[UPDATE: Project finished with commentary and link to all the photos]
I really do not need any new projects. However, in my effort to preserve the history of the USS Patterson (DD392), I decided to scan and post photos of the ship’s reunions from the first one in 1979 through the early 1990s. All photos are from my Father-in-Law’s album: Erwin A. Schroder.
There were some reunions after the dates for which I have pictures, including a reunion held in Australia in honor of the 400+ survivors that the Patterson rescued from the sinking HMAS Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island during which 10 Patterson crew were killed. The Patterson crew and their families were included in Sydney’s ANZAC Day parade that year. The Pat is still revered in Australia for her rescue so many decades ago.
My hope is that by posting pictures and as many identifications of attendees as I can, others doing genealogical research might be assisted in finding nuggets of their family history.
Few photos exist from the first Patterson reunion in 1979 held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here is a group photo of the attendees and a picture of the cake made for the occasion (Erwin is third from the right in the group photo). Larger numbers of crewmen attended subsequent reunions when they became better publicized.
Also of note are some pictures from the 1986 reunion held in Philadelphia. Crewman and their families visited the newest version of the USS Patterson (FF1061).