Red Clay Newsletter of the Veterans who served at Khe Sanh Combat Base, Hill 950, Hill 881, Hill 861, Hill 861-A, Hill 558 Khe Sanh Village, Lang-Vei and Surrounding Area

 
Home Red Clay Index Issue 70 Spring 2008  
 
 
     
   
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIEGE OF KHE SANH
SPECIAL EDITION
 

KHE SANH CAVALRY
Thomas Tompkins, H&S 26th Marines
 
     
     
 
 
             
    Message
From The President and Board
 
   
   

Tom Eichler
President

 

Several years ago Terry Redlin, the most renowned painter of Americana, donated all the proceeds from one of his paintings titled “His Last Goodbye” to the Khe Sanh Veterans Inc.

This painting is the last in a series he painted honoring his Brother-In-Law Charles T. Langenfeld, a corpsman who was killed serving with Echo Company 2/26.

Charles was decorated for his actions on 05 Feb 68 when Echo Company's positions on Hill 861A were attacked and partially overrun.

This picture is depicted on several of the Khe Sanh Veterans publications; “The Khe Sanh Veterans Book of Poetry” and Ray Stubbe’s Book “Battalion of Kings”.

In case our members are interested the Redlin’s Art, “His Last Goodbye” is available in 2 sizes: Limited Edition (signed by Terry Redlin and limited to 3500 prints, measures 18-1/2” X 32” and sells for $ 195.00.
 

An Elite Edition that measures 14” X 24” sells for $ 75.00 and is not signed by Terry Redlin. Both versions are available framed.

Any questions can be directed to Julie K. Ranum, 605-882-3877 or via email at redlinac@redlinart.com.

Remember all proceeds from this beautiful painting go to the Khe Sanh Veterans Inc., through the generosity of the Redlin family.

So far the fine Redlin family has donated over $ 22,000 to our organization from the sale of this painting.
 

   
             
 
 


John "Big John" Pessoni

Vice President

Reunion Reminder

The Khe Sanh Veterans Reunion in Reno Nevada on July 28 August 03 , is expected to be the largest attended reunion in the history of the KSV. Please submit your registration forms and make Hotel reservations as soon as possible.

We also have many new items in the Khe Sanh Veterans PX. All proceeds from the PX are used to support our Red Clay Magazine, so your continued support helps the magazine continue to grow.
 

   
             
 
 
 
             
    Remembrances
 
   
    Those Remembered
 
Remembered By    
   
Alfred Pino L/Cpl
USMC B/1/9 KIA 16 Mar 67

Robert Kruger PFC
USMC E/2/3 KIA 03 May 67

George McClelland S/Sgt
USMC B/1/26 25 Feb 68

Matt Dwyer L/Cpl
USMC A/3rd Engrs KIA 28 Feb 68

Rich Corcoran Capt
USMC HQ Co 3/Div KIA 07 Jun 68

Leonard Bird 1/Lt
USMC VMFA-115 KIA 13 Jun 68

Reuben C. McMakins Cpl
USMC KIA 14 Apr 68 881N

 
Richard J. De Lotto
A Friend From Clifton

Richard J. De Lotto
A Friend From Clifton

Richard J. De Lotto
A Friend From Clifton

Richard J. De Lotto
A Friend From Clifton

Richard J. De Lotto
A Friend From Clifton

Richard J. De Lotto
A Friend From Clifton

Thomas A. Pierce
L CO 3/26

   
             
 
 
 
         
   

We have instituted a new magazine section to thank those members who contribute so generously to the Khe Sanh Veterans. Their contributions allow us to continue to expand and improve our Red Clay magazine. There will be four levels of contributions: SILVER $ 20.00-50.00, GOLD over 50.00-200.00, PLATINUM over 200.00-1,000, and DIAMOND over 1,000. Each member will receive a new member­ship card, corresponding with their level of contribution.
 

   

DIAMOND

 

BODENWEISER, Alec
DAWDY. James H. Jr.
 

TOURTE, Craig
FOSTER, Gary
 

MCNEELEY, Milton L (Mac)
 
   

PLATINUM

 

ALLEN, Lewis J
CHICONE, Roger D
COLE, James F
FOSTER, Gary W
FRUGONI, Charles
 

GABLE, Vincent L
HARRINGTON, David S
PATRICO, Sid
PIERCE, Thomas A
KUBLEY, Lawrence W
 

SCOTT, Michael D
STACK, Geoffrey L
STUBBE, Ray W
WELLS, Jack

 
   

GOLD

 

ALLEN, Lewis J
BROPHY, Michael W.
CAMPO, Carl C
CATON, Louis W II
CHANDLER, David
COOK, Michael H
COSNER, Leonard G
COWAN, John R Sr.
DESETA, Louis J
DONAGHY, Richard E
DUBOIS, William H
DUNLAP, Lee C
EICHLER, Thomas J
ELARDO, Nick
ESSLINGER, John T
FOLEY, Richard M
GERARD, Charles G
GILLESPIE, Donald J
 

GRANT, James D
GRIFFIN, Jerry
HALLER, Tom
HANNA, Robert W
HERNANDEZ, John G
JACHIMIAK, Daniel L
KAHENY, John M
KAYLOR, James
KEATON, Thomas
LARSON, Larry L
LEE, Dale
LOERSCH, Phillip E
MAIN, Ronald G
MANNION, Dennis M
MCCANN, Timothy N
MCCARTNEY, Lawrence
MERCADO, Saturno
NOYES, Richard C
 

PADLEY, Shirley W
PATTERSON, Charles E
PELON, Sharon
RAIT, Donald M
ROBBINS, John L
ROGERS, David G
RUSHFORTH, Toby
SHANKLIN, Dean E
SLATTERY, Robert J
SMITH, Patrick W
SMITH, Walter J
SPIVEY, Martin B
STUDT, John C
TATE, William R
WACHSMUTH, Robert
WILKINSON, James B
WOODARD, Jeff
YATES, William R
 
   

SILVER

 

ALEXANDER, Clarence F
AMBROSE, James F
APPLEBAUM, Robert S
BECKHAM, Daniel E
BOLAND, Thomas
BRADBURY, Michael D
CAMPO, Carl
CHASE, James L
COOK, Michael H
CORBETT, Jack
DACKERMANN, William
DEARING, Richard M
DE LOTTO, Richard J
FINCH, Michael T
FOLEY, Richard M Jr.
FOSMO, Harold D Jr.
GERRIOR, Chuck
HALL, Robert A
 

HARRIGAN, Joseph E
HARRIS, Theodore S
HICKS, Tommy J
HOFFLER, John T
HOLMGREN, Duane K
JOHNSON, John L
KAZIMIR, Edward J
KEATON, Thomas
KENDIG, Dennis R
LARSEN, Larry L
LEWY, Bruce S
MAGUIRE, Danny A
MAHONEY, Brian
MAPEL, Randall D
MCCULLOUGH, Richard
FRUGONI, Charles
MELLON, David L
MINEER, Philip D
 

MYER, Donald J
MORGAN, Robert I
MOSEBAY, Watson T Jr.
MUDD, Ronald B
NANCE, Reuben F
NEWSHAM, Robert G
PROVENCIO, Ramon
RINEHART, Earlin R
ROMANETZ, Nicholas S
SMITH, Patrick W
STAHL, Richard E
SWEARENGEN, Mark A
TAKACS, Richard E
UPSHAW, Leland
VIVONA, Robert T
WILLIS, Robert E


 
   
       
       
         
 
 
 
         
    About The National Memorial Day Parade

The National Memorial Day Parade, presented by the American Veterans Center, is held annually in Washington DC, and is an opportunity for thousands of patriotic Americans to come together. They honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The event celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and seeks to educate the public about the meaning of this hallowed day.

Over 250,000 patriotic Americans lined Constitution Avenue for the 2007 parade, in honor of all who have served and sacrificed. The Grand Marshals of the 2007 National Memorial Day Parade, our wounded service members from Iraq and Afghanistan, pictured with Honorary Marshal Gary Sinise, star of CSI: New York and Forrest Gump.

For nearly 70 years, Washington, DC—our nation’s capital and headquarters of our military—was without a parade on our Armed Services’ most sacred day. This despite the fact that parades on Memorial Day have been a tradition in towns across America for well over a century. Sadly, in recent years, many of these parades have been fading away, as the true meaning of Memorial Day is being increasingly forgotten. In 2005, the American Veterans Center decided to bring this great tradition back to the nation’s capital by creating the National Memorial Day Parade. Not merely an event for Washington, the National Memorial Day Parade is an event for the entire country—a major parade which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday: honoring those who have served, and died, to preserve our liberties. The National Memorial Day Parade has quickly become a tradition in which Americans of all ages and generations can share. In only its second year, the parade drew over 250,000 spectators, a testament to the public’s desire to honor our heroes in uniform. The parade includes nearly 200 elements, units, youth groups, and parade floats—as well as hundreds of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

With the National Memorial Day Parade, the country once again has a tradition where all Americans can gather together to thank our greatest heroes, and remember those who have fallen.


 

   
   

     Pictured on the front cover is our very own Khe Sanh Veteran Thomas Tompkins, H&S Co Comm 26th Marines, leading the parade. Thomas is a Civil War re-enactor and was met with thunderous applause when it was announced he was a Khe Sanh survivor. He was also honored by being invited to sit at the podium with VIP ‘s participating in the Memorial Parade.


   
       
   
VETERANS FROM ALL WARS AND ALL UNITS ARE HONORED IN THE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
 
   
 
 

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