I would welcome comments on how we can make money for the reunion association. At our reunion this year, we decided that everyone should try to bring a small gift to raffel to raise money. Any ideas you have would be welcome.
One of the things I love about the Gurke reunions is listening to the sea stories. The first reunion I attended was at Rhode Island and I loved listening to the WW2 vets. Now I am impressed with the Korean Vets stories. However, there were many Vietnam Vets that could tell a good sea story with how they did the river boat tours off of the Gurke and dealt with a lot of adversity that you wouldn’t think Navy personnel would have to deal with. I think we need to give more credit to those folks for giving their all.
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