USS Greene Association Reunion News

 

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

 

Crowne Plaza – Washington, D.C.

 
September 19 -22, 2007

 

Ninety-seven crewmembers and guests arrived in Washington, D.C. to celebrate their time on board USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR-711). Ersul and Ginger Sowers were unable to host the Reunion because of a death in their family; therefore,  Glenn and Laverne Herman along with Jack and Linda Plasterer served as acting hosts.

Registration day was Wednesday and the Crowne Plaza provided a large Hospitality Room. Old friendships were renewed and everyone enjoyed snacks that each crewmember brought from their respective areas of the country. Bob Clark, Ship’s Historian, provided memorabilia from several decades about USS Eugene A. Greene and everyone enjoyed looking at the old navy pictures and cruise books.

On Thursday everyone enjoyed a “Welcome To Washington” tour with a stop at Lincoln, Korean and Viet Nam Memorials After the dedication of the USS Eugene A. Greene Commemorative Plaque at the United States Navy Memorial a wreath laying ceremony was conducted at the Lone Sailor Statue. Lunch was at the Ronald Regan International Trade Center. Friday’s tour was a night tour starting at Washington’s Union Station. A highlight of the tour was the World War II Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

The ship’s business meeting was on the agenda for early Saturday morning. It was decided to raise dues from fifteen to twenty dollars, produce a Greene Association patch, and make a donation to Tin Can Sailors. After serious discussion it was unanimously decided to hold the next reunion in San Antonio, TX on September 16 -19, 2009.

Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, USN (Retired) was the guest speaker for the reunion banquet. Joe spoke about his early tour on USS Eugene A. Greene and his tour as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. The evening ended with a drawing of donated prizes.

It was a wonderful four days and Sunday morning was reserved for good-byes and farewells as shipmates departed for their homes. The old adage held true “Friends come and go, but shipmates are forever…

Robert J. Clark