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

What's New in this Site

22 Mar 2017 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

19 Mar 2017 - Updated the 2017 Reunion Saling List.

15 Mar 2017 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

13 Mar 2017 = WARNING ! We had 40 rooms in the Sumner hotel block, they are all gone but Robbie got us 10 more. If you have been holding off, it's time to call them today as we are up against a PGA Tournamnet at the same time.

12 Mar 2017 - Gene Gardner sent in some of his memorabilia, see the Touchable Memories and the 1959 Mediterranean Cruise.

07 Mar 2017 - Updated the 2017 Reunion Saling List. Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week. Updated Joe Gall's e-mail address.

05 Mar 2017 - Kandy Cooper, Ted's wife, has been added to the Binnacle List, drop her a card today.  Our shipmate John F. "Jack" McCormick (FTA3 56-57) has been called to the final muster. Thanks to his wife for letting us know.

02 Mar 2017 - Added the first installment of the 2017 Reunion Sailing List.  Our shipmate and Cuban Missle Crisis Veteran Willie M. Montgomery (MM1 56-63)  Has been called to the final muster. Thanks to his son Wille Jr. for letting us know.

01 Mar 2017 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

22 Feb 2017 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.  Received the following message from Bobby Moore; "Got my Tin Can Sailor paper today, great article by John Ventura Special Ships and Men, covering the Fletcher, Allen M. Sumner & Gearing, Made my head swell, since most of my time was Fletcher Class and Sumner Class. Philip DDE-498, Jenkins DDE-447, Walker DD-517, Allen M. Sumner DD-692, & McCaffery DD-860. Just thought you might like to take a look.

19 Feb 2017 - Don Hayden, fresh from the hospital, has completed the latest issue of The Sentinel and forwarded a copy of the 2017 Reunion Registration Form.

17 Feb 2017 - At this year's reunion we will have a DJ instead of a band. If you want your favorite music included please let Frank (dibellofp@aol.com) know before hand, include the title and artist. Also, the itinerary for the Reunion has been pretty much finalized and our web page shows the current results.

15 Feb 2017 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week. CRITICAL NOTICE !!! - From time to time we get a list of those who have registered at our Hotel. This year the listing has been inaccurate with names appearing and then vanishing. So please, please call (904-741-4001) and reconfirm. At this point they are not listing Colin Benporath, Scott Kopfstein, Gary Mayfield and Bill Wunderlin who they previously had.

08 Feb 2017 - WARNING ! - As we get closer to our 2017 Reunion, it is going to become harder and harder to find a hotel room since there will be a TPC Golf Tournament in Jacksonville the same week. So quit putting it off - MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS TODAY !!! Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

07 Feb 20`7 - Received the following message from Don Hayden; "FYI, I got out of the hospital yesterday and am home with a boatload of new pills to take. Appreciated all the cards I got."

03 Feb 2017 - Got the following note from Don Hayden; "Found a computer in the inpatient rehabilitation section so thought I would update you and others. After 21 days in hospital starting with 10 days in ICU and balance on the Stroke floor, I was transferred to the above inpatient care facility. I have been doing so well that I suspect I will be discharged early next week and can continue rehab at home. Barring any unforeseen calamities I should be good to go to Mayport. "

02 Feb 2017 - Bobby Moore reports that the latest update to the Chaplain's Corner is delayed as he is currently suffering from pneumonia.

25 Jan 2017 -  Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

22 Jan 2017 - Talked to Don Hayden last night and he reports that he has been moved from ICU to a private room after 11 days.

18 Jan 2017 - Received a call from Joe Gall this morning, He is home and doing well - driving, shopping and having fun! Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

15 Jan 2017 - Our Secretary, Don Hayden, had a Stroke last Wednesday. He is the the hospital now and has been added to the Binnacle List.

11 Jan 2017 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

09 Jan 2017 - Due to the crowd that will be going to the TPC Golf championships in Jacksoville during our Reunion, we cannot rent buses for the usual Tuesday Memorial trip. Luckily we can for Monday so the Memorial Service and the Annual Business meeting days have been switched.See the 2017 Reunion Page for the changes.

04 Jan 2017 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

28 Dec 2016 - Updated our shipmate John G. Beck's online address on the Crew's E-mail page. Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

26 Dec 2016 - Received the following message from Bob Kelly; "I just got off the phone with Judy Barry. Seems like our old shipmates had some pretty serious health issues recently. He is on the mend now but it was touch and go for awhile. John had to have emergency surgery to repair lower intestines, they became twisted and shut off blood flow. I will fill you in with more after I get over to see him on Tuesday." Added our shipmate Robert W. Ralston (MM2 52-56) to the Crew's E-mail page. Updated the addresses of Allen Anderson and Hank Pelz on the Crew's E-mail page.

21 Dec 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

 20 Dec 2016 - A shipmate is considering bringing a 25-minute color movie of the Sumner taken in 1960 to the reunion, would you like to see it? If your answer is YES send me an e-mail indicating that you would like to see the movie = FRED@DD-692.COM

15 Dec 2016 - Our President talked to Joe Gall this morning, Joe reports that he is in Rehab and doing much better, you can't keep a Senior Chief down for long!

14 Dec 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

13 Dec 2016 - Our shipmate and World War II Veteran Richard Russell Blunt (EM2c 44-45)  was called to the final muster December 12 2016. Thanks to his grandaughter Lisa Hardy for letting us know. Our shipmate William E. Servatius (FTGSN 70)  was called to the final muster September 24 2016. Thanks to Jolene Servatius for letting us know.

10 Dec 2016 - Oh well, you can't win 'em all/ Aftter 15 years it's Army 21 Navy 17,,,

08 Dec 2016 - Latest on Joe from Bobby; "Joe is sitting up in a chair, doing a lot better."

07 Dec 2016 - Bobby Moore received the following message from Joe Gall Jr.; " Hey Bobby, I am Joe's grandson. He is still in ICU but thankfully he is doing much better and he is off all medication. He said his name and performing specific commands he is communicating as best as he can. He is moving around a lot. His fever broke and his heart rate is more stable. I'm sure he will have a long list of people to call when he is at home and I will be sure to add your name to his list. We appreciate your concern and we will keep you updated. my father adds updates constantly on Facebook. His Facebook name is just Joseph Gall. Thank you again." Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

05 Dec 2016 - Booby Moore reports that Joe Gall suffered a heart attck and is in the hospital, hope to know more tomorrow including a mailing address. Added the November-December 2016 issue of the Sentinel from our Secretary Don Hayden.


The Sumner Bookshelf

Our shipmate Bob Sumrall's classic history of the Sumner-Gearing classes has been reprinted and is available from the Tin Can Sailors Book Store.  If you do not have a copy, this publication will give you an indepth understanding of the history, the systems (weapons, engineering, electronics, etc.) and how the Sumner actually operated as originally designed and through her many modifications. Your Webmaster highly recommends this work.  Bravo Zulu to Bob.

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