Reunions
December 2009

50th Anniversary






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  • Thursday
  • Friday - Socializing
  • Sat - Daytime
  • Sat - Honors
  • Sat - Banquet
Thursday, December 17, 2009 - Holiday Inn Bordeaux, Fayetteville, NC - Wileys Bar & Grill
   
George Torrealba & Sue Horn George Torrealba
340 - George Torrealba & Sue Marolf 341 - Larry Sitter & George Torrealba
   
Fred Patterson & RJ Smith RJ Smith & ______
342 - Fred Patterson & RJ Smith 343 - RJ Smith & Guy Jones
   
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344 - [l-r] Sherm Hawkins, Pete Peterson, Dan Williams,
___ ?Henrickson?, Lucie Torrealba, Sue Marolf
376 - Denise & Billy Godwin
   
348 349
348 - Dan Williams, Lucie Torrealba, Sue Marolf 349 - Greg Vares, Sharon Vares, Pat "Flash" Gordon, Bill Forristal
   
350 352
350 - Laurie "Truck" Sams (2009 Honorary Golden Knight & former Australian National Champion), Fred Patterson, ______, William Sams 352 - George Torrealba, Fred Patterson, Jeff Averett
   
354
354 - Bob "Top Mac" McDermott 355 - Ambrose "Ambie" Velasco & Bob McDermott
   
356 357
356 - Ambie Velasco & Cal Callahan 357 - Ambie Velasco & Cal Callahan
   
358 364
358 - Pete Peterson & Ambie Velasco 364 - George Torrealba & Pat "Flash" Gordon
   
359 363
359 - Kathy Callahan & Bob McDermott 363 - Bob McDermott & Ray Garin
   
361 362
361 - Friendships Renewed - What Reunions are for. 362 - Lake Medlin & Mark Gabriel
   
365 366
365 - Gary "Schmidy Dude" Schmid 366 - Gary Schmid & George Torrealba
   
367 368
367 - Regina "Gina" Hudson - WebWizard & Photographer
Thanks, Schmidy Dude for snapping the shot.
368 - RJ Smith, Stephen Salisbury & Sandi Sangsland
   
369 370
369 - The Harris Family - [l-r] Charlie, John, Ro & Steve 370 - Margie Emmons & Dan Williams
   
371 372
371 - Lucie Torrealba, Sue Marolf & Ro Harris 372 - Chuck Haley, Ray Garin & George Torrealba
   
373 374
373 - John Pearson (Jim Pearson's grandson) & Bob McDermott 374 - Lucie Torrealba & Skip Cassel
   
375 376
375 - Ben Currin & Charles Peyton 377 - ______, Laurie Sams & Bill Forristal
   
382 385
382 - The "Bettys" are 3 lovely ladies who could not decide which group shot was the best of all 3 of them, so they asked Regina, the photographer, to combine the best head shots into one photo.
Since they were all terrific, Regina couldn't decide, so meet:
Lucie "Betty" Torrealba, Ro "Betty" Harris & Gina "Betty" Duffy.
Ladies, you were so much fun to photograph.
385 - John Harris, Steve Harris & Ray Duffy Jr.
   
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Friday, December 18, 2009 - Casual Social
   
386 387
386 - Thank you to everyone who brought their photos and scrapbooks to share with Team Mates and the Website 387 - Bob McDermott & Kate Callahan
   
Harry Arter 390
389 - Harry Arter 390 - Harry Arter, Sherm Hawkins & George Torrealba
   
392 393
392 - Alan Dillon 393 - Bill Gatter
   
394 Pat Gordon
394 - Jim Ramsey 395 - Pat "Flash" Gordon
   
396 400
396 400 - Mike Kailian
   
397 398
397 398
   
KC Kassens 418
399- Ken "KC" Kassens 418
   
403 404
403 - Hardworking Ladies
______ & ______
404 - Hardworking Ladies
Nancy Wrenn, ______ & ______
   
405 408
405 - Joe Abeln 408 - Joe Abeln & ______
   
406 362
406 407 - Tony "I didn't do it" Mouzon
   
409 366
409 - Dave Bullen 410 - Dave & Mimi Bullen
   
413 414
413 - John Hawke 414 - John Hawke & Aaron Figel
   
412 370
412 415 - Aaron Figel
   
416 417
416 417
   
419 374
419 420 - Bruce McMurray & Spider Wrenn
   
375 376
425 421
   
424 426
424 - Gina & Stephanie 426 - Stephanie & Gina
   
422 427
422 - Sonny Hill & Stephanie ___ 427 - Pete Morakon
   
429 430
429 - The Irrepressible Charlie Hall 430 - Charlie & Jacquelyn Hall
   
431 432
431 - ______ & Andrew Starr 432 - Andrew Starr
   
435 433
435 - Neal Beverly 433 - Neal Beverly & Anthony Dill
   
434 428
434 - Anthony Dill 428 - Dan Williams & Spider Wrenn
   
436 437
436 - Lew & ___ Sanborn 437 - Ray Garin & George Torrealba
   
438 441
438 - Diane & Tom Lake 441 - Chris Talbert
   
439 440
439 - Chris Talbert & Vern Miller 440 - Vern Miller
   
442 445
442 -[center] A Representative from a Skydiving
Magazine & Family
445 - Jose Rodriquez (in hat)
   
443 444
443 - Proud Papa 444 - Proud Family
   
446 447
446 - Alsee Richardson & Pete Peterson 447
   
449 450
449 - Late Into the Evening,
These Wonderful Ladies are Still Working
450 - While We Socialized, They Manned their Stations
   
448 451
448 451 - Gina Duffy & Angie & Ty Wheeler - In a Group Dance
   
452 453
452 - Dave Bullen & Son 453 - ______, Donna Dixon & "Mac" Maciborski
   
455 454
455 - Aaron Figel & ______ 454
   
457 456
457 - John Ridout 456 - John & Fran Ridout
   
458 459
458 - Fred Vogt 459 - Walter Kraft
   
460 461
460 - Dick Fortenberry 461 - Dick Fortenberry & Bob McDermott
   
463 462
463 462 - ______, Kate Griesser & Jim Bean
   
464 465
464 - Jim Bean 465 - Jim Bean & ______
   
466 475
466 - Bob McDermott & George Torrealba
That's Ray Garin Dancing
[What's That Signal for "Rescue Me"?]
475 - Pete Peterson and His Beautiful Daughter
   
467 468
467 468
   
474 469
474 - Charlie Harris 469 - Charlie Harris, Buzz Harrell & Mick Howard
   
470 471
470 - Jeff Averett, Lucie & George Torrealba, & Ray Garin 471 - Buzz Harrell
   
473 472
473 - Mick Howard 472 - Charlie Harris & Mick Howard
   
402  
402 - Joe Sallas
   
Shared by Alumni - Thank You
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3070 - Bob McDermott & Helmut Schlecht  
   

   
668 669
668 - Mario "Mijo" Rivera, Andy Serrano, Pablo Quiroga, & Tony Mouzon 669 - Mario "Mijo" Rivera, Cal Callahan & Jeff Ritter
   
667  
667 - Spider Wrenn, Jeff Ritter, Johnny Mulford, Ken Brown,
Pablo Quiroga, Michi Hewitt& Bob Gordon crouching in front of Tony Mouzon, Andy Serrano, Tom Hewitt, Mario Rivera & Mike Kailian
 
   
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Saturday, December 19, 2009 - Team Area - The Memorial
476 477
476 - Remembering Fallen Friends 477 - Lee Smith Recognizes Team LTC Anthony Dill
   
481 478
481 - Commemorative Statue Presented to LTC Anthony Dill 478 - Skip Cassel Introduces the Original 1961 USAPT
   
479 480
479 - [l-r] Jerry Bourquin, Al Solis, Wil Charette, Dick Fortenberry, Coy McDonaldl, Lee Smith, Bob McDonnell, Roy D Martin,
& Skip Cassel with memorial to Loy Brydon
480 - Jerry Bourquin, Al Solis, Wil Charette, Dick Fortenberry, Coy McDonaldl, Lee Smith, Bob McDonnell, Roy D Martin
   
Saturday, December 19, 2009 - Team Area - Unveiling of the Memorial Statue
More Photos of the Memorial Statue will appear in Later Scrapbook Entries
   
482 485
482 - The Unveiling was swift, then the real story was the crowd that converged on the statue to capture photos. 485
   
484 490
484 - Lee Smith 490
   
488 489
488 - Skip Cassel & Bob McDermott 489 - Skip Cassel & Bob McDermott
   
492 491
492 491 - Cal Callahan & Skip Cassel
   
493 495
493 - Harold Lewis & Lee RK Smith 495
   
496 497
496 497
   
499 500
499 - Bobby "Spider" Wrenn Pointing & Bob McDermott 500 - Spider Wrenn & Bob McDermott
   
486
498 - Pete Peterson & Ambie Velasco 487 - LTCs Anthony Dill & Jim Bean
Performing Above & Beyond the Call of Duty
   
486 379
486 - Karen Hampton & Laurie "Truck" Sams 379 - Roy D Martin
   
353 380
353 - Harold Lewis 380 - Spider Wrenn & Bob McDermott
   
378 381
378 - Skip Cassel 381 - Roy D Martin, Renata Pearson & Harold Lewis
   
Before the Banquet
501
501 - Gina Hudson & George Torrealba Manning the Website Station
   
383 384
383 - Bruce Wicks, George Torrealba & Roy D Martin
at the General Membership Meeting
384 - Bruce Wicks, George Torrealba, Jack Helm & Roy D Martin
   
Submitted by Alumni - Thank You
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644 645
644 - Bob McDonnell 645 - Harold Lewis
   
653 643
653 - Renata Pearson 643 - Reflecting on the Originals Inscription
   
646 647
646 - Bob McDonnell, Lew Sanborn, Tee Tayler [Brydon] & Jim Arender 647 - Bob McDonnell, Lew Sanborn, Tee Tayler [Brydon]
& Jim Arender
   
648 642
648 - Jim Arender & Wil Charette 642 - Anne Byard & Jerry Bourquin
   
649 650
649 - Harold Lewis & Jim Arender 650 - Jerry & Geri Bourquin & Al Solis
   
651 652
651 - Roy D Martin, Renata Pearson (Jim Pearson's daughter)
& Harold Lewis
652 - Roy D Martin, Harold Lewis, Dick Fortenberry & Lee RK Smith
   
688  
688 - Chuck Collingwood & Helmut Schlecht  
   
At the Golf Course on Saturday, December 19, 2009
681 682
681 - _____, Andy Gerber _____, Bob Finn & Glenn Bangs 682 - Bruce Wicks (right) playing golf with 2 active Golden Knights
   
683  
683 - Honorary Knight Helmut Schlecht (forefront) playing golf with 2 active Golden Knights  
   
Pre-Banquet Socializing on Saturday, December 19, 2009
684 685
684 - Mark Jones & _____ 685 - Tim Geoghegan & _____
   
687 686
687 - [rear] _____, Glenn Bangs & Mike Grady,
[front] unidentified young fan of the Golden Knights
686 - Robert Mohundro
   
665  
665 - Ray Garin, Larry Bagley, Bruce Wicks, Bob McDermott
& Ernesto Martinez
 
   
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Saturday, December 19, 2009 - Banquet Ceremonies & Honors
   
George Torrealba & Sue Horn George Torrealba
510 - Donna Dixon, Michael "Ike" Eitniear & Mark Shields
Last Minute Preparations
511 - Donna Dixon, Michael "Ike" Eitniear & Mark Shields
   
Fred Patterson & RJ Smith RJ Smith & ______
513 - Commanders Anthony Dill & Ike Eitniear 522 - Sonny Hill's Welcoming Remarks
   
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521 - Posting of the Colors
Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry
Led by Colors Officer Mark Shields
524 - During the "Introduction of Wives Representing Husbands"
Gina Duffy was Specially Recognized for the Many
Contributions of Husband, Ray Duffy, to the GKAA
   
348 349
530 - Fred Johnson Presenting the "Army Superior Unit Award" & "Safety Excellence Streamer" to the Team 531 - Anthony Dill, Donna Dixon & Fred Johnson
   
350 352
532 - Spider Wrenn Introducing Former Knights 533 - The Arrival of "The Knight"
   
354
534 - Anthony Dill Receiving the Sword 535 - Anthony Dill Preparing for the Knighting Ceremonies
   
356 512
536 - Ike Eitniear Calling the Honorary Roll 512 - Founding Member, Jim Arender Being Recognized
   
   
Recognizing Founding and Original 1961 USAPT Members
358 364
537 - Founding Member, Harry Arter 538 - Founding Member, Harry Arter
   
359 564
541 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Jerry Bourquin 564 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Jerry Bourquin
   
361
543 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Wil Charette 565 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Wil Charette
   
365 366
545 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Dick Fortenberry 566 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Dick Fortenberry
   
367 567
546 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Harold Lewis 567 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Harold Lewis
   
547 568
547 - STRAC & USAPT Member Jack Helms 568 - STRAC & USAPT Member Jack Helms
   
548 569
548 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Bob McDonnell 569 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Bob McDonnell
   
549 570
549 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Roy D Martin 570 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Roy D Martin
   
550 571
550 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Coy O McDonald 571 - Original 1961 USAPT Member Coy O McDonald
   
551 572
551 - Original 1961 USAPT Member - Lee RK Smith 572 - Original 1961 USAPT Member - Lee RK Smith
   
552 573
552 -Original 1961 USAPT Member - Al Solis 573 - Original 1961 USAPT Member - Al Solis
   
Honorary Golden Knights
553 574
553 - Pat Thomas 574 - Pat Thomas
   
554 575
554 - Lem Morgan 575 - Lem Morgan
   
555 576
555 576
   
557 577
557 577
   
558 578
558 578
   
559 579
559 - "Mac" Maciborski 579 - "Mac" Maciborski
   
560 580
560 580
   
561 600
561 600
   
562 591
562 591
   
563 592
563 - Laurie "Truck" Sams 592 - Laurie "Truck" Sams
   
Recognizing Exceptional Achievements
601 604
601 - Photographer of the Year - Steven Robertson 604 - Aviator of the Year - DAC Allen Aber
   
602 603
602 - Sean Capogreco - Civilian of the Year 603 - Civilian of the Year, Sean Capogreco, Salutes the Crowd
   
605 614
605 - Ryan Ray - Golden Knight of the Year 614 - Treasurer, Spider Wrenn, Thanking Fellow
Outgoing GKAA Board Members
Johnny Mulford, Sonny Hill & Karen Hampton
   
593 607
593 - Skip Cassel, A Driving Personal & Financial Force
Behind the Memorial Statue
607 - Skip Cassel
(Better a Sword than a Cannon - Sorry Skippy)
   
594 610
594 - Spider & Nancy Wrenn, The Heroes
of Many Fabulous Reunions and Much More
610 - Anthony Dill with, Spider & Nancy Wrenn
as They Receive the Crowd's Appreciation
   
612 613
612 - George Torrealba, the Father of the GKAA Website,
Being Congratulated by Sonny Hill
613 - George Torrealba, Recognized for Creating and Promoting
the GKAA Website
   
616 617
616 - Retiring the Colors
Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry
617 - Retiring the Colors
Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry
   
Shared by Alumni - Thank You
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728 - Dick Fortenberry 731 - Dick Fortenberry
   
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656 657
656 - George Torrealba 657 - LTC Anthony Dill
   
658 659
658 - Dick Fortenberry 659 - Bob McDonnell
   
660 661
660 - Coy McDonald 661 - Al Solis
   
662  
662 - Drum Roll While Retiring the Colors  
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Saturday, December 19, 2009 - The 50th Anniversary Banquet
505 494
Thank you for returning these items!
Donna Dixon and All the Media Relations Staff did a Stellar Job Creating Commemorative Videos, Decorations, Souvenirs and So Much More
to Make the Reunion an Unforgettable Event
   
507 529
507 - The "Sword in the Stone" Table Decor Included
Helmets, Shields, Coins, a Sword & Stone
Ice Sculpture of the USAPT Patch
   
509 526
509 - Bobby "Spider" Wrenn - The Man of the Hour 516 - [l-r] The Legendary Lew Sanborn & Jim Arender
with Mrs. Sanborn
   
519 520
519 - [l-r] Harry Arter & Jerry Bourquin 520 - [l-r] Harry Arter & Jerry Bourquin
   
517 523
517 - [l-r] Ray Garin & Bob McDermott 523 - Harley Mast
   
388 391
388 - THEN
Charlie Hall & Pablo Quiroga - 1971
391 - NOW
Charlie Hall & Pablo Quiroga - 2009
   
518 596
518 - Lucie & George Torrealba 596 - [l-r] Rona Cassel, Anthony Dill, Bob McDermott & Skip Cassel
   
525 528
525 528 - Anthony & Jo Dill
   
514 515
514 -[l-r] ____, Pat Gordon, ____ & ____ 515
   
598 625
598 - [l-r] Pablo Quiroga, the Knight & Bob McDermott 625 - Bob McDermott & Gina Hudson
   
620 621
620 - [l-r] Wil Charette & Dick Fortenberry 621 - [l-r] Wil Charette, Skip Cassel & Dick Fortenberry
   
622 623
622 - Dick Fortenberry's Dedicated & Lovely Daughters
[l-r] Amanda & Jennifer
623 - Tee Taylor & Hugh Brydon
(Loy Brydon's  former wife & son)
   
629 624
629 - Gary "Schmidy Dude" Schmid 624 - [l-r] Jennifer Fortenberry, John Pearson, Renata Pearson &
Amanda Fortenberry
   
626 627
626 - [l-r] George Torrealba & Jim Arender 627 - [l-r] Lee RK Smith & Jeff Averett
   
628 636
628 - [l-r] Karen & Greg Hampton 636 - Gina Hudson & Jeff Averett
   
634 635
634 - [l-r] Sean Capogreco, Donna Dixon, Charles Cooley & ______ 635 - "Mac" Maciborski & Donna Dixon
   
631 633
631 - [l-r] Laurie Sams & John Pearson 633 - [l-r] Laurie Sams, Joel Rowley & "Mac" Maciborski
   
630 632
630 - [l-r] Ambie Velasco & Bob McDermott 632 - [l-r] Jeff Averett, Jim Arender, Lee RK Smith,
George Torrealba & ______
   
637 638
637 - Joe Sallas & Kris Ward 638 - Joe Sallas & Kris Ward
   
618 527
618 - [l-r] Jeff Averett, George Torrealba, Gina Hudson & Jim Arender 527 - _____ & Banzai Brantley
   
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691 692
691 - [l-r] Helmut Schlect & Charles "Banzai" Brantley 692 -[l-r] Justin Schilling, _____, Darrell Nesbit & Guy Jones
   
693 671
693 - [l-r] Guy Leverett, Steve Beinert, Alsee Richardson, Willie Williams &  Ernesto Martinez 671 - [l-r] Paul Raspino, Charles "Banzai" Brantley & Mario "Mijo" Rivera
   
663 664
663 - [l-r] Amanda Fortenberry, Martha Martin, Roy D Martin
& Jennifer Fortenberry
664 - [l-r] Amanda Fortenberry, Martha Martin, Roy D Martin
& Jennifer Fortenberry
   
665 654
655 - [l-r] Seated: Dick & Linda Fortenberry - Standing _____,
Jennifer Fortenberry, ______, & Amanda Fortenberry
654 -[l-r] ______, Amy Charette & Wil Charette
   
666 670
666 - [l-r] Bob Giaccone, Jeff Ritter, Tony Mouzon, Andy Serrano
& Mario "Mijo" Rivera
670 -[l-r] Front: Jim "Wazoo" Keesee, Brian Smith, Johnny Mulford, Andy Serrano, Jeff Ritter, Charles "Banzai" Brantley - Rear: Mike Kailian, Mark Keeling, Tony Mouzon, Mario Rivera, Tom Hewitt & Matt Hustead
   
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