Our founding Webmaster, Kirk Plankowner, and dear friend of the Kirk, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on December 23, 2011. Parker (Bill) served aboard the Kirk from 1972 -1975 and was proud of his service aboard the Kirk and his part in the rescue of the Vietnamese Navy at the end of the Vietnam war. His efforts as webmaster provided the venue for contacting hundreds of Kirk crewmates, thousands of Vietnamese families, and multiple reunions. His passing leaves a huge hole in the Kirk Association and a deep sorrow to those who knew him or were touched by him.
Fair Winds and Following Seas my brother.
Jim “Bon” Bongaard