425th Regimental Association

The regimental home of Company F (RANGER) 425th Infantry

The Regiment

The mission of the 425th Regimental Association is to perpetuate the history, lineage and honors of Co F (Ranger) 425th Infantry.

Membership in the Association is open to anyone who served in Co F (Ranger) 425th Infantry, or any successor unit.

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Fall 2019

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425th Regimental Association

E-Newsletter

 

Fall 2019 Edition

 

NOTE:  If you are using a military email address or an email address from your employer, we recommend that you use a personal email account.  This is so we can stay in contact with you regardless of your employment or military status.

Online Membership and Shopping on the Regimental website

You can renew your membership online through the Membership Center on the Association website.  You can also purchase Regimental clothing, coins, license plates, and decals through the Regimental Quartermaster Store.  We accept payment by PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

The Year in Review

Regimental Rendezvous

The Association made a few changes this year. Instead of holding the Regimental Rendezvous at Camp Grayling we partnered with the Michigan Ranger Base (the Michigan chapter of the Army Ranger Association) to conduct it at ‘Winne Acres’, the Home of the Base near Marine City.

The afternoon started with firing on two ranges. There was amble opportunity for firing both pistols and rifles. Our Rangers came prepared and every one had a good time.

After the ranges were closed the bar was opened and everyone tried to outdo the other with “jump lies.” Pieter Winne did a great jump preparing a wonderful dinner. Some of our guys stayed overnight and carried on the fun until the wee hours.

Regimental Reunion Dinner

We relocated the venue of our Reunion Dinner from the Bruce VFW Post to Bakers of Milford. This is a more centrally located site and we saw some improved participation as a result.

We made a last minute change to ditch the buffet and order from a special menu. This seemed to be a good change and most were happy with their selections.

Retired CSM Andy Albright was our guest speaker and entertained us with stories about the unit from his perspective.

 

VA Benefits

I don’t know if you guys are aware of it but you can get both eyeglasses and hearing aids through the VA. You do NOT have to have a service-related problem to get this benefit.

 

Veterans Day Discounts

Happy Veterans Day! Veterans Day is celebrated this year on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The Federal Holiday will be on the same day.

Many restaurants and companies thank our veterans each year by offering them discounts or a free meal.

To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!

By using the link below you’ll find a continuously updating list of this year’s restaurant offers for veterans. Last year over 100 restaurants participated. Most restaurants announce offers at the end of October, up through Veterans Day.

https://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/

425th Regimental Association Board of Directors & Contact Information 

President:                    Fernando Campos – president@425regiment.org

Vice President             Mark Evans – vicepresident@425regiment.org

Secretary:                    Tony Lopiccolo – secretary@425regiment.org

Treasurer:                    Tom Neff  – treasurer@425regiment.org

Historian:                    Don Bugg – historian@425regiment.org

 RCSM:                       Dean Burchill – csm@425regiment.org

Adjutant:                     Bob Wangen – adjutant@425regiment.org

Quartermaster:             David Lincicome – s4@425regiment.org

 

National Day of the Deployed

All citizens of this country should appreciate those servicemen and women that have deployed to a theater of operations in defense of freedom. All veterans have served. Those that have deployed have had to take that extra step and put their lives on the line. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13. All gave some, some gave all.

NATIONAL DAY OF DEPLOYED HISTORY

Shelle Michaels Aberle founded National Day of the Deployed in 2006. Ms. Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven for support of a North Dakota Proclamation for the day. Governor Hoeven was the first governor in the United States to recognize deployed troops in a formal proclamation.

Aberle’s cousin, Bottineau, ND native LTC David Hosna, chose October 26th to recognize troops.  Hosna, who was deployed to Iraq from Kaiserslautern, Germany, was born on October 26th. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheDeployed

Many deployed troops leave their families behind to serve their country. They make the greatest sacrifices to keep their country secure. A few ways to recognize their services include:

Use #DayOfTheDeployed to post on social media.

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner – Saturday, October 5, 2019

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425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Bakers of Milford

2025 S Milford Rd, Milford, MI 48381

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Regimental Reunion Dinner.  This is a great opportunity to renew past friendships and make some new ones.

The Reunion Dinner will include a buffet dinner, and an cash bar.  There will also be unit and association t-shirts, hats, coins, and other memorabilia on sale.

1700    Bar opens

1800    Induction of Association officers

1830    Dinner

1930    Guest Speaker – TBA

2200    Formal activities are concluded.  Members are invited to stay longer and socialize in the Post Club Room.

The cost of this event is $35 per person.  Payment must be made in advance NLT September 22, 2019. This event is open to members of the 425th Regimental Association and their guests only. If you are not a member or your membership has expired, you must join or renew your membership to attend.

For credit card payments click on this link – http://425regiment.org/?page_id=1363, or copy and paste it into your preferred web browser.

Payment made also be made by check (payable to 425th Regimental Association) and sending the form at the bottom of this invitation to Mark Day, 27312 Red Leaf Lane, Southfield, MI  48076.

There is no designated attire for this event.  Members are encouraged to wear the Army Service Uniform, Class A Army Green Uniform, business suit, or sport coat and tie.

 

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner, October 5, 2019

Registration Form

Name __________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

Number of guests _____________________

Email address ______________________________________________________________

Phone Numbers:   Home  (______) ________________ Cell (_______)  _______________

Amount Paid $ ______________

 

Send this form (with check) to:

Mark Day, 27312 Red Leaf Lane, Southfield, MI  48076

425th Regimental Association E-Newsletter – Summer 2019

425th Regimental Association

E-Newsletter

 

Summer 2019

 

 

 

NOTE:  If you are using a military email address or an email address from your employer, we recommend that you use a personal email account.  This is so we can stay in contact with you regardless of your employment or military status.

Online Membership and Shopping on the Regimental website

You can renew your membership online through the Membership Center on the Association website.  You can also purchase Regimental clothing, coins, license plates, and decals through the Regimental Quartermaster Store.  We accept payment by PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

Upcoming Regimental Events – 2019 – Mark your calendars and hold these dates.  Look for more details in future mailings.

Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic

Saturday. 27 July 2018 / Family Picnic starts at 1100 hrs

Bruce VFW Post /  28404 E. Jefferson Ave,   St. Clair Shores, MI.

(Located between 11 & 12 mile Roads)    

As in the past, the 82nd Association will be supplying hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, paper plates, utensils, and beer.  (please put a generous donation in the can to cover these and other costs).  The meal is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be an Association Membership meeting at 1400 in the VFW Club Room.  This is your best opportunity to participate in the decision making of the Association.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport.   It will be the weekend of 3-4 August.  As in the past the Association will receive funds for our coffers in accordance to the number of volunteers we have working the parking concession. We have done well in the past several years.

The more volunteers we have, the more money we make. You can work both days or just one and get to see the air show for free.  This year will feature the Blue Angels, so the crowds will be big. Workers will be provided with lunch and receive their choice of a free 425th Association hat, T-shirt or license plate.   For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome at s4@425regiment.org or call him at (810) 560-4665.

Fifth Annual Regimental Rendezvous

August 24th  is the Regimental Rendezvous. We are changing the format this year. We are partnering with the Michigan Ranger Base, part of the Ranger Association. They call it their Shoot, Eat, and Drink event. We will meet at their Patrol Base at “Winnie Acres” in Marine City.

They have ranges for both rifle and pistol and a converted barn as a banquet hall loaded with Ranger memorabilia. We will publish more details at a later date.

425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner

Out annual Reunion Dinner will be held at the Bakers of Milford on October 5th. This is a new venue that is more centrally located for the Association membership. More details will be published in a separate letter. This is intended to give our spouses an opportunity to join with us to share in the camaraderie of our history. We will have a guest speaker and install our new officers.

Monthly Meetings

Each month the Michigan Ranger Base hosts a luncheon in different locations around the state. These are announced in newsletters, email blasts, and on Facebook.

 

Therapy through Sailing 

One of our members, Buck Cutlip, has started a non-profit organization offering sailing therapy programs to veterans. If you want to find more information, check out his website at https://www.compasspointoutreach.com/

 

425th Regimental Association Board of Directors & Contact Information 

A Memorial Day Poem

 

 

A SOLDIER DIED TODAY

He was getting old and paunchy

And his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion,

Telling stories of the past.

 

Of a war that he once fought in

And the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;

They were heroes, every one.

 

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors

His tales became a joke,

All his buddies listened quietly

For they knew where of he spoke.

 

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,

For ol’ Joe has passed away,

And the world’s a little poorer

For a Soldier died today.

 

He won’t be mourned by many,

Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary,

Very quiet sort of life.

 

He held a job and raised a family,

Going quietly on his way;

And the world won’t note his passing,

‘Tho a Soldier died today.

 

When politicians leave this earth,

Their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing,

And proclaim that they were great.

 

Papers tell of their life stories

From the time that they were young

But the passing of a Soldier

Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

 

Is the greatest contribution

To the welfare of our land,

Some jerk who breaks his promise

And cons his fellow man?

 

Or the ordinary fellow

Who in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his country

And offers up his life?

 

The politician’s stipend

And the style in which he lives,

Are often disproportionate,

To the service that he gives.

 

While the ordinary Soldier,

Who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal

And perhaps a pension, small.

 

It is not the politicians

With their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom

That our country now enjoys.

 

Should you find yourself in danger,

With your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out,

With his ever waffling stand?

 

Or would you want a Soldier

His home, his country, his kin,

Just a common Soldier,

Who would fight until the end.

 

He was just a common Soldier,

And his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us

We may need his likes again.

 

For when countries are in conflict,

We find the Soldier’s part

Is to clean up all the troubles

That the politicians start.

 

If we cannot do him honor

While he’s here to hear the praise,

Then at least let’s give him homage

At the ending of his days.

 

Perhaps just a simple headline

In the paper that might say:

“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,

A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

 

 

An Airborne Christmas

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A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS POEM

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
a lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light.
Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.”

“It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.


My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,”
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘Nam’,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.

“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”

“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?”
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember Pearl Harbor – A Day That Shall Live in Infamy

Battleship USS West Virginia sunk and burning at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. In background is the battleship USS Tennessee.

 

September 11, 2001 was our December 7, 1941. Our country was caught off guard. Let us never forget either date.

Reunion Dinner, Nov 10, 2018 – AAR

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The annual 425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner for 2018 was another success. Approximately 28 troopers from mostly the 1970s & 80’s showed up to mingle and have a little chow.  A single evening when you can eat and drink with the closest of brothers and family is one to cherish.  Tony Lopiccolo said he was happy to meet some old dudes that he haven’t seen in a long time like Buck Cutlip, 1SG Surmacz, Don Bliss, and Bill Clark. Col. Faunt was able to give a real world, UNCLASS brief better that we ever got while we were serving, because it covered real world philosophy. After the dinner those who decided to remain went down to the club room for further conversations. Needless to say as the night went on the jumps were higher and the winds grew stronger. Everyone drank ’till their heart’s content, and discussed how to save the world.  It was a really good time. 

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner – November 10, 2018

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425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Bruce VFW Post

28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Regimental Reunion Dinner.  This is a great opportunity to renew past friendships and make some new ones.

The Reunion Dinner will include a buffet dinner, and an open bar.  There will also be unit and association t-shirts, hats, coins, and other memorabilia on sale.

1700    Bar opens

1800    Induction of Association officers

1830    Dinner

1930    Guest Speaker – TBA

2200    Formal activities are concluded.  Members are invited to stay longer and socialize in the Post Club Room.

The cost of this event is $40 per person.  Payment must be made in advance NLT Oct 29, 2017. This event is open to members of the 425th Regimental Association and their guests only. If you are not a member or your membership has expired, you must join or renew your membership to attend.

For credit card payments click on this link – http://425regiment.org/?page_id=1363, or copy and paste it into your preferred web browser.

Payment made also be made by check (payable to 425th Regimental Association) and sending the form at the bottom of this invitation to Mark Day, 27312 Red Leaf Lane, Southfield, MI  48076.

There is no designated attire for this event.  Members are encouraged to wear the Army Service Uniform, Class A Army Green Uniform, business suit, or sport coat and tie.

 

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner, November 10, 2018

Registration Form

Name __________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

Number of guests _____________________

Email address ______________________________________________________________

Phone Numbers:   Home  (______) ________________ Cell (_______)  _______________

Amount Paid $ ______________

Send this form (with check) to: Mark Day, 27312 Red Leaf Lane, Southfield, MI  48076

Regimental Rendezvous – Camp Grayling, 2018

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After overcoming many hurdles in coordinating quarters, meals, and ranges the 2018 Regimental Rendezvous was a great success.

Approximately twenty of us gathered at Grayling on Friday, 7 Sep, with some arriving on Saturday, 8 Sep. The weather was absolutely perfect. Sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70’s were a refreshing change from the rain of the previous week.

It was an early Saturday morning for the team running the ranges as we were at Range Control at 0700 for our Range Briefing. After a quick breakfast of coffee and donuts we all convoyed out to Range 16, the 25-meter range.

Mark Evans was the Range OIC and after we set up the targets kept a quick turn over of firing so everyone had plenty of time to put as many rounds downrange as they wanted. Jon Allen and Dave Lincicome brought box lunches from the Officers Club to the range and we all had plenty to eat before we moved next door to Range 18, an Automated Field Firing range.

The Automated Field Firing range was a new addition this year. Bob Wangen and Stewart Boner had reconned the range and checked out the computer on Friday. Because of that Stewart and Denny Bak were able to put the range into operation and go “HOT” with Range Control quickly. We had a great time acquiring and engaging multiple pop up targets. Throughout the afternoon former Company F members who were training at Camp Grayling stopped by to check things out. It was great to see how many former Company F troopers were moving into positions of leadership in other units.

After turning in the ranges, the guys cleaned weapons, had a few brews, visited the PX, and generally hung out at the barracks.

For dinner we met at the Officers Club where Merry Meredith and her staff served us a great chicken dinner, topped off with a delicious dessert.

A special treat was having Ken Bucy join us on the range and for dinner. Ken was a member of Company D (LRRP) 151 Infantry, the Indiana Ranger Company that served in Vietnam. What stories he had to tell!

Sunday morning was spent cleaning the barracks and packed up to head for home. We had a delicious breakfast at the Officers Club. Thanks again to Merry and her crew!

Our final event was our annual ceremony at our Company F Memorial at the Camp Grayling Chapel. We read the list of our fallen comrades and the Regimental Prayer.

We are already planning for 2019 and hope all of you can join us!