Mullins said last year's reunion in Galveston, Texas, had a relatively low turnout. While they voted at that meeting to hold the reunion again, they agreed it probably would be the last time.
Facing that reality, the group decided the meeting should be held in the ship's namesake state.
"The decision's not been made yet," Mullins said of whether it actually would be the last meeting. "We're going to decide that on Saturday, definitely."
With families included, Mullins said about 30 people are expected for this year's reunion.
"We do get some Pearl Harbor survivors that still come to our reunions, and we'll have two of them this year," Mullins said.
Mullins said the majority of the men were 19 or 20 years old at the time they served. He said the time they spent on the ship had a profound impact on their lives, and those memories have stayed with them.
"The wartime, which is when most of these guys served on the ship, was a big part of their lives," Mullins said. "It's really valuable for them to have somebody to share their experiences with who really knows what they're talking about and knows what they went through.
"The overall camaraderie they share is a big draw for them," he said.
The group plans to visit the state Culture Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.
The state has had several items from the USS West Virginia in storage for the past 10 years. Mullins said Culture Center officials have put those items out on display this year to coincide with the group's visit.
On Sunday, the group will go to Beckley for a luncheon and visit to a museum where they will see a large-scale USS West Virginia model ship.
Aside from the visits and an association luncheon on Saturday, the group's members will spend most of their time visiting with one another in a hospitality room at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Charleston.
While the hospitality room was set up mainly to help the ship's veterans reconnect, Mullins said anyone wanting to know more about the ship and its history is free to drop by.
"We wouldn't turn anybody away if they want to come in and say hello," he said.
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