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Forum staff reports, Published May 19 2012

Local Vietnam veterans chapter to host reunion

FARGO – Vietnam Veterans Chapter 941, West Fargo, will host the 2012 reunion of the Block Island Association here Tuesday through May 26 at the Kelly Inn on Main Avenue.

The USS Block Island was the first of two escort carriers to serve in World War II and was named after the island and surrounding sound located off the northeast coast of the United States, now part of Rhode Island.

The USS Block Island was hit by torpedoes from a German submarine off the Canary Islands on May 29, 1944, and was sunk with all but six crew members surviving. The USS Block Island received two battle stars for service.

For more information about the reunion, contact Larry Nicholson at (218) 236-0959.