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NWSA Hampton Roads Chapter



President             Fay Crossley

Vice President     Frank Muscari
Treasurer             Bob Daigle
Secretary             Fay Crossley
Social Coord.      Dennis Pauly
CMAA                   Frank Muscari 



NWSA Reunion #37 Final Report - April, 2011

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Chapter News

Source: Aerograph May 2017

                                                     Minutes of the SPRING Meeting

Held at the “Y-NOT“ Restaurant    

April 11, 2017

In attendance: (13)    Dan and Carmen Lee, Bob Steiner, Steve and Sylvia Shafer, Frank and Eve

Muscari, Dennis and Susan Pauly, Chuck and Louise Steinbruck and Fay and Donna Crossley.

REGRETS received from:

Daigles - - on a cruise. 

Bob Wright - - in TN

Dave Milot - - working

LaRue Wright -- her faithful dog passed away the morning of the meeting. 

Meeting was called to order by President Fay Crossley at 320PM.  The Pledge of Allegiances was led by CMAA Frank Muscari.  Grace was given by Capt. Chuck. There was no 50/50.


A…The Secretary report accepted as emailed to membership from the Fall meeting. Motion to accept by Frank Muscari seconded by Dennis Pauly, motion carried. 

B...Treasurers report was given by Fay Crossley. Copies were given to the membership to give everyone an idea as to how the shirt and hat sales were going.  We have a total of $3030.79.  (Enclosure 2)  Motion to accept was made my Frank Muscari and seconded by Capt Chuck, motion carried. 

It should be noted that the shirt and hat sales are doing okay and the NWSA folks are encouraged to make an order, special orders can be made as well.


A...It was neglected that we send in our AD for the #43 reunion.  It was caught in Mid March and a check was sent along with our ad (Enclosure 1) 

B…Venue for summer meeting Sunday 7/9, was tabled; the officers will come up with a plan and send to the membership asap.  

C…For the Good Of The Order

Jack and Ann Salvato The Muscaris had visited as had the Lees and they gave a report.  They were amazed at their good cheer.  

Kathi Clark -- no information. 

Frank Strout -- no information.   

Joan Akers -- no information.  

Steve Shafer -- looked great even with left hand in a binding and a finger on his right hand in a cast. 

Doris Stepaniak -- has a great attitude.  The Muscaris visited and were told that Howard Lee was doing okay as well.  

Dan Lee -- is having difficulties with his shoulder mending, still in a lot of pain.  

Dennis Pauly -- had Cataract operation and is doing well. 

Capt. Steinbruck -- will be having cataract operation in May.  

Tammie Steiner -- was unable to attend the meeting due to illness.

Bobby Steiner gave a report on the VA efforts.  The local efforts have just about rid the area of homeless Vets.  The needs now are for kitchen supplies and toiletry items.  Bobby gave some information about some of the Vets that he helps and has talked with, all great people and lots of interesting lives. 


(We need updates on these and any additions please.  It is requested that HRC members keep the secretary informed concerning THEIR or someone they know who might be having health issues.)



1...Our Ad for Reunion #43. 

2...Treasurers report.


A motion was made by Dennis Pauly and Seconded by Bobby Steiner to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at 450pm.

Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Pres./Sec.

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 Source: Aerograph February 2017

Minutes of the WINTER Meeting

Held at the “Y-NOT“ Restaurant 

(Rescheduled due to conflicts)


In attendance:  (15)  Dan and Carmen Lee, Joan Akers, Frank Shrout, Chuck and Louise Steinbruck, Frank and Eve Muscari, LaRue Wright, Bob and Carol Daigle, Dennis and Susan Pauly, Fay and Donna Crossley.

REGRETS received from:

Steiners - - Doctor apt.

Bob Wright - - busy

Doris Stepaniak and Howard Lee- - Doctors


Meeting called to order by President Fay Crossley at 330PM.  The Pledge of Allegiances was led by CMAA Frank Muscari.  Grace was given by Capt. Steinbruck.  The 50/50 won $35.00 to Frank Muscari.



A…The Secretary report accepted as emailed to membership from the Fall meeting.  Motion to accept made by Frank Muscari and seconded by Bob Daigle.  Motion carried.

B…Treasurers report was given by Treasurer Bob Daigle.  We have in our Checking $1037.69 and in savings $2088.83.  Fay made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried.

   a…A discussion about the Coin, Hat and T-shirt sales took place.  We seem to be holding our own with the sales, the intent to have the sales was not to make money, but to attempt to get more people involved with NWSA and The Navy Weather groups.  A more detailed report on sales and costs will be presented at the next meeting.

   b…We have ordered 6 more hats, and 9 more shirts.

C…By-Law final submission.  The final corrected By-Law changes were sent to the membership by email and copies were provided at the meeting.  Frank Muscari made a motion that the new by-laws be approved motion was seconded by Frank Shrout, motioned carried.  HRC new by-laws will be mailed to NWSA.



A…Election of officers, Frank Muscari will continue on as Vice President.  Fay Crossley will continue on as Secretary,  A nomination was submitted for Social Coordinator of Dennis Pauly, no other nominations were received, Dennis became the Social Coordinator by acclamation.

B…Venue for spring meeting Sunday 4/9 Palm Sunday. Will be at the Y-NOT restaurant again.  More information will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

 C…..For the Good Of The Order

Jack and Ann Salvato no information. 

Kathi Clark no information.

Frank Strout, looked great at the meeting. 

Joan Akers, also looked great at the meeting.

Steve Shafer missed the meeting due to a cold and car problems

Doris Stepaniak, keeping busy on Facebook, needs all our thoughts and prayers.

Dan Lee is having shoulder replaced operation 1/17; send him your thoughts and prayers.  

(We need updates on these and any additions please.  It is requested that HRC members keep the secretary informed concerning THEIR or someone they know who might be having health issues.)



1…Letter of thanks from Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition Inc.

2…Letter of thanks from Hazard Community and Technical College.

3…Letter of thanks from Vetshouse Inc.

4…Copy of letter sent to Senate and House committees on Armed Services complaining about the change in ratings (they wanted to do away with AG etc.)


A motion was made by Frank Muscari and Seconded by Dennis Pauly to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at 535pm.

Respectfully submitted:

Fay M. Crossley, HRC Pres./Secretary

Source: Aerograph November 2016
Weather Channel's Jim Cantori and Cheryl Nelson

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the NWSA, was unable to meet for their Fall Meeting.  Various difficulties arose making it impossible to hold the meeting as planned.  From Illness to the calamity of Matthew breathing down our necks, it was felt best to cancel the meeting.  It is very rare for HRC to miss a meeting, so tentatively the fall meeting has been rescheduled for November 6.

HRC would like to remind NWSA and all navy folks, The flying arrow on the AG Shield is well etched and embroidered into the hats and Tee Shirts that we have for sale.  It would seem the emblem might become a collectable item due to the elimination with the active duty folks of any rate recognition. SO, contact HRC Treasure AGCS retired Bob Daigle at   or call him at 757-468-3741 or order your keepsake.

HRC is revamping its by-laws and we hope to have them to NWSA after or Winter meeting. 



KATHI CLARK….Has good and bad days…but big trip to Europe with much of all her family went well.

ANN SALVATO….Had some difficulties and spent a few days in a rehab facility, but she is home now and doing okay.

JACK SALVATO…..Doing okay for Ann, but his neck is not cooperating well.

FRANK STROUT…..changed from radiation to a method of have immune system fight the battle. 

JOAN AKERS…..doing well…..

STEVE SHAFER…..still having difficulties with his arm….but doing well. He is a trouper.

DAN LEE..….having shoulder replaced in January.


We were glad to be able to take part and see our favorite Mrs. Virginia (2014) with the National Weather Association festivities on the 10th of September at Nauticus.  Cheryl Nelson has her own TV show in the Norfolk Market, “Coast Live” and since she is a super Meteorologist was good to see her doing well.

Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Pres./Sec.


Other tidbits (on Hurricane Matthew effects) from HRC

Oct. 11th

Cheers from SC,

Monday afternoon and all is back to normal: no damage, power on, internet working, front yard and one side and 1/4 of back cleaned up (the rest awaits the water draining away). Beautiful day.

No more tropicals, please; FIVE is enough!

Peace to all, John [Chubb]


With the Media focusing on Goldsboro NC lately and the rivers still going up around there, was surprised that I got Steve [Shafer] to answer a call.  They are doing fine, never lost power and all is well.  There only problem is that they can't go anywhere.  They are about 2 miles from the flooding river, 13 miles from Goldsboro itself.  They are doing well and just hunkering down and waiting for it all to be over. 

   Keep your thoughts and prayers heading to the folks in Goldsboro and for those that have had problems thanks to Matthew.


Oct. 13th

Things are fairly good here, Frank [Shrout] is still doing well on the immunotherapy they put him on though I cannot seem to get him to gain any weight. He keeps losing though I feed him well. I am fine, don't have any problems I can't handle and the dog will be turning 12 in November and I will be 85 on November 2, 2016. I bet we celebrate.

   The storm did no damage here at all, and at Frank’s house in Carrollton there was just some high water and no other problems. My son in Myrtle Beach lost power for almost a week and with his wife his daughter, two granddaughters in the house and one in the hospital it was rather nerve wracking. We will give Alexander our generator the next time he gets up here and I am planning to buy a new generator that has an electric starter. That should be great. Hope you all are well, I will keep praying for all of you and hope to see you on November 6. Love to you all, the Akers (that includes Snowman) and Frank Shrout.


Oct. 16th

All is well here [Paulys].  Have lost a few trees and had a small leak in the kitchen when the wind was right and the rain coming in sheets.  Hopefully a few tweaks to the upper downspouts and possibly some flashing work to take care of future events.  Got the tractor stuck in the field the day before the rains came so needless to say, it's still there.

Compared to others in ours, and surrounding, towns & counties though, we're both just really thankful.  All of our family and friends are safe, and none suffered catastrophic damage


Might be nice to fill Joan's mailbox with cards for her 85th.  Birthday is 11/2.  

Address is:

Joan Akers

984 Sunnyside Dr. 

Virginia Beach, VA. 23464-2142

Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Pres./Sec.

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Source: Aerograph August 2016

Minutes of the Meeting

Held at the “Pauly Pavilion Picnic”

(SUMMER Meeting – July 10, 2016)


Prior to the meeting Mr. Pauly gave an outstanding tour of the Historic Murfreesboro, NC. The Lees, the Daigles and the Crossleys were treated to a very interesting snapshot of Murfreesboro.  There was the Agriculture and Transportation building, filled with wonderful things including a “plane” flown by James Gatling (yes the gun guy) in 1873.  We visited the William Rea Store, filled with civil war stuff…including costumes from Gone With The Wind.  The General store was interesting including the rare cigar vending machine, the Evans Tinsmith 

Shop was our final stop, it is Mr. Pauly’s pride and joy, very interesting.  We urge all that maybe in the Murfreesboro area to try to see some of these wonderful places.  HRC donated $50 to the Historical Association.


In attendance:  (14)  Steve and Sylvia Shafer, Frank and Eve Muscari, Dennis and Susan Pauly, Fay and Donna Crossley, Doug Pauly (Dennis’ brother), Bob and Carol Daigle, Dan and Carmen Lee and Lauren Reich (Pauly granddaughter on her way to college).


REGRETS received from:

LaRue Wright – Fell and still not fully recovered

Doris Stepaniak and Howard Lee – visitors

Dave Milot – busy

Steinbrucks – Family reunion

Chubbs – distance (they moved to SC – but might be on Eastern Shore late July)

Pat Scott and Kathi Clark – family event.


Meeting called to order by President Fay Crossley at 120PM. There was no 50/50. A blessing was given by Susan Pauly. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by CMAA Frank Muscari.


The Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were postponed until the Fall (October) meeting, as was any old business. 

   We wish to thank the Pauly’s for the hospitality they showed HRC for our summer picnic.  They have a beautiful home and extensive property.  We may have found picnic grounds for HRC picnics….if they will have us back.


1…..By – Laws will be changed and the Fall Meeting will review with final approval and acceptance of the new By-Laws being given at the Spring meeting. 

            a… away with VA as an elected position, and make it a Volunteer or delegated position. 

            b…..A new section giving guidance for the closing of HRC and where funds will go when and if the HRC membership decides to end the HRC Chapter. 

2…..Venue for the Fall October 9th meeting are requested.  Don’t forget to bring Clothing for the homeless veterans for Bob Steiner to pick up. 

The Charity for this meeting is Vet House, Sponsor is Dan Lee.  PO BOX 62963 VA BCH, VA. 23466.  Phone757-306-1000. 

((Due to the dwindling contributions and HRC making up the difference, this will be our final Meeting Charity.))



Motion was made by Bob Daigle to change our chapter name to anything but HRC….motion did not carry.


KATHI CLARK….Has good and bad days…but big trip planned for going to Europe as a family….starting 7/15….have a good time Kathi and Pat.

ANN SALVATO….Having difficulties with therapy….but sends her love. 

JACK SALVATO…..Doing okay for Ann. 

FRANK STROUT…..changed from radiation to a method of have immune system fight the battle. 

JOAN AKERS…..doing well…..

STEVE SHAFER…..still having difficulties with he arm….but looked pretty good at the meeting

DAN LEE….having shoulder replaced in January.

We need updates on these and any additions please.  It is requested that HRC members keep the secretary informed concerning THEIR or someone they know who might be having health issues.


A motion was made by Dan Lee and Seconded by Eve Muscari to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at 300.  

      Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Secretary

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 Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor


   It is such an awesome feeling for me, at each of our Hampton Road Chapter meetings, to have Howard Lee in attendance. He accompanies Doris Stepaniak. You may recall that Doris is a life member of HRC and NWSA.  Howard just makes me feel good about everything.  Even though Howard is a Medal of Honor Recipient, there is much more to the man than this amazing award might command.

   Howard Lee was born on August 1, 1933, in New York City. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York in 1951, and from Pace College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, on June 19, 1955. While in his senior year at college, he enlisted as a member of the Platoon Leaders Class in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  In September 1955, he entered the 14th Officer Candidates' Course, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, and upon completing the course the following December, was commissioned a Marine Corps Reserve second lieutenant. Lieutenant Lee completed The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, in July 1956 and the Marine Corps Supply School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, that September.  Upon completion of these courses, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Supply Activity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for duty as Field Inspection Officer, Field Inspection Section, and later, Officer in Charge, Audit Section. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1957, and integrated into the Regular Marine Corps in January 1958.  Detached from the Supply Activity in September 1958, he was ordered to the West Coast, and served briefly as Troop Handler, 1st Replacement Battalion, Staging Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, then was assigned duty as a platoon commander with Company F, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, serving in this capacity until June 1959.  First Lieutenant Lee next served as the Battalion S-4 Officer with H&S Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, (US administration) Japan.  In February 1960, he was assigned duty as Guard Officer at the Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Propellant Plant, Indian Head, Maryland.  After his promotion to captain on July 1, 1961, he was assigned duties as Platoon Commander and, later, Instructor, The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, where he remained until June 1964.  From July 1964 until February 1966, Capt Lee was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, serving first as Commanding Officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, then as Battalion S-3 Officer with H&S Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division. During the latter period, he served aboard the USS La Salle (LPD-3), and in the Dominican Republic.


Vietnam War — 1st tour

   Ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in April 1966, Capt Lee served as Commanding Officer of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He received the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for heroic action on June 26, 1966 – June 27, 1966. Then, on 8-9 August, 1966 that he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in the vicinity of Quang Tri, for which he received the Medal of Honor. Wounded in that action, Capt Lee was evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. In November 1966, he returned to duty at Headquarters Marine Corps and assigned duty as TO/MOS Coordinator and, later, Assistant FMF Readiness Officer in the Operation Section, G-4 Division. He was promoted to Major (United States) in July 1966.

   On October 25, 1967, Major Lee was presented the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon Johnson in a ceremony at the White House.


Vietnam War — 2nd tour

  Following this assignment, Maj Lee completed the Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia, in June 1970, then returned to the Republic of Vietnam for his second tour of duty. For his service as Executive Officer, Provisional Headquarters and Service Company and with the 2nd Combined Action Group, III Marine Amphibious Force, he earned a Gold Star in lieu of a second Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V".  He was promoted in July 1972 to lieutenant colonel and retired in 1975 from the Marine Corps for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

  If you would like to read Howard’s citation please go to……

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   Though Howard has no past affiliation with Naval Weather, we are proud at HRC, when he graces our tables as a friend and fellow serviceman.  At HRC’s special gathering on 2/10/13 one of the other special guests was so overwhelmed with the thought of being in the same room with “such a hero”, tears sparkled in his eyes.  We thank you Howard for your service and for being such a gracious friend.  We, at HRC, ask NWSA and its members to keep our heroes like Mr. Lee and all our service men and women, in their thoughts and prayers.   

     Submitted by Fay Crossley, HRC Secretary