July’s News Letter

Posted on July 3, 2017


Charlie Troop 1st Squadron
9th Cavalry Regiment
July 2017 News Letter

The following is the list of Charlie Troopers who gave their all in the Month of July 1966-1971:

Strobel, William Jul 9, 1967
Moody, Stephen Jul 2, 1969
Burns, Ernie Jul 14, 1969
Butler, Dewey Jul 14, 1969
Davis, Ray Jul 14, 1969
Felton, Thomas Jul 14, 1969
Hansen John Jul 15, 1969
Anderson, John Jul 21, 1969
Dennull, Edward Jul 21, 1969
Frye, Kevin Jul 28, 1970
Zimmerman, David Jul 28, 1970
Antunano, Gregory Jul 24, 1972 on 2nd tour

Only through us living our lives to the fullest can we truly honor these Brave Troopers. We must also connect with their loved ones to let them know that we will always Honor and Never Forget them and just how brave their loved one was.

All payments for the Meet and Greet and both dinners must be received No Later Than July 14th. After that day, we can not accept any monies. If you have sent a check and I have not emailed you to let you know that I did receive it, you just may want to call me.

John A. Jelich was a Scout Pilot in Charlie Troop 1968-69. On his 2nd Tour of Duty John’s helicopter was shot down resulting in John and his Door Gunner being Killed In Action. I will be attaching a picture of John Jelich’s son, daughter-in-law and two of his grand children to this email. John is John Anthony Jelich II and one of his son’s name is John Anthony Jelich III. His wife, Elizabeth contacted me via my blog and since I have added her to this news letter mailing.

On the 6th of June, I went to an old copy of a Bullwhip News Letter. I found the poem below on it. The author was listed as unknown.

For only a family knows.

I am a caring mother.
My son has gone to war…
My mind is filled with worries
that I have never known before
Everyday I try to keep
my thoughts from turning black.
I may be scared, but I am proud.
My son has got your back.

I am a strong and loving wife,
with a husband soon to go.
There are times I’m terrified
in a way most never know.
I bite my lip, and force a smile
as I watch my husband pack…
My heart may break, but I am proud.
My husbands got your back…

I am a small and precious child,
my dad’s been sent to fight…
The only place I’ll see his face,
is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone too many days
For my young mind to keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud.
My daddy’s got your back.

I am a soldier… Serving Proudly, standing tall.
I fight for freedom, yours and mine by answering this call.
I do my job while knowing, the thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I’ll come home. It’s me who’s got your back.

As you know, we will be leaving Yellow Roses at the Wall. Each of the Yellow Roses will have a name Tag with the Troopers Name, Panel and Line Number on it. Gold Star Family members will receive the Rose with their loved one’s name. If anyone wants a special Rose for someone they knew, let Carol know via email. To make this operation work as easy as possible so the Park Rangers don’t throw us out of the Park, it is necessary for all Troopers, Troopettes and Family members to take a rose. All Gold Star Family members will need to be on bus #1 as well as Anyone needing assistance on this trip.

The Florist we have are tying the Black Ribbons and name tags onto each rose at no additional costs to us. Carol also received the best price per Rose she could.

I must Thank Teri Nave for printing all of the materials for this reunion. It took a lot off of me and it saved us a fortune.

The following Troopers/Troopettes and Gold Star Family Member have volunteered to be bus Monitors. Pat and Carol will be on bus #1. Teri Nave will be the bus monitor for bus #2 and Peggy and Crea Carpenter will be the bus monitors on bus #3. Whatever bus you get on to go to the Memorials will be the same bus you get on to go to lunch, go back to the WWII Memorial and to go back to Gettysburg. This way the bus monitors can keep an actual count. We also ask that you sit in the same seat each time.

The 1863 Inn rooms will be turned back to the Inn on July 15, 2017. If you have not made your hotel reservations and you want to attend this years reunion, make them now.

It is with great Pride that I can confirm, Sgt Francis Chesko, a WWII Veteran, who landed at Utah Beach, fought through France, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was there to see Germany Surrender, will be our Guest at the Gettysburg Reunion. Francis will be bringing his photo books of the War and will be willing to talk to anyone who would like to talk to him. Carol and I met Francis at the Battle of the Bulge Reunion twice. He is one of the nicest men you will ever meet. This will be a great opportunity to learn for young and old.

On the 15th of June, I received a call from Tim Moran. I had called Tim with question. Tim Moran is Ray Moran Jr.’s brother. Tim wanted to know if there were any Troopers coming to the Reunion that might have known his brother Ray. I have contacted several and some have a vague memories because like all of us time is taking it’s toll. Paul Davis said he remembered Ray and that it would be okay for me to give Tim his (Paul’s) information so he could contact him. I know this will bring peace of mind to Tim as Tim was only 10 years old when Ray became a casualty.

I also made contact with Nancy Ward. Her cousin was Ray Davis. Ray’s son Matt, would like to get information about his dad. Seems like in so many cases when the Trooper died no one mentioned his name again. I am trying my best to get information together on Ray. Oh yeah, Ray’s Mother (99 y/o) is also wanting information. I have sent both Matt and Beatrice (Ray’s Mothers) Certificates, coins and Gold Star Banners. I have added Nancy to the News Letter list.

As a FRIENDLY REMINDER: The 1863 Inn does not accept PERSONAL CHECKS. You must pay by credit card or cash. If you have not sent in your check to me, you only have 14 days to get it here. After the 15th of the month I cannot guarantee that I can get your meals.

In closing let me add the Passing of General Robert Shoemaker. General Shoemaker as a LTC was the 1/9th Squadron Commander. What I will always remember about him: At a Bullwhip reunion, he was sitting at a table with those 4 Stars shining on his Stetson. A much younger Trooper walked up to him and said. “What do I call Sir”. He looked back at the younger Trooper and said, “ My name is Robert, but you can call me Bob”. The younger Trooper looked at him in amazement and said” But Sir, you are a Four Star General”. He looked back at that Younger Trooper and said” Those four Stars retired when I did”.

Dust off those Dancing Shoe because the Josh Allen Band will be entertaining us at the Meet and Greet.

God Bless one and all.