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*Events have additional pictures posted on the Photo Gallery. Events posted below were sent in by AR MVPA members. If you (any AR MVPA member) have participated in an event we would like to include your write up and some photos. Thanks, Ev
26-27 Apr: (St. Louis, MO) "WWII Weekend After Action". by Steve Smith
We had a wet but fun living history
event at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.
Arkansas Chapter members in attendance were myself,
Steve Sears, and Paul Dolle. I took my newly
restored GP to get it's first taste of mud, Steve
Sears had his impressive M2 Halftrack and WC51
there, and Paul Dolle of Bentonville brought his
replica SturmgeschŁtz Tank and an OT8-10 Halftrack.
Unfortunately Paul's Tank had to sit out the battles
after experiencing an engine fire the day it
arrived. Even with the loss of the Tank the battles
were some of the best ever! This got a little long,
and I embellished it some, but I had fun writing
it. This is how we almost lost the war!
For the last battle on Sunday we were told we were going to try the pincer move again with two Halftracks leading the charge up front with our two other Tracks coming in at the rear. But as we were moving up the side road into position it became clear something had changed. Or entire US force, with all four Halftracks was moving up the road. We got word a small group of Russians were going to assist by attacking the Germans from the rear of the field to draw their attention while we threw everything we had up the road to hit the Krauts head on. With the gunfire of the Russian attack heard though the trees our column surged forward and poured onto the battlefield. Our first two Tracks drove straight at the German forces attempting to split them up the middle. The third Track turned to the left and hit the German flank facing the spectators. Their machine guns were blazing only yards from the viewing line and the largest crowd of spectators of the weekend were seen covering their ears again and backing away from the line. The noise was horrendous. Our Halftrack was the last on to the field and we made a hard right turn to take on the Krauts other flank that was already busy with the Russians. But just as we made our turn we saw the German Halftrack moving across the field and they fired, taking out one of our lead Tracks. I opened up with the 50 Cal hitting the Kraut Track in the side. That got their attention and they began to turn toward us. Steve saw we were in trouble and raced forward to put us behind a knocked out German truck. I'm not sure what happened but something hit us. The German truck was on fire, we were smoking, and I fell wounded to the floor of the Track. Luckily we had two young recruits with us who were promised a turn on the Ma Deuce and now they had their chance. Our vehicle was damaged and couldn't move but our gun was still live. The first of the young reenactors jumped up, grabbed the M2, and opened up on the German Track, which had turned it's side to us again to engage another of our vehicles. He hit one of the German Halftrack crew but just as quickly was hit himself with rifle fire from our right. The German infantry, that had been engaging the Russians, had turned and were now moving toward us. The young GI collapsed to the floor and our second recruit quickly took his place. He swung the 50 to the right and caught the Germans in the open coming towards us. He cut them down before they could get off another shot. He then aimed the 50 back at the German Track and fired a long burst. Somehow one of our rounds found a weak spot and the Kraut Track lurched to a stop. Our infantry, that had been pouring onto the field behind us, and were now rushing past us, quickly surrounded the German Track and took it out with a couple grenades. That turned the tide and the battle was over in matter of minutes as the remaining Krauts were taken prisoner or chased into the trees on the far side of the field. The Allies finally took control of that worthless town. The battlefield was again littered with bodies and smoking vehicles. The cost was too high! The spectators thanked us again with the loudest applause of our three battle scenario.
We had never done a multi-battle scenario like this and it worked. It worked perfectly. The fantastic battles made the soggy miserable weather a minor inconvenience. I know, I exaggerated a bit, but those were some of the best battles ever at Jefferson Barracks. For the vehicle enthusiast that's looking to add another dimension to the MV hobby, try reenacting. Make the trek to Jefferson Barracks next April for WWII Weekend 2014. Even if you just come as a spectator it is worth the trip. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next year!
Steve L. Smith
2nd Ranger Battalion of St. Louis
|*21 Apr (Mountain Harbor Resort, Mt. Ida)
Thanks to Bill
Barnes for hosting the dinner and all those that brought food.
|*06 Apr (Jacksonville) Welcome
Home Vietnam Veterans
The AR MVPA set up a display of Military Vehicles along the road surrounding the bell tower: Jeff Stinson's M35; Steve Smith's Command Car; Darryl Harding's M151A1 and M416 Trailer; Vic Quick's M151A1; Jim Jackson's M151A2 and Joe Allison's GPW. Maj. Cliff Yarborough's Hummer was parked by the various veterans' booths. The museum was open to the public at no charge. Entertainment was provided by four young sisters. Each played a different instrument. Viet Nam veterans signed the large vinyl map showing the location where they had served. Jeff Stinson's Deuce and Half carried a full load of veterans and their spouses in the parade. His M35 was the lead for the military vehicles and also carried the AR MVPA banner. Major Cliff Yarborough's HUMVEE carried the banner for the Jacksonville Museum of Military History. Steve Smith's Command Car carried the Parade Marshall, John Mohler. Mr. Mohler is part of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration of Washington D.C. After the parade a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans program was held. The Marine Color Guard posted colors. An impressive empty table ceremony honored the MIA and KIA soldiers of the war. The Keynote speech was delivered by Lt. Gen Kickfighter. He was emotional as he recalled how Vietnam veterans were treated when they returned home from the war. Never before or after have veterans been treated so cruely and rudely by many American citizens. A 50 year Commemorative Vietnam flag was presented to the Museum and a certificate, designating the museum as a commemorative partner. The program closed with girl scouts presenting a flower to each Vietnam veteran. Dinner was served after the program. A band played Vietnam war era music. This was an exciting, well planned, patriotic event.
|17 Mar (Little Rock) Run for
the Fallen by Hunter Douglas
We furnished four vehicles to transport 50 to 75 runners at the Run for the Fallen. Hunter Douglas, Jr - M151. Hunter Douglas, Sr. & Kevin Sweeten - one each M35A2, Jeff Stinson M925, three troop carriers all filled to capacity with runners, in a very nice-looking convoy.. We moved them from the state capitol to Riverside Parkway, driving at 15 mph because the chill in the air was painful to the shorts-clad runners. At the park, they met with the long-distance runners. Both groups then approached the start line for the run to the capitol.
At the start line, "Assembly" was sounded by Hunter Douglas with his bugle. At the sounding of "Charge!", the runners charged out, bearing their flags. This is always a stirring sight. This time, we lined up the military vehicles beside the road in front of them, and filmed them while they ran past these vehicles as backdrop. Moving pictures were made of this scene. The convoy then followed behind the running group all the way to the capitol, escorted by Little Rock Police. The Fire Dept used ladder trucks to raise the flag high above the group, at the capitol. Veteran Motorcycle groups lined Capitol Avenue on the approach to the grounds. Because of the weather, the ceremony was moved inside.
The news media were noticeably absent from the run. The number of runners more than doubled from last year.
|*09 Mar (Bismarck) Potluck/Meeting
and Minutes Thanks to the Greens and the Quicks for hosting the dinner
and all those that brought food. Welcome home from Afghanistan, Ron
Woodard. Good to see he and Beth at the meeting. There were 26 present
for the meeting: Ron & Beth Woodard Hunter & Martha Douglas Ron Naef Joe
& Rita Allison Lewis & Molly Anderson Steve Smith Marsha & Jerome Casey
Bob & Gloria Blakeney Gil Jeane Floyd & Sandy Blakeney Doug & Kathy
Green Susie Brown Victor & Denise Quick Paul & Ev Harless Susie Kendrick
Jim Jackson & Ike.
Rita read the treasury report
Minutes are posted in the newsletter
|18 Feb (Tyler Bend) For Dan
Sharonís unique perspective and additional photos of the Snowball
Express check out his website at:
18 Feb: ( Tyler Bend) FIRST ANNUAL SNOWBALL EXPRESS By David Hopkins
On Saturday, February 18, we joined a few brave & bundled-up friends at Tyler Bend for what would be named the ďSnowball ExpressĒ trail ride. The participants included BJ & Lacy Smith, Ron Naef, Jerome & Marsha Casey, Dan, Luke, Nathan & Daniel Sharon, BJís friend Jeff Stevenson with his wife, and Nick, Tom & David Hopkins. The temperature was hovering about 29į with snow flurries.
The morning line-up at Tyler Bend.
Everyone was in high spirits & ready for a fun-filled day of adventure. We were not disappointed! BJ Smith led us on a 70-mile loop through the Richland Creek Wilderness staying on trails, forest roads, through creeks, and with several scenic stops.
Ron Naef discovers that M151s sit a little lower than most jeeps.
We spotted this native red-headed wild man along the trail.
The invasion force occupies Snowball, Arkansas for a coffee break.
No, Nick! The trail goes the other way!
Some of the roads were pretty tough and we used ALL the gears in the jeep. And I mean we used ALL of them!
Lunch was a pot-luck picnic at Richland Creek campground. Dan says we were eating possum, but Iím not so sure.
BJ Demonstrates the ďHokey PokeyĒ at Falling Water.
Marsha trying to blend-in with her surroundings.
Overall, we covered 70 miles of pretty extreme terrain in about 7 hourís time. The jeeps & drivers all did great & we really had a great time in each otherís company. Our day could best be described as a fun-filled adventure & we canít wait to do it again!
|16 Feb (Clarksville ) "Ride in the MB" by Steve Smith
Yolanda and I took a much warmer "no trail" ride today in the old MB. I
got a new 6V starter from Pete DeBella at the convention last year as
he guaranteed it would solve the slow cranking problem. He was right.
It spins good now even when the engine is hot. Now it only needs the
engine, transmission, and brakes rebuilt. I'll try and get that done
|11-14 Feb (Ft.
Benning) The All-Army
High-power Service Rifle Competition by Hunter Douglas, Sr.
The competition was last week, Monday through Thursday. It was over on Thursday, 14 Feb 2013. It was called something like "The All-Army High-power service rifle competition." There were different divisions, and in Hunter Jr's division 40 servicemen fired .308 cal. scoped sniper rifles, at long ranges. Regular army snipers are normally NCO's, and that is who came from the Regular Army. The National Guard sends good shooters, who are out to win. All the top shooters were from the National Guard. In this case, Hunter, Jr. was one of the few officers present. The sponsoring Colonel did not seem to look happy when he noticed a captain lining up to shoot. Hunter represented the AR National Guard, equipped with the nicest .308 bolt action sniper rifle I ever seen. Hunter came in fourth. Two more points would have put him in 2nd. This was Hunter's first big match, pretty good for his first try. Maybe he will do better next time.
Hunter's shooting partner was an NCO from Arkansas with the sniper school at Camp Robinson, who placed third. If he had hit the paper, he would have been first. His partner was not first because he was credited with missing the whole target, once. He was shaken by it and missed the opportunity to protest and call for an inspection of the target. If he had even hit the paper he would have won the match.
In a different division, the undoubted best rifleman in the world fired. It was not a contest, since no one could shoot with him. He might have dropped two points out of 500. The contest in that division, with .300 Win. Mag's, was for second place. His shooting was very nearly perfect.
11 Jan (Fayetteville) Donations to the Veterans Home of Fayetteville by Jerome Casey
Marsha & I took the donations over to the Veterans' home last Friday. Items included electric razors, board games, dvd movies, combs and brushes, art supplies and other goodies.
*15 Dec: (Morrilton) Christmas
Potluck/Meeting - Minutes Recorded by Evelyn Harless,
Pledge of Allegiance - led by Paul Harless
Prayer by Floyd Blakeney
1. Thanks to the VFW for use of the facilities and the Allisons and Harlesses for hosting the October Potluck/Meeting and to all those that brought food. After dinner we were entertained by Rita Libby, Dale Ashley and Taten Rice with a variety of songs, including some Christmas songs.
2. Guests: Rita Libby (Rick's Mom), Dale Ashley and Taten Rice (Booneville); and Jeanie McPeters (Morrilton)
3. First time attenders: Susie Kendrick (new member from Ada Valley)
4. Members attending: Paul & Ev Harless; Joe & Rita Allison; Steve Smith & Yolanda Espinosa; Kacy & Pat Craver; Bob & Gloria Blakeney; Floyd & Sandy Blakeney; David and Nick Hopkins; B.J. & Lacy Smith; Rick, Vickie, Katie, James and Andrea Libby; Rita Libby; Dale Ashley and Taten Rice; Jerome & Marsha Casey; Lewis & Molly Anderson; Betty Smith; Jeanie McPeters; Gil Jeane and Mike Culver. There were 33 in attendance.
4. Welcome New Members: Bryan Johnson (Conway, AR); Maj. Clifford & Becky Yarbrough (Benton, AR); Paul & Mary Bushnell (Rogers, AR); Susie Kendrick (Ada Valley, Adona, AR)
5. Rita Allison read the Treasurers Report.
6 Ev Harless Read the October Minutes
1.Steve Smith gave an update on the River Valley Red Ball Convoy. Lunch will be at Spring Lake Park. Steve will be in touch with JimBob on the design for the challenge coin to be presented to participants. Ev will email the logos.
2. The next meeting will be 0k9 March in Bismarck, hosted by the Greens and the Quicks.
3. 01 Jan dues will increase to $20 for 1 year or $55 for 3 years -- associate dues will remain at $25 or $65 for 3 years.
1. Health Updates: Doug Green underwent tripple by pass surgery in November and is doing great. Jeff Ellison had a toe removed and is still fighting the infection. He can't put his foot on the floor for 6 weeks. Bob Blakeney had oral surgery
2. Lewis is planning an approximately 50 Mile Trail Convoy in the morning and a shorter trail ride in the evening, on November 09. His family has 580 acres located near Willow Springs, some 25 to 30 miles north of West Plains, MO. Some areas would use 4 wheel drive. There was a good show of hands of those interested.
3. Susie Kendrick told a little about the "Quilts for Valor" a program which she is involved in. They make quilts to give to veterans in honor of their military service.
4.2012 Awards Presentation -
Golden Spark Plug Awards
Joe Allison - ALCAN Convoy;
Gus Jones - ALCAN Convoy;
Gil Jeane - ALCAN Convoy; and
John Reed - ALCAN Convoy
12 Dec: (Malvern) Malvern
Christmas Parade by Darryl Harding
08 Dec: (Toy Hill) Drive from Benton to Toy Hill by Darryl Harding
Additional events and pictures are below on 11 Nov and 08 Sep
I had a pretty full year with my M151A1 and M416 Trailer. I have driven in five parades, two tractor shows and three car shows. People love and enjoy it. From picture taking to stories of the past from riding in one to driving one. The response is that people ask about more military vehicles at the car shows. Below are a few pictures of my jeep at shows.
12 Nov: (Hot Springs) Hot
Springs Parade by Bill Barnes
The Hot Springs Veterans Parade was a lot of fun; although a little brisk; but not bad. Jim McNeese brought his ferret which looked great. We brought a M718A1 front line ambulance; a M151A2 patrol jeep; and a M998 Humvee Patrol Jeep that was driven by Mike Ayers, a friend in the fire service that drove in from Dallas to drive a vehicle in honor of our vets. The Humvee was driven by Chris and Adriane Barnes, and had the honor of transporting two Vietnam Veterans during the parade. We were also accompanied by Lisa Ligon (Joplin VFD volunteer) that drove one of our trucks pulling one of our fire/SAR rescue boats.
I think the parade was better attended than last year. US97 a country radio station (97.5) promoted the parade strongly that morning. Everyone made it in and out fine and celebrated the opportunity of being able to honor our Vets.
12 Nov: (Russellville) Veterans' Parade and Ceremony (honoring WWI veterans descendants) by Ev Harless
Lineup for the Russellville parade began at 3:00 and the parade started promptly at 4:00. Participating in the event were four AR MVPA vehicles: Steve Smith's GPW ( Clarksville); Paul & Ev Harlesses M38 (Ada Valley); Joe & Rita Allison's MB (Center Ridge), and Kacy & Patricia Craver's Blazer (Conway). The heartwarming crowds that lined the route to the Train Station held up signs honoring veterans, waved flags and saluted as the military vehicles passed by.
The ceremony at the train station included music by the Russellville Tech University Symphonic Band. The Keynote Speaker was Col. Keith Klemmer, CO, 142nd Fires Brigade. Special recognition was in remembering World War I. Each descendent of a WWI received the special challenge coin minted special in recognition of World War I. Steve Smith's granddad was a WWI veteran. Recognition and challenge coins were also given to all other veterans. There was a 21 Gun Salute by the Rogers-Rye Post #2283 and TAPS was played by Adam Matejek of the Arkansas Tech Universityk Band. This was a moving ceremony. The town of Russellville shows great support for veterans.
The Van Buren Veteran's Parade
by Jim Starbird
The Veteran's Day Parade begins at the Van Buren Courthouse around 6 PM.. It is almost totally unorganized, with participants pretty much mixed in together. You don't want to be in front of the ambulances. I have had good luck in getting a position by being there at 5 PM, no later than 5:30 PM. The parade runs rain or shine. The route runs from the Courthouse East up Main Street and ends at the Baptist Church. It's a heck of a lot of fun, but ya gotta' be flexible. The crowds love us. Lewis Anderson and Tom Creason drove vehicles in the parade.
Van Buren Participants: Lewis Anderson and Tom Creason, (Tom had a guest but I don't know the name and I believe his family came also) . Jim Starbird took the pictures.
11 Nov: (Branson, MO)
Veterans' Parade by Rita Allison
It rained on our parade but spirits were not dampened. Our chapter was well represented at the 79th annual Branson Veterans Parade on Sunday, November 11th, with eleven vehicles in position 69 of 81. Participating members were Joe and Rita Allison, Center Ridge with passengers Bill and Mary Hobbs, Columbia, MO; Bob and Gloria Blakeney and Floyd and Sandra Blakeney of Perryville; Kenneth Brown, Thayer, MO; James Jackson and Ike, Solgohachia with passengers Russ Taylor, a Vietnam Veteran and wife Steff had worked with Veterans at the VA in North Little Rock for many years from near Jasper; Gil Jeane, Parthenon; Gus and Jennie Jones, Samantha Jolly, Lauren Cochran and Shelby, Perryville; Shawn and Jeannie Reed and daughter of Charleston; Andy Rossi, Little Rock; B.J."Johnny" and Lacy Smith, Marshall; Jeff and Wade Stinson and Trudy Moore from Atkins. The parade had been in progress for an hour when heavy mist began which became drizzle then to rain by the end. Everyone had tops on vehicles except Andy and Jeff. Andy had rain gear but Jeff, Trudy and Wade braved the elements. During the parade, Bill Hobbs, always a crowd favorite portraying General McArthur, got out of the jeep and shook hands with an elderly Veteran on the street. The General said there were tears in the man's eyes. Weather didn't hinder the enthusiastic crowd prepared for the rain with ponchos and umbrellas. It was heartwarming to see all the spectators waving flags and saying "Thank you for your service". The parade is the final day of Veterans Homecoming week when thousands of veterans gather in Branson.
11 Nov: (Benton, AR) Benton, County by Darryl Harding
Display of my M151-A1 at the Benton Court house for Veterans' Day
10-12 Nov (Ft. Worth and Dallas, TX) Veterans' Parades by Jerry
I attended the Ft Worth Texas veterans day parade on Saturday morning the 10th for the first time. Wow! What a neat parade! Up close and personal with the crowd and lots of fun. I am sending you pictures of forming the parade and during the parade. I had my 42 GPW with me and I will do this again.
10-11 Nov: (Walnut
Ridge, AR) Wings of Honor Museum by
On Saturday there were Fly-Ins all DayÖSpecial Entertainment was by Mike McLeod. There was a pilots roundtable discussion. In the evening there was an Old Fashion Box Supper. On Saturday there was live music and at 2:00 a Veterans Tribute. There were Static Displays of a T-28, Helicopters and more throughout the weekend.
03 Nov: (Saline County, AR) East End V-Day Parade by David Hopkins
At 10:AM, Saturday, November 3, the community of East End in Saline County had their Veteranís Day Parade as part of their Fall Fest. The parade route was only a ĺ-mile long stretch of Arch Street Pike, but WOW, what a crowd! The entire parade route was lined 5-deep with happy, cheering families! The parade was led by an ROTC Color Guard, a veteranís motorcycle club and members of the AR-MVPA. Our contingent was led by Kevin Sweeten in his M35A2, followed by Hunter Douglas & M151A1. Tommy Thomason & Snuffy Smith drove Kevinís í44 GPW, followed by David, Nick & his cousin Will Hopkins in the í44 MB. Greg & Teresa Gay with their daughter Hannah & friend Chris brought up the rear in their M35A2. Also in the parade were live bands, Boy Scouts, antique tractors, antique cars, fire engines, and of course, the horseback riders. This was one of the best parades I have ever attended!
04 Nov: (Sherwood) Veterans'
Parade by Rita Allison
Seven Chapter MV's were among the entries in Sherwood's Veterans parade on Sunday November 4th. Joe and Rita Allison and Jeff Stinson drove to Phyllis Wirt's shop and parked trailers there. Doug House drove Sedric's GPW followed by Joe and Jeff to the parade lineup where they were met by Kacy and Pat Craver, Hunter Douglas, David, Lenna, Nick and Tom Hopkins and Andy Rossi. The Mayor of Sherwood, and Captain Bernard Olds (U.S. Army, Ret.) 92, Sherwood rode in Joe's GPW. A Colonel from Jacksonville AFB rode in Andy Rossi's GPW. Weather was good and our group was well received by the crowd.
03 Nov: (Ft. Chaffee) Veterans' Parade by
This was the first year for a Veteranís Day Memorial Parade at Chaffee Crossing. The Parade was held as a special thank you for the 188th Fighter Wing and 142nd at Fort Chaffee that just returned home from recent missions in the Middle East. There was a lot of community support.
Chaffee Crossing Participants: Lewis & Molly Anderson, Jerome
Casey, .Tom Creason, Col. Tony Bryant and Dave Smith. The WWII Vet, J.W
Taylor, a friend of Marvin Green's, was there also. Lewis
03 Nov (Plumerville) Veterams'
Parade and Program by Rita Allison
Warm sunshine and beautiful
fall foliage made the 5th annual Veterans parade in Plumerville on
Saturday, November 3 enjoyable for all
03 Nov (Clarksville) Veterans' Parade
by Steve Smith
Here are a few photos from the Clarksville Veterans Parade on Saturday. It was the usual small rag-tag parade and this year for MVs it was only Yolanda and myself in my Command Car and Beryl and Esther Wolfson in their GPW. They put us up front again and I had the honor of transporting the parade marshal, Navy veteran Vivian Northen. To my surprise we had more spectators then I remember from past years. Just wish we would have had more vehicles for them to see. After the parade, the ceremony at the Legion Post was shorter than past years but the best ever. Members of the Ceniceros family once again made long journeys from Mexico and New Mexico to be there. If you remember, two years ago the Ceniceros family were the guests of honor at the parade as they had just lost their son in Afghanistan. This time they had the brother and sister of Cpl. Ceniceros get up on the stage to give a talk about the loss of their brother. The brother started off but got to choked up to continue so his sister stepped forward and continued on with memories of her lost brother and why he had joined the Marines. Speaking with no notes she slowly turned thoughts of her brother and his sacrifice into a thank you to America and to all veterans. What a wonderful wonderful speech. I don't think there was a dry eye to be seen. The incredible speech made us all remember what Veterans Day is about. After a standing ovation the American Legion officials ended the ceremony and we all headed inside the Legion Hut for a great chili lunch. Handshakes and hugs were abundant. It was a week early but a great Veterans Day in Clarksville!
27 Oct: ( Little Rock) Potluck/Meeting -
Pledge of Allegiance - led by Paul Harless
09 Sep (Jacksonville, AR) Little Rock
Air Force Air Show by Darryl Harding
There was T.J. Thibeau and his Deuce and Half, Jeff Fuller and his 1942 GPW and MBT Trailer besides my 1966 M151-A1 and M416 Trailer displayed at the Air Show.
25 Aug (Cabot, AR) Antique Auto
Show - by Jeff Stinson
Members attending with their Military Vehicles: Jeff and Wade Stinson - M151A2 FAV, M274 Mule; Kacy & Pat Craver - M1009 Blazer; Jake Reinemann - MB. T.J. Thibeau was also there with his deuce-n-half. Jake Reineman won an award with his MB. Jeff Stinson won an award with his M151A2 FAV.
The Cabot Car Show on Aug 25th was a benefit for the Cabot Community Theater. Bob Morris who put it together was very appreciative of the folks that came and hopes to see us again next year. by T. J. Thibeau
25 Aug (Lavaca, AR) We went to the car show in Lavaca. It was a good one, we only had a couple light sprinkles, and my MB came home with another trophy. Check out the original TV series Batmobile that was there. The owner said it was the last of six cars that were built for the series. It was built on a 55 Ford chassis with a more modern 429 engine. Fun thing to see. Also check out the Corvair. It has a custom "Hogs" interior! Very nice.
18 Aug ( Morrilton, AR) Potluck -
Meeting Minutes by Ev Harless
The Pledge of Allegiance - led by Jerome Casey Thanks to the
Allison's and the Harless's for hosting the August Potluck/Meeting and
to all those that brought food. Thanks to the VFW for allowing us to use
10-12 Aug (Butler, PA) Annual Bantam Jeep Festival and Jeep Invasion in
Butler, PA by Jerry Gardiner
On August 10 thru 12 I attended the second annual Bantam Jeep Festival and Jeep Invasion in Butler, PA. I trailered my 1942 GPW jeep to the event from Tyler, TX. It was a long trip, taking us three days to get to Butler but we had fun on the way and we visited relatives in Delaware and Tennessee on the way home. We drove over 3000 miles on this trip and traveled through 14 states, all with a jeep in tow.
This is the second year for this festival in Butler. Butler is the hometown for the American Bantam Car Company which was founded in 1929, and produced the first jeeps, at total of 2900. Later Willys and Ford got in the act and started building jeeps but Bantam was the first. The Jeep festival was for all jeeps, from the first military Bantam jeeps thru all the CJís and the modern jeeps produced today. There were 1481 jeeps registered that attend. People in attendance were from all over, even some from other countries.
On Friday, 8/10 the city blocked off downtown for the Jeep Invasion, 1085 attended. All the jeeps parked on the Main Street and adjacent streets from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. This was a sight to see; over one mile of jeeps parked everywhere. It was a great carnival atmosphere with the streets and sidewalks filled with jeeps and spectators. The weather was cool with a chance of rain. As a matter of fact the whole weekend the temperatures were in the 70ís during the days. Very pleasant after the heat we have experienced in Arkansas and Texas. All types of jeeps attended this event, some experimental new jeeps, CJís of all years and models, Jeepsters and Wagoneers and many of the military jeeps. We even had a few Bantam jeeps. I only saw about 30 military jeeps.
On Saturday, at the county fairgrounds, they had the Show níShine event to display your jeep and the possibility to receive a trophy. They also had trails open to take your jeep through the Pennsylvania country, an obstacle course and mud holes to drive through. That was fun to watch. Many jeeps came out of the mud from top to bottom covered in mud. Some even got stuck and they had a big John Deere to pull you out, but you had to hook your jeep up if you wanted out. They had a free car wash to run through after this event. There were many jeep vendors available displaying their wears and aftermarket equipment. It was fun to looking at what these vendors offered. I saw many jeeps that had diesel conversions, most with the Cummins diesel. Saturday we had a shower but that did not deter any of the activities but the sun came out for a while. Sunday was all sunshine.
This was really a fun event to attend. I enjoyed it but do not think I will attend again because of the distance, 1300 miles. The people were wonderful and I made several new friends and saw some great vehicles. The country in Pennsylvania was beautiful. Very different from Texas.
Photos by Jerry Gardiner: #1 My GPW and an M38A1; # 2 One of the Bantam Jeeps present; #3 Street Scene; #4 Crowded Street; #5 at the show on Saturday
The MVPA Alaskan Convoy
AR MVPA Members participating in the MVPA 2012 Alaska Convoy: Joe Allison; Gil Jeane; Gus Jones; and John Reed.
Jim Jackson is traveling with friends not far from the Convoy area. They are fishing along the way. If Joe needs help Jim is in calling distance. He is not part of the Convoy , but will make contact with them from time to time.
John Reed is traveling with Dave Hutson. Both are members of SEMO Military Vehicle Group (South Eastern MO)
Travel Updates on the MVPA Alaskan Convoy
05 Sep (South Dakota) Ev, I talked to Gil
Jeane today. They are broken down in South Dakota. Should be
back on the road and heading home in the next few days. Thought you
might want to know. Michael Campbell
05 Sep (Center Ridge,
Arkansas) Joe and Gus got
in last night about suppertime. They were exhausted from the long drive
and happy to be home again. They had lots of exciting adventures to
tell about and I am sure have pictures to share with us at the Petit
Jean Rally. I haven't heard from Gil Jeane yet, so am not sure if he is
back in AR. Jim Jackson had vehicle problems after he got back to the
states, which has delayed his trip home. He was able to get them taken
care of. I imagine John and Dave are also back in MO by now. It is
great to know that our members are all safe after such a long trip. We
look forward to hearing about their adventures at the Petit Jean Rally.
A BIG WELCOME BACK HOME to our AL CAN Travelers.
Paul & Ev 05 Sep (Cape Girardeau,
Missouri) We arrived in Cape Girardeau last night
around 5.30 PM all safe and well. Congratulations are due to Joe & Gus
for their convoy . welcome home! John Reed
21 Aug (Paxton, AK) They are heading south towards home! John called today 8/21/12, said they were leaving Paxton ,AK, then Delta Junction today heading south to Tok, AK. They drove all day yesterday in cold rain [40's]. They were soaked when they got to Paxton. They lucked out and got the last motel room there to dry out and warm up! They should be home Labor Day weekend. Cheri Reed
19 Aug (Mt. McKinley, AK) Alaska Convoy: Photo 1 March Unit at Mt McKinley, AK ; Photo 2 (Willow AK) John Reed and Dave Hutson sent by Cheri Reed
16 Aug (Tok, AK)
John finally called me Thursday 8/16 from Tok, AK ! Cell service is
back! They were heading toward Glenallen, AK. He told me about
Joe's accident and was so thankful that his HMV wasn't seriously
damaged, was drivable and he wasn't injured. John a nd Dave are having a
great time! It is cool there and the views of the mountains are
fabulous. He's taking tons of pics, we'll bring them all to AR when we
see you at Petite Jean MTN in Sept! They will be heading toward Denali
Park today 8/19. They will stay there 2 days and plan to go on several
tours of the park. He said he was so glad he made the decision to go on
the convoy. Sounds like a trip of a lifetime! He said everyone is so
helpful on the convoy and the people in the small towns of BC, Yukon and
AK are so friendly and have rolled out the red carpet for them
everywhere they stop! I'll keep you posted and forward you pics if I get
15 Aug (Cross Canada/US Border to Chicken, AK) Joe turned his jeep over on a gravel road. Neither he nor Gus were hurt. The jeep suffered broken glass in the wind shield. Joe had a piece of plex-a-glass to make a quick repair. Someone commented to Joe that his turned over jeep would make it easy to grease the underside.
13-14 Aug (Dawson City, Yukon Territory) Day of Rest
12 Aug (Artic Circle and Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon Territory) I haven't heard from John since he called me 2 days ago using a guy's cell from WA. I read on MVPA Convoy facebook today, that it was 37 degrees there yesterday AM. They are driving to the Artic Circle today! Cell service should return when they get to Chicken, AK Wed 8/15! That is John's 64th birthday! What a fabulous way to spend your birthday! I'll keep you posted and send pics if I get any. The pics on the MVPA facebook website are awesome [www.facebook.com/groups/alaska convoy] John had to sign up for facebook so I could follow them. When he gets back, we'll sign off. As long as you don't accept any friends, and just watch the convoy, it's pretty simple! Cheri
11 Aug (Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory)
09 Aug ( Pelly Crossing, Yukon Territory ) John just called, they are in Pelly Crossing, Yukon Territory. Neither he nor Dave have cell service, but they met a guy from Washington, his cell works! So, John called for a minute! He said it rained all day today, their first day of bad weather. The jeep has been running good with no problems. They are having a great time, enjoying the cool weather. They are seeing black bears and huge bison. He says his cell service should return once they get near Alaska. I'll keep you posted when I hear more. I told him to tell Dave to take more pics and email to me. I'll forward to you. I don't know how to forward the ones on MVPA facebook site. Photo: "Break Time" John Reed and Dave Hutson by Cheri
08 Aug (Ross River, Yukon Territory) The next few days they will be traveling on gravel Roads
07 Aug (Watson Lake, Yukon Territory) Dave emailed me last night and said they were going to be "dry camping" for the next four days with no water , electric or cell service. Sounds like fun!!! I'll keep you posted. Photo of John Reed "A little tweaking" Cheri ( John Reed is riding with Dave Hutson in Dave's M38)
07 Aug (Watson Lake , Yukon Territory) This was a rest and visitation day for the convoy participants. Jim called Rita to report that he had seen Joe and Gus yesterday and both were doing fine. Joe had to put a new starter on his jeep. Jim is not following along this part of the route. He was back in calling distance when he talked to Rita. Rita won't be able to be in touch for a while now. Daytime temperature is 70 degrees.
05 Aug ( Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada) John has seen and talked to Joe and Gil. Hr remembered them from Petit Jean Mtn. John and Dave Hutson are having a great time and are thrilled to be there with all those people who have the same passion for HMV! They were in Watson Lake,Yukon Territory yesterday and placed SEMO Military Vehicle Group flag there in the sign forest. There are deer and wood bison grazing by the road. I haven,t talked to John since Sunday, they are out of range on cell service. When they bought gas Sunday, it was $6.08/gal! Do you know of any other links or websites I can find more pics [other than MVPA and facebook]? Love your website, it is fabulous.! See you in Sept at Petit Jean MTN. Cheri Huckstep Reed
05 Aug (Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada) Joe said it was cold enough for a jacket. He and Gus are having a great time.
03 Aug. (Dawson Creek, Canada) I talked to Gil Jeane this morning. Everything going fine with him and his co-driver. They are having a blast. They are in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and will head out tomorrow. Just thought you might want to know. Michael Campbell
03 Aug. (Dawson Creek Canada) Talked to Joe a while ago. He sounded good and ready for tomorrow. At last. He and Gus were at James Jackson's trailer eating pork chops . James and his two buddies will follow the convoy every now and then. Rita
02 Aug: ( Rolla, Canada) Joe & Gus attended a ceremony at Rolla to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rolla. There was singing, remarks, hot dogs and hamburgers. Joe and Gus arrived two days early giving them time to relax before the convoy takes off Saturday. Leaving early allowed them the time in case of problems along the way.
01 Aug: (Dawson Creek, Canada) Report from MVPA HQ: ACí12 Convoy participants were lined up at 0900 hrs. this morning at Mile 0 Park to pick up their registration materials. The group is anxious to get going. Thereís a convoy to Rolla tonight to do a static show and participate in their 100th anniversary celebration. Driverís meetings begin tomorrow and safety inspections are on-going. Lots happening in anticipation of our roll-out on Saturday morning.
30 Jul (Dawson Creek, Canada ) Ken and Sandy Meyer from Center Ridge were were in Dawson Creek today and she put these photos on Facebook and my cousin sent them to me. I really don't know how it works. Talked to Joe tonight and he and Gus visited with Gil Jeane today. They have seen Lamar Roland and Ray Barth. He had to get his jeep inspected today. They are waiting for Wed when registration starts. Seeing some of the sights. Rita Photo 1 - Joe, Gus and friends 2. Joe 3. Gil's deuce-n-half
29 Jul: (Dawson Creek, Canada) Joe and Gus decided to relax today from the long drive. They didn't have any problem going through customs yesterday. The border patrol asked him 3 questions. He told Joe to look him in the eye when he asked all three questions. "Do you have a handgun? Do you have any liquor? Do you have any tobacco? " Joe replied , " No Sir, No Sir, No Sir". He then let them go on through. Rita
28 Jul (Dawson Creek, Canada ) Joe
and Gus are in Canada, made it through the border with no problems.
Joe called 10:30 pm our time and they arrived at Dawson Creek about an
hour ago and settled in to Super 8. They haven't seen any other convoy
people yet and plan to take it easy tomorrow. Going through Edmonton
was not easy. Joe talked to Al Nickolson and Reg Hogsdon passing
through. Temperature is 72 and everything there is nice and green,
quite the contrast when they left here. Forgot to ask the price of gas
or maybe, afraid to ask. Good so far. Rita
26 Jul: (Montana) Joe & Gus spent the night in Great Falls, Montana. Jim Jackson and friends left today for the Alaskan Convoy. They plan to stop in Kansas to do a little fishing.
25 Jul: (Oberlin, KS) Alaska or Bust by Col. Gary Allen - Here are pictures of Joe Allison and Gus Jones as they passed thru our home town (Oberlin, KS) today at 0930, 25 July. They are looking good and ready for the long trip North. Sure wish I was going with them.
(Mt Rushmore Park, SD) Joe and Gus spent the night in Rapid City, SD. While we were sweltering in the 100+ temperatures they were enjoying the low 70s. Gus enjoyed the drive through the beautiful green farmlands of South Dakota. Joe called to say he was "On Top of the World" and having a great time.
24 Jul: (Center Ridge, AR to Wakeeny, KS) North to Alaska by Rita Allison - After several years of dreaming, planning and stocking up Joe Allison and Gus Jones headed for the Alaskan Convoy. Joe's newly restored M151A1, "The Bear", was ready for the road. Joe made sure it was well lubricated, filled with gas and ready to roll. Joe and Gus got on the road at 7:15 am Tues. Their first stop was in Marshall where they visited briefly with B.J. Smith. They stayed the night in Wakeeny, KS. They ate at a steak house Andy Rossi had told Joe about. I am kinda lost, real quiet and empty here but keeping busy. Thanks for the prayers and support.
22 Jul: (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Cruising the Alaska Highway by Cheri Reed - John Reed and Dave
Hutson have been working like nuts to get Dave's 1951 M38 Willys Jeep
ready for the convoy. There was a send off reception for John and
Dave at the Hutson's Fine Furniture parking lot under the Old Town Cape
pavilon. Hutson and Reed are members of the SEMO Military Vehicles
Group and John is also a member of the AR MVPA. They are raising money
through pledges per mile to be given to the persons favorite veterans
organization. A penny a mile pledge would raise $41.00 and a
nickle a mile would raise $205.00.
*21 Jul (Greenland, AR) AR
MVPA Minutes - Meeting and Potluck
Pledge of Allegiance - led by
07 Jul: (Tyler, TX) Gun Mounts
by Jerry Gardner
Yesterday, Saturday 7/7, I was heading for a car show which wanted to feature HMV's because it was the week of 4th of July. I was pulling my GPW, by tow bar, with my M38. I was approaching a traffic light when it turned yellow. No problem because there was hardly any traffic and I was going less than 30 mph. I was coming to a stop (around 20 mph or less) when something broke and my brake peddle went to the floor and I had no brakes. No one was in front of me so I decided to make a right turn at the light and coast to a stop. However, my GPW had other ideas and jacked knifed in the turn and shoved the M38 on its side.aiming the opposite direction. The M38 wanted to roll over but the MG mount stopped it and kept it elevated on its side. If it had rolled, I probably would not be writing this. I would recommend the mounts to every one, even if you do not mount the gun.
I was banged up and had much skin peeled away on my shoulder and arm, hit the pavement with my head a couple times, and strained my back pretty good. The jeeps faired really well. The GPW (no damage) came loose and rolled into a service station and parked itself in a vacate parking space. The M38 crushed the windshield and screwed up the drivers side front fender and scraped the rear body corner. All is very repairable.. These jeeps are really tough.
The only reason I am telling you this is because of the MG mount. It is a life saver and needs to be on all jeeps that do not have a roll cage or bar. Really important.
By the way, I did have my gun mounted and I have not had time or interest to be concerned about it now but it is broken up pretty good. It may not be repairable. We will see in time. It will be a couple weeks to heal before I have time to be concerned with it.
28-30 JUN: (Huntsville AL)
International MVPA Convention by Steve Smith
Another great MVPA
convention is behind us. The Dixie Division of Alabama put on
a wonderful show in Huntsville. I heard there were 110 vehicles
registered, the swap area was full and bustling, the BBQ and awards
dinners were packed, and a large contingent of AR MVPA members were on
hand (see list compiled by Rita Allison below). Local attractions like
the US Space and Rocket Center, the Redstone Arsenal, and the fantastic
Veterans Memorial Museum, had members running in and out of the Von
Braun Center throughout the show. Joe and Rita manned the club table
and drew attention to our chapter by displaying photos of our recent
River Valley Convoy that Ev had prepared. Rita said she almost sold out
of the Foxhole Fantasy Cookbooks she brought to sell for the chapter. A
tip of the MVPA cap to Joe and Rita Allison for their efforts!
AR MVPA members attending the 2012 Convention: 1. Joe and Rita Allison, 2. Doug and Kathy Green 3. David, Nick and Tom Hopkins and friend 4. Ken and Beverly Mullin 5. Terry and Janice Murphy and daughter 6. Steve Sears 7. Randy and Kathie Slaughter 8. Steve Smith 9. Everette and Pat Avery 10. Kent Chipman 11. Don and Ruby Essigmann 12. Joyce Faulkner 13.Jerry and Jackie Gardner 14. Scott and Denise Harrison 15. Dave and Lily Huff 16. Bob and Barbara McFarland 17. Bruce Lynch 18. Mark Dodd and son 19 Daryl & Lieda Benzinger 20 Everette & Joyce Doyle
02 Jun 12: (Lamar, AR) Lamar
Antique Auto Show by Steve Smith
The Staff Car was
out again today at the big car show in Lamar. With 132 cars registered
it was their biggest one yet. My Ford brought home a first place trophy
in the Special Interest Class. It was a good day for our Johnson County
Car Club as most of the members that attended won trophies. The little
town of Lamar puts a lot of effort into the event and it's well
attended. We always look forward to it every year.
28 May 12: (Benton, AR)
Memorial Day Ceremony by Daryl Harding
This is my M151A1 jeep I used in the Memorial Day Ceremony in Benton, Arkansas. This is the second year they have asked for my jeep to be there. Was a good number there and they really appreciated the jeep. I don't carry it too far and show it. I do parades around here and Hot Springs. I'm in the Dixie Car Show Club in Benton. I was the only one with a military vehicle until last year. It really gets a lot of attention by the military people and that is my main purpose. The stories they can tell is rewarding. I wanted you to know we have a little military down here to help in the shows. I hope I can continue the shows to keep the memories alive, and the kids taking pictures in it
Photo 1: Daryl Harding's M151A1 at the Saline County Court House on Memorial Day Photo 2: M151A1 and M416 trailer
*26 May 12: Heritage Day - (Jacksonville, AR) Jacksonville Museum of Military History
AR MVPA had five military vehicles on display around the bell tower: Kevin Sweetens deuce-n-half; Pat & Kacy Craver's Blazer (M1008); Vic & Denise Quick's M151A1; Joe Allison's MB and Steve Smith's Command Car. Other members attending were: Paul & Ev Harless; Beryl & Esther Wolfson, Mike and Robyne Culver and Freddie Huff. Beryl presented his memorabilia brought back from WWII, the liberation of Germany and Dachau. He showed a 20 minute video of his interview at the Holocaust Museum. It was a moving account of his experiences - one every American should view. Heritage day included free tours of the museum, hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Centennial Bank, a book sale, Video: "Injury Slight - Please Advise", live country music and canned goods were taken up for the LR AFB food pantry.
|*19 May: (Norphlet,
AR) Catered Dinner/Meeting MinutesPledge of Allegiance,
1. Thanks to Imo & Lindy Long for hosting and catering the dinner/meeting . Thanks to Linda & Bob Walker ( their daughter & son in law) for serving the food.
2. Guests: Suzie Brown of Bismarck; Linda & Bob Walker of Norplet; Bleu & Evora Long of Norphlet; Patrick Long of Norphlet; Ryan Hern and George (Grandson) of Camden; Clark Ingram of Norphlet; John Norvell and sons James and Caleb of Norphlet.; Yolanda Espinosa
3. First time attenders: Doc Long of Camden; Terry & Janice and Makenzie Murphy of El Dorado
4. Members attending: Paul & Ev Harless; Doc Long; Lindy & Imogene Long; Floyd & Sandy Blakeney; Steve Smith; Joe & Rita Allison; Terry & Janice and Makenzie Murphy; Victor & Denise Quick; and Gil Jeane
4. New Members: John & Ann Gayle and Ed & Elaine Gayle from Shreveport, LA
5. Rita Allison read the Treasurers Report.
6 Ev Harless read the April minutes
1. Discussion of River Valley Convoy - Steve Smith said it went well. There were 35 people and 86 participants. There were several breakdowns, mostly heat related. Everyone enjoyed the air conditioned church at Subiaco, the history of the abbey and the interesting tour of the church and grounds.
2. Petit Jean Update: Fees - $6.00 per adult per day (Fri & Sat), no vehicle fee, $30.00 for vendor space (or camping spot); Private vehicles and trailers will have free parking space; Special FoxHole dollars will be available for several events; Club will pay for electricity ($165) and two Handicapped Port o Potties ($200); Security will be handled by members; Entertainment handled by Doug Green - Friday Afternoon from 1:30-3:30
3. A ten year membership milestone award was presented to Randall & Lenna Wood.
1. Health Update: B.J. Smith underwent quadruple bypass - is home now and doing well; Gloria Blakeney will have a knee replacement Monday; Ardith Polk, WWII Pearl Harbor Survivor (94) , is gravely ill.
2. Gary Cross passed away 28 April.
3. Possible Raise in dues for 2013 to $20.00 or $55.00 for 3 years. Associate will remain the same
4. Kodak filed for bankruptcy so the photo gallery will go down on 02 July. Ron Naef may be able to rework the photo gallery. All my photo albums will be transferred to Shutterfly.
3. Tentative Schedule for the third quarter: 26 May - Heritage Day at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History - Display of MVs - Program on death camps in Germany and Poland by Beryl Wolfson; 06 Jun - Blytheville, Display of antique cars, motorcycles and mv's for Cancer Research; 28-30 Jun -MVPA Convention in Huntsville, AL; 21 Jul - Meeting/Potluck - Greenland - hosted by Andersons and Caseys; 18 Aug - Meeting/ Potluck - Hot Springs (Lake Hammilton) hosted by Andy & Janet Rossi; 20-22 Sep - Petit Jean Rally
Meeting Adjourned: Group Picture on bleachers
Photos: 1. Norphlet Baptist Church. There were 5 military vehicles parked in front of the church when we arrived. (Three jeeps, a Command Car and a Wrecker - all belonging to Lindy Long) 2. Terry Murphy with his GPW 3. Randall Wood with his M38 (these two vehicles arrived later making a total of 7 military vehicles on display) 4. Some of us took a ride to Lindy Long's house to see his other vehicle. This mv was in the movie "The Band of Brothers". 5. Lindy Long, Pat Long, Doc Long and Blue Long (Lindy, Doc and Blue are WWII Veterans, Pat is a Korean War Veteran) 6. Lindy & Imo had the food catered in. Their daughter and son-in-law served the food. (Linda & Bob Walker). The Youth Director John Norwell is on the right. 7. Group photo 8. Lindy & Imo Long
(St. Louis, MO) - WWII Weekend by Steve Smith
We got back from St. Louis late last night. Had planned on staying for a couple more days but the poor weather ran us off. WWII Weekend was once again marred by rain. Most of the day Saturday was good and we got both battles in but right at the end of the second battle the sky opened up. We had a load of German and Russian reenactors riding back to camp with us in Steve Sears Halftrack and we all got soaked. Fergus too! That really "dampens" everyone's spirit, not to mention all their expensive gear and uniforms. It rained off and on most of that evening with some severe storms passing through St. Louis just to the north of the barracks. I guess we should be glad we only had the heavy rain to deal with. Steve had his Halftrack hauled home early Sunday and it looked like everyone else was packing up as well so Yola and I decided to head downtown and toured the Arch and took a riverboat ride. Although the view from the Arch was a little foggy the afternoon turned out pretty nice
20 Apr: (Lamar, AR) Poland by Esther & Beryl Wolfson
Beryl Wolfson was part of the 2012 March of the Living program in Krakow, Poland. The March of the Living organization brings thousands of high school and college students as well as Holocaust survivors from around the world to Poland to educate and honor the victims of the holocaust.
On April 18, 2012 a ceremony was held at the Krakow Opera
House on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day honoring members of the Allied Forces who liberated the concentration camps during WWII. 16American veterans and one Canadian traveled to Poland.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day they toured Auschwitz in the morning, then participated in the International March of the Living, a 1.6 mile walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau concentration camps. At Birkenau, a dedication to the 6,000,000 Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis in the Holocaust, six huge torches were lit.
They also visited historic Jewish sites in Poland including Schindlerís Factory and the Jewish Quarter where the liberators conferred with students from 37 nations.
|*15 Apr: (Mountain
Harbor Resort, Montgomery County Military Museum, Mt. Ida, AR)
Potluck/Meeting and Minutes
Allegiance and opening prayer by Bill Barnes
|12-14 Apr: (Nashville, TN) VUMS (Veterans Underage in Military Service) Convention by Betty Smith|
Jacksonville - Welcome Home Vietnam
Schedule: 8:00am-8:00 pm museum open at no charge (With special Vietnam displays and exhibits including a 8x16 ft vinyl map of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that veterans will be able to sign; 1:00 pm -3:00pm - Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Parade; 3:00 pm - C-130 Flyover to close parade 4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Museum (Medals Ceremony & Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony/Open to the public); 5:00 pm-8:00 pm - Museum (Fellowship and Dinner $12.50 / open to the public with a ticket
DannaKay Duggar / Director
The following members participated in the parade: Paul & Ev Harless (M38); Joe & Rita Allison (MB); Jim Jackson (M151A2); Steve Smith (MB); Bill Barnes (M151); Jeff Fuller (M37B1); Hunter Douglas (M151A1 and Deuce and Half); Phyllis Wirt (GPW); Andy Rossi (M38); Victor & Denise Quick (M151): Clayton & Linda Jones (truck w/long bed trailer); Freddy DiVincenzo (Rat Mobile). Also attending were Jeff, Bev and Justin Ellison; Jake & Ty Reineman; Joe and Alex Madison. Friends of Joe Allison, Dale Birdwell, Frank Andrew, Wayne Branch and Fred Zimmerman convoyed with us from Morrilton. Our Military vehicles were displayed around the tower.
Ft. Chaffee - Anniversary of Elvis
Presley's Military Haircut
Tony Bryant and Tom Creason will set up at the Elvis Presley Fort Chaffee Museum at the request of the Chaffee Trust. The purpose is the 50 anniversary or some anniversary of the haircut of Presley at Fort Chaffee. They have a large turn out planned and just wanted to have some military vehicles. Tom has asked two other members and maybe they will show up as well, not sure. A local antique car club will also be present and some Elvis look-alikes and such will be present. It will be a good time. The event will be from 0900 to 1500 hrs. The location is Fort Chaffee excess area on Terry Street. by Tony Bryant
I was invited to this event on real short notice, so I just grabbed up some local guys (Tony Bryant, Lewis Anderson and Shawn Reed). Didn't know what to expect really but it turned out to be a pretty good event. It is an annual event so we can put the word out earlier next time if more of our members would be interested. They have done a real fine job with the museum/barbershop, lots of Ft. Chaffee photos and artifacts from WWII till now. This was Shawn Reed's first outing with his immaculate M170, frame up restoration and it is a real stunner, he plans on being at the convoy and also Petit Jean this year. I brought my M1008 and M274 mule, Lewis had his WC55 and Tony brought his M151a2. I took a few photos, so here they are. by Tom Creason
18 Mar: Little Rock - "Run for the Fallen" by Hunter Douglas.
We furnished three trucks for the event, driven by Kevin Sweeten, Hunter Douglas Sr. & Hunter Douglas, Jr. There were only enough runners to fill two trucks actually, but the little convoy of big equipment sure looked good. I got the impression that the new runners whom we hauled to the dam so they could run in with the long-distance group, had no previous experience riding in a deuce. I heard a comment that the ride seemed a lot longer than it was.When they learned I had a bugle, there was the blowing of Charge!, to start the run, which was partially shown by Fox16. Channel 7 and the Gazette made no mention. The others gave coverage.
I was able to make a few pictures, which hopefully I will be able to send you very soon. They will show our trucks in front of the capitol, as well as the motorcycle groups who lined the front walk with people holding American flags. We also flew flags from our trucks.
It appears that the main strength of he long-distance run was a group of Marines. They appear to have been the ones who carried the flags (4) at the front of the group. That was a sight worth seeing. I did see one man familiar to me who was older than they all, and he made it just fine. They ran 50 miles that morning, and on the run from the dam the main runners set such a pace that those we hauled to join the pack became strung out along the roadside all the way to the capitol. They all eventually got there, as far as I know, after walking to get their strength back up. We followed the main runners back, and had to be careful not to run over the stragglers.
After the ceremonies, Kevin hauled the Marines back to the dam.
Photos: 1 Waiting - The beginning; 2. Our Crew - Kevin, Hunter Jr & Sr, Claude; 3. At the Capitol 4.Runners Ceremony; 5.Runners firing; 6.Ceremony - Flags by the Rolling Thunder; 7.Hunter waiting for the Marines 8. Marines loading; 9. Loading up at the Capitol; 10. Loading to Go; 11.Convoy
|17 Mar: Clarksville
- "Run for the
Fallen" by Steve Smith
I drove the deuce down to the courthouse more than 30 minutes before their scheduled arrival but just as I got parked, here they come down main street. There were only three runners. They ran right past us and up onto the courthouse lawn, placed a flag and card at the little veterans memorial, and they were off. I just barely had time to snap a few photos. A few of our car club members turned out for it as well and three of them are Vietnam vets. One of the bikers shouted out "nice truck" as he passed my GMC.
|*10 Mar. 12:
Potluck/Meeting - Minutes
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doug Green.
Meeting Adjourned: Ev took a group picture outside.
Branson "Tornado Damage" from
Cindy & Dean Williams
Found this online and Dean linked pictures to it. From info we have, the Grand Plaza appears to be intact (for you 65th Division men, that is where our last reunion was at last fall). The damage occurred on the strip just above the hotel and from what we can tell most of the damage was on the opposite side of the road from where our hotel was. The P51 mounted on the sign pole at the Veterans Museum went airborne and landed in the parking lot. One of the bronze soldiers also took a dive, probably hit by the P51 when he came down, but the rest of the line appear to be intact. Doesn't look like any damage at all to the actual museum building, thankfully! That kind of stuff can't be replaced like the entertainment row.
The WWII DUKW's (Ducks) sustained some damage in the parking lot, maybe two or three, the rest appear to be okay. We're wondering about that rare and expensive GPA that is parked under the overhang where you board the vehicles. No word on that.