Jenrette, Donald E. Sr/BMC - USN Ret.
proudly served aboard


My dad, Don Jenrette, Sr. served on the U.S.S. Providence; please add him to your muster list.  Dad entered the U.S. Navy at 17 in 1942 and retired in 1963. He died one day after his 75th birthday in 2000 in Orange Park, Florida. 

Dad has five sons: me: AF retired; John: AF retired; Scott: AF active duty; Brian: AF active duty; and Bruce: Civilian.  See a trend here?  Even though Dad joked about it, I had a sneaking suspicion he would have loved for at least one of us to have served in his beloved Navy.

Keep up the great work on your web site.


Don E. Jenrette, Jr., Ed.D., Captain, USAF (Ret)
Drug Demand Reduction Program Manager
Air Force Reserve Command
Robins AFB, GA.  31098



Your dad is listed in the Providence Memorial. He is in the company of good men who served our country during peace and war. I know he is proud of you and your brothers. We are proud of you too.

Our Providence Dedication is a tribute to men like your Dad......

"This web site is dedicated to all the families,  friends and the crew members present and past  who served aboard the ships named Providence. It is a tribute to the devotion to duty and tireless efforts of those who served aboard her in peace and war.  May we never forget the spirit of Providence and those who stand vigilant and strong, always ready to protect and defend our country."

Fair winds to you Don E. Jenrette, Jr. and your family,

Sam Villa
USS Providence Association

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid, you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day -
To laugh, to love, to work , or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Fill it now with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh. a kiss;
Oh yes, these things i , too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow -
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, i savored much;
Good friends, good times,
A loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee -
God wanted me now...He set me free.

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