Monday, September 07, 2009

The Treaty Cruisers:

The Treaty Cruisers: A Warship Review
An interesting review of these cruisers of which USS Houston was one.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Arlington and the Asiatic Fleet

Phil Gans and John Schwarz place flowers for Irma and John Stefanek at Arlington. Many more photos and explanations are at the Picture link for the USNAF Reunion (Asiatic Fleet) Photos at usasiaticfleet.org . There was a trip to Mt. Vernon and to the USMC Museum as well as Arlington and the Navy Memorial - featuring the Asiatic Fleet Room. Some of the album entries are short videos - worth a watch !

You should be able to view the asiatic fleet site as a casual visitor but if you take a username and password you will get updates when information is added to the site. (It is a new means for the Asiatic membership to work together more closely using the web).

Below is a part of John's note (edited) to Val:

I got the subtle message across that there is so much that can get done when enough Next Generationers get involved and step up and get busy. That was my subliminal message . It was nice to see how much we are doing with the Next Generations.

We had a fabulous experience at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday; saw and placed flowers on no less than three CA-30 gravestones- Schwarz, Gans, Stefanek, Batchelor. With me was Trudy, Vic Campbell and Karen, and Phil gans with daughter Katrina. We also saw our marker, the Cruiser Sailors marker, the collombarium, 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and then the new section with the young people from Operation Iraq Freedom. There, we met a father who has lost his son who had a truck dedicated to this young man. It was dressed with all sorts of memorial elements that were worked on by body shops, etc. This was so touching I cannot even describe. He was from New Jersey, William Koch Jr., representing the 'Service Center' which is dedicated to soldiers, families and Veterans of the armed forces. He made up for hundreds of other nimcumpoops that are out there in this world, what as inspiring man to meet. This is on the heels of Vic's proclamation that the other set of heroes out there today are the parents of these kids that we are losing to war. What a day at Arklington. Vic chronicled this whole week-end pictorially.
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