January 2018 News Letter

Posted on January 1, 2018


Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment
Thirsty-Six News letter
January 2018

The following is a list of Brothers that were Killed in Action In the month of December 1965-1971″

William Geis 1-27-66

Joe Kiefer 1-4-67
LeRoy Peagler 1-27-67
Harvey Howe 1-28-67

Rudolf Schrader 1-4-68

Waldo Williams 1-4-70
James Whitmore 1-4-70
Richard Donellas 1-27-70 2nd Tour
Anthony Battel 1-28-70
Michael Hunter 1-28-70

Gregory Peffer 1-22-71

The following Troopers/Troopettes and Gold Star Family Members have birthdays
in January:

Don Vinnigre 1-1
Jeanie Greutzemacher 1-2
Norman Frost 1-2
Tom Hemmelgarn 1-4
Dave Davidson 1-6
Harry Reeg 1-7
Tina Jelich Frost 1-7
Pat Bieneman 1-11
Ed Evans 1-14
Frank Turner 1-14
Dorris Williams 1-17
Edd Hogeboom 1-18
Jeff Libby 1-19
Brenda Merritt 1-20
Jim Reid 1-21
Mary Ann Vinnigre 1-29
Carolyn Samuels 1-30

The following Troopers/Troopettes have anniversaries in January:

Del and Sharon Dinsmore 1-4-69
Joe and Connie Crispino 1-16-69
Bob and Debbie LeMaster 1-28
Ross and Suzanne Rainwater 1-31

I hope each and everyone of you had a fantastic Christmas and a very good beginning of the New Year. Carol and I can not complain. Now it is time to move forward.

Carol and I made a trip over to Orlando to see the Ice Show. At the same time we stopped at three Hotels trying to find one where we may be able to hold the 2019 reunion. We stopped at the Holiday Inn, the Embassy Inn and the Double Tree Inn. The Double Tree and the Holiday Inn we threw out because they wanted $28.00 a day per day for each of us for parking. The Hotels are considered to be on Disney property they have to charge Disney parking prices. We told them that we can not ask our Trooper to pay that. Then they wanted 40% of the cost of money paid to them in case we had to cancel the reunion 1 year out. Then it would be 60% from 11 months to 6 months and 80% if we had to cancel 6 months or less out. We don’t have that kind of money. Oh yeah, the price of the meals were $48.00 plus a 23% gratuity plus tax. Needless to say, I put put our “Priceline Negotiator” on this. Carol is working very hard to get them to waiver a whole of things.

This leaves us also at looking for other locations. We are still looking into the Shades of Green at Disney World. I believe the idea behind the reunions is just to get together and have fun. I would just prefer not to keep going back to the same place but if those are the best deals then we may just have to.

I would like to take this time to Thank all of you who sent Carol and I Christmas Cards. As I have stated before we have discontinued this practice and add the $200 to $300 it would cost to send out cards to our donation monies. I would like to say a Special Thank you to Dave and Ginny Blouin for your photograph and card along with the great comments. I also want to add Jim and Diane Pressman for the Special “ Thank you” Card.. The comments you sent are the things that keep Carol and I so eager to organize the next reunion.

I have received several requests for another Trooper’s email address or telephone number. Please understand that I will not give out that information without contacting you first. So far everyone has been okay with that.

I have asked Troopers to send me stories about their time in Vietnam. I was surprised when I took a look at my Blog Site and realized just how many have already done that. You can go to http://www.patrickbieneman.com and click on the Troopers name or Trooper Memories to read these great stories:

Patrick Bieneman (68-69) My year in Vietnam
LTC J.B. Stockton (65-66) Chapter 5 Cavalry Trade
Armond Salazar (65-66) The Seige
Vaughn Lane (69-70) A War Story
Mike Askew (67-68) From Home to Vietnam and Back Home, An Lo Valley, Memories
Jim Hohman (66-67) The Battle of Hoa Tan
Greg Jayne (68-69) My War Stories
Forrest Frields (67-68) War Stories, Forrest Frields 1967-1968
Kurt Schatz (69-70) Myron- My Roommate
Edd Hogeboom (69-70) It is Our Obligation, The Battle of the Ia Drang Allley, A Memorial to all Fallen Aviators, Lessons of a Vietnam Helicopter Crew, Saigon Warrior, Bunker City, To Honor Those of the Crossed Sabers, A Poem
Walker Jones (70-71) The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot, Forward A Poem “The Huey Pilot”
Paul Hart ( 67-68) Battle of Son Re Valley
Bruce Huffman (68-69) Before Charlie Troop There was UTT, “They’re All Dead
A Reminder in History
Luther Russell (69) We are here for each other, No Rank Just Brothers
Dean Lindstrom (not a Charlie Trooper) A LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol)
Lionel DeLaRosa (65-66 & 69-70) Black Stetson Golden Sabers
Alfred DeMailo (70-71) The Beginning of TET 1968
Hal Kushner (Squadron Surgeon) Interview of a POW
Frank Weed (65-66) Memories
Phillip Gaudette (70-71) Poem
John Niamtu (65-66) On Going to Vietnam
Walker Jones and Donald Armstrong (70-71) The Enemy

On a sad note, Miss Millie Banks, wife of Delta Trooper Larry Banks, passed away om December 31. Millie served for a long time as the Quartermaster for the old Bullwhip Squadron. Millie will be sorely missed. She was loved by everyone who knew her.

I would like to end this News Letter on an positive note, Phil and Brenda Merritt’s daughter came through her latest surgery in flying colors. Maria is one of my True Heroines. She has fought for every moment of happiness that she can give to her two children and her wonderful husband who has stood by her side through Thick and Thin.

God Bless all of you,