REUNIONS IN REVIEW            


Hampton Inn
West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
September 5-9, 2018
Chaired by: Ted Karras
Attendance: 94 total/42 shipmates
Highlights: Click here for proclamation.

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

DoubleTree by Hilton
St. Augustine, Florida
October 6-9, 2019
Chaired by: Gerry Riskey
Attendance: 21 total/12 shipmates
Highlights: Narrated tours of St. Augustine, Colonial Quarter, Castillo de San Marcos, Old Jail Museum, Old Store Museum, Historic Flagler College, memorial service and banquet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USS BEATTY (DD-640/756)
Guesthouse Inn & Suites
Nashville, Tennessee
September 17-21, 2019
Chaired by: Ms. Frankie Drake
Attendance: 60 total/22 shipmates

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.

Holiday Inn Express-Historic District
Savannah, Georgia
September 15-20, 2019
Chaired by: Dr. James N. Dougherty (Doc)
Attendance: 23 total/10 shipmates
Highlights: City Tour-Trolley, Savannah Riverboat Cruise, Tybee Island and Dolphin Tour, Webb Military Museum. Wonderful seafood meals, and great times in hospitality room. Visiting and playing cards.

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

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

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

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

Hilton Riverwalk
Jacksonville, Florida
October 14-20, 2019
Chaired by: Sonny Stowers
Attendance: 70 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: Reunion highlights were great hospitality sessions, big raffle, silent auction, tours of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, and a fine dinner.

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.

Airport Hilton-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
May 17-20, 2018
Chaired by Lou Proctor
Attendance: 65 total/28 shipmates
Highlights: Had 8 marines from 1st Anglico who we saved with our gunfire on March 30, 1972.

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.

Cleveland, Ohio
September 9-14, 2019
Chaired by: James Klimo
Attendance: 93 total/47 shipmates
Highlights: We had a full schedule of events at our Cleveland,OH reunion, which included the Pro football Hall of Fame, visited and had a buffet lunch at MAPS Air Museum, which is an internationally known museum of aviation and serves as a center of aviation history for Northeast Ohio. The museum features exciting educational displays of its collection of acquired artifacts, interactive exhibits and historical archives in its own library. A luncheon boat ride on Lake Erie, we visited a WWII submarine USS Cod and a Cleveland Indian ball game. We had a special guest at our formal dinner Joseph Tomasulo of Troy, OH, a former US Air Force pilot of F4C Phantom in Vietnam. Joe was promoted to Captain in the year of 1968 shortly after the Tet offensive. He was decorated with the distinguished flying cross and 2 separate Bronx stars for shooting down a Mig 21 and chasing another into the DMZ. He flew 208 missions as a fighter pilot while in Vietnam in support of the ground troops. Now on to our next port of call, Athens, TN in 2020.

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

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

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

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

Comfort Inn & Suites
Omaha, Nebraska
September 19-22, 2018
Chaired by: Pat Manion
Attendance: 109 total/45 shipmates
Highlights: We toured Freedom park with the USS Hazard (mine sweeper) and USS Marlin (submarine), also various military artifacts. A river cruise on the Missouri river aboard the River City Star. A guided tour of historic parts of Omaha and the Old Market area. We also toured Offutt Air Force Base, Boy's town, and Sac Aero Space Museum. Our banquet was held Saturday evening with presentation of the colors by the honor guard from NROTC group from Papillion La vista South high school led by Lt. Colonel Carl Lowandski, the only naval ROTC group in Nebraska. A special award was presented to James D. Collett Jr., the son of the ships first captain and nephew of John A. Collett who the ship was named after. This award, a certificate naming him an Admiral in the Nebraska navy. The award was presented by the Lt .Governor of Nebraska, the honorable Mike Foley.

Crown Plaza Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
April 23-25, 2018
Chaired by: Joe Napoli
Attendance: 95 total/47 shipmates
Highlights: Our Association is still going strong. We had 95 people attend our Charleston Reunion. The Crown Plaza Charleston is a first class hotel and it showed. The facility was beautiful and everything went well. Shipmates and guests spent quite a few hours in our Hospitality Room enjoying beverages and snacks. It's great when the crew gets together socializing and telling sea stories.
The weather was perfect for our tour. In the morning we toured Charleston stopping at the Citadel Military Academy, after lunch we went to Patriot's Point. Shipmates and guests went aboard the USS Yorktown and, of course, the Sumner destroyer USS Laffey.
On the last day of the reunion we had our business meeting and Memorial service at the Crown Plaza hotel. Later that evening we held our banquet. It was a pleasant affair. We had a nice meal and enjoyed dancing to music.
Next year we are heading to Florida, April 26, 27 & 28, Friday thru Sunday, we will hold our reunion at the Crowne Plaza Tampa-Westshore.

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.

The reunion that was scheduled for September 12-16, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridgepointe Hotel and Marina
New Bern, North Carolina
May 15-19, 2019
Chaired by: Patrick McGoohan
Attendance: 84 total/41 shipmates
Highlights: The hotel was excellent with a courteous and helpful staff. New Bern Trolley provided a tour of historic New Bern with a visit to Tryon Palace, the original Governor's Mansion. The tour ended with a luncheon at Chelsea's Restaurant which was greatly enjoyed by all. Our delicious and well catered banquet was held at the hotel and served buffet style by "Two Chefs Catering". Hats off the Leslie Wheat for providing an excellent and delicious presentation.

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

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

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

Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 10-14, 2019
Chaired by: G. L. Christenson
Attendance: 62 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Naval Base Norfolk tour and harbour cruise. Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Museum of the American Revolution tour. Families of 4 deceased shipmates in attendance.

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

USS DECATUR (DD-341/936, DDG-31/73)
NCL Jewel (Alaska Cruise)
Seattle, Washington
September 2-9, 2017
Chaired by: Tony West
Attendance: 38 total/19 shipmates
Highlights: Meet and greet with Capt. Pelle

Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 4-8, 2018
Chaired by: David Looker
Attendance: 40 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Visited Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods, had dinner and show at Iron Springs Chateau. Spent the day at Cripple Creek and old mining town. Enjoyed Saturday night banquet.

Engleside Inn
Beach Haven, New Jersey
September 25-28, 2016
Chaired by: Ken Stone/George Estey/John Ivan
Attendance: 64 total/31 shipmates
Highlights: The DJB went through FRAM I in Bremerton in 1964 and nine of us in attendance were part of that experience. We stayed in downtown Bremerton so we were within walking distance to the Bremerton Boardwalk, the Seattle and Port Orchard ferries, the USS Turner Joy, the Puget Sound Navy Museum, the Harbor Side Fountain Park, and a number of places to eat. The DJB and the Turner Joy were in Desron 19 together from 1959-64, so ten of us were part of that experience.

Crew/guests arrivals were ongoing throughout Sunday, so no specific activity/dinner plans were set. Monday 18 crew members accepted one of our shipmate's invitation to tour his Naval Museum and property in Sequim. The lady's took advantage of that and did a girl's tour of Port Orchard. some early scouting missions of Seattle and the casino's in the area resulted in a good sized group of us taking the ferry to Seattle on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning it was discovered that one of our shipmates, passed away during the night. He was brought to the reunion by his daughter, who was one of the loves of his life. He had done well at the casino Tuesday and had a good time that evening in the Hospitality room reliving his time on the DJB, sharing memories and pictures with his navy buddies. We held a memorial for him and our shipmates who we've identified that have passed away since our last reunion at the Harbor Side Fountain Park. We then had our banquet/business meeting/raffle at the Kitsap Conference Center. Many stories were shared well into the night in the Hospitality room as the reunion wound down.

DESDIV 38 Association
Holiday Inn Downtown Mobile
Mobile, Alabama
September 10-14, 2019
Chaired by: Gary Edmisten
Attendance: 29 total/3 shipmates
Highlights: Our reunion was a great success. We visited the National Naval Air Museum at NAS-Pensacola and got to see the Blue Angels practice show. Also visited the USS Alabama BB-60 Memorial Park. The weather was quite hot but everyone survived. The USS Henderson DD-675 Reunion was occuring at the same time as ours at the same hotel so we made some new friends.

Fairfield Inn Midtown
Savannah, Georgia
June 3-5, 2019
Chaired by: R. A. Myers
Attendance: 45 total/18 shipmates
Highlights: Toured the Mighty Eighth Air Force, the Webb Military Museum, the Railroad Museum, and Fort Jackson and Tybee Lighthouse. Also went on a city tour.

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.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Warwick, Rhode Island
September 12-16, 2014
Chaired by: Joe Sczyrek
Attendance: 70 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: The reunion began on Wednesday with a Welcome Aboard happy hour and dinner during which each shipmate introduced himself and shared a memory of his service aboard DD-779. On Thursday, the group toured Providence and Newport with lunch at the Officers Club at the Naval War College. On Friday a private tour of the USS Constitution and a visit to the Boston Tea Party Museum were conducted. The reunion concluded on Saturday with a visit to the museum ships at Battleship Cove and cocktail reception, memorial service and farewell banquet dinner.

Embassy Suites
Covington, Kentucky
September 3-7, 2019
Chaired by: Charles Russin
Attendance: 66 total/39 shipmates
Highlights: On Tuesday everyone arrived. There was an eveing reception at the bar with light appetizers in the lobby. On Wednesday, there was a bus trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Paterson AFB, OH. Upon arriving, we had a memorial service at the AFB Memorial Park recognizing shipmates that had passed since last years meeting. We had lunch at the museum. In the afternoon, we boarded the bus for a short ride to visit America's Packard Museum. There were cars from the early 1900's through the 1950's. After that, we oarded the bus for a ride to the Historic Folden Lamb Restaurant in Lebanon, OH where it had served many distinguished guests. We had a wonderful three course dinner and then returned to the hotel. On Thursday, we visited many sights in Covington, Newport, and Cincinnati. Some took the riverboat cruise, others played golf, attended the Reds game, etc. In the evening, there was an informal gathering at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY for beer and German food in the garden. On Friday, the business meeting was held fllowed by an auction. At the meeting it was proposed that the next reunion be held in Buffalo, NY. That evening a dinner was held in a hotel banquet room where we were entertained by the magical talents of Earl Faust. On Saturday, we all enjoyed breakfast and there many fairwells as we departed for home.

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

Comfort Inn
Bay City, Michigan
September 5-9, 2018
Chaired by: Tim Nightingale
Attendance: 75 total/40 shipmates
Highlights: Ships picnic for all shipmates and family. had group meeting to address the 2020 reunion to held in Baltimore, Maryland. Saturday night dinner was enjoyed by all. Click here for pictures.

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

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

Crowne Plaza
Warwick, Rhode Island
September 4-8, 2019
Chaired by: Sam White
Attendance: 46 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: We were honored to have Capt. Morgan Little as our guest speaker. The tours were appreciated by those attending as well as the hospitality room where many stories were exchanged!

Holiday Inn Downtown Mobile
September 16-20, 2019
Chaired by: Tom Weir
Attendance: 37 total/21 shipmates.
Highlights: The fourteenth Greene Association Reunion was held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Mobile, Alabama from September 16-20, 2019. On Monday twenty-one shipmates and sixteen guests met in the Hopitality Room for registration. Raffle items were displayed for the final evening banquet and guests provided hometown treats for all to savor.

The next day after breakfast the group toured the USS Alabama Memorial Park and held a Memorial Service for deceased shipmates on board USS Alabama BB-60. After lunch in the ship's wardroom many toured the USS Drum SS-228.

Wednesday all enjoyed a tour of historic Mobile with lunch at a local restaurant. The highlight of the tour was a visit to Richards DAR House Museum which was built in 1860 and is on the National Registry of historic places. The Hospitality Room once again was open for an evening of shipmate social activities.

The Association's Business was held in the morning and it was decided to hold the next Reunion by booking a cruise in the Fall of 2020. The formal banquet was a Mobile Mardi Gras theme in the hotel Ballroom. The guest speaker for the banquet was LCDR Richard Mahone, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Limited Duty Officer. Farewells, hugs and handshakes were in order on Friday as all departed until next year.

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

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

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia
October 10-14, 2018
Chaired by: Thomas E. Randall
Attendance: 68 total
Highlights: 76 visited Nauticus and BB-64. 28 shipmates took guided tours given by USS Wisconsin Assn. Lunch Cruise of Spirit of Norfolk celebrating 243rd Navy Birthday saw NOB Norfolk from Seaward side in dress ship finery. Held Farragut Ship Assn,. Inc. meeting. Mad all reports (ordered a custom banner to send to DDG-99, over 100 signatures were added to it, to tell the newest Farragut we are proud of them). Elected officers. 23 new or renewed members. Members now exceed 120. Held 50/50 raffle to benefit Save Our Ships, $50 enclosed. Next reunion: #11 on Navy Birthday weekend 2020, Farragut, TN. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

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.

Holiday Inn
Saratoga Springs, New York
September 24-27, 2019
Chaired by: Robert G. Mitchell
Attendance: 48 total/21 shipmates
Highlights: Attendance is decreasing due to age and health issues. The Association is checking for a more central location for our next reunion in September 2021.

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

The Admiral
Mobile, Alabama
June 21-24, 2018
Chaired by: Ron Larsen
Attendance: 65 total/40 shipmates
Highlights: Friday- toured NAS Pensacola (lunch included). Saturday- toured USS Alabama (lunch included). Saturday evening banquet at hotel. Our speaker- Commander Michael Beaty. Hotel- great location, great staff, great food. The Admiral Hotel did an amazing job!

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

Grand Gateway
Rapid City, South Dakota
October 10-14, 2018
Chaired by: Steve Kraus
Attendance: 129 total/47 shipmates
Highlights: Started with a pub crawl to the city of Deadwood; toured Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Mt. Lunch and tour of Ellsworth AFB. Had three banquet dinners, live auction, trivia night, and last night a murder mystery. Memorial for the lost 74 held on AFB Friday Oct. 12.

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

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas Golden Nugget
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 21-25, 2018
Chaired by: William C. "Bill" Basnett
Attendance: 65 total/29 shipmates
Highlights: Gathering of shipmates and families. Good memories and stories of the past. Ability to experience entertainment and historical sites. Outstanding memorial service honoring deceased shipmates/family members at Nevada Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.

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

Best Western Saddleback
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
September 29-October 4, 2019
Chaired by: Paul and Staci Schepers
Attendance: 57 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: From the somber trip through Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, the boat trip on the river (too bad the locks were broke), the 45th Infantry museum, and the Western Heritage museum, I believe everyone enjoyed the scheduled tours. Then there was the free day to enjoy all the other sights and sounds of Oklahoma City. Some hit the casinos, don't know if anyone hit big, to enjoying a meal and a beverage or two on the downtown canal, there was plenty to do. As always, the hospitality room was busy with shipmates and friedns rehashing sea stories, with some new shipmates bring some new stories, to the band picking and grinning and enjoying a beverage or two. The band even had a guest singer from the Fiddler on the Roof troupe, that was playing in town, stop in and join them. The banquet meal was excellent and the auction with Pat Taylor, the joking auctioneer, kept the fun going.

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

Bay Park Hotel
Monterey, California
April 22-26, 2018
Chaired by: Loy & Kathy Buley
Attendance: 23 total/12 shipmates
Highlights: Tours of Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel, 17 Mile Drive, Cannery Rowm Monterey Aquarium.

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

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

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

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

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

Blennerhassett Hotel
Parkersburg, West Virginia
September 9-13, 2019
Chaired by: Ken Connell
Attendance: 36 total/15 shipmates
Highlights: Arrivals on 8th and 9th, business meeting on the 10th with free time. On 11th, toured Blennerhassett Museum and Henderson Hall. On the 12th, toured Blennerhassett Island with carrage ride and banquet that evening. Great time had by all. Farewells on Friday morning.

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.

Virginia Beach Resort Hotel
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 20-23, 2018
Chaired by: Anthony Accatatta
Attendance: 68 total/34 shipmates
Highlights: Visits were made to the Mariners Museum, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Little Creek Expeditionary Base, and cruised the sea side of Norfolk Naval Station aboard the Victory Rover. Capt. R. Marshall the last captain of the Harwood attended. Several dinners and banquets were held.

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

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

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

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

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

Crowne Plaza
San Diego, California
Match 5-8, 2020
Chaired by: Eric Larson / Al Ching
Attendance: 80 total/50 shipmates
Highlights:6 plankowners present. (commissioned 1969), including Capt. (Ret.) Stu Landersman, one other former CO present Capt. (Ret.) James Boland. Guest speaker VADM (Ret.) MacDonald, former office of the other reunion coordinator, BTCM Al Ching, both onboard around 1980.

October 6-9, 2011
Deerfield, Illinois
Click here to read special greetings from Admiral Michael Mullen

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

Savannah Desoto
Savannah, Georgia
September 10-13, 2018
Chaired by: George Baker
Attendance: 102 total/54 shipmates
Highlights: Our visit to the Mighty 8th museum was our biggest highlight.

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

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

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

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!

Best Western Merry Manor
South Portland, Maine
September 9-16, 2018
Chaired by: Ted Clark
Attendance: 76 total/28 shipmates
Highlights: Harbor cruise in Casco Bay to Portland Head Lighthouse. Trip to Bath Iron Works where the Hyman was built in 1943-44. The river tour was very good. The third Zumwalt class ship was there. Also two other ships in progress. We ate lobster every day if we wanted to. Very good reunion.

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". 

Spring Hill Suites by Marriott
Norfolk, Virginia
September 26-29, 2018
Chaired by: William J. Kradelman
Attendance: 60 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: Great tour of the Naval Base, cruise around the base and local sites, a great meal in an historic spot - Freemason Abbey. Hours of friendship, memories and some tall tales. Great reunion.

Millenium Maxwell House
Nashville, Tennessee
September 25-29, 2019
Chaired by: Edward Ftorski
Attendance: 54 total/21 shipmates
Highlights: Weather was great and tours were interesting. Hospitality room is where it is always great to be with shipmates, spouses and guests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quality Inn-Mystic
Mystic, Connecticut
September 9-13, 2019
Chaired by: Edward Garrett and Matt Cummings
Attendance: 75 total/45 shipmates
Highlights: Great time had by all. Many new John King vets from the 80s and 90s. Attended a very moving 9/11 memorial service at the Nautilus Museum. All hands enjoyed a trip to a local micro brewery and the local casinos. Special thanks to TCS for the gift donations for the first night pizza party. We will meet again in 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Double Tree by Hilton
Bloomington, Minnesota
September 5-9, 2018
Chaired by: Don Hamilton
Attendance: 43 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: Our ship's 28th reunion was in Bloomington, Minnesota. We had a bus tour of the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. We visited the home of the Minnesota Vikings and the Mall of America. The musical, Beehive, brought back memories of the songs of the 1960s. A Paddlewheeler dinner cruise on Lake Minnetonka was a great treat. Our dinner dance was on Friday with a DJ. Goodbyes were on Sunday. Thank you Tin Can Sailors for the reunion raffle items.

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

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

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

DoubleTree Hotel Riverside
Jacksonville, Florida
March 29-31, 2019
Chaired by: Michael Trotta and Joe Robledo
Attendance: 15 total/10 shipmates
Highlights: USS John Young veterans met in Jacksonville for a reunion and to discuss their next event for 2021. Thre was a meet and greet and guests took a tour of the area by the water. The Jacksonville Jaguar cheerleaders greeted guests at the meet and greet. All photos posted on the website at

Town & Country Inn & Suites
Charleston, South Carolina
May 7-11, 2018
Chaired by: Robert Nava
Attendance: 58 total/32 shipmates
Highlights: Our hotel & staff was wonderful. We visited the Patriot's Point, Ft. Sumter, Ft. Moultrie and a plantation. A great time was had by all. Headed to Savannah, GA in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Inn Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
September 13-16, 2019
Chaired by: Dennis Case
Attendance: 51 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: We toured the city of San Antonio, the Mission, and the Mercado. We also toured Fort Sam Houston Joint Base with a guide from the base.

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

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

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

Desert Diamond Casino and Entertainment
Tucson, Arizona
September 11-15, 2019
Chaired by: Al Redden
Attendance: 38 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: We toured Pima Air and Space Museum, the Mini Time Machine Museum, San Xavier Mission, the Gas Light Theater and Tucson Presidio. We also dined at several restaurants in Tucson. This was the 26th reunion for the Leary. We are going to Harrisburg, PA in 2020.

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.

Holiday Inn-Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
February 24-27, 2019br> Chaired by: Scott Sheffer
Attendance: 51 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: We toured a C5M aircraft at the 433rd airlift wing, Lackland AFB, then visited the Toyota truck plant. We visited the National Museum of the Pacific War,and dedicated memorial bricks to our ship's namesake, the three Vietnam cmbat casualties, and to those of ships compnay who have gone on before us. The last day we spent on the San Antonio riverwalk seeing the sights. There is a lot to see in the San Antonio area, and we hope to return someday.

Embassy Suites
Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 26-30, 2019
Chaired by: Fred Shields
Attendance: 16 total/8shipmates
Highlights: Last ship's reunion!! We toured Santa Fe, Route 66 with it's old motels and restaurants. Also toured Albuquerque. We had great tours with Tour New Mexico. We will be going with Tin Can Sailors next year.

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.

Crown Plaza Airport
Kenner, Louisiana
September 19-21, 2019
Chaired by: Bob Wannamker
Attendance: 43 total/26 shipmates
Highlights: This was our 30th Reunion, should say our 30th celebration. As always great getting together. This year we had a few new members attending. While in New Orleans, members took the opportunity to take paddlewheelers on the Mississippi or took in the music in the French Quarters. Once again, the hospitality room was the place to sit and talk, Never get tired of listening to sea stories. On Friday, our bus tour took us to the World War II Museum. A self guided tour and watched the movie Beyond All Borders. Saturday night we had our banquet. Our guest speaker was a Lt. in the Coast Guard, a helicopter pilot who told of his many duties and adventures while serving. Sunday morning, our farewell breakfast. Afterwards we said our goodbyes and wishes for safe travels. Our 2020 reunion will be held in Harrisburg "Hershey", Pennsylvania.

USS MAHAN (DD-364, DLG-11/DDG-42)
Hilton Garden Inn
Columbus, Georgia
October 2-6, 2019
Chaired by: Gary White
Attendance: 49 total/30 shipmates
Highlights: The group enjoyed tours to Fort Benning and an MIA2 Abrams tak simulator experience, the FDR White House at Warm Springs, the National Civil War Naval Museum, National Infantry museum and a guided tour of Andersonville POW Camp and Museum. All of the shipmates and guests had a great time and are looking forward to San Antonio in 2020. Click here for pictures.

USS MANLEY (DD-940) Association
Red Lion Hotel
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
September 13-17, 2017
Chaired by: Harold Kane
Highlights: The USS Manley (DD940) Association had another successful reunion. This time it was in Harrisburg, PA. We arrived on Wednesday, September 13 for a welcome aboard buffet dinner. The next day we went to the Gettysburg National Military Park to tour the grounds and visit the museum. We held our memorial service at the Visitors Center with the assistance of American Legion Post 321. We had our business meeting after the return from Gettysburg where the members voted to have the next two reunions in May of 2019 and September of 2020. Friday was a free day and many of the members visited the Hershey attractions and Amish country. Saturday evening we had our banquet at the Red Lion and then Sunday morning had our farewell breakfast as everyone headed for home. The host venue was the Red Lion Hotel. The service at the Red Lion could not have been better. We never heard the word NO. Our thanks to GM Randy Stuart, Director of Group Sales Brenda Ryneski and Convention Service Manager Mike Ross. The Gettysburg trip was handled by Premier1Limousine with Erick Fredenburg as the account executive. We had Calypso Entertainment for both evening dinner events. Bill and Tim were fabulous. Regardless of everything that happened it was one person who convinced the USS Manley Association to have the reunion in Harrisburg. We first met Sandy Stewart of the Harrisburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau at a planner's convention in 2014. She was always available for the Manley including a trip to Gettysburg as part of the planning and decision process. Without her most able assistance the reunion would not have been in Harrisburg. On behalf of the USS Manley (DD 940) Association I would like to offer a most sincere WELL DONE to all in Harrisburg who made this reunion a success. I can't thank Vice President 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.

USS MANLEY (DD-940) Breakaway Group
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Charleston, South Carolina
May 27-31, 2019
Chaired by: Phil Fuller, Charlie Cooper and Jones
Attendance: 35 total/27 shipmates
Highlights: 2019 Breakaway Group reunion has come and gone. Many new faces. Phil Fuller did a great job of finding a wonderful hotel. Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city. Shipmates of all ages had a great time. Highlight of the week was an evening dinner cruise in Charleston Bay. Everyone loved it. Looking forward to 2020 at Bay City, Michigan.

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.

Crown Plaza
Charleston, South Carolina
October 25-29, 2018
Chaired by: Ron Trippett
Attendance: 105 total/58 shipmates
Highlights: Tour of Patriots Point, dinner cruise, oldies band, dance and theater group at banquet. Due to decrease in attendance we will be joining Tin Can Sailors for future reunions.

Embassy Suites at Baltimore/Washington Airport
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
October 19-21, 2018
Chaired by: Peter Russo
Attendance: 60 total/36 shipmates
Highlights: Shipmates ages ranged from 76 years old to 51. One former commanding office. 2 plank owners (ship commissioned in 1963). Excellent hotel for a reunion.

Quality Inn & Suites
Millville, New Jersey
September 24-27, 2018
Chaired by: John Goodman
Attendance: 14 total/7 shipmates
Highlights: Millville Army Airfield Museum and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

USS MEREDITH (DD-434/726/890)
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
October 16-20, 2019
Chaired by: Bill Bryant
Attendance: 50 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: The 2019 USS Meredith Reunion was held in Charleston, SC on October 16th-20th. On arrival day Wednesday, we held the Welcome Dinner at the Charleston Crab House on Johns Island for a crab, shrimp and fish dinner. After breakfast Thursday morning we hopped on the bus for a city tour of Charleston, lunch and free time at the Old City Market. We had a free day Friday before our banquet that evening where we honored out shipmates that had passed this past year. After breakfast Saturday morning, we boarded the bus for Patriot's Point to tour the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter. It was a rainy day and I'm sure we would have toured the fort a lot more in detail if it hadn't rained. We had lunch in the Chief Petty Officers Galley on the Yorktown. Of course, what seems to be the highlight of the reunions is the hospitality room where we enjoy reuniting with friends and shipmates, and our snack and beverages. The 2020 reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in the Mobile, AL Historic District. The dates will be October 28-November 1, 2020. The hotel is located at 301 Government St. in Mobile, AL. More informaton will follow soon. Until then Fair Winds and Following Seas my shipmates.

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

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

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

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

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

     Fun of annual banquet 5/3/15.

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

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

Hampton Inn Westport
Westport, Massachusetts
September 10-14, 2018
Chaired by: James Mohr
Attendance: 63 total/28 shipmates
Highlights: The 'ships company' and guests visited Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA; Plymouth Plantation and Plymouth Rock; and National Association of Destroyer Veterans office/museum/store, Somerset, MA. During our luncheon aboard the USS Massachusetts BB-59, "Plank Owner" Normand Dooley, RD3 (45-46) spoke on the World War II service of USS Myles C. Fox DD-829. The banquet was held at White's of Westport with ten members of the family of 1st Lt. Myles Crosby Fox, USMC in attendance. Several of whom spoke about their uncle, a war hero, and his service to our Country. The Fox family presented a book "The Yard: Building a Destroyer At The Bath Iron Works" by Michael S. Sanders to the association. The next reunion will be in April 2020 at New Orleans, LA. Shipmates and guests came from: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia. Click here for pictures.

NEWPORT DEALEYS (DE-1006, 1014, 1015, 1021, 1022, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1030)
Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 12-15, 2019
Chaired by: Charles Lawing
Attendance: 60 total/33 shipmates
Highlights: Our 21st Newport Dealeys reunion was once again a memorable event with a gathering of shipmates of 55 to 60 years ago. Memories of shipmates lost over the years were honored. Side tours of the Mariners Museum, the Tour Boat "Victory Rover" and the Nautilus in Norfolk were the main highlights.

Town and Country Inn and Suites
Charleston, South Carolina
October 23-27, 2019
Chaired by: Bill Linn
Attendance: 81 total/37 shipmates
Highlights: Click here for highlights and picture.

USS NOA (DD-343/DD-841)
Copeland Towers
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 11-15, 2018
Chaired by: Larry & Pam Robbins
Attendance: 35 total/20 shipmates
Highlights: The WWII Museum was great. Tour of city was very interesting. Steamboat Natchez was very nice. The sailors and wives enjoyed the information you sent. Thank you.

Atlantic City, New Jersey
September 17-20, 2019
Chaired by: Edward Mehl
Attendance: 56 total/24 shipmates
HighlightsEveryone arrived early so we had a wonderful hospitality room gathering. Our outing took us to the Battleship New Jersey with lunch on the fantail. Followed by a trip to the historical area of Philadelphia to see Congressional Hall and the Liberty Bell. A fine banquet was served by Carmines of New York at the hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Inn Downtown
Mobile, Alabama
November 7-11, 2019
Chaired by: Ken Annino
Attendance: 74 total/34 shipmates
Highlights: Major highlight was a Blue Angels show at the NAS Pensacola.

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

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

DoubleTree St. Louis Westport
St. Louis, Missouri
September 15-19, 2019
Chaired by: John S. Pinto
Attendance: 55 total/26 shipmates
Including shipmates from USS Harwood, USS Fraiser & USS Long Beach
Highlights: USS Power DD-839 23rd reunion started off with a welcome aboard buffet and a cake cutting ceremony with first shipmate to board the ship and the last shipmate to leave the ship. We had over 50 door prizes to raffle off. We also had bingo for the ladies. The following days we had tours of the Gateway Arch, Missouri History Museum, Boeing Prologue Room, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and Missouri History Museum. We had our lunches both days at River City Casino and Lumiere Casino which was a good idea as they offer good food at a reasonable price. Our farewell dinner started with the Cleveland Jr. Naval Academy performing the Color Guard Duties followed by the Two Bell Ceremony. After dinner we were entertained by song and dance man Ron Camron who kept up intrigued with stories and songs of the Rat Pack, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and many others. The hotel had the best plated dinner of beef, chicken, and salmon that we have ever tasted. Our hotel service was excellent including dining, hotel rooms, hospitality rooms and a good breakfast each morning. Next years reunion will be May 18-22, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Crowne Plaza - Airport
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 12-16, 2018
Chaired by: William Dow
Attendance: 50 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum. 9/11 memorial, civil war museum and tour of Indianapolis itself. Lunches at Shapiro's Deli and City Market. Accent Indy was tour company. Great job, hotel was very nice and very hospitable.

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

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

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

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

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

Town & Country Inn
Charleston, South Carolina
April 22-25, 2018
Chaired by: Bob Simon
Attendance: 93 total/44 shipmates
Highlights: Except for one rainy day visiting Patriots Point (good to be inside the Yorktown and the Laffey) sunny skies allowed us to enjoy two more days of activities around Charleston: a downtown tour along with the Citadel and their chapel, a harbor tour, the submarine Hunley museum and the North Charleston Fire Museum.
We came to share special memories and to honor deceased shipmates, especially EN3 Phillip Murphy (Vietnam 1972-1973), whose family members attended. First time attendees were YN2 Tony Olanio, QM3 Tim Garrett, ETR2 Tom Webb (all three Vietnam 1972-1973), ETN2/ETC-ret Bob Senn (Vietnam 1966), STG2 Bob Kaiser, and LTjg/Capt-ret Fred Spruell (1962 Cuban Missile Crisis). CO/Capt-ret Pete Peterson, wife Robyn, and brother-in-law James Burgess from Australia and our many shipmates, wives and friends got to enjoy Paul Keplinger's magnificent displays of Kraus memorabilia.
Our banquet dinner allowed us to share additional memories with our special friends.

Town & Country Inn and Suites
Charleston, South Carolina
September 30-October 3, 2019
Chaired by: Larry McCoskley
Attendance: 37 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: Two tours included a trip to Patriots Point (USS Laffey and USS Yorktown) and a sightseeing tour of Charleston, the Citadel and Charleston's City Market. Ended with a banquet and guest speaker Major Alston Middleton, USMC (Ret.) with an overview of Afghanistan.

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

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

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida
September 22-26, 2019
Chaired by: Eugene T. Schnebelen
Attendance: 19 total/6 shipmates
Highlights: The first reunion of the Ross DD-563 of attending the Tin Can Sailors National Reunion. All of us were pleased with all the amenities provided. Looking forward to the next one. Hope to see you all again.

Billings Hotel and Convention Center
Billings, Montana
September 4-8, 2019
Chaired by: Rick Vandersloot
Attendance: 48 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: On Thursday, the Mayor of Billings, Bill Cole welcomed us to his city. He told us about the USS Billings LCS-15. Friday, we ventured to Little Big Horn Battlefield and had lunch at the Big Horn County Historical Museum. Saturday, we traveled to Cody, Wyoming to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Saturday evening we had our banquet at the host hotel, the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Many sea stories were told by those attending. Click here for picture.

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 National Airport
Arlington, Virginia
April 13-16, 2018
Chaired by: Tom Reinert
Attendance: 84 total/54 shipmates
Highlights: Plank Owners and those who were on the Sammy B when she hit a mine back in April 1988 began arriving on April 12th. On Friday we had a reception in the Arlington ballroom. Saturday morning we met in the lobby for a tour of DC. Our first stop was the National Museum of the United States Navy. If you have not been there it was great. They had a display on all three of the Samuel B. Roberts. We departed there and went to Arlington National Cemetery. While there we visited graves of two of our shipmates and then went to see the changing of the guard. When we left the cemetery wespent the remainder of the tour seeing DC.
Saturday night we had our dinner in the Arlington ballroom. There were several great door prizes and an auction for pieces for the Sammy B. Each crew member present also received a piece of the Sammy B's deck that had been donated to us.
The weather Sunday morning had us cancel our golf trip. Sunday night we had a moonlight tour of Washington DC. Our guide from Old Town Trolley Tours was Mr. History (a Navy Vet) and he was fantastic. Click here for photo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

USS SOMERS (DD-381/DD-947/DDG-34)
Sands Regency Hotel and Casino
Reno, Nevado
May 15-19, 2016
Chaired by: Mike DeLaurentis, CDR, USN (Ret.)

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

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

Hampton Inn and Suites
Savannah, Georgia
April 25-28, 2019
Chaired by: Frank Price
Attendance: 97 total/48 shipmates
Highlights: Tour and Riverboat Cruise on Friday. Reunion banquet and auction was on Saturday.

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

Best Western Sandcastle
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 11-14, 2019
Chaired by: John Rauh
Attendance: 104 total/40 shipmates
Highlights: Went on the USS Wisconsin, took a cruise around Norfolk Naval Shipyard and did a ship simulator at the Naval Station. Click here for photo.

Eden Resort
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
September 23-27, 2018
Chaired by: Larry Fehlinger
Attendance: 40 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Our reunion started on Sunday 9/23 with a welcome dinner in the hospitality room at the Eden Resort. On Monday we rode on the Strasburg Railroad and toured the Amish countryside while having lunch on the train. On Tuesday, highlight of our reunion was our banquet. On Wednesday evening we held our Chinese auction which funds our hospitality room for future reunions. Our Stribling group is awesome so we always have such a wonderful time getting together every year. Click here for photo.

USS STRONG (DD-758/467)
Best Western Plus (Sandcastle)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 11-17, 2017
Chaired by: Jim Kelly
Attendance: 59 total/32 shipmates
Highlights:Tour of Norfolk and Battleship Wisconsin. Tour of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Visit of NOB, Norfolk, Virginia

DoubleTree Hotel
Jacksonville, Florida
March 3-8, 2019
Chaired by: RIchard Harmon
Attendance: 47 total/30 shipmates
Highlights:Our ships reunion took place in Jacksonville, FL. It started out with everyone getting reacquainted in the hospitality room and partaking of the cash bar. Our first day of the reunion, we had a driving tour of St. Augustine's historical district including free time for exploring and shopping. Later we also toured Mayport Naval Station where we had lunch and visited Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Wall. There was one day we ventured out on our own to see sites we were interested in. Later that evening we went to the Alhambra Dinner Theatre where we had a wonderful meal and enjoyed a great play. We finished our reunion at the hotel with a banquet dinner. This was the end of another terrific reunion but sadly, we had to say goodbye, to all our old friends. Click here for photo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Elegante' Convention & Event Center
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 7-11, 2018
Chaired by: James G. O'Neill 65-67 & Gerald F. Peterson 66-69
Attendance: 68 total/28 shipmates
Highlights: Another great USS Taylor biannual reunion. Prior to the reunion, on 6 October, 27 of us represented the Navy at the annual Air Force-Navy football game at Falcon Stadium. Prior to our welcome meeting on 7 October, the Navy History & Heritage Command (NHHC) returned our flag -- the one that flew in Tokyo Harbor during the surrender ceremony. At our welcome meeting we had a briefing on the flag restoration efforts, introduction of new members, and out traditional cake cutting ceremony with a special toast to our flag and NHHC people who are preserving it. On the 8th many of us toured the Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods. On the 9th a group toured the National WWII Airplane Museum, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. On the 10th we had a private Vista Dome car on the Royal Gorge Railroad for a ride through the scenic gorge. We provided lunch on all 3 occasions. The reunion concluded with a reception, photo shoot, banquet and entertainment by the Flying W Wranglers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Double Tree Hilton
Kenner, Louisiana
September 12-16, 2018
Chaired by: Jackie Ickes
Attendance: 65 total/34 shipmates
Highlights: Double Tree hotel was great, with a friendly and helpful staff. One of our best meals was provided by them. Our group went on a boat ride in a canal to see alligators and them on to one of the largest plantations. We next went to WWII Museum and held our memorial service there. This is a fantastic museum that everyone should see. Really takes two full days to see everything really well, We ended up with a wonderful reunion dinner and dancing evening on Saturday. Sunday was a wonderful farewell breakfast by the hotel as we look forward to our 27th reunion in Bismarck, ND in September 2019. Click here for pictures.

Clarion Inn
Seekonk, Massachusetts
August 2-4, 2019
Chaired by: Ron Savino
Attendance: 112 total/70 shipmates
Highlights: Meet and greet at hoetl the evening of August 2nd. Visit to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA and toured the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850) and Battleship Massachusetts. We held our reunion dinner at American Legion Post in Seekonk, MA. Click here for picture.

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

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

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

Crowne Plaza
Louisville, Kentucky
October 8-13, 2019
Chaired by: Mike Young and Kippi Johnson
Attendance: 49 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Louisville Slugger Museum, Evan Williams Bourbon, Churchill Down Tour, memorial service and dinner cruise. Wonderful fun with shipmates and family and friends.

Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
September 6-10, 2018
Chaired by: Ken Estep & Ed Bauscher
Attendance: 47 total/23 shipmates
Highlights: The shipmates and family of the USS Wallace L. Lind had a great reunion at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD. We had time to visit the Annapolis Naval Academy, John McCain's gravesite, their chapel and many other sites including lunch at the Dry Dock. Our second tour was at the Inner Harbor where we visited the USS Constellation, USS Taney, Bubba Gump's for lunchand took the Annapolitan II for a boat ride. Overall, we just had fun being together and sharing old sea stories. We spent a lot of time in our hospitality room and at the Pappas Sports Bar eating crab cake and drinking libations. On our final day, we had a business meeting in the AM and later in the evening had our final banquet together. The final vote and decision for our next reunion - it will be held in the Spring of 2020 at Savannah, Georgia. The Lind shipmates, spouses and family are looking forward to being together again.

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

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

Sheraton Downtown
Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 14-18, 2016
Chaired by: Larry Richards
Attendance: 53 total/38 shipmates
Highlights: The Memorial Garden, Pueblo Museum and Sardi Mountain. Everyone enjoyed the tours, visiting and sharing stories. They voted to go to San Antonio, Texas. Max Crow (USS Whitehurst) made a CD for every attendant. The crew's members said thanks for the prizes. We gave them as door prizes. We had a member that brought a homemade gift for auction.

Holiday Inn (Historical District)
Mobile, Alabama
October 9-13, 2019
Chaired by: Stan Prager
Attendance: 44 total/24 shipmates
Highlights: Mystery dinner theater at the Mardi Gras Museum, Mobile City Tour, Pensacola Air Museum and the USS Alabama where we held our memorial service on the fantail. We had a crew meeting and a ladies tea, as well as a welcome reception with a deli buffet in the hospitality suite, which is the most important room for a reunion.

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

Dones Manor
Ocean Ciry, Maryland
October 16-20, 2019
Chaired by: Jerry Chapman
Attendance: 54 total/21 shipmates
Highlights: Day 1-Check in at hotel and wine and cheese reception. Day 2-Tour of Seacrets distilling company with samples of products. Pizza party night with gift exchange. Day 3-Tour of town of Historic Berlin, Maryland. Neat little shops there. Afternoon outing to casino in Ocean City, Maryland. Day 4-Memorial service on Balcony of hotel very moving, business meeting in afternoon. Banquet in evening. Day 5-Depart home. Temps were comfortable but windy from ocean, sunrise around 0658 was beautiful over ocean. This was our 22nd reunion. Next year to beheld in Boston, Massachusetts. Great time was had by all.

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Jacksonville, Florida
September 22-25, 2019
Chaired by: Ted Laurila
Attendance: 29 total/15 shipmates
Highlights: This year, as we have done for the past five years, we joined forces with the Tin Can Sailors National Reunion, in Jacksonville, FL. IT AGAIN WAS A GREAT SUCCESS! 29 shipmates/families attended. We enjoyed several River Cruises, toured numerous historical spots in and around Jacksonville, visited and enjoyed lunch at the Mayport Naval Station, payed tribute at the USS Stark (FFG-21) memorial, and spent a day touring and walking the streets of Historical St. Augustine. Two banquets were held in the hotel ballroom. The first one featured live big band music and the second dinner concluded with a most interesting presentation and informative question and answer with the guest speaker, Rear Admiral Don D. Gabrielson, Commander, U.S. Naval Froces Command, U.S. Fourth Fleet. In our private USS Wiltsie hospitality room, cold beverages and snacks fueled the never ending stream of sea stories told by shipmates. This was another great fun filled USS Wiltsie reunion. Hope to see everyone in San Antonio, TX in September 2020.

Century House
Latham (Albany), New York
September 29-October 3, 2019
Chaired by: John Noonan
Attendance: 47 total/16 shipmates
Highlights: New York State Capital tour, Ten Broeck Museum/Mansion, Shaker Heritage Society, USS Slater tour, Dutch Apple Cruise. Socializing in hospitality room, getaway banquet with dancing and awards. Missing man program. Looking forward to Mystic, CT September 2020.

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.

Double Tree
North Charleston, South Carolina
October 17-21, 2016
Chaired by: Thomas Farkas and Morris Hill
Attendance: 52 total/22 shipmates
Highlights: Kicked off Monday with Low Country BBQ, Visits to USS Yorktown, The Citadel, Fort Sumter concluded with farewell breakfast on Friday.

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

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

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

Best Western-Merry Manor Inn
South Portland, Maine
September 7-11, 2019
Chaired by: Kevin P. Davis, Sr.
Attendance: 65 total/29 shipmates
Highlights: We enjoyed great tours of Portland and boat tour on Casco Bay. Trip to Bath Iron Works and boat tour of lighthouses on Kennedec River. Trip to Nubble Lighthouse, Fosters for lobster bake and visit to Lenny the 1700 pound chocolate moose. Plus banquet and raffle.