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The Charleston 2016 Reunion Events Have Been Finalized.

The 2016 USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion will be held in Charleston, SC from Wednesday, October 5th through Sunday, the 9th. Chief Ed and Diane Edwards, our local hosts, have planned some interesting events and tours for us this year.

The reunion hotel will be the Doubletree by Hilton Charleston Airport, located at 7401 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 518-6200.

Our reunion reservations link for web users is:

If you are making reservations by phone, our group code is LTR. The hotel will honor our rate of $119 per night ($136.07 with taxes) from Oct 2nd to Oct 13th.

You may make reservations now. The cut-off date for reservations to guarantee availability, and the LTR group rate, is Sept. 5, but the earlier you reserve, the better it is for all.

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.

Download a Charleston 2016 Events Sign Up Sheet to mail in, or sign up for events with our online form.

Please keep in mind that you will need to mail a check payable to Scott Sheffer to cover the cost of the events whether you mail in the form or complete it online.

The Events Schedule for Charleston 2016

Day 1, Wednesday, Oct. 5

Arrive, check in, (Check-In time is 3 PM) get reacquainted, and swap sea stories.

A welcome buffet will be served from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. You are welcome to sign up for this event if your arrival time allows.  The buffet will feature Low Country Barbecue fare, including:

BBQ Chicken, Ribs and Pork Southern Style Red Beans and Rice
Corn on the Cob Country Biscuits and Corn Muffins
Braised Collard Greens Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake
Molasses Baked Beans and Fresh Fruit Cobbler

Day 2, Thursday, Oct. 6

Charleston City Market Tour and Shopping – A brief bus windshield tour of the Charleston Historic District, followed by time to browse the unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and pubs of the Charleston City Market Area. Lunch will be on your own. – At your option, and on your own, take a private horse-drawn carriage tour of Charleston’s Historic District from any one of several carriage operators located at the Charleston Market area. The prices for the carriage rides were $25.00. Tours are about one hour long, and may be one of several different routes, depending on when you board the carriage. Mobility Note: There is a ramp available at Palmetto Carriage to get a wheelchair to the level of the carriage, but you will need to transfer to the carriage seat. There is wheelchair storage available at Palmetto’s barn.

Dinner Cruise – Enjoy an evening dinner cruise aboard the “Spirit of Charleston”, a private harbor cruising yacht. You will cruise Charleston’s Historic Harbor, the Ashley and Cooper rivers, past Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. You will also see the huge State Port Terminals, and cruise within the former US Naval Base. Live music will be on board for entertainment and dancing. Relax as you enjoy a plated dinner of:

She Crab Soup with Sherry
Dual Entrée of Beef Tenderloin and Fresh Catch
Chef’s Selection of Potatoes, Rice or Pasta
Fresh Vegetable Medley, with Rolls and Butter
Pecan Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream
Coffee and Tea

Day 3, Friday, Oct. 7

Patriot’s Point Naval Museum – See the world’s largest Naval and Maritime museum. Visit the destroyer “Laffey”, which is very similar to the Lloyd Thomas. You can learn about the Laffey’s WWII action here. Another WWII hero is berthed here, the aircraft carrier “Yorktown”, where we will have lunch in the chief’s mess. The Yorktown has handicapped accessible elevators to the hangar deck and the flight deck. The submarine “Clamagore” is also available for the adventurous.

Memorial Service at Summerall Chapel at the Citadel – We will salute our departed shipmates in this beautiful chapel on the grounds of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

Dinner is on your own.

Day 4, Saturday, Oct. 8

Charleston Tea Plantation – Enjoy a privately guided tour by plantation owner, Mr. William Barclay Hall, who partners with Bigelow Tea to operate the only working tea plantation in the United States. Mr. Hall will show you through the Factory, where you will learn all about how tea is harvested, processed and packaged. He will then personally take you through the gardens on board a trolley, so you can see first-hand how tea is grown. Finally, you will enjoy the pleasure of a tea tasting with Mr. Hall. There is a box lunch included with the tour.

We will hold our annual business meeting upon return to the hotel after the day’s tour.

Banquet in the Aileron Ball Room at the Doubletree Hotel in the evening.  Menu choices are:

Seared Free Range Chicken Supreme, with Herb Gnocchi and Wild Mushroom Ragout
Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Toasted Pearls, Citrus and Ribbon Vegetables in a Mediterranean Sauce
Herb Roasted Prime Rib, with Horseradish Whipped Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Beef Au Jus

Dessert will be a choice of Peach Cobbler, or Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce..

Day 5, Sunday, Oct. 9

Depart. Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM

Download a Charleston 2016 Events Sign Up Sheet to mail in, or sign up for events with our online form.


Transportation Information

The hotel provides a free shuttle from Charleston Airport (CHS). The hotel is about 10- 15 minutes from the airport.

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
Diane’s Cell – 325-201-4551
Nadine’s Cell – 814-221-6813

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, then first left onto Northwoods Blvd. 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.

We hope to see you in Charleston !


And Don’t Forget . . .

If you have any items to donate to our raffle, please bring them along. The raffle drawing will be at the Saturday evening banquet. We fund the Hospitality Room with money raised by the raffle.

You can download a Charleston 2016 Events Sign Up Sheet to mail in, or sign up for events with our online form.

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 August, 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 as USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion Association (requires login to facebook).

The Cleveland Reunion Book is available on   To view our book, use the following link:

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.

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