Members of the USS Gregory (DD-802) Association
meet approximately every 18 months to share memories
Reunion 2004 -
Reunion was held at Seattle WA from Sept. 23-25 at the Best
Western Executive Inn.
USS Gregory Association
‘04 Reunion was held September 23 - 26, 2004 in Seattle,
Washington. This reunion was held in conjunction with the
60th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Gregory,
which was built in Seattle. The weather was great and Ron
Ludolph had set up a group of tours which provided many things
for Shipmates to enjoy. One day we visited the USS Turner
Joy (DD95 1) which is a Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer which
has been restored and is located on the Bremerton waterfront.
A harbor tour was followed by a visit to the Naval Undersea
Museum in Keyport, Washington. Our transportation was by bus
and ferry, which gave us a great view of the Seattle skyline.
The next day we had a Seattle City tour, which included the
waterfront, Pioneer Square, International District, Ballard
Locks, Magnolia Bluff and Pike Place Market.
turnout for this reunion was very good and we had shipmates
from the beginning to the end, Plank Owners and men who were
aboard when she was decommissioned, plus all the years in-between.
There were shipmates who come to all the reunions and some
who were there for the first time. The hospitality room was
never without an old sailor who had a story to tell to anyone
who would listen. A good time was had by all.
general meeting was called to order by President Jerry Peterson
The minutes from the Annapolis reunion were read and accepted.
Treasurer gave his report which was followed by information
on the Ships
and the Web Site status
membership discussed what should be done with the artifacts,
currently in our possession .. Bill Laing received
the ship’s bell from the first USS Gregory which a VFW Chapter
had and did not know what to do with. He did not bring it
to the reunion as it is over 80 pounds and would cost too
much to ship. He did have some pictures of the bell for shipmates
to look at. Greg Young shared information regarding a plaque,
which was on loan to him from the Naval Museum, to be displayed
at this reunion. This plaque was on the bulkhead in the wardroom
from 1952 - 1964. A committee was formed
to investigate options for all the artifacts the Association
has. The committee members are Greg Young, Ford “Whitey” Richardson
and Bill Laing.
officers were elected and the results were President Ron Ludolph,
Secretary Bud Collier, Treasurer Bill Laing and Vice President
Ford “Whitey” Richardson.
required by the by laws the next reunion is to be .held in
the Midwest. Nominations were accepted and the winning city
was San Antonio, Texas. The reunion will be held in the spring
Your Vice President,
Ford “Whitey” Richardson, started to work on the ‘06 reunion
as soon as he got home from the Seattle reunion. It looks
like it will be held at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, which is
right downtown and close to everything. The reunion will be
sometime the middle of April 2006. When the exact dates, tours
and dinner are set, the Board will be sending out a mailing
to the membership with all the pertinent information. I know
Whitey will have some great things set up for all who attend
the reunion plus he said he has Mother Nature on his side
and she said spring of ‘06 will be the best year ever for
the “Bluebonnet Season” You know how Whitey is with the ladies!
I Again, look for reunion information in the mail just as
soon as everything is set
is a request from shipmate Ken “Willie” Williams asking any
shipmate who was at the reunion in Baton Rouge if they remember
seeing a black book belonging to him that seems to have gotten
lost. It contained information regarding the treatment of
shipmates during his time aboard the Gregory. If you remember
seeing the book or if anyone picked it up to get a good look
at it and forgot who it belonged to, please give Willie a
call as the book has a lot of memories in it for him. Thanks
for your help in finding the book and getting it back to Willie.
He can be reached by phone, the number is 973-627 -5656, or
call one of the Board members. Their names and numbers are
listed in this newsletter.
Board members are listed below:
Ludolph -- President
N. Shadow Mtn. Dr.
Surprise, AZ 85374-4949
Laing - Treasurer
Ellyn, IL 60137
“Whitey” Richardson Vice President
Havasu City, AZ 86403-
Collier - Secretary
Shawnee Mission, KS 66215
any shipmate has a question about anything to do with the
Association feel free to call any board member.
have been putting out the newsletter for the last 5 or 6 years
and I think it is time to get another person to take over
the newsletter. Someone new will have different thoughts and
ways to put it together. Change is always for the good, change
makes things better and I know there is some shipmate out
there who would like to become a writer and show what a great
job he can do. All you have to do is step forward and let
the Board know you would like to take over the newsletter.
If you have any questions about the job just call or e-mail
me for information. Phone number 503-843-3751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
& 60TH ANNIVERSARY
2003- Annapolis MD Sept 25 - 27, 2003
| The Annapolis reunion
was a great success! We had over eighty people
(40 shipmates) attend the reunion. Hurricane Isabel
hit the area a week before the reunion causing a lot
of flood damage and power outages, but like good sailors
we did not let a little weather put a damper on our
planned reunion. The only places which had some
damage which affected us were parts of the US Naval
Academy, but it did not slow us down. The tours
of downtown Annapolis and Annapolis Bay went very well
as the weather was bright and sunny. Thanks to
Jerry Peterson, the new President, some of the plank
owners were able to visit the grave site and pay their
respects to the first skipper of the "Gregory"
As always, sea stories
were told and old friends updated each other about
their lives. A great time was had by all.
Submitted by Don