USS Boxer CV/CVA/CVS 21/LPH4                        USS Boxer LHD4            

 

 

 

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USS BOXER VETERANS ASSOCIATION

 

LETTER OFAPPRECIATION:

                    TREASURY REFUNDING

 

With a manner of appreciation being presented this day; the Executive Board of the

     USS Boxer Veterans Association announces the following statement to fellow officers

     and the membership body.

 

As many as you know, in the June 2014 edition of the Boxer Shorts, an informational letter

     was included within the newspaper indicating the current state of affairs within the

     treasury; along with recent activities which had occurred over the past several months.

 

With those events in mind, the Executive Board, having no other recourse, presented to the

     membership a course of action to assist the organization  repay its outstanding debts by

     asking for donations from association members.

 

This endeavor has and is continuing to take place within the organization.

 

To all officers and the membership body; a sincere “thank you” is in order for your timely

     response.

It is to be recognized; all donations which have been received thus far are from approximately

      fifteen per cent of our active members.

 

The association’s repayment to vendors, scholarship winners and monies owed to individuals

     has been fulfilled.

Our next step; to have finances available for the association’s out of pocket legal expenses,

    a continuation of publication of the association’s newsprint the Boxer Shorts, ship’s stores    

    purchases, concluding with the continuation of scholarship monies available for our family

    members.

 

In closing, and going forward, to members who have given, “Thank you.”

     To those members who would consider making a donation; it has been asked an amount of

     $20.00 to assist the organization in this continuing refunding of the association’s treasury.

     Any amount would be graciously accepted.

    

 

Please address your remittance / donation to:

 

                                    USS Boxer Veterans Association

                                         c/o USSBVA Treasurer

                                              6367 N. 106th St.

                                         Milwaukee, WI 53225-1415

 

 

 

Executive Board

USS Boxer Veterans Association

October, 2014

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CURRENT COURT DOCUMENTATION REFERENCING
USSBVA VS POWERS: 08-04-14

Ronald A. DiNicola, SBN 117353

DiNICOLA LAW OFFICES

5405 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 261

Los Angeles, California 90036

Telephone: 323-330-9561

Fax: 323-330-9506

 

Philip D. Dapeer, SBN 53378

PHILIP D. DAPEER

A Law Corporation

2625 Townsgate Road, Suite 330

Westlake Village, California 91361-5749

Telephone:  (323) 954-9144

Fax:   (323) 954-0457

 

Attorneys for Plaintiff

USS Boxer Veterans Association

 

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

FOR THE COUNTY OF KERN

 

USS BOXER VETERANS ASSOCIATION, INC.,
                                   

                                    Plaintiff,

 

            v.

 

 

 

TRAVIS R. POWERS,

                                   

                                    Defendant.

 

 

 

IN T

 

Case No.

 

 

DECLARATION OF RICHARD

D. JESUE IN SUPPORT OF JUDGMENT OF DEFAULT BY COURT AND PERMANENT INJUNCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECLARATION OF RICHARD D. JESUE    

I, Richard D. Jesue, hereby declare as follows:

1.               I am a United States Navy veteran.  I served on the USS Boxer (LPH-4) form 1965 to 1968.  In 2001, I became a member of the of the USS Boxer Veterans Association, Inc. (the "Boxer Veterans Association").  The Boxer Veterans Association is governed by an elected six-member elected board of directors, and an elected president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary.  These ten (10) individuals comprise the executive board.  In 2008 and continuing to the present, I became an officer of the Boxer Veterans Association serving as secretary.  As secretary, I am responsible for, among other things, maintaining and updating documentation for the organization, recording the minutes of member meeting and meetings of the executive board.  I also am a co-signer of all checks of the organization along with the treasurer.  I work closely with the other officers and I am generally familiar with their responsibilities and activities.  This declaration is submitted in support of the Judgment of Default by Court and Permanent Injunction.  I know all of the facts set forth herein of my own personal knowledge and, if called and sworn as a witness, could and would testify thereto.    

2.               "USS Boxer" is the name given to a line of six (6) United States Navy ships beginning with the HMS Boxer that was captured from the British in the War of 1812.  By 1944, the USS Boxer (CV-21) was one of 24 U.S Essex-class aircraft carriers until its decommissioning in 1969.  The USS Boxer (LHD-4), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, was commissioned in 1995 and remains in service today.   

3.               The Boxer Veterans Association is an organization open to the crew, squadron personnel, attached Marine Corp personnel, and other military personnel who served on the USS Boxer ships ("Boxer Veterans").  The current membership of the Boxer Veterans Association exceeds one thousand (1,000) Boxer Veterans from around the nation who served on a USS Boxer ship.

4.               The Boxer Veterans Association, is an association of veterans of USS Boxer ships of the United States Navy organized in 1986 as an Alabama corporation and tax exempt under 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(7).

5.               The purpose of the Boxer Veterans Association is to reunite Boxer Veterans and commemorate their service aboard USS Boxer ships, to commemorate the history and service of the USS Boxer ships, and to perpetuate the camaraderie of the Boxer Veterans through annual reunions and other activities.  The Boxer Veterans Association depends on the contributions of  members to carry out its activities.     

6.               The defendant, Travis R. Powers ("Powers") is a member of the USS Boxer Veterans Association who, at all relevant times, has resided in Bakersfield, California.  In approximately September 2011, Powers became president of the Boxer Veterans Association and, in approximately May 2013, its treasurer.  

7.               In or about May 2013, when Powers became treasurer, he was provided in trust the entire liquid assets of the Boxer Veterans Association.  He received a Wells Fargo check in the amount of $14,227.70 and money market funds in the amount account $45,641.63 totaling $59,869.33.  I sent Powers an additional $996 drawn on Sovereign Bank on June 2, 2013 bringing the total delivered to Powers to $60,865.45 (the "Boxer Funds').  At or about the time these funds were sent to Powers, he confirmed that he had received the Boxer Funds.

8.               By virtue of his positions, Powers had access to and control over the Boxer Funds, including and bank accounts, certificates of deposits, cash, or their equivalents and replacements, and other property of the Boxer Veterans Association.  At about the same time he received the Boxer Funds, Powers was provided in trust other property of the Boxer Veterans Association including, but not limited to, any bank records, financial instruments, other documents and equipment. 

9.               Powers conducted his activities as president and treasurer from his residence in Bakersfield, California.  Powers maintained possession and control of, and otherwise dealt with, the property and the Boxer Funds belonging to the Boxer Veterans Association, within Kern County, California and the acts complained of in the complaint occurred in Kern County.      

10.            In or about the fourth quarter of 2013, the officers began to notice that Powers was failing to properly discharge his duties as treasurer.  Shortly thereafter, Powers stopped paying bills, became secretive about the location of bank accounts and bank balances, and began to ignore requests by various officers for information concerning the status of payments by him to meet the financial obligations of the Boxer Veterans Association.  Among the obligations that were ignored by Powers were three scholarship awards to students chosen by the Boxer Veterans Association to receive such funds.

11.            In or about May 2013, the officers of the Boxer Veterans Association were informed that the Boxer Funds were placed in a Wells Fargo Account in Bakersfield.  In or about February 2014, we were informed that the Boxer Funds were being placed in the Chase Bank in Bakersfield.  Thereafter, in early March 2014, we were informed that the Boxer Funds were in an account of Bank of America. 

12.            On March 6, 2014, I requested that Powers send to me for the secretarial records (1) a current statement from Chase Bank for all Boxer Veterans Association accounts, (2) a copy of "your bonding statement," and (3) a financial statement.   On March 8, 2014, I again requested on behalf of the officers that Powers provide pertinent bank records including the location, account numbers and balances for all Boxer Funds. 

13.            On March 9, 2014, I was provided a bank statement from Powers with respect to a Bank of America account showing available funds as of March 9, 2014 in the amount of $59,235.55.  See, Ex. A hereto.  The statement did not include an account number.    

14.            On March 13, 2014, Powers said he would send a co-signature card and "handle all taking paperwork to the bank (sic)."  The co-signature card and the requested information were never provided.

15.            Powers failed to respond to routine inquiries concerning the status and location of bank accounts, pending financial obligations, acknowledgment of the receipt of funds, the deposit and withdrawal of funds, and the movement of funds;

16.            Powers failed to keep and provide to the officers accurate books and records related to the office of the treasurer;

17.            On or about March 19, 2014, Powers resigned from his positions as president and treasurer amid questions concerning his handling of the financial affairs of the Boxer Veterans Association.

18.            Upon his resignation Powers refused to return the Boxer Funds, books and records and all of the other property of the Boxer Veterans Association in his possession as he was obligated so to do and despite repeated demands for the return of such Boxer Funds and all of the property.  Powers also refused to turn over authority for the funds and accounts in his possession or under his control, or to otherwise facilitate the prompt and orderly transfer of the duties of his office.

19.            The Boxer Veterans Association made repeated demands of Powers that he return the funds and bank records, as recently as April 9, 2014 by Bill Axtell, a board member, and by counsel for the Boxer Veterans Association on April 5 and 9, 2014 via letter and email.  Powers said repeatedly by email on March 19, 20, 22, 24, and April 2, 2014, to members of the board that he would return the funds and all of the Boxer property.  To date, Powers has not returned the Boxer Funds, the records related the Boxer Funds or the entirety of the Boxer property.

20.            Reference is made to my prior declaration in support of the previously filed application for temporary restraining order which declaration is incorporate herein by reference.

21.            On or about April 5, 2014, Powers returned certain documents related to contributions but not expenditures, current balances or the location of the Boxer Funds.  On April 9, 2014, Powers said he "only can afford to send a little at a time."

22.            On June 26, 2014, this Court entered a Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause why a preliminary injunction should not be entered.  On July 1, 2014, this Court granted the Boxer Veterans Association Request for Entry of Default.  On July 11, 2014, this Court granted the preliminary injunction.

23.            As a result of the defendant’s acts and omissions as hereinabove set forth, the Boxer Veterans Association has been damaged in the amounts set forth below and requests a judgment in default by the Court in said amount, calculated as follows. 

            Total Boxer Funds Entrusted to Defendant and Source                                                       

                        Wells Fargo Funds                 $ 14,227.70

                        Money Market Funds                45,641.63

                        Sovereign Bank Funds                   996.00

                        Reunion Receipts                        2,513.00

                        Scholarship Donations                   900.00

                        Membership Dues                          250.00

                       

            Total Boxer Funds Entrusted to

             Defendant                                                                              $ 64,528.45                                        

            Less Permitted Disbursements          $    1503.78    

           

           

            Total Boxer Funds Entrusted to

            Defendant and Owed to Boxer

            Veterans Association                                                             $ 63,024.67

           

24.            Judgment of default by the Court is sought against the defendant Powers in the amount of $ 63,024.67 plus pre-judgment interest from May 30, 2013, and costs of suit as set forth in plaintiff's memorandum of costs filed concurrently herewith.        

25.            The Boxer Veterans Association also seeks a permanent injunction on the same terms and conditions as the preliminary injunction.  

            Executed this 17th day of July 2014, at Trenton, Michigan.

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.

 

  ____________________________

                                                                            Richard D. Jesue

 




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Paul Murray Lane
LANE, PAUL MURRAY, age 75 of Birmingham passed away January 14, 2008. Mr. Lane was an active member of Huffman United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees and as head usher. He was retired from A.C. Legg Packing Company after 40 years of employment. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War having served aboard the U.S.S. Boxer aircraft carrier. He later helped establish the U.S.S. Boxer veteran's association, of which he served as president. Mr. Lane served his community as President of the Sherwood Forest and Huffman neighborhood associations. He had been an active member of the Birmingham Aero Club. Funeral services will be Wednesday January 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Huffman United Methodist Church. Dr. Christopher Denson and Rev. Charles Hazel will officiate. Visitation will be from 12-2 pm.at the church. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. He is survived by his wife, Betty Forester Lane; daughters, Susan Lane Dulabahn and husband Timothy and Terri Lane Little and husband Stephen; stepdaughters, Anita Heaton Gay and husband David and Judy Heaton Tortorice and husband Joe; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister, Doris Birdsong and several nieces and nephews. The family request that memorial donation be made to Huffman United Methodist Church 711 Gene Reed Rd. Birmingham, AL 35235 New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home in Dora directing, 648-2323.  Published in The Birmingham News on 1/15/2008.

USS Boxer Commanding Officer Photo 

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Captain Matthew J. McCloskey entered the United States Naval Academy from Knoxville, Tennessee and was commissioned in 1982.  

Following a short assignment at the Academy, he completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1984.  Completing FRS training at HSL 31 in September of 1984, Captain McCloskey joined the Magicians of HSL 35 flying the SH-2F and made two deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean as detachment Administrative and Maintenance Officer aboard USS FLETCHER (DD 992) and USS PAUL F FOSTER (DD 964).  He also served as squadron Schedules officer.

In 1988, Captain McCloskey was assigned to the Naval Academy where he worked primarily in the Physical Education Department.  During his tour he helped establish and taught in the newly established Academic Skills Center, worked as an Academic Counselor for the Athletic department, established initial Academic eligibility and assisted in the Academy’s NCAA compliance division and completed a Master of Science in management of Information Systems from The George Washington University.

 

After transitioning to the SH-60B at HSL 41, Captain McCloskey reported to the Battlecats of HSL-43 in June of 1991.  As a Battlecat, he served as Administrative, Safety and Maintenance Officer and deployed as Officer in Charge of a 2 aircraft detachment aboard USS JOHN YOUNG (DD 973).  In October of 1994, Captain McCloskey was assigned to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. and earned a Master of Arts in Strategic and National Security Affairs.  Captain McCloskey remained in Newport as aide to the President of the War College until May 97 when he reported to Current Operations Branch, Operations Directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC.

 

Selected for Command, CDR McCloskey completed refresher training at HSL-41 and reported to the Warlords of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan where he served as Executive and Commanding Officer in Dec of 99. After a successful command tour, he reported to USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) as Air Boss and immediately deployed in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Capt McCloskey then reported to HSL 41 SEAHAWKS and served as Commanding Officer from March 2004 until May 2005. 

Captain McCloskey’s decorations include the three Meritorious Service Medal’s, Joint Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation medals Navy Achievement Medal, and various service, unit and deployment awards

Burial at Sea Aboard USS BOXER by
Sgt. Eric McLeroy
11th MEU Public Affairs Office

ABOARD USS BOXER LHD 4, at sea– As the ship steamed across the Pacific Ocean recently, Marines and Sailors in full dress uniform gathered on the aircraft elevator outside the hangar deck to render final respects to 17 former service members during a burial at sea.

Committal services are conducted aboard U.S. Naval vessels for active duty, retired, honorably discharged veterans and their family members, according to the Naval Historical Center. This one, however, was special for two members of the funeral detail.

Marine Sgt. Christopher Fisher carried the receptacle containing his father’s ashes during the service, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Edwin Martin did the same for his grandfather. Both Fisher and Martin serve with Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).

The committal service aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) called for an enlisted member to hand carry each receptacle containing cremains to a table and place them near the U.S. flag that was draped across a tilt board. Six flag bearers surrounded the table and lifted the board at one end sending each receptacle into the ocean.

“It (the ceremony) was very nice,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy Williams, 19, of Derby, Kansas, said.

“The CO from the Marines gave a very inspiring speech. He talked about remembering the people that fought for us and how it was an important day and an important turning point in World War II. I was very impressed.”

 While a firing squad rendered a 21-gun salute, a scripture, committal, prayer and benediction were also read, followed by the playing of taps and the encasing of the U.S. flag.

“The whole thing was pretty emotional, especially while they played the music,” said Seaman Corey Draper, religious planner, Ship Chaplain’s Office. “I’ve never witnessed anything like that before. I was emotional even though I didn’t personally know any of them.”  Draper was a flag bearer during the procession and couldn’t help but feel affected by the solemn occasion, he said.

For others, it marked the end of a journey.   Fisher began preparations for the military burial of his father, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Ray, more than a year ago, after learning his dad had cancer.  At the time, his father had six months to live. Fisher asked his mother, Terri, to ensure his father requested a military burial before his death.  His father, who had served 22 years in the Navy as an enlisted Sailor, passed away Jan 26, 2000. After his cremation, his ashes were stored at his mother’s house while Fisher contacted the commanding officer of the USS Boxer and filed paperwork through Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego to meet his father’s request.  “It was a sad occasion,” Fisher said after the procession. “It’s a weird feeling that I’ve held on to his remains for more than a year and now he’s gone. I consider this closure.”

Unlike Fisher, who waited more than a year to commit his father’s ashes to the ocean, Martin learned in November that his grandfather, Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Aikins, passed away. Soon after that he received approval to carry his grandfather’s ashes during the shipboard service.  “It just so happened that he passed while I was scheduled to go on (deployment).” Martin explained. “This was an honor for me. He was a respected man and a high ranking Navy officer.”

If interested in Burial at Sea, etc.
Click on the following hyperlink:
Navy Burial at Sea Program

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON, DC 20374-5060

 U.S. Navy Ships and Units Which Received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
 for Participating in the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.

Two service medals have been authorized for Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served in Cuban waters during the period of tension that culminated in the Cuban quarantine of 1962. The Navy Expeditionary Medal was authorized for service performed between 3 January 1961 and 23 October 1962.  The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was authorized for service in the Cuban quarantine, 24 October through 31 December 1962.

As defined in the Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual, service for either of these awards was performed in the water area from 12 degrees to 28 degrees North latitude, and from 66 degrees to 84 degrees West longitude.  Many ships and units took part in contingency operations during this period but, since they were not in the geographical area defined for Cuban service, or did not perform service as defined below, they are not credited with it.

Personnel must be bona fide members of a unit engaged in an operation, or meet one or more of the following criteria:

Serve not less than 30 consecutive days in the area of operations; 

Engage in direct support of the operation for 30 consecutive days or 60  nonconsecutive days, provided support involves entering the area of operations; 

Participate as a regularly-assigned member of an aircraft flying into, out of, within, or over the area in support of military operations; 

Be recommended, by CNO or the commander of a unified or specified command, for award of the medal for duty of particular value to the operation although the criteria above may not have been fulfilled.

During the Cuban blockade, the Navy Expeditionary Medal was authorizes for service from 3 January 1961 to 23 October 1962.  From 24 October 1962 to 31 December 1962 the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was authorized.

 www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq90-3.htm    covers this information.  

According to the award documentation at that time, the USS Boxer  (LPH 4) received the  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for the period 24 Oct - 6 Dec1962.

I Was a Sailor Once

I liked standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe

I liked the sounds of the Navy - the piercing trill of the boatswains pipe, the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on the quarterdeck, harsh, and the strong language and laughter of sailors at work.

I liked Navy vessels -- plodding fleet auxiliaries & service ships like the Ute and Emory S Land...and amphibs like Inchon and, sleek submarines like Haddock, Amberjack, & Finback and those steady solid aircraft carriers.

I liked the proud names of Navy Carriers: Midway, Lexington, Saratoga, Coral Sea, Lake Champain, Valley Forge - - memorials of great battles won and tribulations overcome.

I liked the lean angular names of Navy "tin-cans" and escorts like Spruance & Maddox - mementos of heros who went before us.

And the others like San Jose, Los Angeles, St. Paul, & Chicago named for our cities and those named for counties like Harlan County and Park County

I liked the tempo of a Navy band.

I liked liberty call and the spicy scent of a foreign port. 

I even liked the never ending paperwork and all hands working parties as my ship filled herself with the multitude of supplies, both mundane and to cut ties to the land and carry out her mission anywhere on the globe where there was water enough to float her. 

I liked sailors...officers and enlisted men from all parts of the land, farms of the Midwest, small towns of New England, from the cities, the mountains the prairies, the swamps & the deserts...from all walks of life. I trusted and depended on them as they trusted and depended on me - for professional competence, for comradeship, for strength and courage. In a word, they were "shipmates"; then and forever. 

I liked the surge of adventure in my heart, when the word was passed: ''Now Hear This'' or "Now set the special sea and anchor detail - all hands to quarters for leaving port", AND, I liked the infectious thrill of sighting home again, with the waving hands of welcome from family and friends waiting pier side. 

The work was hard and dangerous; the going rough at times; the parting from loved ones painful, but the companionship of robust Navy laughter, the "all for one and one for all" philosophy of the sea was ever present. 

I liked the serenity of the sea after a day of hard ship's work, as flying fish flitted across the wave tops and sunset gave way to night. 

I liked the feel of the Navy in darkness - the masthead and range lights, the red and green navigation lights and stern light, the pulsating phosphorescence of radar repeaters - they cut through the dusk and joined with the mirror of stars overhead.  And I liked drifting off to sleep lulled by the myriad noises large and small that told me that my ship was alive and well, and that my shipmates on watch would keep me safe. 

I liked quiet mid-watches with the aroma of strong coffee -- the lifeblood of the Navy permeating everywhere. 

And I liked hectic watches when the exacting minuet of haze-gray shapes racing at flank speed kept all hands on a razor edge of alertness. 

I liked the sudden electricity of "General quarters, general quarters, all hands man your battle stations," followed by the hurried clamor of running feet on ladders and the resounding thump of watertight doors as the ship transformed herself in a few brief seconds from a peaceful workplace to a weapon of war -- ready for anything. 

And I liked the sight of space-age equipment manned by youngsters clad in dungarees and sound-powered phones that their grandfathers would still recognize 

I liked the traditions of the Navy and the men and women who made them. I liked the proud names of Navy heroes: Halsey, Nimitz, Perry, Farragut, John Paul Jones and Burke. A sailor could find much in the Navy: comrades-in-arms, pride in self and country, mastery of the seaman's trade. An adolescent could find adulthood. 

In years to come, when sailors are home from the sea, AND SO WE ARE,--We still remember with fondness and respect the ocean in all its moods - the impossible shimmering mirror calm and the storm-tossed green water surging over the bow. And then there will come again a faint whiff of stack gas, a faint echo of engine and rudder orders, a vision of the bright bunting of signal flags snapping at the yardarm with Sailors "manning the rail" in dress uniforms, a refrain of hearty laughter in the wardroom and chief's mess and on the mess decks. 

Gone ashore for good we grow humble about our Navy days, when the seas were a part of us and a new port of call was ever over the horizon. 

Remembering this, WE stand taller and say, "I WAS A SAILOR ONCE." 

-Unknown

NAVY RESERVE offers $15K to Petty Officers in certain ratings

The Navy Reserve needs more experienced petty officers and is offering $15,000 to experienced sailors willing to drill.  Unlike the active service, which grows its sailors from boot camp recruits, the Reserve relies mostly on enticing veterans to its ranks.  But with retention in the active force still good, it’s been a tough road for Reserve recruiting recently. The reserve component has not met recruiting goals since January 2005.  Officials are offering accession bonuses to Navy veterans whether they are coming off active duty or have been out for a while. Those interested must agree to serve six years in the selected reserve.

Those who already have these needed skills can qualify almost immediately to collect their money. However, the Navy is willing to retrain experienced fleet sailors, who will get the bonus once they fully qualify in their new career field.  Half of the money is paid once they’re deemed qualified, with the remainder coming in annual payments over the next two years on the anniversary of their contract.  Those who leave a drilling status for the Individual Ready Reserve may have to pay back a prorated portion of their bonus for the time they don’t drill.  Converting into undermanned, critical skills may also have other benefits when it comes to making rank.  No one with more than 16 years of total service will qualify for the accession bonus.

Hot ratings includes only those who hold these critical skills or are willing to retrain in these areas qualify for a Naval Reserve affiliation bonus:
• Master-at-arms
• Hospital corpsman
• Gunner’s mate
• Intelligence specialist
• Builder
• Steelworker
• Construction electrician
• Construction mechanic
• Diver
• Explosive ordnance specialist
• SEAL
• Special warfare combatant crewman

More information is available at www.navyreserve.com or by calling (800) USA-USNR [(800) 872-8767].

NAVY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CHANGES TO NAVY OCCUPATIONAL RATINGS

So, you say you were a Electrician’s Mate, what’s that?  Navy occupational ratings have been evolving over the years and the latest changes approved and planned may effect as many as 100,000 more sailors.  The current 83 occupational ratings could shrink to 40 if the Navy planners have their way. 

Already announced merges include:

Effective October 1, 2005, the HOSPITAL CORPSMAN (HM) and the DENTAL TECHNICIAN (DT) ratings have been merged under HOSPITAL CORPSMAN.  

CRYPTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN (CT) will merge into INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN (IT)

PHOTOGRAPHER’S MATE (PM), JOURNALIST (JO), LITHOGRAPHER (LI) and ILLUSTRATOR-DRAFTSMAN will merge into MASS COMMUNICATIONS (MC) SPECIALIST.

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If approved, all E-6 and above qualified second and first-class Navy divers will assume the new title of NAVY DIVER (ND).   All scuba qualified personnel will remain DIVER (DV).  

Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel will get the new (EOD) rating when approved.

Navy SEALS and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crews will have separate ratings if the CNO approves the recommendation.

TORPEDOMAN’S MATE (TM) will merge with GUNNER’S MATE (GM) following final approval.

Machinist Mate, GAS TURBINE SYSTEM (MECHANICAL) and ENGINEMAN would merge into MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN.

ELECTRICIAN’s MATE and GAS TURBINE SYSTEM TECHNICIAN (Electrical) would combine under ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN if approved. The INTERIOR COMMUNICATIONS (IC) personnel would be split between three other ratings.

OPERATIONS SPECIALIST (OS) and QUARTERMASTER (QM) would be combined under a new (unnamed) “navigation” rating.

YEOMAN, RELIGIOUS PROGRAMS SPECIALIST and CRYPTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN (Administrative) would be combined into a new Administrative rating. 

Future plans call for the merger of the AVIATION ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN (AT) and the AVIATION ELECTRICIAN’S MATE (AE).

POSTAL CLERK, SHIP’S SERVICEMAN and STOREKEEPER ratings would be combined.

The NAVY COUNSELOR rating would be split into CAREER RECRUITERS and FLEET COUNSELORS.

Read all about the Navy's newest class ship, the USS Freedom (LCS1). Just left-click on the following hyperlink. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=18629 

USS KITTY HAWK TO BE REPLACED: The U.S. Navy announced today that one of its nine Nimitz-class aircraft carriers will replace the USS Kitty Hawk as the forward deployed carrier in the Western Pacific, and will arrive in Yokosuka, Japan in 2008.   The USS Kitty Hawk is nearing the end of its service life and will return to the United States in 2008 to be decommissioned.  Additionally, the forward deployment of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier ensures the ability of commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet to fulfill the U.S. government's commitment to the defense of Japan, and the maintenance of international peace and security in the Far East in support of the treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

The security environment in the Western Pacific region increasingly requires that the U.S. Navy station the most capable ships forward, from established forward-deployed positions.  This posture allows the most rapid response times possible for maritime and joint forces, and brings our most capable ships with the greatest amount of striking power and operational capability to bear in the timeliest manner.  

This ship rotation will not necessitate a change in the assigned airwing, nor in the composition of the airwing.  Carrier Air Wing Five will remain the forward-deployed air wing.  This ship rotation is part of the Navy's long-range effort to routinely replace older ships assigned to the Navy's forward deployed naval forces with newer or more capable platforms, and is part of an ongoing effort to consider the nature of all forward deployed forces when looking at the unpredictable security environment in the Western Pacific.

            The U.S. Navy values the friendly relations it enjoys with its host cities in Japan, and will continue it strong and positive engagement with its host nation neighbors.  Since 1964, U.S. nuclear-powered warships have visited Japanese ports more than 1,200 times.  From the beginning, the U.S. has provided firm commitments to the Government of Japan regarding the safe use of Japanese ports by U.S. nuclear powered warships and confirmed that all safety precautions and procedures followed in connection with operations in U.S. ports will be strictly observed in foreign ports.  That commitment remains firmly in place.

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DoD Releases Study on Link Between Agent Orange and Diabetes

The Department of Defense released today the latest report of the Air Force Health Study on the health effects of exposure to herbicides in Vietnam, which includes the strongest evidence to date that Agent Orange is associated with adult-onset diabetes.  This supports the findings from earlier reports in 1992 and 1997.

The Air Force Health Study summarizes the results of the 2002 physical examination of 1,951 veterans, which is the final examination of the 20-year epidemiological study.

The Ranch Hand Study was named after the operation responsible for spraying herbicides in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 to deny cover and destroy crops of the North Vietnamese Army. 

Since the first examination in 1982, the Air Force has tried to determine whether long-term health effects exist in the Ranch Hand pilots and ground crews, and if these effects can be attributed to the herbicides used in Vietnam, mainly Agent Orange and its contaminant, dioxin. 

The report, along with many other studies on herbicide and dioxin exposure, will be reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences. Based upon this review, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs can ask Congress for legislation on disability compensation and health care. 

Results from the 2002 physical examination support adult-onset diabetes as the most important health problem seen in the Air Force Health Study.  They suggest that as dioxin levels increase, not only are the presence and severity of adult-onset diabetes increased, but the time to onset of the disease is decreased. 

A 166 percent increase in diabetes requiring insulin control was seen in those with the highest levels of dioxin.  This is consistent with the strong evidence found in animal studies. 

Cardiovascular disease findings were not consistent, but separate studies have found an increased risk of cardiovascular death in Ranch Hand enlisted ground crews, the subgroup with the highest average serum dioxin.

 Overall, Ranch Hand pilots and ground crews examined in 2002 had not experienced a statistically significant increase in heart disease relative to the comparison group.  Associations between measures of cardiac function and history of heart diseases and herbicide or dioxin exposure were not consistent or clinically
interpretable as adverse. 

Other findings included an increase in the frequency of reported acne after service in Southeast Asia in Ranch Hand enlisted ground crew members, but the lack of corresponding patterns of skin lesions observed at the physical examination rendered this finding difficult to interpret. 

Finally, several blood tests regarding liver function and blood lipids were elevated and did tend to increase with dioxin level.  However, these tests may be elevated for many reasons, do not constitute a disease by themselves and cannot be explained by other findings in the study. 

At the end of the 20 years of follow-up, Ranch Hand pilots and ground crews as a group exhibited no statistically significant increase in the risk of cancer relative to comparisons.  Differences by military occupation were inconsistent. 

Most importantly, the Ranch Hand enlisted ground crews, the subgroup with the highest dioxin levels and presumably the greatest herbicide exposure, exhibited a 14 percent decreased risk of cancer.  These results do not suggest that herbicides or dioxin exposure are related to cancer in these veterans. 

The report emphasizes three major limitations to the study.  First, the results cannot be generalized to other groups, such as all Vietnam veterans or Vietnamese civilians, which have been exposed in different ways and to different levels of herbicide.  Second, the size of the study makes it difficult to detect increases in rare diseases, thus small increases in rare diseases may be missed by the study.  Third, other variables that were not considered in this report could be confounding factors influencing the results. 

The report is available on the Air Force Health Study Web site at:
http://www.brooks.af.mil/AFRL/HED/hedb/default.html .

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ROGUE'S GALLERY
The reunion committee is looking for photos of members from when they were serving on the Boxer, either alone, or with buddies. The only thing required is the name (or names) and the year the picture was taken.  The committee promises to return the picture unharmed at the reunion. The pictures should be mailed to Jess Szurley, 14 Blueberry Drive, Milltown, NJ 08850, no later than August 1st.  Who knows, you may spot an old liberty buddy in the line up!

RAFFLE ITEMS: PLEASE BRING A GIFT OR GIFTS FOR THE RAFFLE TABLE.  ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE RAFFLE GO DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

ALL DOWNLOADS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE LINKS PAGE UNDER "DOWNLOADS." 

NEED A DD-214 FAST:  The National Personnel Records Center has provided the following website for veterans to access their DD-214 online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov.  This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes.  Do the paperwork online, sign the request and receive the information by return mail.  For all other requests including requests from the next of kin of a veteran, contact the main URL as follows: http://www.archives.gov/facilities/mo/st_louis.html

Navy Secretary Announces Carrier Donation: Acting Secretary of the Navy Hansford T. Johnson announced today that the historic aircraft carrier Midway CV 41 will be donated to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, a qualified non-profit organization.

The Midway, the last remaining vessel of the World War II era CV 41 class, will be displayed in remembrance of the valiant service of its crew and as a testimonial to the men and women who built, reconfigured and maintained this vessel.

The request from the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum was the only complete application for donation of Midway.  After a review of the package, Johnson determined that it is in the Navy s best interests to approve donation to the museum.

The ship was named for the Battle of Midway, which was fought in the Central Pacific from June 4-7, 1942. It is considered the decisive battle of the war, in the theater. Before this battle the Japanese were on the offensive; after it, the Americans and their allies took the offensive. During the battle, U.S. forces sank the four Japanese carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor only six months before, while losing only one U.S. carrier.

Vietnam Vets will get Agent Orange benefits (From AP 1/24/03): Washington researchers have found a link between a type of leukemia and Vietnam veterans who were exposed to herbicides such as Agent Orange, prompting the Veterans Affairs department to announce it will extend benefits to veterans with the illness.

Veterans diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, would start receiving benefits such as disability compensation and priority health care in about a year, Secretary Anthony Principi said Thursday.  Veterans Affairs expects to find about 500 new cases of CLL a year among Vietnam veterans.  About 2.6 million Americans served in Vietnam during the war, and most are still alive. There are 10,000 Vietnam veterans receiving disability pay for other illnesses related to exposure to Agent Orange and other Herbicides used during the war.

The Institute of Medicine, which re-examined past research on cancer rates in agricultural workers and farm community residents, announced Thursday that it had found the link between the form of leukemia and Vietnam herbicides. U.S. troops sprayed 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides over parts of South Vietnam and Cambodia in the ‘60s and ‘70s to clear dense jungle. Some veterans reported a variety of health problems shortly after returning from the war.

Some forms of cancer, Type 2 diabetes and birth defects in veterans’ children already are considered .associated with herbicide exposure during the war. But it has been hard to study the problem because individuals’ levels of exposure aren't known.  For more than two decades, we’ve had many complaints from Vietnam veterans about serious problems from Agent Orange exposure, and it's taken a long time to have sufficient proof to satisfy the VA and now we have it.

By connecting the defoliant and CLL, the Institute of Medicine altered its previous finding that not enough scientific evidence existed to determine whether the two were associated.  Previously, researchers lumped CLL with other forms of leukemia when looking at cancer rates among Vietnam veterans.  But this time scientists examined rates of CLL separately.

WHO BRANDED THE 1ST AIR CALVARY'S MASCOT  "MAGGIE" THE MULE? 

The mystery has been solved. During the 2002 reunion, Shipmate William Sneath provided the following play-by-play.

Twas a night in Qui Nhon
When all through the bay
Not a sound could be heard
But the munching of hay.

The sailors all snuggled
But awake in their sacks
Awaiting the signal 
For the Fantail attack.

The iron was fashioned
With dear loving care
For this was to be
No "Affaire Ordinaire".

The sailors assembled
The charge "En Masse"
And Maggie became
A branded Jackass.

Then up on the fantail
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from my sack
To see "What's the matter?"

Up Remsen!  Up Weiser!
Awake Mr. Beck!
Dash away Wallace!
All hands out on deck!

Then over the bay's
Most fragrant air
There arose the aroma
Of burning mule hair.

Then I heard these words
As she pawed in her pen
"Your heart may be Army…
But your ass is USN!"

 

The poem may have been referring to:

LCDR HENRY NMN     REMSEN     513207       TRF-N&MCRTC-WORCESTER    1/5/67
LT   CONRAD W          WEISER, JR 618441       TRF-NS-WASHINGTON             7/31/66
CDR  FREDERICK E   BECK, JR    532642       TRF-COMOPTEVFOR                  4/20/67
CDR  GERARD V       WALLACE     314389        TRF-NRTC-PORTLAND, ME     11/8/65

Many shipmates asked where I got the seafarer dungarees I wore at the reunion. Thought you might want this info to pass on.

Newport Army - Navy
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Navy dungarees (Issue and Seafarers)
$29.99 pr
Even sizes 38-44
Lengths 30,32,34,36

Navy discontinued these dungarees in 1999 and they are getting hard to find.  The owner of the shop says she ships all over the world and is trying to keep a good supply on hand. Thanx, John A. Hodurski "SKI"

BOXER TAKES A CUT IN HEADCOUNT: Beginning in June 2002, 80 sailors will walk off the amphibious assault ship Boxer. Using technology and changes in shipboard procedure, the ship will trim its crew from 1,070 to 990. The changes made result from the "Optimal Manning" experiment which was commissioned last year by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark. The Navy has told fleet leaders to come up with ways to man ships with reduced crews. The CNO made the move in anticipation of DD(X) — the Navy’s newest warship, now in the design stage. DD(X) is expected to operate with a crew of 95 to 125 sailors. In the beginning, the ships were told billets must be moved off the ship without sacrificing quality of life for sailors still aboard. They were to receive no extra duties, remaining billets would be manned at 100 percent and the ship, when it deploys, will be expected to complete 100 percent of its mission.

Radiation Disease List Expanded: Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi has added five more cancers to the list of diseases presumed to have been caused by exposure to radiation. Veterans who participated in nuclear tests and who contract cancer of the bone, brain, colon, lung or ovary may apply for compensation beginning March 26, 2002. The new rules will also decrease the burden of proof required of the veteran to receive compensation.

Veterans qualify if they participated in "radiation-risk activities" on active duty, during active duty for training or during inactive duty training in the National Guard or Reserves. Four new duty areas have also been added to the list of potential exposure locations: Amchitka Island, AK; Paducah, KY; Portsmouth, OH; and Building K25, Oak Ridge, TN.  For more information contact a VA regional office at 1-800-827-1000 or access the VA’s Web site at www.va.gov.

WE NEED A CV 21 AND A CVS 21 SHIP'S PATCH. If you have one of these patches, please contact Billy Love.  We would like to borrow your original to have copies professionally made.  We will return your original and a new copy. If you have these patches you can contact Billy at 1263 Morris Majestic Road, Morris, AL   35116, or  Tel.   205-647-5771.

Medicare Info On Line: -The Medicare website www.medicare.gov provides the following search and compare features:
MEDICARE Health plans - helps comparison-shopping for a health plan to complement your Medicare coverage. It gives you a list of Managed Care Plans in your area, the costs, the benefits offered, and how the plans compare with each other.
MEDIGAP policies - helps locate supplemental insurance or "Medigap" policies that cover expenses not paid for by Medicare. It also gives you information on how to contact the insurance companies offering Medigap policies.
NURSING Home - help you compare nursing homes in your area by looking at their resident characteristics, state inspection results, and nursing staff information.
DIALYSIS Facility - helps locate and compare dialysis services available in your area. It offers locations of dialysis facilities, shifts that start after 5 p.m., adequacy of hemodialysis, anemia management, and patient survival information.
PARTICIPATING PHYSICIAN Directory - includes the names, addresses, and specialties of physicians participating in Medicare. These doctors are the doctors that accept Medicare assignment on Medicare claims and covered services.
HELPFUL Contacts - helps you find the names, telephone numbers, and Internet addresses of organizations that can give you answers to general questions on Medicare, other insurance programs, Medicare billing, Medicare fraud and abuse, and health care facilities in your area.
Lt. James "EMO" Tichacek, USN (Ret)
Director, Retiree Activities Office & U.S. Embassy Warden Baguio City RP
Email: raoemo@mozcom.com (PRI) or raobaguio@hotmail.com (Alternate)
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Tel: (63-74) 445-6786 or 446-2087 to record msg. or FAX 1-801-760-2430
AL/AMVETS/CORMV/DAV/FRA/NCOA/PRA/TROA/USDR/VFW/VVA member

Diabetes Eye Exam Program
The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in collaboration with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) have initiated a National program for Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes to encourage them to get their eyes examined. Under the initiative, beneficiaries age 65 and older who have diabetes and haven't had a medical eye exam in the past three years, will be matched with a volunteer ophthalmologist in their area. They'll receive a free comprehensive eye exam and up to one year of follow-up care for any condition diagnosed at the initial exam. To get the name of an ophthalmologist participating in the EyeCare AmericaSM National Eye Care Project® in a specific area, call the 24 hour toll-free number at 1-800-222-3937.

Beneficiaries can also call the American Optometric Association's Diabetes Hot Line at 1-800-262-3947 (7AM 7PM Monday through Friday CST) to be matched with an optometrist in your area who will perform an eye exam and arrange for subsequent care. Depending on financial need, the optometrist may waive the Medicare deductible and co-payment for this service. Web Sites of Interest:
Health Care Financing Administration
http://www.hcfa.gov/link_rec.asp?URL=http://www.eyenet.org
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
http://www.eyenet.org/
American Optometric Association (AOA)
http://www.aoanet.org/
For more information, contact Kathy Winchester at
kwinchester@hcfa.gov 
SOURCE: MEDICARE web page at
http://www.medicare.gov 23 JAN 01]
Lt. James "EMO" Tichacek USN (Ret)
Director, Retiree Activities Office & U.S. Embassy Warden Baguio City RP
Email:
raoemo@mozcom.com (PRI) or raoemo@hotmail.com (Alternate)
Tel: (63-74) 445-6786 or 446-2087 to record msg. or FAX 1-801-760-2430
AL/AmVets/CORMV/DAV/FRA/NCOA/PRA/TROA/USDR/VFW/VVA member

Adm. Cameron Briggs, 96; Former Skipper of the USS Boxer CV21
July 1950--August 1951
By Jack Williams
STAFF WRITER
January 30, 2001

Retired Rear Adm. Cameron Briggs showed early in life that he was destined for high places. The son of a well-traveled Army officer, Adm. Briggs spent part of his youth in Japan, where he received an engraved silver sake cup from the emperor in 1913 for climbing the country's tallest mountain: Mount Fuji. One of the first American youths to scale the 12,388-foot peak, Adm. Briggs would go on to reach higher elevations as a Navy aviator and serve on the Navy's first aircraft carrier, the Langley. The decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean War died of natural causes Jan. 23 at his home in Point Loma. He was 96.

A 1925 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Adm. Briggs earned his wings as an aviator at Pensacola, Fla., in 1928. He helped perfect aircraft landings aboard the Langley and later served as executive officer of the carrier Yorktown during World War II. During the Korean War, he commanded the carrier Boxer, which received eight battle stars during the conflict. Assigned to carry military planes into combat, the Boxer set a record for a U.S. aircraft carrier by crossing the Pacific in 81/2 days in July 1950.

Its load included 150 Air Force and Navy planes, along with 1,000 troops. The return trip eclipsed the freshly set record, taking 7 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes for the Boxer to reach home port on Aug. 4.

When Adm. Briggs retired from active duty in 1955, his awards included a Legion of Merit with a combat V, a Bronze Star with a combat V, an Air Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation. Early in his 30-year naval career, he flew exhibitions with a group of aviators known as the Navy High Hats in the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland. The High Hats, a formation team considered the Blue Angels of its day, dazzled onlookers by flying with their biplanes tied together with rope.

Assigned in the early 1930s to the carrier Saratoga, Adm. Briggs served with Fighter Squadron 1. As a pioneering fighter pilot, he was depicted in "Tailspin Tommy," a cartoon book illustrated by Hal Forrest. Along with "Betty Boop" and "Smilin' Jack," "Tailspin Tommy" was among the most popular so-called big little books of the 1930s. "In one of the episodes, he saved the lost hero in a storm at sea by leading the hero's plane to his carrier," said his son, Raymond.

Adm. Briggs was born in San Francisco, where he survived the 1906 earthquake as a young boy. His father, Raymond W. Briggs, an Army lieutenant at the time, was involved in dynamiting operations to demolish buildings on the edge of the Barbary Coast. The demolition was an attempt to keep fire from spreading into the financial district. Adm. Briggs later moved with his family to the Philippines and Japan before attending college preparatory school in Pennsylvania. He was 20 when he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. For the next three decades, he would serve on destroyers, cruisers, battleships and seven aircraft carriers.

In retirement, Adm. Briggs was president of the Yorktown Association for veterans who had served aboard the vessel. In 1970, he helped coordinate census research in San Diego as district manager of the nationwide project. In 1996, he was among a group of carrier veterans honored at the dedication of the Aircraft Carrier Memorial on Harbor Drive. Adm. Briggs' wife, Doris, past president of the Star of India Auxiliary and an auxiliary to the Military Order of World Wars, died in August 1987. Adm. Briggs is survived by daughters Bette Briggs Humphrey of San Diego and Joan McLaughlin of Lacey, Wash.; a son, Raymond of Escondido; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, followed by burial at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

If you are interested in the early days of jet aircraft you might want to visit the following internet site.  Also included is a listing of pioneering aviators and the role of the USS Boxer in the development of jet aircraft.
http://www.history.navy.mil/avh-1910/APP30.PDF

LOOKING FOR LOST SHIPMATES

For those of you interested in trying to find your old shipmates, try the following. Spend some time trying to remember their full names, hometown and state and current age. Use the shipmates you are in touch with to help you out.  If you have a cruise book you are ahead of the game. Then take your search to the internet via www.switchboard.com. Click on "people search" and fill in the blanks and "hit" search.

Start with first name, middle initial, last name and state. If that does not yield a match, drop the middle initial and see what turns up. Keep playing with it. If it is an uncommon last name, drop the first name and middle initial and look at the results. If their name is John Smith and their hometown is Philadelphia, then you have a problem. If their name is John Smith and they were from Podunk, Minn. just call any Smith in Podunk and they will probably know who you are looking for. Be persistent. 

If you are real serious, you can order copies of the ship’s roster from the National Archive. Each roster covers one year and includes the diary entry on each person (officer and enlisted) who checked aboard or departed the USS Boxer. If they were being discharged the diary entry will include the city/state they were headed for, in most cases their hometown. If they were being transferred to a "separations activity," their ultimate destination will not be a part of the diary entry. Expect to pay $75-$100 for each year’s data. The data will be on microfiche, so you will need to spend some time at the Library using their viewer. The telephone number for the National Archive is 404-763-7477.

If you are looking for information from the ship’s roster for the years 1964-1969, just give me a call. If have created a database of the over 10,000 diary entries covering that period. I was fortunate that ship’s company during that time was only about 1,250 and not the 3,500 to 5,000 during the CV/CVA/CVS time.

Good luck and happy hunting. It is a special feeling when you finally find a "lost" shipmate. I have found over 300 shipmates from ‘64-’69 and a few from the fifties. Not every one of those shipmates was interested in joining the association but they have been "found."

Riley Morton
Webmaster
651 Brandi Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
770-979-4711

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June 22, 2000

KOREAN WAR SERVICE MEDAL AVAILABLE TO VETERANS

U.S. veterans of the Korean War are now eligible to wear a medal initially offered to them more than 50 years ago, but never issued. In a May 13, 2000, letter to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, Republic of Korea Defense Minister Seong Tae Cho formally announced that his government would provide the Republic of Korea War Service Medal (ROKWSM) to eligible U.S. veterans of that conflict, or to their surviving next of kin. The medal will be provided at no cost to veterans. The U.S. Air Force has been designated the lead agency to receive and distribute the medals.

"On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War," Cho wrote, "the ROK government decided to issue the ROKWSM to pay tribute to the Korean War veterans for their historic endeavors to preserve freedom of the ROK and the free world." The two governments will conduct fiftieth anniversary ceremonies throughout 2000-2003 and medals may be applied for at any time during this period. The war began on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces invaded ROK territory. The armistice on July 27, 1953, ended the fighting, although a formal peace treaty has never been completed.

The medal was originally offered by the ROK in 1951 to United Nations forces serving in Korea and adjacent waters. At the time U.S. law prohibited the U.S. military from wearing medals issued by foreign governments. Congress changed that in 1954, but by then most U.S. service members eligible for the medal had returned home.

In 1998 the government of the Republic of Korea renewed its original offer of the ROKWSM to U.S. military personnel. On Aug. 20, 1999, the Defense Department approved the acceptance and wear of the medal. Approximately 1.8 million U.S. veterans of the Korean War are eligible to receive it. Next of kin to eligible deceased veterans can also apply for the medal.

To wear this medal on U.S. military uniforms, U.S. military personnel must have:

served between the outbreak of hostilities, June 25, 1950, and the date the armistice was signed, July 27, 1953; been on permanent assignment or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days, and performed their duty within the territorial limits of Korea, in the waters immediately adjacent thereto or in aerial flight over Korea participating in actual combat operations or in support of combat operations.

The ROK specifies the eligibility period and criteria. Only the ROK-provided medal is approved by the U.S. government to meet the U.S. criteria for wear on the military uniform.

To apply, veterans must provide a copy of their discharge paper, commonly known as a "DD-214," or a corrected version of that document, a "DD-215." National Guard members must provide their statement of service equivalent, "NGB Form 22." Additional information on how to apply for or request the medal can be found by contacting the Air Force Personnel Center, Monday - Friday, 7:30 am. - 4:30 pm (CST) at (800) 558-1404, or the Awards and Decorations Section (210) 565-2432/2520/2516, fax (210) 565-3118, or by writing to HQ AFPC/DPPPRA, 550 C Street West, Suite 12, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas 78150-4714 or by visiting its web site at http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/awards</a> .

General information on Korean War commemorations can also be found by contacting the DoD 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, 1213 Jefferson Davis Highway, Crystal Gateway 4, Arlington, VA 22202, by calling (703) 604-0831 or by visiting its web site: http://korea50.army.mil.

Because the order of precedence for non-U.S. service medals and ribbons is determined by date of approval, the ROKWSM should be worn after the Kuwait Liberation Medal, which was the last foreign medal approved for wear by U.S. military personnel. For the majority of Korean War veterans the medal will be worn after the United Nations Medal, or the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal if they served during that conflict.
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If you ever need a replacement DD214, replacement medals, etc. you will need to fill out "Standard Form 180". To get a copy of SF180 and its instructions, visit the following web site http://www.militaryreport.com/page5.htm and print the pdf version.

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COMBAT ACTION RIBBON

Navy and Marine Corps veterans who served in combat in or after World War II are now eligible to receive the Combat Action Ribbon (CAR). Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig has recently authorized this award for those who served in combat, but never received their CAR.

"At a time when we are focusing on the contributions of these great Americans, this seems especially fitting," said Danzig.

In order to be eligible for the CAR, veterans must have participated in ground or surface combat after Dec. 6, 1941, but before March 1, 1961, and cannot already have been recognized for the same participation.

Under Public Law 106-65, Danzig can award the CAR to veterans retroactively. The time period required for submission is being waived in all cases.

Danzig has designated two blocks of time for eligibility of the CAR: World War II: Dec. 7, 1941 - April 14, 1946; Korea: June 27, 1950 - July 27, 1954.

Navy Veterans who served during these periods may write directly to the Navy Awards Branch for settlement at: Chief of Naval Operations (N09B33) 2000 Navy Pentagon Washington, D.C. 20350-2000

The following information must be provided: Standard Form 180 or cover letter with the following information: full name, social security number, service number (if applicable), period of eligibility, unit assigned at the time, and mailing address and a copy of Naval Personnel Form 553 or Defense Department (DD) Form 214; DD- 215 (if applicable).

Additional substantiating documentation (optional): copies of combat awards; copies of evaluations; muster sheets or orders showing assignment to the unit for the period requested.

A special section will handle these requests, but no other awards may be requested in conjunction with the CAR. Only CAR requests dated after March 15, 2000, and in accordance with the prescribed guidance will be forwarded to the board for decision. Any prior requests must be resubmitted.

If a veteran cannot provide the required documentation, a request for personal record information must be submitted to the St. Louis Records Center before submitting the request to the Navy Awards Board.

If a veteran desires to address a different period of time, a request to review the period may be sent, with substantiating documentation, to the Navy Board of Decorations and Medals at the above address.