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

USS Ernest G. Small

2014 Reunion – Pensacola, FL

October 23-26, 2014

The group of six explodes from their formation.               In Formation               


2014 marked the twenty-first reunion of shipmates of the USS Ernest G. Small.  We visited Pensacola, Florida, a city with a long history dating from early Spanish exploration & conquest to its current history as being the first home of U.S. Naval Aviation.

2014 was the 100-year history of Pensacola Naval Air Station.  The Aviation Training Station was established on 20 January, 1914.  LCDR Henry C. Mustin and Lt. John H. Towers arrived in Pensacola on the battleship USS Mississippi with the men and aircraft from the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland.  The aviation unit consisted of nine officers, twenty-three enlisted man, and seven aircraft.  The historic first flight took place on 2 February, 1914, with Lt. Towers and Ens. Godfrey deChevalier at the controls.  Since 1914, thousands of Naval Aviators have received their training there, including John H. Glenn, USMC who became the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 and Neil Armstrong who became the first man to set foot on the moon in 1969.

We were hosted by the staff of  the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel, located at 200 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502.  The rooms, food and services were excellent, making the Crowne Plaza an great base of operations while enjoying our time together in Pensacola.

Early arrivals were treated to a two hour trip to NAS Pensacola for a free show of the Blue Angels precision flight team.  This group of the Navy’s best pilots performed an amazing array of close flight patterns while flying at near-supersonic speeds.

You can review our list of 2014 Reunion Attendees at the button below.

 2014 Reunion Video Slide Show



Ron Hoffart Stg 2June 10, 2014 at 5:06 pmReply

I can help get the people ready for the photos when you wish. they know me by now when to get in line. Always ready to try to help. I hope to make it there. My Father is on his last part of life and I will stay with him until the end. It may be soon or it may be a while. I will keep you informed. So for all the reunions we have done ourselves have been great, that be here be there just was a little rushed. One day of tours is great unless there are more places to see. A free day is nice. If I can help otherwise I will do what I can.

Your Shipmate

Ron Hoffart

Ken YasutomeSeptember 5, 2014 at 1:12 pmReply

Just booked myself and fiancé to attend the Small Reunion in Pensacola tis October. Ernie G was my first duty station after completing OCS in FEB 1965. Aboard Small til MAR 67. Looking forward to seeing Small crew members. Bringing my 66-68 Small WESTPAC cruise book for memories.

Dennis VinsonSeptember 8, 2014 at 12:13 pmReply

I am looking forward to seeing you after nearly five decades. I am confident we will share some memorable sea stories from our time in Yokosuka and Tonkin Gulf.