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The shipmates of
the Newman K. Perry and their ladies had a successful reunion in Myrtle Beach,
S.C. over the week of October 15th thru the 18th.
We met at the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort.
After 3 or 4 years
of declining attendance, we experienced the largest crowd this year in the
history of the Perry Reunions. We had a total of 130 in attendance, 64 of them
being shipmates. It was even more
exciting to see 23 first time attendees and their ladies.
Once again we were graced with the presence of our Plank Owner, Jim
Sanner, who put the Perry in commission in 1945.
We met for a
welcome ceremony in the Convention Center, where we enjoyed delicious snacks
and refreshments. Our President,
Ottice Webb, welcomed everyone and gave out information about the reunion
On Friday everyone
began to enjoy the hospitality suite as we met old friends and made new
acquaintances. Sarah Ryals, our
Secretary/Treasurer, had made plans to feed us with a good supply of sandwiches,
snacks, and refreshing drinks. The
hospitality suite was buzzing with sea stories and shipmates searching for
someone they served with 40 or 50 years ago.
For some reason, it was not always easy to put a name with a face.
The years seemed to have changed some of our looks!
Each day the
hospitality suite was well attended, and many of our people went out to explore
Myrtle Beach. The most memorable part of the whole reunion was our going to
the Alabama Theatre on Friday evening. Our
president was stressing about the schedule and getting nearly 30 automobiles to
caravan to North Myrtle Beach. It
was successful and we didn’t lose a single body.
The theatre performance was wonderful, and at the end of the performance,
the crew of the Newman Perry was introduced as special guests and were applauded
by a theatre full of people. It was
a great evening.
afternoon, we met in the convention center for our annual business meeting,
which was well attended. The present association officers agreed to serve for another
year, and Carl Steiner was elected to serve as Vice President.
Myrtle Beach was voted on for the 2010 reunion.
We will meet again in the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort.
the shipmates and their ladies put on their finery and returned to the
convention center for the annual banquet. Before entering, each couple was
photographed for the memory book. Everyone
was seated and enjoyed our banquet. Afterwards
Riddle of Asheville, NC, grand Niece of Newman Perry, for whom the ship was
named. She gave us new information
about Ensign Perry and how he lost his life aboard the Gun Boat Bennington in
Raffle and door prize tickets were called, and many nice gifts were shared by everyone from the Yankee Swap. At the end of the evening, the outgoing president handed the gavel to Rex Carter, our president for 2010. Ottice Webb thanked everyone for their support over the last year, and said “Our success here today is a direct result of Sarah Ryals’ hard work in finding everyone”.
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Below are some pictures from the 2003 Reunion in Branson, MO. Click on photo to enlarge.
The 2001 Reunion was held in Savannah GA., and everyone had a good time. Below are a few pictures from the Reunion, I will be adding more as I receive them. I apologize for not knowing all the names, if you see someone you know please send me their name and I'll add it.
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The 2000 Reunion was held at the Best Western Hotel in Mystic CT. on 10/26 - 10/29. It has been reported to me that everyone had good time. Here are a few pictures of some of the shipmates that attended. Click on picture for larger view.