Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas to all 3/4 Cavalry Troopers


Fellow Troopers,

I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Cavalry Troopers, past and present to you and to your families. Have a great New Year and See You in Tucson!

If you have not registered for the reunion you need to do so by the end of January.

Thanks,

John,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009

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, Americans will take time to thank you and our Nation's 24 million veterans. The service, sacrifice, commitment to duty, and love of country of these brave men and women has kept America free for over 234 years. We should never forget what we owe our veterans.

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

John,

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Call for Photos - Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Fellow Troopers,

The original purpose of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was that no one would ever forget the names of those brave men and women who gave their lives for our country. Forty percent of the visitors who visit the "Wall" are now too young to remember the war. The Education Center at the Wall has a goal to collect all 58,261 photographs of each name inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We need to not only remember their names, but we need to never forget their faces.

54 of our unit's 87 casualties do not have a photograph on our web site's Memorial Page. If you have a photo of one of our comrades that did not return, submit it to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial web site or send it to our troop web site and we will submit if for you. Check our Memorial Pages for the troopers who do not have photos and check your old pictures from Vietnam. If you do not have a scanner, FedEX will scan the photo for you for free and submit it. We would also like a copy for our web site. Information is available on the "Call for Photos!" web page at the Vietnam Memorial Fund web site.

For our comrades we need 1 photo from 1965, 2 photos from 1966, 8 photos from 1967, 32 photos from 1968, 2 photos from 1969, and 7 photos from 1970. You can see which of our casualties we do not have photos of at our Memorial Page.

Your efforts in support of this project are sincerely appreciated.

Thanks,

John & Mel

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 11, 2001 - Remember

As the chaos unfolded on September 11, 2001, each and every freedom-loving American rediscovered their devotion to country. We stood together as a nation of citizens, policemen, firemen, & servicemen refusing to surrender to fear. That day, police, fire, & medical personnel answered the call of duty without hesitation and at great personal cost. In honor of those who died on that horrible day and to our military who have responded over the past 8 years fighting at home and abroad to preserve our freedom, remember to fly your United States flag on September 11th. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism. God bless all our military!

Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11.

Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Americans should fly the flag year-round and I know many of us do, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.

God Bless You and God Bless America!


John,

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Trooper needs help on Purple Heart.

Fellow Troopers, if you were in the first platoon during August 1968, a former trooper's son is trying to get the Purple Heart awarded for his dad's August 68 wounds. See the request below. Please help if you can.

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"Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jeff Persons. My father, Harold Persons, was in 1st platoon A troop during 1968. He was injured by an RPG in a fire fight. Shortly after the injury occurred his mother fell ill and he returned state side. Due to the circumstances and the way things fall through the cracks in our military he was never awarded a Purple Heart. I am making an attempt to have him awarded the Purple Heart for these injuries. I am writing to see if you can be of any help contacting one of the guys that he remembers as being there when it happened. One name he mentioned was Sgt. White who passed away sometime after the war. Another person he remembers is Wayne Suddeth. If you can be of any help it would be greatly appreciated."

Thank you!

Jeffrey A Persons

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If you can help, contact the website for Jeffrey's email address

John,


Monday, July 13, 2009

1st Plt A Troop 3/4 Cav Current Tour in Iraq

Fellow Troopers,

3/4 Cavalry will complete its current deployment to Iraq in October. The squadron is operating in the Balad area. They recently transfered Forward Operating Base Paliwoda to Iraq control. See the news release at this link.

This video is from the 1st platoon A Troop and was made at the start of their current tour. Shows some of the terrain and conditions that they conduct operations under. Enjoy!



We can all be proud of the job the current squadron's soldiers are doing for our nation.
Thanks,

John,

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Fellow Troopers,

Have a great 4th of July with your family and friends. Freedom is not free and Americans have always fought for freedom when necessary. All current and former MacKenzie's Raiders can be proud of your service to our country and for the job you did during your time in the troop. Your sacrifices have helped to continue our tradition of freedom that began 233 years ago. Have a great day!

Thanks!

John,

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Flag Day 2009

Fellow Troopers,

Tomorrow is Flag Day. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. All are urged to fly our nation's flag tomorrow. Below is a very good patriotic poem about the flag that explains what our flag means to our nation and its citizens. To learn more about the history of our flag go to http://www.usflag.org/index.html

I am the Flag

by Ruth Apperson Rous

I am the flag of the United States of America.

I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.

There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.

My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue, represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.

Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.

My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.

My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters.

My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.

My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.

I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.

I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home.

I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers - the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.

I am as old as my nation.

I am a living symbol of my nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy: "A government of the people, by the people,for the people."

I stand guard over my nation's schools, the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.

I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation; every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display.

Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.

I have my own law—Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" - which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations.

I have my special day, Flag Day. June 14 is set aside to honor my birth.

Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow.

I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.

If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots.

Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.

As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country, that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.

Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.

Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.

God grant that I may spend eternity in my "land of the free and the home of the brave" and that I shall ever be known as "Old Glory," the flag of the United States of America.

Thanks,

John,

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day Tribute

Fellow Troopers,

Freedom is not free. We owe our freedom to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. As we do each year on this weekend we pay our respects to all of our servicemen and servicewomen who have served and sacrificed for our nation. Here is an excellent tribute to all those who have served in our military: Past and Present.

We served with 87 members of Alpha Troop that gave all and did not return. They made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation, Alpha Troop, and their fellow soldiers. Take time to remember them this weekend.

SGT Donald Brown 1/12/68
SP4 Ronald Neal 1/17/69
SP4 Gene Kosel 1/20/68
SP4 Robert Swalley 1/20/68
PFC James Parham 1/20/68
CPL Gary Elia 1/20/68
PFC John Esten 1/20/68
PFC Joe Michaud 1/20/68
SP4 John Moore 1/20/68
SGT Andy Garnica 1/20/68
1LT Charles Ayers 1/22/69
SGT David Klippel 1/23/68
PFC Gary Hobbs 1/27/70
SSG Richard Dornellas 1/27/70
SGT James Feeney 2/2/69
PFC Clarence McKinnon 2/2/69
PFC Alan Ramsey 2/2/69
PFC Harrison Allen Jr 2/14/68
SSG Leonel Buentello 2/14/68
SSG Luther Page Jr 2/14/68
SSG Thomas Johnson 2/14/68
SSG Vernon Tscherter 2/14/68
SGT Charles Penney 2/14/68
SSG Donald Lloyd 2/14/68
SP4 William Conley 2/21/68
SSG James Brown 2/21/68
PFC Donald White - 3/5/67
PFC Hugh Merrill 3/6/66
SGT Walter Blalock 3/6/67
SSG David Ray 3/6/68
CPL John Rick 3/23/70
SSG Gernot Bender 3/25/69
PFC George Browning 3/28/69
SGT Michael Poggi 3/28/69
PFC Rockford Everett 4/12/68
PFC Thomas McVay 4/12/68
SGT Thomas Robertson 4/12/69
SGT Rafeal Torres-Rivera 4/23/65
PFC Arthur C Tijerina 5/1/68
MSG Charles Vanover 5/6/89
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
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
PFC Ervil Bray 7/29/67
SSG Charles Roland 7/29/67
SGT Roland McLlravy 7/29/67
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
CPL Randy Brackin 9/1/70
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
SSG James Joslyn 10/15/66
SP4 Kenneth Shrum 10/15/66
PFC Freddie Keeley 10/24/67
PFC James Wymer 12/15/66


Thanks!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Civil War/Indian War Troopers Reburied With Honors

Fellow Troopers,

On May 16th fifty-eight Civil War and Indian War soldiers were reburied with honors at the Sierra Vista National Cemetery in Sierra Vista, AZ. Les Stafford, A Trp 66/67, attended the ceremony and provided these photos. Click on the photo to see it full size.

4th Cavalry Memorial Band plays during ceremony.

The remains were discovered during construction that uncovered an abandoned cemetery in Tucson. They were exhumed to make room for the Pima County court complex. Some of the soldiers fought in the Civil War while stationed in the Arizona Territory. Others were assigned to Arizona during the Indian Wars. Two were are Indian scouts, and one is a Buffalo Soldier.

Caskets of the 58 soldiers.

The soldiers served as cavalry, infantry, cooks, musicians, or farriers. Most had been assigned to Ft. Lowell in Tucson. The soldiers names were identified through the use of old military and cemetery records. The names were not matched to specific remains because of a lack of DNA evidence.

Honors rendered during the ceremony.

The governor of Arizona, other dignitaries, and a large crowd attended the ceremony. Several Veterans organizations in Arizona came up with the idea to move the soldiers remains to the National Cemetery and planned the reburial of the soldiers. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided marble markers for the graves.

Thanks Les for attending the ceremony and providing these photos.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Armed Forces Day

Fellow Troopers,

Today is Armed Forces Day. It will not get much coverage in the news. It is an important day that was created in 1949 by President Truman so that our nation can honor our servicemen and servicewomen that serve around the world protecting our freedom. It takes a great deal of courage to join the military. Maybe even more so today when it seems that service in the military is looked on as a lesser calling by some portions of our society. Those who serve today are our new "Greatest Generation". They know the meaning of "Duty, Honor, & Country and they know sacrifice. I am proud of them all. My hat is off to each and everyone of them. It is also special for those of us who served during previous conflicts like our Vietnam War. We have a bond with those who serve today. I know you all do this but anytime you see one of our servicemen or servicewomen thank them for their service. It makes their day a whole lot better to know that they are appreciated.





Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Run for the Wall 2009

Fellow Troopers,

Mike Gauthier, A Troop Arty RTO 68/69, is participating in the Run for the Wall 2009. Here is a photo of Mike at the refueling stop in Marana, AZ. Mike met up with John Moore 68/69 for coffee at the stop. A photo log of the ride will be posted at url: http://www.w5blt.com/RFTW/RFTW.htm


The purpose of the Ride to the Wall is promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.


The ride is conducted in a safe, supportive and private atmosphere in which all participants can reflect and heal on their journey to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. in the hope that they can return home to a new beginning.


If other former troopers are participating in the Run for the Wall, let us know and we will annotate it here.

Thanks,


Thursday, April 2, 2009

October Luau for SFC Nui and 3/4 Cav

Mel has received a couple of emails from SFC Nuiokealoha Aumua. Nui was the 3/4 Cav's representative to our last reunion. Nui and the squadron are currently deployed in Iraq. Nui will be hosting a luau when the squadron returns to Hawaii in October. All are invited. If you need to contact Nui email Mel or John for his email address.

Nui's Comments: Gents! Sorry I'm always sporadic at responding to emails. Long story short using AKO is really a pain. Well, I'm finally in country and was able to join up with my guys and begun conducting my missions once again along their side. Everyones doing great and awesome to be able to serve along side my men.
Just a little side note, my family is throwing a welcome back Luau for the Squadron and everyones invited... That includes all of you, and I'm mean everyone, and their families as well! It's going to be a big one, my family threw one when I returned from Afghanistan for 2-5 Bobcats and was planning on throwing one last year but we ran into some issues, lol! But the tentative date is set for Oct 30th, of course it may change if the Squadron is held here a bit longer than scheduled. Ive already spoken with LTC Hodne and CSM Stout and asked if they could pass the word to all the Troopers. Theres going to be entertainment (cultural dances), things for the kids to enjoy, and of course tons of food, plus part or the deal was that I dance so... Ha ha, Its been a few years and actually the last time I did was for the last Luau! Anyhow, the only thing required of the Association or the Squadron is help on putting out the word and an appetite!
My mother is the one planning anything so if there are any changes she is gonna know first. And if you have any questions feel free to contact her. Again sorry, for such late responses and please if you do have any other questions or concerns from any of the other veterans feel free to give them my email address as well.

Were all doing good and compared to the past deployments were living like fat rats. Except for one thing, lol, but I dont think that'll ever change within the Army... Chow stinks, ha ha, but I'm sure you know all to well how that goes. Take care, keep in touch, and same here let me know if any of the other Troopers need anything.

SFC Nuiokealoha Aumua

Monday, March 30, 2009

Hall of Heroes for March

Fellow Troopers,

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

PFC Hugh Merrill 3/6/66
PFC Donald White - 3/5/67
SGT Walter Blalock 3/6/67
SSG David Ray 3/6/68
SSG Gernot Bender 3/25/69
PFC George Browning 3/28/69
SGT Michael Poggi 3/28/69
CPL John Rick 3/23/70

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 these soldiers, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3/4 Cavalry Reunion Tucson 2010

Reunion Attendee Roster:
A list of troopers attending the 2010 reunion is on our website. See who is attending the reunion. Your name will be added to this list upon receipt of your registration forms.

Reunion Registration:
Download the reunion registration form in pdf format.
Download the reunion registration form in doc format.

Hotel Information:

Our hotel is the Hotel Arizona. Our guest rate is $83.92 (taxes included). Rate is not available after March 28, 2010. You may register beginning April 6, 2009. The toll free number is 800-845-4596 and use the code: SCD74. Register online at http://www.thehotelarizona.com/ and use the code: SCD74.

Tours Registration:
Download the tour registration form in pdf format.
Download the tour registration form in doc format.

Golf Information & Registration:
Our golf tournament will be played on at the Tucson National Resort & Spa. Use the reunion registration forms to sign-up for the golf tournament. Greens fee need to be paid in advance to our association. Also let us know if you will need to rent clubs.
Download the reunion registration form in pdf format.
Download the reunion registration form in doc format.

Association Membership:
Chapter Dues are $10.00 Annual or $75.00 Life. Make checks payable to 3/4
Cav Chapter.
Download the membership form in pdf format.
Download the membership form in doc format.

Thanks!


John

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hall of Heroes for February

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

PFC Harrison Allen Jr 2/14/68
SSG Leonel Buentello 2/14/68
SSG Luther Page Jr 2/14/68
SSG Thomas Johnson 2/14/68
SSG Vernon Tscherter 2/14/68
SGT Charles Penney 2/14/68
SSG Donald Lloyd 2/14/68
SP4 William Conley 2/21/68
SSG James Brown 2/21/68
SGT James Feeney 2/2/69
PFC Clarence McKinnon 2/2/69
PFC Alan Ramsey 2/2/69

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 these soldiers, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hall of Heroes for January


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

SGT Donald Brown 1/12/68
SP4 Gene Kosel 1/20/68
SP4 Robert Swalley 1/20/68
PFC James Parham 1/20/68
CPL Gary Elia 1/20/68
PFC John Esten 1/20/68
PFC Joe Michaud 1/20/68
SP4 John Moore 1/20/68
SGT Andy Garnica 1/20/68
SGT David Klippel 1/23/68
SP4 Ronald Neal 1/17/69
1LT Charles Ayers 1/22/69
PFC Gary Hobbs 1/27/70
SSG Richard Dornellas 1/27/70

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 these soldiers, want to post a remembrance, or make a comment just select the comment link below.

Thanks!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

School Supplies for Iraqi Kids

Update: We raised $345.00 for school supply purchase.

Thank you to all who contributed to this worthy project. We raised $345.00 including a $50.00 donation from the Yorktown, VA Walmart. We purchased 2 shopping carts of school supplies and mailed them to the squadron on Mar 3rd.

Linda Moss, a retired teacher and wife of former Trp Cdr Mel Moss, graciously volunteered to purchase and ship the supplies to CSM Stout.

The December newsletter contained an article from CSM Stout requesting school supplies be sent to the squadron in Iraq to support their efforts to equip local Iraqi elementary school children with much needed school supplies. School is back in session and they need pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens, erasers, glue, and paints.

A former trooper has suggested that we collect funds, purchase, and ship school supplies to CSM Stout to support the squadron's effort. As a start he has donated $100 towards the purchase of school supplies. Our goal is to buy school supplies and pay for shipping them to Iraq.

If you desire to, you can send supplies yourself to CSM Stout at this address:

Michael Stout
FOB Paliwoda
3-4 CAV,
APO AE 09391.

Thanks,
John & Mel

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Attractions to Visit During the Tucson Reunion

Fellow Troopers,

All of us are looking forward to the Tucson Reunion in April 2010. Here are some of the local Tucson attractions you may want to visit.

Places to visit while in Tucson:
List of previous attractions of the week.
Pima Air & Space Museum - Largest privately funded air museum in the world.
Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum - Renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden.
Old Tucson Studios: Learn how Western films are made at this mock Western town and subsequently used to film over 70 movies.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun: Gallery displaying the work of Ted De Grazia, a famed American impressionist artist.
Tombstone & Boot Hill - Tombstone, Arizona is a historic Wild West town dubbed the "town too tough to die."
Sabino Canyon - This beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, biking and picnicking.
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park - Remnants of portions of the original foundation, walls, and plaza floor of the Presidio (fort) de San Ignacio de Tubac. Afterward, visit nearby Tubac Village-renowned for charming cafes, shops, and galleries.
Kitt Peak National Observatory - The observatory is a working research station situated high above on Kitt Peak. It supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun.
Mission San Xavier del Bac - Built in the 1700s, this white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful frescoes, sculptures and carvings.
Arizona Historical Society - The museum's collections reflect southern Arizona’s Spanish colonial, Mexican, and territorial periods. Collection strengths include U.S. military uniforms and gear, women's clothing and accessories from 1875-1925.
Old Bisbee, Arizona - Enter Bisbee and you'll be transported back to the days of rowdy miners, and Victorian styles. At the turn of the 20th century, Bisbee, Arizona was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco and a bustling regional cultural center. Today Bisbee is known for charming cafes, craft shops, and galleries.
Kartchner Caverns State Park - One hour from Tucson experience a stunning limestone cave. This “live” cave is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. The Visitor Center features museums exhibits, a large gift shop, displays, theater, and educational information about the caverns and the surrounding landscape.

Thanks,

John