NEWS and REUNIONS
Legislation Allows Veterans to Salute the Flag
ed: its about time!
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.
"The salute is a form of honor and respect,
representing pride in one's military ser vice," Senator Inhofe said.
"Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even
when not in uniform. "Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as
to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the
flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and
servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not.
"I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others."
2015 22nd Infantry Regiment Society Reunion
Embassy Suites Hotel - E.Syracuse, NY
Complete instructions and registration form HERE
Reunion Schedule Here
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On June 25, our good friend from Belgium, Philippe Cornil, moved himself and his family to follow his passion - preserving the history of the American Army in WWII, with particular focus on the 4th Infantry Division and the 22nd Infantry Regiment. Philippe now lives in the first town liberated by the 4th Infantry Division in France - St. Marie du Mont, just behind Utah Beach. If you are ever visiting in Normandy, please be sure to stop by to visit Philippe - and he also has two sleeping rooms in his home across from the church on the square which he plans to rent regularly to tourists. And you can still contact him via e-mail on his web site http://www.revive-it.com A new e-mail address will be included in the next newsletter after Philippe is settled into his new home.
You have heard me talk about our good friend, Philippe Cornil, formerly from Belgium but now living in St-Marie-du-Mont, just behind Utah Beach in Normandy, France. Philippe first contacted me by e-mail in 1999, visited me in Atlanta in January of 2001, and has been a great asset and friend in researching the WWII accomplishments of the 22nd Infantry Regiment and 4th Infantry Division.
In late January, Philippe opened an exhibit of historical pictures, military vehicle models, and other artifacts in his museum in Normandy which will be available through early April. Additionally, he hosted men of 2-22 as they visited the D-Day beaches in late February (just as this newsletter was going to press). Philippe gave up a lucrative law practice in Belgium to move to Normandy and pursue his passion of preserving the history of the American soldiers who saved Europe in WWII - with special focus on our 4th Infantry Division WWII vets.
To help make a living, Philippe has two
sleeping rooms in his house that he rents out, and he will give custom
tours of the Normandy area, in addition to his museum and exhibits.
If you or any of your family or friends are heading to our
battlegrounds in Normandy, please contact Philippe and see if he can help
you - and you can help him.
You can check him out on his web site at www.revive-it.com or write him
at: place de l’Eglise n 38, 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France or call
him at 011-33 233-71-91-06.
Because of his outstanding support of us, Philippe has recently been made an honorary life member of both the National 4th Infantry Division Association and our 22nd Infantry Regiment Society. My family and I will be visiting him on and around June 6 of this year - finally going to fulfill my lifelong dream trip that was aborted last fall by the September 11 tragedy.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Names Project
For several years Brad Hull, Alpha 2/22(M) (e-mail: email@example.com ) has been the prime mover in a cooperative research project to identify the names of all those listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial who served with the 22nd Infantry by Battalion and Company, so they may be remembered and honored appropriately by their comrades.
Some 38,190 of the more than 58,000 names on the Wall were Army personnel. The most comprehensive list available only identifies each casualty's major unit (Division, Separate Brigade, etc.) and this information is not always complete or accurate. The 22nd Infantry served in Vietnam from July 1966 to January 1972, with assignments to the 4th Division (1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions), 25th Division (2nd and 3rd Battalions after August 1967), and I Field Force, Military Assistance Command and U S Army Forces Vietnam (1st Battalion after November 1970) in South Vietnam's II and III Corps and in Cambodia.
This project evolved from several individual efforts to identify those casualties from their own tour and/or company. Bill Schwindt, Charlie 3/22nd and John Otte, Bravo 3/22nd were among the earliest and most successful efforts.
Brad Hull, Alpha 2/22nd(M) started with a simple goal of finding the names of the 16 men he remembered being killed during his our beginning in July 1969 - knowing only one name. By 1994, he'd identified five more names from an 19 August 1969, incident in the Bo Loi Woods using an EDS database.
At the 1996 Reunion in Orlando, John Eberwine, Charlie 2/22nd(Mech) told Brad about a large database of Wall names (the Combat Area Casualty Current File CACCF) he'd downloaded from the Internet. This database had additional information compared to most listings, including a Casualty Reason, MOS, Province, Race and a Tour Began Date, along with Home of Record, Age, Rank and/or Grade; This additional data would all be very useful in conducting searches when the name is (partially) unknown and/or the date is uncertain
Brad took a copy of that database back with him on four floppy disks to try them out. He was so impressed that he downloaded a fresh copy of the Combat Area Casualty Current File and converted it to a Microsoft Access database that he also enhanced. He soon found that powerful searches and interesting statistics could be produced with his new database. By phone, postal and e-mail, he began helping other 22nd Infantry Veterans identify their buddies on the Wall. With verification, Brad added battalion and company information to his database.
Each 22nd Infantry casualty must be identified individually and the information verified by official records such as order copies, morning reports and rosters or the personal recollection of other members of the
unit who are familiar with the date and circumstances of the loss.Lists compiled by other 22nd Infantry units were consolidated into the database and Brad became the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society's de facto curator of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Names and the expert in identifying all our fallen comrades. One by one or in small groups of names the list grew - to some 340 by the Gettysburg Reunion in October 1997, and over 500 at the Texas Reunion last May. Contributions came not only from our own too-numerous-to-name Veterans, but from our casualties' families, Friends, publications and web sites.
Two people merit special mention: Associate Member Greg Brauer, brother of Art Peterson, C 2/22nd(M), devoted significant time at the National Archives in Washington DC, contributing nearly 40 names with unit assignments - many from a September 1967, 1st Battalion Memorial Roll. Since the Texas Reunion, longtime (since mid 1980s) Wall researcher Richard Coffelt provided nearly 90 new names and unit information.
Currently, over 640 22nd Infantrymen who died in Vietnam have been identified by their assigned company. It is estimated the total for all three Battalions of the 22nd Infantry may be 900 - 950. Presently the 3rd Battalion comprises about 45% of the list, the 2nd Battalion accounts for another 36% and the 1st Battalion only has 19%. Obviously, we have yet to identify several hundred names
their RTOs and Recon Sergeants. Medics are identified by both Headquarters Included in the database are attached personnel, such as Artillery FOs, Company and the line company(s) to which they were attached. Those who were killed in other units or during later tours after serving in the 22nd Infantry are also included and so noted
Every name added and every survivor who can now touch that name on the Wall compensates for the hours spent developing and maintaining the database. Brad also helps Veterans of other units, including PTSD patients Cleveland VA identify names.
Our Wall database also helps link surviving family members with buddies of their fallen son, father or brother.There are two primary reasons for contacting Brad Hull with any information or questions you have regarding our casualties. The first would be to help complete and verify the database. The second would be to obtain information about casualties that you are not aware of, or in some cases the fact someone you thought did not survive actually did. Every reunion I've attended has guys who last saw each other on a Medevac 30+ years ago who never before sought nor learned each other's fate.The smallest clue can lead to identification even if you do not know the name or exact date of the incident. By comparing other information in the database such as the Province, Casualty Reason, MOS, Race, etc. a group of potential names can then be checked against unit rosters or personal recollections.
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Paul Musson, Associate Member, and head of our England branch writes:
If you served with the 22nd Infantry Regiment in England prior to the D-Day invasion, our great friend in England, Paul Musson, head of our England branch, would love to hear from you. He has been retracing our Regiment’s steps from your days in England. He writes, “The countryside to this day is still lush green fields, meadows, copse woods, and rolling hills. Small villages still litter the area close by. Some modernization has been completed over the years in Newton Abbott but the countryside is still unspoiled.
If any of you veteran friends have fond memories of your stay in England before D-Day, please write Bob Babcock so he can include that in the next newsletter. The first letter to Bob will receive from me in England a 2002 Great Britain Atlas. Many thanks again to you veteran friends who helped us Brits during the dark days of WWII.”
Paul will join us again at our reunion in St. Louis, just as he did in England - he can’t wait. He will fly first to Atlanta to spend some time with my family and me and then drive with me to St. Louis. Paul has also asked that if any of you have the 22nd Infantry Regiment yearbook from the end of WWII that you are willing to sell, he would love to buy it from you. If you want to contact Paul, his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact him through the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society.
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You all are truly an amazing group of individuals and I have never forgotten the time that I laid eyes on you at a reunion or read your thoughts in the mail or heard your voice on the phone. I may die without a penny in my pocket but I will die a rich man because of your friendship.
Steve Missippi Rye