Thursday, May 23, 2013

Shipmate Passing

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  I received the following information concerning the passing of CDR Richard W. Leighton.  CDR Leighton served aboard the USS ALtair 1957-1959.

"To Whom it May Concern:  It has taken a while, but I regret to inform you that one of your shipmates, my Father, Capt Richard W. Leighton,  SC USN (ret) passed away on 29 Jun 2012. Even at the age of almost 92, he was in relatively good health and passed away fairly unexpectedly at his home on the coast of Maine with his wife Eileen at his side. My Dad served on the USS Altair in the late 1950's while it was based in Barcelona, Spain. Although I was only 6 when we returned to the states I have fond memories of our time in Spain and of the USS Altair. My Dad loved telling stories about his time as SUPO on the ship and of the Altair's introduction of VERTREP into Navy jargon. Photos of his  
time aboard were a major part of a slideshow I put together for his  90'th Birthday event. I would appreciate you notifying your membership of his passing.

Thank you.

Timothy D. Leighton
CDR, USN (ret)"

The Leighton family can be reached at:

     Richard W. Leighton Family
     318 High Head Road
     Harpswell,  ME  04079

Our sincerest condolences to the Leighton family.


Sunday, May 05, 2013

April 2013 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew. 

EMAIL PROBLEMS:  I was shut down from emailing the Altair Crew for about a week.  As it turned out, the problem was with our ISP provider as there was a glitch in the email program portion.  When the problem was fixed, you might have received several emails.  The problem has been resolved.

FINANCIAL:  The beginning Cash-on-Hand balance was $1889.27 with dues income of $90.00 and paper and mailing expenses of $166.36 leaving a balance of $1812.91.  Of this Cash-on-Hand balance, $1000.00 was sent to Dick Stader and put into the Altair savings account leaving a Cash-on-Hand balance of $812.91.  The beginning Altair Savings Account balance was $5794.18 and with a deposit of $1000.00 leaving a balance  
of $6794.18.  The total Altair cash balance is $7607.09.

REUNION:  If you are going to attend the reunion in New Orleans and have not signed up yet.......PLEASE DO ASAP.  Commitments have been made and more are to be made and we need to know who is coming to the reunion.  Come on guys!!!!!!!!!

If you need the reunion paperwork, please send me an email and I will either email or snail mail to you.  Send to cmbaltairaks32 [at]

Cliff Hoke is our reunion chairman and he can be reached at:

     Cliff Hoke, 257 Pecan Drive, Madison,  MS  39110-8717
     cliff [at]  601.946.2144

That's all from here.  If you have any comments or information, please  
contact me at cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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