I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we (Officers and Board of Directors) have decided to cancel this year's reunion due to the pandemic. We do plan on having next year's reunion at the same place and right at the same dates; September 15th thru 17th, 2021. Of course we will have more details to follow. Believe me this was not done lightly but with the best interest of our membership at the core. I will be mailing out our newsletter soon with more information.
If you have made your reservations at the motel, please call them and cancel it yourself. It may not be a bad idea to get a verification number of your cancellation, just to be on the safe side.
I hope everyone is staying safe and I know this has not been easy on many folks. Deborah and I have been doing just fine and we have been busy doing things outside and enjoying the fresh but hot air.
I would like each of you to go take a look at the; CONSTITUTION OF THE 44TH ENGINEER BATTALION section under "MORE". There are some proposed changes to the constitution that have been indicated with an * (asterisk) and underlined, and we can make more proposed changes. This is very important to the future of the association and its well-being. So please give me your thoughts and or ideas on it.
Ron Powell had been working on hard on our September event, and this is no small task. We plan on having next year’s reunion at the same place, and I will keep you informed. Hope to see you all in St Charles, MO, September 15th – 17th 2021.
In case you didn’t know we now have a Facebook page “44th Engineers Battalion Association” along with our Website “44th-engineers.com”. The Facebook page was established for our membership to stay in contact with each other and to easily share items of interest. Also hopefully it will guide others to our association so we may gain membership and lets all stay proactive in the membership drive. It is a closed site for us but is very easy to join. Our website use is to disseminate information to our membership more readily and to also give perspective members a point of contact and to provide material about us. Please use both of these freely they belong to you.
44th Engineers Battalion Association
I hope you will find this website entertaining as well as informative. Make sure you view all the pages and hopefully you will find something to appreciate.
A special note to those who are alumni of the 44th but are not members of the association. I understand that many of you were attached to the 2nd Infantry Division and I understand your connection to that unit. What you may not know is that the 44th has a rich and glorious history that is second to none and you can be proud to have served with it regardless of when that was. The Korean War veterans that started this association wanted to preserve the traditions, and with the more recent history of the deployment to Iraq has just added to this storied past. What the 44th did in Iraq was arguably no less valiant than when it landed in Inchon with Gen. Douglas MacArthur and its involvement at the Chosin Reservoir. Please understand that the landing in Inchon & the Chosin Reservoir is as much part of our shared history as what was done in Iraq and it is up to us, those that served with the 44th to keep the memories of it alive and to pass them on to the future generations for as long as we can. You can read more on our History page within this website.
A personal note: I was too young to have served with the 44th during the Korean War and too old to have been deployed to Iraq, but as an alumni of the 44th I feel that the soldiers that were there in these campaigns (and others) were my brothers. I feel this way about all that have served with it regardless of when or where. For the 44th always did what it was ordered to do and did it with its own distinctive style.