Sua Sponte Guest Book Message Board: 2003
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On a rock rural in Iowa.
Name: Tom Nash
Happy Holidays to all, and hope the new year turns out to be special for you. And during this Holiday Season, be sure to remember those in our military standing in for us overseas.
Name: John Starnes (Gunner)
Date: 12 December, 2003
Found By: member
To the Captain who presented the news of one of ours who died in the performance of his duty, Thank you Captain, for informing us RLTW! To the Association we should send a card to the family from all of us all eras. a Ranger has departed our RP to make his way to the Big Ranger in the sky. I did not know him but, he is one of us. Thank you brother, for your sacrifice, God bless you and to the other two team mates, thank you for sacrifice and God bless you both for doing a arduous and Dangerous job. Sorry for your loss. Glad to hear you made it and God speed. Rangers lead the way I SERVE, Hooah! Gunner-out.
Name: Captain Kevin Kelley
Date: 9 Dec 2003
Found By: Have known about the site for awhile
Message: To all those who served
On Oct 6, 2003, a modern-day LRP from E/51st Inf (LRS)(ABN) was KIA in Iraq. He was Specialist Spencer Karol, a fine young man with a lot of potential from Woodruff, Arizona. He was killed by an improvised explosive device while returning from a surveillance mission. Two other men from his team were badly injured, but will recover.
His team sergeant, SFC Todd Galliand and I were able to attend his funeral in Arizona (both of us had recently moved on to other assignments). He had a dignified, well-done funeral, with an honor guard and the colors presented to his mom by MG Marks. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Spencer Karol leaves behind his parents, several siblings, and a fiancÚ.
His loss was unfortunate, but I hear the unit moral is still up, and the men are soldiering on.
I thought that Vietnam Vets would want to know that the mission goes on, and so does the sacrifice.
Captain Kevin Kelley
Former Platoon Leader/Executive Officer
Name: John Starnes (Gunner)
Date: Dec 6 2003
Found By: member
Robert Marietta, does anyone know him? His name is not in the company roster, yet he lists his units as 11TH BDE, E51LRP, G75RGR years 68-69. I was surfing the Americal website and I found him stating he was in the unit. If he was/wasn't in the unit, let me know. Gunner out.
Name: Steve (Fido) Lemire
Found By: links
I was on Team Oregon (1970). Just finished looking at team photos. Al Stewart on Team Moscow looks very familiar to a new guy on our team before I left country. Does anyone know how to contact him? Thanks. Steve Lemire, K/75, G/75 (1970). PS - I'll see you guys at the reunion at Fort Lewis. PPS to Steve Johnson - can you post the photo of Team Oregon 1970 that I sent to you a few years ago?
My brother Kenneth Darrell Caywood, died of colon cancer in February 1993 in Topeka, Kansas. He did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., then went to Ranger Training at Fort Benning, GA., I believe. During 1970 & 1972, his APO was Ft. Lewis (is this in Alaska or Washington state?) I also believe he served in Vietnam during this time, but prior to his untimely death in 1993, Kenny did not talk about Vietnam, or what he did, or where he was. We have some stories, but not confirmed. Would his name be familiar at all to any of you, and where would I look to find further information about his service in Vietnam, or anywhere where he may have served. His Ranger patch reflects "Airborne Ranger-G CO, 75th INF". Would there be any other information or direction you may lead me to find out more about his service to his country? My home email is email@example.com or at work firstname.lastname@example.org My home phone # is (618) 939-1824 and (618) 282-4555 at work. If you would have any info or reference to where I may search, I would really appreciate it! Thank you! Ron Caywood, Waterloo, Illinois
Name: Bob Voelsing
Found By: A friend sent it via E-mail
In late '70,I was sent to G-75 (tdy) as a GSR ground surveillance radar instructor and oper., went to the "mini" school at Chu Lai first, then back to the bush to set up OP's & LP's using backpacked elec. surv. equipment. I'd already been with Recon Co. E 1/6,198th,then with F & G Troops 1st Sqd./1stUS Cav.(sep),Chu Lai, so I wasn't a total FNG, but as a new "Ranger" even if only TDY, the gents of G Co. treated me well and shared all with me, (water, cigs,etc.) I could not convince them that radar would help them ,especially at night, since the equip. did not always work. SNAFU. So, after 3 months, I was sent back to Chu Lai for re-assignment, and I'll bet that my "new students" left the junk, I mean the army issue GSR "out in the rain" lol. As I left, a young 2nd Lt. gave me a G75 patch, having been one, if only a TDY. God Bless Us All I'm sending for the hat, t-shirt & a pin or 2. Thanks.
R.L.Voelsing Sr.Cpt.Inf.AUS (Ret)
Name: Jim Finnegan
Found By: Surfing
Interesting site. Thanks for letting me visit. Drop by www.saigonwarrior.com sometime.
Name: William Robert ( Bill ) Anderson, AKA: TWIG
Found By: been here before
I got rated from 80% VA SCD to 100% VA SCD in letter of 10/9/03 for unemployability with 50% VA SCD for PTSD and 60% residuals for cancer with 0% for malaria,0% for migraine headaches,0% for shell fragment wound, with a combined rating as of August now at 100% VA SCD for unemployability and that I am permanently and totally disabled; as I have been 100% twice since cancer surgery 1/31/2000 but they kept taking that away...now they can not. Keep praying for my beloved: Ms. Deane Arden Crabson-Williams-Klunk-Mize (70) AKA: "Bree Anderson!" As I believe she may have either had a post surgery stroke or a pulmonary embolism ( blood clot) from her extremities has produced a type of brain damage. She left me on 10/13/03 at 6pm to live with her youngest daughter in De Bery, Florida around Deltona near Daytona area of Florida some 80 miles from me. I do not think she will be back. I PRAY for a speedy and complete recovery both physically, mentally, and spiritually! I go to catholic Mass to pray for her almost every day since my medical disability retirement from my work as a DVOP job counselor for Disabled Veterans going back to 6/9/1986 with over 26 years as a State of Florida employee going back to 4/9/1973 when I started as a Parole & Probation Officer with the F.P.P.C. in Lakeland. My home# (863)701-0438 with HOME @ MARTINS LANDING APARTMENTS, 3520 Cleveland Heights Blvd., Apt.#229,Lakeland,Polk Co., Florida ZIP CODE 33803........ I miss talking to "Bob Simpson" terribly as part of my PTSD was from prison riots in the FLORIDA STATE PRISON SYSTEM back in the late 1970's and "Bob Simpson" could relate since he had done a lot of time in prison himself. I told him an inmate does his time but a Sergeant in a prison RENTS TIME! Either way it screws you up! This is the third time I've tried to put this in SUA SPONTE, so maybe if I say I don't want it in the guest book, then this time they will put it in...go figure? As saying YES it didn't show up...glitch in system?!?!
Name: Bill Anderson AKA: TWIG 196th LRRP E Co 51ST INF
Date: Friday 10/17/03 @ 7:30PM EST
Found By: here before HOME# (863)701-0438 LAKELAND, FLORIDA
I just got a letter for 100% permanent & total VA Disability dated 10/9/03 and call to the VA today indicated they will take it back to August 2003. Funny I entered this once before a day or so ago and it didn't show up? Must be a glitch in message pickup date? Anyway it will really come in handy now financially since I got medically retired from State of Florida after 26 years and that only pays $754 per month after they take out health insurance for $290 per month for medicine the Tampa VA will not give me for Service Connected Migraine Headaches. My second wife, Bree, survived the surgery but I think she must have had a stroke or a blood clot from her extremities go to her brain because she is not thinking rationally and moved in with her youngest daughter and may but most likely will not return to me, maybe ever. I go to Mass almost every day and pray for her and me but it seems GOD wants something different for me now! Our LORD is a jealous GOD and I think he doesn't want us to LOVE anyone or anything as much as HIM! I LOVE BREE like BREATH ITSELF & Jesus it HURTS! WHY? Her daughter is afraid of me which is BULLSHIT because I'm a great big TEDDY BEAR...I just don't speak like or think like whatever NORMAL is supposed to be! I talk like I'm still in the bloody jungle most of the time, whatever is inside comes out without screening for audience mostly. I'm a nice guy but talk rough.
Name: William Robert ( Bill ) Anderson AKA:TWIG
Found By: BEEN HERE MANY TIMES
GOOD NEWS FROM ME.......AMAZING! I GOT A LETTER FROM THE VA DATED 10/9/2003 THAT I AM NOW 100% VA SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED ( 50% PTSD + 60% RESIDUALS OF CANCER SURGERY 1/31/2000 IN TAMPA VA HOSPITAL, TOGETHER RATED AT 80% PRESENTLY...BUT ADDING IN UNEMPLOYABILITY AFTER LEAVING EMPLOYMENT WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR 26 YEARS, GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO 4/9/1973 THRU 9/30/2003. I HAD BEEN 100% TWICE SINCE THE CANCER IN 1/31/2000 BUT THIS IS NOW "PERMANENT & TOTAL" SO THEY CAN'T TAKE IT AWAY ANYMORE!!!! MY BELOVED DEANE ARDEN CRABSON-WILLIAMS-KLUNK-MIZE (70) AKA: BREE ANDERSON LEFT ME THIS PAST WEEK AND IS NOW STAYING WITH HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTER IN DEBERY, FLORIDA...OVER NEAR DELTONA ON THE FAR SIDE OF ORLANDO, ABOUT 80 MILES AWAY. SHE SURVIVED HER SURGERY BUT NOT OUR RELATIONSHIP AS I AM BOTH "FIRE & ICE" AND WILL PROBABLY NEVER CHANGE...SHE CAN'T TAKE THAT ANYMORE! KEEP PRAYING FOR HER AND ME TOO! TWIG/Bill Anderson MARTINS LANDING APARTMENTS, APT.#229,3520 CLEVELAND HEIGHTS BLVD., LAKELAND, POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA ...BETWEEN TAMPA AND ORLANDO. HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER ( 863 ) 701 - 0438.
Name: John Starnes
Date: 5 Oct 2003
Found By: 75TH RRA
I received a courtesy copy of Sua Sponte, thank you, I will be joining up real soon. Anyway, I remember going to the funeral we staged at the Division Chapel for Sgt Angell, I didn't know Angell well, but he spoke to us when he was in the rear. We were the Recondo Class of#7-68. I remember the spit shine boots at a 45 degree angle the black beret and M-16 with bayonet muzzle end down. Steve Franklin and I went to the chapel to pay our respect to a fine Ranger. June or July 1968 standing on the beach and watching the rucksacks being kicked off the slick in front of the orderly room as the chopper hovered at twenty feet kicking up sand and dust. It woke me up as to the job I was getting myself into. But that was thirty some years ago. When I got the Sua Sponte Newsletter and I saw Angell's face it got me brothers. This isn't a good old boys club but something more. We who survived the war hold in memory our fallen brothers and in a sense live with us daily by what we think, say, and do. Sergeant Angell lives on in me and for that matter in you as Lrrp Rangers.
Gunner Team Winston E51
Name: William Robert ( Bill) Anderson...AKA: TWIG196LRRP@aol.com
date: TUESDAY 9/23/2003 autumnal equinox
Found By: BEEN HERE BEFORE...MANY TIMES!!!!
Monday noon we left the LRMC Hospital with GOOD NEWS! THEY REMOVED 5X4 INCH BENIGN TUMOR, PART OF COLON, AND AN OVARY; BUT,NOT MY KIDNEY. THANKS EVERYONE OF YOU THAT HAS PRAYED FOR ME & TWIG & OUR DECEASED DAUGHTER "SHELL" IN DALLAS, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HER 2 GIRLS: TAMMY (31) & JULIE (27) PHILLIPS OUR GRANDCHILDREN, ALSO FOR "SHELL's" Brothers: SEAN, MICHAEL, AND TIM. AND FOR TWIG's only son (29) RYAN SCOTT ANDERSON who is lost to MARIJUANA a self limiting disorder that steals away your future slowly by eliminating options for future growth. THE SINS OF THE FATHERS ARE VISITED ON A SECOND AND THIRD GENERATION! NIL DESPERANDUM AUSPICE DEO!!! I WILL NEED TO RETURN FOR A GALL BLADDER SURGERY IN A FEW MONTHS, WHEN EVERYTHING IS HEALED.
BREE/ DEANE ARDEN CRABSON-WILLIAMS-KLUNK-MIZE/ANDERSON
PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER #4 VERSES 8 & 9 IS BILL's FAVORITE PASSAGE, PLEASE READ IT.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Name: Richard E. Simpkins (Daddy)
Found By: Sua Sponte
Congratulations on a job well done with the site. I will plan on being in Ocala. I had planned on Texas, but due to a bunch of out of state company, was unable to make it. Thanks again for all of your effort.
I'm military collector and reenactor from Poland. I have a question: how looked your A-class uniform when you served in Vietnam? Was worn black beret and jump boots to A-class uniform (like Green Berets)? Which patches were worn on shoulder? Maybe you have any photo?
I be very thankful for you help.
Name: Stephen Johnson
Sua Sponte should be in the mail by this Friday. There is one gathering at Jerry Howard's in Washington State from Friday the 12th of September to the 14th; big to-do for all you people in Washington state or the Northwest. Give him a call at (360) 825-8496. It's going to be in Enumclaw, WA.
Name: John Starnes
Date: 31 August 2003
Found By: 75TH RRA (Ranger Units listing)
I need someone to explain why E51ST LRS is umbrellaed with our LRRP Ranger Association and is a part of our lineage, but listed as members of 5TH Corp LRRP-D17-A75 Company Association? Gunner
Name: Bill Anderson aka: TWIG '67 F Troop 17th
Cavalry LRRP/AMERICAL LRP/E Co 51st INF LRP
Found By: BEEN THERE
I want to THANK everyone that's been praying for me, my wife, Bree, & my daughter, Michelle (SHELL) Susan De Wald (DECEASED 8/22/03) & please continue, as we face surgery to remove tumor 5 & BY 4 + part of colon + part of bladder + kidney the first week in September. My medical disability retirement + filing bankruptcy. I pray this tumor is NOT cancer & that my wife comes out of this surgery as GOOD as is reasonably possible & her recovery is short & painless! GOD BLESS,
Bill Anderson /TWIG @ 3520 Cleveland Heights Blvd., Apt#229, MARTINS LANDING APARTMENTS, Lakeland, Polk Co., FL33803 (863)701-0438 HOME# & WORK# (863)683-5627, ext.#143 .....NIL DESPERANDUM AUSPICE DEO.....NO REASON FOR DESPAIR, AS EVERYTHING IS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF GOD.
Name: William Robert ( Bill ) Anderson AKA: TWIG
Found By: been here before
Thank you one and all that have been praying for me (56) , my wife (69), "Bree", my step-daughter (50) (deceased), Michelle Susan DeWald. I am so glad I reached out to my old LRRP buddies/RANGERS/LRS/Special Forces members retired & active duty.
My step-daughters funeral is in Dallas, Texas 1PM 8/30/03 and I am having a bagpiper play "Amazing Grace" at her graveside. She gave it her all and was my wife's best friend. My wife has surgery the first week in September to remove a 5 inch by 4 inch tumor plus part of colon, part of bladder, and a kidney at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
I will be retired medically 9/30/03 after 28 years service to the state of Florida starting 4/9/1973. I worked as a Parole Officer, Prison Counselor, Sergeant in FSP, Probation Officer, and finally as an Employment Counselor for Disabled Veterans since 8/1986(DVOP). In addition I worked as a jewelry benchman, psychiatric counselor to children & adolescents, welder, golf course greenskeeper going back to 1964 thru 2003. I will be staying home taking care of my disabled wife.
Again thank you SINCERELY for the prayers, e-mails, telephone calls in my time of need. This is what it means to be a RANGER...you don't forget your brothers and their families as we fight the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Remember "Nil Desperandum Auspice Deo" and Philippians Chapter #4 verses 8&9 when you think of me and my wife, "Bree," and my family as we pray for you! Especially: Tom Nash, Mike Inman, Brigadier General Mark Brennan (recent e-mails & telecons) and Justin Stay. Thank You SUA SPONTE for giving me access to my friends!
Bill Anderson / TWIG e-mail: TWIG196LRRP@aol.com (863)701-0438 Apartment #229 Martins Landing Apartments, 3520 Cleveland Heights Blvd., Apt #229,Lakeland, Polk Co, FLORIDA 33803 USA
Name: John Starnes
Date: 28 August 2003
Found By: listed under 75RRA
First I wanted to touch base with everyone. Bubbles, how you doing? Sorry buddy, I didn't get your pictures, some error or something?
FOR YOUR INFO: I wrote the US President, about the tab issue for all. It was turned over to the US Army Awards and Decorations Branch. A Female LTC, at Awards & Decor gave me the brush off. I turned the entire kit and Kabootal over to Mike Chu, I'm done with it. I have come to the conclusion that much work has to be done before the next Ranger Tab board meets at Ft Benning. The problem is wording. (Provisional) LRRP status no action-why? inactivation in 1967, carried forward as DA LRP Company & Detachments. The status of the Companies can not carry as 75TH (Ranger) Infantry. Companies were Deactivated and returned to separate Infantry Regiment i.e. 50TH 51ST, 58TH, 71ST etc as long as it is a part of a different regiment. Some Long Range Patrol Detachments incorporated into 75TH (Ranger) Infantry minus Infantry Regiment. Historically makes reference to LRP assets to form Ranger Companies A-P. 1 January, 1969 75TH RGR INF identifies LRRP/LRP as RANGER as Proper title for Long Range Reconnaissance, and Long Range Patrol Soldiers. Lineage from LRP to RANGER can not be established under official Army channel "DA Heraldry Office" due to separate Infantry regiment, intergrading two regiments can not be granted, with the exception of LRP Detachments detached from Infantry Regiments that makes reference to assets or Linkage to historical likeness as special skill units such as Special Reconnaissance Army Units.
How the Korean War Ranger Companies and the WWII Ranger Battalions were granted lineage to the 75TH RANGER Regiment. Once the 75TH Became a Force-sized unit a difference was establish from 75TH Ranger Infantry (CARS) becoming a full Ranger Regiment or Force it can accommodate transferring the Battalions, Companies from the Special Forces & the Safe keeper unit to be used as assets both active and inactive, this was done by raising the Regiment Headquarters like in WWII. "Assets" were LRRP/LRP equipment and personnel, not the lineage of the 51ST Infantry. That is why the LRRP/LRP personnel gave up Lurp for Ranger as a proper title. The US Army will never and have never recognized LRRP/LRP or Lurp as a soldier's proper title. But on the other hand Ranger was established as the correct title officially in 1776, 1862, 1942, 1950, 1969. Therefore, Rangers perform Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) missions. Even if the soldier has never jumped from an airplane and the unit is identified as Airborne capable the soldier will wear the Airborne tab with the command patch because the LRRP/RANGER Co is identified Airborne, even if the brigade/division is non-Airborne. The Ranger tab board says when we get the history, linkage to track then maybe "LINEAGE" can be granted from the Secretary of the Army. Without that being accomplished, we as Rangers, will not be granted the wear of the "Official" 75TH RANGER RGT. Do not be satisfied with the Company scroll because a company will never be authorized a DSI scroll. At present time Vietnam Era Rangers are only authorized the 196TH Inf Bde or Americal Division Patch with Airborne tab. The black or tan Commando beret can not be officially worn unless you are a member of A, B, C, E, H (Ranger) Companies those units are recognized has having lineage to the present day 75TH Ranger Regiment. The rest were put in the inactive file. For answers to questions you may have on this issue E-mail me GUNNER.
Name: Jim Liebherr
Date: 08 25 03ask
Found By: sua sponte on web search
Email: jim_liebherr@yahoo .com
My dad was a ranger in Nam now he is very sick just trying him to locate some of his buddies.
Name: William (Billy) Hughes
Date: 16 August 03
foundby: I am a member of the association card #887
I have not heard from any of the guys for a while. I need to know what is going on, I did have some problems with my computer it all fix now. Bill
Name: William Robert ( Bill ) Anderson AKA: TWIG
1967 & 68 LRP, E Co.51ST INF
Date: AUGUST 24, 2003
Found By: BEEN HERE BEFORE
My daughter has died of cancer on Friday 8/22/03.I asked for your prayers. Toomey, Crabson, Danny Stevenson, & EL TIGRE -Leyton got a hold of me & I thank them here. My wife has surgery the first week in September 2003 & I'm asking for your prayers again. NOW!!! My father was a suicide on his last day of work in 1974 one month after my son was born. I am being medically retired from work 9/30/03 & will require bankruptcy as there will not be enough money for the bills I already have. I don't want to live if my beloved wife, Bree, dies from this surgery or the cancer. PRAY FOR US, PLEASE!
Bill Anderson / TWIG 3520
Cleveland Heights Blvd.,Apt#229
Lakeland, Fl 33803 (863)701-0438 HOME# .......TWIG
Name: William (Billy) Hughes
Date: 16 August 03
Found By: I am a member of the association card #887
I have not heard from any of the guys for a while. I need to know what is going on, I did have some problems with my computer it's all fixed now. Bill
Name: Michael Chu
Date: July 30, 2003
David L. Swires has joined the 21st century and can be reached at email@example.com My computer is becoming strangled with junk mail and I will be changing my email address soon. Will keep you posted.
Name: William Robert Anderson ( AKA: TWIG )
Date: July 17,2003
Found By: member of LRRP/RANGER ASSOCIATION
Now both my stepdaughter and my wife are ill. Stepdaughter, Michelle DeWald ADAIR, is terminal with colon cancer. It went to liver, lungs, brain...chemo just makes her sick and caused her to lose her hair. Wife, Bree, has a tumor that is either benign or colon cancer; it will be August before I know anymore. PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM!!!!!
Bill Anderson/TWIG196LRRP@aol.com. Home#(863)701-0438....I need your HELP guys & ladies! Please PRAY for Shelly & Bree. I've worked for the state of Florida since 4/9/73 & I'll be soon out of work thanks to Governor JEB BUSH & his idiot brother, "W" in Washington-PRESIDENT! We take "In GOD We Trust"; out of the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE to AMERICA & GOD will RETALIATE against this country for that!!!!
Name: Robert Score
Found By: stumbled on it
Has anyone seen or heard from Bruce Mohn on this site? I would like to hear from him again (old friend). He was a LRRP in Nam between 68-71.Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks
Name: Jay Simmons
Found By: search engine
Stopped by to see the site.. I am compiling information to be published in print and on my
website about the Vietam Conflict. I am attempting to publish interviews/stories AS TOLD
by vietnam veterans in order to educate people. (myself included) I have been doing
extensive research the past four months and I am particularly interested in hearing from
LRRP's! I have yet to do an interview with a LRRP. What you guys did fascinates me. If you
care to share your Vietnam experience for publication please contact me. Either way stop
by the site and leave me your opions, wether they be good or bad..
Found By: navegando, informacion sobre los lupr en vietnam (Translation: Sailing, information on lupr in Vietnam)
Para mi los mejores, en la guerra de vietnam, lucharon en su propio terreno, y se adaptaron a su tecnica de combate, en muchas ocasiones les ganaron la partida.(Translation: For my the best ones, in the war of Vietnam, fought in their own land, and they adapted to its tecnica battle, in many occasions gained the game to them.)
Name: Melinda Wilson
Found By: a friend gave me the address
Message: I enjoyed the website, Thank You!
Name: Jon K Burns
Date: 29 June 2003
Found By: known from before
Wanted to thank all the Guys and Gals for the Hospitality at the REUNION this weekend in San Antonio...had a great time...Finally got to put Faces to the Names of all those that I had heard stories about when I was with the unit in 1971 in Chu Lai. Thanks to all....I really appreciated the greeting from all the Older LRRPS to one of the younger Guys (me....being there in 71...near the end). Again I really want to thank Ya'll ....you made me feel at home (being my first reunion). Take Care One and AlL RLTW Jon B.
Name: Jamil Figueroa
Date: 25 June 03
Found By: I am currently a member of E Co 51st INF.
To all Rangers past and present we carry on the tradition.
Found By: Ranger Site
Would like to hear from any G2 Rangers. I was the guy who came up with name Moscow & the drawing.
Name: SGT Duncan Raeside(101st
Airborne, 327th(Bastone Bull Dogs) 1960-1963
Found By: Had Tom Nash & Brig. Gen Mark Bennan over for dinner, Maine Lobsters,
Tom Nash showed me this sight and some of the letters or messages that he wrote about Mark Brennan and Vic Valeriano, very impressed. I served with the 101st Airborne Div, 327th Bastone Bull Dogs from 1960-1963. Volunteered with the 7th Special Forces in 1962, when it was a MAG assignment, while home on leave was promoted to SGT where they changed my MOS and said I had to re-apply and extend 6 months. I was discharged in 1963 and went to collage at the Univ. of Kentucky and was recalled in 1966 when the 101st Airborne was sent to Vietnam. At that time I had met my present wife and took ROTC.
Name: William Robert Anderson ( AKA: TWIG )
Date: June 6th,2003
Found By: Surfing
Bob Simpson is gone near a year now. I miss him & the contact with Jerry Howard, El Tigre, etc. GOD BLESS all our comrades & their families too. Bill Anderson... Lakeland, Florida @ TWIG196LRRP@aol.com
Name: Jim Goodson
I am looking for some pictures, with me in them hopefully, from Doc Pho,1968-1969. I lost most of the ones that I had many years ago. If you can help out, please let me know.
Name: William Robert Anderson
Date: JUNE 3, 2003
Found By: SURFING
I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN MY "OLD BUDDIES" FROM 1967 & 1968. I PRAY THAT THIS NOTE FINDS YOU WELL, ONE AND ALL!!! MY ONLY RE-UNION WAS IN 1995 IN FORT MYERS AT TOOMEY'S HOME. I WORK AS A DVOP (EMPLOYMENT COUNSELOR FOR VETERANS) IN LAKELAND, POLK CO., FLORIDA SINCE 1986...PENDING MEDICAL DISABILITY RETIREMENT FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA. I WEAR RONALD BRYNIEL JONSSON'S KIA BRACELET EVERY DAY, THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS IN OUR OLD UNIT IN KOSOVO, E CO 51ST INFANTRY. I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE ELSE WORE THEM? WHO? I WONDER IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO FIND PICTURES OF EACH AND EVERY MAN ON OUR WALL TO INSERT WITH THEIR NAMES...LIKE JONSSON HAS THANKS TO HIS SISTER IN CAPE CORAL. I PRAY EACH NIGHT AFTER DINNER AND INCLUDE YOU ALL! MY WIFE, BREE, IS 69 AND HER OLDEST DAUGHTER IS 50. HER DAUGHTER HAS COLON CANCER, MICHELLE ADAIR, AND THE BILIRUBIN IS HIGH AND SHE'S JUST COMPLETED CHEMO-THERAPY, AFTER SURGERY; BUT, THE CANCER GOT PAST THE COLON INTO THE LYMPH NODES AND NOW THREATENS HER LIVER. I'M ASKING FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR HER. PRAY FOR A MIRACLE...PLEASE! BREE IS A GOOD WOMAN THAT PRAYS FOR YOU ALL EVERY NIGHT. HER E-MAIL IS ARDEN100533@AOL.COM I KNOW THERE ARE MANY OF US THAT HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH CANCER (MINE WAS PROSTATE IN 2001). WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS AND I KNOW YOU WONT DISAPPOINT ME HERE WHEN I ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR "SHELLY" IN DALLAS, TEXAS. I LOVE YOU ALL! TWIG/BILL ANDERSON.(863)701-0438. HOME#. MARTIN'S LANDING APARTMENTS,3520 CLEVELAND HEIGHTS BLVD., APT#229, LAKELAND, POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA (HALF WAY BETWEEN TAMPA AND ORLANDO-DISNEY/EPCOT). NIL DESPERANDUM AUSPICE DEO.
Name: Lowell Abenoja
Date: 29 MAY 2003
Found By: Special Operations.com
Thank you for serving.. May God Bless all of you. Thank you for sharing the history about the LRRPs.
Name: Steve Franklin
Date: 29 May 2003
Jammin' Jarhead -
Sorry that I couldn't say so-long to you at Angel Fire when the Memorial Ceremony was over and everyone was preparing to begin their journey home. It was great to see you, and I'm sure that we'll cross paths again. Take care, and Peace be with you.
Steve "Bubbles" Franklin
Name: Bill Martin / Egghead
Found By: Surfing
I'm ashamed to say I've been visiting the site for a long time but haven't left a message. I haven't been to a reunion since New Orleans, but I plan on being in San Antonio and hope to see a lot of you there.
Name: STEVEN R. GRIMM
Date: 13 MAY 03
Found By: BY PHONE / RANNAHAN
Message: HOOAHA! CAN'T WAIT!
Name: STEVEN R. GRIMM/ MARAUDER
Date: 11 MAY 03
Foundby: CHATTING W/ RANNAHAN / DOPEY
Nice site guys! Realy enjoyed! WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH BASE W/ DENNIS NYE CUZ WE'RE ALMOST NEIGHBORS.
Name: STEVEN R. GRIMM / marauder
Date: 11 MAY,03
Found By: CHATTING W/ RANNAHAN /DOPEY
Name: John Starnes
Date: 8 May 2003
Found by: 75THRRA website
To the present day Rangers in Co E(LRS),(ABN), 51ST Infantry "my unit." My heart goes out to all of you. For all you do and are, please know that you honoring us old soldiers is appreciated. We, the Vietnam Era guys, watch you and pray for your safety and you bring all home. Never feel that you can not talk to us. We are you and you are us. As it should be-Ranger Brothers Sua Sponte, I serve Airborne. RLTW hooah. Gunner
Name: Megan Moncada
Found By: Sua Sponte newsletter
Hello all! Chief and I are planning to attend the 2003 San Antonio Reunion (assuming he can get leave) and hope to see you there! Rangers Lead the Way!
David "Chief" Moncada's wife - Megan
I have been contacted by:
John Fritzinger, Jr.
1301 Mary Jane Lane
West Chester, PA 19380
He would like to hear from anyone who knew Fritz.
Name: Skip Davis
Anyone remember around 27 Feb 69. The night LZ Baldy was hit on the LRRP side of the hill? I was the kid that used the LAW against the bunker behind LRRP site. Kid then that is.. I volunteered to come over from F/17 that night and stayed for awhile. Learned a lot from you guy's. Still use some of it today being a SWAT Instructor in Michigan and at the police academy. Would like to hear from anyone at that time.
Name: Gerald Gesslein
Flew with the 174th Avn Co. inserted a few of you LRRPs. Good to see you guys are still out there.
Name: STEVE DEEVER
Site Found By: NEWSLETTER
WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU GUYS ,WAS ON TEAM ARKANSAS 1970
Name: Starnes, John B. "Gunner"
Date: 11 April 2003
Found By: Ben Dunham
From time to time, I pull up the website to see what is happening. This time I was reading about Vic Valeriano and his acceptance into the Ranger Hall of Fame. I didn't know Vic, in the Company in Vietnam, but, I certainly knew of him and his accomplishments as an Infantry soldier and as a Ranger of the 196TH LRRP Det (Abn)(Prov), Det(A) LRRP 23RD Inf (Prov) and Co E (LRP)51ST Inf, 75TH Ranger Inf (CARS). I feel great pride due to the fact that Vic was in the company and the fact that he is an Islander. I can identify with that because of my mother being an Islander as well.
With that said, I wish Vic his due. Congratulations are in order and an honor which is fitting of his stature. To the others of the early formation of this company, especially Dave Travis. Being a part of the Ranger Community has always been with the LRRPs. It was decided so in 1958. Assets, such as LRRP personnel to form the 75TH Ranger Infantry CARS had been addressed in 1956,1958-1961, 1965-1967 and was approved on 28 December 1968 officially affected on 1 January, 1969. Therefore, LRRPs are Rangers and proof was first seen in a unit called "Church's Ranging Men" (Church's Rangers) the year 1678. Rangers came from Ranging men and Long Ranging Reconnaissance Patrols (LRRP) Knowlton's Rangers 1776. We as LRRPs never operated as Battalions but certainly operated exactly like Ranger Companies of the Korean War. The Battalion operations would not being until 1974 under re-organization into the 1ST and 2ND Ranger Battalions. Our Regiment's history did not start with us as a company or Detachment, but as the 5307TH Composite and the OSS. We just made the 75TH Infantry (Airborne) from our combined assets as Airborne units. Again, Congratulations Vic, a well deserved Award.
Date: March 15, 2003
Site Found By: Americal Division website
Does anyone remember a West Point Captain named Bjork?
Name: Katherine Duke
Looking for anyone who knew my father, SFC Domingo Morado, Co A 3/21, 196th LIB, KIA 5/13/69.
Please contact Katherine Duke at Katheduc43@aol.com.
Name: Howard M. (Marty) Kuykendall
Site Found By: Searching
Found the site with no compass just kept looking. Just wanted to say hello to all the warriors from G Co Rangers. I kinda stay lost in my own world as there is no team like what we all had in Nam. I keep my back to the wall and it's getting very old. Would like to hear from some of you if you get the time to answer. If anyone sees Beach say hello. That goes for everyone but brother Beach was always out of touch and on the far edge of the map if you know what I mean. Wishing all of you the best and smooth thoughts. Pervert