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"There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea,
but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!" -Irish Proverb

2008 Seattle

The 2008 Reunion at Seattle, WA

September 4th through the 8th

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A message from the President, excerpted from the SeaBlade II:

Ahoy USS Toledo CA-133 Shipmates and First Mates!

I have a feeling everyone enjoyed the reunion in Seattle held early in September. I received many good comments from those who atteneded. Seattle is a great place to visit, so much so that Judy and I took a few extra days to visit some of the nearby sights.

I wish to thank those who worked so hard to make this reunion possible. Vice President, Paul Specht and his wife Carolyn, Secretary/Treasurer Bob Nadeau and his wife Shirley and Area Director Les Stanton spent many hours preparing for our arrival at The Holiday Inn, Renton. Those who helped during the reunion; the Bruners and the Starretts also need to be thanked. It takes many hands to make a reunion successful and I am grateful to all who helped.

I would especially like to thank Lyle Gapen for his donation of all the fresh fruits and vegetables. The Hospitality Room has never been so fully stocked with such wonderful variety of local abundance.

The Holiday Inn was such a great hotel for a reunion. They gave us everything we asked for and their staff was so attentive to our every need. It was definitely a good choice made by the committee searching out local hotels to fill our needs for the Reunion.

Judy and I attended our first reunion in 2000 in San Antonio, TX. I was impressed with the camaraderie of the shipmates, the attendance and the success of that reunion.  I knew no one when we arrived, but so many of you took us under your wing and made us feel comfortable and welcome. We are now part of the USS Toledo family; this is one of the reasons I decided to take on the job as your new President.

If you have never attended a reunion for the USS Toledo, come to Washington, DC in 2010 and we will extend our hands and hearts to you. The groundwork has been started for that reunion. We will have some help this time around by using MRP (Military Reunion Planners). They were involved with the reunion in Seattle and were invaluable.

The holidays are just around the corner and Judy and I wish you all a very blessed holiday season and a Happy New Year.
(signed "Don") Franklin D. Wood

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Click to see  Bob Nadeau's Photos

Division Pictures

1st Div
1st Division

4th Division

5th Division

5th Division

6th Division

6th Division

7th Division

A Division

B Division

EX Division

E Division

Fox Division

M Division

OR Division

R Division

S1 Division

S2 Division

S3 Division

Plank Owners

Marine Detachment

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Check out Past Reunions

1989 Long Beach, CA 1991 Bloomington, IL 1993 Toledo, OH 1995 Norfolk, VA
1996 Philadelphia, PA 1998 Laughlin, NV 2000 San Antonio, TX 2002 Denver, CO
2004 Charleston, SC 2006 Milwaukee, WI 2008 Seattle, WA 2010 Wash DC
2012 St Louis, MO 2014 San Diego, CA 2016 Nashville, TN 2018 Branson, MO