Monday, November 23, 2015

Google Calendar

Google Calendar

CALENDAR for 2016 reunion.   October 6-10. Pensacola.

Details will develop in the next few months of 2015. Hotel, tours, activities.  Pensacola is known as the Cradle of Naval Aviation and Pensacola Naval Air Station ...and the AMAZING, Naval Air Museum. In addition the beaches and deep sea fishing and seafood are FIRST CLASS treasures.  History in Pensacola encompasses Native Americans, Spanish, French, British, American, and Confederate history. It is known as the city of FIVE FLAGS. Transportation will be planned in a way to allow some tours within 70 miles of Pensacola, including Mobile, Alabama.  Mobile is home of AUSTEL that is building some of the new stealthy tri-hull destroyers! Depending on attendance, we may select to stay in beach cabins on Pensacola NAS - within a few hundred yards of the Blue Angel's Hangar.  Or we may base a few people there with RV's and the Cabins to maintain an ON BASE cookout/dinner location on the bay a couple of nights. Or - we may use a hotel in town or a selection of condos near or on the beach -- all depending on the deal ew arrange.  We may also invite some other "TIN CAN" sailor's ships to join us for tours or hotels to get better rates on tours and transportation. At this point, suggestions are welcomed.  IT IS NOW NOVEMBER 2015. Vic is about to light the afterburner.
For questions and suggestions please use comments below or email  me - .

Monday, May 25, 2015

Agent Orange Links

Gary D. Moore's Web Site

This veteran has done a lot of research and has links for Agent Orange.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

NAVY BLUE - the song

From friend, Larry Cutrone - this message: Friends, Back in 1964 my dear friend Diane Renay had this huge monster hit " Navy Blue "! You can see Diane performing that song and others as she performs at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2003 National Convention. She was gracious enough to send this rare video performance for the whole word to enjoy! I think you'll agree this song is just as relevant today as it was back then!

Murmansk Run - A Sailor

Learning about the "old days" of escort duty with the convoys in the North Atlantic. The Anti Aircraft protection noted near the end of this video is a classic. And the "rain" from the crows nest on a clear day is so ... believable. Maybe becuase it is all true. Ivo Duvall has written several books. Some are available on ALL are very entertaining and instructive. His boyhood experiences growing up in Alaska are a treasure every Alaska lover will want to share. A BOY IN ALASKA click to find on TALL TALES - Alaska Style

AO Exposure - Shipmate finds results

NOV 2014 Recent AO Status approved for one shipmate.This is a critical event. John Hunter of Missouri invites you to contact him for some of the information that helped him get this VA status. John was on the THIRD deployment to Vietnam in '72-3. John Hunter

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Tin Can Sailors - The National Association of Destroyer Veterans

Tin Can Sailors - The National Association of Destroyer Veterans

Here are some events you can attend in 2015 with other destroyer vets.  Our next ship reunion will be in Pensacola in 2016.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Reunion- San Antonio - 2-6 OCT 2013

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio – Downtown
502 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.| San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 210.388-0355 | Fax: 210.224.9130 | Hotel: 210.224.7155
Our rates are $99.00 a night and includes breakfast for 2
Approximate taxi fare from the Airport is $27.00

Reunion schedule
Wednesday Oct 2ndReunion begins – Meet and greet in hospitality room
Thursday Oct 3rdHop on hop off tours of San Antonio are $19 for one day and the hotel shuttle will take us to the pickup point. There is also an air conditioned trolley tour for $29 with a 2 day pass (days do not have to be consecutive) that will pick us up at the hotel. – Tours to be taken at your leisure – Hospitality room in the evening.
Friday Oct 4thBus trip to Fredericksburg WWII museum - Entry cost is $8 each. We are estimating transportation plus the entry cost to the museum to be approximately $30 each – Lunch is on your own and there are many nice restaurants close by the museum – Hospitality room in the evening
Saturday Oct 5thRiver cruise. The cost is $6.00 each and the hotel will be providing free shuttle service
Farewell Dinner
Sunday Oct 6thShift colors - ship underway - until next year

Thursday, October 25, 2012


For the next few months - consider getting some ships store items from Joseph Allen who keeps these for sale for the organization.  Here is a link to the information you need. Print out the page and make up an order. Caps - crests - rockers - etc.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

And The Banjo Played On | USO

And The Banjo Played On | USO
USS Franklin has a close relationship to USS O'Callahan.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Agent Orange - blue water navy

Recently - there is a greater interest in assigning AO claims to the BLUE WATER Navy. We have some sailors who could use the VA help given their current conditions.  Here are some LINKS to help you sort out your exposure for  claims.  Several of our crew are now on the list for VA health benefits, having had some help from the documents and links provided.



LETTER of EXPLANATION (Veteran support letter)
BLUE WATER AWARENESS for AO (offered by USS Bainbridge's Mike Yates

Agent Orange claims ease
for shipboard sailors -

There may be some USS O'Callahan sailors who served in these units as well. This link was contributed by Joseph Allen. One sailor had earlier asked if the deck log of O'Callahan might show of his temporary assignment to a PBR and shore activity that would verify his exposure to agent orange. I am not sure if those logs would show the unit assigned but the logs are housed in naval archives in Washington D.C.