For the first time in a long while, there was no shit show! It was a great time seeing everyone again as well as some new faces from decades ago.
The final head count this year came out to 43: 28 Marines & 15 significant others.
Thanks again John Mooney for hosting this year.
Some highlights I can recall include:
- A really close rally point… without food, sorry Bonnie.
- Fireside chat and the person who wanted it being too drunk to remember half of it.
- A complete cornhole tournament… in one day! The details can be found here.
- A DDT faceplant off one of the cornhole boards (that’s a Drunken DT, not the insecticide).
- An inshore fishing trip that yielded enough food to complement Saturday’s supper.
- Plenty of food (as always).
- A security guard that would not stop. (If he would’ve, Dave or Dirty may have had an opportunity to steal his golf cart)
- Enlisted Marines vs. All beach volleyball game. This big family of like 9 on vacation was pretty fun to play against. And Tim… she is Korean!
Enlisted: 5, Everyone else: 0
- A kayak trip for some.
- A tour to the National Museum of the Marine Corps for others.
- Last but not least, a wedding on the beach with a sword arch.
Welcome to our Marine Corps family
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Wendy as she joins our Marine family. We won’t hold it against her that she was in the Army.
We are fortunate to have 2½ new Marine attendees this year as well as their significant others.
1 – Jason Dahl with Sara
2 – Daniel DeOrzio with Julie
½ – Shawn Scott with Stacy. Thanks for sticking around this year.
Second hash mark
Of the original 8 from back in 2012, Rob Marrapode, David Ball, and I still have not missed a single reunion, making this our 8th straight.
I’ve heard this said at the reunion by many and I’ve said it plenty myself; these reunions are therapeutic. We all have our demons we battle and some struggle with the fight. I don’t need to worry about my 6 at these reunions and I can relax for 3 days out of the year. I stand a little taller and walk a little prouder afterwards.
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