USS Hudson (DD475)
Association Secretary Report.
21 November 2000
BRIEF RUNDOWN ON 12th REUNION,
Oct 29-Nov 2, 2000
San Francisco, CA
Well, once again the reunion of the USS Hudson people was a big success.
Jay Hamerslag, the chairman to the 12th reunion could not attend, as he
had to have triple-by-pass surgery three weeks before the reunion. We are
glad to report that he is recuperating just fine. Ace Parker, A.Y. Olds,
and Bob VanValkenburg filled in for Jay.
While talking about triple-by-pass surgery, I must also tell you about
Frank Lawrence. Frank attended the reunion and then after returning home,
had the same surgery, plus some additional heart surgery. He too is
recovering at home and doing just fine.
Reunion bus tours included:
- The Golden Gate Bridge,
- Pac-Bell Giants Baseball Stadium,
- Alameda Air Station,
- Vista Point,
- Cliff House,
- Ghirardelli Square,
- Treasure Island,
- Japanese Tea Garden
- and other sites.
We spent some time aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. We
were escorted aboard the ship by Chaplain Commander (Retired) John
Berger. We were given a short history of the Hornet and the previous
Hornets. We were then given free reign to go any place on the ship.
After a very nice box lunch we gathered on the fantail for the Memorial
Service. Several Hudson men read all the names of the deceased members.
A bell was rung after each 15 names. A bouquet of flowers was lowered
over the starboard side by Admiral R. R. Pratt and Commander J.
Wednesday night the banquet was held at the Marine's Memorial Club,
and I must say, Adm. Pratt certainly looked magnificient with all his
medals and ribbons on his chest. It was the first time we had seen him
this way. We were pleased that Marine Captain (Retired) Steven
Pratt and his wife Tara attended the dinner. Steven is the
youngest son of Adm. Pratt and Ann.
The plaque that was purchased with our $2500 donation is now hanging in
the Navy Museum in Washington, D.C. We will plan, at some future
time, to meet for a dedication ceremony. We will give plenty of advanced
notice so that any of you that are interested in attending may make
arrangements. An excess of $260 was donated and it was decided to leave
it for the time being. It will be used for something special in the
NEXT: Where do we go next year? It is time to
go to the Central States and the following year we go to the East Coast.
Some have voiced their opinion and feel that it is necessary to have the
reunions where there is sea water. But, this is not necessarily true. We
have had very successful reunions San Antonio, Nashville, St. Louis,
Appleton, and San Antonio a second time. The main idea is to meet, greet,
make new friends, renew old friendships, talk over old times, etc. It is
necessary to give all a chance to come to these reunions, not just to the
few who can afford a trip clear across the country. After much discussion
it was decided that sometime in September or October 2001, we go to
Colorado Springs, Colorado. There is a lot to see and do, also more
inexpensive. San Francisco was very expensive. Branson, Missouri was
discussed, but decided that the distance between Springfield and Branson
was such that travel between the two would be to expensive. Also, there
is not much there except Western Shows.
Latest news on the Navy Unit Commendation - It is a ribbon, Not a medal.
Combat Action Ribbon - Can send for it now.
I will send more information when it is available.
DeLora K. Williams
San Antonio, Texas 78240