Seattle 1999 
5th Reunion: September 24-25, 1999 - Seattle, WA
Dates • Friday & Saturday, September 24 & 25, 1999
Location • Westcoast Silverdale Hotel
   3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road
   Silverdale, Wa. 98383
   (360) 698-1000 or (800) 544-9799
    visit hotel's web site:
Room Rates • Military rate of only $61.50   per night
• If you are retired military and have a military ID card, here's an alternate place to stay.  We're told that NSB Bangor has a very good Navy Lodge, which is only 3 miles from where the reunion is being held at the Silverdale Hotel.  Rates at the Bangor's Navy Lodge is only $40 per night and currently has vacancies for this period.  However, retired personnel cannot book a room more than 30 days ahead, so you maybe risking not having a place to stay if you wait until late August to find a room here at the Navy Lodge.  The lodge phone number is 1-800-NAVY-INN call 24 hours a day.  In addition, bus service in the area is FREE if you have a military ID card.  (Submitted by Ty Wiese,who is on active duty at NSB Bangor and is also the son of Danal C. Wiese, Blue/Gold 64-70, FTCS(SS/DV) ).

• If you have other lodging suggestions you can share with everyone, please let us know ( and we'll post it here.
Reservations • Call 1-800-426-0670* and tell them that you are attending the Robert E. Lee Reunion Call ASAP because only the rooms below have been blocked
   and the hotel reports they are overbooked that week

     - Sept 23, 1999 - 30 rooms for Thursday night
     - Sept 24, 1999 - 60 rooms for Friday night
     - Sept 25, 1999 - 60 rooms for Saturday night
     - Sept 26, 1999 - 30 rooms for Sunday night

* A few shipmates discovered that when calling the "800" number and were told that all rooms were "sold out" - but - if they were coming before Sept 23 or staying past Sept 25, they were able to call the hotel directly at (360) 698-1000 and still get a reservation.

** if you are going on the cruise, you should book your room starting for Thursday, since the shuttle we have arranged to take us from the ship in Vancouver will bring us to this hotel on this day.
Reunion Fee • Non-Association members ...... $85 per person
                  (includes 1999 membership fee) * *
        (includes 1999 membership fee) * *
• Association members ............. $75 per person
        (1999 dues must be current) *

• Mail your check made payable to "USS Robert E. Lee Association" by
ASAP (the association must pre-pay the hotel by June or pay a large cancellation fee) to:

     Rick Stubbs, Sectary/Treasurer
     PO Box 10
     Cawker City, KS 67430

* This Reunion Fee has already been reduced by approximately $25 per person. Many members suggested that since they either don’t drink or drink very little that it would be more fair to all members if the Reunion had a Cash Bar instead of a Host Bar. All drinks will be 25 cents below bar prices. There will be a keg of beer furnished for both Friday and Saturday night events.


• If you fly into SEATAC there is an Airport Service that will take you to the front door of the Hotel for $20. Call for reservations at (360) 876-1737 or Internet:

• There are buses for use in the Silverdale area and it is a short walk to the new and large shopping mall in Silverdale. There are many restaurants within a mile of the Hotel.

• If you are going on the Alaskan cruise, we have arranged for a Navy shuttle from the ship in Vancouver to the reunion hotel (see cruise details for more information).

Tour of Bangor Submarine Base and a Trident Submarine George "Butch" Cronin, QMCS(SS), the Assistant Navigator on the USS Florida SSBN 728) and the brother of shipmate Jay Cronin (RM2(SS), Gold 73-75), has helped Larry Sandberg arrange these tours of the Bangor Sub Base and for some of us to be able to tour  a Trident Submarine during the reunion. Schedule for Friday, September 24th 07:30-08:3007:30-08:30- Sign up for the Trident Tour on a "first come, first served" basis (we ask that anyone who sign up for the tour be physically able to cross a dry dock and climb down a 35 foot ladder).  Purchase tickets for lunch and meet before the tour.

08:30 -  Depart the Silverdale Hotel on Navy buses.

09:00-09:30 09:00-
09:30 09:00-09:30 - briefing at Submarine Group Nine.

09:30-11:30 -  09:30-11:30 -  -  Divide into 3 groups to tour the TRIDENT Training Facility which include visits to the submarine DC wet trainer, Ships Control Team Trainer and Missile Tube Trainer.

11:45-13:00 -  Lunch at Bangor Base's CMO Club. 

13:00-15:30 - Tour the Trident submarine, USS Alaska SSBN-732 in dry dock.

16:00 - Tours completed and return to the Silverdale Hotel on the Navy buses.
Activities Sunday: Sept 27 - For those who like to gamble, arrangements will be made for a trip to Clearwater Casino. Shuttle will pick you up and return you to the front of the Hotel. Free Transportation, Free Buffet and Free Show.Thursday: Sept 16 -23 - A few dozen shipmates are going on an Alaskan Cruise the week before the reunion starts.  (Click here for information on the cruise).  They will end their cruise by visiting a Russian Foxtrot Submarine in Vancouver before returning to the Seattle area. (Click here for more information about this sub and the tour).
Sept 24, 1999
2:00 - 5:00 PM Reunion Registration
      • Hospitality Room - East Bay Room
      • Coffee, Tea, & Soft Drinks
6:30 - 9:00 PM Reception Party
• Keg of beer supplied
• Cash bar with reduced prices
Sept 25, 1999
9:30 - 10:30 AM Association Business Meeting
     • Harbor/Marine Room
     • Coffee, Tea & Assorted Jumbo Muffins
Sept 25, 1999
5:30 - 6:00 PM Group Pictures
6:00 - 7:00 PM Individual, Couple and Small Group Pictures
6:00 - 11:45 PM Grand Banquet in Admirals Ballroom
• Keg of beer supplied
• Cash bar with reduced prices
6:00 - 7:00 PM Social Hour
7 :00 - 8:00 PM Olympic Buffet Dinner
8:00 - 8:30 PM Guest Speakers
8:30 - 11:45 PM Dance Band & Drawings