|The 1998 Reunion of
former REQUIN crewmen, from all of the periods of REQUIN's service
in the US Navy, was held on September 18 through 21, 1998 in Pittsburgh,
Of the 302 names on
the current REQUIN Sailing List, 84 former crewmen plus wives
and children attended, making it one heck of a reunion. A lot
of the credit for the success of the Reunion should go to Bob
Garlock, Bob "Dex" Armstrong, Mike Hemming, Jack Stewart, Adrian
Stuke, and Wally Zukowski, who did a hell of a job getting this
reunion together. And yes, plans are underway for the reunion
I considered it a
great honor to have been allowed to attend, and I was able to
meet many of the REQUIN vets I had only been communicating with
via e-mail. I was also privileged enough to meet, for the first
time, REQUIN's second skipper, Capt. George Street (Medal of Honor
winner during WWII), as well as Capt. Ed Frame (skipper from 1962
- 64). I was also lucky enough to meet (again) Capt. Slade Cutter
(REQUIN's first skipper), Capt. David Green (skipper from 1952
- 54), and Capt. Hank Bress (skipper from 1954 - 56), who just
happens to be a neighbor of mine in Maryland.
And now, for the photos.....
Wilson (on the right) and his son Dave. They came the farthest,
from Long Beach, CA, and it was the first time in 51 years
that Art had seen REQUIN.
Art Wilson (left) and Richard Lyon (right). This was the
first time they had seen each other since their time on
REQUIN (51 years).
Lyon and his wife Corinne (seated) meet another of Richard's
crewmates, Mike Leybick. Mike lives in the Pittsburgh area
and is one of the dedicated volunteers who take tours through
REQUIN. He and Richard hadn't seen each other in over 50 years.
met Art Wilson through another REQUIN vet, Jim Reynolds.
He and Art served during the same time period (1946 - 47)
and later on, after their service in the Navy ended, worked
near each other for a long time. They met again at a SubVets
meeting in California, when Jim Reynolds had a copy of my
history on REQUIN at the meeting.