461st plaque

461st Bombardment Group (H)

2003 Reunion

The 2003 reunion of the 461st Bombardment Group was held in San Diego, CA.  The group gathered on October 8 at the registration, saw the sights of San Diego during the next few days, met for their traditional dinner Saturday night and concluded the reunion with their Memorial Breakfast Sunday morning, October 12.

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The reunion was held at the San Diego Four Points Sheraton Resort.

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The entrance to the hotel was quite impressive.

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Early arrivals sat around the lobby discussing old times and catching up on recent activities.

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The hospitality room was well attended both for registration and for the sharing of stories.

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Bob Hayes conducted an orientation in the hotel theater to let everyone know what to expect during the next several days.

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Board of Directors met Friday afternoon to discuss business of the Association.

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After a long day, many people took advantage of happy hour at the Skies Lounge.

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Same as the previous, but from a different angle.

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More of the group in the lounge.

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Members of the 461st gathered for breakfast before heading out for the tours planned for the day.

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Other members of the 461st pose briefly while waiting for breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

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The Group loading the buses for the tour of the harbour Saturday morning.

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The Star Of India

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Wildlife taking over a refueling dock in the harbour.

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A refueling ship in the harbour. We were told that the blue and yellow stripe indicated it was a Navy ship operated by civilians.

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An aircraft carrier docked in the harbour. We were told it had 6,000 men onboard.

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We had a great lunch at Tom Ham's Lighthouse.

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Saturday afternoon we went up Mount Soledad where we were told you can buy a memorial plaque to honor a WWII veteran for $600.

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Bob awarded plaques to the departing directors.

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The reunion reunited three members of a crew - Walter Fries, Larry Rosenberg and Harld Roup.

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Jim Robinson (right) brought his son, Phil, and his wife, Jill.

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It's still impossible to show everyone who attends the reunion in a single photo. I was able to get most of them in a couple of pictures though.

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Jukebox Saturday Night with Ed Bia provided the music for the dinner/dance.

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Jukebox Saturday Night with Ed Bia provided the music for the dinner/dance.

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The invocation was giving by Navy Chaplain Renee Porter-Stewart