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2011 Vets Reunion

Vets Reunion

This is the sign posted at the west gate where I enter with Shaggy.  This picture was taken on Sept.  11th.  The tenth anniversary of 9/11.  There was a Candlelight Service that evening for the over 3000 victims of 9/11.

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I arrived about Noon on the 10th of September.  A Full week before the official opening.  It's a lot easier to park then.

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This is Sept 14th and as you can see, I am now blocked in for the Reunion.

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My Neighbors are Navy Vietnam Veterans from Missouri.  We get to see each other every year.  It is a great reunion.  You can see that my neighbors are starting to enjoy themselves.

Footprints
On Saturday, September 10th 2011, Many Volunteers put a footprint for everyone of the victims on the fence surrounding the Howard County Veterans Grounds.  The Following pictures will show just how many people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.  They put all of these footprints up so that they would be there for the candlelight service on September 11, 2011.

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This sign is on the corner and the fence is over one-half mile long before this corner.  It took the volunteers all day to get the footprints up.

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This is the west entrance.

I guess I better get back to Motorhomes. After All, This is a Classic Motorhome Site.

When I was walking back into the Veterans Grounds, I saw this amazing set-up.

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A early eighties 34 Foot Chevy powered Sportscoach loaded like a fifth wheel with an extra trailer.  He told me that he was eighty foot long.

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He's got a Golf Cart and Two Volkswagon powered Tricycles.  One on the trailer and the other one being towed like a car dolly.  He told me that he had no problems at all with this added length.

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A very interesting set-up.

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This Chevy Powered Champion came from Wisconsin.

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I stumbled upon this 50's  Ford Pickup pulling a 1964 Shasta.

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A Rat Hood Ornament?

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It's a Ratillac compleat with Flame Throwers.  I wonder who would drive such a neat Machine.

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A Vietnam Veteran of Course.

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Some Veterans came from Texas.

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More From Missouri.
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I happened upon Roger Speicer.  A Man with a Vision.  He built this Aluminum Diamond Plate Trailer from Scratch.  He built the Frame from scratch also.
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The electrical box.  It is set up for solar power and has the wiring diagram printed right on the cover.

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Battery Monitor.

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Here's Roger standing in the Entrance.
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The PVC Plumbing is the fresh water tank.   If you want to know more about this trailer, You can contact Roger at speicher@omnicityusa.net.

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This is Jim Bledsoe, A Korean War Veteran with his girlfriend Alieana,  He is a writer, story teller, who lives in Kokomo, Indiana. A great man and a war hero.  He drives a Holiday Rambler that he purchased with only 4000 miles on it.  This Motorhome is 34 foot long with the shortest wheel base that I have ever seen on a Motorhome.  It was a very expensive Motorhome.  The company sold out to Monaco some years ago.

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Here I am with another Korean War Veteran.  He told me he got drafted and went through training in 100 degree weather only to end up in Korea in the dead of winter where he was never warm.  He lost some toes and his hands were damaged by frostbite.  I admire men like this who gave so much.  I was a C-130 Aircraft Maintenance man in Vietnam.  I have never experienced what men like this man, whose name I can't remember and Jim Bledsoe, experienced.  This was the first time that I met this man and I can't remember his name.  We are wearing jackets because it is cold out.

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This is another picture of Jim Bledsoe's Holiday Rambler.  This is a 34 Foot Motorhome with a very short wheel base  as this picture shows.

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I have stumbled upon another Korean Veteran.  He was a Marine in the Forgotten war.  I enjoy being in the company of these men who gave so much.

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There were some people there that were sent to me because they could not get their furnance to work in their trailer.  After, I reset their furnance, I saw this Class C Dodge Motorhome.  It was For Sale.  I never did find the owner to get more information.

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I see that it was made in Gaston, Indiana, by a company called iT.L.Do.
I never did find the owner.
There were some Dodge Motorhomes there.  I keep forgetting that this is a Dodge Motorhome Website.
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This Concord no longer sees the road.  The Volunteers use it as home when they are working on the grounds.
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The Grand Slam is back.
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The Grand Slam has a neighbor.  A Cruise Air.
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Here's a Dodge Class C that I almost missed.
Time to go shopping in the Vendor Tent.
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The First thing I found were Camp Followers.
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We escaped from the followers and found a Donut Dollie.  These girls were great.  They served coffee and Donuts in the terminals  while in Vietnam.  This woman had a lot of information about the girls that served over there.  We were glad that they were there.

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Every Year, There is usually a new Author with his book.  They will sign them for you. I have purchased and enjoyed many books that I have purchased there.

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When we left the tent, I saw this Vet smoking the biggest cigar that I have ever seen.  He told me that his friend sends them to him.

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I turned around and found this nice woman.  She told me that the hat sure saved her a lot of time. 
I decided that it was time to have a drink.  I headed for the clubhouse.

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This is what I found when I got there.  Yes, it was time for a drink.  I had already seen too much unbelieveable stuff.  It reminded me of what my Father told me when I left for the Military; " Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see."  I took his advice.  Many of these pictures do not exist.
I bumped into this guy on the way to the bar.
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I guess him to be the very religious child of some veteran.
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A Full Moon.  I wonder if that is why I keep bumping into these unique people.
Things will be better in the morning.
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It's a beautiful Sunrise on another great day at the Veterans Reunion.  I must remember that this is a Motorhome Website.  I will find some Classic Motorhomes.
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As I start my walk, I see that there are now two classic Fords next door to the Dustoff Tent.
The Dusters serve food to all of us single Veterans.
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Supper in the Dusters Tent.  They bring in stoves and even make homemade bread for every meal.  It's a wonderful thing they do for us.
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I know that this is not a Dodge, but a Holiday Rambler.  They are Popular with the Vets.
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They are nice Motorhomes, even if they are GM Powered.
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The Hueys are coming, Let's go to Base Camp to Greet them.
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Base Camp
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Headquarters is a restored 1948 Vagabond Trailer.
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Ho Chi Minh Trail VC Bicycle
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The foot lockers in the tent were authentic to the era.  I never got a good picture of the tent.  The base camp was authentic, right down to the 1967 Playboy magazine and transistor radio.
It brings back many memories.
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Here is one of those memories.  This picture was taken after an engine change on a C-130.  See my dirty fingernails.
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Before the Office of Safety and Health.
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Lets Finish up the past just like I am finishing up my job on this C-130.
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Shaggy's packed up and ready to go. Sunday the 18th, it is over for another year.
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It's Goodby, til we meet again next year.

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