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