The 2015 Ubangi Reunion is now history and
it was a GREAT SUCCESS! We met Thursday evening at the Ice Breaker. Bright and early
Friday morning we mustered and traveled to Midway Airboat Rides for a thrilling and informative ride on the Upper St. Johns
River. Friday afternoon the Golfers Golfed and some ladies went shopping in
Old Cocoa Village. Others relaxed on the beach. In the evening dinners
were at some of the best sea food restaurants that the area at Port
Canaveral could offer. Saturday morning we mustered again and traveled to
the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum where we toured the museum, had
lunch, and dedicated the A7 aircraft. A Girl Scout Troop from Tampa
presented the Ubangi Vets a small quilt each thanking us for our service.
Saturday evening we had our big evening at the hotel. Bill Doody gave a very
interesting talk on the Battle of Midway. Paul Hiott from the VA gave us
some very interesting insight on obtaining our Veterans benefits. We
all learned a lot. We
also took nominations for the location of the next reunion and had a
preliminary vote. Sunday as some Ubangi's
departed several others traveled to the Kennedy Space Center for a day tour
of the facility and to view the Shuttle Atlantis. We had mostly perfect
weather for the weekend.
There is a Ships Store set up where you can order VA 12 items. Go to http://customjink.com/Attack_Squadron_12 and place your order.
2012 Ubangi Reunion is now in
the history books as another GREAT gathering of the FLYING UBANGIS! The 2012
Reunion was held in Charleston, S.C. at the Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel,
October 5-6, 2012. Early arrivers on Thursday October 4 enjoyed a round or
two of Golf and early shopping. Friday evening started things with the
traditional Ice Breaker followed by dinner at the Fleet Landing Restaurant. The
Fleet Landing is an Historical location where the crewmen from visiting ships
came ashore to partake of the sights and sounds of historic Charleston. Today it
houses an excellent seafood restaurant that we all enjoyed.
Saturday we visited Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum where we toured the USS Yorktown and lunched in the Chiefs Mess. Saturday evening was the Banquet at the hotel. We recognized the fallen shipmates and tolled the VA12 Memorial Bell as each name was read. We nominated and voted on the top two destinations for the 2014 reunion. The final ballot will be sent out to those members not in attendance. Sunday was day of departure for most members with fond farewells and promises to see each other again in 2 years. Pictures will be posted as received from attendees.
Click here to see photos of the 2012 reunion
Click here to see a video of the reunion
Courtesy of Eric Harvie
2010 Washington D.C.
It is hard to believe but another
successful UBANGI Reunion has come and gone and now falls into the PAST
reunions. The 2010 edition was held in our nations capital, Washington, D.C. at
the Washington National Crowne Plaza June 24th to the 27th.Thanks again to Joe
(Killer) Kyle for doing a spectacular job of putting this reunion together!
Our Official Photographers Mate, Bob Fossum, has completed his task and has
provided us with a wonderful collection of pictures for all of us to reminisce
over and especially for those that were not able to make it to this one.
This was a very special reunion with the primary mission of dedicating our VA12
Plaque at the US Navy Memorial in DC and visiting the graves of former Ubangi's
at Arlington National Cemetery which was quite moving.
The Ubangi Newsletter has been published with all the details of the reunion.
Remember, you must be a dues paying member of the VA12 Reunion Association to receive the Newsletter.
If you are not a current member, please contact Joe Kyle to join.
Click to view and ENJOY!
2010 Reunion Pictures by Bob Fossum
66-67 West Pac Slide Show from BJ Smith
Video by Eric Harvie
Slide show #1 Thursday Icebreaker from John Gynan
Slide show #2 Around DC from John Gynan
2008 Chattanooga, Tn.
Bob Fossum's 2008 Reunion Pictures << Click Here
2008 Reunion Video <<<Click Here Video provided by Eric Harvie