Do you know about this great organization entitled the USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) Reunion Association, Inc.? Yes, we are incorporated, as a non-profit group.
For several years, since 1988, a great group of Rangermen, started by plankowner, John Muzio (V-1 Division) had been meeting once a year to renew former friendships. It became clear to them that the ship deserved better recognition than just a few people who swapped sea stories once a year. In August 1990, those who attended the Reunion in Charleston, SC, decided to expend the time and the effort to organize and accomplish some positive "good" in the name of our ship.
There are all types of former sailors from Ranger, plankowners, seamen, chiefs, officers and former Commanding officers, including TAD's, Squadron members, and Marine Detachment, all Rangermen, who cherish the memories and superb performance of RANGER!
Some of us have forgotten the important pieces of history that Ranger participated in the development of a Navy for the United States. The current USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) is the 7th ship to bear the name Ranger. The 1st Ranger was the first man-o-war, an 18-gun sloop of war, of the fledgling United States to defeat a British ship – HMS Blake. We have a superb historian, Frank Thoma, who will keep you spellbound with stories of Ranger’s achievements, with his assortment of cruise books, and memorabilia, through Desert Storm, donated by our former shipmates.
Once a year we will have a reunion where we will gather to share our common camaraderie as Rangermen. Swap sea stories?, Yes!, Conduct business?, Yes!. All towards achieving our goals in the name of our ship, the USS Ranger (CVA/CV61).
The only membership rule is that you formerly served on CVA/CV-61 as a crewmember, member of an attached Air Group, or support staff. The annual dues are $10.00, for three years $25 and for Life Membership only $75.00.
It is estimated that over 50,000 men served on USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) from her commissioning in 1957 to her decommissioning in 1993. We must preserve her high standards of performance and accomplishments by joining and contributing to the historical significance of our great ship, and perpetuate our motto, "Top Gun – Bar None!"
RADM H.P. Glindeman, Jr.
Membership in the Association is open to anyone who has ever served on USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) in any capacity including Air Groups and Squadrons, Flag Units, Marine Detachments, etc.
Dues are on an annual, calendar year basis and are $10 per member, save money $25 for three years or become a life member at $75.
Please complete the application and address your check to:
USS Ranger Reunion Association, Inc.
USS Ranger Reunion Assoc.
1740 Durham Road
Guilford, CT 06437
Your canceled check is your receipt. Membership fees and donations are not tax deductible
The 2015 Reunion will be held from 3-6 September at the Crowne Plaza Foster City, San Mateo, CA. There are some great events, including a Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting Tour on Friday and then, on Saturday, your choice of the San Francisco Grand City Tour (lunch on your own at Fisherman's Wharf) or USS Hornet Tour w/Lunch onboard. The host this year will be Tim Schwarz, P-1 Div., 1971-'74.
You need to get your reservation in by 3 August. Open the Registration form, fill it out, print and mail to George Meoli. Don't forget that you must be a member and your dues current.
The Crowne Plaza is only 10 miles from San Francisco International Airport. The hotel has a shuttle that runs hourly to the airport beginning at 6:00am. There is no charge.