After Action Report on D-Day Pig Roast Picnic
Our 16th Annual D-Day Picnic was a success. Another SUNNY day in Oregon!
Amazing that in all the years of this
event we've only had one cloudy
Over 80 people attended and traveled
from all over the Pacific NW - Seattle, Lincoln City, Heppner, Eugene and
points in between. Many
sleeping bags and tents and hammocks were “thrown down” among the
apple grove. All the couches
were filled and reservations were required to stay in the “Silver
Members of the West Coast Airborne
Assn, AJ Baker Ranger Base Chapter, Mt St Helens 101st Chapter
were here - some napping in the shade, some telling lies and some
working the auction and raffle.
In attendance –Walt Allegar and his
wife, Robin Bartel, Al Bernardi & Norma, Tracie Bunch and her dad Jim
Norene, Betty Carpenter, Ed
Casciato, Tony Cervantes & friends, Bill & Ruth Collins, Brunk
Conley & daughter, Mike
& Kate Davis, Dorothy
Domingues, Jerry & Kaye Gomes, Nino, Tony, Julia,
Elizabeth & Brian Custor, Dax McTaggart & Charlie, Tommy
Bayne & Erin, CSM Frank
Grippe & Carla & Madeline, Dale & Estle Harlan, Bill Hays, Patrick, Steve &
Audra Healy, JK Johnson, Laf
Keaton, John Kiefel & his daughter, Sam Kimpton, Bill Kohlmeyer, Brian
Kraft, Darvin & Molly Lee, Terry & Yolly Low, George May,
Roosevelt & Carolyn Mitchell, John Reid, John & Phyl Sherman, Pat
Simpson, Ray & Sheila Westbrook, Bill & Peg Wingett and son, Ralph
Younce, Col. Bert Key Oregon
Nat’l Guard, VFW Post 4273, Kathy Kirchner – and many more.
Over $1000 was raised by the raffle
and auction which goes towards Eagle Family Support Fund donations, picnic
expenses and ROTC plaques. Thanks you everyone for being so generous. Ray
Westbrook was busy with his digital camera throughout the day and hopes to
take individual pictures of everyone for our scrapbook and history.
Chaplain George May brought out his shiny trombone and played Taps very beautifully in honor of our deceased members and fallen soldiers.
Thank you to everyone that helped especially the Marines John & Mez that BBQ'd the 150 pound hog 4:00 a.m comes mighty early!! Thank you to Dax and Laura who cut and served the pork. Thank you to our sons, Tony and Nino and nephew Tommy that prepared the tables and chairs in advance and cleaned up afterwards. Thank You to Jerry who worked until dark each night for a week weeding the garden, cleaning the barn and getting our place spiffed up for the picnic! He also spent an afternoon in town shopping
with me for the food and wine for the
event. And Thank You to
the helpers in the Kitchen! Dorothy Domingues and Carolyn Mitchell and all
the other ladies who washed dishes.
Menu: Desserts by the Donut Dollies, BBQ Hog, Coleslaw, German Potato Salad, American Potato Salad, Chips, Dips, Fruit, and assorted libations! For those that forayed across the garden, fresh raspberries were ripe for the picking fresh off the bushes. Madeline gathered eggs from the chicken house for our Biscuit & Gravy & scrambled egg breakfast!
Brunk Conley admired Jim
Norene’s carved soldiers, Darvin Lee showed us his photos and 506
Scrapbook, Roosevelt Mitchell presented Jerry Gomes with a new Screaming
Flag. The Gomes boys made a trip to the local hardware store for plastic
pipe and made themselves some dandy potato guns and a good time was had by
The Chapter appreciates everyone coming to this annual event from such long distances around the Pacific NW. We hope to arrange an Eastern Oregon get-to-gether in October during Pheasant Seasona trip up to Ft Lewis, and possibly a luncheon or breakfast in the Southern Oregon area to see our members that are unable to travel so far these days. It’s too short to fly and too far to drive!
Members who couldn’t attend but sent
their best wishes were: Kevin
Cody, Robert Janes, Rey Martinez, Al Viste, Myrra Shivers, Michael Smith,
Juan Ulep, Bibiana Gomes, Tex Hardin, Hugh Kiser.
Lost Eagles: Dennis McManus, Joan Lupescu, Dave Henslee, Steve Chappius, Jeanne Princen.
If anyone knows their address, please let us know.
Oregon Cascade Chapter