Boy where do we start! On Saturday May 15th, the first official meeting of CT Joeheads
took place. Our host, Dave Michalczyk, was gracious enough to provide the proper LZ at his
home in Waterbury. There were five of us, three Daves and two Johns. Dave M. showed us his
collection and I know I was drooling a bit. It was good seeing this because now I know I
NEED to get more Joes. Excellent collection Dave.
The Firebase was a success! Although there were some US casualties, all VC (provided by
Dave Feliu) were routed. The estimated body count was somewhere around 100. Amoung
captured equipment was one mortar and a dozen or so AK-47's.
The props used for the Firebase included a hootch, tower, American flag, uncountable
lengths of concertina wire and punji sticks. There were 5 machinegun pits, one of which
got overrun by the VC before the claymores could be set off. Also two of the 21C Mutts
We set up the firebase and VC
assult force and then enjoyed a relaxing barbecue lunch. Dave, I'm still kickin' so
I guess the chicken was cooked. :) It was great to sit around and share stories of
our youth and the rest of our experiences. After lunch we played with our toys.
And yes, they even got a little dirty. It was a riot and we had lots of laughs. The
photos will speak for themselves. It's true that a picture is worth a 1000 words and
believe me I'm sure we'll get twice that many. Speaking of which, I dropped off the 3
rolls I took. They'll be ready on Wednesday this week. I'll get a few posted to a webpage
by the end of the week. Dave M. has a few that he took as well.
We also talked about what we would need to do to form
ourselves into an official club. Also how we should meet. A once a month meet would be
ideal either using it for a swap meet, convention trek, or a area store recon. With the
every third meet being used to construct some sort of diaroma. Also decided was to shift
the location of the meeting to different locations of the state, so that someone wasn't
spending all their time driving.
Dave K. being the moderator of the Connecticut Joes Mail
List at One-List, donated the use of the mail list to be used as the official mail list
for the CT Joe group. This is great because we can use it to get info out about the club
and still use it to let the group know about store recons. I'll put up a link to
this in the next week or so.
As I mentioned above, the film was dropped off and I'll post
a few photos by the end of the week and then get the rest up as soon as possible. If
anyone has suggestions for the group webpage, please email me at Pfadfinder@aol.com. I'll send out the webpage info as soon as I get the pics posted.
Dave M. is going to be compiling names, address, email
addys, and phone#'s into a database for the CT Joe group. Email him at WW2gijoes@aol.com with your info.
For you guys that couldn't make it, we missed ya. But you were there with us in spirit.
I think I got everything. It was just such an incredible
day! And it was great meeting other Joes in person.
Here's a photo of us playing with our toys.
Standing: Dave Feliu, Dave Kulwicki,
and John Bailey
Kneeling: Dave Michalczyk and John Kozin
And THIS is our firebase!