Last updated: Saturday, September 25, 1999
Hurricane Floyd visited the site of the 17th annual Coast Guard reunion on September 16, 1999 but, as is well known, the tenacity and endurance of the reunion attendees could not be swayed. Although starting late, the reunion continued and a good time was had by all.
Below are accounts as emailed to me:
Frances Roberts writes:
The heavy rain had already fallen in the area before we arrived, and the wind wasn't as strong as expected. In fact, Art was disappointed that after traveling that far to see a hurricane, it wasn't worth having a party for. So when we started out on Friday morning, we expected to join the gang by nine a.m. We weren't expecting a detour. Our third attempt at an approach worked, though, and we had registered by 10:30, 24 hours late. Ray Carter came in at noon. Treva Cobb and her daughter, Linda, met us at the Coast Guard station we visited that afternoon.
The visit to Camp Bradford had to be cancelled on account of Floyd, but we went to Virginia Beach Saturday to go through a nice Coast Guard lighthouse museum on the beach and to walk along the boardwalk and enjoy seeing part of an airshow--precision flying that made us catch our breath at times.
The McGees decided not to come, and Ken and Marge, who were expected, didn't show up. Russo was not there, and Wil and Eleanor were not heard from. Wanda called to say she had broken her wrist; apparently she had meant to be there. But Herb and June Southgate were there and we all enjoyed them. Alston White, who was at last year's reunion, came, too, and I enjoyed getting acquainted with him.
I know everyone was having a good time because we stayed in the hospitality room until nearly midnight on Saturday night. Treva and Linda invited Ray and Noble and me to Linda's house for breakfast the next morning, which was a pleasant time. They wanted Noble to show them how to get to the LST 793 site. He'll write to you soon as a follow up to that and give you information about the business of the reunion. I'll tell you, though, that the men (and ladies) really liked the idea of going to Lafayette next year.
The year 2000 reunion will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana either the 2nd or 3rd weekend of September. It will be hosted by Rita and Kathy Rhodes.
Don't forget the mini-reunion in Clearwater Beach, FL sometime in March, 2000.