Ghost from the Past
Rockaway Reunions
It’s Phoenix in 2005
Coast Guard Flag
OUR NEXT REUNION at the Hilton DoubleTree Suites, from 29 April to 1 May 2005,
promises to be much more than a 3-day get-together in the Grand Canyon State.  It’s a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to stretch our visit into a 10-day vacation at never-again such
bargain prices.
or hanging out with buddies in our hospitality suite.
To make it a vacation, the DoubleTree is
extending our special Rockaway rate for 3 days
before and after our reunion.  To fill those days,
our crew is arranging optional tours to the 10-mile-
wide, mile-deep Grand Canyon (Eighth Wonder of
the World) …
Corral" with its Boot Hill where the losers are
Corral" with its Boot Hill where the losers are buried), as well as
riding in hot air balloons, soaring in gliders—and, if time, a cookout on
a mountain overlooking the lights of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun.
It may also be cheaper to fly
there.  America West
Airlines (which flies from all
major eastern cities too) is
offering us discount fares,
plus 10% off for those who
book at least 60 days in
 Not to be outdone, it may be even cheaper to fly
Southwest Airlines (which also flies to many eastern
cities), especially if you’re 65 or better and take its
hefty Senior Discount.  (For Southwest Airlines
fares phone 800 435-9792.  Southwest flights for
April 2005 may be booked as early as December this
year.)  Be sure to check all airlines.
This may be the best and only chance for many of us
to see why more Americans are moving to Phoenix
than any other city in the nation—at such bargain
Hotel reservations should be made as soon as
possible by phoning 800-800-3098 or 602-225-0500
between 0800 and 1700 Mountain Standard Time.
25 suites have been reserved for us at the half-price rate and 14 were taken
immediately.  When the rest are gone, suites will be available at the Rockaway rate
only if space is available, on a first-come-first- served basis … so don’t wait too long.
from the
For our Reunion & Vacation Planning Guide, click here.
For a printable reunion registration form, click here.
If you have questions, click here.
Available in Gray and Navy Blue—with Coast Guard emblems and lettering
embossed into the heavyweight, ultra-cotton fabric—the shirts may be ordered on
your printable reunion registration form
and will be waiting for you at our reunion in Phoenix.
100% of the proceeds of the $26 donation for each shirt
goes into our Rockaway Reunion Fund.
Why tell your grandkids when you can show them?
Let them cruise on the Rockaway to an Ocean Station and ride to a stormy rescue.

Filmed by our shipmates and premiered at our reunion, copies of this much-
requested sound & color movie are now available—to former crewmen of the
Rockaway and their families only—for a $20 donation to “Rockaway Reunions” (to
support our website, newsletter & future reunions)
plus $4 to cover shipping & handling.

To get your copy, first tell us which format you want:
If your DVD manual says it will also play “DVD-R” [not DVD+R] disks
will also play “VCD” disks,
write “DVD-R” or “VCD” on the memo line of your check.

IF NOT, or if you’re not sure,
write “VCR tape” on the memo line.

Then mail your $24 check to:
Rockaway Reunions
PO Box 1514
Tavares, FL 32778
[ If you have questions,  Click here. ]
“When the Rockaway video arrived my daughter’s boyfriend was visiting and
watched it with us.  He was amazed that the Coast Guard did so much.  When I
asked if he’d have believed me if I’d tried to tell him, he said, ‘Probably not.’  
Thanks for such a professional production.  It makes believers.”
—George Pesut
The Latest
See our latest feature
Rockaway Records
now on our home page.
Our latest photos, from John Zilliox, show the Rockaway in Curtis Bay, Maryland
as she’s changing from the USS Rockaway to the USCGC Rockaway, before her
number switched from 29 to 377.

During a storm on Ocean Station Charlie in 1949, the support of the US Flag broke
and fell to the boat deck of the Rockaway.  John Zilliox was ordered to go out and
retrieve the flag.  On deck he saw the original Commission Pennant had also fallen.  
Returning to the bridge, he was only asked for the US flag, which he handed over.
Fifty-four years later he finally handed over the Commission Pennant of the now-
ghost-ship Rockaway.  It will be at our next reunion.
                                       You Can Help by:

Spreading the word:   If you don't see an old shipmate's phone or E-mail listed on
our "Updated Muster List" or in our "Guest Log Book," try to find them.   Check
your state or local phone books.   (On your computer, check the national directories
on line to search for their e-mails or phones.)   Then tell them about this site and our
To start, the DoubleTree is giving us 2-room suites for
nearly half price (normally $189 for $95) with a full-
breakfast buffet every morning, free.
(To encourage family vacations, kids under 18 stay
free and can sleep in the queen-size pullout bed from
the living room sofa—up to 5 persons per suite.)
Our featured speaker,
America’s Toughest
Sheriff: How to Win the
War on Crime
advance and mention that they’re flying to the Rockaway Reunion.  (For the America
West Airlines special fares office, phone 800 548-7575—from 0600 to 1800 Monday
through Friday, Mountain Time—and give them our Rockaway CAMS discount code:
The reunion, too, may be our least expensive.  For only $100 each, we’
ll enjoy a Friday evening reception … our Saturday morning meetings
in the Atrium … our Saturday evening banquet (with choices of
London Broil, Chicken Marsala or Pacific Salmon) … our speaker,
“America’s Toughest Sheriff” … our dance to live music … and all
the drinks and snacks we can eat on the patio of our Hospitality Suite.
Saturday afternoon we’ll choose between gaming in nearby Indian
Casinos (with free rides to and from), a Valley of the Sun & Shopping
Tour ($40 per person with kids under 12 half price),
Montezuma’s Castle (home of the cliff dwellers) … Jerome (a
mountainside ghosttown sliding downhill) … mystic Sedona
(whose red rock canyons and domes are the site of many
western movies we’ve seen) … Biosphere II … the world-
famous Heard Museum … the Garden of the Gods in
Monument Valley... the Superstition Mountains,guarding the
Lost Dutchman Goldmine (that many have died trying to find)
... and Tombstone (site of the “Shootout at the OK
For reunion vacationers, who’d like
topay half price for more than our
hotel, our crew is arranging a shopping
trip to pay half price for more than our hotel, our crew
is arranging a shopping trip to Mexico (no passport
needed) where prescriptions, cigarettes, booze, leather
goods, blankets and gifts usually cost half of what we
pay here.  (With money saved on wedding, Christmas
and birthday gifts in Mexico, some visitors pay for their
whole vacation.)