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1 Dec 2015
Note from Webmaster
Received a call from Jerry Vandenberg letting us know that Bill Branstner passed away. He was a crewmember back in our day (late 1950's). It's always sad to lose another friend and shipmate from the past. R.I.P., Bill.
Here is another note recently received from Don McElfresh
As you know, Glenn, I've had a number of stories published in Military
Magazine. Seven to be exact. I just submitted the attached one to the
editor and received a note back from him that it will probably be
published sometime after the first of the year. It's titled "The Last
Reunion." I apologize if some of the details are incorrect. I write as I
I'll repeat the last sentence in my story: "Like I said at the beginning,
there will be no more reunions, but as long as we breathe and remember,
the 499 is in commission and still steaming."
(From Webmaster: After the story is published, we will try to get a copy here on our website.)
Received from Don McElfresh
2 November 2015
Good morning, Glenn:
To say I miss meeting with old shipmates from the 499 is an understatement. However, I have attached some scans from a book I have that's titled "Yokosuka, Base of An Empire." It is by Tom Tompkins, 1981 Presidio Press. It's been in my bookcase for over 30 years. I've attached four scans from the book. The cover, presentation page, a Fleet Landing photo from 1946, and our division nesting at a buoy in Yokosuka Harbor in 1966. We always tied up at a buoy in 1951. The photo shows Renshaw, Philip, Radford and James E. Kyes. The one of Fleet Landing in 1946 would have been the same in 1951. There was a large monument in the center which I recall was dedicated to the Japanese carrier Shinano that was sunk outside the harbor by one our submarines during her shakedown cruise before she was ready for war. There were tuna fish sandwich sellers walking around it as the "M" Boats would come in and we would be called for our ships in the harbor. Outside Fleet Landing was a street. The near side was lined up with attractive women. The far side was filled up with pedicabs. When we came into the harbor immediately ahead of us on the beach was the piled up remains of a Japanese warship. Behind it the hills and the Chuhio Railroad Station.
I apologize for the quality of the scans, but it's the best my scanner could do.
[Webmaster Note: I was only able to use three of the images from Don. I hope this is enough to describe his interesting note.]
[13 October 2015 was the 240th birthday of the Navy]
From: Edward Jaworoski <email@example.com>
Date: October 13, 2015 at 20:15:51 EDT
Happy birthday, sorry USS Renshaw isn't floating today good times good crew
22 May 2015
Received this note today from Shipmate Dick Post in Wilmington, NC
JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT
ON MEMORIAL DAY IN THE FRONT OF MY HOUSE
MY FLAG WILL BE FLYING AND I WILL HAVE A
CEREMONIAL SERVICE FOR THE SHIPMATES
WHO DIED ON FEB. 21 1945 AND FOR ALL THE
WOUNDED. THIS WILL BE HELD AT 10 O'CLOCK
RICHARD R. POST
P.S. HOPE ALL IS WELL AT YOUR HOUSE. SURE MISS
THE REUNIONS, AND TO ALL MY SHIPMATES, I
WISH YOU WELL.
Thanks very much, Dick. We'll remember our shipmates on Memorial Day.
2 Feb 2015
Received the following from a family member of a Renshaw shipmate from the early 1950's. I will add his name to our honored list of deceased crew members.
Can you please ad my father's name to the list of crew that were on the ship? His name is Vernon D. Hofstetter and he was on the Renshaw
during his time in the service, I believe beginning in May of 51 (not certain of the precise date on this).
He was there during the Korean war. He died on November 10, 1992.
Renee Hofstetter (Guzman)
20 Jan 2015
Received word from our shipmates in Seattle that our friend and former crew member, Billy Crew, has passed away after an extended illness. Billy was aboard Renshaw 1957-61 and he worked with me in the FT gang. He was a career man in the Navy, and he suffered some serious injuries on assignment in Vietnam. He has attended several Renshaw reunions in recent years, and he will be missed by all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Here is a photo of Billy from about 1963...
11 Jan 2015
Here is an important note received from Jim Giddings. This is related to the letter that was sent out to all hands a few weeks ago. Please read the letter and this information carefully, so you will know what is going on in the reunion committee.
Glenn Barbee, Webmaster
Attached is a card received from the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital acknowledging our donation of $1300.00 which was the balance left in the Renshaw Treasury. This was also Don McCurry’s Favorite charity. I suggest that some or all of the documents be put on the web site.
To all Renshaw shipmates:
Happy New Year 2015. 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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