USS Whitehurst Logo by: Pat Stephens, Webmaster, DESA


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, 2017

DE-634 WWII Veterans' ReU Photos

Clarion Inn & Suites

5335 Central Ave Pike,  KNOXVILLE, TN  37912 ph. (865) 687-5800
Take Exit #108 off I-75  new address, new ph#
The hotel shown above is NOT the Clarion Inn at
5634 Merchant Center Blvd where these WWII veterans have conducted
their annual reunions for a decade.

That Clarion Inn, on short notice, canceled
long standing arrangements,
offering no affordable alternative.

The Clarion Inn & Suites is not far from the Clarion Inn

 Use the same exit as for the former Clarion but now you turn
right and go about 3 blocks to the Clarion Inn & Suites.

Notice posted by Max Crow, Webmaster,

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.

120 Ryan Drive
Goose Creek, SC 29445
 ph# (843) 533-1908     E-Mail Host:

Note change in room rates.

Room Reservation Cut-off Date is: June 1st
Cost Room = $89.99/night +tax, Dues $20, Handle your on meal expenses
including the banquet.

 Hotel Link Online: Clarion Inn & Suites


2019 DE’s Joint Reunion

USS Whitehurst DE-634, USS Silverstein DE-534,
USS Walton DE-361, USS Foss DE-59

Monday October 7
th, 2017 - Check in 4PM.
Thru Thursday, October 10th


TOUR #1.  Tuesday, Oct. 8th, @ 9:00 a.m.  Hoover Dam:  Two tours will be available at the Dam.  One includes the Visitor Center Exhibits and Observation Deck.  Another includes the above tour plus a Power Plant tour.  Caution:  1. Persons with pacemakers or other implanted devises – Be advised the generators produce an electromagnetic field which may interfere with the operation of certain devices.  2. Persons with Claustrophobia – Be advised the Power Plant tour includes a 20-person elevator ride and walking through a tunnel.  Board  bus to Fiesta Casino, buffet lunch included and free time.  Take  bus to Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden.  Watch chocolate being made, enjoy a sample and check out the gift shop.  Time allowed to view part of their 2.5 acre of arid landscape with 350 species of cactus, succulents and desert plants.  Board bus to hotel.  Enjoy complimentary drinks and light snacks served daily 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at hotel.  

TOUR #2.  Tuesday evening, Oct. 8th, @ 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Bus tour of Las Vegas Strip, viewing the casinos, various attractions and large electronic displays.  Onto downtown Las Vegas.  Exit bus to observe the Fremont Street Experience’s canopy light show.  A hexagonal LED rooftop canopy lights up with custom created themed soundtracks to accompany the show.  Board bus to hotel.

TOUR #3.  Wednesday, Oct. 9th, @ 9:00 a.m.  Las Vegas Natural History Museum offers exhibits on prehistoric life, Egyptian treasures, the adaptation of mammals and African, marine and Nevada galleries.  Bus to Mandalay Bay Casino’s Shark Reef Aquarium which is unlike a typical aquarium.  It’s a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters.  Featuring dangerous and unusual aquatic animals from the world’s tropical waters.  The largest exhibit is 1.3 million gallon shipwreck where visitors experience an almost 360-degree view, teeming with sharks and fish, through an acrylic tunnel.  Lunch on-your-own at the adjacent food court.  Bus trip to Bellagio Casino to visit the conservatory; an elaborate display of horticulture and art, with thousands of plants, trees and flowers in view.  Also, we will view Chihuly’s art blossoms ceiling in the lobby.   This sculpture consists of 2,000 hand-blown glass flower blossoms that weigh about 40,000 pounds.  Load bus and return to hotel.

Thursday, Oct. 10th, @ 9:00 a.m.  National Atomic Testing Museum.  Photography and exhibits of post-Cold War era weaponry. “Area 51: Myth or Reality” reveals the myths of Groom Lake. Operation Redwing is listed.  Load bus to Las Vegas Premium Outlets with time for shopping and lunch on-your-own in one of the two food courts.  Load bus and return to hotel allowing time prior to our Banquet Dinner.

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Note from ReU Host Larry Richards:
You need to make reservations Early, like April, May or June.  This hotel is hard to work with and trying to add rooms to our contract at a late date may be impossible.  You may cancel your reservation up to 72 hours before the reservation date at no charge.

RESERVATION INFORMATION for 2019 Destroyer Escorts Joint Reunion in Las Vegas, NV, @ Embassy Suites, 3600 Paradise Rd.  Make your reservation by calling (702) 947-7166 or (888) 243-9146 and identifying yourself with “DESTROYER ESCORTS JOINT REUNION 2019” group prior to Sept. 7th.  Reservation must be guaranteed with a major credit card and are fully refundable if canceled 72 hours prior to arrival date.  Check in is 4:00 p.m. and a $25 fee for early check in if rooms are available  prior to 4:00 p.m.  ROOM RATES are $108 for a King Suite and $138 for a  Queen, 2 bed, Suite.  A charge of $10 per person per night for each 3rd & 4th guest sharing the same room.  All Suites have a sleeper sofa, mini-fridge and microwave.  This rate is available for Oct. 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th.  Our rates includes a full cooked to order breakfast and an evening reception with complimentary drinks and light snacks served daily.  RECOMMENDATION:  This hotel is located near a major convention center and may get overflow quests from adjacent hotels.  ** I recommend attendees make hotel reservations months in advance, like April, May or June, since we may not be able to add to our contractual block of rooms cut off date of 9/7/19 at the eleventh hour.  Contact me if you have any problem making your reservations.  You may always CANCEL at a later date if you are unable to attend.  TRANSPORTATION:  Hotel shuttle does not go to the airport.  Taxi service for 2 to 3 passengers will be $16 to $20 depending on the traffic.  Slow traffic will run up the meter and your cost.  PARKING FEE:  Parking at hotel will be $10 per day.

Note:   Hospitality Room will open at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 7th for shipmates to check in.  Business Meeting will be at 7:00 pm in the same room.  Tour schedules and other reunion related events will be reviewed at the business meeting.

2019 DESTROYER ESCORTS JOINT REUNION in Las Vegas, NV STARTING MONDAY, OCT. 7TH THRU THURSDAY, OCT. 10TH.  BANQUET DINNER AND TOUR SELECTION:                            London Broil ------------ number of orders ____@ $25.00 = $_______  Chicken Positano ------ number of orders ____@ $25.00 = $_______  Plated selection accompanied by:  Spring Salad Mix, Mixed Vegetables & Rice Pilaf.  Includes Iced Tea, Coffee and Carrot Cake.

TOUR #1.  Hoover Dam, Fiesta Casino w/buffet lunch and Ethel M Choclate Factory -------number of people  ___@ $33.00 = $_____  Above tours plus Power Plant--# of people____@ $35.00 = $______ TOUR #2.  TUESDAY EVENING tour of Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street Experience---------number of people____@ $10.00 = $______ TOUR #3.  Natural History Museum, Shark Reef Aquarium and Bellagio Conservatory --------------number of people____@ $33.00 = $______ TOUR #4.  THURSDAY, National Atomic Testing Museum and Premium Outlets ----------------------number of people____@ $28.00 = $______

SHIPMATE’S DONATION:  $25.00 per shipmate excluding spouses and guests -----------------------------------------------@ $25.00 = $_____ TOTAL of dinners, tours & shipmate donation ---------$_____  Provide shipmate, spouse and guests names_____________  _______________________________________________________ _______  *Indicate Diet Restrictions ______________________ Phone #___________  in case we need to contact you.

 **Make check payable to: Mr Jim Howe and Mail it with your Forms to:  
Mr. Jim Howe
1209 Searle Dr
Centralia, WA 98531

 mail prior to August 21, 2019.  
e-mail ph 360-736-1235


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