Reunion Information



USS Coontz Reunion, 2017


The USS Coontz (DLG9/DDG40) returns to the Rose Festival City of Portland, Oregon on September 14-17 .  Our reunion will be at the Hyatt House Portland Downtown. The Hotel was just opened in August 2106.  It is located downtown, with easy access from the airport and to all the interesting parts of the city though a combination of Bus, Street Cars or the lite Rail system if you care to wander around on your own.  To make your reservations, you can call the Hotel directly at (503) 241-2775 or go on their web site at:

When you call please use the phrase  ‘G-COON’ to get the Coontz Rate.

The rates negotiated for the Hotel are $149 plus tax (Down from $225).
Not to worry, your total cost per couple will be less than Charleston and similar to other Reunions. Byron Anderson (FTM2, 1962-1964) and Red Bennett (1963-1964) have put together some interesting venues for us to enjoy. By incorporating lots of inexpensive and free venues they have been able to hold the reunion fee to only $115/person. This incudes not one dinner but two!

(Deadline for Registration at the Hotel is August 18)

The negotiated rates apply three days before and after the reunion.  There are some wonderful things to take in if you’d like to spend more time in the area. We’ll be sending you a list of things you might want to consider visiting.  Fall is a great time to visit the North West.



A rough Draft of the Portland Reunion activities follows:


Thursday Night
Meet and Greet in the Hospitality Room.  (Dinner that night on your own, many attractive possibilities very nearby). 
Free Tram and trolley tickets will be available for the next two days. 


0       Free Breakfast at the Hotel
0       Ride Tram to the highest point in Portland which offers some breathtaking views of the 4 rivers that come together in Portland.
0       Free time to explore the city by streetcar.
0       Lunch on the Portland Spirit (Includes a 2 hour cruise to view the city from the river).
0       Free time to explore the Maritime Museum and other nearby sites, or just to enjoy the River Walk, and “refreshments” in the riverside cafes or the many brewpubs….more per capita than any other city.
0       2 Bell Ceremony at park near the Hotel.
0       Happy Hour in the Hyatt Patio area.
0       Sit Down Dinner in the Hospitality Suite (A Guest Speaker from the PT Boat that some of us will visit tomorrow will tell how the boat was salvaged and restored, and the activities that they are involved in the around the Portland area.
If you are not tired by then, you may be Superman or Supergirl.


0       Free Breakfast at the Hotel
0       Land Lubbers can elect to hop on a Street Car and visit the Rose Garden, or the nearby Japanese Garden or Powell’s Book Store (Lots of books about Old Sailors), or just wander around downtown!
0       Shipmates and wives still with Sea Legs will take a bus to the Naval Station area, to tour the PT 658, its museum, and an LCI moored nearby.  On their return, they can also visit the Oregon Museum of Science and industry, where the SS581 Blueback Sub is moored or go to the Heritage Railroad Museum. Then Free Time!!

Us older guys will probably take a nap!

Happy Hour on the Patio with a free Barbecue Dinner, cooked by Red and Andy.



        0       Free Breakfast at the Hotel
        0       Elvis Leaves the Building and starts making plans for the reunion in San Antonio                

When we selected Portland for our West Coast reunion, none of us were aware of the Oregon and Portland Laws that are in effect.  Andy was lucky to find a hotel that has been very accommodating and has helped him “bend but not break” any laws.
We will publish this on the Web Site, on Facebook, and will use snail mail and e-mail to get the word to as many Coontz Sailors as we can find.  If you have kept in touch with other Coontz sailors, please pass this on to them and encourage them to come to this reunion.  And, please start planning for September in Portland!!!  Please signup as soon as you are able, so we can finalize all the details of what promises to be a fun time together in Portland.


Portland will be Exciting, so plan to join us.

To register for the Coontz Reunion in Portland, simply download the form associated with the link below, use Word or something similar to print it out, pencil in the blanks on the form, and mail it and a check ($115 per each person attending) to Red Bennett, Treasurer of the Association (Address is on the form).