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Posted: 6/24/2016
Name: Bullet Bob
Message: Has anyone heard about a Ranger in the Dahlonega area who lost his home in a recent fire? I received just scant info and want to get a name and see if we can help. Let me know if anyone has more details. RLTW!

Posted: 6/20/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Here in Colorado Springs for the Berlin Brigade annual reunion. We will be taking a tour of Mark Jordan's alma mater. I wonder if anybody could pick the Air Force Academy graduate out of some of my photos?

Posted: 6/14/2016
Name: Bob Williams - Secretary
Message: For those of you that read the last meeting minutes that were sent over the weekend. The correct time for the July 7 USMRA meeting should have read 1900 or 7:00 pm for those of us civilians.

Posted: 6/8/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : We had a good meeting and the minutes will be posted asap. FYI, everyone! My nephew, Jacob Keohane is an actor and is in that TV series about Washington's Spies. He is playing the part of one of Robert Roger's Tory Rangers. He was in episode 3 this past Monday and will be in episode 4 text week. If anyone is watching this series, don't blame him for the writer's inaccuracies. This is a big change for him - he has been doing late 18th century drawing room comedies. Let me know what you think of his performance.

Posted: 6/8/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: hi Guys. Just checkin' in. Hope all's well w/ ya. Did the meeting happen last week? Are there any minutes comin'? Just like to keep tabs on you all, and see what's up. Stay cool & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 6/2/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: I'm back in NC, so won't be at the meeting. Hope you have a good one.

Posted: 5/31/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Don't forget, the Association June meeting will be this coming Thursday (2 June) at 1900hrs on the deck of the Overhang. See ya' there. RLTW

Posted: 5/28/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Good day to all the Rangers out there. The Association wishes you and the family a safe and enjoyable Memorial Holiday. I remind folks when they wish me a happy holiday, that this day is set aside to remember those and their families of the Veterans who gave all for their country. My unit has 47 names on the wall, and I think that puts the memories for me on what the day is for. RLTW

Posted: 5/26/2016
Name: Bullet Bob Suchke- Treasurer
Message: I want to take the opportunity to recognize and thank Ranger Rick Hollar for his most generous donation we received today. Rick was a Graduate of Ranger Class 4-78 and also a Ranger Instructor here in Dahlonega with the 5th RTB from 1984-1988. On behalf of all the USMRA members and staff, Thank you very much.

For anyone who would like to make a donation or purchase a USMRA Coin to keep this organization strong and growing, please do so. Your donations to the USMRA can be made by check or credit card thru PayPal. See details on this website. Thanks again. RLTW!


Posted: 5/23/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Well... Cpt. Griest will be "Well Qualified" to recommend to her Company Commander, that a Ranger Student be "Dropped." She was RECYCLED, how many times???!!! She'll be the resident expert on evaluation of Ranger Studs! The camel has put it's nose under the tent, and now sits at the dinner table! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 5/22/2016
Name: Robbie
Message: 1st female Army Infantry Officer assigned to Ranger Training Battalion Capt. Kristen Griest, the first female infantry officer, has been assigned to the 4th Ranger Training Battalion of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, according to a U.S. Army official. Griest, one of the first three women to earn the coveted Ranger tab last year, will be a platoon tactical trainer in the battalion, said Army spokesman Col. Patrick Seiber with Public Affairs at the Pentagon. Griest, 27, will be one of more than two dozen recent Captain’s Career Course graduates in that role, Seiber said. “Capt. Griest is one of the 27 post Maneuver Captain’s Career Course pre-company command authorized to work in this role in the 4th, 5th and 6th Ranger Training Battalions,” Seiber said on Thursday. Griest, a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, recently graduated from the Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning and was granted a branch transfer from military police to Infantry, making her the first woman Infantry officer. She and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver were the first women to graduate from Ranger School, the Army’s most difficult combat training course, in August 2015. Griest and the other captains must successfully complete a 90-day Ranger Instructor Training and Education Program this summer. The tactical trainers supervise the training of a 60-plus person Ranger training platoon that consists of 50 students and about a dozen Ranger instructors, all non-commissioned officers. The role of the tactical trainers is to insure that Ranger students meet the demanding course standards and make recommendations to the company commander for students who do not meet those standards, Seiber said. Platoon tactical trainers, once they are certified, grade student patrols in the same manner as Ranger instructors. Griest will be working in the Benning phases, which include the initial assessment phase at Camp Rogers and the first patrol phase at Camp Darby. After completing their assignment as tactical trainers, the captains usually move to other units and await company command, Seiber said. Griest, a native of Orange, Conn., has been at the forefront of the Army’s gender integration. She was part of a pilot program in which 19 women entered Ranger School last April. Since then, Ranger School has been opened to all qualified students, men or women. Maj. Lisa Jaster, also in that original pilot program, graduated the course in October. As the Army in particular and the military in general opens all of its jobs to qualified women, Fort Benning, because of its training role, will be at the center of much of the initial process. Last month, the Army approved 22 soldiers — 21 female West Point and ROTC cadets and one Officer Candidate School graduate — to commission into the infantry and armor branches. They will go through the Infantry and armor Basic Officer Leadership Courses starting this summer. Thirteen of the women will be working to become armor officers and nine infantry officers.

Posted: 5/17/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Made a special trip to see Mark and give him some books to read during his convalescence. He is still looking a bit "under the weather" and has a oxygen breather. Other than that, it is the same old Mark.

Posted: 5/16/2016
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: Mark "Lt Fuzz" Jordan. Calm down, take some deep breaths, and get well. We need you to continue to contribute your inspirational input to our otherwise collective chaos. Please follow your doctor's advice and hopefully we will see you at the June 2nd meeting of the USMRA. All the best, my friend.

Posted: 5/16/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Anyone have Mark Jordan's address? I have some books for him and would like to deliver them.

Posted: 5/15/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: I shared texts with Mark today. He is home from the hospital,and has congestive heart failure. On meds and oxygen. I threatened to cut his beard off if he didn't follow his Doc's orders. Here's hoping that he recovers and lives to torment others in the future. We need the Lt. Fuzz to keep all of us on our toes. Check him out on his Facebook page. RLTW

Posted: 5/15/2016
Name: Robbie Frieg
Message: Prayers to Mark and family.

Posted: 5/14/2016
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: Just received word that our own "Mark Jordon" was admitted to Chestatee Reg. yesterday for Congestive heart failure.. Rm 225

Posted: 5/11/2016
Name: Bob Williams - Webmaster
Message: A point of clarification:

In a previous post, Ron Rice was identified as, "an apparent Navy Veteran. Doug Perry has designated Ron as an Associate Member."

This description actually applies to Roy Joe Rice. There is no Ron Rice on our roster. We apologize to Mr. Rice for the misrepresentation of the facts.


Posted: 5/11/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Jim

I seem to recall Ranger Arden. He was with the unit during the same period. However, he was never assigned to my team, so my memory is fuzzy also. I am not going to Vegas either. I plan to attend Texas and West Virginia.

I am going to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame today. I will give a report tomorrow. RLTW


Posted: 5/11/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mike Keohane. Sent ya a post card. but got it back. "RTS." Send me an e-mail w/ your "REAL" address. Thanks buddy. Jim RLTW/L&P (j-lregan@twc.com)

Break, break. Chuck Windham. Are you going to Vegas for reunion? I aint making it. I'll shoot for Killeen in 2017, Charleston, WV, 2018. Charleston is a bit closer for both of us. Take care, stay in touch. By the by. Do you remember Rick Arden, LRRP/Ranger w/ us, '68-'69? He passed. We probably should have had a "Year book" for the outfit. The website photos are good but not complete. This ol' brain gear is gettin' fuzzy 'bout faces & names. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 5/10/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: You're absolutely correct, Bob. I didn't waste my time reading your words.

Posted: 5/10/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Mark, I will be glad to discuss your grievances but this is not the place to do it. You know my email address as well as my phone number. For the record, I have no say-so as to who becomes a member of the USMRA. Our by-laws determine that, and the members at a monthly meeting at some point in our past voted upon any honorary or associate members.

My hope is that we can move past our personal differences and hurt feelings to address issues that really matter such as helping to eliminate the statistic of 22 soldiers committing suicide each day. I know some of you don’t believe in PTSD and other mental conditions, but something is causing soldiers to see no hope in their future. As Rangers, we often won’t seek help for fear others judging us as being weak. I know. I was one of them. At a critical point, I sought help from the VA and after a long struggle life is good. Many will blame the current administration for the inadequacies of the VA. A little research will show that no administration has done much for the VA. In fact, were it not for Medal of Honor recipient MSG Roy Benavidez, Ronald Reagan would have cut all veteran’s social security benefits. The Bush administration produced no better record.

The point is that as an association we need to stop focusing on our petty problems and focus instead on the lives of our fellow veterans and how we can help those that need assistance. We can’t just rely on the VA to provide the resources required to help everyone while we sit around and decide who is bringing the meat to the Critter Cookout. As an organization of 1365 members, we can make a difference. Are we seeking out and giving a hand up to those homeless vets in our area? Are there veterans in our communities that just need a fellow soldier to talk to? I don’t know what’s on your agenda, but this is what’s on mine.


Posted: 5/10/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: For Mark Jorden: Want to share something that I learned at my LRRP/Ranger Unit, H Co. 75th, 1st Cav.

It is not the critic who counts, not he man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better

the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who knows great enthusiasm, great devotion, the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat

You've never lived till you've almost died. For those who have had to fight for it, life has truly a flavor the protected shall never know.

This was written/said by President Teddy Roosevelt. One of my heroes. We share the same Birthday date, 27 October. However, different years! RLTW/L&P


Posted: 5/10/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jerry Roberts : A tad after my time. The name Earl Singletary strikes a bell. I don't know if it is the same person but there was a RI NCO at the RMC with that name. Jim Regan : I have had trouble with names (including close family members) since I was a kid so don't be so quick to blame old age. BTW, I will turn 78 in August so you are still a kid to me.

Posted: 5/9/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: While looking for a Ranger in the 'R' section of the USMRA Roster, I came across a Ron Rice, an apparent Navy Veteran. Doug Perry has designated Ron as an Associate Member.

...if this is true, and seeing it on our Unit Roster, I assume Bob Williams has approved of some position we no longer recognize as a Valid Member.

...I recall responding to inflammatory remarks made by Ron about a person not being recognized THIS YEAR on our Fallen Ranger Memorial. I explained the quota had been met, after I waited days for a response from Bob, yet nothing was said.

...Later I see that my "inflammatory remarks" were removed while Ron's remained.

...let me be clear... I have not missed any meetings since agreeing to revise a Secretary position that had been ignored. Along the way I picked up being Treasuter when Dan Rhodes left. I stayed at my parents' home helping care for my father from October til April, my back needing two years to begin feeling normal again. No meeting was missed.

...I apologize to those who know I love them as Ranger Brothers. I will not be around much any more.


Posted: 5/9/2016
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: Mike, I was stationed at Dahlonega from 1975 to 77, I went to Ranger School in April of 72. I worked with SSG Hilderbrant, Billy Childress, SFC Roberts and SFC Griffin. Earl Singletary was also in the department. I don't know if you know him but James E. Voyles was my PSG while in B.co 75th Rangers at Carson just prior to the 2nd Ranger Bn being formed. 1SG Gooden was my 1SG.

Posted: 5/9/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mike, You've got a better memory than this fellow. My "CRS" kicks in occasionally/frequently now. I tell folks, an, I'm seventy-six years old. I can't remember ALL THAT STUFF!!!

Don't even talk about remembering names. I'll be talkin' 'bout someone and forget the name. While driving down the road the next day, in a flash, here comes the name to this ol' brain gear! Amazes me sometimes! Scary too! Take care, stay dry and warm. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 5/8/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I knew that, Jim. You & I chatted about that three years ago. You send me some stories about the early days that I still have on my computer.

Posted: 5/8/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mike, I missed seein' ya by about eight months. Got there, first time/trip, in August 1961. Class # 1 1961. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 5/4/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jerry Roberts : I was at the MRC from 11/58 to 11/60. When were you there?

Posted: 5/4/2016
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: When I was stationed with the mountaineering dept, the 3 rope bridge was pretty permanent structure right over the water fall, we did teach 1, 2 and 3 rope bridge building. Then we would put the metal sheet in place to raise the water and have students construct a 2 rope bridge at night. I love the new climbing tower. The whole camp looked nice, I really liked the museum.

Posted: 5/3/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jerry W. Roberts : Sorry to see the three rope bridge gone? In my time, the three rope bridge was rebuilt at the beginning of every cycle as part of the introduction to mountaineering. RIs demonstrated how to construct one rope, two rope & three rope bridges and then the students were divided into building teams and constructed the bridges.

Posted: 5/2/2016
Name: Jerry W. Roberts
Message: Got to visit the Ranger Camp during my motorcycle ride with my friends. Things sure have changed, sad to see the 3 rope bridge gone but then it has been since 76 that I was there. But it felt great to be there again.

Posted: 5/1/2016
Name: Bullet Bob Suchke
Message: The USMRA will have a meeting on May 5th at the Overhang NCO Club at 1900 Hrs. It is also Cinco de Mayo, so we will be looking for chips and salsa if anyone is so inspired. Bring your Critter Cookout feedback comments. Lets discuss what went right, what could be better and any suggestions you have for next year. RLTW!

Posted: 5/1/2016
Name: Sr Pvt Jordan
Message:

...Scott Drummond was that writer, Jim Regan...his words flow like the Etowah at Camp Merrill...soothing to the soul...

...I aggravate at times...I think I do, anyway...

...RLTW...

...Sr Pvt Jordan...


Posted: 5/1/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Brother Jorden. Well said! Glad I did not miss the CCO/BBQ/and Open House. Already looking forward to next year. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/29/2016
Name: Senior Private Jordan
Message:

USMRA OPEN HOUSE APRIL 2016​ ​

Many of us were truly blessed on the weekend of 22-24 April 2016 to be the guests of our North Georgia US Army Rangers and our all volunteer USMRA over in Dahlonega GA.

Please allow me to open with the undeniable fact that these great Americans are amongst THE most humble, generous, good humored, familyoriented, decent, peace loving American patriots, and as a unique brotherhood, the friendliest I have ever known.

Make no mistake they are also very smart, skilled warriors who accept the harsh realities of a world filled with bad actors, those many who would have no mercy on ANY of us; those who hate the freedoms and liberties of our Sovereign Republic, and as such are dedicated warriors who defend all of us, when needed.

This very limited description applies to each and every Ranger I have ever met over at Camp Frank D. Merrill, from the oldest retiree down to the lowest ranked active duty enlisted trainee.

The all volunteer USMRA (US Mountain Ranger Association) fully supports our active duty Rangers, as well as a plethora of community activities and projects. ​

​I would estimate there were over a thousand guests and family members Saturday alone, when we were amazed by demonstrations of helicopter assaults, ambush demonstrations, hand-to-hand combat skills, a ten thousand foot HALO skydiving demonstration, a swearing in of new trainees, and all sorts of smiles, gentlemanly hospitality, surrounded by families, children and several dogs, as if one huge loving family.

Never, ever a harsh face or unkind word, even from those who’d suffered and sacrificed much in the harsh unforgiving arena of combat was exhibited.

Not an ounce of any sort of negativity from those who live by common sense, old school realities and a love of our nation and each other. ​

​We were also humbled by a ceremony to sincerely honor America’s Fallen Rangers.

We, each and every American, owe all we are blessed with to those who have given so much, up to and including their lives for others.

From my humble perspective, every day is Memorial Day. ​ ​

Finally we were treated to a Wild Game Dinner on Saturday afternoon, prepared by volunteers and their families who worked hard for several days dedicated to this entire event.

Many of us tried to sample everything, not knowing all of the food sources, but it was all excellent and we left away fully nourished, and somewhat stuffed! In fact they were running out of these tasty dishes. ​ ​

At a midpoint in the many amazing activities two college scholarships were presented to high school students, the funding donated by the USMRA who only ask for and survive on donations. (HINT!) Go here: http://usmountainranger.org/activities/scholarship_fund.htm​​ ​

Please do yourself and family a favor and go here to learn more about the USMRA: http://usmountainranger.org/index.html.

Try to make a donation, if possible and make plans to attend their annual open house next year. ​ ​

Semper Paratus...Scott Drummond...RHOF Bob Bischoff's Buddy...

RLTW


Posted: 4/27/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Good day to all. I just want to echo Bob's remarks re: the Fish fry anf the Cookout. Great friends, good food and the help of so many folks to see the event thru.

It is not possible to carry out such an event without the help of individuals and families, especially the Head families, two in this case. Kenny, Shaun, and their families. The other Head family was my Daughter Michelle, and her husband Bob along with Noelle Grace, the grand daughter. This was their first time up, and I'm not sure they will be back after having to work so hard! All of the help was appreciated, as was the contributions of food by every one who donated.

Thanks to every one who put in so much effort to make this one of our best. Next year we need more game!RLTW


Posted: 4/25/2016
Name: Bullet Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: Critter Cookout and Open House for 2016 are now history. According to everyone I have talked to it was a huge success and everyone had a great time. Even with a slight rain on Friday night, the fish fry went off without a hitch. Brian Cunningham and the Fowl Play Band did a great job entertaining us while we dined on trout. On Saturday, the weather was perfect, we had a great attendance and all events were executed as planned. 5th RTB conducted a highly professional “Rangers in Action” demonstration and the Silver Eagles from Fort Benning’s Command Parachute Demonstration Team once again HALO’ed into Mosby Army Airfield and right on target.

Two one thousand dollar scholarships were awarded to Ranger offspring, Planning Bay Honorees were recognized and Six Fallen Rangers were honored at the Fallen Ranger Memorial Road marker. Lots of old and young Rangers gathered and our brotherhood and friendships were renewed.

The tireless work of Vice Chairman Chuck Windham and his staff once again rose to the occasion and it seemed like hundreds of folks enjoyed eating ‘dead animals’ and many other strange things until it was gone. It was all delicious. Thanks again to Marshall Huckaby, Mike Keohane, Gary Head and his family, Ted Tilson and the guys of Papa Company Rangers and the many others who contributed their time and efforts to make the Critter Cookout a success. My apologizes if I missed anyone. Thanks also to Mark Jordan for designing, ordering and distributing the 2016 Critter Cookout Tee shirts.

I can report that the donations received during the event exceeded the costs we incurred, so we are financially still in the black. To several people who wanted USMRA coins, I can mail them out to you. Just follow the instructions on this website. For anyone who would like to make a donation to keep this organization strong and growing, please do so. Your donations to the USMRA can be made by check or credit card thru PayPal. See details on this website. To all those who missed Critter Cookout and Open Hose this year, please join us next year and see what you have been missing. Your mission is to be there and bring another Ranger with you. RLTW!


Posted: 4/25/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hi Gang! Back home in Lexington, safe and sound. What a great time at the CCO & Open House. Wonderful to meet and great all those folks and my "Brothers" at the Mountain Ranger Camp. Sorry we did not have a meeting.Please pass on my compliments and "THANKS" to all the; COOKS, KPs,Organizers, & Suppliers!!! They "Knocked it out of the ball park!!!" See ya all next year Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/21/2016
Name: Chuck Windham
Message: Lance

We will make baked beans at the both events. Sides like potato salad and cookies for the kids would be great. Any thing you donate will be good.


Posted: 4/21/2016
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers I have been MIA from the MRA meetings, but hopefully I will be forgiven as I plan to attend the Critter Cookout. Is there any specific food that is needed for the cookout? Sounds like we have enough meat, so how about large sides or other type items? What type of sides have been a favorite in the past? I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday. Lance

Posted: 4/20/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...a word about our beautiful weather...

...

Thursday 04/21... 78 | 58 °F

...Thursday ... 40 % Precip. / 0.05 in. Cloudy skies early. A few showers developing later in the day. High 78F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

...Thu Night... 80 % Precip. / 0.32 in Overcast with rain showers at times. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

...Friday 04/22 72 | 54 °F

90 % Precip. / 0.42 in Thunderstorms likely. High 72F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

...Fri Night 40 % Precip. / 0 in Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then becoming clear overnight. Low 54F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

...Saturday 04/23... ....81 | 54 °F

0 % Precip. / 0 in... Plentiful sunshine. High 81F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

...Sat Night 0 % Precip. / 0 in Clear. Low 54F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

...Sunday 04/24 82 | 55 °F

...Sun 0 % Precip. / 0 in Mainly sunny. High 82F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.


Posted: 4/20/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: The trout will arrive at Camp Merrill at approx. 1430hrs(2:30pm)on April 21st. All fish cleaners should report by the gym at 1400hrs. We're rolling toward the big event. RLTW.

Posted: 4/19/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: To all the Rangers that have contacted me, thank you for your interest in the FF and CCO. Thanks to 1st Sg(R) Doug Perry and 1st Sg(R) Marshall Huckaby for the Venison. I'm sure others will show with meat. By the way, you need to eat Marshall"s Chili, it is worth the trip. Mike is planning his Cajun fixing! We are ready to smoke some meat!

Several have asked if they can make cash donations. Bring it on. RLTW


Posted: 4/19/2016
Name: Robbie Frieg
Message: I was wondering if there will be a tent set up like last year for the open house/critter cookout weekend? Also, last the cots got taken and if that happens, again, can my daughter and I set up a small tent near there? Thanks and see you all this weekend.

Posted: 4/18/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Sorry about my spelling on the last message. Ted Tillson are you available? Bear Schular, can you cook this year? Let mr know. As I said, our smokers will be in place on the afternoon of Thursday, the 21st. RLTW

Posted: 4/18/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

Thursday

A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 75F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Thu Night70 % Precip. / 0.09 in

Cloudy with occasional showers late at night. Thunder possible. Low 57F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Friday04/2275 | 53 °F Fri80 % Precip. / 0.2 in

A steady rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High around 75F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Fri Night10 % Precip. / 0 in

Partly cloudy skies. Low 53F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday04/2378 | 52 °F Sat10 % Precip. / 0 in

Sunny. High 78F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Sat Night10 % Precip. / 0 in

Clear. Low 52F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday04/2481 | 54 °F Sun0 % Precip. / 0 in Sunny. High 81F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Sun Night0 % Precip. / 0 in Clear skies. Low 54F. Winds light and variable.


Posted: 4/17/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Rangers, that time is almost upon us. The fish fry and CCO will take place this Friday and Saturday. We need the following.

Hands to help clean the fish on Thursday,April 21st at appox 11:30 am. We also need turkey friers and the cooking bases for both Friday and Saturday. We need tables if the the Overhang can't provide them. We need hands for all 3 days.

we need know what meat and supplies you will donate, and if you will volunteer to assist. We should have the smokers in place forthe CCO. I am starting to purchase needed supplies for both days.

You can contact me at 678-617-6449 cell or at chuckwind@bellsouth.net

The Association will not furnish brakfast as the chow hall will be open. Looking forward to hearing from you. RLTW


Posted: 4/11/2016
Name: Tom Wilburn
Message:

The Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade will be inducting Rangers as Distinguished Members of the Brigade on Thursday, 14 April 2016 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Ranger Bob Williams is one of the Distinguished Members being inducted into this unique and select brotherhood. It was a privilege serving with Bob on active duty at CFM (2nd Ranger Company)and to continue to see how he serves the community and his fellow Rangers. Bob is a tireless worker who volunteers time and effort to worthy causes, and is one of the most humble Rangers I have ever met.

Please congratulate him on his achievements and this great honor. I am proud to know Bob and look forward to seeing him receive this well deserved honor at FBGA on Thursday.


Posted: 4/8/2016
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: The 2016 USMRA Scholarship Committee has reviewed and evaluated this year’s applications. We had the opportunity to see first hand young adults who have distinguished themselves by their pursuit of excellence and their willingness to serve their communities.

After due consideration of the applications, the USMRA Scholarship Committee has selected Ms. Elizabeth M. Milton, daughter of Ranger Stephen Milton, and Mr. Nelson Elder, son of Ranger Lawrence G. Elder, as the recipients for 2016. Each will receive a $1000 scholarship award.

The 2016 USMRA Scholarship Committee wishes to thank the membership for the honor of our serving in this capacity.

Rangers Lead the Way!

Respectfully submitted:

Ranger Bob Bischoff

Ranger Brian Cunningham

Ranger J.D. Kirby


Posted: 4/6/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Meeting tomorrow night (April 7th) 1900hrs at the Overhang. Final discussions on the Fish Fry and CCO. See you there! RLTW

Posted: 4/5/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Chuck Windham; Still unable to determine the disposition of Lou Carista's remains. No return phone call or e-mails. I plan to "Drive on," for the road sign dedication. See ya in a couple of weeks. Cuttin' grass and not shoveling snow. Love it! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/1/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Thanks Mike. Always 'preciate "advice" from my ELDERS!:) I'll survive w/o the Pound Cake. Thanks again, Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/31/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : I trust that you will let your buddy drive. Your driving luck has not been good these past few years. ;>) BYW, I have no C-rat pound cake for you so you will have to settle for my Gumbos.

Posted: 3/30/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: The obituary notice for Laurence "Sunny" Bragg is in the Dahlonega Nugget today, March 30th,2016. The family is planning a celebration of life service Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 3PM in the chapel at the Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega. You can go on line at Banister Funeral Home to get the full obituary.

I would think that those of us who knew Sunny should plan to attend the service and wear the US Mountain Ranger Association Uniform. Navy coat, khaki pants, and white shirt. RLTW


Posted: 3/30/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: CRITTER COOKOUT T SHIRTS ARE IN AND READY!

...At our April Meeting they will be available.

...We're putting the price back down to $15, this year. Sizes from Adult Small to 4XL.

...For mailing, the postage, $5.

...Send me your money order at:
Mark E Jordan
42 Hummingbird Drive
Apt 507
Dahlonega GEORGIA 30533

...When I get your order, I'll send it that day, hoping the check clears.

RLTW

  


Posted: 3/30/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Got a question. Was Ranger Bragg an Instructor at Ft. Benning phase in Summer of 1961. He got his leg broke in the Hand to Hand Combat PIT!(My Class.) Thanks.

Break, break; Mike Jaussaud and I will be travelling together, for the CCO/Open House. He'll drive from Indiana, stop here in KY, and we'll get on down there. Looking forward to seeing all of ya. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 3/25/2016
Name: J.D. Kirby
Message: I believe the correct nickname for Laurence Bragg is "Sunny." If not, it should be.

Posted: 3/25/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: A fine Ranger and comrade has left us. Knowing Sonny Bragg was an honor and a privilege. He will be missed.

Posted: 3/24/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: It is sad to hear of Sonny Bragg's passing. Sonny was Vice Chairman of the Association when I joined a few years ago, and was one of the first to welcome me into the brotherhood. I think of the reading that "A common soldier died today" Sonny is like all of the Veterans that would lay down his life for his country, and asks nothing in return. We will miss you rolling your wheelchair up to the bar at the Overhang and greeting all who sat there. Rest in Peace, and go proudly, for you were just a common soldier.

RLTW


Posted: 3/24/2016
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: It is my unpleasant duty to inform everyone of the recent death of Ranger Lawrence M. “Sonny” Bragg. Sonny was born in 1928 and served in the US Army just after WWII in both airborne and glider borne units. He was also a Ranger Instructor at the Mountain Ranger Camp back in the 1950’s. He served as a past Vice Chairman of the USMRA for a term. The information here is mostly from memory and funeral details and other arrangements have not been announced. The date of death has not been determined. Ranger Bragg, we will miss you. Gone too soon.

Posted: 3/24/2016
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: The detailed schedule of Open House and Critter Cookout will be published soon. Thanks for your interest and support. RLTW!

Posted: 3/23/2016
Name: Bill Janous
Message: What is the schedule for the open house 23 Apr?

Posted: 3/23/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The meeting minutes are emailed to the members. It is important that all member let me know if there is an email address change.

Posted: 3/23/2016
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Always a pleasure to hear from Mark Jordan, but I wish we could still get his minutes from the meetings. For those of us at some distance from CFM, they were very helpful. Are they not being done any more? If they are it would be nice to see them again. If they're on Facebook, that's not any help to those of us not on Facebook. Just wondering. Thanks.

Posted: 3/20/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...yesterday, the Porter Village Easter Egg hunt found two officers and two members of the USMRA helping the Ranger families and kids enjoy our annual commitment...

...a very sincere thanks goes to Chad, OverHang NCOIC, Priscilla and Dillon, for providing the hands needed for executing an outstanding success...despite imminent rain clouds brewing, we stayed dry the entire time...Steve Hawk is a superior MasterBlaster of Ceremony and CO; Chuck Windham, a superior chef and S3...Steve Caldwell and myself are just poetically ironical...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, Roving Reporter


Posted: 3/18/2016
Name: Tom Wilburn
Message:

Following up on the post regarding the death of Marine and Ranger Jim Turner. Jim was laid to rest today in the Veterans cemetery in Anderson, S.C. Jim was a member of the USMRA and class 07-80 graduate of the Ranger Course. He served at CFM from 1990-93 where he made a positive impact on Cadre and Students alike.

He was memorialized by 1st SGT (RET) Brad Delauter, himself a USMC Ranger. The eulogy honored Jim's life and his contributions to our Nation as well as his role as a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Rangers Dave O'Rear and Dale Osterloh also made the journey to honor their long time friend and fellow Ranger. It is possible that others from the Ranger community were present as well but possibly lost in the hundreds who attended; including many from The USMC (active and retired), Masons, and numerous motorcycle clubs and organizations, as well as the friends and family of this great Marine. Rest in peace "JT"......


Posted: 3/15/2016
Name: Tom Wilburn
Message:

Folks, Sad to report the passing of one of the finest Marine Rangers ever to serve. Jim Turner was assigned to Camp Merrill in the early nineties and was an amazing Soldier / Marine and friend. He will be sorely missed. The obituary to include visitation and funeral arrangements can be found in the next paragraph that I cut and pasted from the McDougald Funeral Home site (Anderson, South Carolina)

Jim “One Shot” Turner, USMC, Retired, age 55, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Born in Anderson, SC, he was the son of the late Douglas Turner and the late Linda Smith Charping. He proudly served his country and retired from the United States Marines Corps after 22 years, earning the rank of First Sergeant. Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Semper Fidelis, Jacksonville, NC. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Cristina White Turner; two daughters, Jamie K. Turner and Cristin L. Lewis; a brother, Brian K. Turner; a sister, Melissa D. Carey; grandchildren, Cayson Lewis, Corbin Ray, and Brayleigh Turner; a very special and beloved aunt, Marcia Smith and family; and his grandmother, Juanita Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dwayne Turner; and his grandparents, Noah H. Smith and Margaret M. Smith. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veteran’s Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com. The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC


Posted: 3/14/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: For everyone's benefit here are the requirements for the Fallen Ranger Memorial:

Nominees for the Fallen Ranger Memorial must meet the qualifications for membership in the USMRA. He must have been a graduate of Ranger School or served in combat operations with a Ranger unit. The nominating member must provide a packet that includes a biography and a photo of the nominee by the February USMRA meeting. Packets can be submitted throughout the year and will be honored in order received. Six nominees are honored each year. Extras will be held for the following year.

It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide the required documents. I simply do not have the time to do the research myself.


Posted: 3/13/2016
Name: ronrice
Message: Thank u 4 ur recent commo reference ur last assoc meeting. I do not know the prereq'S 4 nominating a Ranger 4 the honors. But, u might want to consider Capt Lawrence W. (Larry) Dring. He was a very good friend of mine and we served together at MRC. He used to drop by my house and chat.Bob B. U probably remember him. He had a ford station wag w/about 50 wpns in it and would show them to the Ranger students and talk about them. He brought them back from the 'Nam. His bio is on the net. He had 5 tours there. Some of his dec'S & awards r 2 Silver Stars 4 Bronze w/v arcoms w/v 4 Vn CRoss of Gal 5 Purple Hearts.Unfortunately he passed at the young age of 45from his many combat injuries. One of his sons is a Major and saw duty in the sandbox & I believe the rockpile. My apologies to association for my past rant. I have Ranger blood still in me at age 76 and 100 per cent disabled From 'Nam. I was a little riled up. RLTW AATW!!

Posted: 3/11/2016
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: The USMRA meeting was held last night after being snowed out the previous week.

On behalf of all the USMRA membership and staff, I want to thank the Wingmen Motorcycle Club of Dawsonville, Georgia and all its members for their very generous donation of $1000.00 to the USMRA Scholarship Fund. Your donation means that once again the USMRA can award scholarships to deserving Ranger sons, daughters, grandsons and grandaughters. The scholarship details are on this website.

For any of you who would like to make a donation, Please know that any amount is always appreciated and will be acknowledged. Please send your check donations to USMRA P.O. Box 201, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 Make the check payable to USMRA. There is also a PayPal button on the home page where you can electronically support the USMRA by a credit card donation. This is about as painless and simple as it gets. Please use the gift or friend selection in PayPal, so we can avoid any fees. All transactions are monitored and handled by the USMRA Treasurer. Thank you very much. Rangers Lead The Way!


Posted: 3/9/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Don't forget the March meeting that was rescheduled for tomorrow night, March 10.

Posted: 3/4/2016
Name: Al Parten
Message: Hey Rangers. If you do not know, Gary Head is in the hospital with a pancreas infection. This is twice in the last couple months. Gary is pretty Ill Nothing life threatening, but Debbie is concerned.I will try to keep you informed.

Posted: 3/4/2016
Name: Ron rice
Message: So, webmaster, u let little m.j have his say to me, but I cannot reply. U have a very biased website.

Posted: 3/4/2016
Name: Webmaster
Message: I will not engage in debate on the issue, but If you look back, you will find that other messages have been edited.

I have been monitoring this message log since I created it 10 years ago. My goal was to have a place to converse that would be appropriate for my then young children to read. I have edited or deleted message in the past that I believed were inappropriate, inflammatory, or unprofessional, and I will continue to do so.

I regret that we failed to answer your question concerning the Fallen Ranger Memorial. We try to do our best, but we are not perfect. I have since added the nomination criteria to the Memorial Road page on this web site. It was an omission I should have caught sooner.

We also have information on our Unit Roster on how to become a USMRA member.


Posted: 3/4/2016
Name: Ron rice
Message: So, webmaster, u let little m.j have his say to me, but I cannot reply. U have a very biased website.

Posted: 3/3/2016
Name: ronrice
Message: Content removed. Please use email for personal conflicts. Edited by the Webmaster

Posted: 3/3/2016
Name: Steve Caldwell
Message:

Change order: The meeting will be next Thursday 03/11. Sorry for the error. At ease.


Posted: 3/3/2016
Name: Steve Caldwell
Message:

The Ranger meeting scheduled for 03/03 has been postponed until next Thursday 03/11 according to Steve Hawk. This is highly unusual however, April is Critter Cookout and there are issues we need to discuss so please plan to attend next Thursday. That is all....


Posted: 2/29/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The next USMRA meeting is March 3 at 1900 hrs in the NCO Club at Camp Merrill.

Posted: 2/25/2016
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message:

Calm down guys!! On 9 Feb Ron Rice's post was a request for information on how to nominate Col Palmer for the fallen Ranger Memorial. He is peeved because no one responded to his question after it was posted. I guess that there is no mechanism in place to answer questions on this site.

This is partially my fault since Ron asked me how to go about nominating a Ranger for this honor. I told him that I wasn't certain and that if he posted his request on this site, someone would answer. So much for ASSUMPTION! Bob


Posted: 2/25/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Ron Rice

The normal procedure for honoring a fallen Ranger is for some one to nominate him for the Fallen Ranger Memorial. The Association will normaly have the max of 6 every year, in which case any nomination(s) over the six is carried forward to the next year in the order the Member nominates the fallen Ranger(s). That is providing we have a bio, and supporting documents from the nominating member.

If you wish to nominate the Colonel, please do so, and we will have his presentation for next year, but the memorial was full when you posted of the Ranger's passing.


Posted: 2/25/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Ron Rice...

... perhaps you would be willing to inquire of the USMRA about the details of this year's group of Fallen Rangers...

"Content edited by Webmaster"

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 2/25/2016
Name: Ron rice
Message: I have not heard from anyone there reference Col Palmer. This man was a decorated combat Ranger. A former Capt at MRC. So, I take it none of you would like to honor him from this so called brotherhood assoc. I will notify his wife and family of your total disregard of this matter. Thank you very much. Willard Langdon I hope you are not a part of this decision. I was a former member of MRC when it had professionals representing it.I know this is and association and I am glad I am not a part of it. Have a nice day.

Posted: 2/24/2016
Name: Jim Bartran
Message: So sorry to hear of the untimely passing of another great man, NCO and Ranger = Craig Polzin. RIP Craig, see you on the high ground. vr Jim

Posted: 2/17/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: Ranger Buddy Scott Driscoll on February's USMRA Meeting...

Our North Georgia Mountain area, Veterans, and residents were honored on the evening of FEB 4, 2016 by a visit from Colonel Richard H. White USA, Retired.

“Rick” grew up in Norcross, GA and enlisted in our Army , served as a private , was subsequently promoted to Second Lieutenant , served several tours in Vietnam, is Airborne qualified, Special Forces, Ranger and has more awards, decorations, and serious education than I can possibly list here.

He was the esteemed guest of our US Mountain Ranger Association (USMRA) at Dahlonega’s famed Camp Merrill, the primary purpose of said visit being our State of Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame (GMVHOF).

We are blessed and indebted to Colonel White for this endeavor serving as Chairman of the Board of this unique organization, for the purpose of honoring Georgia Veterans, maintaining history, and educating our GA youth about real heroes.

Only ten states in our USA have this type MHOF, dedicated to honor those who qualify.

Did you know that GA has 31 Medal of Honor recipients from our Civil War forward?

This invaluable Hall of Fame was started in 2013, is physically located in the Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, across from our State Capitol in Atlanta.

It is tentatively planned for our Governor to “cut the ribbon”, thus dedicating this Hall of Fame in April.

Recipients of this prestigious award are capped at fifteen per year, and in order to qualify must have served in one of our five armed services, have an Honorable Discharge and a DD-214, being ether born in Georgia, entered the military in Georgia or lived in Georgia for no less than ten years, serving in a Georgia based unit counting towards that criteria.

There are three categories for nominees 1- VALOR; 2- Achievement; 3- and Service, having made significant contributions to community, state or nation after military service.

Valor is HEAVILY weighted for choosing those who will receive this recognition, and the Veteran may be alive or deceased.

Thus far, we have 49 inductees permanently and rightfully honored in the GMVHOF.

The annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet is held in November when approximately 15 nominees will be selected to be inducted, forevermore into our GMVHOF.

The Independent Selection Committee (ISC) do not know each other, never meet as a group and selections from all nominees are immune to political, monetary or any other type outside influence, making this process as fair ,unbiased, un-influenced ,and honest as possible.

All nominees will be considered for up to three consecutive years, with no further action required.

Do YOU know anyone you wish to nominate?!

Please go here for more information: http://www.GMVHOF.org.

Or contact Paul Longgrear at 706-302-2220 or PaulLonggrear@yahoo,com or Rick White at rickwhite4750@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions of nominees will be Friday 26 August 2016, so please follow up in a timely fashion.

This year’s Fourth Annual Induction Ceremony will be held at Saint Luke Ministry Center, 301 11th Street Columbus, GA.


Posted: 2/10/2016
Name: Mark Jordan, T Shirt Guy
Message:

...CRITTER COOKOUT T SHIRT SPONSORS

...Critter CookOut, Fish Fry and 5th RTB Open House is April 22-23, 2016...at Camp Merrill...

...I get to take care of T shirts this year, again... yes they did too...

...The USMRA is allowing a limited number of CCO Sponsors to adorn our T shirts...(as Ms Candyss Bryant does in her fabulous presentations and events)...

...some big ones are already taken...Koch Foods, 2nd Ranger Company, 5th RTB...

...but there is room for others too, I assure you...

...while the design is still being imagined and discussed with Mike Waldron, my Ranger Man who knows this stuff like I know watermelon...

...I assure you not to wait too long...

...from $1K to $50, there is a gouge up the TVD waiting for you...

...50...100...2,3,4 hundred...

...500...6,7,8,9...1,000

...Gifts and rememberances of pure mountain fun will accompany you home...


Posted: 2/9/2016
Name: Ron rice
Message: Rangers, I just returned from Ft Bragg/Fayetteville area, attending Col William Palmers funeral. You would have been proud of the message concerning his military service. (Obit is in Fayetteville Observer.) And proud of the airborne Ranger/SF Honor Guard. I would like inforMati0n on how to nominate him for the fallen Ranger Memorial. Thank you

Posted: 2/6/2016
Name: Ron rice
Message: I am informing the Ranger Camp of the death of Col William "Bill" Palmer whom I served w/at MRC in the early to mid sixties. We also served together in Vietnam 173d Ranger Long Range Patrol Det. He served 30 yrs on active duty. He finished leading a S.F. unit at Ft Bragg. He retired and lived in Fayetteville NC. Funeral 2/9/16 10:30 a.m. Snyder Mem Baptist Church 701 Westmont Dr. Fayetteville. Interment to be in Sandhills State Veterans Cem. Viewing Monday 6-8 pm Sullivan's Funeral Home 610 Ramsey, Fayettevill. A great Officer, Leader, and Gentleman and I am proud to have served with him.

Posted: 2/5/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...mainly an encouragement for every USMRA member to attend tomorrow's Craig Polzin Memorial Service at CFM...

...Schedule--- Noon- Meet at The American Legion in Marietta, 921 Gresham Ave NE, Marietta GA 30060. 12:30pm Sharp! - Depart American legion for Camp Merrill, 1 Camp Merrill Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Georgia State Patrol will accompany to handoff in Lumpkin County to the SD. 2:30pm- Funeral at Camp Merrill at The Airfield. Weather permitting(gym if rain). 3:30- Depart for Gooch Gap. The road to Gooch Gap is a gravel bumpy road, those of us on bikes will ride with others. Trucks, SUVs are preferred for this ride. 4:15- Helicopter pass and final toast as we spread his ashes. 4:45ish- Head back to The Overhang NCO Club for the wake. We plan to celebrate his life into the late hours at The Overhang and around the fire pit. Do not drink and drive! We have a place we can crash. Craig was not fancy and would prefer everyone comfortable. Wear warm, comfy clothes, and shoes that can get muddy if the ground is wet.

...from a FaceBook posting...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, (R)


Posted: 2/1/2016
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: The USMRA Planning Bay Honorees for 2016 are:

James Charles ’77

Mike Ramsey ’77

Buck Ferrand ’77

Craig Polzin ’78

Phil Carey ’78

Rick Hollar ’78


Posted: 1/28/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: ***BREAKING NEW***Press to cover the February Meeting

The Towns County Herald and the Dahlonega Nugget will have representatives at the Monthly meeting when Colonel Richard White will address the membership requarding the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame.All members of the Association should plan on attending the meeting to hear him speak.

Col. White is Chairman of the Board for the GMVHOF, and is Ranger, Special Forces, and Helecopter Pilot trained, and did 3 tours in Vietnam. In case you have forgotten, the Meeting will take place at the Overhang, beginnig at 1900hrs.

Please make your plans to attend.


Posted: 1/26/2016
Name: Chuck Windham
Message: Jim,

No one that I know nominated Jan Shalivan for the Fallen Ranger Memorial. Chuck


Posted: 1/25/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Chuck: Did'nt anyone recommend Jan Shalivan for the "Fallen Ranger" Road signs? I re-read the list and noted the absence of his name. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 1/25/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Chuck and Bob: Ya done good gettin' Lou on that list. I'm working diligently to gather the info requested by Chuck the other day. DD 214 et al. Thanks Rangers. See ya at the CCO! Jim RLTW/L&P

How much snow did you Rangers get over the weekend? Only 14"s here. Still recall gettin' 18"s during the last patrol of the cycle, Platoon size. Folks from base camp had to "chain saw" their way to the rendezvous point to truck us back. It were a bad one!

Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 1/24/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Here are the honorees for the 2016 Fallen Ranger Memorial:
Alessandro Plutino
Jeremy Katzenberger
Rocky (Mikelett) Barnes
Craig Polzin
Robert Prather
Louis Carista

Any name received from this point forward will go on the list for 2017.


Posted: 1/23/2016
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Applications for the 2016 USMRA Scholarship are now being accepted. Check elsewhere on this web page for requirements. Please submit packets to me NLT 1 Apr 16. Be sure the packets are complete - incomplete packets will not be evaluated. You may either scan a packet and send it to me via email attachment (e.g. PDF format), or USPS mail to: Brian Cunningham, PO Box 208, Gainesville, GA 30503. DO NOT include applicant's Social Security number or redact it if necessary (e.g. from official transcript). RLTW

Posted: 1/22/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Not to late Jim. I will contact you for info.

Chuck


Posted: 1/22/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Chuck Windham. Is it too late for a "Road Sign"/Fallen Ranger, for Louis Carista? He was a Platoon Sergeant in 70-71 at our unit, H Co, 75th Rangers. Lou passed away on 20 January 2016. Knew Lou since 1958, when we were in the same rifle company, E Co, 1/501st Inf., 101st Abn. Div. Thanks.

Stay warm & dry, it's fixin' to BLOW!!!

Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 1/21/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Click on your name and you will see your Email address. Looking forward to May.

Posted: 1/21/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Bob: My e-mail address is: j-lregan@twc.com. I've typed it in whenever I have used the site, but never saw it displayed. Does this mean that the minutes will not be posted on the "message board?" I'm always encouraged, sometimes entertained, to see/read about you Rangers and your meeting.

See ya all in April, after the "Deep Freeze" winter. Y'all take care, stay warm & dry. Keep your fire starters handy! There'll probably be a couple of "WHITE OUTs" this year w/ the Ranger Studs' patrols!

jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 1/20/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: USMRA Members,

I hope all is well in your corner of the world this morning. As the USMRA secretary, I will be sending out the monthly meeting minutes in an email once they are approved at the next meeting. Please, check your email address on the Unit Roster to ensure it is current. If not, send me an email, and I'll get it updated.

Thanks for your support, and have a big day!


Posted: 1/15/2016
Name: Chuck Windham Vice President
Message: Special guest spearker for February Meeting

Colonel Rick White, Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame, has been invited to address the USMRA meeting to be held on 4 February, 2016. Rick has accepted.

The Colonel is Ranger, Special Forces, Airborne, and helecopter pilot trained. He did 3 tours in "Nam, and retired after 31 years in the Army.

Make plans to attend. He has a special message for Georgia Veterans


Posted: 1/9/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Sorry about that, Jim, I have not had my morning coffee.

Posted: 1/9/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jack Regan : Roughly six hours of drive time with three good routes on Map Quest. I am four hours away in Sevierville, Tn and I have a scheduled trip to Colorado Springs later this year of 21 hours. When I lived in New York, I would make the meetings - took two days travel each way.

Posted: 1/7/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mike, it's too long of a trek. From Lexington, KY to Dahlonega, Ga. Twenty years ago it'd be a snap!!! I'm planning on the "Open House and CCO!" See ya there. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 1/6/2016
Name: Chuck Windham Vice President
Message: Doug Perry

Do you need a ride to the meeting Thursday night? Let me know. I run a taxi service out of the jungles of East Lumpkin.


Posted: 1/5/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : When are you going to attend one of our first Thursday meetings?

Posted: 1/5/2016
Name: Mark Jordan, senior private
Message:

...in our ongoing efforts to gather support for the USMRA, I will have texts and recordings available for public appreciation...should there be any interest in listening to these, please contact me...

...right after I figure out how to post that YouTube video on the back porch when Smokey taped, Wingmen were there and Bob Bischoff said, Tell us how you really feel."...

RLTW

...Fuzz figuring stuff out...


Posted: 1/5/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Mark. Ya done good! Thanks. Always enjoyed reading your input/reports. Take care, stay warm dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 1/4/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The next USMRA meeting will be Thursday, January 7 at 1900 in the NCO Club.

Posted: 1/4/2016
Name: Mark Jordan, Secretary
Message: USMRA DEC 2015 MTNG

...while the back room of the OverHang is being filled with pool tables, about 14 of us met around the bar area...a fine bunch of movers and shakers and those who shake anyway...

...our Chaplain, Willard Langdon, had a warm, sincere prayer for us to lead things off...all officers present and both Secretary and Treasurer Reports were given...

...Bob Suchke, Treasurer, says the New Coins have yet to arrive and expects them by next meeting...a donation of $200 was generously made by a former RI and with our funds earmarked for obligations already...we appreciate your gift...

...Steve Hawk, President, begins with Old Business... "We were turned down."... a pin drop pause of utter quiet masked every face as shock and unanimous disbelief rumbled greatly then with all present. (Our optimistic efforts and deliberate care of JD Kirby, Bob Williams and others, to be recognized by the Ranger Hall of Fame as a Voting Board Member).

...Unfortunately, JD Kirby was not present and Steve summarized the disappointment...Steve revealed some points that seemed curious about our 501(c)3 progress, then let Bob Williams, WebMaster and future Secretary, give meat to the details...

...an administrative detail about our Non Profit status seems to concern a financial authority representing the RHOF Board, in turn pausing his vote on our approval as a Member of the RHOF Board... the process is stalemated this season, apparently, in having our own representation...

...on a remarkably good note, Bob did give positive news on the near conclusion of our new and improved Non Profit status...we do thank those who contribute to the success of our efforts to grow and become more involved in the overall Ranger Community...

...(new coins are now in the considerable care of Bob Suchke...different from the Original Collectors Coin, now valued at $37 on Amazon)...a plus spot report for Steve Caldwell in referring Bob to our newest vendor, keeping our prices Ranger Qualified...

...with the election of Officers for 2016, Steve begins each with nominations and proper voting, including Sunny Bragg getting to vote on President, validating the acclimation already set...

...Steve Hawk, President...Chuck Windham, Vice President...Bob Suchke, Treasurer...Bob Williams, Secretary...

...In my time as a member of the USMRA, we have not had a more capable and solid group of Officers, and I congratulate each one...all fine Rangers Leading The Way...

...ideas for raising funds for our different opportunities, led to some interesting ideas...taking direction from such events as the Best Ranger Competition, held annually just before our rendezvous at Critter CookOut and the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, we begin to look for opportunities...

...with some stories of a Hungarian Ranger, funny shaped black beret, that recently passed away, we laughed in loving respect for such a short guy...

...February 6 is the date set for services at CFM and Gooch Gap for Craig Polzin, an RI many appreciated and respected among our members, friends and family...

...I have personally valued my time as Secretary and Treasurer of this fine bunch of rascals...I remember so many meetings, having recorded each one for factual accuracy...Since my first report at a Critter CookOut and I heard Steve Bishop holler, "Sound off like ya got a pair!"...I have spent considerable effort in coming out of my introverted shell... My protégé Michael James Ramsey later said, "You exploded!"...

...Bless Each and Everyone this 2016...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, passing the quill...


Posted: 12/31/2015
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Hello everyone

I'm so thankful for all my Ranger comrades & wish everyone a Happy New Year & a blessed 2016.

RLTW Willard


Posted: 12/28/2015
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers just got word that Vicent Melillo of Merrill Maruaders has died in Columbus GA at 97 years old. He was the last one in Georgia. His daughter Joanne and my wife Terry were classmates at Baker High School in Columbus. He died at he medical center. RIP Old Ranger...RLTW .All the way...

Posted: 12/26/2015
Name: johnny quest
Message: A complete obit on CSM Jan Schalavin former instructor at MRC in early 1970's can be found in the Alaska Dispatch news on Dec 16 2015. Please take time to read it. He was a true Ranger in every aspect.

Posted: 12/24/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: To all members of the USMRA, and all Rangers every where, the Executive Board wishes you a merry Chrfistmas, and a safe and happy new year. Come meet with the Association next year.

Posted: 12/24/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Ranger Instructors and Rangers everywhere. Although I was on the Long Range Patrolling Committee, I have a soft spot for the Mountaineering Committee who allowed me to be the "fall guy" on the three man party climb. So an extra loud Merry Christmas to the Mountaineers.

Posted: 12/20/2015
Name: ron rice
Message: Merry Christmas to all at MRC. Especially to mountaineering committee of which I was a member and camp ops NCO. Getting old. Please belay I am falling!!

Posted: 12/18/2015
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: I served in C.co 75th Rangers, B.co 75th Rangers and B.co 2Bn with James Voyles, Sam Snyder and many others, I wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas. To my buddy Richard Guthrie you are the best my friend. If anyone from Team 16, C-75th Rangers reads this, I think of you all the time and would love to hear from any of you.

Posted: 12/16/2015
Name: Patrick Carpenter
Message: I was looking at the fallen list tonight and I didn't see my friend Sgt Danny Deyarmin. He was killed in a helo crash in the NG mountains in 1976. We were both in Charlie Rangers 1/29 Inf.

Posted: 12/16/2015
Name: Bullet Bob Suchke
Message: I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to the USMRA with your generous donations. Donations are always appreciated more than you know especially by those who receive the benefits of your contributions. It is Rangers helping Rangers and so on behalf of all the leadership staff of the USMRA, Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Special Thanks go out to:

Stephen Johnston

Paul Borowski

Albert F Zeller

Jimmy Owens

CSM Bobby Meadows

and others who also contributed.

For any of you who would still like to make a donation, Please know that any amount is always appreciated and will be acknowledged.

Please send your check donations to USMRA P.O. Box 201, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Make the check payable to USMRA.

There is also a PayPal button on the home page where you can electronically support the USMRA by a credit card donation. This is about as painless and simple as it gets. Please use the gift or friend selection in PayPal, so we can avoid any fees. All transactions are monitored and handled by the USMRA Treasurer. Thank you very much. Rangers Lead The Way!


Posted: 12/13/2015
Name: Tom Smith
Message: I am trying to get in touch with SGM (ret) Colin Hall. If anyone has any leads please let me know. He was instrumental in my development as a young 2LT. Thanks

Posted: 12/11/2015
Name: John Mott
Message: My deepest condolences to the family and friends of CSM Schalavin and Craig Polzin. I am truly sorry to hear of their passing. God's speed, Rangers!

Posted: 12/9/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The USMRA has recently received two donation through the new PayPal option on our home page. We greatly appreciate the support of these fine Rangers.

Posted: 12/8/2015
Name: Mark Miller
Message: I met Craig Polzin 30 years ago as a newbie RI. He turned out to be a good friend, a trusting professional and fun loving guy. After serving together he always managed to keep in touch with a visit every couple of years. He always called me 'Mark-Man," and I'm gonna miss him.

Posted: 12/8/2015
Name: george lee
Message: I am looking for a fellow ranger from way back at 2nd batt. David podva. any info please leave it thanks

Posted: 12/8/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a fellow member, Craig Polzin. We always looked forward to seeing him at the annual Critter Cookout. He was a great soldier and just a nice man.

Posted: 12/6/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : I hope you have better luck next year than in the past three years. Looking forward to the Fish Fry & Critter Cook-out. RLTW . . . in outdoor cooking as well!

Posted: 12/6/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mark, ya done good! Thanks for serving.

Break, break.Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. Stay warm & dry. See ya'll, come Spring time, at our CCO. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 12/3/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, Secretary
Message: USMRA NOV 2015 MTNG

...as Lame Duck Fuzz, my last two months of reporting compels me to be humble and contrite in the official presentation of meeting minutes...

...all officers present with Steve Hawk, Presiding... Chuck Windham, Wingman; Bob Suchke, Banker; Mark Jordan, Reporting...and Bob Williams leading off in prayer for Willard Langdon, Chaplain...

...Bob Suchke updated our USMRA Coin renewal and hunt for a new vendor... Steve Caldwell passed on information about a Ranger business network and we have now placed our order for the second version...

...JD Kirby updated and moderated a discussion about our RHOF Board Status for the next 25 minutes...furthermore, as we near the success of his efforts to bring honor, credibility and recognition for Mountain Rangers, he certainly has again embodied the Ranger Persona...

...Bob Williams further explained our getting a Non-Profit 501(c)3 designated correctly for this RHOF Board's requirements...there is money already flagged for the completion of this part of our growth...

...New Business was focused on the area's recognition and participation of Veterans Day...as Steve Hawk said, we are fortunate to be in a town that is pro-military, and that is clearly a benefit for being in these mountains...Chuck Windham, VP, spoke of North Georgia having an event; Steve Hawk spoke about cancelled parades and LCHS hosting a lunch...

...Officer Nominations were made with our returning unopposed veterans of Steve Hawk as President; Chuck Windham as Vice President; Bob Suchke as Treasurer...then...

...Bob Bischoff nominated Bob Williams as Secretary...(thankyouJesus)...

...Once more i gratefully give my happiest endorsement for Bob being a truly beneficial force in this group of misbegotten wonders of nature...he is a fine choice...I so concur...

...with several things moving forward as we hope, this next year has already been improved by members stepping up to take roles of service and leadership, with compassion...despite our selves, we're characters of amazing abilities and resilient vision...

...respectfully submitted...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz...


Posted: 12/2/2015
Name: Bullet Bob Suchke
Message: Hello Rangers.

The Christmas Holiday Season is just ahead and in the spirit of giving, we ask that you remember the US Mountain Ranger Association. We operate solely on donations and those donations are used for the benefit of the Ranger Community. As a reminder, we give away two $1000.00 scholarships each year at Critter Cookout to sons, daughters, grandsons and grand daughters of Rangers. In addition the USMRA provides holidays gift baskets and support for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas to deserving Ranger families. Your gift will allow the USMRA to continue this effort.

Any amount is appreciated and will be acknowledged.

Please send your check donations to USMRA P.O. Box 201, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Make the check payable to USMRA.

There is also a PayPal button on the home page where you can electronically support the USMRA by a credit card donation. This is about as painless and simple as it gets. Please use the gift or friend selection in PayPal, so we can avoid any fees. All transactions are monitored and handled by the USRMA Treasurer. Thank you very much. Rangers Lead The Way!


Posted: 12/1/2015
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: I just spoke with Ranger Schalavin's Daughter as of now no plans have been made ref his funeral. I will pass on information when I receive it. RLTW

Posted: 12/1/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: This is a link to some interesting comments about CSM Schalavin

books.google.com


Posted: 12/1/2015
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: It is sad news to learn of the passing of one of our own. Ranger Janos Schalavin was a member of the combat patrolling team when I knew him back in the early 1970's. Danforth was the OIC and McDonald was NCOIC of RM1R33N. We ran the platoon combat patrols from Cavender CP up north of the Toccoa River. Schalavin was a SSG at the time if memory serves and was always an inspiring and unique individual. He could cook some of the best goulash I ever ate. Ranger Janos Schalavin was highly respected in the Ranger Community and will be missed by all who knew him. CSM Schalavin, we will see you on the high ground! RLTW!

Posted: 12/1/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Earl, had the chance to serve with Janos in the 101st, a hunert years ago. We were in the same Rifle company, Company E, 1st Battle Group, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell KY. He was in a Rifle Platoon and I was in the Weapons Platoon. We missed serving with each other at MRC. Seems as if several of us from the same Rifle Company showed up at MRC. Julian Luna, "Red" Redden Brinkley, William Bell, and me. Pretty good for one Rifle Company, circa 1958-1962.

If I'm not mistaken, Jan was one of the "Hungarian Freedom Fighters" in '56. We had about three of them in the outfit. the names ; Sali & Zuliman come to this ol' brain gear.

Break, break. Want to take this chance to wish all of you Rangers and your Families, a "MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!" Take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 11/28/2015
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: Rangers I just received word that one of our Brothers passed away today. Ranger Janos Schalavin He was a great Soldier and a dear friend of mine. We served together at the MRC and with the 38th Vietnamese Ranger Bn. I will post more info later.

Posted: 11/22/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Good morning Rangers. We now have a Ranger elected to the Governor's position in Louisiana. The report listed John Bel Edwards as a West Point Grad, and an Army Ranger. Just another example as how Rangers Lead the Way!

Don't forget our meeting in December. See you there.


Posted: 11/13/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Good morning all! Had the chance to be a part of a Program to recognize & thank, Veterans at a Nursing Home. There were ten of them. WW II and one Korea Vet. Program was short and sweet.

Met one of the fellows the other day. He was Army, and was Gen. Macarthur's cook throughout the time in new Guinea and the Philippines. Ninety-two years old, but still has his memory! Ya see, he was w/ the General when he was evacuated/escaping from Corregidor, in 1942. In fact, he road in my Dad's PT Boat, PT 41, for the treacherous journey, through Jap infested waters. I'll send a copy of my stuff to Chuck Windham.

Hope all's well with you and yours. Take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 11/7/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Lt. Fuzz has done a great job as Secretary. For those of us at a distance, his minutes have been a great way of keeping up with the association. Thank you, Mark, for all you have done, and thank you Bob for taking on the task of filling those shoes.

Posted: 11/6/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...the minutes of our meeting will be posted as I usually do...right before the next meeting, to remind everyone what we're involved in...

...however, although I thought no one would want to assume the role of Secretary...the past some years, I am so pleased to announce that Bob Williams has been nominated and agreeable to assume the position...in January as the Officers begin their continued support of the USMRA...

...Bob is incredibly qualified and capable and as I said last night that I would continue as Secretary, unless anybody else wanted it, I remained sure for another year...

...should there be any doubt in my endorsement of our new Secretary, I surely withdraw my obligation as Secretary and fully support him in his ability to be the communicator of our adventures...

...thank you Bob...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz returns to the masses, gratefully...


Posted: 11/5/2015
Name: Jim Regn
Message: Thanks Ranger Bob. Thought my "CRS," (can't remember stuff,) had kicked in.

That's good news about the release of the Camp territory to US Army. No excuses now about how they can't get things done. Get to know, more better,the DEH at the Camp. (Guy who runs Directorate for Housing and Facilities.) Treat him/her right. They can work "Magic." Had an O-5 AT Darmstadt, and one at Fortress Belvoir who, "got 'er done!" Worked REAL close w/ the DEH Sergeant Major, both locations. They loved having the CSM behind them when they had to take something to their Boss! Don't know the Rank structure of the Camp support folks. If they have a Sergeant Major (Boy that'd be a job for us 'bout thirty yrs ago.)

Ya'll take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 11/4/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: A short reminder. USMRA meeting @ 1900 hrs at the Overhang on Nov. 5th. Nominations for Officers for the coming year, and election at this meeting. See you there. RLTW

Posted: 11/4/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Jim, the fellow is not confused. Posted below are the October 1 meeting minutes. The Moving Wall was at Meeks Park on Oct 8.

Posted: 11/4/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Lots of stuff in the minutes. This fellow is a bit confused. Wasn't the "Moving Wall" at Meeks Park in Blairesville, in October? Just checkin'. Thanks, ya'll take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 11/2/2015
Name: RGR OWENS
Message: Another Great Job on the minutes Mark ..... Good on You ....

Posted: 11/2/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA OCT MTNG 2015

...October's Eating Meeting, on the OverHang porch was an incredibly delicious fine spread of proper Ranger Food...and around 20 or so enjoyed it thoroughly...Brunswick Stew that Gary Head had warming in a cast iron pot, over a good fire...Mike Keohane always bringing great eating, this time with sandwiches, hand sliced pork...Chuck Windham brought the amazing, award winning beans and super delicious banana pudding...Ed Gross's lemon bundt cake was absolutely mouth watering, just to look at...and that's what I had...for those not in attendance, more for the rest of us!...

...Chuck Windham, VP, led the meeting, asking Bob Williams to begin with prayer...

...Bob Williams later, as we got into our business, brought up our Coins to be resupplied by another company other than who we've initially used because of increasing prices...Doug Perry mentioned $3 coins and after some discussion on the merits of finding a new supplier, a tabled vote was forwarded to November's meeting...

...Presentations were made to those who have helped our group in different ways ... first Gary, Debbie Head and Candice Wells were given a plate along with the names of their family who carried the burden of this year's CCO...without their help, we would have not had the celebration we anticipate so much, every year... Jimmy Phipps and Kurt of the Little Indian Grill also were recognized as the source of our Fish Fry success on Friday night, cooking the trout in their restaurant at the end of Camp Road and hauling them pronto to the serving table at CFM...

...LTC Scarpulla, outgoing Commander of 5th RTB and Union County Sign Crew were also recognized with plates...

...JD Kirby updated us on our progress towards a seat with the Ranger Hall of Fame Board, as a voting member...all seems to be moving ahead and we look forward to a successful result of this great effort of both JD and Bob Williams in orienting our organization toward this goal of legitimization and respect...

...JD states that whoever will be our Representative on the Board still needs deciding, which is to come in our next meeting, November 5...

...Chuck Windham reminds us that consideration for nominations of Officers needs to be done now as we'll vote soon, November or December's Meeting...

...Lt Fuzz talked of sponsors being recognized on our CCO T shirts, offering to explore how we can use the idea Al Brashier presented a few years ago...approval given to proceed...

...the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall was next discussed with Chuck Windham and Bob Williams both giving needed information for participation and attending the event as the annual Sorghum Festival will be on the weekend while the Memorial will be in Meeks Park...the laying of a wreath for Hotel Co/75th Rangers, who have 41 listed on the a Wall, will be accomplished as well...

...Noah Steinberg mentioned the young soldier's memorial on Camp Road, that was held Monday, 28 October...our sympathy for each one involved and their families...

...Chuck says that 282 acres that belonged to the USFS now is the Army's CFM...Doug Perry added some anecdotes and our meeting wound to an end...

...once more Chuck thanked those folks providing delicious food once again for a great time on the back porch of the OverHang...

...all the news that's fit to print...respectfully as I can...RLTWATS!

...Lt Fuzz, Secretary


Posted: 11/1/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: It is a small world. Went to give blood last Friday, the nurse who drew my blood had an active duty husband (NCO with TAB) in the 75th at Savannah. Then, today, while I was doing my laundry, I met another Ranger and his wife. He got the TAB in 1988.

Posted: 10/28/2015
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: If anyone has a good photo of Mount Yonah, please send to me. It needs to be of the rock face and of good clear quality. Thanks. RLTW!

Posted: 10/19/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Hello all Rangers

This is official notice that the nomination of officers for the Association was postponed from the October meeting untill the upcoming meeting which will be held on November 5th, at 1900hrs, at the Overhang. We will accept nominations for all offices at the meeting. If you plan to run, please be there, or let someone know so you can be nominated.

See you there! RLTW


Posted: 10/14/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Thanks for checking, Doug Perry. We're fine, took the high ground here 17 years ago, stayed high and dry ever since. A lot of people around here aren't so fortunate though. There are still people without water and some without electricity over a week after the main event. A lot of people who had no idea that they were in a flood zone found out the hard way. Eleven small dams in this immediate area failed and just washed people out. Over 100 roads are still closed and will be for months or more. I don't know how many bridges are gone. They're actually looking at the possibility of using AVLBs to replace those bridges on a temporary basis just to get to people who are stranded. Hard times for some. Thanks again for checking on us.

Posted: 10/14/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Chuck! Ya done good Ranger. I think I know how you felt when you "Touched" the Wall. Thanks for another job well done, to honor our fallen Brothers. Love and prayers, Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/13/2015
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Hey, Mike Flack, are you and Judy OK ??? Pretty bad over there in S.C.Let us Know....RLTW...re

Posted: 10/13/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: O K Jim, here is your sit-rep on the moving wall.

The Moving Wall is all packed up and on it's way to Evans, Ga. just outside Ft. Gordon. I was there for the put up and the opening ceremony, which had a few gliches, and there for the closing ceremony, and the final takedown.

What was so amazing was that prior to finishing the opening, we had folks already there to visit, and observe the names as we were putting on the finishing touches. The local VVA chapter picked a beautiful venue at Meeks Park, with the mountains all around. I think the officers were a little stuck on procedure, but that changed as more and more visitors came to the wall. I prepared a tribute to Hotel Company and our Rangers Brothers inscribed on the wall. I placed it below the wall, just under one of ours, saluted, and left.

There was a great closing ceremony Monday, and we sent the Wall on it.s way. As it is said, You touch the Wall, and the Wall touches you. RLTW Slashing Talon 34. Out


Posted: 10/13/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Chuck Windham, hope ya got back safely from your trip to Blairesville/Moving Wall. How 'bout a quick brief on what went on? Hope ya took some pictures.Thanks much for attending/covering that wonderful event.I know that you represented us, USMRA, well.Ya done good Ranger!

Ya'll take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 10/1/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Chuck Windham, "You're a good man Charlie Brown!!!" That's what I like. No quibbling 'bout things. Get 'er done! Thanks Chuck.

Was glad to have you in our LRRP/Ranger Platoon at H Co/75th, and now glad again that you are at our USMRA, takin' care of business. A Ranger leading the way!

Love ya brother! Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 9/30/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Meeting tomorrow night( Oct. 1) at 1900 hrs. Eat and take care of business on the back deck of the Overhang. See you there.

Jim, I wiil take of the wreath situation. I'm at the opening and closing ceremonies for the Moving Wall in Blairsville. RLTW


Posted: 9/30/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Jim,

The issue of laying a wreath was never brought up, discussed, or voted upon at any USMRA meeting. Therefore, I have no authority to contact anyone about it.

The organizations involved have spent over a year and $35,000 to get the Moving Wall to Blairsville. Personally, I believe they deserve the right to set the agenda.


Posted: 9/30/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Lt. Fuzz. Good job w/ minutes.

Bob Williams; Have ya gotten in touch w/ that CSM Hamby in Blairsville, 'bout laying a wreath? Did USMRA plan to lay a wreath?

Break, break.Would have enjoyed talking w/ Scot Hammond. Had a 72' Coast Guard Cutter at Fortress Belvoir. (Drug Interdiction on Potomac.) Took me a while to discover that it was tied up at a slip on Potomac, at the Post.(had 17 miles of river front property there.) The Commander of the "Boat" was a Female, Coast Guard Chief, E-7. Never did take her up on offer for a ride on the boat! Seven days on the USNS Upshur, Brooklyn to Panama, cured me of any BOATING!!! My Ol' man was a Navy Chief. That was not for me.

Y'all stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 9/29/2015
Name: Mark Jordan - Secretary
Message: USMRA MTNG Sep 2015

...you people...

...having this chance to pen words, as the definitive authority on what has gone on in these meetings since Keith Antonio said he'd substitute as needed, I have listened a few times to recordings before I post minutes... some is worth repeating while I have been cautioned more than a few times as to content I'd personally post in a heartbeat...

...so please enjoy these insights as you may...of a warm late summer's eve, draining of light over western ridges away...

...on the OverHang's back porch about twenty assembled to enjoy our time together...Chaplain Willard Langdon's prayer is always a wonderful moment as he brings our group into focus...

...Bob Suchke told of feasts and famine right after Lt. Fuzz said his piece...

...talk of Coin Reordering took center stage and Bullet already said, with all his fencing off and handy budget ideas, that we had... plenty to get more coins... Ed Gross and Sunny Bragg got into questions and explaining why we can order now, not later, when the money would be raised before we ordered more...Ed was probably wrong..."uh oh" was heard as apparently someone was disagreed with...

...the vote passed to get 100 new coins, now...

...Bob Williams talked about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, in Meeks Park, outside Blairsville on October 8... flyover request for a Huey at 1550, ceremony begins at 1500...

..."Civilized Side of Mulky Gap"... *blink*...

...as soon as Bob got thru explaining the Oct 8 Moving Wall Exhibit at Meeks Park, he was asked to continue updating our progress as he and others maneuver us into the right sort of non-profit...it may be an easier process than what we first thought, both in time and expense...

...JD Kirby seamlessly picked up the conversation and updated us on our process for Ranger Hall of Fame matters, both in people and process...two of our nominees have asked for a later consideration and we'll go forward with the two others...as our non-profit status allows us to check that particular requirement off, potentially we'll be voting members soon for our Ranger Hall of Fame...

...JD continued in the projections for upcoming future events and deadlines and proper formalities we're not used to...(Critter CookOut WHOOO HOOO)...and even making our open nominations for RHOF to be balanced with NCOs or no rank at all considered...

...Bob Williams said the nominee did not have to be a USMRA member...

...talk went on for awhile about our USMRA Membership requirements and without any decisions, we agreed that we can grandfather members into our rowdy bunch of benning refugees who are not with us now...a proposal was made to identify and welcome those into our membership, allowing their families and friends to join us at our Critter CookOut...

...Bob Bischoff said that we talk a bunch but not much carries over from one month to the next...

...going more and more about details into our development of a strong program on the next level of Ranger Organizations, we finally let Bob Bischoff introduce Scott Drummond as his guest, a journalist and veteran from Towns County...being not from us, certainly not accustomed to Rangers together, he said, "I guess you all know what the Coast Guard does"... *blink*... bless his heart; Scott won't get two mulligans...

...Frank Park, OverHang CEO, said that Halloween is covered...incidentally, he will miss the October Eating Meeting for wisdom teeth extraction...

...presentations will be made at our next meeting in appreciation for the great help graciously provided for our last CCO...as Dog X is happening, we'll back porch it once again...bring your kindly prepared and appreciated fellowship as we talk trash one more time...

...these are the minutes... you people...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz...


Posted: 9/29/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Anybody who goes through five recycles should get a tab just for perseverance.

Posted: 9/29/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Read in the Army Times, my greatest source of info since 1990, third female "Stud" is in what they called the "swamp" phase. Got a kick out of that. Lots of fond memories of that phase! SMA Morrell was around forty or maybe more, when he went through Ranger school. Don't know about you guys, I was Twenty-two!

A Congressman, Rep. Steve Russell, retired Army LTC., grad of the Ranger school,asked that the Army release documents pertaining to the performance of the first females in Ranger School. Good luck w/ that! A crusader, female grad of West Point has countered , requesting Russell's records from Ranger school.Another "Good luck w/ that!!!" The beat goes on! Can't imagine where the records for Ranger Regan from Class 1-1961 would be. No computers back in the "Olden Days!"

A little over six months 'til Crutter Cook-out. Going to work hard to get there for this one. Maybe even get to talk with some currently serving "RIs." Ya'll take care. Keep your fire starters handy. Bad winter predicted. Glad I ain't walkin' the hills these days. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 9/28/2015
Name: CokeRanger
Message: I have heard that the 3rd female ranger candidate got recycled in the FL phase. She started with the other female candidates in APR. I believe that this was her 5th recycle. She will be tabbed in OCT if she successfully passes jungle phase. BTW, she is a 38 year old mother of two. Pretty impressive.

Posted: 9/26/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Just got back from a wonderful "Gathering!" The Send Off for an "Honor Flight!" WW II, Korea, Vietnam Veterans. Seventy(70) of them, w/ their escorts. First one out of here, Lexington.I plan to get involved, and hope to go on next flight as an "Escort!!!" (Let someone else do all the driving on the trip!!!)

Had bunches of folks from Lexington and surrounding area out there. At O'Dark thirty!!! ROTC Color Guard, TV guys, Rolling Thunder, Our Senator, Andy Barr, and lots more.The only thing missin' was a "Marching Band!!" I love Bands and Parades!!!

I'll be back at airport to welcome them home tonight. Lots more pictures to take!


Posted: 9/26/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Bob. What's up w/Sergeant Major Hamby? Can't lay wreaths at the "Moving Wall???!!!" Wrong answer!!! What's his phone# ? What's his address? What's his E-Mail?

I'll be glad to call him and find out his problem.!!!

This CSM, Jimbo, "Speaks" the same language!!! Don't want any urination contest, but if OUR Association wants to lay a wreath, so be it. Put it in the schedule/program.

Our Comrades names are on that Wall. Not only the fellows who "Walked & Talked" w/ us at the Ranger Department, but those from our units.

Come on guys. Don't take this LAYING DOWN!!!

Chuck Windham,(my comrade from H Co, 75th Rangers, RVN,) put your "Ignorant" hat on, and get hold of this fellow, CSM Hamby.

Done "ventilating'!" Ya'll stay warm & dry. See ya in April. Jim RLTW/L&P(Rangers Lead the Way/Love & Prayers)


Posted: 9/25/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: SGM(Ret) Roy Hamby was the VA rep in the Union County area when I was medically discharged in 1988. He helped me get the appropriate VA benefits for which I am truly grateful. I don't know about his service record, but he is a pillar in the community and remains a valued servant to veterans.

Posted: 9/25/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Always "ghosting," Jim. I think Lt.Fuzz believes he posted the minutes. I hope he checks and finds out before the next meeting. That is an "eating meeting" and I will be bringing something. RLTW

Posted: 9/25/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Anybody out there? No minutes from the monthly meeting. Does anyone know a fellow named; CSM Roy Hamby? Name is familiar, can't place him. Ya'll stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 9/8/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

USMRA SEPTEMBER MEETING...

It is a blessing to have met so many decent, great American Veterans and active duty folks in my years here in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Education ,history and maybe , just maybe encouraging others to honor and remember those who do so much, sometimes with so little, is what this week’s article is about.

Last evening I was invited to visit with a very outstanding group of active duty and retired US Army Mountain Rangers, of which I knew very little.

An evening visit and fellowship over at Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega has only served to peak my interest in this small segment of highly trained and highly skilled outdoorsmen who gained and earned their qualifications right here in our mountains.

A lot of old time mountain folks, living here their whole lives have seen, witnessed and appreciate their drills, missions, and exploits consisting of hard work, in the heat or freezing cold, in order to stay in top condition for whatever, whenever and wherever the need arises for Ranger’s deployment to protect America, and very possibly to PREVENT something far more serious from occurring. ​

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of room here for the very exciting and detailed history of the Mountain Rangers.

No doubt there will be some continuum and possibly some personal stories from some of those fine folks I met last evening.

I admit, I have been remiss on my knowledge of Rangers and am by no means a military history expert, but am blessed to try and arouse interest in all of our military men and women who serve, and have served.

Here’s a website I was advised to go to by a great friend, fellow American Legionnaire, a kind, decent Very Humble man who doesn’t want to be mentioned here, even though he was (or is!!) a Major, Viet Nam Combat Veteran, and very recent inductee into the Ranger Hall of Fame: (Sarah Bischoff's hired help) http://usmountainranger.org/

You will learn a lot here from these community minded patriots by visiting their website, and no secrets or classified information there either! ​

I was also asked by a renowned, heavily decorated Ranger, TWICE, to pass along something concerning any rumors about the first women to earn their Ranger Tabs just this August, as a part of the grueling “tests” to become a Ranger.

The young folks who were there have testified that these two women are as tough and dependable as any man in the training exercise.

As advised, the training, expertise in methodology has changed and modified many times in Ranger history and these two ladies have honestly earned their tabs, in spite of all who started but could not complete the course, just last month.

Capt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver are the first women to earn Ranger tabs.

Who is to question these folks who have been there, done that, PLUS a whole lot more? ​

My intent is to do more “follow up” articles on our Rangers. ​

Semper Paratus Scott Drummond


Posted: 9/7/2015
Name: Ryan Mollberg
Message: Fellow Ranger Buddies, Running the NYC Marathon on 11/1/15 for "Lead The Way Fund". I would be grateful for any support. Thank You. http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/MOLLBERG/2015-tcs-new-york-city-marathon RLTW, Mollberg

Posted: 9/5/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Just back from the re-activation ceremony of the 2nd Bn, 2nd Inf Regt on September 3rd. Visited my old platoon, 3rd platoon, B Co. Surprised at the number of Tabbed and Scrolled Rangers in the platoon. Will have photo at October meeting.

Posted: 9/3/2015
Name: Robbie
Message: Can't wait to get back up there and see/watch all you wonderful people. Had a blast at the last open house/USMRA gathering.

Posted: 9/2/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA AUG 2015 MTNG

...a good turnout this month with a guest of Sunny and one of Bob Bischoff attending...all officers present...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, led in a warm, sincere prayer...great to see Willard again as he's spending most of his time helping tend to a family member in NC...

...both Lt Fuzz's Secretary and Bob Suchke's Treasurer Reports given and accepted... USMRA Coins need resupply soon...

...Steve Hawk, President, opens with the continuing concern for a member's status, and brings excommunication to the floor...motion made, seconded, passed...if your initials are MC, maybe you should recognize your errors...

...Bob Williams, WebMaster and 501(c)3 pioneer, explained the status of our ongoing process, informative and thorough... JD Kirby continued about the Ranger Hall of Fame status to be a Voting Member...

...appreciation and thanks to Bob Williams for continuing this marathon process for our group becoming what's needed among comparable Ranger organizations...

...Steve Hawk asks, for those interested, to speak about their experiences as Veterans to the Lumpkin County High School history students...6 hours in one day...this request comes from the teachers in the History Department...Bob Williams endorsed the teachers' efforts to have such a program approved and Steve added how this is a pro-military community... a sign up sheet was passed around for those interested...

...Cpt Levi Floeter, CO HHC here at CFM, thanked the organization for helping fund a coin that is given in his company...he spoke of his young troops here and those he served with in Afghanistan...

...asking for the organizations continuing support for additional coins to be made, Levi was supported by Gary Head, who has one, and Willard Langdon, endorsing these seeds...a fair and proper amount of donations given that night were counted and given to Levi...Frank Park says he has one for "Shortest Ranger"...

...Bob Weiner spoke of the efforts to continue a Scholarship Program that began with Sid Agent's daughter, entering her senior year of college now...partnering with the USMRA, the Wingman Motorcycle Club gave $1,000.00 for the scholarships this past year...Noah Steinburg's daughter is one of the first of these cosponsored awards...Ranger Noah is CFM PA...(doctor at large)...

...Bob passed a flyer around inviting all of us to the next meeting of the Wingmen, as Sid's family uses that time for their vacation from California...

...Levi asked for anyone interested in proofreading a 75 page book he wrote for Second Lieutenants, being reviewed now for the North Georgia Cadets...DOD Learning Dept also has a copy to consider presenting to ALL newly commissioned officers, in 2016...quiet an amazing effort and accomplishment, a labor of love and devotion, for those who are yet to lead soldiers...

...Frank Park, S5...gave some ideas of the renovations around Camp Merrill as the site has changed again from just this last CCO...the Mess Hall is delayed moving to the Revival Tents across from the Fire Station due to some questionable dirt... that is holding up barrack renovations...

...with no more new business the meeting ended after an hour...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz...Secretary at Large


Posted: 9/2/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Would recommend a Wreath in honor of our Ranger Cadre who were KIA in the 'Nam. I'm pretty sure of at least one: Julian Luna. There are others for sure. Just a thought. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 9/1/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Just a note to let all know that I won't be at the September meeting. Will we support the efforts of the folks doing the activities for the Moving wall in October? I will support the Association in what ever we decide.

Posted: 8/31/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike "K": Ya don't have to bring "extry." I'm not a Gumbo fan. Don't know where ya got that idea. I'm goin' to be real keerful comin' round those hills, on the way to Dahlonega. Don't think my Ranger pick-um-up could stand another trip, off road, on the way! Reckon I'll start out on Thursday, RON, be at "fish fry," on Friday.Then Saturday for the CCO and return to Lexington on Sunday. Long weekend for this fellow. See ya there. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/31/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Will you be there for the "Fish Fry" on Friday or just for the "Critter Cook-out?" I need to know so I can allow for extra servings of Gumbo.

Posted: 8/30/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike "K", have a safe trip. Enjoy & take lots of pictures. See ya in April! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/30/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Already looking forward to the Get-to-gether in April/CCO etc.. Mike Jaussaud is trying to get us a place to honker down. Do we ever invite the current/serving, "RIs," to our gathering? I'd sure like sit and to talk w/, listen to some of them, 'bout the recent graduating class!!! Ya'll get your cold weather gear out. Looks like another real "WINTER" comin' on! Take care, stay cool/warm, dry, and keep your fire starters handy! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/30/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Bob Williams : I will be AWOL - my old unit 2nd Bn, 2nd Inf Regt is being re-activated on September 3rd at Fork Polk, La. I will be there for the ceremony and to check out my old platoon. See everyone at the "Eating Meeting" in October. RLTW

Posted: 8/30/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: USMRA monthly meeting Thursday, September 3, at 7:00.

Posted: 8/25/2015
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: They did look rested and not ragged and lean like I would imagine. I graduated in 13-72 and we barely got rest. if we didn't make mission on time we didn't sleep or eat.

Posted: 8/25/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Recollect, from years ago, my Sergeant Major, MRC, tagged me to go to Fortress Benning, Ranger Dept., early '71. Jim, he said, I aint got time to be sittin' on boards. Go down there, do your magic, and get back here to work. Roger that Sergeant Major. Travelled down. There was a "Rep" from the Florida Camp, me, and the School Sergeant Major on he Board, (don't ask me names.) We had four Ranger Studs comin' before the Board. This was the "FINAL CUT" for graduation & Tab! The stuff we had to look at; Peer evals, Reports of successes/and or failures, from the Ranger "Advisors/Lane Graders," and a chance to "eye ball" the STUD!!! A great experience for this "Seasoned Ranger!" Listen to these Studs. Can't remember the break out of the Studs, Officers/NCOs.All but ONE passed the Board UNANAMOUSALY!!! Has any one else had the opportunity to sit on that Board? Does the Board still exist? Maybe we can "Fix" some things w/ that BOARD!!! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/25/2015
Name: Steve Johnston
Message: I always thought you could recycle only once if you failed a phase. More recycles were possible for injury or illness but I thought only one for a failure. I went thru a long time ago (class 7-72) so maybe things have changed or I could just be completely wrong.

Posted: 8/25/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: As expected, read in the Army Times yesterday; The two female Soldier Graduates, FAILED the Darby Phase TWICE. (Recycled twice.) Reckon three times is a charm!!! Give me a break will ya! We're wasting taxpayer's money with all this RECYCLE stuff. Then the Recycles take a slot that some deserving Soldier is striving for, down in the Divisions. End of venting for me. Jim RLTW/L&P PS: Can you wear the Tab UPSIDE DOWN, like when we fly our flag when "In Distress???!!!" :( :(

Posted: 8/21/2015
Name: johnny quest
Message: Good question Bob Williams what about those 200 plus students that didn't make graduation. My guess is that they are still in program as recycles I don't think they fail anybody. Read MSN yesterday about women failing patrols but passing peer reports. You must pass on peer reports don't need TAC advisors.

Posted: 8/21/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: A lot of changes over the years, Jim. Before 1961, the students went through the Swamp phrase before finishing at Dahlonega. The students with their water-soaked feed had way too many foot problems in the Mountain phrase so the Swamp & Mountain phrases were switched. Your class was one of the first to benefit from the change. They also changed the distance swimming requirements for admission to the course. Too late for me but a much better distance swimming requirement was the result. The Ranger School is always trying to make the training experience better.

Posted: 8/21/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The class in question began with 381 males and 19 females and graduated 94 men and 2 women. I find it interesting that if modern Ranger School is so "easy," why did 304 candidates not meet the standards or out-right quit.

I graduated with class 9-82 and we were the first to graduate 50% of the students. We started with 200 and finished with 104 graduates. At that point in history, people commented we must of had an easy class. Maybe we did; I don't know. I do know that nothing that happened then or today diminishes the feeling of accomplishment that my Ranger Buddies and I felt at graduation on 7 July, 1982.

Congratulations to all 96 new Ranger School graduates.


Posted: 8/21/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Have been watching and reading accounts re: the Female Soldiers completing the Ranger school. I agree w/ Mike, they look too well rested. I had heard that they completed the Florida phase on Monday, graduating on Friday. WHAT!!! Four days to recoup???!!! And they travelled in an air conditioned bus? Still remember. Last patrol in Florida. Got back, cleaned weapons, turn in stuff. Next morning, getting all equipment turned in, cleaning barracks, packing up. That evening the boxing gloves came out, again! Next morning, load up in 2 1/2s, head back to Ft. Benning. G I party that night, turn in all our web gear, compasses, etc. Pack/re-pack our bags. Final critiques for some Rangers, then waiting for the list to be posted in barracks. Following morning, graduation preparation & GRADUATE/TAB PINNED on w/a straight pin. (Major General Creighton W. Abrams pinning on the TABS!!!) Farewell Ft. Benning! Now that was back in 1961. Reckon things have changed. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/20/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I just saw the press conference with the female and male graduates. Did anyone else see that? Maybe it's just me, but they looked way too well fed and well rested to be recent graduates of Ranger School. When did they actually complete the course? I didn't see any hollow eyes or sunken cheeks or any of the other signs that used to show on recent Ranger School graduates. I hope someone else saw this and can comment.

Posted: 8/20/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: So two women are graduating and getting a tab. That's okay with me as long as they meet the standards and standards weren't lowered for them or in general. Does anyone know anything about this? Also, I have heard that standards are generally lower than they were in the "old days," including a requirement that students get a minimum of 8 hours sleep every night. Surely, that's only in cantonment, not on patrol. Anybody know anything about this? RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!

Posted: 8/16/2015
Name: Jim mnRegan
Message: The computer defeated me again. Did not realize that I was postin' the previous note TWICE!!! Dummy # 1!!! Checked out location of Blairsville. 'Bout 30 plus miles North of Dahlonega. Says almost an hour travel time. Looking' at the map, looks like lots of "EXITS," such as we have on the road to Camp. Also looks like a lot of Hill climbing and descending. Almost to N. Carolina border. Travel would be in October, lots of trees showing off their autumn colors. Snow not likely, but who knows in those hills. Hope we get a good turnout from our guys. Take care at stay cool & dry. Ji RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/15/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Just finished "Ashley's War." A well written account, of some really tough Female Soldiers, CSTs. It shows that there is a place for the Female Soldiers, alongside Special Operations/Ranger units in some arenas of Combat. This does not necessarily support the thought that they, Female Soldiers, should wear "The Ranger Tab!" They showed that they could "Train up,: and sustain themselves in combat. As I told you in a previous note, I had the privilege of working w/ Female Soldiers, Sailors, and Air Men/Women. Both in "Go to war" MI Units, and at the White House Communications Agency. Never had a doubt that they'd not get the job done. Have not heard how the Ranger Suds(Female) have fared at the Florida phase. We'll see and hear about it I'm certain. Break, break. Note to Chuck Windham: Watch your mail box. Sent some info re; "Moving Wall." Ya'll take care, stay cool & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/11/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Bob Williams, Web Master

The moving wall will be in Blairsville, at Meeks Park from Oct, 8th thru Oct. 12th. The event is sponsered by the VVA, Chapter 1101, along with the VFW, American Legion, and the DAV. All local chapters.

They are seeking volunteers. Can you get in contact with some one so we can post what they need?

Thanks and RLTW. .


Posted: 8/7/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Rangers,

I have placed a PayPal button on the home page and donation page where you can electronically support the USMRA. All transactions are monitored and handled by the USRMA Treasurer.


Posted: 8/6/2015
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Thanks, Jim. You're a good man!

Posted: 8/5/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: "Hi" to all. Sorry 'bout the looong note. Discovered, too late, I got to double click in order to "paragraph!" Like this! I'll try to do more better next time. Hi Will Langdon! Sent ya a "Get well," card a while back. So glad ya did not need it! Take care in your travels. See ya next SPRING!. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/4/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Don't recall the year, early nineties. made a stop at MRC, just to 'look around. As I walked down the hill from the Head Shed, I saw a couple of young troops, strolling towards the mess hall. I asked one of the NCOs, who was nearby, who they were. Oh, he said, they're "Recycles." What! I was amazed. How come they are WALKING???!!! Ranger Studs, as we called them, did not walk any where, except in their barracks or tent, back in the ol' days. Things have changed, he told me. I shrugged, and walked off. Don't know about the rest of your fellows, but when we went through the Course, in 1961, there was no such thing as "Recycle." We'd turn around one day and say "Wonder where ol' what's his face is?" Guys were quietly released from the Class, sent back to their unit. We had about 50% attrition rate. First day, after PT test, the Class was really whittled down! I have hoped, for a long time, that the standards would not change, with the introduction of females into the course. The folks at "Disney Land East"(The Pentagon,) must be under a lot of pressure to get a female through, and award the Tab! Just last night, read my Army Times. Front page news, w/ article 'bout the female Ranger students.They're making a big deal out of it. I have a warm spot in my heart for the Ranger Instructors, who are probably under lots of pressure and observation , 24/7! Can't imagine walking the hills, w/ a Patrol consisting of Female Ranger Studs, OOPS, wrong term!!! Bet there has been a lot of info passed from The Mountains to the Florida Camp about how thing were going/went. Perhaps they'll change their mind and award a "Plaque" instead of a TAB! Jim RLTW/L&P PS; I had two MI, "Go to War" Battalions, from 1978-1983. One at Ft. Hood, the other in Germany. The first Bn. had about 17% female Soldiers, the next Bn., had 35% Female Soldiers. These Soldiers were ; Communications, Intel Analysts, Linguists, Computer persons, Vehicle Maintenance, and even Truck Drivers. They did what every other Soldier did in the Bn. From PT in the morning, to packing/loading up, ready to go to WAR! They pulled their own weight, and one Gal was even selected as the III Corps NCO of the Quarter @ Ft. HOOD. What ever they did, no Male Soldiers helped them carry their load. They helped each other. I was always proud of ALL the Soldiers in the Bn.Sooo, that's my "two cents" re; Female Soldiers. Oh, almost forgot, worked for and with a Female, One Star, at Fortress Belvoir. She and I worked to transition Ft. Belvoir from "The Engineer Center & School," to a Military District of Washington, (MDW) Post. I let her be the General and she let me do my magic as a Post CSM! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/4/2015
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

Hello, everyone. I hope to make the meeting Thursday. I have really missed it the last few months. I'm the caregiver for my 90 yr old aunt in NC. She has Parkinson's disease & dementia (a terrible combination),and I have been occupied taking care of her farm, financial business, and in getting her in a nursing home. It's turned out that I spend about half of my time there (8 hours from home), & it seems that each time I'm required to go, it winds up being the first part of the month. This is a long term commitment for me. She has no children & I'm all she has.

We have a strong Association & I'm thankful that there's always someone who is willing to step in & cover for each other. Even though I have not been with you physically, I have not stopped praying for everyone. Hope to see you Thursday.

Thanks, Willard


Posted: 7/31/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Here is the link to the article if anyone is interested: http://wapo.st/1JVGqss

Posted: 7/31/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: A friend sent me an article about two women completing the Mountain Phase of Ranger School and going on to the Jungle Phase in Florida. Apparently, there was a third woman in the class who failed the Mountain Phase and was recycled. In addition, there were two or three who were recycled through the Benning Phase, so maybe now they're in the Mountain Phase with the two recycles there. It looks like a sure bet that one or more will graduate and get a Ranger Tab. I hope the standards haven't changed. If that is the case, then all I can say is more power to 'em.

Posted: 7/31/2015
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, Alpharetta is hosting their annual Old Soldiers Day parade this Saturday, and a famous Old Ranger is the grand marshal, Lee Brown. His BIO is below. Should be a good event. ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Lee Brown today at 90 is a man of quiet demeanor, self-effacing with an easy smile. He’s a far cry from that tough-as-nails 20-year-old Army Ranger glaring at the photographer who snapped his picture that wound up on the 1945 cover of the U.S. military magazine Yank, which quickly went viral in 1940s’ fashion – i.e. on the wire services. Brown, who will serve as grand marshal for the 63rd Alpharetta Old Soldiers Day Parade kicking off Saturday, Aug. 1, is still active at 90 and attends Ranger reunions. “He is really getting a kick out of this. He is really excited that people are making such a fuss about him,” said his son, Phil Brown. Lee Brown was just 19 years old when he hit the beach on D-Day. It was the Rangers’ mission to climb the famous Pointe du Hoc cliffs that overlooked Omaha Beach and silence the gun emplacements there. “We had a British pilot to bring the boat in – we always had Brit to drive the boat. We got to the landing point and he dropped the ramp and said, ‘Cheerio ladies.’ And then we just ran as fast as we could to the beach,” Brown said. By the time he and his fellow members of the 5th Ranger Battalion arrived, the first Ranger units had already secured Pointe du Hoc. So, still on the beach, Brown and the other Rangers were crouching behind what cover they could find as machine-gun fire and mortars were coming at them. “All of a sudden, I saw this man just walking down the beach toward us like he was out for a Sunday stroll. Meanwhile bullets were flying all around him and kicking up sand,” Brown said. Since Brown was attached to the battalion headquarters company, he was just a few feet away when the man – who he could now see was a general – spoke to his own commanding officer, Col. Max Schneider. The man was Gen. Norman “Dutch” Cota, who would win the Distinguished Service Cross that day, and he asked which unit this was. The 5th Rangers, he was told. “Well, damn it, the Rangers will lead the way. We have to get off this beach,” Brown heard Cota say. “And we did, too,” Brown said. “And that become the Ranger motto, ‘Rangers Lead the Way.’” Under Cota’s leadership, the Rangers led a breakthrough at what became known as the Vierville Gap that got the men off Omaha Beach. On D-Day-plus one, Brown and a buddy were on a reconnaissance patrol moving carefully when they suddenly saw a German poke his binoculars through a hedge. The German – it turned out he was a general – was peering so intently out his binoculars that he didn’t see the Americans. They grabbed and subdued him and brought him back to headquarters – but not before they took his Nazi ceremonial dagger and Luger pistol. “He didn’t want to give them up at first, but we sort of convinced him he’d be better off if he did,” Brown said. His buddy took the pistol and Brown has the dagger to this day. Brown would go on to participate in the capture of the port of Brest, fight in the Ardennes Forest and the Battle of the Bulge (with Gen. George Patton), and assist in the liberation of the Nazi death camp Buchenwald. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service and, in 2009, was among six World War II veterans who were recognized by the French government and received the Legion of Honor, the highest honor that country can bestow upon someone not born in France. This year Brown, his wife, Helen, and the Brown family will lead the Old Soldiers Day Parade that, for the first time, will kick off on Canton Street, one block west of the traditional Main Street start. The American Legion Post 201 sponsors the Old Soldiers Day Parade and this year’s OSD Committee Chairman Roger Wise said he was pleased to have such a true hero as marshal. “What an honor to be in the presence of this great American. He is what our Old Soldiers Day Parade is all about,” Wise said. “He and his band of brothers are our greatest generation. We must never forget them for what they did for our country and our way of life.”

Posted: 7/30/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Bob Murphy. Failed to add on my note, yet another BDQ fellow at RHOF 2015.(Jim,) 76th Bn, 41st Vietnamese Rangers, May '71- April '72. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 7/29/2015
Name: Lt Fuzz
Message:

...OPEN HOUSE IS 23 APRIL 2016...

...USMRA CRITTER COOKOUT TOO...

...Fish Fry is 22 April...

...Easter Egg Hunt is 19 March...

...per Frank Park, OverHang Mgr...


Posted: 7/29/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: From my place in Sieverville,Tn to the RMC is almost a four hour drive and an over night stay but it is worth the trouble to attend the monthly meeting.

Posted: 7/29/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Rangers,

Mark your calendars for the monthly USMRA meeting at 7:00 pm Thursday, August 6 at the Overhang.

Let's recommit ourselves to attending every meeting if you are in range of the camp. It only requires 12 evenings out of 365. At least, my wife bought it!


Posted: 7/28/2015
Name: Bob Murphy
Message: thanks to you for your quick response. appreciate it much.

Posted: 7/28/2015
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message: Bob Murphy

Count me as one of the Biet Dong Quan inductees into the 2015 RHOF. There is a one sentence mention of it in the citation. If you need more info, contact me.


Posted: 7/27/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Bob Murphy, watch your mail box. Sent my stuff to ya. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 7/27/2015
Name: Bob Murphy, BDQ, RHOF 2012
Message: need a favor from one of you who attended the RHOF 2015 ceremony. Have been keeping a ceremony booklet one of every Biet Dong Quan RHOF awardee since 2008. Like Earl, I was unable to attend this years awards. If anyone could send a spare copy to me at 4947 Island Drive, Fermandina Beach, Fl 32034, It was greatly appreciated.

Posted: 7/23/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, Secretary
Message:

...USMRA JULY MTNG...2015...

...this meeting had some meat in it...usually we get these done in less than thirty minutes, even fifteen sometimes, but we had some serious business about getting on the Ranger Hall of Fame Committee and it began...

...we're missing our Chaplain Willard Langdon these days and hope all is well with his soul...Bob Williams did again our opening prayer before we began...all officers present with around twenty involved members...

...Bob Williams has gone forward in leading our Patrol in getting our appropriate Non Profit status changed from a 501c3(7) to a 501c3(19)...

...discussion of fees, cpa and all had Ed Gross involved...without the amount approved being said here in the minutes, Bob Suchke, Treasurer, told Steve Hawk, President, that the money was available...

...Bob Williams then gave attention to JD Kirby's great efforts so far along this RHOF Patrol and said, to rousing "Huzzahs" all around, that he would continue leading this Non Profit Effort "until he was told to stop"...

...JD Kirby then came to explain how we are involved internally "with our own 'machinations'"...

...mach·i·nate \ˈma-kə-ˌnāt, ˈma-shə-\ verb mach·i·nat·edmach·i·nat·ing intransitive verb :to plan or plot especially to do harm transitive verb :to scheme or contrive to bring about :plot — mach·i·na·tor \-ˌnā-tər\noun

...JD Kirby gave a comprehensive overview to how all of this fits together with a frag order already set as we move forward, once more, in adding to our 39 Members...already in the RHOF...(Bob Bischoff's our newest honoree, whom we are very happy to see inducted)...

...with some continued explaining from JD Kirby, Brian Cunningham and Bob Suchke about the process of having this position, talk went to other matters after twenty minutes...

...Bob Suchke, Treasurer, proposed creating a PayPal Account for the USMRA, in solving our process of donations...

...as we commonly chase rabbits, talk got going about who was who in the other Ranger Networks and how their changing impacts us...

...Steve Hawk, President, mentionedthe "Chairborne Rangers" and the complete 1st Batt Story about 'Ranger 1' being moved, as an unannounced present to West Point, from HAAF, Savannah, Ga...

...Ranger 1 was a mule provided to 1st Ranger Batt with a 75 mm pack howitzer... everyone donated 25 cents at payday for feeding... whatever company lost Banner Day was tasked with feeding and caring for the mule, Alpha Company seemed involved a bunch in that...the Activation Parade of 1st Ranger Battalion had a cannon go off...and promptly the mule dissected the formation, going thru the companies, not around...so, as CSM Morrell solved that problem, Steve Rondeau went driving the truck with the trailer, Steve Hawk navigating to continue on to the extraction at West Point... except for thunderstorms around DC when the mule busted out the back door and a good 120' climbing rope kept him in...not wanting to get out of the trailer at West Point, the resident mule skinner told them to let him try, moving around to the wheelhouse of Ranger 1, landing about 15' away after a kick...Rondeau used a prussick knot on the horses tail, a bowline on a large pine...jumped into the truck, said "Gun It!" and the mule LAPES'd off...last heard, the mule skinner told Morrell not to send Rangers Hawk and Rondeau ever again...so finally Ranger 1 found cooler pastures and Steve and Steve came on back to Georgia...

...after yabbering back and forth...Lt Fuzz, Ed Gross, Steve Hawk, Ted Tilson. Bullet and Bob W... we're getting a PayPal Account for the USMRA, set up by Bullet Bob, Treasurer and put on our website by Bob Williams, WebMaster and Counsel ad hoc...donation transactions can finally become current...

...Bob Bischoff, our most recent Honoree, just inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame, was asked to speak of his experience down at Ft Benning...Bob Williams, Bob's Driver, warned Steve Hawk that once recently, Bob B started a story at Camp and finished in Bob W's Blairsville driveway... a bit and a piece far...

...Bob Williams had a very good point to open up our communications with all our members...and with Steve Hawk, Ted Tilson and Ed Gross adding more, we elected 4 Members for our USMRA RHOF Nominations...Brian Cunningham...Bob Suchke ...JD Kirby...Willard Langdon...

...Bob Bischoff got to tell of his day, being among so many stars...he said that the next day in the receiving line at the Infantry Museum, the CO of the ARTB, proclaimed Bob as "A National Treasure" to his family with him...we certainly think alike...(Bob was himself asked for an autograph yet...did not get ONE to bring home?!...all those Ranger Heroes?...)...

...JD Kirby remembered Gen McCrystal's words, "If you're lucky you get to meet your heroes; if you're blessed, you get to work with them"...

...Frank Park, OverHang Godfather, was tasked to report on the Open House and Critter CookOut 2016 dates...

...proper and good meeting...respectfully submitted...

...Mark E Jordan-Secretary


Posted: 7/17/2015
Name: Bullet Bob Suchke
Message: Well to explain, we have Major Bob (of the RHOF), Minor Bob ('webmaster extraordinaire' and all round great guy) and Bullet Bob, maker and purveyor of premium spirits.

Chuck, I'll check out that U-tube you suggested. RLTW!


Posted: 7/16/2015
Name: Lt Fuzz
Message:

...Bob Williams is our WebMaster, Resident Historian and now personal driver to another "Bob"...not Bullet...

...Bob Suchke is our Treasurer, Coin Director and Cover Guy for various magazines...

...Bob Bischoff's driven by Bob Williams from over the mountain and is our newest RHOF honoree...

...who is who...

...Fuzz, out...


Posted: 7/16/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Col. Suchke, There are several You-tube articles attached to the RHOF video that is spot on. One from the History Channel that features LRRP/Rangers from L and Hotel Companies. The guy that wrote the book about Hotel Company is one of the featured interviews. Check it out as it features a part dedicated to Recondo School and the orginal formation of the LRRP teams. Let me know what you think.

Posted: 7/14/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Here is a short video that opens with Bob Bischoff receiving the RHOF award. Watch the video.

Posted: 7/2/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, Treasurer
Message: USMRA JUNE 2015 MTNG

...Bob Williams began with our opening prayer...all officers present and both Secretary and Treasurers' reports accepted...

...detailed conversation about becoming a voting member, as the USMRA, for the Ranger Hall of Fame, as a Non Profit 501(c)(19), ruled the night...

...a motion was made to become a proper Non Profit, seconded and approved and then, to proceed with our July meeting being focused for details securing expert advice over the process... funding if necessary...

...Bob Suchke recognized Bob Bischoff for nomination into the Ranger Hall of Fame...Bob Bischoff and Brian Cunningham spoke of the opportunity available for others too...

...for new business...a serious concern of a rogue member was then presented by Steve Hawk, President...as claims were verified by those knowing him, misrepresentation has been recognized... a possibility exists for excommunication and would become public as necessary...motion made, seconded and the process is set in motion...Johnny Quest will smile...

...Bob Suchke, Treasurer, spoke of Willard Langdon, Chaplain, being once presented for RHOF... consensus opinion was to again, with our new and improved version of the USMRA, have him honored for his services...

...Steve Hawk brought up our Ranger Buddy signs for those not qualified to be members outright...Bob Bischoff and Bob Suchke and Brian Cunningham presented opinions on allowing Rangers not currently as members to be grandfathered in...

...Frank Park, OverHang CO, gave an introduction for SGT Vorchers, Covington, Ky by way...

...RLTW...

...Mark Jordan, Secretary


Posted: 6/30/2015
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: BOB, Congrats on this great honor. I read about it in the AJC yesterday. I am glad they actually shared this nice article versus the normal liberal gibberish!

Posted: 6/30/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Just a reminder. The monthly meeting is still on for this Thursday. Presentations should be made on our progress toward becoming a voting member for the RHOF. Important business. See yhou there, and Rangers lead the way.

Posted: 6/28/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Bob Williams, I just finished reading "Ashley's War." It was a good book, good read, and helped a lot in understanding the issue of women in Ranger School. Now, I'm all for it. I am reminded of my own experience with police departments that try to have female officers in order to deal more effectively with female subjects. It is a changing world in which we live. Warfare is changing as much as anything, maybe more and our military has to change to meet the challenge. Thanks for the recommendation.

Posted: 6/26/2015
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: Congratulations Bob Bischoff and welcome to the Ranger Hall Of Fame.I am proud you had a lot of support from the USMRA. Sorry I couldn't make it but health issues has slowed me down. RLTW

Posted: 6/26/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: I compared the lists yesterday and there are currently 39 members of the USMRA (living and deceased) in the Ranger Hall of Fame.

Posted: 6/25/2015
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message: After I came off cloud 9, I realized I spelled Mike Keohane's name wrong and called Jim Regan Mike. My apologies to both of you RLTW/RB

Posted: 6/25/2015
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message:

Well, you guys did it!! To be on that stage with those legends was an expierence that can never be duplicated. What an outstanding group of Rangers. I mean, General McChrystal, General Abizaid, LTG Arnold, Col Chittendon, CSM Jim Regan, LTC Rembert Rollison,s widow Marty and on and on. I don't know what impressed me more, to see so many USMRA Rangers at the ceremony or to see Mike Kehoane walk into the hotel with his pot of Gumbo for Mike Regan!! My family and I toured the museum today. We were fortunate enough to go through the reception line to greet the incoming commander of 75th Ranger Regiment, Colonel Marcus Evans. I was floored when he recognized and congratulated me. He told my family that they should be proud and "He is a National Treasure!!" I think that's when it hit home. We really need to encourage nominations and get "our" Rangers in the RHOF. Once again, thank you so much!!


Posted: 6/25/2015
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: J.D. Kirby and I, along with several other USMRA members attended the RHOF induction of our USMRA brother Ranger Bob Bishoff. Bob and the other inductees all expressed true gratitude for the honor. And it was a pleasure for us to meet them all following the ceremony. It was a great day to be a Ranger for us all.

Posted: 6/22/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I will be at Benning Wednesday to see Ranger Jim Regan inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame. I will be bringing him some of my Shrimp Gumbo. I will make more that Jim wants. Anyone going to the ceremony who wants some gumbo, Email me - first come, first served. RLTW

Posted: 6/19/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Bill, card/note in the mail today to Karl. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 6/18/2015
Name: Bill Miller
Message:

Fellow Rangers this to let you know that Ranger Karl Fee has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. Karl served as an advisor to the vietnamese 23rd Battalion 70-71. If you feel so inclined please send a card of encouragement to Karl at the following address: Ranger Karl Fee 6234 Cemetary RD Ladysmith, WI 54848-9628 RLTW Bill


Posted: 6/17/2015
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: Sadly I just learned that one of our members has passed away. Ranger Frank Crowell died Tuesday 9 June 2015 at age 82. He was a combat veteran of both Korea and Vietnam. He was a graduate of Ranger School in 1956. His funeral service was Friday 12 June at the Antioch Baptist Church. Frank was a good friend and will be missed. Frank, we will see you on the high ground. RLTW!

Posted: 6/16/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I will be at Fort Benning to see Jim Regan inducted. Anyone else going?

Posted: 6/16/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Just a follow up on CSM Regan's comments about the Ist Cav's LRRP?Ranger reun ion which just concluded in Killeen, Tx. Jim was one my platoon sergeants in 'Nam. What Jim neglected to mention was the reason he was recognized at our luncheon. Jim has been selected to go into the Ranger Hall of Fame this June. Hotel Company, 75th inf. now has 3 warriors inducted into this group of select troopers. I thought it was more than apporiate to recognize him as an inductee, and present him with a coin on behalf of the USMRA. RLTW. (Slashing Talon 34)

Posted: 6/16/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Just returned from a wonderful reunion, 1st Cavalry Div. & our 1st Cav LRRPS/Rangers, H Co, 75th Rangers, at Killeen, Texas. Great fellowship,comradeship,and love all around. Had a surprise at our luncheon. Ranger Chuck Windham made me stand up, embarrassed me with some nice words, and presented me w/ a U S Mountain Ranger Assn.. coin. Proud to display it on my niche of my bookshelf @ home. Thanks Chuck, hope to see you and all our Camp Merrill Rangers at our 2016 CCO. Ya'll take care, stay cool, check those Ranger Studs for heat exhaustion!!! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 6/14/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Bob : I think that is correct according to what has already been done by the 75th to honor her. I, for one, would not object and, in fact, would be proud to buy a drink for one of these female CST enablers. RLTW

Posted: 6/14/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Mike,
According to what you read in the book, is it not true that 1Lt Ashley White is eligible for the Fallen Ranger Memorial and the other females in the CSTs, are eligible for membership in our association?

Posted: 6/13/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Bob Williams : Thanks for the information about "Ashley's War." I just finished reading it and strongly recommend reading it.

Posted: 6/12/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Members,

Mark you calendars for the next USRMA meeting on July 2. Several important issues that are vital to the future of the association will be discussed.


Posted: 6/9/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Thanks, Jim. For those of you trying to figure out the "women in Ranger School issue," read the book Ashley's War. In 2009 the Ranger Regiment ask JSOC for women to accompany them on direct action missions. The book describes the assessment process and some of the missions in which the female soldiers participated. I'm no genius, but based on what I read in the book, I see why the women are being given the opportunity to attend Ranger School. It also states that EVERY MOS will be required to allow women by Oct. 2016 or provide the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs the reasons for denial. I had not heard this before.

Posted: 6/9/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Just finished a great book, "Jesus was an Airborne Ranger!" Written by Army Chaplain John McDougal. The Chaplain started out as a '71 Grad of West Point, went to Airborne School & Ranger School, ended up at 173rd Abn. Later served w/ 75th and made combat jumps in Iraq & Afghanistan. Then he heard his "calling" to the ministry. Went to Seminary, returned to Army as a Chaplain, and lo and behold, ended up back w/ the 75th Rangers. Currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis McCord. He says in the book, that he had LIVED the life of an Airborne Ranger and would better serve the men because he understood their needs, physical and spiritual. A great book that kept my attention. Recommended reading from me. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 6/5/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Not surprised at Chuck Windham's performance. He was one off my LURP/Rangers, 1969, in the vacation land of S. Vietnam. A Solid LURP/Ranger and true asset for the USMRA.Thanks Chuck for all ya do. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 6/4/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, Secretary
Message: USMRA MAY 2015 MTNG

...following one of the most successful and profitable CCO Weekend, two members, three officers, one club manager, one webmaster and one RHOF nominee...attended the meeting inside the OverHang...

...Bob Williams led us in prayer as Chuck Windham, VP, again led the way...

...both Treasurer and Secretary Reports were read and approved...again, emphasizing that despite challenges uniquely complicating this year, our monetary success was the most we've had in recent years, by far...

...appreciated were the Union County folks who contributed our Fallen Ranger signs and possibly having a plate done for them...no motion made...

...storage needs and logistics for equipment of CCO was discussed by Chuck, Mike Keohane, Frank Park, Bob Suchke... trailers to conexes...15 minutes...

...appreciated was Gary Head and his family, especially his daughter getting our propane tanks working...

...the Fallen Ranger Ceremony was remembered...

...details from Frank about logistics to coordinate between HQ and us on going forward... our location of operation next year should be back under the trees, making sure traffic moves smoothly between demonstrations...

...Bob Suchke says Moonshine Tours start in July...Bill Elliot is now associated...

...26 April is Confederate Memorial Day...Bob Suchke...

...Chuck Windham, a member for just a few years...taking on this CCO with so many key changes of people, places, preferences and priorities...truly went over and well beyond anyone else this year...no one has done so much with such a small exposure to the experience of being in charge...awesome VP...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, S1...


Posted: 6/1/2015
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: Reminder to ALL members. USMRA Meeting 1900hrs Thursday 4 June 2015 at The Overhang . Topics to be discussed include: RHOF, Becoming a 501c(3) Non-profit organization (legally in the eyes of the IRS) and Incorporation, plus the costs to accomplish both tasks. Are there any experts out there with the legal background and experience to help us do this? Some of you may have skills and abilities to handle this task in house. If so, please contact Steve, Chuck, Mark or myself and let us know that you can help.

RLTW!


Posted: 5/28/2015
Name: Mary Frechettr
Message: Hello, Just went to place flowers at my dads cross and someone has taken his flag. Can anyone help me to get another one in place? His name is Robert A Frechette. His cross is placed just across the street at the light where the baseball field is. Also the cross right before his – the veterans nameplate is off and he also does not have a flag Any help would be much appreciated. Best regards and thank you to all for your service! God bless you all. Mary

Posted: 5/27/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Sent an Email to Fort Benning re getting a visitor's pass for June 24th two weeks ago. No answer so far. Can anyone clue me in on what ID will be necessary to get on post for the ceremony? I have not spent much time at Benning because Ranger Instructors in my day were not welcome and I returned the feeling. Yes, I am in "lockdown" for pre-planning for the visit. ;>)

Posted: 5/24/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...PLANNING BAY RANGER INSTRUCTOR SIGNS...

...Alpha Company...closest to the Camp and Student Barracks...

...Virgil Geiger and Mike Tylson...personal heroes of 1Lt Jordan...are left to be placed as 2015 Honorees...(lack of good screws precipitated this opportunity)...

...contact S1, USMRA, if you would accept the honor of remembering these two 2nd Ranger Company E5s destined for Ranger Glory and Service as genuine heroes...

...RLTW...(Best Hopes for All Rangers and Their Loved Ones Every Day)...

....Lt Fuzz, contemplating previous minutes before posting his current report...


Posted: 5/22/2015
Name: Mary Frechettr
Message: Hello, Just went to place flowers at my dads cross and someone has taken his flag. Can anyone help me to get another one in place? His name is Robert A Frechette. His cross is placed just across the street at the light where the baseball field is. Also the cross right before his – the veterans nameplate is off and he also does not have a flag Any help would be much appreciated. Best regards and thank you to all for your service! God bless you all. Mary

Posted: 5/20/2015
Name: Michael Lee
Message: I went in search of my father's memorial marker today(5/20/'15)-to place some flowers in remembrance of his passing this past Dec.6th. What a warm & pleasant surprise I had to find my Dad's new flag & cross, not only already decorated, but that it was also placed on the town square- right across from the store I used to own there & where he often came to play his accordion in the 1990's!

Thanks to all you volunteers & The Mountain Rangers Association for your thoughtfulness & service...ya'all are truly FIRST !

I miss you dad.... Bernard W. Lee; WWII US Marine, veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima 1945, 1st Corporal of the Guard at the 1st US Embassy in the Philippines 1946 & 1st to see that bear which wandered on to the town square in Dahlonega & inspired the 1st "Bear On The Square" Mountain Music Festival.


Posted: 5/20/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jack Regan and others going to the Ranger Hall of Fame ceremony : Any Rally Points being established for before & after the ceremony? I will be driving down from Sevierville, Tn that morning and, after securing entry on post, I expect to be at the Marshall Auditorium before 13:00 hours. I will be o/n at a local motel so I have a lot of time to spend.

Posted: 5/20/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike, it's a good e-mail address. That is an L, LIMA, after the dash.What can I say. Since Time Warner too over our cable & TV, it stinks. Oh well, they're the BIG BUCK guys! take care, and perhaps we'll see each other at Fortress Benning. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 5/19/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Since you have managed to miss the last three CCOs, I guess that I must go to Fort Benning next month to see you. RLTW By the way - check out your Email address. I tried to send an Email via j-lregan@twc.com without success.

Posted: 5/19/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Good morning Rangers! Just a bit of info. I was finally, officially, notified last night. Goin' to Fortress Benning for Induction into the RHOF. Sure surprised me! I'll be in great company! Just as it is when I get to CCO, W/O wrecking truck, or other stuff!!! What a family! You can go to 75th Ranger Assoc. site for full list. Ya'll take care stay cool. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 5/18/2015
Name: Colleen Chauvin
Message: Well thank you for any response. Now that I think of it I believe he spelled it Bane as I suggested he look it up and he was thrilled as it was so appropriate for a fighter. But being French, I spelled it the French way, sorry. Was Boyd his middle name? If so there is some by that name in San Antonio on white pages.com. If you or any one cares to reminiss or help with a search you may contact me at elkwomanca@gmail.com (I'm half American Indian). Was Very kind of you to respond.

Posted: 5/17/2015
Name: Robert Frieg
Message: I knew him very well, but have no clue where or what he is up to, today. He was one of my Ranger class Representatives and did a great job. I, too, would love to get in touch with him.

Posted: 5/15/2015
Name: Colleen Chauvin
Message: Anyone remember Bain Smith in Dahlonega Georgia in the early and middle 1980's? I taught school there then and knew him, as a sergeant and a boxer. I have always wondered what happened to him. Actually I owe him an apology, and would appreciate contact info.

Posted: 5/11/2015
Name: Howard Denton
Message: Mark, I believe that should read Taft Yates, not Tyler. Also, to the group... If you have a "Yoseph Yisrael Alvarado" on your "Friends" list, he's a poser!

Posted: 5/10/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message:

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Ranger Hall of Fame inductees.

This year had 22 nominees for induction into the 2015 Ranger Hall of Fame

The following 15 Rangers and a MOH recipient were selected:

1LT George Sisler MOH

GEN Stanley McChrystal

GEN John Abizaid

LTG Steven Arnold

COL Skip Chittenden

COL Thomas Henry

COL John Geraci

LTC Rex Masters

LTC Rembert Rollison

MAJ Robert Bischoff

CW4 Russell Mcintrye

CSM Jimmy Broyles

CSM Michael Hall

SGM Gregory Matteo

SFC Tyler Yates

SGT James J. Regan

RLTW!


Posted: 5/6/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, Secretary/S1
Message: USMRA MTNG APRIL 2015

...On the back porch of the OverHang, about 20 members showed...with about another dozen of our new Scholarship Partners, the Wingmen Motorcycle Club down towards Dawsonville.

...Ranger Studs and RIs going by in the rain...

...Chuck Windham, VP, is handling things smoothly and asks Bob Williams, WebMaster and Fallen Ranger Committee, to lead in an opening prayer in place of our usual Willard Langdon, Chaplain...

...I am taping the meeting but my leader and head Ranger says it could jeopardize my continued status...Steve Hawk, USMRA PRESIDENT FOR LIFE...

...Ted Tilson passes the donation bucket as the Secretary Report talks of Easter Egg Hunt andCritter CookOut...

...Lt Fuzz talks of RHOF and Bob Bischoff, fine person to Rangers, listens wisdomly...thunder rolls and rain drops all around...

...David O'Rear was directed for CCO planning...

...Easter Egg Hunt got Fuzz talking about some Jr. ROTC, Boy Scout, cookie selling Brownies and Bob Bischoff dryly asks, "Tell us really how you feel"...

...Secretary Report accepted...

...Bob Suchke, Treasurer, then talks debits and credits like a pro for cooking, scholarship and t shirts...Treasure's Report Accepted...

...Bob Williams covers the Fallen Ranger signs being donated by a Union County Commissioner and the names were also done by them as well...Grateful appreciation to Bob abc the folks on the other side of the TVD...

...Ranger Virgil Geiger is recognized as a Fallen Ranger and a Planning Bay Honoree...a first ever coincidence for the USMRA...

...Chuck asks about the trout delivery with Frank Park and Steve Bishop...

...Wayne Watkins, Vietnam Vets of Dawsonville and Ted Tilson will help Chuck Windham prepare four hundred trout...

...Jimmy Phipps explained how he and Curt of the Little Indian Grill will cook and deliver these trout...

...Frank Park, OverHang Commander, proceeds to identify our AO this year... away from our usual shade because of the traffic being impeded as the visitors leave their seats, cross the Etowah via the foot bridge, then proceed to Lower Mountaineering...David O'Rear gave input...

...GP Medium will be on the Volleyball Court...Pop Up tents are asked about...

...David O'Rear explains the idea of why we moved to the place we are in this year...

...Steve Bishop warns of kids taking too much of the critters when hot dogs should do...

...Ranger Bob Weiner, Wingman, presented $1,000 for Scholarships and introduced those members who also came...

...Noah Steinberg was recognized by Chuck, appreciated as the Camp PA, back again from Afghanistan...

...At 40 minutes in, we ended and talked amongst ourselves...

...Chuck Windham and Bob Suchke have kindly added messages about our Critter CookOut and Bob Williams has the Fallen Rangers posted beside Mosby AAF...

...Next meeting is this Thursday at 1900 at Over Hang...Chuck Windham officiating as he's driving back from Florida now...

...Steve Hawk, President, is precommitted to award presentations at LCHS and won't be able to attend...

...RLTW...

...respectfully submitted by Lt Fuzz, S1...


Posted: 5/4/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Chuck Windham, ya done good brother! See ya in Texas! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 5/3/2015
Name: Al Buckelew
Message: Reference Michael Conley. Conley did indeed graduate from Ranger School and was assigned to Camp Merrill. I do not know in what capacity he served, but he lists himself as a Ranger Instructor. This is a very interesting individual whose bio can be see on the Professional Soldiers website. A legend in his own mind.

Posted: 5/3/2015
Name: Al Buckelew
Message: "I was reading this from a book, so not sure how accurate the info is. The 1st paragraph says The Ranger Department of the Infantry School ay Ft Benning Georgia was established in 1951 to provide individual Ranger training to officers and noncommissioned officers. The 1st class to earn the Ranger tab graduated in March 1952." The Ranger Training Center was established on 29 September 1950. Also activated on 29 September 1950 were the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Ranger Infantry Companies (Airborne) The first training cycle was completed on 13 November graduating the four companies and awarding Ranger tabs to each man. The 1st Ranger Co.departed Fort Benning by train for the San Francisco Port of Embarkation on 15 November. I am in the process of writing a history of the 1st Company begun by my Ranger buddy CSM Chuck Waters who has since passed on to the big DZ in the sky.

Posted: 5/2/2015
Name: Bob Suchke- Treasurer
Message: Next USMRA meeting--- Yes, there will be a meeting of the USMRA on Thursday 7 May 2015 1900hrs at the Overhang. Bring your Critter Cookout feedback and war stories. I still have a few tee shirts and they will be available then. RLTW!

Posted: 5/2/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Since a message that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood, Would Bob or Mark clarify. Will there be a meeting this month. It is quite a long drive from Sevierville just for s haircut at Woody's.

Posted: 5/1/2015
Name: Lt Fuzz, S1
Message:

...7 May at 1900...USMRA MEETING...

...if already scheduled and done, disregard...

...Mark


Posted: 4/29/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Ross Hall's book "Mountain Ranger" has the following on page 5 "the first Ranger class began at Fort Benning, Georgia. January 3, 1951 during the Korean War. Ranger Instructors from the 2nd Ranger Company and students of the first class conducted 11 days of training in north Georgia, including nine days of patrolling and two days of rappelling at Woody Gap." If you have not brought this book, I recommend it even though my period at the RMC is missing.

Posted: 4/29/2015
Name: Robert C Frieg, Jr
Message: interesting, I also read the mountain training began in Colorado and was later moved to Dahlonega. I learn something new every day.

Posted: 4/29/2015
Name: Robert C Frieg, Jr
Message: Mike, you maybe right. I was reading this from a book, so not sure how accurate the info is. The 1st paragraph says The Ranger Department of the Infantry School ay Ft Benning Georgia was established in 1951 to provide individual Ranger training to officers and noncommissioned officers. The 1st class to earn the Ranger tab graduated in March 1952. The Ranger Department was reorganized in 1958 into 3 companies. That's where I began my comment in my previous post by saying started. Hope that helps.

Posted: 4/29/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Thanks, Rangers, for the information. The only thing I doubt is the 1958 date for the designation of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Ranger Companies in 1958. I joined the 2nd Ranger Company in November 1958 and it was my belief that the three companies were named in 1951 or 1952 when the classes began.

Posted: 4/29/2015
Name: johnny quest
Message: mike conley was an instructor at the CFM if u want more info contact me

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: Robert C Frieg, Jr
Message: sorry, but the link doesn't seem to work. I copied the info from a book called Power series-Airborne Rangers. If you google it, it's sold on Amazon.

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: Robert C Frieg, Jr
Message: Here is a link to the history https://books.google...er phase&f=true . 1st Ranger Company- Florida Phase, 2nd Ranger Company- Mountain Phase, and 3rd Ranger Company- Benning Phase were started in 1958. August 5th 1987 the Ranger Department separated from the Infantry School and became the Ranger Training Brigade. The Ranger Companies now became 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Ft Benning, 5th RTB at Camp Merrill, and the 6th RTB Eglin

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: bill miller
Message: Mike keohone,Conley worked in Patrolling Comm. He was on RM1R31N He worked for an SFfC Condrella.

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: bill miller
Message: Mike keohone 2 nd ranger became 5th RTB may-june 1988 I was SGM there at that time.Conley was stationed at MRD about 1975-78 time frame as an E5 I was an E7 at that time PI of RM1R33N

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: Alan Vierra
Message: I know it was still the 2nd Ranger Co. In 79, I left in November of that year.

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Does anyone know when the RMC unit stopped being the 2nd Ranger Company? I am checking out some information about the man I mentioned earlier. Claims to have been a Ranger Instructor at 2nd Ranger Co, TSB USAIS from 02OCT75 to 30JAN77.

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Major Bob and I will be there on May 7.

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: Bob Suchke-Treasurer
Message: May meeting. Since we did not have a regular meeting of the USMRA at Critter Cookout, I am in favor of having our next meeting on 7 May at the regular time and place since it will be 4 June if we skip May. Can we get some input from the membership and/or a decision from the leadership? We need to discuss/review critter cookout and other upcoming events. RLTW!

Posted: 4/28/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: There is a Michael J. Conley who claims to be a Ranger and a nominee for the 2015 Ranger Hall of Fame. Mike Ranger (USARAHOF)has stated that Mr. Conley is not a nominee. Mr. Conley will be the guest speaker for a Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Ceremony in Bedford, IN on May 9th. Anyone get this message? From what I have read, although the writer believes Michael J. Conley is a Ranger, I am not certain. Here are two links about this man. http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=59507 http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48685

Posted: 4/27/2015
Name: Robert C Frieg, Jr
Message: I want to thank all you guys who put on a great event. It's been a long time since a few of us have been back to the camp and you all welcomed us with open arms. We had such a great time that it will now become our annual reunion and no better place to have it than with all of you at that magical, Camp Frank D Merrill.

Posted: 4/27/2015
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: I’d like to echo Chuck’s comments. Thanks all those who helped, donated, worked and contributed to make the 2015 Ranger Open House/Critter Cookout happen. Thanks again to The Wingmen Motorcycle Club for your generous $1000.00 donation to the scholarship fund. We were able to award two $1000.00 scholarships this year. One went to the son of retired Ranger Jeff Waters, Andrew Waters, and the other to the daughter of active duty Ranger (Major) Noah Steinberg, Rachel Steinberg. Our congratulations go out to both of them.

The esteemed Overhang club manager, Frank Park, went the extra mile to make critter cookout a success. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to assist the USMRA in many items that we were short on. His generous attitude, assistance and support are most appreciated.

Thanks go to Gary Head and his family for all the smokers and meat cooking, Jimmy Phipps and the Little Indian Grill guys for doing much of Friday’s fish fry, Mike Kehone, Marshall Huckaby, Bear Schuler, Ted Tilson for all the cooking, cleaning, serving and doing the great job of making critter cookout happen. Also thanks to Russ Ballew (The famous voice of past Ranger Open House demonstrations- we still miss him) and Casey Hubbard for providing a major portion of the venison, elk and bear that was served up.

We also thank Michael Waldron for making this year’s critter cookout Tee Shirts and providing award plates. Thanks again go to the Fowl Play Band for the superb musical entertainment Friday evening with Brian Cunningham as player and conductor.

On behalf of the USMRA, I would personally like to recognize and thank Ranger Chuck Windham who worked tirelessly organizing and supervising the critter cookout operation. He stepped up and filled in for several Rangers who could not make it this year. Thanks Chuck.

Thanks also to all who purchased 2015 Critter Cookout Tee shirts and USMRA coins. All money from those sales has now been deposited along with recent donations. I can report that USMRA is healthy once again for now, but we still welcome donations to continue our support of Rangers. As of this posting, we have forty-one 2015 tee shirts left and I will have those available for sale at the NCO Club and online. So, if anyone out there wants a 2015 Critter Cookout tee shirt, let me know as they are going fast. I have 2 Large, 24 XXL, 12 XXXL and 3 XXXXL remaining. There are NO medium or XL sizes. We also have the beautiful USMRA membership coins available.

So again, thanks to all and keep those donations coming in. RLTW!


Posted: 4/26/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Good day Rangers. The open house has come and gone, and what an experience! This was my first time to present at the fallen Ranger Memorial. It was a very strong show of brotherhood for our organization. President Hawk did a great job as host. So many people contributed to the success of all the events.

There are many to thank for assisting with the fish fry and the CCO. Captain Mike and Jimmy cooking fish at the Little Indian Grill. If you are in the area, stop in for a burger or breakfast, it is next to the Chevron across from Bannister's. They deserve our support. The Gary Head family for smoking our meat and helping to prepare it for serving. Betty and her daughter Cerria. Teddy Bear and Tom from PaPa company. Mike and Marshall for the Gumbo and Chili. Those that donated meat and time. Steve for taking care of the beer. Pradre for the Pudding. The Overhang crew for their assistance in providing support and cold storage. The list goes on forever, and I know I will miss some one, but all help was appreciated. Last of all, the Great Ranger in the sky for stopping the rain.

Let's look toward next year and make it even better. RLTW.


Posted: 4/23/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...a wheelchair is needed for Friday's Fish Fry and CFM doesn't have such...

...please contact me for locating one should anyone know of such availibility...

...Rain for Saturday so let's get wet and have some Ranger Fun!...

...remembering how Sunny Bragg critiqued our monsoon two years ago, i expect his wheelchair is available and he will be walking and helping instead of critiquing our preparation this year...

....RLTW...

...Mark, S1


Posted: 4/22/2015
Name: ted tilson
Message: chuck... i amm bringing some breakfast foods, the usual...also will bring a large table as well as a pop-up, but won't be there until 1200-1300 hrs thursday. rltw ted

Posted: 4/22/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Chuck : I will be bringing an eight foot folding table for the cooking/serving line. I can't be there before 3PM on Friday so leave room for my table. I also have a large piece of plastic that can be placed over the gap between two tables for serving.

Posted: 4/22/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Let's go Rangers! 400 trout will be delivered tomorrow, April 23rd around noon. I have some volunteers to help dress the fish, but will always accept more help!

Notice to those staying at Merrill, I am not going to provide breakfast this year. The chow hall is open each day!(around 0730)

J. D., We need meat, tables, and a grill if anyone has one for our use. All willing to work on the event will be welcomed. RLTW


Posted: 4/22/2015
Name: Alan Vierra
Message: Looking forward to the cook-out this weekend, hopefully see some of the rangers I haven't seen sent to late 70s>

Posted: 4/21/2015
Name: J.D. Kirby
Message: I have SSG Brady lined up to speak on behalf of Kyle Osborn at the Fallen Ranger dedication on Saturday. He will have family members present.

Posted: 4/21/2015
Name: J.D. Kirby
Message: Chuck or whoever, What do you need in the way of food for the fish fry and the coo ? Plan to be at both.

Posted: 4/20/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Good morning Rangers. We are beginning the last push up to the CCO and fish fry. Thanks Lance, and if any one else has equipment or donations, let me know.

Looking forward to all attending, and pray for good weather, as it has been soggy here the last week in the mountains. RLTW


Posted: 4/19/2015
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Looking forward to the CCO next weekend. As promised at the last meeting, I will be dropping my canopy off at the Overhang today to support the event.

Posted: 4/15/2015
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: The 2015 Critter Cookout tee shirts have arrived. They will be available both Friday 24 April at the fish fry and during Open House/Critter Cookout on 25 April. If anyone wants them before that time, contact me and we can make arrangements. They are $20.00 each plus shipping if I have to mail them out. For local folks we can meet in Dahlonega. I have 150 total in sizes from Medium to 4XL. All money taken from tee shirt sales will go back into the General Fund to be used to support the Ranger Community. RLTW!

Posted: 4/13/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...i can't be in both places...as i get focused hard into April 24-26, 2015, i am at Camp Merrill...selling T Shirts for $20 each...at the Fish Fry until sold out...last year i sold 100 for $15 each...we have 150 this year, already paid for...

...the Fallen Ranger Memorial is being handled by Bob Williams...i have some bolts given last year you'll need...

...Ranger Planning Bays Recognition; Taking Old Ones down and putting New Ones Up...Virgil Geiger and Mike Tilson are heroes to me... in a brotherly guy way...

...some foolish person murdered my baby dog over in Hart County this past May...a cowardly bully of a LEO...i gave Caesar his due...

...my Booder is with me now, as an engraved stone and a bag of ashes...and he is the Poster Pup for the Freeze Don't Shoot March... nationally...

...i'll be there too...

...passing some fun along to those who smell the smoke from our last tea party, out on the deck... RLTW MARK


Posted: 4/11/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message:

...sissy boys use cots and privys...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, humble secretary


Posted: 4/10/2015
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: The 2015 USMRA Scholarship Committee has reviewed and evaluated applications from several outstanding students. We had the opportunity to see first hand young adults who have distinguished themselves by their pursuit of excellence and their willingness to serve their communities.

After due consideration of the applications, the USMRA Scholarship Committee has selected Ms. Rachel Steinberg and Mr. Andrew C. Waters as the recipients for 2015. Each will receive a $1000 scholarship award.

The 2015 USMRA Scholarship Committee wishes to thank the membership for the honor of our serving in this capacity.

Rangers Lead the Way!

Respectfully submitted:

Ranger Bob Bischoff

Ranger Brian Cunningham

Ranger J.D. Kirby


Posted: 4/10/2015
Name: chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Jerry Champion, if you want to, Camp Merrill puts up a G/P medium, with cots on the volley ball court. Some Rangers stay there during the CCO and open house. The price is right!

Posted: 4/10/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I have been staying at the Quality Inn for the first Thursday meetings as well as for the Fish Fry & Critter Cookout for over five years. I recommend it. The address is : Quality Inn 619 North Grove St., Dahlonega, GA, US, 30533 +1 (706) 864-6191

Posted: 4/10/2015
Name: Jerry Champion
Message: Need a hotel recommendation in Dahlonega best suited for attending the CCO. Wondering if I could just throw a hooch up near the CCO venue...recognizing that times have changed since I was assigned to Mtn Rgr Camp.

Virgil Geiger was one of my best friends...I'd like to be thre to honor his memory.

Trying to sort out if I fly or drive from Chicago.

Looking forward to seeing some old friends....


Posted: 4/8/2015
Name: ted tilson
Message: i need gary heads' phone number. chuck can you call me at 678-936-5448. if i don't answer just leave a msg. also, what are the dates for the best ranger comp, and anyone going? rltw ted

Posted: 4/8/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Mike, There does not seem to be a problem with my e-mail. I have received several this morning to chuckwind@bellsouth.net. By the way, I am not concerned with your contributions to the CCO. You were on the list from the meeting. Thanks!

Posted: 4/8/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Chuck Windham. There is a problem with your Email address. I cut & pasted your address twice and the postmaster could not deliver it. I will be bringing a large cooking/serving table with me. I have a one burner butane stove to cook my Shrimp & Chicken Gumbo. I expect to be set up on Friday by 15:00 hours and will try to do better on Saturday. By the way, Jim Regan asked me to say something to Bill Kiel's family so I will need your assistance in meeting them. RLTW

Posted: 4/7/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Good day to all Rangers. The timr for open house and the Critter Cookout is all most here. Those who will provide meat and assistance during the event need to contact me so I can brgin to make final preps to insure that the event goes as planned. I need help! Gary Head has done alot so far as we move toward the final event.

You can contact me at chuckwind@bellsouth.net, and I will provide with my phone number. Lets get moving Rangers. We will need tables. pop-up tents, and of course meat to cook! Remember, Gary and I cannot do do it alone. RLTW.


Posted: 4/3/2015
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: Special thanks To the Wingmen Motorcycle Club:

Thank you so very much for your generous donation to the U.S. Mountain Ranger Association scholarship fund.

Thanks also to those who have dug deep and donated recently, as of today our bottom line is looking much better. Thanks again to all who have chipped in. Please keep the USMRA in your thoughts since it is by your donations that we can keep doing things for our Ranger Community. RLTW!


Posted: 4/3/2015
Name: Jim Jarvis
Message: Great to see Virgil Geiger and Mike Tilson honored. Enjoyed working with both of them many years ago.

Posted: 4/2/2015
Name: Frank
Message: Mr. Jordan i think you left something at the club after the meeting today..I got it back in my office when you swing by to get it.

Posted: 4/1/2015
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: USMRA 2015 Planning Bay Honorees

Cecil Sager ’76

Edwin Davis ’76

Virgil Geiger ’77

Mike Tilson ’77

Doug Halverson ’77

Alan Vierra ’77


Posted: 4/1/2015
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: Breaking News!

I checked the mailbox at Camp today and found that we have two donations. On behalf of the USMRA, I Thank you very much. They will be recognized at a later date. Plus Spots for both.

Please keep them coming in as we need the funds to support Rangers and Ranger Activities that we sponsor. RLTW! Bob


Posted: 4/1/2015
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: So far no response, so I am posting this again.

To the Mountain Ranger Association Membership.

As most of you know, The USMRA does not collect dues from its members. We operate strictly by donations and the goodwill of a number of merchants who donate goods that can be used to benefit our large Ranger Family. The USMRA is all about helping Rangers and their families. We support the Best Ranger Competition, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday events held here in Dahlonega and sometimes at other locations. We also host the annual Critter Cookout in conjunction with Camp Merrill’s Open House. In addition to those activities, we provide annual scholarships to the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of USMRA members entering college and who are selected from entries received. (For More info, see details under Scholarship Fund) This year we voted to give up to two $1000.00 scholarships.

We are asking those of you out there who would like to donate to the USMRA, to please do so. You can send cash, check or money order to:

U.S. Mountain Ranger Association

1 Camp Frank D. Merrill P.O. Box 130

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

or Robert K. Suchke Treasurer USMRA

P.O. Box 201

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

For those of you who would like to make a donation via credit card, we can take those also: Online go to: https://www.paypal.com and send your donation to:

triplecanopy@windstream.net

Thank you in advance for your support of USMRA. All funds donated will go to help Rangers and their families. RLTW!


Posted: 3/31/2015
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: I am out of town & will be unable to make the meeting on Thurs. I will be at the CCO with banana pudding if I can get on post to deliver it. Hope you have a blessed meeting. Willard

Posted: 3/31/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: In case you missed it, the 2015 Fallen Ranger Memorial honorees are listed on the home page.

Posted: 3/31/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Teddy Bear, there is a meeting this Thursday at the Overhang. I need for you to contact the Papa Company Rangers to tell me if they will attend the CCO, and what they are going to cook. Last year they did a great low country broil. Let me know. Thanks!

Posted: 3/31/2015
Name: ted tilson
Message: is there a meeting this thurs nite? ted

Posted: 3/31/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Way to go guys! That's RLTW(Rangers Leading the Way!) Break, break, Chuck, please pass on my regrets to the Kiel family at the dedication ceremony. Hope to see them in June, Texas. Ya'll take care, stay warm & dry, get out and cut that grass. Final four has gotten a bit exciting this year. Go Big Blue(UK!) Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/30/2015
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Plus spot for Mark & Chuck. They always go the extra mile!

Posted: 3/29/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...for the second time in the past three years, only two Rangers , of our organization, showed up for the Easter Egg Hunt at Porter Village...besides those on active duty...

...Chuck Windham, VP and myself...

...your Secretary Report follows...

...

...

...Lt Fuzz, Secretary


Posted: 3/27/2015
Name: Frank Park
Message: Gents, as a reminder the USMRA hosts its Annual Easter Egg hunt at Porter Village tommorow Saturday 28 March 2015. Those interested in helping with the hiding of easter eggs and setting up the Grill area report at 0900 vicinity pool area. We will have Hot Dogs and Hamburgers for the Families and all Eggs Hidden NLT than 11:30ish. NLT 12:00 Hrs is when the kids go forth and find eggs

Posted: 3/25/2015
Name: Hal Hamer
Message: Would appreciate any help in getting current address for William (Bill) Manning, ( PCT Bad Toelz RI mountain course) Thanks Hal

Posted: 3/24/2015
Name: Hal Hamer
Message: looking for current address Walt Feller (PCT Bad Toelz) appreciate any help Thanks

Posted: 3/24/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Nothing personal on you Mike. Sometimes these DOB things catch up w/ fellows such as me. Should have taken better care of my moving parts. Feel like a 1939 Chevy, getting repaired w/ spare parts every so often. '39 was a good year for Chevys to! Hopefully next year! Say "Hi" to all the guys at CCO for me. You can put me on your "Prayer List" if you want to. Thanks for staying in touch. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/22/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : What is it with you and the Fish Fry & Critter cook-out? This is the third year in a row you are missing my cooking and I plan my menu to tempt you.

Posted: 3/22/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: To Chuck, (Windy) Windham. Won't make the CCO this year, shoulder replacement in April. Will be at H Co/75th Get-to-gether in Texas, June. Break, break, Did you know Bill Kiel? He was in our unit in the 'Nam, died Oct.2014. I did not know him. His daughter asked that our outfit, H/75th, participate in funeral, in June. Ashes will be inurned at Killeen, TX. Saw his name on our MRA roster. Ask the other RIs, at CCO & MRA, if they knew him. Was he an RI, when? Thanks. Ya'll take it easy at the CCO. Tell everyone I said "Hi!" Hope to make it next year. Break, break, how's all the "Vice" doing up there in Dahlonega? Well you're the "Vice" President aint ya?!Tough winter and I visualized what was goin' on in the "hills." Stay in touch, stay warm & dry. Jim, "OUT." RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/21/2015
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: USMRA Tee shirts will be available at Critter Cookout on 24-25 April during Camp Merrill Open House.

Posted: 3/21/2015
Name: David Brown
Message: I can't find the usmra shirts etc in the merchandise tab. I'm I just computer illiterate? Also I'm friends with Allen Parton and Earl Singletary. I'd like to help at the fish fry and open house. Let me know how or if you need help.

Posted: 3/21/2015
Name: Bob Suchke Treasurer
Message: To the Mountain Ranger Association Membership.

As most of you know, The USMRA does not collect dues from its members. We operate strictly by donations and the goodwill of a number of merchants who donate goods that can be used to benefit our large Ranger Family. The USMRA is all about helping Rangers and their families. We support the Best Ranger Competition, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday events held here in Dahlonega and sometimes at other locations. We also host the annual Critter Cookout in conjunction with Camp Merrill’s Open House. In addition to those activities, we provide annual scholarships to the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of USMRA members entering college and who are selected from entries received. (For More info, see details under Scholarship Fund) This year we voted to give up to two $1000.00 scholarships.

We are asking those of you out there who would like to donate to the USMRA, to please do so. You can send cash, check or money order to:

U.S. Mountain Ranger Association

1 Camp Frank D. Merrill P.O. Box 130

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

or Robert K. Suchke Treasurer USMRA

P.O. Box 201

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

For those of you who would like to make a donation via credit card, we can take those also: Online go to: https://www.paypal.com and send your donation to:

triplecanopy@windstream.net

Thank you in advance for your support of USMRA. All funds donated will go to help Rangers and their families. RLTW!


Posted: 3/18/2015
Name: Frank Park
Message: as a reminder gents The Overhang is celebrating ST. Patricks day on 20 March 2015 that is this Friday all are welcome to attend...the Shenanigans will begin around 17:30ish..there will also be a real live Bag Piper who will play through out the evening.

Posted: 3/17/2015
Name: ted tilson
Message: to all: i will be in attendance at the 2015 cco, also, many other old ri's and members of papa company rangers, rvn, like terry roderick,rick chitwood, tom perry, and others too many to mention. will also donate to the scolarship fund if asked! also will assist in prep for cco. thank you rltw ted tilson

Posted: 3/14/2015
Name: All Parten
Message: If help is needed for the Fish Fry and CCO, my e-mail remains the same. I'll see what I can do to assist. I understand that Bishop and Tilson will be absent. I will try to help if contacted...

Posted: 3/8/2015
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers...sorry that I have not been able to attend the last few meetings. I read in Mark Jordan's notes that a Ranger or Ranger's son passed away. I had not heard anything. What happened? Also, what assistance can be I provide with Bob Williams taking some time away? I have some connections for T-shirt production if necessary.

Posted: 3/6/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, Secretary
Message:

....Two matters to relay and reiterate...

...A burial of a Ranger's son, needs funds for this tragedy...we are faced with action or neglecting our own...

...please share this as you will with donations sent to:

USMRA ... 1 Camp Merrill Drive, Dahlonega, Ga 30533

....concerning the second matter...I apologize to Bob Williams...I have exchanged emails with him...he will be still closely tied to the Fallen Ranger Memorial, as well as getting those signs...

...***....after all the years that Bob Williams has done the background work for so many needed events for our Association, he is needing a well deserved break from CCO T shirts and Fallen Ranger signs... Secretary Fuzz accepted to find some way to fill in for Bob's selfless acts for so many of these years...and anyone knowing about signs being made can assist if they choose...***...Bob deleted this from the minutes...

...I misunderstood Bob and I apologize by slighting the t shirt design on FaceBook...it is classic...

...Brotherhood and Fellowship...

...Mark Jordan/Lt Fuzz


Posted: 3/5/2015
Name: Mark Jordan, Secretary
Message: USMRA Feb 2015 Meeting

...one day, these minutes may be in audio/video versions instead of a few notes to touch on the highlights...

...Steve Hawk, President, gets things going by asking Willard Langdon, Chaplain, for a prayer and Willard delivers a fine message and petition for all of us...his sincerity is wonderfully appreciated each time...

...Chuck Windham, Vice President, proceeded with the Secretary's report, Bob Suchke, Treasurer, gave our fundings and Mark Jordan, Secretary, recorded everything with plans for videos next meeting...be aware, very aware...

...Reports accepted with anticipation of Scholarship funds being supplemented by an additional $1,000 from The Wingmen Motorcycle Club...this allows the funds for these awards to be doubled for the first time...2 scholarships at $1,000 each...

...JD Kirby then gave the news about the processing of our input into the Ranger Hall of Fame with information of coming deadlines and particulars of the format to present our own honoree...Brian Cunningham is assisting in this initial effort...Steve says if he's needed to show at the event where nominees are presented to the Committee at Benning, he will be there too...

...Bob Williams, WebMaster, reiterated how the 24, 25 April CCO information is clearly provided on the front page of our website...Bob also has freed up some valuable time to continue his labor of love of our organization...Packets continue to be filling for our Fallen Ranger Memorial...Signs need to be coordinated this year still, for this...Steve Hawk has one packet partially ready, kept in the back of his car for two years, just in case we're short...

...Brian Cunningham briefed about Scholarship Packets having until 1 April for submission...he also listed the names for this year's Planning Bays...I am forgetting his name for humble consideration, but, "stunning, beautiful girl" was a phrase used so much in describing one RI, that I personally hope his mistake of bringing her out to camp years ago will be repeated once more, just to verify this claim...Bob Bischoff said he was curious too...

...Steve let Herb Kirkover (sp?) introduce himself...a former mid 90's RI who retired a year ago and is now living back in the area...last assignment was Brigade Sgt Major at Ft Stewart...we certainly welcome him home to the mountains, hoping for military discounts at Advanced Auto...

...Appreciation Awards for those responsible at Koch Foods have been created, to be presented at our CCO, for heartfelt thanks in providing turkeys for young soldiers and families at Thanksgiving two years in a row...this year alone, 100 turkeys at 16# each were picked up and delivered by Amie Close, wife of Ranger Roy Close...invitations will follow...

...Frank Park, OverHang Boss, reviewed that the Easter Egg Hunt this year will be on March 28... Appreciation was expressed for the support shown last year by Camp Personnel assisting in making that event so well done...

...Steve Hawk presented a possible new venture for old RIs to assist in a statewide HS "Ranger Competition" like South Ga had earlier with 3,000 attendees and family support...here at CFM, utilizing Mountaineering and Patrolling assets for grading... More following as the needs for fundings will be certainly improved by hosting such an annual event, probably in September...

...Steve told a Larry Beauchamp story...a challenge to do a one bound rappel, which he demonstrated by braking a wee bit too late, cracking his ankle on impact but still getting clear of the eyes of the students when he giggled some more...

...Mike Boroski (Mountain Mike) spoke of a need to provide a breakfast on March 15 for a group of eleven younger veterans who are planning to thruhike the AT...Mike introduced this program he's been involved with and asked for assistance this year for the breakfast...updates at our next meeting in March...

...Tom Joyner, GATC RidgeRunner, is walking the TVD from Springer Mountain to Bly Gap, NC this hiking season...he will be assisting those many expected backpackers who usually begin their 2,100 mile journey here in Georgia...

...with eleven present, meeting was adjourned...please be in attendance this evening at 1900, remembering that parking is impossible in the mud around the OverHang...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, Secretary


Posted: 3/4/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Hello to all the Rangers. Meeting this Thursday to plan for the Open house, Fish Fry, and Critter Cook out, etc. 1900hrs at the Overhang. We will need cooks this year.

Posted: 3/1/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Thanks for the "Critter Cook-out" information. I think that a 18:00 hour serving time should be right for the "Fish Fry" as well. That should be all the information for OpPlan by the cooks & wannabe cooks.

Posted: 2/27/2015
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Rangers,

Click here to download a schedule and other information about the Critter Cookout in PDF format.

The cookout will most likely begin immediately following the Fallen Ranger Memorial.


Posted: 2/27/2015
Name: Mike Flack
Message: It's been forty years, but I still look at the weather reports for North Georgia and feel for those who are walking in it. Those were some long, cold nights. I know each of us has his own stories about those times, but for some reason, I just can't seem to get over it. Every time it snows or gets colder than normal, as has been the case lately, I am thankful for my own warm situation and mindful of those who are out in it. Bless 'em all. Rangers Lead the Way!

Posted: 2/27/2015
Name: John Tompkins
Message: Does the winter weather you are getting remind anyone of the blizzard of March 1993. I was SDNCO. Had recycles cutting through Wasega Road,Rgr. Tom was rescuing hikers by help on the TVD and had SOA guys stuck up on Cooper Gap Rd. No power, had generators slingloaded in from Ft. Benning. By the way I quit Measuring here in WV after the first 2 feet.9 straight snow days here a the County schools.

Posted: 2/26/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: WARNING ! After my Notebook crashed on February 5th, I lost some important files. Both my Shrimp Gumbo & Chicken Jambalaya recipes have been lost. I will be talking to the "cousins" and developing replacement recipes but don't be suprised if my Shrimp Gumbo tastes a bit different.

Posted: 2/22/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I remember one late ice storm in 1960. We had already switched into our spring clothing and were in the middle of the last big patrol of the course. The weather was so bad, all operations were canceled and the patrols and aggressor forces were called back to camp. My job was to round up the stragglers - mainly missing students. Driving around in an open jeep with a driver over dirt tracks covered with ice and stopping every once in a while to move tree limbs off the track was not pleasant. Yet, we managed to locate everybody and get them all back to the RMC without a single casualty. Then the cadre went back out to assist the civil authorities in rescuing civilians in the surrounding area. We all earned our pay and the graditude of many Lumpkin County families during that period.

Posted: 2/22/2015
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Good morning Rangers. Looks as if we are having another real "WINTER!" As I watch the weather pattern, from here in Lexington, KY, I try to picture what it's like in Dahlonega. Still remember the time we had to stop the patrols, build fires, and wait for the folks at Base Camp to "Chain saw" their way to us w/ 2&1/2s. Stay warm & dry, keep your fire starters handy. Looking forward to CCO & Open House. Hope to see Ranger Jaussaud , and I already know I'll see my buddy Chuck Windham. Stay professional, keep chargin' hard. and have some fun along the way. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 2/21/2015
Name: tom wilburn
Message: John / Scott, Good hearing from you both. Best to contact me at rngrtom@hotmail.com for answers to the posed questions. The RHoF process is extensive and too late for consideration this year although I can help you along towards 2016..... Buck, great to hear you are still out there kickin in Texas. Best, Tom

Posted: 2/21/2015
Name: Scott Carter
Message: What is the process of nominating somebody for the Ranger Hall of Fame? I'd like to see Bob Gallagher receive the honor posthumously.

Posted: 2/20/2015
Name: MICHAEL BOSTWICK
Message: This old Buck Bostwick. I have not contacted anyone for a long time, Sorry about that, But if you know me than you know how I have always been. I am working in La-Salle County, Texas. I am the Special Investigator for the Sheriff's Office. If any of you would like to contact me call me at 830-570-6099. God bless you all.

Posted: 2/17/2015
Name: John Tompkins
Message: Thanks for the email update Tom. Your my hero.

Posted: 2/15/2015
Name: John Tompkins
Message: Correction: meant to say worked with Bobby Lane @ RTB ops. I came to 5th RTB in 1991 from A Co 1/75 after deploying back from Desert Storm. Where I just pounded sand for a few months. Thanks Norman. Had the honor to have 1sg & later CSM Mike Hall (my greatest mentor) as 1sg in 1/75 RLTW

Posted: 2/15/2015
Name: John Tompkins
Message: I was in B Co from 1991-1995. My fist Co Cmdr & 1sg was JD McKirby & John Edmund's. Jack Donovan & Luis Palacious were Bn Cmdr/Csm. John Edmund's became Csm. Kevin Connell then became my 1sg. Had the above mentioned hereos plus guys like All Brazier, Tony Nunley, Joe Nowack in A Co w/me. Mike Ramsey & Tom Wilburn were in B Co then.I have since forgotten some of the other great NCO's & officer's who were their then. (Sorry if I left any of you other great guys out) I left in 1995 just as the desert phase was closing. Went on to take a 1sg job with the 3/327 in Fort Campbell. Returned to RTB in 1998. Worked with Bobby idea!? & Csm's Joe Nethkin & Mike Kelso. Was assigned 4th RTB's HHC 1sg until knee surgery took me off jump status. Worked a pouge job for another year until Gen Shinsecki pissed me off w/the beret fiasco. Retie 41 days before 9-11. Am living mostly off the grid (except this android phone) in the WVA mountains. Have a place on easily defendable terrain with a nearby water source & off any major lines of drift. Could someone update me about this girly thing about going to Ranger Training? What, when & certainly whose fuc*#+# up idea ? RLTW

Posted: 2/5/2015
Name: Tom Moody
Message: I am president of the Florida Ranger Association and need the contact information for Steve Hawk. Could someone please help me?

Posted: 2/4/2015
Name: Mark
Message: 24 April is the Friday Fish Fry and 25 Aptil is the Crirrer Cooukout and CFM Open House

Posted: 2/4/2015
Name: Wanda Petty
Message: I just wanted to verify the date and time of this year's open house at Camp Merrill. I would like to bring a our Civil Air Patrol group but needed to know the exact date and time. The Open House link doesn't appear to be working any longer.

Posted: 2/2/2015
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: Happy new year to all. Just a reminder that the USMRA kicks off the new year this Thursday, 1900hrs, at the Overhang. See you there as we begin and plan our new year. RLTW.

Posted: 1/30/2015
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Applications for the 2015 USMRA Scholarship are now being accepted. Check elsewhere on this web page for requirements. Please submit packets to me NLT 1 Apr 15. Be sure the packets are complete - incomplete packets will not be evaluated. You may either scan a packet and send it to me via email attachment (e.g. PDF format), or USPS mail to: Brian Cunningham, PO Box 208, Gainesville, GA 30503. DO NOT include applicant's Social Security number or redact it if necessary (e.g. from official transcript). RLTW

Posted: 1/29/2015
Name: Frank Park
Message: ok Gents we have had a change to the Easter Egg hunt Date it will now be on 28 March 2015 that is the Saturday a week prior to Easter. If there are any questions please contact me. I will give more details on the why if needed during the meeting on 5 FEB. Thank you and go ahead take the rest of the day off after you read this RLTW Hoooah!!!

Posted: 1/25/2015
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Gary Head left a message on VM for me this morning about his daughter, Candace, who is in the hospital with a collapsed lung as caused by recurring pneumonia...he asks for prayers...

...this afternoon, I returned from Florida with my youngest son, Kam, 18 years old...kept from me for 15 years at least...as it is he has choices, but that dog down there is done for hunting...reminds me of Braveheart when Uncle Argyle shows up to remedy some missing pieces of being my son...his choice...

...RLTW...

Lt Fuzz

...your returning Secretary for 2015...Bullet Bob Suchke has accepted the joys of treasuring you fence posts who think you'd rather buy a few books instead of beer...blessyourhearts...wait til March when the funds are less than enough...


Posted: 1/15/2015
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: The Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger - Stay of Execution Sought

Too bad they couldn’t park the USS Ranger on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia right next to Fort Benning.

The supercarrier prominently featured in the famed movie “Top Gun” is scheduled to be towed from Bremerton, Washington to be dismantled and disposed of in Brownsville, Texas. On Dec. 22, 2014, the Navy paid $.01 to International Shipbreaker of Brownsville, Texas, to tow and scrap the USS Ranger. The final voyage is anticipated to begin in several weeks, and the tow is expected to take 5 months from the inactive ship’s maintenance facility in Bremerton to Brownsville. International Shipbreaker is expected to make a profit for the dismantling of the ship. Top Gun Super Carrier of Long Beach, Inc., a new, well funded group charged with exploring a viable second life for the ship, is seeking an emergency donation hold to allow sufficient time to present options for preservation. The USS Ranger was built in the 1950s and served in every American war since, before being decommissioned in 1993 following the Persian Gulf War. “Right now, we just want a stay of execution,” said recently appointed project manager, Michael B. Shanahan, AIA. “As a brand new team charged with repurposing the USS Ranger, we want to work with Navy, NAVSEA and City of Long Beach for the best possible outcome. We know that saving the USS Ranger would have significantly more far reaching economic, historic and social benefits than scrapping it. This is our last chance to stop the loss of an Irreplaceable cultural and historic asset.” As time runs out for the USS Ranger, Top Gun Super Carrier of Long Beach, Inc. is orchestrating a “Hail Mary” attempt to save the ship via public support. An online petition is being circulated for names that will be submitted to the Navy/NAVSEA officials and Congress. The USS Ranger was built in 1957 in Newport News, VA, and was the seventh Ranger to serve America. The current Ranger served in the Pacific, fighting in Vietnam (earning 13 battle stars) and was retrofitted into a modern war ship just prior to its essential service in the Persian Gulf, where it flew more combat missions than any other carrier. Approximately 141 sailors and Marines died on Ranger during her 36 years of service to America, through 1993. In 1983 Ranger rescued Vietnamese refugees adrift in a boat for ten days in monsoon storms in the South China Sea. Bob Hope entertained Ranger’s crew at sea at Christmastime. The USS Ranger served as an important filming location for “Top Gun” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”


Posted: 1/14/2015
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Tom Joyner : I usually take a right after entering the gate and park next to that building and walk down its left side to the steps to the Overhang.

Posted: 1/13/2015
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: With all the Construction going on, where/how does one park to visit the NCO Club. Was going to stop by the other day, lucky I was in a 4 wheel drive jeep anyway, no parking lot? & 4 wheel dr. or Tank is needed. RLTW

Posted: 12/30/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Ranger Breakfasts...

...with no January Meeting planned, what about blueberry pancakes in the Padgett Dining Facility instead?...

...RLTW...and eat too...

...contact Chuck Windham for details about time and how to find it...

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 12/29/2014
Name: James Waters
Message: RANGERS:

It is with sadness that I must announce the funeral of one of our own. Ranger MAJ Walter A Gunn (USA Ret), Senior Advisor to the 37th Vietnamese Ranger Battalion, Khe Sanh 1968, will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. January 9, 2015 11:00. Ceremony will take place at the Old Chapel, Fort Meyers, VA. Please plan to arrive NLT 1030 hours. Full military honors will be rendered by the 3d Infantry (the Old Guard).

Biet Dong Quan Sat!

Rangers Lead the Way!


Posted: 12/22/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice President
Message: A very merry Christnas to all of the Rangers and your families. Celebrate the season as you wish, because that is one of the things we protected in service to our country, was the freedoms we enjoy as a free born people.

This is just a note to remind those who attend the meetings that the January meeting is cancelled. See you in February.

A merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year to all! RLTW.


Posted: 12/20/2014
Name: John Moore
Message: Rangers, I have been elected to the Nevada State Assembly. If there is ANYTHING I can ever do for my fellow Rangers please do not hesitate to let me know. John.Moore@asm.state.nv.us http://asm.leg.state.nv.us/Assembly/

Posted: 12/16/2014
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message: Tom Go to US Army Ranger Association web site. The 2015 schedule is posted. Hit "next year" RLTW

Posted: 12/15/2014
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: I'm starting my new job with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and getting ready for the 2015 hiking seasons. Part of my duties is to alert hikers to the Ranger Tng. Does anyone know the class schedule for 2015? or maybe put me in touch with someone who knows..not sure if this is classified or not.. Thanks RLTW

Posted: 12/14/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Finished 'Violence of Action," a "must read" about the 75th. Beware of the last portion, written by Gold Star" mother of a fallen Ranger, for some reason, my eyeglasses fogged up.

Posted: 12/13/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I am 3/5 of the way through "Violence of Action" by Marty Skovlund, Jr. Although this old nuckle-dragger had to learn a new military vocabulary, the book is worth the effort. RLTW

Posted: 12/12/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Mike, will do my level best. Hope my "CRS" doesn't kick in, and I miss my turn off on I-75! Looking forward to the CCO, Gumbo sounds great. Take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 12/11/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : You sure that you will make it next year? Your luck has not been good for the past few years? To insure that you make your best effort, I wii be making shrimp gumbo for the Fish Fry and chicken jambalaya for the Critter Cook-out. Sorry, no pound cake. RLTW Mike K

Posted: 12/11/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Chuck, ya done good! How'd it feel to wear THREE HATS at the meeting???!!! Pres., Sec., Chaplain. Also congrats for your elevation/anointing s Vice President. NO, No, that does not put you in charge of; any and all "VICE" in the Dahlonega AO! Thanks for your time/work as Secretary, ya handled that job well. You and Lt. Fuzz always write good after actions reports. Someone taught you well. Break, break, What's the latest uproar/feeling of the RIs at MRC, on Females going thru the Course? Just can't picture that happening. There is a place for the females in the Armed Forces, it aint the Infantry. Had two MI Bns. w/ 17% & 35& female Soldiers. They done their job well. Even had one selected as NCO of the Quarter at Ft. Hood! OH well, Times is changin'! Keep chargin' hard! Best wishes to all at USMRA. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See ya at the Critter Cook-out! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 12/9/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: The following officers were elected to positions leading the USMRA for 2015

Chairman Steve Hawk

Vice Chairman Chuck Windham

Secretary Mark Jordan(Lt. Fuzz)

Treasurer Bob Suchke.


Posted: 12/9/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Thi8s will be my last report of the minutes as I have been elevated to another office for the coming year. With 11 members present on Dec 4th, 2014, and President Hawk absent , Secretary Windham called the meeting to order at 1905hrs. Minutes read, Treasurer's report given after The Secretary led the group in invocation. All were accepted by the members. The meeting for Janurary was cancelled, and the next meeting will be on Feb. 5th, 2015. 1stSGT Doug Perry gave a report on the R.I. Instructors having a meeting at the Best Ranger competion to be held April 10,11,and 12th. RI's have a snazzy coin for sale. More to follow. Sgt Park reported that the Easter Egg Hunt at Porter Village will be April 4th...More later. Nominations and new officers named for the coming year. I will list them in a seperate report. A motion was offerd, and the meeting closed at 1935hrs.

Posted: 12/9/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: This is official notice that the Janurary 1st, 2015 meeting was canceled by the members present at the December, 2014 meeting. You cam come party at the Overhang, but the USMRA meeting for Janurary is canceled in as much the first Thursday falls on New Years' Day.

Posted: 12/7/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I was shown a Ranger Instructor Coin (4 Camps) at the Thursday meetng. I went to Grey Water Ops and purchased two coins @ $20 apiece. There are some left but they only made 200 so time is important.

Posted: 12/6/2014
Name: Gary Gromet
Message: I am still alive thanks to Joe Marm's advice to me. Whether that's good or bad is a long story. The knee that I banged up falling in a drainage hole at the MRC was finally replaced in 2012, but became infected--supposedly looked like fat Viet Nam leeches fully fed and ready to fall off. (See my FB photos of them and the green "moss" growing out of my staples) I used my Ranger training Halloween 1981: I disarmed a man who was trying to rob my first wife and me of cash, gold and diamonds, and maybe my Ferrari. Ranger school training also help when I was in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I live in Miami and you can find me on Facebook. FYI: I hardly ever drink anymore, and when I do have a drink, I don't drive a motor vehicle.

Posted: 12/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: As promised at last night's meeting, to locate the Berlin Veterans website, type : berlinveterans.com/ into your search engine.

Posted: 12/4/2014
Name: Mark...Finance
Message:

...PL fear not...

...two secretaries know the drill and will herd the order of battle along...

... You as PL...Bullet Bob as Treasurer...

...RLTW...

...Finance Fuzz...


Posted: 12/4/2014
Name: Steve Hawk
Message: Rangers, I will be unable to attend the meeting tonight. My wife is sick and we have the grandbabies for the week. Grandpa has to stay home to watch them and take some of load from Grandma. I am running for office as chairman agian, but can't be there. My apoligise. Steve

Posted: 12/3/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Guys, I won't be able to make the December meeting. I'll see most of you next January. To all, Have a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. RLTW! Bob

Posted: 12/2/2014
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: So the Standards governing our Ranger School will soon be lowered in order for some politician to gain recognition as the first to have a woman graduate from Ranger School or become a Seal. Makes all Rangers who gave their lives want to roll over.

Posted: 12/2/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Good day Rangers. Our monthly meeting is this Thursday, Dec 4th at the Overhang. We will nominate and vote for Officers for the Association at this meeting for the coming year. Come and be a part of a great group. Better yet, throw your name in the hat and be a leader. I forgot to add that Chaplain Willard Langdon was at the November meeting and back in rare form, as we had missed him the last two meeting. He delivered a great invocation as usual. See you there! RLTW

Posted: 11/30/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: MORE ON THE RI REUNION:

Planning for next April is in very early stages; however, we do know that the official Best Ranger Competition will begin Friday, April 10th, 2015.  The only known agenda item at this time is spending the day at Todd Field on Saturday typically followed by dinner at The  Four Winds (Ranger Burger) which did indeed close.  You may contact this email address at any time for questions/suggestions, etc. or contact me at 972-897-0121.  Another POC for the reunion is Kestner JR Edens who currently resides in Cusseta and works at Ft. Benning.  His email address is:  jredens@bellsouth.net We would like to reach as many RI's as possible.  If you are on facebook, we have created an event page for the reunion.  Combined with the facebook account and this email account we try to disseminate information as best we can.  We hope to get together for socializing after the DMOB ceremony Thursday evening,  Friday night and of course after Todd field Saturday night.  Please let us know what other information we can provide you to help us get the word out.  Please remember this reunion event is open to all RI's, past and present.  Please share this email address with others who may be interested and I will add their contact information to the distribution  list for updates as they become available.  Thank you!  We appreciate your willingness to help us spread the word.  Traditionally, we would like to get a group picture of all RI's present on Todd Field and after dinner Saturday.  Linda Shipp 972-897-0121 RLTW


Posted: 11/28/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Ranger Instructor email address to go with previous message. POC is Linda Shipp rtbrireunion@gmail.com

I have asked for a phone number and any other details about the RI Reunion and will post here once I receive them.


Posted: 11/26/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: RANGER INSTRUCTOR REUNION 10 April 2015 Info just received: RTB RI Reunion wrote: Hello Rangers!   Plans are underway for the 2015 RTB RI Reunion at Ft. Benning with the official start of the Best Ranger Competition on Friday, April 10th.  Plans are currently underway to discuss the agenda for the upcoming reunion and plan to gather Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.  As always, we will spend the day at Todd field on Saturday.    Please have your fellow RI buddies forward their contact information to this email address if they wish to receive updates as they are distributed.    On behalf of the RTB RI Reunion committee, we hope everyone has a fantastic Happy Thanksgiving and please stay safe!   Linda Shipp Rangers Lead The Way   Hooah

Posted: 11/25/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Web Master, please contact me so I can give you the additions to the by-laws, so you can make the necessary corrections. Thanks, Chuck

Posted: 11/25/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Happy Thanksgiving to all you Rangers and Family. I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait for the aroma to completely fill the house! The USMRA held the monthly meeting on 6 NOV. at the Overhang. President Hawk called 17 attending Ranger to order at 1908hrs. Minutes were read, a Treasurer's report given, and both were accepted by the membership. The thank you cards were paid for, as it was voted to reimburse Mark for his layout. We are not broke, so our esteemed Treasurer is happy. The RHOF will be discussed by the RHOF committee at their next meeting on our sitting on the board as a voting member. SFG Nelson assisted our commmitte on getting our nomination(s) in this year. The members voted to increase our scholarships to $1000,00 each for next year. Bob Weiner, President of the Wingmen Motor Cycle Club stated that their Club will provide the increase to the scholarship fund each year. A lot of thank you's were noted to the Wingmen for supporting the USMRA. It was also noted that turkeys were delivered for those needing table dressing for the Holiday. A good meeting, which was adjourned at 2002hrs.

Posted: 11/20/2014
Name: bill miller
Message: It is the same old story....lowered the standards for the swim test ..changed procedures for swamp training... changed procedures in desert training..always making it easier so the numbers will go up on graduates!

Posted: 11/19/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I agree with Ranger Owens. For those who have trouble accessing the Army Times website, here's the link: http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/careers/army/2014/11/17/women-selected-ranger-course/19174007/

Posted: 11/19/2014
Name: Jim Owens
Message: Upper Command Channels have known for years woman would have significant failures across the board for female Rangers trying to pass male standards; only problem is when they go into combat the enemy will not give a damn about their female ranger status and will kill them without breaking a sweat, that's if they can make it to the objective since they will not have to meet the same physical standards. *** SOLUTION *** For upper Chain of Command - - - When all else fails lower your standards - - - - Some people do not understand not everyone gets a “Trophy for Excellence” yet it seems our leadership wants to make Winners of everyone who shows up…. Even if they have to lower the standards to get there … I guess we could always call a time out on the battlefield if things get to tough, I’m sure the enemy would understand…

Posted: 11/18/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Everyone should make a special effort to read the article in Army Times about women in Ranger School. It is happening. The part that bothers me is where it mentions different requirements for women. I knew that was coming, but hoped it wouldn't. It will be a shame if anyone, man or woman, is ever awarded a Ranger Tab while meeting lower requirements than others.

Posted: 11/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: FYI! I just upgraded my Auto GPS to Garmin nuvi 2757lm. My old Garmin nuvi 3490 lmt needs a new owner. It is still a good system but the screen was small and my eyes needed a bigger screen. Anyone interested? I can bring it to the November meeting.

Posted: 11/13/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...100 six pound turkeys were delivered to The Overhang today by Amie Close, wife of Ranger Roy Close...

...Amie graciously, for the third year in a row, contacted her brother of Walt Koch, Ltd, to request the generous donation each year. She goes to the warehouse, out beyond the city of Gainesville to get them loaded, returning to Camp Merrill with amazing birds any table would appreciate at Thanksgiving...

...thirty were left at the Camp with Frank Park, Overhang Manager and seventy were brought to LCHS, where Steve Hawk, President, had freezer facilities and families of students he knew that could appreciate this kindness...

...all of us at Camp Merrill, USMRA and those seventy smiling families, happy and grateful for their many blessings...may not know who did this but enough should know and appreciate Amie and Roy for thinking of our young lions...and Walt Koch, Ltd too...

...RLTW...

...Mark USMRA FINANCE MINISTER


Posted: 11/11/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

Open House is 25 April 2015 making our CCO that day too with the Fish Fry the night before.

Forget about parking with all the construction; Camp is working logistics on that.

Per S3

Mark


Posted: 11/11/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: I hope all of you Rangers have enjoyed a safe and healthy Veterans Day. I have just returned from the Celebration hosted by the Lumpkin County High School. It was quite an event, honoring all Vets. Lunch followed in the high school library. Many of the Ranger Cadre from Camp Merrill attended and had lunch with us old guys. What wonderful soldiers we have in today's Army. I had the opportunity to sit with a 0-3 who comanded a LURS unit in the middle east. They used many of the tactics our LRRP/Ranger teams used in"Nam. The president of the USMRA, Steve Hawk had a big hand in putting on the event today. I hope you went to one in your area. I will post the meeting minutes shortly. Be safe and remember, RLTW.

Posted: 11/11/2014
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: To all my Ranger Brothers, happy Veterans Day, may this day be special. Let's never forget our brothers who gave it all. My prayers are for all of us to remain vigil in the belief our wonderful country will recover from the damage done to it by our elected leaders.

Posted: 11/9/2014
Name: Al Buckelew
Message:

Any dates announced for the 2015 Open House and Critter Cookout?


Posted: 11/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Lance : I hope you and your wife have as great a time on your Berlin visit as I had with the BUSMVA in Berlin in August. I was there when that Wall went up. I will be at tomorrow's RMC meeting and . . . for a change, I will be able to hear everything with my new hearing aids. RLTW

Posted: 11/5/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, I will miss the meeting tomorrow, as my wife and I will be traveling to Berlin to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since I tore that sucker down! Longwalker, wish you were joining us! RLTW>

Posted: 11/5/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers. Monthly meeting this Thursday, Nov 6th at 1900 hrs at the Overhang. We will vote on the proposed by-laws change for an increase in scholarship amounts, and a method to fund the increase. RLTW.

Posted: 11/3/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: I found your site by searching my father’s name (Virgil Glen Geiger, Jr); it looks like Tom Joyner knew him well. I wanted to let him know that unfortunately my dad lost his battle with cancer and passed away on the 25th of October. If anyone is interested, his obituary can be found here and a link to the guest book.

http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary.aspx?pid=172974605

Thank you,
JOSE A. GEIGER, Major, USAF


Posted: 10/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Rangers are supposed to ambush others. Admit it - you are a workaholic and a willing volunteer. I am in the pre-pre-plannng stage for the Fish Fry & Critter Cook Out. The Shrmp Gumbo for the Fish Fry and, maybe, a meat Jambalaya for the Cook Out if my "Cajun" cousins come through with a recipe they promised.

Posted: 10/30/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Thanks Chuck. Great report. Meeting only lasted forty-one (41) minutes!!! Wow! You was movin' right along. Could almost smell that chow you described. Only 'bout six month 'til Critter Cook-out! Looking forward to it. Hope to see all you guys there. Thanks again for taking that Secretary job @ USMRA. Once a Volunteer, always a Volunteer. I keep gettin' ambushed by guys into jobs like ; Chaplain for our LRRPS/Ranger Assn., Local DAV Chapter, and The Local DAV District. Hard to say no. Tell me, do I really look like an "Altar Boy???!!!" Ya'll take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Marshall, your invitation is on the way! Can't wait for that cubed Deer Steak and Gravy.

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Marshall Huckaby, 25th ID LRRP
Message: Really enjoyed participating in the 2014 Critter Cookout and meeting you guys. I'd sure like an invite to the 2015 Cookout!

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: This is official notification that at the November meeting, the members present will vote on whether to increase the annual scholarships to $1,000.00 each, and a method to provide funding for the increase, if passed. The by-laws require that a change to by-laws will be by 2/3rds of those members present. The meeting will be held at the Overhang beginning at 1900hrs, on 6 Nov.2014

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Good day to all you Rangers, and this one is for you Jim. The USMRA held the monthly meeting on Oct 2nd, 2014. There were 17 world class warriors present, and President Hawk called the meeting to order at 1911 hours, in the mist of Gumbo, Brats, and Baked Beans being consumed by those Rangers present. A late thankful prayer was offered by Mike Conley in the absence of our Chaplain Willard Langdon. We missed our Bannana Pudding, but our Secretary's wife sent a most welcome substitute pudding, along with her world famous baked beans. This was our annual eat and meet gathering. Ranger Mike brought the very best Gumbo yet, and is to given a loud hurrah for his effort. After a reading of the previous month's minutes, and a treasurer's report, both were accepted and the meeting moved forward. Old business revealed that no word was received on the action to include the USMRA as a voting member to RHOF. J.D. and Steve is to meet face to face with a representative, and a hopefully a favorable report at the November meeting. Discussions were held on our activities for Thanksgiving, and our Christmas efforts to assist the post personel. A report will follow! Our treasurer, Mark had a very good thank you card done, so we can be a bit more cilvilized for contributions to the USMRA. The meeting closed at 1952 hrs.

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Chuck!(Windy) Did the meeting happen the other night? Have been waiting to read your report of the get-to- gether. Hope all's well w/the folks at the MRC AO. Reckon the hills look really good w/ all the leaves turning. Got to appreciate that kind of stuff while hanging out up there. Already looking forward to Critter Cook Out and indeed, our LRRP reunion at Texas, in 2015. Y'all take care. Stay warm & dry. Holidays/holidays are coming up. Careful on Camp Road and watch out for "Exit 1 & 2!!!" Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/15/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers, cancel that on Bill spies,just talked to him..Bad info,RLTW..

Posted: 10/15/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers, I just got word that Major Bill Spies has passed,He was known as PEGLEG in our ranks.Will post any info I get...RLTW..

Posted: 10/13/2014
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: When is "Critter Cookout" for 2015!?

Posted: 10/12/2014
Name: ted tilson
Message: cancel my 10 oct msg: sorry but had a death in the family. maybe next week? rltw ted

Posted: 10/10/2014
Name: ted tilson
Message: to all, going on my last trout camp of the season . fyi: i'll be at the deep hole camp area around 1500 hrs 12 oct 14, depart the 16th. this is in fannin county, ga. on hwy 60 just 1/10 of a mile to the left of the cooper creek grocery store. if you are interested we will welcome all who visit. (that includes you al parton) if you want to fish bring your own bait and gear. ted tilson

Posted: 10/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Felt like cooking something special so I cooked some alligator tail for tonight's dinner. Simple recipe : alligator tail, fajila mix, diced tomatoes and some spices. Would like to have Spies on hand to give it a taste. Almost as good as his rattlesnake salad.

Posted: 10/2/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Never fear! Even though we will miss our Padre, Susie Q's Banana Pudding will appear! See you tonight.

Posted: 10/2/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: What! No bread pudding! If it was not for everything necessary for my shrimp gumbo being prepared and packed into the Jeep, I might have second thoughts about attending. ;>) See everybody soon. RLTW

Posted: 10/1/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Willard, please let someone bring the banana pudding...we can get it here somehow...it's not just desired; it's critical...

... (not that we don't want you to be there too)...

...RLTW...

...Mark Jordan


Posted: 10/1/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: October meeting this Thursday. We will eat what is brought, and I will miss the Banana Pudding since Willard can't make it. See all there. Sue is doing the baked beans.

Posted: 9/30/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Gentlemen, I'm sorry but I won't be able to attend the meeting on Thursday.

Posted: 9/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: SitRep : At 20:00 hours, I finished peeling 210 medium size shrimp and started to make my shrimp stock with the peels. I will be pre-cooking off and on tomorrow and will load everything Thursday morning. Since the meeting will start at 19:00 hours, I will be ready to start serving the shrimp gumbo at 18:30 hours. Any problems with rthe start time, let me know. RLTW

Posted: 9/23/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers, this is a short version of the monthly meeting of the USMRA, which was held at the Overhang, with President Hawk holding court. The meeting was called to order at 1908hrs on the 4th of September. Absent was Treasurer Mark Jordon, and Chaplain Willard Langdon. President Hawk began the meeting with a short prayer, and we proceeded with the meeting when the Overhang was not struck with lightning! A short treeasure's report was given to the 11 present. The association received several donations in memory of Ranger Jack Daniel. The minutes and the Treasurer's report was accepted and filed. Old business was that an official notice was to be posted on the website reguarding the November Meeting voting on the Scholarship fund increase. This was posted by the Secretary. New business is that the October meeting will be our annual meet and eat. No report on the RHOF voting yet. We had a surprise quest as Stephanie Bagley stopped by the meeting to thank the Association for her scholarship. (She couldn't be at the Open House). The meeting closed at 1949 hrs.

Posted: 9/22/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Thanks, webmaster, it worked.

Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: webmaster
Message: Try this link.

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Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Re Mike Conley : The link to the newspaper site does not work for me. Any other way to get the story? RLTW

Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I knew Mike Conley, walked with him and later when he was assigned to MRC. He was a talker, hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: billo miller
Message: Mike Conley was E-5 @Mountain Camp78-79-time frame he got out of Army and worked at Riverside Military Acadamy in Gainesville, Doug Perry and Singletary should know him too.Conley was bad news.

Posted: 9/20/2014
Name: Jim Waters
Message: Anyone know about this? http://www.ledgernews.com/cherokee_life/from-vietnam-to-iraq-canton-man-recounts-his-years-with/article_5c64816a-3169-5c02-95a2-925ffa296ca8.html?mode=story

Posted: 9/15/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Anybody see this? http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/09/15/army-calling-for-female-volunteers-for-ranger-school.html?ESRC=eb.nl

Posted: 9/12/2014
Name: bill miller
Message: Doug Perry...I was Camp SGM in 1983-1984 until I left for CSM Acadamy..did not know Podva

Posted: 9/12/2014
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message:

FYI, on Monday 9/15 at 8:00 PM there is a program on the NGEO channel entitled "Brothers In War". It is about C Company 4th Bn 47th Inf 9th Infantry Division. The main part of the story evolves around a battle of 19 June 1967. Alpha Company was nearly wiped out that day. I became the Commander of Alpha Company 7 months later. There were still a few survivors of that battle. I knew most of the officers mentioned in the program. I joined the 4/47 in July of 67 and was not part of the original group. At any rate, it is a good first hand account. I learned more from that program than I learned from the guys in the Battalion. (The program aired earlier this year). For those of you who watch, let me have your thoughts.


Posted: 9/10/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Doug,
I roomed with Dave for awhile. Email me.

Posted: 9/9/2014
Name: Mike keohane
Message: Finally got all my hardcover books unpacked and shelved. Found 20 softcover books in good condition but lack shelf space. If anybody would like these books, I can deliver them at the October meeting. Here is a list : Shadows in the Jungle Alexander, Larry Recondo Chambers, Larry Team Sergeant Craig, William T. Blackjack - 33 Donahue, James C. Comanche Six Estep, James L. Take Back the Night Foley, Dennis 4/4 : A LLRPs Narrative Ford, Gary Douglas Code Name : Copperhead Garner, Joe R. SM Sniper Gilbert, Allan Commandos & Rangers of WWII Ladd, James Inside the Crosshairs/Snipers in Lanning, Michael Lee Vietnam Blood on the Risers Lepperman, John Six Silent Men Linderer, Gary A. Eyes Behind the Lines Linderer, Gary Bravo Two Zero McNab, Andy SAS Six Silent Men Miller, Kenn Combat Recon Parrish, Robert D. Not by the Book Smith, Eric MacAllister Talking with Victor Charlie Tourison, Sedgewick D. Jr. Fortune Favors the Bold Walker, James W.

Posted: 9/9/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Any Rangers that were at Camp Frank D Merrill around 1983-1985 that remembers a Dave Podva please let me know.

Posted: 9/8/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: This is official notification that, in accordance with Article VI, bylaws of the U S Mountain Ranger Association, a vote to a proposed admendment offered in the August 2014 meeting will be held during the November 6th, 2014 meeting. The proposed admendment is to increase the USMRA scholarship(s) from $500.00 to $1,000.00, provided the Association has the funds. Futher, the Association will vote on a pending motion as to how the increase in funding will be provided. A vote to amend the by-laws requires a 60 day notice, and a two-thirds majority of those members present.

Posted: 9/4/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Message in from Ranger Roach about Dedication “MSG Joe C. Alderman Memorial Road” In just over two weeks (on Thursday 18 September at 1:00 PM) in Bradshaw, West Virginia Route 83, will be dedicated as the “MSG Joe C. Alderman Memorial Road”. (see West Virginia Senate Resolution at end of this document) Linda (wife), Shay (daughter), and Patrick (Son) are all very proud and thankful to all of their West Virginia friends and State officials who made this dedication possible. Dedication: The ceremony will be held at the Riverview High School in Bradshaw, West (by God) Virginia, not far from where Joe and Linda Alderman grew up. Linda has already heard from many friends who plan to attend, and she asked me to put together a schedule for the event, which is included below this note. Schedule: The schedule below covers from Wednesday evening to Friday morning, and the Alderman family understands that most of you will not be able to spend that much time for the Highway dedication. But we wanted to let you know where the Alderman family (and the accompanying swarm of friends) will be, so that you can find them, whenever you are looking for them. I believe that the informal visiting time will be the best part of this dedication event. Hotel: Many family and friends are traveling long distances, and because the dedication site is in a remote sector of West Virginia, many will likely stay over night on 17 and /or 18 September. So I have taken the liberty of researching the best hotel to base from, in hopes that it will allow everyone to have more time to visit and talk. After looking at the options, it seems to me that the Super 8 Hotel Richlands / Claypool area (276) 964-9888 is the best choice, because it is only an hour from Bradshaw, and has the lowest hotel prices. (Less than $70 a night, if you make the reservation before 10 September and mention that you are with the Joe Alderman Dedication) Linda agrees with the selection of this hotel, and plans to stay there. Please Forward: Please feel free to forward this to other friends who knew Joe, and the Alderman family. We would love to see the Riverview High School auditorium overflow on 18 September. Wishing you and your families all the best of God’s blessings… Ranger Roach / (484) 643-2891 Cell / ranger.roach@gmail.com

Posted: 9/4/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Sorry I won't be able to attend tonight's meeting. Hope you have a fruitful gathering. Willard

Posted: 9/4/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Ranger, do we have a meeting tonight? 2000 hrs?

Posted: 9/3/2014
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: Rangers it is with much sadness that I report that Ranger Janos Schalavin is in the hospital in critical condition. I spoke with his daughter and she informed me things are not going well. Please keep him in your Prayers. If you would like to send him a card email me and I will give you the address. RLTW

Posted: 8/23/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers, this is a follow up on the minutes I posted on 08/19/14. J. D. reports that we still haven't learned on whether or not we will get to be a voting member for additions to the RHOF. We could have a decision by the September meeting. Futher, we will have to vote to admend our by-laws with the change in the amount awarded to our scholarship winners. We will have to continue to find ways to fund our activities in addition to the scholarships. Some of our members have supported the association in the past with donations, but more will have to step up now if we are to continue the other activities we engage in.RLTW.

Posted: 8/20/2014
Name: Mark, Treasurer
Message:

..."The tabled motion on increasing the scholarship award was revisited. Much dissusion finally produced an amended motion to increase the 2 scholarships to $1,000, provided the USMRA has the funds"...

...to insure availability of $2,000.00 in scholarship funding, please realize how rare it is that we have ever had that much money in our overall balance, and i assure the USMRA that i will not dispense funds prematurely for anyone...

...just so you know i depend heavily on that part, "provided the USMRA has the funds"...

...i say before awarding scholarship announcements, conferring amongst ourselves might help a bit later...

...RLTW...

Mark (pennypinching) Treasurer


Posted: 8/19/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: After missising several key officers from the July meeting, the USMRA monthly meeting was convened by President Hawk on 7 August at 1905hrs. Another wonderful invocation was delivered to the 23 Rangers assembled. The meeting progressed with discussion on whether or not the July meeting was legal under the Association bylaws, since only one elected officer was present. Those members assembled voted to accept the Secretary's reading of the July meeting. Reports were presented and accepted from the Treasurer for the July and August meeting. A healthy report was presented including coins sales, and was accepted by the membership. The tabled motion on increasing the scholarship award was revisited. Much dissusion finally produced an amended motion to increase the 2 scholarships to $1,000, provided the USMRA has the funds. Discussion followed on how to raise funds were explored, with no final solution offered. The meeting adjourned at 1953hrs.

Posted: 8/17/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Reference: Colonel Elliott P. Sydnor. I neglected to mention that Col. Sydnor received the Distinguished Service Cross as well as many other awards for valor. He served as Director of the Ranger Department with the Infantry School at Fort Benning from June 1977 to May 1980. He was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on June 18, 1992. Ranger Bud Sydnor died on August 15, 2014.

Posted: 8/17/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Just learned that COL Elliot P. Sydnor - Ground force commander during the Son Tay raid into North Vietnam on 21 NOV 1970 has passed away. He was a Ranger and Special Forces Officer without equal. A most outstanding soldier. He will be missed. For details: http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=779

Posted: 8/15/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Condolences to the Wendell family. Never had the honor and pleasure of meeting him. My loss.

Posted: 8/15/2014
Name: JM
Message: THNX Smitti. RIP Wendell, I was glad to have known you buddy.

Posted: 8/15/2014
Name: Vince Laurich (Ranger Redeye)
Message: Just found the site,read the past posts, and Whoa.. recognized many names from the past. I was at the Camp back in summer/fall 1967 as an RI.I was one of 12 or more 2LTs( in Cpts slots) fortuate enough to gain exp,VN insight and coaching from veteran Cpts and NCO's.A blessing.A great assignment. Another reason: I met my wife from Gville in D at NGC.

Obviously in all of Ranger Rice's posts, You read about cadre and its characters ( Rice fit in perfectly)All pros, 1st class,selfdirected,passionate and competent,had a zest for life. Yes all partied,wheeled and dealed, had fun but they trained Rangers. Everyone took that goal very serious.It was infectious.

As young officers we were aggressive,reckless, living life in fast lane on the way to war and certainly in awe of the Vets.Think about working w guys like Cpt Joe Marm( MOH),Cpts Larry Ring, Ton Carl, Scruggs,Sr NCO's and many others were SF types w multi tours already.Every man senior to us were Vets. Awe...we were like kids at the World Series.

Other Cpts I remember" Ashby was S-3, McNeil,Jin Guest, Bob Smith, Chuck Kranyak,Marty Pinsky, Magruder.Lts: John Hardy,Rich McDowell, Baker, Steve Spense, Demko, Cahill,Julian Martinez,George Close,Dan Roach, O'Brien, List,Gary Gromet.

Cpt Bill Brantley(69) Lt Mike Enbody(68) and Lt Steve Whisnant(71) were KIA. George Close still w Boston accent retired a 2 star. I did a short tour w 1st Cav in spring68 and retired early.All good.

in 67,I lived in an ugly pink ranch house and shared site w 2 doublewides on Camp W Rd Right next to the CaneyCreek store w gas pumps. Grisells(sp) were owners maybe.Ten years ago the store was open,The MRS still there, not much inventory but a hanging out place around a heater for locals.SNAP LINK was name of O club at the camp. wooden green bldg on right of camp enterance

I'll be back in the area mid Oct.Hope to connect More later Vince Laurich (67)


Posted: 8/14/2014
Name: Ranger Smitti
Message: Fellow Rangers and Friends... I want to share the following information: ..."Wendell Thompson ended his battle with cancer today. He did not want a funeral service for loved ones to mourn his death. He wanted everyone to celebrate his life, remember the good times and not dwell on these last difficult months. The family appreciates everyones good thoughts and prayers and just asks for you keep with Wendell's wishes and celebrate his memory." RIP Ranger Buddy.. Secure the Patrol Base for us.

Posted: 8/13/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: National Airborne Day is this Saturday, 16 August. The North Georgia Airborne Assn will be having an Airborne Day Event at the Cumming Regional Readiness Center, 100 Aquatic Circle, Cumming, Georgia 30040 if you are interested. This event is open to all paratroopers of any service. There is an hour long program with several guest speakers to include Vincent Melillo, WWII Merrills Maurauders Veteran and RHOF member, telling his story. Program starts at 1130 hours. Membership is available to all paratroopers. See you there. AIRBORNE!

Posted: 8/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: The city of Berlin is once again safe! The Berlin Brigade has returned. We "old farts" have the situation well in hand. At least, we have a bier in one hand and a wurst in the other. So, I will not be at Thursday's meeting. Wish there were more Rangers and Ranger Instructors here - we few need some help in eating all this good food and drinking all the good bier. See everybody in September. RLTW

Posted: 7/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Every time I visit, I just take a left at the church and enter at the Overhang - check with the guys there. I have walked all over the area and visited the 60 foot cliff area several times without trouble.

Posted: 7/30/2014
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: Guys, I did a tour at the Mountain Ranger Camp serving with Perry, Singletary and that crew back in the 70's. In April of next year some friends and i are riding our Harley's through the area enroute to the Dragons tail and Devils Triangle and would like to show them the mountaineering area and the camp. What does one have to do to get permission to visit? I was in Ranger class 13-72, served with B.co, C.co 75th Rangers with James Voyles and then B.co 2Bn under the WAD.

Posted: 7/20/2014
Name: Bobbie Butler
Message: This is a great article. They are trying to find pictures of Vietnam Veterans that were killed during the war to put a face with the names. Wanted to pass this along if any of you know or might have pictures of anyone. It's a good thing, but a little too late. Why didn't they do this years ago? http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/14/honoring-vietnam-veterans-help-us-put-face-on-sacrifice/?intcmp=features

Posted: 7/15/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

Thank you, Doug Perry, for leaving a phone message & sharing information regarding Earl Singletary's son, Robert.

I spoke briefly with Mechelle & told her that all of us Rangers are rallying behind them in their grief, and that we all love them very much, & that we would all be available for them if needed in any way.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23 KJV


Posted: 7/15/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers,I am sorry to report the passing of Earl Singletarys son,Robbie.There will be a memorial service at the Dahlonega Funreal home on hwy 60 in Dahlonega,this Sun. july 20 at 1300-1500 hrs.I dont think Earl is taaking any calls,but Michelle will. Please post on web Robbie lived in Phoneih AZ.God bless you and your family Sweet Earl...RLTW...

Posted: 7/13/2014
Name: Steve Woodring
Message: I know what you mean Owens, I Wouldn't trade My soft tail for anything. Will have it with me next week when my family and I come back up for another week in gods country. To bad I only get to do this once a year Tell Gary Head I haven't forgotten about the tanks for a grill oh and it'll only cost him a beer at the Overhang. You take it easy on that two wheeler Owens and remember the rubber side goes down. Ya all stay safe. Rangers Lead The Way! S.J.W.

Posted: 7/13/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Owen : Saw a picture on the internet - that is a nice looking ride. Tempting too! However, I guess I will stick to my Jeep. Too old and set in my ways to switch to two wheels now. Have fun. RLTW

Posted: 7/11/2014
Name: OWENS
Message: Bought myself a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail 2012 (103 C.I.), WOW I did not realize what fun I've been missing out on. It is great to hop on it and just go for a ride. If you've never done this put it on your bucket list you will not be disappointed ......

Posted: 7/3/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: 1900hrs 3July2014 NCO Club

Posted: 7/3/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, what time is the meeting tonight, 7 or 8? See you there.

Posted: 7/2/2014
Name: Greg Householder
Message:

I don't know if anyone has heard but LTC(R) John S. Daniel (Ranger Jack) passed away last Thursday (26 June). LTC(R) Daniel was a member of the USMRA and a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame. He founded the Tennessee Ranger Company as part of the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee in 1962.

The arrangements are as follows: The funeral service will occur on Monday, 21 JUL at 7:00 PM. Visitation will start at 5:00 PM. The location is the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, 37934. The burial will occur on Tuesday, 22 JUL at 11:00 AM. The location is the new East Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery, 2200 East Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville.


Posted: 6/30/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Mike, many thanks. I think the Longwalker can more than handle himself on the Kudam. I was planning on going to Berlin in NOV, for the 25th Anniv for the fall of the Berlin Wall. I may have to lift and shift to Aug. Lets talk on Thursday.

Posted: 6/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I don't charge for my cooking, Lance. I will have two frozen pounds for you to take home. Two other packages still waiting to be picked up. Will you be going to Berlin in August? I will be there and may need you to walk slack on the Kdamn. RLTW

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers I look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday, JUL 3, at the meeting. Ranger Mike, if you have some beans remaining, I will take them off your hands. I am running the Peachtree 10K on Friday, and could use a little boost. Let me know what I owe you. Also, I will be bringing an old Army buddy and fellow Ranger. See you Thursday.

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: I want to thank everyone for the hospitality at the Critter Cookout. I had a Great time and it was really good, to see old friends. I go into "Semi-Retirement" the end of this year. No more "Weekend Shifts". Hope to see all of you next year. Thank you again, for a very nice time. Well done.

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: Thanks Bill. Last time I saw him, was at my Retirement. I knew that he had been not well these past few years. Now he's at peace, and with old friends.

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Bill Miller
Message: Rangers, I have to make several corrections on the passing of Ranger John (Jack) Daniel. Jack is survived by five sons and one daughter and their mother Jean. Currently as service is to be conducted July 21st and Burial July 22nd. I will inform on location when I receive the information. May God Bless Ranger Jack Bill

Posted: 6/27/2014
Name: Bill Miller
Message: It is with regret that I have to inform you that Ranger Jack Daniel passed away yesterday June 26, 2014. Jack is survived by two sons and his long time companion Nancy Powers. The mailing address is 10608 Alameda Drive, Knoxville, TN 37932. Funeral Arrangements are incomplet at this time. Jack served as Senior Advisor to the 11th VN ranger Battalion and later as the Senior to the 2nd Ranger Group. Bill

Posted: 6/20/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Follow up on the minutes. If you have a nomination for the Ranger Hall of Fame, you must have the nomination with a short bio to the Nominating Committee by the July meeting which will be held on 3 July at 1900hrs. The nomination can be sent to Col(R) J. D. Kirby. This nomination will be in consideration for inclusion into the RHoF in 2015.

Posted: 6/19/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers, The monthly meeting of USMRA was held on 6 June. President Hawk called 20 Rangers to order at 1902hrs on the back deck of the Overhang. Another wonderful prayer by Ranger Langdon to open. The minutes from the May meeting was presented and accepted. No report on funds was available since our Treasurer was absent taking care of a personal matter. A report on coin sales was held untill our esteemed Treasurer returns for a report in our July meeting. Col. Kirby continued with his report after further research on how our organization can present nominations for inclusion in the RHOF. The Association voted and approved bylaws and a committee was established for the nomination into the Ranger Hall of Fame. Meeting adjourned at 2003hrs.

Posted: 6/18/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Due to a miscalculation about the number of attendees at a recent gathering, I have some old style country baked beans in my freezer. I will be bringing three 2 pound freezer bags to the meeting on July 3rd. First to ask - first to get. Maybe this will get Jack Regan motivated to attend. RLTW This is a second posting - the server "ate" the first post! ;>)

Posted: 6/16/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: Mike,
I did the best I could to restore the database, and yes, I lost a few entries from June. However, the alternative was to take it down completely.

Posted: 6/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Site is still acting up. Stuck on June 1, 2014 - at least the month & year are right.

Posted: 6/1/2014
Name: John Cavender
Message: The flags/markers were not installed due to scheduled highway/road work. It is hoped they will be completed in time for 4th of July.

Posted: 6/1/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: I have received several emails from the public asking why the Memorial Marker flags were only placed around the Dahlonega square for Memorial Day. My response has been that I suspect there has been a major decline in the number of volunteers to set out the flags. If you are visiting here looking for answers, please, contact the Blue Mountain Lodge #38 or the Dahlonega Veteran's Committee and volunteer to help place the markers for the next event.

Posted: 5/26/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Today is Memorial Day and we have too many buddies to remember. To all those "absent friends," I offer a toast. We, who remain, will always remember and keep those memories closest to our hearts. RLTW.

Posted: 5/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Here is a link to the story : //www.armytimes.com/article/20140515/NEWS/305150057/CSM-killed-Afghanistan-DoD-announces Taken from Baen Books website at the Kratskeller.

Posted: 5/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Another fallen Ranger. CSM Martin Barreras died of wounds received on May 5, 2014 on May 13, 2014. He was a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment for 22 years.

Posted: 5/15/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello to all Rangers. A meeting was held on April 26th on the afternoon of the Critter cookout. More than 50 USMRA members attended. A quick reviw of the previous minutes, and the Treasurer's report was accepted by those present and voting. President Hawk gave a report on a Ranger family that needed assistance, which the group approved. I will provide additional info on this matter at the June meeting. A long discussion continued on the nomination process for a Ranger Hall of Fame nominee from the USMRA. The Association will proceed with the suggestions provided by those attending. More to follow on this. As the open house, fish fry, and the critter cookout was a great success this year, many needs to be thanked. 1SG(R) Doug Perry, and his qroup donated a lot of our meat along with1SG(R) Huckaby who cooked some great venison dishes. The Papa Co. Rangers with the crawfish was hit. More........RLTW

Posted: 5/14/2014
Name: johnny wuest
Message: lets not forget one of MRC's oldest next year to be recognized Larry Beauchamp who passed away

Posted: 5/10/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: LOL. I am not worthy. Maybe the assistant to the assistant. See you at the next meeting.

Posted: 5/6/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Looking over the photos I took at the Fish Fry & Critter Cook-out, I noticed that, once again, I don't have a single picture of me. If anyone has a picture with me in it, I would appreciate if you could Email a copy. RLTW but are not so apt with cameras! ;>)

Posted: 5/4/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Second the motion or nomination!

Posted: 5/2/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Bagley for Assistant Secretary...


Posted: 5/1/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers What a fantastic rendezvous at the Critter Cookout. The food was great; the weather was great, but what stood out the most was the fellowship of brothers. It was a fantastic day. I also want to thank the USMRA for the hospitality shown to CPT James Rogers father and widow. They were truly amazed at the service and the honest sincerity shown to them. By sheer coincidence, the Major who escorted his body from Ft. Cambell to Charlotte just happened to be at the Cookout. On his cell phone, he has an alert for AUG 4 to remind him of CPT Rogers' death. Last but not least, I want to thank the USMRA for the scholarship given to my daughter. It is greatly appreciated by my family. Lead the Way. Ranger Bagley

Posted: 4/29/2014
Name: amie close
Message: Thomas Dartez here is his wifes Cell # 229-834-9701 I believe he is still contracting overseas but they moved up towards Turners Corner

Posted: 4/28/2014
Name: Thomas Dartez
Message: Trying to find SFC Ret Alvin Martin. Know he retired in the Dahlonega area. Have not heard from him in years and trying to find out how he is doing. Was a RI from 93-97ish and then again from 2000-2003ish. Thanks for any help.

Posted: 4/27/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The 2014 Critter Cookout was a great success. Many non members provide assistance in a variety of ways. Two that I would like the recognize are Goines Sign Company in Blairsville for donating the stenciling on the Fallen Ranger Memorial signs for the third year and Union County Commissioner, Lamar Paris for donating the sign blanks.

Posted: 4/27/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I had a great time at the Fish Fry & Critter Cook-out but the best news was that Lt. Tucker, who, with SFC Willians, used to beat me up at the Open House Hand to Hand Combat demonstrations, is still alive and living in Florida. If anyone has an Email address for him, I would appreciate it. I still have some sore spots from his & SFC Williams whippings! ;>) RLTW

Posted: 4/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Good Sunday Morning All. I just returned from the Open house, and the Critter Cookout. What an event this year! So much food, beautiful weather, and what a turn out! New faces, old faces, and so many people to thank for their efforts. Every thing from Buffalo, Rattle Snake, 'possom, 'coon, and of course the many Venison Dishes, along with Bear meat. Steve Bishop, along with his merry band of chefs provided great food along with the two bands who entertained. I was told the open house, along with the demostrations by the world's best warriors was great! We desereved the weather after last year. The USMRA also had the May meeting on Saturday, which I will report on later, along with the ceremonies. RLTW, Chuck

Posted: 4/23/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The 2014 t-shirts are here. Front Back

Unfortunately, our cost has increased. Shirts will be $15 this year. Only 100 are available. Must be present to purchase. No reserves, or mail outs.


Posted: 4/20/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: I have a 6 foot folding table and will bring it as well.

Posted: 4/20/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Re the Fish Fry & Critter Cook-out : I have a six foot folding table for the serving line so figure it in. I am getting in some cooking practice today so I should be in top shape Friday & Saturday nights.

Posted: 4/19/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Many thanks to the Mountain Ranger Association for selecting my daughter, Stephanie, to receive the MRA Scholarship. Although I will be at the CCO on Apr 26, Stephanie cannot attend as she has her high school prom that night. Would it be possible to bring her up for a later meeting to accept the recognition as she will be attending UNG or is it appropriate to accept it in her absence? Also, I will be at the CCO with the father, sister, and widow of CPT James Rogers who is being recognized as one of the fallen Rangers. They are very appreciative of this recognition, as they know how much he loved being a Ranger. I hope the weather is better this year.

Posted: 4/14/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Easter Eggs in Porter Village...

...any members present and available for hiding eggs and cooking on a grill should plan on being at Porter Village at 1000 hrs...

...as an additional incentive to assist in this annual event, rumors have leaked that anyone helping out will be exempt from the annual Membership Dues that Bob Bischoff recommended last month...

...fun and easy when enough show up; last year wasn't quite that pleasant...this Sunday at 10 am, we need folks...

...RLTW...hiding eggs even...

...Mark Jordan...paid spokesman for Bischoff Enterprises...


Posted: 4/14/2014
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: After due consideration of the application, the USMRA 2014 Scholarship Committee resolved that Miss Stephanie Leigh Bagley be recognized as the recipient for 2014. Stephanie will receive a $500 scholarship award. She will receive her scholarship award at the Critter Cookout on 26 April 2014 at Camp Frank D. Merrill.

The 2014 USMRA Scholarship Committee wishes to thank the membership for the honor of having served in this capacity. We have once again had the opportunity to see first hand an outstanding young adult who has distinguished herself by her pursuit of excellence and her willingness to serve her community.

Rangers Lead the Way!

Respectfully submitted:

Ranger Bob Bischoff

Ranger Brian Cunningham

Ranger J.D. Kirby


Posted: 4/14/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mike Keone, takin' a break. Got "slowed down" w/ heart surgery in November. Next year looks better for me gettin' to the CCO. Y'all take care and enjoy each other's company. Say "Hi" to the fellows for me. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/11/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Drat! I was hoping to fill your plate with some of my cooking! Oh well, that will leave plenty for everyone else. RLTW

Posted: 4/10/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Chuck, good report! "KISS" is the way to do it! Regretfully, I'll not make the CCO/Open House. You are all in my prayers. Take care, stay warm & dry, get ready to cut grass! Watch out for the "EXITS" on Camp Road. One got me in '71!!! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/9/2014
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: Just Finished talking to Virgil Geiger (Instructor Late 70's). He has been diagnosed for some time now with Spindle Cell Sarcoma (form of cancer) and is in the late stages. Lets all pray for Virgil and keep him in our thoughts. He is Currently living in Alabama with Family. If anyone wishes to E-mail him, he can be reached at (Virgilgeiger@gmail.com). I have his Contact # if anyone wishes to call him. RLTW

Posted: 4/8/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: The monthly meeting of the USMRA was held at the deck of the Overhang with 22 members present. President Hawk, after being absent the prior meeting, called the gathering to order at 1905hrs. After a wonderful invocation by Willard Langdon, business was conducted. Minutes were read and accepted, followed by the Treasure's report, which was also accepted and filed. Under new business, money was approved for Steve Bishop to purchase needed items for the Fish Fry and Critter Cookout. Sgt. Chris Fuller reports that a band will play at the Overhang during Openhouse. Money was approved for the purchase of the planning bay signs. It's good to have some operating capital on hand ! Col. Suchke reported on coin sales and provided funds for deposit. Bob Williams reports that he will have T-shirts for the Critter cookout. Could be OD, or camo! Most of the group wanted camo. Col Kirby presented a format for nomination into the Ranger Hall of Fame. Much discussion with a motion to move forward with a committee. Meeting closed at 2012hrs. See you at the events.

Posted: 4/8/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: A reminder to the local rangers that volunteers are needed for the Easter Egg Hunt and cookout on April 20th. President Hawk is requesting that we meet at 0900hrs at Porter Village.

Posted: 4/7/2014
Name: Jim Waters
Message: I noticed that you do not list MSG (R) Almo Mercier. He and I were advisors to the Vietnamese Rangers, and he was NCOIC of the Patrolling committee in 1971.

Posted: 4/1/2014
Name: Bullet Bob
Message: Thanks Chuck. I will spread the word.RLTW!

Posted: 4/1/2014
Name: chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: USMRA meeting @1900 hrs April 3rd. Steve Bishop had to make an emergency trip to Iowa due to a Brother-in-Law killed in an accident. He has left instructions with me. Please plan to attend. Final prep for the Easter Egg hunt and the Cookout. Be there!

Posted: 3/31/2014
Name: Bullet Bob
Message: Are we having a meeting on 3 April? I am being asked, so if we are please let everyone know. I know CC is when we normally meet, but that will be close to the May meeting. Perhaps a 3 April meeting would be useful for final planning of CC. Please let us know. Thanks. RLTW!

Posted: 3/22/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Sitrep : After a long search, I have obtained the necessary shrimp peels & shrimp stock to serve as my gumbo base. So, I will be making the Shrimp Gumbo at the Fish Fry. For a change, at the Critter Cook-out, I will be making a side dish - a macaroni & cheese variation. Jack Regan better show up early!

Posted: 3/17/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Any update on the status of SFC Willard Brooke? Is he still at the ATL medical Center?

Posted: 3/17/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Will not be at the April 3rd meeting. My doctor has scheduled a blood test for 8:20 AM, April 4th. I am working hard to secure enough shrimp shells to make the shrimp stock for the gumbo. My regular supplied went out of business. No problem with the shrimp just with the shells. If necessary, I will OODA and substitute a mixture of chicken & vegetable stocks. See you at the "Fish Fry."

Posted: 3/12/2014
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message: We lost a great man today. COL OLA LEE MIZE died. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean war. I met him while he was a Ranger student in 1957. At the time, he was a second lieutenant. I noted that there is a COL LEE MIZE in the RHOF but there is no Medal of Honor listed next to his name. (Surely this is the same person).If my memory serves me correctly, LT Mize stayed on after Ranger school so that he could be an advisor/actor in the movie Darby's Rangers. During that brief period, Lt Mize hung out with the enlisted instructors and befriended all he came in contact with. He was truly a soldiers soldier. RLTW

Posted: 3/12/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: 16 Rangers, past and present held the monthly meeting of the USMRA at the Overhang on March 6th. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Al Parten at 7:08 P.M. in the absence of President Hawk. The minutes of the February meeting was duly reported and accepted by those present . Also absent for the meeting was our spirtual leader, Willard Langdon. The meeting moved forward with the report of the treasure's report which was also accepted. General discussion followed on new business reguarding the scholarship. Ted Tillison presented a motion to increase the amount to $1,000.00 annually. After much heated discussion, the motion was tabled untill the next meeting. Old business continued the discussion of the Easter Egg hunt to be held on April 20th, 12 PM. The open house was discussed. Fish Fry and the Critter cookout recieved much attention. A whole hog is promised for the cook out , but more meat is needed. Ranger Bishop is our head Chef and will provide the hog and the fish. After discussion of stocking the creek with trout, J.D. reported on two very good donations for the cookouts. He will write a thank you for the USMRA. The meeting adjourned at 8:03. RLTW.

Posted: 3/11/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

SFC Willard Brooke is recovering from a 4 wheeler incident this past weekend and is at Atlanta Medical Center.

5th RTB is keeping a 24/7 presence there as Ranger Brooke remains in a coma.

Willard attended quite a few USMRA meetings, usually bringing a buddy with him.

Our prayers and hopes for recovery are with him and his loved ones, especially his wife and young son.

Mark Jordan


Posted: 3/8/2014
Name: ~C
Message: Hi Bob - need to change the year for Fallen Ranger Memorial banner on home page. :-) RLTW

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: 2014 Fallen Ranger Memorial honorees are now posted on the home page.

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Jim Bartran
Message: I am backpacking the AT from Cooper Gap to Fontana Dam in NC. 27 April - 11 May. Anyone interested in joining me and my chocolate lab, let me know.

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Kris Fuler
Message: I was wondering when the new names were going to be posted for the Fallen Ranger Memorial.

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Frank Park (inc OvrHang Mgr)
Message: Gentlemen, as per requested here is the intel dump on the Mountain Ranger Run. Event starts at 0700 on 26 April 2014. Interested parties can register and get all additional info online at www.totallyrunning.com you can also register at their store Totally Running in Cumming Ga. This years physical events are 34km Bike race 15km run 5km fun run. Park out.

Posted: 3/4/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: All you fellows in the Dahlonega area are in my thoughts and prayers. Remembering the 18"s of snow we got during the last phase of a cycle . Folks from camp joined w/ Forestry guys to clear roads of downed trees to get to us, and extract us. I remember giving 10 point spot reports, positive, for the Ranger Studs that built the best fires!!! Stay warm and dry, keep your fire starters handy! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/4/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Next meeting is scheduled for 19:00 hours on Thursday, March 6, 2014, if my memory is correct.

Posted: 3/3/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, when is the next meeting?

Posted: 2/22/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Colonel (Retired) Lynn B. Stull, United States Army, 67, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Dahlonega, Georgia. He had recently moved to the Dahlonega area from Tampa-McDill AFB, Florida. Col Stull was a graduate of both Ranger and Special Forces schools and was a Master parachutist. Born on October 11, 1946, in Fargo, North Dakota, he was the son of the late Ainslee “Jack” and Virginia Stull. He was the loving husband of Carol B. Stull. Col(R) Stull served honorably in the United States Army for 31 years, first receiving his commission in 1968 from the Georgia State University. As a career Army Officer, he served as an Infantry officer advisor in Vietnam, an ROTC instructor at Georgia State University, in 5th and 1st Special Forces Group, Alternate Specialty Foreign Area Officer, Director of Asian Studies US Army War College, and as Defense and Army Attaché to Malaysia. He retired in 1999 from the Army and ended his career working as a defense contractor with Special Operations Command. Surviving, in addition to his wife, is his brother Terry G. (Aletta) Stull, of Senatobia, MS, and daughters Marilyn N. Stull May of Cumming, GA, Wendy A. Stull of Ft. Meade, MD, Kelly E. (Bradley) Bathgate of Willow Grove, PA, and Paige D. Stull of Quantico, VA, and granddaughters Katharine and Elizabeth May, Ava, Madeline, Charlotte, and Daley Bathgate. A memorial service was conducted on Saturday 22 Feb 2014 at Bannister Funeral Home in Dahlonega.

Posted: 2/19/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: I am getting a lot of people asking if the Ranger Run will be conducted at the Open House this year. Anyone Know?

Posted: 2/13/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Y'all stay warm & dry. Keep your "fire starters" handy. Looking forward to CCO & Open House in April. Will try my darndest to make it.Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 2/12/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

Ranger Instructor Reunion at BRC 2014

A definitive agenda item is spending the day at Todd Field on Saturday, April 12th.

The Event Committee includes:

Skip Swackhamer, George Ponder, Kestner JR Edens, Oscar Edwards, Brad Shipp, Linda Shipp, Helen Birkes.

Col Tex Turner will also be in attendance.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Details continue to be added. And, please feel free to pass this email address to your RI buddies who may be interested in attending.

rtbrireunion@gmail.com

We held a Morgan RI Team reunion last year at BRC and had a blast!

I have heard about the Critter Cookout as my CMDR at E 51st will be there to kick off a hike with other E 51st buddies and have been invited. We are considering attending - sounds fun!

RLTW


Posted: 2/11/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: On Feb 6, 2014 the monthly meeting of the USMRA was called to order by President Steve Hawk @ 6:58PM. Chaplin Willard Langston led us with a wonderful opening prayer. The meeting followed with several important agenda items. J.D. gave a final report for the dedication of the Ranger Memorial at Camp Merrill. Atotal of $15,467 was raised with a balance left of $1.841.00 that was donated to the Association for use on scholarships, etc. The memorial committee was comended for a job well done! Mark Jordan, Treasurer, reported that with donations, we had $915.00 on hand for expenses, not counting on other donations from the meeting and the committee. Several other important agenda items were discussed. Easter Egg Hunt, and the Critter cook-out .Ranger Bishop will supply the fish, and meat is needed for the cookout on April 26th. Hint/Hint. Col Bob reported on coin sales and announced that 2 new items were added by the Dawsonville Moonshine operation. Check them out in your local bottle shop. Apple Brandy and Pie(60 proof) After much discussion, the meeting closed at 7:40 PM

Posted: 2/10/2014
Name: eversole marissa
Message: Al I'm writing because i was contact about jeff eversole memorial or honor him.please e-mail and let me know what do you need for this to become a good memorial for jeff.His Kid's and family will love to be part of it.

Posted: 2/7/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : I got the list. I noticed that you wrote in A. B. Smith & Hoyt Smith. They were two great guys and i learned a lot from them. I will send a copy to Hamilton just in case.

Posted: 2/5/2014
Name: William B Halbrook
Message: Is the Mountain Ranger Run happening as part of the open house this year? I retired from service last year and was looking forward to the run after not doing it since 96', and it was cancelled.

Posted: 2/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : Will you be at the RMC tomorrow and will you have a copy of the unit roster? Looking forward to seeing that roster. RLTW

Posted: 2/4/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: Ranger's. Don't forget this weeks meeting at the Overhang. Only 3 more meetings till the CCO. We need to discuss Planning. BTW, I have a Ranger buddy that will be joining our Ranks. A lot of you may know Roger Beck. Welcome Roger.

Posted: 1/26/2014
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Applications for the 2014 USMRA Scholarship are now being accepted. Check elsewhere on this web page for requirements. Please submit packets to me NLT 1 Apr 14. Be sure the packets are complete - incomplete packets will not be evaluated. You may either scan a packet and send it to me via email attachment (e.g. PDF format), or USPS mail to: Brian Cunningham, PO Box 208, Gainesville, GA 30503. DO NOT include applicant's Social Security number or redact it if necessary (e.g. from official transcript). RLTW

Posted: 1/26/2014
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: 2014 Planning Bay Honorees

RGR Steve Hawk ’75

RGR Mark Jordan ’75

RGR Jimmy Owens ’76

RGR Joe Mattison ’76

RGR Rick Lorimor ’76

RGR William Manning ’76


Posted: 1/26/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: 5th RTB Open House and USMRA Critter Cookout will be conducted on April 26, 2014. The Fish Fry will be on the 25th.

Posted: 1/18/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Hamilton : I remember your name. It is most of the other personnel's names that give me trouble. Hope to see you sometime at the MRC. RLTW

Posted: 1/17/2014
Name: Jim Hamilton
Message: Mike/Doug Would be interested in roster and pictures also. I was assigned to MRC at that time.

Posted: 1/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : I would like the whole roster, if possible. There are many faces from those days that I can't remember their names. I have some photos from that period where I can tell you what a person's job was or in what tent he lived but I can't put a name to the face. RLTW

Posted: 1/16/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mike Keohane.Got a copy of the 2 RGR co. ,28 oct 1959, You are a sp-4 and mos 11110,I will make you a copy and get to you.Billy Charles my buddy is on th company roster..RLTW...

Posted: 1/13/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: William T. Mixon

b. Tue., Jan. 15, 1929 - d. Sat., Jan. 11, 2014

Visitation - 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Sat., Jan. 18, 2014 Location: Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home

Funeral Service 3:00 PM Sat., Jan. 18, 2014 Location: Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) William T. Mixon (1929-2014)

Command Sergeant Major William T. Mixon was born in Vidalia, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He died January 11, 2014 in West Palm Beach Florida at the Veterans Administration Hospital. CSM Mixon entered the Army in 1948 and completed 35 years of service in the Army retiring at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Command Sergeant Major of XVIII Airborne Corps.

During his 35 year career he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Ranger Department, Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Infantry Center,

Command Sergeant Major 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Alaska. He served 31 years on parachute status completing more than 1500 military static line parachute jumps.

Command Sergeant Major Mixon served in combat during the Korean War with the 3d Infantry Division where he participated in the Inchon Landing and fought in the Chosen Reservoir Operations. He served a total of 18 months in combat during the Korean War. He also served two one year tours during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division including service as the 101st Airborne Division Command Sergeant Major from 1969-1970.

He participated in numerous operations such as Operation Hawthorne, Junction City, and other combat operations including a parachute drop at Kontoon, Vietnam. During the Cuban missile crisis, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone where his unit was poised for contingency airborne operations associated with that historic period of American history.

After his retirement from active duty in 1983, he worked for Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina and managed his own business. He was chosen by President Reagan to serve on the National Veterans Cemetery Board. He also served on the advisory board of the Association of the United States Army, Braxton Bragg Chapter, and the Counsel of Trustees Association of the United States Army, Washington D.C.

He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge with a 3d degree and 50 years of service. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite with a 32d degree.

CSM Mixon was recognized as a premier sports official and was a member North Carolina Athletic Association. His awards and honors include Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star, Air Medal (44 awards and 1 with V device), Korean War and Vietnam War Service Medals and Combat Infantryman Badge with star. He earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Expert Infantryman Badge. He is a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Ranger Training Brigade Hall of Fame, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Hall of Fame and the U.S. Infantry Center Dough Boy Award. He was honored with the Association of the United States Army William G. Bainbridge Award and the Presidential Medal for his service to the Association.

CSM Mixon is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Winefred Mixon.

He has three children LTG (R) Benjamin R. Mixon, Sarah Jane Forsythe and Betty Jean Davidson. He has six grandchildren, Michael, Ashlee, Kortney, Adrienne, Amanda and Charles. He has four great grandchildren Mary Charlotte, Frederick, Eliza, and James. He is survived by his sister Mamie Turner. CSM Mixon was preceded by his mother and father Tracy and Cora, brothers Grady, Lamar, John and sister Josephine Rogers.

The funeral Service will be held in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home at 310 North Street West, Vidalia, Georgia beginning at 3 PM January 18, 2014. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 1 PM on Saturday.

In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the National Kidney Foundation.


Posted: 1/13/2014
Name: John L. Smith
Message: Need Robert Suchles email need questions answered about brother Lt. James L. Smith 75th Co. L . 101st.

Posted: 1/10/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Willard : Wish we had made contact. I was in a spending mood and would have treated you to a late super in Dahlonega.

Posted: 1/9/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Mike, Chester and I were at the meeting also last Thursday, arriving around 6:30. Made an area recon & returned to Gsvl. Since we both enjoy talking we had an enjoyable trip & got caught up on the latest news, so don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Good training.

Posted: 1/6/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: The monthly meeting for Jan. has been cancelled. Steve, myself, Chuck, and Mark made this decision this evening 6 Jan. Two of our Officers have previous plans and cannot attend. The next meeting will be at the Overhang, 1st Thursday of Feb. @ 1900. See you there. RLTW

Posted: 1/3/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike K. Thanks for the note! I'm one of those guys that takes PT/Rehab seriously. Been through enough broken bones and Shoulder surgeries. I use the term' "Being Religious" about your PT. Even today, I'll find myself, idly doing one of those max nix exercises, as I walk around the house. Reckon it's like checkin' the movin' parts during operation! Stay warm & dry. Happy New Year. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 1/3/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Al: No problem. Had a enjoyable ride, a good meal and a fine room. See you in February. First meeting that I have attended that was so well run. ;>)

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: Sorry Mike, I put out the Info as soon as I got it. Hope to see ya next Month.

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Al: Received your message a bit late. I was at the Overhang at 18:40 hours for the meeting. When no one else showed by 19:05 hours, I called myself to order, suggested the absense of any officers or other members and, since there were no objections, dismissed the meeting of one. See you in February! RLTW!

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: Monthly meeting is cancelled for tonight. Overhang is Closed due to block leave. See you next Thursday. RLTW !

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Good news for the New Year. You should be able to keep the weight off if you don't touch C-Rat pound cake. Do the full rehab - no E&E moves now! Remember "just one more step!" and CM! RLTW in rehab also!

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: A Hearty HAPPY NEW YEAR to all! Lt. Fuzz, you're doing good! Thanks. To "Windy," That's what you get when you hang around those characters. Remember how our guys zapped me for Chaplain?(now You are the Secretary!) Whatever you do, don't let hem make you wear dresses!!! Y'all take care, stay warm and dry, keep drivin' on! Jim RLTW/L&P PS: Got the key to my truck back today!!! No more Post Op restrictions. Wow, did it feel good to drive my ol' pickumup! Start Heart Rehab Monday full force. 3 Times a week for 10 weeks, plus PT @ home. I'm ready. Down to 171 lbs, 5' 10". They tell me my goal is 175. I laughed and told them that I had lost thirty lbs. since all this stuff started. Reckon I can get and keep my "Fightin' weight???!!" Jim OUT!!!

Posted: 1/1/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA Dec 2013 Meeting

...Unable to open the recording of over an hour of our meeting, it's high time to get the minutes out...I apologize for this inconvenience...

...16 showed at the OverHang, all officers present with Bullet Bob Suchke missing two meetings with his reports of coin sales...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, began with another genuinely sincere prayer...a few words from Willard afterward, using the moment to give some background about his time as a Ranger, gives added signifigance to his life among us now...we all are indeed grateful for his time and energy...and his wife's fine banana pudding, a national treasure...

...the Secretary and Treasurer Reports were given, accepted and canned for another month...

...Ted Tilson was interested in getting ahead on this year's Critter CookOut with Steve Bishop adding his information about trout again being donated by the kind folks of the USFS...

...Jeff Everett brought forward an idea of using his incredible artistic skills to bring needed revenue into our usually bare coffers...after considerable discussion from such financially astute members like Ed Gross, the motion was made, seconded and approved that $400 would allow Jeff to begin this beneficial relationship for all involved...as the new year unfolds these benefits will certainly be appreciated whenever his talents can be enjoyed by others...

...Roy and Amie Close were recognized for the generous donations from Amie's brother, Walter Koch, who supplied over fifty families with their Thanksgiving turkeys these past two years...

...Next year's Officers will now include Chuck Windham as Secretary...the rest remain as they were in 2013...Chuck's wife provides the best baked beans in the Southeastern US...

...Gary Head has asked to be noted for wishing everyone a healthy, wealthy and happy new year and holiday season...from him and his wife, Debbie...Gary has cleaned the cemetery on Camp, Mt Zion #2, behind the Motor Pool...for the past two years...Debbie makes amazing Brunswick Stew...

...January 2, next meeting...1900 at the OverHang...tomorrow night... Mike Keohane has made reservations already...

...respectfully submitted...

...Lt Fuzz...outgoing Secretary, still Financial Wizard...


Posted: 12/30/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Will the monthly meeting be held on Thursday, January 2d?

Posted: 12/29/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: On the road to Decatur, Ga from my new home in Sevierville, Tn. Decided to drop in at the Overlook for a short visit. Place was closed! I have never seen the RMC looking so deserted. Happy New Year.

Posted: 12/28/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA Dec Meeting Notice

...I recorded over an hour of our last meeting, yet I'm still trying to get the thing working so I can hear said recording...I have tried everything my limited IT brain allows...

...if anyone knows how this works, please let me know...

...I tried "trimming" and sending a bit to me...nothing... so any suggestions or should I just write up the Ted Tilson Cliff Note Version?...

...happy kwanza...

...Lt Fuzz, outgoing Secretary


Posted: 12/25/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: Merry Christmas to everyone and their Families, I hope you all have a great New Year. RLTW !

Posted: 12/22/2013
Name: Jason Nelson
Message: USMRA Brothers, Wish all my Mountain Ranger brothers’ a very Merry Christmas, I have not been on the site in a while and was very surprised and very happy to see Tyson’s biography. He was a mentor and a role model and the epitome of Ranger. He is truly missed but never forgotten!! Happy new year to all from Camp Marmal Afghanistan.

Posted: 12/12/2013
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: Ranger class 13-72, Doug Perry and all fellow Rangers, I send all a Very Merry Christmas. Still remember working in Mountaineering Dept and have fond memories. Burbank, Hilederbrand, SFC Griffin and all others, you lead the way my friends. God Bless. I hope to visit one day.

Posted: 12/12/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I will be at the Christmas Party tomorrow night at the Overlook. Hope to see a good turnout. RLTW.

Posted: 12/6/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: How did this guy ever get through Ranger training? Check out the story on Lt Col Robert Bateman on Ace of Spades HQ. Listed as Airborne Ranger and a military historian and, in my humble opinion, a first class dunce.

Posted: 12/5/2013
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Drive on without me tonight. I won't be able to make the meeting. RLTW! Bob

Posted: 12/5/2013
Name: ted tilson
Message: hey rangers! let's all get out to the ranger camp this evening for our monthly meeting. this is the x-mas season and we are six months out from the critter cook-out and the associated events so we need as many participants as possible to offer ideas and service. rltw ted tilson

Posted: 12/4/2013
Name: Al P.
Message: Okay, Bob. Thanks for the Info. I stand corrected. Disregard last statement.

Posted: 12/4/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: According to our By-Laws posted under the "About Us" link above, the offices of secretary and treasurer can be combined. That doesn't mean that they have to be or that I am suggesting they should be. Mark has done a great job at handling each of those duties. Ideally, we would have a volunteer for each.

Posted: 12/3/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: December Meeting coming up. Officer Elections, Nominations. So as I was having a conversation with a Fellow Officer. I ask this. Are we not supposed to have four Officers ? President, Vice Pres. Secretary, and Treasurer. We currently have three. Steve, myself and Mark Jordan. Mark has been graciously playing both roles as said Sec. and Treasurer. Can we get some others involved ? Additionally, I may not be able to uphold my Position in the long term. Personal priorities may take Precedence. Maybe a stand-by VP. Planning for the Future of the USMRA.

Posted: 11/28/2013
Name: Jerry Massey
Message: Update to my wife's request for participants in her study...looking for soldiers who have served in OIF or OEF and were absent when their child was born. Thanks

Posted: 11/28/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Happy Thanksgiving, Rangers and families. Today is the day to count our blessings and forget our griefs. RLTW Mike Keohane

Posted: 11/26/2013
Name: Jerry Massey
Message: Rangers,

My wife, Kim, teaches at University of North Georgia and is in a PhD program at Georgia State University and conducting research on the experiences of soldiers who were deployed when their child was born. It will take about an hour of your time to answer a few questions. If you or anyone you know would be willing to participate, please call her at 706-429-3766 or email klmassey@ung.edu. Kim Massey, MS, APRN, NP-C Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of North Georgia 706-864-1966

Thanks in advance & Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted: 11/26/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Click on the "Scholarship Fund" link above. All the details are listed there.

Posted: 11/25/2013
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, when will the group be accepting applications for the 2014 Scholarship fund? I have a graduating SR who just got accepted into UGA. Go Dawgs.

Posted: 11/20/2013
Name: Jenelle Cash
Message: Amie-- If at all possible, I would like to get 2 Turkey's please. I will be at the PX Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. If this is possible, please let me know or have Doug to pass the word. Thanks!

Posted: 11/16/2013
Name: doug perry
Message: Thanks Amie and Walter Koch..RLTW...

Posted: 11/12/2013
Name: amie close
Message: My brother Walter's Co. will be donating all the turkeys for the Ranger Camp for those in need .

Posted: 11/12/2013
Name: amie close
Message: do I need to contact my brother for the turkeys ?

Posted: 11/11/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

I attended Maj Walter (Buzz) Gunn's funeral Thursday in Crossville, TN. It was a beautiful respectful service for a dear friend and a strong Ranger who will be missed by all who knew him.

Please remember his wife, Phyllis, & his family in your prayers.

Fond remembrances for us all on this special Veteran's Day. RLTW


Posted: 11/11/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: A heartfelt wish for a "Happy Veterans Day" to all. I recall a song, a while back, that had the lyrics;"It wasn't always easy, it wasn't always fair, but we were there!" I am always proud to have been there with you! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 11/10/2013
Name: chuck windham
Message: Cool night at the Overhang last Thursday. Only 5 of us reported as instructed. President Hawk said no meeting, therefore, no report. I had informed that we would not have a secretary since Mark had flown the coop for some destination known only to him. Chris came later from sanding on his 47 Ford(?) and reported that we needed 14 to 15 Turkeys for the troops for Thanksgiving. Steve said no problem, he would strong arm Wall Mart. No reports yet for needy families. J. D. was present, and we all affirmed our appreciation of such a job well done! A R.I. came from the frist time to the meeting from down Cherokee County way. I don't recall his name so Steve will have to fill you in as they went over several items at the club . Next month.........

Posted: 11/7/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...i will not be able to attend tonight's meeting but i will be able to relay the minutes if someone will record the meeting on an iphone or some other high speed contraption that will email me the recording...

...financial details are limited to Bob Williams and Steve Hawk...whoever will be at the meeting please do call me after lunch today for necessary details and such...

...RLTW...10-75...

...Lt Fuzz, Sec/Treas


Posted: 11/5/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Funeral arrangements for Major Walter Gunn: Walter Anderson “Buzz” Gunn, Jr., 76, of Crossville, TN passed away on November 4, 2013 at Life Care Center of Sparta. Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Church of the Nazarene, Crossville, TN. Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 pm. May God bless his family and friends.

Posted: 11/5/2013
Name: bill miller(SGM)
Message: I knew larry well and he was a big help to my family when I was in the hospital with a broken neck. He was there to help and lend great moral support. We will surely miss another great friend and RANGER.

Posted: 11/5/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

Last night I was notified by Bill Miller (BDQ) that Major Walter Gunn passed away yesterday at 1:10 pm after an extended illness. Ranger Gunn was a former instructor in the Benning phase.

I served with him in Vietnam and he was the Senior Advisor of the 37th ARVN Ranger Bn. We really grew close while serving at Khe Sanh fire base during the Tet Offensive when the 37th Rangers were sent to assist the Marines. His leadership and professionalism helped get us out of Khe Sanh alive.

Major Gunn was a gentle and kind man who put his troops before himself. He was well known and liked by all who knew him - especially me.

Arrangements are being made today by his wife, Phyllis, in Crossville, TN; additional information will follow.


Posted: 11/3/2013
Name: Monreal
Message: I drove to Dahlonega, Ga from El Paso, Tx to attend this ceremony. I was touched and humbled by all that attended the ceremony. Kirby and Cummingham did an awesome job! Thank you for the invite and hope to come back soon. Ranger Monreal

Posted: 11/3/2013
Name: Monreal
Message: I knew Beauchamp in 76-79 at the Mtn Ranger Camp. Roberta ran the kitchen at the Camp. He was an awesome person full of life. He loved the lower area. I remember him when I was in Ranger School in Nov.1975. He loved Mt. Yonah and treated everyone with respect. I was hoping to see him on this past ceremony we had on Oct. 28. I will miss him, but know we will are regroup later! Larry will be missed. Ranger Monreal RI-1976-1979 Patrolling.

Posted: 11/3/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Just got the word from Doug Perry regarding the passing of Ranger Larry E Beauchamp, who served with many of us as a Ranger instructor. Doug asked me to share any additional information regarding his passing. Larry was 76 years old & had numerous medals from Vietnam including 3 Purple Hearts. His funeral will be at Vaughn's Funeral Home, Weston, MO on Wed, Nov 6 at 2:00pm. Ranger Beauchamp was a hard worker and never complained about anything. He loved being a Ranger & was well liked by all of his fellow comrades. Rest in Peace, Brother. We all will miss you.

Posted: 11/2/2013
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: Rangers, I am sad to report that Ranger Larry Beauchamp passed away yesterday at his home in MO. I will post information about the funeral when it becomes available.

Posted: 11/1/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

....yesterday Kevin Connelly was injured on Yonah and taken to the hospital...He is out of surgery now, all that Joe Mattison got out of the Staff Duty...

...may Kevin be given a swift and sure recovery...


Posted: 10/31/2013
Name: don hughes
Message: Anybody take photos to post for the rest of us that couldn't attend?

Posted: 10/29/2013
Name: John Tompkins
Message: Mark Keith, was in ur AO awhile back. Had a taste of West Virginia 4 u. Couldn't catch up with ya.

Posted: 10/29/2013
Name: bill miller
Message: Oct. 28 2013 was my first visit to Camp Merrill in over 10 years. It was a great day to rekindle friendships and shake some hands with a lot of Rangers I served with. I quickly realized how much I missed the Camp and my fellow Rangers. J.D. Kirby and Brian Cunningham did a fine job and made me proud to be a Ranger.

Posted: 10/28/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: The memorial dedication ceremony was well carried out by the work of many people in our association. The three point men were LTC Brian Cunningham, LTC J D Kirby, and LTC Keith Antonia. These three Rangers worked hard & had to negotiate a lot of obstacles to get everything approved for this very special event. They deserve a big salute from all of us. Job well done. In addition, I once worked for Captain J D Kirby & I've learned a lot from this officer. I'm very proud to be a member of this association.

Posted: 10/28/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: I second that, Steve! I have known JD Kirby since he was camp commander and I used to drive him around. He is a first-class individual.

Posted: 10/28/2013
Name: Steve Caldwell
Message: Would like to thank JD Kirby and Brian Cunningham for the fabulous dedication today. This event was well attended and well supported. Please allow me to buy you both a man mug at the next meeting. Here, here!!!

Posted: 10/27/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

Weather for Dedication Monday

...20% chance of rain...

...Ted, no meeting is scheduled for tomorrow...just an idea to make the most of the day since more can be there Monday than will be there the first Thursday of November...

...and since we will be there anyway, why not blueberry pancakes...

...I am not paid to think...

...Lt Fuzz...


Posted: 10/27/2013
Name: ted tilson
Message: i'm confused, when exactly are we having our monthly meeting? also where? rltw teddy bear

Posted: 10/27/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Are we being "spammed" or it this one of our practical jokers playing at being a "Nigerian con man?"

Posted: 10/26/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA October 2013 Meeting

...nearing the Ranger Memorial Dedication at Camp Merrill this Monday, I use the minutes as a reminder and advertisement for upcoming events...there may be more than 100 present, and there may be needs for more members to facilitate the visitors...please be sober... somewhat coherent...

...out on the back porch of The OverHang, a fine evening coming upon Mosby and the Etowah, Al Parten, VP, had spent quite some time getting the event organized, preparing his delicious beer brats while Mike Keohane brought some delicious low country boil...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, has managed to have been on speaking terms again with his wife and a fine, mouth watering pan of banana pudding was added while Chuck Windham's award winning baked beans made our quaint and humble fare surpass the feasts of kings and world leaders...(those other than the ones present already)...

...Steve Hawk, President, asks Willard to begin us with a prayer which is delivered in that sincere fashion we appreciate so much in him...

...next Steve asks for the bumbling Secretary or Treasurer report...given quickly by Lt Fuzz so as to properly drop back out of sight taking notes...freakin' butterbar bozos like Bob Bischoff, past manager of the club...we have money but not as much as we did last month...the exact penny was given at the meeting but opsec requires that I am not to be precise in the minutes...thank you Bob Williams, Editor at Large...

...I didn't write down Julio's number for the merc suicide the other day when Al alerted me to the abuse of our website and since he, the generous man, guaranteed all that stuff I thought maybe some of us might not want to raise some funds for the association...likely our webmaster has ideas for wrestling funds...

...J.D.Kirby next provides an excellent detailed scenario of our upcoming Memorial Dedication...our uniform is navy blazer, white open shirt, no tie and khaki pants...those speaking such as J.D. and Brian Cunningham and Keith Antonio, members of our Historical Committee, will be restrained in tight necks...

...parking up Black Farms Road and in the Church across from the gate...set up on 27 Oct with Steve Hawk offering the assistance of LCHS Jr ROTC cadets as needed...Chuck Windham monitoring the MRA table with Lt Fuzz on an idiot chord so coins, pins, and donations might happen...

...could be big...Old CCO T shirts maybe?...do we want to make this look like an Ellijay yard sale or will we honor the moment as sacred for all those present and those unable to attend?...(how much you think those bright yellow ones could go for?...15 at least)...

...anyway, there was a notice made earlier on the message board about the event, at 11:00 this Monday Morning...please attend if you're able to in person but if not, we will know you're present in spirit too...

...April 20 is the Porter Village Easter Egg Hunt this next year, as Chris Fuller, Club Manager provided that info...we will do better than last year folks...Chris, Steve, Mike (Mountain) and Fuzz...did it... not cool...

...Steve asked Chris about the needs for the turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas... Chris remembered Amie Close and Roy's personal generosity in providing so many last year, more than 25 I think along with another 8 by local merchants such as our good friend, Wal Mart...the thought is that twenty are probably needed this year...

...Steve asks Bob Williams, POC for Manuel's 5 million bullion, if he has anything to add and thankfully Bob adds a thread of intelligence to a rather basic expression of communal counsel...

...Bob was with Cecil Sager when Cecil briefed J.D. Kirby, then Camp CO, about a contingency plan for adverse conditions by answering his question, "Sgt Sager, what is your contingency plan for inclement weather?"...Cecil answered, "Sir, we are going to react."...twice!... same question same answer...

..."Come back when you have a plan Sgt Sager."...ah, you love these moments all your life...Doug Perry added that he was the Tac NCO and BillyHardbody Olds his Tac Officer...good to have Doug back and healthy again...

...Bob then went on to explain about how and why we have had difficulty with submissions for the Ranger Hall of Fame, particularly because our membership requirements don't require a DD-214...(if we back you, that will be required in the future, although it's good to check for sure that you are given all due recognition for schools, service and awards)...

...Bob includes accurate information via Bob Bischoff and Art McCann to Bob Dawes and Gen Kiernan that we, being 90% of WAR, can certainly make our own nominations for the Ranger Hall of Fame...Doug Perry added that since a few RHOF members are also our members we could directly forward names for selection without going thru any filters by others (mentioned but not reported)...Bob agrees that is what we, as an organization, want to do; be on the list for direct submissions of nominations...

...Bob Dawes was mentioned by a few members as coming to the dedication and we might be able to talk with him about these matters concerning our own direction with the Ranger Hall of Fame...

...Bob Suchke gave a coin report and a plug for the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival going on now, this weekend...Doug Perry says Esther is charging $4 more in the PX so Bob endorses City Liquor in downtown Dawsonville, along with over 300 locations statewide where one might purchase such a concoction...Chuck Windham had a bottle signed that very night that was auctioned for $70 at a recent event for old sergeants...

...adjournment made, food eaten, those not in attendance were talked about...all real Rangers present...

...addendum please...why not have breakfast this Monday at 8am in the Mess Hall and have meeting for November right after?...bring your fancy stuff to change into so you can get coffee, egg yolk and gravy on your overalls ahead of time...and then we get to park near too...Al says me and him are all that's needed since Doug Perry said a meeting needs three officers so if we're there, and of course Steve too...Tedro is coming up with Bishop...heck, we only need banana pudding for dessert!...

...just a thought...Steve can't vote...

...Bullet Bob is busy today with being useful so if any needs contact information for Bob Suchke, he is not wanting his cell phone published...

...respectfully submitted...

...Lt Fuzz, aide de camp...RLTW...


Posted: 10/25/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan : An early meeting after the dedication is a fine idea. I would like to attend the meeting before I take that long drive back to Tennessee through Cooper Gap. Therefore, I formally second your motion. ;>)

Posted: 10/23/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Dedication Monday weather is 66 for the high, 0% chance of rain...October 28...

...I propose we go ahead with our USMRA November meeting since more members will be there this coming Monday...maybe some early enough for blueberry pancakes...great place for a meeting, in my opinion...

...any second on that motion?...discussion...vote...

...after making contact with Chuck Windham, the MRA table will be secured...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 10/23/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Regret that I won't be able to attend the dedication. As with lots of you other guys, I have fond memories of my tour of duty at MRC, 2nd Ranger Co. As most know, started out in Patrolling committee 'til a "windy" airborne op.Got put out of an L-20 as the RED SMOKE popped on the DZ!!! Davenport was the Jump Master and McMahon was the DZSO! Ended up in Operations. Still walked the hills at least once or twice a cycle, as well as my boss Major Wandke, and partner in crime, Cpt. Mike Jaussaud. We rotated so that the 3 shop was always covered.Those were the days of Cols. Shali & Yon. Great memories. I look forward to the annual CCO and Open House(am working hard to keep the ol' pickumup on the road on the way up there!)Take care, best to all. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/22/2013
Name: Chuck Windham
Message: Mark, I don't have your phone number. I was going to call J. D. re: manning the Ranger Table at the dedication. I wanted to make sure it was set up, with materials, and what time he wanted me there. You can contact me at chuckwind@bellsouth.net with your phone #. RLTW Chuck

Posted: 10/22/2013
Name: Perry Doerr
Message: My regrets, I will not be able to attend the dedication of the monument this coming Monday. Be with you all there in spirit though. My days as a 2nd Rgr Co MRD and B/5th RTB RI were some of the most memorable and fulfilling of my career. RLTW

Posted: 10/21/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Seven days til the dedication of the Camp Merrill Ranger Monument...

...outboard personnel stand up...

...Chuck Windham, please call...

...who has the MRA pocket protectors that Dan used to give to incoming celebrities?...

...Oct 28...11 am...

...Lt Fuzz, PAO


Posted: 10/21/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Found an unopened box in my storage area - it contained a gift from my niece & nephew. When they were little, I would take them on overnight hikes in the Catskills and regale them with stories about the Smokies. So, knowing that I had given away all of my camping gear after hitting the big 50, they decided to give me a present - a brand new sleeping bag & a pad. Nice thought but, at 75, I have a bit of trouble in getting up off the ground - I need a bed. So, I was thinking of donating the gear to the Boy Scout Troop. If they will acccept it, I will have it in my Jeep on the 28th.

Posted: 10/19/2013
Name: bill miller
Message: Al parten, my question is would i be able to pick up my planning bay sign while at the menorial dedication?

Posted: 10/14/2013
Name: Steve Powell
Message: Al, thanks so much for your assistance. I sent you an e-mail that explained Steve Bentley's idea. Looking forward to talking with you.

Posted: 10/14/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: I did have conversations, with Mark Elliot, and Steve Powell last night. Steve Hawk, I have forwarded the msg to you, hope you got it. I'll do what I can to help.

Posted: 10/12/2013
Name: Steve Bentley
Message: Howdy! I've got some friends from a LRS unit I was in before I came to the MRC the first time that are doing a section hike on the AT next year starting at Springer Mountain as a reunion activity. Several of the folks in that unit were Mountain RIs (Bauldry, Rhodes, me - and I'm sure I'm missing some) and even more were RIs in other phases. Anyway - we were thinking that doing the hike around the same time as the Critter Cookout/Open House could open up some other opportunities for folks that might not want to make the hike. Is there going to be a CC next year? Cheers!

Posted: 10/6/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I have mentioned "Ranger" Rachel, the little girl, my sister's friend, who has Down's syndrome & back & leg problems since birth. Watching her struggle through her daily exercise routine made me call her "Ranger." There is no "give up" in her. My sister sent me a picture of Rachel in a science exhibit pulling her-self up with a rope and pulley. The rope was a "climbing rope" and she was wearing "climbing gloves." I took the liberty of telling her that she is in "basic mountaining." If I can get her parents to leave California, maybe we can borrow the sixty foot cliff and have her pass the basic course.

Posted: 10/4/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...last night's Eating Meeting was one of the finest gatherings I can remember since I went to my first one...

...not only is Willard Langdon's Banana Pudding the best I know of and Chuck Windham's Baked Beans worthy of it's own food group but this year Mike Keohane again came thru with his beyond delicious recipe of a low country, Cajun blend of rice, shrimp, sausages, celery and other delicious tastes...he has a name for it...

...VP Allen Parten was kind enough to cook all the brats and burgers, again showing his complete dedication by cleaning up afterwards all by himself...again...

...it was so good; we didn't miss you if you weren't there...more for the rest of us...

...mouth watering good memories...

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 10/3/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Banana Pudding en route from Gainesville.

Posted: 9/30/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Went to my seafood store and ordered 4.5 pounds of medium size shrimp for Wednesday. Then to the local market for 42 ounces of Smithfield Spicy Andouille Sausage. Some onions. green peppers, celery. rice and my secret spices completed my shopping. The shrimp will be ready for pick-up on Wednesday and I will make the shrimp stock that afternoon. I will put the whole thing together Thursday afternoon at the Overhang. Come early and you might learn my secrets.

Posted: 9/28/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Wish you were able to attend - I had you in mind when I decided to make the shrimp gumbo. Al Parten : As a good op-planner, I have revised my recipe timetable so that the gumbo wil be "eatin ready" at precisely 1700 hours. Looking forward to your "brats." I guess I will have to wait until next Mayto taste your beans. RLTW Mike K.

Posted: 9/28/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Got a question for you "Ol' Timers." Does anyone recall/remember a couple of Ranger Instructors, from either; Benning, MRC, or FRC, (Ron Christopher & James Burton.) Not sure if and when they were Instructors. Maybe served in the early/mid sixties. Thanks and don't overeat at the cookout. Say "Hi" to the guys for me. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 9/27/2013
Name: ~C
Message: Cool - I'll try to make it. :-)

Posted: 9/26/2013
Name: Al
Message: Thurs Oct 3rd. Meeting at 1900, we'll be cooking a few hours before. We are asking that all that come bring something to eat. Last year around 20 folks attended.

Posted: 9/26/2013
Name: ~C
Message: nomnomnom.....shrimp gumbo! When's the meeting? :-)

Posted: 9/25/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Al Parten : I will be cooking some shrimp gumbo with rice to supplement the brats. Come early and watch me cook. I expect to start cookin a bit after one to have everything ready before five.

Posted: 9/24/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: With the USMRA Eatin' Meetin' coming someone " Lt Fuzz " is gonna have to go and get the supplies for the Beer Brats. That someone has the checkbook, " Lt. Fuzz " last yr I did 60 Brat's, that is 10 pack of Johnsonville Brats, and correct amount of buns, and a 5lb bag of onions. Don't forget the Dijon mustard and other fixins. Beer was donated by the Overhang, also will need 2 or 3 aluminum pans, large, to soak them in.Any questions, e-mail me. Thanks, your grill master.

Posted: 9/19/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Thanks, Bob Murphy. I did a map quest recon on the location but a web site showed open all week from 10 AM to 5 PM. I will be sure to drop by on a Saturday.

Posted: 9/18/2013
Name: Bob Murphy
Message: Mountain Ranger Surplus is a small surplus store, more like a museum. I have owners card somewhere. Nice guy. bought a bunch of blank ammo at a very good price from him. the store is now open only on Saturdays. it is north out of blue ridge.

Posted: 9/16/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: OOPs - Overhang is the name of the RMC hangout. I got confused because the name of my new apartment complex is Overlook. :>(

Posted: 9/15/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Made a recon of the trip from my new home in Sevierville, Tn, to the RMC. Stopped off at the Overlook. I was looking for Mark Jordan - we had exchanged Emails and we were supposed to meet for lunch. I called his number twice but got his answering machine. I hope that he is okay. On the way back on 68N, I saw a sign just North of Elijay that read Mountain Ranger Surplus. Anyone know about the store and its owner? RLTW Mike K.

Posted: 9/12/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: We are prepared to dedicate the monument commemorating mountain Ranger training at Camp Merrill. The ceremony is set for Monday, 28 October, at 1100, in front of the Headquarters at Camp Merrill. The Honorary Colonel of the Ranger Training Brigade, Keith Antonia, will speak and the monument will be unveiled. A reception will follow.

We ask, and encourage, as many of you as possible to attend the event. It would be great if you wore the MRA uniform. If you don't have it, or you don't even know what it is, don't let that deter you. We still want you there. Your contributions made the event possible. It's you ceremony. Please support it.

If you need/want more information, please contact J.D. Kirby at ssgolfassn@aol.com or Brian Cunningham at co.2nd.rgr.co@gmail.com .


Posted: 9/11/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

USMRA Sep '13 Mtng

...gathered around the back porch of the OverHang, 15 loyal members of the Association met in harmonious joy...some returning, some from over the mountain and some on this side of the TVD...Steve Hawk, President, asked Willard Langdon, Chaplain, to begin this meeting with prayer...Willard delivered a fine one again, reminding all of us present how sincere he is as Chaplain...

...Treasurer's Report and Secretary's Minutes were given, accepted and approved...

...Old Business...Steve reported, after talking with the ScoutMaster that the USMRA will continue sponsoring troop 36...

...New Business... ...October is our Annual Eating Meeting...this year on 3 Oct...promises of extremely fine baked beans from Chuck Windham and mouth watering banana pudding from Willard Langdon are enough to make sure you can be there!...other stuff too but seriously, these two foods are unforgettably good!...

...turning to our Ranger Memorial Team, JD Kirby updated us on the Memorial... recognizing Brian Cunningham amd Keith Antonio as main contributors to that team...

...Monday, 28 Oct at 1100 is the time of dedicating this last of three monuments our Historical Committee has established...(more previously noted on Message Board)...

...JD Kirby brought up an interesting and overlooked concern...he still thinks the MRA is cheated on Ranger Hall of Fame nominees..."WAR nominees have to be in by Sep 15...we're largest group in WAR...we should apply to nominate 3 each year...and we have not...Brian and Keith says we should be able to...some say do it before Sep 15...

...with that discussion winding down, the meeting was adjourned on a cool September night on the OverHang's back porch...

...respectfully submitted...

...Lt Fuzz

...Sec/Treas


Posted: 9/6/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Ranger Memorial Dedication Ceremony...

...please make sure you and all your Ranger Buddys attend this one of a kind ceremony...

...The day to target is Monday, 28 Oct at 1100 hours around Headquarters Building and flag pole parking lot...

...Dedication speakers will be Brian Cunningham, former Company Commander of 2nd Ranger Company as Master of Ceremonies...

...Keith Antonio, Ranger Hall of Fame and Honorary Colonel of the Ranger Training Brigade, and mastermind genius in the donation drive that amounted to well more than enough for this site...

...JD Kirby, former Camp Commander and driving force behind this last of three Ranger Memorials, successfully ending the three site project with money to spare...

...Keith says food/drinks for 100...

...we expect up to 4,385... governors, generals, mayors, dignitaries, moonshiners, Rangers...everybody you know...

...and to make it an event, camping up at Hickory Flats Cemetery for all adventurous enough to verify the nocturnal events up there...

...JD says each donor will receive a commemorative pin and dress is business casual...

...there is a need probably for bumpers to surround the monument so donations are still very much appreciated from anyone still able to be generous with a donation...

...call Chris Fuller at the OverHang for accommodations... (706) 864-3367 ext 5130 or 5131...

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 9/2/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan, Jim Regan and anyone interested : I had said that I would be attending the September meeting as I have moved to Sevierville, TN. Unfortunately, my beloved Jeep is in a NJ Jeep service center having a new clutch installed. I must drive my rental to NJ on Thursday to pick up my Jeep Friday morning. So, I will see you all at the October meeting. RLTW Mike K.

Posted: 8/30/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Thursday, September 5

Posted: 8/30/2013
Name: Terry Baumann
Message: When is the next association meeting, I finally retired and would like to attend, thanks.

Posted: 8/26/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...just a small word of unsolicited appreciation for Gary Head...

...he spent an hour and a half alone a week ago cleaning Mt Zion Cemetery #2...

...last year his wife Debbie, helped him but this year it was all Gary...

...Gary's selfless endeavors reflect great credit upon Gary, the USMRA and CFM...

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 8/15/2013
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: For: Chuck Windham I believe that you are correct about the 1 hour time limit for that run. With Rifle, LBE and full rucksack (sand filled ammo can plus water rations etc), I remember that it was NO cake walk. That was back in the days when everyone wore boots to run in too. We had a bunch of ROK's in our class and if the ROK Officer didn't like the way his men ran, he would line them up and then knock them down to the ground with his fist. They would hop right back up, say something in Korean and act like nothing happened. The ROK's didn't put up with any $hit!

Posted: 8/13/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Fifty-two years ago, the Berlin Wall went up. Three Ranger Instructors (Sgt Fish & myself from the RMC and SFC Sandlin from Elgin) were assigned to the Sixth Infantry and there was, at least, not counting officers, one or two tabbed Rangers in each line company. I don't know about the other's plans but I had my eye on the marshalling yards in East Berlin as a good target of opportunity if the balloon went up. I was tasked to take two officers from Seventh Army on an intelligence patrol in East Berlin. One look at the brand new "flying saucers" and low quarters, and I "made" them as SF types from Bad Tolz. I got a bit pissed at the attention they were paying to "my" railroad marshalling yard so I dropped a few names from Bad Tolz and said I had "dibs" on the trains. They took it in the spirit I intended and the rest of the tour was highly technical.

Posted: 8/11/2013
Name: Chuck Windham
Message: To Bob Suchke: Do you recall what the time was required to complete the 7 mile run to graduate from Recondo School? I know we had to carry our weapon, in boots, and have a 60lb sandbag in our ruck. As I recall, the run had to be completed in one hour? Thanks, Chuck

Posted: 8/5/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: To whom it may concern : I will be setting up my new "hide" in Sevierville, TN, on the 22d of August. expect me at the September meeting.

Posted: 8/5/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Ranger Mark, another fine report. Thanks for the effort. Ya'll take care and stay cool. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/4/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA August 2013 Meeting

...With 12 members present, Steve Hawk asks Bob Williams to open with a prayer...Bob delivers an excellent one and we hope Willard Langdon is enjoying his time away for the summer and will be back soon...

...Steve Hawk begins with a request to help a midget football 8 under team for $200 in getting jerseys...the lady at the PX initiated the request... Passed...

...the charter for our sponsored Boy Scouts came up about the gay discussion ; we have sponsored these boys since day 1...close to 20 years ago when Bob Suchke began the group.. David O'rear continued...

...Charles DeJarnette speaks about the Bible saying we should just love them...Bob Williams adds from his experience in teaching and coaching that this opportunity for us to sponsor them "affects kids who can be successful; won't hurt us a bit"...

...Ed Gross objected and gave a very good argument for leadership standards being ignored in the Boy Scouts in favor of monetary support from major sponsors...excellent consideration...

...Steve and Bob both talk about seeing many in schools who have needs for free lunches and clothes...

...Sunny Bragg asked what we're voting on after making a 'point of order'.

...I made motion to continue the sponsorship, seconded and passed with 3 dissenting, Ed, Sunny and Chris Fuller.

...Steve then asks for funds for a frozen drink and cotton candy machine...slushies and cotton candy...for ROTC cadets...can be used both here and there...$2,000.00...

...Sunny asks "who owns it"..Steve says "whoever buys it"...Ed Gross objects that it's not for Rangers and their families... Steve can't make motion; he's just the messenger...think about it for a bit...tabled til later...

...Al Parten asks to nominate Jeff Eversole for Fallen Ranger per request by Cookie Brinkley, a long time friend of the Rangers...Bob says he has 5 requests already and who gets the required information into Bob first will be the ones selected for 2014...

...the back of the OverHang on a cool summer evening was enjoyed by all of u, and s as there was no dissenting vote to adjourn, Bullet Bob Suchke being OTF...we sat and enjoyed the camaraderie of being together again...

...respectfully submitted...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, Secretary/Treasurer


Posted: 8/1/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: I will be unable to attend tonight's meeting as I am out of town. Sorry.

Posted: 7/29/2013
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: For those of you into golf, there is a Ranger Golf Tournament in Savannah in August. Details are on this site: https://www.facebook.com/events/125452544301995/

Posted: 7/29/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: I'll do the nomination. ;)

Posted: 7/29/2013
Name: ~C
Message: Al P - at the meeting, please remember Ranger Jeff Eversole as nominee for 2014 Fallen Ranger Memorial. Thanks! PS - was great seeing you again! RLTW

Posted: 7/29/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: Ranger's, don't forget the Monthly meeting this Thursday 1 Aug. @ 1900 at the Overhang. RLTW

Posted: 7/22/2013
Name: bill miller
Message: jim owens.. I own and operate a Private Detective Agency in Dawsonville, Ga. After 14 + years as a Cop//Detective it was a natural progression and the money is good!

Posted: 7/22/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Jim, congratulations on your REAL retirement! Just a tip, the community that you reside in probably has a need for "Volunteers." Since my FINAL retirement, I have become a Volunteer; Drove a van for DAV, taking Folks in to VA for appointments, Reviewed cases of Children in Foster Care and took over as "Chair Person," drove bus/van for church, still drive church van bringing homeless guys in to church during the winter for food and shelter at night. I reckon that I feel that if I LIVE in a community, I must contribute to that community, just as I did in the Military. Good luck in your retirement, don't sit on your la, la. Stay active, vertical, and above the grass. Finally, thanks for your service, and thanks for the support that you must have gotten from your family. God bless you. Jim RLTW/L&P (Rangers Lead the Way/Love & Prayers)

Posted: 7/20/2013
Name: Jim Owens
Message: Bill, WOW, that is AWESOME... What kind of business did you open and how long have you been in the trade? Many of my men at the station are betting I will not be able to stay retired because I'm so active at work.

Posted: 7/20/2013
Name: bill miller
Message: Dont worry Jim be like me retire 2 times then open your own business!

Posted: 7/20/2013
Name: Jim Owens
Message: Well “That’s It’, I’m pulling the Plug - - After 21yrs of U.S. ARMY service and 16yrs U.S. NAVY service, I’m passing the baton to someone else…. I have yet again turned in my retirement request for my last and final retirement, to be on 01OCT2013. This time I am really going to retire….. The LBE has been hung up for good, now it’s going to be a conversation piece, near the fire place, for people to look at and say “what’s that”…. Jim Owens “Lower Mountaineering” 1978—1981 one of MSG CHESHIRES wayward “BOYS”….

Posted: 7/19/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Moonshine distillery and racing hall of fame in the same building as city hall... that sounds like one of these new reality shows.

Posted: 7/19/2013
Name: Bullet Bob
Message: The Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery and The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame are hosting the 1st Annual Moonshiners Reunion on Saturday 20 July 2013 (Moon Day) starting at 1200 noon until 1700 (or 5pm for those who have forgotten). We are giving free tours and free samples of Georgia Corn Whiskey at the Distillery if any of you guys and gals wish to come by. Y’all may not qualify as real moonshiners, but I’m sure most of you visited the “FBL” at one time or another; so you are most likely bootleggers. Close enough. The Distillery is located on Highway 53 in Dawsonville, next to Food Lion and in the same building as the Ga. Racing Hall of Fame and The Dawsonville City Hall. I hope to see some of you there.

Posted: 7/11/2013
Name: Tom Wilburn
Message:

I have not posted any good news in a long time but wanted to pass along to Mounatin Rangers that fomer Company Commader from 5th RTBn, Chris Cavoli, will be promoted to BG and become the ADCO for the 82nd ABN Division. He is a great Ranger leader that truly understands the concept of selfless service to his nation. Congratulations to him and all those who have been a part of his journey to the top.


Posted: 7/10/2013
Name: Steve Woodring
Message: Going to be up in the hills next week on vacation YAY. Whats the standard hour of operation for the overhang.Always have a hit and mise when Im in the area and its a few clics from Blairsville on my bike and sometimes find it closed and I am only sure about the 19th at 1700 hrs. huh Joe. Hoping to see some of you there. Bye the way what year was that class picture from I have mine from 75 thats not posted and its about that time of year. RLTW Steve

Posted: 7/8/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: Joe, I may be able to come anyway. My fishing/camping trip is a maybe as of today.

Posted: 7/8/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Joe Mattison : I will be there! RLTW

Posted: 7/7/2013
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: Id like to send out a special invite to all USMRA Members to join me at the "Over Hang" on Camp Merrill. I'll be there NLT 1700 hrs (5 PM), on Friday, 19 July. I'd like to share a "cold one" with all who can, and would like to attend. It'll be good to be back "home" again, at Camp Merrill. Hope you can make it, all of you!

Posted: 7/7/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...if someone can find out how to get this Ranger Mom her son's Class Picture, please let me know...below is the message I got...

hello - I don't know if you can help me or not, but thought I would at least give a try...

my son graduated from Ranger school in October 10...one of the two classes from that year with no 'class photo' available online. Like a lot of moms, I expect, I have a wall that is dedicated to all of his graduations & achievements, and cannot believe that after surviving that brutal training there is no photo to commemorate it! I have tried to contact the 75th's media office at Ft Benning but have not received response.

Kiddo is 23 years old and just returned from his 4th deployment...I continue to be amazed at his strength...

any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

thank you, Donna S


Posted: 7/5/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: I am back online after 3 months.

Posted: 7/5/2013
Name: 'Bullet Bob' Suchke
Message: Dawsonville Moonshine™ Georgia Corn Whiskey is now available at the Camp Frank D. Merrill PX. Our thanks go out to Ester, The PX manager, for all the hard work and numerous phone calls to make this happen. You can now buy and enjoy the absolute finest corn whiskey made by human hands by getting a bottle at the PX. Dawsonville Moonshine is hand made using only Georgia Corn and No sugar. It's 86 proof and so smooth because it is made using the finest ingredients and a 150-year-old recipe that has been brought back to life. We won a silver medal at the Beverage Tasting Institute back in March. Drink it like brandy and enjoy responsibly.

Thanks for your support! "Bullet Bob"


Posted: 7/4/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan, Jim Regan and everyone. Happy Fourth of July to all. I will be celebrating with my Italian sister-in-law and my twin nieces. Traditional Fourth of July with hamburgers & frankfuters on the grill and beer & soda in buckets of ice. This year, I am alllowed to bring two dishes. My Cajin style Shrimp Gumbo and a tomato/mozzerella salad. I will be inspecting an apartment in Tennessee next week and hope to move in before Labor Day. If I make it, check your sixes come th next meeting.

Posted: 6/28/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Chuck. You're right, greet time together. Thanks for "Blessin' the chow!" Had to leave O'dark thirty for San Antone. Kids and Grandkids. Got to visit w/ a whole passel of folks while in TX, from Irving, to Temple, to Killeen, Neu Braunfels, and San Antone. 2500 miles round trip. That stuff is gettin' old for this Ranger. Aint used to driving all that time. Take care, see ya next May at MRC. Aint planning on going to Chicago. Jim RLTW/L&P :)

Posted: 6/26/2013
Name: Chuck Windham
Message: Thanks for the info Bullet. I'll pick up a bottle and hope that Steve can get it engraved. What's up Jim? I had a good time in Texas, but we missed you at the Breakfast. I had to act as stand in for you and bless the food. Good minutes as usual Lt. Fuzz! See all in August.

Posted: 6/26/2013
Name: 'Bullet Bob' Suchke
Message: Chuck: re moonshine I can buy it for you at Dawsonville City Liquor or you can pick it up yourself at almost any liquor store in Jaw Ja these days. Steve Hawk was working on the engraving part, so you'll need to contact him about that. I'll be glad to help out any way I can, but we can't sell or give away the stuff. You know the federalies with NSA are hovering over the distillery and reporting back to the big "O" on everything we do.

Posted: 6/26/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Chuck/"Slashing Talon 34, good to see ya on the "Net." Be sure to tell the guys at MRC/USMRA, about your pitch to the Association in Texas. Ya done good! Jim, "Slashing Talon 5, 15, & 3. RLTW/L&P

Posted: 6/25/2013
Name: Chuck Windham
Message: To Bob Suchke (Col) I need a 5th of your North Georgia 'Shine with our Ranger engraving to donate for the silent auction to help the NCOC (shake-n-bake) organization raise money. I will pay you at the August meeting. Can we do this? Slashing Talon 34 RLTW

Posted: 6/25/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Good report Mark. Where was Will Langdon? AWOL Chaplain??!!!Hope he's OK. Regardless of what they say, the CCO this year was a success, as far as this Ranger saw it! We did not melt or go hungry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 6/24/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA Jun '13 Mtng

...Steve Hawk, President, begins the meeting by asking Bob Williams, Webmaster, to say the opening prayer...with about 15 members present, Bob delivers a good one...

...Treasurer report has us in the black and tax work has been prepared and submitted...

...general talk about the Critter CookOut until Sunny Bragg asks 'what are we going to do if it happens again?'...Bob Williams redirected the question by reinforcing that the very purpose of the USMRA is to serve and support the Camp Personnel and Families and we did just that...Bob Suchke and Chris Fuller concurring...Bob Williams continued that we are guests of the camp in the first place...

...Sunny continued that "it was too crowded" to which Chris replied that 'if it was too crowded inside, people could always go outside'...the torrential rains thru out the weekend made for one wet CCO...perhaps if Sunny used his prosthetic leg instead of having the bulky wheelchair take up room for three, he could also contribute to a solution...

...prior CCOs were talked about: the one where rain, sleet and snow blew the tent away; the one where Steve crawled under a serving table, inside the tent, to stay dry while Tommy Wilburn was sleeping on a cot full of water with only his nose and mouth above...

...New Business began with Gary Head's need for $50 more to go with the $100 to pay for a tire on his son-in-law's smoker that went flat while coming to Camp...Treasurer asked if he, Gary, wanted to talk about it and he declined...motion was made, seconded, and passed...now needing only a receipt from Gary for the financial recording...

...Steve Bishop was generous enough to buy enough of this year's exclusive, CCO T-shirts that Bob broke even on his costs...

...because of the July meeting conflict date with the holiday, Bob Williams proposed and made a motion to cancel the meeting for July, returning on August 1...quickly seconded and passed...

...Steve Bishop briefly speaks of his daughter, Ashley, having been a recipient of our USMRA Scholarship, is graduating as an LPN...

...LTC O'Brien will change command on 24 Jun and CSM James will leave on 18 Jul, retiring...both ceremonies conducted at Lower Mountaineering...

...LTC Scarpola and CSM Mickey Rutledge are the new Camp Commander and Sergeant Major...

...Steve Hawk asked about verification of the scuttlebutt about one meal a day being taken from soldiers Army-wide...Steve Bishop wondered why anybody had to bring that up and nothing was confirmed on this Army Urban Legend...yet...

...Bob Suchke remembered the Rangers scaling the cliffs of Point du Hoc, during D Day so few years ago...

...a WWII, donated, 5th Ranger Battalion uniform was presented for the Historical Museum and Chris Fuller talked of a display case to properly present and safeguard the item...Bob Williams and Bob Suchke offered their help, even Steve Hawk saying a few less GWTW dolls at his house could free up some display space...

...Bob Williams spoke about the sign quickly missing from the Fallen Ranger Memorial and choices about replacing it...Chris Fuller included more information which seems to be the way that the sign may return...

...Bob Suchke was the only dissenting vote in closing the meeting...next one is August 1...

...respectfully submitted...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz... ...Treasurer/Secretary...


Posted: 6/23/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...per request of Nick Colletta, I am forwarding this heads up...

...there will be a meeting at the WingMan's Clubhouse at 2000 hrs on Monday, this coming Monday at 8pm, to discuss the Tuesday court date for the person who had the collision with Sid Agent, former RI and honoree this year on the Fallen Ranger Memorial...

...the settlement appears to be $200 for Sid's daughter and a protest is being scheduled for the Tuesday court appearance of the defendant...

...for further information contact Nick Colleta, if you have his number or me...or attend Monday's meeting for full details...

...a public service announcement...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 6/20/2013
Name: william bill miller
Message:

Steve Hawk will you pick up my sign and let me know when you have it and I will get it from you as I am limited in mobility due to wife's medical condition


Posted: 6/20/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Bill...after the new signs were put up, I took the old ones to the OverHang where they remain until claimed by the honoree or their appointed representative to pick up for them...

...same goes for Ranger Buddy signs and Fallen Ranger signs...when they are replaced by other honorees the older signs are kept in the Club until they are claimed...hope that helps...

...RLTW...


Posted: 6/17/2013
Name: william (bill) miller
Message:

what happens to the planning bay signs with the ranger honorees names on them?


Posted: 6/6/2013
Name: Webmaster
Message: There will NOT be a USMRA meeting in July. The next meeting will be August 1.

Posted: 6/2/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Tried to call Bill Cain at the VAH. They said that he was no longer there. Don't know whether that is good or bad news.

Posted: 5/29/2013
Name: Johnny Quest
Message: Former instructors of the early 70's former Capt. Bill Cain has been in the Boston VA hospital almost a year and would like to hear from you. He is recovering fine, his number is 774-826-1410. Give him your support, thankyou. RLTW

Posted: 5/25/2013
Name: chuck windham
Message: Going to miss the next meeting of the USMRA. I am in Texas with the annual reunion of the 1st Cav, and also with the annual reunion of the Cav's LRRP/Ranger Co.going on at the same time. If Steve Bishop is there, Tell him that a girl's middle finger is not her Social Finger. See you guys in July. Lt. Fuzz-do some good minutes!

Posted: 5/19/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Congradulations to Joe! I think that Joe once told me that he had served with either the Berlin Brigade or the Second Infantry Regiment. If so, can someone confirm which organization and I will pass the information on to the appropriate parties.

Posted: 5/16/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...a very special note of appreciation for Joe Mattison and Duke Dushane for sending $300 towards the success of this year's Critter CookOut...

...both Rangers were unable to attend but their support was immediately put to good use...we do appreciate your generosity, both Duke and Joe...

...Congratulations are in order for Joe Mattison's selection into this year's additions to the Ranger Hall of Fame...Induction 22 Jun 13 in Bldg 4...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, S1/Finance


Posted: 5/10/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...the next meeting of the USMRA will be June 6 at 1900 hours...

...Planning Bay Signs will already be in place for this year by then...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, S1


Posted: 5/5/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Chuck Windham, Steve Bishop, Bear Shuler, Herbie Baugh, Terry Roderick, Ted Tilson, Roger MacDonald...with brief consultation, extremely limited, by Al Parten, VP of the USMRA, "damngladtomeetcha"... made this year's Critter Cook Out possibly one of the craziest, most memorable events in a long time...

...right now the actual USMRA meeting is postponed so until I know further, be prepared for this next Thursday at 1900...

...Did the Planning Bay Dedication get missed or did I miss that too?...

...respectfully wondering...

...Lt Fuzz, S1


Posted: 5/5/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey gang! Back safe and sound in Lexington, KY. Great to see you folks. Ya'll done good, in spite of the weather. Take care and best to all. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 5/5/2013
Name: bill breen
Message: Steve Woodring....Thank you

Posted: 5/5/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: They are posted at Memorial Road 2013.

Posted: 5/4/2013
Name: Sharon Hall
Message: What time is the Fallen Ranger Memorial? Does Bob have the bios posted yet? Didn't find them.

Posted: 5/3/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: 1600. Rain or shine.

Posted: 5/3/2013
Name: Craig Polzin
Message: What time is the planning bay dedication?

Posted: 5/1/2013
Name: Steve Woodring
Message: Hey Bill ,check out Tony Nunley listed under ranger businesse, Also you might check out zillow.com

Posted: 5/1/2013
Name: Bill Breen
Message: Can anyone suggest a Realator in the Lumpkin county area?

Posted: 4/29/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I expect to arrive at the RMC on Friday o/a 6PM. I will be bringing the following items for the "Fish Fry" & "Critter Cook-out." Four pounds of pork cracklings - 29 light cheddar cheese biscuits - 46 orange cheddar cheese biscuits. I expect that the port cracklings will last for both nights but the cheese biscuits will be "oven-warm" on arrival Friday and should not last. I will be snacking on the two day drive on my oven nroasted potatoes, carrots & parsnips - better than Lifesavers! Available for KP assignments Friday & Saturday. RLTW Mike K.

Posted: 4/27/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: ...USMRA April 2013 Mtng...

...Steve Hawk, President, begins by covering the Easter Egg Hunt at Porter Village on March 10...we really need some more help next year and great thanks to Chris Fuller for being so responsive in getting the grills to work...

...JD Kirby reports that considerable activity has gone on for the approval of the monument here at CFM...two questions asked have both been answered by the Forest Service; approval of the site and permission to go forward and...that we have a lease that must be renewed every few years (the next is 2014), for the Camp to remain here...each is satisfactory for moving ahead, hopefully within LTC O'Brien's tenure as Camp CO, who has been very supportive of these efforts...

...some more talk about the leasing, how long they will be renewing this next one and a new headquarters building planned for being built across the road from the current location...

...Critter CookOut talk begins with Steve, Ted Tilson and Steve Bishop answering questions, making announcements...Chris Fuller fills in Camp details...so far, all is good with Open House cancelled but our day of Fallen Rangers, Scholarships, Planning Bay Signs, CCO and May meeting are as usual...just less 'others'...

...except!...at 1400 the Camp is having Family Day beginning while we're cooking and probably will be hungry at about the time we're ready to eat...1600 is for Fallen Ranger and 1700 is when the Corbitt Brothers are scheduled to play...

...the cups we'll have this year are too ugly to duplicate, embarrassingly ugly, and instead of selling them for $19.99 to every civilian not allowed in, $3.00 to members...we may just give our yeungling away, both kegs that Ed Gross specified, for $3.00...(stay tuned for a dog that will hunt)...Barley Pop is flowing from opening to close, kegs or CCO...

...further discussions of parking passes, guests, gate guards continues for several minutes; much talking, negligible input, no minutes to regard...

...Steve asks what kind of music the Corbitt Brothers play and Chris Fuller says, "Both kinds, Country and Western"...

...Bob Williams has ordered 100 T shirts this year, some already claimed...and again endorsed the business of Steve Goines, of Goines Sign Company, Blairsville, GA, that donated the memorial road signs again this year...

...GP Mediums, cots, porta potties, all were discussed more than enough along with this year being without an Open House...but the Ranger Families will hopefully be out for a great time at CFM...

...Brian Cunningham gave the names of the Scholarship Recipients, Laura Baugh of Texas, daughter of Herbie and Karen Kehoe of Colorado...

...Planning Bay Signs will honor former RIs Andy Anderson, Vic Rosentreter, Charles Plumley, Herbie Baugh, Robert Wahlberg and George Horton III...

Sunny asked about how the scholarships are awarded and Brian explains in some detail plus refers him to the website that explains all about it...currently Keith Antonio, Brian Cunningham and JD Kirby man the committee for selections...

...a letter that was to be read at the meeting was not, as it had not been received by anyone involved in the cemetery prior to the meeting...respecting too the wishes of an original member who called Steve just before the meeting started, asking that the letter be kept silent, nothing was mentioned nor was a recording made of the very short discussion about Shady Grove Cemetery...

...as soon as the name was mentioned a motion was made, seconded and unanimously voted on that the USMRA has nothing to do any longer with this cemetery...no further discussion...30 seconds at most!...

...as details for Family Day come in, a clearer schedule of events about football, basketball, etc will become available...

...respectfully submitted...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, S1


Posted: 4/27/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Thanks much Sir Mark. See ya Friday. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/26/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...PX hours for Friday, 3 May are 0930-1500...

...Saturday hours are 1000-1600...

...Mark


Posted: 4/24/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Good morning all! Got a ?. Is the PX at MRC, (Camp Merrill,) open on the 3rd or 4th of May? What are the hours? Need to take a walk up and down the aisles. I'm sure to find something I "need!" Thanks for any feedback. See ya all on the 3rd of May, CCO. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/19/2013
Name: JM
Message: Ted, As of my last update.....he was in his "Patrol Base" or his house. Sorry for the Confusion Ranger.

Posted: 4/19/2013
Name: ted tilson
Message: okay, but where is doug now!!...home or at ne ga med center? ted

Posted: 4/18/2013
Name: JM
Message: Doug conducted a movement plan from Chestatee Regional Hosp. today. I called him at EENT and he was in his patrol base executing a rest plan. So, when you can, go by there and "scuff him up!" his family lookin after him real well also. The "Doc" told him they may need to "shock" his heart back into "rythm". I said "we could find someone with a "TASER" and get him squared away!!

Posted: 4/17/2013
Name: bob murphy
Message: could anyone visiting Doug pass on my regards and prayers for getting well. hope to see him and all at fish fry et al if my health allows.

Posted: 4/17/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Same for me as for Jim. I hope to see Doug next month - either on "Fish Fry" Friday or "Critter Cookout" Saturday. RLTW

Posted: 4/17/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Anyone visiting Doug, please give him a "gentle" hug from me. Hope to see ya all soon. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/16/2013
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: I just talked to Doug, he is in Chestatee hospital here in Dahlonega. He is recovering from congestive hart failure.Doug as always seems to be in good spirits and has a positive outlook. He may be transferred to Gainesville later today,so if you are planing a visit you might want to call first. RLTW

Posted: 4/16/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Anyone got a sitrep on Ranger Doug Perry's condition and status? RLTW

Posted: 4/15/2013
Name: JM
Message: I am not sure many folks know this but, Ranger Doug Perry is in the hospital. He is Chestatee Reg. 2nd floor. He was resting well today, Terry was there with him at 1500 when i went in. Maybe moving to NE, GA tomorrow 4-16-13.

Posted: 4/4/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: I am under the weather (sinus headache) and will be unable to attend tonight's meeting. Sorry. Willard

Posted: 4/4/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA March 7, 2013 Mtng

...a Ted Tilson collection of minutes...in honor of RM1R32N and Staff...

...after Padre's Prayer we went into minutes and money reports, then onto CCO/Open House...

...Open House got cancelled...30 minutes of unnecessary information...

....Easter Egg Hunt at Porter Village discussion was ended with an appeal for help...(Steve Hawk and Mark Jordan, along with Chris Fuller held on til noon, hiding eggs, cooking until one more, Mountain Mike came and we switched two tanks of propane out by the end of it)...

...a commemorative bottle of Dawsonville Moonshine is being scrutinized by Steve Hawk and Bob Suchke...engraving and all...

...that's it...

...be here tonight for some laughter and fun and surprises!...

...RLTW...

...respectfully submitted by Lt Fuzz, Secretarial Treasurer


Posted: 4/3/2013
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: The winners of the 2013 USMRA Scholarship are:

Miss Laura Baugh

Miss Kari Keogh

Congratulations to our winners on this noteworthy achievement. The award presentation will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Critter Cookout.

Thanks to Rangers Keith Antonia and J.D. Kirby for their assistance in the selection process.

RLTW


Posted: 4/1/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: Al Parten (706) 429-7404 alparten@gmail.com

Posted: 4/1/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Al Parten, VP, needs some immediate help Rangers of the Dahlonega area...his recent troubles have left him skinned alive and for a few weeks he's stayed at my oasis in the Barlow Homes...

...Larry King told me this morning that he needs to be somewhere else by Friday since the rules and regs of HUD control the whole thing...

...He's hurting Rangers...and he cooks and cleans like I'm telling Larry King, "could be a don't ask don't tell thing"...I sleep on the floor in the den like I did in the woods and he's welcome but...

...the woods take a bit of seasoning of the soul and right now Al needs some comfortable normalcy...

...and I'm waiting on the Governor for the minutes of the last meeting...they should be posted before Thursday, don't you think?...

...time to lead Rangers...

...RLTW!...

...Mark Jordan


Posted: 3/31/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike "K", Plan to leave here at O'Dark thirty,3 May, and hope to arrive at Dahlonega by around noon. Will not use the PS thingy this time. See ya all at MRC! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/30/2013
Name: Johnny Quest
Message: Well Ted give us the run down on the fishing trip as to who went and how many fish you guys caught. Too bad we cant put photos on here.RLTW

Posted: 3/29/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : I hope that you plan to make the "Fish Fry" as I must leave Saturday morning to make my medical appointment on Monday. Our accidents have prevented two to many meetings.

Posted: 3/29/2013
Name: Jim Regn
Message: Still looking forward to the;trip, gathering, cookout on Saturday. Reckon "Sequester" got to the Ranger Tng. Bn. Oh well, still remember; walking, in the late '70s, to the rifle range, w/ my Bn., firing three rounds, eating chow and marching back to West Ft. Hood. (Carter Administration!!!)We did what we needed to do!!! The Troops understood, because we told them what the deal was! Always thought that we needed to let the Troops know what was going on! They never let me/us down with their response, doing their job! Where do we find people such as this, in our world? We are a "Blessed Nation!" Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/28/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Drat! Got a call from my doctor. I am scheduled for a 10:00 AM appointment to check my left leg - you know, the one that has metal in it from that accident in Dahlonega. So, I will be making the "Fish Fry" but will be driving back to New York on Saturday. Good news is that this should be the last examination of the leg. See everyone at the "Fish Fry." RLTW

Posted: 3/28/2013
Name: Webmaster
Message: There is no Thursday meeting in May. The May meeting is always conducted at the Critter Cookout.

Posted: 3/28/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim : The meeting will be on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The "Fish Fry" will be on Friday, May 3rd and the "Critter Cookout" on Saturday, May 4th. I may or may not make the meeting but I plan to be at the "Fish Fry" with some freshly made cheese biscuits to go with the trout. I will be making the biscuits at my niece's place in Decatur and rushing them to the Overhang while they are still warm from the oven. I will be doing something for the "Critter Cookout" but have not decided on what. Watch the curves on the road not the curves on the local gals. RLTW

Posted: 3/27/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Okey, Dokey! What's the plan? When, where, who, what, how? Oh gosh, too many questions! This fellow plans to; met and greet, not much "eat," but have been looking forward to this gathering since last year!(Dummy Ranger (me,)took/missed a curve, and dumped the PU/Truck! Missed the whole darn gathering!!! Not much traffic on the net since someone got "chewed out!" Get over it guys, life is short. Please let us know what the "Plan" is, so this fellow can navigate from Lexington, KY., to Dahlonega, GA. Jim RLTW/L&P (Rangers Lead the Way/Love & Prayers)

Posted: 3/27/2013
Name: Webmaster
Message: We have been advised by the 5th RTB Command that the 2013 Open House & Ranger Run have been cancelled.

The USMRA Fish Fry, Fallen Ranger Memorial, and Critter Cookout will go on as planned.


Posted: 3/25/2013
Name: ted tilson
Message: to all,, anyone interested is invited to join me on the toccoa river at deep hole camping ground 25-28 mar 2013. this is a year round trout fishing river so bring your poles if interested. it is going to be chilly so bring your own hawk gear....rltw....ted tilson

Posted: 3/17/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. I wish that you all could come and share my corned beef & cabbage dinner with me & family. A nice tot of Jamison's before dinner and some Guiness with the meal. My nieces(Irish/Italian) are doing the trimings so all I have to do is the corned beef. Jack Regan, my niece's Irish Soda Bread is even better than C-rat pound cake. I plan on bringing a few loaves for the "Critter Cook-out." With some butter & jelly, a nice way to finish eating. RLTW Mike K.

Posted: 3/17/2013
Name: ted tilson
Message: looking for lost ranger bill wingate csm (ret), last seen at the 2012 critter cookout. last known to be in the cleveland ga. a.o, call me asap at 678 936-5448. rltw, ted tilson

Posted: 3/15/2013
Name: Webmaster
Message: Any more messages of this nature will be purged. Use the phone.

Posted: 3/15/2013
Name: amie close
Message: Can not wait to fill Roy in on this nonsense but I know what he will say good I wash my hands of this BS!!!!!

Posted: 3/13/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: Doug and others...

...after sending an email to Doug, Steve Hawk, Al Parten and Bob Williams about this unfortunate parting of the ways, I respectfully answer Doug this last time on a public forum...

...there is no longer any USMRA members on the Shady Grove Committee...Bobbie Butler had taken both Roy and Steve off and I resigned today after receiving that email that I have forwarded to you...so, as I said, anyone interested may contact Ms Butler for more information...

...nothing about Shady Grove was brought up at our last meeting since, as you know, I advised Ms Butler to not come, any information was to be using the committee, and I only agreed to her coming two months ago because you gave her the okay...

...my minutes are in question?...please appreciate my sincerest appreciation for your kind remark...

...since October I have spent up to seven days straight, usually at least four each week...helping my 78 yr old mom take care of my 80 yr old dad, failing fast with Parkinson's as the most noticeable...but as things go south quicker, my back gave out ten days ago...but now we have a hoyer lift and today I got him a seat harness...i lift him like a scarecrow of his former self, I pat him on the back and encourage him everytime he does ANYTHING...I tuck him in at night, sleep on the floor beside him every night, sneak him ice cream with chocolate syrup every time mom leaves or goes to sleep...I wake up everytime he moves, as he gets disoriented during the night and wants to go back to his lift chair...hours I stay awake listening to his breathing, watching him nap...to see if he's still breathing...

...and I sleep when I can...your cousin knows that Doug...but she incites you and you lash out before getting answers... CONFIDENTIALLY... for you to make your own decision...

...my minutes?...come talk with my dad about sandy cross...your dad dying after the tornado that took everything when you were 14... being in the army at 15...a state trooper...Coordinator of Georgia Dept of Highway Safety for two governors...Superintendent of the Georgia State Police Academy...executor of Lester Maddox's will...

...so many times I get to love him Doug...and that's all...my minutes may be late....I may take a walkabout and you won't see me for some years...and you can make sure the minutes meet Bobbie's approval...but you've missed most of these times when this could be handled properly...

...or maybe I'll get around to it someday...not saying when...I am so sorry she has got you twisted up in this when most other people would give me a bit of credit as an honest person...

....but I don't lie and you should know not to get into something you hear only one side of...

...grave sites for Roy and Amie Close, Steve Caldwell and Kelly Smith and wife...you too...(2011)...now....I guess you, explicitly none of the others...I met Roy this past December, aware of this still being our agreement...that ended when Bobbie went on her own for an LLC, not using Casey Horne...

...satan thrives on destruction of relationships and with glee someone is happy all this got out...but I lived since 1972 an Honor Code from USAFA and I kept it up...also as Secretary one might imagine I keep up with facts...recorded as often as possible...

...should I post that email Doug or has tonight's sad events already been enough?...

...RLTW...

...Mark Jordan, pitiful excuse for a secretary and lap dog...


Posted: 3/13/2013
Name: doug perry
Message: Mark.has this decision been voted on. Or havent you posted your minutes of the last meeting ???Rltw....

Posted: 3/13/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Doug and others...

...Roy Close, Steve Caldwell and myself were appointed to be on the committee representing the USMRA concerning Shady Grove...

...Roy and Steve were not suitable for our partner, told to me weeks ago...in addition without any consulting of a committee member, again I'm told there's to be another showing at our last meeting and to whom I said "don't come"...two months ago we had a visit but I assumed you had given your approval for a showing...and I respected that possibility...

...now, after apparent lies and high blood pressure, I have been released from service and I am telling the USMRA members that the positions are open because no one still is on the original committee...each one eliminated by our partner...

...No crap Doug...no crap...you're as welcome as anyone to form another committee or come up with any other plan...I tried to help the family and Rangers knowing promises made were arbitrarily changed and what looked like a joint venture was becoming a one person show with minions to do the bidding...I have more facts and no hearsays...yeah Doug...no crap...just facts...

...RLTW...

...Mark Jordan


Posted: 3/13/2013
Name: doug perry
Message: Who made that decision,Mark, where and when was that decision made and don't give me no CRAP. RLTW.

Posted: 3/13/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

....the USMRA is not affiliated with Shady Grove Cemetery any longer, since our partner has eliminated all 3 of the original committee members...

...anyone still interested, please contact that person and none of the USMRA members...especially former committee members...

RLTW

...Mark Jordan


Posted: 3/12/2013
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The honorees for the 2013 Fallen Ranger Memorial Road are as follows:

Sid Agent Jr.
Anthony Davis
Tyson Nick
Robert Sanchez
Steven England
William McBride

Any nominations with complete packets received from this point forward will be saved for the 2014 ceremony.


Posted: 3/11/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Another great report Sir Mark! I'll have to get over and "See that housing area in May. We were in the trailer park, downtown with several Ranger Instructors' families; Davenport, Bennett/Max, Wellington, Roberts, and perhaps a few more(CRS just "kicked in!!!") I could almost "picture" the level of activity at your gathering. Way to go Guys and Gals! See you in May. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/11/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Thursday night's USMRA meeting was a smaller crowd at the Overhang than I expected, half of what was there than the month before...for our annual. Easter Egg Hunt, we decided for a noon launch and feeding following; we should be there at 10 am, Porter Village...usually about 7 to 10 USMRA members show, to help as needed...

...arriving on time at 9:50 am, Chris Fuller, OverHang Mgr, had set up already underway...

...Steve Hawk arrived before 10 too, bringing 600 eggs, 3 gift baskets and dozens of dollar toys for these Ranger kids up to 8 (I think)...

...Steve and I visited and hid eggs all over an area where if you stood still and looked, you could count 50 without turning your head...

...just like last year, I am aware of how this is military housing, something not available back when Steve and I were RIs here...

...kickoff at noon...11:55...4,5 people...

...11:57...300+...

...12:03...the hounds are released, age grouped to 3 areas...

...12:07...storm blew thru...a few drops still straggling...

...12:10...feasting on soft drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs grilled begins...250 ft line in 3 more minutes...

...12:15...grill goes out...changed two tanks, got another grill, swapped tanks over...Mountain Mike arrived at noon and gets the replacement grill going to continue cooking...

...12:35...hamburgers, hotdogs, can drinks, cheese...no plates or napkins or utensils...not one Ranger, Ranger Wife or Ranger Kid wavered in putting fingers to work and thanking us more than a few times for what we did for these little Rangers today...Maybe even helping maybe a 19 month old, who wandered over in the older section may have found one of three golden eggs, a big wrapped prize Easter basket to claim...maybe...I was too busy cooking...

...1:00 pm...sitting now we eat one of each, maybe two...as I've cooked most of the time, greatly helped by Mountain Mike and Chris when the nice big grill went out...Steve has been making sure every person, kid and parent, are enjoying personable chatter with Steve and his amazing candor and wit...

...Steve Hawk is a real gift for these kids, loving them like his own grand kids, having something for any child who asks, even a shiny pencil for those not getting one of thirty prize eggs...

...though I be the Lone Ranger...with Steve, Mike and Chris...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz...


Posted: 3/7/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Mark, another great report. Could almost "Picture" you fellows at the meeting. (Not too clear on faces though!) I'll make up for that at our get together. Really looking forward to seeing you guys. Take care, stay warm and dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/6/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...USMRA Minutes of Feb'13

...one of the best crowds we've had in a long time with members who contribute and get the business done...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, provided another wonderful collection of sentiments, confirmed by so many approving comments afterwards.

...remembering how important December 10 was for Sunny Bragg, when he was VP, I asked him to tell us about January 17 this year...blank stare...

...after giving Sec/Treas notes and sitting backdown, Sunny gives me grief for putting him on the spot, he couldn't remember so fast...

...JD Kirby updates about the monument, fully funded with overflow going back into the General Fund upon completion of installation...since Nov 28, approval awaits the IMCOM up near DC...(Ft Sam Houston, TX)...

...the idea for the excellent response to funding this monument goes to Keith Antonio's proposal a few months ago...although final details have yet to be determined, any excess funds will revert to the General Fund...just to remind you...

...Andy Anderson, Vic Rosentretter, Charles Plumley, Herbie Baugh, Robert Waldberg, and George Horkin III are to be honored as former RIs, names placed on the Planning Bays...as Brian Cunningham lets Steve Hawk know that he's up first for next year...

...Brian gives April 2 as the cut off date for the two $500 scholarships that go to eligible children or grandchildren of Rangers...Chris Fuller, Overhang Manager, says most kids of these RIs are little...

...Fowl Play, the band of classic rock and roll that Brian plays with, is scheduled for our Friday night fish fry...The Corbitt Brothers will return for Saturday at noon...

...Al Parten, VP, spoke of his daughter, Brittany, a recipient of our Scholarship Fund four years ago, who will soon graduate with a RN degree in Nursing...get married and move to Utah...

...ten minutes in Sunny says we need to hear the Treasurer's report...

...Bob Williams says he has one complete packet for our Fallen Ranger Memorial...Brian Cunningham recommends Bill McBride, former Governor of Florida...

...Bob just updated the list...

...Here is the current list for Fallen Ranger 2013:

Sid Agent - complete; Anthony Davis - complete; Robert Sanchez - complete; Tyson Nick - complete; Steven England - complete...

William McBride - pending; Jim Rogers - pending;

First six complete; first six honored this year. Others will be saved for 2014.

...absolute breaking news in real time...Bob Williams, reporting...

...Chris Fuller, OverHang Mgr, gave details about the March 10 date for the annual Porter Village Easter Egg Hunt...Steve and Al talked of candy, eggs, Gary Head cooking and no more than $250.00 in funds...approved...

...more Rangers are needed to staff the problem, RM1REE... 5 to 7 more please...

...Steve Caldwell made the motion to approve $100,000.00 for the event...didn't get a second even...

...after some discussion about how many kegs of beer we'd need for CCO, Ed Gross motioned for 4 this year and that two would be Yeungling ...passed...

...Steve Hawk asks Bob Suchke about engraving bottles of moonshine as USMRA gifts...after quite some talk, a few options are available and progress towards such a gift continues...discussion degenerates into moonshine history, laser engraving, empty, full...commemorative...

...Bob Suchke gave the Coin Report...

...Bob Williams asks about Robert Bryan's sign; Copeland keeps on Bob and it looks like another sign needs to be made as no one can find the first one...

...Billy Jack Lewis was remembered by Steve as an RI..."Ranger I love you too much to pass you"...and Jutras...short sleeve sadist from Camp Rudder...

...Al brings up being contacted about the cemetery from someone outside the committee of Roy Close, Steve Caldwell, or myself bringing it up...Steve gives some background for those unaware and being one of the committee, I've passed word along that no one needs to be at our meetings to discuss the cemetery except those on the committee...have had complete silence since then...

...Steve refers all inquiries to the committee and anything else is ignored...

...Al hopes the Committee is used in further inquiries...but I especially remarked that Al probably should be the next POC since the others have frustrated the key figure to reconfigure the committee with Keith Antonio and others...Al seems excited...

...Gary Head brings up that he and his lovely wife Debbie cleaned up the obviously neglected cemetery here on Camp, behind the Motor Pool...and "if we can't take care of that one, how can we expect to add another?"...(private cemetery on CFM we have nothing to do with yet Recycles are used to police the general area)...Gary understood yet again Chris Fuller mentioned Recycles being available...

...mumbles about Scholarships discussed by Steve Caldwell and Brian Cunningham and Al Parten and Steve Hawk, wound down to motion to end the fifty minute meeting...motion seconded and dismissal...

...Respectfully submitted to all...

RLTW, even hiding Easter Candy...

...Lt Fuzz, S1/Finance


Posted: 2/27/2013
Name: Doug Tompkins
Message: Gentlemen- On February 25, I had the distinct opportunity to be at the 5th RTB, MRC. My nephew is currently at the course and I thought it would be a privilege to set eyes on him, give him a word of encouragement, and let him know that as a fellow brother you are never far away. The night before, I sat at the Overhang, the NCO Club, scanned my surroundings at memorials to lost comrades, accomplished honors of the Best Ranger Competition, pictures of those who have served with the 5th RTB who set the bar high for those who follow. I could hear and see the Ranger candidates on the hill that have set their course and are eager to make their mark. It was so surreal and profoundly humbling. I want to express my deep appreciation for those who made my visit happen. What professionals we have in our service members there. They make us proud. Rangers lead the way.

Posted: 2/26/2013
Name: Lt Fuzz
Message:

...EASTER EGGs at PORTER VILLAGE...

...March 10 @ 10:00 AM

...Volunteers needed and Al Parten, VP, is the POC...

...we got me, Al and Gary Head and could use about 4 more...

...tossing cookies or eggs, RLTW!...

...any decent secretary would have had the minutes of the last meeting out by now...


Posted: 2/20/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Need some thoughts from those who will be cooking at the "Fish Fry" & "Critter Cook-out."

I plan to bring a big batch of cheese biscuits for the "Fish Fry.' I will be cooking them at my niece's place in Decatur and they should be still warm when I arrive. The basic recipe is close to New York's Red Lobster's and it is good with all fish dishes.

For the "Critter Cook-out," I am planning on either a couple of pans of "spicy" cornbread or, maybe, a desert.

All comments will be respected but not all answered.

I know that "Yankee's" are not supposed to be very good at cooking "Southern style" but I learned at the knee of a "law-cousin" from North Carolina when I was big enough to beat the batter.

RLTW .


Posted: 2/17/2013
Name: Craig Polzin
Message: Does anyone have any of the following equipment that they would be willing to donate to the cub scouts? 6-sling ropes,a couple of snap links, 2-120 climbing ropes if possible, 6 ranger handbooks. RLTW Craig

Posted: 2/13/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jack, I will make sure that I don't take a stroll in Dahlonega but will stay in my Jeep until I reach the RMC. Dahlonega is worse than New York City as far as hitting innocent pedestrians.

Posted: 2/13/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Okey Dokey Mike. See ya there. I'll watch those "Danger Areas' as I approach Dahlonega! Don't want to miss seeing all the fellows. Jim RLTW

Posted: 2/11/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Looking forward to seeing you. Come early, I will be bringing a "little something" for the Fish Fry. If I can work out the logistics, maybe another "little something" for the Critter Cook-out. I will do a little recon in late March or early April to see if the facilities will allow me to do the Critter Cook-out. I will be bringing the "little something" from my niece's house in Decatur but will need an on-site cooking fcility for the Critter Cook-out.

Posted: 2/11/2013
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Planning to be there for the; "Open House," weekend, and all that goes w/it. Looking forward to seeing my ol' comrades! I'll pay particular attention to the "Danger Areas," curves, approaching Dahlonega, this year. Won't "dump" the pick-um up!!! Ya'll stay warm and dry, see you in May! Jim RLTW/L&P (Rangers Lead the Way/Love and Prayers)

Posted: 2/8/2013
Name: John Mott
Message: Thanks Al.

Posted: 2/8/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: John, Open House will be on the 4th of May, also the Critter Cookout for the USMRA. A fish fry will be held on Friday the 3rd behind the Overhang Club.

Posted: 2/7/2013
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Applications for the 2013 USMRA Scholarship are now being accepted. Check elsewhere on this web page for requirements. Please submit packets to me NLT 1 Apr 13. Be sure the packets are complete - incompletes will not be evaluated. You may either scan a packet and send it to me via email attachment (e.g. PDF format), or USPS mail to: Brian Cunningham, PO Box 208, Gainesville, GA 30503. DO NOT include applicant's Social Security number or redact it if necessary (e.g. from official transcript). RLTW

Posted: 2/7/2013
Name: John Mott
Message:

Could I get a confirmation date for the 5th RTB open house for 2013? Thanks


Posted: 2/6/2013
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: Soldiers We were simple soldiers both He and I Serving our country with fire in our eye We chose to serve because we believed Oh how young men can be deceived We suffered the heat, we suffered the rain We suffered the stress As our governments continued to press We watched our friends come, we watched them die We watched as our governments continued to lie, As the years passed then until now I sit and wonder how, Circle after circle Man continues to travel, fighting for this fight for that, we should ask ourselves Fight for what, We met on the battlefield, he and I Now he is gone and I constantly wonder why We were used to carry out some others folly Now he is gone and I am left alone to wonder And cringe when I hear the thunder My thoughts go back to long ago times I see the faces of people that really mattered My friends, My comrades, My fragile spirit tattered We take stock of what we have and where we are, And I thank God for my Wife and my children. Ranger Roberts

Posted: 2/4/2013
Name: doug perry
Message: Al, where do you live.I thought you lived in the Ft. Benning area.I live 1/2 mile from CM. if you need any thing call me. 707-864-2732 .Did you get Chucks Tux.??RLTW..

Posted: 2/3/2013
Name: Al Buckelew
Message:

Mark, Thanks for the information. Having that resource available at Camp Merrill saves me time and travel. Regards, Buck


Posted: 2/3/2013
Name: Karla Kennedy
Message: Cabin for rent $750 a month. Loft, bedroom, fireplace, wood burni g stove, great room, dining room, laundry room, large bathroom. Off hwy 9. If interested please call404-358-6876.

Posted: 2/2/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: Al...yes they do and can get your ID; call (706) 864-3367 and they'll square you away with the S1...

...Lt Fuzz


Posted: 2/1/2013
Name: Al Buckelew
Message:

Does Camp Merrill have the resources for replacing ID cards for retired military personnel?


Posted: 1/26/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : Made that ride in an open Jeep in October 1958. Still was in summer uniform and know how you felt.

Posted: 1/25/2013
Name: doug perry
Message: Andy Howard is in the hospital in Dahlonega,Room 225, any body local please drop by if you can. upon all other things Andy also has the SHINGLES.Andy and Whip Wilson was the same age and served together several tour at the MRD.When I came to the MRD in march of 1961, Andy came into town and picked me up at the bus station in an open jeep,he was on charge of quarters for the day. I liked to froze my coon-dingy off on that ride.. RLTW..

Posted: 1/17/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Went to Fort Knox, KY today for a ceremony with the 2nd Bn, 2nd Inf Regt. Dropped in a day early to visit my old compaany. Got very upset, in my day, the 3rd platoon (my platoon) was the "Ranger" platoon - now the 2nd platoon is the "Ranger" platoon with a tabbed Ranger as platoon sgt and another as a squad leader. I forgot to make a note of their names but the platoon sargeant is a friend of Doug Perry and wanted to send his regards. The 2/2 will be deploying soon and will miss the Fish Fry & Critter Cookout.

Posted: 1/11/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA January 2013 Meeting

...locating around the OverHang bar, we had Ms Bobbie Butler as guest, and some of the usual members to have a short but fine meeting...Ms Cheryl Wood also enjoyed our revelry...Keith Antonio was back, with us too...

...Steve Hawk, President, asks Sunny Bragg, Vice-President Emeritus, to provide us with a prayer and Sunny does a fine job. It's about this time I realize my recording is not working.

...the Secretary read and gave last month's minutes and the Treasurer gave a general update on the Ranger Memorial donations, and that Dan Rhodes has provided all the Treasurer's materials over to the Association. Great appreciation for Dan's 15 years as our Treasurer was noted.

...Bobbie Butler inquired as to our status now with Shady Grove Cemetery and was assured by Steve that we are continuing our interest in having the cemetery for future use as a possible Ranger Cemetery for those wishing to be laid to rest there. Some discussion about the naming of the LLC that will be in charge continued and Steve assured her that the transference will be considerate to include the family of those already there, as well as those few who might wish burial later.

...Pete Anderson asked about the Critter CookOut and Al Parten, Vice President gave the 3-5 May dates and appreciation for Steve Bishop in again securing 400 trout from the USFS Hatchery at Rock Creek.

...Sunny Bragg will again represent the organization at the Ranger Formal this year, in a tux...January 17.

...SFC Willard Brooke, Bravo Co, brought SSG Josh Purvis for his first meeting and Major Noah Steinberg , our new PA, also showed for the first time too.

...with little else on our agenda, Steve dismisses us after 36 minutes of quality time at the Club...

...respectfully submitted...

...RLTW!

...Lt Fuzz, S1 bean counter


Posted: 1/9/2013
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...in preview of our meeting tomorrow night, let's get the December 2012 minutes out...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, began our meeting with a fine prayer, sincerely given and appreciated by Steve Hawk, President...

...some doofus gave an inept, whiny Treasurer's report about not having checks and not having any report on the Ranger Memorial funds so that was it...we have more money than we had and the donations for the Ranger Memorial here at Camp Merrill will end, probably soon...

...the Secretary talked of our meeting around the bar, how LD liked it and we were getting 200 new USMRA coins just in time for those special Valentine gifts...Sunny Bragg, ex-VP, took the reins of running the meeting and we all had a proper meeting... since the Governor, his puppet president and loyal sidekick were no where around...(Steve's not really a puppet, but it sounds intriguing with 'Governor', huh?)...minutes approved.

...Brian Cunningham gave an update on the Memorial, saying adequate funds are in but some REMF S4 civilian or engineer type at Ft Benning hasn't approved and passed it on...we can visit this person, if need be.

...Steve recognized Bob Suchke as a recent video character that Channel 11 filmed at the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery where Bob is in the back row, lending nobility and substance to such a venture. He did bring a small smackerel of product and while Steve continued about the reception and appreciation for the operation among those tea totaling Dawson County types, some tasted the proof...no doubt cut but every bit as fine as any some of you have sampled...

...Al Parten, VP, reintroduces an invoice of $500 for reimbursing Ranger Jimmy Phipps for his expenses at our last Critter CookOut...Ed Gross chastises us for having such a delinquent bill and demands we pay Jimmy in full, immediately...(just hung up with Jimmy and I'll bring him a check tomorrow)...Jerry Massey seconded and it was approved without dissent...

...next, Steve Hawk makes an excellent introduction for the Scoutmaster of Pack 303, one who began as a Tiger Cub and became an Eagle Scout, Marc Hawk, Steve's middle son.

...Marc paints a great picture of what his experience has been with Scouting and how this group has just been reestablished after falling on hard times financially. He asks for any kind of donation and Steve adds that 4 of the little hellions are Ranger Pups...

... Ed Gross wonders what we're there for...(Brotherhood and Fellowhip)...and continues with "just how many are in the group?"...22..."that seems like a pretty small percentage for us to bothered about supporting them"..."notwithstanding that my grandson is one of those 4"...says Ed...

...blistering rhetoric and reason that stuns the masses...Ed thinks we don't have any money...The Treasurer knows we are rich...Ed just locked our heels on $500 owed to Jimmy Phipps...and now Ed is calling us into a circle of Scrooges for these little guys that began as Marc Hawk did and now is the Eagle Scout qualified ScoutMaster of Pack 303!... ...Ed...is also an Eagle Scout...

...Sunny took another swallow...

...Bob Suchke makes a motion to start a fund for these little scouts by putting money on the table where Steve and Al sat...then the suggestion made, motioned that donations tonight go in too...

... with Ed wanting to get his $20 out; motion made and passed unanimously for this money to go to these little fellows...

...$157 and Bob wants to add the coin money of $30 and then $187 becomes $200...

...$200 went to Pack 303...imagine if 20 instead of just 4 were little Ranger Hellions!...

...Roy Close, a dear friend and member, was here tonight, talking of some of his recent projects. Roy was recognized as the one who got our Thanksgiving Turkeys donated from Amie's brother's business...and we approved that Amie get a 2012 CCO t shirt for all her help, so truly appreciated...

...as some talk generated about turkeys, some background garble began about the moonshine that Bob had kept under his seat, so far... Roy said if his brother in law knew how many turkeys are needed, he may be willing to set this up on a permanent basis. Steve told Chris Fuller, OverHang Manager to find out from the Sergeant Major then call him, or Al or Roy with how many birds are needed...

..."Alright, any other business?"... Steve asks..."Elections", Lt Fuzz whispers..."Oh yeah, it is December and we need to have our elections for officers this new year"...

...Everyone remained as they were with Fuzz adding Treasurer to his ponderances...Steve, President...Al, Vice President... Me, Sec/Treas...Willard, Chaplain...

...Bob Suchke remains as Coin Man and Brian Cunningham is still Planning Bay, Fallen Ranger, Scholarship and Historical...

...Brian asked for some relief...well earned as our outgoing Treasurer for 15 years...Dan Rhodes...(you have no idea how I miss his knowledge of number thingy stuff)...but there's a need to carry the radio sometime, the '60...and Brian is doing much more than his share...please someone take up belay for him...

...the idea was proposed to have an honorary type officer position created to help have enough for a meeting...Sunny Bragg is the inaugural Vice President Emeritus of the USMRA...

...saying he preferred to be off the hot seat and part of the peanut gallery, Sunny is still the resident authority on those Robert Rules of Order...Al asking him a few moments before if it's okay to have a Secretary and Treasurer as the same person...

...Sunny agrees, the office is made and all is right with the world...Sunny Bragg, VPE-MRA...

...Doug Perry, Governor Emeritus, lifetime achievement award...Steve, "We can have as many officers as we like"...

...For four box tops and a brief essay describing what sort of Emeritus you'd like to be, send a sizable donation to..."Make Me A USMRA Emeriti"...and give your chosen label...in 2 weeks you should receive a verification by all the other Emeriti that you are indeed properly one of us...

...choice ones are on a silent auction now...first one to $100 gets their brand...BatMan Emeriti...Lone Ranger Emeriti...Matt Dillon Emeriti...and just that one that fits you perfectly...a t shirt will be presented at CCO for the Emeriti Reception...Friday Night at this year's Fish Fry with Steve Bishop's continued ability to get us some 400 trout from Rock Creek Hatchery...(send your names and bids to ...Lt Fuzz, asinecure@gmail.com) ...

...an immediate collector's item and instant identification upon and from the Ranger Community..."NightHawk Emeriti"..."Dragon Emeriti"...the really good ones are confidentially kept in a sound proof room, waiting to be identified with your name on it...act now and buy two for $150, today and tomorrow only!...(unless of course, you send it later)...

...a bit of talk is made about reclassifying our status and I get to follow thru on that, Jerry Massey being glad I know it's mine now to get done...

...Al, asking about whether or not the date for the Critter CookOut is 3-5 May of this year, as he read my post on Facebook...The Corbitt Brothers are playing Saturday, the 4th of May, verified by CSM Frank James and Gentry Linville Corbitt herself...I tell Al he had to stay in the loop more...this after he said he was out in the yard last month and completely forgot about the meeting...

...Brian Cunningham plugs his band, Fowl Play, performing in Gainesville regularly...

...Steve explained the JROTC Banner we helped purchase for the Cadets to use in their parades...by this time Ed seems to be engaged in the usual murmuring that occurs after 30 minutes of sitting with this crowd...

...we set the January 2013 for TOMORROW, the 10th since the OverHang is closed on the 3rd...

...meeting ended in 46 minutes...

...RLTW...

...respectfully submitted..

...Lt Fuzz, Sierra Tango


Posted: 1/9/2013
Name: chuck windham
Message: Sorry guys, can't make the Jan meeting, I have another meeting. Ranger Steve, get ready for the Critter Cook- out. See you in February.

Posted: 1/4/2013
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: To all the cooks getting ready for the fish fry & critter cookout : I was recently gifted with more than three pounds of the best & purest duck fat you have ever seen. I have used four ounces to oven bake some Yukon Gold potatoes and they were quite good but three pounds for a single guy? I have three pounds in the freezer and, if anyone uses duck fat in their cooking, let me know. If you don't need the fat, maybe you can clue me in on recipes using duck fat. I have the one for the potatoes but not for anything else.

Posted: 1/4/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: Rangers, I spoke with Steve Bishop last evening, he has confirmed the approval from the fish hatchery. We WILL have a Fish Fry this year along with the Critter Cookout.

Posted: 1/2/2013
Name: Al Parten
Message: FRAGO from LT. FUZZ. The January meeting will not be on the 3rd due to the Ovehang being closed. The Meeting will be on the following Thurs. Jan. the 10th. RLTW

Posted: 1/2/2013
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: S-1:

I won't be able to make the meeting on Thursday. Would appreciate you or someone else covering my duty.

Hope everyone had a good New Year, and hope to see you next month.

Thanks


Posted: 12/31/2012
Name: Johnny quest
Message: Hoping that all my fellow rangers had a great Christmas and enjoy a safe and happy New Year. Looking forward to Critter cookout and hope to see some more new faces this year. I'm bringing in the New Year with my famous Apple Pie hope you all are waiting for a new batch come May.RLTW

Posted: 12/29/2012
Name: Michael Keohane
Message: I was having a pre-New Year's Eve celebration with some Ranger buddies and, as usual, after the sixth or seventh drink, our memories began to diverge. So I am turning to the experts for some information. Our arguement was about the size and positioning of the two tapes on the back of the utility cap. I will not try to influence the answer even though, as an instructor, my opinion should outweigh that of a bunch of drunken students so I will not list the options. Please consider this and submit the correct size and spacing of the two tabs. Happy New Year, everyone.

Posted: 12/28/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: The shipment of Mountain Ranger Assn. Coins is in and available for any of those out there that need one or more. Happy New Year to all and stay safe.

Rangers Lead the way!


Posted: 12/23/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Gary Head right now is on the very top of Hawk Mountain, down from G23...and he called to ask me to pass along his sincere wishes for everyone in the MRA and all our Rangers everywhere, a heartfelt Merry Christmas...

...Lt Fuzz, secretarying


Posted: 12/21/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan, Doug Perry and all RMC people : Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I will try to "drop by" sooner but I will be at the Open House with some family. Right now, I am working on my "cooking" chores for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. After all, what says loving better than some good eats. My Cheddar cheese spread with Port wine, my cheddar cheese spread with Port wine & jalapeno peppers and my Italian appetizers - prossiccuto, provolone & black & green olives in olive oil pressed between whole wheat flats. Goes good with the extended family get-together on Christmas Eve with the traditional mushroom soup and other family favorites. On Christmas Day, I will join my Italian sister-in-law for a traditional Christmas Day feast. The center piece will be lasanga with a large amount of anti-pasti and deserts - sit down at noon and get up at four - take a little nap - start nibbling at six - that's Italian with some Irish added.

Posted: 12/18/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Frag Order!...

...be advised the January 2013 USMRA meeting is NOT on January 3 because the OverHang will be closed...

...January 10, the second Thursday, will be the date of the 1900 meeting...probably no one will figure this out until the evening of 3 Jan 13...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, S1


Posted: 12/4/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...good grief...how long does it take to get some minutes out?!...

...I got a good recording of the November meeting that didn't get erased...or lost...

...the old phone it was recorded on is another matter...it got lost...*sheesh*...

...y'all do remember how vitally important the December Assemblage of the USMRA is?...that time when two or three votes can get you a proper secretary, one who'll have the minutes up before you drink that first cup of coffee the next morning?...that meeting is 6 Dec, in two days!...You must be present to vote.

...time aplenty to plot and ponder the freedom of the known world...

...we need a Treasurer!... someone who can count and remember what he was counting for...someone who can add mostly, and get a check out every now and then for such odd things as food, beer, t shirts - the necessities of life.

...personally I'm nominating Dan Rhodes...a fine man with accounting skills and fifteen years of experience doing it already!

...some have actually witnessed Dan saying he was done with it, gladly handing the joys over to someone else...don't believe it...

...Dan is still my #1 choice, whether he accepts or not...

...and ANYBODY could be the secret person, secretary...we need someone who can come up with appropriate material to show we're a semi-honorable institution, welcoming all Rangers to our fine group...

...at press time the other offices are happy to remain, as far as I can tell, so let's surmise our last meeting.

...we get there earlier than 1900, seven of us...waiting for some time afterwards for the President or Vice President to call and say they're not coming...(ext 130 or 131) for the OverHang...still waiting.

...in true Ranger fashion we remember the Governor saying we needed 3 officers to have a meeting...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, deliverer of fine prayers is there, along with me...Interim Treasurer and Secretary...got our 3.

...but who has experience in actually running a meeting?!...

...Sunny Bragg, former VP and Roberts Rules of Order enthusiast just happens to be present, and the meeting is on.

...soon Sunny was pointing out how the Secretary's Report should not overlap into the Treasurer's report but all the Secretary had to report was the Treasurer's business of collecting, depositing and reporting the fundages in the bank for our Ranger Memorial.

...grumbling, Sunny thought it was tolerable to make that part of the Secretary's Report leaving the Treasurer with not that much to talk about.

...the Secretary apologizes to the Treasurer for scooping his part. Treasurer accepts.

...Bob Suchke reported we're down to 8 coins, so a motion was made and seconded and passed to get more. It was a lot harder to get a check since Dan still has them safely secured somewhere but I think we did by now.

...LD said it was one of the better meetings he's been to and with little more to consider, Bob Suchke again was the lone dissenting vote to ending the meeting at 19:46.

...25 turkeys were determined to be needed for Thanksgiving for Ranger Families and as the event turned out, Ranger Roy Close effected the donation of them by way of his APL, Amie and Walter Koch of Decatur, Ga. Wal Mart provided 8 more by way of Steve Hawk and Doug Perry.

Critter CookOut is May 3-5 and we're already getting details tied together. The Corbitt Brothers will be here by invitation of CSM Frank James.

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, acting Treasurer and lackluster Secretary


Posted: 11/22/2012
Name: Judy and Charles DeJarnett
Message:

Happy Thinkgiving to all of ya'll. May the LORD Bless you and your families.


Posted: 11/21/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Good job, Doug & friends. In my day, I would have thought about a little midnight stroll in Hawk Mountain Gap with a scoped .22 to get some turkeys. around this time of year, they would be feeding in flocks in the gap. However, I suppose the Ranger families would prefer a store-broughen "Butterball" to a "free-range wild turkey. A happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I will be at my aunt's for Thanksgiving - a 96 year old WWII Wave - and, as a treat, she is allowing me to bring a "side dish." Not my pasta but a nice tomato & stringbean dish with bacon bits. Good eating, everyone.

Posted: 11/20/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: No. Mike I give the credit to Amie Close and Roy.I only asked for them Amie and Roy and Steve Hawk stepped up to the plate and damm if they didnt hit a home run,,Thanks everyone.. RLTW...

Posted: 11/20/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: You should be proud, Doug. You made that happen.

Posted: 11/19/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: With the help of Amie Close; Walnart and others we delivered thirty five turkeys to the 5th rtb Thanks Steve Hawk. Damm I was proud. RLTW....

Posted: 11/19/2012
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Doug Perry, my best to you and your family. You know i get an email from Hilderbrand every now and then. He seems to be doing well. Give my best to everyone.

Posted: 11/18/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...and Roy is a pretty fine Ranger Buddy too!...

...more on this event - Roy gave Amie the go ahead to buy numerous turkeys whereupon Mrs Roy Close and I had a phone conversation, whereupon this very idea launched in her imagination...

...she then told me that possibly her brother would be willing to help from his business...

...tomorrow she drives to the plant in Gainesville with me riding shotgun and return 25 turkeys, 8-10 lbs each to the Camp Sergeant Major...

...Mrs Roy Close, Amie, our November Ranger Wife and benefactor for the USMRA...promotions and salutations all around!...

...sometimes you realize that the APL has an idea you never thought of...

...RLTW...

Lt Fuzz with the latest on this developing story...


Posted: 11/18/2012
Name: amie close
Message: I just want to say I am honered and very proud of my brother Walter and Waltkoch for coming thru on the turkeys for some very deserving Ranger families and may God bless them and keep them safe and to all the other men and women that serve this great country but it gives me great joy to be able to do it and that is what Thanksgiving is all about ! RLTW!!!!!!!!

Posted: 11/17/2012
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Good Job, Doug!

Posted: 11/17/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: I have talked to Amie Close and will work with her on this.I have always heard that there was an ANGEL named Amie, and now I believe it Thanks Amie and Roy Close. God bless you and RLTW..

Posted: 11/17/2012
Name: Amie Close
Message: My Brother's Co is willing to donate 25 turkeys to the families so someone needs to contact me about getting the birds where they need to go , my number is 706-864-5696 ASAP!

Posted: 11/17/2012
Name: Roy Close
Message: Doug Perry call Amie about turkeys for the Rangers. I would attempt to call you but you won't answer the damned phone Ranger!!!!See you in a week. RLTW

Posted: 11/16/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers, we have 23 Rangers at the 5th RTb who need help for their Thanksgiving dinner.Myself and Steve Hawk are trying to get help from Walmart and J&J to help with turkey donations,but prospects are slim.If we do not get thoes donations the USMRA will have to foot the the rest.What I am asking if you can help please do.I know one thing I will not be eating TURKEY on thursday if we don't come up with 23 damm turkeys.We will need to give the birds to the CSM on tuesday the 20th so the familes can thaw the out so they can cook and prepare them for turkey day.The commissary has turkeys they will keep them until the 20th in the cold storage,just tell them they are for the USMRA.Rangers some of these Rangers have just returned a deployment.Rangers we take care of Rangers. THANKS.. RLTW...

Posted: 11/11/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Brian, I agree with Doug - a fine message. To all RMC types, enjoy "our" day for those who are no longer with us. I would give just about anything to have those "absent friends" at my table once more. RLTW

Posted: 11/11/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Very well said, Brian. I hope you don't mind if i copy it and send it to some friends who will share your feelings. Thanks for posting that.

Posted: 11/11/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: Could not have been said any better, Brian.Thank you,RLTW>>

Posted: 11/11/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Each year, many of us take a little time - a day - to honor those who have served our country in the military. We call them veterans. And each of these veterans will undoubtedly spend at least a few moments remembering their time in service and perhaps think of a buddy who was killed or seriously wounded in combat. I know that I do. Indeed, I think about some of my deceased veteran friends quite a bit whether they died in combat or died of combat. I can't help it; it just happens. It is a very big part of who I am. I suspect there are many other veterans who feel as I do.

I have found that many folks aren't really sure what it means to be a veteran and what it takes to become one. What it means to be a veteran is something deeply personal to all those who have served and no simple book definition will do. So allow me to say this about what it takes to become a veteran: honor, fidelity, selflessness, courage, pride, determination, tenacity, resolve, … I could go on, but I believe you take my point. Each has served in his/her own way, and many are still serving.

We celebrate a day of remembrance each year in late Spring on Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember our war dead. Many see it as the beginning of Summer holidays but many still know for what it really is. And though Veterans Day is designated to celebrate all veterans, the obvious thought is to honor our living vets. But, once again, I still am drawn to remembering those who have laid down their lives.

There are more than 58,000 names of the dead on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Six of those names belong to friends of mine. I see each of their faces. Of course, I see them in a different place and time, as young men full of life and ambition and joys and fears. Each volunteered to serve in Vietnam and then gave their all.

The sacrifice of the Vietnam war dead, and all the dead of all our wars, was their gift to us, the countless Americans who knew them, knew of them, and as time goes on, never knew them or understood the debt of gratitude they are due. Someone, somewhere still misses them.

I would encourage you to take a moment to say a simple "thank you" to a veteran you may know. And for those veterans who have passed on, perhaps whisper a simple prayer of thanks to God for allowing them to have been among us and to have made their sacrifice for our good.

God Bless America.


Posted: 11/6/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Was not the first fellow at the "Polling Place" this morning! Arrived at 05:45 and found a crowd. Reminded me of "Command Revilles" that we would stand in formation for. What a group of Patriots! They commented on my Ball cap; Black, 75th Airborne Ranger, Vietnam, BDQ Badge & Pin, and my lapel button, a pic of Clint Eastwood saying "Make my day!" Vote Romney! The polling people, not "Folks," as Obama calls people, passed out a sheet w/ info for the ballot. The sheet went quickly down the line, we knew why and who we were there for! No, I was not the oldest person in the line! If you read this and you aint movin', git'er goin' to the polls! Jim RLTW/L&P

(Rangers Lead the Way/Love and Prayers


Posted: 11/6/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Had a geat phon con w/ Ranger Paul Temmermund (Mountain Ranger Camp circa '76.) He's local, here in Lexington. Dropped by to give him a couple of my TALES yesterday but he had already left for his Volunteer job at VA hospital. If you knew or worked w/ Paul, give him a "jingle" at 859-271-4631. I'm sure he'd like to hear from his ol Ranger Buddies. Ya'll take care and make sure you VOTE! Jim RLTW

Posted: 11/1/2012
Name: Tim Westerdale
Message: Peter Neves, how the hell are you doing? This is Tim Westerdale, you were my M60 gunner back in 2ndBn75thINF. Good times, hard times, great memories. Send me an email. -Tim

Posted: 11/1/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Yes, I still miss my fellow enlisted instructors on the Long Range Patrolling Committee at the RMC - M/Sgt Hudson, SFC Williams, SSG A. B. Smith, SSG Hoyt Smith, Sgt Fish & Sgt Iwanski - I would like a chance to see them once more. As well as my "bosses," Captains Johnson & Mendoza - I did not realize it at the time but they helped me gain some skills way above my pay grade that were of great help in my civilian careers as well as the military. RLTW and these people took a raw SP4 and made a fairly good Ranger Instructor & NCO. That was really RLTW and I still follow what I was taught at the RMC. RLTW

Posted: 11/1/2012
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: Attended class 13-72, part of a group from then B.co 75th Rangers out of Ft. Carson, I remember Uncle Bernie meeting us at the plane and calling us everything but the son of God. Later served at the MRC, some of the best memories i have is with Burbank, Hilderbrand, Childress and the rest. God bless our troops.

Posted: 10/31/2012
Name: Ranger Lopez
Message: I second your comments Ranger Jim Owens, I miss and cherish the wonderful days as a young RI at the Mountain Ranger Camp, the best years of a great Army career. RLTW!

Posted: 10/25/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: How can we go wrong buying the Ranger Handbook for $ 1.99? Easy, the eBook version was not proofed & formated. There are problems reading lists & tables that have not been aligned. Still, for $ 1.99, and with the problems, it still is a handy thing to have in your reader. Who knows when you need to do a memory check before commenting.

Posted: 10/20/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: To whom it may be of interest :

I was looking for some new eBooks at the Amazon/Kindle store when I found the Ranger Handbook SH 21-76 (August 2010) on sale as an eBook for $1.99.

For $ 1.99, how can you go wrong in buying this for your reader?


Posted: 10/13/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Owens : Just think how lucky we were to be assigned to the RMC. I was on the Long Range Patrolling Committee but I helped out at the sixty foot cliff and with the rope tying classes as well as sometimes doing the pre-check at the mountain. We worked out butts off but enjoyed every minute. Oh, to be young enough to do it all over again. RLTW

Posted: 10/13/2012
Name: Roy Close
Message: To Jim Owens, Amen brother! Rangers Lead The Way!

Posted: 10/12/2012
Name: Jim Owens
Message: At the time when I was young and assigned to Lower Mountaineering, it never crossed my mind that I would one day miss those days of working the 60 Foot Cliff, Teaching climbing on Yonah Mountain, working the Thirty foot ramp in the HOT full sun, or Teaching those climbing knots to the students…..Boy was I wrong…… Lower Mountaineering and MRC are my most treasured memories, if only I could do it again, I would do it in a heartbeat. Funny thing…. When you’re young and full of piss and vinegar you do not see or appreciate what’s right in front of you till it’s too late. There is not a single RI that I have ever served with that I do not have great memories of or funny incidents that I remember from time to time. I now realize the greatest gifts ever given to me by anyone, are the memories from that Camp and the men I served with….. Thanks! Jim Owens

Posted: 10/6/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : I am well aware about the "danger areas" around Dahlonega. However, the George Washington bridge between New York & New Jersey is not a Dahlonega "danger area" yet! I had the clutch on my 2009 Jeep Patriot burn out on the GWB in May. I traded that Jeep in for a new 2012 Jeep Patriot and set off to Dahlonega - that clutch burnt out with only 3201 miles on the meter. Just in case, I will not be using the GWB in future travels.

Posted: 10/6/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Great reporting "S of 1." Break, break, Mike Keohane... ya forgot about those "Danger Areas" as you approach Dahlonega! What am I gonna do with you? Hope you are OK, and glad you made it to the "eatin' meetin'! I'll be 'specially kerful next May, as I get close to the Camp. Ya all take care and get out and vote this Novemebr!!! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/5/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message: USMRA October 2012 Meeting

...without a recording, this edition of "what really goes on in these meeting", will be related with my ever shortening memory span...

...Eatin Meetin was absolutely fine!...a CCO in the fall without the Critters!...Al Parten, now introducing himself as 'Al Parten, Vice President' gets there about 4 hours early with his lovely wife, Tammy...even giving me a ride too...

...burgers and dogs offered by Chris Fuller, Overhang Mgr, bratwursts and buns and utensils by Al and Tammy securing them with USMRA funds...Chuck Windom for those amazing gourmet baked beans...

...and a special prayer request for Willard Langdon's wife to be healthy and prosperous and all that for many years to come...her banana pudding...*my mouth is watering so much while I'm writing this, I got to pause and swallow*...it was THAT good!...a deep pan that was 2'x3'...meringue 4 inches deep...

...I brought some home...wait one...

...ahh, just had a bowl...yeah, it is THAT good!...

...Mike Keohane was coming from NY and barely missed the feast, bringing his own creations of stews and pasta salad...but that meant something good to take home or enjoy today at the Club...thanks Mike for your seriously hard work and troubles making it here...

...Willard Langdon, Banana Pudding Bearer and Chaplain, provided another wonderfully kind prayer and blessing for our meeting and meal...

...about 30 showed up making it one of the largest crowds this year...and some good news by JD Kirby as the Treasurer's report was given...

...approximately $4,000.00 more than was projected has so far been donated for the Ranger Monument that will be going beside the flag pole...($13k)...

...until September, I thought I was the only one getting the mail now, not knowing the stealthiness of JD getting up here too...he had $5k himself!...

...congratulations...promotions and plus spot reports all around...possible name changes coming too...Mosby Army Airstrip - sponsored by Ranger Doug Perry, for example... Overhang - sponsored by LD...Weight Room - sponsored by Sunny Bragg...such as that...

...the opportunity to donate to that fund is still open, designated just for the Monument ...please participate, whatever amount you can do and if you did not receive a letter, it's because your information is not providing a current address on our unit roster...update and/or check to be sure we get you in the drawing coming up soon...

...Steve spoke of Ranger Sid Agent and Ranger Mike Pyott, recently deceased...both fine people...

...Jerry Massey took some time to pass out brochures and talk about an extraordinarily valuable  program for PTSD Vets,  started in Houston, TX... www.ptsdusa.org ...that he's recently become involved with...suicides and their effect on others is a silent killer spread all across our Veteran Families and the VA never can do what's needed...time to take care of our own...

...the auction was next...

...Chris Fuller brought a window from the old Rope Shack that had the USA flag in stained glass...an invaluable piece of Ranger history...went for $50 and is going to be hung over the bed of SFC Robinson's baby to be, a new son expected in 2 weeks...his wife prepared a wonderful macaroni salad that was consumed by others quickly...

...a framed picture I took of a sunset last winter, from Sassafras Backstop, went for $5,  covering cost by a dollar...short auction, huh?...

...25 turkeys were talked about between Chris and Steve, as being the needs for Thanksgiving, for the Camp personnel...

...with little else but dessert on our minds, we ate, talked and drank more, til folks started drifting away after Steve did the closing...a very good meeting...

...RLTW!...

...respectfully submitted... ...Lt Fuzz, S1


Posted: 10/4/2012
Name: Ranger Smitti
Message: Rangers, please refer to the website on this message for any information pertaining to Ranger Sid Agent's memorial service both here in North Georgia, and in Iowa: http://www.9339mc.com/ The daughter and family will be in attendance... please join us if you can.

Posted: 10/4/2012
Name: Al P.
Message: Will Do Mike . Be Careful.

Posted: 10/4/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan & Al Parten : Had an accident with my car and I am running late. It is just after 5:00 am and I am over 700 mile fron the RMC. My ETA is o/a 6:00 pm. I am bringing 3 gallons of Italian Meat sauce & pasta for the "Eatin Meetin." After I get there , it will take about 30 minuted before I will be ready to serve. Tell everybody to save some space for the pasta. RLTW Mike K

Posted: 10/3/2012
Name: Al P.
Message: That would be Thursday the 4th of Oct .

Posted: 10/2/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Rangers and signifcant others don't forget the " Eatin Meetin " is Thuesday evening at 1700. The Overhang is providing Burgers and Hot Dogs, I will be bringing Johnsonville Brats in a Beer Bath, with Saurkraut and mustard. If you come bring something to consume. BYOB or support the Club for your Beer. Tammy and I will be taking off work at lunch to shop and get things fired up. Eveyone is welcome. Lets have a good time and eat various food items. Nothing will be turned down. RLTW ! USMRA V.P. Al P.

Posted: 10/2/2012
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: I will have a large pan of Langdon's Banana Pudding at the meeting, Lord willing. I happen to know that Rangers like that pretty well. Come hungry! Margaret

Posted: 10/2/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message: USMRA September 2012 Meeting Minutes

...Steve Hawk, President, starts off with talking about Doug *A-sho-e* Perry throwing rocks at him on Yonah when Steve was a student in January of '75...how Doug broke ice with a tent pole at Rock Creek Lake for the Slide for Life, Steve hits the water in a good L position coming to a perfect stop, minimally wet...reports and Doug gets him back in the water, all good and soaked...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, follows with a wonderfully kind prayer mentioning about the Monument and all the people involved with Camp Merrill...a sincerely spoken prayer once more by Willard, also attesting to Doug Perry's fun...

...the minutes were given by memory as my upgrade on my phone cost me lots of information I had stored on it...we had talked extensively about the Monument and as of right now I have over $7500 which updates what I reported at the meeting...

...as things developed Dan Rhodes, Treasurer got me on the bank account list to make deposits per Bob Williams' suggestion...ok...Doug Perry says I should be on the Mail Box card, so I can get mail...ok...Dan, after 15 incredibly loyal years as Treasurer, announces his retirement...

...(whatchutalkinboutWillis?!) ...Lt Fuzz is seeing a pattern develop...

...Steve pats me on the shoulder, "Gallantly will I strive to show the world"...as Bob Suchke says, "Though I be the lone survivor"...I feel like the kid painting someone's white fence...

...until December, I'll be the Interim Treasurer but we'd really need to have someone do all this detailed number stuff, should anyone be willing...Bob says, "Oh don't worry about taxes, Dan'll show you how to do all that"...

...Bob McMahon's current situation  was talked about by Willard...he's getting older and less self reliant; went thru in '54, an outstanding mountaineering instructor whose wife Dixie, is running The Rucksack down in Gainesville...

...Roy Close's Mother's passing was also remembered... our thoughts with him and his family...

...as we move into Old Business,  Bob Williams, Power Behind the Throne, explains how all the parties involved are moving forward with the Monument from getting the plaque ordered to where on the Camp it's going to be put, about 3 places are in consideration now...Forest Service, 5th Ranger, etc...

...New Business...October is our Fall CCO, the 'Eating Meeting', when everybody brings a dish, we all sit around and remember when...

...this year, to include Camp Personnel, we are having it begin at 1700...5pm for all engineers...not 1900...so come early and don't everybody bring meats...banana pudding is requested...

...Bob Suchke talked about Coin Sales...we have 22 left and he wondered if we should reorder...Steve Hawk brought up the idea of having a small difference in the next batch we order, like a scalloped edge, to distinctly show a new issue of coins, not the original as it is now...some talk about how much has been offered for coins and what might be done to change our next order of USMRA Coins...decision to table the discussion til the next meeting...

...Steve spoke of upcoming events like the Veterans Day Parade in town and the association providing turkeys for personnel at Camp...

...Bob Suchke reminded everyone of the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville coming right after Gold Rush weekend in Dahlonega...inquiries about samples that may be available at our Eatin' Meetin' were made...Bob also advocates the Airborne group that sometimes meets on Saturday at Camp...on September 15 at 1100, this time...

...Lt Fuzz considered proposing a coin for all RIs who were 2nd Lieutenants here at Camp Merrill...and we would meet...only on full moon nights, once a month...at the end of Mosby...promotions and medals all around...

...but didn't...

...rides for the Blairsville Over The Hill Gang are needed for next meeting since Bob Williams is consumed with school events on that side of the ridge...

...Doug Perry, Governor, talks of the upcoming BDQ Reunion at Benning, Sep 13-15, with Willard Langdon being the only one it'd apply to except Bob Suchke who said, "No", when Doug asked if he was coming...

...Doug also plugged the free breakfast from 9-11 every fourth Saturday at the American Legion...saying, "y'all oughta come", to our 2 active duty Rangers, Bob Williams reminded Doug how weekends on active duty don't just happen like we're used to...

...Steve asked for an update on the idea of females in Ranger School...Chris Fuller, Club Manager, and SFC.........(blank)... presented a picture of it being a back burner issue now that viewpoints were considered beyond what non-tabbed slugs can ponder...lots of laughing and jokes and new ways to pass up the count and how flank security on ambushes is going to be a lot more fun now...

...Bob Williams talked of the Wrestling Program up in Union County and how Art McCann, former RI, assists him...he just left 85 over in Blairsville, ages 3 to 17, with Art to come to our meeting...

...Bob put the USMRA distinctive logo, highly coveted as it is, on their Camp T Shirt, as we donated $100 unexpected dollars to the Wrestling Camp this summer...Bob Bischoff, leading candidate for The Order of Butter...ultra exclusive 2nd Lt RI, along with me...made the motion and it was unanimously carried...(see previous minutes)...Bob spoke of tiny little ones on the mat and when asked how you could get one of those shirts, "Man, you gotta come grapple on the mat"...(Bob has told me directly, looking over his glasses, that I don't have to relate things literal, but Bob has song in his voice and I listen to how he talks, with his quick wit, and it wouldn't be right...not to)...

...more gaggles of talking about the Eatin Meetin and an Auction is also planned, out of the blue...bring something good and let me have it...I'm not sure if it's stuff in general or Ranger Stuff but bring something please...

...despite having no one make a motion to close, and opposition only to a second, Steve closed the meeting anyway..."see ya next month at the Eatin Meetin!"...

...respectfully submitted...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, S1

...Order of Mosby's Butter


Posted: 10/2/2012
Name: Michael Keohane
Message: Be advised - I will be arriving at the RMC o/a 4 PM Thursday for the "eatin meetin." I will be bringing three plus gallons of Italian meat sauce & pasta plus two small apple cakes. Estimate 30 to 40 "Ranger size" servings so come hungry. RLTW

Posted: 10/1/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...who can explain to me how to take the recordings of our USMRA Meetings and put that on our website and/or Message Board?...

...Lt Fuzz, S1


Posted: 9/30/2012
Name: Ranger Smitti
Message: *Overhang*

Posted: 9/30/2012
Name: Ranger Smitti
Message: Rangers... I'm very sorry to post that our fellow Ranger had passed 29 Oct in Dawsonville, Ga. Please pray for Sid Agent and for his family. We will have a memorial service for him ~ 6 Oct and planning on making a showing at the Overhand. I will keep all informed. Regards, Smitti

Posted: 9/28/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Don't worry Roy, We will be waiting to see Josh again.Roy I was so saddend to hear about your mother.Our prayers goes out to all your Family.God blessws her. RLTW..

Posted: 9/26/2012
Name: Roy Close
Message: Message for Doug Perry. My nephew Josh is coming down hog hunting and wants to get in touch with Danny. It will be in Dec and I will be home at the same time so hope to catch up to you to "old man"!

Posted: 9/25/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sorry to hear about the loss of two great Rangers. I was proud to know and serve with Redden, back in E Co., 1/501st BG, 101st Abn.Div.,from '58-'62. He was in a Rifle Platoon and I was in the Weapons Platoon. Then I got to serve w/ him again when I DEROS'd from the 'Nam, 1st time, and went to MRC. Lost contact after I left MRC. Redden was a solid person and the epitome of a RANGER.RIP Ranger Brinkley! I already know that the Big Ranger in the Sky has a special place for you, and the rest of our dear departed Comrades! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 9/22/2012
Name: Bill Miller
Message: More on Ranger Chuck Waters Monday Sept 24th, 1300 hrs a memorial service will be held at the Ft Benning Cemetery. Immediately following a Wake will be held at the VFW on Victory Drive. Tuesday, Sept 25th @ 0915 hrs his ashes are to be spread during a drop at Fryar Field. Chuck will be well received by the big Ranger in the Sky.

Posted: 9/22/2012
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

To the families of Rangers Chuck Waters and Redden Brinkley: Margaret and I send our sincerest condolences.

You will be in our prayers.


Posted: 9/19/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: Rangers we have lost two great Rangers. Ranger Chuck Waters and Ranger Redden Brinkley.I served with Redden at the MRC.on two times. We had just had a BDQ reunion at Ft. Benning and Chuck was there. May the Big Ranger in the sky welcome these two great Rangers.RLTW....

Posted: 9/19/2012
Name: Bill Miller
Message: I just got off the phone with the RTB and have the following information concerning CSM Chuck Waters. Monday Sept 24th @ 1300 hrs there will be an internment ceremony at the main post cemetary. The family has asked for some of his ashes be spread on Fryar Drop Zone. This has not been finalized as yet, but they have asked for Tuesday Sept 25th between 0800hrs-0900hrs. CSM Dana Cooper at the RTB will email me when it is finalized

Posted: 9/19/2012
Name: Ranger Al Buckelew
Message:

CSM (R) Chuck Waters died on 17 Sep in the St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA. Services will be held at the Fort Benning Cemetery on 24 Sep.

The Ranger Community has lost an outstanding soldier and I have lost a great friend of more than 60 years.


Posted: 9/16/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: Mark Jordan call me at home,important info. RLTW..

Posted: 9/13/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...Also for the October 4 Meeting, the world famous "Eating Meeting", at 5pm or 1700, there will be an auction of various and valuable keepsakes that several donors will be making available...

...for those participating with items to donate for the auction, please let me know ahead of time, or post it yourself for previews to what items will be up for bid...

...a great time is coming in October when, like our Critter CookOut, significant others may also attend...fix and prepare the food and have it ready for a proper meal when we Rangers decide it's time to feed the beasts...or something similar...

....RLTW...

...Mark, S1...


Posted: 9/11/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Damn! There goes my diet! I will be at the "eatin" meeting in October after having an earlier meeting that same day in Decatur with a new grandniece. Looking forward to both meetings. RLTW Mike Keohane

Posted: 9/10/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...30 Rangers pushed on to the objective...almost $2400.00 was added to our total of $7900.00 by only 92 Rangers!...

...as in most monuments of this sort,  a list of donors will be added to the monument location to recognize these selfless Rangers who have continued Leading  The Way!..

...some, a very few,  have been for $500.00 and tears came to my eyes when one was $5.00...each one gave what he could and he'll be remembered for it, at the Mountain Ranger Camp, where we all earned our Tab, along with those more fortunate...for a very long time...

...the challenge was made and some answered well...time thankfully remains for others to be involved, as they'd like to be...

...another topic...

...October 4th  is our annual Eating Meeting and this year it STARTS at 1700!!!...not 7pm!...so to allow more Cadre presently with 5th RTB to attend...

...Chuck Windham promises to bring his wife's baked beans!...Al Parten is getting hot dogs and hamburgers....Bob Suchke thinks sipping samples from Dawsonville may be available then...a good time to come and make it a long weekend with football in the Overhang too!...Dawgs at Spurrier's...

...seriously Rangers, you don't want to be left out of these 92 and counting Rangers, for this monument...

...July minutes were lost when I got my phone synced and August will be out soon...this is just an update to get your thank you notes filled out ahead of time for the October Event...when we'll probably have the final tally on who participated, and who gets $10 dues taken out every month for the RRF&OSN...(those not able to contribute now)...

...RLTW!...92!

Mark, S1 and Interim Treasurer...


Posted: 9/2/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Message for Joe A... Operation "Victor Charlie" at LZ Yellow is complete. PZ is clean and green.

Posted: 8/24/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...the second assault force of 38 Rangers contributing to the Ranger Memorial here at Camp Merrill blew the doors down with almost $3500.00!...2 were actually only $1.00 away from naming a building on Camp...

...approximately $5500 has been given by 62 Rangers...

...it amazes me to open these envelopes and see the names I have heard of or know and feel that spirit inside every one, making these mountains their home forever by such willingness to help in this very worthwhile project...

...we need everyone to donate whatever amount you can right now...this monument will be here long after we're sitting around the fire of the Big Ranger in the Sky...please be a major part of it...

...RLTW!...outstanding job Second Wave!...

...Lt Fuzz, S1


Posted: 8/18/2012
Name: OWENS
Message: MARK, S1 YOU SHOULD HAVE MINE IN YOUR HANDS NLT TUESDAY, DEPARTED FLORIDA LAST THURSDAY, I SELECTED GENERAL FUNDS TO GIVE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO YOUR COMMITTEE, HOPE THE ENVELOPES KEEP POURING IN....... I ASKED BIG RANGER TO BLESS ALL RANGERS WITH EXTRA FUNDS IN ORDER TO HELP US OUT....... JIM

Posted: 8/18/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark,S1 : Cash flow problems preclude immediate response to drive. However, watch the mail next month for this Mountain Ranger's donation. RLTW

Posted: 8/15/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...Ranger Memorial Update...

...almost $2,000 has been received so far!...an excellent first wave of Rangers making an impact in this Memorial at Camp Merrill!...we need everyone's participation and a special thanks for those who led the way...

...RLTW...

...Mark...


Posted: 8/7/2012
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message:

...Monument Mailout...

...I am not speaking as anyone but a member , who has had some experience with fund raising...

....all these institutions have many ways to facilitate money coming into the program, whatever it is...

....hefty donors, usually lacking in other regards, are championed with buildings named for them for their most generous contribution...

...lesser amounts are still prominently displayed showing how much in round numbers with the proud contributors immortalized forever...platinum, diamond, gold, ruby, silver...and so forth...snooty little finger foods are nibbled with stemware for the champagne...everyone is pulling peckers for publicity, so to speak...

...Steve Bishop brought up Ted Tison's idea of everyone giving $100 and with that, it'd be paid for since the estimate is less than all our members (more than a few) could achieve in a week...

...that is a challenge...

...10 checks of $10 each or something like that...$20 for 5 months...

...just for reference sake, let's call these guys who do give $100 by this time next year, August 2013 meeting, "Mountain Rangers"...

...anything from $50 to $100, "Rangers"...

...$26 to $49, "Benning or Florida Rangers"...your choice...

...any amount to $25, "recycle ranger"...

...OR let's think big too!...

...say $101 to $250..."Senior Ranger Bad to the Bone Hero"...

...$251 to $500...rename a building on camp or some other prominent fixture to your family name...example-Ramsey Bathhouse, Perry Homes, Hawk Watertower, Bragg Ammo Bunker...

...$501 to $750...Camp (your name here)...

...over $1000...

...all the above plus the entire electorate of registered voters among the members going for your candidate in the upcoming election, which negates the 10 month plan for those aspiring intrepidders...

...just my idea to throw that out there and let you see how we can get'r done...

...RLTW...Lt Fuzz, S1 


Posted: 8/4/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Drat! Can't make the party! I will be there in spirit to welcome a fellow Ranger into the life of a gentleman of leisure. May you do another forty years or more of R&R!

Posted: 8/4/2012
Name: Jerry Gray
Message: Join us for a retirement party for Ranger Steve Bishop, member USMRA, who is retiring from civil service (US Postal Service) with over 40 yrs combined federal service. Date: 11 AUG 2012 Loc: Wild Wings - 311 Jessie Jewel Parkway, Gainesville GA Time: 1930 Hope to see a Ranger presence there.

Posted: 7/31/2012
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Thanks Mark S-1 for sharing the prayer request for Candace. I ask that all rangers and families take a few moments and honor this request. My wife and I are praying for Candace as is my church. Willard

Posted: 7/31/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...Gary Head just asked me to post a prayer request for his daughter, Candace, now at North Forsyth Hospital with a collapsed lung and severe asthma attack...our thoughts and prayers for each and all experiencing pain and suffering and may the Big Ranger in the Sky comfort and secure them...

...reference for July Minutes...(Willard Langdon is our Chaplain)...yeah, you noticed...rrright...

...Mark, S1


Posted: 7/31/2012
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message: USMRA Meeting - July’12 Minutes

…we join the crew with talking about…”fastest 78 year old white man in Lumpkin County”…

…Steve begins by explaining his absence from last month, “Well, here we are, and let me apologize for last time, you know I was working in the yard, having a good ole time, and I walk into the house about 8:30 and Marcia says, “Didn’t you have a meeting tonight?” “Appreciate you telling me what time it was”…

…Steve Bishop, “If you kept your cell phone on you, you’d know what time it was”…Steve Hawk, “Let me explain that to you, I got rid of my cell phone…or rather I just don’t answer it, unless it’s a real emergency”…general chorus of ”how do you know if it’s an emergency…special ringtones?”…(tough crowd of interrogators smelling blood)…”the thing about it is, Marcia kept crawling up my fourth point of contact about answering it, “Why don’t you answer your cell phone?”…I said, “What did we do before we had cell phones, I mean we were married in a time when we didn’t have cell phones?”…”Well I called and left messages for you.”…”There you go; call and leave messages for me”…”You mean you’re not going to answer your cell phone?”…”Nope, just call and leave messages for me”…

…Steve Hawk, “and about my email, I exceeded my limit…when I was out with my stroke I have some 3,000 emails pile up and me and Bob have tried to get a new password and sort it out but here it is a year later and we still don’t have the thing right…I clear a computer by tossing it out the window”…

…”So anyway, we get out here for our July meeting”…briefly going on about the fourth of July celebration and parade in Dahlonega with politicians and water which the cadets loved…”anybody go to the fireworks last night?”…nope…”Well Padre, why don’t you start us off with a prayer, one of your good ones?”

…Willard Scott, Chaplain…”Our Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this beautiful day and a chance to be here this evening for our meeting…Just thank you for our members, for their service to our country, and their continued support to our community in whatever ways they can to support our troops…Thank you for the service of our active duty wherever they may be; be with them and their families and protect them, for they are serving too…A special prayer for those sick and facing medical conditions; just lay your healing hand on them and comfort them as You see fit…Thank you for Your Love and Grace and Your Many Blessings in our lives…just lead, guide and direct us during our meeting…I say this in thy Holy Name, Amen”…

…”well Padre, I hope you’re around when I die”, Steve Hawk continues, “I’d like for you to preach at it”…”We’ll have to have 12, 14, 16 pallbearers to tote it; first 6 will tote me and right behind them are two carrying a cooler with beer, so I figure the first six will get tired, drop back and have a beer, the next six won’t go 500 feet before they do the same thing and by the time we get there we’ll just throw in all the empty aluminum cans and bury them all around me…won’t need one of those vaults, just have it all aluminum”…”so I need a good preacher talking good for me”…

…”Alright let’s have the secretary”…

…oral report by Lt Fuzz about two things on the CCO…we needed to have a couple of kegs present and it’d be nice to identify the meat so every person doesn’t ask, “what is thaaaat?”…sold two coins at CCO with Bob’s t shirts here at the Overhang to sell…a motion by Bob Bischoff to donate $100 to Bob Williams’ wrestling camp at UCHS was approved…JD Kirby introduced the continuation of the final monument to be here at Camp Merrill, with some NCO’s already working with the USFS for regulations and constraints per LTC O’Brien…

…minutes approved…and Dan’s Treasurer’s report was about getting cards signed at bank being completed…

…JD Kirby begins with new/old business about the monument here at Camp Merrill, passing a copy around of a letter that will be mailed out for donations for completion of the project…Brian Cunningham has gotten many addresses but we’re aware of address changes and the problems with updates…Keith Antonio is having the college to print it…JD talks about getting a base and what it takes to get one of these done…Bob Suchke talks about one he’s had and how we could use local materials that may be better than $3500 for a pedestal…JD went to Elberton and saw a hunk of rock for $7,000…Steve Hawk went to Tate for a piece of rough rock for free…Bob says the rock from the quarry on Sassafras Mountain was used for the one at HQ at CFM…JD says 7 people gave over half the cost of the monument at Tullahoma…Bob Suchke keeps talking of a local rock and how the bronze plaque costs $3500…Ted Tilson says we should be able to get substantially more, and JD appreciates the optimism but says this last project took a lot longer to raise the funds…

…JD looks for anyone who can make this project easier, asking those interested to look at the one at Pine Valley and Bob says the rock he has in mind could fit this bronze plaque…Sunny Bragg, “Let’s get the money in first!”…and JD says, “let’s see”…and Steve Hawk says to look at all our alternates, seeing at what comes in from this donation drive…LTC O’Brien was spoken of as favorable behind this project, even being so good as to approve our fire pit…which got off on Jerry Grey’s donation at the CCO for keeping the flames going with one of the major logs for sitting…locations for where the rock can be, permits with the Forestry Service and Ft Benning engineers…general rumblings among those here present a favorable project for some rock hunting and planting here at the Camp…a greater response for sure than JD got last meeting when it looked as if no one really had interest in the rocks and the placements…Brian Cunningham is going to be put on the signature card for the Historical Committee…

…Cemetery update by S1 explaining of LLCs being created for moving forward, the project is a “go” and details of general information discussed by the masses as Ed still wonders about cost…

…Steve spoke of Ross Hall’s passing and how a few of us went to the service, ashes to be spread in our cemetery and others…we miss him and he’s always with us…

…Bob Suchke comes in and asks about the cemetery with Ted Tilson grimacing as the one to fill him in…

…donation girl at Wal Mart is found out to not be making donations for us, so manager is taking care of it…guess he doesn’t read our meeting minutes, huh?...

…North Georgia Airborne Association plug by Bob Suchke, talking of a cookout down near Riverside in Gainesville…no dues…an old Merrill’s Marauders guy is speaking on the 21st…a bunch of guys like us, but airborne…Tony Pritchley, Keith Antonio’s buddy, is the point of contact…

…Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery has the permits necessary…taxes and all…Dwight Bearden is an employee…

…Fallen Ranger signs now down at the road…any signs needing to be picked up can be found in the corner behind the bar at the Overhang…

…Bob Suchke, only dissenting member to end our meeting…39 minutes…

…respectfully submitted, Lt Fuzz, S1…

…RLTW!!...


Posted: 7/28/2012
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Rangers,
Many of you have asked for photos of the monumets that are already in place. They, along with the letter, can be viewed at the Historical Fund web page.

Posted: 7/28/2012
Name: Sharon Hall
Message: Local Rangers - I am looking for a hand gun (used if available) to home defense and to use on the SNAKES around here. I visited a gun store today and found a couple I like. Anyone out there have a Ruger LCR 38 or Smith & Wesson Model 19 357 they are willing to part with for a reasonable sum?

Posted: 7/26/2012
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The actual letters will not arrive until sometime next week. Donations can be sent to

USMRA
1 Camp Frank D. Merrill
Dahlonega, GA 30533

On your check, please, specify Historical Committee, General Fund, or whatever.


Posted: 7/25/2012
Name: ron rice
Message: to bob williams i received email on donation. web site does not work for me. need address to send donation or a letter. thx RLTW Ron "Ropes" Rice

Posted: 7/25/2012
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Rangers,

The USMRA Historical Committee is continuing a process envisioned by Rangers Bryan Hall Jackson and Jack Daniel to place monuments at three Ranger training facilities. The first was erected at Arnold AFB where the 2nd & 5th Ranger Battalions of WWII were trained. The second was erected at Pine Valley near Dahlonega, the first site for the Mountain Ranger Camp.

LTC(Ret) J.D. Kirby and others have taken the reins to see the completion of the third monument that will be placed at Camp Frank D. Merrill. A letter asking for your assistance will be arriving in the mail in the next week or two.

If you do not receive a letter and would like to support this worthy project, please contact J.D. at ssgolfassn@aol.com.


Posted: 7/21/2012
Name: Bill Miller
Message:

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ranger Lt. Col. (ret) Walter Maxwell Sanders on July 19th, 2012. Due to a sudden series of medical complications, he was admitted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantwown, WV. During his brief stay he had his family by his side His passing was peaceful

Service arrangements are currently being made and once finalized will be passed on. A Military Honors Ceremony will take place this fall at Arlington National Cemetary.

We have lost yet another great ranger who served as the Senior Advisor to the 52nd Vietnamese Ranger Bn. Walt was inducted into the US Army Ranger hall of Fame in 2004. We will miss you Walt.


Posted: 7/17/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: North Georgia Airborne Association information: Fellow paratroopers and family:  A special treat for our next meeting on 21 July, will be Master Sgt. Vincent Mellilo and daughter Jonnie Clason. Sgt. Mellilo Served with Merrills marauders during the famous 1000 mile trek thru the jungles of Indo China to surprise and defeat the Japanese forces. It was a first for the American forces in engaging the Japanese military. DO NOT MISS THIS. We will also be celebrating Sgt. Mellilo's 94th birthday ALSO: Remember to bring a canned food item for veterans helping veterans in North Georgia. See Doug Damon to donate your canned food on your arrival. Bring family. Food and drinks will be furnished by the North Georgia Airborne Association   Time  11:00 AM 21 July 2012 Place Paul E. Bolding American Legion Post #7, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville  ( Not to far from the Riverside Military Academy )

Posted: 7/10/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: Mark Jordan and Bob Williams..Bobbie Butler's PC has crashed> She advised that it would a couple of days before she was up and running again.RLTW...

Posted: 7/9/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: All packed for the Ranger Muster. I will be getting up at o dark hundred to catch a 8Am flight. S/b at the hotel around 4Pm. I'm buying! Got some little what-nots for RMC Instructors who were assigned to the 2nd Ranger Company in the early days.

Posted: 7/5/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Mark, Steve, Doug Perry. I will not be able to make the meeting this evening. Hope all goes well.

Posted: 7/3/2012
Name: Perry Doerr
Message: To Ross Hall, rest in peace brother, we will see you on the high ground. Though we never met in person corresponding with you during your diligent Ranger history research was a rewarding experience for me. 1SG Luca Bertozzo, Italian Army Ranger, Alpini, and US Army Ranger works with me here, we were both saddened to hear the news of your passing, he too remembers you fondly. Your remarkable personality, work and friendship lives on in all those who were blessed to have known you.

Posted: 7/2/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...someone let Steve Hawk know please!...if he doesn't go by the bank, it will be much later when we can do this again...

The minutes will suffice, but Steve still needs to come by soon to sign the updated signature card; otherwise, the information we added last week will fall off the system...he needs to come by this week at the latest.  

Linda Howarth, AVP United Community Bank 206 Morrison Moore Pkwy. P.O. Box 1060 Dahlonega, GA 30533

...RLTW...

...Mark, S1 706 864 8223


Posted: 7/1/2012
Name: John Moore
Message: Thought I would share this: On this date -- July 1,1974: 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry parachutes into Fort Stewart, Ga. Recognizing the need for a highly trained and mobile reaction force, the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Creighton Abrams, in the fall of 1973, directed the activation of the first battalion sized Ranger unit since World War II. The unit was to consist of highly motivated Airborne Ranger qualified personnel. Headquarters, Forces Command issued General Order 127, directing the activation of the 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, with the effective date of January 31, 1974. Selection would continue from March through June at Fort Benning, Ga. Then on July 1, 1974, the battalion parachuted into Fort Stewart where they would be stationed until moving to their present location, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., in September 1978.

Posted: 6/30/2012
Name: Chad Burrow
Message: Doug Perry, How's my Old Ranger Buddy. I need you to give me call when you get a chance. The family and I are planning to come up to stay a few days in OCT to visit. Call me at 417-991-2210. "RLTW" Chad Burrow

Posted: 6/30/2012
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: I knew Ross as a friend, and we carried that friendship by phone and email, over a distance of a thousand miles, and almost 10 years. Thank you Sharon for all of your support, and for being at his side all the way through. Thank you both Ross and Sharon, for the great contributions that both of you made to the Ranger Community, and for preserving some very special, Ranger History.

Posted: 6/28/2012
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Ross was a friend to me and all the Rangers and we all loved and respected him. He was a sound-minded, dedicated person who loved history and people. He gave me some valuable advise on my last book and hooked me up with his publisher. He set the standards high and captured a lot of history that would have been lost without his hard work. Ranger Ross, you will be missed. Sharon, may God bless your family. Willard Langdon

Posted: 6/27/2012
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message:

...Sharon

...please know I loved Ross like a big brother...he was authentic!...a rare rare person who finds his own path leading  off into the deep woods where most don't go.. 

...Ross's words to me are remembered, the things he said with that soft but direct look that sees to your soul... I wanted to be with him more, enjoying the few times we did share...but I am there still too where others gathered to be blessed for such an occasion...as is Ross...

...He's smiling now and chuckling like he does, I know...he's been with me at Benning and back...as he's with you Sharon and his sons and all those he loved, right now, wherever... 

...a huge family of loved ones gather in these moments, a celebration of again being present with Ross...we bade farewell and all he did was leave that old cocoon... 

...Ross is Love...he's still chuckling but he knows it!...

...Blessings of Peace Sharon! 


Posted: 6/27/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: When I saw the message about Ranger Ross Hall, I looked to my right where his book "Mountain Ranger" stood on my work table. I read it from cover to cover when I first got it and I still like to dip into it from time to time. I met Ranger Ross Hall at the RMC on one of my infrequent visits and regret that I could not spend more time with him. Hang in there, I will soon be "walking slack' for you. RLTW

Posted: 6/26/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Ross, you were one of a kind. You captured the Ranger Spirit in your writings and while doing so earned our respect. Your books will forever carry the stories about Rangers both young and old and in that way you will truly never be forgotten. You were an inspiration to all of us and I am honored to have known you. Rest in Peace my friend. I'll see you on the high ground!

Posted: 6/26/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: I am very sorry to hear about Ross, Sharon we all love you like family, Ross will be missed by many a Ranger. I am sorry also to inform all of you that I will be in North Carolina during Ross' Services, Tammy and Britt and I have been planning this trip for 6 Months. Someone please say a prayer to Ross for me. RLTW !

Posted: 6/25/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: Sharon. May God bless you and your family..Some of my fondest memories was the times I spent with you and Ross.Call me if you need something RLTW.

Posted: 6/25/2012
Name: Sharon Hall
Message:

As many of you already know, Ross Hall passed away yesterday, June 24. Little in his life meant more to him than that the Ranger community embraced him so. He considered it the highest of honors to be accepted and counted among you.

Memorial services will be held at Dahlonegta Funeral Home on Highway 60, Friday, June 29, with visitation from 9:30-10:30 with the service to follow. In lieu of flowers he asked that memorial gifts be made to the US Army Mountain Ranger Association or Rainbow Children's Home, 247 East Main St., Dahlonega.

And for me, thank you from the bottom of my heart for so enriching his life ... and mine.


Posted: 6/25/2012
Name: amie close
Message: Rest In Peace Ross Hall !

Posted: 6/25/2012
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: Thank you Mark for the update.

Posted: 6/24/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Ranger Ross Hall linked up with The Big Ranger in the Sky earlier today...Sharon is resting tonight...

...Our sincere respect and love for him will be appreciated by so many who knew him as a brother...

...RIP Ranger Hall...


Posted: 6/15/2012
Name: JIM OWENS
Message: YOU WANT THE TRUTH? -- YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS BUT HERE IT IS -- *** Time to spill the beans, so to speak, I retired from the Army in 1992 as a 1SG with 20+ years, I had almost 11years as a Ranger Instructor, serving at the Mountain Ranger Camp and the Florida Ranger Camp, completed 2 ½ years with A. Co. 2/75th. ** The reason I telling you this—Once I left the Army, a short time later, I joined the U.S. Navy, that’s right, I joined the Navy Law Enforcement. I now have almost 15years with the U.S. Navy. I have a unique perspective on what it’s like to have served in two branches of service. While serving with the Army I was never exposed to serving with or leading females due to my MOS and the Units I served with, HOWEVER, that all changed when I joined the U.S. Navy. I am going to enlighten you on my experience while serving with and leading females in the Navy Law Enforcement field. 1st problem, once a female thinks she’s pregnant she goes to the doctor for confirmation, once confirmed the doctor gives her a Letter of Pregnancy, immediate upon returning to her unit, her Gun Card is pulled, she can No Longer Arm up, she is pulled from Police Patrols and cannot even ride as a partner in a Patrol car, she can no longer be assigned to ANY POST requiring a Fire Arm nor can she be placed at any post where she might be confronted with physical force and all of this due to the Pregnancy. 2nd problem for every female that as we call it “pops as pregnant” she is immediately assigned as limited duty, the Unit will get “NO REPLACEMENTS” for this pregnant female, so if you have 6 to 8 pregnant females you are automatically down that many of bodies in your manning and none of your patrol duties, post requirements, main gate duties, vehicle inspection requirements, watches, or any other Law Enforcement requirements will change due to this loss of manpower. These females once they are labeled pregnant are now in a limited duty status and can only work basically in an admin status, in an office environment, filing, stapling, handing out passes, etc., etc. 3rd problem, now the real problem highlights itself, all the men in the unit now have to carry and perform not only their assigned duties but now have to perform and cover the missing females job requirements, that’s right, they pick up all of the requirements of the missing females. Now due to the shortage created by the missing females the men are now taxed even more, now I cannot have as many men attend additional MOS related schools, now I cannot let as many men take leave to spend time with their families, now I have to have the men on the road work twice as hard to fill in and cover the missing females job responsibilities and requirements. None of the Law Enforcement post, stations, check points, vehicle inspections, and etc. etc. will ever change due to these missing females. They become in essence an albatross. The men always have to step up and cover those missing female bodies’ requirements, and yes it does cause internal animosity amongst the men. 4th problem these females are out on limited duty for up to ONE YEAR, that’s right each one gets up to a year of limited duty and on top of that some of them elect to get out of the service early due to their pregnancy (early out), the men are not afforded any of these special options at all…. unfortunately I could go on and on with problems associated with females in the male units, this is just the tip of the iceberg so to say, every leader who has served with females has seen the revolving door of females coming in and leaving the service early for one reason or another and the males are always having to cover their exodus from the units in one way or another. JIM

Posted: 6/14/2012
Name: JIMMY M. OWENS
Message: MIKE FLACK....WELL SAID SIR...WELL SAID. I JUST HOPE SENIOR LEADERSHIP WILL UNDERSTAND THE FOCUS IS "NOT A SELF-SERVING CAREER TOOL" BUT AN ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT... TO DO WHAT NO OTHERS CAN DO OR ARE WILLING TO DO! ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION!!! NO MATTER WHAT THE OBSTACLE... SEEMS THE HIGHER IN RANK ONE ACHIEVES THE QUICKER THEY LOSE SIGHT OF THIS....THEN THEY START FOCUSING ON SOCIAL ENGINEERING, THIS IS WHERE THE STANDARDS GO OUT THE WINDOW....I HAVE ALWAYS SAID "WE ARE ONLY AS STRONG AS OUR WEAKEST LINK" SOMEONE HAS TO STAND UP AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! AT SOME POINT A MAN WILL HAVE TO GO HAND TO HAND, FACE TO FACE, TO KILL THE ENEMY ON HIS OWN HOMELAND GROUND. WOULD YOU RISK THE OUTCOME ON A LESS QUALIFIED, LESS TRAINED AND CERTAINLY LESS AGGRESSIVE CANDIDATE TO DECIDE THE OUT COME OF A CONFLICT, I HOPE "NOT".....I REALLY HOPE NOT……. JIM OWENS

Posted: 6/13/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I know this is a bit long for the message board, but it is worth the trouble. • Updated June 12, 2012, 7:19 p.m. ET Stephen Kilcullen: Women Don't Belong in Ranger School Do individuals serve the military or does the military serve them? By STEPHEN KILCULLEN The United States Army is debating whether to admit women to Ranger School, its elite training program for young combat leaders. Proponents argue this is to remove a final impediment to the careers of Army women. But the move would erode the unique Ranger ethos and culture—not to mention the program's rigorous physical requirements—harming its core mission of cultivating leaders willing to sacrifice everything for our nation. The Army's 75th Ranger Regiment traces its roots back to World War II, when it won acclaim for penetrating deep behind Japanese lines. Founded in 1950, Ranger School teaches combat soldiers small-unit tactics and leadership under extreme duress. It pushes men harder than any other program in the Army's curriculum. Competition to attend the course is fierce, with about 4,000 men eligible to attend each year. Only about half graduate. Of those, only 20% make it through without having to retake various phases. For decades, completion of Ranger School has been the best indicator for determining which young men can handle the enormous responsibility of combat leadership. The Ranger School debate is upon us because the Army is considering whether to overturn regulations excluding women from infantry battalions. This is part of a broader trend in the U.S. military. The Air Force allowed women to serve as combat pilots at the start of the first Gulf War in 1991. Following suit, the Navy in 2010 embarked on a taxpayer-funded retrofit of its submarines to accommodate 10-20 women in its submarine force each year. Now the Navy finds itself embroiled in controversy surrounding its process for determining their suitability. Army women are not currently allowed to serve in frontline squads, platoons or rifle companies. But they can serve on battalion staffs: groups of 10 to 15 headquarters personnel who coordinate the actions of the smaller units in the organization. These roles do not involve small-unit combat leadership, tactics or direct combat—core aspects of the infantry mission. Ranger School develops those men best suited for precisely this infantry mission. "Ninety-percent of our senior [infantry] officers are Ranger qualified," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently said. "If we determine that we're going to allow women to go into infantry and be successful, they're probably at some time going to have to go to Ranger School." But does changing the fabric of the military culture to improve the odds of individual achievement make sense for the military? Do individuals serve the military or does the military serve them? Remember, this is an all-volunteer force. Ranger School isn't about improving the career prospects of individual candidates. Our motto is "Rangers lead the way." Many a Ranger has lived these words before being killed in action—certain that if a Ranger couldn't accomplish the mission, nobody could. This unique culture lures the kind of young, smart soldiers needed to get the toughest jobs done. The promise of something bigger than oneself—bigger than any career track—is what motivates these men. It is this culture of excellence and selflessness that attracts young men to the Ranger brotherhood. The Ranger ethos is designed to be deadly serious yet self-deprecating, focused entirely on teamwork and mission accomplishment. Rangers put the mission first, their unit and fellow soldiers next, and themselves last. The selfishness so rampant elsewhere in our society has never existed in the Ranger brotherhood. And that is the secret of the brotherhood's success. Some call it "unit cohesiveness" but what they are really describing is a transition from self-interest to selfless service. The notion of allowing women into Ranger School because denying them the experience would harm their careers makes Ranger graduates cringe. Such politically correct thinking is the ultimate expression of the "me" culture, and it jeopardizes core Ranger ideals. The military has changed many policies in recent years, based on individual self-interest masquerading as fairness and antidiscrimination. As we debate new policies, decision makers need to ask two simple questions: Is a proposed move good for the majority of service members? And does it improve or hinder our ability to execute our mission? After all, the military does not exist to provide careers. It is a responsibility, a way of life and a higher calling that only 1% of our citizens choose to follow. A top-notch fighting force composed of dedicated and strong men who are the very best at what they do is what defines our armed forces—and the Rangers as among their best. Let's not destroy this small but incredibly important culture under the banner of "me." Mr. Kilcullen was commissioned in 1993 from Vanderbilt ROTC and is a Ranger School graduate. He served as an officer in light, mechanized and mountain infantry before leaving the Army in 2004. A version of this article appeared June 13, 2012, on page A13 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Women Don't Belong in Ranger School. Copyright 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Posted: 6/12/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: The North Georgia Airborne Association will meet again this Saturday 16 June 2012 at the Camp Frank D. Merrill NCO Club at 1100 hours. All Airborne qualified personnel are invited to attend and join if interested. The Assn. meets once a month to maintain the Airborne Spirit and promote interest in the Brotherhood of Paratroopers. There are no dues, but donations are welcome. We are conducting a food drive for Veterans in need. So bring any canned goods you would like to contribute. There is usually a program on a related subject with a guest speaker. If you are Airborne qualified then you are invited to attend and join if interested. Meetings usually run about an hour+. We currently have about 50 members on the books and have trips planned to Camp Toccoa at Currahee Mountain in the near future. We already have several Rangers as members and welcome others. AIRBORNE!

Posted: 6/11/2012
Name: ~Cookie
Message: Hey y'all - I need a contact in Germany.....anybody know one? Please send them my contact info - myvintagepastime@yahoo.com and ask them to please drop me a line. Thanks! RLTW

Posted: 6/10/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...just passing along some memories you probably never heard of...April 17, 1968...

Journey to the Carbon Cemetery  

​It was a cold clear day in the rolling hills of central Oklahoma on February 15, 2010 when I turned off the pavement onto a barely improved gravel road.  A small, crudely painted sign hung on a fence at the road junction was my only clue that I was on the right track.  A friendly Okie had given me instructions that had brought me this far.  I was almost at the end of a trip that had started forty-one years and 12,000 miles ago.   ​

April 17, 1968 started out as just another day in the life of an infantry platoon leader in the delta.  It was the peak of the dry season and temperatures were high.  Silently, the men of A Company, 4th of the 47th gathered there meager possessions, shook the bugs out their jungle fatigues, and wiped the sleep out their eyes—if they had slept at all.  Although it started as any other, it was a day that would change my life forever.   ​

The fighting started about 9AM; it was dark, maybe around 7PM, when I finally got back to the company command post badly dehydrated and with a gaping bullet hole in my leg.  

About an hour later I heard Mittler’s voice on the company radio net, “Chambers and Hubbard are dead”.  I was devastated.  Two men in the prime of life who depended on me to keep them safe were dead!  

Captain Robert Bischoff, the company commander, was consoling but unfazed.  Fearless and battle-hardened this was not Captain Bischoff’s first fight.  He had seen much worse. I had not.   ​

The road to recovery from the gunshot wound took me first to the battalion aid station on the Benewah, then the 90th Evac Hospital in Tan Son Nhut, and finally Camp Oji, Japan.  The emotional wounds took longer to heal.  

First came the guilt of survivorship.  Why them and not me?  Next was the grief that comes with the realization that one’s best efforts were not enough to protect two brave men.  I had no second thoughts about my actions that day.  There were no “I should have…” moments.  

Captain Bischoff was kind enough to put me in for a Silver Star.  It was the grief that comes with the burden of leadership, at times overwhelming and then in remission.     ​

The passage of time eroded the sharper edges of the grief but then came the little voice saying that I had not fulfilled my duties as the first officer in the chain of command of Hubbard and Chambers.  

I had returned to Vietnam after the surgery in Japan but with a bad limp.  I never returned to the 9th Division but instead took an assignment with the 1st Aviation Brigade initially as the security officer at Can Tho Army Airfield and then as a commander of a Pathfinder Detachment.  I never wrote a letter of condolence to the families of Chambers and Hubbard and certainly never attended a memorial service.  

Every year on April 17th the little voice reminded me of the unfinished business.  It was 2009 when the little voice could no longer be silenced.  I had been in the work force for 50 years and it was time to enjoy the fruits of my labor and live out the rest of my days in middle class bliss.  First on the bucket list was to pay my respects to Chambers and Hubbard even if it meant traveling to the ends of the earth.    

​The last 25 years of my working life had been spent as a private investigator so locating living people was no problem.  Locating dead people presented more of a challenge.  I determined that by 2009 neither Hubbard nor Chambers had living children, spouses, or parents.  

The obvious avenues of enquiry regarding their gravesites were soon exhausted so, out of ideas, I sent in a Freedom of Information Act request to the Army Personnel Center asking for the location of the graves of Hubbard and Chambers.  Because both of these men were listed on the Vietnam Memorial website I had their service numbers and hometowns:  Fort Worth for Chambers and Choteau, Oklahoma for Hubbard.  The Army sent me more than I bargained for.  Taking a broad view of my rather limited request the Army sent me the whole “Individual Deceased Personnel File”.  

It made for reading that only a funeral director could enjoy.  And yet in its own macabre way it was very impressive.  There laid out on impersonal forms in terse military prose were all the actions taken by the morticians in handling the bodies.  Fingerprints were taken, wounds were documented, and the bodies prepared for shipment.  It was all there in the Individual Deceased Personnel File down to the coordinates of the action and the reports of the escort NCOs who accompanied the caskets from Travis Air Force Base.  I had the information I needed.  Chambers was buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery south of Fort Worth; Hubbard was buried at the Carbon Cemetery in Richville, Oklahoma.  It would not exactly be a trip to the end of the earth from my home near San Antonio.   ​

Cedar Hill Cemetery is a sprawling, old, well laid out facility for blacks on the Mansfield Highway.  I went to the office to make enquiries about the location of Chamber’s grave.  The secretary asked me what relation I was to the deceased.  “We served together,” I murmured.  A friendly sexton guided me to a site underneath a giant live oak and then left me to talk to the headstone of a man I had last seen on April 17, 1968.  The grief welled up again but I fought it off and finished my one sided conversation and said a prayer before heading to my next stop: the Carbon Cemetery.  

​The Individual Deceased Personnel Record referred to the Carbon Cemetery in Richville, Oklahoma.  My map program gave Richville the smallest of dots and I soon learned why.  Arriving at the dot on the map I found nothing but fields and forests for miles around—not so much as a shuttered gas station or post office confirmed that Richville had ever existed.  

My years as a PI had taught me the value of seeking local knowledge.  I found a propane truck driver refilling his tank.  He wasn’t sure about the name but he recalled seeing a sign nearby pointing to a cemetery.  His directions were good.  I turned off the pavement at the crudely lettered sign.  The road went from bad to worse until after several miles it abruptly ended in a clearing of about six acres.  I thought I had missed a turn until I noticed a small moss covered rock on the side of the road bearing the inscription “Carbon Cemetery”.  

I was shocked at the abject poverty that the cemetery represented but the worst shock was yet to come.  Here were no neat rows of markers like at Cedar Hill.  Only where the ground had caved in forming a small depression could one identify a gravesite.    Only a handful of the graves had store-bought markers.  If there was a marker, it was a small boulder with initials of the deceased scratched on it and there were a lot more depressions than markers.  I knew from the record that Hubbard had a military marker.  

Crisscrossing the field multiple times failed to turn up the grave I was looking for.  I had been searching for over an hour; long shadows from the surrounding pine trees were starting to encroach on the Carbon Cemetery.  I was on the verge of giving up when I saw an area on the margin of the field that I had not searched.  It looked like there was an ancient wrought iron fence around a tumbledown marker.  

And there was Hubbard, just outside the wrought iron fence with a nice military marker—one of the best in the cemetery.  But it was with horror that I saw something else next to the grave: two other markers told the story of a family’s tragic history.  Hubbard had a brother and sister who had predeceased him.  Hubbard’s parents had outlived three children!  

​I was dumfounded.  My grief was immense but it paled to insignificance compared to what Hubbard’s parents must have felt when the death of their son was announced.  I had my one-sided conversation with Hubbard.  It was almost dark and a chill wind had sprung up.  I headed for the car overwhelmed by the revelations at Hubbard’s gravesite but glad that the journey that had begun on April 17, 1968 was over.  

​Rest in peace, my friends.  You were brave men, and true.

...RLTW...


Posted: 6/10/2012
Name: Jim Owens
Message: I knew a SSG Paul Timmermand from the MRC, 1977-1978, he was assigned to Lower Mountaineering as an RI, he departed somtime in 1978 for Recruiting Duty. Mcelliott, Rosentrater, Oswald, Cheshire, Molden, Childress, Vierra, Virden, Maj Janous was the OIC of the Lower area if I remember correctly and LTC Blount was the Camp Commander then,...these were some of the Mountain Men assigned there while he was there. Jim

Posted: 6/7/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Met a fellow at the VA Hospital the other day. He was manning the information desk, as a DAV Volunteer. I stopped to chat and he saw my hat w/ H Co, 75th Rangers. He said he had been w/ "O" Co, 173rd in the 'Nam. I said ,"Oh, you were with the HERD huh?" He smiled and said that he had not heard it called the HERD for quite a while. We talked, he in kinda stilted words, like he might have been head injured. Said he worked at the Mountain Ranger Camp , Mountaineering Committee, back in '72. His name is Paul Temmermand. E-mail is ; p_temmermand@hotmail.com. Does anyone remember this fellow? If so, why not drop a note.Jim RLTW

Posted: 6/6/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Just watched " Saving private Ryan " always see it on D-Day. You are correct Doug, Rangers Lead the Way !

Posted: 6/6/2012
Name: doug perry
Message: I cannot imagine how thoes Rangers and the rest of the invasion force felt upon thoes beaches and them that landed behind enemy lines.Today is D_DAY sixty eight years ago they went there to do a job and they did it with over 10,000 casulties.There are just a few of these Brave soldiers are left.If you have the time take a knee and thank them. RLTW.

Posted: 6/5/2012
Name: Bob Williams
Message: I will have some more CCO shirts at the meeting Thursday. I will leave them at the club for those who can't make the meeting.

Posted: 6/5/2012
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Mark S-1, be advised I'm not going to be able to make the Thursday night meeting. If you or someone else would fill in for me, I'd appreciate it. I will be praying but not physically with you guys. Have a blessed meeting. Willard

Posted: 6/3/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Hooray, Congrats, and all the best to Ross. Rangers Lead the Way!

Posted: 6/3/2012
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: Thanks Mark for the update reference Ross. Joe

Posted: 6/2/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...earlier today 3 Steve's...Hawk, Bishop and Pullen...along with Al Parten, Bob Suchke and myself gathered to present Ross Hall with a Ranger Tab, pinned to his left shoulder...a gathering of brothers...

...RLTW...

...Mark


Posted: 6/1/2012
Name: LTC(Ret.) John R. Angolia
Message:

I was graduated from Ranger School in the class that also included COL Nett, MoH recipient and subse-quent Commanding Officer of the Ranger School. I have had 38 books published to date, and am currently work-ing on a series entitled "Heroes In Our Midst." Vol I and Vol II deal with the history of the WWII Airborne, Pathfinders, Paramarines, Glider Troops and Troop Carrier Command, with Vol I to be released late July of this year, and Vol II in September of this year. Vol III will include the history of all WWII Ranger units. I desperately need period photos and Vet input for use in the book. You will be credited. Please contact me at my e-mail address kpwork@aol.com. With thanks in advance. Jack Angolia


Posted: 5/31/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Just left msg in Bishop's phone mailbox, waiting on return call.

Posted: 5/31/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...Ross requests one more...Ranger Steve Bishop...and I don't have his contact info...Ted Tilson may know...please forward the word along for 1300 Saturday, 2 June at Ross's house on Jay Bridge Rd...


Posted: 5/31/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: I have located Steve Pullen and he will also be there for Ross on Saturday.

Posted: 5/30/2012
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message:

...these Rangers are requested to be at Ross Hall's house on Jay Bridge Rd for a special presentation either Saturday or Sunday coming up at 1pm...

...Steve Hawk, Doug Perry, Bob Suchke, Al Parten and Steve Pullen if he can be found...others interested, let me know...

...we'll go with Saturday and use Sunday for a contingency...

...I need to coordinate with Sharon, so please get back to me asap at 770 366 4838 or first.stone@yahoo.com...

...Rangers, it's time to gather...

...Mark


Posted: 5/30/2012
Name: Michael Keohane
Message: Jim Regan: I am in San Diego with the Berlin Brigade veterans. Would like it if you and others were here also. Nice city and I visited the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. There is a bunch of old Marines that are doing the same thing that we are trying to do at Camp Merrill - I was much impressed at the work of these Marine Volunteers have done over the years in displaying the history of the Recruit Depot and the Marine Corps in general. If anyone ever visits San Diego, a trip to the Marine Recruit Depot will be rewarding and they like Rangers.

Posted: 5/30/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mark, S of 1, ya done it again. Bet your little fingers ache after posting ALL the reports. Sorry to have missed the get to gether/CCO. Will try my best to make it next year. I was so close(20 miles,) yet sooo far! Please greet everyone at the next meeting for me. See ya all next year! Jim RLTW

Posted: 5/30/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Better you than me big Brother, I'd have to do it 4 times. Just had to poke ya !

Posted: 5/29/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...I get bleary eyed getting that done Al, and when I post and nothing shows up, I do it again to frantically try to keep it...thus reruns...sorry, rookie mistake...

...Mark


Posted: 5/29/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Mark, ya gotta stay away from that " stump water " ..

Posted: 5/29/2012
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message: USMRA May ’12 Meeting Minutes, unabridged edition…not approved for the weak or fainthearted…

…Not the normal meeting since we’re enjoying all the camaraderie of friends and brothers we haven’t seen in a while…a really good turnout of those near and many from quite a ways who usually don’t get to share this time with us…

…We begin with scholarship presentation…Steve Hawk, President, recognizes Willard Langdon, Chaplain, to deliver the award since Brian Cunningham, Scholarship Committee, had to leave early…

…Willard asks for Kelly Caroline Massey and her family to come forward…Willard read the letter, along with a $500 donation, and certificate for Jerry Massey’s daughter who will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall after graduating from Lumpkin County High School…

…”Kelly, congratulations, you have been selected by the United States Mountain Ranger Association to receive an academic scholarship in the amount of $500. The Scholarship Committee was greatly impressed by your academic achievements, extracurricular involvement and tremendous potential for success in future endeavors. Your accomplishments and abilities reinforces our faith in American Youth and confidence in our country’s direction. The Association wishes you every success in your future education. We are certain of your place among tomorrow’s leaders. Sincerely, Brian Cunningham, Scholarship Committee Chairman”…

…Let’s give Kelly a big hand!...

…Kelly responded, “Thank you very much. I promise that I’ll put it to good use. I really appreciate it.”…Willard, “Thank you, you have a great future.”…

…Willard, “Ok, Colonel Suchke…When the Rangers go thru the Mountain Camp we have 6 planning bays and that’s where they go in and plan their patrols, we all know that. So to honor these Veteran Instructors we are placing these signs on each of the 6 Planning Bays who are still serving each in their own way. Each sign will remain in place for one year, whereupon 6 new Ranger Instructors will be named to take their place. Well, the Colonel had his misplaced somehow so we made another sign for him.”…

…”Now he has two”…”He’ll put one on each side of his truck”…

…Willard, “the next sign will be…”…Steve, “just call em all out”…Ok…Ranger Steve Bishop, 1971…Tony Delp…Tony’s not here…the next one will be Ronald McElliott…the next one will be Ranger Scott Oswald…the next one Ranger Dean Papka…the next one, Jerry Roberts, 1973…not here…

…The members of the USMRA would like to extend their thanks to the Commander of 5th Ranger Training Battalion…we look forward to working with him and those under his command in this and other future endeavors. Rangers Lead The Way, Respectfully submitted, Brian Cunningham…

…”let’s give all these Rangers a hand”…”where’s my check?”…

…Steve, “we’re in the early 70’s, so if you served as an Instructor here, we’re soon to get to you…I swear Bob now has signs for both sides of his truck”…

…”We go by Class numbers, so if you need to get with Bob to update your status, make sure you do.”…

…Steve, “Eventually you’ll want Ranger Students looking at your sign there in the Planning Bay and saying, ‘I don’t give a sh*t’”…but at least it’s not personal about that…

…Steve, “Next up is the Fallen Ranger Memorial Road…We use this as our meeting and what’s coming up…the summer is pretty slow, we’ve got the June meeting, the first Thursday in June…if you’re here please come by, it’s really kind of a slow meeting because we don’t have a lot to plan for the next year; July of course coincides with the Fourth of July and we always put it off to spend time with our families…then August”…

…Steve, “We have our next eating meeting in October so if you’re down this way or nearby we always get together and have a little food. It’s about two weeks from Gold Rush and a lot of people come by for that and it’s hard to see us and come back for Gold Rush”…

…Steve, “as far as other business to go on, there’s the Fallen Ranger Memorial Road dedications to do; and keep in mind all of our brothers that are currently in harm’s way, we want to watch over the ones who elected to do it, who volunteered to do it, say a prayer for them in your own way, keep in touch with them…I found that Facebook is one of the best ways to keep in touch; we can send instant messages, we talk to people, we see what’s going on almost instantly, if a fellow brother Ranger needs help, so if you haven’t gotten into that phase of the electronic world, I know Doug is still using a TA1, cranking the sh*t out of it, wondering why doesn’t someone talk to him, and we can’t get him to take his .312 out of his boat, still fishing with it.”

…Steve, “we’re going to get on with Fallen Ranger Memorial Road…as you know each year we dedicate the road that runs around the airfield as the Fallen Ranger Memorial Road…now we’ve run out of road; unfortunately we haven’t run out of dead Rangers and Rangers willing to go and fight for the country and die for the cause they love, so we’re always going to need something to name, so therefore what we’ve done is name Fallen Ranger Memorial Road that goes from the bridge all the way around the airfield and each year we rededicate it for up to six Rangers who have died and passed on, not necessarily in combat, and we’re going to dedicate the road to them. After that year, the signs will be removed and given to the families or posted in the Club or will send it to the hometown of the Ranger named to dedicate a street in his honor and send them the sign. The ones inside the club are ones who have previously been named. I hope I never am not around to see any of you named to be on this road, to be absolutely honest with you.”

…”So, without further ado, we’re gonna ask those with the names of the nominations…here’s the deal, if you make a nomination, you have to come up with a bio…that’s just cut and dry…I actually nominated Eric McGlinnis, from 1st Battalion…his brother apparently fell off the face of the earth, I couldn’t get any information from him, so his name had to come down…what we’ll do is to try and get back a hold of his brother and get the information…

…”But today we have 3 Rangers that are represented here on Fallen Ranger Memorial Road…Bo Baker, and I don’t know how to pronounce Johnny’s last name…Kranich…and Tom Terrell III, some of y’all may know him, Camp Commander and just passed away this past year…is that correct?...Ok…for those who made the nominations, do we have family members here?’”...Bob Williams, “just go down the signs”…

…”First one up is Bo Baker”…Charles DeJarnette addresses the crowd…”first I’m gonna ask if James Roach is here”…”Jim Roach?”…”yeah, Jim”…Bob Suchke, ”no he’s not here, he couldn’t make it”… DJ, ”he’s not here?! You didn’t tell me that last night!”…Bob, ”you didn’t ask me, Sergeant Major”…DJ “Okay, Bo Baker…I met him in 1974, he was a LTC…coming down to Alpha Company, 75th LRRPs and he requested about 16 of us coming into his office and said, “Pack your bags Rangers, you’re going to Ft. Lewis Warshington…he was an officer…an outstanding officer…the bio that was given up by James…Bo Baker was born on July 22, 1930 and died in Bad Tolz, Germany while skiing of a massive heart attack on March 24, 1980…he was a Searsey native, son of Bertha Lee Baker and Alpha Saints Baker; a graduate of 1949 of Searsey High School…he attended the University of Arkansas on an athletic scholarship from 1949 to 1950, he was an Arkansas Razorback”…

…He enlisted in the United States Air Force, December, 1950 and served until 1953 when he again enrolled in 1954 in the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education…He was commissioned a 2nd LT in the US Army, attending Basic Infantry Training, Airborne and Ranger Schools at Ft. Benning, GA…in May 1957 to ‘58 a platoon leader, 9th Division, Ft Carson, CO…June 1958 to ‘59, 4th ID, Ft Lewis, Washington…

…” He tells the story of being in the same barracks at Ft Lewis he was commanding out of as a platoon leader”…

…(for sanity’s sake…I’m fast forwarding and plan to have some editorial privilege on future, ponderously detailed, moment by moment, day by day activities)…

…some talk as to when the 2nd Batt was officially organized…the airfield at Bad Tolz is named for him…AJ “Bo” Baker AAF…

…”I would follow him to anywhere…anywhere he wanted me to go”…”Hooah!”…applause…

…Bob Williams, “I’m going to present Johnny Kradich on behalf of SGM (ret) Mark Baylis…because of his work he’s doing for the Valor Clinic Foundation that he’s started to help Veterans, he can’t be here today…Johnny Kranich joined the Army in 1980; his first duty assignment was as 11B, Weapons Squad, A Company, 75th Infantry, Rangers, where he’d rise to the rank of Sergeant…he survived two aircraft crashes, the first being a C-130 in late 1981 near Indian Springs, NV and the second being a UH-60 on the Calvigny Raid in Grenada; he was injured there and awarded the Purple Heart, CIB and Combat Jump Star for his Wings…after Grenada, Sgt Kranich would participate as both RIP and Pre-Ranger Instructor before he left the Battalion to become a Mountaineering Instructor at a place called Huck Creek, a Ft Lewis training site…in 1984, SSG Kranich returned to the Ranger Community as an RI, where he was considered a hard but fair lane grader, respected by a new generation of Ranger Students…His expansion of skills landed him at the Special Forces Qualification Course Class 2-88…SSG Kranich graduated as a Weapons Sergeant to be assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st SF as a member of ODA 183…this assignment would see him on several deployments to SE Asia and most notably Thailand…in 1982 the Army seized the opportunity to share his tremendous experience and assign him as a Team Sergeant in ODA 173…In 1993 John was reassigned to Okinawa, Japan and assigned to ODA 126…He attended Free Fall School and was described as a “greased bowling ball during free fall operations”…John retired from the Army on the Early Retirement Option in 1995 after a magnificent career…

…SFC (ret) Kranich used his skills to ensure the safety of numerous dignitaries for the US State Department…Ranger Kranich fell in Kandahar, Afghanistan in December of 2006 as a member of a security detail…He will be missed by all who knew him”…(applause)

…”I’m Ranger Bob Suchke, and it’s my honor to talk about Tom Terrell…Ranger Thompson Allen Terrell III was born in Murphy, NC in 1940…he graduated from North Georgia College with the Class of 1962 and was commissioned as a 2nd LT of Infantry…after IOBC and Jump School, his initial assignment was as a Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, NC…he was Honor Graduate of Ranger Class 2-71…he served 3 tours in Vietnam, earning 4 Bronze Stars, two with Valor device, 4 Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, CIB and the Vietnam Cross for Gallantry with Palm device…he served with Golf Company Rangers of the 23rd ID, later with the 5th SF Group, later still with 12th SF Group, 172nd Brigade and he was Commander of the 32nd Battalion of the 7th ID…Ranger Tom Terrell, as many of us remember, was Commander here of the 2nd Ranger Company here at Camp Merrill back in the early ‘70’s…later OIC of the Mountaineering Committee…on a later tour in 1982 to ’84, he was assigned as the Mountain Ranger Camp Commander…that’s what we called it back then”…

…”He was awarded Parachutist Wings from the RVN, Canada and Germany…I knew Tom Terrell very well and he was one of the sharpest officers I’ve ever known…always immaculate in appearance, he was much more than a spit and polish soldier, a highly professional leader who was highly respected by all who knew him”…

…”Ranger Thompson Terrell III, age 71, of Blue Ridge, GA passed away on Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 and it’s altogether fitting that we honor him here this day at the Fallen Ranger Memorial…Rangers Lead The Way”…(applause)…

…just as Steve Hawk, President, is about to take the microphone, “Thank you, Bob”… Fast Eddie Nelson starts his traditional playing of Taps on his trumpet…a few notes…Steve, “wait wait wait wait wait wait wait”…Ed muffles it…Steve, “I appreciate it, your lips are too hot right now”…

…Steve, “I just want to point out a couple of things about a couple of these guys…Tom was the Camp Commander when we started the Desert Phase and he got it going…outstanding officer…and as many of you have heard, kids cover your ears, I sat at a fancy dinner with Tom, long after he retired and I worked for the Sheriff’s Department in Dawson County, we saw each other and decided to eat together and I said, “it doesn’t really taste that well, does it?”…and he goes, “Ranger, it’ll make a tu*d”…so if you ever hear me saying that, it’s attributed to Tom Terrell, he’s sorely going to be missed, a good friend of mine”…

…”Alright, we do have Taps, we’re going to play; after Taps there will be no more announcements but first let me have a vote…do we want to close the meeting immediately following Taps or do we have a motion?”…”Motion”…Okay, do we have a second?...”Second”…Good, all in favor…”Aye, Aye”…Good, Food is On, Enjoy Yourselves…be careful if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages and would you please stand and remove your hats for Taps”…

…Ranger Ed Nelson plays a beautiful rendition of Taps…

…Steve, “lots of dead animals that need to be consumed, let’s go for it”…

…and that’s the truth…

…RLTW…

…Mark Jordan, S1


Posted: 5/29/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

Signs ready for pick up at The Overhang 

Ranger Buddy  Tony Norris

Planning Bay Signs  

1970 Roger Honeyager Thomas Brock William Miller

1971 David McClain Thomas Joyner Edmond Nelson

1972 William Janous Charles DeJarnett Michael Vick Steven Beltran

...thanks goes out to Gary Head for furnishing his time, drill and wood screws and a few beers too...he got stung by a red wasp protecting a nest behind a sign he pulled away...Gary squealed just a little but he really got nailed...tobacco soon soothed the injured adventurer...with one more beer...

...per Gary's request, reminding me three times now, he wants me to forward his sincere, personal apology for being sick coming back from Jacksonville before and during the Fish Fry and CCO, and not being at his best level for his work cooking and helping out...he means it too...no matter what I said seemed to matter as he so appreciates being a part of the USMRA and always wants to give his very best efforts...

...he appreciates Al Parten telling him to just sit down Saturday morning and have a beer...high blood pressure, no sleep, and a fever hotter'n a cat on the Jerry Grey Memorial Log in the Bob Suchke Memorial Fire Pit and Notched Logs...

...so for me, and I'm sure the rest of us too appreciate the supply of hard work, time and effort it takes to put on that show every year...for Al, Steve, Chuck, Gary and Ted (forgive me if I missed anyone, but you too), you are what make the CCO what it is every year!...and this time seemed even more special...

...salutations, promotions and awards all around!...

...RLTW and then some!...

...Mark


Posted: 5/28/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: This Memorial Day is a time for Remembrance. For those Fallen Rangers and our brothers who gave all we pay our respect and vow that we will never forget. If you are so inclined, take a listen:

http://deewebs.homestead.com/50000names.html


Posted: 5/28/2012
Name: Michael Keohane
Message: Then I was misinformed in 1960. I could do that whole exercise but I was told that there was a timed distance swim and, although I was a fair distance swimmer, I was not very fast. So, there went that Ranger slot to another deserving soul. My bad luck and his good luck.

Posted: 5/27/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

The Combat Water Survival Test includes underwater equipment removal, a 15-meter swim and a “blind drop” during which students fall backwards and blindfolded into the water.

...Mark


Posted: 5/27/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike, that's a real challenge for this fellow. It was 51 yrs ago, w/ Ranger Instructors in your face and on your butt!!! May have been the length of the pool and don't recall a time limit, just had to survive! The guys who were designated "weak swimmers" had to put three of those luminous tabs on the back of their field cap. All others had two tabs.Jim RLTW

Posted: 5/26/2012
Name: Michael Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Do you remember the distance and time allowed for the swim with fatigues & boots?

Posted: 5/26/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: We did our "swim test" at the pool in Benning.July 1961. Last part of the test was "walking the plank," the high dive platform, BLINDFOLDED, w/ M-1 and web gear. Scared the bedaylights out of this ol' fellow!Jim RLTW

Posted: 5/26/2012
Name: Mark, S1
Message:

...Frag Order...high winds over Flatlands has scrubbed the jump for today...(and students are using the Planning Bays all day)...so...

...the signs will be put up tomorrow, Memorial Day Sunday, at noon, for 6 RIs...please bring a drill...

...RLTW!...

...Mark


Posted: 5/25/2012
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message:

...6 Planning Bay signs will be put up tomorrow, 26 May, at noon...If anyone has a drill it will be easier...

...Mark, S1


Posted: 5/25/2012
Name: Smitty
Message: Mike Flack, they will be allowing females who qualified as rangers in JROTC and ROTC to compete.

Posted: 5/25/2012
Name: Michael Keohane
Message: Now, they change the requirements. I was not able to take the Ranger course because, under the then requirements, I could not do the times swim. I was reading a discussion about female Rangers and one guy posted the current requirements, including this : 3. The final assessment is the Removal of Equipment and 15 Meter Swim. Equipment Removal: starting at the side of the pond the candidate will enter the water and immediately submerge, discard rifle and remove LCE then begin the 15 meter swim. The 15 Meter Swim out of the pond is conducted wearing ACUs and boots. (NO PFD) Any swim stroke is authorized except the back stroke.

Drat, no time requirement and only 15 meters, at 73, I can still do it and could have done it wayback when.


Posted: 5/24/2012
Name: Michael Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan : My memory is definetely failing. I forgot to bring my camera to the CCO (actually to the whole Open House) and, last week, I left it behind when I went to the Ramrod's Re-union. Met some interesting new friends at both places - some of whom are eligible for both associations. Look for some new members from the Ramrods.

Posted: 5/23/2012
Name: Mark Jordan, S1
Message:

...anyone have pictures of the 2d Ranger Company guys from the CCO?...please post if you do...thanks...

...RLTW, at least until the estrogen smothers us!...

...Mark


Posted: 5/23/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Smitty, how can that be if there are no Ranger qualified women? At least not yet anyway. Does somebody think there will be six qualified by then? Or is it just six women with some sort of athletic bent?

Posted: 5/22/2012
Name: Smitty
Message: The Best Ranger competition is now being required to accept 3 female teams for next years event.

Posted: 5/21/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Take a look at this article: http://www.military.com/news/article/ranger-school-considers-going-co-ed.html?ESRC=dod.nl And the marines are also looking at allowing women into infantry units?

Posted: 5/21/2012
Name: Bobbie Butler
Message: Thanks to Mark and Doug for showing up at Shady Grove Cemetery on Saturday. The rest of you, well....... At least it is clean and pretty for now.

Posted: 5/19/2012
Name: JIM OWENS
Message: The Policy was changed to; The Ranger Students would not complete the Swamp Crossing at night, which included a river crossing, if the Temp Dropped below 50 degrees before they entered the Swamp/Water. The P.I. would call in the Temp to the Base Commander for permission to enter the water.

Posted: 5/18/2012
Name: Bill Breen
Message: With all the talk about "Changing Standards" I have a question for the older RIs. Back in my day, they had seperate classes for the weekend warriors. NG, Reserve etc...were they held to the same standards as the RA students? and, call it a standard change, or policy change, but I recall, after the 2 students died in Fl during class 2-77 from Hyperthermia, I believe. Policy dictated students would not get wet if the temp dipped below a certain degree.

Posted: 5/18/2012
Name: Howard Denton
Message: Women in RS? This is about career advancement of females. It has nothing to do with the needs of the Army, and with the inevitable lowering of standards it will actually be detrimental to the Army in the long run. I have a problem understanding the "logic" of a four-star claiming Ranger School is a necessity for career advancement. He seems to have progressed quite nicely without a Tab or jump wings...

Posted: 5/17/2012
Name: Mark Jordan S1
Message:

...just reminding those who forgot the date, a request for help in cleaning up Shady Grove Cemetery with the families...

...***The cleanup would consist of weed eaters, spraying for weeds, etc. Nothing big like taking down all the trees.....sure don't want to start another war with anyone since the first one hasn't ended.

So, if you want to pass this on to Steve and others at the meeting, then maybe some Boy Scouts or his ROTC class could help out or anyone that wants to volunteer. We would love for some of you to show up and let the families meet you, of course everyone knows Doug but he is about the only one.

May 19th is a Saturday and if the weather continues to be this hot, I don't expect we will be up there very long.***...per Ms Bobbie Butler***...

...9am til noon...

...Mark, S1...


Posted: 5/17/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I saw in today's news that Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno, said that admitting women to Ranger School was a natural progression now that women are in combat. He said the issue is being studied. I have to admit, I thought it was all a joke. Now I find the Chief of Staff actively studying and maybe supporting the concept. I can not sufficiently express my sadness about this whole thing.

Posted: 5/17/2012
Name: Ranger Smitti
Message: Well said Ranger Suchke!

Posted: 5/16/2012
Name: Doug MacCallum
Message: My first E-50LRRP/E-75RANGER reunion was in Columbia,SC in 1997. Took a tour thru Ft. Jackson where I took basic in 1967. Talked to a few DI's who had CIB's. Said they were getting out so I asked why. "Can't yell at the trainees anymore, it might traumatize them." Think there were "stress cards" also, to get the little weenies out of anything they didn't like doing. Pathetic!

Guys, many thanks for the great job you do with Fallen Ranger ceremony. Super hospitality and superb food!!! Mac


Posted: 5/16/2012
Name: Andy Anderson
Message:

I would like some help concerning this matter. First of all I would like to say that Steve Beltran and had a real good time at the reunion this month. We saw a few friends that we hadn't seen in 35-40 years. Steve received the planning bay plaque that was put up during the last year. It is my understanding that it was taken down and is stored behind the bar at the NCO club. Steve did not have a chance to pick it up before he and his wife had to leave. I would like to pick it up and ship it UPS to him in California. I do not get up to Dahlonega very often, however, next Wednesday on the 23rd at 9:00am,I have a dentist appointment with Doctor Bork on camp road. I would like to swing by the camp and pick up the plaque around 10:30am. I don't know when the club opens. If it doesn't open that early I would like the plaque taken up to the HQ's building so I could pick it up there. If anyone can help me with please post or e-mail me. It would be greatly appreciated. Ranger Andy Anderson


Posted: 5/16/2012
Name: Bill Breen
Message: I think it was brought about by the same Conservative lawmaker in NH that was removed from the floor for giving the Nazi Salute.

Posted: 5/16/2012
Name: Robert Suchke
Message: Girls in Ranger school? Now who’s bright idea was that? Certainly not someone who has ever been though Ranger School or gives a hoot about the impact of such a foolish directive. Most likely this is another social engineering idea from some naive politician who wants the liberal vote and cares less about the outcome on Ranger training or the quality of the product at graduation.

Ranger training is primarily a leadership school, taught under austere and somewhat hazardous conditions that as closely as possible duplicate the stresses of combat. If you can function and lead others under simulated combat conditions when you are dog tired having little sleep, cold, wet, miserable, hungry and up against a killer time schedule; then you have a small inkling of what Ranger training is all about. Add to that navigating at night, motivating others to ‘drive on’ though swamps or laurel thickets, in the freezing rain, in the pitch-black darkness over many kilometers to reach your objective. Now don’t misunderstand me, there are some girls out there who can do that. Maybe there is a ‘G.I. Jane’ like the actress Demi Moore portrayed who can make it though. I honestly think there are very few who could make it and to what end? Do we really have a requirement for female Rangers? If the standards are kept the same as for men and the playing field is level, then go ahead let them try. If one can make it without a compromise in the standards, then I’ll be the first in line to shake their hand. My concern is the drop in standards. We want Rangers to be the best-trained warriors that the Army can possibly have. We ask of them impossible feats. We depend on their abilities to accomplish the mission no matter what obstacle is placed in front of them. We look at a soldier wearing a Ranger tab and know what his capabilities are. He has proven leadership qualities under the worst possible conditions.

I recall a time in Vietnam; when we were stranded for six days, deep in the jungle during the monsoon. We had only one C-ration for that entire time as we had been told it was a short duration mission; in and out. Well, the weather closed in and the helicopters could not fly. Everthing was socked in. Well outside of artillery range, we survived by relying on our training. One guy even said on the sixth day, “Hell, this ain’t as hard as Ranger School.” We each had a frame of reference in Ranger School that was the golden standard for tough training. There was no quit or compromise. We used our skills to survive in a hostile environment. That standard of training must be maintained or then ‘Ranger’ means nothing. Like the black beret, the Army is making another big mistake in tinkering with Ranger training. The black beret, once proudly worn by Rangers, today is being phased out of the rest of the Army as a failure. The troops don’t like it and it means nothing. That is one more example of social engineering gone wrong. The gay issue is another one, but I won’t go into that. If the agenda of the politicians is to destroy our military capability, then I guess the Mayans were right. 2012 will be the end of the world!


Posted: 5/15/2012
Name: jJim Owens
Message: Mike Keohane: That is OUTSTANDING--I know for the rest of his Military career he never forgot that night. HELL …. We have all probably learned one of these type of lessons in our time, I know I have....But that’s the best way to learn and not have to die to get that valuable knowledge...When we do those types of drills of course everybody and their brother complains, but the truth is we all learned or took something from those drills to put in our tool bags for later use. I know I had some excellent Instructors in my time, who took the time to teach me VERY WELL…..Some of them even referred to me as “DAMN YOUR HARD HEADED” that was Master Sergeant Cheshire’s favorite name for me......I think I still have his hand print on the back of my head…….

Posted: 5/15/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Owens : Was on a FTX with Special Forces as the opposition. We located their base camp and spent most of the hours of darkness moving in on the camp. As it began to get light, I and most of our combat patrol was inside the perimeter. The "snake-eaters" had a "no holer" just inside the perimeter. As I waited for the attack signal, one of the SF guys that I knew came out to use the facilities. Bad training, he squatted down facing the camp. When the signal came, I reached up and grabbed his collar and pulled him into the no-holer. It took a few beers at Bad Tolz for him to "forgive" me. what the h*ll, I taught him a good lesson - always squat facing out.

Posted: 5/15/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: You guys are funny! Do you really thnk that those Gals would put ; greasy, camoflage stick on their face, neck, ears, and hands? Had two differant Bns, Tactical MI Bns, one in Texas, another in FRG. In TX, 17% of my 700 plus Bn. was female and they were tough/sharp/ knew their job. In Europe, it was 35%. Same story. These were "Go to War" Bns. A small Detachment was assigned to 11th ACR at Fulda on a screening mission. About 6 females in that Det. No, they did not have to snoop around, run patrols, or carry rucksacks. But... they did their job right alongside their fellow soldiers. Things like ; putting up camoflage systems over the Tactical Trailers(TOCs) they would have two or three Gals, working together to get the system/poles up. Pulling the dual wheels on the 5 ton truck, usually two Gals. They did not ask for help,and the male soldiers did not cut them any slack! But the female soldiers knew their limitations.(kinda like Clint Eastwood!) None of them ever wanted to be Infantry, or Combat Arms, and definitley not RANGERS!!! I say, stay cool, wait and see, and laugh along with the rest of us! Jim RLTW

Posted: 5/15/2012
Name: Sasquatch Smittty
Message: Standards will change. In the mountain phase, patrols must remain within 50 meters of the airfield at all times. No ranger will carry more than 12% of their body weight. Sack lunches will be brought in each day by RIs. Ranger students will be given three 1 hour breaks daily to conduct personal hygiene, complain, and pull facial hair. Patrol base activities will be conducted in the barracks. Building 4 will have three camera men with each patrol providing a live feed to insure standards are being met. Fun times.

Posted: 5/14/2012
Name: Jim Owens
Message: Doug, the “Theory” behind the Latrine in the middle of the Patrol Base is; The enemy will smell the Latrine from quite some distance away, then follow the scent, not realizing they would be following a scent towards a Ranger Patrol Base and once they had surround the Patrol Base “We” would have them right where we wanted them. Because they had not realized they had just surrounded a Ranger Patrol base, once they initiated their attack on “US”, we now had the advantage due to no matter what direction we fired in, we would hit the Son’s a Bitches. It’s a great tactical advantage to killing as many of the enemy as possible in the shortest time possible. Surrounded equals maximum effective kill ratio per rounds fired, it’s taught in the basic course, where have you been Doug….

Posted: 5/14/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Pink Ranger Tabs. Should be good for the RI's.as the now use a central latrine in the middle of the patrol base. I think I am going to throw up. Ranger men Lead the Way..

Posted: 5/14/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I remember being in Airborne School when you had to do a minimum of six chin-ups. If you couldn't do six chin-ups, you could not handle a T-10 properly. You could die if you couldn't do six chin-ups. Then women were admitted to Airborne School and all of a sudden six chin-ups weren't as necessary as they had been. Yes, standards do change. The thought of changed, i.e. lower standards, for Ranger School is a terrible thing. Lowering standards would lower the prestige of the tab and would reduce the respect universally shown to those who wear it. Women are in combat. That is a fact of life in the military today. We need to understand and accept that. So maybe women will be admitted to the combat arms. I can live with that too. But we should not lower standards for schools or other qualifiers if or when it happens. If women meet the standards, then good for them. If not, they should be treated the same as any others who fail to meet them.

Posted: 5/14/2012
Name: Bill Breen
Message: To Jim.....If the standards dont change? (and Thats a BIG IF) I doubt we'll see many even make it to the Mountain phase. I fully expect the standards to change in order to accomadate the female Ranger student. Will they change for the male student? I dont know, I certainly hope not. The DA will want to show a positive pass/fail rate for the females. Standards will change in some respect. I hate to say or see that, but its what I believe. I earned my Black Beret, it was'nt issued... RLTW Breen

Posted: 5/13/2012
Name: Jim Owens
Message: I do not think you will have to worry to much, I do not believe they will be physically able to perform as their Male counter parts. I just cannot see them carrying the heavy ruck sack in the mountain phase, for the same distance and duration, nor being able to carry the machine gun on just one patrol much less several, nor being able to do any of the physically demanding work the same as their male counter parts, WITHOUT EXEMPTIONS, which would defeat the equality of the same RANGER COURSE to all attendees. We all know its a Leadership course, however, its a very physically demanding Leadership course at that. Boils down to only one concept; You lower the standards for all, so they will pass, if thats the ultimate goal of higher Leadership, or you keep it the same as it stands. Gonna be alot of moeney spent for very little return on female Rangers.....The Mountain Phase will be their down fall for sure. Jim Owens

Posted: 5/13/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Smitty, the word around CFM personel is that it is a fact! Hawk got a Briefing from Camp Commander that it's going to happen around the beginning of the Fiscal year 2013. Tha Ranger Facebook page has a lot more info .

Posted: 5/12/2012
Name: Ranger Smitti
Message: Ok... going to start this thread and hopefully it will either be confirmed OR denied: FEMALES to attend RANGER SCHOOL ~ Jan 2013??? WTF?

Posted: 5/9/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mark @ the S of 1, ya done good again! Regret missing the festivities. I was certainly there "In Spirit!" Will try again next year. Jim RLTW

Posted: 5/8/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: When I got home, I found four more 2d Ranger Co patches. The first four Email requests that I get will receive a patch. Include your snail mail address. If the response is more than four, I will get in touch with my "little old patchmaker" and see what I can do.

Posted: 5/8/2012
Name: Mark Jordan - S1
Message:

...you know I'm going to take a while for The Ranger Record to include various CCO moments, but for the sake of the easily bored, impatient masses, here's the Minutes of the USMRA Meeting as preferred...*ahem*...

...we got here, ate, drank, mostly lied, slept and spent some of the finest moments of our lives being together again!...and that was just the first hour...

...then there was even more...and it went on from Friday, 4 May until late Sunday, 6 May...

...so there's your short version...'nuff said!...

...RLTW...


Posted: 5/8/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Had a great time but, according to my scale, I picked up seven pounds. I know who to blame! Too many good cooks with nice things to taste. I wish that my grandniece had been able to make the Open House & the Cook-Out. She is "almost three" and a two-fisted eater. Took her and her parents on the Consolidated Gold Mine Tour. She "supervised" her peons as we panned for gold. When it was time to look for gemstones, she decided to get muddy and did most of the washing. I told her that she must visit the Open House next year and I will see that a "REAL RANGER" not her old granduncle paints her face and teaches her some hand-to-hand moves. Jim Regan, maybe we should do a bit more "mission prep" before next year. Dahlonega and Lumpkin Country seems to be unkind to old geezers.

Posted: 5/8/2012
Name: Greg Baker
Message: Anyone know of any Rangers in the roofing business in Dahlonega? Time to put a metal roof on the house.

Hope everyone who attended had a great time at the CCO. Maybe next year, I'll be home.


Posted: 5/6/2012
Name: Ross Hall
Message: Rangers, it was so good to see you all at the CO. Sorry I couldn't get around speak with more of you. And Al, the sauce was great on the pheasant. Let me know if you enjoy the book.

Posted: 5/6/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Judy and I just got home and wanted to thank everyone for the weekend. I had a great time, enjoyed seeing everyone, especially the two that I hadn't seen in over 35 years. Time sure flies. I'm sorry there weren't more people there, but we'll just have to try to get them there next year. Judy and I will certainly be back. FYI, she's doing a lot better today. We both appreciate everyone's concern. Looking forward to next year! RLTW!!

Posted: 5/6/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Yep, I "dumped" the PU, rounding a curve, into at DEEP,('bout 30' drop,) muddy,grassy, ditch. No air bags deployed, unassed the truck, two Gals, who were behind me, called 911, and asked about me. I struggled up the muddy bank, no blood, teeth, or hair on the steering wheel.Sheriff's Deputy arrived and took charge. No evac for me, got worse than that when Bobby McMahon put me out of an L-20 in HIGH WINDS!!!I still recall Kenny Davenport, my Jumpmaster, slapping me on the leg as Bobby hollered, over the radio "EXECUTE, EXECUTE, EXECUTE!!!" As I left the AC I heard "ABORT, ABORT' ABORT!!!" TOO LATE BOBBY, I thought!!!Nothing but RED smoke trackiing across the DZ just as fast as the AC was travelling.Old TALE of great days at the MRC. Deputy took me to Lumpkin County line, and another Deputy from Lumpkin gave me a ride to the Super 8. Settled in, took a hot "Bath," relaxed and started the phone calls. Knew there was no way to call you guys on a cell phone. Changed and checked out of motel, took a cab (69 bucks) to Gainesville Bus Depot. Nobody home. Tried to get hold of Langdon but he was out of the net. By the time he got back to me, I had friends from Atlanta on the way to get me. "RON'd" at their place, and in the AM, they took me to Atlanta airport, car rental. Drove back to Dawsonville.Nobody home at Body shop, headed to Lexington. Got home 'round 20:30, saturday nite. Spent sunday getting my stuff in order w/ the claims agent. (lots to do and finger out w/ distance involved.) Skipped church, took a shower and assessed damage. Seat belt left it's mark, couple of black and blue marks, and a little bit feeling sorry for myself. Got out of that mode and took wife to lunch. Had a couple of calls yesterday before I got home; Bobby Meadows and Mike Jaussaud. If I had had my brain in gear, I'd of stayed at the Super 8, and linked up w/ you all at MRC. Could have hitched a ride w/ those two Rangers on Sunday, today. Hindsight 20/20. I just had to keep on movin and feeling as if I was headed home. This has been a LONG note, sorry. I sure wanted to see you guys. Like the old baseball saying "Wait til next year!!!" Put me on your "prayer list!" Jim RLTW

Posted: 5/6/2012
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, I enjoyed attending the open house yesterday and attending the MRA meeting. It was my first time attending, and I enjoyed the fellowship and brotherhood and plan to attend more often. I also wanted to check on the scholarship award. I noticed only 1 scholarship was given yesterday, and I wanted to see if the second is still available. My daughter is a graduating Senior with many significant accomplishments. She received early admittance to UGA and NGCSU, but selected to become a Bulldog this fall. She recently received a scholarship from American Legion Post 201. How can a submit her information for consideration, or am I too late? Regardless, I look forward to seeing everyone again at a future meeting. Rangers Lead the Way! Lance Bagley Ranger Class 3-89

Posted: 5/5/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan : Been looking for you at the RMC. There was a nice turnout at the fish fry. Learned a couple of new cooking tricks and met some really nice people. Jim Regan, according to my motel manager, was involved in a car accident yesterday in Dahlonega. Dahlonega, on the Friday before the Open House seems to be a danger zone. Me, last year, and Jim, this year. According to the manager, Jim arranged for his car to be towed and, having some hurts, took a bus back home. SITREP,please, Jim.

Posted: 5/4/2012
Name: Sharon Hall
Message: Hey, guys - tried to get the info on the Fallen Ranger Memorial folks to get a jump start on the article for The Nugget. Not up yet?

Posted: 5/3/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

Hi Mark,

I know a big weekend is ahead for all of you but wanted you to pass on at the MRA meeting over the weekend that the family had set May 19th as a clean up day for Shady Grove Cemetery. 

We did this back last October when we all met at the church and agreed to pass ownership to the MRA. There is one person driving down from N.C. because her relatives are buried there and she has never been able to find the cemetery. 

The cleanup would consist of weed eaters, spraying for weeds, etc. Nothing big like taking down all the trees.....sure don't want to start another war with anyone since the first one hasn't ended.

So, if you want to pass this on to Steve and others at the meeting, then maybe some Boy Scouts or his ROTC class could help out or anyone that wants to volunteer. We would love for some of you to show up and let the families meet you, of course everyone knows Doug but he is about the only one.

May 19th is a Saturday and if the weather continues to be this hot, I don't expect we will be up there very long.

I plan to remind/notify family members unless there is an objection from the MRA.

Have a great Open House.

Bobbie Butler

***reply***Always good to hear from you Bobbie and I'm posting your letter to the USMRA Message Board as you wrote it...

...I am scheduled since 3 months ago to be up in Virginia that weekend but I do hope others will attend.  

...With Doug Perry, the Governor, being the one member that most of the family knows, it'd be a real missed opportunity for the families not to meet some more of our Rangers...those that are monosyllabic and keep dragging their knuckles...no where near as refined and gentlemanly as Doug is...usually we encourage them not to attend meetings as explanations would triple the time of our meetings...but they'll ne good for manual labor...

Doug, bless his heart...I do hope they find his picture in the Ranger Hall of Fame before this year's induction ceremonies...         

Mark E Jordan www.peace-joy-love.org          770 366 4838


Posted: 5/3/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: You are correct, Fish Fry Fri. Cooking starting around 1500, CCO is on Sat , sorry for the misunderstanding.

Posted: 5/3/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Al Parten : I'm a bit confused. I thought the fish fry was to be on Friday and the critter cook-out on Saturday.

Posted: 5/2/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Thanks, Al. See you Saturday.

Posted: 5/2/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Brian Cunningham, I have an envelope for you from Dan Rhodes. You can get it Fri. or Sat. at your convenience.

Posted: 5/2/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Weather forecast fro Fri - Sun partly cloudy with 20 % chance rain and hot. All of the cookin staff will be on Camp early Sat. Morning. Fish cleaning, going to get groceries, and setting up for the weekend.

Posted: 5/2/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Another good job "Sof1!" Does the "Sof2" have a weather report for the weekend ? Looks like I'll have rain all the way down on friday from KY. Is the PX going to be open during our time? Thanks, and see you all on Friday. Jim RLTW

Posted: 5/1/2012
Name: Mark Jordan-S1
Message: USMRA APRIL 2012 MINUTES, AS SAID

…Outside on the porch of the Overhang, 19 intrepid souls looked forward to the Cinqo de Mayo Critter Cookout with a gleam in their eyes and a hunger in their gut…the last meeting before the biggest event ever of the year anywhere is closing upon us fast…and these minutes, recording everything said…as a historical record of the people and times of what each meeting has for future generations to enjoy and realize we were as crazy as they ever hoped to be…

…the Ranger Student Residents who elect to find a phase of the course they really like and stick to it for multiple cycles were fifty feet away, doing their afternoon PT with our old men trying to hear and talk so they could be heard…good thing Willard and I usually sit close by each other and I particularly like the sentiment and genuine empathy, Willard Langdon, Chaplain, provides each meeting…here’s Willard…

…” We thank you for being here again for another meeting and we thank you for each and every one of our members here for everything they’ve done in their life for our country and our *******(indistinct PT noise drowning out the words)…for our association Lord. Just thank you for our troops, especially the ones serving each and every day, especially the ones in harm’s way; just be with them and give them clear minds to make decisions to keep them safe. Be with their families while they are separated. A special prayer for the leadership from the Camp all the way thru our Association for Open House and we just pray for a safe and wonderful time as always. Thank You for Love and Your Grace and Your many Blessings for Us Always. I say this in Your Holy Name, Amen”…collective muffled “Amens” from most…

… Al Parten, VP in place of Steve Hawk, P, who was attending grandsoning activities away from the AO, “Ok let’s start off with...S1!”…

…cryptic crap completed…

…Sunny Bragg, “Get a motion that the minutes were read”…Al, “Can I get a motion that the minutes were read? Or ‘as read’?...”as read”...Can someone make a motion?”...”motion”…”a second?”...””second…”Thank you very muuuuch”…

…Al, ”Old Business”…Sunny, “We got to get a vote on it”…Bob Suchke, “We got to have a vote on it”…Bob, “All in favor?”…Al, “All in favor?”…Bob, “Aye!!!”…”All opposed?”…quiet…somewhere in the distance…a mournful Steve Caldwell, “motion carried”…

…Al, “Old Business…Cemetery, do we have an update on the cemetery?...we don’t have any updates on the cemetery, is that correct?...someone, sounding like Steve Caldwell says, “No, they’re still dead”…(the cacophony of noise from the recycles just a few feet away drowned out much of the recording quality, so some of these have to be estimates, but I remember where people sat and that sounded like Steve’s dry wit)…

…Al, “Okay the Treasurer’s not here so we can’t get a Treasurer’s Report; I can tell you this, we spent $127.00 from donations of the last meeting on the Easter Egg Hunt which was a great success at Porter Village. We had a couple of things go wrong… Chris Fuller (Overhang Manager) called me and said the Club and the Camp will support all food and necessary candy and we had $127.00 out of our money to buy prizes…About 150 people showed up, 100 adults, and about 75 kids…thanks to everybody who showed up…Doug Perry, Steve Hawk…my two cooks were Gary Head and Jimmy Phipps, who was late getting here and Chris Fuller, who supplied the tables…In other words, it was a good time, we all had fun and I got pictures to put online very soon,” and looking at the WebMaster, “if you’ll put them online as I get them to you”…there’s a mysterious stranger also among the intrepid individuals who faced the minions and mothers of PV…we’ll see what those pictures may show…

…Al speaks about the non profit status consideration made about a Veterans Organization, “and since the Treasurer is not here…it’s in the works but we don’t know when it’s going to happen”…

…finally, the noise from the Ranger Recycles ends…

…Al, “Let’s have a short discussion about the Critter Cookout as this is the last meeting before the Cookout…I’m pretty sure, Gary, Steve, myself, Ted Tilson, Bear Shuler, Jimmy Phipps, Kenny, his son in law, we should have two big smokers coming in”…Doug Perry, “Is Kenny gonna be here?”…Suchke, Bob we’re going to need some wood for the smoker, preferable some tasty wood…, Bob Suchke, “I got Wild Cherry coming”…”Good, you got Wild Turkey coming?”….”I got hog and deer”…Al, “Okay somebody said something about a goat”…Bob Suchke, “forget the goat”…”if you’re gonna get a goat, get a sheep, a goat ain’t worth a s**t to eat, I’ve eaten a few goats”…Al, “are we going to do anything about crowd control?...”there is going to be a band down here, a live band laid on for us at 6pm, the Corbett Brothers Band Concert and Critter Cookout”, Doug Perry…Doug, “we serve til we give out and that’s it”…Al, “are we going to be able to control that?”…tickets, bands, crowd control without a solution…$5 a plate that gives us revenue…food vs people is what we’re talking about…ongoing mumbling amongst the members…Ed Gross, “there’s not a good way Al, we’ve talked this thing, there’s no way to check”…(should Ed strike a motion, I’d second it immediately, just to make him feel better from his last attempt to get a motion and him not being present again til now…)…”roster with driver’s license…run out of food and it’s over”…

…Al, “last year we served too early and it wasn’t done”…”we need to serve around 1700 or later”…band starts at 1800, so we serve at 1700, without a motion or vote to Al’s relief…

…our meeting is after the Fallen Ranger at 1600…Doug, “can we get a sign made for ‘USMRA members and Active Duty Only’”…Al says he can do it for $40, mention is made of Bob Williams being able to get it sooner and cheaper…”Fish Fry will start serving at 1800, we have 400 fish…coleslaw, hushpuppies and French fries…the tent will be down here for overnight sleeping…Al talks of putting his personal tent on the sand; Doug says “no”…not on the sand…Chris Fuller says someone may want to play volleyball…”at 3 in the morning?!”…

…Steve Bishop brings up the policing up of the area on Sunday…Al spoke of cleaning up…Pete, “I always clean up my area”…more talking of having support from the membership for cleaning up the area after the storm has gone thru from Saturday…

…Doug’s betting a fat woman that there’s no power out on the pole…bullhorn for crowd control…putting a sign up for crowd control…you can imagine the discussions going on among the members about anything that may be considered in all the details of anything that has to do with the CCO…(we do have a great firepit created back where we need it)…

…Al, New Business…having the Ranger Creed read, by those sober, to read the Creed at the Fallen Ranger Memorial…we’ll see who can and will be able to do it…Ranger Students, Keith Antonio mentioned…

…Bob Williams, “got the tent sizes ordered for the tee shirts…100, gold with black writing…”…”the signs are being done” and Bob will get them to Doug for Fallen Ranger…general discussions about those who are coming…Kenneth C Leur is coming among with some others, Stanley Fox, Max Mullings, Willie Snow, Bill Spies…lots of guys from 1st Batt from 74 to78…

…as the meeting winds down, looking for a motion to end the meeting, Ed is encouraged to make a motion so it will be seconded…Ed does not speak up…more general discussion then Steve Bishop makes a motion to close, Sunny Bragg seconds and Bob didn’t get a chance to oppose before it was done…

…as it was, congressionally recorded and preserved for posterity…

…RLTW…

…Mark Jordan, S1…


Posted: 5/1/2012
Name: S1
Message:

...in true fashion of abbreviated conciseness Brian, here's that schedule...

...Thursday, 3 May...show up...

...Sunday, 6 May...leave...

...any more would just be imaginations on my part...

RLTW!

...S1-lite


Posted: 5/1/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Anyone know the schedule of events for Open House and the USMRA portion? Thanks.

Posted: 4/30/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: So no meeting on Thursday. I still will be dropping by the Overlook to meet & greet whoever shows up. I expect that I will buy a drink or two for former & present cadre.

Posted: 4/30/2012
Name: S1-Mark
Message:

...just a reminder...The May USMRA Meeting is not this first Thursday in May but Saturday, 5 May during Cinqo de Mayo and our Critter Cookout... >p>...Mark, S1...


Posted: 4/29/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey guys, is the PX going to be open during our festivities, Friday/Saturday, (hours of operation?) I need a "PX FIX!!!" Thanks. Jim RLTW

Posted: 4/24/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : I had a very good Bn Co on my last tour. Our job was to help train the National Guard & Reserve units at Camp (now Fort)Drum. His standing orders was for me & my platoon to go out, observe the National Guard & Reserve units on training exercises and, if they are doing something wrong, give them a very forceful lesson to drive home their mistakes. Had a great time and really sharpened up my troops. Can't say the same about the National Guard & Reservists - they complained about how unfair we were - actually attacking them at mealtimes and kidnapping their OPs and the machine gun crews in daylight assaults.

Posted: 4/24/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike, for some reason or another, they always had the "Weapons Platoon" play the Aggressor Role in the field(when we did not have live fire.) We used to baffle the stuff out of the "Rabbits," (Rifle Platoons,) as we called them. Ambushes, and just plain good tactics. We, the folks in the Platoon, really enjoyed the free play!!!Had sevedral Recondo Grads(101st) in the Platoon at Campbell, Several In the Platoon at 508th. Only one Ranger in the Reserve outfit,and or,Weapons Platoon that I served with.Jim RLTW

Posted: 4/23/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Right, as long as we did not call it "Ranger Training," a good instructor could keep troops interested and learning. Particulary on Field Training Exercises, where I spend a lot of time explaining what was going on and showing some "tricks" to make the job easier. Get them interested in what was going on and showing them what they could do to make life easier or simpler and, presto!, you have a "Ranger" platoon.

Posted: 4/23/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike, we didn't call it RANGER Training. It was the normal classes, scheduled for the Company, with Ranger Qualified Platform Instructors. Classes such as ; Land Navigation, Patrolling Techniques (Ambush/Combat/even Long Range Patrols, Small Unit Tactics, Artillery/Mortar Fire adjustment, Air delivery/Transportability Techniques, Survival Techniques, Demolitions Tng. All classes had "hands on," and evaluations of the troops after the platform session. We stayed away from using Films, the "Sleep Machine!" Only reverted to indoor training in "Inclement Weather." If the troops were miserable, they weren't paying attention. As I said, we had 14 Ranger qualified NCOs, and Most of the Officerss, were Ranger Qualified. Lots of "Recondo qualified. Talk about a tough Rifle Company!!! They were ready!!! Besides myself, three NCOs from the Company served tours at the Mountain Ranger Camp in the late 60's, early 70's; Sgts. Luna, Brinkley, and Bell.Jim RLTW

Posted: 4/21/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohne
Message: Jim Regan : Remember that "Mission" very well. The big problem was that, in many units, the EM, both RA & US, did not want anything to do with "second hand" Ranger training. Mainly because in most units, that training (sometimes called "Recondo") was in addition to not in lieu of regular training. The trick was, as Ranger "Sandy" Sandlin ( an Instructor from the Florida camp)taught me was never to mention "Ranger" but to teach them "useful tricks." Using Sandy's methods, I trained up my platoon and influenced the training of two Infantry Bns in Ranger tactics.

Posted: 4/21/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Rangers, I'm going to do my best, not to "Tell War Stories." this year. It's been more than "FIFTY YEARS" since I had the chance to go through some of the "Good Schools" in the Army!!! Jump School at Fortress Campbell, and the RANGER School at Fortress Benning/MRC/FRC!!! A day does not go by, that I don't think about; what, or where, or how "Our" present day RANGERS, are being deployed. If any of you ol' folks remember, we were sent back to our units, with a "Mission" of training our troops! After I got my "TAB," I became one of the elite folks at my; Airborne, Infantrty, Rifle Company!!! Platform Instructor,Demonstrator for Hand to Hand Combat, Patrolling!!! I was "blessed!" In my outfit, there were , already, fourteen RANGER qualified NCOs, among them a MOH guy who taught me about; Demo, and Long Range Patrol!!!Picture that!!!??? My tour with the 1st Cav, LRRP/Ranger Company, H Company, 75th Rangers, and a "tour" at "MRC," and when you guys "shipped " me out, my great tour with the Vietnamese Rangers in the Delta/on the Border!!! BDQ SAT!!! It seemed as if I did not stop ; training, pushing, watching, watching!!! Develope the guys, take care of the troops.... Took too long on this, too much time on the net!!! See you in May???!!! Jim RLTW

Posted: 4/21/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Just my luck, they make it easier after I leave. Handles & loops for the troops. That explains the indoor latrines and new barracks. Looking forward to the next month's meeting, the "Fish Fry," "Critter Cook-out," and the "Open House." I will be bringing my apron & some homemade jalapeno peppers to help me pull kitchen duty.

Posted: 4/21/2012
Name: Bill Breen
Message: Jim, it was the same way in 76

Posted: 4/20/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Back in the days of yesteryear, the "Slide for Life" as we called it(Victory Pond AO,)was a real challenge for us. Once you made the climb up to the plank (maybe 30 ft or more,) then walked the plank, (seemed to us as if the plank was only three inches wide,) out to a platform. An Instructor would show you the handle bar on the pulley, tell you to latch on, and them he said, "Do a pullup Ranger." Without hesitation, you did a pull up and were ON YOUR WAY!!! You hung on for dear life and watched the Instructor at the bottom of the slide. When he waved the flag, you let go and crashed into the water.Then the short swim to the bank.This was back in Summer of 1961. Jim RLTW

Posted: 4/17/2012
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Steve, The signs for the Fallen Ranger Memorial were donated by Goines Sign Company of Blairsville. They will be delivered to the school Wednesday.

Posted: 4/17/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Just saw the "director's cut" of the 2011 Best Ranger competition. What caught my attention was the pulley with the big loop now being used on the water slide. In my day, we used a pulley with a small hook. If you had big hands, you might get three fingers of one hand around the pulley and wrap the other hand on top. The new loop give a nice two handed grip for the students. Anyone know when the new pulley was adopted?

Posted: 4/12/2012
Name: Jerry Massey
Message: Appreciate it Rangers!! this one meant alot to the girl. She is on her way to UGA ....Go Dawgs!! RLTW!!

Posted: 4/12/2012
Name: Kelley Massey
Message: Thank you so much for the Mountain Ranger Scholarship! I really appreciate it, it'll definitely go to good use!

Posted: 4/12/2012
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: I was just informed that one of our members will be inducted into the Ranger Hall Of Fame this year. Ranger Robert Murphy. I was fortunate enough to have served with Ranger Murphy in the 2ND 502ND and as Advisers to the Vietnamese Rangers.I can not think of anyone more deserving. I am sure I can speak for all of us when I say congratulations Ranger Robert Murphy, well done.

Posted: 4/12/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: The North Georgia Airborne Association meeting will be on Saturday 21 April 2012. See details below.

Posted: 4/12/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: North Georgia Airborne Association. The next Meeting will be held at the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.  Time 11:00 hours. Provisional officers are in place to conduct the meeting and to discuss the future of the North Georgia Airborne Association. For direction go to www.riversidemilitary.com   Go to upper left, point to ABOUT RIVERSIDE and then click onto MAPS AND DIRECTION. Drive to Main Campus Admission entrance and then to the ELKIN HALL parking lot There you will see signs directing you to SANDY BEAVER HALL. Come with thought for a logo representing the new Association. All Airborne personnel are welcome from any era, any service and any unit. No legs!

Posted: 4/11/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: 2012 USMRA Scholarship Committee Selection

After due consideration, it is the decision of the 2012 USMRA Scholarship Committee that Ms. Kelley Caroline Massey be recognized as the scholarship winner for 2012. This exemplary student will receive a $500 cash award.

Ms. Massey is the daughter of 1SG (Retired) Jerome A. Massey.

Respectfully submitted:

Ranger Keith Antonia

Ranger J.D. Kirby

Ranger Brian Cunningham

RLTW


Posted: 4/11/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : I got a room there also. Mark Jordan ; I hereby volunteer for cook/KP duty at the Fish Fry & Critter Cookout. I will be advising (annoying) the hand-to-hand combat demostrators at their Friday rehearsal in the morning. Afterward, I will be available for details. Sunday, I will be taking my grandniece & her parents panning for gold. RLTW

Posted: 4/11/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Way to go Mark! "K I S S!!!" Hope to see you all on the 4th of May. Already booked at Super 8 in Dahlonega.Jim RLTW

Posted: 4/10/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Minutes from USMRA Meeting 5 April 2012...

...in keeping with the abbreviated version of the minutes, here goes...

...Steve Hawk, President and Dan Rhodes, Treasurer not present...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, prayer...

...Mark Jordan, Secretary, minutes read, short version...

...Al Parten, Vice President, tried to talk over the shouting "ooh rahs" of the recycles out back of the Overhang with the meeting held on the porch...nothing heard from anyone til they were thru...

...considerable talk about the CCO...more talk about where a tent can be put than it would have taken for me to read the long version of the minutes...but I'm not bothered...tent placement is a crucial part of the success of any CCO...Bob Williams confirmed the new t shirts are going to include a few tents for those who like something more than anorexic attire...

...19 present with a shortened meeting beginning at 1902 hours..

...please attend the Fish Fry on 4 May; stay for the CCO and Open House, Fallen Ranger dedication and Planning Bay designations of former RI's on 5 May, Cinco de Mayo for those needing some easy reminder and help us all clean up the next day when the hardiest of bodies will still be stirring...

...no news on the redesignation of the USMRA to a non-profit Veterans Organization, so the cemetery is still on hold for transferring ownership...

...a long version of the proceedings, usual fare for this S1, will be posted for those who have time to read the minutes rather than consider if it's okay to put up a personal tent near the cooking area as has been the practice since I can remember...

...meeting ended at 1937...

...respectfully submitted...

...Mark Jordan, S1...


Posted: 4/4/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...a huge crowd for sure tomorrow at 1900 when Jimmy Phipps will debrief the members on the Porter Village Mystery of Egg #2...

...Mark...


Posted: 4/4/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Meeting tommorow at 1900 at the Overhang, main subject CCO, last meeting before the event. All ideas and suggestions will be addressed. The EasterEgg hunt and Cookout was a great success at Porter Villiage, we had about 70 kids and 50 parents show up. Thanks to the USMRA members that helped out, Steve Hawk, Doug Perry, Dan Rhodes, Mark Jordan, especialy the cooks, Jimmy Phipps and Gary Head, the prize Queen Tammy and a big thanks to Chris Fuller from the Overhang. Wal- Mart dropped us like a rock, Chris stepped up and provided all the food and candy ! We continue to show that FOG,s lead the way !.

Posted: 3/30/2012
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Rangers,

A Ranger Buddy and USMRA member SGM(Ret) Mark Baylis has launched VALOR Clinic Foundation. The mission is to improve access to, and quality of Health Care and shelter for our nations Veterans. Check it out at www.valorclinic.org. The website is still under construction an very rough but you will be able to get an idea of the vast amount of recourses that will be required to complete this mission. Be sure to follow the link to their Facebook page and read all the exciting opportunities Mark is working on.

I set up VCF to receive credit card donations through their website. Go to the website and send VCF a donation and evaluate the process.

I can set up the same thing on our USMRA website for donations and coin purchases. Credit card processing is not terribly expensive but not free either. If credit card capabilities are added to the USMRA website, would you use it enough to cover the $20 a month fee?


Posted: 3/29/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Okay Rangers, after many SNAFU and FUBAR's the mission is on. Easter Egg hunt and cookout at Porter Village next to the Pool House Saturday this weekend. Myself , Tammy, Sgt Fuller, Steve Hawk, Cadets, and Gary Head will meet at 1000 hrs by the pool house. Grills wil be provided by the Club , Jimmy Phipps, and Gary Head. Wal - Mart Dropped the Ball Tuesday and informed us that they will not support the Event.Thanks to Sgt. Fuller and the Overhang, and the donations from the last meeting, we can make this happen for the kids at Porter Village. Any one that wants to come is welcome and help, we are feeding around 150 adults and kids and hiding eggs. Feel welcome to show up, RLTW !

Posted: 3/28/2012
Name: Johnny Quest
Message: News of some oldtimers coming this year to the CCO. I have been in contact with the following Rangers who are coming. French Lettre,Bill Cain,Stanley Fox, James Hill,Hoot Gibson and might round up a few more yet.

Posted: 3/25/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Greg Baker, Chuck Windham is part of our CCO team. I will touch base with him and get back to you.Watch yer topknot.. RLTW.

Posted: 3/24/2012
Name: Greg Baker
Message: Jim Regan, Thanks for the assist. I will certainly look him up. And thanks to Recondo Bob Suchke for the quick reply.

Posted: 3/24/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Greg, there is a fellow from my outfit in the 'Nam, H Co, 75th Rangers, 1st Cav, who lives in Dahlonega. Chuck Windham. Look him up,he's on our roster. I'm almost certain that he is a graduate from that charm school! Jim RLTW

Posted: 3/23/2012
Name: Greg Baker
Message: Wondering if any MACV Recondo grads or instructors are near the Dahlonega area? Doug Perry or Bob Suchke, can ya'll help me out? If so, please email me. I'd love to talk to you when I get home. Unfortunately, that will be the week after the Cookout. I got a zillion questions....

Posted: 3/20/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: The cut-off date for USMRA Scholarship applications is 31 March 2012. As of today, I have received one application. If you intend to nominate one of your high school seniors, please do so ASAP. Once again, a high school transcript is not required, though the applicant may submit it if he/she wishes. And please don't include social security numbers - they are not required. Do follow all other instructions on the web page, though. RLTW

Posted: 3/19/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: Ranger Steve Hawk, I need to talk to you in reference to the Porter Village Easter egg hunt and cookout.

Posted: 3/14/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

MiniMinutes March USMRA

…the meeting started promptly at 1900 with 26 members showing up…

…Willard Langdon, Chaplain, prayer

...Mark Jordan, Secretary, minutes

...Dan Rhodes, Treasurer, report

…Al Parten, VP… with new business…Easter Egg Hunt at Porter Village, 31 March...we support

…Sgt Fuller reported the purchase of a karaoke machine that has 6,000 songs, Amy's cutting hair now, and we can use our traditional spot for the CCO

…DJ made a motion that Bob Suchke’s missing sign from the planning bays be replaced…seconded, approved

...Bob Suchke needs Thom Terrell’s photo for Fallen Ranger 

…Bob Williams talked of Scholarship Application and the Tee Shirts

…the organization is currently still waiting on the new designation of a 501c17

…a motion to close…and with no dissents, after 37 minutes, we were done

...nipped enough?...kinda gives me goosebumps...

RLTW

...s1/2...Mark


Posted: 3/13/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: The next meeting of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will be Saturday, March 17, 11:00 hours,  At Riverside Military Academy,  Gainesville, Georgia. (signs will be posted)  

The guest speaker will be Steve Tilley, an associate at the Taccoa Military Museum. Steve will update us on the museums expansion and history. Steve's father trained and served with the 511th during the 2nd World War.

The Association is open to all those Airborne qualified (even 5 jump commandos). You don't have to have been in the 82nd Airborne Division either and all Paratroopers from all eras are welcome. This next meeting's agenda will include nomination of officers and Chapter set up and organization.

Like Rangers, you are either AIRBORNE or you're not. If you are not, no one wants to hear your excuses!


Posted: 3/13/2012
Name: Webmaster
Message: Hate to receive this news:

"Ian Kaufhold, 51, of Attalla, was killed in the crash that happened about 5:05 p.m. on U.S. 431 about seven miles south of Glencoe, according to a trooper report. He was driving a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle."


Posted: 3/12/2012
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: I'd like to make sure that all Rangers are aware of the Annual Ranger Muster of United States Army Ranger Association. It is 10-15 July in Columbus/Fort Benning, Georgia. Double Tree Hotel on Exit 8 is the Sponsoring Hotel for this event and the Room Rates are $85.00 per night. The event will include the Ranger Training Brigade Change of Command, a "State of the Ranger Regiment" and the "Ranger Training Brigade" by each of it's Commanders, numerous Live Fire of the latest Weapons used by Rangers and an opportunity to shoot most of them, "Rangers in Action" Demonstration and a Ranger Class Graduation Ceremony, as well as the Ranger Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Many other events of a "Social Nature" are also Scheduled to include a BBQ as well as a Presidents Welcome by the USARA President, Ranger Butch Nery. For further information you can visit the website: ranger.org Thanks, Joe

Posted: 3/10/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Doug!...i'm still holding my breath, waiting for you to call me back about a copy of Roy's Cemetery Report...

...we should have a breakfast every quarter in the Dining Hall...but I'll be there whenever you need me to show, just let me know asap so I can make adjustments to my hectic schedule...

...leave a voice message at 770 366 4838...email...here, just fill in some details please Governor...(I said you were Governor but Al was sure you're the Mayor)...

...RLTW...

...Jimmy Olsen, Cub Reporter/Daily Planet...


Posted: 3/9/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mark Jordan. Where the hell are you.I need you to be at MRC tomorrow AM.The American Legion and Usmra are going to take the tables that are located in the Mess Hall. WE and the USMRA do not want them to be thrown in the DUMP. They are in excelent condition for so many Ranger Butts that have sit on them for the last 35 yrs. We and the American Legion have a place to store them.Would it not be Ranger cool to have one of these in your cabin, summer home or outside. We need MJ for pics and notes.. Steve Hawk you are invited. Myself as Governor could not turn this down...RLTW...

Posted: 3/7/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...what you may not know about one of our Mountain Rangers...

...Keith Antonia, director of Cadet Admissions, was recently selected for a three-year term as the honorary colonel of the U.S. Army's Ranger Training Brigade.  The brigade is responsible for running the Army's Ranger School, and consists of three battalions:  the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning; the 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega; and the 6th Ranger Training Battalion at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

... In the role, Antonia provides a link with history for today's soldiers, Ranger School graduates, members of the Ranger Training Brigade, and the Ranger community. 

...One officer graduate from each Ranger class will receive a Keith P. Antonia Leadership Award.  Antonia is also a Distinguished Member of the Ranger Training Brigade, and a member of the Army's Ranger Hall of Fame.

...Congratulations Keith!...

...RLTW...

...Mark


Posted: 3/6/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mark, you done good, again! Thanks. Saw some familiar names and had a few nostalgic moments. Did not realize that Chuck Windham was up in that neck of the woods. He and I were together w/ the LRRPS/Rangers in '68-'69. Hope to see him at CCO. T. Boggs was another name I recollected from my time at the MRC,'69-'71. Looking forward to our gathering. Thanks for taking the flack and hanging in there. Jim RLTW

Posted: 3/5/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

…Minutes from the March Meeting…

…as suggested for the sanity of the membership, I’ll have the full report for historical preservation purposes, and a shorter version for those with a shorter attention span, so we can do more at the meetings than hear a reading of the minutes…I apologize for too much detail…

…the meeting started promptly at 1900 with 26 members showing up…

…Willard Langdon, Chaplain, began with another very good prayer, after Steve Hawk talked about Rock Creek Lake moments and rock tossing off of Yonah…

…Willard prayed for all of us, the people up here at the Camp and their families…sharing our love and fellowship with each other…healing for those with health concerns…asking for leadership, guidance and direction during our meeting…

…Dan Rhodes, Treasurer, gave a report as having some money in various funds, but it was more than we had last month…no motion needed per Sunny’s observance, so we appreciate Dan’s efforts…

…LD…79 years old…Sunny is 83…some are close to 80…we appreciate all sticking around and happy birthday for next week for LD…

…Tony Pritchley, LTC (R)…used to be an NCO but has done and been wherever Rangers are found around the world…Keith Antonio’s buddy with 24 years active duty, currently XO at Riverside Military Academy…

…Keith Antonio is Honorary Colonel of the Ranger Training Brigade…(reported some months ago in the Minutes)…

…April 13 thru 15 is Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning…Steve Hawk, President, was in the first one, 29 years ago…

…Al Parten, VP… with new business…Easter Egg Hunt…Cpt Lippman called and March 31 we’ll again be involved at Porter Village, needing volunteers…have many eggs, cadets and Wal Mart is willing to help as needed, with hot dogs and hamburgers…Jimmy Phelps, famous already as a Ranger, will be helping with his Transformer Cooker…Jimmy’s buddy, Mike Weeks, Ranger Battalion, early 90’s has a gun store in Gainesville, across the street from the High School…

…Sgt Fuller, Club Manager, tells us that the Ranger Run folks will be up and gone early so we can have the CCO in our traditional place rather than where we spent all the time talking about last meeting…behind the gym…Jimmy’s coming down Thursday night to get set up, “say the word and I’m here brother”…

…Sgt Fuller reported the purchase of a karaoke machine that has 6,000 songs with LD singing “take the ribbon from your hair”…and when we figure out how to plug it in, we’ll be in business…

…DJ made a motion that Bob Suchke’s missing sign from the planning bays be replaced…and after some said he sold it on ebay already, or it was used as a grease penciled part of someone’s planning phase, the second was made by me and the vote passed to replace the missing one for Bob…Steve Hawk, asked for someone to remind him tomorrow so he can get a hold of Brian Cunningham to get that done for Bob…(check and see if Steve’s made the call, please)…

…Al had some talk about Steve not answering his phone, even Doug Perry came by and knocked and hollered at his door to alert the neighbors…some questions about logistics and a request for a check to buy the necessary goods…

…Bob Suchke talked of coins, and recognized Andy Howard and T Boggs for coming tonight…Andy was an original member and an RI from the 50’s…T Boggs was an RI when Bob went thru as a student…

…Thom Terrell’s photo is needed by Bob to complete his packet for the Fallen Ranger Memorial…His son, Chip, living in Dawson County, was suggested but Bob doesn’t have the contact information to find him…

…Bob Williams talked of Scholarship Applications and his middle son would be eligible so he might get him to submit one since there are no other applicants now…and the Tee Shirts have been ordered by Bob taking care of it…100 ordered with half having the 2012 on it…some XXX’s for Omar the TentMaker, (me and Chuck), were ordered…we have the graphic and the ability to make them as needed…

…per Tom Wilburn’s suggestion, we don’t have to have 6 each year for Fallen Ranger…and the signs can be made in Blairsville quicker and cheaper…we have 4 names to submit now…

…Bob Williams said I don’t have to report things word for word…so now I don’t…(he’s the editor)…

…Sgt Fuller put a plug in for Amy to cut hair there at the Club for $10 and all cuts will look like his… (sorta looks something like the Addams Family kid)…

…Chuck Windham asked about the food at the Critter Cookout, and we always end up with food left over…some don’t eat rattlesnake, or the balls but after a shot or two of moonshine, it don’t matter…

…Tone down the minutes?...a public service announcement?...entertaining as hell but too long in reading?…the Nugget?...Jerry is right, word for word…if it is said, it is recorded…”hope the guy from Wal Mart doesn’t read about getting laid”…a motion, second and all in favor…taking it to Sandy Springs for stand up comedy…shorten the reading of the minutes…

…Andy Howard was here in ’61 picking up Doug Perry in a jeep outside the Cherokee Motel in Dahlonega, the bus stop then…Bob Williams asked if he’s had the pleasure of whipping Doug Perry’s 4th point of contact…since he always is talking about someone doing that and Andy said he didn’t but he’s seen plenty who did…Charlie Owens used him as a punching bag…”who threw him off the bridge?”…

…the organization is currently still waiting on the new designation of a 501c17…

…a question was asked, “you were cadre here in ’61?”…”you’d be the one who got us lost up here”…Doug was up here then but a cadre member in ’64…

…a motion to close…and with no dissents, after 37 minutes, we were done…

…Respectfully submitted…(the condensed version will follow)…

…Mark Jordan, S1…


Posted: 3/4/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Mark : After more than fifty years of having to sit through the reading of the prior meeting's minutes, i fully concur with Jim Regan. Excellent job. BTW, anybody know a Rich with the handle "Maddog?" Mike RLTW

Posted: 3/4/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Good job Mark! Keep that sense of humor and drive folks "nuts!" They ask me why I am always "smiling." Usually 'cause I don't know what's going on. Fat, dumb, and happy! Stay professional, keep chargin' hard, and have fun while you are doing it! Jim RLTW

Posted: 3/3/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...as much liveliness as goes on during our monthly gathering, I have understood the considerate suggestions that I abbreviate the minutes so I don't spend half an hour or more reading the details at the next meeting...and also that I don't need verbatim quotes to render color to what may be considered more than enough detail...

...Yes Sir, Yes Sir, three bags full...

...so the Minutes from the March Meeting...

...the meeting started at 1900 with 26 present...

...a few 'yeas' and 'nays'...

...we ended at 1937...

...(my guess is we'd want Shakespeare to have one knock knock joke; Michaelangelo to draw stick figures on the Sistine Chapel; Thomas Jefferson to proclaim, "We're outta here, dudes!")...and that would suffice...

...so there ya have it...we came, we talked, we left...

...how ya like them apples?...

...Mark Jordan, S1...


Posted: 2/25/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : Click on my name in the Message Log. Any green colored name will give you an Email. RLTW Mike

Posted: 2/25/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : I sent an Email using the Email address in the unit roster @windstream but it came back "addressee unknown.

Posted: 2/24/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mike K. send me that corn recipe. My e-mail is on this page by clicking on my name in the members roster.RLTW.

Posted: 2/23/2012
Name: Bill Breen
Message: Mike, got the recipe, gonna give it a try, thanks Perry, thanks for the help, I'll pass it along RLW

Posted: 2/23/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Bill Breen : Check your Email for corning recipe.

Posted: 2/23/2012
Name: Perry Doerr
Message: Bill Breen; have the Soldier contact his unit retention NCO, he can get all of his options from him/her. If he still has a lot of time in the 101st before he is eligable for PCS I'd recommend he snag a Ranger and Abn school slot from them if he can get it. That way when he does PCS he is ahead of the game. Over here where I am, supporting the 173d, its not hard to get guys who want to go into Ranger school.

Posted: 2/22/2012
Name: Bill Breen
Message: looking for some advice....A young man I know is interested in the Rangers. He is currently serving with the 101st, has 1 tour in Afghanistan, and is not jump qualified. MOS is 11B He asked my advice, but its been over 35 years since I was in the 1st Batt. I know alot of things have changed. can anyone advise on the best avenue for this kid to take? Thanks in advance. RLTW PS Mike send me that corned beef recipe

Posted: 2/21/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Attn : Mark Jordan, Jim Regan and all certified "chow hounds." Yesterday, I started corning two beef briskets for St. Patrick's Day. My Italian relatives and I do corned beef & cabbage with all the trimmings. However, since the sodium content in commercial corned beef is too damn high, I make my own. There will be nine at the table with a pound of corned beef per person. I cook two briskets - one the old style boiled in the pot version and the other - a new Dublin oven-baked version. If anyone wants to try corning their own beef, I have a good simple recipe.

Posted: 2/14/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...correction...

...501c19 is for Veterans Organizations...

....Mark


Posted: 2/13/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Cemetery Update...

...the USMRA agreed to accept the Shady Grove Cemetery from family members represented initially by Doug Perry...

...as a social organization currently, the USMRA must change its status to a 501c17, a Veterans Non Profit, that can accept the property...Dan Rhodes, Treasurer, is currently involved with that project...

...at the USMRA Meeting during the CCO, the Trustees have been asked to present a land usage idea to the large group of members anticipated to attend...

...Roy Close, Mark Jordan and Steve Caldwell are the Trustees and all matters concerning the Cemetery should be addressed to one of them...

...so essentially this is where we are...please feel free to make suggestions as this project is offering every member input into the best use of this property, just past the S curve, on the right at August Lane...

...RLTW...

...Mark...


Posted: 2/13/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Doug, I've left a voice message on your home phone, sent an email to Roy and figure you're the de facto liaison for this whole thing...but, this is what we Trustees get paid for so I'm the POC for now...unless Steve or Roy is your preference...

...have any interested parties contact me directly if they have any questions after reading the updates provided to everybody on the Message Board from the USMRA Meeting Minutes...I'll be glad to read the minutes again, over the phone...or whatever else I can answer...

...770 366 4838...or first.stone@yahoo.com

...Mark


Posted: 2/13/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Check out the milblog Blackfive for a great story about one of the two Marines in the Ranger Hall of Fame. If anybody knows when "Colonel Ski' went through the course, I would like to know.

Posted: 2/13/2012
Name: Cranberry Corners
Message: RANGER VALENTINE SPECIAL at Cranberry Corners on the Dahlonega square...We will custom design a Valentine gift basket for your sweetie...give you a 10% discount on the contents...and then wrap and decorate it at no extra charge...just give Kranberry Kathy a call at 706-864-6577

Posted: 2/13/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mark Jordan.., You or someone needds to update the Family on the cemetery.Can you come by or call someone in the family.You should have a roster of th family and ph.#s, if not come by...RLTW.

Posted: 2/12/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike, you'll recognize my pick um up, by the rear window display.Silver, Ford, Ranger. KY Veterans' tag. See ya there. Break, break, heard from Tex Wandke and he'll miss the outing. Said to say "Hi" to all you folks. Jim RLTW

Posted: 2/11/2012
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan, Jim Regan and everybody. Looking forward to May. Jim, I might be checking in at the Super 8 - look for my Jeep Thursday afternoon. I am having cataracts removed from both eyes so, when you see me, it will be that lean, mean & keen eyed trooper, a bit time worn but still functional. I am volunteering to help out with both the Fish Fry and the Critter Cook Out. Need some more training in outdoor cooking and I have been told that the regular cooks are very good. I do have a recipe for "Texas Road Kill Chilli" that one of my Berliner buddies sent me. Maybe we can swap recipes while the fish are frying.

Posted: 2/8/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mark, you are "The Man!" Another great reporting job! I could almost feel the energy and enthusiasism of the meeting. You guys are all doin' good! See you in May! Jim RLTW

Posted: 2/7/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...where were we?...Oh, yeah...

..."Our next item of business is our...Critter Cookout"..."Again?"..."No, we need to talk about the Easter Egg Hunt"...

..."according to Doug Perry, the Mayor"..."I thought he was the Governor"..."No, he's been demoted to Mayor...They don't need anything from the Mountain Ranger Association as far as candy, eggs, hiding the eggs...but I may be contacted by Doug Perry later that we need hamburgers and hot dogs"...Pete Anderson, "I always have cooked for the Egg Hunt"...Al, "I understand that...right now they're getting everything from Ft. Benning...question?"...

...Club Manager, Sgt Fuller, saying he's the conduit right now and a Capt Lemon is the OIC with Benning who hasn't yet said that they'll support the Camp, but they don't want to burn a bridge with may be a continued possible source of support...

...Steve Hawk included that he talked with our old sponsor for such events, WalMart, and the manager is as willing as ever to provide us with whatever we need...mention of "catching him in a good mood" and some talk about learning how to grease the wheels by various methods of persuasion from those who will remain anonymous..."manager getting laid earlier"...

...the Ranger, Sgt Fuller, Club Manager needs a "drop dead date" that we need from the XO is a week before March 31...

...Steve explains how this has been done in the past and all that we've provided in the past...drinks, eggs, cokes, volunteers from the High School and Pete and Al and Tammy to cook...

...Steve Hawk talks about the other activities that we've helped the Camp with and offers to help where we can, even the pogey bait confiscated to provide two pick up loads for the kids...Sgt Fuller talks of how much stuff the gets...Al talks of the little kids enjoying the big eggs in little baskets...

...Al, "we done with that?...Let's move on...Critter Cookout, major event coming up!"...Steve, "Well, wait just a minute, let's go back...we got..."...Brian Cunningham,"signs for the planning bays and scholarships"..."for 2012, these are the names I have, "Tony Delp, Steve Bishop, Scott Ozwald, Ronald McElliott, Dean Papka and Jerry Roberts"...for the Planning Bay Signs...Bob Suchke makes a motion that we accept these names for the Planning Bays, seconded by Sunny...murmuring usually goes on here which is "discussion" but not official discussion as when Al calls Bob and Sunny to order for talking together when someone else officially has the floor...then Brian, "you want me to explain the criteria?"..."yeah"...Steve Bishop says his class date was 11-70 and Brian reads 11-72...Steve denigrates himself by saying he's a "numbnuts"...

...Brian Cunningham, "All the criteria for this has been on the website for how many years, Bob?"...Bob Williams, WebMaster, "6 or 7"...Brian goes on to rehash about "being here at the Camp as an RI and in time, being a member of good standing with the USMRA, your name will be placed on one of the six planning bays and remain there for a year", so each year Brian "goes down the list of the membership that Bob provides me with and if I see on there 2d Ranger Company or MRD; we're not to 5th Ranger Battalion yet, but you see the point?...If I see that, I make a mark and each year I take the next six marks"...

...Bob Suchke, "the motion has been made and seconded'...now it's time to call for a vote"...Al, "Can we have a vote?...someone make a motion"...Sunny explains "we've had a motion and second and now you can call for a vote"...Al, "Good, all in favor?"..."All opposed"...some didn't vote but the ones who did weren't opposed...

..."Scholarships"...Brian Cunningham, "It's now February the second and I have not received any applications for scholarships...none...all the information is on the website, just follow the links...details are on the website and I need these by the end of March"...Steve Hawk knows of a few that may be eligible, and Brian asks for a complete packet and leave the personal info off..."I do not need an official high school transcript; the essay is the biggest part of this"...

...Steve Hawk, "Bob, you've got something for us"...Bob Williams, "Yes, this is the traditional meeting where we establish the six names for the Fallen Ranger Memorial, and so far I have 3"..."Col Bo Baker, submitted by James Roach and I have all the stuff for that"..."Eric McGinnis"...Steve Hawk, "I'm waiting on his brother to send me a picture"...Bob, "and Johnny Cradich, a friend of mine Mark Bayless has nominated him"..."that's all I got right now"...

...Steve Bishop, "I'm not a good writer but Col Tom Terrell has got to be on there"...Steve Hawk, "Did he die?"..."Yeah, several months ago"...Steve Bishop, "Hey Bob can you handle that?"...Bob Suchke, "I nominate Tom Terrell for the Fallen Ranger Memorial"..."I second it", Steve Bishop...

...Bob Williams, "That's a great thing...sometimes I get these names saying I need to put him on the Fallen Ranger Memorial and they say I can go onto the internet and find it"..."I aint going onto the internet and finding it!"...Al, "What about Tom Brock?...anyone know about Tom Brock?", "Tom Brock's dead??"..."Yeah, anyone know of Tom Brock?...Tom Brock, He walked my final eval in Utah, at Dugway but Tom Brock doesn't have any family in the AO for information"...Brian Cunningham, "You can always work on it for next year"...Al, "Tom Brock was a significant RI up here on the 33 Committee"...Steve Hawk, "He was also TAC at Benning, for forever"...

...Bob Williams, "the thing is, I don't know how many patrols I walked with Tom Brock, good thing I don't know, but I know him well"..."The thing is, a couple of times I've been embarassed, trusting people that I would get the information in...a couple of times, you go back to their webpage and nothing's there...I will not let that happen again; I'm the one that puts that stuff up there and if I don't have the stuff that goes with the name, then I'm not going to submit the name to Steve to get the sign made"..."I've been here when the family's here and nothing's there and it's just downright embarassing; I'm not going to do that anymore"...

...Bob, "Here's what I can do...contact Tom Wilburn because he...knows a lot of guys who are dead, KIA or whatever...I can do that and fill in the other two names and if you don't have anyone here tonight that you want to nominate...everybody knows it happens, I think I sent it out around Christmas"...some talk to Jerry about talking to Tom for two names...

...Bob, "I can get some signs that are fiberglas in no time"...Steve talks about how long it takes and the process involved in getting signs made...Bob knows a guy who will do them pretty much for cost, $14 and Steve says that's cheaper and much quicker than what we already pay...Bob ends with "Everybody good with that?"...

...Bob, "I got another thing I want to mention, Critter Cookout, Open House oriented...there's been considerable negative comments about the tee shirt at the last few Open Houses, so I talk with Kelly Hyde who did our original image and"...passes out some papers with copy of new design..."this is what I propose that we use"..."You'll notice at the top it has 2012 and if no one else wants to do it I'll take chaarge in getting those tee shirts, I suggest we get a certain number of images with 2012 but most without that number so we have any leftovers without a number...It has a gold background and we've never had one with that color"...Al, "Better than that hotdog"...Steve Hawk, "Will it be a tee shirt or pullover?"...Bob, "I assume it will be tee shirts even XXX for some"...Steve Bishop, "Everybody's not Omar the TentMaker here so"...Bob, "Next meeting we'll determine how many and what sizes to order for some of you bigger guys and what size you wear"...Steve Hawk, "It never fails that ordering the number and sizes"...Bob, "I know it's a crapshoot"...Steve Bishop suggests preordering at the April meeting for how many you want with the date on it, paying on the spot...seems a good idea...

...Sunny Bragg, "Hey, what about reversing the way the shirt is?...Mountain Ranger Association on the top and Cookout on the bottom...that's simple!...there's your answer right there!...You don't lose who we are!"...Bob, "I just go with what they voted on"...Al, "we're good"... ...Mountain Ranger Association Coin Sales with Bob Suchke reporting of having some sales and determining whether we need more, but he thinks we're in good shape... ...Ranger Bischoff took the floor to introduce himself as managing the Club here in '63...telling us some of his stories from his time...First 2nd Lt to TAC a Ranger Class, March of '65... ...Dan Lukey, a guest, said he liked being among us, a fireman from Miami riding with Bob over here... ...Chuck Wyndham was recognized for his wife's great beans at our October meeting...DJ was up from the city, looking sober and alive...Tom Joyner here 3 of 4 last meetings...Craig Polsen?...close enough...Steve Hawk talked about spending time with him under a pool table... ...we need to touch on the CCO...Steve Bishop and Ted Tilson are in charge and Al tells of wild meat being in short supply but some hogs from Benning are promised...Al says the Capt Dunn, POC for OIC for Open House...the tent will not be behind the Club because the Ranger Run is being at the same time with vendors having their tents where our cots used to be...we're starting around 1700 in serving...Bob has an idea of banding members and families...A live band over on the end of Mosby and we don't want those folks coming in to eat our food...Bob's idea is for a number of tickets for members and guest and offer tickets for sale as a fundraiser for those not associated with us or the MRC...discussion on how many people and how much food...questions galore and general talking about it from Pete, Al, Brian, Steve Hawk...the Flicker Ball field in April, with 4 kinds of water and wind that day, was remembered; Pen Cove...

...Steve Hawk, "I don't know of a perfect solution to solve this but ask for a donation if the food runs out or we have hot dogs and hamburgers for those who don't get critters can still eat'...a salami looks like elk penis...Steve Hawk...Keith Antonio suggests we ask for a donation and not a specific amount, so we may get $20 or $10 instead and Ranger Bischoff said we slap em up side the head if they give less than $5...

...Al, "Jimmy Phelps can cook 300 trout in an hour, 125 lbs of chicken wings in 30 minutes and we'll still bring our fryers, and the next day Jimmy Phelps buddy has a smoker we can fit two pigs in, and Joe Amerling has a big grill"..."Can we cook at the Basketball Area back around the gym?"...good mumbling all around, getting the Mayor to talk the Camp to get our cooking set up by the gym...Steve B talks of room for a big tent by the gym, Al has to go to the john...

...Steve Bishop, "we need to nail this down"...Steve Hawk has a motion and a second to move the cooking area to out of where it has been, beside the Etoway and Mosby, to up around the Gymnasium that will allow us some distance from the crowds who aren't aware of this CCO being exclusive for Club Members, their friends and family...Someone talks about the snake show being up in the gym and Steve Hawk says, "that's good, they won't have so far to go, just crawl right up here on the grill here"...

...Steve Hawk, "Anything else?"...question about a fire pit being built outside the Club, but according to Doug Perry, Al says a couple years ago a couple of guys fell asleep too near the fire and melted their boots to their feet...one got up on his knees and all the civilians are wandering the Camp, and the young Ranger got up on his knees to relieve himself and was talking to Steve Bishop, and Steve Hawk says, "if he falls in the fire, I'll pull him out, but I'm not putting it away."...Steve Bishop confirms it as a war story...

...Bob Suchke asks if the climate's suitable so that we can get a fire pit again but according to Doug, as Steve Hawk says, "we can always ask and if they give us any trouble I can tell them I had a stroke"...mistreating a poor veteran...

..."Is the license plate deal out?"...Steve Hawk, "the last time I talked with our representative, he said the biggest issue going in right now is you got everybody and their brother...we even got Georgia tags with Florida on them"..."Alabama"...but we got two new guys going in and it's not forgotten, I'm still working on it, I just don't know...have you not seen all the new Georgia tags they got out lately?...if a nun gets a psychic moment, they got a tag going for that"...

...Steve Hawk, speaking of nuns, I got a story..."Nun comes walking out of a convenience store with a six pack, and a few minutes later another nun comes out with another six pack and heads around to the back of the store too...I get interested and go around and ask them, "Ladies are y'all all right?...and they go, 'oh, yeah, yeah'...and I said, "I know you're Catholic and can drink but out in public and stuff like that?"...'oh, it's for the Mother Superior's constipation'..."it is?!"...'yeah, won't she sh*t when she sees us?'...

...Steve B offers the idea of the load out area up around towards Black Farms Road, an acre and a half, that can be used if needed for the Association, but Steve Hawk says we are included in all the information about the Open House that the Camp puts out...

...one hour and fifteen minutes into it, a motion to close is asked for, given by Bob Suchke, and seconded by Steve Bishop...no opposition to close...til next month...

...respectfully submitted,

...Mark, S1


Posted: 2/7/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...USMRA Meeting Minutes of Feb 2012...

...sometimes it's too good to rush, which is why I waited an extra day to let it marinate a bit more...the perfecty meal; the perfect shot...these things you remember and savor...

...when the first bit of recording I have is, "Can I get a motion to open the meeting?"...

...I finally lived long enough to see the other side of a brand new second lieutenant in front of his men the first time he speaks...God is good...that was the first Two seconds and I have one hour and 15 minutes of listening...

...that was just the beginning!...I can't read these minutes any faster, so just get ready next month and hear what I could not make up...what follows qualifies as a "war story"...

...this ain't no sh*t...

...we've got 23 at first then two more show up...Al Parten is in his graded patrol as a VP since this is the second meeting he's been the man...Al has Sunny Bragg wheeled up to his back right shoulder in case any concerns may arise and Sunny can be johnny on the spot to help...

...and Al starts by having a motion to start the meeting...

...immediately Sunny is heard mumbling and Al says "I wanted one then" or something like that...Bob Suchke makes a second after someone who should have said "I make that motion" said "second" instead...

...Al says, "Padre, can we open with a prayer?"....

...part of Chaplain's Willard Langdon's prayer was thanking God "for all the senior officers and all the noncommissioned officers that we have in the organization"...no mention of lieutenants...but I know he meant well since no one snickered...another fine prayer that Willard delivers better each month, it seems...

..."S1 can we get a reading of the minutes?"...

...after the last minutes were read Steve Hawk asks, "now the question is, do you save these minutes over and over or do you have to delete?"..."No no...I save these things; they're too good"... *laughing*...Steve,"I see a book in the future"...

...laughter all about and me talking of tears in my eyes at McDonald's while writing them up...folks already look at me weird enough...Steve, "alright let's move on; do we have a treasurer's report?"..."Not here"...

...Sunny makes the observation that "Wait a minute...We have to have a motion that we accept the minutes as they've been read"...Bob Suchke says he thought he already made the motion, general murmuring that we did and Steve goes about asking for a motion, with a second and motion and vote, yea and nay on accepting the minutes as read..."passed as accepting the minutes as read"...

...Keith Antonio encourages Al, "Well you know, You're practiced! Do this!"...Steve backs up for Al to solo and says, "Come on Ranger, let's see how you'll do"...

...Al, "We don't have a treasurer for the treasurer's report, what about old business?"...

..."Cemetary?", Mark..."are we going to converse about the Cemetary since none of the representatives of the cemetary are here?"..."Doug is not here; he's visiting somewhere with his sick brother"..."Table it!...I say, Table it"...immediate reaction to that being a good idea...Steve Bishop, "Let's bring that up at the Critter Cookout when we have a whole bunch of people here to vote on it"..."I want to make the motion that we table the discussion on the Cemetary until the Critter Cookout when we can have a whole bunch of people here to vote on it"..."What the hell are we voting?" was heard...Steve Hawk says we've already accepted the property but what we may be ready to deal with is the land use of the property, a better operation order...

...Bob Suchke, "Wouldn't that call for a committee report at that time?"...Steve, "Yes, that's what we'll do, remind the committee that their report is due April?"...Steve Bishop, "No, May 4, May 5"...alright so we'll do that", Steve Hawk..."go ahead, Sir"...

...I talk about how Roy has done so much already, including quite a bit of time on the land use of the property, but no one has given more information about the property since our last meeting..."Bobbi Butler called me at home asking and then I got a call saying, 'don't worry, let her talk to the committee'...then I said we need a 3rd Trustee and Steve Caldwell volunteered and I made a motion that got seconded, voted on and passed making Steve Caldwell the third trustee of the Cemetary Committee along with myself and Roy Close, who has got more answers than any questions yet to be asked so far...so many in fact, that I defer all questions about the cemetary to Roy first and who else is left afterwards...Me and Steve...Steve remarks, "I want to be the first one in"...

...Brian Cunningham, "you have to bring your own entrenching tool", about general discussion on the graveyard...talk of getting $10,000.00 burial insurance policy that covers burial, getting a bit of ashes into the Ranger Memorial, where all the ashes of all the Rangers who are interned there will be forever gathered at their last ORP, scattering the rest of the ashes over Mosby and the TVD...the $10,000 automatic policy can't by turned down will make the funds well necessary for providing an extremely fine resting place for Rangers and a funeral that's next to none!"...

..."sounds like someone is still selling life insurance"..."no no no, this is something that hit me the other day"...laughter all over the background..."you got $10K coming in every time we have a funeral with a film case of ashes going into the Memorial, the rest is spread over the Camp, Mosby and TVD and then spending the excess of every funeral here as a party for all the guys that aren't dead yet!"...I didn't get exactly who Steve Bishop was talking about but he said, "Why don't you go ahead and kick the bucket so I can party?"...Al, "are we done talking about the cemetary?"...Steve, "sounds like it; let's move on"...

...Al, "now not about old business, but about recuring business, the Critter Cookout... <...Steve Bishop, "Yes!...the fish are laid on, 400 fish...not sure about next year...however...the old signs from last year's Critter Cookout are sitting here still and have not been put up!"...Al asks about responsibility; Brian says he has done it voluntarily; Mark says, "I did it the year before but after I asked Steve about it this year and we thought they had been up, so I accept responsibility for not following up this year"...Steve makes a motion to have them done at the time they are presented each year and the Club Manager, Sgt Fuller says he will follow up and have them up this year...(a call to the Club this afternoon verified that Friday that was done)...

...I made a motion that we have an annual traditional reciting of the Ranger Creed at the conclusion of the Fallen Ranger Ceremony during Open House by the USMRA members...6 volunteers reciting/reading the Ranger Creed over the PA system...Bob Suchke seconded...Bob Williams says, "Put it for a vote"...Al does well and it's in...the motion passed with one dissenting vote...Steve says Ranger Keith Antonio screams it well...(he ought to start then so Willard can end it, maybe Sunny)...

...Steve makes a comment about the breakfast after some questions about when what event is when...Cinqo de Mayo...Open House/Critter Cookout...easy to remember...but as Steve says, "it's not that good...and as not being a drinker or karioke singer...it may not be the best breakfast, but it does produce some fine t*rds"..."more people ought to take part in it...a d*mn good breakfast"...still questions as to when the fish fry is...and then when is the CCO...

..."get ahead of Bob Suchke in the line for the fish fry"..."I only eat 12!"..."Have you ever seen a Sylvester cartoon where the fish goes in and all that comes out is bone?"..."I'll be glad to give instructions"...

..."next item is the Critter Cookout"..."no, the Easter Egg Hunt...calling Doug Perry the Mayor...I correct with the Governor, "no he's the Mayor"...see what happens when you don't show up?...

...(to be continued)...I don't want to lose this, so I'm putting it up tonight to finish on the morrow, good men...

...still RLTW!...

...Mark Jordan, S1


Posted: 2/5/2012
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Rangers: I need biographical information and a good photo of Ranger (LTC) Thompson A. Terrell who passed away back in September of last year. Tom was an RI and 2nd Ranger CO while here at Camp Merrill back in the early 1970's and later he was Camp Commander in the 1980's. I have a good bit of info to start, but I still need his complete and correct awards and decorations, military assignments and some good photos. If you can help, please let me know.

Ranger Tom Terrell will be one of the 2012 Fallen Rangers honored at Open House/Critter Cookout on 5 May. Thanks. RLTW!


Posted: 2/5/2012
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Mark Jordan, I'm in. It'll be a best seller.

Posted: 2/4/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...an idea came to me from Thursday's meeting after two Rangers said I should put the USMRA Minutes in a booklet so genius me thinks I could do that easily and even have some of my nature pictures or Mike Flack's good stuff...

...sell it at Open House/CCO and all money goes to the USMRA...

... I make that pre-motion for the next meeting cause who knows how long it's gonna take Sunny Bragg to handwrite all of them for a nickel apiece...

...second?...discussion?...vote...then lemme know at my ema here and I'll get Sunny some advil...

...Minutes posted tomorrow...the Lord's Day...when I figure lightning bolts won't likely smack me when I publicize what goes on behind those walls...

...RLTW...


Posted: 2/3/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Am "booked in" at the Super 8, Mountain Drive. See ya all @ CCO. Jim RLTW

Posted: 2/3/2012
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : See you there. I have all pre-planning completed except for the hotel room. RLTW

Posted: 2/2/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Thanks for the info re; CCO. Am in the planning stage now. Hope to be there w/ you folks. Jim RLTW

Posted: 1/30/2012
Name: Webmaster
Message: CCO information is posted on the USMRA home page.

The Mountain Ranger Run will be going on in the morning on the same day as Open House this year on the 5th of May. The Open House will end with a concert on the airfield (weather permitting) at about 1800.


Posted: 1/30/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Jim, The CCO will take place on the 5th 0f May.It will be held in conjunction with the MRC open house. The fish fry will be the afternoon and night of the 4th of May.RLTW>>

Posted: 1/30/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Good morning all! Read through the minutes from last meeting. No info on "CCO?" Do we have a firm date yet? Need to make my plans for travel from KY. Looking forward to seeing all you folks.Take care. Jim RLTW

Posted: 1/28/2012
Name: Bill Breen
Message: I was gonna say, I had his flanks covered, as I was in both 5-77 and 7-77. but I missed 6-77. Suggest checking the unit roster for a familiar name.

Posted: 1/27/2012
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Hey Rangers, will somebody from L co. answer the Ranger's request about his fellow Rangers.....Damm...RLTW..

Posted: 1/14/2012
Name: D. Dickison
Message: Looking for some old friends from Ranger class 6-77 L co.

Posted: 1/11/2012
Name: Roy Close
Message: Steve Hawk need you or Dan Rhoads to get with me ASAP about cemetery need information about our Org. also we need to keep transfer between church and the USMRA I'll discuss why when we talk. RLTW

Posted: 1/8/2012
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...USMRA Meeting for January 2012...

...19 present for a good night in warm January...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, delivered another fine prayer to get things going...for service, leadership, blessings and being a "lighthouse in the community"...Steve thought there was a longer pause in forgiveness so we could think about it...

...Reading of the Minutes...Steve, "that's all the time we have for tonight", after the long meeting's minutes were read...Dan gave the Treasurer's report showing that the donations are declining as the years have gone by, "a very weak year for us"...we still got some but the gold diggers are not aware of our thrift...

...Old Business...Cemetary and CCO...JB spoke on updates for the Monument that is up down at Pine Valley...entire monument cost $23 less than the money we had to pay for it...another memorial at Tullahoma has been erected...3rd one to be here on Camp somewhere...

...Sonny reminded everyone that you're supposed to thank the Treasurer for his service and report so Steve asked for a round of applause and Bob Suchke offered a few big hands...

...a vine covered rock for a memorial is somewhere that Bob knows of but it will remain until we have the place to put it...maybe at the "long noted but not here yet fire pit" that's planned for behind the Club...

...Eagle Projects and Cadets are willing to help out at the Cemetary...

...Roy Close was asked by Steve to report on the Cemetary...Roy spoke of organizations that pay for cemetary improvements and has a name of a man who can detect with sonar the graves that are present...Roy gave different ideas for the amount of burials that can take place with varying ideas for maximizing space with cremations...

...after rehashing and explaining the information he's obtained about the general idea to the specifics of who can help with our learning process and facilitate this property use...more of past meetings' input...

...Roy previewed what and who can become involved for resources in the generation of money with cemetaries for preservation and cremations; Roy Close and Mark Jordan have offered to be Trustees with the idea of having one more who is interested in project...

...Kelso Horne, County Attorney, attending tonight with his experience and insight into the project...spoke of his father being buried in Normandy with the church service is St. Mere Eglise, welcomed by the French people...the Secretary of State office deals with burials and he can help us as we go along to follow the rules...as an LLC possibly after a mission statement with tax exemption...is the group prepared for family input into how "grandpa wanted it"...our way, their way, who's way...graves are getting more and more expensive everyday with Dahlonega's cost tripling...

...Ed Gross offered a "go/no-go" about either going forward or just drop the idea for involvement in this endeavor...asked for a second and no one seconded to stop talking about this...

...Ed thinks we're not there to make a decision and Roy said it's time to make a vote on either doing it or not...Ed, "if there's no second, I'll shut up"...no second..."that's fine, let's move forward"...Roy is ready to have the vote on accepting it or not..."the family needs closure", Doug Perry..."what is the impact on this organization?"...we need to restructure as a 501c tax exempt organization...Steve, "we need to accept or not accept the propery" but we still need to change the status of our organization....Ed, saying he's "shut up if no one else is interested", still wants to have an idea to either go ahead or not, apparently wondering if any others had heard his motion to stop the talk about this whole thing...Bob Suchke wants to restructure the question in being those interested in to follow up on taking the cemetary or not...Ed is concerned on liability...falling on gravestone in middle of night...if you own it, you're responsible...

...Kelso again explained more details of the cost involved...

...Ed then proposed the idea of what's "free"...as in the burial process...Ed reemphasized that he wanted to get to deciding on whether to continue...(reminding me of Pete's "one more thing") earlier in the year...

...Roy made a motion to either accept the property or not...got it seconded by Doug Perry...all in favor of accepting the property...Seven for...all those against...Four against...some didn't vote...besides Steve, who can't vote...

...Ed wants "free" to mean a spot, but how to get under is the cost of the person's family...Roy explained that there's a land use plan of how to use the area...Roy explained his presentation already showed the area that can be developed and Ed spoke of the SOP on burying Rangers...Bob, "we're not at that stage yet"...

...Steve spoke of all these great minds present for having passed the Ranger Course..."We got a warning order; now we need an op order"...we let the trustees develop the plan...the recommendation was made to letting Roy be turned loose on this as he's way ahead of all of us on the thinking of how and what and who and when and where about all this...he has spent time with all parties involved to find the many answers to the many questions being asked now...Kelso gave a general plan as to how to proceed, rehashing some more of the areas needing attention as we proceed...

...we appreciate Kelso and Steve asks him to be our legal advice pro bono as we're really poor and we really need someone like Kelso to be available for insight and direction...Kelso agrees...

...only two family members have requested to be buried there, "although there's some 47th cousin who wants to be buried, but the family doesn't own the plot anymore"...a trustee issue that Roy has already considered...$10 for Methodist lawyers getting the deed to us...$25 filing fee in Lumpkin County...Roy says he's using the model of what the churches have done with 3 trustees...the number is arbitrary...Ed thinks 3 would be perfect...

...Roy says he and his wife are interested in buying plots and there's others he know who are interested, "not naming names yet"..."we could bury them standing up, get lots of room"...Steve still wants to be cremated and made into a douche...

...motion to close...Sonny...seconded by Dan...Bob opposes...50 minutes of meeting; 3 minutes of prayer...

...we're in the cemetary business...

...respectfully submitted...

...Mark, S1...


Posted: 1/8/2012
Name: Webmaster
Message: For Ranger Run information, contact Maj Daubert at Camp Merrill.

Posted: 1/8/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Brian, don't have one to claim. Just wondered about the process. Thanks for the reply. See you at CCO in May. Jim RLTW

Posted: 1/7/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: On what date is the Ranger Run ?

Posted: 1/7/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Jim Regan: The honorees can claim their signs at the end of their honor year. Check with Steve Hawk. RLTW

Posted: 1/7/2012
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Quick question. What happens to the signs in the planning bays when they are replaced? Someone said something to me several years ago about the process.Reckon my "CRS" kicked in. Looking forward to the CCO, and meeting and greeting the folks at MRC this May. (Mothers' Day weekend?) Jim RLTW

Posted: 1/5/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Applications for the 2012 USMRA Scholarship are now being accepted. Check elsewhere on this web page for requirements. Please submit packets to me NLT 2 Apr 12. Be sure the packets are complete - incompletes will not be evaluated. You may either scan a packet and send it to me via email attachment (e.g. PDF format), or USPS mail to: Brian Cunningham, PO Box 208, Gainesville, GA 30503. DO NOT include applicant's Social Security number or redact it if necessary (e.g. from official transcript). RLTW

Posted: 1/5/2012
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: The selection for the 2012 Planning Bay naming honors for former MRD instructors is coming up. If you served as an instructor at MRD in the 1970s, please be sure your information is correct in the Unit Roster, found elsewhere on this web page. RLTW

Posted: 1/4/2012
Name: Al Parten
Message: USMRA meeting 1/5/12 , 1900. Be there if you can, main discussion's, Cemetary and Critter Cookout. See you there . RLTW !

Posted: 1/3/2012
Name: Mark Wafler
Message: Let's try this message thing one more time - shot a blank on the first attempt. I'm trying to find some information for a friend of mine whose father served in MRD from April 67 - February 68. His name is LT Morris Short. He won a BSM in Vietnam in May 68 with with the 1st Cav. I have seen a plaque and a beer mug with his name engraved with dates but no team or committee. His son would like any info on his dad. PS: Rgr Hiltibrand, if you see this send me another message. Your last one was broken and distorted.

Posted: 1/3/2012
Name: Mark Wafler
Message:


Posted: 12/28/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: The Holidays are "winding down." In the past month or so, I have had a chance to "forward" some of my TALES to a couple of our Ranger Buddies. Perhaps I'm a little "slo", but, there are lots more "TALES" out there! No, no, just the really neat kinda TALES about what we REALLY did for God and Country. I was "Blessed," and had a wonderful, full career in the US of Army! Where are the STORIES/TALES,from the MOUNTAIN RANGER CAMP??? I wrote one; "Chicken Man!!!" Go to the website; LRRP/Ranger of Vietnam, 1st Cav Div. Read and enjoy. There are TALES from our guys,LRRPS/H Co 75th Rangers, that are not only Vietnam, but Non-Vietnem type. I encourage you to "Google up" the site;sit back,relax, enjoy!!! Jim RLTW

Posted: 12/28/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Mike Flack : I was cleaning up my files and I found nine unused Sony DVD-R disks. I have no use for them and you and Judy might be able to make use of them. Say the word and I will send them to you. RLTW

Posted: 12/27/2011
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Andy, Fact.He doing ok now, Back to work ,ugly as ever..RLTW..

Posted: 12/27/2011
Name: Andy Anderson
Message:

I talked to Steve Beltran in California today and he heard Steve Hawk had a stroke. Does anyone know anything about this. Fact or Fiction?


Posted: 12/25/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: To those who visit the "Blackfive" milblog and those who might need assistance, there is a nice post about A Royal Marine Commando Christmas in 2008. If you can't locate "Blackfive," goto Patterico's Pontifications and scroll down to Blackfive on the right hand side. My British cousin, Tony Rice, was a Royal Marine Commando in the 1960's and his "mob" was just like these "new kids." RLTW

Posted: 12/25/2011
Name: Jerry W. Roberts
Message: Merry Christmas to everyone, our prayers and Christmas Wishes go out to all our soldiers still in harms way. May God protect and bless each of you. It is because of you and those before you who dared to answer the call and stand in harms way saying "Only through me" that we have the rights as we have today. Thank you and God speed.

Posted: 12/24/2011
Name: Al Parten
Message: Merry Christmas to all !

Posted: 12/23/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Tom Wilburn : Enjoy your hunt. I can't be there in body but I wil be at Locust Gap in spirit. Will you be hunting towards Hawk Mountain? In the late 50's, that was a good hunting area. WTH, my tentmate stepped out of the back of our tent at the RMC on the first day of hunting season and got his buck. He was strictly a "pot hunter" and did not miss an opportunity to get his deer. RLTW

Posted: 12/23/2011
Name: Perry Doerr
Message: Merry Christmas to all Ranger brothers serving and retired but still serving, and a very Happy New year to all. RLTW.

Posted: 12/22/2011
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Veteran Job Opportunity

...Forest Supervisor’s Office, Gainesville, GA Customer Service Representative GS-0303-5 ($32,722 - $42,535)

...for details... http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/conf/about-forest/jobs/?cid=STELPRDB5344587&width=full Mark


Posted: 12/21/2011
Name: Tom Wilburn
Message:

Taking leave over Christmas to hunt along the TVD from 26-28 Dec with buddies and old Rangers. We will have a camp with lots of firewood and coffee near Locust Gap for anyone who might be out for the hunt or just hanging out by the fire. The camp will have an American flag for ease of recognition hanging out front in case we are out hunting when you stop by. Make yourself at home and warm up the coffee, I will be back soon enough.Everyone is welcome, might even have some fresh meat......Merry Christmas, Tom


Posted: 12/21/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Ranger "K" and the rest of you folks, if you go to/google up, "LRRPS/Rangers 1st Cavalry Division Vietnam," you can click on several TALES/Stories from the LRRPS/Rangers. When you get the site, it will probably look black. Just scroll down 'til you see the menu and click on. There are Vietnam and Non-Vietnam stories written by the LRRPS/Rangers of the 1st Cav. Enjoy, Mery Christmas, Jim RLTW

Posted: 12/20/2011
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Cemetary Update...

...I was met by Abby, the killer watchdog we were warned about and pictured in Roy's Report, as such said beast...I sat on the natural, stackstone wall and after licking me in the face a few times, Abby laid down against my leg for a tummy scratch, legs all up in the air...afterwards she ambles on back up to Kelly Smith's house figuring I was dead enough to be a warning to any others so foolish...

...Roy Close showed up and we enjoyed over an hour of discussing the project, clarifying what needs to be done next, other than a vote in January's Meeting...

...leaving the report, Kelly's plat and all other material that Roy had assembled for this presentation, I left as Roy brought a copy to Kelly's house...

...RLTW...never leaving a Ranger behind...

...Mark


Posted: 12/20/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Mark Jordan, Joe Regan and everyone : The Christmas spirit has touched me. If you saw the story of Mayor Bloomberg and his Health Department removing the Port wine & cheddar cheese spread that had a place of honor in many good bars. Claimed that the serve yourself cheese spread was a "health hazzard." In honor of that traditional bar custom, now forbidden in New York City, I will be making the spread for Christmas Eve at the cousins and Christmas Day at my Sister-in-laws. The best thing about making this is after the 1/2 cup of Port for the spread, the remainder keeps the cook happy.

Posted: 12/18/2011
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Frag Order...

...Cemetary Rendezvous tomorrow at 1400 for all those interested. I'm giving Kelly Smith a copy of Roy Close's fine report that was presented earlier at this month's meeting.

...A good time to meet all the players and someone get the county lawyer, Kelso Horne, to come look at some guns then too...

...August Lane, on the left after Roy's pond on the right curve heading towards CFM, .2 miles from the S curve...paved...

...2 pm for civilized folks..

...RLTW...to death and beyond...

...Mark, keeper of the report...


Posted: 12/18/2011
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mark Jordan ???? Could not retieve your e Mail it did come thru.I need a copy of Roy Close's committie report. Could you drop it off at my house. or if you are close I can come by and pick up.RLTW...

Posted: 12/17/2011
Name: M
Message: Jim : Not my son - my nephew. Read and liked the Jumpmaster story. I remember you telling me that you traded your pound cake for "wets." Loved those very greasy pork patties - especially during a Korean winter - chopping bits & pieces out of the can with the old 1911 bayonet. That was living! Three foot of snow, below zero temperature and frozen C-rats. We had it soft!

Posted: 12/17/2011
Name: Ji m Regan
Message: Ranger "K", remember, I said that I traded the Pound cakes, fruit, etc, for "wet" rations; Ham & Lima, Sgetti & meatballs, Pork sausage patties w/grease, et al.Seems like only yesterday. How time flies. Best wishes to your Sea Going son. Had a trip from Brooklyn to Colon Christobal, CZ back in '62. 7 days and nights! UGH! I never would have made it as a sailor. 7 days was way too long for me. I'd rather spend several hours, in the summer, doors closed, in a C-119!!! Always got my share of burp bags as I boarded the C-119s. I'll send you the "Jumpmaster" Tale today. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukka to all. Jim RLTW

Posted: 12/15/2011
Name: Michael M.Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : It was a great tale and I enjoyed reading it. I just got back from Maine where my nephew graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy. That young former Special Forces type has been seduced by the bed with clean sheets provided merchant marine officers. He liked your story and was suitably amazed that you actually gained 10 pounds going through the course. I think that the 10 pound weight gain was actually undigested pound cake. What say you?

Posted: 12/15/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Ranger Mike "K", the Tale "Ranger Class #1-1961," appears in the latest Patrolling Magazine, 75th Ranger Assn. My buddy, Bill Anton, had sent it to them months ago. Reckon they needed some "filler" stuff for this edition. My typos are still intact. He did, however, demote me. I called and reminded him that I was a CSM not SGM. I get touchy about some things at my age!!! Merry Christmas to all. Jim RLTW

Posted: 12/13/2011
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mike and Judy. 44 Locust Rd. Dahlonega Ga. 30533..706-864-2732. Merry Xmas love you both....Rltw to hwy 76,and then some..

Posted: 12/13/2011
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Mark Jordan, thank you for those kind comments, but it really is our pleasure. Judy does all the work and I address the envelopes, but still it is an honor and a pleasure to do those DVDs. Rangers Lead The Way!

Posted: 12/12/2011
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Mike and Judy Flack's labor of love, the pictures of our annual Critter Cookout/Open House/Fish Fry/Fallen Ranger, are the best news anyone could hope for this cold winter season...and especially for looking forward to the next time all of those folks can get together again...

...the Fallen Ranger tribute is especially fine, giving background and information not all were able to get at the event...

...from all those who appreciate your selfless contributions to make our Ranger Community even stronger, thank you so much Mike and Judy Flack for giving so much to so many...

RLTW

Mark Jordan


Posted: 12/12/2011
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: Hi Bob, Received the Coins. All arrived just fine. Thanks, Joe

Posted: 12/8/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Al Parten, you will do a fine job. However, one suggestion from an old meeting sufferer. Don't rely too much on "Robert's," try "Roger's Rules" - shut up when I am talking and keep you replies short and to the point. If anyone fails to follow "Roger's Rules," have the MA thump him. A variation of these rules greatly helped me in 14 years as an administrative law judge. Especially, as I acted as my own MA.

Posted: 12/7/2011
Name: Al Parten
Message: As the newly elected V.P. of the USMRA, I would like to " rough up " Doug Perry and Ted Tilson for the Nominations. Be advised that I am A Cherry as VP but not new to the Meetings at CFM. Also I am studing the " Robert's Rules of Order " , so bear with me. If I am a litle out of sinc', let me know. I will do all I can to help present the USMRA in a better light. RLTW. Al P.

Posted: 12/7/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: My favorite nephew (Airborne & Special Forces) is graduating from the Maine Marine Academy this Sunday. He will then be an officer in the merchant marine. He hopes for a "Love Boat" assignment but will settle for a "guano" boat. I will attend his graduation and "Ranger up" his open house. Got to keep in practice for the "critter cook-out." RLTW

Posted: 12/7/2011
Name: Sasquatch Smitty
Message: Any word on Ivan?

Posted: 12/4/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Doug, don't really remember that place but remember waving to anybody and anything as I drove up and down the Camp Road. (Except the time that I took "EXIT 1," rolled and flipped the station wagon!!!)Really don't plan to relocate. Have talked w/ the wife, and our next PCS/move will be to Camp Nelson. Resting place for guys and gals that date back as far as the Civil War.It's in Jessamine County, just down the road from Lexington. Beautiful place with a great history. Looking forward to "MAY",and the CCO/Open House.Take care, Jim RLTW

Posted: 12/4/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Oops - finger slipped - RLTW!

Posted: 12/4/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Doug Perry. I remember the house but I did not know the family. I was there from October 1958 to October 1960 and I always got & qave a friendly wave as I passed the house. I intend to move to the Dahlonega area next year and am doing housing recon now. RLTE

Posted: 12/3/2011
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Jim. I live on my granpa saines's place just below the MRC.Do you remember my aunt Sallie Butler that lived in the last place on the left where the pavement ended ?You always have a place to stay. I live by myself so you can get naked and run thru the Pig Alle if you want to..RLTW''''

Posted: 12/3/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mark, another great job w/ minutes. Only took minutes to read! Let me know if you invite Kristofferson. He was in my Class(#1-1961,)as well as a fellow, LTG John Abrams (Ret.) Maybe to CCO & Open House? Reading your report I sometimes wish I lived , down the road, from MRC. I envy you fellows. Take care, Merry Christmas. Jim RLTW

Posted: 12/2/2011
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...December Minutes of the USMRA Meeting...

...A good size group again for another hour long meeting...Jerry Massey and John Cavendar were two that don't get to attend as often as others and it was good to have them...Steve Bishop, Ted Tilson and a few others made it even more fun...

...Difference between fairy tale and a war story...fairy tales start off with "once upon a time" and a war story begins with, "this ain't no s**t"...a little bad vietnamese was thrown out...then a call for a prayer by the Padre, Willard Langdon...Willard does a fine prayer again...as usual...well prepared and thought out...

..."Padre you need to stay healthy, cause no one else around here can say a prayer, like that." A story about Doug and a priest playing golf...the priest utters, "d*mn, missed again"...a few times more than Doug can tolerate...finally another one comes and here come the thunder clouds...lightning strikes and Doug is history...a big booming voice then says, "D*mn, missed again!"...

...Willard then gives a brief apologetic about the benefits of praying in public...

...Steve then asked for a fast reading of the minutes from last month...It was an hour long...it took hours to listen to and transcribe into what you're reading...so to keep with the request of "a quick reading of the minutes", I read fast...

...Treasurers report was given by Dan, and there's no money in the Christmas Fund as there's been no request in years from the Camp, so we don't fund that fund any more...

...Steve gave a good impression of Doug Perry, commented on by others, about the turkeys that we got from WalMart for 10 turkeys for Camp personnel...

...Cemetary and Elections are the topics for tonight...

..."Roy Close did an incredible amount of work with a 17 page briefing"...by Bob Suchke...

...I pass out the copies...Doug Perry, "Are we the right kind of 501c3?"...Dan says we're a 501c7 organization...a social club...we should be a 501c19...a Veterans Organization...Dan is going to look into it for reclassifying our organization...Tax wise it won't affect us...

..."There was an incredible amount of people that Roy spoke and met with...Kelly Smith, the adjacent property owner provided his plat for us to make the maps of the cemetary in the briefing that Roy prepared...I read the amount of Liability Insurance of over $500 annually...There's a large area that's available for burial...Three Trustees from the organization should be available to handle any and all concerns leaving all other parties out of the loop...I said that so far Roy and I have indicated interest in being involved with the project...Our organizational makeup would not change and a trust can be developed to manage the cemetary with tax deductions actually now available...Dan said we need to change to a Veterans Organization where we could have trust funds...Steve asks a few times, "Does that change our organization?", and the answer seems to be in formality only...

...Ed asks that we should consider "Why do we want to own real estate?"...Steve says, "Doug can tell you, that Rangers living around here didn't have a pot to p*ss in, and when they died didn't have a place to be buried"...

...keeping the wishes of deceased Rangers, eventually the ashes were spread for those who asked without telling those who would be particular about ashes in the National Forest"...out the back of a huey is quick and dusty...

...Ed returns to being liable as owners of real estate...Bob says that this real estate is a cemetary dating back to the 1800's where we'd have grave sites avaiable for Rangers in the future if we take stewardship of the propery...looking into liability and property transfer from the Methodist Church to trustees of the USMRA...Ed continues with whether we want to own property or not, and "Where does the ownership lead to?"by John Cavendar...Steve spoke of Bob's skill in dropping a tree in the yard next to him...and the cemetary would be a place, a sanctuary of "ashes to ashes, dust to dust"...Eloquently stated by Brian Cunningham that "we leave no Ranger behind"...

...We accept donations for maintenance...

...Ed says Brian's argument was superb...Brian said, "You said 'eloquent'"...

...Bob says the decision is not for tonight but for information to understand what this project of having a cemetary involves...opening and closing of graves was discussed...details beyond what we have to decide on right now which is, "Do we want a cemetary or not?"...

...Steve, "I got a parachute in the top of my barn...wrap me in that, cremate and run me through as a douche, just one more time"...

...Dans going to check on the 501c3...we made a motion to table and not put it out on the web as the details and issues are beyond what we could explain on the web...Steve said "We're the shakers and the movers"..."ExLax?" was heard, summing that up...

...Kelso Horne, county lawyer, is involved and is invited to be out for our next meeting...he was mentioned by Doug as one who should be kept informed and we should meet with him although Roy has already once...

...Lots of brush and scrub but the area is clear...

..."A very good briefing" described Roy's efforts...

...Ted Tilson made a motion to table and have people to continue researching...got the motion and second and table the discussion til later...

...Steve said he'd rather be buried around here and Bob said it could be a very good thing, as he was originally leery of the project he's "warming up to it"...

...Some copies of the briefing were left with members concerned and some were kept to redeliver back to Roy...

...Elections tonight...Dan for Treasurer, Mark for Secretary, Sonny for VP...Ted Tilson nominated Al Parten, seconded by Doug Perry...Steve said he'd run for President, and since no one opposed, his campaign speech was, "You A**holes"...

...Al had a brief speech then Sonny followed...

..."Were you around when the basic load was two rocks?", Brian's question to Sonny...

...Out of sight, the vote for Vice President went to Al Parten...while they were out of sight, Roosevelt Island was talked about but the vote was done by a show of hands...

...Doug Perry is the Governor...5 or 6 years ago, the liasion with the military, giving hand jobs when needed...

...CCO and Fish Fry is on for 4 and 5 May...the 6th is for recuperation...

...the 10th of December is the Ranger Ball and some still don't have their invitation...Bob doesn't have any shoes to wear and some still are wondering if they'll be invited or not...

...apparently Steve Hawk and Steve Caldwell have slept together enough to be able to talk about it in public...All this time, Sonny and Al are still outside waiting to hear who won the election while all this heavy discussion is going...

...some talk about inviting some high ranking Rangers to our events...Grange, Kristofferson, Stringham...

...a Carrie Underwood poster was requested...

..."We need to get along with the elections"...

...Welcoming Al as VP and appreciating Sonny for what he's done for the organization...

...Motion to close with only Bob Suchke indicating against...and wishes for a very Merry Christmas...

...Respectfully submitted...

...Mark Jordan, newly elected S1 for 2012...unless Keith Antonio insists differently...


Posted: 12/2/2011
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers.. May 5 2012 Sat. will be the MRC open house.Fallen Ranger will be at 1600 hrs. followed by The CCO. The Fish fry will be on Fri. 4th 0f May at 1800 hrs times are subjectt to change a little bit, but the dates are locked..RLTW..

Posted: 12/1/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Any advance planning information on the "fish fry" & "critter cookout" for 2012 available? Also, the RMC "Open House." I am setting up my 2012 calendar and want to avoid conflicting events. Ok, I am a bit early but prior planning . . . !

Posted: 11/30/2011
Name: Jerry W. Roberts
Message: if you viewed the walking heavy video, I hope you took the time to read the poem. I think my daughter captured a lot within her words.

Posted: 11/28/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Got to Ranger School at about 5'10', 145. Left @ 155 lbs. "Ranger Class #1" Tale will go out this AM> Enjoy, Jim RLTW

Posted: 11/27/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: My Email address reflects my Ranger days - Longwalker21@aol.com - and I prefered to carry a BAR in the field. Of course, at 6'3.5" and 225 pounds, that BAR looked like a M2 carbine in my hands.

Posted: 11/27/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Ranger "K", Rest assured, they did a "bam bam" on us. All thru the course I got to carry; BARs, A6 Machine Guns, and PRC10s. Didn't get to carry my M-1. Liked to wore me out! I think I'm one of the few that "gained" 10 Lbs. while in the Course. Would trade my ; pecan nut rolls, pound cakes, and peaches , for the "wet Cs!" Wrote a LONG TALE about my experience. If you give me your e-mail, or snail mail, I'll share it with you. Looking forward to seeing all yu folks in May! Got to get through the winter first. Jim RLTW

Posted: 11/26/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : We just missed meeting. I left the MRC in November 1960. I trust that my friends & fellow instructors did a good job on you and your classmates without my assistance.

Posted: 11/26/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Ranger "K!" The memories are flowing this weekend. Had a couple of notables in our Class, Class #1, 1961. Did not know they were even there. 2 Lt John Abrahms(his Dad, our Division Cdr at 101st, pinned our Tabs on(Gen. Creighten W.,) and a fellow named Kris Kristofferson. Talk about "below the radar!" Most of us know what LT Kris did, and LT John retired as a three star at TRADOC.It'd be eight years before I returned to Ranger School and MRC in '69! Keep the brain gear working. Jim RLTW

Posted: 11/26/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Brought back an old memory. Colin Powell was a Ranger student during my first year at the RMC. He managed to keep his head down and "ghosted" through the course without attracting the attention of the cadre. With graduation assured, his "command presence" bloomed and he was the first one you noticed in any group. I had been sitting with some other cadre on the steps of the old wooden shack that served as a PX when we all really noticed him. We stoped the group he was in and asked some questions. When we found out that he was from the Bronx, I identified myself as a fellow Bronxite and we talked a bit. He had went to Columbia and I had friends who went to Columbia (no connections - he was Engineering anf my friends were either pre-law or pre-med) and we both had worked for Jewish businesses and both spoke some Yiddish - his Yiddish was way better than mine. It was the opinion of the other cadre & myself that he would go far.

Posted: 11/25/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Ranger KEOHANE, thanks for the note. Ran into Gen. Colin Powell, while I was trying to run Fortress Belvoir, back around 1988. First thing he asked me, "Sergeant Major, do you have things under control at Fort Belvoir?" I looked him square in the eyes and replied, "Sir, I can't lie to Officers or other Rangers!!!" Nuff said, we laughed, hugged and went about God's business!!! What wonderful folks I had the occasion to be around, who took time to "Train" me!!! Bless them all. Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to all! Jim RLTW

Posted: 11/25/2011
Name: Frank DeWitt
Message: Co F. 75th Inf. 25th Div. 1969 & 1970 says hello to all my commards and wishes each a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted: 11/24/2011
Name: Al Parten
Message: Happy Thanksgiving to all, from the Parten Family !!

Posted: 11/24/2011
Name: Roy Close
Message: Happy Thanksgiving to all my Ranger brethren where ever they are. May God bless and watch over our Rangers and all of our men and women serving thier country and serving in harms way while the rest of us are fortunate enough to sit in peace at home with our family and friends and enjoy the fruits of thier sacrifice. "RLTW"

Posted: 11/23/2011
Name: Vincent Aurigemma
Message: CSM Donald STafford Ranger E/6 1968 6 MONTHS ALPHA 1/502 2D PTL NCO 101 AIRBOURNE, FORMING N-D-P ONE NIGHT WE WERE AMBUSHED BY ANY ENEMY FORCE USING AK'S AND RPGS, THEY WHERE IN A STREAM WASHOUT WITH PLENTY OF COVER US RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN. WE HAVE THREE TANKS RIGHT BEHIND US SGT. SAYS WE GOTTA GET THE TANKS DOWN HERE, WE MAKE THE 100 YRDS. SGT. SAYS TO THE 1LT. FOLLOW ME DOWN TO WHERE THE FIGHT IS. THE LOU TENET SAYS WE CAN't go down there they have rpgs. that well take a tank out,we run back to the fight.Next morning fights over enemy had there escape route planed,Sgt he's not saying much, were getting are usual resupply ammo, food, water. sgt.always last in line,making sure everyone is packed says watch this he swings his m16 off his shoulder and at no less than 75yrds puts a lethal round into the tankers mascot the lou tenets dog. Well lou runs over the resupply line, which is maybe 5 or 6 of us spread apart a few yards lou walks line, who' gonna tell, who shot the dog.Lou stops at the weak looking kid me 145lbs. worth. Well just as he is ready to grap me by the throat sgt. says I did what you gonna due? Iwas sgt'S rto. Only lasted one month as rto for sgt. but I got plenty action stories. lost only one soldier under sgt. leadership a true hero.

Posted: 11/23/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Jim : Loved that story about "Chicken Man." Wish we had served at the MRC together. Since, as Major Rogers ordered, Rangers never lie to another Ranger or to an officer, we have "many truths" to exchange.

Posted: 11/22/2011
Name: Roy Close
Message: Mark Jordan need you to give me a call Ranger Buddy this concerns the Shady Grove Cemetery //end of first message//Steve Hawk or Dan Rhoads need to know exactly what type of organization we are. Have 17 page presentation on cemetery but is no good if we are not in the right IRS bracket. 706-864-5696

Posted: 11/22/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: You are right Doug. I foster many, many great memories from my tour at MRC. I don't recall having a harsh word or even thought,with or about, my fellow Rangers. Had some "face offs" w/ a couple of Officers. Like "Sir, hollering into the radio does not increase your range or clarity!!" (Was up on Hawk Mtn. when the Patrolling Com. Chief was going ballistic about something. I reached over and turned off the radio for a while. It got real quiet for the rest of the night!) I have written TALES galore and will sit sometime and tell some about MRC. If you go to the Vietnam LRRPS/Rangers and click on the 1st Cav LRRPS/Rangers, you'll see a listing/block to click on for Stories. Check it out and read "Chicken Man!" I know it will bring up some fond memories. Break, break, Happy Thanksgiving to all. Stay safe and Merry Christmas, where ever you may be. Jim RLTW

Posted: 11/22/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: Happy Thanksgiving to all. Finally, after all these years, my aunt (WWII Navy) is allowing me to contribute to the dinner. Not much - mashed turnips & green bean casserole - but, next year, the cousins said that they will give me the bird! ;-) Looking forward to demonstrating my culinary talents next year at the Critter Cook-out & Fish Fry.

Posted: 11/20/2011
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Jim Regan.. You say it a lot like it should be said.I know of no stronger bondage than that of the Rangers of MRC. We are indeed a Band of Brothers..RLTW...

Posted: 11/19/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message: I "Googled" the "Walking Heavy" site. Wow! After a couple of views,surfing, I decided that, just like most of the depictions,accounts of the 'Nam, there is a lot more to be said. After almost fifty years, the memories are still vivid, and I can still "smell" a lot of what we endured.I would advise all to be careful about looking at this site. It aint all "GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!!!" Best to all my Compadres, 'specially at the ol' MRC. Jim RLTW

Posted: 11/17/2011
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: Anyone know the name of the current Armour at the camp.? I have a friend who needs an Old colt 45 (issued 1918)serviced.

Posted: 11/12/2011
Name: Mike Flack
Message: p.s. Please, don't offer to send money. It isn't necessary. Judy and I are both honored and pleased to do this. In lieu of any charges for postage or anything else, we just ask that people consider a donation to the association.

Posted: 11/12/2011
Name: Mike Flack
Message: My wife, Judy, has prepared a DVD of the Fallen Ranger Memorial which occurred in May. There is also a DVD of pictures from the Critter Cookout and Fallen Ranger Memorial. Anyone who wants copies of these just needs to send me an e-mail (mikeflack@sc.rr.com) and we'll get them in the mail to you. I regret that this has taken so long but Judy has had some health issues including surgery. Still, the DVDs are ready now. And, Webmaster, you can put them on the website if you want to. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!

Posted: 11/11/2011
Name: Jerry W. Roberts
Message: My daughter created a utube video (Walking Heavy) if you google walking heavy it is worth watching. Happy Veterans Day guys, It was honor to serve. God Bless America, Rangers truly do lead the way

Posted: 11/11/2011
Name: Scott Carter
Message: A heart-felt "thank you" to all veterans, Ranger or not, on this Veterans Day. Today while most of America is grilling and cracking open a cold one I'll be thinking of all those that went before me, those that I served with, those that have fallen, and those that are still in harms way. For some odd reason I'm thinking of an old man from my youth today..used to see him sitting on a bench outside a gas station in the small town I grew up in. Just a fixture of the town. He was there everyday just shooting the bull. The first time I went home after joining the Army I stopped there to get gas and there he was. I was wearing my khakis with brand new jump wings and his eyes lit up....he pulled out his wallet and fished out a set of jump wings with three bronze stars. Who would have guessed? I urge everyone to seek out the WW2 vets and shake their hand, tell them "thanks". Those guys literally saved the free world and I'm in awe of them. Thank them while we can...everything we enjoy today is the fruits of their sacrifice. God bless America, God bless all Rangers past and present. RLTW!

Posted: 11/10/2011
Name: Derek
Message: I use the message board simply check up on it so I can stay in the loop while I am deployed. Doubt anyone would pay much attention to my suggestions or comments from Afghanistan. But I do get a chuckle from it every now and again (such as now).

Posted: 11/10/2011
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: In the past few weeks I have had opportunities to talk to many people about Veterans Day. I was especially pleased to have been asked by the North Georgia History Center to speak to some middle school students here in Hall County. I knew that most of the kids had little understanding about Veterans Day and so I welcomed a chance to give them an historical perspective of the celebration and to tell them about Vietnam Veterans in particular.

I said to my wife recently that it seemed to me that these days the American people are much more aware of veterans and their service. There was a time, not too long ago, when the only awareness of Veterans Day by many folks was a day off from work. I am very much pleased to see how this has changed over the past several years to become more of what it was intended to be - a day to recognize service in defense of our country by men and women wholly dedicated and prepared to sacrifice their very lives if called upon. That is such a truly awesome commitment, and their willingness and service must, indeed, be recognized.

I have always held military service to be one of the highest honors one can experience in one's lifetime. Yes, there were some days during those years I served that I would wish upon no one. Perhaps each of you during your service had some days or times or events you would wish on no one. But I think we all agree that if we could go back in space and time and were called upon to do it all over again, each of you would do whatever needed to be done in spite of sacrifice and perhaps suffering you knew you would have to endure all over again.

Let us also take time to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. May they rest in peace.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your service to our great country. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

Ranger Brian Cunningham


Posted: 11/9/2011
Name: ~C
Message: Al doing pushups...hehehe....

Posted: 11/9/2011
Name: Al Parten
Message: Okay, point taken, it just seems that only a few post here. Doing push-ups. Not !!

Posted: 11/9/2011
Name: Webmaster
Message: Al,
For the month of October, the Message Log was visited 1975 times, which is an average of 65.8 visits per day.

Posted: 11/8/2011
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Mark, once again your minutes are well done. I always enjoy reading them. And, Al Parten, I check the message board every day. I hope everyone will continue to post information and updates on our memebers, their health and general status. It's the only way I can keep up with some of you old ... Well, never mind that, just keep up the good work.

Posted: 11/7/2011
Name: Jim Regan
Message:

Mark, you done good again! Yes, some of us really do read the msg board. Glad you all are still "vertical and above the grass!" Keep on keepin' on. As far as a "Welcome" sign for the Ranger Class... Used to meet the duece and a half convoy at the rest stop, Interstate, and convoy in to MRC. The "Studs" were always greeted by the TAC NCO and several Instructors/Lane Graders.

Riding in on busses!!! OMG!!! Still remember the "bone butt" ride from Benning to MRC and back, then to Eglin and back to Benning.(circa Class 1- 1961) Grew to really "love" those 2 1/2s!!! Ya all have a safe holiday season and I look forward to meeting and greeting you at the CCO in May. Jim RLTW


Posted: 11/7/2011
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...USMRA Meeting Minutes...3 Nov 11

...With a group of visitors attending, Steve Hawk, President, started the meeting with a general greeting and welcome to those visitors before asking Willard Langdon, Chaplain, for prayer. Willard delivered one of his best yet.

...Steve asked for the minutes of last month's meeting to be read and, as posted on the USMRA Message Board, I only changed "hellions" for "rascals" deferring to our visitors' sensitivities.  No one objected and minutes were approved by vote.

...Having no old business, except for a preliminary report about the Critter CookOut from Al Parten, "still 6 or 7 months away", attention was turned to the visitors with Steve reading a list of names in the group. Our Doug Perry being one.

...A spokesperson for the group informed us about a small cemetery, Shady Grove Cemetery,  established in 1857, down Camp Road on August Lane across from Roy Close's old place.  Originally 2 acres given to the Methodist Church, the church wants to get rid of it, calling it "unoccupied territory" and the family is asking us, as a nonprofit organization, to take ownership of it on a Quit Claim Deed and help in the continued maintenace of the cemetery. Rangers would be allowed to be buried there and the last time it was used was 15 years ago.

...Doug Perry spoke of 3 Civil War Veterans, a Blue Ridge Rifle and family members of the Black, Gaddis and Saine families, to which he's related to, as being buried there for generations.  Doug himself has the final plot in the cemetery on Camp between the motor pool and the planning bays for Charlie Company.

...Doug went on to suggest we form a 3 man committee with our Chaplain, Willard, heading it up.  Steve asked Dan for advice and Dan said to take it as a donation at fair market value for the total acreage and we don't pay taxes on it.  

...the group's spokesperson spoke of it being originally 2 acres but land sales of adjacent properties have reduced the size to 1.2acres.  Right now Kelly Smith owns the surrounding property but we do have a paved road directly onto the property.

...As Willard found his opening, he expertly focused on the wisdom of experience of our more senior officers pointing out that we had 3 colonels in attendance tonight.  As great an honor as it would be to head up such a committee, Willard took the focus off of himself and onto others in the group "probably more experienced in such matters".  Genius in action.

...Doug asked for Keith Antonio's input and Keith considerately suggested that the visitors be allowed to leave and we'd be able to continue discussing the matter and get back with them later.  For those who don't know our Keith Antonio was selected as Honorary Colonel of the Ranger Training Brigade, recently nominated by LTC O'Brien of CFM.

...Bob Suchke filled us in on the physical condition of the property with an overhanging tree that needs to be dropped and the cost involved in clearing such problems out.  Doug Perry said there was about an acre left for new burials, with only .2 or.3 acres used already.

...Roy Close spoke of the merits of having the stewardship of the property now and passing it off in a few years.

...Keith Antonio spoke of the liability and costs of maintenace being paid for by the family as we'd supply the labor.

...Dan Rhodes spoke of the need for liability insurance; Doug reminded him the Methodist Church didn't have liability insurance and Dan countered with our sue-happy society today and how necessary coverage would be.  Steve mentioned groups like Boy Scouts having their own insurance.

...Conversations went on for several more minutes.  Then Steve called for a Straw Vote...those in favor to take the property outnumbered those opposed 4 to 1.  

...A committee of Roy Close, Steve Caldwell, headed by Bob Suchke is meeting at the cemetery Tuesday at 1300. Bob's cautiously optimistic yet open minded on the extent of work necessary to get the place on shape.  Steve Hawk said getting his uncle's plot in Oklahoma this summer in 117 degree heat didn't help him any.

...the decision wasade for the committee's report next meetin, 1 Dec and we'd be in touch with the families after that.

...Doug Perry explained the VFW was wanting to put a "Welcome RANGER Class 1-12" with "RTLW" (Doug's quote)...Rangers Lead The Way sign to greet incoming classes.  Someone said that no Rangers would see it as they'd be asleep til the buses stopped at Camp Merrill. Steve spoke of deuce and ahalfs and stopping in Fayetteville.  Bob Suchke asked how hi-tech it was and how much it was gonna cost us. Doug used his fourth 'dam*' to accentuate how tough of a crowd he had to work tonight.  A vote was taken with only Sonny Bragg, VP, opposing. Lots of laughter and chuckling. 

...Dan brought up the Christmas Fund and we resolved to leave it empty since it hasn't been used in years and treat every request for need on a case by case basis.

...Al Parten asked if anyone goes on the message board other than himself and Doug Perry.

...Steve asked our attending MSG about Thanksgiving turkeys and an ability to help out.  Two soldiers will be here on Camp he said.

...Sonny Bragg asked about why December 10th is important and explained this year how the Ranger Christmas Party is being held before rather than after Christmas like last year.  And that more of our organization went.  Doug explained it was invitation only...that Bob Suchke used to get one but didn't go..  Sonny ended with more should go if they'd let someone know they wanted an invitation.

...with no further business the meeting ended after a full 55 minutes as Bob Suchke again declined to end it.

...respectfully submitted...

...Mark E Jordan, S1...


Posted: 11/5/2011
Name: Michael M. Keohane
Message: After two days of renewing my memories, I am leaving Dahlonega and the RMC. I spent a lot of time Friday just walking around - visited the sixty foot clift area and the airstrip. Best part of the trip was meeting everyone at the Overlook on Thursday night and talking to some of the current cadre & students on Friday. I will be back. RLTW

Posted: 11/1/2011
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mark, Back up the Camp Road, Hubbards transmission see it on the left accross from lamar beck;s and the goats. Tell him you are a Ranger and you know me..See what he says.RLTW...

Posted: 11/1/2011
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...My truck's transmission is shot and I thought someone might know about where I can get another one...

...1994 Chevy CK1500...

...at Grady's B&B Automotive, corner of Camp Road and Hwy 60...770-366-4838...Thanks!...

...RLTW...

...Mark...


Posted: 10/29/2011
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Do any of you early members of C 1/75 remember a SGT Tom Willis? He was in Marine Recon in Vietnam. Got out then enlisted in the Army and was 1/75 in '75.