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Sept 2012 Newsletter

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

To all Subic Bay and Sangley Point Marines:

Our 20th Annual Reunion has come and gone.  What a job that Bob and Cathy Bergeron, Duane and Linda Magnan did to make this a great success, kudos to all of you!  Everyone in attendance had a great time!  As always lots of stories (for some who had house boys), cold San Miguel beer, great food and great fellowship.

Thank you for extending my tenure as your President.  I will do my best for the SUBIC BAY MARINES !

Looking forward to seeing, talking and Emailing many of you as the time goes by.

Semper Fi

Bob White
SBM 76-77
“A” Co

 

THE 20TH ANNUAL REUNION OF SUBIC BAY MARINES

2012 Runion group Photo

The annual business meeting was held Saturday morning. Reports were taken from the officers and were approved. Other business included the confirmation brief for the location of the 2013 reunion at the Main Stay Suites in Pigeon Forge, TN. Col. Rufus Bowers (Ret) will be the organizer and will be making the arrangements for this reunion, some details of which can be found on the press release section of the Subic Bay Marines web page. It should be noted that Jim Putnam was involved with the early reunion planning with Col. Bowers.

The Subic Bay Marines held a discussion on charitable donations we have made in the past and may be made in the future. The Treasurer was authorized to issue checks for up to $2,000.00 to the organizations nominated, and for whom the motion was carried. Donations were approved for the following charitable causes: Care Packages From Home, Central Indiana Young Marines, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundations, and Smile Train.

Motions were made for officers of the organization; Bob White was nominated and confirmed for another term as President. Col. Rufus Bowers was nominated and confirmed as Vice President. Larry Sims was nominated and confirmed as Director At Large.

General discussion was held about future reunion planning and the meeting was adjourned.

TAPS

We regret to announce the death of the following Subic Bay Marines.
Military weappon in sandbag, along side helmet
Mr. Jimmie C. (Jim) Putnam, 55-56, 9/7/12. Reported by his family.

Mr. Walter (Jake) Ehrlich, , 9/16/2012, 53-57, 83 Reported by Tony Amundsen.

 

 

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE

2013 Reunion: The 21st annual survivor reunion will be held from October 28 to October 31, 2013 in Pigeon Forge, TN. PLease check the reunion page and the January Newsletter for more details.

Return Trip to the Philippines: Sorry! This trip has been cancelled.

Treasurer :: The Subic Bay Marines Association is seeking a replacement for the incumbent,Tony Amundsen. Tony has done and and continues to do an outstanding job for this organization in his position as treasurer. (Thanks Tony!) If you are interested, please contract Tony directly at intuit@att.net.

Date Changes for the Vietnam War: According to the citation in the Wikipedia Vietnam War article, the official start date of the Vietnam war have been changed to 1 NOV 1955. This may change benefits for some of you or your dependants.

“Due to the early presence of American troops in Vietnam the start date of the Vietnam War is a matter of debate. In 1998 after a high level review by the Department of Defense (DoD) and through the efforts of Richard B. Fitzgibbon‘s family the start date of the Vietnam War according to the US government was officially changed to 1 November 1955…” The full article and citations can be found here.

Charitable Contributions: It is customary that the Subic Bay Marines Association donates up to $500 to three or four charitable causes each year. Here is how it works: Nominations should be made to Tony Amundsen (intuit@att.net) and David Seiler (dfsandgvs@cox.net) before the reunion, to include the name of the charity, address, point of contact and justification. Tony and David will review the charities and make a recommendation to the group during the business meeting at the reunion for approval. A vote is taken and if approved, the contribution is made to the charity following the reunion. We have had some great recommendation in the past and I know there are more great causes out there.

**update since the reunion: In November, the Sub Bay Marines association donated $500.00 to the american Red Cross.

For those of you looking for other military Friends and acquaintances: Check out these sites : Vetfriends.com, togetherweserved.com. Many of you may already you may belong to one or both of these sites. Its a great opportunity to catch up with other Marines and service members you may have served without outside of Subic bay, and who knows, you may find a few more Subic Marines out there as well!

Veterans Get Free Help from Lawyers – May 27, 2011, MIlitary.com ran an article on how veterans nation­wide can get free legal help to get their benefits, among other things. See the full article here:http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/05/veterans-get-free-help-from-lawyers/

Subic Bay Marines History – If you would like to view the documentary on the history of Subic Bay military base, check out the bulletin board for the videos. Might even see yourself in the video!

Agent Orange This subject has been addressed in the past. Any Subic Bay Marine suffering from or believe their medical problems could have come from Agent Orange exposure should go tohttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0109-09.htm. You may also find information on Agent Orange in H. R. 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. The bill was introduced May 5, 2009 and referred to Committee, where it presently lies. Additional information about Agent Orange, provided by David Stockwell, can be found at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/aono3.htm as well.

Guest BookIf you read the Guest Book on our web site, and you should,  you can’t miss the comments – best duty station ever – good liberty at several places – good friends they have lost contact with, etc. If you want to relive those days and visit with those who helped make them, our reunions are the places to be. Opportunity never comes – It’s here!!!!  Mark your schedule. Additionally, if you have any changes or additions to the Guest Book Roster, PLEASE notify the Secretary at dmsavage1@gmail.com

Commemorative Coins and Patches

“Subic Bay” Company Coins

Subic Coin

Bob White, 76-77,our current President, has 1½” brass commemorative coins. One side has a Marine Corps Emblem with “Subic Bay Marines” and “Brothers Forever” around the emblem and “A” Co/Hq, Main side, “B” Co/Separate Guard Co, Cubi Point, and “C” Co/Detached Guard Co, San Miguel on the very outside. Colors are mainly red, blue and gold. The reverse of the coin has the American and Philippine Flags and a colorful jeepney with Marine Barracks, Subic Bay Philippines and 1899 – 1992 around the outside. Pretty neat!! Should you wish to acquire one of these commemorative coins, the total cost is $7.50 plus postage. Any profit will go to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order coin or coins, call Bob at 815-544-3932 or e-mail; him at bobwhiteludy@aol.com. Response in the past has been terrific with coins being sent all over the world. Many new orders were requested at the reunion, so it will be repeated, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity, remember –Opportunity never comes, it’s here!

“B” Company Coins

Coin

The Association has a new challenge coin to offer which was designed for those who served in the Magazine. Whether you served when it was called Separate Guard or Company “B”, everyone can appreciate this beautiful coin. It is 1 3/4” in diameter, the obverse depicts the Company “B” Eagle, Globe, and Anchor from the early Eighties, and the reverse depicts the Official Naval Magazine logo. It is very colorful with 9 colors and lots of detail. If you are into collecting challenge coins, or might be interested in getting started, this coin is a must have; truly a great memento for those who served in the Magazine or for anyone desiring to own a beautiful coin of distinction. Cost is $12 each, which includes shipping and insurance, with all profits going to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order, contact fellow member Tom Hamblett, 81-84, at 760-361-7702 or shoot him an e-mail to hamshideout@netzero.net.

Tom can also e-mail you an image of the coin proof if you like before you decide to purchase. More will be struck if we run out, so don’t worry if they are not in stock. Thank you for supporting the Subic Bay Marines.

SECRETARY NOTES

Subic Bay Marines Website construction continues: Since the passing of or former Webmaster, Rick Reynolds, some of the functionality on the web site has been reduced. The Guest book is not working due to a large amount of SPAM we continued to receive. We are in the process of creating new web site. Until he new site is unveiled, those wishing to communicate with other SBM’s could do so via the bulletin board. We continue to improve and work on the site. There have been some outages with our service provider and we have resolved that issue. Thanks for your patience!

Dues: Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION!!! 
The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge.

HELP – We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home address for nearly 600 Subic Bay Marines. If you are looking at the web site roster and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – . If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail, PLEASEforward your e-mail address to dmsavage1@gmail.com. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put dmsavage1@gmail.com as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include dmsavage1@gmail.com in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc. Thank you!

 

 

DUES STATEMENT
Year 2011 dues @ $25.00 per year
25.00
Voluntary Contribution – to support N/L, Web Site, recruiting, etc.
TOTAL ENCLOSED
$_____
Name ________________________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Make check payable to: Subic Bay Marines
Send check to: Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565
 

Jun 2012 Newsletter

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

To all Subic Bay and Sangley Point Marines:

I hope everyone is enjoying your summer!  As you know our 20th annual reunion is fast approaching.  Duane and Bob have put together a great venue with something for everyone to see and enjoy.  I strongly urge you to get your reservations ASAP!  I have talked to many SBM’s in the past few months, for many this will be their first reunion.  How exciting is that see new faces and you might see a fellow SBM that you haven’t seen in many years.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Bremerton.  Until September keep pushing on!

Semper Fi

Bob White
SBM 76-77
“A” Co

TAPS

 

We regret to announce the death of the following Subic Bay Marines.
Military weappon in sandbag, along side helmet
Mr. Ricky G. Budd, HqCo 58-60, 5/29/12. Reported by his Wife, Dot Budd

Mr. Crispin Acosta53-54, 56-59, 64-66, 5/27/2012. Reported by Jim Bassett.

Mr. Wayne A. Babb, LtCol77-78, Reported by Kimberly & Patricia Babb

Mr. Thomas A Dutton, LtCol, DetGdCo 61-63, 2/2012 . Reported by Jim Bassett.

 

NEWS YOU CAN USE

2012 Reunion update: We have been informed that several carrier will be in port during the 2012 reunion. You are highly encouraged to reserve your room well in advance of the reunion!Take Note: The cut-off date is August 30 to reserve your room, at the discounted rate.. See theReunion Tab on the Website for details.

Return Trip to the Philippines: If you would like to take a trip back to Subic, here is your opportunity. The Point of Contract is Bob White, bobwhiteludy@aol.com.

Here is what the package includes:
Single Occupancy   :     $ 1,639.00 + tax ($478.00)
Twin Occupancy     :     $ 1,399.00 + tax ($478.00)

– Round trip airfare SFO/MNL/SFO on Phil Airlines on coach class
– 2 night stay at Intercontinental Hotel with breakfast
– 2 night stay at Grand Seas Resort Subic with breakfast
– 2 night stay at Microtel Cabanatuan with breakfast
– Transportation from Manila to Bataan/Subic/Cabanatuan back to Manila
– Sightseeing tours as stated in the itinerary
– Services of an English Speaking guide during the duration of stay
– Services of the airport representative during arrival and departure

The current itinerary:
Day 1 Depart for Philippines
Day 2 Arrive-  American Memorial Cemetery.
Day 3 Corregidor.
Day 4 Depart for Subic/ Jungle survival pm.
Day 5 Treetop adventure.
Day 6 Cabanatuan.
Day 7 On you own, Cock Fights, shopping, etc.
Day 8 Depart for Manila

Take a look at this Business Insider, Inc article detailing the possible re-opening of a US base at Subic Bay.

The Pantingan Massacre MarkerA Filipina friend of Ray Elliot, Edna Binkowski, runs tours to help preserve markers on the Bataan Death March route and Japanese Captors during the Death March. Edna Binkowski is the author of “Code Name High Pockets” (The true story of Claire Phillips, and American spy, and the resistance movements during WWII in the Philippines). Edna has already rehabilitated the battle of the Tuol Pockets Marker in Bagac, Bataan, and others. You can contact Edna at hipockets.edna@yahoo.com,

Charitable Contributions: It is customary that the Subic Bay Marines Association donates up to $500 to three or four charitable causes each year. Here is how it works: Nominations should be made to Tony Amundsen (intuit@att.net) and David Seiler (dfsandgvs@cox.net) before the reunion, to include the name of the charity, address, point of contact and justification. Tony and David will review the charities and make a recommendation to the group during the business meeting at the reunion for approval. A vote is taken and if approved, the contribution is made to the charity following the reunion. We have had some great recommendation in the past and I know there are more great causes out there.

Select this link to see the letter of recognition from Camp Pendleton Armed Serviced YMCA in response to the donation on behalf of Mr. Charles Hayes to the Wounded Warriors program at Camp Pendleton

Select this Link to view “Care Packages from Home”, an organization led by Les Tenney, A former World War II POW who survived the Bataan Death March and three-and-a-half years are a POW. ( I received pages on my last tour form this group! Very unexpected and extremely appreciated! – David Savage) Consider supporting this organization either personally, or through a recommendation to our board of a charitable contribution.

For those of you looking for other military Friends and acquaintances: Check out these sites : Vetfriends.com, togetherweserved.com. Many of you may already you may belong to one or both of these sites. Its a great opportunity to catch up with other Marines and service members you may have served without outside of Subic bay, and who knows, you may find a few more Subic Marines out there as well!

Veterans Get Free Help from Lawyers – May 27, 2011, MIlitary.com ran an article on how veterans nation­wide can get free legal help to get their benefits, among other things. See the full article here: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/05/veterans-get-free-help-from-lawyers/

Subic Bay Marines History – If you would like to view the documentary on the history of Subic Bay military base, check out the bulletin board for the videos. Might even see yourself in the video!

Agent Orange This subject has been addressed in the past. Any Subic Bay Marine suffering from or believe their medical problems could have come from Agent Orange exposure should go tohttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0109-09.htm. You may also find information on Agent Orange in H. R. 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. The bill was introduced May 5, 2009 and referred to Committee, where it presently lies. Additional information about Agent Orange, provided by David Stockwell, can be found athttp://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/aono3.htm as well.

Guest BookIf you read the Guest Book on our web site, and you should,  you can’t miss the comments – best duty station ever – good liberty at several places – good friends they have lost contact with, etc. If you want to relive those days and visit with those who helped make them, our reunions are the places to be. Opportunity never comes – It’s here!!!!  Mark your schedule.Additionally, if you have any changes or additions to the Guest Book Roster, PLEASE notify the Secretary at dmsavage1@gmail.com

Commemorative Coins and Patches

Subic Coin

“Subic Bay” Company Coins

Bob White, 76-77,our current President, has 1½” brass commemorative coins. One side has a Marine Corps Emblem with “Subic Bay Marines” and “Brothers Forever” around the emblem and “A” Co/Hq, Main side, “B” Co/Separate Guard Co, Cubi Point, and “C” Co/Detached Guard Co, San Miguel on the very outside. Colors are mainly red, blue and gold. The reverse of the coin has the American and Philippine Flags and a colorful jeepney with Marine Barracks, Subic Bay Philippines and 1899 – 1992 around the outside. Pretty neat!! Should you wish to acquire one of these commemorative coins, the total cost is $7.50 plus postage. Any profit will go to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order coin or coins, call Bob at 815-544-3932 or e-mail; him atbobwhiteludy@aol.com. Response in the past has been terrific with coins being sent all over the world. Many new orders were requested at the reunion, so it will be repeated, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity, remember – Opportunity never comes, it’s here.

Coin

“B” Company Coins

The Association has a new challenge coin to offer which was designed for those who served in the Magazine. Whether you served when it was called Separate Guard or Company “B”, everyone can appreciate this beautiful coin. It is 1 3/4” in diameter, the obverse depicts the Company “B” Eagle, Globe, and Anchor from the early Eighties, and the reverse depicts the Official Naval Magazine logo. It is very colorful with 9 colors and lots of detail. If you are into collecting challenge coins, or might be interested in getting started, this coin is a must have; truly a great memento for those who served in the Magazine or for anyone desiring to own a beautiful coin of distinction. Cost is $12 each, which includes shipping and insurance, with all profits going to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order, contact fellow member Tom Hamblett, 81-84, at 760-361-7702 or shoot him an e-mail to hamshideout@netzero.net.

Tom can also e-mail you an image of the coin proof if you like before you decide to purchase. More will be struck if we run out, so don’t worry if they are not in stock. Thank you for supporting the Subic Bay

Marines.

SECRETARY NOTES

Subic Bay Marines Website construction continues: Since the passing of or former Webmaster, Rick Reynolds, some of the functionality on the web site has been reduced. The Guest book is not working due to a large amount of SPAM we continued to receive. We are in the process of creating new web site. Until he new site is unveiled, those wishing to communicate with other SBM’s could do so via the bulletin board. We continue to improve and work on the site. There have been some outages with our service provider and we have resolved that issue. Thanks for your patience!

Dues: Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION!!! 
The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge.

HELP – We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home address for nearly 400 Subic Bay Marines. If you are looking at the web site roster and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – . If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail,PLEASE forward your e-mail address to dmsavage1@gmail.com. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put dmsavage1@gmail.com as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include dmsavage1@gmail.com in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc. Thank you!

 

 

DUES STATEMENT
Year 2011 dues @ $25.00 per year
25.00
Voluntary Contribution – to support N/L, Web Site, recruiting, etc.
TOTAL ENCLOSED
$_____
Name ________________________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Make check payable to: Subic Bay Marines
Send check to: Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565 

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Jan 2012 Newsletter

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Subic Bay Marines

September 5th,2011

Presidents Report

I hope that everyone who attended the Reunion in Lisle had a great time!  The Bus trip to Chicago was great!  Lots of eats and drinks. A lot of first time attendees. Lots of stories of our times in the Philippines,  I want to give a special thank you out to Ludy, who cooked the Filipino Buffet on Thursday nights meet and greet. The food was great.  If you left hungry it was your own fault.

The venue was great!  Lots to see, baseball games, train rides, river walks,golf,city of Chicago, and a lot more.  I want to say thank you to our organization for making outsiders welcome and comfortable!

The SBM organization has continued my term as President. I will do my best to honor our mission statement.  Thank you for all the support.

I encourage those SBM that want to get involved with anything in the organization to call me.  We really want your input and help.

Next year we will be in Bremerton,WA.  I hope to see many of you there.  Again I say thank you for all the support.

Semper Fi

Bob White
SBM 76-77
“A” Co

FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT

Just a note from your new V. P. I have started a book of Obituaries. This will be by the year from
reunion to reunion. It will be much help if anyone knows of a passing to please let me know. If you can send me a copy of the obituary it will help. This book will be on display at every reunion that I can make.

If I can’t be there I will do my best to see that it gets there with someone else. Several couples had a get together in Normal, IL. this fall for a good steak and company. Looking forward to seeing you all in Washington next fall.

Fred Axthelm
SBM 57-58
HqCo

TAPS

 

We regret to announce the death of the following Subic Bay Marines.
Military weappon in sandbag, along side helmet
Mr. C (Bill) Davidson, Company A, 58-59, Cpl, died 9-25-11, reported by Bill Frazier.

Mr.Kirk Davis, Company A, 76-77, died. Reported by BoB White.

Mr. Eugene Dolan, SepGdCo,57-59, Sgt, Died 11-21-11, reported by David Seiler.

Mr. Leslie L. Page, HQ 61-63 and 71-72,Col, Died 9-2011, Reported by Jim Bassett.

Mr. John StacyReservation Police 50-52, Died12-9-2011, reported by Vernon Pitts

NEWS YOU CAN USE

2012 Reunion update: We ahve been informed that seveal carrier will be in port during the 2012 reunion. You are highly encouraged to reserve your room well in advance of the reunion!

Return Trip to the Philippines: Attention all Subic Bay Marines, family and friends we are currently planning on a return trip Feb/ Mar 2013. We don’t have prices yet! If you might be interested in going contact: Bob White at bobwhiteludy@aol.com.

The Pantingan Massacre MarkerA Filipina friend of Ray Elliot, Edna Binkowski, runs tours to help preserve markers on the Bataan Death March route and Japanese Captors during the Death March. Edna Binkowski is the author of “Code Name High Pockets” (The true story of Claire Phillips, and American spy, and the resistance movements during WWII in the Philippines). Edna has already rehabilitated the battle of the Tuol Pockets Marker in Bagac, Bataan, and others. You can contact Edna at hipockets.edna@yahoo.com,

Charitable Contributions: It is customary that the Subic Bay Marines Association donates up to $500 to three or four charitable causes each year. Here is how it works: Nominations should be made to Tony Amundsen (intuit@att.net) and David Seiler (dfsandgvs@cox.net) before the reunion, to include the name of the charity, address, point of contact and justification. Tony and David will review the charities and make a recommendation to the group during the business meeting at the reunion for approval. A vote is taken and if approved, the contribution is made to the charity following the reunion. We have had some great recommendation in the past and I know there are more great causes out there.

Select this link to see the letter of recognition from Camp PendletonArmed Serviced YMCA in response to the donation on behalf of Mr. Charles Hayes to the Wounded Warriors program at CampPendleton.

For those of you looking for other military Friends and acquaintances: Check out these sites : Vetfriends.com, togetherweserved.com. Many of you may already you may belong to one or both of these sites. Its a great opportunity to catch up with other Marines and service members you may have served without outside of Subic bay, and who knows, you may find a few more Subic Marines out there as well!

Veterans Get Free Help from Lawyers – May 27, 2011, MIlitary.com ran an article on how veterans nation­wide can get free legal help to get their benefits, among other things. See the full article here: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/05/veterans-get-free-help-from-lawyers/

Subic Bay Marines History – If you would like to view the documentary on the history of Subic Bay military base, check out the bulletin board for the videos. Might even see yourself in the video!

Agent Orange This subject has been addressed in the past. Any Subic Bay Marine suffering from or believe their medical problems could have come from Agent Orange exposure should go tohttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0109-09.htm. You may also find information on Agent Orange in H. R. 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. The bill was introduced May 5, 2009 and referred to Committee, where it presently lies. Additional information about Agent Orange, provided by David Stockwell, can be found athttp://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/aono3.htm as well.

Guest BookIf you read the Guest Book on our web site, and you should,  you can’t miss the comments – best duty station ever – good liberty at several places – good friends they have lost contact with, etc. If you want to relive those days and visit with those who helped make them, our reunions are the places to be. Opportunity never comes – It’s here!!!!  Mark your schedule.Additionally, if you have any changes or additions to the Guest Book Roster, PLEASE notify the Secretary at dmsavage1@gmail.com

Commemorative Coins and Patches

Subic Coin

Bob White, 76-77,our current President, has 1½” brass commemorative coins. One side has a Marine Corps Emblem with “Subic Bay Marines” and “Brothers Forever” around the emblem and “A” Co/Hq, Main side, “B” Co/Separate Guard Co, Cubi Point, and “C” Co/Detached Guard Co, San Miguel on the very outside. Colors are mainly red, blue and gold. The reverse of the coin has the American and Philippine Flags and a colorful jeepney with Marine Barracks, Subic Bay Philippines and 1899 – 1992 around the outside. Pretty neat!! Should you wish to acquire one of these commemorative coins, the total cost is $7.50 plus postage. Any profit will go to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order coin or coins, call Bob at 815-544-3932 or e-mail; him atbobwhiteludy@aol.com. Response in the past has been terrific with coins being sent all over the world. Many new orders were requested at the reunion, so it will be repeated, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity, remember – Opportunity never comes, it’s here.

SECRETARY NOTES

Subic Bay Marines Webiste construction: Since the passing of or former Webmaster, Rick Reynolds, some of the functionality on the web site has been reduced. The Guest book is not working due to a large amount of SPAM we continued to receive. We are in the process of creating new web site. Until he new site is unveiled, those wishing to communicate with other SBM’s could do so via the bulletin board.

Dues: Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION!!! 
The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge.

HELP – We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home address for nearly 400 Subic Bay Marines. If you are looking at the web site roster and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – The price of mailing is going up AGAIN. Right now, e-mail is free. If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail, PLEASE forward your e-mail address to dmsavage1@gmail.com. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put dmsavage1@gmail.com as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include dmsavage1@gmail.com in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc. PLEASE!!!  AND THANKS!!!

 

 

DUES STATEMENT
Year 2011 dues @ $25.00 per year
25.00
Voluntary Contribution – to support N/L, Web Site, recruiting, etc.
TOTAL ENCLOSED
$_____
Name ________________________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Make check payable to: Subic Bay Marines
Send check to: Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565

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September 2011 Newsletter

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Subic Bay Marines

September 5th,2011

Presidents Report

I hope that everyone who attended the Reunion in Lisle had a great time!  The Bus trip to Chicago was great!  Lots of eats and drinks. A lot of first time attendees. Lots of stories of our times in the Philippines,  I want to give a special thank you out to Ludy, who cooked the Filipino Buffet on Thursday nights meet and greet. The food was great.  If you left hungry it was your own fault.

The venue was great!  Lots to see, baseball games, train rides, river walks,golf,city of Chicago, and a lot more.  I want to say thank you to our organization for making outsiders welcome and comfortable!

The SBM organization has continued my term as President. I will do my best to honor our mission statement.  Thank you for all the support.

I encourage those SBM that want to get envolved with anything in the organization to call me.  We really want your input and help.

Next year we will be in Bremerton,WA.  I hope to see many of you there.  Again I say thankyou for all the support.

Semper Fi

Bob White
SBM 76-77
“A” Co

TAPS

TAPS
We regret to announce the death of the following Subic Bay Marines.
Military weappon in sandbag, along side helmet
Mr. Alfred V. Don, Sepgdco 74-76, LCpl, died 4-11-05, reported by Bob Ggrzeskowiak,

Mr.Authur J. Liedel, Brigg and Guard Officer 58-60, Col, died 8-8-210. Reported by his family.

Mr. Virgil “Jim” J. Byrun, HqCo 50-51, Sgt, Died 8-21-11, reported by Bill Boots.

Mr. William (Bill) W. Hatch ,HqCo 62-64, MajorDied 5-11, reported by his wife, Shirley.

Mr. Mark L. Christianson, Guard Co, 52-54, Sgt, Died 8-20-11, reported by his son Mark.

Mr. William Braz, 445-47, PFC, Died 2-15-10, reported by his daughter Rosemary.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

The Pantingan Massacre Marker: A Filipina friend of Ray Elliot, Edna Binkowski, runs tours to help preserve markers on the Bataan Death March route and Japanese Captors during the Death Marth. Edna Binkowski is the author of “Code Name High Pockets” (The true story of Claire Phillips, and American spy, and the resistance movements during WWII in the Philippines. Edan has already rehabilitated the battle of the Tuol Pockets Marker in Bagac, Bataan, and others. You can contact Edan at hipockets.edna@yahoo.com,

Charitable Contributions: It is customary that the Subic Bay Marines Association donates up to $500 to three or four charitable causes each year. Here is how it works: Nominations should be made to Tony Amundsen (intuit@att.net) and David Seiler (dfsandgvs@cox.net) before the reunion to include the name of the charity, address, point of contact and justification. Tony and David will review the charities and make a recommendation to the group during the business meeting at the reunion for approval. A vote is taken and if approved, the contribution is made to the charity following the reunion. We have had some great recommendation in the past and I know there are more great causes out there.

For those of you looking for other military Friends and aquantiences: Check out these sites : Vetfriends.com, togetherweserved.com. Many of you may alread you may belong to one or both of these sites. Its a great opportunity to chatchup with other Mariens and service memebers you may hae served wihtout outside of Subic bay, and who knows, you may find a few more Subic Marines out there as well!

Veterans Get Free Help from Lawyers – May 27, 2011, MIlitary.com ran an article on how veterans nation­wide can get free legal help to get their benefits, among other things. See the full article here: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/05/veterans-get-free-help-from-lawyers/

Subic Bay Marines History – If you would like to view the documentary on the history of Subic Bay military base, check out the bulleting board for the videos. Might even see yourself in the video!

Agent Orange This subject has been addressed in the past. Any Subic Bay Marine suffering from or believe their medical problems could have come from Agent Orange exposure should go tohttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0109-09.htm. You may also find information on Agent Orange in H. R. 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. The bill was introduced May 5, 2009 and referred to Committee, where it presently lies. Additional information about Agent Orange, provided by David Stockwell, can be found athttp://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/aono3.htm as well.

Guest Book. If you read the Guest Book on our web site, and you should,  you can’t miss the comments – best duty station ever – good liberty at several places – good friends they have lost contact with, etc. If you want to relive those days and visit with those who helped make them, our reunions are the places to be. Opportunity never comes – It’s here!!!!  Mark your schedule.Additionally, if you have any changes or additions to the Guest Book Roster, PLEASE notify the Secretary at dmsavage1@gmail.com

Commemorative Coins. In the past, our current President Bob White, 76-77, has acquired some 1½” brass commemorative coins that he will be glad to furnish to you. One side has a Marine Corps Emblem with “Subic Bay Marines” and “Brothers Forever” around the emblem and “A” Co/Hq, Main side, “B” Co/Separate Guard Co, Cubi Point, and “C” Co/Detached Guard Co, San Miguel on the very outside. Colors are mainly red, blue and gold. The reverse of the coin has the American and Philippine Flags and a colorful jeepney with Marine Barracks, Subic Bay Philippines and 1899 – 1992 around the outside. Pretty neat!! Should you wish to acquire one of these commemorative coins, the total cost is $7.00 plus postage. Any profit will go to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order coin or coins, call Bob at 815-544-3932 or e-mail; him at bobwhiteludy@aol.com. Response in the past has been terrific with coins being sent all over the world. Many new orders were requested at the reunion, so it will be repeated, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity, remember – Opportunity never comes, it’s here.

SECRETARY NOTES

2011 reunion attendees:

LaVerne Altenburg,   52-53 Son; Pete Jacksonville,  N.C.
Ervin Ambrosius, 63-65 Yvonne DePere, WI.
Tony Amundsen, 60-62 T.J. Pittsburg, CA
Paul Ashby, 52-53 Doris San Diego, CA
Fred Axthelm, 57-58 Betty Anderson Indianapolis, IN
Pat Battinelli, 51-53 Gloria Stamford, CT
Bob Bergeron, 50-51 Cathy Wright Quilcena, WA
Charles Boldea, 45-47 Marilynn Livonia,  MI
Bill Boots, 57-59 Barbara Davenport, IA
Rufus Bowers, 80-84 Polly Fallbrook, CA
Rick Budd, 58-60 Dot Sterling, VA
Bill Calhoun, 59-60 Marietta, GA
Howard Carlisle, 57-58 Judy Argos, IN
Dave Coe, 53-54 Eleanor Pittsburgh, PA
Gene DeMorrow, 64-65 Goshen, IN
Dan Devine, 70-71 Diane Lombard, IL
Ron Dristle, 49 Lake Forest, IL
Ray Elliott, 59-60 Champaign, IL
Curtis Erickson, 66-68 Bertha Jacksonville, NC
Bill Frazier, 59-61 Priscilla Kansas City, MO
Ben Gatch, 49-50 Carole Chicago Heights, IL
Dwight Gosnell, 91-92 Michelle Shabbana, IL
Thomas Hazlett, 64-65 Sandra Shelby, MI
Dennis Ingersoll, 66-67 Diane Lynn, MA
Bill Kirtdoll, Arnetta Dallas, TX
John Laccinole, 56-57 Mary Calabasas, CA
John Meschi, 62-63, Alice Lombard, IL
Pat Moore, 81-82 Gurnee, IL
Hobart Murphy, 70-71 Mary Dawson, IL
Joseph Ostermann, 57-58 Edgewater, FL
Val Jennings, Donna Glen Ellyn, IL
Vernon Pitts, 50-51 Betty Littleton, CO
John Rentz, 60-62 Mary Philadelphia, PA
Thomas Ruzicka, 64-65 Natividad Palmertown, PA
Larry Sims, 66-67 Peggy McCalla, AL
Donald Smart, 71 New Providence, PA
Edward Smith, 59-60 Norma Edgewood, KY
Tom Stewart, 58-59 Kelseyville, CA
Richard Velnetske, 50-51 Audrey Waukesha, WI
Charles Hayes Karen Waukesha, WI
Chuck Vitek, 67-69 Ofie Springfield, VA
Bob White, 76-77 Ludy & Karen Armstrong Belvidere, IL
Craig Wick, 86-88 Waukegan, IL
Robert Zanger, 65-66 Quincy, IL
Don Spradlin, 80-82 Dallas, TX
Joseph Reyes, 72-75 San Antonio, TX
David Carney, 58-60 Kafa Strongsville, OH

Subic Bay Marines Association, Minutes of Annual Board meeting, Aug 20, 2011 Hilton Hotel, Lisle/Naperville, Illinois

1. Call to Order

The Board of Directors Annual Meeting of the Subic Bay Marines was called to order at 10 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2011, in Lisle, Illinois, by President Bob White.

2. Pledge of Allegiance, led by Chaplin Bill Boots (’57-’59)

3. Opening Prayer, led by Chaplain Bill Boots (’57-’59)

4. Roll call of officers: President Bob White (’76-’77), present; Vice President Ken Alley(’67-’68-’69-’70), absent, resigned, spot open; Treasurer Tony Amundsen (’60-’62), present; Secretary Dave Savage (’89-’91), absent, on active duty; Director at Large Ray  Elliott (’59-’60 at Sangley Point), present; Pubic Affairs Officer John Laccinole, (’56-’57), present; Chaplin, Bill Boots (’57-’59). present. .

5. Officer reports:

John Laccinole reported that a British company is filming a rather negative documentary about the American military, among the information in the  documentary is that 53,000 kids with American fathers were left in the Philippines when the bases were closed. John also reported receiving letters from Filipinos looking for their fathers.
— Reported that Carl Frascona (‘58-’60)      had a barbeque at home to celebrate his recovery from cancer. Later that night a raccoon knocked over the grill and Carl’s house burned down.

—John sends reunion information to veteran’s magazines and sends out press releases about Subic Bay Marines activities.

— Read a letter from former Subic Bay Marines secretary Jim Bassett about condolences letters from Rick Rennels’ family.

—Reported that U.S. military may be returning to the Philippines with an increased presence, based on a visit by U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Than Cochran. Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon was quoted in the Filipino press as saying the senators wanted to see if a return would be welcome. Col. Rufus Bowers, USMC (Ret.), Subic Bay Commanding Officer (’81-’83) opined from the floor that there is “no place at Subic Bay for the Third Marine Division as the division is looking to relocate from Okinawa.

— Bill Boots reported looking for members regionally for visitation to funerals or wakes of Subic Bay Marines. Bill said it is rewarding to have face-to-face visitations, and more visits to families are needed to help SBM be more visible.

Tony Amundsen reported a beginning balance of $36,208.82 on July 29, 2010, deposits and credits of $17,211.00 for a total beginning balance of $53,419.82 and total expenses of $20,448.53 for an ending balance of $32,971.29 on Aug. 14, 2011. (The 2011 Treasurer’s Report can be attached, if desirable.)

Bob White reported no charitable contributions this year.  Mentioned the cost of maintaining the SBM Web site would be $150 annually and renewable for ten years and said there is a need to figure out what we can do and where to go for hosting. Don Smart (’71) will help and revamp the site.

—2012 Reunion of SBM will be in Bremerton, Washington, Sept. 10-16. Bob Bergeron (‘50’51) is setting it up. The reunion will be at the Hampton In & Suites. A tentative visit to the Bangor Sub Base and Keyport Naval Undersea Museum. Tours of the Naval History Museum in Bremerton and the Naval Destroyer Turner Joy will be offered. Bob had prepared a brochure for the reunion, including directions from Seattle, car rental, Amtrak and other area attractions.

—Need to get Web site with Guest book, photos and updated rooster. Need to get Subic bay Marines on Face Book. And for the good of the organization have old photos scanned and send to be posted or scrape booked.

—There was a discussion for sites for reunions beyond 2012. Col. Bowers spoke about the possibility of a 2013 reunion in East Tennessee — the Smokey Mountains, Dollywood and the Pigeon Ford-Gatlinburg area. He will explore the possibility.

—Return to the Philippines: $900 airfare from San Francisco. Some members expressed interest for  a 2012 return in February or March. And Military Historical Tours (miltours@miltours.com —http://www.miltours.com) offers a ten-day tour in April.

—Col. Bowers also recommended James Bradley (Flags of OurFathers author) book The Imperial Cruise, which says much about the Philippines, the Filipino people and groundwork for the Vietnam War. When you read it, call the colonel and tell him how you liked it.

—Bob received a call from a Marine who was at Subic Bay in 1941.

6. Nominations of officers:

    1. Bob White for another year as president.
    2. Fred Axthelm (’57-’58) for vice president

7. Adjournment

— Banquet in Woods Room. Meet at 5:30 for group photos. Grilled breast of chicken, raffle and auction.

Ladies Corner: I thank each of you for your cards and well wishes, they have meant so much to me. The original surgery is behind me, but I’ve got a rocky road ahead as the doctors believe I have another carcinoid tumor on my lung that that has infiltrated the lymph nodes. I’m hoping and praying for the best. Your Ladies Corner Friend-T.J. Amundsen.

Note: Pat Brown is recovering from rotator cuff surgery.

Dues. Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION!!! 
The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge.

HELP – We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home address for nearly 400 Subic Bay Marines. If you are looking at the web site roster and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE The price of mailing is going up AGAIN. Right now, e-mail is free. If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail, PLEASE forward your e-mail address to dmsavage1@gmail.com. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put dmsavage1@gmail.com as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include dmsavage1@gmail.com in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc. PLEASE!!!  AND THANKS!!!

 

 

DUES STATEMENT
Year 2011 dues @ $25.00 per year
$ 25.00
Voluntary Contribution – to support N/L, Web Site, recruiting, etc.
TOTAL ENCLOSED
$_____
Name ________________________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Make check payable to: Subic Bay Marines
Send check to: Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565

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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. The Subic Bay Marines will serve as a role model for all Marines, past, present and future.

We will honor our commitment to this mission until there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing.

SEMPER FI!

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

President’s Report
June 1,2011

I hope everyone took  time out of their Memorial Day celebrations to honor and remember our comrades and fellow veterans.

The Chicago-Land reunion is fast approaching, and it is shaping up to be another great one.  Just  a reminder; please do not wait until the last minute to make your reservations if you plan to attend.  I do know this , there will be some new SBM in attendance.

Enjoy the start of the summer, Ludy and I are looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you! See everyone in August!

Semper Fi
Bob White
SBM 76-77

TAPS

TAPS
We regret to announce the death of the following Subic Bay Marines.
Military weappon in sandbag, along side helmet
Mr. Arthur J. Liedel, 58-60, Col, SepGdCo,  died10-10. Reported by 1stmarinedivisionassociation.com and other periodicals.

Mr. Edison Allen, 67-71, PFC, HqCo, died 1-4-2008. Reported by his family.

Mr, Michael Bertini87-89, MSgt, A Co. Reported by his Sister, Julia Bertini Ettl.

Mr. Robert H. Weikel Sgt, 67-69. Reported by Bob White.

Mr. John Nowakowski. Reported by Mrs. Nowakowsk.

Mr. Charles Lashley, GySgt, DetGdCo, 72-74. Reported by Bob White.

Mr. Milton Jackson, 76-77. Reported by Tim Courtney.

Mr. Robert J. Cummings Sr, 46-48, Died,7-27-10. Reported by his son Robert Jr. via the SBM web site guest book.

Mr. Gary D. Stillwell, Cpl, 71, Died 12-08. Reported by Mrs. Stillwell.

Mr. Ronald Brewer, 50-51, Cpl, Reported by Mrs. Ronald Brewer in April 2011.

Honorary Subic Bay Marine and Webmaster, Rick Reynolds, Died 4-30-2010. Reported by his wife, Linda.

Correction: James A. Wood, LCpl, SepGdC, 65-66 was erroneously identified as TAPS. He is alive and well!

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Return of US Forces to Subic Possible Return of US forces to Subic – This April 28 article run by the Philippine Daily Inquirer speculates about the return of US forces to the Subic Bay area. Interesting reading. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110428-333354/Return-of-US-forces-to-Subic-possible

Looking to the Hot Spots at BARRIO BARRETTO & BALOY BEACH? Check this recent tourist map provided courtesy of the DRYDEN GROUP. The businesses identified on the map are located between the “164” area on National Highway to the end of Baloy Beach Road. These include all Hotels, Bars, Restaurants and most of the other retail and service establishments in the area. Select this link for the Barrio Barrettoo and Baloy Beach map.

Veterans Get Free Help from Lawyers – May 27, 2011, MIlitary.com ran an article on how veterans nation­wide can get free legal help to get their benefits, among other things. See the full article here: http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/05/veterans-get-free-help-from-lawyers/

Subic Bay Marines History – If you would like to view the documentary on the history of Subic Bay military base, check out the bulleting board for the videos. Might even see yourself in the video!

Secretary Jim Bassett’s SWAN SONG

Thank you one and all. I was elected to the position of Secretary of the Subic Bay Marines on 31 August, 1996, and served until December 2007. Couple of years devoted to genealogy, looking for pre 1500’s ancestors and then my relief, David Savage, a USMCR 1stSgt, was recalled to active duty in Iraq. So I became Acting Secretary from May 2009 until December 2010. Reasonably close to 13 years. And, have I enjoyed every minute of, despite the occasional frustrations that occur from time to time. However, it is now time to move on and find my ancestors before 1560.

At our 4th annual reunion, I was handed a list of 152 names, the number of Subic May Marines then known. We now, 14 years later, have a roster containing well over 4,100 lines – lines? Yes, lines – we have people with double and triple tours, summer and winter addresses, etc. The fact of the matter is we have grown greatly in size.

You should know that I was fortunate that Chuck Vitek came on board back in 1996, who took on the job of “Finder“. We asked for old rosters, etc and Chuck went to work. I truly believe that Chuck Vitek is personally responsible for finding and identifying probably 80% of our present roster. Thank you, Chuck on behalf of all the Subic Bay Marines.

We also have a large number of lines devoted to TAPS, recognizing those fellow Subic Bay Marines that have died. We will all be on that list someday. We also have a large number of lines identified as LOST – we have neither an e-mail or regular mail address. More on this later.

Thanks to John Laccinole we have a Mission Statement for the Subic Bay Marines. Check the top of each Newsletter. The mission of the Subic Bay Marines is to (1) perpetuate memories of our duty in the Philippines and (2) to foster camaraderie among Subic Bay Marines at an annual reunion. Pretty simple. We can use the roster to help Subic Bay Marines keep in touch with those they knew recently or many years ago. Unfortunately, we sort of lag in reunion attendance.

But, that is all history. Nice to know, but the future is upon us. We know the great majority of those known as Subic Bay Marines were 18 – 19 – 20 when they served in Subic Bay. Subic Bay, as we knew it has been closed for 18 years. Thus the youngest former Subic Bay Marine has got to be very close to being 36 – 40+/- and there are a number of us who are now double that age and more.

Having been at the Subic Bay thing for most of 14 years, I am a great believer in the Subic Bay Marines. Believe it or not, the Secretary and Treasurer are anything but part time jobs. We both hear from people all the time and get at little heat now and then also. Give an honest answer and the heat generally goes away.

Never the less, you can all help a bit. By the time you read this, there will be a new roster posted on the web site. As someone who has played with the roster for years and years, there are still many holes that need to be filled. Therefore, I ask each and every one of you to take just a few minutes of your time and do the following:

1. Go to the Subic Bay Marines web site and check the new roster.
2. Find your name and look at it closely. If there are any holes, empty spaces not filled in, etc., determine what should be there and send that info to the Secretary ASAP. The size of the web site roster does not lend itself to making changes daily, but the official roster will be updated and the web site roster will be changed in its entirety from time to time.
3. Your address. We would like both an e-mail address as well as a mailing address. The city and state will show on the our official roster, but the street address, phone number, etc., will not show on the web site roster.
4. What’s the big deal on addresses?
a. The January Newsletter goes to everyone on the roster. If you have an e-mail address, it takes a little time, but there is no real dollars cost.
b. PLEASE make sure we have your current e-mail address.
c. Snail mail costs bucks and the rates are going up again. Strange thing with the postal service. If you move and they have a forwarding address, they will forward to your new address and send a nicely printed card with the new address and charge $.50. Pretty reasonable,
d. On the other hand, if they have no forwarding address, they will return whatever to the sender, generally 2-3 months later it seems, and charge $1.09. Bewildering.
5. Find your buddies. If you missed sending them a Christmas Card, drop them a line and open up lines of commutation. Having been to all reunions but the first one, it sort of seems like some of us are pretty old. It’s time to find some of the younger Subic Bay Marines showing up.
6. Talk up some reunion attendance. We know many of you are married, have children, a full time job – we hope -, etc., but you outgrow that. Believe it or not, go to any reunion and as you sit around listening to lies and sea stories, you cannot tell when a person was there. All interesting stories. We rotate reunions between the east, mid-America, and the west. We will be somewhere close at least every three years.

Speaking of reunions, I believe all of the Subic Bay Marines that we know of that served prior to WWII are all gone. However, we have Subic Bay Marines that were the first to return to Subic Bay after WWII, now well into their 80’s that still attend and enjoy reunions. The fact of the matter is, God Willing, we will one day come to the point where we will have 2 or 3 Subic Bay Marines somewhere in their 80’s+/- waiting to see who gets to crack that last bottle of champagne. If you are the one, drink it slowly and remember those that served before you that have already passed on but enjoyed their time in Subic Bay as much as you and I did.

Semper Fi – and don’t forget it

Jim Bassett 12-59 / 11-61
GySgt, Barracks Supply Chief
Capt, USMC Ret’d

Agent OrangeThis subject has been addressed in the past. Any Subic Bay Marine suffering from or believe their medical problems could have come from Agent Orange exposure should go to http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0109-09.htm. You may also find information on Agent Orange in H. R. 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. The bill was introduced May 5, 2009 and referred to Committee, where it presently lies. Additional information about Agent Orange, provided by David Stockwell, can be found at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/aono3.htm as well.

Guest Book. If you read the Guest Book on our web site, and you should,  you can’t miss the comments – best duty station ever – good liberty at several places – good friends they have lost contact with, etc. If you want to relive those days and visit with those who helped make them, our reunions are the places to be. Opportunity never comes – It’s here!!!!  Mark your schedule. Additionally, if you have any changes or additions to the Guest Book Roster,PLEASE notify the Secretary at dmsavage1@gmail.com

Commemorative Coins. In the past, our current President Bob White, 76-77, has acquired some 1½” brass commemorative coins that he will be glad to furnish to you. One side has a Marine Corps Emblem with “Subic Bay Marines” and “Brothers Forever” around the emblem and “A” Co/Hq, Main side, “B” Co/Separate Guard Co, Cubi Point, and “C” Co/Detached Guard Co, San Miguel on the very outside. Colors are mainly red, blue and gold. The reverse of the coin has the American and Philippine Flags and a colorful jeepney with Marine Barracks, Subic Bay Philippines and 1899 – 1992 around the outside. Pretty neat!! Should you wish to acquire one of these commemorative coins, the total cost is $7.00 plus postage. Any profit will go to the Subic Bay General Fund. To order coin or coins, call Bob at 815-544-3932 or e-mail; him at bobwhiteludy@aol.com. Response in the past has been terrific with coins being sent all over the world. Many new orders were requested at the reunion, so it will be repeated, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity, remember –Opportunity never comes, it’s here.

SECRETARY NOTES

Dues. Our dues year runs from January 1 to December 31. It’s not too late. Please send checks or money orders to: Subic Bay Marines, c/o Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PAID DUES OR MADE A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBITION!!! 
The Subic Bay Marines Web Site can be found at http://www.subicbaymarines.com  Check it out. Read the Bulletin Board and Newsletters. Sign the Guest Book. Find friends in the Roster and Guest Book and read the comments on one of the finest duty stations available to Marines. If you change your mailing address or e-mail address, please use the Guest Book to communicate those changes without charge.

HELP – We no longer have an e-mail address nor a home address for nearly 400 Subic Bay Marines. If you are looking at the web site roster and find a name indicating the Marine is “LOST”, please let us know either an e-mail address or home address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE The price of mailing is going up AGAIN. Right now, e-mail is free. If you have an e-mail address and received this Newsletter by U.S. Mail, PLEASE forward your e-mail address to dmsavage1@gmail.com. Also, if you use “block sender”, etc, or other devices that will not let you receive e-mail, PLEASE put dmsavage1@gmail.com as a sender you will accept from and also PLEASE include dmsavage1@gmail.com in your Address Book so that you can advise of address changes, etc. PLEASE!!!  AND THANKS!!!

Film at…whenever you look at it – At the Wheeling reunion in we had some filming take place. The final product is now available. Go to Subic Bay Marines.com and click the 4 films available. Included is our flag streamer ceremony. Check it out

19TH ANNUAL SUBIC BAY MARINES REUNION

August 18-21 Lisle, IL

Reunion Package: includes drinks, snacks, Filipino Buffet and Banquet
Per Person ___ x $78.00 = $_____
                                               Banquet only (Saturday Eve) Per Person ___ x $42.00 = $_____
                                               City of Chicago Tour Per Person ___ x $65.00 =
$_____
Please provide the names of all in your party (attach a separate sheet if necessary):
_____________________________________        ____________________________________
(Last Name)                                                                (First Name)______________________________________        ___________________________________
(Last Name)                                                                (First Name)

 

 

DUES STATEMENT
Year 2011 dues @ $25.00 per year
$ 25.00
Voluntary Contribution – to support N/L, Web Site, recruiting, etc.
TOTAL ENCLOSED
$_____
Name ________________________________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Make check payable to: Subic Bay Marines
Send check to: Tony Amundsen, 4353 Scenic Dr, Pittsburg, CA 94565

Reunion information and Itinerary

Wednesday, August 17

  • Check in
  • On your own to explore
  • Hospitality room

Thursday, August 18

  • Check in
  • On your own to explore
  • Hospitality room
  • Filipino Buffet 6PM

Friday, August 19

  • City of Chicago Bus Tour w/lunch

Saturday, August 20

  • Business meeting.
  • Banquet

  • July 17, 2011 is the cutoff date for hotel reservations
  • July 1, 2011 is the cutoff date for reunion package

CURRENT OFFICERS OF THE SUBIC BAY MARINES

Officers Name Telephone E-mail address
President Bob White 815-544-3932
bobwhiteludy@aol.com
Vice President Ken Alley 209-473-9911
SgtAlley.usmc@yahoo.com
Sec’y/N/L Editor** David Savage 913-908-3808
dmsavage1@gmail.com
Assistant Sec’y Jim Bassett 760-757-3836
jimsbm@cox.net
Treasurer Tony Amundsen 925-439-3819
intuit@att.net
Director at Large Ray Elliott 217-384-5820
rayelliott23@att.net
Chaplain Bill Boots 563-326-4538
w_boots@hotmail.com
Historian Efrain “JR” Castro
run10ksan@yahoo.com
Public Affairs Officer John Laccinole 818-591-8916
johnlaccinole@aol.com

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