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Officers Of The Organization

           
    President:   Karl M. Klink, Jr.  
  Vice President:   Vernon Park  
    Secretary:   Michael Little  
    Treasurer:   Ronald Sledge  
    Historian:   Gene Petrowski  

 

The" Pleiku MP Association" was incorporated January 26, 1998, by the Internal Revenue Service per Section 501(c), (19) as the "Pleiku MP Association Incorporated." It is a tax-exempt, non-profit Organization, for members who served honorably with Co. B 504th Military Police Battalion in Pleiku, and its detachments, during its tour of duty in The Republic of Vietnam, 1965-1972.

Creation of the association was originally the idea of Karl Klink and Don Peyton, who set out to find men who had served with Company B in Pleiku and who had shared the same experiences. In 1986, Karl and Don, along Richard Walkup and Vernon Park, started a campaign to find more members through ads in Veterans magazines and other publications. The first roster contained about fifty names and possible addresses which had been obtained from mostly unreadable files in St. Louis.

 The first of what would become an annual reunion of the Association was held in New Orleans in October 1987.  In attendance were Karl Klink, Vernon Park, Stanley Nelms, Fred Dickens, Don Mason and Bob Fowler. This initial meeting set the standard of camaraderie and friendship through reminiscing and viewing of old pictures, slides, and movies. The attendees were excited to see each other and talk about the "old days", a time that everyone understood and could relate to.

In 1988, the Association met in Las Vegas. Six members attended that reunion as the roster expanded slowly.  Eleven members attended the 1989 reunion in Nashville.  Subsequent reunions steadily increased in attendance as the roster grew.

 Although the 1990 meeting in Philadelphia had only six attendees, San Francisco 1991, Atlanta 1992, Memphis 1993, and Seattle 1994 saw a marked increase in attendance and membership. Alexandria 1995 saw the largest increase in first timers in attendance, due mainly to a march to The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, where the group presented a small memorial tribute. 

Las Vegas 1996 and Williamsburg 1997 continued to draw first timers as the roster expanded. The 1997 meeting was the start of the incorporation process and the adoption of a dues schedule. Louisville 1998 witnessed the biggest changes of the Association. In 1998, the Association was incorporated as a tax-exempt organization through the efforts of Vernon Park. A board of officers was elected to comply with the incorporation process. Karl Klink was elected President, Vernon Park as Vice President, Mike Little as Secretary, and Ron Sledge as Treasurer. "Operation Rice Lift" was also adopted as a charitable program of the Association. Also implemented was the semi-annual newsletter sent out to each member with news, updates and informational items of interest to the membership. 

Certificates of Achievement and Appreciation were introduced at the 1999 San Francisco reunion to members who had distinguished themselves professionally and brought credit to the Association. Savannah 2000 was named the "Mother of All Reunions" and highlighted a visit to Ft Stewart, where membership observed modern Military Police techniques and capabilities, many of which are the direct result of members' first-hand experiences in Vietnam.  

 St Louis 2001 was well attended despite the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on our country. Reunion attendees were not intimidated by those cowardly attacks. A Resolution showing support to our President, our elected Representatives and our Comrades-in-Arms was signed by those present and forwarded to the White House and also to the Commander of the 504th MP Battalion and the Commander of the Military Police School. The following year, the Association had a "Return to the Wall" at "Alexandria 2002", drawing the largest attendance while showcasing The Wall, DC memorials, museums, and highlighted with personally guided White House and Pentagon tours.  Alexandria 2002 also saw the formation of the Plei~Mates, a secondary Association group comprised of the Membersí lovely wives and mates.

 Bringing the Association into the 21st Century is the implementation of the Pleiku MP Association Web site, designed by Vicki Goldbach.  This website, as well as diverse reunion destinations, with emphasis on member camaraderie and family friendships, continues to draw FNGs and old timers alike.  Those feelings have been enhanced with each & every reunion.

 No matter the location or the distance between members, the webpage, email system, internet, as well as yearly reunions and newsletters, help the Association to prosper and grow, carrying on its mission to never let the memories fade, to continue to serve, and to help those in need.  More than 263 members are on the current roster and the number grows.

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