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48th Annual Reunion

August 1st – 5th, 2001

Holiday Inn Hotel

Tarpon Springs, Florida


This year’s reunion was held at the

Holiday Inn Hotel

U.S. Hwy 19 N.

Tarpon Springs, Florida. 

This year’s organizers were

George and Verona Karaphillis.  They did a terrific job.


As always, the battalion welcome banner was proudly displayed.

One highlight of this year’s reunion was the quilt made by Iris Morris.


The large orange and black quilt included the names of battalion members with the Tank Destroyer emblem proudly displayed in the center

All hotel facilities were beautiful.  Here we see the restaurant dining area.
The hospitality room was a lively place with lots of friendly conversation.

Jewel Rawlins helps himself at the hospitality table. 
Glenda Millar and Susie Pidsosny take their turn hosting the hospitality table.
The picnic had to be moved indoors when the storm clouds rolled into downtown Tarpon Springs.

Tarpon Springs is known for its sponge diving.  Here is a marble plaque dedicated to the founder of Tarpon Springs’ sponge diving industry.
Tarpon Springs includes a large Greek community.  Here a Greek pastry shop invites us.

This fish was caught by

Rick Pidsosny. 


Just kidding.  This fake fish is for fooling friends when you go home.

This beautiful ceramic tile mosaic reminds tourists of Tarpon Springs’ sponge diving heritage.

The Whole Group


The Guys


Mike Koulianos


Don Fisher & friend.


(L-R) Geneva Smith, Emma Jean Willis, Millie Redifer, Ameila Harding and Tena Phillips (foreground)


(L-R) Tena Phillips, Verona Karaphillis, Glyn Sain & Elnora Leininger

(L-R) Anesl Dreggors, Bill Redifer & Bill Leininger


Devers Bryant, Jewel Raulins, Frank Boatright,
Bill Townsned, Talmadge Riley

(front row left-right)

Bill Hawkins, Earl Sain, Francis Hayes

 (back row left-right)


Maxine Hartwick, Clara Harding, Ruth Riley


Francis C. Hayes

Rick Pidsosny & Earl Sain


Jewel Raulins, George Karaphillis, Mike Koulianos


Earl Sain, George Karaphillis, Frank Boatright

Susie Pidsosny & Dorothy Tomlinson in front of the
612th commemorative quilt made by Iris Morris.