The USS Rankin Association's Fourteenth Annual Reunion was held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from September 28-October 2, 2017. Reunion Headquarters was the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg/Hershey. The reunion ran from Thursday through Sunday, with a banquet on Sunday evening.
Reunion groups from four other amphibious ships joined us at the reunion: USS Bexar (APA-237), USS Cambria (APA-36), USS Pickaway (APA-222), and USS Yancey (AKA-93). Total attendance was Rankin 51, Yancey 23, Pickaway 21, Cambria 20, Bexar 14, for a total of 129 people. The large number of attendees made for a wonderful reunion, with tremendous camaraderie in the Hospitality Room and on the tours, not to mention hearing sea stories from a whole new group of sailors.
Our Hospitality Room was well-stocked with top brands of beer, wine, and liquor, as well as a huge assortment of soft drinks and snacks.
The reunion included optional tours of Amish country, the Gettysburg museum and battlefield, and chocolate town Hershey, Pennsylvania. Three Mile Island does not allow visitors, but the site was easily visible from the air or from our tour bus.
Click the cover image below to see our 60-page Memory Book, which tells all about our reunion, our ships, and more...
Click on the image below to see full information about the hotel, the tours and the reunion events, including a registration form with all the prices...
Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania are beautiful areas that are steeped in history and offer wonderful attractions for visitors. These two organizations can provide information on attractions, travel, etc. Click the logos below to access their websites:
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