An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Hampton Roads Chapter



President             Fay Crossley

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



Chapter News

Source: Aerograph November 2022

HRC rare meeting postponement


HRC has been required to postpone its OCT meeting until early NOV.



A couple of years back, our NWSA-HRC (Naval Weather Service Assoc-Hampton Roads Chapter) in concert with the Fleet Weather Center Norfolk folks, began exploring how we might help the City of Norfolk (re)equip the main Weather Office spaces near the ship's Bridge (04 Level.)  Unfortunately, the Navy decided about that time to go to a different philosophy re: how troops are utilized/deployed and instead of continuing assigning full complements of AG's to all ships that normally had them aboard, they went to mobile teams that hopped aboard when the ships got underway.  As a result, 'collateral duties' kind of fell by the wayside and efforts like this no longer got the time/attention they might have previously enjoyed.  We kind of looked at the Navy folks to help us acquire surplus gear, etc.; so the efforts just kind of fizzled.


  Fast forward to a few months ago and some of our members were asking what they might do with books, etc., that they had from their Navy days and didn't want to throw out, give to someone who didn't know what to do with them, etc.  Again, we thought of Wisconsin and if we might utilize some of these things in our own efforts to get the Wiscon spaces up and running for public tours. 


  So AGCS (Ret.) Bob Daigle and I went aboard to look at the spaces and see what, if anything, they might have in the way of equipment on hand.  Unfortunately, the spaces proved to be very difficult to access; especially for elderly/less mobile patrons and we also learned from some of the staff that they didn't think the City would really bother to make the OA Div. spaces part of the public tour even if they were fully furnished due to there already being an established and highly popular ('Command and Control') tour in that area of the Bridge that generates a handsome revenue and for which they felt tours of the Weather spaces might interfere. 



  The City's Battleship Manager therefore proposed we consider putting together a display of Balloon Launch Ops, since their Balloon Shack is located on the after section of the superstructure on the 01  Level with an Inflation Station on the Main Deck itself (all this on the Starboard side; just forward of the Aft 16" gun turret.)


  During all this, the Battleship Manager (Keith) mentioned he had a buddy who was an AG aboard Wisconsin in the early 1990's (around the time she was decommissioned the last time) and would ask him to contact me & make his brain available for picking; as his knowledge would (hopefully) help us identify the size of balloons, the receiving equipment, etc., that was in use at that time.  So I'm waiting for him to contact me. 


  Meantime, 'Nauticus' - the Naval & Maritime Museum the city owns and operates on the waterfront and at which Wisconsin is located - has an Educational Dept. that conducts classes for young students, and Maritime Weather is one of the subjects they want to study.  So . . .  the books you provided (as well as charts, etc.) are some of the things we should be able to provide them.  They've also inquired of the possibility of having some of our members conduct related talks from time to time, which I believe we can do (perhaps not myself since like you I only did one hitch and thus have very limited knowledge of the art of Forecasting {but if the students were older I could tell them where the good bars in a given port used to be.} ;) ) 


  At this point, unless the 'Balloon Shack' itself is made available and relatively easy access to it by the public is assured, the plan is to utilize a large display case mounted to the exterior bulkhead in the aforementioned 'Inflation Station' area for photos (vids?) of balloons, gear and shipboard launching operations.  There might also be some static displays: balloons, Theodolite, etc., that could be set out during tour hours since there is a storage compartment close by that should be able to accommodate such things.


…..AKERS…..(Joan)…..As always Joan gives us pause with all she does. This time she fell. No broken bones but lots of stitches. Is in rehab, bet she has taken over the admin section by now. Daughter Sharron has had her own family issues and prayers are with her and her mom.

…..CLARK….. (Kathi)…..She is an amazing lady. Wish knew where she gets her positive attitude pills. Regardless of problem she is always smiling and worried about others. She was with Daughter Amber, and ended up in hospital. She is okay and back in Hampton area.

…..CROSSLEY…..(Fay and Donna)….Donna continues to have health issues, but some ae being pushed to the back burners. The trips to the “Y” are helping. Fay lost his brother so some trips to NY to help with the arrangements.

…..DAIGLES…..(Bob and Carol)…..Doing well. No health issues Bob “says” his Dr. told Bob he was in tip to shape. Carol’s brother and his wife paid a visit. Bob had fun with pool this summer.

…..LEE…..(Carmen)…..Carmen’s health has become an issue, she will prevail lots of thoughts and prayers heading her way. Daughter Pam is a big help.

MUSCARI…..(Frank and Eve)….Eve is busy with the Sweden Film Festival on OCT 18. Frank is always busy doing for others.

…..NELSON…..(Ed and Ruth)…..Funny how Ed is busier now since retirement from selling wine at Trader Joe’s. Maybe he will be slowing down with the golfing.

PAULY…..(Dennis and Susan)…..Dennis has been over worked and under paid as the Wisconsin project coordinator. Lots going on with the effort. He met 6 AGs from the crew. We hope Horses under Susan’s care are doing well.  

…..SALVATO…..(Jack)…..Had “the virus”. Was doing much better mid-September. Still worries about falling.

…..SHAFER…..(Steve and Sylvia))…..They are doing well. Was hunkered down during Ian, but didn’t get much. Steve has had some issues with Basal Cells but doing okay.

…..STEINBRUCK…..(Capt. Chuck and Louise)…..Getting use to their new digs. They were restricted to apt., in August due to “the virus” had meals delivered.

WRIGHT…..(Bob)…..Got over virus, but then family got into it. Hope all are doing well now.


Respectfully submitted:


Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary

Source: Aerograph August 2022
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Words of Wisdom


Would like to commend Dennis Pauly for his super effort in bringing to HRC, NWSA and even the NWS’ attention, the need for collection of the memories, the equipment and the history of what use to be in the Weather World.  The Wisconsin is an ongoing project.  We hope others will join with Dennis and HRC in helping the Nauticus/Wisconsin museum.  NWSA has posted articles, and information can be found on the Facebook AG site.



Was held at the Y NOT pizzeria in Virginia beach.  The food was good, and service was good, the meeting room was quiet except for our chatter. 


In attendance were:  -14-  Frank Muscari, Joan Akers and her Grandson Nathan Bucks, Jack Salvato, Carmen Lee, Dennis and Susan Pauly, Bob and Carol Daigle, Chuck and Louise Steinbruck, Kathi Clark and Fay and Donna Crossley.


50/50 ($50) was won by Carol Daigle.


Frank Muscari led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Capt. Chuck Steinbruck lead the group in a prayer of thanks.


a… to order, at 200PM, by President Fay Crossley.

b…..Treasurer’s report was given by Bob Daigle.  HRC has $1391.19 in checking, and $2101.60 in savings. Bob’s goal is to get to a total of $5000 before he ships out.    Dennis Pauly made a motion to accept the report as given, Jack Salvato seconded, motion carried.

c…..Secretary report was sent to all members Frank Muscari made a motion to accept the minutes as received, motion was seconded by Bob Daigle, motion carried.


d…..OLD business:

1…..Bi-Laws to be finalized.  A discussion concerning the corrections and modifications to the By-Laws. All corrections and modifications have been agreed upon except for Article X Dissolution, a single entry was originally thought to be the best approach.  Later consideration might be “some” donations.  Or, we might want to hold the contribution to the time was dissolution takes place and make our decision then.  A letter was received from Mr. Nelson suggesting we check out possibilities at;, he goes on to suggest Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust, Fisher House Foundation, Homes for our Troops, National Veterans Foundation and Tunnel to Towers Foundation.  Members are urged to submit suggestions and recommendations to the Secretary by the end of September.

       2…..#47 Reunion; Frank and Eve Muscari will be attending the reunion. Members were reminded to get questions and suggestions to Frank.


…..NEW business:

          1…..Venue for FALL FLING October 9-15, the Social Coordinator will do some research, and anyone with suggestions should contact Dennis. 


Dennis Pauly, discussed the history of the AG rating, he has been doing some research and wonders when the AG rating was established and what type of ships they might have been assigned to.  An interesting discussion followed, Jack Salvato joined the Navy in 55 and Fay Crossley in 59, Capt. Chuck was commissioned in 61.  So, there was some history to be found.  Dennis also, discussed the concerns about the Wisconsin and finding “stuff” for that ship, concentration will now be for the Upper Air area of the ship, any equipment will be great to have.  Anything that anyone has should be reported to Frank Muscari for pick up.   Determination as to what to do with this “stuff” will be decided at future meeting. 


A discussion about history, not just AG/Navy but general weather history or experiences was held.  It was thought a section of our meetings should be devoted to some kind of Education of weather history. Folk lore, and the like.  Members wanting to make a presentation are to advise the secretary about their plans, first come first serve. 


The Secretary would like to make note: from the Spring Meeting in April, to this meeting a total of 423 emails were received or sent.



                              (Copies can be requested at  )

1…..Eileen Fifield Obituary

2…..Bill Sheppard Obituary

3…..Medicare info sheet

4…..2021 HRC Roster

5…..Possible article about Wx Equip for Aerograph

6…..Dennis letter to Norfolk Gov thanking for visit

7…..Dennis letter of report of visit to Wisconsin

8…..Proposed article for Aerograph and Web about visit to Wisconsin

9…..Wayne CO. NC. Veterans info Purple Heart Banquet





…..AKERS…..(Joan)…..It spunky as ever.  She has great neighbors helping with many things.  Alongside her loving family. Great meeting her Grtanson. 

…..CLARK….. (Kathi)…..Continues to cope well with life.  She has an amazing attitude.  She had to deal with “the virus” and missed Grandchild wedding. She got to meeting on her own.  We all should take a lesson from her. 

…..CROSSLEY…..(Fay and Donna)….Donna having some health issues, back, knee and kidney.  Fay is doing well, amazed at how well his antique sales are doing. 

…..DAIGLES…..(Bob and Carol)…..They are doing well, go to gym routinely, and actually work out.  Little hiccup, both vehicles didn’t pass inspections, but they have deep pockets. 

…..LEE…..(Carmen)…..”There is light at end of tunnel”.  Paperwork concerning Dan about done.  Ashes were taken to his home in PA.  Lots of help from daughter Pam.

MUSCARI…..(Frank and Eve)…..Are doing fine and looking forward to the #47 cruise.  Family from Sweden are visiting.  Frank had a lot of electrical work completed at the house.

…..NELSON…..(Ed and Ruth)…..Ed is unable to come to meeting, golfing in Maine again, I think he is going to move there.  Letter received concerning Bi-Laws.   

PAULY…..(Dennis and Susan)…..They are doing great. 

…..SALVATO…..(Jack)…..Doing okay, going to therapy and “they” say doing okay, but slow, Jack isn’t convinced.  Still thinking about moving, kids will tell him when.   Jack continues to have balance issues.  

…..SHAFER…..(Steve and Sylvia))…..Steve is man of few words but full of great action.  Missed meeting due to activity helping with NC. Wayne CO. Purple Heart Banquet.  Thanks for your effort Steve.

…..STEINBRUCK…..(Capt. Chuck and Louise)…..Doing well but life has been hectic as they have moved.  6311 Granby Street #408, Norfolk, VA. 23505. Will see that NWSA gets update.

WRIGHT…..(Bob)…..Not doing so well, couldn’t make the meeting, tested positive!!!!


Bob Daigle made a motion to adjourn the meeting, motion was seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried at 314pm. 


Respectfully submitted:


Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary

Source: Aerograph May 2022
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Random Quotes, Art of Getting Old and Be Careful What You Say

The HRC SPRING FLING Was held at one of our favorite watering holes, The Lucky Oyster. Food, as always, was great and service great as well, thanks to Jaclyn, our waitress.


In attendance were: -14- Ed Nelson, Jack Salvato, Joan Akers and daughter Sharron Young, Bob and Carol Daigle, Frank and Eve Muscari, Dennis and Susan Pauly, Chuck and Louise Steinbruck, and Fay and Donna Crossley.


Capt. Chuck Steinbruck lead the group in a blessing.


Frank Muscari led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Jack Salvato won the 50/50 drawing and pocketed $55, Generous Jack gave the Treasurer $10 to put in the coffers.


a… to order, was gaveled at 225PM by President Fay Crossley.

b…..Secretary report was sent to all members Dennis Pauly made a motion to accept the minutes as received, motion was seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried. 

c…..Treasurer’s report was given by Bob Daigle.  

          1…..Collection for Dan’s favored charity, final report ., $300 was collected.

          2…..Bank has changed names of accounts, Treasurer will check on it.

          3…..Treasurer’s computer gave up the ghost so he lost one of the programs used for keeping track of the money, but he has the bank and his own system.

          4…..Checking $1306.19, Savings $2101.34.  

Motion was mad by Frank Muscari to accept the report, it was seconded by Ed Nelson, motion carried. Motion Carried.

d…..OLD business:

          1…..Bi-Laws to be finalized.  Suggestions for final total contribution, if and when HRC is to dissolve are to be sent to the President.  Research in to the reliability of each possible charity will take place.  At the Summer meeting the Bi-Laws will be finalized and are to be approved at the Fall Meeting and sent to NWSA. Some preliminary suggestions were, Tunnel to Towers, JCOC and Salvation Army.    

          2…..#47 Reunion; Frank and Eve Muscari will be attending the reunion.  Members with suggests that Frank might want to bring up at meeting are to be sent to Frank,  A discussion took place as to what should be done with old books.  The president will check with the Historian. 

e…..NEW business:

          1…..Venue for SUMMER SIZZLER. The Social Coordinator asked for suggestions from the membership. Target dates July 10-16.

ENCLOSURES ----- copies can be requested at

1…..Steward obituary

2…..Pritchard obituary

3.....NWSA membership form

4…..Fay Shellback event – phew what a day

5…..Thank you note from Carmen – plant

6…..Hale obituary

7…..Treasurer’s letter to Vet House concerning Dan Lee donation.

8…..Letter received from Vet House concerning donation.



…..AKERS…..(Joan)…..doing well with the help of daughter Sharron and family.  Got a new TV, she and cat are best buddies.  Think she is writing a Bio. 

…..CLARK….. (Kathi)…..Has been falling some, and last one was out of the wheelchair which  has put her in the hospital.  She is doing okay though.  They are checking out everything before they send her home. 

…..CROSSLEY…..(Fay and Donna)….Had a great trip to Tucson, granddaughter got married.  Donna having some memory issues but doing fairly well. MRI found a tumor in her head, good news “suppose” to be easy fix.  Fay doing okay for old guy, but is having some balance issues.  

…..DAIGLES…..(Bob and Carol)…..Had nice trip to Florida to see friend and family.  Bob lost his sister. They both doing well and getting to the gym often.  Carol is directing extensive house cleaning chores. 

…..LEE…..(Carmen)…..doing well as can be expected.  She is getting things organized and starting to get out some, we hope she will make our summer meeting.

…..MUSCARI…..(Frank and Eve)…..Are doing fine and looking forward to the #47 cruise. 

…..NELSON…..(Ed and Ruth)…..They are following the “quiet life” which means Ed is on the golf course routinely. 

…..PAULY…..(Dennis and Susan)…..They are doing okay.  They welcomed new Great Grandson Remy, so the family is growing. 

…..SALVATO…..(Jack)…..Doing pretty good.  Fought for over a month with a virus, not “THE” virus and he won.  Feeling lots better and getting out some.  Jack lost his brother a few months ago.  Jack too is having balance issues. 

…..SHAFER…..(Steve and Sylvia))…..They are doing fairly well.  Steve had a Lymph-node procedure day before meeting so couldn’t make the trip to the beach.

…..STEINBRUCK…..(Capt. Chuck and Louise)…..Thinking about moving, might be to a marina community without a boat.  They are “hanging in there”.  Need to make a trip to Bedford, VA., so they can relax.   

…..WRIGHT…..(Bob)…..Doing well.  Since he lives along the NC outer banks he isn’t looking forward to the summer and tourists, seems the crowds make it so one can’t make any left turns.  He lost a crown (Tooth not on head) so couldn’t make the meeting.


Frank Muscari made a motion to adjourn the meeting, motion was seconded by Ed Nelson, motion carried at 310pm

Respectfully submitted:


Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary



…..AKERS…..(Joan)…..doing well with the help of daughter Sharron and family.  Got a new TV, she and cat are best buddies.  Think she is writing a Bio. 

…..CLARK….. (Kathi)…..Has been falling some, and last one was out of the wheelchair which  has put her in the hospital.  She is doing okay though.  They are checking out everything before they send her home. 

…..CROSSLEY…..(Fay and Donna)….Had a great trip to Tucson, granddaughter got married.  Donna having some memory issues but doing fairly well. MRI found a tumor in her head, good news “suppose” to be easy fix.  Fay doing okay for old guy, but is having some balance issues.  

…..DAIGLES…..(Bob and Carol)…..Had nice trip to Florida to see friend and family.  Bob 

Source: Aerograph February 2022

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Aerographer Lost

We were saddened at the passing of our shipmate and friend AGCS ret Danial Lee.  Dan Passed away on December 8, 2021.  Dan was an active member of the HRC group and helped the organization and the members therein with his ideas and helping hand.  He will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Carmen and their family. 


The HRC WINTER WONDERLAND was held at Acclaim East Branch restaurant. This was a great venue, arranged by Frank Muscari with the blessings of Social Director Dennis Pauly.   Meeting was held on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Food was fantastic as was the service.  Waitress was a friend of Dennis and Susan Pauly.  (Small world)


In attendance were:  -14-  Joan Akers and daughter Sharron Young, Kathi (Scott) Clark, Leslie (Scott) Dunn,  (Leslie is Rachell Dunn’s Mother.  HRC has taken Rachell under its wing so to speak and she has a Masters Degree in Meteorology and Climatology.  Ed Nelson, Bob Wright,  Bob and Carol Daigle, Frank and Eve Muscari, Dennis and Susan Pauly and Fay and Donna Crossley.


The blessing was given and The Pledge was led by CMAA Frank Muscari.


Enclosures shared with membership: (Copies may be requested contact Fay Crossley)

1…..Dan Lee Obituary.

2…..Picture of Marge Cruise, she will be 99 in March, NWSA should fill her mailbox with cards.

3…..Email sent to HRC concerning flowers for Dan Lee.

4…..New and improved roster as of 12/22/2021 copy was sent to NWSA secretary. 


50/50 was won by Frank Muscari  $45.   


The meeting was called to order by President Fay Crossley at 235PM. 


1…..Secretary Report….Acceptance due to Email.  Motion made to accept by Joan Akers, seconded by Bob Wright, motion carried.


2…..Treasurer’s report: Checking; $1271.27 Savings; $2101.08.  Total; $3372.25.  Motion made by Dennis Pauly to accept as read, seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried.




a…..New Roster was sent to NWSA and they made one suggestion to change a spelling error on 12/22/21.  New copies were provided to the membership.  The Secretary will monitor the roster and make changes as needed. 


b…..The Membership discussed the proposed changes to the Bi-laws.  It was felt all proposed changes would be approved except for the consignment of funds as outlined in Article X.  Although some felt the funds should go to a national type group, the majority wanted the paragraph to read “Hampton Roads Region”, this would keep the money raised in HRC area within the area.  The actual organization to be the benefactor of these funds will be determined at dissolution unfolds. 


a…..Venue for SPRING meeting, April 10 – 16 (date can be flexible to allow for greater participation.  Dennis Pauly will be looking into the venue and asked for suggestions. 


b…..Donation to a group in the name of Dan Lee, was discussed at length.  The Treasurer reminded the membership, HRC bought flowers for Dan’s service, and no further HRC funds can be used for donations as it would set a precedence.  A note will be sent to the membership soliciting for donations. The possible organizations were limited, the JCOC was suggested by Carmen Lee and the membership agreed. 


c…..Bob Daigle made a motion that Carmen Lee be granted a LIFE membership in HRC,. Bob Wright seconded, motion carried.  


…..DAN LEE…..We were devastated at his passing.  Our only solace is that he is in a better place. Was good that the family could all get to Virginia for Thanksgiving.    

…..CARMEN LEE…..Our thoughts and prayers go out to Carmen.  We are here to help if needed.

…..DAIGLES…..(Bob and Carol)…..Bob lost his sister in OCT.  They have been doing lots of traveling to New England and Florida to see family.  Yet, they find time to help HRC folks.  Their firefighter grandson visited for a few days for Florida. Daughter was in accident, car totaled no injuries.

…..SALVATO…..(Jack)…..Has good and bad days.  Is having more difficulty getting around.  He regretted not being able to see the Lee Family in person to give condolences.  Grandson had “the virus”, but is fine now. 

…..STEINBRUCK…..(Capt. Chuck and Louise)…..They are doing “okay”.  They were unable to get to Bedford for Thanksgiving though.  They couldn’t get to the meeting as Louise lost her son that lives in Montana . 

…..AKERS…..(Joan)…..90th birthday celebration was wonderful.  Joan loves to have visitors.  We are trying to keep her busy with HRC activities.

…..CLARK….. (Kathi)…..Has completed her in home PT, and now will be doing PT at a hospital.  She was thrilled that the SCOTT girls had a gathering.  There were 19 ladies there.  Niece Rachell (a Meteorologist) Made decorations. Scott family is AGCM Bud and Bev Scott group. 

…..MUSCARI…..(Frank and Eve)…..Eve had a trip to the ER, seems her big heart was a little weak.  That was 11/15.  She is fine and is going to PT to build it back up.  Frank is doing well.  Busy as always. 

…..CROSSLEY…..(Fay and Donna)….are doing okay.  Donna did have a difficult time with stomach issues, and has been slow to recover.  Fay had a run in with Strep Throat, couldn’t talk for a couple of days, Donna was thrilled.  Both okay now.  Few trips to NY to see family and to be there for them when Nephew-in-law was killed in tractor accident.

…..SHAFER…..(Steve and Sylvia)…..They are doing okay, except Steve had Dr. apt., day of meeting and poor Sylvia STILL not having any schedule for fixing knee.  So sorry for this, she has been dealing with wanting a replacement for o long.   

…..WRIGHT…..(Bob)…..Bob was sorry he couldn’t get back to VA., for Dan’s funeral and passed along his condolences.  He is/was spending the holidays in his old stomping grounds in TN.  

…..PAULY…..(Dennis and Susan)…..They are doing okay.  They are spending Christmas at daughters in Charlottesville.  Dennis did have operation on wrist to correct carpel tunnel problems just before Christmas, so he can’t help with cooking.  expecting first Great Grandbaby in February.  Dennis did a great job with our venue for the summer meeting. He loves fixing cars and Susan loves her horses.

…..NELSON…..(Ed and Ruth)…..They followed along with many of us that had a couple of calm holidays, the 6th was maybe Ed’s last golf day for a while, might be getting cold. 


Bob Wright made a motion to adjourn seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried at 330pm. 


Respectfully submitted:


Fay M. Crossley

HRC Secretary


Source: Aerograph November 2021
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The HRC FALL FESTIVAL was held at one of our favorite watering holes; Mack’s Grill, great BBQ spot and nice private porch for our gathering and festivities. The date was October 13, a Wednesday. Food was great and Brook was “perfect” waitress.  


In attendance were: -17- Joan Akers and daughter Sharron, Dan and Carmen Lee, Bob and Carol Daigle, Frank and Eve Muscari, Steve and Sylvia Sharfor, Chuck and Louise Steinbruck, Jack Salvato, Dennis and Susan Pauly and Fay and Donna Crossley.

The meeting was called to order by President Fay Crossley at 110PM. 

The Pledge was led by CMAA Frank Muscari.

The Blessing was given by Capt. Chuck Steinbruck.


Enclosures shared with membership……….

1…..Our contribution to the hospitality room was lots of peanuts, this was our AD.

2…..Draft Roster, with these corrected will finalize and sent to NWSA.

3…..Submitted article to Aerograph about Joan Akers.

4…..Submitted article to Aerograph about Kathi Clark. 

5…..board meeting notes from 4/7/19.

6…..$47 attendees.

7…..Board notes from 4/4/21

8…..HRC notes about #47.

9…..Pictures from Reunion #46.


50/50 was won by Donna Crossley $45.


1…..Secretary Report….Acceptance due to Email. Motion made to accept by Frank Muscari seconded by Dan Lee motion carried.


2…..Treasurer’s Report……Bob Daigle, thanked the membership for their kindness and thoughtfulness during the past few months concerning the loss of their son, and asked for prayers for his family as his sister is ill and in hospice care.


Treasurer’s report: Checking; $1289.72, Savings; $2100.82.  Total; $3390.54.  Motion made by Dennis Pauly to accept as read, seconded by Jack Salvato, motion carried.



A….Continued revamp of Bi-Laws, will have ready for voting next meeting.  Copies will be emailed prior to that January meeting.

B…..HRC at #46, and review for membership. Enclosures 5,6,7,8,9 apply.  Members were encouraged 
to become friends on the NWSA FB site where there is allot of great information and nice pictures too.


A…..Venue for WINTER meeting, January 9 – 15. The Social Coordinator will set something up.

B…..Future reunions with NWSA, who will try to go. (will canvass the membership and report to NWSA).


…..DAIGLE…..(Bob and Carol)…..They lost their son on August 6. They wish to thank those that sent cards and donated to the Go-Fund-me FB page. They are doing okay. Keep them and their family in your thoughts and prayers, Bob’s older sister is now in need of prayers as she battles an illness.

…..SALVATO…..(Jack)…..Continues to “hang in there” appointments are about every three months. Son was sick but not with the virus. Daughter Lisa is doing well working at the PX.

STEINBRUCK…..(Capt. Chuck and Louise)…..The good Capt., got rear ended in July and damage was extensive.  They are fine.  They like going to family events in Bedford, VA. 

…..AKERS…..(Joan)…..Is doing well, (See above) She enjoys sorting through all the memories in her house.  She loves her cat.  She did fall in August no real serious problems.  Her daughter’s husband is having some health issues. She turns 90 November 2. She was late getting to the meeting.   

…..CLARK….. (Kathi)…..Is doing well with her new leg that she got September 2nd

…..MUSCARI…..(Frank and Eve)…..Had some difficulties with pool middle of July so missed last meeting.  Went on vacation to Sweden late September into October. Had a great time.

…..LEE…..(Dan and Carmen)…..Dan is doing okay.  Has some good days and a few bad ones now and then.  Does some doctoring too.  His spirits are upbeat.  They are getting out some, went on a trip to West Virginia spent some time at the ski lodge where they used to own a rental.  Carmen is busy with business and church.

…..CROSSLEY…..(Fay and Donna)….are doing well. Donna fell a few weeks ago, and knee is slow to get back to normal. Fay has quit his part time job at the Antique Mall, but will continue having a booth there.

…..SHAFER…..(Steve and Sylvia))…..Steve is a man of few words, “doing well, see you in OCT”. Was great to see them Steve has grown a beard. Sylvia continues to await a new knee, been three years now

….NELSON…..Vacationed in Maine, played golf at Pittsfield – Look that up on your map.

…..PAULY…..expecting first Great Grandbaby in February. Dennis did a great job with our venue for the Summer meeting. He loves fixing cars and Susan loves her horses.

…..WRIGHT…..(Bob)…..The string on his finger came off, so he didn’t make it to the meeting. He is doing well though

Kathi (Scott) Clark has been a member of HRC for years since her Father (AGCM Bud Scott) and Mother (Bev) passed away.  Kathi has gone through many difficulties in her life, with the latest the leg amputation.  Through it all, Kathi maintains a positive outlook, a positive attitude, and a joy of life. We should all be so gifted.  Kathi was wondering if any folks are out there that remember her dad. Kathi’s address in case someone would want to drop her a card or a note is 1343 East Bay View Blvd., Norfolk, VA. 23503.



Joan Akers is the Hampton Roads Chapter Matriarch.  She and departed Husband AGC Floyd, have been part of the organization since its conception.  I believe that Floyd was one of those chiefs that started the HRC in Norfolk so many years ago.  Joan was a "big" contributor to the Aerograph as "THE WEATHER MOUSE". She keeps telling me she wants to write another article and I hope she does.  Joan lives alone and does very well with the help of her daughter and grandchildren.  


Joan comes to our meetings when she can, she doesn't drive anymore.   Joan will be 90 on November 2nd and perhaps we could fill her mailbox with cards.  Joan Akers, 984 Sunny Side Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. 23464-2142.


HRC Treasurer Bob and wife Carol Daigle visited Joan mid-October.  She was happy to see them and enjoyed talking with them.  Joan has a cat for company and enjoys reading, watching movies on TV and going through all the memories.  

Dennis Pauly told of a trip they did to Littleton VA, near lake Gaston where there is a Vet museum, they were impressed with it all and told of some of the people they talked with. They suggested that everyone should visit.


Dennis Pauly made a motion to adjourn seconded by Frank Muscari, motion carried at 240pm.


Respectfully submitted: Fay M. 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