VMFA-314 Black Knights, Chu Lai, 1967-1970


November 1-4, 2012, San Diego

From: Mike "Lancer" Sullivan, Bob "Fox" Johnson, JP "Monk" Monroe

The contact email is: F4Phantom@afri.com

Some recipients may have email–blocking filters for such services. If you receive this email please forward it to all your contacts. Thank you! Thanks to a very prompt and enthusiastic response to our survey, we are now ready to proceed with the greatest ‘mother of them all’ reunions - the "Marine F-4 Phantom Foray". San Diego, as the home of so much Marine TACAIR, has been selected as the site of preference.

The primary goal is to bring together all participants of the Marine Corps community (aircrew, maintenance, administrative and other personnel who have supported the F-4) for long overdue recognition of their exceptional contribution to Marine Aviation History.

The two committed speakers we have for the banquet are the current Commandant of the Marine Corps, who flew F-4s, and the former President of McDonnell Aircraft when the F-4 was the King on the Block!

Wives, girlfriends, family and friends are invited and encouraged!

The selected hotel is the Town and Country Resort, which so many of you are familiar with. The dates are Thursday 1 November thru Sunday 4 November 2012. Early arrivals will be Wednesday 31 October and checkout Sunday 4 November. The room rate is $113 + 12.5% tax per night and we have booked 400 rooms. We hope to grow this number and encourage each of you to forward this information to your friends. If you plan to attend please consider reserving your room as soon as possible so we can gauge potential additional needs. A room deposit is required but you can always cancel your room later and get a full refund. Hotel reservation information is at the end of this email. Communication regarding the reunion will be conducted exclusively by email from Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. The next email will go out in April and will provide a link to the reunion activity registration website (tours, banquet, etc.). If you have friends who do not have email you will be able to print and mail the program and registration page to them. Online registration will require credit card payment; mailed-in registrations must be paid via check or money order. Advance sales of shirts, caps and other memorabilia will be available from a merchant who is giving us a huge break on prices. Further information on this will be provided later. Items will not be for sale at the reunion.


  • Thursday – Welcome Aboard Reception. Possible Early Bird Tour Friday - Tours to USS Midway, Flying Leatherneck Museum, & Open House by MAG-11

  • Friday Evening - Squadron Dinners (arranged separately by sqd. leaders)

  • Saturday - Pictures, Memorial Service and a Farewell Banquet

  • Sunday - Farewells

A large, centrally located Ready Room with beverages and snacks will be open throughout the reunion. All are welcome! We also have on hold several suites and smaller meeting rooms should squadrons wish to have their own Ready Rooms. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, function space is being held for squadron dinners on Friday night. Groups may choose to contract with a local restaurant instead. Squadron dinners are to be planned directly with the hotel by the squadron leader. Squadron leaders should contact Molly Dey at Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. for further info on individual squadron Ready Rooms and Friday Dinners.


Let’s all work together to make this an historic event! Ideas and volunteers are always welcome.

Semper Fi,

Mike "Lancer" Sullivan, Bob "Fox" Johnson, JP "Monk" Monroe



OR CALL: Phone: 619-291-7131 x 3810 / 800-77-ATLAS

The Town & Country Resort is located at 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108. Just minutes from Downtown San Diego, the resort is like an oasis in beautiful Mission Valley. Hop aboard the light-rail trolley which stops on property for easy travel to additional San Diego sights such as: The Gaslamp District, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, USS Midway, and Tijuana. Unwind with a round of golf at the adjacent 27-hole championship Riverwalk Golf Course, where preferred tee-times and rates are available for our guests, or stroll next door to the renowned Fashion Valley shopping, entertainment and dining center. Handicapped accessible and non-smoking rooms are subject to availability. Please request these special accommodations when making your hotel reservation. Parking is $4 per day for overnight hotel guests. Parking for local guests will be $2 per hour, not to exceed $8 per day. Airport shuttle and other information will be provided in the next email in April.