The 11th REDFIN
Reunion was held in Muskegon, Michigan at the
Causeway Bay Hotel
October 09 to 12, 2008. The Hotel Staff along with the manager, Ester
Cooper and their maintenance man, Joe, went out of their way to make it
a very enjoyable reunion. A very good Continental Breakfast was
furnished by the hotel every day along with keeping our coffee pot full
in the Hospitality Room.
We had 22 Crewmen with
their guests for a total of 41 people to attend. We had one WW II
Crewman, Red Schwertfeger, to attend. We had them from; CA, CT, DE, FL,
ID, IN, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, OH, PA, SC, UT, VA and WV.
Our Pizza Party was held on Thursday in the Hospitality Room.
Bernie O's made and delivered the very good pizza's.
American Legion No.
9 catered our dinners. This year we decided to have Family Style Dinners
rather than the Buffet Dinners and it worked out pretty good.
Ray Idfinta, the chef,
along with his great helpers, Max, Karen and Stephanie did a wonderful
job. The food was great and the service was great also. On Friday the
meal was served in the Hospitality Room but since we had a small enough
party we moved the Saturday meal to the American Legion. This made it
easier for them to serve (they didn’t have to carry everything across
the street and up to the second floor). Since they opened at 6:00am we
could go there for breakfast and lunch also.
On Friday we visited the
USS Silversides (SS-236) and the Great Lakes Museum. The new museum is
still in the development stage with a lot to be added. It should be
very nice once it is completed. The SILVERSIDES is kept in very good
condition and we found out they start up the engines every Memorial Day.
Our speaker on Friday
was Paul L. Kidd, EMCM (SS) Ret. He is the State Commander of the
ESCOLAR Base. One thing about Paul, he is a gifted speaker and a great
Our speaker on Saturday
was Rebekah J. Hughes. She is writing the book “Escaping the Eternal
Patrol”, which is the story of the
(SS-250) and the life of
the survivors after FLIER sank in WW II.
Our Chinese Auction was
held on Saturday and again was a great success. Thanks to all that
donated items and everyone that bid on the items.
Once again the crew chose to have our reunions every year, so as of now
the 2009 REDFIN Reunion will be held in Mobile, Alabama. I hope the
Good Lord will see us through another year and keep us safe for the 2009