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Mike Kipper
(Upper right in top  photo and left in lower photo)
Passed Away September 7, 2015

Fair Winds and Following Seas

My Dear Friends and Shipmates

   It is my sad duty to inform you all of the passing of our friend, Shipmate and President "Mike Kipper" (SM3) at approximately 0300 this day 7 September 2015.  He was my “Crazy Shipmate” my loyal friend and a great leader of an organization that (Thanks in a great part to him) we can all be very proud of.  He took being the leader of the USS Collett Association very seriously but he never took himself serious.  Mike was most eloquent as editor of the USS Collett newsletter (Destroyer sailors are known for naked brevity).
  I think that it is amazing that for such a small ship we are blessed with so many good leaders.  Mike said that being president of our association made him a better person (I think that that goes both ways).  As the Irish would say “May he be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows he’s gone).  Know that you are the finest people in the world.
  I know that at this sad time our thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife (Sheila)..

May God Bless You All
Pat Manion

Shipmates page updated (Complied by Frank Olderr)
Timelines for 1943-1955 Updated (Complied by Frank Olderr)
Artwork on Envelopes of Several of His Letters Home and a Photo of Howard Wilkinson (Provided by Scott Wilkinson)
USS COLLETT Postal Cover (Provided by Andy Anderson)
Timelines for 1956-1970 Updated (Complied by Frank Olderr)
Photo of Roy Habegger (Photo Provided by Andy Anderson)
1MC Announcements for Evolutions (compiled by Frank Olderr)
Photos from 1962 to 1964 (From Chuck Spencer)

Video and audio provided by Allen Longhofer of the USS Zelima (AF-49) of an Underway Replenishment with the USS Collett (DD-730) and the USS Canberra (CAG-2) in 1967.  Excellent shot of the USS Collett at the end of the video breaking away from the USS Zelima.
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