USS Thomas J. Gary Reunion Group

Ronald Day

5608 CR 10   Heuvelton, NY  13654

Home-315-344-8823   Cell-315-528-0642   email –                                     


Dear Shipmate,                                                                  November 2014 Newsletter

This fall Sheila and I traveled by truck camper to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada.  We went by ferry from North Sydney, NS to Argentia, NF.  It was a 17 hour ferry ride.  I understand the Gary used to stop in Argentia in the early 60’s.  We rode the ferry several times, in & out of NF, to Fogo Island and to Labrador.  We had a great time and the people were very friendly (Also met many Canadian Sailors).  Had a dusting of snow today but many of you have much more than that.

            I now have about 140 people on email and 250 on regular mail.  Your email saves on future mailing costs. 

Had a great time at the reunion in Fort Worth, Texas.  Attendees: Vilnis & Elie Pakalns; Jim & Cathy Bennett; Fred & Diane Eichenberger (Amanda & husband); Ron & Sheila Day; Frank Perrella; Alan & Colleen Baker; Tom & Sherrie Pritikin; Bob & Wanda Cincar; Geoprge & Susan House (son Cliff); John & Roemehl Dewey and Bill & Wenda Holman.

           Mini Reunion in Umatilla, Florida  will be held around the week of Feb. 16, 2015.   I will send out an email with info; otherwise contact me sometime late Jan.

Passed: Randall Fitzgerald  72-74  HMSN

New Shipmates:  Ralph Heitzenrater  64-67  EN2;  Bill Stanford  67-69  GMG3:

            Michael Murphy.

I still have Gary ball caps at $18 postage paid.

I have 4 Gary Polo Shirts (2 large – 2 X large) at $25 each postage paid.  First come first served.

            Ben Turner sent me a note about his granddaughter being honored at an art exhibit at Texas A&M.  One of the other awards was for a picture of a ship clearly identified as DER 326, T.J. Gary.  He tried to find out who was responsible, but never got a reply.  Can anyone help?

            2015 Reunion – Bill Buttimer and Frank Perrella did a great job in helping me set up the 2015 Reunion.


2015 Reunion   Danvers (Boston) Massachusetts

June 18-21   2015

I have contracted with the Comfort Inn (978-777-1700) 50 Dayton Street  Danvers, MA  09123 for the above dates.  Cost is $110.58 per night which includes tax.  Includes a full hot breakfast.  You must mention you are with the USS Thomas J. Gary group.  There are 2 extra days ahead and 1 after if you want to stay longer, again mention you are with the Gary group to get that rate.  Make your reservations by May 18, 2015.





Banquet Detail 

Our banquet will be Sat night at 5:30PM.   Dress is casual.  It will be held at Calitiri’s next to the hotel.  It will be a buffet including ziti/meatsauce, chicken Marsala, broiled haddock plus usual: salad, veggies, dessert etc.  Cost is $40 per person which includes tax, tip and hospitality room.  Please have your banquet reservation with money to me by June 1st so I can give them a final count.  I have to  pay the bill in full before the banquet.