USS Marvin Shields 2016 Reunion
The Grand Plaza Hotel in Branson Missouri was the host to the USS Marvin Shields Association 2016 reunion, Oct 21 through the 24th.
Friday evening an informal welcome event was held in the community room and was attended by 9 members and their wives.
Front Row: Roger Kram, Jim Wade, Jerry Nie, Steve Johnson
Back Row: Dave Thomas, Bob Canaan, Bill Morgan, Ricke Whiteside, Mike Schubert
First night - getting re-acquainted - notice segregated tables :)
Saturday the group traveled by bus to Table Rock Lake for a private memorial service honoring departed members. Following the memorial service the group boarded the Showboat Branson Belle, an 1890's style paddle wheeler, for the noon meal and show. All agreed the variety show was excellent and the meal delicious. The finale recognizing all branches of the Armed Services was especially appreciated.
Private memorial prior to the Branson Belle boarding
Branson Belle - cast off lines for Dinner Show
Branson Belle Dinner Show - Tribute to all branches of the Armed Forces
Saturday evening the group again loaded the bus and traveled to Dixie Stampede Dinner Show and enjoyed an excellent meal and entertainment.
Battle of the Cameras at Dixie Stampede Dinner Show
Dixie Stampede Salute to American Veterans
Sunday a short business meeting was held for election of officers and to discuss the 2018 reunion site.
New officers: President: Dave Thomas, Vice President: Mike Schubert, Secretary/Treasurer: Bill Morgan. Tentative site for the 2018 reunion is Washington DC area. Following the Business Meeting was the Association Banquet.
Sunday afternoon and evening was free time for shopping and shows.