The Beale Bugle
These pages are a digital version of The Beale Bugle. The August 1998 issue was the last of the "printed Bugles". The 2015 edition is in digital form only created from photos and other information from the 2015 Atlantic City Reunion. As of 14 October 2016, the 1944, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998 and 2015 issues have been added to the website. The first edition of The Beale Bugle was published at sea in 1944. We have copies of the 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994 yet to be scanned and added to the website. The 2016 reunion edition will be added following the 2016 reunion. Other years mentioned above will be added within the next few months.
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Please note, Reunions were not held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.
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USS Beale DD/DDE-471 - 38th Annual Reunion Issue
September 27 - 30, 2015
Tom & Kathy Quigley
Dear BEALE Shipmates, family members and guests:
Tom and I would like to thank everyone for making the trip to the 2015 Reunion in New Jersey. We know it was not easy for many of you to travel to Atlantic City due to the Pope's visit, nor was returning home an easy task for many of you either. Planning the reunion gave us a chance to have an in-depth view of how hard many people have worked over the years to give other shipmate's a fun and memorable reunion. It was our ultimate goal to please everyone although we know, with human nature, that's not always the case. We made some errors along the way, although nothing monumental. We were happy to have this opportunity and we tried our best to keep the cost of everything as minimal as possible. In the past we have attended many reunions and want to say thank you to those who have given their time and efforts (for some several times) over the years. It was truly a pleasure and rewarding challenge for us to finally give back and we sincerely hope that you guys had a great time. . . and didn't lose too much money!
Tom and Kathy Quigley
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Tropicana Casino & Resort
Our reunion was held at the Tropicana Casino and Resort located on Atlantic City's famous boardwalk. A short walk along the boardwalk took us by the many souvenir shops and eateries. And, of course, it led us to the old Atlantic City Municipal Auditorium where one could let his or her imagination run wild and "hear" Bert Parks singing, "Here she comes, Miss America"!
The crew's "berthing quarters" and our Hospitality Room were clustered in the hotel's South Tower. And, the Casino and a wide variety of themed restaurants were nearby. On Monday evening, we were served a very nice "Italian Night" dinner to be followed by the Annual Raffle and Auction. On Tuesday evening,we gathered at the Ri' Ra' Pub for Irish fare and adult beverages. On Tuesday, the Quigley's planned a bus excursion to the Philadelphia Independence Seaport for brunch aboard the Bark Moshulu and tours of the USS Becuna SS-319 and Admiral Dewey's flagship, the USS Olympia CS-6. On Wednesday morning, tired, perhaps exhausted, but happy, we shoved off for home to meet again next year on our very first Cruise Reunion. More detail on activities and next year's reunion to follow.
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The focal point of our Reunion was the Hospitality Room. Located on the Tropicana's 68th floor, it provided panoramic views of the Atlantic City seashore. Convenient location, ample and comfortable seating combined with refreshments and "munchies" and our Ship's Store made it an inviting place for our shipmates, spouses, families and friends to gather to renew old and to establish new friendships. Sea-stories of long ago were swapped ... all were absolutely true! Spouses, families and friends had their own stories to tell about their sailors. Intermingled with all of this was "Catching-up" on what's happened since last year's reunion and/or when we had last met. What a wonderful time!
Opening early in the day and staying open into the evening, the Hospitality Room was our "go-to" place for information. Tom and Kathy, assisted by their beautiful daughters Theresa and Karlene were there much of time. On occasion shipmates and spouses would sit with the Quigley Clan to provide them with real and moral support.
The Quigley Clan
Theresa, Kathy, Tom and Karlene
The Hospitality Room hosted our Annual Crew Meeting. The highlights were:
By Paul Barry - on the excellent financial condition of the
Beale Association. End of year repoert will be posted
on the Website
By the Quigley's - on this reunion
By Chet Stagg - on the 2016 reunion
Election of Association Board Members:
LeRoy Thurn, President
Jim Svejk, Vice President
John Davis, Treasurer
Paul Barry, Secretary
Chet Stagg, 2016 Reunion Coordinator
The 2017 Reunion - Bob Hinkle and Paula Goll volunteered tol hold the
2017 Reunion in Cleveland
The Beale Website www.ussbealedd-dde471.org
Paul Barry reported - it is fully operational
- new information is added often
- it is and will continue to be a work in progress
as new information is added weekly
- to check it out!
Hospitality Room & Crew Meeting Slide Show
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by Jim McAuley
Official Photographer's Mate
Kneeling: Bob Hinkle, Dick Dwigans, Joe Stayner, Chuck Hunnell; Sitting - Marcel Dawson, Bill Conrad, John Rishel, Duke Hacker, Carl Fletcher, John Davis; Standing - Paul Barry, Chuck Griffith, George Altman, Jim Jenkins, Dave Leslie, Tom Quigley, Jim Svejk, Tom Abbott, Gary Reed, Ski Kowalczyk, Bill Brings, Al Poskus, Sol Kelman, Theron Hall; Back Row - Chet Stagg, Chuck Harvey, George Misson, Jerry Chitwood, Bob Duke, Bill Jones.
The Ladies of the Beale
Sitting - Sharon Kowalczyk, Paula Goll, Jane Svejk, Kay Jones, Barbara Hall, Fely Stayner; Standing - Leslie Leslie, Elaine Barry, Pat Reed, Nancy Stagg, Valerie Altman, Mary Dawson, Linda Fletcher, Kathy Quigley, Maryann McAuley, Rosamond Abbott, Sharon Chitwood, Barbara Duke, Shirlee Griffith, Irma Davis, Ginny Brings, Evie Dwigans, Carin Conrad.
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Philadelphia Independence Seaport
On Tuesday morning, many Shipmates boarded a bus for the Reunion's group trip to the Philadelphia Independence Seaport. Upon our arrival, we had brunch aboard the Bark Moshulu. The we toured the USS Becuna and the USS Olympia. The trip was shortened because of rain. And, as a result, we did not get to visit the Seaport's Museum and Gift Shop. We arrived at the Tropicana with plenty of time to prepare for the evening's festivities. By the way, this bus was far better than the Greyhounds and Trailways we rode many years ago!
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The Moshulu , built in 1904, is one of a few remaining Steel Hulled, Square Rigged ships. It is simlar to the USCG Eagle. You can obtain a great deal of historical information on the Moshulu by searching Google and by clicking on the following link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshulu When you close out the link, you will return to this page.
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Moshulu is recognized as an award winning, AAA 4 Diamond rated Restaurant. And she lived up to her reputation. Brunch included orange juice, muffins, pastries, breads, bagels, flavored cream cheeses, French toast, waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, cookies, brownies, coffee, hot tea, and iced tea. Full descriptions with mouth watering adjectives such as Cinnamon Brioche French Toast are omitted to “save space”.
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Barbara & Bob Duke, Jan & Jim Svejk, John Davis, Gary & Pat Reed, Irma Davis
Jane & Jim Svejk, John Davis, Gary & Pat Reed, Irma Davis, Sharon Kowalczyk
Quigley Clan 1
Evie Dwigans, Carin and Bill Conrad, Dick Dwigans, Linda & Carl Fletcher, Brent Fletcher
Evie Dwigans, Carin & Bill Conrad, Dick Dwigans, Linda & Carl Fletcher, Brent Fletcher
George Misson, George Marlow. Sol Kelman, Pauline & Al Poskus, Doris Raleigh, Rene Fournier
Chuck & Lynne Harvey, Bill Jones, Ski Kowalczyk
To other dining room
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Becuna & Olympia
We visited the USS Becuna SS-319 and the USS Olympia C-6. The Becuna, commissioned in 1944 and retired in 1969, served in WW2, Korea and Vietnam. The Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flaship at the battle of manila Bay was commissioned in 1895 and retired in 1922. The tour was conducted by an extremely knowledgeable docent, a retired submariner. His enthusiasm was readily visible. A very worthwhile tour. More information can be found by clicking on the following links.
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On the Pier
While waiting to board the Moshulu and later the Becuna and Olympia, we spent some time on the pier. Being patient and enjoying the moment, time was spent in conversation about the day and what was yet to come. If you place your mouse (without clicking) on a photo, the names will appear. For an expanded view, click on a photo, then use the left and right arrows to navigate through the gallery.
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Banquet & Auction Night
Banquet Night began with a Cocktail Hour followed by a delicious Italian spread and pastries. Our hosts thought of everything. We each received a 1/2 bottle of USS Beale Wine. Dinner was followed by raffles to include: the Bill Jones built model of the Beale; a table of premium items such as Jane Svejk's annual sweater, Ginny Brings' annual afgan, a Tom Abbott donated oil painting of an old square rigger plus other too numerous to mention; and, a 50/50 conducted by Duke Hatcher. Our finale was the annual auction conducted by our Auctioneer's Mate, Sol Kelman assisted by Bob Hinkle and Al Poskus. The Ship's Office was operated by Leslie Leslie and Ginny Brings.
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Farewell Dinner at Ri' Ra's
Our Farewell dinner was Irish Night at Ri'Ra'. Good food, good friends and a good time.
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Until Next Year aboard the
Celebrity Cruise Line Infinity
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