Delta Company 1/20
Delta Company, 1st Of The 20th, 11th Light Infantry Brigade
Delta Company 1/20 11 LIB 2010 Reunion Notes
Hello to all of the friends and brothers from Delta Company. We wanted to share with you a recap of the 2010 Delta Company Reunion in Washington D.C.
As in the past, we had several first time attendees. Several members brought children and even grandchildren. Washington D.C. is a wonderful experience for all ages with many historical and educational attractions and May proved to be amendable with fine weather and great conditions for touring. Attendees began arriving on Wednesday and the Hyatt Arlington provided a meeting room for Delta Company to gather, relax and get re-acquainted. We had many first timers, and it was great to have everyone there.
Thursday began with a tour of Arlington Cemetery. This was a very moving experience for all attendees. Following this tour, many took advantage of the time to fit in some shopping and site-seeing. After dinner, members convened at the Hyatt's "Judiciary Hall" for conversation.
Friday was a day of site-seeing at the Nation's to include a visit to the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums and Ford's Theatre. Attendees took advantage of the Washington Metro System (conveniently a station was near the Hyatt Hotel) which facilitated travel around Washington. More attendees arrived during the day on Friday and groups convened for dinner in Georgetown as well as some of the restaurants near the hotel.
Once again, Sherry Barger went above and beyond the call of duty in preparing beautiful memorial shirts for all of the attendees. The shirts had the names of our fallen comrades embroidered on the back along with other artwork. Hats were presented to all the attendees that proudly proclaimed our status as Vietnam Veterans and also showed our company, battalion and brigade. Our many thanks go to Sherry for your outstanding efforts. Our thanks also go to Ricardo Palomares for his Vietnam themed key chains, and Steve Reynolds for the coffee mugs emblazoned with the names of the attendees and the division and brigade logos.
On Saturday morning, attendees arrived at the Vietnam Memorial to pay respects to our fallen brothers and lay a wreath in their honor. This was followed by a group picture which will be displayed on the Delta Company website. In the afternoon, we took part in a tour of the Capitol. That evening, everyone gathered at the Hyatt Arlington for dinner, special tribute, business meeting and auction. A special tribute was paid to our brothers that had passed since our last reunion with comments made by those that served with them. This included: Skeeter Lasa, Chuck Seketa, Kerry Harwick, Erskine "Top" Wade and John Devarso. The commemorative knife was won by Tom Tierney and stewardship for the Memorial Flag display went to Jason Wright who announced the inscription that an inscription will be placed to honor all the medics that served with Delta Company. Many other items were auctioned off with the help of John Ewing, including embroidered jackets (thanks again, Sherry), beautifully handcrafted artwork provided by Chuck Maxson and many other unique and valuable items so thoughtfully provided by members. For those in attendance who did not have a challenge coin, these were distributed (this is one of the items where you need to attend a reunion to get one) as well as some Vietnam Veteran appreciation buttons provided by some of the former officers of Delta Company.
Mac McLellan gave a brief financial report which (happily) showed that we are solvent. There was a reminder about the free will, voluntary donation ($100.00 suggested if possible), and Mac asked that the checks be made out to "Delta Company Reunion".
On Sunday morning we gathered for a breakfast.
After breakfast a memorial was held for the Delta Company brothers who have passed away since our last gathering. Bobby "Rabbi" Renew and members of his family sang a hymn and all of the attendees participated in eulogizing our departed brothers. A CD memorializing our fallen comrades prepared by Cliff Tholen was also distributed (note this is compatible with Windows Media Player. Please contact Wendell Strode if you would like a copy).
As the reunion came to a close, we decided to have the 2012 reunion in Bowling Green Kentucky in the April or May time frame. As the date approaches we will provide more specifics.
Special thanks to Richard Culver and Wendell Strode for their sizeable efforts in making it a success.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2012!
Below is a summary of our attendees: