(updated 15 Feb 2017)
Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
15 Feb 2017
The meeting began 1130 hrs.at member Cris
Mandryís Boathouse in the New Orleans Marina. As usual several members
started arriving about 1030 hrs.= Jim & Mitzi setting up the flags, Tom
with the beer etc. while some guys set up the tables and chairs. We
began with the pledge of Allegiance, then an invocation with a moment of
silence for fallen brothers. Jack Cahall D3162L passed away Jan 2nd,
2017 Bob Moreau was a close friend and spoke about him, how in summer
training 1962 in Oklahoma SSG Jack was one of the team NCOs in 2LT
Moreauís A-Team. Paul Palermo D2706 passed away insigniaJan 5th 2017.
Richard Kuntz recalled that Paul was one of the early (1980s) Chapter 30
members and a fine officer who was well respected. Many of the members
didnít know Paul as he was not active in the chapter for many years
Usual business items followed; approval of last meetings minutes, also
the treasurerís report. Mardi Gras program is going well, most major
donors have renewed and two others are forthcoming, also a new one has
donated while the many individual contributions are being received.
Lloyd & Manny are again recruiting our Honorees. The Mardi Gras Ball was
on Friday 3rd of February with a table full of soldiers and a couple
spouses, they all had a great evening. MARDI GRAS is Tuesday 28FEB2017.
Bob Romero presented a raffle on a bottle of Jack Daniels Whiskey WITH
Special Forces insignia imprinted on the bottle. This is done by Chapter
81 SFA in Lafayette, LA. and the profit will be shared with Chapter 30,
like we did last year. A number of ticket were sold
Guest Speaker was Jason , a LT in the local Jefferson Parish Sheriffís
Office. He is also an officer in the BLUE KNIGHTS LA II Law Enforcement
Motor Cycle Club with many veterans in their membership. This
organization is one of the major sponsors of our Mardi Gras effort. He
spoke about some of his experiences in law enforcement, how the police
feel about and react to those people who break the law, also on their
effort on community relations. Several members asked questions to which
he aptly responded.
Today was also a mini reunion
for some former members of the LA NG SF Unit (July 1959 to May 1972), Co
D 20th SFGA. Some of these guys hadnít seen each other for many years,
five never joined or stayed in the chapter. All Co D were: Jim Anthony,
Pert Guidry, Richard Kuntz, Tony Levata, Bob Moreau, John Persson, Ralph
Peterson, Joe Ridolfo, Bob Romero, Frank Rosato, Lawrence Sintes, Bob
Smith, Andy Yuratich.
The other members and guests
were; Manny Acosta, Mitzi Anthony, Frank Brumley, Tom Fierke, Mike
Hatchett, Hy McEnery, Geary Mason, Judi Moreau, Janet Peterson, Lloyd
Stout, Dave Thibodeaux & Becky Bright, Jeannie McIntosh & Stevie Mann.
Last but not least Jason Hippler.
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