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Draft August 2022 Newsletter Daily Worksheet Draft


Updated 2 July 2022 - Board Use Only. Not for publication
This is my worksheet during the month for the next Newsletter

...Working notes are Green on Yellow
...Green notes not completed by 1 Jul will move to Pending section.


Centaur Website Newsletter - July 2022
remember to click on the blue underlined text for more information and photos.
index: Featured Brothers, News, Help Find, MyPages, Deceased, Photos, War Stories, Reunions, Glossary


Are you helping us search out Centaurs? Making calls, sending emails, writing letters?

Reminder: How to search the Centaur Website for anything. Go to our Help/Answers page, item #1. You are going to love this. Please try it out!
Everyone who doesn't know what MP means in our newsletter, raise your hand.

Featured Centaur Brothers




Finding Centaurs & Friends












War Stories






October 8-14, 2022 - F/50th-F/75th Unit Reunion (LRRP): Las Vegas. All Centaurs are invited. Contact Alexis Park All Suite Resort at 800-582-2228 or 702-796-3540 and use code FCO75TH to get the $85.04 room rate. Centaur Marshall Huckaby, nominated for the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame, will be there and would like to see you.


November 10-13 - Centaur Veteran's Day Reunion Phoenix, Arizona. See Roster for those already planning to attend. Contact Jim Walt at jim@thewaltfamily.com. Huey and Cobra Rides will be available!






..................PENDING - "My Swamp"...........................................

Need to go thru all of this someday

Wayne Cooper checks in Aerorifle Pilot rated by Fisher and Fleming. Sent another email for info 26Jun

Long phone con 30Jun2022 - he will send stuff

Cobra down war story by Russ Mattison Meeks/Moose - the real story. Wolfe, Gabrielson

Don Borey and shoulder patches Don Borey asks if we had a D Trp Hunter Killer Team patch like the F Trp one.

Info obit for Ken Mick??


Richard Quantas dead??

This is not T Berry: Karn note 29 JUN: YES there was a second black enlisted man that joined the scouts before I left.   I don't recall his name.  I remember flying with him once and he didn't like the CS gas that we threw and then flew through.   And yes,  he wasn't any "T -berry".

Tyrone T. Thornsberry "T Berry" SP4 LOH Door Gunner/Observer 1969 now has a draft MyPage and an MP1 using a John Evans photo of Evans, Kreil and Tyrone, with their LOH "SNAFU"

Bruce Karn remembers Thornsberry as his LOH Observer. He could fly quite well from the left seat. see story

Email to Gaylen Randell 66-67 for photos. we have infosheet.

Edmond Manville aol.com not found??


Bill Comeau Dual with Dragon thanks Centaurs



Discussion page for 20 minute fuel warning light. Mattison


Will Pat McGarry bring his OH-23 to the reunion?
Looks like he may


How did the May Reunions go??? Photos? -

May 5-8, 2022 - Florida's 34th Annual All Veterans Reunion

1May2022 NOTES Phoncon Reggie Slater:

Fix your email. Have him talk to friends Richard Dennison and Jim Wells. Send pics and info to me. Come to Nov reunion and do videos. Wells was in auto accident and not doing well. Is in photo with Col Pete in the book. He talked to Beasley (throat cancer) who is doing better. Reggie was looking for someone from his 66 tour year going to the DC Reunion. No one was and he has had some health problems. He said the videos I did for him helped him tremendously in his life. I told him to tell that to his buddies and get them to me at the Nov reunion. We will see if that works. Told him about Carl and Ruth Ann Burns health problems

Contact Buford - no luck so far

Has our AH-1G plaque in museum been fixed? Pending - Email to Headley 14Apr22

Bob Acker Photos to website - update An Duc War Story - pics to Aircraft Tail number sections (links) and Helicopter photos section

661 494 and 659 pics and info

Info Sheet for Mike Reed

Contact Joe Pisano editor of AAAA mag

Contact Jerry Shelton in Hawaii. His email is rejected. Phone #no good 2Apr2022. Email to Jerry Shelton used to work now does not. Phone # bad Hawaii

Get current pic from Randy Love

Who knows what happened with George Stenehjem?

Work on getting Reunion section updated with links to old reunions.

14Apr2022: Bill Boyd called me: His son building a small house behind his for him to live. Moving right now, but will get me some info notes and check out the photos on website. He remembers Ponzillo’s note recruiting new guys. Bill was in Field Artillery. Was not ranger or airbore qualified.Gave new Gmail.

Updates - find Marty Sullivan

Frank Walker video - edit and post - no longer on YouTube

CW2 Larry M. Dau LOH Pilot 1970-71 Awaiting info for MyPage. sent him email 11Jan22 --Followed up Fri night - left phone msg at  (702) 498-7849 28Jan. Tried again 9Apr.

WO Larry J. Kastanek Feb 70-71 Gunpilot D/F left phone message. 18Apr (785) 770-7565 lft msg

Talk to Holmberg. Does he want to say anything about putting Radcliffe in for AAAA honor?

Add Mike Sloniker VHPA Historian to Centaur Friends page for his great input to the pages of Mick, Miller and Woods.

Find: Terry R. Bleed (sent email), Marty Sullivan, Melvin Locke, mentioned in McLeod audio

Find Melvin W. Locke Jr. 1LT 1970 Pasadina - mentioned in McLeod audio - call

Find Silver Star citation for Joe Don Ramey

Ask Bill Comeau (historian 2/12th) if he can find 2/12th Warriors people involved in medivac 7 Jun 1970 where Holder was seriously wounded.Improve/update John Mackey MyPage infosheet, 7Jan22 Met with him in Yuma

...Nicholas, Sellers and Laird SS or Albums - check for possible MP's or myPages

...Review slides and photo albums for guys we have photos on but no links. Create rough draft MyPages.

...Found email Jun 2003 to Dow from CW2 William R. Cooper. Sparrow's hootchmate. 1971-72 Slicks. Been getting News ltr. Send contact email

...Add link to Creeping Jesus in aircraft photos section

Brian Bledsoe- can you add comments to Byrd's slideshow photos?

Possible project: Have some time? Want to help with the Centaur Website? Don't know crap about computers?
Then try this: Centaur Website Projects for Dummies - Lesson 1
- Identifying photos: Lesson 2 ?, 3? etc. Publish to Help Section

Awaiting picture captions from Eric Brethen

Do a redsign of website: Call Signs, Discussions, Glossary and other hard things to find: create buttons at top of Help page and maybe on homepage.

Awaiting stuff from Jim McPeak?

fix pages in reunions section - Big time project

Add discussion page for 1967 Bob Hope show. Find Star Stripes article. Add comments from Fleming

awaiting Susan Gassaway article (Pappy Jones wife) aug2021

Garrett "Moose" Marcinkowski pics?? Lost again?

Need to add History page for 2.75 rocket pods (M200) etc

Doug Olsen talked to Dennis Pfoor who said he would be contacting me soon. Nov

Nebraska Vietnam Memorial - Moore, Brosh

Jack Kenneth Swinehart 1947-2015. Find a grave. Is this our guy?

will we add Kentucky Woman American Legion group to our Friends section?

awaiting Dennis Yenser input

Add Discussion Page Volunteers - A Troop to D Troop (Air) as Door Gunners- 1967 find Fleming note


Consider publishing the 3/17 web page describing who was assigned to whom. Try to get answers for the Centaurs. http://bluetigersite.com/vietnam/iiffv.html Otherwise comparable to "Who's on First" by Abbott and Costello. Get input from past commanders and Bob Graham. The main website with index is http://bluetigersite.com/vietnam/chronology.html dead email address?

Awaiting email from Harry Swiencki about his awards. Assemble his DFC

Consider a piece about Do No Harm doctrine. Encourage all the gory details, particularily to get it off your chest, knowing that the CIVO Board reviews all input to the website to insure that our doctrine of "do no harm to our fellow Centaurs". Yes, we know we had a few genuinely bad people and some good people who made bad decisions. We will tell the stories for history, but not judge or brand those individuals.

We are providing a place where you can vent the frustrations, guilt, anger and remorse you have been carrying for 40 or 50 years, to a group of dedicated Centaurs who have walked in your shoes. We will listen, we will talk, we will edit for the web as necessary.

Acts of Cowardice, Criminal, Inexperience, Arrogance or Stupidity should be discussed to help us all finally get it out. Do it for your mental well being, not for vengence or revenge. Get some closure. It was war. We can forgive most anything, but only you can forgive yourself. Do it and know some peace for whatever time you have left.

more photos due in from David Whitley

Ronald Dean Hoagland tina cook Feb Newsletter .....rejected at this email posted in last newsletter
2LT VHPA F Trp 1971

Gerald L. "Jerry" Wright 1LT pilot Centaur 24 Jan to Jun 1967 sent him welcome email

Reference our War Story Hunter Crew and Rescue Crew KIA: ??

will send pics

Bob Jones Video?? 13Nov2019 need his narrative says he is on it

Update Odom and Rogers rescue movies to include marty lalli. add links.

Herb Beasley dying? more info? Throat cancer. 30 some radiation treatments. Phoncon

Pending:Jeff Lemr His daughter "Jill" contacted us. Add to Newsletter list. Get her in contact with Bill Witt. Frm Witt (10Sep):Bruce, Thanks for the reply. I pray Jeff will contact his Daughter however, he has a hard time getting in touch with his feelings. The only time he seems free is playing his guitar. There is a Vet Center here that has a "Combat Stress Management Guitar Group" hopefully, I can get him to go with me. Might need to say something about Jeff Lemr and daughter getting together after 12yrs if that happens.

Jan 3, 12:59 PM from Hamilton.
to Frank, Carl, Carl, Thomas, Bain, Pat, Tom, Brian, Jim, Gary, Nick, Mike, Charlie, John, Jerry, me
Yes, the Designation was D 3/4 Cav until the 2nd Bde 25th was ordered to stand down and return to Hawaii. We thought we would go with them until I received orders that we would not redeploy and would be designated an independent air cav troop, F Troop, 4th U. S. Cavalry. My kids back home really got a kick out of that. Daddy commanded F Troop like on TV.

ACTION Needed:What is a Regiment anyway? 4th Reg is our major link between D and F besides the call sign. What do the Regiment records say about who F Troop was formally assigned to. Looks like it was 25th Inf Div Hawaii with some sort of attachment to 11th and 12 CAGs of the 1st Avn Brigade. Is there any presidence for wearing the patch of a unit that you are attached too?

Awaiting: Rich Williams checks in. need MyPage. Has "Fall in well" comments Altenhofen emailed him 28Dec called him 22 feb 2020 left msg

Awaiting:Bruce Hinds sending Boonie Hat stuff.

Awaiting: CW2 Richard "Rocky" Reed input 15 Sep 2019 He has never answered. Maybe Eric Brethen can get ahold of him. email 5 Dec 2021

Awaiting:James "Mike" Richey info. Photos and text. Added "Mike" to MyPage

ACTION Needed:Pat Lacy? Gilley - Not listed on the Centaur Roster (Spelling maybe?) Photo 50 Can you name the guys in photo 52 with the dog Gunner? Jerry Caldwell, SSG Photos 57
Roosevelt Martin, SSG Photo 57

Phoncon with CW2 Bob Long will send pics and notes? Frm Long: I'm a taking Methadone and Morphine my brain is messed up, can’t keep a thought etc. or remember much.
Yes I was in D trp and A trp

Consider creating a special YOUTUBE presentation to advertize our Centaur Website.

25th Div Flash publcation? Should we link to it?