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….. Thank you for the note to Dick.  We currently are in process of assisted living.  Dick has moved in, I’ve sold the condo and hope to move mid-June.  Will send new address.  Dick has had a miserable winter – in rehab or hospitals – only home a few days.  The neuropathy really has attached his right leg and he’s somewhat mobile with a walker or wheelchair.  But, he is determined to fight back and has had good results from therapy.  But each bad spell really sets him back.  Our best wishes to everyone.  We remember the reunions with great joy and do enjoy the newsletters too.

            ….. Barbara Daniels, 48 Hidden Bay Drive, S. Dartmouth, MA 02748-3022




….. Dolores (Clevenger) Shank-Arbogast, 80, died Monday evening, April 29, 2013 at Albany Health Care & Rehabilitation Center.  She was born in Chicago, IL. and was a graduate of Eaton High School.  As a local artist, Dolores was an accomplished china painter and was a teacher of the art for several years.  She was a longtime member of Albany United Methodist Church.  Survivors include her husband, Arthur “Pat” Arbogast; a son and a daughter and many family members.  Services were held on May 3, 2013 at Albany United Methodist with burial at Strong Cemetery.

            …..Arthur Arbogast, 1601 N. Morrison Road, #303, Muncie, IN 47304-5329


….. Bert “Al” Lewis died March 25, 2013, at the age of 86.  Mr. Lewis was a resident of Coarsegold for 32 years, formerly of San Gabriel Valley.  He was born Nov. 6, 1936 in Canute, Ok.  Mr. Lewis worked for more than 60 years in the industrial auctioneer business.  He began at Milton J. Wershow Co. and became co-owner of Wershow-Ash-Lew Auctioneers in the 1960s.  He was a founder and director of First American Bank of Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 aboard the USS Bell.  Mr. Lewis volunteered at the Coarsegold Rodeo for 17 years, and served as the auctioneer, as well as on the committee, for the Elegant Auction which supports the Oakhurst Community Park.  He and wife Pauline were honored as Grand Marshals for the 2007 Coarsegold Rodeo.  Mr. Lewis enjoyed camping at Texas Flat, pack trips in the high country, hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and motor home trips throughout North America with his wife.  Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pauline, two daughters and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.  A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. April 6 at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church in Oakhurst, CA.

            ….. Mrs. Pauline Lewis, 49943 Sunset Drive, Course Gold, CA 93614


….. Just writing to let you know that Earl passed away April 21, 2013.  He always looked forward to your reports.

            ….. Mrs. Earl (Eva) Jenks, 80 Brett Will Ct., Taylorsville, NC 28681-8435


….. Mrs. Louise Reed Faith, age 82 of Calhoun, GA passed away Thursday, May 23rd in Gordon Hospital.  Louise was born on November 20, 1930 in Gordon County.  She was a charter member of the Eastgate Baptist Church.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was also known for having a “green thumb” in her flower garden.  Survivors include her husband, James (Jimmy) W. Faith, four daughters Nancy Luckett, Sherry Chapman, Kathy Nielsen and Gina Daniel, and many other family members.  Services were held on Sunday, May 26th at 3:00pm from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home.  A eulogy was given by her granddaughter Halie Black and music provided by Gina Daniel, Rebekah Feuerbach and Donnie Nesbitt.  Burial following in Fain Cemetery.

            ….. Jimmy Faith & Family, 103 Sophie Street, Calhoun, GA 30701


….. William Edward Cavanaugh, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, passed away June 15, 2013 after a long illness.  Mr. Cavanaugh was born February 20, 1924 in Scranton, PA.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret Mary and three children, grandchildren and a brother. He served in WWII and as a Navy pilot in the Korean War.  A memorial service was held Saturday, June 22, 2013 at St. Benedict Church in Mt. Pleasant.

            ….. Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Cavanaugh, Somerby of Mt. Pleasant, 3100 Tradition Circle, Mt. Pleasant, and S.C. 29466


….. Your comforting expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated by the family of Louise Faith.  Thank you so much for the flowers sent on behalf of the USS Bell Association for Mother’s funeral service.  Our hearts are broken, but we know that the Lord will get us through this.  Please pray for us.  Love, Sherry.


….. Our deepest sympathy to each and every one.


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Last month I attended a conference in Long Beach, California sponsored by the CVB.  It was an informative meeting of military reunion planners invited by the YMRC that gets the planners together to help them find locations for their reunions and the hotels in the area comes in and does a show and tell of the help that is available to the planners in the planning stage of their reunions.  Military reunions have become very big to the Convention and Visitors Bureaus and to the hotel business.  They work very hard to give military groups the best deals and try to do all they can at a cost that most can accommodate.  The meeting was held on the Queen Mary and that’s where we were fortunate to stay for the entire conference.   The Queen Mary has quite a history and is certainly a legend.   In the BELL archives there is a statement regarding the time when the USS BELL was ordered to escort the Queen Mary back to her homeland with Sir Winston Churchill on board.  I sent Ed Klenka an email asking him if he lived close enough that he could come over for lunch one day.  He did come over and it was so good to see him.  We had a nice visit and he was remembering the time when the BELL came along side the Queen Mary and took on fresh water.  It was so nice to visit with him and he enjoyed seeing the Queen also.  She is now a permanent fixture in Long Beach and all the meeting attendees were taken on a private tour to see the Princess Diana exhibit that is being shown on the ship.  It is a beautiful collection of the life of the Princess.


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It’s time to start thinking about our 2013 reunion and I hope all that can make it will be joining us.  We will be meeting in Myrtle Beach in October which should be a great time for nice weather.  Our host hotel will be the SeaMist Oceanfront Resort and Conference Center located at 1200 South Ocean Boulevard. 


Arrival date – October 2, 2013 -  Departure date – October 6, 2013

Resorts usually give an inclusive package for reunion groups and/or any large group.  The SeaMist package includes four (4) nights of oceanfront lodging, a daily breakfast buffet, and hospitality room with free set-up, coffee and ice, a welcome reception, banquet, ticket to the Alabama theatre, souvenir of the trip, on site transportation and all taxes and gratuities.  All rooms are studio rooms that feature two beds, a kitchenette and a ground floor patio or private sit down balcony.  This chart shows all the pricing for the rooms.  Room information listed below.  The phone number for making your room reservation is 1-800-732-6478.  Our group reservation number is 802689.  Use this number for the BELL group.  Check-in is 4:00PM on arrival day and check out time is 11:00AM on departure day.


They also offer 3 nights before and after the reunion for $63.00 ($71.00 inc.) per night and include lodging and breakfast for up to two people.  A deposit of $100.00 will be required at time of booking individual reservations.  Shuttle/cab fare from airport to be reimbursed by hotel.  For those of you that will be flying into Myrtle Beach the airport is only about three miles from the resort.


On Thursday, Oct. 3rd, we will go up to Wilmington for a visit to the USS North Carolina.  I am in the planning stage of that trip and should have all the information ready for you very soon.  On our return we will go directly to Murrells Inlet for a delicious dinner at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen.  Freshest seafood brought in everyday directly to Murrells Inlet from the daily catch.


On Friday, Oct 4th, will be a free day to visit in the hospitality room, stroll the beach, visit Myrtle Beach and in the evening we will go to the Alabama Theatre for the live show.


Saturday, Oct 5th will also be a free day to just laze around or do whatever you didn’t get done on the earlier days.  Plenty of free time.  Bus rental is expensive due to the up and down price of gasoline.


Below is a registration form for the reunion.  If you plan to attend please complete the registration form so I will know how many to plan for and the resort needs to know the number in each room in order to get the correct number of tickets for the Alabama show.  If you haven’t ever seen the Alabama show I believe you will thoroughly enjoy it. Please remember to bring something for the auction.  We need a big auction to boost up our treasury.  Our attendance has decreased and mailing supplies and postage has increased but no matter what these reunions will continue as long as possible.  We will never forget our men and the family members that gave so much for our country.  It’s always a great feeling to honor them and the best way to do that is to gather and give remembrance for their sacrifices and to honor them by taking a few days each year just to let them know “we care”.

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…..On February 13, 1943 the Marine Corps announced women would be recruited to serve in the reserves during WWII.

…..On February 23, 1945 the flag was raised on Iwo Jima

…..On March 31, 1801 the intersection of 8th & I Streets in DC was chosen for the site of USMC Barracks.  The Barracks are still there and that’s where the Evening Parade is held each week.

…..On April 15, 1962 the first squadron-size Marine Unit entered Vietnam, HMM-362 arrived in Soc Trang.

…..On April 27, 1805 in Libya, Lt. Presley O’Bannon leads a force, including seven Marines, which captures the walled fortress of Derne, Tripoli.

…..May 8, 1945 – V.E. Day

…..May 18 – Armed Forces Day

…..May 22, 1912 Lt. Alfred Cunningham became the first Marine aviator.

…..May 27 – Memorial Day

…..June 6, 1918 Marines advance into Belleau Wood against German machine guns.

…..June 14 – Flag Day

…..July 4 – Independence Day

…..July 11, 1798 – President John Adams signs the act establishing a United States Marine Corps.

…..July 27, 1953 – Korean War Armistice signed at Panmunjom.

…..August 7, 1942 – Guadalcanal – Marines conduct the first allied amphibious offensive in the Pacific.

…..August 14, 1912 – Maj Smedley Butler leads Marines ashore at Nicaragua.  Also V-J Day.

…..September 15, 1944 – Marines land on Peleliu, Palau Islands & also on this day in 1950 they land at Inchon, Korea.

…..October 1, 1880 – John Philip Sousa appointed leader of the Marine Band.

…..October 18, 1859 in Virginia the Marines captured John Brown at Harpers Ferry.

…..October 23, 1983 – Beirut Barracks Bombing

…..December 7, 1941 – 108 US Marines are killed and 49 wounded during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.





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Arrival Date – Oct. 2 - Departure Date – Oct. 6, 2013


October 3rd – We will be going to Wilmington for a visit to the USS North Carolina.  We will first do the “Back Porch Tour” which is perfect for an overall orientation of the ship and especially for seniors and guests with limited mobility.  Like a friendly back porch, this program invites guests to learn about the ship from the comfort of the Visitor Center’s “back porch”. Guests enjoy a taste of the Battleship without physically coming aboard.  The program lasts approximately one hour.  After guests arrive, they will view the 10-minute introductory film in the Visitor Center Auditorium.  Following the movie they will have a guided tour of the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall which features models of the four US Navy vessels and one Confederate Navy ironclad named North Carolina.  The next stop is the Ship’s Observation Deck where they can sit in chairs, look at the Ship and engage with a guide who will discuss the Ship and answer questions.  Guests are then welcome to purchase snacks and enjoy them in Ship’s Coca-Cola Canteen or shop in the Showboat Shop.  I think you will enjoy sitting a spell on the “back porch”.

After this, if you want to explore the ship you can purchase your ticket at that time.  The tickets to explore the ship are $10.00 for seniors and military and $12.00 for all others. 


Since we can have breakfast at the hotel and we are having dinner in Murrells Inlet at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, a snack in the canteen probably will be enough to make it till dinner.  We will be leaving the USS North Carolina at 4:00PM in order to have dinner around 6:30PM.


October 4th – We will be attending the Alabama Theater and we will be leaving the hotel about 6:30PM.


Transportation to the USS North Carolina – Fare - $35.00 per person


Transportation to the Alabama Theater – Fare - $20.00



Names of those attending  ___________________________________________________________________________________________



Please make check payable to: USS BELL Association and send to me at – 3978 Ashleywoods Court, Tucker, GA 30084