USS Hopewell DD-681 Reunion 2010 BIGGER and BETTER in Nashville, TN

I received a card fronm Cecilia Dubuque concerning the death
of her husband, Richard on Dec 14, 2010. I told her I would
forward this information on. She said he had a sudden Stroke
on the 10th and passed away on the 14th. Fortunately, Mike
and Patti were able to come, so they were all together when
he passed.

Bob Lawson

On behalf of the USS Hopewell DD681 Association, please extend of condolences to the family of our fallen shipmate.
Ed, could you please add this to the website for all the shipmates to see.

Ken Davis
USS Hopewell DD681 Association


In an email from Bruce Barr's son, Michael, we learn of the passing of another or our shipmates:

This is Bruces son Michael. I wanted to inform you all that my father, Bruce Barr, passed away suddenly this past Monday afternoon on 9/14. The memorial service is scheduled for Thursday 9/24 at 2:00 p.m. It will be held at the Reardon Funeral Home located at 2636 Sycamore Dr. in Simi Valley, Ca. 93065. The reception will immidiatly follow the services at the same location. We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating his life.

ET3 Bruce Barr 195 Tierra Rejada Rd. Unit 48 Simi Valley CA 93065-0887 62-63 805-522-1574

May he rest in peace.  He was a good guy.....and good shipmate.


Union-Tribune on 8/30/2009 Milligan, Donald Fleming* View/

MILLIGAN, DONALD FLEMING Oct. 23, 1924 to Aug. 21, 2009 Donald Fleming Milligan, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, died in La Jolla on August 21, 2009, from complications with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 84, and lived in Coronado for the last 34 years. Captain Milligan was raised in Salem, Ohio, and graduated from high school there in 1942. Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 1943 during World War II and was selected for the V-12 Officer Training Program in 1944. He graduated from the University of Kansas and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1947. In 1950, he married Patricia Taylor, of Coronado, California. They had 57 years together until Pat died in 2007. Captain Milligan's career of 33 years in the U.S. Navy included five commands: USS Leader (MS0 490) in 1959, USS Hopewell (DD 681) in 1964, Escort Squadron Seven in 1965, USS Nashville (LPD 13) in 1971, and Destroyer Squadron Seven in 1972. Additionally, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1953 and the Army Command and General Staff College in 1962. Don is survived and deeply missed by his four daughters, Mary Jane Clements (Neal) of Coronado; Joanne Dawson (Geoff) of Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia; Molly Milligan (Brad Phillips) of Pacific Palisades; and Janet Milligan-Lee (Jeff) of Coronado. He leaves twelve grandchildren, Cari Clements and Erin Enrico, both of San Diego, and Neal Clements III of Pacific Beach; Liz Lloyd and Tricia Dawson, both of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and Julia Dawson of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia; Ariel Phillips of Brooklyn, New York, Ellie Phillips of Los Angeles, and Alice Phillips of Pacific Palisades; and Janine Lee of San Francisco, and Jake and Joe Lee of Coronado. Don was excited by the anticipated arrival of his first great-grandchild in November 2009. His three siblings and their spouses survive him, Dorothy Mattie (Jim) of Atlanta, Georgia; Ruth Sanford (Don) of Caldwell, Ohio; and Jack Milligan (Nancy) of Summerfield, Florida. He also leaves two nieces and four nephews, and their eight children and three grandchildren. Captain Milligan will be laid to rest with full military honors at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2009, at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Coronado. The family requests that those who wish to remember Don make donations to the American Lung Association of California, 424 Pendleton Way, Oakland, California, 94621-2189,, or the Coronado Hospital Foundation, 250 Prospect Place, Coronado, California, 92118, <br /><br /><br />****** <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p>