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981st 67/68

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212th 71/72
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981st 71-72

Ray L. Rogers
981st 71-72
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Monday, January 18th

Obituary for LTC (Ret) John C. Jack Barck 212th 68-69

Here is an obituary for one our own that I found.
John C. "Jack" Barck Obituary Barck Dr. John C. "Jack" Barck, 81, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a resident of New Smyrna Beach for the past 22 years, passed away May 9, 2014 at the Hospice of Volusia/Flagler after a prolonged illness. He was born on February 9, 1933 in London, Ohio, the son of Clarence E. Barck and Jeanette (Bowshier) Barck. He attended public schools in London, graduating from London High School in 1951. While attending high school, John Barck apprenticed under Dr. Gibson beginning in eighth grade. His love for animals and his aptitude for the sciences equipped him to choose veterinary medicine as the perfect career. Dr. Barck attended his beloved Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine with his childhood friend , the late Dr. James Herman. He was in the graduating class of 1958 and was a life member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. He was also a active member of the Omega Tau Sigma fraternity. One of his many activities included going to the Horse track with friends at Scioto Downs and the Delaware Ohio County Fair, home to the "Little Brown Jug" one of his favorites. Dr Barck enjoyed being a supportive alumni and watched every OSU football game, filling his home with "Buckeye" memorabilia. After graduation, Dr. Barck entered into private practice in the Steubenville area. In February 1962 Dr. Barck was drafted into the US Army under the provisions of what was known as the "Doctors' Draft," instituted in response to the conflict in Vietnam. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant and, following basic training, was assigned as Station Veterinarian at what is now Fort Drum, NY. He volunteered for duty in Europe and was assigned to Livorno (Leghorn), Italy where he met his future wife, Grayce Kenemer, of New Smyrna Beach and a teacher for the Department of Defense Dependents' School System (DODDS). Subsequent to his return from Europe Dr. Barck received additional military training and then was assigned to Fort Polk, LA. He then was assigned to Vietnam where he volunteered to serve an additional year beyond the normal one year tour. Other assignments included: the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC where he received the Master of Public Health degree; the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia; the US Army Health Services Command in San Antonio, TX; the Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA; US Army Korea where he served three years; and US Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Barck and Grayce were married in 1970. She accompanied him on his assignments during their marriage. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Service Ribbon. He also received the President's Award of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) which is awarded to only three veterinarians nation-wide annually. In 1992, Dr. and Mrs. Barck returned to New Smyrna Beach and established their permanent residence, building their perfect dream home. Both remained active in the New Smyrna Beach area and Volusia County. Dr. Barck served on the NSB Animal Control Board, also volunteering with Citizens on Patrol with local law enforcement agencies receiving accommodation for both. He supported his wife, Grayce's busy schedule by chauffeuring her throughout the state of Florida. Even with busy lives, they still enjoyed remaining active socially including many visits from friends and family. They were always proud to display our community. He was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife Grayce who passed away in March 2010. Survivors include a sister, Nancy Barck of London, OH; and his beloved companion, Tiger. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in his memory to the "College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund" Ohio State University, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus Ohio, 43210, att: Kathleen Coen, Fund #641288 or to the " Dr. James Herman Scholarship" c/o Mary Ann Herman, 220 Wesley Drive, London Ohio 43140. A memorial is being planned in New Smyrna Beach for June 28, time TBA, SETTLE-WILDER FUNERAL HOME, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 01.18.16 @ 12:18 PM CST [link] [No Comments]

Saturday, January 16th

Care Packages

I thought you all would like to know about this site.


I volunteer at this organization in my home town of Simi, Ca. They pack and send care packages to service people preferably in conflict areas. Their website http://www.forthetroops.org/ gives all the information. At the bottom of the page is a link to request a package be sent to someone or group (company). I thought it would be neat to send some packages to current dog handlers and was told they have a special package that would include treats/toys for the dogs. Not sure how to get the info for those on duty now but if any of our group can help, it would be great.

I was in Pleiku 65 to 66 with Fritz 145X and did receive a package or two from home but many guys didn't. We all know how much it means to be remembered while over there where ever that would be.

The recipient doesn't have to be a dog handler as these packages go to male or female soldiers with any MOS. I'm sure we all know of someone a package could be sent to, or a large box to a squad or company.

Maybe you could get this info out to the guys and families.


Ed Waas
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 01.16.16 @ 11:35 AM CST [link] [No Comments]

Thursday, November 12th

Happy Veterans Day

On the behalf of members to our veterans Happy Veterans Day! If you would like to view pictures of members commemorating Veterans Day go to our Facebook page.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 11.12.15 @ 09:40 AM CST [link] [No Comments]

Sunday, October 11th

Condolscences to the George Dikranis family

During the reunion last week I was told that George Dikranis 212th 67-68 of Queens New York died. We do not know any more information than that. Matter of fact until we got the death notice we did not have him listed on our rosters. If anyone knows any more information please pass it on to us.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 10.11.15 @ 04:07 PM CST [link] [No Comments]



Well folks Reunion 2015 is over with and now it is time to start to discuss Reunion 2017. Before we move on let me tell you that our reunion in Washington D.C. was a huge success. Charlie Hahn 212th 66-67 planed a really outstanding event. The Renaissance Hotel and staff were superb. They kept the hospitality room well stocked which was a feat at times. The last day they told Charlie we drink a lot of coffee. They ended up bringing in a mess hall size urn of coffee. I doubt if ever used up all the coffee. Charlie told us numerous times we were having macaroni and cheese for dinner. He wasn't kidding. Of course there was more to be had. The meal was one of the best we have had at our reunions. Charlie had some help in Lee Ruth 981st 68-69 provided the T-Shirts for us. Ernie Ayala 212th 67-68 brought coffee mugs to commemorate the reunion. Doris May and Cookie Bouslaugh brought their handiwork to raise money for the newsletter fund. Doris and Cookie each made a quilt that were auction off Saturday night by Pha Ford. You got to love our spouses how they not only support us but help carry the load of making the reunion a huge success. We also had numerous gifts for silent auction and donations given to ensure the newsletter continues. I would also like to publicly thank my wonderful wife for her untiring hours of putting together the alumni photo albums. If you want to know more about the reunion please go to our Facebook page. There are numerous comments and pictures.
Reunion 2017 was announced by Ray Rogers 981st 71-72. He and his fellow San Antonio handlers have volunteered to host the next reunion in San Antonio, TX. They hope to have it at the same hotel as before during the St. Patrick's Day weekend. We could be getting together in as little as 17 months. Hope to see you there. Ray is now on Facebook. You can catch his comments about the reunion there as well as the newsletter and here too.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 10.11.15 @ 04:03 PM CST [link] [No Comments]

Saturday, September 5th

Belated Condolences for Russell Theriault

Guys, I just received a notice that one our members passed away about three years ago. I cannot find an obituary for him. His name is Theriault, Russell, 212th 66-67. Unfortunately until I got this notice we had no listing for him in our records. Please let us know when we have info missing or in error. We will gladly update our records as soon as we can. Thank you in advance.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 09.05.15 @ 04:52 PM CST [link] [No Comments]

Monday, August 17th

Newest Members Coming to Reunion 2015

I just got the list of attendees for our reunion from Charlie Hahn 212th 66-67. Rather than put out the full list I will just list the additions.

Friedrich, Paul 981st 69-70
Milner Chuck, 981st 67-68
Schmitz, J.J. 981st 69-70

See you all there,

[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 08.17.15 @ 05:43 PM CST [link] [No Comments]



The Alumni wishes to extend our sincere condolences to the family of John W. Long 212th 71-72. John passed away August 1st. You can view his obituary at legacy.com obituaries. If that doesn't work (I'm on vacation from my computer so all I have is my mobile) just put his name with the word obituary in the search engine.

Obituaries - Death Notices - Online Condolences | Legacy.com

Legacy.com is a global network of online obituaries that provides timely news of death and allows users to pay respect and celebrate life.


[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 08.17.15 @ 05:41 PM CST [link] [No Comments]

Thursday, August 13th

Reunion 2015 Update about Parking and Hospitality Room

Hi All,

Charlie Hahn 212th 66-67 put this on Facebook last night. My experience tells me we do not have everyone on Facebook that I have email addresses for so I am sending this out as a mass email. I hope all is well with you and your families.

Some Reunion News
Parking - The hotel can provide for night of dinner parking at $20 inclusive. For overnight guests they can provide parking at $35 per night. As in previous posts, some members have stated that there are several garages nearby and you might get better rates there.

Hospitality Room - The hotel will provide soft drinks and bottled water for the Hospitality Room. Alcoholic drinks will be available to the members at Happy Hour prices at the hotel bar. The Hospit...ality Room will be available from 9 AM to 6 PM ( maybe a little later).

Dinner - The dinner will be Saturday 10/3/15 starting at 6 PM. It will be a buffet and there will be a cash bar. Soft drinks and water will be available at each table.

If you haven't forwarded your registration fee of $100 per person, please do, payable to Charles Hahn, 55 Park Lane, Easton, MD 21601

That's about all I have for now. My email is still chahn6@goeaston.net

[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 08.13.15 @ 03:47 PM CST [link] [No Comments]


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