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Submitted by: EOCN Clifford Barker
From: Originally UTAH currently North Carolina
CommentsI was attached to the Diego Garcia POL Pier Team 78-80 NMCB 62 from Nov.77-Feb. 81. Was on the Snow Removal in Rhode Island in approximately 77-78
Submitted by: Norm Hahn
From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Comments1-2-2022: NMCB 62 new life members, renewing members and new annual members from 15 Sep 2021 thru 1-2-2022.
Price, Richard - 20th Dep. as EOCA
Hall, JB - 11-81 to 9-83 as LT
Leonard, Robert - 12-85 to 6-88 as SW3 - Life Member
Lowdermilk, Jeffrey - 15th, 16th, & 17th Dep as CM2 - Life Member
Chess, Will Dean - 14th, 15th Dep as UT3 - Life Member
Collins, Army Art - 2nd Dep as EA2 - Life Member
Bouey, John - 68 - 69 as Ens to LT
Schaefer, Paul - 79 - 83
Carpenter, David - 74 - 77 as EO3 & EO2
Bouwens, Barry - 3-69 thru 11-70 as CM3
Eells, Tom - 69 - 70 as a CM3 - Life Member
Phillips, Dr. Joey - 77 - 80 as a PN3
Leamer, Fred - 6th Dep Diego Garcia
Crosmer, Paul - 79 - 81 as a LT
Stordahl, Harrison - Edzell 70 - 74 & 82 - 85 as E6 - Life Member
Ward, Ken - 68 - 70 as BU3 - Life Member
Tack, Joe - 71 - 74 as EA1 - Life Member
Parker, Frank - 69 - 70 as a CA - Med retired
Medeguari, Pete - Plankowner, 1st & 2nd Dep as a EA3
Sinnot, Roger, 3rd, 4th & part of 5th Deps as LTJG
Clark, Paul - 12-68 to 3-70 as a CM3
French, Jim - 1-68 to 12-69 as a SN & YN3
Taylor, Dave Doc - 4th & 5th Deps as HM2
Galster, George - 10th Dep Guam as EO3
Wann, Thomas - 10th, 11th & 12th Deps as a DT2
These dues paying Alumni Group Members are the guys who pay for this NMCB 62 website. Thank you!! See their biograhies on our members link # 21.
Submitted by: Jack Hayberg
From: RAISED in Big Flats NY. Live in northeast TN
CommentsLooking for a guy I was with in NMCB 62 BACK IN THE 80s A BU1 Stephen Wilson. I believe he got out for a while and came back in. That is when I met him. When I met him he was a BU1. I think he left 62 and got orders to New London CT. Maybe met a female Bowswain mate on Diego Garcia. May have married her in New London. I Went into the NAVY SEABEE'S 12/1977. Went to Gulfport for UT A School. Spent 2yrs at Public Works Naval Air Station Keflavik Iceland. Got sent to NMCB 62 6/1980. Deployed to Puerto Rico, Diego Garcia and to a Seabee Team to Palau. Off Active Duty 1983. Stayed an Active Drilling Reservist till I retired in 2001 as a UT 1. Due to civilian job Spent time in NMCB 13. 21, 15, 21 again .
Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Sec/Tres
From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Comments12-23-2021: One of our Seabee shipmates, Carl M. emailed me: Norm, The Reunion will be April 21 thru 24 Sun. which will have a get together behind the Hotel like 2 yrs. ago. So folks like myself have stayed at the hotel till Mon. to leave. I'm checking with the hotel tomorrow if I can be on a Reunion rate. A new group of folks will be checking in that Mon. as well. So do you think we will be able to stay till Mon.?--- Carl M. (I couldn't answer him, so I forwarded the email to Bob Smith, Gulfport Island X-1 reunion committee, and an employee at the Historical Foundation who said)
"All, There will be no tent behind the hotel this reunion. I believe our All Seabee Reunion Rate is for 21-24 Apr 2022. You will have to call them (the hotel) about rate questions. Bob".
This is Sec Norm again. As of 2:22PM, 23 Dec. the reunion costs, tour places, reunion events, or reunion reservation forms have not been published yet. My plan when I get the reunion & reservation forms is to publish the NMCB 62 Newsletter #2 to all the paid alumni group members and also to all the NMCB 62 veterans whose email addresses I have right now. If you DIDN'T get the NMCB 62 newsletter #1, you aren't going to get Newsletter #2 unless you send me your email address
Submitted by: Tom Wann, DT2
From: Odessa, Mo
CommentsDeployed to Diego Garcia, Guam, Rota ‘77, ‘78, ‘79. Field Med School at Cp Lejuene
Submitted by: Fred Rowe
From: Magnolia, DE
CommentsPlank owner 66-68 UT2. Norm you are a very dedicated person and I want to thank you for all you do for our organization. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy NewYear. God Bless all past and present Seabees.
Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB62 Secretary
From: Eau Claire, WI.
CommentsFor All Hands: The following article was written by Bob AMENT, EO2, Plankowner of NMCB 62, who served in the 1st & 2nd Nam deployments. He is an annual member of our alumni group, and his contact information is in his website database. He is also a member of our Facebook NMCB 62 page and can be contacted through that page. He would be glad to visit with anyone who has any questions. (posted by Norm Hahn, Secretary, 11-24-2021)
About 9 years ago I decide to retire. I made a list of what I needed to do and on top of my list was checking into medical coverage. I filed for Social Security and Medicare but was concerned it might not be enough. I decided to start investigating what VA benefits I might qualify for.
It was my good fortune that around this same time I received a call from a CB buddy inviting me to a gathering with others I had served with in Vietnam. During our gathering, they talked to me about the benefits I had earned. They advised me to get an advocate to guide me through the process. I joined the VFW, and we started the journey. Once I connected with a primary care VA doctor, the paperwork was completed and documents provided that was needed to confirm what conditions I had that were service-related. In my particular case, my diabetes, neuropathy, PTST and heart disease have all been confirmed to be connected to my time in Vietnam.
Here are the 14 health conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure as of 2020:
• Chronic B-Cell Leukemia
• Hodgkin’s disease
• Multiple Myeloma
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Prostate cancer
• Respiratory Cancers
• Soft tissue sarcomas
• Ischemic heart disease
• Porphyria cutanea tarda
• Parkinson’s disease
• Peripheral neuropathy
• Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
• AL Amyloidosis
NMCB Vietnam veterans that spent more than thirty days in Camp Lejeune were exposed to toxins in the drinking water. And those NMCB 62 vets that served two tours (1966 thru 1970), which meant you had two trips to Camp Lejeune, qualify for compensation from the VA if you suffer from any of the eight presumptive conditions. They are:
• Adult leukemia
• Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
• Bladder cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Liver cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Parkinson’s disease
PTSD is the ugly elephant in the room. The following can be symptoms of PTSD:
• Frequently avoid places or things that remind you of what happened
• Consistently drink or use drugs to numb your feelings
• Consider harming yourself or others
• Start working all the time to occupy your mind
• Pull away from other people and become isolated
I worked 80 hrs per week. I avoided large groups and drank to alleviate the pain of remembering. I never talked to ANYONE about Vietnam, with most of my friends not even knowing I did two tours.
After encouragement from my CB buddies during that weekend gathering, I contacted the Vet Center and started attending a weekly group meeting. This allowed me to talk about my problems and it saved me. Most of us believe we don’t need help. BULL let’s get the help we need and deserve.
All service-related disabilities have some sort of compensation, depending on the severity, such as:
• Help with the cost of medical bills
• Help with the cost of pharmacy bills
At 100% disability, you also qualify for:
Dental coverage. Coverage for spouse, A spouse must have a supplemental policy to submit their expenses, but all balances are covered by ChampVa.
Please, you have earned these benefits, there are many more
available to you. Research what you have earned. (Bob Ament, NMCB 62.)
Submitted by: Tom Stone
CommentsFYI, I recently came across the obituary of Mike Nellums. He was one of the postal clerks for 62 back in the mid-80s. He worked with Jim Flynn. Good guy. RIP.
Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Secretary
From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Comments10-29-2021: For All Hands, a Seabee friend sent me an email inquiring about the upcoming April 2022 Gulfport All Seabee Reunion. I am going to share it with you: (it is edited).
Long time my friend. I hope you and your family are safe and well. We are here, but don't go out much like we used to.
To respond to your questions: We use our facebook page NMCB 62 for our BS sessions and reunion info and our website link 1 for reunion info. I see you have not been on our facebook page for a long time, but you are approved for the page. NMCB 62 facebook is a private page and allows only members approved by me. Check it out.
Here is what I know now. The reunion committee, which is NSVA Island X-1 Gulfport, will have the 2022 all seabee reunion from Thurs 21 thru Sun 24 April 24 at the Best Western on Hwy 49 a few doors north of the previous reunion hotel (where we last met).
As of this date, the reunion committee does not have the places to visit laid out - yet. But this is the basic plan they told to me: Thurs after 3 PM, welcome party at the hotel (as usual) you pay for yourself. Friday morning, a tour in the morning, usually w/lunch, tours do cost for the tour and lunch. Fri night, some kind of a informal dinner at the hotel (not a sit down) each person pays). Sat morning, another tour and a lunch, each person pays for tour & lunch. Sat evening is the banquet and each person pays. This is NOT formal, but it is not crappy jeans and a dirty shirt. It's like it was at the last one you & I attended. Matter of fact, go to website link 2, where we have photos of the last 10 reunions, parties, tours, and our NMCB 62 get-togethers. We usually have our NMCB 62 annual meeting on Sunday morning about 0930. All minutemen and wives are welcome, you don't have to be a member to attend. All will have a chance to introduce ourselves & spouse and tell what deployments we were on. Then about noon + they have the final picnic at the hotel and the reunion is over. This year I have to leave after the Sun picnic.
Here is a word to the wise and anyone who has never attended one of these Gulfport reunions. If you and any of your buddies are planning on coming to the reunion make your hotel reservations now. Right now. Remember, it is easier to cancel a reservation at the last minute than it is to make a reservation at the last minute. As soon as the registration forms come out, decide which tours & picnic/banquet you want to go on and put in for them. Don't wait because they fill up immediately. Same with the banquet. You can always sell your ticket if you don't go on one of the tours or to the banquet.
It never fails at a reunion. Some guy gets so pissed off that he can't get a ticket to this or that event. And it is his own fault because he thought he would wait till he got to the reunion.
As you said, send this email to all your buddies who might want to attend. I will send you some attachments for all.
I just looked at your database. You need to go in again and bring it up to date.
Keep in touch, stay safe and be careful, Norm
Submitted by: Ferrell Johns
From: So. Alabama