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Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine’s Annual Reunion

Legacy is thrilled to announce the third annual reunion of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, taking place in April 2025. All veterans from the 2003-2005 deployments are welcome. While we cherish family-inclusive gatherings, this reunion is exclusively for veterans. We will convene in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, either the weekend of April 18th or April 25th, with arrival on Thursday and departure on Sunday. This special event is an opportunity to reconnect, we are excited to be putting on the third annual reunion. Holding reunions every year provides an opportunity to be a community and stay a part of each other’s lives. Not everyone can make it every year. If this year is not a good year for you, that is okay, we will see you next year. We are tired of only having reunions every 3-5 years; someone misses one and we don’t see each other for 6-10 years. 
Lodging and food expenses will be covered, while travel costs will be the responsibility of each veteran. However, if anyone can’t attend because of financial constraints, we are committed to providing assistance. We look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating our enduring brotherhood.
If you didn’t make it to the 2023 Broken Bow Reunion click the link below to watch a video to give you an idea of what a more laid-back reunion is like. 

2023 Broken Bow Reunion Video: Click Here

Stay tuned for future updates on the specific dates and locations as well as follow up emails. We can’t wait to see you there!

Doug Hayenga – Treasurer, Board of Legacy Military Reunions 

Doug Hayenga grew up in St. Cloud, MN, where he graduated from Tech High School. Before 9/11, Doug joined the United States Marine Corps and served from August 2001 to December 2006. During his service, he completed two combat tours in Iraq. On his second tour in Fallujah in 2004, while serving as an infantry Team Leader with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, he was severely injured and was subsequently medically retired after recovering from his wounds.

After his military service, Doug earned a degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Grand Canyon University. He currently serves as a Deputy Training Officer for the Navy.

Doug resides in Virginia Beach, VA, with his wife, Dinora, a retired Navy veteran, and their two daughters. He is passionate about helping veterans come together to form a community of support and brotherhood, which led him to co-found Legacy Military Reunions.

Robert Shumate – Chairman of the Board and Secretary of Legacy Military Reunions

Robert grew up in Northeast Texas, just outside of Texarkana, where he currently resides and is raising his two sons. In 2001, prior to the attacks on 9/11, Robert joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school. As a decorated combat veteran, he served two combat deployments in Iraq. His first deployment was in 2003 during the initial invasion as an infantry rifleman & radio operator. Less than an year later he returned to Iraq in 2004, serving in Fallujah as a squad leader, where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat valor distinguishing device and was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Robert continued his service in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he was later promoted to Staff Sergeant.

After leaving active duty, Robert pursued higher education at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During his time there, he founded the school’s Student Veterans Association in 2010, serving as its President and organized several fundraisers, including a community-wide event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Currently, Robert is a Project Manager in the sports industry, collaborating with numerous professional teams and Division I schools nationwide. His extensive experience in management, passion for helping others and organizing his unit’s reunions inspired him to co-found Legacy Military Reunions with Benjamin, where he continues to dedicate his efforts to bringing veterans together.