June 2014 • Issue #35 View as a webpageShare with a friend
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Greetings from all of us here at the Museum Association!

Summer is nearly upon us and the museum is in full swing! For those of you who purchased a brick this fall and winter, they will be planted in June.

This summer we have many exciting events planned for kids of all ages! On July 18 we will be launching our 6 week program “TIMI (Try It, Make It). Each Friday the museum will run a fun and educational program. Some highlights include: Making Waves, Keep your Balance, Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere, Dazzling Drawings, I’ve Seen the Light, and Got All Your Marbles? In addition to these activities, the local 4-H will be running their STEMtastic! Program here at the museum. We will be updating the website shortly with all of the details regarding the 2014 summer activities.

The 2014 STEM-H Teacher Fellowship program will take place July 14-25. We have some wonderful teachers signed up to participate and it should prove to be a great time for all. Lessons plans/activities will be made available on our website, by the early fall.

This month we are excited to launch our new fundraising program, FLY a FLAG over the USS Nautilus! Buying a flag to be flown over the Nautilus is a wonderful way to memorialize a loved one or to honor a special milestone. Each flag can be flown on the day of your choosing, is folded and presented with a certificate of authenticity. Click here to find out more and to download an application. Those who purchase over the Flag Day weekend (June 13-15) get a FREE flag pin!

Make sure to check out our ever expanding gift store, either in person or online, as new merchandise is now available! Click the link to shop our online store. Remember that all members receive a 10% discount! If you are able to visit the museum, we hope you take advantage of our new audio tour powered by ONCELL. With a smart phone, you can listen to the audio tour while watching videos and viewing additional photos from many of the exhibits. Don’t have a smart phone? You can still call the tour phone number and listen to the audio tour through each stop! Late this summer we will also be launching educational scavenger hunts, for all age groups, as part of the ONCELL tour!

This month’s PING also includes our 2013 Donor Registry, which acknowledges all those who generously supported the Museum Association during the year. We are only able to do what we do because of our ardent supporters. If you’d like to see your name in the next Donor Registry, please click the donate button included in this issue of PING. We’d love to welcome you aboard!

As always, we hope to see you soon! In the meantime stay connected by visiting our website for upcoming events!

Thank you for your continued support,

Gretchen Marion
Executive Director


CDR Samuel D. Dealey

Medal of Honor Recipient
CDR Samuel D. Dealey

Samuel Dealey was born on September 13, 1906, in Dallas Texas, to a prominent Texas family.  Indeed, his uncle was the founder and publisher of the Dallas Morning News.  After graduation, as expected, young Samuel was appointed to the United States Naval Academy.  However, after posting poor grades, Dealey “bilged out” of the Academy.  (According to tradition, midshipmen never walk out the “bilger’s gate” – a pedestrian gate in the Naval Academy’s outer stone wall.  However, those who flunked out of the Academy exited through the bilge gate, leading to the term “bilge out.”)  Amazingly, Dealey won reinstatement, eventually graduating from the Academy in 1930.

After finishing his stint at Submarine School, Dealey served aboard a number of submarines, including USS S-34, USS S-24, USS Nautilus, as well as the S-20, a non-combat at-sea experiment submarine.  After World War II broke out, Dealey was assigned to the USS Harder (SS-257), a new commission, in December 1942.  Not quite a year later, Harder survived a “Blue-on-Blue” (friendly/inadvertent fire on friendly forces.)  Would this be a foreshadowing of Dealey’s and the Harder’s fortune?

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US Navy Amphibious Force
Veterans Association

New Orleans, LA

September 7–10, 2014

John Walsh
2745 Dalton Lane
Toms River, NJ 08755


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All engines full ahead to our
new online store

As you know, we launched our new online store in February. We have since added many new items to the Nautilus Ship's Store and invite you to check it out here!

SFLMA - Nautilus Ship's Store

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eligible for a 10% discount.


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