Vol. XVIII Issue 25 Official Newsletter of the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 July 2009
Hello from the President:
Thank you to everyone at the reunion. Each year it gets better. We were excited to have six new members attend. First timers were Menzo Sullivan, Dick Burr, Robert Davis, Ronald Smith, Charlie Winter and Barry Barker.
We were blessed to have two captains join us this year, Capt. John Holmes and Capt. Murland Searight.
Before you know it we will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary Reunion of the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association. Mark your calendars for April 22-25, 2010.
Have a blessed and healthy year.
I N S I D E
Hello From the President 1 Special Notice 4
We Remember 3 Special Thanks 5
Treasurers Report 3 Officers 6
Crews News 4 Picture Is Worth 1000 Words 7
Shop Till You Drop 4 Picture is Worth 1000 Words 8
Many shipmates arrived
early to take advantage of the
beautiful weather and sites.
John and Edie Loewen were on
hand to greet many of the attendees
as they checked in. Everyone
in to help get the
Hospitality Room up and running.
Thursday found everyone relaxing and catching up on the past year. It was wonderful having six first time attendees. They shared what a good time they had and look forward to next year’s reunion.
On Friday, attendees toured the Air Force Academy Chapel and Garden of the Gods. Those on the tour raved about the wonderful luncheon that was served.
Saturday found everyone wondering where the time had gone. It was the last day filled with laughter and the general business meeting, election of new officers, and the choosing of the 2010 reunion site. The banquet on Saturday night was outstanding.
Officers elected to serve for the coming year are President, Calvin Dyk, Vice President, B. W. Jennings, Treasurer, Blair Rougeux, and Secretary, Barbara Jennings. Officers
were installed at the banquet by Capt. Murland Searight. At the Executive Board Meeting, Barbara was appointed as 2011 Reunion Coordinator. A huge thank you to Rose Quehl, Vera Quehl, and Linda Friedrick for doing an outstanding job of getting the deli trays set up for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday lunches in the Hospitality Room.
Special thanks to Ely Wolf, Kenny and Margie Edwards grandson. Ely did an outstanding job of drawing door prize tickets Saturday night after the banquet. Thank you Ely, and we hope you join us next April.
Shipmates Wilt and Deisner sailed through life’s cruises meeting their share of calms, storms, adverse tides and favoring winds. Their ship of life has now come to its final anchorage in a harbor unknown to mortal man.
We who remain do not know the course to steer and we believe our shipmates, setting their course by those beacons that were given to them, have found their harbor safely.
To those loved ones who our departed shipmates have left behind awaiting their own day of departure and voyage to that same harbor of eternal mercy, we can only offer our sincere condolences in this time of separation and loneliness.
Treasurer Blair Rougeux reported that as of June 8, 2008 the account balance for the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association is $7,088.25.
An audit of the association finances will be done in the near future and a report will be mailed to all members.
Ernest and Billie Psenick reported they are doing well. Ernest is on oxygen 24 hours a day. They send their best wishes to everyone.
Lee Barnes and Dot are doing well. They hope to make the next reunion and said to tell everyone hello.
Gert Deisner is doing well at this time. She misses Bob very much. She said to tell everyone she has such fond memories of the reunions she and Bob attended.
New member Barry Barker was able to attend the
Walt Beattie advised us that he hopes the next reunion would be on the East Coast, and guess what – it will be.
Dick Biondo informed us that he could not attend the 2009 reunion but hopes to make the next one. Also we received a note from Roy (Leroy) Bowman with the same message.
New member Casey Case was all set to attend the
Tom & Dot Hill advised that they could not attend the 2009 reunion
because it coincided with a family reunion in
George Olson sent greetings from his home across the pond in
Charlie & Judy Winter was able to attend this year’s reunion since it is
much closer to their home in
Jess & Loretta Mayberry is doing well. Jess will be having tests on his shoulder
June 30. They will be spending the
Fourth of July with Roy and Audrey Wilhite.
Please visit the ship’s store on the website to order the following items:
Caps, jackets (lined or unlined in sizes L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL), Sperry license plate covers, Sperry cookbooks, and pad folio with calculators.
Plans have been made to
publish a new history book of the USS
CHARLES S. SPERRY (DD-697) in
the fall of 2009. This new book will
contain information from the first history book plus additional information we
have received since the publication of the previous book. WE
HAVE SET A DEADLINE OF AUGUST 1, 2009 FOR RECEIPT OF NEW MATERIAL. PLEASE SEND US YOUR STORIES, PHOTOS,
CARTOONS AND ANECDOTES SO THEY CAN BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW BOOK. Mail your contribution to B. W. Jennings,
Standing Rat Watch
Submitted by: Fred Hilberer
by Dennis Hammer, CR Division 1968-70
A new man reported on board just fresh out of boot camp to one of the deck divisions. I was told it was First Division.
A First Class Boatswain's Mate put him on rat guard watch. He had him on the Quarterdeck standing at parade rest with a 2X4 when Captain Fischer came on board.
The sailor on rat guard watch came to attention or port arms
with the 2X4. Captain Fischer walked over to him and asked, "What are you
"I am standing a rat guard watch, sir" came the reply.
"Well, what are your duties on the rat guard
watch?" Captain Fischer inquired.
"If any rats attempt to come up the forward brow I am to pursue and try to kill them, sir."
"Who put you on this watch?" the captain asked.
"A First Class Boatswain Mate in my division" he replied.
Then Captain Fischer said, "I want you to go down and tell the boatswain I want to see him."
"I can't leave my post until properly relieved, sir."
Captain Fischer took the 2X4 from him and said, "You are properly relieved, now go get im."
A short time later the boatswain arrived on the Quarterdeck and finds Captain Fischer with the 2X4 standing at parade rest. The captain then comes to port arms, and hands the 2X4 to the boatswain and says, "You have the next watch!"
If you have paid your dues and have not received your membership card I apologize. Please contact me HERE or 281-479-4844. I’ll mail immediately.
President Vice President
Calvin Dyk B. W. Jennings
Chesser, Webmaster: A special thanks for the few that
brought pictures of their times aboard the Sperry. I am still working on developing the pages
for the photos. Merdick Burr’s well preserved
book of the 1961