USS Gearing DD-710
2014 reunion,
Nashville, Tennessee.

Photos and captions
from Bill Latta (PC3 65-67)
"Riverboat Cruise"





Former USS Gearing shipmates, spouses, family members, and guests enjoy
a luncheon buffet in the Victorian Theater, during their 27th annual
reunion, during a cruise from Opry Mills to downtown Nashville and back
on the scenic Cumberland River.



One Hundred and One former USS Gearing shipmates, spouses, family
members, and guests enjoy the “Nashville Live” performance in the
Victorian Theater aboard the General Jackson Showboat, during a cruise
from Opry Mills to downtown Nashville and back on the scenic Cumberland River.



Country music performers entertain our large reunion group in the
Victorian Theater aboard the General Jackson Showboat, during a cruise
from Opry Mills to downtown Nashville and back on the scenic Cumberland River.



A young male performer sings for our large reunion group and others
aboard the General Jackson Showboat, during a cruise from Opry Mills
to downtown Nashville and back on the scenic Cumberland River.



Two fiddlers and a guitarist entertain our USS Gearing reunion group and
others in the Victorian Theater on the General Jackson Showboat cruise
from Opry Mills to downtown Nashville and back on the scenic Cumberland River.



The female singer of a duet entertains our USS Gearing
reunion group and others in the Victorian Theater on the
General Jackson Showboat cruise from Opry Mills to downtown
Nashville and back on the scenic Cumberland River.



A male and female duet entertains our USS Gearing reunion group and
others with contemporary country music in the Victorian Theater after
a buffet luncheon while on a General Jackson Showboat cruise from
Opry Mills to downtown Nashville and back.



View of downtown Nashville from the main forward deck of the General
Jackson Showboat as the sternwheeler plies down the Cumberland River
on a cruise from Opry Mills to downtown and return.



Former USS Gearing shipmate has a discussion on the O1 level of the
General Jackson Showboat as it approaches downtown Nashville on the
scenic Cumberland River.



Former USS Gearing shipmates, spouses, family members, and guests enjoy
the peaceful scene from the O1 level of the General Jackson Showboat
as the riverbanks slip past and the sternwheeler approaches downtown Nashville.



Marilyn and Jim Peiffer (SKSN, 1962-64) watch others from
the O2 deck of the General Jackson Showboat during a cruise
on the scenic Cumberland River from Opry Mills to downtown
Nashville and back.



Paul and Sandy Cuny enjoy a stroll along the O1 deck
after going aft to see the paddle wheel in action during
our Cumberland River cruise aboard the General Jackson
Showboat from Opry Mills to downtown Nashville and return.



Former USS Gearing shipmate, Scott Coy, inspects the paddle wheel
in action at the stern of the General Jackson Showboat from the
O1 deck during our 2014 reunion cruise on the Cumberland River
as it approaches Nashville.



Bob Witkowski (FTG3, 1965-66) waves from the O1 deck of the General
Jackson Showboat as it approaches Nashville while on our 2014
reunion cruise on the Cumberland River.



A band plays country music favorites on the O3 level of the General
Jackson Showboat as Bob and Sue Kelly, guests of Ed and Barbara
Travassos, make their way aft.



Roy (SN, 1957-60) and Maureen LeClaire enjoy the river
aboard the General Jackson Showboat as it approaches
Nashville on the scenic Cumberland River.



Roland Costen (SN, 1964-66) and his fiancé, Jenalda
McCory enjoy the peaceful ride aboard the General
Jackson Showboat during our 2014 reunion cruise as it
approaches downtown Nashville on the scenic Cumberland River.



Joan and Bob Witkowski (FTG3, 1965-66) hang out in
cool shades along the railing on deck, during our 2014
reunion cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat on
the scenic Cumberland River.



Our USS Gearing group and other passengers look on as the General Jackson
Showboat enters downtown Nashville on the Cumberland River while on a
cruise from Opry Mills. The showboat is about to pass under the arched
Korean War Memorial Bridge, linking East Nashville (at right) with busy
downtown Nashville (at left).



Our USS Gearing group and other passengers look on as the General Jackson
Showboat enters downtown Nashville on the Cumberland River while on a
cruise from Opry Mills. The showboat is about to pass under the arched
Korean War Memorial Bridge, linking East Nashville (at right) with busy
downtown Nashville (at left).



Nancy Goetschius, Faye Latta, and Frank Goetschius (LTJG, 1963-65) enjoy
each other’s company on the O1 deck of the General Jackson Showboat as
the showboat enters downtown Nashville during our 2014 reunion cruise
on the Cumberland River.



Sam Stewart (MM1, 1955-58) waves from the O1 deck while
enjoying the scenery on the Cumberland River aboard the
General Jackson Showboat as it enters downtown Nashville.



Rich Roberts (MM3, 1972-73) stands on the O1 deck of the
General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River as it
enters downtown Nashville.



Bob Perreault (QM3, 1964-66) relaxes on the O2 deck of the General
Jackson Showboat as the showboat prepares to make its 180° turn in
mid channel of the Cumberland River at downtown Nashville for its
return trip to Opry Mills seven miles up river.



Maria Bento, wife of Ray Bento (GMSN, 1956-60) entertains her family,
Jorge and Rosa Martins and Marilia Campbell, with her wit and charm
aboard the General Jackson Showboat during our 2014 reunion cruise
to downtown Nashville on the Cumberland River.



LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans and Nashville’s NFL football stadium.
Located on the east bank of the Cumberland River directly across from
Riverfront Park and downtown Nashville.



Sam Stewart (MM1, 1955-58) chats with Dave Petrie (SN, 1956-5) on the
01 deck of the General Jackson Showboat as the paddle wheeler begins
its tedious 180° turn in mid-channel for its return trip to Opry Mills
seven miles up river. Riverfront Park and Nineteenth-Century riverfront
warehouses converted into trendy shops and offices of downtown Nashville
are in the background.



Charles Ankney (SN, 1957-59) chats with Louis Cabral, a guest of
Ray and Maria Bento aboard the General Jackson Showboat in Nashville.



Bobby Harris (BT1, 1965-69) relaxes with his guests, Louise and Bobby
Glover, aboard the General Jackson Showboat at Nashville as the paddle
wheeler makes its 180° mid-channel turn at Nashville for its return
trip to Opry Mills seven miles up river. Nashville’s Riverfront Park,
Nineteenth-Century warehouses, and the tall Pinnacle Bank office
building are in the background.



Grass seating at Riverfront Park where music concerts
are held on many weekends is seen below late
Nineteenth-Century warehouses that once housed and
stored bales of cotton and other Middle Tennessee
agricultural products. Locals affectionately refer to
the AT&T building as “The Batman Building”, owing to
its twin antennas and chisel-edge top that look
reminiscent of the head and mask of Batman.



Bill (PC3, 1965-67) and Faye Latta, hosts of the 2014 USS Gearing
(DD-710) Association reunion, enjoy the fresh air on the 01 deck of
the General Jackson Showboat as the sternwheeler passes beneath the
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge at Nashville, beginning its return
trip seven miles up river from Nashville to Opry Mills.



Nancy and Frank Goetschius (LTJG, 1963-65) enjoy the ride aboard the
General Jackson Showboat as it heads up river from Nashville for Opry
Mills. The showboat is about to pass under the Korean Veterans Memorial
Bridge in downtown Nashville.



Plankowner Carl Lloyd (RM3, 1945-46) and Ray Bento
(GMSN, 1956-57) share memories on the 02 deck of
the General Jackson Showboat, during our 2014 reunion
cruise on the Cumberland River at Nashville.



Sheila and John Koller (GMG3, 1966-69) take in the beautiful scenery along
the banks of the Cumberland River at Nashville as the General Jackson
Showboat sets course for its return trip from downtown Nashville to Opry
Mills seven miles up river.



Bob Perrault (QM3, 1964-66) walks around the 02 deck of the General Jackson
Showboat as Dan Donohue (FTG3, 1965-66) chats with Dan O’Neill (BT2, 1957-60).



Ray Bento (GMSN, 1956-57) in a friendly discussion with Lorenzo Campbell,
a guest of the Bentos, and plankowner Carl Lloyd (RM3, 1945-46) on the
O1 deck of the General Jackson Showboat during our reunion cruise on the
Cumberland River at Nashville.



Charles (SN, 1957-59) and Ruth Ann Ankney converse
on the 01 deck of the General Jackson Showboat during
our 2014 reunion cruise on the Cumberland River at Nashville.



Kay and Dan O’Neill (BT2, 1957-60) relax and enjoy a pleasant conversation
with Maureen and Dan Donohue (FTG3, 1965-66) aboard the General Jackson
Showboat during our reunion cruise on the Cumberland River at Nashville.



John Thibadeau (BM2, 1962-66) and Barbara Thibadeau relax at a table on the
General Jackson Showboat as the showboat makes its way up river on its
return trip to Opry Mills from downtown Nashville.



Sharon Cole, our awesome Sharin’ Nashville tour guide.



Paul Zang (SK3, 1953-56) rests at a table on the
General Jackson Showboat near Nashville.



Plankowner Carl Lloyd (RM3, 1945-46) has a conversation on his cell phone
during our reunion cruise near Nashville on the Cumberland River aboard
the General Jackson Showboat.



Nancy and Frank Goetschius (LTJG, 1963-65) enjoy a conversation with
Faye Latta on the General Jackson Showboat as it heads up river to
Opry Mills on its return trip from downtown Nashville.



Don Hilaman (FTSN, 1952-54) quietly surveys
the banks of the Cumberland River as the
General Jackson Showboat slowly glides past
as it makes its return trip to Opry Mills from
downtown Nashville.



Louis Cabral, a guest of the Bentos, Ray Bento (GMSN, 1956-57) and Frank
Goetschius (LTJG, 1963-65) discuss the industrial businesses along the
banks of the Cumberland River while on our reunion cruise aboard the
General Jackson Showboat at Nashville.



Louis Cabral, a guest of Ray (GMSN, 1956-57) and Maria Bento, enjoys the
placid waters of the Cumberland River as the General Jackson Showboat slips
slowly upriver during our 2014 reunion cruise at Nashville.



Goldie Goldstein enjoys the sun topside aboard the General Jackson Showboat
during our 2014 reunion cruise near Nashville.



Bobby Glover, a guest of the Harris’, chats with Bobby Harris (BT1, 1965-69)
on the O2 deck of the General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River at Nashville.



Jenalda McCory, the fiancé of Roland Costen (SN, 1964-66) enjoys conversing
with Dan Donohue (FTG3, 1965-66) aboard the General Jackson Showboat on the
Cumberland River on its return trip to Opry Mills from downtown Nashville.



Marilyn and Jim Peiffer (SKSN, 1962-64) enjoy the scenery from the 01 deck
of the General Jackson Showboat at Nashville.



The huge paddle wheel churns the water behind the General Jackson Showboat
during our reunion cruise on the Cumberland River at Nashville.



The General Jackson Showboat flag flies proudly
from the showboat’s mast.



Marilia Campbell, a guest of the Bentos, gives Maria Bento a big hug
on the O1 deck during our General Jackson Showboat reunion cruise
on the Cumberland River at Nashville.