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Newport Dealeys 2002 Reunion Charleston SC

Reunion Chairman Bob Kitchen
USS Lester


Chairman Bob Kitchen


Kathy Arsenault
Next to the Charleston Old City Market


Kathy Arsenault with Mrs. Willis


Bob and Edith Kitchen with Glenn and Sue Bailey
USS Lester


Newport Dealeys Shipmates with
The replica of the Civil War Submarine
CSA H. L. Hunley 


 Bob Kitchen, Marc Arsenault and Jack Higgins


Marc Arsenault, Bob and Edith Kitchen, Chief Frank Exline 
with Richard and Roberta Marlins


John and Frances Higgins with Kathy Hoover
Aboard the USS Yorktown


Kathy Hoover with the USS Laffey


Fort Sumter
Charleston SC


John Higgins at the Boone Hall Plantation


 Bruce Shorts USS Hartley
at the head of the chow line


John and Frances Higgings with  Kathy and Dean Hoover
USS Hartley


Bob and  Jeanette Buchanan
USS Van Voorhis


Mrs. John Willis
Widow of John Harlan Willis
Name sake of the USS John Willis DE 1027


Richard and Sandee Hughes
USS Van Voorhis


USS Van Voorhis Shipmates


USS Hartley Shipmates


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Newport Dealeys
2002 Charleston Reunion Summary
Hello fellow Shipmate’s;
I am very happy to have shared the good times with you at the Charleston S.C. reunion. Boy did we have a “great one”, this was our forth reunion and they keep getting better. We had an attendance of 109 and guest. We were also once again honored to have Mrs. Wilfrey Willis with us to share memories of her husband John (name sake of the DE-1027) and she reminded us that we were still her boys. I guess that is a good sign “don’t fix something that has not been broken.” I can not believe that four reunions have passed by, you are one of the reasons for their success. Just keep on an ahead full speed bell into the future ones coming up. It was a pleasure to have filled in as chairman  It shows how important it is to have backup co-chairman to keep a great reunion rolling on. Both Marc Arsenault and myself shared the chairman’s duties along with the MLRS sponsors, Karen Hoyle and Karen Lane. To those who missed the memories, great sea stories that really get salty. I would like to suggest to you, there is still time to plan for the next reunion Lancaster Pa. I would with all my heart, like to thank all those who made the effort and came aboard to make this one work. They were not disappointed and went home with memories that will keep them in the mood for the next one.
 We would like to thank the two Karen’s of the Military Locators & Reunion Services for their efforts in making all the necessary arrangements to assure a Great Time. They berth us aboard the Charleston Airport, Hotel Radisson as our headquarters for a wonderful time. We had a busy schedule of trips around the Charleston area there were many Highlights Boone Hall Plantation and the Old City Market. It also revived some memories for those who served on ships that were based in the Navy Yard. The USS Lester DE-1022 was commissioned there in 1957. Another trip covered Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. We went aboard the famous Aircraft Carrier World War II fighting lady USS Yorktown (CV-10) other ships USS Laffey (DD-724), the submarine Clamagore (SS-343) and other ships that served during WW II. We concluded the trip with a cruise on the General Beauregard for a tour of the Charleston harbor and a visit to Fort Sumter. With your support, the Newport Dealey’s Reunion should be around for a long time. Our goal is to locate all our fellow shipmates. The reunion for the year 2003 is in planning stage. It will be in Lancaster Pa. In mid September and chaired by Bob Kitchen assisted by co-chairman Charles Holzschuh.
From Our House to your House have a Merry, Healthy Holiday Season & a Happy New Year.
Bob (“Kitch”) Kitchen,
Reunion Chairman


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