S.D. Registration Continues


Ahoy There!,


    We're fast approaching our August deadline for the September reunion in San Diego. I know we'll have some stragglers in late August, but I hope it won't be more than two or three hundred. We have bus, cruise, dinner and tour reservations for all hands, and, as you know, it's difficult to figure if very many wait until the deadline

    So, if you can't send in your reservation and deposits right away, then please make your hotel reservations in the next week or two. Reserving your room will help us with the head count and won't cost you a dime. Just a little time. thanks, in advance.

    We'll be sending out one more newsletter, sometime late in August with the latest reunion updates and/or changes.

    As Tom mentioned, we may be able to include the USS Midway in our schedule, if possible. their museum will have a Brooke model displayed, which I provided to our first XO, Richard Blackington, a few years ago. I didn't build it personally, but had a TMC build it for a nominal fee. By coincidence, his name was Tim Brookes and it took him about 100 hours to complete it. The model has great detail and even includes the aft torpedo tube hatches, which the original model did not.

    This last week I finally got the Brooke mugs ordered. I had ordered them back in May, but found out last week that they never received the art work I sent. Works out even better for us now, as they were having a cup sale and we saved about a buck per mug. Also, I included our ship's emblem on one side and the name and ship's silhouette on the other. They'll be haze gray (what else) with black letters. In comparison, the Ramsey is selling their mugs at $10.00 each, with the same image on both sides, while ours will be in the $6 to $8 range with our emblem on one side.

    Instead of our membership list in this newsletter, I'm supplying a little more nostalgia for all you who made our first Westpac. It's the POD from 22 April 1968 when Capt. Bruce Stone left and XO Barnes assumed command. If space permits in future newsletters, then I'll pass some more along. I've got lots.

    Our membership is now at 47. Welcome aboard Gunners Mate Jose Broccomonte, ICMan Tony Precie and Sonar Tech Michael Garoutte. They've all indicated an affirmative for the San Diego reunion.

    There are still a few, who helped organize our association, who have not officially joined. (You know who you are). So, we should be approaching the 75 mark by this coming reunion. I expect by then we'll be more solvent as an organization and the dues will be reduced. It's one of the items to be voted on at the First Anniversary of our Brooke Association.

    Finally, a note about our annual raffle; Tom and I thought the raffle items should come from all parts of the country, to make it really interesting, eg: Alligator jerky from the South, Maple syrup from the Northeast, Big Butt beer from Wisconsin, etc. (Yes, there really is a Big Butt beer and also Moose Drool). So--let's make the raffle interesting and bring those unique items to the Reunion!

    Lastly, I have just received some news on our ship's visit. The coordinator for San Diego, Clint Duncan, has scheduled our visit for Saturday at 1000, on the Aegis equipped Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS DECAUTER (DDG-73). The Saturday visit will move our annual association meeting from Saturday to Friday, Sept. 17th, at 0900 to 1200.

        Guess that about does it for now. Please make your hotel reservations ASAP and plan on sending in your intentions/deposits sometime this month. After all, you really don't want to be one of the two or three hundred stragglers. Do You?

    See you in 'Dago!

Steve Hunt


USS BROOKE Association



            I hope this finds all of you enjoying your summer and looking forward to our September reunion in San Diego. Our Association is growing daily and we are looking for a fine turnout at the annual gathering of Brooke crewmembers. We certainly have some fine events scheduled for the enjoyment of all those coming aboard. As of next week I will be able to find out what ship we are going to tour. Hopefully it will be a current FFG. There’s nothing like going aboard the current edition of our namesake. And, as if you were not aware of how old we are getting, many of the crew of the ship we will be touring weren’t even born when we put Brooke into commission. I think I just added a few more gray hairs!

            I am awaiting word from the U.S.S. Midway Museum regarding bringing our folks aboard as a group. As soon as I find out I will get together with Steve Hunt and see where we can slip it into our schedule of events.

            If you will allow me a few moments to recall the events that have brought us, crewmembers of Brooke, to this point as an Association and some of the more subtle “side effects” of being involved with such a fine organization.

            It’s hard to believe that a simple lunch with two other crewmembers discussing the idea of getting together with a few other members of the “Brooke Gang” would grow into the organization we have today. We have grown remarkably in the past couple of years and hopefully many of you have experienced the “side benefits” of our Association.

            By side benefits I mean making contact with fellow crewmembers and learning how there lives have faired over the years. I, for one, have had the pleasure of making contact and renewing friendships from years past. One prime example is Ed “Buddy” Harris (STG), who now resides in Vero Beach, Fla. Buddy and I spent many an hour on the fantail discussing our hopes and aspirations for the future. I had lost contact with him for almost 35 years when the Association brought us back together. It was absolutely wonderful to catch up on those missing years and find that our lives had been fairly successful. Over the past year or so I have been fortunate to talk with Richard Witt (RM) down in Georgia, Joe Broccomonte (GMG) in Arizona, and most recently, Mike Garoutte in Northern Calif.

            At our last reunion in Seattle I had the pleasure of seeing John Limbaugh, Dave Kalaf, and Bill Johnson, all STGs from the original crew. And where we once talked about what we were going to do on liberty in Sasebo or Subic, we now shared stories about our children (and yes, grandchildren).

            This is some of what our Association brings to us, a chance to renew old friendships and share in the camaraderie that was ours aboard Brooke.

            I believe you will enjoy your time in San Diego beyond expectations. And I, along with other crewmembers who live in the San Diego area, will do our best to host a great event.

            May the remainder of your summer be safe and I look forward to sharing a “sea story” with you in September.

 Tom Adametz


USS Brooke DEG/FFG-1 Association



Hotel Information Guide

Hotel Facilities:


Point Loma Cafe


Complimentary Airport, Amtrak & Bus Terminal shuttle service


Free open parking

Bottle Shop-

Gifts, Souvenirs, Sundries

Laundry Facilities

Complementary Daily Newspaper

Lounge- Bayside Bar

Open Daily 1400 to close

Sat. & Sun. 0900 to close

Business Center - 24 hours

Room Facilities:

Air Conditioning

Telephones (dataport)





Irons & Ironing Boards

Coffee/Tea makers

Daily Maid Service

Room Service-

0600-2200 Sun.-Thurs.

0600-2300 Fri.-Sat.

Movies on Demand and Nintendo

Web TV

High-Speed Internet Access


On Premises-

Heated Pool & Jacuzzi

Exercise Room

9 Hole Putting Course


Outdoor Pool Table

Free Bike Rentals Available

Near By-

Waterfront Restaurant/Lounge (Complimentary Shuttle)

Beaches (2 miles)

Golf Courses (2 miles)

Tennis Courts (2 miles)

Walking/Jogging Paths and Sport Fishing (adjacent)

Area Restaurants

On Property:

Point Loma Cafe 

Bayside Bar


Humphrey's  on Shelter Island (Seafood, Continental) See Bellman for Complimentary Transportation

Within One Mile Walking:

Bali Hai (Polynesian)

Boll Weevil (Hamburgers)

Brigantine (Seafood)

Ciao Amore (Italian)

Hudson Bay Seafood (Seafood)

La Scala (Italian)

Miguel's (Mexican)

North China (Chinese)

Old Venice (Italian)

Pizza Nova (Gourmet Pizza)

Point Loma Seafood (Pasta)

Red Sails Inn (Seafood, Continental)

Umi Sushi (Japanese Cusine)

Within Three Miles:

Anthony's (Seafood)

Boat House (Seafood)

Ruben E. Lee (Seafood)

Ruth Chris' Steak House (Dinner Only)

Tom Ham's Light House (Steak, Seafood)

Within Five Miles:

Bandar (Persian)

Casa de Bandini (Mexican)

Fairouz Cafe & Gallery (Greek & Persian)

Filippi's (Pizza, Italian)

Harbor House (Seafood)

Kitima (Thai)

Peohe's (Pacific Rim)


Holiday Inn Reservations

Payment and Cut-off date

An advance deposit or credit card guarantee for the first night's room and tax is due by August 23, 2004. Individuals must identify themselves as part of USS BROOKE at the time of making reservations in order to be eligible for the special group rate.

The hotel understands all reservations will be held on an individual basis. The block of rooms will continue to be held until the cut-off date of august 23, 2004. reservations received after August 23, 2004 will be provided on a space available basis. If the Group Rate is not available after the cut-off date, the prevailing rack rates will apply for reservations confirmed.



POD from First Westpac

More to follow....







Carry out the daily routine underway as prescribed by Article 4402 of the Ship's Organization and Regulation Manual, except as modified below:

Sunrise:    0510                                                                        Duty MAA:    FTM1 SNELL

Sunset:    1805                                                                         Duty Division: OC

0615  Sweepers. Cooks, mess cooks, compartment cleaners lay aft and dump trash.

0745  All hands to Quarters for muster and instruction.

0750  Officers Call.

0800  Turn to. Commence ship's work.

1115  Sweepers. Knock off ship's work.

1300  Turn to. Continue ship's work.

1630  Knock off ship's work.

1830  Cooks, mess cooks, compartment cleaners lay aft and dump trash.

1900  Eight o'clock reports.


1.  To the men of USS BROOKE (DEG-1):

        I pass command of the first and finest man o 'war afloat to an uncommonly able officer, a skilled seaman, a gentleman in the nicest sense and a trusted and valued friend. I relinquish my command of BROOKE and her company with unshakeable confidence that you will meet every challenge with purpose and resolve and that you will continue to merit the regard of excellence. My command of you in BROOKE has been the finest experience of my career. I am privileged to have been shipmates with the Navy's best. May God grant you a safe voyage home and speed you on with fair winds and a following sea.

                                                                                                                        B.G. STONE

2.  All ship's standing orders, instructions and notices and all policies in effect during CDR B.G. STONE's tenure in command will remain in effect unless specifically modified or cancelled by Captain WILLIAMS.

3.  BROOKE is enroute Hong Kong. Distance from Yokosuka to Hong Kong is 1663 nautical miles. Arrival in Hong Kong will be 0800, 25 April 1968.


                                                                                                                        F.J. BARNES, III

                                                                                                                        Executive Officer

* Note: All the crewmembers' beards left with Capt. Stone






U.S.S. Brooke DEG/FFG-1

2nd Association Reunion

September 15-19, 2004

Holiday Inn, San Diego Bayside

Schedule of Events

Wednesday:             Hospitality Room: 1200-2200

                                Check-in for Reunion

                                Holiday Inn Hosted Reception: Poolside 1700-1800

Thursday:                Hospitality Room: 0800-1730

                               Golf: Admiral Baker Field

                                Tee Times: 0930. $28 fee includes Cart.

                                Dinner Cruise: The Hornblower at "Harbor Excursion" downtown, foot of

                                Broadway at 1050 N. Harbor Drive. Live Entertainment! 

                                Buses depart Holiday Inn at 1800

                                Buses return to Hotel at 2200

Friday:                    Hospitality Room: 0800-1730

                                Annual Meeting 0900-1200 (Approx.)

                               Afternoon FREE TIME - Tour downtown and/or the

                               waterfront. Hotel provides courtesy shuttle.....or Taxi it

                               to the Zoo or Balboa Park, Enjoy the day!

                               Luau, Poolside: 1800-2200 Hawaiian Food and


Saturday:                Hospitality Room: 0800-1730

                               Navy Ship Tour: One of our newest DDG's. Buses

                               depart Holiday Inn  @ 0930. Possible lunch stop.

                                Return to hotel approximately 1300

                                Banquet:    Cocktails  1800

                                Dinner       1900

                                Program follows

Sunday:                    Hospitality Room: 0800-1200 Juice and pastries

                                Memorial Service 0900

                                Check-out and departures

                                August 2005 - New Orleans!


Menu Choices

Dinner Cruise

Dinner #1

Duet: Grilled Top Sirloin and Roasted Chicken Breast (sirloin in a Veal Demi Glace & Chicken in a white wine veloute)

Dinner #2

Portbello Mushroom En Croute finished in a Lemon Butter Sauce.

All entrees served with a Classic Caesar Salad, Fresh Baked Warm Rolls, Colorful Jasmine Rice Blend with Indian Grains and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables. White Chocolate and Rasberry New York Style cheesecake for dessert. Complimentary boarding glass of Champagne


Hawaiian Luau Buffet

Watermelon Boat with Fresh Tropical Fruit, Pineapple Coleslaw, Sliced Roast Pork Loin in Papaya Sauce, Stir Fried Cashew Chicken or Teriyaki Chicken, Mahi Mahi with toasted Coconut and Kiwi Sauce, Steamed white rice, Fried Rice, Stir Fried Vegetables, Hawaiian Sweet Bread, Pineapple Upside down Cake and Lemon Coconut Cake, Coffee, Tea, Passion Fruit Iced Tea and milk. Dessert - Kahulua Nut Krunch and more............

Saturday Night Banqauet

Selection of one each


with one of the below sauces:

Cucumber Dill Sauce or Lemon Butter Sauce or Scampi Sauce (TBD)


Top Sirloin sautéed with Mushrooms, topped with a Burgundy Sauce and served over a bed of Fettuccini


Tender pieces of Breast of Chicken cooked with Sun-dried tomatoes. Capers, Wild Mushrooms and Peas over Angel Hair Pasta and a light wine sauce



Regular Membership dues to the Association are $25 per year. Associate membership (no fee) is available for all surviving spouses of Brooke Crewmembers.

Your current membership expiration date is to the right of your name on the address label on the newsletter. To continue "Port & Starboard" please remit your dues payment in accordance with published dues schedule, payable to the USS Brooke Association and mail to our Treasurer at the address below:

Steve Hunt

USS Brooke DEG/FFG-1

P.O. Box 1692

Tacoma, WA 98401


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