MESSAGE ….. Rex Carter
– FT2, 1959-62; 2010
to the crew of the USS Newman K. Perry.
All hands who attended
our recent reunion in Myrtle Beach, hosted exceptionally well by
Ottice Webb and his lovely wife Mary, enjoyed it so much that we
voted to return to the same place in 2010. This is a
first, as we have always moved our location each year.
had outstanding attendance this year, thanks to the efforts of
Sarah Ryals, who beat the bushes long and hard, thus giving us
our best attendance ever. Great job, Sarah!!!
The hospitality room was well stocked at all times, and
monitored by John Ryals, with the ladies of the kitchen crew
doing a superb job. Well
our business meeting, the crew elected Carl Steiner
as your new Vice President, and all other officers agreed
to continue serving in their present posts. Thanks to all.
are planning some new things for you at the 2010 reunion, so we
are asking all of you to make plans to attend. Dates are now Oct
21-24, 2010, barring unforeseen circumstances. Rates, etc.
are at the end of this newsletter.
Let’s make this one the best ever. We have some big
shoes to fill, but with your support, it can happen.
newsletter editor, Leon Olson, has always done an outstanding
job, but he asks for your contributions to the content. If you
have any interesting "sea stories", I know he would
Thanks, Leon. …..
Carter, FTG 2
2010 NEWPORT, RI MINI-REUNION – MaryAnn (Page) Joyce
Sixteenth Annual Mini-Reunion will be held the fourth weekend in April
(23 through 25th), at the Best Western Mainstay in Newport, the same
place as the last 11 years. It is located one mile from Downtown
Newport, across from the Newport Casino (formerly Jai Alai Fronton).
They are supplying us with a hospitality room. They have a
restaurant and a lounge. The
quoted rate was $80.09, a
group rate (not including tax).
will be staying at the Best Western Mainstay from Thursday, April 22
through Sunday, April 25th. You have to make your own
reservations by calling 401-849-9880. When making reservations, please
mention that you are part of the Newman K. Perry group.
main reason for the Mini-Reunion is to get together with friends and I
hope to see many of you there. Walt and I started the
Mini-Reunion in 1994 and I intend to keep it going. We have lost
a number of members over the last few years. Please try to
you are going to come to the Reunion, please make your reservations as
soon as possible. See you
there. I look forward to seeing everyone.
Mary Ann (Page)
2009 MYRTLE BEACH, SC
REUNION: ………… Ottice Webb
shipmates of the Newman K. Perry and their ladies had a successful
reunion in Myrtle Beach, S.C. over the week of October 15th
thru the 18th. We
met at the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort.
3 or 4 years of declining attendance, we experienced the largest crowd
this year in the history of the Perry Reunions. We had a total of 130
in attendance, 64 of them being shipmates.
It was even more exciting to see 23 first time attendees and
their ladies. Once again
we were graced with the presence of our Plank Owner, Jim Sanner, who
put the Perry in commission in 1945.
met for a welcome ceremony in the Convention Center, where we enjoyed
delicious snacks and refreshments.
Our President, Ottice Webb, welcomed everyone and gave out
information about the reunion schedules. On Friday everyone
began to enjoy the hospitality suite as we met old friends and made
new acquaintances. Sarah
Ryals, our Secretary/Treasurer, had made plans to feed us with a good
supply of sandwiches, snacks, and refreshing drinks.
The hospitality suite was buzzing with sea stories and
shipmates searching for someone they served with 40 or 50 years ago.
For some reason, it was not always easy to put a name with a
face. The years seemed to
have changed some of our looks!
day the hospitality suite was well attended, and many of our people
went out to explore Myrtle Beach.
The most memorable part of the whole reunion was the Alabama
Theatre on Friday evening. Our
president was stressing about the schedule and getting nearly 30
automobiles to caravan to North Myrtle Beach.
It was successful and we didn’t lose a single body.
The theatre performance was wonderful, and at the end of the
performance, the crew of the Newman K Perry was introduced as special
guests and was applauded by a theater full of people.
It was a great evening.
afternoon, we met in the convention center for our annual business
meeting, which was well attended.
The present association officers agreed to serve for another
year, and Carl Steiner was elected to serve as Vice President.
Myrtle Beach was voted on for the 2010 reunion.
We will meet again in the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort.
evening, the shipmates and their ladies put on their finery and
returned to the convention center for the annual banquet. Before
entering, each couple was photographed for the memory book.
Everyone was seated and enjoyed our banquet. Afterwards we welcomed Mrs. Margaret Riddle of Asheville, NC,
grand Niece of Newman Perry, for whom the ship was named.
She gave us new information about Ensign Perry and how he lost
his life aboard the Gun Boat Bennington in 1905.
and door prize tickets were called, and many nice gifts were shared by
everyone from the Yankee Swap. At
the end of the evening, the outgoing president handed the gavel to Rex
Carter, our president for 2010. Ottice
Webb thanked everyone for their support over the last year, and said
“Our success here today is a direct result of Sarah Ryals’ hard
work in finding everyone”.
SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT -
As my last secretarial duty for our former president Ottice Webb I
want to thank YOU ALL for coming to this reunion at Myrtle Beach.
As you probably have heard it was the largest reunion ever.
OG thanks all sooooo much.
Now I move on to Rex Carter, I hope you give him the same support
in 2010 and that we are able to make 2010 even bigger.
As you know we will be going back to the Sea Mist.
There will likely be a few changes but they are to our benefit.
As of right now we still have the same hospitality room; 10227.
This info will probably come out in the next Newsletter.
I would like your input as to what we can do to make the
hospitality room better, i.e, what can we put on our menu next year?
Or what you thought of things this year, if you had a problem
with what we did – let us know.
This was the first time I put together anything like the
hospitality room. My
organizers, shoppers & kitchen help saved me.
You may have noticed I stay out of the kitchen because I am a
total klutz and am likely to screw something up.
My kitchen abilities are a bit like my line dancing abilities,
totally uncoordinated but hilarious.
In fact the line dancing class (in FL) sent me out to do the
pool exercise class – at least if I fell I wouldn’t hurt myself.
I think there was a message there.
I will continue to shake the trees for new shipmates, but the
forest is thinning. My
resources are about at the end. If
any of you have a shipmate that is not on the master roster please let
me know. I will try to research and contact him via email, snail mail
or phone. Or you can have
him contact me, as you all have my address and email.
Shipmates who attended the Myrtle Beach reunion are listed in this
To those that paid their dues thanks. To those that did not pay your dues, you have my address.
I use this money for stationary supplies, mailing info out on
reunions and all that kind of stuff, donations to Tin Can Sailors and
other Navy Organizations.
Again thanks to ALL of you for making this reunion so successful.
Names and Addresses of Myrtle Beach Attendees – * indicates
, Jerry (66-69),
Johnny K. (62-66),
, Jim (64-68),
Bill (64-67), (73-74)
Newman K. Perry Reunion Association
October 2009 – Myrtle Beach – by
The business meeting was opened with a welcome by Ottice Webb
our NKP Association President
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.
The Secretary/Treasurer gave the financial report which was
accepted by a vote.
After much discussion about duties and responsibilities of the
Association Officers, Ottice Webb placed the name of Carl Steiner in
nomination as Vice President for 2010.
It was seconded by Tony Veiga.
Carl Steiner was elected by a majority vote.
Each Officer was asked if they would serve again for 2010.
The Officers for 2010 are:
Rex Carter, President,
Carl Steiner, Vice President
Leon Olson, Newspaper Editor,
Ken Offenbach, Master at Arms
John & Sarah Ryals, Secretary/Treasurer
A vote was taken and they were approved.
After much discussion, it was decided to have the 2010 Reunion
again at the Sea Mist Convention Center – Myrtle Beach. It was approved
by a vote.
It was again voted to make a $500 contribution to Tin Can
It was voted to order the N.K. Perry Memorial Plaque for the
Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The first payment of $500 will be sent along with the
In Gettysburg, we had 53 people attend there were 28 shipmates,
9 of which were first time attendees.
This year 7 of the
new 2008 attendees returned and we were honored to have an additional
23 new attendees with us for a total of 130 people.
28 states were represented at this reunion.
– Sarah Ryals
this Newsletter you will note that we had a very large turnout and a
great time at our annual reunion this past October.
Now I will take a few minutes to let those of you that have
snail mail know what I have been doing since taking over the
Secretary/Treasurer job in October of 2006.
research started in June of 2007 primarily because attendance at the
reunions was down, and we needed new blood, or the organization would
not exist much longer. I
started with Frank Midkiff’s NKPerry.com website, then on to
TinCanSailors.com. At first I had my problems, but soon I figured things out,
and started getting answers. Although
email was my primary search tool, I also used snail-mail and the
telephone. I managed to
get a large number of people, some of whom I had snail mail addresses
for, but didn’t realize it at the time.
Wherever there is a “NKP crew list” with names and when I
find a list of addresses I try to utilize them to locate anyone I can.
I have gone so far as to use the names and addresses at the
back of the 1965 Med Cruise Book.
Although that book is 45 years old, I managed to get 9 email
addresses, 4 snail mail addresses and 1 person who said “I don’t
want to be bothered”.
for the object of all this research – the postage has gone up so
much I am trying to get as many email addresses as possible in order
to cut down the cost of postage.
So, I am asking all of you that DO have an email address
to please email me at email@example.com
so I can add you to my email list.
I would also appreciate it if you would send me your snail mail
address. I try to keep an
accurate list of shipmates for those that only have snail mail.
I will send you the Newsletter, and a copy of my Excel files of
shipmates’ names and addresses, and whatever information that is
sent out. These rosters are sorted alphabetically by name, state, and
date, as much as I can. Since
I am the Secretary/Treasurer of this association, I am the point of
contact and will do whatever I can to answer your questions.
There are many of you, only one of me.
If I don’t get back to you in a reasonable time ask me again.
would also like to urge you to send your email address to Frank
Midkiff’s website firstname.lastname@example.org
so he may add it to his email roster.
He needs YOU to email him with your address, NOT ME.
He will NOT add your name without you emailing him, because his
list is on the internet and accessible by anyone.
My list is not published. When you email Frank you should
include your name, rank, and time on the NKP.
I am on the subject of locating shipmates if you are in contact anyone
that I may not have on my email list or snail-mail list, please let me
know. Please provide as
much information as possible to make locating people as easy as
possible. Everyone’s help is necessary to keep this organization
alive for as long as possible.
first year of my research, expenses were minimal, a little copy paper,
print cartridges, and a few stamps, so I absorbed the cost. Now in my second year I am sending out shipmate rosters, post
cards, snail-mail letters, and buying paper, print cartridges and
stamps so I cannot absorb this cost.
Along with my expenses we send an annual contribution to Tin
Can Sailors. This year we
are making our first contribution to the US Navy Commemorative Plaque
Program in Washington, D.C. and over the next five years we will have
to make yearly installments.
you would like to continue receiving the Newsletter, and would like to
receive the shipmate roster via snail- mail we would appreciate you
sending in your dues. They
are only $20/year. My
address is on the front of the newsletter.
Finally you will find the information for the 2010 reunion in
this Newsletter. As I
said in 2009, we had a good turnout, with about eight returning
shipmates, and 23 first time attendees.
There was a lot of hot air flying around with “those great
navy stories” a lot of food, and a wonderful night at the Alabama
Theater, so please check things out for 2010.
We will be at the same place on Oct. 21-24, 2010.
If you need any information, or have any questions either
e-mail me, call, or send me a snail mail.
As I said my address is on the front of this Newsletter.
point of information is – for the past 2 winters John and I have
been in Naples, FL and have put together a small very informal
get-together. It is
basically a sit and gab thing, then order pizza or go out to a local
restaurant. If any of you
are interested please let me know. Again,
I can be reached either via snail mail or e-mail.
TAPS - May our departed
shipmates rest in honored peace.