3 months ago

Jodi Prater
I am looking for anyone who survives that may have been involved in the Battle of Bong Trang during Operation Amarillo on August 25th, 1966. My brother, Herbert S. Bechtel, Big Red 1, CoB, 1st/2nd Inf, was killed providing covering fire for the evacuation of the dead and wounded that day. He was found with his finger frozen to the trigger of his empty machine gun. He was nominated for the Medal of Honor by the 4 walking surviving members of his platoon. They downgraded this to the Distinguished Service Cross. While this is a great honor, we, the family, would like to get him the MOH as nominated. In order to do this I need to recreate the command of his group as well as any others that participated in that action. Apparently they need officers to concur with the nomination. If there are any of you still surviving that can give me this information or would be aware of his actions, would you please contact me. Thank you..All Best Reagards....Jodi Prater ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

Laura Swartz
I am trying to find anyone (or relatives of anyone) in the 16th (likely 1st Battalion) who would have been linked with 1st Platoon, Company C, 634th Tank Destroyer Battalion in actions in Belgium and Germany between 1 March 1945 and 8 April 1945. My cousin, Neil William McIntyre, served in the 1st Platoon, Company C, 634th Tank Destroyer Battalion during that time and died by accidental gunshot 8 April 1945. He is buried in the American War Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands and I am trying to find a photograph of him for the Faces of Margraten project. Searches within my family, and in his home state of North Dakota, have been unsuccessful. My hope is that someone in the 16th was buddies with Neil and took a photograph with him. If Neil McIntyre rings a bell in your or your relatives’ memories, please let me know. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
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12 months ago

Edward Waldo Walding
So the 30th anniversary reunion of Desert Storm will now happen on the 31st Anniversary. Contracts re signed. Rate for room is $85.00 per night. You can get the rate starting Thursday 23 June 2022. Reunion starts friday 24 June evening with a social. Main events will occur on Saturday 25 June. 1st Brigade will be in Europe so we won't have much help from them but we will work with rear det. Dagger 6 inbound was Dreadnought 6 so he will be helpful I am sure. Convention hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott. Hotel number is 785 210 1500. More to follow. Lets find missing folks from our units. Johnny G. Womack comes to mind as well as many others. Lets be inclusive. If you know someone who served with us before the war who would like to come they are welcome.i will post updates and tickets when i get the info ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

Ronald Lyons
In Loving Memory ofRaymond Lavato Lyons1929 - 2021Newcomer - Winter Park Chapel (407-678-4500) is assisting the familyRaymond Lavato Lyons was born on August, 11th 1929, in Jacksonville, Florida. His parents Monroe M. Lyons and Ida Idell (Waters) Lyons, preceded him in death. Raymond had four sisters, Vicy, Ruby, and Estelle, Kathleen and a brother Walter F. (Fred) Lyons, who also preceded Raymond in Death.Raymond joined the Florida State Guard in 1945 at the end of World War II. In 1947, he Joined the Regular Army. He is a veteran of the Korean War. He served overseas in Germany, Korea, and Japan as well as numerous duty stations stateside.Raymond retired from the Army in 1967 as a Sergeant First Class, his awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal 5th award, World War II Victory Medal, World War II Occupation Army and Air Force Medal with both Clasp for Germany and Japan and the Berlin Airlift Device, Medal For Humane Action, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with two campaign stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, UN Korean Service Medal, R.O.K. War Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.Raymond married the former Angeline Cook. They had seven children; Dwayne Anthony, Donald Wayne, Ronald William, David Allan, Dorthea Lynn, Rebecca Idell, and Martin Raymond. Angeline, Dwayne, and Rebecca preceded Raymond in death.Donald and Ronald reside in Copperas Cove, Texas; David lives in Saint Thomas US Virgin Islands; Dorthea resides in Warren, Michigan; and Martin, resides in Orlando, Florida.Raymond has numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, as well and grandchildren and great- grandchildren.After he retired from military service, Raymond worked as a Journeyman Press operator and retired from the Orlando Sentinel Star Newspaper Company.During his lifetime, Raymond always helped those who he could. He made and kept loyal friendships from his time in the military and his civilian career as well.Raymond was a stern example for us to follow. As a father, he was always there for his children.Raymond enjoyed hunting with Fred, his brother; he was an avid fishing enthusiast who enjoyed both freshwater and saltwater fishing. He collected coins and military memorabilia for hobbies.He was incredibly proud of his association and assignments with the “Big Red One” First Infantry Division, the 16th Infantry Regiment, and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Raymond was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Interment will be at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, located in Killeen, Texas. Services pending, please check back for updates.Arrangements by Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions (Winter Park Chapel). ... See MoreSee Less
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