There were 27 men who had made final
that they would attend. Of these, 7 were unable to make it
of air transportation problems due to the terrorist attacks and events
of 11 Sept. There
were two additional men who showed up that were not on the preconfirmed
We had a total of 21 men and 16 wives attend on either the 13th or 14th
or both, and
one man who tried his hardest to be with us, but arrived late, story
We had two
oversized ajoining rooms overlooking the pool. Activities were
limited due to the 9/11 events overshadowing the emotions of the
week. We called around to some local restaurants and found one
which would accomodate our group of nearly 40.. We ordered off the
menu, so everyone had full choice of food and drinks. We vowed to
do it again with more planning.
|John Baker +wifeKaren
Roy Owens+wife Bonnie
John Patrick+wife Linda
Bob L. Petty+wifeCarolyn
C.M. "Mick" Ray
James Way+wife Marie
††None of you got to meet Charley Odom. He is 88 years old (previously I miscalculated him as 92); has only one good eye, and doesn't drive. He started on his journey to Peoria from Knoxville, TN. Because of the events of Tuesday, 9/11 he spent two nights in the Nashville Airport hoping to finally get a flight. When it became clear that no planes would be flying he took a bus which dictated a change in Indianapolis. Missing a connection to Peoria by two hours, he was forced to spend another uncomfortable night at the bus station. He finally arrived during the afternoon on Friday, but was exhausted and went to bed. On Saturday morning I was not in any particular hurry, and caught an extra hour and a half sleep myself, even though I had planned a fairly early departure. Charley knocked on my door not too many minutes before I would have been gone. He and I talked about his experiences for over two hours. He gave me copies of some early photos of Sabalo. I sure am glad I didn't miss him. He was looking forward to the Saturday evening banquet. I met him again as I boarded the elevator with my luggage cart to depart. He reported that he had found a "dancing partner" for the banquet. (His wife died when he was 79, and he took up ball-room dancing later to keep active.) -- Figures a Sabalo sailor could find a girl in a strange town! I sure hope he had a great time. What determination he showed in making it to Peoria!! [Charley is an original plankowner and was on the boat during the full period it was in commission the first time 1944-46.]
*Gene Williams signed the log books in the reception area, but did
not made it up to the suite.
More DETAILS TO BE POSTED
Please send some photos. I didn't take very many.
SOUVENIRS: I had souvenir shot glasses to
out to each person who attended in Peoria. Unfortunately, I temporarily
forgot to pass them out until the last minute, and a few men missed
out. They have dolphins on them and "USS Sabalo SS-302"
"Peoria 2001 Reunion". There were also some navy colored golf
shirts with dolphins and "USS Sabalo SS-302" on them for sale.