I am sorry this newsletter is later then normal but I wanted
to wait until I heard more news about the status of the USS
Glacier. For those of you who did not receive the e-mail I
recently sent, I will try to bring you up to date on what
has been going on with the Glacier these past few months.
The Maritime Administration (MARAD), where the Glacier has
been at anchor since 1988, has sold the Glacier to ESCO
Marine Inc .out of Brownsville, Texas to be scrapped. She
was towed to Mare Island dry-dock to be readied for her long
journey to Texas by way of the Panama Canal. The Glacier
left San Francisco on May 21st undertow and it
will take close to a month to get to Texas. Ben Koether of
the Glacier Society will meet the Glacier as she arrives in
Brownsville. Ben will make one last attempt to save her.
More information on this by going to
Lee Blevins, one of our shipmates called me and said he
would take pictures as the Glacier was being towed under the
Golden Gate Bridge and past the city of San Francisco. Lee
did this for us so we would have one last look at the Mighty
G. These photos can be viewed by going to face book. The
album is titled USS Glacier and under his name, Lee Blevins.
Thank you Lee for all of your hard work!
I now have the dates and other information on where our
reunion will be in 2013. The dates are Oct. 2-6 and we will
be staying at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Providence, RI. Our
special room rate will be $109.00, which is really good for
that area. We will be taking a day trip to the Boston area,
homeport of the Glacier. There are several trips available
which the Armed Forces Reunion committee will be sending me
to look at. Also, there will be trips in the Providence
area. More information will become available, as we get
closer to the year 2013.
I mentioned the Glacier jacket in my last newsletter. It is
now available on our web site. Just go to enlistment form
and click onto the thumbprint and you will see the order
form, which can be downloaded. If you do not have a computer
let me know and I will send you a form.
Just a reminder to send in your dues by July 1st.
Our treasury is in pretty good shape which gives us the
option for better door prizes and a little extra to spend at
our reunion in 2013.
If you know any of our shipmates that are not getting this
newsletter please let me know so I can get their correct
I want to close by saying that I was proud to serve on the
mightiest icebreaker of them all, the USS Glacier AGB-4. I
will never forget you for opening my eyes to a place where
few people have ever been, Antarctica. Farewell my friend
USS Glacier Association
2013 Providence, RI
2011 Branson, MO
2009 Bloomington, MN
2007 Nashville, TN
2005 Philadelphia, PA
2003 Las Vegas, NV
2001 Charleston, SC
1999 ST. Louis, MO
1997 Myrtle Beach, SC
1995 Boston, MA
1993 Norfolk, VA