Our 63rd Annual reunion was held in Tampa, Florida Thursday, August 18 to Sunday morning August 21, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Tampa—Airport/ Westshore hotel.

Click here for an invitation letter from Association President John S. Weston.

A special day planned for Friday was first a visit to the Armed Forces Military Museum in North Largo and then lunch with Helen “Taffy” Bates, the widow of Colonel Paul Bates, the well-beloved commander of the 761st Tank Battalion. The Armed Forces Military Museum is a first class 35,000 sq. ft. museum of military memorabilia, vehicles, tanks and a motion simulation theatre. If you are an original 761st Tanker, you may recognize artifacts from many years ago while touring the museum. These items were donated to the museum through the generosity of Taffy Bates to honor the memory of the 761st.  After the museum, travel of a short distance to the Florida Aquarium to board a their new (air conditioned inside) 72 foot catamaran and journey out into the bay to see dolphins, numerous species of birds and fish, manatees and much more. The banquet was Saturday August 20, 2011.

The 62nd Annual Reunion of the 761st Tank Battalion & Allied Veterans Association was held at the Hilton Hotel in Oak Lawn, Illinois, one of the southwestern suburbs of Chicago.. Below are copies of Newsletter pages about the Reunion.

Below are the 2010 Reunion pages from the June 10, 2011 Newsletter:

 

 

 

 

The 56th Annual Reunion of the 761st Tank Battalion and Allied Veterans Association was held in Washington D.C.from Thursday, August 26th, to Sunday, August 29th, 2004, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, with the annual banquet dinner being held on August 28, 2004 at 7:00 PM.

56th Reunion
Pictured here, attending the Reunion, are (standing, left to right) James B. Jones, Rufus D. Taylor, Col. Aaron M. Dotson, USA (Ret.), Baron K. Bates, Roscoe Strozier, James C. Austin, James Young, Robert Cooper, Ivan H. Harrison, Jr., Ray L. Lottier, Maj. Gen. John R. Hawkins III, (2nd row) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kenneth C. Tait, Gloucester Stephens, Charles Womble, William H. McBurney, Wayne Robinson, (front row) Eddie Walker, Preston McNeil, Floyd Dade, Sgt. Lymon Alexander, USA (Ret.), Mark Henderson, USA (ret.), and Leonard Smith (photo courtesy of Mark Olliver.)

The 761st Tank Battalion and Allied Veterans Association celebrates and preserves the tremendous contributions African American soldiers played in securing our nation’s liberty, including awarding scholarships to deserving high school graduates, establishing a national monument at Fort Hood, Texas, and getting these untold chapters into America's history books.

Memorial

Reunion Events included a group visit to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall (more below) and Arlington National Cemetery, and a memorial service at Fort Myer.  Photos from the 2004 Reunion are available in the Gallery (thanks to Floyd Dade and his daughter Shelli Hill.) Click here to see the photos.

Before and during the Association's 56th Annual Reunion, Washington, D.C., celebrated an array of more than 60 World War II themed exhibitions, performances and tours. Running from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2004, the 100-day celebration invited visitors to see the new World War II Memorial (the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II) in the nation’s capital and honor the contributions of the World War II generation. The celebration began with the American Battle Monuments Commission's official dedication events from May 27-30. Scheduled official events included the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, May 29, a four-day National World War II Reunion on the National Mall, produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and an entertainment salute to World War II Veterans.

The 57th Annual Reunion was held August 18 -21, 2005, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana (note, eight days after the Reunion ended, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana.)  Photos from the event are in the 2005 Reunion Album in the Gallery.

Article The 761st Tank Battalion's 55th Annual Reunion was held September 4th through 7th, 2003, at the Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint in Pontiac, Michigan. The newly elected officers of the 761st Tank Battalion and Allied Veterans Association are National President - Floyd Dade; 1st VP - Charles Womble; 2nd VP - Newton Long; Secretary - Kenneth Tait; Treasurer - Gloucester Stephens; Chaplain - Rev. Clarence Copeland; and Historian - Associate member Wayne Robinson. The Man of the Year award was presented to Willie Topps. The Woman of the Year was Teresa Tait, wife of Kenneth Tait the National Secretary. Pictures from this year's Reunion are in Floyd Dade's Album in the Gallery (starting on page 3 -- click here.)

The T. G. Hill Scholarship Fund awarded two $1,000 scholarships this year. Choosing the 2004 National Reunion's Persons of the Year will be by accomplished by voting via donations of $1 per vote, with all proceeds benefitting the Scholarship Fund (send the names of your nominees and your checks to the atttention of Rufus D. Taylor, 761st Tank Battalion & Allied Veterans Association, P.O. Box 211009, Detroit, MI 48221.) Reunion The general meeting went on longer than expected, as the members considered whether or not to share future reunions with the 758th Tank Battalion. It was decided that in the future, the 761st Tank Battalion will have joint reunions with the 758th Tank Battalion. The general meeting was held following a Memorial Service and lunch, and ran late into the afternoon, before the banquet was held that evening. Rev. Arthur Stephens of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Pontiac, Michigan, was the Celebrant at the Memorial Service held at American Legion Post #20 in Pontiac. His text was Preparing for Spiritual Warfare. The Signing of the Book was for these members lost in the past year: Dan Caulder (KY), James Koger (MI), Herbert Mackey ((NY) and Naomi Stephens (MI), the wife of National Treasurer Gloucester Stephens.

Reunion About 25 tankers attended the Reunion, and also attending were the tankers’ family members and friends. Army artist SFC Charles M. King attended and donated some of his art work to the Post in Pontiac, Michigan. He also brought a beautiful picture he drew of the men. Special acknowledgment and appreciation is given to Mr. William S. Levine for the generous $10,000 donation from his foundation that affords the Association the ability to continue to have annual reunions for a few more years. Edris Dade and Shauna Burwell, wife and daughter of Association President Floyd Dade, told people attending the Reunion about the website. Edris showed the website to Baron Bates, son of the Battalion Commander, Colonel Paul Bates. The Pontiac, Michigan, School Board was happy to learn about the website and will incorporate it into their history curriculum. The members voted to make 761st.com their official website.

Photos from 55thReunion courtesy of Floyd and Edris Dade