2019 Reunion, SAN DIEGO CA SEPT. 18-21, 2019. BEST WESTERN HACIENDA OLD TOWN is our hotel. Reservations - call 619-298-4707. It cost nothing to reserve your room. Please reserve early with a credit card. Room rate is $139.00 per night plus taxes. Reunion registration
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REUNION TOURS SET – On Thursday our bus will take us to San Diego harbor for a two-hour cruise out past yachts, the ASW (Anti-submarine School) and the old NTC (Naval Training Center) to Point Loma and the submarine base at Ballast Point, directly across from North Island Naval Station. On our return we’ll eat lunch as we pass the nuclear carrier berths at North Island then on to 32nd Street Naval Station and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Our tour ends between two famous museums, USS MIDWAY CV-41 and The Maritime Museum featuring San Diego’s whaling and Naval History including the Great White Fleet of “Teddy” Roosevelt fame. After our cruise you’re free to return to the hotel on our bus or stay the afternoon near 910 North Harbor Drive. There are three Merchant Marine restaurants between the Museums, all three on our Reunion travel guide. It is a short UBER/Lyft ride (about 4 miles) back to Old Town and our hotel should you decide to stay. Complementary USS Midway tickets are available to everyone. On Friday we’ll leave ½ hour early for an amazing day along some of San Diego’s beaches, bays, and La Jolla. We’ll view the primer west coast Scripps Institute of Oceanography from MT Soledad. We’ll see Sea Lions, and possibly some Harbor Seals. We might even glimpse a dolphin or two. After a morning snack we’ll head up to Mt. Soledad for a 1 hour stop and our 75th Anniversary Plaque dedication. There will be plenty of time for photos at this great viewing point. At noon we’ll head down to our lunch spot on Mission Bay where your preselected lunch will be waiting. After lunch, we’ll head for historic Coronado Island via the Coronado Bay Bridge to see the Hotel del Coronado and this quaint town. Returning from Coronado we’ll travel to San Diego’s world-famous Balboa Park just past its’ 100th Anniversary. The beautiful park contains many museums including the famed Aerospace Museum home of the SR-71 Blackbird and aviation history that marks San Diego as the Air Capital of the West. Whether its planes, trains or automobiles ore art and architecture, this is the place. From here its back to the hotel about 3:30pm, and our hotel. In Old Town you’ll find 13 restaurants, 23 historic sites, 13 museums, 12 specialty shops all within a 6- block stretch. Old Town, founded in 1769, saw Spanish, Mexican and finally American control of the town and California. If you would like a 32 page color Old Town guide e-mail Steve Cross, Stephencross742@gmail.comand I’ll send you a copy
- 2018 REUNION IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK
- “REUNION 2018 FRIENDS, FAMILIES AND FELLOWSHIP”
HUNTER-KILLER – Our 2018 Reunion speaker was CDR George Wallace, USN (Ret.). George accepted our invitation to come to Buffalo NY. CDR Wallace commanded nuclear submarines and has operating knowledge of Special Warfare (SEAL) operations with nuclear subs. George became an author after his retirement from the Navy. George also has a day job in the defense consulting industry. Among other awards he was awarded the CIA Meritorious Unit Citation. George authored four books to date – Dangerous Grounds, Firing Point, Final Bearing and Operation Golden Dragon. Firing Point became the basis for the script Hunter Killer and later a major motion picture of the same title. The movie was in theaters October and November 2018. George’s journey from sub skipper to author and then seeing one of his books become a major motion picture is an amazing story well told at our final banquet. George brought copies of his books to the reunion and returned to Washington with empty boxes. IF YOU MISSED THE MOVIE “HUNTER-KILLER” IN THEATERS, Amazon has the DVD available as of January 15, 2019 for $15.95. My wife and I planned to take George and his wife, Penny, to dinner after they arrived and checked in to our hotel. After sharing cocktails with our reunion group George’s wife learned of our trip to the ANCHOR BAR – home of the “original “BuffaloWing”. Off we went! At dinner my wife and I settled for “mild” heat on our BullaloWing” order. Penny and George ordered “hot heat” spices on their wings. They devoured their order with a blink of an eye. We powered through some of the best menu items following Penny’s top priority to experience “BuffaloWings” in their original birthplace. Our guests were not disappointed – original “BuffaloWings” are the best! George made the drive with wife Penny, Washington DC to Buffalo in one long day. This delightful couple made many new friends during their visit to Buffalo and the USS Frank Knox Reunion.