Fellow Bancroft Shipmates,

Well, here we are another year has quickly passed by. Nothing slower than our latest presidential election, however. I am sure many of you are happy to have it over. I know I am.

Anyway, this is my yearly letter to all of you. I know that once again, all of you have been waiting in great anticipation to read my words of wisdom. Y ou can all rest easy now.

2016 was a very busy year for our Association and our USS George Bancroft. After our 50th Anniversary Year Reunion, your Association team members started working on our next reunion in Charleston, S.C., in September 2017 and the repair and refurbishment of the Bancroft's Sail Memorial in Kings Bay, Georgia.

During this last year your association members continued their efforts to get the 643's memorial sail refurbished. After many years of work and persistence, this was successfully completed in July, 2016. This journey was a long and complicated process. However, with the efforts of your organization's officers, the Kings Bay Naval station command, St Marys Sub Museum, and a very dedicated group of JR ROTC cadets from the North Port Florida High School, our boat's memorial is once again ready for sea as long as we don't submerge. If you have not already seen the events pictures, please take a look at our website at Thanks to Bill Badalucca and the 16 crew members for their attendance at the completion celebration. Thanks to them, many tall tails, I mean sea stories, were shared with those present to get a feel of life aboard our Gomer B.  Bravo/Zulu shipmates!

This year the Association leadership has completed the plans for our next reunion in Charleston, South Carolina, September 14 through 17, 2017. The information for the reunion can be found on our website, ssbn, with a big link right on the home page. There may be a couple of updates to the information coming in the future, but please use this information and start making plans for attendance. There are a lot of activities planned in which you can participate. I want to thank all our 643 officers for their hard work and participation in getting all this planning completed. I also want to thank Paul Viering for spearheading the planning and being our "BOOTS ON THE GROUND". He spent many hours making contacts, signing agreements for the Association and making things happen in Charleston for this event. I hope to see all of you there. Bring your stories, whether old or new or made-up, they will all be appreciated.

So, that is what has been happening this past year and what is being planned for the near future.

Most of all, on behalf of our Bancroft Association members and myself, I want to wish you and yours a very happy, healthy holiday season and a successful 2017. Our group's success is due to our organization's leaders and our crew members. Your help, your work and your reunion attendance make us truly successful. May you all have fair winds and following seas.


Tim Shugart, Commander, USS George Bancroft Association