Americal Division Veterans Association

"Under the Southern Cross"

 

2018 Annual Reunion Announced

 

PNC Ronald Ellis announced tentative plans for the 2018 ADVA annual reunion in Oklahoma City, OK. The reunion will be held September 27-30 at the Wyndham Garden Inn Airport near Will Rogers International Airport. The hotel address is 2101 S Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108.  You may make room reservations by calling the hotel directly at 405-685-4000 and asking for the special reunion rate of $79 plus tax per night.  Hotel has free airport shuttle from Will Rogers International Airport.

Ron says, “We will do a city tour of OKC on Thursday. This will tentatively include the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, National Western Heritage Museum, and the 45th Infantry Division Museum. “On Friday we will go by tour bus to Ft. Sill for a firepower demonstration by US Army. Lunch with the troops at Guns and Rockets Dining Facility. After lunch we will tour the Artillery Museum and closing with annual memorial service at the new Americal Artillery memorial.

“Please book rooms early to assure everyone gets a room. Wyndham Garden Inn Airport Hotel may be reached at 405-685-4000. Tell them you want the special $79 per night plus tax rate with code words “Americal Division.”

Oklahoma City in conveniently located at the junction of three major interstate highways: I 35, I 40, and I 44. The hotel offers free 24-hr airport shuttle service. Will Rogers World Airport is served by major airlines to include American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United.

Ft. Sill is located near Lawton, Oklahoma and is approximately 90 miles from the hotel. Ft. Sill is now known as the Fires Center of Excellence and trains soldiers in field artillery and air defense artillery. Due to enhanced security measures visitors to Ft. Sill will have to submit to a background check unless in possession of credentials granting access.

Oklahoma City is home to the 45th Infantry Division museum. This top notch military museum features indoor exhibits plus a collection of almost 100 vehicles and aircraft positioned on the museum grounds. The 45th division is Oklahoma's national guard unit and fought in Europe during World War II. It had the distinction of capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest in the Bavarian Alps at the end of the war.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is located in the heart of downtown. It honors the memory of the 168 Americans killed on April 19, 1995 in the bombing of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The memorial is located on the site of the destroyed building and is a somber reflection of that tragic day.

The National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art, and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West

Several local and national restaurants are located within a few blocks of the host hotel. The room rate of $79 per night plus tax is one of the lowest reunion rates in many years. The rate included free breakfast for two for each day for hotel guests who also pay registration fees for the reunion.

Due to its central location and ease of access Oklahoma City is expected to attract many ADVA members and guests. Make hotel reservations as soon as possible. More details and the event registration form will be provided in the next issue of the Americal Journal and on the americal.org website. Ronald Ellis may be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you there!