USS Belle Grove Logbook
Name: George "Dave" Dampier '59 & '60
From: Currently: Blairsville, GA (Orig. Naples, FL)
Received the Newsletter and enjoyed reading it.
Sorry we didn't make it back to Cajun Country but had a conflict with grandkids at the beach for two weeks.
Just a note to congratulate Marilynn on a "Job Well Done" with the newsletter, Very Good!!
Hoping to make Dallas in 2017
Dave & Wanda Dampier
Added: September 20, 2016
Name: Donna Larson
Do you remember Paul Forsythe of Tucson, Az. and on board the Belle during WW II? Paul attended many reunions. I just heard he will celebrate his 99th birthday Sept. 24th. With help from USS Belle Grove LSD2 "family" we could see he receives 99 Birthday cards. Address... Paul Forsythe 1928 S. Cleveland St. Boise, Idaho 83705 Let's make it happen. Donna Larson
Added: September 19, 2016
Name: Larry Pealer
From: Grass Valley Ca.
Name: Russ Pillion
From: Chester, NH
I have been informed by Julie Marie Romanos of the passing of Jose Romanos EN3 who served on board the BG from 1962-1966. I remember serving with Jose who was a fun guy to talk to and although we were in different departments on the ship we struck up a friendship on board the BG. Rest in Peace Jose.
Added: August 24, 2016
Name: Ike Tanis
From: new jersey
To those who signed the card from the reunion. A BIG THANKS for remembering us.I apologize for not writing this sooner but things are stressful on a daily basis. Alice is not doing well and as a caregiver I find time slips by before you know it. I really miss the reunions. They were part of my life as well as my extended family. I'm happy to keep in touch with many of you by email. This means a lot to me. I know the reunions will continue because we are and have been blessed with a great crew that loves a great party and friendship with everyone. Hope I get to see everyone in a future reunion. GOD BLESS. LOVE YOU ALL AND YA'L from SOUTH.
Added: August 23, 2016
Name: John Ellis
From: Batesville, Arkansas
Another great Cajun reunion!!! All the Peltier's "done" good!!!!! We enjoyed every moment in Louisiana!!!! If everyone is the USA was from Lafayette we wouldn't have the problems we are having getting along with other folks!!!
Y'all come by Woo Pig Sooie country and "sit a spell'!!! To y'all up North that means stay a while.
Football season is upon us!!!
WOO PIG SOOIE!!!! GO HOGS!!!
Added: August 3, 2016
Name: Fred Reck
Les and Janet said it all, what a great reunion it was. I would like to thank all the attendees and of course Mitzy and the Peltiers. You folks sure know how to hold a reunion.
Next year Marilynn is hosting in Texas and I know it will be a good one. Always wanted to go visit South Fork and it is on one of the tours.
Don't forget to send in your dues so you can keep receiving the newsletter. We hope to be able to send the newsletter out online in the near future. Send your dues to John Vice our Secretary/Treasure. ($10 year-$75 lifetime)
104 East Tampico Street
New Iberia, La. 70563
Remember, funds from our auctions, raffle and dues etc. go to disabled vets and other service related organizations. Thanks to all who participate in the fund raising and reunions.
Take care, and hope to see some new faces and families in Texas next year. We really have a nice time.
Added: July 24, 2016
Name: Lowell & Marlene Chadwick
What a good time we all had at this years ship reunion.Thank Forrest,Sue and of course Mitzi.She was so helpful.The swamp tour was interesting,even if it did rain,cooled us off.The tasting tour was really nice.The lady driver was helpful,even if we wernt told what we were eating on the last stop.We found out it was aligator!!!! Our family members who came with us really enjoyed it.
Added: July 21, 2016
Name: Donna Larson
From: Omaha, Ne.
Name: Lester L. Maudlin
From: Norwalk, IA
Hello Shipmates and Righthanders,
WOW!!!! What a reunion in Lafayette, LA., and our host were Forest, Sue and Mitzi, and they put on a great reunion, not a dull moment once it all started to roll.
The Tabassco Factory and Avery Island tour was very educational and rewarding and beautiful. Then the Food Truck experience, can't even begin to describe that, but marvelous idea and tour of some great food in Lousiana. And fun experience, something we had never done before, just so much fun, and we had a great group traveling along with us. The Swamp tour, to see the alligators, beautiful birds. And can't even begin to tell all of you the trip to Forest and Sue's home, the Cajun band, love that music and folks were dancing. The food, oh my, we were stuffed, and of course the RUM cakes were aplenty all week long. Wow!!! A wonderful, exciting week, and a chance to meet up again with the greatest people in this country from the USS Belle Grove LSD 2. Auction and raffle were a success. And of course fun to see expression the faces of folks that buy and folks that win in the raffle. So thankful to all whom bring the wonderful items to share with others. Banquet, more food and then saying our good byes' which is so hard after such a wonderful week with truly great friends.
First Timer: Luke and Christina from Cneterville, LA. Welcome.
We are home safely, with our two UBER drivers. Ha! Has been an experience with those two. Our oldest daughter, Lori from Seattle area, and her friend from grade school through high school Lauri G. She lives in Iowa. We drove straight home. 16 1/2 hours. Take care all of you, see you in Texas, and then the next year in Albuquerque, NM.
Les and Janet
Added: July 18, 2016