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Submitted by: Brad Rhymes
From: Kernersville, NC
My uncle, Daniel Pegram, is a Seabees vet who served proudly in Vietnam with the NCB 62 from 1968-1970 (I am an Army Vet myself - but much later). He currently is in poor health and we are trying to qualify for VA assistance, potentially from Agent Orange exposure. According to some of his evaluation papers signed by his executive officers, LCDRs Fegley and Gerdel, he served with pride and was a hard worker. I am amazed that he still had these eval papers, and I was honored to read some of the comments the officers wrote about him! I am very intrigued and amazed by the extensive Seabees' work and sacrifice during the war. If anyone has any insight on the best process to seek qualification for updating Uncle Dan's disability status that would be very much appreciated.
Submitted by: Paul “Boomer” Schaefer
From: South Dakota
CommentsNMCB62 from 79 to 82. Deployed to Det Sigonella, Det Cuba, Diego, CAT Palau. Retired in 1996 as a CEC. The best times of my life!
Submitted by: Norm Hahn, Alumni Group Secretary
From: Eau Claire, WI
Comments1-19-2021: To All Hands - -
The 2021 Gulfport All Seabee Reunion is officially cancelled.
Here is the official email from Gulfport Island X-1 Commander William Hill.
Norm, Bill Hill here, I am the current commander of Island X-1 here in Gulfport. Due to the Covid virus we have decided to cancel the All Seabee Reunion again. We had considered trying to reschedule for later in the summer but the national convention is scheduled to be held here in August so we didn't want to interfere with that. Hopefully this damned virus will run its course and we be back to normal next year.
Submitted by: Marc Perez
From: Puyallup, WA
CommentsMy dad is EO3 Marco Perez, who served with Bravo Co, NMCB 62, and was deployed to Da Nang, RVN from 1967-68.
Submitted by: Norm Hahn, Secretary
From: Eau Claire, WI
CommentsThe 2022 All Seabee Reunion will be held April 21 -24, 2022 in Gulfport, MS. More information will be published on this websites Link #1 as it is received. You can also go to our Facebook page, NMCB 62 for information.
Submitted by: Ken Kazmer
From: Moorpark, California
CommentsI was in 62 from May 75 thru Nov 76. Made the Okinawa deployment. Looking for my Alpha Co. brothers, Jim Wilson, Tom (Wolfman) Wolfe, Henry (Hank) Dykstra, Bob Grant, Butch Wren and any other survivors who may remember me favorably. That was one wild ride!
Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 alumni group secretary
From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
CommentsGreetings Seabee & Shipmates,
There are long overdue updates on the 1st and 2nd pre-deployment training at Camp Lejeune, NC and the Agent Orange problems. These issues probably will still be on-going even after the last of us has passed away. But, we will never give up!
On my end here in Wisconsin, I have had some big issues with getting our information put on our website. Not because I personally have issues, but rather my IT guy has been having issues which has directly effected our website. He works with U. of Wis, Eau Claire, where we live. Because of COVID the U. suspended classes and sent all the kids home and went to on-line everything, which caused the whole IT department and everyone associated with it to go into cosmic hyper-overdrive to get all the courses on-line for all the students. It is still on-going. He is quite stressed and told me in April that he wouldn't be doing anymore work for me anymore. But, I did finally get what we needed to be put on the website. (I didn't actually beg, but there was much pleading and diplomacy.) So we are now caught up in June 2020 to where we should have been in March 2020. *****, the IT guy, did give me a name of another guy in that department who specializes in website work and said he will help us, which is good. Help does not come cheap with IT and website development guys who can code charging $50 an hour and more. That's why I'm like Scrooge when it comes to using these guys.
After writing ***** a final check we have a bit over $**** in our checking account today. It sounds like an OK amount, but the website ownership / leasing costs and necessary security programs are very spendy. It is a never-ending job to get new NMCB 62 folks to sign up and then to keep them renewing. I appreciate all the help you Minutemen give me. We badly need new members.
The most current website additions are to link 11, cruisebooks 66-89 and Link 15, agent orange - scroll down to "Agent Orange Information" heading then down to "Agent Orange Claims". Lastly are more entries in link 17, Unit Dets. My thanks to all who have helped with photos and correspondence.
On a note about the 1st and 2nd deployment military training at Camp Lejeune (see website link #11) I don't know what else we can provide for the members to "prove" that they were actually at Camp Lejeune. I STRONGLY suggest to all who are filing a VA claim that they get a complete copy of their service record. Frankly, if anyone is going to file a claim or dispute a claim with the VA for Agent Orange and / or the Camp Lejeune disasters without having a copy of their service record AND being represented by a knowledgeable VA claims attorney, they are just asking for trouble, rejection and years of more stress. I have info on professional claims attorneys. Email me for my list.
I don't know of anymore that we can do, do you? Please forward this website link to anyone you feel needs to see it.
Your thought are very welcome. Send me an email. Keep safe and healthy, Norm.
Our "Official" facebook page is NMCB 62
Submitted by: Thomas Miller, HMCS, Retired
From: Braselton, GA.
CommentsOn Sunday, June 14, 2020, 07:23:51 AM CDT, Thomas Miller, wrote:
Hi Norm: I enlisted in the Navy in 1969 and Chief Gipson (George M. Jr.) was my Company Commander in boot camp. His hard as nails and tough persona contributed greatly to my success in the Navy. I served 21 years and retired as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman in 1991. I have thought about Chief Gipson over the years and wandering if he was still alive. Based on your records, he is deceased. That said, I would like any information you can find on him. If his grave can be located, I would like to go and pay my respects before I too pass on. Also, if you have any information on family members, it would be greatly appreciated.
HMCS (SW) USN Ret.
Braselton, GA. 30517
Submitted by: Norm Hahn, NMCB 62 Alumni Group Secretary
From: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
CommentsWe have added content to our website links. Link 1: 2021 advance reunion info. Link 11: Pre 1st deployment training at Camp Lejeune (15 pages). Pre 2nd deployment training at Camp Lejeune (19 pages). Link 14.1: Additional copies of Seabeacons. Link 15: Agent Orange and CBC. Scroll down to "Agent Orange Information" and click on Resources "Agent Orange Claims". Link 17: Unit Dets. Many more photos and additional information. Special thanks to Al Harris, EA2; Tom "Doc" Cunningham, HM3: Jarvis Wood, EOCS; Don Rolls, BUCN (deceased): Jim Thomas, BU2: Dick Holmes, EA3; and Ken Ward, BU3. Apologies to those I've missed. If YOU have photos (with names and deployment numbers) email them to secretary Norm.
Submitted by: Bob Smith, 2020 All Seabee Reunion Committee
From: Island X-1, NSVA, Gulfport, Mississippi
CommentsInfo about the 2020 All Seabee Reunion Online Refund.
REPLY TO: See Bob Smiths email address above.
We mailed out refund checks today, Tuesday 21 April, to everyone that requested one. If you have any questions let me know.
This is the second clarification email from Bob Smith:
Let me clarify: everyone got a refund by check unless you told us to keep it. You didn't have to request a refund. We mailed out refund checks today (21 April) to everyone. There were a few people that got an online credit card refund too.
If you have any questions let me know. Email Me.
(this is Secretary Norm - Give them till the beginning of May before you email Bob. They are doing a heck-of-job with only a few people.)