425th Regimental Association

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

Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous – May 2016

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DSC_4311 (2)The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous took place at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May.  Building on our experience from last year, the event was a great success.  We had a total of 35 members and guests, an increase over last year’s attendance.

The weather was perfect all weekend; 75 degrees, clear sky, light breeze.  How many times were we at Camp Grayling when the slogan, “If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training,” was appropriate?  This was certainly not one of those!

Camp Grayling threw us a curve on the schedule for the range and we had to move to the range immediately upon arrival.  However, Rangers are used to adapting to the situation and our Range Committee handled it with no problem.  Duane Gardner ran the range in a professional manner and range control was happy to work with us.  Even though we told everyone not to bring rifles larger than .30 caliber, someone thought it would be great fun to bring a machine gun.  Yeah, I know it’s a .30 caliber machine gun, but really!

DSC_4067 (2)Bob Saier was the master chef in our lobby kitchen, preparing Saturday lunch and breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.  Their menu ideas were excellent as was the quality of their food.   There was more food than anyone could eat and no one went away hungry.

Building 656Q was in good shape and the issuing people worked well with us by adding lots of extra rooms as more members showed up.  Hey guys, maybe next year you can register ahead of time?

DSC_4336 (2)After an evening of reliving events of the early days of Co F as well as the two deployments to Iraq, we ended the weekend by reading the roll of our fallen members at our unit Memorial Monument in the Memorial Garden of the Camp Grayling Chapel.  The memorial service was concluded with our Regimental Prayer.

A special thanks to the volunteers who took on the challenge and delivered a great time for all –

The Association Board is already working on evaluating the event and integrating suggestions into the plans for next year’s Rendezvous.  If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!

 

2016 Regimental Rendezvous – Camp Grayling

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425 CrestRegimental Rendezvous – Camp Grayling

The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous will be held at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May 2016.

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 $18 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)” for Saturday night.  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 $40.  The cost for a second person is an additional $9.  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, 21 May

1100 –              Arrive & check in

1200 – 1300     Lunch (Assoc provided)

1400 – 1700    Firing personal weapons on a Range 3 (25-meter range)

1800 –              Dinner (Assoc provided)

Sunday 22 May

0900 – 1000     Breakfast (Assoc provided)

1000 – 1100     Pack up and clear Building 656Q

1100 – 1130     Roll Call at 425th Memorial Monument

1200 –              Depart for home

 

We will provide a roster of all attendees to the front gate so those without a valid ID card can enter Camp Grayling.

Information on the range and how to bring personal weapons on post will be provided in a letter of instructions.

Logistics:

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

If you are unable to register online, mail the following form to Dean Burchill.

Regimental Rendezvous Registration

Name ________________________________________

Phone Number (_____) ____________

Address _________________________________________________

City ______________________________________ State _______

Zipcode  ________________

Email address: ____________________________________________

I request a room in Building 656Q.  Yes ____  No _____

I am willing to share this room with another person.  Yes _____ No _____

Enclose a check for $18 per person payable to the 425th Regimental Association.

Send this form to:

Dean Burchill

22533 Lincoln

St. Clair Shores, MI  48082

Second Annual 425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

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2015 Reunion Dinner-4This was the second 425th Regimental Reunion Dinner. The dinner went very well.  The dinner was attended by 50-60 members and guests.  Our guest speaker, SSG (Ret) Quentin Waite, presented a Army newsreel about Merrill’s Marauders (5307th Composite Unit – Provisional) that lasted about 30 minutes.  It was interesting because of the background information it provided.  There was quite a bit of support provided for 2015 Reunion Dinner-3logistics by the Chinese and local personnel, especially litter bearers. The Marauders suffered more casualties from illnesses like cerebral malaria, amoebic dysentery, and/or scrub typhus than from enemy action. SSG Waite was in the Recon and Intelligence section for his battalion.  He said that he never saw any of the activities covered in the movie because they were always away from the main body.  Prior to joining Merrill’s Marauders, SSG Waite also fought on Guadalcanal and other Solomon Islands.  He was in a National Guard unit mobilized in the early Forties.

2015 Reunion Dinner-2The caterer Soprano’s again had an excellent dinner that included a 425th Regimental Association sheet cake with jump wings The Bruce post did a great job with the hall and keeping all our thirsty members and guests supplied with beverages at the bar.

Prior to SSG Quentin’s presentation the present chairman of the Detroit Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association, SFC (Ret) Steven Mrozek, and the present chairman of the Wolverine Chapter, SGT (Ret) Dean Burchill, gave a short speech about the 82nd Airborne Association and their respective chapters.

At 10pm, many of the members and guests went into the club room along with the remains of the cake to share more stories about their experiences with Co F, 425th Infantry.

425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

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425 Crest425th Regimental Reunion Dinner

Friday, October 23, 2015

Bruce VFW Post

28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Regimental Reunion Dinner. This is a great opportunity to renew past friendships and make some new ones.

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

1800    Bar opens

1900    Dinner

2000    Announcements, toasts, and speaker

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

Our guest speaker will be SSG (ret) Quentin Waite. SSG Waite is one of the original members of Merrill’s Marauders, and one of the few remaining members of the Marauders. Although he is 94 years old, he is a dynamic speaker who is still active in the U.S. Army Ranger Association and the Chaplain of the Michigan Ranger Base. You have never heard a speaker with his experiences – experiences that are extremely relevant to veterans of Company F.

The cost of this event is $30 per person. Payment must be made in advance NLT October 9, 2015.

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 be made by check (payable to 425th Regimental Association) and sending the form at the bottom of this invitation to Dean Burchill, 22533 Lincoln, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

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 Registration

October 23, 2015

Registration Form

Name ___________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

Highest rank held _________________ Number of guests _________________

Email address _____________________________________________________

Phone Numbers:   Home (______) __________ Cell (_______) __________

Amount Paid $ ______________

Send this form (with check) to:

Dean Burchill

22533 Lincoln

St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

Happy 75th Anniversary!

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Happy 75th anniversary to the U.S. Army Airborne!

Airborne!  All The Way!

National Airborne DayOn 16 August 1940, members of the U.S.Army Parachute Test Platoon made their first jump at Fort Benning, GA. American Paratroopers have been earning their jump wings there ever since. Here’s to our country’s finest!

2015 Ranger Rendezvous at Camp Grayling

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DSCN5035The first Annual Ranger Rendezvous was held at Camp Grayling on 30-31 May. Approximately 30 of our members attended the event. Some attended both days and some just dropped in on Saturday. The quarters were outstanding, the officers that attended said they were better than any BOQ they had stayed in.  There was plenty of food, more food than anyone could eat.

Everyone enjoyed telling “Jump Lies” about their time in the unit.  Dave Lincicome discovered some Super 8 film that was shot by SFC Rasmussen and had them converted to DVD.  SFSC Rasmussen may not have been the best camera man in the world, but it was fun to see video of the “old days!”

The weather could have been more cooperative, but the rain cleared enough in the afternoon that we were able to get on Range 3A and fire a variety of personal weapons. It appears the time on the range was the highlight of the weekend. We fired everything from .22 cal, 5.56mm up to a German Mauser and a 30.30 lever-action Winchester rifle.  I enjoyed myself in the range tower, reminded my of my days as a Lieutenant.

After an evening of reliving events of the early days of Co F as well as the two deployments to Iraq, we ended the weekend by reading the roll of our fallen members at our unit Memorial Monument in the Memorial Garden of the Camp Grayling Chapel. If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!DSCN5052

Heads up!  We are planning to make this an annual event on the weekend after Memorial day, so make a note on your calendar to keep that weekend clear to join us for another great time!

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

The Regimental Quartermaster Store is OPEN!

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425 CrestThe Regimental Quartermaster Store is now open for business. We are online and can pay for your orders with PayPal, Mastercard, or Visa.

We have T-Shirts (long and short sleeve), hats, license plates, and coins. Unit decals and sweatshirts will be added soon.

You can customize your shirt by size, Airborne Ranger or Long Range Surveillance Scroll, and Novice, Senior, or Master Wings.

If there are other items you would like to see in the store, send an email to me at adjutant@425regiment.org.

 

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