by David Wilson
Twenty-six members and family of the OC2-70 class gathered at the Westin Hotel on the San
Antonio Riverwalk on October 5th, 6th and 7th of 2001 to reconnect for the second reunion. While many of the attendees also attended the reunion in Washington, D.C., we are consistently adding to our number of our OCS brotherhood that we have missed in our lives and all have enjoyed the process of friendship renewal. One reunion attendee was heard to say, " I thought I would not know what to say to these people I knew in another life. After a few minutes of conversation, I knew that even though it has been over 30 years I knew these people very well that attended OCS with me and it was a joy to reconnect."
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Day two: "Remember the Alamo" was a C.J. refrain that could be heard echoing off the walls and in my hungover head as we proceed on the David Wilson version of the San Antonio walking tour. The tour began at the Alamo, proceeded to the Hemisphere toward the Alamo Dome then west to the Historic King William area with homes from the 1800's and returned to the Alamo Plaza where we had a beer in the historic Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider Bar in the Menger Hotel. We had a very pleasant lunch on a river barge, which toured the river, as we ate Mexican food catered by Casa Rio Restraunt.
A wonderful buffet dinner of Prime Rib and Tuna was catered in one of the Westin Hotel ballrooms. We toasted each other with fine wine and song could be heard throughout the hotel as we sang "Benning's School for Boys" and a number of other patriotic songs. Thanks to Richard Campbell for the idea to perform a ceremonial salute of the WWII veterans of the 146th Division in the neighboring ballroom at the Westin. We formed up again in a semblance of a formation and saluted the surviving veterans of the 146th Infantry. I am proud to say that not one member saluted with the left hand. A member of the hotel management staff called me several days after the reunion and wanted to pass on the thanks from the 146th Infantry veterans that were talking about our salute to their service being the highlight of their stay in the hotel for their reunion. It was a great sight to see the old timers and their families thrilled with the show of respect for their service from the class of OC2-70. The salute was a proud moment in our reunion history. We retired to the hospitality suite and continued to partake of vast quantities of the libations available until early in the morning
Day three: We began Sunday with breakfast of juevos rancheros in the brightly decorated party room at Mi Terra Café and Bakery in the market. Some of the OC2-70 class members attended church following breakfast, some went shopping, some prepared to stay for several more days of vacation and some were more focused on their transportation home in the wake of September 11th. We said our good-byes and committed to spending more effort in finding more of the class members and committed again to stay connected and renew these wonderful friendships.
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