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  1. Charlie 2/1 Reunion
    Kansas City, MO
    September 10- 13, 2020
    Planning details

    Lodging Reservations
    Charlie Company’s 2019 reunion is set to begin on September 09 in Kansas City, Mo. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn One East 45th Street Kansas City, MO 64111 816-753-7400 http://www.holidayinn.com/hiattheplaza. The special rate of$115.00 will expire on Monday, August 10, 2020. Reservation requests received after 5:00 p.m. local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. Be sure and let them know you are will Charlie Company.
    Breakfast is included in rate, Complimentary Covered Parking, Complimentary Plaza and Westport Shuttle Service with all the regular hotel amenities and Complimentary USA Today each morning.
    We have not committed yet, but we are looing at doing a couple of ball games. We think we can get football tickets for Thursday night for the world champion Kansas City Chiefs opening the season night against an opponent to be announced! We will have to have commitments well in advance to arrange this game. Watch for further announcements.
    We also have not committed yet, but we are looking at going to a Kansas City Royal’s game on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. We will have to have commitments well in advance to arrange this game. Watch for further announcements.
    We are looking at a tour of the Harley Davison assembly plant.
    Kansas City

    Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains. Steeped in history, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it. A new addition to the downtown area is the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, much like the Opera House in Australia. Our hotel is near the Country Club Plaza is Kansas City’s premier retail, restaurant, and entertainment district. Visit the American Jazz Museum, which showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films. Journey back to America’s Golden Age of steam boating and discover the treasures of the Steamboat Arabia, which sank in the Missouri River and was recovered intact. Visit Independence and the Truman Museum, with a full-scale reproduction of the White House Oval Office, circa 1948, as well as gravesites of Harry and Bess Truman. The Truman Library is closed for a 25-30-million-dollar renovation but should be open when we get to Kansas City.
    The World War I museum has a special on currently on Vietnam I can check to see how long it is going to run. Guys can get to this museum on the hotel shuttle and the cost is $14.00 for senior citizens.
    The Nelson Atkins Museum and the Kemper Museum are both within walking distance of the hotel and are free. The Holiday Inn shuttle will also deliver you to these sites if you fell that the walk is too long
    The Negro Baseball Museum is very worthwhile visit. It has a lot of information on Jackie Robinson and the old Kansas City Monarchs

    Saturday evening, we will have a banquet. You will need twenty to thirty dollars per person to cover your cost of the meal. More details as it becomes available.

    Please let Larry Harper know if you want to go to the football game or the baseball game.

  2. Real bad week 50 years ago. The two medics Feb. 2 and Danny Roberts Feb. 4. As a 90 guy I didn’t have it as rough as the rest of you guys but these two things were right in front of me. Me and another guy named Danny were about to set up and picked one of two available spots. Right behind us, the two medics came and took the other one and that’s when they hit it. Me and Danny got thrown about 10-20 feet and covered with their blood. Two days later, in that U-shaped ambush (as I remember it anyway( I saw Danny Roberts go down, thinking he had tripped. As I recall, Doc grunge tried to save him, in the middle of the firefight but he was gone.

  3. There is a Charlie Company 2/1 face book account you guys need to check out if you haven’t found your way there already.

    At our 2019 reunion in San Antonio we had a guy that made a video recording interview of several of us Charlie Company guys. Parts of those interviews are going to be on a show that is supposed to be on in March. Tony Fama is the Managing Editor of 50 Plus prime tv.

    Here is what he told me when I asked him about when it was going to be on: “Your interviews worked out just great! Our Vietnam episode is the premiere episode of the ten-part “The 1960s Rediscovered” series on AXS TV. I’ll be getting the air dates, soon. When I do, I’ll email you. My understanding is that the series will likely premiere in mid-March 2020.”

    “Thank you for reaching out! Please, give my best to the guys!”

    Best wishes,

    I will keep you guys posted when I know when the episode is going to be on tv.

  4. Lodging Reservations
    We are getting close on selecting a hotel.
    Charlie Company’s 2019 reunion is set to begin on September 10 in Kansas City, Mo.
    Friday Tour
    We are looking at a Harley Davison assembly plant tour for the morning or early afternoon. The ladies that do not want to attend this may want to go to the Country Club Plaza is Kansas City’s premier retail, restaurant, and entertainment district.
    We are looking at getting a block of tickets to go the Kansas City Royals VS Chicago White Sox game at 7 pm. We should get good prices and recognized during the game as Veterans.
    Saturday Tour
    We are looking at a WW1 tour for the morning or early afternoon. The ladies that do not want to attend this may want to go to the Country Club Plaza is Kansas City’s premier retail, restaurant, and entertainment district.
    Local Area
    For those of you who shop, there are several malls in the area.
    For those who like to go to casinos, there are several casinos in the metro area.
    The Kansas City area also has the following:
    2 Presidential libraries
    Great Lakes Science Center

    Anyone have any comments or suggestions?

    1. I hate to hear that. I wished the families knew how and would contact someone from C 2/1 so that we could pay our last respects.

  5. I received a very generous donation from Dennis Wagner. The money will be used to help with 2020 reunion expenses. By the way, there is a committee that is working on the reunion. We are awaiting on word if anyone wants to host, but we do know the date will be like in the past. We will go back to our weekend after Labor Day, which this year will be September 11-13, 2020.

  6. Merry Christmas to all my C/2/1 brothers and their families! May God bless all of you and make 2020 a better year for all!

    Lt and Tai

  7. There are announcements of the recent deaths of two C Company soldiers on today’s 196th Guestbook:
    James J. Barrett and Steve Cox were both wounded in January, 1968.

  8. My father, Steve Cox, who served as a lieutenant with Charlie Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Inf and was wounded in Jan 1968 near Da Nang, passed away on Sept 12, 2019 at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. He suffered with dementia and lived his last two years at the Community Living Center at the VA under their wonderful care. He routinely wore his 196th LIB hat and was enormously proud of his service in Vietnam. Best wishes to all who served with him. – Col. Patrick Cox

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you Brothers, and to your Families.
    Thankful for all of our military Brothers and Sisters that cant be with their families today.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to all my brothers and their families, Safe travels if going somewhere to visit family and friends. I know as Grunts we have much to be thankful.

  11. Wally Searight and his son in law Terry Moore came out for my annual pheasant hunt. They arrived before the start of the pheasant hunt season, so we went prairie dog hunting. Wally and I were using 204 calibers and Terry used 17HMR. We fired almost 1,000 rounds. We were hitting on at least 75%, so we did a lot of thinning. We also got several pheasants and quail.
    While Wally was here, he gave me a nice donation for web site expenses. Thank you, Brother Wally.

  12. May this Veterans Day be special for each of you. I am honored to have served with so many loyal, brave and compassionate American Patriots. You represent the BEST of what America stands for. Each of you is part of a special brotherhood forged in the fires of war. Be safe, stay happy and enjoy our day on Monday. Semper Primus!

    1. Ty,
      As I get more mature and we have our buddies go on to join the ranks of those we lost while there, I appreciate more what each of you did and the hardships we all endured. Although we may not have known each other, we have a bond that people who were not “Grunts” will ever understand.

  13. Wishing all of my Brothers a very happy and peaceful veterans day. Hope you have an opportunity to participate in activities and some of the freebies near by you! God bless you all!

  14. I got a nice donation from Tom Scanlon for web site and reunion expenses. Thank you brother Tom.

    If anyone wants one of the booklets that I passed out at the reunion, let me know.

  15. I got Terry Dole’s information posted to the roster section. If anyone needs the password, please send me a email and I will be happy to get the password to you.

  16. What a great reunion. Thank you Mike Lynd and Ashley Brymer. I want to thank Francis Whitebird for the nice donation for this web site expenses that he handed to me at the reunion.

  17. Guys
    Wish I could be there but slowly recovering from surgery. Will need some treatment after I heal



  18. I was sorry to hear that Larry Jones is unable to attend this year’s reunion do to his work log at his company. Larry sent me a very generous donation for expenses of Charlie Company. Thank you Brother Larry

  19. I would be Honor if Larry to Bill read my Short Poem at the Dedication!

    What is a Grunt?

    Urban Dictionary states: A lower ranking or unskilled soldier
    Our Skills have kept the wolfs from our borders for hundreds of years
    Our Skills have enriched Jungles of Vietnam, the beaches of Normandy, the Islands of the Pacific and the deserts of the Middle East with our Blood
    Our Skills have filled the Rolling Hills of Arlington with the honor dead
    We are 10’ tall & bullet proof
    We lived the Spartan life
    Without the Artilleryman’s or Pilot’s vision we must look the beast in the eyes
    We live with the pride of service but the guilt of survival
    We killed & we died, that was our job
    We are Proud, Arrogant & Righteous
    We Stand for our Anthem and Kneel in church
    Do not anger us, we are America’s best and her enemy’s worst nightmare
    We are Grunts and Proud of It!

        1. Guys
          Wish I could be there but slowly recovering from surgery. Will need some treatment after I heal



  20. Hey LT and Larry,
    Thanks for the note about Jim Tooth. I sent him an email and he called me back within a day. It was a great hour long phone call just catching up with one another. Jim is on a mission to find all the guys that we went thru BT and AIT. I could only help him with a few but it was fun to talk. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Texas.

  21. Carl,
    As soon as I got the Americal magazine I called Tom and let him know that Jim Toth was wanting to get in touch with him. Tom said he and Jim went to BCT and AIT together and I believe came home from Nam together>

  22. I got an email from Mike Lynd, one of our army reunion host. “Larry just got call from Vicky, Dwight Sutcliff’s wife that they were planning to come to reunion, but Ike passed away suddenly. One day said didn’t feel well went to bed and next morning went to doc who diagnosed pancreatic cancer. He was gone in two weeks. Ike was from my home state as was in the command group when I was in field.”

  23. Does anyone know Tom Scanlon’s email address? Yesterday, I received my Americal Journal and a guy named Jim Toth is looking for him. I sent Tom an email but it can back saying that it couldn’t be delievered. Tom, if you see this, send me an email and I will give you his email address. My email address is carlfryman”at” fuse.net.

  24. Larry,

    My wife was wondering where she is to find that we are confirmed as registrants of the “C” Company Reunion. The only confirmation we received was from the Drury Hotel and nothing in that confirmation mentions the reunion? Thanks,

    1. If you are confirmed by the hotel, you are in. There will be someone there to hand out packets about the reunion. There are no planned tours because of all the activities at Mr. Lynd’s office building. He is going to have the moving wall there, grand opening of the Viet Nam museum, and other activities. There will be buses there to take the group where ever they want to go.

    1. LT
      We are the West coast of Florida.
      So much of nothing. The weather man is having a field day. Unless you live in the Bahamas where you might need a bucket, mop and a few body bags.

  25. Did anyone watch the ESPN show on the Rocky Bleier return to Vietnam? I forgot to set the DVR and was wondering how it was.

  26. Here is the Agenda for the reunion:

    Schedule of Hosted Events –
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Guests check into hotel- Drury Inn & Suites
    15806 IH-10 West
    San Antonio, Texas 78249
    Don’t forget to stop by the Lynd Table near check in to pick up a special gift from your host
    Michael J. Lynd, Sr.

    Testimonials- Hotel Hospitality Suite- 11:00am-1:00pm
    Stryde Studios will be recording testimonials from any of the guests and spouses that would be willing to share experiences during their tour in Vietnam. They will also be at the ceremonies on Friday if you are not able to give a testimonial on this day. These will be shown in the museum for future visitors to experience.

    Happy Hour- Hotel Hospitality Suite- 4:00pm-6:00- Cocktails and appetizers will be provided for guests Thursday thru Sunday.

    Friday, October 11, 2019
    Daisy Shuttle Service
     9:00am Shuttle will be at the hotel to take any guests to downtown San Antonio. A map of downtown San Antonio will be found in this booklet.

     3:00pm Shuttle will then pick up all guests from drop off point downtown at 3:00pm to transport to The Lynd Company’s new corporate office located at 4001 Pond Hill Rd, Shavano Park, TX 78231.

     3:30pm Appetizers and refreshments will be prepared and served by Casanova Barbecue Co.

     7:00pm Shuttle will take guests back to hotel after the ceremonies. Transportation will be available for guests that may need to return to hotel prior to end of the ceremonies.

    Ceremonies/Dedications Begin-
    3:45pm- Antonian High School Band to play patriotic songs & National Anthem
    4:00pm- Presentation of The AVTT Traveling Wall-
     4:00pm- Deacon Hilbert- Prayer
     4:05pm- Bob Holt- Veteran and Author of “Cowboy”
     4:15pm- John Baines-Veteran
     4:20pm- General Dozier- Veteran
     Susan Brannon- Retired Veteran-will play Amazing Grace on Bagpipes as group proceeds to Vietnam War Museum inside of Corporate Building
    4:30pm- Grand Opening Ceremony of the Vietnam War Museum-The Grunts Story
     4:40- Bill “Pat” Beckhum- Prayer
     4:45- Ralph Santillo- Founder, Southwest Florida Military Museum
     4:55- Ted Van Aulen- Veteran
     5:00- General Ulmer- Veteran
     5:05- Michael J. Lynd, Sr.- Ribbon Cutting of Museum
    5:10pm- Guests are invited to tour the museum and Corporate Building
    5:20pm- Corporate Building Dedication- will be held on the 3rd floor patio area
     Deacon Hilbert- Prayer
     Brent Givens- Bank of San Antonio
     Scott Brymer- EVP, Lynd Development
     Adam David Lynd- CEO
    5:30pm- 6:00pm- Cocktails on the patio- guests are free to stay later or head back to the hotel- Shuttle will pick up all guests that are ready to leave at 7:00pm.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019- Private Dinner C-2-1 unit of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade (Americal Division) 50th Anniversary
     5:00pm-6:00pm- Happy Hour Drinks will be served on the patio area of the Lynd Company’s new corporate office.
     6:00pm- Dinner Buffet style dinner will be served in the patio area

    Menu for dinner: By special request- “Good Ol’ Texas BBQ”
    Sliced Brisket, Sausage Links, Barbecue Chicken and Pork Ribs
    Potato Salad, Coleslaw and Borracho Beans
    Served with sliced wheat and white bread, pickles, onions, jalapenos and BBQ sauce
    Dessert- Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream

  27. Hi guys . I am very sorry to here that AL Taylor is not well. He was in my squad , and replaced Tiny as my machine gunner. By the way; I gave him the nickname of Rocky. As far as hiep duc is concerned; we got there on Aug. 15th 1969; the same day as Woodstock started. Hoot Gibson was wounded on the first night. He took 3 rounds from Spooky. Tooch

    1. Prayers for Al Taylor (Rocky). He passed away this afternoon from cancer. He was from the Bronx with a career on the post office after he returned. Lived in Melbourne Florida area with wife Ella with family nearby.

  28. A fellow 196th grunt will show his return to Hiep Duc on ESPN next Tuesday 8pm eastern. Rocky Blier got hit there on Aug 20, 1969. His name and Hiep Duc sound a little familiar.
    Also, very sorry to hear that Rocky’s in hospice. That Bronx personality always kept our squad’s sense of humor and sanity.