1/83 Artillery Update
October 16, 2019

 

1/83rd Unit News

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General News

1. 1/83rd Health Updates - Chuck (Smoke) Mattson  - I recently received this note from Smoke...

"I was diagnosed with Melanoma that started out as a very small mole. Thank God we caught it in time and I am cancer free. Please tell our Brothers, do not ignore these things. Melanoma spreads rapidly to the brain and lymph glands. Take care God bless Smoke"

From personal experience, I echo Smoke's comments. Early detection is vital so don't dismiss these things when they appear.

2. Honor Flight - Jay Schweer (66-67) recently went on an Honor Flight to Washington DC. If you have not yet heard of this program, it is a wonderful thing. More on this can be found on this program at this link.

Here are a couple of photos from Jay's trip, I will soon be adding others as a News Item.

3. "C" Battery - Lyle Prochnow (“C” Battery 69-70) asked if anyone knew of “C” Battery being hit hard around January or February 1970. Here are the replies I received.

4. 2020 Reunion - The Reunion is scheduled for October 11-14, 2020 in Colorado Springs, CO. There is now a link on our website with details along with a list of those who have told us they plan to attend. Please review this list for accuracy and let me know if you see any errors. The link to the list is on that page.

Questions on the Reunion should be directed to Don Eikenberry who is organizing the Reunion, Don's contact info can be found on the Full Roster

5. Travel to Vietnam - A question was recently raised about finding travel resources and information for those visiting Vietnam. See this link sent in by one of our Aussie mates, Ken Robinson... The Saigoneer

6. Dashcam Video of Road Trip from Hue to Birmingham and Bastogne Today - This was sent by Glen Gronseth (69-70). On that same page is this link on FSB Bastogne

7. Veterans Legacy Memorial honors deceased Veterans online - Click here. Also, click here.

8. Firebases, LZ's and Camp Locations - This page has some recent additions sent in by Barney Downey (70-71) that you may find interesting.

9. 1/83rd Unit Merchandise - Here is a link to the latest merchandise.

10. Support - Please let me know if anyone of you or your family have health situations so we can let everyone know of the need for our support.

11. News - if you have any good news that you want to share send it along. Having good news to share would be a real pleasure, as it seems like we are constantly only talking about sad news. Here is the latest 1/83rd News.

Interesting Links and More

1. Pilot Flies His Fallen Vietnam War Hero Dad Home. Great story if you have not seen it already.

2. Roger Hatcher (66-67) sent this, see how good your reaction time really is.

3. Honeymooners Grateful Dead Dancing

4. Roger Hatcher (66-67) sent this, Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag - There is a brief Ad before the video which you may be able to skip.

5. Rich Webekind (66-67) sent this, Johnny Carson as Reagan, a "Who's On First" spoof. This is very funny.

Did you Know

Rainbows are circular, but unless you’re in a plane looking directly down upon it, you’ll only be able to see a partial arc of the total rainbow.

(Courtesy of How-To Geek Newsletter)

1/83rd Website

1. Please let me know if you come across any links in my website that are broken. With so much content, it is inevitable that links go out of date so let me know if you find one that does not work.

2. 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.

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

Vietnam Veterans of America

1. VVA website

1/83rd Roster

Full Roster on Website - Check your entry on the Full Roster to make sure all your information is up to date. Notify me if any changes are necessary. If your email stops working, I cannot reach you if you have incomplete or incorrect contact details on the roster.

I have recently become aware of several changes to contact info. It is important that you keep your contact information up to date on the Roster, it is the only that your buddies can find you! Let me know when things change.

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

Missing members of the 1/83rd Help us find those former 83rd members who haven't found us yet!!

There is a long-standing page on our website where I list men that are either missing, inactive or trying to be located by someone in our group. I am asking everyone to review that page and let me know if you have updates you would like me to make.

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 a current copy of the "Rules & Regs" document which has helpful information about using 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

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