USS Gearing DD-710
Photos and captions
from Bill Latta (PC3 65-67)
"Business meeting, auction and the banquet"
A large USS Gearing (DD-710) photomontage,
using period photos of the Gearing in action
and designed especially for the Nashville reunion
by Bill Latta (PC3, 1965-67), sits on display at
the Sheraton Music City Hotel. The USS Gearing
Association sold the photomontage during the
reunion as a fundraiser.
The “USS Gearing (DD-710) Association Comes to
Nashville” theme poster, especially designed and
illustrated by Bill Latta (PC3, 1965-67) to promote
the Nashville reunion to its members, sits on display
at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. The framed, canvas
wrapped theme poster was signed and numbered “01” by
the artist/designer and auctioned off during the
Ladies’ Auction as a fundraiser item to support
the Association and future reunions.
Bob Calhoun (MM3, 1953-59), president of the association, presides over the
annual business meeting of the USS Gearing (DD-710) Association at the
Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville. To Bob’s right at the table are
Bob Witkowski (FTG3, 1965-66), secretary, and Dan Donohue (FTG3, 1965-66),
The well-attended annual business meeting in Nashville opened with prayer
by the Association chaplain, John Reeves (SN, 1956-58).
Joan (Russell L.) Sickles and Patty Calhoun, wife of Bob Calhoun
(MM3, 1953-59) prepare items for the Ladies’ Auction, the best and most
effective fundraiser to financially support the Association.
These shipmates received their 20 year pin during our annual business
meeting are (left to right): Don Hilaman (FTSN, 1952-54), Sam Stewart
(MM1 1955-58), Bill McEvoy (YN3, 1955-58) __________, __________,
Charles Ankney (SN, 1957-59), Ray Bento (GMSN, 1956-60),
Ronald Elwell (PC2, 1968-70), and Don Hentges (EM2, 1958-61).
Roy LeClaire (SN, 1957-60), Joe Dent (BT3, 1955-59), Joan Sickles,
Gladys Flynn, and Bobby Harris (BT1, 1965-69) received their 25-year
pins during our annual business meeting.
Barbara Pickerd and Pam Putinas hold up items at auction for would-be
bidders during the annual Ladies’ Auction. Carl Lloyd, at the podium,
serves as our perennial auctioneer. The auctions are a enjoyed by
everyone and are a great cause for the Association.
Barbara Pickerd displays a bluegrass poster at auction during the annual
Ladies’ Auction, the best and most effective fundraiser to financially
support the Association. Bidding starts slow but often gets heated in a
bidding war for those novel or one-of-a-kind items.
LeAnne and Joel Ulmer lead their 2Country4Nashville band, featuring
traditional country music, at our 2014 reunion banquet night in the
Belle Meade Room of the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.
Joel and LeAnne are the singers, Walter Hartman is the drummer,
David Spicher plays bass, and Aaron Till plays the fiddle.
One-hundred and eleven (111) people attended the 2014 reunion banquet
at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville. The buffet was fabulous
and the country music entertainment was delightful, capping-off a great
reunion with enough memories for many years to come.
The traditional country music style of the band
that played for us during the reunion banquet
prompted many to get up and dance.
Ray Bento (GMSN, 1956-57) dances with his lovely wife Maria to favorite
hits by the 2Country4Nashville band of good old, down home traditional
LeAnne and Joel Ulmer sing a powerful country duet with their
2Country4Nashville band during our reunion banquet at the Sheraton Music
City Hotel in Nashville. The Ulmers and the band are familiar favorites
when it comes to traditional country music at regular gigs in and
around greater Nashville.
The dance floor stayed filled most of the night, following the reunion
buffet banquet, with former shipmates, their wives, family members and
friends dancing to the music of Joel and LeAnne Ulmer and their
Gladys Flynn (Robert J. Flynn, [BTC, 1946-56])
dances with her daughter, Lori Lamb. It was very
sweet to see them on the dance floor, bringing back
fond memories of past reunions where Gladys and
Robert once danced the night away.
LeAnne and Joel Ulmer entertained us as a duet
with traditional country music backed by their
band 2Country4Nashville, during our 2014 reunion
banquet in the Belle Meade Room of the Sheraton
Music City Hotel. Given the number of CDs bought,
tips given, and number of folks that stayed to
dance and enjoy their music to the very end of the
night—Joel, LeAnne, and their band were a tremendous hit.
Like the song made famous by Alabama, “You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band”,
it is truer in Tennessee than in Texas. The gifted fiddler, Aaron Till,
made his fiddle zing. He got feet a tapping and hands a clapping—with
everyone wanting even more.
Downtown Nashville at night.