USS Anchorage LSD36 "Unique In It's Characteristics"


There are several things to be considered when planning future 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?


UPDATED Aug 4, 2018 -- I have just started working on a reunion to be held October 2019 (15 years since LSD36 stricken from Naval Vessel Register) or October 2020 (10 years since disposed of during RIMPAC). When a questionnaire was posted on Facebook, most people voted for San Diego as the location. From the current Facebook poll as of 8/3/18: 8 would like it held in 2019, 14 in 2020, and 11 in 2019 & 2020.

Your feedback is very important, please EMail your answers to the following questions: Will you travel to the West Coast? What is the maximum you would pay for hotel, main event and two additional meals? Are you willing to pay money upfront to cover event deposits? Would you attend a reunion in 2019 or 2020? Would you like to help with planning?

Reunion Schedule:

  • Friday - TBD
  • Saturday Morning - TBD
  • Saturday Afternoon - TBD
  • Saturday Evening - Main Reunion Event
  • Sunday Morning - TBD

Possible group events for the weekend include: welcome reception*, golf*, harbor cruise, ships tour, discounted local sightseeing, beach/bay barbecue, or just personal time.

*Arrival day and pre-reunion activities


2013 Saturday October 5 - San Diego

Enterprise Rent A Car, Marriott, and Choice Hotels offered reduced weekend rates for the crew.


  • 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


  • Saturday Morning - Breakfast at Old Town Mexican Café
  • Saturday Afternoon - Tour of the USS Anchorage LPD23
  • Saturday Evening - Dinner at Randy Jones All-American Grill, presentation by USS Anchorage LPD23 Commander Joel Stewart
  • Sunday Morning - Farewell breakfast at Old Town Mexican Café