If you attended the reunion and would like to submit stories or pictures, contact Bob Pettengill at email@example.com to submit your information.
Needless to say the United States Submarine Veterans convention in Peoria was dampened by the event of Tuesday 11 September. The Snook reunion, which had an estimated attendance of 54 turned out 27, which, under the circumstances of the airline situation, etc was pretty good. Plus a couple of the guys had unexpected events such as a blood clot in the leg (Wonsley) occur which impacted their attempt to make the reunion.
Bob McMann (the 91 year old WWII Snook Vet) and his wife were there. I can only hope to be as chipper as he is at that age, if I even make it. What a guy...He had just left the WWII SubVets convention in St Louis and drove up to Peoria for this one. We presented him with the book "Final Dive" which is the story of the WWII Snook SS-279 and it's gallant and tragic career. Additionally we paid for his room and the luncheon (The Snook reunion fund is now broke).
The buffet that Bob
Spide arranged was very good (my opinion) and the get-together at the
during the afternoon gave everyone a chance to visit, exchange lies and
take pictures. So all-in-all I think the reunion
was a success, even with the cloud of the 11th hanging over us.
I left the next morning and drove home as did quite a few others. However the following took place and just in case you are not aware I'm passing on the significant events of the convention.
1. Admiral Koentzni
(Ex-SUBPAC) was the scheduled speaker, but for obvious reasons he
make it so
retired Capt John Peters took his place.
2. Jack Ensminger is still National Commander, but John Peters moved up to Senior Vice Commander and
Bud Berg (Bremerton) is the new National Jr. Vice Commander. Jim Strassels of Phoenix is the new
3. Next years convention will be held in Duluth Minn followed by Reno Nevada in 2003 in conjunction with
WWIISubvets. 2004 is still open with Lake Placid New York and Groton both being asked to resubmit bids at
next years convention. 2005 will be in Kansas City, possibly in conjunction with WWIISubVets also.
Insofar as the next Snook reunion, it was undecided as to where or when, but I would suspect Reno in 2003 will be a good candidate.
A few asked where
they could purchase the book "Final Dive" by Rick Cline.
Send your request to:
R. A. Cline Publishing
650 N. Rose Dr. #208
Placentia, CA. 92870
His website is: www.Submarinebooks.com
Cost of the book is $19.95 plus 3 bucks shipping and if you are a California resident add $1.50 tax
That's about it...any
questions, send me some e-mail.
Bob Spide had several copies of the following picture that he was offering for sale. The price was $10.00 but unfortunately Bob is on Eternal Patrol and you can no longer get a copy.
|Tex Bishop||61 - 66||Roxie|
|Paul Craig||71 - 75|
|Warren Forrest||63 - 65||Gail|
|Ed Kuehl||72 - 75|
|Bob Pettengill||72 - 76||Diana|
And Honored Guest,
WWII Snook Submariner
Robert Mc Mann and Mrs. McMann. Plus ten wives, six of whose names are
listed above. Twenty seven attended the Luncheon - the most we have had
in the 3 reunions (Mobile, Reno, and Peoria.)