Greetings Fellow Martians


2017 Reunion

November 02 to 05, 2017

Host's Name & Email Addresses links,

please email these hosts to give them a helping hand:

Hosts: Rosie Anderson & Terry Jones-Costillo  



Double Tree by Hilton

Jacksonville Riverfront

Jacksonville Florida

800-222-8733 {24/7}

If calling by phone be sure to ask for “USS Mars”

Or Group Code MAR

By The Internet—click on this link below:

{When using this link the arrival and departure dates are defaulted for 30/Oct/2017 & 07/Nov/2017}


 Reservations must be

made before midnight on 10/13/17.


Rosina Anderson

Atlantic Beach, FL

April 13, 2017

FELLOW MARTIANS!            

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about the next upcoming reunion.  You know from the Mars website that the reunion is scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 5th in Jacksonville, Florida.  Rosina visited many hotels in the area and chose the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront located on the St. Johns River, next to the Main Street Bridge. Room rates are very reasonable at $109 plus tax for single or double including complete breakfast buffet.

Blue Van Super shuttle runs a 10 passenger van from the Airport to the Hotel, 1st passenger $ 20.80, each add ’passenger $ 10.00 or $ 55.00 exclusive for up to 10 passenger’s, exit baggage claim B, across the sidewalk is the shuttle booth.

For those of you who arrive by car, self-parking at the hotel is only $5 per night.

The hotel has a great restaurant and within easy walking distance is The Southern Grill, the River City Brewing Company next to the Friendship Fountain and others.

We’ll start our reunion with Meet & Greet on Thursday, November 2nd beginning at 3PM in our hospitality room the Osceola/DuPont/Desoto overlooking the river until 10pm.  Friday will be a busy day.  We can walk from the hotel to the statue of the Lone Sailor located at the Southbank Riverwalk just a few yards from the front of the hotel. There, we’ll have our brief memorial service to remember our departed shipmates.

The bus will meet us there and at 12:30 depart to NAS Jacksonville for the Blue Angels airshow.  The show starts at 3pm and runs for 1 hour.  We may have a chance to meet the pilots and see the planes up close; we’ll see how it goes.  Vendors for hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. will be on site.

We should be back to the hotel by 5:30 to 6:00pm and after we freshen up, a buffet dinner will start at 7 pm.  A cash bar will be available.  We’ll take a break after dinner to relax and pick up our raffle items.  We should start the raffle by 8:30.  We’ll close down by 10 pm. 

Saturday will be a little easier. We can start our business meeting at 10:00 am and all are invited.  The rest of the day is set aside for relaxing and visiting but we understand the DDG2 USS Charles Adams will be permanently berthed close by and we are hoping some might like to visit just to take a look unofficially. Hop onboard the St. Johns River Taxi to visit the Jacksonville Landing, home of the Adams Class Naval Ship Museum and a variety of restaurants and shops, or take a downtown loop sightseeing tour, or visit the Riverside Arts Market under the Canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge,  or head on down to the charming and lively San Marco district.

Our banquet will start with a cocktail hour (Cash bar will be available) about 5:30. We can take our seats at 6:30, enjoy our meal, light musical entertainment will be provided and we’ll spend the rest of the evening relaxing and visiting in the hospitality room which should close down around 10 pm.  Then after one last breakfast, we’ll say our goodbye’s and be on our way until next year. Please make your reservations now. We look forward to welcoming you in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Florida.


2017 Reunion:


Plan of the Day                  Registration Form




Visit Past Reunions through Photo Albums listed below:

2001 - 2007 Reunions San Diego CA Photo Album
2002 Reunion Norfolk Virginia
2004 Reunion Seattle WA Photo Album
2004-1 Reunion Seattle WA Photo Album
2005 Reunion Jacksonville FL Photo Album
2005-1 Reunion Jacksonville FL Photo Album
2006 Reunion San Antonio TX Photo Album
2006-1 Reunion San Antonio TX Photo Album
2007 Reunion San Diego CA Photo Album
2008 Reunion Pittsburgh PA Photo Album
2009 Reunion Oklahoma City OK Photo Album
2009-1 Reunion Oklahoma City OK Photo Album
2010 Reunion Alameda CA Photo Album
2010-1 Reunion Alameda CA Photo Album
2011 Reunion at Cocoa Beach FL You Tube Link
2012 Reunion Vancouver WA
2013 Reunion Branson MO
2013 Reunion by Frank Hart Plankowner
2014 Reunion Photos by Rosina Anderson
2014 Reunion Bob Schorfheide
2014 Reunion Photos by Terry & Joe
2015 Reunion Pictures
2016 Reunion Pictures
2016 Reunion Letter Governor Greg Abbott
2016 Reunion Letter George W Bush
Art's Pictures Aboard USS MARS AFS-1
Beans Bullets & Black Oil
Dale Ashcraft {Pictures}
Ed Pratt's Photo Album
Jay Irby 73-76 Photos
Joe Sanchez's Pictures from 77-78
Joel Wanha Picture's of Mars
Geron Marcom {Pictures}
Mars PA. & Art's Pictures
Photo's Sent in by various Shipmates