A Message from the President
May 21, 2009
FREEDOM – FREEDOM – FREEDOM – FREEDOM – FREEDOM
On the real Memorial Day – March 30, Saturday, take a moment to say thank you to all our past, and present service personnel. Additionally, we ask that you pray for the souls of our departed comrades, who will not be with us this Memorial Day.
FAIR WINDS AND SMOOTH SEAS
Dec. 25, 2008
Christmas Message to the crewmembers of the USS PROVIDENCE.
What a wonderful time of the year, for spreading charity and goodwill. The excitement and anticipation of the season make us all children again, no matter what age we are now. As each year passes, we reflect upon what we have experienced during that time and hopefully have learned how to be a better person, to serve and love our family, fellow citizens and shipmates.
In November my wife and I took a cruise to Australia and New Zealand. One of the scheduled events was a Veteran's meeting and acknowledgement. There were 12 U.S. Veterans in attendence. Each Vet introducted themselves, name, branch of service, where served, etc. One Australian women, in her mid 80's, explained that her husband was a Veteran of WW II, who had recently passed away, but she thought it her duty to "personally thank all Americans for saving Australia during WW II" She further commented, "the Japanese would surely have invaded Australia if not for the timely arrival of the Americans, and my country would not be what it is today, so I say THANK YOU TO ALL AMERICANS" Gives you goose bumps, when you hear it from a truly appreciative person. So, as we join family and friends this Hanukkah, Christmas, or Quanza, be blessed that we live and protect the United States of America, the most cherished country. Also, please pray for our fallen veterans, and our, soon-to-be veterans currently serving in our military,
Have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Smooth seas and following winds.
Nov. 27, 2008
Thanksgiving Message to the crewmembers of the USS PROVIDENCE.
Hopefully you will spend this Thanksgiving with your family, and count the many blessings which were bestowed upon you during this past year. Even the darkest moments, have a silver lining of a blessing. As you sit around the Thanksgiving feast, please pray for our fallen veterans, and our, soon-to-be veterans currently serving in our military,
Have a wonderful day, and weekend.
Smooth seas and following winds.
Nov. 11, 2008
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY - 2008
Greetings, on the first Holiday of the summer season. Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to spend quality time with your family this weekend and reflect upon all the things dear to us, and for the freedoms we enjoy each day. Something not to be taken lightly, as there was a terrible price to pay. We know that Freedom is not free, so please set aside a few moments on Monday to pray for our fallen countrymen and women, who have paid the supreme price to provide us with what we have this fine day and every day.
Have a great Memorial Day.
President’s Message – December 17, 2007
Hopefully, by now, most of the Christmas and gift shopping is complete, and you are ready to have a wonderful, family Holiday Season.
There are many things to be thankful for during this festive time of the year, and I would ask you to pray for those less fortunate, our wounded service men and women, our combat troops which are on duty around the clock to protect us, and reflect upon how lucky we are to live in the good ole U.S. of A. Most of all, I appreciate the relationships we share as shipmates of the USS PROVIDENCE.
I look forward to a great year of planning the next reunion in Providence, RI, and getting our memorial displays in place.
Look for our first Providence Newsletter, which will be published in early January. There are good articles and information, and we appreciate any comments you have regarding the content.
God’s speed for a wonderful Christmas, and whatever Holiday you celebrate during this time of the year.
Jim ChrystPresident, USS PROVIDENCE Association
Nov. 11, 2007
HAPPY VETERAN’S day to all.
I want to wish every shipmate and their families, a very happy Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2007. Without your sacrifice, and the sacrifice of current and previous veterans, we would not enjoy our current freedoms and our way of life.
Set aside a few moments on Sunday to reflect upon our wonderful lives, and how we got to this point in history, and say a prayer for our boys and girls overseas, as well as those in the U. S of A.
God Bless America
July 28, 2007
The Covington Reunion is almost upon us, with only a few more weeks to go. If you already haven’t done so, please take a few minutes to make your reservations for this outstanding event. Bill and Beverly McCubbin have worked very hard and really have an outstanding time planned for us.
I would also ask that you bring any and all memorabilia with you to share with your shipmates. In addition, I will accept donations of your memorabilia, to be used in the USS PROVIDENCE display case on the USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG-4). This has been slow, but the Buffalo Naval Park will provide us space for a display case, and I want to put our best foot forward with great PROVIDENCE items. I am also working with the USS SALEM (CA-139) organization to obtain space in their Cruiser Memorial Room, so we will need a number of quality items.
Please call your shipmates to make sure they are registered, so we can get a great turnout. Admiral Kenneth Haynes (former CO of the USS PROVIDENCE during the Vietnam War), will be the guest speaker at the banquet.
Give some consideration, as to where you may want to have the next few reunions. In an earlier message, I suggested:
That’s all for now. See you in Covington.
May 25, 2007
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY TO ALL:
We should take a few moments of silence at noon on Monday, to remember our fallen countrymen and women, who have paid the supreme price to provide us with what we have this fine day – FREEDOM - Not to be taken lightly, as there was a terrible price to pay.
If you are aware of any shipments who have passed since the last reunion, please notify me, or Bill McCubbin, or Sam Villa.
KENTUCKY REUNION - Bill and Beverly McCubbin are working diligently to make certain we have a great reunion. Check the website, and please register early, so they can avoid a last minute crush of scheduling.
I just returned from a banquet of the Cruiser Sailor Reunion, in Valley Forge, PA, and ran into Vic and Clair Muzio. They are in good health and look forward to the upcoming visit to Kentucky.
Frank Carlson, a PROVIDENCE Plankowner from 1945 contacted me regarding a potential memorial display on the USS SALEM, which is in the Fore River Shipyard, in Quincy, Mass, where the PROVIDENCE was built. He worked on the SALEM for 10 years, as an electrician. I will visit the ship in July to determine the potential for a display on that heavy cruiser. I addition, I will visit the LITTLE ROCK, in Buffalo, to work the final details of the PROVIDENCE display in the Cruiser Room of that ship.
I had numerous discussions with Pam Rector, and she is in the process of packing Dick’s memorabilia for shipment to me. So far there are 4 boxes and a few more to pack. These are important items to recover. I am sure that many of you have memorabilia that should be shared with your shipmates, so bring them to Kentucky, and we can all enjoy the PROVIDENCE.
God’s speed and fair winds.
April 11, 2007
Members of the USS PROVIDENCE Association
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Executive Board for asking me to temporarily, step into the President’s position, left vacant by the untimely passing of our shipmate, Dick Rector.
I just returned from Kentucky after a meeting with Bill and Beverly McCubbin, and Ray Lape concerning the upcoming reunion in Covington. We also met with the Northern Kentucky Convention Association. Bill and Beverly have planned for an outstanding time for our reunion, and I encourage you to make your reservations now.
As we approach this reunion, a number of issues need to be addressed at the Ship’s Company Meeting;
Bill and Beverly have worked very hard to ensure a great reunion, so, I encourage you to attend to Covington reunion to renew old friendships, and start new ones. The keynote speaker is Admiral Kenneth Haynes (Ret), former Commanding Officer of CLG-6.
If you have any questions, or comments, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone my home at 973-729-6899.