I am recruiting 5 individuals for a special activity at the Vietnam Veterans Reunion this year. I have been asked to assemble a “Patrol” of 6 dressed and armed in very accurate uniform and equipment.
The project has been outlined to me and is theatrical in nature. We will be portraying the “Return of the Last Patrol”, symbolizing an end to the Vietnam based focus of the reunion.
There is no compensation for this work, just the satisfaction of doing a good thing for the vets. I am truly honored to have been approached for this project and would like to make it everything they envision. I am taking this one so seriously that I intend to shave my beard off for it!! I have enough weapons to outfit an M60 gunner and an M79 Grenadier and one RT operator (but I need weapons for this trooper). The rest need to outfit on their own. Or we share resources amongst ourselves.
If you are interested, you need to have your own uniform. I have a web page under development, but not yet finished, that you can reference for information about basic uniform and weapons. The link is http://david.brubakers.us/Vietnam/index.htmldue to the content, it loads a little slow, so be patient. Reproduction uniforms (accurate) are approved for this mission. I am at your service for questions and assistance in this.
Please contact me as soon as you possibly can if you are interested in this project, we need to start working on the uniform, weapons and equipment now so we are sure we have it all together and ready for the reunion.
Positions to fill are:
Point man – M16
Radio operator – RTO w/M16
Gunner – M60
Grenadier – M79
Trooper – M16
This team can be expanded to 8 if the response is good enough. Please remember it is important that uniform and gear be as accurate as we can make it. Participants should be prepared to be made to look tired and grungy, possibly one walking wounded.
I thank you in advance for your interests and response.
Member, MVPA and Mid-Kansas MVPA
We had such a beautiful day for our display at Reshaven Cemetery. Five vehicles and 10 members came and the ceremony was great. Brubakers, Hoopes, Cross’, Deckers and the Lundy’s. Afterwards we all convoyed to Spangles to eat lunch and they were ready for us. Thanks to everyone for spending their morning with us on Memorial Day.
Judy and Gary Cross
I was a member a while back. Any way I don’t get e-mails from the club any more. I really miss that. Any way, I have a 1953 M38A1 Jeep for sale. I only want $1500 for it. I was told the engine had a bad rod bearing when I got it. It needs some work like it is partially apart, but the body is pretty good considering the age. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my cell is 620-200-1010. Please pass this info around.
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Response to this event has been very positive. We may have as many at 8-10 vehicles out there. Resthaven is delighted.
Thanks to all of you who have commited to this task. I look at it as an honor to be there and represent the Armed Forces.
Member, MVPA and MKMVPA
We had a great time in Missouri on the WWII convoy to Paris. We had 17 vehicles with 72 people and traveled over 148 miles. We started out in Mexico, MO at the Audrain Museum with a police escort and on to the Mark Twain Museum for a tour of the museum. Then to Monroe City where we had lunch at a USO re-enactment with a wonderful high school band and a great lunch of half a chicken or pork steak served from a mess truck with mess kits in hand.
Then on to Paris, MO where we got out and stretched our legs and visited with some young people having a going away party for a friend. They gave us water, then we headed off to Mexico where we had a wonderful dinner of steak and potatoes at the Audrain Museum Society on picnic tables and were served from the mess truck again. We adjourned to get the dust washed off and came back for a dance under the stars, dancing with the music of the ‘Swingin Axes’ from Columbia, MO.
All-in-all, the Railsplitters did a great job with the convoy. The MP’s were professional and Tim Scherrer is planning on next year, all ready. We saw a lot of friends that we had known before, including Pat and Phil Braeger, clear from South Dakota. Hopefully pictures will follow later.