NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Hampton Roads Chapter

 

hamptonroads@navalweather.org

 

 

President             Fay Crossley

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

 

 


Chapter News

Source: Aerograph May 2019

We were saddened by the loss of our shipmates Capt. Julian Wright on 3/17 and LTCOL Howard Lee on 3/23, Mr. Lee accompanied Doris Stepaniak to HRC meetings. 

 

Held at Mark’s Grill Chesapeake Virginia, again.  Venue was great, service was great,

Meeting went well.

 

In attendance (17):  Seacomo (Jack) Salvato, Frank and Eve Muscari, Dennis and in the place of Susan Pauly Granddaughter Emma Rench, who wrote a nice note to Frank.  Also, in attendance were; Bob and Carol Daigle, Fay and Donna Crossley, Dan and Carmen Lee.  Steve and Sylvia Shafer, Chuck and Louise Steinbrack, we were happy to have LaRue Wright back with us along with her sister Deloris Machik.


REGRETS received from: Bob Wright…too far to drive.

   50/50 was won by Donna Crossley $41, and if she wins again, she is required to donate it to the coffers. 

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

    The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Frank Muscari.

    The blessing was given by Capt. Chuck Steinbrack.

 

An audit of the HRC books was conducted by the Daigles and the Crossleys on 02/08/2019 and all books were found to be in order.

   A motion was made by Frank Muscari to accept the Secretary report as sent via Email, motion was seconded by Steve Shafer, motion carried.

   Treasurer’s report showed that the $80 to the NWSA reunion arrived as the check was cashed.  Letter concerning the Audit was submitted for the record, There is $817.22 in checking and in savings $2090.86.  A motion was made by Dennis Pauly to accept the report as presented, motion was seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried.


OLD BUSINESS

A…Roster update.  The roster corrections continue and is expected to be completed barring any unforeseen maladies soon. 

B…The membership was asked to provide input about themselves or about people that they know that the others in the group would be interested in hearing of and about.  It is hoped we can update information on lots of folks.  The following is what is hoped will be a routine quarterly update.

Capt. Chuck Steinbruck…Doing fine has been doing some doctor stuff lately, Had an AFIB scare but they were able to shock it back to a regular rhythm.  He feels great.  Looked great at the meeting and gave the group some information on the reunion, which he hadn’t heard much about.   

Louise Steinbruck…Has been dealing with some pain issues, lots of testing and doctors, PT seems to be helping.  She is in good spirits.

Jack Salvato…He is “hanging in there”.  Doing well but has had a couple of doctor apts., the blood pressure meds seems to be making him drowsy. He does keep loosing weight, but looks great.  

LaRue Wright…What a trooper!!  Through she doesn’t drive anymore she gets along well, was sad about her daughter passing away a couple of months ago.  It was such a thrill to see her at the meeting, and we hope she continues to attend when she can.  

Dan Lee…He is coping well.  Managed to break his toe a while ago, has been difficult as they can’t do much about it, improvements on going.  Oldest child going to retire. Had a great visit to see son Brian in DC, rode the train home.  

Chubbs…They are doing well.  Busy with kids and friends that stop by going and coming.  They went on a cruise 3/29 – 4/10, haven’t heard about that yet.  

Fay Crossley…Doing well, busy with HRC and the antique mall in Williamsburg. Travel to NY now and then brother and his wife not doing well.

Donna Crossley…Has been plagued with pain in arm, thought from hand operation, but after forth specialist think spine could be the problem, more doctors in her future.

Bob Daigle…Doing well, looking forward to getting pool open, doctor said he is in great shape, for the shape he is in.  No problems, nice to be able to say that. Has been repairing the deck.

Carol Daigle…Continues to fight tooth and nail with her MS issues.  Think MS doesn’t stand a chance.  Does lots of exercising at the Y. She has torn a tendon in her knee though, more Drs.  

Joan Akers…Doing well, being tested for Sleep Apnea, which was an awful experience.    Dog Snowball is 13 and eyesight and hearing are failing. Dog is great company.  She forgot about the meeting, will remember next time.  

Paulys…Dennis and Susan are getting ready for summer getting tractors tuned up, fields planted and thinning out their woods, and building a new deck.  We hope it will be ready for Fall Meeting.   

Steiners…Bobby is always doing great, who would think he and I are same age.  Wife Tammie is doing pretty well, she has mobility issues and doctor is working on that and going to have a vascular procedure in June, but she is in good spirits.  

Kathi Clark…Kathi has been at it again, in the hospital for three days mid-March, sugar level dropped to 20.  She is doing better, might be moving back to Virginia Beach.  Kidney transplant on tap for mid-June if all goes well. Sister Pat, (donor) is doing well.

Harders…Mel and wife Marty are doing well, still thinking about downsizing, offered to sell him 400 Insulators but he didn’t want them.  Mel is an Insulator authority.

Muscaris…Frank and Eve are doing well.  Always busy with church and family.  Do a lot of helping out neighbors too.  Frank says they are getting old; how does one tell??? 

Bob Wright…We miss you Bob.

NEW BUSINESS

A…Venue for our SUMMER meeting, that is scheduled for July 14.  The possibility of going to The Café On Shore owned by Members Grandson.  It was felt the place though small needed another test.  A group of 8 or 10 will gather there once The President organizes a date, to see if there is room enough.  Might always want to be concerned about the summer crowds.  Also, LaRue suggested that the club house at her building might be a consideration as well.  More information on next meeting will be forthcoming.
   A motion was made by Jack Salvato to adjourn the meeting, it was seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried at about 455pm.

Respectfully submitted:

Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary





We were saddened by the loss of our shipmates Capt. Julian Wright on 3/17 and LTCOL Howard Lee on 3/23, Mr. Lee accompanied Doris Stepaniak to HRC meetings. 

 

Held at Mark’s Grill Chesapeake Virginia, again.  Venue was great, service was great,

Meeting went well.

 

In attendance (17):  Seacomo (Jack) Salvato, Frank and Eve Muscari, Dennis and in the place of Susan Pauly Granddaughter Emma Rench, who wrote a nice note to Frank.  Also, in attendance were; Bob and Carol Daigle, Fay and Donna Crossley, Dan and Carmen Lee.  Steve and Sylvia Shafer, Chuck and Louise Steinbrack, we were happy to have LaRue Wright back with us along with her sister Deloris Machik.

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. 

OLD BUSINESS

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.

NEW BUSINESS

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.

 

ENCLOSURES…….

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.


OLD BUSINESS

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.


NEW BUSINESS

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.

OLD BUSINESS

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.
NEW BUSINESS

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.



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LTCOL Howard Lee, USMC RET

 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……http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_V._Lee.

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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