USS Robert A. Owens

 Shipmates Association

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ATTENTION MEMBERS: Do you know a crew member that hasn't joined the Association yet? Why not give them a jingle and urge them to join, and if you can provide one of the Association officers with their mailing address or email address, we can contact them direct and urge them to join us as well. Everyone that has ever been a crew member, Active Navy or Reserve, is eligible to be a member. 

Fri, Dec 24 at 5:12 AM
To all members:

It is with much sadness that I report the passing of one our original founders, Bob Kopec.  According to a communication I got from his son, Glenn,  Bob passed away peacefully in Pittsburgh  on Wednesday, December 22.  No arrangements have been made yet and will be passed along when finalized.  

In the early years of our organization, Bob worked tirelessly as chair of the new member committee.  He would get old rosters from the Navy and from individuals and attempt to find each and every shipmate he could.  He told me once he would go year by year and build a database from which he would try and make contact with each person.  He was responsible for bringing me on board in 2001 as I, like many of you, did not know there was such an association for the OWENS.  It's hard to tell how many of our members are because of the efforts of Bob.  

Our condolences go out to his family.  May he rest in peace.  

Larry McCoskey