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.

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Merry Christmas All

We hope this message finds you and all of your friends and family well.

We also wish you soft landings in 2022.

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425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Fall 2021

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Fall 2021

The Sixth Annual Ranger Rendezvous was another success. Our members enjoyed the range at the Oakland County Sportsman’s Club and then moved to Jon Allan’s farm for the remainder of the event.

During the afternoon, our annual membership meeting, including the election of officers was conducted. President Fernando Campos discussed upcoming events for the Association. There was also a discussion about the membership goal of 300 by end of 2021, Ranger Buddy List, and Regional/Local Get Togethers. Certificates of Appreciation were presented.

Signed copies of the unit history, “Around the World Unseen” were available for purchase.

The new officers for 2021-2022 are:

President – Fernando Campos
Vice-President – Mark Evans
Secretary – Tony Lopiccolo
Regiment CSM – Tom Albrecht
Quartermaster – Dave Lincicome
Historian – Steve Mrozek
Treasurer – Phil Griglio
Adjutant – Mike Fitzgerald

There was a delicious catered meal Saturday night and after many war stories and jump lies, most people left for the night.

Sunday started with a catered breakfast and a Memorial Service was held.

425th Regimental Association Calendar of Events

  • Regimental Reunion Dinner – 2 Oct 2021

Postponed until May 2022.  Stand by for additional information

425th Regimental Association Quartermaster Store

The Quartermaster Store is your “go to” place for all Company F clothing and memorabilia. We have T-shirts (long and short sleeve), hats, coins, and license plates.

Signed copies of the Unit History are still available!

The book will be sold through Amazon and is available in both print and Kindle versions. You can order it immediately if you want by going to https://www.amazon.com/Around-World-Unseen-History-Infantry/dp/1730937691/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585185862&sr=8-2

There is a special offer – we have copies of the printed version that have been signed by the authors and is available on our online Quartermaster Store for $20, a $5.00 discount.

Information Resource for Vets and Spouses

Do you know of anyone who has had a military member pass away, or has it happened in your family? Army Echos is a site that provides information for retirees but also has a section dedicated to surviving spouses.
https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Retirement/surviving-spouses

425th Regimental Association Board of Directors & Contact Information 
President:                     Fernando Campos – president@425regiment.org
Vice President             Mark Evans – vicepresident@425regiment.org
Secretary:                     Tony Lopiccolo – [email protected]425regiment.org
Treasurer:                    Phil Griglio – treasurer@425regiment.org
Historian:                     Steve Mrozek – historian@425regiment.org
RCSM:                          Tom Albrecht – csm@425regiment.org
Adjutant:                      Mike Fitzgerald – adjutant@425regiment.org
Quartermaster:           David Lincicome – s4@425regiment.org

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Resources for Vets and Families

This is a handy quick reference in case you need assistance of some kind –

Another financial resource is our own Gold Boot Fund.

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Thanksgiving – 2020

As we celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving, let’s remember our comrades who are defending freedom around the world.

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Company F Table at Kennedy’s Irish Pub

Our Kennedy’s 425th Infantry table is now complete, Jon Allen, Dave Lincicome, and Fernando Campos picked it up on Saturday,  October 31, 2020 and it has been taken back to Kennedy’s Irish Pub.

Many thanks to Basil Zaviski, not only did he create this beauty, but has also restored it to look better than ever.Fernando spoke with Kennedy’s owner and we’ll have a gathering as soon as it is feasible to do so. She will welcome us with open arms. If you’re ever in Pontiac again, take some time to stop at Kennedy’s and have a drink and something to eat at OUR table!

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Our “Bill Mauldin,” Basil Zaviski, Gets Recognized

Our resident artist and cartoonist, Basil Zaviski, has been inducted into the National Cartoonist Society. The Society was formed during World War II and has become the world’s largest and prestigious organization of professional cartoonist. We congratulate Basil on this honor – well deserved!

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National Airborne Day – August 16th.

Happy Birthday!

Eighty Years Old Today!

August 16, 1940, marks the date of the first official Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The successful jump validated the innovative concept of inserting U.S. ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute.  President George W. Bush proclaimed National Airborne Day on August 14, 2002. On August 3, 2009, the US Senate of the 111th Congress recognized National Airborne Day with Senate Resolution 235.

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Welcome to the 425th Regimental Association Photo Gallery

Welcome to the 425th Regimental Association Photo Gallery!

In this space our members can upload pictures that can be viewed by everyone. You can also download any of the pictures displayed in this photo gallery. Our only request is that the pictures be in good taste and represent the best of our members and our Association. The 425th Association reserves the right to remove any pictures that do not meet this standard.

We wish to express our thanks to Walter Cronk, owner of Walter J. Cronk Photography, for hosting this gallery. This gallery would be possible without his support.

Click here to view the gallery – 425th Regimental Association Photo Gallery

Click here for instructions on how to upload your pictures to the gallery – How to Upload Pictures to the Gallery.

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425th Regimental Association Newsletter – June 2020

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – June 2020

The Unit History is updated and back on the market!

The Company F History book is DONE! The book will be sold through Amazon and is available in both print and Kindle versions. You can order it immediately if you want by going to https://www.amazon.com/Around-World-Unseen-History-Infantry/dp/1730937691/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585185862&sr=8-2
Members who ordered copies before the corrections were made can contact Fernando Campos at president@425regiment.org to coordinate getting a complimentary new copy.

There is a special offer – we have ordered 100 copies of the printed version and they will be signed by the authors and available for sale at the 82nd/425th Picnic for $20, a $5.00 discount.We have a new Facebook Group!
There are several Facebook groups for former members of Company F to join; however, all of these are closed groups that require you to be a member to participate in discussions with posts and comments. This new group, 425th Regimental Association, is an open group. It is also a moderated group to ensure that posts and comments are appropriate for anyone to view.
We will post news about the Association and its activities as well as information that will help veterans and surviving spouses. Let us know what you think about it and we will do our best to improve it over time.

425th Regimental Association Calendar of Events: In spite if the current health crisis, we are planning events for the remainder of the year. For the immediate future we are not planning any breakfast or lunch “Get-Togethers.”

  • Joint 82nd Airborne Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic – 25 Jul 2020

This event will be held at the Bruce VFW Post in St. Clair Shores. This is a fun time with plenty to eat and drink. This is also the time when we hold our annual meeting and election of officers. Make sure you don’t miss this great time! As of this date, the 82nd Association has said they are planning to hold this event on schedule.

  • Regimental Rendezvous – 7-9 August 2020

We have tentative plans for a “Guys Only” Regimental Rendezvous at Scott Bradley’s place in St. Helens. MI. There will be plenty to eat and drink as well as an opportunity to use your favorite firearm, either on the property or at a local commercial range.

  • Michigan Ranger Base “Shoot-Eat-Drink” event – 22 August 2020

Join your fellow Rangers from Company F and Ranger battalions at Winnie Acres in Marine City, MI. All members of Company F are invited to join in this joint event with the US Army Ranger Association. Ranges are available for pistol and rifle, followed by a sit down dinner. This is an event for the whole family.

  • Long-Range Reconnaissance Association Rally – 19-23 August 2020

The LRRA is the only national association for Long-Range Reconnaissance/Long-Range Surveillance units. This event is held in Branson, MO. More information to follow.

  • Thunder Over Michigan Air Show – 29-30 August 2020

This is our one big fundraiser for the year. help guide people parking their cars and you get fed and have a chance to check out the air show and the re-enactors. This year will feature the Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team.

  • Regimental Reunion Dinner – 3 Oct 2020

Bring your wife or significant other to enjoy a great meal at Bakers of Milford. We plan to have a speaker that you don’t want to miss and will never forget. Stay tuned as we finalize plans for this.

425th Regimental Association Quartermaster Store

The Quartermaster Store is your “go to” place for all Company F clothing and memorabilia. We have T-shirts (long and short sleeve), hats, coins, and license plates.
Our newest item are three styles of 425th Regimental Association Knives. These are made by Kershaw, a leading manufacturer of knives, made in the USA.
Visit the online Quartermaster Store at https://425regiment.org/?page_id=920

Information Resource for Surviving Spouses

Do you know of anyone who has had a military member pass away, or has it happened in your family? Army Echos is a site that provides information for retirees but also has a section dedicated to surviving spouses.
https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Retirement/surviving-spouses

Dealing With Bills During COVID-19
There are some members out there that may be struggling to make ends meet during the poor financial situation brought about by Stay At Home orders. The Soldier For Life Retirement Blog on the Army Echoes website has some tips and resources that may help out.

https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Retirement/blog/Tools-To-Help-When-You-Cant-Pay-Your-Bills

Also, the Association has a limited ability to provide some financial support. The Gold Boot Fund can loan or grant funds to members within the limits of our financial resources. If you have a need contact us by email at adjutant@425regiment.org.

 

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Remembering June 6th, 1944

As I wrote this this morning I looked at my watch and thought that, at this time on June 6th, 1944, the Allied airborne forces, U.S. 82nd, 101st, and British 6th Airborne Divisions had been fighting all night long to keep German forces away from the invasion beaches. The 2nd Ranger Battalion was fighting for it’s life on the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc. The 4th Infantry Division had discovered it had landed in the wrong place on Utah beach, The 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions were being cut to ribbons on bloody Omaha Beach and GEN Eisenhower was trying to decide if the invasion would succeed.
Take a few minutes of of your day today and thank these brave men, many of whom paid the ultimate price in the defense of freedom.

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