Apr 082013

Click here for Portland-Boothbay Harbor Reunion 2016 details 

Full report with pictures coming as soon as pictures received from attendees.


Bar Harbor Reunion recap with photos and more


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USS ORLECK engages enemy in Vietnam

 This web site is dedicated to the men who served aboard the Orleck during its 37 years of service.

Almighty God, ruler of the sea, may thy grace and rich blessings vest upon the officers and men who serve in this ship. Let thy presence and power go with them as they defend their country both overseas and at home. Keep them in Jesus’ name. Amen.

This prayer was written inside the ship’s Bible by Chaplain Thomas Gary Hawkins at the USS ORLECK  commissioning ceremony 1945. This same prayer was read at the decommissioning ceremony in 1982.

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Jul 182016
Sally & Jeff Cherrier Portland Reunion 1999

It was a great pleasure to have Jeff Cherrier and his friends come to be with us again at our reunion in Boothbay Harbor.  Jeff and his wife Sally have been regular attendees at our Destroyer USS ORLECK DD 886 Association reunions.  Jeff was among the first of our Vietnam sailors to actively attend and it was always good to have him close by when the sound system went out.  We could not have functioned the evening of the luau in San Diego in 1995 but for “Foghorn” and his megaphone voice when the system did go down.  Jeff, I know will agree, that the most pleasant and best of the two was Sally who always brought a pleasing and pretty presence to our reunion.  She was not here in Boothbay Harbor because she had passed away.  We will continue to remember her and support Jeff in his great loss. The featured photo was taken of Jeff and Sally at our 1999 Portland, Maine reunion.

Sally Cherrier Obituary001

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Jul 172016
Boothbay Harbor Reunion 2016 photos by Sherri Gittins

Photos taken by Sherry Gittins at the Boothbay Harbor Reunion (June 8-10, 2016).  More specifically Sherri focused on the fine lunch we had after our Harbor Nature Cruise for some and the tour of the Maine Botanical Garden by others served at the Fisherman’s Wharf on Friday afternoon.  (click on a picture to enlarge then scroll through the rest of gallery)

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