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WELDON F. HONEYCUTT / HAMBURGER HILL CHAPTER
RAKKASANS – 187TH AIRBORNE INFANTRY REGIMENT
49th COMMEMORATIVE AND REUNION
MAY 14th – 18th 2018

Fellow Rakkasan:  I am writing to ask that you join all of your brothers in combat at our 49th reunion of our action on Dong Ap Bia / Hill 937 / Hamburger Hill.  In May of 1969 we ventured forth to our “rendezvous with destiny”.  With each passing year we get older, our health changes, and unfortunately, we lose a few comrades.  I am asking that you come join us and renew old friendships forged on the field of battle.  I believe that we have put together a program both in Clarksville and FT. Campbell that will honor our comrades and renew our friendship.

This letter gives you a summary of the activities and the cost of the event.  I hope that each of you will be able to join us and bring a friend to experience our bonding.  Look forward to seeing you.

Rakkasan

 Bob

Bob Harkins

President, Alpha 6

LOCATION:    

RIVERVIEW INN

50 COLLEGE STREET – CLARKSVILLE, TN – 37040

877-487-4837     931-552-3331

A block of rooms has been reserved in the name of the Hamburger Hill Rakkasans.  Please contact the hotel directly for your room reservations.  Our group room rate is $84.00 per night, double occupancy, plus any taxes.  Please make your reservations early and remember to let them know you are with our group.  Make your room reservations on your own, they are separate from our reunion costs.

Tentative Agenda

Monday May 14, 2018

Arrive

Montgomery Room and Lobby for arrival.

Hospitality Room Open Always

Tuesday May 15, 2018

Breakfast at the Riverview Inn

0630 – 1900    Iron Warrior 31.87 Mile Road March (Veteran Participation Encouraged)

1000:   Bus Depart Hotel for Range / Road March Area to cheer participants on

1030 – 1200:   Command Brief RAK6 / Iron 6

1200 – 1330:   Lunch at Cole Commons Center (Veterans and guest pay)

1400 – 1600:   HH War Stories Video and discussion at Cole Park Commons Ft. Campbell.

1600 – 1900:   Bus to Road March last mile/finish line

1900 – 2100    BN BBQ with Active Duty Soldiers at Kemple Yates (BBQ to celebrate the end of the Iron Challenge and Award recipients.  Most of the BN Equipment will be on Static Display During the BBQ

Hospitality Room Open Always

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Breakfast at the Riverview Inn

 0930 – 1000:    Bus to Depart Hotel / Arrive at Range Area          

1030 – 1200:   Activities with Battalion (Range Shoot Event and Static Displays of all the

                        Battalions equipment)

1200 – 1330:   Lunch at DFAC (Mess Hall). Cost is about $5.45

1200 – 1330:  Ladies Lunch at Hotel

1400 – 1600:   Battalion Area Open/Family Readiness Group Sale

1830 – 2100:  Bar Open

1900 – 2100:   Informal Reception with Active Duty Troops, Riverview Inn (Ballroom)

                         Hospitality Room Open Always

Thursday May 17, 2018

Breakfast at the Riverview Inn

1030 – 1130:   49th Commemorative of Dong Ap Bia, Rakkasan Pylon Ceremony,

Pratt Museum.  (Fort Campbell).

1200 – 1300:   Lunch at the Rakkasan BDE Dining Facility accompanied by Active Duty

                         Rakkasans.  Cost is about $5.45

1400 – 1500:   Hamburger Hill Chapter Meeting (Hotel)

1830 – 2100:   Bar Open

1900 – 2100:   Hamburger Hill Memorial Dinner

                        Hospitality Room Open Always

Friday May 18, 2018

Breakfast at the Riverview Inn

Depart

No formal Activities planned during the afternoon and evening

REUNION COSTS:  $135 Per Person (The cost includes: Chapter Dues, Reception, Commemorative Dinner, Chapter Luncheon Thursday, and meeting and room fees).  Funds are NOT included this year for the purchase of refreshments for the upstairs hospitality room.  Please earmark any donations for its operation to Bob Harkins.  Additionally, Mike Smith will be collecting contributions for the enlisted soldier to attend the reception and dinner.  Need your help please!!!!. 

It is very important to all of us that each and every vet of “The Hill”, be present at the reunion.  We want to see you.  If there are financial constraints that may prohibit your attendance, let me know and we will try to arrange assistance.  Please let us help. 

PLEASE LET US KNOW YOUR NUMBER OF RESERVATIONS AND FORWARD PAYMENT TO Mike Smith, OUR TREASURER, AT THE BELOW LISTED ADDRESS, checks payable to:

Weldon F. Honeycutt /Hamburger Hill Chapter   

Mike Smith

Treasurer, Weldon F. Honeycutt /Hamburger Hill Chapter

630 Waverly Avenue

Washington Court House, Ohio 43160

DRESS:  Dress is always casual for all events except the Memorial Dinner.  The active duty group will be in Dress Blues and it would be nice if we were in business attire (Coat and Tie).  Not mandatory, but just because of the type of occasion.

PRIORITY REQUEST: This is the 49th Anniversary!  Please contact everyone you know!  Beat the bushes, there are a lot of our former buddies who still don’t know we exist or that we do this every year!  If you know anyone who served alongside us, Artillery, Aviation, let them know they are welcome.  Our contact list is dwindling due to people moving or not informing us of an e-mail change.  If you are not getting emails from me please send me an email at bharkins6@utexas.edu   We need all the help we can get to have a large turnout! 

 REMINDER / IMPORTANT: TO BE A VOTING MEMBER OF THE CHAPTER YOU MUST BE CURRENT IN YOUR CHAPTER DUES AND A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION.  CHAPTER DUES ARE $10 PER YEAR, PLEASE INCLUDE WITH YOUR RESERVATION.  ALSO, IF YOU ARE NOT A LIFETIME MEMBER, MAKE SURE YOUR DUES ARE CURRENT WITH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION!  THEY ARE $25 PER YEAR AND SHOULD BE SENT TO:  GARY DAVIS WITH THE NATIONAL CHAPTER (WEB SITE: http:rakkasan.net).  MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE CHAPTER AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AT THE WELCOME TABLE WHEN YOU ARRIVE.

BOARD MEMBERSHIP:   Below is the current makeup of our Board. 

President: *Bob Harkins  bharkins6@utexas.edu

Vice President: Tom Martin tommartin9385@yahoo.com

Treasurer: *Mike Smith michael_smith672@yahoo.com

Secretary: Margie Vander Luitgaren rakshimbun@wk.net

Non-Officer Director #1: Wayne Olson wayne.olson187th@yahoo.com

Non-Officer Director #2: *John Dewyse jpdewyse@sbcglobal.net

*This year the office of President (Bob Harkins), Treasurer (Mike Smith), and Non-Officer Director #2 (John Dewyse)  are up for election.   All officers that are up for election have agreed stay on the Board.  If there are others that want to join the Board, please contact me.     Other Activities:

Battalion Event: The Battalion is not deployed from Ft. Campbell this year during our Reunion.  However, supporting our activities is always hard while continuing their training mission.  As indicated above the Battalion will support our Reunion as best they can.  I am certain we all appreciate their effort.  In support of our Reunion, LTC Martin “Jeremy” Bowling, the Battalion Commander (Iron 6), sent me the following message:

Great to hear from you as always.  CSM Houston and I along with all of our Iron Rakkasans absolutely look forward to making this year’s event just as great and hopefully better than the last.  As you may recall from our previous discussion, building a bridge from our current generation of Iron Rakkasans to past generations is one of my top 3 priorities and that will not change. Let’s work together to see who we can secure as the guest speaker.  I’m sure between all those involved, we have several great options and most importantly someone who truly understands the importance of this event to our Iron Veterans and this great Regiment. Also, we will be conducting the inaugural 31.87 mile foot march (part of our Iron Warrior Challenge) at some point that week and we are opening it up to Veterans interested in either walking the course or supporting the course and will close it out that evening with a social at the finish line.

How can we support? 

Who among us will walk? 

Veterans can walk all or part of the 31.87 mile course.  Veterans can hand out water on the route.   Look at the Tuesday schedule.

Wednesday Noon Lady’s Lunch:  This year as last we will have a special lunch for those that do not want to go to the range.   I will need a count of attendees.

Silent Auction: We ask that each attendee bring an item that we can include in a silent auction to help raise some funds for the Chapter.  We are also exploring Shirts, Hats, Coins, and Belt Buckles for sale to the attendees.  The items will be displayed at the Reception, Dinner and the Chapter Luncheon, as needed.  Items can be “re-gifted” items that you have received that you might not “need”, military items that you have duplicates of, and in case you forget, get over to Wal-Mart and get a gift certificate. 

Diet Restrictions:

If any attendees to the Reunion have dietary considerations, please indicate on your registration sent to Mike.  We will need a final count a week prior to the event for any gluten free guests or other diet restrictions.  We will do our best to see that and they receive a special pre-plated meal for the dinner.

Shirts/ Hats/ Belt Buckles:  Contact Mike Smith by email at michael_smith672@yahoo.com

if you are interested in purchasing a Tee Shirt for this year’s reunion.   We will also have hats, belt buckles, and coins available for purchase.

WEB SITE:  We have established a web site for all of the members to share their pictures and experiences of the “Hill” and the reunions that we have had.  Please go to (http://hamburgerhill.org/members)  to gain access.  Make sure to click on “Create an account” first on the members page.  See you there.

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