Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hall of Heroes for December

Take some time this month to remember this fellow Trooper who served with us and did not return. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and for us, his fellow soldiers. He will always be in our memories. The following hero was a casualty during the month of December:

PFC James Wymer 12/15/66

Through your generosity all of our fallen troopers will have a memorial brick at the Scholfield Memorial Monument in Hawaii. We now have honored all 87 of our 87 fallen troopers with a memorial brick. Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information. Thank you for your support of this program!

If you have a story about one of this soldier, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving

Fellow Troopers,

4o years ago we spent our Thanksgiving in a far away place. Today our thoughts go out to our soldiers who today are far from home. It is appropriate that today we consider the words of the first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington. As you read his thoughts, remember during the holiday season those who are on the front lines today, carrying out the tradition to protect the principles that our nation holds sacred, and thank them for their sacrifices.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!

General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wife, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Sentinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789


John,

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day Message

Fellow Troopers,

Thank you each for your service to our Nation, to the 25th Infantry Division, to A Troop 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry, and to your fellow soldiers.

On this Veterans Day, every American should take time to thank one of our Nation's 24 million veterans. Their service, sacrifice, commitment to duty, and love of country has kept America free for over 233 years. Our Nation should never forget what we owe our veterans. View the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff Veterans Day Message.

This Veterans Day take time to remember our comrades who did not return. Of course enjoy this holiday which you earned with your service and sacrifice! Thanks again,

John,

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Complimentary Meals for Veterans Day

Fellow Troopers,

McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants are offering veterans a complimentary entree in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 9, 2008.
Veterans must provide proper ID to be eligible.
Visit the McCormick and Schmicks website for details and to find a participating restaurant near you. Thanks to Bill Baum for providing this information.

Applebee's salute the Military this Veterans Day. Applebee's
Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants invite all active duty and veterans to
one of 164 participating restaurants nationwide to pull up a chair for a
delicious meal and heartfelt thanks this Veterans Day. With gratitude for
their service and sacrifice, active duty and veterans will eat free at
participating locations on Veterans Day (November 11, 2008) during regular
business hours. See the Applebee's website for details.

Golden Corral will continue their tradition of providing all veterans a free meal for Veterans Day. Golden Corral will provide veterans a free meal on Nov 17th. See the Golden Corral website for details.

Thanks,

John,

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hall of Heroes for October

Take some time this month to remember these fellow Troopers who served with us and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for us, their fellow soldiers. They will always be in our memories. The following heroes were casualties during the month of October:

SSG James Joslyn 10/15/66
SP4 Kenneth Shrum 10/15/66
PFC Freddie Keeley 10/24/67

Through your generosity each of these troopers will have a memorial brick at the Scholfield Memorial Monument in Hawaii. We now have honored all 87 of our 87 fallen troopers with a memorial brick. Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information. Thank you for your support of this program!

If you have a story about one of these soldiers, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Troop has lost a friend - Craig Peterson

Fellow Troopers,

For all ¾ CAV members who are not yet aware, we’ve all recently lost a good friend. Craig Peterson from Delta Troop passed away recently due to complications after having knee replacement surgery at the Minneapolis VA hospital. Craig served two tours as a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam and was single-handedly responsible for evacuating the many killed and all of the known wounded personnel at FSB Schofield on the night of August 24, 1968.

In addition to the A-Troop personnel who were evacuated, Craig evacuated all of the wounded members from the 3 Wolfhounds companies as well as the two artillery batteries lagered with the Troop at the fire support base. (The battle was so intense and the availability of dust-offs so limited, that several dead Wolfhounds and artillery personnel were not flown out of the battlefield until the morning light when the battle broke off and additional air support finally arrived.)

Due to the ferocity of the battle, dust-off support from the 25th Aviation Battalion, which had in the past routinely provided medical evacuations to the ¾ CAV as well as other field combat units, was denied to the besieged combatants at FSB Schofield. Having been assaulted by heavy weapons fire and human wave attacks, the 25th Aviation command would not allow their ships or crews to enter the hostile combat zone. There were many killed during the firefight and many of the wounded needed immediate medical attention due to the severity of their wounds or they would have perished.

However, our Delta Troop pilots were not under the command of the 25th Aviation Battalion. They were a part of the ¾ CAV and they always came when they were called, even when others would not. There was only one Delta Troop helicopter pilot assigned to the air that August night and it was our own Craig Peterson. Craig not only made the initial retrieval of dead and wounded at the fire support base, but even after experiencing first hand, the intensity of the battle and upon realizing that any subsequent attempts to land within the fire support base would pose a serious risk to his life as well as that of his crew, his bravery and selfless dedication to his fellow troopers showed through when he choose to repeatedly fly into the heat of battle to retrieve all of the dead and wounded who were brought to his chopper for evacuation.

The first casualties of the battle were medivaced to the Dau Tieng base camp hospital until Dau Tieng reached full capacity. Craig next evacuated wounded to the hospital at Tay Ninh base camp. When the Tay Ninh facility could no longer accept casualties, Craig evacuated the remaining wounded to the 12th Evac Hospital at Cu Chi, which is where I ended up.

If you were involved in that battle, then Craig either medivaced you or one of your buddies and possibly saved their life. It’s estimated that Craig evacuated between 60 and 80 personnel from FSB Schofield, the actual number remains uncertain. However, he was there for us when no one else would come and he was there when we needed him most.

Craig was an unassuming individual and always felt that he ‘was just doing his job’, but for many of us, him doing his job is the reason we’re still alive today. He was a hero among heroes. He was the living embodiment of our unit logo, “Paratus et Fidelis”-- Prepared and Loyal!

So today, I’m asking all of you for your help in honoring this great American hero. Before Craig passed away an organized effort was underway to attempt to obtain for Craig this nation’s highest award, The Congressional Medal of Honor. During the war in Viet Nam, another dust-off pilot, Major Patrick Henry Brady was awarded the Medal of Honor for evacuating 51 killed and wounded friendly personnel out of harms way. During the Battle of Tay Ninh, on the night of August 24th, 1968, Craig was responsible for evacuating even more personnel than Major Brady evacuated, but since 40 years have passed since the battle took place, its been very difficult to obtain statements in support of his claim from personnel who were actually at the battle and who are aware of the bravery of this man who risked his life to save ours.

If you were present during the battle that took place at Fire Support Base Schofield on the night of August 24th, 1968, or if you know of someone who was, you now have a chance to step forward and honor a true American hero. Statements supporting Craig’s heroic actions are needed from those who were present in order to move forward with obtaining his award. If you have something to contribute, however small you feel it may be, please forward your information to this web site using the following email address ATrp3-4Cav@comcast.net and indicate how you may be contacted if follow-up questions need to be asked and also for verification purposes.

If you would prefer to have someone contact you so that you can provide your information personally, once again, please write to the above email address and provide your contact information, indicating in your message that you would like to help Craig receive the recognition he deserves, along with how and when you can best be contacted and someone will be in touch with you.

You have one last chance to show your gratitude for the sacrifices this great soldier made for those of us who fought our battles on the ground. It’s time to pay your dues. Please step forward along with those who already have and speak up if you can. Craig’s family and your fellow troopers thank you.



Gene Yonke
Saber Alpha 65 - 1968

If you have a story about Craig, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below. Also you can sign the memorial guestbook for Craig.

Thanks!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Alpha Troop Polo Shirts

Fellow Troopers,

Show your esprit and loyalty at the next reunion. Get a personalized embroidered Alpha Troop 3/4 Cavalry polo shirt. Rod Nishimura has arranged with Casual Wear Unlimited to provide a high quality polo shirt at a reasonable price. Even if you are not attending the next reunion you will want to have one of these shirts. Shirts are white with red lettering and embroidered with a 4th Cavalry unit crest (see photograph).


Shirts are priced at $28.00 excluding shipping. Order from Casual War Unlimited, 2070 Weaver Park Drive, Clearwater, FL 33765. Phone number is 727-442-8400 or 8411. Here is an order form that you can print and fill out. You will need to call and give them your zip code to get the shipping cost. All of the other information you need is on the order form. You can also order online with a credit card at http://stores.uniformspro.com

Thanks,

John,

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hall of Heroes for September

Take some time this month to remember these fellow Troopers who served with us and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for us, their fellow soldiers. They will always be in our memories. The following heroes were casualties during the month of September:

CPL Francis Amoroso - 9/3/67
SP5 Ronald Hack 9/10/68
PFC Richard Caputo 9/22/68
PFC Adolph Hamm 9/22/68
PFC Merrel Sarvela 9/22/68
CPL Randy Brackin 9/1/70

Through your generosity each of these troopers will have a memorial brick at the Scholfield Memorial Monument in Hawaii. We now have honored all 87 of our 87 fallen troopers with a memorial brick. Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information. Thank you for your support of this program!

If you have a story about one of these soldiers, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hall of Heroes for August

This August it will be 40 years since the Battle for Tay Ninh (Aug 17/Sep 27 1968) and the defense of Fire Support Base Schofield (Aug 24, 1968). It will bring back awful memories for our troopers who were there. It is also a time to remember 14 of our fellow troopers were lost during those actions and 2 troopers who were lost in other years. Take some time this month to remember these fellow Troopers who served with us and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for us, their fellow soldiers. They will always be in our memories. The following heroes were casualties during the month of August:

CPT Earle Drake 8/6/67
1SG John Veara 8/19/68
SP4 Roy Harbaugh 8/19/68
SGT Terry Hodges 8/19/68
SGT Dwayne Kever 8/19/68
SP4 Alvin Langford 8/19/68
PFC Leonard Sexton 8/19/68
PFC Gilbert King 8/22/68
PFC Paul Parker 8/22/68
PFC Robert Sanders 8/22/68
PFC James Griffen Jr 8/24/68
SP4 Lewis King 8/24/68
PFC Peter Kovach 8/24/68
SGT David Rasmussen 8/24/68
SP4 Raymond Spinler 8/24/68
SSG Bruce Tindall 8/24/70

Through your generosity all of our troopers will have a memorial brick at the Scholfield Memorial Monument in Hawaii. We now have honored 73 of our 87 fallen troopers with a memorial brick. We will soon finish our brick project. Honor Our Fallen Comrades! Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information. Thank you for your support of this program!

If you have a story about one of these soldiers, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hall of Heroes for July

Take some time this month to remember these fellow Troopers who served with us and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for us, their fellow soldiers. They will always be in our memories. The following heroes were casualties during the month of July:

PFC Ervil Bray 7/29/67

SSG Charles Roland 7/29/67

SGT Ronald McLlravy 7/29/67


Through your generosity each of these troopers will have a memorial brick at the Scholfield Memorial Monument in Hawaii. We now have honored 71 of our 87 fallen troopers with a memorial brick. Honor Our Fallen Comrades! Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information. Thank you for your support of this program!

If you have a story about one of these soldiers, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Reunion was a great Success!

Hello Alpha Troopers,

It was great to see you all again at the reunion. Attendance was very good this year. We had 49 Alpha Troopers at the reunion. We had several first timers and they really enjoyed renewing friendships with their former comrades. Our special name tags were a big success. If you did not have a 'Then & Now' photo on your name tag, get one sent into the website. We are working on Alpha Troop T-Shirts for the next reunion. Cost will be about $28.00. More information will follow.

The 2010 reunion will be held in Tucson, Arizona from April 28th to May 2nd of 2010. We hope to see all of you there and hope some of you west coast troopers who could not attend this year will be able to join us.

Of special note is the kindness displayed by the Alpha Troop members at the reunion. One of our reunion goals this year was to collect money to purchase memorial bricks for our fallen comrades. Alpha Troopers at the reunion contributed $3158.00 towards the purchase of bricks. Thanks to each of you who contributed to this cause. Once I get back to Tucson I will get the bricks ordered. We will be able to purchase at least 31 bricks for our fallen soldiers. Thanks for a job well done! A special thanks goes out to Mel Moss, Gene Yonke, Bob Rahnefeld, and Bill Baum who helped put together our brick donation project display. If you order a brick between now and the time I get back to Tucson please let us know who you purchase the brick in memory of so that we don't double order bricks. Visit the Memorial Bricks page for order forms.

I enjoyed seeing all of you. We had a great time. Thanks for your support of Alpha Troop.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Reunion Update

As we move forward together towards the LD for the reunion, here are a few things we are working on. Please get the word out to all of your email contacts about these items.
  • Specialist Justin Snell will be one of the 3/4 Cav's representatives at the reunion. He is a member of A Troop stationed currently in Hawaii. He will be arriving at Ft. Mitchell on June 26th. I know you will make him feel welcome. All Alpha troopers need to take him under their wings and take good care of him.
  • We are going to make a push to collect money for an Alpha Troop memorial brick fund. We still need to purchase bricks for a significant number of our fallen comrades. Look for this sign in the hospitality room or find Gene Yonke, Mel Moss, or John Moore. We may need helpers occasionally to sit at the collection table.
  • We have made special name tags for Alpha Troop this year. If you are on the association's attendance list we will have a name tag for you. Find John Moore to get your name tag. Name tags will be at the Memorial Brick table if John is not in the hospitality room. Here is a sample of our name tag. Photos are different on each name tag.
  • We have a reunion page on our web site. The list of attendees to the reunion is on our Alpha Troop Reunion Web Page.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Birthday US Army


Congratulations on the Army’s 233rd birthday! With undaunted courage in the face of adversity and danger, the Army throughout our history has secured our freedoms and earned the respect and admiration of our citizens. In 178 campaigns from Lexington in 1775 to Iraq today our Army has served our Nation with honor and courage. Each of you can be proud of your contributions to safety and security of our nation as a member of A Troop 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry. Your service and sacrifice is valued and appreciated by each of us who served with you. Thank you for the job you did in A Troop and thank you for being there for your fellow soldiers.

The Army Birthday message from President Bush is located at this link.

Thanks John,

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Hall of Heroes for June


Take some time this month to remember these fellow Troopers who served with us and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for us, their fellow soldiers. They will always be in our memories. The following heroes were casualties during the month of June.

SP4 Eugene Hilton Jr 6/3/68
CPL Milford Wensel 6/5/69
CPL Marion Andler 6/10/70
SP4 John Maloney 6/10/70
SGT Melvin Wink 6/10/70
1LT Edwin Winter 6/10/70
SGT Shojiro Yamashita 6/10/70
CPL James Davis 6/10/70
SGT Alton Phillips 6/15/69
SGT Jerry Carver 6/26/70

Honor Our Fallen Comrades! Their memory can become a permanent part of the Schofield Memorial Monument. A memorial brick still needs to be purchased for Eugene Hilton. Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information. Through your kindness and generosity 5 bricks have purchased for our troopers since we began posting the monthly Hall of Heroes. Thank you!

If you have a story about one of these soldiers or want to post a remembrance just select the comment link below.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Reunion Update

Fellow Troopers,

The 3/4 Cav Reunion will be held in the Greater Cincinnati Area from 25 to 29 June, 2008. Here is the list of troopers planning on attending the 2008 reunion. Email us to add your name to the list. If attending you need to register ASAP. Registration forms at the association website. Thanks!
Don Appler (66/67)
Oren "OD" Albright (68/69)
Bill Baum (68/69) & Marion
Art Bonevich (63/66) & RoseMarie
Richard Bradley (66/67) & daughter Abigail
John Bubriski (66/67) & Kyoung
Alfred Ray Coe (1970)
Doug Clapp (69/70)
Bill Coomer (1968) & Carol
Dave Cox (65/66) & Diana
Geoffrey Cushing-Murray (1968)
Larry Heath (1968)
Howell Hicks (63/67)
Earl Hornung (1966)
Steven Huff (66/67) & Marlene
Bill Imrie (65/66) & Jane
Edward Johnson (67//68)
Walter Jones (1968) & Susan
Jerry Klar (68/69) & Pat
Oleh Koropey (1966)
Robert Martchink, Jr. (66/67) & Barbara
Cabell Martin (67/68) & Terry
Micheal Maxon (69/70) & Debby
Roger McGill (65/66) & Cathy
C. R. McElroy (66/67)
John Moore (68/69) & Becky
Mel Moss (68/69) & Linda
Rich Nagel (69/70) & Marlene
Rod Nishimira (68) & Linda
Brian "Doc" O'Keeffe (68/89) & Janet
Gene Peters (1968)
Layton Pfost (63/66 & 68) & Alice
Howard Phillips (66/67) & Dianne/Shane
Bob Rahnefeld (69/70) & Maryanne
Dave Rivard (66/67) & Chris
Charles Salas (66/67)
Roger See (1968)
Wil Selsor (69/70)
Walter Shinall (65)
Les Stafford (66/67) & Mary
Pat Szenasi (68/69) & Beth
John Tarhalla (67/68) & Emma
Stephan Van Rie (68/69)
Ronnie Walker (1968) & Fern
Harry Watson (68/69) & Marci
Gene Yonke (1968) & Barb


Thanks!
John

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

Greetings Fellow Troopers

Last year I wrote that unfortunately for many of our citizens Memorial Day is a day off and a barbecue. The real meaning and purpose is lost to them. I am now feeling that things are changing. This morning I went to church and instead of the usual sermon the church spent the entire hour honoring those who have sacrificed in service of our nation. A veteran from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War from our congregation was interviewed in a in video about the effect their war had on their lives. The pastor related their sacrifices to the freedoms we enjoy today. Members of the congregation who served our country were called up to the stage and presented an engraved medal from the church thanking them for their service. All of us were deeply touched by this gesture.

Of course the real purpose of Memorial Day is to honor those who did not return. This past weekend I know that you will have taken a moment to remember our fallen comrades and their ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and way of life. 85 of our fellow troopers during the period April 1965 to September 1970 made this sacrifice for us their fellow soldiers and for our nation. We owe it to them to honor them in our thoughts and actions. My thoughts were on 3 fine young men who did not return: Sgt Thomas Robertson, 2nd platoon; Lt. Charles Ayres, 3rd platoon; and Sgt. James Feeney, 1st platoon. Many of you I know participate in local Memorial Day ceremonies. Some of you participate in Rolling Thunder at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Your actions help honor these heroes. The actions and service of these heroes is a credit to our nation. They should not be forgotten.

If you have a remembrance of a fallen comrade or other story about one of our 85 fallen heroes, please feel free to post it here.

Respectfully,

John

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hall of Heroes for May

Take some time this month to remember these fellow Troopers who served with us and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for us, their fellow soldiers. They will always be in our memories. The following heroes were casualties during the month of May.

SP4 John Carmack 5/12/67
PFC Raymond Gibbs 5/12/67
SGT Clarence Husk 5/12/67
SP5 Frederick Taylor 5/15/68
PFC Steven Rugar 5/15/68
PFC Theodore Bradshaw 5/21/66
PFC Ollie Sauls 5/27/68

Memorial bricks still need to be purchased for these soldiers. Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information.

If you have a story about one of these soldiers or want to post a remembrance just select the comment link below.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hall of Heroes for April

Take some time this month to remember these fellow Troopers who served with us and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for us, their fellow soldiers. They will always be in our memories. The following heroes were casualties during the month of April.

SGT Rafeal Torres-Rivera 4/23/65 (Shotgun Program)
PFC Rockford Everett 4/12/68
PFC Thomas McVay 4/12/68
SGT Thomas Robertson 4/12/69

Memorial bricks still need to be purchased for Thomas McVay and Rafeal Torres-Rivera. Go to the Memorial Brick page for more information.

If you have a story about one of these soldiers or want to post a remembrance just select the comment link below.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Role of Armor in Today's Army

Fellow Troopers,
This video explains armor's importance in today's Army.

John,

Monday, January 21, 2008

3/4 Cavalry in Northern Iraq

Fellow Troopers,
The 3/4 Cavalry recently completed a tour of duty in Northern Iraq. This video shows the troopers, the area they operate in, and the living conditions. We can all be proud of the service of 3/4 Cavalry in the War on Terror as they carry on the traditions of 'Mackenzie's Raiders.'

These young men and women will be the next 'greatest generation'. They make us all proud to have served in the 3/4 Cavalry.

John,