by George Baker - Reunion Planner

    Norfolk awaits us for a replay of our reunion of 10 years ago! We are staying at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel again.


    The room rate is $139, not including taxes and is good for three days prior and post the reunion.  Parking is additional at a rate of $14 a night for self-parking.  Many other hotels were reviewed and this one had the best location, rate and surrounding amenities for our group. Breakfast is not included, but there are a few nearby restaurants as well as the hotel’s restaurant for you to be able to purchase your breakfast You can use this link to make your room reservation: 

Book your group rate for USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) Reunion

Or you can call direct using this number -  1-757-622-6664  (mention Hugh Purvis Reunion

            The dates for the reunion are June 11th – 14th. 

    On Monday, June 12th we will have a tour of the harbor out past all of the Norfolk Naval base and see what vessels are docked there, as compared to when we docked there many years ago. 

    After the harbor tour, we will have lunch on our own in the many restaurants available near the hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the USS Wisconsin and hold our memorial service on the deck of the ship.  After that we will hold our annual business meeting in the hospitality room at 3:30PM. 

    On Tuesday, June 13th we will drive up to the Mariners Museum in Newport News.  It is a fascinating museum, and we will have more time there this year as we learned that it takes awhile to see all that this museum has to offer .

Mariners Museum.Org

Lunch is included for this tour and your lunch choices are included in the registration form. We will return to the hotel about mid-afternoon and then have our banquet that evening. 

    As you can see, we have scaled back the tours to not be the full day so people have more time to relax and enjoy time visiting their friends and shipmates in our wonderful hospitality room.

    On Sunday evening, you can book a dinner cruise on the harbor which includes dinner and dancing.  We did this 10 years ago, but there was not enough interest for us to actually include it as a tour option this year.  If you would like to book that on your own, you can go to: 

Norfolk City Cruises - Spirit Dinner Cruise

The cost of the cruise is almost $80 per person.

    If you are coming in early or want to stay a few days extra, there is so much to see in this area.  Both Historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg are only about a 1-hour drive north of our hotel.  In addition, Norfolk has a beautiful botanical garden, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Hermitage Museum & Gardens, MacArthur Memorial Museum (within walking distance), and many more interesting sites to see. I encourage to visit the Norfolk Visitor center site to see what all this area has to offer:

Norfolk Visitors Center

    I am excited to be going back to Norfolk again.  We can only hope that this time we will not have a hurricane while we are there!!!  There is also a new area next to our hotel called “Waterside District” with many eateries and entertainment venues.

Norfolk Waterside District

Check it out.

    I would love to see a great turn out for this year. I think it is time we all made a real effort to try to attend.  None of us are getting any younger and our numbers are going down each year. This is such a great Naval city with so much history and one so many of our shipmates spent time at during their time in the Navy.  There is so much to see and do in this city and June is a great time to visit the city and take in some of the many sites it has to offer.

See you in June!!

2023 Norfolk Reunion Registration available in your March Newsletter

2023 (NORFOLK)  Reunion Golf Shirt & Hat Ordering Information
in the March 2023 newsletter.

Also available are the shirts from the canceled Boston (2020) and the 2019 Hartford reunions. T-shirts are not available for any of these dates.
2010 St. Louis 2011 Washington D.C. 2012 Newport
2013 Norfolk 2014 Jacksonville 2015 New Orleans
2016 Memphis 2017 Harrisburg 2018 Savannah
2019 Hartford 2020 Boston Canceled 2021/22 Milwaukee Canceled
2022 Charleston 2023 - Norfolk 6/11-14* 2024 TBT
  * Planning by George Baker 

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