On 25 to 30 August, we attended the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA)Reunion in Washington, DC. We had a great time meeting helicopter pilots of all units, including John Flanagan, author of "Born in Brooklyn...Raised in the CAV!", and Jim Pratt, of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, who shared incredible stories and photographs. We got to meet Les Hines, in person, who was instrumental in helping to preserve the memory of many servicemen included in the book IN HONOR AND MEMORY. John Turner of the 92d AHC contributed photographs and footage of his time in Vietnam, and I got to speak with members of the 93d Transportation Company about there time in Soc Trang in 1963. We also touched bases with Annie Delp, Director of Historic Photographs, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, who is locating photographs of the fallen for the future educational center. We were happy to learn that IN HONOR AND MEMORY contributed over 60 photographs that the fund did not have.
In November 2015 we returned to DC for Veterans Day and got to spend time with our good friends, Ron "Big Doc" Smith and Carolyn, and spent time at the 1st Cavalry Division reunion. When we returned home to Florida we received a couple of DVD's from Karl F. Haartz (VP), 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Association, about Shakey's Hill in Cambodia, named for SGT Chris A. Kefalos, and the MIA's on Tiger Mountain - the DVD's were very interesting and much appreciated.
The rest of the year was spent promoting IN HONOR AND MEMORY and FIRST ON THE WALL at local libraries and shows in Florida.