They came from 24 states, converging on a city located almost in the dead center of the nation, and for three days were treated to the sights and sounds of a vibrant and, at the same time, historic area of the USA.
They also renewed longtime friendships and swapped memories of the time they spent about the Navy destroyer USS Caperton in war and peace: the ship was built and launched in 1943, saw duty in World War II and the Korean War, and was finally decommissioned in 1960.
The Hendrixs were co-hosts this year with Paul and Dellavon Longen of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The reunion agenda included tours to Father Flanagan's Boys Town in the morning and to the Strategic Air and Space Museum in the afternoon. A Memorial Service was held Saturday morning for deceased shipmates, held in heartland of America Park.