That Mean Mexican
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Thanks to John Therrien for the contribution.
That Mean Mexican
Turn on your speakers and click!
Thanks to John Therrien for the contribution.
Fellow Troopers of the Golden Brigade:
Some of you know that I was elected as Secretary of the Golden Brigade Chapter at our April reunion in Dallas. In this capacity, I will be sending newsletters periodically. I am anxious to get your feedback so let me know what you think and what you would like to see in future updates. If you have pictures, articles, ideas, commentary, etc, please contact me by reply e-mail.
We would like to make these updates a two-way communication. To do so, we need to hear from you guys. What to send in? Anything significant to you or that you want to share with us. Mar-riage, anniversaries, birth of grand children, great grand children, or children (we really want to hear about them, you old rattlesnakes!), promotions, and retirements. Caught a huge fish? Nailed a record buck? Suc-cessful recovery of illness? Share your good news.
Please let us know if you hear of the death of a fellow Golden Brigade trooper, chapter member or not. Lost track of a buddy from our Viet Nam days? Send in his name, unit, dates served in „Nam. Anything that may jog the memory of one or more of us will help.
42nd REUNION UPDATE
For those of you who missed it—you missed out on a super good time. The usual suspects were there, as well as many new faces. It was held at the Hilton DFW Lakes Con-vention Center again. They treated us extremely well and it is likely to be the site of fu-ture reunions as it is centrally located for all of us as well.
One of the main highlights was the hotel graciously allowing us to set up LZ Bolling right in front of the lobby. It was a one ship LZ, surrounded by trees on 3 sides and a parking lot on the fourth. I believe it was Ken Steelman who located a functional vintage Huey and got the OK from the hotel, Fire Dept, Police Dept and the FAA (the hotel is only about a five minute flight from the DFW runways) to have it flown in and stay over night.
General Bolling, the Color Guard from Ft. Bragg, the Chorus members and many of the troopers met it on arrival. All were greatly impressed by the pilot’s skill in getting in and out safely. The sight, sound and smell of a working Huey brought back many memories for a lot of us. Many of us also signed the canvas seats and firewall.
When the Huey came in, it circled the hotel at the 7th floor level then set down in the LZ. When it took off, it circled again. What a surprise it must have been for the non-GBC guests!
GBC MEMORIAL ARK
Noted artist Wendy Yothers and about a dozen other artists and companies created a memorial for the Chapter commemorating our service in Viet Nam. Since we are a last man chapter it has a bottle of premium bourbon and a hand blown shot glass emulating a parachute shape and engraved with All The Way on the bottom. The ark itself is made of various hardwoods and is about 3 ft square. The front has engraved jump wings, CIB and CMB on it as well as the names of our fallen comrades. Inside are numerous small drawers to hold any small mementos you guys may want to send in. Steel from shot out rifle barrels provide the fittings and accents. The travelling case is equally impressive. It will be with us at all reunions until the last man can toast those who have passed with the bourbon and shot glass. Words cannot adequately describe these cases. YOU MUST GO TO FUTURE REUNIONS TO SEE IT. It is truly an impressive work of art.
SYMPOSIUM AT REUNION
We had two guest speakers at the symposium. Jug Burkett, author of “Stolen Valor”, spoke about his book which exposes the many falsehoods spread about Viet Nam vets as well as the many phonies out there disre-specting our sacrifices and service. There are so many of them out there—I have even heard that nearly double the number of men and women who actually served are claiming service in “Da Nam”. Even politicians of all parties!! Look before you vote. This book is a must read for all Americans not just veterans.
Our second guest was Albert Nahas. He is the author of “Warriors Remembered” a 208 page, 11.5x 11.5 hard cover photo documentary of Viet Nam Veteran Memorials from all over the country. He highlights 50 of the 1000 or so in existence. Many are incredibly touching and heart rending and full of love for us and our fallen brothers. The book should be out this fall. You can either use the attached order form or keep in touch with your local book seller. It is truly a unique and moving publication. For a preview and ordering information go to: http://www.warriorsremembered.com/. Inquiries and bulk orders, e-mail to: mailto:email@example.com.
SYMPOSIUM AT REUNION:
We had two guest speakers at the symposium. Jug Burkett, author of “Stolen Valor”, spoke about his book which exposes the many falsehoods spread about Viet Nam vets as well as the many phonies out there disrespecting our sacrifices and service. There are so many of them out there—I have even heard that nearly double the number of men and women who actually served are claiming service in “Da Nam”. Even politicians of all parties!! Look before you vote. This book is a must read for all Americans not just veterans.
Our second guest was Albert Nahas. He is the author of “Warriors Remembered” a 208 page, 11.5x 11.5 hard cover photo documentary of Viet Nam Veteran Memorials from all over the country. He highlights 50 of the 1000 or so in existence. Many are incredibly touching and heart rending and full of love for us and our fallen brothers. The book should be out this fall. You can either use the attached order form or keep in touch with your local book seller. It is truly a unique and moving publication. For a preview and ordering information go to: http://www.warriorsremembered.com/. Inquiries and bulk orders, e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
GBC MEMORIAL PAINTING
It is still in the works. Full details are not available yet. Estimated cost is @ $10k. Copies for individuals $82. Will keep you advised.
THOUGHTS & THANKS
The Memorial Dinner was excellent and well attended. Color Guard from Ft. Bragg, part of the 82nd Choir, a piper, much pomp and ceremony , good food , better friends, memories and lies swapped. It does not get any better than that. Plan to attend in 2012-you won’t be sorry.
Many thanks to all who made this reunion possible ; including but not limited to MG Bolling, Carl Bludau, Rich O?Hare, Bob Murrill, Ken Steelman, Ron Yorkovich, Mike Hood and the troopers and families in attendance. A special thanks to Dick and Judy Keaton for hosting the hospitality room. Also special thanks to Rick and Charlotte Randazzo for putting on the fish fry and shrimp boil lunch. Outstanding! My apologies to those I have omitted. Bad memory and worse note taking on my part.
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
Carl Bludau reports that we have enough donations to sponsor about 25 Wounded Warriors so far and he ex-pects more donations to come in. Make checks payable to: 82nd Education Fund Wounded Warrior. Send your tax deductible donations to:
82nd Airborne Division Assoc.
PO box 65089
Fayetteville, N.C. 28306-5089
At the 2009 convention Darrell Ormes (B-2-505) was awarded his Silver Star for actions on the night of Feb 28—Mar 1,1969. 40 years late but still sweet. Congratulations from all of us.
If you are planning to attend this year, you need to get your hotel room and registration in now! It look like most if not all 82nd units will be Stateside by then and many will be there. I?m hearing 600-1000+ troopers and families ! I haven?t been to that part of the country, but I hear West Virginia is spectacularly scenic and worth spending some time in. Plus lots of local attractions.
SOCIAL SECURITY UPDATE
If you served between 1957 and 2001, those quarters apply to your total S/S benefits. You must apply for them, it is not automatic. Contact your local office or go to: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm. You must bring a copy of your DD-214 to the S/S office. To get a copy of DD-214, „Google? veterans records. There are several useful websites to help you. This may not help much for draftees and one hitch guys, but it may make a big difference to those who had multiple enlistments but didn?t go the full way. Not sure about career guys. This benefit should be auto-matic—we should not have to ask for it.
Manny played a key role in establishing the current website and is being remembered in a tribute established by the Association web person, Cheryl Polk.
There is no registration fee! Troopers are invited to drop by, swap stories and socialize at the Association sponsored hospitality room from 8 to 11 November.
Contact Paul T. DeVries (703) 799-4419 for info.
Hampton Inn & Suites
5821 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Virginia 22303
Phone: (703) 329-1400 • Fax: (703) 329-1424
Toll Free: (800-426-7866)
The Cal-Nevada Chapter will host the 65th Annual Convention during the week of 31 July – 7 August 2011, in Reno, NV (the Convention officially starts on 3 August with the Early Birds’ Hospitality Suite). The registration fee isfee is $82.00 and the following blocked room rates plus 13.5% sales tax ($10 except the Active Duty, who will receive the conventional room rate) . When making reservations, mention the 82d Airborne Division Association in order to receive the blocked room rates, available 3days prior to the Convention and 3-days following the Convention.
Hotel: Silver Legacy Resort
407 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501-1138
Room Reservations: (800)687-8733 or (775)329-4777
Please take note and start your plans to attend!
A Look Back at the Vietnam War on the 35th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.
Lots of pics – might take a bit to load, but well with the wait.
Warning: Contains some graphic violence and depictions of dead bodies.