Several seagoing cowboy crews became close-knit units who didn’t want their friendships to end when they walked off their ships. Earlier this week, I had the good fortune to participate in the 70th anniversary reunion of the S. S. Stephen R Mallory crew of Mennonite high school and college students who went to Poland. What a joy to hear them reminisce about their experiences that summer of 1946 which I highlighted in my June 24 post!
Many of the Mallory cowboys stayed in touch individually through the years, but I learned that it wasn’t until their 50th anniversary that they gathered for their first reunion. Held at Camp Friedenswald in Michigan, their time there brought them together in a bond that has grown stronger through the years. They have met regularly since that first time.
The S. S. Rock Springs Victory crew of March 12, 1947, to Ethiopia also reunited for the first time for their 50th anniversary, meeting at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, as theirs was a Heifer Project shipment through UNRRA.
For the S. S. Morgantown Victory crew of December 11, 1945, the bond was so strong on their return from Poland that they planned for a five-year reunion which was held in Kokomo, Indiana. They continued to meet through the years, with their last reunion, to my knowlege, in 2007.
The Clarksville Victory crew left the U.S. a day after the Morgantown Victory, and the two ships were in port in Poland at the same time. This crew also has gathered frequently through the years, most recently, I believe, in 2005.
It’s been a privilege to be part of some of these later reunions. Thank you, seagoing cowboys, for your many stories!
Peggy, the Bridgewater COB had a performance by Ted and company related to Heifer Project that netted $7,000 for Heifer International. There were two auctions of baskets of bread between dramatic (and comedy acts) that brought in the donations. It was quite an event.
That’s wonderful, Shirley! Thanks for sharing. They’ll be here in Indiana Sunday.
Great report on Reunions. It is good to remember. Bill
On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 4:10 AM, The Seagoing Cowboys wrote:
> Peggy Reiff Miller posted: ” Several seagoing cowboy crews became > close-knit units who didn’t want their friendships to end when they walked > off their ships. Earlier this week, I had the good fortune to participate > in the 70th anniversary reunion of the S. S. Stephen R Mallory cr” >
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Thanks Peggy for your tireless efforts to keep these stories alive.
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