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USS Glacier AGB-4 Association

President's Quarterly Report

Fall 2012

AHOY Shipmates!

We are sorry to report that the Glacier has met her final destination, the scrap yard in Brownsville, Texas. Our spring newsletter covered all the ongoing details of the Glacier Society trying to save her up to the last minute.

On a much happier note let’s all get ready for our fall, October 2-6 2013 reunion scheduled for the Crown Plaza Hotel at the crossings in Providence, RI. Most of our membership is on the East Coast and they have been after us to hold our reunion in this area. Well, this is your chance to answer our challenge. We are hoping for a good turn out from our shipmates living in this area. Also, for those of you who do not know, this will be twenty years since the USS Glacier Association was created. We may no longer have our ship, but our memories cannot be taken away from us.

Our special Hotel room rate is $109.00 including a hot breakfast buffet severed in our hospitality room. This is an outstanding rate for New England in the fall. A nice factor with the Crown Plaza is its proximity to the mall and restaurants- to which the hotel offers free shuttle. In addition parking and airport shuttle are free. We will be taking a day trip to Boston, homeport of the Glacier. Other possibilities in Providence are Battle Cove, Newport, Mystic Seaport, and Providence itself is a nice town. There will be several tours  available, which we will mention in our spring newsletter offered by the Armed Forces Reunion Committee. More information will be available to us at this time. However you can book your reservation now by emailing the hotel reservations department at reservations@providenceri.crownplaza.com the hotel’s reservation department can be reached at (401) 732-6000 or toll free at (800) 227-6963. You must identify your affiliation with the USS Glacier AGB-4 Association when making your reservations to get the special rate. Rates cannot be adjusted upon checkout if you fail to mention your affiliation. So book now and remember you may cancel your reservations up to 24 hours prior to arrival. Your reunion packets will be mailed to you in the spring with all the information you will need.

One of our shipmates, Bob Archer EM3 (61-64) notified us of the passing of shipmate Richard” Shorty” Calnan, EM3. He was onboard from 62-64 and he will be listed in the USS Glacier down to sea list. Thanks to Bob Archer for letting us know and our condolences to Richard’s family.

The Glacier jacket is now available on our website. I have included an order form in this newsletter to make it easier for you to make a purchase. This is a real nice jacket with a picture of the Glacier embroiled on the back and your name on the front.

As in the past there will be some great prizes given away at our Saturday night banquet.  Like maybe a TV, GPS for your automobile, a Glacier print, a camera and more. You cannot win if you do not come.   

I want to wish everyone the Happiest of Holidays and a special thank you to all service men and women around the world who are watching over us. God Bless America.

Gordon Wagoner
USS Glacier Association

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