cdr john r. kint
The passing of CDR John R. Kint 06/65 – 07/67John Richard Kint (known as Dick or Richard), a 30-plus-year resident of Cape George, died on May 26, 2011, in Port Angeles of natural causes ("I am just plain wearing out"). He was 84.
Save for his last few years, ("I haven't coped well with old age"), he was characterized by a wide-ranging curiosity, a high energy level and a determined enthusiasm for the project at hand. He maintained a serious respect for public service, both personally and professionally.
He was born and reared in Bremerton, Washington, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Manford R. Kint, a prominent physician and community activist. Dick was locally active in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.
After a year in the U.S. Navy V-12 program, he matriculated at the U.S. Naval Academy with an appointment from then-Representative Warren G. Magnuson. As a midshipman, he was a company commander, the director of the public relations committee and an associate editor of the college magazine.
Upon graduation and commissioning in 1949, he was assigned to the USS Toledo, a heavy cruiser that had two deployments in the Korean War.
In 1953, he was assigned to the Army's guided missile program, after which he became an instructor at the Navy's counterpart course in Pomona, California.
Here, he met, wooed and married his much-loved wife of nearly 50 years, Margaret Geddes, on Valentine's Day in 1955.
The family later had an idyllic three-year tour in London, where the small-town boy discovered the majesty and attraction of "his very own" city.
His last ship was the newest guided missile ship in the surface fleet, the USS Benjamin Stoddert, which had two deployments to Vietnam. Under his command, the ship was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation and was named the Destroyer of the Year in the Seventh Fleet in 1967. Following this, he was ordered to the obligatory Washington, D.C., tour in the Bureau of Personnel. His final tour was at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he also earned a graduate degree from George Washington University. He retired from the Navy in 1973 with the rank of captain after 29 years of continuous service.
In 1974, he became a director of continuing education and community services at Northern Virginia Community College. After a five-year tour of duty, he and Margie escaped back to their beloved West Coast, settling in Port Townsend after numerous sorties up and down the coast.
He joined the American Rhododendron Society soon after arrival and was awarded the American Rose Society Bronze Medal for his efforts with the local rhododendron show during the Rhododendron Festival.
In 1980, he became manager of Jefferson County Public Utility District No. 1.
At the end of 1985, he retired, working as hard as before but without a paycheck. He spent a number of years on the board of United Good Neighbors, serving as president but more importantly as the chairman of the allocations committee.
Dick had a nearly 30-year association with Jefferson Transit and was also instrumental in getting more community college classes in Port Townsend.
He indulged in his love of travel and fine wine, often combining the two by visiting wine-growing regions around the world.webassets/youngKint.jpgWhen wife Margie suffered a series of strokes, Dick became a devoted caregiver until her death in 2003. This changed his life, and he passed his experience on to other stroke-stricken families.
After a year of mourning, he knocked on the door of Dorothy Skerbeck, who welcomed and supported both his misery and need for companionship. This spiritual bond lasted until his death.
Dick wrote that "he loves his children but believes that his greatest accomplishment and joy is to have loved and had the love of two such remarkable and different women. May others enjoy the same pleasures!"
Dick is survived by son Richard (Rachel Rutledge) of Seattle; daughter Sandee Shanahan of Aurora, Colorado; sister Joan Rich of Gig Harbor; and special friend Dorothy Skerbeck of Port Angeles.
A memorial will be held Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Port Townsend. Private burial will be in Bremerton, Washington.Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 12, 2011
cdr edmund b. taylor, Jr
Other Personnel In Incident: John M. Leaver, missing operations officer, Rear Admiral Rembrandt C. Robinson, Commander of the Cruiser-DestroyerFlotilla II, KIA/BR.
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of thefollowing: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence withPOW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.NETWORK May 1997
SYNOPSIS: Commander John M. Leaver was assigned as a staff officer to Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group 7th Fleet. On May 8, 1972, he and Captain Edmund B. Taylor were passengers aboard a helicopter attempting to make a night landing on the fantail of the USS PROVIDENCE (CLG-6). The helicopter crashed and fell overboard.
Leaver and Taylor were both lost in the crash and their remains were never located. They are listed with honor among the missing because no remains were found. Their cases seem quite clear.
Captain Edmund B. Taylor, Jr., United States Navy, at age 41, was Chief of Staff, Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla 11 and Commander Cruiser Destroyer Force Vietnam (CTF 75). Captain Taylor was killed in a helicopter crash while returning to the flagship USS Providence (CLG-6) on May 8, 1972 while coordinating the cruiser destroyer attack on the Do Son Peninsula scheduled May 8-10 1972. Also killed in the crash were Rear Admiral Robinson and Commander John Leaver, Jr.
Captain Taylor began his naval Career aboard USS MACON (CA-132) where he served as CIC Division Officer and 5”/38 battery officer. As a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) he was the Gunnery Officer and later the Operations Officer of the destroyer USS BEALE (DDE-471). Completing his tour in BEALE in 1956, Lieutenant Taylor next served as Aide and Flag Secretary to Commander Cruiser Division TWO. Departing Norfolk, Virginia in later 1958, Lieutenant Taylor reported to the U.S. Naval Ordnance Missile Test Facility, White Sands, New Mexico and assumed the duties of Fire Control Officer for the Talos Missile Project. In the Spring of 1961 Lieutenant Taylor was the Weapons Officer in the commissioning crew of the Mayport, Florida homeported guided missile frigate USS LUCE (DLG-7) where he served until ordered to Norfolk once more as Executive Officer of USS SAMPSON (DDG-10). In mid 1965, as a Lieutenant Commander, he began a two year tour in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and became the Assistant Head of the Special Weapons Branch, Strategic Plans Division. For his work in Nuclear Weapons development Lieutenant Commander Taylor was awarded the Secretary of the Navy Achievement Medal. He was promoted to the rank of Commander in April 1966, and in July departed Washington to attend the Resident Naval Warfare Course at the Naval War College. Commander Taylor assumed command of the guided missile destroyer USS BENJAMIN STODDERT (DDG-22) on July 21, 1967, in the Gulf of Tonkin while the ship was employed in “Operation Sea Dragon.” Commander Taylor was relieved in October 1969. Captain Taylor reported to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group ELEVEN as Chief of Staff to Rear Admiral Robinson in 1971.
Captain Taylor was married to the late Joan Pefley Taylor, daughter of Brigadier General A. R. Pefley, USMC (RET) and Mrs. Pefley of Fall Church, Virginia. He is survived by four children, Stephen D., Edmund B. (Ted) III, Cynthia R. and Leslie V. Taylor.
cdr charles e. gurney, III
cdr ronald a marquis
cdr edward a. siegrist, jr
Captain Edward A. Siegrist, Jr. (US Navy, Ret), 76, of New Fairfield, died February 20, 2010 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born to the late Edward and Laura Siegrist on September 6, 1933 in San Diego, California. Ed graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1956 prior to entering the U.S. Navy. He married Evelyn Frances Krail in 1957.
Ed retired from the Navy in 1987, and settled in New Fairfield. He was an active member of Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the New Fairfield Veterans Association, and the Austin Healey Club of America.Ed is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 52 years; their four children and spouses: Stephen Siegrist and wife Debby, of New Jersey; Kathleen McLernon and husband Thomas; Captain Paul Siegrist, US Navy and wife Bethany; Susan Engel and husband Peter, all of Virginia. He also is survived by seven grandchildren: Evan and Lee Siegrist; Zachary, Jake and Connor McLernon; and Allison and Matthew Engel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the New Fairfield Veterans Association.A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday February 28 at Green Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, New Fairfield at 11 a.m. on March 1. Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 10:45 a.m. beginning at the Old Post Chapel with a Mass of Christian Burial.
cdr peter m. hekman, jr.
PETER M. HEKMAN, JR.VICE ADMIRAL, USN(RETIRED)FIRST COMMANDING OFFICER OFUSS MISSISSIPPI Vice Admiral Hekman was born in Ripon, California in 1933. Commissioned upon his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, he served as Engineering Officer of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) from 1971 through 1974. Vice Admiral Hekman commanded three ships, USS CHARLES BERRY (DE 1035), USS BENJAMIN STODDERT (DDG 22), and was the commissioning Commanding Officer of USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40).
Selected for promotion to Flag Rank in December, 1980, Vice Admiral Hekman's Flag assignments include: Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Command, Task Force Seventy-Five, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group ONE; Deputy Director for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; Deputy Commander for Surface Ship Programs, Naval Sea Systems Command; And as Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command from 1988 to 1991.
After leaving the Navy in 1991, Vice Admiral Hekman accepted a Senior Executive Service appointment in the Department of Energy, serving at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. He recently accepted a senior managerial position with Babcock and Wilcox Company; a division of McDermott International.
Vice Admiral Hekman's personal decorations include the Department of Energy Superior Service Medal, the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal, The Presidential Legion of Merit (four awards), and the Bronze Star.
Vice Admiral Hekman and his wife Doree are the proud parents of Lieutenant Commander Thomas Heckman, currently serving aboard USS SAIPAN. LCDR Hedman is married to Army Nurse Corps 1st Lieutenant Katie Ptasnik Hekman. Vice Admiral and Mrs. Hekman's daughter, Susan Smith, and her husband David are the parents of grandsons Erik and Mitchell Smith.
cdr bridgman a. macdonald
cdr philip m.quast
BiographyPhil Quast is the Executive Learning Officer of the Navy and founding Chairholder of the Admiral Jeremy Boorda Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Phil retired from the Navy as a Vice Admiral, in 1997, following 36 years of active service. His naval career included numerous command and leadership positions, operationally and in Washington. He served two tours in Vietnam, one being highlighted by an in country tour as the Commander of River Patrol Boats (PBR’s). He additionally commanded two ships, a guided missile destroyer and as the Commanding Captain of the Navy’s first vertical-launch, Tomahawk Aegis Cruiser. Phil commanded the Missouri Battleship Battle Group during the US flagged tanker war in the Persian Gulf, and the Nimitz Carrier Battle Group during Desert Storm.
His tours ashore were highlighted by eight years in senior managerial positions in Washington, DC. In the area of manpower/personnel, Phil developed personnel programs, budgeted the Manpower/Personnel Accounts for the Navy and was responsible for the assignment of uniformed personnel within the Naval Service. As the Director of Surface Warfare, he oversaw the development of ship and weapons systems for the surface fleet and was a principal architect in the downsizing of surface naval forces in the post-cold war period. As Commander, Military Sealift Command, he commanded a global organization of 7000 employees (90% civilian) with a multi-billion dollar budget. This assignment provided him the opportunity to transform the command and effect organizational change designed to increase efficiencies and improve customer services. Privatization, commercialization, process analysis and the incorporation of best business practices were all thoroughly integrated in the “Reinvention of MSC”
His military service was recognized by numerous decorations and awards. The Defense Distinguished Service Medal, three Legion of Merits and two Bronze Star (combat V’s) highlighted his combat service. While in command of Benjamin Stoddert, Phil was recognized by his fellow Commanding Officers as the Pacific Fleet’s first recipient of the Admiral James Stockdale Leadership Award, an award recognizing leadership proficiency in command at sea, as determined by his peers. In recognition of his transformation efforts as Commander of the Military Sealift Command, he was awarded the National Defense Transportation Association’s Leadership Award for Transportation in 1996.
In February, 2002, Phil was appointed as the Navy’s first Executive Learning Officer (ELO). As ELO, he is responsible for developing the executive community of the Navy. In this capacity he sponsors developmental and executive educational opportunities for the Navy’s executive leadership, both uniformed and civilian.