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2019 C/3/22 ASSOCIATION REUNION
Reunion Dates October 9 - 12, 2019
Reunion Host: Kenny Almond, 660-734-4238
Reunion Registration Form and Information about our 2019 Charlie Company Reunion is posted on the Branson 2019 Page.
Hotel room reservation link to use or phone numbers if you want to call and more information are on the Branson 2019 Page.
If you are looking to have or go to a mini reunion don't miss the opportunity! Click on "Reunions" page to see how meaningful they can be.
Fred Buttinelli 70-71 Sent these beautiful pictures of the 22nd Inf. Monument at Ft. Benning to Nick Dragon. I would like to know where on the Monument our "Charlie Co." KIA's are placed. Plan to visit in the near future.
From Tommy Tompkins: Each year my wife, Dee, and I attend the State Fair of Texas. On the grounds of State Fair Park in Dallas is the Texas Vietnam Memorial. We always take time to go by and visit and say hi to any vets that may be there. This year, one of the vets saw the 25th patch on my cap and remembered they had a 25th wreath in storage that had not been put on display. He retrieved the wreath and I had my wife snap a few pictures for me to forward to you for the newsletter. Not sure how many of our members even know about the memorial.
On October 9, 2018, President Trump signed Public Law 115-258, which provides a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of 2.8 percent, effective December 1, 2018, for veterans disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for survivors and certain other benefits.
VA compensation and DIC benefits are retrospectively paid on the first of each month, for the previous month. This means that the 2.8 COLA increase effective December 1, 2018, will not be included until the January 1, 2019 payment. This increase matches the COLA provided to Social Security recipients.
This COLA benefits injured and ill veterans, their families and survivors by helping to maintain the value of VA benefits against inflation. Without annual COLAs, many disabled veterans, who sacrificed their own health and family life for the good of our nation, may not be able to maintain the quality of life they deserve.
We thank Representative Mike Bost (IL), Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs for introducing HR 4958, theVeterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of2018 and Congress for final passage of the bill on September 25, 2018.
Likewise, we appreciate your support for service-disabled veterans and your grassroots efforts in the DAV Commander's Action Network, which helped get this critical legislation enacted. Please share this information on all of your social media sites. Thank you for all you do for America's veterans and their families.
Sent from Joe Piazza:
CHRISTMAS WITH MY BROTHERS
The Christmas that I spent in 1968 at Fire Support Base Washington (FSB) was a Christmas like no other. I had been in Vietnam for about 4 months then and was no longer considered an “FNG”. My life now had greater value than when I arrived. When I joined Charlie Company as a replacement in August, I didn’t know a soul. Since then we had been jumping on choppers every morning only to jump off, hope that nobody would be shooting at us, and search the surrounding jungles for Charlie. When we completed one sweep of the jungle, we jumped back on the choppers only to do it again. Sometimes we repeated this 4-5 times a day. There were times that we found Charlie’s hidden weapons and other times when we found him.
When you spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 30 days each month for months on end; you get very close to each other. Share a foxhole with a fellow grunt and you find yourself sharing your whole life together. You know that if you’re going to make it home, you have to rely on your buddy and that he has to rely upon you. The goal was to make it to that freedom bird waiting for you after your 12 month tour to fly back to the “world”.
We were told that a truce had been called for Christmas day and that we would be standing down – just for the one day. When I heard that, there was no doubt in my mind that we best prepare for an attack. For Charlie there were no rules. His only goal was to kill us any way he could at any time. Our commanders were thinking the same as they placed the FSB on guarded alert for our holiday celebration. Needless to say, everyone kept their M-16 close by.
Christmas was a special day. We received many goody packages from home filled with cookies, candies, and socks. I was surprised that the pint bottle of whiskey that my brother sent to me made the trip and passed inspection. I immediately took a big swig and passed it around. Needless to say, it didn’t go very far but served the purpose of sending greetings from home. There were also fruitcakes – lots of fruitcakes. It remains a mystery to us that our families sent us so many fruitcakes when we never ate them when we were home. We ate a few of them that were still moist and took the rest of them with us on patrol where we stuffed them with C-4 and threw them into Charlie’s bunkers and down his spider holes. He must have been surprised when he was showered with pieces of cherries, raisins, and apples.
We had a special Christmas dinner. No C rations for our special day. We had the luxury of having BBQs at the FSB. They consisted of a 55 gallon drum that had been cut in half and the two pieces had been fitted with grills to hold the meat. We feasted on BBQ chicken for our Christmas dinner. It couldn’t have tasted any better.
When we had finished dinner I sat back and looked around me. I realized then that these men had become my family. These soldiers were first my friends and now they had become my brothers. Our closeness and what we had experienced over these last few months had drawn us together in a way that only soldiers understand. I felt relieved that I got to spend Christmas with my family after all.
That’s why I attend Charlie Company reunions. I look forward to seeing and being with my brothers again. And, as I have met and got to know those who were in Charlie Company before me and after me, I realized that they too are my brothers. I recommend that you too attend the upcoming reunion in October, 2019 to get to visit with your brothers. Then, you too can discuss how you dispensed with all of those fruitcakes.
Dave DeMauro, Secretary
Look Who is Coming as of 12/7/2018 is on the Branson 2019 Reunion Page!
The Fall/Winter 2018 Newsletter has been mailed. If you didn't get yours we may not have your correct mailing address, in that case you may contact any of the officers on the Headquarters Page to update your information.
The 2019 Fogarty Scholarship form will be in the next newsletter.