USS Whitehurst Logo by: Pat Stephens, Webmaster, DESA

25th Reunion of the USS Whitehurst 1950-1951 Crews
September 11 - 13, 2011
Holiday Inn on the Bay
San Diego, CA

When ReU-2010 finished up, no host had been selected.  Rather it was agreed that former hosts Jake & Annie Houser would contact Zeke Frazier and ask him to make arrangements for the 2011 reunion in San Diego.  Then Jake and Annie would be advisors and Max Crow would serve a Communications Coordinator.  It worked out pretty well for all of us except Zeke, who did all the work.  And he did it very well.  He lined up a hotel with the perfect location and activities within walking distance.  The lower activities costs and lack of transportation costs
more than offset the somewhat higher hotel costs.  He also arranged for the Weather Prophets to call in ideal weather.  He and Maggie, secured, stocked, filled "Goodie Bags", and decorated a perfect Hospitality Room, located between the hotel and a little deli which served our breakfasts in a "Side Walk Cafe" setting.

The highlights of our schedule were:
Sunday Sept. 11  Check in and register with Fellowship, sea stories etc.

Monday Sept. 12  Breakfast, fellowship and Tour the Midway CVB-41. Lunch onboard at
The Fantail Cafe. Later,  Men's Business meeting.  Selected Jim Howe as 2012 Host for ReU in Washington, DC area around mid-October.

Tuesday Sept. 13 Breakfast with more sea stories etc then the San Diego Harbor Tour on the Hornblower Tour Boat, followed by a visit to the Maritime Museum, a collection of Wind Jammers and various other watercraft including a Russian Submarine.
Tuesday evening was reserved for the closing banquet, a Taps Ceremony inaugurating our newly acquired "Memorial Bell"  QMCM Al Crawford struck the bell as Max Crow read the names of the most recently departed shipmates.  After the closing ceremony, we took our final photos and said many good byes.


Whitehurst Memorial Bell and Stand, built by Whitehurst Assn. Yeoman, Max Crow and decorated with Glen Anderson's great photo of the ship in full dress on the occasion of the crowning of Queen Elizabeth of Gr. Britain, June of 1953.  The lower picture contains icons of the ship's call signal and Campaign Ribbons.  It is our intention to carry or ship this bell to each reunion for use in each year's Taps Ceremony.                                    mc

Literally hundreds of photos were made by several "photographers" during our short time in San Diego.  Almost all of the pictures were used in the 49 minute, 2011-ReU DVD produced by your friendly yeoman, and distributed to all attendees.  I can't post them all here but will post pictures of all who attended this reunion.

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