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USS Holder Association's 22nd Annual Reunion

October 14, 2000 through October 17, 2000

The reunion of the shipmates of the ships named USS Holder DE401, DD819, and DDE819 was held in St. Louis, Missouri at the Hilton Hotel.


Events of the 22nd USS Holder Reunion

Saturday, 14 October, 2000

The reunion commenced with a wine and cheese Welcome Aboard Reception, hosted by the Hilton Hotel, after which we were on our own for dinner. Then the hospitality room was officially open, and the picture taking began.

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Sunday, 15 October, 2000

Sunday began with a choice between two tours. One to Grant's Farm, the estate operated by Anheuser-Busch, which included Grant's Farm, a Tier Garten (with samples of Busch products), an historic Bauernhof where Busch's antique carriage collection is housed, and the Clydesdale stallion barn. The other tour included the Missouri Botanical Garden with diverse climates (tropical rainforest, desert, etc). The weather was not the greatest for taking the tours, but we managed to have fun in spite of it all!

At 1700 (5 PM) all hands gathered in the hospitality room to hold our annual Memorial Service, led by Chaplain Ray Bernacchi, EM3 (46-48), followed by the business meeting, led by Jack Bortle, YN3 (55-57). Group photos were taken at the conclusion of the business meeting.

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Monday, 16 October, 2000

Monday started with a group breakfast buffet, followed by another tour of the sights of St. Louis in foggy, cold and misty (sometimes rainy) weather. We stopped at the famous St. Louis Arch and nearby church, had lunch at Union Station, and toured the Anheuser-Busch Brewery (with more sampling of the products).

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Tuesday, 17 October, 2000

Tuesday, the final tour of the reunion, was to historic St. Charles, with a stop at St. Charles Casino.

Our annual banquet and raffles were held Tuesday evening, and entertainment was provided by the St. Louis Strutters. These talented, world famous senior citizen performers danced in the style of the '40s and '50s. Everyone enjoyed their performance. This was followed by our famous patriotic parade, once again led by our own drum major, John O'Neill, BM2 (58-65).

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Wednesday, 18 October, 2000

Farewells and Departures.
Wednesday morning was the time for bidding everyone farewell over coffee and donuts. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 23rd reunion in Orlando.

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    A highlight of the reunion included meeting first-timers:

  • Ernesto Alvarado, MMC(SS) 52-53,
  • Malcolm Bisson, SD3 64-66,
  • Tom Burke, TE2 54-56,
  • Gene Burns, MM2 56-59,
  • Elmer Conner, GM2 1946,
  • Harold Hodges, MM2 53-56,
  • Jim Jennings, IC2 61-62,
  • Calvin Lane, NCCS 65-69,
  • Harold Masters, F1/c 4546,
  • John O'Donnell, HT2 73-76,
  • John Oman, BT1 58-59,
  • Harvey Quinn, BTFN 59-60,
  • Dennis Rhea, FN 60-62,
  • Lanny Smith, RD1 57-60,
  • Fred Ulam, LCDR 50-52,
  • Bob Warren, RM2 61-62, and
  • Doug Wilkinson, S1/c 46-47.

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Shipmates in attendance included:

Last Name First Name Rate/Rank On Board Holder
Adams Ralph    B. RD3 1946-1947
Alvarado Ernesto    R. MMC(SS) 1952-1953
Anuszczyk Edmond    J. SM2 1944
Bailen Bruce    J. HMC 1949-1950
Bernacchi Raymond    P. EM3 1946-1948
Bisson Malcolm    L. SD3 1964-1966
Black Fred    EN3 1961-1963
Bortle Jack    YN3 1955-1957
Burke Thomas    L. TE2 1954-1956
Burns Gene    MM2 1956-1959
Byrd James    GMG1 1964-1967
Conner Elmer    J. GM2 1946
Crocker William    G. F1/C 1944
Day Harold    "Hal" MMCS 1966-1967
Dixon Doug    SN 1953-1957
Dubyak Paul    R. MM2 1955-1957
Elston Raymond    E. TMC 1964-1966
Fredereksen Niels    END3 1955-1957
Garrett John    S. RDC 1954-1958
Gilmore R.    J. END3 1956-1957
Goetz Thomas    G. GM2 1951-1952
Grant Ulysses    S. MM3 1959-1961
Grundman Lee    "Jack" TM2 1952-1955
Guerin Courtland    F. MM1 1953-1956
Harrison Fred    BTCM 1964-1967
Hertwig Frank    MM2 1957-1959
Hodges Harold    MM2 1953-1956
Jennings James    C. IC2 1961-1962
Lane Calvin    R. NCCS (CRF) 1965-1969
Masters Harold    E. F1/c 1945-1946
Mayne Paul    MMCM 1957-1959
Miller Glenn    W. EN3 1958-1961
Miller Robert    S. TMC 1955-1958
Monmirth Harry    G. FN 1948-1951
Nesbit Robert    C. PNCS 1951-1953
O'Donnell John    J. HT2 1973-1976
Oman John    BT1 1958-1959
O'Neill John    BM2 1958-1965
Quinn Harvey    BTFN 1959-1960
Rambo M.    Bruce MMCM (SS) 1955-1957
Rea Dennis    F. FN 1960-1962
Reed Allen    BTC 1948-1955
Seal Leon    B. FN 1953-1954
Smith Nolan    L. RD1 1957-1960
Stigall Ronald    W. BT3 1957-1961
Tabing Richard    R. MM1 1954-1957
Ulam Frederick    A. LCDR 1950-1952
Warnes William    K. CWO 1949-1951
Warren Robert    G. RM2 1961-1962
Wilkinson Douglas    W. S1/c 1946-1947


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