Western Reunion 2008 Pictures
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Western Reunion 2008 Pictures, Page 2

Thanks to Dave Mackie, Beau Bowlin and Denise Neptune for sending pics!
 

Paula & Bob Hall (A 274) are great helpers. Bob cheerfully served as a member of the color guard.

Phyllis & Dale Bowlin -- the hosts for the 2008 70th Infantry Division reunion in Vancouver.

Phyllis Bowlin, Heidi Freeman, and Oscar Bergstrom -- For once Phyllis gets to be the first one to head through the chow line.  Heidi and her hubby Oscar follow to make sure she doesn't change her mind to stop and serve others first.

Heidi Freeman presents surprise gifts to Phyllis and Dale.  Heidi is a runner for the Bataan Death March Marathon. The gift for Phyllis is a patriotic angel and Dale gets a bottle of heart medicine.

Red Freshno (H/275) and Matt Warminske (E/276) -- Red always has fun and makes the ladies happy by giving them a bead necklace. When Red leaves Metairie, Louisiana to reunions there are no beads left in town!  I don't know for sure, but Matt probably is a scout for Red to make sure he hasn't missed giving beads to someone.

Richard Brown, Bayard & Mikie Walker -- Richard Brown, I'm sure heard stories about Bayard A/275 and his experience in the POW hospital as he lay next to a man getting his leg amputated. That man was Dale Bowlin, C/883/FA.

Ryan and Ciara Stewart -- Ryan is the Grandson of Dale and Phyllis Bowlin, C/883 FA.

Vern Staley (MED 274) & Costa Minor -- Costa hangs on to a new grandpa.....one of many! Vern hosted the WSR last year in Salem and helped with this year's reunion as well. He also served as a member of the Color Guard this year.

VT Walhood (I/276) & Richard Walhood -- I think you can tell that Vilas T. "VT" Walhood and his son Richard are enjoying the reunion. In an unfortunate incident earlier in the year, Vilas had many of his WW2 memorabilia stolen from his home due to a break-in.

BACK ROW: JOHN CHAVEZ L/276, DON LINDGREN L/274, ANDY McMAHON 276, DICK BROWN D/275. MIDDLE ROW: CON CREMER F/275, ED FISCHER K/275, HARRY STANLEY A/276, JACK NOTHNAGLE 570/SIG. FRONT ROW: ROGER CONARTY K&L/276, JOE DUTRA, L/276, RED FRESHNO, H/276.

Left to right. Sitting: Joe Dutra L/276, Ellsworth Freshno H/276, Rex Jeffrey F/275, John Craig F/275. Standing:

Don Lindgren L/274, Ed Fischer K/275, Andy McMahon E/276, Harry Stanley A/276, Dick Brown D/275, John Nothnagle 570/SIG, Henry Clarke AT/275, Vern Staley MED/274, Ed Bates HQ 275.

Sitting on the floor: Vilas Truman Walhood I/276, Bob Hall A/274, Bayard Walker A/275, Don George K/275. Chairs: Ellsworth Freshno H/276, Rex Jeffrey F/275, John Craig F/275, John Hildebrand A/274, George Wildi A/275. Standing: Andy McMahon E/276, Harry Stanley A/276, Dick Brown D/275, John Nothnagle 570/SIG, Henry Clarke AT/275, Vern Staley MED/274, Ed Bates HQ/275, George E. White G/276, Floyd Freeman I/275, Dick Melton C/274, Matthew Warminski E/276, Bill Yates HQ/1BN/274, Bob Gray L/274 (peeking!), Donald Behrends L/274, George R. Hyde C/884/FA

Sitting on the floor: Don George K/275. Chairs: John Hildebrand A/274, George Wildi A/275, Jack Kim  F/275. Standing: Ed Bates HQ/275, Dick Melton C/274, Matthew Warminski E/276, Bill Yates HQ/1BN/274, Bob Gray L/274, Donald Behrends L/274, George R. Hyde C/884/FA, Dale Bowlin C/883/FA.

These veterans must have stayed up past midnight reminiscing while reading Raymond Brown's collection of the original Trailblazer Magazines. L-R: Dick Brown D/275, Rex/Doug Jeffery F/275, Andy McMahon E/275 and George Hyde C/884 FA

Con Cremer and Joan, F/275

Monica Morris at the Plank House.

Speaker of the Friday evening banquet was Royce Pollard. He became Mayor of the City of Vancouver January 1996. After a 27-year career in the US Army, he retired as Commander of Vancouver Barracks in 1988 and immediately began his political career as a City of Vancouver Councilmember.

Auxiliary Member Beverly Gibbs, wife of past president Neal Gibbs, L/274.

Denise Neptune (AM, L) is the daughter of Don George K/275. Denise visited the area around Phillipsbourg, France in 2007, especially in the area where Don was captured. Pam Garrison (70th RRC, AM - R) During Major General Chris Ingram's talk at the banquet, he made several comments regarding the valuable service that Pam has given. A special comment he mentioned was, "there is none better than Pam Garrison"!

Mike Garrison, Pam Garrison's husband.

First timer Art DeKoker, D/275

Jack and Gail Nothnagle, 570th Signal.