Atlanta, GA - 19-23 October 20 05
Souvenir Medallion for 22nd Reunion 2005
Marilyn and Phil Finkle, hosts of the Reunion
The Old Salts
Front Row: Ed Palmer, Dick Fust, Bob Nolan, Frank Campbell, Phil Broadbridge, Chuck Kemmerling, Ben Leazenby, Tom Slabowski, Don Gilmartin, Jerry Kendrick
Front row: Brenda Palmer, Dorothy Leazenby, Sheri Lilly, JoAnn Dusky, Sylvia Broadbridge, Esther
Lehmkuhl, Freida Campbell, Mary Lou Kemmerling, Claire Owens, Christie Grant
WORLD WAR II
Front Row: Phil Finkle, Don Lehmkuhl, Dick Fust, Phil Broadbridge, Jim Parks, Bob Lilly, Frank Campbell
Front Row: Phil Finkle, Chuck Kemmerling, Bill Hill, Gene Irvine, Gary Dusky
Front Row: Tony Cellucci, Ed Palmer, Larry Walker, Bob Nolan
The 22nd reunion of the USS Picking (DD-685) was
There were 69 attendees representing the life of the ship from 1943
through 1970. We came from 20 States.
There were 69 attendees representing the life of the ship from 1943 through 1970. We came from 20 States.
There were two one day trips, one to
Saturday was a free day.
Several of the ladies went to the
The banquet was held at the
hotel at 1800. The event opened with the invocation by Frank Campbell of
We had an excellent and dynamic
speaker, LT Wayne Liebold, who is currently on assignment at Georgia Tech’s
NROTC program. LT Liebold has a distinguished professional and educational
background. He attended the U.S. Maritime Academy as well as a number of
military training schools. He gave a very interesting presentation on the
current and future destroyer Navy. The newest one, soon to be to be developed,
is the DD(X). This vessel with cruise up to 50 knots and each will have the
firepower equivalent the 1/10th of the entire fleet of Fletcher Class
destroyers. One weapon is a single 155mm gun which will have an unmanned
magazine. Lt. Liebold reviewed other weapons such as a new 16” gun that fires
a round 65 miles, reaching an altitude of 15,000 feet! After the presentation,
LT Liebold took questions from our group.
Next, we were entertained by
Out of the Blue, a local bluegrass group with five members one of whom, Dallas
Burrell, is a 78 year old time fiddler. This is probably the first time that the
group singing of Anchors Aweigh was accompanied by a bluegrass band.
After the music, we paid
tribute to the only World War II vet to make the reunion, Paul Whitfield.
Paul’s wife, Louise, thanked the group for their special recognition of Paul.
Paul was awarded a basket of southern goodies including such items as country
ham and a mason jar of (legal) corn whiskey. By the way, Paul was more energetic
than many of us (somewhat) younger sailors as he helped shut down the
Hospitality Suite each evening (from 2330 to 0030 daily!)
A second basket was awarded to
the shipmate who traveled the farthest. This turned out to be the next reunion
hosts, Bob and Cynthia Daniels (for the record, the distance is 2,176.18 miles).
This was followed by drawings for a number of prizes, many of which were
provided by the Tin Can Sailors.
We took up a special collection
for Tin Can Sailors and a check for $125 has been mailed to this destroyer
Sunday morning was spent bidding goodbyes to our shipmates and friends. Don
Lehmkuhl and Ken Kile showed slides from their Navy days which entertained those
of us who stayed around until the final closing at 1200.
Sunday morning was spent bidding goodbyes to our shipmates and friends. Don Lehmkuhl and Ken Kile showed slides from their Navy days which entertained those of us who stayed around until the final closing at 1200.
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