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Association Newsletters

The Association has published its newsletter "On the Right Track" since 31 December 1996. We owe a debt of gratitude to Association Founder Ken Riley, who edited and published the newsletters up to April 2001, when Robert (Doc) Melendez assumed the helm until March 2003. Bob Gold took on the role for 2003 and was followed by Association Past President John Topper who performed the duties until Spring of 2011 when Lorene Burch was installed as Editor/Newsletter Committee Chairperson with Billie McGregor serving as Editorial Assistant.


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April 2017 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner, Ladies Home Front, Soldier's Medal, Historian Report, Minutes from 2015 General Membership Meeting, Letter from the Editor, Foxtrot, Copley Challenge, Paralax Mitigation Devices, Alpha, Reunion Schedule, Reunion Registration Form. Download File Size: 900 kb.
December 2016 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Home Front, National Purple Heart Day, Commander's Corner, Blackhawks, Chaplain's Corner, Letter from the Editor, Shawn Barr, Ladies Home Front, Wolfpack, Reunion News, Reunion Registration Form. Download File Size: 1600 kb.
August 2016 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain - Obituaries, Letter from the Editor, Armed Forces Day for Vietnam, On the Home Front, Introducing LTC Frank Baltazar, Blackhawk - "B" Company report, "F" Company Report, "C" Company Report, "E" Company Report, 2017 Reunion, Historian Report. Download File Size: 1531 kb.
April 2016 Edition From the TC Hatch, Letter from the Editor, Request for Articles, Chaplain's Corner, 2017 Reunion, 1/50 Change of Command Information, Fort Benning Post Change of Command, 20 years ago. Download File Size: 1049 kb.
December 2015 Edition From the TC Hatch, Letter from the Editor, Changes in the Newsletter, "Let's Talk", Cynthia Guthrie, Chaplain's Corner, John Topper Honored, Need more Articles...next Newsletter: March 2016. Download File Size: 502 kb.
August 2015 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Ladies Home Front, Letter From the Editor, Changes in the News, Let's Talk, Chaplain's page and Memorial Page, First Timers, Reunion Highlights. Download File Size: 2+ Mb.
April 2015 Edition From the TC Hatch, 1st/50th Ladies Home Front, Letter from the Editor, Oportunities for learning - VA, Reunion "Open Microphone", Chaplain's Corner, Historian Report, Reunion Registration Form, Reunion Schedule of events. Download File Size: 932 kb.
December 2014 Edition From the TC Hatch, 1st/50th Ladies Home Front, Chaplain's Corner, Executive Meeting Report, Letter from the Editor, Reunion Information/Registration Form, Finding John Mogan. Download File Size: 410 kb.
August 2014 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner From the Editor, Myths about Vietnam, Treasurer's Report, Historian's Report, Bio on LTC Kahmann. Download File Size: 572 kb.
April 2014 Edition From the TC Hatch, 1st/50th Ladies Home Front, Chaplain's Corner, Welcome, From the Editor, Texas River Walk Cancelled, Formal Ball, Kansas Medical Foster Homes, Historian's Report. Download File Size: 653 kb.
December 2013 Edition From the TC Hatch, 1st/50th Ladies Home Front, Chaplain's Corner, French Thank You, From the Editor, Water, Medical and Educational Project, Historian Report. Download File Size: 899 kb.
August 2013 Edition From the TC Hatch, 2013- 2015 1/50th Association Officers, Ladies Home Front Team Report 2013 Reunion Chairman Report, 2013 Memorial Ceremony, Gathering planned for the Riverwalk - San Antonio, 1/50th Association Bulletin Board, From the Editor, 1/50th History & Timeline. Download File Size: 1605 kb.
April 2013 Edition From the TC Hatch, Ichiban Website Update, From the Editor, Chaplain's Corner, Ladies Support Team, Historian Report, 1/50th Bulletin Board, Reunion Itinerary, Reunion Registration Form. Download File Size: 702 kb.
December 2012 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Editor, 1st/50th Ladies Support Team, 1st/50th Bulletin Board, Warrior's Code of Honor, Historian Report, Chaplain's Corner, Prescription for Peace, Reunion Registration Form. Download File Size: 1.17 mb.
August 2012 Edition From the TC Hatch, Memorial, From the Editor, Facebook, Chaplain's Corner, 1st/50th Ladies Support Team, M113 Family of Vehicles, The Bulletin Board, Historian Report, Army Team to Olympics in London, Late Life Depression. Download File Size: 322 kb.
April 2012 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Editor, Chaplain's Corner, 1st/50th Ladies Support Team, Vietnam Immigrant, Historian Report, Dove in the Bamboo, Wreaths Across America. Download File Size: 755 kb.
December 2011 (65th!) Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Editor, Nixon Presidential Papers, Historian Report, Chaplain's Corner, 1st/50th Ladies Support Team, Arlington West, Vietnam "Wall" Statistics, Agent Orange Update, "Soldier's Christmas Poem". Download File Size: 673 kb.
August 2011 Edition From the TC Hatch, Joe Galloway's Talk, Lt Col Hasting's Speech, Historian Report, A Soldier Returns Home, From the Editor, Jay Copley Award, Veteran Storytelling Workshop, 1st/50th Ladies Support Team, Ladies Application Form, Chaplain's Corner. Download File Size: 900 kb.
December 2010 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner, Historian Report, Warning to Vets, From the Editor, Stolen Valor Act, XM25 Rifle in Afghanistan2011 Reunion Registration Form, Command Sergeant Major Stephen Bower, From the VP, Military Trivia. Download File Size: 391 kb.
September 2010 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner, Military Trivia, Historian Report, From the Editor, Mini-Reunion/Gettysburg, Gettysburg Registration Form, Texas Aggie Medal of Honor winners Book by Jim Woodall, Vietnam Glossary. Download File Size: 476 kb.
June 2010 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner, C-Rations, Mini-Reunion/Gettysburg, Historian Report, You can leave the military..., Nomenclature, From the Editor, Gettysburg Registration Form, From the Vice President, Editor's Trivia, "Wanabee". Download File Size: 437 kb.
March 2010 Edition From the TC Hatch, Mini-Reunion/Gettysburg, Chaplain's Corner, Historian Report, 1/50th Alumni Article, How N. Vietnam Won the War (Interview with Bui Tin), My Return Trip to Vietnam by Wilber Breseman, Gettysburg Registration Form, From the Vice President. Download File Size: 297 kb.
December 2009 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Editor, From the Vice President, "Welcome Home": Richard P. Guthrie, Vietnam War Veteran: George Bell, Truman Library Speech: MG (Ret) Robert H. Scales, "From the Gazebo": Darrell Sourwine. Download File Size: 336 kb.
September 2009 Edition Surviving Son, My First Reunion: J. Cooper & D. Knechtel, From the TC Hatch, From the Vice President, Mini- reunion on the horizon, Shed no tears for Robert McNamara, Chaplain's Corner,  From the Editor, Family First Program, M-1/M-2 Carbine Rifle, M-79 Grenade Launcher. Download File Size: 611 kb.
June 2009 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner, From the Vice President, Military Strategy, The Things They Carried, Remembrance, The Man with the Rifle, Machine Guns, Iraq: Learning the lessons of Vietnam, Earning the Desk, From the Editor, Return to Vietnam. Download File Size: 142 kb.
March 2009 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Vice President, From the Editor, Chaplain's Corner, What a country, Military Weapons, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam War Trivia, Useful Military Information. Download File Size: 759 kb.
December 2008 Edition From the TC Hatch, Army critics debate choice of bullets, American troops in Afghanistan through the eyes of a French OMLT Infantryman, Vietnam Quiz, Historian Report, Chaplain's Corner, From the Editor, Browning .50 Cal Machine Gun, 2009 Reunion Registration Form.
Download File Size: 798 kb.
September 2008 Edition From the TC Hatch, Harry B. Wilson, From Anthony Benitez, Robert Allen Field, Chaplain's Corner, The Editor's Page, Soldier earns DSC, M1s for Vets, TET Offensive..The Turning Point.Download File Size: 701 kb.
June 2008 Edition From the Editor, Harry B. Wilson, Honorary Colonel of the Regiment: Dick Guthrie, From the Vice President, Military Honors, Association Member: Noel Allen, Critics debate choice of bullets. Download File Size: 739 kb.
March 2008 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Vice President, Helicopter Air Assaults, Evolution of the M113, Chaplain's Corner, Historian's Report, Harry B. Wilson, From the Editor, Recalling a Firefight. Download File Size: 403 kb.
December 2007 Edition From the TC Hatch, From the Vice President, CPT S.R. Ellison, M.D., Christmas Letters from 'Nam, Chaplain's Corner, From the Editor, From Frank Burns, A Different Christmas Poem. Download File Size: 628 kb.
September 2007 Edition From the TC Hatch, Veteran Legislation, From the Vice President, The Editor's Page, Chaplain's Corner, Battle Dress of an Infantryman, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vitai Lampada, These Good Men.Download File Size: 718 kb.
June 2007 Edition From the TC Hatch, Thurman Pike's Promotion, The Editor's Page, From the Vice President, Chaplain's Corner, Reunion 2007 by Dick Guthrie, It's a Family Affair by Ray Sarlin, From Frank Burns in Iraq, Commanding General visits us at Uchie Creek. Download File Size: 296 kb.
March 2007 Edition From the TC Hatch, 2007 Reunion Schedule, The Air Medal, Chaplain's Corner, Somewhere outside Baghdad, Vice President's Column, The truth about Walter Reed, Reunion Registration Form.Download File Size: 729 kb.
December 2006 Edition From the TC Hatch, Veteran's Day Article, Vietnam Facts, From the Vice-President, Reunion 2007, Chaplain's Corner, Messages from the Front, Reunion Registration Form. Download File Size: 845 kb.
June 2006 Edition Friendly Fire, Monsters & the Weak, Vice President's Column, Lost Personal Data Info Page, FRG Newsletter, You Might Be an American, Historian Report, From the TC Hatch, Reunion Planning Committee Download File Size: 171 kb.
March 2006 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner, Editor's Page, FRG Newsletter from Current Battalion Commander, Article: "Man Eater of An Khe", Featured Article: "First Casualty", Charlie Rock: Speech to Trainees receiving Legacy Cards, Reunion Opinion, Wounded Warrior Project. Download File Size: 2,728 kb.
Christmas 2005 Edition From the TC Hatch, Ambush Patrol by Mick Hawkins, Editor's Page, Chaplain's Corner, 1967 Christmas Bulletin, Tet Anniversary, Scrap Book Photos, Today's Heroes, Veteran's Day. Download File Size: 1,112 kb.
November 2005 Edition From the TC Hatch, Ambush Patrol by Mick Hawkins, Editor's Page, A Reunion Story by Rick Tuchscherer, Memory of the Battle of LZ Litts by Louis Frisbie, Historian's Veteran's Day Notebook. Download File Size: 1,262 kb
September 2005 Edition From the TC Hatch, Chaplain's Corner, Vice President's Column, Pentagon Communications, Historian's Report - About obtaining documents at the National Archives Records Administration, Editorial, Our Heroes, Insignia of Rank. Download File Size: 1,264 kb
June 2005 Edition From the TC Hatch, Vice President's Column, Chaplain's Corner, Editor's Page, 2005 Army Birthday Message, VA Agent Orange information Article. Download File Size: 886 kb.
February 2005 Edition From the Editor, Vice President's Column, From the TC Hatch, Origin of Rank, 2005 Reunion Registration Form, 2005 Reunion Agenda, General George Patton, Jr. Download File Size: 323 kb.
September 2004 Edition From the Editor, Letter to the Editor, Vice-President's Column, Jason's Journal, From the TC Hatch, A Short History Lesson on Voting, Reunion Registration Form, Email Scam Information. Download File Size: 377 kb
July 2004 Edition From the Editor, Chaplain's Corner, Memorial Day Weekend 1969, Jason's Journal, View from the TC Hatch, Surfing the Net for Vets. Download File Size: 926 kb
March 2004 Edition From the Editor, Chaplain's Corner, Vice President's Column, Memorial Dedication, Memorial Dedication Photos, Historian's Report, From the TC Hatch, Gospel of the Infantry. Download File Size: 1,037 kb.
December 2003 Edition From the Editor, Chaplain's Corner, Remembrances on Veteran's Day, Member Letter, Tam Quan - Missing Award & LZ Litz (sic: Should read LZ Litts - see "Where we were in Vietnam" p. 5-297), Veterans, From the TC Hatch, Surfing the Net for Vets, Vice-President's Column. Download File Size: 1,084 kb
Winter 2003 Edition From the Editor, Membership Donation, The Infantryman, Dear American Soldier, Chaplain's Corner, Association Flower Fund, Surfing the Net for Vets, President's Page: Random Thoughts, Reunion Registration form. Download File Size: 855 kb
September 2003 Edition From the Editor, View from the TC Hatch, Historian Report, VP Column, Robin Williams for President (Humor), Website Information, "Lights, Camera Action" (Possible motion picture), Surfing the Net for Vets, Honor & Duty. Download File Size: 1,303 kb
June 2003 Edition From the Editor, 2003 Reunion Attendees, Revisiting our Roots, VP Column & Treasurer's Report, View from the TC Hatch, Minutes from 2003 General Meeting. Download File Size: 1,188 kb
June 2002 Edition Cover Story, From the Editor, Chaplain's Corner, 2003 Reunion, These Colors Don't Run, Random Thoughts, American History 101. Download File Size: 1,034 kb
First Quarter 2002 Edition Mission Statement, Chaplain's Corner, Human Events, A Message from Bob Gold, Unit Crests Available, My Name is Old Glory, Lottery Tickets, President's Page: On Leadership; Ballot for Place of Next Reunion.  Download File Size: 892 kb
Vol 4, Issue 8, December 2001 What is a Veteran? Binh Dinh: Past, Present and Future; Suggested Reading; Chaplain's Corner; Reunion 2003; Endure America; and more. Download File Size: 876 kb
Vol 4, Issue 7, August 2001 Chaplain's Corner; Binh Dinh preparations continue; Gourmet corner; Faceless casualties; Remembering lost comrades; IRS exempt status. Download File Size: 498 kb
Vol 4, Issue 6, April 2001 Thought from Cap'n G; Reunion 2001; From the TC Hatch; Raffle Results; Chaplain's Corner; Reunion Roll Call; From the Treasurer's Desk; New policy for back dues; Report of Membership Status; No Dues - No Directory; Election results; Reunion Pix. 614 kb
Vol 4, Issue 5, December 2000 From the Editor; Lest we forget Promises; Reunion Update; From the Chaplain In Memorial; Brother Bios; Thoughts from Cap'n G; Historian Report - Surfing the Net for Vets; Membership Applications. 510 kb
Vol 4, Issue 4, September 2000 From the Editor; Enrichment; Thoughts from Cap'n G; Return to Binh Dinh; Brother Bios; Comrade Search; Reunion Update; Life Members List; Surfing the Net for Vets; VA Benefits; Longevity 101; Membership Applications; US Savings Bond Information. Download File Size: 572 kb
Vol 4, Issue 3, June 2000 From the Editor; Did you Know?; Brother Bios; Comrade Search & coping with change; Enrichment; Surfing the Net for Vets; Play the Game & Special Notice; Hot off the press & Reunion Update; Truong Lam Revisited. Download File Size: 668 kb
Vol 4, Issue 2, March 2000 From the Editor's Desk; Learning from geese; Bio page; Thoughts from Cap'n G; Return to Vietnam Itinerary; Membership Status; Reunion Vote; Historian Report; Enrichment; Comrade in search...; Life Membership info; Editor's Supplement; Just a simple soldier; "Medals" - Author Unknown. Download File Size: 740 kb
Vol 4, Issue 1, January 2000 From the Editor's Desk; Life Membership info; Bio page; Fund Raiser and 50-50 tickets; Life Membership Application; The Bonds of Combat - Personal Account - Author Unknown; Editor's Supplement - Reunion and Bio updates. Download File Size: 511 kb
Vol 3, Issue 8, 10 December 1999 From the Command Track; Just A Simple Soldier - Poem by A. Lawrence Vaincourt. Download File Size: 265 kb
Vol 3, Issue 7, 30 October 1999 From the Editor's Desk; Second Reunion Events; Minutes of Membership Meeting; List of Attendees; Selection of Las Vegas for 2001 Reunion; Election Results; From the President's Corner; Reunion from a wife's perspective. Download File Size: 365 kb
Vol 3, Issue 6, 05 August 1999 From the Command Track; Reunion Info; Notice of Election of Officers; The Bio Page; Reunion News; Editor's Note; Tidbits; Pre-Registration List; Reunion Pre-Registration Form. Download File Size: 603 kb
Vol 3, Issue 5, 15 June 1999 From the Editor's Desk; Words to Live By; The Bio Page; "That Old Rugged Flag" by Johnny Cash; 1999 Kansas City Reunion; 1/50th Active History Officer; Non-Profit Status; From the Chaplain; Update on Sandy Pottinger; A Word about VA Claims; "Cow Pie Raffle" update; Pre-registration list & Form; Passing of Ray Barrios; Additional Reunion News. Download File Size: 709 kb
Vol 3, Issue 4, 30 April 1999 From the Command Track (This Newsletter included an updated Member Directory which is NOT included in this downloadable document); Reunion News; Cow Pie Raffle Update. Download File Size: 101 kb
Vol 3, Issue 3, 31 March 1999 From the Editor's Desk; More Reunion News; Thirty Years in Review; The Bio Page; Tid-Bits; From the Chaplain; From the President's Corner; Cow Pie Raffle Information; Kansas City Reunion Information. Download File Size: 630 kb
Vol 3, Issue 2, 10 February 1999 From the Command Track - Special Obituary Edition for Donald Morrison. Download File Size: 129 kb
Vol 3, Issue 1, 31 Janruary 1999 From the Editor's Desk; Membership Committee; KIA Memorial Book and KIA List; The Bio Page; Tidbits; Reunion 1999; The Chaplain's Corner; News from around the Association; Cow Pie Raffle Information & Form; Annual Treasurer's Report.                Download File Size: 682 kb
Vol 2, Issue 7, 10 December 1998 From the Editor's Desk; Reunion News; The Bio Page; Officer's Corner; VA Information - Death Benefits; Take the Test - IQ fun. Download File Size: 602 kb
Vol 2, Issue 6, 31 October 1998 From the Command Track; The Bio Page; News from "The Guys"; "From The Other Side" - What our fallen comrads might say about "The Wall" (National Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Washington, DC); "A Sense of Urgency" - VA Information - Reprinted, in part, from AMVETS Magazine; Association Change of Mailing Address Form. Download File Size: 602 kb
Vol 2, Issue 5, 15 September 1998 From the Command Track; As Fate would Have it - Finding a 1/50th member account by Ken Riley; Ballot Results. 195kB.
Vol 2, Issue 4, 15 August 1998 From the Command Track; Editor's Page; 1999 Reunion Information; Officer Re-Appointments; Big Brother - Alive and Well (Humorous tale). Download File Size: 308 kb
Vol 2, Issue 3, 15 June 1998 From the Editor's Desk; History of the POW/MIA Flag; Letters from the guys; Memorial Day Message; Reunion update; "The Mechanized Infantry" by Victor J. Caruso; VA Information; "The Meeting" - story submitted by Toby Milroy; "Think Positive" - Article submitted by Fred Maida (Source unknown); "Dear America" Article submitted by Colonel M. M. Oliver (Magazine Source unknown); Chaplain's Corner; Reunion Committees Announced; Jokes; Non-Profit Status. Download File Size: 777 kb
Vol 2, Issue 2, 31 March 1998 From the Editor's Desk; Editor's Page; Notes from Members; Theories of the origins of Taps; Speech by Colonel Fred Cherry; Veteran's Information. Download File Size: 523 kb
Vol 2, Issue 1, 31 January 1998 From the Editor's Desk; Editor's Page; Tidbits; Reunion Notes; Notes from Members; Annual Treasurer's Report.                            Download File Size: 379 kb
Vol 1, Issue 7, 07 December 1997 Editor's Desk "Here Comes Santa!", Editor's Page, Letters and News, A Christmas Poem, Miscellaneous, Reunion Updates, Officer's Corner, Tidbits, What is a Veteran? Trivia. Download File Size: 392 kb
Vol 1, Issue 6, 10 October 1997 Editor's Desk "Till We Meet Again!", Editor's Page, Letters and News, Events From the Reunion, In Attendance, Reunion Updates, Officer's Corner, Tidbits, Trivia, Letter from GEN Dennis J. Reimer, Army Chief of Staff. Download File Size: 428 kb
Vol 1, Issue 5, 1 September 1997 From the Command Track "DEROS is Soon", Editor's Page, Letters and News, Edges of the Wall, Reunion Updates, A New Format, Tidbits, Trivia. Download File Size: 500 kb
Vol 1, Issue 4, 18 July 1997 From the Command Track, Reunion Updates, Reunion News, VA Healthcare Info., New Association Officers, Humor from the Editor. Download File Size: 173 kb
Vol 1, Issue 3, 10 June 1997 Editor's Desk "Think About It!", Letters and News, New Home Page, Memorial Day, Miscellaneous, Reunion Updates, Reunion News, A Not So Pleasant Letter, Tidbits, Trivia, Annual Election of Officers. Download File Size: 500 kb
Vol 1, Issue 2, 31 March 1997 Editor's Desk "Onward We Go", Letters and News, New Home Page, Book Review, Miscellaneous, Veteran's Affairs, Reunion News, Tidbits, Trivia. Download File Size: 399 kb
Vol 1, Issue 1, 31 December 1996 Editor's Desk "Our Mission", Miscellaneous, Let Freedom Ring, Money, Murphy's Law of Combat, Tidbits, Trivia.                          Download File Size: 403 kb

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