"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
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
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
(Work in progress)
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!
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?
Links to more photos .......
Ed Crowley's San Diego Photo Albums on Yahoo
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)