President's Message

Well shipmates another reunion has come and gone and a great reunion it was. Thank you John, P.J., Nick and Sharon for all your effort putting together such a wonderful event. Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done. Thanks again from all your shipmates who were able to attend and enjoy such a wonderful reunion in RENO.

We now set our sights on Albuquerque, N.M., looking forward to another great event. We thank Mike and Ronni Dunning for stepping up and volunteering to sponsor and coordinate our upcoming reunion in Albuquerque to be held September 6-9, 2013. I wish everyone good health allowing all to make it there.

Let me give you a quick update on our memorial plaque placements. Paul Maier’s presentation in the business meeting regarding his efforts in this area, have quickly moved forward. Paul is working with Mt. Soledad in San Diego to develop a granite rendition of the WESCO Navy Memorial plaque to be placed at the Mt. Soledad Memorial. Paul is also working with the Veterans Memorial at Mt. Angel Fire, N.M., to place a memorial plaque at that location. Thank you Paul, from all your shipmates, on your effort in this important endeavor. We indeed owe you a debt of gratitude for your unselfish and time consuming effort. David Maier plans to contact the new curator at the Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio, which has been converted into a museum. We all wish you luck in that endeavor and thank you for your time and effort.

John Nosek, Robin Norcutt and Will Duffy will be working to recover the WESCO memorabilia in Westchester, N.Y. and upon recovering these things, we hope to find a permanent location for placement of same. Robin, being a member of the LST-325 Association, will try to secure a place aboard the LST-325 for the WESCO memorabilia. Good luck Robin and thank you for your effort and dedication.

I would be amiss if I did not express my sincere thanks to Nolan Nelson and John Nosek for their dedication and work for the Association. Nolan, you do such a superb job as Secretary/Treasurer of our association. This is such a thankless job and requires many hours of tedious attention. Nolan, thank you for the stellar job that you do, behind the scenes. We all appreciate you and the job you do. Shipmates, take a minute and drop Nolan a card, e-mail or just call and thank him personally. Thanks again, Nolan. John, it goes without saying, that I value your help and guidance in our decision making for the association. You’re stuck with me until 2014. Sorry.

Well, shipmates, that pretty well covers what we are up to for 2013. Hope we have much success to report come September in Albuquerque. Hope to see everyone there.

As we all get older, a bit grayer, and somewhat heavier, we really have so much to be thankful for. It gives me pause remembering those shipmates we grew to know and love who were taken from us at such an early age. Remembering them in memorial is truly a blessing for us all. Our get-togethers at the reunion is a testament to the greatness of the Westchester County and her crew who served aboard her. “May we never forget.”

We truly do have so very much to be thankful for. May our country, which we all fought for, return again to her greatness and be the shining light on the hill that she once was. I continually pray for our country and remain optimistic.

May your upcoming holiday season be one of great joy and thanksgiving. Stay happy and healthy, and may God bless each and every one.

Jim Yeager