POPASMOKE
2014 USMC Combat Helicopter Association Reunion

Town and Country Resort Hotel, SAN DIEGO, CA --- 9-14 SEPT, 2014

Click Popasmoke Reunion - SAN DIEGO for Details and Registration in the spring of 2014



_______________________________________________________ Reunion: 2012 VMO-2

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VMO-2

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VMO-2 Reunion 2014

VMO-2 1950-1993

Marine Observation Squadron Two

--->>> SAN DIEGO, CA <<<---

 

If you can balance a blade on a UH-1E or have your own set of safety wire pliers, you are qualified to attend!

 

 

Thursday, 11 Sept 2014 until Sunday, 14 Sept 2014

 

The VMO-2 Reunion will be located at the Town and Country Inn and Hotel in San Diego in conjunction with the USMC Combat Helicopter Association Reunion of the same time period

   

Point of Contact:

Alan and Suzy Barbour

vmo-2@earthlink.net

Please notify Al Barbour at VMO-2@earthlink.net if you tentatively plan to attend the San Diego Reunion so that we may have an approximate count of VMO-2 attendees with your email address so we can send you the latest scoop. Some of you may have served with additional squadrons. You will have a choice of which squadron you would like to register with. Each squadron will have its own hooch or "Ready Room" at the hotel. The hooch will be stocked by the squadron and for squadron use only. We may be asked to share a hooch with another squadron if either squadron unit is too small. The requested contribution for incidentals at the Ready Room is $25.00 per person, fully stocked with soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks.

The Friday night VMO-2 dinner will be a Mexican Buffet at the Casa de Reyes Restaurant in the Fiesta de Reyes Plaza in Old Town San Diego at 18:00. Cost will be $40 per head. Transportation information will be available at the hooch. Arrive at the Fiesta early for the many shoppes. For those desiring to gather again as a squadron unit on Saturday night as an alternative to the larger Popasmoke Banquet, information and signup will be available at the Ready Room.

 

 

 

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These Good Men

These Good Men

by Michael Norman

 

 

I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity.

 

I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the U.S. Marine Corps. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.

 

I cannot say where we are headed. Ours are not perfect friendships; those are the province of legend and myth. A few of my comrades drift far from me now, sending back only occasional word. I know that one day even these could fall to silence. Some of the men will stay close, a couple, perhaps, always at hand.

 

As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades.....such good men.

 






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