Donald Lee Ravey - 22 July 1929 - 22 August 2014

San Diego, California - September 2008

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I attended the 2008 reunion of the crew of USS Electra (AKA-4), the ship on which I served from March 1954 to May 1955.

On this page are some photos I took. If you would like to see pictures of the ship's reunion, please also visit USS ELECTRA and click on Reunions, then on the 2008 Reunion - San Diego link.

The Bay Club Hotel on Shelter Island: Looking out my balcony: Steven, the resident seagull: Downtown San Diego (from Shelter Island): San Diego skyline, with North Island in the mid-ground:
Sail boats in the harbor Looking out my balcony Steven, the seagull
Downtown San Diego San Diego skyline
San Diego skyline: Boat marina (Shelter Island): Boat marina: Boat marina: My yacht (in my dreams!):
San Diego skyline Boat marina Boat marina Boat marina Yacht
Kona Kai hotel on Shelter Island: Still more of the Kona Kai: Boat channel (behind Shelter Island): Arcade leading to boat landings: Arcade:
Kona Kai hotel Kona Kai hotel Boat channel Arcade Arcade
Sail boats in the harbor: A forest of sail boat masts: San Diego Harbor, North Island in background: Point Loma, the "Silver Gate" to San Diego Harbor: U.S. Coast Guard Base:
Sail boats in the harbor A forest of sail boat masts San Diego Harbor Point Loma US Coast Guard Base
Sculpture of tuna fishermen on Shelter Island: Peace Bell on Shelter Island:
Sculpture Peace bell We had a good ol' time at the USS Electra reunion, as you perhaps can tell:
   USS Midway CV-41: Flight Deck: Coronado in background:
Some of the reunion attendees went on a tour of the USS Midway museum berthed at the foot of Broadway: USS Midway Flight Deck Coronado
"Complete Surrender" statue: USS Ronald Reagan at North Island: Me aboard USS Midway: Electra Reunion crew: The Air Boss' chair in Flight Ops:
Complete Surrender North Island Me aboard USS Midway USS Midway Air Boss
While I was in San Diego (my old home town), I spent some time visiting friends and driving around to locations I knew so well, as I was growing up. The experience was jarring, I admit. When you return to a place you knew intimately 50 years earlier, it usually has changed so much that you get this feeling that something is wrong here! Of course, everyone knows that buildings are renovated, replaced and put to different uses, over time. Even entire neighborhoods can change dramatically. And I have visited San Diego several times over recent years. But, somehow, the changes seemed to affect me more, this time.
Old Town, San Diego: First school in San Diego (1865): Historic plaque: Casa de Estudillo *: Historic plaque:
Tree in Old Town, San Diego First School Historic plaque Casa de Estudillo, Old Town Historic plaque
*This was called "Ramona's Marriage Place" from perhaps 1910 until 1968. My uncle, George Best, was involved with the promotion of the site as a tourist attraction in the early years.
My grandparents' home in the 1930's, at Fort Stockton and Lark: My Aunt Jean Walford's home on Alberta Place: My parents' home (and mine) in 1947-1948, 4556 West Talmadge Dr.: My parents' home (and mine) from 1948 until 1960, 4674 Van Dyke Ave.:
Fort Stockton & Lark Streets Alberta Place 4556 West Talmadge Drive 4674 Van Dyke Avenue