Observations from Albuquerque,
In a change from past-post reunion newsletters I'm going to go in a different
direction and aim this at those from Kilo Company that weren't there. For
those that did attend, it's already a happy memory and a time to look ahead
to the next reunion. Thanks and acknowledgements must still be made though:
To Brian and Sue McKinsey; for all that came about in Albuquerque. Such great
planners and hosts
And what a great place!
To the Koenig family for a meaningful
and truly awesome audio/visual presentation at the Kilo memorial service.
To the U.S.M.C. 4th Recon Bn. Honor
Guard/ Color Guard, for their presentation at the memorial service.
To the bagpiper and bugler. To those
behind the scenes; Raffle donators, administration workers, publicity, and
other support. To Smitty and Peg, of course, and Dolly too, for all they
do to keep Kilo Company a family.
Finally, to Santa Fe, balloon rides,
Old Town, the Barbeque Roundup, Tequila shots, maps, pictures, 782 gear,
and family. Like "The Nam", you had to be there to
One thing I've noticed at our reunions
is the Kilo member who's there for the first time. For most of us, as was
for me in Branson, the thought is,"will anyone remember me?" We've all changed.
For most of us it's been 35 years. We've got kids almost twice as old as
we were," back then". We all look different, but there hasn't been a day,
for any of us, where we haven't thought about our time "in country" and remember
someone in particular and hope to see him again. Meeting again, for the first
time, at the reunion, looking over pictures together, talking over old
experiences, sharing special points in time with a friend we've missed each
day for 35 years and not needing to explain what we say. We suffered and
sacrificed together, trusted each other with all we had. We were nothing
Minneapolis is next for us. The dates for 2005 are: August 11-14. For 2006
we go to New Orleans. We'll have a date for that after next year's reunion.
We've all been missing someone or looking for each other for a long time.
Join us in Minneapolis in 2005 as our friends and family
and be a part
Till next year
.Bill Rolke "69