USS Eugene A. Green (DD/DDR-711) Reunion
Lodge of the Ozarks
One hundred and twenty eight people “set sail’ to Branson, Missouri to celebrate their time on board USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR-711). The Reunion Association Chairpersons, Ersul & Ginger Sowers and Glenn & Laverne Herman put together a super reunion for all. The Reunion was held at Lodge of the Ozarks on Country Music Boulevard which provided a central location for all the attractions in Branson.
Branson, Missouri is a unique combination of neon and nature. It is truly an American original that includes forty theatres, three lakes, numerous restaurants and complete family entertainment. Thursday was registration and the Hospitality Room was open for reminiscing and the rekindling of old friendships. On Friday all boarded the Branson Belle Showboat for a dinner cruise with entertainer Gregg Busch, the “Steppin’ Out “ Quartet and Todd Oliver and his wise cracking canine Irving.
Saturday the Greene Association Business Meeting started promptly at 8:30 AM. By unanimous vote it was determined that the next Reunion would be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 16-18, 2005. Admiral T. J. Lopez sent a letter about “lessons learned” while assigned to USS Greene and the winner of the “Deck Plate Letters” contest was Jerry Stern who related his first day on board USS Greene. Jerry served on USS Greene as an FC3 1946-47. Dues will remain at $15.00 for the next two years and the current Association Reunion Committee will begin planning the next Reunion.
Saturday was “Ride The Ducks” day. These amphibious transporters not only toured the city of Branson, but they also toured Table Rock Lake! That evening everyone gathered before the dinner banquet for a formal photo session. The banquet was held in the Las Vegas Room. Jack Palasterer honored all USS Greene’s deceased shipmates and Captain Ed Schwier was our guest speaker and spoke about “What I Like About The Navy”. The evening ended with the drawing of donated prizes.
Sunday was a time for farewells and good-byes as shipmates departed for their homes. It was a wonderful reunion and a weekend that ended too soon. Plan now to attend the next reunion in 2005.
R. J. Clark