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50th Anniversary Reunion

Attention Shipmates
If you did not receive an email message concerning the 50th Anniversary Reunion or if you have questions please email Walt Cox at or you can call him at (330)262-7667

50th Anniversary
May 24, 1969 – May 24, 2019

On behalf of the Reunion Committee, it is with great pleasure to announce our 2019 USS San Diego Reunion. We invite all Shipmates and family from AFS-6, T-AFS-6, Air Detachments, and USS San Diego CL-53 & USS San Diego LPD-22 to join in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “The Best”.

Our 2019 USS San Diego Reunion will be held May 23-25, 2019 in Norfolk, VA. We will be located at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel on the Elizabeth River and just steps away from the Waterside Marketplace, featuring many specialty shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Town Point Park is nearby and is a beautiful spot to enjoy panoramic river views, or explore one of the many nearby museums and memorials, including the MacArthur Memorial, The USS Wisconsin Battleship, and the Chrysler Museum of Art, History and Culture.

Our reunion begins on Thursday evening with our Welcome Reception, which will be held at The Harbor Club on the 2nd floor of the Waterside Market Place which overlooks the Elizabeth River.

For those that want to go back to sea, our Friday’s event is a 3-Hour Tour on board the Three Masted Top Sail Schooner “American Rover”. Her design is inspired by the 19th Century Cargo Schooners that once sailed the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Seaboard.

Then on Saturday, our day begins touring the Norfolk Naval Base that includes lunch at Vista Point Conference Center that overlooks the bay. We will then honor our fallen shipmates with our Memorial Service at the base chapel.
On Saturday evening we will hold our formal banquet where we will celebrate our ships 50th Anniversary of the USS San Diego (AFS-6) Commissioning. Our evening will bring our shipmates together in honoring a great ship and crew, enjoy a great dinner, have a few laughs, and special presentations! In other words, we are having a party!!!!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!

2019 USS San Diego Reunion
Welcome Reception
Thursday May 23, 2019

May 24, 1969 – USS San Diego (AFS-6) is commissioned in San Diego, California. On that historic day, shipmates received orders to man the rails and bring the ship to life. 50 years later, shipmates from that event along with shipmates that followed will gather to celebrate the ship’s 50th Anniversary, to honor a great ship and fellow shipmates!

Our 2019 reunion begins with our Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, 50 years to the date of our ship’s commissioning. We will host our event at The Harbor Club located on the 2nd floor of the Waterside District Marketplace from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a light menu.

The Harbor Club, located just a short walk from The Sheraton, is inside the Waterside District Marketplace and has fantastic views of the Elizabeth River and surrounding area. Norfolk’s premier dining and entertainment district is a central place where you can hang out, dine and relax with your whole family. Waterside District features the best of national, regional and local restaurants and offers live music, festivals and more. Located in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the City of Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District is a great gathering place for all to enjoy.

Afterwards, our Hospitality Suite will be open till 11:00 pm for those that want to meet new shipmates and catch up on old times.

For those shipmates that are driving downtown, The Waterside Garage located directly across the street offers self-parking fee of $1.50 per hour, and valet parking for $7.00 per vehicle.

USS San Diego Reunion Tour
Friday May 24, 2019 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
American Rover Sailing Cruise

Our Friday Tour takes us back to sea, well not the open sea but a narrated tour of the sights and history of Norfolk along the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor, including the Norfolk Naval Base. No cruise would be complete without “Chow” as boxed lunches will be served. All lunches include Choice of Sandwich, Chips, Pickle and Cookie. Drinks are available for purchase from American Rover.

The American Rover’s professional staff and licensed Captain will ensure a memorable event, and don’t forget your camera.

We are chartering the American Rover for our tour and have only 110 available spaces on board. So don’t delay in registering!


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USS San Diego Reunion Tour

Saturday May 25, 2019 / 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Norfolk Naval Base


No Reunion in Norfolk would be complete without visiting the Norfolk Naval Base.  Norfolk is proud to be the home of the world’s largest Naval Station.  On the guided tour, you’ll see aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, auxiliary supply ships and learn about the history of Naval Station Norfolk, including historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.


Naval Station Norfolk's mission is to support and improve the personnel and logistics readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.  The Norfolk naval base provides seaport, airport, and squadron facilities, quality of life, and personnel management services.


While on base we will take time to honor our fallen shipmates with our Memorial Service at the Base Chapel.  Our memorial services honor those from Three Ship’s Named SAN DIEGO, CL-53 / AFS-6 / LPD-22. 


Our next stop is Vista Point Conference Center where we will have lunch before returning to the hotel.  Vista Point is located on base near the Carrier Piers and overlooks Hampton Roads Harbor.


A picture ID is required for all adults over the age of 18.


USS San Diego Reunion
Sheraton Waterside Hotel
Norfolk, Virginia
Sheraton Waterside Direct at (757) 622-6664, must request rate for USS San Diego Reunion!


The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside is Norfolk’s only waterfront hotel, less than a minute’s walk from Waterside Marketplace, where you will find many unique shops and restaurants, and 5 minutes from Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin Battleship Museum, MacArthur Center for shopping, dining and entertainment!

For USS San Diego Shipmates, our negotiated room rate is $119 per night (plus tax) for Double Queen or King Rooms and offered 3 days prior/post of reunion based on availability. Cut Off for booking rooms is April 25, 2019.
Room reservations can be made by calling the hotel direct at (757) 622-6664, and request the rate for the USS San Diego Reunion:


Parking: Reduced rate self-parking of $8.00 per car, per day with in/out privileges and purchased at check in. Persons displaying a disabled parking tag may park in valet lot at self-parking rate based on availability.


2019 USS SAN DIEGO Reunion Registration
50th Anniversary
May 23-25, 2019
Sheraton Waterside Hotel
Norfolk, Virginia

Shipmate’s Name__________________________________________________________

Spouse/Guest Name(s)

Street Address


City _________________________________

State _______________ Zip ___________

Phone (_____) _____________________

Event Registration Fee Information: (Number of Guests)
Total Attending (w/guests) _______________ x $85.00 / person = $_____________

American Rover Sailing Cruise ____________ x $40.00 / person = $_____________
(Friday May 24, 2019 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Lunch Included)

Naval Base Tour / Memorial Service ________ x $35.00 / person = $_____________
(Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Lunch Included)

Combined Registration Fee(s) & Tour Fee(s):


“Registration Fee(s) must be received no later than April 23, 2019”


Walter Cox
1555 Hawthorne Drive
Wooster, OH 44691

(Payment can be made either to Walter Cox or

Cancellation Policy: Complete refund minus Check Fee of $10.00 per person will be issued until April 23, 2019
Please contact Walt at,
or (330) 262-7667 if you have any questions. A receipt will be sent via e-mail if available, or mailed to those without e-mails.

“The Spirit Of The SAN DIEGO Lives On”