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Posted: 12/31/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I finally managed to keep a New Year's resolution! I resolved to reduce my weight from 215 to 200 in 2016. This morning, the scale read 198.5. However, I and my Italian sister-in-law are hosting a little New Year's party and we are both cooking. Also, tomorrow, we will be visiting her twin daughters who have decided to have a smoked ham for New Year's Day dinner with, as they say, "Southern style" trimmings. So, I think that I will be over 200 by Monday. To all, I wish a Happy New Year. See you on Thursday. RLTW

Posted: 12/24/2016
Name: Steve Bump
Message: I'm really sad to hear that Joe had gone to see the Big Ranger. We were part of the original 1st Bn cadre at Benning, before moving to Stewart. Some years later we were together at NWTC in Alaska, and on the High-Altitude Rescue Team together.

Joe was a great guy and always calm regardless of the situation. We'd often hunt together; he liked to come over after hunting and my wife would fix ham, eggs and toast because he always said that "breakfast was his favorite supper." There are a lot of times that we enjoyed together in Alaska, both on and off duty.

While with Florida Camp I brought a class through training, and at MRC spent time over at Joe's house and enjoyed the family's hospitality. His work after retirement has been a credit to him and I wish the best for the family.

Keep Leading The Way, Ranger....we'll all be there sometime. -SGM (Ret) Steve Bump


Posted: 12/24/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: On behalf of the officers of the U S Mountain Ranger Association, we wish all Rangers and their families a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

It is unusually warm here in the mountains this year, as it seems that the cold weather comes later and later each fall. Our mountains are somewhat scarred by the fires, but Nature is beginng to recover her beauty, and it won't be long until the birth of the new year brings forth new hope. Please pause to remember those we have lost from the Association the past year.

Happy Holidays to all! RLTW


Posted: 12/22/2016
Name: Perry Doerr
Message: RIP Smokin Joe. See you on the high ground.

Posted: 12/21/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

I received a call tonight from L/Col Waters in Virginia regarding CSM Mattison. I never met him in person, but I have heard so many positive things about him from fellow Rangers. I'm so glad to see Rangers like Doug and others who are sharing with the rest of us things about his life.

I have found that Rangers always come together to support one of their own during both good and sad times. I pray that God will comfort his family during this time. He will be dearly missed by all Rangers.

There's no doubt his footprints will always be at CFM and the mountains of North Georgia. The 23rd Psalm should always bring us comfort in times of sorrow.


Posted: 12/21/2016
Name: doug perry
Message:

RIP Ranger Buddy,First met Joe When he was an E-6 at CFM, he was in charge of a detail that helped me retrieve a body from the Chestatee River. Also when he was CFM CSM he gave us permission to put up the street signs at CFM. God Bless the family RLTW..


Posted: 12/21/2016
Name: Joel Cleary
Message:

Copied from CSM Jeff Mellinger

I just spoke to his son Adam. Joe will be cremated and there will be a service in a month or so. More to follow. Cards and notes can be sent to Adam Mattison, 146 Middleground Road, Newington, GA 30446

Joe's son Adam has requested that those who desire to make a donation in Joe Mattison's name to either the Mountain Ranger Association @ http://www.usmountainranger.org/sop/donations.htm or to the Lead the Way Fund @https://www.leadthewayfund.org/donate/.

Please email your stories about Joe to me @ plankholder275@yahoo.com, and I will add it to the tributes to Joe that I will pass to the family.


Posted: 12/20/2016
Name: Helyn Brooks Johnson
Message: I hope when Joe arrived in heaven he was met by Dixie, the Ranger dog. He loved her enough to give her to the 5th RTB Fire Dept (Capt. Brooks) so she could roam the post. Joe was a kind and generous man.

Posted: 12/20/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I first met CSM Joe Mattison in 2010 at the Ranger Muster. We toured the Lake Champlain area where Major Robert Rogers and his men were active in the French & Indian War in 2011 and had a great time telling the guides more than they could tell us. He will be missed by all that knew him. Rest in Peace, Ranger.

Posted: 12/20/2016
Name: Joel Cleary
Message: It's with heavy heart and tremendous sadness to inform alcon that CSM (Ret) Joseph Mattison has suddenly passed away. His son, Adam, relayed the news that he was found unresponsive by a relative who went to check on him. No other details as of yet. Right now, words fail me as this news shocked me as much as it has others. May the gates of heaven open wide and the angels above welcome him with open arms. Go with God Brother. He has you now.

Posted: 12/18/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Ya done good, Sir Webmaster! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 12/17/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Nothin's safe no more! Keep yer powder dry, yer hatchet sharp, and yer rifle/pistol/LAW, or whatever clean! Jim RLT/L&P

Posted: 12/17/2016
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Either Mike Keohane is right or this site has been spammed for inappropriate purposes.

Posted: 12/17/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: OK, fess up! Who has been at the corn liker?

Posted: 12/15/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Will Langdon. The guys at the USMRA are "Blessed" to have a crusty ol' Ranger, such as you , for their Chaplain. Love and Prayers brother. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 12/14/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

Hello everyone.

As we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Christ Jesus - I ask everyone to keep our active duty and their families in our prayers. Many are protecting us in harm's way as we enjoy the comfort of the Holidays in freedom, which we all know isn't free.

I pray for the safety of those who are serving; that God will build a hedge around them in their duties.

We have so many homeless veterans - let us never forget the needy. Christmas is a time that we can find someone in need and help them.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am so blessed to be a member of the US Mountain Ranger Assn.


Posted: 12/10/2016
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: On behalf of all the members of USMRA, I want to extend a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Paul Borowski of Ranger Class 14-68 for his recent generous donation to the USMRA.

Donations of any amount are always welcome.

RLTW!


Posted: 12/9/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Monthly Breakfast at Camp Merril...

...it's just an idea that I passed by Betty Tanner. This is how it goes... up to 12 are welcome without going thru the Battalion S4.

...Betty says the best time to be eating is around 0800 - 0830, when they close the line down. Just giving a heads up for those interested and the particular Saturday is the SECOND SATURDAY of each month.

...decisions of all that depend on a USMRA endorsement and until January 2017 meeting, it is just an idea. Many thanks to Betty Tanner for being our Ranger Buddy...

...Sr Private Fuzz


Posted: 12/7/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

Today we remember the Dec 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, a terrible day for our country 75 years ago.

Every Veteran understands the meaning of service and sacrifice for our country, and continues today to be dependable, respectful, and give loyal service in their own communities. They care for others.

We salute our Active Duty service members for protecting us all. THANK YOU!


Posted: 12/4/2016
Name: Tom Wilburn
Message:

The Coopers Creek Wildlife Management Area Hunt will be from 07-10 Dec 16.(Deer, Bears, Hogs) I will have a camp set-up (depending on availability) at either the old Cavender Gap CP or at the gate to Rocky Mountain (about 1/2 mile from Cavender CP for the entire hunt. Will be out hunting most days but at camp in the evenings. Feel free to stop by to visit, camp, or hunt if you are inclined. If you are hunting, you must sign-in at the checking station. If you need more info send me a PM and I will get back to you soonest....Best, Tom


Posted: 12/1/2016
Name: Brian Cunningham
Message: Applications for the 2017 USMRA Scholarship are now being accepted. Check elsewhere on this web page for requirements. Please submit packets to me NLT 1 Apr 17. 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: 12/1/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: I was blessed to have served with Col. Scruggs at Camp FDM when he was a Captain. Later on, he was my son in law's Commander in 7th SF at Fort Bragg. He was one of the finest Ranger officers I've ever met. He had a special gift; he was calm & pleasant, and highly intelligent. He set the example for all of us, he will be missed by everyone who knew & served with him.

Posted: 12/1/2016
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Some sad news to pass on. Colonel Fred Scruggs, US Army Retired, has just recently passed away from leukemia. I have no other details at this time. He was a member of the USMRA and was a Ranger School graduate back in Dec 1965. He was also a Ranger Instructor at the Mountain Ranger Camp 1967-68 and was affectionately known as “Lightning Scruggs” for his rapid foot movements with Ranger Student Patrols covering long distances rapidly. He served as Commander of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was present at the first Ranger Reunion held at Camp Merrill back in 1982. Ranger Scruggs was highly respected in the Special Operations Community and will be great missed by all who knew him. Rangers Lead the Way!

Posted: 12/1/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mike. Dummy #1 rechecked his address book. Gotcha. Even noted 16 Sep. as effective date for your address at Apt # 402. Reckon I'll resend a card. Prayers are w/ all in E. Tenn. ao. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 11/30/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Hello everyone. I'm out of town again & won't be able to make the meeting this month. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas. I miss all of you when I'm unable to be there. Thanks, Willard

Posted: 11/30/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim Regan : Moved in September to Nashville. I am worried about all my friends & neighbors there - no news except what is on TV. If you want, I will Email my Nashville address. I am keeping warm & dry as all good Infantry know how to do. Apologies To Bill Mauldin fans,

Posted: 11/30/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Mike Keohane. Are you in the "Fire" area? I had a couple of addresses for ya. One was Sevierville, right close to the fires. Take care, stay warm(not too much,0 and dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 11/29/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Jim

Just back in town from a Thanksgiving trip. John Barnes was the opt sergeant when I was assigned to Echo Co(LRP), 52nd Inf(Abn) Ist.Air Cav. Div. That was June 1968. He held that position until he DEROSED early in 1969.

Note to all members. 1 Dec is our meeting date to nominate and elect officers for 2017. Please plan to attend the meeting which starts @1900hrs at the Overhang.


Posted: 11/29/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Chuck, that was 2014, for John. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 11/29/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Chuck Windham. Did ya get the "all points" E-mail from Carpenter, re: John Barnes passing in April 2016? I had tried over the years to get in touch w/ John. I'm certain you remember him from Ops,during your days w/the LRRPs/Rangers. Take care, stay warm & dry. See ya in the Spring time. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 11/28/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Belated thanks to Owen & Mark Jordan for the seasoning tips. My two cast iron skillets are now ready for the holidays.

Posted: 11/24/2016
Name: OWENS
Message: Season Cast Iron Pots: Clean all pots with a steel pad, rinse good, dry with hand towels, then place in oven on warm for a few minutes to ensure completely dry. Once dry coat the entire pan with Flax Seed Oil, its the best to use and lasts the longest. Once coated now wipe off as much as you can with paper towels, too much will make pot sticky when it comes out of the oven. Once all excess oil has been removed place in oven and bake one (1) hour at 450 to 500 degrees, you want it to get hot and you want it past to smoking point so the oil will actually dry and stick to the pot. Once done let pot cool and remove, if pot is sticky you had too much oil still on pot or oven was not hot enough, you can do this on old or new cast iron. Enjoy the results...

Posted: 11/23/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I wish everyone, including our brothers & sisters who are in "Harm's Way," a happy & safe Thanksgiving. I made some Irish Soda Bread for the holidays but they stuck to the bottoms of my cast iron skillets. I must re-season them - any suggestions about re-seasoning will be appreciated.

Posted: 11/23/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Blessings of lasting love to and for each of our Ranger Families this Thanksgiving. For those present, those still in the fight and especially for our beloved brothers who have gone before their time...

...RLTW...

...Mark


Posted: 11/15/2016
Name: Laura Armstrong
Message: To Our Customers: The Camp Merrill PX FTX and Holiday Hours for the month of Dec 2016 are as follows: FTX: 05-09 Dec 16: 0700-1500 12-15 Dec 16: 0700-1500 Holiday Block Leave: 17-Dec 2016 TO 03 Jan 2017 THE PX WILL BE CLOSED THE PX WILL RE-OPEN ON 04 JAN 2017 FOR ALL YOUR SHOPPING NEEDS.

Posted: 11/15/2016
Name: Jerry Champion
Message: It's always good to see/hear of a fellow graduate of Ranger Class 7-72 who's still out there!

Posted: 11/14/2016
Name: Bob Suchke -Treasurer
Message: I want to take this opportunity to send out our sincere thanks to Ranger Stephen C. Johnston, graduate of Ranger Class 7-72 (winter Ranger) for his very welcome donation to the USMRA.

All donations are very much appreciated and allow us to continue to help other RANGERS and Ranger Families as the need arises.

RLTW!


Posted: 11/10/2016
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: Thanks go out to Ranger Doug Tompkins of Ranger Class 9-79 for his most generous donation to the USMRA.

RLTW!


Posted: 11/9/2016
Name: Gary W. Kansky
Message: Received the letterhead papers,putting Mission Statement on it,thank you for your help, RLTW.

Posted: 11/6/2016
Name: Marshall Huckaby
Message: It was a very distinct pleasure to see Chuck Windham inducted into the GEORGIA VETERANS HALL OF FAME last night in Columbus. Chuck joins other Georgians and Great Americans who have been recognized by the GVHOF. Hand Salute Chuck!

Posted: 11/4/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Gary Kansky

The USMRA Letter Head was placed by your front door this morning around 10am. It should meet your needs for geeting out the solicitations for our organization. Good luck, and RLTW


Posted: 11/3/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: I won't be able to make the meeting tonight. Hope you all have a good meeting. Thanks, Willard

Posted: 11/2/2016
Name: Bob Suchke- Treasurer
Message: Mission Statement of The U.S. Mountain Ranger Association The mission of the USMRA, as stated in our constitution, is to promote brotherhood and fellowship among US Army Rangers. We do this by taking care of our extended Ranger Family that includes both Active duty Rangers as well as those who are now retired.

The US Mountain Ranger Association operates solely on donations and those funds are used for the benefit of the Ranger Community as agreed on by the membership. We give away two $1000.00 scholarships each year at Critter Cookout/Open House to sons, daughters, grandsons and grand daughters of Rangers. In addition the USMRA provides holiday gift baskets and support for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas to deserving Ranger families in coordination with the 5th RTB Chain of Command.

The USMRA supports several other activities. Among these are the Fallen Ranger Memorial where each year six deceased Rangers are honored for their service and memorialized by a marker that is placed on Mosby Army Airfield. In addition, the USMRA recognizes six living Rangers for their contributions as Instructors at Camp Merrill with Ranger Planning Bay signs. The USMRA also provides 5th Ranger Training Battalion Soldier & NCO of the Quarter award plaques, the 5th RTB Marauder Day award plaques, as well as, supporting a multitude of projects that benefit Rangers as needed to include preparation for annual The Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning.

The USMRA contributes in various ways to many local activities for the benefit of the active duty Rangers, their families, and the community. When a disaster strikes such as a fire, tornado or other disruptive/catastrophic event, the USMRA has provided funds to Ranger Families to lessen the impact of the crisis. This is done on a case-by-case basis again in coordination with the 5th RTB Chain of Command.

The USMRA is a non-profit organization. Monetary gifts allow the USMRA to continue this effort.

Any amount donated is appreciated and will be acknowledged.

Donations can be made by check to: USMRA P.O. Box 201, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 Make the check payable to USMRA.

Robert K. Suchke LTC US Army (Ret) Treasurer


Posted: 10/29/2016
Name: Mike Flack
Message: Steve Bishop, it's a small world we live in. Sgt Bud Simon said to say hello to you. He would like to get in touch so I told him about the website. We were introduced by a mutual acquaintance who pointed out that we were both airborne qualified. We played the where-were-you/who-do-you-know until he asked about you. He thinks 1SG Bishop is a great soldier, leader and friend. Good luck.

Posted: 10/27/2016
Name: Laura Armstrong
Message: CAMP MERRILL PX To Our Customers: November 2016 FTX and Holiday hours are as follows: 07-10 Nov 2016: 0700-1500 12-15 Nov 2016: 07-1500 Veterans Day 11 NOV: CLOSED Thanksgiving and Black Friday 24&25 Nov: CLOSED. Sat & Sun CLOSED

Posted: 10/27/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Mark. What's this about Chuck Windham? Is he on the sick list? I'll try to remember to call him today. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/26/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

....Chuck Windham is in better shape; has sent the funds into the Georgia Veterans Hall of Fame already. Bullet Bob Suchke, Treasurer, is astounded. The speed of resolving a voted item of business in the last USMRA Meeting. I remember beans...and banana pudding...

....His family has this table and others, like Marshal Huckaby, can find reservations thru the information available.

...it's a good day Rangers, when our brothers are feeling in good or better health. Monks are like that; dying out.

...RLTW...Mark


Posted: 10/17/2016
Name: Marshall Huckaby
Message: The LONG RANGE RECONNAISSANCE ASSOCIATION (LRRA) has purchased and placed a Memorial Bench at the Ranger Memorial and at the National Infantry Museum to honor the LRRPs who have served our Country. A paver has also been purchased for placement at the Army Museum being built. Chuck Windham and other USAMRA members are LRRP Veterans.

Posted: 10/17/2016
Name: Bullet Bob
Message: The additional $1285 that mysteriously turned up in our account was unfortunately a Bank ERROR. That is too bad, but we will continue to Drive ON! Donations are appreciated any time. RLTW!

Posted: 10/13/2016
Name: Doug Perry
Message: Thanks for the information, Laura. We really appreciate it.

Posted: 10/13/2016
Name: Laura Armstrong
Message: The Camp Merrill PX(AAFES) has new hours of operation and has also fallen under all new management and staff.

Monday thru Friday 0800-1600
Saturdays and Sundays Closed

During FTX training the hours will be 0700-1500 M-F. Please check the sign on the front door each month for when FTX days will occur.

We take special orders on items we do not carry in the PX so please inquire within for all your shopping needs.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Thank you and we look forward to serving you. Laura Armstrong - Store Manager
(c) 845-313-4400 Store 706-864-2988
Email: reynoldsla@aafes.com

Arian Cash
Store Supervisor
Email: cashac@aafes.com


Posted: 10/11/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

The Fourth Annual Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held in Columbus, Georgia on Saturday, 5 November 2015 beginning at 6 PM at Saint Luke Ministry Center (301 11th Street).

Complimentary banquet meals are provided for each Inductee plus one guest. Likewise, complimentary banquet meals are provided for the representative plus one guest of each Posthumous Inductee.

This annual event is open to the public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $55 each, or a table of eight (8) may be purchased for $400. Reserved seats/tables, or a donation, may be made through PayPal by visiting http://www.gmvhof.org/; or by mailing a check to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. The Ministry Center seats about 500 and the food is delicious and plentiful. Early ticket purchases are highly encouraged since maximum capacity is anticipated. The attire is business suit or military dress uniform.

...With great appreciation to the USMRA for voting at the October Eating Meeting for our VP, Chuck Windham, to have this cost paid by this BrotherHood!...

...RLTW...


Posted: 10/9/2016
Name: doug perry
Message: Congrats. to Chuck Windham..RLTW...

Posted: 10/8/2016
Name: Tom Joyner
Message: Congratulations to Chuck Windham!!

Posted: 10/7/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) Board of Directors and all previous Hall of Fame Inductees take great pleasure in extending our sincere congratulations to you on your well-deserved selection for induction into the GMVHOF. Your 17 Nomination Packets, along with 106 other Georgia Veteran’s Nomination Packets from the years of 2014, 2015, and 2016 were evaluated and scored by the GMVHOF Independent Selection Committee which is comprised of eight highly honorable and dedicated Georgia Veterans. This evaluation and selection process was done in total secrecy and absolutely void of any outside influence. We know that you will be proud to know that your sterling active duty record and post military life served you well and gained for you this rare and noble honor. The GMVHOF Class of 2016 is the fourth annual class inducted since the Hall's inception in 2013. Since 2013, including your class, a total of 66 Georgia Veterans will have been inducted out of 163 Nominations. (Inducted by year: 2013 - 18; 2014 - 16; 2015 - 15; 2016 - 17)

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to (1) honor Georgia Military Veterans; (2) to educate Georgia citizens, especially young Americans, of the sacrifices for freedom; and (3) to inform the public of the Inductee's outstanding accomplishments. The three categories that make up the GMVHOF are VALOR, ACHIEVEMENT, and SERVICE. The Bylaws of the GMVHOF require that no more than ten maybe selected for VALOR and no more than five may be selected from the combined categories of ACHIEVEMENT and SERVICE for an annual total of fifteen. If Medal of Honor Recipients are nominated, they are automatically inducted and are in addition to the fifteen.

The 2016 Class is comprised of the following: MEDAL OF HONOR - 2; VALOR - 10, ACHIEVEMENT - 1; SERVICE - 4.

On Saturday, 5 November at the Fourth Annual GMVHOF Induction Ceremony and Banquet, you will be presented with the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Medallion, Certificate, and Coin. The list of names of the GMVHOF 2016 Class along with other pertinent information is below and also attached:

US Marine Corps Sergeant John David Blair; VALOR; Vietnam; Canton, GA

US Army Sergeant First Class Earl Frederick Burke; VALOR; Vietnam; Columbus, GA (KIA)

US Army Lieutenant General Carmen James Cavezza; VALOR; Vietnam; Columbus, GA

US Marine Corps Corporal Paul Randy Cheatwood; VALOR; Vietnam; Tallapoosa, GA (Posthumous Inductee)

US Army Captain Joseph Maxwell Cleland; SERVICE; Vietnam; Atlanta, GA

US Navy Captain Donnie Lee Cochran; ACHIEVEMENT; Persian Gulf; Pelham, GA

US Army Master Sergeant Michael Patrick Dover; SERVICE; Ellerslie, GA

US Army Sergeant Ray McKibben; MEDAL OF HONOR; Vietnam; Felton, GA (KIA)

US Army Lieutenant General Burton Dewayne Patrick; SERVICE; Vietnam; Thomson, GA

US Army Command Sergeant Major Horace Richard Pearl; VALOR; World War II, Korea; Griffin, GA (Posthumous Inductee)

US Army Captain Donna Curtis Rowe; SERVICE; Vietnam; Marietta, GA

US Army First Lieutenant Philip Leslie Spackman; VALOR; Vietnam; Jasper, GA

US Navy Ensign Shelton Beverly Sutton Jr.; VALOR; World War II, Vidalia, GA (KIA)

US Marine Corps Sergeant Clyde A. Thomason; MEDAL OF HONOR; World War II; Atlanta, GA (KIA)

US Air Force Colonel Dewey Wayne Waddell; VALOR; Vietnam; POW; Bremen, GA

US Marine Corps First Sergeant Curtis Clay Williamson; VALOR; Vietnam; Fayetteville, GA

US Army Staff Sergeant Charles Douglas Windham, Jr.; VALOR; Vietnam; Norcross, GA

Within a few weeks after the Induction Ceremony, your framed citation and picture will join forty-nine previous Inductees in the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame located in the Floyd Veterans Building across the street from the Georgia Capital Building in Atlanta.

The Fourth Annual Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held in Columbus, Georgia on Saturday, 5 November 2015 beginning at 6 PM at Saint Luke Ministry Center (301 11th Street).

Complimentary banquet meals are provided for each Inductee plus one guest. Likewise, complimentary banquet meals are provided for the representative plus one guest of each Posthumous Inductee.

This annual event is open to the public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $55 each, or a table of eight (8) may be purchased for $400. Reserved seats/tables, or a donation, may be made through PayPal by visiting http://www.gmvhof.org/; or by mailing a check to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. The Ministry Center seats about 500 and the food is delicious and plentiful. Early ticket purchases are highly encouraged since maximum capacity is anticipated. The attire is business suit or military dress uniform.

We thank all of the Nominators for their dedication, diligence, and attention to detail as they prepared and submitted the Nomination Packets.

You are highly encouraged to provide this great news to your local newspaper and other news media outlets. Much of the media has been and will be contacted by the GMVHOF but, an additional "push" from you would be most helpful in order to provide even more coverage about this momentous accomplishment across the entire state of Georgia.

If you have any questions, please call or email me.

Once again, Congratulations!

Respectfully,

Rick White

Richard H. White Chairman of the Board Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Colonel United States Army (Retired) Cell: 678-427-0915 / rickwhite4750@gmail.com / http://www.GMVHOF.org


Posted: 10/7/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Chuck/Windy, Congratulations Ranger! Yet another "Hall of Famer" from our LRRP/Ranger Company. Proud to have had ya as one of our outstanding TLs @, 1st Plt, E Co, 52nd Inf LRRPs, & H Co, 75th Rangers, 1969.(Phuoc Vinh, RVN.) Hope to see ya in April Brother. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 10/6/2016
Name: Bullet Bob Suchke
Message: Congratulations to Chuck Windham on his selection to the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame! This is a high honor for one of our own and a well deserved recognition for his valor and service to our nation.

Posted: 10/5/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

CHUCK WINDHAM

USMRA VP

(Sent to his daughter who nominated him.)

"Yesterday, based on the numerical scoring of the Georgia Military Veterans' Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) Independent Selection Committee (ISC), 17 Georgia Veterans out of a total of 45 Nominees were selected to be inducted into the GMVHOF Class of 2016.

As the Chairman of the Board of the GMVHOF, one of my responsibilities is to telephonicly notify those selected or their next of kin if decease or KIA.

Since I have known your great Dad beginning with Norcross HS Football days, I took the liberty to let him be the very first of the 17 to be notified.

You did a great job with the Nomination Packet and he did a great job as a Soldier in combat.

See you in Columbus on Saturday, 5 November

Respectfully,

Rick White Chairman of the Board Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Colonel United States Army (Retired)


Posted: 10/5/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Just to nix duplication, I am bringing 'nana pudding, Mrs. Sue's baked beans and some brats. See every one at the meeting tomorrow night. Met Mrs Kirby in the Kroger, now I know why J. D. was successful! RLTW

Posted: 10/3/2016
Name: Mark
Message: ...Firewood is needed for the October Eating Meeting...the supply out behind the fire pit was used for CP's during these past cycles...

...See you there!...RLTW....


Posted: 9/23/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message:

I'm presently in North Carolina assisting my cousin with her sick mother. I'd like to send my condolences to the family of my best friend, Ranger Gary Head.

I received a message a few minutes ago from Col. Waters. I have erred by not staying current on the Ranger log, & I would like to be present but it's impossible.

Gary has asked for prayer many times & I know his soul is with Jesus. This is a great shock to me, as I'm sure it is to everyone. He was a very special friend, & he will be sorely missed.

I would ask that someone share this message with his family. When I return I will contact Debbie. Willard Langdon


Posted: 9/23/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Rangers

Those of us from the USMRA planning to attend the ceremony for Ranger Buddy Gary Head should wear the uniform of the Association. Navy Blazer, White Shirt, Khaki Pants, and Fob if you have one. The ceremony is scheduled at 1250hrs(12:30pm), just prior to the funeral, on September 24th, at Banister's Funeral home.


Posted: 9/22/2016
Name: Mark
Message:

Gary Junior Head, age 59, a long-time resident of Dahlonega, GA passed away on September 21, 2016.

Gary was an associate member of the US Mountain Ranger Association. He is specifically being honored by the USMRA. He was proud to be among them and to have been known as their friend.

He was the son of the late Junior Dewey and Annie May Petty Head.

Gary is survived by his wife, Debbie Head, Dahlonega, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Kenny Wells, Dahlonega, GA; daughter, Cadea Head, Dahlonega, GA; grandsons, Dalton and Dustin Wells; brother, Clyde Head, Gainesville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Ronald Grizzle, Carnesville, GA; and special friend, Will Brooke. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Gary are scheduled for 1 PM Saturday September 24, 2016 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega, GA.


Posted: 9/21/2016
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: It is very sad news to learn of Gary Head's passing.He will be greatly missed by all of us. He was always a willing hand with any task we had and was absolutely invaluable at Critter Cookout for his culinary contributions and generous support. Gary was my friend as was his father, Junior Head. Both are gone too soon. May God hold you in his arms. RLTW!

Posted: 9/21/2016
Name: doug perry
Message: Gary will be missed by the org.The CCO would not be the same without Gary,Debbie,Candace and Kenny..MGB and RLTW>>

Posted: 9/21/2016
Name: Mark
Message:

Steve Hawk, President of the USMRA, has agreed that Gary receive the same recognition and honor as we gave Ross Hall.

Both are highly regarded and Ross Hall was our first Associate Member. Gary may have been our last.

...RLTW...


Posted: 9/21/2016
Name: Mark
Message: "My loving husband, Gary, the father of our beautiful children, Candace and Cadea, the proud Papa of our grandchildren, Dalton and Dustin has gone home to be with his Heavenly Father."

...Debbie Head


Posted: 9/21/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Amen. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 9/20/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

My friend, Gary Head...

Gary's having some continued seriousness with his gall bladder, kidneys, circulation and infections... besides his heart...

...from Sunday til today things turned...

...maybe Thursday something can be done surgically but for now, my Gary is just hanging on...to do what's needed is impractical and dangerous if he's turned to allow the procedure, but his vitals aren't able today to sustain that procedure...

...friends and family, pastors and staff at Ronnie Barnes are praying...

...Thursday...is too long from now...

...Gary needs are now...

...every hour is critically watched by those there and those who can't be there...

...and today he is weak, still fighting, still breathing and his heart is still pumping... the other organs are iffy...

...May that Peace that surrounds and permeates all of Creation be present with Gary and all his loved ones...

...the Big Ranger knows it's crunch time...

...Mark


Posted: 9/20/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Sir Chuck. Any Minutes from last meeting? Didn't get an e-mail, and haven't seen anything here. Break, Break: Did you get the "Stars?" I just got a re-supply. Will ship some to ya. I'll send along an example of the note I send w/ the Stars for the troops. Ya'll take care, stay cool/warm & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 9/15/2016
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Thanks Mark. We will keep our fingers crossed for Gary. Thanks for the updates. Please give him our best. RLTW!

Posted: 9/15/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Latest update on Gary Head's status at NE Ga Hospital, Gainesville, Ga...from his wife, last night...

..."Update. They pulled 2 liters from right lung this evening. He is on dialysis only for filtration. 2 liters from that. Total of 4. He had 20 liters of overload, so down to 16. He is on continuous filtration and are going to pull from right lung tomorrow. Will take couple days then hopefully come off vent. My heart is happy tonight."...

...Gary is turning some serious corners for the better, Rangers...

...Mark...


Posted: 9/12/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Gary Head Update

...From his wife, Debbie, for today. No setbacks. He has about 15 liters of fluid that needs to come off. He put out about 1 liter today.

...If they can get rid of fluid then his lungs can start healing.

...He looks better physically.

...Mark


Posted: 9/11/2016
Name: Robert Frieg
Message: I'm sending up prayers for Gary Head and his family.

Posted: 9/10/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message:

...Gary Head is fighting hard, Rangers. He's had concerns I won't mention here, but he is not out of the woods, not near.

...I'm going back down tomorrow.

...Second Floor...NE Georgia Regional Hospital...Ronnie Barns Heart Center...

...Mark


Posted: 9/5/2016
Name: Bob Williams
Message: I am looking for anyone who knew or served with Thomas Eli Taylor in 1/75 around 2011 thru 2014. He is a 2011 graduate of Locust Grove High School in Locust Grove, GA. Please emails me if you have any information. Thanks.

Posted: 9/5/2016
Name: Bob Williams - Secretary
Message: For those of you who receive monthly emails of the meeting minutes, there will be none sent out for the Sept 1 meeting.

I currently have three names for the 2017 Fallen Ranger Memorial. We need three more. Remember, I don't do the research. Unless you provide the photo and bio, the Fallen Ranger will not go on the list.


Posted: 9/5/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Up date on Ranger Buddy Gary Head

I received a text form Gary's daughter that Gary is making progress and doing some better than last reported. His vitals are good and had good night. He will be sedated for a while longer. Candice continues to ask for prayers for Gary and the family


Posted: 9/2/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: More sad news. I just received a call from Candice, Gary Head's daughter. Gary suffered a massive heart attack this morning and is the CCU at the Ronnie Green Heart Center at NE Georgia Hospital in Gainesville Ga. Gary is a Ranger Buddy that has put in many hours at the Open House and Critter Cookout assisting the Association.

Candice has asked that we keep Gary and the family in our prayers. I will update the Association as I receive information. His situation is critical.


Posted: 9/1/2016
Name: Bob Suchke
Message: Sad news to pass on...

Ranger Harold Kaiama has gone on to be with the Big Ranger in the sky. Ranger Kai was a Florida Ranger Camp Instructor back in 1969 and also served in two Ranger units in combat, November Co Rangers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and also Lima Company with the 101st Airborne Division. Ranger Kai was one of the early 101st RECONDO Instructors at Fort Campbell. He was a highly respected and very professional soldier. He will be missed by all who knew him. His services will be held at The First United Methodist Church in Leesville, Louisiana on Saturday at 10:00 hrs at The First United Methodist Church.

Ranger Kaiama will be honored at the Fallen Ranger Memorial at next year's open house.

Ranger Kai, we will see you on the high ground! RLTW!


Posted: 8/30/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Meeting of the USMRA this Thursday, Sept 1st at 1900hrs at the Overhang. See you there as we have our last meeting leading up to the October meet and eat meeting. Looking forward to all Rangers attending.

RLTW


Posted: 8/28/2016
Name: Mike keohane
Message: Attn : Lt. Fuzz et al. As requested, I will be making my Irish Soda Bread in my cast iron skillet for the "Eatin Meetin." I will also make some jalapeno corn bread. Since I have a long way to travel, I would appreciate it if someone in Dahlonega could bring some softened butter and jelly.

Posted: 8/22/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Sorry 'bout that. It's supposed to be, "USMRA," not that other thingy I put there. Oh well, IT'S MONDAY! Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/22/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Got the minutes for August meeting, via e-mail. Thanks Bob Williams.

Break, break. Hey Windy! How's that list of addresses, snail mail, coming for our members of UDMRA?

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


Posted: 8/16/2016
Name: Mark Jordan
Message: Pete Anderson, Ranger Buddy, passed away early this morning. Arrangements are being made for his funeral. A long time friend and constant participant with cooking at our Critter CookOut, Pete was a familiar face with an easy smile.

Posted: 8/15/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Thanks Mike. Got an e-mail from Mark Jorden w/ June's minutes. Will wait patiently, as all good Rangers do. Wait, wait, wait.... then squeeze the CLACKER!!! LOL

Break, break: Windy, read the latest Christopher book, Lurps at War. It was 500 plus pages! Covered ALL the years of E Co, 52nd Inf LRRP, and H Co. 75th Rangers. Even told, at the end, about the two Rangers left behind. There were seven (7) Tales/anecdotes of mine included in the book. At least he gave me some credit for the writings, Would start out; Regan said... Well, I'm now PUBLISHED!!! The good part of the book, all royalties go to our H Co Association. Ya'll take care, stay cool & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 8/14/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Jim : We did have a meeting but it was, as usual, on the first Thursday of the month, August 4th. I don't think that the minutes have been issued yet. It was a good meeting and I, for one, enjoyed the meeting as well as the pre & post meeting doings. RLTW

Posted: 8/14/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hi guys. Just checkin' in. Did you all have a meeting last week? Have been looking for the results/minutes from the gathering . Hope all's well. Kids are back in school in this area. Ol' air conditioner will get a break/rest soon. Take care, stay cool & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P

Posted: 8/11/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Heard about a Ranger/Special Forces Breakfast being held on the second Saturday of every month at American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, VA. Since I will be in the neighborhood,I plan to drop by and say hello. Maybe find some prospective members and/or cook-out personnel. If you know someone that attends this breakfast, let me know and I will say hello for you.

Posted: 8/11/2016
Name: Sharon Hall
Message: CAN YOU HELP? Now Seeking: Military service members and recent veterans in the Atlanta, Georgia area to change the life of a "gold star child" this coming August!  Join the TAPS team! MISSION: To volunteer as Mentors at the TAPS Good Grief Camp, supporting children of our fallen military on August 13-14, 2016. BACKGROUND: The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate and long-term support and care to the families of our nation's fallen heroes.  On the weekend of August 13-14, we will be holding our Atlanta TAPS Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, hosting children and teens who have lost a loved one in the military.  What makes our camp unique are the active duty men and women and recent veterans who volunteer to provide one-on-one mentoring to the children of our deceased service members. We are expecting approximately 80 children from the Atlanta, Georgia area to come together to learn coping skills and gain support systems. You can help by volunteering your time over the weekend for this very special mission.  We know it is no small favor as you will be giving up your personal time over the weekend, but bringing a smile to the faces of our nation's youngest heroes and reminding them they will always remain a part of the military family is worth every minute you selflessly donate.  Our Mentors frequently tell us that it is comforting to know that TAPS is there to provide continued support to our military families in their most challenging times—and also offer a life-changing event for the mentors themselves. MENTOR'S ROLE: Each Mentor will be matched with one child who has lost a loved one who was a military service member.  The children range in age from 4 to 19 years old and you may select the age group with which you prefer to work.  You will be placed in a group along with other Mentors and their Mentees.  This group will be led by an experienced and trained grief facilitator.  Your only responsibilities for the weekend are to connect with the child with whom you are assigned and follow the lead of your group facilitator.  Mentors must be available for training on Saturday morning, and then participate in the Good Grief Camp all day Saturday and Sunday, according to the times listed in the schedule below.   MANDATORY BRIEFING and LUNCH:  Saturday, 13 August 0730-0900    GOOD GRIEF CAMP:  Saturday, 13 August 0900-1900 (breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided) Sunday, 14 August 0830-1400 (breakfast and lunch will be provided)   LOCATION: Holiday Inn and Suites, Atlanta Airport North 1380 Virginia Ave Atlanta, GA 30344 UNIFORM: Casual (shorts, jeans, sandals, tennis shoes, etc.).  Each Mentor will receive a TAPS t-shirts to be worn for all activities. COST: None.  During the camp, you will eat all meals with your buddy.   REGISTRATION: For more information about the TAPS Good Grief Camp or to register as a Mentor, please go to www.taps.org and register as a "Good Grief Camp Mentor” for the Atlanta Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.  Should you have any questions or need a letter requesting time off, please email us at mentors@taps.org or call 202-588-TAPS (8277).   Your help will be greatly appreciated by TAPS, and more importantly, by these awesome children. See recent Camp at Fort Hood here:  http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/living/gold-star-kids-bond-with-soldiers/article_5e25d208-58cf-11e6-a6d1-abd4a478668d.html

Posted: 8/6/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Good morning Jim,

I received your message, and will be working on a roster for you. A good meeting last Thursday as a number of items were discussed.Slashing Talon 34 ....out


Posted: 8/6/2016
Name: Jim Regan
Message: Hey Windy! Hope you all had another good meet on Thursday night. I need a favor. How many guys do you have, maybe on a roster, that are "regular" attendees at the USMRA meeting's? I want to send you a supply of "Stars." I've already sent one to you. Thanks.

Break, break: Just finished re-reading a paperback, "Lurp Command," by Kregg P. J. Jorgenson.(Covers the year, '68-'69, when Me and Windy were at the Lurp/Rangers, 1st Cav.) Also read, "Inside the Lurps, Rangers in Vietnam," by Lee Manning. This guy nails it! Lots of references to our Lurp company, E Co, 52nd Inf, and H Co., 75th Ranger. Several accounts of Team's actions, some during our time w/ Lurps. As I said, a good, accurate read. Recommend it to all our Rangers. Bob Suchke is listed as a "Source," in Manning's book.

Ya'll take care. Stay cool & dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 8/3/2016
Name: Willard Langdon
Message: Sorry I won't be able to make the meeting tomorrow night. Have a good one.

Posted: 7/31/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: I have some things that I no longer need that I will bring to the RMA meeting this Thursday. A USARA cup holder, 6 USARA shoulder patches, two USARA jacket patches, one USARA cap badge and one set of Birdz googles. Anyone who wants these, see me at the meeting. PS The goggles have only been used three times.

Posted: 7/27/2016
Name: Bob Suchke - Treasurer
Message: "Doc" Slade,

In response to your "bucket list" items, You are most welcome to attend our annual "Critter Cookout" and Open House at Camp Merrill. All Rangers past and present are always invited and encouraged to attend. I am not sure of the dates as yet, but it is usually held in late April or early May (2017). All of your Ranger Medics are also invited to attend and those who are Ranger qualified or who have served in a Ranger Unit in combat are also invited to join the USMRA. Details for membership are on this website.

We charge no dues, but donations are always welcome.

So, let us know your intentions and you can coordinate with us as to the size group you expect. The exact dates will be posted here at a later date. RLTW!


Posted: 7/26/2016
Name: Slade McCalip
Message: Greetings Rangers, there's two things left on my Ranger bucket list; 1- Attend the Critter Cookout at Camp Merrill, and 2- Attend a Ranger Medic Reunion with Doc Donovan and medics from 1980 or so. Any way I could combine both objectives at next year's Critter Cookout? If yes, I'd be responsible for all the medic reunion arrangements and can volunteer to help out with the cookout too. If no, then I'll have to crap plan "b", but I'd still like to attend the cookout. Thanks! Slade "Doc" McCalip

Posted: 7/18/2016
Name: Jim mRegan
Message: Chuck; I understand about those gadgits! Got a strange "ring" on my cell phone the other day. Turned out to be a Text Msg. Have never gotten or texted in my life. Had to get the wife to show me; how to call up the text and read it, how to answer it, how to delete it. My answering msg was - "Tanks! Jim rltw/l&p." She gave me a class on texting, and I quickly FORGOT/discarded it. No plans for this guy to start texting. A few years ago Lois asked me "Why do you have a cell phone? You never answer it." My response, "I may want to call 911."

What else is goin' on in them there mountains? Reckon folks are takin' a break and chillin'. We have gotten the Summer we asked for. Hot and humid. Don't care. Got a fellow who cuts my yard each week, and the A/C is replaced/renewed and hummin'

There were fifty plus guys at the reunion, H Co 75th Rangers, last month in Vegas. Great turnout. I'm sending "Stars" to all the attendees. If I get another resupply of "Stars," will you distribute to the guys in our association/USMRA please? Chuck. Y'all take care, stay cool and dry. Jim RLTW/L&P


Posted: 7/17/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Ron

Sorry, I don't have that type of equipment. Mark, Bullet Bob, any one else out there that can post a pic of the the new welcome sign?


Posted: 7/14/2016
Name: Ron rice
Message: Chuck, can u put pic on site. Thx

Posted: 7/14/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: The next time you come to Camp Merrill, make sure you go to the end of SR400 and Ga. 60 and check out thr new welcome sign to Dahlonega, Lumpkin County.. It has a Ranger Tab and a the Black and Red Scroll of the 5th RTB. Rangers lead the way!

Posted: 7/4/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Happy and safe 4th to all you Rangers and your families. Cudo's to Teddy Bear, Tom, Terry and the rest of the PaPa Company for a successful Reunion. Also to Hotel Company out in Las Vegas. Even though Jim Regan and I was not able to attend, Hotel Company had one of the largest amount Rangers to attend a reunion in years.

The Association sends the best to all of our members, and remember the July meeting is coming up this Thursday, July 7th at 1900hrs. See you there.


Posted: 7/3/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Thanks, Chuck. All I want are my pots and cooking utensils. The butane burners and the shelves are for the use of anyone who needs them at the "Eating Meeting," the "Fish Fry" or the "Critter Cook-Out." If you can't get them to Thursday's meeting, send me an Email with your address and I will arrange to pick them up.

Posted: 7/3/2016
Name: Chuck Windham, Vice Chairman
Message: Mike

I have most of your cooking gear stored in my shop. I will try to round it up if I can make it to the July meeting or I can hold the equipment for you.


Posted: 7/3/2016
Name: Mike Keohane
Message: Al : If you are going to attend July's meeting, please bring my cooking gear. I have found a storage site for everything. If not, contact me by Email.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

...Sr Pvt Jordan...


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

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

USMRA OPEN HOUSE APRIL 2016​ ​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RLTW


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

...

Thursday 04/21... 78 | 58 °F

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

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

...Friday 04/22 72 | 54 °F

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

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

...Saturday 04/23... ....81 | 54 °F

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

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

...Sunday 04/24 82 | 55 °F

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Rangers Lead the Way!

Respectfully submitted:

Ranger Bob Bischoff

Ranger Brian Cunningham

Ranger J.D. Kirby


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

RLTW

  


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

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


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

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

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

RLTW


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, Roving Reporter


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

...Ron Rice...

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

"Content edited by Webmaster"

...Lt Fuzz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do YOU know anyone you wish to nominate?!

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

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

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

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


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

...CRITTER COOKOUT T SHIRT SPONSORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

...from a FaceBook posting...

...RLTW...

...Lt Fuzz, (R)


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

James Charles ’77

Mike Ramsey ’77

Buck Ferrand ’77

Craig Polzin ’78

Phil Carey ’78

Rick Hollar ’78


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

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

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

Please make your plans to attend.


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

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


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

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

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

Jim RLTW/L&P


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

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


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

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

Chuck


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

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

Jim RLTW/L&P


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

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

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

jim RLTW/L&P


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

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

Thanks for your support, and have a big day!


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

RLTW

...Fuzz figuring stuff out...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...RLTW...

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


 
 

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