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Korean dignitary visit which included
a wreath laying at the 3rd ID monument
 Mr. Cha, Kil Jin, owner of the Nexun Heroes Korean Major League Baseball team and son of Korean War Korean National Hero General Cha, Il Hyuk, visited Washington, D.C. in early November to honor American Korean War veterans. He placed a wreath at the 3rd Infantry Division Monument and the graves of Generals Ridgway, Van Fleet, and Walker at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

Monika and Tim had met Mr. Cha in Seoul, Korea at the President's reception honoring Korean War veterans on the 63rd anniversary of the break out of the Korean War on 25 June. During the reception Mr. Cha mentioned that he would be traveling to the East Coast of the United States in October-November and expressed the desire to honor American veterans while in the country. Mr. Cha also hosted American veterans in Korea on the revisit Korea program at a Nexen Heroes baseball game the evening of 26 June.

Besides owning the Nexen Heroes, Mr. Cha runs a publishing company in Korea. He has written an opera which was presented in Italy, as well a published books of his poetry. He is a true Renaissance Man and a great friend to the Americans who served in and saved his country from Communist oppression.

 

John Eisenhower, Historian and Ike's Son, Dies
Dec. 21, 2013 7:33 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower says his son, 91-year-old John S.D. Eisenhower, has died.

The retired brigadier general and military historian had resided on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the community of Trappe, Md. No cause was given for his death Saturday.

John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower was born in Denver in 1922 to Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie. He was an assistant staff secretary in the White House during the last few years of his father's administration, and served as U.S. ambassador to Belgium during the Nixon administration.

Eisenhower was the author of numerous books about military history.

He is survived by his second wife, Joanne, son David and daughters Anne, Susan and Mary.

He was also a member of Outpost #7 and the Society of the 3ID.

 

2013 Phoenix Vets Parade

Pictured from left to right:  
Michael Grimes, outpost vice-president, Curtis Gentry, outpost secretary-treasurer, Robert Johnson, outpost member. 

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of central Phoenix to view the 2013 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade which started with a flyover.  Outpost 15 along with 85 other entries including floats, horses, marching bands and military units, followed the designated route that passed 7 reviewing stands.  It was a great pleasure for the outpost to participate in this event.

Following the parade a meal was served at the home of Curtis Gentry, which was enjoyed by all and included parade participants and outpost member, 99 year old, retired Navy officer, Donitza Williams.


Left to right, Michael Grimes (outpost VP), Robert Johnson (outpost member), Donitza Williams (99 years old and outpost member)
 
   

 

In honor of Veterans Day 2013, The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) proudly announces the official launch of the Soldiers' Stories Video Gallery.

Monika and Tim Stoy have one of the interviews that are being presented. Click here for their interview.

AHF has worked with The Boeing Company during the last year to produce this video interview series featuring the first-hand accounts of Army veterans who served from World War II to today. The eleven veterans who participated in the project include one of the first women to enlist during World War II, a dedicated Army veteran who reentered the service after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and a retired general officer whose 30-year career inspired a generation of younger officers.

The Soldiers' Stories Video Gallery was created to educate Americans about the 30 million individual Soldiers' stories that comprise the U.S. Army's 238-year history. The video series is a precursor to the Boeing-sponsored Soldiers' Stories Gallery that will set the tone and theme for the future National Museum of the United States Army.

We invite you to commemorate Veterans Day 2013 by watching the personal recollections of these ordinary men and women who have done extraordinary things for their fellow Soldiers, the Army, and our Nation.

Please also share these videos with family, friends and colleagues. Actor Joe Mantegna, who serves as the national spokesperson for the Museum's campaign, narrates the conclusion of each video, advocating for the preservation of Army history.

To begin watching click here.

Our thanks to The Boeing Company, and thank you for supporting our campaign and helping to preserve stories such as the ones told in this video series.

 

MG John M. Murray, Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, receiving his Certificate of Honorary President of The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, from Society President David Mills, at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on September 20, 2013. Dave and his wife Shirley had also attended a very moving Memorial Service held at Warrior's Walk, honoring five Marne soldiers who had given their lives in the cause of Freedom in Afghanistan, September 19, 2013.

 

Veteran and Military Deals & Discounts
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry presenting posthumous award to WWII hero Audie Murphy today in Farmersville
By Associated Press
October 29, 2013: Gov. Rick Perry will posthumously honor World War II hero Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated soldiers in U.S. history.

Gov. Rick Perry will travel to the small North Texas town of Farmersville to present a state honor to World War II hero Audie Murphy.

Perry will be in the Collin County town on Tuesday afternoon to bestow the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor posthumously on Murphy.

Murphy was one of the most decorated soldiers in U.S. history, and his portrait hangs in the Texas House of Representatives chamber.

Born in Hunt County, Murphy joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe and Mediterranean. He earned all but one of the U.S. medals for valor and was decorated by France and Belgium.

He went on to a film acting career before dying in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971 a month before his 47th birthday.

Click Here to see video of the Ceremony

Credit BJ Alias/Nostalgia-domas / Flickr

 

Help Outpost 7

Attendance at our wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns and at our 3rd Inf Div Monument In Arlington National Cemetery (ANC)on Veterans Day and on Memorial Day   have left much to be desired with only one or two members showing up to honor our Marne Veterans. Please save the following dates and times and try to attend or at least pass the word: 

Veterans Day Nov 11, 2013 Wreath Laying  at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 3:15 P.M. (Assemble at the 3rd ID Monument in front of the ANC Amphitheater.)

Memorial Day May 26, 2014 Wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns  at 4:15 P.M.   


Local members are also encouraged to attend announced  funerals of Marne Vets who are being interred in ANC.  Lonnie D. Wilson, who was severely wounded while serving with Co K 7th Inf in Korea and who was always a loyal supporter of our Society- hosted meeting rooms at many Regt and Div reunions and represented us at many funerals in ANC , died July 21, 2013 and is scheduled to be buried in ANC on Aug 30, 2013  at 11;00 A. M. Local members of Op 7 are encouraged to attend and assemble in the ANC Admin bldg. prior to the funeral.  

While OP7 Pres  Pat Williamson has done much to keep OP 7 alive, he does need help. Please consider volunteering to serve as a Secretary , Treasurer or as a Commo Officer by calling Pat 302-528-8720 or EMail  Army3Div.tanker@gmail.com  
Warm regards  from John L. Insani

 

The 2013 94th Society of the 3ID Reunion
at the Westin Hotel - Lombard, IL


Three 3ID Korean vets showing the medals given to them at the Presidents's Dinner at the Society of the 3ID  Reunion on Thursday evening September 12th.


BG John Hort with Sgt Shafi, Non-Com of the Year, and Spc Walters Soldier of the Year
and David Mills President of the Society
2013 Reunion Reunion Photos
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Page 2 - Banquet
The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division's 95th Annual Reunion will be held at Fort Benning, GA  in June 2014

 

Remembering the 3 ID’s Cold War Legacy -
Wildflecken Training Area Celebrates 75 years, Dedicates Plaque to Former US Army Europe Units Stationed on Installation

submitted by Society Historian Tim Stoy

   The market town of Wildflecken in northern Bavaria celebrated the 75th anniversary of the opening of the neighboring training area in 1938 with a 3 day festival 26-28 July 2013. Included in this commemoration was the dedication of a bronze tablet in the town’s market square remembering the US Army Europe units which were stationed on the kaserne from 1951 to 1994, as well as commemorating the liberation of the installation on 6 April 1945 by the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry!  The maneuver area was the German Army’s largest in WWII. 

   Several years ago I had broached the idea of dedicating a memorial plaque in the kaserne commemorating the service of the 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry there between 1963 and 1983.  The idea expanded to include all the major US units which had been stationed in Wildflecken. Those of us who had been stationed there, especially those from the 3rd Infantry Division (there were elements from many different USAREUR major units on post), felt we were elite, as we were stationed the closest of all division elements to the Inter-German-Border and because it seemed our little mountain had the worst weather in all of Germany – the Top of the Rock!

    This great event came to fruition thanks to the efforts of Colonel Hans Rohrmueller, German Army, retired, who is the President of the Reservist Association for the Rhoen area which has its museum and activities building on the post, and Mr. Heinz Leitsch, a native of Wildflecken, a very active member of the Rhoen Reservist Association, and a former local national employee of the US Army. With their active intercession, the Mayor of Wildflecken, Mayor Schrenck, decided to include the plaque dedication in the 75th anniversary commemoration, as well as fund the plaque and erecting the stone on which it is mounted. Colonel Rohrmueller, also the former Mayor of neighboring Bad Brueckenau, organized the ceremony. While on active duty his unit, part of the 12th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from Ebern, was the partnership unit with 2-15 IN, so he has a very close connection to the 15th Infantry and 3rd Infantry Division. It is heartwarming to know the town of Wildflecken still remembers its American co-citizens almost 20 years since the last Americans departed the kaserne!  Last year Bad Brueckenau dedicated a plaque honoring Americans who had lived there during the Cold war, a vastly underappreciated period in our Army’s and our Division’s proud history.  This commemorative effort will continue throughout the Division’s former footprint in Germany. 

    The US Consul General from Munich, Mr. Bill Moeller, was the senior American representative and speaker, with LTC, retired, Steve Steininger represented the veterans of the 3rd Infantry Division who had served in Wildflecken. Steve was my Deputy G-5 when I served as the Division G-5 in the mid-1990s, and had served in Wildflecken in the late 1980s.  I myself had served with 2-15 IN its last year in Wildflecken, 1982-1983.  Wildflecken Plaque English.jpg
Left to right on the plaque are the unit patches for US Army Europe/7
th Army, Vth Corps, 3rd ID, 15th Infantry Regiment, 8th ID, 18th Engineer Brigade, 32nd Air Defense Command, and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.  The 54th Engineer Battalion belonged to the 18th ENG Bde, and the 8th ID had a tank battalion and its Military Intelligence battalion stationed at Wildflecken.  The post itself fell under the command of either the 7th Army Training Command or Vth Corps at various times in its history. 

With the scheduled departure of US units from nearby Schweinfurt, there will be no Americans left in Northern Bavaria where they have been since the end of WWII! With this plaque Wildflecken has made sure the memory of the Americans will remain.
  


Outpost Europe and the French Embassy hosted the fifth annual Operation Dragoon Commemoration and historical seminar 8-11 August in Arlington, Virginia.  WWII veterans were MG, retired, Lloyd B. Ramsey, Commander of 3-7 IN; Dr. Charles Phallen from the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion; Mr. Anthony Stefanelli and Mr. Carl Furtado of the 36th Engineer Combat Battalion who supported the 3rd ID’s landing beaches; Mr. James Welsh of the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion; Dr. John Carter of the 887th Airborne Engineer Company; Mr. Robert Jackson of the 45th Infantry Division; CSM, retired, John Kessling who served with the Merchant Marine supporting Dragoon; Mr William Wagaman, 36th ID; Mr. Merrill Bookheimer of the 17th Field Artillery Group; Mr. Rene Guercin of French Army B; COL, retired John Kormann, 17th Airborne Division; and COL, retired, Frank Cohn, CIC. They ranged in age from 87 to 98 years young!
Following the ceremony veterans lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknowns, presented a commemorative plaque to the Tomb display, lay a wreath at the 3rd ID monument, and concluded placing a wreath at the grave of Audie Murphy. 

 

The OPHSA 22nd Annual Reunion, 2013
(Photos courtesy of Outpost Harry Survivors Association and Freeman Bradford)
Members and guests attended the 22nd annual reunion of the Outpost Harry Survivors Association held from July 23 through July 27th at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center hotel in Alexandria VA. Many arrived before the reunion, and stayed afterward making sightseeing trips in the Washington D.C. area.

This reunion was in two parts, the first being our usual 3-day OPHSA reunion. The second was an all day celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice on July 27th, 1953. This all-day event was hosted by the United States DoD (Department of Defense) in the morning and the Korean MPVA (Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs) for the evening banquet.
http://www.ophsa.org/22nd_Reunion/

 


Major General John M. Murray
Commanding General
3rd Infantry Division
Major General John M. Murray became the Director, Force Management in May 2012. The Force Management directorate provides prudent adjustments to the existing force, while balancing force structure requirements (manpower and equipment) within available and planned resources (people, equipment, time, and resources).

Major General Murray was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the Ohio State University in 1982. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce Marketing Merchandising. Throughout his career, Major General Murray has served in leadership positions and commanded from Company through Brigade.

Major General Murray’s command assignments include Commander, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas while serving in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Commander, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Commander, C Company, 1-12th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado.

Major General Murray’s principal staff assignments include Assistant Deputy Director for Joint Training, J-7, Joint Staff, Suffolk, Virginia; Director, Joint Center for Operational Analysis, United States Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Virginia; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), Multi-National Division-Baghdad OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; G-3 (Operations), III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief of Staff, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas and C-3, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; G-3 (Operations), 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Chief, Space Control Protection Section, J-33, United States Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; S-3(Operations), later Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief, Plans, G-1, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas.

His awards include: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

 

General Officer Announcement
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the President has made the following nomination:
Army Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as senior military assistant to the secretary of defense, Washington D.C. Abrams is currently serving as commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Secretary Hagel Statement on 60th Anniversary of Armistice Friday, July 26, 2013
I am honored to join President Obama and the Korean delegation this weekend at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

Korean War veterans stepped forward to serve at a defining time in our history, and they deserve our thanks. They liberated millions of people from tyranny and helped forge a strong and lasting partnership with the Republic of Korea -- one that has endured for more than six decades because of our shared values and shared sacrifice.

In remembering the end of the Korean War, we also commemorate the beginning of a new era in the history of the region -- a period of unprecedented growth, security, and prosperity.

The United States remains committed to ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. More than 28,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serve in Korea today, and just as Korean War veterans held the line from Pusan to Panmunjom, so too do these current-day defenders stand ready to help guard freedom as well as promote peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and throughout East Asia.

 

New Society Positions
President Mills has appointed ER Vice President John Fisher to serve as Secretary Pro Tem and himself to serve as Treasurer Pro Tem of the Society until another Secretary/Treasurer takes office.

 

DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died July 23, in Soltan Kheyl, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Killed were:

1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Ariz.,

Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Ga., and

Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

For more information media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at 912-271-9914.

 

Pentagon announces next 3rd Infantry Division
Commanding General, other local Army changes

Posted: June 11, 2013 - 2:55pm | Updated: June 11, 2013 - 3:07pm
By Corey Dickstein
As a new garrison commander prepares to take command at Hunter Army Airfield this week, the Pentagon announced the 3rd Infantry Division's next commanding general.

During a ceremony at Hunter's Truscott Air Terminal at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Lt. Col. Edward Kovaleski will transition command of the Savannah installation that houses the 3rd ID's Combat Aviation Brigade; the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Avaiation Regiment; Coast Guard Air Station Savannah; and several other units to Lt. Col. Clarence Bowman. The transition will be the first among several key command changes in the coming months.

Several of those changes were announced Monday by the Department of Defense, most notably the assignment of the 3rd Infantry Division's next commanding general. Maj. Gen. John M. Murray will replace current 3rd ID commander Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan where is the commander of the International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command South.

Abrams took the 3rd ID reins in April of 2011. He and the 3rd ID's Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion are slated to return from Afghanistan in late summer. Abrams will likely turn command over to Murray within months of his return to Fort Stewart. The Pentagon has not yet announced where Abrams will be assigned next.

Murray is currently serving as the director of force management in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C, according to the Defense Department.

The Pentagon also announced Brig. Gen. John Hort, who is currently serving as the 3rd ID's commanding general-rear, will stay at Fort Stewart and become the division's deputy commanding general.

The 3rd ID's deputy commanding general for support Brig. Gen. Robert P. White will be stationed in Washington D.C. when he returns from Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced. White will become the deputy director for politico-military, Affairs (Middle East), J-5, Joint Staff.

Last month, the Pentagon announced the 3rd ID's currently deputy commanding general for maneuver Brig. Gen. Christopher Hughes will move to Fort Knox, Tenn. after he returns from the same deployment Abrams is currently serving. Hughes will serve as the director of the Army's Officer Personnel Management Directorate, U.S. Army Human Resources Command.
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Memorial Day - 2013

LTC Ray Oden, Monika Stoy, Robert Dutil, ROK Major Nam, and Tim Stoy at the 3ID Memorial

Honoring Gen walton Walker 8th Army CG, Korean War

Honoring Paul Ray Smith, MOH Reciopient

Monika, Robert Dutil, and Mr. Chet Lang (WWII Army Air Force veteran) with MG Ramsey on his 95th birthday in Roanoke, VA.

On the anniversary of Audie Murphy's death at his memorial on Brush Mountain in Virginia with two WWII veterans of 3ID -
MG Lloyd B. Ramsey and Robert Dutil. Awesome!

As the cemetery was going to be a zoo today, we went there yesterday to honor several of our 3rd ID heroes and lay a wreath at the 3ID Memorial.  We were joined by Major Nam, Boram of the Korean Army. He is currently working here in Washington, DC conducting Korean War research in the National Archives for the Korean Army's Institute of Military History.  

We were also joined by Captain Alison Whittingham, retired from the British Army Royal Nurse Corps and in Virgnia to attend MG Lloyd B. Ramsey's 95th birthday party on 29 May in Roanoke. 

Rock of the Marne!
Tim

 MEMORIAL DAY MAY 27, 2013

OP 7 Again upheld the tradition of recognizing our MARNE veterans in an impressive wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. After first meeting with OP 7 President Pat Williamson at the 3rd ID Monument our small group of WW II Veterans, Henry (Hank) Bodson, John Insani, and Lauren (Bud) Lampert (accompanied by his son Peter Lampert) and Pat Williamson moved to the side of the side of the Tomb. Then, as hundreds of tourists and veterans looked on from the steps overlooking the Tomb, our small group escorted by the Tomb Sgt of the Guard placed a wreath at the Tomb. TAPS was then played by a bugler from the Army Band. In lieu of our traditional march down the steps leading from the amphitheater to the Tomb, and in recognition of the age and handicaps of our group, we received special permission to conduct the ceremony by marching from the side of the Tomb. Special permission was also received to allow Bud's son, Peter, a 1st AD Vet, to assist his Dad in "marching" to and from the Tomb. Additionally, Pat Williamson received special permission to photograph the ceremony from a special area. It was obvious that the onlookers were particularly in awe when they recognized the age, the slow walk and the efforts made by our small memorial group.

Following the ceremony at the Tomb and while Hank and Bud were taking a brief rest/break, I met with a group of tourists at the 3rd ID Monument where I was questioned about the history of the Marne Division and was able to note that while the bronze plaque in front of our m onument only cited the casualties in WW I, WW II and Korea, that the 3rd ID had a lso served and suffered casualties in Iraq and still today in Afghanistan . After a short br eak, Pat led Hank and Bud in placing d a second wreath at the 3rd ID Monument where again many cemetery visitors looked on and expressed their thanks for our service.

The absence of many loyal members who normally attend our ceremonies was noted with regret. While Pat Williamson and OP 5 have done much to keep OP 7 alive, an urgent need exists to energize and get a slate of officers for OP 7. Please consider volunteering via a phone call or E mail ( or an old fashion USPS letter) to me or to Pat Williamson.

Our next ceremony is scheduled for Veterans Day Nov 11, 2013 when we are once again scheduled to conduct a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 3:15 P.M. SAVE THE DATE! John L. Insani
Memorial Day 2013 in France

ROCK OF THE MARNE Association
I was in EPINAL cemetery last sunday for the Memorial Day, I was with 8 others members of the ROCK OF THE MARNE Association. I put some red roses on 10 graves, all from the 3rd ID. I have now a certificate of adoption for the grave of Thomas J. LANDERS, he was a private in the 15th Inf Regt, and KIA on Sept 29th 1944 in the Vosges mountains, the exact place is Cleurie, called "Purple heart valley".... he's buried in Epinal cemetery.
The other pic is the grave of Earl SILVERSTEIN, he was the 15th Inf Regt.
MITCH

 

 Memorial Day Ceremony
Epinal American Cemetery
France
The Society of the Third Infantry Division of the United States Army, of the United States of America, wishes to express its most profound and deepest appreciation to the school children of Destord, Brouvelieures, and Anould, who will on 13 May 2013 and 16 May 2013, visit the Epinal American cemetery to participate in memorial remembrances at the graves of American soldiers who gave their lives during World War II in the cause of freedom.

Thank you for perpetuating the memory of these brave soldiers, who voluntarily placed themselves upon the altar of liberty, offering up their last full measure of devotion, and suffering the mortal consequences of their sacrifices. They now rest here peacefully forever.

It is comforting to know that their deeds are remembered and not forgotten and that you children will hopefully carry on into perpetuity awareness and understanding of who they were and where they were from and why they now are with you forever.

Please accept this expression of deepest sympathy on behalf of the Society of the Third Infantry Division on the passing of Monsieur Eric Vandroux, founder and main organizer of the Memorial Day by children at Epinal American cemetery, who passed away 8 April 2013. May he Rest in Peace.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

VIVA LA FRANCE
SOCIETY OF THE THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION

DAVID W. MILLS, PRESIDENT

 

Colonel Henry Bodson, SGT Audie Murphy Club Speaker


Col Henry Bodson


Words of Wisdom

Col Bodson with SGT Audie Murphy Club Inductees

Ryan Joseph, Col Henry Bodson,
LTC Tim Stoy, CPT Monika Stoy

   Colonel Henry Bodson, member of Outpost 7 and WWII veteran of the 39th Field Artillery, recently served as the guest speaker at a 9 April induction ceremony for two noncommissioned officers from the Military District of Washington into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC).  The event was held in Conmy Hall of Fort Myer, the home of the United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard.  The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is comprised of noncommissioned officers who have exhibited exceptional leadership in their positions as leaders in their units. 

   Colonel Bodson was invited to speak because he knew Audie Murphy, having first met him during training in Podzuoli, Italy in preparation for Operation Dragoon.  Then Captain Bodson, a battery commander in the 39th Field Artillery, was tasked to train a group of 30 noncommissioned officers from the 15th Infantry to call for and adjust indirect fire. The first soldier called to exhibit his skills after the training was Staff Sergeant Audie Murphy, who successfully called for and adjusted fire on a target floating in the Bay of Naples.  Actually, he blew it to smithereens!

Bodson would later encounter Murphy after he had been commissioned and been recommended for the Medal of Honor for his actions at Holtzwihr, France on 26 January 1945. It is highly probable the training Bodson provided in Podzuoli came in to effect as Murphy called for the murderous artillery fires during his action.  When Murphy returned to the 15th Infantry Regiment and was put in Regimental Headquarters, then CPT Bodson was the 39th FA liaison officer in the headquarters and he had several months of shared service with Murphy in the operations shop of the Regiment before the war ended in May 1945. 

   COL Bodson shared these and several other stories of Audie Murphy which illustrated the character of the man the noncommissioned officers in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club strive to emulate.  His 35 minute speech was very well-received  by the 500 soldiers and noncommissioned officers who were present from the 3rd Infantry Regiment and SAMC members from the Military District of Washington (MDW)which extends as far as Fort Dix, New Jersey and includes Fort Meade, Maryland.  The presiding officers for the ceremony were Major General Linnington, Commanding General of the MDW; Command Sergeant Major Turnbull, CSM of the MDW; and Master Sergeant William Haddon, President of the MDW Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.  The ceremony was supported by soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard”, who provided the color guard and a program on the history of the NCO Corps from the Revolutionary War to today. 

   The MDW chapter of SAMC has supported OP Europe’s Operation Dragoon and Battle of the Colmar Pocket for several years in Arlington, Virginia.  The chapter was very pleased and honored that Colonel Bodson spoke at this ceremony.  One of the NCOs inducted was SFC Ryan Joseph, who is a veteran of four Iraq deployments with the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd ID and is now the Platoon Sergeant of the United States Army Drill Team.  It was great to see that 3rd Infantry Division combat service badge on his uniform!

 

Korean War Veteran Presented ROK Ambassador
for Peace Medal

Submitted by Tim Stoy


Bob Dutil, Maj NAM, Col Tuttle, and Monika Stoy

   On 23 April 2013 Monika Stoy, Tim Stoy, and Bob Dutil visited COL, USAR, retired Roger L. Tuttle, Society member, in Midlothian, Virginia outside Richmond, Virginia.  COL Tuttle served as a Rifle Platoon Leader with King Company, 7th Infantry in Korea. Then LT Tuttle arrived in Korea shortly before the Armistice on 27 July 1953 and was there until May 1954. For the period he served in Korea the Division continued combat patrols in the DMZ and he is a proud wearer of the Combat Infantry Badge and the 3rd Infantry Division combat patch. He was a distinguished graduate of ROTC at the University of Kansas and asked to be assigned to Korea and service with the 3rd Infantry Division upon graduation from the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne School. 

   The group visited COL Tuttle for the purpose of presenting him the Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs’ (MPVA) Ambassador for Peace Medal.  Monika Stoy serves as a US Advisor to the MPVA in the National Capitol Region and is presenting the medal to those veterans who were unable to attend to the 27 July 2012 commemorative banquet in Washington, D.C. 

   Major Nam, Bo Ram of the Korean Center of Military History and a journalist from the Korean Broadcast Service also were present as COL Tuttle related his memories of his time in Korea.  After serving in the Regular Army he resigned his regular commission and took a reserve commission to enable him to study law and work as a lawyer in medical malpractice law. 

   Bob Dutil enjoyed meeting COL Tuttle as both served in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, just in different wars.  COL Tuttle was very gracious, and everyone enjoyed his and Mrs. Tuttle’s hospitality. 

 

Chateauneuf du Pape Latest French Community to
Dedicate Plaque Honoring 3ID Soldiers

Submitted by Monika Stoy

Steve Patris, Joe Todisco, Bob Dutil, John Keller, Monika Stoy and Tim Stoy
with French LTC in Chateauneuf in the rain

   On 27 April 2013 the famous wine-producing village of Chateauneuf du Pape in the Vaucluse Department of Provence, France dedicated a commemorative plaque honoring the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division who liberated the village on 25 August 1944. The plaque was unveiled by CPT Monika Stoy, LTC Tim Stoy, and Mayor Jean-Pierre Boisson of Chateauneuf du Pape in the presence of two WWII veterans of the 7th Infantry Regiment – Mr. Bob Dutil and Mr. John Keller.  Mr. Keller was accompanied by his daughter Tina and the 3rd ID delegation was rounded out by Mr. Joe Todisco, a 15th Infantry veteran from the Korean War. Also present was Mayor Fritz Deutschmann of Auggen, Germany, Chateauneuf’s partner city.  Despite the heavy rain the ceremony was well-attended and well-received by the citizens of the village. During the ceremony Mayor Boisson presented village medals to the two WWII veterans for their war service and the Stoys in gratitude for efforts to keep the veterans’ history alive. This is the first time since WWII the village has commemorated its liberation.  The plaque was dedicated in April because the village’s most significant annual event, the Feast Day of its patron saint, Saint Mark, is celebrated in April.  Mayor Boisson also hosted the group at the wonderful annual gala dinner for the village’s vintners the evening before the ceremony. 

 

 3rd ID Honors Fallen Heroes at Warriors Walk
Eight Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers were commemorated at a ceremony at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk.
By Ryan Smith
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield honored eight fallen soldiers April 18 during a ceremony at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk. Hundreds of trees, each honoring a fallen 3rd Infantry Division soldier, line Warriors Walk. The addition of the latest memorial trees brings the total up to 453.

The soldiers honored at Thursday's ceremony were:

Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III, 37.
Groves died March 16 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, 27.
Blass died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson, 27.
Henderson died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Capt. Sara M. Knutson, 27.
Knutson died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31.
Scialdo died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21.
Shannon died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Spc. David T. Proctor, 26.
Proctor died March 13 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., from injuries sustained during a non-combat incident on March 3, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26. Schad died March 11, in Jalrez District, Afghanistan.
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Current Photos from Chateau Thierry/Belleau Wood
From Joseph Palisi
  Back home from France.  Spent three hours with Gilles Lagin, historian, who guided us around the battlefield where
 Co. B, 7th Regt, 3rd Infantry fought and died.
Memorial to the 3rd Infantry Division, Marne Division in the center of the town of Chateau Thierry.
   

Gilles Lagin, historian.  Has done a lot for the 2nd Marines whom the 3RD relieved.  He is one of two official Honorary  Marines for whom he has done many guides and research.


The US Cemetery at Belleau Wood where some
2,000 US soldiers and marines are buried.  

Exact field of battle where Co A and Co B, 7th Regiment, 3rd Inf. Div. fought.   Foxholes  and machine gun depressions remain.

 

Outpost 15 Spring Meeting

Pictured are newly elected Outpost President Richard N. McKiddy (left) and Secretary-Treasurer Curtis A. Gentry (right).

Outpost 15 held their most recent meeting on Sunday April 7th at Brothers Family Restaurant in Peoria Arizona.  Following the treasurers report and a discussion of the outpost participation in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, elections were held. 

Korean War Veteran and retired Kansas City police officer Richard N. McKiddy was elected as the new president of the outpost.  Re-elected were Vice-President Michael J. Grimes and Secretary-Treasurer Curtis A. Gentry.  These are two year terms.   

The next scheduled meeting is November 2013 which will involve the outpost continued entry in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.

 

Eric Vandroux - R.I.P.
Vesoul, France
Society of the 3ID Member, Artist, and Contributor
He was so attached to their memories and who had no time for the duty of memory... It has gone in today

It will leave us the memory of a friend, Member of the Rock of the Marne since the early days of the association, which followed the historic footsteps of the American divisions with its cameras slung...

The only regret is his dynamism, his good humour and his word games...

Rest in peace my friend...
And our friendship to Didier who needs support during these difficult times

Rock of the Marne Association
Click Here for English version pdf of Eric Vandroux's project "Duty of Memory in East France"

Click Here for French version pdf of Eric Vandroux's project "Devoir de Memoir Est de la France"


Rock of the Marne 

Eric Vandroux

 

Three 3rd ID soldiers killed by IED
By WJCL Staff Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 4:43 pm Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 3:51 pm
FORT STEWART, GA – Three 3rd ID soldiers have been killed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died Apr. 6, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Zabul, Afghanistan, with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

The three killed were:

Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Ward, 24, of Oak Ridge, Tenn. A cavalry scout, Staff Sgt. Ward joined the Army in November 2005 and arrived at the unit in October 2006. He was on his third deployment.

Spc. Wilbel A. Robles-Santa, 25, of Juncos, Puerto Rico. A cavalry scout, Spc. Robles-Santa, joined the Army in October 2010 and arrived at the unit in February 2011. He was on his second deployment.

Spc. Deflin M. Santos Jr., 24, of San Jose, Calif. A cavalry scout, Spc. Santos joined the Army in February 2007 and arrived at the unit in May 2011. He was on his second deployment.

 

Ray Anderson
March 5, 1931 - March 18, 2013

The Society of the 3rd Division, mourns the loss of Secretary-Treasurer Raymond C. Anderson, Hockessin, Delaware who died Monday, March 18, 2013 after being hospitalized. We will miss his service, hard work and good nature. Our condolences to his wife Frances and his family.
The wake is Sunday between 1400-1700 at:

Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home
11800 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904

The funeral is Monday at 1100:

Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
12319 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Burial immediately after the funeral:

Gates of Heaven Cemetery
13801 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Instead of flowers please make donations to Wounded Warriors.
http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx


Point of contact for the family is Mary Anne Anderson at 443 534 6567
President David Mills will take over the Treasurer duties.
David can be contacted at  dwmw75wg76@comcast.net or at 1-717-388-1007 for any Society questions.

 

Six 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers killed in action
Reported by: The Coastal Source

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A soldier based out of Fort Stewart, 26-year-old Rex Schad of Edmond, Oklahoma, was also killed Monday in a separate incident. He died of injuries sustained when someone wearing an Afghan National Security Forces uniform turned a weapon on U.S. and Afghan Forces. "Our hearts and prayers also go out to the soldiers and families of 3-69, Speed and Power, who lost a great SSG on Monday," added MG Abrams.
One other soldier based out of Fort Bragg, NC also was killed in that same attack.

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It's a time of mourning for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

Six of the seven soldiers killed Monday in Afghanistan are from the 3rd Infantry Division.

Five of those soldiers stationed at Hunter Army Airfield were killed when their helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan. There was no enemy activity at the time, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The identities of those soldiers have not yet been released.

"We held a ramp ceremony last night for our five fallen heroes from TF Falcon--huge crowd there to bid farewell to their comrades," said MG Robert Abrams, 3rd ID Commanding General, from his twitter account. "Our hearts and prayers are with the men and women of Marne Air and their families."

 


Five soldiers based at Hunter Army Airfield were killed
Monday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

By Ryan Smith
The Department of Defense has released the names of five 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who were killed Monday in Afghanistan, according to a Fort Stewart press release.
The soldiers, based out of Hunter Army Airfield, were killed in a helicopter crash in Kandahar. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Killed were Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson, Capt. Sara M. Knutson, Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, and Spc. Zachary L. Shannon. All were assigned to Hunter's 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade.
         
Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa, was assigned to the brigade's 4th Battalion. A Black Hawk crew chief, Blass joined the Army in 2006. This was his second deployment.

Henderson, 27, of Franklin, La., was also in the 4th Bn. He was a Black Hawk pilot who joined the Army in 2007. This was his second deployment.

Knutson, also 27, of Eldersburg, Md., was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd CAB. An operations officer, Knutson joined the Army in 2007. This was her first deployment.

Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla., was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Bn., 3rd CAB. Scialdo was a Black Hawk section chief, and joined the Army in 2003. This was his second deployment.

Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla., was assigned to 4th Bde., 3rd CAB. A Black Hawk crew chief, Shannon joined the Army in 2010. This was his first deployment.

Two other 3rd ID soldiers also died last week. On Monday, Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, died from injuries suffered when a member of the Afghan National Police began firing on U.S. and Afghan forces. Schad was a member of Fort Stewart's 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team.

On Wednesday, Spc. David T. Proctor, 26, died Wednesday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from wounds suffered during a non-combat incident March 3 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Proctor was also a member of the 1st ABCT.

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3rd ID Soldier Killed in Afghanistan; 7th in 1 Week
A Hunter Army Airfield soldier was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, the seventh 3rd ID casualty in a deadly week.

By Ryan Smith
A 3rd Infantry Division soldier was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, according to a Fort Stewart press release. He was the seventh 3rd ID soldier to die last week as a result of injuries incurred in Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III, 37, was killed Saturday in Kandahar, according to the release. Groves was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, at Hunter Army Airfield.
The release did not identify Groves' cause of death, but stated that the incident is under investigation. Groves, of Kettering, Ohio, was a Kiowa helicopter pilot who joined the Army in 1994. This was his fourth deployment.

3-3 ABCT “Sledgehammer” Deployment to Kuwait

Over the past decade, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (3rd ABCT) of 3rd Infantry Division has done more than its share of fighting the Global War on Terror.  From capturing objectives in Baghdad and completing the city’s encirclement during the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), to serving as the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade during OIF VII in 2009 – 2010, the Soldiers of the “Sledgehammer Brigade” have repeatedly proven their courage and competence.  Sledgehammer Soldiers have recently returned from the Persian Gulf region again, but this time, it was a different mission. 

Following a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California during the spring of 2012, approximately 2,000 troops from 1-15th Infantry Regiment, 1-10th Field Artillery Regiment, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, and 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, including the Brigade Headquarters, deployed to Kuwait in June 2012.  The Sledgehammer Brigade, under the leadership of Colonel Johnnie L. Johnson Jr. and Command Sergeant Major Brian D. Harrison, relieved 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at of Camp Buerhing, Kuwait, and assumed support of the United States Army Central Command – the geographically-aligned combatant command covering the Middle East and Central and Southwest Asia. 

Over the next nine months, 3 ABCT conducted realistic training and joint exercises with its Kuwaiti counterparts and continued military cooperation with Kuwait and other regional partners in the Persian Gulf.  Sledgehammer Soldiers exceeded expectations and impressed their regional partners during Operation Hammer Strike, Spartan Mariner, and Inferno Creek.  Having preserved the security of Kuwait and deterred potential foreign aggression by maintaining a formidable American ground presence in the region, 3 ABCT was officially relieved in this capacity by 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a ceremony on 4 March 2013.  Troops who were deployed to Kuwait returned to Kelley Hill – 3 ABCT’s home in Fort Benning, Georgia – in February and March 2013.The brigade’s mission is to generate combat power and deploy on order to conduct full spectrum operations to defeat enemy forces, control land areas, and secure populations and resources in support of U.S. national interests.  Whatever the brigade’s next mission may be, the Soldiers of the mighty 3 ABCT will be ready to answer their nation’s call, and serve proudly in a manner honoring their rich heritage.


Colonel Johnnie L. Johnson Jr. and Sergeant Major Jose Rivera, commander and operations sergeant major for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, case the brigade colors during a mission assumption ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 4 March 2013.  Casing of the colors represents the end of the brigade’s mission in Kuwait, as the remainder its deployed Soldiers prepare to return home to Fort Benning, Georgia. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Ellis Gales Jr., 3ABCT, 3ID Public Affairs.) 


Major General Gary H. Cheek, Third Army/U.S. Army Central’s deputy commander, addresses the audience during an assumption of mission ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 4 March 2013.  The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division transferred the mission to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, ending its nine-month assignment in support of U.S. Central Command.  The Sledgehammer Brigade, from Fort Benning, Georgia, partnered with various Army, Marine, Air Force and Kuwaiti Land Force units to enhance peace and stability in the Gulf region. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Ellis Gales Jr., 3ABCT, 3ID Public Affairs)


Colonel Johnnie L. Johnson Jr. and Sergeant Major Jose Rivera, commander and operations sergeant major for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, case the brigade colors during a mission assumption ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 4 March 2013.  Casing of the colors represents the end of the brigade’s mission in Kuwait, as the remainder its deployed Soldiers prepare to return home to Fort Benning, Georgia. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Ellis Gales Jr., 3ABCT, 3ID Public Affairs.) 



Waves crash over the side of United States Army Vessel Churubusco on the Persian Gulf, Jan. 9, during a training mission named Operation Spartan Mariner. The mission, conducted by 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, 47th Transportation Company, 420th Movement Control Battalion and 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, consisted of 19 vehicles being loaded on four USAVs to take part in multiple drills and exercises at sea.

Infantrymen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stack before clearing and securing a building, one of the final tasks of Hammer Strike, a brigade level exercise conducted at the Udairi Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Wednesday. Hammer Strike featured the capabilities of an armored brigade and highlighted the soldiers and vehicles of the Sledgehammer Brigade to its Kuwaiti counterparts who were on hand to view the exercise. The Sledgehammer Brigade has been participating in joint training exercises with the Kuwaitis during their deployment.

Medal of Honor Citation      
                         O
James L. Stone,
Medal of Honor recipient.
 Dec. 27, 1927- Nov. 9, 2012
© 2003 by Nick Del Calzo
1st Lt. Stone, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon, holding a vital outpost position, was attacked by overwhelming Chinese forces, 1st Lt. Stone stood erect and exposed to the terrific enemy fire calmly directed his men in the defense. A defensive flame-thrower failing to function, he personally moved to its location, further exposing himself, and personally repaired the weapon. Throughout a second attack, 1st Lt. Stone; though painfully wounded, personally carried the only remaining light machine gun from place to place in the position in order to bring fire upon the Chinese advancing from 2 directions. Throughout he continued to encourage and direct his depleted platoon in its hopeless defense. Although again wounded, he continued the fight with his carbine, still exposing himself as an example to his men. When this final overwhelming assault swept over the platoon's position his voice could still be heard faintly urging his men to carry on, until he lost consciousness. Only because of this officer's driving spirit and heroic action was the platoon emboldened to make its brave but hopeless last ditch stand.

 

I am sending you the photos of the U.S. 3rd Division Living History Company's, Hospitality Room Display for the veterans of the division.
May I add that I had a blast to set this display up and enjoyed seeing you again and all the veterans and enjoying my time with them and listening to all their accounts of their time in service with the division. I live for every opportunity to be with them. They are a unique and amazing group of men and we in the company thank every member of the division past and present, living and those that have gave their last full measure of devotion to their country a VERY special "thank you" to them all for their service and they have out everlasting gratitude for our freedom.
Regards,
Sgt. James Dunigan, III
U.S. 3rd Div. L.H.C.


2013 Status Inquiry Card
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First U.S. casualty of 2013 buried in Arlington Cemetery
A crowd of more than 100 family members, friends and uniformed service members marched slowly and quietly Friday down a hill at Arlington National Cemetery following Army Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman’s coffin, draped with an American flag and carried on a horse-drawn caisson.
Wittman was killed Jan. 10 while serving in the Khogyani District of Nangahar province in Afghanistan, becoming the first U.S. casualty of this year. While on mounted patrol, he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, the Defense Department said. He was with the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/first-us-military-casualty-of-2013-buried-at-arlington/2013/02/08/9ebc1ae2-7224-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html

 

Fort Stewart Museum Moving

 

Last weekend the ROTM Association (reenactment group) was in HOLTZWIHR, Saturday and Sunday for the annual reunion and the ceremony at the Audie MURPHY Monument. We were 23... It was a big reunion for us - 5 new members.
The new President is Guillaume "Will" Werey, Vice President Cyril "Vinny" Rey, Secretary Simon Deleyrole and the treasurer is Michel "Mitchy" Pascal.

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New Society of the 3ID Officers for 2012 - 2013
President = David Mills OP 15
Eastern Region Vice President = John Fisher OP5
Central Region Vice President = Matthew McKenna OP 13
Western Region Vice President = Curtis Gentry OP 15
Western Region Committeeman = James Strawn  OP 54

 

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