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Lest We Forget Videos

Jack Coles videos from Veterans event in Benton Harbor/Saint Joseph, Michigan with Wildthing Guntruck. It may take a minute or so to load





John Dodd

2015 Gathering XIII Chattanooga, Tn

Make them reservations to insure you get the room you want. We will keep you updated here as things happen. Just click the image to enlarge. I will also put as pdf .
Gathering XIII  as pdf
  GatheringInfoFromKathy as pdf              Registration Form To Print as pdf
Gathering2015Flyer as a pdf




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458th TC (PBR) Reunion

458th Trans Co, Hampton, Va,  Sept 22 to 26th. All Army and Navy PBR crews. Click the link for more Info. I believe these guys were at the Lest We Forget reunion at Benton Harbor/ Saint Joseph, Mi, giving rides last week. I was told they will be at the reunion in KOKOMO, In right across from the Wildthing Guntruck area. Straight in front of the stage. http://



John Dodd

Gathering 13 Registration Form and Imformation

( Not sure why comments can’t be made on this message..Anyone with comments, just make them on the Gathering XIII message)

Deb has added Gathering registration form in PDF. Just click Registration Form to Print and print it. Kathy has to pay up front for the Luncheon/Southern Belle Boat trip and would like the payment by May first. I think you can print, complete the form and mail to Kathy. If anyone Can’t do this let me know and I can mail you the form.

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There are 3 pages total and I no longer have the program to convert the file to PDF. Plus the crap with Windows 8 makes it a docx file Look it over and see if I made any mistakes or left anything out.

The Gathering 2015 Registration

August 18-23, 2015

Best Western Plus

6710 Ringgold Rd

Chattanooga, TN


Attached is a registration form for this year’s Gathering. It has become apparent that as we grow in numbers, it is harder to plan without an actual headcount of those who are attending. Some veterans are local and can’t be counted on rooming lists. Others choose to stay with family or at other hotels and we have no way to count them.

This year, I am asking Barbara to send this out to all email contacts. I ask for your name and how many will be coming with you.   I need an accurate count for 2 reasons.  

First, we will need to know how much food to order for Friday night dinner. The price for dinner will be $15 per person. There will also be a deposit required prior to the start of The Gathering.    

Secondly, I have approached the sales person at the Southern Belle riverboat. I have been quoted a price I think is affordable that includes a deli style lunch, a sightseeing tour on the river, and bus transportation to and from the boat dock scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 11:00am. The cost will be $30.00 per person.We board the buses at 11AM, have lunch, then board the boat at 1:30 pm, returning by 3:30 pm and take the buses back to the hotel. This one also needs a deposit to hold the date. I have to put 25% down to hold this reservation by May 1st. Then 2 weeks prior to the start of the Gathering I will have to have the rest of the cash to pay for this event.

So please fill out the form and mail it back if you will attend either of these events.   You can call me if you have any questions at 805-286-6441.   You can also call me with your name and how many will be at each event and then use PayPal to forward the money to me. My PayPal account is my email address:   Because PayPal takes fees out of many transactions, I recommend sending your funds as a “gift” so neither you or I have to pay those extra fees.


Added note from deb…  Click on this form title to open as a pdf…Registration Form To Print



Registration Form



Phone #:_____________________________________________


You will pick up your tickets at registration for either or both events.

Will you be attending the 2015 Gathering in Chattanooga this year?

YES         If not, disregard registration

How many people in your party?


Will you be attending the Southern Belle event on Thursday, August 20?

YES             How many?____

Event cost: $30.00 per person     Amount enclosed:____________________

Will you be attending the Friday, August 21 dinner prior to the raffle?

YES           How many?_____      

Event cost:   $15.00 per person (onsite at the hotel)   Amount enclosed:__________________

Make checks payable to:

Kathleen Blackstone

235 Rainbow Dr #13511

Livingston, TX 77399



Itinerary for The Gathering

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  

  • Registration 9-11AM and 2-5 PM

Wednesday, August 19

  •     10AM to appr. 4 PM
  •     Display of trucks at: Southeast Veterans Museum

                                        2949 Lafayette Rd, Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742

  •     Ride through Chickamauga National Military Park with a tour guide in the back of the   trucks.  

Thursday, August 20

  •       Southern Belle (bus pick up at hotel, lunch and cruise on the river)

Friday, August 21

  •       Buffet style dinner 4-6PM:   Remembrance of those no longer with us, announcements,
  •       Raffle ticket sales.
  •       Raffle at 7PM

Saturday, August 22

  •       Display of Military Vehicles at the hotel
  •         Trip to wine tasting for anyone interested to:   Georgia Winery, 6469 Battlefield Pkwy, Ringgold, GA 30736

(If you’d like to print out all this info, here it is as a pdf:  GatheringInfoFromKathy )

John Dodd

2 Months

2 months before the gathering. Time to make them reservations and get hold Kathy for events fees. Be safe.


Lest We Forget…


If you’re in the vicinity of SW Michigan – you might want to check this event out,  June 19-21.  I understand the Wild Thing and company are planning on making an appearance.  Here is a link to the official web site… (  … some pics (getting ready for the event) are located in the photo gallery…

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Time for a Cocktail


Guntruck Songs

     As I was listening to my tunes, I couldn’t help but share a few that may bring a smile or two…






Both these versions are great; I’m guessing the “Runnin Bare” version from 1970 was the one named on the Guntruck!

And who doesn’t remember this 1959 original, “Running Bear…”


 (A LOT of good music came from the ’60s.  Dusted off this one thinking there might have been a few guys back in another world that might have had this song on their mind…)

SATAN’S LITTLE ANGEL (better known to many as Satans Li’l Angel) 

(Smiling… And for your all time favorite listening pleasure…)






I noticed John put this post up front – so I couldn’t resist adding more classics:



Hope you enjoy.

Respectfully, deb

John Dodd


On June 6th the D-Day memorial will celebrate the 71st annv  at the memorial in Bedford, Virginia. I was there when they broke ground and started building it and visit often. They rely on donations and are still adding to it each year. Very Impressive.


John Dodd

Secret Codes

These codes are on your discharge records or 201 record.

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