The USS Coontz Association is dedicated to preserving the memory of the USS Coontz (DLG 9/DDG 40), and the men and women that served aboard her!

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The USS Coontz Association is announcing details of the 2014 USS Coontz


Dates: Arrival-Thur., Sept. 18th       Departure – Sun., Sept. 21st    
Place: Embassy Suites San Diego, San Diego, California
Registration Fee: $140.00/person


Registration Deadline August 18, 2014

USS Coontz 2014 Reunion Highlights

Thursday, Sept. 18th

Arrive at hotel (hotel details below ). 

Meet & Greet in Hospitality Room with evening refreshments consisting of Possum, Squirrel, Armadillo (Actual menu to be determined), beer, wine and soft drinks provided by Embassy Suites Happy Hour- 5 to 7.  Do not forget to bring your USS Coontz memorabilia for display in the Hospitality Room.  Brush up on your “Sea Stories” and Embellishments so that you’re ready to join in!

Friday, Sept. 19th

Enjoy a FREE hot breakfast at the hotel.

o Tour of San Diego Naval Base

All aboard our luxury motor coach for a trip to U.S. Naval Station 32nd St. for a guided tour of the old Coontz's Home Port!  We’ll also be escorted on a tour of a newer type Navy vessel (depending on availability).  Finally, we’ll be treated to a special luncheon on the base.

Dinner on Friday will be on your own.
There are many fine restaurants in the vicinity of our hotel also at Seaport Village, or the Gas Lamp District.
The Hospitality room will be open as soon as we return to the Hotel from the tour.  Don’t forget this evening’s Happy Hour- a special Coontz area will be reserved just for the Coontz sailors!!

Saturday, Sept 20th

Enjoy a FREE hot breakfast at the hotel.  
After breakfast, members of the USS Coontz Association will hold our annual Coontz business meeting in the hospitality room.  


o San Diego Trolley Tour

The San Diego Old Town Trolley stops near our hotel for a Hop on-Hop off tour of San Diego.  You may visit such places as the USS Midway aircraft carrier, Old Town San Diego, San Diego Zoo, or the Gas Lamp District.  We’ll pass out brochures for this at breakfast.  You may tailor this to your own individual interests.

o Hornblower Harbor Cruise and Reunion Dinner

On Saturday evening we’ll meet at a park by the USS Midway for our Two-Bell Ceremony for departed shipmates. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a stroll along the San Diego Embarcadero on our way to the Hornblower Harbor Cruise/Dinner.

The Hospitality Room will be open on our return.

Sunday, Sept. 21st

Enjoy a FREE hot breakfast at the hotel.  This is our “Cast-Off-All-Lines” Breakfast where we can wish our shipmates well until next year.


Hotel Details

Our 2014 Reunion Hotel is the Embassy Suites San Diego.  The $129 Coontz Reunion price includes full hot breakfast and Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m.  The hotel is located across the street from Seaport Village, down the Embarcadero from the famous Fish Mkt., the USS Midway and Maritime Museum and another famous restaurant - Anthony's Fish Grotto.  Also a few blocks away you will find the Gas Lamp District and Horton Plaza Shopping Center. The $129 price can apply a few days before and after the actual date of the reunion.  You can look up the hotel web site at our Coontz Association web page or go direct to their web site. Be sure to ask for our Coontz Reunion special price!!  

Embassy Suites San Diego
601 Pacific Hwy. San Diego, CA 92101  

Registration Fee Breakdown

The Registration fee of $140 includes the following:
• Bus transportation
• Hospitality room beverages and snacks for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m.
• Thursday Evening welcoming events
• Saturday evening dinner/cruise
• Miscellaneous costs such as name tags, plates, cups, glasses, flatware, bottled water on buses and organizing costs.

There may be one or two of you who only wish to attend the Thursday evening Meet & Greet.  You can do this for a cost of $30.  If you will be, like most, attending the reunion in general and NOT just the Meet & Greet, then please DO NOT mark the $30 meet & Greet option on the registration Form.  Your $30 is included in the General Registration fee.

This is a good place to remind you that the following costs are not included and will be the responsibility of each member:

·        Transportation to and from your location to San Diego
·        Hotel room costs ($129 per night)
·        Friday night dinner at a restaurant of your choice 
·        Annual Association dues are also NOT included

Registration Deadline August 18, 2014

While the registration deadline is August 18, 2014, we ask that you try to get your registration done much earlier - The earlier the better!

What are you doing right now!

We have a lot of work to get done and the sooner we have a good count attendees the sooner we can get it done!

Something To Remember!
We are very hopeful that you will be attending this year’s USS Coontz Reunion.  However, if you are not, please keep the USS Coontz Association in mind.  We ask that you still join the Association by sending in your $20 membership fee.
This $20 is used to keep the memory of the USS Coontz alive.  Money from the Association dues was used to purchase the fantail of the Coontz after she was dismantled.  The fantail was donated by the Association to Hannibal Mo. and they built a monument to the USS Coontz along the Mississippi River.  The Association also makes annual donations for the upkeep of this monument.
When you join the Association, you can have your contact information listed on the Association website.


You may obtain a copy of the 2014 Registration form by e-mailing any of the Coontz Association Officers listed above.