On July 14, 2008, Tim Bever gave $100 to the Association. Tim was a Machinist Mate 2nd class in Repair Department Shops 38C & 56B from 1974-1975.
You can read the letter that accompanied his check here:
On December 17, 2010, Tim donated another $100 to the Association along with his Ship's Store order. Here is the letter that was enclosed:
On April 20, 2012, Tim donated another $100 to the Association along with his Ship's Store order.
On April 4, 2013, Tim donated yet another $100 to the Association!
Lee and Kelly Barratt gave $100 to the Association on August 18, 2008. Kelly was a Lieutenant in the Supply S-7 from 1983-1985 and was the ADP Officer.
Lee has done so much on and for the Canopus that he has his own web page:
You can read his letter here:
Lee and Kelly are also Plank Owners of the USS Canopus Model.
Unbelieveable, Jim Hulse gave $1,000 to the Association on September 16, 2008. Jim was a Boatswain's Mate striker in Deck Department 3rd Division Small Boats from 1974-1976.
Jim at the 2008 reunion dinner.
At the 2008 reunion, Jim also became a Plank Owner of the USS Canopus Model.
Here are some photos of Jim's CANOPUS-ized car:
Jim also got a 36" model of the Canopus made. Click on the photo below to go
to the Motion Models website to see all the photos:
On March 29, 2012, Jim generously gave another $200 to the Association.
Commander David A. Gschwend became a Super Legacy Canopus Lifer in one fell swoop on November 3, 2011 by becoming a lifetime member; plank owner of the Canopus model the Association got made back in 2005; made a legacy gift of $100 and made a number of Ship's Store purchases.
Mr. Gschwend was a CWO3 on board the Canopus from 1973-1975 and was in X Division. You can read his amazing 34 year 11 month career in the Navy here:
He was a close shipmate of our fallen shipmate Ed Bartyzal (CWO4 - 1976-1979 - Division Officer Food Service - obit) when they served together on the USS Lewis and Clark SSBN 644 (blue crew).
Bobby Crawford was an ENC in A Division Internal Combustion Engine Shop from 1965 to 1969. He and Sandy have been coming to many of the reunions since 2002 Biloxi. Here is a photo of the two of them at 2010 Charleston reunion.
They volunteered to be my co-planners for the upcoming 2012 Branson reunion. Instead of me flying out to Branson, they did the hotel visits for me; met with the sales staff; and helped me decide on the evening shows we will be attending. This saved the Association a lot of money. If that is not enough, they just donated $100 to the Association as a legacy gift.