Monday, July 02, 2018

Book release

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  

Altair shipmate Doug Justice, MA3, 1964, has written two great educational and history books referencing noted people who served in military with the other book detailing the great and epic sea battles in World War II.   Shipmate Justice resides in Munford, TN.

At your convenience, please have a look at the referenced site.

Best Regards To All..........Charles

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                     click - "bookstore"  click "Search"
                      Enter -"Those who served" or "Epic Sea Battles of WW2"

Then view details to see about the book.

Those who Served - an Educational and Historical look at Actors/Actresses, Sports figures, Politicians, Writers, Artist and Presidents who served in a military.  From the start of the US up to and including Afghanistan.
When I could find them, included a  picture of the person in a movie or TV  series or a profile  picture plus a  picture of them in uniform and some with a military picture of a plane or ship or whatever. 
Each Chapter is by the combat theater with the celebrities in Alphabetical order within the conflict they served in.  The Celebrities start with WW1 and the Presidents  start with the Revolutionary War.

Epic Sea Battles of WW2 - a historical look at the Allie and Axis Navies that fought in WW2.  Includes a chapter of the Jutland sea battle between the German High Seas Fleet and the British Grand Seas Fleet.  Includes a picture of ships from each Navy with lots of maps of actions.  Includes references of Navy Terms, US Naval ship naming conventions, Ship loses by Country, Battleship to Battleship comparison, Proximity Fuses.
Each Chapter is by year with the battles (as they occurred) month  by month. 


June 2018 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your monthly report for May 2018.

REUNION:  If any shipmate needs additional info or reunion forms, please let me know.  I have put both info files into PDF form which makes it easier to use and print out.  

SHIPMATE MAILINGS:  After snail mailing about 140 plus reunion infos, I had about 25 returns for wrong/incorrect/etc addresses.  Even got a couple of "Deceased" notifications by the USPS.  Several returns included the correct new address and they were re-mailed.  Others I tried to track down and re-mailed and most came back as undeliverable.  

FINANCIAL:  The beginning and ending cash-on-hand is $326.92; no income or expenses.  The beginning and ending Altair savings is $10,229.19 no income or expenses.  Total cash-on-hand $10,556.11.

SHIPMATES PASSING:  The following shipmates have passed:

    Wingate, Kenneth, DCC, 1963-1964; passed about 10 years ago; widow has remarried.

    Beich, Dale, SK3, 1961-1964; passed 24 March 2018
         Beich Family, 315 Jefferson St., Sauk City, WI 53583-1108; 608-643-4265

    Pfrogner, Ray L., ET2, 1957-1958;  passed away in 2016
         Pfrogner Family, 408 16th St., Huntington, PA 16652;  814-643-6670

For additional info or questions, please contact me at "cmbaltairaks32 [at]"

Best Regards To All............Charles


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

April 2018 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your monthly report for April 2018.

ALTAIR REUNION:  Several different emails  were sent out to 250 shipmates with reunion attachments of the registration form and the activity schedule.  I converted the uSoft Registration "Word" document over to a PDF file to make it easier to use.  I snail mailed 137 letters with info to those without computers.  I have gotten back over 20 from the USPO with wrong addresses, moved to addresses and a couple have passed away.  I found corrected addresses for 12-13 shipmates and have remailed.  Still got some back. Please let me know if any shipmate needs additional information. 

ALTAIR FINANCES:    The beginning April my cash-on-hand balance was $480.80 and expenses of $153.88 leaves a balance of $362.92.  Expenses were postage, printing, envelopes and labels.  The beginning and ending balance of the savings account is $10,229.19.  Total cash-on-hand $10,556.11.

ALTAIR SHIPMATES PASSING:  The following shipmates have passed:

    Keeton, Charles F., SK3 1962-1964; Passed 2016
    Morganelli, Arthur W., SA 1961-1963; Passed 2011
    Allan, Ronald C., LTJG 1960-1961; Passed November 2017

NEW ALTAIR SHIPMATES:  New shipmates have come aboard:

    Kelling, Brian W., SFM2 1963-1965; Resides in Panama CIty, FL
    Longo, Ignazio, PN2 1963-1964; Resides in Bogalusa, LA
    Maly, Thomas E., FN 1963-1964; Resides in Concord, ND
    Marinski, Joseph C.,  EM3 1963-1964; Resides in Bethel Park, PA
    Mayhall, Medford L.,  SK3 1963-1964; Resided in Silverdale, WA 

    WELCOME ABOARD TO ALL!  Thanks to Shipmate Bruce Davis for finding these Shipmates!

All for now.  For any comments or additional info, please contact me at "cmbaltairaks32 [at]"

Best Wishes To All..........Charles

Saturday, April 07, 2018

March 2018 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your report for March 2018.

FINANCIAL:  No changes from last month.  Beginning and ending cash-on-hand is $480.80; the beginning and ending savings balance is $10,229.19 for a total of $10,709.99.

REUNION:  Although I have sent out the reunion info on another email......I am attaching it on this email too.  The registration info is using Microsoft Word and the  reunion activities info is a PDF file.  If you need help using these files let me know and I will snail mail the info to you.  Looks like it's going to be a great reunion!!!

For questions and info please use 'cmbaltairaks32 [at]'

All for now.........Best Wishes to All........Charles

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Attached is the information for the Altair reunion in Nashville, TN, October 10-14, 2018.  This really looks like an exciting event!!

See for information.

Questions or comments to "cmbaltairaks32 [at] or DIck Stader "dickandterry5 [at]"

Best Regards To All..........Charles

Monday, March 26, 2018

Reunion update by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Shipmate Dick Stader reports the following preliminary reunion information:

"The 2018 Altair reunion will be held in Nashville, Tenn. October 9th. through October 13th."  With this info, you can start to make preliminary plans to attend.  As soon as additional hotel info and final costs, forms, etc., I will forward all  the information to the shipmates.

All for now.  Please use "cmbaltairaks32 [at]" for questions or additional info.

Best Regards To All........Charles

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Febuary 2018 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your monthly report for February 2018.

THE SUN:  After seemingly weeks and weeks, the sun is shining this morning after seemingly weeks and weeks of perpetual rain.

SHIPMATE PASSING:  I am sad to report the passing of Shipmate Hans J. Swierski. Shipmate Swierski was aboard 1963 thru 1966 as an EN2.  Condolences can be sent to

    Hans J. Swierski Family
    309 Hospital Drive
    Virginia Beach,  VA  23452-6733
    Tel: 757-340-9013
    Email (if still works)  "hswierski [at]"

FINANCES:  The beginning cash-on-hand balance was $500.80 with an expense of $20.00 for the Altair email address renewal leaving a balance of $480.80.  The beginning balance of the Altair savings was $10,210.04 plus interest of $19.15 leaving a balance of $10,229.19; total balance is $10,709.99.  

All for now.  For questions and comments please email me at "cmbaltairaks32 [at]"

Best Regards To All..........Charles

Thursday, February 08, 2018

January 2018 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your monthly report for January 2018.

Not much Altair news.  We need some Altair news reporters out there!!!  Years ago, I used to put out a information/newsletter a time or two a year with sea stories, etc.  But, as info dried up after a few years, it just went defunct. I kinda miss that!

FINANCIAL:  The beginning and ending cash balance is $500.80.  Also, the beginning and ending  Altair savings balance is $10,210.04. No income or expenses with the total balance of $10,710.84. 

All for now.  Please contact me at cmbaltairaks32 [at] for info and questions.

Please visit:  (Photos)  (website)

Best Wishes To All..........Charles

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

December 2017 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your monthly report for December 2017.

Year 2017 was a good year overall, a good reunion year, etc.  Year 2018 has started off with one huge wild winter storm.  I hope all shipmates and their families are warm and safe.  Here in NE Texas it was just just cold; no snow or ice.

SHIPMATES:  No shipmate reports were filed.

FINANCIAL:  The cash on hand was $500.80; no income or expenses.  Savings of $10,210.04 also had no income or expenses; total  is $10,710.84.

Please visit the Altair web sites at: (the Altair photo site)

Please contact me for questions or info at "cmbaltairaks32 [at]

Best Wishes To All For A Great 2018!