.  Cards and letters to:

Earl Taylor
15 Two Duck Lane
Hattiesburg, MS  39402


April 26, 2008 - Walt Meierdierks has to go back to the hospital for an aneurism repair to be followed by gall bladder work. He won't be able to make the reunion this year. Cards and letters to:

Walter Meierdierks
431 Deer Path S.W.
Calabash, NC  28467


April 5, 2008 - Received word that Wiley "Doc" Boland had taken a bad fall and has broken his shoulder. Knowing "Doc," a retired HMCS, he probably put on his own splints and then operated...... Cards and letters to:

HMCS Wiley N. Boland, USN (Ret.)
5195 Hwy 342
Pontotoc, MS  38863


March 10, 2008 - Bob Duffield received the following e-mail return message when trying to reach our shipmate Jan Franklin; "I will be out of office from Friday March 7th until mid June for heart surgery. I will be checking email and voice mail."  Duffy also said; "I'm sure we will all want to keep our fellow shipmate in our prayers." Cards and letters to:

Jan Franklin
296 Dedham St.
Wrentham, MA  02093
jfrankli@foxboro.com


February 21, 2008 - Don Marion reports; "Pete Long (RM2 50-52) is in intensive care in Winston-Salem, North Carolina after a major operation for Lung trouble. His prognosis is good. Thought you could pass this along to the rest of the Crew."  Cards and letters to:

Percy J. Long
32560 Heath Row Dr.
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127


February 15, 2008 - Walt Meierdierks has had hip replacement surgery, but he is still planning on being in Charleston with us.  Can't keep an old SeaBee down for long!  Cards and letters to:

Walter Meierdierks
431 Deer Path S.W.
Calabash, NC  28467


January 30, 2008 - Bobby Moore reports; "Shipmates; I would like to put Shipmate Harold Jackson on our binnacle list and prayer list. This past year he has had a hard time with pneumonia, and now he is waiting on results on biopsy for asbestos in the lungs. But he is still hoping he will make Charleston, with the help of his son."  Cards and letters to:

Harold Jackson
14 Villa Ave.
Warwick, RI  02886


January 15, 2008 - Bob Haderer's wife Karen is having back surgery January 15th for a herniated disc at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. Cards and letters to:

Karen Haderer
6544 Joann Drive
Roscommon, MI  48653


January 7, 2008 - Received word from Dave Robson that Earl Taylor underwent Open Heart surgery today and is doing well.  Cards and letters to:

Earl Taylor
15 Two Duck Lane
Hattiesburg, MS  39402


November 19, 2007 - Received an update from Brenda Stanley that our shipmate Jim Poston is scheduled to begin radiation therapy next Monday the 26th of November. I am sure he would love to hear from you!  Cards and letters to:

Jim Poston
4335 Lower Licking Road
Morehead, KY 40351-9780


October 25, 2007 - Received the following message from our shipmate Frank Nekrasz; "MY WIFE, JOAN, UNDERWENT LUNG CANCER SURGERY ON 10/11/07.  EXCEPT FOR NERVE REMOVALS ALONG WITH UPPER LOBE OF LEFT LUNG SHE WEATHERED THE SURGERY LIKE THE TROOPER SHE IS.  SHE IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING REHAB IN A NURSING HOME TO REBUILD HER STRENGTH AND IMPROVE HER BREATHING .   HOPEFULLY WE MAY BE ABLE TO ATTEND REUNIONS AND GET REACQUAINTED WITH FELLOW SHIPMATES." Cards and letters to:

173 Old Mill Lane
Portsmouth, RI  02871-5108


October 18, 2007 - Brenda Stanley sent us the following update on our shipmate Jim Poston's condition; "I just wanted to bring everyone up-to-date on whatís going on with Jim. We have just returned today from Dayton, Ohio where Jim had a thallium stress test and spoke with his cardiologist. Jim had to have the stress test before he could get the go-ahead for surgery. He is scheduled for surgery on Friday, October 26 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. Jim was back in the hospital the weekend of the Milwaukee reunion. He had another mild attack of pancreatitis. While he was in the local hospital here in Morehead, the physicians suggested that he go back to Cincinnati right away. We saw the Cincinnati surgeon on September 26. When we spoke to the surgeon, he told us that, besides having a couple of problems with his pancreatic duct and his bile duct, he also has a small mass on his pancreas. This mass could become cancerous. They also found a 3/4-inch mass on one of Jimís kidneys. The surgeon said that Jimís best option is to have what is known as a Whipple procedure. Basically, what will happen is that the surgeon will bypass Jimís ducts. He will remove part of the pancreas, a small portion at the bottom of the stomach, and part of the common bile duct. Then he will pull up the lower intestine and suture it in the place of what he has removed. Another surgeon will remove the mass from Jimís kidney. This is the reason that Jim had to get an okay from his cardiologist. The surgery will take 5 or 6 hours. Itís not something they can rush if they want it to be done correctly so that Jim will not have problems following the surgery. Jim will be in the hospital for at least a week. When he can be released from the hospital, he will be at my house for at least a couple of weeks. I will probably be working from home so I can help take care of him until he is stronger. We will be leaving for Cincinnati on Wednesday, October 24, for a couple of pre-surgery tests on the 25th. I will try to keep everyone informed about Jimís condition, but I may not have access to e-mail for a few days. If anyone wants to contact me, they can try my cell phone Ė 606-776-5289. (My home phone is 606-780-0859.) Please keep Jim in your prayers. I know he will appreciate it, as will I. Brenda (Stanley)" Cards and letters to:

Jim Poston
4335 Lower Licking Road
Morehead, KY 40351-9780


August 6, 2007 - Norm Charette reports that our shipmate and reunion Buddy, Harold "Hash" Jackson, has been in the Kent County Hospital in Rhode Island the last few weeks and has not been feeling well. Cards and letters to:

Harold Jackson
14 Villa Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886


July 4, 2007 - Received the following note from Eric Bollin; "I have a carciac cathater procedure on Friday7/6/07 to access any other damage to the heart other than the mitral valve.  Then they will operate to fix the mitral valve (repair, not replace) and any other problems.  This will probably occur next week but haven't spoken with the surgeon yet."  Cards & letters to:

Eric Bollin
530 Chase Road
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598


March 1, 2007 - Wes Ritchie recently had surgery for bladder cancer. The good news is that they caught it early and the outlook is good. Prayers & cards are the order of the day. Cards & letters to:

Wes Ritchie
2146 Toledo St.
Baker, LA, 70714


February 22, 2007 - Frank Nekrasz sent the following note: "SPENT THE LAST 5 DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL.  LUNGS FILLED WITH FLUID DUE TO CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.  THEY MANAGED TO DRAIN ME DRY AND GET ME BREATHING AGAIN.  FEEL GOOD FOR NOW, JUST HANGING AROUND WAITING FOR THE NEXT ATTACK. IT'S HELL WHEN YOU GET OLD!"  Cards and letters to:

Frank Nekrasz
173 Old Mill Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871-5108


February 20, 2007 - Our Shipmate & friend, Sam Bowers, has had open heart surgery.  Unfortunately, he is not doing well. Prayers & cards are the order of the day. He and Ruth Ann, attended several reunions.  However, they have been unable to attend for several years. Cards and letters to:

Sam Bowers
1700 Etruria St.
East Liverpool, OH  43920


February 20, 2007 - Our Shipmate Jim Poston is in the hospital. He has had 4 pancreatitis attacks since November and this is his 3rd hospital stay since December. He will have to be in the hospital for quite a while. Please ask everyone to keep Jim in their prayers. If anyone wants to send a get-well card, they can send it to me. I work at the hospital and I see Jim several times a day.

Jim Poston
c/o Brenda Stanley
150 Baber Wages White Rd
Morehead KY 40351


October 10, 2006 - Good News! Our shipmate Steve Zingerman had a successful kidney transplant on September 23rd and is doing well.  Cards and letters to:

192 E. Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA  15143


May 25, 2006 - Our shipmate Ron Stairs has had a heart attack and is in the hospital. Cards and letters to:

Ronald W. Stairs
10502 Lone Star Road
Jacksonville, FL  32225-8320

August 11, 2006 - Ron passed away today.


February 14, 2006 - Our shipmate L. Wes Kreske has been in the hospital and is going in again. Cards and letters to:

L. Wes Kreske
3804 Fairlawn Drive
Warren, OH  44484


November 26, 2005 - The Senior Chief spoke to Tom Hoover Thanksgiving Day. He had a stent implanted in an artery (90% blockage) at the Cleveland clinic and is doing great. This has also helped his breathing. He sends along his Best Wishes to all for the holidays, and hopes to see you all in Seattle.  Cards and letters to:

Tom Hoover
1439 Cumberland Ave.
Paducah, KY  42033


November 5, 2005 - Our Secretary/Treasurer was out working on his "Honey Do" list this weekend and fell off the ladder he was using.  He suffered a broken wrist, fractured rib and fractured pelvis and will be out of work until after New Year's.  Contact info is:

Richard E. "Joe" Gall
56 Amsterdam Avenue
Tonawanda, NY 14150-5416

E-Mail: JOE@DD-692.COM  or  AMS692@HOTMAIL.COM
Phone: (716) 692-2697


September 21, 2005 - Received the following message from Mitchell Malpass; "We aren't going to Branson this year. July 15, I suffered a dissected aorta....lucky to have caught it. I was out weed-eating when it struck me. Was sent to Wake Med in Raleigh and underwent 12 hours of surgery. The surgeon kindly gave me a pig valve and a lot of synthetic tubing! It was successful but won't be able to do much for a long time. That is the worse part. We are planning to go to Seattle next year, so keep us informed. I have a brother there, so we will take some time to stay for a while after the reunion. Hope this reunion is as good as all the others and hope the gas prices won't affect the attendance. Say hello to all the guys for me."  Please send cards and letters to:

5071 Old Warsaw Road
Turkey, NC  28393-9081


September 13, 2005 - Received word that Irv Williams is recuperating at home after successful surgery. I am sure Irv would love to hear from his shipmates, please send cards & letters to:

3479 So. 91st St. #2
Milwaukee, WI 53227
(414)541-8976


August 28, 2005 - Received the following message from our shipmate Roger S. "Steve" Zingerman:

"No reunion this year for me. I am now just starting to feel good after a ten month illness. My kidney failed with many other side effects. thirteen hospital visits in eight months. Hope to see you next year, but I need a kidney first. SPREAD THE WORD!"  Please send cards and letters to:

192 E. Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA  15143


May 9, 2005 - Our Association President, Jeff Clevenger, will be operated on today for a heart problem. Please send cards and letters to:

15378 Paseo Ajanta
San Diego, CA 92129

May 14, 2005 - Jeff is reported doing great and should be headed home tomorrow.
August 28, 2005 - Jeff will have to go back for more surgery and will miss the reunion in Branson.
October 16, 2005 - Spoke with Jeff and he is waiting for the scheduling of his next operation, he is doing good and will see us all at the 2006 Reunion.


April 2, 2005 - The following message was received today from our shipmate Doug Hurst's wife Toni:

Hi dear folks,   I am hoping this will be the last update on Doug and his surgery.  (You must be bored by now.)   He is feeling much better; still has pain but is only talking one pain med a day and no sleeping pills.  His appetite is not good, probably from the tube they inserted during surgery, so his weight is way down.  He is slowly becoming his old self again and I am retiring my Nurse Nancy hat this week end.    He is back to his joy of cooking on a part-time basis and that is GOOD.  I have run out of left-overs and easy recipes.   Thank you all for your phone calls, cards, gifts and prayers.   You are THE BEST!!            Regards,  Toni

March 14, 2005 Wes Ritchie just spent 3 weeks in the hospital and underwent 3 surgeries. During that time, his wife Reigh, while visiting Wes, became a patient in the same hospital for 2 days. Both Wes & Reigh are now both home & recuperating. Cards can be sent to:

2146 Toledo St.
Baker, LA, 70714

May 7, 2005 - Wes Ritchie has recuperated from his last leg operation and wishes to thank all the folks who sent cards-- "Thank you all".


March 8, 2005 - Our First Association President and Plankowner, Ed Kolls, has become a permanent resident of Monroe Community Hospital (nursing home). He only has local calling privileges and would love to hear from shipmates. His phone# is: (585)272-7815 Cards & letters may be sent to: 

Edward Kolls
Room 34- Friendship 1
West Monroe Community Hospital
 435 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14620

November 30, 2006 - Ed passed away today, please say a prayer in his memory!