2017 Autumn Outing travel blog

Joan is a volunteer fire fighter and could resist a photo op...

City clock across the street from the hotel

A work of art or something need to hold up the walls?

Dinner at the Cowboy Brazilian Steak House

A little filet

Grabbing a slice of prime rib

Flan for desert - the biggest I've ever seen

Pantasia, a steel drum band, entertained us

Some of the vets enjoying the entertainment

The oldest and the youngest - attendees spanned at least 4 generations

The 87th IDLA Reunion is being held at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. Downtown is quite a bit different from what I remember the last time I visited. Columbia is the closest city to Ft. Jackson, the primary Basic Combat Training facility for the US Army. In the spring and summer of 1970, I attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Jackson. The young members of the 87th ID spent time on Ft. Jackson also in 1944 before participating in the Tennessee Maneuvers to prepare for war in Europe and again just prior to heading to Camp Kilmer in NJ to prepare to ship off for England where they would fight in the Battle of the Bulge and fight their way across Europe to the Czech border in the final months of WWII. The first day of the reunion is the welcome day with most people arriving in the area during the day in time for the meet and greet and entertainments at the hotel. A group of us went to the Cowboy Brazilian Steak House and overdosed on meat. I love meat, but this was too much. I did however top it off with the biggest flan that I've ever seen. It was delicious. After stuffing, we went back to the hotel to listen to a steel drum band, Pantasia. They were pretty good.

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