1st Btn. 12th Marine - Albuquerque Reunion
“Chief” Zhuckkahosee, Mark & Janice Keefe, Jim & Jane Maines, Joe
& Debbie Bissonnette, Virgil & Sandra Boyer, Vickie & J. P.
Burrage, John & Wendy Forslin, Rich & Sandi Richey (& Bette),
Russell & Joye Hicks, Teddie & Keith Reichenbach, Dale Millard,
Dan Roberts, Murphy & Sandy Franklin, Ron & Myra Cummins, Gardner
Cannon, Jim Zito “Doc”, Clifford Michael, Mike (Teddy) Nuzzolo,
John & Roseanne Smith, Charlie Biddix, Doug & Betty Armstrong,
Steve & Joy Samoheyl, Arthur Johnson, Dick Hulslander
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order @ 10:00 AM by host Reggie
The meeting was begun by standing and reciting the Pledge of
Allegiance followed by singing the Marine Corp Hymn.
A moment of silence for those who did not come back from
Vietnam and for those who have departed since.
Treasurer, Dick Hulslander stated that there was currently $673.10
in the treasury.
Charlie Biddix made a motion for each Marine present to donate $20
for the treasury fund.
Dick amended this motion to state that those who cannot afford to
do so did not need to contribute.
The amount in the treasury after collecting the donations was
$1106.10. Dick stated that this figure would be adjusted once
Reggie was reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.
Reggie requested that the two new members present come to the
front of the room and introduce themselves.
stated that he served with the Battery from 06/66 – 05/67. He went
up to Executive Officer. He became an officer candidate at the end
of 67 and got out in ’67. Keith stated that he was present at our
reunion thanks to contacts made by Capt. Richey and Dan Roberts.
stated that he was in Vietnam from 68 – 69. He served 6 years in
the Marine Corp.
Reggie suggested that each Marine present stand up, introduce
himself and give a brief statement.
started by stating the he was in Vietnam from 68 – 69 and was
known as “Chief”. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Carol. He
was in the Corp for 21 years, retiring in ’90. He has been
involved with the Whiskey Battery group since 2005.
Forslin stated that he started putting together the reunion 9
Reggie stated the Vickie Burrage has been maintaining the Whiskey
Battery website with help from Joyce Salmon for a number of years.
Reggie thanked Vickie for all her time and efforts maintaining the
site and for also passing along information between the Whiskey
The cost to maintain the site is a yearly fee of $443.00.
Vickie asked if anyone present would like to step up and take over
maintaining the site going forward. No one present volunteered.
Vickie also mentioned that she had brought copies of the up to
date roster for anyone who wanted a hard copy. She asked that all
review it and let her know of any changes and/or corrections.
Next, Charlie Biddix introduced Betty Armstrong. Betty had made
contact with Charlie and told him that she was Jerry Glaze’s first
cousin and that they had been raised together more like brother
and sister. She was very appreciative of the chance to be present
at the reunion and said that it meant a lot to her. She stated
that she would be grateful for any stories and/or memories anyone
present could share with her. This was a very emotional moment
for her and she felt that “she could feel Jerry’s presence here”.
Reggie mentioned that he has purchased three flags for this
reunion which he would like to stay with the Battery going
forward. They are a donation from him. It was concluded that the
flags would be handed over to whoever would be the host for the
next year’s reunion at the conclusion of the present meeting and
that the next year’s host would be responsible for bringing them
to the next reunion.
It was also decided to send the Commemorative Tontine to whoever
would be hosting the next reunion so that is would always be
present at the meeting. The present host would be responsible
after the meeting for getting it to the next year’s host.
Joe Bissonnette spoke next and said that he had recently joined
the Marine Corp League. He stated that the League had recently
made a donation of $30,000 ($15,000 each) to two families who had
been killed at Guantanamo Bay. The monies were put in a trust fund
so that the children of the two soldiers could go to college. He
had calendars available for $10. Each as the present fund raiser
for the League and stated they would be available in the
hospitality room if anyone was interested. Joe also stated that he
had given a copy of the song “Road to Con Thien” to the new Marine
Corp Museum in Quantico and they had made it an “official” piece
of Vietnam memorabilia. Joe said the song used to be sung by a
traveling corporal name Barry but could not remember his last
name. Copies of the song were left in the hospitality room for
anyone who wanted one. Someone in the room stated that they had
been to the museum in Quantico and had seen the copy of the song
on display there.
Rich Richey wanted to inform those present that Veterans are now
authorized to use the hand salute for the Pledge of Allegiance and
the National Anthem.
John Forslin stood and reminded everyone that is was Constitution
Day, Friday, Sept. 16 and that the Constitution is a very
important document to the American people in that it is a document
that is unique in that it states the people rule and the
government reports to them. He read an excerpt from a speech that
Paul Ryan had recently given at the Hillsdale College and
suggested that those interested in reading it in its entirety
review to the online version of the National Review, Sept. 16,
Mark Keefe started by thanking Reggie and his family for the
wonderful job that they did hosting this year’s reunion in
Albuquerque. Mark addressed the group and stated that he would
like to host the next reunion in Boston, MA. and was very excited
about the prospect of doing so. He said that he had researched and
found a Best Westin in Dorchester, MA where he would like to hold
the reunion. He stated that there is a shuttle to the MBTA which
means easy access to the city (Boston) and that Boston has a good
public transportation system. The Westin also offers a free
shuttle to the JFK Library. Other venues nearby include the
Freedom Trail (which is a historical walking trail), the USS
Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument, the Boston Duck tours which
are WWII amphibious vehicles (the tours take you both on land and
water), Boston Harbor Tours and a great variety of good
that he would put together a presentation and have it posted to
our website showing various activities and pictures.
All present agreed to let Mark host the 2012 Whiskey Battery
Reunion in Boston, MA.
Rich Richey stated that he would like to host the 2013 Whiskey
Battery Reunion in Green Valley, AZ. He stated that Green Valley
is between Tucson, AZ and New Mexico. Nearby venues include 9 Golf
courses, Tombstone and an observatory at Kitts Peak.
All present agreed to let Rich hold the 2013 Whiskey Battery
Reunion in Green Valley, AZ.
Reggie ended the meeting with having all present stand and recite
the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the Marine Corp Hymn.
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM and all present were invited
outdoors to take group pictures.
Minutes submitted by