Penn – Jersey Branch Reunion

2014 Meeting Summary

19 Warriors and 16 Guests from the Penn-Jersey Branch in Lancaster, PA for their Annual Reunion, 2 – 4 May.  4 Warriors and their Wives are new members.

It provided a good opportunity to see fellow branch members and relive some events and experiences with the 2nd INDIANHEAD Division from WW2, the Korean War, and post Korean War.

On May 2nd, we had a great evening attending a superb dinner coupled a very professional performance of “SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS” at the local Dutch Apple Theater.

On May 3rd, Members gathered for our Annual Morning Business Meeting. Given the locations of Branch Members from New York to Virginia, we voted to change our name to the Mid-Atlantic Branch. We also elected new officers – President – AJ Fojt, Vice President – Jack Woodall, and Secretary/Treasurer – Harry Roye. Concurrently, many of the ladies went out on their morning shopping trip around the Amish area. That afternoon couples gathered in the Hospitality Room to reminisce.

That evening, we held our banquet and were fortunate to have as our guest speaker, Dr. Mitchell Yockelson, Associate Professor of History at the US Naval Academy. Given that the 2ID’s 100th Anniversary is coming in 2017, he was an excellent choice as the author of a 2 ID in WW1 Book. His presentation focused on the Battle of Mont Blanc in 1918. The attached photo shows him being presented a 2 ID Assn Plaque by CAPT CC Felker, USN who is the Director of the USNA’s History Department on Aug 21 in front of Dr. Yockelson’s Students. Throughout the evening, Bill Ryder played some favorites on the piano, as he has done for a number of our reunions. We concluded the evening with a raffle.

The next morning of May 4th, we enjoyed a breakfast buffet prior to departing for home. We were also fortunate again to have Mike Davino, President Emeritus of the 2ID Assn attend our reunion and share news with us.

Captain CC Felker, Director of the US Naval Academy’s History Department, presents a 2ID Association plaque to Penn – Jersey Branch reunion guest speaker, Dr. Mitchell Yockelson, Associate Professor of History at the Academy.


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