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  1. Terry Roberts says

    Heading on an adventure, leaving tomorrow early to hook up with an old friend and by next Friday I will be in Iowa with Ben and Marilyn to tip a few and pop a few pheasants with them. Been wanting to go see them for a long time and now that we are all getting “short” it’s time!

  2. Bill Beckum says

    Yes, some had not changed a lot. Only one person out of a class of 417 I stayed in touch with. We rode to school together, he was in the infantry 1970-1971, & his daughter was born 11/23/68 the day I got home to the world.

  3. Bill Connell says

    Hi Bill……Growing old is not easy….but it beats the alternative…..I have 4 years to go to my 50th anniversary…..Were you able to recognize people without their name tags?

  4. Bill Beckum says

    I went to my high school 50th anniversary last week end. There were a lot of old people there. Thought I was in the wrong place. Then I saw the enemy and it was me!

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    • Gary Capshaw says

      English ain’t your primary language, is it?

      I know you’re just a troll, but that’s remarkably un-intelligible even by troll standards.

      Keep up the good work, study hard and maybe some day you’ll understand when I say, “Fuck you. Get off this site.”

  6. chuck missar says

    squz me while I kiss the sky……And the wind, crys, Mary

  7. Jim Intravia says

    For all of the beer discussions. When young, back in the world, before Nam, we always made fun of Schaeffer. And there were some who made fun of Rhinegold (NY Beer-maybe only a big name around here.) Nowadays, my “beer snob” kids who are always discussing Octoberfest, pale ale, and all these other pumpkin beers, etc. make fun of me for preferring Bud Light. But the important thing to remember is, Any beer is better than no beer.!

    Similar answer to the Jimi Hendrix question (movie about him now but with some of the great songs missing because they couldn’t get the rights to all of them). How could anyone from our group not be a Hendrix fan??????

  8. Terry Roberts says

    To answer the Raineer Beer questions, no offense taken, yes they still makr it, no I don’t drink it ‘cuz I prefer the light version of Colorado Cooler.

  9. Larry Harper says

    I had an email from a guy seeking more information about his dad that served with Charlie company in 1970 – 1971. He said his dad has three purple hearts and he was a platoon SSgt. The son’s last name is Keeney. Has anyone know of this guy?

    I told this guy that I do not know of anyone with 3 purple hearts and if he was a platoon sgt, someone will remember him.

  10. LT says

    Larry,
    I know they don’t make Olympia beer anymore. I had a lot of Tumwater’s finest when I was stationed at Ft. Lewis.
    Terry, I thought Rainier was gone also. Not so?

  11. Clay Sniff says

    When I was a kid in Washington state we had a saying that “Rainier Beer comes from here”, and we would point to our zipper. I haven’t tasted it for so long that I can’t say if that is still accurate. No offense Terry.

    By the way, are you still a Jimi Hendrix fan?

  12. Terry Roberts says

    Raaaaiiiiineeeeeer Beeeeer!

    • Larry Harper says

      Do they still make Olympia beer? When I was out there visiting several of you guys, Tate Hayes told me a story about Olympia Beer ownership. It was a funny story to me as Tate did not pull any punches and I am sure that he did not read the story he told me in print or see it on tv.

  13. LT says

    Larry,
    I’m with Capshaw on Shiner Bock but I do drink Colorado Koolaid also.

    • Gary Capshaw says

      Shiner started to get too heavy for me, so I’ve switched to Dos Equis. Smooth and good!!!!!

      The Mexican’s might not be able to do much else, but they can damn sure brew beer. LOL

  14. Bill Connell says

    I drink regular strength Coors. It goes down easy after a shot of Fleishman’s whiskey. Years ago I used to like Rheingold chug-a-mugs, which had a wide mouth bottle, but they don’t make them any more.

  15. Bill Connell says

    LT….I heard they will change the name of the beer to Pabst… RED… Ribbon.

  16. LT says

    Decided I will never touch a can of PBR for the rest of my days for two reasons: It is no longer a good beer and a Russian Brewery just bought the name of PBR, Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee.

    • Larry Harper says

      What beer do you drink? Not many brands still owned in the U.S. of A. anymore.

  17. Carl Fryman says

    Just an update on Linda. They took the cast off of her ankle last week and she is now wearing a boot for at least 4 weeks. Her next appointment with the doctor is on the 8th. He told her to start weaning herself off the walker which she is doing around the house. We were able to go to the Americal reunion in Houston last week. The trip went well and the reunion was a success as usual. Anyone serve with Col Al Coleman? I met him at the reunion. I don’t know how old he is but his mind is still pretty sharp. Maybe someone has a memory of him; good or bad!

    • Phillip Twilla says

      LTC A. H. Colman was in command of 2nd Bn, 1st Inf. until he was replaced by LTC. Henry G. Watson on 4 Nov. 1970. I was only a PFC in A/2/1 at the time. So I doubt he even knew that I was around. Never heard a bad word or complaint about him.

      • Gary Capshaw says

        I never heard a good word about Watson.

  18. Chuck Missar says

    Copy and past this to your search bar:
    .http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/sloat/?from=hp_spotlight
    The President awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to the brother of a guy who was from Delta company 2nd of the 1st 196th LIB. He was working off of Hawk Hill in January of 1970.

    • Carl Fryman says

      Watched it on C Span over the internet. A little emotional for Don Sloats family. Benny Atkins the other one who received the MOH was alive and there. He was wounded 18 times in 4 days. It was estimated that he killed between 135 to 175 enemy in those 4 days. Why does it take 45+ years to figure this out!!! Don Sloats mother fought for his MOH since his death and unfortunately died 3 years ago never getting to enjoy this moment.

      • Bill Beckum says

        A lot get lost in the paperwork then. Not making excuses but we are much more electronically geared today. Remember when the VA went to record keeping on the computer in St Petersburg, FL & that was about 10 years ago. Sorry his Mom missed out on her son’s honor.

  19. LT says

    Gary,
    Glad to hear that Louie and Sherry are alive. Haven’t seen them at a reunion for a while and he don’t answer emails. Glad you are back safe!

  20. Gary Capshaw says

    Just got back from a week in Detroit. While there, I spent the night with Lou and Sherry Laparl and visited briefly with Frank Ripley over breakfast at Sawyer, MI. It was good to see them all and I thank Louie and Sherry for having me in their home.

  21. Bill Connell says

    Larry…..Many thanks to you and Brandon for creating this website and best wishes to you and your whole family.

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