1/12th Inf.; 4/42nd Artillery; B Co., 4th Engineers
DATES:NOTE: Date change from earlier announcements: Our reunion will take place, midweek - Tuesday September 4 through Thursday September 6
LOCATION: A bright 5-story atrium, unique waterfalls, and vibrant foliage welcomes you to Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield, site of our 2018 Red Warriors Vietnam Association Reunion.
COST: The registration cost for this three day event is $185.
Our midweek reunion, Sept. 4-6, 2018, follows Labor Day Weekend, so please register early and make your Hotel reservations as soon as possible. There is a National event that will bring thousands to the Milwaukee area over the Labor Day Period. Hotels will fill up fast that weekend, so if you plan to arrive early, reserve your hotel as quickly as possible.
ARRIVING EARLY? See optional Monday afternoon Cubs/Brewers baseball game. Info below.
IMPERATIVE: See Hotel reservations. Major event in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend. Reserve Rooms early.
This year's reunion has no planned daytime activities in order to allow attendees as much time as possible to reconnect and share memories with their buddy's. If you wish, ample "On your own" on the 5th and 6th provides you opportunities to visit and experience the many cultural and entertaining sites of the Milwaukee area.
Once again we will provide a "Help a Red Warrior" option on the Registration Form. If you can help a fellow Red Warrior to defray costs, it would be appreciated. During the 2016 reunion we were able to assist several Red Warriors to attend because of your generous contribution. See Registration Form.
Prior attendees bring your RW Cap and Red Warrior shirts. If you have never attended a Red Warrior reunion, then a Red Warrior cap and T- shirt will be provided FREE. We welcome all first timers to our reunions. You'll have a great time!
And for the first time we are offering, as on option, a 24 page 2018 Reunion Memory Book. The book will include individual or couple photos of each Red Warrior & guest attending, candid photos of the three day event, Group Company photos, and more. A great keepsake.
On the Registration Form make sure to check the box indicating that you would like this book. Cost is $20. Only a limited surplus will be offered after the reunion via the web PX. The finished books will be mailed to your home after it's compiled. Allow 8 weeks for delivery.
Last day of Registration is August 25, 2018. Last day to request a refund is August 31, 2018. Fees are are not refundable after that date.
Print, complete and send the Registration Form, along with a check for total fees, to:
Red Warriors Vietnam Association
c/o John Beckman, Treasurer
131 Golf Vista Circle
Davenport, FL 33837-8482
NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO ATTEND?
Grants to be offered
Through the generous donations by fellow Red Warriors, a limited amount of funds will be available through our registration process and set aside to issue grants for defraying reunion related costs. Limited to a Red Warrior only, or the registration fee for a guest assisting a disabled Red Warrior. If you find yourself desiring to attend but are financially hindered, you can privately and confidentially apply for either a registration fee waiver, hotel waiver or both. Partial grants may also be offered. To view our rules and guidelines for this process - CLICK HERE.
PROCESS: Request must be in writing and mailed to Frank Wise, Chairman - Reunion Fund Committee. Please explain your situation, along with your contact information (address, phone, email, etc)
REVIEW: Our Reunion Fund Committee will then prioritize the applications to ensure that assistance is given to the Red Warriors most in need. Your correspondence to us will remain private and confidential.
DEADLINE & NOTIFICATION: Letters must be received by April 1, 2018. You will be notified of our decision to your request by April 30, 2018.
MAIL PRIVATE LETTER OF REQUEST TO:Frank Wise- 14360 Forest Row Trail - Midlothian, VA 23112-1563.
Grants are based upon the amount of donations received from fellow registrants. No guarantee of grants is implied by the Red Warriors Vietnam Association.
Please check back to this site often to see who has already registered. Updated weekly! No need to call, just visit the link.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS AND HOTEL INFORMATION
Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield
Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield - 1200 South Moorland Road, Brookfield, Wisconsin, 53005
You are responsible for reserving your own accommodations. Negotiated daily rates for a double occupancy is $179.83 per night. This includes all tax and hotel fees. Rate includes free hotel breakfast.
If you plan on arriving early, please make your reservations as soon possible. The prior weekend is a holiday. Hotels rooms will be at a premium due not only to the holiday, but for a Harley Davidson anniversary rally where thousands of enthusiasts are expected to flock to the city.
RESERVE BY PHONE: If reserving in 2017, make sure you tell them the reservation is for 2018. Tell them our Group Code: RW3. The Hilton Embassy Suites property code is MKEMB
Call: (262) 782-2900 - Ask for the Red Warrior Reunion Rate of $179.83 per night. Group Code RW3
GENERAL INFORMATION: For services and amenities of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield, VIEW HOTEL INFORMATION.
TRANSPORTATION FROM AIRPORT
The route from General Billy Mitchell International Airport is approximately 20-30 minutes by car. A shuttle is available from the hotel for a fee of $15 per person. 48 hour advance notice required. Shuttle reservation number will be posted in the future. Price is subject to change.
Driving From General Mitchell International Airport
Head north on I-94/Milwaukee/Chicago Take the exit toward I-94/I-894 W/Madison. Follow signs for I-894 N/US 45N. Use the left lane to take exit 1B to merge onto I-94 W toward W Madison. Take exit 301A for Moorland Road S. Turn Left on Pinehurst Drive T.
Distance from Airport: 18 mi. Drive Time: 23 min.
HOTEL CHECK IN
Sept. 4, 2018 - 1600 hrs. (4PM) at the Hotel. Plan to arrive prior to the 4th? Book early.
REUNION DAY REGISTRATION CHECK IN
September 4, 1300 - 1700 hrs. - Registration tables are easily located in the hotel - Watch for signs. First Business meeting and posting of colors will be at 1700.
WHO CAN ATTEND, & GUEST POLICY
All who served in and with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry in Vietnam, including Battery B, 4/42nd Artillery and 2nd Platoon, B Company, 4th Engineers , and their guests.
Renowned Vietnam Red Warrior Native American artist, Joe Yazzie, will have one of his paintings offerred as a raffel Item to serve as a fundraiser for our association. Look for the opportunity at the Registration Table.
Chicago Cultural Alliance produced a video when Joe Yazzie was named Outstanding Community Leader, 2014. To view a video of Joe telling his life story, (including his struggles after the war) plus samples of his artwork CLICK HERE
OPTIONAL BASEBALL OUTING FOR EARLY ARRIVALS - Limited
BUS LIMIT OF 60 - If you are arriving early to the reunion, Red Warrior Dennis Witt and his wife Kathy are hosting a Labor Day Milwaukee Brewers/Chicago Cubs baseball outing for the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 3. The event will take place at at Miller Park Stadium. Cost of $70 includes tickets, shuttle transportation to and from Miller Park from the hotel, and a tailgate party with simple stuff like burgers, Wisconsin brats, and hot dogs. Side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, etc. will also be included. Samplers of Wisconsin specialty beers available along with some standard beers (Miller Light, Miller High Life, etc.). Several different sodas and water will be available too. This is an OPTIONAL TRIP and not part of the Reunion activities, which start a day later on September 4. To read specifics and to reserve your Milwaukee Brewers/Chicago Cubs tickets CLICK HERE - Limited to 60 tickets. Over 40 have already signed up. Reserve NOW!
MILWAUKEE - THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee County Zoo
Miller Brewery Tour
The 2018 reunion is planned to allow you as much free time as possible to reconnect with your buddies, but you are free to Explore on Your Own September 5 & 6 - There's tons of things to do on your own in Milwaukee. Brewery Tour anyone? The Milwaukee County Zoo has 200 acres to explore (ride the steam train), Milwaukee Art Museum is an architectural landmark, Harley-Davison Museum, Discover Worlds and much more. VISIT THIS WEBSITE to see descriptions the Milwaukee area attractions and more.
Milwaukee has something for everyone. The 2018 Red Warrior reunion is planed with a lot of free time just for you! Click on any of the links below for more information.
Our PX will be on site during registration and will have a limited number of items for sale at discounted prices during the Reunion. Extra Red Warrior T-shirts may be purchased, limited caps available, unit crest pins, RW coffee mugs, decals and patches, DVDs, Regimental Greeting Cards and more. Cash or check only. Sorry, no credit cards.
It's too early yet to finalize the menu. We can tell you that breakfasts are covered in your hotel reservation and each evening has a meal planned. You're on your own for lunches. Visit this spot later for a link to our menu
WHAT TO WEAR
Come comfortable for registration. Ladies may dress casual for all day events. For all Red Warriors, our business meeting at 1800 is casual. Our Association uniform is blue jeans, Red Warrior T-shirt and a Red Warrior cap. Free cap and shirt for all first time RW's will be issued during your on-site registration. For all business meetings and the company pictures, the Red Warrior attire is the only appropriate one.
Company Dinners on Wednesday - attire is casual.
Final Night Banquet on Thursday is a bit more formal. For men, sport coats, with or without ties, are appropriate, or wear your military uniform. You are encouraged to wear your military medals. For the ladies, no formal gowns, just "going to church" clothes.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring your own camera of course, and bring a small pocket sized pad of paper and a pencil as you may be writing down addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of newfound buddies.
Prior attendees, bring your Red Warrior Cap and RW Shirts. Red Warrior T-shirts and cap will be provided to first time Red Warrior attendees. Extra caps and shirts are available from the on-site PX
WHAT TO EXPECT
A great time! Lots of laughs, a few lumps in your throat, a sense of pride, meeting old friends, meeting new friends, and a lot of "Do you remember..." You are encouraged to bring your Vietnam memorabilia and photo collections to share. Again, don't forget to bring your camera!