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RW-1a.JPGWELCOME TO FT SILL; THE 2/9th FA Encore ReunionOur 2nd, or ENCORE, Reunion was held at Ft Sill, OK May 10 -13, 2017. We were totally blessed with such beautiful, cool weather and blue skies. Our 1st Reunion, held in late May of 2013, began at the Lawton Country Club with tornado sirens blaring through the air. The tornadoes just brushed by Lawton (thankfully) and we proceeded with our inaugural event. Note the artillery insignia on the water tower has restored the vertical missile which was taken away in 1970.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB WILSON
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Orr_-_Dauphin.jpgThe OrganizersJerry Orr and Dennis Dauphin once again collaborated on a 2/9th FA reunion at Ft Sill, Ok beginning on May 10th. John "Moon" Mullins was a big help also at the Registration Desk in the hotel lobby getting everyone situated. The Agenda went well and the camaraderie was fantastic. It is such an emotional event for "brothers-in-combat" to meet again after 50 years.
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35th_Guest.jpgHonored GuestBill Henson, left, Immediate Past President of the 35th Infantry Assn, was invited to attend the Encore reunion as our special guest of honor. The 35th Inf Regt Assn has offered a standing invitation for all members of the 2/9th FA to attend their annual reunions for many years now.

Photo by professional photographer Doug Turner.
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Reunion_Tag.jpg2nd Reunion of the 2/9th FA at Ft SillThis emblem was the backdrop for all the nametags of our redleg brothers attending the "ENCORE Reunion" at Ft Sill.
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Joe_H-18.JPGArrivalRedleg Joe Henderson, who worked in the 35th Regt TOC, arrives into Oklahoma City airport. Joe is also the Executive Vice President of the 35th Infantry Regiment Association.
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RW-1~0.JPGArrivalArty caps and shirts cover the landscape in front of Allin Hall as we gather for the first day of Agenda events as organized and arranged by Host Jerry Orr.
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Joe_H_Sill-1.JPGArrival"Hail, Hail, the gang's all here..." We arrive and venture out into Ft Sill. Posing in front of the former "Hi-Rise BOQ", now a Holiday Inn commercial establishment. {Please see "We Were There" individual photos on the web Homepage}

Photo courtesy of Joe Henderson.
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RW-2~0.JPGFire Drill: roof of Allin HallAs we gathered for our first morning activity, the Ft Sill Fire Department gave us a daring sight. A ladder was extended from the fire truck below to the very top of Allin Hall, our Quarters. Then, some brave soul climbed that ladder and got a great view of the Fort and surrounding areas.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB WILSON
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Allin_Hall_3.JPGArrivalTelling war stories in the Lobby. Geary Burrows seems to have the floor. Terry Stuber at right, Bob Bowden on chair, J William Ward at right.
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Allin_Hall_4.JPGArrivalOur ladies relax in the Lobby awaiting the next event.
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Allin_Hall_5.JPGArrivalDavid and Marie Scott outside Allin Hall.
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Allin_Hall_2.jpgArrivalA sea of red 2/9th FA shirts outside Allin Hall. Mike Kurtgis and Jerry Orr seem to be wondering, "Who the hell made this coffee??"
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