Sunday, December 17, 2006

September 2006 by Charles Brecheisen

FINANCIAL: The beginning September balance was $1356.64 with dues paid of $40 and no expenses leaving a balance of $1396.64. The "special fund" remains the original same. A record of 76 shipmates have paid dues! Many thanks to all!

SHIPMATES: Fred Keefer LTJG 1960-1962 found another new shipmate, John C. Jefferies, CT1 1960-1963. John resides in Molino, Florida.

SHIPMATES PASSING: Thanks to Fred Keefer for most of this information.

Gene Van Der Molen, FTSN 1952; passed August 2006.

Ed Stephens, RD2 1964-1966; passed July 2006; Ed was a movie and TV actor.

Bernard Ruckhardt, QMC 1960-1962; passed December 1997.

Alfred E. Menard, SM2 1960-1962; passed May 2002.

Morris Kanefsky, SK2 1959-1960; passed July 2001.

I distinctly remember Shipmate Menard as we used to "hang out" together on liberty. And, he used to let me us the signal lights communicating between ships. We used to call him "Alfred E. Neuman" after the character in Mad Comics.

The severe drought continues here in East Texas. We have lost over 75% of our beautiful dogwood trees and many oak trees have died also. And, no relief in sight. I have not done much on the photograph web site as it seems that Lillie and I spend most of our time either at the hospital or at the doctors office. I really don't like getting old!

All for now. Please contact me at with any comments or questions.

Best Regards to All . . . . Charles

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