NMCB 62 Alumni Association Guestbook

YN3, served NMCB-62, 1979-1981. Trying to find cruise books for Rota, 1979-1980, and Roosevelt Roads, 1980-1981.

Added: June 9, 2017
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The following is an edited email from Glen Kellerman, one of the honchos of Gulfport Seabee Island X-1 regarding our participation in their All Seabee Reunions:

You are more than welcome, Norm. Your leadership and effort to keep the '62 guys informed and united has been a big help to making our reunions successful.

When I looked in on your meeting Sunday, I was struck with the thought that '62 made up at least half or better of the total numbers participating in the reunion.

Be well, take care and have a great Seabee rest of the year. See you at the next reunion.


Added: May 20, 2017
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**The following reprinted with kind permission of Roman Hnatowski, the head honcho of the EA clan.***

Hope this finds all in Good Health and Happiness!

Also hope that all had a safe and uneventful trip home from Gulfport . This last Reunion (2017) was the single largest gathering of "EA"s from 62's 1st 3 Deployments and is unlikely to be duplicated again. An added treat was the large contingent of New England "EO"s from 62 and the H Company Ruiz brothers, Rich and Rocky, who always took care of all of us! Also learned that Rocky made all 4 of 62's Vietnam deployments; we rented the Battalion, I think Rocky owned it!

Just a recommendation for those that haven't been to the WWII Museum in New Orleans , visit. Those that retired with 20 or more years of active duty should also visit the Armed Forces Home in Gulfport - what a great facility!

Truly missed those of you that couldn't attend the Reunion , hope to see all of you again in the future. If there's anyone in need of anything we could offer, please reach out, your Brothers will be there someway, somehow!

I'll be updating the MCB 62 "EA" list in the near future, but until then, make the following pen and ink changes:

Donato "Danny" DeSantis' new email address -

William "W T" Kinney deceased as of 10 June 2013, arrangements unknown.

Please keep Sam "The Man" Roth in your prayers, he'll be going through an operation this Tuesday, the 16th. Sam looked darn good at the Reunion , I'm sure he'll look even better at the next one.

Hope some of you have had the chance to give Rawlins Riley a call (843) 441-2021. Truly hope he is out of the Hospital Rehab Center by now and recuperating well!

Thanks to Jim Catron and Larry Surber for their inputs and reminders used for this email, and to Jerry Hilbert for his great photos. Remember to send in any updates to your email, phone numbers and addresses to facilitate an accurate list.

Last, but not least, thanks to Norm Hahn for hosting our MCB 62 Reunion meeting and maintaining a great website, if you're not a member, please visit the site and join, he deserves our support!

That's about it for now.

Take Care and God Bless, your Brother, Roman.

Added: May 16, 2017
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I just received this email this morning:

Hello Norm,
Hope all is well with you these days. I look forward to seeing you at the reunion in Gulfport in a few days.
Best wishes, Jarvis Wood.

(Sec Norm comments) Jarvis Wood, EOCS, was in the Minutemen from June 69 to Dec 1970 for the 3rd and 4th Nam deployments. He was involved in both Dets Buford and Barracuda and was extremely well liked and respected by all hands. After he left 62 he became the 5th Master Chief of the Seabees, EQCM Jarvis Wood. It will be a great honor to see and talk to him during our reunion. He is a member of our alumni group and members can view his bio on our website database.

Added: April 7, 2017
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All right you Seabees,
The (2017) Gulfport Reunion is almost upon us. I know that some of you are not planning to attend this year's All Seabee reunion for whatever reason.

Your loss.

To those who are planning to attend, we'll make our own fun. And with that thought let me remind anyone who going to be in Gulfport and would like to play 18 holes get back to me ASAP. Ken Ulander has agreed to book tee times for all who want to play. But he must know right away.

Admin reply: Minutemen and friends - you can call Ralph on his cell at 412-491-9452.

Added: April 6, 2017
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This info was received by Gulfport All Seabee Reunion staff member Bob Smith, Sunday, 2 April 2017 regarding the reunion that NMCB 62 will be a part of.

The following events are full we can't sell anymore tickets:

The Seabee Base Tour
The Banquet
The Armed Forces Home Tour
The WWII Tour

(signed) Bob Smith" end of his email to me.

You can still come to our reunion, just not the above events. We, NMCB 62, will still have our annual meeting on Sunday morning, at 1030am at the Ramada Inn. Then after our meeting is the event final picnic. If anyone has any questions, give me a call on my cell: 715-379-8482.

Added: April 3, 2017
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From Gust Cougias:

I served in WWII from 1942-1946. Participated in the invasion of Iwo JIma.
Would like to hear from any of my mates who are still alive.

Honorary discharged as E/M 3/c from the 62nd C.B. in 1946.

I just turned 93 years of age. I'm an author of FYREPLACE Stories for
Children. Presently negotiating with a book publisher.


Added: March 25, 2017
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Am looking for Photo's of CM3 Brad Henry's Scraper ride into camp! Thanks!

Added: March 16, 2017
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Attached to 62 in 72 to 73 Delta Co. Diego Garcia
USS Forrestal before 62.

Added: March 14, 2017
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I just got this email from Danny Duval, the Pres of the Gulfport All Seabee Reunion Group regarding the availability of rooms STILL AVAILABLE at the host hotel, the Ramada Inn on Hwy 49 in Gulfport:
Hey Norm,
Yes you are still on tap with the Mississippi Room for Sunday, no problem. About the Hotel, we are not booked up. We have reserved, so far, 98 out of 154 rooms available and Carla is still taking reservation. If any one tells you different, please let me know. Now the banquet for Saturday night is full, maybe that's what they heard. Hope this helps.
This is posted on Monday, 13 March 2017 by Sec Norm.

Admin reply: This update received 13 March: "The banquet, base tour, and armed forces home tour are full. The luau only has about 40 seats left too. Bob (Smith, X-1 Gulfport).

Added: March 13, 2017
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