Shipmates Joan and Bob Allen wish to thank everyone for the outpouring of cards, flowers, balloons, phone calls and well wishes during the last several months after their serious automobile accident. "We appreciate it and love you all!"
Thank you to Jeff and Lori Mineo and the entire Mineo family for the fantastic job hosting our 2013 Reunion in Cleveland, Ohio.
Thank you also to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson along with city officials Martin Flask and Fred Szabo for honoring our shipmates at Cleveland City Hall.
Thank you to shipmates John and Joan Jackson, daughters Anne Kelly and Mary Brooks, along with their families for the wonderful job hosting our 2012 Reunion
in Deerfield, Illinois. A great time for all of our shipmates, families and friends!
Thank you also to Jeff Mineo, son of shipmate Sam Mineo for volunteering to host our 2013 reunion in Cleveland, Ohio.
Thank you to Cherry Smith for all the 2011 Reunion photos! Click on a link below to view them.
2011 Reunion Photos:
Photos 1 to 40,
Photos 41 to 74
A big Thank You! to shipmate Jim Kauffman, daughter Barbara Murray, son Richard Smith along with family and friends for the tremendous
job hosting our 2011 Reunion in Buffalo, New York.
Thank you to Wayne VanDerVoort for his generosity
in remembering the special bond between the USS Cleveland and the USS Norman Scott.
Thank you also to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson along with city officials Martin Flask
and Fred Szabo for taking the time on a holiday weekend to travel to Buffalo to honor the shipmates of the USS Cleveland.
Thank you to Jeff Carr, son of shipmate Robert Carr for sending us rare photographs of the USS Cleveland under
construction in 1942 at New York Shipbuilding located in Camden, NJ:
Photos 1 to 5, Photos 6 to 10
Thank you to Sandy Atherton Jones, husband Bill and sister Paula Bishop for the tremendous job hosting our 2010 Reunion in Hebron, Kentucky.
Despite a serious last minute medical emergency and great stress, they made the effort for the USS Cleveland family to enjoy our time together seeing the sights of
Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. From 2 year old William Belt, great grandson of shipmate Leonard Taylor to 92 year old shipmate
Thanks also to Philip "Flip" Lukinovich, son of our shipmate Harold Lukinovich for volunteering to man the hospitality room
and helping us all.
Our 2010 Reunion will be held at the Cincinnati Airport Marriot Hotel, located in Hebron, Kentucky, October 5th thru 10th, hosted by Sandy Cline Jones.
Please visit the Reunion Info page for more details!
Thank you to Barbara Murray and Carol Yost, daughters of shipmate Jim Kauffman, for compiling the recipes of the USS Cleveland Reunion Association Cookbook.
Give them a try for the holidays!
Click here to download the Cookbook
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Our 2009 reunion in Grapevine, Texas hosted by shipmates Wade and Jean Gilliam was a huge success. Thanks again to Wade and Jean,
Sonya Gilliam and Judy and Bill Ward for the terrific job hosting our 15 attending veterans and their families - including friends, spouses, sons and daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren!
Photos 1 to 30,
Photos 31 to 61
We were honored to have active duty sailors participating and taking the time to meet with us.
Thanks also to all the volunteers, including Phillip Lukinovich, son of shipmate Harold Lukinovich for his help in the hospitality room.
Thank you to Mayor William Tate of Grapevine for his presentation of the key to the city to shipmate Wade Gilliam and his proclamation making October 8, 2009
USS Cleveland CL-55 day in Grapevine, Texas.
Thanks also to Brent Jones for taking the time to visit and presenting the attending veterans of the Cleveland with turbine blades salvaged from the ship.
Brent is a historian of our sister ship the light cruiser USS Astoria CL-90. Please visit his web site dedicated to the Mighty Ninety.
I hope each and every one of you are planning to come to the 2008 Ship Reunion
on Cape Cod this September 9-14. There are some exciting excursions planned that all can participate in. The whale watch will allow us to watch these beautiful mammals from close up as they feed on the plentiful krill in the Stellwagen Bank.
We will visit the JFK Museum in Hyannis to view the pictorial history of one of our great Presidents. We will take an enjoyable cruise
through Lewis Bay and Hyannisport.
The hospitality room will be open daily for your enjoyment.
The ladies luncheon will feature guest speaker Gerda Reed, the winner of several blue ribbons at this year’s Sanibel Sailors Valentine contest.
I am overwhelmed by the effort and time Paul Smith, our host, has put into our 2008 CL-55 Reunion. "Thank you, Paul."
"You have really tied it down."
Let's all get together and have a blast. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Thanks to Vivian Braubitz for sending us photographs taken at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.
The park and museum includes the missle cruiser USS Little Rock (CL-92, CLG-4), the destroyer USS The Sullivans (DD-537), and the
USS Croaker (SSK-246). The USS Little Rock is the sole remaining example of the U.S. Light Cruiser, (CL) type.
Thanks to Lt. Charles Stewart for his generous donation of photographs to the Reunion Association.
Lt. Stewart was senior aviator and photography officer aboard the Cleveland from 1944 to 1946, piloting the ship's scout planes. Many of his Cleveland service photos were recently
added to the web site with more on the way. Please visit the Photo page to view these rare images.
Albert Aston, Gordon L. Baldwin, Robert H. Brausch,
William H. Conant, Sterling B. Gleason, Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh,
Robert L. McPhaul, John W. Sheridan,
Dirk R. VanLoon, Clive S. Wallace, Clifton Whatley.
Our prayers and condolences in order to them.
Thanks to Thomas O'Keefe, grandson of CL-55 officer James O'Keefe, for contacting us and sending wartime service photographs for the website.
Lieutenant James O'Keefe served on the Cleveland until the ship was decommissioned.