Summary of the 2016 Pompon Reunion by Bill Davy
Hurricane Mathew had just past through the East Coast over the weekend. Virginia Beach had heavy rains and some flooding. The Comfort Suites hotel manager said they had water in many of the rooms and had dried them out by Tuesday. Even the Penthouse, our hospitality room had water either wind driven and/or just plain heavy rain.
Not much accomplished Thursday, however, there was a great deal of socializing over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A few new sea stories and a couple of old ones like the Errol Flynn fiasco. For supper, most of us ate at a place named Shuckers Cafe & Raw Bar on Pacific Avenue which was within easy walking distance, about a block away from the hotel. The food was very good and reasonable. Some stayed up late and others went to bed early.
Friday, some of us walked the Virginia Beach Boardwalk while others ventured off on their own to Norfolk, Williamsburg, the aquarium and/or other museums. That evening, instead of a formal banquet, we dined at Lynnhaven Fish House & Pier Cafe on Shore Drive and Starfish Road along highway 60. Everyone ordered from the menu and paid for their own drinks and meals. It sure beats making a commitment for a catered banquet for 40 people and only 30 attend.
Saturday, a large group of us car pooled to downtown Norfolk to sign on for a river cruise. Didn’t know that there was also a wine fest and road construction downtown. But we didn’t miss movement. For those of you familiar with East Main Street back in the 1950s, it is all changed now. A tour guide said she was asked about all the girls who worked the street and where were they now. She said the girls saved the money from the sailors and opened the big banks. The tour boat was tied across the slip from the battleship, USS Wisconsin. The narrator for the tour was very knowledgable. As we passed the Norfolk Naval Base, he described the newest ships their compliment and armament. The latest attack submarine, the USS John Warner was tied up at the submarine piers. If we did a tour on the base, we could not have taken any photos. But the river tour gave us a close-up look and unlimited photo opportunities.
Had enough cheese/crackers, fruit, veggies, chips, cookies and beverages to make up a meal, so some didn’t go out to eat Saturday evening. Afterwards, Rev. Peters said Mass and held communion for the Catholic contingency. Immediately afterwards, we discussed the location for the next reunion. Philadelphia was selected and Carol Principe volunteered to find a suitable hotel. Thank you Carol. Everyone agreed that autumn was the best time.
Following the brief meeting, we had our raffle. We garnered $250 thanks to all who bought tickets and especially everyone who brought raffle items.
Thank you John and Bonnie Murphy for your leadership role and agreeing to continue. Dick Welker also deserves a round of thanks since he made the hotel arrangements and scouted for restaurants that would accommodate our large group. We’re sure his cousin Anna who lives in Virginia Beach had a hand in helping h
On a sad note we extend our condolences to Jim Grady and his family on the passing of his daughter Robin Krum who was a faithful attendee at so many of our reunions over the years. She will be missed by all of us.
Summary of the 2015 USS Pompon Reunion inNashville - submitted by Bill Davy
Wow! What a great reunion. John Lookabill and Judy Highberger did an outstanding job in selecting excellent accommodations near several restaurants and the Opryland Hotel within walking distance. For daytime activities, many used the shuttle service to downtown Nashville. The primary section is a two block stretch on Broadway. In a way, its a modern day version of East Main Street in Norfolk with one bar after another. They want you to come in for a beer, but the big attraction is the country wannabe singers. Roberts Traditional Country was one of the favorite places of entertainment. The “lady in the red dress” Eileen Rose of “Boston” with the Silver Threads and Mike Oldham of the Tone Rangers were especially good. Besides Broadway, there were several museums such as Johnny Cash, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium. Not enough time to see all the attractions. But for the 50 plus number of people attending the reunion, one of the highlights was the Grand Ole Opry Theater on Friday evening. A bus shuttled all of us from the hotel to the theater and back to the hotel after the program. Not once, but twice the Pompon was recognized by the MC. The second time, he gave a very brief history of the Pompon and its accomplishments. Now mind you, the Grand Ole Opry program is on live radio WSM 650 AM “world wide” every Friday evening for two hours. Such a fine tribute to the men of the Pompon. We sat through a few commercials, but sandwiched in between was the entertainment for the evening; the Wilson Family, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Jensen, Brad Paisley, Connie Smith, Charlie Daniels, the Gatlin brothers, and Jeannie Seeley. The next morning in the hotel lobby was Joan Dobson’s friend and high school classmate, Tom Young. He was visiting the area since he likes to play and sing country. She did not know he was going to be in our hotel. He sang for about a half hour in the hotel lobby for quite a few listeners. No charges or tips. On Saturday evening, we all gathered at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, again within walking distance. After the meal, the Pompon was recognized by the management. John Murphy was invited to speak about the Pompon and he made an excellent statement. Of course here as well as at the Opry, the people stood and clapped their hands in gratitude. The entertainment (remember this is country music} followed and was very good especially since we were up close to the performers. The finale was “The Fiddle Man” named Tim Watson who was also quite the comedian. Hey, “sixty dollars is sixty dollars.” After returning to the hotel and the hospitality room, the bell was tolled by Pompon WW II veteran John Hoppes for shipmates who went on eternal patrol since the last reunion. It was a special honor to have John in our presence. Reverend Peters then followed by remembering the passing of our shipmates. Next on our agenda was the auction of handmade items donated by crew, family and friends. The auction was conducted similar to a 50-50. You buy a ticket for $10 and a number is drawn from the hat for the item that was picked from the table. Mary, John Hobbes daughter holds up one of Rev. Peters hand made aprons. The auction produced about $370. A deserved THANK YOU to all the donors. The final issue to be discussed was the 2016 reunion. The majority agreed that October 2016 at Virginia Beach would be the time and place for the next reunion. Sorry, Cleveland was ruled out. As usual each evening, we gathered around to eat snacks, drink our favorite beverages and tell sea stories. We thank Tony and Nancy Marquitz and several others for gathering and bringing together the drinks and snacks. There was enough food that we did not have to leave the hotel to eat. A big thank you to John and Bonnie Murphy for spearheading this year’s reunion and agreeing to head the committee for next year. By planning the reunions by committee, the responsibilities do not fall on one person. Thank you all. As a side note, we thank Donna Hicks, Don Lynch’s daughter, for funding our website: usspompon.com. The site allows all of our crew members, families and friends to keep up with current events and activities of the Pompon.
Robert A. Day FTC(SS) died October 18, 2015
Harry Alvey died on his 91st birthday on August 16, 2015
Bobbie Lee Campbell (Gunner) died September 1, 2014. Click on Eternal Patrol Notices in the left column to view his obituary.
Lt. Edward R. Crawfoot, US Navy, Retired, 95 passed away on March 18,2015. Click on Eternal Patrol Notices in the left column to view his obituary.
Rick Campbell our 2014 Reunion banquet guest speaker is donating a signed copy of his new book "Empire Rising", a sequel to "Trident Deception", for our 2015 reunion.
Following is his bio from Amazon. com
RICK CAMPBELL, a retired Navy Commander, spent more than twenty-five years in the Navy on multiple submarine tours, finishing his career with tours with the Naval Operations staff in the Pentagon and in the Washington Navy Yard. On his last tour, he was one of the two men whose permission is required to launch the submarine's nuclear warhead-tipped missiles. Rick lives with his wife and three children in the greater Washington D.C. area.
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info about SubCon Six Smoke Boat Sisters (SSSBS)Reunion
note from Bobby Boles
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Jack F. Renfrow died June 5, 2009
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Stanley K. Nicholls LCDR died 2/29/08. See 'Notes from you' for Stanley's obituary.
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