President - Richard Lawell
Vice President - Robert Stadler
Secretary/Treasurer - Arthur Miller
Chaplain - Jay Ebreth
Internet - Elmer Brown
Ship's Historian - Bob Scannell
As Arthur Miller and Bobby Cribb were the driving force behind the Reunio Association and the reunions and they have both passed away there are no future plans for reunions at this time.
The 2015 USS Betelgeuse AK (FBM) 260 reunion will be held in North Charleston, South Carolina April 24-26 2015. The location is Best Western Plus 2470 Prospect Dr. North Charleston, SC 29408. The hotel is about 7 miles from the Charleston International Airport, with easy access to and from interstate 26.
The cost this year will be $99.00 plus tax per night. The dead line date for making your reservation is April 1st 2015 to guarantee that rate. Please DO NOT call the toll free number to make reservations. The number to call is 1-843-574-0911. ( corrected 1/28/15 ) Be sure to tell the desk clerk that you are making reservation for the USS Betelgeuse reunion.
The 2014 reunion was attended by 16 shipmates. It was small but went well. New officers were elected.
The USS Betelgeuse reunion is scheduled for April 24-27 2014 at the Best Western Plus, 2470 Prospect Dr. North Charleston SC.
The reservation number is 1-843-574-0186. Cost for the rooms are $99.00 plus tax with a choice of one king bed or two queen beds. Reservations are required to be made by April 1st. Also, when you call for a reservation be sure to tell the attendant that you are with the USS Betelgeuse Reunion. If you need a handicap room let them know.
We will begin at about 5PM Thursday April 24th in the hospitality room of the hotel with a Pizza party meet and greet welcoming.
The cost of the reunion this year is set at $40.00 per person attending. Plus Association member's dues which are $10 per year and should be made payable to:
Dues are also due by the 1st of April. So for the shipmate it is a total of $50.00 plus the $40.00 for a spouse or significant other.
Schedule for the weekend is;
Thursday: 5pm Welcoming at the hotel hospitality room.
Friday: 6:30 Dinner at the hotel
Saturday: We will have an all hands on deck meeting at 9 AM in the hospitality room to discuss reunion association business.
Saturday: Dinner at the hotel at 6 PM.
Due to lack interest our 2013 reunion has been cancelled. See Bobby Cribb's email below:Betelgeuse Shipmates, Today is Jan 31 2013
And from Walter Tucker:We're all older and less strong.
Reunions are held annually in Goose Creek, SC. The dates of our 22st annual reunion are April 19 - 22, 2012.
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Please note that the reunion
mailing list is not generated from the web site.
Following is Arthur Miller's
letter about the 15th annual reunion:
15th annual reunion was enjoyed by 62 in attendance. Of course many of
our shipmates are unable to attend due to illness. Mr. Ray Riedel has
taken the task of notifying everyone about our reunion. His letter is
very truthful as to
how we conduct ourselves at our reunions. We allhave a good time and
is the way we like it. Of course the price is very reasonable compared
other reunions. We had Mr. Danny Sterling who performs as Elvis and he
on a great show. He will be backfor our 16th reunion April 20, 21 and
2006. The Clarion Hotel is very nice to us every year and I want to
them for it. (You are always welcome here Arthur, CW).
We had a photographer who took a group photo. They were very nice and did a good job. I also want to thank Elmer Brown and Bobby Cribb for their work on the internet. Also, A big thanks to Mary & Bobby Cribb for the Betelgeuse Cake. Finally yet importantly, I want to thank my wife for the food on Thursday night. As Ray Riedel stated in hid letter, we always have plenty of food.
welcome to make any comments concerning our reunion. I hope everyone
more will plan to be with April 20-22, 2006.
PS: Thanks again to all who came and thanks to Ray for the nice letter.
Following is Arthur Miller's letter about the 14th annual reunion:
Our 14th annual reunion was a great success with 60
people in attendance. We all realize that a lot of our shipmates are
too ill to attend, and we wish you all well. We have a lot of great
memories and hold you all dear to our hearts.
We have a lot of great things planned for the
2005 reunion. It will be held April 21st - 24th at the Clarion Hotel
Charleston Airport. It will be a time that you will not want to miss.
Please try and contact as many shipmates as you can to let them know
what a great time we have at the reunion. A thank you to Elmer Brown is
in order for his
work on our web site because without it, we would not be able to reach
of our shipmates. If anyone has any ideas on how we can improve
anything, please feel free to call me.
I would like to thank Bobby Cribb and his
for the delicious and beautiful cake. Also I want to thank my wife and
the people that helped with the food. As always, I feel that there is
of food from Thursday to Saturday. It was a shame that the weather kept
from having the Luau by the pool. However, it was just as fun and
in the ballroom.
If you need any additional information on the
coming reunion, please do not hesitate to call me.
Arthur L. Miller
PS: Mrs. Barbara Tollison would like to hear
shipmates that have served with her husband Melvin Tollison. You can
write her at 1205 Pine Ridge Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32117.
Included in Arthur's letter were additional articles. One was a newspaper article about the Betelgeuse and how the ship was used for resupply of the Polaris submarine base in Holy Loch, Scotland. The other article is from a 1976 newspaper in Milton, PA. about the Christ Episcopal Church in Milton, PA. needing a bell to ring in the bicentennial year and the Betelgeuse's ships bell was then given to the chruch on indefinite loan from the Navy Department. I would like to post both of these articles on the web site when I can get better copies.
Names of those who attended our 14th annual reunion:
Henry E Allen, Jerry Elm, Thomas E. Allen, Robert L. Brittian, Bob
Baumhower, Larry Brown,
Richard M. Clark,
Paul F. Darrah, Buford Fortson, Norman Gray, John Harper, Herman K. Jestes, Bill Jernigan, Jerry Kiefer,
Thomas G. Lilly, William LaRosa, Harry A. Leiniger, Richard C. Lowe, Denis Madsen, Dale E. Powell,
Henry W. Varnadore, Russell Van Blair, Harry E. Williams, Walter Williams Jr., Lonnie Decell, Dale Shepperd, Thomas Dougherty, Bobby Cribb & Arthur Miller
Following is Arthur Miller's letter about the 13th annual reunion:
13th annual reunion was enjoyed by the 36 members in attendance. We
all had a great time and as always, we vowed to work harder for our
reunion at the Clarion Hotel on April 22-25, 2004. The hospitality room
was enjoyed by all, and many thanks to my wife who prepared all the
and planned the menus for Friday and Saturday nights. The luau on
night was a great success, and the food was just delicious. The program
was put on by the employees of the hotel was just outstanding and it
caught me by surprise. The attire worn by our shipmates and wives was
colorful. The new name tags and the leis blended in very well. As
the Clarion Hotel is really accommodating and gracious to us each year,
and I want to thank them for all they do for us. They always make my
a lot easier. Howard Letts, the General Manager and Alastair James, the
Director of Sales were named honorary members of the ship. I hope that
our reunion in 2004 will have more shipmates and wives attending. We
be small in numbers, but I feel that we could not find a better group
people anywhere. We have a lot of shipmates and wives that are ill, and
I want everyone to remember them in their prayers. I also hope that
will plan to be with us in 2004.
Arthur L. Miller
Following is Arthur Miller's letter about the 12th reunion:
annual reunion was enjoyed by the 43 in attendance. We all realize that
a lot of us are getting older and are unable to attend every year. I
want to thank Dale Powell for his gifts that were auctioned off to help
our association. I also want to thank Bobby Cribb for all he does with
the music. We
purchased a CD player to make things easier. Elmer Brown has arranged
our own web site at www.ussbetelgeuse.org. Elmer has been a lot of help
to our association. I also want to thank my wife for all the hard work
that she does in selecting our menu and for the food that is provided
in the hospitality room, without her it would be a lot harder for all
of us. We were unable to to have our fish fry on Friday at the Air
Base due to security reasons, instead we did a cook out by the pool at
the Clarion, which everyone enjoyed. Saturday evenings "Pig Pickin"
was also a great success.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions before our next reunion on April 24-27, 2003 at the Clarion Hotel, Charleston Airport in North Charleston, South Carolina. I hope all of you will make plans to be with us.
Following is Arthur Miller's letter about the 11th reunion:
Our 11th reunion was
enjoyed by the 56 in attendance. We all realize that a lot of us are
to attend due to illness. My wife and I want to thank everyone for the
gift. We enjoy having people apprpreciate the work that we do,
my wife. Without her it would be hard to have all that good food. I
want to thank Bobby Cribb for all he does on the internet and also for
putting on the music on Friday and Saturday night. The Smokin Gun had
slow down his activities due to heart problems. I also want to thank
Lilly for the speech concerning Captain Thatcher. Shipmate Elmer Brown
has placed our ship on the web and we want to thank Elmer for his hard
work. I realize that this newsletter is a little late. Everyone this
that pays dues will receive an up to date listing of shipmates. There
will also be a list of sick and deceased shipmates.
Our 12th reunion will be held April 25-28, 2002 at the Clarion Hotel in North Charleston, South Carolina. I hope everyone will make plans to be with us.
PS: if you need any information, please call me at 1-843-797-7727.
Following is Arthur Miller's letter about the 10th reunion:
reunion was attended by only 47 shipmates, wives and friends. We all
had a wonderful time. Everyone enjoyed the food, entertainment and the
renewal of old friendships. For those of you that were unable to
attend, I hope you
be able to be with us April 26-29, 2001 at the Northwoods Atrium Inn
in North Charleston, SC. We have several shipmates that formed a group
on the internet to find new members, as we all know reunions are not
everyone and it is hard to convince some of our shipmates to attend. Of
course we have alot of shipmates and wives that are to sick to attend.
We should all remember them in our prayers for a speedy recovery.
I have been in contact with the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial and I intend to place all of our Association Members names on their mailing list. It was voted on at our 10th reunion that our reunion board along with other artifacts be placed in the memorial when space is available. Our ship will get alot more exposure as people visit the memorial.
I still have patches for sale at $2.50 along with hats, which are just $11 mailed. I would like for everyone to please help the sale of the hats and patches. If you have not paid your dues I encourage you to do so. As you know it takes funding to run a reunion. We have alot of hard working shipmates that contribute alot of time to make our reunion strong, and I thank them for that.
Election of officers were held as stated above.
PS: if you need any
information, please call me at 1-843-797-7727.