FROM THE BRIDGE
Dear Ware Shipmates
Let me introduce myself. I am Frank Biondo, current editor of NOW HEAR THIS, newsletter of USS Charles R. Ware (DD 865) and a Ware crew member from 1957 to 1960.
In June 2002 we honored Lt. Ware's memory with a beautiful monument in Athens, TN, where he joined the Navy in 1929. His sister and brother were on hand for the ceremony, as was the sister of Bill Stambaugh, his radioman. Our guest of honor was Susan Livingstone, Under Secretary of the Navy. If you get the opportunity, I urge you to visit Veterans Memorial Park with your family.
At a time when many American institutions have allowed "political correctness" to fog the memory of our country's heroes, the men of the Charles R. Ware honored their ship's namesake. Funding for this has been completed through the outstanding generosity of our shipmates. It produced a memorial of which we can be very proud.
In addition, the people and the government of the City of Athens have embraced the Ware and its crew and have invited us to make Athens the Ware's "home port." Further, through the hard work of Austin Fesmire, Athens commissioner of Parks and Recreation, we now have a USS Charles R. Ware website.
One more thing, the McMinn County Heritage Museum has agreed to become the official repository for memorabilia of the Ware and the men who served aboard her from 1945 to 1974. Photos, cruise books, uniforms, anything connected with the ship can be donated. Once the museum has enough material, it will create a permanent Ware exhibition.
None of these things would have happened if you and your shipmates had not supported our new NHT. As we go forward the main objective now is to keep our newsletter viable. It was only through support for NHT in the past we were enable pursue this endeavor and others such as locating shipmates and having reunions.
In closing, let me emphasize that NHT is not a business. It is supported entirely by donations from our shipmates, family members of shipmates and friends and is published quarterly. I ask you to consider supporting NHT to enable us to continue to keep alive the memory of Lt.Ware and the Jolly Charley (DD865).
Please contact me and I will send your latest edition to introduce you to NHT.
Thank You & God Speed
Frank Biondo (57-60) SM3
579 Buxton Ave West Hempstead NY 11552
516-481-0034 E-mail . Frank Biondo
NOW HEAR THIS SUBSCRIPTION INFO
NHT is not a business. Cost of publication supported by shipmates donations. Suggested minimum donation for one year is $12. NHT is free to members who cant afford to donate at present time, if requested. Checks are payable to Frank Biondo -579 Buxton Ave, W.Hempstead. NY 11552 - Tel 516-481-0034 Fax 516-539-0271
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THANK YOU FOR KEEPING DD865 MEMORIES ALIVE.
CHARLES R WARE WEB SITE and MUSEUM
ATHENS, TN MEMORIAL BRICK PROGRAM
After you read the following letter Maxine Johnson, widow of Jack (Art) Johnson 50-54 SC2 is there any reason why you should not have a memorial brick in Veteran Memorial Park alongside your shipmates and Lt Wares Monument??? The 4x8 brick placed at the park is $50 and includes a certificate and the replica miniature brick is $20. If you want your replica brick shipped directly to you please add an additional $5 for a total of $75.
Frank, Thanks for making the Athens Memorial such a beautiful service. My daughter and I enjoyed it, and Im sure Jack was there in sprit. We came the next day and took pictures. My two little granddaughters were impressed to see their grandpas name on one of the bricks. Thanks again, Sincerely Maxine & family
When your family members ask what you would like for the holidays what better gift than to honor your service. If interested please contact me for the form or click here to print online form. (please note the current price as of October 2015 is $50 for the 4x8 and $20 for a replica brick and $5 extra to ship replica).