VMO-6 12-15 Oct 2021 Reunion Update # 1


As previously mentioned, our next squadron reunion is scheduled for 12-15 October 2021 (Tuesday afternoon thru Friday morning). It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, Dumfries, VA three miles north of the Marine Corps National Museum and on the west side of I-95. This is the same hotel we reserved for the 2012 VMO-6 Memorial Dedication and the 2017 Memorial Day event. 


The hotel has a large meeting room and has been reserved for our "hootch." Rooms have been blocked at a special daily rate of $89.95 for the reunion and reservations can be made by clicking on Holiday Inn Express VMO-6. The room rates are good for three days prior and three days after the reunion dates. If you are planning or considering attending, please reserve a blocked hotel room. No cost cancellations can be made by 9 October.  

Reunion Plans:
- Meet and Greet with beverages and finger food in the hootch first night (Tuesday)
- Tour the National Museum of the Marine Corps (new wing and exhibits were recently opened) 
- Wreath laying at the VMO-6 Memorial (in remembrance of the 66 squadron members fallen in combat operations)
- Tour Semper Fidelis Memorial Park (many new memorials since 2012)
- Briefing at HMX-1 and tour of MV-22 Tiltrotor (Osprey) (approved but based on not interfering with mission requirements)
- Trip to and tour of National Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA (tentative)
- Two squadrons dinners (Wednesday & Thursday)

A sign up sheet with costs of the planned activities will be sent in a forthcoming reunion update.

Squadron Trivia. Two trivia questions were In the December 2020 email on saving the date for our next reunion. Following is a repeat of the questions with answers.

1. What is the date of VMO-6's first activation? On 1 December 1920, Flight 3d Air Squadron was established at Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA. After a couple of redesignations in the early 1920s, the squadron was renamed Division 1, Observation Squadron 6 on 1 July 1927.

2. How many and what are the names of general officers (GOs) who were members of the squadron during their career?  
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o LtGen Norman E. Ehlert (flew H-1s in '65-66)
o LtGen Willam R. Maloney (CO, 23 Jul '67 - 26 Mar '67)
o LtGen William J. White (CO, 17 Sep '67 - 24 Mar '68, also VMO-6 pilot as a Captain in Korea)
o MajGen Victor A. Armstrong (XO in Korea, http://www.epnaao.com/BIOS_files/DECEASED/Armstrong-%20Victor%20A.pdf)
o BGen John C. Arick (flew H-1s in '66-'67)
o BGen Coleman D. Kuhn, Jr. (flew H-1s in '69-'70)
o BGen Lloyd W. Smith (AMO, flew H-1 s in '67)
o BGen Jerry E, Ward, USMCR (flew H-1s in '69-'70)
[If a GO is missing from the list, please let me know. Only Generals Airck and Kuhn are still living.]
Additional information on the reunion will be provided in the next update. Please make plans to attend and reserve a hotel room.  

Semper Fi,

Ed Kufeldt
ed@kufeldt.com
(703) 250-1514

From: Lance Reinke 
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2021 3:25 PM
To: lsreinke@hotmail.com
Subject: VMO-6 Reunion Update # 1


Attached is a pic of the certificate as it now stands. If you have any suggestions for improvement, email me. BGen John Arick has agreed to sign the certificates. We hope to present them at the VMO-6 reunion in October 2021 in Washington, DC.  
Semper Fi , Best wishes, and Merry Christmas, Bobby Thatcher

UPDATED 14 Jun 2021 11:55
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UPDATE 15 MARCH 20​21

On 1 January 1977, VMO-6 was deactivated. The date is 44 years since anyone was assigned to the squadron and the number of living members is rapidly declining. Perhaps this reunion may be the last time that a good number of us will gather together to share stories and enjoy comradery. Since some surviving spouses and relatives of KIA members would like to attend this reunion, I am extending an invitation to them to join us.  

As previously mentioned, the reunion is scheduled for 12-15 October 2021 (Tuesday afternoon thru Friday morning). It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, Dumfries, VA three miles north of the Marine Corps National Museum and on the west side of I-95. The hotel has a large meeting room and will be our designated "hootch." for our gathering place. Rooms have been blocked at a special daily rate of $89.95 for the reunion and reservations can be made by clicking on Holiday Inn Express VMO-6. The room rates are good for three days prior and three days after the reunion dates. No cost cancellations can be made by 9 October.

In addition to the reunion plans as previously outlined and shown below, we plan to recognize the bravery and support of the crew chiefs and door gunners during combat operations. Bobby Thatcher is leading this effort and designed the below draft certificate to be presented to individuals by a general officer at the dinner on Thursday, 14 October. To ensure all are recognized who qualify for the certificate, Bobby is requesting self and fellow member nominations from crew chiefs and gunners. Additionally, anyone can submit a nomination and request a certificate for a member not attending the reunion and for a deceased member. If interested in receiving a certificate, requests should be made to Bobby at bobby@thatchers.org, phone number 559-674-0710. 

Reunion Plans
Meet and Greet with beverages and finger food in the hootch first night (Tuesday)
Tour The National Museum of the Marine Corps 
Wreath laying at the VMO-6 Memorial in remembrance of the 66 squadron members fallen in combat operations
Tour Semper Fidelis Memorial Park (https://www.marineheritage.org/semperfidelismemorialpark.html)
Briefing at HMX-1 and tour of MV-22 Tiltrotor (Osprey). (Status: approved but based on not interfering with mission requirements)
Trip to and tour of National Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA (tentative)
Two squadrons dinners (Wednesday & Thursday)
Your Follow-up Actions
Make plans to attend reunion
Make hotel reservation
Submit request as appropriate to Bobby Thatcher for crew chief/gunner certificate
Celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29th in accordance with Public Law 115-45 enacted in 2017.

Forthcoming updates will include names of planned reunion attendees, names submitted for certificate, and activities sign-up sheet with costs.  

Semper Fi,

Ed Kufeldt
ed@kufeldt.com
(703) 250-1514

VMO-6 Reunion Update #3 (A)  May 9, 2021

Squadron Members, Family, & Friends,

We are approaching five months before gathering at the next reunion scheduled for 12-15 October 2021. Based on emails and phone calls, there is excellent interest in attending the event but currently only 16 hotel rooms have been reserved as of May 1st. Although not counting those who said they will be attending, the following made hotel reservations as of May 1st. Most squadron members will be accompanied by a spouse, relative, or friend.

BGen John Arick
Rick Ault
John Boden
Dave Bushlow
Rod Croft
Art Friend
Jerry Garner
Pete Greene
Chip Jones
Ed Kufeldt
Bill Mohilla
Dave Schoenherr
Bobby Thatcher
KD Waters
Steve Wilson


Not listed but with a hotel reservation is Stuart Beeney. He and others from the UK are members of the "Bird 18 Project" and they have been invited and will be attending. Information on the project has been previously disseminated but if you are unfamiliar with it, checkout the website www.MAG36-UK.org. John Boden visited them in 2019 and has high praise for their accomplishments, craftsmanship and actions honoring VMO-6. 

Again, the reunion is scheduled for 12-15 October 2021 (Tuesday afternoon thru Friday morning). It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, Dumfries, VA three miles north of the Marine Corps National Museum and on the west side of I-95. The hotel has a large meeting room and will be our designated "hootch." for our gathering place. Forty rooms have been blocked at a special daily rate of $89.95 for the reunion and reservations can be made by clicking on Holiday Inn Express VMO-6. The room rates are good for three days prior and three days after the reunion dates. No cost cancellations can be made by 9 October. The sooner you make a reservation, the better the plans to accommodate all attendees.

Reunion Updated Plans

  - Tuesday
     - Arrive hotel, 3901 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025, phone # (703) 441-9001 
     - Meet and Greet in Hootch, beginning 1600 hours for beverages, snacks, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and other items
  - Wednesday
     - Meet at Semper Fidelis Memorial Park Chapel, 18900 Jefferson Davis HWY, Triangle, VA 22172  (https://www.marineheritage.org/semperfidelismemorialpark.html)
     - Proceed with bagpiper to VMO-6 Memorial
     - Lay wreath at the VMO-6 Memorial in remembrance of the 66 squadron members fallen in combat operations 
     - Guided tour of Semper Fidelis Memorial Park (https://www.marineheritage.org/semperfidelismemorialpark.html) 
     - Docent tour of The National Museum of the Marine Corps  (https://www.usmcmuseum.com/)
     - Mid afternoon board chartered bus to HMX-1
     - HMX-1 briefing and tour of MV-22 Tiltrotor (Osprey)  (https://www.hqmc.marines.mil/hmx-1/About/)
     - Board bus return to museum
     - Dinner at Italian Restaurant (1 mile from hotel)
  - Thursday 
     - 0900 Board chartered bus to (45 minute ride) and tour of National Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA (https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center)
     - 1400 Board chartered bus return to hotel
     - Dinner & honoring crew chiefs and gunners, location TBD
  - Friday -- On your own; depart

As mentioned previously, Bobby Thatcher is leading the effort to recognize the bravery and support of the crew chiefs and door gunners during combat operations.  He has accumulated a large listing of qualifying squadron members and in a soon to be released email they will be listed along with additional information.  Anyone can submit a nomination and request a certificate whether attending or not attending the reunion and for a deceased member. If interested in supporting the project, requests should be made to Bobby at bobby@thatchers.org, phone number 559-674-0710. For those attending the reunion, they will be honored at the Thursday squadron dinner. 

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If you received this email, you, your family and friends are invited to attend the reunion. If you haven't committed, please consider coming. Since numbers of squadron members are decreasing, this may be our last large gathering. Also, call your squadron friends and those interested in the squadron and come as a group. We have a good database of squadron members, but yet we don't have all of them and you may be surprised that some of your friends did not receive the notification of the reunion. Please don't hesitate to forward this information to them.

Semper Fi,

Ed Kufeldt
ed@kufeldt.com
(703) 250-1514



UPDATE #4   JUNE 13, 2021 

Squadron Members, Family, & Friends,

This is the June update for the upcoming reunion scheduled for 12-15 October 2021. Included in this update are additional details and information for submitting a sign-up form and a check for food and services. First, I am pleased to report that as of June 10th, 35 hotel rooms have been reserved which has doubled since the last update. By my count, over 60 people currently plan to attend and I'm hoping to meet my goal of 75 or more in the next few months.  

The following have reserved a room or indicated they will be staying with another person or commuting from their home: 
Ed Alexander
BGen John Arick
Rick Ault
Stuart Beeney (from UK and Bird 18 Project)
John Boden
Gary Bright
Dave Bushlow
Rod Croft
Art Friend
Richard Ethier
Jerry Garner 
Gerardo Gonzalez (relative of Cpl Rodolfo Gonzalez, KIA 14 Nov 1966)
Pete Greene
Patricia Izzi (friend of Richard Ethier)
Chip Jones
Jim King
Ed Kufeldt
Whitey Meydag
Bill Mohilla
Mike Pearson
Barney Ross
Richard Sasnett 
Dave Schoenherr
Lou Sessinger
Ashby Shoop
Steve Sipes
Garrison Southard (Korea VMO-6)
Bobby Thatcher
Red Trivette
Dave Tunmire
Joe Turner
Pamela Unger, LtCol USMC (Pete Greene's daughter)
KD Waters
Steve Wilson

Again, the reunion is scheduled for 12-15 October 2021 (Tuesday afternoon thru Friday morning). It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, Dumfries, VA three miles north of the Marine Corps National Museum and on the west side of I-95. The hotel has a large meeting room and will be our designated "hootch" for our gathering place. Forty-five rooms have been blocked at a special daily rate of $89.95 for the reunion and reservations can be made by clicking on Holiday Inn Express VMO-6. The room rates are good for three days prior and three days after the reunion dates. No cost cancellations can be made by 9 October. The sooner you make a reservation, the better the plans to accommodate all attendees.

Reunion Plans
TUESDAY:  Arrive Holiday Inn Express, 3901 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025, phone # (703) 441-9001 
1600 to 2200:  Meet and Greet in Hootch (ground floor), and enjoy beverages, snacks, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and other food items.

WEDNESDAY:  Hotel complimentary breakfast or Cracker Barrel 1/4 mile at own expense.
0830: Travel on your own to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis HWY, Triangle, VA 22172  (https://www.marineheritage.org/semperfidelismemorialpark.html)  
0900: Meet in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park Chapel
Proceed with bagpiper to VMO-6 Memorial
Lay wreath at the VMO-6 Memorial in remembrance of the 66 squadron members fallen in combat operations 
Taps played by bugler
Marine Corps Hymn played by bagpiper
0930: Tour Semper Fidelis Memorial Park 
(https://www.marineheritage.org/semperfidelismemorialpark.html) 
1030: Docent tour of The National Museum of the Marine Corps  (https://www.usmcmuseum.com/)
Lunch on your own in Tun Tavern or Mess Hall, museum 2nd floor
1530: Board chartered bus in front of museum to HMX-1
1600: HMX-1 briefing and tour of MV-22 Tiltrotor (Osprey)  (https://www.hqmc.marines.mil/hmx-1/About/)
1730: Board bus return to museum
1830: Meet at Giorgio's Family (Greek) Restaurant wine & beer wine bar (1 mile from hotel) (https://giorgiosfamilyrestaurant.com/)
1900: Buffet dinner
Hootch open till 2300.

THURSDAY:  Hotel complimentary breakfast or Cracker Barrel 1/4 mile at own expense.
0900: Board chartered bus in front of hotel to (45 minute ride) and tour of National Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA (https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center)
1400: Board chartered bus return to hotel
1500-1700: Hootch beverages with reunion attendees
TBD Dinner & honoring crew chiefs and gunners (currently examining three proposals)

FRIDAY: 
Hotel complimentary breakfast or Cracker Barrel 1/4 mile at own expense.
Depart on your own.

If you are not familiar with our reunions, they operate under the shared cost concept. We do not have membership dues nor a fund to support these gatherings. The attached sign-up sheet outlines some of the costs and the requirement for each reunion participant to pay their fair share. Not mentioned in the signup form is the cost of obtaining a Virginia State three day liquor license, set-up costs for the food served and beverages in the hootch, and other incidental requirements. The assessed cost includes all gratuities for restaurants and chartered bus driver services. Please complete the sign-up sheet and submit per the instructions.

Bobby Thatcher is working diligently on the certificate project to recognize the bravery and support of the crew chiefs and door gunners during combat operations. His initial listing of recipients was depicted in my email of 28 May. In a couple of weeks, an updated listing will be sent that contains input from squadron members. Anyone can still submit a nomination and request a certificate whether attending or not attending the reunion and for a deceased member. If interested in supporting the project, requests should be made to Bobby at bobby@thatchers.org, phone number 559-674-0710. For those attending the reunion, they will be honored at the Thursday squadron dinner.  

If you haven't made plans to attend the reunion, please do so by the 12th of September. During the 30 days prior to the reunion, I have reports and updates to submit such as submission of names of reunion attendees to Marine Corps Base for clearance to travel to HMX-1 and finalization of numbers of people to the bus company. If you have questions or clarification of any information, please don't hesitate to call me or send an email. 

Semper Fidelis,

Ed Kufeldt
ed@kufeldt.com
(703) 250-1514