Las Vegas, Nevada
The second reunion of
Shipmates from the USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) was held in June 1998 at
the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada. Richard "RP"
Miller and associates did an excellent job in setting this up.
Attendance was a total of 44 including members and guests. A good
time was had by all.
During this reunion a formal
organization was created. Hereafter known as USS PONCHATOULA
(AO-148) SHIPMATES ASSOCIATION with a set of by-laws being
established and voted upon by the majority present.
In accordance with the by-laws,
a President and a Secretary/Treasurer were nominated and
elected. Joe Thomas of Annapolis, MD, was elected as the first
President. Richard "RP" Miller declined the
nomination to continue as Secretary/Treasurer. "Yours' truly"
opened his big mouth and got himself elected
Secretary/Treasurer. I hope I can carry on the high tradition
of excellence established by my predecessor.
The following cities were put
forth by the membership as a location for the third reunion. They
were: Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Reno. San
Francisco was selected.
Regards to all my