"The 65th Halbert "
Official Magazine of the 65th Infantry Division Association
Produced annually, you'll find updates on your fellow veterans, shared stories, reunion highlights and more! Legacy members will enjoy family stories and organization history.
After they returned from WWII, veterans of the 65th wanted to maintain the close relationships they had developed with their comrades-in-arms and to honor the memories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They formed the 65th Division Association and began holding annual reunions in 1951.
For more than 55 years, reunions were only open to the vets. In 2010, due to the health and age of veterans caused membership in the association to decline, the 65th Veterans (along with their children, grandchildren and other family) decided that the legacy of the division hinged on passing membership and leadership to the following generations.
After two years spent organizing, at the Branson, MO reunion, it was voted to form a sub-group of the association called the 65th Division Legacy Group to include blood relatives and those legally related to the veterans. The goal of the sub-group was to eventually pass the leadership and responsibilities of running the association to the younger generations.
Legacy membership has grown every year since and, as of 2016, Legacy members serve in all of the division executive board positions. We're thrilled with the way the Legacy has grown, but feel that we could have so many more members. The challenge...getting out the message to those who are eligible!
So, once you've realized that you're qualified to be a Legacy Group Member, and complete your membership form then we invite you to attend one of our annual reunions. We guarantee it will only take one reunion and you'll be hooked on the friendships, fun and shared memories...just like the veterans we represent and honor!
Each year we explore different locales, we create friendships and have a great time. We guarantee one reunion is all it will take...you'll be hooked. The reunions are lots of fun, exploring history and visiting with friends who quickly become 65th family filled with 65th Veterans and their families.
What are the reunions all about?
Years ago the veterans met to share their post war lives, celebrate their achievements and continue their friendships.
Nowadays, that remains true with our veterans but includes more of our Legacy membership. Children, grand-children and even great-grandchildren...along with nieces, nephews and cousins. We've become a family of the 65th Infantry Division.
At the reunions we have fun exploring, but also share research notes of family history research as well as photos and memories.
Come join us to create shared memories, friendship and travel in a new location each year. We explore military history, museums and local attractions...and some really great meals together.
Click HERE for more details about reunions...past and present!
How 65th Infantry Division Association started...
Make plans for the next reunion in Dayton, OH
October 3-7, 2019!
Find out more about our annual publication and how you can get your own copy! Click on the image.
Create new friendships, share stories and family memories preserving the 65th heritage, all while exploring fun locations!
Join us at the next reunion...