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, puppypusher@att.net

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 puppypusher@att.net

18th MP BDE Operational Report/Lessons Learned Sentry Dog Usage in Vietnam

Good afternoon, I am sending you a link to a  Operational report = Lessons Learned- Headquarters- 18th Military Police Brigade18th MP BDE  for sentry dog usage in Vietnam.  It is 42 pages long.  That’s why I am providing the link.  John Caldwell 212th 69-70.  The original document is stored at Texas Tech University Vietnam Studies.   https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vietnam.ttu.edu%2Fstar%2Fimages%2F1683%2F168300010573.pdf%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1rWNZ9vcEJQQ74MSG4kNv-DOHcoHCI1MccMms7cDrT9LZXNv6xJci8sGw&h=AT1u_czs84ADpDk4HeZ6IPkY0zVEbd4MAt-q8PPvrD8HwWNcGV3QvCp032DsU0nxU_txSP7AXL8Py7bohttnkMFTcVfnTJClfpYR1yLVPUAzcgRVRXk3g2UAb8xyf4rZORIyhwVm_GvB77EWvLhiXw

A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans2Yahoo/2019 Reunion

  • Gary SmithA Tribute to Vietnam Veterans Featuring the Voice of Mr. Sam Elliott A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans Featuring the Voice of Mr. Sam Elliott Featuring the voice of renowned actor Mr. Sam Elliott, this video is a tribute to the 7.2 million living veteran…‎Jun‎ ‎19 at ‎1‎:‎22‎ ‎PM
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ABC 15 Salutes Jim Frost 981st 71-72

Good evening guys and gals, Jim Frost posted this on Facebook.  I know not everyone is on Facebook so I am passing it on to those folks.  I will try to show it at our reunion too.  I hope you all enjoy.  Take Care, Gary

OK guys.  I had an interview this morning on the local ABC affiliate on their long-time local show.  It also combines things at the beginning from an interview when they came to the house a couple of weeks ago.  The videographer did a great job editing, I think.  He was fascinated with the use of the dogs. I hope I did justice to you.   https://www.abc15.com/lifestyle/sonoran-living/sl-sponsors/abc15-salutes-arizona-veteran-jim-frost

From Don Holloway 981st 68-69

Has anyone come across a website called Fold3 ?—–Fold3 has a Facebook site too. I am not endorsing this site, only saying check it out, there are other sites I’m sure.

It appears to be part of Ancestry. com, but strictly with military members and family in mind. I even found where the Army 981st MPSD Company was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation on there. It is described by the commanding officers why it was given. Amazing!
They have a 7-day free trial and if you choose, $7.95 a month thereafter.
There is a free version also. Thoroughly check the website out. More details below.

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Flag Ceremony from the Vietnam War

The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.fold3.comPage 2 Vietnam Service Awards – Fold3Recommendations for awarding Presidential Unit Citations (PUC), Valorous Unit Awards (VUA), and the Meritorious Unit Commendations (MUC).