The banquet was tonight, a good dinner was eaten by all. Prime rib and chickens were consumed in mass quantities and we dickered over who was going to get the chocolate cake or apple crisp. No blood was shed and we worked it out. :o)
The sign in the photo saw the group come in and will see us out. It's been an honor and a privilege to be here with these men and their families this week. There were a few people representing the DD 467 group - myself, Andy Hoder, Jim Merriman and his son, and the family of the recently passed Peter Karagines, including daughter Linda who I've been in contact with for a while now. The old guard is fading but as long as there are some of us who remember, we'll do what we can.
I'm closing out the evening in the hospitality room with the guys, getting last minute stories and just shooting bull. I love it.
As Jim Merriman says, "Sailors, rest your oars", so until next year and they all come together again. Smooth sailing, men of Strong.