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11th/12th Ship's Reunion

Well folks, now that we're back in the real world it's time to gather our thoughts and recall the events that took place in San Diego. This page is where I will publish your "memories" of the 12th Ship's Reunion. If you have any photos or human interest stories that you'd like to share with your shipmates just send it to me. Please limit your photos to 10 to keep the database manageable. Photo files are large and eat up a lot of my available disk quota on my ISP site. Captions with the photos are desirable but not mandatory.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas to all That Board"

Ed Crowley ET1, 1958-1960

"Stay tuned - More to come"

Sunday, October 15

"USS Cecil Home Port"

"Panoramic view of San Diego from the Holiday Inn (9th floor)"

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 23:00.

Monday, October 16

City tour with a Harborside luncheon

Victorian home in Coronado

Ed Crowley on the beach in Corronado

All aboard for Seaport Village

Corronado Trolly Car tour

San Diego skyline from the Corronado Bridge

Entrance to Seaport Village on the San Diego waterfront

Tony. Betty, and Jerry at Seaport Village

Scenic Aeaport Village waterfront

Famous Carrousel at Seaport Village

Harborside luncheon during San Diego city tour

Cecil crew departing the restaurant after lunch

Four-masted Schooner in San Diego Harbor

Happy hour back in the Hospitality Suite at the Holiday Inn

Tuesday, October 17

LaJolla Tour to include the Stephen Birch Aaquarium, Mt. Soledad, LaJola and another Harborside lunch

View of the Pacific Ocean from the top of Mount Soledad.

Glen Miller's granite plaque at the Mount Soledad Veteran's Memorial

Historic Christian Cross atop Mount Soledad

Entrance to the Stephen Birch Aquarium

Trapped in the mouth of a man eating shark

View of San Diego Harbor

Tom Ham's Lighthouse for lunch on the waterfront

View of the harbor with view of Coronado Bridge in the background

Inside Tom Hams Restaurant

Old sailt weighing anchor outside Tom's

All hands on board to return to the Home Port for Happy Hour

Front view of the Cecil's Home Port

Wednesday, October 18

A two hour Harbor excursion that includes a great box lunch at the Seaport Village at the end of the excursion which will include time for shopping.

Chief Kolsrud and wife Eunice relax waiting to get underway

San Diego skyline as we head out to on our harbor cruise

What a beak on that bird

Just a few seals showing off for the tourists

Autumn in California. Nothing like New England in October though.

Scenic view of the Coronado Bridge

Closeup of the bridge as we cruise beneath it.

One of many US Navy ships in port for maintenance

Hospital Ship

Auction items - view 1

Auction items - view 2

Auction items - view 3

Who said you can't have your cake and eat it too

Warren Brandt did another outstanding job as auctioneer

Thursday, October 19

Deluxe Tour of the San Diego Zoo aboard a double decker bus that includes a sky ride over the park. Lots to see - a great tour!
(Work in progress)

Friday, October 20

Memorial Service and tour of the aircraft carrier Midway Annual reunion banquet including cocktails served at the bar (at your expense)

CDR James J. Housinger, commanding officer of the USS John Paul Jones DDG53, was the guest speaker at our annual reunion banquet. Both the Cecil and the John Paul Jones were built at the Bath Maine Iron Works, the Cecil in 1945 and 48 years later the John Paul Jones in 1993. Clearly, the John Paul Jones is not your father's destroyer.

The Skipper gave an informative talk on the role of the destroyer today and how it changes daily. He provided a clear summary of his ship's advanced weapons systems and it's mission to rapidly respond to changes in strategy obviated by the war against terror. Throughout his talk, CDR Housinger continually emphasized the role of his crew and how well trained they were to meet any challenge they may be called upon to face. He left us with a comfortable feeling that today's destroyer sailors are "Second to None". Does that sound familiar?


Cecil Newsletter - 10/30/2006

Links to more photos .......

Chris Anderson Photo Collage

Diane Preston (Bob Hammond's daughter) Photo Collage

   Chris Anderson's Photo Album on Yahoo

   Greg Well's Photo Album on Yahoo

    Ed Crowley's San Diego Photo Albums on Yahoo

Day 1 Monday

Day 2 Tuesday

Day 3 Wednesday

Day 4 Thursday

Day 5 Friday

Clarence Alford and Larry Kesselring

Carol Alford and Larry&Jan Kesselring

(Work in progress)

Saturday, October 21

A great optional tour of the Lawrence Welk Resort

Eunice, Bob and Bob's cousin Carolyn Gillespie posing with Lawrence Welk

(Work in progress)