Secretary’s Corner -
“Spring is sprung, the grass is riz ……
I wonder where the birdies is?!”
Hopefully, you’re all coming out of winter’s “funk”, enjoying the longer days, and getting that ‘spring-cleaning’ behind you.
As we move – already – into the 2nd quarter of the year, there’s a lot to bring you up-to-date about, and share with you, some good, some not-so-good.
● Farewell – to Bob Hayler, co-founder and first president of the JPJ Assoc. See the special photo section about his life in and out of the Navy. (Note to Online recipients of the JPJ newsletter: the photo section will be posted on the JPJ website – www.ussjohnpauljones.org)
● Seabag - items of interest to all.
● CO DDG-53 Column – JPJ ops update as the ship prepares for overseas deployment.
● Good & Humorous Thoughts –
● Dues – who’s paid to date.
● Reunion 2006 – things are now all set for getting together in San Diego. SIGN UP NOW!!!
Enjoy springtime as much as you can, looking forward to the joys of summer!
It is with great sadness that we say “farewell” to shipmate Bob Hayler, co-founder and first President of the JPJ Assn. An officer, gentleman, as well as a “gentle” man, who inspired those who served with and under him, whose ship-handling ability was greatly admired and respected by officers and enlisted alike, whose calm demeanor and soft-spoken manner belied an inner core of strength and purpose.
From his obituary, we read:
“CAPT Robert W. Hayler, Jr., USN (Ret.), died peacefully on December 18, 2004 at his home in Arlington, Virginia. He was 86 years old. Born on November 29, 1929 in Muncie, Indiana, he was the elder of two sons of the late Vice Admiral Robert W. Hayler and Nola Birch Hayler.
After high-school, he was appointed to the Naval Academy and graduated early in 1941 to begin service in the Pacific. He was serving g as Gunnery Officer on the USS FANNING (DD-385) when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served aboard the FANNING throughout WWII, seeing action in the Solomons, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, among others. He had five commands at sea during his career: USS HARMON (DE-678), USS GOODRICH (DD-831), USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DD-932), Destroyer Division 132, and Destroyer Squadron 32. Among his services wards: Bronze Star with Combat V, American defense (1 star), Asiatic-Pacific campaign (4 stars), National Defense Service Medal (1 star), Star of Military Merit (Chile), and Meritorious Service Medal.”
CAPT Hayler was buried Feb. 7, 2005 in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, attended by his wife, children, grandchildren, navy classmates, shipmates, and friends.
Following a long illness, Barbara Hayler, his lovely wife of 47 years, died Feb. 20, 2005, and was buried alongside her husband.
CAPT Robert W. Hayler, Jr. (USN) Ret. Nov. 29, 1918 - Dec. 18, 2004
CAPT. R.W. Hayler, Jr. Sea Scouts – 1930 (front row, 4th from left)
LT Hayler, USN, CO USS Harmon DE-678, WWII
LT Hayler and
ADM & Mrs. Robt. Carney, (CNO Ret.) present
painting of Inspection at sea
aboard USS JPJ DD-932
Mayor of Kirkcudbright, Scotland
Descendant of CO of HMS Serapis meets CO
CAPT’s R.W. (R) and Bill Hayler at Commissioning
Summit of Pike's Peak - JPJ Reunion, Aug. 1996
USS HAYLER DD-997,
13 June 2003
CAPT Hayler and CDR Maytham on wing of bridge,
Arlington National Cemetery, 7 Feb. 2005
USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53)
28 March 2005
After a very long six weeks, we are finally pierside where we are going through an availability period, coupled with our pre-overseas movement prior to deployment. Every step of the way, the crew has performed above all expectations and is ready to relax and unwind with family and friends prior to departing on our sixmonth deployment.
We pulled in late last week after completing Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the NIMITZ STRIKE GROUP. Although we will not deploy with them, it was our one chance to conduct advanced phase training and provide us with the necessary certifications to make us ready for deployment. At the beginning of the exercise I told the crew that our goal was to make the strike group wish we were deploying with them, and I think we accomplished our goal. As this was the first time we have operated with the strike group and did not have the opportunity to conduct intermediate phase training with them, the operators put in many long hours to demonstrate seamless integration with the strike group--whether performing our critical roles in Undersea Warfare, Strike Warfare or Air Defense the crew was hitting on all cylinders and they received rave reviews.
Prior to JTFEX we had the opportunity to conduct a three-day port visit in Acapulco, Mexico. Escaping the rainy season in Southern California, the weather was beautiful – clear skies and temperatures in the 90’s throughout the visit. This was the first foreign port we called on since returning from our last deployment and the crew had a great time. While there, we had an opportunity to meet with two Mexican Navy Vice Admirals who served as zone and region commanders as well as host a brunch and tour for the consulate, Senior Mexican Navy Officers as well as local government officials
In my last update I mentioned that we were about to undergo a twelve-week maintenance availability. That availability was completed and it proved to be highly successful. Some of the major work accomplished included the installation of Super High Frequency (SHF) satellite communications capability as well as a revolutionary software upgrade to our AEGIS combat suite. We completed all the requisite operation and verification testing and are ready for our upcoming deployment.
Although I cannot discuss deployment dates, nor proposed port visits, the crew is very excited about the prospects of this deployment. I look forward to telling you about the exercises and port visits as they occur through future newsletter updates.
Thanks for all your support and keep us in your thoughts.
● Veterans’ History Project –
The Veterans History Project collects and preserves the extraordinary wartime stories of ordinary people.
Vivid as if they happened yesterday, these heartfelt accounts make us laugh, cry and remember. The stories are not a formal history of war, but a treasure trove of individual feeling and personal recollections. Through stories, we can form a personal connection with the storyteller and begin to truly know and understand the human experience.
Our primary focus is on first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following 20th Century wars: World War I (1914-1920); World War II (1939-1946); Korean War (1950-1955); Vietnam War (1961-1975); Persian Gulf War (1990-1995); Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001- present).
In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.
The Project greatly values and appreciates veterans' stories from additional combat arenas, and those received will be processed as resources allow.
The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to interview, record, compile and donate materials. All are encouraged to participate: veterans, civilians, adults, young people, men, women, scholars, students, amateurs, and experts. In turn, participants can rely on the Library of Congress to preserve, catalog, and share these collections now and in the future.
The Veterans History Project is made possible by the generous support of the United States Congress, AARP (Founding Corporate Sponsor) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust.
● USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 Foundation -
News of our sister ship:
USS Barry (DD-933), Navy Yard, Washington, DC
USS Edson (DD-946), USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York City,
USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931), Baltimore, Maryland
USS Turner Joy (DD-951), Bremerton, Washington
Good & Humorous Thoughts –
● Old USMC Math …. Semper Fi!!!
The Korean War, in which the Marine Corps fought and won some of its most brutal battles, was not without its gallows humor.
During one such conflict a ROK (Republic of Korea) commander, whose unit was fighting along with the Marines, called legendary Marine Genl. Chesty Puller to report a major Chinese attack in his sector.
"How many Chinese are attacking you?" asked Puller.
"Many, many Chinese!" replied the excited Korean officer.
Puller asked for another count and got the same answer "Many, many Chinese!"
"X*# dammit!" swore Puller, "Put my Marine liaison officer on the radio."
In a minute, an American voice came over the air: "Yes, sir?"
"Lieutenant," growled Chesty, "exactly how many Chinese you got up there?"
"Colonel, we got a whole shitload of Chinese up here!
"Thank God," exclaimed Puller, "at least there's someone up there who knows how to count!"
DUES PAYERS – YOU ARE GOOD UNTIL February 2006
2006 - SAN DIEGO REUNION REGISTRATION AND NAME BADGE INFO
First Name or Nickname ______________________ Last Name _______________________________
Spouse First Name ________________Last Name _______________________________
Street Address _____________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip ____________________________________________________________
Work Phone __________________________________________
Home Phone __________________________________________
**Your name badge name if different: __________________________________
**YEARS served? DD230 ___________, DD932 _________, DDG32 __________, DDG53 __________.
**What was / is your rank / rate - rating on JPJ? ________________
RATE: $109 per night single or double occupancy. MENTION USS JOHN PAUL JONES REUNION. Parking – discounted to $2.00 per day.
– ______ROASTER NEW YORK STRIP w/Bordelaise
– ______HERB CRUSTED HALIBUT
– ______VEGETARIAN (chefs Choice)
– Dinners include Salad, fresh rolls, Dessert & Coffee, Decaf & Tea
MAIL REUNION FEE $136 PER/PERSON TO:
USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSN
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10TH REUNION USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION
(DD230, DD932, DDG32 & DDG53)
Location: TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT – 500 Hotel Circle North, (Mission Valley)
San Diego, CA 92108. Reservations - Call 1-800-772-8527. Ask for Royal Palm Towers rooms in the name of JOHN PAUL JONES ASSO.
Resort Room Rate: $109.00 per night single or dbl. Parking $2.00 PER DAY.
Reunion Asso.registration fee: $136.00 per person - payable to the Asso.
Hotel Web site WWW.TOWNCOUNTRY.COM
JPJ Assn web site: http://www.ussjohnpauljones.org/Reunion_2006.htm
CHECK-IN - Thursday February 16, 2006, CHECK-OUT Monday February 20, 2006
And a tour of San Diego Maritime Museum /STAR OF INDIA and MORE http://www.sdmaritime.com/ContentPage.asp?ContentID=9 .
CONTACT SAN DIEGO VISITORS BUREAU FOR MORE INFO -
For visitor information: