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out the whole registration form again, just resend your email address so I can update my lists. I have received notification
of a large number of bad addresses from my last mailing.
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2018 USS Benjamin Stoddert USS Jupiter Reunion
Rhode Island Marriott Downtown Hotel
Room Rates Single $139 - Double $139
As of 10/23/17, there were 5 additional rooms available for booking from August
19th to the 29th.
Anyone having trouble booking your reservation,
please contact Ron Zorn at 619-402-5523.
Registration Cutoff Date will be July 30, 2018. Get your reservations in early or you won't be
able to get our discounted rate. Please note that you must be a member, the spouse or descendant of a member, or the guest
of a member to attend our reunion. Please remember that you are responsible for all reservations which include hotel and transportation.
and Upgrades call 866-807-2171. Refer to the USS Benjamin Stoddert. Cost for a room is $139/night. This price is good from
Sunday, 19 August until Tuesday, 28 August. Wi-Fi and parking are free. Any questions about your stay, please call Ron Zorn
at 619-402-5523 or Mike Ridgon at 858-300-6821
Thank you, Tucson! You were amazing!
Next stop, Providence, RI, August 2018
Check out the"Sweat Shop"
like we did some good after all! On Saturday, July 24th, 2010 the town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang
Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication
to all Vietnam Veterans. Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say:Quote:
"35 years ago, if you
were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I'd laugh at you. Man,
every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth. I just want you all to
know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience
as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I'd rather speak to you as an American.
If you hadn't
noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people. I am a proud U.S. citizen and here is my proof. It
took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it, and I am very proud of it.
remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy
could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can't even imagine what it was like for young American
soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.
35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political
asylum. The war had ended. At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings
or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the U.S. Somehow, my family and I
were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California. It was a miracle from God.
If you haven't heard
lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now. It was the freedom and the opportunities
presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step
of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved
him wrong. I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to
take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am.
This person standing tonight in front
of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am
sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn't know, the only difference between
socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience.In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants,
reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can't
remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school,
finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life. I had a nice job and
a nice apartment in Southern California. In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here.
One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don't know what
made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand.
The grown man began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was
a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen.
It was time for me to give back.
You see, America is not just a place on the map, it isn't just a physical
location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this concept,
and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why
I am standing up here.
Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn
English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can't speak the language
of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages - last I looked on the Internet, there wasn't a Vietnamese translation
of the U.S. Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still
struggle to come up with the right words. It's not easy, but if it's too easy, it's not worth doing.
I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names
scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.
At this time,
I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and
I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers,
to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all."
Caddis Advertising, LLC"God Bless
America ""One Flag, One Language, One Nation Under God"
For those who understand, no explanation
is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
Notes from Sailors
War in our Wake
I was a RM3 during the Westpac 74-75 and the evacuation of Nam. My wife
came across the book last Dec and I got my copy Jan 2nd. I requested to join the FB group, to post about the book, but seen
where you had already put the word out there.
I just wanted to back you up - it is a real good read. I recommend
it to any one that served on the Stoddert at anytime and to those during operation frequent wind, operation baby lift and
operation eagle pull, which we participated in all three. I feel Jon did a really good job on the book. Before the evacuation,
I was in-country as a Marine (69-70) and after, I was on a ship that got involved with "boat people" during 3 Westpac's.
it is interesting that part of my life stretched over so many years and still "pops" up!
Can you update
your roster with my gmail address.
RM3 Robert Swindler Westpac 74-75
2018 Membership Roster
you for supporting your association
Welcome Kip! Thanks
for your support!
Thanks Doc & Steve!
Jim! Thanks Hank!
Gerry Arnett 61-62 Jupiter (2018)
Barbara Bassolino family (2018)
John Bassolino 65-68
David Behrend 71-74 (2018)
Leo Biodrowski 71-75 (2018)
James Bradfield 64-66 (2018)
Bob Brown 64-67
Jim Brown 69-73 (2018)
Carole Bryan family (2019)
George Caron 64-66 (2018)
Frank Chesla 63-66 (2018)
Mary Chesla family (2018)
Clem Clemons Jupiter (2018)
Cox 89-91 (2018)
Harold Davison 68-69 (2021)
Ed Denk 66-69 (2018)
Bernie Dishaw family 65-68 (2018)
John Dishaw 65-68 (2018)
Troy Dooley 71-74 (2018)
Doug Evans (2018)
Wayne Fass 70-74 (2018)
Grzywacz 68-69 (2018)
Frank Guthals Jupiter (2019)
Art Hansen 72-76 (2018)
Cynthia Hauschild family (2019)
Daniel Hauschild family (2019)
Jerry Haynes (2018)
James Heesch 72-74 (2018)
Peter Hekman 75-76 (2018)
Jim Hinton 67-70 (2018)
Susan Hinton family (2018)
Larry Icenogle 71-73 (2018)
Dalma Jacob family (2018)
Marc Jacob 74-81 (2018)
Milford Jarvis 65-69 (2018)
Clifton Jensen 71-74 (2018)
Hank Koopman 66-69 (2018)
John Lekwa 71-74 (2018)
Jan Lekwa family (2018)
David Link 67-69 (2018)
John Maize 73-75 (2018)
May 71-74 (2018)
Stephen McPhillips 69-71 (2018)
Maureen Moore 64-68 (Bill) (2018)
Harold Mueller 56-57 Jupiter
Al Mullen 79-82 (2018)
Mary Mullen 79-82 (2018)
Dave Nicholson 64-65 (2018)
Dennis O'Leary 71-74 (2018)
Rich Palazzo 71-72 (2018)
Joe Patz 64-67 (2018)
family 64-67 (2018)
Wyatt Ramsey 56-57 Jupiter (2018)
Mike Rigdon 62-64 Jupiter (2018)
Harvey Rowe 64-67 (2018)
Terry Ryan 66-67 (2018)
Dave Saunders 66-72 (2018)
Myrtle Saunders family (2018)
James Saunders 64-66
Rosalie Szeman family (2018
John Souza 72-76 (2018)
Phil Tansley (2018)
Marshall Tator 70-74 (2018)
Clifford "Kip" Tennyson 71-74 (2018)
Lou Turilli 68-69 (2019)
Ted Waypa 66-69 (2018)
Young 70-75 (2018)
Ron Zorn 64-67 (2018)
updated 2-6-18 12:02 pm cst 70 sailors
DEDICATED TO HUGH FLEET
Hugh served in the Navy from 1965 to October 1968. He did three months of boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. From there he
went home to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a week before heading to Whidbey Island, Washington, for one year. He met Madelaine
during his time there.
Hugh served on the Benjamin Stoddert out
of Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1966 to 1968. He remembers being seasick the first time out and then again when they pulled into
waiting out a typhoon that was traveling about 70 miles an hour. At one time, while on the bridge, the officer in charge played
a trick on him. He had Hugh go onto the bow and plug in a sound- powered phone and look for the mail buoy. He thought that
While in Vietnam there was a change of
command on ship captains. Captain Kint had Commander Taylor transferred on board by helicopter. Hugh had helicopter duty.
This meant he had to stand aft on 01 Level on top of the surface-to-air missile launcher with the red/green paddle and sound
the powered phones.
waited to give the green paddle, so the helicopter could hover and lower Commander Taylor. As he was being lowered, Hugh told
the bridge that Command Taylor looked like Lee Marvin and that story remains today.
While Hugh and his wife were stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hugh confiscated some sea dye from
the ship and put it in a fountain in a park they used to walk to. Of course, it turned the fountain water green and was quite
the spectacle with the other visitors to the park. Lots of wows from the onlookers!
Madelaine recalls the ship had a family evening allowing them to come on board for a movie and
snacks. The movie had grown men riding those little wooden horses that children play with. What a shock to the guests and
embarrassment to the sailors! Five minutes was all the families could handle of that movie.
Hugh remembers several people on board. One was Guyman who was transferred
to swift boat duty and was killed in Vietnam. Another one was Whirley but he could never find out what happened to him.
Mokland visited Hugh and Madelaine after
being discharged. Of course, there was Ron Zorn. Ron was always down in the boiler room, so he never got any of the good stories
about him. Wayne Ellington was the Quarter Master who was usually on the bridge with Hugh. He remembers them sending him down
to the galley during midnight watch for fresh baked bread and butter. You could smell it all over the ship!
Hugh was awarded a citation for "Outstanding Performance
of Duty while attached to and serving on the USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) from April 13 to September 1, 1967, during combat
operations against the enemy. Seaman Fleet acted as a lookout for a period of 720 hours while the ship was involved in Sea
Dragon Operations off the coast of North Vietnam. Exposed to hostile fire on several occasions, Seaman Fleet's skillful detection
of the source of the gunfire enabled the ship to rapidly take evasive action and return fire. Seaman Fleet's skill and judgment
contributed significantly and directly to the successful
accomplishment of the ship's mission and to the United States effort in Vietnam," signed
by the Vice Admiral John Hyland.
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