50th Anniversary Reunion of the Battle of Soui Tre March 19 – 24, 2017

50th Anniversary Reunion of the Battle of Soui Tre March 19 – 24, 2017

To all my Brave Brothers that had fought at Suoi Tre and survived that March 21st day in 1967

‘This will most likely be the last time the participants of the "Largest One Day Battle in VN War" will all be together again.’

See Retired Army Gen. John W. Vessey’s comments at the Battle of Soui Tre reunion March, 2015

We will be having a get together for the 50 Anniversary of the Battle of Suoi Tre on March 19th-24! All units involved are invited to attend. There will be plenty of activities including a banquet, a surprise TV Actor guest, a day at Fort Carson, with a Memorial Service at the Fort, complete with a 21 Cannon Salute on the 21st of March for our Brothers who were lost on that day and during the insertion into GOLD on the 19th.

A special guided tour of the Air Force Academy is set. In addition, optional trip to Wildwood Casino There will be plenty of things to do, a luncheon/ shopping for the wives.

The registration for this event will be $65 per person, which includes the Banquet Dinner, the use of Hospitality Room, buses to events, etc.

This fee is to be mailed/payable to:

William King
PO Box 414 
Florissant, Co 80816


Also, we need your name and anyone that accompanies you, your unit and the town/city your from for your Name Tags, Thank you!

Special Room Rate is $91 + Tax for a Single/Double Standard Room. This rate includes a free hot Breakfast buffet.

The hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs will be our meeting site. Hotel reservations for rooms must be made by 2-27-2017 in order to get the special rate. The Hotel Elegante telephone number is 1-800-981-4012. When you register, tell them you are here for the Soui Tre Reunion and Group # is 1612683.

As more info comes available, it will be posted on  www.originalboatpeople.com  website.

In addition, if you know of anyone who was at Soui Tre, please tell them about this event as this will be their final opportunity to commemorate the battle and meet with the participants. (This will be our last reunion.)

There is no deadline for registration but the hotel would like you to make reservations ASAP so they can set rooms aside for us!!

March 19

Arrival day, table set up in lobby for book authors & greeting our people with welcome packs & name tags There will be a sign in book.

Later in afternoon welcome packs & name tags will be in the hospitality room.

We will have a pizza/beer & other refreshments get together for all units, authors, guest speakers if they desire in the hospitality room in the evening around 5-6:00 (tbd). Come & go as you please, purely a time to socialize & meet each other.

March 20

Morning trip to Ft Carson (busing provided by them) to hopefully witness troops doing actual training exercise on simulators & we are invited to do hands on also.

Tour of remodeled museum

Lunch at base mess hall (each pays for own lunch)

Evening social in Banquet Room at Elegante Hotel. Opening prayer by Ron Conrad B2/7, Slide program presented by Bill Comeau A2/12

Mayor or aid (depending on schedules) will welcome us. Several speakers to talk about the battle, different views & circumstances. Some special speakers have committed to be there to relate to our experience & speak on theirs. We have Jim Downing 103 years old Pearl Harbor survivor (was next to USS Arizona when it blew, he was on the USS West Virginia), Ed Beck in Battle of the Bulge & was a POW, WW2 and went on to the Korean War, a Soldier who was at Hiroshima after the blast (has pics & artifacts to show), Battle Commanders & current day Commanders to speak.

Still waiting on others to respond

Cash bar & other refreshments will be there. Working on appropriate snacks, this is not a dinner situation.

Timing to start all events is in planning.

March 21

Memorial at Ft Carson in morning, We'll post what time to leave hotel (again buses provided by Ft Carson), ceremony to start at 9:30. Protocol to be followed; 21 Cannon salute & reading of the names of fallen

Trip to PX in Ft Carson buses to buy memorabilia etc, Lunch at Ft Carson mess hall

Evening Banquet with some more speakers. Still waiting on commitment from actors for their filming schedule

March 22

Free day, shop around Colorado Springs (info in welcome pkg) or look at www.visitcos.com

Trip to US Air Force Academy for private tour in morning

Trip to Cripple Creek (old gold mining town turned into gaming town, old buildings haven't been changed) in morning. Bus fees to be posted, there is a package to pay for ride but a refund for ride cost by playing.

OR you could do USAFA tour in morning & Cripple Creek in afternoon 3:00 ish. Need to tighten schedules.


March 23

Still planning on static displays with Ft Carson for morning & rest of day. The troops have been deploying & coming back continually! It’s been very difficult to pin down activities!

We're trying hard to make this a reunion to remember.

We are dubbing the Heritage Week as "Freedom Isn't Free". Thats why we have brought in our brothers from previous wars all the way to the present Global War on Terrorism soldiers. We have all experienced the same feelings & life issues.

Thank you for your input. I hope this clarifies things better, call if we need to discuss further.

I'm in constant communication with people coming with questions, lining up speakers or possible's, meetings with Ft Carson personnel & their schedule & planning on the ceremony.

We also have 50th anniversary "Battle of Suoi Tre" shirts in the works. We’re making them non-unit specific so it works for everyone. They will be available in Tee or Polo & we need to style, size, & quantity from everyone asap. I'm doing a mass e-mail & phone calling this weekend to all who have registered to get that info as well as the free day wants. I can't get these things finalized until I get the information.

Waiting on response from possible speakers R.Lee Emory, Gary Sinese, Pearl Harbor nurse at attack, I think I now have a Viet Nam nurse from the 1967 period, Mike McGraff 6 year POW in Hanoi, Commander Russell who was in charge of the capture of Sadam Hussain, & others

For further information or questions, please call Bill King  at 719-748-8219 H or 719-494-3590 C
or email me at: billkingsouitre@aol.com 

Bill King  C/2/22  1967

Committee Chairman

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