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  Update Membership | Ranger Rings | News Letter: Second Quarter 2016
 

 

David Lee Swires, 71, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at his home. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Dugan-Kramer Chapel with Pastor Lyle Hinebauch officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Nebraska National Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family who will designate a memorial at a later date. Tributes may be left at www.dugankramer.com

 David was born Aug. 22, 1944 at Fort Riley, Kansas to Leroy A. and Amelia E. (Wallar) Swires. The family moved to the Brush, Colorado area where David received his education. He worked for several farmers in the area before enlisting in the United States Army on June 22, 1967. He served during the Vietnam Conflict until his honorable discharge on March 2, 1970. David was most proud of his service to his country. He was a member of an elite group of Airborne Rangers known as LRRP. He received numerous ribbons, citations and medals for his service including the Purple Heart.

 Upon his discharge, David worked for Lapaseotes Farms in the Bridgeport area. He was united in marriage to Winona Miller on June 17, 1978 at Big Springs. The couple made their home in the Broadwater area before moving to Scottsbluff. David worked for various farm families in the Valley including Anest, Rahmig, and Schaneman Brothers. He also worked for Lockwood Corporation until it closed and he was a truck driver for the sugar beet rehaul season for several years.

 David wanted the fastest cars money could buy. He owned and restored several Mustangs along with his son Lee. David could fix or build anything. He took tremendous pride in his yard.

 David is survived by his wife Winona Swires; son Lee Swires and granddaughter Jordin of Scottsbluff; step-son Rod (Fran) Kayton of Colorado Springs, Colorado; step-daughter Kristine (Dana) Wendelin of Lincoln; four step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; mother Amelia Cyriacks of Bayard; brothers Al Swires and Mark (Carol) Swires all of Bridgeport; sister Laura Green of Brush, Colorado; and several extended family members.

 David was preceded in death by his father Leroy, daughter Julie, brother John, and sister Stella Call.

 

Moncada RHOF Citation
in July

 

 

I wish to thank the Officers, Board Members, and men of 196th LRRPs, E/51 LRPs, and G/75th Rangers of our Association for nominating me to the Ranger Hall of Fame. It is difficult for me to express how I felt when I was informed of my nomination, and of being accepted for this great honor. I have never considered myself to have been an extraordinary or special Ranger, but I fully accepted those responsibilities and did the best I could under trying and challenging conditions. It is at moments like this that I cannot help but to think of my fellow Rangers and friends who lost their lives in Vietnam, and wish that they were still among us. The rest of us were given the opportunities to live our lives as we chose, and for that we are all grateful I am sure. As we grow older our ranks are thinning, and we all miss our friends and teammates who finished their last patrol. My thoughts and memories of those friends and teammates are what make this moment of being selected to the RHOF even more special – it is for them and for all my Ranger brothers that I humbly accept this great honor. I know with full certainty that I will never meet or know a finer group of men than my Ranger brothers!

God Bless and Rangers Lead the Way!

Dave "Chief" Moncada

MSG Jesus David Moncada is inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime of service to the nation and during which he served as an example of a life well led in the Ranger tradition. MSG Moncada served in a variety of capacities for the United States, including as a team member and team leader in the Rangers (G Company (Ranger) 75th Infantry) during the Vietnam War, Ranger School instructor, the California National Guard and the Defense Investigative Services of the Department of Defense.

MSG Moncada is admired and respected by all those with whom he served, both subordinates and superiors, as a quiet but very effective leader. No more effective leader than MSG Moncada can be found, both in his military and post-military lives. He demonstrated exceptional leadership skills as a LRRP in Vietnam and was quickly named a team leader. As a team leader, he led many missions in Vietnam, often involving fire-fights with the enemy. He served as Team Leader of the highly regarded Team Hawaii, consisting of Hawaiians, Native Americans and Hispanics. Twice, while serving as team leader, he was wounded during firefights. He nonetheless maintained control of his teams, displaying uncommon valor and courage, providing effective covering fire while his team was able to reach the extraction point where they were lifted to safety. His exemplary leadership skills and "lessons learned" were easily applied to his time as Assistant NCOIC at the G Company Recondo School and especially as patrolling instructor at the Mountain Ranger Camp. Moreover, after serving in the California National Guard, he became an effective investigator for the Defense Investigative Services of the Department of Defense, a sensitive position requiring not only exceptional leadership skills, but also his ability to deal effectively with special operations groups in Europe. He serves as a positive role model to all those who strive to become Rangers.

MSG Moncada’s post-service life remains committed to his beloved Rangers, serving as co-founder, board member and officer of the G Company Ranger Association, and to his family.  

MSG Moncada truly exemplifies the Ranger Creed.

Moncada Ranger Hall of Fame Hotel Information

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus

4510 Armour Road

Columbus, Georgia 31904 USA

Phone:1-706-317-3600


P
resident Rick Barela 75th Ranger Regiment has made a block of rooms for members of the 75th RRA. Our association has 10 rooms available with the name, address, and phone # for reservations directly above this paragraph. Mention the rate of $89.

Would you please let me know if you are planning to attend; that way I can coordinate with Rick Barela for more than 10 rooms if need be.

Cut off date for special rate is June 14.

Stephen Johnson 1-218-333-1541 (leave voice mail) or towerg75th@yahoo.com

The Ranger Hall of Fame Ceremony is to be held July 14, 2016 1330 hours at Marshall Auditorium, McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Building #4 at Ft. Benning.

 

The 2016 Reunion....

....will be from Thursday October 6th through checkout on Sunday October 9th in Norco, CA at the Marriot Fairfield Inn and Suites.

A working copy of our itinerary of events and special coverage will be in the March issue of Sua Sponte.

Steve Deever is the point man with assistance from George Merkel, and Frank Svensson.

Rates will be $109 per night plus applicable tax

INVITATION - REUNION - VACATION

NORCO, CA. OCTOBER 6 - 8, 2016

Time to make plans for next Reunion!

Think about extending your vacation here in Southern California as there are so many things to do and see in the surrounding area, i.e. mountains, beach-es, deserts, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Museums, Live theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, and much more. All of this is about one hour from Norco.

Steve Deever

 


U.S. Army Rangers Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and "esprit de corps" of the Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, my neatness of dress and care for equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Rangers Lead The Way!
 

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying who shall I send, and who will go for us?

Then said I, here am I, send me."

Isaiah 6:8

 

 

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Richard "Red" Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

 

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