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NWSA Hampton Roads Chapter



President             Fay Crossley

Vice President     Frank Muscari
Treasurer             Bob Daigle
Secretary             Fay Crossley
Social Coord.      Dennis Pauly
CMAA                   Frank Muscari 



Chapter News

Source: Aerograph February 2019

Minutes of the Winter Meeting


Held at Mack’s Grill Chesapeake Virginia.  (venue was great, service was great, ((Thanks Maranda)) meeting was great.

REGRETS received from:

Capt Chuck Steinbruck…Louise wasn’t feeling well  

50/50 was won by Donna Crossley $26.

   Meeting was called order by President Fay Crossley about 315pm.

   The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Frank Muscari.

   The blessing was given by Susan Pauly.

   Hope everyone got the information about the “moth Balling” of the Potomac Chapter.  (Enclosure 2) We think HRC was first chapter to form then Lakehurst. 


A…A motion was made by Frank Muscari and Seconded by Jack Salvato to accept the minutes as provided via Email. Motion carried.

B…Treasurer’s reports was given, checking $811.22 and Savings $2095.09.  Frank Muscari made a motion to accept the report, motion was seconded by Eve Muscari, Motion carried.

C…The president reported on the Roster update, due to the holidays the progress was slowed, but it will get done. 


Dennis Pauly talked about the appreciation letter that HRC received from the Murfreesboro NC Historical Society for the donation in his name for his hospitality for our Fall meeting.  The money will be put to good use.


Frank Muscari told about a nice Christmas card that they had received from Bob Da Silva with a nice long letter.  


There was some talk and reminiscing about the old Chapters and the NWSA. We doubt that any HRC members will be able to attend the #45 reunion but we wish them well.


A…Reunion #45, need to approve the Ad and $80 donation. (enclosure 1) Motion made by Dan Lee and seconded by Joan Akers to send enclosure 1 and funding to #45 leadership, Motion carried.  The ad will be emailed to the reunion chair and the money will be mailed as soon as we get proper addresses.

B…Election of VP, Secretary, Social Coordinator and CMAA was not held due to the current officials agreeing to stay on for another term.

C…Venue for our SPRING meeting currently scheduled for Sunday April 14, 2019 which is Palm Sunday. Tentatively will be again at Mack’s Grill.  Information will be sent in March. 

D…Binnacle List and Info for the Good of the Order

1…Note from Mel Harder 82 in DEC…He and Marty doing well, getting ready to downsize and move to smaller digs. Mel remembers John Bleclic obit in Aerograph from Suitland shop in 1958.

2…We send our prayers to Kathi Clark in the hopes that upcoming operation goes smoothly.


Treats were passed around to attendees so as to continue the holiday spirit. A WW2 Weather Observer Pin was given to Dennis Pauly, since he is the youngest member. Any small items should be given to him for posterity.  A Plate depicting a Christmas Tree from Sweden was given to Eve Muscari.  To thank her and Frank.



1. (AD for HRC input for Reunion #45)

2 (copy of the last memo from Potomac River Chapter)


A motion was made by Frank Muscari and seconded by Dennis Pauly to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at about 455pm


Respectfully submitted:

Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary

Source: Aerograph November 2018

Minutes of the Fall Meeting


Held at The Ranch of Dennis and Susan Pauly in NC. On Sunday October 14.  From Noon to dusk.

A tour of the Pauly Ranch was conducted for the gathering we met the new additions to the grounds two beautiful horses.  The Pauly Ranch is beautiful, and Susan does a wonder job of maintaining the grounds.  Dennis has lots of plans for expanding the pasture areas, building a pond and perhaps becoming an official weather station.  We thank the Paulys for their kindness and hospitality.

In attendance: (12)  Jack Salvato, Greg Salvato, Jacqui Salvato, Frank and Eve Muscari, Dennis and Susan Pauly, (their musician granddaughter), Bob and Carol Daigle and Fay and Donna Crossley.


REGRETS received from:

Lees…went to UVA game.


The blessing was given by Susan Pauly about 1:25pm.

50/50 ($20) was won by Carol Daigle...hummmmm…the treasurer Bob did the drawing!!!!

$50 was donated by HRC to the Paulys favorite charity the Murfreesboro NC Historical Association.

Fay won a Susan Pauly wine bottle light.  Susan is an amazing artist. 

The meeting was called to order by president Fay Crossley at about 3pm.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Frank Muscari.


A…The Secretary’s report accepted as emailed to membership from the SPRING meeting.  A motion to  accept the report as sent was made by Bob Daigle and seconded by Frank Muscari. motion carried.


B…Treasurer’s reports was given, checking $831.22 and Savings $2094.30. Jack Salvato made a motion to accept report as given, which was seconded by Dennis Pauly motion carried.


C…A discussion concerning DUES was carried out, and it was decided to make NO changes in our dues policy at this time.  By paying dues it was felt members had a sense of belonging.  Persons not up-to-date with their dues are asked to contact the Treasurer.  Changes in HRC distribution and information sharing are expected.


A…We need to redo the HRC roster for the B. Listing…everyone will be asked to contact members to update information for the B List. 

B…Venue for Winter meeting…Sunday 1/13/19…also the Winter meeting will be to election of VP, Secretary, Social Coordinator and CMAA.  The Social Coordinator will find a great place to dine.


C…The NWSA reunion #45 will be April 4 to 7, 2019 in Thousand Oaks CA. At the Winter meeting we will approve our ad for the reunion and approve a donation to the effort.   


D…Binnacle List and Info for the Good Of the Order…

Doris Stepaniak passed away 7/16/18 she is missed greatly.  [See August Aerograph.

Joan Akers is doing okay, left hand healing well.  She had some cancer removed and that is healing well.  She is getting a lift for the stairs. 

Dan Lee some heart tests went well, thinks youthful asthma has returned. 

Donna Crossley has some arthritis issues with her fingers and is seeing a specialist concerning a growth on her neck. 

Fay Crossley had an AFIB to deal with in the spring and after tests and much time in and out of hospitals and laboratories all seems to be going okay.

Kathi Clark seems to be doing well we expected her and sister Pat to attend the picnic but they were a no show.

Jack Salvato it was a great treat for HRC to have Jack attend the picnic, he looks great and he was thrilled to make motions and do some seconding. We remembered when Jack was Social Coordinator for the group for 7 years.

Chubbs are doing well and managed to dodge Florence and Michael in their SC home.

Shafers didn’t do as well during Florence, they were without power for 5 days, they were scheduled to attend picnic, hope all is okay.  

Harders are doing well they evacuated from NC to Chesapeake during Florence.


A motion was made by Frank Muscari and seconded by Jack Salvato to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at about 5pm

Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Pres./Sec.

Source: Aerograph August 2018
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Minutes of the Meeting

Held at the home of Fay and Donna Crossley after lunch at the Virginia Diner, preceded by a fantastic tour of the National Weather Service Office at Wakefield given by Mr. Bill Sammler – the WCM of the facility.  WOW weather business sure has changed.

(SUMMER Meeting  – Wednesday JULY 11, 2018)

In attendance:  (11)  Chuck and Louise Steinbruck, Dennis and Susan Pauly with Granddaughter Emma, Dan and Carmen Lee, Fay and Donna Crossley and Bob and Carol Daigle.

REGRETS received from:

Chubbs…Busy in SC.

Harders Busy thinking about moving to smaller digs.

Muscaris…Visiting new Great Grandbaby in Sweden.

Bob Wright…Always busy and long drive.

Shafers…Not feeling so well.

Steiners…Last minute family matter.

The HRC folks gathered at the Weather office about 1030 and met with Mr. Sammler. The tour was most impressive.  Hard to imagine the technology.  We gathered again at the Virginia Diner and had a great lunch.  Then off to the Crossley home for drinks desserts and meeting.

Meeting was called to order by President Fay Crossley at 130 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by President Crossley, followed by a blessing given by Capt. Chuck.


A…The Secretary report accepted as emailed to membership from the SPRING meeting.  A motion to accept made by Bob Daigle and seconded by Capt. Chuck. Motion carried.

B...Treasurer’s reports was given, checking $898.71 and Savings $2093.51. Fay Crossley made a motion to accept report as given, which was seconded by Dan Lee. Motion carried.

A…Discuss member and non-member perks:  Minutes, pictures, etc., sent to everyone -- everyone not a member.  Is there any reason to keep paying dues, should we stop sending HRC information to non-members.  There was a discussion about these questions and it was felt we should table the final decision for the next meeting.  As a reminder, the By-laws would have to be changed.  There are currently 19 paid members and 3 life members.

B…..The venue for the FALL meeting needs to be discussed.  Can we go to Pauly’s ranch?? Yes, date and times will be ironed out between Dennis Pauly and Fay Crossley.

C…Binnacle List and Info for the Good Of the Order.

1...Mel Harder…..He and Marty are doing okay ”just getting older”. Bit forgetful and can’t drive at night. 

2…John Chubb…..He and Ive are doing well and busy helping in their SC community.

3…Joan Akers…..Doing okay (Joan is always upbeat and optimistic). Some cancer cells removed from face and hand.  She is a little lonely.

4…Doris Stepaniak….Not doing so well.  Has difficulty eating and therapy is difficult to endure. 

5…Steve Shafer…..Doing okay. Sylvia is being a good nurse.  He had something of a setback with all the difficulty with his heart. He is dealing with Angina and Doctor working on getting nitroglycerin to the right dose.

6…Tammie Steiner…..Gall stones and blockage, Doctor operation went well.  She is back to her old wonderful self. 7…Bob Daigle…..along with wife Carol, have been enjoying seeing Granddaughter Kaitlyn graduate from HS and granddaughter Hailey being so active in sports.

8…Frank Muscari…..and wife Eve on an extended trip to Sweden to visit family and new Great Grandbaby. 

9…Bob Wright…..Loves TN hates the 8 hour drive to visit with HRC folks.

10…Marge Cruse…..Doing well in Colorado, 95 and looking forward to trek to Adirondacks in NY in July.

11…John Shay…..Doing well in May when wished him Happy Birthday….82.

12…Frank Terrizzi…..and wife Bonnie are doing great.  Lots of work tending to their estate, which they add to now and then.  (See picture at end of news)

13…Kathi Clark…..End of April broke her arm while bowling!!! 12 weeks of recovery, but was doing well and upbeat. 

14…Jack Salvato…..Fell end of April and had 3 weeks of difficulties…little lonely, but son Doug helps a lot….contracted Shingles 21 June…..will be 81 in July…On July 10 Jack was admitted to ER with high BP, took 4 hours to settle down, unsure what problem was.

15…Howard Lee…Medal of Honor Recipient…is living up to his Marine background by being a strong support for Doris Stepaniak….Howard will be 85 in August.

16…Fay Crossley…developed AFIB in April, stopped that on 6/11 with lots of tests continuing   Two more heart doctor apts. in July.  

17…Dan Lee…Has some cancer issues to deal with and having them removed from his face. 

18…Capt. Chuck …told about Capt. Sokol’s wife Harriett having passed away recently and also a friend of the Navy Weather Tom Kumps having passed away.

A motion was made by Dan Lee and seconded by Bob Daigle to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at 245 pm. 
Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Pres./Sec.

Source: Aerograph May 2018

Minutes of the Meeting

Held at George’s Steak House in Suffolk VA. Service and meals were great.

(SPRING Meeting  – APRIL 8, 2018)

In attendance:  (15)  Frank and Eve Muscari, Fay and Donna Crossley, Bob and Carol Daigle, Dennis and Susan Pauly, Sylvia and Steve Shafer, Dan Lee, Bob and Tammie Steiner and Capt. Chuck and Louise Steinbruck.     

REGRETS received from:

Chubbs…long drive, but did send blessings

Harders…difficulty driving at night

Carmen Lee…Church event.

Ed Nelson...Masters something!!!


The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by CMAA Frank Muscari.  Followed by a blessing giving by Capt. Chuck

Meeting called to order by President Fay Crossley at 3:05 PM. 50/50 drawing was won by Steve Shafer, $35.


A...The Secretary’s report accepted as emailed to membership from the FALL meeting.  A motion to accept made by Steve Shafer and seconded by Frank Muscari motion carried.

B/C...Treasurer’s reports was given, checking $786.16 and Savings $2092.73. Treasurer Bob Daigle reviewed the past quarter receipts and expenditures. We seem to be in pretty good shape. A Letter was presented to HRC by the Treasurer concerning the audit.  (Enclosure 1A)  The Audit was conducted with Carol Daigle, Fay and Donna Crossley having sharpened pencils in hand. (Enclosure 1).

D…HRC has completed selling off all the inventory for the Hat and T-Shirt sales. A motion was made by Bob Daigle and seconded by Capt. Chuck to suspend any further inventory request.   A note has been sent to the Aerograph asking that the great ads placed in the newspaper be removedWithout the help of the Aerograph editor sales would have not been so robust. 

E…Elections went smoothly, at the winter meeting in January.  President, Treasurer and CMAA remain the same.  (Next January will be Vice President, Secretary and Social Coordinator.

F…SEMI-SURPRIZE Party on 2/18/18…..Again I am humbled yet very pleased at the fantastic event.  THANK YOU AGAIN. (Enclosure 2)

G…Reunion in New Orleans.  Ad and $80 were sent and both received.  We hope the event goes over well and all attendees have the time of their lives.

H…..Obituary sent to Aerograph of Carl Matthews passing.  (Enclosure 3)


A…The venue for the SUMMER meeting needs to be discussed, scheduled for Sunday July 8.  A question was asked if we could perhaps do a tour of the NWS Wakefield Office.  I will look into that.   

B…Binnacle List and Info for the Good Of the Order.

1…Mel Harder…..continues to downsize, sympathy was sent due to the loss of their Son in October due to a work accident.  Getting so Mel doesn’t like to drive at night.  

2…Chubbs…..doing well, spent three weeks in PR helping Ives’ mom fix her house after hurricane damage. 

3…Joan Akers…..Fell last part of February and cracked some ribs….she is JOAN so is doing fine.

4…Doris Stepaniak….Doing as good as possible, treatments are leaving her tired and weak.

5…Steve Shafer…..Looks great, has lost some weight.  He is still having some issues with his heart and might be getting a pace maker.

6…Tammie Steiner…..We were thrilled to see the Steiner’s at the meeting, that is a long drive for them.  Tammie looks great, but is still having stomach issues, more doctor appointments pending.  All the best Tammie.

7…Bob Steiner…..gave a FYI briefing on the NASA doings at Wallops Island. Next launch due in May.

8…Bob Daigle…..a late birthday party and cake was near the end of the meeting celebrating his 72nd Was a yummy cake with $$$$$ all over it.

9…Dennis Pauly…..we thank Dennis for his effort finding this venue, was a great place.  Dennis is suffering for an unknown problem with his feet.  Doctor suggested he elevate his feet often, so Dennis and Susan had to leave the meeting early.


A motion was made by Bob Steiner and seconded by Bob Daigle to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at 415pm.

Respectfully submitted:


John was awarded the Legion of Merit (LOM) which is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments. John and his wife Herenia, will settle in Wichita to enjoy the good life.

Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Pres./Sec.

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 Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor


   It is such an awesome feeling for me, at each of our Hampton Road Chapter meetings, to have Howard Lee in attendance. He accompanies Doris Stepaniak. You may recall that Doris is a life member of HRC and NWSA.  Howard just makes me feel good about everything.  Even though Howard is a Medal of Honor Recipient, there is much more to the man than this amazing award might command.

   Howard Lee was born on August 1, 1933, in New York City. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York in 1951, and from Pace College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, on June 19, 1955. While in his senior year at college, he enlisted as a member of the Platoon Leaders Class in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  In September 1955, he entered the 14th Officer Candidates' Course, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, and upon completing the course the following December, was commissioned a Marine Corps Reserve second lieutenant. Lieutenant Lee completed The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, in July 1956 and the Marine Corps Supply School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, that September.  Upon completion of these courses, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Supply Activity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for duty as Field Inspection Officer, Field Inspection Section, and later, Officer in Charge, Audit Section. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1957, and integrated into the Regular Marine Corps in January 1958.  Detached from the Supply Activity in September 1958, he was ordered to the West Coast, and served briefly as Troop Handler, 1st Replacement Battalion, Staging Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, then was assigned duty as a platoon commander with Company F, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, serving in this capacity until June 1959.  First Lieutenant Lee next served as the Battalion S-4 Officer with H&S Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, (US administration) Japan.  In February 1960, he was assigned duty as Guard Officer at the Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Propellant Plant, Indian Head, Maryland.  After his promotion to captain on July 1, 1961, he was assigned duties as Platoon Commander and, later, Instructor, The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, where he remained until June 1964.  From July 1964 until February 1966, Capt Lee was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, serving first as Commanding Officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, then as Battalion S-3 Officer with H&S Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division. During the latter period, he served aboard the USS La Salle (LPD-3), and in the Dominican Republic.


Vietnam War — 1st tour

   Ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in April 1966, Capt Lee served as Commanding Officer of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He received the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for heroic action on June 26, 1966 – June 27, 1966. Then, on 8-9 August, 1966 that he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in the vicinity of Quang Tri, for which he received the Medal of Honor. Wounded in that action, Capt Lee was evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. In November 1966, he returned to duty at Headquarters Marine Corps and assigned duty as TO/MOS Coordinator and, later, Assistant FMF Readiness Officer in the Operation Section, G-4 Division. He was promoted to Major (United States) in July 1966.

   On October 25, 1967, Major Lee was presented the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon Johnson in a ceremony at the White House.


Vietnam War — 2nd tour

  Following this assignment, Maj Lee completed the Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia, in June 1970, then returned to the Republic of Vietnam for his second tour of duty. For his service as Executive Officer, Provisional Headquarters and Service Company and with the 2nd Combined Action Group, III Marine Amphibious Force, he earned a Gold Star in lieu of a second Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V".  He was promoted in July 1972 to lieutenant colonel and retired in 1975 from the Marine Corps for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

  If you would like to read Howard’s citation please go to……

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   Though Howard has no past affiliation with Naval Weather, we are proud at HRC, when he graces our tables as a friend and fellow serviceman.  At HRC’s special gathering on 2/10/13 one of the other special guests was so overwhelmed with the thought of being in the same room with “such a hero”, tears sparkled in his eyes.  We thank you Howard for your service and for being such a gracious friend.  We, at HRC, ask NWSA and its members to keep our heroes like Mr. Lee and all our service men and women, in their thoughts and prayers.   

     Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Secretary