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2015 Reunion

The 2015 USS Little (DD 803) Reunion will be held in Phoenix, AZ from April 30 – May 3, 1015 at the Embassy Suites – Biltmore at 2630 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

More info to follow later

Loss of Gene Gray

It is with sad news that I write the passing of shipmate Gene Gray.

Julia Borja wrote to Jane the following:

“I regret to inform you that Gene Gray passed away on 26 Jan. 2015. He will be unable to attend the 2015 Reunion of the U.S.S. Little in body; he will be there in spirit, though, as he was a loyal patriot to his country to the end. He will be interred @ Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 22 May 2015 @10 AM.”

Loss of Bill Gale

It is with great sadness that I post the loss of DD 803 shipmate Bill Gale.

Dear Crew Members and Family Members,

On Sunday, August 17, 2014 our father, Irving (Bill) J. Gale joined our mother,
Gini, in heaven. Dad had filled his bucket list by attending the Boston Navy
Reunion and attending his granddaughter’s wedding at the end of July.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel located at 44 East Columbia St., Chippewa Falls,
WI. 54729. 1-715-723-4649. The funeral service will be at Norte Dame Church on
Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 10:30 am.

Thank y’all for making Dad’s trip to Boston possible. He had been looking
forward to it since the first letter was sent.

Love, Jodi Bilansky (daughter)

You can read more on Bill at: http://dd803.org/crew/crew-full-profile/?entry=36

Bill’s Obituary: http://www.pedersonvolker.com/obituary.phtml/DA2CD633/irving%20j

Prentiss County highway dedication honors WWII seaman

The below article from July 12, 2014 has been posted with permission from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Prentiss County highway dedication honors WWII seaman

By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CAIRO – Almost 70 years after she watched her big brother go off to fight in World War II, Syble Pinson Mitchell, 82, saw one of her most ardent wishes fulfilled.

On Friday a stretch of Highway 364 in Prentiss County was dedicated as the “Oliver Wendell Pinson Memorial Highway.”

“I don’t have the words, it is so great,” Mitchell said following the dedication ceremony. “I just wish my parents were here.”

About 100 people, including several World War II and other veterans, Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert, many family and church members, attended the ceremony held at New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church in Cairo, Mitchell’s home church.

Sen. J.P. Wilemon introduced Senate Bill 2327, to honor Seaman 1st Class Oliver Wendell Pinson, killed aboard the U.S.S. Little on May 3, 1945, after the ship was attacked by a kamikaze plane and took heavy fire, sinking in the waters about 70 miles west of Okinawa, Japan. The bill was passed in the 2014 legislative session.

Pinson left a family that included his parents, three sisters and a brother, Mitchell said. She was about 9 or 10 years old when he went into the Navy, and 12 years old when he died.

“It changed our family,” she said.

She first thought of getting the highway dedicated in his honor many years ago during a trip to Washington, D.C.

“I visited Senator Trent Lott’s office and the secretary there told me what I needed to do,” Mitchell said.

However, her husband fell ill and her focus turned to caring for him. He died, and she moved back to Cairo from where they lived in Michigan about 17 years ago. Soon after that Mitchell began efforts toward Friday’s culminating event.

One of the first people she approached to begin the process was the Prentiss County Board of Supervisors and Chancery Clerk David “Bubba” Pounds.

Pounds said during the dedication ceremony that he wished the casualties of war were not a reality, but that paying tribute to individuals who gave their lives and memorializing their tremendous sacrifice through highway dedications, renaming buildings and constructing monuments was appropriate.

State Representative Tracy Arnold of Prentiss County also championed the legislation, and along with Wilemon spoke of the gratitude for Pinson’s service and sacrifice. He presented Mitchell with a U.S. flag that had flown over the state capitol, and a copy of the bill.

2014 DD 803 Reunion

JUNE 12-15, 2014

June 12, 2014 (Thursday)

Registration day – arrive at the Marriott Courtyard 63R Boston Street Shuttle service provided when you arrive at Logan international airport call 617-436-8200 there is a $5.00 fee for the shuttle.

Boston Red Sox game Fenway Park 7 pm game vs. Cleveland Indians
There are some tickets still around email or call Kevin. Tickets are $55 each – good seats

Hospitality room located one the first floor of the Hotel just a place to hang out and catch up on the past year.

June 13, 2014 (Friday)

Breakfast first floor lobby Hotel. Coffee, eggs, breakfast sandwiches reasonable priced

Board the Motor coach for the Memorial service at Battle Ship Cove in Fall River, MA

Memorial Service 11:00am followed by a deli lunch served in the Annex Fresh fruit with sherbet, or homemade minestrone soup roasted turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato, chunky potato salad, dill pickle, potato chips, frosted cake, and choice of beverage.

Leisure time at Battle Ship Cove to visit the museum or the Ships. Return to the bus for departure at 1:45pm.

1:45pm 2:30
Battle Ship Cove to Esther Ames’ house Easton Mass for a clambake. If you have any seafood allergies please note that on your registration form – that doesn’t mean if you do not like seafood. There will be limited chicken and burgers for those who can not eat seafood. Return via Motor coach back to the Hotel you can hang in the hospitality room or go out on your own.

June 14, 2014 (Saturday)

Breakfast at the hotel or own your own

Visit the Charlestown Navy Yard – go aboard the U.S.S. Constitution and explore the war ship. Also the U.S.S. Casen Young is located at this Naval Yard. You can go aboard this Fletcher Class Destroyer. There is also a gift shop located at the Navy Yard and a small restaurant.

Optional Duck Tour
Optional Trolley Tour

Annual U.S.S. Little raffle to be held in the hospitality room, always a fun event!

5:45pm 10:00pm
Phillips Old Colony House for our annual banquet. Board the shuttle from the Marriott to the restaurant at 5:45pm. Cocktail hour 6:00pm-7:00 pm. Dinner served at 7:00pm. There will be three entre’choices – please mark your choice on your registration form.

(1)Roast Sliced New York Sirloin with Au Jus,
(2) Baked Fresh Boston Scrod with a Light Ritz Cracker Crumb Topping & Lemon Butter
(3) Baked Stuffed Chicken with Sausage or Traditional New England Herb Stuffing

Desert Apple Crisp W/Ice Cream
Coffee or Tea.

June 15, 2014 (Sunday)

Breakfast at the Hotel or on your own

U.S.S. Little Board meeting

It’s over. Check out and head back home. Hope everyone had a great time.

August 26, 2013 Site Update

During a site update the crew search engine broke. I am working on resolving this issue and will post notification once I have fixed it.

In the meantime if you wish to search for a crew member please visit the crew full profile page at: http://dd803.org/crew/crew-full-profile/