July 2018 News Letter

Posted on July 1, 2018


Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment
Thirsty-Six News Letter
July 2018

The following Troopers gave their all during the month of July 1966- 1972:

William Strobel July 9, 1967 Red Crew Chief

Stephen Moody July 2, 1969

Ernest Burns July 14, 1969 Pilot
Dewey Butler July 14, 1969 Red Crew Chief
Ray Davis July 14, 1969 Red Door Gunner
Thomas Felton July 14, 1969 Trp Commander

John Hansen July 15, 1969 Scout Pilot

John Anderson July 21, 1969 Scout Pilot
Edward Dennul July 21, 1969 Scout Observer

David Zimmerman July 28, 1979 Red Pilot
Kevin Frye July 28, 1970 Red Copilot

Gregory Antunano July 24, 1972 Scout Observer 2 Tour

The Following Troopers, Troopettes, Gold Star Family members have birthdays in the month of July:

Jean Singletary July 3
Greg Jayne July 6
Walker Jones July 6
Jay Hockenbury July 8
Anne Smith July 12
Ilah Rosher July 12
Mike Tuttle July 12
Dave Rogers July 15
James Hydleman July 16
Jacky Waller July 17
Ginny Blouin July 19
Marilyn Owens July 20
Randy Zahn July 20
Frank McKinnon July 24
Ernie Daniels July 24
Crae Carpenter July 25
Robert Lemasters July 25

The following Troopers, Troopettes and Gold Star Family member shave anniversaries in the Month of June:

Don and MaryAnn Viningre 7-2
Chris and Marsha Smith 7-6-74 44 years
David and Ginny Blouin 7-9
Jim and Diane Pressman 7-14-68 50 years
Grover and Stephanie Wright 7-25-81 37 years

Just a little over 2 ½ months until our reunion. As always, we will have another great one. Every time we get together is a great time. Our family gets stronger with every reunion.

This news letter will not be a long as usual. Hold your applause please. Cataract surgery is limiting the amount of time I can be on the computer.

My Hero

This month I would like to talk about another one of my Heroes. Robert J. Fellin. Bob was a Specialist Four when I signed into Charlie Troop in April 1968. He was the Grenadier. He was a good friend of Jerry Duckworth and the two of them were Door Gunners from time to time. Jerry talked me into becoming a Door Gunner and this brought the three of us closer.

On July 7, 1968, we Blues were called out on a mission. A team of LRRPS (Long Range Recon Patrol) had spotted some enemy and they called in the ARA (Aerial Rocket Artillery) to fire them up. The LRRPS were receiving small arms fire but the main injuries came when one of the rockets went irradiate and hit the trees just above the team. Five team members were critically injured and one was Killed in Action.

When we got out there, our helicopter started to hover. Then someone asked me if I wanted to repel. I asked if there was anyone else on the ground and they said yes “Fellin.” I got up and went around to the other side of the chopper. I asked if anyone had a “Swiss Seat” a piece of rope you would tie around your waist and between your legs. To this you would attach a “D” ring and then loop the repelling rope into the “D”ring. Nobody had any of it.
I asked if anyone had any gloves. Normally you would have a thick pair of gloves. No one had any.

I stepped out onto the skid. I took one step off of the skids and the next thing I knew I was laying on the ground with my PRC-25 radio between me and the ground. I looked up and I saw one of the men looking out the chopper. I pointed to the rope wrapped around my leg. I took a knife and cut the rope. With this the chopper took off. Bob came over to make sure I was okay. I had no skin left on my hands and as I looked at Bob he didn’t either.

For the next hour we worked to put the five injured on a Jungle Penetrator and send them up 70 feet one at a time. The medivac chopper left with the wounded telling us they would be back for us, We moved about getting all of the weapons and equipment ready to be lifted out of there. We heard movement of to our left front. I called up to the Scout and Cobra team and they said they would keep an eye out for anything.

The medivac Chopper came back and we sent the KIA (SP/4 Thomas Sprinkle) up and then we sent the equipment up. Bob looked at me and said when it comes back down you will go up. We both knew that the enemy was close by and that the last man on the ground didn’t have a great chance of making it out of there. I said are you surely and he said Yes, you will go up first.

Bob took the chance of being the last man on the ground by himself. He knew that if they started to fire at me he could fire back and give a better chance of my survival. For this, Bob, will always be one of my heroes.

Cataract surgery went very well. I will live to fight another day.

July 15th is the deadline for paying for your meals. We must make final payment shortly after that date. If you need a little more time, send me a private email. Do not respond to this one. If you are not sure whether or not you have made your payment, once again send me a private email.

If you have not signed up to attend but would like to, send me a private email and we will work together.

We MUST turn back to the Hotel any rooms not reserved as of the 15th of July. If you call to register after the 15th, IF they have any rooms left, you will be able to get them at our rates. However, there is also a National Chorus Competition going on then and it is also Pigeon Forge Heritage Weekend.

If you are thinking of staying the one extra night so you can attend the Country Tonite Show and dinner make sure you extend your stay to include the 25th leaving on the 26th. That cost is $37.50 per person for both the dinner and the show. Right now we have a total of 32 going to stay.

A couple of updates. Our “Little Sweetheart” Delanie Brazier fell during a practice for cheerleading and broke her arm. Needless to say, she has not slowed down one bit.

Our ‘Little Sweetheart” Therissa Duckworth had her Gramma Teri send me some pictures she had taken at a photo shoot for dance. I thought I would share them with you.

EPSON MFP imageUntil next time, May God Bless you all.

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