Fall News Letter 
From the editor 

Hello shipmates. Hope you have had a good summer. Here in South Carolina, we have had very little spring and no fall yet, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. If you have been keeping up with the news, you have read that the Navy on both coasts has probably moved from condition 4 to condition 3 or more. I hope that the USS Stark mentality has been purged from these commands. Let us all keep our sailors in out thoughts and prayers.

I have included reunion information with this news letter. We will be going to Chesapeake Virginia, right in the middle of Navy central at Norfolk.

Hope to see you in Virginal.

Some ship mate news

Fair Winds and Following Seas Captain Olsen

In Memory.....

Captain Alfred Richard Olsen, Jr. USN (Ret),
91, a long term resident of Arlington, VA, died peacefully surrounded by family members of acute respiratory failure on October 31, 2015 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia. Born in Atlantic City, NJ on April 3, 1924, Alfred was the third of three children born to Alfred R. Sr. and Frances Keating Olsen of Ventnor, NJ. He entered the Naval Academy on July 11, 1941, graduating on June 7, 1944 in the Class of 1945. He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and earned an MBA from The George Washington University. 

Capt. Olsen was a surface warfare officer, serving in eight ships, of which he commanded six. He took part in World War II in the Pacific, the Korean War, the 1958 Lebanon Landings, the 1962 blockade of Cuba, and the Viet Nam War. He commanded: USS ALLEN M. SUMNER (DD-962), USS QUACHITA COUNTY (LST-1071), USS LESTER (DE-1022); USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DD-932); USS SIERRA (AD-18); and USS BIDDLE (CG-34).                                

In 1953, he was executive officer of the ALLEN M. SUMNER en-route to Korea. His commanding officer was critically injured in an automobile accident in Colombo, Ceylon. Then-Lieutenant Olsen remained in command until the ship arrived three weeks later in Yokosuka, Japan. 

He also served as Chief of Staff to Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Four and on the staffs of the Commander Destroyer Force and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Ashore he twice served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and commanded the Naval Intelligence System Support Activity. In 1971, he was the principal surface warfare officer on the Cagle Board, which reorganized Navy training. He subsequently served as the first Director, Surface Warfare Training and Personnel Division.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and Vietnamese Distinguished Service Medal. He retired July 1, 1974. For the next 12 years, he worked for Raytheon Service Company, primarily in logistics planning. 

Capt. Olsen is Past President of the Class of 1945 Association; Past Chairman and Past Treasurer of the Class of 1945 Foundation; Past President of the Circumnavigators Club and Founder and Past National Treasurer of the Surface Navy Association. Today SNA has 6100 members, 25 chapters and 89 corporate members. 

He lived at Goodwin House for the last 11 years of his life, where he was Chairman of the Resident Council and sang in the Encore Chorale. He served as head usher at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church for 40 years. He enjoyed genealogy, gardening, traveling with family and ministering to others.  

Capt. Olsen was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years Dorothea McAnulty Olsen, his two sisters Ruth Coyle and Eleanor Weems and his daughter-in-law Deborah Sebastian Olsen. 

Left to cherish his memory are his grateful and devoted children Fran (Bob Houston) Olsen of VA, Al Olsen of SC, John Olsen of VA, Beth Olsen of GA, Charlie (Susan Mitchell) Olsen of FL and Dotty (Ted) Olsen-DeHon of FL; ten grandchildren Michael (Hilary Dauffenbach –Tabb) Houston of DC, Liz Houston of VA, Laura Olsen of VA, Kate (Shawn Stocking) Olsen of VA, Sarah Olsen of VA, Andrew Tracewell of GA, Emily DeHon of FL, Luke DeHon of VA, Matthew Olsen of CO, and Charles Olsen of FL and one great granddaughter.












Burial with Full Military Honors
Arlington National Cemetery
July 11, 2016  3PM.

CAPT. Alfred Richard Olsen, Jr. USN (Ret)

Dedication and Service

to the

 USS John Paul Jones Association

USS John Paul Jones Association presentation to
CAPT. Olsen by Pete Maytham CDR. USNR (ret.)

Mini Olsen Family Reunion at the USS John Paul Jones
Reunion, Charleston SC

JPJ Print presented to CAPT. Olsen family  by Peter Maytham CDR. USNR (ret.), at the burial

USS John Paul Jones Association attendees at
CAPT. Olsen’s Memorial service

CAPT. Olsen was a co-founder of the USS John Paul Jones Association and a member in good standing.  He freely showed his love and commitment for the association and its shipmates by giving  his very kind heart and grandfatherly style of command when needed through his guidance, mentoring and untiring dedication.  CAPT. Olsen’s  former shipmates honored him with respect and loyalty.  He was indeed a good Christian  man who  dedicated his life to the Navy and his family.  His grandson, Luke, continues to carry on the Navy  family tradition.   “Captain, we wish  for you fair winds and following seas on your journey to be in the presence of our loving GOD”  Captain, we have the watch.   


Don & Margaret Wall

Other News

The former CO of USS john Paul Jones, DDG-53 , Commander Chris Cegielski, took command of the USS Champlain CG 57.


USS John Paul Jones Hosts Leaders to Sea
By Lt. Emelia Spencer, USS John Paul Jones Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) hosted seven civic leaders as part of the Leaders to Sea Program, Aug. 25. 

The Leaders to Sea program is designed to take civic, business and educational leaders to meet and share ideas with Sailors at sea. 

Guests were transported via helicopter from Naval Base Coronado to John Paul Jones operating off the coast of San Diego. They were taken on a guided tour of the ship, followed by a demonstration of the ship’s anti-terrorism capabilities, a lunch with the ship’s officers and finally a transit of San Diego harbor as the ship returned to port. 

“The Leaders to Sea program allowed us to exhibit to our local leaders the excellence of our Sailors and the outstanding capabilities of our ship,” said Cmdr. James Housinger, commanding officer of John Paul Jones. “We were able to discuss how the business of the Navy is accomplished in ships with executives from the civilian sector.” 

Most of the guests visiting John Paul Jones came from well-known businesses in the community, though a few serve as community leaders. Guests were able to ask questions ranging from the daily schedule of Sailors to the combat capabilities of the ship. 

“It was an experience of a lifetime and certainly lived up to its billing,” said David Peckinpaugh, chief executive officer of the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “I walked away thoroughly impressed with the overall naval operation but most importantly, by the people. What a great group of folks… from the commander on down. They were warm, inviting, full of information and highly intelligent. The environment of coaching was evident and the level of responsibility of these kids is truly impressive.” 

Reunion News

The USS John Paul Jones Association invites you to attend our upcoming Reunion
On May 4-7, 2017 at the Marriott Chesapeake, 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA.

Our reunion includes shipmates and family members that have had the privilege to serve on any ship with the name USS John Paul Jones. We gather to fellowship with our shipmates, renew friendships and gain new ones. Our association has a special bond that stretches across 4 hull numbers of destroyers.
Day 1…Our events will include a tour of the Norfolk Naval Base, and the USS Wisconsin, where we will have our Memorial Service on the fantail.
Day 2… Buses will be provided to transport us to Williamsburg, VA. For a day of sight-seeing and shopping.

We will have a Formal Banquet on Saturday evening and a Breakfast Business Meeting on Sunday morning.

The hospitality suite will be open daily, for sea stories and fellowship. Looking forward to seeing you in May 2017.

May 4 thru May 7, 2017

Please mail this form and your check for registration and tour selections no later than
C/O Doug Dirks, Treasurer

10600 NW 85th St
Kansas City MO 64153
Registration Fee covers the cost of: Tour of NOB, Norfolk, Transportation to the USS Wisconsin, and Transportation to Williamsburg, Va. It also covers your banquet meal and breakfast at the business meeting.
Your First Name:
Your First Name: ______________________ Last Name: __________________________
Spouse/Other (if attending):
First Name: ___________________________

Last Name: __________________________
Want a different badge name? If so, please specify: _____________________________________
Street Address: _______________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: ________________________ Will you have a car? [  ] YES [  ] NO 
Phone Number ________________________ E-mail:__________________________________
Hull Number: ______
(230/ 932 / 32 / 53)
Years served on JPJ: From: ____ to ____ Rank/Rate while on JPJ: ______
Marriott Chesapeake
725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Call the hotel: 757-523-1500, mention the USS John Paul Jones
JPJ REUNION RATES - $104 PER NIGHT, plus 14% tax. + $1.00 a night city tax.
This includes an All American Breakfast each morning
Parking and internet are free


Number   Cost Total
Reunion Registration Fee $120 
USS John Paul Jones Association Dues $20.00