I would like to extend a personal invitation to the 2014 USS Goldsborough Reunion. This year we will meet in Charleston, South Carolina and carry on the tradition of our great annual gathering. 2013 in Rapid City was definitely a reunion to remember as all the past reunions have been.
How important are the ship’s reunions? Well, aside from the fellowship, sea stories and the chance to rekindle old friendships, it gives all a chance to meet crews from different eras and start new lifelong friendships. Every year new shipmates come to the reunion as the core group of those who are regulars continues to grow. We just lost one of our “regulars” who was a loyal and generous member of the Association. Shipmate Larry Nelson was one of the greatest people you ever wanted to meet and his loss to us all and the Association will be felt for a long time. It is people like Larry who have made our Association so strong and have kept the yearly gatherings an event you do not want to miss. Larry was a major contributor to our Goldsborough Descendants Scholarship fund as well.
This year the reunion begins officially on Sunday, September 14th and ends on Friday the 19th. There are always shipmates who arrive early and others stay later. The Crown Plaza hotel, just a couple miles from the airport, will be our host hotel and they offer a free shuttle from the airport. The hotel also offers a daily shuttle to the downtown civic center. The hotel is a beautiful property and room rates ($115) include breakfast for two. The hotel is right across the street from a giant mall and there are more than thirty restaurants essentially within walking distance.
The host city Charleston is steeped in history and there is just so much to do there. We have left plenty of time to explore on your own or in small groups, but our schedule of tours provides a wide variety of what we think are some of the most interesting places to see. Starting with a tour of the confederate submarine Hundley, then to Fort Sumter and then to one of the best Naval Museums there is – Patriots Point, where we can even eat lunch on metal trays on the mess deck. Mess cooks step forward.
Some of our lovely wives over our many reunions have seen enough gray things that float for a lifetime, so for those who prefer an alternative to aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines, we have arranged for a local Tea Plantation tour. We will also take a tour of Charleston, stopping at the Citadel, the local military college. We will then have lunch and our memorial service on Joint Base Charleston which combines all local military bases into one command, including Air Force, Navy and Army.
Your registration fee ($195) includes all reunion tours, activities and our annual banquet and auction. Items for the auction are brought by attendees from their home state. Many shipmates bring cruise books, photo albums and ship’s memorabilia for all to enjoy. We have a great time at the reunions and we hope you will consider joining us.
See reunion page for registration form.
Hope to see you in Charleston,
Pat Taylor, Reunion Coordinator. Served “Goldy” from 1969 – 1971
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