Fifth Reunion of the USS Plymouth Rock
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We assembled for our fifth ships reunion in
Branson, Missouri. The reunion coordinators for the 2004 ships reunion included Norm
Jepson and Richard Mathis, who both did a fantastic job. Thanks to both of
you. We had 82 people in attendance, of which 40+ were shipmates.
Group photo of shipmates at the 2004 ships reunion
We began arriving in Branson, MO at Lodge of the Ozarks on September 8, 2004. Most of us after checking in ended up at the reception room were we met old buddies and had a few drinks.
|Paul Mohawk making a point||Telling sea stories|
Norm and Rich registering Shorty Cyr
On Thursday, September 9, in the morning we went to see Mickey Gilley perform. Being a Mickey Gilley fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Joey Riley was definitely hilarious. The afternoon found many at the 50's at the Hop performance.
|Mickey Gilley||Katie Lynn, one of the Urbanettes|
On Friday, September 10, we journeyed to the paddlewheeler Branson Belle on Table Rock Lake. Prior to dinner and a show, we all gathered to lay a Commerative Wreath for all our deceased shipmates. President Tom Wagner read the names of all known deceased shipmates. In the evening many attended the Moe Bandy show.
|Color Guard at wreath laying ceremony||President Tom Wagner reading names of deceased shipmates|
|A couple of Southern Belles||The paddlewheeler Branson Belle|
On Saturday, September 11, we held the business meeting, officers were nominated and elected. Various reports were given and it was decided that the next reunion would be held in the Mystic/New London, CT area in late September or early October, 2006. In the afternoon, many of us attended the Joey Riley performance and we were again not disappointed. Saturday evening we attended the banquet at the Lodge of the Ozarks. Chief Andy Monsees was our guest speaker, who spoke on the changes in the new Navy.
|Joey Riley, aka Willie Nelson||Joey and a member of the band working the fiddles|
Norm Jepson at the center of it all.
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