January 2016 Newsletter


Want to catch up on past newsletters visit www.vc12vaw12.org

Our members list is also available at www.vc12vaw12.org/members/members.html

Contact me for rosters of the detachments you were on. We are continually adding to this database. (rgs@coho.net) We are now 3000 members and know of 1700 deceased men in addition

Chairman: Richard Bray PO Box 65 Churchville, NY 14428 Cell: 585-576-0595 leighbray@hotmail.com Webmaster, Membership chairman & treasurer: Roger G. Smith, MD 34464 SW Firdale Rd Cornelius, OR 97113 503-628-2229; FAX 503-693-9109; Cell 503-407-8436 rgs@coho.net

Dues are $10 a year for those who get the newsletter by post. New Year starts at the reunion. Send in your dues now or e-mail me for a status report on your account. Roger G. Smith 34464 SW Firdale Rd Cornelius, OR 97113 rgs@coho.net. Many who get the newsletter by e-mail offer dues and we are grateful. We send e-mail newsletter to all who wish to see it, regardless. We have listed groups by detachments. Send me your request and I’ll share your detachment list with you so you can contact the guys you want to meet at reunion. Tell us who you remember


The 2016 VC-12/VAW-12 reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. The hotel is located on the Riverwalk at 217 N St. Mary’s Street. The reunion will run from Thursday afternoon October 13th to Sunday morning October 16th. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 1-210-224-2500. Identify yourself as a member of the VC-12/VAW-12 reunion group or online at: VC-12/VAW-12 Navy Squadron Reunion

The room rate is $124 plus 16.75% local and state taxes. Self parking is $15. The room rate is good from Monday night Oct. 10th through Tuesday night Oct. 18th. The room allotment is protected until Tuesday Sept. 13th so make your reservations early. This is a 100% nonsmoking hotel.


The registration fee will be $70 per person ($140 per couple). The fee covers:

*Overhead costs Breakfast buffet
*Snacks and beverages in the Ready room
*Welcome Reception Thursday evening - Appetizers with a cash bar
*Banquet Saturday evening with a cash bar

Optional Tours

Friday October 14th, 2016
On your own or The National Museum of the Pacific in Fredericksburg, TX which is about 70 miles from hotel.
Price: $35.00 per person

Saturday October 15th, 2016
On your own

Photo by Jason Aaberg


Engraved name badges will be available again this year. Will provide handwritten stick-on tags if engraved ones are not desired.

Please provide the following information as you want it to appear on either the stick-on or the engraved badges: For a members badge we will need the following information: Name, Rank (highest held in the Navy), and the year(s) you were in the squadron (i.e. 1959-1961). The guest badge requires just the first and last name of the guest.

Engraved name badges/city shingles must be ordered through Dick Bray prior to the reunion. A 2" by 3" engraved members badge can be ordered for $10, a 1" by 3"guest badge can be ordered for $8 and a 1/2" by 3" city shingle can beordered for $4 each. Contact Dick so that the correct information will beengraved. Dick can send a picture of the engraved badges if anyone wants tosee them before ordering. Badges/city shingles can be prepaid with reunionregistration or paid at sign in. We can acquire city shingles for past reunions. If you attended any past reunions and desire acity shingle or shingles let us know which ones.

Steps Towards Attending Reunion

Note: Everyone is invited to attend - particularly family members and friends.
* Make hotel reservations
* Contact Dick Bray leighbray@hotmail.com or phone 585-576-0595 Provide me with: Names(s) and number attending plus contact information

Schedule Tour Date if Desired
Friday, October 14, 2016 – The National Museum of the Pacific

Banquet dinner choice Saturday Choice of
*Chicken Picatta Lightly Breaded Boneless Breast of Chicken topped with a Lemon Caper Butter Sauce, Or
*Fire Grilled Sirloin Filet Top Sirloin seasoned in Olive Oil, Sea Salt, and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper, Char-Grilled

Badge Choice
*Engraved or
*Hand Written City shingles
Make check payable to VC-12/VAW-12 and send to Dick BrayPO Box 65Churchville, NY, 14428

Reunion Schedule

Thursday October 13th, 2016
1300: Sign in starts in hotel lobby
1300: Ready room open for entire reunion – Ready room will be in the TBD Room – snacks and beverages*
1800-2000: Welcome Reception in the TBD RoomAppetizers* with a cash bar

Friday October 14th, 2016
Morning: Breakfast* Open TBD
Tour: 0830 The National Museum of the Pacific
Dinner: on your own at the hotel or elsewhere.

Saturday October 15th, 2016
Morning: Breakfast* Open TBD
1500: Business meeting in Ready room
1800: Banquet* in TBD Room with a cash bar

Sunday October 16th, 2016
Morning: Breakfast - Open TBD* Covered in
$70 per person registration fee