Charlie Company held their 2nd reunion on June 8 and 9 at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport, 7373 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042-1356. Several early arrivals ate at the Montgomery Inn Thursday night. Friday was primarily a registration day with a Reception from 3 to 4 provided by the Hilton. However, by that time many had arrived with their "regional" refreshments and were so engaged in reminiscing we didn't notice the delivery of the punch and homemade cookies.
After a Cracker Barrel breakfast Saturday morning by most of the group, several went out to see some of the area attractions. There were some who rode the riverboat, several walked the Purple People bridge across the Ohio River and we also had some golfers. Many spent the afternoon in the hospitality room looking through albums. You would often hear "Do you know who this is" or "Do you remember...." Chuck Seketa's research about 1st of the 20th was another popular stop.
Saturday evening, Tallman, or as he is better known as today, Reverend Jimmie Dubose, said grace before our dinner. Gary Ellis received a MRE to help him in traveling the most miles home to Washington while Keith Trace received a walking cane to help him return the shortest distance home to Ohio.
After dinner, we had a video presentation of those KIA in Viet Nam from Charlie Company. A memorial toast was proposed for these men and for those we know who have died since then.
This was followed by a business meeting. The results of this meeting have been emailed to those contacts and we hope to have a newsletter created for those who do not have email. Some of the main points are highlighted below. We have voted to:
- show our appreciation to Ms. Kitty for her valuable assistance in finding long-lost friends
- begin a quarterly newsletter
- purchase a domain name and server space for our "official" web site
- Rosolino Pizzillo volunteered to be Chief Financial Officer of our group. Dues will be collected to help support our efforts in finding other Charlie Company vets and for expenses associated with our reunions.
- support Chuck Seketa's efforts in beginning a 1st Battalion ~ 20th Infantry Reunion in Indianapolis in September 2008 instead of having our own separate reunion. If the battalion reunion doesn't happen, it was very clear the group would have another Charlie Company reunion next year. More details to come.
Those not having to depart early Sunday morning enjoyed a final breakfast together before leaving.
Thanks to the 46 men, women and one daughter who made this a wonderful reunion. See you next year in....?
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