WE REMEMBER OUR 59 RW BROTHERS KILLED DURING APRIL 1966-70
Thomas Bonderer 5/1/68, B Co. Bernard Mazursky 5/4/68, A Co. Thomas McCormick 5/4/68, A Co Douglas Smith 5/4/68, Alpha Co. Richard Barber 5/7/70, Alpha Co. Wayne Bebo 5/7/70, Alpha Co. Arthur Kangas 5/7/70, Alpha Co. John McCarthy 5/7/70, Alpha Co. Richard Noble 5/9/68, Charlie Co. John Vernon 5/11/70, HHC James Olson 5/11/70 Charlie Co. Troy Flint 5/12/70, Bravo Co. Robert Thompson 5/12/70, B Co. Thomas Sherry 5/12/70, Bravo Co. Keith Franklin 5/12/70, HHC Philip Bennett 5/13/70, HHC Thomas Petela 5/14/70, Alpha Co. Silvestre Rivera 5/14/70, Alpha Co. Leroy Wallace 5/14/70, Alpha Co. George Heatherly 5/14/69, 4th Eng
James Ames 5/16/68, Echo Co. David Hendle 5/16/68, Echo Co. Anund Roark 5/16/68, Charlie Co. Albert Romine 5/16/68, Charlie Co. John Rotonneli 5/16/68, HHC William Jones 5/21/68, Charlie Co. Clyde Himes 5/26/68, Echo Co. Sterling Hill 5/26/68, 4th Engineers Larry Caravetta 5/27/68 43nd Arty Tom Galvez 5/27/68 43nd Arty Frank Garapolo 5/27/68 43nd Arty John Lindel 5/27/68 43nd Arty James McKelvey 5/27/68 43nd Arty Gary Fassel 5/27/69, Charlie Co. James Francis 5/27/69, Charlie Co. Keith Gibson 5/27/69, Charlie Co. Garey Grubbs 5/27/69, Charlie Co. Robert Carter 5/27/69, HHC Kenneth Seward 5/27/69, HHC Matthew Lozano Jr. 5/27/69, Charlie Co.
Harold Warmsley 5/27/69, C Co. George Carr 5/29/67, 42nf Arty Richmond Luce 5/29/67, 42nf Arty Ananias Boyd 5/29/68, Echo Co. Milton Flowers 5/29/68, Echo Co. Van Norris 5/29/68, Echo Co. Joaquin Tello 5/31/69, Alpha Co. Ralph Zeringue 5/31/69, Alpha Co. Byron Calkins 5/31/69, HHC Jimmie Jones 5/30/67, Charlie Co. Alfred Ellis 5/30/67, HHC Partick Hagerty 5/31/69, Bravo Co. Prentiss Harris 5/31/69, Bravo Co. Michael Heath 5/31/69, Bravo Co. James Leonard 5/31/69, Bravo Co. Kenneth Scurr 5/31/69, Bravo Co. William Sewell 5/31/69, Bravo Co. Stephen Turzilli 5/31/69, Bravo Co. Philip Weir 5/31/69, Bravo Co.
REUNION OPPORTUNITY - AUGUST 8-14, 2021 - - - SAVE THE DATE
Now that most seniors have been able to get the Covid-19 vaccine, we feel that the risks that necessitated the cancellation of our 2021 reunion have been mitigated. We have heard from many of our Vietnam Red Warriors that they are very much interested in getting together again, as has been our tradition for almost two decades.
The 4th Infantry Division Association (4IDA) is accepting registrations for its 2021 reunion. The reunion will be held on August 8 - 14, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia.
This reunion of the 4IDA is a great opportunity for us to gather again as a band of brothers and renew those old and cherished friendships. The 4IDA reunions are less formal and significantly less expensive than our Red Warriors reunions. If you are already a member of the 4IDA, your reunion fee is $25. The 4IDA memberships start at $20. We trust that each Red Warrior will evaluate the risks for himself and his guests and decide whether it is appropriate for him to attend a reunion.
The CDC has relaxed its mask and social distancing guidelines for vaccinated persons and the 4th Infantry Division Association is hopeful that the Commonwealth of Virginia will soon follow suit. The 4IDA should finalize its decision by mid-June on whether to go forward with the reunion. We are very excited about the possibility of reuniting as Vietnam Red Warriors in Arlington, Virginia. Although the 4IDA will be the reunion host, we plan to have at least one event for the Vietnam 1/12th Battalion veterans and their guests. Stay tuned for details.
Please consider joining us this August by reserving your room at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 S. Orme St, Arlington, VA 22204.
If you will need to travel by plane, we recommend that you wait to book your flight until after the final decision to go forward with the reunion is made.
We will publish full details about our plans for this reunion on our Red Warriors Vietnam Association website at www.redwarriors.us in the next week or two. We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (240) 506-6450.
Red Warriors Vietnam Association
SOUTH DAKOTA VETERANS STORIES - RW GENE MURPHY TELLS HIS STORY
Gene Murphy - C Company 1969/70
Two Bullets Changed My Life he title of Red Warrior Gene Murphy's interview recorded by South Dakota Veterans Stories. It's part of Preserving American's Legacies.. One story at a time series.
Murphy was a member of Charlie Company during 1969 nd early 1970 and was just 30 days from going home when he was shot and his legs paralyzed.
Watch Gene in his own words as the tells his story.
TAYLOR RECEIVES DEPT OF ARMY APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE
HerbTaylor, past Red Warrior Association President, has received a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Brigade Commander, COL Scott Knight.
Included with the CoA was a personal note to Herb from LTC Tim Palmer, Bn CO 1/12 IN. Herb was most grateful and humbled by the thought.. Red Warrior Ed Northrop was instrumental in coordinating the effort, the original idea was from Red Warrior Frank Wise, wording by Wilfred Plá and that the C of A was from all Red Warriors in appreciation for Herb's dedication to all of us.
Thanks to all for your support.
Having Been Led By Love of Country"
1/12TH CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY - MARCH 31...watch Video
LTC Tim Palmer, Outgoing BnCo received the Tomahawk from all 1/12th Vietnam Veteran Red Warriors upon his Change of Command at Ft. Carson CO.as a token of our respect and appreciation for his time commanding one of the finest Infantry Combat Battalions, the 1/12 INFANTRY.
LTC Daniel Gregory now is in command of the 1/12th
You can view the ceremony by CLICKING HEREThe presentation begins about 11 minutes into the video.
THREE ELECTED TO RW POSITIONS - Wilfred Plá, Dennis Witt, Jim Hennessy
Fellow Red Warriors,
As you may recall from Herb Taylor's Christmas message last December, Frank Wise and he tendered their resignations from their roles as Secretary and President of the Red Warriors Vietnam Association. In the three months since they resigned, the RWVA has not received any volunteers or nominations to fill these two offices.
Because of the cancellation of our planned 2020 Kansas City reunion, we missed our opportunity to hold an election for our Board of Directors, as has been our procedure at every reunion. Those positions needed to be filled
Wilfred Plá - Dennis Witt
The existing Board of Directors proceeded to elect a President and a Secretary by a majority vote.
· Wilfred Plá, D Company, RVN 69-70, was elected President.
· Dennis Witt, C Company, RVN 66-67, was elected Secretary.
· Jim Hennessy, C Company, RVN 66-67, was elected to replace Dennis as a new Board Member-at-Large
· Larry Rosencrans, C Company, RVN 69-70, will continue to serve as Treasurer.
· Jim Hunt, HHC, RVN 66-67, will continue to serve as Board Member-at-Large.
The Board is deeply grateful for the dedicated work and contributions to the Red Warriors Vietnam Association made by Herb Taylor and Frank Wise. We know that all Vietnam Red Warriors join us in expressing our heartfelt thanks to them.
We look forward to working on behalf of all our Vietnam Red Warriors and to find safe and creative new ways to reunite our Band of Brothers in the future.
National Infantry Museum - Paver Rememberance For Memorial Day
Fellow Veterans -- I realize many of you have already purchased a Paver, but may have considered another Veteran to recognize. Please consider this as an option. For the $250, there will be a Paver placed along the walk way, and you or the individual you are honoring receives a mini paver.
2021 RED WARRIOR REUNION CANCELLED OVER COVID CONCERNS
The Red Warrior Association board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Red Warrior Reunion. In his recent Christmas greeting to all Red Warrior Association members, president Taylor said: "We pray that 2022 will provide the safe harbor we need for a future gathering of the Vietnam Red Warriors"
Red Warrior Rusty Armstrong is seeking stories from any or four "Boat People" warriors. Armstrong is the editor of the IV Division newsletter,
If any one has written down, or is willing to write of their experiences aboard the USSN Walker, and thier first impressions of their tour in Vietnam, Please send to Armstrong at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1966-70 DIARY LOGS UPDATED - LINKS ADDED TO COORDINANTS & KIA bios
We've gone through our 1966-1970 Daily Diary logs and updated information, especially for the years 1969 & 1970. We have gone through the entire five year daily diary logs and linked every casualty to their bio so that readers can quickly identify the men lost during on tose particular dates. Likewise, we have linked every grid coordinate mentioned to the map in which the coordinate is mentioned. Thus if a location is identified, you can, with the click of a button, find the map.
The Red Warrior Vietnam association is always improving the data we have, and making it easier to access. If any Red Warrior has information as to names of those wounded on a particular date, and they are not mentioned in the diaries, please inform us. Email: JIM