see... I recognize your voice but you somehow look just a bit different..."
everyone had changed in many ways but in some ways it was almost the same.
For me, voices and smiles seem to have changed little over the years.
We are just a little more mature, not older!
3 additional people showed up and registered for the first time bringing the
Saturday total to near 25! Kudos
to you brave souls who decided to venture forth to their first reunion.
And how we were all rewarded to realize what a treasure those old
hugged and talked about the early years and what we are doing now; but the
excitement of just being together is what dominated our joy.
seems there's nothing like a reunion to jog the memory of times long past. Most
of our known world while we were in Vietnam revolved around the Qui Nhon and Chu
Lai area of operations. Some of us had the opportunity to work with the Special
Forces out of Khe Sanh. It was
indeed a pleasant experience to see so many friends from years ago and to have
an all-too-brief chance to swap war stories and reminisce about almost forgotten
happenings of the past. It would have been even better if we could have had more
time to exchange our thoughts with each other.
Night with the VHCMA - This was a
real blast. I wish everyone could have come.
There was a DJ, lots of dancing, and lots of drinking.
Iím sure many were glad this was held in a hotel.
a great night and great week all the way around!
It was so great to see all of you guys again!
have certainly traveled many roads in our almost 40 year journey to get here
after leaving Vietnam. Through our lives we have also experienced the
acceleration in the speed of change to our lifestyle, country and the world
after spending our early years in such a vivid historical era. In today's
fast-paced society, it's all too easy to forget just how fortunate we are to
have lived when and where we have. I cannot possibly think of any other time
throughout history that I would have rather lived in. We have all been blessed
many times over the years and we certainly have also suffered some of life
changing events as we progressed to get to this point in time and I just hope
that we can all continue to be blessed and hang in there until we get to do it
all over again.
Would you like to share
your thoughts about the reunion? Send
them to me and
Iíll post it on the website.
I really hope everyone uses
the website to stay in touch. Any
time you have any news send it my way. I
know all of your buddies would love to hear the news. And remember if you have a change of address or a new e-mail
address please let me know.
I would also like to
encourage everyone to help with the missing alumni. We still have a pretty large list of over 600 individuals
(only about half of these with a mailing address) who once served in the 161st.
if you made it to the reunion, please tell all your friends what they missed!
We had a wonderful time and I would like to thank everyone for coming out and
making it a great event. I hope everyone had a great time.
keep in touch through the web site and keep us all up-to-date on where you are
and how you are doing.
again for coming and see you in next year in San Antonio, Texas.
John H. Hastings (817) 923-2561 at home or (817) 252-8269 at work.
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