There are several things to be considered when planning our reunions: Should it be held on the West Coast, East Coast, or in the Midwest? What time of year and what weather can we expect at the selected location? How much money will the crew pay for travel, hotel, and food? Will the crew pre-pay to cover deposits required? How many will show?


UPDATE December 11, 2018: So far, 36 are saying they will attend this reunion. Because I don't know how many will end up attending, it's difficult to provide a cost per person right now. I'm estimating $30-$65 per person depending on location of event and menu. We have several options, two of the most interesting are as follows:

  • 1) Saturday 1100-1600 - 94th Aero Squadron, adjacent to Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, we have the entire place to ourselves, must spend $0000.00 (waiting on exact figure), divide that by number of attendees for per person cost ($30-$45?) I recently had an event here and we had 83 people paying $30 each for great food and we had $450 for giveaways. NOTE: Keep in mind if we have our main reunion event Saturday afternoon our USS Anchorage LPD23 ship’s tour (if in port) would be either Sunday afternoon or not at all.
  • 2) Saturday evening - At a hotel located on the waterfront, in a meeting/banquet room or outdoor area, priced by what we spend on catering which is $35-$65(?) per person NOTE: room rates start at $159 for a 10-20 room block, parking can be waived ($119 rate is Best Western Seven Seas Hotel Circle)

Please let me know which you would prefer. email your name with preference NEXT REUNION UPDATE WILL BE DECEMBER 19.

HOTELS: I've received proposals from eleven hotels and they range in price from $119-$189 per night for a Friday or Saturday; rates are lower before and after. Hotels are Best Western, Holiday Inn, Marriott and Hilton chains, and range in distance from downtown to 14 miles inland. Some charge for parking, will discount, or will waive. These rates are discounted $50 or more, are for blocks of 10-20 rooms, and I/we are responsible for anything not used over 85% of the block. Please let me know: if no room is needed, if you will book your own room, or you will use my block and for what nights. email your name with answer

I am looking at October 9-10 or 16-17. Check back for exact dates, weekend schedule updates, car rental discount, and other important reunion news.


  • Friday - Would you attend an evening welcome reception? email your name with answer
  • Saturday Morning - TBD
  • Saturday Afternoon - USS Anchorage LPD23 Ship's Tour (if in port)
  • Saturday Evening - Main Reunion Event
  • Sunday Morning - Would you attend a farewell breakfast? email your name with answer
  • Sunday Afternoon - If you are staying through Sunday, would you want to have another group event? email your name with answer

Final poll results showed most crew wanted 2020 over 2019 and San Diego over Anchorage.



Breakfasts at Old Town Mexican Cafe, Saturday afternoon tour of the USS Anchorage LPD23, and Saturday dinner at Randy Jones All-American Grill with a presentation by USS Anchorage LPD23 Commander Joel Stewart.


  • QM Alan Bescan 5/73-12/76
  • Jupiter Bongolan 4/97-5/01
  • DC Morgan Croft 00-04
  • MM Joe Croney 10/68-4/71 *Plank Owner
  • Stephen Fabbri 8/69-1/71
  • Jacinto Ganac Jr 10/01-10/03
  • MA Bob Haslett 7/77-7/80
  • DC David Kessler 3/02-10/03
  • BM Michael McGrath 6/76-1/78
  • MA Dave Rios 1/85-8/87
  • EM Charles Shorkey 7/73-11/76
  • MM Royd Stewart 11/00-10/01
  • Douglas Tibbitts 93-11/96
  • BT Hank Watson
  • FT Steven Weethee 2/71-3/73