USS Lawrence County (LST 887)
The 7th annual reunion of the LST 887, (USS Lawrence County)
convened Oct. 8, 9, and 10 at the Ramada Inn in Springfield
MO. Beautiful weather and colorful autumn color prevailed throughout
the weekend, a stark contrast to a hurricane and a nor-easter
that accompanied a couple of past reunions.
Thirty-two crewman who served during the time the ship was
re-commissioned, 1950-1960, guests, and widows enjoyed renewing
friendships of past years and making new ones. A total of 60
people attended. Thirteen crewmen and their guests attended
for the first time. Men who served during the late '50s shared
different experiences with their Korean War era counterparts.
Photo albums and other memorabilia were shared and enjoyed
by all. Tales of various adventures at sea as well as on shore
were recalled. The Memorial Plaque, engraved with the names
and rates of deceased shipmates was prominently displayed.
A high point of the reunion was meeting and listening to the
experiences of C.R.Emory, a WWII Coast Guard veteran. Emery
was a member of the crew which sailed the 887 from its launching
at Dravo Shipyard in Pittsburgh PA down the Ohio and Mississippi
Rivers to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico.
During their visit to Springfield many of those attending toured
Fantastic Caverns, Bass Pro Shop and Museum, and many of the
antique stores in the area. The close proximity to Branson allowed
many of the shows to be included in the weekend. The first rate
entertainment of the Branson theaters was a highlight for most.
In 1993 in Clayton MO fifteen people attended the first LST
887 reunion. This year fourteen of that original group were
in Springfield. We lost CSC1 Robt. (Bob) Burns Dec. 31, 1997
but we feel sure his spirit was there with us and his widow
Our thanks to Bill and Chris Turpin for making the local arrangements
and to the Ramada Inn for their excellent service, generous
and prompt attention to our needs in the hospitality room.
The search continues for other shipmates as yet not located.
One never knows what unusual circumstance will lead to finding
some of these people. At the reunion a conversation between
two men who had not served at the same time led to locating
SN Louis Dunham 1952-54. It turned out that Dunham was a cousin
of the wife of first time attendee Geo.(Stick) McDaniel. Small
world! Several months ago when SN Thomas Bruce 1958-60 was located
it was discovered that his uncle John Bruce who is deceased
served on the 887 as FN, 1952-54. Another mystery solved!
New Orleans was chosen as the site for the 2000 reunion. Information
will be sent out in the Spring.
Jack Lemasters EM 2 (1951-1954)
801 Teresa Dr.
Lake Park, GA 31636