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Reunions

Notice: All veterans of USS Whitehurst at welcome at all reunions.

Pictorial History of 1950-1969 Crews' Reunions
ReU History

Pictorial History Of WWII Veterans Reunions
WWII Veterans' Reunions

The 2004 reunion was extra special.  It was a combined reunion of both the WWII Crews and the later Crews.  The WWII vets generously asked us to be their guests at their reunion in Chattanooga, TN the last week of June, 2004.  Everyone enjoyed the time together.  Many of the Korean era and later Whitehurst vets were honored to meet the men who brought Whitehurst home from the big war.  These men didn't seem to be much older than the rest of us.  They are as young in spirit as any of us.  Next year there will, once again, be separate reunions.  max crow 

Why there are two Whitehurst  reunions?

Most of the WWII vets who are able to attend reunions live in the Southeast.  They have long agreed to meet in Tennessee.  Members of the later crews are scattered from Hawaii to Maine, and Florida to Alaska.  At each reunion  a volunteer host for the next reunion is selected.  The host chooses a reunion site relatively near his home.    This method of hosting serves to move the reunion to various parts of the country. 

In 2012 we were contacted by Larry Richards, Veteran of USS Silverstein
DE-534, suggesting we combine our reunions because our attendance was dropping to the point where we could not secure satisfactory hotel rates.  Larry and his wife Velma attended our reunion business meeting in WA DC, to present the idea. The majority of our attending members approved, thus our Joint Reunions were begun in Portland, Oregon in 2013, with veterans of the Silverstein DE-534  and Walton DE-361.  The same groups met in Kansas City in 2014.  In 2015, USS Foss DE-59 met with the group in Savannah, Georgia.

Scroll down for the announcement of the next Joint Reunion

 

Current Reunions

The WWII Veterans' Reunion
June 21 - 23, 2016

DE-634 WWII Veterans' ReU Photos

Note:  The Reunion of the USS Whitehurst WWII crew is always held on Wed - Friday of the last full week of June, in Knoxville, TN. 

Clarion Inn

5634 Merchant Center Drive,  KNOXVILLE, TN  37912 ph. (865) 687-8989
Take Exit #108 off I-75

We are asking that each  of make your own reservations with the hotel.  Be sure to mention that your reservation is for the USS WHITEHURST ASSOCIATION Reunion.

JIM LAWRENCE
120 Ryan Drive
Goose Creek, SC 29445
 ph# (843) 533-1908     E-Mail Host:  dachie2008@att.net


Room Reservation Cut-off Date is: June 1st
Cost Room = $65, Dues $20, Handle your on meal expenses
including the banquet.

 Hotel Link Online: Clarion

 

 

2017  Destroyer Escorts Joint Reunion
Foss DE-59, Walton DE-361, Silverstein DE-534, Whitehurst DE-634
City, San Antonio, Texas, Hotel Doubletree by Hilton
Dates: Sunday, Sept 24 - Wednesday Sept 27
Check in Sunday p.m.  Check out Thursday a.m.

The following two forms have all the information.

TOUR # 1.  Monday, 25th:  Bus to Fredericksburg for tour of National Museum of the Pacific War.  The Admiral Nimitz Museum, George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War, the Plaza of the Presidents, Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Walk and the Pacific Combat Zone are all part of the complex.  Ample time provided for exploring Main Street’s shops, art galleries, museums, bakeries, wine tasting rooms and a brewery after selecting a restaurant for lunch.

TOUR # 2.  Tuesday, 26th.  Bus to Mission San Jose, “Queen of the Texas Missions”, dating back to the early 1700’s and was recently designated a World Heritage Site.  Bus to San Antonio Shoe Company (SAS) which is more than shopping for shoes; it has 5 cent coffee, homemade cookies, popcorn, Ice cream parlor and other merchandise.  Then on to El Mercado, the Mexican Market for lunch on your own and shopping.   Bus to beautiful San Fernando Cathedral - dating back to 1731, this was the church of the Canary Islanders from Spain.  Bus to the “King William Historic District” where German immigrants upon becoming wealthy built fine houses along the San Antonio River.  On to the Japanese Sunken Gardens and learn about the Japanese Jingu family, who spent years working to create a beautiful garden in an abandoned rock quarry.  This is an international tour of San Antonio; starting at a Spanish mission, an American business, a Mexican market, a Canary Islanders cathedral, a German neighborhood and a Japanese garden. 

TOUR # 3.  Wednesday, 27th.   Bus to the Alamo.  Once home to Spanish missionaries as Mission de Valero, it acquired notoriety and name for being the fortress in the battle of the Alamo in 1836.  On to River Center for a River Walk Barge Cruise. Back to River Center is a major complex with shops, restaurants and a theater. Ample time will provided to shop, eat, go to Imax Theater, Tower of Americas (750 feet in height with an observation deck), or various activities. On -your-own activities in Tour #1 & 3 will be clarified during Business Meeting. 

 

**SIGN UP SHEET FOR 2917 DESTROYER ESCORTS JOINT REUNION**

TOUR #1.  National Museum of the Pacific War, Admiral Nimitz Museum and Fredericksburg main street shops.  FEE:  $30 per person - -Total: ___ @$_____

TOUR #2.  San Jose Mission, SAS, El Mercado Mexican Market, San Fernando Cathedral, King William Historic District and Japanese Sunken Gardens. . . . . . . . . FEE:  $30 per person - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   Total: ___@ $________

TOUR #3.  The Alamo, River Walk Barge Cruise, River Center with on-your-own options of shopping, dining, Imax Theater, Tower of Americas or walking along the River Walk.      FEE:  $25 per person - - - - - - - - - - -  Total: ____ @ $______

*BANQUET DINNER ENTRÉE CHOICE:  Includes Garden Green Salad with House Vinaigrette, Chef’s Selection of Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Bread with Sweet Cream Butter, Carrot Cake w/Cream Cheese Frosting,  Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Iced Tea.

*New York Strip, grilled with Caramelized Onion Jus, Garlic Mashed Potato . . . . . . Priced at $27 per person.   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - -Total:____@ $_______

*Pecan Chicken, pecan crusted Breast of Chicken with Dijon Cream Sauce, Wild Rice Pilaf.               Priced at $21 per person - - - -  - - - - - - - Total:____@ $_______

TOTAL FEES for TOURS and DINNER SELECTIONS:   - - - - - - - - - - -   $__________

SHIPMATE’S  DONATION:  each shipmate of each DE donates $25 for various reunion expenses.  Spouses and guests excluded.   - - - - - - - - - - -   $__________       **TOTAL FEES for TOURS, DINNER SELECTIONS & DONATION - - -   $__________

SHIPMATE & SPOUSE NAME__________________________________________ GUEST NAME(s)____________________________________________________ PHONE #_______________________EMAIL   ____________________________  Indicate if ADA transportation is needed: ____ Special Diet:_________________  We may need to contact you for clarification of ADA or Diet prior to reunion.

Mail this form with CHECK for tours, banquet dinner and shipmate donation prior to AUGUST 10th  (time needed to finalize motor coach, tours & dinner contracts). Mail the check to the treasurer for you own ship group.  If you don't know who that is, or how to contact him/her, I can help.  Max Crow Webmaster, USS Whitehurst Assn.

Address questions to Max Crow   crowmax@aol.com 

 


 

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