USS Little Rock Association's

Annual Shipboard Work Party


24 May, 2017

Main Deck Work





Scroll down for rosters and pictures of previous Work Parties...

...or click on a date below to see photos
and a list of attendees for that year:

2004
2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010
2011 2012 2013
2014
2015
2016 2017 - - -



Work Party - Spring 2017 (May 15 - 19)

List of Volunteers (29 !!)

Bob Alexander - Jackson, MI (*)
John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Bruce Butler - Fulton, NY
Sharon Butler - Fulton, NY
Peter Cardwell - Trevose, PA (*)
Wally Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Dick Cipriano - Salisbury Beach, MA
Mike Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD (*)
Betty Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD (*)
Michael Curran - Missoula, MT
Russell E. Darrow - Brackney, NY
John Gibbs - Jackson, MI (*)
Charlie Haglund - Jackson, MI (*)
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
John Landwehr - Green Bay, WI


Scott Miller - Plymouth, WI
Carl Mottern - Buffalo, NY
Mike Mottern - Buffalo, NY
Bill Pearson - Bloomingburg, NY
Phil Pace - Jackson, MI (*)
Jim Pratt - Inkster, MI
Larry Reading - La Grange, KY (*)
Ed Schweda, Jr. - Ballston Lake, NY (*)
Ed Schweda, Sr. - Jackson, MI
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Jane Tillery - Fayetteville, PA
Carl Wetterling, Sr. - Bordentown, NJ
Carl Wetterling, Jr. - Bordentown, NJ
Dennis Yerkes - Royersford, PA

(*) Indicates non-Association member

2017 Spring Work Party Photos
Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon!
Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon!



Work Party - Spring 2016 (May 16 - 20)

List of Volunteers (35 !!)


Bob Alexander - Jackson, MI
Bruce & Sharon Butler - Fulton, NY
John & Ava Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Pete Cardwell - Royersford, PA
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Beth Carpenter - Marysville, OH
Mike &  Betty Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD
Lorrie and Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
John Gibbs - Ballston Lake, NY
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
John Landwehr - Green Bay, WI
John & Jan Meyers - Dunwoody, GA
Scott Miller - Plymouth, WI
Carl Mottern - Tonawanda, NY
Mike Mottern - Tonawanda, NY
Dennis & Catherine Olsen - Lake Park, MN
Bill Pearson - Bloomingburg, NY


"Old Crew" and Friends (con't.)

Jim Pratt - Inkster, MI
Larry Reading - Middletown, KY
Ed Schweda, Jr. - Ballston Lake, NY
Ed Schweda, Sr. - Jackson, MI
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Dennis Yerkes - Royersford, PA

 and...  6  LCS9 Crew from Mayport, FL

Magezi Johnson GM1
Raymond Williams EN2
Daniel Thomas FC1
Aaron Huckabaa OS2
 Eon Hyles BMC
Kyler Ayscue EN2

35 folks total !!
(*) Indicates non-Association member

2016 Spring Work Party Photos

Workparty Group Photo

The 2016 USS Little RockWork Party - Nearly all of the 35 participants!

Blue Nose Photo 1

New Highlite!

The LITTLE ROCK sports her newly
painted "BLUE NOSE"  calling
attention to her crossing the Arctic Circle.

Blue Nose close-up

Painted by shipmate Dennis Yerkes,
the blue high-lighted area on the bow
commemerates LITTLEROCK's  crossing the
Arctic Circle on
30 Nov 1946,  03 Dec 1946,
29 Sep 1965 and 14 Sep 1972.
USS Little Rock Port Anchor

Re-anchord anchor

LITTLE ROCK's port anchor is now
proudly displayed at the north
Marine Drive entrance to the Buffalo and Erie
Conty Naval & Military Park.

Time for lunch!

Lunch Time!

Mike Mottern (left), the two pizza delivery guys, Bob Kreger, and Ed Schweda Sr. pose with
the "Noon Meal" being served on the Fantail.


Pizza Time

The Noon Meal is Being Served....

John Bertok, Pete Cardwell, Scott Miller
and Bob Kreger get ready to replace the calories they burned doing a hard mmorning's work.


Pizza's gone!

The Noon Meal is Gone!

Pizza is Gone! Thanks to these hungry sailors!
Six pizzas in ten minutes! A NEW RECORD!


John in the John

John Meyers our "Head Man" for a day
(actually it was more like five days)
gives as a lesson in perseverence!




John Meyer's "Spareparts Kit for the John"

John's Leftover John Parts


NOTE: John was helped considerably by his faithful wife Jan who managed to avoid being in the photo by acting as our photographer.

Interview!

OS2 Aaron Huckabaa, an LCS9 crewman,
is interviewed by one of the many news people who came by to document the 2016 Work Party.
Unfortunately we didn't get her name.
(But we expect OS2 Huckabaa did!)


Time for Lunch!


Time for Lunch! (Again?)

Lunch on Thursday afternoon was hosted by the LCS 9 Commissioning Committee.
An amazing spread was provided, and some very nice comments from the committee were offered thanking the Work Party for their efforts.

The Crew digs in!

The Crew digs in!

John and Jan Meyers go for the salad!


LCS9 Dines

The LCS9 Crew digs in!

When these guys eat.... they get serious.
Here are GM1 Johnson, EN2 Thomas, and OS2 Huchabaa enjoying some fine dining.


Jim Pratt enjoys seconds!

Seconds!

Shipmate Jim Pratt like all of the rest of the Work Party crew enjoys fine dining. He also goes for seconds when invited
!


LCS9 Crew Group Photo

The LCS9 Crew Ready to Turn-To...

Left-to-right:
Magezi Johnson GM1, Daniel Thomas EN2, Aaron Huckabaa OS2,
Raymond Williams EN2, Kyler Ayscue EN2, Eon Hyles BMC

(These guys were a real pleasure to work with!)


LCS9 Crew Tackles BIG paint job!

LCS 9 Crew Tackles BIG Paint Job!

The LCS 9 crew exhibited a "Can Do!" approach to a large project on the staboard side of the Missile House. The project involved removing a welded vertical ladder, re-routing drain pipes, and preping and painting a large part of the bulhead,





Silos and Racing Shells

Racing Shells on the Buffalo River


Some "entertainment" was available during our lunch-break one afternoon. A fairly large group of racing shells passed by the LITTLE ROCK, either in a practice run, or actually racing. Either way they were moving at a good clip.

The boats were heading north along the Bufflo River towards Lake Erie. The Buffalo Skyway bridge in the background, as are some abandoned grain elevators on the west side of the river.




Silos at Night


Abandoned Grain Elevators at Night


Here's roughly the same view at night. The racing shells are gone, but the grain elevators are now illuminated with "moving" LED light arrays.

(You'll have to see it to appreciate it!)

Here's a YouTube LINK.


          
Work Party - Spring 2015 (May 18-24)

List of Volunteers (19 !!)
Bob Alexander - Jackson, MI
Charles Aughland
Bruce Butler - Fulton, NY
Sharon Butler
- Fulton, NY
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrence KY
Beth Carpenter - Marysville, OH
Jerry Cline - Mint Hill, NC
Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
John Gibbs - Jackson, MI
Al Hollis - Nashville, NC (*)
Rod Joye - Mantua, OH
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
John Landwehr - Green  Bay, WI
Phil Place - Jackson, MI
Larry Redding - Middletown, KY
Edward Schweda - Jackson, MI
Edward Schweda Jr. - Ballston Lake, NY
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Dennis Yerkes - Royersford, PA
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(*) Indicates non-Association member

2015 Spring Work Party Photos
Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon!
Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon! Photos coming soon!


        
Work Party - Spring 2014 (May 18-24)

A record number of volunteers participated
and contributed
a total of 110 man-days of work!!

List of Volunteers (29 !!)
Bob Alexander - Jackson, MI
Don Bertok - Elizabeth, PA (*)
Austin Bertok - McKeesport, PA (*)
John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Matthew Bertok - McKeesport, PA (*)
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrence KY
Beth Carpenter - Marysville, OH
Mike Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD
Betty Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD
Jack Coyle - Brockport, PA
Lorie Darrow - Endicott, NY (*)
Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
John Gibbs - Jackson, MI
Al Hollis - Nashville, NC (*)
Rod Joye - Mantua, OH
Geoff Kirkendall - Lawrence, KS
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
John Landwehr - Green  Bay, WI
Carl Mottern - Kenmore, NY
Mike Mottern - Kenmore, NY
Bill Pearson - Bloomingburg, NY
Phil Place - Jackson, MI
Edward Schweda - Jackson, MI
Edward Schweda Jr. - Ballston Lake, NY
Dan Signor - Mesa, AZ
Ed Smiley - Nashville, NC
Georgenia Thacker - Frankfort Ky
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Ed ("Smiley") Vermaaten - Marietta, OH
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(*) Indicates non-Association member

2014 Spring Work Party Photos
5 inch Mount

5"/38 Mount gets a Field Day
6 inch turret bloomers

New Bloomers on 6" Turret
5 inch mount touch-up

5"/38 Mount's  Field Day (con't.)
Boiler Tech 1

Forward Boiler Room Rehab
Boiler Tech Bob Krieger


Bob Kreger starts on what
will become a two-year
project....

Lorie Shines

Lorie shines!
Lower Decks

An unexplored space.
Maybe a future project?


Missile House Stacks

Missile Magazine received a
real Field Day! "Thanks"
to Betty Cottrell and
Georgenia Thacker!

Wing & Fin Area

As did the Missile House
Ready-Service Magazine area...


Starboard Deck

The new "Trex" decking on
the starboard side amidships


Sweepers !  Sweepers!!

"Now...Sweepers! Sweepers!
Man your brooms! Clean sweepdown
Fore and Aft!"
Wally's Lunch

Is this Wally's locker?
Source of this photo is unknown.





Work Party - Spring 2013 (May 19-22)
List of Volunteers (25)

Ava Bertok - McKeesport, PA (*)
John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Jim Buckalew - Wolcott, NY (*)
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Beth Carpenter - Marysville, OH (*)
Julie Carpenter - Marysville, OH (*)
Jerry Cline - Mint Hill, NC
Mike Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD
Betty Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD (*)
Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
Larry Flynn - Lutz, FL
Andrea Flynn - Lutz, FL (*)
Cade Hudson - Jackson, MI (*)


Rod Joye - Mantua, OH (*)
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
John Landwehr - Green  Bay, WI
Keri Manuri - Jackson, MI (*)
Bill Pearson - Bloomingburg, NY
Ed Schweda - Jackson, MI (*)
Ed Schweda Jr. - Ballston Lake, NY (*)
Georgenia Thacker - Frankfort, KY (*)
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Jane Tilley - Fayetteville, PA (*)
Keith Wolfgang - Painesville, OH
Wayne Wolfgang - Chardon, OH (*)
-
(*) Indicates non-Association member

2013 Spring Work Party Photos
Back to Work

Welcome Aboard! Turn To!
Planning Session

John Branning provides the Plan of the Day
Sea Stories

Planning Session
Clean Sweepdown

Clean Sweepdown Fore & Aft!
Ava in the Pilot House

Shipshape and Bristol Fashion!
Ladie's Aides

Crew's Lounge
Breakfast 2

Now Knock Off Ship's Work for the Noon Meal!

Breakfast 1

Breakfast at Tiffany's! (Not)
Bllomer Crew

"Now Muster the 6" Gun Crew"
(a.k.a. "The Bloomer Guys")


Bloomer Guys

The "Bloomer Guy's" doing their thing.

Lunch on Lido Deck

A barbcue on the Lido Deck!
Compliments of the Naval Park.
Seasick?

Feeling seasick?
Not Seasick!

Feeling better!
Evening Repast

Recapping the day's work.
Fantail Lunch

Another break / planning session...!
Dinnertime

Dinner on the Town
We missed  Y- O- U in 2013  !!!

But . . .  hope to see you in 2014.




Work Party - Spring 2012 (May 21-25)
List of Volunteers (18)

John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Don Bertok - Elizabeth, PA
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Beth Carpenter - Marysville, OH (*)
Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
Rodger Joye - Mantua, OH (*)
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
John Landwehr - Green Bay, WI


Larry Reading - Middletown, KY
Ed Schweda - Jackson, MI (*)
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Jane Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Lorie Wilks - Endicott, NY
Keith Wolfgang - Painesville, OH
Wayne Wolfgang - Chardon, OH
John Yocum - Kissimmee, FL

(*) Indicates non-Association member

2012 Spring Work Party Photos
The 5" Gun Crew Watches

The 5" Gun Crew watches the pier
Bob Kreger paints

Bob Kreger a.k.a. "Never Slows Down Bob"
gets the Talos Missiles repainted.
Brasso & Music

Jane Tilley multi-tasking....
She shines the brightwoork and listens
to music at the SAME TIME !!
Break Time

The best part of the watch...
coffee and sea stories.
Russ Darrow and John Bertok gam
while John Yokum looks on.
Canvas Install

Installing the canvas awnings is
always a "fun" time. In two or three
days it's all done!

Eddie

Eddie is the Naval Park's "Go To Guy".
Whatever you need, Eddie can get it.
Wherever it is, Eddie can find it.
Without him nothing happens!!
Erie Canal Sights

It hard to imagine the Little Rock in a nicer
setting. Here's a view looking from the
location of the original Erie Canal.

Jane & Beth

Jane Tilley and Beth Carpenter
spread the brightwork cleaner around
 the bridge. With those two things are
"Never Dull"

Lori Wilkes paints

Lorie Wilks makes quick work of the
bi-annual "paint the Talos missiles" project.
Sure looks better than when the ship's
GMM's had to do it.
John Yokum demolished overhead

John Yokum demolished the old plywood
overhead starboard side amidships.
If it needs to come down, call John.
John Yokum's Feet

Look closely... those are John Yokum's feet
just above the ladder. No, he's not sleeping!
That's Art Tilley with the box of Kitty
Litter (?), and Wally Cardwell further aft.
John Yokums Face

John's better side is visible after most
of the old plywood has been removed.
That's the mast of the USS The Sullivans
in the background.

Planning Committee

The "Planning Committee" meets several
times each day to make sure that the
Work Schedule is being adhered to.

Planning Meeting

Sometimes the "Planning Committee" meets to discuss specific projects such as how to best paint the Talos Missiles, or "Where are we going to go for dinner?".
Planning Meeting

Keith Wolfgang (white shirt) and his Wayne discuss the "Planning Committee" plans with John Branning, the Naval Park's Chief Planner.
Preping the TSAM

Russ Darrow paints the Talos TSAM
(Trainer, Surface-to-Air Missile)

Russ Darrow Missile Tech

Russ Darrow repairs the guidance package on
the Talos TSAM (Trainer, Surface-to-Air Missile)

Art Swabs

Art Tilley swabbing up hydraulic oil
in the Missile House.

Who forgot the key?

Sometimes we forget to bring the key when
we come back after hours. Bob Kreger shows
how to get the gate open while Larry Reading
and Ed Schweda standby to rescue Bob.
Where's Lunch?

Lunch on the fantail !!
It doesn't get any better than this !!

Ship's Crew

Some of the Naval Park staff show their appreciation
for all the work accomplished by the 2012
Workparty. Left-to-right, John, Ben and Roy.


Sailboats

A view from the bow of the USS Little Rock as the local
yacht club sailing fleet returns after Wednesday night races.




Work Party - Spring 2011 (May 16-20)
List of Volunteers (20)

John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Ava Bertok - McKeesport, PA (*)
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Beth Carpenter - Marysville, OH (*)
Julie Carpenter - Marysville, OH (*)
Mike Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD
Betty Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD (*)
Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
Rodger Joye - Mantua, OH (*)
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI


John Landwehr - Green Bay, WI
Carl Mottern - N. Tonawanda, NY
Mike Mottern
- N. Tonawanda, NY

Bill Pearson - Bloomingburg, NY
Ed Schweda - Jackson, MI (*)
Ed Smiley - Nashville, NC
Jefferson Smiley - Nashville, NC (*)
Georgenia Thacker - Frankfort, KY (*)
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Keith Wolfgang - Painesville, OH

(*) Indicates non-Association member

2011 Spring Work Party Photos
Messdeck Muster

Workparty crew musters on the messdeck
to plan the day's activities.

Messdeck Muster

The planning continues......
Messdeck Muster

And continues......
Betty Cottrell

Betty Cottrell, Master-of -Brightwork

Canvas Crew

The fantail crew poses while installing awnings.
(Russ Darrow, Wally Cardwell, Keith Wolfgang)
Canvas Installation



Dick Smith (Ship's Superintendent)
shows how to get the canvas taut.

Bill Pearson Pipes

Our "piper-in-residence", Bill Pearson,
takes time for some onboard entertainment.
Fat Bob's Menu

We enjoyed fine dining at Pearl Street Brewery,
Susie Q's Barbecue, and Fat Bob's, The Hatch
as well as on the Messdeck.
Julie Sweet Potato Pie

Julie indulges in some of Fat Bob's
Sweet Potato Pie.
Julie and Beth Fancywork

Beth and Julie Carpenter working on some
fancywork for the ship (or new shoelaces!).

Wardroom Pics


New pictures and photo were hung in the Wardroom.

The center picture is an original oil painting by
shipmate Wil Cameron RDSN (1959-1962)
Wardroom Pic


A painting of the USS Little Rock in Gaeta
was added to the Wardroom collection





Work Party - Spring 2010 (May 17-20)
List of Volunteers (25)

Gene Appel - Jackson, MI (*)
John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Ava Bertok - McKeesport, PA (*)
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Beth carpenter - Marysville, oh (*)
Mike Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD
Betty Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD (*)
Jerry Dupuis - Inlet, NY
John Gibbs - Jackson, MI (*)
Rodger Joye - Mantua, OH (*)
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
John Landwehr - Green Bay, WI
Stephanie Mann - Sturgeon Bay, WI (*)


Mike Mottern - N. Tonawanda, NY
Justin O'Conney - Raleigh, NC (*)
Bill Pearson - Bloomingburg, NY
Bob Philbrick - Shawano, WI (*)
Dan Skowronski - Pt. Pleasant B'ch, NJ (*)
Ed Smiley - Nashville, NC
Georgenia Thacker - Frankfort, KY (*)
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Jane Tilley - Fayetteville, PA (*)
Jeni VanBeek - Green Bay, WI (*)
Rebecca VanBeek - Green Bay, WI (*)
John Yocum - Kissimmee, FL (*)

(*) Indicates non-Association member

Work Party - Fall 2010 (Oct. 25-29)
List of Volunteers (6)

Mike Cheche - Surry, ME

Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
Rich Hadley - Cheektowaga, NY


Mike Mottern
- N. Tonawanda, NY
Bill Pearson - Bloomingburg, NY
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA


2010 Work Party Photos
Coming Soon !
Coming Soon ! Coming Soon !




Work Party 2009 (May 13-17)
List of Volunteers (19)

Gene Appel - Jackson, MI (*)
John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Wallace Cardwell II - Lawrenceburg, KY (*)
Mike Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD
Betty Cottrell - Mechanicsville, MD (*)
Russ Darrow - Endicott, NY
Russ Earnhart - Mishawaka, IN
John Gibbs - Jackson, MI (*)
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI

John Landwehr - Green Bay, WI
Keri Manuri - Jackson, MI (*)
Justin O'Conney - Raleigh, NC (*)
Joe Pound - Lindley, NY
Dale Roe - Glen Aubrey, NY (*)
Ed Smiley - Nashville, NC
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Keith Wolfgang - Concord Twp., OH
Emily Wolfgang - Concord Twp., OH (*)


(*) Indicates non-Association member

2009 Work Party Photos
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Work Party 2008 (May 15-17)
List of Volunteers (25)

Gene Appel - Jackson, MI (*)
Ava Bertok - Mc Keesport, PA (*)
John Bertok - Mc Keesport, PA
Don Bixby - Irwin, PA
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Jerry Dupuis - Inlet, NY
Dan Eddington - Kalamazoo, MI
Dianne Guido - Carlisle, PA (*)
Pasquale Guido - Carlisle, PA
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
Mark Layfield - Opelika, AL (*)
Terry Mahoney - Meadville, PA
Mike Mottern - Kenmore, NY



Steven Rinfret - Ocala, FL
Chuck Rudman - Wheat Ridge, CO
Jake Rudman - Wheat Ridge, CO (*)
Sean Rudman - Wheat Ridge, CO (*)
Dennis Shiun - Jackson, MI (*)
Ed Smiley - Nashville, NC
Georgenia Thacker - Frankfort, KY (*)
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Jane Tilley - Fayetteville, PA (*)
Keith Wolfgang - Concord Township, OH
Sara Wolfgang - Concord Township, OH (*)
Emily Wolfgang - Concord Township, OH (*)

(*) Indicates non-Association member



2008 Work Party Photos
Park Entrance

A view of the Little Rock from the Naval Park entrance.
( Doesn't look like your typical shipyard!
)
Muster

Morning Muster
Wally & Georgenia

Wally Cardwell & his sister Georgenia Thacker
Ava & John

Ava & John Bertok
Keith & Don

Keith Wolfgang & Don Bixby demolish an old wooden overhead. Is that a BOMB?
Dan & Dennis

Dan Eddington & Dennis Shiun chip and paint
a bulkhead, Main Deck, port side.

Sara & Emily

Sara & Emily Wolfgang get the 03 level,
portside, looking shipshape.

Jane

Jane Tilley chips, primes and paints a
winch unit on the 03 level amidships.

Mike & Jerry

Mike Mottern and Jerry Dupuis
ham it up for the camera between jobs.

Coffee Break

Coffee Break on the Mess Decks.
(Fruit cake compliments of the Bertoks!
)
Breakfast at the Hatch

Dennis, Bob and Gene chow down at breakfast
at the "Hatch "restaurant

Emily's Accomodations

Emily Wofgang shows off the great berthing
accommodations we used to enjoy.

Gene

Gene Appel poses in between assignments.
Art

Art Tilley titivates the OD's shack on the Quarterdeck.

Ed

Ed Smiley washes down the main deck
Georgenia

Georgenia Thacker chips, sand, paints, etc.
on one of many hand rails on the 03 level.

John Bertok

John Bertok (and Ava - not shown) worked three days
on replacing a "cement" deck in a passageway.

Pasquale Works on Lights

Pasquale Guido (and Dianne - not shown) cleaned
and replaced lamps along outside decks.

Steve at Lunch

Steve Rinfret dressed for lunch!
Tour Guide

Sometimes we found ourselves
acting as "tour guides" for visitors
.
Museum Committee

Jerry & Art met with Pat Cunningham and John Herman to discuss the new Crew Museum
Dennis & Bob

Dennis Shuin and Bob Kreger clean and repair the Captain's Gig and chocks on the portside.
Chuck & Jake

Chuck & Jake Rudman heading off to fix some
electrical problems (Where's Sean?)

Guidos Liberty Call

Pasquale & Dianne Guido get ready to
"Hit the Beach"


Liberty Call

Liberty Party departing via the
USS The Sullivans

Pearl Street

Don, Terry and Dan enjoying a nice meal at the Pearl Street Brewery.
Back From Liberty

Stragglers getting back aboard
just before Liberty expires.


USCG Helo

US Coast Guard helo does a
fly-over inspection.





Work Party 2007 (May 17-20)
List of Volunteers (16)


John Bertok - McKeesport, PA
Ava Bertok - McKeesport, PA (*)
Don Bixby - Irwin, PA
Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Garry Keith - Shelbyville, KY (*)
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
Dennis McAllister - North Syracuse, NY
Art "Butch" Siehl - Prince Frederick, MD


Kristopher Stoetzel - North Syracuse, NY (*)
George Thomas - Hallieford, VA
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA
Jane Tilley - Fayetteville, PA (*)
Pete Timan - Hawley, PA
Keith Wolfgang - Painesville, OH
Emily Wolfgang - Painesville, OH (*)
Sara Wolfgang - Painesville, OH (*)

(*) Indicates non-Association member
 
2007 Work Party Photos

Pre-Work Meeting

Art Tilley, Keith Wolfgang and Pete Timan discuss the worklist while Senior Chief Bob Kreger looks on
.

Dennis Dirests

Admiral Dennis McAllister points in the general direction of where the work is to be done.
Butch and Dick

On the messdecks Butch Siehl and Ship's Superintendent Dick Smith discuss the fine art of making (and drinking) coffee.

Ava Paints OOD Office

Ava Bertok, the team leader of the OOD Shack maintenance crew wields her paintbrush.

John Paints OOD Office

John Bertok, the other team member of the OOD Shack crew paints, polishes and cleans.
Don Laces Tables

Don Bixby (our work party Bos'n) relaces the canvas on the buffet tables used for USS  Little Rock receptions. (Come to the 2007 Reunion to see these in use!)
Emily Paints

Emily Wolfgang tackles the painting of the handrails on the 03 level.
Sara paints

Sara Wolfgang makes quick work of a gallon of "Cruiser Grey" on the deck of the 03 level.

Girls Napping

John and Ava Bertok take a break from their work in the OOD Shack, while Emily and Sara "secretly" sneak in a nap on the 02 level. (The camera sees all!)


Keith Paints Missiles

Keith Wolfgang masterfully applies "Talos Blue" to the two missiles on the fantail. (Bendix would approve!)


Bob Paints Missiles

Bob Kreger paints the white detailing on the Little Rock's Talos missiles.

Jane Touches Up

Jane Tilley touches up after Keith and  Bob. Women seem to have a knack for that sort of thing.

Art Scrapes

Art Tilley tests his scraper on the 03 level bulkhead for'd of the Chaff Roc launcher.

George's Brightwork

This magnificent job of polishing up the bridge brightwork was done single-handedly by George Thomas.
Wally Paints

If Wally Cardwell wasn't so tall he wouldn't need to have his paint roller on an extension pole. On the other hand, he DID do a lot of the high spots.
Kris Shines

Kris Stoetzel uses up ANOTHER can of Brasso!
The ship hasn't looked this good in a long time.

 
Breakfast Chowline

The work party crew lines up for the morning meal at the "Hatch" restaurant at 0800.
Don and Garry at Hatch

And Don Bixby and Garry Keith enjoy a second cup of coffee before turning-to.


Brewery Dinner

Dinner at Pearl Street Brewery....    an Annual Ritual !!
Sunset

Not quite the same as a sunset at sea, but VERY close!!



Work Party 2006
List of Volunteers (17)
Gene Appel - Jackson, MI (*)
Mickey Cahoon - Weaverville, NC
 Wallace Cardwell - Lawrenceburg, KY
Jerry Dupuis - Inlet, NY
Bob Kreger - Jackson, MI
Mike Mottern - Buffalo, NY
Chuck Rudman - Wheat Ridge, CO
Jake Rudman - Wheat Ridge, CO (*)
Sean Rudman - Wheat Ridge, CO (*)

Art Siehl - Prince Frederick, MD
Art Tilley - Fayetteville, PA

Jane Tilley - Fayetteville, PA (*)
Carl Wetterling - Bordentown, NJ
Carl Wetterling Jr. - Bordentown, NJ
Keith Wolfgang - Painesville, OH
Sara Wolfgang - Painesville, OH (*)
Emily Wolfgang - Painesville, OH (*)


(*) Non-Association Member !!

2006 Work Party Photos



During a break in the weather, Art Siehl and Wallace Cardwell
work on getting the ship's Med Lights operational.


Bridge

Chuck Rudman shows where the new red
lights are being installed on the Flag Bridge.


Cable Pull

Sean Rudman pulls new cable to be used
in powering new lights on the ship's bridge.



Passageway

Art Tilley works at removing paint and dirt
from lights in Admiral's passageway.



Chow Line

Jerry Dupuis and Bob Kreger go through the
chow line (again?) at breakfast on Saturday.



1st Class Mess

Emily Wolfgang, Art Siehl, Carl Wetterling Sr., Keith Wolfgang,
Sara Wolfgang (hidden) and Wallace Cardwell enjoy a meal.



Ceremony


Serendipity !!


On Saturday while the work party was engaged in their field day, the Naval Park had a ceremony dedicating a new statue to Lt. Thomas Michael Conway, a 37-year-old Catholic priest and Navy chaplain on the USS Indianapolis. The Indianapolis was sunk on 30 July 1945. Survivors floated in the Pacific for three days before being rescued. During that time Fr. Conway swam between groups of survivors encouraging them and praying with them. Fr. Conway died of exposure just several hours before the remainder of the crew was rescued.

Pictures.... Above: Knights of Columbus and Sea Scout Color Guard. Right, the statue of Lt. Conway. Below left: the singing group "Friends of Harmony" from Buffalo warming up in the Admiral's wardroom. Below right: the Sea Cadets presenting The Colors.

Conway Statue

Chorus



Color Guard


Jane at Ladder

Jane Tilley shows of her newly buffed deck and painted ladder between
the 01 and 02 levels in the Flag spaces.


Hatch 1

Mickey Cahoon, Wallace Cardwell and Art Siehl relax after and early breakfast
at "The Hatch" just a short walk from the ship.


Hatch 2

Jane Tilley, Gene Appel and Bob Kreger pose for after-breakfast picture just before heading off to continue ship's work.


Dinner 1

Emily and Sara Wolfgang share a plate of pasta on Saturday evening
after a hard day of polishing brass in the 5"/38 mount.



Dinner 2

Refueling operation on Saturday evening. Jake Rudman, Chuck Rudman, Carl Wetterling Jr., and Jerry Dupuis.


And last but not least...Mike Mottern !!

Mike

Mike is an Associate Member of the Little Rock Association. And although Mike is not an ex-crewmember, he has faithfully worked alongside work party volunteers for two years running. In addition Mike was a key player in our 2005 Reunion in Buffalo. It's guys like Mike that keep the Association running like the well-oiled machine that it is. Thanks from all of us Mike !!





Work Party 2005
List of Volunteers (11)

Wallace Cardwell
Jerry Dupuis
Bob Hinckley
Bob Kreger
Mike Mottern   
Randy Nimtz


Chuck Rudman   
Jake Rudman
Art Tilley
Keith Wolfgang
Sarah Wolfgang



2005 Work Party Photos

2005 Workparty Pic

Some of 2005's  Work Party Participants

Left to right:  Bob Hinckley, Randy Nimtz, Chuck Rudman, Jake Rudman,
Wallace Cardwell, Michael Mottern, Keith Wolfgang, Sara Wolfgang,
Bob Kreger, Jerry Dupuis
Art Tilley
(Photographer)

Keith Wolfgang demonstrates chipping and
painting techniques around the
base of an antenna mount
above the bridge.
Wayne Pic
Chuck & Jake Pic
Jake and Chuck Rudman flew in from Denver
for four days of turning-to, and still found
time to pose atop the 6" turret.
Bob Hinckley adds a much needed coat
 of hazy gray painting to the port
side look-out wing above
the flag bridge.
Bob Hinckley Pic
Chuck & Sara Pic
Chuck Rudman and Sara Wolfgang enjoy
some gourmet dining at Shang-Hai Red's.



Work Party 2004
List of Volunteers (10)

Don Bixby
Jerry Dupuis
Bob Hinckley
Bob Kreger
Chuck Rudman

Bill Shultz
Kenny Skidmore
Art Tilley
Larry Wallace
 Paul Zimmerman

2004 Work Party Photos
Workparty 2004
Some of the 2005 Work Party Participants

Left to right: Bill Shultz, Don Bixby, Art Tilley,
Chuck Rudman, Paul Zimmerman, Bob Hinckley,
Bob Kreger, and Kenny Skidmore.

Not shown are: Jerry Dupuis & Larry Wallace (who took the picture)
Chuck Rudman shines Ship's Bell
"Bell Polishing 101"

Chuck Rudman works the Ship's Bell over with an electric buffer and LOTS of Brasso. Funny, we always thought it was supposed to be green!
Old Salts at work
Old Salts at Work (?)

Bob Kreger, Bob Hinckley and Don Bixby team up to: (pick one of the following):

1.   Tell sea stories
2.   Read the instructions, BEFORE they fix it...
3.   Take it easy after a tough morning of chipping paint.
Larry Wallace
Hey Guys Listen Up!

Larry Wallace shows us:

1.   What a WT Door combing is?
2.   Where NOT to bang your head?
3.   What part of a WT Door is never painted?
4.   ALL of the above !!
Clean Sweep Down
Clean Sweep Down Fore and Aft

Bob Hinckley and Bob Kreger clean teak decking after repainting the Quarter Deck OOD Office. We always try to leave the ship cleaner than when we arrived.


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