USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR-711) Reunion

September 20-23, 2001

San Diego, California

Seventy-six people arrived at the Quality Inn & Suites in San Diego, California on September 20-23, 2001 to celebrate the fifth USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR-711) Reunion. In the wake of the terrorist attack of the World Trade Center in New York City the total number of participants was substantially reduced. A total of forty-one shipmates did register and attend the business meeting on Friday, September 21.

Jack Plasterer, USS Greene Reunion Chairman, called the meeting to order with the “Pledge of Allegiance”. Ersul Sowers assumed the position USS Greene Reunion Chairman. Majority vote determined that the next Reunion will be held in Branson, Missouri on September 18-20, 2003.

Laverne Herman will continue as Ship’s Secretary, Bob Clark as Ship’s Historian and Jack Plasterer and Roger Miller as Resource Assistants. USS Greene Association dues were reduced to $15.00 for two years and all shipmates were requested to send USS Greene memorabilia to Bob Clark. USS Greene’s web-site is now hosted by “Tin Can Sailors” at www.destroyers.org. All hands were requested to register their e-mail address on the site.

Owing to increased security at the U.S. Naval Base the ship’s tour was changed to a city tour of San Diego. The group visited Coronado, Balboa Park, San Diego Old Town and then enjoyed lunch on Harbor Island.

After group pictures the crew moved to the Quality Inn Cypress Room for the ship’s formal banquet. Jack Plasterer lead the group in prayer for USS Greene’s fallen shipmates and those lost in the New York City terrorist attack. Guest speaker Master Chief Steven McElrath, USN Ret. and Captain Edward Schwier, USN Ret. both delivered moving talks about patriotism. Bob Clark then presented to Laverne Herman a certificate of “Honorary Crew Member” for her outstanding service to the USS Greene Reunion Association.

The meeting ended with a drawing for several gift certificates donated by “Tin Can Sailors”, a book U.S. Navy and a framed USS Greene picture. On Sunday, September 23 good-bys were exchanged at the ship’s farewell breakfast. Promises were made to meet again in 2003.

Robert J. Clark