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51st USS ESSEX Association Reunion


Ahoy Shipmates,

It is with regret and sorrow that the Essex Board has decided to cancel our 51st reunion in Charlotte, NC, this year.

Of course, this is due to COVID-19 that has devastated our nation. With the expected future outlook we decided it is better to cancel now rather than take the chance of risk later. We are publishing this issue in a modified version to save on cost and expedite information to our membership. It is also our goal to keep everyone involved in planning, coordination, and organizing of our newsletter and our reunion personnel safe and free of exposure.

I have recently received information from our reunion coordinators Dan Genet and the Reunion Brat Trish that the Hotel has agreed to void all cancellation fees and requirements due to the current health situation we face. We are not under any obligation to postpone our reunion with the hotel in Charlotte to another date but will look into the possibility of renegotiating the contract at another time.

If you have already made reservations with the hotel and registered with the reunion, it is suggested you cancel either/or both now to avoid later confusion.

On another note, I see membership dues coming due. Please remit now if you haven’t sent in your 2020 dues. Remember! Dues are the fuel that drives our association. The Essex Association Ship’s Store is also open for business.

We are hoping that things will turn around soon so our lives will get back to somewhat normal. We will be in San Diego for 2021. Stay safe and stay well.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

GOD BLESS! And Smooth Sailing

H. Bruce Sims Chairman


If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Tom Ferelli

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