Welcome to the "USS Oklahoma Family" Reunion-2012.
We have the honor of hosting the final 2012 USS Oklahoma Family Reunion here in San Juan Capistrano CA June 7th-10th 2012 commemorating the 71st Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Oklahoma. The purpose of the “USS Oklahoma Family” is to honor all of the crew members who were lost on that fateful day, as well as those who survived, and to keep the crew, family, and friends connected in such a way to honor all our heroes of “the greatest generation.” The “USS Oklahoma Family” Trust also provides financial aid to survivors or widows who are in need. This year the USS Oklahoma Family will be partnering with the VFW California Foundation for this fundraiser to support the programs that the VFW sponsors to aid active duty military, veterans, and their families. The VFW Department of California is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization.
In December of 2006, Pat and I had the privilege of covering the USS Oklahoma Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony, USS Oklahoma Ships Wheel Dedication and the Pearl Harbor 65th Anniversary (A Nation Remembers) for a newspaper and radio station out of Oklahoma and attended a funeral service on the Battleship Missouri for a USS Oklahoma Survivor who passed shortly before the Groundbreaking. It was there we had the pleasure of meeting some of the “crew” from the USS Oklahoma and became part of the USS Oklahoma Family. We met some of the most extraordinary men who had survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Oklahoma and the stories they told were absolutely incredible. When we were at the USS Oklahoma Memorial Groundbreaking on Ford Island in 2006 there were 105 USS Oklahoma Survivors alive. One year later at the Memorial dedication there were 92 survivors. Today we believe there are less then 25 USS Oklahoma Survivors left.
The Adams and Campbell family are long time supporters of the Pearl Harbor Survivors. My Uncle, Dock Campbell, a Navy Chief, was a Pearl Harbor survivor who was on the USS Dewey when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7th, 1941. When we were young, Uncle Dock would share with us around the campfire at family outings what he experienced the day of the attack. His children, Barb, Art and John have been involved with the Pearl Harbor Survivors for many years. Barb Campbell was head of the Son’s and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors for the State of Nevada. John Campbell and his wife will actually be hosting this years USS Oklahoma Reunion-2012 at their home.
“USS Oklahoma Family” Reunion-2012 Itinerary.
Thursday June 7th 2012, Crew, family and friends arrive in Southern California.
Friday morning, June 8th, 2012 the USS Oklahoma Family will be going to the USS Midway in San Diego, CA and then attend a VIP Meet & Greet at the Campbell’s home in San Juan Capistrano later that evening.
Saturday, June 9th, 2012 the USS Oklahoma Survivors, family and friends will be at the Hospitality Room at the Best Western, 27174 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano from 11:00am to 2:00pm. The public is invited to come meet with the USS Oklahoma Survivors and their families. You don’t get many opportunities like this. Later that night they will attend a dinner at the Campbell’s home honoring the USS Oklahoma Family. Also included is a business meeting and a “Two-Bell” Ceremony honoring their fallen brethren.
Sunday June 10th, Crew, family and friends depart Southern California.
On a personal note,
Those of you who know me personally, know I’m not one to ask for help. However, this is different. Being a part of the USS Oklahoma Family is personal for all of us involved. I have the had the honor to photograph, video and interviewed these incredible men who were serving our country 71 years ago when the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor. 429 of their shipmates died that day. 32 men were trapped in the hull after it flipped over for days before they were rescued. As you can imagine, the USS Oklahoma Family is very close and the reunion days are coming to a end. We need your help.
Ways to help:
1. Donations. Money raised will help to off set some of the expenses of the USS Oklahoma Family Reunion-2012, provide finiancial aid to the USS Oklahoma survivors or widows who are in need and will support programs that the VFW sponsors to aid acitve duty military, Veterans and their families. You can use the secure "Donate Now" button on the right hand side of the page.
Checks can be made out and mailed to:
VFW California Foundation
PO Box 1468
San Juan Capistrano CA. 92693
2. Share with others that might be interested in supporting the USS Oklahoma survivors, active military and veterans through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or maybe even the old fashion way, in person. Every share will help.
3. Leave a word of encouragement in the “Comments” section, the Blog or on the USS Oklahoma Fan page. This would be very meaningful to the survivors, family and friends.
4. Most importantly you can pray. Remember those who will be attending this year's USS Oklahoma Reunion as they are traveling from all over the country. Also, for all veterans and those who are currently serving in our military.
Please join us in giving these brave men and families the best USS Oklahoma Reunion possible.
I will be posting photos, video and happenings of the USS Oklahoma Reunion on our Blog and Facebook pages.
Additional information is listed above under "Media".
Thank you for your support.
The USS Oklahoma Reunion Support Team.