3/9/2006 - from Greg
Johnson to the Class
Remembering Doug Neeb
I first received word that Doug Neeb had crossed the bar, the message
was from MKCS Ed Lewis. It appeared the Senior Chief was stationed
at the Academy and I was curious how he came to know our Classmate,
Doug. So I asked him via email. His response is copied
below. The Senior Chief gave me his permission to share this message
with Doug’s classmates, and Mark Noll will post it on our website.
Thank you, Ed and Michelle, for sharing these words of remembrance
Johnson CGA 72
Edward Lewis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March
08, 2006 5:32 PM
To: Johnson, Walter G
Subject: RE: LCDR
Douglas Neeb (ret)
for the delay in responding. I wasn't sure what I wanted to say.
Pretty obvious this caught us off guard.
here is the story... with the background.
reported to the Chief's Academy in New London May 2002 and transferred
to Alpha Company in May 2003. I left the field with 2 stations,
3 pb's, and a 378 behind me and walked into a land of theory and
lectures. I am a ship's mechanic at heart and sure felt out of
started attending a Promise Keepers meeting on Thursday mornings at
0500. Never met a more consistent bunch in my life. Pastor
Bruce, Joe DiCarlo, and John Ware were always there. Jeff Wendt
brought a dozen fat pills and Doug Neeb always (and I mean always)
stood to greet late comers. I don't remember ever seeing Doug
without a smile and hand shake. After a couple weeks I found out
Doug was retired when I mentioned teaching with Capt. Mike Granier.
Doug and Capt. Granier served together at the Academy. As
conversations do, we drifted from the education field to our prior
assignments, talk of stations and personalities, "M" field
inspections, boardings, land issues and the wonders of HQ programs...
Good conversation but just normal shop talk. Then wammo!
Doug mentioned he did time on a pair of 327's and he was an engineer.
was my oasis in the desert. Someone who understood what I did.
We could talk and relate and appreciate the same stories.
work would get me down, Doug seemed to make me remember where I came
from. All I had to do was see him. There's the smile and
extended hand. He was on crutches for months and I would have to
insist he not stand when I came around, just to stay hi.
we would talk, grunt and chuckle just like a pair of engineers.
I doubt some folks even knew we were holding a conversation.
for the rest of the story. Why I have a special appreciation for
teach history at the Academy during Swab Summer. It's my
favorite 5 hours of the summer. Imagine getting paid to tell sea
stories about the way it was and those who made our service what it
is. There are few common names in the class as I try to cover
those who time has forgotten. I have a video of the
Academy in 1932ish. Always gets a their attention.
does history have to do with Doug? The Coast Guard he lived
created the Coast Guard I know. I know ships, the Academy and
HQ. I am on the Commandant's Leadership Advisory Council and
that always gets a conversation going. Doug, and your
class, graduated in 1972. I was born in 1973. (Yes,
someone will ask, I am that young and a Senior)
had a special affection for Doug because he helped create the
culture of my department as a retired engineering officer. I
often joke about the mentoring concept. You can't assign
one, find one, or buy one. The fact is you don't know you
have one until they are gone.
miss Doug. Every time I see a 327 Doug and Chief Karl
Dillmann (Delta Company) come to mind. Good shipmates are hard
to find, in and out of the Coast Guard.
may think you're not appreciated. Don't buy into it. For
those of us who know how it was and how it is, thanks.
Senior Company Chief,
Coast Guard Academy
3/8/2006 - from
Re: Doug Neeb funeral information
Dave. For your info, I can't make Doug's internment next week but
I will be at the Viewing and Memorial Service Saturday in Mystic. It's
the least I can do.
got a call from Teresa, who works at the Neeb's church and is helping
Barb with the arrangements. They are looking for photographs of
Doug. I said I would dig out my yearbook from our graduation year
when I got home tonight. Anything that can be scanned and emailed
would be a big help and would certainly look better than anything I
might find and then fax to her. Being limited in my
computer-related skills, if you guys have anything or can put the word
out, jpg or similar images can be emailed to the Church at email@example.com.
You know that any and all will be appreciated!
works at the Gallup Hill Baptist Church Wednesday-Friday, 1100-1600.
The church phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Timothy C. Healey
Director of Safety
3/9/2006 - from
John Larned to Class
Subject: Doug's Burial
This is now confirmed - Doug will be buried on Sunday the 12th at approx
1:30 PM at Brainard Cemetery in Cranbury, NJ. The cemetery is in the
center of town adjacent to the Cranberry Presbytarian Church.
That's about 1 hour north of Philly - If I can assist any one in any way
with logistics from Philly (airport or train) I'm happy to help. Also my
home is available Saturday night for anyone coming from the south - Cindy
and I would be happy to have whoever might drop by. I'm just outside of
Call anytime - 610-357-2900
3/8/2006 - from Dave
Engan to Class
Subject: Doug Neeb funeral
John, et al,
Doug's obituary is on the Dinato
Funeral Home webpage, link follows:
There's a place to leave condolences on line. The only service
The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday from
10 to 11am at
the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl Street, Historic downtown
funeral service will follow at 11am at the funeral home.
Burial will take
place in Brainard Cemetery, Cranbury, NJ on Sunday.
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- from John Larned
Subject: Doug's Funeral Arrangements
I have heard from a handful of classmates and all are in shock
I am in touch with Chief Ed Lewis USCG - a good man, an
Academy staff member
and friend of Doug's from church.
There is a missing piece here regarding details for the
Cranberry, NJ - I expect it will happen Sunday or Monday and
as soon as I
have those details I will pass the word.
Best wishes to all,
From: Edward.F.Lewis@uscg.mil [mailto:Edward.F.Lewis@uscg.mil]
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 8:46 AM
Subject: FW: Funeral Arrangements
Please forward this to Doug's friends and shipmates.
Thank you for the assistance,
We should not strive to create leaders. We should forge
servants in the
ovens of life and from the fires of adversity leaders will
----- Original Message -----
From: Church Office
Sent: 3/7/2006 10:24:48 PM
Subject: Funeral Arrangements
Dear brothers and sisters,
Doug's funeral will take place on Saturday, March 11, at the
Dinoto Funeral Home in Mystic (www.dinotofuneral.com). The
from 10-11 am; the funeral service given by Pastor Bruce at
11am with a
reception following the service at the Gallup Hill Baptist
I have provided several local hotels, their address, phone #'s
in the Mystic area for you to make reservations if you are
out of town and need a place to stay.
Barb has said flowers would be fine if anyone wants to give,
in lieu of flowers can give towards the Joslin Diebetes
860-444-4737) or to the Gallup Hill Baptist Church.
Lastly, I need a count of how many of you plan to attend the
Reception so we know of how much food to serve. Please
"RSVP" to this
email if you plan to attend the reception following the
service. If you
need directions to the church, our website has detailed
. Also, please forward or
pass along this information to anyone you know who isn't on
list and have them RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Hotels: *These hotels have openings on Fridays but Saturdays
9 Whitehall Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
- Doug Neeb
- Message from John Larned
Hello Classmates - One more time, I don't know what to say. We've lost another good man.
Right now I'm picturing a big strong solid guy with his curly red hair, kind
of covered in grease and sweat in the engine room of either the Chincoteague
or the Valiant (or whatever the 210 was) that we took to South Hampton, Oslo
and Lubek first class year. He was either on one or both of those cruises
with me and he liked that engine room stuff- so that's how I'll remember
I spoke briefly today with Barbara - she sounded pretty strong, I was
amazed, but she said she was up and down. I'm pretty sure their daughters
are with her. It sounds like things happened pretty fast, over the course
of a week. He had for some time been dealing with back pain but no
awareness that there was anything more serious going on. Now it seems that
he had some pretty serious stuff going on inside, with regards to cancer and
I do not have confirmation of this but I am checking on it- I believe that
the funeral arrangements will be through Dinoto's Funeral Home in Mystic.
There will be a service in Mystic on Saturday with burial following in the
next day or so in Cranberry, N.J. I don't know whether these activities are
open or private - as soon as I do know I will pass the word.
As with Bobby and Bill - I will remember Neebo with a smile. Once upon a
time we all had a few laughs together.
Make the most of every minute with your families and loved ones!
God bless you all! John
- Doug Neeb
- from Karen Whiting
Subject: Barbara Neeb's new address as of March 1st.
Barb and Doug
sold there home last week, two days before he collapsed
hospital with heart problems and undiagnosed cancer.
The new address is
306 Salem Turnpike #11
Norwich, CT 06360
- Doug Neeb
- Passed Away
From: "Edward Lewis" <email@example.com>
Subject: LCDR Douglas Neeb (ret)
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 00:53:20 +0000
Good evening Mark.
It grieves me to send this, but LCDR Douglas Neeb, class of
1972, passed away today. He is survived by Barb
and his two daughters Jen and Heather. Barb is here in
Ct. and Jen and Heather are back in Va attending
A time and place for the service has not been announced yet.
I will walk down the hill from Chase and notify the Alumni
Center and pass all pert info.
Doug was a good friend and will be missed.
Senior Chief Ed Lewis
Alpha Company Chief