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 Reunion Information
Reunion XVI
, Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2015


Page Updated
January 23, 2015

2015 Reunion flyer

Gunship Association Patch

Reunion Registration Form

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Who's Coming to Reunion 2015

Now is the time to start making your plans to join us
in Missouri for another great reunion.

Our reunion begins on Wednesday, the 16th, where you can sit down with old and new friends in the Hootch and share your memorabilia and photos (we'll scan your documents for posterity and our historical archives). You will also be able to do a videotape session or remake an old one about your time with the AC-119 gunships for your family and our AC-119 history.

The reunion, and the St Louis area, has much to offer... along with that we have plenty of activities lined up for you. Please check the agenda below for all the activities and any changes or additions as we get closer to reunion time.

Ev & Thui Sprous, Wade Dunn, Ralph and Joyce Lefarth, Larry "Doc" and Sue Fletcher, Ron and Patty Gilbert look forward to seeing you in St Lou!

Note: There will be a Visitor's Bureau representative on duty at the Hotel Registration Desk from 8 AM - 3PM, Thursday & Friday. They will have a full table of information plus expert knowledge of everything to do in and around St Louis... Please Use Them!

Reunion Shirts: The Reunion shirts are still in the planning stages. But don't forget, there will be past reunion shirts still for sale at the hootch.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Information

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Hotel & Room Registration

The Crown Plaza St Louis Airport Hotel and Conference Center is the Official site of Reunion XVI. The Crown Plaza is located near the Lambert St Louis Airport. The reunion hotel is close to all tourist attractions, Convention Center, and Downtown.

5 MILE RADIUS MAP Click here for a map showing a 5 mile radius from the hotel, which offers complimentary shuttle service to/from and attractions. They'll also offer complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport.

St Louis Airport Crown Plaza
11228 Lone Eagle Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Tel: (314) 291-6700
Web: for on-line reservations

Please remember that Hotel reservations are your responsibility.
Important!: hotel reservations are not part of the Reunion Registration Form!

Don't delay...with the St. Louis Balloon Festival going on the same weekend rooms will go fast! Make Your HOTEL ROOM Reservations online!

For room Reservations you call the hotel Toll Free: 1-800-2CROWNE (1-800-227-6963)

• Or use your booking link for the AC-119 Gunship Reunion at this link Crowne Plaza Hotel

• Or call 1-866-282-4643 – code is GUN.

Cut-Off DATE: 25 August , 2015.


$99 per night, exclusive of all fees/taxes, (should be around $115.31 with fees & taxes) for single or double occupancy.

Reunion Group Rates is available for 3 days pre/post reunion, based on hotel availability.

Room Rates include:

  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast.
  • FREE SHUTTLE to/from the Airport.
  • FREE SHUTTLE within a 5-mile radius of the HOTEL that includes Old Town St. Charles, Metro Link light rail.

After the cut-off date, you will have to go one-on-one with the HOTEL for availability!

Reunion Registration

After making your hotel registration...print ou tand fill out your reunion registration form. Then write a check and send the form, plus your check, to Doug Wohlgamuth. His address is on the reunion registration form.

Registation Forms

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Reunion registration Deadline is also August 25, 2015
Click on the icon or links above to download the reunion registration form.

Reunion Agenda
September 16 through September 20, 2015

Hootch opens at Noon on Wednesday

Wednesday, Sept 16th

12 PM: Hootch opens at Noon and stays open until 6 PM Sunday night

Sodas, beer, snacks FREE to reunion attendee, except during Friday Meet & Greet; Saturday Banquet; and Sunday BBQ

Thursday, Sept 17th

All Day– Leisure time....Your call

6 PM - Special complimentary Wine & Cheese Tasting in the Hootchl

Friday, Sept 18th

9 AM - 2 PM – Tour "Discovering St. Louis" Cost $33 per person. Minimum of 25 people. Bus (s) will board tour group at the hotel at 9 AM.

6 PM - 9 PM HOTEL Meet & Greet Meet old friends and make new ones!!

Cash Bar, $29 per person; Swedish meatballs; Wings; Toasted Beef Ravioli; Cheese and Mini Pizzas

Saturday, Sept 19th

9 AM 11 AM: Association Business Meeting & Spouses Meeting Check your welcome bag for details.

11 AM - 5 PMLeisure time.

6 PM - 9 PM Banquet Dinner, $37 per person, all inclusive choose one.

Beef Stroganoff.
Stuffed Chicken.
Baked Cod

All meals include a garden salad w/ranch or itlian dressing, Green Beans w/bacon, baked potato, rolls & butter, fresh brewed coffee, iced tea and water service.

For Special meal needs or questions contact Ev Sprous at 314-221-7835 or email or contact Wade Dunn at 314-429-7396

DESERT: Strawberry Swirl Cheese Cake

Sunday, Sept 20th

9:00 AM -5 PM - Leisure Day for non golfers

9:30 AM - Golf Tournament Limited, 28 players only! $40 green fee, $10 prize money, special PGA course. More info coming REMEMBER, First-Come-First-Served!

5:30 PM 9:30 PM - Farewell BBQ Fee $30
• Pulled BBQ Pork
• Barbecued grilled chicken
• Cole Slaw
• Fried Potato Wedges
• Baked Beans
• Corn
• Ice tea, with columbian cofee available by request and assorted desserts. 

NOTE: The web site will be updated once a month with more details.
The important thing right now is...Get Your Hotel Reservations and Reunion Registration done Now!

Remember! First come First served!

Things to see and Do in St Lou!

St Louis Forest Park Top Ten Attractions:
The St Louis Zoo: 314-781-0900  18,000 animals from 700 species on 90 acres including an insectarium.  Free admittance.  Saturday hours 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 St Louis Science Center: 314-289-4400 Omnimax Theater 314-289-4424             Fri-Sun 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

 The Muny – Outdoor Operas:

The Grand Basin: Site of the 1904 World’s Fair.

The Boathouse – Restaurants: 314-961-7588 extension 221

Steinburg Skating Rink

The Missouri History Museum: 314-746-4599  Sat, Sun 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Tue, Wed, Thurs 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Paths and Trails in Forest Park

St Louis Art Museum: 314-721-0072 The St Louis Art Museum is one of the principle U.S. art museums visited by up to half a million people every year. Admission is free. Collection spans the centuries from ancient Egypt to the present.  Highly recommended by   Stinger IO, Michael Davis.

The Jewel Box: 314-531-0080 The Jewel Box is a greenhouse located in Forest Park. It now serves a public horticultural facility and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Downtown St Louis Tours:

The Gateway Arch: 877-982-1410   Open Labor Day thru Memorial Day 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.

The Old Courthouse:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours:

Union Station:

Other Sites:

Jefferson Barracks:

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery:
Designated as a National Cemetery in 1866, the 331 acre site is still in use. Burials from the War of Independence thru the present, including Union and Confederate burials from the Civil War. The Final resting place of Michael Blassey, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington, VA.

Olde Town St Charles:  the ten blocks 200 year old historic Main Street is Missouri’s first and largest historic district. It lies closest to the Missouri River and St Charles History. The brick paved street leads to more than 125 one of kind shops. Hours are Mon thru Sat 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sun 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Butterfly House at Foust Park: 636-530-0076  15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO.   The tropical conservatory is the heart of the Butterfly House. Its carefully controlled environment houses nearly 2,000 tropical butterflies in free flight. As many as 80 butterfly species and 150 tropical plants species are exhibited. Few moments in nature are as magical as watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. Hundreds of chrysalis from around the world is on display with butterflies emerging before your very eyes.

Powell Symphony Hall: 314-534-1700 718 North Grand Ave, St Louis, MO 63103

Fox Theater: 314-534-1678 527 N. Grand Ave, St Louis, MO 63103

Missouri Botanical Gardens: 314-577-5100 4444 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, MO Saturday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM (75 Acres).

Soldiers Memorial: 314-622-4550  1315 Chestnut St, St Louis MO 63103 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to St Louis to dedicate the site for the Soldiers Memorial building on October 14, 1936.  Here will rise a fitting structure-A symbol of devoted patriotism and unselfish service. We in America do not build monuments to war: we do not build monuments to conquests; we build monuments to commemorate the spirit of sacrifice in war-reminders of our desire for peace. The memory of those, whom the war called to the beyond, urges us to consecrate the best that is in us to the service on country in times of peace. We best honor the memory of those dead by striving for peace that the terror of the days of war will be with us no more. May the beauty of this monument, which will rise on this site, cast a beneficent light on the memories of our comrades, may a substantial structure typify the strength of their purpose, and may it inspire future generations with a desire to be of service to their fellows and their country.  

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site: 314-842-1867 7400 Grant Road, St Louis, MO 63123     A 9.65 acre United States National Historic Site located 10 miles southwest of downtown St Louis within the municipality of Grantwood Village.

Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum: 314-434-3368 Sun 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM   3127 Creve Coeur Mill Road, St Louis, MO 63146.
The museum is located at Creve Coeur Airport in Maryland Heights, Missouri and is a museum dedicated to restoring and preserving historical aircraft.

Boeing – James S. McDonnell Prologue Room: 314-232-6896 100 Airport Road, St Louis, MO 63135   The James S. McDonnell Prologue Room tells the panoramic story of more than nine decades of aviation progress, from biplanes to space travel.

Museum of Transportation: 3015 Barrett Station Road, St Louis, MO 63122 day after Labor Day – April 30: Tue to Sat., 9 A.M.-4 P.M.; SUN., 11 A.M.-4 P.M.  More than 300 pieces, including steam, diesel and electric locomotives, passenger and freight cars, automobiles, streetcars, buses and aircraft. Adults, $6; children and seniors age 65-plus, $4.

St louis Mills Outlet Center: 314-227-5900 5555 St Louis Mills Blvd, Hazelwood, MO 63042 Mon to Sat 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sun 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM   St Louis Mill Outlet Mall opened in November of 2003 and has become a community destination for St louis and the surrounding areas. With over 8 million visitors each year, 1.1 million square feet, over 50 events annually, and more than 160 stores, St Louis Outlet Mall is the destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in St Louis! A wide variety of shopping, entertainment, and dining to please the whole family! St Louis Outlet Mall boasts 12 anchors: Bed Bath and beyond, Cabela’s; Missouri’s One and Only, The Children’s Place, Sears Outlet, Ice Zone; official practice rink of the St Louis Blues, Plan Nine Skate Park, NASCAR Speed Park, Putting Edge, Regal Cinemas 18/IMAX, Off Broadway Shoes, Burlington Coat Factory/Baby Depot, Ross Dress for Less, and Books A Million. Some of the more than 160 specialty stores include: Aeropostal, American Eagle, Banana Republic Factory Store, Bath and Body Works, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Gap, Nike Factory Store, Nine West, Old Navy Outlet, Starbucks Coffee, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Carter’s, Gymboree, Guess? And more!

Cabela’s: 314-225-0100 5555 St Louis Mills Blvd #167, Hazelwood, MO 63042 Mon thru Sat 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sun 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Cabela’s Hazelwood retail Store is located just off of I-270, north of I-70 (Exit 22B, Highway 370). The 130,000 sq. ft. showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.

Bass Pro Shop: 636-688-2500 1365 5th St, St Charles, MO 63301 Mon thru Sat 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sun 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Our store is 92,000 sq. ft. of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Much more than hunting and fishing store, however, Bass Pro Shops also offers equipment for hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking and more.

St Louis Premium Outlets: 324-399-8163 18521 Outlet Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63005   Ninety outlet stores. Discover impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Armani, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Crabtree & Evelyn, Elie Tahari, J. Crew, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, St John, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Bradley and More.

Local Golf Courses:

St Ann International Golf Course: 314-423-6400 4100 Ashby Rd, St Ann, MO 63074 – this course contains a 34 par, nine hole course, totaling 55 scenic acres with a total yardage of 2,696.  The course remains open all year long, weather permitting, and with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tee times on weekends during daylight savings are accepted from open until 2 PM. Club, pull, or riding carts are available for rental.

Berry Hill Golf Course: 314-731-7979 11919 Berry Hill Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044

Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Course: 314-514-0154 1 Crystal Springs Quarry Dr. Maryland, Heights, MO 63043-4202.

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