We are seeking active-duty volunteers from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard to serve on an Enlisted Advisory Group for the Institute. I envision this group advising us on content, themes, and ideas to broaden enlisted participation in the Naval Institute. If you are interested, please drop me a line at [email protected]  .
Tracy Johnson, a USNI member, recently brought to my attention the graves of the 58 USS Essex sailors who died in combat on 28 March 1814 and are buried in Valparaiso, Chile. When I mentioned this site to Rear Admiral Kurt Tidd, Commander 4th Fleet, he seized the day and added it to the plan for the USS Underwood ’s (FFG-36) impending port visit. On 11 June, led by the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Peter Mirisola, Underwood sailors and a band from the Chilean Navy honored the deceased U.S. sailors. Commander Michael Brasseur, the executive officer, read a brief historical account of the naval battle in which they perished, and Commander Mirisola then spoke about the War of 1812 and the U.S. Navy’s ongoing bicentennial commemoration of the conflict. Thanks, Tracy, for helping us make this connection, thank you to Rear Admiral Tidd, and well done to the crew of the USS Underwood !
With sadness, I report the death of Martha Jean Richards “Beno” Bowler, who was the wife of the late Commander Roland T. E. “Bud” Bowler and at his side during his 22 years as the Naval Institute’s leader. She was a dear friend and important member of the Institute family.