Be on the lookout
for your Charleston Reunion Registration Kit.
September 29 - October 3, 2004
The mailing of our registration kit
is scheduled for the week of May 15. If my math is correct, from
today, we have approximately 140 days before we ship out to Charleston
for another exciting reunion. I am truly excited about meeting
the shipmates who will be attending our reunion for the first
time and to once again enjoy the camaraderie of everyone that
has had the opportunity to be with us at our previous events.
So ship over for an extended tour of duty and plan to take this
cruise down memory lane. This is truly the time to share your
wonderful sea stories of yester-year with the wonderful crew
of the USS Perry who are anxiously awaiting to hear those sea
Having had so wonderful a reunion in
Branson, its no surprise excitement for this reunion is very
high. During the past months we have had numerous inquires about
our reunion registration. One of our association members is actually
registered and paid up. He and his family will be traveling and
didn't want to risk missing out on receiving our registration
kit. If you are also anxious about our reunion registration,
our reunion registration forms and itinerary etc. can be viewed
by going to our website www.ussperry.com and then clicking the reunion program and
events button and then clicking the Charleston button.
Please remember to bring your scrapbooks,
pictures and memorabilia for everyone to enjoy. Special Memorabilia
Tables will be setup to display your treasured pictures, scrapbooks
and other artifacts. The Hospitality Room will be open upon your
arrival to receive your displays for the rest of us to enjoy.
As always, we will have our SHOW 'N
TELL at our hospitality room. Everyone is encouraged to share
a story that may make us laugh or maybe sad.
Any questions or suggestion should be directed
to "Steve Silk"
We presently have blocked out 60 rooms at the Clarion Hotel for
this reunion. If reservations are made early and we find we need
more rooms we should be able to reserve additional rooms. We
should also be able make adjustments for our bus tours given
ample time. So please register as early as possible so we may
be able to accommodate everyone.
If you have not already done so please email your complete US
Postal Address to:
Something for you and your family
from Fred and June Kragler
I said a prayer for you today and I
know God must have heard, I heard the answer in my heart although
he spoke no word. I didn't ask for wealth or fame. I knew you
wouldn't mind, I asked him to send treasure of a far more lasting
kind. I ask that he be near you at the start of each new day.
To grant you health and blessings and friends to share the way.
I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small.
But it was for his loving care I prayed for most of all.
A Bit of Humor
Transcript of the actual radio conversation
of a us naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of
Canadians: This is a lighthouse.
Canadian: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to
avoid a collision. Americans: Recommend you divert your course
15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision. Canadians: Negative.
You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to
avoid a collision. Americans: This is the captain of a US Navy
ship. I say again, divert your course. Canadians: No. I say again,
you must divert your course. Americans: This is the aircraft
carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States
Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three
cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change
your course 15 degrees north, I say again, that's one five degrees
north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety
of this ship.
A bit of Prayer and Humor
go hand in hand in these troubled times.
Often times when we look back and reflect
upon the things we did we wish we had a photo to share that special
time with friends and family. In this regard, Jill Norman of
Photography.com would like to help
us capture some special moments at our Luau party and Patriots
Point Memorial Service. Should you have an interest in this service
please indicate your interest with an email reply to Jill@PlantationPhotography.com
From: Jill Norman
Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 9:28 AM
Subject: Memory Book Promo
Jill and Curt Norman will be photographing
the USS Perry reunion with the goal of creating a keepsake Reunion
Memory Book. This full-color 12-page book will include photos
of Wednesday September 29ths Get Acquainted Dinner
Party. Exotic Hawaiian Luau and Hula Dancer Show and Thursday
September 30ths Patriots Point Tour. Scenic photographs
of Charleston and ship memorabilia will be also be included.
The Memory Book will feature portraits of attending shipmates/couples,
children of members, and guests. Memory book portraits will be
taken September 29th just before the Luau at 6 P.M. Please be
prompt because we want everyones portrait to be included
in the memory book. Having your portrait taken does not obligate
you to purchase anything. Orders for the memory book and portraits
may be placed at the LUAU. Payments will be collected by the
photographers at the LUAU, and orders will be shipped directly
to customers. Please note that a total of 30 Memory Books must
be ordered in order for the books to be produced. The cost per
Memory Books is $30. Portraits sell for $10 per 5x7; $20 per
A group photo is scheduled for 9:45
AM September 30th prior to the Memorial Service at Patriots Point.
The photo will be taken on the main flight deck. Orders for Group
photos must be placed prior to the Patriots Point tour. Group
photo order forms will be mailed out prior to the reunion. Group
photos will be delivered before your departure from Charleston.
Photographers Jill and Curt Norman
come highly recommended. (See the email below)
From: Ray and Carmen Miehe - To: Jill
Norman Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2004 10:24 AM
Re: Reunion Photos
Thank you so much for the great photos
from the USS Kitkun Bay Reunion, we received them yesterday afternoon.
The group photo of the members at poolside was excellent, as
were all the others!
If you ever need recommendation, etc.
for your photography, feel free to use our reunion experience
with you, we'll recommend you any time and vouch for your expert
Our best to you and family, Ray and
Carmen Miehe , Charleston SC
Gone but not forgtten
James C. Kirby 63, supervisor for a meter manufacturing co..Died
Saturday Dec. 27 2003. A native of Carrollton, Ohio,he came here
from Uniontown, Ohio in 1972 .Mr. Kirby served in the U S NAVY
aboard the USS PERRY DD 844 during the Vietnam war and the bay
of pigs invasion. He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife,Ester M. Kirby,Anthony;mother,Beulah
Hutchinson,Ocala;son,Greg Kirby, Canton, Ohio; daughters, Lori
Kirby,Canton,Ohio,Vicki Coffee,Anthony,and Cindy Schrock,Houston;and
Mr. Kirby is buried at the veteran memorial park,Highland of
Ocala Fl. Memorial contributions may be made to, Gallican Children's
Home, P. O. Box 880, Liberty,KY. 42539
reported by Lloyd Granaas MM2
Please extend this reunion invitation
to your family members and friends. The more the merrier! This
may be a perfect opportunity to rendezvous with the friends and
family you may not see on a regular basis. Charleston is a beautiful
and charming city with a great Naval tradition.
Stay well and God bless you all.
See you in Charleston for a cruise down memory