Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is a ?Special Altair Report?

Reunion Chairman John B. Thomas, citing ?personal reasons? has resigned as reunion chairman. Our next reunion is in October 2012 in Tampa, Florida; and, the following year in New Orleans. We need a shipmate(s) to step up and take over the 2012 Tampa reunion; and, the 2013 New Orleans reunion. Please contact myself or Tom Planes at ?tomplanes [at]

It has come to my attention that we need a more formal and current leadership team for the Altair Association. When this all began about 10 years ago, a board was ?formed? consisting 6 (six) shipmates to help with the direction of the group, reunions, dues, membership, expenses, etc. These six shipmates were the first original shipmates found! I now have 486 shipmates on my mail list of which about 145 do not have email access. IT IS TIME FOR A NEW BOARD! Please email me with YOUR nominations for the Altair Board. You can list yourself, any one member, or several shipmates that you would like to see on the board. I will tally names and put out a list to select five shipmates; I will also snail mail the non-email shipmates for their votes including ?write-in? votes. It seems the only fair way to get a new board and a new direction for our Association.

The Altair Association has been very fortunate with Martin Summann taking over the Altair web site; and Dick Braun handling the Altair Blog and Photograph sites. Great job guys!

A fairly quick response is needed to both the items (1) the 2012 Tampa reunion leadership; and, (2) nominees to the new Altair board. PLEASE RESP0ND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Please DO NOT reply to this email. Use cmbaltairaks32 [at] or Tom Planes email address.

Best Regards To All????.Charles

Friday, November 04, 2011

October 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is your monthly report for October 2011.

SHIPMATE PASSING: We lost Shipmate Mike Bruskotter a few weeks ago. Mike was a SK3 aboard the Altair 1963-1966. Mike's son has sent me quite a few Altair photographs which are being forwarded to Shipmate Dick Braun for uploading to the Altair photograph web site. Our condolences to the Bruskotter family.

FINANCIAL: The beginning "on hand" cash balance was $1370.76 with no income or expenses leaving a balance of $1370.66. The beginning savings balance was $5176.73 with interest income of $3.66, dues income of $20.00 and reunion auction income of $660.00 totaling $5860.39. No expenses.

ALTAIR REUNION: According to the reports, the reunion was a success.
The White House tour was fantastic..........Annapolis was great. Etc. etc. etc.

However, some of the other Shipmate comments were:

We need an earlier and better hospitality room for early arrivals.

Where were all the goodies? Early shipmates only got peanuts.

All the goodies disappeared and none were available for the shipmates that stayed over for a day or two.

Accounting figures? Since not many goodies any $'s return?

(John will be supplying me with all the receipts, returns, etc. which I will publish)

ALTAIR REUNION MIAMI 2012: I will be sending out information shortly about the Victory Ship "American Victory" which is located in Miami.
Stay tuned......

All for now. Please contact me at cmbaltairaks32 [at] fastmail with any comments or questions.

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

2012 reunion update

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is information about the Victory Ship "American Victory" located in Tampa, FL, site of our 2012 reunion.
This info courtesy of Tom Planes.

"I called the Captain of the American Victory in Tampa. He got pumped when I told him that our 2012 reunion was going to be centered around his ship. If we get commitment early enough and get enough committed to come we can do a dinner cruise complete with ship drills and aerial battles I don't think we can start too soon promoting this reunion. I would like for it to be bigger than any before. There are lots of things to do in Tampa the aquarium is next door to the ship and Ybor city offers the finest Spanish cuisine this side of Barcelona. Setting up the accommodations early and sending out monthly reports with keep the hype up."

Thanks for the info Tom. This really sounds exciting!

Their web site is

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Shipmate Passing

To whom it may concern,

My father, Mike Bruskotter, died a few weeks ago. He spoke of his time in the Navy often - he loved the "Altair".


Mick Bruskotter

Pratt & Whitney
Part Family Manager
North Berwick Engineering Center - Turbines BOAS & LPT Vanes

phone: 207-676-4227
technet: 8-426-4227
e-fax: 860-755-0875
m/s: 801-27"

Mike Bruskotter was a SK3 aboard the Altair 1963-1966. His family can be reached at:

Mike Bruskotter Family
2825 3rd. Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59401
(mikeb [@]

Our deepest sympathy is sent to the Bruskotter family. His son Mick can be reached at michael.bruskotter [at]

Best Regards To All......charles

Baltimore Reunion by John Thomas

I hope everyone returned home safe and sound.

First of all, let me say "Thank You" to all the shipmates and their wives who attended the reunion, and to those who planned to attend but had circumstances occur that prevented them from going.

We had a great turnout with several who had never attended before. We had shipmates from as far away as Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it enough to attend again next year.

Before I forget, let me give a special thanks to shipmate Joe Basso who made contact and helped with the follow up for out trip to the White House. Thanks, Joe.

For those who could not attend, I will give you a little overview. The reunion was kicked off on Thursday evening with a reception to meet and greet everyone.

Our trip to Washington and the White House began at 7 AM Friday morning. Our guide who was very knowledgeable of Washington made it very informative and interesting. While there we enjoyed a riding tour of Washington and dinner at a seafood restaurant. We arrived back at the hotel at 7:30 PM.

On Saturday we went to Annapolis and toured the campus. It was homecoming so there was quite a bit of activity on campus and around town. Sorry to say that Navy lost to East Carolina. Everyone enjoyed browsing the shops and having lunch. We returned to the hotel at 3 PM to get prepared for the banquet and auction.

After the banquet we adjourned to the hospitality room for fellowship and our yearly auction. We made $660 from the sale of items donated by shipmates.

On Sunday we were sad to say our goodbyes but happy for the memories we had of the reunion and old friends.

Have a safe and blessed year and hope to see everyone in Tampa in 2012.
John B."

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

October 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

September 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is your monthly report for September 2011.

ALTAIR REUNION: The Altair reunion is almost here! (October 20-23) Please contact the reunion chairman with any questions.

John B. Thomas, Jr.
2632 Oakleaf Circle
Bessemer, AL 35022-7227
broadusthomas [at]

FINANCIAL: The beginning and ending cash-on-hand balance is $1370.76; no income or expenses. The beginning and ending saving balance is $5176.73; no income or expenses. The overall cash balance is $6547.49.

SHIPMATES: Welcome back Shipmate Robert J. Morande, SK2, 1961-63; Berlin, CT

That's all for now. Hope everyone has a wonderful time at the reunion!

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

August 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is your monthly report for August 2011.

I hope all Shipmates survived hurricane Irene with minimal damage. That was a bad 'un. Especially from a rain standpoint.

FINANCIAL: The beginning cash-on-hand balance was $1418.76 with no income and $48.00 expenses leaving a balance of $1370.76. I renewed the Altair website name for 3 years at $16.00 per year. The beginning savings balance was $5176.73 with no income or expenses leaving a balance of $5176.73. The total cash balance is $6547.49.

NEW SHIPMATE: Back in 2004 when I was sending out letters seeking Altair shipmates, David A. Touhey, SA, received the letter and promptly misplaced it. Well, believe it or not, he found the letter last week, 7 years later! Shipmate Touhey made a career out of the Navy and retired a QMC. WELCOME ABOARD SHIPMATE TOUHEY! Shipmate Touhey resides in Kingston, NH.

That's all from this end. We are still having 100 plus degree days every day and no rain.

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

Roe Karstetter's wife passing!

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Barbara Karstetter, beloved wife of Shipmate Roe Karstetter. Lillie and I first met Barbara and Roe at the first Altair reunion in Norfolk, VA and always looked forward to their company at later reunions.

All the Altair Shipmates send their sincerest condolences and sympathy to the Karstetter family. Roe can be reached at USNROE [at]; or,

Roe Karstetter
P.O. Box 1271
Robertsdale, AL 36567

Monday, August 01, 2011

July 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is your monthly report for July 2011.

FINANCIAL: The beginning on-hand cash balance was $1418.76 with no income or expenses leaving an on-hand balance of $1418.76. The beginning savings balance was $5172.27 with $4.46 interest and no expenses leaving a savings balance of $5176.73. Total cash balance $6595.49.

RAIN: What is rain? Zero point 6 (0.6) inches of rain for all of July. All our beautiful dogwoods trees have died along with other oaks and pines. The temperature right now at 3:15PM is 106 with a THI of 116 registering on my weather system........more of the same for the rest of the week and NO RELIEF IN SIGHT. The fire danger is unbelievable. TS Dan hit around Brownsville way south of us. Maybe
Emily will get into the gulf and head our way.

That's all folks! Any comments go to cmbaltairaks32 [at]

Please do not reply to this email.

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

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Shipmate Angelo Diana info

UPDATE 4 Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is the latest information concerning Shipmate Angelo Diana courtesy of Shipmate Joe Basso:

"Charles can you please pass along the following information, Angelo Diana is HOME and would like to Thank All for their Prayers, also he is feeling just fine, Angelo also requests Please Do Not Send Any EMails till further notice. Thank You Joe."

Please do not reply to this email. Use cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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

UPDATE 3 Greetings Altair Crew.

Joe Basso reports that Angelo Diana is recovering nicely from heart bypass surgery and should be able to go home this coming Monday or Tuesday.

Dick Braun sent me info on a neat Navy related website at Check it out.

Still very hot (over 22 plus consecutive days over 100 degrees)here in E. TX and still with no rain the past two months; and; none in sight. The entire state still in 'burn ban' status.

Best Regards to All.......Charles

UPDATE 2: Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is the latest update on Shipmate Angelo Diana courtesy of Shipmate Joe Basso:

"I just talked to Shipmate Angelo Diana and is still in the Hospital and is in Good Spirits. He wishes to Thank all of the Altair Shipmates for keeping Him in their Prayers. Thank You Shipmate Joe Basso."

Thank you Joe!!

Please do not reply to this email. use cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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

UPDATE: Greetings Altair Crew. Here is additional info from Joe Basso concerning Shipmate Angelo Diana's bypass surgery:

" Shipmate Angelo Diana had Quadruple By-Pass Operation Today and MRS Diana informed Me that all went well and Angelo is Resting Comfortably at this time, I will be calling Mrs Diana about Wednesday to find how Angelo is doing. I will keep you informed on Angelo's condition. Joe"

Thanks Joe!!

Best Regards To All......charles

Please do not reply to this email. use cmbaltairaks32 [at]

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Shipmate Joe Basso sent me this information concerning Shipmate Angelo Diana:

"Charles: Can You Please inform the Altair Shipmates, That Shipmate Angelo Diana is Scheduled to go for Open Heart Triple By-Pass Surgery.

Please do not send any E Mails To Angelo till futher notice. If you want to send cards please send them to his Home, 122 Grand PL, Kearny N.J.07032. Any And All Prayers are Welcome. Thank You Joe.

Thank you Joe!!

Please do not reply to this email.......use cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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

Monday, July 04, 2011

June 2011 by Charles Brecheisen


NEW ALTAIR SHIPMATE: Please welcome aboard Richard A. Jager, Sn, 1956-1958. Shipmate Jager resides in Big Rapids, MI. WELCOME ABOARD!

FINANCIAL: No expenses and no income in June. The beginning and ending 'on-hand' cash balance was $1418.76. The beginning and ending savings balance is $5172.27 bringing the total cash balance is $6591.03.

Please send rain!!!!!! It's so hot and dry in East Texas that my cactus garden is dying out. Day after day after day of 100+ temperatures.

That's all folks from this end. Any comments should be sent to cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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

Friday, June 03, 2011

May 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.

SHIPMATE PASSING: Our condolences to the Ed Moran family of Milton, DE. Shipmate Ed Moran passed away May 18, 2011.

NEW SHIPMATE: Please welcome aboard Shipmate Felix J. Ramola of CLear Lake, MN. Shipmate Ramola, SK3, served aboard the Altair 1963-1964. WELCOME ABOARD!

FINANCIAL: The beginning May cash on hand balance was $1398.76 with income of $20.00 and no expenses leaving a balance of $1418.76. THANK YOU DUES PAYERS! The beginning savings account balance was $5172.27 with no income or expenses. The total cash balance is $6591.03.

Constructive comments or criticisms should be sent to cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Prayer request for Marines KIA

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is a prayer request for Marines KIA.

"We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 12 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on. God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps... Semper Fi, Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever

Jim Owen

Justin Allen, 23,

Brett Linley, 29,

Matthew Weikert, 29,

Justus Bartett, 27,

Dave Santos, 21,

Chase Stanley, 21,

Jesse Reed, 26,

Matthew Johnson, 21,

Zachary Fisher, 24,

Brandon King, 23,

Christopher Goeke, 23,

Sheldon Tate, 27,

All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shipmate Passing

It is with deep sorrow that I forward the following message:


Ed Moran Jr. just called to inform us that Ed Moran Sr. QM2 1951-1954 passed away early this morning.

Shipmate Moran's family address and phone number:
Edwin T. Moran.
5 Nichole Drive
Milton, DE 19968-9343


George O'Brien"

Here is the obituary for shipmate Edwin T. Moran, Sr. courtesy of Shipmate George O'Brien.

"Edwin Thomas Moran Sr., 79, of Milton, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

Mr. Moran was born in Baltimore, Md. to the late James P. and Mary Jane Clark Moran. He is also preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

He was a machinist for Western Electric for approximately 30 years, retiring in 1979.

Mr. Moran was a U.S. Navy veteran, stationed on the Altair, McCord and the Darby. He was a member of VFW Post 7447 in Rehoboth Beach, American Legion Post 28 in Oak Orchard, a former state commander from 1990-91, past captain of the District 4 Honor Guard and attended the U.S.S. Altair Reunion.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Mae Moran of Milton; seven children, Deborah Wilfer of Baltimore, Md., William Moran of Rehoboth Beach, Patricia Strickland of Georgetown, Susan White and her husband Reggie of Hebron, Md., Edwin T. Moran Jr. and his wife Trisha of Milton, Elizabeth M. Wilson and her husband Walter of Georgetown and Melissa Chandler and her husband David of Millsboro; two sisters, Rose Chambers and her husband Austin, and Mary Jane January both of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren, Autumn, Jessica, Nicholas, Sarah, Raven, Emily, Walter III, Nichole, Austin and Cole; four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Gordy, Daniel and Hayden; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 23, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after noon. Pastor Robert Hudson will officiate the service. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the District 4 Honor Guard, C/O Atwood Timmons, P.O. Box 565, Millsboro, DE 19966"

Thank for the information George!

Here are some memories of Shipmate Ed Moran from Shipmate Roger Wiggans:

"Please forward my sympathies to the Moran family.

I was a Moran striker for many moons. He did his best to train me on the wheel for GQ and transferring underweigh. I never could handle it as well as he could. He was the expert. We had a lot of fun, sweat and strain during those tense (for me) times.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,

Roger Wiggans, QM2
Altair - 1953-54"

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reunion Update

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is new info on the upcoming Altair Reunion:

I have had several phone calls about reservations at the hotel. When I made arrangements it was the Holiday Inn at Airport. It is now the Hilton Doubletree. It is completely remodeled. Phone number and price are the same.

Don't forget the auction event, bring some items to donate and a little extra to make purchases. We have a good time and all the money goes to the Altair treasury.

As always best regards, John B.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

April 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.

There has been some major confusion about emailing to the Altair Shipmates and it is 99% my fault. Our ISP upgraded the "Horde" emailing software and I tried to use it without checking into what changed. An update was sent to ALL Alair Shipmates.........which I found out later. Anyway, the ISP has changed the software to operate as before. As before, reply emails sent thru this server will be automatically deleted. You will not be able to send emails thru this server to 'altaircrew'. If information needs to be sent out, please send me the email at cmbaltairaks32 [at] and I will resend to the crew. This will save lots of headaches and email address stealing bots.

ALTAIR CREW: Please welcome aboard the following new Altair Shipmates:

Roland W. Adkins FA(BT) 1955, Ranger, WV

Rev. Valentine Vit, BM3, 1960-1963, Monroeville, NJ


FINANCIAL: The beginning April cash on hand balance was $1388.76 with $10 dues income and no expenses leaving a balance of $1398.76. The beginning Altair savings account was $5165.90 with interest income of $6.37 leaving a balance of $5172.27. The total cash balance is $6571.03.

Please do not reply to this email. Comments and recommendations should be sent to cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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

Sunday, April 03, 2011

March 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is your report for March 2011.

NEW SHIPMATES: Please welcome aboard the following new shipmates:

Edward J. Rice RMSN 1961-1963, Lincolnton, GA
Walter Johnson, SN, 1960-1962, Old Greenwich, CT
Robert E. Sullivan, CPO, Ret'd, 1953, Chuncey, OH

The beginning on-hand cash balance was $1358.73 with $30 in dues bringing the total to $1388.76. The beginning and ending savings balance is $5165.90 bringing a total cash balance of $6554.66. No expenses. A total of 47 shipmates have paid dues. THANKS!

PLEASE SEND RAIN TO EAST TEXAS! We got a March total of .49 inches.

MISC1: Thanks to the shipmates asking that I join Facebook. Sorry, but I don't Facebook and will not Facebook due to some of their terms and conditions with the main one being that that they sell and distribute personal information.

MISC2: Thanks to the shipmates that forward and pass around very interesting emails. If you forward email, PLEASE send them to yourself or a fictitious address and add the other shipmates addresses in the Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy) address space. Then DELETE all the email addresses in the body of the email. This will prevent bots from stealing addresses and cut down on SPAMs.

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

"Pray for rain"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Assistance needed!!!

I am sending a message to see if you would see if anyone there would remember my Dad, Harry L.C. Strayer, he was a Mechanist Mate aboard the Altair in the late 50's, he was last stationed in Spain where he had a heart attack around 1960. He was a career Navy man with 23 years of service. I sure appreciate any info you might be able to provide. You can reach me, John F Strayer @, my home phone # is 941-347-8296. Thank you for any help you might be able to provide.

Shipmate Strayer was a MM2 aboard 1959.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thoughts and prayers are needed!

Shipmate Ed Moran is in Bebee Hospital, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE Phone 302-645-3300. Shipmate Moran's home address is 5 Nichole Drive, Milton, DE 19968-9343; 302-645-0477.

On Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:54 -0400, "George O'Brien" wrote: Shipmate Ed Moran is doing much better today. He is sitting up in a wheelchair and I think he recognized me when I came into the room. Without his voice box, he is unable to speak, but he responds to questions with a nod of his head. He has been moved to a rehabilitation center and expects to be there for a few weeks. He again shook my hand when I left.

Your prayers are working.


UPDATE: Here is an email and update on Shipmate Ed Moran from George O'Brien:

"We stopped at the hospital and Ed Moran appears to be resting comfortably. Although there was little response at first, he recognized my USS Altair hat, and tears came to his eyes when I told him that all of his shipmates were pulling and praying for him. He even raised his hand and shook mine.

Ed had the stroke on March 3rd and was hospitalized briefly and then home for awhile before returning to the hospital last week. He is probably going to be transferred to a rehab facility this week.

Please pray for Ed?s recovery. George"

Shipmate Robert Laskey's wife, Louise, had emergency heart surgery. They can be reached at 204 Roosevelt Ave., Kewanee, IL 61443-2920 309-853-8048

Our thought and prayers go out to these famlies.

Monday, March 07, 2011

February 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

REUNION: Please remember the importance of getting your info to the reunion chairman, John B. Thomas. You can reach John B. at
broadusthomas [at] or telephone 205-426-8739.

ALTAIR SHIPMATES: Please welcome aboard Shipmate Albert Carter, SH2, 1953-1955. Shipmate Carter resides in Cabot, PA. The Altair Shipmate total mailing list is 477 shipmates. There are 137 shipmates that do not have any email and any information has to be snail mailed to them.

FINANCES: The beginning on-hand cash balance was $1577.98 with dues income of $110.00 and expenses of $329.22 leaving a balance of $1358.76. Expenses included printing and mailing of reunion documents to the shipmates that do not have email; postage, envelops, labels, ink, etc. Our yearly Internet provider bill was $126.50. The beginning and ending savings account is $5165.90 leaving a total cash balance of $6524.66.

Best Regards to All............Charles

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Altair AKS 32 Reunion 2011 Information

Greetings Altair Shipmates. Here is the latest reunion information from chairman John B. Thomas, Jr.

"Charlie: Here is the final draft. We are ready to go. This can be the best reunion so far, with the White House and Annapolis on the schedule. The shipmates can start making reservations now. The quicker the better so we can get a count to line up the bus.

Don't forget the auction! BRING YOUR GOODIES TO THE AUCTION.

If you will send it back to me with all the email addresses, I will be glad to send out some things out to take a burden off of you.

Best Regards, John B.

P.S. Please remind them about the hospitality room. They can send it to me."

There are 3 links below with all the information, registration, etc. Use your browsers back button to return to the this site after viewing the information and/or printing it. It is IMPORTANT that attending shipmates who will be on the tours get the info back ASAP!!! And, with ALL the correct information. PLEASE DON'T MISS OUT ON THESE FANTASTIC TOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Reunion Overview - Reunion Events - Reservation Form

IMPORTANT: There is a $25 hospitality room charge PER PERSON to cover the room and the goodies, etc. Please send your checks to:

John B. Thomas, Jr.
2632 Oakleaf Cir.
Bessemer, AL 35022-7227
broadusthomas (at) bellsouth dot net

January 2011 by Charles Brecheisen

SHIPMATES: Thanks to the 34 shipmates that paid dues in January. Dues are only $10 and sent to me.

FINANCIAL: The beginning on-hand cash balance was $1137.98 with dues income of $440.00, no expenses leaving an on-hand balance of $1577.98. The savings account beginning balance was $5160.37 and income of $5.53 leaving a balance of $5165.90. The total balance is $6743.88.

REUNION: Chairman John B. Thomas has finalized everything for the Baltimore reunion. IT WILL BE A GREAT ONE!!!!!! Another email will be send shortly with all the information. There will be 3 attached PDF files on the reunion email with all the info.

All for now as we are getting ready for more snow and ice here in E. Texas. Temp last night was 61 and is now 24 with a wind chill of 10-12.

I hope all you shipmates take care during this major storm that is blasting it's way across the country.

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

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Baltimore Reunion update

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is additional information on the upcoming Baltimore Reunion at the Holiday Inn Airport from Shipmate George O'Brien.

"John: We toured the Holiday Inn at BWI today...It is a newly refurbished hotel, all new furniture, bedding, etc. Very comfortable, staff very helpful. Full facility hotel, soon to upscale to the Hilton brand. Altair crew should be happy. Will write more when we get home next week. George"

Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Reunion Update

Greetings Altair Crew. Here is additional reunion information from Reunion Chairman John Thomas.

The 2011 reunion will be held in Baltimore, MD, at the Airport Holiday Inn. Check in date is October 20 and the checkout date is October 23 (Sunday). John is still working on getting a tour of the White House. There will be a $25 charge per person attending the reunion for the hospitality suite. Monies can be sent to:

John B. Thomas, Jr.
2632 Oakleaf Circle
Bessemer, AL 35022-7227

John can be reached via email at: broadusthomas [at]

The 2012 reunion will be held in Tampa, FL.

The 2013 reunion will be held in New Orleans, LA

More information will be forthcoming as available.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

December 2010 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let's all have a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.

SHIPMATES: An email was received from a William E. Sanders stating he was a GM3 aboard the Altair 1953-1954. He gave no other information and we have not been able to contact him or know his whereabouts. I hope he will respond again and join our crew.

DUES: Those wonderful dues are due once again. Only $10 and sent to:

Charles Brecheisen, 248 Drifting Cloud, Holly Lake Ranch, TX 75765

FINANCIAL: The beginning December balance was $1137.98 with no receipts and no expenses. The savings account beginning and ending balance was $5160.37 leaving a total cash balance of $6298.35.

REUNION: Information will be sent out as soon as received to shipmates that have email. Crew members that do not have email will be mailed probably a week later.

I can be contacted at cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Change of location for 2011 reunion

Greetings Altair Crew. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Here is info from Joe Basso. The upcoming reunion site has been changed to Baltimore, MD from Tampa, FL. The main reason for changing is there is a fairly good POSSIBILITY of a WHITE HOUSE TOUR! If this comes to fruition, the tour attendees will be required to supply names and SS numbers to the Military Planning Group. YOU WILL ONLY HAVE UNTIL FEB. 21ST. TO APPLY FOR THE TOUR. You will not be able to sit on this info and apply at the last minute.

This would be a true once in a lifetime opportunity for a White House tour.

Obviously, this email is only a "heads up" notification. More info will follow as soon as available.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Shipmate Passing and request for information

I am the daughter of one of your fellow shipmates, Jimmy Norton. He was also in the service with his brother Wayne, if that helps ring a bell. He just passed away December 29 and I'm trying to make a scrapbook for my daughters. I want them to have as many stories of their grandfather as possible since they won't remember him. I had taken some notes about the few stories he could remember but I've lost the paper. He mostly talked about being friends with Pizzo, who I saw has passed away as well. Does anyone remember him or have any information you could share with me? It would make my year as I miss him so much and these stories help me to feel closer to him. I have some pictures from his tours but I do not know who the other people are with my dad. Is there somewhere I can post them to possibly get an answer?


Ashley Norton-McClure -- ashleyrmcclure at yahoo(dot)com