Our Friend is Gone

Gentleman, Family and Friends;

I recently learned that our friend, Kiet, suffered a massive stroke and has passed away.

Those of us who had the pleasure of serving with our PRU contingent need not be told about their effectiveness, genuine camaraderie or their warrior spirit. I firmly believe that I would not be here were it not for the keen eyes and quick triggers of Nhan, Kiet, Sa, Bao, Nghia and the others.

I have already received money and pledges from “the usual suspects” as a result of posting on our FB page. My goal wass to collect at least $500.00 by April 1. We exceeded that and to date we have collected $1750.00. I had sent $750.00 to my stepson, Ho Van Tuan, and he got the money to Nhan, who attended Kiet’s funeral. I had received more donations and sent them to Tuan who forwarded them to Hue, Kiet’s wife. I just received $100.00 which will go out the next time I send tuition monies for our other two kids, which will be in about two weeks. It is not too late to help. As usual, I will keep all donations private.

I have come to love and admire many Vietnamese people, especially my wife, Lan and Nhan and while I hate to label or classify any person(s), I have to say that were they able they would give more than they get.

You can send a check or money order to:

Sal DiSciascio
698 Prescott Rd
New Bern, NC 28560

or





Rest in Peace, Brother Kiet.

Thank you,

Sal

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“E” Company LRRP Cook Book “FROM LRRP RATIONS TO GOURMET DINING”

Gentlemen and members of our extended family,

As you can tell by the letter below, this latest message is intended not solely for you but also your wife, sister, daughter, significant other, partner, etc. Sharon’s letter is self-explanatory.

As your Unit Director, I enthusiastically support the two initiatives Sharon has proposed. First, is a call for e:mail addresses to create an electronic contact list for the E50/E75 ladies (aka “Warrior Women”). And, secondly, is a call for recipes for a proposed cook book. Leading the way, I have already submitted one of my favorite recipes – a recipe for baked apples!

Please share the information contained herein and help us accomplish both initiatives.

Rangers Lead The Way,

Duane L. Alire
Unit Director, E50/E75

Dear E Co. Ladies (AKA Warrior Women),

I know this is the age of technology but sometimes snail mail is still the way to go. To those of you who attended the Reunion in Louisville or Baltimore, I just wanted to say how good it was to see y’all and spend some time together. To those who could not attend, please know you were missed and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

I have a couple of ideas for you to consider: First of all I am proposing an e-mail list of the women in the unit. That way, if we have news to share, ideas, requests or need information we can contact each other directly, instead of, for some of us, getting it secondhand through our Rangers. If you would be interested in getting on the list please e-mail the address to seb930@aol.com or text me at 716-574-8254. Once the list is complied, I will ask Sal to add it to the Unit website.

Secondly, in one of my fits of insomnia, I came up with a simple idea for us to help raise funds for the Unit. I am proposing creating a cookbook. One filled with recipes that might be your favorites or your Rangers, is representative of your area of the country, one that is just delicious or one you would just like to share. There would also be a Holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.) section. I know the holidays are a ways off right now, but, I am asking you to pull out your favorite recipes of cookies, fudge, breads, cakes, and pies, you wouldn’t mind sharing. Some of you have recipes for other desserts, beverages and punches. We would love for you to share one or two with the group. I will assemble the recipes and have them put into books that we can sell at the next and future reunions. Duane (Poncho) Alire has written a sample cover page for the book and has suggested a title “FROM LRRP RATIONS TO GOURMET DINING’. Hope you like it.

I have included an online form recipe form for you, if you are interested in participating or you can download a copy here. I am placing a deadline for submission for March 1, 2015. This will give me enough time to assemble the books and have them ready for the next reunion, Newburgh, NY, September 21-27, 2015

The only requests I have are: to type or print the form; to mail, or email the information to me. Please use common cooking abbreviations (example: tbsp. – Tablespoon). Don’t forget your name and state, your Rangers name, years in Vietnam and your relationship (wife, sister, daughter, significant other, partner, etc.). Also if your Ranger is a chef in his own rite and he has a recipe to share we would love to include it. Feel free to make copies of the form

I really hope you are all up to the challenge and submit some yummy recipes. Looking forward to hearing from all of you. Rangers Lead The Way.

Sincerely,

Sharon Barley
PO Box 233
Springville, NY 14141-0233

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“Bonding of Warriors” Is Available on LULU.COM

Gentlemen and members of our extended family:

I have the great pleasure of announcing that Bob Hernandez has published our book which is titled, Bonding Of Warriors. The book is compilation of stories and narratives which represent our collective memories of our tours of duty in Vietnam.

The bulk of the written material used in the book was originally assembled from a call for stories that was put out to everyone nearly 10 years ago. The stories were available on the Unit web site but in a confusing format. Additionally, Bob, again, put out a call for additional stories when he began the project.

Bob literally worked day and night to type the stories and narratives into a format that could be published as a comprehensive book. I understand that due to computer errors or errors on the computer, depending on who is telling the story, Bob had to retyped portions of the stories and narratives a couple of times.

However, the bottom line is that he completed the task and finished the book! It is available at lulu.com.

I have attached as a Word Document the advertisement from the lulu site which contains a photograph of the cover page and additional ordering information.

I enthusiastically thank Tess for the design of the book cover and Bob his self-sacrifice and diligent work in compiling our stories and narratives and ask everyone to personally thank them at the earliest opportunity.

Respectfully submitted,

Duane L. Alire

Buy it Here: Bonding of Warriors

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July 2014 Unit Calendar and Information

November 8, 2014 is the date of the Veterans Day running of the Half and Marathon in Santa Barbara, California.

This note was sent to me by the Mr. Chuck Howe, President of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation.

Dear Duane,
PonchoandChuckIt has been beautiful in the Angel Fire area this spring and the rains started last week so we are hoping for a very green summer. Our big news is that the Governor of New Mexico, Governor Susana Martinez has nominated ten acres immediately south of the Memorial as one of four rural veterans’ cemeteries to be built in the state. It will be built to national standards and maintained as a state cemetery. The cemetery will be open to veterans and qualified family members from all states. The concept needs to go before Congress for final approval and we will be contacting you in the near future to assist with this. The land was donated by two Vietnam veterans, Harry Patterson, Wichita Falls, TX and Stan Samuels, Angel Fire, NM.

The Memorial Day program was fabulous this year with Joe Galloway the co-author of We Were Young Once, and Soldiers as the primary speaker. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan also spoke. We had approximately 500 in attendance.

Chuck

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Memorial of Eternal Gratitude

Memorial of Eternal Gratitude This article was written by Michael Poole November 08, 2013 for the Crescent City, California Del Norte Triplicate newspaper. The “Hey Ranger” column appears monthly.

“Hidden in the redwoods is a national tribute to veterans Del Norte County has a hidden jewel. A national heritage hiding in plain sight, it is a magnificent but forgotten tribute to the men and women who fought and helped will World War II – the National MemEterGratTribute Grove. In the waning years of the war, a drive went out to form memorial to its veterans. Small memorials were established all over the country, but one in particular had national significance and it’s been here under our noses for the last 64 years. Attendees at a 1949 dedication ceremony include DAR president general Estella O’Byrne, just left of the monument, Estelle Christin, national chairwoman of the Conservation Committee, just right of the monument and May Talmadge, right of Christin, honorary DAR president general. Photograph courtesy of the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Located in what is now the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State park unit of Redwood National and State Parks, the National Tribute Grove includes 5,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest preserved with a dual purpose: to remember and honor the American who came forth when their country called them to fight, and to preserve this redwood grove as part of America’s heritage. The groove was meant to be a memorial-like no other. Sequoia Sempervirens, the trees’ scientific name, translates roughly as Sequoia ever-green or ever-living. Some of these trees live as long as 2,000 years, longer than most man-made monuments. No More Fitting Tribute The founders of the memorial thought the ancient and scarred trees a most fitting medium to remember the veterans of WWII. Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, a former secretary of the interior, said, “Instead of stone or concrete, this monument is made up of living trees, survivors of centuries of combat with storms, drought, fire and flood.” At the start of the war, this section of land was owned by the Del Norte Lumber Company. Save the Redwoods League contracted with the company to buy the land as 10 500-acre parcels and asked Americans to donate to the cause. In the words of Newton Drury, director of the National Park Service in 1949, the grove was to be known as an ever-living “memorial of eternal gratitude, eternally expressed” to those men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States in World War II and so preserved American freedom. A National Treasure Why is this grove special? Because Americans bought into the idea. Proud of their country’s contributions to the war effort and of their courageous veterans, donations came in from Americans all across the country. No donation was too small. Donors could give money along with the name of the veteran who fought in the war. The 5,000 acres purchased with these donations are today almost half of the entire Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. The names given with the donations were to be enshrined in a Golden Book. One copy was to be kept in the state and another to be kept in Washington, D. C. Adopting the grove as a national project, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) took up the goal of purchasing the final 500-acre parcel, raising an impressive $26,430 through thousands of 10-cent to 29-cent-per-member donations. The state of California then matched the DAR donation dollar for dollar to complete the final purchase. On September 25, 1949, a monument was erected on Highway 199 with a dedication ceremony. Located on the only strip of the grove bordering the highway, the monument was placed so that all who travelled the road would see it and remember. People came from all over the country to attend, including members of the DAR’s executive committee and representative so California State Park, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. Unless We Conserve ….” Mrs. Roscoe C. O’Byrne, the DAR president general, gave a poignant speech highlighting the importance of the trees not only to the veterans, but also to America as a whole. About conservation, she said, “We recognize that conservation is of vital importance to this country. Unless we conserve, we shall be among the nations that have not. Preservation of this grove is a lesson in conservation to every American. We should apply this lesson not only to our trees, but to our very national life.” (Mrs. O’Bryne’s words were perceptive: today only 5% or approximately 117,000 of the original 2 million acres of ancient coast redwood forest remain.” She concluded, “In loving memory of the men and women of our country who served in the world war, we dedicate these trees to their courage, to their fidelity and to their sacrifice. May this ‘Land where our fathers died’ never be despoiled by the enemies of democracy. May these trees stand through the centuries as living symbols of the enduring strength of a free people, a great nation, our own Untied States of America.” It is a powerful story that the grove was created, but an equally powerful story that its location and meaning have been largely forgotten over time. Near the current entrance to the park campground, the memorial still sits in forest shade about 20 feet off the highway. Hundreds of people drive past it every day, not realizing it is there. There are few left who remember. Along the noisy highway in a place that is now dangerous to stop, the memorial stone may not be the best place to appreciate the National Tribute Grove. Instead, drive the Howland Hill Road. Most of the northern side of the road is the grove. A great place to appreciate it is the Boy Scout Tree Trail parking area. Close your eyes and imagine those fighting WWII. Hear the sounds of the guns and bombs. In your mind’s eye, picture the soldiers. Then, open your eyes and let the quiet take over. This is why redwoods were chosen for the memorial. Big trees that have survived eons and will stand eons more are now an ever-living peaceful refuge. On this Veterans’ Day, remember our nation’s heroes and be thankful these trees are here for them and for you.”

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cropped-flagimage2This is the “Members Only” area. This area is, currently, under construction. If we can get our webmaster to stay out of the Jack Daniels for a few days, we should have something to look at, but I wouldn’t hold my breath…

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Johnston Dunlop Barracks Dedication Ceremony

To: E Company Rangers
From: Rick Stetson
dunlop1Attached is a photo of the plaque that will be attached to Dunlop Barracks at Fort Benning, Georgia. Those who served with SSG Johnston Dunlop can attest that the brave and dedicated member of the 9th Division’s long range patrol company is most deserving of the honor of having the Echo Company, 1/50 Infantry Battalion barracks named for him.
The 50th Infantry was organized June 1, 1917 at Syracuse, New York, which incidentally, is the state where Dunlop was from. The unit was assigned to the 6th Armored Division in WWll which was part of Patton’s Third Army. In Vietnam, the 1/50th was assigned to ll Corps as General Reserve and worked with the 1st Cav, the 4th ID and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. For a period of time, the 9th Division’s long range patrol was assigned to the 50th Infantry although the Rangers never worked directly with the unit.
The 1/50th participated in ten major campaigns in Vietnam. On May 5, 1968, the battalion had 18 soldiers KIA during the battle of An Bao. The unit has an active veterans organization that sponsors a wreath laying ceremony at their memorial in Fort Benning’s Sand Hill area of the post. When the 1/50 decided to dedicate their battalion barracks to heroes who had served in the unit, four soldiers were selected who had died in Vietnam, two who lost their lives in Afghanistan and one who was KIA in Iraq. Jim Sheppard, the unit’s historian, recommended Johnston Dunlop as the soldier whose name should be attached to the Echo Company barracks.
The ceremony last week to honor the fallen soldiers took place under threatening skies as sounds of automatic weapons from distant ranges filled the air. We were seated in front of a bronze memorial featuring an inverted rifle with helmet on top and a pair of combat boots to the front. To the rear was a glass container with soil from Vietnam where the Battle of An Bao was fought.
After a prayer and the singing of the Infantry and Army songs, a bio was read about each soldier after which family members were asked to stand and be recognized followed by those present who had served with the fallen soldier. Johnston’s niece, Cindy Dunlop, her husband, Jim Gallagher and their sons, Takoda and Ryan, were then escorted forward where Cindy unveiled the plaque that will be placed on the Echo Company barracks.
The guest speaker was LTG (Ret) Carmen Cavezza who delivered appropriate remarks that were kept brief as a light rain had started to come down while he spoke. A large wreath containing red and white flowers was placed in front of the memorial and it was announced that the wreath speaks to the “beauty and brevity of life.” Taps was played and then we moved inside for a lunch of MRE’s which have come a long way from the C’s and lurp rations we ate in Nam. Each MRE contained a heating element to warm the meal so that C-4 is no longer required.
After lunch, E Company First Sergeant, Gary Stout, invited Cindy, her family and me to tour the E Company barracks. When we reached the modern Army barracks that housed the entire company, we noted there was already a sign in front letting people know this was Dunlop Barracks, the home of Echo Company. We climbed steps to the second floor and stood in front of a framed unit photo taken in 1967 of E Company Rangers during our organization day at Bearcat. The 1/50th is now a training battalion “turning civilians into soldiers.” It was moving to realize that as the young soldiers pass by each day and see the photo of Dunlop and the other members of E Company Long Range Patrol, the sacrifices made in Vietnam will not be forgotten.
Part of the bio read about him at the memorial ceremony stated, “At the age of 29, Staff Sergeant Johnston Dunlop died a Warrior’s death in …Vietnam. He gave all he had and then some in his quest to complete the mission. As a result of his gallant actions while engaging the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Through his selfless service and dedication to duty he made the ultimate sacrifice in upholding the highest traditions of the Ranger Creed, ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade behind.’ Staff Sergeant Dunlop by way of his gallant actions truly exemplified the Ranger Motto, ‘Rangers Lead the Way.’ “
It is fitting that Johnston Dunlop’s name on the E Company barracks will continue to inspire future generations of soldiers. Our sincere appreciation goes to Jim Sheppard and his fellow veterans as well as the active duty members of the 1/50th for the impressive dedication and memorial ceremony and for remembering one of our own.
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Long Range Patrol, Viet Nam – Video

Sal DiSciascio posted this to the 9th Division Facebook group… Thanks Sal for finding it!

Rick Stetson

Long Range Patrol, Viet Nam

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Objective: Louisville

October 20-26, 2013
Ramada Plaza, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40299
502-491-4830
$75/night plus tax, includes breakfast. Hospitality room will be available. Double or king rooms. Rate will be available for those who wish to arrive a day it two early or stay a day or two later.

Please send $50/person by September 1 to:
John Masick
507 Willowhurst Place
Louisville, KY 40223

    Here is the comprehensive update from Rick Stetson:

Just back from a great visit with John Masick where we scouted out places to visit during our reunion in Louisville, 20-26 October, 2013. Nothing like two old lurps patrolling the streets of downtown Louisville with temperatures in the 90’s, but it was well worth it as I think we have come up with a bunch of interesting things to see and do. The first thing you need to do is to let John know you are coming. Send your $50.00 per person registration fee to:

John Masick, 507 Willowhurst Place, Louisville, KY 40223

Please send your registration to John prior to September 1st as he needs to come up with a head count for activities listed below. The activities won’t necessarily be in the order listed and the prices listed might come down a bit as John is still in negotiations with some of the vendors, but this should give you an idea of what to expect when we meet in October.

Visit to downtown Louisville: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Frazier Museum and the Kentucky Show. These attractions are all within easy walking distance of each other. You will know you are at the Louisville Slugger headquarters when you see the world’s largest baseball bat (120 feet tall) by the front door. Inside we can tour the factory ($10.00) where the famous bats are produced and even order a personalized bat for yourself or the baseball fan in your family. The Frazier Museum ($7.50) is known for its exhibits of American history, collections of guns, including Custer’s ivory-handled pistols and Jesse James’ revolver, the Royal Armories Gallery and the collection of over 10,000 toy soldiers. The Kentucky Show ($7.00) is a multimedia production narrated by Ashley Judd that explores Kentucky’s past and present and is highly recommended by all who have seen it.

The Belle of Louisville ($21.00). Built in 1914, the Belle is the oldest operating steamboat in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. See the sights and sounds of Kentucky as we travel up the Ohio River. If there is enough interest, we will schedule the Belle for a dinner cruise on Friday evening ($42.00 for dinner and the cruise.) Let John know when registering if you would like to go on a dinner cruise.

A trip to a factory where whiskey barrels are made and tour of Churchill Downs ($20.00) See how the whiskey barrels are manufactured and seared by flames to give whiskey its distinctive flavor (note: for safety, no open-toed shoes or sandals can be worn in the plant.) Then it is over to Churchill downs where there is a great museum where you can see what it is like to ride a race horse or even try calling a race. We will tour many of the exclusive areas of Churchill Downs and even get to stay and watch the races.

A visit to Frankfort to see the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial and the Woodford Reserve. A total of 1103 Kentuckians were KIA during the Vietnam War and they are remembered in an impressive memorial that is one of the most visited attractions in the state. The names of the deceased are arranged so that a sundial pointer puts a shadow on the name on the anniversary of the soldier’s death. The Woodford Reserve Distillery is a National Historic Landmark where guides will demonstrate how bourbon is distilled. We will see the production line for the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby and yes, there is even a sample offered at the end of the tour.

A visit to the hotels and casinos in French Lick and West Baden, Indiana. This area has been a vacation destination for generations with its historic hotels, spas, dining, tours and opportunity to play the slots or the gaming tables. The spectacular landscaping and architecture is worth the trip alone.

Saturday’s banquet is included in the registration fee and it will be one you won’t want to miss. Held at a beautiful country club with great backgrounds for our group photo, the evening banquet will feature retired MG Mike Davidson as our guest speaker. General Davidson served in Nam as a LRRP with the 1st Cav and later in his career, became the adjutant general of the Kentucky Army National Guard. He had a lot to do with the building of the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial and will join us when we visit there to give us an “inside look” as to how it was built.

The memorial service will be held Saturday morning at our reunion headquarters, The Ramada Plaza Louisville, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY (502-491-4830.) The rooms are $75 a night which includes breakfast each morning. There is an airport shuttle and for those driving, the motel has easy access to I-64. The hospitality room is one of the best I have seen and opens to the large, heated, indoor swimming pool. Be sure to mention E Company, 75th Rangers when making your reservations.

Sorry for the length but there is a lot of info to get out in this “op order.” In summary, your first task is to let John Masick know by Sept 1 if you will attend the reunion in October and if so, what day you expect to arrive and the activities you would like to take part in. And don’t forget to make you motel reservations well in advance so you will have a room waiting for you. Looking forward to seeing you in Louisville. RLTW!!

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