USS Gearing DD-710
2015 reunion,
Norfolk, Virginia.

Photos and captions
from Bill Latta (PC3 65-67)
"Memorial service and the Norfolk Naval Station tour"





6315 – A tour the following day us to the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA for our annual memorial service to honor our departed former USS Gearing shipmates and spouses. This photo shows the final resting place of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his second wife.



6318 – Sam Steward, the 2015 Norfolk reunion host, solemnly reads the names of former USS Gearing shipmates and their spouses, who departed this life during the past year. Bill Latta rings a ships bell as each name is called.



6330 – Interior of the MacArthur Memorial at Norfolk, VA where our memorial service for departed shipmates and spouses was held. The memorial wreath and black granite tombs of General MacArthur and his second wife are shown in this photograph.



6354 – A beautiful wreath was placed inside the Rotunda of the MacArthur Memorial during our memorial service to honor our departed shipmates and their spouses.



6358 – The USS Gearing (DD-710) wreath, placed by the USS Gearing (DD-710) Association inside the Rotunda of the MacArthur Memorial in honor of departed shipmates and their spouses, is dwarfed by the arching Rotunda and granite inscriptions of the memorial building.



6361 – Bronze statue of General Douglas MacArthur at the front entrance to the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA. where our memorial service was held.



6363 – Detail view of the bronze statue of General Douglas MacArthur.



6378 – Following the memorial service, our tour continued at the U. S. Naval Station at Norfolk for a tour of the base. Lunch on the base was included. Security was very high and everyone in our party had to submit to a security check before entering the Naval Station. The few photographs that were permitted were highly restricted—especially of the security on base and guarding the ships. One of the first landmarks was the USS Iowa (BB-61) Memorial. This memorial was dedicated on 19 April 1990 on this point, facing Hampton Roads, to remember the 47 Iowa shipmates who lost their lives in a tragic accident onboard when turret 2 exploded on 19 April, 1969.



6381 – Our tour bus took our group past the elegant colonial residence of the Base Admiral and those of other ranking Navy officers on the U. S. Naval Station at Norfolk.



6382 – We then passed by a large group of Navy Chinook helicopters resting in formation on the tarmac at the U.S. Naval Station at Norfolk.



6385 – Our took us passed this F-18 fighter jet, representing U.S. Navy aviation, rests on the lawn in front of the Atlantic Flight Command Building at the U.S. Naval Station in Norfolk.