2017 Reunion Results
(Posted August 28th, 2017)
The 2017 Merrill’s Marauders Proud Descendants Reunion was held at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Friday, August 4th. The 71st Reunion was the first of it’s kind after the Association voted to deformalize the events at last years reunion. Over 50 Proud Descendants and friends were in attendance, as well as two original Marauders and Ranger Hall of Famers: Gilbert “Gil” Howland, and MMPD Historian, Robert “Bob” Passanisi.
Attendees gathered at the West Point Visitor’s Center and boarded a bus to the Old Cadet Chapel for a brief memorial ceremony, followed by wreath-laying at the graves of General Merrill and General Stillwell. The wreaths were placed by our two attending Marauders, Gil and Bob, as well as Gil’s son, Bob Howland, and Bob’s son-in-law, Barry Maltese, by their sides. The Ceremony Order was as follows:
1055 Organist plays patriotic music until attendees are seated
1100 WP Rep Sherman Fleek Orders Posting of Colors
WP Rep Introduces Chaplain COL Pawlikowski
1105 Chaplain does benediction
1110 West Point Rep Sherman Fleek does welcome and short talk on the Merrill’s Marauders
1120 Marauder Reps do short talk (Marauder Gil Howland, Marauder Bob Passanisi, MMPD President Bob Menta)
WP Rep Orders Retire Colors
Colors move to grave site
Wreaths are placed at grave sites
WP Rep Orders Retire Colors
1200 That concludes the ceremony.
After our two attending Marauders placed wreaths at General Merrill’s and General Stillwell’s graves, the group boarded the bus again and headed to the Thayer Hotel for lunch in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant. Some brief remarks were made regarding progress on the Congressional Gold Medal campaign, and information and instructions for contacting Congresspeople were handed out to attendees. The group then boarded the bus again at about 1:30 for a two-hour tour of the grounds, including (the new) Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and more.
Next year: Because of the discontinuation of the formal banquet-style reunions as we knew them, Marauders, descendants, and friends are encouraged to arrange local gatherings of their own accord. If doing so, please email email@example.com so that we may promote your gathering to the rest of the Association. There are very preliminary talks about another informal annual reunion in either Chicago, New Orleans, Fort Riley, or Nashville. Please stay tuned to this website and the MMPD Facebook page for updates.
Thanks as always for your interest in and support of these brave men that made up the 5307th Composite Unit AKA Merrill’s Marauders.
MMPD Vice President and WebMaster
ANNOUNCEMENT: West Point Agenda and Recommended Arrangements
(Posted February 13th, 2017)
To my fellow Descendants and of course, Marauders.
PLEASE read all the way through. You MUST respond to ME by May 1, 2017 @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I need to have a head count as hopefully I’ll have to book an additional bus/lunch seats!
The cost of the excursion comes to: $75 per person and will include all gratuities. Send your $75 checks to:
MMPD C/O Jerrie Daly
7289 Mill Rd.
Centerville, MN 55038-9708
Travel: Everyone has to get to West Point on their own via planes, trains or automobile. Stewart International Airport is closest.
Hotels: Everyone must book their own hotel. See the hotel links attached. Note: Everyone must find their own way from the airport to their hotel.
The following link takes you to a TripAdvisor list of the hotels closest to West Point: https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsNear-g48855-d186206-United_States_Military_Academy-West_Point_New_York.html
Itinerary for Friday, August 4th visit to West Point:
On Friday Aug. 4th everyone must find their own way to:
10:00 am Meet at West Point Visitors Center
Board Coach Bus
11:00 am Arrive at West Point Cemetery Chapel
Posting of Colors by West Point Honor Guard
Short speech by West Point personnel
Short walk to Generals Merrill & Stillwell graves (very close to each other)
Placing of Wreaths on graves by Marauders in attendance
Gun Salute by West Point Drill Team
Return to Chapel for retiring of Colors by West Point Honor Guard
12:00 noon Board coach bus
12:20 pm Arrive at Thayer Hotel Restaurant for lunch
Buffet Lunch consists of:
4 cold salad choices with 2 dressing choices
Deli Lunch meats to make sandwiches with cold cuts/cheese/lettuce/tomato/onion/sliced pickle/sandwich spread and assorted breads and rolls
Entre choices of:
Fish/Seafood, pasta, Chicken, Pork or Beef, Starch & Vegetables
Beverages including:Coffee, Reg & De-Caf/Assorted Teas
Soft and Alcoholic drinks are individual cash purchase.
1:30 pm Board Coach Bus for
1 and 1/2 hour guided tour of the West Point Military Academy
3:30 pm Returned to West Point Visitors Center
Everyone must find their own way back to their hotel/airport, etc.
The MMPD Association will pay for the Wreaths & the Marauders!
I do NOT expect a large turn out, actually I’m guessing no more than 50 participants since so many people must scatter for their own hotels and transportation needs (I’m already booked at “The INN on the HUDSON” about 9 miles outside of West Point and will be driving so I have no transportation issues.)
Thanks and hope to see you there!
71st Annual Merrill’s Marauders Reunion
(Posted January 20th, 2017)
Plans are in the works so mark your calendars!
Changes to Reunion Format: This is not an organized reunion as has been done in the past. Forthcoming in the new year we will send out airport and hotel listings in the West Point area. It will be up to everyone individually to get there and make accommodations. We will take a head count of who will attend to make proper arrangements for the tour and set a luncheon afterwards that everyone will chip in to pay for. This is the new format. At the West Point meeting, if it goes well and everyone who attends agrees, we’ll pick a destination for 2018 and use the same format.
Hope to see many of you at West Point. Proud Descendant Bob Howland is working very hard to set this up and I am grateful to him.
God Bless you all,