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I had a special request from our New Zealand KIWI Division head, Bryan Davies, about having a place on the website for some interaction with others. So I decided to try something a little different. I am a simple guy so this is a simple page. You comment and send it in. I approve it and it posts up. Let’s see how that works.
After a couple of posts, I see something that is not working as intended. If you are responding to a particular post you should click on “reply” in that thread. If you just post, your post will not connect with the thread but will show up as the latest independent post at the top of the page. Hope that is clear.
Major McLaughlin played a big part in the founding of our organization. It was through being my friend and various trips he made to the ship in Tacoma and in Golcuk, Turkey. The quality of the relationships that were forged because of this man will live on for many years. The Major was buried with military honors on his 99th birthday.
It was a great pleasure to have Jeff Cherrier and his friends come to be with us again at our reunion in Boothbay Harbor. Jeff and his wife Sally have been regular attendees at our Destroyer USS ORLECK DD 886 Association reunions. Jeff was among the first of our Vietnam sailors to actively attend and it was always good to have him close by when the sound system went out. We could not have functioned the evening of the luau in San Diego in 1995 but for “Foghorn” and his megaphone voice when the system did go down. Jeff, I know will agree, that the most pleasant and best of the two was Sally who always brought a pleasing and pretty presence to our reunion. She was not here in Boothbay Harbor because she had passed away. We will continue to remember her and support Jeff in his great loss. The featured photo was taken of Jeff and Sally at our 1999 Portland, Maine reunion.