2016 Charlie Troop 1/9 Cavalry Thirsty-Six Reunion

Posted on July 15, 2016

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Charlie Troop 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment
Thirsty-Six October 2016
News Letter

The following Troopers from Charlie Troop gave their lives during the month of October from 1965-1972:

It is up to us to live our lives to the fullest because these men cannot. They live through us and our actions. Always Remembered and Never Forgotten

John Musgrove KIA: Oct 4, 1965 Scout Pilot
Charles F. De Amaral Jr KIA: Oct 4, 1965** Forward Observe

Willey Green Jr. KIA: Oct 3, 1966 Blues

Roger E. Carroll KIA: Oct 30, 1969 Blues

William J. Cahill KIA: Oct 18, 1970 Scout Pilot
Rae A. Bailey KIA: Oct 18, 1970 Scout Crew Chief

David E. Bryant KIA: Oct 19, 1970*** Scout Observer
Douglas Strait KIA: Oct 17, 1975**** Scout Observer

** Charles De Aamaral was a Major in the US Air Force. He was a Forward Observer. His mission was once the eneny was found , he would coordinate with the Air Force on bombing runs.

*** David Bryant was Rae Bailey’s best friend. When the helicopter was shot down that Rae was in and it could not be found, David decided against orders, that he would go out and help find his friend. He wanted Rae’s family to have his body to bury. David was killed by being shot in the head as his helicopter was flying trying to find Rae’s crash site. Rae’s and David’s bodies were recovered and sent home.

*****Douglas Strait was on the same helicopter as William Cahill and David Bryant. When the crash site was found, it was appareant that Douglas had been captured and taken for the Viet Cong. Douglas’s body was never found and he was finally declared Killed In Action on October 17, 1975.

The following Troopers and Troopers either have Birthdays in October or Anniversaries in October:

David Blouin October 6th
Tamara Schmotolocha October 9th
Michael Butler (Little Brother) October 9th
Van Bailey October 14th
Vincent Nelson October 16th
Paul Adler October 18th
Artie Sanders October 21st
Rafer Springfield (Little Brother) October 21st
Peggy Goldsbury October 25th
Gene Smith October 25th
Tiffany Hoffmann October 25th
Dene Bogdue October 31st

Artie and Grace Sanders’ Anniversary October 24th Happy 49th.
Charlie Troop Thirsty-Six conducted it’s 2016 Reunion in Branson, Missouri September 29th through October 1st. Our CP (Command Post) was the Stone Castle Hotel. We had 86 Troopers and Troopettes in attendance.

This was our first Thirsty-Six Reunion. So, everyone in attendance were making their first Thirsty-Six reunion, we had 12 New Troopers and spouses that made their first Charlie Troop Reunion. We also we blessed by having a new gold Star Family with us thisyear. We also had a Gold Star Family attend our “Fallen Brothers” ceremony. The new members were:

Robert and Kim Florez C Trp 68-69
Ed and Jeanie Gruerzemacher C Trp 69-70
Joe Crispino C Trp 66
Keith and Marilyn Owens C Trp 69-70
Bob and Carla Lillie 2nd Bd 65-66
John Strickland C Trp 69
Grover Wright C Trp 69-70
Tom Stokesberry C Trp 69-70
Jim and Charlotte Lane C Trp 68-68
Vaughn and Mali Lane C Trp 69-70
Dave Davidson D Trp 65-66
Marvin and Sandy Mc MC Michaels A Trp 66-67

Ruth Knight Brenner Widow of Billy M. Knight KIA November 16, 1965
Billy Brenner son of Billy M. Knight KIA November 16, 1965
Judy Knight Brenner Donaldson Daughter of Billy M. Knight KIA November 16, 2016
Billy and Nancy White and Debby Baker, Brother Sister and niece of Cordis Ray White KIA on September 18th, 1969.

Also attending for the first time were:
Greg, Carrie and Zach Titchenell. These are Titch’s Grandson and Grand Daughter and his Great Grandson.
JB Horne. This is Larry and Millie’s Banks Grandson.

We missed the following Troopers and Troopettes this year:
Billie and Dorris Williams, Bob and Jeanette Fellin, Millie Banks, Chuck and Beverly Knowlen, Pete and Gail Guthrie and Teri Duckworth.

We acknowledged the following Troopers and Troopette who passed away in the past 15 months: LTG Charles Col Lynn Shrader and Col Keith Ball.

September 29th we conducted our Meet and Greet. Carol and I had hired Ms C.J. Newsom (Patsy Cline and Friends) to be the Troop entertainer. Every Trooper and Troopette agreed that she put on a fantastic show. In the beginning she sat on Titch’s lap. When she got up, Titch stood up and gave a Thumps up. Then she called Jerry Duckworth up onto the stage. It was Jerry’s 70th Birthday. She sat him down on a chair, wrapped her hair around his face and sang to him, Then she got him up and danced with him, Afterwards she moved throughout the crowd taking time to sing to many of our Troopers. At the end, everybody agreed she was worth 10 times the money we paid for her. The rest of the evening was spent laughing, crying and talking. With all of the attendees there were a lot of old friendships and Comradeships renewed.

On Friday, September 30th, we conducted our “Fallen Brothers” ceremony at the Arbor down by the Showboat landing. Ms. Belle was our hostess she did a great job. Gwynn Smith, Brenda Merritt, Peggy Carpenter and Rose Cairns read the names of our “Fallen” and as always did a super job. After each name was read Robert “Dutch” Florez rang a bell.

After the “Fallen Brothers” ceremony we proceeded down to the Branson Belle and began loading for our Dinner Cruise. Much to everybody’s delight, the food was very good. It was served hot and was very tasty. The entertainment on the Boat was also very good. Mrs Jean Singletary even participated in a “on stage” game. She made Charlie Troop Proud.

Later that evening, Grover Wright took the stage and talked about the new C Troop site on the internet: http://www.charlietroopcav.org. Grover took the responsibility of starting a new site after Jack Schwartz became to ill to continue. I talked to Jack less than a month ago he is doing fine.

October 1st found us conducting our “Gold Star Family” ceremony. In attendance was:

Billy M. Knight Family
Ruth Knight Brenner
Judy Knight Brenner Donaldson
Billy Brenner

Billy J. Nave Family
Teri Nave
William “Joe” Nave

Louis E Walton Family
Diane Walton-Gleaton
Richard Walton

The Knight, Nave and Walton Families each received a Charlie Troop Gold Star Certificate, a Gold Star Lapel pin and a Gold Star Window Banner. These items were presented by Gene Smith, Don Coshey and Jerry Schmotolocha. The Knight family was also present the Charlie Troop “65″ certificate, the “65″ Souvenir Coin and the “Fallen Brothers” plaque. The Nave and Walton families received the above items last year in Columbus, Georgia. A copy of the certificates are on my blog site: http://www.ptrickbieneman.com under the Charlie Troop News Letter page.

We conducted the “1966″ Trooper ceremony once we finished the Gold Star Family ceremony.

The following Troopers were Honored during this ceremony:
Jerry Berrgren C Trp
Tommy Betts C Trp
Ernie Cairns C Trp
Joe Crispino C Trp
Gordon Jones C Trp
Marvin McMichaels A Trp

We also recognized Dave Davidson a 1965 Trooper assigned to D Troop.

Don Coshey requested to speak to the attendees. He presented Carol with a Sabre style Letter opener for making it easier while working on the future reunions. Then he presented Carol with a Plaque declaring Carol an Official member of Charlie Troop. Both honors brought tears to Carol’s eyes. She made a mistake and while responding to these honors, she said “Now that I am an official Charlie Trooper, I need a Stetson”. Less than 5 minutes later Don Coshey came up to me and someone gave him the money to buy her Stetson”. He needed her head size and I said after all if this I would say BIG. He tried his Stetson on her and came back and said he just ordered the Stetson. Needless to say, Carol was blown away.

Dinner was served at 7PM. I did not hear anyone complaining about the food.

After dinner, everyone sat around for a while laughing and talking for a few hours before the went to get a nights sleep before they headed home. I can honestly say that I have never received so many hugs and I love you two in my life. Everybody there said they would be at next years reunion.

I want to give a Special “Thank You” to every Trooper and Troopettes that brought items for the Auction and Raffle tables. Carol had gone out into the community and conjured up 5 sets of two Show Tickets, a set of two tickets for the Military Museum. Two tickets for the Antique Auto and Farm Museum and a $40.00 Gift Card from the Garfield Restaurant and Pub. Through the items brought in by the Troopers and Troopettes and Carol’s item we raised over $4,500.

Now for the 2017 Charlie Troop 1/9th Cavalry Thirsty-Six reunion. It will be conducted September 17,18 and 19th in Gettysburg, PA. We will be making a day trip by bus to Washington, DC to conduct our “Fallen Brothers” Ceremony at the Vietnam Wall. We will also visit the Three Man Statue, the Nurse’s Statute and the Women’s Statute. We will then be taken to lunch at Union Station. We will return to the Mall at the WWII end. Time will be allowed to see the WWII Monument and the Korean War Monument before returning to Gettysburg. Information on the Reunion and this trip will be coming soon.

This news Letter will be posted to my blog along with many pictures from the 2016 Reunion.

God Bless all of you.

*****If you have made it home from the Reunion and have not sent me a message, email nor called me, please do.

The following are certificates presented to the Billy Knight, Billy Nave and Louis Walton families. I am just posting one certificate for each family even though each family member received one.

Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th
Cavalry Regiment Thirsty-Six

Presented to: Mrs Ruth Knight-Brenner

The Gold Star Lapel Pin was created in 1947 as a symbol of Honor. It is the US Government’s way to Honor the Spouses and family members for the loss of their loved one.

On November 16, 1965, your husband, Billy M. Knight, was a Crew Chief on a helicopter and part of a four-man crew who was reconning the Ia Drang Valley when the helicopter was lost. All four crew members lost their lives that day.

It is our, Charlie Troop 1/9th Cavalry Thirsty-Six, and my personal honor, to present to you this Certificate, Gold Star Lapel Pin and Banner for your loss and sacrifice.

While Billy M. Knight was and always will be a part of Charlie Troop, you too will always be a part of the Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment Thirsty-Six family.

Given this 30th Day of September, 2016
R. Gene Smith
COL, US Army
Retired

Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th
Cavalry Regiment Thirsty-Six

Presented to: Teri Nave

The Gold Star Lapel Pin was created in 1947 as a symbol of Honor. It is the US Government’s way to Honor the Spouses and family members for the loss of their loved one.

On June 27, 1966, your father, Billy J. Nave was a passenger on a helicopter returning to An Khe en route to his coming home having completed his “Tour of Duty”. As the helicopter was flying over Charlie Troop Area with your father saluting his troops, a midair collision occurred taking your father’s life as well as all of the troopers on the helicopter.

It is our, Charlie Troop 1/9th Cavalry Thirsty-Six, and my personal honor, to present to you this Certificate, Gold Star Lapel Pin and Banner for your loss and sacrifice.

While Billy J. Nave was and always will be a part of Charlie Troop, you too will always be a part of the Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment Thirsty-Six family.

Given this 30th Day of September 2016

R. Gene Smith
COL, US Army
Retired

Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th
Cavalry Regiment Thirsty-Six

Presented to: Diane Walton Gleaton

The Gold Star Lapel Pin was created in 1947 as a symbol of Honor. It is the US Government’s way to Honor the Spouses and family members for the loss of their loved one.

On June 27, 1966, your father, Louis E. Walton was a passenger on a helicopter returning to An Khe en route to his coming home having completed his “Tour of Duty”. As the helicopter was flying over Charlie Troop area with your father saluting his comrades, a midair collision occurred taking your father’s life as well as all of the troopers on the helicopter.

It is our, Charlie Troop 1/9th Cavalry Thirsty-Six, and my personal honor, to present to you this Certificate, Gold Star Lapel Pin and Banner for your loss and sacrifice.

While Louis E. Walton was and always will be a part of Charlie Troop, you too will always be a part of the Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment Thirsty-Six family.

Given this 30th Day of September 2016
R. Gene Smith
Colonel, US Army
Retired

 

I have also added several new Photos to the pages Honoring our Fallen Brothers.

Nancy and Billy White and Debby Baker GSFM Cordis White

Nancy and Billy White and Debby Baker GSFM Cordis White

Tommy Betts with his picture from Nancy Sinatra

Tommy Betts with his picture from Nancy Sinatra.

Jo and Don Coshey

Jo and Don Coshey

Our Missing Man "fallen Brothers" table

Our Missing Man “fallen Brothers” table

Our Thirsty-Six Cake.

Our Thirsty-Six Cake.

Jerry Duckworth being serenaded by C.J. Newsom our entertainer at the Meet and Greet.

Jerry Duckworth being serenaded by C.J. Newsom our entertainer at the Meet and Greet.

 

Entertainers on the Branson Belle Dinner Cruise.

Entertainers on the Branson Belle Dinner Cruise.

Brenda and Phil Merritt on the Branson Belle.

Brenda and Phil Merritt on the Branson Belle.

Joe Crispino on the Branson Belle.

Joe Crispino on the Branson Belle.

Claude and Jean Singletary on the Branson Belle.

Claude and Jean Singletary on the Branson Belle.

Jean Singletary play the Yes/No game on the Branson Belle.

Jean Singletary play the Yes/No game on the Branson Belle.

Ms. Belle. She was the MC of our "Fallen Brothers" ceremony.

Ms. Belle. She was the MC of our “Fallen Brothers” ceremony.

Peggy Carpenter Reading some of the names of "Our Fallen". Gwynn Smith, Branda Merritt and Rose Cairns also read names. Robert "Dutch" Florez rang a bell after each name was read.

Peggy Carpenter Reading some of the names of “Our Fallen”. Gwynn Smith, Branda Merritt and Rose Cairns also read names. Robert “Dutch” Florez rang a bell after each name was read.

Anne Smith reading the History of the Gold Star Lapel Pin.

Anne Smith reading the History of the Gold Star Lapel Pin.

Gene Smith giving the History of the Rock.

Gene Smith giving the History of the Rock.

Tommy Betts was the winner of the Door Prize for the 1966 Troopers.

Tommy Betts was the winner of the Door Prize for the 1966 Troopers.

Billy M. Knight GSFM's. Ruth Knight Brenner,Judy Knight Brenner Donaldson and Billy Brenner.

Billy M. Knight GSFM’s. Ruth Knight Brenner,Judy Knight Brenner Donaldson and Billy Brenner.

Billy J. Nave GSFM's William "Joe" and Teri Nave.

Billy J. Nave GSFM’s William “Joe” and Teri Nave.

Louis E. Walton GSFM's. Diane Walton-Gleaton and Richard Walton.

Louis E. Walton GSFM’s. Diane Walton-Gleaton and Richard Walton.

 

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