1/83 Artillery Update
March 29, 2020

 

1/83rd Unit News

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General News

1. Coronavirus - I hope that all of you and your families are well as we all are trying to cope with this terrible virus. The many unknowns about this virus are making it a very scary and unprecedented time in our lives, something that none of us have ever experienced. Our hope and prayers are that all of you will be safe and well.

2. 2020 Reunion - Due to the virus situation, Reunion planning is on hold. We are asking everyone to make no further hotel reservations, travel plans, or send any attendance fees until further notice. We've decided to wait until April 20 to make a decision as to whether to cancel or continue with reunion plans. There are so many unknowns at this time, hopefully by waiting a while, we will have a better idea of the situation.  

3. Remembrances - March is the Anniversary month of two of our 1/83rd Brothers who did not make it home from Vietnam.

March 20th was the 52nd Anniversary of the death of Joseph Cruz Baza, a Veteran of C Battery (1968).


(Rubbing from the Vietnam Memorial)

March 31st is the 49th Anniversary of the death of Robert Lee, a Veteran of HQ Battery (1970-71).


(Rubbing from the Vietnam Memorial

April is the Anniversary month of two of our 1/83rd Brothers who did not make it home from Vietnam.

April 13th will be the 50th Anniversary of the death of both Clifford Earnhardt, a Veteran of A Battery (1969-70) and Larry Francis, a Veteran of Service Battery (1969-70).


(Rubbing from the Vietnam Memorial)


(Rubbing from the Vietnam Memorial

More on Joseph, Robert, Clifford and Larry can be found on our website.

3. Vietnam War Veterans Day -  March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Take some time and say a prayer of remembrance for our brothers and friends who did not make it home and also a prayer of Thanksgiving for those of us who were blessed to return and live our lives in peace. We are the fortunate ones! Lest We Forget.

4. Check Writing in 2020 - Thought this bit of helpful advice which I received from the County in New Jersey in which I live was something you might want to see.

5. Branch Specific Combat Badges - Dan O'Brien sent this story.

6. Your Personal Contact Information - Once again I am asking you to please be sure to let me know if your contact information has changed.  I have had quite a few lately where either your email address or postal address is outdated and I was not notified. If your email address changes and you haven't provided a current postal address and phone number it makes it difficult or impossible for me to find you. Nothing is worse than losing someone just because of "paperwork" so keep me updated so I can keep the Full Roster up to date.

10. Support - Please let me know if anyone of you or your family have health situations so we can let everyone know of the need for our support.

11. News - if you have any good news that you want to share send it along. Having good news to share would be a real pleasure, as it seems like we are constantly only talking about sad news. Here is the latest 1/83rd News.

Interesting Links and More

1. Les Spohr (68-69) sent this video, I am the Flag.

2. Rex Hon (66-67) sent this story, The Army Just Tested Its New Supergun. You may need to click through an initial screen to get to the story.

3. Rex Hon (66-67) sent this video, My Dog Nui Dat.

Did you Know

The classic American baseball song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was written by Jack Norworth and set to music by Albert Von Tilzer in 1908. Neither of them had ever attended a baseball game prior to writing the song.

(Courtesy of How-To Geek Newsletter)

1/83rd Website

1. Please let me know if you come across any links in my website that are broken. With so much content, it is inevitable that links go out of date so let me know if you find one that does not work.

2. 1/83rd Unit Merchandise - Here is a link to the latest merchandise.

3. If you come across anything that you think may be a good addition to our website let me know. Also, if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the website, let me know.

4. Check out all the latest updates by looking at the website Table of Contents.

Vietnam Veterans of America

1. VVA website

1/83rd Roster

Full Roster on Website - Check your entry on the Full Roster to make sure all your information is up to date. Notify me if any changes are necessary. If your email stops working, I cannot reach you if you have incomplete or incorrect contact details on the roster.

I have recently become aware of several changes to contact info. It is important that you keep your contact information up to date on the Roster, it is the only that your buddies can find you! Let me know when things change.

Please remember that all contact info that we have for our group can be found on the Full Roster. This is the best spot to start if you need to contact one of the group.

Missing members of the 1/83rd Help us find those former 83rd members who haven't found us yet!!

There is a long-standing page on our website where I list men that are either missing, inactive or trying to be located by someone in our group. I am asking everyone to review that page and let me know if you have updates you would like me to make.

I am sure that each of us has someone they would really like to reconnect with. If we all pitch in, we may find many more of our old buddies. Here are some ways to do that:

1. If you are in contact or have contact info for any 1/83rd guys please contact them and tell them about our group or at least tell me and I will contact them.

2. Look through the roster on the website and if you know of others who are not listed, let me know who they are. Also, if you see any incorrect or missing info (including your own entry) let me know.

3. If you have copies of old orders tucked away someplace, send me a copy so I can make sure those names are on the roster.

4. Sometimes all it takes is a name and location and we can find someone but the more details we know the better our chances.

Rules & Regs If anyone would like a current copy of the "Rules & Regs" document which has helpful information about using the website, let me know. Go to Contact Us and submit your request or email me directly.
Advisory If you get an email from and it has a website link included anywhere within the email, most times you should be able to just click on the link and you will be taken to the website. Sometimes however, the link will not work because, in sending you the email, the link is deactivated although it is still usable. If this should happen, another way to use the link is to copy and paste it into the address line on your browser. Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions on this.

Please make sure that your email system allows emails to be received from both of my email addresses, bill_t_08012@yahoo.com and artillery_83rd@yahoo.com

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