2016 USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) Reunion
Charleston, South Carolina
The Reunion is now over and My Bride and I enjoyed the event. The highpoint of the event was the Patriots Point's Institute of History, Science and Technology presentation of "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" From Boat to Boots and Beyond held onboard the USS Yorktown on Friday 30 September 2016. This presentation included the story of Lt. Col. Lan T. Dalat's rescue on March 20, 1981 when he along with 137 other Boat People were rescued by the USS Ranger (CV-61) somewhere in the South China Sea. He had been adrift for many days and it was a most challenging situation. Finally they were rescued. He retold this emotional story to us Ranger Reunion attendees as well as over 75 students of Sterling Elementary School in South Carolina. All in attendance were spellbound as he related the story of His life and how he is now a Lt. Col. in the United States Army.
|While we were in Charleston we took the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful breakfast at "The Early Bird Diner" on Highway 17 in Charleston. It was a great meal. Our Ranger Friends from Iowa were with us.|