2004 REUNION RAMBLINGS
USS INDEPENDENCE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT 2004 REUNION
USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) Communicators enjoyed their second year reunion at Myrtle Beach, SC on 8-11 October 2004. The reunion was held at the Caravelle Golf & Family resort. During this period, crew members and their families met in the resort’s hospitality room, received their welcome packets, and shared memories, sea stories and ideas for future reunions.
We owe a special thanks to Caravelle’s AMY, Group Sales, for making last minute changes seem near invisible to the group. Awesome.
Of special importance during this year’s reunion, members and their families enjoyed a seafood buffet to “die for” at the Giant Crab , attended a showcase presentation at The Carolina Opry, participated in a Communications Department dinner and associated planning meeting, and regained their sea legs by going to sea on a casino cruise ship for a day. Attending The Carolina Opry definitely made for a feel-good evening of pure, unforgettable entertainment. We took the time to do our own thing for a few hours and visited places such as Ripley’s Aquarium , Haunted Adventure and Basketville. All members gathered for a “grand slam” goodbye breakfast plus photo op and extended their best wishes to each other the morning prior to departure.
This year’s reunion was planned and managed by Ernie McCoy. Our watch caps go off to Ernie for organizing our second year event. A special thanks from all of us, Ernie, for all the effort you put into making our 2004 Reunion a significant and memorable event. Crew members attending this year’s get-together traveled from many different locations. With regard to the communicator who traveled the farthest to attend, Dudley Newman and his family won recognition from driving all the way from San Antonio Texas.
During the planning meeting, the location for next year’s reunion, together with ideas to boost future member participation, was discussed by all. It was decided that our 2005 Reunion will be held in Norfolk, VA during the period of 5-7 (Fri, Sat and Sun) August. The dates were chosen to facilitate families attending with school age children. Kurt Merkling was elected to organize our 2005 Reunion. Kurt will be assisted by Brad Turner to plan and execute the event. Details and coordinating information for our 2005 Reunion will be promulgated by e-mail by Ron Phillips. During the planning process for next year’s reunion, considerable effort will be made to encourage as many members (and their families) as possible to commit to attend. The agenda promises to be fast paced, involved, participatory and exciting for “all hands”.
Bill and Nancy Refo
Bill and Liz Cody
Steve and Ann Chisenhall
Dudley and Louise Newman with mother and sister-in-law
Robert and Sharon Turner
Ernest and Marilyn Wolfe with their two sons
Jack Simpson and Jo Strouse
Johnny and Susan Lockleair with their two children
Ron and Betty Phillips
Just wanted to say we had a good time
in Myrtle Beach, thanks for the hard work, already looking forward to
Norfolk. We just like to go places, I think we will take in Washington, DC for a
couple of days before going to
Norfolk. Also checked with the rental company we have used in the past in
Gatlinburg, TN (2006 info) and a four bedroom
four bath cabin with hot tub, fireplace, pool table in the mountains in August
is presently between 275.00 and
300.00 per night. So for four couples in each cabin would be between 68.75 and
75.00 per night plus taxes and
one time 30.00 cleaning fee per cabin. I thought it would be more for the Summer
months that's what we pay
when we go up at Thanksgiving. We love Gatlinburg and there is plenty to do.
I would just like to say what a wonderful time we had at
Ditto from me and Sharon. Sharon and I will be helping Kurt set up the
next reunion, meanwhile, if you have ideas or suggestions please do not
hesitate to pass them along. Remember, "I am from the government and I
am here to help".
Ernie, you did a great job at setting this reunion up and I appreciate it. We missed you and hope that you will be able to make the next one. Sharon and I will be working with Kurt to get the information out soon.
Nice home Jack and Jo!
Just got back from our jaunt on the eastern seaboard. Looked at the pictures on the web site. Impressive!!!!! Looking forward to next reunion. My son Impressed by the pictures and already harassing me about going without him. Talk to ya later buds. Great time!!!!!!
Ann and I had a great time at the
reunion. We miss everyone we keep talking about what a good time we had.
Marilyn, Ben, Tim and I enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Too bad we got lost with Marilyn's piloting instructions (don't let her know that - hehe) and arrived somewhat late for the feast at the Giant Crab.
It was great seeing new/old friends and missed the ones that couldn't show from 2003 or this year.
Please pass along that if anyone is in the Baltimore/DC area and needs a place to stay (or their own personal tour guide) they're welcomed here any time.