Vietnam Veterans Association
1965 - 1970
2nd Battalion 7th Marines
1st Marine Division
Don Gray presented the Reunion Committee report. Don
explained that due to our decrease in attendance we are
not getting enough rooms rented to get the hotel
benefits such as group rates, free or reduced banquet
and hospitality rooms, etc. Discussions were held about
contacting non-participating members, combining the
Golf 2-7 reunion with other companies or units or
changing frequency to every other year. It ended with
2017 Golf 2-7 V V A reunion being held within a
one-hour drive from the St. Louis International airport.
The reunion committee will review the cities and hotel
options within that area and have a site selected by the
end of the year that will be posted on this website.
Another item that was discussed was the time of the
year our reunion is held. Fall and Spring gatherings
usually provide better options for hotel rates and hotel
incentives. It was determined that if we are NOT able to
gain back some of our reunion participation in 2017 we
will again re-discuss the location, time of year and
reunion frequency issues at the 2017 meeting.
Don Gray did note that the Marine Corps Museum in
Quantico has plans to build a hotel on site which may
open another reunion site option down the road.
Jim Stroman asked Chaplin Lewis to lead us in a
closing prayer and the 2016 membership meeting was
Golf 2-7 V V A Monument Dedication July 23, 2011:
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Taps for our fallen members:
2/15/2017 Robert Sunderman (1969)
Sioux Falls, SD 57110
1/22/2017 Mark Romander (Rojo) 1969-70
Castle Dale, UT 84513
1/4/2017 David Thompson 1968-69
Anderson, SC 29621
1/7/2016 Howard Allen 1966-67
Indianapolis, IN 46254
1/21/ 2016 Phillip Norwood 1965-66
Brown Deer, MI 53209
4/26/2016 Cliff Cunningham 1969
Bridgeport, CT 06610
This year's reunion was held in Appleton, Wisconsin.
We had a smaller turnout than prior years with 81
attending the Friday night Fish Fry and 89 the Saturday
banquet. This was year two for our DJ and emcee
team, Jim Maedgen and Don Gray. Even through our
gathering was smaller this year we still had two very
nice evenings of food, music and dancing. This year's
hosts Keith and Kay Grosskopf even went a step
further and had everyone to their house for a cookout of
burgers and brats on Wednesday evening.
Accompanied by some rain about 2 dozen brave souls
attended the Timber Rattlers ball game Thursday
evening. Kay also led the group on a tour of a cheese
processing farm and a very large dairy farm. The river
cruise and lunch outing was enjoyed by many as well.
This year's membership meeting with 39 members was
opened by our new President Jim Stroman ('67-'68).
Each of the company officers, Vice President Melvin
Owens ('66-'67), Secretary Bruce Guthrie ('67-'68),
Treasurer Dave Dinehart ('70) and Sergeant at Arms
Lemont Taylor ('67-'68) stood and introduced
themselves. Sergeant at Arms Lemont Taylor led the
membership with the pledge of allegiance. Jim asked
our Chaplin Rick Lewis ('69) to lead us in an opening
prayer. The 2015 Minutes were read by Secretary Bruce
Guthrie and 2015 and current financial reports by
Treasurer Dave Dinehart and both were then approved.
This year we had one new Marine welcomed home, Bill
Delaura ('67) and we had two members who haven't
attended in several years return, Bill Rittenhouse ('70)
and Ron Pritchard ('66-'67). This year's officer elections
were for the Secretary and Vice President positions for
2017 and 2018 terms. Ron Myers ('67) was nominated
and elected for the Secretary position. Ron has served
in the Secretary and President's position in prior years.
The Vice President position had August Miele ('65) and
Gary Wavrecran ('66-'67) nominated, with Gary being
It was discussed that some of our KIA's dog tags were
missing and needed for our Sunday memorial service.
Mike Weaver ('69-'70) volunteered to fund replacements
for the dog tags needed.
Golf 2-7 V V A 2016 Reuion and
Membership Meeting Update: