ON REUNIONS – From Tod Hale

Thank you to my former shipmates and past attendees for your memories. Totally off topic, but I attended my first High School reunion 53 years after graduation. I was overwhelmed by the renewed friendships and memories. As a part of former Turner Joy crewmembers, I can honestly say that reuniting with souls with whom I…
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Served aboard 77-80. MM2 A-Gang under MMC Blodgett. Best memory was sea trials after our 18 month overhaul. I got the privilege of doing the full power steering gear tests. Hard starboard then hard to port. I had the wheel. Then crash back to full astern. Same routine, now that was quite the ride.
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Greetings TJ Shipmates!   I want to pass on some personal comments regarding past visits to Turner Joy Reunions.   I sense that there are some shipmates out there that feel that perhaps it’s been too long and that they won’t know anyone there.   Others may have other reasons for not attending. I just want to say…
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Turner Joy 2023 Reunion The preliminary agenda of events and activities for the October 11-15 reunion in San Diego is impressive! Expanding the reunion from three to four days offers several opportunities to venture out and explore the many attractions that San Diego has to offer.  As Co-Chair of the Reunion several years ago in…
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Turner Joy Reunion This Year!!

      Turner Joy Shipmates: Your Reunion Group EXCOM is in the process of planning a reunion in San Diego during the period October 11-15. Since our beginning in 1990, we have normally scheduled for 3 days.  As we have all added a few years, this year it was thought that we should include…
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Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs – In Memoriam

Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, USN (Retired) died peacefully at his home in Escondido, CA on November 22, 2022.  His obituary was posted in the December 2022 Turner Joy 21MC newsletter.  He will be remembered and missed. Dave Leverenz, 21MC Editor

From William Dana Lyons

I was on the decommissioning crew – BT3
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From Rick Haight: for VADM Briggs

I too am sorry to hear about VADM Briggs ill health. He was my C/O for my two+ years aboard Turner Joy, and being the same age as my own father was a steady influence in my young life then., and I believe a role model for what I did with my life after the…
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A note from John and Dianne Sonksen for Adm Briggs

Dianne and I were sorry to hear you are not feeling well and wish you a recovery in the near future. You have meant the world to both of us. Also Milt Jantsen who you graciously helped his grandson with his Naval Academy aspirations, sends best. Captain John Sonksen

For VADM Briggs from John Hart

Guestbook Entry: I am so sorry to hear of Admiral Briggs declining health. He was my CO for half of my four years aboard. I always thought he was the epitome of a Skipper, approachable, fair and accountable. I fondly remember him sitting on the stable element in the plotting room as we were
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