What happens to a ship, and her crew? It's a question we ask whenever a war ends. When everything seems over. When nothing is as it was, full of possibility, hope and comradeship. When the old camaraderie can no longer hold things together. When greatness no longer seems possible or even interesting.
What happens to a ship? It's a question full of dreams. The ship is still out there or, to be more precise, here in our hearts. For that is where a ship really exists. In the minds and eyes of the crew. In the imagination and will. Only when ex members of the crew cease thinking like Skagit people, always absorbed by the new, the different, the beginning---only then will the Skagit be gone forever.
Underneath laden skies and praises, in 1969 they decommissioned and scrapped the mortal remains of the USS Skagit AKA 105. What lives is the memories of her crew---Hong Kong, Yokosuka, Pusan, Inchon, Kobe, Manila, Guam, Taku Bar, Panama, Alaska, Okinawa, Hachinohe, Marseille, Siagon, Danang, Phu Bai, and Chu Lai. Steam, sweat and smoke, boat drills, troop landings, GQ, typhoon laden waters, and blood red moon dappling over the South China Sea.
Yes, the old "Skagmaru" is alive and well in the hearts and minds of all of us who spent a portion of our lives within the confines of her hull.
The USS Skagit Association was formed by a group of former shipmates who served aboard the USS Skagit AKA 105 and felt they would like to again renew their association with their former buddies by either correspondence or personal fellowship through a ship reunion.
From a "handful" the roster has grown to over 350 shipmates who have been located and who served aboard at various time periods during the lifetime of the ship, 1945-1969.
The present roster shows our shipmates come from all parts of the United States, Hawaii, Canada and the Phillipines.
The first ship reunion was held in Omaha, Nebraska in 1986; 1987 found the group in Grand Junction, Colorado. After a lapse of one year, the 1989 reunion was held in Norfolk, Virginia. Here it was decided to have annual reunions, 1990 found the "Skagit Family" in Seattle, Washington; 1991 Hudson, Ohio; 1992 San Diego, California; 1993 Nashville, Tennessee; 1994 Mobile, Alabama; 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1996 San Diego, California; 1997 Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky; 1998 Savannah, Georgia; 1999 Omaha, Nebraska; 2000 Sacramento, California; 2001 San Antonio, Texas; 2002 Buffalo, New York; 2003 Biloxi, Mississippi; 2004 San Antonio, Texas; 2005 Reno Nevada; 2006 Charleston, South Carolina; 2007 Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky; 2008 St. Louis, Missouri; 2009 Pensacola, Florida; 2010 Branson, Missouri; 2011 San Diego, California; 2012 Norfolk, Virginia: 2013 Albuquerque, NM: 2014 Rapid City, South Dakota: 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado: 2016 Washington, DC.: 2017 Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 2018 Cancelled: 2019 Austin, Texas.
|Executive Officer||Joe Burkhardt|
|Financial Officer||Joe Burkhardt|
|Chief Yeoman||Stella Neuman|
|Reunion Host||Carl Neuman|
|Membership/Web Design||Mike Christensen|
For Reunion and Association Information:
~ 33rd Annual Reunion ~
SAN DIEGO REUNION
May 20-24, 2020
Holiday Inn Bayside San Diego
4875 North Harbor Drive
San Diego,CA 92160
Tel (619) 224-3621 or (800) 662-8899
2020 Reunion Registration Instructions
2020 Reunion Map and Attractions
~ 31st Annual Reunion ~
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Saturday, October 14, 2017
Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Phone: (225) 925-2244
USS Skagit 2017 Reunion Group Picture Aboard USS Kidd
TO VIEW JOHN and EDDIE LUTTRELL'S 2017 REUNION PHOTOS
~ 30th Annual Reunion ~
September 7th thru September 10th 2016
Holiday Inn Washington Dulles
45425 Holiday Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166
Phone: 703-480-7432 or Toll Free (1-800-HOLIDAY)
The room rate of $99.00 plus tax (currently 13%) will be honored 3 days pre & post of reunion dates. The members must identify their affiliation with the USS SKAGIT Reunion when they register to receive this rate.
The room rate includes a full breakfast buffet for up to two per room, airport shuttle to and from the Dulles Airport, shuttle to local area 3-4 miles with advance notice. There is a restaurant in the hotel that serves good food.
The hotel will host a complimentary one hour Welcome Wine and Cheese Reception for the group.
We will be able to lock our hospitality room, and the 2 group meals will be: One plated mid-week meal @ $28.00 inclusive and the Saturday night (chicken, beef & fish) buffet banquet will be $47 inclusive including two drink tickets per person. There will be a cash bar at each group meal.
TO VIEW JOHN and EDDIE LUTTRELL'S 2016 REUNION PHOTOS
~ 29th Annual Reunion ~
September 30th thru October 3rd 2015
Hotel Elegante & Event Center
2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-5900 Main Telephone
(800) 981-4012 Toll Free
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, CO
2015 REUNION PHOTOS
TO VIEW JOHN and EDDIE LUTTRELL'S 2015 REUNION PHOTOS
TO VIEW DONNA DYE'S 2015 REUNION PHOTO ALBUM
~ 28th Annual Reunion ~
September 22nd thru September 28th 2014
Grand Gateway Hotel
1721 N Lacrosse St Rapid City SD, 57701
Phone: (605) 342-1300
Toll Free: 1-866-742-1300
Fax: (605) 342-0663
2014 Reunion Group Picture Rapid City, SD
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Panoramic View of Mt. Rushmore Vets
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TO VIEW JOHN LUTTRELL'S 2014 REUNION PHOTOS
TO VIEW DONNA DYE'S 2014 REUNION PHOTOS
TO VIEW ERIN COAKLEY'S 2014 REUNION PHOTOS
~ 26th Annual Reunion ~
September 5th thru September 9th 2012
THE LAKE WRIGHT HOTELS
6280 Northampton Blvd.
Norfolk, Virgina 23502
Phone: (800) 228-5157
Fax: (757) 461-5925
Quality Suites: (757) 461-6251
Sleep Inn: (757) 461-1133
John Luttrell's 2012 Reunion Photo Album Uploaded to Snapfish
Don Artherhaults' 2012 Reunion Photo Album Uploaded to Snapfish
Dave Skeahan's 2012 Reunion Photo Album Uploaded to Snapfish
Donna Dye's 2012 Reunion Photo Album Uploaded to Snapfish
~ 2010 ~
September 8th thru 12th
LODGE OF THE OZARKS
3431 West Hwy 76 Country Blvd.
Branson, Missouri 65616
Fax #: 417-334-0306
Lodge Of The Ozarks Link
For those that missed the reunion in Pensacola,
here is the group picture, and a link to the 2009 Reunion Pictures.
~ 2008 ~
Marriott St. Louis West
St. Louis, Missouri
September 10th to September 13th
Marriott St. Louis West
For those that missed the reunion in St. Louis, here is the group picture, and a link to John and Eddie Luttrell's reunion pictures.
~ 2007 ~
Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky
September 12th to September 16th
For those that missed the 2007 reunion at Ft. Mitchell KY, check out the group picture------
~ 2006 ~
Charleston, South Carolina
September 6 thru 10
Clarion Charleston Hotel
Tour and Memorial Service
Patriot's Point Maritime Museum
For those that missed the 2006 reunion in Charleston, check out the group picture------
Ship's Picture Signed By Attendees
On Permanent Display At The Clarion (Ramada)
~ 2005 ~
September 7 - 11
Sands Regency Hotel
For those that missed the 2005 reunion in Reno, check out the group picture------
~ 2002 ~
BUFFALO NEW YORK
For those that missed the 2002 reunion in Buffalo, check out the group picture------
John Miller's Reunion photos, Omaha, Nebraska August 14-16, 1986
John A, Miller (YN3) 1950-1951
John Stevens (RD2)
Johnny Cox, Bangs Texas
George Woolsey, Inlan Nebraska
LT. Harold Rupp - Dee Motley (EN) - John Bateman (RD1)
LT. Breslau - Lt. Rupp - Dee Motley - John Miller
LT. Max Breslau
Official publication of the
USS Skagit Reunion Association.
J. C. Butch McCain, Commander
Edwina N. Luttrell, Yeoman
The Skagit Log is published quarterly and is mailed to Association Members.
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