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Oflag 64 Reunion

New Orleans, Lousiana

September 10-13, 2015

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Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras
Our hotel - The Westin
Our hotel - The Westin
New Orleans - skyline, business district
New Orleans - skyline, business district
Early arrivals - Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre, Pat Waters
Early arrivals - Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre, Pat Waters
Early arrivals at dinner Wednesday -
Pat & Martha Waters, Warren Jones, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre, Kay Cruise
Early arrivals at dinner Wednesday -
Pat & Martha Waters, Warren Jones, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre, Kay Cruise
"Vicar" Alan Dunbar at the restaurant
"Vicar" Alan Dunbar at the restaurant
Pat Waters welcoming reunion attendees
Pat Waters welcoming reunion attendees
Chaplain Smith opening the reunion festivities with prayer.
Chaplain Smith opening the reunion festivities with prayer.
Color Guard preparing to present the colors
Color Guard preparing to present the colors
Opening flag ceremony with color guard
Opening flag ceremony with color guard
Dondino Melchiorre singing the national anthem with color guard in place
Dondino Melchiorre singing the national anthem with color guard in place
Martha Waters addressing reunion attendees prior to reunion activities
Martha Waters addressing reunion attendees prior to reunion activities
WWII Museum main building
WWII Museum main building
WWII Museum main building
WWII Museum main building
WWII Museum main building
WWII Museum main building
Pat and Martha at the Campaign of Courage Building/Road to Berlin exhibit featuring Pat’s father, Kriegy John Waters
Pat and Martha at the Campaign of Courage Building/Road to Berlin exhibit featuring Pat’s father, Kriegy John Waters
One of the exhibits at the Campaign of Courage Building/Road to Berlin - our own Kriegy John Waters, Pat Waters’ father
One of the exhibits at the Campaign of Courage Building/Road to Berlin - our own Kriegy John Waters, Pat Waters’ father
The late Kriegy Abe Baum featured at the Campaign of Courage Building/Road to Berlin exhibit
The late Kriegy Abe Baum featured at the Campaign of Courage Building/Road to Berlin exhibit
Wreath laid near the Museum on September 11.  This wreath was laid outside the museum next to a 5-ton piece of steel from one of the twin towers.
Wreath laid near the Museum on September 11. This wreath was laid outside the museum next to a 5-ton piece of steel from one of the twin towers.
Sign displayed next to a 5-ton piece of steel from one of the twin towers
Sign displayed next to a 5-ton piece of steel from one of the twin towers
Luncheon at the WWII Museum - 
Littman Family, Donna and Dondino Melchiorre
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Littman Family, Donna and Dondino Melchiorre
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Michael Littman, Donna & Dondino Melchiorre, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Lynn Kanaya
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Michael Littman, Donna & Dondino Melchiorre, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Lynn Kanaya
Luncheon at the WWII Museum - 
Alan Dunbar, Lynn & Jimmie Kanaya, Herm and Larry Littman
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Alan Dunbar, Lynn & Jimmie Kanaya, Herm and Larry Littman
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Marletta Holcomb, Larry Copes, Chaplain Smith, Warren Jones
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Marletta Holcomb, Larry Copes, Chaplain Smith, Warren Jones
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Dennis Lennon, Susanna Connaughton, Bill Caldwell
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Dennis Lennon, Susanna Connaughton, Bill Caldwell
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Dennis Lennon and Susanna Connaughton
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Dennis Lennon and Susanna Connaughton
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Thompson Family
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Thompson Family
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Doris Leigh and Maria Christmann
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Doris Leigh and Maria Christmann
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Martha Waters keeping things under control
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Martha Waters keeping things under control
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Ellsworth Family and Martha Waters
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Ellsworth Family and Martha Waters
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Bill Caldwell enjoying a relaxing moment
Luncheon at the WWII Museum -
Bill Caldwell enjoying a relaxing moment
Sherman tank displayed in the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center at the WWII Museum
Sherman tank displayed in the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center at the WWII Museum
B-17 Bomb Rack displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center.  The internal bomb racks of a B-17 were equipped with 42 bomb stations.
B-17 Bomb Rack displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center. The internal bomb racks of a B-17 were equipped with 42 bomb stations.
An M-3 half-track like the one used by Abe Baum during the “Raid” ordered by General George Patton.  Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
An M-3 half-track like the one used by Abe Baum during the “Raid” ordered by General George Patton. Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Combat Pigeon Loft - Carrier pigeons were used by nearly every army, both Axis and Allied, in every theater during WWII.  Displayed at the US Freedom Pavillion/Boeing Center.
Combat Pigeon Loft - Carrier pigeons were used by nearly every army, both Axis and Allied, in every theater during WWII. Displayed at the US Freedom Pavillion/Boeing Center.
Some of the WWII aircraft displayed near the ceiling of the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center at the WWII Museum
Some of the WWII aircraft displayed near the ceiling of the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center at the WWII Museum
TBM Avenger - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
TBM Avenger - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
F4U-4 Corsair - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
F4U-4 Corsair - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” - This is the actual aircraft that crash-landed in Greenland.  It was recovered and restored and is now displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” - This is the actual aircraft that crash-landed in Greenland. It was recovered and restored and is now displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” nose section - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” nose section - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
P-51D Mustang - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
P-51D Mustang - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
P-51D Mustang - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
P-51D Mustang - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” original propeller cut from the bomber after it crash landed in Greenland - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
“My Gal Sal” original propeller cut from the bomber after it crash landed in Greenland - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
B-24 Liberator bomber nose - P41 Mustang - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
B-24 Liberator bomber nose - P41 Mustang - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
B24 Liberator bombardier position - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
B24 Liberator bombardier position - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
B-24D Liberator diagram - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
B-24D Liberator diagram - displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Displayed at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center
Our own Kriegy Jimmie Kanaya tells his story.  Recorded for listeners at designated listening stations at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center.
Our own Kriegy Jimmie Kanaya tells his story. Recorded for listeners at designated listening stations at the US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center.
Martha Waters, Alan & Evie Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre & Pat Waters at the WWII Museum
Martha Waters, Alan & Evie Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre & Pat Waters at the WWII Museum
WWII Museum - Campaigns of Courage Building where we toured the Normany/European Invasion exhibit.
WWII Museum - Campaigns of Courage Building where we toured the Normany/European Invasion exhibit.
WWII Museum - US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center (in the center)
WWII Museum - US Freedom Pavilion/Boeing Center (in the center)
Saturday Banquet
Leigh and Thriffiley families
Saturday Banquet
Leigh and Thriffiley families
Saturday Banquet
Leigh and Thriffiley families
Saturday Banquet
Leigh and Thriffiley families
Saturday Banquet
Leigh and Thriffiley families
Saturday Banquet
Leigh and Thriffiley families
Saturday Banquet -
Littman Family
Saturday Banquet -
Littman Family
Saturday Banquet -
Littman Family
Saturday Banquet -
Littman Family
Saturday Banquet -
Thompson family
Saturday Banquet -
Thompson family
Saturday Banquet -
Thompson family
Saturday Banquet -
Thompson family
Saturday Banquet -
Thompson family
Saturday Banquet -
Thompson family
Saturday Banquet -
Marletta Holcomb, Dennis Lennon, Kathleen and Timothy Stokes
Saturday Banquet -
Marletta Holcomb, Dennis Lennon, Kathleen and Timothy Stokes
Saturday Banquet - Larry Copes & Marletta Holcomb
Saturday Banquet - Larry Copes & Marletta Holcomb
Saturday Banquet -
Larry Copes, Marletta Holcomb, Dennis Lennon
Saturday Banquet -
Larry Copes, Marletta Holcomb, Dennis Lennon
Saturday Banquet -
Kay Cruise, Larry Copes
Saturday Banquet -
Kay Cruise, Larry Copes
Saturday Banquet -
Donna Melchiorre, Lynn & Jimmie Kanaya
Saturday Banquet -
Donna Melchiorre, Lynn & Jimmie Kanaya
Saturday Banquet -
Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre
Saturday Banquet -
Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre
Saturday Banquet -
Di Francesco family
Saturday Banquet -
Di Francesco family
Saturday Banquet -
Di Francesco family, Tom Kreutzer
Saturday Banquet -
Di Francesco family, Tom Kreutzer
Saturday Banquet -
Anne and Tom Kreutzer, Wayne Christmann
Saturday Banquet -
Anne and Tom Kreutzer, Wayne Christmann
Saturday Banquet -
Pat and Martha Waters & family, Krystyna Piórkowska
Saturday Banquet -
Pat and Martha Waters & family, Krystyna Piórkowska
Saturday Banquet -
Waters family
Saturday Banquet -
Waters family
Saturday Banquet -
Waters family, Krystyna Piórkowska
Saturday Banquet -
Waters family, Krystyna Piórkowska
Saturday Banquet -
Chaplain Smith and his wife, Chris and Cecily Weatherford, Bill Caldwell
Saturday Banquet -
Chaplain Smith and his wife, Chris and Cecily Weatherford, Bill Caldwell
Saturday Banquet -
Ellsworth family
Saturday Banquet -
Ellsworth family
Our banquet speaker, Krystyna Piórkowska, presented a list of things we can do to help with “Oflag 64” preservation efforts.
Our banquet speaker, Krystyna Piórkowska, presented a list of things we can do to help with “Oflag 64” preservation efforts.
Saturday Banquet -
Krystyna Piórkowska following her presentation, chatting with Elodie Caldwell.  Geordy Waters looking on.
Saturday Banquet -
Krystyna Piórkowska following her presentation, chatting with Elodie Caldwell. Geordy Waters looking on.
Saturday Banquet - 
Dondino Melchiorre entertains after dinner
Saturday Banquet -
Dondino Melchiorre entertains after dinner
Saturday Banquet - 
Dondino Melchiorre entertains after dinner
Saturday Banquet -
Dondino Melchiorre entertains after dinner
Saturday Banquet - 
Dondino Melchiorre and Lynn Kanaya sing a “duet”
Saturday Banquet -
Dondino Melchiorre and Lynn Kanaya sing a “duet”
Saturday Banquet -
Jimmie and Lynn Kanaya holding hands during Dondino’s performance
Saturday Banquet -
Jimmie and Lynn Kanaya holding hands during Dondino’s performance
Saturday Banquet -
Sweetgrass basket presented to Elodie Caldwell by Martha Waters
Saturday Banquet -
Sweetgrass basket presented to Elodie Caldwell by Martha Waters
Dondino Melchiorre presents “Faces of the Brave” artwork commemorating 9-11 to Pat Waters
Dondino Melchiorre presents “Faces of the Brave” artwork commemorating 9-11 to Pat Waters
“Faces of the Brave” 9-11 artwork presented to Alan Dunbar and Pat Waters by Dondino Melchiorre
“Faces of the Brave” 9-11 artwork presented to Alan Dunbar and Pat Waters by Dondino Melchiorre
Oflag 64 Reunion group photo following the banquet - several had already left.
Oflag 64 Reunion group photo following the banquet - several had already left.
Jimmie & Lynn Kanaya, Warren Jones
Jimmie & Lynn Kanaya, Warren Jones
Kay Cruise and Alan Dunbar
Kay Cruise and Alan Dunbar
Jimmie Kanaya and Alan Dunbar agreeing to attend the next reunion.  Accompanied by Evie Dunbar and Dondino Melchiorre.
Jimmie Kanaya and Alan Dunbar agreeing to attend the next reunion. Accompanied by Evie Dunbar and Dondino Melchiorre.
“Kriegy Group Photo” with Pat Water, Jimmie Kanaya, Martha Waters, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Herm Littman
“Kriegy Group Photo” with Pat Water, Jimmie Kanaya, Martha Waters, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Herm Littman
Anne Kreutzer, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre, Pat Waters, Dennis Lennon
Anne Kreutzer, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Dondino Melchiorre, Pat Waters, Dennis Lennon
Front Row l-r:  Evie and Alan Dunbar, Pat Waters
Back row l-r:  Dondino Melchiorre, Kathleen Stokes, Warren Jones, Timothy Stokes, Martha Waters, Kay Cruise
Front Row l-r: Evie and Alan Dunbar, Pat Waters
Back row l-r: Dondino Melchiorre, Kathleen Stokes, Warren Jones, Timothy Stokes, Martha Waters, Kay Cruise
“Kriegy Group Photo” with Pat Waters, Herm Littman, Jimmie Kanaya, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Lynn Kanaya, Dondino Melchiorre, Kay Cruise, Warren Jones
“Kriegy Group Photo” with Pat Waters, Herm Littman, Jimmie Kanaya, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Lynn Kanaya, Dondino Melchiorre, Kay Cruise, Warren Jones
And another group photo with Pat Waters, Herm Littman, Jimmie Kanaya, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Lynn Kanaya, and Dondino Melchiorre
And another group photo with Pat Waters, Herm Littman, Jimmie Kanaya, Evie & Alan Dunbar, Lynn Kanaya, and Dondino Melchiorre
French Quarter - Jackson Square at upper right
French Quarter - Jackson Square at upper right
Store fronts in the French Quarter
Store fronts in the French Quarter
Mule watering trough for carriage rides through the French Quarter
Mule watering trough for carriage rides through the French Quarter
Beautiful Jackson Square with St. Louis Cathedral standing tall in the middle
Beautiful Jackson Square with St. Louis Cathedral standing tall in the middle
Statue of General Andrew Jackson
Statue of General Andrew Jackson
Light post with fleur de lis
Light post with fleur de lis
Art vendor at Jackson Square
Art vendor at Jackson Square
More art displayed at Jackson Square
More art displayed at Jackson Square
Jackson Brewery near Jackson Square
Jackson Brewery near Jackson Square
Flood retaining wall in front of the center building
Flood retaining wall in front of the center building
French Quarter skyline
French Quarter skyline
The Mighty Mississippi bordering the French Quarter - flood  retaining walls between the parking lots and the river
The Mighty Mississippi bordering the French Quarter - flood retaining walls between the parking lots and the river
Natchez river boat on the Mighty Mississippi
Natchez river boat on the Mighty Mississippi
And gas for $1.91 a gallon???
And gas for $1.91 a gallon???

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