The weekend of April 12-15 was a reunion for seven members of the 1st Marine Brigade that once served together in 1964 -1966 in Hawaii and Vietnam. The Marines came from across the country with their wives for a bi-annual reunion that started ten years ago.
Blanco was selected by organizer Dave Traylor because of its location in Texas and local friends Bob and Donna Johnson and Jerry and Pat Hendricks.
The group visited the Alamo, Fredericksburg, and the Nimitz Museum, and made a stop at Luckenbach. Catered meals at the Settlement where they stayed in cabins and RVs, the fire department fish fry, and a pot luck dinner at the Church of Christ were part of the friendly atmosphere that was experienced while visiting in Blanco.
The Marines, who average nearly seventy years of age, reminisced about their service years ago in the early part of the Vietnam War. Homage was paid to those who lost their lives while serving in the war. Concerns for homecoming veterans were discussed.
“Folks sure are friendly here” and “this was a great place to hold the reunion” were some of the comments made, as the once young Marines planned for a future gathering.