Former Crewmembers (FCMs), as a proud father of a 23 yr. retired U.S. Navy Deep Sea Diver, Michael Simonetti (BM1, & former AMS2) , I submit the following:
Posted by cv11texfcm on May 28, 2016
The obituaries LINK, in the column to the R of your screen has been updated and will be updated daily/weekly as needed. Let Us Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us.
Posted by cv11texfcm on January 31, 2016
For an amazing story about the WWII B-24 Liberator A/C …
Posted by cv11texfcm on January 20, 2016
Former Intrepid Crewmembers … If your not satisfied with what the USS Intrepid Former Crewmember Association’s NEW Website has to offer you … Welcome to my Blog, where you will find articles, stories, facts, etc. that should satisfy your search for information regarding your once ‘… home away from home ‘, the USS Intrepid (CV, CVA, CVS-11).
Posted by cv11texfcm on January 16, 2016
Some may not have been aware that the ‘Guest Book’ found on the Website found at … http://www.wa3key.com/cgi-bin/ibook/ibook.cgi … was established in 2007 by a volunteer non-former Intrepid crewmember, Mr. Norman Drechsel, to help promote – at the time – the USS Intrepid Association, Inc. (… recently renamed The USS Intrepid Former Crewmember Association). Some may have noticed the lack of information being posted regarding ANY information coming from or regarding the USS Intrepid Former Crewmember Association on Mr. Dredhsel’s Website or in his Guest Book.
Going back a few years now, the Association opted out of utilizing Mr. Drechsel’s Website without the courtesy of any prior notification to Mr. Drechsel (except only that they were planning their on Website), but he has since opted to maintain the Guest Book as a courtesy to and in respect of ALL Former USS Intrepid (CV, CVA, CVS-11) Former Crewmembers (FCMs).
In appreciation to Mr. Drechsel and on behalf of ALL FCMs, I thank him for the many years and personal time he has devoted in supporting the USS Intrepid Association, Inc. by way of providing access to his Website and Guest Book for all who showed interest. And, I add, his Guest Book will still be available for those who still may be interested. – LET US NOT FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US
John Simonetti, AMS3, V6 Div, Past President, USS Intrepid Association, Inc.,’03-’05,
Posted by cv11texfcm on July 14, 2015
Former Crewmembers (FCMs), in support of a former shipmate, Dave Coffland ’55-’58 (a Gold Star Father), I provide the following:
Dave’s son, Christopher (Chris) was KIA on Nov 13, 2009 in Afghanistan serving our country. In honor and memory of Chris, Dave’s daughter Lynn, initiated the Catch A Lift (CAL) Foundation. Please go to http://www.catchaliftfund.com/ and click on the ‘About Us’ LINK, where you will learn about Corporal Christopher Coffland and his purpose in life. And, on Dave’s behalf, I am adamant about supporting CAL, so I’ve provided the following summary of CAL:
– CAL works with the Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD who notifies CAL of vets released to civilian life. When they seek further medical help the VA doctors prescribe gym exercise as the best venue for mental and physical health, but, sorry to say, if a veteran left an arm or leg in a foreign country or have suffered mental issues resulting from their service, the U.S. Govt. does not pay for a gym! CAL, a non-profit started in 2010, enables post 9-11 combat wounded veterans to regain and maintain physical and mental health by providing gym memberships or in home gym equipment to them anywhere in the US. Since inception, CAL now has over 1700 vets in the program and contributes to the need, want and success of it’s mission throughout the post 9-11 combat wounded veteran population.The demand is so great that it will double this coming year.
– CAL veterans are maintaining their fitness nationwide, using the mantra Chris Coffland lived his life by; “through fitness, you can reach your highest potential both mentally and physically”.
– CAL follows the veterans fitness journey through assigned CAL Squads, and Squad Leaders follow the veteran over the course of each year. CAL also provides on-line certification classes in nutrition and fitness for qualified CAL veterans. Support, camaraderie and team bonding ensures success!
– CAL’s 2014 Audit reports 90.4% of funds are directly spent on CAL veterans and has been rated as a 2015 Top Non-Profit by the ‘greatnonprofits’ organization ( http://greatnonprofits.org/org/christopher-coffland-memorial-fund-inc-dba-catch-a-lift-fund ).
– CAL believes each veteran wants to, and can, actively contribute to his or her own physical and mental health journey. They bravely supported our nation; now CAL, and we, can support their fitness goals.
Your support of CAL, in any way, will show Dave that we care.
Thank you. – John Simonetti, Past President, USS Intrepid Association, Inc., ’03-’05”
Posted by cv11texfcm on June 19, 2015
The commissioning ceremony marks the acceptance of a ship as a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy.
At the moment of breaking the commissioning pennant the ship becomes the responsibility of the Commanding Officer, who, together with the ship’s officers and crew, has the duty of making and keeping her ready for any service required by our nation in peace or war.
The commissioning pennant is believed to date from the 17th Century, when the Dutch were at war with the English. The Dutch Admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp hoisted a broom at his masthead to indicate his intention to sweep the English from the sea. This gesture was answered by the English admiral who hoisted a horsewhip, indicating his intention to subdue the Dutch. The English were victorious and ever since the narrow “coachwhip” pennant has been adopted by all nations as the distinctive mark of a ship of war.
The modern U.S. Navy Commissioning pennant is blue at the hoist with a union of seven white stars, and a horizontal red and white stripe at the fly. In lieu of a commission pennant, flagships fly Commodore’s or Admiral’s flags, hence the name flagship.
Posted by cv11texfcm on January 15, 2015
Go to = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3JOKm1uIZs and enjoy the best documentary you can find on “The Biggest Warship in the world ever built”
Posted by cv11texfcm on January 14, 2015
From Intrepid’s commissioning … present day Former Crew Members (FCMs)
have never, and will never forget …
… those who have served with pride and dedication
and especially those who have gone before us.
Posted by cv11texfcm on December 12, 2014
Posted by cv11texfcm on December 11, 2014
Former Crewmembers, it saddens me to report that it is apparent that the USS Intrepid Former Crewmember Association has opted to disregard providing any information or updates pertaining to the organization to this editor. – John Simonetti, Past President, ’03-’05
Due to this dilemma, former crewmember who visit this ‘Site’ are asked to submit any stories or information that you may think would be a contribution of interest to your fellow former crewmembers.
Send to – firstname.lastname@example.org – And keep the tradition going …
Let Us Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before.
Posted by cv11texfcm on October 29, 2014