USS Perry
Reunion Association
"long after the ships are gone, their crews remember"


#17    JULY 2004

4th USS Perry Reunion
Charleston, SC
September 29 - Oct 3, 2004

Ahoy, friends and family members of the USS Perry Association

REMINDER, It's time to mail in your Perry Reunion registration form for another great time with your fellow shipmates at our 4th reunion in Charleston, SC. Also, don't forget to invite your family members and friends, the more the merrier. This may be a perfect opportunity to rendezvous with the friends and family you may not see on a re gular basis.

If you've been to Charleston before, you know what a wonderful and exciting City it is. If this is first visit to Charleston, I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised. If you have never been to Charleston and never attended a Perry reunion what better reason do you need? Remember, we're not getting any younger, so its important to seize the moment when you can and join your shipmates in Charleston for a fun filled time. The countdown has begun, from July 10 it’s 2 months and18 Days to our get-acquainted Hawaiian Luau party.

To view the registered shipmates please click the registration button on our website and then the attendee button. If you are registered and your name does not appear on the roster it's because the name posting lags about a week behind the receipt of the registration form. Many thanks to the shipmates already registered, especially the DMS-17 men who will be traveling from California, Pennsylvania join us in Charleston. Early registrations truly help the planning process.

Sept is the 60th anniversary of the DMS-17 hitting the mine. Mat Young, a diver is planning to place a memorial plaque at the Fire room of the DMS-17. I just received a phone call from Larry Tunks who informed me of the History and Discovery Channels interest in a Perry documentary. He indicated the documentary would include all 4 Perry's.

John Bell is heading up a team of CCR divers who are planning on making the video documentary of the USS Perry. Tim O'Leary who heads up NAUI Technical diving will be coordinating the dive with Palau Divers. John Bell will write the script, do the videography and the editing.

John would appreciate any information such as; history, photographs, film clips, stories and possible personal interviews


Sharing my Prostate Cancer experience with hopes of helping just one shipmate.

Many of you already know I have Prostate Cancer and that I elected to receive treatment at St George Clinic in Bad Aibling Germany. Why Germany? Simple, the treatment is not offered in our USA. The treatment is a combination of hyperthermia (heat) combined with Electrotherapy (radio wave technology). It has an extremely high success rate and carries no adverse side effect whatsoever.

I reached this decision after much research and discussions with cancer survivors that have taken treatment at this clinic. While my treatment appears to be successful, only time will tell.

During my treatment, I have witnessed many positive cancer treatments that should be classified miracles. Patients that arrive at St George Clinic in total despair and full of morphine begin walking around and laughing within a few short weeks. It's amazing to see patients who come from all over the world looking for a new lease on life and find it. I saw and spoke to several past cancer patients that have been in remission for 2+ years and have returned for a tune-up.

St George Hospital of Oncology is an integrated medical hospital that takes the whole body approach toward conquering cancer. Strengthening the immune system with nutrient supplements while healing the mind and spirit through Reiki and Yoga play an important role in treating Cancer patients. Traditional treatments of chemo, etc are also incorporated with various types of Hyperthermia and Electrotherapy treatments performed at St George. Nutrition and diet are also emphasized for long-term wellness. St George treats more than 5,000 cancer patients annually. The Clinics website does not do justice to their accomplishments.

Having witnessed so many success stories regarding the many forms of cancers, I feel a special obligation to bring this message to the shipmates I know are fighting cancer and to anyone else in need. Your phone call for additional information will be most welcomed 973-696-2268.

Just one more success story.

You may be wondering, if the treatment is so good, why then isn't it offered in the USA. I can only tell you that it's a widely accepted practice in Europe. Most likely it's about money and the powerful Pharmaceutical companies. Probably akin to why we are still driving gasoline-powered autos.

The Final Voyage

Edward M. Patterson, 75, of Atlantic Beach passed away on June 11, 2004 at his home. Mr. Patterson was born in St. Johnsville, NY on April 18, 1929, and moved to Atlantic Beach in 1962. He retired from the U.S. Navy after serving for 21 years, and also retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 21 years. Mr. Patterson belonged to the J. Wendell Fargis Masonic Lodge #356; was also a Shriner, a Volunteer Police Officer & a member of Fleet Reserve. Mr. Patterson is survived by his wife of 23 yrs., Elaine; six children; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers and a sister. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at 7 P.M. at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME 1701 BEACH BLVD JACKSONVILLE BEACH. Memorial contributions may be made to The Shriners Children's Hospital in Tampa. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at Please sign the Guestbook at


ACLU (Anti Christ Legislators Union)
Click here if you support the ACLU

Speaking Out

Since our last reunion I have received numerous emails from our shipmates regarding the ACLU and their activities. In this regard I'm taking this opportunity to vent my own feelings that I believe are aligned with most Perry shipmates and the American silent majority. The time has come to speak out.

If you happen to be one of the 300,000 ACLU members I suggest you discontinue reading this newsletter and close your browser. My commentary is intended for those of you who disagree with the ACLU and would like to give the ACLU get a swift kick in the butt.

What the ACLU stands for;
· Removal of the words "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and on our money and any other government installation
· Removal of any reference to the "Ten Commandments" in or on a government installation
· Removal of all reference to Christmas, Good Friday & Easter & Sunday
· Prohibit prayer in our schools
· Teach our children sex education by teachers who can't teach 4th graders to read.
· Teach our kids that same sex marriages is a normal way of life
· Promote homosexual parades with drag queens and transvestites but make Manger scenes during Christmas illegal.
· Have drag queens and transvestites as boy scout leaders for our children.
· Make the enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) illegal.

Somehow I don't understand how the ACLU can support Muslim prayer call several times a day. I guess it's just another way to let Christians know they are working very hard to eradicate God from a nation founded upon Christian principals. As I see it, the only real difference between the ACLU, Hitler and Stalin is the agenda of Hitler and Stalin did not include the breakdown of morality among children.

We need to become strong to overcome the ACLU and it's more than 2,000 volunteers and 60 staff attorneys attacking God and Prayer. Its various components have a $45 million budget, and a $41 million endowment fund. This endowment fund includes a $7 million grant from the Ford Foundation (in 1999). Other foundations that contribute to the ACLU include the David and Lucille Packard Foundation (Hewlitt-Packard), the George Gund Foundation (owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers), and the New World Foundation (Ted Turner). Other large contributors are found in the reference book, The Left Guide, edited by Derk Arend Wilcox, and published by Economics America, Inc

Fighting Back

Thank GOD we are now ready to fight back with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund. The stakes are enormously high. If we let the ACLU succeed in their anti Christ objective it will be our fault and the issues will remain un-repairable like shattered glass

"Together, we can win!"! Please help support the Alliance Defense Fund. It's time for the silent majority to stand up for the principals upon which this nation was founded, ‘one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all’. We must walk the walk and talk the talk. Let us NOT follow in the footsteps of the great empires that have fallen when immorality became the norm of the day.

Please check out The Alliance website. You will be most impressed with the makeup of this wonderful organization that is fighting our battle. Remember, if we don't fight back the real losers will be our grand children. Please pass on the information of The Alliance Defense Fund to your friends and neighbors.

Also, if you wish to get involved with the ADF or if you wish to make a small donation to help insure the success of our battle against the ACLU please visit the ADF website at or mail your check to the following address.

Ashley Kyle, Communications Assistant
Alliance Defense Fund
15333 N. Pima Rd - Suite 165
Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Good health and smooth sailing,
Steve Silk