1/83rd Unit News
1. Remembrance - November 26th was the 27th Anniversary of the death of one of
our 1/83rd Brothers. David Angelo Barbarino, a Veteran of "A"
Battery (1970) who died 11/26/91 as a results of
wounds sustained 4/13/70. More on David can be found on our
Remembrance - December 29th will be the 52nd Anniversary of the death of one of our 1/83rd Brothers who did not make it home from Vietnam, Clarence E. Everett, a Veteran of HQ Battery (1966). More on Clarence can be found on our website.
Lest we Forget.
2. Good News - Recently I told you about the daughter & granddaughters of Augie Garcia (69-70) who had to be evacuated from their home in Paradise California, the town which has been totally destroyed by fire. I just learned that thankfully they are safe. I hope to know more soon on ways in which we may be able to help them.
3. 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.
4. Agent Orange News - New Review Finds ‘Sufficient’ Evidence Linking Hypertension to Agent Orange Exposure. Click here to read the story from Stars and Stripes.
More on this subject from the Military Times was sent in by Dan O'Brien (69-70).
5. Old License Plates requested - A while back Bill Wiseley (66-67) asked...
"I am still looking for license plates for my bird houses and feeders. I can get all the Kansas plates I want but would like some other states."
6. Telehealth COPD Pilot Program Changes Lives - Robert Wesley (70-71) sent his health news.
7. VA Benefit Payment Schedule - VA education, compensation, pension, and survivor’s benefits are paid on a monthly basis. Normally, benefits for a particular month are paid the first business day of the following month. When the first business day of the month falls on a non-business day or a holiday, VA benefits will be paid on the last business day prior to the first of the month.
Here is the schedule for upcoming VA benefit payments:
November payment date is November 30
December payment date is December 31
You can check your latest VA benefit payments online using eBenefits. If you’re not receiving benefit payments from VA, but know someone who is, please share this information with them.
8. St. Barbara's Day, the Patron Saint of the Artillery is celebrated each year on December 4.
Interesting Links and More
1. Walt Noechel (69-70) sent this link, The versatile Willys Jeep
2. Howard Sanger (68-69) sent this link, Army Artillery hits target at 38 miles, doubling range
3. Roger Hatcher (66-67) sent this link, the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine" Be sure to look through the various pictures on this site, they are remarkable.
4. Roger Hatcher (66-67) sent
Tomb of the Unknowns Guards Begin Use of Custom M17 Pistols
5. Neal Schwartz (68-69) sent this link, The Magic Carpet That Brought Everybody Home – WWII
6. Les Spohr (68-69) sent this link, The Legend of WWII’s Bombsight Rapunzel
7. Dan O'Brien (69-70) sent this link, The Last To Let You Down
8. Danny Sandoval (66-67) sent this link, LA Speed Check
Did you Know
Bubble Wrap Was Originally Invented To Serve As What?
Bubble wrap is about as ubiquitous and recognizable as any shipping material could ever hope to be—which is ironic because bubble wrap started life as, of all things, wallpaper.
In 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes invented bubble wrap by sealing two clear shower curtains together, trapping a pattern of bubbles between the two sheets of plastic. Their vision for the product? Wallpaper.
Throughout the late 1950s and into the 1960s, there was a bit of a funky-wall-covering-craze and people were adorning their walls with all manner of things like bamboo, highly textured fabrics, and other materials. The two engineers sought to capitalize on this and marketed the early bubble wrap designs as wallpaper.
The idea never caught on and the two of them started marketing it as greenhouse insulation. Although bubble wrap is clear and fairly good at insulating, they failed to make a go of bubble wrap as a commercially successful greenhouse insulator.
It wasn’t until marketer Frederick Bowers pitched the idea of bubble wrap as shipping protection to IBM that the company and their soon-to-be iconic product found a niche. IBM was the first bubble wrap customer; they packed their new line of 1401 Data Processing System units in bubble wrap before crating the machines up.
Since then, bubble wrap has made appearances in everything from padded mailing envelopes to insulation panels along with a slew of creative DIY solutions and creations.
(Courtesy of How-To Geek Newsletter)
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Vietnam Veterans of America
|1. VVA website|
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.
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