Philadelphia, PA - October 1 - 4, 2018

Bang entereing Philly harbor

  The 75th diamond anniversary reunion of BANG has come and gone.  Our hosts, Ike Cohen and Michelle Ostapiej wanted to make this one special and indeed it was!  They planned many surprises for us during our four days in Philadelphia including a great lunchtime musical show by three sisters on the fantail of the battleship New Jersey, specially minted challenge coins from the four BANG flags and patches and BANG pins for the ladies as well as the presentation of a flag that flew over the US Capitol building and a congratulatory letter on BANG's 75th anniversary from the President of the United States!  

Ike and Michelle also arranged for Matt Fash and his mom and dad from the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC to spend two days with us conducting and videoing interviews with BANG sailors who volunteered to recount memories from their time on BANG.  Thirty of us volunteered and these video interviews will be professionally edited and posted on the Navy Memorial web site for all to view for posterity.  Thanks to all who participated in these interviews helping us, "... perpetuate the memory of the USS BANG, and the men that served aboard her."

Final as of 9/30/2018

53-55 Charles Kimball EM Estelle & Mark Walerzak Guests
55-59 Gary & Dae Probst EN 64-66 Harry and Jo Ann Ross ST
56-58 Marvin and JoAnn Christenson ET 64-67 Jack & Diane O'Connor MM
56-58 Dick & Chris Flanagan RM Frank & Claudia Steinmetz Guests
56-59 Phil & Dot Beals CS 66-68 Gabe and Pam Lewis FTGU
57-60 Deane & Connie Hadfield EN Diane & Karla Lindquist Guests
57-60 Wayne & Elaine Thalasinos TM 66-69 Charles Dougherty MM
58-62 Dick Gahan IC 67-68 Eric & Sally Ericson TM/td>
Kathy Seader Guest 67-68 Jim & Esther Hampton ET
62-65 Charles & Patricia Archer RM 67-68 Denis & Maureen O'Brien TM
63-64 David Smith FTG 67-68 James & Harriet Schultz TM
63-65 Lawrence Schafer ET 67-70 Rob Bridle EN
63-66 Rocco & Nancy DeLeo EM 68-69 Alan & Linda Thole IC
63-66 Ed & Jane DeLong EN 68-70 Tom & Rose Hill MM
63-66 Len Fagotti and Marilyn Barratt EN 68-70 John and Darlene Kraft RM
64-66 Jim and Yolanda Klein EN 68-71 Bill and Joan Fenton LT
Harley Jr, Jennifer, Shelby & Harley III Wilson Guests      70 Ike Cohen & Michelle Ostapiej SK Our Hosts
Harley Sr. & Kathleen Wilson Guests 70-71 Paul Schramm ET
Gerald & Judith Holmberg Guests 71-72 Luis Arellano & Wendy Kingsbauer ST

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