NEWS FROM LOUISVILLE......2002
Now, with the reunion in Louisville
over, we get on with life and look to another year. Those of us who were
in Tucson last year, or Branson, the year before, felt less of the apprehension
we felt the first time, as we watched and waited for our friends to arrive
at the hotel, some, not seen, for 30 plus years. Many 'first times' were
experienced by all of us.
As with the previous reunions, flags were on display, unit emblems were on
the walls and pictures, scrapbooks, and military gear were covering many
of the tables. Other tables held many donated items for the Kilo reunion
For many, this wasn't their first reunion. For some, it was. In all, there
were almost 70 members of Kilo Company who came, along with their wives and
From Sunday to Wednesday, those of us who weren't re-living/re-fighting battles,
our time was filled with tours to Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby; The Louisville
Slugger Museum; Fort Knox/Patton Museum; Jim Beam Distillery; and a dinner
cruise. All set up, along with a wonderful hotel, by our Louisville hosts
Carolyn and Tom Urekew.
Thanks at this time should also go
to Peg and Smitty who do so much and have done so much for Kilo Company in
setting things up, toting things across country, and in keeping things going.
The memorial service was a hard time again, for us, as the names of those
135 Kilo Company members killed in VietNam were read. Added this year were
the names of those Kilo members who, since VietNam, have passed away.
Colonel Ray Kummerow (1969-1970), spoke of the Australian tradition of everything
stopping at 9:00 p.m. while those present remember the men and women killed
As long as we remember them, they're not really gone!
Next years reunion will be in Washington, D.C. on August 7th to 11th. A reminder
now to those planning to go, contact your Congressman early and ask for passes.
As D.C. is such a busy place, no side trips/ excursions have been planned.