Please send me anything that you would like to have posted on the website. My email address is joefro@joefro.com.

July 8 -11, 2016 

Visited Gulfport last weekend, remember when we were stationed there 48 years ago and we thought that it would be the best place to stick an enema into the earth?  Well nothing has changed in that regard.   Now, the base has completely changed, thanks to two hurricanes.  All brick structures and looks like they could withstand a good blow from a storm.

The base is a ghost town. Grass needed cutting and there were more Air Force and Army personnel there than Seabees.  I was embarrassed for the look of the base.  The chief and officer club is open Tuesday thru Thursday 1400 to 1800. (New Navy rules)

My fault for showing up in July, temps were upper 90’s felt like lower 100’s and the humidity was the worst that it can get.  Maybe this contributed to the ghost town appearance of the base.

The plaque wall outside the gate is covered with active duty commands on the base.  I saw no place that plaques of the old battalions were displayed reserve or not.

Over all we were deeply disappointed at the area.  We spent four days there and it was three days too many.

 

Next Reunion is:

09 MAY18 - 14 MAY18  Oklahoma City

MCB-12 VIETNAM  ~ 1968 – 1969  ~   2018 REUNION

And

The 50th Anniversary of Our Deployment

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  ~  09MAY18 – 14MAY18

Base Camp:

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.

 

Helping Others:

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.

 

Thank You’s:

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:

Wed:

Arrive & free time.

 

Thurs:

Business meeting.

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.

Free time.

Social Hour, Auction Dinner & Auction.

 

Fri:

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.

Free time.

 

Sat:

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.

Free time.

 

Sun:

Free time.

Reunion Dinner.

 

Mon:

Check out & good byes.

 

Registration:

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 !

Bob Williams

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