Comments: Just letting everyone know that my father, BUCS(Ret) James T. Richmond passed away on 1 October 2013. He was a Chief Builder with NMCB-62 during recommissioning of the battalion in 1966 and did two tours to Vietnam with the battalion. My mother, Patricia Richmond was a member of the Chiefs Wives Club and her name is on the Plaque located at the Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme.
Comments: Shipmates: The Sea Beacon Jr. Newsletter
Here’s an update of things happening on this website and elsewhere
We had two Minutemen join the alumni group during September: Kenny Weston, 68-69, Dong Ha, and Bubba Sokolohorsky, 80-82, Diego Garcia. Alumni Members can log into link 21 on the website to see their contact information and read their bios.
More photos have been posted on website link 2. The photos taken at the August 2013 NSVA Annual Convention and Reunion in Warwick, Rhode Island are on the top. Next are photos taken in May 2013 at the Annual Gulfport, Mississippi reunion. Our friends at Island X-1 Gulfport really do a bang-up job and this year was no exception. Then my friend Ken Penick, 66-68, Hue, Phu Bai, Da Nang who now lives in Newfoundland, Canada and I drove to Battleship Park in Mobile, Alabama on that Sunday and also have posted photos of that excursion. And yes, we did make it back to the Ramada hotel for the Sunday late afternoon and evening party.
While at the May 2013 Banquet Saturday night during the reunion we were all pleasantly surprised when Alice Huffman showed us an original copy of the MCB 62 Wives Club Cook Book, which none of us even knew existed. The exciting story of how Alice came to own the famous MCB 62 Cook Book can be read in her own words in Link 6 on the website; “Minuteman History”. By the way, the entire Cook Book is also scanned-into that article. Alice’s husband Dan was an EO1 in NMCB 62 from 88 to decommissioning.
Our good friend Commander Jerry Hubbs, CEC, long retired has shared some profound thoughts and words-of-wisdom from a time long ago, remembered by many. Read his wit and wisdom in link 13 on our website, “Seabee History”.
Our next reunion will be in Hampton, Virginia, Feb 20 thru 23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel. A pretty classy joint. Nice bar, good food, great rooms, reasonable prices. We will be there for the 7th Annual East Coast All Seabee Reunion. This is the reunion where we hold our annual business meeting and after take lots of pictures so folks will see how young we still look. To see reunion information, go to Link # 1 on our website. That’s all the news that is news for now. Signing off.
I regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Linda Smith, beloved wife of Malcolm Smith, EO3, who was in Det Barracuda during the 3rd Vietnam Deployment, March - November 1969.
Linda was a terrific Lady with a super personality who accompanied Malcolm to many of our reunions in Hampton, Virginia and Gulfport, Mississippi. She will be missed by all who knew her.
To view her obituary, go to the Wetzel Funeral Home website listed above or send me an email and I will forward it to you. Alumni Group Members can log in to Link 21 on our website to get Malcolm's address. Non alumni members can send me an email and I will email you his address.
Comments: served in 62 from 73-77 in B an C Co. Arrived in Guam on New Years eve. 73, WOW, how life changed that night over a screwdriver. Made the mistake of letting them know I could type, an was made Co. clerk in B Co. till we returned to Gulfport. Stayed pressed an shined an some how stayed out of trouble so in turn was able to go on great details. To this day I still have dreams of being in 62 but always missing part of my uniform. I'm looking for Tom Gasparro, (Jasper)from Philly
Comments: I joined 62 Oct 1986 Have lot of great memories with the guys on airdet and all the homeport training. Went to Rota on the advance party.Had some serious problems with my x got into some serious trouble got it straightened out she caused me to get an early out. Worst thing I ever did.Regret it to this day.met some great guys we had great times.recognie some names but would like to hear from those that remeber me.Keep up the great work ya'll or doing with site.