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Members of the USS Gambier Bay & VC10
meet and make a presentation to
President Ronald Reagan at the White House

July 28, 1981

THe White House




March 26, 2001

Mr. Tony Potochniak
1100 Holly Lane
Endicott, New York 13760

Re: Visit to Oval Office in 1981

Dear Tony:

At our ship's reunion in Iowa City, Iowa on July 17-19, 1980, a desire was expressed to present newly-elected President Ronald Reagan with a copy of our book, "The Men of Garnbier Bay," and thus have a visit with him in the Oval Office.

I, Norman R. Loats, expressed at that time that I thought we could, have that desire satisfied. I felt that way because a friend of mine, Robert E. Badham, had been elected to the House of Representatives from California. I knew he was a friend of then, President Ronald Reagan as well, because Badham had served in the State Legislature when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California. Thus, my commitment was fulfilled, and we met President Ronald Reagan on July 28, 1981 in the Oval Office and presented him a copy of our book, "The Men of Gambier Bay ."

It was truly a memorable experience and a special tribute to our shipmates who made the supreme sacrifice on that day, October 25, 1944. God Bless.


Nornan R. Loats



Members meet with President Reagan in the Oval Office

Meeting w Pres.Ronald Reagan


L-R: Walter Flanders, Ronnie Odum, Ruth Cuming, Al Hartin, John Cuming, Dr. Norman Loats, Bill Cuming, Jerry Fauls, President Ronald Reagan, Congressman Badham of CA., Jo Potochniak, Edward Hagerty, Tony Potochniak, Henry Pyzdrowski Sr., Henry Pyzdrowski Jr.







Meeting w President Reagan



A painting of the Gambier Bay is presented to President Reagan.








Dr Loats


Dr. Norman Loats presents a copy of "The Men of the Gambier Bay." Dr. Loats was instrumental in coordinating the Association meeting and presentation with President Reagan in the Oval Office.







Tony Potochniak


Tony Potochniak presents a Gambier Bay - VC10 hat. Tony has served on the Board of Governors, publishes the ship newspaper "Old Shipmates", and is the organizations Historian.












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