|MARINE FIGHTER ATTACK SQUADRON (VMFA)
Click Here For
VMFA 542 Forum
Click Here to Join
us on Facebook
People Have Looked at these reunion photos.
VMFA 542 Com Nav Shop
love to hear from you
If you, a family member or a friend served
with the "Tigers"
2016 After Action Report &
The VMFA 542 Reunion, August 2 through August 7,
2016, in Washington D. C. was a big success. Thank
you to everyone who came and shared with us. I will
list those in attendance, post photos and attempt to
provide some details of the event from my
2016 VMFA 542 Washington D. C. Reunion is now in the
history book. This was a great turnout with 13
Tigers showing up. We also had the honor of
having Annie Vitali Stout join us. Annie is
the daughter of Col Henry Vitali, our commanding
officer at Da Nang in 1968.
Our host hotel was The Comfort Inn Ballston, 1211 N.
Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA. Most people stayed at this
location. Several people stayed at other hotels in
the area and several people were local to the area.
We had a great time. Thank you all for being a
part of a fun reunion.
Jerry & Laurie Nicholson 68-69 Com/Nav,
Ted & Sue Beaudet 67-68 Flight Line, Lake
Bob & Katy Masek 68 Radar, Middleburg, Va
Rocky & Debra Hudgeons 67-68 Flight Line, Edna,
Wayne & Marilyn Wolter 68-69 Flight Line, Hugo,
Harry & Cindy Dilks 66-68, Manville, New Jersey
Thomas Smith 66-67 Ordnance, Wayne, WV
Dale & Kathleen Hargadine, 66-68 Ordnance,
David & Cathy Rosenbaum 67-68 Radar, Johnstown,
Ed & Mary Jo Marici 67-68 Radar, Seabrook, TX
Frank Costanza 65-66 Radar Bristow, Va
Harry Julian 67 Check Crew
Jeff McMaster 69-70 Hydraulics, Local, Virginia
Annie Vitali Stout, Memphis Tn (Col Vitali's
daughter. Col Vitali commanded VMFA 542 in 1968 at
Day 1 Tuesday August 2, 2016
On Tuesday as we arrived at the hotel and met one
another. We had our meet & Greet at the World of
Beers about 3 blocks South on Glebe Rd.
2016 Day 1 Meet & Greet Photos
Day 2 Wednesday August 3, 2016
Wednesday we traveled on the Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority (Metro) most of the time,
BALLSTON METRO station to get to the National Mall
area. We arrived at the L'ENFANT PLAZA
METRO STATION and walked about 0.3 miles to The
National Air and Space Museum on Independence
Ave at 6th Street, SW.
Lunch was at the Capitol Visitor Center Restaurant
on the lower level. It was about a one mile
the Air & Space to The U.S. Capitol Visitor
After lunch we toured the U.S. Capitol, or parts of
it. The rotunda was under construction for
maintenance, so we missed that part.
2016 Day 2 Tour National Air and
Space Museum and Tour U.S. Capitol
Day 3, Thursday August 4, 2016
Thursday we toured Arlington National Cemetery in
the morning. We took the BALLSTON METRO to the
ARLINGTON CEMETERY METRO STATION and walked to the
Arlington National Cemetery Welcome
Center. We purchased tickets for the hop-on hop-off
cemetery tour bus.
While at Arlington we were able to meet Annie Vitali
Stout when she arrived. It was such a pleasure
and honor to meet her. She is the daughter of
Col. Henry Vitali who was the VMFA 542 Commanding
Officer in 1968 at Da Nang.
We traveled from Arlington National Cemetery to the
National Mall on the METRO from ARLINGTON
CEMETERY METRO to FEDERAL TRIANGLE METRO STATION. We
walked to the Elephant &
Castle for lunch. After lunch we spent the rest of
the day on the National Mall.
2016 Day 3 Tour Arlington National
Day 4 Friday August 5, 2016
Friday was our big day. We took the BALLSTON
METRO to FOGGY BOTTOM METRO STATION and walked to
the National Mall War Memorials. We first visited
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and paid our
respects. We visited
all of the VMFA 542 fallen names on the Wall as well
as the names of personal friends and family.
We traveled to the EASTERN MARKET METRO STATION and
had dinner at Molly Malone’s Pub.
After dinner we went to The Marine Barracks at 8th
and I St for the evening Retreat Parade Ceremony.
2016 Day 4 Vietnam Veteran's
Memorial Wall & National War Memorials
2016 Day 4 Marine Barracks Evening
Day 5 Saturday August 6, 2016
Saturday was Planning Meeting for 2018 and review of
2017 reunions. We also brought out the old photos
books for everyone to enjoy. The rest of the day was
open for freestyle sightseeing.
2016 Day 5 Open Day
Day 6 Sunday August 7, 2016
We said our farewells at breakfast and departed for
Click Here for AAR .pdf
SAVE THE DATE
The 2017 reunion will be in the Seattle,
Washington area Wednesday, August 2, 2017
August 6, 2017. We are also looking at an
alternate date of Wednesday, September 13 through
September 17, 2017. See you
We also are looking at Branson, Missouri for the