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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.
 

BRANSON, MO    2005

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This was the largest attendance we have had at any reunion, including Ponchatoula in 2003. We had several shipmates attending their first PONCH reunion, and for some, this was their very first reunion. We also had a shipmate join the Association at this reunion. Our President Dave Schneider presented Larry Norris (BM3, Sep67 to Aug69) with his membership card. I announced that Larry had stated that if the shipmates wanted to visit him he could accommodate all of us and would take advantage of our experience with a "swab". Larry’s business card reads Larry B. Norris, Director, Department of Correction, State of Arkansas.

The food at our arrival BBQ and our Reunion Banquet was excellent. Sharron Gwin and her staff at Gwin’s Home Cannery did an exceptional job. The free continental breakfast every morning at the Cannery was good also and most of us met there every morning to partake of the goodies.

Attending the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre was the highlight of the reunion for many. 51 of us had the pleasure of hearing and seeing a "very accomplished" violinist and showman. Many of our shipmates and their wives attended several of the other entertainment venues available in Branson. They must have enjoyed themselves because I did not hear any complaints.

The 50/50 Drawing was won by Larry Hamm. Congratulations Larry. I hope you gave Carmen her half. Again this year, our President Dave Schneider donated pictures of the "PONCH" that were given away via ticket drawing.

A financial statement was presented to the membership at our Annual Business Meeting by the Secretary/Treasurer. The statement was accepted and approved by the membership present.