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2014 Reunion Information/Registration

USS SELLERS DDG-11

Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport Hotel

The 2014 USS Sellers DDG-11 reunion will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, October 16-19, 2014. The Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport Hotel is located at 1111 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, Texas 78209. The Crowne Plaza® San Antonio Airport! is located near San Antonio International Airport and offers area travelers comfort and convenience just minutes from downtown, the River Walk, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and important San Antonio businesses. For more information and/or to register, download the following Word document: 2014 Reunion Information/Registration




NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

3rd Annual Gala & Silent Auction - “Launching A Legacy”

October 14-15, 2011

Jacksonville, Florida






USS SELLERS 2012 Reunion completed in Jacksonville, Florida

The SELLERS Association met with over 50 attendees in Jacksonville, Florida from 11-14 October. Our headquarters was the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Jax, and the group enjoyed a Welcome Reception Thursday evening, a fascinating tour on Friday of old St. Augustine, a great dinner Friday evening with a "SELLERS Trivia Contest and Gift Exchange", a tour of the USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) Saturday morning, Saturday lunch at the Mayport Chief Petty Officer Club, and a grand Gala Dinner Event on Saturday evening on the St John's Riverfront as part of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association annual fundraising event to "Bring Home the ADAMS" to be the ADAMS Class Naval Ship Museum.


Attendees at recent SELLERS Reunion (click on the image to view the full size version)
Click here to see more pictures.

The following info was recently received from Hilton Roberts regarding the passing of two of our shipmates:

"I just got an email from John Charles that Curtis Johnston died February 12, 2012 while on a ski trip to Austria.

He was an ETN2 on Sellers and I made two Med trips with him in '63 and '64. I believe he was at the last reunion and I know he was at the one before that.

I also saw where Joseph Donnell (Vice ADMIRAL, USN, Retired) died recently. He was CHIEF ENGINEER on Sellers and left the ship shortly before the first Med cruise in '63.

Regards,

Hilton Roberts"


Click on the images below for a full size view

Front of ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM
Visitor Center

Front of ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM
Visitor Center

Inside of ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM Visitor Center.
The 4 pictures above are samples of DDG equipment in the ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM Visitor Center

This is a view of the location the USS Charles F. Adams will be berthed as the ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM.

The 2 pictures above show the area in Downtown Jacksonville around where we will be having our Reunion.




http://www.news-star.com/obituaries/x780390455/Ralph-Glover-Spencer




NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

3rd Annual Gala & Silent Auction - “Launching A Legacy”

October 14-15, 2011

Jacksonville, Florida


Help launch Jacksonville's next success and attend a fun evening! Meet the folks from around the country who are working to establish the first historic Navy ship museum in Florida. At the Saturday evening Gala on October 15th hear Governor Rick Scott share why this ship, this city, this time! Special guest Jacksonville's Mayor, Alvin Brown. It's Festivities, Food, a Live and Silent Auction to celebrate and support the launching of Jacksonville's Adam's Class Naval Ship Museum.





JHNSA Annual Meeting & Reception

Friday October 14, 2011

Fionn MacCools Irish Pub at The Jacksonville Landing


5-8 pm
$25.00/person

'Launching A Legacy'

Saturday, October 15, 2011
6:00pm-10:00pm $75/person

Guests of Honor:

Governor Rick Scott
Mayor Alvin Brown


Click

www.adamsclassmuseum.org/event-registration/

for more information and to register.






Sunday, February 6, 2011

Jeff Zahratka, who's first ship was the USS Lawrence (DDG-4), has written a book about his career in the Navy, called Sweepers Sweepers Man Your Brooms. This book is now available through the JHNSA, see the JHNSA Visitor's Center for details.




Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The ADAMS has a Home !!

This evening, at about 5:45 PM, the Jacksonville City Council voted 15-0 UNANIMOUSLY to approve Ordinance 2010-675, which gives the City of Jacksonville's formal support for berthing the ADAMS Class Museum, utilizing the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS, alongside the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville on the south bank of the St Johns River. This is one of the key legislative steps in satisfying the US Navy requirement to demonstrate the availability of a permanent berth for ADAMS for at least 10 years.




Tuesday, October 5, 2010

This morning, the Finance Committee of the Jacksonville City Council voted "out of the committee" with a 5-0 vote Ordinance 2010-675. This Ordinance is the City of Jacksonville's formal support for berthing the ADAMS Class Museum, utilizing the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS, alongside the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville on the south bank of the St Johns River. This is one of the key legislative steps in satisfying the US Navy requirement to demonstrate the availability of a permanent berth for ADAMS for at least 10 years. The next step in this process is the City Council vote on this legislation on Tuesday 12 October. Councilman Bill Bishop and the members of the Finance Committee worked diligently with the Office of General Counsel to tune up the Ordinance to everyone's satisfaction and the bill has been moved forward.





Picture taken aboard USS WISCONSIN during recent SELLERS ASSOCIATION Reunion in Norfolk, VA.


SELLERS men and their ladies aboard USS WISCONSIN (BB-64)
Click here to see more pictures of the Reunion.




Monday, October 4, 2010

The USS SELLERS (DDG-11) Association during their recent Reunion voted to donate $2,500 to the ADAMS Class Museum effort.

The Association will be sending a check this week to help the effort to establish the last US Navy ADAMS Class Guided Missile Destroyer as a Naval Ship Museum on the banks of the St Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, FL.



In addition, the SELLERS Association voted to hold their next Reunion in Jacksonville, Florida, during the fall "Navy Fleet Week 2012".




Monday, October 4, 2010

JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ORDINANCE FOR USS CHARLES F. ADAMS

Click here to view the press release




Thursday & Friday, October 21 & 22, 2010

"A Series of Special Events - Bring Home the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS to Jacksonville"

(Information current as of September 5, 2010)



For all Adams Class Veterans, active and former military, and interested local Jacksonville residents: From October 21-22, 2010, there will be the second annual series of events to support the effort to “Bring Home the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS” as a ship museum honoring all of the ships of the ADAMS Class in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) and the Adams Class Veterans Association (ACVA) will be hosting the events at the four-star Omni Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville, a block from The Jacksonville Landing where the ADAMS Class Museum Visitor Center is located.

On Thursday October 21, the first 40 attendees who sign up for our Fundraising Events will receive tickets to a rehearsal of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. Doors will open at 1:45 PM, and the concert will end about 4 PM.

Later that evening, a Welcome Reception for all weekend attendees will be held at 5:45 PM at the River City Brewing Company. We will muster at 5:30 PM at the ADAMS Class Museum Visitor Center in The Jacksonville Landing and take a boat across the St Johns River to the reception.

On Friday evening, October 22, a Banquet will be held at the four-star Omni Hotel. A Social Hour and Silent Auction will begin at 6 PM. Dinner will begin at 7 PM. Our guest speaker will be Vice Admiral James Amerault, USN (Ret.), the President and CEO of OTO-Melara North America and a new Board Member of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA). Admiral Amerault is a strong supporter of the Adams Class Museum.

Fee for all events is: $125 per person. The Thursday Reception event only is $55 per person, and Friday Banquet event only is $70 per person.

SIGN UP OPTIONS TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS:

Option 1: Click here to open a Sign Up Form you can print out, complete with the necessary information, and mail to JHNSA with your check or credit card info.

Option 2: Click here to sign up electronically, and submit your credit card payment via the Internet.

NOTE: You must make your room reservations separately . For a room reservation, please call 1-800-843-6664 and ask for the Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL and request the “Adams Reunion” rate ($79 plus tax – the rate is good till 1 October). Several parking options are available - at the hotel and nearby, but if you are flying in, taking the shuttle from the airport is easier.

We are urging everyone to sign up for this exciting weekend no later than 1 October.

Also this weekend will be "Jacksonville Salutes the Sea Services", October 21-24, Downtown Jacksonville Northbank Riverwalk. Attractions include:

  • Ship Tours on a US Navy guided missile frigate, Coast Guard Vessel, and Deep Water Rescue and Salvage ship
  • USMC Armor, Mechanized Unit and Weapon System Displays
  • Jacksonville Landing Concerts
  • Navy Dive and Salvage static displays
  • Interactive Military and Maritime Industry Displays
Click here to see more info about "Jacksonville Salutes the Sea Services".


08/14/10 - THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION POSTS VIDEO CLIP FROM THE ADAMS CLASS MUSEUM VISITORS CENTER

08/13/10 The Florda Times-Union newspaper (Jacksonville) has posted a video clip about the Adams Class Museum Visitors Center on their website. You can view the video via this link:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-08-13/story/plans-attract-retired-destroyer-take-step-forward

This is a replacement for the link which we posted yesterday - the sound has been fixed and the article includes detailed text.



NEWS - March 27, 2010

The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) has established its own web site at www.adamsclassmuseum.org to provide current information regarding their effort to establish a Naval Ship Museum in honor of the ADAMS Class Guided Missile Destroyers and their crews. This Museum would use the former USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2), the lead-ship of the ADAMS Class, as the ADAMS Class Museum. This Naval Ship Museum would be berthed in the downtown area of Jacksonville, Florida, on the bank of the St Johns River. The new web site provides information on JHNSA's efforts to local Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia residents, as well as to national supporters. The web site is comprised of 21 separate web pages, and contains a wealth of information regarding all aspects of the ADAMS Class Museum project. Please go to the web site www.adamsclassmuseum.org , and get acquainted with this worthy cause! You may note that a link to the JHNSA web site has been added to our SELLERS web site links, above.


Sellers on Facebook

For all you FaceBook folks out there, Tom Pierett (who was on DDG-11 in the late 60's) has posted a number of photos on a "facebook groups" site called "USS SELLERS DDG-11". Try doing a search on FaceBook for "USS SELLERS DDG-11" , "join" the site, and once at the site, click on PHOTOS to see the pictures. You might also want to do a search for Tom Pierett, if you remember him, and re-connect.


NEWS - NOVEMBER 19, 2009

Click on the image for larger one.

Tom Miceli, MM2, sitting on his "FDNY" Harley
next to the USS NEW YORK

Tom Miceli, MM2, and his coworker, Todd,
at the gangway


NEWS - NOVEMBER 17, 2009

Jacksonville Event a Success

The reports are finally coming in from the ACVA/JHNSA event in Jacksonville Florida. See http://www.adamsclassddgvets.org/ and/or http://www.bozair.com/DDG-2/index.html for photos and details.


NEWS - NOVEMBER 11, 2009

SELLERS Association Reunion in 2010

Dates: September 30 - October 2, 2010
Location : Waterside Sheraton, Norfolk, Virginia

More details will be published soon !


NEWS JULY 24, 2009

SHIP RESTORATION FUND RAISING

For the last couple of years Major Supporter and ACVA Member donations have been used in the long process of submitting our Donation Application for ex-USS Charles F. Adams. This process included engineering surveys, marketing studies, environmental studies and permitting. Our ACVA team has donated over $650,000 dollars of cash and in-kind labor to support the project by developing the Donation Application and obtaining all types of shipboard equipment to restore the CHARLES F. ADAMS. In addition, DDG-2 will need to be dry docked and have major hull repairs conducted by a shipyard.

We are opening this significant fund raising drive in hopes of involving larger numbers of DDG-2 veterans. We also want to include Ship Association Groups, companies and/or individuals who would contribute to restoring/replacing the 1245 4 X 8 foot sections of hull plating for the ex- USS CHARLES F. ADAMS DDG-2 and Yards O’ Concrete for pier construction or restoration. In addition, we are planning local Jacksonville Fund Raising Events starting this Fall and we could use volunteers to assist in us in the events.

THIS LINK will provide the details of how you and your shipmates can help us “Restore the CHARLES F. ADAMS.”

JACKSONVILLE FUND RAISING

All Adams Class Veterans in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Florida interested in supporting fund raising events are urged to contact Craig Bernat, ACVA Treasurer and Fund Raising Chairman: fc1ddg4@atlanticbb.net


News items will be forwarded to the "Recent News" page after they have appeared here for a while.


SELLERS Association

The SELLERS Association is comprised of former crew members, family members, and friends that have an interest in the ship. We have an elected board including a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. We have rules and regulations, policies, and procedures. You can become a member for only $15.00 per year. Your dues to be a member of the SELLERS Association will help to keep the SELLERS' memory alive, plan reunions, and pay for mailings of SELLERS Newsletters. If you have not already done so - send in your check and JOIN NOW !

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