REQUEST FROM VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
HAS BEEN CONTACTED BY A VA REPRESENTATIVE IN ALABAMA SEEKING DOCUMENTATION IN RECORDS, E.G. OPERATIONS LOGS OF THE 1ST BATTALION
14TH FIELD ARTILLERY, TO SUPPORT AN APPLICATION FOR A PURPLE HEART FOR A CLIENT VETERAN.
THE VA REPRESENTATIVE CURRENTLY HAS THE FOLLOWING
INFORMATION FROM AN OPERATIONS LOG ENTRY BY S-3 OF THE 198TH LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE AT CHU LAI, RVN:
"0240h 30 Jan 1968. Incoming
BT 548013. 1 WIA from C Battery 1/14FA"
THE VA REPRESENTATIVE IS SEEKING TO SUPPORT THE 198TH LIB DOCUMENTATION WITH MORE COMPLETE
INFORMATION FROM 14TH FA RECORDS OR REFERRAL TO A SOURCE FOR SUCH RECORDS.
This notice is posted in the Forum. If you have information regarding the incident, please reply in the Forum or contact Association Secretary, Bob Sorensen
by e-mail: email@example.com .
28 January 2017: We are pleased to welcome Gregg Malicki, 1st Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
14 January 2017: The Association welcomes Charles (Charlie)
Brown, 2nd Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
1 January 2017: Kicking off the New Year with the announcement that John Large has renewed his membership.
2016: From David McMillan:
wife, Jean, and I visited The Wall on Veterans' Day and
attended the annual ceremony. While visiting, we wanted to locate the name of
one of the soldiers from my battery (HHB) who was killed in a tragic accident
on Artillery Hill. We walked up to one of the National Park Service volunteers
to help us find the name. The volunteer recognized the 14th Artillery crest on
my hat and shirt. It turns out that he served in the ammo section of Service
Battery 6/14 from November, 1968, until January, 1970. This overlapped for a
few months with my time in the battalion. His name is Tom Tabor. He said he
went by the nickname, "Top." He has served as a volunteer at the Wall
since 1986. I told him about our recent reunion. He seemed to be aware of the
website. I told him to consider joining the gang in 2018. Does anyone remember
Tom? When we visit the Wall, we are always hopeful that we will connect with
someone who served with the 14th Artillery. So, this year's visit was very
26 October 2016: There is a new request from Skip Hughes on the
Buddy Search page.
September 2016: Clem Smiley update. Clem continues to recover and is scheduled to return home on Friday 9/30. We thank David
Laukat and Clarence Marrs for being with Clem while in the hospital, and we thanks the members of the 1st Battalion Steel
Warriors who travelled from Fort Sill to Oklahoma City to visit Clem.
27 September 2016: Clem Smiley is recovering from surgery. He is will return home later this week and is
expected to make a full recovery. If you would like to send get well wishes to Clem and Hanne, their address is 125
SE French Road, Lawton, OK 73501.
20 August 2016: Art Miller, 6th Battalion, upgraded his membership to Life Member. Welcome Art!
5 June 2016: The family of 1LT Kenneth Kirkpatrick, B 1/14FA, has posted a request on the Buddy Search page.
1 June 2016: Rick
Simmerman, 6th Battalion, has upgraded to Life Membership. Welcome Rick.
27 May 2016: The Association welcomes John Coons, 2nd Battalion, as a Life Member.
21 May 2016: The Association welcomes our newest members
Alex Reid who upgraded to Life Member, and Tomas Caraballo, Annual Member.
12 May 2016: REUNION REMINDER. Hotel reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn using our Reunion rate
need to be made NLT 26 May. Check the Reunion 2016 page for details.
3 May 2016: 1-14 FA conducted an Officer Professional Development class in the Regimental Room at Battalion Headquarters
on Fort Sill. The class subject was the history of each of the six battalions of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. Members
of the Association participated in the class to add first-hand accounts of their experiences while serving in the Regiment.
Representing the Association were: Rex Weaver, David Laukat, Loma Allen, Andrew Pearson, Geoffrey Buhlig, Clarence Marrs,
Bob Sorensen, Clem Smiley, Jerry Goos, Joe Moehrle, and David Termin.
14 April 2016: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. 1st Battalion at Fort Sill will hold an Officer Professional Development class
on 3 May. The subject will be the HISTORY OF THE 14TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT. The Battalion is seeking veterans from each
Battalion of the Regiment to portray their experiences from an historical perspective.
Although being present at Fort Sill for the class would be
meaningful, it's not necessary. A conference call is being planned so participants can call in to participate.
If interested, contact David Laukat, Clem Smiley, or David
2016: Roy Huff, who has served as Treasurer since the Association was founded more than 10 years ago, has announced he is
retiring from the position. The Association's officers and membership are grateful to Roy for his dedication and hard work
and we recognize he is an important part of the Association's success.
WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AS TREASURER for the term that will begin at the Reunion in June. If you are interested
in serving, please contact Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Termin at email@example.com.
29 March 2016: Today is Vietnam Veterans Day marking the
day in 1973 when the final troops returned to the United States from Vietnam, signaling the end of U.S. involvement in
all who served in Vietnam, thank you for your service there and for your many contributions over the years following your
27 March 2016: The Association has received word that Colonel James H.
Pierce, 6th Battalion, passed away on 25 March 2013. From his stepson, Bob Lundfelt, "...a true soldier...the Army was his
life...he had a full military funeral...from Fort Knox...I will forward his obituary in the future...I wish he could have
attended the 2016 reunion..." The Association sends our thoughts and prayers to Jim's family.
16 February 2016: Bob Bruce upgraded his membership to Life Member.
14 February 2016:
Rick Brown, 6th Battalion, renewed his annual membership. Welcome, Rick!
9 February 2016:
Dennis McMilian upgraded his membership to a Life Membership.
5 February 2016:
We received a note from Tom Grinnell regarding the upcoming Reunion:
you for the e-mail and reunion form. At this time, I
will just send in a donation, to be used for the assistance of active duty
soldiers and their family members, because I do not plan on attending the
gathering. I have been to Lawton/Ft. Sill twice, since 2004, and I have
seen many places I went to back in 1964-65, so I have already “done
that.” There are at least a couple of guys I would like to see again, but
I do not think I will undertake such a long journey for that. Of course,
I reserve the right to change my mind! I have many good memories of
Lawton/Ft. Sill, C/6/14, the people I knew, Charles Maldonado and more.
to you and the other Association members for a
4 February 2016: We welcome Lloyd Edens, 6th Battalion, who has renewed his annual membership.
30 January 2016: Registration for the 2016 Reunion and 100th Anniversary celebration is now open. For more
details and to register for the Reunion, go to the Reunion 2016 page.
27 January 2016: We have received the sad news that our member Reggie Figueroa
has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
25 October 2015:
The Association welcomes Gary Hollis, 1st Battalion, as our newest life member.
5 October 2015: Gary
Hollis has contacted the Association with the following request:
"My name is Charles Gary Hollis. During 1968 - 1969, I was with D Battery
1/14th Artillery, 198th Infantry, Americal Division. I am
looking for history on D battery 1/14th Artillery for a VA claim for
PTSD. I need locations of D battery."
If you have any information that would be helpful to Gary, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 September 2015: The Association
welcomes Donald Sylvester, 1st Battalion, as a Life Member.<
7 August 2015: The Association welcomes its newest Life Member,
19 June 2015: The Association, represented by David Laukat, presents a bugle to
Betty Satanta Washburn, descendant of Chief Satanta. The bugle represents a bugle captured by the Kiowa Tribe from Custer's
4 May 2015: Bravo Battery 1-14FAR will conduct a Deployment
Ceremony on 20 May at 1030 at Rinehart Gym on Fort Sill.
22 April 2015: Joyce Goeke,
wife of our Association Chaplain Joe, passed away yesterday. Services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, 2 May at 1:00PM
Central Time at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, II.
Please remember Joe and his
family in your thoughts and prayers.
19 February 2015: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct a Change
of Command ceremony on 26 March at Fort Sill.
10 February 2015: A new request from Dearl ("Butch") is on the Buddy Search page. 23 January 2015:
A new request from Allen Ham is on the Buddy Search page. 30 November
2014: Click here to see a Forum entry from Ben Youmans looking for information about a battle near Dak Seang in April 1970.
21 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment
held it's Dining Out in Lawton, OK.
During the event, Roger Bernardi was reinstalled as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. David Laukat, accompanied by
his wife Debbie, was reinstalled as Honorary Command Sergeant Major of the Regiment.
Clem Smiley was recognized for his outstanding service and
contributions to the Regiment and has been designated a Distinguished Member of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment by the Secretary
of the Army.
Termin was the guest speaker for the evening. He spoke about how Soldiers' experiences in the Army give them the skills and
tools to succeed in their lives after the Army.
Jerry and Shirley Goos also attended the event.
4 November 2014: Veterans Day is next Tuesday, 11 November. Several national and regional restaurant chains are offering
free meals or coffee to Veterans on Veterans Day. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants (courtesy of David Laukat), and click here for a second list (courtesy of Dennis Proulx).
2 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment "Steel Warrior" invite members of the Association to
attend a Dining Out in Lawton on 21 November.
Tickets are $40.00 per person. RSVP to 2LT Rebecca Espinosa, Battalion S-1, NLT 7 November. 2LT Espinosa
can be reached at 972-603-5545 (cell) or 580-442-2158 (work).
1 November 2014: Several Buddy Search requests have been added to
the Buddy Search page.
Jim McCormack, HHB 2-14FA, 1968-70
John Berkoben, D Btry 1-14FA, 1970-71
Gerald ("Jerry") Meek, A Btry 6-14FA, 1969-71
15 July 2014: Donnie Scarbough from Seminary, MS, served as a Recon Sergeant with A Battery
1st Battalion in Vietnam from October 1967 to January 1968. He is seeking information regarding a mission in which he was
airlifted into 3 LZ (or LZ 3) while serving under 1LT Howard Snyder. Donnie needs the information for a PTSD claim with the
VA. If you recall any details regarding the mission, please contact Lawrence Austin at email@example.com.
3 July 2014: The Association welcomes Art Sipes as a Life Member.
June 2014: An article about 1-14 FA's recent certification field exercise has been posted to the Steel Warriors page.
26 May 2014: See Aaron Foster's request for information regarding Larry Kesler, KIA 25 June
1966, on the Buddy Search page . 19 May 2014: Joe Blackwell has new contact information. See the Active Members page.
9 May 2014: Clyde Boykin has renewed his Annual Membership.
15 April 2014: The Association welcomes Alex Reid and Steve ("Doc") Weishaar as Annual Members.
17 March 2014: John Carter provided a photo of Bob Hamilton's Retirement Ceremony in 1990. See the 6th Battalion
9 March 2014: The Association welcomes Anthony Ciociola as a new Annual
6 - 9 March 2014: The Association conducted the 2014 Reunion at San Antonio, Texas.
27 February 2014: The Association welcomes Einar Tyvela as our newest Life Member.
2014: Dedication and Tribute to the Vietnam Veteran.
(Provided by Rex Weaver)
06 January 2014: Gary Patton is the Association's
newest Life Member, upgrading his membership from Annual Member.