April 7th thru 11th 1999
The 1999 reunion of the USS North Carolina Battleship Association was
held April 7-11,1999 in Wilmington N C. 79 Former crewmen,and 17 Associate members,
along with friends and
family attended for a total of 175. INE Associate member Fred Simpson and his wife
traveled from New Castle, England to attend. While there we had our meetings and
elected new Officers for the coming year.
The Azalea Festival was in full swing and we were a part of the celebrations.
Thursday 8 April we attended the Ceremony to Salute the US Armed Forces, many of the
crewmen were in uniform and were recognized. Three Medal of Honor winners were honored
guest. We celebrated the ships 58th birthday on Friday in the Wardroom. Kim
Sincox curator and her staff were hosts.
We were asked to take part in the Azalea Parade on Saturday, several did, some in uniform.
We rode in a Army open truck and the people along the parade route gave us a warm
After the Parade there was much going on at the ship and many crewmen acted as tour
Saturday evening at our banquet we had the swearing in of the new officers for the coming
Sunday, Rev. Everett Beaver a former crewman held Worship Service in the Ships Auditorium
as the weather was threatening. It was followed by our Two Bell Memorial service honoring
45 Shipmates lost since 1997 Reunion.
So came to the end of another Reunion.
Bill Taylor Tarheel Editor