The first reunion for former crew members of the USS James Monroe was organized in 1995 by Dick Reuss and John Martin in Myrtle Beach, SC and is the reason that the USS James Monroe Association ( JMA ) is in existence and is as strong as it is today. John and Dick set the foundation for the JMA. John was the first president of the Association and continued to hold that post until 2009. Dick was the treasurer until 2005 or so, and had a lot to do with the sound financial basis the JMA has today. If anyone has pictures, information or additional details to contribute about this early reunion, please let us know.