2005 Reunion Report

The third USS Arnold J. Isbell reunion was held Oct. 7-9, 2005, in Alexandria, VA. Bravo Zulu again to Barry Dahlberg, Ben Lowery and the others whose hard work made the reunion a success.

2005 Reunion photos by Hank Watson

2005 Reunion Report by Barry Dahlberg

The Arnold J Isbell reunion was held at The Radisson Old Town Hotel, October 7-9, 2005 in Alexandria, Virginia. Twenty shipmates, including 4 plank owners, Jim Hays, Ed Doranski, Ed Galton, Bill Graham, and twenty guests attended. Registration and an evening reception were held Friday, October 7, in the 12th floor Capital Room overlooking the nations capital up the Potomac River. Hot refreshments, cheese trays and snacks were prepared and served by Shirley Lowery and Evelyn Dahlberg.

A memorial service was held at the Lone Sailor Memorial in Washington DC on Saturday, October 8. The service included the laying of a wreath by Ben Lowery and Chuck Ehaney to commemorate our fallen shipmates. Barry Dahlberg read the names of those who made their last voyage this past year and John Henry rang the bell. After the ceremony, we toured the museum and small groups split off to visit the many sights on the Mall. While at the museum many of our group registered with the Lone Sailor Log to record their service record.

After a buffet dinner, Master Of Ceremonies, Bill “Bear” Kelly, introduced our guest speaker, Captain Albert Shimkus, NC, USN, Deputy Commandant Naval District Washington. Barry Dahlberg presented Captain Shimkus, a mustang with 37 years of naval service, with an ISBELL hat inducting him into the crew as an honorary shipmate. Captain Shimkus’ commentary covered a wide range of subjects including a narration of his naval career, his assignment of establishing the detainee medical facilities at Guantamano Bay after 9/11, the current state of the Navy, and a question and answer session.

Several toasts were made, To the USS Arnold J. Isbell, The Navy, and proposed by Joe Biron, to the Navy Wives.

Barry Dahlberg and Ben Lowery proposed a voluntary fund be established to purchase an Arnold J. Isbell memorial plaque for display on the wall of The Lone Sailor Museum.

The reunion concluded with the drawing for door prizes .

By special invitation of Captain Shimkus, several of the reunion group visited the Washington Navy Yard touring the museum ship USS Barry and the Naval History museum.

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