We are the Real Sailormen, the Destroyer Men of the Fleet!
REUNION 2013 IN PHILLY!
The Reunion is over! It was a great event. We had a number of new attendees but missed a few of the old regulars, Chuck Kemmerling, Phil Broadbridge, Gary Dusky, Ken Kile, Don Lehmkuhl. Welcome to the newbies! Tony and Flo Cellucci did a superb job with a very busy meeting! The newbies seem stimulated and I believe the Picking memories will carry on for years to come.
The 2015 Reunion is to be hosted by Mike Carmichael and Ken McDonald in Colorado. Mike will forward info on this and I will post it as soon as its available.
2015 USS PICKING REUNION - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Colorado is gearing up for our 2015 USS Picking Reunion! Although we lost some of our attractions during the 2012 and 2013 fires and floods, there is great hope we'll see their return by reunion time. If not, there are plenty of attractions still available. Tours being considered are the United States Air Force Academy; a train trip through the beautiful Royal Gorge at Canon City, CO; an inspiring trip through the Garden of the Gods with its stunning scenery; a possible cog train trip up the beautiful Pikes Peak Mountain; as well as shopping in historic Manitou Springs or Old Colorado City. Also, we will be holding our reunion at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. It is set in the foothills of Colorado Springs, CO with beautiful views. They have on-site golf, tennis courts, five (5) pools, weight room and more. You will truly enjoy yourselves. We're looking forward to seeing a great turn-out for the reunion as we show-off Colorado in 2015!!
2015 PICKING REUNION - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Looks like the dates of September 7th thru the 10th will be the best time to have our reunion. September is usually beautiful, the hot weather is gone and normally no rain. This summer we had forest fires and I guess we had our 100 year flood. So we got that out of the way.
My favorite time of the year is around October 12th, but it could snow and that would be beautiful but would have a negative effect on any tours. So September it is.
We are talking to three hotels, one downtown, one right off the freeway and one up against the foothills. We will have that worked out soon and report the information to you all.
We are planning on having around 50+ shipmates , along with their spouses, family members and guest. Remember family members and friends from other services are welcome. we all speak the same language and it is always interesting to hear their stories.
At the Philly reunion we had 9 newbees attend. We hope to see you all and maybe some more new shipmates too, God willing. Remember the good die young, so I want you to all be a little meaner and nastier over the next 2 years. God Bless you all.
Mike & Nina Carmichael and Ken & Lindy McDonald
I posted the 10 minute video clip of the Picking refueling from the Oriskany in 1964 on YouTube. You can view the clip at:
This was sent to me by an Oriskany sailor who wanted us to see an airdale's perspective on smaller surface ships!
INFORMATION REQUESTED ON JOHN A. BENNINGHOFF MM3. He served on the Picking sometime from 1956 to 1960 (I see him on the ship's roster in 1957 at least through the end of 1958) and he passed away 12 years ago. His daughter Karin is looking for a photo of him in uniform. Hopefully one of you all will remember him and better yet have a photo of him. Please contact Karin at: email@example.com
INFORMATION REQUESTED ON Robert Melvin "Andy" Anderson who was on the Picking 1967 to 1970. He was from Florida. Help was requested by Tom Howell. Please contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
George Brunson is looking for info on his 1967-8 shipmates Peter Neurtz, William Kish, and Robert Egge. Please contact George at email@example.com
I am in the process of converting the Picking's wartime log for World War II. The log was originally posted on an extinct website (www.nobadlie.com). Fortunately Paul Whitfield printed out a complete 128 page copy in 2003. He loaned the document to me and I have scanned and did optical character recognition scanning of the document. I will continue the updating until it is complete. To visit it go to WWII LOG button to the left.
Tin Can Sailors is a national organization of veterans who served on DDs, DEs, DDEs, DDRs, DLs, DLGs, other destroyer class warships, and even ADs. They sponsor many events around the country and provide monetary support to the DDs that are moored as historical ships around the country. I would recommend that you consider joining. Their website is http://www.tincansailors.com/
Remember the USS Liberty, the electronic intelligence ship that was attacked and almost sunk in 1967? Visit their website.