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2017 Reunion Information


48th USS ESSEX Association Reunion

Our 2017 reunion will be held at the Marriott Chesapeake Hotel located at 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320 the week of September 18 to September 24, 2017. To make your Hotel reservations please call the Marriott Chesapeake Direct at 757.523-1500 or their Central Reservation at 888-245-2617 or you can book online by clicking the link here: Book your group rate for USS Essex Military Reunion

You MUST indicate the group name USS ESSEX Association in order to receive the group rate. Once you have made your Airline Reservations – Call the Hotel and advise Terrie Chamblee of your Arrival Date, Time & Flight Number along with your Departure Date, Time & Flight Number. This way she can complete all the transportation arrangements for your arrival.

Our room rate is $109.00 a night plus tax which includes Breakfast for Two, Transportation To & From the Norfolk, VA Airport and Hotel Parking. The Breakfast will be from the Hotel Menu up to $12.00 per person, varied menu. For the three items that are above $12.00 you will have to pay the difference, unless the hotel decides to have a full Breakfast Buffet, they are waiting to see what our numbers will be. Note: Gratuity is not included when ordering from the menu. Please make your Hotel Reservations & The Reunion Brat Registrations Early.

The Hotel is about 20 minutes from the Norfolk, VA Airport (Airport code is “ORF”). If you're using a computer to search for Airfare you can try KAYAK.COM to search numerous airlines at one time, when you select an airline it automatically switches you to that airline to make your reservation. Note: Southwest Airlines does not participate in Kayak. After landing and picking up your luggage, call the Hotel for pick up and they will advise you where to get your transportation to the hotel.

On Tuesday and Thursday evening we will have a specialty food night. Tuesday we will be having Fish & Chips @ $16.00 P.P. and on Thursday it will be Pork Sliders with Cole Slaw @ $15.00 P.P. The above prices have been reduced because the association is paying part of the cost for both of these dinners and will also provide desert afterwards. We will NOT have a Saturday night dinner at the Hotel this year, but I am looking at a Dinner Cruise for Saturday night. We are trying something new; as you see above we are having two specialty food nights.

There is 15% discount in the hotel restaurant this year, except for breakfast, which is included in your room rate. There are no restaurants within walking distance. However, There are a number or restaurants within a mile and a half of the Hotel.

NOTE: You can cancel your Hotel reservation up to 24 hours before your check in time & date. Also, when booking your airfare on the computer and you're satisfied with the price there is a box at the end to purchase insurance, it’s cheaper then waiting to purchase your airfare at the last minute, it's up to you.

Dan Genet
Reunion Coordinator


For USS ESSEX LHD-2 Plaque Enshrinement Ceremony in Washington, DC see Tour #5, and for Naval Base Tour of an LHD see Tour #7.

Registration Form information must be completed with the required information and fees to be able to participate in tours #5 and #7 by the 23rd of August 2017.

Hotel room reservations deadline is 18th of August 2017. Be sure to mention to the Hotel that you are with the USS ESSEX Association to receive the room rate discount.

We encourage you to send us your own photos from previous reunions, and we will post them for all to enjoy!

Let's make this the most successful reunion yet!

Facebook page(s) for the Essex Association will also carry the full disclosure of events and information. Any questions regarding this event, email us or send a text message to: 602-882-0375.

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Old and New Shipmates at the 2013 USS Essex Association Reunion in Nashville, TN

Pictured left to right: Eric Peterson, Tom Ferelli, Eugene Schmidt, Richard Scales, Scott Packer, Bob Nause, and Travis Harder


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