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USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association

AOG 38   AO 148   TAO 148

Painting by Huntzinger, 2003, copyrighted.







Commissioned by the USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association and presented to the City of Ponchatoula, LA.

Las Vegas, Nevada
1998

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 shipmates......PF