2007 REUNION WITH SHIPS OF SQUADRON 25

CROWNE PLAZA  PITTSBURGH SOUTH, PENNSYLVANIA

September 30 - October 4, 2007

Hosted by USS Stevens Association Secretary Dick Weston,

John Chiquoine of USS Harrison and Robert Schwartz of USS Schroeder

             Total attendance 91 with 4 USS Stevens shipmates including 2 plankowners and 12 USS Stevens family members.

                    Attendees:  Ruth Blanchard and son Jim; Bill & Mary Curtis; John and Joann Bond Jacobs; Stan and Eleanor Lappen; Irma Lydon, aunt Kate and sons John, Mickey and Kevin Lydon; Chet Thomason*; Dick* and Harriet Weston

*Plankowners

                    Ships of Destroyer Squadron 25 represented at the reunion were:  USS Stevens DD 479; USS Schroeder DD 501; USS Sigsbee DD 502; USS Harrison DD 573 and USS Rogers DD 574.

                    Sunday night was a reception for all with wine or beer and finger food put on by the hotel.  On Monday morning we boarded a bus for a very comprehensive tour of Pittsburgh and had lunch at Station Square.  Tuesday night was the banquet with one of the highlights a march in to the banquet room, single file, by the veterans of the Destroyers to be greeted by a reception line of family and friends.  In between scheduled events and personal side trips we spent a lot of time either in the Hospitality Room or the Archive Room  where talks were given by the veterans and sons along with slide shows of the destroyers in WW II.  It was great making friends with the crews of the ships we saw mostly from a distance.

Stan and Eleanor Lappen with Dick Weston
Pittsburgh Trackless Trolley
USS Stevens Display
More of USS Stevens Display

Model of USS Stevens DD 479 with Plane

Built by David Schroeder

Chet Thomason Giving Talk About Being On USS Monnsen DD 436

When She Was Sunk Off Savo Island On Nov. 13, 1942

Crewmen From Squadron 25 Destroyers
Bill Curtis, Stan Lappen, Dick Weston and Chet Thomason

Back Row - John & Mickey Lydon, Dick Weston & Kevin Lydon

Front Row - Irma Lydon (mother) and Aunt Kate

Chet Thomason, Rod Creswell, Dave Schroeder and Dick Weston
Chet Thomason, Jim Blanchard (son) and Ruth Blanchard
Mary Curtis, Harriet and Dick Weston
John Jacobs (husband of Joann Bond Jacobs) and Stan Lappen
Stan Lappen, Dick and Harriet Weston and Eleanor Lappen

Pittsburgh Pictures 2007

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