Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Houston monument not damaged by Hurricane Rita

We can be very thankful that the USS Houston monument in downtown Houston was not damaged from Hurricane Rita. However, it has suffered from the extremely hot and dry conditions in Houston this year and some minor repairs will soon need to be made.
-- phone: 630-653-6286

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

U. of Houston Library and Cruiser Houston Collection

A note came from Pat Bozeman, Head of Special Collections, at the University of Houston Library where the Cruiser Houston Collection is archived. She reports that the library sustained no damage from Hurricane Rita!  Great news!

Sicklist Update

We have several men on the sicklist. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Ray Goodson (Jacksonville, FL) has been in the hospital with pneumonia.
Gus Forsman (recently moved to Kerrville, TX) has also been hospitalized with pneumonia.
Gene Wilkinson (Santa Barbara, CA) is recovering from hip surgery.
Otto Schwarz (Union, NJ) is still recovering from a procedure done several months ago.
Howard Brooks (Mount Laurel, NJ); ill, but no info available.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Thanks to the people of Houston

Many USS Houston survivors and Next Generation-ers send their thanks and appreciation to the people of Texas and especially Houston for their kindness and generosity to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Sue Kreutzer, daughter of Paul Papish, writes "This is not the first time the great and honorable people of Houston have rallied behind their fellow Americans in a great time of need. What would America do without you? What an example of courage and generosity you are to us all! While we who live far away can only watch and agonize with the victims of Katrina, you all have physically "stepped up to the plate" once again! Thank you so much for easing the suffering of our fellow Americans in need. We salute you!"

Gus Forsman

Gus Forsman is in the VA hospital with pneumonia. There is concern about his oxygen levels since he has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) as well, but he has been on mega doses of antibiotics and his daughter Diane says he is doing much better.

Jim McFarland

Jim "TJ" McFarland peacefully passed away on 9-2-05. Our sincere condolences to his family.