23 Dec 2009

2009 was a significant year for the USS Block Island Association. Two very important anniversaries occurred this year:

65th Anniversary of the sinking of CVE 21 USS Block Island - 29 May 1944

65th Anniversary of the commissioning of CVE106 USS Block Island - 30 Dec 1944

We are also celebrating being online with the 10th Anniversary of the USS Block Island Association website - 24 Dec 1999. Jack Greer and his family brought up the original website with 3 pages on Christmas Eve, 1999. Many more pages were added a short time later.

To mark this occasion we are introducing a new version of our website. You will find easier navigation, new content, and a number of new features. We hope you enjoy version two.


17 Oct 2009

The next USS Block Island Association Annual Reunion is scheduled for the week of May 24-27, 2010 at the Isle of Capri Hotel in Bettendorf, IA. Your hosts are Bob & Martha Border. The hotel has multiple restaurants and nearby there many more. Your hosts are planning several tours and a possible Mississippi River cruise. The airport is the Quad City International in Moline, IL and is served by several airlines. A free airport shuttle is available.

Tentative Schedule:

Monday, May 24th - Registration; Buffet Dinner

Tuesday, May 25th - Tour of Rock Island Arsenal

Wednesday, May 25th - Tour of John Deere

Thursday, May 26th - Mississippi River Cruise; Lunch at Golf Club

Friday, May 27th - Business Meeting; Banquet

Please check the CHIPS Newsletter and this website for additional information as it becomes available.


10 Sep 2009

Thanks to Ben Hruska (our 2007 BI Reunion Host & former curator at Block Island Museum) who is currently working on his PH.D. on the two USS Block Island ships, I'm mailing out tomorrow a very special CHIPS -- Ben's paper on the CVE 21.  It's an excellent paper and we're very grateful to him for letting us publish it for the USS Block Island Assn. members.  His next paper will be on the CVE 106.


The regular issue of CHIPS will be mailed out in October and will feature memories, by BI members of the rescue of the POWs at Formosa.


Special thanks to Jack Sprague, our new USS BI Webmaster,  who has the USS Block Island website back on line!  Jack is currently updating the website.


25 Aug 2009

Betty Lingard called this morning to let us know that her husband, Frank, died on August 2 .  Frank has
been in ill health for some time.  He was 85 years old.  To sign Guest Book, go to:  www.aliferemembered.com .



Frank passed away on August 2, 2009.  He’s survived by his wife, Betty and five children:  David (Suzanne) Lingard, Patricia Nagle, Laurie (Robert) Kent, Robin (John) Piacente, Steven (Debra) Lingard; 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Frank was a World War Two Navy Veteran, a Pearl Harbor survivor and the Past Commander of VFW Post 307.  


13 Aug 2009

Received a phone call from Lee Mathis, wife of Bob (our President) who informed us that Bob had a slight stroke - in the hospital for four days - but is on the mend...his speech & movement not affected.  Lee is hopeful he will be sent home tomorrow.


11 Aug 2009

Previously, I had emailed you regarding Jack's death and gave you the addresses of his sons.  In talking to Tim, today, he emailed me Jack's obituary, below:

Greer, Jack Herbert
Jack Herbert Greer, 82, of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully on July 8th, 2009. Born to Bonnie Greer and Bertha Maples in Knoxville, TN on September 19th, 1926, Jack had two brothers, William and Howard, and a sister Kathleen, all of which preceded him in death.

He was married in 1946 to our mother, Doris Marie Galligan, was widowed in September 2000, and is survived by 5 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Jack joined the U.S. Navy in 1943, served in the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns in WWII aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Block Island CVE 21 and CVE 106, the former sunk in the Atlantic in 1944. He was a longtime member of the U.S.S. Block Island Association and helped to develop a website dedicated to its legacy. After the war he embarked on a career in real estate that included Urban Renewal Director in Hoquim, WA, Ellensburg, WA and Helena, MT. In 1972 he moved to Phoenix and became an executive with Staggs Built Homes. He was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and instrumental in establishing the Explorer Scout's Search and Rescue Program in Seattle in the 1960's. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Our wishes are that all memorial contributions be directed to Hospice of The Valley in Phoenix.