GUESTBOOK

 
This is where you may ask questions, seek assistance, or just share a story about your TICONDEROGA experience.

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From:   Benny L Armentrout
To:        1st VP
Date:    Tue, 17 Jan 2023 02:33:03 -0500
Subj:     Question or Comment from Site
 
Message:  I'm a life member from an earlier date when it was still a $100. Has that changed for those of us who paid the earlier price?
Any way enjoy your newsletters but won't be able to attend the reunions, just don't have the money. I was in V-2C's from 63-67 left the ship on my birthday.
I lost my wife on Mar. 2, 2022,
Keep up the good work.
 
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From:   Jon Kettl
To:        Peter Bartolovich
Date:     Fri, 20 Jan 2023 20:41:35 -0500
Subj:     RE:Question or Comment from Site
 
Peter,

I do.

We are working on ensuring our new web site is secure prior to accepting credit cards. When we have a secure means, I will notify you personally.
 
Regards,

Jon Kettl, 1st VP
 
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From:   Peter Bartolovich
To:        1st VP
Date:    Sun, 08 Jan 2023 14:33:48 -0500
Subj:     Question or Comment from Site
 
Message:  who has ink-on-paper bank "checks" or uses "money orders" in 2023 ? better yet, who buys stamps, envelopes in 2023 ? why no online debit-paypal-or credit card membership links ?

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From:   Jon Kettl
To:        Ron Lana
Date:     Fri, 20 Jan 2023 20:16:12 -0500
Subj:     RE:Question or Comment from Site
 
Ron,

I did a little web design work when I retired from the Navy in 1998 so I had the interest but didn't know if I still had the skills.

I discovered that in late 2022 if I could copy & paste, I could build a web site.

The compliment is most welcome -- thank you, sir!

Regards,

Jon Kettl, 1st VP
 
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From:   Ron Lana
To:        1st VP
Date:    Sun, 08 Jan 2023 14:15:33 -0500
Subj:     Question or Comment from Site
 
Message:  As a retired graphic designer, book designer and college professor I think your web site efforts are great. Loads well presents information well and attracts attention to the viewer. Well done.

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 From:   Jon Kettl
To:        Len Carroll
Date:     Fri, 20 Jan 2023 20:16:12 -0500
Subj:     RE:Question or Comment from Site
 
Len,

The button for the reunion registration page has been fixed.

Sorry you got an error code; I think it comes along with creating something new.  The error was mine alone.

Regards & regrets,

Jon Kettl, 1st VP
 
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From:   Len Carroll
To:        1st VP
Date:    Sunt, 08 Jan 2023 13:52:53 -0500
Subj:     Question or Comment from Site
 
Message:  Tried registering for the reunion on the new website. Received: Server Error

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.
You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.

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From:   Jon Kettl
To:        Paul Torgerson
Date:     Fri, 20 Jan 2023 20:16:12 -0500
Subj:     RE:Question or Comment from Site
 
Paul,

No log in is required.

Regards,
Jon Kettl, 1st VP
 
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From:   Paul Torgerson
To:        1st VP
Date:    Sat, 07 Jan 2023 14:09:50 -0500
Subj:     Question or Comment from Site
 
Message:  I cannot figure out how to login to the new website. Or, is it even necessary to have a login?

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From:   Jon Kettl
To:        Tom Eddy
Date:    Fri, 20 Jan 2023 Sat, 31 Dec 2022 20:07:42 -0500
Subj:     RE:Question or Comment from Site
 
Tom,

Sorry about the delay in responding to your email.
I assume you are referring to BigT.net and Ticovets.org.  They are one and the same. BigT.net will be phased out later this year.

R,
Jon Kettl, 1st VP
 
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From:   Tom Eddy
To:        1st VP
Date:    Sat, 31 Dec 2022 08:26:28 -0500
Subj:     Question or Comment from Site
 
Message:  I'm already a life member of the Ticonderoga Association how is this any different?

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From:  James Lutz
To:       Brody Dersch
Date:    Thu, 29 Dec 2022 17:19:08 -0600
Subj:     Re:Passing of a Shipmate

Brody, 

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your father.  Even though it was a long time ago, I'm sure many of his shipmates will be saddened to hear the news.

I will pass the news on to our membership team.  

I have no idea of your interest, but the Ticonderoga Veterans Association does allow for Associate Members if you are so inclined.

You can see more at the new Web Page at TicoVets.org. 

Feel free to reach out about anything at all. 

I pray that the New Year is favorable for you,

Jim Lutz 
President
USS Ticonderoga Association 

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On Thu, Dec 29, 2022, 4:48 PM Brody Dersch <bdersch@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Sir,

You don't know me.  If I sent this to the wrong officer, I apologize, I wasn't sure who to send it to.

My father, James Edward Dersch served on Big T many moons ago.  I need to inform the Big T association of his passing on April 27, 2001.  It was my oversight that the association is receiving such late notice.  For this, I apologize.

The details of his service that I know of are vague at best.  I never could get him to really go into depth.  What I understand is he entered service when he was a 17-year-old high school dropout and got his college education in laser physics through the Navy.

He recanted to me that when he was serving on CV-14, he was assigned to clean the bilge for a week.  Then he was assigned to work in the records department of engineering for a week.  He was then asked which he preferred.  I think we can guess his answer.  With that, he took the equivalent of the ASVAB at that time and scored high enough that the Navy sent him to school for laser physics.

He served his 4 years and left and went back to school to get an MS in Computer Science and spent a significant amount of his professional career working for military contractors such as EATON and General Electric where he worked on sonar and radar systems.  During this time he received an offer to teach at one of the Military colleges that he decided to turn down.

He never lost his love for the military and the Navy always had a special place in his heart.

Please find attached the eulogy that I gave at his funeral and a link to the Funeral Homes Memorial page.

Brody Dersch

 

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