Greetings TJ Shipmates! I want to pass on some personal comments regarding past visits to Turner Joy Reunions. I sense that there are some shipmates out there that feel that perhaps it’s been too long and that they won’t know anyone there. Others may have other reasons for not attending.
I just want to say that once you come, you will be so glad you did. The camaraderie you experienced while aboard the TJ will return instantly. The feeling of belonging and connecting with others that served aboard and also experienced the same pride in being a part of something larger than yourself.
I will never forger my first reunion which began on a ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton where the TJ is moored. As the ferry neared Bremerton, I felt an inner emotion that I am about to catch glimpse on a long-lost friend. As the ferry made a final turn and I caught sight on the TJ, I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. It was such a wonderful feeling to see her again. I saw past shipmates and made many new friends. My wife and I have attended many reunions since then and we look forward to attending many more. None of us are getting any younger so don’t put off reuniting with those you have a strong common connection with. Hope to see you all in San Diego in October and two years later on the TJ.
Paul Kovar 65-66