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2013 Reunion Attendees

Name Relationship Attendees
Marvin O. Rose vet and spouse Pat
Dale Thisted vet and spouse Barbara
Gene Jordan friend of Dahls Roxanne
Rhonda Rose daughter of Marvin Rose  
Chris Madison son of Pete Madison  
Seymour Prell and Ruth Leader - unable to attend vet  
David Hoxie son, daughter in law of Doxie Carol
Earlene Jaekle wife of vet, friends Sandy Roark, Joyce Burgess
Marshall P. Hanson son of vet  
Mark Tillman nephew, neice in law Kathy
Dale Burgess vet and daughter Bonnie Blaik
Dana Grossman daughter of Dale Thisted  
Danny Hoxie son of vet Suzanne
Kim McMasters grandneice of Leo Mayo  
William H. Meyer vet  
Howard Max vet, son, daughter, daughter in law Kim Max, Rod and Ivania Max
Name Relationship Attendees
Jane  Young daughter of Marvin Rose Joe
Francis G. Lampert vet, daughter Lisa Williams
Craig McBreen son of vet Karen
Ann Malak daughter of vet Ron
Sr. Airman Joseph Kelley 118th AF NG Honor Guard same
Sr. Airman Jermaine McAlmont 118th AF NG Honor Guard same
Sr. Airman Rachel Kurilko 118th AF NG Honor Guard same
Sr. Airman Ben Walkup 118th AF NG Honor Guard same
Airman 1st Class Eric Weatherford 118th AF NG Honor Guard same
Sal Gonzalez speaker same
Dave Berby  vet and friend Dennis Rybarik
Khristie Barker granddaughter, great grandsons of vet Mack, Evan
Debbie Thorpe friend same
Judy Baumann daughter of vet Eddie Henson Kendall
Katie McGurk granddaughter, grandson in law, great grandson of vet John, Jack
PJ Dahl vet and spouse Bobbie
Joe Kentz friend Ken Weaver
Jeffrey Sinchak friend of speaker  
Mark Engleman friends Joe Angochiodo
Brian Lampert son, granddaughters and grandson in law of vet Francis Lampert  Erin Lampert Field, Andy Field,Cory Lampert
Russ "Buddy" Burris bugler  
Tom Wilhoite piper  
Edith N. Berger friend of Warren Lewis  
Mark Filley son, dtr in law of Marvin Rose Annette
Margo Craig dtr, son in law and grandchildren of Marvin Rose Loren, Brian, Kieran and Alexis
Art Rawlings European theatre vet and spouse Elise

2013 Banquet Program


For those who missed the Nashville, 2013 Reunion, you really MISSED one. This was the first one not hosted by one of the old timers. . If any old heads had second thoughts about a second generation person being able to put on a reunion, that was just put to rest. This reunion hosted by Rhonda Rose, daughter of our famous Marvin Rose, has to rate among the very best. The banquet featured a full-blown, 1940s big band. The nostalgia was overwhelming and I, along with many others, could not stop the tears from swelling as they opened with the Glenn Miller favorite “In the Mood”. It brought us back to the good old days, when the people were united as never before for the well being of our beloved U.S of A. Rhonda had a dance floor installed and the music was so beautiful and compelling it propelled 90 plus year old veterans like Marvin, Howard Max, PJ Dahl and others onto the dance floor. Rhonda had administrative help from Dana Grossman, daughter of Barbara and Dale Thisted and what a team those two make. Dana will be hosting reunion 2114 featuring the Planes of Fame Air Show. God Bless the USA…PJ

Banquet Program

April 20, 2013
6 PM, Hermitage Room

  • 5 to 5:45 PM – Arrival of Honor Guard and musician(s), seating and early meal
  • 5:30 PM – Music by DJ Justin Urquhart
  • 5:45 PM – Banquet arrivals and seating
  • 6 PM - Welcome and Introductions – Rhonda Rose
  • 6:05 PM – Honor Guard and Colors Procession – “Amazing Grace”
    • Piper – Tom Wilhoite
    • Bugler – Russ “Buddy” Burris
    • 118th Air Force Honor Guard Unit/ Tennessee National Guard:
      • Senior Airman Joseph Kelley
      • Senior Airman Jermaine Mcalmont
      • Senior Airman Rachel Kurilko
      • Senior Airman Ben Walkup
      • Airman First Class Eric Weatherford
  • 6:15 PM - Please stand - Pledge of Allegiance – Marvin O. Rose
  • 6:18 PM – Please remain standing for the National Anthem –
    • “The Star Spangled Banner“
  • 6:24 PM – Fallen Heroes Memorial Service – Dale Thisted
    • Memorial Chair Cover placed in recognition of Fallen Heroes – (see insert)
    • Fallen Heroes Roll Call (Bell Toll - Mark Filley (Marvin and Pat Rose’s son):
      • Jim Shelton - January 9, 2013
      • Jerry Gettler – September 23, 2012
      • Charlie Campbell – June 5, 2012
      • Jack “Fox” Olsen – April 2012
      • Amador Amescua – February 17, 2013
      • Norman Willey – November 6, 2012
      • Warren J. Cortner – December 17, 2012
      • Allen (Red) Wilson – December 20, 2012
      • Coy Wiley – May 16, 2012
      • Robert Herman
      • Stanley Swertinski – January 2012
    • TAPS – Russ “Buddy” Burris
    • Colors and Color Guard Recess – “Scotland the Brave”
  • 6:45 PM – Dinner Blessing (see insert) and Introduction of Speaker – Mark Filley
  • 6:50 PM – Speaker – Sal Gonzalez, Wounded Warrior Project
    Sal Gonzalez was born and raised in East LA, CA. He served as a USMC machine gunner for 2 ½ years and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Sal currently makes his home in Nashville, TN where he writes and performs music, and introduces others to the Wounded Warrior Project by sharing his story.
  • 6:50 PM – Meal
  • 7:15 PM – Dinner music by “The Moonlighters”
  • 7:30PM – Entertainment by “The Moonlighters”
  • 8:30PM - Closing, Thanks and Benediction – Rhonda Rose



We call your attention to the empty chair which occupies a place of dignity and honor. It represents all those members of the 475th Fighter Group who are no longer with us in body, but who will always be with us in spirit. We place upon the empty chair a symbol of honored remembrance which will symbolize the spirit of those warriors who have gone before us. Warriors who are gone, but never forgotten.

Dinner Blessing
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your creation of such a beautiful country in which we enjoy the freedom of choice. Forgive us our sins, Father. We know we are human and make mistakes and have sinned without our knowing it. Help us to make the right choices in life and direct us in all we do, say and think. Be with those members not here, comfort those who have lost loved ones, and heal those who are sick, all according to Your will.
We thank You for the opportunity to have served our country in the 475th Fighter Group, for all our accomplishments in helping to win World War II, and for those who waited for us at home, and for keeping our country free and at peace.  Guide our steps in the future. Accept our thanks now for the food and drink You have provided and for Your blessings on this meal. We ask these things in Your holy Name. Amen.

May the strength of God sustain us;
May the power of God preserve us;
May the hand of God protect us;
May the way of God direct us;
May the love of God go with us;
May the Word of God teach us;
And may the Spirit of God comfort us.

April 20, 2013

6 PM, Hermitage Room

2013 Sponsors, Donors & Helpers

A big THANK YOU to all of our donors and helpers!

  • Dr. Dana Grossman, San Diego, CA
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Sal Gonzalez, Nashville, TN
  • 118th Honor Guard Unit of the Tennessee National Guard
  • The Moonlighters, Nashville, TN
  • Russ “Buddy” Burris, Nashville, TN
  • Tom Wilhoite, Nashville, TN
  • M/M Justin Urquhart
  • Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, Goodlettsville, TN
  • Debra Thorpe, Springfield, TN
  • Holiday Inn Airport staff, Nashville, TN
  • Marvin and Patricia Rose, Crossville, TN
  • Dale and Barbara Thisted, Spokane, WA PJ and Bobbie Dahl, Tampa, FK
  • H & R Block
  • Tom Olson, Nashville, TN
  • Airfield Estates Winery, Prosser, WA

2013 Reunion Itinerary

Thursday, April 18, 2013

  • 3 PM - Arrival and check-in
  • Dinner on your own
  • Hospitality Rooms (Hickory and Tennessee Rooms, second floor) - Open at 5 PM

Friday, April 19, 2013

  • Breakfast buffet (Jackson’s Veranda, first floor) - 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM daily
  • 8 AM - Board of Director’s Meeting (Mississippi Room, second floor) - until 12 noon (Board of Director’s lunch to follow from noon to 1 pm)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Hotel Shuttle to and from Opry Mills shopping
  • 1 PM - 2 PM - continuation of Board meeting
  • 2PM - 3 PM - General membership meeting (Hermitage Room, first floor)
  • 3PM – 5PM – Panel Discussion with WWII veterans (Hermitage Room, first floor) Ask them what you’ve always wanted to know!
  • 5 PM - Hospitality Rooms open
  • Dinner on your own

Saturday, April 20, 2013

  • Breakfast buffet (Jackson’s Veranda, first floor) - 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM daily
  • Off site outing to the Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
  • Hotel Shuttle to and from Opry Mills shopping
  • Lunch on your own
  • Hospitality Room opens at 5 PM - midnight
  • 6 PM - Banquet in the Hermitage Room, first floor
    • 6 PM - Welcome/Introductions
    • 6:10 PM – Honor/Color Guard
    • 6:16 PM - Pledge of Allegiance
    • 6: 18 PM – National Anthem
    • 6:24 PM - Memorial Service
      • Memorial Chair
      • Fallen Heroes - Bell Toll
      • TAPS
    • 6:45 PM - Dinner Blessing
    • 6:47 - Introduction of Speaker
    • 6:50 PM - Speaker
    • 6:50 PM - Meal
    • 7:15 PM - Entertainment
    • Benediction and Closing

Sunday, April 21, 2013

  • Breakfast buffet (Jackson’s Veranda, first floor) - 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM daily
  • Informal Farewell meeting at 8 AM (Jackson’s Veranda, first floor)
  • Check-out until 12 noon/Departures

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