Jim - 40" adobe wall

Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose and the Alamo are part of the historic mission trail in and around San Antonio

Inside MIssion Concepcion.
Phil has a friend who is a practicing guide for the Mission Trail

Mission San Jose  - & Ray

Inside the mission walls - stalls for commerce within the mission precincts
The mission is surrounded by a wall.

Side view of Mission San Jose - showing the Rose Window and part of the cloister gallery



The Rose Window - symbol of San Antonio
Can be seen all over the city - street signs, store winodws, pool at the Botanical Garden, etc.

Sculpted for a lost love.


The mission church - side view
Showing the Rose Window
 and part of the cloister ("Convento")


Artwork over the main entrance - Joseph, Mary, Jesus


Lovely Hispanic lady having wedding pix taken at Mission San Jose main entrance


Mission San Jose - showing more of the "Convento"
(and residents?)

Incredible sculpture work - figure over main door


Some of us attended Sun AM worship which included a mariachi band - beautiful.


Just like Mission Conception and Mission San Jose, the Alamo mission also had a wall surrounding the mission grounds.  It was from this wall that the Texicans defended themselves from Mexican General (and President0 Sant Ana during the 1836 battle for Texan independence.

Today, the area that was within the Alamo's walls is largely commercial, plazas, etc.  The interior grounds behind the Alamo church iteslf is all that remains of the original land. 

View of the front of the Alamo Mision church and the plaza in the foreground.

Obelisk-type monument to those who died att the battle of the Alamo in 1836 - inscribed with the names of all.

The Alamo grounds/gardens were the site of a re-enactment team during our visit to the mission.


This is us - just about all who attended this 2018 "Aburg" reunion..

"I'm beginning to believe that just-a-bit-out-of-focus is much kinder to we septuagenarians than crystal clear "over-exposure!

Friday night - Oktoberfest!!!!
Great time, wonderful Umpah bands
Great beer
Great friends.

Sometimes it's better to be just a frame apart!

Our host and hostess - Bonnie and Phil.

San Antonio offers many attractions, including mueums, the Botanical Garden, the Mercado (Mexican Market) and a host of historic sites.  The Crocket Hotel was selected as our residence-venue by hosts Bonnie and Phil to allow easy access to many of these sites, in addition to being within easy walking distance to the famed River Walk along the San Antonio River.

Painted iron benches at the Mercado

At the Mercado

Entertainment at the Mercado on a special fiesta day.

Festively adorned restaurants & bars in the Mercado



 Scheduled to open in late 2019, the National Museum of the U.S. Army will serve as the capstone of the Army Museum Enterprise and provide the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions. The National Army Museum will celebrate the selfless service and sacrifice of over 30 million men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775.  

See this National Army Museum video clip (5 min.)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2twaZ4bD5Vk

The Museumís Veteransí Hall will serve as a multi-purpose space for veterans to host reunions, meetings, dinners, and official functions in the nationís home of Army history. All sponsoring organizations will have their names permanently displayed on the wall.  For a $2,500 sponsorship, the 9th Engineer Battalion will be recognized on the Veteransí Hall donor wall of the National Museum of the United States Army.

There are three option to make donations:

 1) Online - A special donation link has been created just for the 9th Engineer Battalion:    https://armyhistory.webconnex.com/9thEngineerBattalion

 2) Mail - Please make checks out to the "National Army Museum Fund" and write "9th Engineer Battalion " or our account #3536212 in the memo line.

Checks can be mailed to: 
The Army Historical Foundation
ATTN: Beth Schultz Seaman
2425 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201  

3) Phone - Call Beth Schultz Seaman at (703) 879-0006 with your credit card information.

 The Army Historical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible.  For any questions, call Beth Schultz Seaman at (703) 879-0006 .

I have set up a record in our database for the 9th Engineer Battalion and have listed you as the POC.  For your reference, the recordís account number is #3536212.
Regarding the Registry of the American Soldier, our tech folks have added the insignias of the 9th Engineer Battalion and the 307th Engineer Battalion to our Registry list.
As requested, I have attached some of the aerial digital images of the Museum construction site.  
Also, Iíve attached a copy of our most recent Museum Fact Sheet.
Please let me know if there are questions.  Happy to help!
Thanks so much for your support of the Museum Campaign and for your interest in leading the charge for the 9th Engineer Battalion!
Best regards,


To those who wanted shirts, I am still looking for a better "deal" at Lands End Business.  Don't give up on me yet.  If there are others who want to have a 9th Engineer polo shirt, please let me know what size(s) you want.