Gamewarden's Reunion News and Photo Gallery

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Suisun City, CA —October, 2010
Norfolk Virginia — July 2008
Denver — August 2006
San Antonio — August 2004
New Orleans — August 2002
San Diego — November 2000
Portland — July 1998
Minneapolis — August 1996
Las Vegas — August 1994
St. Louis — August 1992
— Early Reunion


 

 Vietnam War's 'river rats' gather to honor fallen friends, make new ones
By Hattie Brown Garrow
The Virginian-Pilot — ©July 20, 2008

VIRGINIA BEACH
By the time Bob Tipton attended his first reunion with fellow Vietnam War veterans, he'd forgotten dates, names and faces - but not the brotherhood they shared.

 

As members of Task Force 116, the Navy's river patrol force, Tipton and the other men counted on one another to stay alive. More »

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1990 Reunion at Patriot's Point, SC, MK1 in background
Contributed by: John Malovic
 
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1989 Reunion at Little Creek Memorial
Contributed by: John Malovic
 

New Orleans — August 2002

The River Rat Plaque
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The River Rat Plaque
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Steve Sumrall's Photo Gallery
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Lunch at Stennis, MS during SBU-22 demonstration
(Submitted by David White and Jerry Ford.)
 
     
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SBU-22 demonstration
(Submitted by David White and Jerry Ford.)
 
     
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SOC-R from SBU 22 backing down and getting wet.
(Submitted by David White and Jerry Ford.)
 
     
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Lunch at Stennis, MS during SBU-22 demonstration
Facing Camera: Jim Morgan and Roz Morgan
Back to Camera: Lester Westling and Chuck Metzler
(Submitted by David White and Jerry Ford.)
 
     
 
     
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The NEW "PBR" is called the Special Operations Craft Riverine (SOCR), specifically designed for the RIVERINE environ. A REAL MANUVERABLE BEAUTY ! !  
 
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  THE 533 GUYS
From left to right, Jerry Sapp (CO), Lowell Dickey, Al "Pancho" O'Canas, Dave "Tiny" Ajax, Everett "Yogie" Hebert and Gary Crest
 
   
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Group of visitors aboard a SBU-22  SOCR, Stennis,
MS Submitted by Ed Cross
Memorial Service at Stennis,
MS with SBU-22 and Chaplain Lester Westling.
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A group of SBU-22 SOCR's
Submitted by Ed Cross
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An MK II PBR moored with modern counterpart, the SOCR, Stennis, MS
Submitted by Ed Cross
  Ed Cross' Photo Gallery
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RivDiv534 Left to right Vaughn Shuler - Jeremiah Whidden - Wayne Forbes - Dennis Scully.    
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San Diego — November 2000

Group PBR David Wilkinson (ex-GMGSN Section 531) and Larry Weatherall (ex-ENFN Section 531)

Guys from River Division 552:
Bottom L to R: Mike Gervais, Max Gabriel, Bob Carpenter, Bobby Johnson, Glenn Roth.
Top L to R: Tom Slosky, Frank Free, Walter Williams, Mike Farney, Bruce McCamey.

L to R: Walter Williams, Rob Walters, and Rick Armstrong.

David Wilkinson (ex-GMGSN Section 531) and Larry Weatherall (ex-ENFN Section 531)

     
     
   

Gene Glasco, President GVN WCC, Tommy Thompson, Former President, National Gamewardens of Vietnam, Nona Thompson, and friend at our reunion's Aloha breakfast at the Hanalei Hotel.

River Division 593
Jimmy Thompson, Ernie Hunter, John Phillips; River Division 593 at the Hanalei Hotel.

   
River Section/Division 544/593

River Section/Division 544/593
Left to Right:
ENS Ernie Hunter, BMC Bob Cook, BT3 Jimmy Thompson, ENC Jerry Staples, BM3 John Phillips, EN2 Jim Davy, SMC Bob Monzingo, SN Don Rasmussen, MMC(SS) Hank Swain, BM1 John Keiper, GMG3 David Larsen, GMG3 Wayne Janousek, BMC Carl Fletcher, EN2 David White, SN Bob Conley, GMG3 Earl Hoelscher, GMG2 Al Johnson, PO3 Mark Bowers, LT Larry Bissonnette
Present, but not shown:
LTJG Mike Sullivan, PO3 Don Litzenburg

   

Taken November 11, 2000 just after the National Gamewarden Reunion
luncheon at the Club Coronado, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California:
Steve Watson and Admiral Mauz
Admiral Henry "Hammerin' Hank" Mauz; Guestspeaker and OinC River Section 543. Steve Watson; National President, Gamewardens of Vietnam Association, River Sections 511, 512, 533.

Three River Division 593 sailors enjoying the 2000 Gamewardens Reunion:

Bob Tipton, Gene Glasco, President, Gamewardens of Vietnam West Coast Chapter and ATSB Hatien, David Larsen, Navy Cross Recipient.

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Portland — July 1998

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ADM & Mrs. Zumwalt with Ken Delfino
Portland, 1998

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River Division 593 attendees at memorial service in Portland, 1998

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Ralph Fries setting up memorial monument outline
Portland, 1998

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Sitting in front - Susan Cox, Lorena Keiper,
Larry Bissonnette, Al Johnson
Portland, 1998

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Bob Monzingo at beer gardens
just before river cruise
Portland, 1998

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Tom Anderson, Jeff Bissonnette
Portland, 1998

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Larry Bissonnette, Jeff bissonnette, Tom Anderson
Portland, 1998

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Jim Davy at Memorial Service
Portland, 1998

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L to R: James R. Renick Jr., Wiles Cox,
Susan Cox, Darlene Bissonnette, Pat Madden
Portland, 1998

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Larry Bissonnette, Tom Anderson, Al Johnson
Portland, 1998

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Larry Bissonnette, Tom Anderson
on river cruise in Portland, 1998

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James F. Morgan, memorial service speaker
Portland, 1998

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Portland, 1998
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Portland, 1998
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Portland, 1998
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Portland, 1998
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Minneapolis — August 1996

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River Division 593
Minneapolis, 1996

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Jerry Staples, Hank Swain, Larry Bissonnette,
Elmo Zumwalt, Don Rasmussen (behind), Jim Davy, Bill Manragha - Minneapolis, 1996

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Hank Swain, Larry Bissonnette,
Elmo Zumwalt, Don Rasmussen, Jim Davy - Minneapolis, 1996

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ADM Zumwalt, A. Billy Rat,
Clarence Cooper - Minneapolis, 1996

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Going to Memorial Service
Minneapolis, 1996

 
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The Wall
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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The Wall
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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The Wall
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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Presenting the Flag
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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Wreath Laying
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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Jim Davy
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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TF116 Cake
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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Auction Items
Minneapolis, 1996
Submitted by: Rod Morgan

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Las Vegas — August 1994

Las Vegas, 1994

Las Vegas, 1994

Las Vegas, 1994

Las Vegas, 1994
Steve Watson, Unknown, A Billy Rat, Clarence Cooper, Unknown

Las Vegas, 1994
MKII PBR with Gamewardens of Vietnam

Las Vegas, 1994
River Division 593

Las Vegas, 1994
Jerry Staples, Bob Monzingo, Jim Kinsey

Las Vegas, 1994
Jerry Staples, Hank Swain, Young Swain,
Unknown (w/PBR), Carl Fletcher, Jim Kinsey

Las Vegas, 1994
Crowd with MKII PBR

   

Las Vegas, 1994
Ron Kirkey, River Division 531, 593

   
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Las Vegas, 1994
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Las Vegas, 1994
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Las Vegas, 1994
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Las Vegas, 1994
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Las Vegas, 1994
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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Las Vegas, 1994
Submitted by Rod Morgan

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St. Louis — August 1992

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Reunion
St. Louis - 1992

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Don English, Jim Davy, Keith Recina, Jim Ward
St. Louis - 1992

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(seated L-R) Yvonne Davy, Jim Davy, Frank Re (standing L-R) Don Rasmussen, Ron Walton, Larry Bissonnette
St. Louis - 1992

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Ron Kirkay, Pat Madden, Frank Re, Ron Walton
St. Louis - 1992

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Don Rasmussen, Larry Bissonnette, Nancy Re, Darlene Bissonnette, Frank Re
St. Louis - 1992

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Early Reunion – Submitted by John Williams via Clarence Cooper.

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Bill Gambroll, Fred McDonald & Others

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Mrs. McDonald?? Mrs. Gambroll??

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John Herke, River Division 531, 532. Unknown, Unknown

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