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This was originaly posted by Bobby, but at Ken's request it has been modified and reposted.

In NYC where I live we have on every Memorial Day what we call Fleet Week. Normally we have a bunch of tincans and some other major surface ships. This year the USS JFK is in port. For me it brings back a lot of memories of days
spent in the Med following her around. When I hear talk of her being decommissioned I feel even older then I am. If I remember right when I first saw her in (I think) 1970 I was told she was new. Not only that but her 5000 men and
women that server on her are all over the city. I look at them and have to think to myself "did I really look like that at one time".

On this Memorial as on all past Memorial Days, as vets, we all know it is more then a day off from work We remember all who have defended our great country and to those who gave up their life for their Country. You do not have to be a combat vet to be remember and honored. To have answer the call and to have been ready to carry out the orders given is more then a lot of men in this day and age do.

I came across a article written by a member that made me stop to compose myself before reading the entire piece. Ken Hummel is the author and the article can be found at his
. When I was talking with Ken through email he told me this piece made it all the way to Washington DC  .....He also related a story to me here is, in his own words.
"I had a lady call me to thank me for the article for it would be the first Memorial Day that she would be able to get through the day without a tear, because it insured her that an experience she had at her son's funeral 5 years before. He was a Vet that died to Agent Orange, and at the services, she watched a man walk down the sidewalk to their service, a man she had never seen before, and he came and stood beside her for a moment. This man made the statement to her, "Don't worry mom, Im alright!"

Please take the time to read it and maybe drop Ken a email or private message.


Posted by: Chris

Posted on Saturday, November 1 2008



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Posted by: Chris

Posted on Tuesday, May 1 2007



Edited on 05-07-07:
The system to register on this site has undergone another change since this was posted, so I thought I would finally update this explanation:
When an individual signs up to register on the site an email is sent to me. I then will email the individual for additional information and to verify the email address. If I do not recieve a response within a month, I delete the entry. If the email I send comes back as undeliverable, it is automaticly deleted.
If someone has registered on this site and does not hear from me within a week, send me an email (chris@uss-basilone-dde-dd824.org).

The following is no longer valid, just left here for reference:
some crew trying to register and it has not been working for them. First off let me explain the process. When you register to protect the site we require that your email is entered. Then when you submit you registration an emil is sent to you with a validation link. When you click on this link you validate your email and activate your account. What has been happening is some of the new accounts are not getting this email so cannot activate their account and use the forums and other member benefits. The trouble lies mostly with email sent to AOL accounts, but it can happen to other accounts. I do not know for sure what is causing this. I do know it is not the site. I suspect it is spam filtering...
So if you have registered and not received the validation email get in touch with either Jim Elliot, Chris or Bob Talamo ... You could also be sure we are listed as a trusted site in your email software.

Posted by: BobT

Posted on Monday, May 9 2005

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