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12TH Edition

July 2000

Greetings from
Your President

Marion Goble
(239) 768-1449

1st Vice President
Jim Dunn
(858) 566-1745

2nd Vice President
L. E (Rusty) Draper
(361) 364-1917

Kay Goble
(239) 768-1449

Membership Chairman
Tom Britt
(858) 578-8926

Marvin Watson
(402) 421-8957

Bill Martin
(281) 427-6828

Newsletter Editor
John Worman
(505) 437-9872


The Rolling Stone is a
Quarterly publication of the USS Whetstone LSD-27 Association, INC.
The Association is a non profit, historical and educational organization dedicated to
promoting fraternal, civic,
patriotic and historical
memories of those who
served aboard.

Here it is my last few months as President of our Association. I have enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to serving under the next person you select. I am looking forward to locating shipmates. That will be my main goal in the coming years.

At this time I want to give credit where credit is due. I could have done nothing without my wife, Kay. She has been 110% behind me in this endeavor. She never meets a stranger and has fallen in love with the Whetstone Association crew and family. She works harder at it than I do and never asks anything in return. She has faith that you all will come through with financial support and the percent that are faithful always come through and have made her very proud. So not only am I praising my wife, I'm thanking all of you for your support of the Association. Without you, this could never work. There are so many that have called, written, encouraged and kept us focused. I have made so many new friends and count myself fortunate to know you all.. 

I want to impress on you why I am so gungho about the reunions. I made a call last week to a friend that I met aboard ship to see if he was coming to San Diego. His wife said he was looking forward to the reunion but he passed away in February. I was very saddened that I wouldn't be seeing Darrell Jepsen, as well as others I served with.

There are so many memories we all share  from our time on board...the good times, the bad times, the lonely times. All the times we shared together formed a bond that time and distance can't destroy. Our Association was formed to allow us an opportunity to get together at the reunions to share our friendship for one another. So I challenge you to make every effort to attend and renew your friendships. 

In closing, I would like to say thank you for the opportunity you have given me to serve and help keep the Association strong.

May God Bless You and keep you till we meet again.

Your President  and Shipmate


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