USS Francis Hammond 2017 Reunion

The reunion was held in Branson, MO June 15-18.  A good time was had by all.  The above video tribute was assembled by Bob Collins.  It was shown at the reunion with “period” music, but had to be stripped for YouTube use to avoid copyright infringement, so no audio with this.  Was great to reconnect with old shipmates after almost 45 years.  Below are photos of just the DE crew and one of all the attendees, DE and FF crews.

DE crew only.  Back row L to R: Jerry Anderson, Jeff Zavada, Scott Gillespie, Dennis Clevenger and Harold Nichols.  Front row: Bobby Daniels, James Bunce, Raymond “Marv” Martin, Dave Seiffert and LTjg Kent Grealish.  Believe it or not all 10 of us were on board together at some point during 1972-73.


All 27 attendees, DE & FF crews.


Radar Gang 2017 L to R: Bobby “Stubby” Daniel, Jeff “Zee” Zavada, Marv “The Saint” Martin, Dennis “DC” Clevenger and Scott Gillespie.


6 Responses to USS Francis Hammond 2017 Reunion

  1. Zee says:

    Yes it was a great time at the reunion. I had a good time hanging with the old men. We will have to have another before we all have to use walkers and electric wheelchairs.

    Thanks to all that could make it.

  2. Scott Gillespie OS3 says:

    You know the great thing is that we all look just the same, except I’ve gone slightly blonde. Looking forward to the next one.

  3. Bobby (Stubby) Daniel says:

    I had a great time at the reunion. The thing that surprised me the most was that all of us old guys had quit smoking. I had lost many inches in height due to gravity (this made me appear to have taken on extra weight). Thanks to the FF guys for putting it together and inviting us to it. I hope we can have a few more of these in the future.

  4. Phil DiBenedetto says:

    To my fellow shipmates I’m sorry I missed seeing you things came up and I was not able to attend I hope it will be another reunion so that I may attend and see you all again May the seas be smooth until then God bless you all thank you for your service

  5. Ray Martin says:

    don’t understand the Saint in our RD gang pic. was I that shallow?

  6. Ray says:

    I have a flag I picked up . I believe it is from this ship.
    Looking to sell it.

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