As we are closing the books on another year and another reunion, we are looking forward to a great year ahead.
The Washington, DC reunion was well attended and I believe we achieved what we set out to do. Our goal was to show Honor and Respect to all that served on the USS O’Brien DD725.
We visited the Capitol, Navy Memorial, Navy Museum, the World II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials, Arlington Cemetery, Tomb of Unknown Soldier, The Woman’s Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Monument and Jefferson Memorial. We saw the Pentagon, but most of all we saw our shipmates and met their families. We honored 32 shipmates at our Ships Memorial Service at Arlington Cemetery and have placed their names on the ships Honor Roll. “May They Rest In Peace” I would like to thank David Caesar for making and providing the beautiful wreaths that we laid at each memorial. I would also like to thank all that helped with making the reunion a success: Tom Rowley for the warm words and ships history at the Memorial Service, Stephanie Bortz for helping create the hat pin, Patti Bortz for much local ground work and donations, the Fairfax American Legion Honor Guard, the people that helped keep count on the three busses so we didn’t leave anyone behind, Carl Vance for being our auctioneer, Graig Godin for helping with the 50/50 raffle and so many others. We enjoyed entertainment in our hospitality room like never before. (Frank Sinatra aka Steve Flynn). Our ships auction went well and our dinner banquet was superb. Our professional photographer did fantastic job of capturing photos that we will remember for a life time and the Crowne Plaza Dulles made all feel at home.
This past year we lost some dear shipmates and want to keep their families in our thoughts and prayers. We have found and contacted several shipmates that we hadn’t heard from in many years. We will continue to search for additional shipmates and try to get them on our mailing list so we can communicate with them and keep the spirit of the O’Brien alive. The website (ussobriendd725.org) is getting more hits each day with people requesting information on the O’Brien and what is going on with the O’Brien crew members.
We held our business meeting and the following officers were elected:
Jim Lee – Reunion Coordinator
Herschel Luckinbill – President/Secretary
Nicholas (Nick) Rightor – Vice President
John Yeager – Treasure
Justus Ghromley – Chaplain
Reunion Sites were also selected:
2012 – New Orleans, LA: host - Nicholas (Nick) Rightor
2013 – San Pedro, CA: host - Justus Ghromley
2014 – Branson, MO: host - Herschel Luckinbill
If you know of a shipmate that has not attended one of our reunions please contact them and let them know that we sure would like to see them. Let me know of any shipmate that is not listed on the roster and I will try to contact them. If you change your e-mail address let me know. I am trying to get caught up on changes and additions.
As we close out this year we will start planning and looking forward to our 2012 reunion.
Our hotel is very nice, (ASTOR CROWNE PLAZA) right on the corner of Canal Street and Bourbon Street in the French Quarters. The attractions that Nick has put together sound very exciting. See ya in New Orleans!!
It was a pleasure being your Host in
Washington DC – 2011