1/12 - Gulfport, MS Reunion - 2015
J.P. & Vickie Burrage,
Virgil & Sandy Boyer, Steve & Joy Samoheyl, Reggie, Carol, Reggie,
Jr. and Gina Zhuckkahosee, Bob and Mary Jones, Russell & Joy
Hicks, Joe & Debbie Bissonnette, Vince Kurucz & Bertie Volpe,
James & Nelly Zito, Dick Huslander, Ron & Myra Cummins, Greg & Pam
Weaver, Mark Steffy, Dale Millard, John & Roseanne Smith, Garry &
Connie Hines, Clifford Michael, Barbara Michael Morgan, Keith &
Teddie Reichenbach, Mark & Jan Keefe, Charlie Biddix, Jim
Maines, Mike & Jon Nuzzolo, Pat McFarland & Ruth Bryant, David
Ruppell, Gerald Shullenberger.
Call to Order:
- J.P. Burrage called the meeting
to order at 8:00 a.m.
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Prayer by Russell Hicks
- Roster of deceased members read
by Russell Hicks with Virgil Boyer
ringing bell for each member.
- Prayer by Virgil Boyer
- Marine Corp Hymn
Treasurer's Report (Dick
- There was $1300 in our fund at
the end of last reunion.
- $660. was spent on travel
ticket for Blizzard, mailings, website fees & additions to
deceased plaque names.
- $640. in fund at start of 2015
- Hat passed during meeting
netted $1000 (includes $100.00 donation via mail
Tribute to Patrick McFarland
- Dick Huslander gave a
heartwarming verbal tribute to Top. Doc also spoke about
- Top was brought up and stood
with Dick and Doc. Every Marine in attendance
up and personally spoke their thanks/respect to these three
- All present raised a toast to
Top, Dick and Doc.
- J.P. spoke of how the Whiskey
Battery Reunions were originally started by
Weaver (who comes all the way from Alaska), Hammond Dean,
Stroud and Jonn Forslin. The first reunion was held in 2003
- Please keep Jonn and Wendy
Forslin in our prayers as Jonn continues his
- Hammond Dean sent his regards
- Dick Stroud sent his regards
- This year marks the 13th
- Those who were in attendance
for the first time were asked to stand and
- Vincent Kurucz and Bertie Volpe
- Doc's wife - Nellie Zito
- Barbara Michael Morgan -
- Top's Companion - Ruth Bryant
- Dale Millard read a prayer and
a poem about the U.S. Flag. He asked to be
appointed the Whiskey Battery's Chaplain. This needs to be
- at the
next reunion to make it official.
- Location for the 2016 reunion
was discussed. We had several in attendance who
look into hosting for next year. Once they have the details,
they will submit
info to Vickie and Vickie will send out an email asking for us to
vote on next
years's location. We can hold future reunions based on #of
- * Russ Hicks - Charleston, S.C.
- * Mark Steffy - San Diego, CA
- * Reggie (Chief) Zhuckkahosee -
repeat at Albuquerque, NM
- * Ruth Bryant - Savannah, GA
- * IMPORTANT:
Please be sure to respond / vote when Vickie sends email.
- * Discussion held on maximum
hotel price. $130.00 seemed to be the best
compromise with $100 if possible.
- * Virgil and Sandy Boyer asked
to go back to the 3rd week of September for
all reunions. This should be voted on at next reunion to
make it official.
- Thanked all who helped him with
reunion and all those who attended.
- Asked if anyone had suggestions
on how to make the reunions better.
- Thanked Vickie for her on-going
great work on our website. Asked if anyone
would like to hose website. All agreed that Vickie should
Standing ovation for Vickie.
- Thanked Debbie for taking
- Opened up the floor to anyone
who wanted to share a Whiskey Battery Story.
- Connie Jines has been
collecting and compiling submitted stories into a notebook.
notebook was at the reunion for anyone who wanted to review it.
encouraged attendees to continue to submit to her their stories,
Suggested that these could be compiled into a paperback book
those put together for funding raising using recipes). Then
it could be
available for purchase. Great way to share with family
J.P. and Vickie tanked
Vickie's daughter, Missy Mitchell for putting this year's reunion
together. She did a lot of research, time and work to come up
with this year's events. Copies of the magazines that Missy
produces were available so that we could see her work. Missy
was unable to attend our reunion as her husband surprised her with
an anniversary trip to Belize. There were also snacks in our
hospitality room that were donated thanks to Missy.
- The meeting adjourned at
9:15 a.m. followed by group pictures.
GGreat Job Debbie/ Webmaster Thanks you.
Submitted by Debbie Bissonnette