8th Biennial Reunion
Sheraton Waterside Hotel
September 3-8, 2002
This was a great reunion with a great turnout. We had the privilege of touring our ships main deck and three decks above. We were able to walk through the Ward Room and several compartments behind the Ward Room. Two of our Third Generation crewmembers found their old bunks. Walking through these compartments really brought back some fond memories.
Our Memorial Service on the fantail was a very solemn and touching service. We remembered over 130 former crewmembers that passed away since our last reunion.
Briefly, our reunion itinerary was as follows: Fisherman’s Wharf, for a buffet dinner, Golf Outing, trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Spirit of Norfolk lunch cruise and a trip to the Virginia Marine Science Museum, Touring the National Maritime Center-Nauticus and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Of course, the best part was walking the decks of our Great Lady at anytime during our reunion.
We were able to get together in our sea stories room every day and night. Boy did those sea stories fly.
The banquet was a gala event with over 850 members and guests.
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Photo credits: Al Dunning-#51,66,68 – Tom Lowney-#56
The Sippels-# 75, 76, 95, 96,115-119 – Bill Walther – #31-33, 78,92,108,112
C. Storrs #79, 120 The remaining pictures were taken by Dom Menta
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