Next Reunion is:
09 MAY18 - 14 MAY18 Oklahoma City
MCB-12 VIETNAM ~ 1968 – 1969 ~ 2018 REUNION
The 50th Anniversary of Our Deployment
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ~ 09MAY18 – 14MAY18
The base camp for our 2018 reunion / 50th anniversary is the Country Inn & Suites in Oklahoma City. As we are a group of Vietnam vets, they have extended us an exceptional rate of $ 89.00 per night! Reservations should be made directly with the hotel at 405-286-3555. When calling, be specific that you are with MCB-12 Vietnam along with your arrival and departure dates. The best times to call them are 0700 – 1500 Monday through Friday. Please note that the cutoff date for hotel reservations is 09APR18.
Why Oklahoma City ?
When it became apparent that Gulfport was not going to work out (the why’s of which we will elaborate on at the reunion), we looked at this as an opportunity to bring the reunion to the Midwest in deference to our many brothers there & beyond. Years ago we broke the mold of holding all the reunions in New England by alternating the reunion sites between New England and the South to recognize that give or take half of the Battalion was from outside New England. This takes that one step further.
Thanks to the efforts of our group of SEABEES & PHOEBEES over the years, we recently were able to extend a hand to one of our brothers in need of a lift after the flooding in Houston. We have been fortunate over the years to be able to help others such as the Homes for Heroes program and the survivors of the Boston Bombing, honoring the wishes of our deceased brothers whose families have requested a donation to a charity in lieu of flowers, supporting the Vietnam Memorial just outside of Camp Lejeune inscribed with the names of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice (almost fifty-nine thousand names) along with supporting many other of our brothers and their families in times of need.
Auction & Reunion Dinners:
Both of these dinners will be buffets. As a result, you will not need to make meal selections ahead of time as in previous years. However, both meals will have beef, chicken & fish entrées to choose from.
Many thanks to Connie & Jerry Phillips for lining up the dinner venues as well as the bus transportation, the Patriot Riders & the Memorial Ceremony site. Thanks as well to Jim Dawson for his leg work for the excursion sites this year, to Kevin & Beth Johnson for honchoing the checkbook and processing the mountain of reunion registration forms all these years, to Joe Frohwitter for initiating & managing the website and to Bill Hill for setting up the table for those that cannot be here. Speaking of Kevin, where would our auctions be without his initiative and dry sense of humor? Our Memorial Ceremonies owe their dignity and success directly to the dedication and spiritual leadership of John Burns & Bill Maloney. Many thanks as well to Randy Scott & his extended family for the countless hours they put in to the tremendously successful lobster bakes they put on at the last two reunions in Maine as well as the memorial wreaths that Randy personally hand crafted. And last, but certainly not least, thanks go out to all those who have attended the reunions and supported the auctions in so many ways - without whom these reunions & the gestures we’ve extended would not have happened.
The Following Is The Tentative Itinerary:
Arrive & free time.
Convoy to the Memorial Ceremony escorted by the Patriot Riders.
Memorial Ceremony at the Oklahoma City Memorial.
Lunch on your own.
Tour the Oklahoma City Memorial with a NPS guide.
Social Hour, Auction Dinner & Auction.
Travel via tour bus to the Oklahoma Oil & gas Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma.
Tour the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Museum.
Return to Oklahoma City for lunch on our own.
Tour the Oklahoma History Center.
Travel to the Oklahoma Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City via POV.
Tour the Oklahoma Cowboy Museum.
Lunch on your own.
Tour the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City.
Check out & good byes.
Please fill out the enclosed registration form and mail to Kevin Johnson at the address indicated on the form. As usual, please send in your registration paperwork as soon as possible. Planning without reliable numbers is a difficult task at best. Thank you.
Happy 50th !
Can Do !