I must say the site for this year’s reunion was an outstanding selection. The hospitality of Charleston and the great history of that location made it an ideal place to get together. And of course many thanks to Mother and Toni for doing the ground work and planning the agenda. While we didn’t have the restaurant meals typical of past reunions, they “organized” carry out meals that were quite good. And thanks to all those who helped out with the work of putting the meals out and all the other mundane “chores” needed for a good event. Leon and Roxy Anderson, Sue and Ski Twardowski, the Connollys of course, Wanda Shedd, Donna Trumm and don’t forget Wayne Roe. These folks always made themselves available and we appreciate it!
I enjoyed seeing and meeting all the different generations of the Meeks family. It’s always fun to have some youngsters along. I had some good conversations with Ken Numoto, Wayne Roe, Doc Schramm, Andy Rice, Donna, Laura, and others. “Siouxie”, aka Paul Connolly told me a good story about “Ace”, the mortar man, which I will share here soon.
Some new faces were there. Jeff and Anne Yerger of Lacy, Washington were welcomed to the group. A nice couple who should get the award for traveling the furthest to get to the reunion. I believe Jeff was a rifleman with Recon during his time with Echo Co.
Mike Beldy and Siouxie get a prize for having the best memories. Mother pointed out that Mike had a unique perspective as company clerk.
The conference room was set up nicely and included many pertinent displays and photos.
Some of the highlights were the recognition of the Echo Co. troopers who were awarded the Silver Star…Bob Turay of the mortar platoon and Doc “Quack” Coleman. The “Mother”, aka Terry Fauquher received a PRC-25 radio in honor of his service to Uncle Sam and Echo Co. Everyone liked that and felt the need, myself included, to pick it up and say, “Damn that’s heavy!”
I personally enjoyed seeing all the sights, including Forts Sumpter and Moultie and touring the USS Yorktown.
Saturday night’s get together had some somber moments remembering those like Stallion who are no longer with us. But also fun with Mother’s remarks, Andy Rice’s quips and door prizes!
I especially appreciated some of the heart felt comments that were shared, particularly the daughters’ remarks, by Shelley (Meeks) and Laura (Trumm).
Until we meet again,