Last updated: 07/02/17
Ralph Buck Retirement
Ralph Buck Retiring For The Last Time (5/1/17)
Update 2 July 2107
I retired from MAXIMUS Federal on 1 May 2017,
sold my house in Springfield, VA on 26 May 2017, and closed on a new house in
Foley on 23 June 2017. 58 IS GREAT!!
address: 644 Abita LN, Foley, AL 36535-2472 (8 miles from the
Gulf of Mexico)
On 1 May Ralph Buck will leave full-time employment for the last time. Lynn and I have sold our home in Springfield, VA and plan to relocate to Foley, AL in June 2017.
Aside from the intellectual challenge of contract work for the Defense Health Agency, Office of
the CIO, as a project manager, I will mostly miss the fellowship of my Class of '58 classmates and wives.
During special events of the DC area Chapter, and Tailgates in Annapolis, we truly felt the truth
of that ancient dictum:
But still when two or three shall meet,
And old tales be retold,
From low to highest in the Fleet,
We’ll pledge the Blue and Gold.
As soon as we have a permanent address in Foley, I will communicate same. Meanwhile, our Springfield land line is good until 22 May, and this email address will work. I am also on Facebook for those brave enough. Several members of the Great Class of 2008 are also on there.
It has been one hell of a "deployment,” and we look forward to some well-deserved "shore duty."
All y'all come see us, you hear?
Ralph & Lynn
21st Company News From Rupe
Sadly, Nature continues to work its toll upon
us octogenarians and another of our company mates has taken a hit. This time it
is one of our heroes, Dick Beam. As he stated in a recent email,
“ I had been proudly a regular apheresis
donor starting at age 57 back in 1991. I had been recognized by the ARC as
the first person who had ever had epilepsy to donate via the apheresis process.
Back in Sept of last year I made my 451st blood donation The
first 295 with the ARC and the last 156 withe the Indiana Blood Center.
One is always asked when donating "are you feeling well today?"
I am leading up to my current cancer treatments. Back about April or May
of last year I responded "I feel great but I have been getting extremely
weak lately." So they printed off a history of the white blood cells
and other info and all data looked good. But, I think possibly my
esophagus cancer started about that time. During the year 2016 I donated
triple units on four occasions and double units on five occasions for a total of
22 Units of platelets. Saving Lives meant everything to me and it was one
way I could pay back to our great nation all the education they provided to me.
About Oct or Nov of Last year I
was struggling to get food down. Then seven or eight weeks ago I finally
knew why I had the struggle. A Pet Scan showed I had Stage 3 Cancer of the
esophagus. At the cancer center at Lutheran Hospital here in Fort Wayne
one of the doctors had worked at Mayo Clinic for five years He sent a copy
of the results of the Pet Scan with what he thought my treatment should be and
they concurred with his plan of 6 chemo plus 25 radiation treatments running
concurrently. I completed those plus one cancer related surgery during
that six week period eight days ago. Then last Friday evening Evie had to
drive me out to their ER . I was highly dehydrated and my white count and
others had dropped dangerously low. I just got home this day about
midafternoon. They did get my counts back up at either normal or about
normal. Definitely my white blood cells are back up to normal.”
Although he may not have the time to respond
to everyone, Dick certainly would love to hear from classmates either by phone
or email, email@example.com or
219-456-5471. Please do keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
I also talked with Jack Cresko and Marty
Donahoe. Jack says that he is doing okay, just not feeling well, but would love
to hear from the guys, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 941-764-8265 (Puff was their four-legged family member who is no longer with
them). Marty says that he enjoyed a great winter of skiing, but is experiencing
difficulty in using his computer and would like to hear from guys by phone,
George McNulty has a new email, McNultyandCompany@gmail.com.
Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, the
trees are leafing out, now would be a good time to resolve to stay better in
touch with each other,
All the best and ’58 is Great,
Alex Oldham (Grandson of Ned Oldham) (3/29/17)
Dear Classmates. I received the following from Harry Hurst our
ace football reporter/analyst:
A Chip off the old Block! Midshipman Alex Oldham, Class of 2017, and grandson of our late, beloved Captain of our USNA '58 Cotton Bowl Championship Team. has been recognized by his USNA Sprint Football teammates as the "Hardest working player on the team" and selected to be the Defensive Captain of the 2017 Sprint Team Defense. Way to go Alex!
Bob Caldwell Honored by the Touchdown Club (2/23/17)
The Touchdown Club of Annapolis is about
history, tradition and nostalgia. It is also about camaraderie and community.
All those characteristics were on display
during Thursday (2/16/17) night's 63rd annual Touchdown Club football awards
banquet, which drew another sellout crowd to the DoubleTree Hotel.
It started with the pre-dinner presentation to
Commander Bob Caldwell, who has been with the Touchdown Club from the outset.
Caldwell was part of the 1954 Navy football team that inspired formation of the
Navy, led by head coach Eddie Erdelatz,
finished that season with an 8-2 record after beating Mississippi
in the 1955 Sugar Bowl. It was the first postseason victory in program history
and prompted a group of Annapolis civic and business leaders to organize a
banquet to honor what had become known as "The Team Named Desire."
"My long dedication to the Touchdown Club
began my plebe year when I attended the inaugural banquet at St. Mary's
High," said Caldwell, who would later return to the Naval Academy as Deputy
Director of Athletics.
Caldwell received the Jim and Rae Ann Morgan
Award as a distinguished member of the Touchdown Club of Annapolis. That special
award, given to those who have shown longtime dedication and unwavering support
of the organization, has previously recognized past presidents and devoted
members such as Jack Cloud, Frank Brady and Joe Gross.
"I am so proud to have been associated
with the Touchdown Club, which has richly supported our youth, high school and
collegiate football and lacrosse teams," Caldwell said. "This club has
also represented the spirit of teamwork, selflessness and respect."
Caldwell went on to mention numerous other past presidents of the Touchdown Club for whom he had great admiration, including his former football coach at Navy — H. Richard Duden.
Class of '08 Honors Rupe while Passing the Guidon From '58 to '08
Presented by Audrey Callahan '08
Rupe's Remarks After the Occasion:
Poj- Although I have explained many times to
’08 that there is a long line of people here and I am just the last one
standing, Audre who is a Marine EE instructor at Navy and my successor as
‘58/’08 tailgate coordinator, went ahead and did this anyway. Marines are
Marines, God bless them. This took place last night at Galway Bay in Annapolis
where ’58 and ’08 hold their monthly dinner on the first Tuesday of every
month. Needless to say, I was surprised and very humbled.
Paul- See what you started when, at the
Great pumpkin dinner after the final season game, you came up with that
impromptu presentation of a tent mooring pin to Audrey and ’08 as a symbolic
transfer of the tailgate from ’58 to ’08.
Gene- As our last 21st Co.
Commander, I thought that this might interest you—we may have even marched
under this very guidon.
Audrey and I were sitting across from each other when at the close of dinner last night she asked me to stand then made her presentation to me of this beautiful and very well mounted award, which explains why we are placed in the wrong direction. Laura, another ‘08er, took the photo. Audrey then posted it on their class web site and sent a copy to Joan’s Facebook. Since I do not do Facebook, Joan asked our daughter to email it to me. Now, you know the whole story.
Note Audrey's Info:
Ralph Buck and Lynn Callaway Marriage (9/9/16)
Buck and Lynn Callaway tied the knot on August 13 in Black Mountain, NC.,
attended by Ralph's former Rector and wife, and 12 other close friends and
N3N "Yellow Peril" (floatplane)
(submitted by Ralph Buck) 9/12/16
Peril" because of its color scheme and principal use by inexperienced
flight students, the Naval Aircraft Factory's N3N primary trainer was extremely
rugged and easy to maintain. The N3N operated in both wheeled and float
configurations, introducing hundreds of students to Naval Aviation, even after
World War II.
In 1934 the Naval
Aircraft Factory set to work designing its own primary trainer and the project
was given top priority. The result was a unique design featuring an all-metal
construction using surplus aluminum from the ZN airship project. The prototype
also featured a single integral top wing, a fuel tank forward of the front
cockpit, and removable panels that allowed the entire port side of the aircraft
to be opened for maintenance.
By 1935 the prototype
had made its maiden flight, marking the commencement of a long career for the
aircraft known officially as the N3N. All who flew the aircraft knew it as the
"Yellow Peril," a nickname prompted by its paint scheme and the fact
that it was flown predominantly by inexperienced student pilots. In reality, the
N3N was reliable and embodied the "ruggedness" that had been demanded
of it, both characteristics that earned the respect of the thousands of Naval
Aviators who received their first taste of flying in the N3N. Where it became
"perilous" was in taxiing. Poor visibility from the cockpit combined
with inadequate brakes and an ineffective rudder led to more than a few
Acquired in much
smaller numbers than the N2S, the N3Ns saw service with the Navy as a primary
trainer from the late thirties to the mid-forties as both wheeled and
floatplanes. Float configured N3Ns were later used for midshipmen
indoctrination flights at the U.S. Naval Academy until their retirement in 1961,
the last biplane ever used in military service. Like their counterpart,
the Stearman N2S, some N3Ns remain in the air today as crop dusters or private
Accepted by the Navy in September 1941, the Museum's floatplane version of the N3N-3 Yellow Peril (Bureau Number 3046) flew throughout World War II. It continued in operation at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and training Naval Academy midshipman at Annapolis during 1947-1948. It was acquired by the Museum in 1978.
Tribute To Ben Montoya From Nils Rueckert (12/30/15)
At nearby Port Hueneme, CA stands the
relatively new multi-million dollar Seabee Museum, which has a permanent exhibit
in the entrance lobby honoring the life and career of Ben Montoya, 5th
Co. With the news of his passing, I took on the personal commitment of
presenting a wreath on behalf of the class. Ben had been the chairman of
the board of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation and was the principal
fundraiser, raising some $15 million dollars to build the museum, opened in
Assisting with the placement of the wreath
was Captain Bob Quinn, ’56, on the left, a trustee on the foundation board,
who was responsible for oversight of the design and construction of the museum.
Nils Rueckert, ’58, 6th Co.
Naval Academy Building Named in Honor of former Superintendent
At a ceremony later this summer, the Naval Academy will rename the Administration Building “Larson Hall” in honor of Adm. Charles R. Larson, Naval Academy Class of 1958, who passed away 26 July. The building was built in 1907, renovated in 2014, and serves as the headquarters of the Naval Academy superintendent and immediate staff.
Dedication for Ed Browne (5th Co) - Camp Pendleton holds rededication ceremony for its Child Development Center
From Nils Rueckert
Ed was killed in action in
Vietnam in 1967. His widow Ellie passed away just last year. They
left two children, Betsy and Ted, who were very, very young when Ed died.
In 1962-64 Ed, Bob Topping, Jeff Dennis (’57) and I were all students at the P.G. School in Monterey and came to share a house in Carmel. We all married and moved on but kept in touch through the years, except for Ellie, who withdrew from contact after Ed’s passing. Bob’s widow Lois Topping, who forwarded the attachment to Jeff and me, attended Ellie’s internment at Arlington.
is a link to the Camp Pendleton News (online News Paper) with a story of
Thursday's (29 January) Re-Dedication ..
Books By Dave Gibson (1/18/15)
From Dave's Son:
Dave published 2 books: Rungs on Life's Ladder, and Sea Stories and More. Both can be found on Amazon by searching his author name or by searching by book title.
Note: Dave passed away on Dec 25th, 2014. See obituary on LAST CALL
Bruce McCandless Signs Space
Shuttle Model at the Naval Academy Museum (12/2/14)
San Francisco Area Bay Gatherings (Updated 7/25/14)
musters on the 4th Wednesday quarterly for lunch. We have been known to change
the date so call/email to confirm.
John Potter (19th) maintains the
area roster and sends out the notices.
The Alumni Association recently completed a major project to scan most issues of Shipmate from the 1930's to the present. They are available at the usna.com web site.
Sign in and then search for Shipmate.
SHIPMATE will accept digital photos for
publication in class columns. The
only requirements are that the electronic file must be sent as either a JPEG or
TIFF file, the original photo (if scanned) must be larger than 2.5" wide,
and the resolution of the photo must be at least 300 dpi. Hard copy photos are still perfectly acceptable.
Digital photos that don't get used for the class column will probably be
displayed for all to enjoy on the Class of 1958 web site.
Have you written your classmates lately??? Submit your items as they occur to relieve Bill Schramm of the monthly crunch. Adventures, life events, meetings with classmates, travels, weddings, grandchildren, retirements, Olympic medals, hospitalizations, and all that are grist for the column. Pictures are appreciated, particularly with the class flag in them.
The class column length has been cut by SHIPMATE from 4,000 words per column to 2,000 words per column. A photo of three or less persons equals 100 words, said words to be subtracted from the column length. And this after the survey showed the class columns to be the most popular feature! Go figure!
The address for e-mail to Bill Schramm at email@example.com and send the photos to him at 17 Calera Canyon, Salinas, CA 93908., Tel: 831-484-9058.
D.C. Area Class Lunches
The Class Luncheons are held at the Army Navy Country Club on the last Thursday of every month unless otherwise advised. They start at 1130 and arrangements are made for a speaker to present talks on subjects of interest to the Class. Your class caller should contact you about a week before each event to get a head count. If you do not hear from your caller, contact in the following order:
Mike Giglio (GIGLIO3936@aol.com)
George Jenkins: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com )
If you plan to attend, accurate head counts are important to preclude unnecessary cost. In addition to charging us the full rate for "no-shows", the club also charge us a surcharge for each unannounced attendee. We have no choice but to pass these costs on to the classmates concerned. Please make your reservations as early as possible but no later than the Tuesday before the luncheon. The cost of the luncheon is ususally $30. Honor bar prices will be posted at the event.
Because of our unique shared educational and professional backgrounds, alumni are often the best resource for supporting other alumni in times of crisis. To that end, three USNA grads (Bob Martinazzi-’91, Jay Murphy-’93, and Rob Ballister, ‘94) have launched USNA SICK CALL (www.usnasickcall.org) in order to foster support for graduates suffering from cancer and other serious diseases. The site can connect ill alumni with other alumni who may have already won their battles with similar illnesses. In order to maximize our exposure to the alumni population at large, we are asking the following:
1. Check out the website for yourself.
2. If you think the effort has value, please forward to your class by whatever means you see fit. We would be happy to supply verbiage if needed, or you may write your own blurb.
There are no dues, donations, or financial obligations of any kind
associated with this effort. We are simply looking for maximum exposure in
order to help as many alumni as possible. Your assistance is greatly
appreciated. Please contact the following email addresses if you have any
questions and we would be happy to answer them.
There are no dues, donations, or financial obligations of any kind associated with this effort. We are simply looking for maximum exposure in order to help as many alumni as possible. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Please contact the following email addresses if you have any questions and we would be happy to answer them.
Alumni helping alumni makes us all stronger.
Bob Martinazzi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Murphy: email@example.com
Rob Ballister: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Virginia Class of 1958 Luncheons are held at the Cypress Point
Golf Club in Virginia Beach
New Law Now Allows Retirees and Vets to Salute Flag
Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organization’s official head-gear.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed servicemembers, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.
A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.
Here is the actual text from the law:
SEC. 595. MILITARY SALUTE FOR THE FLAG DURING
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Section 301(b)(1) of title
36, United States Code, is amended by
Note: Part (C) applies to those not in the
military and non-veterans. The phrase "men not in uniform" refers to civil
service uniforms like police, fire fighters, and letter carriers -
non-veteran civil servants who might normally render a salute while in
From Kent Lawrence (6/9/11)
for this interesting article. Our general age group is certainly “in the
zone” for prostate cancer, so it’s important to learn as much as we can
about the disease and how to prevent it. And as both a survivor and prostate
cancer mentor with the American Cancer Society and Massachusetts General
Hospital, I’ve been fortunate to be able to stay pretty close to the issue.
in 2005 I was diagnosed with a very high-risk, aggressive prostate cancer. My
Gleason is 9 (5+4 and 4+5, with all cores up to 100% involved with cancer). When
we discussed treatments, I asked my team (urologist, radiation oncologist, and
medical oncologist) at Mass General about the proton beam option, since MGH/Harvard,
like Loma Linda, is one of the few sites in the U.S. offering it. They agreed
that proton therapy, with its reduced “collateral damage”, was very good for
medium and low grade cancers (Gleason 7 and below)where the cancer is well
defined and in a “good” position. But it’s not necessarily superior to
other treatments. And for especially
aggressive, poorly defined cancers like mine, a more aggressive combination
treatment was warranted. So I had 9 weeks of daily IMRT external radiation and 2
years of Androgen Deprivation Therapy, i.e. so-called hormones. Ever since then
my PSA (checked quarterly) has been undetectable, and I’m now 6 years out and
in “permanent” remission. Statistically, given the very high-risk nature of
my case, I should have had a recurrence/relapse in 1 ½ to 2 years. I’m very
appreciate your enthusiasm for the proton beam option, and why not - - it worked
great for you! However, I must take issue with your statement in your e-mail
“…if you get Prostate Cancer, Please do not use any procedure other than the
Proton Therapy”. Instead I’d suggest that anyone getting prostate cancer
carefully examine all the options available, and talk them over with your
doctors. Find out which therapies are best suited for a cancer of your severity,
and go with what offers the best chances of success. It may or may not be proton
I’ll be attending the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition’s annual
day-long seminar. It’s a great place to get caught up with many oncologists
and urologists (and we have lots here in Boston) and of course get some of the
latest dope on the subject. I’ll pass on any updated info.
again for the article.
From John Bradley
This information is important to all who may have prostate, breast, brain, eye cancer, or most solid tumors that have not metastasized. It gives the reason where Proton Radiation is better than any other radiation used to cure these cancers. I had Proton done at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA for my prostate cancer back in 2006 and have had no side effects what so ever.
Veteran's Aid Program - Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension
is a little known/used benefit for vets under the auspices of the
veterans' administration. One does not have to be retired
from the service to qualify, only to have served on active duty in
designated war periods (either stateside or in theater). Other
eligibility requirements also apply.
The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies.
Some of you may have parents/grandparents/spouses who are currently paying these expenses out-of-pocket and may rate such compensation. More on this program at the following link:
Mitchell of 12th Co sent this interesting message.
wanted to let you know that, the same as many of you, I recently
received my Military Retiree Account Statement.
Please review the back of your statement and verify who you have
designated as the beneficiary in case you die.
Mine has changed to someone I don't even know (Cathy J. McMillin
,"wife") as getting 100%. Based upon the
fact that recently the VA had military retiree personnel information
compromised it is interesting that somehow my beneficiaries
have changed. If you look at the
broader picture of what this means that many veterans probably
wouldn't catch this and
that as we lose more of our fellow servicemen and women each day this
would leave their dependents without the benefit hey deserve. I
will be calling DOD first day they are open as well as the DOD IG and
local congressman. Please send this out to the
retirees you know and alert them to check whether current beneficiary
is. Ask them to pass
LtGen Chuck Pitman, former Deputy Commandant for Aviation