Crew of USS Duluth reunites for first time in namesake city

By KBJR News 1

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The crew of a renowned Naval Vessel is hosting its reunion in the same Northland city that bears its name.

The USS Duluth is a U.S. Navy Amphibious Vessel that has served in everything from the Vietnam War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and has received 14 separate Campaign Medals throughout its service.

The crew voted overwhelmingly to hold the reunion in Duluth, citing the sentimental relationship between the ship and its namesake.

A documentary team will be following crewmembers around during the four–day reunion in Duluth, in an effort to capture the history of the vessel and the camaraderie of the crew, most of whom haven't seen one another in over 30 years.

"The guys that I knew back then that are here tonight I have not seen for about 33 years. I remember all of them as they probably remember me—as 21, 22, 23 year olds," said a beaming Gunners Mate Guns 3rd Class Petty Officer Mark Bowman. "Now we're seeing everybody and we're not quite that young anymore," he added, laughing.

A flag raising ceremony at the Richard I. Bong Museum, and a formal presentation by the ship's crew to Mayor Don Ness, are scheduled for Friday.

Billy Wagness

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