Please Note:  These messages are in reverse chronological order.  That is, the most recent message is displayed first.  Each message is separated with a horizontal bar.

Also Note:  We regret that, because of the attack on America 11 September 2001, we have removed all references to the names of the former and current CO's of the JPJ and replaced them with ** Former CO ** and ** Current CO **.

From:Former CO
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:55 PM
Subject: RE:


It was practically a new facility back then [in 1945]! We had a wonderful Centennial celebration which included marching the recruits over from RTC to Ross Field for their graduation. It has been ten years since that was last done. Senator Kirk and VADM Rondeau served as our speaker and Reviewing Officer, respectively. Have attached a link to a short video of the Centennial ceremony.

I am enjoying the duty here but spend a lot of time on the road with NROTC program. I do hope you'll stop by the next time you are in Chicago.

Former CO

(from her official Navy bio: Vice Adm. Rondeau is President, National Defense University (NDU), which is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. She assumed this post in July 2009).

Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 15:58:26 -0800

The USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION is happy and relieved to see your safe return from a successful and much publicized War time deployment.

Great picture in the SD Union-Tribune.

John McKechnie
CAPT, SC, USN (Ret) Treasurer

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Maytham
To: ** Former CO **
Sent: 24 September, 2001 5:23 PM
Subject: Re: Greetings

** Former CO **,

Glad to know you're OK, although I imagine there were those you knew who weren't
so fortunate. I used to work around the corner from where your office was in CNO
Flag Plot - wonder if it's still there.

Warmest regards from me and the JPJ Assoc.


----- Original Message -----
From: ** Former CO **
To: <>
Sent: 24 September, 2001 2:11 PM
Subject: Greetings


I survived the crash without any bruises. Thanks very much for your
concern. Wish I could say the same for my office. It was a major casualty
of the crash and fire. The plane came in right underneath us and hit the 2nd
and 3rd floors. We were on the 4th floor and everything held together until
we got out. Made for an exciting day. I e-mailed JPJ that I want to come
back to the Gulf where it's safer. (just kidding). We're moved over the
Crystal City for now until the building management folks can sort things
out. Thanks again for your concern.. Sincerely, ** Former CO **

From: Peter Maytham
To: ** Current CO **
Cc: CAPT Robert W., USN (Ret.) Hayler ; CAPT Al Olsen
Sent: 19 September, 2001 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: Reality!

Dear ** Current CO **,

The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the JPJ Association are with you, the officers and crew of DDG-53 following last week's brutal affront to the U.S. and the entire civilized world. We hope there weren't numerous friends and fellow navymen made victim to the attack on the Pentagon, where we haven't heard from Tom Carney as yet.

Some of us here in the Norfolk area saw the Roosevelt Battle Group depart today, which included my new, next-door neighbor, a whirlybird pilot aboard the USS Shreveport. Knowing that they, and especially you, are going to be out there to "Go In Harm's Way", when the time comes, is very reassuring.


God bless you all.

Pete Maytham

----- Original Message -----
From: ** Current CO **
To: 'Peter Maytham'
Cc: AL, CAPT USN (Ret.) Olsen ; CAPT Robert W., USN (Ret.) Hayler ; CAPT John J., SC, USN (Ret.) McKechnie
Sent: 21 September, 2001 1:46 PM
Subject: RE: Reality!


Thanks for your e-mail and especially for your thoughts and prayers for JPJ and her crew.  As a warship should be, we are standing by for any mission that our country asks us to do. The crew is well trained and ready for any contingency. As always, it is my privilege to serve with them and to sail this vessel with such a proud heritage into harms way.  

** Former CO **  is fine. His office was destroyed in the crash, but he is uninjured. I do not know if he was in the building during the crash, I think he was. Many of the officers onboard JPJ had friends that were killed in the Pentagon. The Navy is very small in some respects. We are anxious for our country to win this war and restore the freedom and lifestyle that we all cherish. The support of the American people is going to be absolutely vital to winning this type of conflict. Thank you again for your continuing support of USS John Paul Jones.

Very respectfully, ** Current CO **