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USSSVA 10th Reunion San Antonio Hotel Reservations

Seattle shipmates, the time has come to start making reservations for the 2018 USSSVA reunion, #10 in San Antonio, Texas. The dates are: October 3rd – 7th and we will be staying at the Wyndham on the Riverwalk. The Hotel rate is $119 which includes breakfast for two and the Breakfast will be as good as any we had on the Seattle…

They are located on the Riverwalk and about 10 min from the Riverwalk loop. They are a pet friendly hotel and can help make arrangements for RV’s.  Please make your reservation as soon as possible as we have a limited number of rooms blocked but can add to it if they have rooms available at the time.  Remember, you can always cancel without a penalty.

 The Central Reservation Number is 1-866-764-8536, and ask for the “USS Seattle AOE 3 Veterans Association 2018 Reunion Group” or you can use the following web link:


If you have any problems, please contact me:

bnorris5248@gmail.com  or call me 281 785-6415

Bill Norris 68-72

The USS Seattle AOE-3 Veterans Association is extremely pleased and excited to announce Vice Admiral Gerald L. Hoewing as our banquet speaker for our tenth reunion in San Antonio.  Vice Admiral Hoewing was our Captain from January 22, 1993, to August 20, 1994.  He conducted the decommissioning of Seattle March 5, 2005.  His final assignment was as the 53rd Chief of Naval Personnel.

The USS Seattle AOE-3 10th Reunion will be held October 3-7, 2018 in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.  Go to www.ussseattleaoe-3.org for details and registration.  If you have questions, contact Rich Toma, Vice President at 440-669-9615 or richtoma16@yahoo.com

We get underway on the evening of October 3 with a reception.  Don’t be left on the dock!  Sign up today.




Bureau of Naval Affairs Makes Cash Donation Honoring 10 th
Anniversary of USS Seattle Veteran’s Association

The Bureau of Naval Affairs (a.k.a. Board and Officers of the Association) announced at the December
Board meeting that it wants to honor the members of the USS Seattle Veteran’s Association at the
10 th Anniversary reunion by compensating for several events making them either FREE or heavily
discounted. This year’s reunion will be in San Antonio, Texas and is planned by Bill Norris, Vic
Hellberg, and Jimmy Pease. Events that are subsidized are:
 Wednesday Evening: 5:00 PM join us for a light meal, refreshments and special guest
appearance in our Hospitality Room. FREE
 Thursday Morning: Admission and Private catered lunch at the History of Texas Museum.
 Saturday Evening: Banquet Dinner is discounted by 50%.

These discounts apply to everyone attending, sailors and guests.
See website in January for the final schedule of all events!

Reunion Planner Bill Norris said, “It is amazing to see how this association has grown over the past 10
years. From a few shipmates who got together and dreamed of creating an association to now
celebrating 10 consecutive years of reunions across the county, is truly amazing. By using association
funds to reduce the cost to attend the reunion, we hope to see many new faces”.

“It is because of the loyalty and financial support of the members paying dues and purchasing
merchandise from the Ships' Store for 10 years that we are able to provide this funding”, said Vic
Hellberg, Reunion Planner, and Ship’s Store Manager. “We hope this will make it even more
attractive to join us in San Antonio”.

“I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to my city and making this 10 th Anniversary Reunion the
best ever. We have some very special things happening during our tours that are not typically made
available to other tour groups”, said San Antonio resident and Reunion Planner Jimmy Pease.

The reunion is open to ANYONE who served aboard USS Seattle. We have ranks from Enlisted to
Admirals who have served in every decade and are members and have attended past Reunions. Last
year we had three past Captains of Seattle attend!

From the website simply join the association for $30.00 and complete the Reunion registration when
it is published in January. Visit us at www.ussseattleaoe-3.org. For more information, contact: Bill
Norris at bnorris5248@gmail.com or 281-354- 2468; or Vic Hellberg at plankowner4@gmail.com or 440-669- 9615.


2009 Kansas City, Mo 2014 Pensacola, FL
2010 Bremerton, WA 2015 Branson, MO
2011 Norfolk, VA 2016 Washington, DC
2012 New Orleans, LA 2017 San Francisco, CA
2013 San Diego, CA 2018 San Antonio, TX

USS Seattle AOE-3 Member Locations

2018 USS Seattle AOE-3 Veteran Association 10th Annual Reunion 

To be in San Antonio, TX

October 3rd - 7th 2018

It is time to start making your plans to join us for a great time of fellowship with your shipmates!

Details will post here on the website so come back often as plans are being developed.




•   Vic Hellberg (1968)


•   Todd Penkhus (1984)  5/20
•   George Robinson (1968)  5/20
•   Peter Mortensen (1970)  5/21
•   Otto Weispfenning (1989)  5/21
•   Donald Byerly (1972)  5/23
•   John Grimsley (1990)  5/23
•   Keith Jones (1968)  5/23
•   Bob Russell (1976)  5/23
•   Robin Morison (1994)  5/26
•   Steven E. Oliver (1972)  5/27
•   Jim Robinson (1994)  5/27
•   Jim Pease (1969)  5/30
•   Sandy (Norris) (1968)  6/2
•   Michael Hilton (2002)  6/2
•   Robert Meritt (1970)  6/4
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•   Craig Schmucker (1977)  5/5
•   Roy Crick (1973)  5/3
•   David L. Prejna (1969)  4/24
•   Shane Dowdney (1994)  4/19
•   Scott Brooks (1976)  3/31
•   Henry Wright (1983)  3/27
•   Rick Richardson (1970)  3/24
•   Ken Felber (2000)  3/16
•   Keith Hawks (1976)  2/19
•   Kelly Sailors (1989)  2/17
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

2 live in Alabama
3 live in Arizona
6 live in California
4 live in Colorado
1 lives in Connecticut
1 lives in Delaware
9 live in Florida
1 lives in Georgia
2 live in Illinois
4 live in Indiana
3 live in Iowa
1 lives in Kansas
3 live in Kentucky
1 lives in Maine
5 live in Maryland
9 live in Massachusetts
6 live in Michigan
1 lives in Mississippi
4 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
3 live in Nevada
1 lives in New Hampshire
5 live in New Jersey
2 live in New York
4 live in North Carolina
2 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
1 lives in Oregon
7 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
2 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
2 live in Tennessee
10 live in Texas
11 live in Virginia
5 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
3 location unknown
66 are deceased


USS Seattle Board AOE-3 Donations accepted for worthy causes


If you can help, please respond quickly so we can help them meet their goal… If you donate to this worthy cause I will donate $5.00 for each person that donates.