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 315th Troop Carrier Group

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315th Troop Carrier Group Association, WW2

Reunion

Sept 23 –25, 2004

Holiday Inn Louisville Downtown

Louisville, KY

Location and Directions

Holiday Inn Louisville Downtown

120 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
 

502-582-2241

800-626-1558

502-584-8591 Fax

www.holiday-inn.com/sdf-downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, The Holiday Inn Downtown offer 287 guestrooms as well as 3 spacious suites. Our guestrooms are generously appointed with iron and board, coffeemaker, hair dryer, make-up mirror, two telephones, cable TV and access to hook-up a PC or laptop in the room. The hotel also features Bentleys a full service restaurant and lounge, Indoor pool and sundeck with limited hours, work-out facilities, gift shop, barbershop and ATM machine.

 

We also have free on-site parking and complimentary shuttle service available within a 3 mile radius except KY Fair & Expo Center and KY International Convention Center. Our package deals are sure to help you enjoy the city as well as the hotel. Ask our reservations agents for more details. We also offer ADA approved guestrooms and meeting facilities as well as rooms for female travelers. We offer an Executive Level for corporate travelers that offer additional amenities for your comfort and convenience. Effective 07/15/02 room tax will be 13.95%

 

Rooms - 315th Group Rates - $79 per room per night + tax – contact Holiday Inn Downtown directly

Wheel chairs - ScootAround Ô (888-441-7575) rents manual and powered wheel chairs by the day and week.

RVs -Advise hotel if you need parking space an RV.  RV hookups can be obtained at the KOA campground at 900 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN, 888-282-4474 (10 minutes away).

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sep 23 

Bowman Field/River Cruise

Hospitality Room at the Hotel

 Friday, Sep 24

Fort Knox tour

Hospitality Room at the Hotel

Saturday, Sep 25

Farmington

Board of Directors Meeting

Cocktails & Banquet – Chicken Marsala or Prime Rib

Sunday, Sep 26

Breakfast (on your own) & Departure

 Registration 

$15 per person (includes registration fro Sep 23 – 25, name badge, and access to Hospitality Suite) Tours are an additional fee and can be obtained from Armed Forces Reunion when you register for the reunion.  Hotel accommodations must be made directly with Holiday Inn Downtown.   Contact Armed Forces Reunions, Inc., Box 11327, Norfolk, VA, 23517, Attn: 315th Troop Carrier Group, 757-625-6401.  Cancellations may be made Mon thru Fri at 757-625-6401.

Activities Descriptions

(All activities are registered through Armed Forces Reunion when you register for the reunion)

Thursday, Sep 23 ~ Bowman Field and River Cruise

Start the day at Kentucky’s Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing at Bowman Field in Louisville.   The Wing is equipped with C-130H Hercules aircraft.  Bowman Field was founded by Abram H. Bowman, who had a vision of the importance of aviation at a time when many people were unconvinced that air travel had a future.  Twenty years later, Bowman Field was the busiest airport in the country.  The facility became known as “Air Base City’ when a bomber squadron moved in and more than 1600 recruits underwent basic training.  Bowman Field was also home of the Army Air Force School of Flight Surgeons, medical technicians, and flight nurses.  Graduates of the school were responsible for evacuating and treating a half-million sick and wounded from war zones around the world by the end of 1944.  Bowman Field today has replaced is sod strips with concrete aprons and runways.  It is home to hundreds of privately owned aircraft as well as Central American Airways.. Falcon Aviation, and Kentucky Flying Service. 

Afterwards, board the Star of Louisville, a modern riverboat with three decks.  Enjoy a scenic cruise up the Ohio River with a lavish luncheon buffet and live music.

Board bus at 9 AM from Hotel, back at hotel 2:30.  $48 per person includes bus, guide, and lunch cruise

 

Friday, Sep 24 ~ Fort Knox

Enjoy and all-you-can-eat buffet at Doe run Inn, which includes fried chicken, baked ham, roast beef, and all the trimmings.  After lunch, continue to Fort Know and begin your self-guided tour of the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, dedicated to General George S. Patton.  The exhibits depict the history of Fort Know, where the Armored Force was formed in 1940, and the development of cavalry and armored weapons, equipment, and uniforms from the Revolutionary War to the present.  The Patton Gallery contains many of the General’s personal items, including his famous ivory handled pistols.  Outside, you will see many historically significant vehicles and equipment.  Finally, take a drive though Fort Know and drive by the famous Fort Know gold Depository.

Board bus from hotel at 11 AM, return to hotel at 4 PM - $42 per person includes bus, guide, and lunch.

 

Saturday, Sep 25 ~ Farmington

Farmington was built by John and Lucy Fry in 1810 according to a plan by Thomas Jefferson.  A masterpiece of Federal architecture, it features two central octagonal rooms, pre-1830 furnishings, an adventurous stairway, and 19th century garden.  Stop at the Captain’s Quarters, a restaurant located on the banks of the Ohio River, for lunch featuring grilled chicken salad.  Originally built as a carriage stop, the Captain’s Quarters was intended to become the center of Louisville.

Board bus from hotel at 9:45 AM, return to hotel at 2 PM - $45 per person includes bus, guide, admission, and lunch.

 

Saturday Night Banquet ~ at the Hotel

This is always the highlight of our reunion – members of the squadrons assemble for a squadron picture, families gather, and children and grandchildren meet each other and learn about their relatives, and some wear their Dad’s old uniforms!  (see ‘Next Generation’ page of the website).  We also present awards and honor those who have done so much for us and those who have departed.

Cash bar, attire semi-formal – Prime Rib $20 or Chicken Marsala $26, paid to Armed Forces Reunions at registration.