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SITE UPDATES: If your Email address, mailing address, or phone number changes, please let us know so we can keep the Association roster up to date.

If you are a first time visitor to the site and you want to be added to the roster (even if you wish not to become an active member), all it takes is an email from you. The information you want to appear with your name on the roster is up to you.

If there is something you would like to see appear on this site, all it takes is an email or a phone call.
 
NEWS and SITE UPDATE:

REQUEST FROM VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
1968 VIETNAM
 
THE ASSOCIATION 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 mortars. Coordinates
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: himaltrekker@bresnan.net . 
 
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20 August 2016: Art Miller, 6th Battalion, upgraded his membership to Life Member. Welcome Art!

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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.

14 May 2016: Useful links.

To order a copy of your DD-214 from your service records, go to
www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records. [Provided by David Laukat.]

There is a resource with a very comprehensive collection of information on Vietnam at www-static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html. [Provided by Rex Weaver.]

These links will be published on the Links page.

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 Termin.

10 April 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 royhuff@utexas.edu or David Termin at 14fawebmaster@gmail.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 the war.

To all who served in Vietnam, thank you for your service there and for your many contributions over the years following your return.

Welcome Home!

Click here for more tributes.


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:
"Thank 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.

 Best wishes to you and the other Association members for a successful reunion."


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 gchollis19@gmail.com.

29 September 2015: The Association welcomes Donald Sylvester, 1st Battalion, as a Life Member.
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7 August 2015: The Association welcomes its newest Life Member, Phillip Heater.

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 7th Cavalry.

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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.

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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.

David 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).

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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

25 September 2014: David Laukat has a new e-mail address: americalvet@cox.net .

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 laustin@netdoor.com.

3 July 2014: The Association welcomes Art Sipes as a Life Member.

15 June 2014: An article about 1-14 FA's recent certification field exercise has been posted to the Steel Warriors page.

6 June 2014: Clarence Marrs' new e-mail address is clarencemarrs1947@gmail.com .

30 May 2014: Clem Smiley's new e-mail address is clem.smiley@yahoo.com .

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.

5 May 2014: See Gary Berry's request for information on the Buddy Search page .

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 Reflections page.

9 March 2014: The Association welcomes Anthony Ciociola as a new Annual Member.

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.

21 January 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.