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