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From Gitch on Reunion 2014:
Hope this letter find you and yours in good health. We have selected a 3, 4, 5 October 22014, Friday, Saturday, Sunday for the dates for the upcomming reunion. The hotel will be the same as the last New London reunion, the Best Western in Groton located about 1 mile south of Subase. We have selected a Friday (Hospitality Night) and Saturday (Banquet Night) with a Sunday morning breakfast. Subschool tours and the Mess Hall have been discontinued by the base, but if you want to have a Fast Attack boat tour then we would extent the reunion time to include Thursday (Hospitality night) and Friday morning for that tour. The boat tour would mean going down a vertical ladder into the sub and then being able to scale that ladder to get out. These new fast attacks have a lot of new and advanced equipment but an elevator is not one of them. If you are not able to get out, theseattack boats usually have a 90 day patrol mission and a 30 day extension is not unusable. This is a far cry from the 6 week patrols we made up north. Just heads up on transportation to and from the boat would be $10.00 per person. The base nolonger provides these services.

Plese completeThe survey sheet and return it to Gitch within 2 weeks. Your cooperation and prompt response will be greatly appreciated. Your reunion committee Mike & Dick

2014 Reunion Info:

The enrolment forms have been sent out by Gitch, If you haven't received yours yet contact him: Gitch email.
I am collecting names of shipmates that are planning to attend the 2014 Becuna Reunion. Haven't got many yet. To check list CLICK here or email me so I can add you to the list.
Thanks - See you there,

2012 Reunion Photos

The photos from 2012 reunion are posted under the "Reunion" tab. There are only a few donated from Kenny Noiseux. Kenny's 1st reunion. He mentioned he had a super good time meeting old shipmates and reviewing sea stories.

Honoring those who served

It was decided prior to the reunion that it would be nice to have a plaque on the boat honoring those who served on the boat. Seems there are restrictions to putting items on museum pieces.Many e-mails and phone calls we got permission to put such a plaque on board. A second plaque for the museum in the Becuna section, was authorized by the museum director.

The wording for the plaque was mostly done by Captain Anderson. The plaques were made and shipped to Philly and the finished product is pictured below.


Peter Brill (1943-2013)

5/30/2013 - "Rest your Oar". Pete. Seaman Brill was on the Becuna in the early 60's assigned to the "Seaman gang. He loved submarines and attended every reunion since they were implemented. He was from Long Island, NY and retired to South Carolina near Myrtle Beach. Pete and his wonderful wife Mary Eve had two children, Allan & Kristy and 5 Grand-children. Pete was an active Shriner. He had some medical issues the last year but still active and worked at several part time jobs (Golf course & Funeral home) right up till the time he passed. He died of renal failure as a result or his other medical issues. God Bless and he will be in our prayers.


Only one participant contributed photos of the 2012 Reunion. Haven't heard anything about the reunion in fact. I assume the reunion went well and attendance was fair. I don't have any info on future reunions but because of the economy and the advancing age of the smoke boat crew another reunion may be iffy.


There are good ships

and there are wood ships

Ships that sail the sea

but the best ships are

friendships and may they always be.

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