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46 Navy | Winter 2018 Region Update COURTESY OF BURKE CHAPTER CAPT Tom Dufficy (at right), outgoing president of the Ensign James F. Burke Jr. Chapter of AUSN, recognizes Col Reed Bonadonna, USMC (Ret), author of "Soldiers and Civilization," who was the keynote speaker at the chapter's 30th Annual Mess Night Jan. 19 at the Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, N.Y. Please Share Your Regional News We'd like to hear more from our regions and chapters...especially your involvement in your communities. Send your photos (with full caption and photographer info) and stories to and we will also share on our Facebook page! 30th Annual Mess Night The Burke Chapter of the Association of the United States Navy held its 30th Annual Mess Night at the historic Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, N.Y., on Jan. 19. The chapter is named in honor of Ensign James F. Burke Jr., a naval aviator who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967. He left behind a wife and a daughter who was born five months after his death. Col Reed Bonadonna, USMC (Ret.), was the principal speaker. His book, "Soldiers and Civilization: How the Profession of Arms Thought and Fought the Modern World into Existence," received the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Book Award sponsored by the Burke Chapter. RADM Robert A. Rosen, NYSNM (Ret.), presented a New York Naval Militia Sailing Trophy to Commodore Carl Olsson of the Larchmont Yacht Club. The chapter held a presidential election and CAPT Frank Goldszer, USN (Ret.) was elected president by proclamation. He replaced CAPT Tom Dufficy, USN (Ret.), who held the post for the past 30 years. Dufficy gratefully accepted the plaudits bestowed upon him. The Burke Chapter Mess has a tradition of inviting as guests cadets/ midshipmen from the State University of New York Maritime College and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and their escort officers. The young folks and the members of the Mess always enjoy each other's company. The Burke Chapter once again authorized the funding of the Vice Admiral Andrew P. O'Rourke scholarship administered by the AUSN. Navy Mess Nights are formal dinners that find their origins in the feasts of Viking warriors who mourned their dead and celebrated their victories. Mess Nights are full of tradition, history and comradery. CAPT Frank Belinski, USN (Ret.), poses with U.S. Merchant Marine Acade- my Midshipmen Caleb Bradberry and Tyler Wickesberg, who were among students from the academy and the State University of New York Maritime College welcomed as guests at the Burke Chapter's 30th Annual Mess night.

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