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Fred And Gloria Webb’s Daughter Nancy Tells Story Of Her Parents’ Passing

  • Funeral Services for Fred and Gloria Webb
    Fred and Gloria Webb

    Dear Friends and Family,

    I apologize if I am catching anyone off guard by sharing this information.

    For those of you who might be getting this news for the first time, my parents (Fred and Gloria Webb) both passed away from Covid-19.

    On Dec 24th mom was taken to the ER by a very special friend (an angel and a hero to me and my brother), Janice Harvison.

    Mom tested positive for COVID and was already very sick with pneumonia, and she was immediately admitted to the hospital.  We knew that dad most likely had it too.  He went by ambulance to the hospital on Christmas Day (again with the help of Janice).

    Also on Christmas day, Ron travelled to Saraland to be there for Mom and Dad as soon as they got out of the hospital.

    For the first few days they shared a hospital room, and we were encouraged —as they sounded like they were making some improvement with the treatments.

    But Mom was having trouble remembering why she was there and the importance of keeping on her oxygen mask.  Dad would try to help her, but this meant taking off his mask so he could get her to hear him.  Every time either of them took off their mask their oxygen immediately dropped very low.

    They were moved to separate rooms in hopes that they would just focus on getting themselves better.

    But then Mom became agitated and combative about keeping on her oxygen mask.  And on January 6th she took a turn for the worse and they put her on the vent.

    Dad was very worried about Mom being put on the vent.  He wanted them to put her in his bed so he could hold the oxygen mask on her rather than putting her on the vent.  But she seemed to be tolerating the vent ok and we were hopeful that it would help her.

    The hospital had started doing some rehab with Dad, and he seemed to be holding his own and at least not getting worse.

    On January 12th, my brother, Ron and I were in the middle of a Zoom call with a social worker at the hospital to discuss transitioning Dad to a nursing home for intermediate care when I got the call from the doctor that he had stopped breathing, they attempted to revive him but he did not survive.

    It was shattering!

    Then on the evening of January 14th the doctor called Ron to explain that Mom was in very bad condition and suffering.  He recommended that we take her off the ventilator.

    Since Ron was there and I was still in South Point, Ron went to the hospital to be there with Mom when they took her off the vent.  He was able to facetime with me so that I could also say goodbye to Mom.

    We were able to spend about an hour with Mom before they removed the ventilator, but she was not responsive.

    Once they removed the vent, it was just a few minutes before Mom joined Dad in heaven.

    I felt like I should explain what happened and I also wanted to share the link to the funeral.

    We know that there are many who would have travelled to the funeral if there wasn’t a pandemic raging around us, but we feel you must try to be safe — for we don’t want you to take any chances with your health and the health of those you love.

    The funeral is tomorrow at 2pm and visitation at 1pm at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home in South Point, OH.

    It will be live streamed and you can watch that with this link which will be activated at 2pm when the funeral begins:

    Here is the link for the live stream.   https://my.gather.app/remember/earl-fred-gloria-webb

    If you miss it at 2pm, then you should still be able to watch a recording of the funeral later using the same link.

    Here is the link for the obituary and funeral home:  https://www.slackandwallace.com/obituaries/Earl-Fredrick-Fred-Webb–and—Gloria-Almeda-Virginia-Morrison-Webb?obId=19674013#/obituaryInfo

    Please take care and God Bless You!

    Nancy

    Nancy’s email address:  nwebb@marshall.edu.  Mailing address is 102 Elm St., South Point, Ohio  45680. Phone 740-550-0800.

2021 Reunion Set For October 7-10 In Fort Leonard Wood Missouri

The dates for the 2021 reunion in Fort Leonard Wood MO have been set for October 7-10, 2021! The planning team is working hard on organizing the event; hotel information and agenda will be announced as soon as possible. We will be featuring a special 50/50 raffle with two great prizes… stay tuned for details!

Executive Director June Robbins has asked Deputy Director Phil Douglas to take over as  Executive Director; June will continue to manage the website and act as (temporary) secretary.

2019 31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion Boston
2019 Boston Reunion

2019 Reunion Is Right Around The Corner-Book Your Hotel Room NOW

Fellow 31st Engineer Battalion Veterans:

Our 2019 reunion is on the horizon! Please make your hotel reservations now to take advantage of the special group rate at the Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, MA.

Call the hotel at (978) 777-2500. Be sure to identify yourself as being with the 31st Engineers Reunion to the reservation clerk.

There are two side excursions planned for this year’s reunion, pick one. Either choice is $50.00 per person.

As usual, we will have a grand banquet on Saturday night. There will be a full buffet with 5 entrees. Cost is $52.00 per person.

Pasted below is an information sheet with all the details on the excursions and the banquet, plus the Schedule & Agenda.

Association Dues for 2019-2020 are due at $25.00.

Either side excursion is $50.00 per person.

The banquet is $52.00 per person.

Make checks payable to: 31st CMBT ENGR ASSN

Mail check to:    Warren DuBois, 906 W. Virginia Avenue, Salem, MO 65560

Best Regards and See You There!

Louis Brown, (508) 294-5869

 

INFORMATION SHEET

31st Engineer Battalion Association 2019 Reunion 

Danvers, Massachusetts
October 3-6, 2019

GUEST ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS
Number and Type Single Double 3rd Person 4th Person
70 Rooms, King or Queen or Double

$139.00 +$15.00 +$15.00

Note: 1. Add 11.7% sales tax to listed rates.
Make your reservations ASAP (NLT 3 September 2019) by calling the hotel directly at (978) 777-2500 or book online
All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Cancellations must be done no later than 24 hours prior to arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee of first night’s charge and tax. Early Departure Fee. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate plus taxes will be charged unless you advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change in the scheduled length of stay.

AIRPORTS & AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION
Air service is available through Boston Logan Airport and the Manchester, New Hampshire airport. Southwest Airlines has service to both of these airports as do other major carriers.
The Logan Express shuttle provides non-stop ground service from Boston Logan Airport to the Peabody Logan Express terminal which is only a few minutes from our hotel. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle van to and from the Logan Express terminal from 8:00AM to 8:00PM. The Logan Express cost is $12.00 one way or $24.00 round trip.
There are many ground transportation options from the Manchester Regional Airport. The airport website has all the details. www.flymanchester.com.
(Note that the T.F. Green airport in Providence, R.I. will probably come up in Google or Expedia searches for Boston area airports. T.F. Green is located well south of the Boston metro area, while our hotel is on the North side of Boston. Travel through T.F. Green is not recommended).
DINNER GROUP OUTING – On the Agenda for Friday evening we are suggesting small group outings to the group’s choice from restaurants accessible by foot or by the hotel’s free area shuttle. Area restaurants offer almost any cuisine you might want. A list of nearby restaurants will be available at registration.

BANQUET MENU – The cost of the banquet for Saturday evening is $52.00 payable to our Treasurer Warren DuBois in advance. To whet your appetite, here’s the menu:

31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion Banquet Buffet Menu

Mixed Salad Greens, Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots, Teardrop Tomatoes and Chef’s Choice of Dressings.
New England Apple Cider Infused Slaw
Old Fashioned Potato Salad with Chopped Hardboiled Eggs and Smoked Candied Bacon
Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon and Apple Barbeque Sauce
Portuguese Barbequed Beef Steak Kabobs
Samuel Adams and Orange Scented Jumbo Prawn Kabobs
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Smoked Paprika Butter
Herb and Sweet Garlic Marinated Vegetable Kabobs
Honey Mustard Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
Steamed Locally Picked Sweet Corn with Butter
Maple and Cheddar Cornbread
Gourmet S’mores
Chocolate Decadence Cake with Whipped Cream
Coffee, Decaf and Hot Tea
There will be a cash bar at the banquet.

ORGANIZED SIDE TRIPS
The Boston area is filled with things to do and see. Unfortunately to do the area justice would require several months, which we do not have. Two organized side trips are planned for Saturday, October 5th. The cost for either one is $50.00.
The first trip is to the Minute Man National Historical Park in the Lexington-Concord area. This is where the first two engagements of the Revolutionary War were fought. If you’re interested in seeing where the Shot Heard around the World was fired and walking the Battle Road, this is
the trip for you. You can get more information at https://www.nps.gov/mima.

The second trip is to the newly opened American Heritage Museum. This new center has exhibits that cover WWI and WWII from beginning to end. The museum is operated by the Collings Foundation. I’ve been privileged to visit some of their other facilities and I can tell you they do a superior job. All you military history buffs out there, this trip is for you. Get more
information at www.americanheritagemuseum.org.
Busses will depart the hotel at 9:30 AM on the morning of October 5th and be returning around 3:00 PM.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
 The city of Boston has excellent self-guided walking tours as well as guided tours available. Simply going to the Village Green at the city center will get you started.
 The Ferncroft Country Club and 18 hole Golf Course.
 CoCo Key Water Park.
 Alfalfa Farm. An historic farm that mixes New England charm with the best wine making technology.
 Village of Salem, with its history of ghosts, goblins and witches, plus the Peabody Essex Museum.
 The town of Gloucester.

2019-2020 DUES
$25.00 Association Dues for 2019-2020 are due.
Make checks payable to: 31st CBT ENGR BN ASSN.
Mail to: Warren DuBois, 906 W. Virginia Ave., Salem, MO. 65560.

 

SCHEDULE & AGENDA

31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion, Danvers, Massachusetts
October 3-6, 2019

Thursday, 3 Oct 2019 
1:00 – 6:00 pm Arrival, check-in, registration, open time Lobby
6:00 – 7:00 pm Informal welcome orientation (1)Location TBD
7:00 – Dinner (no host) Hotel or off-site dining
3:00 pm – 12:00 am Leisure time – Informal (2) Location TBD

Friday, 4 Oct, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast Hotel or off-site dining
9:00 – 11:00 am General Meeting (3) North Shore A
11:00 –12:00 noon Open Time ———–
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch (no host) ———–
1:00 – 6:00 pm Open Time ———–
6:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner (Group Outings Proposed) Location TBD

Saturday, 5 Oct. 2019
6:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast Hotel or off-site dining
9:00 – 9:30 am General Meeting North Shore C
9:30 – 3:00 pm American Heritage Museum Excursion (4) Boston
9:30 – 3:00 pm Minute Man National Historical Park (4) Lexington-Concord
3:00 – 6:30 pm Open Time ———–
6:30 – 7:00 pm Group Photo TBD
7:00 – 9:00 pm Grand Banquet (5) North Shore B
Sunday, 6 Oct. 2019
6:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast Hotel or off-site dining
9:00 – 9:30 am Final Meeting North Shore C
9:30 – 11:00 am Open Time
12:00 noon Clear Hotel, Departure

Notes:
(1) & (3) – Orientation on agenda, visitor information, transportation, etc. Meetings are to provide info/updates
on events of the day; comments/feedback on previous day’s events and future Association activities, including site
of our 2021 reunion. Election of Director and Officers for 2019-2021 will be conducted at the 4 October Meeting.
(2) Hospitality Room operation 10:00 am til 12:00 mid-night on Friday and Saturday.
(4) Group/bus excursions to Lexington/Concord and the American Heritage Museum. Cost $50 per person..
(5) Banquet event will be held Saturday night with delicious entrees, salad, vegetables at a cost of $52 per
person. Make checks payable to: 31st CBT ENGR BN ASSN. Mail to Warren DuBois, 906 W. Virginia Ave., Salem, MO. 65560. Additionally, membership dues of $25 for 2019-2020 (2 yrs) are payable after Jan. 1, 2019 by submitting checks to Warren.

Last chance to book at special discounted rate for 2019 31st Engineer Battalion Reunion in Boston

Message from Executive Director, Louis Brown

Fellow 31st Combat Engineer Battalion Veterans:

First, thank you to all who have booked your rooms for the upcoming 2019 Reunion. Please bug your fellow 31st Vets who “haven’t gotten around to it yet”.

 For those of you planning to attend but “haven’t gotten around to it yet” you’re running out of time. You have until 3 September to book at the reunion discount rate!

After 3 September, you can still book, but it’s subject to availability and at the standard rates.

Call the Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, MA today!

Call the hotel directly (978) 777-2500

Be sure to tell the clerk that you’re with the 31st EBN Reunion.

Don’t forget $25.00 bi-annual Association Dues are due as well.

Make checks payable to 31st CBT ENGR BN ASSN

Mail checks to:        Warren DuBois

                                    906 W. Virginia Ave.

                                    Salem, MO 65560

 I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there.

 Wilson L. Brown, Executive Director, 31st Engineer Battalion Association

(508) 294-5869

31st Engineer Battalion 2019 Reunion Boston

Rekindle the bond of brotherhood at the 2019 31st Engineer Battalion Association reunion in Boston, MA!

6541124455_e2cb2f20d6_oThe original invitation appears below with a new phone number for calling the hotel directly (the original number provided did not work.) The reunion is only three months away and will be here before you know it. Make your reservations now!

Hope to see you all in Boston!

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31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion Danvers, Massachusetts
October 3-6, 2019

The Veterans of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association Cordially invite you and yours to gather and rekindle the bond of brotherhood, share stories of our service together and enjoy the attractions and spectacular beauty of Boston, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Boston (as in Boston Tea Party), Lexington and Concord (The Shot Heard Around the World) are where the whole American Revolution started in 1775. Come and visit the birthplace of our nation!
This represents a change from our original venue for the 2019 reunion which was to have been Williamsburg, Virginia. The unexpected passing of our fellow 31st EBN veteran Harley Brinkley, who was heading up the planning for Williamsburg, made it necessary to change to our #2 most popular choice, which was Boston.

LOCATION: Double Tree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01823.
AMENITIES: Free parking, free WiFi, 32-inch TV with HBO and on-demand movies, free area shuttle (within a 5-mile radius). Hotel restaurants (Tradewinds & Tradewinds Lounge). Indoor pool, and the Atlantis Sports Club 24 hour fitness center.
AREA ATTRACTIONS: Besides being in the Boston metropolitan area, there are many local attractions close to the hotel.
 The Ferncroft Country Club and 18 hole Golf Course.
 CoCo Key Water Park.
 Alfalfa Farm, a historic farm that mixes New England charm with the best wine
making technology.
 Village of Salem, with its history of ghosts, goblins and witches, plus the Peabody
Essex Museum.
 The town of Gloucester.
 Boston, Lexington and Concord. (Trips will be organized to both of these
venues).
Visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau website www.bostonusa.com for tourist information.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of 70 rooms are reserved with a cutoff date of Tuesday, 3 September 2019 for individual reservations. You can reserve a King or Double Queen bed for $139.00 plus 11.7% tax. A 15% discount at the Tradewinds in- house restaurant will be honored for the period 3 October through 6 October (alcoholic beverages not included). Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the Reunion dates.
RSVP: Make room reservations as soon as possible, but not later than 3 September 2019, by calling the hotel directly at (978) 777-2500. (Explain that you are with the 31st Engineer Battalion Reunion).
TENTATIVE AGENDA: To be supplied at a later date.
BATTALION WEBSITE: 31stengineerbattalion.com is ready for viewing, get updates on the reunion and past photos and postings. Webmaster – June Robbins, (941) 348-5925 junekeywest@yahoo.com. Please get to know the site and contribute information/photos if you wish.
POINTS OF CONTACT: Wilson (Louis) Brown, Director, (508) 294-5869, wilsonbrown46@yahoo.com ; Warren Dubois, Treasurer, (573) 729-8157, dubois@embargmail.com

Latest Update for the 2019 31st Engineer Battalion Boston Reunion

Message from Executive Director, Louis Brown:

Gentlemen,

On 17 April, I invited BG Mark A. Merlino of the Massachusetts National Guard to be our guest of honor and speaker at the banquet.

BG Merlino is an Engineer officer and is currently the Assistant Adjutant General, MAARNG as well as the Deputy Chief of Engineers for National Guard Affairs.

He has volunteered to provide the color guard for the pre-banquet ceremonies. The invitation included his aide and his senior enlisted staff member as well.

Wives included, of course.

Kudos to Bob Powers for making the initial contact.

To assist with planning, please let me know if you will be attending this year’s reunion and when you expect to arrive in Danvers, MA.

I will be in the area by 9/29 and plan to be at the hotel from the evening of 10/2 on.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Best Regards,

Louis Brown

(508) 294-5869

Vietnam Photos by Bob Simmins

Bob Simmins recently reached out to share some photos of his Vietnam experience. These will be added to the gallery. They include: General Cooper presenting Bob Simmins with a Bronze Star at Fire Base Blue; Bob receiving the Purple Heart in Ft. Hood Texas; Mark Buckholt and Bob Simmons; and additional photos show the guys in the outfit in Phou Loi.

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Bob shared that he was Mark’s drill instructor in Ft. Leonard Wood, then they bumped into each other in Vietnam, and now have been best friends for 47 years!

Mark Buckholt and Bob Simmins
Mark Buckholt and Bob Simmins

They will both be at the 2019 reunion in Boston, MA. If you recognize anyone in these pictures, drop a comment and say hello!

If you have photos to share, please contact June Robbins

Invitation to the 2019 Boston Reunion of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association

Official announcement of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association Reunion in Danvers, Massachusetts October 3-6, 2019

The Veterans of the 31st Engineer Battalion Association cordially invite you and yours to gather and rekindle the bond of brotherhood, share stories of our service together and enjoy the attractions and spectacular beauty of Boston, Massachusetts and the surrounding area.

Boston (as in Boston Tea Party), Lexington and Concord (The Shot Heard Around the World) are where the whole American Revolution started in 1775. Come and visit the birthplace of our nation!

This represents a change from our original venue for the 2019 reunion, which was to have been Williamsburg, Virginia. The unexpected passing of our fellow 31st EBN veteran Harley Brinkley, who was heading up the planning for Williamsburg, made it necessary to change to our #2 most popular choice, which was Boston.

LOCATION: Double Tree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, Massachusetts 01823.

AMENITIES: Free parking, free WiFi, 32-inch TV with HBO and on-demand movies, free area shuttle (within a 5-mile radius). Hotel restaurants (Tradewinds & Tradewinds Lounge). Indoor pool, and the Atlantis Sports Club 24 hour fitness center.

AREA ATTRACTIONS: Besides being in the Boston metropolitan area, there are many local attractions close to the hotel.

 The Ferncroft Country Club and 18 hole Golf Course.

 CoCo Key Water Park.

 Alfalfa Farm, a historic farm that mixes New England charm with the best wine making technology.

 Village of Salem, with its history of ghosts, goblins and witches, plus the Peabody Essex Museum.

 The town of Gloucester.

 Boston, Lexington and Concord.

(Trips will be organized to both of these venues). Visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau website www.bostonusa.com for tourist information. 2

ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of 70 rooms are reserved with a cutoff date of Tuesday, 3 September 2019 for individual reservations. You can reserve a King or Double Queen bed for $139.00 plus 11.7% tax. A 15% discount at the Tradewinds inhouse restaurant will be honored for the period 3 October through 6 October (alcoholic beverages not included). Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the Reunion dates.

RSVP: Make room reservations as soon as possible, but not later than 3 September 2019, by calling (800) 222-8733. (Explain that you are with the 31st Engineer Battalion Reunion).

TENTATIVE AGENDA: To be supplied at a later date.

BATTALION WEBSITE: 31stengineerbattalion.com is ready for viewing, get updates on the reunion and past photos and postings. Webmaster – June Robbins, (941) 348-4925 junekeywest@yahoo.com. Please get to know the site and contribute information/photos if you wish.

POINTS OF CONTACT: Wilson (Louis) Brown, Director, (508) 294-5869, wilsonbrown46@yahoo.com ; Warren Dubois, Treasurer, (573) 729-8157, dubois@embarqmail.com.

Reunion 2019 Update – Change of Venue

To All Members of the 31st Combat Engineer Battalion Association:

At our last reunion in Colorado Springs, CO, you voted to hold our 2019 reunion in Williamsburg, VA. At that time, our fellow 31st EBN veteran Harley Brinkley volunteered to be the point man for the 2019 Williamsburg reunion. Before 2017 was out, Harley had already made considerable progress with preliminary planning. However, it is my sad duty to report that LTC (Ret) Harley Brinkley passed away on 7 January 2018. He will be sorely missed.

After a two-week search, the board was unable to locate anyone in the Williamsburg area who could take over as the all-important point man for Williamsburg. If past reunions have taught us anything, it is that “boots on the ground” are essential to a successful reunion.
That being the case, the board voted to move the 2019 reunion to the Boston, MA area. Boston was the #2 choice in the voting at our last reunion. We also have two members in the Boston area, who are already scouting a suitable venue for the 2019 reunion.

The Boston area is jam-packed with things to do and see from the church where the lanterns were hung to start Paul Revere on his famous ride, to battlefields in Boston proper and Lexington and Concord. If you’re into the American Revolution in the least degree, you’re gonna love it. Plus, the sea food is fantastic. The fall colors should be in full glory as well.

The current tentative reunion dates are October 4 through 7, 2019. Those dates are for preliminary planning purposes only and might slip back a week or two depending on what the Advance Team runs into.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Louis Brown
Executive Director, 31st EBN Assn.
(508) 294-5869