2019 CONNECTICUT REUNION RECAP
Our 2019 Reunion to historic Connecticut is now history, and it was a good one. Our hotel was very nice, we had an issue with the hospitality rooms but we all adapted and made it work.
On Friday our tours began with a visit to Groton, CT. to visit the Submarine Force Museum and the Historic Ship Nautilus. We had our memorial service on the pier on the Thames River. Butch Guzejko provided his usual moving playing of Taps from the deck of the USS Nautilus while crewmembers on the pier dropped carnations into the river in remembrance of crewmembers who are no longer with us. The sight of the carnations floating down the Thames River toward Long Island Sound was particularly poignant.
Following the presentation
we visited the Museum and the USS
Nautilus. At lunchtime we went to Cross Hall Galley for a Navy buffet
Galley had a section reserved just for us. After lunch we then
buses for a tour of the waterfront. Unfortunately, most of the
attached to the base were at sea, but we did see the working
submarine in drydock, and another in refit after returning from a six
and two others moored dockside. Just being this close was impressive,
submarines are about the same length as the Hugh Purvis, but displace
three times as much.
Our next stop was at the Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. This is a Revolutionary War battlefield where the traitor Benedict Arnold led a British force against the Americans. Some of our more adventurous members even climbed the 135 foot tall monument which was dedicated in 1830.
excellent interpreters in each place we visited
who really made the history come alive for us. Happily,
we had good weather
throughout the reunion and
returned to the hotel each day tired.
"See you all in Boston in 2020"
Things to do in the Hartford and New London Areas...
• New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, adjacent to Bradley Airport,
• Harriet Beecher Stowe House, next door to Mark Twain House
• Essex Steam Train in Essex, CT
• Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT
• Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA
• CT River Cruises from Hartford and Essex, CT
• Block Island, RI via high speed ferry from New London
• Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT