REUNIONS IN REVIEW            


Comfort Inn--downtown
Salt Lake City, Utah
September 26 to 29, 2013
Chaired by: Art Hroncich
Attendance: 65 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: Renewing friendships and catching up on shipmate activities. Touring the Browning Rifle Museum and HAF Base (Hill Air Force Base). Electing Don Baldwin as our new president.

Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 11-15, 2013
Chaired by: Tom Blaszczyk
Attendance: 51 total/25 shipmates
Highlights: Thursday tour of Nauticus and USS Wisconsin followed by Norfolk Navy Base Tour and lunch at Breezy Point Officers Club. Friday Virginia Beach Bus Tour and Victory Rover Harbor Cruise. Saturday a tour of USS Gonzales (DDG-66) and our banquet at the hotel with American Legion Post 327 and guest speaker OMMC James Fox. Good time had by all.

YO Ranch Resort Hotel
Kerrville, Texas
September 9-15, 2012
Charied by: John E. Bryan
Attendance: 45 total/21 shipmates
Highlights: A trip into San Antonio which included touring the Alamo, lunch at the Rio Rio and a barge ride down the River Walk. A trip to Fredericksburg for our Memorial Service which was held at the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Memorial Courtyard for 26 of our shipmates who passed this year. A catered lunch then the afternoon spent at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Many hours of camaraderie on the Quarterdeck at the YO Ranch. Fun was had by all. Click here for photo.

Holiday Inn
Virginia Beach, Virginia
October 30-November 2, 2014
Chaired by: Larry Loss
Attendance: 57 total/44 shipmates
Highlights: Tour USS Barry DDG-52.  Tour and memorial service Nauticus and USS Wisconsin

Peppertree Inn Plus Best Western
Auburn, Washington
September 13-20, 2014
Chaired by: Jim Goodspeed
Attendance: 34 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Tours: Seattle (Boeing Museum of Flight, Pike Place Market, Space Needle); Capital in Olympia, (Mt. St. Helens); Mt. Rainier (Sunrise Lodge, Skookum Falls); Cascades (Leavenworth Bavarian Village, Liberty Orchard); Memorial Service (USS Turner Joy DD-951, Bremerton Naval Museum, Ferry to Seattle) Banquet; Muckleshoot Indian Casino Colto Room; Dinner Dance: Auburn Eagle's Lodge.

Kona Kai Spa Resort and Marina
Shelter Island, San Diego, California
June 16-20, 2013
Chaired by: Eugene D'Arezzo
Attendance: 248 total/97 shipmates and 151 guests including 28 children
Highlights: We issued a New Reunion Pin and Challenge Coin to all attendees. A Caricature Artist event in the Hospitality Room.  A private Dinner Cruise aboard the Hornblower Adventurer.  A tour of SPECWARCOM (Seal Training Base).  Lunch a ship tours at the San Diego Naval Base.  The Maritime Museum with lunch aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat and a Memorial Service aboard the USS Midway.  A raffle producing in excess of $650.00 for Tin Can Sailors and a Fifties Themed Farewell Banquet followed by a Las Vegas Casino Night.  A grand five days enjoyed by all.

USS BEATTY (DD-640/756)
The Lake Wright
Norfolk, Virginia
July 16-22, 2013
Chaired by: Frank Drake
Attendance: 78 total/35 shipmates
Highlights: Fantastic location. Tours were organized and great. Haven't been here since 1971. Would consider it again.

Best Western Merry Manor Inn
South Portland, Maine
October 22-26, 2014
Chaired by: Christine Maloney (planner)
Attendance: 154 total/73 shipmates
Highlights: Great tours and hotel.  50th anniversary reunion.  Commissioned in 1964.  11 Belknap family descendants in attendance.

Diamond Head Beach Resort
Fort Myers Beach, FL
September 24-28, 2013
Chaired by: Jon Surprise
Attendance: 53 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: Our group enjoyed the comradeship of the hospitality room and also took several tours of the area including the Edison-Ford Winter Estates and another tour on a refurbished San Francisco cable car which garnered a News-Press feature article.  The reunion closed with a "Set Sail" banquet at which we were entertained by the "Calendar Girls", a dance troupe who performs to raise money for service dogs for disabled veterans.  The banquet concluded with a "Pass the Ace" card tournament after which the winner took home the trophy to hold until next year's tournament.  Among those present was Walt Rendell, WWII veteran and plank-owner.

Silver Legacy Casino Resort
Reno, Nevada
September 4 to 8, 2013
Chaired by: Anthony Sawyer
Attendance: 90 total/34 shipmates
Highlights: On September 5 we took a field trip to the Donner Museum in Truckee, CA followed by a trip to Virginia City. On Saturday we toured Lake Tahoe on the MS Dixie. On banquet night, entertainment was provided by "The Ghost of Mark Twain" aka MacAvoy Layne who tours the globe as Mark Twain.

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island
San Diego, California
September 19-23, 2012
Chaired by: Al Meier
Attendance: 94 total/54 shipmates
Highlights: Reunion activities commenced on Thursday morning with a tour of the USS STOCKDALE (DDG-106). Thursday evening's Bull Session was a great time as was the Friday evening welcome reception. We also had tours of the USS MIDWAY (museum ship) and PETCO Park (home of San Diego Padres). Saturday night's banquet was great and we concluded with our Sunday morning farewell breakfast.

Hilton Doubletree, Military Road
Norfolk, Virginia
October 6-10, 2014
Chaired by: Jerry Johnston
Attendance: 63 total/38 shipmates
Highlights: A magnificent reunion in a true Navy town.  The Doubletree Hotel was fantastic.  We toured Williamsburg, Jamestown, the MacArthur Memorial, Nauticus, the USS Wisconsin and the active duty ship, the USS Arlington, LPD-24.  A great reunion in a wonderful town.  Next year in Nashville, TN.

Best Western Plus Oceanfront
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 12-14, 2014
Chaired by Ray Metzger
Attendance: 46 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: 65th consecutive reunion since July 22, 1950 at Pittsburgh, PA.  One of the Longest, if not the longest, in the Click here for photo.

Stone Castle
Branson, Missouri
September 19-22, 2013
Chaired by: Robert Eddy
Attendance: 49 total/29 shipmates
Highlights: Tour on the Branson Belle and banquet entertainment.

Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station
San Diego, California
October 20-23, 2011
Chaired by: Bruce gottsch
Attendance: 48 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Reunion site Liberty Station was the former NTC San Diego. City and US Navy ship tour--USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG-110). New association officer selected and site of 2012 reunion was chosen--Portland, Oregon.

Crown Plaza Airport
Jacksonville, FL
October 20-24, 2013
Chaired by: Jim Rountree
Attendance: 41 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: We visited historical St. Augustine and many shops and restaurants.  The second day was a tour of Naval Station Mayport with lunch at Ocean Breezes.  No ship was available to visit.  Then a Budweiser brewery.  On the final day we had a memorial service at the Jacksonville Veterans Wall.  Next Reunion will be in Philadelphia, Spring of 2015.

Hilton Airport Norfolk
Norfolk, Virginia
June 21-23, 2013
Chaired by Jeffrey Trigg
Attendance: 30 total/14 shipmates
Highlights: A wonderful weekend full of laughs and stories of early days on board to the days of decommissioning. Tales of cruises, exercises and adventures in port all over the Med, Caribbean and East Coast. Than planning for our next adventure.

Crowne Plaza Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida
April 24-28, 2014
Chaired by: Coy D. Ritchie
Attendance: 44 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: We had a welcome aboard buffet dinner on 24 April, followed by a tour of the US Naval Station at Mayport with lunch at the old Officers Club April 25.  On 26 April, we visited St. Augustine and we had a tour of Jacksonville area on 27 April.  We had a banquet that evening with RDML Ricky Williamson, USN, as featured speaker.  The reunion was enjoyed by all attendees.

Crowne Plaza
Jacksonville, Florida
October 2-7, 2012
Chaired by: Ralph Rankin and Richard Souza
Attendance: 110 total/65 shipmatess
Highlights: Visiting the USS DeWert (FFG-45) in Mayport, FL. Seeing the U.S. Navy and the differences from when we served and the modernization of the fleet.

Holiday Inn
Columbus, Georgia
April 10-13, 2014
Chaired by: Barbara Jennings
Attendance: 58 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: Shipmates entered the Hospitality Room with excitement.  Laughter filled the room and halls as old friend s reconnected and new ones were made.  After a visit to the National Civil War Naval Museum the shipmates were thankful for the destroyer they served on.  The three "first timers" could not believe how many reunions and fun they missed.  Each agreed they would attend the 2015 reunion in Nashville.
The reunion have shipmates the opportunity to express their thanks to another military group, the US Army Rangers.  The Rangers were in Columbus, GA, for a competition to be held at Ft. Benning.  Shipmates decided to salute the Rangers by marching into their hospitality room, explaining the purpose of the visit, and upon command, the saluted the Rangers to express their thanks for their service.  The salute was graciously accepted and received a standing ovation.
Saturday ended with a wonderful banquet and Two Bell Ceremony where 26 shipmates were honored.  President Cal Dyk presented Gary Chesser and B. W. Jennings with plaques for their dedicated and faithful service to the association.

Holiday Inn/Hampton Inn
Athens, Virginia
October 8-12, 2014
Chaired by: Frank Biondo/Emma May Hunter
Attendance: 216 total/85 shipmates
Highlights: The incredible time began with a Turkey Shoot at the VFW and a tour of the McMinn Heritage Museum to enjoy the enhancement to the Ware exhibit.  Following days included a personalized tour of the Oak Ridge facility and we were welcomed on the football field by the athletic department at the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium.  A memorial service recognizing the widows of shipmates and dedicating benches (click here for photo) in the Veterans Memorial Park was patriotic and moving.  Our Saturday ended with a delicious banquet and the hospitality suites allowed a great chance to catch up with fellow shipmates.  Can't wait for next year!

Naval Support Activity
Panama City, Florida
September 18-23, 2012
Chaired by: Captain John W. Walton, III USN (Ret.)
Attendance: 124 total/64 shipmates
Highlights: Golf tournament at Bay Point Golf Course, lunch cruise St. Andrews Bay. Toured: USN Dive School, Experimental Dive Unit, Mineware AIROPS & USN Hovercraft Unit. Low Country Boil, address by VA Advocate, deep sea fishing, Marine World & Pier Park. Banquet at Long Glass USN Facility with entertainment. SOS and chipped beef by Navy Recipe and Navy Cook, Memorial Service with a Navy Chaplain.

Town and Country Motor Resort
San Diego, California
October 20-22, 2014
Chaired by: George Overman
Attendance: 92 total/44 shipmates
Highlights: Larege turnout for this reunion.  Excellent reception on Monday evening.  Yours included 32nd St. Naval Base, coronado, San Diego Mission, USS Recruit and Embarcardo area.  Banquet Wed night with speaker from USS Midway.  Evaluation from members reported everyone had a good time.  Fairfax County 2016!

Drury Plaza Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
September 17-21, 2014
Chaired by: Skip Slagle
Attendance: 50 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Our visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg.  Also our "Farewell Dinner" and Party w/a 5-piececountry band (Rance Norton & the Cadillac Boys) for dancing following buffet dinner.  Our party theme was "Western/Cowboy/Cowgirl".  We had 3 cash prize winners for dressing accordingly.  Click here for photo.

Holiday Inn--San Diego--Bayside
San Diego, California
September 11-15, 2013
Chaired by: Kay Phillips
Attendance: 70 total/40 shipmates
Highlights: Although crew members of the COLLETT, commissioned in 1944, are aging and numbers are dwindling the enthusiasm and camaraderie of this group remain extremely high.

Wyndham Gettysburg
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
April 27-29, 2015
Chaired by: Joe Napoli
Attendance: 94 total/53 shipmates
Highlights: This reuion, held in Gettysburg, PA, was our 26th event and we are still going strong. We had a three day event at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel. The hotel provided a hospitality room and met our every need. Gettysburg, with its Civil War battleground and historic town, is a great place to visit. Shipmates enjoyed a bus tour of the battleground and lunch at the Dobbin House restaurant. On the last day of the reunion we held our general meeting, memorial service and banquet. Everyone had a great time. Next year - Baton Rouge.

Edgewater Hotel Conference Center
Gatlinberg, Tennessee
October 3-7, 2012
Chaired by: Bruce Worth
Attendance: 43 total/21 shipmates
Highlights: Visit to the aquarium, bus tour to Smokey Mountains, banquet.

Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 8-12, 2014
Chaired by: Bob & Judy Moody
Attendance: 96 total/42 shipmates
Highlights: This was our 30th annual reunion and was very enjoyable. We had 5 shipmates who made their first reunion and were warmly greeted. We toured the Nauticus/Battleship Wisconsin Museums, MacArthur Memorial and a lunch at the Carl Brashear Conf. Center on Little Creek Amphib Base. Look our Mystic as we are coming 2015.

Caribbean Cruise
October 8-16, 2011
Chaired by: Kenneth Kimison
Attendance: 35 total
Highlights: Memorial service on top of the USS Cony, where she was sunk as a living reef off the coast of Puerto Rico in 1970. Click here for memorial service.

Savannah, Georgia
May 3-7, 2015
Chaired by: Warren Wills
Attendance: 98 total/51 shipmates
Highlights: The 1st is our banquet where before we start we honor our shipmates that have past since our last reunion. There were way too many WWII DD-371. The 2nd was our lone WWII had his granddaughter and her husband plus 4 great granschildren and they will be at our next reunion.

Crown Plaza Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida
October 6-9, 2014
Chaired by: Vince Kraus
Attendance: 45 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Bus trip to Mayport Naval Station tour and lunch.  Memorial Service at the New National Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL.

USS CUSHING (DD-397/797/985)
Alexis Park Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada
June 27-30, 2013
Chaired by: Dick Stafford
Attendance: 39 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Four crews represented: 1 DD-397 (sunk at Battle of Guadalcanal 1944); 2 DD-797 WWII; 13 DD-797 Korea; 3 DD-985. Our last reunion until the retirees of DD-985 are ready. Our records, etc. will be in the Plymouth Museum, Plymouth, NC where Commander Cushing sank the CS Albemarle during the Civil War. All had a great time. Thank you Tin Can Sailors for the give aways.

Silver Beach Hotel
St. Joseph, Michigan
June 25 to July 1, 2012
Reunion Hosts: Ed and Diane Mahar
Attendance: 57 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: "Lest we forget" WWII re-enactments of European and Pacific landings on the beach as well as air attacks on the beach, flame thrower demonstration and numerous airport events. Everyone enjoyed a picnic on Lake Michigan beach, winery tours, shopping, casinos and final evening banquet.

Holiday Inn
South Plainfield, New Jersey
September 13-17, 2014
Chaired by: George Hila
Attendance: 45 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Medieval Times - lunch & tournament.  USS New Jersey - tour & private lunch.  Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour.  Thomas Edison Laboratory tour & lunch.  Dinner banquet with DJ at hotel.

Merry Manor Inn
South Portland, Maine
October 3-5, 2013
Chaired by: Pete Lennon
Attendance: 88 total/46 shipmates
Highlights: A tour of Bath Iron Works where USS ZUMWALT (DDG-1000) is nearing completion and three others of the class are under construction. Then next door to the Maine Maritime Museum. Hotel has a heated swimming pool and served a great banquet buffet.

USS DECATUR (DD-341/936, DDG-31/73
Town and Country Resort Hotel
San Diego, California
September 19 to 23, 2013
Chaired by: Tony West
Attendance: 50 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Farewell Dinner; Missing Man Ceremony; Destroyer (DDG-91) tour.

Holiday Inn Oceanside
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 28-October 2, 2014
Chaired by: Ken Stone/George Estey
Attendance: 91 total/52 shipmates
Highlights: The 2014 Reunion was in Virginia Beach, VA, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2014.  We had ninety one (91) guests of which fifty two (52) were crew members.  We stayed at the Holiday Inn Oceanside, which was right in the middle of all the Neptune Festival Activities as they were winding down at the start of our reunion.  We were treated to an awesome fireworks display that first night.  All rooms had an ocean view and wlking out the back door was right on the boardwalk and beach.

Monday we did a tour of Norfolk harbor aboard the Victory Rover and had a memorial service to recognize out shipmates, we have knowledge of, who have Crossed the Bar since the last reunion.

On Tuesday we visited the USS Wisconsin/Nauticus Museum.  At various times, since the hotel is in the flight path of Oceana Naval Air Station, F-18s would take off and fly over the hotel on their way out to sea for exercises.  Many memories of plane guard duty were brought back by those sounds.

Wednesday we had our banquet lunch activities at Vista Point ona the naval base in Norfolk.  At the end of our banquet, our able crew members toured the USS Bulkely DDG-84 and the USS Gravely DDG-107, both Arleigh Burke class destroyers.  Due to the fact that some of us aren't as young as we used to be, and we weren't sure how much ladder climbing we could do, we identified ourselves as climbers and almost climbers.  The climbers toured the Gravely, so they went up a level or two higher to the bridge.  Since there was still a lot of ships work going on, it was quite noisy at times.  Again, lots of forgotten memories.  We had a great time interacting with the crew members of these shipsw.  They were gracious, professional, and knowledgable.  A few exchanged hats with us.  The most startling observation was that these crews were so young!  There were a lot of smiley faces on the bus ride back to the hotel.

DESDIV 38 Association
Best Western Plus Tucson International Airport Hotel
Tucson, Arizona
October 22-26, 2014
Chaired by: Gary Edmisten
Attendance: 23 total/6 shipmates
Highlights: Although a small attendance it was a great reunion, with 3 "new" second generation and 1 new shipmate attending their first ever reunion.  Big plans were initiated for Reunion 2015, being the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day.

Econo Lodge Goose Creek
Goose Creek, South Carolina
April 12-14, 2013
Chaired by: Dean Nimocks (Skipper)
Attendance: 63 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: Hospitality Room on 4/12 from 11-1600, old Navy breakfast on 4/13 with metal trays, toured CSS Hunley submarine, well-lanned-great tour. Saturday evening social hour 1800-1900, dinner banquet 1900-2200 with program and door prizes.

Grand Plaza
Branson, Missouri
September 18 to 22, 2013
Chaired by: Dick Myers
Attendance: 38 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Started 9/18 with visit to Patsy Cline Impersonator Show and Deli at Grand Plaza Hotel. Other tours went to Clay Cooper Show, Legends in Concert and Showboat Branson Belle. A Memorial Servie was held at the Showboat Pier.

DL-1, DL-2/DDG-35, DL-3/DDG-36, DL-4, DL-5
Hilton Galveston Island Resort Hotel
Galveston, Texas
September 10-14, 2012
Chaired by: Walter Alexander, CMRP
Attendance: 101 total/49 shipmates
Highlights: Eleven shipmates attended their first DL reunion. A hospitality room was available throughout the reunion. There was a Welcome Reception, buffet dinner, auction, raffles, three tours and a closing banquet. A Memorial Service to missing shipmates was held at the American Undersea Warfare Center in Seawolf Park, with shipmates seated between WWII submarine USS Cavalla SS/SSK/AGSS-244 and destroyer escort USS Stewart DE-238. A bio-degradable Memorial Wreath (made by two of our reunion ladies) was laid upon the waters of Galveston Bay. A 90 minute Power Point presentation was made in the Hospitality Room by Capt. John Rodgaard, USN (Ret.) on the naval career of "Captain Charles Stewart, His Legacy to the Navy and the Nation" which covered the history of the U.S. Navy from 1775 until 1860. DE-238 is named after Captain Stewart. 2013 reunion will be held in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Hilton Lisle/Naperville
Lisle, Illinois
September 18-21, 2014
Chaired by: Joe Sczyrek
Attendance: 71 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: Thirty-six shipmates that served aboard the USS Douglas H. Fox between 1946 and 1972 gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, IL, for their 12th bi-annual reunion held Sept. 18-21, 2014.  Joining them were thirty-five family members and friends to help celebrate the honor of their service aboard DD-779 and share in the camaraderie that has grown among them for many years.

The group was fortunate enough to attend the graduation ceremony at Great Lakes Naval Training Center which was a moving and memorable event.  A tour of Chicago on the following day included a cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan - a great vantage points to view the beautiful and diversified architecture of the city's skyline.  A visit to the Museum of Science & Industry where the captured German U-boat 505 is available for boarding was also included in the tour.

On the final evening of the reunion, a banquet dinner and Memorial Service was held.  The Honor Guard and Navy Band from Naval Station Great Lakes provided their services to make the event an honorable and memorable experience. Click here for photo.

Best Western Dubuque
Dubuque, Iowa
May 18-22, 2015
Chaired by: T. G. (Jerry) Oydgard
Attendance: 66 total/39 shipmates
Highlights: Our Best Western Hotel was the best we've had-allowed beverages and snacks in hospitality room, just off indoor patio and pool/hot tu. Full breakfast included first night and banquet last night very good. Toesday Bus trip to 5 Brothers/Grout Museum Waterloo; then Field of Dreams, Basilica and National Farm Toy Museum (Dyersville, IA) and excellent dinner at Country Junction Restaurant. Wednesday Mississippi River Cruise on paddle wheeler. Thursday 9:00 Business Meeting, 18:00 Banquet, followed by auction.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
September 29-October 3, 2014
Chaired by: Ken Moore
Attendance: 44 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of the battlefield.  Many interesting sites to see.  Toured the wineries in the area.  Wine tasting and shown how they produce wine.  Wonderful banquet at hotel.

Bay Valley Conference Center
Bay City, Michigan
July 31 to August 4, 2013
Chaired by: Tim Nightingale
Attendance: 112 total/86 shipmates
Highlights: We were able to hold a Memorial Service onboard EDSON. After words, the ship's crew had open access to the entire ship to show friends and family where we lived while onboard the EDSON. It brought back a lot of memories. Click here for pictures.

Sheraton Riverside
Louisville, Kentucky
October 10-13, 2013
Chaired by: Ted Wieber
Attendance: 34 total/17 shipmates
Highlights: Great hotel. Very accommodating. Toured Derby Museum, Louisville Slugger Factory, Glassworks, Buffalo Trail Distillery and Old Friends Farm. Memorial Service at Christ Church United Methodist Church.

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport
Nashville, Tennessee
August 18-21, 2013
Chaired by: Steve Kaminsky
Attendance: 65 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: City bust tour, General Jackson Luncheon Cruise, Memorial Service and Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
September 16-19, 2013
Chaired by: Glenn and Laverne Herman
Attendance: 55 total/29 shipmates.
Highlights: Tuesday all enjoyed a sightseeing tour of "The Strip" including the "Fremont Experience", a laser light show. Wednesday was a "free" day and many ventured to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon National Park. Thursday started with the business meeting. The Thursday evening banquet began with a hospitality hour and then Rick Roy took a group picture. The banquet concluded with an opportunity raffle and there were many luck winners. The Greene Reunion concluded Friday morning with all looking forward to the 2015 reunion. The next reunion will be hosted by Jack and Linda Plasterer and will be held near Buffalo, New York in September 2015.

Doubletree San Francisco Airport
Burlington, California
September 18-22, 2014
Chaired by: Clyde Bingham
Attendance: 66 total/38 shipmates
Highlights: Reception on 9/18 hosted w/reunion 2014 pins, food and welcome packets.  Narrated bus tour of San Francisco on 9/19 w/stops at Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 and others.  Visit to USS Hornet on 9/20 w/docent tours of the ship, Memorial Service in Chiefs Lounge, reath toss off fantail and lunch in Wardroom.  Sit down banquet at hotel on 9/21.  One plank owner attended (1945).

Hilton Garden Inn
Williamsburg, Virginia
September 10-13, 2014
Chaired by: Ida and Roy Reno
Attendance: 30 total/13 shipmates
Highlights: USS Eversole joined USS Shelton for a great reunion in the historic towns of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia.  With tours of the Bay with all of the ships in port.  Tours of Jamestown and Old Yorktown.  Learning of our early settlers.  Joining the USS Shelton with Richard Petrowich leading their crew made the reunion so interesting.  With out numbers dropping, it was good to join another ship.

Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina
August 17-21, 2014
Chaired by: Ken Helmick
Attendance: 8 total/5 shipmates
Highlights: Held in conjunction with Tin Can Sailors National Reunion

Crowne Plaza
North Charleston, South Carolina
September 26-29, 2013
Chaired by: Jeffrey Kovite
Attendance: 71 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: A very good reunion and a very hospitable hotel and city.

Hyatt Deerfield
Deerfield, Illinois
September 10-17, 2012
Chaired by: Bill Birdsong
Attendance: 239 total/93 shipmates
Highlights: Twenty tremendous years of great reunions! That was what this reunion was for all Parks shipmates and their families. Another huge reunion and many more wonderful memories to carry with us. Friday we went to a boot camp graduation at Great Lakes Naval Training Center and it was the best. Those recruits looked like "babies". They are so very young. We continued our memories Friday night with a dinner in our hospitality room and everyone wore their dungaree/chambray shirt and those with dog tags or white hats wore them. Every shipmate's boot camp picture was on the wall and we realized that as recruits, we also looked like "babies". Saturday we took a luncheon cruise on Lake Michigan on the Mystic Blue and it was just the best. Great food and great service and so relaxing. Saturday evening was cake and coffee in our hospitality room. Sunday started with our association men's meeting followed by our worship service. Sunday night was our banquet dinner and the huge raffle. Sadly on Monday morning everyone left for home to wait for 2013 reunion to come together once again. We can always count on the Parks people to make the reunions big and full of fun. Way to go!! 2013 will be somewhere on the west coast when we will do it all again.

Charleston Plaza
Charleston, South Carolina
June 19-22, 2014
Chaired by: Ron Larsen
Attendance: 86 total/44 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of Patriot's Point and Fort Sumter cruise. Lunch on the Yorktown.  Toured city.  Great hotel and Hospitality Room.  Lots of Sea Stories.

Portland Marriott
Portland, Maine
July 13-16, 2014
Chaired by: Kurt Wagemann
Attendance: 173total/47 shipmates
Highlights: Great tour of Bath Iron Works viewing DDG-1000. Sherman Collection at Maine Maritime Museum.

Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 17-21, 2014
Chaired by: Orville Krieg
Attendance: 49 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: A cruise on the Mississippi River on the Paddlewheel Creole Queen up river to Chalmette Battlefield, site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, Including the Malus Beauregard House and Monument.  The World World II Museum is one of hte finest with much "hands on" experience and narration by Tom Hanks, "Beyond All Boundaries" and "Final Mission" the USS Tang submarine experience.

Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
October 16-19, 2014
Chaired by: John Titsworth
Attendance: 80 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: Thursday, members registered and were welcomed to the open Hospitality Room, which remained open throughout the reunion.  Friday morning, we boarded buses and toured Virginia Beach, Oceana Naval Air Station and the Military Aviation Museum.  In the evening we enjoyed a "Welcome Aboard" buffet dinner at the hotel.  Saturday morning, we boarded buses for a guided tour of the Mariners Museum and Norfolk Botanical Gardens.  Saturday evening we celebrated our 29th Annual Banquet at the hotel.  A very successful raffle was held and good times were enjoyed by all.  The hotel did an outstanding job, including great meals, and we highly recommend them.

Hilton Suites, Oak Brook
Oakbrook, Illinois
October 1-5, 2014
Chaired by: Martin Wuenscher
Attendance: 58 total/29 shipmates
Highlights: Our times were for the Naval Base & Science Museum.

Lake Wright Suites
Norfolk, Virginia
August 10-13, 2014
Chaired by: George & Dot Hennessy
Attendance: 38 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Tuesday: Norfolk City Tour, Victory Harbor Cruise, Nauticus, The National Martime Center, the Battleship Wisconsin, lunch on Harbor Cruise.  Wed: Riding Virginia Beach Tour, Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, McArthur Memorial for lunch on own, Doumar's Ice Cream treat included.

Sheraton Music City Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee
May 15-19, 2014
Chaired by: Bill Latta
Attendance: 111 total/46 shipmates
Highlights: Former shipmates and their guests enjoyed a tour of the city, Studio B, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a luncheon and live performance on the General Jackson showboat, an evening on air performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and a banquet.

Holiday Inn Bayside
San Diego, California
September 4-7, 2014
Chaired by: Stan Baggett
Attendance: 118 total/68 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of USS Howard DDG-83

Landmark Resort
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 13-17, 2014
Chaired by: Wilson Chamberlin
Attendance: 94 total/52 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of Georgetown with step on guide, Ripley's Aquarium with lunch, Palace Theater for Hot Jersey Night and dolphin cruise.

Crown Plaza
St. Louis, Missouri
April 26-30, 2015
Chaired by: Ronald Ludolph
Attendance: 33 total/17 shipmates
Highlights: Explored St. Louis Forest Park, Cathedral Basilica, Compton Heights, LaFayette Square. Lunched at Favazza's in the Italian Arena. Visited the Clydesdales at Grant's Farm and the Gateway Arch.

USS GURKE (DD-783) (Wardroom)
Embassy Suites
San Diego, California
April 24-26, 2015
Highlights: A reunion of the Wardroom of the USS Gurke was held at Embassy Suites, San Diego on April 24th thru 26th. Officers in attendance served in the lates 50's and early 60's. Those in attendance were; Jim and Anna Elliot, Jon and Dorothy Fox, Will and Linda Gassett, Earle and Dorothy Hale, Alan and Kathy Haugner, Bill and Aileen Miller, Corky Nason, Bob and Ann Rennard, Allen and Ellen Ruth and Bill Wible. A banquet was held Friday night at Jaynes Gastropub with a special menu to celebrate "The Snake Survivors Reunion". On Saturday we toured the USS Essex, LHD-2. It was a great experience although a little tiring for old folks to walk and climb from Level 2 to Level 07 and back. Saturday night we had a wonderful seafood dinner at The Fish Market. The next reunion will be spring 2017. Click here for pictures

Fairfield Inn
Aurora, Colorado
September 17-20, 2012
Chaired by: Chuck Thomason
Attendance: 38 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Spent a day at the Railroad Museum of Colorado and The Wings Over the Rockies to help get adjusted to the altitude. Held our Memorial at the Airforce Academy Chapel and on to tour the U.S. Olympic Center. A trip into the mountains to Estes Park before our banquet and fairwells.

Holiday Inn Express
Mason City, Iowa
September 19-23, 2012
Chaired by: Earl L. Opheim
Attendance: 56 total/9 shipmates
Highlights: Touring Winnebago, Wind Farm, city of Mason City and Music Man Square. Memorial Service with the opening prayer written by deceased shipmate. Wreath presentation by four wives of deceased shipmates, reading of men who have died by shipmates. Remarks by sons and daughters of deceased shipmates including daughters who brought ashes of shipmate who planned to attend. He passed away three weeks before reunion.

Groton Inn and Suites
Groton, Connecticut
September 11-14, 2014
Chaired by: Paul Dillon
Attendance: 61 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: One plankowner Len Bryant attended. Toured the Sub Base by bus. Had a lunch at the Coast Guard Academy

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
September 17-21, 2014
Chaired by: Don and Liz Bridges
Attendance: 66 total/31 shipmates
Highlights: Three well informed tours of Gettysburg.  The certified tour guides of the National Park Service were very accommodating to our group's needs.  Stopping several times to give us detailed information about the Three Day Battle on July 1 thru 3, 1863 in Gettysburg.  We of the Hank family highly recommed Gettysburg for any ship's reunion.

Stonewall Jackson Resort
Roanoke, West Virginia
September 30-October 4, 2012
Chaired by: Ken Connell
Attendance: 48 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Monday--reunion meeting. Tour of Bulltown Historic Area and Civil War Battlefield. Tuesday--tour of Stonewall Jackson Dam. Lunch and tour at Lambert's Winery and tour of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum all in Weston, WV. Wednesday--explored West Virginia on our own. Reunion banquet. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

Charleston Plaza
Charleston, South Carolina
May 6-10, 2015
Chaired by: Charles Shook
Attendance: 86 total/38 shipmates
Highlights: The annual memorial service was held on the fantail of the USS Laffey (DD-724) at Patriot's Point. The Charleston harbor tour and the historic city center bus tour were both well received. The bus tour ended at Patriot's Point where lunch was enjoyed aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10).

Holiday Inn South
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
September 25-28, 2014
Chaired by: Tony Accatatta
Attendance: 60 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: The reunion commenced with a gathering in the hospitality room in the holiday Inn South in Baton Rouge, LA.  There was memorabilia from the ship on display and refreshments were served.  The crew checked in and commenced to renew old friendships.  The staff of the hotel was very attentive and courteous throughout our stay.  In the evening a dinner was served while we continued to get reacquainted with long lost shipmates.

On Friday we departed for a tour of New Orleans.  Upon arrival we had a self-guided walking tour of this fine old city.  We then boarded the steam Natchez where we enjoyed a lunch and guided tour of the Mississippi River.  It was a fine orientation to this very old city.  The weather was delightful including a cool breeze to make for a very enjoyable cruise.  After disembarking we headed for the WWII museum that was beyond what we expected.  We visited all the exhibits and finished off with the movie "Beyond all Boundaries", a 4D experience narrated by Tom Hanks.  The museum was a great experience.  We returned by coach to the hotel and enjoyed dinner at various restaurants in Baton Rouge.

On Saturday we visited the USS Kidd Museum.  This ship is a Fletcher class DD restored to WWII configuration.  The restoration is top notch and the condition and the ship is excellent.  It is one of the best museum ships that we have seen.  The adjacent museum holds a myriad of displays about the armed forces and the men of Louisiana that have served our country.

We then visited the Old State Capital a magnificent 19th century building that was the seat of government in Louisiana for many years.  After lunch in various local restaurants we proceeded to the largest Anti-Belem plantation in the South.  It truly was a beautiful building with wonderfully landscaped grounds.

We returned to our hotel for dinner where we held our business meeting and Two Bell Ceremony to honor our 28 shipmates that have passed away since our last reunion in 2012.  The rest of the evening was spent on conducting a raffle and auction of donated memorabilia to help cover the cost of the running the reunion organization.

Our final gathering was a buffet breakfast where we said our goodbyes and smooth sailing.

Holiday Inn-South
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
October 2-5, 2014
Chaired by: James M. Murphy
Attendance: 40 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Early bird arrivals visited Hollywood Casino in the DM & then traveled to Boudin's Cajun Restaurant for dinner.  Friday, 3 Oct., had shipmates travel to Cajun Pride Swamp Tours which all.  Had a great time in the swamp including a big bag lunch and many photo ops!

From the swamp tour we traveled to the WWII Museum in New Orleans for a great visit and many photos.  On 4 Oct., AM, we visited the USS Kidd DD-661 for a memorable memorial service and open tour of the ship which made available to us many areas not open to the public.  On Saturday eve we held out annual banquet in the hotel and enjoyed entertainment by "Les Da Noeuirs de la Capitalie" with many participating in the event.  Sun 5 Oct., we held a farewell breakfast and wished a safe trip and meet again in Niagara Falls in 2015.

Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport
Norfolk, Virginia
April 26-29, 2015
Chaired by: Jim Julian
Attendance: 59 total/36 shipmates

Bourbon Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
OOctober 16-20, 2011
Chaired by: Al Meeds
Attendance: 67 total/37 shipmates

Guest House International Inn & Suites
Nashville, Tennessee
October 9-14, 2012
Chaired by: Ronald Holt
Attendance: 112 total/57 shipmates
Highlights: All attended the Grand Ole Opry on Friday evening and our banquet on Saturday evening.

October 6-9, 2011
Deerfield, Illinois
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Best Western Albany Airport
Albany, New York
September 25-29, 2013
Chaired by: CW03 Edward M. Gundersen, SC, USN (Ret.)
Attendance: 70 total/28 shipmates
Highlights: Twenty-eight crew members and some 35 family members of the USS HOLLISTER celebrated their 25th reunion in Albany, NY. A tour of the USS SLATER (DE-766) and a memorial service was held for our departed shipmates bringing back memories of our days on the HOLLISTER. From the SLATER, we toured the Watervliet Arsenal, the oldest active cannon maker in the country. Friday we had a three hour cruise on the Hudson River with lunch on board. Our banquet at the hotel was the final event. We were honored with a representative of governor Andrew Cuomo who shared a welcome note from the governor. We had one plank owner with his three children attend the banquet. Click here for photo.

Crowne Plaza Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida
April 24-27, 2014
Chaired by: George Baker
Attendance: 132 total/71 shipmates
Highlights: Active escapes provided incredible tours.  The hotel staff was excellent.

Hilton Airport Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
May 10-14, 2012
Chaired by: Thomas English
Attendance: 61 total/12 shipmates
Highlights:: This was our 19th reunion. A total of 61 attended the banquet, which included 12 shipmates. Another first, was the attendance of two families with four generations in attendance. We were also honored with the presence of Rear Admiral John Shepharo and his son. The Admiral was married to one of Hugh W. Hadley's daughters. We attended the Mission Church of San Jose, the fort at Sam Houston, visited the Riverwalk and enjoyed the barge ride on the river. We dined at the Republic of Texas Restaurant, visited the Texas Museum and the restaurant made famous by Teddy Roosevelt, The Buckhorn Saloon for lunches. The group was honored by a presentation by Ryan Richardson 514 a member of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. His talk and the responsibilities of the Honor Guards, was well presented and respectfully received by the attendees. This was our second visit to the San Antonio area. Another honor was given to the HADLEY by the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific. In our previous visit we presented that portion of the bridge containing twenty-five symbolic Japanese flags. This was the number of enemy aircraft destroyed by the HADLEY, 23 of them in the battle of May 11, when these planes were shot down in 90 minutes. Our latest honor was rendered when the USS HADLEY was informed that the Combat Information Center of the HADLEY was to become a permanent exhibit in honor of our victory on May 11, 1945. The room was dedicated to the HUGH W. HADLEY as an additional honor. Good-byes were said and honors rendered to retired Capt. Doug and Jeanne Aitken for all their work over the years. Marty Weible was also honored for attending all 19 of our reunions and to Frank Boffi for all his work with the Navy Union on our behalf. Future reunion plans have been turned over to the next generation and arrangements will soon be underway for our next reunion in 2014 at a location to be determined.

Highlights: Bill Holmquist - Radioman 3/c, Ray Thomas - Electricians Mate 3/c, and Bill Clifford - Gunners Mate 2/c,  along with their families gathered for the Final Reunion of the USS HUTCHINS (DD-476) Association in Seattle, July 3 – 5, 2012.  Also present were Dane Nickerson, son of Lewis Nickerson (deceased), an original plank man aboard the Hutchins; Colleen Timney, daughter of Frank Timney (deceased); and Larry Winchowky, son of Walt Winchowky (deceased) - Signalman 2/c.
A highlight of the event was touring the Boeing Factory and its Future of Flight exhibit, (the largest building in the world by volume!), and a preview of the company’s newest addition to its fleet, the Dreamliner 787.
On the 4th of July, the group attended the Seattle Mariners game where the USS HUTCHINSs and her crew was honored during the opening pitch ceremony.  (See; search Bill Clifford Opening pitch, for the very touching video)
The grand finale - closing day started with a ferry ride to Bremerton where the ship was decommissioned on November 23, 1945.  The group conducted a memorial service from the fantail of the museum ship USS TURNER JOY, then enjoyed a banquet luncheon in the mess hall.  Tom Danaher, Public Affairs Officer, and CDR Charles Grasse from the Naval Base Kitsap joined the group, and were enlightened by reminiscings from the shipmates.
Bill Clifford concluded the day with a flawless rendition of “The Battle of Surigao Straits”, one of the songs written by crew members during WWII.
Despite its bittersweet moments, the final reunion was a great success and a good time was had by all!  The HUTCHINS and the service of these WWII veterans will never be forgotten!  Here’s to smooth sailing for everyone!  Anchors Aweigh!

Crowne Plaza
Charleston, South Carolina
September 7-14, 2014
Chaired by: Ralph Beck (deceased), his wife Elaine Beck and Ted Clark
Attendance: 91 total/39 shipmates
Highlights: Our 2014 reunion was a great success. We had many events planned and all were very good-expect-we had reserved the honor guard from the Citadel to present their drill at our banquet. We had paid ahead and also paid the hotel for their meals.  They never showed up not did they return our phone calls.  Trying to get our money back in not going well.

Charleston, South Carolina
September 27-30, 2012
Chaired by: Don Molowcki
Attendance: 58 total/28 shipmates
Highlights: The day before our reunion officially started our shipmate, Red Commerford, arranged a tour of the "Hunley". The tour was well worth seeing. On Friday we took a brief tour of Charleston, SC, then went to see Fort Sumpter. Lunch was at A.W. Shucks and shopping at the market. After this our tour took us to the Magnolia Plantation. Saturday we had our meeting and banquet. We were fortunate to have Carolyn and DeWitt Beelar (daughter and son-in-law of shipmate, Harold Cheetum and wife Shirley) to entertain us while photos were being taken. After the banquet meal our entertainment was the "Plantation Singers". 

Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport
North Charleston, South Carolina
April 30-May 4, 2014
Chaired by: William J. Kradelman
Attendance: 53+ total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Shipmates of the USS Ingaham (DD-694) enjoyed a great reunion in beautiful Charles, SC.  Attendees visited the H. L. Hunley, saw the sites of historic Charleston, enjoyed Patriots Point, the USS Torktown and the USS Laffey.  Members enjoyed a great dinner tour of the harbor, beautiful Magnolia Plantation and visited the gravesite of Capt. Duncan Ingraham at Magnolia Cemetery.  Most of all mates spent time with old friends and new.  A great time was had by all! Click here for photo.

Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson, Arizona
October 12-15, 2011
Chaired by: Lee Israelson
Attendance: 81 total/41 shipmates
Highlights: We went on a tour of the Pima Air Museum and Bone Yard. Very interesting places to see. Went to Tombstone on another tour and spent time at the OK Corral Shootout and Boot Hill and the many shops in Tombstone. Great Place to visit and step back in time.

Riverside Hotel and Casino
Laughlin, Nevada
October 23-27, 2011
Chaired by: Tony Kubat
Attendance: 25 total/11 shipmates
Highlights: Room prices, show price, meal prices, hospitality room was great. River cruise, Rte. 66 Museum, back road ride to Oatman, AZ on Rte. 66. Hotel staff took good care of us. There was much more to do besides gambling, car museum, movies in the hotel, food was good.

Millennium Airport Hotel
Buffalo, New York
September 10-13, 2014
Chaired by: Bob and Linda McFarland, son of shipmate Robert McFarland
Attendance: 15 total/6 shipmates
Highlights: Our usual times meeting and greeting, then the Sea Stories, by the Jeffers Crew members and families.  Time was spent at the Millennium Mall, shopping and eating.  While some took in the Falls of Niagara and others visited the Best Fire Museum, that's my opinion, in the country.  We visited the USS SULLIVANS and other displays at the Buffalo Park.

Our banquet was a catered dinner by the hotel in one of the private rooms.  Music was furnished by a trio that played 40's and 50's music.  Very entertaining.  We also had our Chinese Auction and 50/50 drawing.

It was decided that in 2015 we would meet somewhere in Minnesota. 

Fairfield Hotel
Kingsburg, California
May 16-20, 2012
Chaired by: Maury Nyberg
Attendance: 45 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: Kingsburg is a Swedish town. The Swedish Parade was on a Saturday. The float the JENKINS crew was on won second place on Swedish Themes.

Town & Country
San Diego, California
September 12 to 14, 2013
Chaired by: Ron Berry
Attendance: 74 total/37 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of USS Midway, Coronado Beach

Comfort Suites of Ashley
Charleston, South Carolina
June 3-7, 2013
Chaired by: Ed Garrett/Matt Cummings
Attendance: 62 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: This year's reunion, although plagues with rainy weather, could not dampen the spirits of the shipmates and their guests of the JOHN KING. From the opening Luau/pizza party to the closing Ships Banquet all who attended had a great time. A highlight was in addition to the regular Ships auction, the wives had their own auction, which was a great success and the proceeds went to funding the next reunion. All present enjoyed the Dinner Cruise of Charleston Harbor, a tour of Fort Sumter and a tour of the American Tea Plantation. The next reunion will be in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015. Thanks to The Tin Can Sailors for their gifts for the Auction they were well received and appreciated.

Red Lion Hotel on the River
Portland, Oregon
September 24-28, 2014
Chaired by: Curtis Duval
Attendance: 62 total/34 shipmates
Highlights:: Portland, Oregon was the sight of our ship's 24th reunion.  Our bus tours included seeing the Coty of Portland, the Wahkeena & Multnomah Falls, Mt. Sr. Helen's and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum featuring How Hughes' Spruce Goose.  A memorial service was held at the Vietnam Memorial.  We boarded the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a two hour dinner cruise.  Our dinner dance featured great food and music at the hotel.  Goodbyes were on Sunday till next year's reunion.

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Village Inn Event Center
Clemmons, North Carolina
October 1-4, 2013
Chaired by: Keith D. Brauer
Attendance: 78 total/35 shipmates
Highlights: A wonderful time was had by all, renewing old friendships and making new ones. The weather was perfect, 70s to low 80's. We held our memorial service at the hotel outside in the garden area. The hospitality room was always in use during the open hours. Restaurants and activities ere close by and a very large shopping mall one exit away. The highlight of the reunion was the memorial service. We had the duet "Only Grace" sing as the members came to the memorial and to sing as the service was over. But, no one left, the girls had to stop singing before anyone would leave. It was indeed a grand reunion. Click here for photo

Magnusun Grand
South Bend, Indiana
July 25-28, 2012
Chaired by: Howard Barrett
Attendance: 74 total/40 shipmates
Highlights: A great time was had by all. Visited Jayco RV, Shipshewana, IN, Studebaker Museum, Notre Dame Campus, College Football Hall of Fame and many fine restaurants, highlighted by a reunion banquet and memorial service.

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Norfolk, VA
Oct 2-6 2013
Chaired by Len Budzynski
Attendance 59 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: The welcome reception, a opening night buffet and gathering at our hospitality room. The MacArthur Memorial visit and Spirit of Norfolk harbor tour and lunch. Both events were excellent, seeing 11 galleries of Gen MacArthur history and the opportunity for a close up view of all the ships in port. The second tour day we went to the Navy base and then to Nauticus. The Naval base tour was not well received, a quick drive through the base followed by lunch at a very over crowded cafeteria. Nauticus was great, the museum, the USS Wisconsin, and all the educational exhibits. Also it was only a couple blocks from our hotel so any who wanted could stay until closing. Saturday night was the banquet. Four shipmates from the forties were in attendance including two plank owners.

The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
May 16-19, 2013
Chaired by: Robert Nava
Attendance: 42 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Our reunion included beautiful weather, bright lights of Vegas highlighted by trips to the new "Mob Museum", Fremont Street, Hoover Dam, Boulder City and the Clark County Museum. We swapped lots of "Ol' Sea Stories", joked and had fabulous food at our two banquets. Some shipmates explored Vegas on their own while others enjoyed our hospitality room. We conducted our annual business meeting, selected San Antonio for the 2014 reunion and welcomed three newcomers to the reunion. A good time was had by all!

Mobile, Alabama
October 11-14, 2012
Chaired by: Pete Pennington
Attendance: 24 total/14 shipmates
Highlights: This was our 8th reunion. Tours included the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida; city of Mobile; USS Alabama (BB-60). Friday evening dinner featured Cajun food and a Mardi Gras celebration. The Saturday evening banquet featured a rib-eye dinner. Our speaker was CDR. Joel Stewart, Executive Officer of USS Anchorage (LPD-23). He spoke of the LPDs as a new class of amphibious ships, the evolution of the modern Navy and the mission of the Littoral Combat Ships LCS-1 and LCS-2. The next reunion will be in October 2014 at Norfolk/Newport News, Virginia.

Hampton Inn
Westport, Massachusetts
October 6-9, 2011
Chaired by: Ray Samson
Attendance: 28 total/14 shipmates
Highlights: Memorial Service held aboard the KENNEDY at Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts. Banquet held at White's of Westport. All agreed to support another October reunion for 2012. Thanks to all crew members and their families and the Tin Can Sailors for their raffle items.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 19-23, 2014
Chaired by: George G. Scott
Attendance: 18 total/8 shipmates
Highlights: Everyone had a good time.

Sand Dunes Resort
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
May 31 to June 3, 2012
Chaired by: Pete Smith
Attendance: 58 total/35 shipmates
Highlights: The 27th USS Knapp Reunion is now a collection of fond memories, and based on the reaction of those that attended, it was one they shall always remember. Kristina Aaronson was our host at the Sand Dunes Resort and was available to help us whenever we needed her including the weekend. Both the welcome dinner Thursday night and Saturday night banquet were excellent. Everyone got enough to eat at the Giant Crab Restaurant on Friday night which featured a 170 item buffet. This was followed by a great variety show at the Alabama Theatre that featured a salute to all of the crew members of the Knapp. Great family entertainment and we appreciated their salute to the USS Knapp. We held our Memorial Service in the Hall of Heroes which is a museum dedicated to the military that fought in all wars from 1812 to the present and it was a moving service that honored all of our shipmates that have passed away since our last reunion. For the above reasons, we would highly recommend the Sand Dunes Resort for any military reunion. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank The Tin Can Sailors Assoc. for providing the free gifts and which we used for our auction/raffle and your continued support of the Navy destroyer veterans.

Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
San Diego, California
May 6-8, 2012
Chaired by: Wayne Reynolds
Attendance: 28 total/13 shipmates
Highlights:: The USS Knudson's Reunion for 2012 was held in San Diego at the Holiday Inn Bayside. We had thirteen shipmates and twenty-one guests attending. Finally an officer was in attendance who was on board the ship in 1954-56. Our tours were provided by San Diego In-Bound Tours. The tours included a tour of the Midway Aircraft Carrier followed by a cruise on the bay with box lunch. The following day was a tour of the city, Old Town and to Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial (very impressive). An excellent lunch was provided by Bali Hai. Tuesday evening was the banquet which was preceded by the Naval Sea Cadet Color guard. We were so impressed by the city, hotel service and tours we are going back May 19, 2013. So needless to say a good time was had by all. Click here for photo.

Quality Inn & Suites at Patriot's Point
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
September 28-October 1, 2014
Chaired by: Jill Michel/Sonny Walker
Attendance: 138 total/65 shipmates
Highlights: Trip to Tea Plantation.  Memorial Tree & Plaque Dedication at Patriot's Point.  Memorial Service aboard Laffey.  Guest Speaker at banquet was Major General James Livingston, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient (Vietnam).  Very inspiring.  A great time was had by all.

Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Clearwater, Florida
September 17-20, 2014
Chaired by: Alfred Redden
Attendance: 66 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: On day one we did a tour of Tampa.  In the afternoon we had a tour of the American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship.  We had a lunch break between the two tours.  On the second day we toured the Florida Aquarium with lunch on site.  That evening we visited the Tampa Bay Brewing Company.  On Saturday we had our business meeting with the dinner and pictures that evening.

Drury Inn and Suites North
San Antonio, Texas
September 8-12, 2014
Chaired by: Donald L. Kuhn
Attendance: 35 total/10 shipmates
Highlights: Visiting Fredericksburg, Texas to see the National Museum of the Pacific War (Home of the Admiral Nimitz Museum).  Also seeing the Alamo and the history behind it and the River Walk.

Embassy Suites
Tempe, Arizona
October 20-24, 2014
Chaired by: Scott Sheffer
Attendance: 77 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: We toured the Phoenix area, with out memorial service at the USS Arizona WWII Memorial.  That evening, we enjoyed a "Cowboy Cookout" in the mountains, with live entertainment by a good friend of one of our shipmates.  We visited Fort Verde and the Red Rocks of Sedona, with a picnic lunch at the Red Rock State Park.  Finally we toured Pueblo Guarde, the Desert Botanical Garden in old town Scottsdale.  Next reunion will be in Cleveland, OH, Fall 2015.

Embassy Suites
Savannah, Georgia
September 25-October 1, 2014
Chaired by: Fred Shields
Attendance: 39 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Embassy Suites has free parking, a shuttle from the airport and elegant food.  Highly recommended hotel.  Took tour of Savannah with lunch on River Boat.  Toured Ft. Jackson and Bonaventure Cemetery.  Lunch at Pirate's House.  Very good.

Holiday Inn
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 24-27, 2014
Chaired by: Bob Bishop and Earl Floyd
Attendance: 80 total/37 shipmates
Highlights: Had 51 people tour Norfolk, NOB and MacArthur Memorial with lunch on the base.  Second tour was on the Wisconsin Battleship, Nauticus Museum, River Tour up to NOB with lunch on the trips.  Saturday had supper at the hotel.  At our meeting Sat. afternoon voted for Philly for 2016.

The Queen Mary
Long Beach, California
September 26 to 29, 2013
Chaired by: David and Donna Wertz
Attendance: 122 total/45 shipmates
Highlights: Our 25th annual reunion. The Queen Mary was a historical venue and had many activities on board and a complimentary bus to downtown Long Beach. Everyone boarded buses and was taken to Newport Beach for a Champagne Brunch on John Wayne's yacht, The Wild Goose, along with Roger's Gardens and Fashion Island.

Holiday Inn
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
September 11-14, 2014
Attendance: 61 total/35 shipmates
Highlights: Our first reunion was held in Baton Rouge 25 years ago, so here we celebrated our anniversary.

We toured the USS Kidd, a WWII Fletcher Class Destroyer and the adjoining museum which displays personal artifacts and a large collection of model ships.

Most of the attendees made the trip over to New Orleans to visit the WWI Museum.  Well worth the trip.

Always a highlight is the hospitality room - a room where we gather for snacks, refreshments, card games and story telling.

Saturday night we had our banquet and afterwards our guest speaker Mr. Randy Smith who was one of the last Marines taken off the roof of the Embassy in Vietnam.  We heard his story on how chaotic the exodus was and how he and his fellow Marines had to wait for their turn for the helicopter to come for them.  His presentation was accompanied by a slide show.

After the Sunday morning breakfast we wished all well and will meet again next September in Wichita, KS for the 2015 reunion.

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Embassy Suites-Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
October 1-4, 2014
Chaired by: Gary White and Jim Storey
Attendance: 48 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: On Thursday the group enjoyed a New Orleans City tour and lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company followed by an afternoon at the National WWII Museum.  Friday saw the group touring the swamp and observing alligators, etc. in their natural habitat.  Later we toured Oak Alley and Laura Plantations on River Road.  Saturday, the USS Kidd DD-661 hosted the group for a tour everyone enjoyed tremendously.  Saturday evening the reunion closed with a banquet until next year in Reno, NV.

Jacksonville, Florida
April 30-May 4, 2014
Chaired by: Roslyn and Harold Kane
Attendance: 94 total
Highlights: Had The USS Manley (DD-940) Association held its 14th reunion in Jacksonville, Florida.  There were 94 total attendees including 4 first timers.  The first night was a poolside BBQ buffet with a DJ.  Dancing under the stars by the pool was very cool.  The next day we took a tour of the Naval Station with a stop at the NEX, stopped at the Chief's Club to talk to some of the chiefs and had a great lunch on the base.  In the afternoon we had a memorial service at the Jacksonville Veteran's Wall.  The names of deceased members were read and TAPS played.
After this was tour of JAX.
The next day was a tour of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach.  The rain dampened the activities but still a good day.
Saturday was a free day.  We had a grand banquet at night with a DJ.  Partied for 6pm to 11pm.  We voted to make a donation to the JAX Historic Ship's Association.
The next reunion will be held in April 2016 in the Southeast.
The reunion had great support from the Marriott, Active Escapes and A-1 Majestic Sound.
Strongly recommend these for your reunion.

Hampton Inn
Westport/Fall River, Massachusetts
September 10-13, 2014
Chaired by: Tom Harper
Attendance: 52 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: Visited Battleship Cove.  Toured the "Breakers" (a mansion) in Newport, ri.  Visited Naval War College Museum.  On the 13th had a memorial service in Hyannis for Richard C. Archer, MM2, KIA 25 September 1967, Operation Sea Dragon, NVN.  He'll never be forgotten by this crew.

Quality Inn
Mystic, Connecticut
September 15-19, 2014
Chaired by: James Bell
Attendance: 118 total/56 shipmates
Highlights: Toured Fort Griswold Park, US Submarine Memorial, US Coast Guard Academy and Battleship Cove, Massachusetts.

Days Inn
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
October 13-16, 2014
Chaired by: John Goodman
Attendance: 27 total/13 shipmates
Highlights: We had a very enjoyable three days.  The hotel personel were very accommodating and helpful.  We toured the battlefield on Tuesday and Eisenhower's house & farm on Wednesday.

USS MEREDITH (DD-434/726/890)
Crowne Plaza River Walk
San Antonio, Texas
October 17-21, 2012
Chaired by: Dick Kutschbach
Highlights: The reunion officially ran from Wednesday, October 17th through Sunday, October 21st where we stayed at the Crowne Plaza River Walk located at 111 East Pecan Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.  Many arrived early and took advantage of the time to meet friends and take side trips and adventures on their own.  Wednesday evening was the welcome group dinner where we board the Rio Taxi to cruise to the Casa Rio Restaurant where a genuine Tex-Mex dinner was served in the Texas Room.  After dinner we board a river barge and cruise along the famous San Antonio River Walk.  On Thursday morning we did the San Antonio Missions tour visiting the San Jose Mission and the Amazing Alamo.  Thursday evening we enjoyed an evening of entertainment at Rio Cibolo Ranch where we feed the Longhorns and Llamas before enjoying a traditional cowboy BBQ dinner and entertainment of cowboy tails and rope tricks and marshmallows by the camp fire.  On Friday morning we toured San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, and Gunther House in the King William Historic District, concluding at the Mercado Mexican Market where we had time to shop and have lunch.  Friday evening was our annual Banquet Dinner at the hotel were some of us dressed up in our uniforms and danced.  Before dinner we were entertained by the Air Force band of the West with some military music and Anchors Away.  Before dinner we held a memorial for our shipmates that had passed this past year and the playing of TAPS.  During dinner we were entertained by Paul Kandera and Company with dinner music and dance music afterwards.  Saturday morning we held our annual business meeting where we discuss the association’s business at hand.  See the business meeting summary below.  Afterwards we embarked the bus to Fredericksburg and the National Museum of the Pacific War, most noted for its Pacific Combat Zone and the Nimitz Museum.  As usual some of the most enjoyable times were while in our hospitality suite where we reacquainted with friends, told old sea tales and enjoyed our favorite beverages.  As we departed we all look forward to our reunion next year in the New Orleans area.

Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri
September 11-15, 2013
Chaired by: Eleanor and Roy Klock
Attendance: 39 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Excellent tours to the St. Louis Arch, the famous and beautiful/majestic Basillica, riverboat (paddle) dinner cruise, city bus tour including Forest Park, Busch Brewery and a view of the Clydesdale horses, the time spent with shipmates (and wives) of 62-63 years in the hospitality room.

Buffalo, New York
June 16-20, 2015
Chaired by: Butch Wentz
Attendance: 27 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Naiagara Falls. Naval Park, Buffalo.

Ramada Inn
Waterloo, Iowa
September 9-12, 2012
Chaired by: Marjorie Lemster
Attendance: 30 total/15 shipmates
Highlights: Toured John Deere Assembly Plant, had lunch and a tour of the Sullivan Brothers Museum. Memorial service was held at Veterans memorial Hall on Cedar River with local VFW representatives. Banquet & mystery play at Brown Bottle Ristorante.

Homewood Suites
Reno, Nevada
May 1-5, 2015
Chaired by: Keith Beckett
Attendance: 21 total/1 shipmates
     Fellowship and special memorial venue at Carmel of Reno 5/4/15.

     Lunch at Howard Á Bath Buchler's on 5/2/15.

     Fun of annual banquet 5/3/15.

Heathman Lodge
Vancouver, Washington
June 5-9, 2013
Chaired by: John Kieft
Attendance: 98 total/51 shipmates
Highlights: The USS MORTON's ninth reunion started with a Wednesday night reception in the beautiful Heathman Lodge. Tours included a trip to Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam, the Rose Gardens in Portland, a tour of a WWII PT Boat and a Vietnam era PBR. On Saturday we toured the submarine USS BLUEBACK, one of the last diesel submarines. Saturday night was our banquet with our guest speaker, Command Master Chief Greg Renick, USN. During the reunion all shipmates received a challenge coin featuring the motto and ship outline with dates of service. MORTON's next reunion will be in Buffalo, New York in 2015.

Crowne Plaza Downtown
St. Louis, Missouri
September 11-13, 2014
Chaired by: Dan Fagen
Attendance: 38 total/13 shipmates
Highlights: We had 1 WWII vet and 2 WWI widows attending. Also 1 crew member who attended his 1st reunion. Everyone had a good time touring St. Louis.

Mobile, Alabama
October 11-14, 2012
Chaired by: Don Baribault
Attendance: 28 total/16 shipmates
Highlights: Had a great group. Visited Battleship Memorial Park and National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

NEWPORT DEALEYS (DE-1006, 1014, 1015, 1021, 1022, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030)
Adams Best Western
Boston (Quincy), Massachusetts
September 4-7, 2014
Chaired by: Mike Upchurch (MM2) USS Van Voorhis (DE-1028)
Attendance: 75 total/44 shipmates
The Newport Dealeys which consist of the nine Dealey class ships stationed in Newport, RI, from 1954-1973, gathered at the Adams Best Western Hotel in Quincy, MA for our 16th annual reunion.  Mike Upchurch MM2, USS Van Voorhis, was the chairman for the event.  Seventy five shipmates and guests began arriving on Thursday and enjoyed a light fare of chicken wings and pizza, followed by a Chief Rich Legg creation, the Dealey Feud game hosted by Tony Zeloe of the USS Lester.  Out Friday tour to the Plymouth Plantation provided us with a historical insight to the harsh lives endured by the pilgrims during the early days in New England settlements.  The evening entertainment consisted of another of Chief Legg productions "How I Caught My Dealey Sailor" where shipmate's wedding pictures were projected on a screen and we had to guess who they were.  Once revealed, the wives then were asked to give us a short story of how they met.

Oh how young we were back then!

Saturday's tour took us to the Boston Navy Yard and the USS Constitution.  A stop at Quincy Market for shopping and lunch was followed by a narrated Boston city tour.  The post Saturday evening banquet activities included our raffle where attendees names were pulled from a hat to win navy themed prizes.  Steve Kittle, USS Lester, won the grand prize, the Newport Dealeys porthole clock.  Dancing and socializing completed the evening.

The business meeting attendees voted Warwick, RI for our 2016 reunion location.  Next year, 2015, the Newport Dealeys reunion will be held in Cincinnati, OH, with LCDR Ray Hammock, YN3, USS John Willis as the Chairman.

Red Lion Inn at the Quay
Vancouver, Washington
June 4-8, 2015
Chaired by: Mike Carroll EMC, USN (Ret.)
Attendance: 69 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Evergreen Aviation Museum, Oregon Dinner Cruise on Stern Wheeler on the Columbia. Saturday Market

Embassy Suites Savannah Airport
Savannah, Georgia
September 25-28, 2014
Chaired by: Bert Johnson and Ed Mehl
Attendance: 105 total/51 shipmates
Highlights: A luncheon and tour of the Mighty Eighth Museum began our reunion.  Our second day began with a trolley tour of the city and lunch at Ladys and Sons (Paula Deen).  Our bang out was on the Riverboat tour.  Capt. Massimo was presented with a Quilt of Valor by the crew.  2015 reunion will be in New Orleans.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 18-22, 2013
Chaired by: Richard L. Bohmer
Attendance: 47 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Elected new officers for the USS O'BANNON Shipmates Association for the next two years. Next reunions are planned for San Diego--2014 and Nashville--2015. Toured the Air Force Academy, train ride through Royal Gorge and Garden of the Gods.

Hotel-Airport Holiday Inn, Erlanger, Kentucky
June 20-June 24, 2012
Chaired by: Robert L. Orleck
Attendance: 170total/68 shipmates
Highlights:  We had a great reunion in Northern Kentucky, one of our best! Opened with registration in our spacious hospitality room and served Cincinnati Chili. .  Also had breakfast each day as part of the registration in the hospitality room!
Did two optional events!  June 20, 55 went to the Kentucky Horse Park and on June 24th 52 people witnessed the Reds/Twins Major League Baseball Game.  In pre-game our men Norman Terrell, Chet Cernac, Louis Jagucki (plank owner) and Chas Staples led by Dennis Cantwell were the Color Guard for the National Anthem sung by Marie Mazziotti, our entertainer from New York.  On YouTube if you are interested.  
Did a luncheon cruise down the Ohio River on a Paddlewheel Boat with a hired banjo player!  First banquet was as the Newport Hofbraushaus, an authentic German Beer Garden.  Second Banquet was at the Hotel with Marie entertaining, speaker and an auction.  Third Banquet was at Wright Patterson Air Force, National Aeronautics Museum with the curator, Terry Aitken, speaking, active Air Force Color Guard and entertainment by the Air Force Band, Systems Go.  Outstanding night!  Unbelievable historic aircraft!  On Saturday afternoon attended the Cincinnati Museum (WWII) the Museum of Natural History and the Creation Museum .  Our Memorial Service was outstanding at the Newport Peace Bell where we had the Newport Police Honor Guard and Chaplain led service.  The reunion ended with a Chaplain led church service and breakfast.  Next Reunion San Diego in 2014!

Golden Nugget
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 26-29, 2012
Chaired by: Byron Sayre
Attendance: 69 total/41 shipmates
Highlights: During the reunion we caught up with old friends, met new friends and made many decisions about the future of our organization, including electing new leadership. Highlights were definitely the Pool Party and Saturday Night Dinner. The raffle at the dinner proved to be popular with lots of prizes given away. 

Radisson Hotel Fossil Creek
Ft. Worth, Texas
September 10-14, 2014
Chaired by: Billy Orr and Dave Johnson
Attendance: 72 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: We had 5 shipmates attend for the first time.  This was the 24th reunion.  The 2015 reunion will be in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Sea Mist Resort
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 2-6, 2014
Chaired by: Ken Annino
Attendance: 89 total/46 shipmates
Highlights: Included attending Alabama Theater's Production of "One, the Show"; Ladies Tea & Social at Ripley's Aquarium & Lake Broadway; Bus tour of Charleston, SC and visit to Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant, SC to tour USS Yorktown (CV-10) and USS Laffey (DD-752); Outstanding dinners at Giant Crab Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC and Land's End Restaurant in Georgetown, SC.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 2-5, 2013
Chaired by: Anthony & Florence Cellucci
Attendance: 94 total/50 shipmates
Highlights: In September, 2013, we celebrated our 26th reunion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Our reunion included a trip to Gettysburg, the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ, as well as a tour of Philadelphia's historic sites.
It was a fun filled week of reminiscing and updating as well as making plan for the 2015 Reunion in Colorado Springs.  Click here for a group picture.

Holiday Inn Mobile Airport
Mobile, Alabama
May 12-16, 2015
Chaired by: John S. Pinto
Attendance: 48 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Two new members attended. We had many memorable events. Our tours I would say was the thing most enjoyed by all. Out tour to Pensacola National Aviation Museum and the Blue Angels Practice Demo was a sight to see and we had the best seats in the house. We thank all who made it happen at the Museum. Lunch at the Cubi Bar Cafe was an experience. The food was pretty good. The tour company we had was excellent. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and the tour of the USS Drum submarine were great. We went aboard the Drum and had lunch in the wardroom aboard the Battleship Alabama. We visited Fort Conde History Museum. For a short visit it was very interesting. We had our sword cutting ceremony. Lou House who passed away in January will be missed along with Dan Parent, a plankowner who could not make it because of illness. Dan, we missed you. Trip to Ingalls Shipyard along the river in Pascagoula, MS, was the highlight of my trip. it is where where destroyers and other ships are built. We honored our fallen shipmates at the banquet dinner. I would say these were the highlights of the reunion. All enjoyed and learned some history. Infor for 2016 (Washington, DC, area) and for 2017 (Columbia, GA) will be posted in the newsletter and on our website.

Charleston, South Carolina
May 13-17, 2015
Chaired by: Larry DiPasquale
Attendance: 54 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: Tours to Hunley submarine, Patriot's Point and Boone Plantation. Friday evening dinner and Saturday evening banquet.

Holiday Inn South
Baton Rouge, Louisianna
October 12-16, 2011
Chaired by: Chuck Parsons
Attendance: 89 total/50 shipmates
Highlights: USS KIDD & Memorial Service were excellent. Hotel was very accommodating and bus drivers were friendly and cautious with their driving. Our day trip to New Orleans was a lot of fun. We recommend Baton Rouge with a day trip to the USS ORLECK in Lake Charles.  Click here for photo.

Detroit, Michigan
September 27, 2012
Chaired by: Barbara Pohl
Highlights: Click here

Ramada Inn Metairie
New Orleans Area, Louisiana
September 17-21, 2014
Chaired by: Kent Phemister
Attendance: 68 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: Out reunion hotel was conveniently located about halfway between New Orleans Airport and the Downtown.  Our first event was Thursday Morning's bus ride to New Orlean's incredible WWII Museum where we enjoyed a box lunch.  It was followed by an informative bus tour of the city.  Friday morning we traveled by bus for a walking visit and lunch at the historic Houmas House Plantation on the Mississippi River.  That evening we held our Shipmate's banquet.  Our featured speaker was Ron Williams, the executive at the USS Orleck Naval Museum in Lake Charles, LA.  His presentation outlined the difficulties in turning a retired ship into a first class naval museum.  Of course, It is all about money.

Our general meeting with 26 shipmates in attendance was held on Saturday morning with Portland, OR, designated a 2015's reunion site.  That evening we enjoyed a spectacular dinner and show at the WWII museum.

Holiday Inn Baymeadows
Jacksonville, Florida
March 30-April 2, 2014
Chaired by: Bob & Lori Simon
Attendance: 52 shipmates
Highlights: We had great guided tours of Jacksonville and the Anheuser-Busch brewery, St. Augustine and Naval Station Mayport along with shopping at the NEX.  There were our Special Sea Daddies, first-time attendees and fantastic stories including a non-publishable account from the Cuban Missile Crisis and who had liberty in Havana.  Paul Keplinger displayed an extensive collection of spectacular photos and memorabilia.  Lester Brown, Jim Mach and others brought their impressive documents and pictures.  Bruce MacDougall and George Hutman showed outstanding 72-73 Vietnam and Shellback movies.  1946 member Jim Goggin, after the Fountain of Youth, was our youngest member.  CO/CAPT Pete Peterson, with his wife Robyn, gave our banquet invocation and a prayer to remember our departed shipmates and friends.  LTjg Roy Greenfield trained volunteers to perform our special entertainment before our DJ played dancing music.  The Holiday Inn and staff were superb.  Special thanks to Lori Simon, Shirley Hebert, Joyce Shrum, Darlene Snider and Jean Dom Dera for their help.  The perfect weather was a delight after the long and miserable winter.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 8-11, 2013
Chaired by: Harry Schoenagel
Attendance: 88 total/42 shipmates
Highlights: Oldest Plank Owner was 92 years old and served in WWII. Two other plank owners attended. Next year our reunion will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Best entertainment in Myrtle Beach was (1) Alabama and (2) Carolina Opry).

The Inn at Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor, Washington
September 11-13, 2014
Chaired by: Jon Remington
Attendance: 27 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Toured USS Turner Joy Museum Ship and had lunch on mess decks. Toured Seattle on Saturday with the highlight of the Chihuly Glass Museum and the waterfront.

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
September 23-27, 2013
Chaired by: Buck Saurman
Attendance: 32 total/13 shipmates (2 from WWII)
Highlights: On Tuesday, driving our own cars, we visited Gettysburg National Military Park, watched the movie, took the guided bus tour of the battlefield and then went in to see the Cyclorama painting painted in the late 1880s by Paul Philippoteaux, who, with his assistants, took more than a year painting on canvas the battle of Gettysburg, resulting in an oil painting that measured more than 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. Wednesday we took a tour of Amish country and shopped at a couple of their stores. Then guided tour of Pennsylvania Railroad Museum followed by a ride on the beautifully restored, coal burning steam trail at Strasburg Railroad. Thursday toured Fort Hunter and Mansion House along the Susquehanna River. Then toured the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. It was a great place to have a reunion. The hotel had a restaurant with breakfast buffet, plus a couple more restaurants within walking distance. We did not use bus tours because of the small attendance and using our own cars worked out perfectly.

Sheraton Pentagon
Arlington, Virginia
October 7-12, 2014
Chaired by: Mrs. Leslie Collins Voges & Elmer Swearingen, President
Attendance: 41 total/14 shipmates
Highlights: The most solemn highlight was the wreath ceremony at Arlington - a goal for 25 years accomplished.  Next was waiting 45 in rain to enter the Washington Monument; then a box lunch & a 3 hour tour of the Navy Museum at WNY.  It was great to have the son & grandson of the 1st CO Ben Bencoe and the wife of an ensign who retired as admirals.  A great reunion.  Click here for pictures

Clarion Hotel
Branson, Missouri
September 29-October 4, 2013
Chaired by: Mike Cipolla
Attendance: 52 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Branson was excellent. Gatherings Plus was our Reunion Planner. They were outstanding. The Clarion Hotel was another great help. The food, hospitality room was one of the best. I would recommend both to any planner. Very Pro Military.

Crowne Plaza Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida
May 20-25, 2015
Chaired by: Tom Reinert
Attendance: 116 total/73 shipmates
Highlights: Our group served on the Sammy B. when she hit a mine in the Persian Gulf April 14, 1988. This was the decommissioning of our ship that we were in Jacksonville for. There were shipmates here that we had not seen in 27 years. We cannot wait for our next reunion in 2018.

The Queen Mary
Long Beach, California
September 10-13, 2014
Chaired by: Bob Culver
Attendance: 63 total/21 shipmates including 2 Plank Owners
Highlights: Tour of the USS Iowa. Live play "Trying".  Tour of the Warner Bros. Studio.

The Town and Country Inn and Conference Center
Charleston, South Carolina
October 13-17, 2014
Chaired by: Jack Duegaw
Attendance: 23 total/10 shipmates (including 1 plankowner)
Highlights: Visits to the Old Market, Patriot's Point (USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, SS Clamagore, Mash Unit), Hobson Memorial (DMS-25), the Battery/Charleston Harbor and shopping. Reunion Banquet at the Town and Country Inn.

Marriott Suites
Deerfield, Illinois
October 9-12, 2014
Chaired by: Bill Skillin
Attendance: 60 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: One of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed at.  The breakfast buffet and banquet were both great.  About tours took us to Great Lakes, Cantiny and the U505 Submarine.  All three were excellent tours.  Kimberly of the Lake county CVB was also lots of help.

Belle of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
October 3-6, 2013
Chaired by: Thomas gould
Attendance: 44 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Friday trip to WWII Museum in New Orleans. Saturday morning memorial service in USS KIDD Museum due to rain. Saturday night banquet featured band from Baton Rouge Music Studio, high schoolers aged 13-17. Incredible performance!

Inn at Ellis Square
Savannah, Georgia
May 15-19, 2012
Chaired by: S.G. Gilbreath
Attendance: 60 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: If you have a reunion group looking for the perfect site, look at Savannah, Georgia. The sign at the state line said it all, "Thanks for Having Georgia on Your Mind". Two years ago the reunion committee started work on the 24th reunion for the USS Smalley (DD-565) Association. What a great success. Bravo Zulu to all. Headquarters was The Inn at Ellis Square. Savannah is a city of Squares, it seems every third block has a square. Each of the squares has its own character, statue or fountain and unique histoyr. history buffs could spend months here just researching. Early risers boarded an Old Savannah Tours trolley for an overview tour of the Savannah Historic District. Tours ended at Lady & Sons Restaurant for a buffet lunch. Organizers had been informed this was a requisite stop in Savannah. (Lady & Sons is owned and operated by Food TV's Paula Deen.) This was our first introduction to Southern cuisine. Next was a visit to The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Once again history buffs would glory in the life of the 8th from its days as part of the Army Air Force through WWII, transition into the U.S. Air Force then through the Korean and Vietnam actions. This history is traced through the use of restored aircraft, dioramas and film clips. The museum's chapel was the site of a Memorial Service where fourteen deceased crewmembers were memorialized. This was followed by lunch at the museum's Miss Sophie's Restaurant. Final activities of the reunion were our annual business meeting and a formal banquet in the Inn at Ellis Square's Magnolia Room. Now on to San Antonio, TX for next year's reunion.

USS SOMERS (DD-381/DD-947/DDG-34)
LaQuinta Inns and Suites
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 14-18, 2015
Chaired by: Mike DeLaurentis, CDR, USN (Ret.)
Attendance: 83 total/50 shipmates
Highlights: Attended by two (2) WWII veterans from USS Somers DD-381 and they were visited by Frank Vito (WWII) from USS Omaha CL-2 as they patrolled the Atlantic together. Events attended included the WWII Museum, Steamboat Natchez Day Jazz Cruise with Lunch, the Jean LaFitte Swamp Tour and the Aquarium of the America's Tour. A group dinner was held at the Oceana Grill in the French Quarter attended by 77.

Mobile, Alabama
September 18-22, 2012
Chaired by: John Jones
Attendance: 46 total
Highlights: We enjoyed several tours which included the naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Florida, Mardi Gras Carnival Museum, a safari cruise on the Five Rivers Delta, the WWII sub Drum and the Battleship Alabama. While at the Alabama we had our memorial service at the veterans wall. The Marine Color Guard presented the colors. We were joined by the ROTC of Mobile. It was a very moving ceremony. For those of you who haven't visited Mobile you should consider this for your next reunion. Our next reunion will be held in Washington, D.C. in September 2014 and the following reunion in Las Vegas September 2016. Click here for reflections from a shipmate.

Sheraton Baltimore Washington BWI
Baltimore, Maryland
September 10-14, 2014
Chaired by: Michael Kenney
Attendance: 80 total/46 shipmates
Highlights: Free hotel buffet breakfast.  Memorial service at Green Mount Cemetery.  Lunch at Nick's.  Buzzed by Blue Angels.  Walters Art Museum.  Your of Baltimore.  Tour of DC.  Lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill.  Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia
April 23-26, 2015
Chaired by: John Evans
Attendance: 142 total/77 shipmates
Highlights: This was our 23rd Annual Reunion and the largest turnout ever. The daughter of the lady who christened the ship was present and brought the original bottle that was used. A nephew of the marine for whom the ship is named was present also. 82 people toured the Norfolk Navy Base and visited the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51). We also had a large group attend the Virginia International Tattoo.

Johnson & Wales Inn
Seekonk, Massachusetts
October 13-16, 2011
Chaired by: Keith Grimes
Attendance: 83 total/53 shipmates
Highlights: What a reunion! Thanks to the expertise of the Johnson & Wales Inn everything went smoothly. Registration was on Thursday, in the hospitality room. Tin Can Sailors provided a display; they netted four new members. Friday we toured Boston with 67 passengers; transportation was provided by Conway Bus Lines. Saturday was a "free" day. Some toured the local area attractions including Battleship Cove. Saturday evening was the reunion dinner. We were proud to have captain Thomas G. Kelley, a US Navy Vietnam veteran and winner of the Medal of Honor as our guest speaker. Captain Kelley was aboard the STICKELL from 1964 to 1966. Following the dinner there was an auction and raffle.

New London Plaza
New London, Connecticut
October 14-18, 2012
Chaired by: Tom Irwin
Attendance: 55 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: On Sunday the reunion was started with everyone gathering for a welcome dinner at the New London Plaza. On Monday morning we gathered for our first tour which was on the Essex Steamtrain & Riverboat. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a wonderful time. On Tuesday we went to Fall River, MA to tour Battleship Cove. We went aboard the JOSEPH P. KENNEDY and the USS MASSACHUSETTS. We enjoyed a delicious lunch aboard the USS MASSACHUSETTS. The conclusion to our reunion was a banquet held on Wednesday evening. Next year our reunion will be held in Pensacola, Florida. Click here for photo.

USS STRONG (DD-758/467)
Holiday Inn
Pensacola, Florida
September 10-15, 2013
Chaired by: Ron Impello
Attendance: 46 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Naval Airplane Museum, USS Alabama (BB-60)

Sea Mist Resort
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
May 19-21, 2014
Chaired by: LeAnn McCullough
Attendance: 33 total/13 shipmates
Highlights: It was a package deal which included the room for 3 days, a full breakfast each morning, See Mist T-Shirts, and ticket for a variety show at the Alabama Theater in North Myrtle Beach.  Everyone attended the show and found it to be very good.  We were all happy with the whole package.  A very good time.

Branson, Missouri
September 3-7, 2014
Chaired by: Dean Agee
Attendance: 89 total/48 shipmates
Highlights: Check in day began at 13:00, Wed. 3 September at the Branson Clarion followed by a sandwich buffet in the hospitality room.

Thursday a.m. the crew boarded buses for a tour of Wilson's Creek National Civil War Battlefield followed by a soup and sandwich buffet upon return to Branson.  Thursday evening we again boarded buses for a Branson show, The Rankin Brothers, 2013 Branson entertainers of the year.  A most excellent show!

Friday a.m. was the shipmates meeting with election of officers and location for the 2016 reunion being voted on.  Charleston, SC was selected as the location for the 2016 reunion.  The balance of the day was a free day for shows and shopping.

Saturday a.m. the hospitality room was opened and the day was a free day.

Saturday at 15:45 all assembled for a group photo in the hospitality room which was followed by social hour with a cash bar.

at 18:00 there was Presentation of Colors by the Branson A. F. Jr. ROTC followed by the banquet and entertainment by Kelly Bryant of Mel's Hard Luck Diner.  As they say, "a good time was had by all."

Charleston Plaza Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina
September 21-25, 2014
Chaired by: Gerald F. Peterson 66-69
Attendance: 96 total/50 shipmates
Highlights: Another great USS Taylor biannual reunion started with our welcome meeting, introduction of new members, and our traditional cake cutting ceremony.  On the 22nd the group participated in a memorial service on board the USS Yorktown, followed by a self-guided tour of Patriot's Point and lunch in the Yorktown CPO mess.  That afternoon many of the attendees went on to tour the CSS Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Lab while others toured Boone Hall Plantation.  The next two days were open for attendees to explore the city of Charleston on their own.  The reunion concluded with an open bar reception and a spirited dinner dance.  Hope to see you all in Nashville in 2016.

Double Tree by Hilton
Cleveland, Ohio
June 20-23, 2013
Chaired by: Ron Day
Attendance: 33 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: The certificate for membership in Tin Can Sailors was presented to Frank Perella, the only WWII sailor present. The other items were used as door prizes. The other attendees were Vietnam era sailors. Everyone had a great time with some being new attendees.

Holiday Inn Opryland Airport
Nashville, Tennessee
November 15-18, 2012
Chaired by: Evan Plyler
Attendance: 23 total/10 shipmates
Highlights: Bus tour of downtown Nashville, Tennessee State Capitol, Bi-Centennial Park, The Parthenon, the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial and Vietnam Memorial, also self-guided tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Also had dinner at the Opry Backstage Grill and attended the Friday Night Grand Ole Opry Show at the Ryman Auditorium.

Crowne Plaza Dulles
Herndon, Virginia
October 15-20, 2014
Chaired by: Ron Keeler
Attendance: 57 total/25 shipmates
Highlights: Had plaque dedication and memorial service at the Navy Memorial.  Visited Naval Museum at Washington Navy Yard, Arlington National Cemetery and changing of the guard, WWII, Korean and VietNam war memorials.

Sheraton Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia
September 29-October 2, 2014
Chaired by: Grant Wilcox
Attendance: 46 total/21 shipmates
Highlights: Visit to Norfolk Naval Base.

San Diego Holiday Inn Bayside
San Diego, California
September 15-19, 2014
Chaired by: Joe Edd Jones
Attendance: 49 total/21 shipmates
Highlights: Registration on the 15th with a hotel manager's reception.  Tours Tuesday conducted on the USS Midway Museum Carrier, the Maritime Museum and a Harbor Cruise with a buffet luncheon.  Wednesday saw a 2 hour Old Town Trolley Tour.  Thursday filmed our veterans and conducted our reunion banquet.

Wyndham Suites
Glenview, Illinois
October 26-30, 2012
Chaired by: David Brown
Attendance: 78 total/39 shipmates
Highlights: Untouchables Gangster Tour and Architectural Scenic Cruise were awesome. Getting back to Great Lakes Training Center and having our Memorial Service there was a highlight. Overall a great success.

Charlestown, South Carolina
September 28-October 2, 2014
Chaired by: Phil Gendron
Attendance: 22 shipmates and wives and guests
Highlights: A wonderful time was had by all.

Holiday Inn Tampa West Shore
Tampa, Florida
October 22-26, 2014
Chaired by: Michael F. Montalbano, Sr.
Attendance: 82 total/35 shipmates
Highlights: Visited Armed Forces History Museum.  Visited SS American Victory Yacht Starship Lunch

Crowne Plaza Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
September 20-24, 2012
Chaired by: Ken Estep & Ed Bauscher
Attendance: 64 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: The W.L. Lind shipmates had a great time at their 11th reunion. From our great icebreaker on Thursday to our final Banquet Dinner Sunday night, we managed to include the following activities: a Naval Station Mayport tour with lunch at the base, a ceremony at the Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall, a hilarious show at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, St. Augustine tour and shopping, dinner looking out over the water at the Oceanfront Reef Restaurant, and a Business Meeting to plan our 12th reunion in 2014. And, we don't want to forget all the free time we had to hang out together to swap sea stories and memories of being young on the ship. No exaggerations, of course. Click here for photo.

Embassy Suites
Lexington, Kentucky
August 19 to 21, 2013
Chaired by: Keith Lemons, OSCS, USN (Ret.)
Attendance: 86 total/45 shipmates
Highlights: Had two from WWII, six from Korean War, 21 from Cold War 16 from Vietnam. Had to wear my boots!!

Best Western Plus BW1
Elkridge, Maryland
April 28-May 2, 2014
Chaired by: Kristi Adams
Attendance: 30 total/14 shipmates
Highlights: Rain didn't dampen our spirits as we toured the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Washington, DC and Baltimore.  Great time was had at our "Navy Blue & Bling" banquet.  A touching memorial service closed our reunion as we honored our departed shipmates.  Click here for photo.

Embassy Suites Airport
Kansas City, Missouri
October 9-12, 2014
Chaired by: Jerry Hudson
Attendance: 18 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: Tours of Kansas City Nelson Alkin - Money and WWI Museum.  Truman Library & tour of Independence.  The meeting of old shipmates and new members.  Click here for photo.

Crowne Plaza Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida
September 17-21, 2014
Chaired by: Stan Prager
Attendance: 48 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: 26 crew members & 22 spouses, significant others, friends & guests attended the 4th annual reunion in Jacksonville, FL.  Tours of St. Augustine, Mayport NAS & a city tour/cruise along with a memorial service at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial.  Our banquet & farewell breakfast were highlights completing the event.  We had 1 plank owner attending who addressed the attendees at our banquet of his experiences with the commissioning of the USS Warrington.

Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport
Norfolk, Virginia
May 6-9, 2015
Chaired by: Don Hempstead
Attendance: 65 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: Touring an active Navy destroyer, visited the Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus Museum and holding our Memorial Service on the fantail of the battleship. Having an ice cream cone in a cone made from the original cone making machine. Touring the Norfolk Naval Base

International Palms Resort
Cocoa Beach, Florida
October 10-13, 2013
Chaired by: Jack Walters
Attendance: 88 total/42 shipmates
Highlights: Golf outings for golfers on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. A wine and cheese reception was followed by a raffle and a welcoming luau buffet entertained by a Steel Drum and Calypso DJ. Friday, a tour of Kennedy Space Center with Lunch with an Astronaut was enjoyable even though Saturn V and Cape Canaveral were closed. Saturday a Memorial Service at the Veterans Memorial Center with a visit to the US Space Walk of Fame and Space View Park followed by lunch at Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant in Titusville. Our business meeting was followed with a dress Banquet Dinner opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and Grace before meals followed by dancing with a DJ. Farewells were expressed Sunday morning ending another wonderful reunion.

The Inn Place Airport
North Charleston, South Carolina
September 22-25, 2013
Chaired by: Committee--R. Mays Secretary
Attendance: 140 total/79 shipmates
Highlights: The most important function at any of our biannual reunions is the hospitality room. Old friends and shipmates gather and the sea stories abound. We also host a tea for the ladies where there is a Yankee Swap, this can become quite exciting for the ladies.

Courtyard Marriot Airport
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 25 to 29, 2013
Chaired by: John Andersen
Attendance: 38 total/20 shipmates
The hospitality suite was well occupied and many sea stories were shared by shipmates. Tours of Milwaukee's three favorite pizzarias, Miller Brewery and the Harley Davidson Museum were enjoyed by shipmates.

Hilton Grand Rapids Airport
Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 29 to September 2, 2012
Chaired by: Tom Farkas
Attendance: 62 total/29 shipmatess
Highlights: The reunion kicked off with a pizza party and a magic show. Thursday we took a paddlewheel boat ride to Lake Michigan from Saugatuck. Friday we visited the Gerald R. Ford Museum and had lunch at the historic Women's City Club. Saturday we went to Meijer Gardens and Robinnettes Apple Haus. The day concluded with our banquet and dancing. The reunion ended Sunday with a farewell breakfast. A great time was had by all. thank you to the Hilton Hotel and Gail Andrus Travel Agency.

Belle of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
July 3-5, 2012
Chaired by: Roger McCracken & Noah Mathias
Attendance: 29 total/8 shipmates
Highlights: Visited the USS KIDD (DD-661) where all reunion attendees were allowed to go into the Fire Room and Engine Room. Ship and air battle with 5-inch guns and small guns firing at World War II planes, fire works at the end of the night on July 4th. Memorial Service on the fantail on July 5th.

Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East
Harris burg, Pennsylvania
June 7-10, 2013
Chaired by: Paul W. Bowen
Attendance: 121 total/62 shipmates
Highlights:Our reunion in Harrisburg was a great success. We spent the morning exploring the Civil War Museum, then headed to Bird in the Hand for a great lunch, finishing off the tour with a stop at Hershey Winery. Then to the hotel for rest before the banquet. The next day was one of History and Chocolate. We started at Gettysburg National Park where Park Rangers stepped aboard with history unfolding as we rode through the park. Next we were off to the Historic Dobbins House for Lunch. Our next stop surprised most eveyone with learning about the Milton Hershey School and the foundation. And no stop at Hershey would be fun unless you stopped at "Hershey's Chocolate World". Then back to the hotel for rest. The following day was open for all to enjoy, and for those who wished we had an optional tour to the Hollywood Casino. Once back at the hotel we had our final banquet.

On a planner note, the hotel was awesome, outstanding and great. Eveyone could not to enough for us. The Bus Company was wonderful and awesome to work with. And without those two things we would not have had a great reunion.

Crowne Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
May 1-5, 2013
Chaired by: Nicholas M. Williams
Attendance: 90 total/40 shipmates
Highlights: Sam Jeffrey was elected as new president.