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November 27, 2005

Donald Clarence "Red" Lail celebrates his 80th

My uncle, Clarence Donald "Red" Lail, celebrated his 80th birthday with a family reunion in Bethlehem in Alexander County, NC.

All his living brothers and sisters, his children (Donnie, Karen and Vernon), his grandchild and, of course, his wife, Mary Lou, were there along with lots of other Lail relatives.

One of his passions in retirement has been planning reunions of World War II's "Little Beavers."

There is a nice piece on his efforts here.

Red, a torpedoman aboard the USS Converse, DD509, during World War II had a dream: bringing all the men of our Squadron together and to honor our great commander, Admiral Arleigh A. Burke. It was a dream that perhaps every member of the "Little Beavers" had experienced at some point in their lives.

The birthday/reunion was really nice, but here's another take on it.

UPDATE: A photo album:

Lail Reunion 11/26.2005 -- Don Lail's 80th birthday