Charleston Reunion Awards 

Awards & Presentations - Saturday, May 21, 2005

The phrase Bravo Zulu came from the Allied Signal Book which defines Signal Flag codes.  The flag for the letter "B" starts a message, followed by one or more flags.  The flag for the letter "Z" flag is defined as "Well Done".  Over the years, the Navy adopted the phrase in letters and radio messages to just "BZ" or "Bravo Zulu" to congratulate a ship or individual for a job or mission being WELL DONE.

Special Plaque given to Nick Louque for restoring the Lee Commissioning Plaque

Special Awards Given at the Reunion

Cold War Polaris Patrol Pin awarded to all crew members during a moving ceremony, after our marble bench was installed at the Cold War Memorial. Our Reunion's guest speaker, King's Bay COMSUBGRU10's Command Master Chief Tim Pew awarded them to our COs and COBs, who in turn awarded them to our crew. Not a dry eye in the crowd as our wives pinned these on their husbands.  Presentation and more photos can be seen on this page: Cold War Tributes

USS Robert E. Lee Desk Pen Set
given to Association Board Members,
Long Distance Award and as door prizes and in raffle
Special Autographed books
awarded to all Speakers at the Reunion:

CAPT Robert W. Aldinger, CO Blue/Gold 76-80
CAPT Le Roy B. Hebbard, CO Blue 68-70
CAPT Guy Leonard, Chaplain, Gold 60
Calvin R. Shirley, TMCS(SS), Gold Commissiong COB 59-63
> David Johnson, STS2(SS), Blue/Gold 75-79
(also door prize and raffle item)

Book written by Lee Shipmate:
CAPT Arthur C. Bivens, Gold 64, Engineering Officer
Later CO of USS Sam Houston (SSBN-609)
Special Plaque with quote from speech given by
VADM Joe Williams at New Orleans Reunion
Perfect Attendance Awards, door prizes & raffle