Mayor Pro-tem Patty Raedle welcomed the AWON Conference to San Antonio on behalf of city council
and the mayor. As a former folk singer, with a little urging from the audience, she sang an a capella
ditty to start us off Saturday morning.
The leadoff speaker was Dr. Neils Zusblatt from the National Personnel Records Center.
Dr. Z. also donated 5 signed copies of Elvis Presley's discharge papers which were
auctioned and raffled off at the banquet.
Dr. Bob Mann from JPAC gave an always interesting talk about his fascinating work identifying
and bringing home remains of MIAs. Dr. Mann donated a signed copy of his book, "Forensic Detective"
which was also part of the raffle and won by Kristin Temte Neely.
Ann Marsh from Florida State University discussed the WWII archive program to document and
save veterans' stories and memorabilia. She was seen throughout the weekend having fun with groups of AWONers.
The conference room was silent as Major William Roberts, Jr. (ret) discussed his time in a
German POW camp. He displayed items which he used in the camp.
The panel of authors, moderated by Walter Carter, discussed issues in writing and publishing
their books. Local San Antonio AWONer Conrad Netting, Patricia Gaffney-Kindig, Walter Carter,
Ann Mix and Bob Mann.
All Photos (except the last)
are by Mike Kindig. The last photo of the
authors' panel is by Dianne Baczynski.