To assist in the preparation for the commissioning of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) your USS North Dakota Committee commissioned four sets of coins celebrating highlights on NORTH DAKOTA’s journey toward commissioning. A limited number of sterling silver coins were minted of each of the four coins and quite a few bronze coins were also minted.
All four coins on the reverse side have the same image of our boat against the background of the flag of the state of North Dakota as shown above. The coins going left to right above have (1) the crest of the 1st USS NORTH DAKOTA (BB-29), (2) the crest of the 2nd USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784), (3) the image of Katie Fowler, our Ship’s Sponsor, and (4) the boat’s commissioning pennant.
The silver coins are sold for $100 each. We have none of the 1st coin left to sell. If you do have the first coin and you want to collect the entire set we have only two of the second left to sell. We have about 60 coins left to sell of the 3rd and 4th coins. If you have the first two silver coins now would be a good time to collect the 3rd and 4th coins to have a full set. You can write to: USS North Dakota Committee. PO Box 1675, Bismarck ND 58505-1675.
The bronze coins are $20 each so for $80 you can collect a full bronze set of coins. Write to that same address.
Electronics Technician Master Chief Petty Officer Tim Preabt, the Chief of the Boat, USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) is coming home to North Dakota for a visit. He has been granted the rare privilege of giving remarks to both the North Dakota Senate and the North Dakota House of Representatives on Monday afternoon, February 9th. He will talk to the Senate at 1:15 p.m. followed by remarks to the House of Representatives. His wife Linda is coming with him. She is from Williston. Tim was born in Minot and he went to school in Williston and Mandan graduating from Mandan High School in 1989, after which he enlisted in the Navy.
Master Chief Preabt is the senior enlisted man on the boat and the only North Dakotan. He was the first enlisted man assigned to the crew, and he has done a great job keeping the crew focused throughout the construction of the boat and during the sea trials to get ready to be brought into the active Navy.
Tim is going through the process of being relieved by Master Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer Todd L. Estes. Tim should be relieved on Thursday, February 5th, completing a very successful tour as NORTH DAKOTA’s COB.
On Monday morning, February 9th, Tim will be a guest at 8:40 a.m. on the PMS Show on KFYR 550 AM radio. That Monday evening he will speak to the North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States at the Kelly Inn in Bismarck. At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10th Tim and Linda will be at the Fyr’n Pan Restaurant in Fargo, after which he will be interviewed on Main Street on Prairie Public Radio. If you would like to attend either one or both of these events call please call Bob Wefald at 701-223-8975.
Scheels in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck has generously agreed to sell all of our remaining USS North Dakota Committee merchandise at clearance prices. This includes T-shirts, ship’s crest patches, and crest shaped coins with the boat’s crest on the front and a North Dakota image on the reverse. These items will make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. The display of this close out merchandise is just south of the registers on the entrance to Scheels inside Kirkwood Mall.
Edited DVDs of three events sponsored by our USS North Dakota Committee are available at Feist Electronics, 225 West Broadway Avenue, Bismarck ND 58501. Each set of DVDs costs $19.99. The first DVD is of the Chairman’s Dinner on Saturday, October 24, 2014, and includes the remarks of President Teddy Roosevelt as portrayed by Joe Wiegand who entertains in Medora during the summer as well as songs by the Elks Chorus and all of the various presentations. The second DVD is of the very short program for the North Dakota Contingent Party on Saturday afternoon, October 25, 2014, and the Ship’s Party program on the evening of Saturday, October 25, 2014. Also on this DVD is a program of pre-commissioning photos. You can call Feist Electronics at 701-258-0065 or send an email to email@example.com.
These photos were taken by Chief Petty Officer Sabrina Parker of Vice Admiral Connor’s staff. They are used by permission of the US Navy.
The Navy band played before the ceremony.
Part of the crowd of more than 2,000 on the pier.
More of the crowd on this great fall day.
Admiral Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, was the main speaker.
Captain Doug Gordon takes command of his boat!
At the command of Katie Fowler to “Man our ship!” the crew ran on board.
The boat is manned!
Officers salute on the gangway.
The commissioning pennant was unfurled.
Paul Stanton of the Commissioning Support Team coordinated the entire ceremony.
Our USS North Dakota Committee was pleased to host a party for the crew and their families and friends on Saturday evening at the Foxwood Hotel and Casino. The Fargo VFW Post No. 762 Color Guard started the evening off with the presentation of colors.
The Bismarck Mandan Elks Chorus sang the Star Spangled Banner as the USSND Chairman looked on.
The boat’s Chief Engineer Lieutenant Commander Mike Siedsma re-enlisted two members of the crew.
Rear Admiral Stuart Munsch of Oakes, North Dakota, and Commander of the boats deployed to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean, gave remarks for the crew and their families.
Representatives of American Legion Post No. 290 of New Town, North Dakota, presented the boat with crossed six shooters.
The crew posed for a group photos with the New Town Legionnaires.
Christine Gordon enjoys a moment with her husband Captain Doug Gordon.
Our USS North Dakota hosted a party on Saturday afternoon after the commissioning ceremony at the Mystic Marriott Hotel for all North Dakotans.
The Bismarck Mandan Elks Chorus sang two sets of three songs each at the Saturday afternoon North Dakota Contingent Party.
Captain Gordon finally got a chance to enjoy lunch.
Senator John Hoeven, Will Swearson and Senator Ray Holmberg.
Our Groton area USSND Committee member Carol Schwenk was recognized for all of her work as our local point of contact and shipment address.
Senator John Hoeven greets all the North Dakotans and members of the crew and the spouses.
Governor Dalrymple called everyone to assemble for a group photo to memorialize this great commissioning of our 2nd US Navy warship named for our state.
Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce President and our USSND Treasurer thanks everyone for all of their support and for making this commissioning so great for us all.
Captain Doug Gordon and Ship’s Sponsor Katie Fowler flank World War II submarine sailor George Hayden.
Plaques were presented to major donors, and the two main donors were the North Dakota Senate and the North Dakota House of Representatives well represented by Senator Ray Holmberg and Representative Kathy Hawken.
Fargo VFW Post No. 762 retired the colors.
Teddy Roosevelt and Becky Pugh with the painting she did for Katie Fowler to give to the boat.
The brow to the boat at the next day’s commissioning ceremony nicely displaying the boat’s name and crest.
After the ceremony tours of the boat were available and to my knowledge everyone who wanted a tour got one.