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

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

RLTW Willard


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Thanks go out to:

Stephen Johnston

Paul Borowski

Albert F Zeller

Jimmy Owens

CSM Bobby Meadows

and others who also contributed.

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

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

Make the check payable to USMRA.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...respectfully submitted...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz...


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

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

Any amount is appreciated and will be acknowledged.

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

Make the check payable to USMRA.

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


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

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

books.google.com


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

...thank you Bob...

...RLTW...

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Lt Fuzz, Secretary


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

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

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

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

See you there! RLTW


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Love ya brother! Jim RLTW/L&P


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

...you people...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz...


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

USMRA SEPTEMBER MEETING...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Semper Paratus Scott Drummond


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz...Secretary at Large


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all 96 new Ranger School graduates.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and RLTW. .


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Willard


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

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

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

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

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

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

...USMRA CRITTER COOKOUT TOO...

...Fish Fry is 22 April...

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Mark E Jordan-Secretary


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

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


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

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

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

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

...who is who...

...Fuzz, out...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

...Mark Jordan, Secretary


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, S1...


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

RLTW!


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

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

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

...PLANNING BAY RANGER INSTRUCTOR SIGNS...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following 15 Rangers and a MOH recipient were selected:

1LT George Sisler MOH

GEN Stanley McChrystal

GEN John Abizaid

LTG Steven Arnold

COL Skip Chittenden

COL Thomas Henry

COL John Geraci

LTC Rex Masters

LTC Rembert Rollison

MAJ Robert Bischoff

CW4 Russell Mcintrye

CSM Jimmy Broyles

CSM Michael Hall

SGM Gregory Matteo

SFC Tyler Yates

SGT James J. Regan

RLTW!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Secretary Report accepted...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Mark


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

....RLTW...

...Mark, S1


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, humble secretary


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

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

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

Rangers Lead the Way!

Respectfully submitted:

Ranger Bob Bischoff

Ranger Brian Cunningham

Ranger J.D. Kirby


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

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to seeing some old friends....


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Cecil Sager ’76

Edwin Davis ’76

Virgil Geiger ’77

Mike Tilson ’77

Doug Halverson ’77

Alan Vierra ’77


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

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

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


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

To the Mountain Ranger Association Membership.

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

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

U.S. Mountain Ranger Association

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

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

or Robert K. Suchke Treasurer USMRA

P.O. Box 201

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

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

triplecanopy@windstream.net

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...your Secretary Report follows...

...

...

...Lt Fuzz, Secretary


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Mountain Ranger Association

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

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

or Robert K. Suchke Treasurer USMRA

P.O. Box 201

Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

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

triplecanopy@windstream.net

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...Brotherhood and Fellowship...

...Mark Jordan/Lt Fuzz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, Secretary


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

Lt Fuzz

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


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

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

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


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

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

 
 

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