The Seaweed

USS Champlin DD-601  

Winter 2000


Dues are due! If you have not already done so, please send your dues of $15.00 to Carl H. Olson, 4520 18th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201. Dues are due at the Annual Meeting each year. Those members unable to attend the Annual Meeting should send their dues to Carl as soon as possible. Thanks for your support.


Wonder where you can get a USS Champlin hat, sweatshirt, T-shirt, jacket or whatever? Well here's where and how much:

Baseball cap, specify either navy blue with white lettering or white with navy blue lettering, "USS Champlin DD-601". $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Also, 3" diameter cloth emblems (patches), navy blue and gold; (can be sewn on ties, jackets, caps etc), $2.00 plus $1.00 shipping. In stock. Order from Carl H. Olson, 4520 18th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201.

White sweatshirts, T-shirts and light-weight jacket with a large action picture of the USS Champlin DD-601 at sea imprinted in navy blue. Sweatshirts - $15.00; T-shirts - $7.50 and Jackets - $19.00. In stock. Order from Robert E. McAfee, 817 Winters Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-4545.

Champlin References


Hitler's U-boat War, The Hunted 1942-1945, Clay Blair, Random House, pg. 56

The Two-Ocean War, Samuel Eliot Morison, Little-Brown, pg. 362

U-Boats Offshore, Hoyt, pg. 220


Sea Classics, Challenge Publications, Vol. 32 # 9, March 1999, "Red Anzio" by Irwin J. Kappes


Note: Please submit any additional references for inclusion on this list. Thank you.


Lou Gilbert, Chairman of the Mini-Reunion announced the event will be held from 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 8th until the

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morning of Friday, May 12th at the Ocean Holiday Motor Inn, 6501 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260. The cost is $170 per person, double occupancy. He is trying to negotiate a similar cost for a single room.

Lou asks that you advise him as soon as possible of your intent to participate along with at least a $100 deposit - full payment would be preferable. Send checks payable to Louis Gilbert and mail to 276 Farmers Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY 11757. Lou's phone number is (516) 957-1132.

Looking for Eugene E. Mitchell

At the Myrtle Beach reunion, someone mentioned that Eugene Emery Mitchell Y3c was known to be residing in or near Calais, ME, that he owned property in Nova Scotia (perhaps New Brunswick) Canada and gets his mail weekly from a PO Box. If you were this person, or if you know who had this information, please get in contact with me as soon as possible. I have been unsuccessful to date in developing any information about our shipmate from the other Mitchells living in Calais.


From Bob Allen: Upon seeing a light ahead in the darkness, a Captain directed the following transmissions:

Captain: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid collision.

Reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to South to avoid collision.

Captain: This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert your course.

Reply: No. I say again, you divert your course.

Captain: This is the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise .We are a large warship of the US Navy. Divert your course.

Reply: This is a lighthouse. . .it's your call, Sir.


Larry Suter tells me that the Fall Reunion will be held at Virginia Beach, VA. The hotel is located right on the beach and is reported to be a good one, and at a very reasonable price, I understand. More information will be sent to all hands by Bud Wahle, Chairman. Phone: (516) 825-0513

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