This photo was taken at Division HQ
next to the
new 101st Memorial
L-R: Dave Reinheimer 68-69, Dan Baker 69-70, Doug Grier 69-70, Pat O'Leary 68-69
Missing from photo:
Jim Hallums 68, Frederick "Rick" Browne 68-69
Photo courtesy of Pat O'Leary
Doug Grier and Dan Baker made it to the division review and marched with
other vets in front of the division and made the front page of the local paper. The
2nd Brigade BBQ and dinner were well attended with all 2/501 companies represented.
Friday evening the new RVN Monument was dedicated by Division HQ. Doug Grier and Pat O'Leary
attended and got to meet Don King (yep the fight promoter!) and also met
privately with the 101st Division Commander. We also visited the Pratt museum which
Doug Grier really enjoyed.
Super Saturday was nice with all the displays and aircraft. The Aviation
Heritage Group had all their Vietnam era aircraft there. Hueys, Gunships, Loch, and
more. (The huey rides were cancelled).
We all saw to it that Doug Grier made the rounds. Sat in all the aircraft and
even got him into the front seat of the "cobra" gunship.
Believe it ya'll, there are now young soldiers and
civilians re-enacting us vietnam veterans! YEP!!!! They staged a combat assault into an LZ after first
having the gunships prep it, then the active did about the same thing but
finished it off with a rope extraction of a LRRP team.
Doug Grier, Pat O'Leary, Dan Baker & Dave Reinheimer were able to get into the VIP tent and
watch the whole thing! (Kinda raised the rope, ducked under and got a folding
chair to the front row for Doug Grier & Dan Baker) Doug of course, sitting 3 chairs over
from his new buddy, none other than the Commanding General of the 101st ABN!!!
We all visited the new 101st Vietnam memorial (pictured above) on Saturday afternoon and it is
something to see! It's just inside gate 4 in front of Division HQ.