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May 2021

Utah Military Vehicle Club 27 May Meeting Minutes:

Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 19:10 hrs. by Club President Jimmy Zocchi. After welcoming all those present he led the group in reciting the pledge of allegiance.

Introduction of people present and guests: Fourteen people were in attendance. No guests were present.

Treasurer’s report: The checking account is well funded and should support this year’s Club activities.

Events report: George Spargen reported that the Military Vehicle Collectors of California (MVCC) Camp Plymouth, CA show and swap meet was fun and well attended. According to some Club members that were there, “war is hell” but apparently so are three guys sleeping in an RV at the same time. That said, everyone had an enjoyable time. There were approximately 200 camp sites between the 49er RV Park and the Amador County Fair Grounds. People were selling items at nearly every camp spot. Jimmy Zocchi said, “he thoroughly enjoyed this event.” According to Joanne Lesser of the MVCC, “it was the biggest event ever.”

Jimmy Zocchi also shared photos of his recent trip to the National Museum of Military Vehicles located in Dubois, WY. “The place is amazing. No expense was spared on the displays.” The gun vault is huge and contains the musket that fired the first shot at Bunker Hill. A new section just opened with displays dedicated to the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Museum has over 400,000 square feet of exhibit space with over 450 vehicles. There are many examples of half-tracks, tanks, Higgins Boats, other heavy armor and trucks of all kinds. The comprehensive assembly includes many vehicles from Karl Smith’s collection. There were exhibits re-creating jungle fighting during the WW2 Pacific and Vietnam Wars, the Chosin Reservoir/Korean War, the WW2 Battle of the Bulge exhibit and one on the WW2 “Red Ball Express.” A Vietnam fire center, barracks and “booby traps” were also on-hand. The Museum is set up similar to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans with back-drops for the vehicles and lots of placards explaining the vehicles and events. The cost of admission is $15 per person for two days and they will organize group tours if desired. Jimmy’s accommodations were at the Stage Coach Inn located in town. Dubois is about a five hour drive from Salt Lake and well worth the trip.

Other events were discussed including the Provo Freedom Vehicles convoy scheduled for July 2nd and 3rd, the July 5th Provo Freedom Fest Parade and the Riverton July 5th Parade.

Club Swap Meet and Steak Fry: The date for the Club October Swap Meet and Steak Fry was discussed. Jimmy Zocchi moved to have the Swap Meet on Saturday, 16 October 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Fort Douglas Museum. Bruce Morgan seconded the motion and all were in favor. Pete Park will coordinate the date with Beau Burgess at the Museum. Club Christmas Party: Discussion continued regarding a date for the Christmas Party. Ed Clint moved to have the party on Saturday 4 December, 6:30 PM at a place to be determined. Ed Smith seconded the motion and all were in favor. Perhaps the event can be held at the Fort Douglas Officer’s Club. Pete Park will continue his search for a site. As per George Spargen, the Military Vehicle Collectors of California will have their fall Camp Plymouth show and swap meet on 7-13 September followed by the Southern California Military Vehicle Collectors Club show and swap meet to be held at the Lytle Creek, Bonita Campground, CA, 29 September to 3 October 2021. It is looking like the Wendover Air Show will not happen due to funding problems.

Fort Douglas Museum report: As per Beau Burgess, the Museum is still closed and an inventory is being taken of everything. He reported that the Museum should open in June and that all of the outside exhibits have been open during Covid. The Fort Douglas Day event is still pending. He meets with the Guard next week to discuss the happening. The Fort Douglas Cemetery Tour is scheduled for the end of October. The event includes re-enactors that tell stories about the people buried at the site and answer questions from the public. Anyone with stories that would like to participate are welcome and should contact Beau.

Presentation/drawing: Jimmy Zocchi presented and discussed Jeep parts that were donated to the Club by Rory Grenier of Kilroy’s Garage and Joe’s Motor Pool. A give-a-way drawing was held for the Jeep parts and an MV tow rope donated by Pete Park. Attendees wrote their names on pieces of paper that were placed into a WW2, M1 helmet “steel pot.” Bob Paster won the Joe’s Motor Pool Jeep gas pedal. Ed Schoenfeld won the Jeep T-84 transmission gasket set and Ed Clint won the Jeep tow rope. All thanked Rory Grenier for the Jeep parts and Pete Park for the tow rope. Bruce Morgan reported that the Payson Scottish Festival and Highland Game event will be held on July 9-10. There will be pipers and great food for everyone.

Adjournment: Jim Zocchi moved to adjourn the meeting. Ed Klint seconded the motion and all were in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Next meeting: The next meeting will be held on 24 June, 1900 hrs. at The Fort Douglas Museum.