25th IDA Annual Reunion

Veterans of the 12th Evac Hospital in Cu Chi will be joining us at our Virginia Beach Reunion on 8-14 September 2019.

Our 12th Evac doctors, nurses, technicians, other specialists and administrative staff who patched our wounds, saved our lives and mourned our fallen who were brought to them, will be among the Veterans who will gather as a family in Virginia Beach. Were you or a friend patched up at the 12th Evac? If so, be sure to say “thanks” and give a hearty handshake to welcome them to the brotherhood and sisterhood of Tropic Lightning Veterans who gather for our 70th Annual Reunion.

Our guest speaker will be Francis Gary Powers, Jr., he is a co-founder of the Cold War Museum founded to preserve Cold War history and honor Cold War veterans. The Museum is located at Vint Hill, in one of the former Vint Hill Farm Station buildings used during the Cold War by the US Army, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency to intercept and interpret coded messages.

Mr. Powers will speak at 2:00 on Saturday, 14 September and again at the banquet Saturday evening.

Each year the Association sponsors a reunion. The reunion location is moved around the country each year to give as many members as possible an opportunity to attend. Every five years the reunion returns to Schofield Barracks.

Details about our 2019 reunion in Virginia will be published in our quarterly publication for members, Tropic Lightning Flashes and is available in a PDF reunion packet. To register for the reunion or make your hotel reservations, print out the the forms found in the packet and mail them with your payment. You will also find details about reunion activities and tours. Click here to download the PDF reunion packet

Sunday, September 8
Early arrivals and afternoon packet stuffing

Monday, September 9
Early arrivals. Registration opens. No planned activities

uesday, September 10
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Morning tour includes First Landing Cross at Cape  Henry, Old Cape Henry Lighthouse and Military Aviation Museum with box lunch included.

Afternoon free          

Hospitality Room opens officially PM

Welcome Cocktail Party in the Hospitality Room

ednesday, September 11
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum

1:30 PM   5:30 PM
Norfolk Botanical Gardens and Chocolate Tasting Tour

Meeting 14th Infantry Regiment Chapter

Executive Council meeting         

Hospitality Room open all day

y, September 12
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM                    
Jamestown Settlement Tour with return via Yorktown and the Revolutionary War battlefields

Buffet  Dinner and Auction

Hospitality Room open all day

y, September 13
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM                      
Norfolk City Tour, MacArthur Memorial and Museum followed by Spirit of Norfolk luncheon cruise.

4:00 PM
Tropic Lightning Heritage Society get together

12th Evac Hospital meeting and get together

Free time for individual activities

Evening entertainment in the hotel              

Hospitality Room open all day

Saturday September 14
8:30 AM
Annual Meeting

10:30 AM
Memorial Service

Free time for individual activities

6:00 PM
Cocktail Party and Banquet

The forms and reunion details we put on our site are in Adobe Acrobat format and require the free reader to view or print them. If you don’t have this piece of software, visit the Adobe website and download it.