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Newport Dealeys 2000 Reunion Lake George NY

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Chairman Marc Arsenault
USS Hartley / USS Lester


Reunion Chairman Marc Arsenault with
Larry Eckard of Military Locators and Reunion Services


Hospitality Room


Jim and Kay Moore
USS Van Voorhis


Bob and Edith Kitchen
USS Lester


Dean and Kathy Hoover
USS Hartley / USS Van Voorhis


Kathy and Marc Arsenault
USS Lester


Capt. Grant Walker
CO of the USS Joseph K Taussig


Mrs. Winfrey Willis with Capt.Edgar Cocke
CO of the USS John Willis


USS John Willis Shipmates


USS Hartley Shipmates


USS Lester Shipmates


USS Courtney Shipmates


 Mrs. Willis with niece Areta Childs


USS Van Voorhis Shipmates


The Lester Group


USS Joseph K Taussig Shipmates


Capt. Maury Werth
Com Cortron 14


Henry Schnare
USS Courtney


John and Donna Turner
USS Joseph K Taussig


John Turner and Mrs. Willis


Deidre and Gary Metzger
USS Hartley


Bill and Beverly Mac Donald, Talmage Murphy
and Arthur LeQuin
USS Cromwell


Glenn and Sue Bailey with Bob and Edith Kitchen
USS Lester


Marc Arsenault with
Loretta and James Cunningham and Mrs. Willis


Marc Arsenault with Ernie and Carol Pina
USS Hartley


Marc and Kathy Arsenault with
John and Patricia Ward
USS Lester


Lorretta and James Cunningham, 
Capt. Edgar and Martha Cocke and Mrs. Willis

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Newport Dealeys Chairman’s Message Reunion 2000 

Our second annual reunion was held, the last weekend in September, on the shores of Lake George at the Fort William Henry Resort. The weather in upstate NY was clear and cool to start but warmed up as the weekend progressed. We were all so involved in swapping sea stories and meeting old friends that no one really noticed.

 We conducted a business meeting on Saturday afternoon. I reopened, for discussion, the 1999 selection of Charleston SC as the location of our next reunion site in 2001. The shipmates agreed that we should put off the Charleston location until 2002. They selected Norfolk VA as the preferred location for the 2001. Bob Kitchen USS Lester 1957-59 was elected chairman for the next reunion and John Fry USS Hartley 1962-65 for the Charleston reunion in 2002.

 The shipmate response was beyond expectations as we had 148 shipmates and guest at the banquet Saturday night. All nine ships of the Cortron were represented.

 We had several distinguished shipmates speak. Capt. Grant Walker CO of the USS Joseph K Taussig DE 1030 1961-63, spoke about all the admirals that came from the DE Navy. He and Capt. Edgar Cocke CO of the USS John Willis DE 1027 1960-62, also indicated how proud they were to be back among the troops and that they considered their tour of CO as a highlight in their careers. Capt. Cocke reviewed the heroic actions of Pharmacist’s Mate First Class John Harlan Willis (the ship’s name sake) at Iwo Jima, which resulted in the award of the Medal of Honor. His widow, Mrs. Willis followed in addressing the shipmates indicating she was very pleased with our organization and from now on, we would be considered “her boys”.

 Capt. Maury Werth, Cortron 14 Commander 1958-60, who retired in 1970, provided many of us with an in-site to his 35-year career. CPO Ernie Pina, the reunion1999 chairman, read the vocation to the Significance of Remembrance Table in memory of all our fallen shipmates.

 On Sunday morning, the Rev. David Clayton  HM2 USS Cromwell 1968-70 gave the Memorial service. We departed with fall in the air under warm  and sunny skies.

Military Locators and Reunion Services of Hickory NC will continue to be our reunion organizers for 2001. As soon as the reunion dates are known ML&RS will place notices in all the military publications and Bob Kitchen will forward the dates for posting on our web site.

Thanks to my wife Kathy, the reunion 2000 page on the web site should have a set of reunion pictures posted shortly.

 I would like to take this time to express how enjoyable it has been to serve as your reunion chairman for the past year. It has put me in the position to be in contact with many of you, relive past experiences and make new friends.

When I started we had about 100 shipmates on our listing. To date the list has grown to approximately 735 and there’re coming in every day. At this rate who knows how many we’ll have by the next reunion!

I want to wish Bob the best in his new undertaking and hope that he enjoys it as much as I did. However, I’m not going very far, along with Ernie Pina, we’ll be just an email or phone call away to assist and advise Bob in anyway we can.


Thank you for all your support and keep digging up those old shipmates.

Marc Arsenault

Reunion 2000 Chairman



View of Lake George
from theFort William Henry Resort

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