August 2021 Newsletter – 2021 Reunion Details

Since our last newsletter, many more details have been firmed up for the reunion for September 9th – 12th, 2021 in Bremerton, Washington. Please see the schedule of events, among many other things in the attached newsletter. Remember to print the two pages for the reservation form and mail with your check to: USS TURNER…

June 2021 Newsletter

We in the EXCOM look forward to a late summer reunion in Bremerton between September 9th through 12th, 2021. We are still working through remaining COVID-19 restrictions, which are in the process of being largely lifted for smother scheduling and location assignment of events. For the first time ever, our speaker is a female service…

April 2021 Newsletter

In preparation for this Calendar Year’s activities, we in the EXCOM have completed all the audit requirements early for the previous Calendar Year of 2020 and just put simple reminders for compliance issues in the Newsletter. We also, of course, continue the ongoing “unaudited financial disclosure to the TJRG Membership” for the current Calendar Year.…

The 2021 USS Turner Joy Reunion is ON

Our next REUNION will be in Bremerton, Washington on September 9th through 12th. Stay tuned to the 21MC Newsletters as the EXCOM develops the reunion and the REUNION data will also be uploaded to this website as our plans solidify. We are all looking forward to a great time. REMEMBER to get your before and…

The Most Amazing Thing

The Most Amazing Thing I Ever Saw Without a doubt, the most amazing thing I ever saw was a sixty foot high wall of water roaring towards the bow of my ship. At the time, we were in convoy with four other ships including the battleship, the USS New Jersey. We’d been in a growing…

Chapter 4 – Part II

Combat Actions of the U.S.S. Turner Joy (DD-951) As witnessed by LCDR Jim Chester US Navy (Retired) Another event that happened on that last day of the war that is unique in the Vietnam War Experience is surreal and still sends chills down my spine to this day just thinking about it. Shortly after rearming…

Chapter 4 – Part I

Chapter Four-Part I Combat Actions of the U.S.S. Turner Joy (DD-951) As witnessed by LCDR Jim Chester US Navy (Retired) Assigned to the Combat Information Center (CIC) as leading Operations Specialist holding the rank of E-5 and rate of OS2 aboard the destroyer USS Turner Joy (DD-951), the last all gun destroyer ever built for…

Book Foreword

This book is the epitome of the unexplainable things that happen in heavy combat and how history is altered and legends are born. On January 27, 1973, while engaged in very heavy combat just below the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in what then was First Military Region, Republic of South Vietnam, I participated in and witnessed…