August 2023

All Hands Newsletter

Great News . . . but the question remains
Just one year ago, we sent out a newsletter cancelling our 2022 all-hands reunion.   We did not have a single registration or hotel reservation by the middle of August 2022, and we were forced to cancel our contracts with area businesses and hotels to avoid financial penalties.   Several crew members expressed disappointment and raised the question, "Will there be another reunion?"

The short answer is, Yes!

USS Sennet's All-Hands Reunion will be
October 16-19, 2023 in Myrtle Beach, SC at
the Landmark Resort - 1501 South Ocean Blvd.

We already have quite a few signed up for the reunion, and we are hoping to have many more.   Time is short.   This is August, and both your registration and hotel reservations are due no later than September 8th.   This will be the last newsletter prior to the deadline, so sign up now, don't wait.

I don't like to add this paragraph, but it needs to be said.   This could be Sennet's last all-hands reunion.   Age, poor health, dwindling numbers, etc. are taking their toll, and there seems to be no volunteers willing to help in planning and hosting a reunion.   So, should we decommission the Sennet organization or is there enough support for a future reunion?   We will answer that question at our all hands meeting during the reunion.

If you can make it to the reunion, don't miss what may be your last chance to share memories with your Sennet friends and shipmates.

Reunion Reservation Instructions . . .
We're staying at the Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. - web site   We have reserved a block of rooms at a special reduced rate for the reunion.   Call Landmark Resort at 855-338-0226 (Mon-Fri 9 to 9 / Sat – Sun 9 to 5).   Note: 855-338-0226 is a special group reservation numbernot the general reservation number.   Tell them you are with the USS Sennet and / or group number 3704436 to get the discounted rates.   Reservations must be made prior to September 08, 2023.   After the cut off date our discounted rate ends and available rooms cannot be guaranteed.

Paying for your Rooms . . .
The first night’s stay is due when making your reservation.   You can pay room balance in full before your arrival, or you can pay the balance when you arrive.   If you decide to pay your balance at arrival using a debit card there is NO FEE.   If you pay the balance at arrival with a credit card, a 2.5% fee will be charged.

Individual cancellations made at least 3 days prior to date of arrival will receive a refund less a $25 administrative cancellation fee.   Cancellation fee will be waived for illness or death.

Room Rates . . .
Hotels and resorts add a variety of extra fees, resort, taxes, parking, registration, etc. to their quoted prices, so it's hard to compare prices.   We have negotiated out most of those fees and got others reduced for the reunion.   Rates are based on single or double occupancy.   Add $11.20 per adult per night for 3rd or 4th adult.   Rates include SC state and local taxes.   If tax rates change, room rates could change.  Quoted below are the all inclusive prices for your rooms.

Room Choices




Interior View Hotel




Ocean View Hotel




Ocean Front Hotel




Ocean Front King Hotel




Ocean Front Efficiency




Kingle Angle Ocean View




Double Angle Ocean View Suite




Ocean Front Executive Suite




Ocean Front King Suite




Deluxe Ocean Front King Suite




Breakfast . . .
Breakfast is not included in the room rates.   A full buffet breakfast with coffee, juice and a waffle station can be purchased when making reservations for $13 per person, per morning.

General Room Descriptions . . .
All rooms have two double beds (except for those noted below with king a bed), a private balcony, a wet bar area with sink, a microwave, a mini- fridge, coffee maker and can sleep 4 persons.

  • Interior View Hotel - Private balcony overlooks the interior courtyard / non-ocean view.

  • Ocean View Hotel - Private balcony with northerly view of the Myrtle Beach coastline.

  • Ocean Front Hotel - Private balcony that faces the ocean.

  • Ocean Front King Hotel - One king bed and a sleeper sofa.   Private balcony that faces the ocean.

  • Ocean Front Efficiency - One king bed in guest room, a sleeper sofa and full kitchen, with a cooktop, microwave and full refrigerator.   Private oceanfront balcony.

  • King Angle Ocean View Suite - Living room, bedroom, and kitchen.   Bedroom with king bed, the living room has a double wall bed, sofa, fully equipped kitchen with dining table.   Side view private balcony.

  • Double Angle Ocean View Suite - Bedroom has two double beds; living room has a sofa, dining table, a second TV, and pull out double bed; kitchen is fully equipped.   Two side view private balconies.   Can sleep 6 people.

  • Ocean Front Executive Suite - An oceanfront bedroom with two double beds, the living room has a double pull down wall bed, a sofa, TV, and a full kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, stove, microwave, and basic dinnerware and cookware.   Private oceanfront balcony off the living room.   Maximum occupancy is 6 people.

  • Ocean Front King Suite - Bedroom with king bed, living room, with a folding wall bed and a sofa, a full kitchen.   Private oceanfront balcony.

  • Deluxe Ocean Front King Suite – Bedroom with king bed and TV, a full kitchen, one and a half baths.   The living room has extra sleeping space with a fold out wall bed.   Private oceanfront balcony.

Reunion Registration Form . . .
There is a registration form attached to the end of this newsletter and also posted on the web site. &nbnsp; Fill out the form and mail it to Stan Pollard prior to September 8th with your check made payable to the USS Sennet SS-408 Reunion Fund.   Stan's address is on the form and at the end of this newsletter.   Also hotel reservations must be made prior to Sept 8th to ensure room availability.

Reunion Schedule . . .

  • Monday 10/16/23
    - 4 PM Hospitality Room opens
    - 7 PM Opening Ceremony - Meet and Greet
    - 11 PM Hospitality Room closes

  • Tuesday 10/17/23
    – 10 AM Memorial mService
    - 7 PM Pizza Night
    - 11 PM Hospitality Room closes

  • Wednesday 10/18/23
    – 10 AM All-hands meeting
    - 7 PM Banquet & Closing Ceremony

* * * From the Quartermaster's Notebook * * *

Donations . . .   Many thanks to these shipmates and friends for their generous donations:

Richard B. Bergquist (1945-1946)
W. Gibson “Gib” Carter (1962-1964)
Erika Norman-Gravseth, daughter of Gary Norman (1965-1967)

Contributions from our generous supporters help make our newsletters, website and reunions possible.   Simply said, they reunite friends.   Make your check payable to: USS Sennet SS-408 Reunion Fund and mail to Ralph Luther.   His address is below.

Ship's Store . . .   Ralph Luther stocks a limited supply of Sennet unique submarine items like:

T-Shirts – Size XXL only - Navy blue shirts with the Sennet logo embroidered above the pocket and a submarine veteran screen print on the back - $22
Hoodies – Size XXL only - Submarine veteran screen printed on back - $30
Ball caps - $14
Ships patches (cloth) - $5
Submarine wife pins - $5
Sennet coffee cups - $2.50

Prices do not include postage.   Contact Ralph Luther by email for availability and total cost.   All revenue goes 100% into the Reunion Fund.   Make checks payable to: USS Sennet SS-408 Reunion Fund and mail to:

USS Sennet SS-408
c/o Ralph Luther
107 Wood Side Dr.
Summerville, SC 29485-9301


Eternal Patrol . . .  Recently TMSN(SS) Bill S. Kielar (1948-1951) passed on July 02, 2023.

We will remember our other departed shipmates at our reunion Memorial Service.
Special thanks to Ron & Connie Bycroft (1966-68) who send condolence cards to the families of deceased crew members.

Binnacle List . . .  These shipmates are facing some serious challenges and would like to hear from you.   A simple email, card or phone call means so much to them.   Find out more info about your friends on the Sennet web site page “Binnacle List.”

TM1(SS) Hubert “Dale” Cross (1959-1968) has Alzheimer's.   He continues to live at home in Ethridge, TN with round-the-clock nursing care.   Cards or letters to may be sent to me, and I will forward them to the nursing staff.
Hubert Dale Cross
c/o Stan Pollard
3016 Bayberry Cv.
Wooster, OH 44691-5912
RM2(SS) Robert J. “Bob” Mullin (1958-1960) has Alzheimer's and lives in a memory care facility in Rutland, VT.   Cards or letters may be sent to his son, and he will share them with Bob.
Robert Mullin
c/om Kevin Mullin
118 Ox Yoke Dr.
Rutland,mVT 05701-9301

* * * Don't Forget * * *
Hotel Reservations and Reunion Registrations are both due no later than September 08, 2023.

A printable PDF copy of the Reunion Registration form is available here:

2023 Reunion Registration Form.

Note:   You cannot complete this form on line.   Print out the form, complete it and mail it along with check to the address on the form.

Green Board,

Stan Pollard

3016 Bayberry Cv.
Wooster, OH 44691-5912

Cell: (330) 749-7151

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