The SixGun









Vol. XIV  Issue 31 Official Newsletter of the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association  January 2011  







A Happy New Year to all our members!


As we begin the New Year, I want to mention two important issues that our association needs to address.


First, there has been a slow but steady decline in our membership during the past few years.   Reasons for this include loss of interest, economic conditions, health issues, and deaths.   Second, there has been no formal, consistent campaign for maintaining or growing our membership, or for recruiting former shipmates who fail to submit applications.


Although we have made a few individual efforts through the years to keep in touch with former shipmates, it has become necessary to develop a more effective program if we are to keep the association from slowly fading into the sunset.


Since being elected Vice President at the 2010 reunion in Charleston, Jess Mayberry has been involved in a recruiting program, and his efforts have paid off. Gary Chesser and Manfred Hilberer have also been actively recruiting former Sperry shipmates and several added to the roster because of their efforts.  


Recruiting efforts will continue in 2011. We will be using mail-outs, e-mails, telephone contacts and other methods so that we not only stay in touch with current members but also will reach out to other shipmates who, for whatever reason, have failed to renew their membership.


Every member may join in this campaign by keeping in touch with those shipmates they served with.  Please help the recruiting efforts by staying in contact with former shipmates and encouraging them to maintain their membership in the Sperry association. Your efforts will be rewarded.


 The results of recruiting efforts will be published in the SIX GUN newsletters.


B. W. Jennings




Vice President:  Jess Mayberry reports he has made several contacts but at this time, the shipmates are not interested in joining. He continues to call, write, and email members who are have not joined or renewed their membership. He asked that each member contact a shipmate and encourage them to join.



Treasurer's Report:




JANUARY 7, 2011




OCTOBER 1, 2010                           BEGINNING BALANCE                                                             $122.98


ACTIVITY FROM OCTOBER 1, 2010 UP TO DECEMBER 31 2010:        _________                        


OCTOBER                                         INCOME: MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS                                  $370.00


                                                            INCOME: SHIP’S STORE                                                            $38.86


NOVEMBER                                     INCOME: MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS                                  $405.00


                                                            EXPENSE: B. W. JENNINGS - 

                                                            REIMBURSEMENT FOR SHIP’S STORE                  $-38.86


DECEMBER                                      INCOME: MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS                                  $100.00


                                                            EXPENSE: B. W. JENNINGS TO REPAY

                                                            LOAN TO OPEN NEW CHECKING ACCT.              $-100.00


                                                            EXPENSE: INVOICE-EYRE BUS TOUR DEPOSIT

                                                            FOR 2011 REUNION                                                    $-250.00             


                                                            EXPENSE: CHARLESTON CONVENTION &

                                                            GROUP SERV. FOR OUTSTANDING BAL.

                                                            ON 2010 REUNION TOUR                                          $-151.70


DECEMBER 31, 2010 ENDING BALANCE                                                                                      $496.28



A full report of the findings of the investigation into the Association’s financial records will be provided at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the USS Charles S. Sperry DD697 Association in Annapolis, MD.


Gary Chaser


USS Charles S. Sperry DD697 Association






Mike Schlomas is inquiring about his father, Albert Schlomas.  Mike thinks his father served as a Torpedo-Man 1st Class...perhaps during the early 1950's. If you remember Albert Schlomas please contact Mike at: 773-343-8443 cell, or 773-445-8443 home


We Proudly Remember


John Benjamin Morland was born to George and Hattie Morland on July 15, 1911. He died on November 9, 2010. He was born on a farm near Haven, Kansas. He graduated from Haven High School in 1929 and from the United States Naval Academy in 1934. He served on various ships and during World War II on four consecutive destroyers for fifteen months each: USS Badger, DD126; USS Dyson DD 572, as Executive Officer until 1943; on the USS Stanly 478; USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697, as Commanding Officer. Following the war, he held assignments to the USS Quincy CA38, Naval War College, Armed Forces Staff College and USS Amphenol AR13. Awards were the Presidential Unit Citation for service on the Dyson and the Stanly, three Bronze Star Awards with Combat V, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, one Navy Commendation Ribbon with Combat V, and the Pacific Area Ribbon with nine stars for campaigns. Two wonderful wives predeceased him: Marietta Diaz Silviers Morland and Helen Lawson Morland.

He is survived by his darling wife MaryGrayce Cheves Morland; daughter, Michelle, and son-in-law, Roger  Shaul, of Charlotte, NC; sister, Mary Neill, of San Bernardino, CA; step daughter, Denise Standiford, of Gainesville, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Vice Admiral Denis-James and Gloria Downey, of McLean, Va.;  nephew, Denis Downey, of Fairfax, VA; granddaughter, Lisa Thompson and her husband David, of Alexandria, Va.; grandsons, Ben Shaul and Robby Shaul, of Charlotte, NC. Captain Morland taught electronics, vocational education and physics for four years at Gainesville High School and for six years at North Community College of Ocala, FL.


Time to say good-bye






Alma Rougeux, 80, passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.  Alma was born to Loyd and Mary Ella Honea in Electra on Jan. 28, 1930. She was happiest when with her family, and was the ultimate grandma. "Gran" to her grandchildren, she loved each one of them in her own, unique way. She was "Sugar" to her husband, Blair Rougeux, whom she wed in holy matrimony more than 61 years ago. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.  Survivors: Her husband; sons, Skitch and his wife, Christine, and Curt and his wife, Jann; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  Published in Star-Telegram on December 14, 2010                


Bob and I met Alma in 1991 when we attended our first USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association reunion in New Orleans. The minute we met, it was an instant friendship. That is the way Alma was.  She was your true friend.  Alma spent endless hours working at the registration table at the Sperry reunions.  She never met a stranger and always had a smile on her face. 


Although the glow of her bright smile is absent from us her spirit shall remain.  It is the glow of her spirit that will guide us.  She will be remembered for her loyalty, loving heart, brilliant smile and her dedication to her family and the USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association. She was a faithful and true friend, a diamond among the finest of jewels whose heart had no boundaries.   


Her lesson in life was to love and forgive, talk to each other often, treasure special moments that life gives, and strive to always improve as a friend. Her life was a generous one and her unselfish deeds are now precious memories.













Elaine Smaleck passed on September 27, 2010.  When we see the beautiful shining sun as we look to heaven we know it is our friend smiling down on us.  She had courage, vision, humility and love. Her memory will survive the years that will come and go and her love is everlasting. She was and she is our friend. The association could always count on Elaine to provide beautiful door prizes not only from her and Bill but from her family. Her smile could light up a room and she will be missed.





               You Could Win!!!

                    The officers are donating one "free" night at the DoubleTree Hotel                                                    

                    during the reunion. Tickets for a chance to win the free night

                    will be available to purchase when you pick up your registration

                    packet in the Hospitality Room. 




Visit the website to purchase:  Sperry caps for $9.75 plus shipping, Sperry jackets lined at a cost of $22 and unlined for $20, Sperry Car Tag Border for just $2, Sperry Logo Portfolio for $5, and Sperry Cookbooks, for only $7. Shipping cost will vary for each item. 





Nominating Committee


The nominating committee members for election of officers are Jim Callahan, chair, 732.240.6204, Frank Padellaro, 732.240.7627, and Bob Henk, 651.429.0347.


If you are willing to serve the association as an officer, or one of the two appointed positions, please contact one of the committee members. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.




Gary Chesser is in the process of updating the web site now.




            Roy Tosten reported that Alma has been in the hospital and care facility          due to a massive stroke since October 11, 2010. She had to have a tracheotomy. Roy is hoping she will soon be able to breathe on her own so he can bring her home.  Roy is now on oxygen and the daily travel to visit Alma is taking a toll on his health.  Drop them a card at 843 Garvey Rd., Piney Creek, NC 28663.


          Casey Case has cancer from asbestosis and had chemo for 6 months. Casey's address is P. O. Box 185, Winter, WI 54896


          Lewis Sweezy enjoys hearing from shipmates and says his legs just will not carry him where he wants to go.


          Capt. Murland Searight and wife Ginny had a very nice Christmas and New Year.  Capt. Searight is happy since he can go skiing. They are planning to attend the reunion in Annapolis and look forward to seeing everyone.


          B. W. and Barbara Jennings send a huge "Thank You" to the many shipmates who have written and called checking on their daughter, Tami after her double lung transplant.  Unfortunately, a microorganism from her blood stream has invaded the new lungs. She is now back on two antibiotics. Please continue to pray for Tami.


            Richard Perkins had the trip of a life time he said when he, along with 35 other veterans from the Brookshire's World War II Heroes Flight, traveled to Washington, DC to visit a memorial erected to honor their service.  Richard served from 1943 to 1945. He served aboard the Sperry from1950 - 1951. During his service, he was awarded five battle stars. The best part of the trip was seeing his great grandchildren.















            Thomas Hill reported they would not be able to attend the reunion due to having their first great-grandchild. Congratulations to Tom and Dorothy.




Directions to the Reunion Hotel

From South and Washington DC: Take Route 50 East to Exit 22, Riva Rd.  Follow signs to Riva Rd. and make left at light onto Riva Rd.  At second light, turn left onto Holiday Court.


From North: Take I-95 to I-895 South to I-895 Spur South. Exit onto I-97 South, continue on Route 50 East to Exit 22-Riva Rd.  Follow signs to Riva Rd. and turn left at light onto Riva Rd. At second light, turn left onto Holiday Court.

From East: Take Route 50 West across the Bay Bridge. Continue on Route 50 to Exit 22, Riva Rd. exit. Follow signs to Riva Rd. and turn left at light onto Riva Rd.  At second light, turn left onto Holiday Court.

From West: Take I-70 East to I-695 South, Exit onto I-97 South, continue to Route 50 East to Exit 22 Riva Rd.   Follow signs to Riva Rd. and turn left at light onto Riva Rd. At second light, turn left onto Holiday Court.


Doubletree Hotel Annapolis


210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland, United States 21401
Tel: 1-410-224-3150   Fax: 1-410-224-3413






For your comfort and convenience                                         

  • Automated Teller (ATM); 3.00 USD
  • Baggage Storage
  • Concierge Desk
  • Elevators
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry/Valet Service
  • Local Area Transportation
  • Lounge
  • Luggage Hold
  • Multi-Lingual Staff
  • News Stand
  • On-Site Convenience Store
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box


Enterprise Rental will give a 5% discount to Sperry members when they rent a vehicle at the Baltimore Airport.  Call 1-410-684-3295 and ask to speak to Katy.  Identify yourself as USS Charles S. Sperry DD 697 Association member.


Please be sure to bring an item to donate for the silent auction!










A Tribute to Veterans

Submitted by: Iris Davis, Widow of Virgil Davis


Remember ...

It is the veteran, not the preacher who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician who has given us the right to vote.

It's the veteran, not the reporter, who gave us our freedom of the press.

It's the veteran, not the poet, who gave us our freedom of speech.

It's the veteran, not the campus organizer, who gave us our freedom to demonstrate.

It's the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, who salutes the flag, who serves others with respect for the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows protesters to burn the flag.

And who is the veteran?

He is the POW...

She is the nurse...

He is the drill instructor... the parade-riding...the career Quartermaster...

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb of the Unknown...

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket who helped liberate a Nazi death camp.

He is the bathroom loudmouth whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

He is your quick-to-anger golf buddy with a Simper FI bumper sticker on his truck...

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so other would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "thank you."  That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "Thank you."



Author Unknown






How much does a Navy Sailor make per Year? Average Annual Seaman/Recruit Salary Range 2010


               The average salary of a new Navy recruit is $30,700 per year in 2010. A Navy sailor with two years of experience can make a total salary of $63,500 per year, including service allowance, base salary, uniform maintenance allowance, and seagoing allowance. A naval seaman’s salary is primarily determined by their rank and position, and enhanced by special training and skills. A medical officer can make upwards of $50,000 per year as a base salary even with only a few years of experience. A vocational trainee makes between $35,000 and $40,000 per year as a base salary.



                (Submitted by Manfred Hilberer, ('68-'71)


               One day a Navy Chief was invited by his Captain to eat lunch at the Officer's Club.  When they entered the main dining room, they found the place was quite crowded.  They noticed three Lieutenants who were sitting at table with two empty chairs, so the Captain asked them if they could join them.


               They promptly invited them to join them.  They ordered lunch and joined them in converstion as they ate.   At one point, the Chief mentioned that he had observed characteristics about many officers from which he could determine the source of their commissioning.  The Lieutenants were eager to hear about this and asked if he could tell how each of them had been commissioned.


               The Chief turned to the Lieutenant on his left and said he went through ROTC.   The Lieutenant confirmed that was correct and asked how he had determined this.  The Chief replied that the Lieutenant, through his conversation, seemed to have a strong academic background but limited military experience.


               The Chief then told the Lieutenant on his right that he had gone through OCS with previous enlisted service.  The Lieutenant confirmed that this was correct and also asked how he had determined this.   The Chief said, through his conversation, that the Lieutenant seemed to have a firm military background and a lot of common sense. 


               The Lieutenant across the table from the Chief asked if he had determined his source of commission   The Chief replied that the Lieutenant had graduated from the United States Naval Academy.  The Lieutenant stated that was correct and asked if he had noticed his high level of intelligence, precise military bearing, or other superior qualities he had acquired at the United States Naval Academy. 


               The Chief replied that it was none of these that led him to his determination.   He had simply observed the Lieutenant's class ring while he was picking his nose.


               Now you know why Chiefs are no longer invited to the Officers Club.







B. W. Jennings

2018 Concord

Deer Park, TX 77536



Vice President

Jess Mayberry

132 Granite Way                                                                        

Wentzville, MO 63385




Gary Chesser

1407 Old Hwy. 12

Starkville, MS 39759




Barbara Jennings

2018 Concord

Deer Park, TX 77536



Appointed Positions


Web Master

Gary Chesser

1407 Old Hwy. 12

Starkville, MS 39759




Roy Welch

144 Triple R Lane

Crossville, TN 38571