chronicled, among other things,
his role during World War II in the
rescue of John F. Kennedy and his
crew following the sinking of their
patrol boat, PT-109, in the South
Pacific in August 1943. A month
later, Robinson lost his boat and
ended up sharing a tent with Kennedy for more than a month on the
Solomon Islands while both were
Kennedy used a cane Robinson
loaned to him during his recovery
that Robinson later donated to the
Smithsonian Institution, along
with a photograph of Kennedy
with the cane.
“Ted represents a world where
nice guys finish first; where they
fight like hell but never lose heart;
they face down life with a swagger,
a smile and, sometimes, a tear,”
Sacramento Council Secretary
Mike O’Docharty wrote in a salute
to Robinson in the council’s
The council honored Robinson
with a Letter of Appreciation during its Sea Power Luncheon three
years ago for his service during
World War II.
Palm Beach Council President
Jack Hanscom died on Oct. 13 at
JFK Medical Center at age 83.
According to a report from Council
Executive Vice President Ken Lee,
Hanscom provided a great spirit to
all council activities and worked
hard out front and behind the scenes
to make every event special, and had
boundless energy in fulfilling his
council president duties.
Hanscom and his wife, Jianying,
were present at every Navy League
event and encouraged everyone to
join in the activities and have fun
supporting our sea service personnel
and the council’s four youth groups,
Lee said. He was a very proud officer
in the Navy Reserve and was especially pleased that the council dedicated its Oct. 11 Navy Birthday Ball
to the 100th anniversary of the
founding of the Navy Reserve. ;
of the United States
2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22201-5424
James H. Offutt, Chairman
NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKE TING
John Jay Donnelly
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & FIELD OPERATIONS
FINANCE, INVESTMENTS & BUSINESS AFFAIRS
MEMBERSHIP & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
STRATEGIC PLANNING & STEM
INTERIM NATIONAL TREASURER
NATIONAL JUDGE ADVOCATE
NATIONAL CORPORATE SECRETARY
CHAIRMAN, NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS
John D. Stegman
Reverend Herbert Goetz
Rabbi William Kloner
STATEMENT OF POLICY
; We of the Navy League of the United
States stand for a strong America — a nation
morally, economically, and internally strong.
; We believe that the security of our nation
and of the people of the world demands a
well-balanced, integrated, mobile American
defense team, of which a strong Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine are
; We support all Armed Services to the end
that each may make its appropriate contribution to the national security.
; We know that in a free nation an informed
public is indispensable to national security
and, therefore, we will strive to keep the
nation alert to dangers which threaten — both
from without and within.
; We favor appropriations for each of the
Armed Services, adequate for national security, economically administered.
; We oppose any usurpation of the Congress’s
constitutional authority over the Armed Services.
; We urge that our country maintain world leadership in scientific research and development.
; We support industrial preparedness, planning, production.
; We support efforts of our government to
achieve worldwide peace through international
; We advocate a foreign policy which will
avoid wars — if possible; if not, win them!
John Jay Donnelly
J. Michael McGrath
John D. Stegman