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Time Marches On !!!

A little over 3 months before shipmates are piped aboard the USS JPJ Assoc. reunion in Charleston …. 14 weeks, or 98 days to be exact, as I write this June 21st!

Shipmate Don Wall has been regularly reminding everyone to sign up, and I’m doing the same.

Interesting and exciting things have been happening since the last newsletter, including:

a large contingent of New Members
exciting news of JPJ DDG-53’s recent deployment, now enroute San Diego after a successful tour to Asia and the Middle East.
honored, memorial journey by a DD-230 shipmate
shipmates registered for the Charleston reunion

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see old shipmates, and meet new ones in Charleston.

BE WITH US 27-30 Sept.!!!

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Pete Maytham
President

New Members

Word’s been spreading about joining the JPJ Assoc. …. 6 new members since the last newsletter in March, mostly from DDG-32!

Thomas Barnes - IC3, DD-932, 1965-’66.
Whittier, CA lapriveye@aol.com
Chester Bock -  SR, DDG-32;  1982-83. Perkinston,MS ccwrecker228@yahoo.com
Randy Campbell HT3, DDG-32, 1975-76. Kennewick, WA ranbud@gmail.com
William Hanson - STG1, DDG-32, 1974-79.
San Diego, CA whanson@san.rr.com
John Hartley - PN3, DDG-32, 1981-82.
Phoenix, AZ  johnghartley1@gmail.com
Gerald Meyer - MM3, DDG-32, 1967-71.  Rochester, MN
Tel: 505-226-8167;  No email

To all, a most hearty

WELCOME ABOARD!!!

 


CO’s Column - DDG-53

John Paul Jones Association,

Greetings from the South China Sea! 

As I type this, JOHN PAUL JONES is homeward bound after a successful 7-month Arabian Gulf deployment.  I relieved CDR Chris Cegielski on the 1st of March 2012 in a ceremony in Jebel Ali, UAE, and it’s an honor and a real privilege to be here. 

So far, the ship has visited Guam, Phuket, Bahrain, Jebel Ali, Kuala Lumpur, and we’re headed toward Hong Kong and Hawaii prior to returning home to San Diego in July.  Along the way, we’ve conducted numerous missions in the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific. We managed to rescue 24 mariners from a burning, listing chemical tanker in the Gulf.  It’s been a challenging but very rewarding deployment.

After some leave and upkeep this summer, JOHN PAUL JONES will return to the yards this fall to be the first (and only) AEGIS Baseline 9 Destroyer.  We’ll essentially gut the entire combat system and replace it with new operating consoles, sensors and computing power.  While no Sailor relishes an opportunity to spend time in the yards, the crew is excited to watch the new system take shape and to test and operate the future combat system for the surface Navy.

Like they always have, JOHN PAUL JONES and her crew will lead the way!

Again, I’m very privileged to be here, and I look forward to meeting many of you through this tour and in the future.   Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself and to brag a bit about the wonderful crew here.  All the very best.       

Very respectfully,

Jon Duffy
Commander, USN
Commanding Officer



Mar. 15, 2012                                                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                                                             Release #036-12

John Paul Jones, Baranof Rescued 24 Filipino Mariners

By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

ARABIAN GULF – Guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318) rescued 24 Filipino mariners in Arabian Gulf, March 15.

At approximately 2 a.m., local time, John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces’ Commander, Task Force 152, responded to a distress call from the Liberian-flagged motor vessel Stolt Valor, operating within international waters 48 nautical miles southeast of Farsi Island, Iran.

Once on scene, John Paul Jones spotted one of two life rafts signaling with a small light and launched its rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to investigate. They discovered 16 people in the first life raft and an additional eight mariners in the second life raft.

“We were ready to assist and we were fortunately in the position to help,” said Cmdr. Jon Duffy, commanding officer, John Paul Jones.

Stolt Valor’s master confirmed one crew member died during an explosion. The 24 rescued Filipino mariners were in good health and did not require medical assistance. They were provided food, water, and blankets.

“Coming to the aid of fellow mariners in trouble and conducting search and rescues at sea are critical skills that the Navy trains us to get right,” said Duffy. “I couldn’t be more proud of how our crews reacted from the initial distress call to when every survivor was safe on deck.”

At approximately 7:30 a.m., the 24 survivors were transferred from John Paul Jones to Baranof for repatriation in Manama, Bahrain.

Stolt Valor is a chemical tanker carrying approximately 13,000 metric tons of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), which is used to increase oxygen content in gasoline throughout the U.S., to reduce carbon monoxide and ozone levels caused by auto emissions. MTBE is considered soluble, but not biodegradable.

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Battle Watch Officer reported the incident to the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Center (MEMAC), who dispatched tugs with fire fighting capability to the scene.

U.S. 5th Fleet’s Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) contacted Stolt-Nielsen Limited to establish a line of communication between the military and the shipping company’s crisis response team. The environmental impact is unknown at this time.

John Paul Jones and Baranof continued their missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces’ Commander, Task Force 152, is conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Baranof is assigned to Commander, Task Force 55 and U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.

ARABIAN GULF (March 15, 2012) The Liberian-flagged motor vessel (MV) Stolt Valor is on fire in the Arabian Gulf. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) rescued 24 Filipino mariners from two Stolt Valor life rafts. John Paul Jones is assigned to Combined Maritime Forces' Commander, Task Force 152, conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

ARABIAN GULF (March 15, 2012) Ensign Darius Mercer, right, and Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), transfer six rescued Filipino mariners to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318). John Paul Jones rescued the mariners when their ship, the Liberian-flagged motor vessel (MV) Stolt Valor, caught fire in the Arabian Gulf. Baranof transported the rescued mariners to Manama, Bahrain for repatriation. John Paul Jones is assigned to Combined Maritime Forces' Commander, Task Force 152, conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. Baranof is assigned to Commander, Task Force 55 and U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

 


Shipmate News -

What honor looks like: The flash mob at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport

May 23, 2012
By Chris Muller

Honor is a hard term to describe.  It doesn’t have a color or weight or shape.  If someone were to ask me what honor looked like, I’d probably struggle with what to say.

But something happened on May 23, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport that might change that.  A flash mob of sorts broke out. But not like you’ve seen on YouTube with highly choreographed dance numbers or people singing a song in unison.  In fact, virtually all of the participants of this “flash mob” didn’t know they would be participating until moments before it happened.

Let me explain.  Shortly before 9:30 over the loud speakers, a US Airways gate attendant announced that an Honor Flight of World War II veterans would be arriving momentarily and encouraged anyone passing by to help greet them.  Five or six people looked like they were officially part of the welcoming committee, and the rest of the people in the secure section of the airport were regular old travelers going somewhere.  Then I had a terrible thought.  What if these veterans came off the plane and just those five or six individuals were there to greet them.  I walked a gate over to help see the veterans out.

But – then it happened and frankly, I wasn’t expecting it.  All throughout the terminal, people left their gates and gathered around gate 38.  A few active military personnel in plain clothes approached the gate attendant and politely asked if they could  join in the salute within the jet way as the heroes first stepped off the plane.  Every human being in the terminal stood at attention and faced the door.

Someone held up an old newspaper from 1945 that had a banner headline that said, “Nazis Quit!”  And when I saw that newspaper, I realized that World War II wasn’t just a chapter in a history book.  It was men and women who saw an evil like the world has never seen before and traveled across the world to meet that evil.  And they defeated it.

I wonder if in 1945, any of those brave soldiers could ever imagine that 67 years later, we’d still be basking in the freedom that they preserved.  And some of those heroes were about to walk through Gate 38.

The first soldier walked through the door.  Old, frail and needing help walking.  And every person I could see in the entire airport stood and applauded.  No – maybe cheered is more like it.

But here’s the thing – the applause didn’t stop.  For a full 20 minutes, as veteran by veteran stepped out of the jet way, the US Airways wing of Reagan National Airport thundered in appreciation.  Travelers stepped out for the opportunity to shake their hand while others held back tears.

This is the America we picture in our heads.  Heroes getting a hero’s welcome and those who enjoy the freedom adequately conveying their gratitude.

Now, I know what honor looks like.
http://www.mullerover.com/2012/05/23/what-honor-looks-like-the-flash-mob-at-gate-38-of-reagan-national-airport/

Our own Harvey Diamond, DD-230, was aboard the “Honor Flight”. He sent the following, typically-unassuming comment:

PETE, I WENT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH THE HONOR FLIGHT ....WE WENT FROM LONG ISLAND TO WASH.   AND THEN TO MONUMENT (WW2)  BY BUS ....WHAT A GREAT TRIP, AND WE WERE GREETED ALL THE WAY JUST AS IN THIS ARTICLE ...THEY DESERVE A LOT OF CREDIT ...HAD A WONDERFUL TIME...LUNCH ...DINNER AND SAW ALL THE SIGHTS ...HARV


Jerry Neeland (DD-932 plankowner) has been in-and-out of the hospital since the beginning of the year with problems relating to a knee-replacement. The most recent “visit” was the beginning of May for 2-3 weeks. When he came home just before Memorial Day, he emailed:

Pete, home again! They removed the replacement-knee, and I’m being fed antibiotics by tube at home.  I cannot walk, no weight on the leg, and the next knee is scheduled for July 16th. I will have from then until reunion time to get ready.  Jerry

We wish Jerry a speedy and full recovery.

From shipmate JP Lanza:

January 1957 I went aboard the JPJ while in drydock, Boston, next to the USS Constitution. In September 1958 I was mustered out of the Navy from the JPJ while in drydock, Boston, next to the USS Constitution. LCDR Emme made a little ceremony of it by having three of us make a parting salute from Old Ironsides. I just received an order to build 8 oversized sea chests for the USS Constitution. Ain’t that a hoot.  JP


Reunion - Charleston, SC - Sept. 27-30 2012

Dear Crew & Mates,

Your reunion committee is excited to present to you our planning materials for our Charleston reunion this fall.

We have attempted to fit in as much as possible while maintaining our reunion fee at the same level as that of the four day reunions in Nashville and Buffalo.  Charleston has succeeded San Francisco as the nation’s number one tourist destination and you will see why when you get here.  Our Holiday Inn headquarters was chosen because of its close proximity to most of Charleston’s major attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Day One of our reunion will begin with an orientation bus tour of the downtown area and the Battery where many of the fine homes are located.  We will then cross over the Cooper River to Patriots Point, board the USS Yorktown CV-10 - the “Fighting Lady” - for a tour, lunch in the CPO mess and to memorialize those who have left us behind.  The Medal of Honor museum on board Yorktown is an inspiring insight to the heroism and sacrifice made by many of our young people in defense of our country.  Moored alongside the Yorktown are the recently overhauled USS Laffey (DD-724) and the USS Clamagore (SS-343) also beckoning you to visit.

Our banquet speaker will be Captain Jim Chandler who commanded the USS Wainwright CLG-28 during the 1988 naval action in the Persian Gulf against the Iranians.  One Naval Academy historian has included the firefight as one of the five naval battles that has shaped American history.  What a current topic that will be!

There are many sights to see and things to do.  We have included on the registration form four optional tours recommended to us by our local contacts,.  We are fortunate to have timed our reunion to coincide with the first days of the world renowned house and garden tour of historic, private homes and their manicured gardens.  Our reunion span is far too short to take in all that the low country of South Carolina has to offer so plan to come early and stay late.  See you in September!

Your reunion committee,
Ed Ettinger, Chairman
Andy Longo
Bill Gallagher
George Grove

It is important to book your room now to guarantee our special rate; and we also need an early head count to finalize our planning. Your hotel reservation can be cancelled with 24 hours notice - and we will refund your reunion fee if you unexpectedly have to change your plans and notify us by August 15, 2012.  So don’t procrastinate - head for the brow and come aboard!!

Contact - Ed Ettinger   860-572-0899; cell 860 961-4511; ejettinger@snet.net

 


USS JOHN PAUL JONES REUNION
THE OPTIONAL TOURS

The Citadel  - Friday Afternoon (after Charleston/Patriots Point Tour)
$44 pp

The West Point of the South, educating men and women in a military environment and preparing future leaders not only in the Services but in professional and political careers.  One of the former commanding officers of the USS JOHN PAUL JONES DDG53 was a Citadel graduate.  Noted author Pat Conroy has written several books using his background as a student including Lords of Discipline, My Losing Season and The Boo.  Viewing the dress parades on Friday afternoon is a Charleston tradition.  Guided tour includes transportation to and from hotel and a tour of the Citadel campus.

Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter Saturday     44 pp

Three and a half hour boat trip to where the Civil War began. Great harbor views of gorgeous homes lining the seawalls, dolphins playing in the wake and so on. National Park Service guides of the Fort.  Includes transportation from and to hotel.

-or -

Boone Hall Plantation – Saturday       $49 pp

Minutes from our Holiday Inn headquarters, a 2 1/2 hour tour of a colonial revival plantation house and grounds which was used in the filming of The North and South miniseries.  Included is transport there and back.

 

-or -

The Civil War in Charleston featuring the Confederate Submarine CSS HL Hunley-- Saturday      46 pp

3 1/2 hour expert guided tour through the City’s civil war sites then on to the Hunley, recently restored and preserved; the first sub to sink a warship but then sunk in a storm with all hands soon thereafter, only to be raised in 2000.  Transport included.

 

Also –If you are interested in the Candlelight House & Garden Walking Tour on Friday evening, you can order tickets on the registration form.  We understand these tickets sell out quickly.   Price is $45 pp

Does NOT include transportation. 


USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSN REUNION
September 27-30, 2012

REUNION REGISTRATION AND NAME BADGE INFO

Please mail this form and your check for registration and tour selections no later than August 1, 2012.  MAIL TO:

USS JOHN PAUL JONES ASSOCIATION
c/o Andy Longo, Treasurer
16 AMERICAN ELM AVENUE, HANOVER, MA 02339

This Registration Fee covers the cost of: v Friday Bus Tour of Charleston with stop for Lunch and Memorial Service aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point  v Saturday Evening Banquet v Sunday Breakfast Meeting  v Hospitality Suite Refreshments  v Souvenir of Charleston

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

Best Phone Number to reach you: _____________________  e-mail:_________________________

Hull Number: ________ Years served on JPJ: From:  _____ to _____  Rank/Rate while on JPJ:  ______ (932 / 32 / 53)

HOTEL Reservations.          HOLIDAY INN CHARLESTON-MOUNT PLEASANT
Front Desk:
843-884-6000    250 JOHNNIE DODDS BLVD.   MOUNT PLEASANT, SC 29464

JPJ REUNION RATES - $124 PER NIGHT, plus 13.3% tax.  No cost for parking or internet service.

PRICES HOLD 3 DAYS BEFORE AND 3 DAYS AFTER REUNION.  BE SURE TO MENTION JPJ REUNION WHEN BOOKING. BOOK NOW – Hotel Reservation may be cancelled up until 6 PM of September 27th if you are unable to attend.

REGISTRATION

Event

Number

 

Cost

Total

Reunion Fee

 

@

$140

 

Optional Tours:

 

 

 

 

      Friday Afternoon - Citadel Tour

 

@

$44

 

      Friday -  Candlelight House & Garden Tickets

 

@

$45

 

      Saturday – Boone Hall Plantation**

 

@

$49

 

      Saturday – Harbor Cruise to Fort Sumter**

 

@

$44

 

      Saturday – CSS H L Hunley**

 

@

$46

 

Dues through next Reunion after Charleston

1

@

$20 

$20

TOTAL CHECK  TO JPJ ASSN ENCLOSED:

 

** These tours are concurrent.  Only one can be selected.


Please register NOW!  If you cannot attend for any reason, a full refund will be made if we are notified by August 15th, 2012.  A tour that is cancelled for lack of interest will be refunded at reunion registration desk.

Attendees (as of 6/21/2012)

Chuck

&

Susie

Davis

2

LCDR-XO

32

71

73

Jim

&

Suzie

Effland

2

LTJG

932

57

59

Benno

 

 

Gerson

2

LT

932

65

65

 

&

Nina

Corby

 

 

 

 

 

Doug

&

Sally

Dirks

2

FTM2

32

67

71

David

&

Ethel

Sherman

2

BT2

932

56

59

Chuck

 

 

Zeisser

1

IC2

932

62

65

Walt

&

Caroline

Szczypinski

2

LT

932

59

63

George

 

 

Grove

1

LCDR

932

61

62

Bill

&

Karen

Gallagher

2

LTJG

932

62

65

Thomas

&

Holly

Cole

2

SF3

932

61

63

Peter

 

 

Maytham

1

LTJG

932

56

59

Andy

&

Marilou

Longo

2

LTJG

932

61

65

Reggie

&

Linda

Peterson

2

FTG1

32

69

72

Ed

&

Gail

Ettinger

2

LTJG

932

61

63

 

 

Angela

Lombardo

1

 

932

 

 

Bill

&

Emily

Heathman

2

PN3

932

62

65

David

&

Caroline

Silva

2

BT3

932

60

63

Charles

 

 

Wyler

1

ET2

932

61

64

Charles

&

Jeannette

Towers

2

BT3

932

59

62

Al

 

 

Olsen

1

CDR-CO

932

61

63

 

 

Fran

Olsen

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

Beth

Olsen

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

Al

Olsen, Jr.

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

John

Olsen

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

Dotty

Olsen-Dehon

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

Deb

Olsen

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

Charlie

Olsen

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

Susan

Mitchell

1

 

932

 

 

 

 

Ted

Dehon

1

 

932

 

 

Michael

&

Martha

Richardson

2

MM2

932

63

65

Robert

&

Janet

Traister

2

Ens

932

60

61

Dick

&

Wendy

Comiskey

2

LTJG

932

63

65

Jack

&

Sally

Dambaugh

2

ENS

932

64

54

Evrett

&

Mary

Pinkston

2

BM3

932

62

64

Don

&

Margaret

Wall

2

GMM2

32

69

70

John

&

Ginny

McGonigle

2

RM3

932

57

59

Ethan

 

 

Goldstein

1

YN2

32

81

83

Fred

&

Marcia

Bryant

2

EM2

32

68

71

 

 

 

Sub-Total

60 *

 

 

 

 

* An additional 9-10 persons have signed up for the hotel, but not yet registered with Andy Longo


Y’all Come On Down to Charleston, y’hear!!

20 available at $20 ea. Email Andy now to reserve one:  andy.longo1@verizon.net