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Dave Keeton
981st 67/68

Gary Smith
981st 71/72

San Antonio Reunion Committee

POC:  Ray Rogers, 981st 71-72

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Tuesday, May 10th

Reunion 2017 Registration Form

REUNION 16, 17 AND 18 MARCH 2017
It’s time to get your green on and be Irish for a weekend, green beer, die the river green, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and get reacquainted with old friends.

At El Tropicano Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio, Tx. 78205, on 16, 17 and 18 March 2017. Room reservations can be made at the reservation desk at 210-227-4043 or 877-736-4311, let them know you are with the 18th MP Dog Handlers. You can also go to www.eltropicanohotel.com, go to reservations and enter group code: MPD and dates and group rates will appear or email to reservations@eltropicanohotel.com.

Room rates will be $115.00 per night and parking $12.00 per day/night both plus tax. Room rates are good for three days before and three days after the reunion. ADA accessible rooms available. Reservations must be made prior to 14 Feb 17 or the blocked rooms become available to the general public. Get your reservations in ASAP as that will be a big event weekend with St. Patrick’s Day and spring break, rooms will fill fast. You can always cancel within 72 hours if something comes up and you can’t attend the reunion.

Registration fee will be $100.00 per person. Please register no later than 01 Mar 17 so we can have a good headcount and get food ordered for the banquet dinner Saturday evening. Please make checks payable to Ray Rogers and mail with the registration form below to:

210-240-8115 (if no answer leave a message or send a text)

Activities: Check-in Thursday and Friday, hospitality room with snacks and beverages. Friday bus trip to Lackland AFB, visit with old friends, tour the city and St. Patrick’s Day River Parade. Saturday morning breakfast at the VFW Post 76 approximately 15 minute walk from the hotel, group photos and banquet dinner will be that evening. Sunday morning farewell breakfast in the hospitality room and check out.

Registration is $100.00 per person no later than 01 Mar 17






Number intending to go on bus trip to Lackland AFB to visit the National War Dog Memorial
There may be an additional fee.

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Reunion 2017

It is with deep sympathy for the family and friends that I am posting the following death notices:

Arthur J. Schneider, 212th 67-68. This was posted in the Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, MO.

Arthur Joseph Schneider, 71, son of the late Arthur C. and Dorothy Schneider, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015. He married Vicki Kay Calloway in 1974, and they had two children.

Per Mr. Schneider’s request, no funeral is planned; rather, his family and friends will celebrate his life at a date to be determined.

Mr. Schneider held three bachelor’s degrees — in education, journalism and criminal justice — a master’s degree in criminal justice and an education specialist degree.

Mr. Schneider was a sentry dog handler for the military police. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged.

Earlier in his career, he worked as an assistant news editor for the Helena Independent Record in Montana. He began work as a reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune in 1972, then in 1975 worked as a public information specialist for the University of Missouri.

He later was hired as an extension specialist for the University of Missouri and was headquartered in Boonville. He continued this work until he retired.

He served 6½ years on the Central Missouri Food Bank Board, including one as chairman. He also served as chairman for the Harvest House Board in Boonville. He played a major role in the Boonville Outdoor Arts Committee, including in the procurement of the Hannah Cole statue and statues of other Boonville notables.

Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife of 40 years; his children, Arthur C. Schneider and his wife Mindy of Lee’s Summit, and Sarah Schneider-Toro and her husband Carlos of Medellin, Colombia; and four grandchildren, Isabella Schneider, Joseph Schneider, Marcos Antonio Toro Schneider and Miguel Arturo Toro Schneider; and his brother, Chuck Schneider of Vandalia, Ohio, and his wife Mary and their children.

Though not necessary, for those who feel compelled to send flowers, the family asks that you instead make a donation to the American Heart Association or the Humane Society of Central Missouri.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

© 2016 Columbia Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Carl D. Eriksen, 212th 65-66. This was posted in Traverse City Record Eagle.

AURORA, Colo. — Carl “David” Eriksen passed away at his home in Aurora, Colorado, on Feb. 8, 2016. David was born in Traverse City on July 4, 1942 to the late Perry and Lucile (Weatter) Eriksen.

He attended Traverse City schools, graduating from Central High School. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Military Police until 1967 when he was wounded during his second tour of duty in Vietnam.

After eventual discharge from Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, he continued to live in the Denver area and worked in security at the Denver Art Museum until retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; and a sister, Sonja Cline, of Traverse City.
A military service was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

The family was served by the Newcomer Funeral Home of Aurora

Guys this is a special one. I went through AIT and dog school with John D. Musser 595th 71-72.

John David Musser
Born: August 23, 1948
Died: June 5, 2013
Location: Camdenton, Missouri

Tribute & Message From The Family

John was born on August 23, 1948 and passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

John was a resident of Camdenton, Missouri at the time of his passing.

Graveside services and burial with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Freedom Cemetery, Montreal.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Maynard Kuhns 212th 66-67. Maynard Russell Kuhns, 64, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 18, 2010, in his home. He was the husband of Barbara (Botch) Kuhns. They celebrated their 36th anniversary last month.Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Milton O. and Bertha (Rice) Kuhns. He was employed as a glazier at Allentown Glass before retiring. An Army veteran of the Viet Nam War, Russ was an MP dog handler. Survivors: Surviving with his wife, Barbara, are; daughters, Tracy Luke and her husband Keith of Alexandria, VA, and Kirsten Bickert and her husband Michael of Northampton; a brother, Clifford Kuhns of Allentown; and a sister, Irene Buskirk of Allentown; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, Elwood and Charles, and sisters, Betty Achey-Angelou and Jean Loftus. Services: Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pearson Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday at 10:30 in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Animals in Distress, P.O. Box 609, Coopersburg, PA 18036

Guys please keep us up to date on your addresses and an email addresses. It is the only way we can keep you up to date on what is going on with us all.

Gary Smith

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Monday, May 9th

The Passing of Richard Burke Jr. 981st 70-71

Ken Claflin 981st 70-71 wrote about this earlier. I am posting the obiturary I got from the funeral home.

Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home
Richard Vincent Burke Jr.Richard Vincent Burke Jr. 981st 70-71
(May 25, 1950 - January 14, 2015)

U.S. Veteran Nottingham - Richard "Dick" Vincent Burke, Jr. died unexpectedly at the Charles W. Gerstenberg Care Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 14, 2015, at the age of 64.
Richard is survived by his wife, Jean (Cantone) Burke; son, Jameson Richard Burke; brothers, Edmond Burke and his wife Janice who live in Alfred, Maine; Larry Burke of Cape Coral, Florida; Paul Burke of Reading, Massachusetts; a sister, Christine (Burke) Reed of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and 8 nieces and 10 nephews.

Richard was born on May, 25, 1950, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, to Richard and Natalie (Hunt) Burke. He graduated from Reading High School, Reading, Massachusetts in 1968 and attended Northern Essex Community College. In 1969, he enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam in the 981st Military Police Group as a Sentry Dog Handler. After his return from Vietnam he attended Coyne Electrical School in Boston. Richard married Jean (Cantone) Burke on August 16, 1975.

In 1974, he began working for his father's commercial door company, The Parker Company, located in Andover, Massachusetts, and took over the company after his father's death in 2000.

Richard was "a man of the sea." He was an avid scuba diver, and boating enthusiast who captained his 24 ft. Thompson motor boat "the Incognito." He loved sailing with his friends and was a dedicated loving father to his son who supported Jean's passion for taking underwater photographs when traveling to exotic tropical islands with his family.

A wake is scheduled for Thursday, January 22 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter Street, Newmarket, NH, with a funeral service on Saturday, January 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home as well.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dick's memory on line to www.hpbcf.org Hospice of Palm Beach County, Mailing address: 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fl 33407-9926 or by telephone at (561)-494-6887.

Donations also can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America via their Web Site: VVA.org/support

Condolences can be sent to The Burke Family, 18 Robin Hood Drive, Nottingham, NH 03290. The family would like to thank The ICU Nurses at Wellington Regional Medical Center, Wellington, FL and the wonderful caring staff at The Hospice of Palm Beach County for their loving support and dedication to the patients under their care.

Visit www.kentandpelczarfh.com to sign an online guest book.

[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 05.09.16 @ 03:10 PM CST [link] [No Comments]

Sunday, April 17th

The Passing of William P. Guntorius 212th 71-72

It is with deep sympathy that I am posting the death notice for William P. Guntorius, 212th 71-72. I only found a notice by the Andrew J. Mcgann & Son Funeral Home Chicago, IL.

[Karma: 0 (+/-)] Gary Smith on 04.17.16 @ 02:40 PM CST [link] [No Comments]

Tuesday, March 29th

Passing of Ralph Osuni 212trh 68-69

The Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family of Ralph Ostuni 212th 68-69 who recently passed away. Ernie Ayala 212th 67-68. was notified by family members. I am unable to locate an obiturary. When I find one I will post it here.

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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.

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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
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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.
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