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


Donald Cooper – Obituary

Donald Cooper – Obituary

Donald Booth Cooper January 17, 1930 – January 1, 2015 This week I received notification of the passing of shipmate, Donald Cooper, FN 1952-1954. Donald’s son, Robert, called to advise us of his father’s death. He made special note that, while at the advanced age of 84, his dad was a robust outdoors man and…

Donald McDonald – Obituary

Donald McDonald – Obituary

Donald “Bud” Manning McDonald April 16, 1928 – January 1, 2015 Received via email from Judy Pharr.  “It is with much sorrow that I write to inform you of the death of my father, Donald Manning McDonald on 1/1/15. He had served on the Small DD838 from 1946 -1949, his first ship upon completion of basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training  Center….

1945 Ernest G. Small Christmas Card

Christmas is just around the corner. In fact, the stores have had Christmas goodies out this year since before Halloween. I received an email and a surprise gift from the daughter of one of our Plank Owner’s from 1945. Her name is Evelynn Decker. She said: “Hello, My father Everett S. Decker served on the…

2014 Shipmate Reunion Memorial Service

Please click on the caption in the photo (above) to view the photo book presentation of our 2014 Shipmate Memorial Service which was conducted at the Pensacola, FL Veteran’s Memorial Park on October 25, 2014. It was a moving and memorable experience for all who attended.                  …

Larry Chassels – Obituary

Larry Chassels, 1943-2014 We received the sad news that shipmate, Larry T. Chassels passed away just a few weeks before our 2014 reunion in Pensacola. Larry served on the USS Ernest G. Small  in 1970 with the rank of LT as Weapons Officer during the last cruise of the ship and was acting C.O. during the ship’s decommissioning…

Photo Central

  Robert (Robb) Nunes, our erstwhile photographer and reunion assistant of the E.G. Small Association.  Robb joined us in San Diego and has been a reunion fixture ever since.  His help has been essential in making sure our events occur when scheduled, the Hospitality Suite never lacks for food or drink, and most importantly; Robb captures…

Who, me???

Early arrival Lenington relaxes a bit in the exclusive club at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Two lovelies….

Nothing but good times at our reunions.

Gilded Halls

Elegance as well as a bit of well placed greenery adorn this year’s Reunion setting. Really looking forward to seeing everyone!

The grandeur of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pensacola.

Really great venue for this year’s USS Ernest G. Small reunion. Rosemarie Vinson is one of the early arrivals.

2014 Reunion Update

Our 2014 Shipmate Reunion will commence noon, October 23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel, located at 200 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502. While the reunion officially kicks off at noon, 23 October, early arrivals (October 21st) have the option of attending a free Blue Angels show on the morning of October 22nd at NAS…

Louis Kamberos – Obituary

Louis S. Kamberos , 1936-2914 We were recently advised that Louis S. Kamberos, LTJG USS Ernest G. Small (1959-1962) passed away July 19, 2014. He was last in attendance at the 2012 Reunion of the USS Ernest G. Small in Bath, Maine with his wife, Mary. She writes, “It is with a heavy heart that I inform…

Dennis R. Neuroth – Obituary

Dennis Ray Neuroth, 72, of Ankeny, Iowa died August 2, 2014, of Multiple Myeloma. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. August 6, 2014 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church, Ankeny, IA . He was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on May 6th, 1942 to Joseph & Mabel (Schrafel) Neuroth, and grew up in Conrad. Dennis served…

Donald K. Triplett – Obituary

Donald Kilian Triplett, 83, passed away Tuesday June 17, 2014 at Saints Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Don was born April 3, 1931 in Locust Hill, KY. He was a retired businessman, a member of the Kosair Shrine, life member of Scottish Rite, Custer Masonic Lodge #624, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars #6182,…

Lee Graber – Obituary

Lee G.Graber, age 81, of Orange, passed away on November 26, 2013 surrounded by his family. Lee was born in Berne, Indiana on March 13, 1932 and moved to California after serving in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He will be missed greatly by his family: Joy, wife of 51 years; daughters, Debra (Tim)…

Johnnie Ludwig – Obituary

Born in Clifton, Texas July 17, 1923 to John Ludwig and Leona Kanz Ludwig. Deceased October 13, 2013. Johnnie graduated from Clifton, Texas High School in June, 1942.  He then attended Baylor University on a full football scholarship from September 1942 until he enlisted in the US Navy in June, 1943. Johnnie served as a…

Freeman Cobb – Obituary

Freeman “Teddy” was born July 1, 1926 in Roslindale, MA to Freeman T. Cobb, Sr. and Dorothy Duke of Newton, MA . He joined the Navy in 1943 and he served on the USS Ernest G. Small (DD-DDR 838) as a Plank Owner from Commissioning in 1945 until 1948. Teddy and his late wife Charlotte…

USS Ernest G. Small Covers

USS Ernest G. Small Covers

As most you know, my father, Al Dentino, served as a radio man aboard the Small during it’s time in Korea and was on the ship when it struck the mine. While I have only attended…physically…two of the reunions (Bath and Bigfork), I feel that I have been at all of the others in spirit….

The Galloping Ghost

The Galloping Ghost

The Galloping Ghost USS ERNEST G. SMALL DD-838 THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS IS A PRODUCT OF MY PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS, WAR DIARIES, ACTION REPORTS AND DECK LOG OF THE DESTROYER, ERNEST G.SMALL. By Donald Wayman      ________________________________________________________________________  10 OCTOBER 1951  INLANDSEA OF JAPAN  AS PICTURED LIFE MAGAZINE MARCH 3,1952     ________________________________________________________________________ ERNEST G….