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WE REMEMBER OUR 9 BROTHERS KILLED DURING THE MONTH OF DEC 1966-70
Mark Enari 12/2/66, Alpha Co.; Tommy Jones 12/2/66, Alpha Co.; Mehmet Gill-Bey 12/2/66, Bravo Co.; Terrence Sund 12/6/67, Bravo Co.; Earnest Green 12/13/66, Alpha Co.; William Priddy 12/13/66, Alpha Co.; James Harris 12/20/66, Bravo Co.; Bobby Waddell 12/20/66, Bravo Co.; Thomas Hires 12/24/69, Bravo Co.
DECEMBER RED WARRIOR NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
Our Red Warrior Newsletter is now available for everyone to read. The sixteen page edition features: Passings
Those we have lost; Ghosts of Chu Pa by Red Warrior, Frank Evans; US Forest Service Volunteer, by Red Warrior, Danny Bogner, trail volunteer; Red Warrior, Jim Hunt, recalls his “Boat Person” experience; 12th Infantry Regiment Monument - Behind the design, by Bob Pearson; Raymond John - Oldest Red Warrior casualty, by Bill Comeau, Historian, Alpha Association, 2/12th; Stanley Newell, Former Red Warrior POW recalls capture & lessons learned; President’s Message, Association President Herb Taylor’s Christmas greeting.
2018 RW REUNION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Midweek Event Sept. 4-6, 2018
The Red Warriors Vietnam Association board and president Herb Taylor announced the opening of registration for the 2018 Red Warrior reunion. (NOTE: Date Change from our earlier posting) The new dates of the reunion are Tuesday September 4th through Thursday September 6th. The September 2018 event will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin event has been planned with the maximum amount of time to socialize with your buddies. If you wish, there's also ample time to venture out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the "Beer Capitol of the World."The hotel, however, is a destination in itself and one that you are sure to enjoy.
Need financial help to attend? See our "Help a Buddy" application on our Registration Page
Arriving early? Sign up for Brewers & Cubs game - Visit Registration Page
Read Association President Herb Taylor's reunion announcement message -CLICK HERE
Read Association President Herb Taylor's Oct. 10th Reunion Update message - CLICK HERE
Visit our REGISTRATION PAGE for all the details of the reunion, the Milwaukee area, hotel features, transportation, optional Brewers Brewers/Cubs game, and more. Plus download the Registration Form, fill it out and send it ASAP. Early registration is encouraged in order to meet our early financial obligations with the hotel.
We have sadly learned of the passing of Richard Makruski (Rich) who served in Charlie Company during the 1969/1970 tour. He resided in Randolph, Ohio. He was 70 and passed away on September 5th.
Richard served in 1st platoon and attained the rank of SSG. HIs nickname in the service was Mac. Rich received the Bronze Star for his service. He worked for Summit County DD for 30 years and for Waterloo Local Schools for 13 years and was a mentor for Veterans Honors Court in Stark County.
The Red Warriors Vietnam Association extends its sincerest condolences to his family.
REUNION - Early Arrivals Have Option to Attend Brewers/Cubs Game- Limit 60
SEE UPDATED INFORMATION- on Right
If you are arriving early to the reunion, Red Warrior Dennis Witt and his wife Kathy are hosting a Labor Day Milwaukee Brewers/Chicago Cubs baseball outing for the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 3. The event will take place at at Miller Park Stadium. Cost of $70 includes tickets, shuttle transportation to and from Miller Park and a tailgate party with simple stuff like burgers, Wisconsin brats, and hot dogs. Side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, etc. will also be included. Samplers of Wisconsin specialty beers available along with some standard beers (Miller Light, Miller High Life, etc.). Several different sodas and water will be available too. This is an OPTIONAL TRIP and not part of the official Reunion activities, which start a day later on September 5. To read specifics and to reserve your Milwaukee Brewers/Chicago Cubs tickets CLICK HERE
UPDATE - BUS LIMIT of 60 for this event. Over 40 have already signed up. Reserve NOW if you plan to attend.
FIVE YEARS TO DEROS - UPDATED AND REPUBLISHED
Red Warriors Author Harry Dilkes, along with Lewis Easterly, have written the most comprehensive 5 year history of the 1/12th while in Vietnam with their book, FIVE YEARS TO DEROS. Revised in 2014,and now the copyright 2018 version, the latest update contains new facts, more details, more eyewitness testimonials and more stories.
Over 300 pages of Red Warrior History in Vietnam. No matter what year you served, you'll find it a fascinating "must read."
One can order FIVE YEARS TO DEROS by ordering through DPG Ltd, PO BOX 10655, New Brunswick, NJ 08906, Reference Cat#1001. Cost is $20 and includes shipping. Mention that you wish to purchase the new copyright 2018 version.
ROY ROGERS AND DALE EVANS VISITED BASE CAMP
Not many remember this, but movie, singing and TV stars Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans stopped by the 4th Division back in October of 66. They didn't perform, just on their way through, but our own Red Warrior John Hoelck, HHC 66/67 was chosen to be his driver.
Here we see John smiling behind the wheel as Roy sits next to him. John writes; "I was in the four deuce mortar platoon and spent most of my time in the field but just happened to be back in base camp the day that Roy Rogers and Dale Evans visited. He was a real hero of mine when I was a kid so it was a big deal to me to see him. Imagine the thrill for me when I wound up driving him around for the day! "
John, who was one of the original Red Warriors Boat People, served in HHC Four Deuce Mortar Platoon under LT Willis. He now resides in Wallingford, CT.
John, thanks for sharing this photo of Roy Rogers.
Renowned Vietnam Red Warrior Native American artist, Joe Yazzie, will have one of his paintings offered as a raffle Item to serve as a fund raiser for our association. Look for the opportunity at the Registration Table.
Chicago Cultural Alliance produced a video when Joe Yazzie was named Outstanding Community Leader, 2014. To view a video of Joe telling his life story, including his struggles after the war, plus samples of his artwork CLICK HERE
JOE YAZZIE ADDS PHOTOS FOUND IN ATTIC - C Compnay 66/67
Joe Yazzie - 66/67
Joe Yazzie, C Company 66/67 and now designer of our Red Warrior Association Logo, recently found his Vietnam photo collection in the attic and has sent them to us to share.
48 of his pictures are now part of our Photo Archive, and makes Charlie Company the largest number donators of photographs to our Archive page.
You can View Joes' pictures, most of which were shot with 35mm film, and are of great quality, by CLICKING HERE.