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San Diego, CA, Reunion - 2014

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Modified on 2015/04/04 00:02 by Administrator Categorized as Album, Association, Reunion


Day 1 - Arrivals

Morning Breakfast
Morning Breakfast

The early birds gather for a morning breakfast as they get ready to for the arrival of the other members.
That Evening
That Evening

Later in the evening, the group begins to gather for the evening's entertainment.
Our Entertainment
Our Entertainment

Our evening's entertainment serenades us while we chat the night away.

The PX Prepares
The PX Prepares

Getting ready to set up the PX for business.
A Little Shy
A Little Shy

Is it me, or is Amelia a little shy?
Play On
Play On

Our entertain plays on while the group chats into the evening.
Hard at Work
Hard at Work

Paul and Scott are hard at work. At what, I still don't know...
Association Business
Association Business

Jeannie, Laura and Rick busy discussing Association business. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Open for Business
Open for Business

The crowd swarms the PX once it's opened for business. Lots of nice 401st things to buy.
So Much Stuff
So Much Stuff

Don, Kiera and Milena busy helping the crowd select a nice 401st item.
Remember Our Heroes
Remember Our Heroes

Andy present again for our reunion. His both was swamped the whole evening by interested parties.
We Remember
We Remember

The Crawford's discuss Andy's adoptions of our fallen veterans while his mother, "Lilly", proudly listens on.
Sue and Andy
Sue and Andy

I don't know what Sue is saying to Andy, but I'm guessing it was funny.




Day 2 - San Diego Air and Space Museum

The Day Begins
The Day Begins

The Group gathers at the bus on their way to the San Diego Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park.
Say
Say "Cheese!"

One quick group-shot before entering the Air and Space Museum.
"Cheese!"

No camera's were harmed in the making of this picture.
Inside the Museum
Inside the Museum

The Group enters the Air and Space museum.
Zeg
Zeg "Kaas!"

Andy takes a moment to smile before the camera.
Aircraft Everywhere
Aircraft Everywhere

A museum full of aircraft of all kinds.
Dutch Musings
Dutch Musings

Marlon Swinnen, Andy's son, takes a moment to muse over the museums many artifacts.
Come Back!
Come Back!

Andy loads Marlon and Kelvin into the flight simulator and hopes both his sons will come back alive.
Watch you Six!
Watch you Six!

Andy looks on while his two boys look like they're going to crash the simulator.
Piece of Cake!
Piece of Cake!

Madeline and Amelia, "the Ledray Twins", take their own turn at the flight simulator.
Earthbound!
Earthbound!

Uh... girls? When performing an Immelman, you're supposed to come out of the roll with the right-side up.
The
The "Ledray Sisters"

After our tour of the museum was finished, our evening's entertainment was provided by the world famous (among the 401st) Ledray Sisters.
Saluting the Bugle Boy
Saluting the Bugle Boy

The Sisters give us a rousing performance of many WWII era songs, including the Bugle Boy.
Crowd Pleasers
Crowd Pleasers

A solid and enjoyable performance by the Sisters.
Playing On
Playing On

They sang well into the evening.
Norris Bruce
Norris Bruce

That evening, the family of Edward G Dana (Waist Gunner, 614th) got to meet Norris Bruce, son of William Bruce (Navigator, 614th)
What's This?
What's This?

Paul Bellamy takes a moment to verify some of the items that Norris brought with him to the reunion.
Bruce's Artifacts
Bruce's Artifacts

Norris shared many of the artifacts kept by his father after the war. William Bruce and Ed Dana flew together on the Hard Seventeen.
Your Rights
Your Rights

Among other things, an instruction book on what to do if you're captured by the enemy.
Some Artwork
Some Artwork

Among the items Norris shared with the Dana family was a drawing made by their father shortly after his plane crashed back in 1945.



Day 3 - the Midway

Boarding the Bus
Boarding the Bus

The group boards the bus to go spend the morning aboard the U.S.S. Midway.
The Midway
The Midway

U.S.S. Midway Museum floating in San Diego Harbor.
Midway Entrance
Midway Entrance

Wandering on board the Midway.
Inside the Midway
Inside the Midway

The lower decks of the Midway with many aircraft on display.
The Flight Deck
The Flight Deck

On the top level of the Miday, aircraft everywhere.
History and Historian
History and Historian

Don Byers, our historian, his wife Nida and her son wander among the varied aircraft of the Midway.
San Diego
San Diego

Looking back towards the city of San Diego.
A Little Ceremony
A Little Ceremony

There was a ceremony being conducted on the Midway while we visited.
In the Cockpit
In the Cockpit

Is it me, or is Kelvin a little too tall for that chair?
The Crawfords
The Crawfords

A quick snapshot of Allen and Amalia Crawford.
Capt. Craig Owen
Capt. Craig Owen

That little ceremony? This guy was among the participants. To his left are his daughter, Afton, and his wife, Cynthia.
A Quick Photo
A Quick Photo

Capt. Craig Owen takes a moment to take a picture with Janice Dana Ehrlich.
The Kiss
The Kiss

That famous photo celebrating the end of WWII was made into a statue and now stands next to the Midway in San Diego Harbor.
Bob Hope
Bob Hope

Rick stands behind the array of statues meant to honor Bobe Hope for his service towards those who served.
Candle Lighting
Candle Lighting

Josie begins our candle light ceremony meant to honor those who have left us. Marlon and Kelvin Swinnen stand ready to help.
Micki Remembers
Micki Remembers

Micki, at her first 401st Reunion, takes a moment to remember Marvin Benz, KIA on March 20, 1944.
Janice Remembers
Janice Remembers

This reunion was bittersweet for the Dana family. Janice takes a moment to remember her father, Edward G Dana. This was their first reunion without him and this day was his 91st birthday.
Norris Remembers
Norris Remembers

Norris Bruce takes a moment to remember his father, William Bruce.
Gifts to the Vets
Gifts to the Vets

Marlon and Kelvin Swinnen take a moment to give some gifts to our vets.
Many Thanks
Many Thanks

Thanking our vets for the the sacrifices they made so very long ago.



Day 4 - War Time Accounts and Awards

War Time Stories
War Time Stories

In the morning, our vets took some time to tell us stories from the war.
Round Table
Round Table

Tales of the war circulated from vet to vet.
Enjoying Stories
Enjoying Stories

The Association loved hearing what the vets had to say.



Randy Kemp
Randy Kemp

Randy tells us a little more about the Champaign Lady.

A Simulated Mission
A Simulated Mission

Later that afternoon, Ed Dana II took us through a simulated combat mission to Merseburg.
Virtual 401st
Virtual 401st

The simulated mission demonstrated what the veterans had to endure while flying their missions.
Group Photos
Group Photos

As the evening approached, our veterans gathered for their group photo.
Our Veterans
Our Veterans

The men of the 401st that attended the San Diego reunion.
Sam & Norma
Sam & Norma

Sam and Norma Scimeca have their photo taken.
Lynn McCallon
Lynn McCallon

Lynn stands for his individual photo.
Frank Perez
Frank Perez

Frank tells a few tales.
A Navy Band
A Navy Band

As our evening starts, a navy band places us a few period and patriotic tunes.

A Standing Ovation
A Standing Ovation

The Association loved their performance.
Honor Guard
Honor Guard

The evening proceeded with an Honor Guard.
The Colors
The Colors

Presenting the colors for our vets.
Kiera and Scott
Kiera and Scott

Kiera Kaufman and Scott McElvain keep the evening moving along.
Andy and Angela
Andy and Angela

Taking a moment to pose for the camera.
A word from the Pres.
A word from the Pres.

Rick reads an announcement.
Randy's Presentation
Randy's Presentation

Randy gives us a status report on the Champaign Lady.
Allen Crawford
Allen Crawford

Allen takes some time to tell us how it was.
Unknowing Andy
Unknowing Andy

Seconds before Andy learns of the surprise that was going to be given to him.
The 401st Appreciates you
The 401st Appreciates you

Rick awards Andy with a President's Commendation for looking after our fallen airmen.
Dank u!
Dank u!

Andy thanks Rick for the recognition he is receiving.
A Moment to Reflect
A Moment to Reflect

Yes, Andy, you earned it. Thank you for appreciating their sacrifices.
Proud Achievement
Proud Achievement

Andy proudly displays his award.
A Proud Family
A Proud Family

I don't think Andy is the only person that was proud that he received this award. And I don't just mean his family, pictured here. The truth is, we're all proud to know you, Mr. Swinnen.
Allen's Turn
Allen's Turn

After Andy, Allen Crawford received a Bowman Award.
Amalia's Pride
Amalia's Pride

Amalia Kane-Crawford watches her husband with pride.
Thank You, Allen
Thank You, Allen

Allen takes a moment to thank the group for the award. No, thank you, Allen.
The Raffle
The Raffle

The evening ends with a raffle for various prizes. Among them, a toolbox with a 401st B-17 painted on it.
And the Winner Is
And the Winner Is

One lucky winner.
One Final Prize
One Final Prize

And another prize is awarded to top off the evening.
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