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  • 13 Jan 2020 14:24 | Keith Hedley (Administrator)

    We had 65 shipmates, Gals and friends attend the Baton Rouge reunion. It is already time to start some serious planning for the 2020 Reunion in Portland Maine. For information click on the 'Reunions' tab.

  • 28 Oct 2018 07:56 | Earl R. FISHER (Administrator)

    Bob and Jane are working hard on the Louisiana reunion. They have come up with some day trips that will be hard to beat. Hope to see everyone there, it is never too early to start preparing.

  • 28 Sep 2018 10:43 | Robert J. BAKOS (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all the winners at this years Reunion.  50/50 winner was Jim Cooper, From Texas, $645.00.  Winner of the Tom Cruise replica Jacket, from the movie Top Gun, along with a DVD of the  movie was John Parker.  A big Thank You to Earl and Laura Fisher who Donated the Jacket, and Movie, also the Fishers who donated desk clock.  Thank You to Judy and Jay Lugar, who donated the wooden wrist watch clock.  And, a big thank you to all who brought things for the Chinese Auction.  Looking forward to a GREAT Reunion in Baton Rouge, next year. 

  • 23 Sep 2018 06:44 | Earl R. FISHER (Administrator)

    Hard to believe but another reunion has come and gone. When we laid anchor in Albuquerque we were met with the challenges of a hotel that is undergoing remodeling and a very understaffed staff. But the staff that was available bent over backwards for us.  FACT: we had exactly the same number at this reunion as last years which goes to show you, it isn't where we go but the fact that we just want to meet and be together. This year start making your plans early and hope to see you in Baton Rouge. If you are wondering why we aren't going to New Orleans, per the vote, it is because Bob and Jane who have been working hard to find a suitable hotel that can offer the banquet, hospitality room and reasonable hotel rates found that nothing was available in New Orleans. But remember it is only about 1 1/2 hours away. So come on and join your shipmates on what promises to be a reunion to remember !    Earl Fisher

  • 15 Sep 2018 13:16 | Keith Hedley (Administrator)

    The 2018 reunion concludes tonight after the dinner. A good time was had by all here - final attendance count, including guests, was 87. The vote for the next west region reunion (in 2021) has us going back to San Diego. Next year will be in Baton Rouge, LA and Portland, ME in 2020.

  • 29 May 2018 05:43 | Earl R. FISHER (Administrator)

    Memorial Day can be good but also tough. I have a hard time visiting the Vietnam Memorial as it is a reminder of those I couldn't save. Memorial Day is the same reminder. But it is also a reminder that we did serve with no regrets. Hope all had a good long weekend and looking forward to seeing everyone in Albuquerque. We are going to be short handed this year and hopefully when elections are held, shipmates and gals will step up. Something else to think about, when voting on future reunion sites, if you want a particular location and you nominate it, then I would hope you will be available to do the leg work to make it work. Take care sailors and marines.

  • 27 Sep 2017 09:06 | Anonymous

    31st Annual Reunion, Daytona Beach Shores, Florida --- Underway



  • 09 Jan 2017 21:22 | Anonymous

    UPDATE on agent orange benefits for the Blue Water Sailors.  The bill referenced on in the May post here never did get approval in both houses of the Congressional 2015-2016 Session, so it's back to step one with the new 2017-2018 Session.

    Here's some of the latest info I found:

    From a nonprofit government policy review site --

    Whether to make naval veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam eligible for benefits.

    Though most didn’t step foot in Vietnam, some 90,000 Navy vets who served offshore may have been exposed to the Agent Orange and are seeking benefits. Advocates for the so-called Blue Water Navy veterans have been asking the VA for more than a decade to broaden the policy to include them. They say that they were exposed to Agent Orange because their ships sucked in potentially contaminated water and distilled it for showering, drinking, laundry and cooking. Experts have said the distillation process could have actually concentrated the Agent Orange.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in April 2015 struck down VA rules that denied compensation for sailors whose ships docked at certain harbors in South Vietnam, including Da Nang. Those ports, the court determined, may have been in the Agent Orange spraying area. The court ordered the VA to review its policy.

    But in February, the VA largely stood by its old policy and once again asserted that there’s no scientific justification or legal requirement for covering veterans who served off the coast. A bill in Congress to change that had 336 sponsors in the House and 47 in the Senate. But it did not become law. Advocates have said they will try again.

    ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot have written about these naval vets, documenting their efforts to prove their ships came into Vietnam’s rivers or sent their crews ashore, for even a day, making them eligible for benefits under VA policy.

    NEXT is a link to the Fleet Reserve Association website that supports this issue and provides a link to assist you with contacting your congressional representative

      LINK to FRA 

    Hopefully this time, because time is running out ...

    Bob Rank

    CLG3 Assn Secretary

  • 16 Dec 2016 19:30 | Anonymous

    If you spent a holiday season away from home like the 1963 crew pictured below, then you'll remember what a sacrifice it was.  Now we need to give thanks to all the service men and women serving this season.

  • 14 Oct 2016 13:20 | Anonymous

    This year’s reunion in San Antonio, Texas while not having the largest turn-out was still one of the best I’ve ever attended.  The reunion banquet was attended by just under a hundred Shipmates, Gals, and friends.  And just like every meal I ate in Texas, the food was absolutely delicious.  Also, as always, the Gal's pitched in to make everyone's time all the more enjoyable, with a special thanks to Donna Shock, Jane Bakos, and Laura Fisher.

    At the Shipmates' Business Meeting, a completely revised set of bylaws was adopted, and new officers were elected as pictured below from left to right: President, Keith Hedley; Secretary, Bob Rank; and VP/Treasurer, Bob Bakos 

    – okay, a motley looking crew, but nevertheless dedicated to this association.

    Also at the meeting, the 2019 reunion site selected was:

    New Orleans, Louisiana -- 2019

    In the more immediate future, we will be assembling in Daytona Beach, Florida next year beginning September 26th.

    Keep an eye on this site’s Reunion page to see all that's in the future. And to keep up with even more association news and happenings, maintain your membership. You will receive newsletters and have access to member rosters, crew’s discussion boards, and much more. You can join or renew by clicking on this link JOIN

    Questions? Contact me at, Bob Rank email

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