Monday, September 20, 2010

NEWS-01: John Crouse Memorial Service Submitted by: Pat Householder on 9/18/2010---------As requested by National Commander Michael Bircumshaw, Friday Sept 17, I attended the Memorial Service for our shipmate, John Crouse, that was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St Marys, Georgia and was Officiated by Father Gabriel.The service was well attended by many Subvet WWII and USSVI members from both Florida and Georgia. There was also a large delegation of active duty Submarine Officers and Sailors from the Kings Bay Base and from some of the boats currently in port there. John's brother and his sister both attended with their spouses as well and we all took the opportunity to convey our respects and condolences. The Eulogy was delivered by Sheila McNeill at John's request. Sheila is a Past National President of the Navy League and is one of the founding members of the St Marys Submarine Museum and Library, she is also a current member of the Board of Directors for the museum.Wendy Munoz performed a Spiritual Hula and an Honors Ceremony, which I was honored to take part in, was conducted by LCDR Sean Ferrell, Base Commander for USSVI Kings Bay Base. John was cremated and his ashes will be spread at sea from a U.S. Submarine to be determined.After the Service, we all adjourned to the St Marys Submarine Museum for a Celebration of Life Reception and fellowship. John had requested donations to the museum in lieu of flowers and many of the attendees presented envelopes to the museum staff.John Markiewicz, Natl Treasurer

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