Renshaw reunions began many years ago. The original organizer was the late Thomas F. McGowan. He was assisted by the late Harold Taylor, who succeeded him as reunion host after 11 or more reunions were held in New York City. The early reunions were for the WWII crew members to get together. It was eventually expanded to include all crew members covering the entire 28-year life span of the ship. There have been many people involved with organizing the reunions over the past dozen, or more, years, but one that stands out for all of us is the late R.C. Harrell. Ray and Sandy Smith were at the helm for several years. After that, Don McCurry was our leader for quite a few reunions. Today, Jan McCurry and Jim Giddings are the key people that make the reunions run smoothly.
We've had many wonderful locations for past reunions. To name a few, New Bern, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Wilmington, NC, Tampa, FL, Seattle, WA, and Charleston, SC. The 2003 reunion was held held in San Antonio, Texas, September 25-28. The 2004 reunion was held in Portland, Oregon. The 2005 reunion was held in Baltimore, MD, and in 2006 we met in Buffalo, NY. The 2007 reunion was in Las Vegas and in 2008 we got together in Providence, RI. In 2009, we met in Pittsburgh, PA. Our recent meeting in 2013 was in San Diego.
Renshaw reunions have not been held since our 2014 gathering in Virginia Beach. The years have taken their toll and the attendance has dropped to a point where it's not possible to organize a program. We'll continue to stay in touch through our website and occasional informal gatherings.
Highlights of Past Renshaw Reunions
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