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USS John R. Craig DD885

Reunion Association

Motto: "Do You Remember When"

- History - Reunions - Cruise Books
' Lost ' Wheel - Medals -
CO's & XO's -
History in pictures by year:
45-49 * 50-59 * 60-69 * 70-79

Departed Shipmates - Gone but Never Forgotten
Deployments & Major Events  -   Association News and Info. This is a You Tube Vido about the Craig. Click on it to view.  

For information on the association please contact any of the members of the Board of Directors listed below:

         A miraculous thing happened in the plains of Nebraska, in a little town called Omaha. Will Rix and his wife, Jodeen, needed some information about the USS John R. Craig DD885 for a naval claim, and decided to try and find some shipmates who could help. One shipmate led to another, and after nearly 40 years they planned a reunion in Omaha, Nebraska in 1989 and 17 shipmates showed up. From this reunion the USS John R. Craig Reunion Association was born. Since then we have had 28 reunions all over the country.
   The Association held it's 28th and final reunion in Bloomington, MN. In 2018. Check out all the past reunions in the REUNIONS page.

    We will keep this website going to help inform you as to what is happening with and to the Association.

Jeff Schmelzer
11173 Old Naches HWY
Naches, WA  98937-0084
Phone #: 509-653-2382

Vice President
Robert Kirts
10520 N. CO. Road 675 N.
Freetown, IN  47235
Phone #: 812-497-0697
Jerry Chwalek
9307 Louisiana
Livonia, MI 48150-3724
Phone #: 734-525-1469
Henry Lehtola
10649 Lake Shore Road
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Phone #: 231-264-9139

Date the Site was Last Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2024
Web Site designed and maintained by: Rick Andres

Jacksonville Naval Museum and Save The USS Orleck DD886 Sister Ship:
USS Orleck:
USS Orleck:
USS Frank E. Evens DD754, See how the Evens and Craig are linked in history:
Tin Can Sailor Web Site:
US Navy Site:
Together we Serve Site:
The Craig was built with lots of asbestos - here's a site to give you info on it:   Mesothelioma and Veterans