The Fleet Reserve Association is the leading voice of the enlisted Sea
Service personnel on Capitol Hill and has been since 1924. A
Congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress, the Association's membership is comprised of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. FRA was chartered as the Fleet Reserve Association in 1924 and, after more that 80 years, FRA remains dedicated to its primary mission of serving the interests of current and former enlisted Navy, Maine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.
Norfolk Branch 5 is one of the original branches of the FRA, in continuous operation since November 1924. For more than 80 years, the members of Branch 5 have been supporting those issues confronting our members and supporting patriotic activities in our community.
The following shipmates have completed a five-year anniversary as members of the FRA. This qualifies these shipmates for continuous membership awards. Shipmates, if you come to the next meeting, the Branch President will be more than happy to present you with your well earned award.
25 Years – A. D. Keck and Clarence Schnable Jr.
35 Years – Wilfredo Arcilla
At least six Branch 5 shipmates attended the City of Norfolk’s Memorial Day Ceremony in
Wisconsin Square. There are nine plaques there that now tell the stories of Medal of Honor recipients directly connected to Norfolk. These plaques were dedicated by Shipmate Tom Leisher and presented, on behalf of the donors, as a gift to the City of Norfolk represented at the ceremony by Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves. The ceremony was coordinated by the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Veteran’s Affairs and, by all accounts, was well run and well-coordinated. The Medal of Honor plaques make up the “Norfolk Trail of Honor” and, along with the other memorials in Wisconsin Square teach the public about the exploits of individuals and the dangers of serving onboard Navy ships. If you haven’t been to Wisconsin Square, please take the time to go. Wisconsin Square is located adjacent to the port side of the battleship marked well by the Lone Sailor statue.