USS Orleck Chronology

 

Joe Orleck’s Life

Are you having a little trouble remembering where you and the USS ORLECK were during your tour of duty? Click on the dates below and you just may be able to pinpoint the place and the memories will come flooding back. I spent over a year accumulating this chronology from as many sources as I could find. I believe that it is accurate, but if you find anything missing or in error, drop me a note at bob@ussorleck.com and include what your source is for the information.  Now, as a result of the 2013 restructure of our website, you will find the same data in a timeline format.  Just click on the particular timeline part you are interested in and you will see the narrative behind it.

For more detailed history please go to page entitled “Deck Logs” where you will find many months of the USS ORLECK Deck Logs in searchable format. This work was begun by Gary Peters, who passed away before it was completed.  Before he died he mentored John Barrios who did tremendous work and spent countless hours in working on the project.  He directed our many volunteers who also devoted much time and effort to obtaining and entering these deck logs into the searchable format.

  • June 22, 1906 Joseph Orleck born

    Joseph Orleck born at Columbus, Ohio on June 22, 1906.
  • June 23, 1924

    Joseph Orleck enlisted in United States Navy.
  • March 22, 1944 Lt. Joseph Orleck awarded Navy Cross

    Joseph Orleck-The President of The United States takes pleasure in ...
  • September 10, 1944 Joseph Orleck Died Presumptive

    Joseph Orleck-Died-Presumptive 10 September 1944. In compliance with section 5 ...
  • January 8, 1945 Recommend naming vessel in honor of Lt. Joseph Orleck

    "Approval is recommended of the following names for the vessels ...
  • January 11, 1945 Approval of name USS ORLECK

    Approval of name USS ORLECK (for the United States   ...
  • January 26, 1945 Gertha Orleck, wife, to sponsor christening

    "Mrs Joseph Orleck (Gertha), advised of naming of ship after ...
  • February 17, 1945 Gertha Orleck expresses appreciation

    "Mrs. Joseph Orleck (Gertha)-letter to Secretary of the Navy James ...
  • December 31, 1970 Command History

    1970 Command History report on USS ORLECK (DD886) from her ...
  • January 28, 1980

    From date above thru February 3, 1983 21-Jan-80 - 27-Jan-80  ORLECK ...
  • February 6, 1982 Winds of War aired on ABC

    Feb 6-Feb 13, 1982 the Winds of War starring USS ORLECK ...
  • July 22, 1982 Preparations being made for transfer to Turkey

    July 22-August 2, 1982 has ORLECK getting upkeep in Tacoma, ...
  • August 13, 1982 Her final training mission in Tacoma

    August 13-14, 1982 is the final Naval Reserve Training Weekend ...
  • August 15, 1982 Spiffy her up for gift to Turkey

    "ORLECK entered the stand-down period for decommissioning on 15 August. ...
  • September 15, 1982 USS ORLECK to be retired announcement

    "The News Tribune reports that ""USS ORLECK, to be retired ...
  • October 21, 1982 Decommissioned then recommissioned

    "At 1000 on 1 October 1982, ORLECK was decommissioned, transferred ...
  • December 25, 1982 True to form, arrives in Turkey on time!

    "True to form, TCG YUCETEPE, (ex-USS ORLECK), arrived at Golcuk, ...
  • November 2, 1992 USS LEXINGTON finds home

    "The aircraft carrier, USS LEXINGTON (The Blue Ghost, The Lady ...
  • March 2, 1993 Letter from rescued plane crash survivor

    A letter was sent to the "Reunion President" from one ...
  • May 1, 1993 Military Magazine article on USS ORLECK

    "Article on USS ORLECK appeared in ""Military Magazine""."
  • May 26, 1993 USS PRAIRIE remembered

    "Remember the PRAIRIE, A 52 year old destroyer tender and ...
  • June 24, 1993 First Reunion for USS ORLECK

    June 24-27, 1993 was "USS ORLECK, first reunion in San ...
  • March 4, 2000 Razorback Plaque given to Bob Orleck

    At the 2002 Reunion of the Destroyer USS ORLECK Association, ...
  • October 3, 2002 Orange reunion largest in history

    October 3, 2002-October 6, 2002 USS ORLECK ASSOCIATION holds its ...
  • June 25, 2003 Waikiki Reunion 2003

    June 25-June 29, 2003 the DESTROYER USS ORLECK ASSOCIATION met ...
  • June 10, 2004 Arlington Memorial Service for Lt. Orleck

    September 10-11, 2004.  Memorial Service to dedicate a Remembrance Stone ...
  • June 24, 2012 N. Kentucky Reunion Optional Reds Baseball Game Event

    Northern Kentucky Reunion Photos June 24, 2012, day 4. The following ...
  • July 31, 2012 Recap of the Northern Kentucky 2012 Reunion

    NORTHERN KENTUCKY REUNION FOR DESTROYER USS ORLECK DD 886 ASSOCIATION  June ...
  • December 9, 2013 Joseph Orleck earns Navy and Marine Corps Medal

    U.S.S. RAVEN War Diary and Log Book of the U.S.S. WAINRIGHT ...
  • December 12, 2013 USS ORLECK saves a ROK Army Battalion 1951

    USS ORLECK saves an ROK Army Battalion The following is a ...
  • December 14, 2013 USS ORLECK in Navy Promotional Video (1967)

    [caption id="attachment_493" align="aligncenter" width="300"] USS ORLECK engages enemy in Vietnam[/caption] I ...
  • December 31, 2013 Deck logs 0000-0400

    Tuesday, 1 January 1946 Moored to the BRINKLEY BASS on our ...
  • January 8, 2014 Protected: Christmas Letter to The USS ORLECK Museum

    USS ORLECK DD 886 is the most  decorated Gearing Class ...
  • January 8, 2014 Protected: Position Paper on Vietnam Veterans Reunion Activity

    Position Paper on:Vietnam Veterans comprising the largest part of reunion ...
  • January 13, 2014 Protected: January 13, 2014 Letter to Ed Martin

    For Destroyer USS ORLECK Board of Directors only. This is a ...
  • January 13, 2014 Protected: Ed Martin transmittal letter

    FOR DESTROYER USS ORLECK BOARD OF DIRECTORS USE ONLY.   Dear________________________   ...
  • January 13, 2014 Protected: Letter to Lake Charles Mayor

    FOR DESTROYER USS ORLECK BOARD OF DIRECTORS USE ONLY January 10, ...
  • January 22, 2014 USS ORLECK sailors interviews

    What follows are some really good interviews conducted filmed by THE ...
  • January 22, 2014 Other videos from The USS ORLECK Naval Museum collection

    Videos shared by The USS ORLECK Naval Museum  See also ...
  • February 18, 2014 Protected: Mike Huckabee and Lake Charles

    Dear Governor Huckabee: By now you know that a retired United ...
  • March 2, 2014 Historical considerations about USS ORLECK DD 886

    Historical considerations about USS ORLECK DD 886   USS ORLECK DD ...
  • April 5, 2014 USS ORLECK must have a permanent mooring.

    Position Paper on:Vietnam Veterans comprising the largest part of reunion ...
  • June 3, 2014 Welcome Home USS ORLECK!

    Breaking News  From the State of Louisiana June 3, 2014:  Yesterday the Louisiana ...
  • November 11, 2014 Shad Olson Reports: Saving the USS ORLECK

    // Shad Olson Reports: Saving the U.S.S. OrleckFor some American ...
  • November 13, 2014 A pilgrimage of soul and destiny!

    The article written by Shad Olson below is reprinted by ...
  • December 11, 2014 2015 Field Day information and Registration Form

    USS ORLECK DD 886 FIELD DAYS March 12-14, 2015 ...
  • December 21, 2014 Protected: San Diego 2014 Reunion Recap

    San Diego Reunion Recap   August 11-15, 2014 202 USS ORLECK sailors, family and friends enjoyed four days of reunion events and great food and friendship at and about our host Town & Country Resort in San Diego, California.  We had previously done a reunion in San Diego in 1995 and this was the first time we had repeated a city in the thirteen reunions we have held.  San Diego of course is a special place for many of our sailors since USS ORLECK was home-ported there.   Not only that, the weather in San Diego just cannot be beaten.  What was to follow was an incredible time of reunion. Our dedicated hospitality room on the 9th floor of the Regency Tower (the same building where most of us were housed) was without a doubt the finest we have ever had.  If you are interested in a quick look at the resort, Thor (our web-guy) who hosts our website did a three minute advertising video of our hotel that shows the three rooms we had for our hospitality functions and other resort scenes. (Pictures were courtesy of Kim Hubbard, our contact person extraordinaire from the Town and Country Resort who we recognized and made an honorary member of our Association.  As mentioned, the hospitality area actually consisted of three rooms.  They were the Le Chanticleer, Le Sommet and the Windsor Rose and in the video above you will see the rooms and their names under them.   There was even a wine cellar up there but when we did get inside we found all the wine bottles were empty.  It clearly was a setting from past times when class and elegance prevailed. It was great to see people getting acquainted and reacquainted as they enjoyed breakfast, pizza and snacks in these luxury digs throughout that day and the rest of the week. Each morning we had breakfast served to us as part of our registration in these rooms.  If you click on Steve Hunt eating his breakfast, it will take you to many other hospitality room pictures that Ben Loder took throughout the four days when these rooms served as our base of operations. (Click on picture) [caption id="attachment_1635" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Steve about to enjoy breakfast! (click on his fork before he gets it in his mouth and you will see lots of other great hospitality area photos.  Ben Loder, photographer.[/caption] This report initially will have pictures taken by Ben Loder and a few taken by me.  Ben has been so faithful over the years to take photographs but very few have been seen by you.  Now with the new website format I am using (so easy that an idiot could do it), I am able to share his work on our site.  In the future I will be looking to reconstruct some of the past reunions, at least through pictures, so look for that.  We can add your pictures as a part of this report (subject to my editing) so if you have some good shots, please send them to reunion@ussorleck.com and put the words "reunion photos for website" so it will catch my eye. To make it easier for you to know if there are updates, I will post at the top of the report the dates of any additions and a link to them so you will not have to search for the new stuff.  It has been awhile since the reunion and my ability to get to the writing part of this report so it is very possible and quite likely that I missed some important facts or interesting stories.  If you want to write something to be added to this report, including your comments about it and the things you enjoyed and the friends you made, write it up and it will be included (again subject editing).  When you send it to reunion@ussorleck.com include something in the subject line "for San Diego reunion recap" or something like that.  I am also turning on the comments section of the website on this post so you can go there and post a comment if you are inclined. Now back to discussing the hospitality room where we gathered.  It all started in the Le Chanticleer Room and during the hours that we were open on Monday participants finalized registration, received their specially designed name badges.   The USS ORLECK sailor's badges also displayed their years aboard USS ORLECK.  The badge you see on the screen is the actual size of the badges that each person received.  In addition they were given up-to-date information and “plan-of-the-day”  that gave them the big picture of the activities that would follow in the next few days. [caption id="attachment_1732" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Special Individual Name Badge  (Circle is actual size of each badge.)[/caption]   After registering many spent time deciding and buying embroidered USS ORLECK shirts, USS ORLECK t-shirts, ORLECK caps and other items in this room.   We displayed our auction items, raffle items and silent auction there as well.  Tables in the LeSommet Room lined the walls where attendees displayed their memorabilia that stimulated the discussions that folks regularly had there.  We used that room as well as well as the third room, the Windsor Rose as an overflow for breakfast and for other planned activities. Then the program!  Not one speaker but seventeen speakers.  All of them were USS ORLECK sailors.   The plan was to paint a picture of the thirty seven years of USS ORLECK's excellent history through the words of her men.  These seventeen sailors told of their time aboard.  The program was professionally recorded and is now on YouTube for your viewing.   Our men, as expected, really did a great job.   The program unfolded just as planned and the picture was complete of a ship that exhibited tradition, continual excellence, and wonderful crews for each of her 37 years of epic history.  (Later, each participating speaker received a special award recognition on parchment paper that Bob designed with commissioned artwork by Rose Huntley, an artist and member of Bob's church in Randolph, Vermont.) There was more on that Monday evening that was not recorded. The Sea Cadets Color Guard joined us and did a wonderful presentation of the Colors.  Phil King presented the POW/MIA tablet and that was very moving.  I wish I had it recorded and if any of you did please share it with me and I will post it.  But we did get most of the evening recorded and so before you click on the Monday night video clip, get a drink and some popcorn and settle down.  The program lasts for about two hours. Then, after the speakers we had an auction of some prized and appreciated items.  Chas Staples created beautiful  leather pieces that brought considerable money for support of our reunion effort.  Chas also made some beautiful leather pieces that he carved a "ruptured duck" on for a special gift to our two World War II plank owners who attended, George Gideon and Louis Jagucki.  It was extra special to have Tony Norris who threw the lines off when USS ORLECK left us to serve sixteen years in Turkey as TCG YUCETEPE and who received those same lines when she returned to the United States in 2000.  From those events the tradition that led to the auctioning of the line Tony caught, the so-called “monkey fist” rope that the winner gets to keep during the period between reunions was started.   Steve Norton gave the high bid this night and will proudly display it for the next two years in his home. This night by itself could have made the reunion a complete success.  But there was much more to come.  Later in the week we also had drawings for a total of eleven free room nights.  A beautiful piece of artwork previously won at a past reunion was donated by Hank Carman.  Shirley and James Stepp gave a very generous bid to win it so they could add to our treasury.  There were so many other valuable and generous gifts that we used to raise funds for the reunion through a raffle and silent auction.  Thank you so much and I hope I am not offending anyone by not mentioning them specifically. Tuesday rolled around and following a hearty early breakfast we boarded buses for the San Diego Maritime Museum to tour the facility and have lunch.  We then made our way to the USS MIDWAY, had our group picture taken then to the flight deck for a moving Memorial Service conducted by our Chaplain Joseph Correia.  The Sea Cadets again did the honors of presenting the colors.  Volunteer readers from our group read the names of almost 500 former USS ORLECK sailors that we know are deceased.     We fulfill the promise we make to the families that as long as we meet in regular reunions we will honor these men and their service by reading their name.  After touring the MIDWAY we returned to the hotel.  Some were exhausted and hit the sack while other once again gathered in the hospitality room until the late hours of the night talking stories. On awaking the next morning one could not help but realize that the reunion was going very fast.   We were now half way through.  So what's next?  We ate another fine breakfast followed by a rousing and fun business meeting.  Officers were elected and decisions were made regarding future reunion activity.  (will report on this later)  Following the business meeting a video session was conducted to record the remembrances of some who did not get the chance to speak at opening night or who had decided after the opening night that they wanted to be recorded.  The professional media company we hired for opening night came to record these folks as well.  Those who spoke are listed here and you can click, watch and listen to what they had to say.  Rick Butler, Homer Castille, Bryan Davies from New Zealand, Russell Freel, Carroll Keller, Bob Peterson (1949-52), Kenneth Pinner (1951-54),  John Ruby, Dan Shehan (1970-72),  Michael Zimmerman (1957-69) Bob shared a screen presentation of our Association website that he runs that featured the work done by John Barrios and others to enable us to have the thirty seven years of USS ORLECK deck logs on-line and searchable and all USS ORLECK cruise books on-line for your enjoyment.  All seven of them! Noon found us in Charlie’s Patio, a beautiful outdoor setting on another gorgeous day for a fabulous taco luncheon as Miles Monier treated us to inviting Spanish guitar music.  I called the lunch fabulous and it really was as all who attended would attest.  The staff at the hotel did extra service on this event and we were so fortunate to have such a quality meal. The remainder of the day was spent in free time, dinner and enjoyment of each other’s company once again in the hospitality room.   During free time after lunch many chose to go to “Old Town” for food and entertainment that night and that was sweet as well. We changed course on events when Thursday rolled around.  After our usual early yum yum breakfast we boarded buses to 32nd Street Naval Base for tour of live US Navy Ships.  We had an unusual and interesting time as the Navy forgot we were coming resulting in a rather uncomfortable and long wait to be able to board.  But we finally got to see up close, albeit only for a short visit, three different ships, the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57), the USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) and the USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) .  Later I received a sincere apology from the Navy so I guess that was cool.  Following lunch at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant we boarded buses for a tour of San Diego and a visit to the San Diego Veteran’s Museum and a special ceremony where Bob Orleck presented on loan to the Museum some valuable USS ORLECK artifacts that were given to him after the decommissioning of USS ORLECK in 1982.  Included were the Bible used in both the commissioning and decommissioning of the USS ORLECK as well as the picture of Lt. Joseph Orleck and his Navy Cross that were displayed aboard the USS ORLECK in the wardroom for the entire time of her American service.  The museum did a wonderful job of preparing and displaying the artifacts for the ceremony and for future viewing by visitors.  The Museum was a blessing for us to have and the program was very solemn and moving as we watched the professionally filmed Memorial Service (done by Matt Michelson, son of USS ORLECK sailor, Bob Michelson) that we did in 2004 at Arlington National Cemetery.  The Museum is small but so well done and should be a must for anyone following military history in San Diego. Upon leaving the Veteran’s Museum we made our way to the pier and boarded the Hornblower Adventure for a San Diego Bay dinner cruise.  The Adventure is a 300 passenger yacht that we had to ourselves for the three hour dinner cruise.   Such a relaxing and enjoyable time with the expected great weather mixed with the fun brought to the table by Jeff Abbit, the “below average” (his attention getting label) juggler, magician and comedian.  His performances were far from below average as he had people smiling and posing with him.  The food was truly excellent.  In addition because we could control the agenda on our yacht we asked the Captain who timely made his way for arrival to the naval base waters to experience the moving “evening colors”  and bugle call at sunset.  Wow!  Once in a lifetime experience for some of us. Sadly but surely the morning of our departure came.  Following breakfast our Chaplain gave us an inspiring message and then we said our goodbyes until the next reunion.  It was over. The only thing missing from all of this was you and others who for one reason or another could not be there.  As we continue on this epic reunion journey we are hopeful that you will join us in Bar Harbor September 22-24, 2015 for a mini-reunion and in 2016 in Portland, Maine for our regular reunion.  We were looking to have a reunion aboard USS ORLECK in Lake Charles if she gained a permanent mooring where we could properly hold such a reunion but it did not happen so it was decided to do Portland. At the Northern Kentucky Reunion in 2012 we voted to hold the 2014 reunion in San Diego and the 2016 in Lake Charles if USS ORLECK had a permanent mooring by the time we met in San Diego. She did not and so that issue had to be addressed. Bob Orleck suggested that we extend the time for the obtaining of a permanent mooring to the March 2015 Field Day that will be held in Lake Charles March 12-15.  That motion passed. The vote went further to set Portland, Maine as the 2016 reunion if the condition is not met in Lake Charles.  As of this writing the Field Days in March have come and gone and our ship still has no permanent mooring. The group went further to endorse having a mini-reunion in 2015 in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Surprisingly over 80 people have already shown a desire to come to that in spite of the airport being 41 miles away in Bangor.  For details of that upcoming Bar Harbor reunion and how you can join in go to the posted presentation of that event by clicking here. I am sorry for not having gotten this reunion summary out before but after the reunion it was hard to catch up with things and get the work done on this.  Barb and I drove to Washington State after the reunion to see our son and family.  (in truth to see his wonderful granddaughter River).  After a week or so there, we went to Chico, California to look at a small used Sprinter Diesel RV that was for sale.  Well, we liked it and bought it and what followed were several weeks of traveling in that vehicle (over 7000 miles).  At Mt. Rushmore, Bob got interviewed by Emmy Award winning journalist and NBC Anchor, Shad Olsen, who broadcasted his work on Veteran’s Day to honor USS ORLECK.  We have a great friend in Shad now.  We then took two weeks off to deal with the 3 foot high pile of mail we had at home and other chores.   Then I then flew to Washington State to pick up my car that I had left at our son, Dan's house after we bought the RV.  What followed was an unpleasant 3250 mile trip to Vermont through Nebraska, Iowa to Illinois and up to Vermont.   I did it alone.  After that we got two big dogs to live with us.  Chester was to be ours and Kona who we were keeping for folks while they got their living situation straightened out.  I built a kennel for them and then the snows came (lots of snow).  Planning had to be done for the upcoming Field Days and Bar Harbor had to be planned and arranged.  Now that should not have resulted in such a long long delay.  It should have been only a long delay.  By the time I got down to doing this it was hard to piece it all together in a meaningful way.  Well, no more excuses.  I just had a tough time getting around to it.  Hope you forgive and I hope the report has been enjoyable!  Please if I have forgotten to include things, let me know. Kudos to Kimberly.Leather award given to Plank Owners by Chas Staples Other awards to people who came the furtherest.  (Bryan Davies) Ben Loder’s Photos
  • December 29, 2014 John Barrios award for past work done.

    All of those speaking received a similar award.  John got ...
  • December 31, 2014 New Year’s Deck Log Entry 1967

    New Year's Post on USS ORLECK DD 886 Sunday, 1 January ...
  • January 3, 2015 Taco Buffet at Charlie’s Garden at Towne & Country Resort

    Photographs by Ben Loder (click on thumbnail to enlarge then ...
  • January 6, 2015 Field Day Pics for Project Planning

    The main question here is what was the color of ...
  • January 8, 2015 San Diego Midway Group Picture

    Click on image to enlarge.   [caption id="attachment_2251" align="aligncenter" width="150"] San Diego ...
  • January 13, 2015 USS ORLECK Naval Gunfire Logs

    Check out the Naval Gun Fire logs of USS ORLECK. ...
  • March 20, 2015 Peter A. Huchthausen, USS ORLECK sailor

    Peter A. Huchthausen was a USS ORLECK sailor and author. ...
  • March 25, 2015 USS ORLECK DD 886 FIELD DAYS Mar 12-15, 2015

    On March 12-15, 2015 men and women from the Destroyer ...
  • March 30, 2015 Scuttlebutt October, 2005 Arlington Memorial

    Scuttlebutt October, 2005 Arlington Memorial Service
  • May 11, 2015 Bill Springer, USS ORLECK sailor interviewed May 11, 2015

    This is a very nice article about Bill Springer.  Worth ...
  • July 2, 2015 Protected: USS ORLECK needs from USS BARRY

    Rich Angelini from the USS KENNEDY DD 850 identified some ...
  • July 16, 2015 USS BARRY DD 933 Strip Trip Details (July 13-16, 2015)

    USS ORLECK sailor injured during USS BARRY Strip Trip.   Click ...
  • October 7, 2015 Bar Harbor pics taken by Ben Loder

    These fine photos were taken by our President Ben Loder. ...
  • October 12, 2015 Bar Harbor photos by Homer Castille

    To enlarge photos click on the thumbnail photo and then ...
  • October 30, 2015 USS ORLECK FIELD DAYS in November

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  • November 1, 2015 USS ORLECK DD 886 Field Days (November 12-15, 2015)

    USS ORLECK DD 886 FIELD DAYS November 12-15,2015 Attendee Information Dear USS ...
  • December 24, 2015 Bar Harbor Reunion report

    Here it is Christmas Eve 2015 and you have been ...
  • December 29, 2015 A Tribute to DD886 from DD850

    USS ORLECK DD 886 was built in the bayou country ...
  • January 21, 2016 Bar Harbor photo gallery by Rick and Patti Butler

    This is a new and great addition to the 500 ...
  • July 15, 2016 Boothbay Harbor Reunion 2016 Photos by Ben Loder (Gallery 1)

    Photos taken by Ben Loder at the Boothbay Harbor Reunion ...

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