Episode 18

Navy Club Ship 35: Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace


June 5th, 2018

41 mins 51 secs

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On 18 June 1938, at a Navy Veterans Reunion in Quincy, Illinois, a new and powerful organization, the Navy Club of the United States of America, was launched. On that day, a Constitution and By-Laws was adopted to govern this unique and distinguished group, speaking the language of the men who go down to the sea in ships.

The original organizational committee drew up a broad administrative charter that envisioned a new concept in collectively bringing together the many private Navy Clubs and Navy Veteran Organizations that had sprung up across the country, and by so doing, give each member and prospective member, a powerful voice as a Nationally Recognized Organization. With the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard men and women of the United States formed together in one great powerful service organization, it was concluded that there should come a more extensive and widespread observance of NAVY DAY, now celebrated on the 13th of October each year, a watchful eye on all legislation and laws that concerns a strong United States Navy and National Defense, a guarantee that our Navy will always be kept at such strengths that there will be no more "Pearl Harbors", a more powerful influence on American thinking on the importance of a "First Class Navy", a better and more informed medium through which the Navy Department can convey its problems to all American citizens, and to join together all sailors, marines and Coast Guard personnel into a closer comradeship.

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  • Navy Club — Your membership would give NCUSA the added impetus in total members necessary to voice opinions and objectives to our Congress with regards to their philosophies and actions on MILITARY PERSONNEL POLICY, COMPENSATIONS, and RETIREMENT FORMULAS. NCUSA as a member of the secretary of the Navy's NAVY-MARINE CORPS COUNCIL, composed of 18 Navy oriented organizations, can better serve the Council's objectives by and through a large membership of its own.
  • Navy Club Ship 35 — USS Indianapolis Ship #35 of Navy Club of the USA was first chartered in July 2001. The club became fully active in February 2002. Three of the original members of the club, Steve Lawson, Ted Headings and Jim Boone, held an organizational meeting for new members of the club that month and began the second life of the club with a nucleus of five members. Since that time period, the club has grown and continues to add new members each month. The club was named in honor of the USS Indianapolis crew members and is proud to have Jimmy O’Donnell, one of the original USS Indianapolis crewmen, as an honorary member.