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Orlando, FL--July 3-7, 2003

The 20th annual reunion of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association took place at the Rosen Convention Center/Hotel in Orlando, FL from July 3-7, 2003. The attendance was just over 2000 pilots and guests and a great time was enjoyed by all who attended. On Friday the 5th, a Mini-reunion of the 33rd Trans/118th Assault Helicopter Company took place from 1-5 PM in Salon 10. A rather small number were in attendance.

Front Row L to R: Gil Ferrey(66), Larry Smith(69-70), Mike Hurley(64-65),
Jack Swickard(67-68) and Tom Payne (66-67)
Back Row L to R: Jim Ellis(65-66), Angus Desveaux(67), Dale Moore(69-70),
Gary Fischer (64), John Clark(65-66), Reed Kimzey(66-67)
Not pictured but at the reunion were: Bill James(62-63) and Jim Harvey(62-63)
(Photo courtesy Tom Payne)


Taking a look at "one-over-the-world" map and telling war stories.
(Photo courtesy Tom Payne)
Jack Swickard shows Geneva Ellis, wife of Jim Ellis, how to take a digital photo.
(Photo courtesy Tom Payne)


Reed and Sandy Kimzey at the banquet in
Orlando, FL.(after jerking off his tie)
(Photo courtesy Tom Payne)
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Washington D.C.---August 27-30, 2015

The 32nd VHPA Annual reunion took place for the third time in Washington DC at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The reunion was highlighted with a dinner at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and a tree planting at Arlington National Cemetery honoring all the pilots and crewmembers who died in Vietnam. There were 32 former Thunderbirds in attendance which was a near high number. The list of who attended is included below.

Thunderbirds in attendance were Allen Laya, Frank Maus and Gerald Peffers (63-64); Michael Hurley, John Grasmeder Patrick McLarney, Donald Parrish and William Ryan (64-65); John Clark, Angus Desveaux and Glenn Weber (65-66); Tollie Adkins, Thomas Baca, Joseph Boggs, Robert Kelley and Vernon Watts (66-67); Richard Dyer, Randolph Meade and Jack Swickard (67-68); Jeffrey Bernard, Stephen Carlson, Robert Rich and John Wrinkle (68-69); David Bryant, Glenn Clark, Chick Luther, Duane Speirs, Gayle Truitt, Charles Williams and Robert Zwink (69-70); Donald Abrams and Dennis Gulich (70-71)


L to R: Glenn Clark and Duane Speirs standing in front of Pollution IV on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Duane said he flew this a/c a couple of times while in the Thunderbirds . (2015)

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