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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 "The German."

21 March, 2009 - Ft Custer Tactical event "Delay the Inevitable".  This was a RETO event 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 Garrett.

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. Rockford, IL is home to the largest reenacting event in the mid-west and it is a must for WWII enthusiasts. There were close to 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 Matt Ziemer.

14 November, 2009 - Eaton Rapids, MI. 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 Ziemer.

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.











                                                  




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