Reunion Photos Here
2004 Reunion Sirata Hotel Oct. 15-17th
Medium Boat Company Vung Tau
Happy to Report a Good Showing and a fine time by
all. Friday Evening: Looks like we had over 37 + Vets plus Wives
Dates and Family show up at Harry's before the sun went down Friday
night. Great time was had by all and the most fun was trying to
guess who the next Vet was that walked up to the name tag table. After 35 years it was not that easy. The party moved
on after a perfect sunset and group photos to Silas Dents where owner
Rob Stambaugh and staff did an excellent job with tables, drinks and
food. Everyone enjoyed seeing Dave Davidson (Supply Sergeant )
accompanied by his family. Dave has been quite ill but he wanted to
see all the troops and gathered his strength to make the event.After dinner the real hardy party folks moved on and closed several beach bars. The last standing were Rick
McCormick, Tom LaBarr and Tom Twitty and they fell over around 3:00 AM
pool side at the Hotel. Saturday 16th : The day was spent mostly recovering from the
previous night activities and gathering around the Hospitality Suite
sharing albums and stories of the units experience. We collected a
ton of very neat images that will eventually be posted on this website
archived for all times. Tracy Pressner created a digital CD of his
super 8 movies and we will get it converted and post it also on the
website. Keep an eye on these web pages as time goes by on for
many improvements. Saturday Night (Starlite Princess Dinner Cruise)
The boat boarded at 6:30 PM with 65 Vets, Wives, Dates and Guest.
It was a perfect night aboard the Starlite and we occupied the entire
top deck. The views were fantastic of the water front and setting
sun and the "smell of diesel fuel" made the atmosphere just right.
Even tripping over the hatch thresholds going the the head brought back
memories. We managed the cruise without anyone (even Bob Cole)
falling down the engine room hatch.
The guest speakers: Mr.
Alan Knitter of the VA and Mr. George Calder Director of State of FL
Division of Benefits & Assistance out of Bay Pines were very informative
and supplied many materials. They offered advice and assistance to
get all the Vets registered and qualified for Agent Orange benefits
program if needed in the future. I was surprised that only a few of our
Vets are registered at this time but think the message is clear. Get registered before the opportunity is lost. It does not
matter that you are not in need of medical assistance or not. MORE
ABOUT THIS TO COME.
The meal was excellent and the Starlite Crew was very accommodating.
It was a real neat way for our group to gather together and the
brotherhood was showing. The cruise ended with the singing of
Happy Birthday to Tom LaBarr (59). After the cruise the hardy went bar hopping again and a few
gathered around the deck at the Hotel and finished off the pallet of
beer and tested the Vodka and Tang that was going to be used for the
departure toast next morning. It was decided that orange juice
would be an appropriate substitute for Tang. Sunday 17th Breakfast and Departure Toast
Breakfast was served in the Grill Room and the party moved to the
Gulf Side Deck at Harry's for the Departure Toast to our fallen
brothers. Tom LaBarr and Mike Reed lead the toast with some great
words and we shared more stories had some laughs and finally broke up
and headed out for home around noon.
Many folks came a long way and we thank you for participating in
the event. The brotherhood was apparent and as we all
get older these reunions will take more importance. Sharing experiences
in life as well as learning and sharing experiences in dealing with the
VA etc.is important especially to those that need the assistance
medically and financially. It was decided that we would try to get
this group together in two years (Oct. 2006) and make an effort
to locate as many of the 231st Members as possible. The database
will be improved and automated so each of you can access it and make
changes and updates.
Many thanks to the spouses of the Vets who did more than their
part in making the Reunion a success. Without these women we might as
well be back in the Delta.
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