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

USS Ernest G. Small Association

2017 Shipmate Reunion

October 24-26, 2017

Galveston, TX

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Harvey rolled on shore into Houston on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Once ashore, the wind force was reduced from a Category 4 hurricane to a Tropical Storm.  But the ensuing rain over the following four days left a rainfall estimated at 50+ inches and flooding throughout the greater Houston area.

Today, the floodwaters are receding, revealing the staggering breadth of destruction from Harvey.  Close to 40,000 homes are heavily damaged, and 7,000 were destroyed, in the latest figures from the Texas Department of Public Safety.  The mucking out has begun in Houston, even as rescuers continue a grim search for bodies inside cars and homes. Today, many roads remain impassable, but Houston’s airports re-opened late Wednesday afternoon.

O.K. – How does this major weather event affect the Ernest G. Small Association’s 2017 reunion?

  • John Lewis has been in regular contact with our host, the Galveston Island Hilton over the past week.  Hotel staff has assured John that they have had limited local damage and forecast that they will be able to deliver our reunion with no downgrade in service or facilities.


  • The reunion is still in play.  We currently have a registration total of sixty-three shipmates and guests with an estimate late registration of another six shipmates and guests.  Registration will be extended to September 13, 2017.  

  • Should another severe weather event take place in the Houston/Galveston area before the reunion start date of 24 October, 2017, we may have to cancel.  In the event of a cancellation of the reunion, the Association will refund the registration fees for meals, tours and other events.  There will be a pro-rata refund of the Registration Fees, less the cost of gifts and prizes purchased in advance of the reunion.



Warren CruiseSeptember 2, 2017 at 8:10 amReply

To whom it may concern

My name is Warren Cruise i am 90 years old and i enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and finished my tour of duty in 1946. I am writing this email because I will not be able to attend the reunion this year in Galveston Texas due to my current health issues. I was on the DD838 that was launched in June of 1945. I remand on that destroyer for its European tour during the WWII. The European tour had one function and that was the top secret mission that involved the mapping of the suez canal. I have been planing to wright a short document about this operation. I have been in touch with Robert in Florida and it appears that we are the only two left of the original crew. If my health was better i would have attended the reunion. If you would like to know any of my story’s from my time of duty please give me a call.

Best Regards,
Warren Cruise
Warren Cruise Consulting, LLC
Phone: (720) 373-2789
E-mail: warren@warrencruiseconsulting.com

Dennis VinsonSeptember 3, 2017 at 9:58 amReply

Hi Warren. Welcome aboard. I have sent you a current listing of surviving plank owners by way of your email. I will touch base by telephone next week.

John LewisSeptember 9, 2017 at 9:29 amReply

All is well for the 2017 Reunion as Dennis mentioned above. We are a go for Houston Space Center and the Hilton is ready for us. There are 4 rooms left at the group rate, so any not signed up and thinking about coming you can still get the $119 rate. Viki and I are really looking forward to Galveston:):):)

John LuchtJanuary 23, 2018 at 10:45 amReply

Is the newsletter still being done? I haven’t seen anything in quite a while and was just wondering. Thanks

Dennis VinsonJanuary 23, 2018 at 11:16 amReply

John, I have been tardy in the Small communications department since falling victim to a severe chest cold and then flu early in December. We did get the reunion books published and shipped before Christmas and the cold has abated finally. The cold is winding down but I have been dealing with an arthritic hip and it has been mentally hard to focus. I am now working on a January edition of Small Talk and hope to have it published before the end of the month. Guess it will be the Super Bowl issue. I will publish a group email announcement when this is finished.

My apologies for the delays.


Warren CruiseJanuary 27, 2018 at 9:15 amReply

Hello Dennis,
I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. I have not received one of the reunion books and was wondering if i could get one. Also is there any charge for the reunion book? Please email me and let me know.

Best Regards,
Warren Cruise