September 2019 News Letter

Posted on September 4, 2019


Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment
Thirsty-Six News letter
September 2019

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

James D. Wise KIA: Sep 16, 1967

Louis E. Porrazzo KIA: Sep 27, 1967 Trans B Troop

Douglas Gossage KIA: Sep 26, 1968
John W. States KIA: Sep 26, 1968
John C. Wallace KIA: Sep 26, 1968

Cordis R. White KIA: Sep 18, 1969

Ronald J. Fulton KIA: Sep 24, 1969 ** 2nd Tour 25th AVN

Robert G. Fortin KIA: Sep 12, 1971

Always Honored and Never Forgotten

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

John Powell                                  September 1
Charles Derrick                             September 2
Preston Samuels                           September 5
Rebecca Struck                             September 7
Jay Hockenbury                            September 8
Carol Toman                                 September 13
David Shanklin                             September 15
Herb Skinner                                September 15
Kim Florez                                    September 15
Chuck Knowlen                            September 18
Peggy Carpenter                          September 19
Gary Willmon                               September 20
Delanie Brazier                            September 22 “Little Sister”
Tom Criser                                   September 22
Tommy Pepper                            September 23
Randy West                                 September 25
Teri Duckworth                            September 27
Jerry Duckworth                          September 30
Stephanie Wright                        September 30

The Following Troopers/Troopettes and GSFM have anniversaries during the month August:

Jerry and Tammie Schomotolocha                 September 2
Dexter and Donna Evans                               September 4, 1976 42 years
Frank and Rain McKinnon                             September 15
Tom and Karen Betts                                     September 21
Terry and Heidi Washburn                             September 27, 1975 43 years

In 28 days the 2019 will begin. I do believe that this year we will have more Troopers than ever before. On the 19th we had three more Troopers signing up. There are no more rooms left at the 1863 Inn either under our group or any one else. I say this because they do not have any rooms available on the 28th which is the first day of our reunion. As of now we have at least 53 Troopers, 65 Family Members and 10 Gold Star Family Members.

I am inserting an Itinerary. You will receive one in your welcome packet as well.

Itinerary for the 2019 Reunion
Gettysburg, PA

Saturday – September 28th

10AM to 4PM: Registration/selling of raffle tickets. Hospitality Room

6PM – 11PM: Meet and Greet with a deli style dinner.

7:00pm – 11:00pm Band

7:00 pm – 10:00pm Pay as you go bar

9:00 pm Drawing for the basket with a free night at the hotel and lots of local discounts.

Sunday – September 29th.

6:00 am – Early Breakfast

7:00 am – Load the buses.

7:15 am – Buses Depart

9:00 am – 3:30pm DC

5:30 pm – Hotel

7:00 pm – Dinner

7:00pm – 11:00 pm: Hospitality Room/Pay as you go Bar

Monday – September 30th

8:00am – 9:00am – Troopers Meeting: get your breakfast and bring it to the Hospitality Room.

9:00am – 3:00pm – Free Time

10:00am – 1:00pm – Hospitality Room will be open.

3:00pm – 5;00pm – Honors Ceremony for the 69-71 Troopers and Gold Star Families. This includes the reading of the names of “Our Fallen Brothers”.

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – 10:00pm – Pay as you go bar

7:00pm – Raffle/ Silent Auction and the 50/50

Carol and I will be arriving in Gettysburg on Monday the 23rd to make sure everything is set. We still have to pay for the four wreaths, 12 dozen Cavalry Yellow Roses and the cake. On Monday we have a meeting with the Florist. We will also being doing touch ups on many other aspects of the reunion.

Remember, no dress up (except for the Troopers at the Tomb of the Unknown). On Saturday night, make sure you have your dancing shoes on.

As a reminder, we are asking each couple to bring one or two items for the raffles. The items DO NOT have to be new. If you are tired of looking at it or dusting it then bring it. If you have nothing to bring that is okay as well. Oh yeah. Bring you wallets and make sure the moths are no longer in there.

Since this is the 1st of September, we have made our final payments by now. So you might as well come and have fun.

2019 Ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown and the Vietnam Pilot/Crew Members Memorials


Tomb of the Unknown

Don Coshey NCOIC of the wreath laying Ceremony****
Ed Gruetzemacher
Doc Hockenbury
Artie Sanders

If only two can place the wreath it will be Don and Ed as both will be in Dress Blues. There may be changes as to participants.

Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crew Member Memorial

Pete Guthrie OIC of the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot/Crew Members Memorial. I will give you the email granted us permission to hold the ceremony.

Crea Carpenter, Bob Fellin, Mike Tuttle, John Strickland, Herb Skinner, Jeff Libby, Rich Noel, Claude Singletary, Tina Jelich-Frost, Vaughn Langworthy, Danny Walton, Jake Jelich, Jennifer Tuttle, Beth Jelich, Galen Rosher, Frank Turner and Dickie Jelich-Langworthy and Stephen Da Costa.

Once everyone is off the bus and the Wreaths are removed, Pete will have Crae Carpenter post himself to the left side of the Memorial and Bob Fellin position himself to the right side of the Memorial.

Pete will line up the Pilot and Crew Members at the same time that Claude Singletary lines up the Gold Star Family members.

Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crew Members Wreath:

Vietnam Helicopter Wreath: Mike Tuttle and John Strickland will line up side by side. Behind them will be Herb Skinner and Jeff Libby with the wreath between them. Then Stephen Da Costa and Rich Noel will line up behind the wreath to steady it.

Gold Star Family Wreath:

Claude Singletary will have Tina Jelich-Frost and Vaughn Langworthy will line up side by side (John A. Jelich III will be carried by one and Brooks Jelich will be carried by the other). Behind them will be Danny Walton and Jake Jelich with the wreath between them. Then Beth Tuttle and Jennifer Tuttle will line up behind the wreath to steady it. All other Gold Star Family members may line up behind them if the wish.

Both groups will walk their wreaths up to the memorial. The Pilots/Crew Members will place theirs to the Left and the GSFM’s will place theirs to the right of the monument. Then Galen Rosher will walk up to the Memorial. Galen will call all to attention and have them perform the Slow Hand Salute. The Slow Hand salute is executed by raising the hand in either a salute or placed across the heart at a 3 second count. This means it you will count 1 one thousand, 2 one thousand, three one thousand as you raise your hand from your side to either the salute position or place it over your heart. Hold for the same count and then lower your hand at the same count. Galen will have everyone one sit down and then he will give a short speech as to what the Memorial means to him. When Galen is done and sits down, Frank Turner will escort Dickie Jelich-Langworthy to the podium. Dickie will give a short speech as to what the Memorial means to her. When she is done and has left the podium Lucy Bieneman will sing “If You’re reading this now”. Pete Guthrie will end the ceremonies there and have everyone move quietly and respectfully to the Tomb of the Unknown. Alex Martin will be taking a Video of both ceremonies which will be available to all.

Once both ceremonies are over, we will reload on to the bus.

***Don, your team and I will need to have your team at the Tomb Guard Quarters located at Memorial Amphitheater NLT 1040. You can ask any questions you want at this time. You can ask if it would be possible for all four participants to place the wreath if you want. I will be there with you four with all of the paperwork required.

Any Questions please call me soon. There is not a dress code for the ceremony at the Pilot and Crew Member memorial. However, a nice shirt and slacks are recommended after all, we will be there to show our respect to “Our Fallen Brothers”.

Bring an umbrella just in case.

God Bless each of you,