Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion 2020


March 30 thru April 2







Casper Platoon

Gordy Anderson

John Ackelson

Don Bliss

Curt Blundell

Tony Bolivar

Jerry Brown

Ned Costa

Michael Dow

Bob Durand

Mike Gauntt

Steve Greene

Hal Hickey

Bobby Horowitz

Jim Jeffryes

Bill Krueger

Tex Ladnier

Ed Liptrap

Bob Mac Glaflin

Robert McDonald

Pete Moore

Bruce Neva

Bill Nottingham

Roberto Ontivero

Terry Lee Parker

Walter Perron

Randy Plese

Bill Seifert

Don Sholett

Bruce Silvey

Sal Sosa

Ed Specht

Bill Starkey

Walter Tanaka

Bob Thackston

Rick Tompkins

Tom Town

Doug Walton

Bill Wansing

Cliff White

Dave Woodard


173d Airborne Brig.

Wambi Cook

A/3/503d Infantry

Rene Macare

A/3/503d Infantry Sniper

Ron Thomas

E/17 CAV LRRP Scout

335th AHC/Cowboys

Donald Snyder

335th AHC “Cowboys”

Door Gunner

Donny, Leslie &

Kidd, Jr.

KIA: Donny Kidd, Sr.

Janice Miller


DAT: Dave Miller


"Gift Certificate"

Aviation Artwork

By: Joe Kline

The Joe Kline Aviation Artwork has been a long-time favorite raffle prize won at our past reunions. We will have a drawing to win three customized helicopter prints at our Thursday night banquet dinner.

Each Gift Certificate is valued at $125 and is good for a customized print of your choice.

Please visit Joe’s web site & view his Vietnam Series Custom Artwork.


Don’t Be Left Out!!  If you are still on the  fence, please consider attending!  A lot of your friends will be in attendance  and this would be a great time to see them again!

Marilyn Jones


DAT: Joe Jones

Casper Platoon Polo Shirt


GILDAN 6.5-oz. 100% pre-shrunk double pique cotton, red shirt.

Available in all men sizes S-XXL.

Only available at  reunion. No mail orders.

Contact: Ned Costa

YES - Casper Shirt

Not Avail. Yet


Hand-Carved Mahogany Helicopter Models By: Joe Webb

Three UH-1H Huey and three OH-6A Cayuse aircraft models will also be raffled at our banquet dinner. These wooden helicopter models are all hand carved and each one varies ever so slightly in dimension while maintaining the detailed shape of the helicopter, that each of the models are made to represent.

Each  wooden  model is valued at 125 - $150.

Please visit Joe’s web site & view his collection of hand-carved wooden helicopter models.

The helicopter image used at the top of this reunion web page was painted by Joe Kline and is featured in his: “Good Vibrations” artwork.


This site was last updated: 5/20/2020

Flat Rate Cost

Our 2020 reunion fees are based on a flat rate to make payments easier. The Veteran & Guest Fee below all include a name badge, access to our Hospitality Room, our Poolside Ice Breaker Party, Banquet Reception and one (1) Banquet dinner ticket (beef, chicken or fish entree).

Casper Veteran: $175/each.  Associate Vietnam Veteran: $100/each.

Other: $75/each. Includes: Spouse, Family, Friends or KIA & DAT Families.

Payment Deadline: Full payment is due on or before February 29, 2020. However, a $50 minimum payment is due now.  Fees are non-refundable.

Men’s Lunch & Group Photo: $20/person.

Ladies Luncheon: tba/person.




Taking advantage of the cooler weather in March, this event will be held outside at the Sky Beach Club where we can enjoy a good time poolside with friends while relaxing by a nearby tropical waterfall.

There will be appetizers and a cash bar.


A great close to our reunion and time to enjoy our cocktail reception and dinner with our Casper family.  We begin this event by honoring our fellow veterans who are no longer with us.

There will be a cash bar, guest speaker & video.




Just like at our 2019 reunion, we will once again have our own Hospitality Suite that is located on the ground floor of the Convention area.

This Landing Zone is called the Partagas 3 Room. I imagine this will once again be a popular place to set down and hangout with your buddies.

Our LZ will be open on Monday at 12 noon thru Thursday at 3:00 pm and configured with round tables & chairs. Stop by, pull up a chair and relax!



At The Leatherneck Club. This is the only Military theme restaurant and bar in all of Las Vegas.  This is a great place for us to hangout, eat, drink and take a group photo while enjoying a BBQ buffet.

This is an optional Men’s event.  tba/person



TREVI is located in the Forum Shops at Caesars and is Las Vegas’ favorite restaurant for Italian fare. Named "Best Italian" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Our private dining room, choice of 4 entrees.

This is an optional Ladies event. tba/person


LV Stage Show


This is an optional event: tba/person  

This is an optional event: $??/person  

Wednesday April 1



YES – Men’s Lunch

Please list your name(s).  Make your tba check payable to CAPO and mail it to Ned Costa .


YES – Ladies Luncheon

Please list your name(s).  Make your tba check payable to Marilyn Jones and mail it to Marilyn Jones.



Our Mission

Casper Aviation Platoon (CAPO) sponsored reunions are designed to provide a good time for ALL of the Caspers, their family and friends.  Click below & let us know if you will be joining us in Las Vegas:

YES -  Attend 2020 Reunion

19th Annual Casper Aviation Platoon Reunion Agenda

Monday, March 30

12 Noon - 4:00 pm

Casper Check-In / Welcome Desk / Hospitality Room: Partagas 3 Room

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ice Breaker Party / Cocktail Reception / The Cliffs (Poolside) / Cash Bar

12 Noon - 10:00 pm

Hospitality Room / The Partagas 3 Room

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friend to Explore Las Vegas

Tuesday, March 31

9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Hospitality Room & Welcome Desk / The Partagas 3 Room

11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Men's Lunch & Group Photo / Optional Event / Leatherneck Club/Bar

11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Ladies's Luncheon / Optional Event / TBA

Open Evening

Open Time with your Family & Friend to Explore Las Vegas

Wednesday, April 1

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hospitality Room & Welcome Desk / The Partagas 3 Room

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Las Vegas Stage Show / Optional Event / TBA / Tropicana Theater

Thursday, April 2

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hospitality Room & Welcome Desk / The Partagas 3 Room

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Casper Banquet Reception / Cohiba TBA / Cash Bar

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Casper Banquet Dinner / Cohiba TBA / Cash Bar

Friday, April 3

11:00 AM

Hotel Check-Out


If you are like most of us, your best friends are probably the guys you served with in Vietnam.  Our reunions create a great place to hang out with them at least one-time a year.  You have probably also heard over the years that “we aren’t getting any younger”.  This statement is very true.

Our annual Casper Aviation Platoon Reunions are also open to Vietnam Veterans who were affiliated with the 173d Airborne Brigade, LRRP, N/75 RANGERS, 335th AHC and 61th AHC veterans who would like to attend.

So why should you attend… To enjoy a few days with your best friends!

There will be a raffle during our poolside “Ice Breaker Party” for a chance to WIN a $100 Bill, plus a few more $50 Bills.  This is a “Free Drawing”.  A special raffle ticket with your name printed on it will already be ready for the drawing. You just need to be there to win.  

FYI…The 2019 Reunion $100 CASH WINNER was: “Cowboy” Door Gunner Don Snyder


for a chance to WIN CASH!

Other prizes that will be raffled at our “Banquet Dinner will include:

(3) Hand-Carved Mahogany UH-1 Huey Models and (3) OH-6 Cayuse Models, $125 value/each. (3) Joe Kline Aviation Art Gift Certificates, $125 value/each and MORE CASH!  



It is better for you (and us) if you would buy your raffle tickets in advance. Please click here and list your name and indicate how many raffle tickets you would like to purchase now: ORDER RAFFLE TICKETS

               Guest Speaker Information



Experience the excitement of Las Vegas at the casually elegant Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. With acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and unsurpassed service, this unique Las Vegas Strip hotel has a South Beach rhythm and vibe.

Enjoy dining in the Tropicana at the Oakville Steakhouse, one of the resort's 6 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service.


Special Room Rate

Only: tba / per night!

March/April “COOLER”

Avg. Temp: 78° / 55°


Our 4-day Reunion Dates are: March 30 thru April 2. Check-out is: April 3.   However, our special Casper Platoon Room Rate can also be used to check-in early on March 29.  In fact, our rate can also be applied for the 2 days before and after the reunion.  Remember, The Tropicana is a Resort.  Enjoy yourself, have fun and relax!

The Tropicana has two Towers:  The Paradise Tower is in the front of the hotel closes to the casino.  Our reunion is being held in the CLUB TOWER.  This is located by the north entrance of the hotel next to the swimming pools, health spa and conference center. This is where our hospitality suite, guest rooms, our ice breaker party and banquet dinner are also located.  Our tba per night guest room rate is for the “Club DeluxeGuest Rooms.

The “absolute” BEST way to book your room is by using our “Online Reservation Link”… It Is Fast & Easy!

►►Special Online Reservation Link: tba

Again you should book the minimum  of 4 reunion nights: 3/30, 3/31, 4/1 & 4/2.  Checkout is 4/3.  FYI, several of the Caspers are planning to make their reservations to arrive a day early on: Sunday, 3/29.

►►Telephone Reservation: tba · You must identify yourself with "Casper Aviation Platoon" to get our special guest room rate: tba (based on room availability).

Hotel Parking & Airport Transportation

Casper Platoon guests who drive will receive ”FREE Self-Parking” at the Tropicana Hotel.

A variety of shuttle/limousine services are available at McCarran International Airport (LAS). There are also Taxi's and UBER rides everywhere, along with the Las Vegas Monorail.

Street Address: 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA.

►► When you make your hotel reservation, your credit card will be charged for your first night = tba + tax.  However, the Tropicana does has a 48 hour cancellation policy.

You will receive a warm welcome with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie before settling into a stylish, residential-style guest room with a breezy beach atmosphere. Decorated in a sunset palette of warm shades, your room features custom-designed furnishings, a 42-inch HDTV and Serta Perfect Sleeper beds™ with 300 thread count linens.

The Joe Kline Gift Certificates are for your choice of “customized” Vietnam Series Art.