Our theme for this reunion is the sinking
and discovery of the USS Perry DMS-17. We have been in contact
with Frank Pogue and Larry Tunks and God willing these teenagers
may be joining us to share some good sea stories.
Matt Young, one of the divers exploring
the wreck was kind enough to send us the photos. On his next
dive he will be placing a US Flag on the wreck. If our Association
has an interest, he offered to place a more permanent plaque
with the names of those shipmates who lost their lives aboard
Check out the exciting photos
DMS-17 wreck on our website
To obtain a reunion packet contact:
This year we welcomed aboard shipmate
# 500. I trust this increase in members will interpret to having
many new faces at the reunion. If this is your first time attending
a Perry reunion, I promise it will only take about 5 minutes
to know everyone. Remember, we're all here to have fun and a
big part of it is fostering new relationships and rekindling
On behalf of all Perry shipmates I commend
Will Pruett and his Crew Chief's for an outstanding job of finding
so many missing shipmates and bringing them aboard the Perry
USS Perry Association
To our shipmates old and new, I am pleased
to report we will not make a dues request prior to our Branson
reunion as we have for past reunions.
At our last reunion, our tour to the
Mayport Naval Base was cancelled due to 911. Rather than accept
refunds for the cancelled tour, our shipmates elected to contribute
their refund toward this reunion. Normally
the policy of our Association is to request a nominal dues amount
prior to our reunions, which are scheduled 18 months apart.
At our reunion business meeting, dues
and fund allocation will be an item on our agenda for discussion.
First and foremost the monies we collect must be used toward
the benefit of our Reunion Association with a small percentage
being contributed to various Naval charitable organizations.
Also, special thanks to the many new
members who emailed complements about the Perry website and extended
their willingness to support the website effort.
Click here to view the budget
A call to serve
Perry Reunion Association
Become a candidate for a position on
the Perry Association Board of Directors or the Advisory Committee.
As term limits expire, certain positions will become available
and shipmates are needed to fill the vacancies. While I hope
you feel our current Board did a great job, it may be time to
bring on new Officers and Advisors with new ideas and renewed
energy to raise our Perry Association to even greater heights.
Please email me for specific information.
If you have not already done so please
email your complete US Postal Address to
A special message
from Reunion Chairman and VP Will Pruett
"If you've never been to Branson,
MO in the Spring and visited the Ozarks, you should make plans
and do your best to register for our 3rd USS Perry Reunion Association
reunion on May 14-18, 2003. Freshness of air, beauty of scenery
and pretty lakes and water all over the place. Branson is a dry
city but liquor availability is present in many locations. You
will find "friendly driving" abounds...like deeds rewarded
with like favors. People from all over the United States (and
foreign) visit Branson for the "family atmosphere,"
the 60 musical shows in 30+ theaters daily, visit family-fun
sites near Branson and into Arkansas--just 8 miles south to the
Border, to witness clean entertainment and dining of utmost professionalism
and quality and just a good all around good time experience for
A lot of work and planning by a lot of
people has gone into this reunion to make it the best yet. We
will honor our DMS17 Survivors from September 13, 1944 and the
discovery of their ship on May 1, 2000. Your Registration material
should have reached you by now BUT IF IT HASN'T, please call
GATHERINGS PLUS (formerly Reunion Planning Center) at 1-417--338-4048
or FAX a request to them at 1-417-338-4048 for your Registration
Kit. If you do not register by March 15th, a Crew Chief is likely
to give you a call to remind you. We look forward to seeing you
Will Pruett, SK3, 1946-47, Reunion Chairman 1-479-582-3665, FAX
Our Newest Destroyer
Our Secretary of the Navy Gordon England
has selected the name Bainbridge for its newest destroyer, DDG
Bainbridge brings back many fond memories
for me. I wonder how many of us did our boot camp training there.
Check out the DD96
Tin Can Sailor
The 2003 Bull Session dates are not
yet posted to TCS website so check your TCS publication for forthcoming
dates. I hope to see you at The NJ Bull Session that is held
in March. If you are not a member of TCS please join this most
worthy organization. Don't forget to mention the DD-844 when
you sign up.
It's my pleasure to tell everyone that
I spoke with Marty Bushman and he will definitely be joining
us once again in Branson. Marty just recently underwent surgery
for a heart transplant and is feeling better than new. Make sure
your ladies are aware that old twinkle toes is looking to kick
up a storm.
FT .. email@example.com
The power of prayer goes a long way.
Let us all take a moment to offer our prayers for Terry's speedy
recovery. Terry is the wife of Walt Procanyn, SN 55-57. Terry
recently had a bone marrow transplant for a very rare disease
and is scheduled for the removal of her spleen.
None of us are exempt from problems.
This New Years day my Granddaughter lost her entire home to a
fire. We thank God everyone was OK. This brave girl of 13 guided
her Mom to safety by jumping from upper floor window. Considering
the magnitude of the tragedy and loosing everything you own,
her greatest sorrow is for the loss of her pet dog Sandy.
is not the absence
of problems but our ability
to deal with them."
If any crew member had a problem
with asbestosis please contact me:
5995 Citrus Ave.
Ft. Pierce Fl.34982
1 772 467 2043
Kay Taylor Hume presented a beautiful
Ship's Bell to the Perry Association in honor of the memory of
her Dad, Bill Taylor. Like many of us, throughout the years,
Bill often spoke of his fondness of the Perry to his daughter.
Our special thanks go out to Kay for her most generous gift.
I know Bill Taylor will be with us in Branson and looking at
his Bell at the Memorial Service when we ring the Bell in honor
all the Perry Shipmates that have sailed on to calmer seas. Kay
would most welcome a hello from anyone who may have served with
her Dad Bill.
The inscription on the bell reads: In
Memory - WILLIAM 'Bill' TAYLOR
September 13, 1927 - October 1, 2002 - USS Perry DD-844 - 1947-1948
YN3 - Bristol Tennessee
If you care to own a very handsome 11oz.
(3.75" tall) Perry coffee mug please click the email link
to indicate your interest. If we
receive sufficient interest to place the order you will be notified
with further details. The cost of the mug is $15.00 and includes
shipping and delivery. Mugs will be delivered to Guest House
Inn and Suites in Branson for reunion attendees and to your home
if you are unable to attend the reunion. The mug displays the
portrait of the Perry that was hung in the Wardroom of the DD-844.
It is a very handsome mug of excellent quality.Remember, you
need not attend the reunion to purchase the mug.
Let me also extend another thank you
to everyone who has come aboard the Perry for a cruise down memory
lane. You have turned the countless hours of building the Perry
website into a truly heart warming rewarding experience
God Bless you all. God willing, I'll
be in Branson to greet you.
Stay well and have a happy 2003
I almost forgot to tell you about the
heavy cruiser USS PORTLAND (CA-33), holding their
final reunion in Branson at the same time and same hotel as the
Perry . I understand that they have held more than 200 reunions
over 30 years. Possibly, some shipmates may served on both ships.
At our last reunion, Mike Vanderschaaf attended two reunions
in jacksonville. He did say our was the better event.
You can view the reunion registration
This service if provided by
Gatherings Plus our reunion planners.
Name : Hank Herbowy
Aboard Perry : 48-52
Rate : TM3
Email : HANKHJ@AOL.COM
comment : I signed in for my brother Walter Herbowy from Utica,
NY. who passed away in 1970 he searved on the Perry out of Newport,RI.
Would like to hear from anyone who knew Walt in those early years
aboard the Perry. Great site, Hank Herbowy