The USS Lafayette Association was conceived because there was no website for the Lafayette, by Herb Murphy & Bill Fraser on the back porch of Herb's home in Gamaliel, AR on Aug 27, 2004. When Bill started this website on Nov 27, 2004, he had contact information for less than 10 shipmates, so he started searching to find shipmates. Bill and Herb organized the Inaugural Reunion in Tunica, MS, without any assistance. Then only 6 months and 4 days after the website was started the Reunion was held from May 31 to Jun 3, 2005 and there were over 120 in attendance, including both of the commissioning crew Commanding Officers, Patrick Hannifin and James Strong. A business meeting was conducted where the Association was formed, By Laws were approved and Officers elected on June 3rd, 2005.
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Association President's Message
Its official, Jacksonville, Florida will be the location for the 2015 Lafayette Reunion.
I would like to first take this opportunity to give Dennis Lauze and his team a BRAVO–ZULU for one of the most memorable and largest reunions so far. I think everyone had a great time, I know I did! I thought the Groton Inn & Suites did an excellent job and the hospitality was exceptional. The activities were excellent and there was never a dull moment. I was particularly impressed with the “Tolling of the Bells” ceremony, for those who are on eternal patrol; I thought it was well done.
Now that we have decided on the location, we intend to move smartly into the planning of the 2015 reunion. Don McBride has agreed to do a lot of the leg work as he lives in Jacksonville and can contact the hotels, the Public Affairs Office at Kings Bay, and other tour and activities available. Jacksonville has many attractions and we plan to make the most of our time there. It is a golf mecca for those of you who golf and the beaches and shopping are exceptional. Bill Lilles who lives close by in Georgia said he would be glad to be the committee chairman and Carl Brown who lives in the Tampa Bay area said he could assist as needed. If anyone else would like to help out let me or Bill Liles know. Tim Cole has offered to help Carl get out newsletters as we progress with the planning. We continue to have a great team carrying on the traditions of an excellent submarine USS Lafayette SSBN-616. Dennis Lauze (Board Chairman), Gary Christopher (Vice President), Joe Geiger (Treasurer), Bill Lilles (Secretary), John Fornicola (Chaplain), Carl Brown (Newsletter Editor), Bill Fraser (Web Master), Robert Porter (Historian), John Sherman (By-Laws Chairman) and Pierre Messier (Ships Storekeeper) Also, we have assistants for most all of the hard jobs, Wayne Phillips (Assistant Secretary), Spud Woods (Assistant Web Master) and Tim Cole (Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Newsletter Editor).
This Reunion we plan to have special name tags to indicate if this is your first reunion to ensure you receive a special Lafayette welcome. There will be no flashing lights involved but it will be a subtle way us old timers can tell if it is your first one. We hope to find a Commanding Officer who can attend, witness the camaraderie and say a few words at our Banquet. We hope to be able to offer tours of a submarine again this reunion, however I’m sure this will be limited to only a few of us in number because of the security requirements, but, I can assure you it will be determined fairly, by lottery, as was done at Groton. Other tours at Kings Bay should be available and will depend upon the PAO. We are planning a tour to St Augustine which is only 30 miles or so from Jacksonville. Lots of history there. Again, we will need a great deal of help putting this reunion together, so if you live close and/or are willing to help, please contact me or Bill Lilles. I plan to check it out extensively during the 2014 reunion of my shipmates that served in USS Argonaut SS 475 and try to get a handle on the details as much as possible the year before our reunion. We know the time of year in Florida can really affect the turn out, so, we want to get it scheduled before it gets too hot and after it quits raining and it is not bitter cold. I am asking Don to give us some help with the weather guessing and I need some input from the membership to see how many people still have children in school.
We are all members the best two submarine crews. Your efforts during the Cold War made a significant difference in keeping the freedom that is so precious in the world today, allowing us, to gather and celebrate these accomplishments and reminisce. So, ensure your dues are paid-up and come out to a reunion that will be hard to forget. That I can promise you!
President USS Lafayette Association
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USS Lafayette Association
The Lafayette Association is a fraternal organization for United States Navy Submariners who served aboard the nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Lafayette (SSBN-616). The primary purpose of the association is to provide an opportunity for the members to enjoy camaraderie with former shipmates and other submariners with a common background of service aboard the Lafayette, and to provide the opportunity for members to actively participate in reunions and other activities of the association.
Shipmates Identified: 281Officers & 2070 Crew
including 160on Eternal Patrol for a Total of 2351
The Association annual dues are $10.00 and are collected in two year increments of $20. A secure payment can be made via PayPal below or checks can be mailed to the Treasurer at:
Joe Geiger, 2211 Riding Ridge Rd, Columbia, SC 29223
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The dates for the reunion are set for June 4th through the 7th 2015. We plan to have “Soup Down” on the 3rd of June in the Hospitality room from 1600 until --. We are presently negotiating with the Kings Bay Base PAO (Public Affairs Officer) to allow us to have two tours of The Base/Training Facility and possibly a tour of an Ohio Class submarine on one of those two days which will be the 4th and 5th of June. These same days we plan to have tours of Jacksonville followed by a tour of the Budweiser brewery. On Thursday we are planning a bus tour of downtown with lunch at a local mini brewery and on Friday a River Cruse on Johns River with lunch on the River Boat and tour of Budweiser after. On Saturday we are planning a tour of St. Augustine with lunch on your own and a shopping excursion in the Old section of town. The “Tolling of the Bells” for those who have departed on final patrol will be on Friday before the “Grand Banquet” and we hope to have “Elvis Presley” entertain us after dinner that evening. On Sunday we will have a “Farwell” breakfast at the hotel.