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 UPDATE
Plans for the 2015 Picking Reunion in Colorado Springs are beginning to come together. Tours are being planned for the United States Air Force Academy where we will have lunch and, then complete the day with a trip through the beautiful Garden of the Gods. For a second tour, we will drive south to Pueblo, Colorado, visit a Medal of Honor Museum on the River Walk (small by comparison to San Antonio's River Walk, but Colorado needs to skimp with its water), and have lunch by the River Walk....Italian fare.
An additional (optional) trip is being planned for Thursday morning for those who would like to take a cog train ride up to the summit of Pikes Peak....this is optional as some of us may be challenged by the thinner air at an elevation of 14,114', while others might wish to make the ascent.
With that thought in mind, we are recommending that shipmates might wish to arrive a day early to begin acclimating to Colorado Spring's elevation of 6,035'
We look forward to seeing you in Colorado Springs and sharing a great time with all the activities we have planned.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
George Brunson is looking for info on his 1967-8 shipmates Peter Neurtz, William Kish, and Robert Egge. Please contact George at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.