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

...Ranger Breakfasts...

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

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

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

...Lt Fuzz


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

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

Biet Dong Quan Sat!

Rangers Lead the Way!


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

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

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


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

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

Posted: 12/15/2014
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: I'm starting my new job with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and getting ready for the 2015 hiking seasons. Part of my duties is to alert hikers to the Ranger Tng. Does anyone know the class schedule for 2015? or maybe put me in touch with someone who knows..not sure if this is classified or not.. Thanks RLTW

Posted: 12/14/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Finished 'Violence of Action," a "must read" about the 75th. Beware of the last portion, written by Gold Star" mother of a fallen Ranger, for some reason, my eyeglasses fogged up.

Posted: 12/13/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I am 3/5 of the way through "Violence of Action" by Marty Skovlund, Jr. Although this old nuckle-dragger had to learn a new military vocabulary, the book is worth the effort. RLTW

Posted: 12/12/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Mike, will do my level best. Hope my "CRS" doesn't kick in, and I miss my turn off on I-75! Looking forward to the CCO, Gumbo sounds great. Take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 12/11/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : You sure that you will make it next year? Your luck has not been good for the past few years? To insure that you make your best effort, I wii be making shrimp gumbo for the Fish Fry and chicken jambalaya for the Critter Cook-out. Sorry, no pound cake. RLTW Mike K

Posted: 12/11/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Chuck, ya done good! How'd it feel to wear THREE HATS at the meeting???!!! Pres., Sec., Chaplain. Also congrats for your elevation/anointing s Vice President. NO, No, that does not put you in charge of; any and all "VICE" in the Dahlonega AO! Thanks for your time/work as Secretary, ya handled that job well. You and Lt. Fuzz always write good after actions reports. Someone taught you well. Break, break, What's the latest uproar/feeling of the RIs at MRC, on Females going thru the Course? Just can't picture that happening. There is a place for the females in the Armed Forces, it aint the Infantry. Had two MI Bns. w/ 17% & 35& female Soldiers. They done their job well. Even had one selected as NCO of the Quarter at Ft. Hood! OH well, Times is changin'! Keep chargin' hard! Best wishes to all at USMRA. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See ya at the Critter Cook-out! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 12/9/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: The following officers were elected to positions leading the USMRA for 2015

Chairman Steve Hawk

Vice Chairman Chuck Windham

Secretary Mark Jordan(Lt. Fuzz)

Treasurer Bob Suchke.


Posted: 12/9/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Thi8s will be my last report of the minutes as I have been elevated to another office for the coming year. With 11 members present on Dec 4th, 2014, and President Hawk absent , Secretary Windham called the meeting to order at 1905hrs. Minutes read, Treasurer's report given after The Secretary led the group in invocation. All were accepted by the members. The meeting for Janurary was cancelled, and the next meeting will be on Feb. 5th, 2015. 1stSGT Doug Perry gave a report on the R.I. Instructors having a meeting at the Best Ranger competion to be held April 10,11,and 12th. RI's have a snazzy coin for sale. More to follow. Sgt Park reported that the Easter Egg Hunt at Porter Village will be April 4th...More later. Nominations and new officers named for the coming year. I will list them in a seperate report. A motion was offerd, and the meeting closed at 1935hrs.

Posted: 12/9/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: This is official notice that the Janurary 1st, 2015 meeting was canceled by the members present at the December, 2014 meeting. You cam come party at the Overhang, but the USMRA meeting for Janurary is canceled in as much the first Thursday falls on New Years' Day.

Posted: 12/7/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I was shown a Ranger Instructor Coin (4 Camps) at the Thursday meetng. I went to Grey Water Ops and purchased two coins @ $20 apiece. There are some left but they only made 200 so time is important.

Posted: 12/6/2014
Name: Gary Gromet
Message: I am still alive thanks to Joe Marm's advice to me. Whether that's good or bad is a long story. The knee that I banged up falling in a drainage hole at the MRC was finally replaced in 2012, but became infected--supposedly looked like fat Viet Nam leeches fully fed and ready to fall off. (See my FB photos of them and the green "moss" growing out of my staples) I used my Ranger training Halloween 1981: I disarmed a man who was trying to rob my first wife and me of cash, gold and diamonds, and maybe my Ferrari. Ranger school training also help when I was in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I live in Miami and you can find me on Facebook. FYI: I hardly ever drink anymore, and when I do have a drink, I don't drive a motor vehicle.

Posted: 12/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: As promised at last night's meeting, to locate the Berlin Veterans website, type : berlinveterans.com/ into your search engine.

Posted: 12/4/2014
Name: Mark...Finance
Message:

...PL fear not...

...two secretaries know the drill and will herd the order of battle along...

... You as PL...Bullet Bob as Treasurer...

...RLTW...

...Finance Fuzz...


Posted: 12/4/2014
Name: Steve Hawk
Message: Rangers, I will be unable to attend the meeting tonight. My wife is sick and we have the grandbabies for the week. Grandpa has to stay home to watch them and take some of load from Grandma. I am running for office as chairman agian, but can't be there. My apoligise. Steve

Posted: 12/3/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Guys, I won't be able to make the December meeting. I'll see most of you next January. To all, Have a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. RLTW! Bob

Posted: 12/2/2014
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: So the Standards governing our Ranger School will soon be lowered in order for some politician to gain recognition as the first to have a woman graduate from Ranger School or become a Seal. Makes all Rangers who gave their lives want to roll over.

Posted: 12/2/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Good day Rangers. Our monthly meeting is this Thursday, Dec 4th at the Overhang. We will nominate and vote for Officers for the Association at this meeting for the coming year. Come and be a part of a great group. Better yet, throw your name in the hat and be a leader. I forgot to add that Chaplain Willard Langdon was at the November meeting and back in rare form, as we had missed him the last two meeting. He delivered a great invocation as usual. See you there! RLTW

Posted: 11/30/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: MORE ON THE RI REUNION:

Planning for next April is in very early stages; however, we do know that the official Best Ranger Competition will begin Friday, April 10th, 2015.  The only known agenda item at this time is spending the day at Todd Field on Saturday typically followed by dinner at The  Four Winds (Ranger Burger) which did indeed close.  You may contact this email address at any time for questions/suggestions, etc. or contact me at 972-897-0121.  Another POC for the reunion is Kestner JR Edens who currently resides in Cusseta and works at Ft. Benning.  His email address is:  jredens@bellsouth.net We would like to reach as many RI's as possible.  If you are on facebook, we have created an event page for the reunion.  Combined with the facebook account and this email account we try to disseminate information as best we can.  We hope to get together for socializing after the DMOB ceremony Thursday evening,  Friday night and of course after Todd field Saturday night.  Please let us know what other information we can provide you to help us get the word out.  Please remember this reunion event is open to all RI's, past and present.  Please share this email address with others who may be interested and I will add their contact information to the distribution  list for updates as they become available.  Thank you!  We appreciate your willingness to help us spread the word.  Traditionally, we would like to get a group picture of all RI's present on Todd Field and after dinner Saturday.  Linda Shipp 972-897-0121 RLTW


Posted: 11/28/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Ranger Instructor email address to go with previous message. POC is Linda Shipp rtbrireunion@gmail.com

I have asked for a phone number and any other details about the RI Reunion and will post here once I receive them.


Posted: 11/26/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: RANGER INSTRUCTOR REUNION 10 April 2015 Info just received: RTB RI Reunion wrote: Hello Rangers!   Plans are underway for the 2015 RTB RI Reunion at Ft. Benning with the official start of the Best Ranger Competition on Friday, April 10th.  Plans are currently underway to discuss the agenda for the upcoming reunion and plan to gather Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.  As always, we will spend the day at Todd field on Saturday.    Please have your fellow RI buddies forward their contact information to this email address if they wish to receive updates as they are distributed.    On behalf of the RTB RI Reunion committee, we hope everyone has a fantastic Happy Thanksgiving and please stay safe!   Linda Shipp Rangers Lead The Way   Hooah

Posted: 11/25/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Web Master, please contact me so I can give you the additions to the by-laws, so you can make the necessary corrections. Thanks, Chuck

Posted: 11/25/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Happy Thanksgiving to all you Rangers and Family. I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait for the aroma to completely fill the house! The USMRA held the monthly meeting on 6 NOV. at the Overhang. President Hawk called 17 attending Ranger to order at 1908hrs. Minutes were read, a Treasurer's report given, and both were accepted by the membership. The thank you cards were paid for, as it was voted to reimburse Mark for his layout. We are not broke, so our esteemed Treasurer is happy. The RHOF will be discussed by the RHOF committee at their next meeting on our sitting on the board as a voting member. SFG Nelson assisted our commmitte on getting our nomination(s) in this year. The members voted to increase our scholarships to $1000,00 each for next year. Bob Weiner, President of the Wingmen Motor Cycle Club stated that their Club will provide the increase to the scholarship fund each year. A lot of thank you's were noted to the Wingmen for supporting the USMRA. It was also noted that turkeys were delivered for those needing table dressing for the Holiday. A good meeting, which was adjourned at 2002hrs.

Posted: 11/20/2014
Name: bill miller
Message: It is the same old story....lowered the standards for the swim test ..changed procedures for swamp training... changed procedures in desert training..always making it easier so the numbers will go up on graduates!

Posted: 11/19/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I agree with Ranger Owens. For those who have trouble accessing the Army Times website, here's the link: http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/careers/army/2014/11/17/women-selected-ranger-course/19174007/

Posted: 11/19/2014
Name: Jim Owens
Message: Upper Command Channels have known for years woman would have significant failures across the board for female Rangers trying to pass male standards; only problem is when they go into combat the enemy will not give a damn about their female ranger status and will kill them without breaking a sweat, that's if they can make it to the objective since they will not have to meet the same physical standards. *** SOLUTION *** For upper Chain of Command - - - When all else fails lower your standards - - - - Some people do not understand not everyone gets a “Trophy for Excellence” yet it seems our leadership wants to make Winners of everyone who shows up…. Even if they have to lower the standards to get there … I guess we could always call a time out on the battlefield if things get to tough, I’m sure the enemy would understand…

Posted: 11/18/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Everyone should make a special effort to read the article in Army Times about women in Ranger School. It is happening. The part that bothers me is where it mentions different requirements for women. I knew that was coming, but hoped it wouldn't. It will be a shame if anyone, man or woman, is ever awarded a Ranger Tab while meeting lower requirements than others.

Posted: 11/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: FYI! I just upgraded my Auto GPS to Garmin nuvi 2757lm. My old Garmin nuvi 3490 lmt needs a new owner. It is still a good system but the screen was small and my eyes needed a bigger screen. Anyone interested? I can bring it to the November meeting.

Posted: 11/13/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...100 six pound turkeys were delivered to The Overhang today by Amie Close, wife of Ranger Roy Close...

...Amie graciously, for the third year in a row, contacted her brother of Walt Koch, Ltd, to request the generous donation each year. She goes to the warehouse, out beyond the city of Gainesville to get them loaded, returning to Camp Merrill with amazing birds any table would appreciate at Thanksgiving...

...thirty were left at the Camp with Frank Park, Overhang Manager and seventy were brought to LCHS, where Steve Hawk, President, had freezer facilities and families of students he knew that could appreciate this kindness...

...all of us at Camp Merrill, USMRA and those seventy smiling families, happy and grateful for their many blessings...may not know who did this but enough should know and appreciate Amie and Roy for thinking of our young lions...and Walt Koch, Ltd too...

...RLTW...

...Mark USMRA FINANCE MINISTER


Posted: 11/11/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

Open House is 25 April 2015 making our CCO that day too with the Fish Fry the night before.

Forget about parking with all the construction; Camp is working logistics on that.

Per S3

Mark


Posted: 11/11/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: I hope all of you Rangers have enjoyed a safe and healthy Veterans Day. I have just returned from the Celebration hosted by the Lumpkin County High School. It was quite an event, honoring all Vets. Lunch followed in the high school library. Many of the Ranger Cadre from Camp Merrill attended and had lunch with us old guys. What wonderful soldiers we have in today's Army. I had the opportunity to sit with a 0-3 who comanded a LURS unit in the middle east. They used many of the tactics our LRRP/Ranger teams used in"Nam. The president of the USMRA, Steve Hawk had a big hand in putting on the event today. I hope you went to one in your area. I will post the meeting minutes shortly. Be safe and remember, RLTW.

Posted: 11/11/2014
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: To all my Ranger Brothers, happy Veterans Day, may this day be special. Let's never forget our brothers who gave it all. My prayers are for all of us to remain vigil in the belief our wonderful country will recover from the damage done to it by our elected leaders.

Posted: 11/9/2014
Name: Al Buckelew
Message:

Any dates announced for the 2015 Open House and Critter Cookout?


Posted: 11/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Lance : I hope you and your wife have as great a time on your Berlin visit as I had with the BUSMVA in Berlin in August. I was there when that Wall went up. I will be at tomorrow's RMC meeting and . . . for a change, I will be able to hear everything with my new hearing aids. RLTW

Posted: 11/5/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, I will miss the meeting tomorrow, as my wife and I will be traveling to Berlin to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since I tore that sucker down! Longwalker, wish you were joining us! RLTW>

Posted: 11/5/2014
Name: Chuck Windham Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers. Monthly meeting this Thursday, Nov 6th at 1900 hrs at the Overhang. We will vote on the proposed by-laws change for an increase in scholarship amounts, and a method to fund the increase. RLTW.

Posted: 11/3/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: I found your site by searching my father’s name (Virgil Glen Geiger, Jr); it looks like Tom Joyner knew him well. I wanted to let him know that unfortunately my dad lost his battle with cancer and passed away on the 25th of October. If anyone is interested, his obituary can be found here and a link to the guest book.

http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary.aspx?pid=172974605

Thank you,
JOSE A. GEIGER, Major, USAF


Posted: 10/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Rangers are supposed to ambush others. Admit it - you are a workaholic and a willing volunteer. I am in the pre-pre-plannng stage for the Fish Fry & Critter Cook Out. The Shrmp Gumbo for the Fish Fry and, maybe, a meat Jambalaya for the Cook Out if my "Cajun" cousins come through with a recipe they promised.

Posted: 10/30/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Thanks Chuck. Great report. Meeting only lasted forty-one (41) minutes!!! Wow! You was movin' right along. Could almost smell that chow you described. Only 'bout six month 'til Critter Cook-out! Looking forward to it. Hope to see all you guys there. Thanks again for taking that Secretary job @ USMRA. Once a Volunteer, always a Volunteer. I keep gettin' ambushed by guys into jobs like ; Chaplain for our LRRPS/Ranger Assn., Local DAV Chapter, and The Local DAV District. Hard to say no. Tell me, do I really look like an "Altar Boy???!!!" Ya'll take care, stay warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Marshall, your invitation is on the way! Can't wait for that cubed Deer Steak and Gravy.

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Marshall Huckaby, 25th ID LRRP
Message: Really enjoyed participating in the 2014 Critter Cookout and meeting you guys. I'd sure like an invite to the 2015 Cookout!

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: This is official notification that at the November meeting, the members present will vote on whether to increase the annual scholarships to $1,000.00 each, and a method to provide funding for the increase, if passed. The by-laws require that a change to by-laws will be by 2/3rds of those members present. The meeting will be held at the Overhang beginning at 1900hrs, on 6 Nov.2014

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Good day to all you Rangers, and this one is for you Jim. The USMRA held the monthly meeting on Oct 2nd, 2014. There were 17 world class warriors present, and President Hawk called the meeting to order at 1911 hours, in the mist of Gumbo, Brats, and Baked Beans being consumed by those Rangers present. A late thankful prayer was offered by Mike Conley in the absence of our Chaplain Willard Langdon. We missed our Bannana Pudding, but our Secretary's wife sent a most welcome substitute pudding, along with her world famous baked beans. This was our annual eat and meet gathering. Ranger Mike brought the very best Gumbo yet, and is to given a loud hurrah for his effort. After a reading of the previous month's minutes, and a treasurer's report, both were accepted and the meeting moved forward. Old business revealed that no word was received on the action to include the USMRA as a voting member to RHOF. J.D. and Steve is to meet face to face with a representative, and a hopefully a favorable report at the November meeting. Discussions were held on our activities for Thanksgiving, and our Christmas efforts to assist the post personel. A report will follow! Our treasurer, Mark had a very good thank you card done, so we can be a bit more cilvilized for contributions to the USMRA. The meeting closed at 1952 hrs.

Posted: 10/27/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Chuck!(Windy) Did the meeting happen the other night? Have been waiting to read your report of the get-to- gether. Hope all's well w/the folks at the MRC AO. Reckon the hills look really good w/ all the leaves turning. Got to appreciate that kind of stuff while hanging out up there. Already looking forward to Critter Cook Out and indeed, our LRRP reunion at Texas, in 2015. Y'all take care. Stay warm & dry. Holidays/holidays are coming up. Careful on Camp Road and watch out for "Exit 1 & 2!!!" Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/15/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers, cancel that on Bill spies,just talked to him..Bad info,RLTW..

Posted: 10/15/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers, I just got word that Major Bill Spies has passed,He was known as PEGLEG in our ranks.Will post any info I get...RLTW..

Posted: 10/13/2014
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: When is "Critter Cookout" for 2015!?

Posted: 10/12/2014
Name: ted tilson
Message: cancel my 10 oct msg: sorry but had a death in the family. maybe next week? rltw ted

Posted: 10/10/2014
Name: ted tilson
Message: to all, going on my last trout camp of the season . fyi: i'll be at the deep hole camp area around 1500 hrs 12 oct 14, depart the 16th. this is in fannin county, ga. on hwy 60 just 1/10 of a mile to the left of the cooper creek grocery store. if you are interested we will welcome all who visit. (that includes you al parton) if you want to fish bring your own bait and gear. ted tilson

Posted: 10/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Felt like cooking something special so I cooked some alligator tail for tonight's dinner. Simple recipe : alligator tail, fajila mix, diced tomatoes and some spices. Would like to have Spies on hand to give it a taste. Almost as good as his rattlesnake salad.

Posted: 10/2/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Never fear! Even though we will miss our Padre, Susie Q's Banana Pudding will appear! See you tonight.

Posted: 10/2/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: What! No bread pudding! If it was not for everything necessary for my shrimp gumbo being prepared and packed into the Jeep, I might have second thoughts about attending. ;>) See everybody soon. RLTW

Posted: 10/1/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Willard, please let someone bring the banana pudding...we can get it here somehow...it's not just desired; it's critical...

... (not that we don't want you to be there too)...

...RLTW...

...Mark Jordan


Posted: 10/1/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: October meeting this Thursday. We will eat what is brought, and I will miss the Banana Pudding since Willard can't make it. See all there. Sue is doing the baked beans.

Posted: 9/30/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Gentlemen, I'm sorry but I won't be able to attend the meeting on Thursday.

Posted: 9/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: SitRep : At 20:00 hours, I finished peeling 210 medium size shrimp and started to make my shrimp stock with the peels. I will be pre-cooking off and on tomorrow and will load everything Thursday morning. Since the meeting will start at 19:00 hours, I will be ready to start serving the shrimp gumbo at 18:30 hours. Any problems with rthe start time, let me know. RLTW

Posted: 9/23/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers, this is a short version of the monthly meeting of the USMRA, which was held at the Overhang, with President Hawk holding court. The meeting was called to order at 1908hrs on the 4th of September. Absent was Treasurer Mark Jordon, and Chaplain Willard Langdon. President Hawk began the meeting with a short prayer, and we proceeded with the meeting when the Overhang was not struck with lightning! A short treeasure's report was given to the 11 present. The association received several donations in memory of Ranger Jack Daniel. The minutes and the Treasurer's report was accepted and filed. Old business was that an official notice was to be posted on the website reguarding the November Meeting voting on the Scholarship fund increase. This was posted by the Secretary. New business is that the October meeting will be our annual meet and eat. No report on the RHOF voting yet. We had a surprise quest as Stephanie Bagley stopped by the meeting to thank the Association for her scholarship. (She couldn't be at the Open House). The meeting closed at 1949 hrs.

Posted: 9/22/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Thanks, webmaster, it worked.

Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: webmaster
Message: Try this link.

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Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Re Mike Conley : The link to the newspaper site does not work for me. Any other way to get the story? RLTW

Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: I knew Mike Conley, walked with him and later when he was assigned to MRC. He was a talker, hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Posted: 9/21/2014
Name: billo miller
Message: Mike Conley was E-5 @Mountain Camp78-79-time frame he got out of Army and worked at Riverside Military Acadamy in Gainesville, Doug Perry and Singletary should know him too.Conley was bad news.

Posted: 9/20/2014
Name: Jim Waters
Message: Anyone know about this? http://www.ledgernews.com/cherokee_life/from-vietnam-to-iraq-canton-man-recounts-his-years-with/article_5c64816a-3169-5c02-95a2-925ffa296ca8.html?mode=story

Posted: 9/15/2014
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Anybody see this? http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/09/15/army-calling-for-female-volunteers-for-ranger-school.html?ESRC=eb.nl

Posted: 9/12/2014
Name: bill miller
Message: Doug Perry...I was Camp SGM in 1983-1984 until I left for CSM Acadamy..did not know Podva

Posted: 9/12/2014
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message:

FYI, on Monday 9/15 at 8:00 PM there is a program on the NGEO channel entitled "Brothers In War". It is about C Company 4th Bn 47th Inf 9th Infantry Division. The main part of the story evolves around a battle of 19 June 1967. Alpha Company was nearly wiped out that day. I became the Commander of Alpha Company 7 months later. There were still a few survivors of that battle. I knew most of the officers mentioned in the program. I joined the 4/47 in July of 67 and was not part of the original group. At any rate, it is a good first hand account. I learned more from that program than I learned from the guys in the Battalion. (The program aired earlier this year). For those of you who watch, let me have your thoughts.


Posted: 9/10/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: Doug,
I roomed with Dave for awhile. Email me.

Posted: 9/9/2014
Name: Mike keohane
Message: Finally got all my hardcover books unpacked and shelved. Found 20 softcover books in good condition but lack shelf space. If anybody would like these books, I can deliver them at the October meeting. Here is a list : Shadows in the Jungle Alexander, Larry Recondo Chambers, Larry Team Sergeant Craig, William T. Blackjack - 33 Donahue, James C. Comanche Six Estep, James L. Take Back the Night Foley, Dennis 4/4 : A LLRPs Narrative Ford, Gary Douglas Code Name : Copperhead Garner, Joe R. SM Sniper Gilbert, Allan Commandos & Rangers of WWII Ladd, James Inside the Crosshairs/Snipers in Lanning, Michael Lee Vietnam Blood on the Risers Lepperman, John Six Silent Men Linderer, Gary A. Eyes Behind the Lines Linderer, Gary Bravo Two Zero McNab, Andy SAS Six Silent Men Miller, Kenn Combat Recon Parrish, Robert D. Not by the Book Smith, Eric MacAllister Talking with Victor Charlie Tourison, Sedgewick D. Jr. Fortune Favors the Bold Walker, James W.

Posted: 9/9/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Any Rangers that were at Camp Frank D Merrill around 1983-1985 that remembers a Dave Podva please let me know.

Posted: 9/8/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: This is official notification that, in accordance with Article VI, bylaws of the U S Mountain Ranger Association, a vote to a proposed admendment offered in the August 2014 meeting will be held during the November 6th, 2014 meeting. The proposed admendment is to increase the USMRA scholarship(s) from $500.00 to $1,000.00, provided the Association has the funds. Futher, the Association will vote on a pending motion as to how the increase in funding will be provided. A vote to amend the by-laws requires a 60 day notice, and a two-thirds majority of those members present.

Posted: 9/4/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Message in from Ranger Roach about Dedication “MSG Joe C. Alderman Memorial Road” In just over two weeks (on Thursday 18 September at 1:00 PM) in Bradshaw, West Virginia Route 83, will be dedicated as the “MSG Joe C. Alderman Memorial Road”. (see West Virginia Senate Resolution at end of this document) Linda (wife), Shay (daughter), and Patrick (Son) are all very proud and thankful to all of their West Virginia friends and State officials who made this dedication possible. Dedication: The ceremony will be held at the Riverview High School in Bradshaw, West (by God) Virginia, not far from where Joe and Linda Alderman grew up. Linda has already heard from many friends who plan to attend, and she asked me to put together a schedule for the event, which is included below this note. Schedule: The schedule below covers from Wednesday evening to Friday morning, and the Alderman family understands that most of you will not be able to spend that much time for the Highway dedication. But we wanted to let you know where the Alderman family (and the accompanying swarm of friends) will be, so that you can find them, whenever you are looking for them. I believe that the informal visiting time will be the best part of this dedication event. Hotel: Many family and friends are traveling long distances, and because the dedication site is in a remote sector of West Virginia, many will likely stay over night on 17 and /or 18 September. So I have taken the liberty of researching the best hotel to base from, in hopes that it will allow everyone to have more time to visit and talk. After looking at the options, it seems to me that the Super 8 Hotel Richlands / Claypool area (276) 964-9888 is the best choice, because it is only an hour from Bradshaw, and has the lowest hotel prices. (Less than $70 a night, if you make the reservation before 10 September and mention that you are with the Joe Alderman Dedication) Linda agrees with the selection of this hotel, and plans to stay there. Please Forward: Please feel free to forward this to other friends who knew Joe, and the Alderman family. We would love to see the Riverview High School auditorium overflow on 18 September. Wishing you and your families all the best of God’s blessings… Ranger Roach / (484) 643-2891 Cell / ranger.roach@gmail.com

Posted: 9/4/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Sorry I won't be able to attend tonight's meeting. Hope you have a fruitful gathering. Willard

Posted: 9/4/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Ranger, do we have a meeting tonight? 2000 hrs?

Posted: 9/3/2014
Name: Earl A Singletary
Message: Rangers it is with much sadness that I report that Ranger Janos Schalavin is in the hospital in critical condition. I spoke with his daughter and she informed me things are not going well. Please keep him in your Prayers. If you would like to send him a card email me and I will give you the address. RLTW

Posted: 8/23/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers, this is a follow up on the minutes I posted on 08/19/14. J. D. reports that we still haven't learned on whether or not we will get to be a voting member for additions to the RHOF. We could have a decision by the September meeting. Futher, we will have to vote to admend our by-laws with the change in the amount awarded to our scholarship winners. We will have to continue to find ways to fund our activities in addition to the scholarships. Some of our members have supported the association in the past with donations, but more will have to step up now if we are to continue the other activities we engage in.RLTW.

Posted: 8/20/2014
Name: Mark, Treasurer
Message:

..."The tabled motion on increasing the scholarship award was revisited. Much dissusion finally produced an amended motion to increase the 2 scholarships to $1,000, provided the USMRA has the funds"...

...to insure availability of $2,000.00 in scholarship funding, please realize how rare it is that we have ever had that much money in our overall balance, and i assure the USMRA that i will not dispense funds prematurely for anyone...

...just so you know i depend heavily on that part, "provided the USMRA has the funds"...

...i say before awarding scholarship announcements, conferring amongst ourselves might help a bit later...

...RLTW...

Mark (pennypinching) Treasurer


Posted: 8/19/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: After missising several key officers from the July meeting, the USMRA monthly meeting was convened by President Hawk on 7 August at 1905hrs. Another wonderful invocation was delivered to the 23 Rangers assembled. The meeting progressed with discussion on whether or not the July meeting was legal under the Association bylaws, since only one elected officer was present. Those members assembled voted to accept the Secretary's reading of the July meeting. Reports were presented and accepted from the Treasurer for the July and August meeting. A healthy report was presented including coins sales, and was accepted by the membership. The tabled motion on increasing the scholarship award was revisited. Much dissusion finally produced an amended motion to increase the 2 scholarships to $1,000, provided the USMRA has the funds. Discussion followed on how to raise funds were explored, with no final solution offered. The meeting adjourned at 1953hrs.

Posted: 8/17/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Reference: Colonel Elliott P. Sydnor. I neglected to mention that Col. Sydnor received the Distinguished Service Cross as well as many other awards for valor. He served as Director of the Ranger Department with the Infantry School at Fort Benning from June 1977 to May 1980. He was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on June 18, 1992. Ranger Bud Sydnor died on August 15, 2014.

Posted: 8/17/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Just learned that COL Elliot P. Sydnor - Ground force commander during the Son Tay raid into North Vietnam on 21 NOV 1970 has passed away. He was a Ranger and Special Forces Officer without equal. A most outstanding soldier. He will be missed. For details: http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=779

Posted: 8/15/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Condolences to the Wendell family. Never had the honor and pleasure of meeting him. My loss.

Posted: 8/15/2014
Name: JM
Message: THNX Smitti. RIP Wendell, I was glad to have known you buddy.

Posted: 8/15/2014
Name: Vince Laurich (Ranger Redeye)
Message: Just found the site,read the past posts, and Whoa.. recognized many names from the past. I was at the Camp back in summer/fall 1967 as an RI.I was one of 12 or more 2LTs( in Cpts slots) fortuate enough to gain exp,VN insight and coaching from veteran Cpts and NCO's.A blessing.A great assignment. Another reason: I met my wife from Gville in D at NGC.

Obviously in all of Ranger Rice's posts, You read about cadre and its characters ( Rice fit in perfectly)All pros, 1st class,selfdirected,passionate and competent,had a zest for life. Yes all partied,wheeled and dealed, had fun but they trained Rangers. Everyone took that goal very serious.It was infectious.

As young officers we were aggressive,reckless, living life in fast lane on the way to war and certainly in awe of the Vets.Think about working w guys like Cpt Joe Marm( MOH),Cpts Larry Ring, Ton Carl, Scruggs,Sr NCO's and many others were SF types w multi tours already.Every man senior to us were Vets. Awe...we were like kids at the World Series.

Other Cpts I remember" Ashby was S-3, McNeil,Jin Guest, Bob Smith, Chuck Kranyak,Marty Pinsky, Magruder.Lts: John Hardy,Rich McDowell, Baker, Steve Spense, Demko, Cahill,Julian Martinez,George Close,Dan Roach, O'Brien, List,Gary Gromet.

Cpt Bill Brantley(69) Lt Mike Enbody(68) and Lt Steve Whisnant(71) were KIA. George Close still w Boston accent retired a 2 star. I did a short tour w 1st Cav in spring68 and retired early.All good.

in 67,I lived in an ugly pink ranch house and shared site w 2 doublewides on Camp W Rd Right next to the CaneyCreek store w gas pumps. Grisells(sp) were owners maybe.Ten years ago the store was open,The MRS still there, not much inventory but a hanging out place around a heater for locals.SNAP LINK was name of O club at the camp. wooden green bldg on right of camp enterance

I'll be back in the area mid Oct.Hope to connect More later Vince Laurich (67)


Posted: 8/14/2014
Name: Ranger Smitti
Message: Fellow Rangers and Friends... I want to share the following information: ..."Wendell Thompson ended his battle with cancer today. He did not want a funeral service for loved ones to mourn his death. He wanted everyone to celebrate his life, remember the good times and not dwell on these last difficult months. The family appreciates everyones good thoughts and prayers and just asks for you keep with Wendell's wishes and celebrate his memory." RIP Ranger Buddy.. Secure the Patrol Base for us.

Posted: 8/13/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: National Airborne Day is this Saturday, 16 August. The North Georgia Airborne Assn will be having an Airborne Day Event at the Cumming Regional Readiness Center, 100 Aquatic Circle, Cumming, Georgia 30040 if you are interested. This event is open to all paratroopers of any service. There is an hour long program with several guest speakers to include Vincent Melillo, WWII Merrills Maurauders Veteran and RHOF member, telling his story. Program starts at 1130 hours. Membership is available to all paratroopers. See you there. AIRBORNE!

Posted: 8/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: The city of Berlin is once again safe! The Berlin Brigade has returned. We "old farts" have the situation well in hand. At least, we have a bier in one hand and a wurst in the other. So, I will not be at Thursday's meeting. Wish there were more Rangers and Ranger Instructors here - we few need some help in eating all this good food and drinking all the good bier. See everybody in September. RLTW

Posted: 7/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Every time I visit, I just take a left at the church and enter at the Overhang - check with the guys there. I have walked all over the area and visited the 60 foot cliff area several times without trouble.

Posted: 7/30/2014
Name: Jerry Roberts
Message: Guys, I did a tour at the Mountain Ranger Camp serving with Perry, Singletary and that crew back in the 70's. In April of next year some friends and i are riding our Harley's through the area enroute to the Dragons tail and Devils Triangle and would like to show them the mountaineering area and the camp. What does one have to do to get permission to visit? I was in Ranger class 13-72, served with B.co, C.co 75th Rangers with James Voyles and then B.co 2Bn under the WAD.

Posted: 7/20/2014
Name: Bobbie Butler
Message: This is a great article. They are trying to find pictures of Vietnam Veterans that were killed during the war to put a face with the names. Wanted to pass this along if any of you know or might have pictures of anyone. It's a good thing, but a little too late. Why didn't they do this years ago? http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/14/honoring-vietnam-veterans-help-us-put-face-on-sacrifice/?intcmp=features

Posted: 7/15/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

Thank you, Doug Perry, for leaving a phone message & sharing information regarding Earl Singletary's son, Robert.

I spoke briefly with Mechelle & told her that all of us Rangers are rallying behind them in their grief, and that we all love them very much, & that we would all be available for them if needed in any way.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23 KJV


Posted: 7/15/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Rangers,I am sorry to report the passing of Earl Singletarys son,Robbie.There will be a memorial service at the Dahlonega Funreal home on hwy 60 in Dahlonega,this Sun. july 20 at 1300-1500 hrs.I dont think Earl is taaking any calls,but Michelle will. Please post on web Robbie lived in Phoneih AZ.God bless you and your family Sweet Earl...RLTW...

Posted: 7/13/2014
Name: Steve Woodring
Message: I know what you mean Owens, I Wouldn't trade My soft tail for anything. Will have it with me next week when my family and I come back up for another week in gods country. To bad I only get to do this once a year Tell Gary Head I haven't forgotten about the tanks for a grill oh and it'll only cost him a beer at the Overhang. You take it easy on that two wheeler Owens and remember the rubber side goes down. Ya all stay safe. Rangers Lead The Way! S.J.W.

Posted: 7/13/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Owen : Saw a picture on the internet - that is a nice looking ride. Tempting too! However, I guess I will stick to my Jeep. Too old and set in my ways to switch to two wheels now. Have fun. RLTW

Posted: 7/11/2014
Name: OWENS
Message: Bought myself a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail 2012 (103 C.I.), WOW I did not realize what fun I've been missing out on. It is great to hop on it and just go for a ride. If you've never done this put it on your bucket list you will not be disappointed ......

Posted: 7/3/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: 1900hrs 3July2014 NCO Club

Posted: 7/3/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, what time is the meeting tonight, 7 or 8? See you there.

Posted: 7/2/2014
Name: Greg Householder
Message:

I don't know if anyone has heard but LTC(R) John S. Daniel (Ranger Jack) passed away last Thursday (26 June). LTC(R) Daniel was a member of the USMRA and a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame. He founded the Tennessee Ranger Company as part of the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee in 1962.

The arrangements are as follows: The funeral service will occur on Monday, 21 JUL at 7:00 PM. Visitation will start at 5:00 PM. The location is the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, 37934. The burial will occur on Tuesday, 22 JUL at 11:00 AM. The location is the new East Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery, 2200 East Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville.


Posted: 6/30/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Mike, many thanks. I think the Longwalker can more than handle himself on the Kudam. I was planning on going to Berlin in NOV, for the 25th Anniv for the fall of the Berlin Wall. I may have to lift and shift to Aug. Lets talk on Thursday.

Posted: 6/30/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I don't charge for my cooking, Lance. I will have two frozen pounds for you to take home. Two other packages still waiting to be picked up. Will you be going to Berlin in August? I will be there and may need you to walk slack on the Kdamn. RLTW

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers I look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday, JUL 3, at the meeting. Ranger Mike, if you have some beans remaining, I will take them off your hands. I am running the Peachtree 10K on Friday, and could use a little boost. Let me know what I owe you. Also, I will be bringing an old Army buddy and fellow Ranger. See you Thursday.

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: I want to thank everyone for the hospitality at the Critter Cookout. I had a Great time and it was really good, to see old friends. I go into "Semi-Retirement" the end of this year. No more "Weekend Shifts". Hope to see all of you next year. Thank you again, for a very nice time. Well done.

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Joe Mattison
Message: Thanks Bill. Last time I saw him, was at my Retirement. I knew that he had been not well these past few years. Now he's at peace, and with old friends.

Posted: 6/29/2014
Name: Bill Miller
Message: Rangers, I have to make several corrections on the passing of Ranger John (Jack) Daniel. Jack is survived by five sons and one daughter and their mother Jean. Currently as service is to be conducted July 21st and Burial July 22nd. I will inform on location when I receive the information. May God Bless Ranger Jack Bill

Posted: 6/27/2014
Name: Bill Miller
Message: It is with regret that I have to inform you that Ranger Jack Daniel passed away yesterday June 26, 2014. Jack is survived by two sons and his long time companion Nancy Powers. The mailing address is 10608 Alameda Drive, Knoxville, TN 37932. Funeral Arrangements are incomplet at this time. Jack served as Senior Advisor to the 11th VN ranger Battalion and later as the Senior to the 2nd Ranger Group. Bill

Posted: 6/20/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Follow up on the minutes. If you have a nomination for the Ranger Hall of Fame, you must have the nomination with a short bio to the Nominating Committee by the July meeting which will be held on 3 July at 1900hrs. The nomination can be sent to Col(R) J. D. Kirby. This nomination will be in consideration for inclusion into the RHoF in 2015.

Posted: 6/19/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello Rangers, The monthly meeting of USMRA was held on 6 June. President Hawk called 20 Rangers to order at 1902hrs on the back deck of the Overhang. Another wonderful prayer by Ranger Langdon to open. The minutes from the May meeting was presented and accepted. No report on funds was available since our Treasurer was absent taking care of a personal matter. A report on coin sales was held untill our esteemed Treasurer returns for a report in our July meeting. Col. Kirby continued with his report after further research on how our organization can present nominations for inclusion in the RHOF. The Association voted and approved bylaws and a committee was established for the nomination into the Ranger Hall of Fame. Meeting adjourned at 2003hrs.

Posted: 6/18/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Due to a miscalculation about the number of attendees at a recent gathering, I have some old style country baked beans in my freezer. I will be bringing three 2 pound freezer bags to the meeting on July 3rd. First to ask - first to get. Maybe this will get Jack Regan motivated to attend. RLTW This is a second posting - the server "ate" the first post! ;>)

Posted: 6/16/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: Mike,
I did the best I could to restore the database, and yes, I lost a few entries from June. However, the alternative was to take it down completely.

Posted: 6/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Site is still acting up. Stuck on June 1, 2014 - at least the month & year are right.

Posted: 6/1/2014
Name: John Cavender
Message: The flags/markers were not installed due to scheduled highway/road work. It is hoped they will be completed in time for 4th of July.

Posted: 6/1/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: I have received several emails from the public asking why the Memorial Marker flags were only placed around the Dahlonega square for Memorial Day. My response has been that I suspect there has been a major decline in the number of volunteers to set out the flags. If you are visiting here looking for answers, please, contact the Blue Mountain Lodge #38 or the Dahlonega Veteran's Committee and volunteer to help place the markers for the next event.

Posted: 5/26/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Today is Memorial Day and we have too many buddies to remember. To all those "absent friends," I offer a toast. We, who remain, will always remember and keep those memories closest to our hearts. RLTW.

Posted: 5/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Here is a link to the story : //www.armytimes.com/article/20140515/NEWS/305150057/CSM-killed-Afghanistan-DoD-announces Taken from Baen Books website at the Kratskeller.

Posted: 5/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Another fallen Ranger. CSM Martin Barreras died of wounds received on May 5, 2014 on May 13, 2014. He was a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment for 22 years.

Posted: 5/15/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Hello to all Rangers. A meeting was held on April 26th on the afternoon of the Critter cookout. More than 50 USMRA members attended. A quick reviw of the previous minutes, and the Treasurer's report was accepted by those present and voting. President Hawk gave a report on a Ranger family that needed assistance, which the group approved. I will provide additional info on this matter at the June meeting. A long discussion continued on the nomination process for a Ranger Hall of Fame nominee from the USMRA. The Association will proceed with the suggestions provided by those attending. More to follow on this. As the open house, fish fry, and the critter cookout was a great success this year, many needs to be thanked. 1SG(R) Doug Perry, and his qroup donated a lot of our meat along with1SG(R) Huckaby who cooked some great venison dishes. The Papa Co. Rangers with the crawfish was hit. More........RLTW

Posted: 5/14/2014
Name: johnny wuest
Message: lets not forget one of MRC's oldest next year to be recognized Larry Beauchamp who passed away

Posted: 5/10/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: LOL. I am not worthy. Maybe the assistant to the assistant. See you at the next meeting.

Posted: 5/6/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Looking over the photos I took at the Fish Fry & Critter Cook-out, I noticed that, once again, I don't have a single picture of me. If anyone has a picture with me in it, I would appreciate if you could Email a copy. RLTW but are not so apt with cameras! ;>)

Posted: 5/4/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Second the motion or nomination!

Posted: 5/2/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Bagley for Assistant Secretary...


Posted: 5/1/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers What a fantastic rendezvous at the Critter Cookout. The food was great; the weather was great, but what stood out the most was the fellowship of brothers. It was a fantastic day. I also want to thank the USMRA for the hospitality shown to CPT James Rogers father and widow. They were truly amazed at the service and the honest sincerity shown to them. By sheer coincidence, the Major who escorted his body from Ft. Cambell to Charlotte just happened to be at the Cookout. On his cell phone, he has an alert for AUG 4 to remind him of CPT Rogers' death. Last but not least, I want to thank the USMRA for the scholarship given to my daughter. It is greatly appreciated by my family. Lead the Way. Ranger Bagley

Posted: 4/29/2014
Name: amie close
Message: Thomas Dartez here is his wifes Cell # 229-834-9701 I believe he is still contracting overseas but they moved up towards Turners Corner

Posted: 4/28/2014
Name: Thomas Dartez
Message: Trying to find SFC Ret Alvin Martin. Know he retired in the Dahlonega area. Have not heard from him in years and trying to find out how he is doing. Was a RI from 93-97ish and then again from 2000-2003ish. Thanks for any help.

Posted: 4/27/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The 2014 Critter Cookout was a great success. Many non members provide assistance in a variety of ways. Two that I would like the recognize are Goines Sign Company in Blairsville for donating the stenciling on the Fallen Ranger Memorial signs for the third year and Union County Commissioner, Lamar Paris for donating the sign blanks.

Posted: 4/27/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I had a great time at the Fish Fry & Critter Cook-out but the best news was that Lt. Tucker, who, with SFC Willians, used to beat me up at the Open House Hand to Hand Combat demonstrations, is still alive and living in Florida. If anyone has an Email address for him, I would appreciate it. I still have some sore spots from his & SFC Williams whippings! ;>) RLTW

Posted: 4/27/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: Good Sunday Morning All. I just returned from the Open house, and the Critter Cookout. What an event this year! So much food, beautiful weather, and what a turn out! New faces, old faces, and so many people to thank for their efforts. Every thing from Buffalo, Rattle Snake, 'possom, 'coon, and of course the many Venison Dishes, along with Bear meat. Steve Bishop, along with his merry band of chefs provided great food along with the two bands who entertained. I was told the open house, along with the demostrations by the world's best warriors was great! We desereved the weather after last year. The USMRA also had the May meeting on Saturday, which I will report on later, along with the ceremonies. RLTW, Chuck

Posted: 4/23/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: The 2014 t-shirts are here. Front Back

Unfortunately, our cost has increased. Shirts will be $15 this year. Only 100 are available. Must be present to purchase. No reserves, or mail outs.


Posted: 4/20/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: I have a 6 foot folding table and will bring it as well.

Posted: 4/20/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Re the Fish Fry & Critter Cook-out : I have a six foot folding table for the serving line so figure it in. I am getting in some cooking practice today so I should be in top shape Friday & Saturday nights.

Posted: 4/19/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Many thanks to the Mountain Ranger Association for selecting my daughter, Stephanie, to receive the MRA Scholarship. Although I will be at the CCO on Apr 26, Stephanie cannot attend as she has her high school prom that night. Would it be possible to bring her up for a later meeting to accept the recognition as she will be attending UNG or is it appropriate to accept it in her absence? Also, I will be at the CCO with the father, sister, and widow of CPT James Rogers who is being recognized as one of the fallen Rangers. They are very appreciative of this recognition, as they know how much he loved being a Ranger. I hope the weather is better this year.

Posted: 4/14/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Easter Eggs in Porter Village...

...any members present and available for hiding eggs and cooking on a grill should plan on being at Porter Village at 1000 hrs...

...as an additional incentive to assist in this annual event, rumors have leaked that anyone helping out will be exempt from the annual Membership Dues that Bob Bischoff recommended last month...

...fun and easy when enough show up; last year wasn't quite that pleasant...this Sunday at 10 am, we need folks...

...RLTW...hiding eggs even...

...Mark Jordan...paid spokesman for Bischoff Enterprises...


Posted: 4/14/2014
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: After due consideration of the application, the USMRA 2014 Scholarship Committee resolved that Miss Stephanie Leigh Bagley be recognized as the recipient for 2014. Stephanie will receive a $500 scholarship award. She will receive her scholarship award at the Critter Cookout on 26 April 2014 at Camp Frank D. Merrill.

The 2014 USMRA Scholarship Committee wishes to thank the membership for the honor of having served in this capacity. We have once again had the opportunity to see first hand an outstanding young adult who has distinguished herself by her pursuit of excellence and her willingness to serve her community.

Rangers Lead the Way!

Respectfully submitted:

Ranger Bob Bischoff

Ranger Brian Cunningham

Ranger J.D. Kirby


Posted: 4/14/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mike Keone, takin' a break. Got "slowed down" w/ heart surgery in November. Next year looks better for me gettin' to the CCO. Y'all take care and enjoy each other's company. Say "Hi" to the fellows for me. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/11/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Drat! I was hoping to fill your plate with some of my cooking! Oh well, that will leave plenty for everyone else. RLTW

Posted: 4/10/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sir Chuck, good report! "KISS" is the way to do it! Regretfully, I'll not make the CCO/Open House. You are all in my prayers. Take care, stay warm & dry, get ready to cut grass! Watch out for the "EXITS" on Camp Road. One got me in '71!!! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 4/9/2014
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: Just Finished talking to Virgil Geiger (Instructor Late 70's). He has been diagnosed for some time now with Spindle Cell Sarcoma (form of cancer) and is in the late stages. Lets all pray for Virgil and keep him in our thoughts. He is Currently living in Alabama with Family. If anyone wishes to E-mail him, he can be reached at (Virgilgeiger@gmail.com). I have his Contact # if anyone wishes to call him. RLTW

Posted: 4/8/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: The monthly meeting of the USMRA was held at the deck of the Overhang with 22 members present. President Hawk, after being absent the prior meeting, called the gathering to order at 1905hrs. After a wonderful invocation by Willard Langdon, business was conducted. Minutes were read and accepted, followed by the Treasure's report, which was also accepted and filed. Under new business, money was approved for Steve Bishop to purchase needed items for the Fish Fry and Critter Cookout. Sgt. Chris Fuller reports that a band will play at the Overhang during Openhouse. Money was approved for the purchase of the planning bay signs. It's good to have some operating capital on hand ! Col. Suchke reported on coin sales and provided funds for deposit. Bob Williams reports that he will have T-shirts for the Critter cookout. Could be OD, or camo! Most of the group wanted camo. Col Kirby presented a format for nomination into the Ranger Hall of Fame. Much discussion with a motion to move forward with a committee. Meeting closed at 2012hrs. See you at the events.

Posted: 4/8/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: A reminder to the local rangers that volunteers are needed for the Easter Egg Hunt and cookout on April 20th. President Hawk is requesting that we meet at 0900hrs at Porter Village.

Posted: 4/7/2014
Name: Jim Waters
Message: I noticed that you do not list MSG (R) Almo Mercier. He and I were advisors to the Vietnamese Rangers, and he was NCOIC of the Patrolling committee in 1971.

Posted: 4/1/2014
Name: Bullet Bob
Message: Thanks Chuck. I will spread the word.RLTW!

Posted: 4/1/2014
Name: chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: USMRA meeting @1900 hrs April 3rd. Steve Bishop had to make an emergency trip to Iowa due to a Brother-in-Law killed in an accident. He has left instructions with me. Please plan to attend. Final prep for the Easter Egg hunt and the Cookout. Be there!

Posted: 3/31/2014
Name: Bullet Bob
Message: Are we having a meeting on 3 April? I am being asked, so if we are please let everyone know. I know CC is when we normally meet, but that will be close to the May meeting. Perhaps a 3 April meeting would be useful for final planning of CC. Please let us know. Thanks. RLTW!

Posted: 3/22/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Sitrep : After a long search, I have obtained the necessary shrimp peels & shrimp stock to serve as my gumbo base. So, I will be making the Shrimp Gumbo at the Fish Fry. For a change, at the Critter Cook-out, I will be making a side dish - a macaroni & cheese variation. Jack Regan better show up early!

Posted: 3/17/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Any update on the status of SFC Willard Brooke? Is he still at the ATL medical Center?

Posted: 3/17/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Will not be at the April 3rd meeting. My doctor has scheduled a blood test for 8:20 AM, April 4th. I am working hard to secure enough shrimp shells to make the shrimp stock for the gumbo. My regular supplied went out of business. No problem with the shrimp just with the shells. If necessary, I will OODA and substitute a mixture of chicken & vegetable stocks. See you at the "Fish Fry."

Posted: 3/12/2014
Name: Bob Bischoff
Message: We lost a great man today. COL OLA LEE MIZE died. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean war. I met him while he was a Ranger student in 1957. At the time, he was a second lieutenant. I noted that there is a COL LEE MIZE in the RHOF but there is no Medal of Honor listed next to his name. (Surely this is the same person).If my memory serves me correctly, LT Mize stayed on after Ranger school so that he could be an advisor/actor in the movie Darby's Rangers. During that brief period, Lt Mize hung out with the enlisted instructors and befriended all he came in contact with. He was truly a soldiers soldier. RLTW

Posted: 3/12/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: 16 Rangers, past and present held the monthly meeting of the USMRA at the Overhang on March 6th. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Al Parten at 7:08 P.M. in the absence of President Hawk. The minutes of the February meeting was duly reported and accepted by those present . Also absent for the meeting was our spirtual leader, Willard Langdon. The meeting moved forward with the report of the treasure's report which was also accepted. General discussion followed on new business reguarding the scholarship. Ted Tillison presented a motion to increase the amount to $1,000.00 annually. After much heated discussion, the motion was tabled untill the next meeting. Old business continued the discussion of the Easter Egg hunt to be held on April 20th, 12 PM. The open house was discussed. Fish Fry and the Critter cookout recieved much attention. A whole hog is promised for the cook out , but more meat is needed. Ranger Bishop is our head Chef and will provide the hog and the fish. After discussion of stocking the creek with trout, J.D. reported on two very good donations for the cookouts. He will write a thank you for the USMRA. The meeting adjourned at 8:03. RLTW.

Posted: 3/11/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

SFC Willard Brooke is recovering from a 4 wheeler incident this past weekend and is at Atlanta Medical Center.

5th RTB is keeping a 24/7 presence there as Ranger Brooke remains in a coma.

Willard attended quite a few USMRA meetings, usually bringing a buddy with him.

Our prayers and hopes for recovery are with him and his loved ones, especially his wife and young son.

Mark Jordan


Posted: 3/8/2014
Name: ~C
Message: Hi Bob - need to change the year for Fallen Ranger Memorial banner on home page. :-) RLTW

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Bob Williams
Message: 2014 Fallen Ranger Memorial honorees are now posted on the home page.

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Jim Bartran
Message: I am backpacking the AT from Cooper Gap to Fontana Dam in NC. 27 April - 11 May. Anyone interested in joining me and my chocolate lab, let me know.

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Kris Fuler
Message: I was wondering when the new names were going to be posted for the Fallen Ranger Memorial.

Posted: 3/7/2014
Name: Frank Park (inc OvrHang Mgr)
Message: Gentlemen, as per requested here is the intel dump on the Mountain Ranger Run. Event starts at 0700 on 26 April 2014. Interested parties can register and get all additional info online at www.totallyrunning.com you can also register at their store Totally Running in Cumming Ga. This years physical events are 34km Bike race 15km run 5km fun run. Park out.

Posted: 3/4/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: All you fellows in the Dahlonega area are in my thoughts and prayers. Remembering the 18"s of snow we got during the last phase of a cycle . Folks from camp joined w/ Forestry guys to clear roads of downed trees to get to us, and extract us. I remember giving 10 point spot reports, positive, for the Ranger Studs that built the best fires!!! Stay warm and dry, keep your fire starters handy! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 3/4/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Next meeting is scheduled for 19:00 hours on Thursday, March 6, 2014, if my memory is correct.

Posted: 3/3/2014
Name: Lance Bagley
Message: Rangers, when is the next meeting?

Posted: 2/22/2014
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Colonel (Retired) Lynn B. Stull, United States Army, 67, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Dahlonega, Georgia. He had recently moved to the Dahlonega area from Tampa-McDill AFB, Florida. Col Stull was a graduate of both Ranger and Special Forces schools and was a Master parachutist. Born on October 11, 1946, in Fargo, North Dakota, he was the son of the late Ainslee “Jack” and Virginia Stull. He was the loving husband of Carol B. Stull. Col(R) Stull served honorably in the United States Army for 31 years, first receiving his commission in 1968 from the Georgia State University. As a career Army Officer, he served as an Infantry officer advisor in Vietnam, an ROTC instructor at Georgia State University, in 5th and 1st Special Forces Group, Alternate Specialty Foreign Area Officer, Director of Asian Studies US Army War College, and as Defense and Army Attaché to Malaysia. He retired in 1999 from the Army and ended his career working as a defense contractor with Special Operations Command. Surviving, in addition to his wife, is his brother Terry G. (Aletta) Stull, of Senatobia, MS, and daughters Marilyn N. Stull May of Cumming, GA, Wendy A. Stull of Ft. Meade, MD, Kelly E. (Bradley) Bathgate of Willow Grove, PA, and Paige D. Stull of Quantico, VA, and granddaughters Katharine and Elizabeth May, Ava, Madeline, Charlotte, and Daley Bathgate. A memorial service was conducted on Saturday 22 Feb 2014 at Bannister Funeral Home in Dahlonega.

Posted: 2/19/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: I am getting a lot of people asking if the Ranger Run will be conducted at the Open House this year. Anyone Know?

Posted: 2/13/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Y'all stay warm & dry. Keep your "fire starters" handy. Looking forward to CCO & Open House in April. Will try my darndest to make it.Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 2/12/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

Ranger Instructor Reunion at BRC 2014

A definitive agenda item is spending the day at Todd Field on Saturday, April 12th.

The Event Committee includes:

Skip Swackhamer, George Ponder, Kestner JR Edens, Oscar Edwards, Brad Shipp, Linda Shipp, Helen Birkes.

Col Tex Turner will also be in attendance.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Details continue to be added. And, please feel free to pass this email address to your RI buddies who may be interested in attending.

rtbrireunion@gmail.com

We held a Morgan RI Team reunion last year at BRC and had a blast!

I have heard about the Critter Cookout as my CMDR at E 51st will be there to kick off a hike with other E 51st buddies and have been invited. We are considering attending - sounds fun!

RLTW


Posted: 2/11/2014
Name: Chuck Windham, Secretary
Message: On Feb 6, 2014 the monthly meeting of the USMRA was called to order by President Steve Hawk @ 6:58PM. Chaplin Willard Langston led us with a wonderful opening prayer. The meeting followed with several important agenda items. J.D. gave a final report for the dedication of the Ranger Memorial at Camp Merrill. Atotal of $15,467 was raised with a balance left of $1.841.00 that was donated to the Association for use on scholarships, etc. The memorial committee was comended for a job well done! Mark Jordan, Treasurer, reported that with donations, we had $915.00 on hand for expenses, not counting on other donations from the meeting and the committee. Several other important agenda items were discussed. Easter Egg Hunt, and the Critter cook-out .Ranger Bishop will supply the fish, and meat is needed for the cookout on April 26th. Hint/Hint. Col Bob reported on coin sales and announced that 2 new items were added by the Dawsonville Moonshine operation. Check them out in your local bottle shop. Apple Brandy and Pie(60 proof) After much discussion, the meeting closed at 7:40 PM

Posted: 2/10/2014
Name: eversole marissa
Message: Al I'm writing because i was contact about jeff eversole memorial or honor him.please e-mail and let me know what do you need for this to become a good memorial for jeff.His Kid's and family will love to be part of it.

Posted: 2/7/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : I got the list. I noticed that you wrote in A. B. Smith & Hoyt Smith. They were two great guys and i learned a lot from them. I will send a copy to Hamilton just in case.

Posted: 2/5/2014
Name: William B Halbrook
Message: Is the Mountain Ranger Run happening as part of the open house this year? I retired from service last year and was looking forward to the run after not doing it since 96', and it was cancelled.

Posted: 2/5/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : Will you be at the RMC tomorrow and will you have a copy of the unit roster? Looking forward to seeing that roster. RLTW

Posted: 2/4/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: Ranger's. Don't forget this weeks meeting at the Overhang. Only 3 more meetings till the CCO. We need to discuss Planning. BTW, I have a Ranger buddy that will be joining our Ranks. A lot of you may know Roger Beck. Welcome Roger.

Posted: 1/26/2014
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Applications for the 2014 USMRA Scholarship are now being accepted. Check elsewhere on this web page for requirements. Please submit packets to me NLT 1 Apr 14. Be sure the packets are complete - incomplete packets will not be evaluated. You may either scan a packet and send it to me via email attachment (e.g. PDF format), or USPS mail to: Brian Cunningham, PO Box 208, Gainesville, GA 30503. DO NOT include applicant's Social Security number or redact it if necessary (e.g. from official transcript). RLTW

Posted: 1/26/2014
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: 2014 Planning Bay Honorees

RGR Steve Hawk ’75

RGR Mark Jordan ’75

RGR Jimmy Owens ’76

RGR Joe Mattison ’76

RGR Rick Lorimor ’76

RGR William Manning ’76


Posted: 1/26/2014
Name: Webmaster
Message: 5th RTB Open House and USMRA Critter Cookout will be conducted on April 26, 2014. The Fish Fry will be on the 25th.

Posted: 1/18/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Hamilton : I remember your name. It is most of the other personnel's names that give me trouble. Hope to see you sometime at the MRC. RLTW

Posted: 1/17/2014
Name: Jim Hamilton
Message: Mike/Doug Would be interested in roster and pictures also. I was assigned to MRC at that time.

Posted: 1/16/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Doug Perry : I would like the whole roster, if possible. There are many faces from those days that I can't remember their names. I have some photos from that period where I can tell you what a person's job was or in what tent he lived but I can't put a name to the face. RLTW

Posted: 1/16/2014
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Mike Keohane.Got a copy of the 2 RGR co. ,28 oct 1959, You are a sp-4 and mos 11110,I will make you a copy and get to you.Billy Charles my buddy is on th company roster..RLTW...

Posted: 1/13/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: William T. Mixon

b. Tue., Jan. 15, 1929 - d. Sat., Jan. 11, 2014

Visitation - 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Sat., Jan. 18, 2014 Location: Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home

Funeral Service 3:00 PM Sat., Jan. 18, 2014 Location: Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) William T. Mixon (1929-2014)

Command Sergeant Major William T. Mixon was born in Vidalia, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He died January 11, 2014 in West Palm Beach Florida at the Veterans Administration Hospital. CSM Mixon entered the Army in 1948 and completed 35 years of service in the Army retiring at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Command Sergeant Major of XVIII Airborne Corps.

During his 35 year career he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Ranger Department, Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Infantry Center,

Command Sergeant Major 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Alaska. He served 31 years on parachute status completing more than 1500 military static line parachute jumps.

Command Sergeant Major Mixon served in combat during the Korean War with the 3d Infantry Division where he participated in the Inchon Landing and fought in the Chosen Reservoir Operations. He served a total of 18 months in combat during the Korean War. He also served two one year tours during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division including service as the 101st Airborne Division Command Sergeant Major from 1969-1970.

He participated in numerous operations such as Operation Hawthorne, Junction City, and other combat operations including a parachute drop at Kontoon, Vietnam. During the Cuban missile crisis, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone where his unit was poised for contingency airborne operations associated with that historic period of American history.

After his retirement from active duty in 1983, he worked for Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina and managed his own business. He was chosen by President Reagan to serve on the National Veterans Cemetery Board. He also served on the advisory board of the Association of the United States Army, Braxton Bragg Chapter, and the Counsel of Trustees Association of the United States Army, Washington D.C.

He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge with a 3d degree and 50 years of service. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite with a 32d degree.

CSM Mixon was recognized as a premier sports official and was a member North Carolina Athletic Association. His awards and honors include Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star, Air Medal (44 awards and 1 with V device), Korean War and Vietnam War Service Medals and Combat Infantryman Badge with star. He earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Expert Infantryman Badge. He is a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Ranger Training Brigade Hall of Fame, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Hall of Fame and the U.S. Infantry Center Dough Boy Award. He was honored with the Association of the United States Army William G. Bainbridge Award and the Presidential Medal for his service to the Association.

CSM Mixon is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Winefred Mixon.

He has three children LTG (R) Benjamin R. Mixon, Sarah Jane Forsythe and Betty Jean Davidson. He has six grandchildren, Michael, Ashlee, Kortney, Adrienne, Amanda and Charles. He has four great grandchildren Mary Charlotte, Frederick, Eliza, and James. He is survived by his sister Mamie Turner. CSM Mixon was preceded by his mother and father Tracy and Cora, brothers Grady, Lamar, John and sister Josephine Rogers.

The funeral Service will be held in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home at 310 North Street West, Vidalia, Georgia beginning at 3 PM January 18, 2014. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 1 PM on Saturday.

In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the National Kidney Foundation.


Posted: 1/13/2014
Name: John L. Smith
Message: Need Robert Suchles email need questions answered about brother Lt. James L. Smith 75th Co. L . 101st.

Posted: 1/10/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Willard : Wish we had made contact. I was in a spending mood and would have treated you to a late super in Dahlonega.

Posted: 1/9/2014
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Mike, Chester and I were at the meeting also last Thursday, arriving around 6:30. Made an area recon & returned to Gsvl. Since we both enjoy talking we had an enjoyable trip & got caught up on the latest news, so don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Good training.

Posted: 1/6/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: The monthly meeting for Jan. has been cancelled. Steve, myself, Chuck, and Mark made this decision this evening 6 Jan. Two of our Officers have previous plans and cannot attend. The next meeting will be at the Overhang, 1st Thursday of Feb. @ 1900. See you there. RLTW

Posted: 1/3/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike K. Thanks for the note! I'm one of those guys that takes PT/Rehab seriously. Been through enough broken bones and Shoulder surgeries. I use the term' "Being Religious" about your PT. Even today, I'll find myself, idly doing one of those max nix exercises, as I walk around the house. Reckon it's like checkin' the movin' parts during operation! Stay warm & dry. Happy New Year. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 1/3/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Al: No problem. Had a enjoyable ride, a good meal and a fine room. See you in February. First meeting that I have attended that was so well run. ;>)

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: Sorry Mike, I put out the Info as soon as I got it. Hope to see ya next Month.

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Al: Received your message a bit late. I was at the Overhang at 18:40 hours for the meeting. When no one else showed by 19:05 hours, I called myself to order, suggested the absense of any officers or other members and, since there were no objections, dismissed the meeting of one. See you in February! RLTW!

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Al Parten
Message: Monthly meeting is cancelled for tonight. Overhang is Closed due to block leave. See you next Thursday. RLTW !

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Good news for the New Year. You should be able to keep the weight off if you don't touch C-Rat pound cake. Do the full rehab - no E&E moves now! Remember "just one more step!" and CM! RLTW in rehab also!

Posted: 1/2/2014
Name: Jim Regan
Message: A Hearty HAPPY NEW YEAR to all! Lt. Fuzz, you're doing good! Thanks. To "Windy," That's what you get when you hang around those characters. Remember how our guys zapped me for Chaplain?(now You are the Secretary!) Whatever you do, don't let hem make you wear dresses!!! Y'all take care, stay warm and dry, keep drivin' on! Jim RLTW/L&P PS: Got the key to my truck back today!!! No more Post Op restrictions. Wow, did it feel good to drive my ol' pickumup! Start Heart Rehab Monday full force. 3 Times a week for 10 weeks, plus PT @ home. I'm ready. Down to 171 lbs, 5' 10". They tell me my goal is 175. I laughed and told them that I had lost thirty lbs. since all this stuff started. Reckon I can get and keep my "Fightin' weight???!!" Jim OUT!!!

Posted: 1/1/2014
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: USMRA Dec 2013 Meeting

...Unable to open the recording of over an hour of our meeting, it's high time to get the minutes out...I apologize for this inconvenience...

...16 showed at the OverHang, all officers present with Bullet Bob Suchke missing two meetings with his reports of coin sales...

...Willard Langdon, Chaplain, began with another genuinely sincere prayer...a few words from Willard afterward, using the moment to give some background about his time as a Ranger, gives added signifigance to his life among us now...we all are indeed grateful for his time and energy...and his wife's fine banana pudding, a national treasure...

...the Secretary and Treasurer Reports were given, accepted and canned for another month...

...Ted Tilson was interested in getting ahead on this year's Critter CookOut with Steve Bishop adding his information about trout again being donated by the kind folks of the USFS...

...Jeff Everett brought forward an idea of using his incredible artistic skills to bring needed revenue into our usually bare coffers...after considerable discussion from such financially astute members like Ed Gross, the motion was made, seconded and approved that $400 would allow Jeff to begin this beneficial relationship for all involved...as the new year unfolds these benefits will certainly be appreciated whenever his talents can be enjoyed by others...

...Roy and Amie Close were recognized for the generous donations from Amie's brother, Walter Koch, who supplied over fifty families with their Thanksgiving turkeys these past two years...

...Next year's Officers will now include Chuck Windham as Secretary...the rest remain as they were in 2013...Chuck's wife provides the best baked beans in the Southeastern US...

...Gary Head has asked to be noted for wishing everyone a healthy, wealthy and happy new year and holiday season...from him and his wife, Debbie...Gary has cleaned the cemetery on Camp, Mt Zion #2, behind the Motor Pool...for the past two years...Debbie makes amazing Brunswick Stew...

...January 2, next meeting...1900 at the OverHang...tomorrow night... Mike Keohane has made reservations already...

...respectfully submitted...

...Lt Fuzz...outgoing Secretary, still Financial Wizard...


 
 

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