Time Remaining Until Next Reunion in Branson, MO.
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Back issues of 15th med bn saber articles
Back issues of the 15th Med Bn articles written by Mike Bodnar for the 1st Cav's Saber magazine are being published on this site as fast as time permits. Current issues of Mike's "labor of love" are published on this site from 1999 through 2017. Newer issues will be added soon until all the issues are available under the Historical Documents tab on this site.
If you're a sinner like me, and dropped out of participation in the 15th Medical Battalion Association's, and now have the desire to get caught up, the Saber articles written by Mike contain gobs of interesting anicdotes. It took me many hours to make the Saber articles available, but now I realize I've just begun my journey. I'm hooked now and am in the process of going back and reading every issue. I invite you to also take on the task of reading Mike's works.
the word is spreading
The word must be spreading about our association because last month we had the higher number of visitors (438 folks) in the history of our site. That means there's a very good chance attendence at this year's reunion will be well attended. If you're still on the fence about attending the reunion, take a chance and register to attend. There's a good chance you'll meet someone that has lots in common with you and is more than willing to exchange "true" war stories.
The Vietnamese View of the Ia Drang Battle
OK you old farts - you know who I'm talking about. You Med guys that were up north where the "real" war was fought. Here's a good discussion of the Ia Drang battle.
For the past 35 years the US Army and the North Vietnamese have claimed victory in the October to November 1965 Ia Drang Valley Battle. While the United States side of the battle has been extensively documented, the Vietnamese version has remained obscure. Although heavily colored by communist propaganda, recently published People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) accounts provide answers to many questions and acknowledge a number of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) mistakes and command failures. When added to information from US sources, these accounts reveal how greatly the fog of war, over optimism and blind fate influenced the battle.
online aafes exchange opening to all vets
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.
Peter K. Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed a memorandum Wednesday announcing the benefit expansion, effective Veterans’ Day Nov. 11, and giving Congress the required 30 days’ notice before actions begin to implement the plan.
Months of preparation are needed to make e-shopping portals more robust and to allow the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) time to create software for verifying veterans’ status using Department of Veterans Affairs records. Several million vets already are eligible to shop in exchanges — on base or online — because they are active or reserve component retirees, or 100-percent disabled from service-connected injuries or ailments, or Medal of Honor recipients.
This will reward their service with exchange product savings that, on average, will be near to 20 percent versus commercial department store prices when military exemption from state and local sales tax are considered too.
Shull’s other purpose was to increase exchange revenues to help offset troubling declines due to the drawdown of active duty forces, base closures and the end of military tobacco discounts for the higher priority of healthier populations.
With DMDC verifying shopper identifies electronically, the department will not have to produce special identification cards. DMDC estimates that 13 percent of eligible veterans, primarily those who served before 1981 might not be in their data base when the shopping benefit becomes available. Presumably guidance will be issued for veterans who might have access problems initially.
new medevac t-shirts in store
Brother Larry Hatch just sent me a new collection of Medevac t-shirts to add to the online store. These high quality 100% cotton black t-shirts have a Cav patch over the left pocket area that reads MEDEVAC across the top with the inscription SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE inside the patch on the bottom. The back of the t-shirt has a Cav patch with a red cross and aviation wings in the center. Under the patch in large letters it reads, MEDEVAC, SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE. FREE SHIPPING in CONUS.
Get ready for the reunion in Branson by stopping by the online store and gett'n ya some of these new t-shirts before they're all gone!
Webmeister Needs Your Help
The database making up the Unit Member Search has been scrubbed to make it as accurate as we can at this time. All e-mail addresses were checked for currency and "dead" e-mail addresses deleted. This leaves many menbers without an operating e-mail address associated with their data. I need your help in filling in the blanks. Please search for friends you served with and if you notice an individual's name doesn't have an e-mail address, but you known what the e-mail address is, then please let me know at medevac2@15thMedBnAssociation.org . Thanks.
President's Message and Story
OK all you slackers. Ya you with the dirty comboot bats. Da Pres. wants to address all y'al, so stand at something resembling ridged. OK, maybe just semi-ridged. Or even better sorta-kinda like a semi-ridged polless litter!
Here's what he says. "I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving.
During this holiday season we need to keep in mind those comrades away from
their homes and family who are serving our Nation.
Ron Ingram and Fred McKellar have the Branson, MO 2017 reunion set in motion awaiting your arrival. Everything you need to know about the reunion, to include registration, can be found on this site, including the registration list so you can find out if someone you know is planning on attemding. [ Read more and his story ]
Reunion Registration Open Online
Ron Ingram has found us rooms at a great hotel at an outstanding rate, set up a breakfast buffet each morning, a number of activities to keep us busy during the day, and a great banquet the evening of 29 Apr 17. And of course there will be the hospitality suite open most other times. Sorry, but there's a limit of 10 war stories per day.
We're still finalizing all the events held during the reunion, so keep checking back from time to time and visit the Reunion Page for the latest information.
See you in Branson!
We've had a couple of new war stories added to our archive. Isn't it about time you document your favorite war story - you know...the one you've been telling down at the VFW for 40 years now? It only takes about 30 minutes to type out the story. So take a few minutes, create a story, and then send it to us. Don't worry, we'll do our best to correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling before we publish it. Send your stories to us and we'll publish them for all to enjoy.We're quite sure the Association members will enjoy reliving "the good ole days."
New Books in the Store
If you havnen't noticed, a couple of new books of interest to we Cav dudes have been added to the book section of the Store. Both are just about "must reads" and well worth the money. I'll try and keep you informated of new items in the store, but just in case I forget, stop in from time to time and browse what's on the shelves.
Request Help Finding Relative
Adrianne Keen is hoping exposure on this Web site might be able to help locate a family member. Adrianne did not know him, or even know of his existence until his daughter contacted Adrianne through Ancestry.com. He is somehow Adrianne's cousin, and she is trying to reunite him with his family. Any assistance any of you can give her would be appreciated. She has everything, except a name. This soldier served at Tay Ninh with the 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Calvary Division. The accompanying picture is the only one she has of him.
I you know who this is, please contact Adrianne D. Keen at 502-649-5475 (cell).
2017 Reunion Dates & Location Set
Get your challenge coin shined and your Cav clothing ready 'cause the 19th Annual 15th Medical BN Assn. Reunion will be held 26-30 April 2017, at Westgate Branson Woods Resort, Branson MO.
Information, including registration forms will soon be on this site under the Reunion Info tab. If you are not into computers, or just want additional information, contact Reunion Coordinator, Ron Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-670-1370.
The reunion will be held at the beautiful Westgate Branson Hills Resort. For room reservations call 1-877-502-7058 and refer to Group Code: 61-327. Reunion room rates are $63/ day plus tax - a real bargain!
To get to Branson by air, fly to Springfield, MO and take a shuttle service to the Resort. Schedules and additional information coming soon!
The Louder You Scream T-shirts
Proudly announce your were Medevac by sporting one of our new t-shirts. Sexy nurse standing in front of a red cross with the word MEDEVAC on it. Around the perimeter the top arch says THE LOUDER YOU SCREAM with the lower arch saying THE FASTER WE COME. Comes in sport gray. Shirts have long tails so they stay in your pants. FREE SHIPPING in CONUS.
15th Med Bn Searchable Database
After some very long days and nights of typing in over 753 member names into a database, Terry McCarl and I are finally finished and the works or our labor are available on our Unit Member Search page. Now's where the hard part comes in.
We need everyone to help cleanse the database and report inaccuracies to us. We also need to know of anyone that may have died so we can move their data to another searchable table.
So go over and see if we have your data and check that it's correct. If there are any inaccuracies, fill out the corrections form and send it in.
Online Store now OPEN!
We negotiated a good lease and have acquired a huge virtual store with plenty of shelf space and lots of free parking space. We're slowly getting around to stocking the shelves. Looks like inventory will change periodically, so make an entry in your calendar to check back from time-to-time and see if there's something you might want to purchase. So pull in and check out the 15th Med Bn Association's new online store.
New Pictures Added To Photo Page
Some new pictures were added to the Photo pages. So what's keeping you from scanning a few pictures and sending then in to us. We'd love to post them and let the whole Association see them. Send them as an attachment to an e-mail to medevac2@15thMedBnAssociation.com . No scanner or not comfortable with attaching items to an e-mail, just sent the pictures to R. (Baby Huey) Huether, 110 Cedar Hills Dr., Fredericksburg, TX 78624. I'll scan them for ya and then return your pictures.