The Gust of Wind Newsletter
SEPT.-OCT. 2004 NEWSLETTER
OF THE DE-441 ASSOCIATION:
YOUR 40th REUNION 9-22/9-26, 2004
ATTENDING THE REUNION 8-22-2004:
ATKINSON, JANET & TOM
BRANT, JOANN & FLOYD
CANCILLA, PATRICK (Host)
DONOVAN, GERRY (TAGGART)
EGGER, ALEXANDER (ALEX) & IVY
FARACE, JOE & DOLORES
FLOWER, WICKHAM & GLORIA
GILLETTE, EARL & ELEANOR (Host)
GILLIAM, JOAN & WALTER
KIISKILA, ANNA & PAUL
LAIRD, RUTH & CHESS
LARSON, CINDY (ASSOCIATE MEMBER)
LUNGA, RUTH (GUEST ANNA STICKLEY)
MACECHAK, KATHLEEN (HERMANNS)
McCUEN, TIM, JO-ANN & SON SHAUN
McILVAINE, ROBYN (TAGGART)
MOLA, TONY (Spectator Golf)
MORIN, JENNIE & FAMILY (HERMANNS)
NOE, MARY & HOWARD
OTT, RAY & NANCY (Golfer)
REYNA, MIKE & DARLENE
SHEGINA, PHYLLIS & ERNEST (Golfer)
SOWDER, DOT & RICHARD
SUTTELLE, DANIEL (DOC) (Golfer)
VANDERKOOY, MARILYN & CALVIN (GUEST
WESSLER, RICHARD (BUD) & MARGARET
WOLFE, STAN & ROSE
INFORMATION FROM MUSTER LIST:
234 Mates & Wives Korean War
40 Mates Korean War
41 Widows Korean War
8 Daughters Korean War Mates
2 Sons of Korean Mates
39 Mates & Wives WWII
24 Widows WWII
14 Mates WWII
9 Daughters of WWII Mates
13 Sons of WWII Mates
9 Associate Members
3 Family of William F. Seiverling
436 Total active on Muster List
FROM ME TO ALL OF YOU:
| I FEEL THAT I FAILED YOU THIS YEAR IN KEEPING YOUR INTEREST IN OUR DE-441
ASSOCIATION. WHEN I LOOK HOW SMALL THE LIST ATTENDING THIS YEAR'S
REUNION, YOUR 40th WHICH SHOULD BE A BIG THING FOR EACH OF YOU! I KNOW I
DID NOT GET THE MESSAGE OUT TO THE MEMBERS.
| AFTER CHECKING THE GUST OF WIND CASH FLOW FOR THE YEAR 2004 SO FAR
AGAINST THE YEAR 2003 WHICH I WILL LIST BELOW. AGAIN I SEE I DID NOT GET THE MESSAGE OUT.
|THE GUST OF WIND CASH FLOW INCOME:|
| WHAT HAPPEN THIS YEAR? I am very disappointed that my effort this
year failed you. When you appoint a new Association Coordinator at this year's reunion! I feel sure the change will bring
your interest back and move this group
together for a better Association. I will be glad to help who ever the new Coordinator
is if they want me, as long they need me.
| REUNION INFORMATION:
Those of you who are going to the reunion don't forget we will have a drawing for a model of DE-441. Then the drawing for half by half and door prizes. One of the door prizes I received the other day as a gift from The Destroyer Assoc. & the Author, was copy of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors to be a door prize.
| What more can I say about the Reunion that I have not said? We stated the dates and
place where the Reunion would be held, who the hosts are, ways to get to the city and
hotel, things you can see and do in Albany, where you can receive more information
about the things you want to know about Albany and that area, cost of hotel rooms,
information about what the hotel offers, enclosed a copy of Reunion Registration in
each Newsletter this year, visit and go aboard one of the last two DE's still afloat,
honor the mates and wives who have held your reunions for forty years and help the
mates who this year have worked very hard setting up this years reunion. I know I have missed something in the
above list as I must have missed getting the information out to you this year! All of this is hard for me to understand!
We have been able to hold our membership
between 400/445 families for the last four years. If any of you have an answer or suggestions to what is wrong, please write, call or email me with what you think! I will pass your information to the new Coordinator for that person to take under advisement.
DESA NEWS May-June 2004:
Page #18: This years Reunion notice:
Page #20: Ship Donation List. DE-441 #43 with donations of; $4,825 to DEHM.
Page #25: Taps: Deceased Wives. Mrs.
Page #26: Reinstates: Clifford J. Myers
If you want to join DESA and receive their newspaper. DESA P. O. Box Deland, Fl. 32721-3448
THE NIMITZ NEWS:
The Battle of Leyte Gulf-the largest naval battle ever fought and the last great naval
battle of WWII-has been selected as the topic of the Museum's 17 annual Symposium and will be held 9-18/19-2004.
Newsweek magazine Assistant Managing Editor, Even Thomas who wrote an acclaimed
biography of naval legend John Paul Jones and writing a book on The Battle of Leyte Gulf, is among the speakers.
James Hornfischer author of the "The Last Stand of The Tin Can Sailors will also speak.
John F. Wukovits, widely published military expert who has chronicled WWII in the
Pacific and is the author of Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island will speak.
If you want to join this Foundation: The Admiral Nimitz Foundation 328 E. Main Fredericksburg, Tx. 78624.
THE AMERICAN LEGION:
From July Magazine, Page #34:
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
$44 million annual budget.
78,000 Americans missing from WWII.
8,000 " " Korean War.
1,800 " " Vietnam War.
120 " " Cold War.
1 " " Gulf War.
3,500 Investigations since 1992.
1,171 identified by Lab since 1971
600 Recovery operations since 1992
Source: Joint POW/MIA Accounting
Command. U. S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii.
"For God and Country"
DID YOU KNOW:
From the Huse Log 145: USS Huse
1846-1848 Mexican War: Served 78,718, Deaths
1861-1865 Civil War:
1917-1918 WWI served 4,734,991 Deaths including
those killed in Russian intervention 8-1919 to 4-
1941-1946, WWII served 16,112,566, Deaths 405,399.
1950-1953, Korean War served 5,720,000, Deaths 36,586 (final list still being compiled.)
1964-1973, Vietnam War served 8,744,000, Deaths 58,203 (records still being compiled.)
1990-1991, Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm. Served 467,939 to 665,476. Deaths 382.
2002-200? Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan & Philippines Death 80 unofficial.
2003-200? Operation Iraqi Freedom, Served ?
Deaths 133, unofficial.
Approximately 362 armed service members have died in operations other than these major conflicts. Iranian hostage rescue mission, Lebanon peace- keeping, Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia & Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. Very interesting information! The Total Deaths of all service personal is around: 1,128,314.
|SMILE: BE HAPPY:|
THE GUST OF WIND FUND:
As of this newsletter (8-22-04): The Gust of Wind Fund has a balance of $938.74
Once again I must remind you that the Association operates from this Fund, each
year. The fund is made up of Donations from Members of The DE-441 Association.
The Monies made at the Reunion from the sale of tickets for drawing of model DE-441
ship. Tickets sold for the drawing of Half by Half and door prizes.
As stated on page one of this newsletter you can see we are way behind in donations
this year? We need each of you to help. Around 10% of the members donate all of
the time and carry the Association each year. This is not fair to these Members! If each
Membership family sent in only $5.00 each year that would be $2,225.00. So far this
year we have received only $485.00?????? I know that most of us are retired or semi-retired on fixed incomes, but I feel sure you
can spare $5.00 once a year. If you can not we do not want you to strain your budget
and we will understand. We do not want to lose Members over $5.00, as we should have
enough who can carry the load. I know it is easy to say I am going to send in my check
next time I am paying bills, but then we forget it! Do it today not tomorrow!
DONATIONS THE GUST OF WIND:
From 5-27-2004 through 08-22-04: Mrs.Ann Stickley, Joann & Floyd Brant,
Kathleen & Robert Macechak & Millie & Robert Engmann.
MAILING THE GUST OF WIND: Please if you have any change in info on
the Muster List, let me know ASAP, so you won't miss your next Gust of Wind.
I will still send the Newsletter by Email to those who have it. The others will receive
your Newsletter by U. S. Mail.
REUNION RESERVE FUND: As of this writing the Fund is $3,942.99.
DE-441 CAPS: On 08-16-04 I will pick up the new caps and ship them to Earl Gillette for sale at this
years Reunion. The cost of each cap at the Reunion will be $10.00.
If you want a cap and are not going to the Reunion! You need to let me know what
type, solid or 1/2 net top, how many you want I will keep a list of those wanting a
cap(s) and if I get around 50 members who want cap(s) I will have some more made.
By ordering that many I can keep the same price of $10.00 each plus shipping cost. Let me know about this ASAP so I can order
DATES TO REMEMBER IN 09/10-2004:
09-14-04 Star Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key.
09-17-04 The U. S. Constitution Approved 1787.
09-22-04 First Day of Autumn.
09-22/26-2004 DE-441 Reunion
09-26-04 Gold Star Mother's Day.
09-29-04 VFW Established 1899.
10-11-04 Columbus Day (Observed)
10-13-04 U. S. Navy Established 1775.
10-24-04 United Nations Day.
EMAIL: Don't forget if you have Email and I do not have you on the DE-441 Email List,
please let me know! You will get DE-441 info as soon I as get it. We have two types email: Type #1 you will
receive all DE-441 mail plus jokes, etc. #2 you will receive only DE-441 mail.
WEB SITE: Go to Farace.com and view the DE-441 web site each month. Joe and daughter
Linda Hood keep adding to it. Joe still wants your picture to place in the Web Site.
He will return it after posting it on the Site.
COMPILING HISTORY OF DE-441: Last year I started compiling information of The DE-441's History to place in book
form. It will have History of William F. Seiverling, Marine who the ship was named,
pictures and copies of Ports of Calls, Crews Lists, Action Reports, Other Ships worked
with, Captain's Masts and many other forms of information compiled so you can read
each part of info without having to sort though all of the other info. At this time the
book will be in a binder. The WWII info will come from ship's history, deck logs &
action reports. The Korean War and the years after information will come from
ship's history, cruise books & confirmed information from mates. If you have info
about Korean War and the years following that is confirmed and it is not scuttle-butt,
please send it to me. We do not want to place false information in this book. As many of you know, I have for many years tried to get the Deck Logs and Action Reports for the Korean War and the years
following. Those reports are still on micro film and can not be printed.
If you have a Muster List of all of the mates who were onboard for the years 1950/1957, I can sure use it. To give an example of how the book will
be compiled, see below:
History of William F. Seiverling:
Crews List Onboard & Off:
LOVE, Henry Jasper 896 86 60 SoM3c 06-1944/4-1946
KOCH, Raymond Michael 895 55 16 SoM2C 6-1944/8-26-45.
Ports of Call:
Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Ryukyu Islands 1-1945
List of Ships Worked with: USS Tulagi CVE-72, USS Stafford DE-411, USS William F.
Seiverling DE-441, USS Moore DE-442 & USS Campbell DE-443 on way to Entiwetok, Marshal Islands. 11-15-1944
Deck Logs; East China Sea. Flight operations & A/S Screen. 1119 plane
crashed astern CVE-96 in attempted emergency landing. DE-443 picket up pilot uninjured. DE-443 Transferring pilot to
Action Reports: Join Task Groups: 77-2, 77-4, 77-5, 77.23, 77.4.13, 77.4.1 &
77.2.21. China Sea: USS Ommaney Bay CVE-79 hit by plane. USS Portland CA-33 Hit by Plane. 1-04-1945
Captain's Mast: GRIER, T. 813 97 85 StM2c, Shirking Duty, Late Reveille
Deck Court Martial.
Pictures of ship and crew inserted in places in the book at the time they were taken.
Other information that does fall in the categories of the above lists.
The book will be in two sections, but in the same binder. WWII and Korean War, 1957. I feel that is
the way to do it, so if we get more information from 1950/1957 it can be added without any trouble.
If you are interested in helping with this project let me know what information you have. I have a copy of Cruise Book 1954. Thanks for your help.
Will I see you in Albany, NY in Sept. at the Reunion?
From The Crows Nest,
|Up Coming Reunion|