I-2 Continued a Tradition
with Mini Reunion 24-27 Sep 09
’61 second to none in I-2 continued a tradition, started a decade ago, of
gathering for class-company reunions held during the intervals between the
major milestone events at West Point. The fourth of these events was
conducted at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from September 24 - to - 27, 2009.
These so-called mini reunions provide our classmates in the company a
leisurely opportunity to catch up on events, and recount accomplishments
(possibly even war stories) that have transpired in the interim since the
previous reunion, or in some cases, since 1961. These events have proved to
offer a more relaxed setting to renew acquaintances than the major events on
recent assembly of the usual suspects was masterfully planned and orchestrated
by George and Marianne Henderson. They reside on Virginia’s northern
neck, and selected Myrtle Beach as the site for the I-2 invasion. They locked
up discounted reservations at a lovely beachfront resort, planned three
wonderful dinners, offered golf and tennis opportunities, and set up a very
interesting boat ride. Above all, some of the distinguished senior citizens
who formerly haunted the 44th and 45th divisions in
North Area from ’57 - to -’61 assembled to provide their perspectives on
solving the world’s problems. The wives are, by now, fully integrated into
the group, and feel they are I-2 veterans. The list of those who were able to
attend follows, but we must call out special recognition to Frank and Carol
Williams who live in VA. Frank is waging a valiant battle against
ALS, and though wheelchair - bound, he attended every event with the able
assistance of their daughter Nancy and her husband. Wherever he was,
Frank exhibited the humor and charm we have always known. His strength and
spirit are an inspiration to us all.
By state of
residence, in addition to those noted above, the following were present: AL -
Jim and Ann Oaks; CA - Chuck and Marilyn Randolph; FL - Ron
Hannon; GA - Bruce and Ann Kovac; MA - Darius and Stephanie
Gaskins and Jack and Donna McLaughlin; NV - Ed and Jerry Jones;
TX - Harold Gaither; VA - Dick and Trish Buckner, Tom and Grace
Cuthbert, Bob and Priscilla Hardiman, and Barney and Denise Legge.
Sharon Leinbach (living
in TN) cancelled at the last minute due to a family medical issue.
Bill and Gloria Ogden also planned a short visit from NC, but could not
A short note
for those with long memories: Connie Leinbach and Bob Hardiman
spent plebe year in I-2, and were later transferred to B-2 (they were not
consulted). As far as I-2 is concerned, they will always be counted as ours.