REUNIONS IN REVIEW            


Best Western
Branson, Missouri
September 28-October 1, 2017
Chaired by: Donovan Baldwin
Attendance: 55 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: Good times had with old friends. A lot of same old sea stories but they get bigger and better with age.

Grand Haven/Spring Lake Holiday Inn
Grand Haven, Michigan
September 11-15, 2016
Chaired by: Dennis L. Siron
Attendance: 46 total/26 shipmates
     Harbor Trolley Tour of area
     Lunch at American Legion Post #28
          overlooking the Grand River and Lake Michigan
     Tour of the Gerlad R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids
     Banquet dinner at the Holiday Inn with Irish dinner music,
          followed by patriotic music.

Crown Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
August 23-27, 2015
Chaired by: Walter McConnell
Attendance: 18 total/8 shipmates (plus 1 who was able to join us for a day)
Highlights: Hotel and service were excellent. Breakfasts and 2 banquets, bery good food and friendly servers. TCS was great and a fantastic help. Hospitality Room provided was perfect!

Ashton Inn and Suites
Pensacola, Florida
April 24-28, 2017
Chaired by: Tony Fuentes
Attendance: 34 total/17 shipmates
Highlights: After arriving in Pensacola and situated at our hotel, set up our hospitality suite, met old shipmates and got acquainted with first times, we had a great fish fry. The following morning we went to the Navy Air Museum at NAS Pensacola. We were fortunate to see the Navy Blue Angels were visiting the Blue Angels for the first time in 15 years and they also provided us with their Demonstration Air Show Practice. Two super shows in one day was a real and unexpected treat. We also had a tour of Pensacola and a two hour dolphin sightseeing tour. A short time out oon the water again was appreciated by the shipmates. We are all looking forward to next year in Baton Rouge. Click here for photos.

Holiday Inn
Marlborough (Boston), Massachusetts
Septemver 12-17, 2016
Chaired by: Tom Blaszczyk
Attendance: 35 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Monday started with registration and crew meeting. Tuesday a duck tour of Boston and a visit to Charleston Navy Yard and tour of USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young.  Wednesday was a free day.  Thursday we visited Old Sturbridge Village, a recreation of an early 1800 village.  Friday a crew meeting and dinner.  A good time was had by all.  Next year Washington, DC.

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.

Millenium Hotel
Buffalo, New York
June 21-26, 2015
Chaired by: Eugene D'Arezzo
Attendance: 136 total/54 shipmates
Highlights: Monday evening reception with the Taste of Buffalo, Wings, etc A day at Niagara Falls and Luncheon at the Niagara Convention Center. Military Park with lunch aboard the USS Little Rock followed by our memorial service with a bagpiper and bugler. Two families attended to read the name of their passed shipmate. A raffle where $800 was raised, part to be donated to the Tin Can Sailors Historical Ships and the other given to shipmates and guests in a drawing. Evening farewell banquet with a patriotic theme where everyone attending wore red, white and blue. Friday was an optional tour for passport holders to Niagara on the Lake in Canada.

USS BEATTY (DD-640/756)
Hampton Inn
Charleston West Ashley, South Carolina
September 14-17, 2017
Chaired by: Tom Accuosti
Attendance: 33 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Storm caused a delay in starting reunion by 3 days. A lot of concellations but we had a good time. Hampton Inn did an outstanding job making us feel welcome.

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.

Hilton Doubletree Norlfolk Airport
Norfolk, Virginia
September 24-28, 2013
Chaired by: John Bowerman
Attendance: 43 total/16 shipmates
Highlights: Bus tour on Wednesday - Norfolk, Chrysler Museum, Glass blowing, MacArthur Museum Á Mall. Bus tour on Thursday to Williamsburg, VA. Bus tour on Friday to Nauticus Naval Museum, Spirit of Norfolk Harbor Tour with buffetlunch followed by tour of USS Wisconsin. Saturday evening our set sail dinner with speaker then auction. Click here for picture.

Crowne Plaza
San Diego, California
September 6-20, 2017
Chaired by: Gerald (Jerry) Thomas and Anthony (Tony) Sawyer
Attendance: 48 total/22 shipmates
Highlights:Sailors from the USS Benner DDR 807 had a great time in San Diego. They went aboard the aircraft carrier Midway and the Docents spent a great deal of time giving them inside information about the ship with tours from the hangar deck to the flight deck. Bus tours of the City and a trip to Mount Soledad were also highlights. At Mount Soledad they were there to hear a live performance of Taps and that was a special experience. The banquet was attended by 46 sailors including their guests and a fun evening was had by all. We will be going to Washington, DC, in 2018 and are always looking for more Benner shipmates to join us. Please be in contact with us through our Email address at

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.

Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
October 11-15, 2017
Chaired by: Brenda & Frank Calandrillo
Attendance: 30 total/15 shipmates
Highlights: The USS Bigelow DD-942 Reunion was held in Baltimore, Maryland at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor from October 11-15, 2017, with a total of 30 in attendance (15 shipmates). It was the "60th / 50th Anniversary Reunion" to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ship's commissioning and the 50th anniversary of the ship's only casualty. GMG2 James W. Hamilton died on April 25, 1957 as a result of injuries sustained form the exploding of the 5 inch 54 caliber gun mount after continuously firing on the gun line off the coast of Vietnam.
The group toured the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and witnessed the noon formation of midshipmen. The group enjoyed a picnic menu at one dinner and then enjoyed a farewell banquet on Saturday before closing the reunion on Sunday, October 15. The hospitality room was abuzz with remembrances and one-upmanship stories! Click here for photo.

Millenium Buffalo Hotel
Buffalo, New York
September 12-14, 2017
Chaired by: Gerald W. (Jerry) Johnston
Attendance: 48 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: We visited the Buffalo Military Park, home to USS The Sullivans (DD-537) and the USS Little Rock (CG-44). Went to Niagara Falls and the Made in America store. Had lunch at the Anchor Bar & Grill, home of the original Buffalo Chicken Wings. Had a great time.

Crowne Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
August 23-27, 2015
Chaired by Ray Metzger
Attendance: 17 total/9 shipmates
Highlights: Attended as part of the National Tin Can Sailors Reunion. Great time - first class function. I expect that we will return as a group, maybe not next year but in 2017.

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.

Crown Plaza National Airport
Arlington, Virginia
September 17-20, 2015
Chaired by: William Barrett
Attendance: 36 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Dedication of a plaque for the USS Bradley DE/FF-1041 and all who served aboard from 1965-1988 at the US Navy Memorial, Washington, DC. Trip and ceremonies at the Wall and Tour of Arlington National Cemetery.

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.

Red Lion on the River, Jantzen Beach
Portland, Oregon
May 14-17, 2015
Chaired by: Coy D. Ritchie
Attendance: 32 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Shipmates were welcomed to the hotel with a plated dinner on 14 May. The next day we boarded a bus and toured the Columbia River Gorge Á Henry J. Kaiser Shipyard Memorial. On Saturday, we visited the Portland Rose Garden and traveled by boat up the Willamet River and had lunch onboard. Sunday we visited the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum followed by the final evening banquet at the hotel. Everything was outstanding!

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.

Best Western Merry Manor Inn
Portland, Maine
September 13-19, 2015
Chaired by: Greg Wells
Attendance: 60 total/32 shipmatess
Highlights: We stayed at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn. Don Hagget and members of his staff treated us in a warm, caring and professional manner. Trips included a boat ride on Lake Winnepesauke, lunch at Hart's Turkey Farm, seeing a 1700 lb. chocolate moose, a clambake at Foster's, seeing the Bush's estate.

Comfort Inn
Athens, Tennessee
June 1-5, 2017
Chaired by: Frank Biondo/Emma May Hunter
Attendance: 140 total/80 shipmates
Highlights: Welcoming Dinner Show featuring Ashley Campbell (Glen Campbell's daughter). Dedication of water wheel to former Ware CO Joseph T. Neville who was in command when the Ware saw combat in Vietnam. A ceremony commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway where our ship's namesake, Lt. Charles R. Ware, made the supreme sacrifice. Click here for picture.

Holiday Inn Opryland Airport
Nashville, Tennessee
May 14-16, 2015
Chaired by: Barbara Jennings
Attendance: 88 total
Highlights: From hello to the "glad you made it" Nashville was a BLAST. There were 88 attendees with six first timers who added their special touch to the reunion held at the Holiday Inn Opryland/Airport Hotel. The ladies were honored with a special luncheon while the men toured Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame. After the Business Meeting where it was announced that the 2016 reunion will be in Essington, PA, April 14-16, 2016 and attendees were treated to Gigi's Cupcakes donated in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Sperry Reunions. Friday night attendees enjoyed the many talented starts at the Grand Ole Opry. As the festivities came to a close with the banquet, highlights of the evening were the presentation of colors by Capt. Murland Searight, shipmates honoring Barbara Jennings, Secretary and Reunion Coordinator with a Life Time Membership. Jennings has served for over 20 years. Special guest and personal friend of Jennings, LuLu Roman of Hee Haw fame, singer, songwriter, comedienne and philanthropist entertained with an evening of beautiful music and laughter.

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.

Crown Plaza Dulles Airport
Herndon, Virginia
June 3-6, 2016
Chaired by: George Overman
Attendance: 77 total/35 shipmates
Highlights: Great reunion.  Excellent hotel.  Excellent banquet meal.  Two fine bus tours.  Everyone had a great time.  Our guest speaker, and former Cogswell crewmember (temporary), was Ozzie Ozkosar, a Turkish Navy Senior Chief Machinest Mate who was aboard when taking over the USS Cogswell DD-651 and recommissioning it as TCG Izmit D342.  He gave an excellent talk on how he ended up back in America and after many years retired as a Lt. Cdr. in the U. S. Navy.  Out next reunion is sceduled for Sept/Oct. 2017 which will be held in Colorado Springs, CO.

Guest House Inn & Suites (Opryland)
Nashville, Tennessee
September 1-5, 2016
Chaired by: Skip Slagle
Attendance: 70 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: OGrande Ole Opry-Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum - George Jones Museum - Johnny Cash Museum - Music City Tour - Memorial Service for "Fallen Heroes" of USS Colahan (at Nashville Cemetery) - Door Prize Drawings - Farewell Dinner and Show at Nightlife Dinner Theater.

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.

Crown Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
April 21-23, 2017
Chaired by: Joe Napoli
Attendance: 85 total/37 shipmates
Highlights: Still going strong! We just held our annual reunion ar the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. We had a nice turnout, 85 people total, and we had a ball. First of all, the hotel, was first class as it was when we last were there in 2010. We enjoyed our snacks and beverages in the Hospitality Room as we gathered to recall old times. Every morning we had a private group breakfast in our Hospitality Room.

Out tour went to Boston. We had two large coach buses and it was amazing to see how the drivers negotiated the narrow streets of Boston. In the morning, we toured Boston then stopped for lunch at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant, downtown Boston. Great food family style and what a feast that was! After lunch we went to the Boston Navy Yard to see the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young. On the last day of our event we held our General Meeting and Memorial Meeting. Later that evening we had our banquet. We had a lively crowd and the dance floor was used quite a bit. The DJ played a lot of slow music which suited us just fine.

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.

Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina
Hampton, Virginia
September 13-17, 2017
Chaired by: Bob & Judy Moody
Attendance: 49 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: We toured Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg Winery and the New Revolution Museum in Yorkstown. 90% of our events were handled by Phillips DMC out of Norfolk. Outstanding service by Phillips DMC. I highly recommend the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina. 100% satisfaction!!!

Four Points by Sheraton
Nashville, Tennessee
April 20-24, 2016
Chaired by: Philip Michel
Attendance: 58 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: The 34th Annual Reunion of the USS Cony was held this year in Brentwood, Tennessee. For those concerned about reunion attendance numbers in years past, worry no more! I am happy and proud to report that our numbers did substantially increase from last year's attendance record. Way to go Cony! As an example of wny our numbers may have increased, we were thrilled to see the return of some 'missing in action' sailors.  Most notably, after Oliver Davis' long absence from the reunions, he returned to us bringing along his new and lovely wife Dolly. They were a reunion hit, especially the last night when Fred Astaire (aka Oliver) danced the night away with at least half a dozen of the Cory gals! Most reunion-goers arrived onWednesday, April 20th, to settle in and spend some enjoyable time catching up with treasured friends and shipmates in the Reunion Hospitality Room. As with most Cony Reunions, the Hospitality Room was consistently filled with snacks, libations, storytelling and a good time

On Thursday, April 21st, most attendees went on a bus tour of Nashville. Shortly after returning to this year's hotel, the Four Points Sheraton, everyone headed to the downstairs ballroom for a scrumptious buffet dinner. The only portino of the night better than the food was our surprise entertainment. We had not one but two guests! First, a talented Magician and Comedian who treated us to numerous tricks with cards and rope and so forth. However, his comedic relief was the real highlight of his act, as evidenced by the contat laughter heard throughout the evening. Second, an Elvis Presley impersonator dazzled us with fan favorites such as "Return to Sender", "Can't Help Falling in Love" and an incredibly moving rendition of "An American Trilogy". Needless to say, there were more than a few bigtime Elvis fans in the audience of the female persuation and several elvis svarves were given out

On Friday, April 22nd, the buses were loaded for transportatino to an afternoon luncheon and sightseeing cruise on the General Jackson Showboat. The General Jackson is a 300 foot long paddle wheel riverboat, which holds the distinction of being the largest showboat in the world. While we headed down the Cumberland River, enjoying another diet-killing buffet, we watched a live show of inspiring melodies sung by the General Jackson Showboat performers. There were many old-time favorites plus the sounds of today's contemporary country music. The skilled singers and musicians put on an incredible show that was enjoyed by all. Later that night, we were all issued fromt row seating at Nashville's musical gem . . . the Grand Ole Opry. The sold-out auditorium overflowed with enthusiastic country music fans. Including bus-loads of high school teenagers that kept the energy level at a maximum throughout the night. There were too many performers to name them all but some of the best included: Exile who performed their 1978 top ten song "I Want to Kiss You All Over", Ricky Skaggs who served up some top-notch blue grass, and Josh Turner who performed his 1 smash hit "Would You Go with Me". A huge hearwarming highlight of the show was the fact that the Cony had several mentions throughout the performances. Additionaly, the shipmates were asked to stand and be recognized for their service. This met with rousing applause and cheers by everyone. In case the Cony sailors were not already feeling special enough, at the last minute, a song was changed that had been previously scheduled to a military song (albeit an Army tune), in their honor. What a night!

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Annual USS Corry Memorial Ceremony was held and, yet again, Phil and Cindy Michel had a big surprise in store for us. While attendees were hanging out in the front of the hotel and admiring the long line of US flags posted for the event, you could suddenly hear the roar of dozens of motorcycles approaching. We were overwhelmed to witness the arrival of the Patriot Guard Riders! The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse group of riders from across the nation. They have one thing in common besides motorcycles . . . an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America's freedom and security. They were proud to come and honor the Cony Sailot Heroes from the Greatest Generation, WWII, Korea, Cuba and Vietnam. This was made evident by the amount of time they spent with us and their willingness to pose for multiple photos. The Cony was additionally fortunate to have the American Legion Riders, Post6, on hand to provide the Honor Guard for the Memorial opening ceremonies. Our own Cony Sailor, Charlie Liken, had his trumpet on hand for a beautiful rendition of Taps to close the event. As always, it was quite a moving ceremony.

On Saturday night, our annual Farewell Banquet took place in grand fashion. Reunion-goers entered the ballroom to find tables set with beautiful patriotic centerpieces: Naval sailor hats filled with blue and gold sparkle. Cony coffee mugs fill with red carnations and US flags, and red, white and blue crotched hangers. All place settings also included a gorgeous glass with the US Navy seal etched on it and the following wording "USS Cony DD/DDE 508 34th Annual Reunion Nashville, Tennessee April 20-24 2016". A lone table with a single setting was present in the corner with a standing floral tribute and a card on it that read "In honor of all those who served on the USS Cony and paid the ultimate sacrifice. We shall never forget!" It was obvious from the first glance, this was going to be a night to remember. After seats were taken, the soiree opened with Cindy Michel and Forrest Springer entering the ballroom decked out in Country / Western apparel and dancing to the good ole "Tennessee Waltz". The scene was adorable! The Michels had more surprises on hand for door prizes than just the ceterpieces and hangars. Attendees were issued tickets to win beautiful Cony labeled drinking flasks and mini-notebooks. The biggest surprise of them all was pulled off by Cindy Michel. She did a phenomenal job of compiling a USS Cony Tribute video. The fifteen minute video opened to the tune of "Anchors Away" and went through a history of the Cony from ship creation through its many years of service. She successfully found and included several of our own sailor boys from their days on ship. My sister and I were able to clearly recognize Roger Rieman as a young sailor! The video was fantastic and a real treat for all of us.

Just hosting a reunion with coordination of the hotel, events, trips, transportation and food is enough work for anyone. As agreed to by everyone, Cindy and Phil Michel went way above and beyond all of that this year. God bless them for all their hard work and effort. A million thanks to them for an incredibly memorable Nashville reunion!

Doubletree by Hilton, Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
July 21-24, 2016
Chaired by: David Suckow
Attendance: 76 total
: A great time had by all although it was very hot making a couple of the tours uncomfortable but still enjoyable.  Our guest speaker was a former Conyngham DDG-17 shipmate VADM Thomas J. Moore, Commander NAVSEA, spoke to us about the Navy today.

Charleston Airport Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina
September 29-October 2, 2016
Chaired by: Dan Lorimer (vice president)
Attendance: 35 total/16 shipmates
Highlights: On Thursday we met in the hospitality room for refreshments and re-telling of same old sea stories.  On Friday we went to Patriot's Point and toured USS YORKTOWN & USS LAFFEY.  Later we did a harbor cruise & visited Ft. Sumter.  On Saturday we did a city tour and then we shopped at the Market and had lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area.

Camden Hotel and Conference Center
Branson, Missouri
September 6-10, 2017
Chaired by: George and Debbie Homas
Attendance: 51 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: A good time was had by all! Some highlights were a Ride the Ducks tour followed by a dinner cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle. Some shipmates also took time to enjoy a meal or ice cream at College of the Ozarks. The Camden was a great venue for the reunion! We are already looking forward to seeing everyone in New Bern, NC - Fall 2018 for the 21st USS Corry 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 giveaways.

Sheraton Wilmington South
New Castle, Delaware
June 7-11, 2017
Reunion Hosts: Ray Jablow
Attendance: 90 total/43 shipmates
Highlights: Manager's reception on Wednesday evening: fantastic bus trip on Thursday to the Navy Yard (Old Philadelphia Naval Base) including a visit to the Chapel of the Four Chaplains. Lunch at Lo Spiedo (old USO building), then over to Camden, NJ for guided tour of the USS New Jersey. Friday motorcycle ride to Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, and Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball game that evening. Saturday morning we had our association officers meeting, directly followed by regular membership meeting. Out banquet, held at the hotel, featured fantastic food and live music by Big Bang. Blessing was given by active duty Air Force Staff Sergeant Justavo Colon, friend of the reunion host. Fallen soldiers table was set and photographed frequently. Finally on Saturday evening, we held our Chinese Auction, enjoyed each others company, and sampled numerous libations that had mysteriously appeared in our hospitality room. A wonderful time was had by all. The USS Dahlgren Association will convene again in Colorado Springs, Colorado in August 2018.

Red Lion Seattle Airport
Seattle, Washington
September 9-14, 2015
Chaired by: Bob Hyman
Attendance: 43 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: We've just wrapped up the 2015 reunion in Seattle and we are pleased to report a good time was had by all. Highlights included trips to the Puget Sound Navy Museum, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, and an impromptu visit by most of the group to a local seafood restaurant. Along with the usual catching up with old and new friends and tall tale telling, we introduced, and sold out of, our first USS Damato Family and Friends Cookbook. The reunion concluded with a dinner and dance before everyone said their farewells. Tentative locations for future reunions includ Nashville, TN (2016) and Burr Oak Lodge in Glouster, OH (2017). Click here for picture.

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)
NCL Jewel (Alaska Cruise)
Seattle, Washington
September 2-9, 2017
Chaired by: Tony West
Attendance: 38 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Meet and greet with Capt. Pelle

Hilton Cincinnati Airport
Florence, Kentucky
September 5-10, 2017
Chaired by: David Looker
Attendance: 28 total/12 shipmates
Highlights: Wonderful place to see. Attraction was great and people were great. Had a wonderful time.

Engleside Inn
Beach Haven, New Jersey
September 25-28, 2016
Chaired by: Ken Stone/George Estey/John Ivan
Attendance: 64 total/31 shipmates
Highlights: Beach Haven is on Long Beach Island, which is referred to as the Jersey Shore.  The Engleside Inn is right next to the beach and one block from the local restaurants, shops and activities.  No activities were scheduled on Sunday, just checking in, renewing old friendships, making new ones, winding down from traveling and getting the lay of the land.  The hospitality room and courtyard patio had some of our guests present until late in the evening throughout the reunion.

Monday we toured the USS New Jersey BB-62 in Camden.  We had a brief ceremony to honor our Crossed the Bar shipmates, then broke into groups and were guided through the ship.  We then headed to the Adventura Aquarium.

On tuesday we were off to Atlantic City and dropped off at the Tropicana, which to describe simply as the shops, restaurants, slots and casinos were overwhelming.

Wednesday our banquet lunch was at the Engleside Inn, so we slept in later and didn't have to take a bus.  As we have done in previous reunions, after the meal, we got down to the business at hand, followed by the raffle of donated door prizes and auction items.  The guests remained into the hospitality room well into the evening as the stories continues.

Thursday morning many of us said our goodbyes and headed for home.

DESDIV 38 Association
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Wilmington, North Carolina
September 27-October 1, 2018
Chaired by: Gary Edmisten
Attendance: 27 total/3 Veterans
Highlights: It was a small but "cozy" reunion. We toured the Battleship USS North Carolina BB-55, a history museum and had a wonderful lunch cruise on the Cape Fear River. Everyone enjoyed looking at all the photo albums and WWII artifacts and memorabilia that people brought

Comfort Inn & Suites
Goshen, New York
September 18-21, 2016
Chaired by: Michael Urato
Attendance: 29 total/29 shipmates
Highlights: Toured FDR and Vandebuilt Mansions.  Then to Newburgh Brewing Company for craft beers.  2nd day toured West Point Academy and took River Rose Paddle Boat.  Last day memorial on USS INTREPID Museum and visit to 911 Memorial followed by banquet.

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.

Embassy Suites
Valley FOrge, Pennsylvania
September 28-October 2, 2016
Chaired by: Charles E. Nobles
Attendance: 40 total/22 shipmates
Highlights:Scenic and historic Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was the meeting place for this year's reunion of the USS Dyess.  Our first evening together we shared dinner at the Black Powder Tavern where the food and atmodphere were great.  On Thursday, our tour day, we started at the Battleship New Jersey with very knowledgable escorts providing tours.  We continued on a tour of Philadelphia with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  This bus tour provided an expansive view of the many museums, parks and historic buildings.  Friday was our "free" day and many took the opportunity to visit George Washington's headquarters and Valley Forge Park.  The business meeting was Saturday followed by the very lucrative annual auction.  As our festivities culminated in our banquet Saturday evening we were all treated to a magic presentation by one of the shipmates.  Sunday morning arrived too soon and it was time for the goodbyes until next year when we meet in Mystic, Connecticut.  Click here for photo.

Handlery Hotel, San Diego
San Diego, California
August 31, 2016
Chaired by: Tim Nightingale
Attendance: 58 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: 2 days of bus tours in and around San Diego. Hospitality room filled with great sea stories. Wonderful banquet on Saturday evening.

Next reunion slated 2018 Bay City Michigan onboard the old Gray Ghost UDD Edson DD-946, now a museum. Click here for pictures.

Holiday Inn Airport
Movile, Alabama
September 30-October 4, 2015
Chaired by: Ted Wieber
Attendance: 22 total/8 shipmates
Highlights: NAS Pensacola, USS Alabama (lunch in wardroom), swamp/harnor tour. Special tour antique car museum. Getting together once again to relive the old days on the Endicott. This was reunion #27.

Doubletree Riverplace
Jacksonville, Florida
September 15-18, 2016
Chaired by: Ken Paugh
Attendance: 50 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: Ctour of St. Augustine, FL, and evening at Alhambra Dinner Theatre.  The dinner was great and the play "Sister Act" was awesome.  The staff at the Doubletree went out of their way to ensure our every need was taken care of.  We would go back there again if we scheduled Jacksonville.

Holiday Inn Downtown
Mobile, Alabama
October 18-22, 2017
Chaired by: Steve Kaminsky
Attendance: 74 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: USS Alabama Tour, City Tour, Dar House Tour with Tea, NAS Pensacola Museum Tour and Farewell Dinner.

Charleston, South Carolina
September 18-22, 2017
Chaired by: Tom Weir
Attendance: 64 total/35 shipmates.
Highlights: Hurricanes Harvey, Jose and Maria spun clear of Charleston and spared USS Greene Reunion. Memorabilia from cruise books, pictures and newspaper articles brought back many memories for crewmembers

On Tuesday a tour of Patriots Point with lunch onboard USS Yorktown was followed by a tour of the submarine H. L. Hunley. Another tour was provided to Magnolia Plantation. The evening was completed with "Mysteries of the Mind", a magic show by Professor Tom Phoolery.

A Charleston city tour and afternoon of "free Time" on Wednesday permitted visiting historic homes, churches and markets.

At the business meeting Mobile, AL, was selected for the 2019 Reunion. Two hundred dollars was approved for a donation to Tin Can Sailors and two hundred dollars to U.S. Navy Memorial

At the evening banquet, Captain Arthur (Bill) Pattee, USN, Ret., distributed his printed account of the transfer of USS E. A. Greene to the Spanish Armada. Dean Nimocks, EMC, USN, Ret., representing Goose Creek Tin Can Sailors, introduced our guest speaker Captain Patrick Keaveny, USN, Ret., representing Charleston Council Navy League.

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).

Wyndham Garden Hotel
Boise, Idaho
September 13-16, 2017
Chaired by: Richard Petrowich
Attendance: 37 total/shipmates 120Eversole, 9-Shelton, 1 Larson
Highlights: Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
Old Idaho Territorial Penitentiary
Botanical Gardens-Then State Capital for lunch
Basque Museum Tour
World Center for Birds of Prey
Warhawk Air Museum

Holiday Inn East Bay Meadows I295
Jacksonville, Florida
June 9-12, 2016
Chaired by: Rolando Valdes
Attendance: 85 total/48 shipmates
Highlights: Ship visited USS Lasson(DDG-82). Testimonial dinner w/DJ, guided tour of St. Augustine, FSA mMeeting. recommend Hotel and Bob Meyer. Visit Jacksonville for future reunions. Academy Bus and Active Escapes handed ITT. Held silent auction, raffles. collected $350 for TCS. Next reunion Virginia Beach, October 2018.

Crowne Plaza
San Diego, California
September 27 - October 1, 2015
Chaired by: Doug Boyer
Attendance: 20 total/12 shipmates
Highlights: We have a great time visiting in our hospitality suite. We also took tours of La Joll, the City tour of San Diego and a tour of the USS Midway. We have agreed to have another stand alone reunion in 2017.

Annapolis, Maryland
August 22-24, 2017
Chaired by: The Association Officers
Attendance: 80 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: Well attended with shipmates from the late 1940's up to the late 1970's.

Colorado Spring, Colorado
September 14-18, 2016
Chaired by: Jim Smith
Attendance: 126 total/64 shipmates
Highlights: Royal Gorge Dinner Train, Western Barbeque & Line Dancing Banquet, Color Guard & Side Boys provided by Navy Jr. ROTC detachment.

Best Western Merry Manor
Portland, Maine
June 23-26, 2016
Chaired by: Ron Larsen
Attendance: 66 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: Toured Bath Iron Works via a harbor cruise and saw the PCV Zumwalt DDG-1000 and the PCU Michael Monsoor DDG-1001. City tour on Saturday and our banquet wit the CO of the Monsoor as our guest speaker.  Great hotel and reunion in all respects..

Holiday Inn
Charleston, South Carolina
September 11-14, 2016
Chaired by: Kurt Wagemann
Attendance: 104 total/61 shipmates
Highlights: A rainy day turned into a Hurricane! Still had a (wet) visit to Patriots Points with lunch on the USS Yorktown. All other outside acitivities cancelled.

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Portland, Oregon
September 21-25, 2016
Chaired by: Vaughan Kruger
Attendance: 49 total/26 shipmates
Highlights:Very nice hotel, "Portland Spirit" riverboad cruise and Portland rose garden bus tour.

USS FRASER (DM-24) (with USS Shannon (DM-25))
Town and Country Inn and Suites
Charleston, South Carolina
April 1-4, 2017
Chaired by: Jack Duegaw
Attendance: 53 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Visits for the Patriot's Points exhibits; Magnolia Gardens; Fort Sumpter; Old Town Charleston; Old Market, Battery with USS Hobson Memorial; Banquet with guest speaker Michael Skellings, Mayor pro tem of the City of Charleston (great speaker), presentation of City Flag w/shadow box to all shipmates.

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 Garden Inn
Columbus, Georgia
October 12-15, 2016
Chaired by: Joe Ajello
Attendance: 54 total
Highlights: Toured Warm Springs, GA, and the Roosevelt Little White House.  Toured Fort Benning Army Base.

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

Crowne Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
August 21-28, 2017
Chaired by: Wilson Chamberlin
Attendance: 98 total/54 shipmates
Highlights: Had Kisnet Guard for our Color Guard. Visited Naval Base for lunch and visited Sub Museum. Had our last captain surviving attend. He said only time he celebrated his birthday with a crew.

Holiday Inn-University
Pensacola, Florida
October 9-13, 2016
Chaired by: Loy Buley
Attendance: 24 total/11 shipmates
Highlights: Tours of the city of Pensacola and the National Naval Aviation Museum which included a performance by the Blue Angels.  Another highlight was having one plank owner (James Johnson) in attendance. Click here for photo.

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.

Belle of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
September 27-October 1, 2015
Chaired by: Thomas Fuller Á Fred Barata
Attendance: 56 total/28 shipmates
Highlights: This i sthe 20th reunion at the same city as the 1st reunion. Visited the W2 Museum in New Orleans, a plantation Á a swamp site. Visited the USS Kidd Á held our 2nd memorial service. At 1st service we read 1 names - at this service we read 778. Ship christened April 1945 decommissioned Oct. 1969. 1st missile destroyer.

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

Branson, Missouri
September 20-23, 2017
Chaired by: William Skinner
Attendance: 40 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: The Veteran's Memorial at the College of the Ozarks is a stunning setting for a memorial service. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is a hoot! The Down Home Country Show was very entertaining and funny.

Beach Cove Resort
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 31-November 4, 2016
Chaired by: Jim Jones
Attendance: 41 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Picnic by pools, banquet, entertainer at resort.  Attended Alabama Theater Christmas show.  Great fellowship & food.  Lots of shopping and tours to choose from.

Holiday Inn Bayside
San Diego, California
April 27-May 1, 2016
Chaired by: Jim Kelly
Attendance: 146 total/77 shipmates
Highlights: One or usually more shipmates who served onthe ship for 1950 thru 1969 decommissioning. Events included bus tour of San Diego proper and Coronado, memorial service at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, tour of USS Midway and a two hour San Diego Harbor Tour. The hotel staff bent over backwards to ensure we had a great experience as did San Diego Island Tours.

Holiday Inn
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
September 22-25, 2016
Chaired by: Tony Accatatta
Attendance: 72 total/38 shipmates
Highlights: Day 1 - It was meet & greet time followed by a formal dinner.  We had a hospitality room opened each day from 3:00 pm to 10:00 PM.  Day 2 - We had a guided tour of the sites in Philly with visits to the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall.  Lunch was at the Reading Terminal Market with food from every ethnic group you can imagine.  The afternoon was spent at Valley Forge with a guided tour where George Washington was encamped there in 1777-1778.  We also sawe a documentary about the encampment.  Day 3 - We visited Battleship New Jersey BB-62 and Adventura Aquarium.  A buffet dinner was held in the evening with a business meeting following along with raffles, auction and a two bell ceremony.  Day 4 - We had a group breakfast and said our farewells.

A highlight of the reunion was a group of video interviews by the U.S. Navy Memorial of our crew members.  Each person gave some of their personnal experiences of their time on destroyers.  These interviews will be made into a DVD and will be housed at the Navy Memorial and Library of Congress.  The Harwood i sthe only destroyer crew to be interviews by the Navy Memorial.

Radisson-Lackawanna Hotel
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Ocotber 4-8, 2017
Chaired by: James F. Horn RD1 58-60
Attendance: 36 total/11 shipmates
Highlights: Toured the following: Lackawanna Coal Mine (actual descent into mine), Lackawanna Electric Trolley Ride and Museum. Day 2-Steam Town National Park and Museum (actual tour and ride on the "Baldwin" No. 26 Stem Engine. Day 3-Houdini Museum and Magic Show. Fantastic! Memorial service for all of our departed shipmates at Scranton Courthouse Veterans Memorial. Day 4-banquet in Historic Lackawanna Station Radisson Hotel. Honored two attending shipmates (44-45) aboard DD-700 when hit ny Kamikazee on 4/6/1945.

Guest House Inn
Nashville, Tennessee
April 26-29, 2017
Chaired by: Bruce Shilling
Attendance: 41 total/18 shipmates

Highlights: Great time had by all - 40 people attended. 18 sailors from the 1950's and 1960's. Sorry no WWI attended. Went to Grand Ole Opry and General Jackson's dinner cruise!! Hotel was great service and polite employees.

Red Lion
Renton, Washington
August 25-30, 2015
Chaired by: Albert Meeds
Attendance: 48 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Click here for picture

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
Click here to read special greetings from Admiral Michael Mullen

Riverside Doubletree
Jacksonville, Florida
September 21-24, 2016
Chaired by: Lou Kerekgyarto
Attendance: 72 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: We held a memorial service at Veteran's Memorial Wall and then visited the Mayport Naval Station.  We then tasted beer and a tour of the Anheuser-Bush Brewery.  Next day was St. Augustine.  We would up with a great banquet on Saturday.

Crowne Plaza
Kenner, Louisiana
October 15-18, 2015
Chaired by: George Baker
Attendance: 102 total/54 shipmates
Highlights: WWII Museum and dinner show. Mardi Gras World.

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.

Sanctuary Inn
Alpena, Michigan
September 7-12, 2016
Chaired by: Ronald Skibak
Attendance: 43 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Glass bottom boat tour and memorial service on Lake Huron's Thunder Bay.  Elk Reserve tour with dinner.  Besser Museum tour and banquet dinner.  Click here for photo.

Royal St. Charles
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 15-18, 2017
Chaired by: David Perlstein
Attendance: 44 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: All shipmates arrive on Sunday, 15 October. For most of them it was the second time they came to New Orleans since 2012. It was also the 2nd time we stayed at the Royal St. Charles. Predictably, on Monday, we toured the WWII Museum for most of the day. On Tuesday and Wednesday we toured New Orleans on buses from which we hopped on and hopped off. It was 15 stops and most of us used the buses on Tuesday and Wednesday. A few walking tours were included, and, for an additional charge, we had a cemetery tour. Monday and Tuesday evenings all of us had dinners at two excellent restaurants. Our Farewell Banquet included a number of guests including the New Orleans Police Chief, Randy Fandal, and his wife. A good time was had be all including a son whose father served aboard the Huse in WWII as a Chief Petty Officer.

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
Independence, Ohio
September 11-17, 2016
Chaired by: Wayne Lunder
Attendance: 57 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Bus tour of Cleveland with lunch and a visit to the "Christmas Story House".  A lunch cruise on Lake Erie.  A Murder Mystery Dinner.  Banquet and raffle.

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". 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 13-17, 2017
Chaired by: William J. Kradelman
Attendance: 64 total/30 shipmates

Best Western Premier-The Central
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
October 12-16, 2016
Chaired by: Frank Kleinsorgen
Attendance: 75 total/29 shipmates
Highlights: Touring the Amish country of Lancaster area with lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord at East Earl, PA. A stop and visit at Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. The attendees in the hospitality room having a great time talking to each other..

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.

Comfort Inn & Suites
Danville, Virginia
September 18-21, 2016
Chaired by: Bobby Johnson and his family of Alan, Keith & Kelly Johnson
Attendance: 19 total/3 shipmates
Highlights: The usual goodie bags of treats and info were handed out. Refreshments and snacks always available in the hospitality room.  A great big finely prepared BBQ Pork, with all the fixins, was served by the expert chef Keith johnson on Sunday evening.

We visited the "Poplar Forest Home" of Thomas Jefferson at Forest, VA.  We then travelled to Bedford, VA, to the "D-Day Memorial".  This was the hilite of the day.  If ever anyone is in this area, it is worth the visit.  Dinner this evening was at the "Peak of Otter Lodge" on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A visit today was to the "Vanville Veterans Memorial".  This ia a memorial to all veterans of all wars.  We then toured the Sutherlin Mansion in Danville.  This evening was spent at "Winstead Lodge" on Oak Moutain.  It is owned by Phillip Winstead and he so graciously provided us with a steak dinner followed by home churned strawberry ice cream.  Upon darkness, he put on a hugh fireworks display.  We had a wonderful time deep in the forest on the mountain.

Wednesday was an open day.  Some went shopping, others spent some time at two local wineries, tasting and buying.  Our banquet was held at "The Stratford House".  A first class hospital corpsman, Smith, 93 years young, gave us a talk on his time (23 days) on the beaches of Normany tending the wounded.  The colors were presented and retrieved by a local high school ROTC unit.

Goodbys the next morning and we will see you all in Branson, MO, in 2017.

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

Hampton Inn, Westport
Westport, MA
September 11/15, 2017
Chaired by: Edward Garrett
Attendance: 67 total/39 shipmates
Highlights: Highlights of the reunion were trips to USS Massachusetts and Battleship Cove, tour and tasting at a local winery. Most import highlight was the fac that a prior ship's captain, Thomas Kelly, attended and there were shipmates from all decades from plankowner to decom plankowner. Also all could attend a lunch at the Newport Naval Station Officers Club.

Ramada Inn Oceanfront (Virginia Beach)
Norfolk, Virginia
September 6-10, 2017
Chaired by: Rich Andres
Attendance: 48 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: We toured the Battleship Wisconsin in downtown Norfolk. The massive 16'' guns were a sight to see. The Douglas MacArthur Museum contained the general's archives. A 24 minute film about his plus his 1950 Chrysler Imperial. A tour of the Norfolk Naval Base brough back memories; We ate at Vista Point on the base. We arrived at Cape Henry Lighthouse which guards the entry into the Chesapeake Bay. We visited the Military Aviation Museum which houses WWI and WWII era military aircraft from around the world. Our dinner dance featured great food and a DJ. Our ship;s 27th reunio ended on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Thank you tin Cna Sailors for the reunion raffle items.

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 Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
September 13-17, 2017
Chaired by Phil Varner
Attendance 70 total/33 shipmates
Highlights:Wednesday evening we gathered in the hospitality room for our welcome meeting and introduction to the city of Pittsburgh, Thursday we toured the Heinz History Museum followed by lunch at the city's famous Strip District. Friday we enjoyed a river boat cruise and buffet lunch aboard the Gateway Clipper. We cruised the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohia rivers taking in the Pittsburgh skyline and surrounding points of interest. Saturday evening we wrapped up the reunion with our annual banquet and auction to fund the USS John W. Weeks Museum located in beautiful Lancaster, NH. Sunday morning it was time for tearful farewells until we all meet again next year in Asheville, NC.

Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham
Dedham, Massachusetts
May 8-12, 2017
Chaired by: Robert Nava
Attendance: 45 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: Had a great time. The USS Constitution's caption greeted our group and talked about his ship. Visited Battleship Cove - Joseph P. Kennedy DD-850 (similar to USS Johnston) and went to the Lizzie Borden house.

Crown Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
October 2-5, 2016
Chaired by: Pete Pennington
Attendance: 24 total/16 shipmates
Highlights: 10/2-Sunday-arrival, bull session. 10/3-bus tour of Newport, Rhode Island and Naval Base.  10/4-tour of Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA, and TCS offices, banquet, business meeting, memorial service & raffle.  10/5-departure.  Next reunion-Fall of 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.

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.

Doubletree by Hilton
South Bend, Indiana
October 19-23, 2016
Chaired by: Charlie McDonald
Attendance: 86 total/42 shipmates
Highlights: The reunion kicked off with a reception at my home in Granger, IN, on Wednesday evening.  On Thursday, we toured the campus of Notre Dame University, had lunchat Tippecanoe Place (studebaker family home), and visited the St. Joseph County Military Honor Park and Museum.  Friday took us to the St. Joseph County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, the Studebaker National Museum where we had catered lunch and topped off the tour at the South Bend Chocolate factory.

Friday night dinner was a football themed dinner at which there was a surprise meeting between the Strauss shipmates and some members of Sub Unit One of the 1st ANGLICO Marine Corps group.  During the period of 31 March - 5 April 1972 USS Joseph Strauss DDG-16 and her sister ship USS Buchanan DDG-14 were instrumental in saving the lives of this Marine Detachment in I Corps near the DMZ as the NVAA invaded the south in full force.

Saturday's banquet saw colors and a Memorial service by Miller's Vets.  this is a group of homeless veterans who was founded by Robert L. Miller, Sr., a wounded WWI Navy Veteran and retired Superior Court Judge.  LCDR Miller addressed the attendees and spoke about how Miller's Vets and the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veterans Center came about. Click here for photo.

For more information on Miller's Vets:

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, September 20-24, 2017, in conjunction with Tin Can Sailors
Miami, Florida, October, 2017
Highlights: The USS Keppler DD/DDE-765 was proudly represented at the 2017 Tin Can Sailors Reunion in Valley Forge, PA. Many are looking forward to the 2018 Tin Can Sailors reunion in Buffalo, New York.
In addition, the USS Keppler DD-DD-765 had a successful annual reunion in 2017 with a total of 27 people meeting in Miami, Florida, after Hurrican Irma on October 5, 2017, at the Holiday Inn located directly across the street from the Bayside marketplace. On October 6th, the group went on a tour of the South Beach area followed by a delicious lunch. The tour ended with a 90-minute tour of Biscayne Bay. Then, on Saturday morning, our group left on a fantastic 8-night cruise aboard the Carnival Vista to the Dominican Republic (2 ports), Aruba and Curacao. While on the cruise, our groupp gathered for a business meeting as well as our annual Memorial service. In addition, Carnival conducted a memorable and poignant tribute to all branches of the U.S. Military.
For 2018, the USS Keppler DD/DD-765 will set sail from New York City on a 7-night voyabe to Bermuda on May 20, 2018; a day or two prior to that cruise, our group plans to gather at a hotel in New Jersey. If anyone wants information, they should email or call Stephen Mooney at (732) 280-2949. Click here for picture.

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

Hilton Beachfront Hotel
Melbourne, Florida
June 12-14, 2016
Chaired by: Pete Smith
Attendance: 25 total/11 shipmates
Highlights: Over the last 12 years, I have planned and hosted 8 reunions for our Navy group.  My overal experience with the Hilton Beachfront Hotel in Melbourne, FL, was the best of all of them.  The entire staff is very friendly and extremely well trained.  My lunch and dinner experience was very good and our banquet meal was outstanding.  The rooms, hallwyas, and all areas of the hotel were very clean.  It is right on the beach and all rooms had a geat view.  I highly recommend this property for anyone planning a reunion.

Radisson Beachside
Corpus Christi, Texas
May 14-16, 2017
Chaired by: Wayne Reynolds
Attendance: 12 total/5 shipmates
Highlights: During our stay we visited the USS Lexington (CV-16). Held our banquet the night of May 16. Due to the small amount of shipmates the decision was mad to discontinue USS Knudson reunions.

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.

Grand Plaza Hotel
Branson, Missouri
October 22-26, 2017
Chaired by: Al Redden
Attendance: 65 total/32 shipmates
Highlights:We arrived October 21st with tours starting on Oct. 22 with visits to the Ducks & the Showboat Branson Belle. On Oct. 23rd we started with a guided tour of Branson & Ozarks Moauntain Region. Lunch at College of the Ozerks. That evening we attended the Presley Show. ON the 24th of October we had a wine tour, lunch at Florentina Italian Restaurant with our day ending at #1 Hits of the 60's. We had our ships meeting on the 25th with our banquet that evening. Click here for photos.

Best Western Ramkota
Rapid City, South Dakota
September 7-11, 2015
Chaired by: Donald L. Kuhn
Attendance:27 total/11 shipmates
Highlights: The many attractions available to observe, such as Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Air & Space Museum

Liberty Call Charleston (SC DESRON 3)
Econo Lodge Goose Creek
Goose Creek, South Carolina
April 8-10, 2016
Chaired by: Jim Kvam (Unit Skipper)
Attendance: 45 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Unit provided hospitality room for all shipmates and guests. Old fashioned Navy breakfast was held and a tour of Patriot's Point was held. To cap off a great day, a banquet was held and door prizes were awarded to the lucky ticket holders. Music provided by local DJ Brian "Bat" Masterson.

Doubletree-Airport North Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
March 9-12, 2017
Chaired by: Scott Sheffer
Attendance: 60 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: We had great weather for a dinner cruise, tour of Charleston City Market area and Patriot's Point. We also went to the Summerall Chapel at the Citadel for our memorial service. On the last day, we toured the Charleston Tea Plantation and enjoyed an impressive banquet at the hotel. At our business meeting, we voted to go to Jacksonville, FL, for our 2018 reunion. Date to be announced.

Raddisson Hotel Branson
Branson, Missouri
September 22-26, 2016
Chaired by: Fred Shields
Attendance: 39 total/16 shipmates
Highlights: We went to 3 shows. They were all great. We went on the Branson Belle.  Great show and dinner.  We had a great  hospitality room and Sunday met a lot of Tin Can Sailors.

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.

USS MAHAN (DD-364, DLG-11/DDG-42, DDG-72)
Crowne Plaza, Providence/Warwick
Providence, Rhode Island
October 12-16, 2016
Chaired by: Gary Waite
Attendance: 47 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: Naval War College Museum, luch at NS Newport "O" Club, Submarine Force Museum/USS Nautilus SSN-571, Mystic Seaport, Battleship Cove, "The Breakers"  All attendees had a great time enjoying the itinerary venues and the terrific Rhode Island weather.

Landmark Hotel and Conference Center
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
April 27-May 1, 2016
Chaired by: Harold V. Kane
Attendance: 112 total/60 shipmates
Highlights: The 2016 USS Manley reunion at Myrtle Beach was a great success. 60 shipmates alone with 52 guests attended. 12 of our shipmates were first time attendees. We had great support from the Landmark Hotel and Conference Center, Sunway Tours and the Battleship North Carolina. The memorial service was held on the fantail of the USS North Carolina (DD-55). The American Legion Post #10 of Wilmington, NC color guard joined us at the memorial service.

Eight of our shipmates participated in a golf outing which was arranged by the Landmark. All eight broke par, at least according to them.

On Saturday evening DJ Dan joined us for a great music selection from 6pm to 11pm. Pictures a available at: or at USS Manley on Facebook.

The reunion spacing has been changed from 24 to 18 months with the next reunion tentatively scheduled for September 2017. I can't thank Vice Presicent Ross McCalip and Secretary/Treasurer Bill Wyatt enough for all of their assistance, support and encouragement in order to make the reunion the success that it was.

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.

Holiday Inn
Willmington, North Carolina
September 16-18, 2016
Chaired by: Phil Adikes
Attendance: 70+ total/41 shipmates
Highlights: Former CNO Admiral Vernon Clark and Captain Toby Spahr, former McCloy skippers, were in attendance.  Sam Clayburn, a McCoy plankowner, was here also.  New friendships were made and a lot of sea stories were told.  A good time was had by all.

Sleep Inn & Suites
Niantic, Connecticut
September 28-October 1, 2015
Chaired by: John Goodman
Attendance: 20 total/10 shipmates
Highlights: Visited Mystic Seaport, Foxwoods Casino & Shops on Tuesday. Memorial service at US Submarine Museum with a tour on Wednesday. Evening banquet at hotel.

USS MEREDITH (DD-434/726/890)
Adam's Mark
Buffalo, New York
October 14-18, 2015
Chaired by:
Highlights: The USS Meredith 2015 Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY, Reunion was held on October 14-18, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo. Many of our shipmates arrived a day early as we opened our hospitality suite and began reuniting. On Wednesday we held our Welcome Dinner at the Hamlin House Restaurant which is located in the heart of the historic Allentown District in the city of Buffalo, NY. The restaurant is a restored turn of the century Italianate style mansion the Hamlin family build in 1865 at the height of Buffalos renaissance period.

On Thursday we boarded our tour bus for a Roundabout Niagara Tour. We headed to the U.S. side of the Falls to visit Goat Island and Terrapin Point for a view of the Upper Niagara River Rapids and the American Falls from the brink. Then you are off to Niagara Reservation State Park and the Prospect Point Observation Tower where you will descend into the Niagara Gorge and board the Maid of the Mist for an unforgettable cruise to the base of the Horseshoe Falls.

On Friday we held our annual Association Business Meeting at the hotel where we conducted the business at hand and discussed future reunion site locations. The rest of the day was set asdide to tour and enjoy Buffalo at our leisure before the Banquet Dinner that evening.

Saturday was set aside for a tour of the Buffalo and Erie County Military and Naval Park which houses the USS Little Rock CLG-4 and the USS Sullivans DD-537 among other artifacts. After a fine lunch served on the mess deck we held our memorial service honoring our lost shipmates of the past year.

For the most part the weather held off and was tolerable with the exception of Saturday morning as it was quite cold. As we departed on Sunday morning the temperature was 34o and began to sleet and snow. If you missed it we hope to see you next year. There was a very good turn out and we look forward to Chicago next year.

Millenium Hotel
Buffalo, New York
September 14-18, 2015
Chaired by: Eleanor and Roy Klock
Attendance: 50 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Buffalo Naval Museum. Trip on Erie Canal Locks, etc. Niagara Falls (US side), ride on "Maid of the Mist". Bus/windshield tours of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. A "visit" including a tasting "experience" at a local winery and vineyard. The Millenium Hotel and their services were outstanding! They treat military reunions as special groups.

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

Holiday Inn, Buffalo Airport, NY
Cheektowaga, New York
May 27-30, 2015
Chaired by: Terry Mahany and Edwina Morton Thirsher
Attendance: 83 total/45 shipmates
Highlights: We held our opening reception on May 27. On May 28, 66 of us took a short cruise on the Erie Canal followed by a buffet lunch at the Canal. The next day, 65 attendees went to Niagara Falls and visited a number of different attractions on the American side. Upon returning to the hotel, we held our raffle of various items donated by those in attendance. On Saturday, May 30, we first went to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed house "Graycliff", and then on to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park where 3 museum ships were open for visitors. We had a buffet lunch on the fantail of the USS Little Rock (CLG-4). At the closing banquet held on May 30, shipmatesw voted to hold the next reunion (2017) in Portland, Maine.

Sea Mist Resort
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
September 27 - October 1, 2017
Chaired by: Neil Den Bleyker
Attendance: 22 total/10 shipmates
Highlights: The weather was perfect. The crew and family enjoyed a dinner cruise on inland waterway about the Barefoot Princess. The cruise was for all Murray crew and family only. It was a wonderful experience!

Holiday Inn Riverview
North Charleston, South Carolina
October 25-29, 2017
Chaired by: James Mohr
Attendance: 32 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: We had a guided tour of Chrleston, SC, visited the Citadel Military Academy, the Fort Sumter Museum and a boat ride to Fort Sumter. We visited Patriots Point with tours of USS Clamagore SS-343, USS Laffey DD-724 and USS Torktown CV10. We visited the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley.

NEWPORT DEALEYS (DE-1006, 1014, 1015, 1021, 1022, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030)
Albany, New York
September4-8, 2017
Chaired by: Mike Upchurch
Attendance: 30 total/17 shipmates
Highlights: Our Newport Dealeys 2017 reunion was different this year due to the loss of our coordinator. We accepted invite to combine with DESA's convention, even though the turnout was smaller. We enjoyed DESA's ladies auxiliary USO night, and the banquet and the memorial service aboard the USS Slater which our shipmates participated in with DESA officials. In all it was a fun and pleasant event.

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

USS NOA (DD-343/DD-841)
Holiday Inn Nashville Airport/Opryland
Nashville, Tennessee
April 29-May 3, 2015
Chaired by: Robert L. Barrie
Attendance: 75 total/45 shipmates
Highlights: The USS Noa held it's 23rd reunion in Nashville, TN which provded perfect weather for our attendees. The year's reunion welcomed 12 new 1st time shipmates from the states of California, Washington, New Hampshire, Georgia and Nebraska. Nashville provided our shipmates and families the highlights of it's beautiful city - Grand Ole Opry, Radio City, Andrew Jackson River Lunch Cruise. The years may have flown by but the brotherhood and friendship are still strong and it only seems like yesterday they shared this great time in their lives.

Sheraton North
Towson, Maryland
September 28-October 1, 2016
Chaired by: Edward Mehl
Attendance: 75 total/33 shipmates
HighlightsWe were hit with a very wet weekend.  Our trip for the wives at Ladew Gardens and lunch was a success.  Had a wonderful presentation of colors by the Patasco High School JROTC at the banquet.  Our trip on the SS JOHN BROWN was cancelled due to bad weather.  Crew spent time at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

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.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Suites, Charleston Airport
North Charleston, South Carolina
Spetember 13-18, 2016
Chaired by: Herschel Luckinbill
Attendance: 78 total/62 shipmates
Highlights: Great time had by all.  Visited YORKTOWN (CVS-10), USS LAFFEY (DD-724), dinner cruise, Magnolia Plantation, Fort Sumter and held our memorial service at the Ciradel Chapel.  Saturday night banquet with Farewells until next year's reunion in Clear Lake, Texas.

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. 

Embassy Suites
Grapevine, Texas
October 17-20, 2017
Chaired by: Billy and Sue Orr
Attendance: 38 total/17 shipmates
Highlights: Three shipmates attended for the first time. Three widows of shipmates attended honoring their departed spouses.

Holiday Inn, Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 24-27, 2015
Chaired by: Ken Annino
Attendance: 85 total/45 shipmates
Highlights:The USS Perry DD-844 14th reunion was held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sept. 24-27, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach.

The hotel provided a free daily breakfast vuffet and parking. Thursday, Sept. 24th, was registration day. Out hospitality room was open every day stocked with beverages and snacks. That evening we held a cocktail party and opening night dinner. On Friday we boarded a motorcoach for a guided tour of Virginia Beach and Norfolk Naval Station. Saturday was a very busy day. We boarded a bus for a tour of Norfolk, took a Victory Rover Harbor Cruise of Chesapeake Bay, Visited the Nauticus Museum and toured the Battleship Wisconsin, with an abbreviated Memorial Service on the fantail, due to the rain. Then on to Freemason Abbey Restaurant, a former church with charming tavern atmosphere, for dinner. Sunday, the gold trip was cancelled due to very wet conditions on the course. The ladies enjoyed a cooking demo and lunch at the hotel. We then had our business meeting, took froup photos and our Farewell Banquet. Out Honorary Shipper, Capt. Jim V. Jones and his lovely wife Penny were piped aboard. Capt. Jones is retired Navy and now serves as President of Tin Can Sailors, The National Associatino of Destroyer Veterans. Capt. Jones spoke of his service in the Navy on Frigates, Destroyers, Nuclear Cruisers and Submarines. He served in Iran, India and Malaysia and was commanding officer of Naval Sea Combat Systems Engineering Statino at Norfolk.

A wonderful time was had by all. Our next reunion will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, Oct. 6-10, 2016.

Virginia Beach, Virginia
April 21-23, 2017
Chaired by: Scott Peterson and Chris Vargas
Attendance: 108 total/108 shipmates (44 plank owners)
Highlights: Two COs attended, the plank owner CO and a CO that previously served on the Peterson as a plank owner. Dinner banquet with large screen presentation and raffle. Two speakers, retired Admiral Chadwick and active duty Captain Chadwick (son).

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.

Crowne Plaza Washington Dulles Airport
Herndon, Virginia
June 9-13, 2016
Chaired by: John S. Pinto
Attendance: 47 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Changing of the Guard, President Kennedy's grave site. The Shuttle Challenger Memorial Private Trolley was the way to go.  WWII/Vietnam & Lincoln Memorials.  Our tour guide was great along with the bus company and driver.  Five os us got to do the White House Tour the day before the reunion.  It was worth the wait.  The United State Navy Memorial along with the Holocaust Museum were unbelieable.  Our two bell ceremony for our Fallen Shipmates at our Banquet Dinner-Color Guard American Legion Post 177, Fairfax, VA.  Outstanding hotel catering staff and the food was excellent.

Holiday Inn
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
April 19-23, 2017
Chaired by: William Dow
Attendance: 45 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Used Maine Tour Connections out of S. Brtland, Maine. Assume people to work with. Toured Naval Base with lunch and Base Guide. Excellent interesting history tour. Toured Town of Portsmouth Historical District and lighthouse guided tour next day. Could not have asked for better service or care from tour copany or hotel staff.

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.

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
August 20-24, 2017
Chaired by: Jim Speckbrock
Highlights: In conjunction with the Tin Can Sailors National Reunion

Ligonier, Pennsylvania
May 1-5, 2017
Chaired by: Paul Angelicchio
Attendance: 130 total/65 shipmates
Highlights: We had tours of Fullingwater, Flight 93, Que Creek and FT Ligonier. Our shipmates and guests enjoyed the small town anbiance tht Ligonier provides. We finished the reunion with our annual meeting Thursday morning and our Banquet Thursday evening.

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.

Embassy Suites
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
September 6-10, 2017
Chaired by: John Wanko
Attendance: 48 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: Great tours of Constitution Center, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Christ Church, Reading Terminal Market, Valley Forge Encampment, Freedoms Dounation. Hotel free Happy Hour 17:30 - 19 ;30 each day. Next reunion Charleston 2019.

Sea Mist Resort
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 11-15, 2016
Chaired by: John Banahan
Attendance: 34 total/17 shipmates
Highlights: The 2016 reunion in Myrtle Beach, SC, was considered one of the best we've ever held. It was well planned by John Banahan and Roger Novak. . Activities included the Duplin Winer, Ripley;s Aquarium, Alabama Theater, Legends in Concert. We ate at a Texas Steakhouse and original Benjamin's.

Essington, Pennsylvania
September 10-12, 2015
Chaired by: Dennis Dillon
Attendance: 30 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: Sea stories by the bunch. Historic tour of Philadelphia. Tour of USS New Jersey.

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.

Valley Forge Casino Resort
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
August 20-24, 2017
Chaired by: Thomas Pettit
Attendance: 9 total/6 shipmates including 2 Plank Owners
Highlights: Our reunion group was one of 14 destroyer groups that held their annual meeting in conjunction with the Tin Can Sailors National Reunion. The optional tours were wonderful especially the dinner cruise around the Port of Philadelphia. The tour of the Battleship New Jersey was exceptional and extremely well organized. The entertainment at the Welcome Aboard Dinner was spectacular. We were given a private hospitality room where we conducted our Association business. We voted to meet again with the TCS National Reunion scheduled for Buffalo, NY, September 16-20, 2018.

USS SHANNON (DM-25) (with USS Frasier (DM-24))
Town and Country Inn and Suites
Charleston, South Carolina
April 1-4, 2017
Chaired by: Jack Duegaw
Attendance: 53 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Visits for the Patriot's Points exhibits; Magnolia Gardens; Fort Sumpter; Old Town Charleston; Old Market, Battery with USS Hobson Memorial; Banquet with guest speaker Michael Skellings, Mayor pro tem of the City of Charleston (great speaker), presentation of City Flag w/shadow box to all shipmates.

Country Inn and Suites
Metairie, Louisiana
October 15-18, 2015
Chaired by: Thomas Durand/Jack Humphreys
Attendance: 16 total/10 shipmates
Highlights: Visit to WWII Museum including luncheon show with the Vistory Belles. Dinner aboard the steamboat Natchez with Jazz Band on the Mississippi. Welcome dinner and Sunday dinner meeting.

MGM Elegante
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 4-7, 2017
Chaired by: Bill Skillin
Attendance: 65 total/24 shipmates
Highlights:Excellent service and hospitality from the hotel. The Day 1 trip to Santa Fe, NM, was a very interesting tour. We attended the mass ascension on the opening day of the 2017 International Balloon Fiesta. The weather was great and the sights were awesome.

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)
Sands Regency Hotel and Casino
Reno, Nevado
May 15-19, 2016
Chaired by: Mike DeLaurentis, CDR, USN (Ret.)

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.

Holiday Inn Resort
Galveston, Texas
October 7-11, 2015
Chaired by: Ralph Hanson
Attendance: 76 total/39 shipmates
Highlights: None.

Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
April 28-May 1, 2016
Chaired by: John Evans
Attendance: 115 total/59 shipmates
Highlights: Toured Naval Academy and Ft. McHenry. Four members of the Steinaker family attended including the daughter of the lady who christened the ship. Three past commanding officers attended. One plankowner (1945) attended. Thirteen previous officers attended.

Holiday Inn Mobile - Downtown Historical District
Mobile, Alabama
October 6-8, 2017
Chaired by: Robert Hromadka
Attendance: 52 total/25 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of USS Alabama BB-60. Hurricane Nate caused us to Miss Bellingrath Gardens but Sunday turned out to be sunny for visiting the town. Closed Sunday night with a dinner meeting. Newport, RI, was chosen for 2019.

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)
Best Western Plus (Sandcastle)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 11-17, 2017
Chaired by: Jim Kelly
Attendance: 59 total/32 shipmates
Highlights:Tour of Norfolk and Battleship Wisconsin. Tour of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Visit of NOB, Norfolk, Virginia

Boomtown Casino and Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 17-22, 2017
Chaired by: RIchard Harmon
Attendance: 45 total/25 shipmates
Highlights:We took a 3 hour bus tour of the French Quarter. Visited the WWII Museum where we had a buffet lunch and a matinee show featuring the "Andrew Sisters". Several of tour men were chosen to dance on stage with the performers. We also took part in a final mission show onboard a simulated submarine. Some of us took a ride on the oldest continuous operating street car in the world. Some visited the flea market while others chose to try their luck at the casino.Click here for photo.

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.

The Inn at Opryland
Nashville, Tennessee
September 22-25, 2017
Chaired by: Keith Mello
Attendance: 97 total/51 shipmates
Highlights: Honored our shipmates that have passed. Dinner on Saturday evening with opening honor guard ceremeny!

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.

Grand Oaks Hotel
Branson, Missouri
May 23-25, 2016
Chaired by: Clarence N. Daniels
Attendance: 19 total/9 shipmates
Highlights: Glad to see everyone since we didn't have a reunion since 2012. Did a lot of reminiscing and some attended a show or two. Voted to have another reunion in 2017. Not sure where. Would like to be at a Navy town or the ocean or bay. Some suggestions were Long Beach, California, Pensacola, Florida, Jacksonville, FL, Norfolf/Virginia Beach Area or a coastal New Englad location.

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.

Fireside Inn and Suites
Portland, Maine
September 21-24, 2015
Chaired by: Grant Wilcox
Attendance: 84 total/37 shipmates
Highlights: Visit the Bath Iron Works where the USS Turner was built

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.

Downtown Marriott
Charleston, South Carolina
July 13-17, 2016
Chaired by: Manny Seligmann
Attendance: 150 total/85 shipmates
Highlights: River cruise on Spirit of Carolina with reenactment of white hat toss, memorial service on USS Yorktown with an NJ ROTC Honor Guard, American Legion with rifle squad at VFW Post 3137.  This was the 50th anniversary of commissioning and 30th anniversary of the association.

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

Wyndham Gettysburg
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
September 8-12, 2016
Chaired by: David R. Johnson
Attendance: 62 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: A tour to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center and a tour of the battlefield with a memorial service i the cemetery.  Also a tour to Lancaster Amish Country and Jacob's Choice movie, school house tour and a guide for farmland tour. Click here for photos.

North Charleston, South Carolina
October 15-18, 2017
Chaired by: Keith Lemons, OSCS, USN (Ret.)
Attendance: 83 total/41 shipmates
Highlights: Wonderful reunion. No WWII veterans. Had 1 former POW with us.

Best Western Landmark Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
August 28-September 1, 2016
Chaired by: Kristi Adams
Attendance: 30 total/9 shipmates
Highlights: Our wonderful 15th reunion was held in New Orleans. Our activities included a city tour, visiting the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge and the WWII Museum, and amazing place.  Our theme was "Riverboat Rendezvous" and we spent our last evening with a dinner cruise on the steamboat Natchez.  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.

Best Western Merry Manor Inn
South Portland, Maine
October 11-15, 2017
Chaired by: Stan Prager
Attendance: 72 total/38 shipmates
Highlights: Our tours included Kennebunkport, "with a lobsterbake" at Fosters; a trolley tour of Portland and a cruise on Casco Bay; the Maine Maritime Museum and a cruise of Bath Iron Works, where the Warrington was built and launched in 1945. Additionally, we held our memorial service on the banks of the Kennebec River to honor our fallen shipmates. Other activities were a "deli buffet" and our banquet at the hotel, where th staff did an outstanding job!

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

Landmark Resort
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 15-18, 2015
Chaired by: Jack Walters
Attendance: 84 total/42 shipmates
Highlights: Wednesday had a pie reunion golf outing. Thursday afternoon toured City of Georgetown and enjoyed a catered box lunch followed by a wine and cheese reception at the hotel ending the evening with a welcoming buffet dinner and raffle. Friday went on a bus trip to Wilmington, NC, and toured the BB USS BC and conducted a memorial service onboard followed by a catered lunch. On Friday evening we had dinner at Benjamin's "all you can eat" seafood buffet followed by attending "The One Show" at the Alabama Theater. We were joined throughout by a descendant of our ship's namesake "William Maxwell Wood". A tour of Brookgreen Gardens on Saturday with a closing banquet with entertainment. Click here for a photo.

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.

Radisson Hotel
Branson, Missouri
September 25-29, 2016
Chaired by: Ted Laurila
Attendance: 39 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: This year, the USS Wiltsie again joined forces with the Tin Can Sailors National Reunion and it proved to be one of the best event yet!  This year's attendance totaled 39 in all including shipmates and their families.  Everyone enjoyed the many tous and events that were available.  We toured the countryside on the Branson Scenic Railroad, went to the top of Lava Canyon Nature Trail, visited the most impressive "Veterans Memorial Museum", enjoyed a fabulous dinner show aboard the Showboat Branson Belle and sang along with the "All Hands on Deck" musical variety show.  We fully enjoyed two evening banquets in the hotel ballroom that featured excellent food, live big band music one night and an interesting guest speaker after the second banquet.  In our own Wiltsie hospitality room, a variety of refreshments, beverages and snacks were available to fuel the never ending stream of enjoyable sea stories that were exchanged by shipmates.  This was another great fun filled USS Wiltsie reunion.  Hope to see everyone next year in August in Valley Forge, PA.  Click here for photo.

Park Inn
Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania
October 1-5, 2017
Chaired by: John Noonan
Attendance: 41 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Visit to Harley Davidson Factory w/tour of assembly line, Tukey Hill Experience-tasting and making of individual ice cream. Hershey experience-making personal candy bag and 4D movie. Reuniting of shipmates.

Holiday Inn-Bayside
San Diego, California
October 14-18, 2015
Chaired by: Dewey Franklin
Attendance: 65 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Went on a tour of the USS America LHA-6. The Navy has changed a lot in 40 years.

Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Galveston, Texas
May 4-8, 2015
Chaired by: Morris Hill and Bill Adams
Attendance: 49 total/17 shipmatess
Highlights: Reunion started Monday with an open-air tour tram of historic Galveston. Tuesday we visited the beautiful Moody Gardens complex enjoying the Rainforest, 3D Theater, Colonel Paddle wheel boat ride, the Aquarium, with lunch at the Garden Restaurant. Wednesday we saw The Great Storm Experience, a documentary of Galveston's history at Pier 21 Theater. Lunch was outdoors at the Olympia Grill on Pier 21, followed by a harbor tour / dolphin watch boat ride, including cruising by Pier 41 and Pelican Island berthing sites of Wren. Following the harbor tour, we toured the Elissa, the official Tall Ship of Texas, a fully restored sailing cargo ship of 1877. Thursday a memorial service was held honoring known deceased shipmates since the last reunion. The service was conducted between the USS Stewart and USS Cavalla. A wreath was placed in the waters once sailed by the Wren. The Lone Star Flight Museum was the last tour of the day. Once back at the Hilton, our banquet held where crew members enjoyed dinner and live music. Colors were posted by the Marine Corps. The reunion ended Friday with a farewell breakfast.

The Orleans
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 19-21, 2016
Chaired by: Dale Cook
Attendance: 30 total/5 shipmate
Highlights:Tour through Hoover Dam, Medal of Honor Museum, Bolagio Gardens.

Hilton Gardens Inn
Columbus, Georgia
August 23-27, 2017
Chaired by: Paul W. Bowen
Attendance: 71 total/35 shipmates
Highlights:We visited Andersonville where we made a donation. Then to Yoder's for a great lunch. Then to Port Columbus for a tour of the Museum. The only plankowner, with 4 of his sons helping him, fired a civil war cannon. The next day, Friday, we attended the "Rangers in Action" graduation. This was something to see. Then headed to the mess hall for lunch. After lunch we went to the National Infantry Museum to tour the great Museum.

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.

Holiday Inn Airport/Opryland
Nashville, Tennessee
October 5-9, 2015
Chaired by: Lester Sinton
Attendance: 109 total/52 shipmates
Highlights: Grand Ole Opry Show. Tour of Nashville and Country Music Hall of Fame. Banquet. Tour of "The Hermitage" - Home of President Andrew Jackson (held Memorial Service there). EXCELLENT hotel service.