Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Altair Microfilm Reels

Greetings Altair Shipmates.

When the Altair web site was started about 13-14 years ago, we needed to track down Altair Shipmates for each year.  From the National Archives and Records Administration I purchased ship records for each year the Altair was registered as a Navy ship.  The records were kept on a Microfilm reel and seem to include many other supply ships, AKs,  
AOs, AEs, etc.  The records mainly included daily/weekly and monthly lists of all the current aboard shipmates.  From these microfilm lists, I was able to generate, for each year, all the names/ranks/etc. of the crew.  Then, I searched for each shipmates addresses in the country and sent them form letters.  We still have almost 500 current shipmates!!!!!!!!

I still have the following years available if you would like me to send you the microfilm.  Luckily, I found a PRINTING MICROFILM READER at a local hospital library and was able to print out hundreds of sheets of names.

The available years are:  1952, 1954, 1955-1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.  You will note that 1960 and 1961 are missing.  Those years were taken by shipmates at the Branson Reunion and never returned.  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TOO........PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS OTHER SHIPMATES MAY WANT THOSE YEARS!!  Thanks!!!

I will send you a year, but you must promise to forward it to another shipmate or return it to me when finished.  These records sure make for interesting reading and bring up lots of memories.

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

Friday, January 10, 2014

December 2013 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Crew.  Here is your monthly report for December 2013.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Let's all have a Happy and a very Healthy 2014.

FINANCIAL: The beginning December cash-in-hand balance was $807.00 with dues income of $130.00 and expenses of $97.00 leaving a balance of $840.00.  The expense was a multi-year access to military shipmates.  It has already paid off as Shipmate Davis has already located two new shipmates (see below).  The beginning Altair "Savings"  account was $7,137.61 with no income and expenses of $538.00 leaving a balance of $6,599.61.  The expenses were $238.00 refund to Charles Brecheisen (Could not attend reunion) and a $300.00 down payment for our Las Vegas reunion in 2014.  More details to follow when available.  Total Altair cash is $7,439.61.

NEW SHIPMATES:  Please welcome aboard Morris Ray Anderson, SN, 1959-1961; and, Joseph P. Caravello, RDSN, 1961-1962.  Shipmate Caravello resides in Saint Joseph, Michigan.

REMINDER:  Dues for 2014 are only $10 (Ten Bucks)......a heckuva deal!  Please make checks out only to Charles M. Brecheisen, 248 Drifting Cloud, Holly Lake Ranch,  TX  75765.  Checks NOT made out to Charles M. Brecheisen will be returned as my bank refuses to cash checks made out the the Altair, etc.

All for now.  Please do not reply to this email as it will be automatically deleted.  Any comments or questions should be directed to cmbaltairaks32 [at]

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