Saturday, November 5, 2011

Troopers of the 3/4 Cavalry Facebook Page

Fellow Troopers,

We have a gathering place for 3/4 Cavalry Veterans on Facebook. Go to url: https://www.facebook.com/groups/53219715921/

This is a "closed group" in order to keep politics and other non-veteran or non-association stuff off of the pages. If you use Facebook and want to be a group member just click on the request to join on the upper right hand corner of the page and the page administrator, Ruppert Baird, or I will add you to the group. Once a group member you can use the add friends link to add your 3/4 Cavalry friends to the group.

Anyone who has ever served in the 3/4 Cavalry from any era can join the group. Currently we have over 300 former 3/4 Cavalry troopers in the group.

If not a facebook user, there is no need to join facebook. It is another tool we can use to get information out to you on our association and other veterans issues. Most importantly, it is an interactive way for you connect with your former comrades from the 3/4 Cavalry. Pass the link on to your 3/4 Cavalry email contacts and post on your own web or Facebook pages.

A special thanks goes to Ruppert for setting up the facebook page.

Thanks!

John,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

3/4 Cavalry Hat Pin/Lapel Pin

Fellow Troopers,

We have added a 3/4 Cavalry Hat Pin/Lapel Pin to the 3/4 Cavalry Chapter Store. This is a unique and beautifully designed item that every trooper will want to own. We have limited quantities in the store so don't delay purchasing one. They will not last long and the cost is only $5.00 which includes free shipping. Please contact us if you have questions. We will have this hat pin/lapel pin available also at the 2012 Nashville Reunion.

(Not actual size)

Order from the the 3/4 Cavalry Chapter Store. Don't be without one at the 2012 Nashville Reunion.

Thanks,

John,

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall

Fellow Troopers,

Jerry Brownfield, B Trp & HHT 69/70, visited the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall when it was in Des Moines, Iowa on September 17, 2011. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Created by the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in 1990, the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is dedicated to all Americans who served in Vietnam and honors all veterans of the U.S. military.

Here are some of Jerry's photos: Jerry points out some of our troopers' names on the Wall.






Thanks Jerry for providing these photos.

John,

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

25th Infantry Division Association Reunion 2011

Fellow Troopers,

     Fifteen 3/4 Cavalry Chapter members attended the 62nd 25th Infantry Division Association Reunion 25 September to 2 October held at Waikiki, Hawaii. 177 25th IDA members were in attendance.  Including spouses, children, and grandchildren 410 were in attendance.  All of us had a great time.

     The keynote speaker at the banquet was LTG Robert Foley, Ret.  General Foley is a Medal of Honor recipient.  He was awarded the MOH for actions as a company commander in the 25th Infantry Division's 27th Infantry Regiment, Wolfhounds, during the Vietnam War.

     The 25th Division at Scholfield Barracks hosted Tropic Lightning Day to honor the veterans in attendance and to dedicate the General Weyand Parade Field.  Tropic Lightning Day included a tour of facilities at Schofield Barracks and a division review in honor of the 70th anniversary of the division's activation. See video of the division review below.



     A memorial service was held on the last day of the reunion at the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Names were read of casualties from the WOT and members who have passed since the last reunion.  See video of ceremony below.



Thanks,  See you in Nashville.

John,




Friday, September 9, 2011

Bob Maxey is in the Hospital

Fellow Troopers!  Bob Maxey, B & F Troop (68/69/70), fell and broke his hip and had to have surgery.  He is out of the hospital, but in a rehab center, called, of all things, the Holiday Resort. His wife Ardean doesn't know how long he will be there, but is making some progress.  His contact information is as follows:

Robert Maxey
Room 402
Holiday Resort
2825 Resort Dr.
Salina, KS  67401

Ardean asked that some of the guys be notified.  I think that a few get well cards would help to cheer him up some.  So, could you guys please take care of the notifications for her please.  If I remember right, he is 84 and a birthday coming up in December.  So it would be nice if he knows that he's not forgotten.

Thanks,

Fred Reese

Thursday, August 11, 2011

4th Cavalry Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients

Fellow Troopers,

The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the United States Army. Since its activation in 1855, twenty-nine of the regiment's soldiers have been awarded the Medal of Honor during the the Civil War, Indian Wars, the Philippine Insurrection, & Vietnam.

VIETNAM:

1LT RUSSELL A. STEINDAM
Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: Troop B, 3rdSquadron, 4thCavalry, 25thInfantry Divsion
Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 February 1970
Entered Service at: Austin, TX
Birth: Austin, TX Date of Issue: Unknown

Medal of Honor Citation:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Steindam, Troop B, while serving as a platoon leader, led members of his platoon on a night ambush operation. On the way to the ambush site, suspected enemy movement was detected on 1 flank and the platoon's temporary position was subjected to intense small arms and automatic weapons fire as well as a fusillade of hand and rocket-propelled grenades. After the initial barrage, 1st Lt. Steindam ordered fire placed on the enemy position and the wounded men to be moved to a shallow bomb crater. As he directed the return fire against the enemy from his exposed position, a fragmentation grenade was thrown into the site occupied by his command group. Instantly realizing the extreme gravity of the situation, 1st Lt. Steindam shouted a warning to alert his fellow soldiers in the immediate vicinity. Then, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Steindam deliberately threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full and fatal force of the explosion as it detonated. By his gallant action and self-sacrifice, he was able to save the lives of the nearby members of his command group. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by 1st Lt. Steindam were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

SGT DONALD RUSSELL LONG
Rank: Sergeant
Organization: Troop C, 1stSquadron, 4thCavalry, 1stInfantry Division
Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 30 June 1966
Entered Service at: Ashland, KY
Birth: Blackfork, OH Date of Issue: 4 April 1968

Medal of Honor Citation:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Troops B and C, while conducting a reconnaissance mission along a road were suddenly attacked by a Viet Cong regiment, supported by mortars, recoilless rifles and machine guns, from concealed positions astride the road. Sgt. Long abandoned the relative safety of his armored personnel carrier and braved a withering hail of enemy fire to carry wounded men to evacuation helicopters. As the platoon fought its way forward to resupply advanced elements, Sgt. Long repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire at point blank range to provide the needed supplies. While assaulting the Viet Cong position, Sgt. Long inspired his comrades by fearlessly standing unprotected to repel the enemy with rifle fire and grenades as they attempted to mount his carrier. When the enemy threatened to overrun a disabled carrier nearby, Sgt. Long again disregarded his own safety to help the severely wounded crew to safety. As he was handing arms to the less seriously wounded and reorganizing them to press the attack, an enemy grenade was hurled onto the carrier deck. Immediately recognizing the imminent danger, he instinctively shouted a warning to the crew and pushed to safety one man who had not heard his warning over the roar of battle. Realizing that these actions would not fully protect the exposed crewmen from the deadly explosion, he threw himself over the grenade to absorb the blast and thereby saved the lives of 8 of his comrades at the expense of his life. Throughout the battle, Sgt. Long's extraordinary heroism, courage and supreme devotion to his men were in the finest tradition of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION:

1LT MATHEW A. BATSON
Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Calamba, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 26 July 1899
Entered Service at: Carbondale, IL
Birth: Anna, IL
Date of Issue: 8 March 1902
Medal of Honor Citation: Swam the San Juan River in the face of the enemy's fire and drove him from his entrenchments.

CPT HUGH J. McGRATH
Rank: Captain
Organization: 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Calamba, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 26 July 1899
Entered Service at: Eau Claire, WI
Birth: Fond du Lac, WI
Date of Issue: 29 April 1902
Medal of Honor Citation: Swam the San Juan River in the face of the enemy's fire and drove him from his entrenchments.

PVT PETER H. QUINN
Rank: Private
Organization: 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At San Miguel de Mayumo, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 13 May
1899. Entered Service at: San Francisco, CA
Birth: San Francisco, CA
Date of Issue: 6 June 1906
Medal of Honor Citation: With 11 other scouts without waiting for the supporting battalion
to aid them or to get into a position to do so, charged over a distance of about 150 yards and completely routed about 300 of the enemy who were in line and in a position that could only be carried by a frontal attack.

INDIAN WARS:

PVT FREDERICK BERGERNDAHL
Rank: Private
Organization: 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Staked Plains, Texas, 8 December 1874
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Sweden
Date of Issue: 13 October 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in a long chase after Indians.

PVT EDWARD BRANAGAN
Rank: Private
Organization: Company F, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date:At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: UnknownBirth: Ireland
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in action.

2LT ROBERT G. CARTER
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Organization: 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: On Brazos River, Texas, 10 October 1871
Entered Service at: Bradford, MA
Birth: Bridgeport, ME
Date of Issue: 27 February 1900
Medal of Honor Citation: Held the left of the line with a few men during the charge of a large body of Indians, after the right of the line had retreated, and by delivering a rapid fire succeeded in checking the enemy until other troops came to the rescue.

CPL JOHN W. COMFORT
Rank: Corporal
Organization: Company A, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Staked Plains, Texas, 5 November 1874
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Philadelphia, PA
Date of Issue: 13 October 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Ran down and killed an Indian.

SGT SAMUEL H. CRAIG
Rank: Sergeant
Organization:Company D, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date:At Santa Cruz Mountains, Mexico, 15 May 1886
Entered Service at:Unknown
Birth: New Market, NH
Date of Issue: 27 April 1887
Medal of Honor Citation: Conspicuous gallantry during an attack on a hostile Apache Indian Camp; seriously wounded.

SGT JAMES T. DANIELS
Rank: Sergeant
Organization: Company L, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: Arizona, 7 March 1890
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Richland County, IL
Date of Issue: 15 May 1890
Medal of Honor Citation:Untiring energy and cool gallantry under fire in an engagement with Apache Indians.

1SG THOMAS H. FORSYTH
Rank: First Sergeant
Organization: Company M, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Powder River, Wyoming, 25 November 1876
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Hartford, CT
Date of Issue: 14 July 1891
Medal of Honor Citation: Though dangerously wounded, he maintained his ground with a small party against a largely superior force after his commanding officer had been shot down during a sudden attack and rescued that officer and a comrade from the enemy.

SGT WILLIAM FOSTER
Rank: Sergeant
Organization: Company F, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: England
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in action.

Farrier DAVID LARKIN
Rank: Farrier
Organization: Company F, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Ireland
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in action.

PVT GREGORY MAHONEY
Rank: Private
Organization: Company E, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: Near Red River, Texas, 26-28 September 1874
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: South Wales
Date of Issue: 13 October 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in attack on a large party of Cheyennes.

PVT WILLIAM McCABE
Rank: Private
Organization: Company E, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: Near Red River, Texas, 26-28 September 1874
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Ireland
Date of Issue: 13 October 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in attack on a large party of Cheyennes.

CPL HENRY A. McMASTERS
Rank: Corporal
Organization: Company A, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Augusta, ME
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in action.

1SG WILLIAM McNAMARA
Rank: First Sergeant
Organization: Company F, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth:Ireland
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in action.

CPL WILLIAM O'NEILL
Rank: Corporal
Organization: Company I, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Tariffville, CT
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: Bravery in action.

PVT JOHN O'SULLIVAN
Rank: Private
Organization: Company I, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Staked Plains, Texas, 8 December 1874
Entered Service at: New York, N.Y.
Birth:Ireland
Date of Issue: 13 October 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in a long chase after Indians.

CPL EDWIN PHOENIX
Rank: Corporal
Organization: Company E, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: Near Red River, Texas, 26-28 September 1874
Entered Service at: Kentucky
Birth: St. Louis, MO
Date of Issue: 13 October 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in action.

Blacksmith JAMES PRATT
Rank: Blacksmith
Organization: Company I, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: Bellefontaine, OH
Birth: Bellefontaine, OH
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation :Gallantry in action.

PVT WILLIAM RANKIN
Rank: Private
Organization: Company F, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Red River, Texas, 29 September 1872
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Lewistown, PA
Date of Issue: 19 November 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in action with Indians.

Wagoner JOHN SCHNITZER
Rank: Wagoner
Organization: Troop G, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Horseshoe Canyon, New Mexico, 23 April 1882
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Bavaria, Germany
Date of Issue: 17 August 1896
Medal of Honor Citation: Assisted, under a heavy fire, to rescue a wounded comrade.

Farrier ERNEST VEUVE
Rank: Farrier
Organization: Company A, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Staked Plains, Texas, 3 November 1874
Entered Service at: Unknown
Birth: Switzerland
Date of Issue: 13 October 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallant manner in which he faced a desperate Indian.

1LT LEWIS WARRINGTON
Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Muchague Valley, Texas, 8 December 1874
Entered Service at: Washington, D.C.
Birth: Washington, D.C.
Date of Issue: 12 April 1875
Medal of Honor Citation: Gallantry in a combat with 5 Indians.

1LT WILBER E. WILDER
Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Horseshoe Canyon, New Mexico, 23 April 1882
Entered Service at: Detroit, MI
Birth: Atlas, MI
Date of Issue: 17 August 1896
Medal of Honor Citation: Assisted, under heavy fire, to rescue a wounded comrade.

SGT WILLIAM WILSON
Rank: Sergeant
Organization: Company I, 4thU.S. Cavalry
Place and date: At Colorado Valley, Texas, 28 March 1872
Entered Service at: Philadelphia, PA
Birth: Philadelphia, PA
Date of Issue: 27 April 1872
Medal of Honor Citation: In pursuit of a band of cattle thieves from New Mexico.

CIVIL WAR:

1LT JOSEPH HEDGES
Rank:First Lieutenant
Organization:4th U.S. Cavalry
Place and date:Near Harpeth River, Tennessee, 17 December 1864
Entered service at:Ohio
Birth:Ohio
Date of issue:5 April 1898
Medal of Honor Citation: At the head of his regiment charged a field battery with strong infantry supports, broke the enemy's line and, with other mounted troops, captured 3 guns and many prisoners.

Thank you, 4th Cavalry Troopers for your service and sacrifice.

John,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

4th Cavalry Regiment Belt Buckle

Fellow Troopers,

We have added a 4th Cavalry Regiment Belt Buckle to the 3/4 Cavalry Chapter Store. This is a unique and beautifully designed item that every trooper will want to own. We have limited quantities in the store so don't delay purchasing one. They will not last long and the cost is only $28.00 which includes free shipping in the U.S. Orders outside the US have a shipping cost. Please contact us if you have questions. We will have this buckle available also at the 2012 Nashville Reunion.


Order from the the 3/4 Cavalry Chapter Store. Don't be without one at the 2012 Nashville Reunion.

Thanks,

John,

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wreath Laying at Washington's Tomb

Fellow Troopers,

Jerry Brownfield, B Troop 1969/1970 recently participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of President George Washington on Jun 25th 2011. Jerry indicates it was a great honor for him and his fellow veterans to lay the wreath at the tomb of our first President.


Thanks,

John

Sunday, June 5, 2011

TSA Expands Wounded Warrior Security Program to All Veterans

Fellow Troopers,

Many Paralyzed Veterans of America members have made complaints about problems with airport security, such as being requested to get out of their wheelchairs, remove their shoes, or display personal medical devices. Now an existing Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program for injured service members has recently been expanded to permit all veterans to proceed through security safely and with dignity.

Initially, the TSA worked with the Department of Defense (DOD) to create a program to ease the airport screening process for injured service members. Since 2005, DOD’s Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center Program has included TSA staff on a 24-hour, 7-day a week basis. When an injured service member provided flight information to the center, TSA staff would guide the passenger through the security process. The TSA liaison officer notified the appropriate federal security director at relevant airports to ensure that any security screening required at those airports would be conducted by TSA screening experts with empathy and respect.

Recently, this program became available to all veterans, so anyone who has served in the military can take advantage. The veteran or service member should contact the Operations Center’s 24–72 hours before a confirmed flight at the toll-free number (888) 262-2396 with flight information. The passenger may also email the call center at MSIJSOC@DHS.GOV with the itinerary. Callers will be connected to a TSA liaison officer who will notify security officials as described above. The hotline will not be able to assist if the call is more than 72 hours or less than 24 hours before the flight is scheduled to leave before the flight is scheduled to leave.
Several Paralyzed Veterans members have used this program with positive results and good things to say about TSA!

Thanks,

John,

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Fellow Troopers,

The Military Order of the Purple Heart has recently reduced the fee for lifetime membership to $50. Holders of the Purple Heart who wish to join can apply online at Military Order of the Purple Heart Website.

The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.

The Order now includes about 43,000 Total members, organized into 6 geographical Regions, 49 State Departments, and 499 Chapters. The Order’s annual operating budget is approximately $10.5 million of which nearly $7.3 million goes to support the Service Program.

Thanks,

John,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

24th Annual All Veterans Reunion - Melbourne FL

Fellow Troopers,

The largest Vietnam Veterans' gathering in the country will be held 5, 6, 7, & 8 May at Wickham Park in Melbourne, FL. Ross Perot is the guest speaker and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall are among the featured activities. There is a special reunion rate of $89 dollars at the hotel. Visit the "All Veterans" reunion website for more information. The agenda is posted below.

Sunday- May 1
10:00am Wall Escort from Brevard Community College Cocoa To Wickham Park
12:00pm Doc Holiday,Covered Dish Picnic and Wall Set-Up
Monday- May 2
6:00pm Presentation of wreaths
6:45pm Florida Air Academy Marching Band
7:00pm Opening Ceremonies at the Wall
Thursday- May 5
6:00pm Doc Holiday
7:00pm JQB Band
8:30pm Doc Holiday
9:00pm Open Fire Band
Friday- May 6
12:00pm Doc Holiday
1:00pm Two of Diamonds
2:00pm Doc Holiday
2:30pm Elgin Hooper
4:00pm Doc Holiday
4:30pm Absolute Blue Band
6:00pm Doc Holiday
6:30pm Atlantic Bluegrass Band
7:30pm Doc Holiday
8:00pm Chain Reaction
9:00pm Doc Holiday
9:30pm Viva Rock Band
Saturday- May 7
11:00am Opening Ceremonies/Massing of the Colors/LZ Helicopter Landing
1:00pm Two of Diamonds
2:00pm Doc Holiday
2:30pm John Steer
3:30pm Patience Mason at the Wall Pavilion-Recovering From The War-PTSD
3:30pm Doc Holiday Main Stage with Caitlan Wherly
5:30pm Suncoast Vietnam Vets “The Last Patrol”
6:00pm Doc Holiday
7:00pm Sweet Water Junction Band
8:30pm Doc Holiday
9:00pm Viva Rock Band
Sunday- May 8
10:00am Church Services By Rev. John Steer
10:30am Patience Mason at the Wall Pavilion-Recovering From The War-PTSD
11:00am Doc Holiday
11:30am All About Nothing Band
1:00pm Doc Holiday
1:30pm Absolute Blue Band
3:00pm Doc Holiday
4:00pm BikerTribe
6:00pm Melbourne Municipal Band at the Wall
7:00pm Closing Ceremony at the Wall
Monday- May 9
9:00am Cleanup Wickham Park and Wall Take Down
Brought to you by the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, Inc.
Please-No Coolers, Glass or Pets in Reunion or Memorial Area.
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Thanks to Doug Clapp for providing this information.

John,

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Troop Vets Support Apache Troop's Deployment

The current A Troop will deploy to Afghanistan next month. For some background the troop commander, Cpt Adam McCombs has made contact with us and desires to connect the current troop members to those from the past. He recently held a pre-deployment dining-in dinner for the troops and their families. He ask a few of us to make video comments about the troop's time in Vietnam. Several of us (Mel Moss, Art Ryan, and I) did that for him. Art Bonevich donated his A troop guidon from 1966 that was displayed at the dinner and will accompany the squadron to Afghanistan.

Cpt McCombs has provided us with the names of the troopers going on the deployment to Afghanistan. He has troopers in the troop from PV1s to 1LTs. What we would like to do is have enough of us to sponsor one of the troopers during the deployment so that each one will have at least one of us to communicate with. At a minimum you would need to write the trooper a couple of times a month. Later on we might need you to send a goodies package, calling card, or other items that Cpt McCombs feels the troop needs.

I think we all remember how important contact with home was during our tours and hope you can sponsor one Apache Trooper. If we end up with more than what is needed then some troopers will have a couple of sponsors. This will not start right away. Once the deployment to Afghanistan is completed, Cpt McCombs will send the APO address to us.

Former A Troopers please contact me if you are willing to sponsor a current Apache Trooper during his deployment.

Thanks,

Mel & John

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Historic A Troop Guidon to go to Afghanistan

Fellow Troopers,

Art Bonevich recently donated his A Troop guidon from 1966 to the 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry in Hawaii. The Squadron Command Sergeant Major, Mark Kiefer, has notified Art that the guidon is being taken to Afghanistan with the squadron. Here is CSM Kiefer's letter to Art:

"I just received the A Troop guidon you sent. With your permission, I want to take it to Afghanistan and use it as a historic item of display. I will photograph it in various ceremonies giving it a service life of over 45 years. I have inspected it and have deemed it serviceable for the mission. At the conclusion of the deployment, I will frame the guidon and use your photos and those that I take to illustrate its long 46 year history to the Squadron.

Please inform your former brethren, that the A Troop colors of 1966 have
been called to action in Afghanistan.

Thanks for sending these items, we will be honored to have them for
posterity."

Regards and Respect,

CSM Mark A Kiefer
3-4 CAV CSM
"Raiders"
__________________

This is a great honor for all of us that served with A Troop 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry in the past. We appreciate the squadron's efforts to reach out and connect to former troopers. Thank you CSM Kiefer. Best wishes for a safe deployment, return to your loved ones and do great things. You are in our prayers. Thank you all for what you do.

John,

Friday, March 4, 2011

Crisp Family Super Bowl Party for Veterans & Active Duty.

Fellow Troopers,

    For the super bowl this year the Crisp family of Cota de Coza, CA hosted a super bowl party for Veterans & active duty Marines.  We posted an article on this previously.  This is a follow-up video of the event.  Manny Montanez, A Trp 68/69 helped plan and host the party. Manny makes some comments during the video. Several A Troopers attended.



Don't think Manny chose the music for this video.  So just turn your speakers off if not your style.  :-)

John,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Gene Simmons Military Tribute

Fellow Troopers,

Doug Clapp, 1st Plt 68/69, sent us this clip from the Gene Simmons, USO Tribute show.  Gene Simmons and Kiss may not a favorite group for most of us but he deserves an atta boy for this show.  The troops really seem to enjoy the show.  A special thanks to all of our servicemen and women stationed all around the globe who sacrifice so much for us.





Thanks Doug for sending this awesome clip.

John,

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cavalry Troop Photo from 1880s

Fellow Troopers,

    The 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry traces its direct lineage to C Troop 4th Cavalry which was constituted 3 March 1855 in the Regular Army as Company C, 1st Cavalry organized 17 June 1855 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.  The troop was redesignated 3 August 1861 as Company C, 4th Cavalry.  C Troop was reorganized and re-designated 29 July 1963 as the 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry.
    Bingo Bingham recently received a photograph of C Troop, our squadron's ancestor organization, taken in the 1880s at Ft. Huachuca, AZ.  The photograph is from the J.H. Dorst papers in the library of the USMA.  J.H. Dorst served in the 4th Cavalry and is in front of C Troop in this photo.

     The photo was taken by C.S. Fly. See the back of the photo below.  C.S. Fly ran a lodging house and photo studio in the mining town of Tombstone, Arizona in the 1880's. Doc Holliday lodged in C.S. Fly's lodging house. C.S Fly's studio was located next to the OK Corral.  Billy Clanton was shot in the alley next to Fly's Lodging House, where the Clanton's had gathered. Billy was relieved of his pistol by C. S. Fly after the gun fight.  In 1886, Fly accompanied General Crook to Canyon de Los Embudos for the negotiations with Geronimo.  His most famous photographs are of Geronimo, the negotiations, and the Apaches.


   Thought you all would enjoy this piece of history.  Photos provided by Bingo Bingham.  Thanks Bingo!


John,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Alpha Troop Veterans Watch Super Bowl in Style

A Troopers Manny Montanez, Steve Turner, and David Olsen attended the super bowl party hosted by Jerry & Julie Crisp at their estate in Cota de Coza, California. The couple opened their home to 100 Marines from Camp Pendelton and 75 other area veterans.

The guests were entertained by the USC Marching Band, The San Diego Charger Cheerleaders, and a Rolling Stones tribute band. The super bowl was shown on large screen TV's throughout the estate. The event took the couple 3 months of planning and cost about $100,000 dollars. This is the first year the Crisp's hosted area veterans and the fourth year for the Marines at their home for the super bowl. Manny Montanez, 1st platoon 68/69, assisted the Crisp's with the planning.

SSG Manny Montanez and SGT Steve Turner get re-acquainted for the first time after 42 years. Manny was the Tank Commander on A16 a M48 Tank, in A troop, 3/4 Cav in Cu Chi, South Vietnam. Steve was the loader on the same tank. On 8 Jan 69 the tank was hit by an RPG through the left side of the tank. Manny's legs took the full force of the blast. Steve was standing next to him inside and received a small wound.

The USC Marching Band welcomes the veterans to the party.

During the event the Marine and Veteran guests were treated to the super bowl on Multiple Big-Screen TVs, use of the Swimming Pool & Spa, Cigars, greeting by NFL Cheerleaders, mingling with Pro Football Players & Celebrities, Therapeutic Massages, Boxing, a riding bull, Opportunity Drawings, Giveaways, and abundant Food and Drinks. L.A. based singer Leah Turner performed for the guests.



The San Diego Charger Cheerleaders and the Rolling Stones tribute band pose for photos.













The American Eagle was a fitting entrance to this 2011 Super Bowl Party honoring United States Veterans. The party was hosted by Gary and Julie Crisp, who opened their home and hearts to Marines from Camp Pendleton and many Veterans of all ages from a variety of Units.

Kudos to Gary & Julie Crisp for this wonderful event for our veterans.

Thanks to Manny for inviting Alpha Troopers to the party.

John,