Last night we met with the men of both 467 and 758 in the hospitality room. It was great to see Jim Merriman again after first meeting 13 years ago. And finally meeting Andy Hoder, son of Stanley from the 467, was like meeting an old friend. Jim Kelly, Bill Kiminski, and Joe Monza were equally welcoming and all wanted to share stories. We bugged out about 10:30, but there's no telling how long some of those folks stayed up talking and as one guy put it, "they get together and tell the same stories over and over again. They love it."
The family of Peter Karagines came this year, even though Pete passed away recently. They will participate in a memorial service here at the hotel on Friday. I hope to meet them today, as i have been in touch with two of Pete's daughters.
Today is a "free" day and we're off to see the sights, then back to the hospitality room tonight to share more stories. Wish more of you could have been here.