Thursday evenings Banquet Dinner drew a crowd of almost 250 and provided one last opportunity for shipmates and friends to be together before the close of the convention.
Outgoing president Dick Ager addressed the group and lead the singing of "God Bless America".
The lucky winners of the Raffle drawings were announced. Dean Hoover took home a lovely clock offered by the Men's Ship Store.
The Ladies Pot O' Gold raffle winner was Norman Hickey. The ticket was drawn by Bill Hamm, husband of the late Ladies director Betty Hamm. A beautiful Flag afghan, donated by Phyllis Gruber, was won by Eugene Hermansen, USS THADDEUS PARKER DE-369.
Following dinner, the group enjoyed an evening of dancing and one last chance to be with old friends. Shipmates gathered to tell their last tales and share memories.
The playing of "Anchors Aweigh" brought the evening to a close and farewell until next year.