USS HENRY B.
|Bennan||Bob & Pat||NJ||MM2||60-61|
|Carpenter||Greg & Karen||WA||66-68|
|Crain||Merle & Ruth||WA||STC||67-68|
|DeVore||Ken & Carolyn||CA||ETC||60-62 P|
|Howard||James & Miyoko||WA||70-74|
|Jagger||Winston & Arlene Baer||CO||EM2||60-63 P|
|Kady||Bob & Carole||CA||Shubin's guest|
|Keeton||Michael & Rosalie||OH||SF3||60-63P|
|Marks||Dan & Penney||AZ||IC3||60-63 P|
|Nye||Richard & Janet||CA||LCDR||70-73|
|Powers||Mike & Rindie||WA||LTJG||70-72|
|Reed||Gary & Moncella||TX||ETN2||62-66|
|Schmidt||Terry & Sandi||IL||PNCS||71-72|
|Shubin||Bob & Sally + 2||CA||FTM2||60-61P|
|Stewart||Wayne & Carol||WA||YN2||72-75|
|Ten Eyck||Tim & Shelia||CA||RD3||66-68|
|Wills||Phill & Barbara||IN||IC2||65-69|
The USS Henry B. Wilson’s 5th was held in Seattle, WA on Sept 24-27, 2009 at the Seattle SEATAC Marriott.
Our weather during the reunion couldn’t have been better with a balmy 80 degrees and clear blue skies.
Thursday was registration day held in the Olympia Room from noon to 5pm. Slides were shown courtesy of Winston Jagger, Plankowner 1960-62, from his time aboard and travels in Japan. There was no formal dinner that evening so several groups explored the surrounding area for interesting restaurants, Anthony’s being a favorite.
Friday was a bus trip into Seattle with a stop at Pike Place Market. The market dates from 1907 when local farmers would sell their produce from wagons; today, the produce is still sold there but the wagons are gone. And because of its location close to the waterfront, fish markets have been added; as well as, a wonderful flower market that stretches for several blocks. Attendees browsed the many stalls and had an early lunch at nearby restaurants. Many of us ended up at the Pike Place Chowder which was voted the Nation’s Best Clam Chowder for many years. Then it was off to “Ride the Ducks”, a WWII amphibious landing craft showing us highlights of Seattle and ending with a splash into the water for a quick harbor tour. Our Captain, Rocky Bottom, said there were 416 Starbuck’s in Seattle and every time we passed one we yelled “ca-ching”…….this was great fun! Dinner this night was at Salty’s in Redondo Beach. The restaurant is on the water and presented us with our own menu featuring wonderful seafood; a great way to end the first night.
We were up early on Saturday for a ride to the Naval Base in Everett and a tour of the USS Shoup DDG 86, the 36th ship in the Arleigh Burke class of Aegis guided missile destroyers. Our escort onboard was Ensign Michael Bassen where after climbing several ladders to the bridge, he explained the new technology of today’s Navy. Because of maintenance, we could not tour some parts of the ship. Following the tour we had lunch on base at the American Café which was quite different from the “old days” of cafeteria lines and metal trays. Then it was off to the Boeing factory and a tour of how airliners are built. We were in luck as there was a vintage airplane show also being held that afternoon.
And finally our day ends with a farewell dinner at the Marriott.
We hope to see you next year when our reunion will be held in Norfolk, VA!
Bob and Pat Brennan Winston Jagger Harold Wiig Penney and Dan Marks
Tim & Sheila Ten Eyck Arrival and showing Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) movies and slides
25 September - Friday - Pike Place Market
Ken & Carolyn DeVore Johnny Fuselier
Pike Place Market DeVore's
Gary & Moncella Reed Rosalie & Michael Keeton
Ducks - www.ridetheducksofseattle.com
History of the DUKW
The DUKW (or as we like to call them 'Ducks') was an amphibious landing craft developed by the United States Army during World War II. It was designed to deliver cargo from ships at sea directly to the shore. The DUKW (D-built in 1942, U-amphibious 2½ ton truck, K-front wheel drive, W-rear wheel drive) was equipped with a hull pump that could move 260 gallons of water a minute! It also came with a hand pump that could move 50 gallons a minute. It could climb a 60% grade and broach an 18-inch high obstacle. It had a range of 220 miles on land and 50 miles in water. It could carry a cargo load of 5,350 lbs., and hold 25 fully equipped troops.
Captain Rocky Bottom
Smoked Steelhead & Wine gathering, HBW movies
Michael Keeton - Tim & Shelia Ten Eyck - Gary Reed
Dinner at Salty's
Leaving Marriott Hotel to Everett Navy Base Arriving Everett Navy Base
Base Security escort to the USS Shoup (DDG 86)
Up to the bridge
Greg Carpenter - Tim Ten Eyck Brinton Reed - Gary Reed
Bob Shubin - Winston Jagger Michael & Rosalie Keeton
Boeing (no photographs of the assembly tour were allowed)
WWII Warbird Airshow at Boeing
Dinner at the Marriott - Saturday Evening
Greg Carpenter Phil Wills Tim Ten Eyck Sandi Schmidt Harold Wiig
Until Next Time
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