|The M-274 Mechanical Mule in the Currahee
Room attracted the attention of both reunion attendees and other
hotel guests, as did the 75mm cannon set up by the front doors to
the hotel and the smaller cannon set up in the hotel lobby.
|(L-R): Dennis Isaac Seely
[E Co (Mortars), 1st BN, 1966-1968];
(A Co, 1st AMBL/AASLT, 1972-1975); CSM(R) Robert Gilbert (D Co, 1st ABG,
1956-1963); Fred Behrens (DustOff Pilot, B Company, 101st Aviation Battalion
KINGSMEN); and Mary Jean Terrell. Fred is an ATF licensee and provided
the cannons and also the Mule and Vietnam-era weapons for the Currahee
Reunion Display Room.
(Back to camera): MAJ(R) Tom Duckett,
III (B Co, 1st BN, 1971), was
At the picnic, Tom told this group of Alpha Company
(Facing camera L-R): Hoyt Bruce
Moore, III (1970-1971);
Due to prior commitments, some of the Currahee veterans from D Co, 1-506th, 1969 attending the 2002 Currahee Reunion could not participate in the Saturday, August 17, Bus Trip to Washington, DC, so they drove down on Friday, August 16, to the Vietnam Wall for their own special ceremony.
E-7 Ron Kane was awarded a Silver Star for his actions on Hill 996 on July 11, 1969; however, Ron was wounded and hospitalized, and the Army sent him his Silver Star in the mail after he returned home, so Ron was unable to participate in the official ceremony where he would have been pinned with the Silver Star by his CO. The Delta Company veterans attending the Reunion were determined to rectify this situation.
MAJ(R) Gerald Curtis (LT in D Company in
1969) presents E-7 Ronald
Kane a miniature
(L-R): Richard "Doc" Daniels;
Sal Gonzalez (RTO), Ronald "Gumby"
The group is standing in front of the panel containing the
names of the men who died on
Waiting to present the Colors at the Currahee Memorial
Heading the Color Detail is MAJ(R)
Tom Duckett, III (B Co, 1st BN, 1971),
|(Sitting L-R Clockwise): Donald
Speet (B Co, 2nd BN, 1970-1971);Christy
Tom Shepherd, Jr.; Zach Shepherd; and Dan Shepherd [sons and grandson
of SFC Thomas C. Shepherd Sr. (KIA 3/24/71)]; Jay Schrom (A Co, 2nd BN, 1968);
Polly Schrom; Peggy Bookser; Mike Bookser (B/E Co, 1st BN, 1969-1970);
and Mike Thies.
|LTG(R) James W. Crysel, Sr. [E
Co, 1st ABG, 1963
-1964; B/HHC, 2nd BN, 1964-1965; HHC (BN CO), 1st BN,
1976-1978] was the keynote speaker.
|(L-R): Fernando Lopez [E
Co (Mortars), 1st BN, 1970-1971]; SGT(R)
[E Co (Mortars), 1st BN, 1971]; Manuel Chavez, Sr. [D/E Co (Mortars), 1st BN, 1970-
1971]; Stuart "Doc" Holloway [E Co (Mortars), 1st BN, 1971]. These E Company
1971 Currahee veterans who attended the 2002 Reunion had not seen each other
in 31 years.
|Association President Gene Overton (C
Co, 1st BN, 1967-1968) holds the bag of reunion
attendee names while Alex Rebele (L) and Taylor Rebele (R), grandsons of Carl P.
Rebele, drew names of four Currahee veterans who each won a free night's stay at the
hotel: Manuel Chavez, Sr. [D/E Co (Mortars), 1st BN, 1970-1971]; Peter Mauch (A Co,
1st AMBL/AASLT, 1972-1975); Chester Clinkscale (C Co, 2nd BN, 1968-1969) and Skip
Faulkner [E Co (Recon), 1st BN, 1968-1969].