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461st Bombardment Group (H)

2016 Reunion

Date - Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, October 16

Dallas, TX

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Wyndham Garden Dallas North Hotel

2645 Lyndon B Johnson FWY

Dallas, TX  75234

Wyndham Garden Dallas North Hotel

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Wyndham Garden Dallas North Hotel

Room rates are $89 plus tax and includes up to two full, hot breakfast buffet coupons (including made-to-order omlettes) per room per day. Each additional person in a room will be charged $5.00 for breakfast each day.  Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly (recommended) at (972) 243-3363 and mention the booking code Bombardment Groups 2016 Reunion to receive the group rate.  If you have mobility issues, be sure to mention this when you make your reservation and the hotel will attempt to accommodate you near the elevators.  Room refrigerators are available upon request.  The group rate is good three days prior to and three days past the reunion dates so come early and enjoy fall in Dallas.

Reservations can be made online by going to Bombardment Group Reunion 2016.

Reservations need to be made no later than 5:00 PM (CST) September 22, 2016 to receive the group rate. Reservations will be accepted after that date at the group rate as long as rooms are available, but no guarantees are made after September 22nd. PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY.  Should it become necessary, you can cancel your reservation no later than 11:59 PM CST the day before arrival WITHOUT penalty.

Parking is plentiful and free.

Complimentary airport shuttle to BOTH Love Field and DFW airports. 

**PLEASE NOTE: Reservations may be cancelled up to 11:59 PM CST the day before arrival with no penalty so please reserve your room now to make it easier on our planners.

2016 Reunion Expenses Paid for 461st Veterans!

The 461st Association has enjoyed a very healthy cash position for many years now. The 461st Board of Directors has decided once again that the 461st Bomb Group Association will pay the cost for veterans only of the 461st to include: Registration fee, Group Dinner, Banquet and the Farewell Dinner. The only cost to the 461st veterans will be the hotel room itself and the tours.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Arrival and check in day.  A welcome team with gift bags from the municipality of Farmers Branch will be on hand to greet you at the hotel.  The registration desk and hospitality room will be open most of the day featuring hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon.  An informal welcome dinner will be held at 6:00 PM in the Couture I & II Room.  As dinner winds down, the Mayor of Farmers Branch will address and welcome our group and then we will have an informational meeting about the weekend and answer any questions.  If you choose not to have dinner with the group, feel free to come into that same room at 7:00 PM for the Mayor’s address and information meeting.

Friday, 14 October 2016

We will depart the hotel at 9:00 AM for a tour of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, a complex of four hangers filled with an outstanding collection of military aircraft.  You’ll be so close that you can actually reach out and touch the nose of the P-40 Warhawk!  Their most recent acquisition is the only flying B-25H that is equipped with two .50 caliber machine guns and a 75mm canon in the nose!  We will have a box lunch in one of the hangers before departing for the return trip to the hotel at 1:00 PM arriving by 1:30 PM.

Beginning at 2:30 PM there will be presentations by our veterans and others regarding WWII as it was fought from Italy.  With restroom breaks in between, the presentations will last until about 4:30 PM.

The evening will feature our Individual Group Banquets in various meeting rooms.  Social hour with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 PM in the common area with dinner served to each group in their respective banquet room at 6:30 PM.  More details will follow concerning which group meets in which banquet room.

Just before the Social Hour, our esteemed veterans will be asked to gather in the common area near the banquet rooms for an all-inclusive group photo.  Individual group photos can be taken as desired by each group in their own banquet room.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

We will begin our day by departing the hotel at beginning at 9:20 AM for a tour of the historic Sixth Floor Museum, the location from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired on President John F. Kennedy.  This and the entire area are remembered by all of us who were of age during that fateful day, November 22, 1963.  This is a very powerful museum to visit.  PLEASE NOTE: The tour buses will depart the hotel at 10 minute intervals to make things go more smoothly at the ticket counter and while entering the museum.  The first bus will depart the hotel at 9:20 AM, the next at 9:30 AM and the last at 9:40 AM.  We will re-board the buses for the return trip to the hotel at 12:00 PM, arriving by 12:30 PM.  Lunch today is on your own.  The hotel restaurant will have a reasonably priced buffet featuring soup, salad, deli style sandwich fixings and a drink or you can order from the menu.  You can also go someplace altogether different if you choose.

Today again beginning at 2:00 PM there will be additional presentations by our veterans and others regarding WWII as it was fought from Italy.  With restroom breaks in between, the presentations will last until about 4:00 PM.

The evening will feature our All Groups Banquet in the Couture Ballroom with Social Hour and a cash bar beginning at 5:00 PM and dinner served at 6:00 PM.  During desert and after, live entertainment will be supplied by the trio, Ladies Liberty whose performance will include hits from the 40’s and Big Band era that were performed by the likes of Bob Hope and the Andrews sisters.  The show will be reminiscent of a USO show.  A dance floor will be available for those who still want to “cut a rug”!  The Ladies Liberty website states that “Ladies Liberty performing troupe is dedicated to the All Around Good of our Country & World, from the land we live in, the values we hold as a nation, to the people that live among us and overseas.  We humbly and gratefully recognize our heroes who so bravely serve to keep America safe and free!  We are here to empower anyone we can through entertainment!”

Sunday, 16 October 2016

We will feature the Memorial Service beginning at 9:00 AM led by the duo of the amazing grandson of the fourth and final 485th BG commander, Col. Douglas Cairns, active duty Army Chaplain/Captain Chris Cairns (who is a wonderful person that we’re blessed to have again this year as Group Chaplain) along with Reverend Bob Oliver, who has acted as Group Chaplain for the 376th BG for some years now. Reverend Oliver is the son of a 376th Navigator/Bombardier and is looking forward to meeting with us.

Lunch again today is on your own.  The hotel restaurant again will have a reasonably priced buffet featuring soup, salad, deli style sandwich fixings and a drink or you can order from the menu.  You can also go someplace altogether different if you choose.

For our tour today we will depart the hotel at 12:00 PM to tour the Dallas Holocaust museum and will feature a holocaust survivor who will address our group.  We will also take a leisurely Sunday afternoon driving tour of Dallas with professional guides on the buses.  We will return to the hotel by 4:30 PM.

The evening will feature an informal “Farewell Fajita” dinner in the Couture 3 & 4 banquet room.  Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM.  This will conclude our reunion for this year although the hospitality room will be open the remainder of the evening.

The staff at the hotel promises to be as good as any we’ve ever worked with.  They are most anxious to host our reunion.  This is the same hotel that the 485th BG used in 2014 when their group numbered 350 for their final stand-alone reunion.  They gave the hotel and staff rave reviews regarding how well they were treated and taken care of.  The local suburb of Farmers Branch is planning a welcome center including folks to help with logistic issues inside the hotel as well as a large welcome banner for our group.

It is recommended that you reserve your room early.  We have a good sized room block but we ended up running out of rooms last year as too many people waited until close to the reunion time to book and no more rooms were available.  IF YOU BOOK A ROOM AND FIND LATER THAT YOU MUST CANCEL, YOU MAY DO SO WITH NO PENALTY UP TO 24 HOURS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL.  So please, PLEASE, book your room now so if we run out of rooms in the block again, there will be time to add more.

If you have questions, call Dave Blake at (913) 523-4044

or E-Mail: reunion@461st.org

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Reunion Registration Form

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Past Reunions

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Dallas  2016 - Dallas, TX
The 376th, 451st, 455th, 461st, 465th, 484th and 485th Bomb Groups met in Dallas, TX this year.
Veterans attending this reunion (Thanks to Danny Wasserman for this photo)
Kansas City, MO 2015 - Kansas City, MO
The 461st and the 484th had a joint reunion in Kansas City, MO this year and were joined by the 376th, 451st, 455th, 465th and the 485th bomb groups.
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  2014 - Oklahoma City, OK
Speakers at the reunion
Gary Sinise Tribute
Sheraton Hotel, Omaha, NE  2013 - Omaha, NE
The 461st and 484th had a joint reunion in Omaha, NE this year.  Link is a very large file.
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Radisson, Indianapolis, IN 2012 - Indianapolis, IN
The 461st and 484th had a joint reunion in Indianapolis, IN this year
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Bloomington 2011 - Bloomington, MN
The 461st and 484th had a joint reunion in Bloomington, MN this year.
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Chicago, IL 

2010 - Chicago, IL

The 461st went to Chicago, IL for its reunion this year.

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Radisson Hotel

2009 - Tulsa, OK

The 461st went to Tulsa, OK for its reunion this year.

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USAF Museum 

2008 - Dayton, OH

The 461st returned to Dayton, OH for another visit to the Air Force Museum in October 2008.

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St. Louis, MO 

2007 - St. Louis, MO

The 461st had yet another fantastic reunion in St. Louis, MO in September 2007.

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Seattle, WA 

2006 - Seattle, WA

The 461st had a great reunion in Seattle, WA in October 2006.

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Washington, DC 

2005 - Washington, DC

The 461st had a fantastic reunion in Washington, DC in October 2005.

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Louisville, KY 

2004 - Louisville, KY

In Louisville, the 461st visited Churchill Downs, took a cruise on the river and visited a horse farm.

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San Diego, CA 

2003 - San Diego, CA

San Diego in October is great and a fantastic reunion as well.

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Baltimore, MD 

2002 - Linthicum, MD

From this convenient spot, we were able to tour Baltimore and the waterfront.

Las Vegas, NV  2001 - Las Vegas, NV
Shreveport, LA  2000 - Shreveport, LA

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Omaha, NE  1999 - Omaha, NE
Boston, MA  1998 - Boston, MA

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Nashville, TN  1997 - Nashville, TN

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Salt Lake City, UT  1996 - Salt Lake City, UT

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Miami, FL  1995 - Miami, FL

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Hampton, VA  1994 - Hampton, VA

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Fresno, CA  1993 - Fresno, CA

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Dayton, OH  1992 - Dayton, OH

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Rapid City, SD  1991 - Rapid City, SD

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Tucson, AZ  1990 - Tucson, AZ

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St. Louis, MO  1989 - St. Louis, MO

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Tarrytown, NY  1987 - Tarrytown, NY

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Colorado Springs, CO  1985 - Colorado Springs, CO

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Orlando, FL  1984 - Orlando, FL
Williamsburg, VA  1983 - Williamsburg, VA
Dayton, OH  1982 - Dayton, OH
  1981 - Torrence, CA