Nov. 2017 - “Destroyers, Cutters & Tugs...Oh My” | Speaker Tom Robinson will present an historical background on the launching of the Navy's first destroyer, and other ships of war and peace from a little-known Virginia shipbuilder.
Plan to be surprised !
Tom Robinson currently serves on the board of the Mathews Maritime Foundation, and served ten years as Chairman of Recreation & Parks with Henrico County, and another ten years in Mathews. His accomplishments in the military, and as a civilian, were honored with several awards, including President Bush's "Thousand Points of Light" Award, three "Governor's Gold Medals", the "National Heroism Award", and the VA Guard's "Meritorious Service Award", presented by Gov. Wilder.
All are welcome to attend to this free event!
Oct. 2017 - Milford Haven Coast Guard Station | Speakers John Emory Horner and Bill Walters will discuss their extensive careers at Milford Haven Coast Guard Station. Mr. Horner spent 25 years as Officer-in-Charge there, and Mr. Walters has been with the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 52 years.
Both brought a wealth of experience to their service at Milford Haven. In WW II Mr. Walters served on a seaplane in the Pacific Theater for 3 years, and later became a licensed Surveyor for The Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and with the Coast Guard accurately charting and emplacing markers.
Mr. Horner had served at the Boston Lighthouse where he was involved in the rescue of 42 shipwrecked people. He also served on an Icebreaker that came within 300 miles of the North Pole.
In this annual membership meeting a vote will be taken on renewing two of the Board members terms of office, plus voting on a new Board member. Nominations will also be taken for new Board members from the membership.
Sept. 2017 - PROJECT LIBERTY SHIP | Our first speaker for the Winter Speaker Series will be CDR John "Jack" Yunker, Sr., U.S.N. (Retired) on Thurs., September 21 at 7pm at the Maritime Museum. He will tell the story of the Liberty Ships that were designed to be built quickly in order to transport all objects and people during WWII. A Mathews man, he was one of the Naval Architects involved in the top secret planning of these vessels that played a critical role during the war and afterwards.
CMR Yunker is a volunteer with the "Project SS John W. Brown," a Liberty Ship berthed in Baltimore, that is maintained and sailed by volunteers during "living cruises" that take paying guests out for a day several times a year. Tours of the ship, narrations, docents, re-enactments of significant WWII political and military figures and, under favorable weather conditions, aerial "dog fights" overhead by mid-century authentic WWII military allied and enemy aircraft! A slide show of these tours will be shown during the talk.
CMR Yunker graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy 48 years ago, and became a Naval Aviator and commercial pilot, while maintaining his USCG license as Unlimited Third Mate and Third Assistant Engineer. He lives in Heathsville, VA, and is an enthusiastic volunteer with the John W. Brown project as a watch standing engineer during its cruises.