On Tuesday 8 July 2014 Alvin C York Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association met at Al Conrad's home on Ocee Street in Ooltewah. We enjoyed a meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans and cold drinks. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed taking the grand tour of both Al's Airborne Bunker basement man cave and his garage workshop where he assembles miniature military figures mostly airborne genre. This event was so successful that we are making it an annual event.
Nineteen people gathered at the Epicurean Restaurant on Tuesday evening, April 8th at 1900 hours. LTC Larry McDaris, airborne ranger, US Army Retired, and Viet Nam Veteran, was our special guest speaker. Larry is the Director of Bradley County - Cleveland Veteran's Service Office. In this position he assists over 300 veterans and their family members with VA related issues each month. Andy Forrester reported on a trip to Ft Benning GA to participate in the Airborne 5000 demonstration on Friday April 3rd with his wife Emily and Doug McLain and his daughter Kay. John Woodham our historian gave an interesting history lesson on the Russian Army paratrooper program which began back in 1935. Chairman Stephenson announced that we will be participating in the Chattanooga Armed Forces Parade on Friday, May 2nd beginning at 10:30 hours. Andy Forrester displayed the Airborne Afghan [lap blanket] a friend of his is making to raffle off to raise funds for our chapter finances. [See the photo album]
Douglas Stephenson is a retired US Army Chaplain. LTC Stephenson served with the 82nd Airborne Division in the 2/504 Abn Inf and the 325 Abn Infantry. He is also a Special Forces qualified officer having served with the 5th SFG and with HQ, SF Command.