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53rd ANNUAL REUNION - 1999


Marauders Logo The 53rd Annual Reunion took place in Nashville, Tennessee on Labor Day Weekend, September 3 - 5th, at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

Registration
Registration
The weekend began on Thursday morning with the opening of the Registration and Memorabilia Room. This room is the focal point of the reunion, it is where every one comes to register, view the photo books, reminisce, catch up on what's happening, and purchase Merrill's Marauders supplies.
Registration
Registration/Memorabilia
Registration
Registration/Memorabilia

Friday Night Dinner
Friday Dinner

Posting of Colors
"Posting of Colors"
by the 75th Ranger Regt.
Friday night dinner is the first official gathering of every one who attends the reunion. This year we where honored to have members of the 75th Ranger Regiment as our color guard. A special thanks to these fine young men who serve this great country of ours.
"RANGERS LEAD THE WAY"





Friday Night Dinner

The guest speaker at the Friday night dinner was Dr. James E. T. Hopkins, author of the new book "Spearhead" (The Complete History of the Merrill's Marauders). Dr. Hopkins, is a physician, and graduated from the John Hopkins University Medical School in 1941. He volunteered for duty and entered the army as a 1st lieutenant. Before volunteering for the Marauders, Dr. Hopkins served with the 18th General Hospital during the Battle of Midway, the 37th Division at Guadalcanal and the Battle of New Georgia. As a Marauder Dr. Hopkins served the entire Burma campaign as Orange Combat Team surgeon with the Third Battalion.
Dr. James E. T. Hopkins
"Guest Speaker"
Dr. James E. T. Hopkins MD

Friday Night Next Generation Gathering

It has become a tradition that the young relative's and friends who attend the reunion gather at local watering hole on Friday night after the dinner. This gathering is a chance for us to get to know one another and share in a little fun and relaxation of our own.
2nd Generation Social
2nd Generation Social
2nd Generation Social
2nd Generation Social


SATURDAY

General Business Meeting

Gen. Business Meeting
General Business Meeting

The highlights of the meeting are as follows: 1) Mike McLaughlin was elected to the position of Vice President. 2) A Representative of Governor Don Sundquist From the State Of Tennessee Presented a Proclamation, Proclaiming Saturday September 4, 1999 as Merrill's Marauders Day (To view the Proclamation Click On The Proclamation Below, Then Select Back At The Top Of Your Browser To Return To This Page
Proclamation

On Saturday afternoon New Hampshire State Senator Squires and former New Hampshire Governor Hugh Gregg Stopped by the reunion to invite the Marauders to the dedication ceremony of the Merrill's Marauders Bridge, to beheld on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 1999. (See EVENTS on the Association Page for details).

Senator Squires
Left - Right
Grant Hirabayashi - Senator Squires
Roy Matsumoto - Gov. Hugh Gregg
Gov. Gregg
Bob Passanisi & Gov. Hugh Gregg


Saturday Night Banquet

On Saturday evening the Annual Banquet was held. Logan Weston gave the Invocation, and a Minute of Silence was held in memory of our departed Marauder and Ranger Comrades. The guest speaker for the night was Colonel P. K. Keen from the 75th Ranger Regiment, who addressed the roll and heritage of the modern day Ranger.

Logan Weston
Invocation
Logan Weston
P. K. Keen
Guest Speaker
Colonel P. K. Keen



MARAUDERS HONOR LYONS & CLOFINE

The Merrill's Marauders Association presented Certificates of Appreciation to Executive Secretary Ray Lyons and Treasurer Herb Clofine for long, dedicated and outstanding service to the association. Ray and Herb have earned our sincere gratitude for the rare dedication, energy and skill they have displayed in rendering outstanding services to the Marauders both in war and peace.

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