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Barring an earthquake of 5.7 or greater, catastrophic mudslides, raging forest fires or tsunamis exceeding 10.74 feet this will be the itinerary for the much anticipated reunion of the world's best H-3 drivers. All times are currently 90% firm.

bulletThursday, 8 February


Early Bird Arrival Cocktail Party at the IL Fornaio (No host bar)

Location: 1333 First Street, Coronado

  Scenic: Enjoy the harbor lights/harbor.
  Romantic: Your wives will love you even more!
  Dinner: Be creative, there are great restaurants all over Coronado including the Il Fornaio, Bay Beach Cafe, Marriott Hotel and Peohe's. (All within easy walking distance)


bulletFriday, 9 February 


Cocktail party on USS Midway and Squadron photo shoot in front of an H-3 in HS-6 markings on the
  flight deck. Note that the name on side of helo is "Capt Bob Vermilya."

San Diego Bay Cruise on Hornblower Yacht.

1700 - ???? Dinner on your own.  Recommend the nearby Gas Lamp, Old Town, Hillcrest  or Little Italy areas (Filippi's is still there & also in Chula Vista)


bulletSaturday, 10 February
1000-1045 Bonita Veteran's Memorial Flag Ceremony - Tom Pocklington has arranged for a special flag raising ceremony at the Bonita Veteran's Memorial, part of the Sunnyside Library and Museum complex in Bonita. All Indian Gal personnel, their families and guests are invited to attend. Frank Herndon, a former HS-6 Commanding Officer, will be in attendance. The ceremony will honor the living and remember the fallen. It will be conducted by a military chaplain and all attendees will have the opportunity to participate in folding the flag being retired. Additionally, the Museum will be open at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Tom at if you have any questions regarding the ceremony or if you have recommendations for additions to this special occasion. This will be the 6th flag dedicated at a special event in the short history of the Veteran's Memorial and will be passed on to a Veteran's Home, school, or military unit after 3 months of service. It is a ceremonial or Garrison Flag (12x18). If you know of an organization with a need for a dedicated flag please contact Tom. Click here for driving directions.


Cocktails at the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course, 4475 Bonita Road, Bonita.

Dining-In at the Chula Vista Golf Course

  Uniform of the Day: Tux, Mess Dress, Suit, Barong Tagalog, Sport Coat, Original Flight Suit (health code and tradition require that you wash it before wearing to a formal occasion), original green HS-6 Flight Deck Jersey, or original Flight Jacket with greasy HS-6 patch and Green HS-6 Flight Deck Jersey underneath. Kind of gives new meaning to the word "uniform," huh?
????-???? Post Dining-In Debrief and Decompression at Vern's or you can revisit the glory-filled days of wondrous youth in TJ or San Diego. Additionally, Vern will have available white/red wine, cold beer, water, coffee and Pepto-Bismol.  For those pulling chocks Sunday morning this is will be your last chance to impress us with your favorite sea story and the time to say your good-byes.


bulletSunday, 11 February


Farewell Brunches at your discretion. Departure at your convenience. Pull your own group of RRs
  together for one last farewell. Vern will provide us with suggestions for restaurants in the area that serve outstanding Sunday brunches.


Additional Information: The prices for each event will be firmed up and published in the December/January time-frame. Keep checking back here. During the day you can just relax (perhaps you might have had too much medicine the night before - although that would be totally out of character for this crowd!), visit the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Balboa Park including the San Diego Air and Space Museum, or a myriad of other great places. Vern has left some evenings open for attendee group get-togethers, telling sea stories, relating bald face lies as fact, BS'ing & sentimentalisms.


Accommodations: Vern has reserved 12 rooms at $109.00/ night, plus taxes.  This hotel is adjacent to Shelter Island. It is also about 5 minutes from Lindberg Field and the Friday Reunion activities:

Holiday Inn San Diego - Bayside
4875 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Tell them you want the "HS-6 Reunion Rate"


Additional Accommodations: Navy Lodges at North Island and 32nd Street.  These are economical alternatives.  The 32nd Street site is not in the prettiest area BUT is within 100 yards of Tijuana Trolley station that can get you to TJ, Gas Lamp tourist district, Seaport Village, Old Town and Mission Valley.