Hosted by Robert & Mary Kline
Arrived in Hershey at 12:30 September 17th and one, or should I say
two, trickled in at a time. The Hilton Garden Inn was first class all the
way. Due to circumstances beyond our control there was to be no alcohol
served by our host. So off to the store I went and put in supplies (haha).
Our host and hostess reside in
Those who graced our reunion, old faithfuls (not old old) were John & Barbara Bye, the lone ranger Ed Capraun, the amazing Pat & Harriette Curtis and their son Melvin. The always dapper Hank & our Liz Davis, the very distinguished Mr. James Freeman and his lovely lady Avis with their daughter Betty. Late on Friday his other daughter, son-in-law & granddaughter got to meet the men their dad had the pleasure of serving with. Another biggie, Norm & Jean Hatt and our host & hostess Robert and Mary Kline.
Thanks for a job well done!
We are not done yet, our ever so friendly Ernie Winders and his lovely Nadine (lucky guy!). They call their home the Show-Me-State of Missouri. Friday evening Ed Bander, with his son, stopped by but had to leave early Saturday but not before he put on a two person show all by himself and it was funny! Thanks Ed.
I've not forgotten our buddy and shipmate Larry Kovacik and his wife Marion, and then a newcomer but old buddy, Richard Shimer and his wife Lois. Welcome Aboard! They live up the road a piece!
We took time to remember Carl Francis, Robert Zurcher, Robert Brandt who passed in 2002, Robert Burgess, Joseph McWhorter who passed in 2003.
Fair Winds and
We missed the one & only John & Barbara Roulet, he was recouping from an operation. You can bet he will be back next year, God speed!
We sat and reminisced about our great Navy Life on Wednesday evening. Thursday we went on the trolley and saw the beautiful town of
Friday was an off day, what you want to do day! Being bad weather there was no golf so we watched the tape of our 1984 reunion. Harold Lapham was the host at his farm in
Saturday, we ventured to the
9 roller coasters and one more being built. We did not ride but Betty did. Oh well, some are braver than others. We older ones walked and took low flying rides. We were young once-upon-a-time!
The age guesser missed my age by 15 years! Wow, made me feel good. We were there five hours, that's a record.
Rushed home to dress for our farewell banquet, a few went to church.
The Banquet Room was lovely and we had the pleasure of Betty playing the violin and Nadine, Avis & Mary sang a Navy Prayer. Very beautiful, thanks gals. Our business meeting was held and one great guy Ernie Winders took the challenge. We will have it one more time in
Bob Kline had the local TV channel ABC arrived at and we were on the news. Really great and another first for us!
Sunday we were off to the hospitality room for sad but necessary goodbyes for some who leave early.
My personal thanks to a great bunch for letting me be part of the Might Bangust. I had the turnpike to myself all the way home!
God Bless You One
Edward Capraun aka Cappy
We have made arrangements to hold our Reunion this year, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Hershey area, Wednesday, September 17, through Sunday, September 21, 2003. Please look over the Card Insert supplied by the Hilton Garden Inn and note that each room is supplied with a micro-wave, refrigerator and coffe maker. The Hotel was just built in 1999, so it is still fairly new.The Hotel has shuttle service to and from the Harrisburg International Airport as well. We are planning a three-in-one deal, more on that later, so as to allow as much free time as possible, to either relax with shipmates in the hospitality room and reminence, or to visit other interesting attractions, of which there are a ton in the area. Of course, there is golf , also. Please let me know what you plan to do and send renumerations to me where applicable, and make your-reservations with the Hotel, as soon as you can as final plans must be focmulatcd as early as possible.
We are endeavoring to keep costs as low as possible so as to allow as many shipmates (widows or widowers) to attend this reunion as possible.
Robert and Mary Kline
237 Maple Avenue
Manheim PA 17545-8916
717-273-6678 Answering Machine
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