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Reunions 1996 to 1947


1996, Sep 4 - 9 ~ Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a great location with indoor walks to all of the malls and short walks to many of the great German restaurants. Thursday we spent on a tour to the Basler Factory to see the re-manufacturing of the old C-47. The highlight for many of us was the visit to the EAA Museum at Oshkosh. Friday saw a tour of Milwaukee. Saturday, the women visited the Pabst Mansion and the Pabst Theater. Great dinner and dance that night culminating with Jake Sternoff moving us all, as usual, with his emotional rendition of Danny Boy! On Sunday, many took the Edelweiss River Cruise and brunch with more food than anybody could ever eat. This one was organized by AFR (Armed Forces Reunions), Inc., under the eyes of J.S. Smith. The Hospitality Room was provided by Art & Jean Ertel.

Oct. 5 - 9, 1994 ~ Radisson Airport Hotel, St Louis, Missouri. The first scheduled event was a tour of the Cahokia Indian Mounds and Museum Thursday. That evening we had a tasty dinner and entertaining stage show aboard the Goldenrod Showboat. Friday was a tour of highlights of St Louis that covered topped off by a trip to the top of the famous Gateway Arch. The Saturday banquet and dance were wonderful as always but the highlight for some was the short speech given by our Honorary Member from Holland, Tonny Winkler. She came to convey her thanks for the role the 315th played in freeing her country from Nazi tyranny. The Reunion Committee consisted of Jim & Audrey Fifler, Jack Mancinelli, and Bernie and Bette Brown.

Sept. 9 - 13, 1992 ~ Sheraton Old Town Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico. This reunion was planned by Harry and Joan Black. Harry had signed all of the contracts and made most of the arrangements. We were saddened by Harry's passing away six months before the reunion. Bernie and Bette Brown stepped in to help Joan, and we had a wonderful reunion. Activities included a trip to Santa Fe, a visit to Indian (now Native American) Pueblos, visits to old town Albuquerque, a western barbecue, and a trip on the tramway to the top of Sandia Mountain have a sumptuous dinner while watching the sun set. What a wonderful way to end a reunion. The reunion committee consisted of Joan Black, Bernie and Bette Brown, and Al Mallett. After this reunion we looked into having a commercial company put on our reunions.

Sept. 26 - 30, 1990 ~ OMNI International Hotel, Norfolk, VA. A committee volunteered to put on the East coast reunion at Norfolk. Henry Hamby, first commander of the 310th Squadron and living in nearby Williamsburg, helped us G-2 the site prior to the reunion. The location of the OMNI was delightful, right on the waterfront and within walking distance of many sites of interest. Thursday was our "Welcome to Norfolk tour ". Friday, we took a cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk that included diner and a musical show. Saturday was our banquet and dance with the big band of Billie Morris playing the old WWII songs that we all knew. The Reunion Committee consisted of Charles and Effie Rex (who did everything), Patrick Finn, Bill Walsh and Bob Cloer.


(Left)  310th TCS members at the 1990 reunion.  L to R ~ Abry Ross, ‘Ziggy’ Zartman, Ted Stewart, Len Thomas, Glover, and Edney

Oct. 13, 14 & 15, 1988 ~ Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Great location near the river walk and next door to the Alamo. The bar next door was where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his army. Our hosts for this great reunion were ordon Tull and Charlie Cox. They added a unique feature -- all of our transportation for this reunion was provided by the big red double-decked London busses that we had ridden back in England during WWII. These busses toured the military bases at which many had been stationed. The high point of the reunion was the tour of the Lone Star Brewery and their famous Texas Barbecue. The Texas Top Hands played for a great western dance that went on for many until about midnight. At the business meeting, we selected Portland, Maine, as the site for the 1990 reunion, but after President Bush selected this area for his vacation home, hotel prices and availability ruled this out.

Sept. 25, 26 & 27, 1986 ~ Madison Hotel, Seattle, Washington. We visited the of the Boeing factory, the largest building in the world under one roof, and watched the manufacturing of the 747 and 767 aircraft. We also had a tour of the beautiful city of Seattle and a visit to their great fish market. The Puget Sound harbor cruise and a salmon barbecue at the Tillicum Indian village on Blake Island was enjoyed by all. The hosts for this great reunion were Bill Conine and Jake Sternoff and their wives. The Articles of Association were amended again at this reunion.

Oct. 4, 5 & 6, 1984 ~ Marines Memorial, San Francisco, California. Lloyd and Rita Perry planned three great tours of the city. Honorary membership was proposed for five of our friends from Holland and England and was endorsed by the Board of Directors and approved by the membership. Father Thuring from Holland was our guest speaker at the banquet. Spence and Margaret Hogg hosted the Hospitality Room. The reunion committee was a reunion by itself: Barbata, Cloer, Enderlin, Hampson, Hoff, Hogg, Kennedy, Lazarus, Mancinelli, Matzdorff and Perry, and their wives. The Articles of Association were amended again.

Sep. 23, 24 & 25, 1982 ~ Radisson Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. Many of the 310th men checked in on the 21st for a 310th Troop Carrier Squadron mini-reunion before the Group reunion that weekend. John Stewart, John Deiterle and the 310th hosted the Hospitality Room for the reunion. The Reunion committee was Marty Dean, Don Glover, Ed Papp and Tom Wright.

Oct. 23, 24 & 25, 1980 ~ St.Charles Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana. Bernie and Dee Pleasent spent many hours and miles on this reunion. The Articles of Association were changed to cover the number of Officers and Board of Directors and set terms of office. Bill Brinson was asked to look into the possibility of a memorial to be placed at our old base of Spanhoe in England.

Sep. 21, 22 & 23, 1978 ~ Down Town Sheraton, Dallas, Texas. The super host was Leonard Thomas who got us rates of $35.00 per night. The Articles of Association were adopted and Officers were elected for the following two years until the next reunion.

Sep. 16 & 17, 1977 ~ DeSoto Hilton Hotel, Savannah, Georgia. Early that year, Coggins and Brinson, with the help of Duncan McRae, started to locate 315th members. Thirty-five members, plus wives and friends came. We decided to form a Reunion Association and hold a reunion each year, the next year (1978) to be in Dallas.

Sep. 29, 30, Oct. 1, 1950 ~ Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, Missouri. They let us come back although the prices had gone up -- $3.50 for singles and $5.00 for doubles. Registration fee was $1.50 and the banquet cost $2.75. We were going to do big things -- elected a Board of Directors, start a scrap book, and publish a book on the Group history. We took up a collection and turned over all of the unit records we had. That was the last we ever heard about an association until 1977.

 July 4th, 1947 ~ Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, Missouri. For most of us, the first reunion. We were young worriers who had single-handedly just won the war! We met at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City. Rooms were $2.50 for single or $3.00 for doubles and no phone bill! The banquet cost $2.50. Pence & Ertel's room became the 'Hospitality room'.