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Summer 2000 - Page 6

USS Champlin Reunion: 2000

Time is getting short, but you can still sign up for the USS Champlin's Year 2000 Reunion, led by shipmate Francis "Bud" Wahle and Marjory Shine, 16 Astor Place, Valley Stream, NY 11581, (516) 825-0513.

The reunion is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th, 2000 through Sunday morning, October 15th, 2000, at the Sandcastle Resort on the beach in Virginia Beach, VA, with room rates of $44.00 per day, plus tax. Wednesday, October 11th is arrival day. After checking in, please come to the 2nd floor Hospitality Room to sign the Champlin Registration book.

On Thursday, October 12th, you may participate in a motor coach tour which includes a ride through Norfolk's historic district and restored areas, the Norfolk Naval Base, a visit to Nauticus, a luncheon cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk through Hampton Roads Harbor and viewing the historic lighthouses and Cape Henry and the site of the famous Fattle of the Capes during the Revolutionary War. Cost: $43.00 per person.

On Friday, October 13th, you may participate in another motor coach tour which includes a visit to the Oceana Naval Air Station, The Hampton Roads Naval Museum (one of ten museums officially operated by the U.S. Navy) and the MacArthur Memorial for a tour and a Special Military Reunion Memorial Service assisted by our own RADM Robert Baughan, Ret. Cost: $29.00 per person.

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On Saturday, October 14th, the Annual Meeting of the USS Champlin Reunion Group will be held at 10:30 a.m. under the leadership of President Larry Suter. Cocktails will be ready at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dinner dance banquet at 7:30 p.m. Menu choices include Prime Rib, Chicken Marsala or Seafood Trio. Cost: $30.00 per person.

On Sunday, October 15th, it's check-out time at the resort and time to head for home. Oh yes, those wishing to play golf during the reunion should contact George Styles at (631) 265-2155. See you at Virginia Beach in October.

Thanks and Next

Thanks to: Irwin J. Kappes for his help in adding to the Champlin References, the article on the medals, and his continuing help and encouragement as an experienced newsletter editor; to Margaret Keeler for sending Owen Keeler's obituary and verifying Owen's participation in D-Day; to Richard Berman for allowing me to publish pages from his diary; to Jack Brawdy for his interest in encouraging others to visit the Champlin web site; and a belated thanks to Adolph Prager for his interest in the participation of USS Champlin shipmates in funding the WW II Memorial in Washington, DC.

In the next issue, hopefully more from Berman's diary; the rescue of Lt. Cole, & the highlights of the 2000 Reunion at Virginia Beach, VA.

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