Posted by: arbeam | March 26, 2018

Apr 2018: President’s Corner

Spring is in the air. The grey clouds of winter have given way to blue skies of spring. I look out my window at the white capped Olympic Mountains and am at awe of the beauty of our Pacific Northwest.

We have an interesting program for our April Luncheon. Our guest speaker will be David Reams Sr. Director, Yacht Operations, for Paul Allen’s Vulcan Group. He will be speaking on how they found the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), famous for carrying components of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,ending World War II. The USS Indianapolis was sunk shortly after delivering the key atomic bomb parts. Because the mission was so secret, the sinking went unnoticed for some time while the crew was in the water with sharks attacking.

He will also speak to two of their more recent finds, the USS Lexington, (CV-2), lost in the Battle of Coral Sea, and the USS Juneau (CL-52). The USS Juneau is remembered for the loss of the 5 Sullivan brothers when it was torpedoed inNovember 1942 during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Coming up quickly will be our two big May events, the Gala, at the Admiral Theater on May 19. An invitation to the Gala is on page 5 of this newsletter. Tickets are available now. The annual Memorial Day tribute onboard the USS Turner Joy will be held on May 28th. These are two events that you don’t want to miss.

Steve

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