Intrepid’s Return to NY Screen Show

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USS Intrepid Association Information & Updates

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 – cv11texfcm@gmail.com – And keep the tradition going …

Let Us Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before.

A Veteran Died Today

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”

 

Veterans/Seniors Assistance

The Federal Government provides many Consumer Pamphlets that can assist Veterans and Senior Citizens to help with many situations that may be facing. Order the “2014 Consumer Action Handbook” >

A NEW 2014 Consumer Action Handbook is available that can help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and government agencies, and more. Also, there is a Publications Catalog available where hundreds of free and low-cost booklets on money, health, jobs, housing and more. Order the “Consumer Information Catalog” >

Samples …

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Golden Eagle/Age/Access Passports

A Federal Recreation Fee Program

Go to: http://web2.ncentral.com/treasurer/golden_eagle_passport.htm

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The Consumer Action Handbook

Get tips on topics from banking, wills, preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint, and more.

Go to: http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer.shtml

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Death Benefits for Survivors of Deceased Veterans

Go to: http://www.va.gov/explore/dependents-and-survivors.asp?gclid=CNDS8vDN6LwCFSXl7AodiBYAoA

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Consumer Guide to the Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule

 Go to: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule

Carrier Operations

This is truly history in the making. The aircraft being launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier is a UAV. The Navy has been developing this aircraft for almost 15 years,and now it is here. Pilotless and controlled by people on the ship. Amazing. The “pilots” are the guys on the deck with the flight controls strapped to their arms

 Go to     www.youtube.com/embed/WC8U5_4lo2c?feature=player_embedded

Cruise Books +

For information on Intrepid Cruise  Books go to:

http://www.history.navy.mil/library/special/cruise_list.htm

You will find available years listed under ‘Ship Name’ …

CV-11:  – 1945

CVA-11 : – 1955, 58, 59, 61, 62 & 63

CVS-11: – 66,67,68,71,73

For assistance by email go to:  navylibrary@navy.mil

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Golden Eagle/Age/Access Passports

A Federal Recreation Fee Program

Go to:  http://web2.ncentral.com/treasurer/golden_eagle_passport.htm

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The Consumer Action Handbook

Get helpful tips on topics from banking, wills, preventing identity theft, understanding credit,

filing a consumer complaint, and more.

Go to:  http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer.shtml

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Death Benefits for Survivors of Deceased Veterans

Go to:  http://www.va.gov/explore/dependents-and-survivors.asp?gclid=CNDS8vDN6LwCFSXl7AodiBYAoA

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Consumer Guide to the Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule

Go to:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – UPDATE

INTREPID MUSEUM CURATOR of HISTORY – UPDATE

HELLO and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all former crewmembers!

I am happy to report, in regard to my initial ‘post’ below*, the Grissom prescription did indeed find its way back to us.

* I‘ve been in touch with former crewmember (FCM) and Pharmacy Technician, HM1 Richard (John) Ryder (’65-’66), who informed me of his donation of his copy of the ship’s pharmacy compounding book to the Intrepid Association.

The Rx was dated 1965, and was authorized by then, Dr. Howie Minners, one of the Flight Surgeons caring for the astronauts. He asked me if I knew anything about the were abouts of the book, since the Museum never received any news of it being donated. In the book is a record of Ryder’s whiskey prescription he wrote for astronaut, Gus Grissom, when Intrepid picked him up at sea after his orbital flight. Ryder later retired from the Medical Service Corps as a LCDR. 

Question is…WHERE is it…or…WHO has it?
 
Here’s a quick update:

The Intrepid Museum is happy to report that the whiskey prescription written for Gus Grissom has rejoined the Museum’s collection. The Museum’s collections staff tracked down the document, and it is now residing in the Museum’s archives. Many thanks again to Richard Ryder for donating this unique piece of Intrepid memorabilia to the Museum.

Ms. Jessica Williams, Curator of History, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue,
New York, NY 10036-4103
Email: jwilliams@Intrepidmuseum.org, Phone: 646 381 5241, Fax: 646 381 5249

Intrepid Remembered Website Update

FCMs, go to my ‘Intrepid Remembered’ Website at http://cv11texfcm.wix.com/intrepid-remembered and take note of the two new LINKS that I’ve provided for your interest (‘Old News Update’ and ‘In Search Of ‘) … or … just type ‘Intrepid Remembered’ in your search window and click on the first LINK presented… then … enjoy.

John Simonetti, Editor

Intrepid’s 70th Reunion TV Preview

New York City WPIX Channel 11 newscaster Marvin Scott
filmed last weeks Intrepid 70th Reunion celebration.
Go to
for a preview … and more.

History of the Aircraft Carrier

Go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_aircraft_carrier

Armed Forces Retirement Home

The mission of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) is to fulfill our Nation’s commitment to provide care through a comprehensive range of services for America’s Armed Forces Veterans. They support their residents’ independence, dignity, distinction, heritage and future of continued life-enriching experiences.

Together, the AFRH family of residents and staff create a place of caring and continual learning. They are committed to providing the best housing and support services possible and creating a true community of accomplished, independent residents, who are free to explore their talents, pursue their interests, and follow their dreams.

  • Residency fees for AFRH are 35% of income and the fees are capped at each campus. Since the fee is a percentage of income, it is affordable to all, and the one low fee covers not only living quarters, but also three full meals per day, including special dietary needs, wonderful recreation facilities and program, from bowling and ceramics to a 9-hole gold course on the Washington campus & covered swimming pool on the Gulfport campus, bus trips to local and regional attractions such as museums, theaters, sporting events, shipping and sightseeing.
  • Dormitories are available for independent living which provides each resident with a private room with a private bath and shower in Washington and private room in Gulfport.
  • There are state-or-the-art health care facilities with top rated primary medical care and direct entry to the world class health care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the VA Medical Center located in Washington, DC and Kessler AFB located in Gulfport, MS area.

Residency at the AFRH is open to veterans from the armed services whose active-duty service was at least 50% enlisted, warrant officer or limited-duty officer and who meet at least one of a few required criteria.

For more information go to: http://www.afrh.gov/

And be sure to read some of the fascinating stories that can be found under the heading

“Residents’ Military Heritage”

 

CARRIERS DAMAGED – 1960

“NEWSPAPER ARTICLE – 1960

12 Men Hurt As 2 Carriers Are Damaged:

NORFOLK, VA. (AP) – an aircraft carrier and a Navy ammunition ship collided in the Caribbean yesterday and a boiler blew up aboard a 2nd carrier off the Virginia coast Tuesday, the Navy said…(No date(s) were provided with this information that came to this editor). Twelve men were injured in the two accidents.

The ammunition ship USS Diamond Head and the carrier USS Independence collided while replenishing, causing extensive damage to the Diamond Head. Crewmen quickly confined damage on the Diamond Head. Crewmen extinguished a fire in the ship’s forecastle and the forward magazine was flooded.

A 20-ft long hole was punched in the Diamond Head’s right side 12 ft above the waterline. One crewman received minor injuries. The ship proceeded to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Independence resumed operations. No one was injured aboard the Independence.

The boiler ruptured aboard the carrier USS Intrepid Tuesday, the Navy said, injuring 11 men. One man, Airman Steven J. Yhlean of Blue Island, Ill., suffered serious burns. Three others were hospitalized and seven were treated.

A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred in the No 2 fire room when a shaft broke in a water pump feeding the boiler. The feed pump disintegrated, scattering metal parts, some of which broke the boiler casting.

The Intrepid was en rout from Norfolk for sea operations. A spokesman said it would not be necessary for the ship to enter a shipyard for repairs.”

Article submitted by FCM Joseph Salinarco, V-3 Division, 1959-1963

Let Us Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us

A Personal Story – Nov 25, 1944

A personal story by WWII FCM, AMM2 Elmer E. Anderson, ’42-‘45

I was a member of V-I-E Division; the arresting gear crew; stationed on the flight deck.

Task force 38.2 had pulled back from Luzon on 11/24/44 in order to celebrate Thanksgiving. Church services were held and turkey and all the trimmings were served to the crew that day.

On the evening of the 24th we began a high speed run to reach a position to attack Clark and Henderson airfields on Luzon. On the morning of the 25th we launched strike groups against these targets. About noon our radar picked up a group of about 150 Japanese planes headed towards us. The combat air patrol protecting our group splashed most of them but approximately 10 or 15 reached our group. We were at GQ when they arrived.

The word was passed for “All hands topside take cover”. I went into a crews shelter in the Island Structure, because as a member of the Air Department I didn’t have a battle station. The door to the flight deck was open and I could see some of the flight deck. Suddenly the 5” guns commenced firing, followed shortly by the 40 mm and then the 20 mm guns. The 20’s meant the enemy was close.

Suddenly I saw a huge yellow ball of fire about 70’ away and debris rained on the flight deck. A planes propeller lay spinning on the deck. A thumping explosion followed as the bomb exploded on the hangar deck. We had been hit by the 1st ‘Kamikaze”. This bomb killed most of the damage control party on the hangar deck.

As Captain Bolger requested volunteers to fight fires on the hangar deck the 2nd Kamikaze hit us. We were trailing a huge plume of smoke behind us and this Kamikaze had approached us from astern, being undetected while hiding in the smoke cloud.

Another crewmember, Fred Beck, and myself when down to the hangar deck to help where we were needed. We had 2 holes in our flight deck and couldn’t land planes. The hangar deck was a scene of devastation; dismembered bodies, burned planes, wounded men bandaged and still fighting fires. It took about 2 hours to put out the fires. Burning gasoline from planes on the hangar deck was jettisoned by making high speed turns, causing the ship to list, and allowing the burning gas to run off the side of the ship.

I remember later passing through a crews sleeping compartment. The bunks were occupied and I wondered how they could sleep through such a holocost. Then I saw a medical corpsman bent over one of them and I realized they were all dead. They were radar crew men off watch who had assembled in one of the pilots ready rooms during the attack. A bomb had exploded in the next compartment and the concussion had killed thirty of them. Not a mark on their bodies, it was hard to believe they were dead.

On the forward part of the flight deck, near the bow, lay the body of one of the Kamikaze pilots. It had been thrown nearly 400’ when his plane hit our flight deck. It was extremely mutilated, as could be expected.

The next day, November 26th, burial services were held for 69 men killed in action. I remember 2 of them, Ed Zielinsky, who was a survivor from the old Lexington sunk in the Coral Sea; he always said ‘nothing could happen to him’, and Shorty Nelson, who managed to get leave to go home to Texas, while waiting in Newport News to put the ship in commission. I’m glad he got his leave.

 AMM2 Elmer E. Anderson, ’42-‘45

Let Us Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us 

 

Pearl Harbor Eternally

Go to: http://www.wimp.com/memorialhonors/

Let Us Never Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Veterans’ News

VETERANS’ NEWS – March 11, 2013

Members of the military communityveterans, active-duty, reserve, National Guard or their family members – have the opportunity to join or otherwise benefit from several types of associations and organizations. Ranging from fraternal to charity these military specific organizations can provide advocacy, help members network to access job opportunities, tap into benefits, lobby congress, or find support. The internet provides easy access to veteran associations at

http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/military-resources/military-and-veteran-associations.html . 

Veterans’ organizations complying with federal codes are exempt from federal income tax. They also may conduct a broad range of activities without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

To be recognized as exempt, a veterans’ organization must meet the following requirements. It must be organized in the United States or any of its possessions. At least 75% of its members must be past or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States and substantially all of the other members must be cadets or spouses, widows, or widowers of past or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of cadets. And no part of its net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. The organization’s organizing document must not provide that the assets of the organization may be distributed to members upon dissolution. Note: Membership requirements were modified for years beginning after November 11, 2003.

Veterans’ organizations may also qualify for exemption as charitable organizations,  as social welfare organizations, as social clubs, or as fraternal organizations, if they meet the requirements for exemption under those sections.

A war veterans’ organization must also be organized and operated for furthering comradeship among persons who are or have been members of the Armed Forces; Honoring the memory of deceased veterans and members of the Armed Forces and aiding and comforting their survivors; Encouraging patriotism; and Aiding hospitalized, disabled and needy war veterans and their dependents.

Contributions to an endowment fund established by an exempt war veterans’ organization for the care of disabled war veterans, some of whom are members of the organization, may be deducted as charitable contributions.

Contributions to an organization, 90% of the membership of which is comprised of war veterans of the Armed Forces of the U.S., are deductable . The fact that a small percentage of members have not served in a branch of the Armed Forces will not preclude the organization from being classified as a war veterans’ organization

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. 

Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veterans’ community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is a congressionally chartered (Title 36 USC Chapter 2301) war veterans’ organization in the United States. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri,  VFW currently has 1.5 million members belonging to 7,644 posts, and is the largest American organization of combat veterans.

Members must be a U.S. citizen or national with an honorable discharge from the U.S. military, or currently serving in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy Air Force or Coast Guard.  Membership also requires military service overseas during an operation or conflict and decoration with an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a campaign medal (or ribbon). A Leave and Earnings Statement showing receipt of hostile fire or imminent danger pay is also acceptable proof for membership eligibility.

VFW works on behalf of American veterans by lobbying Congress for better veterans’ health care and benefits. The VFW also maintains a nationwide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims.

VFW also donates much money and lots of hours for work for the city. One of their most popular programs provides free phone calls to overseas active military members.

A war veterans’ organization must also be organized and operated for furthering comradeship among persons who are or have been members of the Armed Forces; Honoring the memory of deceased veterans and members of the Armed Forces and aiding and comforting their survivors; Encouraging patriotism; and Aiding hospitalized, disabled and needy war veterans and their dependents.

Contributions to an endowment fund established by an exempt war veterans’ organization for the care of disabled war veterans, some of whom are members of the organization, may be deducted as charitable contributions.

Contributions to an organization, 90% of the membership of which is comprised of war veterans of the Armed Forces of the U.S., are deductible . The fact that a small percentage of members have not served in a branch of the Armed Forces will not preclude the organization from being classified as a war veterans’ organization.

FOR VETERANS/EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL NEWS go to: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/sections/veterans/

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Veterans Association of America Inc., will be to serve, assist, revitalize and restore the preferential rights of veterans that have been routinely compromised. The organization will service those by providing legal assistance, housing, employment opportunities, business ownership, discharge upgrades, medical assistance, family outreach, and other pressing issues that stand as debilitating factors preventing veterans and their families from receiving the “quality care” deserved throughout mainstream society.

VAA is a 501(c)(19) nonprofit organization which focuses on veteran and family concerns effecting their daily living conditions. The displacement of current and former veterans of all branches seeking the rights and opportunities to dispell the social, economic, educational and employment stigmas that continue to befall upon them.

Veterans Association of America, Inc., was founded in 2001, during many requests from veterans to have an organization that would focus on issues that effected their military and civilian careers. Go to: http://vetsaa.org/

Volunteer Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC)

Purpose/Mission…monitors legislative activity affecting Military Veterans across the country by coordinating legislative activities through lobbying, providing speakers, and organizing campaigns designed to initiate legislative input from the Veteran Association of America, Inc. Members and its numerous Chapter members in New York State as well as throughout the continental United States.

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Official seal of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Go to: http://www.va.gov/