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Subject: Bandido Bash – Heads up Bandidos!!!! 
We will gather at the Hampton Inn, Columbus South, Fort Benning Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 29 September thru 1 October 2019. This will be an informal, lightly structured event designed to let you sit, walk, talk, sight see, eat, explore or whatever you wish to do, when you wish to do it, with your Bandido brothers, Bandidos from other eras and their families.   
 The hotel adjoins the parking lot of the National Infantry Museum thus making it a very busy place. They have set aside 30 rooms for us for the three days and we have exclusive use of their conference room as our CP for those days. I strongly suggest booking early so we can negotiate for more rooms before they are all booked by others. Reservations can be made by phone or online following the instructions below. Our rate is $110 per night for rooms with two Queen beds.

Hampton booking instructions: Call the front desk at 706-660-5550 and mention the group name or use the reservation link below! 

The HiltonLink you requested is now ready for use. Simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:
Booking Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hp/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=CSGFBHX&spec_plan=CHHBCA&arrival=20190929&departure=20191002&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Hotel: Hampton Inn Columbus-South/Fort Benning
Group Name: Bandido Charlie Association
Arrival Date: 29-Sep-2019
Departure Date: 02-Oct-2019
Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.
Please share this link with anyone who needs to book Bandido Charlie Association rates. We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel!

If you need to arrive a day earlier or leave a day later please let me know ASAP as room availability then is critical. The hotel recommends Groome Transportation, 706-324-3939 for shuttle to and from the Atlanta airport. Columbus has many interesting attractions as does Fort Benning so browse online a bit. I will post a list from the hotel regarding restaurants in Columbus. Access to Fort Benning requires an Access Pass available at the Visitor Center. You must have a valid State or Federal picture ID with you and the background check they will conduct should take about 10 minutes. You can request a pass ahead of time by following the instructions on the Fort Benning website. 
If you have pictures, bring them!!! Most importantly, bring yourself. We need to see you again!! Spread the Word!!

Phil

 

Here is a link to a tribute to our dear Donut Dolly, Sherry Taylor. Sherry has been to several of our reunions.

 

Lee Alley, our esteemed President, will be inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Benning on April 28, 2019. This is a very high honor and well deserved.  Congratulations, Lee.  (4/4/19)

Here is a photo of Lee and his fellow honorees at the award ceremony.  Photo    (5/2/19)

 

Larry Weller, Bravo Co 5/69 – 4/70, Is writing a memoir for his kids and grandkids. He is looking for photos of the Rach Kien basecamp, particularly an aerial shot. If anyone can help him, please contact Larry at: 

smithandtwilly@frontier.com  

309-838-7572

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

CWO Otto Krueger, Maintenance 1968 who departed 2/7/19. 

CWO Otto Krueger, our maintenance warrant during the Battle of South Saigon, died on February 7, 2019.  
 
Otto was paralyzed for years as a result of Agent Orange exposure.  Two drums of the stuff were stored in his motor pool.  It was used in sprayers to suppress the rice grass around the perimeter at Bien Phouc.  After retirement, he was active in American Legion Post 5 and was a past commander.  He was employed as an automobile salesman until has disease made it impossible.  Otto was one of the earliest warrant officers in the army to achieve the grade of Master Warrant Officer, CW5.  He was a fine gentleman.
Will Hinkley, Alpha Company      (2/14/19)

 

Updated the Memorial Page with a tribute to David Lockwood by Barney Tharp (210/19)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

Joseph Picariello, HHC – Mortars 1967 who departed 1/26/19.

An obituary for Joseph can be seen by clicking here    (1/31/19)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

David Lockwood, Alpha Co 12/68 – 4/69 who departed 1/18/19.

An obituary for David can be seen by clicking here    (1/23/19)

 

Added an article to the "Old Reliable Articles" page concerning the action of May 28-29, 1969 in which the 5th/60th suffered 7 KIAs.

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

William Hicks, Battalion Maintenance, 1967-1968 who departed 7/20/18 (12/23/18)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

Rocco Negris, Battalion XO, 1967-1968 who departed 10/31/18.

An obituary for Rocco can be seen by clicking here    (12/13/18)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

Robert Worden, Charlie Co, 12/69 – 10/70, who departed 2/9/18. (11/10/18)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

Michael Malfara, Bravo Co, 1967, who departed 1/8/18.   (10/26/18)

 

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Association member Marshall Huckaby was recently honored by being inducted into the

Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

Congratulations, Marshall, a well-deserved honor.

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New Members for August, 2018    

Lozada, Carlos R. –  Associate – Son of Carlos J. Lozada who was a mortarman with HHC and was in Vietnam Sept 67-68.  (8/20/18)

New Members for July, 2018    

Neuman, Richard (Rick) F. –  Alpha Co. – 1/68 – 12/68  (7/20/18) 

Roberts, James E. –  Charlie Co. – HHC – 6/69 – 7/70  (7/29/18) 

Golston, Louis –   HHC – 1966-1968  (7/30/18)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

Thomas Konar, Charlie Co, 8/69 – 5/70, who departed 12/18/2017.

An obituary for Thomas can be seen by clicking here  (6/9/18)

 

New Members for June, 2018    

Rudes, Terrence R. –  Charlie Co. – 8/68 – 7/69  (6/2/18) 

Orozco, Antonio –  Alpha Co. – 12/66 – 11/67  (6/2/18) 

 

Here is a news story about Larry Cappetto, a film biographer who has been to several of our reunions

CBS Evening News Memorial Day Story

 

New Members for May, 2018

Verrone, Angelo E. –  HHC – Recon – 4/68 – 4/69  (5/9/18) 

Thiemann, Rodney E. – HHC Four Deuce – 10/67 -12/67 (5/26/18)

Adrian, Robert – Charlie Co – 1/69 – 1/70 (5/30/18)

 

Association member Wayne Parrish is being honored by the 16th Infantry Regiment. Click here to see the document.  

Cogratulations, Wayne !!

 

Added Information on to the PX Page about

Charlie Rangers at War:  An Infantry Soldier’s Journal  Vietnam 1968-1969 

A book written by Association member Darrel Gibson with departed Association member Bob Cooper. (4/23/18)

 

Added a page to the History section with Old Reliable newspaper articles from our time in Vietnam.

 

Updated the Communications Page with a plea for assistance from the family of

Charles Fuller, Bravo Co KIA 5/6/69.

They would love to hear from anyone who knew Charles.  (2/22/18)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

Frank J. Phelan,  Alpha Co – HHC, 12/66 – 10/67, who, we discovered, departed 11/1/2017.

An obituary for Frank can be seen by clicking here. (2/22/18)

 

Updated the Communications Page with a plea for assistance from Garry Cooper.

Garry is our Australian Association member who was honored by our Association for his heroic actions in support of the 5th/60th.

If anyone can remember this engagement please help Garry out. (2/15/18)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on

Richard Paraboschi, Bravo Co, 12/66 – 11/67, who, we discovered, departed 6/4/2017.   
An Obituary for Richard can be seen by Clicking Here (2/15/18)

 

New Members for February, 2018

Limbacher, Dean E. –  HHC – Charlie Company Medic – 1/68 – 11/68  (2/10/18)
 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Carlos J. Lozada, HHC – Mortars, 11/67 – 11/68, who departed 1/10/2018.  Carlos was a member of our Association and attended 5 of our battalion reunions.  Condolences to the Lozada family can be sent to Carlos Jr. at:  carlos.lozada68@gmail.com 

An Obituary for Carlos can be seen by Clicking Here (1/11/18)

 

New Members for December, 2017

Goss, Warren J. Jr. –  Associate Member – Son of Warren Goss Sr., Charlie Co CO, KIA 12/6/68  (12/7/17)

 

Our Association has recently received generous donations to the Travel Fund from Manny Lucas, Tim Koeneman, James DeWitt, Bill Spears, Don Westphal, Albert Gulliver, Tim Koeneman, Philip Kearns, Mike Kurhajetz, Sylvia Kisling, Tony Sparaco, Gino Vazquez, Dan Alcorn, Gary Bobbett, Barney Tharp, Phil Nichols and Alan Woodmansee. Thanks Guys and Gal ! (12/1/17)

 

Added a link to a web page dealing with Veteran's amd Mesothelioma on to the Links Page

 

This article appeared on the Miltary Times web page. It deals with one more disease that could be causing problems for Vietnam Veterans.

VA Study Shows Parasite from Vietnam May Be Killing Vets  

 

Association Member George Parfitt, Bravo Co 12/6 – 11/67,

has writen a book. Here is a link to it.

It Wasn't Meant to Be

 

Click on this link to see a great story about a great gal,

our Donut Dollie pal, Sherry Taylor.

Sherry Taylor Story 

 

When you get to the page click on the picture to get the entire story.

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on John (Monk) Landers, Delta Co, 12/68 – 12/69, who departed 9/1/2017. (11/2/17)

New Members for October, 2017

Magnusson, David E. – HHC Recon – 12/67-4/68 (10/9/17)
Weiher, Kenneth W. – Alpha Co – 5/68-4/69 (10/19/17)

New Members for August, 2017

Landgraff, Earl G. – Charlie Co – 1966-1967  (8/15/17)

                                                                                                             BANDIDO'S                                                                                           

  The National Museum of the United States Army is currently under construction on the grounds of Fort Belvoir, Virginia in the location of our  National Capital.
  Memorial Black Granite bricks will be inscribed and inlaid along a Path of Remembrance at this museum. Both myself, ( Lawrence Tirreno ) and Bill Hartshorn, two of the original
  Bandido's are dedicating one of the larger stones in memory of our beloved Commander and originator of Bandido Charlie, Lt. Larry A Garner.
 Any Bandido or friend who would like to participate with a donation may do so. As it is not our intention to raise money for this memorial but to allow as many Bandido's to participate
 as possible, we will not accept any donationover $15. We have been told by the museum committee these bricks will not be walked on but placed next to a walkway. A lasting tribute to his memory.
We would like any suggestions as to the inscription  examples on www.armyhistory.org/bricks .
 A full accounting of all donations will be kept. Any overage will be given to the Bandido Charlie Association and the 5th Battalion Association. Any underage will be paid for by Bill and Myself.
 Please send any donation to:   Lawrence  Tirreno
                                                    P.O. Box 2871
                                                 Westport, CT 06880
  Please mark "Donation" on check or money order. If you leave name and phone number we will inform you when the memorial is in place.
 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Michael Fowler, Alpha Co – HHC,  1968 – 1969, who departed 7/17/17 as a result of an automibile accident. (7/21/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Alan Zarazee, Delta Co 8/69 – 1/70, who, we discovered, departed 10/10/2008. (7/12/17)

Updated the Reunion Page  with Mug Shots from the 2017 reunion. (7/4/17)

Updated the Reunion Page  with pictures from From the 2017 Reunion. (7/4/17)

Updated the Reunion Page  with pictures from Barney Tharp, Alpha Co. (7/3/17)

New Members for July, 2017
Sanders, Dwight – Alpha Co – 1969  (7/1/17)
Heckman, Charles – Bravo Co – 1969 – 1970  (7/1/17)
Harrigan, Hamlet – Delta Co – 1968 – 1970  (7/1/17)
Lee, Larry E. – Bravo Co – 2/70 -12/70 (7/7/17)

 

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Roy Guillen, Charlie Co 12/66 – 8/67, who departed 6/12/2017.  Roy was a member of our 5th/60th Association.  An obituary can be seen at: 

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185838422  (6/291/17)

Updated the Photos Page with pictures from Gregg Pullen, Delta Co 1970. (6/121/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Wayne Smalley, Bravo Co 5/68 – 12/68, who departed 6/7/2017.  Wayne was a member of our 5th/60th Association and attended several of our reunions. Click Here for Obituary (6/121/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Bob Cooper, Charlie Co 9/68 – 7/69, who departed 6/6/2017.  Bob was a member of our 5th/60th Association and attended several of our reunions. Click Here for Obituary (6/11/17)

New Members for June, 2017
Pullen, Gregg – Delta Co – 1970  (6/7/17)

New Members for May, 2017
Tellin, Howard. – HHC – 5/66-9/67 (5/25/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on William Chairsell, Alpha Co 1968 -1969, who, we learned, departed 6/8/2002. (4/25/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on James Meloy, Alpha Co 1968 -1969, who, we learned, departed 4/14/2011. (4/24/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Charlie Kindig, Charlie Co 7/68 -7/69, who departed 4/3/2017. (4/21/17)

New Members for April, 2017
Jones, Donald L. Sr. – Charlie Co – 1/67-4/68 (4/15/17)

New Members for March, 2017:
Kearns, Philip F. – Bravo Co CO – BN Adj.- 9/68 – 7/69 (3/24/17)
Stensrud, David W. – Echo Co – 3/69-3/70 (3/30/17)

Added Information on to the PX Page about
Combat Trauma: The Spousal Response to PTSD ”, the book written by Diana Rahe Taylor.
Diana has been to several of our reunions and is the wife of Charlie Taylor. Charlie Co 6/67-6/68. (3/21/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Brian Manza, Charlie Co 1/68 – 9/68, who we learned departed 12/22/2008. An obituary can be seen at:

http://obittree.com/obituary/us/maine/calais/mays-funeral-home/brian-manza/1625405/      (2/26/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Alfred Hill, Bravo Co 9/67 – 9/68, who we learned departed 10/2/2015
(2/11/17)

New Members for January, 2017:
Woodmansee, Alan E. – Delta Co – 9/68-12/68 (1/3/17)
DeWitt, James F. – HHC Recon – 4/67-9/67 (1/31/17)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on CSM Nevell Marcum, HHC – Delta Co 6/69 – 6/70, who departed 5/18/2016
(12/11/16)

New Members for October, 2016:
Lillie, Robert A. Jr.. – HHC Recon – 1967-1968 (10/15/16)

Put a message on the Lost and Found Page from Marie Torres, sister of Robert Torres Charlie Co KIA 2/5/68, seeking contact with anyone who knew him (7/31/16)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on James Weir, Alpha Co 5/68-9/68, who departed 7/23/2016.
An obituary can be seen at: Weir Obituary (7/27/16)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Andy Robertson, Bravo Co 1/68-2/69, who departed 7/5/2016.
Andy attended our last six reunions. An obituary can be seen at:Robertson Obituary (7/13/16)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on our Donut Dollie pal, Emily Strange, who departed 7/12/2016. An obituary can be seen at: Strange Obituary (7/13/16)

New Members for July, 2016:
Adams, James R. – HHC Recon – 3/68-9/68 (7/5/16)
Hauk, Dale – HHC Commo -11/67-12/68 (7/23/16)

New Members for June, 2016:
Pelphrey, Gary – Bravo Co – 1970 (6/8/16)
Sluga, Charley A. – Bravo Co – 1970 (6/8/16)
Yenne, Jim – 2nd/4th Arty – 11/67 (6/13/16)

Added Information on to the PX Page about
“Ace”, the book written by Rex Gooch.
which won an Independent Publishers Book Award. (5/21/16)

New Members for May, 2016:
Dooms, Harry – Charlie Co – 3/69 – 3/70 (5/2/16)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on William Hyland, Alpha Co 1966-1967 who departed 4/27/2016.
An obituary can be seen at: 
http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1315043/Hyland-William-.php (4/30/16)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on James Buckhout, Charlie Co 9/68-8/69 who departed 4/4/2016.
An obituary can be seen at: 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/james-buckhout-obituary?pid=1000000179525315 (4/21/16)

New Members for February, 2016:
Davis, Dan L. – Charlie Co – 7/69 – 1/70 (2/4/16)

New Members for January, 2016:
Weller, Lawrence E. – Bravo Co – 5/69 – 4/70 (1/27/16)
Robinson, Clegg G. – Delta Co – 11/68 – 8/69 (1/31/16)

Added pictures from Greg Adkisson, Alpha Co 8/69 – 10/70, to the 
Photos Page (1/17/16)

Added Information on to the PX Page about “The Proud American”,a music CD written and performed by Hershel Gober.
(1/14/16)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on James H. Lehne, Charlie Co 2nd/60th Tan Tru 12/66-10/68 who departed 12/19/2015. We shared a hospitality suite with Jim at several MRFA reunions, so Jim joined our Association.(12/20/15)

Added pictures from Lydon Heil, HHC 12/66-12/67, to the 
Photos Page (11/19/15)

New Members for November, 2015:
Platt, John J. – Alpha Co – 10/68 – 9/69 (11/13/15)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Chelsea H. Nontell, Alpha Co 1967 who, we discovered, departed 4/2/2013. An obituary can be seen at: 
http://www.newellhoerlings.com/notices/Chelsea-Nontell (10/27/15)

Reluctantly updated the Departed Page with information on Norris (Frenchy) Plaisance, Alpha Co 1967 who, we discovered, departed 11/3/2007. An obituary can be seen at: 
http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20071106/obituaries/711060326 (10/27/15)

Added pictures from our 2015 Reunion in St Louis to the Photos Page (9/30/15)

New Members for September, 2015:
Boyett, Kenneth E. – Bravo Co – 3/70 – 7/70 (9/1/15)
Moyer, Glenn R. – Bravo Co – 4/70 – 9/70 (9/1/15)
Lee, James R. – Bravo Co -7/68-7/69 (9/10/15)
Baker, Thomas W. III – HHC – Delta Co – 10/67-8/68 (9/24/15)
Stewart, Harry E. – Charlie Co – 9/68-6/69 (9/24/15)
Staubus, Donald R. – Charlie Co – 7/69-3/70 (9/24/15)