Sep 19, 2018 at 8:00am to Sep 23, 2018 at 5:00am
Hilton Garden Inn
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Lehigh Acres, FL
Chief Petty Officer
Where were you or your family stationed?
USS Great Sitkin, AE17, home port Bayonne, NJ
Veteran of Foreign War
The Cold War
Current Status with the US Navy
Start date of your service
March 14, 1958
End date of your service
June 14, 1062
I emailed the guy after he said he could not remember my husband. His answer was never heard of him. Maybe he is suffering of some of the affects of Agent Orange. I have gone down the crew list and only picked up two or three that my husband hung with. But without an address or email it is not much help. Just had his hearing last week. Now the wait begins again. Everyone says that there is not much more I can do that I have not already taken care of and to just wait. I did one more thing. I have started a non profit in Las Vegas to help the homeless veterans there with housing, a food bank and help with their claims with the VA. It is amazing how many vets and widows of vets do not have a clue what they can do. Of course it takes persistence and patience. I have lots of that and I also have a representative who calls himself a jewish bulldog who doesn't give up. Plus we have a couple others on board to help me. Funny thing is that none of them are veterans. But they have relatives who have gone through the same battles and most have given up. I fought the state of CA on behalf of my multi-handicapped son who i can thank the Navy for, Rubella while stationed at Great Lakes. But that is another story. That one took seven years and the Governor of CA getting involved. But I won that one and he is in a very good place now. So I will continue my battles as long as I can. I am 70 and very hardheaded. Must be the Irish and Scottish and Welch in me. I have family members who have fought in every war this country has fought since it's creation.
I have found both of these sources. Since it has been almost fifty years since I have even seen most of his buddies I do not remember their names. One that was contacted by the first lawyer we had said he did not remember Bruce. We had visited his home in Virginia and he had been to ours in New Jersey and they made the med cruise together in 1969 as well as the west pac cruise in 1968. I have provided the VA the deck logs and the ship logs and a roster of crew members that I have found in several different sites. I do not want to give up even though he is gone because he was so disappointed each time they denied his claim. I often thought that maybe this may have been part of the cause of his death as he had given up the fight.
Sorry, I didn't learn enough "dutch" to converse in it. My father however picked up a lot because his parents spoke it at home. I'm proud of my Dutch heritage and of my Navy service. Best wishes to you Shoes.
My last name is Dutch. My grandparents came to Canada in 1921. My father was an infant then. Later on they ended up in Washington state, where I still live. the original spelling was deRooij. Thanks for the reply
Welcome Chief I hope you enjoy sharing your memories with us. glad to have you aboard