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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Another honor was bestowed on a 1st Cav
MEDEVAC pilot. Hank Tuell, 'Little Okie,' MEDEVAC 1 Hank (Okie) Tuell, was
inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. In addition to being
inducted into the DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame in 2011, the notorious
tobacco chewing Oklahoman, who flew as 'Medevac 1' in the 1970 time frame,
was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame in November
2015. 'Okie' now resides in Red Lodge, MT and has been doing great things
for our wounded warriors through Operation Second Chance.
The other-'Big Okie'-was CW2 Phillip K. Gibbons. If I'm wrong, someone
who knows, correct me. I'm looking at a saved copy of 15th MED Assn. founder
SNORE's original Website with the 1970 roster. I had to pick a name I
thought was possible and it says he DEROSed in February '70, which would
work, because I never saw him-'Big Okie'-later. As a new MEDEVAC Medic in
January '70 coincidentally my very first mission was with both these 'Okies'
flying together-probably inseparable.
firstname.lastname@example.org sends in his account of the 2016 15th Medical
Battalion Association Reunion: "The 15th Medical Bn. Assn. 2016 Reunion was
held in Olympia, WA, April 11-16. Reunion Coordinator (and now new Assn.
President) Larry Hatch began planning for the Reunion immediately after the
2015 Reunion in Boise, ID. He put together an incredible program, and
publicized the Reunion widely in periodicals of interest to veterans
including the 1st Cavalry Division Newspaper (SABER), and the 15th MED
Bn. Association's new Website,
turnout was incredible! A total of forty-two veterans attended; along with
spouses, family, and guests, over eighty people from twenty-one states were
there! For many veterans, this was their first Reunion, and others had not
attended for years. Attached is a group photo and identification of the
veterans in attendance.
"The Red Lion Hotel is a superb
reunion/convention facility with a spectacular view of Capitol Lake and the
Washington State Capitol. Rooms were spacious and luxurious for a daily
group rate of only $94. per night. A free hot breakfast was available for
guests every morning. Service to guests in all areas was outstanding.
"There was never a dull moment at the Reunion. When participants were
not on one of the tours, at a meeting, or group dinner, they could always go
to the hospitality room and visit with old friends and make new ones.
"Tours included the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field (eighty-five
historic air and spacecraft) , the LeMay Family Auto Collection (over 2,500
vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles), NW Helicopters (200,000 square
feet of hangar space filled with helicopters), and the Olympic Flight Museum
(historic rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and other flight memorabilia).
"There was a group dinner Tuesday-Saturday evening. On Friday night, a
Banquet Barbecue Dinner with music by an outstanding group, the Oly Mountain
Boys bluegrass band.
"A Saturday auction of donated items raised
almost three thousand dollars for the Assn. The auction lived up to its
reputation as being fun and lively.
"Some review comments by
participants were: 'We had a blast;' 'Never seen such a fun auction at
Reunions;' 'Fantastic Reunion;' 'BBQ banquet and entertainment
fantastic;' 'Tour options great.' Even the Red Lion Hotel Staff said,
'We never had such a fun group in attendance!'
"The 2017 Reunion
will be held in Branson, MO. Dates will be established soon. Visit the
Association's Website at www.15thmedbnassociation.org for details. Make
plans to attend for a fantastic time.
"Quoting Larry Ash, MEDEVAC
door gunner, '70-'71, who was unable to attend the Reunion for health
reasons, 'Only a very special event in one's life can continue to bring so
many together so long afterwards. 'So That Others May Live'.... That pretty
well sums up the 15th Medical BN Assn. Reunions!"
Larry was one of
the many MEDEVAC door gunners with a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB)-looking
out for his own. He had been in 2-12 Cav "Ace High." Always remembering
our 1st Cav troops on duty around the world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE