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Jacksonville FL Fun Facts 


Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States with over 840 square miles.


It's hard to believe Jacksonville was once known as "The Winter Film Capital of the World." Thousands of films were shot in Jacksonville during the golden era of silent films. Unfortunately, the majority of silent films were destroyed when the technology was deemed dated.
The First Coast is no longer Hollywood of the East, but a handful of notable films have been made either partially or fully in Jacksonville.
 1. Creature from the Black Lagoon
This 1954 horror classic was one of the first films shot in 3D. Parts of the film were shot in Jacksonville, while other parts were shot just south of St. Augustine. The Lobster House, a popular restaurant, can be seen clearly in certain parts of the film. The building is now occupied by River City Brewery.



John Grisham's best-selling novel "Bretheren" features Pete's Bar which is located in Neptume Beach and he took extensive notes whilst at this simple tavern and no-frills pool hall. 


If you have not yet seen the master plan for the redevelopment of the former Jacksonville Shipyards property in downtown Jacksonville, which includes the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS DDG-2 museum, please click the link below.

Please share this information with your association members. The overall project is being completed by the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars football team, Shad Khan. Whereas these grandiose development plans for the former shipyard property are not happening soon, establishing the ship museum is, and will be the first step in the creation of a truly wonderful facility.

Wayne Misenar

Have you made your reservations yet?
               800 222-8733 code UBS 

click here to check out this beautiful hotel



The "Sweat Shop" relocation to sunny dry Phoenix is finished (wish I would have packed myself up in one of those boxes) and in the process of being updated.  Our San Diego treasurer, (and keeper of the checkbook) is busy shopping and planning new merchandise.  Anything you would like to see in the shop?  Suggestions can be sent to Ted Waypa 66-69 at or


Quick news flashes!


We have a new newsletter editor!  Joy Patz has allowed the Hansens to retire!  We have a new email address to submit suggestions and ideas for features in the newsletter.  Contact Joy at 


  • Thank you, Nashville!  You were warm and welcoming!  So many amazing things to see, so much good food and so little time!

  • 2016 Jacksonville, FL around Veterans Day.  The Adams Class ship/museum should be in place and we are trying to be the first reunion organization aboard!

  • 2017 Tucson, AZ!


sailors looking for sailors 
( and I will post requests and relay any responses) 


 a nice decomm story (editorial comment)


I can't remember telling you (but that doesn't mean I didn't) that I was on the decommissioning crew of STODDERT.  I am a retired LDO Lieutenant, but in the early '90s I was a Chief Yeoman assigned as STODDERT's Ship's Secretary.  In fact, I had just been selected for Chief, was initiated and pinned with 3 shipmates in Rodman, Panama in September 1990.   I made the Chief's List in large part due to the first observed evaluation I received from the ship's CO, CDR Dale Onyon,.  He was a good skipper who believed in second chances.  Anyway, fast forward a couple of years to the ship's last days of commissioned service - as the last Ship's Secretary, I was responsible for preparing the transfer paperwork for the remaining officers on board, which was really not that many toward the end.  Eddie McCoy, a Senior Chief Personnel man at that time and now a retired Master Chief, was the ship's Personnel Officer and responsible for all of the enlisted orders.   Finally, the day came when everyone had left with orders in hand except the two people handing the orders out and the ship's last CO:   CDR Ray Arguello, Senior Chief McCoy, and me.  We gathered up our own transfer packages, unceremoniously departed the ship by crossing the brow for the final time, shook hands, exchanged salutes, and went our separate ways - a very somber moment back then that touches me even today.


Warm regards and Merry Christmas!

Denny Cox  89-91





 Dave Behrend (71-74) ISO sailors residing in Upper Michigan & Wisconsin

Do we have records of shipmates from Upper Michigan in the county's of

Menominee, Alger, Dickinson, Marquette, Delta, Iron.


Wisconsin County's

Brown, Fond-Dulac, Oconto, Shawano, Florence, Marinette, Calumet, Outagamie.   



 I was a MMFN onboard the USS Benjamin Stoddert from 1980-1982 while we were in the shipyard in Pearl Harbor. I worked in the #1 Engine room with MM2 Murphy, MM1 Willie Walker, BT1 Whitlock and several others just cannot remember all the great folks I worked with. CO was Cmdr. Quas I believe. I then had a medical issue and got transferred to shore duty. I got out of the Navy and 1983 returned to my childhood home in Virginia and went to work at Newport News Shipyard working on subs and have work on just about everything in the naval fleet since then. I am currently a Project manager for MHI in-charge of overhauls of DDGs and working with the shipforce my how the Navy has changed. But please keep up the work for the USS Benjamin Stoddert because old folks like me appreciate it. Thanks again.
William (Bill) Palmer

Anthony Ware 89-92 iso James C Cole who worked in OPS around 89-92..Also looking for Keith Belcher (PN3) and last name Cuizon PN3


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Gerry Arnett 61-62 Jupiter (6-17)
Robert Barone 64-66 (5-17)
John Bassolino 65-68 (7-16)
David Behrend 71-74 (6-18)
Bruce Bigari 67-68 (9-16)
Leo Biodrowski 71-75 (1-17)
Charles Bottinger 64-67 (9-17)
Bob Brown 64-67 (11-16)
Jim Brown 69-73 (1-17)
Carole Bryan family (3-17)
Thomas Carroll 67-70 (9-16)
Gail Carroll family 67-70 (9-16)
James Cartlidge 77-80 (4-17)
Bert Cassels 64-65 (4-17)
Herm Chambers 66-68 (10-16)
Frank Chesla 63-66 (9-16)
Clem Clemons Jupiter (11-16)
Johnny Collins 69-73 (6-18)
Charles Colton 51-53 Jupiter (3-17)
Danilo Concepcion 73-75 (3-17)
Denny Cox 89-91 (6-17)
Ed Denk 66-69 (4-17)
John Dishaw 65-68 (5-17)
Bernie Dishaw family 65-68 (5-17)
Dennis Doyle 66-68 (3-17)
Wayne Ellington 65-67 (9-16)
Wayne Fass 70-74 (3-17)
Frank Fisher 58-59 Jupiter (5-17)
Ronald Fodor 72-75 (11-16)
David Frye 72-75 (5-17)
H. Fulton/J. White 41-49 Jupiter (11-16)
Donald Funk 56-57 Jupiter (1-17)
Dannis Greene 66-69 (1-17)
Tom Grzywacz 68-69 (9-16)
Frank Guthals 56-57 Jupiter (1-17)
Leon Hall 57-64 Jupiter (9-16)
Bill Halverson 71-74 (5-17)
Art Hansen 72-76 (9-16)
Chris Harris 83-86 (8-17)
Bernie Hansen 72-73(3-17)
Don Hatcher 64-67 (4-17)
Cynthia Hauschild family (1-17)
Daniel Hauschild family (1-17)
Peter Hekman 75-76 (4-17)
Bernard Helfer (6-17)
Jim Hinton 67-70 (9-16)
Susan Hinton family (9-16)
Lynn Hoeppner (Bruce Taber) (2-17)
Larry Icenogle 71-73 (5-17)
Marc Jacob 74-81 (9-16)
Dick Jacques 61-63 Jupiter (11-16)
Jay Jansson 70-71 (5-17)
Milford Jarvis 65-69 (2-17)

Clifton Jensen 71-74 (11-16)
Bill Key 64-66 (7-16)
Lawrence Kindrick 80-81 (2-17)
Hank Koopman 66-69 (9-16)
Anna (Jim) Leapley 66-69 (9-16)
John Lekwa 71-74 (8-18)
Jon Malay 74-77 (2-17)
Walter McCandless 65-67 (10-16)
Jerry McCormick 68-71 (4-17)
Stephen McPhillips 69-71 (4-17)
Maureen Moore 64-68 (Bill) (9-17)
Harold Mueller 56-57 Jupiter (1-17)
Al Mullen 79-82 (9-16)
Mary Mullen 79-82 (9-16)
Kenneth Myer 69-71 (3-17)
Robert Neveril 57-58 Jupiter (12-16)
Monty Newberry 64-65 (1-17)
Dave Nicholson 64-65 (9-17)
Ken Ogawa 71-73 (4-17)
Dennis O'Leary 71-74 (3-17)
Phillip Ottato 72-75 (4-17)
Rich Palazzo 71-72 (9-16)
Joe Patz 64-67 (9-16)
Joy Patz family 64-67 (9-16)
Allen Peters 50-51 Jupiter (11-16)
Phil Quast 78-81 (4-17)
Wyatt Ramsey 56-57 Jupiter (11-16)
John Reynolds 65-67 (4-17)
John Richard 64-66 (12-16)
Mike Rigdon 62-64 Jupiter (9-17)
Jaime Rodriguez 74-76 (3-17)
Joe Romero 72-75 (2-17)
Harvey Rowe 64-67 (6-17)
Terry Ryan 66-67 (1-17)
Steve Sagaser 71-73 (9-16)
Dave Saunders 66-72 (9-16)
James Saunders 64-66 (1-17)
Ron Schall 76-78 (4-17)
Gary Scheidt 57-58 Jupiter (6-17)
John Souza 72-76 (3-17)
Mark Spangenberg 69-71 (4-17)
Ed Stevens Jupiter (5-17)
Pete TaFoya 64-66 (5-17)
Marshall Tator 70-74 (9-16)
Michael Tribble 69-70 (11-16)
Lou Turilli 68-69 (3-17)
Bob Vonspiegel 57-59 Jupiter (5-17)
Larry Waters 64-67 (9-16)
Ray Willmott 65-69 (8-17)
Ted Waypa 66-69 (9-16)
Terry Worrell 68-72 (3-17)
Tom Yager 65-68 (11-16)
Ron Zorn 64-67 (9-17)

updated 8-14-16  2:54 pm cst       106 sailors strong

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Breaking News! 
USS Benjamin Stoddert / USS Jupiter Reunion
Jacksonville, Florida - November 8 to November 13, 2016.
Double Tree by Hilton - $109, $119 (River), $129 Suite + tax
Hotel Reservation # 800-222-8733 (code UBS) by Oct 8, 2016

click here to download itinerary & registration forms


A note from Mac McCandless 

In Memoriam


Tom Sindorf

8 May, 1937 - 3 November, 2015

Our shipmate, Tom Sindorf, passed on 3 November, 2015 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.


Tom's navy career began when he enlisted on 28 February, 1957.  After completing boot camp and fire control A school, he reported aboard USS ALAMO (LSD 33), home-ported in San Diego.   While aboard ALAMO, Tom qualified for the NESEP (Navy Enlisted Science and Engineering Program) program.


After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a BSME degree and Officer Candidate School, Tom reported to USS DALE (DLG 19) which was under construction at New York Shipbuilding in Camden, New Jersey.  As a plank owner, Tom served aboard the San Diego based DALE until he received orders to BENJAMIN STODDERT.


Tom served as the Fire Control Officer on BENJAMIN STODDERT until he surprised his shipmates by announcing his decision to leave active duty.  Tom departed BENJAMN STODDERT during her 1967 WESTPAC cruise, and he was released from active duty in San Francisco on 26 June, 1967.  According to his DD214, he served 10 years, 4 months, and 6 days.


I have had several requests to make the donation app a little more prominant 
Make a donation to the Association to help preserve the legacy of these great ships.


 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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God Bless all our Servicemen


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHMC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968)

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.