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#48 -- May 2001

Dear Shipmates:

I am finally back. Was I missed?? The last newsletter was sent out back in August 2000. I have written two since then, but ripped them up, as I wasn’t sure of anything the first few months of this year. We haven’t had a reunion for the past three years because I was too busy taking care of my wife, Ruth who was completely relying on me for help. The last couple days of February Ruth was in such pain she begged and asked me to take her off dialysis so she could die. This was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. I hope no one in our group will ever have to make one like that. Ruth passed away a few days later in March. At this time I wish to thank you for all your cards, prayers, and concerns in the past few years.

I had plans made for our reunion this year in Salem, Massachusetts (The Witch City). This is in the North Shore of Boston in September. There are many interesting things to do in this area regarding witches. Do you remember your history? I have since canceled this reunion. I feel badly about doing this after all the help I was given by the North Shore Visitors Bureau. However the price of this reunion was going to be a bit too expensive for us. Especially after the reunions we have had in the past. The average daily cost of a hotel room in Boston is $187.80. Around and outside of Boston is an average of $149.20. The lowest hotel room I could get was $118.90 for a decent hotel room.

Got a call the other night from Ed Unkle who is doing a landslide business in his model shipbuilding. If you were a member of DESA, (why aren’t you) you would have seen Ed’s ad in the newsletter that someone had put in. After that he got calls from shipmates all over the U.S. to build their ship. He has now found a way of shipping the ships to people. He told me about Harold Hahn, so I called Harold the next day. Harold has developed serious problems with his kidneys and is undergoing tests right now. Let us say a few prayers for Harold, our ships preacher.

Received an e-mail from Fran Anderson’s daughters letting us know that she had died. We should all remember Fran at the reunions with her husband, Officer Bob Anderson. Fran was a fine lady and always brought cookies and brownies to the reunions for all of us.

Our web site, now at http://www.de582.com has been surely neglected by me. I intend in the near future to bring this up to date. I apolize for this, but taking care of my wife, Ruth was a full time job.

Remember the fun we had at the first few reunions with Al Lee. We had lost track of Al after his wife died. Al is back; he met Dorothy at a hair salon where his wife, Lois used to go. Dorothy and Al were married last November. On their honeymoon they traveled to Hawaii and then around this country. I hope we will see them both at the reunion. He is now living at 3351 New England Rd. West Mifflin, PA.15122. His telephone number is 412-466-2246.

If anyone is interested in the "Retroactive Combat Action Ribbon Eligibility for Naval Veterans from 1941 to 1961" let me know and I will give you this information. Also let know if you want information regarding burial in a V.A. National Cemetery. They have opened a new facility "Saratoga National Cemetery" in Saratoga, New York recently. Spaces are assigned at the time of need and may not be reserved. My wife is buried at the Bourne National Cemetery on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

I have heard from the daughters of Officer Nichols. He passed away a few years ago. Because the newsletter is to be a long one the story of Officer Nichols and other stories of people we have heard from will be delayed until the reunion.

New Plans for the 2001 Reunion

After canceling the reunion plans to Salem, Massachusetts I went to work looking for a less expensive place. I remembered the great time we had at our 1998 reunion. At that time the price was right. Three years had past, but I thought I would try to make another package deal at Atlantic City. I sure did with only a $23,00 increase in price from three years ago. Here it is:

It will take place at the finest service, non gaming Boardwalk hotel in Atlantic City. Some of the key features at the "Holiday Inn Boardwalk" are: 220 Deluxe guest rooms with Oceanview, Coffee Makers and Hair Dryers in every room, Scribbles Café Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner, Room Service, Scribbles Café lounge cocktail hour offering nightly complimentary HorsD’oeuvres, Complimentary indoor self or valet parking. Walk the boardwalk, try your luck at the casinos & enjoy fabulous dining, shopping, Seasonal outdoor pool and terrace, terrace for outside entertaining poolside and oceanfront are available.

A special room rate of $79.00 per room, per night, plus tax will be given to guests arriving prior to the reunion or staying after the reunion. The hotels check-in time is 3:00 PM. Room assignments prior to that time are on an availability basis only.The hotels check-out time is 11:00 AM. AFTER THE CUT -OFF DATE OF AUGUST 17, 2001, the Holiday Inn Boardwalk can not guarantee the special group rate. However they will continue to accept reservations after the cut-off date on a space available basis only. These rates may revert back to their prevailing rack rates.

The hotel is located on the boardwalk. Perfect for walking or jogging, on the beach or shopping and casinos. We will be adjacent to the Tropicana Hotel Casino and the Hilton Atlantic City Casino. The Atlantic City International Airport is just 15 minutes away. Also easy access to all major highways.

The price is coming up soon, but here is what I negotiated for as a package deal. It includes the following:

  • Deluxe Accommodations for three (3) Nights
  • Complimentary Hospitality Room if our blocked off rooms are picked up
  • Welcome reception
  • Banquet Dinner
  • Private Buffet Breakfast
  • A Dinner Buffet at a local Casino
  • Up to $30.00 in Coin Bonuses per person
  • A Fabulous Casino Revue Show (based on availability)
  • Souvenir Gift
  • All Taxes and Gratuities
  • Coupons for Scribbles Café Restaurant

***** Casino package is subject to change , based on the casino schedule.****

The price for all this is: Single $362.00 –Double $228.00—Triple $200.00 per person.

You will have a choice of two entrees to pick from on the reservation form for the Banquet dinner. The Welcome reception and the Breakfast buffet have been decided and look good.

It has not been decided if we will have a least one tour. In the next newsletter there will be more information about the tour and reservation. When you receive the hotel reservation form, please make them out as soon as possible.

To me it seems to be a good deal. We are not in a gambling casino hotel if you are not a gambler, however if you like gambling you can go next door and do your thing. I hope most of you come, bring your families and friends. Enjoy yourselves and fill up the rooms I have blocked off and more if possible. More details at a later date, but get those forms mailed in.


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