History of the DD-950 Association
1996 a small group of DD-950 sailors met in Branson, Missouri for
the first “Ready Eddie” reunion.
The group came together through
the efforts of Jim Kress, a BT
aboard the DD-950 in 1961-64. Jim
Kress took advantage of the Internet and placed ads online at
appropriate Websites and in some veterans magazines.
Those efforts were rewarded with a meeting with some of Jim’s
past DD-950 shipmates that had not been together for over thirty years.
was decided to have another DD-950 reunion in 1998.
The 1998 reunion brought eighteen past DD-950 sailors together.
The group formed an association and resolved to continue to
search for and find additional DD-950 alumni.
The 1998 DD-950 reunion
group elected Jack Sanders, a BT aboard the DD-950 1962-65, the president of the association.
Bob “TUT” Tuttle, a STG aboard the DD-950 1971-76, became the
association’s vice president and volunteered to produce a newsletter
for the group. It was
decided that the association would not charge a membership fee, but
instead ask for donations. However,
due to the expense of postage and production, only those who become
members of the DD-950 Association would receive the newsletter.
It is not necessary to make a donation to join the Richard S.
Edwards Association. All
that is asked is that you complete a membership form and keep your
addresses current with the association.
As a tax exempt organization it is important that the association
keeps good records. Your
donations to the DD-950 association may be tax deductible, please
consult your tax advisor.
in 1998, Robert Dege, a RD aboard 1965-68, enlisted his son, Rob, to
produce a Website for the DD-950 Association, www.DD950.com.
That Website became the “official” Website of the Richard S.
Edwards Association and contains the current list of known past
shipmates. Most crewmembers
have listed an email address and those that have not can be reached by
sending mail to the association to be forwarded.
The DD950.com Website is very effective finding past crewmembers.
We all owe Rob Dege a big thank you for the hard work he does
with the DD950.com Website for the Richard S. Edwards Association.
1999 Jim Rassbach, an IC aboard the DD-950 1974-76, volunteered to
produce an additional Website with some photos from the years he had
spent on the Ready Eddie. The
original idea was to produce an online cruise book for those years as
none had ever been published for the 1974 WestPAC.
“TUT” worked hard with Jim and thanks to the many shipmates
who sent in their photos, the photo album now offers over 500 photos of
and by the crew of the DD-950. The
photo album has expanded to include all the years covered by the
operation of the DD-950 from 1959 through 1982.
Additionally, recent photos of past crewmembers are available to
serve as a continuous online reunion for DD-950 shipmates.
June of 2000 the Richard S. Edwards Association reunion in St. Louis,
Missouri brought fifty-eight DD-950 sailors together.
growth in the number of reunion attendees brings hopes
of an even larger DD-950 reunion in the Seattle/Tacoma area in August of
2002. The association
selected the location for the 2002 reunion as it is near the “birth
place” of the DD-950, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and the sister
ship, the Turner Joy (DD-951) that is now a museum ship.
A tour of the near carbon copy of the Ready Eddie will be a great
place for you to meet up with your past shipmates in August of 2002.
Please make your plans to attend the reunion today.
Bob “TUT” Tuttle spends many hours actively searching for past
DD-950 crewmembers. It is
nice when our past friends find the Websites and check in, but many will
not. Somebody has to do the
hard work of looking for people. TUT
has written a page of notes of how to get started finding your past
shipmates and you can find those notes here on the www.DD950.org
Website. Many of the
crewmembers now on our member list were found by TUT’s extensive
the end of the year 2000 the association found over three hundred
past DD-950 shipmates. We
need your help to find the whereabouts of the rest of the crewmembers.
The Web pages at www.DD950.org are
the business pages of the association.
There you can find the contact information for the officers, and
some notes on how to search for past shipmates.
In those pages there are
lists of the names for some of the crew that may help you with your
future of the Richard S. Edwards Association is up to you.
Please become an active member by joining the association, searching for
past shipmates and getting them to join us at the next reunion.
A copy of your photos from the days you spent on the ship are
enjoyed by all. Everybody
can send in a recent photo of yourself and perhaps your family.
Let us know how well you have aged.