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    Rana Goodman

    By Steve Anderson


    My report is going to be brief this afternoon.  The Board of Directors has been busy bringing to fruition the many projects that we have talked about for the past two years.  The restaurant continues to move along and now has a name, Yorktown Grill.  Yorktown, Virginia was the place of the last battle of the Revolutionary War and the surrender of the British troops in 1781.

    It is also the name for two great aircraft carriers USS Yorktown (CV-5) which served in the Battle of the Coral Sea and was sunk after the Battle of Midway, and the USS Yorktown (CV-10) which performed with distinction during WWII, Korean War, and in the Vietnam war.  The name is in keeping with the patriotic and Revolutionary War naming conventions of our centers and meeting rooms.  It is also a name that honors all those service men that served on these two great carriers which is in keeping with this community valuing and honoring all of our men and women who serve in our Armed Forces now and have served in the past.

    The restaurant is scheduled to open in early 2023 and it is possible if all elements align that it could open late this year.

    Today we opened the bids for the renovation of the Anthem Center Bocce Ball Courts and the construction of the eight new pickle ball courts at Liberty Center. Work will soon begin on the east lawn water smart landscape renovation project that was recently awarded.

    The Board recently met with the Task Force that worked for over the past year in revising our Architectural Design Guidelines and our Rules and Standards.  A Community Forum is scheduled for Thursday, August 11 from 1 to 3 pm in the Delaware Room.  The community will be provided with the documents via the website in advance of the meeting.  Finally, all of you who have contacted us about flickering and multicolored lights, what we can or cannot plant, and what flags are permitted can get an answer.  We want this opportunity to hear your comments and to provide input prior to the finalization of these documents.  Please plan on attending.

    Later in the month of August the Board will meet with representatives from the Anthem Community Council to learn of their budget assessment and this will be followed by the Board having a budget workshop with the Finance Committee to review the Association’s 2023 Budget.  The Anthem Community Council is having their quarterly meeting at the Solera Clubhouse on August 25th beginning at 3 pm.  Please attend their meeting to hear their plans for the coming year and to provide them with your input and comments.

    In September the Board will start holding Town Hall meetings with residents. The first one will be held on September 9th at 1:30 pm in the Bristol Concord Room with the second being held on October 18 at the same time and place.

    This concludes my report.

    Stephen C. Anderson, President

    Sun City Anthem Board of Directors

    Rana Goodman

    Mr. Anderson:

    My first deployment to the Pacific was on the USS Yorktown (CVS-10). The “S” categorized the carrier as an Anti-Submarine Warfare carrier. We left in October 1962 and returned to San Diego in April 1963. My second deployment was on the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). The “A” categorizes this carrier as an Attack carrier. We deployed in April 1964 and returned in December 1964. We were delayed coming home due to the North Vietnamese attacking two US destroyers, the USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox, in early August 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin. At the same time the USS Ticonderoga was also in the Gulf, and we made the first strike against North Vietnam in August. I was then assigned to NAS Pensacola as a flight instructor for three years. Then from 1968 to 1973 I was deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin on three different occasions. During those nine years I cannot ever remember reading where the USS Yorktown was deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin. And I certainly know that during my time in the Gulf, the USS Yorktown was never there.

    So, Mr. Anderson, I would appreciate it if you would provide me with the documentation you have that confirms that the USS Yorktown was deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin any time between August 1964 and April 1975.


    Stephen Anderson

    Read the history of the ship here. It is chronological. It served anti-submarine warfare duty during the Vietnam War 1965-1968.

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