1/83 Artillery Update
February 11, 2016


1/83rd Unit News

1. Support - please keep the following members of our group in your prayers. They have health issues they are dealing with and could use our continued support.

Colin Campbell - Troop Commander of 6 Troop, A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment (Australian).

Norm Gallagher (66-67)

Mike Kolarik (69-70) - I received this update from Mike...
"I thought I would send you an update of my medical condition.  Last Wednesday I had an eye exam as a follow-up to the surgery. The doctor said everything looked OK, though the tumor has not shrunken yet. He said he was satisfied with my progress, though I wish he had said it with a little more enthusiasm. The short version is so far, so good. I have another exam scheduled in 3 months. I sure appreciate the support of you and all the guys in 1st/83rd."

Bruce Taiji (67-68) - I received this update from Bruce...
"My treatment is currently on hold until the oncologist can get a better view of the pancreas. For the past almost 12 weeks there has been no change on the size of the spot on the pancreas. They want to see it decrease in size and if it does then they may be able to go in and surgically remove it... so now it is a waiting game., which is a good thing in that it has not spread any. Hope everything goes well and I can make it to the next reunion in DC."

2. Reunion News

a. I previously sent you all a flyer with important details on this years Reunion. Please be sure to read and share with anyone who will be attending the Reunion with you.

b. Make your hotel reservations as soon as you can, the hotel room block is fast filling.

c. Reunion notices have, or soon will be, appearing in various Veteran's Magazines, etc. Please also pass the word to your local Veteran and news sources.

d. The current list of those planning to attend can be found here.

e. For more on the 2016 Reunion, See this section on the 1/83rd website.

Optional Post-Reunion Tour to Gettysburg on October 17- I recently sent you all an important message from Mike Reetz with details on this excursion. Please contact Mike directly with any questions. His contact info is on the Roster.

3. 83rd Unit Merchandise - See this section on the 1/83rd website.

Photo of the Week

FSB Bastogne 1968

Courtesy of Ron Cox 1/83rd

General News

1. Please remember that all contact info that we have for our group can be found on the Roster. This is the best spot to start if you need to contact one of the group.

Interesting Links and More

1. The American Veterans Center sends out regular emails of stories of American heroes. These stories are testaments to the spirit of those who have served our country in the military. Here are 2 recent ones I received.

761st Tank Battalion - World War II

Battle of the Bulge - World War II

To sign up to receive videos like this sign up here.

2. A couple of you sent me this video of the Last Flight out of Da Nang 1975.

3. Here is a video of an extraordinary soldier, a Medal of Honor recipient for actions in Vietnam. He just turned 82.

4. A friend sent this, it has been around before but it is pretty funny. The Juggler.

Did you Know

There’s a medical difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest: a heart attack is a circulation failure (blocked blood flow) and a cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction (irregular heartbeat).

(Courtesy of How-To Geek Newsletter)

Website Updates

1. If you come across anything that you think may be a good addition to our website let me know. Also, if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the website, let me know.

2. Check out all the latest updates by looking at the website Table of Contents.

Vietnam Veterans of America Update

1. VVA Update for January 22, 2016

2. VVA Update for January 29, 2016

3. VVA Update for February 5, 2016

4. VVA website

1/83rd Roster

Review your entry on the website Roster and let me know if any changes are necessary. If your email stops working, I cannot reach you if you have incomplete contact details on the roster.
Missing members of the 1/83rd Help us find those former 83rd members who haven't found us yet!!

I am sure that each of us has someone they would really like to reconnect with. If we all pitch in, we may find many more of our old buddies. Here are some ways to do that:

1. If you are in contact or have contact info for any 1/83rd guys please contact them and tell them about our group or at least tell me and I will contact them.

2. Look through the roster on the website and if you know of others who are not listed, let me know who they are. Also, if you see any incorrect or missing info (including your own entry) let me know.

3. If you have copies of old orders tucked away someplace, send me a copy so I can make sure those names are on the roster.

4. Sometimes all it takes is a name and location and we can find someone but the more details we know the better our chances.

Rules & Regs If anyone would like an updated copy of the "Rules & Regs" document which has helpful information about the website, let me know. Go to Contact Us and submit your request or email me directly.
Advisory If you get an email from and it has a website link included anywhere within the email, most times you should be able to just click on the link and you will be taken to the website. Sometimes however, the link will not work because, in sending you the email, the link is deactivated although it is still usable. If this should happen, another way to use the link is to copy and paste it into the address line on your browser. Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions on this.

Please make sure that your email system allows emails to be received from both of my email addresses, bill_t_08012@yahoo.com  and artillery_83rd@yahoo.com

Please note that there are no blank spaces in email addresses. What you see in mine between words/characters is the underscore (_) character.



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