Robert M. Stamey

  • Robert Stamey[ PHOTO COURTESY OF CARL COX  c.1967-68 ] · Robert M. Stamey passed away suddenly, Friday, November 14, 2003. A devoted family man, Robert brightened the day of those around him with his warm sense of humor and was an inspiration to all who knew him with his strong dedication to honor, principles and faith in God.

    Robert is survived by his wife, Jodie; daughter Clair Dalton; granddaughter Megan Rembert; grandson, Timothy Dalton; brother, Billy and wife, Beth; sister, Dixie McDonald and husband, John; sister-in-law, Claudia Owens and husband, Barry; and many nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service will be held Monday, November 17, 2003 at 7pm at the Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, Second and Church Street, Clayton. Memorial gifts can be made to Horne Memorial UMC, PO Box 475, Clayton, NC 27520 or to Christmount Christian Assembly 222 Fern Way Black Mt, NC 28711.

    "I first met Bob during my tour in Bremerhaven and we stayed friends through these many years. We only saw each other a few times through the years, he living in NC and me in Ma., but we conversed via telephone, letters, Christmas Cards and lately, via email. As his obit says, he was a warm, laided back, wonderful person. He will be remembered and missed until we meet again." - Carl Cox

Robert L. "Buck" Dormer

  • Please note that my father, Cdr. Robert L. "Buck" Dormer, USN, Ret. died at the age of 89 in Greenwood Village, CO on October 12th, 2003. His ashes were buried in a funeral with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on January 6th, 2004. (Grave # 3654). He served in Bremerhaven in 1954 in NSGA.

    He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him as a kind, generous and honorable man. He served his country valiantly behind Japanese lines in China during WWII as a radio intelligence field operative. He is covered in Adm. Milton E. Miles' book, "A Different Kind of War". - J. Michael Dormer, Son

  • "Robert L. (Buck) Dormer. Buck was one of the original 150 Navy and 26 Marines who became the original CTR-branchers of the Naval Security Group 1929-1940. Their classroom was located on the roof of the old Navy Department Building on Constitution Avenue, Washington, D. C. He is a member of the On The Roof Gang, and these 176 Sailor/Marines are honored by a very large plaque in Headquarters of the Naval Security Group Command. They were originally honored when our headquaters was located at 3801 Nebraska Avenue, Washington, D. C. We (the Navy/Marines)) are the only services to so recognize a group such as these sailors.

    Buck Dormer was a member of the China Gang, along with Kenny Mann, Lash Mann, Ted Wildman and Commander Mary Miles and others. Since all members of the On The Roof Gang were expert kata kana intercept operators, there first duty station was either Heeia, Hawaii, Libugon, Guam, ShangHai, China or Cavite/Olongapo/Marvelous (Bataan) in the Pacific. The Story about our China Group was recently on the Discovery Channel. " - Bill Lockert

J.D. "Pete" Costello

  • "Pete was an usher at my wedding to my wife, Carol, in the staging area chapel on 1 December, 1958. Pete was a good friend, and left the Navy with the intention of becoming a teacher. I still remember how shocked and saddened we were when we heard of his untimely death. He is remembered." - Harry Brooks

Hillary G. Parrish

  • "LCDR Hillary G Parrish, USN, died in Hedgesville, WV on 5 February 1997. Mr. Parrish was a mustang, language qualified, and a good CW operator. In Bremerhaven, he was a watch officer in 58-59 (?), Unfailingly courteous, always ready to offer a hand with a problem, he was perhaps the best watch officer I ever worked for. By the way, I have seen him in 2 History Channel documentaries about WWII. In both, he was sitting a CW position." - Harry Brooks

Bernard James Evans

  • NCVA Member CTOC Bernard James Evans, USN (Ret.) passed away 14 December 2003. Chief Evans was born in Scranton, PA on 27 October 1925. Chief Evans began his cryptologic service in 1943, and he retired in July 1969. He married Ms Gloria Ann Evans in 1952 and raised four children. Chief Evans served in Bremerhaven from 1956-58. - NCVA Cryptolog Winter 2004 Issue

Daryl Robert "Buck" Stitt

  • StittDaryl Robert "Buck" Stitt, a servant of the Lord, 66, of Kittanning RD3 (East Franklin Township) died Monday, April 5, 2004 at the Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, Fla.

    He was born June 29, 1937 in Manor Township to John W. and Violet May (Hartman) Stitt.

    Mr. Stitt was retired from the Navy with 30 years of service and then worked for the Army for 11 years.

    He was a member, associate pastor and interim pastor of the Victory Baptist Church, East Franklin Township and was active in the Rock of Ages Prison Ministry, especially with the Armstrong County Jail. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ford City.

    He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.

    He is survived by his wife, Jerralyn "Jerry" (Blankenburg) Stitt whom he married Dec. 30, 1958; two sons, Daryl Robert Stitt Jr. and Steven James Stitt Sr. , both of Fredericksburg, Va.; two grandchildren, Steven James Stitt and Amber Stitt; one brother, John Stitt Jr. of Ford City; one sister, Nancy Heilman and husband James of Ford City; and two stepsisters, Joan Pritchard and Gay Painter both of Georgia.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cheryl Anne Stitt who died May 1978; and one sister, Elizabeth Bauwin.

    A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church of Mims, Fla. Friends will be received at the Welch Funeral Home, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Satur-day. There will be no visitation on Sunday. Additional visitation will be held at Victory Baptist Church, East Franklin Township from 10 a.m. Monday until funeral services at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Leo Lenze officiating. Burial will be in the Ford City Cemetery.

Michael Golio, Jr.

  • "Mike seemed to some to be walking to a different drummer .... but he was always steadfast in his convictions .... and he was one of the most loyal friends I have ever had. I hope he knows that he was loved. I will miss him." - Bob Stauffer

James Marmas

  • "Shipmates, It is with a very sad heart that I report the passing of CTTCS (Ret) Jim Marmas. Jim passed away November 3 of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It was very sudden and quick with no warning. Services are Friday, November 12, 2004 at 11:00am at the National Cemetery in Phoenix.

    Jim and I were stationed together at Skaggs in the late 70's. He initiated me when I made Chief, and then took me under his wing and taught me how to be one. He was a wonderful friend, and a true mentor. I will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace Jim." - Hilch Lindsay

    P.S. - Anyone wishing to email condolences to Shirley can send them to me at, and I will forward them.

Richard S. "Katz" Katzenberger

  • KatzRichard S. Katzenberger (Katz), LT USN (Ret.) died of a heart attack on February 4, 2005 at home on Camano Island, WA surrounded by his loving family, after a long, hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

    Katz rose through the rates to Chief Radioman and in 1960, received his appointment as a Warrant Officer. Later, he was commissioned as a Naval Security Group Special Operations Officer (LDO).

    During his Naval career, Katz was stationed on the U.S.S. McKean and the PC-464, and at the following duty stations: Cheltenham, MD; NavSecSta, Wash. D.C.; Bainbridge Island, WA; Aragusuku, Okinawa (where he set up the first intercept station on Okinawa immediately after that island was taken from the Japanese Imperial Army and was when he was made Chief Radioman); Adak, AK; Skaggs Island, CA; Bremerhaven, Germany; Sebana Seca, Puerto Rico (appointed Warrant Officer); Fort Meade, MD; Kodiak, AK; Skaggs Island, CA (commissioned LDO); Norfork VA (at CincLantFlt during the Cuban missle crisis); Imperial Beach, CA; Kamiseya, Japan (during the U.S.S. Pueblo and EC-121 crises).

    He retired in 1970.

    Katz was a member of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (the NCVA), the Military Officer Association, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Four-Stack APD Veterans, and the Patrol Craft Sailors Association. He and Rosemary enjoyed going to the many reunions held throughout the country.

    He is survived by Rosemary, to whom he was happily married for 63 years; his three daughters, seven grandchildren (two of whom now serve their country in a similar manner), and nine great-grandchildren.

    His memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 12th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Stanwood, WA.

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