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Apr 2005
E Troop 1 Cav 11th Inf Bde Americal Div.
     April 30thmarks 30 years since the Viet Nam War has ended. America is having a Viet Nam Veterans Recognition week May 1 through 7th of this year. Here in Iowa the House of Representatives will pass a bipartisan resolution to honor Vietnam veterans, as well as host a day of activities for us. All local veterans are invited to attend the activities at the state Capital in Des Moines. Unfortunately, I saw the article too late to ask for the day off work.
    It is believed that this is the first resolution ever passed in the Iowa House to honor Vietnam veterans. I do remember getting a check from the state government for $300 or $500 dollars after I got discharged from the Army. It went right on a new '68 Mercury Cougar that I bought a week after I got home.
    Can you imagine what our parents, wives and family were going through as they watched the war on the 6 o'clock news each night? Everyone knew someone who was there, had a relative there, or had a name on the Wall.
    Today some of us are still fighting, now it is a different fight.  As we age we are turning to the VA. Times and circumstances change. I know, from talking with the troopers some states do things differently. It is easier and faster in different states to get claims started and settled.   I, personally, have been using them for 3 or 4 years now. I don't mind if they are able to file on my insurance .I have it and if that makes it possible for another vet to get care that may not have insurance, so be it.   Funding is a problem. I got this from Hank Vasil and think it is worth passing along. I hope you don't think of it as a political platform for debate against the parties.
News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2005
Veterans Health Care Supplemental Defeat a `Bitter Disappointment'
Disabled American Veterans National Commander James E. Sursely today expressed the organization's bitter disappointment that the United States Senate blocked an amendment to the $80 billion supplemental appropriation bill to provide $2 billion to cover a critical shortfall in funding for veterans medical care.
"Less than half way through the current fiscal year, Veterans Affairs medical facilities across the country have already run out of money and face huge deficits, an emergency situation if there ever was one," Sursely said.
The amendment failed to win approval in two procedural votes that saw just one Republican, Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter, along with every Democrat and the Senate's lone Independent voting in favor.                               1





The amendment, offered by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), would increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs by $1.98 billion for the current fiscal year and designate it as emergency spending. Some $840 million of that money would be used to provide each veterans regional health network with an additional $40 million. The amendment designated $610 million to address the needs of servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and $525 million would be used to provide mental health care and treatment for veterans.
"That money is urgently needed to stem the flow of red ink that threatens health care for today's veterans and thousands of men and women injured and disabled during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Commander Sursely. "Sick and disabled veterans are bitterly disappointed that some in Congress refuse to act before this emergency becomes an even worse crisis."
"VA facilities in every region of the country have exhausted reserve funds to meet critical needs. Many have stopped hiring doctors and nurses because of shortfalls, while still others have cut back or even eliminated medical services. Health care for millions of today's and tomorrow's veterans is in limbo because Congress and the Administration have continually failed to adequately fund the VA," Sursely said.
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's wartime disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families. For more information, visit the organization's Web site www.dav.org.

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    I was asked by Chuck Seketa if I could help him with some info. He was with the 1/20 Inf. Here is his e- mail:
Jim
I believe we look at this before, My problem At 1100hrs on March 18,1969 E Trop 1 Cav track hit mine, results 1 KHA and 1 WHA.
Then at 1155hrs E Troop received sniper fire vicinity 914257 APC hit mine on Highway 1 Between LZ Thunder and Charlie Brown and road security, AT 1510hrs Delta Company 1-20 Infantry conducted a Combat Assault to 916253 and by 1820hrs had two elements at 911279. I have a couple of names, Sgt. Robert A. Mc Intosh OED also possible 1LT Robert Lloyd Baldwin, MFW. Can your check with your personnel and see if they can help.
Thanks for all the Help'
Chuck Seketa
Charles S. Seketa
104 Avon Ave.
Liverpool, New York
13088
(315) 451-0301
email address cseketa1@twcny.rr.com
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   I got a call from Steve MacDonald, 67/68, a few weeks back.  He had a question about an article he read in the 1/1 newsletter by Dennis Moss saying E Troop had 6 KIA's. He was wondering if the count was low because we were attached to the 11th Bde. I didn't have an answer for him but said I would find out.  In the mean time I had a link that could sort out the KIA's on the Virtual Wall site, but couldn't figure it out.  Bob Cowles opened it. There are 56 E Troopers listed on the wall. As soon as I get a chance I will get them added to our roster as KIA's.
lname fname mname suf rank home st casdate birdate bde rgt bn co panl line
MENDOZA JOHN DEE SP4 SOUTH GATE CA
2/12/68
03/01/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 39E 009
BUGNI FLORIAN ANTHONY JR PFC FARMINGTON MI
5/23/68
08/18/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 66E 006
BUTLER THOMAS LYNN 1LT MONROE KY
6/1/68
09/08/1946 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 62W 020
FONDA PETER FRANCIS SP4 SARATOGA SPRINGS NY
6/18/68
05/03/1945 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT 1ST SQD E TRP 56W 018
HINMAN DWIGHT EARL SP4 BELMOND IA
6/23/68
12/14/1944 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 55W 021
SAULNIER JEREMIAH JOHN PSGT NEWPORT RI
7/15/68
01/01/1930 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E CO 52W 037
FRIERSON EDDIE TYREE SGT HOUSTON TX
7/18/68
12/02/1942 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 51W 004
ROWLAND RICHARD LEE JR CPL PHOENIX AZ
8/23/68
12/13/1949 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 47W 053
MC MURTREY WILLIAM NEWTON PFC KILLEN AL
8/24/68
12/15/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 46W 006
PYRANT DONALD RAY CPL SANFORD NC
8/24/68
08/04/1946 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 46W 007
FRITZ DAVID URBAN CPL COLOGNE MN
8/27/68
09/18/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 46W 041
MESSER BOBBY GENE PFC DAYTON OH
9/14/68
12/07/1944 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 44W 057
LANDKAMER MICHAEL GEORGE CPL MUSKOGEE OK
11/26/68
09/28/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT 1ST SQD E TRP 38W 067
FLORES DANIEL PORRAS CPL VALENTINE TX
11/27/68
07/21/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 38W 073
METCALF CARL JOSEPH JR CPL LOUISVILLE KY
12/12/68
01/12/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 36W 040
KASKI DONALD ALBERT SSG FORTUNA CA
12/18/68
12/01/1944 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 36W 040
WATKINS CHARLES HENRY JR CPL BUFFALO JUNCTION VA
1/26/69
02/22/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 34W 087
HILL JOHN WESLEY JR CPL LOUISVILLE KY
3/10/69
02/17/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 30W 102
MC INTOSH ROBERT A SGT CLEARWATER FL
3/18/69
06/02/1942 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 29W 071
SCHULTE ALVIN CLAYTON 1LT LOUISVILLE KY
3/28/69
03/01/1938 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 28W 075
WEST JAMES CLIFFORD JR SP4 NORTH HOLLYWOOD CA
3/28/69
10/09/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 28W 077
DUNLAP FRANCIS EDWARD JR SP4 BELLEFONTE PA
4/14/69
12/10/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT 1ST SQD E TRP 27W 080
SMITH RONALD CARLTON SP4 HATBORO PA
4/14/69
09/18/1944 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 50E 001
NATIONS ROY LEE PFC BASTROP LA
5/12/69
03/06/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 25W 079
THOMPSON CARL SP4 WOODRUFF SC
5/12/69
02/11/1946 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 25W 088
THOMURE LARRY LEE SP4 STE GENEVIEVE MO
5/12/69
09/05/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 25W 088
CHAPMAN DAVID THOMAS SP4 DUMAS MS
5/25/69
08/02/1948 1ST CAV RGT 1ST SQD E TRP 24W 092
GLINIEWICZ RICHARD F SP4 ABINGTON MA
5/31/69
12/10/1947 1ST CAV RGT 1ST SQD E TRP 23W 026
MEAD SAMMY LOUIS JR SP4 PLEASANT HOPE MO
6/3/69
01/16/1948 11 INF BDE 20TH INF RGT 1ST BN D CO 23W 054
MC KENZIE RICHARD DOUGLAS 2LT WARWICK RI
6/9/69
06/23/1945 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 22W 005
WOSICK DENNIS STANLEY SP4 GRAND FORKS ND
6/9/69
09/26/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 22W 010
FERGUSON BENNY HAROLD SGT GREENVILLE SC
7/2/69
04/21/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 21W 044
ORTMANN RALPH BERNARD CPL GERMANTOWN IL
7/2/69
03/09/1949 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 21W 048
RAINWATER JAMES RONALD CPL NEW MARKET TN
7/2/69
05/29/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 21W 048
GREENMAN DREW MARLIN CPL EL PASO TX
7/4/69
08/13/1950 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 21W 059
HUBBARD ALFRED WILLIE SP4 FLORENCE AL
7/4/69
10/27/1947 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 21W 060
WITHEE JAMES MONTGOMERY SP4 LA PORTE IN
7/4/69
02/01/1949 198 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 21W 064
CHANDLER CHARLES PERRY SGT DAYTON OH
7/8/69
11/26/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 21W 081
POLZIN HENRY CLARENCE CPL NEW ULM MN
7/31/69
01/16/1950 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 20W 081
PRINCE STEPHEN ROBERT SP4 WENATCHEE WA
8/11/69
01/12/1946 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 19W 004
LEES PAUL ERIC CPL CUYAHOGA FALLS OH
2/5/70
03/09/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 14W 104
FRANCIS OSCAR THOMAS PFC BRUNSWICK GA
4/24/70
05/29/1951 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 11W 045
RIOS FIDENCIO GARZA JR PFC SAN ANTONIO TX
7/6/70
07/31/1951 199 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 09W 125
AULETTI PETER PAUL PFC NEW YORK NY
7/17/70
02/17/1950 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 08W 024
BARNES STEPHEN WESTLEY PFC DUNCANVILLE TX
7/17/70
08/30/1949 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 08W 026
PARSONS CLIFFORD E JR PFC MILFORD CT
7/17/70
10/08/1949 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 08W 025
SALERNO PAUL LOUIS PFC WEIRTON WV
7/17/70
05/24/1949 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 08W 025
HAMMOND TERRY MICHAEL SP4 LANSING MI
8/30/70
05/03/1951 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 02W 006
CROW RODGER PINKNEY SP4 DECATUR AL
8/30/70
12/12/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 07W 024
ZERBA DOUGLAS PAUL PFC NAPA CA
8/31/70
09/14/1949 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 07W 029
BENOIST WILLIAM F SP4 WINNETKA IL
9/2/70
06/09/1950 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 07W 033
YOUNG FREDERICK ANTHONY CPL CLARKSBURG PA
2/21/71
09/05/1950 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 05W 130
THOMPSON CHARLES LEE PFC NESMITH SC
4/12/71
11/15/1950 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 04W 121
BALL EDWARD MEARL SP5 CUYAHOGA FALLS OH
4/25/71
12/21/1948 1ST CAV RGT 1ST SQD E TRP 03W 011
HUNTER HAROLD CLAYTON 2ND SGT LOCKESBURG AR
8/30/71
05/23/1948 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 02W 006
WEISSER ROBERT LEE SP4 TACOMA WA
8/30/71
12/13/1949 11 INF BDE 1ST CAV RGT E TRP 02W 006

I only had around 15 or so on my KIA list. It didn't show all the info on this page, it is landscape format.

    I have some new pictures from Sgt. Bobby Montgomery to add to the web site.  Check this out guys!

 
                              Part of E par crew.      Bob hand made these patches out of plywood.  

There is $636.75 in our bank account. We are doing OK and I thank all of you for the help.
    
    There is going to be combined 1/1 Cav and Americal Reunion in Kansas City on June 15-19. Is there anyone going?  Terry Babler is saying this will be a big one. The location is good for all in the Central states that can't make it to Kokomo, IN. I am thinking about it. It is only a 4 hour drive for me. Will have to make up my mind soon or I won't be able to get the time off.   Let me know if you are going.
    
    Any E- mail address changes?  I like to keep current, never know when a buddy is trying to get in touch with you. I must have a dozen that have changed that are not updated.
Remember the troops!!
    Thanks for putting up with my tardiness on the letters. I will get the web site updated soon.
JIM
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Jan 17 2005
                    


           Well, here I am again doing my duty to help Jim out. He ask if I could help write the news letter since he just had surgery on his hand and can't do much because of the pain. I can't do the terrific job that Jim does in writing a news letter, but if you will bare with me I'll try and give you some things that I think need to be relayed.
          To start with I hope that everybody had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year. Boy, does the years go by faster the older you get or is it just my imagination? Of course my imagination isn't as good as it was a few years back, but I guess time does funny things to your body and brain.
   I have some sad news to report for those of you that haven't heard. We lost one of our fellow "E" TROOPERS this past Dec.30. LARRY WOODHAM from Drasco, Arkansas died in his sleep according to his wife. She said that she turned over to put her arm around him and noticed that he wasn't breathing. She said that he had a very peaceful look, so she thinks he went without any pain. I think that I can speak for all of us that our thoughts and prayers go to his wife and family. Jim had a plant sent to the family from "E" Troop.
     I can't stress enough to call your buddy before it is to late, none of us are getting any younger and some of us aren't as healthy as we use to be. I had a big surprise today Ed Makarski [Sgt. Ski] called me and we talked for a good 40 minutes. It was really good to hear from him, I haven't talked to him in 34+ years. He was with me in 68 and was Jim's squad leader.
     Another thing that needs to be stressed is for all of you to get register with the VA. It doesn't matter if you are rich, poor, healthy, or have the best insurance money can by, you should get registered in case things change in your life. I know for my self I have good insurance but when I turn 65 I will loose it when I go on Medicare. I have supplemental ins., but it won't cover everything.

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  I came across a couple guys looking for former "E" Troopers on my military web sites. I directed them to our GREAT LEADER "JIM [BOSSMAN] SIMMONS. Their names are Craig Sontag 70-71 and Eric Tobiassen 67-68 I hope that they get in contact with Jim. I haven't heard anything from them since I e-mailed them and gave them Jim's addy. Craig was going through a friend of his cause he doesn't have a computer.
     I was also glad to hear that some of you guys on the West Coast got together in Reno, Nevada during the Americal Reunion last year. Maybe some year we all or most of us can get together at one of the reunions and just blow everybody's mind on how us "E" TROOPERS have stuck together all these years. THAT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME.I have told Jim that one of these years I would like to see 100 "E" TROOPERS at Kokomo, IN. That would blow Terry Babler and all the 1/1 Cav guys mind.
     Well, I guess that I have bored all of you enough so I'll end this by saying CALL THAT BUDDY AND GET REGISTERED WITH THE VA. I almost forgot, I want to tell you that if you have anybody that is stationed overseas that has an APO address call 1-800-VIETNAM and they will send them a CARE PACKAGE. They don't have to be in IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN just as long as they are out of the UNITED STATES.You can find out more about it by going to CHAINED EAGLES OF OHIO.COM.
     Well BOSSMAN I will turn it over to you so you can add or delete any of my jibber-jabber.  MARV SCOTT

  Thanks Marv, good job. It was a little heavy on the bull a couple places but I left it for a morale booster.J  I know I can count on you and any of the other troopers when needed to get things done.
      Marv mentioned the passing of Larry Woodham. I am sure it is a lose to his family. He had only found the group in May and did find a few troopers he served with. It has also put some thoughts more to the front of my mind. I am going to have to work on a way to get our roster on Excel spreadsheet or find someone to send a copy of my Address Book Program to. I have over 900 names of E Troopers that I have collected over the years. They are sorted into 8 or 9 different groups. I am not that familiar with Excel Spread sheets. I don't know if it can store and sort information. I wouldn't want to put out a roster with 700 names we haven't found yet. I will have to do some studying on this. Also, I am going to look into a way to keep the web site going. The company I use for my Internet service does web hosting, might be a place to start. There must be something in this Cyber world that can keep the site going if I am not here to do it.  Many of us old troopers are searching the Internet now looking for the past. Strange how the past has caught up with the present.

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      We are still finding new troopers. I received this e- mail on the 16th.
Sir,

My name is SSG Martineau and I served with E Troop, 1st Cav at Fort Wainwright, Alaska for 3 years. Unfortunetly the Department of the army decided to retire the Gideon once again. It was a sad day for us E troopers in Alaska, and we miss the history of the proud E Troop. We are now 4/14 Cav equipped with the new strykers. They are great but the unit is just not the same. I was told about your web site from a fellow E trooper from Alaska. I enjoyed the photos and the stories on your web page. I encourage all my NCO's and Junior enlisted from E Troop to check it out. I am enclosing the last E Troop photo taken in Fort Polk, Louisiana. We deactivated 4 months later and most of the soldiers have left the army. There is about 10 of us left up here in Alaska. We will be leaving for Iraq this summer under the Gideon of 4/14 Cav, but I will defienetly post the E Troop sticker on my 4/14 Cav stryker.

Sincerely,

SSG Raymond Martineau
C Troop, 4/14 Cavalry
Section Leader


  This brings back fond memories. To be young again and know then what we know now.  I was drafted in '66 but did enjoy the time served. I couldn't have gone around the world with out Uncle Sam being with me.  The benefits from that 2 years are now paying off. Since I didn't want anything to do with the Government in the late 60's it was more of a fight to get those benefits. I wish I had started sooner. So, as Marv said," sign up, get registered". We have done our service, no matter if WIA or not.  There may be something you can get from the VA.


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  Here is a reminder of the hats that are available through Marv Scott and his friend, Sue. I checked with Marv to see if she had the better hats yet. He wasn't sure. His E mail address is : marvnan1angel@woh.rr.com   if you have questions.
  The E Troop funds are doing fine. I got a statement from the bank, $606 dollars and enough cash on hand that should pay for this letter. Thanks to everyone who helps contribute. There is no shortage of groups and people with their hands out today. I thank everyone again.
  I purchased a new laptop this week. Just like learning all over again. I started to write this letter on it today. That was fun.  I am used to windows 98 and the laptop has windows XP. I will have some time to learn it though.


EVENTS:

THE NEXT NATIONAL 1/1 CAV REUNION WILL BE IN KANSAS CITY, MO ON JUNE 16-19, 2005 - THIS WILL BE A GOOD SPOT AS
CHEAP AIRFARES AND IN THE CENTER OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY. MORE DETAILS LATER.    
    If anyone wants more info on this reunion I will get them for you or contact Terry Babler.

Hope everyone has a good year and life is good to you.
Call your buddy!!  Or start looking for them!!!
                    JIM












E Troop 1st Cav 11th LIB

Oct 2004

E Troop 1st Cav 11th Inf. Bde Americal Division

      
    This will be an easy one to write this month.  Kokomo?? Yes, Kokomo .I hope no one gets tired of me writing about our reunion. I am going to do what I can while I can to get as many troopers together as possible. I know this is happening and have seen the results of when it does happen.
        Thursday afternoon we start to drift in. A few of us get together at "Steak and Shake" for a quick bite after the trip. The Steak and Shake is right at the end of the parking lot of the Comfort Inn. Bob Cowles got to Kokomo earlier in the afternoon, and went to the Viet Nam Memorial to clean off the brick we had placed there for PSGT Saulnier. Later that evening Bob and I went to the reunion site. Bob was looking for some members of the Springfield, Ill VFW members that were there.  As many as we found there must have been half the chapter present. We also ran into a Navy Vet from Australia. Had a good visit with him.
    We had the pleasure of many surprises this year. The first was a wedding. On Friday morning Bill and Brenda Hancock, son and daughter in law of Moe and Kay Hancock were married. We congratulate them and thank them for sharing that day with us. Brenda is active in the VFW in their hometown. They gave each of us a dream catcher that Brenda had made and a 1st Cav pin.
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Friday after breakfast at Bob Evans we went to the reunion site. We meet up with Dick Hamm and a friend of his from Michigan. Dick, sorry I don't remember his name,I didn't write it down. Some of the E troopers and I were a part of the opening ceremonies. We helped walk the huge flag to its mast. It is a good feeling, proud feeling to be a part of that.
I was hoping to get by with one trip to the vendors tent. I made my first loop and got replacement for the hat pins that were stolen while I was at work. Can you believe that,  some one took my E troop hat.
That night at Damons we had the mints and nuts packaged with a glass slipper and wedding cake for desert. Bill and Brenda wanted me to thank everyone for letting them be a part of our group.  It was our pleasure and they are welcome to be with us anytime. Kokomo is a family activity.
    As always, Charlie Wilson gave the blessing before the evening meal. Thank you Charlie.            
    Saturday morning was breakfast at Bob Evans. (Moe, has Kay forgiven you yet? This is an inside story for those who were there.) Even though they don't take
reservations, they always arrange for us to be seated together. We go in and tell them "E troop" and they remember us. This year to show our appreciation we presented them with a plaque for outstanding service. I have some pictures coming from Marv and Gunny. I will post them on the site when they get here.
    Saturday after breakfast we went to the reunion site. We were there again for the opening ceremonies. We just get together, listen to the guest speakers, talk, visit the vendors tent, eat if you get hungry. We found 2 new E troopers there. I went to see who had signed in on the 1st Cav book and there was a new trooper.  I got his name and address and went back to where we were set up. As I was pulling out my info Scott was doing the same thing for the same trooper.  He had meet him and told him where we were at.  I am waiting for an e- mail reply and will send him a copy of the newsletter.

William Tankersley from, Alexander, IN. He was with the troop 70/71. I will pass along more info when I get it.
    The other trooper was Randy Brank, Bloomington, ILL . He was a driver for Brewington, 68/69. Hancock was around the vendors tent when Brank asked him about his E Troop hat or shirt. He could have been knocked over with a feather when he found out there were 14 of us there and had a roster of almost 200 troopers. A friend had come with Brank to check out the reunion.  Brank didn't think he would find any E troopers. He had a little set back with the blood sugar so we didn't get him or Dick Hamm in our pictures at the flag. We lost him and I couldn't find him at any of the hotels. He was registered under his buddies name. I called him after I got home. We lost him for this year but he will be there next year.
    Saturday night at Damons we got together for the evening meal. Charlie said the blessing. While waiting for our food Mike Keena went to get the manager to come to our area. She thought there was a problem.  We then presented her and the restaurant with a plaque thanking them for the quality service they give to us. We had the drawings for the Guidon raffle and the free jacket. Heather Davenport drew the ticket for the guidon, Bob Cowles was the winner. Bob said it would fly right under his Stars and Stripes. Kody drew the ticket for the free jacket. PJ Davenport won that. We gave away a free hat and Moe won that. We chuckled at Heather Davenport and a Hancock won. Kody Hancock drew and a Davenport won. Was there something going on there???  If anyone needs info on buying a hat, jacket or guidon, contact Marv Scott.



    There were many little speaches through the night. The biggest surprise was to Linda Wilson. It seems like every year she gives up her birthday to be with us. This year Charlie, with the help of Gene and Lana Fittry, got her a cake for her birthday.  We all sang "Happy Birthday" to her. Cake two nights and it was good, too.
    Teresa wants to thank everyone for the cards and gifts that she received, after I got home. Also thank you for signing the shirt. She is very pleased to have friends like you.  She thinks and talks about you often about all of you often.

   An E- mail from Tom Devine;
   It was great to see you all. It was truly a good experience for me and you all are truly a band of brothers.
   Also my wife wants to thank Nancy and the others for the gift and she will wear it with pride .I would also like to know who put the hat in my box? I know it wasn't any one of yours because it had 70-71 on it. So who was the one? Marv?
   And Bob. You will be fine, just hang in there. It does seem hard now but you will make it. I know because I have been there my friend .I will be here to listen if you need someone.
   And it was great to finally meet you .Now to put a face behind the emails .I am looking forward to next year.
   I have pictures and will have Gunny send them to Jimmie.

An E mail from Bob Cowles:
Wow! Kokomo was really a trip. Not only did I get to see the usual suspects,I got to meet Tom Devine in person. Talk about twilight zone, near the end of the day Saturday, Dwayne Hancock ran into a guy from Bloomington,Illinois, who came to the reunion with a friend of his. The guy saw Dwayne's E-Troop shirt and told him he was with us in 68/ early 69. Dwayne directed him back to the rest of us where he was shell shocked to find so many of us at once. He was further awed when Jimmie showed him the roster of everyone.
The guy was Randy Brank, who came to the Troop after 3 months
with the 3/1. He was with us from July 68 to April 69. He was a gunner on
Perez's track and then drove for Brewington.

        Troop  Guidon that Moe and I ordered


    
    Below  is a picture of us talking to Randy Brank at Dick Hamms Camper. We had a perfect weekend for weather, no storms or tornadoes.





   Our bank account is doing OK. There is $531.75 in the checking and I have $290.33 in cash to be deposited. Making a total of $822.08.  The raffle of the guidon was a success. It brought $152. Thanks to everyone for keeping the funds healthy.

Hope to see everyone back at Kokomo next year and maybe we can add a few  FNG's.
                                        JIM

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June, July 2004
              Microsoft Word Picture        

    I sit here looking at this screen. Nothing much going on to the front, nothing going on in the background behind me either. Four months of being alone is different after having the bride of 32 years to share things with. I don't have anyone to wake me up so I am not late for work, cook or clean the house for me, the never-ending dishes and laundry. I know some of you guys have been alone for years, this is all new for me. I am just     But I am better off than some; my wife is still here, in a safe place where she has help with her Parkinson's. We get to see each other 2 or 3 times a day, on a good day. That is probably more now than when she was home. I was always working on something, somewhere. Now she has control of the TV remote (most of the time!). Enough about my life and me lets see if I can get this thing going!
    Kokomo is coming up fast. I haven't got a list of troopers that will be attending together yet. I am hoping for at least as good of a turnout that we had last year.  The dates are Sept. 16- 19. This is one of the largest and oldest Viet Nam veteran's reunions in the country. There will be live music, speakers, unit reunions, issues tent, military displays, vendors, camping, veteran's information and more. It is even mentioned there will be chopper rides. They haven't been there for a couple years. I don't know if this is official or not. There will be unit photos at the flag on 3 PM Saturday.
    I talked to Marv Scott tonight. We are going to try something different this year. We have a couple promotions going as an incentive to get troopers to make it to Kokomo. Number 1, for each new trooper that makes it to the reunion weekend there will be a new E troop hat. If we know in advance that the new trooper is coming, we will have the hat ready with the years on it. If they show up with no notice we will have the hat made and sent to them. Marv thought we might have some made up with different years to sell. Number 2; there will be an E/1 CAV Guidon raffle. $1.00 a chance or 6 for $5.00. Third and final will be a drawing for a new E Troop 1 Cav 11th LIB jacket. Any E Trooper in attendance at Kokomo will have their name put in a drawing. The winner will give us their size and we will send the finished jacket to them. We will have E troop with crossed sabers on the back and their name on the front. If the winner wants more they can add it at their cost. Marv and I won't be in the drawing.  Good luck to the winning trooper. The drawings will be Saturday night at Damon's. I have Damon's reserved for Friday and Saturday at 6PM. Marv it is under your name too if  I don't make it
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    Bobby Voyles sent an article about his ride with Rolling Thunder,

Tuesday, May 25,04
    Operation Carry the Flame came to Bumpus Harley Davidson at Memphis, TN. on their way to Washington, DC .The group was going to the dedication of the new memorial for the POW/MIA's and the WWII veterans.
    Rolling Thunder sponsored the fund raising ride from the West Coast to DC. They will arrive on Labor Day for the dedication.
    Everyone in Memphis had a great time fellowshipping while raising the awareness of the missing POW/MIA's and caring for dependents.
    Operation Carry the Flame T-shirts were a sell out thanks to the designer Bill Elkins. Thanks go out to allot of people for making this event possible. Thanks John Henderson, thanks Kim from Bumpus (who donated $500).
Donations are still welcome for sponsoring dependents through Rolling Thunder. (Carry the Flame.org)
    Here are a few pictures of the good time we had.

    Here Bobby is passing the Torch             MC with design winner
    East coast to West coast    

    
    The finished shirts                         Part of the crowd
    Beth from Bumpus on Left    

    Thanks for sending this Bobby. I will either put the rest of the pictures on the web site or in the scrapbook.
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This is the Logo we are using now on our hats, shirts and jackets.
There is also a hat style that allows the unit crest to be worn. Below is a form to order hats, etc.
Name_________________________________________________
Address_______________________________________________
City, state, zip__________________________________________
Phone #_______________________________________________
Dates in Country________________________________________
E Mail address__________________________________________
  Prices:Prices:Prices:Prices:Prices:Prices:Prices:Prices:
Men's or ladies shirts
T- shirts_______________________$15.00
Henley________________________$20.00
Polo, Etc.______________________$20.00
Sizes over x-large_______________$2.00 more per shirt

Size_____________________________
                Color____________________________
Shirt style________________________
Men's or ladies_____________________
How many?    Men's ______________x__________________ Total_____________
Ladies ____________x________________   Total_____________

Hats (black only)=============$10.00
Full Cap (solid) w/sabres ______________Without Sabres _______________
Mesh Cap (summer) w/sabres __________Without Sabres _______________
Sweat shirts_________ $20.00 any color
$2.00 more for 2x and 3x
Shipping charges are $6.95 Make checks or money orders payable to:
Marv Scott        or             Sue Skanes
509 S Mulberry                9137 Bice Road
Spencerville. OH 45887            Spencerville, OH 45887
419-647-0214
marvnan1angel@woh.rr.com        tangerayneat@yahoo.com
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    I have been watching Bob Cowles Yahoo E Troop site. There has been many good debates going on there. The thing I like about it is that the gentlemen of E troop, unlike some other sites, let a person speak their piece. Each has their own opinion and holds no grudges but try to get the message across. Bush, Kerry, we know one of them will win. The thing is to at least vote. I have voted in each presidential election since I got home from Nam. I am one of the no preference voters. I don't vote a party I vote the person.
    I found out something this week that I thought I would pass along. Most of you might already know this but me being from Iowa, I am a little behind on some things. Teri wanted to go fishing so we go to our Walmart to get the license. Afterwards, my brother told me that I could get a lifetime hunting and fishing license, being a disabled vet. I went to our Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources web site and checked it out. $31 dollars, the downloaded form filled out, a copy of DD214 and a copy of the letter from the VA stating the amount of disability, 3 weeks later I am set for life. I haven't had a hunting or fishing license over 20 years. I miss it around opening day of Pheasant season. I stopped going when I was shot at on private property that no one else was to be on. It was a near miss but after getting out of Nam in one piece I felt I didn't need to go looking for the stray rounds.
      I checked a little farther and there was a link for totally disabled people to get a free fishing license for life. All we needed was a signature from Teri's doctor and the downloaded form. We have been fishing 3 or 4 times. It is good to get back in the water.
      There was the Reno reunion last June. 5 or 6 of the troopers were able to meet there. I am sorry I don't have a complete list of names. Here is part of an e-mail from
      Dennis Kell:
   I don't think I have told much about my meeting up with Steve McDonald in Penn Valley, California on my way to Reno. I got close to his area and pulled over and called him on my cell phone. He answered and we met at a mini mart and then went to his place. We had a good visit, staying up talking until 2 or 3 in the morning a week ago last Thursday night. I saw the pictures you or Bob mentioned in an e-mail before the reunion. The ones that Steve had just had developed. It was pretty cool, I looked at one and said to Steve, "Hey, this is Sgt. Mathis, isn't it?!" Steve laughed and said it was. He had some good pictures.
   I got up early the next morning and we said so long, then I headed for Reno about 85 miles from Steve's house.
Steve opted not to go to Reno. I think he was like me - we knew each other from Hawaii and 'Nam, but didn't think we'd meet anyone else that we actually served with.

   It was good to see him. He was that same blond headed California boy we who knew him remember, just a little older like the rest of us. He's got a 100% rating and I know he's not been the same since Vietnam, like most of us.
I've included a picture I took of him the morning I left. He built the house you see, himself. Said it was the last time he really busted his ass on anything. It's a nice place. He did a good job. It's got a nice view, too.
   I think he's talked to you, Jimmie, on the phone a few times. I know he'd like to hear from anyone who feels like calling him. Anyway, like I said, it was good to see him.
Later, Dennis

      The E Troop Veterans Bank account is in good shape.  I want to thank everyone for supporting the troop and me.  There is $823.88 there at the last statement. That will make copies of many letters.
      I will try to put more effort into the Troop than I have the last 4 months. I know it is easier to keep up than get caught up. Call a buddy. Sorry Moe, the call is coming.
      Have a nice safe summer.  Hope to see you all in Kokomo.
                                      JIM
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10/05/2003
                    
E Troop 1 St. Cav. 11th Inf. Bde. Americal Div.

  
    

   Kokomo, 2003.
    Yes, it has come and gone already. I tell you; the older I get the faster time gets away. As Marv and I were setting at Damon's Saturday night we were already trying to make plans for 2004.
   We had a great turn out this year, 15 Troopers.  Present and accounted for Sir! was
Marv Scott and Nancy, Moe and Kay Hancock, John and Kathy Gibbons, Bob Cowles, PJ,Cathy and Heather Davenport, Ray and Liz Roberts, Mike Keena, Charlie and Lana Wilson, Dick Hamm(we missed Diane, who was home packing, this year. ),James (Milnes) Shaffer, Bob Arvin, Al Sneary, Jim Saffran, Russell Gross and Peggy, finally  Jim  & Teri Simmons. Since Diane Hamm couldn't make it this year, Dick brought 2 vets from Michigan as guest. Sorry Dick, I didn't write down their names and the memory fails me now. John Gibbons was able to be with his friends, Larry and Sue, from outside Kokomo. Bob Voyles called Saturday wishing he could be with us and gave his best to the troopers present.
    Some make a 4day weekend out of the reunion. About half of us get in on Thursday. Bob Cowles went to the Memorial and found the brick we had made up for Pstg. Saulnier. The rest of the day is checking on who might be there and visiting with the ones that had arrived. There is allot of hand shaking and hugging. Some how I got nominated guest of the day, had my own private parking spot for 2 days. Thanks guys!!
    Friday morning at Bob Evans for breakfast was the way to get the day started. We wanted to make sure the FNG's, first time new guys, made it to opening ceremonies. This was my fifth trip to Kokomo and I have never been touched by the music they played as I was this time. Jim Murray went all out this year. As he told me, "It took allot of time, heart and soul for me to put it together". I am sure there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd of 30,000 when we heard it played for the first time. Some of us even bought the CD.
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     Friday evening we gathered at Damon's for dinner. One of these years we will have half that restaurant full with E troopers. Friday was National POW/MIA day. We had a moment of silence for the troops we lost and the missing that may never be found. Charlie Wilson led us in the blessing before the meal.
    We conducted some troop business while waiting for the meal. Marv and Nancy informed everyone about the sale of the E troop hats, shirts and jackets. They had samples to pass around. I will have order information later in the letter for those who weren't there. After we ate we rallied in Scott's room to talk over old times and look at old photo albums.
    Saturday morning, after Bob Evans, we followed Marv Scott to the Kokomo Viet Nam Veterans Memorial. He led us with his American, 1/1 Cav and POW/MIA flags flying from the back of his truck. Like I have said before, this is a special spot. This Memorial is in a city park near a soccer field. The thing I notice is after we start walking on the Walk of Honor it changes from a public park to a strange stillness. For me all I now hear are the flags flapping in the wind and the people in the memorial talking. Bob Cowles showed us where the Saulnier brick was placed. It is almost on the edge just inside entrance. We gathered around him in a circle, held shoulders, had a moment of silence, said a prayer. It was very emotional to have someone there we respected as much as Saulnier.
    We then took our troop pictures. If you notice, PJ brought his M16's with him. Been a while since I saw one of those. I will get the pictures posted on the site as soon as time permits. I have received some over the net and Gross is sending me a duplicate copy of his to post. Sarge Gross hasn't changed that much and brings life to a gathering. He was fun to be with and he enjoyed the reunion. He booked up for next year before I did.
    Saturday night at Damon's there were almost 30 present with family and guest. Charlie gave the blessing, food was ordered and causal visiting took over while waiting to be served. As we were eating several toast were offered. I honestly feel, Gross, Milnes, Saffran and Shaffer were glad they made the trip. I thank them for coming. It is a big step to get the first reunion under your belt. It makes it easier to be there with others who care. We were talking about going to the Wall in DC. I have many volunteers to help me when I decide to go. I know I will need it, I just am not sure the heart could take the stress. Here are some others thoughts about Kokomo:
Al Sneary:
    Jim, I had a great time with the guys, especially Sgt. ARVIN. He was the T.C. of the track that followed me that fateful day. I told him that I was really glad to see him, as I didn't remember his name or anything like that, it was just so G R E A T to talk to him. Also, Sgt Coles, I spent most of my time just talking to him, he had some info I had long ago forgotten, and he was able to remind me.
YOU guys do a fantabulous(?) job. Getting everything set up so WE can enjoy the time. THANX!!!!!!
Can you tell me how I can get any more of those Camo New Testiments, that the Kokomo V.V.A. was passing out? I have already found out that through them I have a way of ministering to others, even non-military Sgt Arvin spoke of his experience with Jesus Christ. This, and also there was another guy there, the fellow from H.Q. Co Mech. both had great stories.
Well, for now,
AL                    (HQ Co Mech was Charlie Wilson)

PJ Davenport:
    I had a great time again this year. I feel that we all had even a better time than previous years. Part of this may be due to the newbies? Not sure, but I am looking forward to next year. Thanks for showing up and getting involved, we are a band of brothers that I hope will continue to grow. I will be trying to visit a few of you that are within driving range.

      Perley PJ) Davenport. 67-68 2nd. Plt.


PS, Thanks for staying over for breakfast Bob Cowles, Bob Arvin and SFC Gross, you need to get over being so bashful.
    Bob, I really enjoyed talking to you and Arvin about a few of the times that we shared in the 2nd. platoon. Ray Roberts and I had some of those times before he was wounded and sent home. PJ
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Tom Devine:
    It really sounds like all of you had a great time.I am glad.It is a time to
reminess and heal wounds.It is a time that should be set aside for us to
remember and be with those you were in war with.Those who you fought beside
with are closer to you than your own family.They are a extended family.You
can be apart for years and come together like you have never been apart.
My mission is to go next year.I had a great time when I was able to go a few
years ago.
You older Etroopers must remember that you are much closer than us younger
Etroopers are.We ,and I hope,will get there someday.Some of us are but allot
are not.To bad,the time we spend together is a healing time.A good time.
While you all were in Kokomo.Another Etrooper was here visiting me.He was in
the 3rd plt.On the Electric Peace Maker.Bruce Puckett.Now the two of us are
like all of you.We have stayed in contact since we came home.We are very
close.I also have talked to my TC,Joe Ramos thanks to Jimmie.As for you,It
has been a great week for me.
We have told many stories.And I have someone who remembers the sniper that
landed on the barrel of the M60 while we were on the DMZ.They asked me if I
wanted to be a sniper so I went.I know I went but do you think I could
remember when?
Well enough for now.And I hope not one of you forget the time you had.I love
you all,and thanks PJ.I will make it next year.
Thomas Devine


Note: Tom has told me that he has had a perfect checkup from the Cancer he has been going through the last year or so. He said it took more out of him this time. But  he plans on traveling to Kokomo to be with us again next year. I already sent him the info on Hotel and dates.
    I want to thank everyone who donated to the E troop fund at Kokomo. $246 was collected. That brings $ 802.09 in checking with $146 cash in hand for a total of $ 948.09 since we opened our E Troop bank account. If I can get this all sorted out and get most of the letters and rosters sent on line, what is in the bank will last a long time.  I want to make sure everyone knows that the funds go for nothing but troop items. I did use it to replace a hard drive and ,Marv , will be replacing the keyboard soon.
Our account is with:
   Wells Fargo Bank
    2703 S Center St.
    Marshalltown, Ia 50158
Acct. #818-5520940
If anyone needs a copy of the statement let me know.
      Like I said earlier Marv and I was trying to come up with a way to get new troopers to come to Kokomo. We are kicking around a few thoughts. One is a free E Troop hat and shirt to all new troopers. We will need notification in advance so we can get them ordered and sewn.
Another idea was to raffle off a jacket with logo on the back. The winner would then get it mailed to them after it is worked up.
    I stress again, if you haven't signed up with the VA please do it. Times change and our life changes. Have your county Vet Rep, Legion, DAV or other service provider help with the paper work. The paper work is a pain but better to get it done before you use it or file a claim
 One thing for sure we want "More troopers in 2004" in Kokomo.

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This is the Logo we are using now on our hats, shirts and jackets. There is also a hat style that allows the unit crest to be worn. Below is a form to order  hats ,etc.

Name_________________________________________________
Address_______________________________________________
City, state, zip__________________________________________
Phone #_______________________________________________
E Mail address__________________________________________

Prices:
Men's or ladies shirts
        T- shirts_______________________$15.00
        Henley________________________$20.00
        Polo, Etc.______________________$20.00
        Sizes over x-large_______________$2.00 more per shirt

Size_____________________________
Color____________________________
Shirt style________________________
Men's or ladies____________________

How many ?    Men's ______________x__________________ Total_____________                
                       Ladies ____________x________________  Total_____________
==========================================================================================
Hats(black only)=============$10.00     Suede hats=========$20.00

Full Cap (solid) w/sabres______________Without Sabres_______________

Mesh Cap(summer) w/sabres__________Without Sabres_______________
Sweat shirts_________ $20.00 any color            $2.00 more for 2x and 3x
Shipping  charges are $6.95

Make checks or money orders payable to:
Marv Scott                or      Sue Skanes                            
509 S Mulberry                9137 Bice Road    
Spencerville. OH 45887        Spencerville, OH 45887
419-647-0214  
tangerayneat@yahoo.com
Take care and God Bless.      JIM