June 2006 Newsletter

Dear Shipmate, Hope this newsletter finds everyone in good health and making plans to attend the reunion in September. Our website has really been a big help in locating new shipmates and for members to locate and communicate with old shipmates. If you haven’t signed the ship’s log at www.dd760.org please do so. Your shipmates would like to hear from you.

Plans for this year’s reunion are proceeding with high hopes on seeing you and other shipmates there. It’s a good time to share experiences while aboard the JWT and what has happened to you since your days at sea. This year’s reunion is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan from Thursday, September 7th through Sunday, September 10, 2006.

Airlines which serve the Detroit Metropolitan Airport are American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United, US Airways, and many other commuter airlines. The hotel does not have complimentary transportation from and to the airports. You will have to make your own arrangements by taxi (approximately $25-$30 for 1-4 persons), sedan (Lincoln Town Car, $39 for 1-4 persons), van ($10 per person for a party of 5 or more), limousine ($75 up to 8 persons) or rental car. You must register your rooms with the Hyatt Regency by the deadline of August 18, 2006 to obtain the discount room rates. Make your room reservations individually through the Hyatt Hotel reservation department by calling (313) 593-1234 or (800) 233-1234. Remember, the deadline is August 18th.

The Friday tours are optional. However, most of us will participate in one or more. On Saturday, the tour is included in your registration fee. Everyone will participate in the Saturday tour.

This year, the Association is having a raffle and silent auction to raise funds for future reunions. Although most work for each reunion is done with volunteers and donations, the cost to offset some of the activities require the Association to support these reunions.

This year, we are asking that each of you bring an item or two from your part of the country for the raffle or silent auction. If your gift is too large to carry on an airline, you can send it directly to me for safe-keeping.

This year will be another first. For the banquet, we are asking all retired (20 years or more) shipmates who can still fit in their uniforms to wear them. It’s always nice to see shipmates who served with us and our country with a career in the Navy their final achievements after service on the JWT. All other attendees to the banquet can dress casual although most will wear coat and tie.

For those newcomers, we have a summary of the JWT Reunions to give you an idea of what happens during a reunion event.

Attached to this letter is a copy of the registration form. If you have not sent your registration to us, please complete and forward your copy to Roy Shiver. By completing this document by August 18, 2006 deadline, it allows us ample time to arrange activities for a successful reunion.

In closing, I would like to extend to each of you serious consideration in joining us for the 2006 USS John W. Thomason Association Reunion in Detroit, MI. If you haven’t been to one of our reunions, you will find it a rewarding experience visiting with shipmates who served with you aboard the JWT and those shipmates who call the JWT home from 1945 to 1970. Come join us for a long weekend of fun.

Steve Petryk, President USS John W. Thomason Association