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|Found in 1971
Blackhorse Lighter Emerges
Rolf Hill returns from Italy in
After returning from an assignment in Italy, Army Specialist Rolf Hill found an unusual item he didn't expect to find, a nearly new Blackhorse lighter. Rolf and his wife, Jan kept the lighter all these years with the hope that it might find its way back to its owner. They sent me the lighter for safekeeping in K Troop's artifacts collection where it will be shared with our Blackhorse family at our annual reunions.
Rolf writes, "I was stationed in Italy ('70-'71). . . the only thing we can think of was that the lighter was packed (by mistake) in my household goods when I returned to Maryland. (It might have fallen out of someone's pocket into my stuff; we don't know). Another possibility Rolf considers is that it could have belonged to the "Colonel" who lived in the same apartment building as Rolf.
Thank you Rolf and Jan for caring for this important piece of our Blackhorse history all these years and for sending it "home".
28th Annual Reunion- 11th ACVVC
September 11-15, 2013
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown - Maryland
11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia
2o years after Indy 1993 the Blackhorse returned to the Circle City to reunite for the 28th time. The TOC (that's Tactical Operations Center) was the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel. Once again this reunion served as a great opportunity for buddies, families and friends to reunite. The final tally has not been recorded but I've not doubt that over 1200 attended.
For more information about the reunion go here.
See who attended from K Troop here.
Pizza For Our Veteran PatientsDan Stroia began a pilot program over 3 years ago at the VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The program provides pizza and soda pop to the veteran patients at the Phoenix hospital. Dan would like to take his program nation wide and invites all members of the 11th Cavalry's Veteran Troopers of Vietnam and Cambodia to join him in providing in their area VA hospitalized veterans with pizza & soda pop.
If you would like to share in this very worthwhile project and put tons of smiles on our fellow veteran patients faces then contact Dan and he will give you all the details that you will need to begin a Thunder Run Pizza Run at your area VA hospital. Dan says that the only cost to you would be your time. Funds for the program may be provided by veterans organizations such as the DAV, VFW, American Legion and others. For additional information visit here and look for entries 474 through 478.
K Troop 11th ACR, Vietnam '67-'68
8350 E. McKellips #158
Scottsdale, AZ 85257Cell 480 242 7040
The US Army is moving its armor school from Ft. Knox, Kentucky to its new home at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Ft. Knox is currently the home of the 11th ACR Memorial to our fallen brothers. Many of you may remember this monument from your days at Blackhorse Basecamp, Vietnam. The decision to keep the memorial at Ft. Knox or to move it to Ft. Benning must be given to Maj. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Commanding General of the Armor Center at Ft. Knox.
Your help is needed. Please visit the 11th ACVVC website. Read the article there and make your feeling known to those individuals who have been charged with the responsibility to present our organizations plan to the general.
Cigarette Lighter Found
Australian, Keiran Bailey
Finds Lighter On Australian Beach
38 Years in the surf.
Keiran Bailey of Victoria, Australia found this remarkably preserved lighter clearly marked Black Horse with our distinctive Blackhorse patch on the face and on the back, 11th CAV, Xuan Loc, Vietnam with the date, 1969-1970. Keiran found it during the Australian summer of 1991-'92 while snorkeling in a place called Congwong Bay on the northern corner on the march larger Botany Bay, some 23 Kms south of Sydney, and sent the lighter to me to preserve and to share it with our Blackhorse brothers. Bill Lewellen, of K Troop, is bring this historic artifact to the 23rd Annual Reunion in Chicago of the 11th ACVVC for everyone to see and marvel over.
Keiran writes that while snorkeling, he was looking for some shells, rocks or sponge coral for his marine aquarium. He says that while swimming along he noticed a metallic glint about 15 meters from the shore. Upon investigation he notice the lighter wedged between the sand and some pebbles in a crevasse about 15 feet deep with only the shinier base of the light showing in the light of day. He recognized it immediately as a Zippo lighter not unlike the one he himself owned. The lighter sat in his undersea treasure collection until a year ago when he examine the inscriptions, did a web search and sent in on to us here at Ktroop.com.
Inscribed on the bottom of the light are the words, "New Oriental", presumably the manufacturer. The lighter has no personal inscription so we can only wonder who might have lost it. In all likelihood it was lost by a Blackhorse trooper while on R&R (rest & relaxation) in Sydney. If it did wash from the shores of Vietnam all the way to Australia that would be an extraordinary journey for this lighter to take, but I wonder?
Mr. Bailey writes in the letter that he enclosed with the lighter, "I am very pleased and it makes me content to know that this lighter is finally in its rightful place among its original owners. I hope and pray it conjures up some good memories for your Blackhorse buddies. I'm sure that if this lighter could talk it would disclose a vast amount of incredible stories to share with us all".
I thank Mr. Bailey for sending the lighter along to us, at his own expense, and after having done some creative internet investigative work in locating us hear at K Troop, 11th ACR, Vietnam at Ktroop.com.
Sadly, in March of 2011, Keiran was struck by a motorist and killed while riding his bicycle.
Lt. Col. Joe Greeley of Somersworth, NH piloted 50, B17 bombing raids over Germany before his 21st birthday. Here, Joe is seen greeting a Boston native as he and his fellow soldiers arrive at Pease International Tradeport on their way home after completing their tour of duty in Iraq.
The Boeing 737, operated by Miami International Airlines, arrived at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, NH recently and was welcome by a throng of greeters know as the Pease Greeters. The guests of the Pease Greeters (formed by the Marine Corp League of the Seacoast) have time to stretch their legs, refresh themselves, make free phone calls and visit with the greets while their plane is fueled before continuing on to their final US destination.
Your place in history at K Troop's - Contributor's Corner. See who has contributed their photos, stories, personal letters and more. Who knows, you might see yourself in your buddy's photo. Do you have some of your own that you would like to share? Send them along and I'll include them. For more details, visit your corner of K Troop - Contributor's Corner.
Your newest contributor - Errol Brumm served as K Troop's maintenance sergeant in 1967-'68.
My Audio Tapes
I, like many of my buddies, sent home audio tapes to loved ones. Some of us sent reel to reel and others sent cassette tapes. I recorded mine on a Sony, portable desktop cassette tape recorder. The recordings captured my impressions of the war and my service with K Troop. Not only do they convey personal messages, exchanged with my mother and father, they also contain radio transmissions, firefights, TV broadcasts and sounds of Vietnam. I've chosen what I consider to be the best of the 22 tapes and placed them here. A fraction of the total are available now. New excerpts are added each week.
Declaration of Support
We, combat veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), fought for the United States of America in Vietnam and Cambodia. During this war against communist aggression, our nation was bitterly divided and many American citizens rose in protest against our involvement. Members of our armed forces were the objects of disdain and ridicule. We returned home to a national landscape of public opinion and political division unchanged until the morning of September 11, 2001.
Read the entire Declaration HERE.
Yours truly is making a splash at Seabeecook.com in a featured article on the Cooks & Bakers page titled A Cook with the Blackhorse in Vietnam. Visit Seabeecook.com today and discover more about US Military - Cooks and Bakers.
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