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THE FIGHTIN’ 311 TOMCATS

 

GEORGE AND JACKIE PHANDER                  JIM AND SUE GALCHICK                              CECIL AND CHRIS CHEEKA

3032 POTSHOP ROAD                                      1290 E. 12TH ST.                                              2207 LILAC ST. S.E.

NORRISTOWN, PA  19403                                 SALEM, OH  44460                                          LACEY, WA         gphander46@comcast.net                                jgalchick@neo.rr.com                                      ccheeka@comcast.net

610-584-5654                                                      330-337-9383                                                    360-352-7227

 

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: http://www.vmfvma311reunion.org

WEBMASTER:FRED TOWNSLEY

805 PRICE AVE, CHANDLER, OK  73834, 405-2580532

EMAIL: oldsargfred@gmail.com

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN:  CHARLES “RALPHIE” REED

14 BRENTWOOD ROAD, KINGSTON, MA  02364 EMAIL: cread1@comcast.net


 

MARCH 2018 EDITION     

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VMF/VMA-311 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

REUNION 22-26 AUGUST 2018



CHATTANOOGA REUNION 2018

HOLIDAY INN AND SUITES

434 CHESTNUT ST.

CHATTANOOGA, TN

RESERVATIONS: 423-777-5858  GROUP CODE: VA311

 

                ALL THE BAGS ARE PACKED AND WE’RE READY TO GO. WE’VE MAILED OUT THE REGISTRATIONS TO THOSE WHO WERE IN PENSACOLA AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE REQUESTED THEM. THIS NEWSLETTER WILL CONTAIN THE SAME INFO AND FRED TOWNSLEY WILL ADD IT TO THE WEB SITE (SEE WEB SITE CHANGE). WE’VE POSTED IN A NUMBER OF PERIODICALS SO WE COULD GET THE WORD OUT AND MAYBE ROUND UP A FEW NEW TOMCATS FOR THE FOLD.

                THIS WILL MAKE 22 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN AT THE HELM AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE YOUNGER MARINES FROM 311 WHO MIGHT BE WILLING TO TAKE OVER THIS LEADERSHIP. IT’S BEEN A GREAT RUN AND WE ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO STEP DOWN AND MAKE WAY FOR SOME FRESH IDEAS. WE HAVE RUN THE GROUP A CERTAIN WAY BUT, WHOEVER WOULD TAKE OVER COULD MAKE IT THEIR OWN AND CHANGE THE FORMAT.

                WHEN WE TOOK OVER WE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HOW TO RUN A REUNION. THE INTERNET WAS GETTING BIG AT THE TIME AND IT WAS EASIER TO TRACK DOWN MARINES FROM 311 THAT SERVED FOR THE LAST 70 YEARS. WE WERE GIVEN A SHORT ROSTER OF WWII ERA, KOREAN WAR ERA AND A SMATTERING OF VIETNAM ERA MARINES. FROM THAT WE CONTACTED THOSE WHO WE KNEW AND THEY IN TURN CONTACTED SOMEONE THEY KNEW AND IT SNOWBALLED FROM THERE. WE ADDED THE WEB SITE AND NEWSLETTER. IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO LET THE MULTITUDES KNOW IT’S THERE. WE MANAGED TO PUSH THE ROSTER UP TO ABOUT 400 AT ONE TIME. IT’S NOW JUST OVER 325 AND SHRINKING. REASON IS OBVIOUS…WE’RE GETTING OLD! TO STIMULATE THE ROSTER OUR MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE HAS BE WORKING THROUGH “TOGETHER WE SERVED” AND OTHER PLACES TO ROUND UP SOME FRESH BLOOD AND GET THEM INVOLVED. IT’S A PROCESS IN ITSELF.

                WE WOULD BE REMISS IF WE FAILED TO MENTION ALL THE GREAT HELP WE HAVE HAD OVER THE YEARS. PLANNING IS ONE THING, PULLING THINGS OFF IS ANOTHER. TO THE MARINES AND WIVES WHO CONTRIBUTE SO MUCH WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. THROUGH THEM OUR GROUP CONTINUES TO PROSPER AND REMAIN INTACT.

                A LITTLE ABOUT THE BUS TOURS. SWEET MAGNOLIA TOURS CHARGES BY THE HEAD AND CAPACITY. THE PRICE QUOTED IN THE REGISTRATION IS BASED ON CAPACITY 36-54 PASSENGERS. LESS THAN 36 THE PRICE GOES UP $13.00 AND MORE THAN 54 THE PRICE GOES UP $10.00. WE SEEM TO BE ABLE TO FILL UP ONE BUS FOR SURE. IF NEEDED AND WE GO OVER ONE BUS LOAD WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COLLECT SOME EXTRA MONEY REUNION TIME. IS WHAT IT IS.

2.             WE SCHEDULED THE REUNION A LITTLE EARLIER THAN WE NORMALLY DO. WEATHER SHOULD BE GREAT BARRING FLOODS, HURRICANES AND FREAK SNOW STORMS. THIS REUNION IS A COUPLE WEEKS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS IN A LOT OF PLACES AND IT MAY GIVE THE YOUNGER MARINES WITH FAMILIES A CHANCE TO VACATION IN CHATTANOOGA. WE TRY TO BE AS FAMILY ORIENTED AS POSSIBLE AND AS ALWAYS WE INVITE WIDOWS AND FAMILIES OF THOSE 311 ALUMNI WHO HAVE PASSED. THOSE MARINES IN THE AREA WHO WILL NOT BE ATTENDING ANY OF THE FUNCTIONS AND WILL BE IN THE AREA WE INVITE YOU TO STOP IN AND SAY HELLO. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD I THINK WE HAVE HAD VETERANS FROM ALL THE OTHER BRANCHES THAT HAVE ATTENDED OUR REUNIONS ONE TIME OR ANOTHER AND THEY ARE MORE THAN WELCOME.

                OUR AUCTIONS HAVE BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS AND HAVE BEEN THE MAJOR SOURCE OF OUR INCOME NEEDED TO KEEP US AFLOAT. NOT ONLY THAT, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEND SOME SUPPORT TO THE VMA-311 FAMILY ASSISTANCE GROUP OUT IN YUMA. WE HAD MADE SOME OTHER DONATIONS EARLY ON BUT IT SEEMED AS THOUGH VMA-311 IS OUR ALMA MATER WE WOULD DO WHAT WE CAN TO SUPPORT THE SQUADRON. BRING SOMETHING TO THE AUCTION AND TAKE SOMETHING HOME WITH YOU.

                WE LUMPED TOGETHER THE HOSPITALITY ROOM FOOD, BANQUET FOOD AND AUCTION FOOD INTO ONE PRICE. A $45.00 BUFFET WOULD SEEM A MIGHT PRICEY AND WE NEEDED TO CLARIFY THAT. THERE WILL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO EAT FOR EVERYONE.

                WITH THAT, WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE REUNION WITH US AS WE HAVE ENDEAVORED TO MAKE THE EVENT AS PLEASURABLE WITH LEAST AMOUNT OF EXPENSE. SEE YOU IN CHATTANOOGA!!

 

TAPS

CALDAS, JOHN                                                                                  LOUISIANA 2014, PILOT, VIETNAM

 

DOUGHERTY, DON                                                                            WHITEHALL, PA, 2017, VMF-311 1952-53, K-3,                                                                                                                HYDRAULICS

 

KING, JACK                                                                                         ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2017, 1951, KOREA, PILOT

 

KUROCIK, MILT                                                                                   VIETNAM

 

URBAN, KEN                                                                                       E. DURHAM, NY, 2017, VIETNAM

 

NAMES WILL BE READ AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE IN CHATTANOOGA.

 


LOST IN THE MAIL

 

ANTON, ROBERT                                               MUNDALIEN, IL

FAVELA, AL                                                           SAN DIEGO, CA

KYLER, CHRIS                                                    MERIDIAN, MS

TRANT, MIKE                                                        DALLAS, TX

SAVAGE, MILLARD                                              WAUWATOSA, WI

 


NEW ALUMNI

 

DAVIS, LARRY                                                    PO BOX 2375, BLAIRSVILLE, GA 30514

                                                                                ldavis5547@yahoo.com

                                                                                1966 CHU LAI, SEAT SHOP

 

ROEDER, SCOTT                                               822 WOOD CREEK DR., HUBERT, SC  28539

                                                                                252-902-8812, scottandbarbararoeder@vol.com

                                                                                1978-79, IWAKUNI, FLIGHT EQUIPMENT

 


ADDRESS CHANGES

 

 BUZZ ANGELI                                                    4625 PONSEROSA TRAIL, ROXBOROUGH, CO  80125

 

LOU CORNISH                                                   4203 ROSEDALE ST., NW, UNIT 27B, GIG HARBOR, WA 98335-0007

 

THOMAS DOUGHERTY                                    2020 MAYWOOD ST., EASTON, PA  18045

 

KEN MENCH                                                     710 DAVID LANE, COLLINSVILLE, TX  76233

 

GREG STEVENSON                                         1104 VENTURA HILLS ST., LAS VEGAS, NV  89144


AIME YOCCA                                                      14442 MAGNOLIA RIDGE LOOP, WINTER GARDEN, FL  34787

 

MARTY WINSTON                                            3675 N. COUNTRY CLUB DR., APT 409, AVENTURA, FL  33180



ADDRESS AND EMAIL CHANGES

 

PAUL BRAUCKMAN                                        paulbrauckman2@gmail.com  805-300-2768

 

RICHARD ELKINS                                              richardelkins2012@gmail.com

 

LONNIE CALLAZO                                            av8ts@yahoo.com

 

TOM JOHNSON                                                  scjohnson1938@gmail.com

 

JOHN KEENAN                                                   jpkeenan@verizon.net

 

DICK LEBER                                                         503-539-6876

 

GREG STEVENSON                                             Gastvnsn@aol.com  707-888-1431

 

KEN MENTCH                                                     GPK2017@yahoo.com

 

MARTY WINSTON                                            martinwinston@bellsouth.net

 

EMAILS AND SCOOP FROM THE TROOPS

 

JACK PAGE (70-71) GADSDEN, AL:  “THE PICTURE POSTED IN THE NEWSLETTER TOOK PLACE AT DA NANG AB. I DON’T RECOGNIZE THE PILOTS BUT I DO REMEMBER THE OCCASION. THE SQUADRON HAD JUST SET THE RECORD FOR THE MOST FIXED WING SORTIES OF ANY SQUADRON IN THE RVN. THAT INCLUDES ALL BRANCHES. IT WAS ALSO THE DAY I RECEIVED MY STATE FLAG FROM GOV. GEORGE WALLACE.”

 

JOHN KENAN (67-68) MUCKWONAGO, WI: “I SAW IN THE DECEMBER ISSUE THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR CONFIRMATION ON KIM SUTTON. HE DID SERVE WITH US IN CHU LAI IN AVIONICS DURING THE 67-68 TIME FRAME. I DON’T KNOW THE EXACT DATES BUT I RECALL HIM AS A VERY GOOD TECH AND A GOOD MARINE.”  (EDITORS NOTE: WHEN I COPIED THE LETTER FROM KIM’S WIFE I FAILED TO GET THE EMAIL ADDRESS TO REPLY. ALL THAT COME UP WAS A NAME. I GOOGLED KIM SUTTON AND COME UP WITH NOT MUCH OF ANYTHING. MAYBE SHE WILL GO BACK TO THIS WEB SITE AND CHECK IN.)

 

BOB URBAN, EAST DURHAM, NY:  “ I AM THE BROTHER OF KEN URBAN WHO PASSED AWAY THIS WEEK (15 DEC 2017). SOMETHING YOU MIGHT FIND INTERESTING. I WAS IN THE U.M.C.J OUTFITS FOR FOUR YEARS. WE TOOK PHOTOS AND MARKED RADAR AND SAM SITES AT NIGHT (64-65). THEY LET US GET OUT OF DA NANG BECAUSE WE TOOK OUT THE MAGNETIC MINES IN HAIPHONG HARBOR. THEY DID THIS WITH LONG S/S CABLES DRAGING METAL CULVERT PIPES IN THE HARBOR TO BLOW UP THE MINES. SEAL TEAMS PUT MINES IN THE HARBOR AND THEY HAD TO OFF LOAD SUPPLIES OUTSIDE THE HARBOR ON WOODEN BOATS TO BRING IN. A GUY IN MY OUTFIT WAS INVOLVED IN DOING THIS.”

 

VMF/VMA/VMFA-211 WILL HOLD THEIR REUNION APRIL 11-14 IN TUCSON, ARIZONA. WE GOT SOME 211 GUYS ON THE ROSTER WHO MIGHT WANT TO GO TO THAT. PHONE BRUCE HARTON 810-588-6303 IF YOU WANT MORE INFO ON THAT. ALSO NOTED IN THEIR LAST NEWSLETTER THE 211 HAS BEEN GIVEN THE DESIGNATION AS “MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK” VMFA-211.

 

IRENE DUHEME, COLUMBIA, SC:  “PLEASE ACCEPT THE ENCLOSED CHECK IN MEMORY OF DONALD DOUGHERTY, A MEMBER OF YOUR ORGANIZATION, WHO DIED ON 15 DECEMBER 2017. DONATIONS WERE MADE BY MR. AND MRS. SHELL, MS. IRENE DUHEME, MS. DENISE TOWNSEL, MR. AND MRS. PLACID DUHEME, MR. AND MRS. CURTIS DUHEME AND MR. AND MRS. THOMAS KAHALY. THANK YOU.”  (EDITORS NOTE: TOM AND MARGE DOUGHERTY AND FAMILY WERE ALL REGULARS AT OUR REUNIONS. WE WILL MISS HIM. HE WAS A GOOD MARINE AND FOR MY PART, MY FRIEND.)

 

DONATIONS

GREG STEVENSON (78-79), LAS VEGAS, NV;  JIM KOTMEL (67-68) MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH; AND GEORGE SCHRIENER (52-53) ROSCOE, IL. THANKS MARINES FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

 

 

FLIGHT LINE CREW CIRCA 1967-68. SOME OF THE CREW DOWN FRONT MIKE FIELDS, RAY LUNA, WILLY WILSON, JACK BROWN, PETE GAUGHENBAUGH, HAL MICHAELS(?), INJUN COLBY(?) STEPNOWSKI(?) IN OKINAWA.

 

WRAPPING THINGS UP

 

                 THERE WILL BE ONE MORE NEWSLETTER OUT BEFORE THE REUNION AND WE CAN CLARIFY ANY PROBLEMS OR TIE UP ANY LOOSE ENDS. REMEMBER TO MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS WHEN YOU SEND ME YOUR REUNION REGISTRATION. I WILL BE CROSS CHECKING EACH MONTH TO SEE IF WE HAVE THE SAME PEOPLE ACCOUNTED.  AS IN THE PAST WE HAVE HELD A MEMORIAL SERVICE BEFORE THE BANQUET IN HONOR OF THE 311 MARINES THAT HAVE PASSED. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO WE HAVEN’T MENTIONED IN THE NEWSLETTERS GET THEM TO US BEFORE THE BANQUET SO WE CAN READ THEIR NAME.

 

FOR THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

JIM GALCHICK

 

 

DATELINE: DA NANG OCTOBER 1969;  ALTHOUGH THE COMBAT REQUIREMENTS KEPT THE TOMCAT WORKING LONG HOURS TO KEEP THE SKYHAWKS READY, THE MEN CONTINUED TO SUPPORT THE CIVIC ACTION PROGRAM. THEY PRESENTED A CHECK FOR $1200.00 COLLECTED FROM THE UNIT TO THE VIETNAMESE CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO ASSIST NEEDY CHILDREN IN RECEIVING AN EDUCATION.

 

DATELINE: DA NANG APRIL 1970: ON 11 APRIL WHILE ATTACKING AN ENEMY BASE ABOUT 10 MILES WEST OF DA NANG, 1ST LT JAN H. NELSON WAS KILLED. HIS AIRCRAFT WAS SEEN DIVING ON A TARGET, BUT INSTEAD OF PULLING UP, THE JET CONTINUED DOWN BEHIND A RIDGE-LINE. A MOMENT LATER, A LARGE FIREBALL APPEARED MARKING THE JETS POINT OF IMPACT.

 

TOMCAT AIR…ON TIME…ON TARGET

 

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REGISTRATION

VMF/VMA-311 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

REUNION 22-26 AUGUST 2018


HOLIDAY INN AND SUITES DOWNTOWN CHATTANOOGA, TN

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: 423-777-5858 CODE: VM311


REGISTRATION SIGN UP FEE:    $10.00 X _____ TOTAL_____


CHATTANOOGA CITY TOUR TO INCLUDE CITY TOUR, LUNCH AND CRUISE ON THE SOUTHERN BELLE RIVERBOAT, CHARLES H. COOLIDGE MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM AND CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL CEMETERY. $71.00 X _____ TOTAL_____


CHATTANOOGA AND CIVIL WAR TO INCLUDE INCLINE RAILWAY, BATTLES OF CHATTANOOGA, POINT PARK AND LUNCH AT ROCK CITY. $87.00 X _____ TOTAL _____


BANQUET SELECTION (all selections $45.00):

BEEF                  X _____ TOTAL _____

CHICKEN            X _____ TOTAL _____

FISH                    X _____ TOTAL _____

*VEG                   X _____ TOTAL _____


TOTAL CHECK: _______


MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: VMF/VMA-311 REUNION ASSOCIATION

DEADLINE FOR TOURS AND BANQUET IS 1 AUGUST 2018.


MAIL TO: JIM GALCHICK

1290 E. 12TH ST.

SALEM, OHIO 44460


ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL FEEL FREE TO CALL AT 330-337-9383 OR EMAIL AT: jgalchick@neo.rr.com


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VMF/VMA-311 REUNION 2018

22-26 AUGUST 2018

HOLIDAY INN AND SUITES


TOUR 23 AUGUST 2018:

SWEET MAGNOLIA TOUR BUS PICKS UP AT THE HOTEL AT 0900 WITH STEP-ON GUIDE. TOUR THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA TO INCLUDE CHARLES H. COOLIDGE MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM, CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL CEMETERY AND CRUISE LUNCH ON THE SOUTHERN BELLE RIVERBOAT. BUS RETURNS TO HOTEL AT APPROXIMATELY 1500. COST PER PERSON IS $71.00 PER PERSON. GRATUITY FOR STEP-ON GUIDE NOT INCLUDED.


TOUR 24 AUGUST 2018:

SWEET MAGNOLIA TOURS WILL PICK UP AT THE HOTEL AT 0900 WITH STEP ON GUIDE. PROCEED TO INCLINE RAILWAY FOR A LIFT UP THE MOUNTAIN, BATTLES FOR CHATTANOOGA, POINT PARK WITH PARK RANGER GUIDE, PROCEED TO ROCK CITY FOR LUNCH. BUS RETURNS TO HOTEL AT APPROXIMATELY 1500.


AUCTION NIGHT 24 AUGUST 2018:

OUR FUNDRAISER AUCTION WILL START AT APPROXIMATELY 1900. ABOUT HALF WAY THROUGH WE’LL TAKE A BREAK AND HAVE A BITE TO EAT. THE RECEPTION WILL INCLUDE:

HONEY BAR-B-QUE CHICKEN WINGS WITH CELERY, RANCH AND BLUE CHEESE DIPPING SAUCES

LAYERED TEX-MEX DIP (RICE, MEAT, BEANS, MEXICORN, LETTUCE, JALAPENOS. OLIVES, SOUR CREAM, SERVED WITH SALSA AND CHIPS) CHARCUTERIE OF CHEESE, SAUSAGES, HAM, SALAMI, ETC., OLIVES, PEPPERS, MUSTARD, CRACKERS AND FLATBREAD,  ASSORTED FRESH SEASONAL FRUIT


BUSINESS MEETING 0900 SATURDAY IN HOSPITALITY ROOM


BUFFET BANQUET SATURDAY NIGHT 25 AUGUST 2018:

WE’LL KICK OFF THE BANQUET AT 1800 AND START EATING AT THE COMPLETION OF OUR MEMORIAL SERVICE.


INCLUDED IN THE BUFFET AS FOLLOWS:


OVEN BAKED CHICKEN


SMASHED RED SKIN POTATOES


BEEF STOGANOFF WITH EGG NOODLES


PEACH BOUBON GLAZED SALMON


SEASONED RICE


FRESH STEAMED GREEN BEANS


FRESH STEAMED VEGETABLES (BROCOLLI, CARROTS, CAULIFLOWER)


ROLLS AND BUTTER


TEA, LEMONADE, WATER


CARROT CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING


CHOCOLATE CAKE


GIVEN THE AGE OF OUR GROUP WE TRIED TO LINE UP THE TOURS WITH MINIMAL AMOUNT OF WALKING. SHOULD YOU NEED A WHEELCHAIR CONTACT US SO WE CAN ARRANGE FOR YOU TO HAVE ONE. THE INCLINE STOPS A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE PARK MUSEUM. THE BUS WILL BE AT THE TOP OF THE INCLINE TO TAKE ANYONE FROM THE INCLINE TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN THAT MAY HAVE SOME AMBULATORY PROBLEMS.


IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS LET US KNOW. SELECT FROM THE BANQUET BUFFET YOUR CHOICE OF THE THREE MEAT ENTREES SO WE CAN TELL THE CATERER HOW MUCH OF EACH HE HAS TO PREPARE. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF SECONDS FOR THE HEARTY EATERS.


AUCTION NIGHT- BRING SOMETHING, BUY SOMETHING AND HAVE A GREAT TIME.


SEMPER FIDELIS