uss southerland dd/ddr 743

The Southerland Scuttlebutt

President: Gary Schweizer - sweenie04 @
Vice President/Event Coordinator - Rick Anderson - andy743 @
Webmaster - Victoria Kosub - victoriakozub @
Treasurer/Secretary - Linda Schweizer - sweenie04 @

Ahoy, everyone! The 2018 USS Southerland Reunion in New Orleans, was a great Success, and included a tour to the National WWII Museum, as well as independent free tours of the City of New Orleans. We also enjoyed an evening river boat dinner cruise. Special thanks go out to Ben Gurganus, Norm Parsons, Pat Boding, Craing Pankop, Rick & Marcie Anderson and Linda & Gary Schweizer, for all their help making this a success.


- Newly elected officers include: Gary Schweizer; President, Linda Schweizer; Treasurer/Secretary, Vice President & Event Coordinator, Rick Anderson.
- Norm Parson stated all money was raised for the 20x20 plaque and will be on display soon at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX.
UPDATE: The plaque is now on display for all to see. It is located in the Presidential Plaza on Wing Wall 2. Anyone that visits can also ask at the front desk and they will direct them to the plaque. We are also listed on their online database, check it out at .- Thanks to everyone that donated to this spectacular addition to the museum! This is wonderful to have a piece of the Southerland for all to see.

- Victoria Kosub volunteered to take over the Web page. She has done a great job so far of getting it up and running. Be on the lookout for some great new changes. If you see any errors and would like to submit pictures or additions please email her at victoriakozub @ Thanks Victoria!

- A vote was taken to clarify the officer's responsibilities.


will keep roster of all shipmates and record all dues received, keep in contact with webmaster on all updates, send out the newsletters with current information on upcoming reunion, collect funds for activities/tours for reunion, signs all contracts, runs all meetings at reunions.

Vice President/Event Coordinator

- (Whoever suggests the new location of next reunion will take on the position). Responsibilities: to look for hotel to hold reunion, transportation, tours and after all information is gathered will submit to President for all contracts to be signed. This will be done at least 2 months after last reunion. He will be in charge of all raffles at reunion. VP will take over if President is unable to perform duties due to medical or personal issues.


- (Combined office, suggested this position be the spouse of the President). Responsibilities: to keep all records of account, continue to keep reunion booklet up to date. Keep in contact with vendors for upcoming reunion throughout the year. Document all funds for activities regarding reunion. Purchase all food and decorations for reunion.

- A motion was made to raise the $15 per year or $150 Lifetime dues by $5. The dues pay for copy newsletter, envelope, and postage for mailings and to help for any deposits for reunions. After a descussion by all, it was voted to keep it the same and bring back up at next reunion.


The 2020 USS Southerland Reunion will take place in Portland, Maine on Sept. 30th - Oct. 4th, 2020. Hotel has already been secured at Best Western Merry Manor Inn - 700 Main St. South Portland, Maine. Rooms will be $129 per day with buffet breakfast included. Plans are underway for a group tour to the Bathe Shipyards, Trolley Tour of Portland & Harbor Cruise and a few surprises. Hotel can be booked anytime at 207-774-6157; you will need to mention USS Southerland Reunion to get this rate. Hope everyone will start to make plans to be with us in 2020. Thanks Rick for all your help!


Don't forget that shipmate Jim Kumbalek can work directly with you to purchase hats, emblems, and shirts bearing the USS Southerland DD/DDR 743 logo. Contact him at 920-684-8976 or email jdakumbalek @


John Dooley QM3 1951-1952 Passed on Dec. 1, 2018
We would like to say a final farewell to our fallen shipmate. If you know of any other shipmate that has deceased and is not published on the web page, please contact Gary Schweizer at his email: sweenie04 @ so we can keep the roster up to date.


China is building a Navy, and it clearly intends to Challenge the United States, and in the broader international community not only in the waters off its coast, but on all the high seas across the globe. The United States Navy is a powerhouse. Everyone remembers Ronald Regan's 600-ship Navy from the 1980s. They saw the Navy fall from 592 ships in 1989, to 350 ships in 1998, to 271 in 2015. Our fleet now consists of roughly 287 deployable ships as of 2019. President Trump feels it is critical to quickly increase to a 355 ship Navy if we are to avoid a disastrous war. It has also initiated a selection process to begin acquiring a new guided-missile frigate beginning in the 2020. (Article from National Review written by Jerry Hendrix.)

FROM THE GOAT LOCKER 2019 by GMCS Craig Pankop, USN Retired

As Diane and I crisscross our beautiful country we meet lots of interesting people, for me it's the veteran that I tend to migrate too. I talked with a Korean War veteran recently who was an Air Force Firefighter. I said, back in the day of propellers and he said no we were flying F-86 jets. I didn't have much time to visit but I did thank him for his service. I think it is important to recognize a veteran when you see them wherever you may be. So many interesting stories, they smile, laugh and enjoy sharing some of their military moments. Sea stories, scuttlebutt, call it what you want, it makes a veteran feel good to be recognized for their service to our country. So, extend a hand, give them a salute or in some way acknowledge that veteran. You will be glad you did. Fair winds and followings seas till next time.


Don't forget to send in your 2019 dues. $15 a year or $150 lifetime.
To continue to receive all the information on the upcoming 2019 reunion which is found in the Southerland newsletter we need you to send in your dures. Dues help us keep you informed and pay for mailings, postage and web page costs.
Checks mailed to: 25201 Kathy Drive South Bend, IN 46619

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!


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