Association Officers

President   Garry L. Phillips

Garry has served as president of the Association since 2000 except for two years while with the US Embassy in Iraq. Prior to 2000, he was the Association’s Storekeeper and 1st Vice-president. Garry served aboard the Rochester from 1956-1960 (X Division), and retired from the Navy in 1975 as a YNCS. Garry lives in rural Tennessee with his wife, Betsy.

Executive Vice President Pete Russell

Pete has been a member of the Association since 1994, serving as Second Vice President beginning in 2008 and, since 2013, in the current service position. The U.S.S. Rochester was Pete’s first ship upon commissioning from USNA in1958, and he served initially as “E” Division Officer, then as Fire Control Officer until Rochester’s decommissioning in1961 when he was also the Main Battery Officer. Pete retired from the Navy in 1988 with the rank of Captain, USN. Pete lives in Springfield, VA, with his wife, Julie Rose Ruby, a registered nurse and licensed acupuncturist.

 Pete Russell
 First Vice President: 
 Second Vice President:  Russell Newman (Pro Tem)

Russell Newman served 2 years in the 215th AFABN CA. National Guard and 4 years in the Navy as a Radioman. Russell is a retired Electronic Engineer whose work experience spans the period from 1964 to 2000. He worked for Sperry Flight Systems Division performing quality control and R&D testing, the General Electric Process Control Division Engineering Dept. and Honeywell International INC. General Electric merged with Honeywell INC. in 1974. Russell retired from Honeywell in June of 2000 as a Sr. Project Manager, in the Industrial Automation and Controls Div.
Amateur Extra Radio License AB7SFRussell and wife Paula reside in Sun City West Arizona.

 Secretary/Treasurer:  Sheena Hill  
 Chaplain  Horace Howell
 Master-at-Arms  William W. Berkley

My tenure aboard the USS Rochester was from August 1952 to April 1956. I was assigned to “B” Division. My main duty station was boiler room #2. I started as a Fireman Apprentice and advanced to Boiler Technician 2nd class. The Boiler Technician rate was merged into the Machinist’s Mate rate in 1996 and the rate was divided into three sections: MM – Machinist’s Mate; MMN – Nuclear; MMA – Submarine Weapons and Auxiliary.
I became a member of the USS Rochester Association in 2007 and enjoy our reunions.
I was born and raised in Weirton, West Virginia and this was home for me, until enlisting in the Navy. After release from the Rochester, I stopped in Illinois and ended up staying. I now live in Markham, Illinois, located 20 miles south of Chicago. My spouse of 53 years passed in 2005 and I fill in the lonesome time being more active with the VFW and Korean War Veterans Association.

 Storekeeper  Betsy Phillips  
Director Frank Dayak

Frank reported aboard U.S.S. Rochester in January 1949 when she was re-assigned to the Pacific Fleet and home ported in Long Beach, CA. In May, the ship sailed on what was to be a six months good-will cruise with Admiral Radford, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet aboard, visiting the islands in the Marshall and Caroline groups. The Admiral disembarked in Guam and Rochester went on to Manila when the Korean War broke out and was dispatched to Korea with Admiral Struble aboard with duties as flagship of the U.S. 7th fleet. Two major events during Frank’s tour were the Inchon invasion and Hungnam evacuation!!! Frank was a second class Electrician’s Mate in charge of main deck lighting and above. “Changed a lot of light bulbs”. He was discharged in May 1952 and returned to Pennsylvania where he worked in the test department of the Pennsylvania Transformer Co. He availed himself of the GI Bill and taught school for 32-1/2 years with the Long Beach, CA school district, where he lives with his wife Jean. Frank joined the Rochester Association in 2000.

 Director  Glenn DePue

Glenn has been a member of the association since 2012 and a member of the board since 2018. He attended Radarman school at Treasure Island, CA in 1959. After serving on a Destroyer, was transferred to the Rochester in 1960 and was in the OI division until she was decommissioned in 1961. While in boot camp in San Diego, he served with the Drum and Bugle corps., while in Radar school, he served with the Schools Command Band and on the Rochester, he was in the ships band, The Blue Notes. After the navy, he worked for Yamaha Music USA for about 30 years and retired in 2000 as Vice President of the Merging Markets Group. He also holds an Amateur Radio General Class license, W7AWI. He and his wife, Marian reside in Mesa Arizona.




 Director  Charles L. Chipley, Jr.

“Chip” has been a member of the Rochester Association since 1993 and has attended every reunion since the very first one in 1992 at Randolph, MA. He enlisted in the Navy in February 1949, did his boot camp training at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL and completed Disbursing Clerk School in 1949 at Bayonne, NJ. He served in Korea on board the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Rochester (CA-124) September 1949 to December 1952. The ship provided gun fire support for troops ashore, mine sweeping operations, blockading, and helicopter search and rescue. When discharged in 1953 he was a Petty Officer First Class. He then attended Shepherd College under the G.I. Bill, entered Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI in 1956 and was commissioned Ensign, USN.
In 1979 after service in the Atlantic Fleet, shore assignments, the Cuban Missile Crisis Blockade, and in Vietnam, Chip retired as Commander, USN. Chip and his wife Ruth, who has passed, raised four children. He lives in Frederick, MD.