Renshaw Shipmate Notes 2011

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From: "Jim Giddings" <jgg3950@roadrunner.com>
Date: December 23, 2011 12:47:10 PM EST
To: "Glenn A Barbee" <barbeeg@hartcom.net>, "Jan McCurry" <ontheriver@tellink.net>, "Don McCurry" <renshaw499@tellink.net>

Subject: Loss of a Shipmate and good friend

My dear friends;

I'm sorry to have to report that a Shipmate of ours and a good friend of mine has passed away. I had sent a Christmas card to Herman and Olga Fritzke this year although I have not heard from them for quite a long period of time. I knew they had moved up into the West Point, New York area to be with their children. I believe they have three daughters. Last time I talked to Herman was probably 8-9 months ago, I had called him on the phone see how he was doing, and at that time he told me that he was not doing real well. Herman was a very good friend of mine. We first met at the ships reunion in Norfolk, Virginia years ago, just after the 9/11 issue started and the shipyard was closed down to visitors. Herman being a full Captain (retired) got us into the shipyard so that we had quite a nice tour and we had been friends ever since. I am sad to have to send this message to you. I'm attaching a copy of the obituary and card that I got from Olga.

Glenn;

I would be most appreciative if you would put this file on our website so that other shipmates who knew the Captain will know about his passing as well.  Captain Fritzke's Obituary

My best regards for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Jim Giddings

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From: "Bill Pyla" <billpyla@email.com>
Date: October 23, 2011 3:16:00 PM EDT

Subject: USS Renshaw CD

Greetings to my Renshaw shipmates:
It was great seeing all of you at the recent USS Renshaw reunion in Ft Myers, FL.
A Great time was had by all.
While at the reunion, it came to my attention that a song has been written about USS Renshaw by
the son of shipmate Lou Pellegrini. Lou lost his battle with cancer in April of 2008.
Gary Pellegini, a talented musician, composed a beautiful song in his memory. This song was
played during the reunion. It tells the story of the life and death that men endure on a destroyer.

This song is available on CD, and can be purchased through the Tin Can Sailors Ships store. The
cost is $15.00 (shipping included). An order form is available on line, or you can call
(800) 223-5535 to order direct. Ask for item #: VT-3. Part of the cost goes to help The Museum Ships.
These Museums of US Navy ships is in dire need to continue running efficiently. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.
Attached is more info, some of which was printed in the Tin Can Sailor Newspaper.
For more information, contact Sheldon Preville at his email: bpreville@comcast.net

Bill Pyla
1712 Whirlwind St
Bryant, AR 72022

Tin Can Sailor Ships Store
Tin Can Sailors
PO Box 100
Somerset, MA 02726.

800-223-5535

USS Renshaw CD
Item # VT-3

 

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From: bpreville@comcast.net
To: barbeeg@hartcomm.net
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 11:40:56 AM
Subject: Renshaw web site
Glenn,

I would appreciate your putting the below conversation I had with
Jack Katz on the Renshaw web site.

I spoke at length with shipmate, Jack Katz, and told him about the
great time we all had at the Fort Meyer reunion. He had hoped to
join us, but in addition to having Parkinson's, the wounds that he
received during the Renshaw torpedoing, are causing additional
problems. He is in good spirits, and sends his regards to all.

I am sure he would enjoy hearing from his many concerned shipmates.
his e-mail is, Nanjack@ameritech.net... his home address is.......
1500 Sheridan Road, Unit C, Willamet, Ill,60091.

Thank you..Shelly Preville

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From: Sam Ford <samuel.ford74@gmail.com>
Date: October 7, 2011 1:14:30 AM EDT
To: barbeeg@hartcom.net
Subject: CDR C.E. BREEN (USN RET.)

Sir:
It is with a heavy heart that I forward the news of the passing of CDR Charles Edward Breen, former Commanding Officer of USS Renshaw. CDR Breen served as CO from January 1966 until September of 1967. CDR Breen is my grandfather in law and I was always fascinated by his stories of his time on the Renshaw and his time in the service. I was doing some research on the Renshaw when I came across your website. I believe we have some pictures of the Renshaw during his time as CO. If you would like copies of them, please let me know and I will scan them and send them at the earliest possible time. I have included a link to his obituary in a local paper: http://jacksonvilleprogress.com/obituaries/x597293489/Charles-Edward-Bud-Breen-Jr. Thank you for your excellent website and your service to our country, and the service you continue to provide with this great website.

Sincerely
Sam Ford

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From: RICHARD WENZEL <rich4990@msn.com>
Date: October 3, 2011 6:36:48 PM EDT
To: GLENN <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: Bob Hogan
Forgive me Bob Hogan, who also joined us in Fort Myers. Blame my forgetfulness on the computer!!

Dick Wenzel

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From Webmaster

October 1, 2011

I've collected several good Reunion 2011 photos to post on the site. I'd like to put all the new pics up at one time, so if you have any good, high-quality pictures in your camera, please email them to me now. I will be working on this in the coming week.

Thanks, Glenn

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From: RICHARD WENZEL <RICH4990@MSN.COM>
Date: October 1, 2011 1:11:19 PM EDT
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: reunion 2011
ATTENTION ALL HANDS-

JUST A COMPLIMENT TO THE REUNION COMMITTEE FOR THE EXCELLENTLY PREPARED AFFAIR THAT WAS HELD IN FORT MEYERS FL.ALL THE BIG AND LITTLE THINGS WERE IN PLACE TO ASSURE A GREAT GET TOGETHER.THE ATTENDANCE WAS GOOD AND MADE EVEN BETTER BY THE PRESENCE OF TWO OF BILL HOGAN’S DAUGHTERS, BARBARA AND SUE. I,M SURE THEIR FATHER IS VERY PROUD OF THEM.

A TOTAL OF 27 SHIPMATES WERE ABOARD THIS REUNION INCLUDING 6 WWII VETERANS. ALSO, THANKS TO THE MANY LOYAL GUESTS THAT WERE PRESENT IN FORT MEYERS.

START THINKING SAN ANTONIO NOW!!

SHIPMATE, DICK WENZEL

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From Webmaster

24 July 2011

Shipmate Don McElfresh has alerted us that "The Tin Can Sailor," newspaper of Tin Can Sailors group, has an article in the latest edition written by our late shipmate, Bill Hogan. It's a very interesting artical entitled, "To the Crew of the USS RENSHAW (DD-499)". It begins on Page 8 of the July-August-September 2011 issue. As noted below on this site, we lost Bill earlier this year. The reunions will not be the same without him. We know that every Renshaw shipmate who served with Bill, or who knew him from the reunions over the years, will want to read this article.

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From Webmaster

24 July 2011

We received an email from Diane Rovelto this past week. She is seeking information on her father-in-law, Kenneth Marvin Rovelto, who was stationed aboard our ship during WWII. Shipmate Rovelto was born in 1921 and he passed away in 1993 at age 72. He enlisted in the Navy in October, 1942, at Providence, RI. He reported aboard the Renshaw in December 1942 as a S2c V6.  Subsequent muster lists show him with rank of S1c later in 1943, Coxswain in 1944 and BM2c (T) in 1945. If any of our WWII shipmates can help Ms. Rovelto with information or answers to her questions about her father-in-law, please click on her name (above) and contact her by email.

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28 June 2011  Received From Don Vigue

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6 June 2011

We received a nice email from David Bronson this past week.  David's father served aboard the USS LST-325 during WWII. That ship is now a museum ship located along the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana. David volunteers for the ship and has also written and published the ship's history, "Mosier's Raiders."  David has a collection of photographs taken by the LST's Engineering Officer, and among them was a picture of Renshaw. He found our website and has emailed the picture to us. Exact date is not known, but it was most likely in the New York area about the time of the fleet review by President Truman. The picture is included below. If you want to send a note of thanks, you can click on his name above. [Posted by Glenn]

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20 April 2011

This is from the family of James D. Giddings, son of shipmate Jim Giddings.

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30 March 2011

March continues to be a time of sad news from our Renshaw family. Please keep shipmate Jim Giddings and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Jim's daughter-in-law, Michele L. Giddings, passed away earlier this month after a long illness. She was the wife of Jim's son, James D. Giddings.  Michele was 42 years old. James is a former crew member of the USS Hancock (DD-981) and served during the first Persian Gulf conflict in Kuwait.

Posted by Webmaster

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26 March 2011

Dear USS Renshaw Webmaster:

I wanted to let you know that my father, Francis "Frank" Thomas Kleber, who served on the Renshaw from 1950-1952 passed away on February 22, 2011 in Chula Vista, CA.

A copy of his obituary can be found at http://www.frankkleber.com/obit

I would appreciate it if you would make this change on the Renshaw website.

Thank you,

Dale Kleber

 

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From Webmaster - 23 March 2011

Sad follow-up to previous posting. Our shipmate and buddy, Bill Hogan, passed away on 22 March 2011.  No further details are available at this time. Contact Jan McCurry for info on contacting the family. Bill has attended many Renshaw reunions over several years and he will be missed by all of us.

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From Webmaster - 16 March 2011

We learned today that our shipmate, Bill Hogan, is having some medical problems. He's in the Mayo Clinic for some tests right now. He is reported to be weak and is experiencing some trouble swallowing. Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We hope he's better soon, and we'll be looking for him at our Renshaw reunion in September.

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From Webmaster - 14 March 2011

Jerry Vandenberg just learned that our shipmate and friend, Waymon L. "Hank" Snow passed away in 2010. Hank was an Engineman on Renshaw in 1959-60. He was EN1 and later made ENC while aboard. Later in his career he had a tour as manager of the Chief's Club at Yokosuka and went on to become the Engineman detailer in BuPers in Washington. Hank was 76 years old.

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To all Renshaw shipmates:

Happy New Year 2011. With this, we start our info notes file for the new year. Let us hear from you. We don't have means for you to post your note here directly, so just send it to me in an email and I'll put it up.

Glenn Barbee, Webmaster

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