Seventh Reunion of the USS Plymouth Rock
St Louis, MO
September 18-20

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Reunion Review

Bill Provencal, Ships Secretary

The St Louis  Reunion is now past and all the planning over.  David and Rhonda Dortch and Roger Lamay did a first rate job making sure we all had a memorable reunion. The trips, the memorial service, the hotel and the organization was superb.  We are very grateful for their efforts in providing a venue for us to meet once again and renew and make new friendships. There were 47 shipmates and guests present and I would like to print their names as well as guests giving them a special thank you!  I hope that those attending will meet with us in Charleston, SC in 2010.

BTC Harry and Jeanne Andersen, 1968-70, Waukeegan, IL Priscila Balf and James Doebler,  Beachwood, NJ
EM3 Glenn and Jane Bentheimer, 1963-66, Jefferson, WI BMSN George Bierce and Lisa Peterson, 1970-73
EMFN Thomas and Elaine Brunton, 1960-62, Jarales, NM EN3 Stephen and Wanda Cummings, 1966-68, Mt. Vernon, IN
MS1 Martin Crowl, 1978-82, Corinth, NY BM3 Dennis (Short) and Joyce Cyr, 1968-72, Waterbury, CT
BT2 David and Rhonda Dortch, 1971-74, Paragould, AR Marguerite Eldridge, Springfield, VA
BT2 Frank and Crystal Formaro, 1959-62, Indianola, IA Mary Forton, Suttons Bay, MI
EN3 James and Cindy Freeman, 1965-69, Michigan City, IN Cdr. Gerald and Betty Jo Guertin, 1975-77, Pensacola, FL
BTC Richard and Hazel Hopper, 1954-60, Greenville, OH BM3 Seeley and Bernadette Jennings, 1964-67, Stratford, CT
RM3 Roger and Ellen Lamay, 1968-69, Brushton, NY EN3 Ron and Donna Miller, 1957-59, Havre, MT
MM3 Paul and Sharyl Mohawk, 1960-62, Ft. Worth, TX PN2 Bill and Linda Provencal, 1957-59, Pittsfield, NH
MS1 Wade McCully, 1976-81, Cheswick, PA SH3 John and Kay Reed, 1959-63, Boothwyn, PA
EM2 Bill and Mary Ann Scott, 1960-62, Fairhope, AL RD3 John Stull, 1957-60, Riverview, FL
MM2 Jerry Tacinelli, 1971-75, Rockfall, CT YN3 Tom and Jackie Wagner, 1958-60, Lawrenceburg, IN
MM2 David Whittle, 1973-76, St. Genevieve, MO

The USS Plymouth Rock 2008 Reunion

Held in St. Louis, MO— September  18-20

Day 1-Thursday, September 25

We began registering shipmates in the Hospitality Room.  Beer was acquired and we began to visit with old and new shipmates.  As usual sea stories enhanced as they were, were swapped.  We met at 5pm for a wine and cheese get together and free drinks courtesy of the hotel.  We then enjoyed a great meal and visited with shipmates.  President Tom Wagner informed us as to what we would be doing on Friday and Saturday.  After the meal, it was back to the Reception Room for a few more beers and talk.

Day 2-Friday, September 26

We assembled in the hotel lobby and set off in the bus for a tour of St. Louis and a visit to the Anheuser Busch brewery.  We were met at the gate by Ben Britt, a former P Rocker and A.B. Corporate Safety and Rick Manager.  We immediately went to the stables of the famous Clydesdale Horses and a visit with "Jake".  My wife was amazed about how meticulously clean the stables were.  As we toured the other buildings (mash house, holding tanks, bottling works) many of us were amazed by all of the flowers that graced the walkways.  We eventually reached the Hospitality Room, where we were afforded the opportunity to sample the many delightful brews.  After lunch, we regrouped to visit Gateway National Park, home of the famous Gateway Arch.  Some visited the many exhibits and others took the "little" elevator to the top of the arch and the fantastic view of St. Louis and the Mississippi River below.  We then re-boarded the bus for an additional city tour of beautiful St. Louis, we then and visited The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.  In the Cathedral there are over 83,000 square feet of mosaic art.  The mosaics were created with over 11,500,000 pieces of glass tessare in more that 8,000 shades of color.  This is truly a magnificent piece of art.

Day 3-Saturday, September 27

Day 3 found us on our way to Jefferson Barracks which in 1843 was the largest US Military Post home to many former generals, including Jefferson Davis, Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, William Sherman, Phillip Sheridan, Dwight Eisenhower and others.  We had a short drive through the grounds and then visited the Powder Museum Magazine which was built in 1857 for the storage of rifles, cannons and gun powder.  It is now a Museum housing artifacts of all major wars.  We then journeyed to the Base Chapel where a ceremony  was conducted for all of our fallen shipmates.  We then returned to St. Louis and visited the Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum where we were able to view their collection of military items depicting St. Louis patriotic and active military involvement from 1800 to the present.  Later in the evening we all sat down for our farewell banquet.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Mr. Armando De La Garza of the VA, where as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist he specializes in treating combat related stress reactions such as PTSD and other mental health issues that stem from combat trauma.

Scenes from inside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

President Tom Wagner and Jim Freeman in the Reception Room at A.B.

Shorty Cyr and Jim Freeman in their traditional reunion picture

Paul and Cheryl Mohawk in the stable with Jake

View of St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch

Busch stadium from the top of the Gateway Arch

Riverboat on the Mississippi River from the Top of the Arch

The Ships Banquet, the Paul Mohawk table

The Wine and Cheese Get Together

Tom Wagner, Paul Mohawk and John Stull, Shorty Cyr in foreground

Harry Andersen making a point.

Shipmates in the Reception Room