New Orleans 2003 

Click here to see the LIST of 2,002 Shipmates who came
Click here to see the LIST of 2 shipmates who went on the CRUISE after the reunion

7th Reunion - New Orleans, LA

Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27, 2003
Hotel Info
Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome
330 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Toll-Free: 800-535-7830
Tel: 1-504-581-1600
Fax: 1-504-522-0073
Located a few blocks from the French Quarters, Superdome, River Front attractions and Casino. Airport shuttle available for $10 or taxi for about $28. Free shuttle to French Quarters. On site parking at special rate of $8 day. RV parking available (higher fee, no hookups). Visit hotel's website at:


Robert E. Lee's Statue
in Lee Circle

Lee Circle, formerly known as Tivoli Circle, was laid out in 1807 by Lafon. It was patriotically refurbished 12 years after the Civil War to honor General Robert E. Lee who stands atop a fluted Doric marble column, arms folded, resolutely ignoring uptown.

  We've hired shuttles that will run all Saturday afternoon to take you to the Casino, D-Day Museum, River Walk and French Quarters.  Lee Circle will be on the Shuttle's route so that we can salute our favorite General.

Room Rates • $109 per night (1 to 4 persons), plus 13% sales tax & $1 per night city tax
• 150 rooms blocked until September 1, 2003
• Discount rate is good 2 days before and 3 days after the reunion
• All rooms are large and in "like new" condition, room amenities include coffee makers, hair dryers, irons/ironing boards, 25" television sets with Internet access, telephone data ports, voice mail messaging, mini-safes, private balconies, in-room movies and Nintendo in every room.
Reservations • Call toll-Free (800) 535-7830 and mention the USS Robert E. Lee Reunion
Reunion Fee • $75 per person - This fee includes your 2 main meals (Friday's buffet & Saturday's banquet).  It also covers other costs the association has to pay, such as taxes, tips, kegs of beer, beverage service (hospitality suite & business meeting), meeting rooms, band & other entertainment, shuttles, badges, printing handouts and so on.

Friday: September 26, 2003

Entire 8th Floor: Meeting Room, Hospitality Suite & Pool Deck
•  1:00 - 5:00 pm  - Registration / Hospitality Room (refreshments)
•  6:00 - Midnight - Reception Party
           - Free Keg of Beer & Cash Bar (Happy Hour Prices)
•  6:00 - 7:00 pm - Social Hour
•  6:30 - 7:00 pm - US Navy Band from NSA New Orleans plays welcoming music
•  7:00 - 7:15 pm - Opening Ceremonies

        - US Navy Color Guard
from NSA New Orleans escorts distinguished guests to ceremony
        - US Navy Band & Color Guard renders honors to our Country's Flag
        - Tulane University's Navy NROTC Unit renders honors
        - Welcome to New Orleans
        - Remembering our shipmates on Eternal Patrol (tolling of bell & US Navy Band)
        - VADM Joe Williams Opens the reunion
•  7:15 - 8:30 pm - Mardi Gras Party & Buffet (both BBQ & Cajun Food)
•  9:00 - Krewe of Zeus - shipmate Nick Louque (YN3(SS), Blue 62-64)
•  9:30 - Salute to Elvis - shipmate Harvey McFadden (STSCS(SS), Blue 74-76)
•  10:00 - Midnight - Theme Party, Entertainment and Dancing

Saturday: September 27, 2003

8th Floor Meeting Room
• 10:30 - 11:55 am - Business Meeting
- Old Business
- Officer Election
- New Business
• 12:00 - 4:00 pm - 8th Floor Hospitality Room (Refreshments)

Pool Side or Outside
• 5:00 - 6:45 pm - Social Hour
           - Couple & Small Group Pictures
           - Free Keg of Beer & Cash Bar (Happy Hour Prices)

Grand Ballroom

• 6:45 - 8:00 pm - Buffet Dinner
• 8:00 - 9:00 pm - Special Awards & Remembrances
      - Guest Speakers - VADM Joe Williams, Jr. & VADM J. Guy Reynolds

Entire 8th Floor & Pool Deck

• 9:00 - Until ?? - Dance Band
• 10:00                - Awards & Raffle

Key Note Speaker Vice Admiral Joe Williams, the Gold Crew Commissioning Commanding Officer from 1959 to 1964, will be our Key Note Speaker.  He joined the Navy in 1940 as an apprentice seaman and held all ranks through Vice Admiral. He commanded one diesel (USS Bluegill, SSK-242) and two nuclear submarines (he was also the commissioning CO of the USS George Bancroft, SSBN-643).  He later served as Deputy Director of the Special Projects Office, Commander of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Commander Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet and Commander Submarine Forces NATO.  After retiring from the Navy, he was Director of Nuclear Submarine Construction at General Dynamics.  Later he was president of a nuclear utility management company that he founded and also a Sr. Vice President of two major utility companies.
                               Click here to read VADM Williams' speech

Special SpeakerVice Admiral J. Guy Reynolds, who earned his dolphins when he was a LTJG while serving on the Lee's Blue crew's Engineering department from 1961 to 1963.  During his career, VADM Reynolds served on several other submarines and became the CO of USS Pintado (SSN-672) and USS Sperry (AS-12).  Later he commanded SUBRON3 and became a Vice Director at DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency).  He is currently the President of the Naval Submarine League (NSL) and an International Consultant.
Fridy Night Entertainment: We are pleased to announce that shipmate Harvey McFadden (STSCS(SS), Blue 74-76), has agreed to perform his "A Salute to Elvis" show for us on Friday night at the reunion. When Harvey is not busy at his "day job" (a High School ROTC Instructor), he is an accomplished Elvis impersonator.

High quality model of the USS Robert E. Lee.  Very detailed, resin with brass screw, metal masts, wood base with name plate (about 1 foot long)

Canvas Reproduction of the Lee

Army vs Navy Chest Set
Naval Submarine League's Submarine Book
Wooden Dolphins
Many more surprises

Activities Activities being arranged:

Week long cruise to the Caribbean after the reunion, starting on Sunday September 28, 2003

Tour of the National D-DAY Museum and its new Pacific Theater Wing

"Squeak" & Lee Hartung are hosting the cruise after the reunion ...
Come on, join us onboard to keep the party going