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2017 and 2018 Decatur Association Officers


Art Scaccia

    Art was born in 1949 and was raised in Joliet, IL. After high school he joined the Navy in 1969 and went to boot camp at Great Lakes. After boot camp, Art was temporarily assigned to a lake cutter in Milwaukee Wis. For 3 weeks and then assigned to the USS Decatur in Long Beach Cal. Art was part of the ship’s deck div and was an ASROC sentry. He completed a Westpac in 1970. After his tour of duty, Art graduated college with a Bus Mgnt degree. While obtaining his degree, Art went to work for the Commonwealth Edison Electric Co. and held various positions within the company before retiring 2004.
In 1972 Art met and married his wife Sue and together they raised 4 children, 3 girls and a boy, and live in Channahon, IL. They also have 4 grandchildren.
Art was appointed to the position of Emergency Management Coordinator for the Village of Channahon, IL for 18yrs. And was part of the Will county Chemical accident response committee.
Art is currently working for the Channahon Park District in the Facility Maintenance group.
Art enjoys playing golf, fishing, making wine, seeing Broadway type shows, dinning out, and playing with the Grandkids.
Art also is volunteering with various civic organizations and church groups.

Art's term is 2015 and 2016.  

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 Ken Baughn



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Database Manager / Newsletter / Web Master / Memberships

Tony West


   Tony West entered the U.S. Navy in July 1966. After boot camp in Great Lakes,  IL,  he reported aboard the USS Decatur (DDG-31) as a part of her nucleus crew in Newport,  RI.  He became a plank owner when the Decatur was commissioned in April 1967 in Boston,  MA.  The Decatur traversed from Boston,  MA to Long Beach,  CA  (new home port).  Tony received his honorable discharge after leaving the Decatur in 1970 as an RD2.  He rode the Decatur during two WestPacs.
     Tony has 2 master's degrees and is a computer systems engineer. He has taught in the University System of Maryland, as an Adjunct Professor, since 1993.  He retired from the Federal Government with 34 years of service. He has one son and three daughters. He enjoys his 3 grandchildren with his wife of 43+ years,  Karen.
Tony was a past Decatur Association president (2007 - 2014) and founded this association in 2006. 

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A / Treasurer & Chaplain

Dan Gromko


     Dan Gromko is originally from Norwich, CT. He entered the U.S. Navy in September 1970. After boot camp, RD "A" School and EW "C" School at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center he served as an OS3 on the USS Decatur (DDG-31). In April 1974, Dan was transferred to the USS Power (DD-839) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard until his discharge in September 1974.
     Dan graduated from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!) in 1978. He worked for GE in various locations for the next 30 years. He and Lyn has one son and one daughter. Dan keeps himself busy with a number of church ministries as well as playing golf and riding his motorcycle.
This fine couple has since re-located to: Port Saint Lucie, FL.
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Ship's Store Manager

Dave Baker


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Ship's Photographer


Joe Boehlke


joe   Joe was born and raised in upstate New York just south of Albany. He entered the U.S. Navy in July 1966. After boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois he was assigned to the per- commissioning crew of U.S.S. Decatur DDG-31, first in Newport, R.I. and later in Boston, Ma. Joe is a plank owner and part of the original DDG-31 crew when it was commissioned in April 1967.
     An SK3 assigned to Decatur's supply department under Ben Birindelli, joe remained a crew member of Decatur through the first Westpac cruise. Upon return to Long Beach in early 1969, Joe was transferred to NSA Danang, Vietnam. After receiving his honorable discharge in March 1970 he returned to New York. After a 43 year career in the Purchasing Profession with the Heavy Building Materials industry Joe retired in 2008. Joe has a BS in Business from the State University of New York.
     Joe has been married to his wife Gail for over 39 years and had one son, one daughter and two grandsons. He is currently the Curator, Historian and a Trustee with the Ravena-Coeymans Historical society where he spends his free time overseeing a small museum and doing historical research to preserve local history.

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Secretary Kathey Hihn
   Born and raised in Arizona. Married Jerry on Jan. 13, 1973 and have 2 sons and 1 daughter. We have 7 grandkids, 6 boys and 1 girl.
Worked at RCA in the 1960’s making modules for field radios for troops in Viet Nam. I worked at Mountain Bell and retired from there. In 1981 we moved from Tucson to Bluffton, S. C. I worked for the Bank of Beaufort in the Trust Dept. Then got job with the Bluffton Telephone and Cablevision Company. We then moved to Jefferson City, MO in 1990 where I got a job with the Missouri Dept. of Health in the WIC Program. I then went to the Dept. of Social Services in the Child Support Division. Both Jerry and I retired from state jobs on the same day. I love traveling on the motorcycle. We have been to Canada, Nova Scotia and the Canadian Rockies. South Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas on the motorcycle. We also travel to Arizona, Las Vegas and South Carolina a lot by car. We now have a motor home that we winter in Arizona. I like working variety puzzles, decorating for almost all holidays, and playing dominoes with our motorcycle group. I love animals and we have almost always had 1 or 2 dogs at a time rescued from the animal shelter.Jerry and I have been to every Decatur Reunion and have met some wonderful people. We have enjoyed every reunion. We consider our Navy group, our motorcycle group, and our winter friends in Arizona as family. I am 67 yrs old and we live in Jefferson City, MO.
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Well-Being Coordinator Sue Scaccia

Sue was raised in Joliet, IL. After high school she went on to obtain her Nursing Degree. Upon graduating, Sue worked for various Doctors and Hospitals. Sue went on to become a State certified wound care nurse and applied her skills at the Will County Skilled Care Facility. Sue Worked there until she retired in 2005. After retirement, Sue became an adjunct Professor for the Joliet junior College Nursing Department until retiring from teaching in 2015.
In 1972 Sue met and married her husband Art and together they raised 4 children, 3 girls and a boy, and live in Channahon, IL. They also have 4 grandchildren.
Sue enjoys reading, working on puzzles, scrap booking, quilting, seeing Broadway type shows, dinning out, and playing with the Grandkids.
Sue also is volunteering with various civic organizations and church groups.



Vice President Ron Sechrist


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