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USS Sellers crew and guests
USS Sellers DDG-11 Reunion Port Call San Antonio, Texas
USS Sellers held its 2014 reunion in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees gathered at the hotel Thursday afternoon for a reception where sea stories were plentiful. Almost all attendees had arrived, so the room was full of chatter about today’s and yesterday’s Navy. Shipmates from commissioning to decommissioning (1961 to 1989) were in attendance.
On Friday we toured the historic Museum of the Pacific in honor of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz in Fredericksburg, Texas. The museum is filled to the brim with relics and artifacts of WWII and the Pacific Campaign. Our reunion attendees were surprised to see such a great naval museum so far from the ocean. After dinner back in San Antonio, we watched a slideshow about USS Sellers and her crew and family members over the years.
On Saturday we toured the Alamo and San Antonio Riverwalk area, shopped and had lunch. Following our business meeting on Saturday evening we enjoyed our banquet, speaker and gift exchange. We ask attendees to bring a gift from the area where they live to exchange. Before dinner we played “People Bingo,” where you try to answer questions on your bingo cards by asking other reunion attendees. The game was a huge success and got attendees interacting. Forty people attended the reunion, seven of them first-timers.
Sunday we had breakfast and a memorial service. This year we honored not only shipmates who have passed since the last reunion, but all shipmates who have gotten orders to the ultimate duty station.
Our 2016 reunion will be held in either Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida.
Many attendees said this was a great reunion even if it wasn’t near the ocean. First-timers said they already plan on attending the 2016 reunion. Our goal is to keep the Sellers legacy alive by getting more and more former shipmates involved and attending the reunions. Visit www.usssellers.org.
Reported by Delta Hinson, Virginia Beach, Virginia,Past President, USS Sellers Association
The VP48 “Red Coat Club” (left to right) Pete McKay, Charley Hahn, Ken Carter, Alan Hardie, Arnold Fox, Jim Chambers and Cliff Henne.
Don’t forget your red coat!
It started when guest speaker Ken Carter came to the stage in a brocade red dinner jacket and told the tale about how he bought that very jacket in Hong Kong when he first was in VP48 Patrol Squadron. So at the next VP48 reunion, a bunch of guys came in their "red coats." So if you ask how you can become a member of the "Red Coat Club," the answer is: buy a red coat and wear it to the banquet.
Military reunions are a time to remember and reacquaint ourselves with old friends and memories. The crewmembers of Patrol Squadron 48 flew seaplanes (PBMs, P5Ms, transitioning to P3 Orions) during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The VP48 has a reunion every two years at locations throughout the US. They have met three times at Holiday Inn-Bayside in San Diego, California.
A memorial service was held at the Veterans Memorial, high above La Jolla at Mount Soledad. This is a one-of-a kind Veterans Memorial site, 900 feet above sea level, with a 360-degree view of San Diego and the blue Pacific. A flowered wreath on a stand bore the legend “VP48,” there was a color guard, names of departed shipmates were read, and Taps was played. Following the service, the group visited the Stephen Birch Aquarium and La Jolla Riviera for more spectacular views.
Found in the Pigboat Express, newsletter of the VP48 reunion