REUNION 99

After Action Report

191ST ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY

 


All Members 191st AHC,

September 17, 18, and 19th 1999, the unitís third reunion was held at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky. Special Thanks to Jack Tiesing, Reunion Chairman for all his efforts in making this a special and memorable reunion.

For those who were not there, this page will be growing over the next weeks as I receive photos (forgot my camera). To begin though, the hospitality suite was the center of the reunion and here, as unit members arrived, they immediately discovered how much older everybody else had gotten. Here, late into Friday night, friendships were renewed, and new friendships were established as not all attendees served with the unit at the same time.

Saturday, the hospitality suite again was the gathering center, and in the afternoon a short business meeting was held. John Davis has volunteered to host the next reunion which will be held in St. Louis in two years.

Following the business meeting, we gathered for the buffet dinner in an elegant dining room at the Galt House. Here, unit members and their wives and families welcomed members of John Petric's Family, and remembered all the 191st lost. The names were read by Jack Tiesing followed by a moment of silence as the assembly stood.

The attending unit members then stood and introduced themselves and their families. When Richard Silva stood to introduce himself, his wife, his service in three wars, and his 75th birthday, the entire assembly greeted Richard and his wife Amy with a standing ovation.

Following an enjoyable meal, most of us sailed on the Belle, an authentic paddle wheel riverboat, for a most agreeable three hour cruise on the Ohio River. Here we all enjoyed the company of old and new friends.

Following the cruise, some of us had our first mint julep on the 25th floor of the hotel, and eventually made our way back to the hospitality suite. Here we said our goodbyes, and folks made their way to their rooms. The Hospitality suite closed it's doors at 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

Sunday was spent in travel.

For those who didn't make it to the Reunion, we missed you. For those that did, it was too short.

The 191st is still what it was, and the men who made up the unit are the finest and the best. It ain't bragging if it's true.

See you in St. Louis

 


191st Reunion - Dinner Picture

Courtesy of Joe Roberts
Kneeling Left to Right: Fred Tinker, Roger Barkley, Harvey Bernard, James Hopson
Standing Left to Right: Bill Janes, Jimmy Winemiller, Don Williams, Gary Crossland, Glenn Phenacie, Stephen Roccabello, Art Almarez, John Jones, rear-Jack Tiesing, front-John Davis, Perry Davis, rear-Joe Roberts, front-Dominic Diamambro, Jim Pier, Paul Vitale, Larry Sands, Gordon Hahn, Ron Donakowski, Harrell Guidry, John Hedrick, Terry Wilund, Richard Silva, Arlen Hicks, Bill Sawls, Bill Flores, Jerry Wiggins
Courtesy of John Davis

 

 

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Reunion Pictures from Joe Roberts