"Aces of The Eighth" by Jack Fellows

Destin, FL: October 2-5, 2008

Destin, FL

25th Reunion

Hosted by
John “Bosco” Bostick & Bob Kan

2-5 October 2008
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Another outstanding reunion!  Although the turnout, in this area of about 200 Headhunters, was only 65 total people including spouses & family members for the Saturday night banquet, those that made the trip had a great time!  WWII P-38 pilot Glenn Hope flew in with his son all the way from Maui–again–to attend.  The other WWII members to attend came in from Tennessee and Tampa.  Thank you very much for making the trip–you were an inspiration to all of us!

Bosco & Bob Kan, along with Tex & Rita Ritter and Butch & Mary Byrd who helped in the background, did an outstanding job putting this together.  Bob set up our traditional “Headhunter Open” golf tournament including a bar-B-que lunch and superb prizes, while Bosco was the overall host–both did a fantastic job!  Bob also does all the collage pages for our Reunion Memories Book put out by the Dunning Company who took our portraits at the banquet.  Thanks again, Bob.

Our many thanks go out again to fellow Headhunters, Dick & Mary Jonas, for supplying the outstanding entertainment at our banquet and the rest of the reunion in the hospitality room with great sing-a-longs!  Dick was joined by members of the Juvat Boy’s Choir (JBC) — Capt Mike “Stab” McCarthy (current JBC Lead in the active Squadron at Kunsan), Capt Brian “Thor” Congdon, and Capt Jason “Chill” Wall, for legendary entertainment unique in our fighter community.  Thank you, Dick & Mary, for your continued support and memorable songs!

Our guest speaker at the banquet was Col Jacksel M. Broughton.  His books Thud Ridge and Going Downtown, that deal not only with his experiences in Vietnam but with the politics involved in that war, are suggested reading for all fighter pilots, as well as his latest book, Rupert Red Two.  With several DFC’s, two Silver Stars, and an Air Force Cross, Jack really had some tails to tell!

Overall, it was just another outstanding reunion–“Juvat Standard!!”

Bob Kan was our CINC GOLF.  He set up an outstanding “Headhunter Open” golf tournament–it was superb!  We played on the Falcon Course at Eglin AFB.  The course and tournament were absolutely beautiful for the 4 teams that played.  Thanks, Bobby

Here are the official results of the Headhunter Open:

1st Place Team (at 5 under par)
John “Sukoshi” Wilson
Cort Proctor
Lona Proctor
John Mooshie

2nd Place Team (at 1 under par)
John “Bosco” Bostick
F.T. Case

3rd Place Team (at 3 over par)
Cecil “Tron” Jones
“Tits” Breazeale
“Slam” Smith
“Bugs” Bugelwicz

Last Place Team (at 4 over par)
Glenn Hope
Dean Hope
Jay “JayBird” Riedel

Closest to the Pin – F.T. Case
Longest Drive – “JayBird” (can you believe it?!)

Here are just a few of the great photos sent in by Rita Ritter, Butch & Mary Byrd, & Bonnie.  Thanks to you all for these photos that capture this outstanding reunion!

Bob Kan, our LTM member and Sq/CC from 1972 – ’73, made up all the beautiful collages for our reunion memory books  this time as he has for many reunions.  Thanks again, Bob, for your great work!

Here they are–enjoy!!

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