Last updated: 08/23/21
From Gary Minar
Report From Gary Minar (8/23/21)
Here is some info about West Coast 58ers.
Yesterday we had our annual USNA picnic,
first since 2019 due to covid.
Picture a shows Nils R, Gary M, and Vern H
left to right.
There were about 45 or so attendees, from
classes 55 and 56 to parents of a 2023 middie, who is on varsity water polo
team. Great catered picnic.
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Bruce McCandless's son, Bruce III, wrote a book about Bruce's time at NASA and also the relationships between father and son. The book is available on Amazon. The following is an excerpt from the review on Amazon:
"It’s one of the most powerful and popular images in the history of space exploration: an astronaut in a snow-white spacesuit, untethered and floating alone in an expanse of blue. Bruce McCandless II is the man in that spacesuit, and Wonders All Around: The Incredible True Story of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II and the First Untethered Flight in Space is the thoroughly engrossing, extensively researched story of his inspiring life and groundbreaking accomplishments, as told by his son, a gifted writer and storyteller"
Gordo - National Champion (7/28/21)
Recently Gordo participated in the National Short Course Masters Swimming
The meet was held in Greensboro, North Carolina from 21 to 25 July.
I recently had a heart fix experience and wrote up some info that might be of interest to other 58ers
recently established at Pensacola called the " Walk of Honor". It honors those who
died at Pensacola during operational activities. George Myers, 16th Company,
After doing a superb job as the Company Representative Coordinator for many years , Terry Cooper is stepping down.
Marty Hill has taken over that responsibility as of 1 Dec 2019. BZ to Terry and good luck to Marty.
Memorabilia Video: Admiral Smedberg Hosts King Saud at USNA Feb 1957
The links below were provided by Jean LeBer. They show the arrival of King Saud at USNA on Feb 2, 1957. The article and video is unedited so it has no sound
and still has the time marks in it, so tyhe video is a little rough. President Eisenhower is shown talking to King Saud at the end of the video.
Exclusive Audio: In New Memoir, Sen. John McCain Rests His Case 5/4/2018
Click on the following link:
Class of 1958 Distinguished Graduate Awards
From Frank Gamboa:
The Great USNA Class of 1958 is one of the
few classes that have five USNA Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) recipients.
Most have four. None has six. Our DGA recipients are as follows; they validate
our class motto. I had the honor and privilege of drafting each of their
ADM Chuck Larson, USN 2006
RADM Ben Montoya, CEC, USN 2008
LTGEN Terry Cooper, USMC 2011
CAPTAIN Bruce McCandless II, USN 2012
SENATOR John S. McCain III, 2018
The '58 Board of Trustees also nominated
Otto Helweg, Ph,D. First USNA graduate awarded the Hoover Medal, considered the
engineering equivalent to Nobel Prize. President Jimmy Carter was second.
Otto died of a heart attack in October
2008 in Denver, Colorado while campaigning as a surrogate for John McCain.
He was also in the midst of collaborating with the USNA Academic Dean on
creating an Arabic Studies program at the academy. Otto was an expert in the
Middle East and was fluent in Arabic and Farsi languages. As a midshipman, he
was a member of the varsity football and lacrosse teams and the Brigade
Heavyweight Boxing Champion as a Segundo. I am confident he would have been
selected for a DGA.
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.
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 ..
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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: email@example.com
Jay Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Ballister: email@example.com
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