Since it's founding in 1975
by O.B. Hill, who was later named as Permanent Chairman, the 508th
P.I.R. Association was an active organization with Annual Regimental
Reunions as well as various periodic Company level gatherings, i.e.,
"mini-reunions". In addition, many men took part in
reunion tours that were typically sponsored by Static Line Magazine.
Tour itineraries included stops at various historic sites in England,
France, Belgium and Holland..
All told, there were
30 Annual Reunions that were held in some 26 cities within 20 states.
Every one of these reunions had a nationwide draw and many had foreign
guests in attendance as well.
The 30th, and final
reunion, was held on October 17 through 21, 2004 with a dual venue
in Gainesville, FL and at nearby Camp Blanding, Starke, FL.
The Regimental colors and the association were formally retired
in a sp4ecial and stirring ceremony at Camp Blanding on October
19, 2004 .
During the annual
reunions, presentation of the O.B. Hill Award singled out men who
had made special contribution of their time and expertise during
the prior year. In addition, the Presidents Trophy was awarded
to the Company having the largest attendance at that year's reunion.
The history of both of these awards can be viewed via the links
Many of these reunion
events were documented by members and their contributed photos and
memorabilia tell the tales better than words alone.