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
Captain Alfred Richard Olsen, Jr. USN (Ret),
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.
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
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
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
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
Richard Olsen, Jr. USN (Ret)
Dedication and Service
USS John Paul Jones Association
USS John Paul Jones Association presentation
Mini Olsen Family Reunion at the USS John
JPJ Print presented to CAPT. Olsen family
Maytham CDR. USNR (ret.), at
John Paul Jones Association attendees at
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.
former shipmates honored him with respect and loyalty.
He was indeed a good Christian
dedicated his life to the Navy and his family.
His grandson, Luke, continues to carry on the Navy
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
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.”
|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
USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASS0CIATION REUNION
|Please mail this form and your check for registration and tour selections no later than|
|April 7, 2017. MAIL TO:|| USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION
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:__________________________________|
(230/ 932 / 32 / 53)
|Years served on JPJ: From: ____ to ____||Rank/Rate while on JPJ: ______|
725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320
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
PRICES HOLD 3 DAYS BEFORE AND 3 DAYS AFTER REUNION.
|Reunion Registration Fee||@||$120|
|USS John Paul Jones Association Dues||$20.00|
|TOTAL CHECK TO JPJ ASSN ENCLOSED:|