It appears there will be a good turnout for our reunion in San Diego. Presently, we have about 190 (including widows, family members and friends) registered or having paid the initial “seed” money. We expect and hope there will be a flurry of late additions.

If you have not sent in your registration form accompanied by your check, please do so as soon as possible. This is necessary to cover deposits and time sensitive mandatory costs. Also, we need to continually refine attendance figures.

Similarly, if you are planning to stay at our reunion hotel, please make your reservations soon. (By telephone, call the Manchester Grand Hyatt direct [619]358-6727. Ask for Khara and make sure you tell her you are part of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1954 reunion). A number of classmates who have signed up for the reunion, have yet to make their reservations at the Hyatt.

Larry Burkhardt has graciously arranged for a tour aboard a nuclear submarine on Saturday morning. There is a limit of 50 people that can be accommodated ( U. S. citizens only with photo ID cards).Those who go on this tour must be physically capable of climbing down a rather long ladder through the hatch to enter and leave the submarine. Acceptance for this unique opportunity will be on a first-come first-served basis, so please submit your names early to Bob Rogers in order for your request to tour a submarine to be included on the list. We are also planning to visit Cabrillo National Monument on the tip of Point Loma following the submarine tour. This location provides spectacular and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay from Mexico to the mountains to La Jolla. Spouses/companions of those on the submarine tour who are incapable of climbing aboard are welcome to visit the submarine base, remaining on the pier, and visiting Cabrillo without signing up in advance or being counted in the 50 person submarine tour limit. To reiterate, please submit your names early.


The company/half battalion/battalion parties planned for Friday evening are to be arranged by the companies/ half battalion/battalion attendees. Representatives of these respective groupings are requested to arrange their own functions. There are numerous venues located in the area of the Hyatt (notably, the Gas Lamp Quarter) to hold these as well as in the homes of local classmates. The reunion committee will be happy to recommend venues but the individual companies/half battalion/battalions must decide what they want. Please let us know what you have arranged and we will pass the word.

Finally, please ensure you submit your name (s) exactly as you want them on the name tags which will be preprinted.

Best wishes from your reunion committee…..See you in San Diego.  

Ed Martin

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