USS Belle Grove Logbook
Name: Les Maudlin
We have warm beautiful weather, after the crazy 8 inches of snow over the week-end!!! Mowed the yard three times already. And it is sprinkling right now.
Wanted to pass this along to you. Linda Howell's, father Eugene Clarence Vanasdall passed away. Linda and Chuck hosted the reunion in Charletons, SC, beautiful city and historical. You can send a message to the family via the funeral home: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com
He passed away May 6.
And was so excited to come to the Navy reunion and meet some of the sailors, he just sat and listened and talked to as many of the men that he could. Truly a gentle man.
Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Added: May 8, 2013
Name: Robert A. (Bob) Morris
From: Dayton, Ohio now Cecil,Alabama
HELLO TO ANY OF MY BELLE GROVE SHIP MATES; APRIL 1915 TO
APRIL 1954. BOB YELTON AND I WENT TO BOOT CAMP TO GETHER AT SAN DIEGO, CA. I GOGT IN THE FIREROOM JUST BEFORE WE WENT TO BALTMORE, MD.FOR SHIP REPAIRS AND WAS TRANSFERED
AFTER A CRUISE TO ALASKA WHENWE RETURNED TO SEATTLE, WA. I HAD JUST MADE MY RATE OF BT THIRD CLASS. MY WIFE AND I MADE THE REUNION IN NASHVILLE, TENN. MY BEST WISHES TO AND HOPE I WILL BE AROUND SOME MORE AS IN OCTOBER I TURN
EIGHTY TWO. I RETIRED FROM THE NAVY IN 1978 AS CWO-4.
BEST TO ALL FROM ALABAMA
Added: May 3, 2013
Well it is May 3rd, and we have 6.2 inches of snow on the ground and they are saying before it ends another 3 inches, ugh! We have mowed the lawn twice and planted some things in the garden, oh well! It has been 126 years since snow in May in this lovely state of Iowa
Wanted to pass some information onto you about Linda Howell's father, he is in Hospice and on God's time clock, he knows when they are with him, but doesn't answer. He is resting well. Please keep Linda and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Chuck and Linda Howell 860 Van * * * Rd., Cottageville, SC 29435. Email:email@example.com
The Howell's hosted a reunion in Charleston, and what a beautiful city and full of history.
Les and Janet
Added: May 3, 2013
Name: David House
From: Texas City, TX
We have beautiful sunshine, Les has mowed a little patch of grass in front of our basement door area, and probably will need to mowe this week-end.
So glad to hear the Caoeuettes are okay, so scary for them and the city of Boston. Just don't understand the evilness of people and the harm they do to innocent people and families.
We have lost another shipmate Wilbert Earl Hudson, age 87 from Dunlap, TN. He joined the Navy in 1943, was on two different submarines and then USS Roosevelt, USS Balduk and retired off the USS Belle Grove LSD 2 in 1963. He served with Les on the BG, a true gentleman, and so kind to all around him. He and his wife attended several reunions, and the most recent was with his son Duffy in Branson, while also attending a Navy reunion in Springfield, MO. We had talked with him several weeks ago, and had a great visit.
Take good folks, and see you soon in New Orleans.
Les and Janet
Added: April 25, 2013
Name: Lowell&Marlene Chadwick
We talked to Rosemary C and she said they were close to where they found the boy hidden in a boat.She said they are ok and Joe is doing good,but they hadn't been to a ship reunion for a few years.I told her we had been missing them.She said Yeltons had called them,about the bombing,which was sad to think of the 3 that were killed and those injured,and those in Texas,in the explosion.God be with them.
Added: April 24, 2013
Name: Steven L. Gambriell
From: Kent Wa.
Mary Jane I wish to say "Thank you" to all our mates out there who have provided us with much Love and kindness in your e-mails, cards, phone call and letters. God Bless you all, and keep you safe, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again at the reunion. Steve G.
Added: April 22, 2013
Name: Mike Jones
From: Luverne, Al. 36049
Hello, My Father, Monroe Watkins "Watts" Jones, served on the USS Belle Grove from 1943--1945. Recently while going through an old chest, we found some old pictures and 4 Christmas cards. The christmas cards were returned due to Insufficient addresses. The names and address of the individuals are as follows:
1.Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fredrick Cincinnati, OH
2.Mr. Burley Whittaker Lake Charles, LA
3.Mr. Kenneth Peterson OshKosh, WI
4.Mr. & Mrs. A.T. Daniel Gainesville, FL
The pictures also have names on them and are as follows:
K J Peterson
W L Routon
M R Barn****?
A T Daniel
If anyone would like a copy of the pictures or if the individual or individuals family would like the christmas cards, they have not been opened and will be sent to you with respect for the original recipeint.
Michael A. Jones(Son of Monroe "Watts" Jones)
Added: April 20, 2013
Good morning Shiptmates and Righthanders,
A beautiful bright sunny crisp morning in Iowa today, but there is flooding, not close to us along the rivers and etc., and more than likely the Mississippi will be out of its banks by the end of next week.
Thinking about the Gambriells this am, and praying for them and this long weekend with the service for their beautiful daughter, Micheline on Sunday morning. They are surrounded by friends, and what would we do without friends and all of you, our second family.
In Its Time
To everything there is a season.
To everything there is a season, there's a time for every purpose, under the heaven.
A time to be born, and time to die.
A time to plant and harvest and a time to weep, and a time to laugh; and a time to mourn, and time to dance.
God has made everything, everthing beautiful.
Bless all of you, during this upheavel in Boston (we are thinking of Mary Burgess and the Caouttes, they live in Watertown). And the terrible accident in West, TX., we must think of today and make the best of it, because who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Love you all.
Les and Janet
Added: April 19, 2013
Name: Mary Lou Schneider
From: Chilton, WI
Dear Steve, Mary Jane and Belle Grove Family,
So sorry to see the note of Micheline's passing. We remember her well from the 2009 Reunion in Appleton. I took Steve to the airport to pick her up, she certainly had a calming spirit and was a gift from God, it was a pleasure to have met her. Our prayers are with you. Family of Ginny Zobel
Added: April 17, 2013