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

HPRA NEWSLETTERS   The October 2020  Newsletter is out. The next is
                        scheduled for JANUARY - 2021

("Underlined" items are usually links to articles or websites)

Victor Irr
   Victor Irr (BT2) passed away on 6 September 2020 in Millbury, MA. He served aboard from 1954 to 1956.
             Victor Irr Obituary

The next HPRA Reunion will be June 9-12, 2021 in Milwaukee, WI
Preliminary information will be in the July 2020 newsletter and is on the
"2021 HPRA Reunion..." page. See reunion link in left hand column.
A survey for the 2021Reunion will be in the January 2021 newsletter...
Please return it ASAP


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.



(Hint - Hugh Purvis)
    The following articles 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...


The resting place of Hugh Purvis

Model built by friend of Wayne Dupre
    We are always harping on this situation. Every day something new, often more insidious, is popping up. We are now entering in to a couple of special periods. Tax season is about to rear its ugly head and the scammers are already working on their techniques.

    The latest is dealing with COVID-19 and the up coming vaccines. Scams attempting to convince you about avaiability and charging. are appearing everyday. To be clear, these are fake. The vaccine is to be free and available through your local and state government, your doctor and your medical insurance. They are to be given out in stages, dependent on your work (healthcare for instance) and your age.
    Please be aware of this and don't fall for the scamers.

    You are be contacted with an email saying "Your order on Amazon can not be shipped."  It will then direct you to a link that takes you to a very legit looking 'Amazon' page.   Here they ask you for your personal information - name address and credit card numbers to complete your order.
    This is a very clever and realistic looking SCAM..... let me repeat ... SCAM. Other versions of this also come from any company you might do business with.
    Please NEVER give anyone your information unless YOU initiated the contact.
    If Anyone Contacts You before,  during or after a purchase ... just Don't Do It ... Don't give them any info - Ever!

From "USVCP", the VA and other sources, Each open in their own window or tab. Let us know if any stop working.

(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)

Veterans     (Author unknown)

To understand a Military Veteran you must know:
We left home as teenagers or in our early twenties for an unknown adventure.
We loved our country enough to defend it and protect it with our own lives.
We said goodbye to friends and family and everything we knew.
We learned the basics and then we scattered in the wind to the far corners of the Earth.
We found new friends and new family.
We became brothers and sisters regardless of color, race or creed.
We had plenty of good times, and plenty of bad times.
We didn’t get enough sleep.
We smoked and drank too much.
We picked up both good and bad habits.
We worked hard and played harder.
We didn’t earn a great wage.
We experienced the happiness of mail call and the sadness of missing important events back home.
We didn’t know when, or even if, we were ever going to see home again.
We grew up fast, and yet somehow, we never grew up at all.
Our primary mission was to defend American freedoms we hold so dear.
Some of us saw actual combat, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us saw the world, and some of us didn’t.
Some of us dealt with physical warfare. Many of us dealt with psychological warfare.
We have seen and experienced and dealt with things that we can’t fully describe or explain,
as not all of our sacrifices were physical.
We participated in time honored ceremonies and rituals with each other, strengthening our bonds and camaraderie.
We counted on each other to get our job done and sometimes just to survive.
We have dealt with victory and tragedy.
We have celebrated and mourned.
We lost a few along the way.
When our adventure was over, some of us went back home, some of us started somewhere new,
and some of us never came home at all.
We have told amazing and hilarious stories of our exploits and adventures.
We share an unspoken bond with each other, that most people don’t experience, and few will understand.
We speak highly of our own branch of service, and poke fun at the other branches.
We know however, that if needed, we will be there for our brothers and sisters and stand together as one in a heartbeat.
Being a Veteran is something that had to be earned, and it can never be taken away.
It has no monetary value, but at the same time it is a priceless gift.
People see a Veteran and they thank them for their service.
When we see each other, we give that little upwards head nod, or a slight smile, knowing that we have shared
and experienced things that most people have not.

So, from myself to the rest of the veterans out there,
I commend and thank you for all that you have done and sacrificed for your country.
Try to remember the good times and make peace with the bad times.
Share your stories.
But most importantly, stand tall and proud, for you have earned the right to be called a Veteran.

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