2019 REUNION INFO
9-13 April 2019 145th Combat Aviation Battalion
2017 Reunion Report
Just a note to update everyone on the upcoming Reunion of the 145th Combat
Aviation Battalion and all its units at Fort Rucker, AL. On Tuesday 9 April
2019 we will hold our Early Bird Reception. On 10 April 2019 will be the Change
of Command for the 1st Bn / 145th Avn Regt followed by a post briefing. We
are looking at Huey rides in the afternoon weather permitting. Thursday 11
April we will have some activities on base and a picnic with the out going
Commander and the new Commander. Thursday night would be a good time Unit
Reunion dinners or close friend reunion dinners. Friday 12 April 2019 we will
have our Business Meeting, Memorial Service at the Museum. A tour of some
of the air fields and/or maybe the flight simulators, and lunch at Larry's
BBQ. Fri night will be our Banquet Dinner, we're trying for the County Club
this time. That will wrap up the Reunion with people saying good-by and heading
home on Saturday. We will be working on the rest on the details like the hotel
cost, Reunion Fee, Helicopter ride cost, Banquet meal cost and wrapping up
the schedule real soon and I'll keep you updated. I wanted to let you know
this much as soon as possible so you can clear your schedule and start making
your plans to attend.
For those wanting to make hotel reservations for the 145th Combat Aviation
Battalion (Vietnam) Assoc 2019 Reunion at Ft Rucker, AL call Hampton Inn,
8 West Point Ct, Enterprise, AL 36330 1-334-347-5763. Tell them they are for
the 145th Combat Avn Battalion Assoc Reunion to get the $99.00 + tax rate
for 9 - 13 April 2019.
We held our 2017 Reunion of the units of the 145th Combat
Aviation Battalion at the Wyndham Garden, Baronne Plaza New Orleans, LA,
May 18th through 20th, 2017.
Most attendees arrived Wednesday, May 17 when we gathered for registration
and our early bird reception. It was good seeing everyone and everything
went well thanks to the organizing of Mike and Catherine Breaux. We had plenty
of snacks and refreshments and hotel supplied the good size meeting reception
room. The Earlybird Reception went on till late in the evening and everyone
seemed to have a really good time.
On Thursday 18 May we opened the hospitality room about 8 AM where we was
setup for registration. The buses departed for the plantation/swamp tour
at about 8:30 AM.
Since I didn't go on the tours I asked Deb to write a review of the tours.
I stayed back at the hotel to visit with the ones not on the tour.
At the Plantation, our group went from the ice house, to the beautiful
home, to the slave houses. The plantation produced indigo, for dyeing clothes,
and sugar cane. As we walked around the plantation you could see the grandness
of the life and the harshness of its workers. From there we were taken to
the swamp. Our guide was a hoot, as we ate he took us on a nice tour of
the swamps and told us about his life growing up there. As a mother of five
I would have been a wreck waiting for the children to get home safe, but
he really had a great childhood. He took us up the fingers of water looking
for gators. When we found them he fed them marsh mellows We also got to hold
one of the little guys. I was so lost in the swamp I was glad he knew his
The buses returned to the Wyndham Gardens about 4 PM. People went
to dinner on their own, some in unit groups. We had the hospitality room open
all day for registration. And about 5 PM we held our Thursday night reception
with snacks and drinks which went on till late in the evening.
On Friday 19 May we opened the registration and hospitality room about
8 AM. About 8:30 AM the buses loaded for the tour to the national World
War II Museum. We completely filled the bus with one more than capacity
but everything worked out okay.
The Museum was so full of information, to truly see it; you would need
two days. After we walked though the museum we had a delicious lunch with
entertainment. A USO show with the Victory Belles, three beautiful young
women. It was one of the most entertaining shows that I have seen in years.
The singers went out into the audience and sang to the men, sat on their
laps and joyously teased them with songs. Mel Metzger, 120th AML, 63-64,
was picked to go up on stage, but to their surprise he was not shy. Mel
danced all the dances and sang with them. His parents were ballroom dancers
and he was very good. We all laughed and cried during the show, the girls
done a fantastic job. I would tell everyone to go to the museum and see
About 4 PM the buses returned to the Wyndham Gardens where we had the hospitality
room open. People went to dinner on their own some in unit groups. About
5 PM we held our Friday night reception with drinks and snacks which went
on till late in evening
On Saturday 20 may we opened the registration and hospitality room about
8 AM. About 9 PM we started a business meeting. The registration and hospitality
room remained open all day. People got a chance to go out and visit the
French quarter and other attractions in New Orleans on their own and also
visit with friends.
At the business meeting we re-elected our officers: Jim Bodkin - Nat Dir,
Debby Bodkin - Nat Sec/ Treasurer, Mike Hoke - Auditor, Mel Metzger - Historian.
David McCollum, brother of PFC Wayne McCollun, KIA Nov 7th, 1966, 334th
AHC, talked a little about his brother, but mostly we discussed PTSD, his
son-in-law Brady Oberg who took his own life Aug 6th, 2015, and the Brady
Oberg Legacy Foundation. The Foundation is trying to help cut back on the
22 veteran/soldiers who take their own lives each day. You can find more info
on the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation by contacting David McCollum, 1882 180th
St, Mahnomen, MN 56557 email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their mission is to promote a happy, healthy life for combat veterans. With
your donation they will provide…. Scholarships for combat veterans going
into counseling, Events to get combat veterans together, Combat PTSD awareness.
We discussed and decided that for the 2021 Reunion to look for a professional
reunion organizing group and to look more at the center of the country,
maybe Branson, MO. We discussed about having the Reunion more during the
week days and not just week-end time. We discussed selling CDs with the
website pictures just for our members. We discussed the price of unit t-shirts,
$3 over cost plus mailing, a slight increase. And we discussed placing a
memory in Arlington Cemetery, but the VN pilots and crew members memorial
might have that covered.
From 6 PM to 7 PM we had our social hour before our banquet began. From
7 PM till about 9:30 PM we had our main banquet dinner with guest speaker,
Col Larry Babin. Very interesting.
About 9:30 PM we reopened our hospitality room with drinks and snacks and
good conversation until way late in the evening.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2019 Reunion at Ft Rucker, AL.