It’s Time to Sign Up for the Dayton Reunion

The 2020 USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion will be held in Dayton, Ohio from Tuesday, May 5th through Saturday, May 9th. Carl and Donna Roberts (1969-70) of Washington, Indiana, have graciously volunteered to be our local hosts.

When we voted to go to Dayton, we were, of course, aware of the Wright Brothers connection, and that the Air Force Museum was located there. When we visited Dayton to check out the area, we were surprised by the amount of technological innovation the Dayton area has contributed to our lives. Advances in aviation, automotive and electronic engineering came from here, and the Dayton Project was an important part of the World War II Manhattan Project. Wright Patterson Air Force Base, located near our hotel, has a long history of research and development, and is home to the Naval Medical Research Unit – Dayton . The Air Force has also recently established a Cyber Defense Research Facility there.

The reunion hotel will be the Holiday Inn, Fairborn at 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, Ohio 45324. The hotel is located in a Northern suburb of Dayton. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible, as the more desirable rooms and any special requests will be filled first. The hotel will furnish a complimentary Breakfast Buffet for those staying at the hotel under the reunion rates, and they are also offering complimentary Wi-Fi, Business Center Services, and Parking. Continue reading “It’s Time to Sign Up for the Dayton Reunion”

William C. Viehmann, Jr Passed Away Apr 18, 2018

Family of William C Viehmann announces his passing on Wed, April 18, 2018, at the age of 76.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife Virginia of 43 years, all his children & their families.

Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, May 1st, at 10:00 am, at the Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, 804 State Ave, Marysville, WA. Interment was at Tahoma Military Cemetery in Kent 2:00pm.

There was no actual obituary published on the funeral home site, but the many photos posted on the site show how much Bill meant to this family and friends.  Click on an image to enlarge.

Clement Evariste Guidroz, Passed Away Feb 16, 2018

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Clement Evariste Guidroz died Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. He was 83 years old and a graduate of ULL.

He entered the Navy in 1956 where he was assigned as a gunnery yeoman on the USS Lloyd Thomas. He was a pipe fitter, cattle farmer, and served his community as a Police Juror of Pointe Coupee for 23 years, a position he felt privileged to hold. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, loved the outdoors especially when he was working on his farm, and picking pecans in the fall.

He was passionate about LSU Football, New York Yankees Baseball, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Gail Trabeaux Guidroz; a stepdaughter, Stacy Barron with her husband Doug, of Central, LA; a stepson Jason Cline with his wife Katie, of Austin, TX; 6 grandchildren Madeline Barron, Emily Barron, Olivia Barron, Joleigh Cline, Roman Grametbauer and Chandler Rozas; 1 sister, Loretta Segura of Jarreau, LA, and multiple nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph Guidroz and Amelia Clements Guidroz, and 1 brother Cecil Guidroz.

Visitation was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lakeland on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Services were conducted by Rev. Todd Lloyd. Interment followed at Chenal Cemetery. Pallbearers were Pete Trabeaux, Brad Trabeaux, Randy Bonaventure, Mark Segura, Tim Daigle, and Keith Aguillard. Honorary pallbearer was Hartman Trabeaux, Jr. Special thanks to the physicians, and nursing staff at Lane Memorial Hospital and the Carpenter House.

James H. Hillman Passed Away Jan 22, 2018

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James was born on March 21, 1934 and passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018.

James was a resident of Cotuit, Massachusetts at the time of passing.

Once his children graduated high school he and Ruth moved to Cotuit, MA.

He joined the Navy at the age of 18 and served in the Vietnam War on the USS Lloyd Thomas as MCSC (1962-65) and the USS Bainbridge. Jim and Celia were regular attendees at our reunions.

A wake was held on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 6-9 pm at Freeman Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held at 11 am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Freeman Funeral Home with his granddaughter, Amy Chalifoux-Braucher and Bro. Kenny Ball officiating. Interment was in the Corinth Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions were asked to be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Cancer Society, and/or the Moffitt Cancer Center.

His obituary was posted at

Celia sent us a note to let us know about Jim’s passing: