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Draft Newsletter Daily Worksheet for August 2024 Draft

Latest Update of Draft - 15 July 2024

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This is my worksheet during the month for the next Newsletter


Centaur Website Newsletter - August 2024

INDEX: News, Checking In, Corections , MyPages, War Stories & Photos, Deceased, Reunions/Events, Hats & Shirts

--- News ---

Parade Grand Marshall James R. "Rick" Arthur CW2 Heavy Weapons Pilot in Command (UH-1C) March 1967 to March 1968 and retired Centaur Director:

The City of Kirkland, a large suburb of Seatle Washington (almost 100k people) chose Rick, a Centaur pilot, decorated hero, VFW member and one of our original Centaur Directors to be the Grand Marshall of the Kirkland, Washington 4th of July Parade this year. This is a great honor. Rick was very impressed with the City's handling of recognizing all Veterans.

We hope that you will take some time an read some of Rick's Centaur stories and watch his Video interviews. Go to his MyPage and click on the buttons on the right side of his photo.

Rick now has an InfoSheet with a photo of he and Dyann.

Our thanks again to Rick Arthur for his great work in helping us develop the Centaur Multimedia website.



John Steinbeck the famous writer aboard a U.S. Army UH-1B Iroquois helicopter of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, at Pleiku, Vietnam, 7 January 1967. (Newsday):
“I wish I could tell you about these pilots. They make me sick with envy. They ride their vehicles the way a man controls a fine, well-trained quarter horse. They weave along stream beds, rise like swallows to clear trees, they turn and twist and dip like swifts in the evening. I watch their hands and feet on the controls, the delicacy of the coordination reminds me of the sure and seeming slow hands of (Pablo) Casals on the cello. They are truly musicians’ hands and they play their controls like music and they dance them like ballerinas and they make me jealous because I want so much to do it. Remember your child night dream of perfect flight free and wonderful? It’s like that, and sadly I know I never can. My hands are too old and forgetful to take orders from the command center, which speaks of updrafts and side winds, of drift and shift, or ground fire indicated by a tiny puff or flash, or a hit and all these commands must be obeyed by the musicians hands instantly and automatically. I must take my longing out in admiration and the joy of seeing it. Sorry about that leak of ecstasy, Alicia, but I had to get it out or burst.”
Steinbeck 27 Feb 1902 to 20 Dec 1968 (Thanks to Joe Hoover/John Moore)

Are you headed to Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)? Stanley E. "Stan" Allen SP5 Nighthawk Crew Chief (Slick 217) April 1969 to April 1970 recommends that you also visit the National Museum of Military Vehicles which is nearby. Stan said: "They have a "B" model Huey on display in there. I was told by one of the Dosens that it was flown into the museum parking lot, defueled and towed into the museum building. The gentleman that flew it there, showed them some repaired battle damage that they did not know existed. He said that he knew about it because he was flying it when it occurred. The helicopter originally belonged to the Us Army and was transferred to the US Navy later in its life. I was told that about 95% of the equipment that they have runs. Some of it, they take to parades around the state. They get volunteers to drive the equipment in the parades. Also, in their Viet Nam exhibit they have something that might interest some of the guys from "B" Troop. They have an M-113 track that is marked 25th ¾ Cav B23 I do not know if this is authentic or not,

Status of Sharks Teeth Tale article submitted to VHPA Aviator?


--- Checking In ---
Get your friends to sign up for the Newsletter

...Marshall Huckaby......Joel Andres.....Rick Arthur.....Dan Coles.....Stan Allen.....Frank Dillon......Tom Fleming....Rick Arthur.....Jim Kreil....Pat Eastes....Bob Tegelman.....Steve Gormley.....Matt Jackson......Frank Hock.......


--- Website Corrections/Updates---

LOH Scout aircraft OH-6A 67-16197, thought to be "Borrowed Time" has been deleted from the Centaur Tail Numbers Database. It belonged to the 101st. Thanks Mike Peake

History Equipment Helicopter Splash page corrected. It had several bad links.

Added Cobra Accidents Discussion page to Ken Rucki's MyPage

InfoSheet added to Bruce W. Sikkema MyPage. Review Cobra Wingover story

Fixed dead link to "Movie Night" on Bill Chiaramonte's MyPage. Thanks Tom Dooling

Frank Hock name spelling corrected in Ron Radcliffe war stories page.

Obituary for Ken Mick is now linked to from his MyPage. It is dissapointing that more is not said. This note was placed on his Obit at Bliley's Funeral Home, Richmond, VA along with a photo:
Ken had a great combat tour with F Troop, 4th Cavalry Squadron from Oct 1971 to Sep 1972 flying AH-1G Cobra Gunships. See his page and his stories at the Centaurs in Vietnam website ( Click on Rosters then Mick to go to his page. If anyone has knowledge of more about Ken and his Army career, please sent to

Obituary for Bobby Glen Newton LRRP 1966-67 and his Deceased MyPage have been corrected. We are not sure what city in Oregon that he and Debby lived, or his rank as a LRRP.

The word Enfilade added to our Glossary.


--- MyPages --



Richard Clark PFC in Maintenance 1967. The 8mm movie by Bruce Powell has been linked to his Mypage and shows him walking toward the camera. Do you remember him? How about the guy to his left?



Can you identify this Centaur 1969-70 era Crew Chief or Gunner on Slicks. Stan Allen remembers him as "Flower Child" because of the flowers on his flight helmet.










Wrong pic on Randy Love page? Ask him for correct one. Also wife? Lives? exact tour dates. Update InfoSheet with his notes.


--- War Stories & Photos---


Joel Andres CPT F Troop Flight Surgeon 1971-1972 now has a Photo Album of Medical Detachment photos. It is linked to from his MyPage. It is also linked to from the Vickers and Love MyPages and listed on the Photo Albums & Slides page. Help us name some of those not identified.






Daniel M. "Dan" Coles SP4 Cobra Crew Chief (#67-15776) now has a Photo Album of four photos and a rough draft InfoSheet.





Get more info. Wortham and Scooter??? Wife pic

Answers Charles Wortham & Bruce Scooter


Static Display of Centaur Cobra 67-15776, "Betty Boobs" and later "Undertaker" now at Fort Irwin, CA.

Tail number info.

CW2 Bruce W. Sikkema, Centaur 51, was pilot of AH-1G Cobra #67-15776 during his tour from December 1969 to June 1971. SP4 Daniel M. Coles, Cobra Crew Chief.


Mypage for John Patrick Carter plus Infosheet & photos

Get this sorted out: James T. Rodgers SSG B Trp 3/4 Cav: Help us sort this out. You were a PSG in one of the 3/4 Cav Troops in 1965. You met with CPT Dick Thomas, the Service Platoon Ldr in Hawaii, then he flew you on Recon missions at Cu Chi. He encouraged you to go Warrant. You were a SSG Tank Section Leader in B Troop, 3/4 Cav (1966). Other notes say you were in Aerorifles; then another infers you were a CW2 in D troop. VHPA shows you with D Trp 3/4 Cav in 65/66 then C/228 AVN, 1st Cav in 70-71. Armor Branch

Mike Law friends mypage?

Add Ponzillo Text story of LRRPs. to Traxler deceased pg


---Deceased --


Bobby G. Newton LRRP 1966 to 1967 died 18 May 2024. We do not know his rank. His Nam photo is from the Pat Lacy Slide Show. Please review the Pat Lacy slide show and see if you can provide any more names or other LRRP information.

He now has a Deceased MyPage and Info/Obituary Page.

(Thanks to Bob Tegelman and Marshall Huckaby)


Possibly Worthan or Wortham if we ever get it sorted out with Dan Coles

Info obit for Ken Mick??

Contact Burns, Altenhofen and Stenehjem - still around?

Long time await pics from John Webster of his dad Robert LRRP no pic

--- Reunions & Events ---

SEPTEMBER 2024: Next Squadron Reunion: - September 8th to 12th 2024. The next Squadron reunion will be held in San Antonio, TX. This reunion will take place Sunday through Thursday, instead of Wednesday through Sunday as we’ve done in the past, due to the lower room rates available. 2024 Hotel Registration - Our hotel will once again be the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, with the same group of rooms for our meetings and banquet as our last San Antonio reunion.  Our room rate will be $124 per night, plus taxes and is available 3 days prior to and after the above dates, based on availability. The hotel will begin accepting reservations the third week of September 2023.

T-shirt- San Antonio Reunion T-Shirts in the store so folks can buy 
them before the reunion if they desire.  Sizes are S, M, L, Xl, XXL, & XXXL.  Also be available at the reunion at Bingo's store tables.

David Cox: Provides the NEW groups's booking link for the September 3/4 Cav Squadron Reunion.
Dave also notes: Once you click on the link it will take you to our hotel website, then enter your arrival/ departure dates, and it will automatically populate your group name and discounted group rate.
You may also call our 24-hour reservation phone number at 210-224-2500, option 2. If you are calling, please remember to reference your group's block code: SQU I am at your service should you or any of your guest need any assistance booking their rooms.
David Cox <> Last day to make reservations at your group discount will be on: August 6, 2024

NOVEMBER 2024: Centaur Veteran's Day Reunion November 2024 -Jan and Trudy White are again hosting the 2024 November Centaur Reunion in Panama City Beach Florida. The reunion they hosted last year was an amazing success! The constantly increasing participation in the Centaur Vet's Day Reunions is so very encouraging. Do not miss this one! Video interviews will be done! We will work on having helicopter rides. However that is tough to do on a Veteran's Day.

Those planning to attend so far: (Get your name on the list!!!! - email Trudy)

Rick Adams & Diane & Friends
Joel Andres & Sylvia
Roger Blaha & Kate
Don Borey & Pat
Ron Cooper & Leigh
Tom Dooling & Linda
Rick Ellison & Georgia
John Evans & Anita
Joseph Gentile
Brian Harrison & Cathy
Martin Jenkins & Charlotte
Gary Jones & JoAnne
James Kreil & Colleen Ford
Lee Majors & Maxine
John McGee
Bruce Powell & Sharon
Kenneth Rucki
Harlan Sparrow III & Kris
Bob Tegelman & Lu
Richard Ward & Julie Hampton
Jan White & Trudy

PLEASE - Email Trudy White <> wiith your intent to attend soon so she and Jan can get on with planning. also see 2023 After Action Reunion movie

For the CIVO Board of Directors,

Bruce Powell, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster of
1031 E Highline Drive, Payson, AZ 85541 (Summer)
11875 S Ironwood Drive, Yuma, AZ 85367 (Winter)



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

Review Pending "My Swamp" below & see what can be done, or has been already done, or given up on.

With August NL will stop listing past newsletters. people can still search the old ones wit the site:cen........

An attempt to help is a new Centaur discussion page Understanding the Modern 25th Inf Div.

Also there is a link to the A AAA video of the event that was provided by <a href="Roster/MyPageFriendsDuals/GoochRexDual.jpg">Rex Gooch</a>


MSR Discussion

Do more movies for Karn/Borey? and Parrish SA7

Alison Litton: Await pics/info from her for her dad Joe  Add Franks input article

Working on getting couples photos taken at the 2023 Centaur Reunion placed on respective InfoSheets

Couples photo listings (to infosheets) Richardson,

Gene Peters - send infosheet and pic with Ginny

Tegelman sends pics of James Spencer Gravesite

Work Harlan Coopers pics from Tegelman into Reunion section. Same with those from Linda Richardson

Donald Borey CPT Cobra Aircraft Commander Centaur 43 March 1971 to January 1972 tells some War Stories.

Do more Borey and Karn Movies

These videos are linked to from Don's Article page, the War Stories Video page and added to MyPages of Bob Jones and Skip Petrie.

3/4 Cav 2010 Reunion page - fix links

2019 Centaur Reunion Bowling green create index page of photos for all the movies! ????

Dows pics of old reunions

Minor upgrades to these other MyPages ..........

Old Reunion Photos found and posted to the Reunion section. Those from Janis Cooper 2016 Cav Reunion (Harrisburg,PA or Centaur Reunion (Omaha)?

Big time 2012 - 48 videos at Nashville

More Reunion After Action Notes from the Centaur Vets Day Reunion Last Month:

Reunion photos and videos of long past have been repaired and relinked Cav 2008 and 2010

2006 Cav Reunion video and Photo Album

Add Reunion photos and videos to PhoAudVideo page at bottom

Do a page for the Cat House? Cat house vs EM club?

Add Index of Articles for MyPages: , Beasley, Meeks, Wayne Moose, Peake, Radcliffe, Mike Vaughn

Jim Starling + pics and input Called him 27Oct2023 - Will send stuff

Contact Black Rifle Coffee about their HunterKillerTeam video

Phoncon with CW2 Bob Long A trp 1/9th then D troop Will send pics Calld again 26Aug2023

Upgrade Ed Risner Memoriam page and links

Is Harold B. Swiencki still alive?

Contact John Spencer for input on Ken Davis and Dave Stromberg - Reunion? invite Radcliffe for us? Finally found valid phone number. talked to him 21AUG & 26Aug lft msg

Note that 14 2022 reunion videos are posted in the WS Video section.

Add some Carl Burns Book stories.

Lynn Mobley will get pics to us for Centaur Friends MyPage

Located photo of LOH 15338 in Jim Messina old website file. Bigger pic on LOH Photos pg

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




...Opportunity Article Continued: More information on the project of painting Cobra 295 with our sharks teeth:

For those of you who attended the Mesa Reunion in November, you got an introduction to the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) Southwest Chapter.  The SW Chapter have a total of 11 Vietnam era helicopters, about half of which either are or will be flyable (used for exhibitions and giving rides).  They are part of a national organization ( 

 They have recently taken over the restoration of a MOD S Cobra (Cobra 295) that they will be converting into a G Model configuration - and it will be one of their flyable aircraft.  They are still a ways from completing the restoration (2-3 years), depending on how many volunteers are willing to work on it and how much money they collect for the parts, etc., needed for replacement/refurbishment.

 In talking with Dave Sale (the AAHF SW Chapter VP), I queried him on what it would take to have the Centaur Teeth and doghouse Centaur logo on the aircraft.  On the Huey that they just completed the restoration, another unit that was call sign Spartan donated $5,000 to have the aircraft sport their nose art.  He said that if we contributed $5,000, they would paint the “G” model in our scheme (teeth and Centaur).

 I am working with the guy at AAHF that has done all of their aircraft painting (for those at the reunion, he did the entire paint job on the Sand Shark that was at the CAF), and he said he would love to do our paint scheme.

 The “Charter” of the “Centaurs in Vietnam” organization has always included an approach that we would not ask members to donate to our organization – and with the exception of collecting money for our reunions, have remained true to that approach – and this proposal does not violate that portion of our charter – no money will be collected by CIVO.  However, our Mission Statement is: Gather, record & provide a modern presentation of the history of the Centaur unit in Vietnam.

 My proposal is that in furtherance of our Mission Statement, it would be really cool to have a G Model Cobra flying around and going to shows/giving rides that represents Centaurs by wearing our paint scheme.   To that end, I would like to see if as a group of individual Centaurs, we would like to contribute to the AAHF specifically for the purpose of helping them in their refurbishment of Cobra 295 in exchange for having it painted with our colors. The AAHF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public education foundation, so any donation may be tax deductible.  

 AAHF already has their website set up to take donations for specific projects of which the “Cobra 295 Restoration” is one, so we would not have to collect the $$ ourselves, each member could just donate directly and I will track the donations from our group to ensure we get credit toward the paint job.

 If you would like to make a donation, you can do it online by going to , select the Donate Now tab at the top, and the screen below will appear.  Click on the “Choose an Option” box and a dropdown menu appears the includes different areas for the donation to be used (see second graphic below). Select the “Cobra 295 Restoration” and make a donation amount in the block.  The website will take you through the next steps to complete your donation.  Once you have received the acknowledgement of your donation, please forward the acknowledgement email to me ( for tracking purposes.  I will not share any information on individual donations, but will report to the Centaur organization via the monthly newsletter the totals of our donations.

 Again, this is completely voluntary and does not have any impact on the Centaurs in Vietnam Website.  The only real connection is that there will be a Cobra flying around to airshows that is painted in the scheme that we as a group were proud of as part of our heritage.  Plus supporting another group (AAHF) in helping to represent the history of our Vietnam experience is probably a good thing to do!!!

Need to go thru all of this someday

Ken Rucki? Get photos and info for Dennis Piper (phone call) and current of Rucki. Maybe a current of Bill Byers

Follow up on Leo C. Rice contact from Larry Richardson

Upgrade of Richard "Frenchie" Bernier MyPage - photo album? No word back from him yet 28Oct2022

Discussion page for 20 minute fuel warning light. Mattison

Use photo of Suoi Da Assault 1966 to talk about Suoi Da and Suoi Da Airstrip now under water. Find Airstrip pic with weapons cache from LZ Gold. Early 67 with OH-23

Gordon Eatley will work on his 8mm movie for captions. Tower is Water tower being built.

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

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 not found??

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

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

Get current pic from Randy Love

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.

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

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

...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?

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

awaiting Susan Gassaway article (Pappy Jones wife) aug2021

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?

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:/ 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:/ 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

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

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.

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


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