Monday, May 30, 2011

In Memoriam

"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven."

Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV

On this Memorial Day we salute our fallen shipmates.

Robert M. Taylor, USS Camden AOE 2
Steven F. Boody, USS Koiner, DER 331
Richard Appling, USS Intrepid CVS 11
Bruce Langston, USS Takelma ATF 113
Thomas LaLiberte, USS Constellation CVA 64*
Philip Clickner, USS America CVA 66
James Bradford, USS Estes AGC 12

* President of VASVW 2009-2010

These men served in the Blue Water Navy in the Vietnam War, and then served in the Veterans Association of Sailors of the Vietnam War. We mourn our members "still at sea" as we do all of the nation's fallen.

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