USS Gearing DD-710
2019 reunion,
Buffalo, New York
May 5th to 9th, hosted by Jim Peiffer (SKSN 62-64)

Photos and captions from Bill Latta (PC3 65-67).

Bill first posted these photos on the "USS Gearing (DD-710) Community" Facebook page.




The Pierce Arrow Automotive Museum, Buffalo, NY


Etched window at the Pierce Arrow Automotive Museum, Buffalo, NY


Shipmates, family, and friends tour the Pierce Arrow
Automotive Museum led by its owner and curator.


The most expensive Duesenberg automobile ever made.





1932 Pierce Arrow luxury automobile, one of only five of this design that was ever made. Its aerodynamic design and luxury features influenced many later auto designs, such as Studebaker.


A luxurious Black Pierce Arrow automobile.


Iconic Pierce Arrow automobile hood ornament.


A red and tan boat-tailed super-charged Auburn Automobile


Shipmates, family, and guests are seen here hanging-out
and reconnecting with each other in the hospitality room
at the hotel. John Howie (BT3, 1969-72), seated, a first-timer
at the reunion, chats with other Gearing shipmates.


Luncheon at Chef's Restaurant.



USS Gearing shipmates, family, and friends begin to gather on the fantail (stern) of The USS Sullivans (DD-537) for the memorial service for the reading of the names and ringing of the ship's bell in honor of the departed shipmates, spouses, and family members, who have passed away. There were forty-five names read this year.


The USS Sullivans (DD-537), now a museum ship along side the light cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG-4) museum ship. The USS Sullivans was named after the five Sullivan brothers, who all tragically perished with the sinking of the USS Juneau (CL-52) by a Japanese submarine, during the battle of Guadalcanal in WWII. They were among the 687 men who perished of just under a 700 man crew. On March 17, 2018, St. Patrick's Day, the wreck of the USS Juneau was discovered on her side in her final resting place on the sea floor in the Solomon Islands, A newer Arleigh Burke Class destroyer, the USS Sullivans (DDG-68), is the second destroyer named after the five Sullivan brothers.


The USS Gearing (DD-710) Association's memorial service with the reading of the names, ringing of the ship's bell, and laying of the wreath on the waters in honor of all USS Gearing shipmates, spouses, and family members, who have passed away in the last year. This solemn, annual service was conducted this year on the fantail of The USS Sullivans (DD-537) Museum Ship at The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, NY.


Frank Goetchieus (LTJG, 1963-65) performs the reading of the names while Ken Baker (ETN3, 1962-64) performs the ringing of the ship's bell in honor of all USS Gearing shipmates, spouses, and family members, who have passed away. Gladys Flynn, widow of the late Robert J. Flynn (BTC, 1946-56) and Mellany Kirsch, daughter of the late USS Gearing shipmate, Robert Kirsch, along with her two young sons, Eric and Leland Kirsch, were asked to assist in the laying of the wreath upon the water.


The wreath cast upon the water from the fantail of The USS Sullivans (DD-357) museum ship in honor and memory of all USS Gearing (DD-710) shipmates, spouses, and family members who have passed away last year.


Fantail (stern) of the museum ship The USS Sullivans (DD-537) where our memorial service for departed shipmates, spouses, and family members of the USS Gearing (DD-710) was held. The ship is located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, NY.


The Ladies' Auction is one of the most anticipated and popular event at our annual USS Gearing (DD-710) Association reunions. Here Carl Lloyd (RM3, 1945-46 [Plankowner]) serves as auctioneer as Joan Witkowski, wife of Bob Witkowski (FTG3, 1965-66); Maria Bento, wife of Ray Bento (GMSN, 1956-60); and Margaret S___.


On Tuesday we did the Niagara Power Project tour, the massive hydro-electric power project that harnesses the water of the Niagara River for the state of New York.


View from the Welcome Center and Museum of the Niagara Power Project at Niagara, NY. These flanking turbine complexes, the left one in Canada, the one on the right in the USA, harness the great power of the Niagara River. Water is redirected through massive underground pipes carrying the water 4.5 miles from above the Canadian and American Falls at Niagara Falls, through the massive turbines in these buildings, and releases it here to proceed downriver. It powers much of the upper eastern United States as well as Canada.


We enjoyed a fabulous buffet luncheon at Waterstreet Landing in Lewiston, NY.


Shipmates, family, and friends enjoyed getting to chat at the buffet luncheon at Waterstreet Landing in Lewiston, NY. Al McKenzie, a first-timer at the reunions, is seated at left with the ball cap.


Everyone enjoyed getting to chat at the buffet luncheon at Waterstreet Landing overlooking the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY.


The spectacular American Falls at Niagara Falls, NY.


Following our annual business meeting on Wednesday morning, we all boarded the Buffalo Double Decker Bus for a fun tour of Buffalo and the surrounding area.


Officer O'Connor led us on the Buffalo Double Decker Bus for a really fun tour of Buffalo and the surrounding area. He was so witty and entertaining with his Irish accent. His stories and observations about the city and its history made this industrial city, that is still in the midst of a come-back, seem exciting and interesting. Thank you, Officer O'Connor, for such a delightful time.


Everybody waved hello as we leave the hotel for a tour of the city of Buffalo, NY and the surrounding area.


On Wednesday afternoon, everyone met to have photos made of the USS Gearing (DD-710) shipmates gathered in front of the beautiful fountain in front of the Buffalo Grand Hotel in Buffalo, NY.


This photo is of the USS Gearing (DD-710) ladies, family, and guests gathered in front of the beautiful fountain in front of the Buffalo Grand Hotel in Buffalo, NY. Matthew Meilak, the handsome young son of shipmate Phil Meilak (CSSN, 1962-64) [center], seems to be enjoying being surrounded by all the ladies.


Shipmates, spouses, widows, family members, and guests gather on banquet night in a ballroom at the Buffalo Grand Hotel, Buffalo, NY.


Jim and Marilyn Pieffer talk with Mike, the DJ for the night, at their family table during the USS Gearing (DD-710) Association banquet. Jim and Marilyn were this year's host of the reunion. They did a marvelous job in the planning and execution of this year's reunion.


John Howie (BT3, 1969-72), a first-timer at the reunions, won the raffle drawing for the afghan that was hand-made by Pam Baker, pictured here with him.

Thanks to Bill Latta for the photography!