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

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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.

30 Nov 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

23 Nov 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

16 Nov 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

09 Nov 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

04 Nov 2016 - Our shipmate Bert Joseph Tetley (SA 55-56)  was called to the final muster April 19 2016. Thanks to his granddaughter Amelia for letting us know

02 Nov 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

31 Oct 2016 - Reveived the following message from Bobby Moore; "After fifty years (VIET-NAM) it's get together time. It's just six months to reunion time for the USS Allen M. Sumner DD-692. Check out our web site DD-692.com for an update on time and place. Your Association Chaplain.

26 Oct 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

21 Oct 2016 - Joe Drabick has a new E-Mail address which appears on the Crew's E-Mail Page.

19 Oct 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

12 Oct 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

05 Oct 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

30 Sep 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week. Ron Reeves sent us a link to the Navy's latest attempt to do away with another honored Navy tradition, go to http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=96924. Please address me as SK1 not PO1 !!

24 Sep 2016 - The Prez's phone is back in service!  Added a photo of the original Sumner to her page thanks to Herbert Steger.

23 Sep 2016 - NOTICE - Our President is having trouble with his phone, paying the bill on time might help. It should be working normally by Monday !

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

20 Sep 2016 - Our shipmate Bruce Fulbright has a new e-mail address as shown on the Crew's E-Mail Page.

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

13 Sep 2016 - Get the latest news! Don Hayden has released the latest edition of the Sumner Sentinel for September-October 2016.

07 Sep 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

31 Aug 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

27 Aug 2016 - Our shipmate Donald E. Valentine (SOG2 58-61)  was called to the final muster August 23rd. Thanks to Brenda Stanley, Don Hayden and Joe Gall for letting us know. His obituary may be seen at http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Donald-E.-Valentine-103880844. Added 8 views of the Burial At Sea of our shipmate George W. Aichele to his page thanks to Anne Moore and the Chaplain of the USS Wasp (LHD-1).

24 Aug 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

17 Aug 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week

10 Aug 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week. 

09 Aug 2016 - Our shipmate Chuck Kaake has a new e-mail address as shown on the Crew's E-Mail Page.

03 Aug 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week. 

01 Aug 2016 - Fresh off the presses - Don Hayden has published the July-August 2016 issue of the Sentinal.

28 Jul 2016 - Our shipmate and Vietnam War Veteran Robert A. 'Tony' Cowart (BM1 61-69)  was called to the final muster July 21. Thanks to his daughter Linda Hunter for letting us know. Tony will be buried at sea. It is time to start making preparations for Reunion 2017, we especially would like to see all our shipmates who made the 1967 Vietnam War Deployment as this year will be the 50th Anniversary of that memorable cruise. So make those reservations today and help the Association quilify for freebies from the hotel. Our Aussie shipmate Colin Benporath will be with us again!

27 Jul 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

25 Julk 2016 - All the details for Reunion 2017 are now finalized. Make your reservations ASAP please!

22 Jul 2016 - Added a newspaper clipping and photo of EMC John E. Willismson (62-68) thanks to his daughter Janis C. Smith to our Newspaper Clipping Page.

20 Jul 2016 -  Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

14 Jul 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.  Added our shipmate Robert A. 'Tony' Cowart to the Binnacle List.

11 Jul 2016 - Our shipmate Dick Penrod has a new e-mail address shown now on the Crew's E-Mail page.

07 Jul 2016 - Our Chaplain, Bobby Moore, made the following comment for us in response to George's burial; " George rest in peace. Lord thank you for allowing us to know George and being a shipmate with him, in Christ's name, Amen."

06 Jul 2016 - Thanks to Dale Surber we have our first photos of the Burial at Sea from the USS Wasp (LHD-1) on June 30, 2016 of SK1 George Walter Aichele. They buried 21 Service Members that day so this might not be George but his would look pretty much the same.  Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

03 July 2016 - Our shipmate Robert R. Vollmuth (FN 1950-1953) was called to the final muster in 2009. Thanks to Sheri Vollmuth for letting us knbow.

30 Jun 2016 - Received a message from Anne Moore, George Aichele's daughter; "I just received word that dad is on board the USS Wasp (LHD-1) and as long as the weather permits they will be doing his burial in the next few days " Received another message from Anne; "George was buried at sea at 1:50 EST today by the crew of the USS Wasp (LHD-1)."

29 Jun 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

22 Jun 2016 -  Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

15 Jun 2016 -  Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.

10 Jun 2016 - Our shipmate Ray Day has a new E-mail address which is now displayed on the Crew's E-mail Page.

08 Jun 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week. Our Secretary, Don Hayden, has finished the latest Sentinel which recaps our latest Reunion and gives a play-by-play story of what Don did when he got home!

03 Jun 2016 - Received the following message from George Aichele's daughter Anne; "Hi guys! Just wanted to let you know that dad is out on a ship. The navy said that it could take 6 months or so until the ship returns. When it does they will be sending me a detailed packet with information as to where and when his ashes were sent to sea."

01 Jun 2016 - Added our Chaplain's, Bobby Moore, message for the week.


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.

Captain Bill Harlow USN (Ret.) has published his first novel CIRCLE WILLIAM which is in the mold of a Clancy novel but on a DESTROYER and very realistic.  Once you start you will not put it down.  Get all the facts at http://www.circlewilliam.com