We are the members of an elite group of proud individuals, who served our country alongside the finest soldiers that have ever walked the earth on four paws. Throughout history these four legged soldiers have diligently committed themselves to protect their fellow team members. Because of their actions they have protected vital strategic areas and have saved the lives of countless servicemen and women. With the finest tradition of the Military Police Corps the sentry dog has upheld the motto: "OF THE TROOPS, FOR THE TROOPS"
Has anyone come across a website called Fold3 ?—–Fold3 has a Facebook site too. I am not endorsing this site, only saying check it out, there are other sites I’m sure.
It appears to be part of Ancestry. com, but strictly with military members and family in mind. I even found where the Army 981st MPSD Company was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation on there. It is described by the commanding officers why it was given. Amazing! They have a 7-day free trial and if you choose, $7.95 a month thereafter. There is a free version also. Thoroughly check the website out. More details below.
Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Flag Ceremony from the Vietnam War
The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.fold3.comPage 2 Vietnam Service Awards – Fold3Recommendations for awarding Presidential Unit Citations (PUC), Valorous Unit Awards (VUA), and the Meritorious Unit Commendations (MUC).
This was provided by Steven Dragovich, 981st 70-71.
REMEMBERING GEORGE H. FLEMING August 9, 1937 – October 29, 2014
Those who knew or may remember SSG George Fleming will almost certainly recall his very straight posture, his pride in telling us of his Native American background, and his closeness to 1SG Ralph Hamblin. My recollection is that the two had worked together at an earlier post, where they bonded, and so were glad to see each other at Cam Ranh Bay in mid-1970 when SSG Fleming arrived. It’s even possible that Top may have had a part in facilitating SSG Fleming’s new assignment.
He was also close to SSG Anthony “Chuck” Eisenmenger and Operations SGT Monte Adams, and was a frequent habitué of Top’s newly renovated Senior NCO lounge — the place to go for good liquor, relaxation, and a storied collection of stag films.
At CRB SSG Fleming became responsible for supervising handlers newly arrived in country in repairing, policing, and in general sprucing up the 981st barracks and other unit buildings and facilities. In this endeavor he was thorough, he was sensible, he was well-liked, and he was fearless.
One incident immediately comes to mind. Upon arriving in country four new handlers with their dogs inexplicably decided to separate themselves from the rest of their group of “new guys” and explore the area surrounding the airport closest to CRB. This was while waiting for a 981st truck to transport them to their new living quarters. They wound up wandering off military property onto South Vietnamese territory, were nowhere to be found when the truck arrived, and so unwisely became AWOL on their first day in country. After some phoning the next morning, we located them and they finally arrived at 981st headquarters, this time having been picked up by a truck with SSG Fleming in it.
The four men, scared but not exactly in a repentant frame of mind, entered the orderly room while I happened to be up front by the entrance. Barely controlling myself, I lit into them for their poor judgment in being absent and endangering their own lives and the welfare of their dogs. I then sent them to Top’s area in the back, telling them how to present themselves to Top, and waited for the explosion. It never came. Top was very quiet and obviously was arranging for them to be supervised by SSG Fleming in a “punishment” detail. All was explained a bit later when I looked out the window and saw SSG Fleming and the four men on the steep second-story roof of one of the barracks buildings doing repair work there. One of the men was on hands and knees, the other three were probably not too happy either, but there was SSG Fleming standing very tall and proud, providing instructions to the men. He was absolutely unafraid and ready to lend a helping hand to the four men, and very quickly excused the most frightened of the four from any more time on the roof — with the promise of a later detail, this time on the ground.
As in all his other duties, in this one SSG Fleming showed fearlessness, reasonableness, sensitivity, and good judgment. His guiding principle here was: get the work done and do it well. From what I saw of him in my time in country, he succeeded.
Perhaps Monte Adams said it best when he told of SSG Fleming’s pride in the Army and in himself: “He was very proud to wear the Army uniform. He told me ‘The uniform is with me all the time, even when I’m not wearing it physically — it is still worn on my heart.’ He could be as tough as he looked on the outside but he also had a listening ear and a very good heart.”
I had one last look, so to speak, at SSG Fleming before I left Vietnam for good. One of the tasks I set for myself was to write up service award recommendations (Bronze Star for Service) for meritorious soldiers in the 981st who were set to go home. I wrote one up for SSG Fleming and I left a draft copy with Top, to be forwarded for approval shortly before SSG Fleming was to go home. I’m pretty sure his would have gone through without problems or delay. I hope so because I don’t think anyone ever did anything like that for him before in his entire life, or at least in his military career.
Sensing that the military was a very important part of his life’s work where he did well and where he served proudly, I believe that the only thing left for me to say is: George, rest in peace now for a job well done.
Submitted by Steve Dragovich, Company Clerk, 981st, 70/71
Photos are clockwise from upper left: . SSG George Fleming self-educating in SGT Monte Adams’s office . SSGs Chuck Eisenmenger and Fleming in relaxation mode . SSG Fleming dressed for the Summer of Love, 1971 version . Monte and George swathed in black plastic (don’t ask) and “gone for the day” Photos courtesy of Monte Adams
Gerald G. “Pops” Droese, found peace on May 9, 2019 at the age of 74 years. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce (nee Gerlach) of 47 years. He is the loving father of Craig, Brendt and Paul. Proud Papa of Caitlin Droese, Mandi and Paige Kurth. Also survived by siblings; Bernice Grams, Dale (Kris), Jim, Diane (La Vern) Pomeroy and David (Theresa), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, longtime friends and his Vietnam buddies. He was preceded in death by his mother Hazel, step-father Ed Wiedmeyer, father Clem Droese, brothers; Ronnie, Roger, Harold and Danny, brother-in-law Jerry Grams.
Gerald proudly served in Vietnam 212th MPS dog handlers from 1969-1970. He was the service officer with the United Vietnam Veterans of Hartford for many years and the Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni.
Funeral Services for Gerald will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday May 14th at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend) with Military Honors following. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at the funeral home from 12:00 pm until time of service. Burial to follow at St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery in Menomonee Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Stars and Stripes for Vets or the American Heart Association are appreciated.
The family would like to thank Kathy Hospice and Dr. Herdrich and staff for all the care they gave to Gerald.
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He is asking for help to find out who these guys are in the pictures.
Picture 1:The twins are named Sobing, but we have no first names for them and don’t know city and state for them, which SD company they were a part of and for which years. Their name does not come up on the alumni search index. Can anyone identify them further? I left in January of 1971 and I don’t remember them so my guess is they came afterward. The 981st sign behind them is not from CRB, but see small ribbon above the hat of the right twin, and the T-39 incomplete alphanumeric to the right of him for clues.
Picture 2: 1SG Hamblin is at right, but who is the brigadier? When I enlarge the photo it looks like his name tag could be Eustas. Does anyone know for sure? The event also seems to be part of an inspection of the 981st kennels, maybe at a detachment. Can anyone help with this?
Good afternoon everyone, I am sorry I have to pass this on to you. Ernie Ayala 212th 67-68 posted this on Facebook this morning. If an Obituary is posted I will pass it on. Please Take Care of yourselves. Gary It is with great sorrow Doyle Chandler lost his final battle with cancer at 8:40 AM today. His wife, Paula called to inform me of his passing this morning. He was comforted by his family around him in his final hours. Doyle served with the 212th MP Co 67-68 in Long Binh and Vung Tau. He has gone on to meet his military dog, Comanche 2A05 at the Rainbow Bridge 🌈. Doyle was from Spiceland, Indiana.
I got this from Steven Dragovich 981st 70-71. He has taken it on himself to find out as much as he can about our fellow members who we have lost contact with. I want to publically thank Steve for this.
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Hendry, David M.; 212th, 69/70; August 19, 2016
Lambert, Michael C.; 212th 69/70; April 6, 2008
Lay, Larry; 212th 69/70; November 10, 2012
Monroe, Jack M.; 212th 69/70; April 29, 2014
Ojeda, Angel DeAvila; 212th 69/70; September 18, 2017
Osen, Eric G. (Ogie); 212th 69/70; February 6, 2011
Stuckey, Barrett (Barry); 212th 69/70; January 4, 2012
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