Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Questions from an ill shipmate

LTJG Jay Edwards Kerney

Navigator USS Altair AKS -32


Email: Kerney (at) spiceisle (dot) com

USA Cell Phone 757 325 0375 Good only when I am in the USA.

Home address:
PO Box 32
Saint Georges
West Indies

Tel 473-443-5621

I am currently being treated for prostate Cancer at the University of Florida Proton Beam radiation therapy.

I was diagnosed at the Veterans Hospital West Palm Beach, Florida.

I left the Navy in 1967 but kept in contact with our Captain Len Hoke for many years. Captain Hoke lived in Virginia Beach and retired shortly after leaving the Altair. He and his wife Pat were friends for many years as a matter of fact I spoke with her today.

Capt Hoke passed away several years ago.

A. Question: Do any of my shipmates know if the Altair carried agent Orange during that 1967 time period? I was informed at the VA Hospital that agent Orange is directly related to Prostate cancer.

B. Question: If so, if Altair carried this type of cargo. How would I verify the cargo papers?

C. I would be curiously interested if any other shipmates have been diagnosed with that type of cancer?

Many thanks for your prompt reply.

Jay Kerney

PS I was unaware until today that we had a reunion and website?

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Christmas Cards

When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get. A Great Idea!!

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

Next three reunion sites announced!

Greetings Altair Shipmates.

Here is reunion information from our reunion Chairman John B. Thomas, Jr.:

"Our next reunion will be in Tampa, Florida, October 20-23, 2011.
Following reunions will be in Baltimore, 2012, and New Orleans, 2013."

SIDE-NOTE: Information will be sent out as soon as received to the shipmates that have email. Snail mail information will be sent out to the non-email shipmates when complete.

Friday, December 03, 2010

November 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

Captain William B. Morton, skipper of the USS Altair 1964-1965 is quite a WW2 hero! Master Chief Thomas "Mike" Smith sent me an article to the heroism of Captain Morton during WW2. I hope the "click" works.

FINANCIAL: The beginning "on hand" cash balance was $1143.13 with no income and expenses of $5.15 leaving a cash balance "on hand" of $1137.98. The beginning savings balance was $3840.37. Income from the Nashville reunion auction etc., was $1320.00 leaving a savings account balance of $5160.54. The total cash balance is $6298.35.

More later...........

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

October 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

ALTAIR REUNION: Glowing reports coming from the reunion attendees. I am sorry I missed it, but could not be helped.

REUNION PHOTOGRAPHS: Dick Braun has uploaded all the available reunion photographs which you can view at http://altair.smugmug.com/ Thanks for a great job Dick! And, thanks to the photographers!

ALTAIR SHIPMATE: Please welcome new shipmate Paul D. Benton, 1959-1960 SHSN. Paul and wife Spring live in Marshfield, MA

PROMOTIONS: Air Force Major Andrew J. Hoke, son of shipmate Cliff Hoke (MM2 1955-1958)was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in a ceremony at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center 29 September 2010.
Congratulations to both! Lt. Col. Hoke has quite an Air Force biography and deserves special kudos!!

ALTAIR FINANCIAL: The beginning on hand cash balance was $1103.13 with income of $40.00 and no expenses leaving a balance of $1143.13. The beginning savings account balance was $3835.54 with income of $4.83 leaving a balance of $3840.37. The total cash on hand and savings balance is $4983.50. Reunion income and expenses will be posted in the December financial report.

That's all for now.

Victory Ships

Greetings Altair Crew.

As most of you know, the USS Altair was first the SS Aberdeen Victory and took part in the invasion of Okinawa during WW2.

Our photo guru Dick Braun has uploaded a 30 minute professional TV film about the SS Red Oak Victory, which is currently being restored. Altair deck personnel will enjoy seeing all the work needed on deck. Below deck personnel (Snipes) will enjoy the work and scenes in the engine room.

Also great scenes of the Kaiser Shipyards where most of the Victory Ships were built, some in just days! The Red Oak Victory was saved from scrapping. Some of the original workers on the Red Oak Victory are on board and were interviewed.

Dick uploaded the film to the Altair photograph site. Please visit http://altair.smugmug.com and go to the bottom of the page and click
on the "Video Gallery" and this will take you to the movie page.
Click on the Red Oak Victory pic and sit back and enjoy the memories of the Altair. It sure brought back memories some of my deck ape days, mess cooking and FINALLY Lt. Furey let me go up to the radio room after I applied for a Captain's Mast.

Best regards, Charles

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

September 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

Please welcome aboard Russell G. Eshelman, SN, 1963-1964. Shipmate Eshelman resides in Bumpass, VA. WELCOME ABOARD!

FINANCIAL: The beginning September cash balance was $1078.13 with $25 in dues income leaving a cash balance of $1103.13. The beginning and ending saving balance was $3835.54 leaving a total cash balance of $4938.67.

The next Altair reunion begins October 21, 2010 in Nashville, TN. Should you need additional information, please contact Joe Basso at 732-441-1077.

Misc: The son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Douglas, Edward Douglas, was "Pinned Chief" in a mid September Ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. Dan was an IC3 aboard the Altair 1960-1962. I know that all the Altair Shipmates send their congratulations to the proud Douglas family on their son being pinned CPO.

Dan and Elaine Douglas can be reached at DDouglas [at] aol.com

Thanks to our web guru, you can view photos on the "Misc." page on the Altair web site.

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

Saturday, September 04, 2010

August 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

SHIPMATE PASSING: I was notified of the passing of Shipmate Paul Meierdierks. Paul was a RM3 and aboard 1962-1966. The family may be contacted at:

Mrs. Theresa Meierdierks
99 Knickerbocker Road
Closter, NJ 07624

Please welcome aboard the following shipmates:

John Zeihen, LTJG, 1967-1969, WI
R. Doug Justice, MA3, 1964, TN
Augustin (Dino) Dador, SD2, WA
Michael Chubirka, SN, 1962-1963, TX


FINANCIAL: The beginning cash balance was $1058.13 with dues income of $20.00 leaving a balance of $1078.13. The beginning cash savings balance was $3835.54 with no income or expenses leaving a balance of $3835.54. The total cash on hand and saving account balance is $4913.67.

ALTAIR REUNION: DON'T FORGET!!!!!!! The Altair reunion October 21st. thru Oct. 24th. in Nashville, TN. If you need additional information, please contact Joe Basso at jomapakg032 [at] verizon.net or John Thomas at broadusthomas [at] bellsouth.net; or, myself at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us.

All for now. I hope all you shipmates on the East Coast will be safe from the hurricane.

As usual, please do NOT reply to this email as it will be automatically deleted. Please use cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us

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

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shipmate Passing

Greetings Altair Shipmates. I received the following email:

"Hello Shipmates. It is with great sadness that I report to you the passing of Chief William H. Stoye Sr. August 13, 2010. He loved his career in the Navy and was proud of all the friends and shipmates he had over the years.

William H. Stoye, Jr. Maj, (Ret)
Tallahassee, Florida 32308"

Shipmate Stoye was an AD2 aboard the Altair 1959/1960.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shipmate Passing

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is an email I received via Shipmate Mike O'Connell.

"I'm sorry I am the bearer of bad news but I got a call from Paul Meierdierks' family and was informed he had passed Sunday, August 8, 2010. His wife Theresa can be reached at:

Mrs. Theresa Meierdierks
99 Knickerbocker Road
Closter, NJ 07624

I mentioned to them I would let you know so that you could let the other shipmates know.

Thank you.
Mike O'Connell"

Our sincerest condolences to the Meierdierks' family.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

July 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is your monthly report for July 2010.

SHIPMATES: Please welcome aboard two new shipmates:

Dennis R. Dudas, SN, 1961-1962, Millburn, NJ

William F. Sharp, Jr., SN, 1961-1962, NJ


FINANCIAL: The beginning July balance was $1028.13 with dues income of $30.00 and no expenses leaving a cash balance of $1058.13. The beginning Altair savings account was $3835.54 with no income or expenses leaving a balance of $3835.54. The total Altair cash balance is $4893.67.

EMAIL CHANGE: For those trying to contact C O Lee, his email has changed to:

AKS32 [at] earthlink.net

HURRICANE SEASON: For those shipmates living on the coastline, you might take a look at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and you will get the latest updates from the National Weather Service as to tropical storm, hurricanes, etc.

I hope all the shipmates have checked out all the information that Dick Braun has uploaded to the Altair web site. A tremendous amount of Altair data and information. the location of the data is http://www.ussaltair-aks32.org/navylinks.htm or take the Navy Links from the menu on the site.

You can contact me at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us with any comments and information.

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

Sunday, July 04, 2010

June 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

HAPPY JULY 4th..........Please have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
Remember all the Veterans and Troops in combat in your prayers.

NEED INFO: I am seeking any info you might have on CDR Richard W. Leighton. CDR Leighton served on the Altair 1958-1959. I need stories, remembrances, anything. Please email ASAP to me at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us

The beginning cash balance was $1008.13 and received $20 in dues with no expenses leaving a cash-on-hand balance of $1028.13. The beginning savings account balance was $3830.76 with interest of $4.78 leaving a savings balance of $3835.54. The total cash balance is $4863.67.

If you need additional Nashville reunion information please contact myself at cmb altairaks32 [at] fastmail.us; or

Joe Basso at jomapakg032 [at] verizon.net

I keep a running list of shipmates by state and show 475 total. My mailing list of shipmates totals 470. Why the discrepancy? There are a few that have moved and not forwarded their new email or home addresses. Please, if you move or change email addresses, please notify me.

As usual, please do NOT reply to this email. All comments and recommendations should be sent to cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shipemate Passing

It is with immense sadness that I send you, this email to inform you of the death of my beloved husband Ashley Pecka on May 28, 2010.

Sincerely, Kathleen Pecka"

Condolences can be sent to:

Mrs. Ashley Pecka
P.O. Box 667
Eagle River, WI 54521

Shipmate Pecka served aboard the Altair 1964-1966 as a SN.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Shipmate

Greetings Shipmate Drennan. And, WELCOME ABOARD! I show your info as:

Arthur P. Drennan, MM1, 1953-1956,
189 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453
nanyngp [at] yahoo.com

The Altair web site is http://www.ussaltair-aks32.org

The Altair photograph site is http://altair.smugmug.com and shipmate Dick Braun will be contacting you about getting your photographs uploaded to the site.

I served aboard the Altair 1959-1961 as a RM2. Information about our next reunion in Nashville in October is on the way snail mail. I will get you added to the monthly email list and shipmate Martin Summann will get you added to the web site.

Welcome aboard!

Best Regards, Charles Brecheisen, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas

Monday, June 07, 2010

May 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew.

DEJA VU AGAIN? The 'dog days of August' arrived late in April and are continued through May. Our total rainfall in May was 0.56" (zero point five six) total for the month of May. Our beautiful dogwood trees are wilted, the azalea plants are dying. Some of you shipmates need to send some moisture to the East Texas area!

SHIPMATES: Please welcome aboard Stanley Wolczyk, MM2, 1968. Shipmate Wolczyk resides in Phoenixville, PA. WELCOME ABOARD!

FINANCIAL: The beginning cash on hand balance was $1104.63 with dues income of $30 and expenses of $126.50 leaving a balance of $1008.13. The expense was for the Internet Provider for the Altair web site. The savings account balance is $3830.76 bringing a grand cash total of $4838.89.

Please contact Joe Basso, reunion chairman, at jomapakg032 [at] verizon.com or myself cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us

All for now. Any comments or questions, please contact me at: cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us.

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

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Greetings Altair Shipmates. I am forwarding a message received from Joe Basso.

"Hi Altair Shipmates, Government Workers and Other Veterans from Army and Navy. I was surfing the Web the other night, and I came across a Web Site that stated that anyone who either Served in the Military (ANY BRANCH) between 1945 December, and 1991 December, are entitled to what is knows as a "COLD WAR RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE" write to:

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22332-0473

Within a week and a half you will receive an application and after filling out the application you will have to return with a copy of your DD214. You just have to prove that you served only 1 day. For Government workers you have to submit a pay stub or some type of government I.D. Lots of luck and I am about to putting my application in the mail tomorrow and I will keep you posted of my endeavor.

Joe Basso

P.S. Let us know of how you make out."

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Shipmate Passing

To All Concerned:

My husband Darrell Tinker Chronister passed away on March 26th, 2010.

He recently was put on your email list but fell ill shortly thereafter and could not respond to anyone.

Thank you for sending all of the updates to him.

Best regards,

Lois Chronister
Jefferson City, MO

Friday, April 02, 2010

March 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

Spring has sprung as the yellow pine dust is covering everything here in E. Texas.

SHIPMATES: Please welcome aboard the new Altair shipmates for a total of 468!!!

Thomas E. Ryan, SN, 1960-1962, Philadelphia, PA
Carmen S. Napoli, IC3, 1964-1966, Easton, PA


FINANCIAL: The March beginning on hand cash balance was $1212.20 with dues income of $40 leaving a cash on hand balance of $1252.20. The beginning savings account balance was $3826.04 with no dividend. There was no expenses leaving a total balance of $5078.24.

The 2010 Altair reunion in Nashville is rapidly approaching! (October 21 ~ 24, 2010) Please get your reservations in ASAP! Should you need new paperwork to get signed up, please contact me at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us and I will get the information in the mail. Please don't forget to get Joe Basso or John Thomas the $25 per person check for the Hospitality Room and goodies. (I messed up Joe's address on the forms I sent out and here is the correct address) They can be reached at:

Joe Basso 16 Edgemere Dr., Matawan, NJ 07747

John Thomas 2632 Oak Leaf Circle, Helena, AL 35022

ADDRESSES: I wish I could track down all the shipmates that have moved or changed their email address and not notified me of the changes. But, there is just no way. IF YOU ARE GOING TO MOVE OR CHANGE EMAIL ADDRESS PLEASE NOTIFY ME SO YOU I CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE ALTAIR HAPPENINGS.

All for now. Please do NOT respond to this email as it will be automatically deleted. Please contact me at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us for any questions or comments.

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

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

February 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

ALTAIR CREW: Please welcome aboard shipmate Orville Eckler, EM2, 1963-1964 and residing in Chaumont, NY. WELCOME ABOARD!

ALTAIR CAPS: Shipmate Joe Basso has a good supply of Altair caps. If you need a new cap or a replacement cap, please contact Joe at:

jomapakg032 [at] verizon.net

FINANCIAL: The beginning cash balance was $1092.20 with dues income of $120.00 and no expenses leaving a cash balance of $1212.20. The Altair savings account had a beginning and ending balance of $3826.04.
The total Altair cash account is $5038.24.

That's all for now. Please contact me with any comments or questions at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us

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

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Red Shirt

I received this email today and thought I would share if with the group... Dick

If the red shirt thing is new to you, read below how it went for a man...

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together...

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

No, he responded.
Heading out I asked?

No. I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I'm taking him home to his family.

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you, Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday ... and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that ... Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women a far, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, & TV let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is. "We need your support and your prayers." Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

January 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is your monthly report for January 2010.

Yipes.......it's already February 2010. Where does the time go????

ALTAIR REUNION: If you have not received Nashville reunion information either via email or snail mail, please contact me cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us

SHIPMATES: Please welcome aboard the following shipmates:

Darrell T. Chronister, SA, 1968, Jefferson City, MO

William L. Hickman, LTJG, 1963-1965, Rockville, MD

Gary K. Hysong, EM3, 1959-1961, Attica, IN

SHIPMATE PASSING: The following Shipmate Passed:

Frederick W. Meister, LTJG, 1963-1965, Passed 2000

FINANCIAL: The beginning cash balance was $1136.15 with dues income of $150.00 and expenses of $193.95 leaving a cash on hand balance of $1092.20. Expenses were envelopes, labels, stamps, printing and mailing of the reunion information to the non-email shipmates. The beginning saving account balance was $3822.71 with interest of $3.33 leaving a balance of $3826.04. Total cash balance is $4918.24.

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

Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 Reunion Information

Here is the latest 2010 Altair Reunion information from our reunion chairman Joe Basso.

The Nashville reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Opryland/Airport from Thursday, October 21st through Sunday, October 24th. Nashville, TN ~ October 21st – 24th, 2010

Travel & Leisure Magazine recently named Nashville America’s Friendliest City! Not only is Music City friendly, it has also been named the 4th Best American City for Holiday Travel. The USS Altair Reunion tours will give you a chance to experience some of the top attractions in Nashville. Tours include a group dinner at one of Nashville’s most unique restaurants and tickets to the famous Grand Ol Opry show. Saturday, don’t miss the city tour which will highlight some of Nashville’s most popular attractions. Your reunion program hits all of Nashville’s most famous attractions, while allowing plenty of time to relax and catch up with your friends.

Hotel Information:
The reunion dates are from Thursday, October 21st through Sunday, October 24th. You will be staying at the Holiday Inn Select Opryland/Airport which is located at 2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214.

Reservation Information:
The room rate is just $99.00 plus tax per night based on single or double occupancy. Rate includes complimentary breakfast buffet daily. Please make your hotel reservations NOW by calling (615) 883-9770 between 9-4 pm EST and ask for in-house reservations. For those of you who would like to arrive early, the same room rate is available 2 days prior to the start of the reunion, and 2 days after the reunion. You may cancel up until 48 hours before arrival at no penalty. Be sure to ask for the USS Altair Reunion rate to assure you are associated with your group. You may request specific room types when you call to make your reservations (handicap accessible room, etc.). These are on a first come basis. The hotel check-in time is 3:00pm. Please, don’t expect to get into your room before then. They will ask you for a deposit or credit card number to guarantee your room reservation. The hotel is holding rooms until they sell out or September 10th, 2010, whichever comes first.

Transportation & Directions:
The closest airport is Nashville International (BNA). The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service from the Nashville International Airport. Upon arrival, use the courtesy phone located in the baggage claim. For those of you driving to the reunion, the hotel offers plenty of free parking. The hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 40, at the Broadway exit. Ask hotel for detailed directions when making your reservations.

Travel safely and we will ….
See you in Nashville!

Please call the hotel and make your reservations making sure you are getting the Altair special rate.


Friday, October 22nd (4:00pm-10:00pm)
This spectacular evening begins at the Cock of the Walk Restaurant, where you will have a private area reserved just for the USS Altair. Known as one of Nashville’s most unique restaurants, you will dine on their famous golden fried catfish, and other southern specialties. The large barn-like restaurant is well known around Nashville for having the best seafood in town. The restaurant takes its unusual name from an old flatboat man’s term for the top boatman. Following dinner, board your coach for the short drive to the Grand Ole Opry Show. This is the show that made Nashville famous! The one, the only, the Opry. You never know which celebrities will turn up and perform, but one thing is for certain, it’s always a great show, with something for everyone. Music, dancing, and lots of laughs, make this variety show a Nashville tradition and a crowd favorite. You’ll have great seats, so come see what all the fuss is about!
Please note: You will be required to walk down 6 steps to your seat for the show. All Opry seats are benches with backs, similar to church pews.

Saturday, October 23rd (9:00am-2:00pm)
This is not your typical, routine city tour, but an entertaining look at all the sights that make up Nashville. Enjoy a driving tour of the landmarks of the city including Historic Downtown, Fort Nashborough, the State Capitol, the Parthenon and Music Row. The tour includes some of the homes and recording studios of celebrity stars of television and radio. You’ll also have time downtown to explore and have lunch on your own. Bring your camera and comfortable shoes. This will be a great day!

Saturday, October 23rd (7:00pm at Hotel)
Join all of your friends for your Banquet Dinner at the Hotel. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm. Please make your entrée selection on the reservation form.

Protect yourself from unforeseen expenses caused by sickness, injury or any other causes that impact your travel plans. This insurance enables a refund of Tour & Banquet expenses up until three (3) days before the start of your reunion. If you need to cancel – please call our office immediately (817-251-3551) for a cancellation number. If you have not purchased cancellation insurance all tour and meal money is non-refundable 6 weeks prior to the reunion.

Important Reunion Notes:
~ Tours may be cancelled if a minimum of 30 people per bus is not met. In this case, full refunds will be given.
~ Please understand that a certain amount of walking is necessary from the bus to attractions and in some
instances, to also see the attractions. Please consider your abilities before purchasing tours.
~ Be sure to bring photo identification (like a driver’s license) on all events.
~ All tour times are subject to change. A final itinerary is available at registration

Tour reservations are contained in a PDF file that will be emailed or faxed to you by Dick Braun at dbraun at msbservices . com upon request

Another great auction will be held Saturday evening at the banquet; and, the valuable item you bring does not have to be Naval related item! (I hope a shipmate brings an original J-38 key!)

The Hospitality Room opens on Thursday. There will be a $25 charge PER PERSON for the cost of the hospitality room and all the "GOODIES."
Please send your check to:

Joseph Basso, 16 Edgemere Drive, Matawan, NJ 07747


John Thomas, 2632 Oak Leaf Circle, Helena, AL 35022

Joe Basso can be reached at jomapakg032 [at] verizon.net

Best Regards to All and See Ya in Nashville!


Thursday, January 07, 2010

Sick List

Greetings Altair Crew. I received the following email from Dick Stader who wanted me to pass the info about the "Altair Sick List."

"Charles, just thought I would send you this information that I got yesterday on Dave Poland; his daughter called me yesterday to let me know that he (Dave) was having some chest pain on Tuesday, 5 Jan., and so she took him to the hospital to have him checked out; and he is there now with four heart blockages waiting to have bypass surgery next Wednesday 13 Jan. I talked to him last night and he says he is doing fine and feeling no more pain; but, because he takes Plavix, they need to wait a week before they can do surgery. His phone number is 757-388-8471 (repeating 757-388-8471) at the hospital in case any shipmate would like to give him a call; I am sure he would enjoy hearing from any of our shipmates.

Best Regards to you and Lillie.


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

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

December 2009 by Charles Brecheisen


The beginning December cash balance was $1136.15; the beginning December saving account balance was $3822.71. There was no income nor expenses leaving a total balance of $4958.86.

DUES: There were 83 dues paying shipmates in 2009. THANK YOU! Dues are $10 per year and due again for 2010 sent to me. Thank you again!

SHIPMATES: There are 462 Altair Shipmates!!!! Let's get more!!!

SHIPMATES PASSING: The following shipmates passed:

Perry Charles Hahn, EM3, 1963-1965; Passed November 20, 2009

Gerald (Jerry) Pelton, DP3, 1967-1968; Passed January 21, 2003

Allen D. Post, MMC, 1962-1964; Passed October 18, 2009

Our condolences to their families.

All for now. If you have any questions or comments, please reply to cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail.us

Let's all have a Blessed, Happy, Healthy and a prosperous 2010!

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