Our ninth annual national reunion was held the third weekend in
September at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach Hotel on the banks of the
Columbia River in Portand, Oregon. Once again it was a very good
turnout with some 200 Manchus and family members on hand.
This year we were honored by the presence of three currently serving
4/9 Manchus. Making the trip down from Ft. Lewis, Washington were
battalion commander Lt. Col. and Mrs. William Prior, battalion S-5
Capt. and Mrs. Karl Harness, and Command Sergeant Major and Mrs.
Philip Pich. The battalion was re-flagged last June in a ceremony
attended by a number of the battalion’s Vietnam veterans. You can
read all about that event along with an explanation of the mission of
the newly configured and now mechanized battalion at http://
Again the long reunion weekend was a mixture of informal gatherings
in the meeting room along with several organized tours of the
Portland area. At the association’s annual meeting Saturday
afternoon the membership decided to provide the modern day 4/9
Manchus with financial support for their soldier of the month/quarter/
year project. And as the battalion is due to deploy in Iraq in the
Spring of 2007 further funds were voted to provide “care packages”
to the troops while they are deployed.
As a follow up to our donations in support of hurricane Katrina
victims the members voted to continue supporting the effort through
the “Samaritans First” group. Several Manchus who had spent time
as volunteer reported the Samaritans group had earned the respect and
admiration of many for their efforts.
When it came time to decide where to hold our 10th annual reunion a
number of issues we have been discussing over the years came into
play. The Executive Committee presented three options – Atlanta,
Washington, DC and Memphis. Memphis won easily so start making plans
now to be in we us at the Marriott East hotel the third weekend in
September, 2007. As it will be a milestone event, our 10th get
together, it will be one you won’t want to miss. Keep checking the
Reunion button on the Manchu homepage for registration details.
Along with deciding which city would host us next time around we also
did some fine tuning on the site selection process. The members
voted to adopt a "quadrant" system for choosing reunion
sites, rotating each year between the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest
and Northwest. Those who are also members of the VFW will recognize
that we will be following their model.
The current slate of officers were re-elected so Larry James will
continue as President, Alen Fyfe, Vice President and Cheri Criteser,
It was another great reunion. You can expect it to be an even better
one next year. See you in Memphis.
4/9 Infantry Manchu (Vietnam) Association