Independence Hall in Philadelphia

We will be celebrating BANG's 75th anniversary in Philadelphia, PA from
October 1 - 4, 2018!   Our hosts will be Ike Cohen (SK 70) and Michelle Ostapiej.

Ike Cohen And Michelle Ostapiej

Reunion headquarters will be at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 815 North Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 19341.

TRAVEL:  If traveling by air its the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  The hotel is 33 miles from the airport but the drive takes about an hour.  Our hosts have arranged for several shipmates who have volunteered to shuttle us from and to the airport so it's important to include your arrival and departure flight numbers and times on your registration form if you want to use this service.

HOTEL:  Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 North Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 19341

Our Hotel in Pennsylvania    Clarion Rooms

Built in 1908, this historic Downtown inn was once the terminal station for the Southern Railway line.  It's 0.6 miles from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and 1.3 miles from the Tennessee Aquarium.  Free bus service originates at the hotel and stops throughout downtown ending at the aquarium. The main hotel offers contemporary rooms and suites, and there are also 48 cozy Victorian sleeper cars on-site for accommodations that celebrate the train theme.  All offer free WiFi.   Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a courtyard with formal gardens and 500+ rose bushes, plus a working 1924 trolley and a model railroad museum (fees).  There are event spaces, plus a several restaurants, including one with a singing waitstaff.

From our hotel, the Downtown Electric Shuttle is the easiest way to get around downtown Chattanooga and - it's a FREE ride!  Electric shuttles run daily until 11:00 PM about every 5 minutes from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops every block in between including the trendy Frazier Avenue shopping area.  The shuttle provides front-door transportation to attractions, restaurants, shopping, & hotels in the Downtown area. All Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

Room Rates:

SINGLE or DOUBLE $89.00 + tax   (Rate good three days before and after reunion.)
Parking is free (plenty of room for RVs and vans) and the rate includes a buffet breakfast.

****** Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (610) 363-1100.  In order to receive your special rate, individuals must indicate that they are with USS Bang Reunion  The block of rooms will continue to be held until the cutoff of 5:00 PM EDT, September 20, 2018.  Reservations received after 5:00 PM EDT, September 20, 2018 will be provided at the group rate on a space available basis.******

WEB SITE: Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Click For Schedule

REGISTRATION FORM: Click For Registration Form

Please feel free to contact Ike or Michelle if you have any questions about the reunion.

Ike Cohen & Michelle Ostapiej
(908) 334-0027

Click for Past Bang Reunion Photos


The Bang Gang Reunion Committee oversees annual Reunions which are open to all shipmates who served aboard USS BANG (SS385) during the years of her commissioned service in the U S Navy, 1943 to 1972.

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