Fundraising Letter
October 31, 2007


As our ACVA Jacksonville Team continues to work on acquiring city approval, now is the time we need your support to begin the preparation of the Ship Donation Application to NAVSEA. Wayne Misenar, Bert Watson, Roger Perkins, ACVA Jacksonville Team, and Jim Aldrich with Bob Branco, Directors ACVA City Search, are working hard to make our dream a reality.

We need financial support from the Adams Class Ship Associations and individual ACVA members to obtain the engineering services for the analysis and planning required to prepare the berth, marketing surveys and ship museum organization business plans to gain approval for USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 to be sited in Jacksonville. The estimated cost for the preparation of the Ship Donation Application is $100,000 and we have until March 31, 2008 to complete and submit these items to NAVSEA. We are also working to obtain corporate sponsorships from the companies that built these great ships and from those who made the hulls and manufactured the hundreds of engineering, weapons, and electronics systems and supply parts that were used on these ships allowing them to serve and steam the world’s oceans for over 30 years.

We need your help to make this happen. We request you coordinate your ship organizations and make your own individual donations of support. For those working for companies with Matching Gift Programs we strongly urge you to obtain your Matching Gift Form and submit it with your personal donations. Since ACVA is a non profit charitable organization all donations are tax deductable. All donations should be made via check payable to ACVA, or by pledge commitment and should be sent to:

Dave Myerly

ACVA Executive Secretary

5 Bush Road

Denville, N.J. 07834

We will continue to keep everyone advised of our progress in Jacksonville.

Thomas E. Crosser

President - Adams Class Veterans Association, Inc.


  • DDG-2 USS Charles F. Adams
  • DDG-10 USS Sampson
  • DDG-18 USS Semmes
  • DDG-3 USS John King
  • DDG-11 USS Sellers
  • DDG-19 USS Tattnall
  • DDG-4 USS Lawrence
  • DDG-12 USS Robison
  • DDG-20 USS Goldsborough
  • DDG-5 USS Claude V. Rickets
  • DDG-13 USS Hoel
  • DDG-21 USS Cochrane
  • DDG-6 USS Barney
  • DDG-14 USS Buchanan
  • DDG-22 USS Benjamin Stoddert
  • DDG-7 USS Henry B. Wilson
  • DDG-15 USS Berkeley
  • DDG-23 USS Richard E. Byrd
  • DDG-8 USS Lynde McCormick
  • DDG-16 USS Joseph Strauss
  • DDG-24 USS Waddell
  • DDG-9 USS Towers
  • DDG-17 USS Conyngham

Royal Australian Navy German Navy

  • HMAS Perth DDG-38
  • Zerstörer Lütjens D185
  • HMAS Hobart DDG-39
  • Zerstörer Mölders D186
  • HMAS Brisbane DDG-41
  • Zerstörer Rommel D187