USS Charles P. Cecil DD/DDR 835

13th Annual Ship's Reunion
(Sunday, September 23rd to Friday, September 28th)
2007 Ship's Reunion
Fall River, MA

Our hosts this year are:

John and Helen Engdahl -- Telephone: 978-658-9237

Greg and Rosanne Wells -- Telephone: 405-787-0247
This year's Cecil reunion promises to be "Second To None" thanks to the efforts of shipmates John Engdahl and Greg Wells and their lovely wives Helen and Rosanne. They've done an outstanding job of planning and setting up a week's schedule of events that promise to be interesting and loads of fun for all hands who attend.

Reunion Home Port

Hampton Inn
53 Old Bedford Rd.
Westport Massachusetts 02790

[Virtual Tour]      Hotel Lobby (Breakfast Area):

[Virtual Tour]      Guest Room:

For hotel reservations call:

1-508-675-8500 or FAX: 508-675-0075
Ask for special Charles P. Cecil rates ($79 + tax)


All attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel and bus transportation reservations

FYI: Transportation from the airports call: 1-800-343-9999 for Peter Pan Bus. On line: The daily schedules and prices are listed (weekends are higher). Logan Airport is about 50 miles from Fall River; if you purchase bus tickets early by mail, there is a discount. Please also note that there is a cutoff time for the busses each evening. Be careful to arrive to catch the last bus if you are planning to use this for your transportation to the hotel.

------ Day by Day Highlights ------

Sunday September 23rd: Arrive at the Home Port

All shipmates and their guests will meet in the Hospitality Room to register and review all the information provided about the reunion activities. Dinner is on your own. The Hospitality Room will be open until 2300.
One Bridge Road, Westport, Massachusetts    .    508.936.6500

Monday September 24th: Newport .... "America's First Resort"

An overview of this exciting city-by-the-sea, rich in history and spectacular "Summer Cottages", is provided through a narrated driving tour. See stunning Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue with the homes of the rich and famous. A guided tour of the "Breakers", a mansion built for the Vandrbuilt family, is included.

In the afternoon, we'll visit the Naval War College Museum to learn about the history of naval warfare as studied at the Naval War College and the naval heritage of the Narragansett Bay region. A buffet lunch is included at the Officer's Club.

Newport Mansions

U.S. Naval War College

Tuesday September 25th: Mystic, CT and the Submarine Nautilus and Museum

This morning there will be free time in the charming village of Mystic, CT with a variety of restaurants from which to choose to have lunch on your own and time to shop.

Then we'll continue on to Groton, CT, home to the electric boat division of General Dynamics, the nation's largest submarine producer. General Dynamics built the USS Nautilus, the first atomic powered submarine, and launched it in 1954. Take a self-guided tour of the Nautilus submarine and see the torpedo room, attack center, control room and living quarters. Visit the adjacent museum to learn about the history of the submarine.

Mystic Seaport

        Mystic Seaport in Connecticut

Nautilus Museum

        USS Nautilus SSN(571)

Wednesday September 26th: Battleship Cove and Whaling Museum

Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts has the country's most complete collection of American World War II Navy ships including "Big Mamie", the Battleship USS Massachusetts, the submarine Lionfish, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, a landing craft, and two PT boats. Enjoy a buffet luncheon in the nostalgic atmosphere of the Officer's Wardroom aboard the battleship.

In the afternoon, we'll visit the Whaling Museum situated on Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford. The museum is the largest of it's kind in America with a collection of whaling tools and documents, paintings, and an authentic replica of a square rigged whaler.

Battleship Cove

        USS Massachusetts BB(59)

New Bedford Whaling Museum

        Square Rigged Whaler (model)

Thursday September 27th: Historic Boston Tour

Boston, Massachusetts, the "Birthplace of the American Revolution" abounds in history. Upon arrival in Boston, a local guide will board the bus and conduct the tour of the city. Highlights of the tour will include the Old State House, Beacon Hill, Harvard University, Boston Public Gardens, and Copley Place. A visit will be made to the U.S.S. Constitution where a Memorial Service will be held. After the tour there will be free time for lunch and shopping at the world famous Quincy Market.
Faneuil Hall - Gateway to the City

USS Constitution Web Site

USS Constitution Sea Story

Friday September 28th: Historic Providence Tour

Rhode Island's capital city is another historic gem. Enjoy a stop at an old fashioned bakery on Federal Hill, the Italian section of Providence, for refreshments and a tour. Started as a family business in 1916, the retail store has original art-deco features and the brick ovens dating to the 1920's are still in use. Travel down Benefit Street's "Mile of History" and view America's most impressive concentration of colonial homes. Tour the oldest Baptist Church in America and the magnificent Rhode Island State House.
City of Providence Web Site

     City of Providence Skyline

Saturday September 29th: Breakfast with Shipmates Before Heading Home

All good things must come to an end. After checking out and paying for all that fun we enjoyed together, shipmates can gather to say their final goodbyes until we meet again next year in Pensacola, FL. The Good Lord willing.

Registration Form & Reunion Schedule of Events (POD)

Yes, I'm coming to Fall River

The following list contains the names of folks who plan to attend Reunion 2007 in Fall River. If you plan to attend, please Email your name and date of arrival to Ed Crowley     If your name appears on this list it may just encourage some of your old shipmates to attend and renew old friendships.

The following list of names was provided by Tom Guiffrida, the Cecil Association Treasurer, and indicates they have returned their Registration Forms and will attend the reunion.

Bob Ahrens, Ensign ---- MI
Ed Aldrich, ETCS ---- RI
Joe Baluch, SN ---- TX
Joe Baker, SN ---- FL
Rich Belshaw ---- WI
Jerry Berard ---- TX
Victor Brady, RD2 ---- LA
Warren Brandt, RM3 ---- NY
R. Broussard, EN ---- LA
M. Brousseau, GMG3 ---- MA
Frank Carroll, BMSN ---- NY
Al Chlapowski, SO2 ---- MA
Ed Crowley, ET1 ---- NH
Francis Cullen, RD3 ---- MA
Jim Ellsworth, RD3 ---- MA
John Engdahl, SN ---- MA
Bill Foley, BM3 ---- MA
Ruth Foster ---- MS
Dick Gallo, DK3 ---- NJ
Tom Guiffrida, YN3 ---- NY
Dale Halvorson, ET2 ---- MN
Robert, Hammond, RM3 ---- PA
Clyde Hancock, WT3 ---- TX
Rowland Hoke, GMG32 ---- MD
Mike Howard, FTG3 ---- NJ
Timothy Huff, SN ---- NY
Larry Kesselring, RD2 ---- IL
Paul Kirkwood ---- MI
Rob Koslrud, GMC ---- IA
Howard Lapple ---- NY
George Motzer, YN2 ---- OH
John Murphy, BT3 ---- MA
Jim O'Neil, QM2 ---- NY
Ira Riley, MM2 ---- TN
Richie Roberts, MM3 ---- CT
David Schauerte, MM2 ---- MA
Dale Sheets, MM2 ---- VA
William Vernooy, EM2 ---- MD
Tony Zeoli, STG3 ---- MA
Greg Wells ---- OK