96th Infantry Division

Deadeyes Heritage Fund

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for the
60th Annual Reunion of the 96th Infantry Division Deadeye Association
in  Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota. 




THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017 - SUNDAY JULY 30, 2017

Photos from the Reunion to be posted soon.

Please use the REUNION REGISTRATION FORM located in the "Links" box below or Click here.

Please refer to the "Links" box below helpful travel and arrival information.




FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017

SPECIAL DEADEYE RATE is $119.00 per night.

Make your room reservation under the BLOCK CODE: NSI or

GROUP NAME: 96th Infantry.


Call the Central Reservations toll free phone number 877-810-5190.

Should you require a handicapped room, please mention this when making your reservation.

Also, if two beds are needed, please be sure to specify to the reservations agent.

If you experience any issues, please feel free to call Diane O'Brien, our Reunion Coordinator, at 608-317-2496.


After June 30, reservations will be accepted at regular hotel rates, if available.

Come early and/or stay late - Our group rate will be honored 3 days before and 3 days after.

Reunion Weekend:

Arrival Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Departure Sunday, July 30, 2017

3 Appletree Square / I-494 & 34th Ave  /  Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
The Crowne Plaza Aire - MSP Airport/Mall of America offers free self-parking, reasonable dining, and a 2-person breakfast buffet included with the room rate. There is also a free airport shuttle, free internet, health and fitness center, and an indoor swimming pool. The hotel is across the street from the Metro Blue Line station (American Boulevard stop).

2017 Reunion Schedule:
Thursday, July 27 –
Arrival day
Free time and touring on your own
St. Paul Saints minor league baseball game (optional)
Board of Directors meeting
Friday, July 28 –
Breakfast buffet
Tour of the Minnesota History Center &
     the Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit
Wreath laying at Fort Snelling National Cemetary
Beer Bust (includes buffet dinner, beer and cash bar, and
     entertainment by the Bend in the River Big Band)
Saturday, July 29 –
Breakfast buffet
Memorial Service
Annual Meeting
Men’s & Ladies Luncheons
Cocktail Hour & Banquet
Sunday, July 30 –
Breakfast buffet
Farewell until we meet again
For complete information see the Spring 2017 Deadeye Dispatch. Additional information is posted on this page below.


Hotel Reservations

Our reunion headquarters hotel will be the Crowne Plaza Aire - MSP Airport / Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota (previously named the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites). Contact the hotel's toll free central reservation number at 877-810-5190 when making your room reservations. Rooms must be cancelled by 6:00 PM (CDT) one day prior to your check-in date to avoid a room charge. Checkin time - 3:00 PM; Checkout time - 12:00 Noon. The Reunion Brochure provides additional details and reservations information. Check your copy of the Spring 2017 Deadeye Dispatch for news about all the events.

Transportation To and From Hotel
Our hotel offers complimentary 24 hour shuttle service to the airport, shuttle service to the Mall of America, and other points of interest.

Early Bird Thursday Evening Event

If you are one of the first forty people to register for the reunion, you can enjoy an early bird evening of St. Paul Saints minor league baseball at the new CHS Field in downtown St. Paul. This optional event will take place during the evening of our Reunion Arrival Day, on Thursday, July 27. Bus transportation to the ball park will be provided. Please indicate your interest in attending by marking this event on your registration form.
Tickets are still available !

Need Help Making Your Travel Arrangements?

If you’d like the assistance of a professional travel consultant to make your airline reservations, help is on the way. Deadeye friend Donna Hoiem is with Travel One, Inc., and she has volunteered to help any and all Deadeyes who contact her for help with 2017 reunion arrangements.
Just call Donna at 1-800-245-1111 or email her at dhoiem@traveloneinc.com. Tell her you’re with the 96th Infantry Division Deadeye Association Reunion and she’ll make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Thanks, Donna for your support of the Deadeyes!