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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:


 
 

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