Request for Assistance

For Steven Dragovich 981st 70-71

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?

Doyle Chandler 212th 67-68

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.

212th 69-70 Updates

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.

Brand, Maynard; 212th 69/70; April 25, 2012

Conn, Ricky R.; 212th 69/70; April 10, 2005

Dochat, Kenneth E.; 212th 69/70; May 30, 2007

Ennes, LeRoy L. (Wally); 212th 69/70; October 18, 2015

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

Trautman, Andrew H. (Andy); 212th 69/70; October 22, 2011

He discovered a tribute to Eric Osen 212th 69-70 that is sensational. Eric passed away Feb 6, 2011.…/Eric_Osen_-_US_Army_-_02_FEB_201…

2019 Reunion Update

Dear Fellow Handlers, I am posting a letter I drafted for the upcoming newsletter and the announcement for the 2019 reunion in Springfield, MO. I realize the letter is a bit redundant for those who are on Facebook, or for those I have their correct email addresses for, but there is some new info in the letter. Thanks to all for your support.  You can make your reservations now.  

Dear Fellow Sentry Dog Handlers, my name is Gary Smith. I need to catch everyone up on our reunion 2019 in New Bern, NC. Hurricane Florence decimated New Bern mid September, 2018. The Doubletree Hotel in New Bern assured Lee Ruth the Reunion Coordinator that the hotel would be ready to receive guests by the time of our April reunion. Several weeks ago the hotel called Lee to tell him the hotel would not be ready for us in April. Lee coordinated with the hotel for September 20-22, 2019 for our reunion. A few days ago Lee was told by the hotel staff that the hotel would not be accepting any guests in 2019. Lee and Larry Majeski, and I had to make some quick decisions. Do we not have a reunion this year and wait till 2021. We have a gentlemen’s agreement with the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association (VDHA) that we host our reunions on the odd year and they host on the even years. The other choice was see if we could have our reunion somewhere else.
Lee did not believe he could host the reunion anywhere near where he lives. I checked with one person who had mentioned he would like to host the reunion again near where he lives. Due to time constraints he was not able to host it this year. I checked with Ramada Oasis Hotel, Springfield, Missouri. I had hosted our 2013 reunion with them. They are able to accommodate our reunion September 5-8, 2019. I then checked with everyone that I have a correct email address for to see how many were willing to make the change. The numbers were promising so we agreed to have the reunion in Springfield, MO. Rooms will be $105.00 during our reunion. They will honor that fee 3 days before and 3 days after the reunion.
For those who registered with Lee and paid the reunion registration he is personally contacting each handler and offering to refund their registration fee or transfer it to me for the Springfield Reunion. If you elect to switch your registration to Springfield, there will be no increases. I do need to find out from each handler if they want to go back to Fort Leonard Wood, MO for either an all day tour or a shorter tour. We are all getting older, some have mentioned they would like to go to Fort Leonard Wood but not for the same tour we did in 2013 because it was too long.
For those who have not registered with Lee, the registration fee will be $125.00, the same as what Lee was using. At the time of this writing I do not believe it will be necessary for an additional charge for the tour busses to Fort Leonard Wood. If there is no additional fee then that means I will refund the amount that would be charged for the tour to those who do not go to Fort Leonard Wood. If you have any questions please call or email me at 713-614-2503,

WHEN: September 5-8, 2019
WHERE: Ramada Oasis, Springfield, Missouri
WHAT: September 5th: Free time and mingle at hospitality room.
September 6th: Tour of Fort Leonard Wood, MO (FLWM) (an additional cost may or may not be incurred) or free time and mingle at hospitality room
September 7th: Free time and mingle at hospitality room
6:30 PM – ? : Banquet
September 8th: Goodbye Breakfast
HOTEL ROOM: $105.00 per night
Hotel Info: Ramada Oasis, 2546 Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65803 Toll Free: 888-532-4338
Registration for Reunion Please return completed to: Gary Smith, 31239 Kensington Park Drive, Spring, TX 77386


GUEST(S) NAMES:_________________
UNIT/YEAR GROUP:________________
AMOUNT REMITTED: _______________
QUESTIONS: GARY SMITH AT 713-614-2503, or

Proposed Change to Location for VMPSDA Reunion 2019

January 24, 2019


Dear Fellow Handlers,  Lee Ruth has told me that the hotel in New Bern, NC will not have repairs completed before our planned reunion.  I am sure you are sadden as I and Sandy are.  Lee is contacting everyone who was registered for the New Bern reunion to let them know. 
Rather than cancel the reunion, I would like to propose having our reunion in Springfield, MO.  If the membership is okay with this I would like to coordinate the reunion.  We can use the same hotel we did in 2013.  We could arrange for a tour of Fort Leonard Wood, MO home of the Military Police Corps.  I believe costs will not exceed what we were expecting to pay in New Bern.  Those that have sent in their money to Lee we would either apply it to the Springfield reunion or refund the money if you are not going to come to the reunion. 
The dates I am looking at are September 5, 6, 7, and the 8th  2019.
What I envision is we meet Thursday September 5th in the hospitality room.  We tour Fort Leonard Wood, MO by commercial bus either on Friday September 6th or Saturday September 7th.  I would have to leave that date open for Fort Leonard Wood, MO to accommodate us.  Whatever date we do not go to Fort Leonard Wood, MO we use that day for mingling or going out to see the local sites.  Saturday evening September 7th we would have our banquet.  Sunday morning September 8th we would have our goodbye breakfast. 
I am sending this out to only those who I have an email address for.   If you know of anyone who does not use email and you want to let them know please do.  You can either pass on to me their response or they can call me on my cell 713-614-2503.   I am requesting from you a response that you are okay with the solution and that you may or may not be coming to the reunion.  I do not want to sign a contract and then have to back out when I find out no one wants to come.  I hope you understand.  I also need numbers of who will be coming ie. Spouse or children, friends or whatever.  I also would like to know if anyone wants to tour Fort Leonard Wood again.  Again I need numbers for the tour.  If it is a go I will send out a registration form for us to register.  I need to hear from you as soon as you can to lock in the hotel if it is a go.  
If we do not have a reunion in 2019 we will be forced to wait till 2021 because of the agreement we have with the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association (VDHA) to host our reunions on the odd years.  Gary Smith 981st 71-72

Remembering Ralph Hamblin

Memorial Service pamphlet

Top’s 2003 obituary, Army Times
Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 1

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 2

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 3

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 4

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 5

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 6

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 7

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 8

Top’s eulogy by son Ralph Jr. pg 9