The 2017 USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion will be held in Charleston, SC from Wednesday, March 8th through Sunday, the 12th.  Chief Ed and Diane Edwards, our local hosts, planned some interesting events and tours for us last year, but we cancelled the October 2016 reunion because of Hurricane Matthew.  We were able to reschedule the reunion with virtually no change to the tours planned.

If you have not attended a reunion before, and would like to check us out, we would love to see you.  There are no registration fees, and you can drop by and visit us at the hospitality room in the evening just to say hello.  There is a Red Roof Inn a short walk away, if you are unable to get a room at the Doubletree.

The reunion hotel will still be:

Doubletree by Hilton Charleston Airport
7401 Northwoods Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 518-6200.

When you make hotel reservations by phone at  (800) 774-1500, or online using this link , please  use our group code of LTR.  The hotel will then honor our rate of $119 per night ($136.07 with taxes) from March 5th to March 15th.   You may make reservations now. The cut-off date for reservations to guarantee availability, and the LTR group rate, is Feb 8th, 2017, but the earlier you reserve, the better it is for all.   You can always cancel if your schedule does not work out.

If you have an issue with the reservations system not giving the “LTR” rate on the days you want, or shows a “rate not available” message, please contact Doubletree Group Sales Manager  Campbell Wilshire at  (843) 518-6732.  He promises to personally enter the reservations, if there is a problem.

There is a space on our sign-up sheet to indicate if you are interested in sharing a room with a fellow shipmate.  If you mark the box, we will put you in touch with others willing to share a room.

The hotel will furnish a complementary cooked breakfast next to the hospitality room each morning.  The courtesy shuttle runs 24 hours, and will provide transportation to the airport, and also to locations within 6 miles of the hotel.

For our daily tours, we will have one of the buses equipped to handle wheelchairs.  We have also contacted a company that will deliver rental wheelchairs to the hotel, if anyone should desire one.

Schedule of Events in Charleston, March 2017

Sign-up Form for Charleston, March 2017 PDF file

If you have any items to donate to our raffle, please bring them with you to the reunion. The raffle drawing will be at the Saturday evening banquet.  We fund the Hospitality Room with money raised by the raffle. Would you consider hosting a future reunion in your hometown?  All it takes is a familiarity with your local area, and an idea of some interesting events and attractions that your shipmates might enjoy.  We can provide advice on hotel selection and negotiations, and do all of the paperwork to make it happen.  We just need ideas, and some groundwork on your end.

Transportation Information

The hotel provides a free shuttle from Charleston Airport (CHS).   The hotel is about 10-15 minutes from the airport.  The hotel’s desk number is (843) 518-6200.  The North Charleston Amtrak Station is located close to 4556 Gaynor Street, North Charleston, SC 29405, and is about 7 miles from our hotel.  If the hotel is unable to pick you up from this station, please give us a call.

Scott’s Cell   –   412-951-0588

Nadine’s Cell – 814-221-6813

Diane’s Cell –   330-734-7271

If you are driving from I-95 North or South, take Exit 86A onto I-26 East toward Charleston for 40 miles to Exit 209A, Ashley Phosphate Rd. Turn left off exit onto Ashley, then take the first left onto Northwoods Blvd.  The hotel entrance road is on your left, look for hotel sign along Northwoods Blvd.  The hotel drive is just to the right of SpeeDee Oil Change Shop, across from the Wendy’s Restaurant.

If you wish to order Lloyd Thomas clothing or items from the website, please let us know what items you would like before the end of February, and we will bring them to the reunion and save you the cost of shipping.

Be sure to check us out on, and on Facebook at USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion Association (may require login).

The Cleveland Reunion Book is available on  

We hope to see you in Charleston !

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