Mar 192019

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.

  11 Responses to “Gathering at the Scuttlebutt (let’s talk about things)”

  1. i am still waiting for our shipmates to respond to my last memo////// come on boys lets get some stories on this site ..

    • Hi Bryan: I am afraid not many are looking at the website lately. Maybe when I announce the reunion and mail out a message, I will encourage them to take a look. Also, when the details of the reunion go on the website, we might see more traffic. Thanks for you faithfulness. Bob Orleck

  2. This page lets talk about things, opened with a bang with responses from ,Myself,bob Orleck,John Barrios and Hank Carman.This is not good,

    Come on shipmates out there don’t let our SHIP DIE we all must have things we would love to talk about.Things like the good shore leave we had i far away countries, the funny things that took place on that leave, the people you made friends with some that you still have as friends many years later .
    Things that took part in the day to day working of the ship,How proud you were of the Orleck when meeting men from other ships when in port.There must be lots of things you could talk about, and many other shipmates would love to hear..Come on Guys start talking don’t let her USS ORLECK DD886 Die SHE IS TO FINE A WARRIOR she looked after you all in the good times and in the bad lets keep her heart beating.


  3. The year was 1972 we has a family had just arrived in NZ to maker new home we had been hear one year when my daughter who was 11years of age, said to me Dad a American warship is in port and on the radio was asking the public if they would like to take a crew member out for the day.

    My daughter Cheryl and i both went down to the Ship we told the Deck Officer that we would like to take a Crew member home for two days we were asked to pick a name from a list of crew who had time off me being English picked the only member with the surname starting with the letter W young man named Dave Wallace. I think you can guess I PICKED THE ONLY ENGLISHMAN OUT OF A CREW OF ALL AMERICANS the story of my life if i picked a racehorse in a big race it had 3 legs.

    To cut along story short we all had a great timed after two days we had a new family member and we also owned a Destroyer

    For time later we moved from the south island to the north island i started work at Auckland University one afternoon my wife phoned me to say the ORLECK was arriving the next day she was coming for war games with our navy .

    I will not say how I got into the navy dockyard i went to ORLECK berth went on board, was asked by the Watch Officer my reason for being there I said my cousin was on board and as we had not seen each other for a long while if he could get any leave.Next is the one and only lie i have made the Captain was asked about leave for david . Then a was taken before the Captain Hine david was sent for and granted leave while the ship was at sea we had a great time and for many years we would write to each .


    Thirty nine years looked for him, with the help of a gentleman by the name of Bob Orleck and one other gentleman called Jerry Hannah but with no luck ,but in that time made many shipmates, many friends and got to know many families.

    To end my little story i lost one Orleck crew member BUT GAINED ONE BIG ORLECK FAMILY, God Bless you all always your Shipmate.

    C O New Zealand Divison,
    USS Orleck DD 886.

  4. Let’s get the conversation started. Reunion 2020. How are we looking Bob? It’s been almost a year since the great time we had at Virginia Beach/Norfolk.

    • Would love to begin this conversation. I haven’t heard much from anyone about them wanting another reunion. I would guess they do but I would like to see some interest shown. Maybe we will hear from some folks.

      No one knows this posting is here unless they stumble across it or someone lets them know For those who do see it, get the word out to others to come on and give their thoughts.

  5. Interesting story and I can well imagine Bryan as a tour guide. In November of 2007, Sandy and I went on a tour of New Zealand and early in the tour we had a day to ourselves in Rotorua. We had previously contacted our KIWI friend and in the afternoon Bryan showed up at our hotel. He was easy to pick out in the hotel lobby because he was wearing a USS ORLECK hat. Sandy and I had a very enjoyable afternoon with Bryan as he drove us around showing us interesting places that we weren’t going to be able to see on our tour. We also had the special treat of being able to meet his son Carl and his wonderful family. The afternoon flew by and we can’t say enough good things about Bryan and the way he treated us!

    Thanks again for that afternoon, Bryan, and thanks for your story about the Texan.

    • Hi Sandy and John

      A lot of water has passed under that bridge since we met in Rotorua. My wife Jean passed away. She was the love of my life.

      I have been to one of your Reunions in San Diego where I was treated like a long lost Brother by all my shipmates. People who I had never met but only had contact by name. It was one of the greatest times that I have had in my life, The day I left to return home I got to thinking WOW what a large family I had joined.
      By the way Still have and wear that same hat. It is so nice to make contact again. Hope all is well with you both. Give Sandy my love and do keep in touch.

      God bless you both Bryan
      I should use my title,
      C.O. USS Orleck DD886,
      NZ Division

  6. Many years ago I owned a small tour company, One tour we gave was a one day from Auckland to Rotorua the centre of Maori Culture. We put this small tour on for people who were passing through Auckland with only a few days to spare before moving on down south. To set the scene, the Rainbow Warrior had just been bombed by the French,and the ship had been towed across to the other side of the Harbour into the Navy Dockyard. Well off we go for nice day out with eight people in one of my small 12 seater buses, the day was mild with sun about 22c. The trip to Rotorua takes about two hours, we stop for morning tea at a place called Huntly which has a very large power station.

    After leaving Auckland about 9.00am with 4 English,2 Germans, 1 Spanish and later I found out 1 Texan with a mouth the size of his home state.

    We had only been going a short time passing Auckland Hospital when he asked me how long it took to build it I said about 2 to 3 years. He said in Texas it would take half the time. This went on all day, it was bigger, longer ,they had more if it and grown it faster.

    I was at the point of asking for a prayer to make him fall asleep if only for a short while. Just before arriving back in Auckland he was at me again, could he go and look at the Rainbow Warrior and my reply was can you swim because it is on the other side of the Harbour, He said why can’t I go over on the bridge to which I SAID WOW THAT WAS NOT THERE WHEN WE LEFT THIS MORNING. At last he had been defeated ,well you got me good he said and left the bus only to turn round and gave me a $50 tip and a big smile.

  7. Good Morning Bryan: Bob told me you shared a story about a big mouthed Texan when you owned a tour group. Can you share that. Bob lacks as a story teller and I want to hear it from you. Barb Orleck

    • Thanks for the funny account of your time as a tour operator. Sounds like you would be a fun driver to have on one. We had a reunion once where our driver was the funniest man ever. He kept us in stitches. Bob had made people choose which bus they would be on and stay with that bus the entire reunion. When people learned of our driver, they wanted to change and get on our bus. No doing! Nobody wanted to switch. Bet the same would be with you.

      I would love to hear you tell about the time when USS ORLECK was in port there and you and your wife met and took one of our sailors home to entertain. Barb Orleck

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