The following are events
the I&R Platoon attended in 2009.
31 January, 2009 -
Onandaga Tactical event.
This was a good event put on by
Tim Kelly and our first of this year. It was cold and had deep snow but
featured good battles. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett,
Bryon Sprague, Bronson Wall, Mike Wall, Rob Wall and Lance Aldritch as
21 March, 2009 - Ft Custer
Tactical event "Delay the Inevitable".
This was a RETO
and was a lot of fun.
There was plenty of action all day and was well attended by Allied
(British, Russian, and US) and Axis reenactors. A RETO (Rules of
Engagement for Tactical Objectives) is an objective based scenario
where each objective has a point value. Different objectives become
"active" at different times throughout the day and are only obtainable
by the disignated side. They can be recaptured once taken. Alan Miltich
and the "Wiking" unit did a great job hosting this event. In attendance
were: Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Bryon Sprague, Mike Wall, Rob Wall,
and Lance Aldritch as "The German."
2-3 May, 2009 - Buckley
Homestead WWII Tribute, Lowell, Indiana.
This event is one of
the most well known events in the mid-west and is refered to by just
one word - Lowell. This is a great event, is always well attended
and is a great opportunity to see public WWII displays as well as
vehicles and battle reenactments. In attendance were: John Baumer,
Keith Bonney, Bronson Wall, Mike Wall, Rob Wall, and Matt Zimmer.
6-7 June, 2009 - Romeo
Military Rally and Swap Meet, Romeo, MI.
We could only make this
event on Sunday, but we had a good public battle and met and talked
with a WWII Veteran who served with the 4th Infantry Division and also
shared stories of his brother who was a Marine Raider in the Pacific
Campaign. In attendance were: John Baumer, Keith Bonney and Paul
19-21 June, 2009 - Lest We
Forget, St Joseph, MI.
This was the second year for the
beach landings at Triscornia Beach on Lake Michigan. The first landing
of the day was a Pacific Campaign landing and the second was D-Day in
Normandy. The chance to ride in an actual Higgins boat, a DUKW or an
LVT Amtrack is one that comes along only rarely. The beach is nearly
perfect for the public as well as reenactors, with the pier providing
one boundary and viewing area and a nice dune for the defenders to set
up their positions to repell the invaders from the "Sea." The people of
the St Joe/Benton Harbor area are very open, friendly, and welcoming
and there are many displays as well as more battle reenactments at the
airport. This is definitely one you don't want to miss. Unfortunately
the next scheduled WWII event here is not to be for another 3 years. In
attendance were: Lance Aldritch, John Baumer, Keith Bonney, Paul
Garrett, Mike Wall, Rob Wall, and Matt Ziemer.
18-19 July, 2009 - Thunder
Over Michigan, Willow Run Airport, MI.
This is a great airshow
held every year and has, in recent years, held public battle
reenactments as well. This year had WWII as well as Vietnam War
battles. The battles were moved this year to the flight line area in
front of the viewing stands and was a popular move with the public as
well as the reenactors. In attendance were John Baumer and Paul Garrett.
24-26 July, 2009 -
Veterans Weekend, St Clair Shores, MI.
This was the second
year for this event but the first time it was held at Memorial Park,
which allowed for beach landings. While smaller in scale than St Joe,
they were very well planned and executed and a lot of fun. The park was
a great location and everything was conveniently located. There was a
large vehicle parade Friday evening around town with vehicles of many
eras and an LVT and Higgins boat were used in the beach landings. This
is another event that will remain on our events calander. In attendance
were: Lance Adritch, John Baumer, Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall
and Matt Ziemer.
25-27 September, 2009 -
Rockford, IL is home to the largest reenacting event
in the mid-west and it is a must for WWII enthusiasts. There were close
1,000 reenactors at this year's event, including many civilian
reenactors. Tanks, halftracks, armored cars, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles
and a few other, less common vehicles were represented here and took
part in battles. In addition to the main battlefield, there were
village battles, woods battles, and many display areas and vendors. The
dance on Saturday night is almost as famous as the battles, with people
in wonderful period dress, both civilian and military. In attendance
were: John Baumer, Keith Bonney, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall, Rob Wall, and
14 November, 2009 - Eaton
We had our first "official" unit training day since
our charter withh HRS went through. We covered military courtesy, drill
with and without weapons, some marching, and tactical deployment and
movement to contact drills. The weather was perfect, especially
considering it was mid-November. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob
Wall, John Baumer Lance Aldritch, Paul Garrett, Mike Wall, and Matt
5 December, 2009 -
Operation Nordwind, Onstead, MI.
This was a first time event
put on by A Co, 506th and Fred Bahlau, who is a decorated 101st
veteran from WWII and the property owner. The event went very well and
was a lot of fun. Rob, as squad leader, kept us moving and in the thick
of the action. It was an honor to meet Fred Bahlau and get a chance to
talk with him before the event. One of the more notable moments in the
event was when we assaulted a German position that was defended,
unknown to us, by an MG-42 with a clear field of fire. There were
bodies everywhere. That was one of the moments in reenacting which
really makes one pause; thinking of all the soldiers who faced real
bullets from such weapons instead of the blanks that we faced. In
attendance were: Keith Bonney, Rob Wall, Lance Aldritch, Marty Giffin,
Paul Garrett, Mike Wall, and Matt Ziemer.