Reunion 2021 Update

In December I met with the event coordinator (Emily) at the Strater Hotel and discussed our upcoming reunion.  At that time I was thinking the first week in June but she told me the cost of rooms would be $200+.  She said if we made it the end of May we could do rooms for $150.00.  We agreed on Memorial Day.  Emily was leaving the Hotel on January 1st and she said the new event coordinator would do the contract and get back to me the middle of January. 
I did not hear from anyone so I contacted the new coordinator ( Danny).  He did not have any of the paper work Emily.  We started over.  Danny sent me a contract quoting room prices from $185.00 to $210.00 per night.  Of course I got upset and explained the agreement with Emily.  Emily was gone and anything she agreed to was also gone.
I contacted the General Manager (Tori) and explained what had occurred and the problem we were having.  She told me Memorial Day was the start of summer and the prices were higher.  We finally agreed to move the dates back one week, May 20-23 and the room prices would be $149.00 per night.  (See my wiping the sweat from my forehead)
We are now set up for May 20-23, 2021.  I have booked 10 rooms for Wednesday and Sunday for those who want to come early and stay Late. 
You can call 800-247-4431 or visit their web site at  Tell them you with the Military Police Sentury Dog reunion.
This is a great historic hotel, that’s why I fought so hard to get a good room rate.  Look at their web  site and you will see the history of the hotel.
I will be talking with the Durango Silverton Railroad about a group rate to do the train ride on Saturday for those who may be interested.  See their web site a
More information will be coming as soon as we get more details.
I can be contacted at or 970-759-2068.
Bob Bousalugh

Emil E. Dyni, 981st 67-68

September 5, 2020 Ahmeek

Emil E. Dyni, 75, a resident of Senter Street in Ahmeek passed away at his home on Saturday morningSeptember 5, 2020.

He was born on March 31, 1945 in Laurium, a son of the late Emil and Marie (Kipina) Dyni.

He graduated from Calumet High School with the class of 1963 and later attended Northern Michigan University.

Emil was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

On August 17, 1974 he was united in marriage to the former Bonnie Hendrickson at Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet.

Emil was employed at the Keweenaw County Road Commission for 28 years retiring in 2003.

Emil was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing in the Keweenaw since he was a child. He enjoyed hunting camp with long time hunting buddies Bob Meyers, Paul Mohar, Bob Orent, and the late Joe Galinis. His favorite hunting companion was his wife, Bonnie.

Every fall Emil spent many hours gathering acorns and apples to feed the deer during the winter. He would then go several times a week to Eagle River to feed the deer with deer feed, topped off with acorns and apples. He had one deer that would wait for him to hand feed her apples. She was there for many winters. Emil was a true sportsman.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Tammy Lang.

Surviving are: His Wife Bonnie

Daughter: Christine (Nathan) Schaiberger of Lansing

Son: Craig (Jennifer) Dyni of Weston, Florida

3 grandchildren: Ethan, Colin and Alannah

Sister: Dolores “Dody” Hillman of Englewood, Florida

Nieces: Candice “Candy” (Richard) Zaharias and Amy Lang

Nephew: John (Jill) Lang

A memorial service will be held in the Siskiwit Reception Hall in Calumet on Thursday September 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM. A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Thursday.

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Memorials can be sent to Calumet High School for a scholarship in his name or to Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club, P.O. Box 283, Calumet, MI 49913 for their winter deer feeding program (please note that the donation is for winter deer feeding).

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James L. Majorowski, 212th MP CO (SD)

Jim Major Majorowski LUBBOCK-There will be a family visitation at the funeral home Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the Rosary in Englunds Chapel at 6:30 p.m. Celebration of life mass will be Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Msgr. Gene Driscoll and Rev. Joseph Palacios officiating and under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton. Jim was born on Dec. 1, 1943, in Chicago, IL. He passed Feb. 4, 2014, at the age of 70, surrounded by his family. Major graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago in 1963. In Chicago he coached grammar school football and was a soccer coach for his daughter’s teams. Major served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was an MP Sentry dog handler. He married Carol Clark on April 20, 1968, in Chicago. They moved from Palos Hills, IL, and made Lubbock their home in 1976. Jim was a volunteer fireman in Palos Hills, IL and had served on the Lubbock EMS service since 1976. He was a certified volunteer fireman on Ransom Canyon VFD and a certified reserve police officer for Ransom Canyon Police. He was a member of the VFW. Major’s commitment to EMS service in this region and state is widely recognized. He was a Department of Health Services EMS instructor and coordinator. Major was recognized as the Texas Paramedic of the Year in 2006. He trained countless EMS personnel throughout the region as a faculty member of the South Plains EMS Program and Texas Tech Heath Sciences Center. Those who will cherish his memory include his wife, Carol of Ransom Canyon; daughter, Maureen Majorowski of San Angelo; sisters, Marilyn Baran of Burbank, IL and Carolyn Majorowski of Chicago; and grandchildren, Cody James Majorowski-Cabezuela, Levi Haynes, and Greer Haynes, all of San Angelo; as well as nieces, Maryann Baran and Jennifer Clark; and extended family and countless EMS, police and fire professionals, and volunteers. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to: Jim Majorowski Memorial Fund at Plains Capitol Bank. The family has requested that those First Responders attending to please wear their department uniforms.

Military Dogs Get Real Feel

Military dogs get ‘real feel’ bite training with fake skin sleeves that bleed
Army Times
I got this from the MPRA Dispatch. The link will take you to The Army Times. I hope you enjoy the article. I had never thought about designing flesh and blood sleeves. I just thought about keeping the dog on the sleeve and not getting my flesh and blood in his mouth.

When a military dog sinks its teeth into the bulky suit of its trainer, the dog gains experience about what to do in the real world, but it also can pick up some bad habits. Until now, there hasn’t been a good solution. So, Army scientists have designed a more realistic sleeve device that not only feels like flesh but can bleed like flesh, too. The added realism helps focus and polish the training.

The Passing of Miguel Bustamante, 212th 68-69

Blake Cox 212th 68-69 put this out this morning on our Facebook page:  So sorry that Miguel Bustamante of the 212th Sentry Dog Unit passed away from cancer. He was my best buddy while in Vietnam. Prayers go out to his Family.  Below is several pictures of Miguel.  First is a picture of him at our reunion in San Antonio 2011.  The second picture is on the Texas Department of Agriculture honoring veterans.  It is labeled Miguel Bustamante, MP, 1968-69, Laredo.  Third is from our reunion in Springfield 2019.  Please keep Angie and family in your prayers and thoughts.  I will miss Miguel.  He and Angie made the reunions wonderful for me.  Take Care, Gary


Miguel Bustamante, age 73, entered eternal rest in Stockdale, TX Thursday, July 30, 2020. Miguel was born January 17, 1947 and raised in Laredo, TX to Pedro and Irma (Ramirez) Bustamante. He honorably served in the United States Army and retired from the Reserves after 22 Years. He is a member of the VFW and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 38 in Floresville, TX. Miguel was preceded in death by his parents; son, Isaac Bustamante; brothers, Javier Bustamante, Pedro Bustamante, Jr., Lauro “Betin” Bustamante, Johnny Dillard. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Angelica Bustamante; sons, Miguel Bustamante, Jr. (Rebecca) , and Gabriel Bustamante (Chelsea); grandchildren, Melissa Quintanilla (Cameron) , Ross Valenzuela (Erica), Logan Bustamante, Leland Bustamante, and Laney Bustamante; great-grandchildren, Caroline Valenzuela, Claire Valenzuela, Joe Valenzuela, Hendrix Quintanilla, Miles Quintanilla; siblings, Hilda Bustamante Love (Charles), San Juanita Starr (Michael), and Veronica Perez (Arthur); aunt, Olga Canales; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving family and many friends. A visitation with the family will take place Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 8:00am to 9:30am at Finch Funeral Chapel, Stockdale, Texas. A Procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30am that same morning. Due to current Covid 19 conditions the Rosary and Funeral Mass will be private for immediate family only.


Tuesday August 4, 2020
St. Marys Catholic Church
Stockdale, Texas

Funeral Mass

Tuesday August 4, 2020
St. Marys Catholic Church
Stockdale, Texas

Father Dennis Jarzombek will officiate at the service. Interment to follow in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery #2 in Selma, Texas. You are welcome to sign the online guest book at send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Miguel Bustamante please visit our Tribute Store.

Jack Steven Joyce, 212th 70-71

Jack Steven Joyce was a U.S. Army Military Police K9 Dog Handler in Vietnam. Among the dangerous missions assigned to Jack, his German Shepherd, and Jack’s fellow MP’s was to patrol roads frequented by U.S. Military personnel and prevent the enemy from planting land mines and IED’s on the patrolled roads.

These patrol’s were also conducted in the dark of night when the enemy thought they would be undetected, however the K9’s could alert to the enemy’s presence not only by sight, but also by sound and scent.

In civilian life Jack went on to join the Pompano Beach Police Department (Florida) attaining the rank of Detective-Sergeant.
Contributor: Maxwell Smart (50281772)

Pompano Beach
 Police Detective Sgt. Jack Joyce, who was named the department’s officer of the year in 1986, died at his home on Friday from what is thought to have been a heart attack. He was 41.

Sgt. Joyce, who moved to Pompano Beach in 1974 from Scott Depot, W.Va., started with the department that year and served as a patrol officer, plainclothes officer, detective and in internal affairs.

“He was one of the best detectives the city ever had,” said Sgt. Mario Indiviglio, who worked with Sgt. Joyce for 17 years.

Sgt. Joyce’s work in 1986 included an arrest in a case in which a woman and her grandson were terrorized and assaulted by a knife-wielding burglar who locked them in a closet, ransacked their house and fled in the woman’s vehicle, police said.

He was named the city’s officer of the month four times and received many letters of recognition and commendation.

He was a Vietnam veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah, of Pompano Beach; four daughters, Jennifer, of West Virginia, Jacqueline, of Margate, and Lindsay and Katherine of Pompano Beach; his mother, Betty, of West Virginia; a brother, John “Bill,” of West Virginia; and a sister, Jodi Joyce-Stover, of West Virginia.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at the First Baptist Church, 138 NE First St., Pompano Beach. Arrangements are being handled by Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kids in Distress.

If it is of interest, at the time of Jack’s death he lived at 360 SE 1st Ave., Pompano Beach, Florida (photo below). It’s my personal belief that Jack had chosen this location to live because it was only two blocks from the Pompano Beach Police Station where he worked. Jack had his fatal heart attack on March 27th, 1992 in the backyard while touching up the paint on the house on his day off.

I have always contended that it was the stress of Jack’s job (Rape, Robbery, Homicide Detective) that took him at such a young age. Any of the MP’s that knew him in Vietnam would tell you that Jack was truly as tough as nails and could eat rusty nails for breakfast, but at the same time he was a caring person and the horrible things he would see on the job, especially if they involved children, took its toll on Jack’s health, at least that is what I personally believe. Though he survived Vietnam, he eventually sacrificed all in civilian law enforcement and he is missed by many.

As a side note, one time I was with Jack and a song came on the radio, it was the The Hollies singing “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” and Jack said to me “Do you know what this song is about?” I said what I had always believed the song was about, I said to Jack “It’s about an over-weight kid who is made fun of, but the singer of the song doesn’t see the over-weightness, only that the kid is a fellow friend”. Jack said “No, it’s about Vietnam” (carrying the wounded). I got an education that day.