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2014 Reunion

USS O’Brien Reunion Branson, MO

September 9th – September 14th, 2014

After a long, cold and snowy winter it is time to reflect back on the 2013 ship's reunion in San Pedro, CA. Everyone that attended had a great time and our host, Justus Ghromley, did a superb job in making all feel welcome being back in sunny CA.

It was great to see the many attractions and changes that have been made to that area. The tours of San Pedro, the ship yards, LA, Hollywood and San Juan Capistrano were very enjoyable. The food was delightful and having our Memorial Service on the USS Iowa BB 61 added meaning to HONOR & RESPECT for our fallen shipmates.

Branson, MO –
“Attention On Deck”
USS O’Brien DD725 Crew
is coming to town!!!!

We welcome all USS O’Brien DD 725 shipmates to beautiful Branson, MO. Branson offers live entertainment early morning until late at night by hundreds of world-renowned musicians, legendary stars, hot new talent and national touring acts. It is time to relax, let your hair down and enjoy the shows from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Our hotel will be the:
Branson Grand Plaza Hotel
245 N. Wildwood Drive
Branson, MO 65616

The room Rates are $89.00 + Tax = $ per day, which includes a continental breakfast for two.
Make your reservation today,
Branson Grand Plaza Hotel
1-800-850-6646 or

Mention – USS O’Brien DD 725 Reunion
Cut off for reunion rates will be July 25, 2014

On Tuesday, Sept. 9th: The reunion will open with a full day to register and get re-acquainted with shipmates from the past and enjoy the Hospitality Room.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10th: We will be off to see a musical journey through the decades with “Red Hot & Blue” before enjoying lunch at Montana Mike’s Steakhouse. (12:30 PM). After lunch we will go back to the hotel for a couple of hours before leaving again for the “Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction” for dinner and then finish the day with a great show at The Hamner Barber Theatre.

(10:00 A.M.)

(12:30 P.M.)

(4:30 P.M.)

(8:00 P.M.)

On Thursday, Sept. 11th: We will start the day with great entertainment from the Brett Family followed by lunch, visit the Celebrity Car Museum and highlight the afternoon with The Legends in Concert Show.

(10:00 A.M.)

(1:30 P.M.)

(3:00 P.M.)

We will finish the day with our ship's buffet and auction. (Remember everyone is to bring an item to be auctioned off that helps keep the cost down on our reunions.)

On Friday, Sept. 12th: Friday morning we will board The Ducks at the Hotel and will tour Branson before going to the lake for our Memorial Service (We will show Honor & Respect to our fallen shipmates for 2014.), followed by a lunch cruise and show on the Branson Belle.

(9:30 A.M.)
- 11:00 A.M. Memorial Service -

(11:45 A.M.)

I am sure you will find much enjoyment in the attractions that have been chosen!!!

On Saturday, Sept. 13th: Saturday is an open day to shop, tour or whatever you want to do. We will have our ship’s company business meeting at 1:00 PM. Saturday evening we will have our dinner banquet at the Hotel. This is always an enjoyable evening and a very nice way to bid farewell to shipmates until next year.

Be a part of the USS O’Brien DD 725 Reunion Association by paying your dues!!! Only $20.00, gets you newsletters each year telling about what is going on with the crew and all about our reunions. If you can’t attend this year’s reunion send check to our treasurer John Yeager.

Please make check to:
USS O’Brien DD 725 Reunion Association

Mail to: John Yeager
541 Plains Church Road
Evans City, PA 16033

We are still trying to find more of our shipmates. If you know of anyone that served with you please get me their contact information. We are now in contact with over 600 shipmates that served on the O’Brien from 1944 thru 1972. If you haven’t been to an O’Brien Reunion this is one that you don’t want to miss!!!
We look forward to seeing everyone in Branson Mo!!!!!

Herschel Luckinbill – Host & President

You can fly into either the Branson, MO or
the Springfield, MO Airport.

Rates for transfers to Branson Grand Plaza Hotel from

Branson, MO
Shuttle $12.50 per person/$10.00 each additional
Super Shuttle 800-237-4466
Taxi $23.00 per person - $1.00 additional person up to 4 max.

Springfield, MO (Oneway)
Shuttle $17.00 per person
Super Shuttle 800-237-4466
Taxi $55.00 per person (Min. 2people)

Rates are subject to change.
Will re-check rates 30 days prior to arrival
Free Parking for those that drive!!
RV parking on site – not sure about any hook up at this time

See you in Branson, MO, Sept 9th, to Sept 14th, 2014!!!!!!!