Dave and Betty Cunningham, your reunion coordinators, put together a fantastic package for the 4th DDG-23 reunion. This package included, a very nice hotel, with a ton of amenities, and a great room rate. Arrival for the reunion was on Thursday with a Meet and Greet, at the hotel, from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Tour highlights, for Friday, included Patriots Point, the world's largest naval and maritime museum, and while at Patriots Point, enjoy a traditional lunch in the CPO Mess. After lunch board the General Beauregard for a scenic harbor cruise to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Saturday’s group tour was a Tour of Charleston, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the south. After the historic tour spend time shopping and browsing in the Old City Market and then have lunch on your own at a local fine restaurant. Saturday evening enjoy a buffet, with your former shipmates at the hotel.
Hotel Information:Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport
5991 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston SC 29406
Reunion Activities and Costs:
Wine and Cheese Reception in the Hospitality Room of Hotel
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday 12 Oct 2007:
Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor Cruise, and Fort Sumter Tour
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Charleston Tours link (2nd and 3rd items down)
Charleston Harbor Cruise
Tour Patriots Point, the world's largest naval and maritime museum. Visit the Aircraft Carrier YORKTOWN, the destroyer LAFFEY, the submarine, CLAMAGORE, and the Coast Guard Cutter, INGHAM. While at Patriots Point enjoy a traditional lunch (stainless steel plate) in the CPO Mess. After lunch board the General Beauregard for your trip to Fort Sumter. As you cruise through Charleston’s beautiful harbor, you will view the beautiful homes along the Battery, and watch the Sea gulls and the dolphins play in the harbor.Upon arrival at Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, rangers from the National Park Service will give you an informative introduction before you tour this famous bastion and its marvelous museum.
Saturday 13 Oct 2007:
Historic Charleston Tour
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Historic Charleston Tour Link
Tour Charleston, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the south. Her stately homes with their lovely gardens, her magnificent public buildings and her majestic churches will enchant you. As you tour you will see the College of Charleston, Harleston Village (one of the early suburbs of the city), the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and of course our famous Battery with its elegant town houses built by planters and merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. After the historic tour spend some time shopping and browsing in the Old City Market and have lunch on your own at one of our fine restaurants. Saturday Evening Banquet:
Breast of chicken Marsala - $25.00 per/person
Roast Sirloin of Beef - $28.00 per/person
- $10 registration fee per person attending.
- $20 reunion dues for each shipmate.
- $15 hotel use fee for shipmates not staying at the hotel.
2007 reunion registration packets were mailed out by Dave Cunningham in April of 2007, and If you are planning on attending, please return your completed packet to him as soon as possible. He also would not mind an email or phone call stating your desire to attend, even if it is not a firm commitment. This is to ensure that he has enough hotel rooms blocked, and buses reserved for tours.
David maintains a list of over 350 former shipmates, including deceased shipmates, so if you did not receive a registration packet or would like to be added to the reunion crew list, please update your contact information with him. Dave had about 50 registration packets returned as undeliverable for the 2005 reunion, and those crew members were not sent reunion packets for the 2007 reunion.