REUNIONS IN REVIEW            


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

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!

Embassy Suites Airport
North Charleston, South Carolina
April 30-May 4, 2015
Chaired by: Tony Fuentes
Attendance: 44 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Opened the hospitality suite and enjoyed a welcome aboard buffet dinner. Welcomed returned reunion shipmates and introduced new reunion shipmates. Visited Patriot's Point, had lunch in the Chief's Mess aboard the USS Yorktown and particularly enjoyed being aboard the USS Laffey (DD-724), a Sumner Class destroyer just like the Ault. Toured Charleston, the Citadel Chapel and the USS Hunley and Hunley Museum. Also toured Magnolia Gardens and Home. The closing dinner banquet was perfect. As usual, the hospiitality suite is always the focal point and highlight of the reunion with shipmates enjoying each others company and the spouses/family/friends having just as much if not more fun than the shipmates. It was a super reunion and the shipates returned home after selecting Jacksonville, FL, and eagerly awaiting next year's reunion. Click here for photo.

El Tropicano
San Antonio, Texas
October 5-9, 2015
Chaired by: Tom Blaszczyk
Attendance: 27 total/15 shipmates (including 2 from WWII)
Highlights: We started with a bus tour of San Antonio, a tour of the Alamo, then on to a river barge, followed by lunch at VFW Post 76 and El Mercado Market. The next day a tour of Fredericksburg and Admiral Nimitz WWII Museum. Friday was our banquet with a color guard from the Hospital Corpsman A School in San Antonio.

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

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

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.

Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio Texas
September 9-13, 2-15
Chaired by: Mike Á Jane Mace
Attendance: 47 total/19 shipmates
Highlights:Tour of the Alamo, the L. B. J. Ranch and Admiral Nimitz Pacific War Museum

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

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

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.

Holiday Inn
Erlanger, Kentucky
Septenber 16-20, 2015
Chaired by: James Á Cheryl Graff
Attendance: 128 total/64 shipmates
Highlights: Ocktoberfest in Cincinnati and Wednesday with band and food. Air Force Museum and special hangers. Dinner under the wings with Doolittle presentation. Wonderful tour of Cincinnati by bus on Friday. Saturday Ocktoberfest during day and superb dinner at Holiday Inn

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.

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

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

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

Radisson Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
April 29-May 1, 2016
Chaired by: Joe Napoli
Attendance: 61 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Another year gone and another reunion where shipmates and guests enjoyed the gathering. Baton Rouge is now history and is added to our large list of past reunions. Although we had to watch the weather things went well. A thunderstorm caused us to cut our tour short and we were not able to visit the USS Kidd. We did, however, get to go on the Cajun Swamp Tour and eat lunch at Ralph and Kacoo's. We went on one large boat through the swamp for a very enjoyable and informative experience. The lunch at Ralph and Kacoo's was fantastic. We had the local version of bread pudding for dessert which was quite different from the way it is made onthe East Coast. Shipmates and guests took advantage of the Hospitality Room during the three day event. Snacks and beverages and plenty of sea stories to go around. Instead of a DJ, at the banquet, we were entertained by a group of Cajun dancers. Shipmates and guests joined the dancers for an enjoyable evening. The banquet menu included some Cajun foods such as crawfish meat pies, catfish and gumbo. Of course some "normal" items were also on the menu.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DESDIV 38 Association
Executive Inn and Suites
Oakland, California
September 1-4, 2015
Chaired by: Frank Boyer, Jr.
Attendance: 88 total/9 WWII Veterans
Highlights: Our banquet/awards ceremony was on the USS Nornet, 70th anniversary of VJ Day. We put out vets into authentic WWII Navy uniforms and presented all with 3 commemorative medals each. We toured the Hornet and also Mare Island. Click here for photo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Western Airport Hotel
Elkridge, Maryland
October 7-11, 2015
Chaired by: Ken Moore
Attendance: 64 total/33 shipmates
Highlights:A tour of the Naval Academy which was the highlight of the reunion. Free days visiting the inner Harbor and many other interesting sites. The Naval Chapel at the Academy was a site to behold, the organ with all the pipes when played brought tears to your eyes. A terrific banquet at the Timbuktu Restaurant was a great experience.

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

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.

Ambassador Hotel
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 16-20, 2015
Chaired by: Steve Kaminsky
Attendance: 54 total/29 shipmates
Highlights: City tour, memorial service at War Memorial and Edelweiss Riverboat tour. Had lunch at Maders.;

Millenium Hotel Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
September 14-18, 2015
Chaired by: Jack Palasterer
Attendance: 47 total/27 shipmates.
Highlights: USS Greene Association Reunion began on Monday, September 14 with registration at the Millenium Hotel Buffalo. Forty-seven crewmembers and guests attended. Hosts were Jack and Linda Plasterer.

A large hospitality room afforded the opportunity to renew old friendships and enjoy snacks provided by the attendees. Memorabilia from cruise books, pictures and newspaper articles were available to enjoy.

On Tuesday a bus tour of Buffalo, NY, and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Á Military Park was provided. A self guided tour of USS The Sullivans (DD-37), USS Little Rock (CLG-4) and the submarine USS Croaker (SSK-246) highlighted the day. After lunch the group toured Buffalo City Fire Department's Edward M. Cotter, the oldest working fireboat.

Wednesday was a visit to Niagara Falls which included a ride on "Maid of the Mist" and the view from New York State Observation Tower. After a buffet lunch the group cruised the Erie Canal passing through the Lockport Locks.

At the ship's business meeting on Thursday two hundred dollars was approved to be donated to Tin Can Sailors and one hundred dollars for upkeep of Edward M. Cotter fireboat. A vote to hold the next Greene Reunino in Charleston, South Carolina, in September 2017 was approved. Tom and Linda Weir will host the event.

After a social hour and rousing sing-a-long the group moved to the dining room for the evening banquet. Retired Senior Chief John Branning, Superintendent of Ships Buffalo Naval Station, was the guest speaker. He spoke about passing on the heritage and legacy of US Naval Service to the next generation. The banquet concluded with an opportunity raffle.

"Friends come and go, but shipmates are forever" . . . The Greene Reunion concluded Friday morning with all looking forward to the 2017 Reunion.

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

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

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.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
September 24-27, 2015
Chaired by: James R. Rapson
Attendance: 83 total/41 shipmates
Highlights: An Excellent reunion that included two (2) plank owners from 1945. A good time was had by all.

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

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

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

Best Western Merry Manor Inn
Portland, Maine
September 22-26, 2015
Chaired by: Orville Krieg
Attendance: 49 total/26 shipmates
Highlights:Dock's Fish Market Restaurant highly recommended for lunch. Boat tour of Portland Bay Islands narrated mail run by Casco Bay Lines very informative of early New England history. Second tour to the Maine Maritime Museum is a first class museum with extremely knowledgable docents. Portland has first class restaurants and the lobster is fantastic!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doubletree by Hilton
Norfolk, Virginia
September 16-20, 2015
Chaired by: Howard "Butch" Conner
Attendance: 66 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Meeting for the first time one of our Plankowners, A. Maitland Comb, age 93, of Conway, SC. Mait went aboard USS Hank in 1944 during WWII. Our group tours began at Colonial Williamsburg then on for a riding tour of Yorktown. We then did a riding tour of Norfolk with a visit to Nauticus Naval Museum and a tour of the Battlewhip Wisconsin where we held our annual memorial service for departed crew members of USS Hank. Then it was off to tour the Norfolk Naval Base which included lunch at the base club. We then followed this up the next day with a riding tour of Virginia Beach and a Victory Rover Harbor Cruise. A good time by all!!! Click here for pictures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Inn-Niagara Falls
BNiagara Falls, New York
September 17-20, 2015
Chaired by: James F. Horn
Attendance: 60 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: On day 1 we headed for Lockport, NY, to board a 2-wheel paddle boat for a ride through the original canal and 2 locks before returning to the Lockport/Erie Canal home base for a super lunch. Following we went to "Old Fort Niagara" for a great presentation and tour of the Fort Museum.

On day 2 we traveled to Buffalo for a morning boat ride called The Buffalo River History Tour. Following we went to lunch at the 1 Pear Street Grill for another delicious lunch. After, we went to Buffalo Naval and Military Park to tour the USS Little Rock cruiser, the USS The Sullivans and the submarine USS Growler.

On Saturday, day 3, we went to the Niagara Park for a trip under the falls on the famous "Maid of the Mist" followed by a trip fo the Niagara Gorge "Whirlpool". On Saturday evening we had our annual banquet with entertainment by singer Tony Padulla. He was great.

Sunday morning we gathered for our Farewell Breakfast set up for us by the hotel, culminating our 26th annual Reunion. Next year - Branson, MO.

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

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

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

Crowne Plaza
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Street Inn
Stillwater, Minnesota
September 20-23, 2015
Chaired by: Dawn Swanson (daughter of shipmate Mac Murray), Mac and Norita Murray
Attendance: 21 total/3 shipmates
Highlights: T-Shirts (with the 28 cities of past reunions) listed on the back, were handed out along with our usual Goodie Bags.

Get Well cards were signed by all, to be sent to a couple of shipmates that were at every reunion, but missed this one.

A wonderful dinner cruise on a Paddle Wheel Boat, on the St. Croix River.  BBQ Ribs and Chicken.  The cruise takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  It was a very nice quiet evening to be at sea.

We took the Trolley Tour of Historic Stillwater, many old mansions from the 1800 lumber days of the city.  Stillwat er was a very active lumber town in its day.

Some took in the Winery and Brewery, of course accepted samples of each.  Everyone did shopping and visiting in all the Antique Stores that are all with walking distance of the hotel.

We toured the Aamodt's Apple Orchard, just ourside of Stillwater, then we received a guided tour of the 18800's Stillwater State Prison Warden's House.  The prison at one time held The Younger Brothers.  The mains grounds walls are still in place today.  The prison inmates were moved to a new prison down in Newport, MN.  An apartment bulding is now in its place.

We were entertained by "The Treblemakers" a quarter of four ladies from the area.  They sang to us songs from the 40's and 50's.  Very entertaining.

We had our banquet in the Inn's conference room.  Played our usual 50/50 and our Chinese Auction.

The Inn and city are a wonderful place to have a small reunion.  We were treated wonderfully by the staff and the rooms are spacious.  Everyone had a wonderful time during our stay.

Next year, Danville, VA.  Here we come.

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

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

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

Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
Atlanta, Georgia
September 16-20, 2015
Chaired by: John Rybicki
Attendance: 46 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: Our ship's 25th reunion was in Atlanta, Georgia. We saw and learned of the past at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The tour also included the Kenneshaw Mountain National Battlefield. A memorial service was held at the battlefield. We visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum plus saw the Margaret Mitchell House of "Gone With the Wind" fame. Present day attractions included the Georgia Aquarium Á The World of Coca Cola. Everyone received a bottle of coke at the exit. Our dinner-dance featured great food & a disc jockey. Goodbyes were on Sunday. Thank you Tin Can Sailors for the reunion 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.

Double Tree Hilton
Port Huron, Michigan
September 30-October 4, 2015
Chaired by Alan Cutcher
Attendance 42 total/23 shipmates
Highlights:Opening night ice cream buffet and welcome by Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp. A tour of retired United States lightship Huron (LV-103), placing a Weeks stone at the International Flag Plaza and a tour of the Forst Gratiot Lighthouse. Also the Edison Train Depot Museum, a visit to the Knowlton's Ice Museum and a three hour riverboat ride on the St. Clair River aboard the Huron Lady. At the Saturday morning business meeting a plaque was presented to outgoing president Len Budzinski in appreciatino of 12 years service as associatino president. Saturday evening was the gala dinner and dance which brought to conclusion a very successful reunion.

Doubletree Downtown
Jacksonville, Florida
April 4-7, 2016
Chaired by: Robert Nava
Attendance: 60 total/35 shipmates
Highlights: All had a great time. The Doubletree Hotel treated us very well. Visited Mayport Naval Base and toured USS Jackson LCS6- the navy's newest ship. Made a trip to St. Augustine for a shot of the "Fountain of Youth" water. Off to the Boston area in 2017.

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

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

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

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

MGM Elegante
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 15-18, 2016
Chaired by: Wayne Reynolds
Attendance: 17 total/14 shipmates
Highlights: The USS Knudson (APD-101) held its 14th annual reunion at the MGM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque, NM, on May 15-18, 2016. Seventeen shipmate, wives and friends attended. The first day we gathered in the hospitality room, second day we went to Santa Fe, third day we toured the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Anderson Abrusso Albuquerque Balloon Museum. In the afternoon we toured Old Town. The third day we did the Sabdia Peak Aerial Tramway and lunch at the Sandiago's Mexican Frill. We had our banquet in the evening. We will be going to Jackson Hole, Wyoming next year for a tour of some of the Naitonal Parks. A good time was had by all. The hotel was outstanding in all aspects of our reunion.  Click here for photo.

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

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

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.

Embassy Suites Cleveland Rockside
Cleveland, Ohio
September 29-October 1, 2015
Chaired by: Scott Sheffer
Attendance: 70 total/43 shipmates
Highlights: Shipmate Rich Mavansky and his wife Kathy provided a great and varied sampling of the attractions available in the Cleveland area. We toured the Cleveland Police Museum, Aquarium, Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Christmas Story House Museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame and P. Graham Dunn Gallery. We enjoyed lunches at Crop Bistro Restaurant and Dag Country Kitchen. Our memorial service was conducted at Western Reserve National Cemetery. Next year's reunion will be in Charleston, SC.

Embassy Suites
San Francisco, California
October 1-5, 2015
Chaired by: Fred Shields
Attendance: 25 total/12 shipmates
Highlights: Hotel and staff were great! Toured San Francisco city and Alcatraz. The Next day we went to Napa Valley for wine tasting.

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)
Eldorado Casino Resort
Revo, Nevada
September 30-October 4, 2015
Chaired by: N/A
Attendance: 51 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: NAS Fallon, NV (home to "Top Gun" since 1996) was one of the reunion high points. The National Auto Museum (the Harrah's Collection) had many unique and/or one of a kind vehicles from the earliest days of the automotive to the 1970s. Taking the V & T Railroad steam locomotive from Carson City to Virginia City for the annual "Outhouse Races and Underwear Relays" was the wrap-up event and all attendees had a great time.

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.

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: Naiagara Falls. Naval Park, Buffalo.

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

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

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

     Fun of annual banquet 5/3/15.

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.

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

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

NEWPORT DEALEYS (DE-1006, 1014, 1015, 1021, 1022, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030)
Cincinnati, Ohio (Florence, Kentucky)
September 10-13, 2015
Chaired by: Ray Hammock USS John Willis (DE-1027)
Attendance: 72 total/40 shipmates
Tours to the Ait Force Museum, Dayton, OH and a dinner river cruise followed by a city tour of Cincinnati. Admiral Roy Hoffman (USS Cromwell CO 1962) was again in attendance and addressed the assembly Saturday evening. Thursday and Friday evening games authored by Rich Legg kept us guessing and entertained. The business meeting selected Charleston, SC, as the location for our 2017 reunion. The 2016 reunion will be in Newport, RI.

Oh how young we were back then!

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

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

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

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.

Crown Plaza New Orleans Airport
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 15-20, 2015
Chaired by: Edward Mehl
Attendance: 81 total/43 shipmates
Highlights:Tours of the World War II Museum were exceptional. We also attended the canteen diner show at the Museum. Many of the crew went for a tour of the Houmas House Plantation.

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

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

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

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

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.

Barclay Towers
Virginia Beach, Virginia
October 2-3, 2015
Chaired by: Scott Peterson and Chris Vargas
Attendance: 150 total/125 shipmates
Highlights: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, hospitality room open for socializing. Saturday evening banquet and raffle. Retired Admiral Chadwick, USS Peterson's plank owning commanding officer, was in attendance and spoke to the group. Slide show covering the ship's history was enjoyed by all in attendance.

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

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

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

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

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

Guest House Inn and Suites
Nashville, Tennessee
April 25-29, 2016
Chaired by: Gary Wilson
Attendance: 169 total/82 shipmates
Highlights: Attendees enjoyed an evening at the "Grand Ole Opry" and a lunch cruise on the "General Jackson". The banquet evenings "Memorable Service" was enhanced by a local choir who sang "Eternal Father" (Navy Hymn). After dinner remarks were provided by Jenner O'Neill. This was the Associations 23rd annual reunion.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Flagship Inn
Booth Bay Harbor, Maine
July 27-31, 2015
Chaired by: John Pandora
Attendance: 12 total/6 shipmates
Highlights: Visited Maine Maritime Museum, Boothbay Rail Museum, shopped at the many stores. Enjoyed our fill of lobster and other seafood. Spent evenings revalling sea stories. This was our 35th reunion since 1972. Looking forward to VA Beach next year.

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.

Sheraton Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia
October 7-10, 2015
Chaired by: Bill Skillin
Attendance: 110 total/52 shipmates
Highlights:Out banquet held on a special sailing of the Spirit of Norfolk. While onboard we had Rick Campbell, the author of "The Trident Deception" and "Empire Rising", as our guest speaker.

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.

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

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

USS STRONG (DD-758/467)
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
September 8-13, 2015
Chaired by: Ron Cohen
Attendance: 64 total/35 shipmates
Highlights:Battlefield Tour. Amish Country Tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Annapolis, Maryland
September 27-October 1, 2015
Chaired by: Stan Prager/Chris Zirps
Attendance: 87 total/44 shipmates
Highlights: The tour of the Naval Academy, viewing the monuments in Washington, DC and visiting Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Memorial Service at the "Lone Sailor" at the Navy Memorial, where we read the names of our deceased shipmates. Reunion banquet was terrific and we closed out the reunion with a "farewell" breakfast, where we bid goodbye to everyone until next year in Norfolk, VA.

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.

Crowne Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
August 23-27, 2015
Chaired by: Ted Laurila
Attendance: 29 total/15 shipmates
Highlights: This year, the USS Wiltsee joined forces with the Tin Can Sailors National Reunion to provide one of the best reunions yet! Shipmates and their families enjoyed many of the numerous tours offered. We visited the Naval Surface Warfare College Ship handling simulators, had lunch in the Officers Clus in Newport, RI, then spent the afternoon going aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy (DD-850) and many other ships moored in Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. Other tours many enjoyed included the Naval Submarine Museum in Groton, CT, where you could tour the USS Nautilus (SSB-574), Mystic Seaport Villahe in Mystic, CT, a cruise on Newport Bay to view many New England Lighthouses, a Clam Bake and a tour of the City of Providence, RI. We attended two evening banquets in the hotel ballroom that featured excellent food, live big band music one night and the next night the guest speaker was the Commanding Officer of all Naval Engineering Training Facilities worldwide. In the Wiltsie hospitality room, many sea stories were exchanged by shipmates including those by a USS Wiltsie plank owner, Charles Holoytek. This was a great reunion. Hope to see everyone next year in Branson, MO.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.