Held in Newport News, Va.
What a time!
Please have patience)
This Gallery has a
few of the photos I took in Newport News at our 1171 Class Reunion.
As you will see, I've included a couple of pictures of the Lorain County LST 1177 and
the Wood County LST 1178 as they were, Oct. 2000, deteriorating and anchored in the
James River Reserve Fleet.
It was really great
going aboard these two vessels and walking on the decks that we worked
so many years ago. We heard and saw the ghosts of our past. It was quite sad to see the shape
that these "Large Slow Targets" have been allowed to deteriorate to. Of course, no one
is out there keeping them clean and polished, and many parts have been stripped off.
Both ships have since been scrapped as the effort to save the Lorain fell through.
We are saddened, and can only hope that we will be able to save another T from
perhaps the 1156 class. All 1171 class T's have now been destroyed.
On a more cheerful note, here are pictures from the reunion.
This is the group who stayed at the Omni Hotel
We are all vets of the 1171 and 1173 - and one from the 1175
from the left, Gary McKnight, 1171; Mem lapse #1, 1173; Mem
lapse #2, 1173; Pete Reenstra, 1171;
Dave Miller, 1173; Don Nachle, 1171; Rich Tameris, 1175; Dave Kittle, 1171; Jerry Martin, 1171; Bob Williams, 1171;
Ron Broome, 1173; Conley Peters, 1171.
My apologies for my memory lapses - somebody please let me know who these two gents are - thanks.
Missing from photo is Plank Owner Thomas Winnie of the 1171.
From the left, Jerry Martin,
My question, how come a
southern boy like Jerry
Bob Williams, Hospital
Corpsman, and I share
See the next page for a
few shots of the
From the left, Dave Miller
of the 1173; me again;
We're on the bridge of
the 1177, with the
Here's Tom Winnie looking
up between the ships,
Word is that the 1178 in
Would this site be complete
without a pic
It's the last one standing,
and not for long!
Let's mosey to the Cozy!
it like on the Lorain County at the Reserve Fleet?
Take a look!
Inside the Bridge of the Lorain.
Looking forward from the bridge of the Lorain
Looking aft from the top of the truck ramp
Dave Kittle and Gary McKnight, both of the 1171,
Charlie Patton and company
Here's a couple shots of other Gators on the tug going out.
formation of the 1171 Class Association.
We began our group at the Best Western and crowded into
the hall for this shot - taken by Jerry Martin's wife.
tour that was planned for Saturday on the Amphib Base in Little Creek,
the tour of Norfolk Naval Base was canceled due to the USS Cole terrorist bombing.
Don Nachle, Gary McKnight, and I (l to r) took in the Air Show at Langley AF Base.
We had a great day there, the acts were spectacular, the company fabulous!
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