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2016 WWII Re-enactment
June 24 - 26, 2016
 





 


 
LEST WE FORGET SCHEDULE FOR WWII, KOREA AND VIETNAM RE-ENACTMENT
(Prepared 05/018/2016)
 
June 23 – 26, 2016 at the SW MI REGIONAL AIRPORT (BENTON HARBOR
 
Thursday the 23rd  thru Sunday the 26th Take a ride on a WWII landing craft (Gator) or VN River Boat at BH --Boat Launch on Riverview Drive—10-4 pm.  Donations are requested for rides on Landing Craft.
 
Thursday the 23rd  and Friday the 24th Take a ride on a WWII landing craft (Gator) or (Duck) In South Bend at the Viewing Park in Down town South Bend, 900 Northside Blvd. on the St Joseph River—10-4 pm.  Donations are requested for rides on Landing Craft.
 
Friday the 24th thru Sunday 26th – VN Huey medevac and Civilian Helicopter, Fri afternoon, Sat 9-5 and Sun 9-3 pm. Fees apply. 
 
Friday the 24th
2:00 Motorcycle Escort of theThe Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall”, (Vietnam Memorial for Michigan Vets) Arrival.  Berrien County Sheriff’s Motor Cycle Team will escort the wall from DiMaggio’s Restaurant down M-63 to St Joseph, Turn and go thru Benton Harbor and on to the airport to set up.  Motor cyclists that want to participate must be at DiMaggio’s at 1:00 pm to register
 
Friday Evening the 24th :
 
6:00 The Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall (Vietnam Memorial for Michigan Vets) open for viewing in front of Hangar.  Provided by The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter No. 73, in Holland, Michigan 
 
7:00 In Hangar: Featured Speakers:  Moderator; LTC (Ret) “Denny Gillem”
 
Duane Dewey (Korean MOH); When an enemy grenade landed close to his position, he bravely smothered the deadly grenade with his body, personally absorbing the full force of the explosion to save his comrades from possible injury or death
 
 Charles Kettles (VN MOH (pending); On 15 May 1967, Major Kettles, a helicopter pilot made multiple trips into a battle near Duc Pho and saved many lives at the risk of his own.
 
Army SGT Nick Koulchar; serving In Iraq lost both of his legs in 2008, when his vehicle in Iraq was hit by an explosive.
 
Saturday the 25th
 
0700 Chow Hall opens and remains open until 1900, Airport Terminal, (EEA Chapter 585)
 
0900 Take a ride on a VN Huey medevac or civilian helicopter til 05:00 pm. Fees apply.
 
0930 Patriotic Music, by John Steer (John’s CD is available for sale at the LWF Sales booth in hangar.
 
1000 Take a ride on a WWII landing craft ride in a Gator or VN River Boat at Benton Harbor Boat Launch on Riverview Drive 10-4 pm. Donations are requested for rides on Landing Craft
 
1000 Opening Ceremony at Airport Battle Field
              Missing Man Formation led by Tom Hibiske of the Hooligans
 
1000 European Landing—Narrated by Bill Sheets
Aircraft Attack (Hooligans)
Flame Throwers used in the Battle
Demo, Larry McLean & Charlie Hobson (after landing at rope)
 
1100 Program: In Hangar
Presentation by Korean Consul General from Chicago
Recognition of Korean Soldiers and Korean Vietnam Soldiers
Duane Dewey (Korean MOH & Charles Kettles (VN MOH (pending)
 
1200 Program: In Hangar
82 Airborne Parachute Pack Demonstration
 
In The Battle Field
1300 American and Korean Flag Drop by the “West Michigan Skydivers”
 
1315 Vietnam Battle w/flame thrower —Narrated by Glen Veno
 
1415 WWII European War Heavy Equipment Battle —Narrated by Bill Sheets
              Aircraft Attack led by Tom Hibiske of the Hooligans
              Flame Thrower used in the Battle
              Heavy Equipment display along Line after Battle
 
In Hangar
 
1500 Presentation by Col Brian Dykstra and his associates; “Modern Day War Medical Evacuations”
1600 Army SGT Nick Koulchar; Hear his story of sacrifice and perseverance after losing his legs to an IED in Iraq
1700 Book Signing—Authors of military books
1800 40’s - 60’s Fashion Show—Blue Star Mothers
1845 Jeffrey Whittaker—“Thanks for the Memories” (Sinatra, Crosby, Martin, Presley)
2000 “Hangar Swing Dance”—Music by the “Moonlighters”
 
Sunday the 26th
 
In Hangar
0900 Book Signing—Authors of military books
1000   Vietnam Medal of Honor (pending) Charles Kettles
 
1100   Jerry Lindquist—“Master Modeler” AT HIS DISPLAY SITE
1130   “20th Century War Display” AT THEIR DISPLAY SITE
1200   “War Dogs—Vietnam War Dog Handlers” AT THEIR DISPLAY SITE
1200   Korean & American Vietnam Soldiers Lunch
REGISTRATION DEADLINE – June 17th
Korean Vietnam Soldiers call Henry Seo @ 269-204-2563
American Vietnam Solders call Ed Heiden @ 269-982-4135
 
At The Battle Field
1245   Presentation of Vietnam “Purple Heart” Memorials to Berrien County Families
 
1300 Vietnam Re-enactment w/flame thrower —Narrated by Glen Veno
 
1400 WW II Pacific War Re-enactment with heavy Equipment —Narrated by Bill Sheets
Air Attack (Hooligans)
Flame thrower, used in battle
 Heavy Equipment display along Line after Battle
 
ALL VIETNAM VETERANS SIGNING THE LWF MAP
WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF
APPRECIATION FOR THEIR SERVICE
   
 
    

    

 


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