U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692
Letters home from the Captain

Captain Oller sent letters to the crew's next-of-kin to keep them updated on the Med/Persian Gulf deployment of 1959. Many thanks to Charles "Ed" Williams who let us borrow his copies

The letter of May 15, 1959 The letter of June 29, 1959

 Captain Porterfield kept the families up-to-date with five letters home from the Med/Persian Gulf cruise of 1960-61.  Many thanks to Ernie Dauzat who made these available to us at the Reunion.

The First letter of Summer 1960 let the families know what to expect during the cruise.

The next letter was from Genoa in October In November he let the families know we were headed for the Middle East

In December Captain Porterfield filled the families in on the joys of Arabia.

And the final letter letting everyone know we are "Headed Home".

Captain Porterfield also included a history of Sixth Fleet Operations and what a Med Cruise was all about.

Captain Flynn kept the crew's families up-to-date on the happenings and plans of the ship.  These are two of the letters that he wrote which are presented here thanks to fellow shipmate John D. Smith.

This first letter was written in July 1961 just after Captain Flynn had assumed command. He gives an introductory portrait of himself and describes his philosophy of command. This second letter was written in February 1962 after Sumner had completed refresher training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and was preparing for a deployment with the Sixth Fleet.

Paul Delasco also saved some of Captain Flynn's Family Grams from 1962 which are presented here.

This third letter was written in May 1962 and describes Sumner's arrival with the 6th Fleet and her visitis to Greece and Malta. The fourth letter was wriiten in July 1962 and discusses the grounding of the Sumner along with her visitis to Italy and France. The fifth letter was written in September 1962 and lays out the plans for Sumner's return to Mayport and visits to Italy and France.

The 1965 Med Cruise found Captain Baty keeping our friends and family involved. Thanks to Pete Hart who saved these pieces of of history and scanning them for us.

 Half way through the cruise, Captain Baty explains why we are there.

Bits and pieces from the Plan of the Day giving a flavor of what being a Navy tourist is all about.

1968 and 1969 brought the Sumner to GITMO for the Holidays and then on to the Med. Captain Meacham kept the families up-to-date on all the going's-on. Thanks to Mike Raatjes for the loan of his collection. Also, thanks to Jim Georgantas for his work in doing all the illustrations and passing them on to us.

Sumner Visits GITMO for the Holidays GITMO done we get ready for the MED

Naval Review, Portsmouth, Rotterdam, Lisbon and Rota
May 28, 1969
Naples, Venice, Catania and Sousse
June & July 1969

Valletta, Palma and head HOME !
September 26, 1969

On Sumner's last deployment Captain Laighton kept in touch with our families providing them with all the goings-on in Mayport and the Mediterranean.  Thanks to Captain Laighton for letting me borrow his copies.

The Captain introduces himself and details the scheduled Med Cruise.  Sumner gets an updated Galley and takes part in the Olympics! President Nixon reviews the Sumner as we enjoy the "Med"

Thanksgiving in stormy seas and plans for Christmas Report on Christmas and New Years and the new Dependents program We are heading home, 40,000 miles at sea!

Captain Laighton also showed his respect and caring
for the crew's dependants as exemplified in this letter to Liz Hedenberg