Last Updated: 25 October 2016
As usual, Bob Steinberg & Walt Wise were instrumental in organizing the HMM-364 activities.
Discussions concerning how to bring together all age groups. Duane Jensen and others
suggested we might want to attend the younger set's reunions to get to know them and
maybe join them with our older group and let them do the organizing. Sort of meld us
into them, rather than them into us. Listen to their stories.
We have already heard all of ours.
Discussion about the possibility of a blog being instituted.
The "Beef & Reef" banquet dinner was enjoyed by all.
We had a total of approximately 75 individuals present at the JAX NAS "O" Club, now named
the River Cove Catering & Confenence Center for dinner on Friday night (26 Aug, 2016).
This included wives, son & daughters, and grandsons & granddaughters. Al Chancey brought
almost his entire family to this event. We had 3 widows of departed Foxes present:
Karen Wells (John Wells),
Brenda Gruenewald (John F. Gruenewald)
Connie Breeding (Randy Breeding).
The Saturday night Popasmoke dinner was attended by almost 800 individuals at the Hyatt Regency.
Featured Speakers were Quang X. Pham, a Vietnamese born USMC CH-46 pilot who was 9 years old
when Saigon fell in 1975. He flew the CH-46 in the Persian Gulf War. He is also the author of:
A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey. Quang was followed by Brigadier General
Paul J. Rock, Assistant Wing Commander of the 2'nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
The USMC Color Guard was present for the Popasmoke dinner on Sat night.
"It's ironic that 3/26, Vietnam 66-70 era is also holding its' By Annual Reunion on the same date that the Purple Foxes are also holding their reunion.
Ours will be held in San Diego. Too bad we couldn'thave had the reunion in the same city as several India Company, 3/26 Marines who were on 881 South
during the siege of Khe Sanh will be at our Reunion. Good luck on your Reunion and thank you for your outstanding support! Many of those attending
our Reunion are alive today because of the courageous support of your flight crews! Thank you!"
"We'll toast you at our banquet on Saturday evening, 27 August."
Semper Fidelis, Tony Anthony USMC (Ret)