Council News

Next Board Meeting:

29 January 2018

Meeting location:
Barnes Building
495 Summer Street
Boston, MA

Advise Tom Hennessey if you plan to attend.
tvh@alum.mit.edu
617-529-3277
Your name must be listed in advance.

PLEASE REPORT ADDRESS, PHONE, E MAIL CHANGES, ETC.  TO CLERK  Al Prudhommesedate9@aol.com, phone: 1-781-861-8766.

DIRECTIONS TO THE BARNES BUILDING (formerly known as Fargo Bldg):  From the MA Turnpike, exit at South Boston.  After exiting the tunnel go to Summer Street.  From Rt 93 head towards South Station, and go south on Summer Street. For best directions go on line or use a map.

Planned 2018 Board Meetings: 1/29, 2/26, 3/26, 4/30, 5/21, 6/25, 7/30, 9/24, 10/29, 11/26

RECENT EVENTS:

Toys for Tots: Our 41st Annual event was held on December 3rd in the Commandant’s House, Boston Navy Yard (now National Park Service) and we were able to donate $2500 and some $500 worth of toys and games.  The festivities were combined with presenting several Navy League Youth Medals to Sea Cadet selectees and the LCDR Richard Pollis, NSCC, Sea Cadet Leader of the Year to LCDR Alfred McMullen, C.O., Constitution Division.

Navy Birthday Dinner October 17, 2017. CAPT Joseph Tuite, USN, Commanding Officer of SUPSHIPS, Bath, Maine, addressed Navy ship construction, particularly that of USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).

The rescheduled Annual Meeting was held on 27 November 2017 in conjunction with the regular Board Meeting. Elected Officers and Directors are shown on that page. 

Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise on 8 August was enjoyed by some 250 guests. Purpose was to raise awareness and funds for the commissioning of USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) in September 2018.

Armed Forces Day was celebrated on 20 May 2017 at the Museum of World War II.​

Tours and Reception aboard USS San Jacinto (CG56) on Saturday, 18 March, were arranged by the Council. In addition, we arranged tours of the ship for 181 Naval Sea Cadets and their leaders and families, 30 Naval Academy candidates and families, and 35 Navy League members and their guests.  The Council assisted the ship by also inviting government officials and leaders of other interested organizations.                                                                                

HUDNER, CAPT Thomas J., Jr., USN (Ret), Medal of Honor Recipient, passed away on 13 November at the age of 93.  A Member of our council, well-known and a friend with many of us.  CAPT Hudner's story is told in author Adam Makos’ book Devotion which chronicled Hudner's life, the Korean War combat action to try to save wing-mate Ensign Jesse Brown and their lives and friendship, and later relationship with Brown’s family.  Brown was the first African-American Navy fighter pilot. (Of note, in 1944, the first African-Americans to be commissioned in the Navy, called the “Golden Thirteen”, included Dalton. L. Baugh, LCDR, USNR (Ret) who was a member of our Council until passing away in 1985).                

PLANNED EVENTS: 

USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116):  Named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member (now deceased) of our council was Christened on April 1, 2017 at Bath Iron Works and is now in the water; and is scheduled to be commissioned in Boston in September 2018.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/DDG116 and the website usshudnerddg116.org. ​

​​CHANGES OF COMMAND:

USS Constitution: The new Commanding Officer is CDR Nathaniel Shick, USN and the new Executive Officer is CDR John Benda, USN