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(Revised 7/23/2011)

TUNICA 2011 Reunion After Action Report

 
DEPARTMENT OF TF 3-506 
Headquarters, 'The Stand Alone Battalion'
APO Libby, Montana

NAME OF OPERATION:  15th Annual 3-506th Reunion - Operation TUNICA 2011

DATES OF OPERATION
:  28 June thru 2 July 20
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LOCATION:  The Gold Strike Hotel & Casino, Tunica, MS 

CONTROL AND COMMAND HEADQUARTERS:  Sgt. Currahee with the coordinated effort of the men of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry (Currahees), 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division & Task Force 3-506th Units

REPORTING MEMBER:  Sgt. Currahee

TASK ORGANIZATION AND SUPPORTING FORCES:

 
3-506th Currahees
Delta Battery, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 320th Artillery 
3-8th Infantry (Dragoons)
92nd Assault Helicopter Company (Stallions & Sidekicks)
1/69th Armor -Tanks (Panthers)
Families of KIAs
Guests

MISSION:  Conduct 15th annual reunion in force to rendezvous with fellow teammates (battalion, task force, and other units) and families of our KIAs. 

CONCEPT OF OPERATION:  Reunion organizer, Jerry Berry, began polling members of both the 3-506th and TF 3-506th unit members, as well as some families of KIAs immediately following the 2010 RENO reunion to select the most suitable rendezvous site for the 15th Annual 'Stand Alone Battalion' reunion.  Several polls were posted on the 'Stand Alone Battalion' website to narrow down the regions of the U.S., and eventually a region and Tunica, Mississippi was chosen.  All hotels in Tunica were contacted, and the Gold Strike Hotel & Casino (The tallest building in Mississippi...32 floors) offered the best deal for room price and space to accommodate the planned five-day event.  The next eleven months were spent coordinating with the hotel, polling members and KIA families, identifying committee members, developing agendas--reunion, memorial/banquet night program--selecting dinner menus for the special night, selecting a couple of photographers to cover the reunion events, etc., in preparation for the special rendezvous.    

The Reunion Agenda: CLICK HERE

 

Tuesday, June 28 - Attendees for the 15th Annual 3-506th Rendezvous began checking into their hotel rooms on opening day, with a few arriving the previous day.  An early morning supply mission was made to the nearby liquor and convenience stores by Donna and Jerry Berry (in their rental "Curr-mobile") to stock up on items for the hospitality room and bar.  With limited resources at those two establishments, a mission was made to the Wal-Mart store in the town of Hernando, MS, approx. 25 miles from LZ GOLD STRIKE, to obtain the rest of the needed supplies to conduct Operation TUNICA 2011.  The Hospitality Room was opened at 10:00 A.M.; and by the time the resupply team had returned, several members including "Iceman" had made sure the ice was on hand and ready to receive our liquid refreshments.  The bathtub had been filled with ice and made a fantastic cooler, especially for the beer, bottled water, and soft drinks.  Donna posted a sign reading--"Bathtub Bar" Now Open!  Donations covered all alcohol refreshments during the reunion.  

The Registration & Sign-in book was functional throughout the mornings and afternoons.  The first person to sign-in was none other than one of the Currahees' finest platoon sergeant, SSG Richard Saunders (Charlie Company, 1968/69)--First man standing in group photo.  [Note: in case you want to see a photo of each individual attending the reunion, I have linked his or her photo to their name in the attendees list at the bottom of this report.  Just click their name and their photo--taken from the Post Office bulletin board, law enforcement files, correction centers, or wanted posters].   The second trooper to sign-in was first-time attendee and "boat trooper", Sgt. Ralph Burdett (1/A Company 1967/68) - WIA February 6, 1968.  It was good to see one of my old teammates once again and learn that he made it. 

Wednesday, June 29 thru Friday, July 1 (Afternoon).  Attendees for the 15th Annual 3-506th Reunion continued to arrive at the Gold Strike and sign in.  During each day, attendees visited the various museums and landmarks offered in and around Tunica and Memphis, TN.  David Wayne and others continue to post on our website (photo albums) many photos of their trips to these facilities and sites.    Some members preferred just to hang out in the hospitality room and make deposits down in the casino.  The Hospitality Room was open at approximately 10:00 A.M. each day.  The Registration & Sign-in table was functional throughout the mornings and afternoons.  Thanks to the ladies and members for all their efforts to keep snacks and refreshments on the tables in the hospitality room for our attendees.  On Thursday night, Jerry's specially prepared PowerPoint presentation (DVD with photos, sounds and text) of the 3-506th --"My Gift To You"--Our KIAs", which followed the deployment and tour of duty of the 3-506th in Vietnam, was shown by Ponytail Paul in the hospitality room.     

Banquet Night Program Agenda: Click HERE

Friday afternoon, July 1.  Fridays are always our finale for our annual rendezvous.  The Friday event began with a social hour and photo take in the hallway outside the banquet room.  The previous photo doesn't do justice to the total number of attendees present.  There were as many behind the camera as in front.  Most of the 3-506th Reunions are so large that it is almost impossible to get everyone in one group for the photo take.  Once again, the group had to be broken up into several smaller groups to accomplish the mission.  Despite our best efforts to photograph everyone, there were quite a few who did not get their picture taken with a group (Group 1, Group 2, Group 3).   Following the photo session, attendees moved into the banquet room for a delicious plated dinner (View 1, View 2, View 3, View 4)). The Banquet Night dinner this year gave attendees three menu choices--steak, chicken, or fish--thanks to the negotiations of Cpt. William Ohl (D Co. Cmdr. 1969/70) with the Catering Department at the Gold Strike Hotel.  The dinner choices included:   

Dinner One

12 oz Grilled New York Strip with Roasted Garlic Demiglace
Garden Salad
Dauphinoise Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetable Selection
Strawberry Soufflé Torte
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Freshly Brewed House Coffee, Decaf and House Brewed Ice Tea
 

Dinner Two

Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Shallot and Rosemary Butter
Garden Salad
Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Pecan Pie with Bourbon Sauce
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Freshly Brewed House Coffee, Decaf and House Brewed Ice Tea
 
Dinner Three
 
Garden Salad
Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus
Served With Horseradish Mousse
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetable Selection
Chocolate Mousse with Berries
Fresh Rolls and Butter
Freshly Brewed House Coffee, Decaf and House Brewed Ice Tea
 
Two bottles of wine--one each, of red and white-- were set at each table for three toasts (one toast to the ladies, another to the Airborne, and one to the 3-506th Airborne Infantry, 101st Airborne) and were provided by an anonymous trooper in the group.  Chaplain William Webb (Bn Chaplain HHC 1968/69) gave the invocation.  

Our MC for this year's banquet night program was once again 1Lt. Robert "Bob" Clemens (Plt. Ldr. & Co. Cmdr. B/C/D 1970/71), who did an outstanding job.  MC Clemens opened the program with a short introduction and welcomed everyone to the 15th Annual 3-506th Rendezvous.  Throughout the program, he entertained the audience by reading short segments from the book--"War" by Sebastian Junger.  

Next, MC Clemens turned the microphone over to Donna Berry, who welcomed our special guests, including Chaplain Webb's family, all of whom attended the reunion.  They included wife Linda, daughter Shannon and and her family-- husband Vince Pons (Kileen, TX), and their three children: Gillian (age 14), Alex (age 12), Fallon (age 8); daughter Meghan and her family-- husband Hans Teder (Mount Pleasant, SC), and their three children: Ross (age 15), Logan (age 11), and Camryn (age 9).  Another extended family attending the banquet night program included Ponytail Paul; his wife, Valerie; Valerie's mother, Margaret Hall; as well as Valerie's cousins--Jo McConnell, Karen McConnell, and Becky Sidwell.

First Lieutenant Lt. Larry Collins (Plt. Ldr. 3/D and Co. E Cmdr, 1968/69) conducted the traditional unit roll call, with Delta troopers once again dominating the rendezvous.  Lt. Collins followed up with a short, but moving presentation "In Memory" honoring one of his men, SP4 Dean Leroy Moon, KIA March 19, 1969.  Donna and Cpt. Ohl continued the memorial segment of the evening program by recognizing Sue Burgess-Cebelinski and Kathie Burgress-Begich, sisters of SP4 Richard Burgess (2/D 1969/70, KIA 2/18/70), and presented Kathie (first time attendee)--on behalf of all the Currahees--a specially prepared bi-fold framed photo collage of their brother, Richard, on one side and a copy of Donna's poem, "My Gift To You", on the opposite side.  Both Sue and another sister, Sally, are among several KIA families who contributed personal accounts for the KIA book--'My Gift To You'.  If you have not read their personal account, we encourage you to do so.  Cpt. William Ohl presented Sue and Kathie with a copy of the latest printing of My Gift To You, autographed by all the Delta troopers attending the reunion.  Note: after arriving home to Libby, we received a card from Kathie addressed to all of us.

                                                                     Presentations and Special Recognitions

Following the recognition of KIA family members, the first of the guest speakers--Cpt. William Ohl (Delta Co. Cmdr. 1969/70)--gave an invigorating presentation, followed by the presentation of an eagle to 1Lt. Ronald Faulkner (Plt. Ldr. D Co.  & Bn S2 69/70).  PSG Juan Jose Garcia (D Co. 69/70) also received an eagle, as well as a Cambodia Incursion Certificate and Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers".  PSG Allen Hunter (D Co. 69/70) also received an eagle, a Cambodia Incursion Certificate and Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers".  Medic Steve Williams (Senior Medic, D Co. 1968/69) was also presented an eagle for his dedication to the battalion.  SSG Steve Johnson (Tunnel Rat, D Co. 69/70) was presented a Cambodia Incursion Certificate and Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers".  A Cambodia Incursion Certificate and Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers" was also presented to Cpt. Robert R. Robinson III (Bn S2 Officer 1967/68 and a second tour as Alpha Company Commander 1970).

The second round of awards were presented by MC Clemens, who had the honor to present an eagle to PSG Charles Scott (3/C Co. 68/69) and a Cambodia Incursion Certificate, as well as Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers"--to David Kitner (C Co. 1970/71). 

The next speaker, 1Lt. Frank Brokaw (Plt. Ldr. 1/C/3-8th Infantry 1969/70), whose story is told in Jerry's book--Twelve Days In May--the factual details about the 12-Day Cambodia Incursion in May 1970 carried out by the 4th Infantry Division and spearheaded by the 3-506th.  Lt. Brokaw was seriously wounded during the initial insertion of his platoon.  A short time later, his company commander, 1Lt. Robert Phillips, was killed on the LZ.  Intense enemy fire prevented the Medevac of Lt. Brokaw until the following day.  "Hell on a Small LZ" recounts the details of Lt. Brokaw and his small group fighting for their lives in the small clearing known as LZ FOX (later renamed FSB Phillips) in Cambodia.  Following his short presentation, he had the honor of presenting an eagle to Warrant Officer Mike Lawry (Helicopter Pilot, 92nd Assault Helicopter Co. 1969/70), who flew his ship into heavy enemy fire to deliver Lt. Brokaw's men onto the hot LZ.  WO Lawry also helped  transport, resupply and extract both the 3-506th, the 3-8th, as well as, some of the other 4th Division Infantry battalions during the 12-Day Cambodia operation.  WO Lawry also received a Cambodia Incursion Certificate and Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers".  An eagle was also presented to PSG Cliff Shaul (3/C/3-8th Inf. 1969/70), along with a Cambodia Incursion Certificate and a copy of Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers".

The next presentation of the evening was given by Battalion Chaplain, Cpt. William Webb (HHC 1968/69).  Following Chaplain Webb's short presentation and "ribbing" of Jerry Berry, who had been his first baptism in Vietnam, he had the honor of presenting eagles to 1Lt. David Rivers (Plt. Ldr. & Co. Cmdr., Charlie Co. 1968/69), 1Lt. Michael Loper (Plt. Ldr. 1/69th Armor-tanks 68/69), and a well deserved eagle and a copy of Donna's Cambodian Poem--"We Were Soldiers" to William Toliver (Medic, HHC 1967/68).  

The 'Stand Alone Battalion' eagle statues are for special recognition and are presented to first time attendees--battalion officers, medics and platoon sergeants--who are considered well deserving of this special recognition; for they were responsible for the lives of many during a tour of duty in Vietnam.  Over the years there have been a number of eagle designs and among these have been these--Eagle 1, Eagle 2, Eagle 3, Eagle 4.  Several earlier versions of the "Stand Alone Battalion" eagle are not shown.  Each eagle is meant to represent not only the "Screaming Eagle" of the 101st Airborne Division, but also the proud national symbol of our country.  This recognition (the eagle) is sometimes presented to groups from outside the 3-506th who supported or operated alongside the Currahees, i.e. the 3-8th Infantry, the 1/69th Armor and 92nd Assault Helicopter Company recipients at this reunion.  Each recipient was brought to the front and presented with a beautiful eagle statue mounted on an oak base containing an engraved plate with the soldier's name and rank, name, unit & position, tour dates and location.  Each plate was engraved with a verse from Shakespeare that reads "We Few, We Happy Few, We Band Of Brothers; For He Today That Sheds His Blood With Me Shall Be My Brother".  Each eagle base is specially cut from select oak by a local craftsman in Libby, MT.  The plaques are then hand-sanded, stained, and finished  by Jerry and Donna Berry.  A felt cushion glued to the bottom of each base adds the final touch to a beautiful piece of wood.  The individual engraved plates attached to the oak base are also fashioned by a local craftsman in Libby, MT.  These eagle awards are usually presented to the recipients by officers who served during the same tour of duty as the individual, or by the MC if no officer from his tour of duty is present to do the honors.  

The last recognition presented was given Lt. James Schlax (1/A Co. 1967/68) to one of his platoon members, Sgt. Ralph Burdett (1/A Co. 1967/68).  The item was a specially made plaque that included among other things a picture of his platoon taken just prior to deployment to Vietnam in September 1967.  An engrave plate with his name and unit was added just prior to him receiving it.

The final speaker for the evening was none other than SP4 Grimaldo Urich-Vivar (HHC, 3-506th (Abn) 1968/69), who entertained the audience with the true story of his journey to the United States in 1967 from Peru to become an "Airborne Marine"!  

Following Grimaldo's story, a special presentation was given by Donna Berry, which began with a brief history of "Donut Dollies" during wartime.  Afterwards, special "Donut Dollie Teddy Bears" were presented to four of our own Currahee ladies who have done much over the years to make our hospitality room successful by helping with snacks and refreshments.  Valerie Cauley received a "Gold Star Donut Dollie Bear" for her untiring efforts at reunions.  She has attended a total of fifteen reunions with her Currahee, Paul.  Linda Katzer received a "Silver Star Donut Dollie Bear" for her dedication over the past six years in support of her Currahee, Steve.  Marilyn Rambo and Incha Braxton each received "Bronze Star Donut Dollie Bears" for their help and attendance at four previous reunions.  I know their Currahees, Larry, Paul, Steve and Dan, are quite proud of them.

The finale of the evening was a special drawing for ten door prizes.  Each winning ticket was drawn by Miss Fallon Pons, the eight-year-old granddaughter of  Chaplain Bill Webb.  Fallon was given the honor of drawing the tickets for a special reason--she was baptized (Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3) by her grandfather the night before (Thursday night) in the swimming pool at the hotel at 9 pm.  The final recognition was made to MC Clemens for his outstanding MC'ing.  He was presented a special engraved pen and pencil set made from Amboyna Burl wood from Southeast Asia, specially Vietnam. The Benediction was delivered by none other than our very first battalion chaplain, Chaplain Otis Smith (1967/68).  Chaplain Smith brought with him the original prayer that he delivered to the departing Currahees on the parade grounds at Ft. Campbell just prior to deployment to Vietnam in October 1967.  He read this prayer to the group prior to giving the closing prayer for banquet night. Chaplain Smith in Vietnam.

Saturday, July 2.  Saturday was a wind-down day for attendees.  Those who were previously unable to enjoy the sights and scenes of TUNICA and Memphis, TN did so.  The ladies also got in some last-minute shopping at the Casino Outlet Mall nearby.  Throughout the week, the  hospitality room was busy with reminiscing of wartime bonds and sharing of photo albums.  One last round of liquid refreshment was enjoy by most.  Discussion took place concerning the next rendezvous and the future of the "Stand Alone Battalion".  More news concerning the next reunion will be forthcoming on the website. 

Sunday, July 3.  Departure Day for most who attended the rendezvous.  Some attendees planned to remain in TUNICA for another day or two before returning home.  The TF 3-506th 15th Anniversary Reunion was an overwhelming success by all standards, thanks to all who attended and helped to make it happen.  It was one of our larger reunions, with 130 participating in banquet night.  Some who had planned to attend were forced to cancel within the last few weeks or days prior to the rendezvous.  Hopefully, for those who did not make it, the next rendezvous will be possible.  Many goodbyes were said, and Operation TUNICA 2011 terminated.  Discussions are underway for the next "Stand Alone Battalion" rendezvous.

ATTENDEES

OFFICERS & WIVES

  1. BELANGER, Ron (Lt.) and Annette, Garland, TX - HHC/Plt. Ldr. Co. A 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68  

  2. BROKAW, Frank (1Lt.), Platoon Leader, Greenwich, CT - 1/C/3-8th Infantry 1969/70 (Cambodia)  

  3. CLEMENS, Robert (Cpt.) Hilton Head, SC -  Plt. & Co. CO B/C/D 70/71 & 2-8th Mech. Inf., 4th ID 1970 [Reunion MC] 

  4. COLLINS, Larry (Lt.) and Karen, Valencia, PA - Platoon Leader, 3/D & E Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69    

  5. FAULKNER, Ron (Lt.) & Shirley, Sierra Vista, AZ - Platoon Leader, D Company, 3-506th Abn Infantry1969/70)

  6. HOFFMAN, Fred (Lt.) , Lawrenceville, GA - Platoon Leader, Co. B, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70  

  7. LAWRY, Mike (WO) - Lafayette, LA - Helicopter Pilot (Aircraft Commander) "Stallion 29", 92nd AHC 1969/70 (Cambodia)  

  8. LOPER, Mike (Lt.), LaGrange, GA - Platoon Leader/Tank Commander, 1/69th Armor, TF 3-506th1968/69)  

  9. MAGOUYRK, James (Lt.), Rose Bud, AR - Platoon Leader, 2/C Company, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69*

  10. OHL, William, (Cpt.) and Kim, Tucson, AZ - Co. D Cmdr., 3-506th Infantry 1969/70  (Cambodia)  

  11. RIVERS, Dave (Lt.) & Emily,  Greenville, TN - Platoon Leader, Co. C, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69  

  12. ROBINSON, ROBERT R. III, Harker Heights, TX - S2 (1967/68 & Co. A Cmdr. 1970 (Cambodia)  

  13. SCHLAX, Jim & Barbara, Aurora, , IL - Plt. Ldr., Co. A 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68, "Boat Trooper"   

  14. SMITH, OTIS (Cpt.) and Earline, Stockbridge, GA -Bn Chaplain HHC 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68 -"Boat Trooper"  

  15. STEVENS, John (Lt.), Flossmoor IL - Platoon Leader, 2/B Company, 3-506th Abn Infantry1968/70)   

  16. WEBB, William (Cpt.) and Linda, Brooksville, FL - Bn Chaplain HHC 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69   

 *Awarded the DSC

ENLISTED MEN, WIVES & GUESTS

  1. ATWOOD, Jim, Ludlow, KY - CSF/LRRP, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68, "Boat Trooper" -   

  2. BEATY, Dave & Gladys, El Paso, AR - Commo Chief, S4 1968/69  

  3. BERRY, Jerald & Donna, Libby, MT3/A & Bn PIO 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68, "Boat Trooper"  

  4. BRAXTON, Daniel & Incha, Marina, CA - PSG, 2/B Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1968

  5. BULLICK, K, Walton, IN, 3/C Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1968/69)    

  6. BURDETT, Ralph, Houston, TX - 1/A Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68, "Boat Trooper"  

  7. CAINES, Doug & Bonnie, Chadbourn, NC - Company D, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69

  8. CAULEY, Paul (Medic) and Valerie, Indianapolis, INC Company, 3-506th Abn Infantry1970/71  

  9. CUNNINGHAM, Mike & Dottye, Company D 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70  

  10. DECKER, Lee  (Medic) & Shirley, Cape Coral, FL2/A Company,  3-506th Abn Infantry1968/69   

  11. DELONGA, Pete, Silver Springs, MD3/D Company 3-506th, 1969/70   

  12. FOSTER, Doug (PSG), & Guest, Louisville, KY - 1/C Company, 3-8th Infantry 1969/70 (Cambodia)     

  13. FOSTER, Tony (Medic) & Elaine, Bullard, TX - 3/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1970 (Cambodia)  

  14. GARCIA, Juan (PSG)  & Fedora, San Antonio, TX - D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70  

  15. GOODMAN, Jarrett and Ginny, Melton, WI - Company A  3-506th Abn Infantry 1970/71    

  16. HACKMAN, Dan & Glenda, Tilton, IL - Company D, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69 

  17. HILL, Marshall & Linda, Maxton, NC1/B Company3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68, "Boat Trooper"   

  18. HOLBROOK, Darrell (PSG) & Mary, Springboro, Ohio2/C Company, 3-8th Infantry 1969/70 (Cambodia)     

  19. HUNTER, Allen (PSG) Vinton, VA2/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70  

  20. HUSTAD, Bill and Jackie, Monticello, WI - Company 2/D 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969   

  21. JONES, Kenny and Marsha, Springfield, MO3/C Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1968/69  

  22. JOHNSON , Steve, Huntsville, AL3/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70 (Cambodia)  

  23. KATZER, Steve and Lynda, Redding, CA - Company D 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69   

  24. KIRK, Tommy, Newhall, CA - HHC 3-506th Abn Infantry1970/71  

  25. KITNER, David & Lynda, Garrison, IA - C Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1970/71 (Cambodia)  

  26. KROGSRUD, Charles & Cindy, Casa Grande, AZ D/2-320th FA 1967/68    

  27. KRUG, Bill, Hanover, PA3/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69  

  28. MAGELITZ, Vern & Linda, Jacksonville, IL - Company 2/D 3-506th Abn Infantry 69/70 (Cambodia)     

  29. MARTINEZ, Antonio & Connie, Lockhart, TX - 4/B Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1967-69 "Boat Trooper"   

  30. MORALES, Salvador 'Sal' & Elisa, Chino, CA3/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69    

  31. MORRISON, Dean, Pickens, SC4/C Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1967-69 "Boat Trooper"    

  32. MUMBLOW, Robert and Sheree, Chadbourn, NC FO, Delta Battery, 2-320th FA (Abn), TF 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68)   

  33. OWENS, Eddie, Keller, TX - 1/D Company, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968-69  

  34. PEASLEE, Maurice (PSG), , Scarborough, ME1/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69     

  35. POTTS, Stanley  (Medic), Opelika, AL - HHC & E Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70  

  36. RAMBO, Larry & Marilyn, Vienna, OH1/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69  

  37. REISS, Jerry, Charles City, IA, 3/C Company 3-506th Abn Infantry1968/69)    

  38. ROLAND, Darryl & Linda, Orlando, FL2/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69   

  39. SAUNDERS, Richard (PSG), & Louise,  ME3/C Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69  

  40. SCHULTZ , Roger & Georgia,3/D Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70 (Cambodia)  

  41. SCOTT, Charlies (PSG), Tulsa, OK3/C Company 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69    

  42. SHAUL , Cliff  (PSG) - C Company, 3-8th Infantry 1969/70 (Cambodia)  

  43. SIMICH, Alex, San Antonia, TX - Hqts Section, Company B, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69  

  44. SUMMERS, Burl, Amman, ID - 2/3/D Company, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1969/70  

  45. TOLIVER , Bill, Zero Beach, FL - (Medic), HHC & Company D 3-506th Abn Infantry1967-69 "Boat Trooper"  

  46. TRAMBAUGH, Steve and Linda, Loogootee, IN - Company 3/C 3-506th Abn Infantry 68-69

  47. URICH-VIVAR, Grimaldo, Sarasota, FL - HHC 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968/69  

  48. WAYNE, David and Kathy, Louisville, KY - Company D 3-506th Abn Infantry 69/70 (Cambodia)   

  49. WHEELER, Jim and Cheryl, West Greenwich, RI - Company 4/1/D 3-506th Abn Infantry 68/69

  50. WHILES, Gale, Mooreland, IN - CSF/LRRP, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68, "Boat Trooper"   

  51. WILLIAMS, Stephen (Medic),  Rancho Cucamor, CA - Company D 3-506th Abn Infantry 69/70 (Cambodia)    

  52. WILLIAMS, Steve and Rose,  Topeka, KS - Company D 3-506th Abn Infantry 69/70 (Cambodia) -   

SPECIAL GUESTS & KIA FAMILIES

  1. BEGICH, Kathie, M, Virginia, MN - Sister of Richard Albert Burgess (3/D Co. 1969/70KIA 2/8/1970)

  2. CEBELINSKI, Susan, Ironton, MN- Sister of Richard Albert Burgess (3/D Co. 1969/70KIA 2/18/1970)

  3. DONAY, Robert (Bob), Festus, MO - 1/69th Armor, TF 3-506th1968/69)  

  4. GUTIERREZ, Joe & Patty, Valencia, CA - Friend of Sgt. Richard Gonzalez, 1/B CO. - KIA 5/8/1968  

  5. HALL, Margaret, Indianapolis, IN, Mother-in-law of  Medic Paul Cauley (C Co. 1970/71, 3-506th Abn Infantry 

  6. JOHNSON, Calvin, Son of SSG Steve Johnson (Co. D 1969/70), 3-506th Abn Infantry 

  7. McCONNELL, Jo, Cousin of Valerie & Paul Cauley - (C Co. 1970/71, 3-506th Abn Infantry

  8. McCONNELL, Karen, Cousin of Valerie & Paul Cauley - (C Co. 1970/71, 3-506th Abn Infantry

  9. SIDWELL, Becky Cousin of Valerie & Paul Cauley - (C Co. 1970/71, 3-506th Abn Infantry

  10. OWENS, Jodelle, Mother of Eddie Owens, Keller, TX1/D Company, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1968-69 -   

  11. PONS,, Shannon & Vince, Killeen, TX, Daughter and Son-in-law of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb  

  12. PONS, Gillian (age 14) grandson of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb

  13. PONS, Alex (age 12) grandson of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb

  14. PONS, Fallon (age 8) grandson of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb

  15. McC DOWELL, Brenda & Bill, San Rosa, CA, Sister of Jerry Berry, 3-506th Abn Infantry 1967/68

  16. SMITH, Phillip, friend of Jerry Reiss (3/C 68/69)  

  17. STEPHENSON, Larry, Crape Hill, AL - 1/69th Armor, TF 3-506th1968/69)  

  18. TEDER,, Meghan & Hans, Mount Pleasant, SC, Daughter and Son-in-law of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb  

  19. TEDER, Ross (age 15) grandson of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb

  20. TEDER, Logan (age 11) grandson of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb

  21. TEDER, Camryn (age 9) granddaughter of Chaplain Bill & Linda Webb

Awards & Recognitions
(As engraved on eagle award)

LIEUTENANT DAVID RIVERS

 Platoon Leader & Company Commander
 
Company C, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry “Currahees”
101st Airborne Division
 
Vietnam 1968-1969
 
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare
 
From the men of Company C Company
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LIEUTENANT RONALD FAULKNER

 Platoon Leader 3rd Platoon & Battalion S2
 
Company D, & HHC, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry “Currahees”
101st Airborne Division
 
Vietnam 1969-1970
 
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare
 
From the men of 3-506th Airborne Infantry
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WARRANT OFFICER MICHAEL LAWRY

 Aircraft Commander, “Stallion 29”
 
92nd Assault Helicopter Company, 10th Combat Aviation Battalion
 
Vietnam 1969-1970
 
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare
 
From the men of the 3-506th Abn. & 3-8th Inf. of Operation Binh Tay I, May 5-16, 1970
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LIEUTENANT MICHAEL LOPER

 Platoon Leader, 1st Platoon
 
69th Armor (Tanks), Task Force 3-506th, 101st Airborne
 
Vietnam 1968-1969
 
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare
 
From the men of 3-506th Airborne Infantry
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STAFF SERGEANT ALLEN HUNTER  

Platoon Sergeant, 1st  Platoon
 
Company D, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry “Currahees”
101st Airborne Division
 
Vietnam 1969-1970
 
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare
 
From the men of Delta Company
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STAFF SERGEANT CLIFF SHAUL  

Platoon Sergeant, 3rd Platoon

 Company C, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry “Dragoons”

 4th Infantry Division

  Vietnam 1969-1970

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare

 From the men of Operation Binh Tay I, May 5-16, 1970

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STAFF SERGEANT CHARLES S. SCOTT

 Platoon Sergeant, 3rd Platoon  

Company C, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry “Currahees”  

101st Airborne Division  

Vietnam 1968-1969
 “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare  

From the men of Charlie Company

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SERGEANT FIRST CLASS JUAN JOSE GARCIA  

Platoon Sergeant  

Company D, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry “Currahees”  

 101st Airborne Division  

Vietnam 1969-1970  

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare

 From the men of Delta Company  

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 SPECIALIST LEROY “LEE” DECKER

 Senior Medic  

Company A, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry “Currahees”

101st Airborne Division

  Vietnam 1968-1969  
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare  

From the men of 3-506th Airborne Infantry

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   SPECIALIST WILLIAM TOLIVER

 Battalion Medic

 HHC, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry “Currahees”  

101st Airborne Division  

Vietnam 1967 - 1968  

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare

From the men of the 3-506th Airborne Infantry  

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SPECIALIST STEPHEN WILLIAMS  

Platoon Medic, 1st Platoon  

Company D, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry “Currahees”

101st Airborne Division

  Vietnam 1969 - 1970

 “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.”
-Shakespeare  
From the men of the 3-506th Airborne Infantry  
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