SFA-75 Picnic 2014

By Roy Cook

The SFA-75 quiet professional veterans and friends held their annual picnic event at Admiral Baker Recreation area on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 10am to 2pm or so. The day was sunny and San Diego picture perfect. There was a special quality of community and sprite de corps as groups of men kept forming and reforming in and around new visitors, new members and old SF friends who just show up annually for this event. Some SFA-75 members brought their children for a truly cross-generational gathering. SFA-75 Secretary Charlie Inot brought flags, banners and a good ’get it done’ attitude to the afternoon.


It is a special privilege to be in the company of living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Col. Roger Donlon and his family enjoyed the afternoon and personally spoke too many of the attendees. The SFA-75 ladies auxiliary had a chance to sit back and laugh and exchange travel stories. We thank all the SFA members and their ladies for the fine salads and side dishes. Many missed the special ‘Guerilla chili’.

President Gregorio ‘Goyo’ Flores chaired a succinct business meeting. Treasurer Joe Hitt reported on the financial status of the unit and several ongoing projects. Past president Dave Desoucy reviewed the 3rd group FTX opportunity in the Calexico desert area. He also reported on last Junes’ Normandy tribute and a soviet variation of the C 47 jump aircraft.


SFA-75 VP Toby Todd was in town from San Antonio, Texas for the picnic and events. He presented Col. Donlon with a framed picture of the plaque placed Monday 7/14/14 at the Korean War memorial on Mount Soledad.



Finally, Charlie Inot again was a hit with his special SFA sundaes with any and all trimmings. They evaporated instantly.