D-Day Remembered Aboard The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien June 6
- Dear Members and Friends,The SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN is currently in Dry Dock for maintenance and repairs. She is expected to be back home at Pier 45 on May 15. She again had her bottom inspected and painted. Considerable funds were saved when it was determined the shaft did not have to be pulled. It is anticipated the next shipyard visit will be a number of years away - maybe five.Don't forget the on board gathering t'wen decks hold #2, National Maritime Day, 1700 Friday, May 22 in memory of RAdm. Patterson and the Memorial Cruise Saturday, May 23.June 6 come join the officers and crew of the SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN in a special ceremony aboard the ship to celebrate D-Day, and to honor the heroism and sacrifices of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and seamen who made possible the successful invasion of Normandy and the eventual liberation of Europe.PhelpsPhelps Hobart, PresidentPacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUSPS Though there has not been an announcement, the board of directors of the O'BRIEN has hired Dennis Koller Executive Director. This is good news. Based on his background in management of capitol fund campaigns, board leadership and training, planned giving/endowment programs, he should be the right man at the right time. He has been in business since 1975.----- Original Message -----
From: Don Hale
Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2009 3:31 PM
Subject: Fw: D-Day Remembered Aboard The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien
Lets try to get NLUS to be there in support.
--- On Sat, 5/9/09, Jack Opet wrote:
From: Jack Opet
To: Donald Hale
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009, 2:54 PM
Subject: D-Day Remembered Aboard The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien
As we have discussed last week, below is an email invitation for the upcoming D-Day Remembered special event aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien.
I would be most appreciative if you could forward this email invitation to your greater Bay Area Navy League membership on behalf of the Captain and Crew of the O'Brien.
The focus of this event will be to commemorate D-Day, and remember the individual contributions made by both our military and our merchant marine personnel to securing our nation's liberty.
I have also attached a Word document of the same invitation if this is more convenient to distribute to your membership.If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (510) 524-7930 or email me at jropet at aol dot com..
We look forward to seeing local Navy League members aboard the O'Brien on the 6th.
Note...I really appreciate your help in getting the word out to your members about this event.
65th D-Day Anniversary Commemoration
On behalf of the National Liberty Ship Memorial, the Captain and Crew of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien cordially invite you to attend a special D-Day ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the “longest day”, and to honor the heroism and sacrifices of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and seamen who made possible the successful invasion of Normandy and the eventual liberation of Europe.
The ceremony will be help aboard the vessel alongside Pier 45 in San Francisco on Saturday, June 6th. The ship will open at 0900, with the ceremony commencing at 1030 and lasting approximately 90 minutes. It will include a number of special guests, including veterans who participated in the Normandy operation, and special shipboard activities. Free refreshments will be available.
In recognition of our veterans’ contributions to our nation’s liberty, 40% of the net proceeds from the June 6th ceremony will be donated to local non-profit organizations that are dedicated to serving our veterans and their families.
Individuals interested in attending the June 6th ceremony can obtain tickets in one of four ways:
1. Complete the attached ticket application form and mail it to the O’Brien’s shoreside office address shown on the form.
2. Call the O’Brien’s shoreside office any weekday between the hours of 0900 and 1600. The number is (415) 544-0100.
3. Go to the O’Brien’s web page at www.ssjeremiahobrien.org and follow the instructions For more information about June 6th D-Day Remembered.
4. Purchase a ticket at the Pier 45 ticket office on the morning of June 6th.
Ticket prices will be $40 per adult for the general public; however, veterans will be given a special $5 discount in recognition of their service to the country. Young adults 17 and under will be charged only $20.
Included with each ticket is a 2009 Liberty Ship Membership that entitles the member to free admission aboard the ship for the balance of the year, a subscription to the ship’s newsletter, and special offers from the ship’s store.
As the world’s last unaltered Liberty Ship of the 2710 that were constructed during the war, fully restored and maintained in her original condition, and operated by an all-volunteer crew, the O’Brien is an ideally suited venue for this ceremony by virtue of its own role at Normandy in 1944.
The ship was delivered to the U.S. government on June 30, 1943, and on its fourth voyage to Europe, the O’Brien made eleven shuttle runs between England and Ireland, and the Omaha and Utah beachheads. And fifty years later, it was the only vessel that participated in history’s largest invasion to return to Normandy as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.
We look forward to seeing you and your guests on D-Day, and joining us to commemorate this very special day in history with some very special people.
Very truly yours,
National Liberty Ship Memorial
----- Original Message -----From: Roger Bazeley < Bazeley at comcast dot net >Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 5:11 AMSubject: D-Day Remembered Aboard The SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Phelps and Fellow Sailors of the Seven Seas,
We owe so much to those that have fought for our liberties and freedoms to sustain the light of Liberty as it shins forth from the shores of America. The day aboard the SS Jeremiah O'Brien was not only memorable for those who attended and participated, but a tribute to those participants and heroes of the D-Day Invasion and eventually liberation of Europe from the grips of war and terrorism of the Axis Powers. There ceremony started with patriotic music played by the San Mateo marching Band and welcoming remarks by Carl Nolte Chairman & CEO, National Liberty Ship Memorial. The moving invocation was given by Father Jim Wade, Chaplain of the Jeremiah O'Brien and a Director of the PMMC. A 20 mm Machine Gun 21 Salute was accomplished by the SS Jeremiah O'Brien's crew manned starboard side turret. The colors presentation was by the U.S. Army Color Guard, Parks RFTA from Dublin, California. Speaker introductions were made by Carl Nolte for the incredible Ms. Oudette LePendu, Captain Walter Jafee, and Captain Frank Medeiros who spoke of not only the June D-Day experience on a personal level but of the activities of the participating SS Jeremiah O'Brien which made 8 documented sailings to delivery vital equipment to Normandy and Omaha Beach.
A personal letter with poetry sent to Oudette LePendu from her husband was read detailing D-Day events and the Jeremiah O'Brien's D-Day participation with additional comments about the 1994 return voyage to Normandy in celebration of the 50th D-Day Anniversary. The speakers added a sense of reality and an experience for those that attended the ceremony a sense of reliving the D-Day experience and significance. As an added touch of San Francisco celebration and participation there was a water display and salute presented by the San Francisco Fireboat, The Phoenix as it came along the port side a beam of the speaker podium positioned on top of the cargo hold cover. We extend our thanks to the SFFD Phoenix Crew members as everyone waved and were awed by the display.
The British Consul General, the honorable Julian Evans was in attendance at the ceremony representing Britain's key participation in the preparation and participation in the D-Day, Operation Overlord. Following the close of the ceremony's proceedings a wonderful box lunch and refreshments were made available by the SS O'Brien's crew and staff, with open tours of the ship. I personally had a terrific time visiting the amazing engine room with explanations about the workings and engineering by knowledgeable crew volunteers. Simply amazing and a must see for anyone visiting a true living Icon of the Merchant Marine, Liberty shipbuilding, and of World War II D-Day history.
I have pictures of the Day's Memorial Service I can E-mail to those interested.
Thanks Roger and thanks for coming on board as a Director.
--- In PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS" <pmmc@...> wrote:
Dear Members and Friends,
June 6 come join the officers and crew of the SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN in a special ceremony aboard the ship to celebrate D-Day, and to honor the heroism and sacrifices of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and seamen who made possible the successful invasion of Normandy and the eventual liberation of Europe.
Phelps Hobart, President
Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS