USS Gearing DD-710
2021 reunion,
Warwick, Rhode Island
September 12th to 15th, hosted by Bob Harris (BT1 65-69)

The following message and two photos and captions were found on the
USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr (DD-850) Facebook page on September 18th.

We were honored to have Frank Goetschius and his lovely wife visit with us last weekend. Frank was the Gunnery Officer of USS Gearing DD-710, the lead ship of our class of destroyer.

Frank got to visit all his old spaces including the wardroom, his bunk in the FWD Junior Officers Quarters, and his MK37 Director.

Make no mistake, while 850 is not 710, these spaces and equipment belong to Frank as much as to anyone else who served in destroyers. We do not say welcome aboard.... we say welcome home.

Proud to be honoring destroyer sailors since 1974!

Frank describes his job in the director to his wife.

Frank takes an afternoon "snooze" where he berthed on USS Gearing.

We don't have a current photo of 2021 reunion host Bob Harris BT1 65-69.
but here are Bobby and Diane at the 2018 reunion at Las Vegas.

USS Gearing Association president Ken Baker has sent several
reunion photos that were taken at the LaForge Restaurant in Newport.
He wishes he could have sent more but he says they didn't turn out very well!

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Second from left is Charles Ankney SN 57-59

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Joan and Bob Witkowski FTG3 65-66

We are looking forward to posting more photos of USS Gearing's
2021 reunion on this "Salute to USS Gearing DD-710" website!
Email photos (and try to ID names) to Don Provost at