later became known as the National Anthem. Key was aboard a
British ship in the harbor trying to
negotiate a prisoner exchange
when the bombardment began.
When the buoy was lowered into
Baltimore Harbor, all onboard stood
at attention as “Taps” was played
followed by the “Star-Spangled
Banner,” according to Council
President Alan Walden. The ship
then sailed past Fort McHenry
National Monument and Historic
Shrine before returning to the pier.
Council Past President Bob
Wetzler, Secretary Dick Holland
and Board Member Neil Smith
were all aboard for the event.
On June 24, Walden led a group
of board members to the Sailor of
the Quarter ceremony onboard
James Rankin. There, he presented a
special Award of Merit and a check
for $100 to Food Service Specialist
3rd Class Miguel Quinones, who
was cited by his commanding officer for outstanding performance.
On June 30, Council Vice
President Joe Nattans led a delegation to a change of command ceremony on James Rankin as Lt.
Cmdr. Mark Palmer was relieved
by Lt. Russell Zuckerman. Palmer
is moving on to become commanding officer of seagoing buoy tender
USCGC Elm at Atlantic Beach,
N.C. For the last two years,
Zuckerman was executive assistant
to Commander, Force Readiness
Command, at Alameda, Calif.
It was a bittersweet occasion,
according to Walden, because of
the Baltimore Council’s long and
mutually beneficial relationship
with Palmer, who had served two
tours aboard James Rankin, which
is based in Baltimore.
Members of the Portland, Ore., Council refurbished a sign that is part of a
memorial to the battleship USS Oregon in Portland’s McCall Waterfront Park.
The council sponsored placement of Oregon’s mast as a memorial to the ship
more than 50 years ago.
To USS Oregon
Members of the Portland, Ore.,
Council helped restore and reinstall
part of a memorial to the Indiana-
class battleship USS Oregon that has
stood for more than 50 years.
Thanks Tampa Council
The Tampa Council was recognized July 16 by Capt. Therese
Craddock, commanding officer of
the Navy Operational Support
Center (NOSC) Tampa, for its continued support, dedication and
direct contributions to the well-being of Sailors and Reservists.
Craddock presented a letter of
thanks to Skip Witunski, Central
Florida Area president and former
president of the Tampa Council, at
the NOSC Center, which is based
at MacDill Air Force Base.
The letter read, in part, “I am
personally grateful for your sup-
port of our Sailors’ willingness to
serve and of your unselfish assis-
tance to the United States Navy
during this time of international
instability. … Your generous ac-
tions and direct contributions to
our Sailors are an illustration of the
ideals that make America great.”
NOSC Center Tampa provides
operational, training and administra-
tive support to more than 700
Reserve Sailors, most of whom are