2013 REUNION WITH SHIPS OF DESTROYER SQUADRON 25

WYNDHAM GARDEN AUSTIN, TEXAS

May 30 - June 3, 2013

Hosted by John Chiquoine of USS Harrison

Total Attendance 51 with 2 USS Stevens Shipmates including 1 Plank Owner

and 1 Stevens Family Member

SHIPMATES OF DESRON 25 WHO ATTENDED

First Row:  Vic Spinks (Harrison), Lou Mell (Harrison), Howard Keesee (Rodgers), Dan Grant (Rodgers)

Second Row:  Chet Thomason (Stevens), Carr Artino (Rodgers), Charlie Miller (Rodgers), Ray Lindsey (Harrison)

Dave Laughery (Harrison) Jack Mindock (Rodgers) and Dave Schroeder (Schroeder) not a shipmate.

Missing from picture are Bud Miller (Stevens), Tony Alves (Rodgers) and John Chiquoine (Harrison) not a shipmate.

                  

      The Stevens Bud Miller and Chet Thomason

                                        

  Chet Thomason's table withRay and June Lindsey of the USS Harrison   Bud Miller and Chet Thomason.

     The Stevens Bud and Hazel Miller

Bud Miller and Chet Thomason

Chet was a survivor of the USS Monssen DD436 sunk in Iron Bottom Bay, Guadacanal

before reporting to the commissioning party of the Stevens.

This is a scene of the hospitality room.  The Stevens, Rodgers, Harrison and Schroeder were honored to be joined by

the former skipper Capt. Rick Easton,USN ret. of the John Rodgers namesake USS John Rodgers DD983 a Spruance

class destroyer. Capt. Rick was keenly interested in learning the rigors of 1943 from the real shipmates, not the books.