Whiskey Battery 1/12 Reunion– Dearborn, MI
Chattanooga, TN – 2019
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Attendance: Russ & Joye Hicks,
daughter Leslie & son-in-law Rob Plummer and son Russ. Virgil &
Sandy Boyer, Charlie Biddix and friend Bob Lovin, Dick Stoud,
daughter Melonie Carideo and sister Pat Walker, Ron Cummins, Garry
and Connie Jines, son Jacob & Jacob’s girlfriend Jasmine, Jerry and
Gail Nevils, Dave Ruppell and daughter Christa Riolo, , Robert and
Mary Jones, John and Roseanne Smith, Mike Nuzzolo and son Jonathan,
Reggie Zhuckkahosee and wife Carol, son Reggie and daughter Gina,
Tim Wolf, Keith and Teddie Reichenbach, Steve and Joy Samoheyl,
James Talbert, Hammond Dean, Jr., Dick Huslander, Vince Kurucz and
friend Bertie Volpe, Joe and Debbie Bissonnette, Dale Millard,
Michael and Jan Mead, Ronald and Gail Saunders, Mark Keefe, Jim and
Jane Maines, Benny and Geinine Lyles.
Call to Order:
Virgil Boyer called the meeting to order at 9:15 AM
Charlie Biddix said the opening prayer
Pledge of Allegiance and Marine Corp Hymn:
Dale Millard led the group in reciting the pledge of
Allegiance and followed by playing the Marine Corp Hymn on his
Dick Stroud, this year’s host, welcomed and expressed his
thanks to everyone attending.
Melonie Carideo auctioned off a necklace made by a friend of
hers, Kathy Oconnellbanker, which consisted of an actual button off
a Marine uniform surrounded by beautiful filigree. Kathy is also on
a Facebook Page for her crafts called Military Marketplace. She is a
West Point Cadet mom. She also makes custom made nutcrackers. There
ensued a bidding war between Ron Cummins & Mike Nuzzolo that started
at $35 and finally closed at $210—the necklace finally going to Ron
Dick Huslander reported that the cash balance forward as of
September 13, 2019 was $1501.08.
This year’s expenditures consisted of the cost of our web
domain at $183.24 and a Web Secure service at $64.94 leaving a
new balance of $1,252.90.
Revenue from passing the hat amounted to $1,145.
Debbie Bissonnette spoke regarding the Vettix
website that Connie Jines had brought up last year. She
researched the site and through a close friend verified that it
as legitimate. You need to sign up via the Vettix website. Once
on the website, there will be a link to take you to another
website that will verify that you are a veteran (IDME). You will
need to have a copy of your DD214 and your license
electronically so that you can submit it. If you are considered
a disabled Vet the process is easier. There is a link on the
IDME website that you can use for your verification. Once signed
up, you will receive several daily emails with notifications of
the tickets that are available in your area. Tickets are deeply
discounted or, in some cases, available through a lottery
system—see website for details. If you should decide to sign up,
Debbie’s referral code is 1984800. She will receive points for
each veteran who signs up.
Charlie Biddix told a story about him and
Dick Stroud in Khe Sahn. Note: These are the kinds of stories
that Connie Jines would like to capture and post on our website
and into the book she is creating. It is strongly encouraged
that anyone who wants to relay a story to contact Connie.
At Virgil’s request, everyone present went
around the room introducing themselves, those attending the
reunion with them and gave a brief description of themself.
Mark Keefe gave the background on the bottle
originally purchased by Dick Stroud. It is a bottle of Jack
Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey for the Tontine. Mark told how he
created a box out of Mirror Finish Stainless Steel to house the
bottle in. Mark has been bringing the bottle/box to every
reunion so that it can eventually be given to the "last man
standing" in Whiskey Battery 1/12.
Debbie Bissonnette spoke about the Veterans
Mission Act that was passed in either June or July of this year.
The act is in response to those veterans who have difficulty
getting appointments at their closest VA or satellite office.
Through this act a veterans is allowed to go to an outside
physician and/or pharmacy in order to have their needs met more
promptly. The Mission Act website has links that can be used to
find the nearest physician, pharmacy and Urgent Care Center. You
could also use this website when traveling if you need these
services in an emergency.
Joe Bissonnette spoke regarding the Marine
Corp League which is a national organization. He encouraged all
his fellow Marines to consider joining this worthwhile
Joe and Debbie Bissonnette volunteered to
host the 2020 reunion in Newport, RI. Virgil asked if anyone
else present would like to host the next reunion. It was voted
on by a show of hands and confirmed that next year’s reunion
will be in Newport. Garry Jines also stated that he and Connie
are ready and willing to host another reunion and are looking
for suggestions of which city those present would be interested
in having a reunion held in. He stated that he and Connie would
go to the suggested city and do some onsite research to see if
there would be enough to do. Please think about it and send your
suggestions to them.
James Talbot said that he will be having
t-shirts made up with the names of our departed Whiskey Battery
members who were KIA. Contact James directly if you are
interested in purchasing one of these t-shirts.
Russ Hicks read the list of deceased Whiskey Battery member
names as Virgil Boyer rang the bell toll for each of the
departed. Virgil stated that Ron Cummins had the bell made in
Vietnam. Ron was told it was made using leftover brass and
shells from Vietnam (though this fact has not been verified).
Ron donated the bell to the battery to be used for future
reunions. Russ Hicks stated that he is going to have the bell
engraved with "In Memoriam of the Departed Whiskey Battery
Melonie Carideo reviewed the activities planned for the rest
of the day and info on the cruise that evening. She also stated that
our annual reunion pictures would be taken in the conference room we
were in immediately after the meeting.
Dale Millard gave a closing blessing.
Virgil Boyer adjourned the meeting at 10:40
Host of the Reunion
Host: Dick Stroud and
Ladies of Whiskey 1-12