Summer 2016 Newsletter


Summer 2016

 

Greetings from the Sterett Association

Temperature’s rising, school is out. Time for some Summer fun.

 

 

DDG 104

The DDG 104 Facebook cover photo was recently updated with this excellent picture.

 

May was a busy time for Sterett reenlistments, awards and promotions, which included the following:
Family, friends, and fellow sailors gathered for the promotion of Lieutenant Raschke, Lieutenant Chang, and Lieutenant Gerrek.
Congratulations to all on a job well done!

 

 


You can follow the activities of the newest Sterett at this Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/USSSterett/?fref=photo

 

 

Sterett Awards

Recently, Mike Smith and Elden Miller did some research on the awards presented to the DLG/CG 31 over her 27 years of service.

Sterett unit awards summation taken from the OPNAV Notice 1650:

STERETT DLG 31

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

20-MAR-1969 22-MAR-1969 - Korea

17-APR-1969 15-MAY-1969 - Korea

09-JUL-1969 13-JUL-1969 - Korea

30-OCT-1969 08-NOV-1969 - Korea

30-NOV-1969 20-DEC-1969 - Korea

01-MAR-1970 09-MAR-1970 - Korea

28-JUN-1970 16-JUL-1970 – Korea

Combat Action Ribbon

19-APR-1972


Navy Unit Commendation

02-JUL-1968 30-JUN-1970

23-JAN-1972 24-JUL-1972


Vietnam Service Medal

31-JUL-1968 04-SEP-1968

06-OCT-1968 29-OCT-1968

13-NOV-1968 10-DEC-1968

07-JAN-1969 28-JAN-1969

24-FEB-1969 14-MAR-1969

24-MAY-1969 11-JUN-1969

19-JUL-1969 02-AUG-1969

23-AUG-1969 06-SEP-1969

13-JAN-1970 07-FEB-1970

16-MAR-1970 19-APR-1970

05-MAY-1970 27-MAY-1970

08-FEB-1972 04-MAR-1972

21-MAR-1972 19-MAY-1972

29-MAY-1972 13-JUN-1972

21-JUN-1972 17-JUL-1972

 

Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

STERETT CG 31

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

02-DEC-1989 14-DEC-1989 Persian Gulf


Navy Expeditionary Service Medal

08-DEC-1978 19-JAN-1979 - Iran/Indian Ocean

12-MAR-1979 19-APR-1979 - Iran/Indian Ocean


Humanitarian Service Medal

11-JUN-1982 - Boat People

20-JUL-1983 - Boat People

21-JUL-1983 - Boat People


Meritorious Unit Commendation

12-MAR-1979 19-APR-1979

27-JUL-1982 01-MAY-1984

13-SEP-1983 05-NOV-1983 (KAL 007)


Navy "E" Ribbon

01-JUL-1986 31-DEC-1987


Republic of Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

01-MAY-1989 30-JUN-1991

Korean Presidential Unit Citation

September-November 1983

 

Cold War Recognition Certificate

The Cold War Recognition Certificate is a certificate awarded by the Secretary of Defense to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.[1][2] Anyone who served in the military or the Federal Government during this period is authorized to receive the certificate.

Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act. The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as the executive agent for the Cold War Recognition Certificate program, whereupon the Army established a website to explain the procedure for requesting the certificate.

 

How to get it:

Go to https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Awards%20and%20Decorations%20Branch%20-%20Cold%20War%20Certificate%20Program
for information and instructions of requesting the certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Celtic Cross

 

 

The National Association of Presbyterian Scouters' Celtic Cross award is given to adults active as a youth leader associated with a Presbyterian Church program.

To receive the award an adult must demonstrate "exceptional Christian character", or has given faithful service to a youth program(s) of a congregation by serving in church leadership positions.

 

Sterett shipmate Burton Dietz was recently honored by his church, the First Presbyterian/Nashville with the presentation of the Celtic Cross for his 21 years of teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in Sunday School and introducing the use of technology in the classroom.

Congratulations Burton and thanks for giving back to the community.


The Sterett Association is always interested in our shipmates who, through their work or other activities, give back to their communities.
If you know of a shipmate who should be mentioned, drop us a line.

 

 

Agent Orange

Elden Miller has been tireless in his efforts to get documents from the National Archives which provide evidence that Sterett entered the waters of Da Nang harbor.
Elden recently received copies of Sterett log books which show Sterett was anchored in Da Nang on 30 July 1968.
Anchoring in Da Nang has been the basis for a number of Navy ships to be placed on the Agent Orange ship list.

Sterett is not on the list.

However, these documents may be a first step in providing evidence the ship was in inland waters.
Proving Agent Orange exposure remains a difficult, uphill battle for each Vietnam veteran who may be suffering from AO exposure.

We are investigating how best to make these documents available to our shipmates.
We may publish a special newsletter with the documents.

Meanwhile, contact me via email if you want a copy of the logs. Steve Hayes

The following references are good sources of information on Agent Orange.

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/locations/blue-water-veterans.asp

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp

 

The Sterett Association may occasionally provide general information regarding the subject of Agent Orange and the Blue Water Navy.
However, the Sterett Association should not be considered a source for specific advice or information in submitting VA disability claims for Agent Orange.

1977 Cruisebook

Tom Jacobsmeyer has completed the conversion of the 1977 Cruise book to digital format.
The cruise book will be available on the web site in the near future.

 


Many thanks to Tom and to Captain Farnham for his trust in loaning the book.

 

Lifetime Membership

We have implemented a Lifetime Membership program.
A single payment of $200 will designate you a Lifetime Member of the USS Sterett Association.

 

Many thanks to the following Sterett Shipmates who have become Lifetime Members of the USS Sterett Association:

Joe Anders
John King
Mike Smith
Randy Norton

Lien Phan (in memory of her sister Tu Phan)

Dennis Dean

Charles A. (Doc) Bond

Andy Cucchiara
Larry Motz

 

A Lifetime Members web page will be maintained at: http://www.sterett.net/life_members.html

 

To become a Lifetime Member (or to update your regular dues), visit http://www.sterett.net/paypal.htm

PayPal options are being updated. Select a quantity of 10 for Lifetime payment if Lifetime is not a listed option.

 

MIGS – (Members in Good Standing) as of 21 June 2016

 

AS OF 21 JUN 2016

145 Members in Good Standing for 2016 and Beyond

Last Name

First Name

Dues Paid Year

 

Acton

Richard

2011-2017

 

Alexander

Leonard

2008-2020

 

Ames

Frank

2016

 

Anders

Joseph E.

LIFETIME

 

Anton

Stephen

2013-2020

 

Bailey

Eugene

2015-2016

 

Barnes, Jr.

Samuel

2016

 

Baumgartner

Lane

2013-2017

 

Beaulieu

Mark

2015-2018

 

Berry

David

2010-2017

 

Blount

Thomas E  Jr

2006-2020

 

Bolton

James E. "Jim"

2009-2017

 

Bond

Charles A.

LIFETIME

 

Brehio

Edward

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Britton

R.M. "Mike"

2015-2017

 

Buchanan

Michael

2008, 2013-2019

 

Caravella

Tony

2016

 

Coon

Jack

2011-2018

 

Cornforth

Mike

2006-2017

 

Cowan

Van

2015-2016

 

Cox

Brian

2016

 

Crocker

Ronald

2015-2016

 

Crowe

Phillip

2015-2016

 

Croy

David

2016

 

Cucchiara

Andrew

LIFETIME

 

De Castro

Ernesto

2016

 

De Vinney Jr

Lloyd (Jim)

2015-2016

 

Dahlke

William

2015-2016

 

Danner

Vincent

2016

 

Dean

Dennis

LIFETIME

 

Dietz

Burton

2013-2017

 

Doan

Liennhu

2011-2016

Refugee

Douglas

Richard

2015-2016

 

Dugan

Joshua

2016

 

Dumpert

David

2015-2016

 

Dutter

Douglas

2015-2016

 

Earney

Jerald D.

2006-2020

 

Eckerle

Brian

2015-2016

 

Eleyet

Dick

2015-2018

 

Erickson

Ronald

2016

 

Farnham

Charles G.

2014-2017

 

Flowers

Clayton

2015-2016

 

Fox

Edward

2006-2017

 

Fullmer

Mark

2015-2016

 

Garcia

Eduardo

2015-2016

 

Garcia

Leroy  "Aldo"

2015-2016

 

Garrison

Merton

2007-2017

 

Garrity

Michael

2006-2016

 

Gaughan

Joseph E.

2015-2016

 

Genet

Richard P

2014-2016

 

Goodson

William A.

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Groener

Robert "Duffy"

2006-2017

 

Hada

Wilford

2006-2017

 

Hageman

Donald

2008-2017

 

Hager

Kenneth

2008-2017

 

Haley

Joel

2015-2016

 

Hall

Clifford

2016

 

Hampton

James

2015-2016

 

Harold

Douglas

2016

 

Hayes

Stephen

2010-2016

 

Hendrix

K C

2015-2016

 

Hennis

David

2012-2020

 

Hilliard

Dale

2008-2017

 

Hutchins

Jacque

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Jackson

Glenn

2015-2020

 

Jacobsmeyer

Thomas

2006-2020

 

Jimenez

Salvatore

2011-2019

 

Jennings

James

2016

 

Johnson

Robert

2009-2017

 

Joubert

Oswaldo (Rob)

2014-2016

 

Kelsey

Sterett-Gittings

2014-2019

 

Kincaid

Homer

2008, 2014-2016

 

King

John E.

LIFETIME

 

Kirk

Jeffery

2008-2019

 

Koehler

William "Bill"

2015-2016

 

Langill

Douglas

2016

 

Layton

Stephen

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Lefebvre

Chuck (Frenchy)

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Lillian

James

2016

 

Locke

Tommy

2014-2016

 

Long

William H.

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Lord

Kevin

2016

 

Ludwig

Frank

2016

 

MacArthur

Glenn

2016

 

Madelay

Larry

2016

 

Madlem

Philip

2016

 

Malcolm

Ronald

2006-2019

 

Mallow

William

2016

 

Marrs

Art

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Martin

Richard

 

DD 407 Shipmate

McBrian

Wayne

2007-2016

 

McCullough

Henry

 

DD 407 Shipmate

McGuire

Robert V.

2006-2018

 

McKee

Clovis

2015-2016

 

Mickel

Evan

2010-2017

 

Miller

Elden

Member Emeritus

 

Moe

Jerry

2006-2016

 

Montgomery

Gary J.

2012-2017

 

Moshar

Gerald

2016

 

Motz

Lawrence

LIFETIME

 

Nichols

Gary  

2013-2017

 

Norton

Randy

LIFETIME

 

Oldefest

Robert

2013-2017

 

Page

Tim

2016

 

Palenshus

David

2015-2017

 

Patton

Robert

2016

 

Payne

Darrell

2013-2020

 

Phan

Lana

LIFETIME

Refugee

Phung

Le T

2008-2016

Refugee

Pritchard

Gary

2015-2016

 

Rains

David

2015-2016

 

Richards

Stephen

2015-2016

 

Riley

Bruce

2016

 

Robinson

James E. "Robbie"

2011-2016

 

Robles

Nick

2015-2016

 

Salazar

Lorenzo

2015-2016

 

Sandbothe

Bradley S.

2013-2016

 

Schmedding

Steve

2015-2017

 

Sherman

Fredrick

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Smith

Michael

2015-2016

 

Smith

William (Mike)

LIFETIME

 

Smusz

John

2016-2017

 

Snader

Robert

2011-2016

 

Sterett

Deborah A. "Debbie"

2008-2017

Associate

Sterett

Ryan

2015-2017

 

Stewart

Darryl

2016

 

Sudbeck

Kevin

2015-2016

 

Sullivan

George E

2006-2016

 

Thayer

Dwight E.

2009-2016

 

Thompson

Tommy

 

DD 407 Shipmate

Towns

Walter

2016

 

Vincent

Jerry

2013-2018

 

Verren

Terry

2013-2017

 

Vogel

Michael

2015-2016

 

Wagoner

Kirk

2016

 

Ward

Eric

2016

 

Wasinger

Phil

2015-2018

 

West

Charles

2016

 

Wheeler

John

2015-2016

 

Wolf

Dave

Member Emeritus

 

Wolfe

Otis

2016

 

Wright

James N. "Pappy"

2016

 

Wright

Wayne

2007-2016

 

 

 

 

Sterett Passings

We received notice the following Sterett shipmates have crossed the bar:

Denis LaCrosse  DLG 31        RDC        68-70
 

Denis was an early supporter of the Sterett Association and a past president.

I would like to thank you and all the members of the Sterett Association for the beautiful flowers you sent.  They were greatly appreciated by me and my family. Please let the members know.

 

Thank you again,

Barbara LaCrosse

 

 

William Bench DLG 31 RD/EW/CWO4  Early70s

 

Kirt A. Fulkerson CG 31 OS 88-91

 

If notification of a member’s passing is received in a timely manner, the Association will arrange for flowers and/or a Sterett representative at the services. However, we generally do not receive notice prior to the services.

 

 

USS Sterett Association
2017 Reunion Information

The 2017 USS Sterett Reunion is about 1 year out.

Start making plans to attend. Your shipmates will be there talking about you.

When: 23-25 June 2017 (Thursday 22 June for early arrivals)

Where: Nashville, TN