The 26th Reunion of the USS Lloyd Thomas crews and families is now in the history books.   Our 2023 gathering was at Annapolis, Maryland from June 22nd  through 25th.   We had 48 people join us throughout the reunion.  28 were shipmates, with 2 of them being 1st timers.   We also made 2 of our guests official members of our reunion family with official LT hats.

John Lienhard, (Lt – Weapons Off. – 70)  and Bill Webb ( Ltjg – CIC Off – 70-72) acted as our local hosts and helped to make the arrangements for our event.  Our first ship’s reunion was in the Fall of 1989 in Newport, Rhode Island.   Our next reunion with be in Galveston / Houston in the Spring of 2024.

Mike Miloni, (GMG 70-72) and Rich Tindall, (ETR 70) were our two 1st timers.   At the Farewell Banquet, the traveling LT awards were given to:  Bob Moore – The Vietnam Combat Flag, Rich Tindall – The Valve Wheel recovered when the ship was scrapped by Taiwan, Johnny Varisco – the Brass Short Round.  These items will be returned at the next reunion to be awarded to other lucky sailors for the next year.    The yearly award of a US Navy Memorial Lone Sailor Statue went to Jim Cross.

Friday, we toured Washington DC by bus.   It rained off and on, but we got to see all the sights we had planned to see.     On Saturday, we had tours of the US Naval Academy.   Some took the electric vehicle tour of the Academy.  Others walked with a tour guide all around the area.  We then had a down pour, but everyone was inside.  Lunch was at the City Dock where we all went various ways.   Again rain.  But it cleared off, the sun came out and we cruised the Annapolis Harbor.   Our Memorial Service was held at the Maryland WWII Memorial amphitheater which looks across the Severn River to the Naval Academy, very picturesque.Betsy Dobbs & Tanner Wade

One of the high lights of the banquet was to have Betsy Dobbs and her grandson, Tanner, join us.   Betsy and her husband, the late Charlie Dobbs (deceased October 2022), hosted our reunion in Annapolis in April 2004.   Tanner is a midshipman at the Naval Academy and has completed two years.   So impressive to see a young sailor in his white uniform.  We made him an official LT Sailor.

Jack & John MarvinJohn Marvin’s grandson, Jack joined us for all the events. .  We also made him an honorary LT Sailor.

So this is just to keep you informed as part of our Lt family. We had no suggestions for the next reunion after Galveston. We miss you and would love to see you at our next reunions.





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