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Just received the below E-Mail from Jim Pelletier.

I was just made aware that an old friend and shipmate Thomas “Tiny” Castell EN2 aboard USS Belle Grove LSD-2 passed away around July 20th 2017... I always liked Tiny... he was always in a good mood regardless of all the stressful things that were going on with our operations... He was a 1st class Engineman as well! R.I.P. my friend and shipmate... Prayers for his wife Mary and his family...
RIP Tiny.


Added: October 15, 2017
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100th Birthday Alert !! Paul D.Forsythe, who was on the USS Belle Grove LSD2 during World War II will celebrate his 100th birthday September 24, 2017.I know he'd enjoy receiving cards from the Belle Grove crew. I think Paul is a Plank owner. His address is Paul D. Forsythe 1928 S. Cleveland St. Boise, Id. 83705

Added: September 3, 2017
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Congratulations to Vic Grillo on becoming a great grandfather, awesome news. Can't wait to see pictures. God Bless you All!

Dallas was a great reunion. Thank you to Marilyn and Family for their hard work and attention to detail. I loved McKinney and brought home lots of nice shopping items ;) We always look forward to the reunions and we're anxious to host next years.


Added: August 24, 2017
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Hello friends,
A not to update you on the loss of Barbara Newton, Portland, OR. Her husband Robert was on the BG. Barb passed away June 29th, she was in a Senior Living place for three months, and the last three weeks in Hospice. She had dementia (awful disease, hate it) Robert said the ladies there, took wonderful care of her. Barb was and always been a dear sweet lady. They came to their first reunion in Denver. And we were so happy when they came to the Portland reunion. Bob and Barb were married 39 years. Beautiful couple and Robert will miss her dearly, he was so devoted to her. Their address: Robert Newton, 14972 SE Carol Ave., Portland, OR. 97267-3422. Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. She was buried next to her youngest son in a National cemetery on 13th of July.
We just returned home from 10 days at the Iowa State Fair, record crowds over a million+ during that whole time, weather was beautiful, and lots of people were taking advantage of it all.
Take care all.
Les and Janet


Added: August 24, 2017
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To all my Belle Grove BUDDIES!!! VIC JR JUST CALLED ME AND TOLD ME IM A GREAT GRANDFATHER!!!!BABY GIRL!!!!!EVERY THING IS OK!!!! VIC SR!!!!

Added: August 16, 2017
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Good Morning Shipmates and Righthanders,
Well we are excited as the Epping Forest has joined our group. And now we would like to have the USS Ashland join up with us, as they have disbanded this year. The more the merrier.
We had the Ashland join us many years ago at a BG reunion, and they were wanting to see what to do to get things started for reunions. It was a great time, great people and welcoming as well. Please send them messages and let them know we would love to have them join our reunions and our group.

All is well in Iowa, Iowa State Fair starts next week for 10 days, the Motorhome is parked and ready to go, I think! Ha! Lots of work, but always a great time to see our close neighbors and new things that come to the fair. As most of you know it is the No#1 entertainment fair in the USA. Very popular.

Take care all, see you in NM.

Janet and Les


Added: August 3, 2017
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My sincerest Thank You to all at the reunion who signed my birthday card. The surprise phone call with "Happy Birthday' being sung made my day !! Even at 93 yrs. I remember Jack and my first reunion in St.Louis. Such good times, great memories and unforgettable friendships made. I do appreciate your thoughtfulness. Love 'n Hugs Donna

Added: July 31, 2017
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Hello Shipmates and Righthanders,
What a fun reunion, always a joy to see so many of the sailors attend with families. Texas was hot, but didn't stop us from going on great tours - Texas Book Store, where Kennedy was shot, and George W. Bush library, so many things to see. Relaxing days, and shopping of course. Ha! Our UBER drivers delivered us to Texas and back to Iow0)a safely and soundly. Ready for next reunion in New Mexico. Thank you Marilyn and family for a great week. And truly happy to have 4 members from the USS Epping Forest join up with us, and hopefully we will have more join us next year. Celebrated Ralph Fries birthday (80). Cake and all. Now preparing for the No 1 entertainment at the Iowa State Fair for 10 days, we have been recognized as the top spot in USA. Take care.
Les and Janet


Added: July 26, 2017
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Special Reunion Greetings to all of the USS Belle Grove LSD2 "family." I have such wonderful memories of reunions Jack ('44-45) and I attended. Friendships made are treasures. You'll be in my thoughts this week. Enjoy your time together. Have a Great reunion. Love 'n Hugs Donna

Added: July 15, 2017
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Underway Monday enroute to BG reunion!!! ETA early afternoon 7/17/2017. Have to leave Linda at home, she is recovering from her light stroke. She is improving each day!!! She so wanted to attend!
WOO PIG SOOIE!!!!!


Added: July 14, 2017
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