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2. Sons and daughters in uniform
3. Submission instructions

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" Take up our quarrel with the foe:
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The torch; be yours to hold it high"...

(From "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae)

Sergeant Bob Sheppard, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment,
on duty in Iraq, July 2003.

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"The Sins of the Fathers."

In a number of places, the Bible states the Law of Moses, ".... The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son...." (Ezekiel 18:20) The sins of their father are not visited upon his sons, but unfortunately the sins of their father's generation often are.

Our grandfathers fought "the war to end all wars" (World War I), but the peace was lost and so our fathers were called upon twenty years later. Their unquestioned courage defeated fascism, but left us the legacy of a 50 year long Cold War in which we, their sons, fought in one of the decisive engagements just over twenty years later. Twenty plus years on, the Cold War was won, communism defeated and an aggressive Iraq decimated in Gulf War I. Then it was our generation, yours and mine, that seemed to do all it could to lose the peace. Ten more years and as many small wars later, it is our sons and daughters that shoulder the burden of that "sin". This page honors our sons and daughters, and grandsons and granddaughters, who serve in the Armed Forces today. They are in our thoughts and our prayers... as are their children and their children's children.

"Sins of the Father": Shane Sarlin (front row, 2nd from right) during filming of "The Great Raid" about the rescue of Allied
prisoners in the Cabanatuan P.O.W. Camp in the Philippines by the 6th Ranger Battalion in World War II. The 6th Rangers
(now running the Florida Ranger Camp) put every Ranger trainee through the same raid, including Shane's father Ray in 1969.

Sons and Daughters in Uniform

Our own Ed Fischer pins his 1968 Blue Infantry Cord on his Grandson, Private Sloan R. Williams, at the "Turning Blue" ceremony at Treadwell Barracks, Fort Benning, in July of 2008. Private Williams Graduated with "Bravo" Company, 1st/50th, & is currently serving with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division as they prepare for deployment next month.


SFC Edgar Irizarry, Sergeant Major - Retired, ("B" AND "C" Company, 1968-69) and pictures of the "Pinning on of the Stripes" ceremony and subsequent party for Daughter  SFC Elizabeth J. Gaut. Elizabeth is currently stationed at the White House Communications Agency in Washington , DC and is the Human Resource NCOIC for the agency's Personnel Management Branch.

LT Ronald Cruz, Son of our very proud Jaime Cruz, was deployed with his Miami based National Guard unit to Iraq in August of 2006. Ronald is the 2nd Platoon Leader for "A" Company, 260th MI Battalion under the 504th MI Brigade with III Corps, based in Baghdad. Ron commands 9 teams (squads) which are scattered around his Area of Operations...He is a "frequent Flyer" on Blackhawk pictured here... and is expected home in August of this year (2007)

LT Ron and that very familiar looking 50 Calibre Machine Gun we all know and love! Dad says: "Ron has always loved playing with guns!"

PFC Kevin Saulsbury, before his deployment to Iraq. Keven serves with the 1st Cavalry Division as a Scout and will be home in early February for a 2 week leave!

Kevin and Dad...George "sauls" Saulsbury, Charlie Company, 2nd Platoon, 11/69 to 10/70

Marine James Fitzgerald, Jr is the son of our own Medic: Jim "doc" Fitzgerald of "A" and "D" Companys....1968 - 1969.

James Jr in fatigues. He will apparently serve in Iraq until July of 2007


Sergeant E-5 Robert Sheppard, affectionately know to his proud family as "Baghdad Bob", Combat Engineer with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq. SGT Sheppard, who earlier spent six months in Kosovo, is the son of Jim Sheppard (C Company and HHC, 1/50(M) Infantry, Vietnam) who notes that "the son has surpassed his father's rank and is an E5."!  On the right, in January of 2008, Bob graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy and will be a Police Officer in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey!

2LT Shane Sarlin, Infantry, Platoon Leader, 4th Platoon, B Company, 9th Royal Queensland Regiment, Royal Australian Army on maneuvers. Shane is the son of Ray Sarlin (D Company and C Company Commander and S4, 1/50(M) Infantry, Vietnam)


Mick Hawkins has a son in uniform: Sergeant Josh Hawkins of the Linn County Sherrif's Department!

Staff Sergeant Jason Edwards, USAF, son of Jim (Track 425, D Company Mortars, 1/50(M) Infantry, Vietnam) and Dotty Edwards, in Vietnam during June, 2003, while on an MIA recovery mission. Staff Sergeant Edwards works for CILHI (Central Identification Lab of Hawaii), which does recovery missions throughout the world.

Submission Instructions

Photos of your relatives in uniform are most warmly welcome. Please send all submissions by email to the 1/50 Webmaster . Thanks.

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