U. S. S. Bangust D E 739
23rd. Reunion Branson Mo.
17 - 21 Sept 2004
I arrived at the Lodge of the
Ozarks approx. 13 0 p m and was greeted buy Hank and Elizabeth Davis.
after checking in we
headed next door to Mickey Gilleyís Cafe for a Delicious Taco Salad
and when we returned to the Lodge they started wandering
in. Who you ask none other then that
great well whatís left of them the Big
B crew well let me tell you this mate Ernie Winders.
had some great Gal and what a job she did. to all who
have never met Nadiene Burford,
to meet her is to love her. that
my dear is from the bottom of my heart and I am sure everyone else.
she was in the Navy because it was a Job Well Done, Thanks a Million.
not only did Ernie put together a nice packet for
each in attendance but he gave each crew member a beautiful Cap with
this inscription .USS Bangust 2004 †23 reunion Branson Mo. with a nice border of our countries Flag. Thanks Ernie .
Well we did our chatting about different happenings of
course we needed refreshments.
Sat. afternoon we went to Mrs.
Dolly Partonís Dixie stampede
what a good show and they fed us just like aboard ship. but
they at least gave us a wet towel to wash our silver ware . oh did i forget it was
fingers were made before forks
ha ha what a mess and after the show we returned
for a drink at the hospitality room again well stocked,
Sunday was a free day to do
your thing and do we did well then on Mon. early we gathered
Buck Trent Show it was a
breakfast another great time but we had a
very interesting thing happen at this show . we
all remember James Freeman he was a late comer to the Big B yes he
was an Officer .
well his daughter
Betsy who has been bringing him and his wife now for several reunions
was asked to help the Fiddle players out in showing their
talent playing at any position. great but when they were done Betsy
took their Fiddle and played the same song they just finished well
Buck Trent came from behind the curtain ands said I knew it was not
one of my gang she really took them by surprise quite a gal and
of course her Hubby was there also .then we wandered off for a few
hours until the Banquet at 6 it was as always a nice no a
great affair Ernie was M C and her remembered our buddy Pat Curtis who
passed away just a week before .the Byes could not get out of Fl. the Rouletís Barbra is on
Dialysis so they could not make it and the Hansen also not able to
travel but they were all missed . and Norm Hatt got sick while he was there so he missed the banquet.
Well I am sure you all know that saying good by is never easy who knows who
or what will take place during our next year . we
have a tentative place for 2005 Newport Rhode island Marion Maloney God Bless her
I wish Icould
tell you of the great shows that we saw much thanks again to Ernie
they got so many gift cert. we
were able to win as many as 3 free shows or meals again a great time I'm
sure was had by all God Bless you All until we up Anchor next
year I think the count was 10 Crew but our guest and ladies made it
look great 25 total,