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The shipmates of the ships named USS Holder DE401, DD819, and DDE819 held their 33rd reunion in Chicago, Illinois. It took place at the Marriott Deerfield Suites in Deerfield, Illinois from 06 October 2011 to 10 October 2011.
Afternoon - 1400 - Check-in
In the evening we had a "Heavy snack meal" in the hospitality room and got a chance to meet friends, both old and new . Ray Bernacchi read a letter of greeting on the occasion of the USS Holder Association reunion from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
We got on the buses about 0700 and went to Great Lakes Training Center for the Boot Camp graduation ceremony followed by a guided base tour and Memorial Service in the base chapel. We left Great Lakes Training Center and went to the Chicago Botanical Gardens where we had a box lunch before taking the guided tram tour of the extensive area of gardens. We then had a while to explore the gardens on our own before gathering back at the buses for the return to the hotel.
Evening - 1915 - Broadway show "For the Boys" - including music and songs starting in 1942 and covering 30 more years of USO shows.
We gathered in front of the hotel to board the bus about 0815 to take our guided bus tour of downtown Chicago which gave us a glimpse of many points of interest, many parks, and some nice neighborhoods in the city including the Magnificent Mile. We stopped at the Veterans Memorial and the John Hancock Building, where we were able to view Chicago from above, before we continued to the Navy Pier where we had time to walk along the pier and see the many resaurants and shops. We then returned to the hotel after another good day of sightseeing.
We had the evening free to do what we wanted and some joined others in the hospitality room.
At about 1000 we held our business meeting including Association business and selecting the next reunion site after discussing possible locations. It was decided that the next reunion, in 2012, would be held at Branson, MO.
We had the afternoon free to relax and to gather in the hospitality room, etc.
We had photographs taken in the hospitality room for the "Memory Book" which will include photos of everyone and which could be purchased.
About 1830 we began our Annual Banquet after which we had our famous raffle.
Time to check out, say good-byes, and head for home.
|Last Name||First Name||Rate/Rank||On Board Holder|
|Christensen||Francis G.||CWO4 (USA)||1955-1957|
|Dame, Sr.||Douglas P.||ETN3||1965-1967|
|de Barrios||James Reyna||MM2||1959-1961|
|Delgado||Joseph L. "Joe"||ETR3||1959-1961|
|Kea||Joseph C. "J.C."||MMCM(SW)||1960-1962|
|Kemp||Peter H.||LT JG||1957-1958|
|Kenton||Francis P. "Pat"||FN||1952-1953|
|Mc Coy||David J.||QM3||1950-1954|
|Mc Crain||Edward J.||SFP2||1961-1965|
|Stevens, Jr.||Robert R. "Bob"||BMSN||1966-1968|
was last Modified: 31 December 2011