The Older We Get...The Greater We Were!

This website is sponsored by the USS Soley Reunion Association. The Association is an informal, Not-for-Profit group operating without charter, by-laws or formal organization. The sole purpose of this group is to maintain contact among Soley sailors through this website, and periodic reunions.

This Website was created by Al Stiles with lots of help from Ivan Stiles and some very saavy friends. Without their efforts this website would not exist. Thanks to all involved, Well Done!

2021 Reunion Information

Hi everyone, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 To: Shipmates and families Subject: 2021 Mini-Reunion Tentative Date: October 19, 20 & 21, 2021 Please be advised that I have been in contact with Marianne Smith, Beach Cove Resort North Myrtle Beach, regarding Safety Measures and Information in place at this time. The hotel is still practicing Covid-19 procedures under the guidelines set forth by the company ownership. Such procedures include daily thorough cleaning, strict laundry protocols, social distancing, mask wearing and safe dining routine. Please go to the website for the Beach Cove Resort ( to find out more of the specifics. On the top of the Resorts page there is a “Our commitment to your safety” link. Click the learn more box to view all the current measures in place. ( While the overall outlook for the Myrtle Beach area seems to be improving, business procedures are still exercising caution. However, the Resort restrictions do not lend themselves to a gathering such as ours. At the time of cancellation last year we had 7 rooms booked. This was well below expectations, but understandable since many in our age group are the most vulnerable. Before going forward, we will need an accurate count of the number of people who are not only interested but actually planning to attend the mini-reunion. It is impossible to predict how the situation will look in October and Ms. Smith could not provide any further information. The Beach Cove web site has more detailed information. Please contact me by email: and provide me with your intent, to attend or not to attend, and the number of people attending. I would like all responses and comments no later than the 30th of May in order to make a final decision. Shipmate Len Porter

Pictures of the USS Soley taken in the spring of 1946 have been added to the quarterdeck (click on Quarterdeck on left Navigation Panel). Photos shared by James Groome, grandson of Plankowner Ensign Bailey Groome. Picture include surrender signing by Japanes admiral in Kusaei, Underway photos and Pearl Harbor.

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