Summer 2016 Newsletter
Greetings from the Sterett Association
As the air turns chilly and the leaves show off their beautiful rainbow of colors, we hope this newsletter finds you and yours well.
This newsletter contains a few items we hope will be of interest to our Sterett family.
The hotel that will be hosting the 2017 Sterett Reunion in Nashville has undergone some changes.
Earlier this summer, the Holiday Inn was sold to an investment group and re-branded.
The 2017 Sterett Reunion hotel is now known as the Hilton Nashville Airport Hotel.
We have been assured the contract we signed with the Holiday Inn will be honored in all respects.
We do not yet have a code or special web link for reunion reservations.
The web site for the hotel can be found here:
To make reservations, call
615-883-9770; ask for group reservations/sales then tell them USS Sterett.
The Spanish Gate, located at the corner of Dewey Avenue and Samson Road in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines, was built in 1885 when the Spanish Navy authorized the construction of the Arsenal de Olongapo, after King Alfonso II of Spain issued a royal decree declaring Subic Bay as a naval port in 1884.
The gate served as the West Gate of the arsenal and faced the Spanish-era settlement of Olongapo. A high wall of locally quarried stone connected it to the south gate that faced the waterfront.
In addition to being used as the main entrance and exit to the naval station, the gate was also used as a jail during both the Spanish and the American occupation.
On November 26, 2013, the Spanish Gate was declared a historical landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The NHCP affixed on the wall of the gate a marker which reads "Himpilang Pandagat ng Look ng Subic" ("Naval Station of Subic Bay").
Here’s a recent picture of the San Diego skyline, posted on the DDG 104 Facebook page.
Looking in the background, it’s interesting to note the DDG 104 is in close proximity to the USS Midway, where the CG 31 spent much time.
Congratulations to Sterett’s new Chief Petty Officers.
The following shipmates and friends of Sterett have joined the elite list of Sterett Association Life Members.
We thank them for their generosity and support.
Lien Phan (in memory of her sister Tu Phan)
Charles A. (Doc) Bond
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
Select a quantity of 10 for Lifetime payment if Lifetime is not a listed option.
Florida Veteran’s Service Award
The Governor’s Veterans Service Award was established as a way of recognizing both active and former members of the United States Armed Forces.
Governor Scott presents the medals while traveling around the state, visiting VA regional centers, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.