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USS Knox (DE/FF 1052) Reunion Association! 


Today is Sunday, April 22, 2018. You are visitor 102763. Thanks for visiting! This site was established August 19, 2003. Please stop back frequently as items will be added regularly, especially the Sea Stories and photo pages.  

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***2017 USS Knox Reunion***
Please go to the following link and register.  
Register and payment by May 1st for a free hat or T-shirt.
Tell all your shipmates!!  Friends and family are welcome too!!

The Reunion will be in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept 21-24, 2017.  We WILL have a video and registration info soon. The hotel is the new Hampton Inn at Newport on the Levee. Right across the river from Cincinnati. 

As per our norm we will have a check in on Thurs night, where we can touch base and everyone can pick up their itinerary. We will have organized events. Friday, we will visit, Wright Patterson Air Force museum which is so awesome!  That evening we will meet back at the hotel and have meet and greets with light fare to eat and do our auction. So remember to bring a little something to auction off.  The next day a trip to the Aquarium which is next to the hotel. The Saturday night banquet is a dinner cruise on an old fashioned riverboat, B&B Riverboats. Great Food will be provided by Montgomery Inn and entertainment and bar service is also available. 

For your free time we will provide a list of things to do as well as some pre and post trips, for those who are interested in spending a little more time in our area. We have tons of good places to eat, from German, to Italian to American.  Remember to try some of the famous Cincinnati Chili while you are here. We have craft beer places, wineries, distilleries, museums, Krohn Conservatory, parks, tours like the Gangster tour, The Bourbon Trail, the Cincinnati zoo, shopping, the Reds hall of fame, maybe a Reds baseball game. If you are into NASCAR. There is a speedway just 15-20 mins from  the hotel in Sparta,KY. This is horse country and there are three horse racing tracks within minutes of the hotel. We also have three casinos here with gaming. The Creation Museum is nearby where the history of the Bible comes to life. There is something for everyone here!!!  

Keep checking back, the link for registration will be posted soon.  We encourage everyone to register early. As an incentive to register your choice of a free USS Knox shirt or hat. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!!!!

8/8/2015   Greetings Shipmates –

The responses for our Knox Reunion on September 17th -20th, 2015 in San Diego have been great!  In case you were holding back, wondering who is planning to attend the reunion, here is a current (8/5) list of shipmate registrants and room reservations so far:  Don Abel, Bob Baker, Bob Beach, Michael Blum, Tina Bosworth, Tom Derby, Holland Duell, Jack Flannery, Tom Frazee, Jim Freiband, Will Hays, Bob Henke, Bill Lamm, John Michaelsen, Marvin Munn, Chris Nelson, Bob Simonson, Dave Todd,  George Valdez, Stan Williams, and Kip Williamson.

Here’s hoping that you will add your name to the list. 

Our deadline with the hotel for our special room rates, is August 27th.  After that date, the room rates go up to market rate.

Our Saturday luau, in addition to having Uncle Jimmie’s Polynesian Review, will also feature orchid lei’s for the ladies.  Can’t you smell that Kahlua Pig coming out of the Imu now?  It will be a cheap trip to Hawaii! 

We locals will also provide a special honor when we visit the Veteran’s Memorial at Mount Soledad in La Jolla, as we remember both the Knox as well as those shipmates who have passed on.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact me at:    Please send the registration form and check to my address at:  3004 Lackawanna Way, San Diego, CA 92117.  The registration form is on our website at:    Both the hotel and the excursion operator are very flexible, so you can send in your registration and make hotel reservations nearly to the date of the event.  We have set September 15th as the absolute deadline, so that we can process everything at this end.

We have twenty rooms reserved through the Holiday Inn Bayside website, which qualifies us for a free cocktail party on Friday night and a free hospitality suite during the reunion.  Reservations must book through the hotel to qualify for the twenty room nights.  Telephone reservations are at 619-224-3621 or use the group code USK with online booking link of:   USS Knox room reservations at Holiday Inn Bayside.  The room rate along with free hot breakfast will be extended up to four days before and after the reunion, subject to availability.

An updated itinerary will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.  Those of you attending are asked to bring an easy-to-pack silent auction item from your area of the country.  The auction proceeds will be used primarily to maintain and improve our website.  Also, whether you can attend or not, if you have any stories to share about the Knox’s history, please send them to me.   Our speaker at Mount Soledad can incorporate them into his comments.

This should be a great reunion, and we look forward to sharing time with shipmates from various eras here in San Diego.

Best of wishes,   Bob Simonson, Reunion Organizer

  • 05/07/15 - 2015 Reunion News

Everything is coming together nicely for our Knox Reunion on September 17th -20th, 2015 in San Diego.  As an added feature, we will have “Uncle Jimmy’s” Polynesian Dancers perform during our banquet on Saturday night.  You may think that you are back in the Islands…so bring your aloha shirts and mumu’s for our luau around the pool at the Holiday Inn Bayside in Point Loma! 

Also Now is the time to purchase a new hat for $12 or new T-shirt S-XL = $15 and XLL - XXXL for $20.

There are fifteen of us who have registered as of May 6th and made our deposits, which we really appreciate.  Our goal is at least forty people attending the reunion.  Please send the form and check to my address at:  3004 Lackawanna Way, San Diego, CA 92117.  The registration form is on our website at:

We have seven rooms reserved thus far through the Holiday Inn Bayside, with a goal of twenty rooms so that we can qualify for a free cocktail party on Friday night and a free hospitality suite during the reunion.  Again, we really appreciate those of you who have already reserved your rooms.  There is no deposit required, and you can cancel up to 24 hours prior to the reunion.  If you are planning to attend, it would be great if you could make the room reservation, so that we will know how close we are to getting the twenty room minimum.  We must book through the hotel to qualify for the twenty room nights.  Telephone reservations are at 619-224-3621 or use the group code USK with online booking link of:   USS Knox room reservations at Holiday Inn Bayside.

The schedule of excursions, activities, and other details are on the Registration Form, which is attached to the email version of this update.  We will also post this update on the Knox website. 

We are looking forward to meeting our shipmates from different eras of Knox’s history and, of course, sharing our Sea Stories!  Your local hosts are also excited about showcasing San Diego, which many of us experienced in the Old Days. 

Best of wishes,   Bob Simonson, Reunion Organizer

  • 01/19/15 - 2015 Reunion News

    Please find the Registration Form and a list of Additional Things to Do in San Diego in the event that you decide to attend this year's reunion in San Diego from 17-20 September.  The hotel will hold its rate and provide breakfasts for up to 4 days before and after the reunion so that you can enjoy San Diego's many other activities

  • 12/15/14 - 2015 Reunion News Continued

    Reunion information:
    The booking information for our September 17-20, 2015 reunion in San Diego is now posted on the website for your reference.  The base rate will be $134 per night plus 12.59% taxes, with upgrades available for newer rooms and larger suites.  Other hotel information is as follows:  hot breakfast buffet included; reunion room rate and breakfast available 4 days before and after the reunion (lots to do in San Diego!);  a complimentary one hour welcome reception; a hospitality room; complimentary shuttle to and from the airport (very close to airport); and free parking. Please book directly through the hotel so we get enough room credits (20 rooms needed) for our free hospitality room and hosted reception.  There are several of us living in the San Diego area, and we are looking forward to hosting this event, and making it the best ever.  Of course, the attendance of our shipmates and our interaction with one another is the most important thing at these reunions.  We particularly invite those who served aboard Knox at various times, so that we can share our varied experiences.
    We expect to have the excursions and activities finalized by February.  Sign-up sheets will be on this website for you to copy, fill out, and return along with checks for the excursions and activities.  If you have any questions or comments, please email Bob Simonson at (


  • 12/09/14 - USS Knox Hats and T-shirts are back in Stock! Check out the Store page for more information.
  • 12/7/14 - 2015 Reunion News

    Here is the on-line booking link for your group. We look forward to welcoming USS Knox guests!!

    Thank you for selecting the Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside to host the overnight accommodations for your event scheduled from 9/17/15-9/20/15. Your group code is USK and your group rates are valid for booking through 8/27/15.

    Click here USS Knox room reservations at Holiday Inn Bayside to proceed directly to your reservation desk.


    The group rate is available for three days pre and post event based on room availability via the provided link or contact hotel reservations directly at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside call1(619) 224-3621 Ext: 701 or toll free (in USA only) 1(800) 662-8899.


    The link goes to the standard reservations page with your group code preloaded.  Your individual guests need to input their arrival and departure dates which need to fall with-in the group contract dates (+/- 3 days) and click ヨeck Availability䠴o go to the groupⳠspecific rate and availability page.  From there they will select a room type that they prefer and input their personal details to complete the reservation (please scroll down to see all available room types).  Your guests may also use their IHG Rewards number with the group rate.

  • 2/23/13 - 2013 Reunion Registration Documents Available HERE! The 2013 USS Knox reunion will be held September 19-21 at the Deerfield, IL, Embassy Suites hotel. Print out this document to register for the reunion and make your hotel reservations. Also see our USS Knox group page on Facebook for further information.

  • 6/3/12 - 2013 Reunion plans are underway. We will meet (probably) September 2013 in the Chicago area. Plans for the agenda include a special visit to Great Lakes NTC along with a number of other interesting sites. As usual, we will have a big banquet to bring an end to the reunion. Please plan on attending - the more the merrier!

  • 7/3/11 - 2011 Reunion Page Published! Click here to see this preliminary page. I will add more photos and captions as they become available. Enjoy! Attendees: if you haven't already, send me your photos.

  • 6/21/11 - 2011 Reunion a BIG Success! Attendees returned Saturday (6/18) from the 2011 USS Knox reunion cruise aboard Carnival Glory from NYC to the Canadian Maritimes (St. John, NB and Halifax, NS). We had a fantastic time. I will post photos here soon. 

    Thanks to the efforts of our association president, Dave Todd, some attendees also got a VIP tour of the Canadian Navy frigate "Ville de Quebec" in Halifax. This frigate is similar in many ways to Knox and it was very cool to see how technology has advanced to make these ships more effective. 

    Many, many thanks to Denny and Michele White for coordinating this year's reunion! It takes a lot of time and work to make these reunions successful and we need to recognize all the effort they put into it. Let them know how much you appreciate it the next time you see them. 

    It was decided by the association board that the next reunion will be in Chicago in 2013 and we'll shoot for San Diego in 2015. Info about these reunions will also be posted here and on the Knox group page on Facebook as details unfold

  • 3/11/11 - Photos of USS Knox Scale Model Here!

  • 3/4/11 - Knox 2011 Reunion Information! There still may be time to register for a 5 day cruise aboard the Carnival Glory to the Canadian Maritimes out of NYC. Please see the Info page and get your registration form in ASAP. Those of you who have registered should have received an update email from me and Denny recently. If you did not, contact me immediately.

  • 3/26/10 - Planning for our 2011 reunion is now underway. Denny White (Knox RM) is the coordinator. Denny was part of the original Knox crew and has attended all of the past reunions, and is a member of the Association board. He is currently researching possible locations and venues, some of which include Gettysburg or a 3-4 day cruise. Once the location has been determined, Denny may need your assistance. I will let you know more as details unfold. We're looking forward to your attendance!

  • 1/3/10 - The membership roster has been updated to include most of the recent membership applications. I'm working on it!

  • 1/2/10 - Due to a variety of reasons, including detected phishing attempts, I have removed the crew and missing crew lists from the site. I have received a large number of membership applications in the past year but time and resources have been scarce and I've not spent the time to update the roster. My apologies. If you did submit an application, you received an acknowledgement from me and have been added to the official and email rosters. So when I send out Association info, and as long as your email address is valid, you will get the email. I hope I will have sufficient spare time this year to get the member roster caught up. Remember, all officers of the Association are strictly volunteers - we get no compensation for keeping this organization running or for coordinating the reunions. That applies to me, as well, with this website. If you had to pay dues and the officers were compensated, the member roster would very definitely be up to date. But for now I can only make changes to the site as my personal time permits. I hope you understand. This applies to photos or stories you may send me, as well. We don't have infinite resources or space for this website - we're charged extra if we exceed certain limits. Since no one pays dues, we have to carefully manage what monetary resources we have and spend them wisely.

    Also, if you object to any of the emails I send, let me know. You can opt out from receiving Association related emails entirely by sending me an email with "OPT-OUT" in the subject line. I try to send only those messages I think the majority of the membership would like to see. Remember, you also have the option to use the DELETE key if the email is unwanted...

  • 9/14/09 - Order USS Knox Ball Caps and T-Shirts!

  • 7/2/09 - 2009 Reunion Photos now available! Click here.

  • 7/2/09 -  Many of the email addresses I have on file for crewmembers are coming back to me as invalid. If you have not been receiving emails from me in the past two months, please contact me to update your email address.

  • 3/15/09 - 2009 Reunion Webpage Published! The USS Knox reunion is ready to go! We want every one of you to be able to come, therefore we're publishing the following information so you can plan well enough in advance to attend:  

    Dates: June 18 to 20, 2009

    Place: Historic Charleston, SC 
    Hotel: Hampton Inn - Historic District
    Itinerary: Reunion webpage

    Hope to see you there!

  • 03/11/08 - Have You Been Exposed To Asbestos? - Asbestos exposure is a common occurrence among Navy vets. It can cause a number of deadly diseases including Mesothelioma. Symptoms often do not appear for decades after exposure. Visit the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center to learn more about it and find valuable resources.

  • 02/29/08 - RAO Update. Excellent bulletin from the RAO director in the PI that gives extensive information of benefit to all Veterans.

  • 02/22/08 - New table uploaded outlining the Awards and Commendations Knox received from November, 1970 to June, 1990. Twenty years of service to her country. Click here...

  • 11/01/07 - New photos on the 2007 reunion page. Thanks to Bob and Noreen Henke!

  • Association selected as Official Partner of the Veterans History Program. After a detailed application and screening process, the USS Knox Reunion Association has been granted official Partner status in the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. We join many other organizations who are dedicated to preserving our history - such as the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America. You can see more Partners here:

    We are now charged with actively collecting and telling our stories as veterans. All our experiences we collect as sailors aboard Knox will be preserved for everyone to see, read, and enjoy. Start collecting photos, write down your sea stories. Then send them to me.

  • That was then, and this is now... Have you ever been curious about how well preserved your former shipmates are today, or how they've survived the past 20 or 30 (or 40!) years? Those of us who have attended the Knox reunions know what some of our shipmates now look like. But many more of you, for one reason or another, haven't come to the reunions and probably don't have a clue what your shipmates look like today or what they're doing. 

    Now's your chance to let your shipmates know what you've become. I will start a gallery here of before and after photos to bring everybody up to date. Dig up a favorite picture of yourself from the Knox era and one of you now. Submit your pictures in JPEG format (at least 300x300 pixels, but try to keep the file sizes under 500K) to me at so I can include them on the Knox Association website with the rest of the Knox scalawags! I'd also like you to include a brief biography - married? family? what are you doing these days? etc. so we know what you became after Knox. Allow me a few days to get your images up on the site. See it here...

  • Knox is Sunk!  7 August 2007, Knox was used as a target and sunk in 6700 feet off the coast of Guam. USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) participated in the sinking. It took a combination of Mavericks, GBU-12's and GBU-16's to take her down. Former Knox ET2, Jim Burnette (now a LT and the Combat Systems Maintenance Officer of Stennis), witnessed the event. More details to follow...

  • 2007 Reunion is a Success! The reunion in Bremerton was a great time for all who attended. BRAVO ZULU to Rick Walton and Dave Todd (and spouses) for their hard work making a great reunion experience. Preliminary banquet photos can be seen here. I'm still looking for photos from others who attended!

  • Knox Is Gone. Around 1 July 2007, Knox was quietly towed from Bremerton to Guam to be used as a target in an exercise. No notification was given to the Reunion Association. The reunion attendees had hoped to see her one more time but some government bureaucrat decided otherwise...

  • Reunion Association Membership Fees Waived. Until further notice, we will not charge membership fees. You can become an Association member for free. Please fill out the Online Application if you haven't already so we have accurate contact information.

  • If your email has changed recently, please send your most current address to me (Jeff Bosworth)!

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