USS Sylvania

Our reunion group is open for
"All Hands" of the 
USS Sylvania from 1964 to 1994, including all helicopter groups - HC-6, Det. 97 and the WW II USS Sylvania (AKA-44).

  John D. Pierce
3093 Kissing Rock SE Lowell , MI 49331
Home Phone
(616) 897-5178
Cell Phone
(517) 927-3312

Other web pages of interest are:

Thank you to Jim Petersen
for sending the images of the patch and crest in memory of his father, 
CW04 R. J. "Pete" Petersen, 
Plank Holder, 
First Ship's Boatswain


The 2014 USS Sylvania Reunion
will be in Lisle, Ill on Sept. 19th to 21st.

It will be held at the Wyndham Lisle-Chicago, 3000 Warrenville, Rd, and Lisle, ILL 60532. For room reservation Ph # 1 (800) Wyndham or (800) 996-3426 or (630) 505-1000, and ask for the USS Sylvania Reunion group room rate of $89 plus taxes. The room rate includes two buffet breakfasts per day. The room reservation deadline is June 19, 2014.

Group Tour
If we have a large interest in attendees going to the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes for a graduation ceremony, we can charter a bus for the Friday morning event. This means you must drive to Great Lakes Friday am or stay a day earlier at the group hotel and take the bus. Regular reunion activities at the hotel begin Friday noon on Sept 19 and ends Sunday Sept. 21 at noon.

The banquet is on Sat. evening Sept 20th at 6:00 pm at the hotel banquet facilities - dress business casual for photos. We always are asking for unique raffle items such as nautical items like artwork, books or ship models.

The hotel has a shuttle for shopping and local trips up to five mile – not to O’Hare Airport. The area transit is called the Metra which is 1.5 miles from the hotel and you can ride the hotel shuttle there. The Metra can take you to downtown, or you can take Amtrak to Chicago, and take a Metra to Lisle to the reunion.

Tourist Information
Chicago offers pro sports, museums, shopping and Navy Pier. Go on line for Chicago CVB, and Lisle tourist information at www: for DuPage County info. Local fun is Lisle is a quaint town of Naperville, outlet shopping nearby and regional mall at Oakbrook Shopping Center. Of military interest is Contigney Park for the 1st Division Army Museum. It is a great museum from WWI through Gulf War.

John Pierce
Cell (517) 927-3312 evenings

 Face Book – we are now on Face Book so look up the Sylvania, the crew or add to it too.

The success of our reunions depends on our participants and treasury funds.  The treasury is created by dues, donations and sale of Sylvania merchandise.  The reunion dues are only $25 every two years, which is very minimal for the period 1/2011 to 12/2012.   Participants that pay the $25 dues receive the current mailing list and the Chatter Newsletters. The annual costs also support the Sylvania web page. As the treasury permits, we will publish a newsletter (read below) and depend more on the web page for reunion notices, specific reunion information and the Chatter Newsletter.  At the reunions, a registration fee is charged to pay for incidentals, pop, beer and snacks.  People donate raffle items and some are bought so this adds a little operating money.

Send orders and/or payment of dues. Make check payable to John D. Pierce.


Send John Pierce change of an address - we are losing more than fifty people each year. We publish and mail out the Chatter to incorrect addresses because we are not notified of Change of Address which is too expensive.  Your help is needed to keep our mailing lists current. 
Please send John Pierce new addresses and E-mail addresses. 
If you should move your residence, please notify us in the future.

We took a lot of extra effort to locate crew members, plus printed and mailed 700 newsletters, but to reduce printing cost and postage we will only send the Chatter to those expressing an interest.  From now on, we will send the Chatter Newsletter  to those responding to the postcard inquiry to be sent late 2009 regarding the 2010 reunion.  During the past several years, approximately 200 people have responded to the mail out postcard announcement requesting information on the next reunion.  We will gather names, addresses and new telephone area codes of former crew members before we send out future Sylvania Chatter Newsletters to them.

Chatter Articles & News
It is up to you to furnish John Pierce information, memories and comments from our experience aboard the Sylvania for our web site or a Chatter Newsletter.  
Your help is needed!!

Information about your service
Share what you have been doing since serving on the Sylvania that you would like to include for publication in the newsletter.  Send these bits to John Pierce. We need your comments to make the Chatter Newsletter more interesting.

For more information, contact John Pierce about sending our reunion notices to your local newspapers. Only 50 percent of the names on the mailing list have phone numbers - please give us you phone number!!

D.  E-Mail and Networking
Please send in your e-mail address to add to our list.  Let us know if you want a copy of our E-Mail list.  It will not be sold to anyone.  

Let us know if you don’t want your E-Mail given out.

E.  Web Site
Also, keep checking our web site at If you have photos that you would like on our web page, please contact John Pierce.  Sign in on our guest book.  Are there other people who are looking for you?