I'm a bit late getting a reunion report on the the website, but it's finally getting published.
Most of the folks attending our 161st reunion were repeat attendees, but we did have a new face who finally showed up. Langley Chavis was one of the many commissioned officers who originally deployed with the 161st to Vietnam. 'Lang' had the distinction on second tour of duty to serve a Company Commander of 'A' Company, 123rd Aviation Battalion.
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.
A group of us caught one of the VHCMA shuttle buses for a trip to the famous San
Antonio River Walk. Friday night was also the final game of the NBA
Championship being played in San Antonio. Quite a crowd had gathered in
the hotel sports bar to watch the Spurs become the 2005 NBA Champs.
Friday A group of us caught one of the VHCMA shuttle buses for a trip to the famous San Antonio River Walk. Friday night was also the final game of the NBA Championship being played in San Antonio. Quite a crowd had gathered in the hotel sports bar to watch the Spurs become the 2005 NBA Champs.
Night with the VHCMA
This was a
real blast. I wish everyone could have come.
There was a live band, 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 Pheonix, Texas.
John H. Hastings (817) 923-2561 at home or (817) 252-8269 at work.
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