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.


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.

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.