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2014 Reunion Location: Pensacola, FLOctober 23-26, 2014

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Swens, Lenington, Lee, business meeting, reunion, 2012
USS Ernest G. Small
USS Ernest G. Small conducting a memorial service for "lost at sea' shipmate, Paul Lane RDSN on June 27, 1962 in Hawaiian waters. Lane was lost overboard on the night of June 26. Despite rescue efforts of Small, Turner Joy and Buckley, Lane was never recovered.
2014 Reunion
2014 Memorial Service - USS Ernest G. Small DD/DDR-838
Memorial Service for departed shipmates of USS Ernest G. Small DD/DDR-838
Toasting another victory...
Shipmates Ron Hoffart and Larry 'Chit Chat' Coombs toast another happy reunion in Bath, Maine (2012).
At The Gate
Twenty-two shipmates and guests arrived at NAS Pensacola for the Wednesday practice and show of the Blue Angels. Fortunately, we arrive early to secure seats in the stands. Almost all practices are well attended and have standing room only.
Vietnam Wall
Pensacola's one-half scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Washington, D.C.
The work of the watchful
The crew of DDR-838 keeps a watchful eye on the horizon.
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John Lewis takes a photo of E.G. Small group in the stands.
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Hard work and horseplay...
Spent shell casings from her 5-inch main guns litter the deck of the Ernest G. Small.
Prime Seating for the Crew
The E.G. Small group secured prime seats for the Blue Angel show.
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Storied shipmates...
John Swens drives home a salient point during one of the masterful sea stories told at the 2012 reunion in Bath, Maine..
Take Off
The Blue Angels Commence the Show
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Relaxed, but vigilant
Shipmate Dan Stiffler at his station while on Condition Three Alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962
Airborne
Blue Angels #1 through #4 are airborne and getting into formation.
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The Britton Smile
Bill Britton shows off his always-warming smile at the official 2012 Ernest G. Small reunion held in Bath, Maine (wife, Brenda, in the background).
Star burst
Trailing smoke, the six aircraft break formation into a star burst pattern.
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Tonkin Gulf Tedium
Ray Hughes, TM2, stands watch on the O1 Level Midships during a break from gunfire support missions in the Tonkin Gulf, ca. 1964.
Close Fly By
Aircraft #5 & #6 perform an exciting head to head fly by within a few feet of collision.
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Hong Kong arrival
Fox and 2nd Division sea and anchor detail man the port side during her entry into Hong Kong's busy harbor in 1965 for five days R&R after a month-long tour of the gun line in Tonkin Gulf.
In Delta Formation
The six Blue Angels fly in a Delta formation with an average separation of 18 inches at the wings.
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Near Miss
These two aircraft closed at greater than Mach 1 speeds.
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Explosion
The squadron breaks ranks as they prepare for landing.
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On the Ground
The Blue Angels taxi in review after landing.
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Heading Home
Our attendees depart the airfield after enjoying a spectacular show.
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