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VOLUNNTERS DOCENTS NEEDED, The Red Oak Victory is in dire need of docents and volunteers If interested call 510 237 2933. CROSSED THE BAR, Cornelius Farley former member of the Jeremiah O Brien Chapter Transferred to Golden Gate several years ago. after the Jeremiah O Brien disbanded along with his daughter Marie Cornelius was blind and Marie brought him. to the chapter meetings He will be sorely missed Our prayers and condolences go out to Marie. Sylvia Sommers wife of the late Capt Kenneth J Sommers Sylvia joined the chapter after her late husband. passed away several years ago She moved to Oregon to live with her niece We extend our prayers and. condolences to her family,DUES DUES DUES, Your dues are now due and payable Regular dues 35 00 Associate. dues 13 00 If our records show you are behind in your dues there. will be notice to that effect in your envelope Please support your. chapter and pay your dues, CARE AND CONCERN Mickey Anderson Gus Guzelian Jack Geissinger Tom Kenny. Capt Erik Oscarsen Sally Raanes Harold J Wagner Raymond E Westberg You all remain steadfast in our. prayers and thoughts We wish you renewed health, MINUTES MEMBERSHIP MEETING GG CHAPTER AMMV FEBRUARY 22 2018.
12 00 Noon Pres Harold Wagner asked all attendees to stand while Mary Murphy gave the invocation. Lunch was served, 1 00 P M Pres Harold Wagner called the meeting to order and Stig Rasmussen led us in the Pledge of. Allegiance Pres Wagner then read off the names of members who were ill A moment of silence for departed. member Cornelius Farley, Fin Sectry Treas Frank Mendez presented the Treasurer s Report M S C to accept report Mendez then. reported on the following points of interest, H R 154 Honoring our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2017 is our new Merchant Marine Bill We have. 36 co sponsors to date It is imperative that you contact your representative urging them to co sponsor our. National Convention 2018 will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in St Louis MO March 14 18 2018 Room. rate is 99 00 per night plus tax The chapter has 60 votes to cast National President Chris Edyvean sent out. an email advising all chapters that an anonymous donor has donated 6 500 00 to National to help with. expenses for any WWII vet who needs financial assistance in order to get to the convention copies of email on. The Korean War Memorial Foundation officers met with the outgoing Deputy Consul General of So Korea. Jimin Kim to thank him for his help in raising funds for the Education Program History of Korean War that. the Foundation is trying to implement in all San Francisco high schools He presented the foundation with 100. jackets for Korean War vets I was able to get four jackets for our known active Korean War members Stig. Rasmussen Harold Wagner Audrey Winn and myself They have a nice logo displayed on the lapel in both. English and Korean Korean War Veteran, The Officers the Foundation then met with the new Consul General to welcome him to San Francisco He. extended an invitation to take 10 Korean Vets and their significant others to Seoul South Korea as his guest. for one week The Mayor of Seoul would take care of accommodations while in Seoul Extremely generous. Bob Ulrich former VP of the Sac Valley Chapter has converted their former website to the Golden Gate. Chapter http www ammvgoldengate org, Capt K C O Brien reported on the birthday celebration he arranged for Dagner Alholm at Yountville Veterans.
Home Dagner turned 101 years old Capt O Brien took up two birthday sheet cakes to ensure everyone had. some cake He said Dagner was very pleased with the event. VP Christian Yuhas reported on the effect the Jones Act had on Puerto Rico after the hurricane in getting. supplies to the island and the misinformation that was being spread about the Jones Act. SPECIAL THANKS TO MEMBERS WHO HELPED WITH THE,ABOVE LUNCHEON. Set Up Frank Mendez Carol Ann Mendez Harold Katharina Wagner Mary Murphy. Servers Carol Ann Mendez Katharina Wagner Audrey Winn. Clean Up Katharina Harold Wagner Frank Mendez Carol Ann Mendez Audrey Winn Christian Yuhas. Raffle Katharina Wagner Mary Murphy, Raffle Prize Donations Frank Mendez Harold and Katharina Wagner Christian Yuhas Mary Murphy. Members and Guests in attendance at above meeting Patrick Blake Frank Mendez Carol Ann Mendez Anna. Lopez Chris Yuhas Capt K C O Brien Stig Rasmussen Harold Wagner Katharina Wagner Audrey Winn. 32nd AMMV NATIONAL CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS, Great convention Approximately 100 members guests registered. Wednesday evening Board of Directors meeting President Chris Edyvean went over the proposed By Laws. changes and the projected budget for the coming year. Thursday morning Opening ceremonies Presentation of the colors by a local gaelic group complete with kilts. Singing of Heave Ho by Sally Langwah followed by Pres Edyvean s report Ladies Luncheon After lunch. the election of RVPs All were reelected All proposed By Laws changes passed as submitted. Michael Helbig gave an update on the progress he has made on the proposal he is working on to obtain. Veteran s status for Korean War Merchant Mariners He has been having problems obtaining information from. government agencies on ships that were in Korean waters 1950 1953 Tomorrow he intends to visit the. National Archives in St Louis in hopes of getting the much needed documentation. Commodore Martin Connell of The British Merchant Navy spoke about the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial. He talked about the Mermask Run and all the ships that were lost and other battles in the Atlantic. The Thursday evening banquet featured speaker Paul Doell National President American Maritime Officers. He spoke on the future of the Merchant Marine After dinner entertainers Sally Roy Langwah did a tribute. show in honor of Sindy Raymond s retirement Great show. Friday Open mic for two hours Harry Hap Bledsoe High Rollers Chapter showed some posters he had. made up for the Funeral Directors Convention of which he was the former President that depict the actions of. the Merchant Marine during WWII He suggested that National should have some made up for the. organization, 10 30 There was a bus tour of sites in St Louis The first stop was Lumiere Casino where we stopped for. lunch and a little gambling Next stop the Anheuser Busch Brewery The Clydesdale horses were there They. are beautiful Next on to the Veterans Honor Park in Chesterfield MO What A WONDERFUL SURPRISE. We stopped at a mall to pick up our escort about one dozen motorcycle riders all decked out in Red White. Blue colors and about four Patrol cars As soon as we arrived the bikers and the Police escorted us to Veterans. Park The police blocked off all intersections of traffic When we arrived at the park the bikers all lined up in. front of the bus to greet us along with Mayor Bob Nation There was a band playing Heave HO and a TV. crew from the local NBC affiliate Sally Langworth sang Heave Ho along with other songs All WWII. merchant mariners were asked to stand in front of the display of flags while everyone took pictures The event. was shown on the local TV station on the evening news After we boarded the bus Mayor Bob Nation came on. board and thanked us for our service during WWII It was a wonderful event and we owe a vote of thanks to. Sheila Souva and SS Samuel Parker Chapter for setting up this fantastic event BRAVO ZULU. Saturday The wonderful and charismatic Dave Yoho took to the floor and pumped us all up Dave is a WWII. merchant mariner He sure knows how to stimulate a crowd He was followed by David Alberg NOAA. Sanctuary Superintendent whose presentation was on old shipwrecks off the Carolina Coast and the importance. of saving and preserving all these old ships He was followed by Rear Admiral Gerald Achenbach who spoke. on the functions at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy He also spoke about the Propeller Club and how. important their function was to the maritime industry. The Farewell Banquet featured speaker James E Caponiti President American Maritime Congress He spoke. about the need for a strong Merchant Marine President Chris Edyvean then passed out awards to well. deserving people Charles Mills Lone Star Chapter was presented with the Morris Harvey A J Wichita Award. for his outstanding contributions to the AMMV Sally Roy entertained us with a fabulous show. This was a great convention and we owe a vote of thanks to Capt Chris Edyvean Sheila Souva and all the. other people involved in planning this convention We greatly appreciate all the hard work that went into. putting on such an exceptional event,Old Shipmates By Bob Ulrich Orginally March 2014.
I wrote this originally for the Sac Valley newsletter in March of 2014 Please indulge me. as I would like to tell it again, Since World War 2 I have met only two men who were on ships I sailed One fellow I. was able to talk to by phone when I recognized his name in a publication Unfortunately. he died before we got to meet again in person I belonged to the GG chapter then but. living in Davis never made a meeting, Back in 2014 at a Merchant Marine picnic at Al and Sally Raanes house I was sitting at. a table and the fellow next to me mentioned the SS York It was John Chow of the. Golden Gate chapter I told John I was on the SS York as the radio operator for 9 months. in 1946 on a trip that started in San Francisco and ended in Galveston Texas It turned. out that John who later sailed also as a radio officer was working in the engine room or. stewards dept at that time and was also on the York To discover that John and I were on. the trip at the same time was exciting for me as I had begun to think I would never again. meet anyone with whom I had been to sea Furthermore as we talked we realized we had. known each other and that he had often visited me in the radio room aboard ship We had. become pretty good friends, Let me tell you how this all began for me When the war ended the number of Radio. Officers was cut from three to the pre war standard of one To be qualified to sail as the. lone radioman one needed 6 months experience on your license My two wartime trips. only added up to about 5 months at sea The union hall sympathized with my desire to. continue sailing and would assign me to a ship regardless of my shortfall in service time. Each time I went aboard I would be there for a couple of days and get thrown off. actually just asked to leave Nothing personal It was just that I was short a few weeks. and didn t qualify This happened several times but finally one day the union man who. was making assignments said if you hurry to the dock and take a launch you can probably. take this ship as she is ready to sail now and the radio man hasn t shown up I grabbed. my bags and headed out The sea was a bit choppy out at the anchorage and I had to go. aboard via Jacobs ladder up the side holding desperately to my luggage with one hand. while I released and grabbed with the other finally making it up to the rail A sailor took. my bags as I flung myself over the rail The anchor went up and I made my way to the. radio room and this T2 Tanker the SS York was off No FCC inspector was coming on. board as we were on our way As it turned out it wasn t over we only went to Portland. to go into dry dock to outfit for our long trip shuttling oil over many thousands of miles. of the world s oceans,We were in Portland dry dock for several weeks. which all counted as sea time When the inspector,did come aboard he counted every day and passed.
I believe John had signed on in San Francisco but,most of our crew came aboard from Portland They. were mostly Oregon farm boys and nice fellows A, lot of things happened on that trip But I will save. that for another time,It was dull with weeks at sea between ports. Having time on my hands I renewed an interest in photography and when we hit a port. in Australia I bought some chemicals and paper and began developing photos up in my. stateroom I did simple contact prints as I did not have an enlarger I then offered my. services to the crew and we pooled pictures One day my friend Bill Fairfield handed me. a manila envelope from John Chow to be delivered to me It was filled with photocopies. of pictures from John s photo album of that trip I had processed and printed these. photos on the SS York sixty seven years earlier They included the photo of me in the. Radio room, I looked forward to getting with John to reminisce about that trip which included a near. mutiny when the skipper refused to take on food to replace provisions which had gone. bad and a dock fire which nearly engulfed the ship as we unloading at Port Morsby or. the time we were dead in the water for two days in the North Atlantic in iceberg country. I talked some with John on the telephone about our trip but never saw him again Sadly. he passed away not too long after that At his funeral at the Veterans Cemetery in Dixon I. did get to say a little about John and 1946 That was a year we both had spent mostly at. It was a big moment for me getting re acquainted with John even for that short period of. time I think John felt the same, End E Newsletter Golden Gate Chapter AMMV Frank Mendez Editor.


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