2015 Tacoma Reunion Special


The 2015 Sterett reunion is right around the corner.
If you’re still on the fence about attending, check out the information in this newsletter, then get registered.

If you’re not there, we’re going to talk about you!

This newsletter contains general information about what to expect at the reunion. There is no particular order in the presentation of the info. Please read through it all.
The specific information contained in previous newsletters is also included.

 

 

Why Tacoma?

At each reunion, the members nominate and vote on the location for the next Sterett reunion. At the 2013 reunion in Branson, MO, it was decided we would return to the area where the DLG/CG 31 was “born”. The general Seattle/Puget Sound area was approved as the 2015 location.
Hotel rates are the main factor in choosing a host hotel for our event. We try to find room rates that are affordable by all our shipmates. Hotels in Seattle were deemed unacceptable.

Following a fairly intense search by our reunion coordinator, Bill Mallow, it was determined the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma gave us the most reasonable rates and also had the facilities to handle our needs.

What to Expect

We will have a hospitality room open each day. The hospitality room will be used for check in, ships store sales and general assemblage.

Refreshments will be available, free of charge.

The Oak Room, located on the lower level of the hotel, has been designated as our hospitality room.

Schedule of Events

The official dates for the reunion are September 18-20. However, many shipmates arrive early. We will open the hospitality room at approximitely 1500 on Thursday, 17 September.

We believe the best thing about the Sterett reunions is just meeting up with and spending time with your old shipmates and friends. We do not schedule a lot of activities throughout the weekend so you can have plenty of time to tell those sea stories.

The following is a preliminary Plan of the Day:.

Thursday, September 17:

Early Arrivals, Meet and Greet, Free Time, Local Sightseeing

Hospitality Room opens at 1500

Check In

Refreshments Available

Elbow Rubbing

Sea Stories

Friday, September 18:
1000 - Hospitality Room opens

Refreshments Available

Check In

Meet and Greet

Refreshments Available

Ship's Store Opens

Local Attractions

Bar Operations

Saturday, September 19

0800 - Hospitality Room opens

Coffee, Breakfast rolls and refreshments available

0900 - 1130 - Association Business Meeting (Members Only)
1130 – 1700 Bus Departs for USS Turner Joy and Navy Museum
Local Sightseeing/Shopping

1745 Cash Bar Opens

1800 - Assemble for Dinner
1805 - Color Guard Presents the Colors (Tacoma HS NJROTC)
1810 - Opening Remarks/ Introductions
1820 - Invocation
1830 - Dinner
1945 - Guest Speaker
2010 - Introduction of Elected Association Officers; Remarks
2020 - Dancing, Social Time

Sunday
0800 - Hospitality Room opens

Coffee, Breakfast rolls and refreshments available

0900 - Memorial Service

Coffee, Breakfast rolls available

Refreshments Available
Bell Tolling Ceremony for DD 407 Crewmen Killed in Battle

Closing Remarks
1200 - Checkout and Departure

 

 

Reunion Hotel Reservations:
To make reservations at the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma for the Sterett reunion, you can call the hotel directly at (253) 383-0146; use menu option 6 OR call 800 642-4239 and specify event code GRYIIZ or USS Sterett Reunion.

To be guaranteed the discounted room rate of  $99.00, reservations must be made not later than August 17, 2015

Reunion Check In

As soon as possible after arriving at the hotel, stop by the hospitality room to check in.
Upon check in, you will be given name tags for you and your guests, a hat pin for your ball cap and a colored card indicating which dinner entrée you prefer at Saturday dinner. Be sure to bring the card with you to dinner and place it on the table.

You will also receive a voucher for a special gift. The gift is for each Sterett shipmate and will be redeemable at a specified time.

Kick back, have a beer or a soft drink and look around for that shipmate you’ve been anxious to catch up with. The hospitality room serves as a place to hang out when you’re not doing other things.

 

 

Ship’s Store Sales

Duffy Groener, our ship’s store custodian, will have Sterett “stuff” available for sale in the hospitality room. These items include ball caps, lighters, windbreakers, challenge coins, coffee mugs, window stickers and sew on patches.

 

 

Off Limits

The Sterett reunion is a time to reunite with shipmates and friends. It is a time to reflect back on the people who helped to make us who we are today. It is a time to remember the good times we shared in days past. It is a time to laugh at the crazy things we did when we were young and reckless.


It is not a time for airing our political differences, arguing about the state of the world today or taking up personal causes.
Please keep it civil and light hearted.

 

 

Dress Code

Casual attire throughout the weekend – wear what’s comfortable

Saturday banquet – Dressy casual:

Slacks, Dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, open-collar or polo shirt, Optional tie

 

 

Business Meeting

We will conduct our business meeting on Saturday morning.

This meeting is restricted to members in good standing (dues current).

The meeting will be conducted generally following Robert’s Rules of Order.

The following items are covered at the business meeting:
Election of new officers
The Sterett Association needs you to step up.

If our organization is to survive, we have to have the active support of our younger shipmates. With a few exceptions, the Association administration has been manned exclusively by the early DLG crew.

Sterett was in service for 27 years. If you enjoy the reunions and other aspects of the Sterett Association, then get active.

We need crewmen who served across the years of Sterett’s service life, especially during the Subic years, to step up and take a position.

Sterett Association officers are elected for a two year period.

The following positions will be elected:
President
Vice President
Secretary/Treasurer
3 Officer At Large positions
(Ships Storekeeper is a voluntary position)

 

 

2017 Reunion

The location for the 2017 Sterett reunion will be decided at the business meeting.

A few things to consider:

Sterett shipmates live from one end of the Country to the other.The reunion location has been moved around the country to accommodate shipmates that live in various places.

We’ve been to the Rockies, the mid Atlantic, the southwest coast, the gulf coast, the northeast, the northwest and sort of in the middle.

Perhaps it’s time to pay those who reside in the southeast part of the US a visit.

The location decision is up to the members but please give consideration to places like Jacksonville or Pensacola, Fl or Charleston, SC as possible locations.

We would all like the next reunion to be in our own back yard but please give some thought to other shipmates who weren’t able to make the trip to Tacoma.

For a successful reunion, we must have a Sterett shipmate in the selected area who is willing to take on the duties of Reunion Coordinator.

Other Association business as required

 

 

Free Rooms!!

All those who register before August 1st will be entered into a drawing for reimbursement of reunion fees for you and 1 guest (if applicable) and two free nights in the hotel.
Only the member/primary attendees' names will be entered. The drawing will be held before dinner Saturday evening September 19th.

 

 

Saturday Tour

The Saturday tour to the USS Turner Joy will have a special twist:

The staff at the Turner Joy will be dressed out in their pirate best and invite all guests that day to do the same... Leave your swords behind.

 

 

Who’s Going??

The following list is by no means complete.
Historically, many reunion attendees register within 4-6 weeks prior to the reunion.

This list likely represents no more than 60% of the total attendees.


For those looking for shipmates on the First Team, we anticipate at least 33 to attend.

Last Name

First Name

Hull

Hayes

Steve

DLG/CG

Norton

Randy

DLG

Jacobsmeyer

Tom

DLG

Phung

Le

CG

Groener

Duffy

DLG

Johnson

Robert

CG

Mallow

William

DLG

Kirk

Jeff

CG

Hada

Van

CG

Palenshus

Dave

CG

Ludwig

Frank

CG

Garcia

Eddie

CG

Cornforth

Mike

CG

Vogel

Mike

DLG

Bond

Charles “Doc”

CG

Sullivan

George

CO CG

McAllister

Dave

DLG

Motz

Larry

DLG

Wheeler

John

CG

Genet

Richard

CO CG

Beaulieu

Mark

CG

Thayer

Dwight

DLG

Jackson

Glenn

CG

Fox

Ed

DLG

Locke

Tom

DLG

King

John

DLG

McBrian

Wayne

DLG

Robles

Nicolas

DLG

McCullough

Henry

DD 407

Garrison

Mert

CG

Salazar

Larry

CG

Salazar

Mauricio

CG

Riley

Bruce

CG

Jimenez

Salvatore

CG

Douglas

Richard

DLG

Decastro

Ernie

CG

Flowers

Clay

CG

Bolton

Jim

CG

Hilliard

Dale

CG

Hageman

Don

CG

Known to be attending but not yet registered

Madlem

Pete

CG

Dahlke

Bill

CMC CG

Langill

Doug

CG

Wright

Wayne

CG

McGuire

Robert “Mac “

DLG

DeVinney

Lloyd

CG

 

 

The following is a repeat of the reunion information previously published:

Reunion 2015


The 2015 Sterett Reunion is destined to be a great event. Don’t miss out. Start making your plans now to be there.

If you’re not there, you will be the subject of many sea stories!

Watch the newsletters, Facebook and the Sterett web site for updated information about the reunion.

Reunion Costs:

$80 per member/primary attendee

$60 per guest

Among other things, the fee covers:

1.    Hospitality Room and Refreshments (Soda, beer, snacks; morning coffee and pastries)

2.    Association Business Meeting (Room, A/V Equip)

3.    Association Dinner Banquet (Food, DJ, Color Guard, A/V Equipment)

4.    Memorial Service (Room, A/V Equip)

5.    Bus transportation to the USS Turner Joy and Naval Museum

Annual dues for the calendar year 2014 will be included with payment of the reunion fee.

Please register as early as possible.

An accurate head count is essential in arranging the best possible reunion.

Feeling lucky??

All those who register before August 1st will be entered into a drawing for reimbursement of reunion fees for you and 1 guest (if applicable) and two free nights in the hotel.
Only the member/primary attendees' names will be entered. The drawing will be held before dinner Saturday evening September 19th.
Help us put on a great, memorable reunion by registering at http://www.sterett.net/Reunions/2015-Reunion.html…. Mail in registrations must be postmarked before August 1st.

                                               

Hotel Information    

La Quinta Inn
1425 East 27th St
Tacoma, WA 98421-2200

Rooms will be available for $99.00.

Reunion Hotel Reservations:
To make reservations at the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma for the Sterett reunion, you can call the hotel directly at (253) 383-0146; use menu option 6 OR call 800 642-4239 and specify event code GRYIIZ or USS Sterett Reunion.

To be guaranteed the discounted room rate of  $99.00, reservations must be made not later than August 17, 2015

General Hotel Information: http://www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ685&propId=685

This will be our anchor hotel where Reunion functions are to be held.

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Travel to Tacoma 

If you’re flying to Tacoma, be sure to make your reservations as early as possible to get the best rates.

The destination airport for Tacoma, WA is the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac).

All major US air carriers and many international airlines fly in and out of SeaTac.

See http://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac/Flights-Airlines/Airlines/Pages/default.aspx for specific airline information servicing SeaTac.

The La Quinta Inn is approximately 23 miles (25 mins) from SeaTac via I-5.

There are many types of transportation to and from the airport, including Buses, Shuttles and Courtesy vans. The La Quinta Inn does not provide shuttle service.

Shuttles:

Shuttle Express
(425) 981-7000

Capital Aeroporter
Seattle: 206-244-0011
Olympia: 360-754-7113
Tacoma: 253 927-6179
Outside Western WA: 1-800-962-3579

Taxis:
Yellow Cab
Available on the third floor of the parking garage. Sedans and large vans are available.

Call (206) 622-6500 or you can also visit their website at www.yellowtaxi.net

Car Rentals:
Like many major airports, the SeaTac car rental facilities are located away from the main terminal.

Upon arrival at Sea-Tac Airport. after picking up your checked baggage:
Exit the sliding glass doors near carousel #1 or #15 and walk to one of the two designated shuttle bus pick-up areas.
Shuttle buses depart frequently for the rental car facility.


If you are returning a vehicle, take SR518 and follow signs for the Rental Car Facility.

Driving:
For those driving to the reunion, use the following directions to the hotel once in the general area.

Driving Directions from the North:
Head south on I-5 to Tacoma. Take exit 135, Portland Avenue exit. Go straight ahead 2 blocks, across Portland Avenue. The hotel is on your right.

Driving Directions from the East: I-5 S-bound: exit 135-Portland Ave.: I-5 N-bound: exit 134-Portland Ave., turn left.

Driving Directions from the South: Head north on I-5. Take exit 134, Portland Avenue exit. Turn left onto Portland Avenue. Turn left onto 27th Street. The hotel is on your right.

Driving Directions from the West: I-5 S-bound: exit 135-Portland Ave.: I-5 N-bound: exit 134-Portland Ave., turn left.

Saturday Tour

Saturday Afternoon Group Tour to the USS Turner Joy and the Puget Sound Navy Museum

Our group tour will depart by bus at approximately 11:30 from the La Quinta Inn for a drive to Bremerton and the USS Turner Joy Museum Ship.

The USS Turner Joy (DD-951), famed Navy destroyer from the Vietnam War, is now maintained and administered by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association. The museum ship and memorial honors not only the men and women of our modern US Navy, but also recognizes the accomplishments of those who help build and maintain the Navy's ships as well. An active and educational facility makes the USS Turner Joy a unique and lasting legacy to Puget Sound's maritime heritage.

Sterett and Turner Joy are forever linked in a incident that is less known than the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
In June 1982, Sterett, in company with Turner Joy and Lynde McCormick were making a transit from Thailand to Subic Bay following Exercise Cobra Gold. As they traveled around the southern Vietnamese island of Con Son, they took machine gun fire from a small boat. One round struck the Turner Joy and penetrated the superstructure. Lynde McCormick fired some 50cal rounds over the boats and Sterett fired a couple of illumination rounds. The ships remained in the area overnight until first light determined the boat that fired was an alleged “fishing boat” and posed little threat.
http://www.ussturnerjoy.org/

Following the tour of the USS Turner Joy, we will travel a short distance to the Puget Sound Navy Museum.

The Puget Sound Navy Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest from 1840 to the present for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and the people of the United States.
Beginning with approximately 600 objects, the Museum's collection now numbers more than 18,000. Building 50 provides the Museum with 7,909 square feet of exhibition space and 4,392 square feet of collections storage.

http://www.pugetsoundnavymuseum.org/

Tour Fees:
The Association will provide bus transportation.

Admission to the USS Turner Joy Museum is $10 prepaid. The fee can be paid as part of the reunion registration process.

There is no admission fee for the Puget Sound Navy Museum.

Tour sign up must be completed during the reunion registration. We apologize for this inconvenience but we must avoid the situation we had in Branson with late sign ups which compromised our tour bus arrangements.

Saturday Lunch:
A box lunch will be provided by the Association.
The time and location for lunch will be determined based on weather and time available.

Things To Do

The Tacoma, Seattle and Puget Sound area abounds with interesting things to do and see.

We encourage all our reunion guests to arrive early and stay beyond the reunion to take advantage of all the area offers.

A few suggestions:

American Car Museum http://www.lemaymuseum.org/

Tacoma Art Museum http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Museum of Glass http://museumofglass.org/

Pike's Place Market  http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/

Seattle Space Needle http://www.spaceneedle.com/home/

Center for Wooden Boats http://cwb.org/

Museum of Flight http://www.museumofflight.org/

Gig Harbor - Discovered in 1840 and incorporated in 1946, Gig Harbor is one of the most picturesque small cities in America. It is located on Gig Harbor Bay in Puget Sound across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma. http://www.cityofgigharbor.net/

Whale Watching – there are a number of whale watching tours available, both from the US and the Canadian side. Be sure to have a valid passport if you plan to cross the border.

Washington State Ferry:
The Washington State Department of Transportation runs numerous ferry routes around the Puget Sound area. Looking for a leisurely way to spend a few hours?
Check it out at
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

The Washington State Department of Transportation also hosts a great web site for general tourist information.
See: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/visitorscenter/tourist_info.htm

This article from 2013 lists the 25 most attractive tourist attractions in Washington (according to the source):

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2013/08/23/the-list-top-tourist-attractions-in.html?page=all

Reunion Registration

Please register as early as possible.

An accurate head count is essential in arranging the best possible reunion.

Reunion Registration is available on-line at:
2015-Reunion Registration

A Mail in registration form is available at
Reunion-Mail-In-Registration.pdf

For the Sterett Association:

Steve Hayes