President’s Message, April, 2017
We had a terrific reunion in September in Charleston. You can read all about it in the Home Page of this Web Site.
Our next reunion will be held in Portland, Oregon. Byron Anderson, with help from Red Bennett will be coordinating that event. The registration information can be obtained from the Reunions Page of this site. We intend to offer a download of it on Facebook also. Get your party hats on and get ready for a good time in Portland.
I have it on good aurhority that Portland is a fun place, filled with all sorts of history and beautiful places to visit.
Over the past year, we initiated a new push to get more ex-Shipmates involved in the Association. If you are in touch with any old Coontz shipmates that might want to join the Association (now Free to join) and/or start attending our reunions, please give them a call and urge them to get more involved. You can also e-mail any of the current officers of the Association at the e-mail addresses listed on the first page of the Web Site. We will gladly follow up on any leads that you get to us. As a result of this initiative, we now have names and a combination of addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for more than 220 ex-shipmates. All will receive the information on the 2017 reunion.
Another initiative that we started in San Diego, is the identification of any shipmates that past away since serving on the Coontz (Fallen Shipmates). If you know of any shipmates that have past, please let any of the current Officers know. We plan to expand the Web Site to include a Fallen Shipmates page, in hopes that it will serve as a comprehensive list of those shipmates that have past. At each of our reunions, we conduct a 2 Bell Ceremony to commemorate all of those that have fallen.
If you are reading this, either from the Web Site, from Facebook, or from a direct mailing, it is obvious that you have an interest in preserving the memory of the USS Coontz. So please remember the old girl and become a member of this Association. Then, hopefully you will consider attendance at one (or all) of our Reunions. Our aim is to keep the memory of the USS Coontz alive since she has been decommissioned and dismantled. We currently make an annual donation toward the upkeep for the USS Coontz Memorial in Hannibal, Missouri.
We also make an annual contribution to a deserving military oriented orgnization. In 2016, our donation went to Fisher House, an organization caring for wounded Vetrans!
If you wish to do your part in keeping the memory of the USS Coontz alive, please go to the Home page on this site and download the form necessary to join. Remember, Membership is now free.
The Association needs your help in trying to keep the Memory of the Coontz alive!
We have an exciting year planned for 2017. Here’s hoping that you will consider becoming involved and can join us in Portland!!.
Tony Hubbard (’61 – ’64)
President, USS Coontz Association
For other news about the Coontz as posted by some of your former shipmates, please check our Facebook Pages by clicking both Facebook 1 and Facebook 2.