(updated 11 May 2012)

Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
11 May 2012

     The 21st of February 2012 was “MARDI GRAS TIME” in/around New Orleans, LA with Chapter XXX conducting our Annual HELP HOST A HERO FOR MARDI GRAS 2012 for the 11th YEAR ! (see our Mardi Gras flyer on our website). We have Combat Veterans mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan and this year we Featured the VIET NAM VETERANS. The 17 “Honorees” rode free thanks to the patriotism and generosity of several corporations, organizations and individuals. This year the Major Donors were: TEXTRON MARINE AND LAND SYSTEMS INC., BLUE KNIGHTS LA II (a law enforcement motorcycle club), PELICAN STATE PACHYDERM CLUB, KEN HOLLIS CAMPAIGN FUND, MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS New Orleans Chapger 61, (all were prior years donors) with new ones SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE COMPANY and MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 771. All these donors contributed $500.00 to $1,000.00 or more. Also there were many others who donated lesser amounts that were deeply appreciated and vital to our success. The members and guests of Chapter XXX who rode paid their own way. MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES were; Friday February 17th the KREWE OF ARGUS GALAXY BALL, Sunday the 19th the ARGUS CAPTAIN’S PARTY (private), Monday the 20th the KREWE held a “Giant Picnic” during which the riders unpacked their “Throws” onto the floats. Tuesday the 21st 1000 hrs was the KREWE OF ARGUS PARADE in Metairie, LA before a public crowd of One Million People.
    On Saturday April 28th 2012 at 1100 hrs we held our Quarterly Meeting once again at FRENIERE’S LANDING RESTAURANT, LaPlace, LA with an excellent buffet luncheon, good bar and great view of beautiful LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. President RUSS COPPING opened the meeting with the pledge of all egiance, then Chaplain WILLIE STEVENS led a benediction followed by a short business agenda. The Guest Speaker was BOBBY ROSS former helicopter pilot for SOG in Viet Nam (69-70) who spoke Of his experiences flying teams from Kontum CCC (FOB2). He was also the pilot who extracted FRANK MILLER and team out of a bad fire fight – from which FRANK was the recipient of the CMOH. The talk by BOBBY was fascinating and enjoyed by all. Member MYKEL HAWKEYE and wife RUTH brought son GABE and her parents TOM & ELAINE HODGKINSON who are visiting from England. This is their first visit to the USA and they talked about how much they enjoyed being here and looking forward to seeing more of this county. NOTE. Mykel & Ruth were stars of the TV series MAN WOMAN WILD on the Discovery Channel the past two years. Mykel was also host of the TV series ONE MAN ARMY last season. Members and guests present were; GIL & GAIL AGUIRRE, JIM ANTHONY, HENRY COOK, TED ELLISON, TOM FIERKE, ED GAINEY, MYKEL & RUTH HAWKEYE with GABE and TOM & ELAINE HODGKINSON, MORTY HURSTON, KEN LANZALACO, BOB MOREAU, RAY PENDLETON, RALPH & JANET PETERSON, TONY & SANDY RIDDLE, WILLIE STEVENS, DAVE THIBODEAUX & BECKY, JACK VINCENT and last but by no means least OWEN WALL.

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