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Steven Hodgson

Steveh@stsmart.com
November 29, 2000
 
29 Nov 2000
 

Comments

Best of Luck to all the Rakkasans from Street Smart Inc.!


Name:
Robert A. Nesbitt
Email:
nesbitt187@aol.com
Date:
6/13/2000

Comments

I am proud to be the President of the Rakkasans 187th ARCT Association, Inc. I served with "G" Company 187th ARCT from August 1950 until March 1951. I made both Combat Jumps and was with "G" Company during the "Nightmare Alley" mission. I have been a life member of the Association since 1983. My wife, Mary, and I have attend every Rakkasan Reunion since. We are also life members of the Florida Chapter. Rakkasans Lead The Way


Name:
James M. Crowley
Email:
rcrowley@clds.net
Date:
June 13, 2000

Comments

Very Touching and a job well done !


Name:
Michael Lanspa
Email:
melanspa@home.com
Date:
June 13, 2000

Comments

Last year I did a search on "RAKKASAN" for my father, who doesn't have a computer. He was in the 11th Airborne, 187th RCT as part of the occupation force in Japan. Years of service were 1945-48. He was one of the hosts of the 11th Airborne Division Reunion in Omaha, Ne. in 1997 and currently subscribes to "SHIMBUN". As I said, he doesn't own a computer so I have to send messages and updates from and about fellow RAKKASANS to him via e-mail to my brother, who lives in Omaha. My father is very interested in maintaining his connection to his military heritage. He does so through me, his oldest son. Though I was never in the military, I appreciate the sacrifices, the traditions and the honor you all have earned for those sacrifices in the service of your country. I am proud to be the son of a WWII veteran RAKKASAN!!! Michael Lanspa


Name:
Art Funk
Email:
artsmilitaria@webtv.net
Date:
June 14, 2000

Comments

Good looking site. Got a lot of friends who are Rakkasans. I'm ex-USAF myself. Visit my website if you're looking for military memorabilia and souvenirs.


Name:
Frank J Lozon
Email:
fjlozono@voyager.net
Date:
June 14, 2000

Comments

1SGUSAR 1973 1950 51 M Co 504 Pir 1952 H Co 187 ARCT hmg Plt. Im still looking for SFC Marvin A Bowers WIA IN 1953. Sincerely Frank J Lozon.


Name:
John Dingwall
Email:
webmaster@LothianPRA.org
Date:
August 13, 2000

Comments

Hi Bob (and all you famous "Rakkasans"), from the other side of the pond, here in Scotland. Its always great to see another Airborne site on the web. The Airborne's history will always live whilst there are guys like yourself to keep it going! The Airborne Brotherhood is certainly the section of society to be a part of. Best wishes to you ALL...!! John Dingwall (Chairman Lothian Branch)


Name:
Paul Buono
Email:
paul@unitedwarvets.org
Date:
September 15, 2000

Comments

The web site is great and very informative I love the pictures.


Name:
Walter Johnson
Email:
rakkasan187ARCT@aol.com
Date:
September 30, 2000

Comments

Through all the years that passed for me, I always held my head up high knowing I was Airborne. I wrote the stories to help keep Airborne alive and be a part of not only yesterday, but forever. Freedom is a word used carelessly, and often taken lightly and for those who fought and died for it they are taken for granted. The dreams of the many who passed into this great country are still realized because of these soldiers of yesterday, and our flag is representative of those soldiers of America's yesterday that fought, some giving their all, others marked with physical injury, but all with the mental scars of war that never go away. Keep both the flag and soldier together as the symbol say one see both, they belong as one forever together. "AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY" "RAKKASANS FOREVER" Secretary Big Apple Chapter of the Rakkasans 187ARCT Inc


Name:
Tom
Email:
Bradentontom@hotmail.com
Date:
October 5, 2000

Comments

Thanks for visiting my web site and putting such kind words in the guest book Robert. It is truly appreciated. You have done a terrific job with your site. Although I was not "Airborne".....I did spend 2 combat tours in Nam (68,69) 4th Inf Div on 1st tour and MACV Advisory Team 96 for 2nd tour. Keep up the good job with your web site. Tom


Name:
PRESIDENT- Robert C. Hodgson
Email:
BigApple187ARCT@aol.com
Date:
May 4, 2000

Comments

IF WE FAIL TO REMEMBER-OUR PAST DIES WITH US. THE FUTURE OF AIRBORNE IS COMING TO AN END. LET US WHO HAVE SERVED PROUDLY KEEP THE TRADITION. WEAR YOUR WINGS, KEEP US ALIVE. TELL THE STORIES THE WAY WE LIVED IT. MARCH DOWN THE AVENUES IN THE PARADES. TWINKLE THE EYES OF ALL THAT WE PASS BY. KEEP THE HONOR THAT OUR BROTHERS IN ARMS DIED FOR. YOU EARNED THE WINGS, EARNED THE GLORY THAT GOES WITH IT. 'AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY' 'RAKKASANS FOREVER'. THE FIGHTING SOLDIERS FROM THE SKY,-PARATROOPERS LONG MAY WE LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THE WORLD. GOD BLESS. BOB HODGSON PRESIDENT BIG APPLE CHAPTER OF THE RAKKASANS INC. USA.


Name:
John Ferzola
Email:
jferzola@aol.com
Date:
November 29 2000

Comments

Bob, I think all was just great! You put a lot into it and I thank you. Each time we assemble I realize that we all were special soldiers that did at all times what was asked of us. God Bless. AIRBORNE ALWAYS


Name:
Tony Biebel, AKA "The Holy One"
Email:
biebel@losalamos.com
Date:
11/29/00

Comments

From the "Holy One" Rakkasan Tony Biebel, this is just great. A tip of the Maroon Beret to everyone who helped put this together.


Name:
AL LEVY
Email:
RAK187@AOL.COM
Date:
11-29-00

Comments

what a terrific site . Its tops on my favorite list. THE BIG APPLE DONE IT GOOD. ALL THE WAY

AL LEVY AKA RAK187@AOL.COM. SERVED WITH EASY&MIKE COS. 1951-53 ENLISTED IN THE BIG APPLE


Name:
BOB MUTZABAUGH
Email:
ARMYKOBA28@gateway.net
Date:
12/1/00

Comments

Really a great site, the Big Apple chapter did a great job


Name:
Bob and Patt Lindorff
Email:
lindorff@gallatinriver.net
Date:
1 Dec., 2000

Comments

Totally and truly fantastic - you have done a wonderful job


Name:
Dick Dennis   187th Quartermaster
Email:
QM187th@worldnet.att.net
Date:
12/01/00

Comments

Big Apple Rakkasans

Enjoyed your site - well done!

 


Name:
David Caraccio
Email:
dsc175
Date:
Dec 8   2000

Comments

Nice site. Thanks Guys for your service. I grew up in a veterans project ...Y'all were (and still are ) my heroes . I served in 1st Rgr Bn. 86-90 got one combat jump into panama Dec. 20 89 . Merry Christmas Airborne!!


Name:
Kevin T. Shaw
Email:
kevins1202@ids.net
Date:
12/10-2000

Comments

Airborne!! C/4/503/173 RVN 69-70


Name:
Ted Barker
Email:
tbarker@kwp.org
Date:
12/30/2000

Comments

Saying hello to all the 187th men from Korea.

Checking in from the Korean War Project, today.

 


Name:
Bob  Bernstein
Email:
sparky44@optonline.net
Date:
12/31/00

Comments

Great web site.  From a Marine- Class of 1961


Name:
Sean Sabre
Email:
smsabre@hotmail.com
Date:
01/01/01

Comments

Will you consider posting a link to the other Rakkasan N.A. sites?

I don't even know if there are any, but I can't seem to find them.

Thanx

Sean Sabre 2/187 8/89-8/91


Name:
Ranger Eugene A. Kuta
Email:
Xblader31090@aol.com
Date:
1/7/01

Comments

Sixth Ranger Co., A co.187RCT. 1950-1952.


Name:
HUGO LEWENTAL
Email:
RAKKASANS1
Date:
01/09/01

Comments

 


Name:
Cliff W. Dillard
Email:
cwd11ab@aol.com
Date:
2001

Comments

Yo: Big APPLE Trooper Geo Healey told me about your site, I just now got around to it. Thanks for helping to carry on the AIRBORNE tradition, I was in I-Co188th 55-57 & 11th Abn Div Hqs Co till we sewed on the 24th Abn Brigade patch. Currently 11th Abn Assn Nat. Q. M. from Kansas


Name:
ROBERT PATRICK HODGSON
Email:
BOBHODG46@AOL.COM
Date:
1-14-2001

Comments

To all Paratroopers and especially the Angels and Rakkasans; my family thanks you for being the best. The site is inspiring and tells a story of patriotism and past valor. These traits seem to be missing from our new generations. The depletion of the military and it's instillations are to say the least, scary. Thank you for keeping AIRBORNE alive.


Name:
Bill Connolly   { HHC  2/187  101ABN   59-61}
Email:
BillConnolly435@aol.com
Date:
1/25/01

Comments

Hello Bob, and all of my fellow members. I hope some day to meet with you all. I've finally arrived in "cyber space "-which is akin to outer space, to me. But it really is a marvelous machine, once you get familiar with it. Hope all is well with everyone. Happy and Healthy New Year to you all--bill C..


Name:
James M. Boan
Email:
jadiabo@earthlink.net
Date:
Feb. 11, 2001

Comments

Great site, enjoyed the pics- served with B/2nd/327th Vietnam July 1967/Sept.1968


Name:
KENNETH   WESTBROOK            RA16967068
Email:
DECKSETC@JUNO.COM
Date:
MAR 9, 2001

Comments

I WAS WITH THE 3RD 187TH IN NAM FROM DEC6 1967 TO NOV 68. HHC CO FOR 2MTHS AND E CO RECON FOR ABOUT 2MTHS . WAS WITH C COMPANY UNTIL I LEFT IN NOV . I WAS SP4 WESTBROOK AND CARRIED A M79 MOST OF THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE GET INFO ON OTHERS IF ANY ARE LEFT FROM COMPANY. WHEN I LEFT THERE WERE ONLY FEW OF THE OLD GUYS LEFT .THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SITE


Name:
R. Scott Joslin
Email:
rsjoslin@home.com
Date:
3-24-01

Comments

Beautifully Done!


Name:
Bob and Patt Lindorff
Email:
lindorff@gallatinriver.net
Date:
25 April, 2001

Comments

Great Job


Name:
Irving Weinsoff, Esq.
Email:
weinsoff@aol.com
Date:
4/26/01

Comments

I think that this site is great and very meaningful. It demonstrates the pride, diligence and resourcefulness of our golden Rakkasans. Adapt and recover and attack. You men are A OK. I wish I could have gone to Ft. Campbell April 2001. See you all at Ft. Mitchell, KY. Irving Weinsoff, Esq.


Name:
Frederick J. Forsyth Buffalo, N.Y.
Email:
   FORZAK@ prodigy.net
Date:
4-30-2001

Comments

Very nice web page. It is always nice to see honor for the 187th regiment Rakkasans HOOAH Fred Forsyth President Buffalo-Niagara chapter I Company


Name:
Willard & Butch Blankenship
Email:
roxwill1@emeraldis.com
Date:
30Apr.01

Comments

Really enjoyed your site. It's very well done. Keep up the good work


Name:
Olgerts "Ogy" Sniedze
Email:
sniedze@rochester.rr.com
Date:
May 1, 2001

Comments

Bob Nesbitt sent me these great pictures when he wrote about the old Rakkasans visit to Ft. Campbell. I wish that I could have been there! There is always hope for next year. The old photos of some 50 years ago brought back long forgotten memories. Thank you! I am an old Rakkasan from 1953-1954.


Name:
Louis (butch) Howe
Email:
butchho@indy.net
Date:
5-11-01

Comments

Great work! I have your page book marked too come back. Butch 3/187/101 vn(70)


Name:
Harry Koplo
Email:
HKDOLFAN@aol.com
Date:
May 23 ,01

Comments

Hi Troopers, I just received this site from Robert Hodgson tonight. I am an old Trooper who spent his entire enlistment (after Basic training) with the 11th, both At Fort Campbell and Munich Germany. Although I was in the 88th AAA Battalion for most of my time, then to the 503rd when the 11th went thru some kind of new concept called "Pentomic" what ever the hell that meant. Anyway, I enjoyed this site, and look forward to visiting it many times online.

Harry Koplo HKDOLFAN@aol.com


Name:
Jim Vita
Email:
Jimvita@nts-online.net
Date:
May 29, 2001
 

Comments

I, too, was a Rakkasan and very proud of the fact to have served with Co. B 3/187th in Vietnam Mar. 68- Mar. 69. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who served in our company during that time period. And, yes, you do have a very impressive site. Keep up the good work. Had a friend from the Big Apple area. Tom Weigold, get in touch. Thanks again for keeping the Rakkasan alive and well.


Name:
Dan Rubino
Email:
fallingumbrella@aol.com
Date:
6/3/01

Comments

 

1953 Co. I 503rd 11th 1954-55 cC.C 187 RCT. Feel like I am 19 again when I see all these Abn. sites they are great!


Name:
 
Email:
:  Bjsdad93
Date:
6-21-2001

Comments

I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT SITE. MY FATHER WAS IN KOREA, WITH THE 187TH, HIS NAME IS JOE MCGUIRE OUT OF PHILADELPHIA, AS A YOUNG MAN LIKE MOST KIDS,  THOUGHT MY DAD DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. BUT AS I GOT OLDER AND BY TALKING TO HIM I REALIZE JUST WHAT HE AND COUNTLESS OTHERS GAVE UP JUST SO I COULD BE AN AMERICAN, AND FOR THAT MY HEARTFELT PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL WHO SERVES THIS COUNTRY ,THEN AND NOW. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. I AM GOING TO GET MY DAD TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SITE.


Name:
DON C. HALL
Email:
:    DonCHall@email.msn.com
Date:
 

Comments

We are pleased to announce that the new edition of I SERVED is now available for order.

"I SERVED is Oliver Twist, Romeo and Juliet, and All Quiet On The Western Front, all rolled into one. An extraordinary literary achievement." --Jim Morris, author of War Story

"I SERVED is a first-person account of the lonely childhood and manhood rites of passage of a Catholic orphanage schoolboy and plank holder in Company F, 51st Long Range Patrol (Airborne) Infantry. From separation from most of his siblings, to life in an orphanage in Virginia, to the dank jungles of Viet Nam, and finally to homecoming and marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Don Hall tells his story. I SERVED takes us on a journey we cannot stop once the first page is turned." --CSM Jeff Mellinger

Learn more about I SERVED on www.I-Served.com. You'll also find information about our documentary, "Silent Victory: the Story of Co. F, 51st Long Range Patrol (Airborne) Infantry."


Name:
(Bonnie)
Email:
bjmorilla@uswest.net
Date:
 

Comments

Hello Robert, Bonnie here. Have recently ran into the President of the RAKKASANS here in AZ. and find he has been looking for former members of his unit. This is from the early 50s. Can you tell me how to get a roster from the Army to locate a unit and list of names from the past? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You and God Bless You! Bonnie


Name:
Steven M. Hargis
Email:
HargisHope@email.msn.com
Date:
 

Comments

Dear Sir, First of all THANK YOU for your service to our country ! My name is Steve Hargis from Milford, Mich. near Detroit. My Father is Allen R. Hargis. Ring any bells ? His duty assignment was CO.K, 187th AIR , APO 51. My father served as an Army infantry soldier, He had many jumps and served at a place called Ko-Je'-Do prison. He attended the infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga. The reason for my correspondence is I know he would love to hear from his comrades in Korea. He has served his country without question and is still alive today. He is a VFW past district commander and presently resides in Tracy City , Tennessee where he grew up . They recently got online and can get around the keyboard better than the Web. Their E-Mail is ; carolehargis@blomand.net Their snail mail is : Mr. Allen R. Hargis c/o Hargis Place Rt. #1, Box 776 Tracy City, Tn. 37387-9998


Name:
Q Madp
Email:
q@fixmypc.net
Date:
 

Comments

Greetings!! If you were or know someone that was with the Delta 1Bn 5th marines in Vietnam, please contact me. I'm looking for Delta 1/5 Vietnam survivors. I have two websites dedicated to the Delta 1Bn 5th Marines in Vietnam. www.delta1-5.com and www.arlingtonridge.com . Your feedback is greatly appreciated. These are non commercial sites, just My dedication to some great Marines, and quest to find others of the Delta 1/5. Semper Fi Q

1st Bn, 5th Marines http://www.delta1-5.com Remember the fallen marines http://www.arlingtonridge.com USMC 225th Anniversary http://delta15.com/225.htm


Name:
Buscemi, John
Email:
q@fixmypc.net
Date:
 

Comments

Hi Bob at my son's house in Staten Island. Checked out your web BEAUTIFUL Talk to you later.  Buscemi


Name:
Bruce Dreyer     
Email:
noutdoor@paulbunyan.net
Date:
 

Comments

Sir: I'm looking for anyone who might have served with Howard Dreyer early in 1951. The unit was 187th ARCT CO B. Howard was killed 5-1-1951 near Inji. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions that morning. A field house was named in his honor at Fort Campbell and on June 1 2001 there is going to be a rededication of the building. I have been trying to contact someone who might have known him for they might be interested in going. Howard covered a retreat at about 3 AM that morning on Hill 425, I think, and later volunteered to counterattack and was killed later that morning. I don't have a lot of information on the movements of the 187th, but I think I found that that the 187th was relieved about 10AM that morning by the 25 Inf. so he was a very short timer. A worker at Dreyer Hall saw a posting I put on Hal Barker's website and contacted me asking if we had a picture or any information they could hang in the hall, which we are taking to them. Any help anyone could give us would greatly be appreciated, hopefully we can find some of his unit.


Name:
Frank Kelly
Email:
frank@fhatoday.com
Date:

Comments

Please email me with info on the NYC area chapter.

Frank


Name:
CJ Magro
Email:
http://home.hiwaay.net/~magro/abn.html
Date:

Comments

Robert, enjoyed the remarks about the combat medic , I was a medic 1954-57. was lucky and never was in combat , the Hungarian revolt was the closest we came while station in Germany. We have a link to your site on our link page. http://home.hiwaay.net/~magro/abn.html

 


Name:
Tom Smith&Bob Klauber
Email:
   tjs@ecentral.com
Date:
 

Comments

Dear 187th, I have been researching the circumstances of the death of my uncle. I have found his grave at Arlington. He died in action on July 15, 1953 in Korea according to his headstone. I want to communicate with anyone that knew him or witnessed his death. His sister (my mother) is living and wants to know all. Her father kept the truth from her. Till recently she believed he was never found so somehow hopeful that he could be living. I can't find any government agencies that will reveal the facts. Maybe one of his comrades remembers. He was a sergeant 1st class. Please respond. Alfred Sigfred Jordan, New York,SFC,187 ABN RCT WW2,Korea born 1-18-1920 died 1-18-1953 P/T his headstone spells his middle name Sigrid which is incorrect

he was 5'9" brown hair well developed he spoke 18 languages many fluently. I have photos for anyone unsure. He didn't have any foreign accent as far as I know even though he was born in Europe. Thank You......Bob Klauber, his e-mail address is; ohpoppy2@hotmail.com


Name:
walter pete peterson
Email:
wwppwp@planttel.net
Date:
6-24-01

Comments

your site is great love all the pictures makes you think of old times and old friends. You guys look like you are really having a good time up in the big apple, I was in the 187th airborne from July 52 till March 1954 and when I look back on life they were great times like to invite you to visit my site www.airborne187th.homestead.com god bless all of you walter pete peterson


Name:
Greg Ford
Email:
fordg@emh2.campbell.army.mil
Date:
27JUN01

Comments

It was great to see the past and present come alive through your photos. As a present day Rakkasan who was at the Rakkasan Reunion, it makes us proud to see the history and lineage that we come from. Thank you for that and for maintaining this page so we can see history. Ne Desit Virtus!


Name:
Charles A. Hopkins
Email:
 

Comments

I received a written request in the mail today and it also was requesting information on a Fallen Rakkasan. His name is LT. Robert J. Hopkins. He served in either I or L Company 187th ARCT. He was KIA on Oct 21, 1950 in Korea. If any of you can help with any information on LT Hopkins please contact; Charles A. Hopkins 20 14th Ave. N.E. Rochester, MN 55906


Name:
Olgerts (Ogy) Sniedze
Email:
sniedze@rochester.rr.com
Date:
July 2, 2001

Comments

Thank you for e-mailing me the Rakkasan Big Apple Chapter Web Page. It is truly a great site. The photo pages are especially interesting.

Airborne greetings from Upstate NY!

Rakkasan Ogy Sniedze 187th Abn. RCT (1953-1954)


Name:
Irving Weinsoff, Esq
Email:
Weinsoff@aol.com
Date:
7/3/01

Comments

Your chapter undoubtedly is paving new roads in the forest of e-sites. I'm astonished at your ingenuity, form, structure and content in this Numero Uno site. Other chapters can take a lesson from the perfection of your commitment and love of the Rakkasans. HOOAH Irving Weinsoff, Esq. Miami, Fl.


Name:
James W. Lewis
Email:
jlewisD843@capecod.net
Date:
3 July, 2001

Comments

Hi, Fellow Rakkasans, Been trying to get on this site for a long time. Great site. Was a 75mm RR Plt Sgt 52-54 in Japan and Korea in D company. I guess it has been long enough to say that the Regt, the company, and the platoon was the best Infantry Unit that I ever served in during that period in my life.


Name:
Arthur G. Hickey 1st Plt. G Co.
Email:
ab187rct@aol.com
Date:
07/03/2001

Comments

I can only say that it is ALL THE WAY as in AIRBORNE


Name:
Eugene Geraldo
Email:
egeraldo@earthlink.net
Date:
July 3, 2001

Comments

Very well done, True to our commitment. RAKKASANS ALL THE WAY!


Name:
Richard T. Gozick
Email:
richard1404@home.com
Date:
07/05/01

Comments

I was in the service 1952 to 1959. I never made it to Korea. I went Airborne in 1956. I was in Co. D ,187th, Airborne Infantry 11th airborne Division in Gablingen Germany, and I was with them when the 11th was retired from active Duty and the 187th 1st Airborne Battle Group became part of the 24th Airborne Brigade. In 1958 I was with the 187th when they made the trip to Lebanon. I am a life member of the 11th AIRBORNE DIVISION ASSOCIATION and the 187th ARCT RAKKASANS



Name:
Hyman Friedman
Email:
 
Date:
8-13-2001

Comments

I am searching for CHRISTOPHER MORRIS who was Supply Sgt. of F Co. of the 188th in 1944-45. He took his jump training in New Guinea and was from Bridgeport CT. If anyone knows of his where abouts please contact Hyman Friedman 2271 Knapp St. Brooklyn, NY 11229, Tel# 1-718-332-8036 or contact by EMail BIGAPPLE187ARCT@AOL.COM I served in the 188 C Co. and Sv Co. God Bless and Thank You.


Name:
PFC Christopher Cypert
Email:
rakkstud187@yahoo.com
Date:
18JUL01

Comments

I'm currently a 1st Batt RAKKASAN and am very proud to see the Golden RAKKASANS Display such pride in who they are and the Brotherhood of which they are a part. Best wishes to all the RAKKASANS out there. We're going to the field tomorrow for a couple weeks, and I expect it to be fun (it always is). Wish us luck.


Name:
Sgt Sean P. Fogarty
Email:
fROCKETMAN13P@AOL.COM
Date:
18 JULY 01

Comments

HEY JUST SEEING HOW MY CHAPTER IS DOING


Name:
SFC Brockman Platton leader and SFC Ramsey Jumpmaster
Email:
sestric@telerama.com
Date:
7-23-01

Comments

SFC Brockman Platton leader and SFC Ramsey Jumpmaster, we made the blast in the hot salty air of the Med Sea, I landed in the white sand near a skeleton of a Camel, the bare bones were all white. Remember the color guard (187th drill team) at the soccer stadium, I was a part of that drill team. We did not win the Competition, the 11th Cav did. We all thought and hoped to be the first in Beirut by parachuting in under fire. Not to be, we air landed after the Marines beached in the shores of Beirut. Hope to make contact with you in September at 11th ABN reunion.


Name:
FRANK J. ZYCKOWSKI
Email:
BIGAPPLE187ARCT@AOL.COM
Date:
7/24/2001

Comments

I AM A BIG APPLE CHAPTER MEMBER. IT WOULD REALLY BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE I SERVED WITH. I WAS WITH THE A Co. 674th FA, 187ARCT 1955-58. TEL#1-631-283-6642. OR EMAIL BIGAPPLE187ARCT@AOL.COM. I WILL GET THE MESSAGES. 'AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY' FRANK J. ZYCKOWSKI


Name:
Danny Carter
Email:
user483337@aol.com
Date:
8 Aug 2001

Comments

Hello, Great site. A former member of this proud unit. Was in Camp Evans 69-70, with 3rd Bn 187th.


Name:
Barney Carroll 511th 55-58
Email:
bercar@prodigy.net
Date:
15 Aug 2001

Comments

Some of the best Airborne flicks I've seen.


Name:
SERGIO ANGULO
Email:
Sangulosr@aol.com
Date:
8-16-01

Comments

Love your website!!!! I am an associate member of Southern California Chapter #1 187th RCT "RAKKASANS"


Name:
Lynnita Sommer
Email:
lynnita@tuscola-il.com
Date:
August 17, 2001

Comments

Great website. Those interested in the Korean War are invited to visit The Korean War Educator website at www.koreanwar-educator.org.


Name:
"Doc" Blackie
Email:
black651@qwest.net
Date:
84-87

Comments

Great looking site! Was in the 2/187th (ABN) inf. BN (Panama) 84-87 HHC (med plt)


Name:
Daniel l Setterstrom
Email:
dlsetter@bellsouth.net
Date:
8/21/01

Comments

May God bless you all Rakkasans" Sgt Danny l Setterstrom, Persian Gulf vet, B co 1/187 inf. 1st plt 2nd squad. 1989/1994


Name:
Jimmy Morgan
Email:
jimmymorgan@kih.net
Date:
08-26-01

Comments

My son is a Rakkasan at Fort Campbell. He is a member of the color guard and was at Fort Mitchell, Ky. We would like to see some of the pictures. This web site is great!


Name:
Irving Weinsoff, Esq.
Email:
sweinsoff@aol.com
Date:
August 28, 2001

Comments

Bob you did one hell of a job of picture taking at Ft. Mitchell 8/01. I was indeed impressed with your dedication. What also surprised me was your trying to fill in the blanks of your warrior days with the Rakkasans. We may have been in the same company but separated by one year. I have a new email address: sweinsoff@aol.com


Name:
Lou Straus
Email:
lcstraus@fuse.net
Date:
03 September 2001

Comments

Hi Bob, You did a great job on the pictures at the 2001 Rakkasan Reunion at Ft Mitchell, Ky. It was a pleasure to be there with you and the Rakkasans, and also all of Company "E" men. Thanks again.

Lou, 1st Platoon.


Name:
JACK L GILBERT
Email:
jgilbert1@sc.rr.com
Date:

Comments

As a member of the 437th TCW I had the pleasure of working with the 187RCT in Japan in 1951 & 52. I was stationed at Brady Field. Most of the time I flew with Gen Henerby but later was assigned to the 83rd TCS. I also retired in 1973 From the 437 MAW at Charleston A F B SC. During 1950 I flew out of Miami  Int. Airport and Helped drop Troopers at Camp Campbell KY and Fort Bragg N C LOTS OF LUCK WITH YOUR PROJECT. Jack L Gilbert Sr Smsgt USAF RET


Name:
D. Garcia
Email:
dg2187@juno.com
Date:
09/03/2001

Comments

Great website! I was with A Co 2/187 (Abn) in Panama from 84-86. We kept up the honor and pride you started. The country owes a lot to you guys. Take care and we'll talk to ya later.


Name:
Ricky Barber
Email:
rbarber@wacofreightliner.net
Date:
9/5/01

Comments

Looking for a Rakkasan chapter in Texas. Rakkasan from 90 til 94. Thank you


Name:
Joe Rivera
Email:
vippy@earthlink.net
Date:
09/24/01

Comments

I served saw a Rakkasan for 6 years to inlcude Desert Storm... Hooahhh


Name:
Email:
US ARMY770
Date:
9/27/2001

Comments

I'm originally from NYC. I'm in a company that deploys with the Rakkasans, and when I change my MOS, I intend on being a Rakkasan.


Name:
Sergio Angulo  Chapter #1 California
Email:
Sangulosr@aol.com
Date:
9-27-01

Comments

Love this website AIRBORNE!!!!!!!!!!


Name:
SSG. Evans
Email:
Tee798@cs.com
Date:
9/27/2001

Comments

I hope all is well with every Rakkasan that lives in New York. I was surfing through the net and found your site. It is great. We, the Rakkasan at the 101st. Airborne (Air Assault) Div. are still waiting for the call to go for our country, but when we do be sure that the Rakkasans will be the tip of the spear for the div. Thanks for your time SSG. Evans 1/187 INF. RAKKASANS


Name:
Chris Kelly
Email:
ckelly@imsi.com
Date:
10/1/01 

Comments

BigApple,

A fellow Rakkasan friend pointed this site out to me. He mentioned that there is a need for younger ex-soldiers to carry the colors etc. As we both served in the Rakkasans I thought we should introduce ourselves and see what we could do to help.

Please give me a call at my Tel# during normal business hours. If you don't get me, leave a message and I will call you back.

Thank you, Chris Kelly

 


Name:
Joann
Email:
Bubbs23@aol.com
Date:
10/10/01

Comments

I thought that was very interesting I will have to look at it again when I am feeling better. I hope all is good over there and I hope you both went to the Doctor for a check -up.


Name:
John Williams
Email:
ABNRA187@aol.com
Date:
10/13/2001

Comments

Great Site Brings back memories Sgt John Williams Medical Company 187th Airborne


Name:
Spiridone (SPUD) Gili  Secretary of Big Apple Chapter 
Email:
SPUD33@JUNO.COM
Date:
10/2001

Comments

Spiridone (SPUD) Gili (Life5020) I served in B. Co. 187th ARCT 11th Abn. Division from 1952-1955. I am a life member of the 11th.Abn. Div. Association 'ANGELS' and a member of the Manhattan Chapter. Also the Amvets and of course a life member of the Rakkasans Inc. I am presently the Secretary of the Big Apple Chapter of the Rakkasans Inc. I would like to hear from old buddies. Join up we need you especially the young generations of WARRIORS


Name:
Garett Castle
Email:
bigogre20@yahoo.com
Date:
29 Oct 01

Comments

Once a rakkasan, always a rakkasan (Desert Storm 2/187th/Charlie Company/3rd Platoon/1st squad)


Name:
spc cooper
Email:
LewisC28@aol.com
Date:
11/20/01

Comments

I served at the 101st. For 4years from 1997 to 20001 as a Rakkasan and am glad to find this web site and will visit the site again....


Name:
Mike Ruane
Email:
mbruane@home.com
Date:
November 5, 2001

Comments

God love you all.


Name:
Frank Funes
Email:
BigApple187thARCT@AOL.COM
Date:
11-11-2001

Comments

Looking for buddies who knew and served with Cpl. Rudolph Funes 187th ARCT G Co. KIA Wonju, Korea- 14 Feb 1951. He also served with the 82nd Abn and 17th Abn in Europe. Brother Frank Funes Secretary Chapter 66 Special Forces 57 Maplewood Ave., Hempstead Ave, Hempstead LI NY 11550. Thank You for any help you can give to a brothers love and to the Brotherhood of PARATROOPERS.


Name:
Kenneth J. Wingate
Email:
RAKSECT@AOL.COM
Date:
11-24-2001

Comments

If anyone has any information concerning the below members of B Co. 187ARCT. please notify me or this Email address.(1)Thomas Austin, of Decator, AL. (2) George T. Bennett of Mesa, AZ. (3)John A. Brooks of East Orting, WA.(4)William J Bunton of San Diego, CA. (5)Donald J Campbell of Blackwood, NJ. (6) Carl R Diel Jr. of St Louis MO. (7)Donald J Dolezel of S,Fargo, ND (8)Charles W Evans of Mesa, Az (9)Thomas Feeney of White City, OR. (10)Herbert Gracia of Dayton OH (11)Lee Hostein of La Guna Beach CA (12)Robert Jarrell of Newport Richy, FL (13)Don O Jesperson of East Idahio Falls ID (14)Albert Lopez of Perris, CA (15)Fernandez G. Macalino, of Woodbridge, VA (16)Darrell B. Myers of Harrisonville MO(17)Silverio Rivas of Alta Loma AR(18) Don D Smith of Magnolia, AR(19)Thomas F Tutty of Seminole, Fla(20) James C. Watkins of Hopewell, VA (21) Woodrow Wilson of Coppel, TX. Thank you and God Bless.


Name:
Micael Cain Fire Marshal NYC Fire Department
Email:
truckie117@yahoo.com
Date:
11/24.2001

Comments

Hi. Your site is great. The reason I visited is because my dad William J. Cain just passed away and I was going though his military papers and he was a member of the 11th in 1947 - 51 and re-enlisted in the 11th special forces. you guys and the greatest the real heroes of or nation.


Name:
Marvin Wacker
Email:
Cyson56@aol.com
Date:
12-03-01

Comments

Great web site. I am not affiliated with a chapter, but would like to hear from any members who were in K company 4th platoon from June of 52 thru July of 54.


Name:
Cynthia Campfield
Email:
ccampf6766@aol.com
Date:
12/12/01

Comments

My Grandfather was in the 187th ABRCT Company F Third Platoon - his name was Albert Mergendahl he was KIA in Feb. '51. I would like to receive any information on him from his buddies he served with. Or anyone who knew him. Please email me.


Name:
Michael Glass
Email:
Date:
12/23/01

Comments

As a proud son of a Rakkasan, let me just say the pride I feel for my father, Carter L Glass (3rd.bat 187th) and all the veterans of the forgotten war. As a veteran myself and growing up an Army brat, it is great to see how much support there is for those who gave so much and got so little in return. I for one will never forget and always honor all of you. God bless you all.


Name:
Dick Dennis
Email:
QM187th@worldnet.att.net
Date:
12/24/01

Comments

Bob,

Great!!!

Dick Dennis


Name:
Ray Fugate
Email:
raymondfugate@hotmail.com
Date:
Dec 30, 2001

Comments

Nice web page. Enjoyed the photographs. I served with Co B 187th from 1947 to 1951.


Name:
ANTONIO AGUET
Email:
papitoni@aol.com
Date:
January 2, 2002

Comments

Dear Sir: After Basic Training, AIT, and Jump School, I was assigned to the 1st Airborne Battle Group of the 187th of the 82nd Airborne Division. This was in December of 1963. To be a RAKKASAN was the proudest time of my life as a Paratrooper. Coming from Spanish Harlem (better known as "El Barrio") to the Airborne was a big accomplishment for me. I was at this time just out of High School and only 18 years of age. The Army decided to go back to the Battalion System and did away with the idea of Battle Groups. The colors of the RAKKASANS was sent to the 101st Airborne Division at the end of 1964. That is how I was taken away from the outfit closest to my heart. Only an old RAKKASAN would understand the feeling of being a RAKKASAN. I just found this website by accident, but I want to thank you for the good memories we all RAKKASAN share. With my deepest respect thank you for this site. Once a RAKKASAN ALWAYS A RAKKASAN.

 

 

 


Name:
SSG. Clifton, Daniel A.
Email:
dclifton2@hotmail.com
Date:
16 Jan 02

Comments

To all fellow RAKKASAN'S... First, I would like to say that I am PROUD to be able to call myself a "RAKKASAN"!!! I served with 2/187 from 1997-2000 till I had to go to Korea. Now with the 1/503rd. To see my fellow Rakkasans here with me, and the Pride that we have and will always have is a great feeling. We carry the name that you earned in WWII very Proudly... It has been my privilege to serve in the Greatest unit in the Army, I am and forever will be a RAKKASAN. I just wanted all to know how Proud I am of all RAKKASAN'S. Thank you for your time. -RAKKASAN'S, AIRBORNE, ALL THE WAY!!!-


Name:
John Dingwall
Email:
info@LothianPRA.org.uk
Date:
Monday 21 January 2002

Comments

Robert, Congratulations to you and your chapter on the excellent update of your site. All best wishes from the Lothian Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association here in Scotland, John


Name:
Nick Lombardi (7th AC- 1951-1953)
Email:
nick@convoq.com
Date:
Jan.20, 2002

Comments

I feel that it is a very impressive site and does justice the the unit and the people it represents. I am researching the time of service of my brother-in-law Sgt Andrew Ricciardelli, of Brooklyn NY who served with the 187th from 1950 to 1953. His widow, my sister, would like any decorations for his grandchildren. How do I go about getting them for the family. I am writing a book of hero's I have known connected with that forgotten war. I have 20 chapters written about a high school graduate friend who was WIA in Korea. Can you help?


Name:
Margaret Farrell
Email:
maggienana@in4web.com
Date:
January 24, 2002
 

Comments

Thank you for sharing your photo's and thoughts. My husband, Joseph Farrell was a Rakkasan he was attached to the 187th RCT Co. I - Korea 1953 - 1954 He became a NYC Fire Fighter and served 28 years with the NYFD. God Bless you all.


Name:
Steve Gilmore
Email:
sgilmore@voyager.net
Date:
06FEB02
 

Comments

I'm the son of Jerome Gilmore, my dad joined in '48. He has told us some of the events he was involved with in Korea, but he has made no effort in contacting any other 187th combat vets. Anyone who may have known my father can contact me at the email listed. Many thanks to the 187th RCT.

 


Name:
Don Garnett
Email:
instigtr101@netscape.net
Date:
02/14/02

Comments

Just found this site. Really great. Served with B Co. 1/187th INF from 1/91-3/93, some of the best times of my life. Trying to locate and old buddy. Christopher Kelly.


Name:
Spc. Frank J. Lee
Email:
fjl101@hotmail.com
Date:
02-19-02

Comments

I am a gulf war member of the beloved Rakkasans. I would like to find a way of becoming a pledged member again. Please send me some information on this matter. I served with Aco. 3/187 during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Thank you.


Name:
Mike Cain
Email:
truckie117@yahoo.com
Date:
02/25/2002

Comments

Bob, The meeting was great today, 2/24/02. Thanks for taking so much time with me. My dad would have loved it. You are much like my NYC Fire Fighter Family Brothers one and all. God bless America and all her gallant Hero's.


Name:
SSG James J  Kolb
Email:
sgtkolb@us.army.mil
Date:
1 mar 02

Comments

I am part of 2-187 In Regt. Rakkasan Raiders Maintenance section


Name:
Cliff W. Dillard
Email:
cwd11ab@aol.com
Date:
March 02, 2002

Comments

New York: Thanks for sharing pics of Los Banos, My wife & I were in D. C. and did not attend. We had gone to Lone Star, Ozark, and Ft. Campbell Chapter Dinners for years. George Healy must be coloring his hair black. We were in same battalion. I did not see Maggie & her man , in pics. Airborne Cliff Dillard from Kansas


Name:
Richard W. Sinclair Sr.
Email:
Rsinc10521@aol.com
Date:
3-10-02

Comments

Stumbled onto your site and loved it. What a tribute. It is befitting those it honors. You've done an outstanding job. Thank You from a fellow Rakkasan.

SSGT Richard W. Sinclair Sr. 101st Airborne C 3/187th Infantry Div.

God Bless to All.


Name:
WAYNE LANCHESTER
Email:
WLANCHESTER@HOTMAIL.COM
Date:
03/11/02

Comments

RAKKASANS LEAD THE WAY. A CO. 1/187 INF. 1989-1991


Name:
Kalen Dringman
Email:
kddringman@cs.com
Date:
13 March 2002

Comments

Good web page. I was a squad leader in Bco 1/187 over in Iraq.


Name:
Sp4 Malcolm Rogers
Email:
mjrogers65@aol.com
Date:
3-19-02

Comments

I served proudly with Co. C, 3rd Bn, 3rd Bde, 187th ARCT, 101st Abn Div from 1984 to 1986. Are any of my contemporaries out there?


Name:
JOHN M. NOLAN / ST. JOHN, IN.
Email:
JNOLAN717@AOL.COM
Date:
April 1, 2002

Comments

I have just browsed thru and you have a very interesting website. I am a former member of HQTS 1ST BN,'C'CO./ HQTS 3RD BN, 'L' February 1947 thru September 1949. Camp Crawford, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Returned to Fort Campbell, KY. Back Injury, August of1949, was transferred out to 772ND MP BN. Fort Meade, MD.


Name:
Nat Monroe
Email:
triplecinqnm@msn.com
Date:
April 2002

Comments

Nat Monroe a.k.a. (Mceachern) 187 ABN 1955-58


Name:
Bruce W. Buchanan
Email:
twanyb86@aol.com
Date:
April 6, 2002

Comments

My Father (James P. (BUCK) Buchanan was a member of the 187th ABN RGT CBT TM during the Korean war. All the info that I can find lets me know that he made both jumps (Sukchon and Mansan-ni) in which he was wounded on the last jump. We also know that he was awarded the bronze star with combat V. If anyone can remember him please contact me by E-mail twanyb86@aol.com. Thank you, Bruce Buchanan


Name:
SGT. Bryon Sergent
Email:
sarge226@yahoo.com
Date:
14apr02

Comments

Went to the desert with the 187th and now I'm in Europe with the Guards. Go figure. If anyone remembers me e-mail is free. See ya. Nice site.


Name:
William F Coughlin
Email:
rakkasan@attbi.com
Date:
20 April 2002

Comments

Dco 2-187 BDE/101st ABN 1995-1997


Name:
WILLIAM R HODDER
Email:
billhjuneh@peoplepc
Date:
(nov-68-69)
 

Comments

Was in Co. A 3rd Battalion (AIRBORNE) 187th Inf.,(101st AIRBORNE) Great site. Thought I'd never find anyone that with the 187th. I was on two firebases that were close to Evans, one of them almost overrun wee hours of the morning. I remember when we landed on the first one, they didn't call us FNGs they called us CHERRYS, and it wasn't long before it got busted. Who out there remembers Col. Black.............


Name:
CPT Kenneth Glidewell
Email:
kenneth.glidewell@us.army.mil
Date:
24 April 02
 

Comments

Outstanding Site. From one Rakkasan to all the others. Hooah!! I am a vet with A Co (Angels from Hell) 3/187 INF during the Gulf War. Will be sure to push this site out the other personnel that I am still in touch with.


Name:
Very Touching News Piece. From our Allies
 
Date:
April 2002
 

Comments

Rakkasans, I want to share this message from Col. Wiercinski with you. It concerns the Canadian Troopers attached to the Rakkasan Brigade who were killed and wounded by friendly fire. 

Capt. Gallo, I wish to send my condolences to the families of those brave Canadian Troopers who lost their lives in the bombing incident. It troubles me to hear of mistakes like this that takes the lives of our heroes. To those injured we have added their names to our prayer list and pray for their full recovery. Please convey this message if you can. 

We stand as brothers with one cause. Peace and Liberty for all. 

GOD BLESS 

Robert A. Nesbitt, President 
187th Rakkasan Association 

Also thought you should know, the Canadians requested a 187th Combat Patch go with the caskets of our fallen comrades. That speaks volumes of loyalty, camaraderie, and honor. They are and forever will be Patricia's Rakkasans - we will never forget. Frank


Name:
Gundel Metz
Email:
GmeM@aol.com
Date:
2 May 2002
 

Comments

Great job. My VFW adopted 626 FSB, 101st Airborne (AASLT) Division in Afghanistan. I spent 8 1/2 years with 101st - DISCOM and NBC School. Best wishes and God speed to all the Rakkasans in Afghanistan. Come home safely.


Name:
 
Email:
wceberle@lvcm.com
Date:
7 May 2002

Comments

Came across the term Rakkasan recently and wanted to find out what it meant. After some searching, I found your site. Thanks for providing the definition. Having been born a "Screaming Eaglet" in 1960, I have a special place in my heart for the 101st and Fort Campbell. As a member of a sister service, USAF, I wish the best to all who serve this country. Kick ass Rakkasans!


Name:
Stephen Larson
Email:
dbuster19@aol.com
Date:
5/8/02
 

Comments

An excellent site...it's been 20 years since I was a Rakkasan. The best time of my life. Let Valor Not Fail. If there are any reunions, I would love to get information.


Name:
Jaime Van Hoose
Email:
c_turtle21@earthlink.net
Date:
5/10/02 
 

Comments

I want to thank you for having a website devoted to the Rakkasans. My husband is in 1/187 HHC a "black Sheep" and is currently in Pakistan waiting to come home. He has been deployed over a year in the last two. None of the guys get the recognition they deserve and its a nice change of pace to see someplace that is devoted to the boys. Jaime Van Hoose wife of Spc. Bryan D Van Hoose


Name:
Don Eberwine- Oniontown, Ohio
Email:
doneberwine@hotmail.com
Date:
5/14/02
 

Comments

Very nice work- Welcome home to all who served. I served with hhc3/187 Nov.'67 to Sept. '68


Name:
Paul Davis
Email:
pdavis2@optonline,net
Date:
5-20-02
 

Comments

Checking out the site !


Name:
JOHN M NOLAN
Email:
jnolan717@aol.com
Date:
May 2002
 

Comments

I always enjoy browsing Airborne sights. I am now 72 years old, Member of 187 from Feb '47 to Aug '49.


Name:
MAJ Thomas J. Sheehan
Email:
sheehantj@bragg.army.mil (or) tjandrdsheehan@yahoo.com
Date:
30 May 02

Comments

Excellent Site!! If anyone remembers or has information on a former Rakkasan during the Korea War, James E. Sheehan, originally from Haverhill, MA, please contact me. I am trying to fill in numerous gaps in his service record for my family, and learn more about him myself. All The Way!!


Name:
Kim Rowland
Email:
skysoldier@swcp.com
 

Comments

I don't know what to say but THANK YOU. Thanks to everyone who keeps this glorious site going. I am speechless. I am an old man, a former 187th soldier from 67-68. I have always lived with the fact that those were the proudest moments of my life. My wife, my children, no one knows what that period meant to me. Only the ones that were my brothers will ever know. AND NOW I FIND ON THE INTERNET, A SITE WHICH PAYS TRIBUTE TO ALL RAKKASANS. IT TAKES ME BACK TO A PROUD TIME. YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THAT!!!!


Name:
Kim Rowland
Email:
skysoldier@swcp.com
Date:
June 13, 2002

Comments

I was a Rakkasan...left Ft Campbell just before Christmas of 1967. Got wounded in January of 1968 (38 days into Vietnam). I came back to the hospital at Ft Campbell and spent the summer there as a patient. I just want to share a poem with my fellow Rakkasans that I wrote that summer. I KNEW A BOY WHO WENT TO WAR... AND LEFT THE 'WORLD' BEHIND HIM WHEN HE LAY BLEEDING, ON A JUNGLE FLOOR. HE LEFT HIS DREAMS BEHIND HIM. I KNEW HIM WELL...THE BOY WAS ME! AND NOW I CANNOT FIND HIM.


Name:
Cliff Alligood, Jr.
Email:
cliffalligood@hotmail.com
Date:
18 June 2002

Comments

Rakkasans Lead The Way! 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry 3rd Brigade "War Eagles" Jan 87 - Sept 89


Name:
Steve J. McMichael
Email:
theotherguy17@aol.com
Date:
June 21, 2002

Comments

I love your site! The pictures and memories are great! SJM 3-187 Inf from Dec 96-Jul 00


Name:
James S. Schmitz
Email:
SJanjimschmitz@cs.com
Date:
7/14/02

Comments

The " Big Apple " should be proud. You have have a great site ! ! I'm a Bakka Badger Rakkasan in Wisconsin. I would like to say hi to my buddy, Herculano Dias, 2nd Ranger Co. Korea from West New York, N.J.


Name:
Victor J. Bartasius
Email:
vjbartasius@comcast.net
Date:
07/24/2002

Comments

A very impressive site. Airborne all the way. Big Head 187 ARCT


Name:
Rakkasan-Angel
Email:
Rakkasans -Angels Chapters
Date:
08/03/02
 

Comments

It is with deep sorrow that I must convey this message of the passing of Rakkasan and Angel Walter Johnson # 4098 Walter was Past President of the Manhattan Chapter of the 11th Airborne Division Association and Past Secretary and Charter founder of the Big Apple Chapter of the 187th ARCT. My dearest friend and Comrade in Fraternity. Walter endured over three years of excruciating pain and depression. He crossed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ last night 08/03/02 in the 23rd St. Veterans Administration Hospital with his sons at his bedside. He is survived by his three sons Michael, Paul and Major Timothy Johnson. God Rest his soul.


Name:
Pat Downer
Email:
PEDowner1@aol.com
Date:
08 Aug 02

Comments

The website was great and helpful. My father recently passed on and I've been doing homework on his units histories as he was always (like never) reluctant to talk about the combat he was in. He always told my brother and I how much he loved his airborne days and his buddies (His combat infantryman's badge and jump wings were with him always.) He was part of the 187th airborne RCT throughout the Korean war before Ranger school in the late 50's and then to Vietnam before retiring in '66. His name was Msgt. John "Spider" Downer (From New Hamburg, NY) and he was and always will be my hero and inspiration. Knowing more about the 187th and its traditions make me even prouder to be his son. Thanks again for the keeping the website going. Pat Downer CDR, USNR-ret. USNA - 1977


Name:
B Rose
Email:
BROSE@hotmail.com
Date:
Aug 10, 2002

Comments

Great site, was great to serve with ya all. GO CANADA GO. Kandahar


Name:
Cich Eddy
Email:
crazy.eddy@pandora.be
Date:
11 aug 2002

Comments

Hi Airborne buddy !!! Great site, nice pictures, very interesting ! Airborne all the way ! Eddy 

 


Name:
John Russillio
Email:
jrussillio@adelphia.net
Date:
August 12, 2002

Comments

Hello, I am trying to find anyone who served and knew Walter J Kulik during the later part of 1950. He was killed on 8 Dec 1950. For his heroic actions he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart. He was just nineteen years old when he died and he was my Uncle and I am very proud of him. He too served with the 187th in HQ Co. in Sukchon, Korea. Thank You , my deepest regards. 

 


Name:
Spc Michael Welch
Email:
mstr@sbcglobal.net
Date:
Nov 89 to Apr 92 B 3/187

Comments

Looking to make contact with fellow third herdsmen Battlehard!!


Name:
Michelle Isom
Email:
onuyuki@aol.com
Date:
24 Aug. 2002

Comments

Proud wife of a hero!! Keith David Isom, 1st Platoon, B.Co, 2/187. TASK FORCE RAKKASAN!! AIR ASSAULT!! LET VALOR NOT FAIL!!! HOOAH


Name:
Russell C. Barbor
Email:
Rustyclipper@aol.com
Date:
August 27, 2002

Comments

Graduated for Jump School in August of 1950 at Ft. Campbell, Ky. Assigned to the 11th Abn. 674AbnFA. "B" Battery. Shipped out to Korea in Sept. of 1950. Was air lifted from southern Japan to Pyongyang. Rotated out of Korea in June of 1951. Re-assigned to the 89thAbnFA at Ft. Campbell, Ky. Discharged in Sept. 1952. Returned to Ohio residence. Relocated to Rockville, Md in 1962. Employed by U.S. Secret Service/Technical Security Div. in 1972, retired in 1992. Was assigned to the White House. Assisted in the protection of five U.S. Presidents. Nixon, Ford, Carter, Regan & Bush(41). I am interested in getting in touch with any former member of the 674AbnFA. Have enjoyed viewing this web site. Has brought back a lot of old memories. Thanks to the people that put it together. Keep up the good work, a true effort & example of the Airborne esprit de corps.


Name:
PFC Romero
Email:
Crashc0mic@aol.com
Date:
8-30-02

Comments

!!!!!!!!!RAKKASAN!!!!!!!!!!!


Name:
Bob Nesbitt
Email:
RAK187ABN@cs.com
Date:
9/06/02

Comments

Bob, what a wonderful web site you have here. National should have one just like it for sure. Thanks for including my e-mail address. I hope it will generate some input from those who find and read this page. Great work!!!!! GOD BLESS Rakkasan & Airborne Regards, Bob Nesbitt 187th Columnist Static Line


Name:
Len Totora
Email:
LLcamera@aol.com
Date:
9/11/02 

Comments

I'm looking for the jumpmaster who was in the lead plane at Sukchon. I was the only movie combat photographer who went in with them. I never jumped before. Later I was made a member of 187 by General Ridgeway. I was also awarded the Bronze Star for the jump. This jumpmaster carried my camera down because I did not know what to do. The movies I took were used in many training films and also shown in all the news of that time. I would like to know his name or any other paratroopers on that plane. They were very concerned about my safety and gave me a lot of hints about what to do. I would like to thank and meet them. Len Totora.


Name:
Mark Maloney (Delta Co. 3/187 Infantry -- 1970 - 1971)
Email:
MarkMaryMaloney@aol.com
Date:
9/14/02 

Comments

Just wondered into your web site and enjoyed it very much. I would normally not write but I wanted to pass along two names that I did not see among the fallen Rakkasans. They are Sp4 Raymers (KIA 8/8/70) and Sgt. Fako (KIA 10/15/70) both were members of Delta Co., 3/187. Please pass this information along to the proper person to see that their names are added to the listing.


Name:
Carolyn Shipley
Email:
cshipley@i-nation.net
Date:
September 15, 2002

Comments

Beautiful site...loved your music!


Name:
Rick Scott
Email:
Big Apple187ARCT
Date:
10/1/02 

Comments

Dear Bob I am writing to you about the parade this year for the veterans. I have a suggestion this year for all. I know everybody hates to admit it but everybody is getting older it is a little harder to make the march so I am inclined to think that some guys will not come because they are embarrassed or concerned they cannot make the long walk so they do not come. My Dad is the one telling me about the parade so I have not seen it in person. If you could provide a flat bed trailer and put a couple of banners on it and let these guys sit on it you might get a bigger turn out. I have participated in other parades in my home town with little leaguers and such we did not have to get anything special, just a truck with a ball hitch to pull the trailer and all worked out. It would be easier for the gentlemen and give them the chance to decide if they wanted to walk along side or ride and if they get tired they could just sit on the float (trailer). Just a thought. Thank You for your time. Yours Truly, Rick Scott


Name:
rsjoslin
Email:
rsjoslin@comcast.net
Date:
10-16-02

Comments

Subj: MG Robert Clark Promotion Threatened ...Fellow Rakkasans: Attached is an article taken from today's Nashville Tennessean relative to an effort by the Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) to block the promotion of MG Clark to Lt. Gen. MG Clark is a good Rakkasan and former 3rd Rakkasan Brigade Commander who led the brigade on the 180 plus mile air assault on the Euphrates Valley during Desert Storm. He also did a good job of commanding the 101st Abn Div (AASLT) in spite of the unsupported allegations of the SLDN. I urge all Rakkasans to E-Mail or otherwise contact the Senate Armed Services Committee to emphasize that MG Clark is a superlative officer who is deserving of promotion and that the SLDN is making a scapegoat of a man who happened to be 101st Abn Div Commander at the time of the unfortunate death of a soldier. Senator Levin is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee that will consider MG Clark's promotion. He may be reached at: Senator@levin.senate.gov Other members of the committee (24 of them) may be found at: www.senate.gov/senators Go to Committees to get the members of the Armed Services Committee. Then click on "Contacting via internet" to get e-mail and other addresses. Send a few of these folks a note expressing your thoughts on these scurrilous accusations by the SLDN. Also let them know your positive feelings about MG Clark, our former Rakkasan Brigade Commander. Rakkasan Regards, Scott ---------------------------------------------------- Subj: U.S. SENATOR CARL LEVIN (D-MI), RANKING Date: 10/11/02 6:16:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: Big Apple187ARCT To: Senator@levin.senate.gov. Honorable US Senator Carl Levin; I am the president of the Big Apple Chapter of the Rakkasans 187th Infantry. I have been informed that Major General Robert Clark is before the Senate Armed Services Committee of which you are the Chairman. I am writing in behalf of this Generals promotion to Lt. General. Major General Robert Clark being not only an officer of the highest caliber he is, was and will always be a Rakkasan. The Rakkasan designation is a standard of Trooper that is equated with Bravery and Honor (par excellence). The General has shown his outstanding worth with and as the 3rd Rakkasan Brigade Commander who led the Brigade on the 180 plus mile air assault on the Euphrates Valley during Desert Storm. He did a par excellent duty job of commanding the 101st Abn Div (AASLT), He has been thrown before the enemy of our country and has proven his valor and devotion to his Country. In this time of faltering loyalties a bond of Honor was formed between this Trooper and his allegiance to duty. Acknowledging this faithfulness of command is paramount to our continued victories and camaraderie of our troops. Past, Present and Future. Major General Robert Clark acquired the respect and devotion of the Rakkasan Regulars and that of our esteemed Association and it's members. I therefore plead for the recognition and promotion that is warranted by all virtue of this most Honorable Rakkasan Major General Robert Clark to that of Lt. General with all Pride and Honor that goes with such a promotion. GOD BLESS you in your continued life and the powers of your congressional responsibilities. Robert C. Hodgson PRESIDENT: BIG APPLE CHAPTER OF THE 187TH ARCT RAKKASANS & 11th AIRBORNE DIV, MANHATTAN CHAPTER ANGELS

 


Name:
Jim Gigliotti
Email:
Mariiejim@Everlink.Com
Date:
Oct.30,2002

Comments

My name is Jim Gigliotti Hq. Co. 1St.Ba.S2 187 RCT 1952&1953Camp Wood Japan/Korea.


Name:
William G. Johnston
Email:
terrysappl1@yahoo.com
Date:
November 9, 2002
 
 

Comments

Just looking for info for my Dad who was a Rakkasan in Korea and Vietnam.


Name:
From: "Linnington, Michael S. COL
Email:
BigApple187ARCT@aol.com
Date:
November 14, 2002
 

Comments

The 101st ABN Division and Rakkasan Regiment (187th Infantry) lost 2 young soldiers (killed) this morning in a training accident at JRTC. Please pass the word to all Rakkasans and let them know we are doing fine, are coming together in this time of grief, and will be having a memorial ceremony on our return to Fort Campbell. More to follow -- one soldier married with a local wife (and brother in 3-187 Inf) -- please contact Brenda or Lisa Preysler for specifics (2-187 Inf soldiers involved). Lisa is coordinating meals, and specific needs of the family. Rakkasan! Mike Linnington


Name:
Brian C. Partin
Email:
morebel@wi.rr.com
Date:
November 15, 2002
 

Comments

You guys did a great job on this website.. It's one of the BEST web sites I have visited in a long time...I'm PROUD to say that MY BROTHER was one of the VERY PROUD TO HAVE BELONG TO THIS UNIT... I'm VERY, VERY PROUD and humble to acquaint my-self With your organization.... MY BROTHER WAS VERY PROUD TO BE AIR-BORNE... I never got to know my brother, as I was very young And don't remember him... My sisters tell me he loved being in the AIR-BORNE UNIT and proud of the men he served with... And I'm proud of him and the men who lost their lives during this struggle...May GOD keep you all in his arms...The ones who are still here on earth.. For I know the ones who are not here....They are with GOD, sleeping in his many rooms... THANK YOU GUYS....And GOD BLESS YOU.. Brian C. Partin PROUD BROTHER Of Pvt. WILLIAM D. PARTIN 187 RCT "C" Co. KIA 25 March 1951 UIJONGBU KOREA


Name:
James W. Lewis
Email:
jlewisd843@adelphia.net
Date:
27 Nov 2002
 

Comments

Still looking for SFC Bill Fox, MG Platoon, D Co, 52-54 in Japan and Korea. Happy Thanksgiving and 


Name:
David J. Baldwin
Email:
chcrzyhrse@yahoo.com
Date:
January 7th, 2003

Comments

Once a Rakkasan always a Rakkasan 1st Airborne Battle Group--187th Infantry "B" Co., Gablingen, Germany 9/57 -- 1/59


Name:
John M. Austin
Email:
fourairbornewings@nanosecond.net
Date:
1-28-03

Comments

Frank Lilly (San Diego,CA) and I have been attempting to contact a buddy of ours from Maryland who spent more than twenty in the armed services. I have computer knowledge and have had no success to this date. His name is as follows: David L. Steward After we came back from Japan via "Operation Gyroscope" , he went to the 82nd Airborne. Frank Lilly said he last saw him in Special Services where he coached Boxing, Football, etc. and may have at one time been associated with the 555. Give a write if anyone knows this Rakkasan.


Name:
John M. Austin
Email:
fourairbornewings@nanosecond.net
Date:
31 January 2003

Comments

I took infantry basic with the 89th F.A. Bn.(11th Abn) in late May 1953 and upon completion was assigned to Svc.Btry/675 F.A. Bn. (11th Abn) and proceeded to Jump School at Ft. Benning in November 1953. Participated in "Operation Ski Jump" at Camp Hail, CO in February 1954. Upon our return to Camp Campbell I received orders for duty in Japan with Svc. Btry/674 Abn.Bn./187th ARCT. First Sgt. John Bell & Lt. Tiger Jones were the troopers in charge until Lt. Marion F. England replaced Lt. Jones near the end of July '54. Shortly later First Sgt. Bell returned to the states and M/Sgt Hoffman took the reins until First Sgt. Howser (came from AAA/187)became the man in charge with the backing of SFC Jim Crocker. The battery returned via "Operation Gyroscope"in July '55, we were at Ft. Bragg until February 1956. Whereupon, we left for Fort Campbell, KY and trained new troops for the 101st Abn. Div.. On May 18, 1956, I said farewell to a great bunch of guys, a great Fort Campbell and those fabulous civilians in Hopkinsville (none better). Was in the Army and Marines reserves from 5/56 to 3/59 and on March 25, 1959 I signed up for four years with the USMC. Spent 13 months in the Far East with Fox Co. 2 Bn. 3rd Marine regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Shortly after returning to the states, I caused some trouble and to be subdued, I finally received a tryout with Force Recon Pathfinders in May 1961. We static lined and did freefall from every Aircraft, including Jets, that the Marines officers flew. I left them 30 days prior to my discharge of March 1963. Obtained a private pilot's license and flew for 12 1/2 years, mostly in California upon discharge. I came from Massachusetts but am now retired in Nevada. While with the Army Airborne, I was called "Baby Austin" as I joined up 15 days after I turned 17. I have contacts with at least 10 troopers who I served with while a member of Svc. Btry.674/187th. Feel free to drop me line, even if you served in the Corps......


Name:
Christopher Stahl
Email:
stahlinka@yahoo.com
Date:
2-9-03

Comments

What's up? I served from November 1988 to October 1991 in Delta, 3-187. If anyone that I served with sees this, give me a yell. Later, Big Lou or sometimes Little A.


Name:
Manhattan Chapter of 11th Abn Div Assoc.
Email:
ManChap11abn@AOL.Com
Date:
2-2003

Comments

The Manhattan Chapter of the 11th Airborne Angels are having their Los Banos remembrance at the Pacific Sea World Restaurant Located At 79-17 Albino Ave, Elmhurst, Queens. Tel. 1-718-429-7070. Please call or write Email for further directions. to me or Hugo. The day will be Feb. 23rd a Sunday. from 1300hrs till you or we finish. The meals are buffet and you eat all you want of many varieties all day we figure breaking up about 1800hrs. The cost is $25 a person but you get to fill up all day. We have a private room with mike and the works. Hope you can come wear your wings and jackets if you have them if not do you need one? See Hugo.


Name:
Nick Lombardi
Email:
nicksr@optonline.net
Date:
02/22/03

Comments

Got the site from "Pete" Peterson of 187th ... looking for info about brother-in-law now deceased, Sgt Andrew Ricciardelli...served 187th Medical Co, Korea 1950-52.Earned among others, Korean Service Medal w/5Bronze Service Stars, 1 Bronze Arrowhead. Am writing a book (opening attached) about the guys I knew who served in Korea. I was in 2nd Cav Regt Constabulary in Germany on Czech Border patrol. Hope you can help. Need to know if and when the jumps in Korea were made so I can validate his participation. Hope you can help. God Bless us all. The Forgotten Generation…Korea 1950-1953 Memoirs of a hero. The chapters you will read are pulled from conversations and tapes from Cpl. Frank Chimera and put into form with the writer. In some cases his words were put into real life moments, as they happened. Frank has been confined to a wheelchair since l953...many years more than the Doctors in Korea, Japan, Hawaii and both the Naval Hospitals in California and the Army and Veteran Hospitals in the US expected. Life expectancy, as described to Frank by his immediate Doctors, was 15 to 20 years. The fact that he has managed to survive these expectations is a credit to his will to live, his lovely wife Pat, their children, the Medical Profession and certainly not lastly, God, in which Frank and his family, have great belief. We are part of the forgotten generation. Born after the depression of the late 20's and spaced between the returning GI's of WW II, the baby boomers and the Vietnam War, which was declared a war, even though it was unpopular. I have never remembered a war in history that would kill thousands or millions of people, called popular. No accurate records on casualties for all involved, exist on the war that was never declared a war that lasted 37 months.


Name:
SSG Ricardo Padron
Email:
RPADRON5@BELLSOUTH.NET
Date:
25 Feb 03

Comments

I am on military leave from the NYC Fire Department. I am a member of 3-187 INF. We left for Afghanistan last year and fought some close battles. I am now preparing to leave for Iraq. It is an honor to be a part of this unit. I had no idea there was a NYC chapter. Upon my return from Iraq I would very much to like join the chapter.


Name:
Herrik, John
Email:
johnherrick@hotmail.com
Date:
3-8-03

Comments

My friend Jim Giesler is having his 70th birthday next Saturday the 15th of March. He served in Korea and I was wondering if anyone could send him emails. He tells wonderful tales of his days with the "Rakkasan" and even has named his sailboat the "Rakkasan". We live in South Pasadena, Florida and if anyone might be in the area I am hosting a birthday party for him. Thanks for any help you can be, John Herrick 1735 Lighthouse Terr #11 S. Pasadena, FL 727-347-3773


Name:
SSG James J. Kolb
Email:
sgtkolb@us.army.mil
Date:
3/11/03 9:05:35 AM Eastern Standard Time
Remote User:

Comments

Rakkasans,
       I would guess you would enjoy hearing a little about the 2-187 in the place we cant name but CNN does. here it is hot but some of us have tents we spend our days training and when the sun goes down so do we the chow line no joke is a mile long and and start in the direction facing our AO, I tell the direction because the chow hall is 1 mile away from us...The food is alright but soon I believe we wont have these comforts Raider Rakkasan out front. The equipment is coming to us slowly evidently the put them on the slow to china instead of the fast ship here. I am a mechanic in HQ this doesn't bother me but the line guys are chomping at the bit to get to the business. its hard to tell about life here without corrupting operational security so any question let me know. is their any rakkasan grease monkeys in the chapter (ARMY Mechanics like me? take care
                               SSG Kolb

                               2Bn shop foreman

FREEDOM ISN'T FREE, FIX BAYONETS

----- Original Message -----
From: BigApple187ARCT@aol.com
Date: Monday, March 4, 2002 3:14 pm
Subject: Big Apple Chapter of 187th Inf and 11th Abn Div Manhattan Chapter

SSG James J. Kolb, Good to hear from you Sgt. Are you presently in Campbell? We are expecting to go there for the annual ceremonies. We here are all praying for the Troopers. This conflict will be a long and unpopular type of action but it seems we as Americans have to protect not only by defending but by aggression. Finding our enemies in this era of world diversification is a tough piece of work but that's what YOUR about the new troopers of a different Modern War Machine. Your tasks are monumental and never before tested. We support and Pray for all our troops and their Victory over oppression and the vicious guerillas with a misconception of life and the real meaning of freedom and justice. 

ANGELS, RAKKASANS. EAGLES, SPL.FORCES, RANGERS, AIRBORNE ALL the WAY and ABOVE the REST PRESIDENT BIG APPLE CHAPTER of the187th Inf. Robert C. Hodgson 'AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY AND ABOVE THE REST' 


Name:
Andy
 
Date:
03-13-03

Comments

Loved the site from a fellow rakkasan from Jan 1994 to March 1995


Name:
Anja
Email:
sherah8@hotmail.com
Date:
03-14-03

Comments

I love this site. My husband is a Rakkasan and deployed. He loves his job and he loves his country. We went through so many deployments, but this one somehow seems different. I am going to be strong for him. I wanna thank each and every one who is supporting our troops. We have some Golden Rakkasans in our FRG Meetings and it is great to know there are people out there who care because they have been there. I hope this will be over soon so our guys can come back home where they belong. But I support them all the way.


Name:
SSG Correa, Jesus
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
3/15/03 5:36:41 PM Eastern Standard Time

Comments

My Name is SSG Correa, I Served with the A Co.1-187th INF, from 7 May 1993 till 27 January 1997. I went to Korea and Stopped by the Rakkasan Memorial, took pictures and remembered all the good and bad times. I'm going to be reclassified to another MOS because I took a Grenade on my entire left side While Stationed in Korea with the Joint Security Are (JSA). All in all, I will serve over 13and a half years as an Infantryman. I became an NCO in the Rakkasans and now stationed here in New York with the 2-87th Infantry. I would like Information or a membership form either mailed or E mailed to me, Lifetime membership Only please.


Name:
Ashley
Email:
ashers_852002@yahoo.com
Date:
March 27th 2003

Comments

I was wondering if any of you knew Jack Yorke?? He's my grandpa. Just curious thanks he was a master paratrooper.


Name:
Linda Ketcham
Email:
lketcham@cox.net
Date:
March 29, 2003

Comments

Wanted to say that I'm praying for the safe return for all our service men. My nephew Cody Haynes is with the Rakkasans and we are all praying for him. So I just want to say Hi to him.


 


Name:
Laskoski, Andrew J.
Email:
andrew.laskoski@polk.army.mil
Date:
2 April 03

Comments

I appreciate this web site more than you will ever know. My father, Clement C. Laskoski was one of our great American heroes that provided his service during the Korean War with the 187th RCT. He has always been reluctant to talk fully about the experience. I now follow in his foot steps; I am proud every day to serve my country and will never forget the men who have went before me. If there is some way this organization could reach him by mail I would be most thankful. His current address is: Mr. Clement C. Laskoski 3513 chestnut street Camp Hill, PA. 17011 Thank you. Sincerely, Andrew J. Laskoski Sergeant First Class U.S. Army "RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!" AIRBORNE!


Name:
Ethan Smith
Email:
e.smith@scacd.com
Date:
April 9, 2003

Comments

My name is Ethan Smith. I served with B.Co 1/187 from 90-92. Just wondering if there are any other BULLDOGS out there.


Name:
Ricardo Torres Perez
Email:
Iamlookinatyu@aol.com
Date:
13 April 2003

Comments

I so proudly served with the Rakkasans SSG "T", US Army retired four years from 1989-1993 with HHC 3rd BDE COMMO PLT. I deeply give honor and respect to those who have passed through the Ground Of Horror so that they may see tomorrow. Bless them and bring them home! My son is Serving with the 4th ID PVT TORRES


Name:
Shirley Hart
Email:
hart@cl.uh.edu
Date:
April 17, 2003

Comments

This is a beautiful website. My husband, Don Hart, is a Rakkasan and a member of the Lone Star Chapter here in Texas.


Name:
Bob Hodgson
Email:
Big Apple187ARCT@aol.com
Date:
Spring 2003

Comments

NEWSLETTER 2003: I wish to start this letter with a blessing for all our Military that are now in harms way. These honorable and brave Americans who are serving to secure our freedom from oppression and the terrorist acts upon the peace enjoying societies of the world need not only our prayers but our unending support. There is no worst enemy for a fighter than that of unmindful selfish peoples of their own country. The word Freedom leads people to misunderstanding the weak of heart and spirit to destroy that which they enjoy each and everyday without a thought of how this freedom was obtained, and who gave their lives for this freedom they enjoy. The Military of our country is the backbone of this enjoyed life. We have to stand behind our men women and children who give so great a part of their lives to this, taken for granted way of life that we hold and love so dearly. The Los Banos remembrance on February the 23rd was held in Queens. The turn out was very good considering the rainy day over the icy snow piled streets. We ate sumptuously on seafood, steak, and almost any thing in between. The menu was full and varied and we ate any and all as this was buffet style and lasted 5 hours. One can eat a lot of food in that time. The subject of dues was brought up at the meeting and it was decided that paying at the beginning of each year leaves no one wondering if they are in arrears. We have Jackets and hats for the chapter. If you wish one or more let us know we will order them. Heredity is that meaning our children or father, mother upward. If you make your children a member they will receive a number and can enjoy all that you do except vote. We carry our name and help insure the National continuance of the 187th. our deeper foundation of family values. The word 'Reserve' is the name our wives receive when we enroll them in our finest camaraderie of Airborne Families. Make the best of our best, a part of what we made the best the 187th. The next outdoor event is of course the Memorial Day Parade which is on Monday the 26th. of May. We form up on 5th Ave and 86th street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. The parade usually kicks off at about 1100 hrs or so. I will be there at 0930 hrs . Bring your family, children love a parade and more so to march in one. The Jacket or any form of uniform you have is OK. We as Honor Guards will wear the BDU'S camouflage. If you have a uniform wear it we some times need extras for the Honor Guard we carry 6 flags, a Sgt. Major and if we had rifles one on each side. Come, be a proud Veteran. Show your solidarity to those who still hold our torch high and continue to defend the AMERICAN WAY. Sunday, June 22 2003 is our celebration of the birthday of the US ARMY and also the remembrance of the start of the Korean WAR in 1950. This year the cookout will be held again in North Babylon. I will send out the particulars and directions soon. Try this one you'll like it. We missed the deadline for the papers this quarter. My error. I am really sorry. I can make a bigger column next Quarter meanwhile we always have our web site. Please send me some shots of you in a chute or past glory photo in a military dress of sorts and I'll put it on the web site. Ending is also a somber one We pray for those departed from all our families and these Rakkasans, Angels and Eagles of our chapter Rakkasan /Angel Joseph Bachety # 303L G Co. Rakkasan /Angel Joseph Sandin # 4308 C Co. Rakkasan /Angel Daniel Maher #2798 F Co. Rakkasan /Angel Walter Johnson DMOR Hq& Hq. 674thFA GOD REST YOU 'UNTIL WE FORM AGAIN'.


Name:
Scott Dorn
Email:
sdorn@hvc.rr.com
Date:
April 21, 2003

Comments

My father died a week ago today. He was SFC Michael Herrera. He served with the 187th RCT in Korea from 1950-1953. He was a great man, and airborne until the end. He fought his illness with all he had. He was and always will be Rakkasan forever. If anyone knew him, I'd love to hear from you.


Name:
Larry Lenahan
Email:
big apple 187arct@aol.com
Date:
4-28-03

Comments

Please pass this on to all Rakkasans. The DOD announced that Sgt. Troy David Jenkins of B Company 3rd Battalion died on Thursday April 24 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Sgt. Jenkins died of wounds received in action on April 19. He was on a dismounted patrol with other soldiers when he was injured as a result of an explosion. The Sgt. was from Ridgecrest, California -- Larry Lenahan B Company, 1st ABG 187/11th AB and 24th Abn. Brde.


Name:
Orlo Zlensky
Email:
Herumerti2@aol.com
Date:
8/4/03

Comments

I would like to know the whereabouts of Sam Pribberno. He was in Engineer Co. of the 187th RCT in 1952-1953. If anybody has any information, please contact me.


Name:
Mike
Email:
crazylegslopez@yahoo.com
Date:
Aug. 20, 2003

Comments

Please send any info. or photo's of SGT. Lawrence V. Ruvolo to crazylegslopez@yahoo.com. Lawrence served in the Korean War. He was killed in action on May 23,1951 in Inje. He was a Squad Leader/Paratrooper from the 187'th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. We would like any info. on how he received the Bronze Star.


Name:
Bob Nesbitt
Email:
RAK187ABN@cs.com
Date:
09/14/03

Comments

IT IS MY SAD DUTY TO REPORT TO YOU THAT ANOTHER OF OUR COMRADES HAS FALLEN. LTC LESTER LICHTER (RET.) HAS PASSED AWAY. ACCORDING TO HIS GRANDDAUGHTER HE PASSED PEACEFULLY WHILE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A TELEPHONE CALL. LES WAS OUR LEGAL ADVISOR AND WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL ON MANY OCCASIONS IN GUIDING THE RAKKASAN ASSOCIATION WHEN IT CAME TO MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS REGARDING THE LAW. WE SHALL MISS HIM FOR HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A "RAKKASAN." GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS US ALL. Rakkasan & Airborne Regards, Bob Nesbitt


Name:
Lester B Cook
Email:
lbcook@mchsi.com
Date:
09/21/03

Comments

E Co 187RCT Korea M/Sgt


Name:
Bob Hodgson
Email:
Big Apple187ARCT@aol.com
Date:
Spring 2003

Comments

NEWSLETTER 2003: I wish to start this letter with a blessing for all our Military that are now in harms way. These honorable and brave Americans who are serving to secure our freedom from oppression and the terrorist acts upon the peace enjoying societies of the world need not only our prayers but our unending support. There is no worst enemy for a fighter than that of unmindful selfish peoples of their own country. The word Freedom leads people to misunderstanding the weak of heart and spirit to destroy that which they enjoy each and everyday without a thought of how this freedom was obtained, and who gave their lives for this freedom they enjoy. The Military of our country is the backbone of this enjoyed life. We have to stand behind our men women and children who give so great a part of their lives to this, taken for granted way of life that we hold and love so dearly. The Los Banos remembrance on February the 23rd was held in Queens. The turn out was very good considering the rainy day over the icy snow piled streets. We ate sumptuously on seafood, steak, and almost any thing in between. The menu was full and varied and we ate any and all as this was buffet style and lasted 5 hours. One can eat a lot of food in that time. The subject of dues was brought up at the meeting and it was decided that paying at the beginning of each year leaves no one wondering if they are in arrears. We have Jackets and hats for the chapter. If you wish one or more let us know we will order them. Heredity is that meaning our children or father, mother upward. If you make your children a member they will receive a number and can enjoy all that you do except vote. We carry our name and help insure the National continuance of the 187th. our deeper foundation of family values. The word 'Reserve' is the name our wives receive when we enroll them in our finest camaraderie of Airborne Families. Make the best of our best, a part of what we made the best the 187th. The next outdoor event is of course the Memorial Day Parade which is on Monday the 26th. of May. We form up on 5th Ave and 86th street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. The parade usually kicks off at about 1100 hrs or so. I will be there at 0930 hrs . Bring your family, children love a parade and more so to march in one. The Jacket or any form of uniform you have is OK. We as Honor Guards will wear the BDU'S camouflage. If you have a uniform wear it we some times need extras for the Honor Guard we carry 6 flags, a Sgt. Major and if we had rifles one on each side. Come, be a proud Veteran. Show your solidarity to those who still hold our torch high and continue to defend the AMERICAN WAY. Sunday, June 22 2003 is our celebration of the birthday of the US ARMY and also the remembrance of the start of the Korean WAR in 1950. This year the cookout will be held again in North Babylon. I will send out the particulars and directions soon. Try this one you'll like it. We missed the deadline for the papers this quarter. My error. I am really sorry. I can make a bigger column next Quarter meanwhile we always have our web site. Please send me some shots of you in a chute or past glory photo in a military dress of sorts and I'll put it on the web site. Ending is also a somber one We pray for those departed from all our families and these Rakkasans, Angels and Eagles of our chapter Rakkasan /Angel Joseph Bachety # 303L G Co. Rakkasan /Angel Joseph Sandin # 4308 C Co. Rakkasan /Angel Daniel Maher #2798 F Co. Rakkasan /Angel Walter Johnson DMOR Hq& Hq. 674thFA GOD REST YOU 'UNTIL WE FORM AGAIN'.


Name:
Scott Dorn
Email:
sdorn@hvc.rr.com
Date:
April 21, 2003

Comments

My father died a week ago today. He was SFC Michael Herrera. He served with the 187th RCT in Korea from 1950-1953. He was a great man, and airborne until the end. He fought his illness with all he had. He was and always will be Rakkasan forever. If anyone knew him, I'd love to hear from you.


Name:
Larry Lenahan
Email:
big apple 187arct@aol.com
Date:
4-28-03

Comments

Please pass this on to all Rakkasans. The DOD announced that Sgt. Troy David Jenkins of B Company 3rd Battalion died on Thursday April 24 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Sgt. Jenkins died of wounds received in action on April 19. He was on a dismounted patrol with other soldiers when he was injured as a result of an explosion. The Sgt. was from Ridgecrest, California -- Larry Lenahan B Company, 1st ABG 187/11th AB and 24th Abn. Brde.


Name:
Orlo Zlensky
Email:
Herumerti2@aol.com
Date:
8/4/03

Comments

I would like to know the whereabouts of Sam Pribberno. He was in Engineer Co. of the 187th RCT in 1952-1953. If anybody has any information, please contact me.


Name:
Mike
Email:
crazylegslopez@yahoo.com
Date:
Aug. 20, 2003

Comments

Please send any info. or photo's of SGT. Lawrence V. Ruvolo to crazylegslopez@yahoo.com. Lawrence served in the Korean War. He was killed in action on May 23,1951 in Inje. He was a Squad Leader/Paratrooper from the 187'th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. We would like any info. on how he received the Bronze Star.


Name:
Bob Nesbitt
Email:
RAK187ABN@cs.com
Date:
09/14/03

Comments

IT IS MY SAD DUTY TO REPORT TO YOU THAT ANOTHER OF OUR COMRADES HAS FALLEN. LTC LESTER LICHTER (RET.) HAS PASSED AWAY. ACCORDING TO HIS GRANDDAUGHTER HE PASSED PEACEFULLY WHILE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A TELEPHONE CALL. LES WAS OUR LEGAL ADVISOR AND WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL ON MANY OCCASIONS IN GUIDING THE RAKKASAN ASSOCIATION WHEN IT CAME TO MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS REGARDING THE LAW. WE SHALL MISS HIM FOR HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A "RAKKASAN." GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS US ALL. Rakkasan & Airborne Regards, Bob Nesbitt


Name:
Lester B Cook
Email:
lbcook@mchsi.com
Date:
09/21/03

Comments

E Co 187RCT Korea M/Sgt


Name:
Bob Nesbitt
Email:
RAK187ABN@cs.com
Date:
10-03

Comments

Two members have crossed over this weekend. Please pray for their families and the souls of our departed brothers. Rakkasan Bill Krep served with the 674thFA in Korea. also: Rakkasan Ben Balukonis served with H Co. Visitation will be on 10/3 from 2-4 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m. at the Reppie Funeral Home in Parma, Ohio.


Name:
Jim Bockman
Email:
JBoc187@mchsi.com
Date:
10-09-03

Comments

Sad news....one of our fellow Rakkasans has passed away: Rod Cottles of "A" Company, 187th ARCT, Grand Canyon Chapter. Address is: P.O. Box 3223, Kingman, AZ 86402-3223. Phone # (928) 767-3896. The widow Mitiz (R-102) Reserve called me Sunday 9/28/03 at 4pm at Kingman Hospital, where he passed at the age of 67 years old. He WILL be missed! Funeral will be held on 10/3/02 at Sutton Funeral Memorial Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401 at 2 p.m. I will be there with our flags flying!!


Name:
Frank Arias Samuari Chapter President
Email:
Abnranger2@aol.com
Date:
10-16-03

Comments

My Fellow Rakkasans, It is fast approaching the Holiday Season and again the families of our lower ranked Rakkasans are in jeopardy of having little food on their tables for the holiday season. Many more of our young soldiers are now coming in the army married and some married with children, different from our Army days. This is the second year that the Samurai Chapter will help our active duty commanders wives make sure that those in need have a ham or Turkey and other foods for the holidays . Many folks in various chapters last year said "if our chapter members would have heard about it they would have donated". Rakkasans, here is YOUR chance; I will be sending this to as many chapter Presidents and members as possible and hopefully help all the needy Rakkasan families, not just some. Make Checks payable to HHC 3 Brigade FRG and send Donations to Mrs. Brenda Linnington, 1558 Creek Loop, Ft Campbell, KY 42223. Thanks in advance and have a Great Holiday Season ! Frank Arias Samuari Chapter President


Name:
Ken Ray -Secretary Rudy Hernandez Chapter
Email:
RAK187ABN@cs.com
Date:
10-16-03

Comments

Rakkasans, I received the following information concerning our Medal of Honor Recipient Rudy Hernandez who is in the hospital after a fall in his home. Please take the time and send him a card at home. Bob Nesbitt Bob, talked to Steve Sosa yesterday and this is the latest on Rudy. He is still in the hospital today will be three weeks. He is in ICU at Womack Army Medical center here at Fort Bragg. Rudy fell at home early in the morning and struck his head three weeks ago. he had surgery about 11 days ago and is doing better now. He was started on solid food 3 days ago and the doctors said if he keeps improving they may release him to go home Friday or Saturday. He has a phone in his room and I verified that he can receive calls if needed but it would probably be best if cards were sent to his home, because he needs plenty of rest. Hospital number is: 910-907-8792 room 213 Ken Ray Secretary Rudy Hernandez Chapter


Name:
Big Apple & Manhattan Chapters
Email:
Big Apple 187arct @aol.com
Date:
10-23-03

Comments

The Secretary of the Big Apple Chapter of the 187th. Airborne/Assault Association and the Manhattan Chapter of the 11th Airborne Div. Association Spiridionte (Spud) Gili has this AM passed over into the hands of the Christian God of his following. He will be reposing in West Islip. Information tel# 1-631-661-5644. The Funeral services will be Mon. 10-27-03 at St Mary's Church in East Islip.


Name:
Bob Schuler
Email:
Robert.Schuler@spectrum-health.org
Date:
11.05.03

Comments

I was reviewing your website searching for where I could find information about persons serving in the 187. My father Jack E. Klingelsmith passed away June 2003, and I am looking for information about his service with the 187 in Korea. I have his discharge papers and little else. I also have a son Brandon Schuler serving with the 187th / 3rd Bat. in northern Iraq. I found address for association in Michigan and see if they can also assist me. Any information passed to me would be greatly appreciated. Just starting the search and not sure where to look. Bob Schuler


Name:
David Groves
Email:
sugardaddy_238@aol.com
Date:
10 November 03

Comments

Greetings fellow RAKKASANS, I was interested in joining the Big Apple Chapter of the Rakkasans and I was wondering what the best course may be. I'm a Golden Rakkasan who fought with the 3-187th Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan and Iraq. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Ne Desit Virtus Groves


Name:
Peter C. Fraser, Nam 67-68, 3d Bn, 187th Inf, 3d Bde, 101st Abn. Div.
Email:
peteysee@aol.com
Date:
15 Nov 2003

Comments

On 8 July 1967 sp4 William "Billy" I. Turner gave his life in rescuing wounded comrades from the kill zone of an NVA ambush. Despite being wounded twice he returned to carry the wounded out and was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire as he carried the last wounded from the ambush. Billy was a medic assigned to B Company. He was the best friend anyone could have in a bar fight or a fire fight. A paratrooper through and through he will never be forgotten. I was there when he died and he is with me to this day.


Name:
Nick Lombardi
Email:
nicksr@optonline.net
Date:
12-07-03

Comments

Looking for members of 187th Med co ...1949-1953 served in Korea with Sgt Andrew Ricciardelli or attended jump school.


Name:
Rudolph R. Ruiz (Rudy) 1st BN 187th ARCT D Co. 1947-1952
Email:
valentir@gdls.com
Date:
13 DEC 03

Comments

I'm writing on behalf of my grandfather "Rudolph Ray Ruiz (Rudy). He was in the 1stBN 187 ARCT D co, also he was with the 511th. Trying to find some of his friends or people who knew him. He was in Japan prior to the Korean War. He was a with the Glider Infantry before becoming a paratrooper, he did Jump School in Japan as well. I have a few pictures and have been in contact with a few of his friend i.e " Bill Parsons, Valdemar Smith (Smitty), Tom Rivera, Dale Gibler, and a Rolando Rodriquez. I have the addresses of these men and have been in contact. Also have some photos, one from a Christmas party in 1948 with a group of the guys in the Ike jacket uniform and spit shined jump boots with a box of Schlitz beer. Please email me if you know anything about my grandfather or have some photos. Thank you.


Name:
Jim Bockman President Grand Canyon Charter
Email:
JBoc187@mchsi.com
Date:
December 2003

Comments

The Reunion site for the next reunion can be clicked on by using www.members.cox.net/187thairborne for your all together information. SUBJECT OUR NEW WEB SITE TO ALL THE GRAND CANYON CHAPTER OF THE 187TH AIRBORNE REGT. There will be more coming to the site. We need to thank Tom Bennett... Jim Bockman President


Name:
Eric C. Jordan
Email:
rakkasan_d_1_187@yahoo.com
Date:
22 December 2003

Comments

Great page, I was in D Co. 1/187 in Desert Storm. Thanks a lot. I will be applying for membership in the National Ass. soon. My National Guard unit just got activated and will be deploying to Iraq soon. Take care and I will see you guys soon.


Name:
Rakkasans
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
1-2004

Comments

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Planeloads of "Screaming Eagles" from the 101st Airborne Division will begin returning home to their base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border in January, the division announced Tuesday. A small group of soldiers is expected to return in mid-January to help with the process followed by planeloads of troops later in the month, said John Minton, a public affairs officer. It is expected to take until April to get all the soldiers and equipment home to Fort Campbell, 50 miles northwest of Nashville. About 20,000 from the air assault division have been fighting in Iraq. The division started deploying in February to Kuwait. It fought in major combat in the war then settled in northern Iraq to help rebuild the country. Fifty-nine soldiers from Fort Campbell have been killed in the war — 57 of them from the 101st. The division has said the soldiers would likely return in February or March.


Name:
Penelope Thornton
Email:
pthornton@co.clallam.wa.us
Date:
January 20, 2004

Comments

I am looking for people who served with Frank W. Collins in Vietnam between 1962 and 1968. I have a copy of his DD214 but are unable to obtain an original from the archives. For anyone that can substantiate his presence there, I would be deeply grateful for a statement so that his medals can be awarded posthumously.


 
Name:
Rakkasans
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
1-2004

Comments

There is a new movie that has opened called 'BIG FISH.' It is the only picture depicting a trooper played by EWAN McGREGOR making a jump in Korea in 1950. He is also seen wearing a Patch of the 187th ARCT rimmed with cross stitching. One of our members, John Bucemi, has a son who is a Hereditary member. His name is STEVE BUSCEMI who stars with ALBERT FINNEY and DANNY DEVITO. I am looking forward to seeing it myself. Hats off to Columbia pictures the producers RICHARD D ZANUCK, BRUCE COHEN and DAN JINKS and to Director TIM BURTON and the great actors for taking the time and effort to enhance the Greatest Airborne Unit in Military History by helping to keep the Spirit of the RAKKASANS who are now the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne/Assault Division who are now serving in Iraq.

 


Name:
Fred Marshall Jr.
Email:
Widowmaker101csm
Date:
2-04

Comments

I am a member of the 187 Association, Torii Chapter (Ft. Campbell area, although I live in Georgia). In the Fall 2002 issue of the Shimbun, there is a photo on page 53 of 1SG Austin Harjo, but there is no indication which Chapter he belongs to or where he lives. I copied all the email addresses from the inside front cover of the Fall 2003 issue and they are listed on this email. If I don't find Harjo this way, then I will write the other chapters by snail mail. Harjo and I umpired baseball together in USAREUR during the mid 60's. He was one helluva fine umpire. I have not seen or heard from him since he was stationed in Baumholder in the 8th Infantry Division in 65-66. He was a first sergeant and I was a staff sergeant, wearing the same chevrons I wore as a sergeant. I shall appreciate anyone letting me know how I can reach him, or who will provide my address to him. Fred Marshall Jr. Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army, Retired


Name:
Willard & Roxie Blankenship
Email:
roxwill1@emeraldis.com
Date:
25March04

Comments

Site is beautiful. Would be nice if more chapters would do one.


Name:
Truman D Strong
Email:
tstrong@wi.rr.com
Date:
May 9th,2004 12:31am cst

Comments

Hi My Internet Friends... I was in Korea during Koje Do Incident 187th,,Support company...we went into compounds Anyone there-I would like to talk to and anyone have pictures


Name:
COL Linnington
Email:
Big Apple 187ARCT
Date:
5-04

Comments

Forwarded Message: Subj: Fw: Unveiling of Rakkasan Memorial, DMOR Ceremony, HCOR/HCSM Ceremony, and Bde Change of Command Date: 5/13/04 12:23:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time Pleasse forward this info on to any Paratrropers or ex Trooperes you may come in contact with. Thanks: ABN. "ALL THE WAY !." Subject: Unveiling of Rakkasan Memorial, DMOR Ceremony, HCOR/HCSM Ceremony, and Bde Change of Command Greetings Rakkasans and friends of the 187th Infantry: Everyone: Please forward to your Rak email distro lists Greetings from Fort Campbell! We're in the final stages of planning June's events. Hard copy invitations will be mailed next week for the events of 21-22 June 2004, when we will be honoring our fallen Rakkasans from Operation Iraqi Freedom, honoring 2004's Distinguished Members of the Regiment (recently elected), and inducting a new Honorary Colonel and CSM of the Regiment (LTG Kinzer replacing MG Bethke as HCOR, and CSM Counts replacing CSM Crowe as HCSM). We will be mailing hard copy invitations to families of our fallen comrades, newly elected DMORs, and National Officials for the 187th Infantry Association as well as our HCOR(s) and HCSM(s). We will also be passing invitations to all Rakkasan Chapter Presidents for them to publicize at their Chapter Meetings, however we will not be mailing invitations to all Rakkasan Association members - our printing bill would be enormous!! That said, we welcome any and all Veteran Rakkasans to attend our events, so please feel free to RSVP, even if you do not receive a hard-copy invitation (email version attached). Our main event will take place on 21 June (1100 hrs) at the Rakkasan Pylon (1st attachment), with a tour of the billets and lunch in the Brigade Dining Facility to follow the ceremony. That evening, we will host a small dinner at Cole Park Commons (old Officers Club) to honor our DMORs and HCORs/HCSMs. On 22 June, at 0900 hrs, we'll change command of the 3rd Brigade, 101st ABN Division (AASLT) and 187th Infantry Regiment. We moved the time to 0900 hrs to preclude the hottest hours of the day and our having troops out on the parade field in the blazing sun. My weather forecaster predicts either a 95 degree day (hot/sunny) -- or a driving rain storm forcing the event indoors. Thanks in advance for all you do for our Regiment. Your active duty Soldiers looks forward to your attendance, and if that is not possible, then at our Annual Reunion in Tucson, AZ in August. Air Assault! Airborne! Ne Desit Virtus! COL Linnington


Name:
Jeffrey S Narbon
Email:
dn23ny@aol.com
Date:
21 June 2004
 

Comments

Used to be 3/187 would like info on joining


Name:
Michael J Carrick Jr.
Email:
czarak1012000@yahoo.com
Date:
7-1-04

Comments

Looking for George England, Bruce Ruland or Bernard Cockley,, K Co 3rd Bat 53 till Decommission


Name:
Dennis Norton
Email:
Big Apple187arct@aol.com
Date:
8-20-04

Comments

I noticed the 187 ARCT. Does that stand for the 187 Airborne Regimental Combat Team, 11th Airborne Division??? If so, my father was in the unit. You may have known him. His name, Raymond Norton .If you know him, let me know. Thanks


Name:
Bryan Stefancyk
Email:
Bigapple187arct@Aol.com
Date:
9-04

Comments

I am currently researching my grandfathers, Raymond Stefancyk, role in WWII. He served in the 187th Glider Infantry in the PTO. He suffered from a stroke - so as a result he can no longer move or speak. If you could point me in the right direction of where I can get info, and if you know of anyone that knew him - please have them contact me. I am trying to piece together his history, so we will never forget. I have some pictures from his service. He did not talk much about his experiences, and I understand why, but right before he had his accident he started to talk about them. I believe he was in "E" company, not sure though, and believe he was the BAR man - he is posing with it in all the pics. I am majoring in history in college, and am attending school in Purchase NY. Any help would be appreciated, and please spread the word about if any knew him. Sincerely, Bryan Stefancyk


Name:
PFC Willoughby, Mark E
Email:
HHC2_187@hotmail.com
Date:
21 September 2004

Comments

CSM Mark Neilsen Congratulations on the DMOR Proud to have worked with you!! (AASLT)


Name:
Robert G. Lloyd
Email:
AirborneSgt101@earthlink.net
Date:
10-04

Comments

Troopers, I was in Beirut with the 24th Abn Inf Div (187th from Germany) in 1958. I am looking for any photos that you may have form Beirut. I was with Hq&Hq Co. the Commo Sect. Robert G. Lloyd AirborneSgt101@earthlink.net


Name:
Jane and Paul Kendarich
Email:
Pajaken@optonline.net
Date:
11/05/04

Comments

Dear Rakkasans, We have the deepest respect and gratitude for your brave sacrifice for our great country and for freedom around the world. God bless you and all who serve around the world. My sister Barbara Molloy sent me this web site.


Name:
Frank Arias
Email:
Abnranger2@aol.com
Date:
10-8-04
 

Comments

The Samurai Chapter is again this holiday season asking for every member of our 187TH ARCT Association to again support our less fortunate Young Rakkasan Soldiers who will not have the funds to purchase food for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. Last year our Soldiers wife's and Children had a great Holidays season because of our Loyalty to our fellow Rakkasans. Please send all donations [checks] to: Mrs. Cherrieann Diaz 4984 Harrison St. Ft. Campbell, KY. 42223-1787 Make payable to the: 3RD Brigade Family Readiness Group. Mrs. Diaz is the wife of Brigade CSM. Airborne All the Way Frank Arias Samurai Chapter President


Name:
Bob Nesbitte
Email:
Big Apple187ARCT@aol.com
Date:
11-08-04

Comments

Would you please use your vast email account and notify the membership of the passing of Johnny Gonzales, Medical Company. The address I have is: 43023 Coventry St., New Berry Springs, CA 92365. No wife listed so I do not have a nunber or person to call and give my condolences.


Name:
Jeremy
Email:
jeremy02@t-online.de
Date:
Friday, November 12, 2004 8:51 PM
 

Comments

Many thanks, We miss all the soldiers of the 11th Abn Battle Groups and 187th Rakkasans from Gablingen in Augsburg. They had great times here in Augsburg we have no soldiers today in Augsburg and we miss the Americans greetings us.


Name:
James L Boland
Email:
vfw2100@verizon.net
Date:
11-19-2004

Comments

I am looking for an old buddy, Joe Jones from Baton Rouge, LA. We were in K Company in Korea, 1952. If anyone has any info, please contact me.


Name:
CARL J BREWSTER,CO. A, 127 ENGR, 187 ARCT, 1950-51
Email:
sfgabna102@comcast.net
Date:
thanksgiving 2004

Comments

Great site all in the airborne standard


Name:
Irving Weinsoff
Email:
weinsoff@msn.com
Date:
22 November 2004

Comments

We golden Rakkasans are advancing on all fronts. Preparations are being made have a Rakkasan Association web site and to encapsule all willing chapters. There are some startling yet important areas for conversations between members and emailing of events. This is in the process now and several Rakkasans have volunteered for this assignment. We have to thank several men for the intuition, strength and forseability to move this project. You will hear more in the near future.


Name:
Rafael Montano
Email:
laliaann@cox.net
Date:
11/25/04

Comments

Greetings to all of my fellow friends and companions stationed in Japan 1954-1955.


Name:
BG Frank and Jeannine Wiercinski
Email:
Bigapple187ARCT@aol.Com
Date:
11-29-04

Comments

To all: Happy Thanksgiving. Just returned from Ottawa, Canada over the holiday and had a mini-reunion of sorts with about 30 Canadian PPCLI Rakkasans who came from all over. I had the pleasure of presenting our final Bronze Star to CAPT. Jeff Wilson at the Canadian Land Forces HQ with their Chief of Staff LTG. Hilliard. COL. Pat Stogran was also there as were many of the gang. It was heartwarming to see them carry on with Rakkasan tradition and to be so proud to be Rakkasans. They are opening an Airborne store in Ottawa and will have a Rakkasan section to it. As we met, many were wearing their Rakkasan garb and related great stories of being at Ft Campbell and in Afghanistan, and look forward to attending future reunions and meetings. Rakkasan is in their blood. Toward the end of the evening, many approached me and, without trying to make issue, asked me why the 4 Canadian soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan with us had not been added to the wall. To say the least, this caught me off guard as I thought it was a done deal. I told them it must be a glitch or a money issue, or simply waiting to ensure all names were gathered...because quite frankly, the thought of it being something else would not dare cross my mind. They appeared to think it may be something else. I told them the fact that they are Rakkasans is undisputed; they were part of the permanent Rakkasan TF in Afghanistan, under Rakkasan Command, fought along side other Rakkasans, received Bronze Stars, presented the 101st combat patch by then MG Cody, presented the Rakkasan combat patch by me as determined by the Association, and if requested, members of the Rakkasan Association. The Rakkasan Combat Patch was laid on the Canadian Flag that draped their coffins as they left Afghanistan. I told them it could not be due to friendly fire because hundreds of servicemen and women died in combat zones from friendly fire. They received Purple Hearts and valor awards and are no less our heroes for paying the ultimate price for their combat deployment in support of our freedom than any other combat casualty or death. It is a soldier's way to honor all - they were all warriors with the guts to serve. I told them it could not be just because they were Canadian because we are a brotherhood of Rakkasans. CSM Purdy, former CSM of 3/187 INF., is a Canadian Citizen, and I'm sure there are a great many others before and now serving with other nation's citizenship - so it could not possibly be that. Having said all that, I ask anyone with knowledge to please provide me some information on the issue. If it is a cost issue, and I sincerely hope that it is, I will find or supply the funds myself. If it something else, and I cannot fathom that fact from an organization like ours, I would appreciate whatever explanation could possibly have been made. Rakkasans have always done the right thing, the honorable thing, and have always taken care of our fallen comrades. I know this as fact. Jeannine and I wish you all the best for the Holidays and a great New Year. Rakkasan!

BG Frank and Jeannine Wiercinski


Name:
Frank Arias
Email:
Abnranger2
Date:
11-04

Comments

To All, I am sorry that my brothers to North misunderstood what the problem really is. There about is thirteen 101ST Airborne Division Soldiers names not on the pylon for Operation Iraqi freedom. These Soldiers were from 101ST Aviation, 3/320 Artillery, and 311th MI or any other unit that was attached to the 3RD Brigade and not assigned. It is a play on words of a few and it has nothing to do with borders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I Thought I made that clear to Col. Stogren at FT Campbell this past June. I apologize for not making it clearer. There are some on the Board that are saying if their unit was attached their names are not eligible to be on the pylon. I brought this up at the President meeting at the national Reunion this year. Col. In the general membership meeting Col. Bill Weber said that in 1950 that the none Infantry unit were attached but their names are on the wall. I told them that this was wrong and I asked them to compare it to Korean war none infantry unit that had their War Dead's names on the wall. Gen Wiercinski do you remember the time you and I had when you were Rakkasan 6 getting the names of the Viet Nam era KIAS that were left off the wall. One of the board members told us that they would not go on because it would mess up the wall because the names would be out of alphabetical order. After the long battle the names are on the wall. At the last reunion we had a lame Duck board and now we have a new President and Vice President some new board members that I believe will do the right thing and put all the names on the wall. All our war dead should have their name on the wall of Honor Airborne Rakkasan Frank Arias


Name:
Col (Ret) Bill Weber
Email:
eagle187@direcway.com
Date:
11-04

Comments

Frank et al: When the 187th deployed to Korea as an RCT in Aug 50, the following units were attached (not assigned) to the Regiment: 674 Abn FA Bn A/127 Abn Engr Bn A/88 Abn AA Bn Evac/Amb Plat, 11th Abn Medical Co Other small detachments. Casualties (KIA) from those units that occured prtior to the RCT becoming (Separate) in early '51, are on the wall and properly so! As are those who were KIA subsequent to the RCT becoming (Separate) and those units less the 674th being re-designated as: Engr Co, 187th RCT AAA Company 187th RCT etc., etc., etc. Thus, the precedent for including KIA from attached units to the 3rd Bde/101 in Afghanistan/Iraq seems obvious to me! Anything less would be an abandonment of our extended RAKKASAN family concept! RAKKASANS Lead the Way!


Name:
Mike
Email:
mikedl32@juno.com
Date:
12/03/04 (1950 to 1952 )

Comments

To all you men in " Easy " Company - wishing you very Merry Christmas and a great new year.


Name:
Jim G Igliotti
Email:
Marniejim@Evenlink.Com.
Date:
Dec18, 2004

Comments

I was in C.Co. 508 RCT Ft. Benning, Ga. 1951-1952 Hq.Co 1st Battalion S-2 187ARCT 1952 & 1953 Japan & Korea. Back in the states with RECON Co. 82 ABN Div.July 1953 till July 1954. Like to hear from anyone who was in any of these units.


Name:
Deborah McCabe
Email:
MAVSnews@aol.com
Date:
15 Jan 2005

Comments

Rex Masters is trying to locate a Ranger buddy. Does anyone have information about: LEONARD D. SMITH 3rd Ranger Infan Co. (Abn) 1950-51; 187th RCT (Airborne) Sept. 1951-52. Korea Last Known Address: Astoria, NYC, NY May have been firefighter in NY Thank you!


Name:
President (Col.Ret) Jim Hoeh,
Email:
rakkasan@fuse.net
Date:
2-18.05

Comments

To: Executive Board, Board Members and Chapter Presidents Subject: Change in the number of days for our Annual Reunion I KNOW THIS IS LATE BUT IF YOU CAN Please RESPOND ASAP. It has been brought to my attention that a number of our members would prefer reducing the number of days for the National Reunion/Muster to five effective days rather than the seven days we are currently scheduling. Any change would not take place until the 2006 Reno reunion. (2005 will remain as scheduled with the 7-day schedule) The reason lies in the fact that the vast majority of the activities on the work of the Rakkasans are concluded in the last three days, but little if none is during the first 2-3 days. The year 2006 Reunion was not picked up by a local chapter as it was almost unanimously voted by the membership to have it in Reno where we do not have a chapter therefore National by the Constitution is obligated to carry out the duties implicit in the Constitution. However, by the good graces of the Angels Over Hell Chapter and the volunteerism of other members the Reunion will be staffed by those who volunteered and have already put in countless hours to perfect the Reno Reunion. The Reunion will attentively run from Sunday through Friday with a Friday departure. We have been assured a very decent room rate with many conveniences. $49.00 plus tax of 9%. After Friday the room rates jumps upward from $85.00 to $119.00 per night plus tax. (Weekends at these resorts are made for the high rollers and various major gatherings such as Auto Shows and various Gambling events.) As planning takes place for 2006 we are looking toward to Sunday through Thursday with a departure of Friday. My concern rests not only with 2006 but future reunions as well. Once a contract is signed that’s what we have to live with. We can continue as we have been or make changes as the membership desires. I ask that you please consider the proposals and e-mail fax or phone so that I might bring up the matter in Hopkinsville at the Chapter Presidents/ Board meeting. 1. Remain with the eight day schedule (Sunday to Sunday) 2. Six day schedule (Sunday to Friday) 3. Six day schedule (Tuesday to Sunday) 4. Five day schedule (Wednesday to Sunday) Let me know your feelings on this matter, which way should we go. Let me have your input and comments. What if any are your reservations. Thanks in advance, Jim Hoeh Phone: 513-481-4045 Cell 513-256-5494 Fax 513-481-1392 Fax 513-481-6887 I HAVE VOICE MAIL SO IF YOU CALL JUST LEAVE A MESSAGE AND I CAN RETRIVE IT.


Name:
Bob McDonald
Email:
robertlmcdonald@aol.com
Date:
2-24-05

Comments

Great website. Was in 11th,Troop C 17th Abn Recon Cav attached to 187th in Lebanon '58. out of Sheridan Kaserne in Augsburg. 11th jump school at Gablingen. We were in the mountains mostly. Would love to hear from any of those guys. Just 17 at the time and only served with them six months, but will always remember them.


Name:
Stephen Gonce
Email:
sgonce82@yahoo.com
Date:
mar/1/05

Comments

I just wanted to thank the Golden Rakkasans for the huge effort put into this site. I served with the Rakkasans from 2000- the summer of 2004 in 3rd bat. I wanted people to know that 3rd bat no longer exists because of the restructuring of the army. I need to do some in-depth research so I can accurately update our unit's recent history on this site .


Name:
R C Hodgson
Email:
BigApple187arct@aol.com
Date:
2005

Comments

The Manhattan Chapter officers wish all its members a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. This past year has been one of great tragedy through out the world and our prayers go out to everyone. During this past year many things have transpired in our Chapter because of one disgruntled member in almost 8 years of my serving you. We were taken to court and maligned called thieves and letters were written to our members with malice aforethought in their distribution. I have shown that these irregularities were unfounded and have cleared our Chapter and my name leaving no areas disputable. The office of President was given to me in votes for several years as no one would run in these contests and the members that attended our meetings all agreed to my entitlement. I maintained this position throughout the years of our very pleasant camaraderie. However the National suggests that to further the Chapters Long and honorable standing that another election should take place in 2005 at our meeting celebrating Los Banos. There fore any one, who wishes to run for the offices in this chapter, They should contact the National Secretary or myself in order to announce their intentions. They can make official their wish to have someone serve the members in an Honorable unselfish way. The contention of the 11th Airborne Division Association is that we were doing a good job and the installation of myself and the other officers in front of past President Walley Stilts and the past Vice President were never questioned at our last two meetings that they attended at Forlini's Restaurant. I am happy that the National is involved and is aiding in the distribution of mail regarding this event. I have many times in the past said that the younger members should take a hand at running this Chapter. There are many younger troopers who served in Germany and Lebanon. I would hope that this generation would lead the way in keeping this Unit alive. The National is filled up to capacity with age and a gigantic turn around should and must take place. Saying this it is apparent that I no longer will look to guide the Chapter. I will say I took this chore with great Pride and I did hold the name of the Angels alive in NY, when I took the reigns it was only a fallen chapter. It had no one at Leader ship responsibility. With the help of Walter Johnson the only officer left holding the Chapter as such. We up graded the Chapter into a feasible working Chapter. I worked without money and suffered much loss in personal revenue. The Chapters Bylaws prohibited Dues so none were taken. We survived and expanded. I am also the President of the Big Apple Chapter of the Rakkasans. I am proud of this as this was a completely new start. I have a rapport with the whole association and I feel I can better serve and lead this one Chapter. There are too many conflicts in trying to run and serve both Chapters. The National 11th Airborne Division Angels will have to get a President and a slate of officers to run the Manhattan Chapter ergo the need for an election. I leave having the honor of serving the Troopers of the Angels and with a feeling of accomplishment for all that I have done for those Troopers and the Chapter leaving the distinction I brought within the Chapter and the National. We are sending this letter also to remind each member of the upcoming meeting and luncheon. It will be held again at the International Restaurant in Garden City. We had many members say they would like to attend this event there again. The Voting will I assume be here but the write ins I don't know about these, the National must assume that responsibility. The Date of our affair will be the 6th of March 2005. The hours will be from 1100hrs to 1530hrs. The Cost will be Twelve dollars and fifty cents per person. The menu is varied, as this is an open buffet. This includes Soda, Coffee or Tea. There is a bar there that offers alcoholic beverages to those that are inclined. Smoking of course is not allowed in any NYC Restaurant. The time has come to offer your say into this Chapter for its leadership. Please attend and voice your opinions and participate. I am not running for the Presidency of this Chapter. I have served the members with integrity, keeping the name and principle of Airborne high and ever striving to improve and show our Colors and History again and again with Pride. I did this as best as I could under much duress from persons of dubious intentions politically or otherwise in the past. I pray God grants that this Manhattan Chapters continuance will be given into the proper hands. Robert C. Hodgson 1300L


Name:
J R Elledge
Email:
Jredse1@aol.com
Date:
03/25/05

Comments

Just found this place, I think it's really great, served with Co.D , 3/187th July 68- 69, 101st ABN, (Hamburger Hill). Co.C 2/509th ABN/Mech, Dec 69-70 , Mainz, Germany. Keep up the good work.


Name:
Olgerts "Ogy" Sniedze
Email:
sniedze@rochester.rr.com
Date:
March 29, 2005

Comments

It has been a while since I visited this site. You have a great site, very informative and interesting. Hope to meet up with some of the Big Apple Chapter members at Fort Campbell in May or at the 2005 Convention. I am a member of the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter.


Name:
SSG Sean P. Fogarty
Email:
sean.p.fogarty@us.army.mil
Date:
April 2, 2005

Comments

Ssg Sean fogarty (desert storm Rakkasan Aco 1/187 89-93, son of Pat Fogarty I co 50-53(korea). currently serving with the fighting 69th, 1-69 inf in IRAQ. I have just been awarded my CIB 2nd award and wanted to say hi, I look at the website when I get a chance. Oh yea this place sucks. 6 more months.


Name:
Mike Hessock
Email:
BigApple187arct@aol.com
Date:
4-11-05

Comments

Dear Mr. Hodgson, Thank you so very much for you reply. I sweat on the typo. I am just glad to be a part of what you older Rakkasans have done. The Rakkasans of today try our very best to not let your deeds go unnoticed. We try to instill the standards, pride and esprit de corps in all our soldiers. I have been in the army over 19 years and have served with every type of infantry unit that the army has had from Ranger, airborne, light, mech and air assault. There is no better unit that I have ever served in than the Rakkasans. The Torii is a beacon in the dark when I have been away from the Regiment. When I was a drill sergeant at Ft Benning (2001-2004) my soldiers would ask what Rakkasan meant. They would hear me give that greeting to one of 12 Drill Sergeants that were Rakkasans that was in 2-54 Inf. They would come into my office and see all the things (patches, insignia, coffee cups) with the history of the Rakkasans. I would try and tell them but they never seemed to get it. Then I realized that me trying to tell someone about us is like trying to tell a virgin what sex is like. They will never know until they experience it for themselves. I had received many letters from my soldiers from Iraq telling me that they know now what it means when one Rakkasan tells another "Rakkasan". I have had several that took my advice when they asked me what unit to go to at Ft Campbell. I always told them if they are serious about there job go to the Rakkasans. Everyone will know who you are talking about. Many did just that and have found out that I was back and have come to look me up to say "I understand". A great feeling to know that I have sent good soldiers to the Regiment to carry on the traditions. Sir, hope to see you at one of the reunions here at Ft Campbell Rakkasan! Mike Hessock


Name:
SSG Robert Woods
Email:
Rwoods4891@aol.com
Date:
16 June 2005

Comments

I am a former Rakkasan. I may not ever be a Rakkasan again. I am a medical reclass into UAV field and will be a Rakkasan at heart.


Name:
SSG Eric S. Gettert
Email:
eric.gettert@us.army.mil
Date:
18Jun05

Comments

Thank you for having this site. I am a Rakkasan from 98 till 04. The recruiting world has sucked me up for right now but I plan to head back to the leader Rakkasans as soon as this duty is over. You have inspired me to re-enlist because of the proud tradition you guys hold, that includes this website. I met a "young man" that is a Rakkasan from the Korean war in White Plains, New York and he gives me faith that the "falling down umbrella" lives within every stallion still living in the Rakkasan chapter. I am a very proud soldier living in the city to have served and plan on serving again in the leader Rakkasan. Thanks for everything you have done and you guys have paved the way for the current Rakkasans to hold such standards.


Name:
Dennis Ruvolo
Email:
rudedog1@hotmail.com
Date:
7-12-05

Comments

My Uncle was Sgt Lawrence (Larry) Ruvolo. I am trying to learn as much as I can about the man I never met. He died on May 23 1951 on the road to Inje. If you knew him I would appreciate it if you would contact me...I have just started my research and I know now what a proud soldier he was and what a proud Unit he served with...I am an Army veteran served in Vietnam 69-70 attached to the 25th at Cu-Chi..My Uncle served in E company 187 arct.....50-51, any help would be appreciated..My father is still kicking retired USMC 42 to 64.. he was at Kempo with 1st MAW..he was able to spend time with him before he was killed...he was the last relative to see him alive.. He won the Bronze star...I would like to know what he did to earn it and how he died..


Name:
Robert C. Hodgson
Email:
Bigapple187arct @aol.com
Date:
8-19-05

Comments

From the President of the BIG Apple Chapter: The Article appearing in the Summer issue of the Shimbun in the Big Apple Chapters Column added without approval regarding the status of RAKKASANS living in the Great State of Hawaii and with in it's Islands was not sanctioned by this Chapter. It is erroneous and I apology to anyone offended by the lack of writing discipline used by the writer. The last I can be sure of is that 10 members are listed in the RAKKASAN Roosters that are presently enjoying the Island life of our Great State of Hawaii, USA. GOD Bless you all and AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY. Bob Hodgson

 


Name:
Delton Collins
Email:
sal3p@mchsi.com
Date:
30 August 2005

Comments

All the way, Sir! Rakkasan-1950-Dec 1951 Thank you for such a program for all to see. My heart is out to you and your squad for creating and maintaining this unit, and my heart is out to the Rakkansans who walked through hell in the Korean War. (See my book-"NIGHTS AND DAYS OF HELL." NOTE: Weismantel, Eugene, E Co, 3rd Plt, my assistant BAR gunner, died in 2004. God remwember all of you. Delton Collins


Name:
Delton Collins
Email:
sal3p@mchsi.com
Date:
30 August 2005

Comments

All the way, Sir! Question. Does your organization also sponsor the internet program titled - Korean War Casualties, 187th ABN RCT list? Thanks. LTC (Ret) Delton Collins


Name:
RC Hodgson
Email:
BigApple187ARCT@aol.com
Date:
9-9-05

Comments

There is a movie that has opened called 'BIG FISH.' It is the only picture I know about that depicts a trooper played by EWAN McGREGOR making a jump in Korea in 1950. He is also seen wearing a Patch of the 187th ARCT with white cross stitching. One of our members, Rakkasan John Bucemi, has a son who is a Hereditary member. His name is STEVEN BUSCEMI. STEVE stars along with EWAN McGREGOR, ALBERT FINNEY, DANNY DEVITO. BILLY CRUDUP, JESSICA LANGE and a cast of many. I have seen it and also bought the DVD. Hats off to Columbia pictures the producers RICHARD D ZANUCK, BRUCE COHEN and DAN JINKS and to Director TIM BURTON and the great actors for taking the time and effort to enhance the Greatest Airborne Unit in Military History by helping to keep the Spirit of the RAKKASANS who are now the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne/Assault Division. The Troopers are again, I believe alerted for possible duty in IRAQ very soon. I also believe they are at present a part of the rescue mission that was sent to New Orleans. If you see this picture you'll notice the events put in did occur; such as the sisters, not exactly that way but the situations did happen. Someone dug deep into the files to get things not a lot of people knew. It's a picture you must see with no  interruption. The main character is not the every man but we all at one time or the other possessed those dreams that are facts concealed by lost memories misinterpretations or concealed for our own reasons. Steve's part gives the picture some of the unexpected and devilish daring events or occurrences in the life of Edward Bloom played by Ewan McGREGOR. DANNY ELFMAN's music creates a wondrous effect as the web of this flashback life spins into the passions and tall tales of a complex and diversified life of a man who too often tends to bend the fabric of life. Don't miss it and have an open and giving mind into a fantasy which reels some of us back to a times gone by.
 


Name:
Robert T Heid
Email:
rheid1@charter.net
Date:
Sept 26 2005

Comments

Great website I was in 187 in Korea 1951 till 1953. G Company any one from Goat company?


Name:
Irv Weinsoff, Esq. Rakkasan VP
Email:
weinsoff@msn.com
Date:
October 10, 2005

Comments

Rakkasans, this year we have all been inundated with natural catastrophes, and people all over the globe needing our help and mostly we have responded with significant amounts and with haste. Our Rakkasans have been deployed to the war zones and will not be here with us during the forthcoming holidays, however we can be of service to our own warriors, and their families, who as we all know are protecting this nation and the western world from the enemy. The BDE has re-started the Family Readiness Group for ranks E4 and down with certain exceptions for hard hit E-5s. Thousands of Rakkasan families will need some some semblance of order and happiness while their loved ones are in harms way and we ought to help out. We are being given the extreme privilege of helping our brothers in lineage. Since we can't go to war and help them now, let's do the next best thing, help their families with Thanksgiving food and Christmas dinners. This endeavor will require money. Send what ever you can afford only if your able. Please put this down as your gift to the Regiment and its present warriors. Make checks payable to "3rd BDE Family Readiness Group", Send checks to: either Major Ronald O'Bryant, or 1st SGT Patrick Keogh at 3rd BDE HQs, Bldg 6760, Fort Campbell, KY 42223 Forget about the past when this didn't happen for us, but we now break new ground for the future. HOOAH Irv Weinsoff, Esq. Rakkasan VP


Name:
Rakkasan Wife Ashley
Email:
ashley.burns@infarmbureau.com
Date:
10-27-2005

Comments

I just wanted to say I enjoyed looking at your site. My husband is currently in Iraq. He left in September. He is a Rakkasan leader stationed at For Campbell. It is his 2nd tour in Iraq. His brother in law is also stationed at Fort Campbell. Thank you for all of your support. We love our Rakkasans and I miss mine very much! God Bless!


Name:
Denny C Green
Email:
denny@southshor.com
Date:
11/2/05

Comments

Great site, served A Co 3/187/101 aug 68 to aug69 live on bull sholes lake in northern Arkansas I will visit this site again it is on my favorites list.


Name:
Robert Nesbitt
Email:
rakabn187
Date:
11-20 05

Comments

Rakkasans, It is with heavy heart that I write to you all again. Rakkasans have fallen in Iraq. Five members of the 3rd Brigade were killed by roadside bombs and five others were injured. This being the week of Thanksgiving it makes it so much harder to handle. Especially for the Families of those who gave their all. Lets all take time to say prayers for all these brave Troopers and their Families. GOD BLESS AMERICA. Rakkasan and Airborne Regards and a Happy Thanksgiving. Bob Nesbitt.


I find it difficult at times to think of other matters when we have our 3rd Brigade in harms way. Yet I know that the Association business must go forward and the membership must be kept informed as to just where we stand and what is taking place within the Association.
 
At the time of this writing we are informed that nine 187th Troopers (Rakkasans) have made the Supreme Sacrifice, the ultimate measure of devotion to duty, in the fight to bring peace and freedom to the people of Iraq. They join the ranks of the hundreds of Rakkasans who have died in battle in the far reaches of the Southwest Pacific during the World War II, in the barren hills of Korea and the steamy jungles of Vietnam. The families and loved ones of those young men have suffered an irretrievable loss. We share their grief, their anguish and yes, their frustration.
 
The Division has been able to cover all the soldiers’ services. At the service for Corporal Michael Idaman (3rd Brigade) the 101st provided six honor guard/pallbearers. Also present were 5 members from our “Angels Over Hell Chapter”. Dick and Zelma Goltra, Ken Wingett, and Jesse and Catheine Gutierrez. Mrs. Idaman, despite the loss of her son Michael was very much appreciative of the Divisions presence but to have former 187th Paratroopers attend Michael’s funeral had a special meaning for her. We can still make a difference.
 
In time, after the last round has been fired and with the fervent prayer that they have not died in vain, we will add their names to the 187th Rakkasan Memorial Wall at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
 
We do know that battlefield medical technology has advanced far beyond that of past conflicts. As a result more wounded, many with multi-loss of limbs and other injuries that would not have been treatable in the past are returning home.
 
Eventually all of those wounded will be either returned to duty or be medically discharged. It should be our solemn duty, as Veterans, to demand and ensure that those who are discharged, medically or not, receive the healthcare and benefits that was once traditional.
 
We must stop the erosion of those benefits by people who have never heard a shot fired in anger. 
 
A matter that I have been asked frequently about and that has been of great concern to the Board of Directors, both present and past, are the disposition and building of the new museum. To be blunt is to recognize that it has been a bit difficult to get the correct and updated information. Each of our two appointed liaisons have worked very hard but could only rely on the information given to them as to the delay in building the museum. One reason was that there is a road being built (Tiny Town Rd.) to the museum and that it was to be completed prior to starting the museum. The second reason given was that there isn’t enough money to complete the construction since many of the donors have not yet fulfilled their pledges that were relied on by the local foundation in charge of financing. To my knowledge the Association has not been privy to any copies of the budget or financial statements so I propose that the museum officers make some documents available so that we have the facts and can then deal with the situation accordingly .The latest information I have received indicates that the exhibit design phase is underway and that actual construction is scheduled to begin early 2007. If all pledges are fulfilled there should be no problem. 

February Gathering at Fort Campbell, Kentucky: 
The motel where we have had our mini-reunions for so many years has been sold and the new owners don't seem interested in accommodating us as we have been used to. The Torii and Samurai Chapters have always gone above and beyond to spoil us and make it a special time. Unfortunately, the times and circumstances, (that we can all relate to), require that we make some changes. That is a lot of work and responsibility for a few who are still able to carry the load. We truly appreciate everything they have done for us in the past and I know you all join me in giving them a huge round of applause for all their past services to the Association. They've been outstanding! We want to continue the annual reunion at Fort Campbell in February because that is where our roots are and we both give and get tremendous support there. We have a tentative schedule but then it will also be a work in progress.
 
Lodging will be at the Best Western Hotel (ph#1-270-886-9000) 4101 Fort Campbell Blvd. Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Rooms are being held for the Rakkasans for February 21,22 and 23. Room rate is $59.00, either smoking or non-smoking with 2 double beds. The Hotel is currently holding 30 rooms but they must be reserved by the last of February 2006.
 
 Schedule of events 
Wednesday the 2nd of February---Chapter Presidents/Board of Directors meeting at 10:00 in the 3rd Brigade Conference room. Break for lunch 13:00 continue BOD meeting.
 
Thursday the 23rd of February---10:00 hours—Pylon Memorial Service, followed by lunch in the Brigade Dining Facility. If there should be any unfinished business left for the Board it will begin at 13:00 in the Brigade Conference room.
 
Thursday evening we are invited to join the Fort Campbell Chapter of the 11th Airborne Division on Post at the Cole Park Commons at 18:30 for dinner. (Los Banjos Memorial Program)
 
Menu:
Stuffed Chicken Breast Pilaf or Prime Rib of Beef, 8 oz with Fresh Herbs. Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls and Butter. Apple Pie
Cost: $15.00.
Reservations and Advance Payment is required. RSVP Not Later Than 16 February 2006.
Make Checks or Money Order Payable to:
Fort Campbell Chapter,11th Abn.Div
 
For additional Information call:
 
Millard “MR” Ball, (931-552-2773
Charles Duncheskie, (931-552-7426 
Chapter Address: 23 Lealand Drive, Clarksville, TN 37042 

REMINDER TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 25TH ANNUAL REUNION 
The members of the “Angels Over Hell” Chapter are working very hard to insure that we have a great time in Reno (20-25 August, 2006) I ask that you support their efforts by signing up now.
 
ELECTION YEAR 2006. 
Now is the time to step forward for the Association and consider running for one of the nine offices within the Association. All offices are open to qualified members. Think about it, consider it and then let your desires known to the National Secretary. Surely out of 2,500 members we have more than 11 members willing to work for the good of the Association (figures taken from the 2004 election) 

UNTIL WE FORM AGAIN, GOD BLESS ALL!
 

Name:
Dr. Irving Weinsoff
Email:
weinsoff@msn.com
Date:
12/28/05

Comments

To those of us who spent the better part of our teens and early twenties in service to the nation we love and swore to defend in all instances and forever it was a great privilege to serve in one of the army's great Regiments now upgraded to a Brigade Combat Team. This site is awesome.


Name: Dante Pettit

Email:
elephant@hiwaay.net
Date:
1-13-2006
 

Comments

I found my uncles name (Raymond Clyde Pettit) in the Fallen Heroes page. I would like to thank you for keeping the memory of the men alive. We must never forget the sacrifices these man made.


Name:
Walter Gouchenour
Email:
BigApple187arct@aol.com
Date:
1-8-2006

Comments

Hello do you remember me it is Walter Gochenour F company S/Sgt.


Name:
President Big Apple
Email:
BIGAPPLE187arct@aol.com
Date:
1-31-06

Comments

amyjo.rotante@us.army.mil wrote:

 
My friend Erin Bryant, whose husband is the Public Affairs Officer for 3rd Bde, said to watch the President's State of the Union Address tonight at 8 pm. There will be an Iraqi Army officer sitting next to the First Lady, he's one of the Battalion Commanders that 3rd Bde works with in Iraq. 3rd Bde sent a torii for him to wear on his right side coat pocket, and one to give to the First Lady. Watch and see if he's wearing it. Go 3rd Bde!
 
Amy Jo Rotante
 

Name:
Bob H
Email:
BIGAPPLE187ARCT@AOL.com
Date:
2-3-06

Comments

This is an Updated address for the Rakkasans in Iraq. Send them some mail or goodies. It's always good to get a hello from someone. If you were any where there was action you will know how even a little note can make your day. -------------------------------------------- Rank/Name Company/Battalion 3rdBCT-101st Abn FOB Summerall APO Summerall.


Name:
Leo Agnew
Email:
abn187thpf@aol.com
Date:
February 13,2006

Comments

Great Site and remembrance of the Greatest Airborne Unit in the World. "Airborne All The Way" First in Last Out


Name:
Paul Rivas
Email:
paul_rvs@yahoo.com
Date:
Feb. 15, 2006

Comments

I happened to find this site while researching for a piece I'm writing. I served '70-'71, Recon platoon and C Co. 3/187.


Name:
Bob H
Email:
Bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
2-16-06

Comments

Dear President, I am very moved by the Rakkasan Prayer Music and the lyrics, it is very well written and a moving tribute to "fallen Rakkasans". I am writing this to have you check out the first verse in the lyrics. It appears that the first line has been inadvertently left out? Thanks very much to the Big Apple Chapter for this excellent Web site. Rakkasan, Airborne All the way, from Co. E, 187th ARCT, July '52-March '55 Larry W. Bettenhausen


Name:
Bernard Alwill
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
2-19-06

Comments

Thanks Bob, I just had a wonderful trip on your 'site'. I'm proud to say, you are my very good friend. Bernie


Name:
Rich Mattson 2nd bat,187th inf, Ft Campbell, Ky
Email:
rcmatsn@aol.com
Date:
March 4th 2006

Comments

RAKKASAN! As a past Rakkasan (1958-59) from Brooklyn, I would like to say Hello to all.. Great web site..


Name:
Andrew Lampe
Email:
al7457@sbcglobal.net
Date:
03-25-06

Comments

Fantastic Site. Good pictures and music. D co 1-187 89-93


Name:
Neal McLoughlin
Email:
imcl@sbcglobal.net
Date:
17 Apr, 2006

Comments

Great website, I am looking for anyone who remembers Gene McLoughlin of E Company Korea and beyond, now passed on sadly, Anyone with fond memories please forward to son Neal McLoughlin at imcl@sbcglobal.net. Many Thanks


Name:
Dale D Gibler
Email:
giblerdd@hotmail.com
Date:
4/22/06

Comments

Looking for men in 187th Japan 47 48 49 Fort Campbell KY. 49 50 Korea 50 51 made to combat jumps. Looking for men in Co D


Name:
James A. Carroll
Email:
jacarroll32@yahoo.com
Date:
5/1/2006

Comments

I was a member of "D" Company 187th RCT in Japan and Korea 1952-1953. This is a really great site.


Name:
Richard M. Hoffman 88 th. Airborne A.A. Battery 1948-52
Email:
dick153@sbcgobal.net
Date:
5/20/2006 Charter Member 00006 Rakkasan Abn. .Association

Comments

Airborne all the way


Name:
Robert Zach
Email:
robert.zach@suscom.net
Date:
29may06

Comments

Hello. I am a former Rakkasan beley that I am a Rakkasan served in the 5/187 later to be changed to 1/187 from 85 to 88 my first duty station Ft Campbell KY. From there I moved on came home served as a reservist reactivated to soucuer. Now I'm retired just wanna give gods blessing to all of our troops Rakkasan or not. Thanks its a tough job with no respect sometimes trust me there is a few who do for I am one of them been there done that thingy. Anyway God bless! RAKKASANS LEAD THE WAY!


Name:
Robert S Zach
Email:
robert.zach@suscom.net
Date:
07june06

Comments

Hi. I was talking to a friend of mine and he asked what unit I was in and well all short of putting my uniform on I replied with pride, HHC 5/187 101 Rakkasan! I served from 85 to 89 when it changed to 1/187 then I left active duty to serve as a reservist in the 854 cbt hvy egnr. Now I sit home and give gods blessing to all that have to do the jobs we once did . Fighting for our freedom ! God bless! Rakkasans lead the way!


Name:
Susann Pearson
Email:
schmittens@aol.com
Date:
28 June 2006

Comments

Impressive web site for a student of U.S. History and me too (print journalism). I'm sorry Daddy can't see it with me these days. He's getting ready to quit this mortal coil over at the VA Hospital. But in his hey-day, he was among you men jumping into the prop-wash. He spoke to me often of the camaraderie and brotherhood that embraced you 187th paratroopers. The last time he stood among many of you was at the Washington DC dedication of the Korean War Memorial. That was the first time I saw a living, breathing man around whose neck swung the Medal of Honor. Rudolfo Hernandez was his name. I'll never forget his band of azure studded with stars. Daddy said, "Susan I have somebody I want you to meet." And the first thing that caught my eye was that medal hanging from his neck. Wow. The 187th ARCT was an "all the way" deal for this trooper they call "Rudy." Perhaps some of you know him. Along with Leonard Ross Fletcher of Emily, Minnesota, Daddy's life-long closest friend. They met in the 187th and became thick buddies straight-off for some reason. Daddy is a Tennessean and they seem way-out different from those Minnesota Vikings. But in the 187th, I find that nothing keeps you men from the Brotherhood. Something about that static line I reckon. Only you know. My father's name is William Knox Pearson. Maybe some of you pistols have come across him during your Korean tours. He was a medic during his 187th jumps. Another of Daddy's buddies was a paratrooper by the name of Gainor. He spoke highly of this man all my life. If you're out there and can read this, hello from Daddy and me. Once again, I love this web site. It's a class act -- just like the 187th. The Army's crackin' finest and you know it. Very respectfully, the proud daughter of a Rakkasan, Susann Helen Pearson


Name:
Adam Vaughn
Email:
THAWK49@cox.net
Date:
July 10, 2006

Comments

God bless our troops in Iraq. I am proud of my country and my uncle Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II who was killed in Bayji November 19th 2005 and all of his men.


Name:
SFC Michael S. Bass
Email:
mbass@sbu.edu
Date:
13 July 06

Comments

Great Sight. Been a Rakkasan since '85. Deployed with them in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Now I'm serving at Saint Bonaventure University. Hooah.


Name:
Jill Baughman
Email:
baughman@pwrtc.com
Date:
08-26-06

Comments

Great Site. Keep up the good work. I am Nate Baughman's mom.


Name:
I.L.Shiflett
Email:
shiflettl@aol.com
Date:
Aug.26.2006

Comments

Great web site, was in C company 1951,52,53


Name:
Joe Windon
Email:
Windongumshoejoe@aol.com
Date:
10/05/2006

Comments

I was a member of "D" Company 187 1958-1961 "Airborne, All The Way"


Name:
Joyce Sadler Jett
Email:
 
Date:
10-21-06

Comments

Rakkasan Big Apple Chapter. I cannot thank you enough for sending this web site to me. I have forwarded it on to my sisters (5 of them) and I know they feel the same as I do. Airborne Dave's help has helped me to gain peace over losing my brother John and the many other men/women that have been KIA, MIA, or wounded. God Bless all you Veterans. We can not praise you enough! Thank you so very much for the web site. It brought a serenity to me that I obviously needed. Deepest Respects, Joyce Sadler Jett (one of the 13 siblings of John Sadler) Oh yes, there was a bunch of us but we missed him so much.


Name:
Joseph Feiss, USAF
Email:
iworkfuels@yahoo.com
Date:
11-11-06
My name is A1C Joseph Feiss, I am currently stationed at Kunsan AB, ROK and I know that my grandfather served in Korea and was shot during a combat just one point while there. I also know that he was in "C" Company but I think that he was in the 2nd battalion. I was wondering if by any chance you might have known him or anyone who might know where he was in Korea. His name is Edwin Feiss. He passed away shortly after I completed basic training and I have been wanting to do a shadow box in his memory. If you could help it would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you in advance,
Joseph Feiss, USAF
 

Name:
Marc Neal
Email:
marcneal69@yahoo.com
Date:
14 Nov. '06

Comments

I am a Rakkasan 1-187th Leader Rakkasans ABU company I served in Iraq. I am glad that this site is here.


Name:
Pvt Michael Careswell
Email:
shady3424@aol.com
Date:
22Nov06

Comments

I think this website is a great honor to all Rakkasans, I would say past and present but once a Rakkasan always a Rakkasan! I am a new member of Charlie Co. 1-187, I am from New York City and will strive to honor all those who came before me by giving my 150% every waking moment. RAKKASAN!!


Name:
Jerry Perdue
Email:
jperdue@kimbanet.com
Date:
11/29/06

Comments

What a great job. My hat is off to all of you. Jerry Perdue, Rakkasan 1956/1958. Forever airborne & forever a Rakkasan.


Name:
Robert Davis
Email:
rldavis@military.com
Date:
20070106

Comments

I'm trying to find anyone who may have known or served with MSGT Willie Mabry Davis, a medic possibly with the 2nd Battalion, in Korea. MSG Davis was KIA at INJE on 2 Jun 51.


Name:
SSG Shaun Butcher
Email:
BigApple187arct@aol.com
Date:
1-9-07

Comments

Can you send me a member form. I am currently Stationed at West Point and was a member of 3/187 Inf 96-99 Bco (BattleHard),and 2001-2004 Aco Angels from Hell). Thanks "Ne Desit Virtus"


Name:
Bob Bonner
Email:
bobbonner@comcast.net
Date:
1/14/07

Comments

Great site!!!! I served with "Bravo Co. 187 at Ft. Campbell 1957-1960. Wings pinned on by Gen. Sherbourn Dec.57


Name:
Christina Hayter
Email:
chayter.1@netzero.net
Date:
Feb.18 2007

Comments

Wonderful site, very informative for family members. My dad Msgt John E. Yaworsky US Army ret. passed away Dec. 10 2006. He was in Fox Co Korea 50-51


Name:
SGT Mitchell Corrado (5/117 Cavalry, 42nd ID)
Email:
HQ03G@msn.com
Date:
16 March 2007

Comments

To the honor of a young Sky Soldier who came home from WWII to take on the really hard task of raising a family. You're very much missed, Frank. If anyone knew Frank Gordon of NYC, we would very much love to hear from you.


Name:
Add King
Email:
aking68@aol.com
Date:
04/01/07

Comments

Quite impressive, You have done a fine job Bob


Name:
Bernie Alwill- E Company
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
9-22-07
Date:
Saturday September 22, 2007
Time:
12:08:26 PM

Comments

Good AM bob and Millie, Thank you for the fine patriotic music and the pictures. I don't mind hearing Johnny Cash anytime but with music like, it's so much better. I thought I heard Waylon Jennings in there also. Well anyway have a great weekend. Love to all and God Bless. Bernie


Name:
R Hodgson
Email:
Bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Time:
04:12:47 PM

Comments

Sir, This Monday I visited with a severely wounded Rakkasan, SPC (Ret) Evan Mettie, being treated at the Kessler Rehab Institute in West Orange, NJ. Evan was wounded in combat in Bayji, Iraq on Jan 2006. Unfortunately he suffered a traumatic Brain injury. At his side every day is his Mom, Mrs. Denise Mettie, A great American who has patiently been by her son's side since that tragic day. On behalf of our Soldiers, I gave Denise our 187th Flag flown in combat, I felt compelled to pass the info onto you and your chapter. LTC Jim O'Brien

 


Name:
R Hodgson
Email:
Bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Time:
04:21:47 PM

Comments

Bob, Thank you for all your time, effort and monetary expenses spent to keep the Rakkasans flowing. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Thank you.
May you all be happy and well. We look forward to seeing you all again soon. LTC(R) Arnold and Kiki D'angelo.


Name:
Robert Goinzalez
Email:
rgonzales24@cfl.rr.com
Date:
Monday, January 7, 2008
Time:
11:17:55 PM

Comments

I served in I Co 51-53 & E Co 54-56. I live in Fl now. Would like to hear from any fellow Rakkasans who served with me.


Name:
Robert S. Zach
Email:
zteknik@aol.com
Date:
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Time:
7:12 PM

Comments

Formerly HHC 5/187 then HHC 1/187 Commo plt 85-88 stumbled upon site while looking for history. What a great site! Great to see traditions kept! Keep leading the way! Rakkasan forever- upstate NY
 


Name:
Robert Hutchinson
Email:
thehutchman@gmail.com
Date:
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Time:
2:53 PM

Comments

I was assigned to Company C 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry on December 1965 until January 1966. I served my combat tour with ABU Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry in Vietnam. I will always be an ABU and a Rakkasan. Thank you all! "All The Way".


Name:
Ron Schlaeger
Email:
jrschlaeger@new.rr.com
Date:
Monday, May 5, 2008
Time:
2:09 AM

Comments

Great site! I served in E co. 187th from jan 54-feb 56


Name:
RC Hodgson
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Time:
4:10 PM

Comments

DEATH NOTICE FOR MR DON LASSEN, EDITOR STATIC LINE.7 AUGUST 2008  

It is with a heavy heart and my deepest sympathy that I learned this morning of the passing of Mr. Don Lassen, Editor of Static Line.   I received a phone call this morning from the Lassen Family informing me that Don passed away last night.

Don under went back surgery on 30 June, 2008.   After nearly a month in the hospital he was moved last week to a Rehab Center.    He recovery was extremely slow .  The Lassen Family will keep me posted on the funeral arrangements and I will dispatch my normal "Taps Message'. 

Sincerely,

Del Townsend


Name:
RC Hodgson
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
Monday, September 1, 2008
Time:
6:51 AM

Comments

First and foremost, CSM Patton and I would personally like to thank all members of the Golden Rakkasan Association for their gracious support to the 187th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during our deployment to Iraq.  The huge out-pouring of packages, letters and cards from the Golden Rakkasans to Soldiers of the brigade as well as the selfless support to our families during the past year has been tremendous.  You have greatly affected the morale of all Soldiers of the brigade and we thank you~!     

As the brigade begins preparations for redeployment and for the next deployment in 2010, we would like to establish the next Honorary Colonel and Sergeant Major of the Regiment.  The primary mission of the Honorary Colonel and Sergeant Major of the Regiment is to “perpetuate the history and traditions of the 187th Infantry Regiment, thereby enhancing unit morale and spirit”.  Minimum requirements for each position are as follows:

     a.   Honorary Colonel of the Regiment:   A distinguished retired officer in the rank of Colonel or above who formerly served on active duty in the regiment and not currently serving as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment for a different regiment.

     b.   Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment:   A distinguished retired Non Commissioned Officer in the rank of Sergeant First Class or above who formerly served on active duty in the regiment and not currently serving as Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment for a different regiment.      

     The Brigade will accept nominations for both positions through 15 October 2008 and plan to have the confirmation process complete prior to redeployment in mid November.   Nomination packets should include a one to two page document that includes the nominee’s biography (must include active duty service in 187th Infantry Regiment); a list of past contributions to the 187th Infantry Regiment or Golden Rakkasans;  and why the nominee feels they should be selected for these prestigious positions.  Additionally, nominees are authorized to submit up to three letters of recommendation for consideration.  

     Please forward nomination packets to  CPT Latasha Thomas, the Assistant Brigade S1, via email to Latasha.s.thomas@us.army.mil  or US Mail to the following address:  Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (ATTN:  CPT Thomas), Bldg 6760, Ashau Valley Road, Fort Campbell, KY 42223.  If you have immediate questions please contact CPT Thomas at (270) 798-6542/4236.     

     Again, thank you for all you do for the Soldiers and families of the 187th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasan). 


Air Assault!  Rakkasan!


DOMINIC J. CARACCILO
COL, IN
Commanding

Gregory Patton
Gregory E. Patton
CSM, USA
Command Sergeant Major


Name:
RC Hodgson
Email:
bigapple187arct@aol.com
Date:
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Time:
8:22 AM

Comments

As the brigade begins preparations for redeployment and for its next deployment in 2010, we would like to prepare for the next Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) and Honorary Member of the Regiment (HMOR) Induction Ceremony which is tentatively scheduled for February 2009.  

A DMOR and HMOR nomination board will convene on 25 October 2008 in Iraq to review all nominees.  The purpose of the DMOR and HMOR is to promote and enhance the history and traditions of the 187th Infantry Regiment, to promote the war fighting ethos among Soldiers, and to create cohesion among members of the Regiment.  Applications for DMOR are open to distinguished Active Army, US Army Reserve, retired officers, warrant officers, enlisted Soldiers, and civilians while HMOR is open to Soldiers, their spouses, and individuals who have contributed to or provided a service to the regiment.  Once selected, DMOR and HMOR tenure is indefinite. 

The three areas of consideration for DMOR and HMOR selection are the following:

     a. Service to the Nation: 

        (1)  For DMOR, this is primarily military service with the Regiment, though it may include outstanding service with other units or other branches of the Military.

        (2)  For HMOR, this is primarily the nominee’s contributions to the 187th Infantry Regiment while serving in either a military or civilian capacity.

     b. Service to the community:  Civilian contributions for the public good.

     c. Service to the Regiment.

        (1) For DMOR this is participation in and contribution to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Association.

        (2)  For HMOR this includes any contributions to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Association, but does not require membership.

The brigade will accept nominations through 21 October 2008 and plan to have the nomination process complete by mid November.  Nomination packets should include a one to two page biography that includes but is not limited to the nominee’s service to the nation, service to the community, service to the regiment, and a brief statement on why the nominee feels they should be selected.  Please forward nomination packets to CPT Latasha Thomas, the Assistant Brigade S1, via email to Latasha.s.thomas@us.army.mil  or US Mail to the following address:  Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (ATTN:  CPT Thomas), Bldg 6760, Ashau Valley Road, Fort Campbell, KY 42223.  If you have immediate questions please contact CPT Thomas at (270) 798-6542/4236.     

This is for widest dissemination.  Please forward to all chapter members and potential candidates!

Thanks to all of the former Rakkasans for all you do for the Soldiers and families of the 187th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasan). 

Air Assault!  Rakkasan!


DOMINIC J. CARACCILO
COL, IN
Commanding

Gregory Patton
Gregory E. Patton
CSM, USA
Command Sergeant Major


Name:
Sean P VanLew
Email:
CalibansDream@comcast.net
Date:
Monday, September 29, 2008
Time:
11:53 AM

Comments

I served with D Co 1/187 during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and am always looking to link up with fellow Rakkasans.  i was very happy to find this website.  I look forward to becoming a member of the Big Apple chapter.  Hooahh!


Name:
Virginia C. Musgrove - Treasurer, 187th Airborne Association
Email:
jvmusgrove@kih.net
Date:
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Time:
1:33 PM

Comments

As per the attached message, the Troops will be home mid November.  We, want them to have a Great Thanksgiving and Christmas.   As you also know there are several needy families and these we want to help.

  Please send your individual donations, Chapter donations to the address indicated in the flyer.  Let them know that the "Golden Rakkasans"  do care.

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ACTIVE DUTY RAKKASAN FAMILIES NEED OUR HELP

DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

    The holiday season is often a time when less fortunate Rakkasan families find themselves financially challenged.  The added stress of the current deployment can make this doubly hard.

    The 187th Airborne Association is appealing to the generosity of all Golden Rakkasans to make donations to the Association so as to provide assistance to those Rakkasan families in need; whether it be to purchase the makings for a holiday meal or some other special requirement they don’t have the means for.

    The time is now to begin our fund raising and collecting donations to ensure we can provide assistance in the form of gift cards.

    Last year the donated amount of $9,055 provided assistance to 177-Rakkasan families.  With the increase in gas prices and the cost of living our assistance will undoubtedly be needed again.

    To help, make your donation check out to the “187th Airborne Association.”   Be sure to write “Troop Support” in the “For” box of your check.  Mail your donations to the following address:

                                        Virginia C. Musgrove
                                        Treasurer, 187th Airborne Association
                                        461 Hammacksville Road
                                        Trenton, KY 42286

    All donations will be handled by the 187th Airborne Association.  The 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT)/Rakkasans will provide a screened list of families requiring assistance for this holiday season.  The 187th Airborne Association will then purchase gift cards and mail them directly to the families in time for use during the holiday season.

    Your generosity is truly appreciated by those Rakkasans needing assistance during the holiday season.

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IA takes over Combat Outpost Dragon
By Pfc. Christopher McKenna, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT)



CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - The Iraqi Army assumed control of Combat Outpost Dragon during a transfer-of-responsibility ceremony Nov. 1. The 1st Battalion, 23rd Brigade, 17th IA Division took the reigns from 3rd Bn., 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

"Over the past year, the Coalition has assisted us in making Yusifiyah a secure area," said Col. Aman, 1/23/17th IA commander. COP Dragon was formed in 2007 from what was once the Yusifiyah Thermal Power Plant. Coalition forces worked side-by-side with the IA, conducting missions ranging from governance operations to air assaults.  "We have worked together with the Iraqi Army since we arrived, and because of it, we are now at a point where a large American presence is not needed in the area," said Lt. Col. Andrew Rohling, 3-187th Inf. Regt. commander.

During their tour in the area, the 3-187th Inf. Regt. crossed the Euphrates River to establish a military presence in the village of Owesat for the first time since the initial invasion in 2003. "The success over our time here is a reflection of the work the Iraqi Army has put forth, and because of the combined efforts, the area has become self sufficient," said Capt. Michael Cooke, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-187th Inf. Regt., personnel officer.

COP Dragon was the largest base transitioned from CF to the IA.  "Today I can stand here and say that the 'Triangle of Death' is now the 'Triangle of Life,'" Rohling said.
"We are ready and willing to make sure the Yusifiyah area remains safe after the departure of Coalition forces," Aman said. "I cannot express enough gratitude for the work the American forces have done with us since last September."

Aman said the IA plans to continue work toward sustaining security and stability in Yusifiyah.

Cutlines:

Soldiers with 1/23/17th IA salute during the playing of the Iraqi national anthem during the COP Dragon transfer-of-responsibility ceremony in Yusifiyah Nov. 1. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna)


A formation of Soldiers from 3-187th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT) salute during the playing of the U.S. national anthem during the COP Dragon transfer-of-responsibility ceremony in Yusifiyah Nov. 1. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna)


Command Sgt.  Maj. Dennis Defreese and Lt. Col. Andrew Rohling, 3-187th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT) senior enlisted leader and commander, case the battalion colors at the conclusion of the COP Dragon transfer-of-authority ceremony in Yusifiyah Nov. 1. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna) For queries, contact the Multi-National
Division - Center Public Affairs at MND-Center_PAO@iraq.centcom.mil or by phone at (Iraqna) 0790-194-2865. For more MND-C news, visit our website at www.taskforcemountain.com.


Name:
Riggins, Harold MAJ 3BCT S1 OIC
Email:
harold.riggins@3BCT101AA.ARMY.MIL
Date:
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Time:
5:06 PM

Comments

Subject: Honorary Colonel and Sergeant Major of the Regiment Nominations

    First and foremost, CSM Patton and I would personally like to thank all members of the Golden Rakkasan Association for their gracious support to the 187th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during our deployment to Iraq.  The huge out-pouring of packages, letters and cards from the
Golden Rakkasans to Soldiers of the brigade as well as the selfless support to our families during the past year has been tremendous.  You have greatly affected the morale of all Soldiers of the brigade and we thank you~!     

     As the brigade begins preparations for redeployment and for the next deployment in 2010, we would like to establish the next Honorary Colonel and Sergeant Major of the Regiment.  The primary mission of the Honorary Colonel and Sergeant Major of the Regiment is to "perpetuate the history and traditions of the 187th Infantry Regiment, thereby
enhancing unit morale and spirit".  Minimum requirements for each position are as follows:

     a.   Honorary Colonel of the Regiment:   A distinguished retired officer in the rank of Colonel or above who formerly served on active duty in the regiment and not currently serving as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment for a different regiment.

     b.   Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment:   A distinguished retired Non Commissioned Officer in the rank of Sergeant First Class or above who formerly served on active duty in the regiment and not currently serving as Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment for a different regiment.      

      The Brigade will accept nominations for both positions through 15 October 2008 and plan to have the confirmation process complete prior to redeployment in mid November.   Nomination packets should include a one to two page document that includes the nominee's biography (must include active duty service in 187th Infantry Regiment); a list of past
contributions to the 187th Infantry Regiment or Golden Rakkasans;  and why the nominee feels they should be selected for these prestigious positions.  Additionally, nominees are authorized to submit up to three letters of recommendation for consideration.  

     Please forward nomination packets to  CPT Latasha Thomas, the Assistant Brigade S1, via email to Latasha.s.thomas@us.army.mil <mailto:Latasha.s.thomas@us.army.mil>   or US Mail to the following address:  Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (ATTN:  CPT Thomas), Bldg 6760, Ashau Valley Road, Fort Campbell, KY 42223.  If you have immediate
questions please contact CPT Thomas at (270) 798-6542/4236.     

     Again, thank you for all you do for the Soldiers and families of the 187th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasan). 

Air Assault!  Rakkasan!

DOMINIC J. CARACCILO
COL, IN
Commanding

Gregory E. Patton
CSM, USA
Command Sergeant Major


Name:
Steven Parker
Email:
eifersuchtxxxx@aim.com
Date:
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Time:
2:04 PM

Comments

I just wrote paper on a Korean war veteran, Jack Elmore who was a member of the 187th RCT and made the MUNSAN-NI jump in 1952.


Name:
Arthur O. Abiera
Email:
arthur.o.abiera@us.army.mil
Date:
Friday, December 12, 2008
Time:
10:26 AM

Comments

Aco 3-187 "Angel 7". ATRP 1-33 CAV "Apache 7" . DMOR 2007. Truly an Honor to have served in the Regiment