We are the Real Sailormen, the Destroyer Men of the Fleet!
Sue and George Brunson provided information on our 2019 Reunion to be held in Deerfield, IL, from October 1-6 2019. Hotel is the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1750 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL, (847) 945-3400. Call the hotel directly for your reservation, be sure to tell them you are with the USS PICKING REUNION to get the special rate of $109 plus tax per night. Each reservation includes two breakfast passes and complimentary parking. Reservations made before 1 September will be guaranteed. The hotel website is: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/illinois/hyatt-regency-deerfield/deerf
O'Hare is the closet airport to the hotel. Taxi fares will be $34 to $60 while Uber is $19 to $55.
Registration form can be downloaded from HERE
'There are optional tours available:
October 2 Tours #1 and #2
October 3 Tour #3 or Tour #4
October 4 Tour #5
Banquet is Saturday evening, 1830 to 2100.
Tom Murry, another old Fox Division shipmate, attended our last reunion in Colorado Springs. He had made a DVD of movies that he took during 1960-62 on the Picking. One clip would be of particular interest to all Picking, and in fact any destroyer, sailors. It is a record of some really rough seas! Shipmate Ken Kile remarked that he got seasick from watching it. Anyway, I posted Tom's clip on YouTube to share it with the world. Thanks Tom for this real reminder why our motto was "We are the real sailormen, the Destroyermen of the Fleet." You can view it here:
I posted the 10 minute video clip of the Picking refueling from the Oriskany in 1964 on YouTube. You can view the clip at:
This was sent to me by an Oriskany sailor who wanted us to see an airdale's perspective on smaller surface ships!
INFORMATION REQUESTED ON JOHN A. BENNINGHOFF MM3. He served on the Picking sometime from 1956 to 1960 (I see him on the ship's roster in 1957 at least through the end of 1958) and he passed away 12 years ago. His daughter Karin is looking for a photo of him in uniform. Hopefully one of you all will remember him and better yet have a photo of him. Please contact Karin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
INFORMATION REQUESTED ON Robert Melvin "Andy" Anderson who was on the Picking 1967 to 1970. He was from Florida. Help was requested by Tom Howell. Please contact Tom at email@example.com
George Brunson is looking for info on his 1967-8 shipmates Peter Neurtz, William Kish, and Robert Egge. Please contact George at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tin Can Sailors is a national organization of veterans who served on DDs, DEs, DDEs, DDRs, DLs, DLGs, other destroyer class warships, and even ADs. They sponsor many events around the country and provide monetary support to the DDs that are moored as historical ships around the country. I would recommend that you consider joining. Their website is http://www.tincansailors.com/
Remember the USS Liberty, the electronic intelligence ship that was attacked and almost sunk in 1967? Visit their website.