USS Willard Keith Reunion Association

                                                         2015 Reunion Invitation May 6-9

                                                                      Norfolk, Virginia

This is your invitation to attend the Twenty Fifth consecutive USS Willard Keith Reunion for all ships personnel and their guests. The reunion will open Wednesday May 6th and secure Saturday morning May 9th. in
 Norfolk, VA.  Headquarters for our reunion has been reserved at the Holiday Inn- Norfolk Airport; 1570 Military Highway; Norfolk, VA. Hosts are Don and Jane Hempstead who can be contacted at or 501-884-6242.

WEATHER: (May) Temperature average high 75o F, average low 57O F. No heat or humidity discomfort. 10 days of rain during the month, and 9 hours of sunshine per day.

UNIFORM CONTEST: Bring all or any part of your uniform that fits for this event. It is surprising how many can still fit into their uniform! WE NEED MORE PARTICIPANTS!

CHINESE AUCTION: Attendees are requested to bring items to donate for the raffle, (please no white elephants). They are to be turned in Wednesday in the hospitality room. The event is very entertaining. The money from this event is primarily used for our hospitality room refreshments. 

TRAVEL: Airlines servicing Norfolk are, American, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways.  

The Holiday Inn has 24/7 shuttle service, 757-213-2231. Driving, the hotel offers free parking. If you are planning to arrive by sea you’re on your own.  

RESERVATIONS: Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport, 1570 N. Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23502, 757-213-2231, or 1-800-465-4329. Ask for USS Willard Keith DD-775 Reunion. Rate is $89.00 plus tax. On- Line link > enter dates of stay> Have a Group code? (enter uwk) > apply > select room and finish the form.


Wednesday – Check in at the hospitality room (The Landings) and receive your reunion packet.
                       5:00-reception and Hors D’oeuvres or sandwiches.

Thursday- Breakfast 0600-1000 Dining Room
 9:00AM-Naval Station Norfolk and lunch on the base.
        PM – Riding Norfolk City tour, Victory Rover Harbor Cruise
6:00 PM –Buffet Dinner at Holiday Inn(Grand Concourse Room), Chinese Auction, and Uniform Contest.  

Important Information: All passengers visiting any Military Installation MUST have picture ID, and no bags other  
than pocketbooks or camera cases. No pocket knives, scissors, or nail files will be allowed.

Friday – Breakfast 0600-1000 Dining Room

9:00AM – Nauticus, attractions that explores the economic Naval and natural powers of the sea. 
                 Hampton Roads Naval Museum officially operated by the U.S. Navy.
                 Tour USS Wisconsin and Our Memorial Service on the Main Deck. 
                 Lunch at Freemason Abbey Doumar’s Drive Inn, home of the world’s first ice cream cone machine.

3:30PM – Business Meeting in the hospitality room.

6:00PM – Dress up for Final Banquet (plated dinner) in the Grand Concourse Room

Saturday – Breakfast and Goodbyes until next year. 0730-1000 Dining Room  

This area of Virginia has many wonderful sites to see with extra days (three) before or (three) after the reunion dates at the same reunion room rate. The hotel shuttle can take you to areas within a five mile radius of the hotel property, such as the botanical gardens and to the Lite Rail train that goes into Norfolk business area. Other interesting areas are the Air museum in Virginia Beach , Olde Town Portsmouth, and interesting areas in Chesapeake.

Looking forward to seeing you in Norfolk

Don and Jane


Reunion Letter
Reunion Form