Emmons Family Reunions
Siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends of our beloved Emmons shipmates come together each year to celebrate the legacy established by the shipmates many years ago. Each year we're honored to have new 'Emmons Family' members join us. Whether you're a shipmate's immediate family, distant relative, friend or simply someone looking to learn more about the Emmons legacy and be a part of the Emmons Family, we hope you'll join us for this tradition started by the shipmates back in 1953. For a list of past reunions, click here.
This year will take us to Baltimore, Maryland, home of our National Anthem and the sloop-of-war USS Constellation. Our base of operations will be the Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel - BWI, September 28 - October 1.
While you're invited to arrive anytime during the weekend, guests will begin to arrive Thursday when the hospitality room will be open. Friday morning we will head to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where we will enjoy a guided tour of the USS Constellation. Built in 1854, the Constellation was the last sail-only warship built by the U.S. Navy. During the tour, we'll pause to honor the memory of the Emmons' lost shipmates with our annual memorial service. We'll have plenty of time to visit the other historic ships there, have lunch and experience all the Inner Harbor has to offer before returning to the hotel for an afternoon program and dinner buffet.
Following Saturday morning's Association meeting, you can use your free time for any of a number of adventures including, among other things, a cruise on the Inner Harbor, a visit to the National Aquarium or Maryland Science Center, exploring Fort McHenry where the Star-Spangled Banner was born, doing some shopping or simply enjoying the amenities at the hotel.
Saturday evening's banquet and program will be followed Sunday morning with our goodbye breakfast buffet. As always, the hospitality room will be open throughout the weekend.
A block of rooms set aside with a group rate of $129/night will be available until August 31 or when they're all taken, whichever comes first, so don't delay in making your reservation.
Use the button below to book your room online (if using Google Chrome, you may need to copy/paste the link into your browser and manually enter your arrival and departure dates). You may also book your room by calling 443-577-2100, mentioning the USS Emmons Reunion. Reservations may be cancelled at no cost up to 24 hours in advance. For anyone wishing to extend your stay, the group rate is available 3 days before and after our reunion dates.
A mailing will go out this spring with further details and registration information. If you're not already on our mail list, check back here or email us and we'll see that you receive everything you need to know when it's available. We hope to see you this fall!
After retreating to Zoom the past two years, 47 members of the Emmons Family came together at the Crowne Plaza Annapolis to celebrate the Emmons legacy.
The weekend was truly a Family Event, with our second, third and fourth generation in attendance with two first generation members, Fern Sparks and Dennis Yecke. And an early highlight of the weekend was a Zoom get together with shipmate Grover McMichael, who, at 99 years young, charmed the group with his wit , wisdom and Emmons stories.
Thursday was given over to registration and renewing of acquaintances in the hospitality room as attendees arrived throughout the day and evening. The newest addition to our reunion, and one which will clearly become an annual tradition, was introduced….the USS Emmons Wall of Honor, which allowed attendees the opportunity to display photos of their loved ones and share interesting tidbits about their time of service and family life.
Scheduled activities began Friday morning with a guided tour of the U.S. Naval Academy, including our annual Memorial Service, a viewing of the impressive noon meal formation and lunch together.
Back at the hotel, Friday afternoon's program found time for presentation of Kurt Reese’s much anticipated video of the April Memorial Dive at Okinawa, which as always, did not disappoint. Also, members were allowed time to share thoughts and memories of the shipmates. Friday evening the group gathered for a time of socializing at a buffet dinner hosted by the Association.
The weekend’s climax came at Saturday evening’s banquet, with 2022 scholarship recipients Layne Fry and Isaac Bird sharing their essays and this year’s keynote speaker, Lt. Michael Ross, USN, who spoke of the call to selfless service, exhibited by the crew of the USS Emmons, as a common thread throughout Navy’s history.
The weekend came to an end with a farewell breakfast Sunday morning.
Click here for photos from the 2022 reunion.
With the uncertainty of Covid’s Delta variant causing concern, Zoom and its comfort of home became the venue as four generations of Emmons family came together virtually September 24th to celebrate the legacy of our USS Emmons shipmates. The 2021 Emmons Association reunion was attended by 106 family members and friends, including 3 shipmates and 18 attending their first reunion.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to hear from shipmates George Flory, Grover McMichael and Tony Esposito. Although Zoom technical difficulties prevented a live visit with Tony, participants were treated to a viewing of his interviews included in a documentary shared with the group.
Following Acting President Dennis Yecke’s welcome and some brief Association business, the agenda proceeded with the Griffin/Emmons scholarship awards, correspondence and Emmons happenings the past year. Included was Cheri Yecke sharing her experience transcribing all the hand-written survivor accounts for the new edition of the survivor reports book, as well as a viewing of a documentary highlighting the kamikaze attack on the Emmons.
The evening then moved into high gear with a report from our Okinawa diver friends, Kurt Reese, on the deteriorating condition of the ship, and Mike Boring, who made the presentation of a ship’s artifact to the Association honoring the Emmons shipmates.
The evening concluded with a memorial service honoring the lost shipmates and Kurt’s moving video of the April memorial dive at the Emmons site.
A recording of the 2021 reunion and two videos presented are available here: