Information for the next USS Fresno (LST-1182) Reunion

REUNIONEX ’23 – San Diego, CA June 23-25, 2023

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of her Decommissioning

Shipmates – we are proud to announce REUNIONEX ’23 in San Diego, CA. Dates are June 23-25, 2023.
We have the following plans in place (any changes will be reflected as soon as they happen)


HOTEL:  REUNIONEX '23 HOST HOTEL: La Mesa Holiday Inn - 8000 Parkway Dr., La Mesa, CA 
                We currently have a room block of 30 rooms.  First Come, First Served
            $135/night (Incl. tax/service fees)  0.7 mi. from VFW - 13.5 mi. from airport)
   **Standard weekend rate when booked through hotel website: $279/night  (Savings of $140/night)**
    (Rooms on Thu. night at same rate based on hotel space available - add'l rooms may open up, allowing  
      us to expand room block to more than 30 - TBD by hotel)
  When our block of 30 rooms at the Holiday Inn is full, here are some other quality hotels in the area:

                    Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle 
                   $191/weekend night avg. 9.6 mi. from VFW   5.6 mi. from airport)
                             595 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108
                                  Phone: (619) 291-5720
                          Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon 
                ($187/weekend night avg. 6.2 mi. from VFW, 18.4 mi. from airport)
                              141 Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
                                   Phone: (619) 334-6999
                           Hampton Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego  
                  ($330/weekend night avg. 6.4 mi. from VFW, 19.4 mi. from airport)
                             1025 Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
                                    Phone: (619) 312-0091

                             Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
                 ($199/weekend night avg.  3.1 mi. from VFW, 13.1 mi. from airport)
                             6474 El Cajon Blvd.  San Diego, CA  92115
                                   Phone:  (619) 582-3088
                 We also have a personalized link at that may help - 
                         (Copy and Paste into a new browser window)

VRBO/AirBnB: We have a large one with pool/patio reserved in the La Mesa area (address TBA) - 
It will be the REUNIONEX '23 HQ, and will be sponsored by the USS Fresno Memorial Association (USSFMA)
          USSFMA will host 'after hours' & daytime lounge events Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun - DEFINITE

Fri, 23JUN23 - 1800 - 2200 - Welcome Reception @ VFW/American Legion Ship 1774
                             8118 University Ave., La Mesa, CA - DEFINITE
                             (non-alcoholic beverages provided.  Cash bar.  Food option - TBA)

Sat. 24JUN23 - 0745 - 1000 - Swift Boat Charter (Boat One) San Diego Maritime Museum 
                            1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101-3309
                           (approx. $30/head - max. 25  ppl) - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
                            May add a second boat if enough interest. - DEFINITE
               0800 - 1600 - Small Groups organized on your own 
                           Here are some suggested things to do in San Diego:
                          - Fishing
                          - Golfing - Possible Golf Tournament
                          - USS Midway
                          - Tour Coronado/32nd Street (if you have a connection)
                          - Harbor Tour
                          - Visit to former San Diego RTC/NTC Site
                          - Zoo/Sea World/Beach
               1600-2400 - BBQ and Reunion at home of BM1 John Rhodes ('76-'80) - 
                                Berkwood Dr., Spring Valley, CA - DEFINITE
    ** Uber/Lyft/Taxi to and from is recommended - limited on-site parking (its in a neighborhood) **

** Win this Piston from Fresno's 1A - removed during overhaul of '73-'74.  To be auctioned off at the BBQ**

Sun.  25JUN3 - Farewell Brunch @ VFW/American Legion Ship 1774
                             8118 University Ave., La Mesa, CA - (Tentative)

T-SHIRTS:  There will be official "REUNIONEX '23" T-shirts available for purchase.  Shirts will come in Navy Blue, Deck Green and Engineering Red.  Link to purchase will be posted in APRIL of 2023.  

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