I was surprised that I re-uped too. It wasnt until I was 42. Oldest son enlisted in the MC on his 18th birthday and his mother had just divorced me so free and clear I thought I would revert and hang out with my boy for a while, which I did for a couple of years. Caught hops and stayed in his barracks, ate in chow hall, etc. Was going to get out and my youngest who was 15 said that I couldnt because I did it for Jeff now I had to do it for Daniel. So, I kept on until I had to get out at 60 years old.
9 kids? Wow. I did 4 and even then I couldn't keep their names straight.
The reunion spanned 27 years of VAH-9/RVAH-9 aviation. Some 300 Hoot Owls were located, but not all attended the reunion. Many of the guys I was in with didn't even know about it either. I think the committee did a tremendous job of locating so many owls. If you would like, I'll give you my cell number and we can talk and swap e-mail address then, if you wish.
If I can help you find anyone, let me know. Marvin Miller & I maintain a fairly large roster of Hoot Owls, many from out era 1956-1960, but also later Hoot Owls. I also have a roster from the all VAH-9/RVAH-9 reunion which was held in 1999. Did you make that one?