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Perch Base USSVI displayed the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) float for the Military Day at Mesa Market Place, Mesa, AZ, on October 19, 2019.
The theme was the remembrance of the Beirut Barracks bombing on October 23, 1983, with a keynote speech by Rear Admiral James A. Symonds (ret) with honors by the Arizona American Legion POW MIA KIA Honor Guard, one of whom is a Beirut Barracks bombing survivor.
There was also a presentation by the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory and a POW-MIA Table Setting by the Young Marines.

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Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

Perch Base participants:
(l-r) Dan Marks, George Woods, Don Robertson, Joe Trotter, Bill Woolcott, Carl Miner.
Not shown in this photo: Jim Andrews & Herb Herman.

Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

Perch Base participants:
Jim Andrews.

Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

Perch Base participants:
(l-r) George Woods, Herb Herman, Carl Miner, Don Robertson.

Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

Keynote Speaker Rear Admiral James A. Symonds (ret).
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Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

Keynote Speaker Rear Admiral James A. Symonds (ret).
One of his commands was the Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). (a VERY large target!)

Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

The member of the POW MIA KIA Honor Guard to the left of the microphone is the Beirut Barracks bombing survivor.

Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

The Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory.

Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

POW-MIA Table Setting by the Young Marines.

Mesa Market Place Military Day 10/19/2019

Look closely at the right-rear fender of the Cobra and note the submarine!

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