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Heads Up Bandidos!!!!!

A super secret, very high level, oatmeal raisin cookie fueled meeting was held at an undisclosed location somewhere near Beaverton, Oregon. This discussion was to begin planning for a Bandido Bash to be held starting the evening of 30 September thru the 1st of October and the morning of the 2nd of October, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. That was as far as we got before eating all of Betty Herrera's delicious cookies thus our ability to think with that sugar high became impossible. The event will be held at our home outside of Lexington near Midway, Ky and will be a SOCIAL, not formal gathering of Bandidos and their families. Leave the suits and sparkling dresses at home for this one. I see this as an event where old friends can meet, where the path to finding other old friends can begin and where your families can meet others who fought as you did and see the respect they have for you and you for them. Many former Commanders, Officers and NCO's will be there so you can remind them of all the mistakes and dumb stuff they did. That alone would be worth the trip!!

Even if you just can't come I ask you to do a couple of things: First, gather up every picture, slide, copy of orders or ANYTHING from your service. Second, make notes of everything and everyone you can remember. Funny stuff, serious stuff........EVERYTHING!!! Third, please make copies of all that stuff so we can share it with everyone else. The pictures, documents and memories you have are not just valuable to you and your family but also to your Bandido Brothers who don't even know they exist. While you may have seen them many times, the other Bandidos, especially those in the pictures have not and I guarantee you that they and their families will find them priceless. You can scan them or just take a picture of them with a digital camera set at high resolution. Bribe a teen to do it for you!!

This is just the initial “Heads Up”. Much more info will follow as we get closer. A few Bandidos who asked to remain anonymous are putting up most of the cash to fund this deal so the cost to attend is going to be VERY low. Block off the dates on your calendar, dig out every scrap of everything you can find from back in the day, turn on the old memory machine and take notes so you won't forget what you just remembered. More info to follow.


"I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh orweep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped of their humanity. I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another. As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades. Such good men."

Quoted  from "These Good Men" by Michael Norman

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