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John Burcham, 12th Company

I received the following from Bill Land:

John Burcham, 12th Company is in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma center in Baltimore after a serious fall at an assisted living home in Annapolis on Monday night, February 20. He is presently unconscious and on life support. Only family is permitted to visit. Will provide more information when available.


Death of a Classmate - Paul F.Happersett - 22nd Co.

I received word from Mary Happersett that Paul F Happersett passed away on 28 JANUARY 2017. Additional information will be posted on the Web Site when available. 


Death of a Classmate - Oscar Alfred Herzer - 23rd Co.

 There will be a Service of Committal at the Columbarium on Friday, 10 March 2017 at 1100 for CAPT Oscar Alfred Herzer, USN (Ret), Class of 1954.  Following the Committal, a Reception will be held at the Naval Academy Club. 


GREAT NEWS! USNA 54 2017 Mini Spring Reunion and SNOWBIRD 18-20 April 2017!

GREAT NEWS!  Notice for all USNA 54 classmates, wives and widows; the 2017 Mini Class of 54 mini reunion and SNOWBIRD golf outing has JUST BEEN APPROVED by John Bushick our NAS JAX Installation Program Director again this year!

1. See below for details and join us.
2. Send checks to Frank Caroccio (he does not cash them until event day)
3. For those who want to play golf, ladies and gents, send handicap or best guess to Frank Caroccio to play in the mixed scramble events.  
4. For all: PLEASE indicate your intent to participate ASAP so we can begin detailed planning and please mail your checks to Frank (see below). 

 USNA 54 2017 Mini Spring Reunion and SNOWBIRD  details to sign up:

WHO: All USNA 54 Alums, wives and widows
WHEN: 18-20 April 2017
WHERE: On the base at NAS Jacksonville, Florida
ACCOMADATIONS: Gateway Inns and Suites, the T-Bar, O'Club, Golf Course with Mulligans Café (all walking distance).
* Tuesday 18 April 5-8 PM: Welcome Aboard Party on the T-Bar Deck on the St. Johns River. Cocktail Buffet and bar available ($10 per person).
* Wednesday 19 April. Mulligans Cafe available for breakfast and lunch, mid morning golf round for golfers, local tours or relaxing for all others until 6 PM at our Class Buffet Dinner Party at the O'Club with bar available. ($45 per person). 
* Thursday 20 April. Mulligans Café available. Golfers play early round in time for all attendees to meet at the 1 PM Wrap up luncheon and group photo on the veranda in Mulligans Café ($15 per person). 
* Any attendee staying over Thursday evening are invited to Watson's home for cocktails. We can arrange a group dinner nearby for those interested.

* For any attendees not holding DoD ID Cards, please contact Tom Watson soon to make arrangements for base access.
* Lots of local attractions including Navy bases, museums, World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, beaches, excellent shopping.
* Pleasant weather expected (70-80's daytime, cooler in evenings). Relaxed fun and casual dress is the plan. Please encourage others to join us.
* Golfers...Frank Caroccio is arranging two rounds of golf with mixed scramble (Captain's Choice) more details later but please let Frank know soonest if you are interested and what your handicap is).

1. Call and make reservations at the Gateway Inns Jacksonville  at (904) 542-3138 or 3139, tell the clerk you are with the 54 Reunion Group (the group confirmation number is 3112080 5390, Daily rates are $50 Standard Queen, $65 Standard Suite and $75 Executive Suite. These rooms are all in the river front building with the T-Bar conveniently on the ground floor).  These reservations should be made now to assure your preference is available!
2. Please email or call Tom Watson and/or Frank Caroccio with your questions and intentions. Tom is arranging all parties and needs your intentions to make these plans, Frank is in charge of Golf and will collect and manage all monies for parties. If you plan to attend any or all of the reunion, but will not stay in the Gateway Inns, also please let us know your plans.

Tom Watson, 2371 Bridgette Way, Fleming Island, FL 32003; (904) 284-3838;
Frank Caroccio, 12866 Greenmeadow Place, Jacksonville, FL 32246, (904)221-8681;



Death of a ClassMate - Frank Brame - 13th Co.

I received word from John Juergens that Frank Brame died on 11/3/16 and was buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery on 11/9/16.

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