my mind, the absolute highlight of the St. Louis, 320th
Bomb Group Reunion was the attendance and the inclusion
by us of those members of the 319th and the 17th
Bomb Groups (WWII) and the 17th and 452nd Bomb Groups
These veterans, along with their spouses
and family members, participated fully in all meetings
and extracurricular functions. My reason for emphasizing
this fact is that if our reunions are to continue for
any length of time, we must have the support on not
only the WWII veterans, but also the support of our
younger warriors lead by Korea veteran, Ted Baker.
those who missed this year's reunion, Kent Snyder came
through for us again by planning an event with opportunities
to gamble, to view absolutely marvelous church art &
architecture, great entertainment with a high kicking
show by St. Louis' own Rockettes, and a grand tour of
historic Jefferson Barracks. Our Group's Secretary,
Gail Purtz, not only provided our treasury with valuable
funds with her managing our annual arts and crafts auction,
but also managing to stay awake for recording the minutes
at the Executive Committee meetings.
And to Flight
Leader, Dr. Franz Reisdorf, together with Wingman, Joe
Seiley - thanks for giving us the world's greatest profile
displays of our grand old warbird, the B-26 Marauder!
and Joe, third and second generation, respectively,
continue to give valuable leadership and support to
our 320th Bomb Group Reunion Association.
Gerald Raschke provided solemnity, when needed and required.
Executive Committee functioned with President Perrine
presiding and members Jack Haher, Si Ober, John Lenkiewicz,
Alex Brast, Gail Purtz, Elden Hunsberger, Franz Reisdorf,
Harry Bacon, and advisors Kent Snyder, Ed Purtz, and
Ted Baker in attendance.
The new association
officers for the 2007-2008 term are Jack Haher, President,
Si Ober, First Vice President, and John Lenkiewicz,
Second Vice President.
A special acknowledgment
to Rosemary Metzen, who while caring for Past President
John Metzen, battling Lymphoma and other medical problems,
will continue editing our Boomerang. Guys, please keep
sending those cards, articles and emails to Rosemary
for future newsletters.
And, last but by all
means not least, the biggest and most profound acknowledgment
goes to Alex Brast, without whose energy and pure guts
-our mission would fail.