This is from (longer) correspondence from Vernon G. Doscher, St Charles, Missouri, to his USSNew Mexico (BB-40) shipmates. We thought sharing this might give others some ideas!
Hello All You Lucky People,
Well, I’m still with you. I’ve had some bumps throughout the year. However, the Good Lord said I should stick around for a while longer. I don’t know if you want to say that’s the good or the bad news. In the last couple of months we have lost three members to Our Commander From Above. That makes six so far this year that I know of. I think I speak for everyone in the Association when I say that our hearts go out to all of those who have suffered illness or heartbreak this year. We think of you and pray that you keep in touch with friends, shipmates, and the Association. Please let us know what you’re up to and how you’re doing. We enjoy reading your letters when you aren’t with us at the Reunion.
I thank you, and let’s meet at the Reunion.
Please remember to bring the following:
« BINGO Prizes—White elephant trinkets and treasures
« Raffle item donations—These help reduce the cost of our Reunion
« Gifts—for the Saturday Morning Door Prize Exchange. Please include your name with your wrapped gift(s)
« Christmas Ornament—a new event this year, Christmas in October. Please bring an ornament to exchange if you will be with us on Sunday Evening.