the Navy League to the nation’s fighting men and women, according to
Orman Darby, the Bellingham
Council’s information officer. Hilarides, a 1981 graduate of the U.S.
Naval Academy, also recounted his
experiences as commanding officer
of the USS Key West.
Other guests at the dinner
included Cmdr. Michael Taylor,
commanding officer of USS Ford;
Lt. Cmdr. Marc Wentz, Ford’s
executive officer; Ford Command
Master Chief Michael Cantwell;
and Ron Testa, the Navy League’s
Northwest Region president.
After his remarks, Hilarides
joined Council President Robert
Hilpert in observation of the council’s quarter-century of service and
shared in paying special tribute to
council member Ted King. While
King’s meritorious record of naval
service was detailed by Hilpert,
Hilarides joined King and his wife,
Mary, at their table, to make a personal acknowledgement.
When World War II erupted on
Dec. 7, 1941, King was already a
sailor serving aboard USS Nevada,
one of the few ships that actually
got underway during the bombing
of Pearl Harbor. After Nevada was
intentionally grounded on Hospital
Point, King was among the ship’s
crew who manned service boats to
participate in the rescue and recovery of casualties following the
On June 6, 1944, King was
aboard Nevada as it stood off Normandy in the defense of the D-Day
invasion of France. And in 1954,
immediately after the fall of Dien
Bien Phu, he was aboard the USS
Gunston Hall when it entered
Vietnam waters in support of the
After his lengthy naval career,
King returned to Bellingham and
became a tireless advocate for military service veterans seeking
employment through the state
Sea Cadets Sail On
A group of nearly 100 U.S. Naval Sea
Cadet Corps (NSCC) cadets and
officers from Northern California
were able sail aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme
Richard up the California coast as
part of San Francisco Fleet Week.
The 66 cadets and 23 officers
representing the Princeton Division,
Sacramento Division, San Jaoquin
Valley Division and others were
flown from Travis Air Force Base
near Fairfield, Calif., to Southern
California to embark aboard the ship
at its homeport in San Diego, according to Lt. j.g. Robert J. Dickinson, NSCC, public affairs officer for
the Pacific Central Region.
Sixty-six U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps cadets and 23 officers gather in their
dress blues aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard
during a trip up the California coast for San Francisco Fleet Week.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets observe an AV-8B Harrier during a “touch-and-go” exercise aboard Bonhomme Richard.