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Happy New Year from the 15th Infantry Regiment Association
Updated Constitution and By-Laws and Standard Operating Procedures
On the Website as of December 2018
                                        New China Room Custodian                                          

We are on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Does anyone know the whereabouts of LM Myer G. Borish?
His October DRAGON came back to the address we have for him in Hollywood, FL, and his phone is no longer in service.
Please call or e-mail Tom Heitzer to let him know if you know where he is so we can send him his DRAGON.
DUES NOTICE Annual Members
The annual membership fee for 2019 is due starting in the month of October. Check your mailing label and if you have 2018 after your name your dues need to be paid for 2019.
Send your check or money order and the form below to
Tom Heitzer at 231 Normandie Drive, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Special Instructions:

Regular annual membership dues are $10.00 (current Active Duty dues are $5.00). Multiple year payments are welcomed.
Life membership rates are:
Below 60–$150, age 60 to 69–$120; age 70 to 79–$100; age 80 and above–$50.

If you are on active duty and deployed at this time contact us and we will extend your membership until you return, but you need to let us know of your deployment status. Email Tom Heitzer at theitzer001@charter.net  to let him know of your deployment and we will extend your membership.
Several members have recently sponsored memberships for active duty soldiers of the active battalion. This is an opportunity for all members to express their appreciation for the service to the nation of today’s Dragon Soldiers. The form below provides a space (Sponsor Active Duty) for sponsoring these memberships. A two-year membership is only $10.00. Contributions to the Awards and Monument (A&M) Fund or General Fund are also always appreciated and may be included with your payment. Please complete and detach the form below and submit with your dues. For those with email capability, please provide the address to update the Association database.
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E-Mail Address: (to update Association database) ______________________________
Dues Amounts: Payment: Regular Annual $10.00
Dues $---------------------------
Associate Annual $10.00
Sponsor Active Duty $---------------------------
Active Duty Annual $ 5.00
A&M Fund $---------------------------
Life See above
General Fund $---------------------------
Total Payment $---------------------------

Make check or money order payable to the Treasurer, 15th Infantry Regiment Association and mail to Tom Heitzer at 231 Normandie Drive, Bonne Terre, MO 63628


Active Battalion UpdateActive Battalion Update
From the Desk of China 6 (December 15, 2018)

Greetings China Team!

My family and I wish you all a Merry Christmas as we find ourselves inside the holiday season. As I
pause to send this note, please allow me the opportunity to reflect back on a few highlights that this
great battalion has accomplished over the past several months.

In April, it was a privilege to take command of this legendary battalion after it had transformed from a light infantry battalion to an infantry combined arms battalion. With the transformation came a training plan to ensure that our Soldiers, your loved ones, are fully trained on their new equipment fully knowing and understanding the new capabilities of the China team. Independently, each company went through its own progression of receiving their new equipment, receiving the necessary training, and then qualifying on their new vehicular platforms. The battalion was superb in doing so in which every company completed their “new equipment training” with the crews needed to answer our Nation’s call if needed. Training on our equipment does not end there. With the loss of personnel through reassignments or departing from the Army, it is necessary to continue to train on our platforms so that we can be ready.

Last week, the battalion completed our first battalion-level crew gunnery since the transformation and the crews performed exceptionally well. I must applaud Charlie Rock, our tank company, for completing the tank gunnery with an average of 917 points. That is phenomenal. With the completion of that gunnery, we now have qualified personnel on our tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, mortar vehicles, scout vehicles, and support platforms. Great work, China! I’m proud of your hard work and accomplishments.

In the coming days after we return from block leave, the battalion will climb aboard the fictitious object known as the “Marne Express” and continue our training progression towards our culminating event that will take place at the National Training Center. Our training will be executed at the squad, platoon, company, and battalion level with each iteration including live fire. We must be disciplined and lethal, and our training progression will enable us to do so. I’m excited about the training plan and I cannot wait to see the remarkable feats your loved ones will achieve during this training period.

Unfortunately, these past several months have not been all rainbows and unicorns. Earlier this month intraditional ceremony, the China team had to bid farewell to our senior enlisted leader. Command
Sergeant Major Higley is top notch and was the right leader for the battalion. Under his leadership, we saw the culture in the battalion shift and noticed that Soldiers took pride in their performance and took responsibility for their actions be them bad or good. We witnessed an improvement in character, we saw our human resource metrics improve significantly, and we watched our disciplinary problems nearly dissolve. All of this can be attested to his leadership and I am grateful to have had the honor of serving with him. Best of luck to you and your family, CSM, as you head to Colorado to begin a new chapter in your military career. God speed, brother.

In closing, I want to thank you all for the support shown to the China team. It does not go unnoticed and you are truly the strength of this battalion that keeps us moving forward. Take care, God bless, and Season’s Greetings!


Arthur L. McGrue III
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
China 6



The 15th Infantry Regiment Association is selling Bumper Stickers for $3.00 each. These sales will be used to support Association activities. Make checks payable to the 15th Infantry Regiment Association and send checks and recipient addresses to Andrew Lerch at 15302 Iris Lane, Montclair, VA 22025-1015 and he will send out all Bumper Stickers via the US Postal Service.


               All about members of the 15th Infantry Regiment Association.

Eligibility for Regular Membership:
Present or prior honorable service with the 15th Infantry or units attached or supporting the 15th Infantry.

Eligibility for Associate Membership:
Spouse, parents, children, or siblings of any person eligible for regular membership, and any person with a special interest in or an affinity for the 15th Infantry.

Select your category and complete the appropriate membership form below.


Application For Membership
Application for Regular Membership” & “Application for Associate Membership
and have them be sent using the theitzer001@charter.net e-mail

Pay by Credit Card on PayPal to pay your dues or mail a check to
Tom Heitzer, 231 Normandie Drive, Bonne Terre, MO 63628.

Once we receive your payment we will send you your Welcome Packet. 

Make check or money order payable to the Treasurer, 15th Infantry Regiment Association
and mail to:

Tom Heitzer
  231 Normandie Drive
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

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Current Association Membership

There are two catagories of membership,

 Regular and Associate
                                                                               Members By Period
             Members by Type
China Hands 0   Regular Life 238
World War II 31   Regular Annual 68
Korean War 125   Associate Life 19
Cold War 85   Associate Annual 6
Peace Time 17   Total Members 331
  OIF / OEF 10      
War On Terror 38      
Associate Members 25      
Total Members 331      


                                       About Us                 
The 15th Infantry Regiment Association is dedicated to the preservation of the traditions and history of the 15th Infantry Regiment.

Our celebrated unit is the fourth to hold the number 15 in the infantry of the Regular Army.

The first unit to be the 15th Infantry was initially organized on 16 July 1798 as a result of the Quasi-War with France 1798-1800.

The second use of the 15th Infantry was as a volunteer unit in the War of 1812. The 15th Infantry participated in the expedition which captured Fort George, Canada. Following the capture of the post, a British counterattack drove the American Force into a nearly disastrous retreat. The movement
was covered successfully by the 15th Infantry which lost nearly half of its strength in a valiant fight against a much stronger foe.

Again as a volunteer unit, the 15th Infantry served in the Mexican-American War as a part of General Winfield Scott's expedition to Vera Cruz. The Regiment fought in the battle there as well as in others at Plandol Rio, Cerro Gordo, Churubusco, Las Animas, Jalapa, Chapultepec, and Mexico City.
When peace came, the 15th again was mustered out.

The 15th Infantry today traces its official Army lineage to the 1st Battalion of the 15th Infantry constituted on 3 May 1861 by General Order No. 33. By the end of the Civil War, our Regiment fought in 22 major engagements, including Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta as a part of BG King's Brigade of Johnston's Division, XIV Army Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. The Regiment was a key element of the only Regular
Brigade in Sherman's Army. The Regiment's crest includes the acorn, the symbol of Major General George Thomas's XIV Corps, and the mountains of stone symbolize the XIV Corps firm stand as the "Rock of Chickamauga". The four acorns represent the four major engagements.

Since then, the 15th Infantry has served continuously in the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Philippine Insurrection, World War II, the Korean War, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Restore/Continue Hope, Somalia, Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation
Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terror.

The 15th Infantry has more overseas service than any other Regiment in our Army with 26 years in China and 32 years in Germany. In addition, between the World Wars it is the only Army Regiment permanently posted outside US territory.

The 15th Infantry Regiment Association is dedicated to the preservation of the traditions and history of the 15th Infantry Regiment.

The 15th Infantry Regiment Association is an IRS 501(c)(19).



A quarterly newsletter, The Dragon, is published to keep the membership informed on recently completed and ongoing activities as well as items of general interest. Regularly there are articles by the Association President, the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, the current Battalion Commanders and the Association Chaplain. There are special sections for TAPS announcing deceased members and SICK CALL identifying ill members who need
our thoughts, prayers and cards of encouragement. A SEARCH section is dedicated to helping members locate information on past comrades and acquaintances. Members are encouraged to submit accounts of their experiences in the Regiment. Their articles have proven to be truly interesting and bring many favorable responses from the readers.

An annual CAN DO RENDEZVOUS is held each spring, hosted by the Active Duty Battalion. Generally, the Rendezvous consists of a welcome reception; tours; displays of weapons, equipment and vehicles; events arranged by the host and a banquet with the soldiers. The Rendezvous offers opportunities for the newer members of the Regiment to become acquainted with past members as well as time for past members to renew old friendships and swap stories. The annual general membership business meeting is held during the Rendezvous as well as every two years, the election of officers.

A Regimental Dinner is held in conjunction with an Annual Reunion. The event is normally scheduled in September. Generally the active Battalion has
attendees with the Battalion providing the Regimental Color Guard. A short program is normally conducted at the dinner.

The Association presents awards recognizing outstanding achievements to the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year for our active duty battalion. The awards are named for Medal of Honor recipients from that battalion of the Regiment. These awards are traditionally made during the Can Do Rendezvous or at an Appropriate ceremony subject to operational requirements of the Battalion. In addition, Certificates
of Appreciation are presented to those deserving individuals who contribute significantly to the attainment of Association objectives.

In keeping with the Association objectives to promote morale and high esprit de corps the Association provides the active units with nominees for Distinguished Members of the Regiment. These are prior soldiers of the Regiment recognized for accomplishments within the Regiment or as a distinguished member of the civilian community who formerly served in the Regiment.

An impressive collection of Association memorabilia and artifacts is located with the 3rd Battalion at Fort Stewart, GA. Members of the Association donated these items. Through agreement with the Battalion these items of Association property are displayed along with items belonging to the unit. A Custodian of Memorabilia is appointed to maintain memorabilia and artifacts donated to and stored in the Associations Historical Repository. The Custodian maintains a current inventory and coordinates with units on loan and return of items. In the event of deployment of the unit, or inactivation, the custodian takes possession of the items and designates a place for display or storage.

The Association commemorates the outstanding history of the Regiment by placing plaques and monuments at significant locations. In the early years of the Association the members were most generous in supporting the Awards and Monument fund. Beautiful plaques were placed at Fort Lewis main gate, the China Gate at Fort Benning, the Marne Garden at Fort Stewart and at the China Room in the 3rd Battalion Headquarters
at Fort Stewart. In 2014, the Association spearheaded the effort and placed a new monument at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to commemorate the service of our Regiment in the Atlanta Campaign of 1864 during the Civil War.

The Association is self-sustaining with no financial assistance from any source other than the membership. Annual and life membership dues, together with donations from members, are the primary source of financing. In addition, an annual raffle is held by mail. Cash prizes are awarded to winners with a nominal amount of profit going to the general fund. Association officers are reimbursed for out of pocket operating expenses only
(printing, copying, phone, etc.).

The Association fully supports our active battalion, whatever their mission, wherever they serve, in defending our nation. When duty calls, the soldiers
of the 15th Infantry Regiment--- Can Do


Frequently Asked Questions
Why donate?
 The 15th Infantry Regiment Association is a non-profit veterans organization operating as an IRS 501(c)19. All donations are tax
deductible. The Association uses donations to support its mission which includes to perpetuate and foster the history and traditions of the Regiment
and unite past and current active duty members of the Regiment in a close and cooperative alliance.
Why PayPal?
PayPal offers online security that other payment services cannot match. None of your credit card information is seen or stored with
the Association.
Do I need a PayPal account?
No. After you select the amount and click on "Pay Now" you are transferred to PayPal.com. There you have the
option to logon to your current PayPal account or pay without a PayPal account.
Why do I need to enter "Street Address to Apply Dues"? --
We need ensure the payment is applied to the correct street address. Some users
may be using accounts setup with businesses that may have a different billing/shipping address.
Will I get email verification?
Yes, PayPal sends you an email verifying your payment. You also receive an email from the Association verifying
your donation.
Is the Association verified by PayPal? --
Yes. To become Verified, the Association provided PayPal with proof that we have an existing account
at a bank or other financial institution. Because these institutions are required by law to screen account holders, the PayPal verification process
increases security when you donate to the Association.
How is my donation used?  --
Monies collected from donations are added to the general fund. This fund is used for production of the Regimental
The Dragon, postage, to purchase plaques for each battalion soldier of the year, memorial plaques, and other miscellaneous expenses.
Donations submitted for a specific purpose are welcome, also.
Who do I contact with specific donation questions? --
You can contact the Association leadership at the following email address --

Pay by Credit Card on PayPal for your donation or mail a check to Tom Heitzer, 231 Normandie Drive, Bonne Terre, MO 63628.
Once we receive your payment we will send you your Welcome Packet.

Make check or money order payable to the Treasurer, 15th Infantry Regiment Association and mail to:

Tom Heitzer
  231 Normandie Drive
Bonne Terre, MO 63628


Association Officers and Staff


Timothy R. Stoy

6531 Milva Lane
Springfield, VA 22150

Vice President

Addison D (Tad) Davis IV

78 Spring Pond Lane
Spring Lake, NC 28390

Editor, The Dragon

Andrew G. Lerch

15302 Iris Lane
Dumfries, VA 22025

Commander, 3rd Battalion   

LTC Arthur L. McGrue

594 Vanguard Road Ste 3071
Ft. Stewart, GA 31314

 Acting CSM, 3rd Battalion

1SG Adam W. Farmer

594 Vanguard Road Ste 3071
Ft. Stewart, GA 31314
(912) 435-7698 


Mark T. Baker

5415 Roaring Branch Road
Columbus, GA 31904



Position Eliminated,
30 November 2018


Charles C. Trout

10191 Birchwood Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Acting Treasurer

Tom Heitzer

231 Normandie Drive
Bonne Terre, MO 63628


Warren E. Sessler

4591 Bigford Street
Las Vegas, NV 88122


Leonard L. Lassor

690 Salman Fall Road
Rochester, NH 03868






Membership Chairman

John C. Campbell

716 Flatwood Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129


Rich Heller

1515 Ramblewood Drive
Hanover Park, IL 60133


Jerry Bates

3017 Margaret Jones LaneWilliamsburg VA 23185 


Timothy R. Stoy

6531 Milva Lane
Springfield, VA 22150

Public Relations Chairman

John C. Campbell

716 Flatwood Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129


C & BL Chairman

John C. Campbell

716 Flatwood Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129


Database Administrator

Tom R. Heitzer
231 Normandie Drive
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

China Room Custodian

CPT Thomas M. Zabriskie

594 Vanguard Road Ste 3071
Fort Stewart, GA 31314








Photo Gallery
Afghanistan OEF13
15th Infantry at Fort Stewart, GA
15th Infantry Photos on our Army Webpage
Civil War Gallery
1st Bn Change of Command May 2004
China Service
3rd Bn Change of Command January 2014
Cold War
Regimental Dinner June 2014
Iraq OIF2005
Kennesaw Mountain Monument Dedication June 2014
Iraq OIF2007
William J. Carson, MoH Marker
Korean War
1st Bn Change of Responsibility August 2014 
World War II
1st Bn Change of Command May 2015
15th Infantry 1866-1880
3rd Bn Welcome Home Ceremony July 2016
Interments - 15th Infantry - ABMC Overseas
 Marne Week 2017 Videos
Interments - 15th Infantry - Andersonville, Georgia
  Ribbon Cutting for the new
3rd Infantry Division's Museum at Fort Stewart
Interments - 15th Infantry - Arlington, Virginia
China Room & Lunch
Interments - 15th Infantry - Custer, Montana
 15th Infantry's Regimental Dinner 
Interments - 15th Infantry - Ft. Douglas, Utah
MG James G. Boatner Funeral
Interments - 15th Infantry - Ft. Benning, Georgia
Photos from Members
Interments - 15th Infantry - Mobile, Alabama
Interments - 15th Infantry - Marietta, Georgia
Interments - 15th Infantry - Stones River, Tennessee
Interments - 15th Infantry - Vicksburg, Mississippi


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