2017 Reunion Location: Galveston, TXOctober 24-27, 2017

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The Small Talk Newsletter was originally published aboard the USS Ernest G. Small DD-838 commencing 30 September, 1945. The first issue was titled “Mighty Small”. The second issue, published 7 October, 1945 was renamed “Small Talk” and all subsequent issues bore that masthead. When fully restored, there will be a total of 28 Small Talk issues from the period commencing 30 September, 1945 and ending on 23 June, 1946.

Small Talk was resurrected in 1994 when USS Ernest G. Small shipmates contracted Military Locators & Reunion Services to facilitate annual Shipmate Reunions. ML&RS published the Small Talk, quarterly, from March, 1994 until August, 2009. The shipmates of the USS Ernest G. Small Association voted to organize and execute all future reunions in September, 2009. Small Talk was published by shipmates under a new Masthead. The first new issue was published the first issue in November, 2009.


harold waltersJanuary 5, 2014 at 6:24 pmReply

Have info and photos to share . Served on Small 1961-1964 . Could not bring up bottom half of crew list so don’t know if I am listed .photo you have showing crew in whites on fan tail and 01 level is a memorial service for ship mate lost at sea between Pearl andYokosuka

FortenberryJuly 26, 2017 at 4:37 pmReply

Shipmates, for those who remember him, Arnold Dyre passed away recently. He was on the Small in 1968 to his ears in the Navy. He was proud of his time on her and his shipmates.

Roy (Robbie) RobertsonJanuary 26, 2018 at 10:51 amReply

I served from September 17, 1954 to November 6th 1958. I would like hear from any the crew from the forward engine room of the USS Ernest G. Small DDR 838. I am now 81, and hope some of you guys are still around. You can call me at (760) 329-8482. It would be great to talk over old times. I would also like to see if any of you remembers “Operation Wigwam” I cant seem to get any information fom the VA about it, it could still be classified. Hope to hear from any of that served with me if your still kicking. Best to you and yours. Robbie Robertson MMFN3