2004 Reunion Report

The second USS Arnold J. Isbell reunion was held Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2004, in Baton Rouge, LA. Bravo Zulu to Barry Dahlberg for a great organizational job and all the hard work put into making the reunion a success.

2004 Reunion photo CD available. Barry Dahlberg has put together a photo CD of the 2004 reunion with hundreds of photos taken by seven of the guys in attendance. If you want your own CD, Barry is making copies available for $8 each. Contact Barry at evba@ameritech.net for details.

View over 200 of the photos from the CD here.

2004 Reunion photos from Ted Guess

2004 Reunion photos from Hank Watson

2004 Reunion photos from Chuck Ehaney


Mrs. Helen Lard, widow of Ira Lard (Radarman, 1948-52) said a few words at the reunion:

For Ira Lard – Radarman, 1948-52

“I’ve been asked to speak on behalf of the widows of sailors that served on the Isbell.

“My late husband, Ira C. Lard, also served on the Isbell from 1948 to 1952 in the Korean Conflict.

“To remember those sailors no longer with us, I would like to quote these words from Emily Dickerson:

‘There are a hundred places where I fear to go –
So with his memory they brim
and entering with relief some quiet place
where never fell his foot or shone his face.
I say “there is no memory of him here!”
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.’

“Ira Lard would have put it another way in a quote from the Istrouma Indians:

“Life is not a long journey to the grave where one should arrive pretty and in a well-preserved state; but rather to slide in broadside, totally worn out, completely wasted, and proclaim in a loud voice, “Wow! What a hell of a ride!”

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