Vol. XX Issue 27 Official Newsletter of the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association January 2010
Happy New Year,
Fran and I hope you and your family had very Merry Christmas.
We enjoyed spending some time in
My New Year's wish for you and your family is good health and happiness.
It will not be long before our 2010 reunion and I hope you will be there to rekindle old friendships and establish new ones.
and Barbara Jennings was excited to spend time with their year old
great-grandson. Brandon and his Mom were
visiting family in
Barbara spoke with Mary Grace Moreland and she reported that Capt. Moreland is doing wonderful. He is walking with the aid of a walker and they have a "date" every now and then by going out to eat.
Capt. Murland Searight reports that he is enjoying skiing. He and Ginny look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
Treasurer's Report: Unavailable
At the time the SixGun was printed there was no financial report available. On January 8, 2010 I received a note from Blair and he reports a balance of $5,126.33 and all bills paid.
Audit Report: Unavailable
"Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you only have today."
To assure proper handling, fill out the membership application completely. Return it along with your $10 membership fee to the secretary, Barbara Jennings at the address on the membership application. A membership card will be mailed upon receipt of the application and fee.
We all love to EAT. Order your Sperry
Cookbook now Contact Barbara Jennings,HERE
Cost is $7 plus shipping of $3.
GALEN A. "SMITTY" SMITH
3/14/26 - 10/27/09
October 27, 2009 our association lost a bright light when we lost Galen
"Smitty" Smith. Smitty served his country during World War II aboard the
USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697. Smitty
knew no fear and was awarded the Meritorous Mast for helping save a shipmate's
life. Smitty retired in 2000 from the
was a dedicated hard working member of the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697
Association and was known as the official "auctioneer" for the
association. He was able to make every reunion and he and Adaria hosted the
Smitty was one of the founding fathers of the West End Fire and Rescue Company. He was honored by being transported to his final resting place in a 1936 fire truck owned by the Cumblerland Valley Hose Company. We will miss his sweet smile and his mischievous spirit.
A sincere "thank you" from Adaria Smith and family for the calls, cards, donations to various organizations and flowers during Galen's illness and passing.
My Most Rewarding Christmas - In Loving Memory of Lee Ann Novosad
Submitted by: Barbara Jennings
It was Christmas 1994. The time was 4:30 a.m. Pain had become so intense she was crying. I got up and called the nurse for more pain medication. After I washed her sweet fragile face we held hands and prayed. It was clear this would be our last Christmas together.
As the pain medication began to take hold a smile came over her face. I ask her, "what are you smiling about?" She stated, "I will be with Jesus soon." We both cried tears of sadness and joy. Cancer had taken over her body but not her heart. Even when clouds of pain seem to hide her from the face of God, she was never hidden from God's love. Even in her suffering she was always able to see God as never before, and she never stopping looking up to her mansion in the sky. She always encouraged the ones she would leave to keep their eyes on heaven.
Cancer dominated our lives. As my youngest brother was dying with this awful illness she was always there for me. The day of my brother's funeral she had her radiation treatment and came straight to the funeral. Friends like that are rare.
She had the voice of an angel and oh how she love to sing for the Lord. God called her home on Sunday morning. I like to think that as she was turning the door knob from this side that God was turning it from His side. You know, a cheer went up as she walked thru the gates. I miss Lee Ann with all my heart. She was a master piece of God's work. She looks down on me today with a loving smile...SHE IS HEALED.
Friendship doesn't make the world go around. Friendship makes the ride worthwhile. What a ride Lee Ann blessed me with. I am a better person for the special gifts she left me. Those gifts are her undying faith, courage, sense of humor, love for her savior, and family unity. She lived her life to the fullest and experienced all the joy God wanted her to know.
She was able to go in peace...her journey had the Lord's approval.
LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY...
Submitted by: Fred
The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).
However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."
Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."
Then she headed for the
On 18 November, she set sail for
By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in
GonE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Shipmates John Misko and Galen "Smitty" Smith 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 offer our sincere condolences in this time of separation and loneliness.
Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes.
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight and a star gems the sky.
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun.
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky.
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh
B. W. Jennings
Web Master Chaplain
WEBSITE ADDRESS: http//usscharlessperrydd697.com
HISTORIC EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE USS CHARLES S. SPERRY (DD-697)
(This is a new
feature of the SIX GUN newsletter. The following events are presented here to
initiate this feature. We urge members
to submit other important dates and events for future editions. We will print as many events as possible in
each edition, so let us hear from you.
Mail your list of events to:
May 17, 1944 Placed in commission at the
September 25, 1944 Departed
December 30, 1944 In company with Task Force 38, the SPERRY departed Ulithittoll for her first combat operations.
April 7, 1945 When the aircraft carrier HANCOCK was hit by a Japanese kamikaze the SPERRY came to her aid and rescued many sailors who had been blown into the water. Several SPERRY crewmen received medals for their heroic efforts.
May 10, 1945 During a fierce battle in which Japanese kamikaze planes struck and seriously damaged the aircraft carrier BUNKER HILL the SPERRY and other destroyers came alongside the burning ship to provide damage control assistance.
May 11, 1945 SPERRY crew was informed that the
August 14, 1945 Word was received that
August 31, 1945 SPERRY enters
January 20, 1946 SPERRY returns to the
March, 1947 Begins peacetime duties as
training ship at Algiers Naval Station,