KIA/MIA MEMORIAL AWARD
"INTRUDER OF THE YEAR"
Each year a member
of the 281st AHC Association is selected by committee as the recipient
of the "Intruder of the Year." This award is presented in the
remembrance of the brave men of the 281st AHC who were Killed in Action
or are listed as Missing in Action.
Most recent at the top for a year.
2023 -- the final award ..
⇐ back to 2023 Reunion
Well, who would have imagined the plaque would ever be full up; no more empty slots.
"I’d like to talk a little about the 281st IOTY award. This plaque has 22 separate plates. Each plate signifies the person and the year that person was the recipient of the award.
It started in 2001 and ended in 2022. Some of the past recipients are Jack Mayhew, Jay Hays, Paul Malady, Walter Pikul, Frank Becker, Jim Baker, Bain Black, Brent Gourley, Marshall Hawkins and Dean Roesner to name a few of the 22 people who received this award. I received this award in 2022 and I am the last person to receive it and there aren’t anymore spaces planned on the plaque.
In the last couple of years, we have been simplifying several issues in our association. We have a smaller Executive Board, we have fewer members and we decided it was time to simply retire the IOTY award.
One of the problems we have in downsizing, is what to do with our extensive collection of memorabilia and intellectual property. So, the question is “WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE IOTY AWARD”?
We have come to a solution. We have two spaces on the top of the name plates. Let me explain the two plates that have been added. For those of you who were at the first reunion in 1986 my good friend, Dwane “Tubby” Brudvig, was the original organizer of that reunion and we awarded him a plaque for his efforts, a mini IOTY award if you will. So, on the top left we have inscribed Tubby’s name and the year 1986 as the first IOTY.
On the right top we have added a plate with the name who best typifies our main mission of the 281st AHC Association, to promote and maintain our camaraderie. Not only has he promoted camaraderie for many years, he served as our secretary for as long as I can remember, he has been our president for the last two years and kept us together financially during the loss of our treasurer. The last recipient of the IOTY award goes to Jeff Murray.
Jeff, I have seen your collection of military memorabilia in your home and I can think of no one more deserving to keep it in good condition for years to come."
We honored Wes for his many years of service to the 281st AHC Association from the first reunion to the present time in many capacities.
Unfortunately, we missed a photo of the actual presentation by Jeff Murray, current Association President.
Gary L. Stagman
Gary Stagman receiving the "Intruder of the Year Award".
Presented by Bob Mitchell, Association President.
John W. "Jack" Mayhew
Jack Mayhew receiving the "Intruder of the Year Award."
Presented by Gary Stagman, 2001 recipient.
Brian Paine and Bob Mitchell
Brian Paine and Bob Mitchell
Displaying the "Intruder of the Year Award at the 2003 Reunion.
President Lynn Coleman presents Earl Broussard
with the Intruder of Year Award 2004.
Honorary Member Kelly, pictured here with Earl Broussard, the 2004 recipient, is the
first person to receive the Intruder of the Year Award who was not a
veteran of the 281st AHC. Kelly is the daughter of Jack Mayhew,
Commander of the 281st AHC in 1967-68 and former President of this
association. Kelly has worked tirelessly during the reunion
planning process and during the past reunions in the PX area. She
has devoted many hours of her own time in researching KIA's and MIA's as
well as her 281st AHC Wall Project in Washington, DC.
the well deserved 2006 Intruder of the Year Award. Long time
member Jay has been an invaluable asset to the Association through his
dedicated support of the PX. From our Las Vegas reunions onwards
you would always find Jay devoting countless hours insuring that the PX
and Hospitality Suite were running smoothly. Now serving as Vice
President, Jay will advance to the Presidency in 2007-08.
Congratulations Jay, you truly deserve the award.
Marshall "Hawk" Hawkins
Wolf Pack 36
Fred Mentzer, Ken Smith, Don Torrini, Jim "Mom" Torbert
1967 - 1968
Jim "Mom" Tobert, Paul Maledy
Rat Pack CE
Rat Pack Pilot
1967 - 1968
Command Sergeant Major Robert L. Ohmes
483rd Transportation Detachment
July 1967 - July 1968
499th Signal Detachment
June, 1967 - February, 1969
J.J. "Fred" Beck
Nobody took a picture of the actual presentation; we tried to make a replica in 2019, but "Fred" could not attend.
Did anyone get a picture of Frank's presentation?
Photo thanks to Lindsay Brown.
Actual reunion did not happen; this photo in Brent's front yard.
Presentation by Denny Crowe (r), photo by Helen Crowe.
Presented in 2022. [thanks! - bgrly]>
Dean Roesner receiving the "Intruder of the Year Award".
Presented by Wes Schuster, Association President.