Second Annual 425th Regimental Reunion Dinner· Tags: Merrill's Marauders
This was the second 425th Regimental Reunion Dinner. The dinner went very well. The dinner was attended by 50-60 members and guests. Our guest speaker, SSG (Ret) Quentin Waite, presented a Army newsreel about Merrill’s Marauders (5307th Composite Unit – Provisional) that lasted about 30 minutes. It was interesting because of the background information it provided. There was quite a bit of support provided for logistics by the Chinese and local personnel, especially litter bearers. The Marauders suffered more casualties from illnesses like cerebral malaria, amoebic dysentery, and/or scrub typhus than from enemy action. SSG Waite was in the Recon and Intelligence section for his battalion. He said that he never saw any of the activities covered in the movie because they were always away from the main body. Prior to joining Merrill’s Marauders, SSG Waite also fought on Guadalcanal and other Solomon Islands. He was in a National Guard unit mobilized in the early Forties.
The caterer Soprano’s again had an excellent dinner that included a 425th Regimental Association sheet cake with jump wings The Bruce post did a great job with the hall and keeping all our thirsty members and guests supplied with beverages at the bar.
Prior to SSG Quentin’s presentation the present chairman of the Detroit Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association, SFC (Ret) Steven Mrozek, and the present chairman of the Wolverine Chapter, SGT (Ret) Dean Burchill, gave a short speech about the 82nd Airborne Association and their respective chapters.
At 10pm, many of the members and guests went into the club room along with the remains of the cake to share more stories about their experiences with Co F, 425th Infantry.