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USS HUDSON DD475
2002 REUNION INFORMATION


SECRETARY REPORT 2002

USS HUDSON (DD475)
REUNION 2002
15 October 2002

Dear Hudson Reunion Member:
Our thirteenth reunion was a roaring success. It might have been small (in number), but it was by far, the best. Enclosed you will find a list of attendees. We had several that had not attended before, Howard Moore, Bob & Evelyn Harris, Jack & Evelyn Wagner. They enjoyed everything so much that they said, they certainly would not miss another, God Willing.

The dedication of the plaque, the Memorial Service and the history of the Hudson, covered by Edwin (Ace) Parker was appreciated by all. R/Adm (Retired) R.R. Pratt gave a short speech of appreciation. The names of the known deceased shipmates were read with the bell rung after each group. Taps were played. After viewing the plaque, the movie, "At Sea" was enjoyed by all.

On Tuesday we had a beautiful trip to Intercourse Pennsylvania, where we had a very informative guide to lead us through an Amish home, school, farm lands and industries. We now have a better understanding of these people and their way of life. We had a delicious Amish family style luncheon.

On Wednesday we had a ride and luncheon on the paddle boat, "Latern Queen".

Wednesday night was the banquet and meeting. Before the meeting was started we were entertained with a visit from Lena & Ollie. If you have never been to a reunion where they made a visit, you have really missed something, as they are fantastic.

At the meeting, two places were discussed as to where we should have the fourteenth reunion, Colorado Springs, Col. and Branson Missouri. Colorado Springs won, unanimously. It will most, likely be held around the lst of October 2003. This reunion will be co-chaired by Bob & Betty Van Valkenburg and Frank & Arleen Lawrence. We will let you know more as soon as possible.

A Big "THANK YOU" goes out to Richard & Doris Paynter, Chairmen of this great reunion.

We hope to see you in Colorado Springs next year.
Sincerely:
DeLora Williams
Secretary/Treasurer

PS
Unexpected guests at the plaque presentation: Pratts children and grandson, also a cousin of Ray Zoeller's.


USS Hudson DD475
2002 Reunion Attendees

Members & Spouse.................................... Guest

Angell, Morton & Arlene
Bullock, Fred & Rose
Edge, Bob & Sally.......................................Judith & Todd West
Fee, Dan......................................................Gale Dennis
Fath, Bob & Evelyn
Harris, Bob & Delores
Lancaster, Paul & Joanne
Moore, Howard
Moorhead, Tom & Liesa..............................Regina Moorhead
Neil, , Paul & Jeanniece
Parker, Ed & Maxine
Paynter, Richard & Doris
Pratt, Richard R., Rear Admiral (Ret.) & Ann
Van Vaulkenburg, Robert & Betty
Wagner, Jack & Evelyn
Williams, Delora K.........................................Carol & Roy Eckhardt


USS HUDSON (DD475) PLAQUE DEDICATION


USS HUDSON DD-475

A ship that served in all areas of the Pacific
During WW-II and was awarded 9 battle Stars
and the Navy Unit Citation under CAPT R. R. PRATT

USS HUDSON (DD475) PLAQUE DEDICATION
ARLEIGH AND ROBERTA BURKE THEATER
U.S. NAVY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
11:00am September 30, 2002

Master of Ceremony: Robert Van Valkenburg
National Anthem
Invocation: Richard V. Paynter
MC: Introduction of RADM Henry McKinney
MC: Introduction of RADM Richard R. Pratt
MC: Speaker Edwin L. Parker
MC: The reading of the names of the deceased shipmates and the Memorial Service. Taps.
Plaque is projected on the screen.
View the plaque on the Navy Memorial Commemorable Wall.
Return to the theater for the showing of "At Sea".


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