USS Oklahoma City
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Glenn Ryel

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Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn't seem to get to work on time.

Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late.

But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies.

One day the boss called him into the office for a talk.

"Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome."

"Yes, I know boss, and I am sorry and am working on it."

"Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear.”

“Yes sir, I understand your concern and I will try harder.“

Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “I know you're retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?"

The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled.

He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin, "They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?

Walmart Greeter

Editor's note: This story is not verified. It was sent in by my brother Dennis Caruso (PH1 USS Philippine Sea 1955-59) who is also somewhat unverified. I would love to believe this is true but I remain skeptical, even though there is no information at Snopes to refute it.

Fleet Broadcast for 05 Oct 14

It had been suggested that we look into putting artifacts and memorabilia from the cruiser Oklahoma City on display aboard its sister ship, USS Little Rock, in Buffalo, NY. This was presented to the folks in Buffalo and we were offered a sizable compartment for this purpose.

In June, Paul Dillon and John Baker went to Buffalo to check things out found they had for us a compartment on the port side of the 03 level, just aft of the bridge. It originally was the Flag Plans office and measures 18’ by 13’-6”. They will prepare the compartment by painting it, install lighting and our expenses will be putting in new flooring and the cost of display cases. There will be no monthly “rent” or other fees.

It should be noted that the minimum cost estimates for a standalone 8 foot floor display case is $1000. The minimum cost estimate for a 4 foot wall display is $750 which plays out to upwards of $9000. Due to the limited widths of passageways and doors, these will need to be built in the space provided.

One thing to note is once artifacts and memorabilia are placed on display they become property of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Servicemen’s Park and will not be returned. Donors of items will sign off on an affidavit agreeing to that stipulation.

This was presented at our business meeting in Providence last month and the membership present approved to proceed with this project. Fund raising efforts will begin with the next Corral and a 3-member committee will be formed to solicit artifacts and memorabilia. Procedures to donate items will also be in the next Corral.

If anyone should have any questions about this, please get in touch with Association President John Baker at 620-399-3999 or send an email.

Submitted by association historian T.C. Lamson, RM3 68-70

Operation Frequent Wind

The library volunteers of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego are collecting information on Operation Frequent Wind (Evacuation of Saigon) in April 1975. Our ship was there and played a part. These folks are asking men who served at that time to contact them at Midway Volunteers to share your memories of that time.

There will be a 40th commemoration ceremony on the Midway 26 April 2015.


Ken Kanewske BMSN 2nd DIV. CLG5 71-73 Passed away suddenly Friday, February 21 at his home in San Lorenzo, CA. He was 63. He was always there to help anyone. He was a great friend and shipmate and loved riding his Harleys. He was well known in the Oakland-Bay bike community and he was my best friend. We will miss him very much. Any inquiries, please contact me, mail John Sabo, BM3 2nd Div. 72-74.

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Welcome Aboard

New to the Crew for October
Doug Brewer, FN 76-776

New to the Crew for June, 2014
Neil Ringlee, SGT USMC 72-74

New to the Crew for May, 2014
Bob "Batch" Batchelor, CYN3 69-70

New to the Crew for March, 2014
William Boysel, CS3 72-74
Dennis Green, BM3 75-77
Sam Robinson, FTM2 75-76

New to the Crew for February, 2014
Glen Ryel, SK3 67-68
Ed Wrona, SH3 71-73

New to the Crew for January, 2014
Ronald Walters, CPL USMC 1971

New to the Crew for November, 2013
Robert Phillips, FTM1 72-76

New to the Crew for July, 2013
Lawrence (Larry) Wittenberg, LTjg 67-67

New to the Crew for June, 2013
Thomas F Murray IV, Ensign 78-79
James Gilbert, IC3 64-66
Gary Rosema, OS3 70-73

New to the Crew for March, 2013
Samuel B Allen, LTjg 71-74

Quote of the Month

"When the people fear the government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Thomas Jefferson

SSN-723 Westpac Cruise 2004
Photographed & Compiled by
Shipmate Todd Selby, MMC(SS) 03-05

SSN723 Westpac Cruise 2004
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