Keep informed of our next reunion # 8 in Corpuz Christie, Texas in 2005. Contact John Kieft or Al Creasy.
John Kieft (FTG3, '65-'67)
or call John at 541 471 2777 9AM to 4PM Pacific time
Plan to attend.
They are only every two years and we ain't gettin no younger
If you would like to be placed on the Morton Reunion Association roster, contact Al Creasy (LTJG 1959-1961) at one of these addresses:
US mail: Al Creasy, 500 Beau Valley Lane; Tryon, NC 28782
Include these things about yourself:
Rate/rank while you were on Morton
When were you on board
Email address, if you have one
You'll be mailed the most recent newsletter and will get future ones. They are published about four times a year.
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USS Morton DD 948 Reunion 2003
Sept. 17 thru 21,2003 in New Orleans is over and was enjoyed by all that attended. Some of the tours were the National D-Day Museum, a visit to the USS Kidd DD-661, a WWII Fletcher class destroyer, in nearby Baton Rouge, and a Creole dinner aboard a sternwheel steamboat on the Mississippi.
Make plans now to join your old shipmates at Beautiful Charlston, South Carolina in 2005. Date will be announced when available.
Group photo at 2003 reunion
Kent and Gladys Smith enjoying the town
Joe Gomilar and wife. Joe EM3 won the most prized raffle item of the night. Soviet Navy cover. Behind them is John Schlick, ST3
The last breakaway flag now owned by Al Bell
Some relaxing moments. These guys look more like tourists than old sailors.
Edwina Morton Thirsher, daughter of CDR Dudley "Mush" Morton, captain of the sub USS Wahoo SS 238 which was lost in 1943. Edwina was just 16 in 1959 when she Christened and launched the USS Morton DD 948 named for her father. See page on CDR Morton.
CDR Morton page
Left is Edwina Morton at the Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard holding a picture of the Morton during the commissioning in 1959. Model is of a sister ship USS Parsons DD 949.
Thanks to Mike Gloekler of the Pascagoula Naval Shipyard for this photo.
Morton Skipper Al Bell presents Edwina Morton Thirsher with an original porthole from the Morton.
Skippers Al Bell, Jack McGill and Joe Fairchild with Edwina Morton Thirsher.
A brief of highlights of the reunion: Thursday we boarded buses for a day of fun in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Friday featured a trip to Baton Rouge, home of the Fletcher class USS KIDD (DD-661). Saturday night was the banquet, and our speaker was CMDR Al Bell ( MORTON's 15th and last skipper). He told us a heart warming story of MORTON's rescue of Vietnamese boat people in 1982 . He had recently attended the wedding of one of the rescued girls. Among the guests were two other former skippers, plus special guest, Edwina Morton Thirsher, daughter of "Mush" Morton, CMDR of the famous WWII submarine WAHOO. She had christened MORTON in 1959. CMDR Bell presented her with an original porthole from the MORTON.
Special guest is Edwina Morton Thrusher flanked by Al Bell,Jack McGill and Joe Fairchild