Chapter News July 2020
Happy Independence Day Everyone!
We gathered some messages with photos from several Chapters of past events since we are precluded from gathering in groups during the pandemic. Feel free to share past photos from events to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northwest Chapter provided photos from the 2019 Memorial Day Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon
delaware valley Chapter
Barbara Catterall provided a photo of her along with Paul Kitchen (86-I) with his daughter Janis Darlington and Judy and Bob Anderson (Gerald Brenn (85-A) taken on the 2019 Memorial Day.
One piece of news is that a descendant in the Delaware Valley group has a book regarding the 10th Mt. Division that has been accepted for publication by the British publisher, Austin MacCauley. Her name is Mary Donaldson-Evans (father was Lawrence Prudhomme—Ord. Co.). The book is about correspondence between her parents during the war and is entitled “Behind the Lines: A soldier, his Family and the 10th Mountain Division.” It was scheduled to be published in 2020 but due pandemic may be delayed to early 2021.
Even though they cancelled their May picnic they are hoping that the November 2020 luncheon will still go on.
NEW ENGLAND CHPATER
Mac Jackson from the NE Chapter spent his Memorial Day as a Volunteer (not a patient).
Southeast Chapter (Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida)
The southeast Chapter includes all of the states listed above. Don Perkins (Desc I-87) is spearheading creating a Florida Chapter of the 10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc and is hopeful with this success, we may also incorporate the states of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi into the new Chapter.
He writes “During the month of June, a letter, along with a questionnaire was mailed to everyone listed in the Florida database. As of July 1, 2020, the response has been incredibly positive. More questionnaires have been sent to me than anticipated. This is something to get excited about!”
Don Perkins is hopeful that a real chapter for the State of Florida will start to take form during the first or second quarter of 2021. For obvious reasons, actual in person get togethers cannot be scheduled for 2020. This will give us ample time to start planning mini reunions during the off season in various locations in sunny Florida. For example, an introductory reunion in Miami Beach for October 2021 with quarter master shopping, movies with guest speakers, cocktail parties, banquets, excursions, and an optional 4-day cruise package could be a good start.
If you live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi and wish to participate in this exciting adventure and have not expressed your interest, please contact me by email, or “snail” mail with the attached form. My email address is email@example.com. The mailing address is on the form. Please be sure to put “Florida Chapter” in the subject line when emailing me.
Don Perkins-Father: Ruso H. Perkins (I-87)
As reported in the first 2020 edition of the Blizzard, a reunion was held in New Orleans, LA in late January. Activities included tours of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the National World War II Museum and a trip to the Houma Mansion and Plantation. We dined together in fabulous restaurants (Vacherie and Bayona) in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday evenings. On Saturday evening (February 1, 2020) the group held their banquet at Tommy’s Cuisine featuring Italian Creole dishes such as Creole Turtle Soup, Duck Tchoupitoulas, Veal Osso Bucco, Gulf Fish Capri, and other fine dishes.
Some photos not included in the Blizzard article are provided below.
Left to Right: Philip Robert (Desc 86-K), Hulin Robert (86-K), Phebe Davol (Des 86-L), and Robin Birdsong (Desc 86-K).
Merrill Clark (85-K) with his wife Bette enjoying the Saturday evening banquet.
Saturday Night Banquet. Front row from left, Merrill Clark (85-K), Hulin Robert (86-K), Karen LaNoue (Desc 86-HQ), Sandy Ellis (Wife Modern 10th 2/22); Second and back rows: Standing from left, Phebe Davol (Desc 86-L & 86-A & Pioneer), Sean Ellis (Modern 10th 2/22) Ronnie Merritt (Modern 10th 2/22), Edmond Birdsong (Desc 86-K), Georgia Rios (Desc 87-K), Robin Birdsong (Desc 86-K), Philip Robert (Desc 86-K), Kate Raabe (Desc 86-MED-HQ), Anthony Ersland (Desc 87-C), Denise Taylor (Desc 126-ENG-Co D), Mark LaNoue (Husband Desc 86-HQ), Bette Clark (Wife 85-K), Peter Nash (605-FA-A), Kim and Gene Hudyma (Desc 86-SVC). Val Rios (Desc 87-K) took the photo.
Modern 10th Veteran Sean Ellis (Modern 10th 2/22) telling 10th Mountain stories with Ronnie Merritt (Modern 10th 2/22) also standing.