425th Regimental Association

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

First Annual Ranger Rendezvous – Camp Grayling 30-31 May 2015

425 CrestThe first Annual Ranger Rendezvous will be held at Camp Grayling on 30-31 May 2015.

This is intended to be a “guys” weekend. If members are welcome to bring a wife or significant other; however, there will be no special activities or arrangements made for them.

The cost for the weekend is $15 per person to underwrite the cost for meals. We have made arrangements for a limited number of quarters in Building 656Q in the old “Tent City (600 area).” These rooms will be first come, first served. Once all rooms have been assigned you will need to find lodging somewhere else in Grayling. These rooms have one queen-sized bed and private bathroom. The price for the first person in the room is $26. The cost for a second person is an additional $14. The second person may share the queen bed or bring their own air mattress/cot and sleeping bag.

Here is the schedule for the weekend.

Saturday, 30 May

1100 –              Arrive & check in

1200 – 1300     Lunch (Assoc provided)

1400 –              Tour of Camp Grayling

1600 – 1700     Happy hour (Location TBA)

1800 –              Dinner

Sunday 31 May

0900 – 1000     Breakfast (Assoc provided)

1100 – 1130     Roll Call at 425 Memorial Monument

1200 –              Depart for home

 

Logistics:

Everyone brings their own lawn chairs

Refrigerator space will be available to store the “dish to pass” for Saturday dinner.

No alcoholic beverages will be provided by the Association, BYOB

Payment for quarters in Building 656Q will be made upon arrival at Camp Grayling.

Reservations must be made NLT 13 May.

The preferred method of registration is through the Association website at http://425regiment.org/?page_id=1205

Regiment Newsletter – Winter 2015

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Winter, 2015

 

Renew your Membership and Shop Online on the Regimental website

The 425th Regimental Association has joined the ecommerce age! You can now 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.

Update on COL Don Bugg

COL (ret) Don Bugg, our third commander suffered a massive stroke in January. Thanks to quick medical treatment and good shape he is recovering well. After treatment at Pontiac General Hospital he is now undergoing rehabilitation in at the Heartland Rehabilitation Facility – 925 West South Blvd Troy, MI 48085. Room 210. He will be there plus or minus 2 months.

He is able to have visitors and he is always glad to see someone from the unit. If you are going to make a visit, please call his daughter Julie to make sure that we do overwhelm him with too many visitors at one time.  Julie says his right side is moving now and his speech is improving. She also says he is frustrated that he is not getting better faster. (Some things never change!)

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

Saturday. 25 July 2015 / 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)

Dinner is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be games for the kids, so you are also encouraged to bring a prize to donate (possibly something from the dollar store) for kids up to age 12.

At present there will be a skydive demo jump between 1300 and 1400 hours.  The 82nd will be running a “Closest to the Pin Raffle” where for $5 you can buy a measurement (in increments of two inches).  (Time subject to change). If you pick the closest skydiver to the target you will win  50% of the money taken in.  The skydivers volunteer their jump to help the 82nd Association but the Jump aircraft and fuel are not free so the “Closest to the Pin Raffle” helps to pay for their expenses.  Make as many guesses at $5 per as you wish.

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

Military Discount for Veterans

Verizon offers discounts to service members, veterans and federal employees, including 15% off plans $34.99 or higher. They say you can apply online but you have to get a form from a Verizon service center and fax it in.

New U. S. Army Retired Lapel Buttons are now available

WASHINGTON — The new U. S. Army Retired Lapel Button (depicted to the right) is now available through the Exchange stores and website at https://www.shopmyexchange.com. The lapel button costs $5.80 online and the larger Retired Service Identification Badge, which is worn by Retired Soldiers on the Army Service Uniform, costs $12.25. To quickly find the new items on the Exchange website, just type “Soldier for Life” into the keyword search box at the top of the site and hit enter.

Identification Badge is slightly different than the official Army logo due to manufacturing requirements. The new Soldier for Life window stickers, which incorporate the official Army  Soldier for Life logo, will be available this summer.

Did You Know? More uniform policy for Retired Soldiers

Wearing military medals on civilian clothing. Retired Soldiers are authorized by Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, to wear military medals on appropriate civilian clothing. This includes clothes designed for veteran and patriotic organizations on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Armed Forces Day, as well as at formal occasions of ceremony and social functions of a military nature. Personnel may wear either full-sized or miniature medals. Personnel who wear medals on civilian clothes should place the medals on the clothing in approximately the same location and in the same manner as for the Army uniform, so they look similar to medals worn on the Army uniform.

How to wear the Retired Service Identification Badge. The Retired Service Identification (ID) Badge (see photo above) will only be worn by Retired Soldiers when they wear the Army service or dress uniforms. Department of the Army Pamphlet 670-1, Guide to the Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, says the badge is worn on the wearer’s left side. Also, no more than two ID badges may be worn on one pocket or side of the coat. The higher badge is worn on the wearer’s right. DA Pam 670-1 lists the order of precedence of all 12 Army ID badges in par. 22-17a. On males, ID badges are centered between the bottom of the pocket

flap and the bottom of the pocket and from left to right. When two badges are worn on the same side, they are spaced equally from left to right on the pocket. On females, ID badges are worn parallel to the waistline with one inch between badges when two are worn on the same side.

When Retired Soldiers are prohibited from wearing the Army uniform. AR 670-1 (par. 3-7k, 23-1, and 23-3d) says Retired Soldiers are prohibited from wearing Army uniforms:

Commissary Rewards Card Helps Patrons Save

FORT LEE, Va. – Customers looking to save even more than the usual 30 percent on their groceries can reach for their personal plastic: the Commissary Rewards Card. The Defense Commissary Agency’s digital coupon redemption system allows commissary patrons to access and clip coupons and store them on their card to be scanned at the store.

Customers have several ways to access the digital coupons. There are two apps – one for iPhone/iPad and one for Android – both of which allow for on-the-go coupon clipping. The apps also feature information on the commissary closest to the customer along with promotions and contests. There is also a website for those who prefer to use a computer to track their coupons. The site is http://www.commissaries.com/rewards/. For quick tips on using the Commissary Rewards Card, check out the following easy steps:

Ranger Rendezvous at Camp Grayling

We have begun planning the first Ranger Rendezvous at Camp Grayling. It is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 May 2015. That is the weekend following Memorial Day. We will meet at the cottages on the shore of Lake Margrethe. We will have some quarters at Camp Grayling that we will make available of a first come, first serve basis. Other options are the trailer park operated by the Officers’ Club and local hotels and campgrounds. This is intended as a “guys weekend,” but wives and girlfriends are welcome to attend if they choose to do so. They should be aware there will be no planned activities for them.

The cost for the weekend is $15.00 per person to defray the cost of the meals. Any cost for Camp Grayling quarters is the responsibility of the member, not the Association.

Here is the tentative plan, although it may be subject to change as the planning continues.

Tentative Schedule (Everyone brings their own lawn chairs)

Sat

1100 –              Arrive & check in

1200 – 1300     Lunch (Assoc provided)

1400 –              Tour of Camp Grayling

1600 – 1700     Happy hour @ NCO Club

1800 –              Dinner

Sun

0900 – 1000     Breakfast (Assoc provided)

1100 – 1130     Roll Call of Absent Friends at 425th Memorial Monument

1200 –              Depart for home

Please contact Bob Wangen at robertwangen@gmail.com if you plan to attend. This does not commit you but will give us some idea of how many to plan for. A more formal invitation will be sent out in a couple of months with a link for reservations through PayPal.

 

 

A Soldier’s Christmas

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Airborne ChristmasThe 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 eye 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”

“Its 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 sisters and brothers
who stand at the front against any and all,
to insure 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.

Michael Marks
December 7th, 2000

425th Regimental Association Prop Blast

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20 Sep 2014

Kennedy’s Irish Pub
1055 W Huron St, Waterford Township, MI 48328
(248) 681-1050

Meet at the Company F table – Yes, it’s still there!

1600 hrs until ?????

We have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express at 4350 Pontiac Lake Road Waterford, MI 48328. 248-674-3434.
Ask for block code RAA. Double rooms for $ 95.00 + tax per night.
This offer is good till 17 SEP 14.
There is no shuttle from the hotel.

Kennedys Pub

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Summer 2014

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Summer, 2014

 

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425th Regimental Association 2014 Dining Out

The first Dining Out since the inactivation of the unit was held at the Bruce VFW Post on April 12th. It was well attended with 109 members and family present.

The evening started with time to reacquaint with old friends and comrades. Some had not seen each other in years and many of the most recent members of Co F were able to meet some of the original members of the unit. As the stories (jump lies) were told with the altitudes higher, winds stronger, and nights darker, the revelry was interrupted as everyone was asked to take their seats for dinner.

The formal portion of the evening was initiated with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Airborne Prayer.

The Roll Call of Absent Friends was followed by a moment of silence.

Regimental CSM Dean Burchill discussed the Memorial Monument at Camp Grayling and

President Dick Anderson recognized former First Sergeants and Commanders in attendance and introduced the guest speaker, former Co F First Sergeant and now CSM Bryan Merkel of the 1st Bn, 125 Infantry.

CSM Merkel recalled his time with Company F, his two deployments with the unit. When comparing his time on active duty prior to joining Company F and his time in other units since leaving the unit, he said his time with Company F was the best.

The key point of his presentation was that soldiers from Company F have been assigned to many other units and they are making a difference and adding value in every case. They are setting a new standard for excellence that is increasing unit performance.

Following CSM Merkel’s presentation dinner was served. It was generally agreed that the food was delicious and there was plenty of it.

The social gathering continued after dinner and many members hung around to adjourn to the post’s club room to continue the celebration.

We want to give special thank you to the team that coordinated this event:

Thunder Over Michigan

Once again David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport.   It will be the weekend of 9 & 10 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  the past several years. Let’s make this another banner year.  You can work both days or just one and get  to see the air show free.  Workers will receive their choice of a  free logo hat / T-shirt or license plate.   For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome.

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

Saturday. 26 July 2014 / 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, (Burned to order) condiments, paper plates, utensils, and beer.  (please put a generous donation in the can to cover these and other costs)

Dinner is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be games for the kids, so you are also encouraged to bring a prize to donate (possibly something from the dollar store) for kids up to age 12.

At present there will be a skydive demo jump between 1300 and 1400 hours.  The 82nd will be running a closest to the pin raffle where for $5 you can buy a measurement (in increments of two inches).  (Time subject to change). If you pick the closest skydiver to the target you will win  50% of the money taken in.  The skydivers volunteer their jump to help the 82nd Association but the Jump A/C and fuel are not free so this pays for their expenses.  Make as many guesses at 5 bucks per as you wish.

Military Star Card

Consider applying for the Military Star Card and get a 10% discount at Exchange food courts and $.05 discount at the Exchange gas station. (NOTE: The discounts only apply at Army and Air Force Exchanges.)   http://www.shopmyexchange.com/exchangecredit/

425 Regimental Association Board Of Directors, Contact Information 

President:                    Richard Anderson – 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 – quartermaster@425regiment.org

425th Regimental Association 2014 Dining Out

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Dining In LOGOThe first Dining Out since the inactivation of the unit was held at the Bruce VFW Post on April 12th. It was well attended with over 100 members and family present.

2014 Dining Out - 10The evening started with time to reacquaint with old friends and comrades. Some had not seen each other in years and many of the most recent members of Co F were able to meet some of the original members of the unit. As the stories (jump lies) were told with the altitudes higher, winds stronger, and nights darker, the revelry was interrupted as everyone was asked to take their seats for dinner.

The formal portion of the evening was initiated with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Airborne Prayer.Flag at halfstaff

The Roll Call of Absent Friends was followed by a moment of silence.

Regimental CSM Dean Burchill discussed the Memorial Monument at Camp Grayling and

President Dick Anderson recognized former First Sergeants and Commanders in attendance and introduced the guest speaker, former Co F First Sergeant and now CSM Bryan Merkel of the 1st Bn, 125 Infantry.

CSM Merkel recalled his time with Company F, his two deployments with the unit. When comparing his time on active duty prior to joining Company F and his time in other units since leaving the unit, he said his time with Company F was the best.

2014 Dining Out - 1The key point of his presentation was that soldiers from Company F have been assigned to many other units and they are making a difference and adding value in every case. They are setting a new standard for excellence that is increasing unit performance.2014 Dining Out - 7

Following CSM Merkel’s presentation dinner was served. It was generally agreed that the food was delicious and there was plenty of it.

The social gathering continued after dinner and many members hung around to adjourn to the post’s club room to continue the celebration.

2014 Dining Out - 4We want to give a special thank you to the team that coordinated this event:

425th Regimental Dining Out

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Bruce VFW Post

28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI

This will be our first formal event since the unit was deactivated in 2012.  This is a great opportunity to renew past friendships and make some new ones.

The Dining Out will include dinner, open bar, and a free membership in the 425th Regimental Association for all NEW members.  There will also be unit and association t-shirts, hats, coins, and other memorabilia on sale.

Our guest speaker will be CSM Bryan Merkel.  A former Co F NCO, a veteran of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, who is now the CSM for the 1-125 Inf.  He will discuss “Life after Company F.”

The cost of this event is $30 per person.  Payment must be made in advance NLT March 31, 2014.

Payment made be made by check (payable to 425th Regimental Association), or by credit card.  For credit card payments go to PayPal.com, select “Make Payment,” enter your own email address, and CoF425thRegimentalAssociation@yahoo.com for the payee email address.  Make the payment as a gift, not a payment.

Regardless of your method of payment, send the attached form, or the same information in an email to csm@425regiment.org.

The appropriate attire for this event for members is the Army Service Uniform, business suit, or sport coat and tie, and comparable attire for female members and guests.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Roseville, 31900 Little Mack Ave, Roseville, MI 48066 at a special rate of $79/night.  To get this rate, register in one of the following ways:

1 – Call the toll free reservation line 1-888-HOLIDAY and ask for the Company F-425 Association Reunion Group (group code CFA)

2 – Call the hotel direct (586) 285-5800 and ask for the Company F-425 Association Reunion Group (group code CFA)

3 – Click the link:  www.hiexpress.com/redirect?path=rates&brandCode=ex&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=RVLMI&_PMID=99801505&GPC=CFA

This rate is only available until 15 Mar 2014, after that you are on your own.

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Registration Form

 Name ____________________________________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________

Highest rank held _________________  Number of guests _____________________

Email address ______________________________________________________________

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

Amount Paid $ ______________

 

425th Regimental Association Dining Out – April 12, 2014

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Dining In LOGOThe 425th Regimental Association plans to hold a dining out April 12 2014, In order to do this we need to gauge the participation level, “HEAD COUNT” The cost per individual will be announced once a estimated attendance level is established. The cost of admission once calculated will be for the following, Hall, Open Bar, Food, and Shuttle service to the local Holiday Inn Express.

The event will take place at the VFW 1146 Bruce Post, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, Michigan. With the date placed well in advance we hope to have a huge turn out.To let the Dining Out team know you are interested in attending go to the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/243918029098493/?ref=23.  If you are not on Facebook, let us know if you are interested in attending by making a comment on this post.  Let us know if you will attend and how many guests you might bring.

We also encourage any support for this event from our members, If you have connections to have any Co.F merchandise made such as T-shirts, Mugs, Decals, Etc, please comment to this post.

One of our fellow Rangers has fallen

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SGT Bob Nanni recently passed away in a car accident. The details on the funeral as we know them are-

Saturday, 29 Jun, 10 AM – Visitation is at the Creek Center Banquet Hall 72025 North Ave Armada, MI the service will start at 11 then we will go to the West Berlin cemetery in Allenton (near the intersection of Almont and Capac Roads, east of Almont). After the service at the cemetery we will return to the Creek Center Banquet Hall for a luncheon.

Normal attire for funerals is the Class A uniform.  Retired personnel are authorized to wear the Class A uniform for such functions.  Informal Association policy is to wear slacks with a dark (Navy Blue, etc) sport coat with beret if an appropriate uniform is not available.  Retired personnel are authorized to wear decorations on the sport coat in lieu of a uniform.

The Wall – Lest We Forget

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Memorial Day will be upon us soon.  As we enjoy our time with family, friends and former comrades, let us pause and remember those who gave the last great act of devotion so many years ago.

A little history most people will never know. Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

1LT Ralph P. Miller, a former member of Co F (Ranger) 425th Infantry, is memorialized on the Wall – http://www.virtualwall.org/dm/MillerRP01a.htm. 

Miller Drop Zone at Camp Grayling was named in his honor.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those among us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.