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September, 2016


Hello 48th Alumni,

Mission Statement

Preserving the spirit and camaraderie among those who have and those now serving with the 48th Hospital, Lakenheath/Mildenhall, England.

Startup History

After leaving Lakenheath in 1964 and going home a lot of thought was of all the good years and the different lifestyle while serving in the UK. The adventures and challenges were interesting which began the first day, asthe living conditions were a Quonset hut from WWII. It's a long story and one if you don't know, come to one of our reunions and hear all about it.

So sometime before 2002 and with only a few contacts I convinced them to meet up in LasVegasfor a one day get together. Iprocured a small meeting room and it started out at the room front door where I met the first person. I asked who he was and much to my surprise it was one of my good friends that after so many years I did not recognize him.

During that interesting afternoon, a few beers and a lot of old stories we all agreed to meet again in the future. So what began with 6 friends to now 102 members and many past reunions, we are still a fantastic group.

If you haven't contributed your story to the 48th Newsletter onsider doing so.


New Adventure

The latest interest is to submit a "48th Tac Hospital Logo plaque" To be installed in a UK British Legion Post in the UK. I know of another legion post in London that has a USAF squadron plaque where I was a guest. A friend of mine submitted his plaque where hwas a member and it still hangs there today.

For Sale

We still have 48th Tac Hospital hat pins available at $10 each, includes postage. My address is at the end of this Newsletter if interested. All proceeds go to our general fund.

Member's Corner

We request annual dues of $10. (Strictly volunteer) as donations keep us going. Website, administration, reunions, other military memberships that help find lost alumni for us. There is no payroll, all work is strictly volunteer. We also understand those on a tight budget can't afford dues, we don't want to lose you.

Thank you to the members that contributed to keep us going.

John W. Moore - Shirrell Miller - Lowell Petz - George Miller - Dr. Priscilla Metcalf - William Smidt

 We welcome all veterans and their families from the 48th plus associate members from other and closed UK bases. If you know of others that are not aware of our organization please pass the word along with this newsletter and invite them to join us. Better yet, send new contacts name and email or phone information to attn. of me Bill Giussi and I will follow up.

Don't forget our website for both the old and new hospital history photos. Webmaster, George Miller, will be glad to post your photos, stories and reunion updates. Send George and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information you wish to share with the association.


Reunion Update

Now that the Branson MO. reunion is over and the bills are paid, people are already asking about the next one and of course where. So pass along your ideas for the next one, as planning, the best rates and reservations take time. Don't forget that when we put these reunion functions together you pay only the cost with no added fees. Basic reunion fees like meeting rooms are paid from our general fund. Tom Prestopnik has already put in his suggestion for a short cruise for our next reunion. What's your suggested location?

During our reunion entertainment from the singing group "The Lettermen" Tony Butala founder, paid our group a visit after his show. For several hours Tony kept us again entertained with the Lettermen's successful history. Tony's visit was welcomed and a guest for dinner with our President and wife Bernice as the rest of our group had to leave for their Riverboat show reservations that evening. Hopefully we'll see Tony again, maybe at his California winery "Castlebrook" Butala Vineyards.

It is my privilege to help lead the way for our 48th Alumni Organization but I can't do it alone. Thanks to the following staff members for their contributions and support.

George Miller, Webmaster - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carl Gustafson, past Webmaster
Tom Prestopnik, Jack of all trades (reunion main man)
Mike Jones, Past President
Bill Giussi, 48th Alumni President - EMAIL
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tele 831 7084041
204 Bayview Ct. Aptos, CA 95003

Good Health to all

As Winston Churchill once said "KBO" - Keep buggering on

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