Monday, November 07, 2016

November 2016 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your monthly report for November 2016.

FINANCIAL:  The beginning cash-on-hand balance was $912.75 with income of $50.00 and no expenses bringing the total to $962.75.  The beginning and ending balance of the savings account is $8545.32 bringing the overall balance of $9508.07.

SHIPMATES PASSING:  Shipmate LTJG Fred Keefer reports the following Altair Shipmates passing:

    FUREY, Francis D, LCDR 1959-1961, passed 10 April 1976
    GUTHRIE, Gordon L, YNC, 1960-1963, passed 14 April 2011
    NIENAST, Vernon W, SKC, 1960-1962, passed 19 March 2011
    WOODWARD, Lamar Lee, CDR, 1960-1962, passed 28 November 2010
    DOWNS, Charles Leslie, CW02, 1959-1961, passed 20 April 1999
    GOODSON, Raymond Thomas, CW02, 1960-1962, passed 16 February 1988
    PEARCE, Travis Dean, CT3, 1960-1961, passed 18 September 1997

NOTE:  Shipmate Pearce did not have a Altair billet number and was with RPMIO (Registered Publications Mobile Issuing Office)  The rate of CT3 is "Cryptologic Technician 3rd Class)

    Thank you Mr. Keefer for all the information!

NOTE 2:  I really remember Lt. Furey while I was a deck ape.  He was a "Mustang" and really knew his "stuff".  Tough, but fair.

NOTE 3: I also really remember the Exec. Officer, CDR Woodward.  He was well liked!

All for now.  Please us cmbaltairaks32 [at] for any questions of information.

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

October 2016 by Charles Brecheisen

Greetings Altair Shipmates.  Here is your monthly report for October 2016.


FINANCIAL:   Same as last month.  Beginning and ending cash-on-hand of $912.75. Savings balance $8,545.32.  No income nor expenses for a total of $9,458.07.

ARCHIVES:  The new web site for the National Archives is

ALTAIR RECORDS:  I still have 13 microfilm ships records that I used in tracking down Altair shipmates.  I used a printing microfilm reel reading machine and printed out the various forms from the Altair.  Each film contains MANY ships and as I recall they were all service or supply ships.  AOs, AKs,  AEs, etc.  I still have reels for 1952, 1954, 1955-1956, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.  The reels for 1958, 1960, 1961 are missing and were never returned by the shipmates that took them at the first reunion in Branson, MO.  If you would like for me to send you a reel, please let me know and I will get it on the way.

All for now.  Please use cmbaltairaks32 [at] for comments or additional info.

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