Our Portland reunion was a great success with a record turnout.
We had 109 members attending, 185 total with 27 first time
attendees. The hotel was excellent, especially our hospitality
suite, 2650 sq. ft. with a large deck outside overlooking
the Columbia River.
The weather could have been a little better but was not
really that bad. We had four regular attendees who had to
cancel out at the last minute due to medical reasons and
an auto accident. Capt. Jack O'Neill & Bertha, Warren
& Virginia Messick, Tony & Mary Allou and Henry
and Phyllis Winstead. They were very disappointed in not
being able to attend but expressed their gratitude and thanks
to everyone for the cards they received signed by everyone
at the reunion.
Capt. Donavan (c/o of parks 68-71) of Pensacola Fl. had
a tree fall across his house, and Hugh Webb (70-71) of Navarre,
Fl had his house flooded plus other damage so they were
unable to attend.
Capt. Eugene Erner (last c/o of parks 1972-73) attended
his first reunion in Portland. He has donated the final
battle ensign that was flown on the parks in her last combat
action. This will be displayed in our hospitality suite
at all future reunions. Our thanks to Capt. Erner and we
look forward to seeing you again at our reunions.
Tom Wyatt and myself (Robby) will be going to Branson, MO.
and Kentucky sometime in Jan. to set up next year's reunion,
I will notify everyone with the dates as soon as we know.
Also we'll be having our mini-reunion in San Diego again
probably in April 05, I will notify everyone in or near
San Diego once we establish a date. If you live out of the
area and can attend please contact me in early march.
For the raffle 4 people who could not attend sent raffle
items, we really appreciate your support of our raffle.
The money raised at our raffle provides all the extras we
have at the reunion. (Gifts for the ladies, bag tags, hatpins,
cake and coffee on Friday evening etc.)
Clyde Williams (RD2 57-61) was elected as "Master At
Arms" to replace Art Nokes who passed away in Jan.
04. It was also voted to retain the current committee members
for another year.
I have some extra reunion memory books from Orlando, FL.
2000, Baton Rouge, LA 2002, and Charleston S.C. 2003, $25.00
each, also have the golf shirts $20.00, Caps $10.00, F.B.
Parks patches $5.00, Pins & Key Chains $2.00. Shirts
are navy blue or white please state size and color for shirts,
there is a $3.00 shipping charge for any one item or combination
Please send any pictures taken at the reunion to Anthony
Allou for possible inclusion in our reunion memory book.
Last year Tony put together an excellent 41 page book so
give him plenty of pictures to select from. Tony's address
2609 Wesnley Drive
Charlotte N.C. 28210
to visit our website at: (www,ussfloydbparks.org). Sam Villa,
our Webmaster, is doing an excellent job and is continually
adding new material.
Just received word that our shipmate Russell Bower a plankowner
passed away 12 Oct. after and extended illness. Russell
attended 7 of our 12 reunions.
We really appreciate the support of our plankowners; we
have had 15 to 25 plankowners at each reunion. We especially
appreciate the efforts of Bob Crosby who puts out a plankowners
newsletter and keeps everyone informed and in contact with
Had a request from Eric Spurbeck whose father Lloyd Spurbeck
a GM3 served on the parks 49-50. He would like any info
or pictures of his dad.
I have a photo album from Joseph Rogers, which was donated
to the Association by Elva Rogers that contained 10 good
pictures of Spurbeck. I sent them to Eric. If you have any
info or pictures you would like to send Eric please let
If we don't have your e-mail address or if yours has changed
please notify Sue Birdsong at:
We sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed the reunion, especially
the first time attendees! We would appreciate any comments
or suggestions on how we can improve the reunions.
Take care, stay healthy and keep in touch.
Tom, Bill, & Robby
Hope that everyone has a safe return from Portland. As I
reflect back on the reunion, again Robby and his crew did
an excellent job planning the activities during the week
and the banquet was again a great success. Also, I would
like to say a special thank you to all who donated items
for the raffle on Sunday night.
This year we had 27 new members in attendance and approximately
109 members in total attendance. Every year our new members
increase and this is a good sign for our future reunions.
Last Sunday I received this poem from a church member and
decided to share it with you. A friend sent the poem to
him, and the author is unknown.
I got up early one morning,
And rushed right into the day,
I had so much to accomplish that
I didn't have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me
And heavier came each task;
"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered He
said "But you didn't ask."
I wanted to see joy and beauty but the day Toiled
on gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn't show me
He said " But you didn't seek."
I tried to come into God's presence;
I used all my keys at the lock,
God gently and lovingly chided,
"My child, you didn't knock"
I woke up early one morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.
as we approach the upcoming season of Thanksgiving, I hope
that everyone will stop and reflect on the many blessings
we have been given. Also, remember our troops across our
nation and their families.
Herman W. Carter