The celebration started at 18:00 with cocktails. The ceremony commenced at 19:00 and was followed by a buffet dinner at 19:30. Dinner was comprised of New Zealand roast beef with steamed crab and all the trimmings.
Marines present at the birthday celebration (L to R) MGySgt Rad Mays, GySgt Billy Goodman. L/Cpl Wayne Radoway, 1st Lt Kevin Watkins, 1st Lt Dick Kaleta, Capt Donald Ratcliffe, MSgt Ronald Hunter, Sgt James Jones, Cpl Joe Ferral and Cpl Gene Berisford.
Twenty nine guests attended the ceremony of which all had an outstanding time. Ten of the guests were retired or former Marines. The oldest Marine present was GySgt Billy Goodman who is 85 years old. The youngest Marine was 50 year old 1st Lt, Kevin Watkins. Both of these Marines live here in Thailand.
Capt Donald Ratcliffe was the Master of Ceremonies. The Young Marines (YM) of Pattaya assisted in organizing, setting up and conducting the event. The American colors were posted by YM Unit Commander MGySgt Rad Mays. YM PFC Bret Mays led the Color Guard and Cake Detail while YM Leader Jim Coomes operated the sound system.
(L to R) MGySgt Rad Mays, YM PFC Bret Mays, Capt Donald Ratcliffe, 1st Lt Kevin Watkins and GySgt Billy Goodman.
Young Marines Pattaya Thailand is an affiliate of Young Marines Washington DC, USA.