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The Reunion Coordinator:
With Assistance from:
Master SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN
Capt Pat Moloney
October 18th, 2003 was a wonderful bright and sunny day as people began to
arrive at the SS Jeremiah O'Brien. In most cases this was accomplished after
a long walk down Pier 45 at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf, past a
Submarine, then up the gangway to the beautiful old Liberty Ship. Our thanks
to Captain Pat Moloney and crew.
For the limited addresses and e-mail contacts that we have been able to get
together over the past couple of years, we had a nice crowd of about 120
people, with many sea stories being told and many folks who had not seen each
other in many years. There were two gentlemen that had served in 1945 on ATS
ships, others from late 40's and 50's, making many of us that worked the 70's
to 90's feel pretty young. We also were fortunate to have three current MSC
employees with us, Port Captain Larry Carley, Budget Analyst's Dee Comerford
and Betty Hixson. Many of the attendee's came from long distances, i.e.
Washington State, Southern California, Nevada and all over the Central and
SC-MSTS-ATS 2003 Reunion Attendees :
Mary Alexander/Don Alexander, Jack Anderson/3 Guests, Eiji Ayabe, Bob Borden,
Jim & Dorothy Boyce, Monty & Feng Britton, George Bruno, Larry Carley, Gordon
& Evelyn Catron, Barbara Chapman and Mom Lavernne Thompson, Carl & Helen
Chavaree, Delores Comerford, John De Meo, Tony De Venuta/Dave & Judy
Pappineau, Martin De Venuta, Norman (Skip) Eltringham, Ray Fosse, Jim Gehrig,
Leroy & Theresa Gill, Dennis & Carol Gleavy and family, Tom Grabow, Betty
Hixon, Dan & Toni Horodysky, Juanita (Johnnie) Ibarra and Guest, James
Jungles, Ralph Keating-Visit from gangway, Hai Ly, Pat & Shoko Moloney, Tom &
Khuyen Mc Namara and Children, Archie Mc Faul, Fred & Maivis Oehler, Jim
Page, Raymond and "I.D." Provost, Jack & Earlyn Price, Jack Reich, Phil
Rosten and family George Bato, Julie Bato, Rachael Bato, Stephanie Bato.
Robert Sandquist, Gloria Seward, Bernard & Shirley Schultz, Warren Smith,
Mary Silk/Henry Silk, Bob Stickle, Wesley "Wes" Taylor, Thomas & Mary
Tomlinson, Gene Welch/Gale Welch, Robert Williams and guests Walter Williams
and Art Conger, Don Wilson and Daughter Dianne Wilson, Mae Wong, Robert
Wernette and Stepson Neville Suits, A Sustarich (Daughter Of Rudy Sustarich
and friends Steve Matsumura and Mike Matsumura. Barbara's Son and Grandsons,
Ted Chapman, Robert And Ryan, plus some of the Wells Fargo Veterans Group.
Henry Kowalski, Harold Flock and Daniel Van Dyke have sent contributions to
help defray expenses. Raymond Jackson from Fargo No. Dakota sent me some
great Radio Logs and MSTS magazines. John De Meo from SF mailed me some old
MSC-COMPTRA info also.
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With your help in gathering names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail
addresses, we will start planning for 2004. Please e-mail or mail me your
information, and any information you have on others. Barbara Chapman 717
Anderson Way, Rio Vista, CA. 94571 (707-374-3439) Home e-mail
work 707-424-8632 e-mail
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REUNION--OCTOBER 23-24, 2004
At the 2003 Reunion Captain Patrick Moloney announced the proposal of holding
the reunion Saturday, October 23, 2004 in conjunction with the Hassayampa,
Kawishiwi, Ponchatoula, Taluga, Mispillion, Navasota, Passumpsic reunion
groups, for an underway trip on the SS Jeremiah O'Brien up to the Mothball
Fleet at Suisun Bay to see our old ships. This would start at 0730 with
Coffee and Donuts, underway at 0900, BBQ lunch with all the trimmings, soft
drinks, beer, and coffee. There would be a swing band for dancing and
entertainment. The max number of people will be 850 so it will be on a first
come, first paid basis. The ship normally charges $175 for a River Cruise and
$125 for Bay cruises but Pat is going to try to get it down between $100-$125
if possible for each person. For 3 cruises during Fleet Week they had over
2000 people, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day they take max numbers, so
this is a real opportunity for us to cruise on this Liberty Ship.
Please let me know if you are interested in this.
Since many of you might not want to or be able physically or financially be
able to come on board for the trip which would be most of the day for the
onboard cruise, Tony De Venuta and Ralph Keating suggested we think about
something on dry land, like doing a potluck. So Sunday, October 24, 2004 I
have reserved the San Leandro Yacht Club(no stairs) to have a pot
luck/barbeque. Hopefully many of you will want to do both days, so I will see
about a discount at the Marina Inn Hotel, a stones throw from the Yacht Club.
There are two restaurants at the Marina, Golf Course, Walking Trails and lots
of free parking, for those of us who would want to Stay at the Marina in San
Leandro, the Yacht Club Commodore said he would help see what we could come
up with on van pooling from there to the ship in SF and back. On Sunday
morning, we can do a continental breakfast at the club, plan to come early
and stay late. This could be fun with everyone pitching in to bring food to
share and small contribution for barbeque.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this.
Put the dates on your 2004 calendar (Oct 23-24, 2004) and send me addresses,
phone numbers, e-mail addresses and updates for your self and others.
There are hundreds of people that we do not have contact with so please help.
Tom Grabow is helping me build the roster. Any contributions for mailing list
will be appreciated, and anyone who will want to help with next year's
reunion will be welcomed with open arms. I hope this brief article will be
of interest to you, if you wish to be dropped from the roster also let me know.
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