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What a weekend!
The 13th reunion of the 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment was one of
the best. Nearly 300 Manchus and Manchu Family members were on hand at
the Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs.
This year we were honored by the presence of a large contingent of
currently serving 4/9 Manchus. Making the trip from Ft. Lewis,
Washington were battalion commander Lt. Col. Mark Bieger and his wife
Amy, CSM Richard Liehrdahl and wife Laurie, SGM Lee Baleme and wife
Wendy. In addition a six member Color Guard (SGT Michael Lewis, SGT
Joshua Morrison, SGT Joshua Nielsen, SPC Caleb Jenkins, SPC Robert
Moritz and PFC Michael Bockbacalao) was on hand to post the national and
battalion colors at the Saturday Night Banquet. Another
special guest at the reunion was Captain James "Bud" Corbin who
performed his showstopping original composition The Fighting Ninth
detailing the history of the regiment. The battalion had only just
returned several weeks earlier from a successful deployment to Iraq
where they distinguished themselves as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
You can read all about their deployment at
The organization for this reunion was outstanding thanks to the services
of our Armed Forces Reunion. This is the fourth year that AFR has
handled the administrative end of things for us. They put together a
good list of outside excursions. The tour of the Royal Gorge, Garden of
the Gods and Air Force Academy were all well attended and by the looks
on the smiling faces much enjoyed.
There was a full agenda at the annual business meeting where we saw the
membership decided to continue its support of the Manchu families at Ft.
Lewis and to fund the production of a unique new Manchu belt buckle for
those currently serving. The buckle will be different from the one we
wore as the new belts for the battle dress uniform is much wider than
the belts from our generation. We will post more details of this unique
addition to our heritage as soon as the die are cast.
Larry James, Alen Fyfe and Cheri Criteser were honored to be re-elected
to their posts of president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.
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Now that we are planning our reunions two years in advance we already
knew the 2011 gathering would be held in Washington, DC. It will be a
special one with a memorial service to be held adjacent to the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. More details on that activity
will be posted on the Manchu mailing list and here on the web site. With
regard to the 2012 reunion the Executive Committee presented three
options – Seattle, Washington, Vancouver, Washington and Portland,
Oregon. Portland got the nod so keep checking the Reunion button at
www.manchu.org for more details on how to register.
It was another great reunion. You can expect it to be an even better one
next year. See you in DC.
Keep Up The Fire
4/9 Infantry Manchu (Vietnam) Association