Wally Nunn, President, 174th AHC Association, writes:
It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter as the year has seen us lose some old comrades. I just received a message that Mike Hard has passed. Some of you might remember him as a Crew Chief in the First Platoon in 1968. Also, as most of you know, Sam Kalagian has also left us, and, of course, Fred Thompson.
A few days before Fred died, I received an e-mail telling how much the Association meant to him. Fred was among a handful who brought us all together. He said it was selfishness on his part that drove him to find us, but I believe he meant love. When we lose these men, I think back to when we were together and how much we meant to each other. We shared something so few are privileged to share.
As we grow older as a group, our reunion seems to be growing. I know this would make Fred and the others, both those who never came home and those who passed away since, happy.
This year we had 114 people show up including 40 wives and one mother. Everybody seemed to have a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. One of the high points for me is watching the friendships develop between guys who served at different times.
We ran up against a space problem with the dinner facilities, so our resident genius, Bernie Cobb, has come up with a solution for next year. First, we will have only one formal meeting, not two. Second, Friday night will consist of a cocktail party/reception with heavy finger foods. Third, the Saturday night dinner will be about a mile from our hotel with plenty of room for everyone to stretch out. Our carpools will have backup shuttle transportation provided. The combined meetings will take place following dinner.
I hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year, and keep our departed friends and each other in your prayers."