San Diego, CA
The 2002 reunion
took place in San Diego,
California. There was a very large turnout for
this reunion. Many shipmates
live in California and many others
traveled from all over the country and, in the case of Erik Mezger, from
his home in Switzerland. Erik had also attended the reunion
in 2000 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The weather became a
problem for the group. It had
not rained in 18 months, but rained the entire time we were there. Our tour of the area was made
difficult by the weather and our Memorial Service, which was to be held
outdoors on the beach at Shelter
Island was replaced
by a brief service inside the restaurant where we had lunch.
didn’t dampen the spirits of the shipmates, though. Much time was spent in the
hospitality suite reminiscing.
At the business
meeting it was decided that the next reunion would be in the Fall of 2004
in Charleston, South Carolina. There was also discussion about
becoming a non-profit entity.
The banquet on the
last night was huge. We had
nearly 300 people in attendance.
The food was excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves.