This page is dedicated to our shipmates
who have been transferred to that celestial station, where we all hope to be
reunited as one crew again.

Roy Quinn, Rex Beard, Ray Bauer, Harold "Gene" Geiser, Otto Strock, Ltjg O.A. Flowers, Leroy Houghton, Ralph Barrickman,
Robert Strack, Phil Margraff, J D Buggage, Billie Beane, Robert Bly, James Brown, Johnnie Coffey, Benjamin Czeslowski,
Jerald Degenais Jr, Lewis Gore, Don Grube, William Higgs, Mike Leep, Troy Thrasher, Albert Yungk, Phil Gross, Bill Franklin, Joe Haynes, William F. Hancox, Nelson Radley, Marion K. Miley Sr., Capt. Eugene Kelly, Carl Baumann, Paul Blevins, Sammy Bond, Michael Chappell, Paul Cook, Gordon
Daugherty, David Giboney, Felix Grillo Jr, Arolton Horn, Gerald
Littell, Charles Lovejoy, Guy Pounds, Julius Provancher,
Robert Ptak, Harold Standiford, Capt. Wm. F. Reagan, George
Godfrey, Ltjg Wayne Morgan, Anthony G. Haney, James R.
Barnett, Robert L. (Jack) Almond, Jim McMillan, Joe Crumpler,
Fred Babin, Dennis Terek, George Apted, Ken
Aldridge, George Glore, William E. Poling, Tony Havey, Ed Maniere, Gary Woolum, William Flora, Ernest Howard Jr., Abe Behymer, Gerald Ratleff, Granville Darity, Maurice Hertlein, Gilbert Townsend, Lovie Wilkinson, Homer Loggins, Julius Minton, Lio Antoniotti, Delmar Baumgaertel, Charles Canterbury, Lester Canham, Walter Walls, Frank Rhodes, Crisostomo Montefalcon, Richard Kurtzo,Charles Kinnamon, Ed Sevigny, Edward
Palmer, Bill Condra, Alejandro Bello, Samuel Soto, Richard Sands, James L. Brown, Rex Robbins, Oliver Halt, Alcee Sennier Jr., Leonard Johnson, Charles Mathis, Alfred Maenshing, Alfrederick Jackson, Philip Grossenbacher, James A. Allen, Larry Pase, Frank Veasey, John Harkins, Thomas Fowler, Aaron Tomlinson, Alan Stites, Sinclair Eisan, James Borsuk, Frank Hirten, Daniel Thibault, George McGuire, Gordon Chatham, John Delaney, Dennis Steele, Keith Henson, Henry Hood, Wallace Helms, John Howley,Jerry Whitaker, Ralph Drought, John Dewitt, Noel King, Gary Miller, Walter Williams, Joseph Gallo, Thomas Geralo, Dennis Hatchett, Bill "Mule" Mulholland, Ronald Harris, James Hufstedler, Roy Rice, Gene Casey, Laurence Ford, Kenneth L. Smith, James Rose, Paul Pierce, John Ragan, Jack Dyer, Jon Noerager, Dion Rainey, Randolph Ware, Ethridge Norris,
Brandon Gilstrap, Harry E. Brown, Robert Thompson, Earl C. Fuller, Bob "Gordy" Gordon, David Gallipeau, Richard May, Robert Perron, Franklin Neman, Thomas Bennett, Frank Fayner, Stefan Critser, Ulysses Chastain, Paul Hannah, Frank Stoeffler, Michael Murnane, Jimmie Collier, Carl Mattila, Robert Beller, Walter Sutheard, Lemuel Brown, Ervin Cooper, Henry Rawlins, Fred Weierback, John Oglesby, Leon Bowman, Everett Herman, Bill Bramstedt, Alfred Hodges, Jackson Smith, Floyd Banister, Robert Gillenwater, Thomas Jacks, Junior Eury, Jeremiah Warling, Capt. Neil Smellow, Hunter Leake, Capt. David Ricketts, Kevin Mclane, Walter Olsen, Erwin Brackin, Gary Predmore, Gary Lauderman, Amphney Taylor, Michael Wertz, Larry Pinkston, James Wicker, Thomas Wolfe, Curtis Wells, Mark Klee, James Sergeant, James Douthit, Jerry Forsythe, Gerald Eglinton, Charles Liner, Artemi Apurillo, Arturo Ocampo, Heroildo Maldonado,Richard Beatty, Francis Bartholomew, Davis Booth, Calvin Boyd,
Merdic Branham, James Bumpers, Huey Burns, Eugene Downs, Quilla Edwards, Larry Fouts, Ribert Garrett, George Gergley, Ivory Gibert, John Lyons, John Medrano, Marshall Otto, Kenneth Reum, Thomas Roets, George Sayers, Clarence Smith, John Zidek, Lawrence Sierk, Russell Hiley, Loreeto Bautista, Robert Stennett, Elroy Mengert, Anthony Schenk,
Floyd Mullennax, Ed Ashby, Kevin Macklin, Phillip Spiker, Wesley Mumms, Donald Cooper, Bill Hilliard, Charles Hester, 
Rodolfo Bautista, Marion Sneads, James Barnett, James Jennings, Mervyn Walte, Lawrence Vincent, Larry Phelem, Coleman Cotton, William Courtney, Burton Comeaux, Kevin Corbett, Jerry Baker, William A. Franklin,
James E. Armstrong, Walter Eighmey, David Davis, Michael Greenstreet , Wally Blackwell, R.Adm Richard Donnelly, Mel "Doc" Draper, Donald Kittle, David Akridge, Dan Boomershine, Davis Bartlett, Capt. Robert C. Peniston, Roy Oelrich, Charles Goodman, Edward Ullom, Douglas Opdyke, John Brown, Chaplain Thomas Bumpas Jr.,William Powers, Daniel Chairez, James Butler, George Bullock, Vic Gressick, Carl J. Conway

The Origin of "Taps"
During the civil war, in July 1862 when the army of the potomac was in camp, Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield summoned Pvt. Oliver Wilcox Norton, his brigade bugler, to his tent. Butterfield, who disliked the colorless "extinguish lights" call then in use, whistled a new tune and asked the bugler to sound it for him. After repeated trials and changing the time of some notes which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit Gen. Butterfield and used for the first time that night. Pvt. Norton, who on several occasions, had sounded numerous new calls, composed by his commander, recalled his experience of the origin of "Taps" years later:
"One day in July 1862 when the army of the potomac was in camp at Harrisons landing on the James river, Virginia, resting and recruiting from its losses in the 7 days of battle before Richmond, Gen. Butterfield summoned the writer to his tent, and whistling some new tune, asked the bugler to sound it for him. This was done, not quite to his satisfaction at first, but after repeated trials, changing the time of some of the notes, which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit the general.
"He then ordered that it should be substituted in his brigade for the regulation "Taps" (extinguish lights) which was printed in the Tactics and used by the whole army. This was done for the first time that night. The next day buglers from nearby brigades came over to the camp of Butterfields brigade to ask the meaning of this new call. They liked it, and copying the music, returned to their camps, but it was not until sometime later, when generals of other commands had heard its melodious notes, that orders were issued, or permission given, to substitute it throughout the Army of the Potomac for the time honored call which came down from West Point.
"In the western armies the regulation call was in use until the autumn of 1863. At that time the XI and XII Corps were detached from the Army of the Potomac and sent under command of Gen. Hooker to reinforce the Union Army at Chattanooga, Tenn. Through its use in these corps it became known in the western armies and was adopted by them.
From that time, it became and remains to this day the official call for "Taps". It is printed in the present Tactics and is used throughout the
U.S. army, the National guard, and all orginazations of veteran soldiers.
"Gen. Butterfield, in composing t his call and directing that it be used for "Taps" in his
brigade, could not have forseen its popularity and the use for another purpose in to which it would grow. Today, whenever a man is buried with military honors anywhere in the United States, the ceremony is concluded by firing 3
volleys of musketry over the grave, and sounding with the trumpet or bugle Put out the lights, Go to sleep.....There is something singularly beautiful and appropriate in the music of this wonderful call. Its strains are melancholy, yet full of rest and peace. Its echoes linger in the heart long after its tones have ceased to vibrate in the air."