Our 13th reunion was held September 10th to 14th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was great to see everyone again, and also to make new friends. Our reunions are always so much fun. The Philly reunion committee did a fantastic job. A hearty BRAVO ZULU to Ed Szymanski, Bob Crisci, and Jack Cook! We enjoyed the tours and get-togethers. Our reunion was in the perfect location, in the heart of Old Town Philadelphia, close to everything.
Our next reunion is scheduled to be held in Amarillo, Texas in September 2016
We're very excited about holding our next reunion in Amarillo. It is very close to Claude, Texas, which is the childhood home of Charles H. Roan. The Ussery-Roan Veterans Home is located in Amarillo. We are planning a very special reunion that will include events to honor Charles H. Roan, and the community he grew up in, so be sure to plan on attending this very special reunion.
Welcome to the official Web site of the USS Charles H. Roan Association. This site is dedicated to the memory of the USS Charles H. Roan (DD-853) and the men and officers who served aboard her. The destroyer, USS Charles H. Roan (DD-853), and her crew proudly served the United States Navy for 28 years. Please explore our site, and learn more about the USS Charles H. Roan (DD-853), the ship affectionately known by her crew as "The Jolly Cholly."
DD-853 was named in honor of Pfc. Charles H. Roan, USMCR. Please click here to learn more about Charles Howard Roan, and the ship that was named in his honor.
Our Association was founded in 1990 to honor and remember the “Jolly Cholly” and her crew. Our Association is open to all former shipmates, and best of all, it costs absolutely nothing to join - it’s free! You can use our Membership Form to join.
If you're looking for an old shipmate, please visit our Ship's Roster where you can search by name, or years served.
Read past issues of our newsletter, The Jolly Cholly, where you will find interesting stories about our ship and the men who served aboard the Roan.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our site. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to contribute photos or stories about the Jolly Cholly.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmates.
New! Roan MedallionWe have a beautiful medallion featuring the ship's crest on one side, and the ship's profile on the other side. The medallion is approx. 2'' in diameter and includes a protective case.
You can purchase this medallion in our Ship's Store for only $20. Don't wait. We have limited quantities available.
Check us out over on Facebook. There's a lot of lively conversation about the Jolly Cholly. It's a great place to catch up with fellow shipmates.
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