The USS Lexington CV-16 Association is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1978 to provide a way for sailors who served on-board the USS Lexington CV 16 to renew old, and form new, friendships. Over the years it has been expanded to include shipmates of all hull designations of the USS Lexington hull number 16, including air groups, and marines that served on board while the ship was commissioned in the United States Navy. We now make annual donations to the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park and the U. S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. We have provided support for the Pea Coat Memorial located at the Lake Orion Michigan Veterans Memorial and the Lexington Lion Club Memorial and Plaques in Lexington, Massachusetts. Additionally we provide an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior who is a family member of and Association member.
The founding father of the Association was Roland King and one of his first recruits was Charlie Ryberg, These two men are credited with organizing the Association and planning the first few reunions in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981. The 1980 reunion was held in Pensacola Florida and included a day cruise on board the USS Lexington which was the fleet training carrier at that time.
At this point the foundation had been laid and an annual reunion has been held each year since that time. Reunions are held in a different city each year and the Reunion Past Locations page of this site documents where they have been held. And so we have gone from that great beginning to continue honoring those men and women who have served on the USS Lexington. In addition to Roland and Charlie several other men have been instrumental in helping the Association over the years; listed in alphabetical order and their position shown if they had one are:
Joe Bryan, Barney Carmen - Fellowship Chairman, Don Curtis, Morris (Bud) King, Gerald Landry, Theron Main, John Miller - Secretary and Editor, Benny Montalbano, Richard Morland, John Oparowski, Signature Book, Robert Potter, Charles Quale, Tom Reese, Dominick Rivara, Charles Robinson - Chaplain, Al Rogers - Treasurer, Bill Royer - President, John Schmidt, Walter Trahan, John Troutman, Jim Wass, Bill Wheatley, Billy Wilson and Joe Zikewich - Storekeeper.
A special mention should also be made of Tom Reese's wife Lee Fleming Reese who compiled historical books of the USS Lexington CV-16 and her crew.
Note: We know some that should be credited might not be on this list. Contact us if you feel any other shipmate should be recognized.
USS LEXINGTON CV 16 ASSOCIATION
USS Lexington CV16/CVA16/CVS16/CVT16/AVT16 and CV2
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