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An electronic copy (PDF) of the Shipmate Directory is available to
                       "ACTIVE" members via email from the HPRA president (email Link).

HPRA NEWSLETTERS   The next Newsletter is scheduled for JULY - 2020

"NOTES, NOTICES, HEADLINES & MORE"
(An "Underlined" item is usually a link to an article or website)

FYI - BOSTON REUNION UPDATE
as of 3/14/2020

  The HPRA officers and reunion planner, with input from the membership, have canceled the HPRA Reunion originally scheduled for June 11-13, 2020 in Boston. If you have made hotel reservations, you need to cancel it yourself. We cannot do it for you.

    The hotel reservation number is (781)284-7200. The on-line method does not seem to provide an actual cancellation method.

    There is more information in your March newsletter issued  3/23/2020.  The July 2020 newsletter will outline the  2021 reunion in Milwaukee.

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"REUNION GROUPs SLIDESHOW"

The following slideshow presents group photos from HPRA reunions - 2006 through the most recent. The show was created using "Microsoft Sway" (see note on Sway at the right-bottom). If you have any previous to 2006, send them in. Use the "Contact..." link at the bottom of the page.




Wesley Hoch (58-60/Lt.)

    A previous article on Wesley Hoch was presented by JJ Larson (59-62/Lt) and is located on the "Sea and Short Stories" page. The original article was in two-part with only part-two available. The full two-part article, in "Composites Fabrication" magazine, provided by a shipmate, is now available. Part-one deals with Hoch's life later in Rockland Maine with part-two covering his work during the Vietnam era.

    The "PDF" version that includes both part-one and two is now available (select photo) or via the "Sea and Short Stories" page replacing the original.


THE BATTLE OF GANGHWA 1871 -

AMERICA’SFIRST KOREAN CONFLICT

(Hint - Hugh Purvis)

    This article is from "Uncles Sams Misguided Children."

   Unless you’re a student of history, you probably are unaware of a major battle that occurred in Korea on June 10-11, 1871.  Yes, the United States fought Korea before the 1950’s. And 15 members of the force that fought there received the Medal of Honor for their part in the Battle of Ganghwa." A short story of "Capture the Flag." Read the full story here...

"SCAM SCAMS SCAMS"
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UPDATED - Be aware of many new scam attempts, especially those dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19).  These seem to deal mostly with  fake and dangerous cures. Your own doctors are the only ones you need. Reports indicate the scammers are targeting veterans at an increased rate since the Covid-19 outbreak.

    A very recent scam deals with the Federal stimulus checks from the IRS. Don't fall for any showing up in the mail that are not directly from the IRS. These fake checks are attempts to get your banking information.

    At any point in time, there are those that will attempt to "fool" you to try to get hold of your personal information in an attempt to take your hard earned money. It is up too you to not fall for these attempts.

    These are some of the most common ones active today...

PHONE & EMAILS SCAM'S
  • SSI 
  • MEDICARE
  • The IRS
  • MICROSOFT or APPLE
  • Your Bank
  • Your Grandson stuck in   "anyplace"
  • The V.A.
  •  And many others of this type
    These examples will all try to convince you that something is wrong, They all try to get you to reveal personal information about accounts or your computer access. Some may require an "up front" fee to help fix your problems. Do not fall for any of this.

    If any really need to contact you is will be via regular mail, ofter registered mail. If any ask for you to verify account numbers, hang up. If it's through EMAIL, delete it - do not click on any links within a message. A real institution will already have your personal information and will not ask you to verify it by having you actually say it or email it.

Be safe.

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SLIDESHOWS USING
MICROSOFT SWAY
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    The large Slideshows for Reunions have been moved from the home page to their own pages. The "SS" for the most recent reunion has a "small" version in the "HPRA" column on the left of this page under the HPRA section. Below that mini show are links to others.

See the  "SWAY NOTE"

(From time-to-time, something special will appear here. Maybe a photo or poem etc.
After a period of time, the item will move to an appropriate page.
(Always In progress - Stay Tuned)

"DESTROYER LIFE"
By James P. McGarry - U.S.S. Smith
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When Sherman said that war was hell,
Sherman evidently knew,
 Some of the hardships that you must stand,
When you join a destroyer's crew.
For they call for the hardest kind of men,
The kind with the sand and grit,
The men that can stick through the toughest Grind,
 And will never lay down and quit.
 For those destroyers are long and low and lean,
 And they roll and pitch and leap,
And they keep you drenched by the heavy seas,
That over their sides will sweep.
And you have to be able to stand the strain,
Of long hours without sleep or rest,
And a thousand other such things as that,
Which put men to their greatest test.
And when you see them clad in their dungarees,
Well, they ain't such a handsome lot,
But they're the ruggedest, roughest, gamest
 and toughest Men that our Navy's got.
 So you have to hand it to Sims’ boys,
 For they’ve proved that they have the stuff,
That goes to make a fighting force,
That no nation on earth can bluff.


"ONLY  A  SAILOR"
Found on Facebook - author unknown
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HE'S  ONLY  A  SAILOR  ON  THE  BOUNDLESS  DEEP,
UNDER  FOREIGN  SKIES  AND  TROPICAL  HEAT.
ONLY  A  SAILOR  ON  THE  ROLLING DEEP,
IN  SUMMER  RAIN  AND  WINTER  SLEET.
 
HE'S  ONLY  A  SAILOR  FOR  UNCLE  SAM,
FAR  FROM  HIS  HOME  AND  NATIVE  LAND.
HE'S  ONLY  A  SAILOR  SOME  FOLKS  SAY,
HE  CAN  MAKE  A  LIVING  NO  OTHER  WAY.
 
THEY  SAY,  "HE'S  A  SAILOR  OF  THEM  BEWARE,"
NO  MORE  OF  HIM  THAN  A  DOG  DO  THEY  CARE.
HE'S  ONLY  A  VAGABOND  WHO'S  NEVER  BEEN  BORN,
AND  IT'S  BECAUSE  HE  WEARS  A  NAVY  UNIFORM.
 
YOU  MAY  CALL  HIM  A  PAUPER  OR  A  GOVERNMENT  BUM,
BUT  REMEMBER  FOLKS  HE'S  THE  MAN  BEHIND  THE  GUN.
AND  WHEN  EVER  WAR  CLOUDS  ARISE  IN  THE PEACEFUL  SKY,
'TIS  HE  NOT  YOU  THAT  GOES  FORTH  TO  DIE.
 
'TIS  HE  THAT  STANDS  IN  HIS  SUIT  OF  BLUE,
TO  DEFEND  HIS  HOME  AND  YOU.
'TIS  HE  THAT  WALKS  THE  DECKS  OF  SHIPS,
'TIS  HE  THAT  WOULD  DIE  WITH  A  SMILE  ON  HIS  LIPS.
WHILE  YOU  ENJOY  THAT  WHICH  HE  HAS  DONE,
CAST  HIM  OFF  WITH  A  SNEER  AND  CALL  HIM  A  BUM.
 
IF  IT  WERE  NOT  FOR  HIM,  WHOM  YOU  DESPISE  AND  HATE,
FOREIGN  POWER  INVADING  WOULD  MAKE  YOUR  FATE.
THEN  YOU  WOULD  CRY  ALOUD  FOR  THE  BOYS  IN  BLUE,
BUT  IF  THERE  WERE  NONE  PRAY,  WHAT  WOULD  YOU  DO?
 
AND  A  SAILORS  WIFE  WHO  TRAVELS  THE  WHOLE  WORLD  OVER,
TO  BE  WITH  HER  MAN  ONE  DAY  OUT  OF  FOUR.
IS  SNUBBED  AND  SHIED  BY  THE  BEST  IN  EACH  TOWN,
WHEN  THEY  SO  NEED  A  SMILE  THEY  SEE  ONLY  A  FROWN.
 
THEY  REFUSE  TO  BELIEVE  THAT  SHE  IS  TRUE,
TO  HER  MAN,  HER  COUNTRY,  THE  RED,  WHITE  AND  BLUE.
THE  APARTMENT  HOUSE  LANDLORD  SAYS,  "NO  NAVY  ALLOWED,"
AN  INSULT  TO  HER  HUSBAND  OF  WHOM  SHE  IS  PROUD.
 
THEN  REMEMBER  WE  TO OUR  FLAG  ARE  TRUE,
SO  PLEASE  TRY  TO  GIVE  THEM  THAT  WHICH  IS  DUE.
FOR  BEFORE  THEY  ENLISTED  TO  WEAR  THE  SUIT  OF  BLUE,
THEY  WERE  CIVILIANS  THE  SAME  AS  YOU!





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