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Navy Postal Clerk Rating established 30 Nov 1960

American FlagWelcome to the Navy Postal Clerks Association WebSite
This site and its related Association is for past and present Navy members of the Postal Clerk rate (established 1960) and their families. Also pre and post PC that served as navy postal clerks are welcome as are Marine Corps Postal Clerks, and any officer or civilian employee that served in a postal billet. Any and all family members of a deceased postal clerk are welcome to join.
The association is made up of former, retired and active men and women of the Naval Postal Service who have been serving the fleet since October 1960, and the Mail handlers before them.
There is a myth that the association is a bunch of old Chiefs, this is not a fact as we have PCSN's to PCCM's, serving as little as 2 years to over 30 years, regular Navy as well as reserves.
The purpose of the association is:

  1. To promote the social welfare of the Navy Postal Clerk community.
  2. To conduct programs for charitable and educational purposes.
  3. To sponsor or participate in activities patriotic in nature.
  4. To provide social and recreational activities for it's members.

Along with the above, we also have a goal of keeping the tradition of hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Naval Postal Service and the Mail Handlers before them alive.

Postal Clerks are among the most known people of any command, sometimes maybe not the most liked, but still the best known.

You can wear the a Navy Retired or a Navy ball cap and many times will be told "Hello Shipmate", but wearing the Navy Postal Clerk Association cap, you are more likely to hear "did you know postal clerk so and so

If you have any questions about this site, please feel free to contact Mike Bertalan NPCA@roadrunner.com




Association News

At the Business Meeting held at the reunion, elections for the upcoming two years for the position of President, Vice President & Senior Advisor were held. The following were elected:

            President: -----    Al Hass

            Vice President – Fritz Loeffler

            Senior Adviser – Iron Mike Patras

            Note: Gil Hough as agreed to remain as Sec/treas.

            Mike Bertalan has agreed to continue the Web-Site


Our next Reunion is scheduled for 2016 in Nashville, Tennesee

Al Hass and Terry Barrdsgarred are  hosting the Nashville  reunion.


 DUES AND ALL FINANCIAL TRANSACTION  GO TO GILHOUGH
hough@hawaii.rr.com

"Annual membership dues are $20 for TWO YEARS or $50 for LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
send dues to:
NPCA
Gil Hough
95-117 Lalei Pl
Mililani HI 96789-3021

Spouses of deceased members have always been welcome to join our association, It has been decided if a spouse of a deceased member is interested we will give them a Lifetime members.


PCCM Gil Hough is secretary/ Mail Directory/and Membership too, If you see something wrong in thesE Directory or know of another Postal Clerk that's not listed, please contact Gil at below:
e-mail to hough@hawaii.rr.com
or by snail mail at
Gil Hough
95-117 Lalei Pl
Mililani HI 96789-3021


Recruit a member and get a free year membership

You can contact our  Secretary/Treasure at.

e-mail to hough@hawaii.rr.com

Want a Postal Clerk T-Shirt Hull number,com is selling them by clicking on following link or if garbled  just cut and paste URL http://www.hullnumber.com/POSTAL_CLERK.php .

Also if you want other association merchandise check out The Association  ship store,  http://www.cafepress.com/NPCA


 Any problem with this web site contact the web master Mike Bertalan at NPCA@roadrunner.com

And of course you can contact your President at Al Hass hassommno1@aol.com.

 




  Message from The President 

2016 Navy Postal Clerk Reunion Planning Underway

Terry Baardsgaard (Reunion Planner for 2016) and I represented the Navy Postal Clerk Association (NPCA) at a "Your Military Reunion Connection" event in Nashville, TN, 27-30 July 2014. The purpose of this visit was to start the planning process for our 2016 reunion. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation hosted this event.

We had a busy schedule attending workshops and participating in market place meetings with sales people and tourism personnel from twenty-five areas of the country. Our host arranged for a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and historic RCA Studio B where Elvis Presley and other famous singers recorded songs. We went to an Elvis impersonator show, and attended the Grand Ole Opry show where we were given a backstage tour of Opry spaces. We also ate some good barbecue at the Wild Horse Saloon. Reunion Planners from other military branches also participated in the events.

Terry and I, accompanied by our wives, were shown a great time. Nashville is a good choice for the reunion. Terry and I are excited about arranging the 2016 reunion and will do our best to make it enjoyable and memorable to all association members and guests who attend. Our first step is to select the exact dates for our reunion, late April/early May 2016 remains our focus. The next step is for Terry to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the appropriate office in Nashville stating all of our needs.  From the feedback we get we then select a reasonably priced hotel.  Once this is completed we will focus on steps to complete the planning process necessary to make everything happen and fall in place. I will provide  periodic updates as our planning efforts progress including the exact dates of the reunion, the hotel cost, and other items of interest such as tours, etc.

For all association members: I request you contact shipmates and pass the word, encouraging more people to join the NPCA. I wish I would have joined earlier than I did! Not only is reuniting with old friends good, but the opportunity to visit some great cities and attend some outstanding events and see attractions is worthwhile.

Al Hass

NPCA President

Posted by Mike_bertalan on Sunday, August 03 @ 15:01:35 PDT (14 reads)
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  New Navy Postal Boss 
People

Postal News Flash

  Mr. Gabe Telles assumed responsibilities as Director, Navy Postal Operations at NAVSUP (Naval Supply Systems Command) located in Mechanicsburg, PA on

21 April 2014.  Gabe is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt Colonel with years of experience in the Military Postal arena.  Gabe, who is well known and respected throughout the Navy postal community, has worked with all branches of the Armed Services at the Joint Military Postal Activity-Pacific (JMPA-PAC) in LAX, and also in his 4 different positions at the Military Postal Service Agency.  In addition he has had assignments to field postal operations in Korea (twice), Germany, Hawaii, the Pentagon, Alexandria, VA and Arlington, VA.  His

overall knowledge of military postal operations at the highest level coupled with familiarity with Navy Postal and Official Mail Operations will serve him well in this position.  Gabe possesses the necessary expertise and attributes needed to manage Navy Postal under the changing and challenging times Navy Postal faces.  Providing quality postal support to Sailors aboard ships, and Sailors and family members at overseas shore-based facilities, will be the outcome.  Assisting Gabe in his duties is the Navy's Official Mail Manager, Mr. Chuck Sharpe, a retired Marine Corps Postal Officer.  There is also an unfilled Senior Chief Logistics Specialist (LS) billet on the Navy Postal Staff.  The LS position serves as a staff technical advisor and will bring a fleet perspective to postal operations.  We all wish Gabe will in his new position.

Photo of New director Gabe Telles (left) and two past directors Tom Rittle (center) and our President Al Hass

Posted by Mike_bertalan on Thursday, July 10 @ 00:00:00 PDT (34 reads)
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  A Navy Postal Clerk Hero 
PeopleOur new President Al Hass brought to my attention a story about a Navy Postal clerk HeroI was not aware of,
  Were you aware of the Postal Clerk that was a POW during the Vietnam war. Below is an article published.about him in 2003.

Alan



One of the most controversial episodes of the Vietnam War was the release of 12 men who came home early from prison camps in North Vietnam.
Of these, 11 lacked permission from senior U.S. prisoners of war. The North Vietnamese let them go for propaganda reasons.

The 12th early release — the only one with official blessing — was the sole enlisted sailor. Nearly all prisoners were officers and aviators.

“What happened to me could have happened to anybody,” Douglas B. Hegdahl, now 56, said from San Diego.

In fact, though he only held the rank of E-2, Hegdahl was far from being just “anybody.” For one thing, he had an extraordinary memory — which became a weapon against the North Vietnamese.

As the U.S. commitment in Vietnam deepened in the 1960s, Americans inevitably faced capture. The first U.S. prisoner of war was a Special Forces officer captured in 1963. With a handful of exceptions, all of the U.S. prisoners of war were aviators, beginning with Lt. j.g. Everett Alvarez in 1964 [“Naval aviator endured tough 8½ years as POW in Vietnam,” Damn the Torpedoes! June 9].

As officers, these men endured mistreatment and torture, communicated secretly using a “tap code” between cells and organized a military chain of command, using Air Force terminology, with wings and squadrons. The senior officer, Air Force Col. John P. Flynn, led the men in resisting their captors.

In many cases, the prisoners’ families did not know the service members were alive. North Vietnam withheld the names of many of them, and families were left wondering.

Enter Douglas Hegdahl. Born in Clark, S.D., Hegdahl had what he called a “normal life” until he enlisted in the Navy in 1966 and was sent to postal clerk training. His life remained unremarkable until he fell off the cruiser Canberra in the Gulf of Tonkin on April 5, 1967 (as he remembers it), or April 6 (according to the Navy).

Hegdahl was rescued by fishermen and ended up in a North Vietnamese prison camp called The Plantation, near Hanoi.

Because of his youth and inexperience compared to the other prisoners — and his lack of value for intelligence purposes — the North Vietnamese wanted to release him. Hegdahl initially resisted and once made an obscene gesture to a peace activist visiting his camp. But then it became apparent that Hegdahl could help by going home early.

Without pen and paper, the 19-year-old sailor used the catchy tune “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” as a mental tool to help him memorize the names of over 200 fellow prisoners.

Hegdahl was released in August 1969 — along with two of the 11 other early releases — when the North Vietnamese handed him over to a peace committee led by Rennie Davis, a peace activist.

For many families, the names he brought out of North Vietnam were the first evidence that their husbands, sons and brothers were still alive.

Retired Air Force Col. John Stavast, 77, of Austin, Texas, said in a telephone interview that Hegdahl was “a young hero, a champion.”

“My wife didn’t know whether I was dead or alive until Doug brought my name out,” Stavast said.

In March 1973, following the end of the U.S. combat role in the war, Hanoi released 661 prisoners of war who had been held by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces, some for up to eight years.

Hegdahl left the Navy as a postal clerk second class in 1970, but worked as a civilian advising the Pentagon on survival issues until his retirement last year.
Posted by Mike_bertalan on Tuesday, May 13 @ 14:34:24 PDT (111 reads)
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  Thank you 
Association
A BIG BRAVO ZULU
TO ALL WHO MADE THE REUNION A GREAT SUCCESS
AS I STEP OUT OF OFFICE, I WANT TO THANK
RUSS NICHOLS AND LARRY SMITH AND THEIR BETTER HALVES PEG AND ROSALVA FOR PUTTING ON SUCH A GREAT REUNION, YOU DID GREAT JOB.
MIKE DWYER FOR TAKING OVER FOR ME AT THE REUNION FOR ALL LIZ;S HELP TOO, THANK YOU MIKE FOR BEING A REAL HELP AS VICE PRESIDENT.
DONT LET ME FORGET GIL HOUGH, WITHOUT HIS EFFORT WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ONLY HAD A FEW PEOPLE AT THE REUNION. GIL I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE FOR THE ASSOCIATION AS TREASURER AND SECRETARY, AND PLEASE THANK YOUR WIFE SUE FOR PUTTING UP WITH ME BOTHERING YOU ALL THE TIME.
FOR AL HASS, FRITZ LOEFFLER AND IRON MIKE PATRAS, THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING LEADERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION,, I WILL PROVIDE ANY ASSISTANCE I CAN TO HELP YOU IF NEEDED. AND TO MY GOOD FRIEND TERRY BAARDSGARRD FOR AGREEING TO HELP SET UP OUR NEXT REUNION IN NASHVILLE.
AND TO ALL THAT ATTENDED THE REUNION AND MADE IT A SUCESS.
ONE FINAL THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION THAT ALLOWED ME TO SERVE AS YOU PRESIDENT FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS.
VERY RESPECTFULLY
MIKE BERTALAN
USN RETIRED
Posted by Mike_bertalan on Friday, May 02 @ 07:44:59 PDT (97 reads)
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  2014 CHARLESTON, SC REUNION 
Website

2014 NAVY POSTAL CLERK REUNION CHARLESTON, SC

APRIL 27 TO MAY 1ST (CHECKOUT DAY)
 
Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview

From Russ Nichols
To the general membership on behalf of Peggy and I and Larry and Rose Smith. On behalf of and Larry, Rose Peggy and Myself I would like to thank all who attended the Navy Postal Clerk Reunion in Charleston this past week. I think the reunion was a great success as we were told by many of the attendees. All of your positive comments made us feel so good. It was so successful only because of you, you by contributing and by attending made it such a good time. As I said in one of my stand-ups the association belongs to all of us and it is up to us to keep it up and running so that we may continue to go to all the nice places that we do. I think some of us have seen more of other peoples countries than we have seen of our own. I received a lot of positive feed backs of the color guard from the Navy Health Clinic and interaction with them as they sat to have dinner with us at the banquet. I hope all arrived at their destinations safely and that people in states that were affected by the terrible whether did not suffer any damage. All the nice items that we had to give away raised so much money for the association, I believe it was well over $1,000.00 dollars for the association and I thank all of the people who contributed to this effort. My thanks also goes out the Terry Barsguard for helping us out with all of his efforts in selling tickets and pushing the items. Thanks to all of the people who helped in keeping the hospitality room cleaned and by helping stocking beer in containers when they got low. ( Bernie K and John Devlin.) I know that Terry and Fritz will do well in setting up Nashvile it really is a lot of fun, it sometimes has its bumps in the road but all in all was fun. Again thanks to all, in my opinion was a great success. Hope to see you all in Nashville, Tennessee. One other thing that was a great success is that I finally convinced Bill Faults that there is an East Coast. Take care from Charleston S. C. Russ, Peggy, Larry and Rose AND THANKS AGAIN GREAT JOB.

 


 



Posted by Mike_bertalan on Saturday, May 25 @ 21:10:33 PDT (838 reads)
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  Annual Dues Reduced 
Website
Membership dues have been reduced to
$ 20 for two years , Lifetime is $50, if you are paid up past 2012 you can subtract $10 for each past 2012 toards yur life time fee if paid now.




PCCM Gil Hough is  now the  TREASURER If you see something wrong in thes Directory or know of another Postal Clerk that's not listed, please contact Gil at below:

"Annual membership dues are $20 for TWO YEARS or $50 foR LIFETIME
send dues to:
NPCA
Gil Hough
95-117 Lalei Pl
Mililani HI 96789-3021

PCCM Gil Hough is secretary/ Mail Directory/and Membership. If you see something wrong in thes Directory or know of another Postal Clerk that's not listed, please contact Gil at below:

e-mail to hough@hawaii.rr.com
or by snail mail at
Gil Hough
95-117 Lalei Pl
Mililani HI 96789-3021




Publisher for the NPCA
Newsletter is Gil Hough
If you have anything for the newsletter you can submit it to Gil Hough either by
e-mail to hough@hawaii.rr.com
or by snail mail at
Gil Hough
95-117 Lalei Pl
Mililani HI 96789-3021

" ANY PROBLEM WITH THE ASSOCIATION CONTACT,
Al Hass NPCA
President AT hassommno1@aol.com.

or suggestion for this website contact Mike Bertalan

NPCA@roadrunner.
Posted by Mike_Bertalan on Monday, June 26 @ 19:39:41 PDT (5905 reads)
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Old Articles

Wednesday, September 23
· The demise of the PC rate
Sunday, July 26
· A Toast from Japan
Friday, November 21
· THE DEMISE OF THE POSTAL CLERK RATE
Sunday, June 15
· Reunion News 2008 & 2010
Friday, October 05
· Schlorships for Postal clerks and family
Monday, June 11
· Postal Clerks have a Superstar
Saturday, April 28
· Final seletion PCCM & PCCSs and recently PCC
Saturday, December 23
· OPEN LETTER FROM PCCM GIL HOUGH USN Retired
Monday, June 26
· Annual Dues Reduced
· TAPS TAPS TAPS
Tuesday, June 20
· PC MEMORABILIA
Monday, June 19
· Taps Taps
Saturday, June 10
· Associations Newsletter Hits the Street
Wednesday, April 05
· 2004 Association Minutes
· Note from Commander Prestidge to the members
Wednesday, January 11
· REUNION UPDATE
Tuesday, November 29
· NAVY POSTAL CLERK ASSOCIATION COIN
Thursday, November 03
· DOD Business Advisers Tell Rumsfeld Military Mail Should Be Outsourced
Thursday, May 05
· REUNION 2006
Thursday, March 17
· REUNION ITINERARY
Wednesday, October 06
· POSTAL CLERK REUNION, MOBILE 2005
Saturday, September 11
· NPC WebMail
Friday, August 13
· Association Membership Dues
Monday, July 19
· Memory book
Monday, May 10
· INTERNET TAX !
Sunday, May 09
· Back Up and More Secure
Tuesday, March 09
· Survivorsí Benefit Plan Needs Your Help
Monday, February 23
· Photo Gallery is Ready for Submissions!
Sunday, February 22
· A few issues
· GREAT JOB NAVY POSTAL CLERK DAMIAN

Older Articles


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Our sister association (older sister) The Navy Mail Service Veteran Group has invited all members of the NPCA to attend their 2011 reunion in Minneapolis, Mn Sept 7-11.
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