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District 26 Newsletter:

026° True - Winter 2020

026° True Archive (2006 - 2019)

District 26 Squadron Newsletters:

Beaufort  Charleston  Dreher Shoals  Golden Corner Lakes  Golden Isles  Hilton Head  Lake Hartwell  Lake Murray  Long Bay  North Strand  Savannah River  Swamp Fox  Thurmond Lake  Tybee Light 
You will need to select "Our Newsletter" from the homepage when accessing Dreher Shoals, Golden Corner Lakes, and Tybee Light.  This is a feature related to the USPS Standard website. Select "Poinsett Pilot" when accessing Lake Hartwell.  With North Strand select either the Scuttlebutt or the Waypoint.

Last Horizon Report


Dear Members


Our Last Horizon Report honors District 26 members who have crossed the Bar since the January 2018. Those who have passed on are:

P/C Wilford (Wil) H. Ross, Jr., SN - Tybee Light, 18 January 2018 USPS member for 44 years with 20 Merit Marks

P/Lt/C Susan R. Blocher, AP - North Strand, 1 March 2018. The family advises that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make donations in Susan's name to the Bethany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 3847 Governor Harrison Parkway, Brodnax VA 23920.

Phillip (Phil) W. Urban, AP - North Strand, 21 March 2018. USPS member for 21 years and one of North Strand’s Founding Members. He was 97 years old and a WWII Navy veteran. Phil was a submariner who served aboard the USS Cavalla when it sank the Japanese carrier Shokaku during his first combat patrol.

P/C Robert Taylor, AP - Beaufort, 16 May 2018

Edward F. Simpson, AP - North Strand, 21 May 2018, The family advises that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make donations in Ed's name to either the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, or the Cancer Research Institute<.

Lt. Thomas Banner - Hilton Head, 10 July 2018

Dale E. Mills - North Strand, 6 September 2018

P/C Howell "Buster" Smith Brunson, Jr., JN - Tybee Light, 17 September 2018. USPS Life Member of 55 years.

P/Lt/C John W. VanWay, SN - Charleston, 18 September 2018

John Fakunding - Beaufort, 21 February 2019

P/D/C Kenneth H. Beeber, SN - Charleston, 20 March 2019. Ken was 99 Years old and a member of USPS for 59 years. Recipient of 54 Merit Marks and recognized as a Governing Board Member Emeritus (50 Merit Marks) during a USPS Annual Meeting. He was an electrical engineer who served in WW II and when stationed in England was also a technical instructor for B-29 crews. In additon to servingi as our District Commander in 2000, Ken also served as Charleston's commander and was one of Charleston's instructors for many years. The family advises that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make donations in Ken's name to the American Diabetes Association, Inc., 107 West Park Blvd, Suite 220, Columbia, SC 29210.

Mary Workman - Charleston, 27 March 2019 Click here for Mary's Obituary.

Theresa Kunkel, S - Golden Corner Lakes, 29 April 2019

Barbara Kirk - Hilton Head, 27 June 2019

Debbie Theriault, North Strand, 27 August 2019. Debbie was always an avid and faithful supporter of the squadron. She passed away peacefully the day before her birthday.

P/C Fred Wichmann, AP - Charleston, 27 August 2019 Click here for Fred's Obituary.

Lynn McKinnon - Lake Murray, 10 September 2019

Don Lesuer, AP - Hilton Head, 8 October 2019

Bonnie Wright, P - Beaufort, 6 January 2020

Stf/C Edwin G. Kridler, SN - Charleston, 5 February 2020 - D/26 Commander 2013 Click here for Ed's Obituary.


After the 2012 Fall Conference we began to publish the names of members who had crossed the bar. Due to space constraints we have moved the names of those who died at an earlier date. In memory of all those who have been a part of District 26 we have created a permanent record that may be viewed here.


"If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again."
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