During this Holy Season let us take a moment to count our blessings and say a prayer for our military and those of us less fortunate.

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten, Glaedelig Jul, Eftihismena Christougenna, Eftihismena Christougenna, or Nollaig Shona dhuit.

However it's said, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas.   Simply stated by our Perry historian and distinguished author,   Rick Flanagan, Christmas is about the birth of Christ and a time of compassion for our fellow man and  peace on earth and good will to all.

  "And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name Jesus:
for he shall save his people from
their sins." Matthew (1:21)
The Christmas Season is also a time that often brings to mind past memories. It's a time when we recall old friendships and wonder how we ever got out of touch. It's a time when we think of happy moments and the sad times as well. It's also a time for charity and forgiveness. Christmas is just a wonderful time of the year and its no wonder Christmas is celebrated the world over. In the spirit of this wonderful Holiday, the Perry Association wishes everyone a very special Christmas and a healthy happy New Year

Let's extend a warm welcome to our newest shipmates coming aboard the Perry in 2005

Capt. F G 'George' Koenig, Ret. first came aboard the DD-340 in 1937 and later served on the DMS-17. His Naval career spanned 37 years of distinguished service from Gunners Mate to Aviator. George would love to hear from you so give him a call. (425) 483-5018,    14603 NE 166th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

53-56 MM2 Ted Allston 33 Wayne St Ilion NY 13357 315-894-4742 RWilson106@aol.com
62-64 RM Tom Andras 29608 Bruce Drive Willowick OH 44095 440-944-5572 ~
53-54 MM3 Don L Bison P.O.Box17731 Shreveport LA 71138 318-773-2475 Buffalomonkey@swbell.net
68-72 MM3 Lt. James Christman AB Police - 850 Seminole Rd. Atlantic Beach FL 32233 904-247-5859 LTABP007@AOL.COM
68-70 Capt. Edgar Curtis 405 Edgevale Road Baltimore MD 21210 410-323-4687 curtisbalt@comcast.net
61-64 EM2 Jerry Hill 1873 Treadwell Terrace The Villages FL 32162 352-205-7060 jerryhill1873@comcast.net
65-67 QM3 Felix R. Hurt 1645 Regene Westland MI 48186 734-721-5695 felix.hurt@earthlink.net
68-71 RD2 William Lee ~ ~ ~ ~ 404-290-1563 william.lee@lcwt.com
68-71 EM2 James Lewis ~ Temple TX 76504 ~ Jlewis1947@sbcglobal.net
53-57 RM3 Bobby Martin ~ Moneta VA ~ ~ Bobfmva@juno.com
56-59 CS3 GARY MC RATH 5460 AVERY WAY GLADWIN MI 48624 989-246-1024 dmcrath@ejourney.com
60-63 MM2 Bill Nachtrieb 1151 N. Houston Pike South Vienna OH 45369 937-568-4096 denny369@aol.com
62-66 SN Jerry Owens 92414 US Hwy 278 Altoona AL 35952 205-589-6906 ~
65-66 BM3 Bob Raesemann 6015 Briarforest Road North Jacksonville FL 32277-1401 904-744-5453 raesemann@aol.com
50-50 SN Robert Seeling Box 244B - RR1 Mazeppa NM 55956 ~ ~
69-72 Capt. Capt. Curtis Sorenson 400 Marquis Lane Cedar Park TX 78613-2233 512-258-1454 CurtisSorenson@aol.com
64-67 FM ED Tennant ~ Port Orford OR ~ ~ peganed@briskweb.net
69-70 GM3 Mike Zembower 1283 Levee Dr. Mohave AZ 86440 301-509-5223 michaeltogo@webtv.net

'Gone but not forgotten'

Most recently Don Santee has taken his final voyage. However, I'm sure he and his fellow shipmates will be with us in spirit at our upcoming D.C. Reunion. Don hasn't missed a reunion yet and was among the first to register for 2006. I know he'll be there with Ken, Woodie and all the other guys we were fortunate to have shared our memories with.

61-63 BT3 .. JIM KIRK .. Florida .. Jan 2004
55-56 BM1.. Ed Patterson .. 670 Plaza Street .. Atlantic Beach, FL .. 904-246-4554 .. June 11, 2004
52-56 QM3 .. ERNIE MATSEAS .. 978-453-5769 .. Lowell, MA .. 3 .. 9-27-04
60-62 MM1 .. Tom Shuda .. 904-246-2841 .. Atlantic Beach, FL .. 1 .. 12/1/04
50-54 YN3 ..Dick Oberlin .. Lititz, PA .. Dec. 17, 2004
59-61 LCDR .. Ken Chapman .. 757-464-4915 .. Virginia Beach, VA .. 1,2,4 .. April 25, 2005
48-48 BT1.. .JAMES J. NOLAN .. JACKSONVILLE, FL .. 904-641-5730 .. April 2005
51-55 DCW3 .. Bedford "Woodie" Wood .. Bristol, CT .. 860-589-2055 .. June 9, 2005
51-55 MM3 .. Ed Moynahan .. Bondsville, MA .. Aug 12, 2005
61-66 BM .. JACK R. MAC CASKILL .. JENSEN BEACH, FL June, 2004
66-67 GMG2 .. Donald Santee .. Fitzgerald, GA .. 1,2,3,4 .. Sept 22, 2005 .. 229-423-4051 .. michael@michaelsantee.com

Reunion Reminder

Please 'don't miss the boat', get your room reservations in early. We have a limited number of reserved rooms and in order to accommodate everyone it's important to make your room reservations as early as possible. Our reunion is scheduled around Cherry Blossom time and last minute reservations will be very difficult to get. Response thus far is high and we are excited about having one of our largest turnouts. The more the merrier.

Marriott Fairview Park, Falls Church, VA, 703-849-9400 - 5 Nights

Room Rate $93 Plus Tax - Includes full hot buffet breakfast

Additional itinerary and reservations forms can be downloaded from our website by going to our website and clicking the reunion button

Reunion Itinerary Changes

Please mark your original Itinerary schedule to reflect the new dates of the following events.

Saturday, April 22nd - EVENT E: (6:30pm-10:30pm)

Friday, April 21st - EVENT C: (6:00pm-10:00pm)

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our Reunion Chairman Joe Malmendier

joemal@comcast.net          717-258-9695

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Looks like it's going to be a great 2006. Navy did it again, they won an outstanding victory over Army making it four straight wins and gaining a one-game lead in the overall series at 50-49-7. Must be a good omen for our upcoming DC Reunion.


For a bit more insight into the different cultures celebrating this wonderful Holiday please click the following links.

Tin Can Sailor - http://www.destroyers.org/

If you are not yet a member please join and enjoy all the wonderful things provided by this excellent organization.

Defending God & Country

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is an alliance of volunteer attorneys throughout the country that are defending God and Country for those of us who cherish religious freedom and believe in God. http://www.alliancedefensefund.org


Washington D.C. Reunion 2006 Attendees

Please view our attendee roster to see if your name is listed and let us know if your name is not listed among the

View Attendee Roster

Don't forget to tour the Washington Monument

I have just learned from our shipmate Haskel West that placed atop the Washington Monument are two words: Laus Deo. So, what can these two words in Latin possibly mean? Very simply, they say "Praise be to God!"      [Laus is Praise be and Deo means God]

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, "Laus Deo....Praise be to God!"

Let us remember to do our part, through prayers and sacrifice, to be the watchmen who stand their guard.

Washington Monument Laus Deo

Officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888. Upon completion, it became the world's tallest structure at 555 ft 5 1/8, a title it held until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was finished.

Washington_Monument History

Click here if you have not yet made your 2005 Reunion dues cycle contribution

White House Tour on Tuesday April 25, 2006

I have just received word from Senator Corzine's office that our request for White House tour tickets is being processed.

The White House Visitors Office will not notify the Senators office whether the tour is granted or denied until about a month before the requested date. If the tour is granted, we will need to supply security information to the Visitors Office; this includes full names, birthdates & social security numbers.

If you wish to tour the White House and have not yet informed us please do so by sending an email to steve@ussperry.com

Merry Christmas and a healthy happy New Year to you and yours !

Steve Silk, Martin Deeney, Sid Brown, Bob Hales & Joe Malmendier