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Hello Guys and Families!

Greetings from Tennessee!!!   Richard “Dick” Stroud and I look forward to welcoming you to Chattanooga TN in September. While we do not currently live in Chattanooga we are only an hour away and I lived her for several years.  The Reunion dates are officially Thursday-Sunday Sept 12-15,2019. However, the hotel will honor the group rate 2 days prior/after these dates.

I have put some ideas for our group and need to hear from everyone by April 1, 2019 if possible so I can book discounted group rates on several of these activities. There are a billion things to do in the area and I will send a link to activities if you decide to come early or stay late.

HOTEL-We are booked for group rate of $123.00 per night (*Includes valet parking and Breakfast) at

Chattanooga Downtown Holiday Inn and Suites

434 Chestnut St Chatt TN 37402  (423)-777-5858

A link will be sent for booking or you can call directly. The room assignment is “USMC Whiskey Battery Reunion”.

 Link is:   Holiday Inn & Suites, Downtown Chattanooga


Tentative Events….

Thursday-arrive to hotel check-in is 3pm.

6pm-Bringing in “Sticky Fingers” for dinner into our Complimentary Hospitality Room. $10 each

         (Inlcudes BBQ, Smoked chicken, Baked beans, coleslaw, bread, drink, sweet.)

WALKING GROUP-I know several of you love to stroll at night-The Downtown Pedestrian bridge is a beautiful walk three blocks from the hotel. If you make it to the other side I will take you to my favorite ice cream place Clumpies!!!!

Friday- After breakfast we will carpool to our “Half Day Of History at Lookout Mtn” (for group of 20 minimum)

            $27.00 (unless you have a Senior National Park Pass then cost will be $20)

9am-   We will take the steep and historic Incline Railroad up to Lookout Mtn 9:15, Battle of Chattanooga Museum presentation (30 min) at 10:00, walk across street to Point Park where we will have a guided ranger tour (30 min) of the overlook at this historic site at 11am. Return back down via Incline back to town. There is a deli and famous Pizza joint at foot of railroad or some of you may want to go see The Chattanooga Choo Choo and eat at one of their places!

** The afternoon is Free to rest, walk to Coolidge Park across the pedestrian bridge to quaint shops, visit the Aquarium, Ruby Falls, Rock City, shop at Warehouse Row etc. The hospitality room will be open to you all day.

6pm-Meet at Big River Grill for dinner (walking distance). I will need to know how many are interested to see if I can book the private room.

Saturday    9am-After breakfast we will have our Program/Pictures in the Hospitality Room (details to follow).

10am-Today celebrates the 156th Anniversary of the Battle at Chickamauga-(20 min drive) the Park will offer presentations, reenactments, tour guides, even a car caravan tour (perfect for us??), mounted soldiers, etc etc all day. The park ranger will send me details closer to the event but this would make a fun afternoon for us and its FREE! (lunch tba?)

6:30pm- Board the “Southern Belle River Boat Dinner Cruise”. (wi walking distance) $42 (for group of 20)

                Dinner and music and tour the lovely Tennessee River. Dinner includes steak, chicken, salad, sides, dessert.

                Cash Bar available.


Total cost for all above events is $79.00.

(Or send me a check with just activities it includes! If we do not make the min for discounts I will let everyone know.)

Cost for high performance cotton t-shirts will be $15.00/$18 for XXL or larger (I need your t shirt size.)

Last thing…we will provide coolers and some canned drinks and waters to get you all started. If you are flying in and want me to pick you up your beer or drink of choice or snacks for the room please just ADD MONEY to your overall check and just let me know! I will be glad to shop for you! ha


All checks can be mailed to me Melonie Carideo 708 Ingleside Ave Athens TN 37303.


Feel free to contact me anytime at 423-593-8713   or mcarideo@crye-leike.com