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2018 USS Benjamin Stoddert USS Jupiter Reunion
August 22-26, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island Marriott Downtown Hotel
Reservations: 866-807-2171
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.


 

For Reservations 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

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VIETNAMESE IMMIGRANT

It looks 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.


I still 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.


Before 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."


Quang Nguyen

Creative Director/Founder

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
Subject: War in our Wake

Dear Carol,
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.

Thank you
RM3 Robert Swindler Westpac 74-75

 

 

2018 Membership Roster
Thank you for supporting your association 
Welcome Kip! Thanks for your support! 
Thanks, Larry! 
Thanks Doc & Steve!
Thanks Jim!   Thanks Hank!


 


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Gerry Arnett 61-62 Jupiter (2018)
Barbara Bassolino family (2018)
John Bassolino 65-68 (2018)
David Behrend 71-74 (2018)
Leo Biodrowski 71-75 (2018)
James Bradfield 64-66 (2018)
Bob Brown 64-67 (2018)
Jim Brown 69-73 (2018)
Carole Bryan family (2019)
George Caron 64-66 (2018)
Herm Chambers 66-68 (honerary)
Frank Chesla 63-66 (2018)
Mary Chesla family (2018)
Clem Clemons Jupiter (2018)
Denny 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)
Tom 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)
Jim May 71-74 (2018)
Stephen McPhillips 69-71 (2018)
Maureen Moore 64-68 (Bill) (2018)
Harold Mueller 56-57 Jupiter (2019)
Al Mullen 79-82 (2018)
Mary Mullen 79-82 (2018)
Dave Nicholson 64-65 (2018)
Kenneth O'Brien 67-70 (2018)
Dennis O'Leary 71-74 (2018)
Rich Palazzo 71-72 (2018)
Joe Patz 64-67 (2018)
Joy Patz 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 (2018)
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)
Bruce Young 70-75 (2018)
Ron Zorn 64-67 (2018)

 

updated 2-6-18  12:02 pm cst      70 sailors strong

 

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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 the


Philippine's after 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 was funny.


 


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.


Hugh 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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 The Benjamin Stoddert was a great ship from the beginning to the day that she sank in the Pacific and to this day (unlike so many other old ships) remains "underway with no way on". B.C.

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USS BENJAMIN STODDERT (DDG-22)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHMC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968)
- RANGEFINDER

CLASS - CHARLES F. ADAMS As Built.
Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging, Seattle on June 11 1962.
Launched January 8 1963 and commissioned September 12 1964.
Decommissioned December 20 1991.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Sank February 3 2001 in the Pacific Ocean while under tow for breaking up in Brownsville, Texas.