Reunion of Whiskey 1-12 was held September 14-16, 2007 in Brentwood,
Tennessee. Dick Stroud had done a great job of making
arrangements and to attending to
all the details, including a wonderful poolside hospitality
Dick Stroud and Bethany
of the members chose to arrive a day early. to no one's
surprise, there was more than enough to talk about for several or
weeks if we had the time. It seems just like yesterday that we
were just a bunch of young men, kids really, carrying
responsibilities of a agnitude greater than most people experience
in their entire lifetime; howeer, to quote Larry the Cable guy, we
did "gitter done!" Stomachs have grown in girth, hair
has thinned and grayed and man of us have children who ae much older
than we were in Viet Nam, but still we are proud, as well we should
Saturday morning we had our breakfast business meeting. Dick
Stroud formally welcomed everybody and introduced Melonie Carideo
who had been a tremendous help to Dick in arranging the reunion.
Melonie's daughter Bethany led us in the pledge of allegiance.
Tim Wolf led us in prayer. Former W-1-12 CO's Rich
Richey and Hugh Walters provided comments, observations and
memories. Dick Huslander updated the battery on Joyce Salmon's
health, which was not good at that point. Since that time, her
health has improved; however, she is still very ill and weak.
and Rich Richey
Saunders gave us a recap of his time with W-1-12 including a very
moving remembrace of the heroic actions of Doc Carothers who died
while tryin to save "his Marines." We were indeed
honored to have Bill Carothers, Doc's brother, attend the reunion.
Dick Stroud presented Bill with a pin. I believe all Whiskey
Battery Marines were thinking that the "corps in Marine Corps is
trulythe Corpsmen" so bravely, selflessly and sometimes at the loss
of their own lives to attend to us Marines.
Hulslander reported that the battery fund contained $615.77.
Note; a pass o the old hat yielded another $511.00. So,
as of this writing, W-1-12's fund has $1,126.77.
Charlie Biddix noted that our reunions often provide closure to the
families of our lost Marines, such as with the case with Jerry
Glaze's family last year.
Hulslander read the names of the departed battery members. It
was especially emotional noting the passing of Bob Huber who was
battery CO between Rich Richey and Hugh Walters.
Walters, Eleanore and lovely daughter
Banner and Plague
Richey had some update on the history of the battery since 1966.
We learned that W-1-12 had been reactivated and sent to Iraq as a
military police unit. It was a little difficult trying to
imagine a W-1-12 person being on the so called good side of the law.
Ron Cummins gave the history of Blizzard, possibly the most all time
unusual member of W-1-12.
of those attending the reunion enjoyed a dinner at the The Stockyard
Restaurant on Friday night and a dinner theater and ride on the
replica steam/show boat General Jackson on Saturday.
Melonie Carideo provided a slide show and information on a possible
tour of Viet Nam with emphasis on Con Thien. She will follow
up with members who expressed interest.
Forslin used to note that he learned in Kiwanis to never miss a
meeting because doing so would result in your being assigned to a
difficult or undersirable job, Apparently Jonn did not learn that
lesson as well as he might have because: 1 He was absent from this
year's reunion; 2. Jonn was unanimously named to head up next
year's reunion. (Jonn, did you go to Boot Camp on the short
breakfast , coffee and goodbyes, W-1-12 dispersed until next year.
PERSONAL NOTE; My personal highest thank to every member
of Whiskey1-12. I do not believe I have ever seen a finer
group o men that those of you who held Con Thien and the W-1-12 who
battery's reputation elsewhere.
It is perhaps the highest honor I have ever had and greatly
appreciate seeing each of you at the reunions.
Whiskey Battery 1-12