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Clarion Hotel hosts reunion of sailors from USS Hector

September 28, 2006

Nearly 230 people are expected to attend the USS Hector reunion today through Sunday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at Antietam Creek.

Approximately 130 of those attending the reunion are former sailors.

"We started in 1988 in Sacramento, Calif.," convention co-host and former USS Hector sailor Don Muffle said. "Since then, we've held reunions in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Harrisburg, Pa., Salt Lake City, Utah, Virginia Beach, Va., Buena Park, Calif., Kissimmee, Fla., Branson, Mo., and Albuquerque, N.M."

The USS Hector was built in California and was commissioned Feb. 7, 1944. It was involved in repair jobs during World War II, then participated in the Inchon Invasion during the Korean War.

In late 1964, the television series "Convoy" was filmed aboard the ship. In 1980, the ship received a major overhaul and became one of the first ships in the Pacific Fleet to have female officers report aboard.

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In 1987, after 43 years of service to the fleet from the entire West Coast to numerous ports of the Pacific and Southeast Asia, the ship was decommissioned.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau provided assistance with the reunion planning.

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