Over 600 will be in attendance from across the nation.
The National 8th Air Force Reunion in New Orleans will honor the Airmen and ground crews that put the “Mighty Eighth” in the air over occupied Europe in WWII. The now dwindling bomb groups and fighter groups will come together September 27th-October 1st. During this five-day event, veterans will visit and be honored at the WWII Museum in New Orleans, have meals together, and reminisce together.
All are eager, alert, and happy to be able to attend and join their comrades in arms.
THOSE IN ATTENDANCE:
WWII 8th AF Lt. Col. Ralph Anderson, B24 Bombardier, (age 93), Racine, WI
WWII 8th AF 1st Lt. Scott Welch, B17 Pilot (age 95) & wife Phyl (age 94) & daughter Linda, Silver Lake, WI
WWII 8th AF, Tech Sgt. Bob Schuh, (age 93), B17 waist and tail gunner, togglier, Chilton, WI
WWII 8th AF, Sgt. Art Grisa, (age 93), tail & waist gunner (purple heart recipient) & wife Marnie Grisa,* Brookfield, WI
WWII 8th AF, Don O’Reilly*, (age 96), MP and daughter, Aurora, IL
Korea, 8th AF, A/1C (Airman 1st Class) Don Hilbig*, (age 84) from Beloit, WI
The cost is approx. $1,500. 00 per person for flight, stay, food, lodging, and program for the five-day event. Funds raised over the amount will be used for future group events for our Wi and IL veterans and families.
*The WI Chapter 8th Air Force Historical Society has been in existence for 27 years and consists entirely of volunteers. The WI 8th AF HS honors and reunions veterans of all conflicts from states of WI and IL. Quarterly reunions are held at the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, WI to educate the public and honor and reunion all vets. Annual Fly for Freedom educational days are also held at local high schools in which our veterans are paired with students to educate them one-on-one. Thank you for your help in getting our veterans to New Orleans to be honored.
If you prefer to help via mail: This year we are pairing with Cudahy-St. Francis Kiwanis Club Foundation Inc. They will graciously accept donations on our behalf at NO cost to the Wisconsin Chapter.
To give a tax-deductible donation, write checks* to: Cudahy-St. Francis Kiwanis Club Foundation
**When filling out your check, make sure put Wis. Chap 8th AFHS in the lower left corner of your check to ensure funds go to our group.
Mail checks to: Cudahy-St. Francis Kiwanis Club Foundation Inc, 5925 S. Robert Ave., Cudahy, WI 53110
WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP AS WE ARE STILL RAISING FUNDS TO GET OUR VETS TO NEW ORLEANS and PAY FOR THEIR HOTEL ROOMS!
FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS:
Cindy Drehmel, MS, President, Wi Chapter 8th Air Force Historical Society
(Note the picture above shows are WWII vets who were in attendance at our June meeting)
- J. Peter Horne
- Laurie Beck
- David Nelson
- Richard Roloff
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