Gary S. Smith
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Gary Smith on 10.17.13 @ 05:22 PM CST [link]
Monday, April 14th
Passing of George W. "Bill" Skinner 212th 67-68
This was sent to me from William Griffin 212th 67-68:
Just learned of George's passing. Served with him at the Long Thanh detachment.
George W. "Bill" Skinner, 61, Platte City, MO, formerly of Dearborn, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 28, 2004, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be Thursday, September 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Platte City, MO, 2nd & Ferrel. A memorial service will be held at the church at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 1 with burial to follow at the Camden Point Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Skinner Family Cancer Research Fund c/o the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, 1055 Broadway, Suite 130, Kansas City, MO, 64105. Bill was born August 30, 1943, in Hollywood, CA, while his father was overseas in the Army. At six weeks old, he took a train ride to the Northern Platte County area, never to leave again except for his military duty. He graduated from Dearborn High School in 1961, and then joined his parents in banking. He served in Vietnam from 1967-68, and then returned to banking, where his career spanned 40 years, the last 19 with Nodaway Valley Bank in St. Joseph, MO. Bill enjoyed farming, fishing, dogs, football, sightseeing, and watching his grandchildren grow. His wife of 14 years, Barbara, and his father, George P. Skinner, as well as an aunt and four uncles, preceded Bill in death. His beloved mother Geraldine Skinner, of Kansas City, and his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Chris Donnelli, Platte City, survive him. His stepchildren, Ron and Kelly Douglas, Larry and Tonya Douglas, all of St. Joseph, and Patricia and David Callaway of Faucett, also survive him. Bill was blessed with 10 special grandchildren, George Anthony, Madeline and Grace Donnelli, Bly, Syler, and Mycah Douglas, Nathan and Madison Douglas, and Wyatt and Ava Callaway. Several special aunts and cousins will also miss Bill. We wish to thank Dr. Christopher Sirridge, the 5th Floor Oncology Unit at North Kansas City Hospital, and Northcare Hospice, for their compassionate service and friendship. (Arr. Rollins Funeral Home, 816-858-2129)
Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 29, 2004
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 04.14.14 @ 08:10 PM CST [link] [No Comments]
Monday, March 17th
Pawprints left on soldier's hearts by Robert B. Robeson
I received a magazine article from John Trepagnier 595th 70-71. The article was written by a MEDEVAC Commander stationed in the Da Nang area. John personally knew the author and spoke very highly of him. I read the article it is very well written and very heart warming. The article is "Pawprints left on soldier's hearts" by Robert B. Robeson, Lincoln, NE. I am not going to post the article here but rather post the link: http://milmag.com/2014/03/pawprints-left-on-soldiers-hearts/
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 03.17.14 @ 09:56 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Friday, March 7th
K-9 Corps Birthday
Just a few things to mention. Most importantly March 13, 1942 the U.S. Army started the K-9 Corps. Several states have in the past have chosen March 13 to commemorate our buddies. If you go out on the internet you can find a lot written about those commemorations.
Second topic is the web site. I think I have all personal information updated on the site to include the Last Post page. The Last Post lists all our friends who have died. I would appreciate if everyone would take a few minutes to go to the Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni web site and check to see if anything needs to be update. Our information is only as good as what we have been told in the past. If you are a member of the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association (VDHA) you might want to check their website for accuracy as well.
March 13 is next Thursday.
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 03.07.14 @ 10:34 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Saturday, February 22nd
K-9 Veterans Day Lake Elsinore, CA
Ernie Ayala asked this to be posted. He is planning to attend. It is on our Facebook group site as well.
K-9 Veterans Day - Lake Elsinore
Saturday, March 8 at 10:00am in PST
McVicker Park in Lake Elsinore, California
6 people are going
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.22.14 @ 02:26 PM CST [link] [No Comments]
Thursday, February 20th
Houma, Lousiana War Dog Memorial
This was provided by Albert C. Boyd 212th 69-70. There were pictures along with the article. Unfortunately I do not know how to post pictures to this site. Several of the pictures are posted on our Facebook group site.
Subject: Houma, LA War Dog Mem 15Feb2014 and "My Heart's Desire" pet adoptions
> I shot a lot of different angles and perspectives. I also moved in on detail
> and craftsmanship as many Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen had their
> input taken into consideration by Ms. Diane Baker, our patron Saint of this
> memorial, in Houma, Louisiana and her sculptor. The final layout of the
> assembled pieces will not be completed in time for the cover story. Missing
> are the Louisiana K9 KIA names on one plaque and those who served in Vietnam
> as War Dog Handlers, on another plaque. The "My Heart's Desire" pet adoption
> agency is co-located on the memorial property owned by Ms. Baker. Ms. Baker
> received no funding from the State of Louisiana for her project and went
> full construction after researching what happened to the dogs of Vietnam.
> Whether it was a catharsis or an epiphany, her vision for the memorial was
> definitely shaped by her strong affection for God, Country, Corps and 4
> footed pets.
> The design of the handler was suggested by many handlers but Ms. Baker chose
> the combat oriented handler for his glance, the dog's stare and all the
> trappings of an Infantryman on patrol. The dog tags can almost be read with
> one in his boot laces and the other hanging from his neck. The ever-present
> green towel wrapped around the handler's neck kept the sun off his neck and
> the sweat from pouring down his back. The handler would wipe his face with
> the towel and his eyes would sting from the amount of salt absorbed by the
> towel. It was his pillow at night and his face cloth in the day.
> The two other dogs represent various breeds of K9s that once populated our
> ranks. These breeds allowed us handlers to be their friends, not the other
> way around. They picked us, they trusted us and somehow, we let them down,
> we abandoned them but they will never be forgotten. The "WE" is not you or I
> but rather a complicated set of circumstance that would not allow over 4,000
> dogs to be repatriated back to the USA. They fought for this country, for
> the handlers that they protected and the thousands of military personnel who
> are alive today because of their perseverance and acute K9 capabilities.
> The dog bears the tattoo in his ear coveted by the enemy as a war trophy and
> a lucrative war booty with a bounty of $10,000 piasters. Only snipers and
> War Dog Handlers had bounties on their heads because their war craft meant
> death to the enemy ranks. This dog bears the Tattoo of Marine Corps Scout
> Dog "Chipper." It's his number but all dogs had numbers. Some were lucky and
> others, less fortunate in their fate. We remember the fallen with the statue
> of the howling dog mourning the loss of his handler. His howls resonating
> across the fields of battle and into the conscience of every handler who has
> had to mourn the loss of a friend or his dog. The loss is equally felt
> between a handler and his dog. War forges a kinship and a story that must be
> told. Diane Baker has given the War Dog Handlers a place to pay tribute to
> the fallen, to remember their dogs and to hopefully find closure because we
> will never see our magnificent dogs again. Today's dogs are called Military
> Working Dogs. Personally, I like my "Scout Dog" designator. I'm sure the
> Sentry Dogs, Trackers and Mine and Booby-trap Handlers may feel the same
> Semper Fi, Eddie C, proud to have had Chipper as my friend and all the other
> Handlers I've served with....
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.20.14 @ 08:14 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Thursday, February 13th
Passing of John Collins 212th 71-72
I just came across this today.
In Memory of
John W. Collins
1947 - 2014
John William Collins
John passed away peacefully Monday January 27, 2014. He was 66 years old. John was born in San Francisco, Ca. on August 8, 1947 to John and Helen Collins.
He leaves behind three brothers and three sisters and Mother. Robert, Marilyn, Kate, Helen, Jimmy and Jerry and his Mother Helen.
John was raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Alameda High in Lakewood and from Metro State College in Denver. He enjoyed long distance running.
John served his country in Vietnam. He was an MP with the Army and patrolled an airbase in Long Binh, South Vietnam with his faithful service dog REX.
John worked for the Federal Government at the Federal Center in Denver with the Bureau of Reclamation upon returning from the Army.
John had a long life and believed in serving those who were less fortunate in society. He was a tireless worker and an advocate for the Handicapped.
John rest in peace –
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[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.13.14 @ 09:00 AM CST [link] [No Comments]
Wednesday, February 12th
The Passing of Alan D. Coffin 212th 67-68
This from Gary Freedman 212th 67-68
Alan D. Coffin, 75, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away November 19, 2013, of complications from surgery. He served with the 981st at Fort Carson, CO., as they prepared to deploy to Viet Nam, and was then assigned to the 212th as his platoon was re-directed and deployed to the 212th in December,1967. He served as NCOIC of the Sentry Dog Detachment at Vinh Long. He retired in 1979. Alan was laid to rest at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery,1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV. At his request, there were no services.
Submitted by Gary Freedman, LtCol, U.S. Army, Ret (212th XO & platoon leader,1967-68).
[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 02.12.14 @ 12:45 PM CST [link] [No Comments]
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