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2/94th Battalion Update Number 37

 

DISCUSSES

 

members found

history

vA UPDATES

 

Hi to all,

 

Sorry I have been tardy in getting Battalion Updates posted but I have been very busy fighting the AO issues with DC.  I hope to have an announcement very soon that will affect all Vietnam Veterans.  I guess I wore them down with data. Hard to argue with real facts!

 

It looks like this reunion is going to the biggest and best yet.  Cannot wait to see everyone again.  I did hear thru the grapevine Mr. Superman will not be there and I am sorely disappointed in him!

 

Reunion information is located on Greg’s blog site at: http://294fa.blogspot.com/

 

I want to post a sentiment by one of our members that signed in that I think most of us feel and have felt for over 40 years in some cases.

 

Hello 94th members it’s only been 40 years but the memories never fade.  Like the movie band of brothers we were there, doing a job our country sent us to do.  Right or wrong the American way.  This is the first time I've heard from any members in all these years.  i was sent a letter from John Hansen from Michigan with a photo at the rockpile. A real feeling of joy one gets when after all these years its like a welcome home letter.  I guess I felt I was just a number and after the war, that was it.  However, to hear from people you served with they alone only know what you’ve been through.  We can never forget those that died we served with.  John Gainous, James Holroyd.  By for now!  Sam Cardinale

 


 

MEMBERS FOUND: Some may have been reported before.

 

A BATTERY

 

Bischoff, Dale A. - SP4 68-69 A Battery

 

Davenport, Ronald D. SP4 66-67 (Original Member) A Battery

 

I WAS WITH A BATTERY FROM MAY 1966 UNTIL AUGUST 1967.  I LATER BECAME COMMUNICATIONS CHIEF AND THEN FO.  FOR THE BEST COMMANDING OFFICER I SERVED UNDER FOR SIX AND A HALF YEARS IN THE ARMY, CAPT JERRY HEARD.  CAPT HEARD WAS AN HONORABLE AND HONEST MAN, THANKS TO HIM FOR PUTTING A LETTER IN MY PERSONNEL FILE I GOT TO GO HOME IN AUGUST 1967 AS HE SAID HE WOULD DO.  I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE IN "A" BATTERY.

 

Williams, Terry L. - Lieutenant 68-69 A Battery

 

Interested in talking to others from 2/94.  I was 1st Lt. Terry L Williams.  I was mostly a FO.  Remember nicknames of a few that went to the field with me.  Looking for Loco, Weber, or Heavy Duty.

 

 B BATTERY

 

Long, Freddie W. - SP4 67-68 B Battery

 

Strandlund, Robert - SGT 68-69 B Battery

 

I was assigned to the 2/94 in September of 68 when i arrived in country.  At that time, we were at camp JJ Carroll.  Later we relocated to Charlie 2 outside Dang Ha.  We called our section "Bravos Banditos.”  My grade was E-5 and my crew called me Sergeant Robb.  I came across this website while surfing around looking for a model of a 175.  It's really good to know that someone put this site together.  We had some really great men and one pesky monkey.  Lots of memories came flooding back in when I came here.  Thanks to whoever is responsible for maintaining this site.  Robb

 

HHB

 

Funk, Russell H. - PVT 66-67 (Original Member) HHB

 

I traveled from Fort Sill to RVN on the train and ship, and stayed with the 2/94 until late August 1967.  I served in the Metro section of HHB.

 

Albright, Raymond K. - SP4 67-68 HHB

 

Cunningham, Earnest - SP4 66-67 (Original Member) HHB and A Battery

 

SERVICE BATTERY

 

Linder, Loyd A - Rank 71-72 Svc Battery

 

This is a great website.  I'm trying to locate a few guys that I was with in SVC and HHB. Trying to figure out how to sign up for the reunion.  I’m going to try to make if my health permits.............Later guys .........Loyd

 

Fitzwater, James R. - SGT 70-71 Svc Battery

 

Hey Guys, I was in the service battery, I was a sgt in the Ammo section, I started out in Dong Ha, went to Da Nang, to Khe Sanh, Laos, then exited the country from there.  Lt Thomas was the ammo officer, Caption Leon was battery commander...Would like to hear from anyone, been a long time, I am still close to Larry Burns, Texas, he is not doing well, cancer...  Hope all are doing well...  JIM

 

{Jim if you would let me know what cancer Larry has I would appreciate it.  We are trying to keep track of our guys and the toxic chemical issues.}

 


 

For the new guys –

 

Good to know all you fellows are alive and kicking!!!!!!! 

 
Welcome home to the Battalion to all and all please join us at Fort Sill for our fourth reunion.

 

If you think of someone you wish to communicate with let me know.  I do keep a database of those that are not on the computer but we have found them.

I also have an e-mail list by battery at:

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/e_mail.htm

 

Glenda is the process of updating that list now.


If you have any questions about the website at:
http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/
please let me know and I will be glad to try and answer them for you at
SP5Kelley2nd94th@aol.com

 

In addition on the main link at http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/

 

You will find an update history and links to previous BATTALION updates.  In addition, you will find some of the Toxic Chemical updates I have posted over the years.

 


 

Battalion History:

 

While the majority of the history is completed, there are many things to add to it.  Including some data points that need to be correlated such as Command Chronology. 

 

This includes a review of the Marine daily chronicles from not only the 12th Regiment but also the Third Recon discs.  As well as well as some of the daily chronicles from the, and I forget the name now, of the outfit that A Battery shot for down in the Chu Lai area, which have not been obtain as of yet.  I have the name and the CD number.  No real cost involved just have to order the data. 

 

It is obvious with the fight I am in with the congress and such that my attention has been elsewhere in this fight for all Veterans not just our Nam Vets.

 

Many of the issues I have waging war against I have not copied this Battalion on since I am trying to remain non-political on my website.  My “personal opinion” that neither party when it comes to “Veterans Issues” has been anything to write home about.  Just data and the data does not add up in many issues of what has gone on the last 40 years.  In addition, of course, those that are not affected seemed to have no concern in hearing the issues and just as obvious I cannot break out my Battalion e-mails into those that are interested and to those that are not.

 

I guess if you are interested, you need to send me an e-mail stating you want to be added to the AO information list – if not then I will continue as I am.

 

Back to the history.

 

I think it is obvious I cannot complete this with the activity I have on going.  In that light, I am asking CWO Charles Stephenson to take over the activity and let me be his assistant.  That would get it done as I have worked with Charles before on the history and no one, outside of myself, is more familiar with it.  I also know that he is very diligent and certainly accurate, as we have established a protocol of “order of precedence” which of course we must stick to as any history must and then comment on any disparities as a comment.

 

I believe I can convince (talk Charles into this; ha ha) as long as there is no financial issues involved.  Like me, my budget is tight.  I do not foresee any costs in getting into the point of ready to post or to create a published history.

 

I, of course, would like to see a published history since I spent so much time on it but that is up to the Battalion members.  I think we can get it published reasonably at the appropriate time.  

 

This is something we need to discuss at the reunion.

 

As far, as pictures in the history.  I have discussed that before.  I think with the liability of such an endeavor, and not being able to control who gets a history as has been requested.  Then a history with photographs or even a photographic CD with references in the history as to where to look for the pictures is not worth the risk.  I mean someone could sue Charles or me and speaking for myself, they would not get much.  A shame it has come to that but I want no liability on what I have done as an honorable endeavor in making sure that military history, Army and Marine, knows of the 2nd Battalion 94th Artillery and its “tremendous impact.”

 

In that light I will be bringing all the info I have with me to the reunion in hopes of having Charles tidy up and review the lose ends, review the Marine chronicles for additional information to be added; and complete “your” wartime history.

 


 

Since I already sent this out to my AO GROUP, I will add this at the bottom for those that are interested.  

 

VA Updates

Hi to all,

Here is a link to some new VA rules concerning Retroactive Dates, Blue Water Navy, and some ongoing legal activities.

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/NewVArules.htm

Here is a link to some new VA rules on what they MUST PROVIDE YOU WITH concerning the disability processes to include what they will be rating you on.

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/NewVAprocess.htm

I also found out and am trying to get the data.  There seems to be a life insurance benefit that is conveniently not conveyed by the VA to those Veterans that are found service connected.  Instead, they put a gate of two years that if you do not apply for the free life insurance then the offer is null and void unless your case is reopened and found upgraded.

I will get that as soon as I can find the link and review the rules.

One of the 101 fellows indicated from his VA sources a traveling team of VA auditors that is going around the nation reviewing claims in order to try and down grade the ratings.  We have heard rumblings of this before but this seems to point to the fact they may indeed be doing that.  I would expect, and this is entirely a guess on my part, that this is part of the PTSD reviews the VA said they were not going to do when the senate got after them for the announced review of 72,000 100% PTSD claims.

I did check with some of the folks in DC and they said they know of no such audit team with that "specific purpose" of downgrading claims.

I do not know what that "specific purpose" qualifier means??????

Not much response (total of 3) on my suggestions on how to fix some of these issues at the congressional level:

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/Whatdowedo.htm

Guess that was a bad idea on my part - so I will just forget about doing all that work and continue the fight as I can.

 
If the congress VAC and the benefits subcommittees had been doing their job then the links above would not be being posted.

Best to all,
Kelley