2008 WebPage ARCHIVE Copy
AMERICA - Land Of The FREE, Because Of The BRAVE

The 82nd AIRBORNE
Division Association

South Florida Chapter
Bob Buffington, Secretary / Treasurer
2765 Garden Drive Cooper City FL 33026

82nd Airborne Division
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"America's Guard Of Honor"


All American ...
Chartered By

The US Congress


... All The Way



Don't forget our
next regular meeting will be 8PM on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008, at the:

American Legion Post 92
211 North 21st Avenue
Hollywood FL 33020-4506
Phone: 954-923-2760




Requesting your attendance in honor of all veterans at Opening Ceremonies for
Display of The Moving Wall - A Replica of the VietNam Veterans' Memorial
Opening Ceremonies Friday, November 7th begin promptly at 10:00AM
Bayfront Park, 301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami FL 33132
Sponsored by Miami-Dade County and The City of Miami
RSVP to Nicole E Trueba NTrueba@MiamiDade.gov

For more information phone 305-599-1200

The Viet Nam Moving Wall will be on display at Bayfront Park in Miami from November 6th thru 10th, 2008
On Saturday November 8th at 1100 hours there will be a memorial service and placement
of a wreath in memory of all the Airborne Troopers who gave their lives in Viet Nam.
 Notify all your airborne buddies to be there, in memory of those who can't be there.
Contact other Veteran organizations you may belong to and tell them to be there.
Just come to Bayfront Park at 301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida.

Bring several copies of the attached application at the bottom of this page
to pass out to any troopers who may not belong to our great organization.
Or click here to download the printable 82nd Chapter Application file
82ndApplication.pdf






South Florida Chapter 50th Anniversary
FLORIDA ALL AIRBORNE DAYS - 2008

16-18 OCT 2008





Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport
1870 Griffin Road
Dania Beach FL 33004-2214
TOLL FREE: 1-800-445-8667
Phone: 1-954-920-3300
Fax: 1-954-920-3348

Click here to reserve your room OnLine now

Reservations must be made by September 21, 2008,
When you call, mention 82nd Airborne for Guaranteed Room Rate of $69 + tax per day
A block of rooms have been reserved for October 15, 2008 - October 21, 2008.
The special room rate will be available until September 21st
or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

The South Florida Chapter will host:
2008 FLORIDA ALL AIRBORNE DAYS
October 16-18, 2008
South Florida will be celebrating its Chapter's 50th Anniversary
with our hosting of the 21st Annual Florida All Airborne Days
at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel


Registration is $82.00 per person, and includes
Hospitality Room Thursday thru Saturday plus Friday Night Banquet
Hotel is located within ten miles of the following :
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Mardi Gras Gaming & Casino - Dania Antique District
Gulfstream Park & Gaming Casino - The Galleria Shopping Mall - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
Bass Pro Shop & Outdoor World - Sawgrass Mills Outlet Shopping Mall - Drift Boat Fishing
Snorkeling boats and too many Golf Courses and Restaurants to mention...

clip & mail -- clip & mail -- clip & mail -- clip & mail --
Event Registration Form
Mail to: Robert L Buffington
2765 Garden Drive, Cooper City FL 33026-3605
Name:
Address:
City ST Zip:
Phone:
Spouse/Guest:
Home Chapter:
Airborne Units:
Make Checks Payable To:
South Florida Chapter 82nd Abn Div Assn
Amount enclosed: $
Number attending Saturday Shopping Trip:
NOTE: No Refunds after October 1st, 2008
0945 Saturday in lobby - Bus leaves at 1000 for Shopping Trip to the largest retail outlet shopping mall in South Florida, the Sawgrass Mills Mall - departs 10AM returns 3PM with a stopover at Flossie's Bar to join the men for a FREE buffet from 3PM `til 6PM - drinks cost additional at bar.
Hospitality:......Brigantine ( Lobby ) Beer & Wine
Welcome Room ( Rm 616 ) Real Booze available

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday-Saturday cell contact: Tony 954-931-5447

THURSDAY
- Oct 16th:
Early Bird Registration
Hotel Lobby
1500-1800
Brigantine Room (Lobby)
Hospitality
1300-2400
Welcome Room (#616)
Hospitality
1300-2400
FRIDAY
- Oct 17th:
Registration
Hotel Lobby
1000-1600
Sales: shirts, caps, polos
Hotel Lobby
1200-1700
Wakeup Coffee Rm 616
Breakfast
0800-1000
Brigantine & Welcome
Hospitality
1000-1600
Cocktails - Ballroom C
served in hall
1800-1900
Banquet - Ballroom C
w/Cash Bar
1900-2130
Brigantine & Welcome
Hospitality
2130-2400
SATURDAY
- Oct 18th:
Registration
Hotel Lobby
0900-1200
Welcome Room (#616)
Hospitality
0730-2400
FL Chapters Meeting
Hunter Room
0900-0945
Rakkasan Meeting
Hunter Room
0950-1030
173rd Airborne Meeting
Hunter Room
1035-1100
Ladies' Shopping Trip
0945-1500
Buffet FREE for all
1400-1800
Chapter Birthday Party Brigantine
2000-2400
Brigantine Room (Lobby)
Hospitality
1000-2400
SUNDAY
- Oct 19th:
Outta Here
Raffles at Banquet for:
2 Day / 3 Night stay at Key Largo Grande Hotel & Beach Club
Two weekend stays at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport
K-Bar Knife; Case of assorted Red Wines; Blanket;
Prints of: 101st Airborne at Bastogne; and of 82nd Airborne Rangers

Raffle tickets available from South Florida Chapter Members Thursday and Friday



South Florida All Airborne Golf Tournament - Saturday, July 26th, 2008
The Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida
The South Florida Chapter, thanks mainly to Andy McGowan, raised $2,200 for Miami Fisher House Project

The South Florida Chapter is proud to announce it will be sponsoring the first South Florida All Airborne Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 26th, 2008, at the Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida

All proceeds from this tournament will go The Miami Fisher House Project

If you are not a golfer and wish to take part you may do so by attending the event or by donating to this worthy cause



239-417-2555
82nd chapter member
Andy McGowan is the man behind this event and has worked very hard setting everything up and deserves all our gratitude.
 
The Naples Heritage
Golf & Country Club

is a private Club and is located at 8150 Heritage Club Way, Naples, FL

 Bob Buffington, Secretary


Fall Picnic, SUNDAY, September 14th, 2008 - TOPEEKEEGEE YUGNEE PARK ( TY Park )

Take I-95 to Hollywood Florida Exit At Sheridan Street or Stirling Road - Go West about a mile to Park Road - Turn North from Sheridan or South from Stirling another mile or so to the main park entrance - Follow the signs to the 82nd Airborne! Pavilion (#4) - Turn to your (military) left, just inside the Park's Main Entrance (Look for the Chapter Banner) at 3300 North Park Road, Hollywood FL 33021 phone 954-985-1960.

Picnic starts at 11:00AM ... Before lunch there're coffee and donuts for the early-birds. Most everyone is busy chowing down by noon or so and the eating and socializing take up the better part of the day with consumption of the complementary burgers, hotdogs, chicken and cold drinks which abound. If you plan on eating more than your share, bring a covered dish of your choice so the rest of us won't starve. We supply coffee and sodas - if you want beer or wine just bring your own. Groceries contributed by individuals are welcomed, as always, as they definitely supplement the meeting's food budget.

WHO? All paratroopers past and present - members or not. Bring your families and friends, especially that co-worker who also served in the airborne. Wives, kids and grandkids of all ages are welcome at what is a really enjoyable family affair. Anyone you know who was airborne and is not a member should be invited to attend. The Chapter is a great place for airborne types to socialize with their own and to renew old friendships or develop new ones with other like-minded troopers.

All members and their families are welcome to attend. Troopers who are not yet members but who want to come to the picnic and check out the South Florida 82nd Airborne Chapter are welcome to do so, and may sign up on the spot to become members themselves. A new membership in The South Florida Chapter of The 82nd Airborne Division Association may just be the best $15.00 you'll spend this year.

A business meeting for the election of officers will be held beginning at 1300 hours, for which nominees must be present to be elected. Those who have not already put their names forward for office are encouraged to do so at any meeting or contact French Shannon at 954-472-3721 or by email at French82abn@aol.com

We always need the services of those willing to contribute their time to the Chapter's ongoing operations and effectiveness. The Chapter's 50th anniversary is upcoming in 2008, and our longevity is due solely to the dedication of a lot of volunteers (just like yourself) who have given of their time and effort to ensure its success.

See you there!

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American Legion Post 92


New officers elected in September for 2009 :
Chairman: Jose Perez-Ortiz; Directors: James Bono and Alfred Gilliam



William Forrest “Buck” Dawson
of Fort Lauderdale

died of heart failure and complications due to Parkinson’s disease on April 4, 2008, in Fort Lauderdale. Known as “Mr. Swimming Hall of Fame,” it was Buck’s tireless efforts that established the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s presence in Fort Lauderdale, helping give rise to what many view as Fort Lauderdale—Swimming Capital of the World.

For a person who could not swim, Buck did more for swimming than any other non-swimmer in the world. He was a promoter, author, historian, fundraiser and prankster.

Dawson first got involved in swimming after his marriage to the late RoseMary Mann Dawson, daughter of University of Michigan’s Matt Mann, 1952 U.S. Olympic Swimming Coach. RoseMary coached swimming at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale for over 15 years.

He was chosen as the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s first executive director in 1963 after helping Fort Lauderdale win the host city bid at the National AAU Convention in Detroit. With the help of Fort Lauderdale pioneer G. Harold Martin, who wrote the Hall’s Charter, Dawson made the Hall grow from an idea to a shoebox collection and ultimately a million dollar operation as the showcase and archives of swimming. A tireless, smiling, globetrotting ambassador of swimming, he can be credited with helping attract thousands of athletes, fans and press alike who flocked to Fort Lauderdale for sun, fun and swimming. Visiting college swim teams, training at the Hall of Fame, spread the word up North that resulted in Fort Lauderdale’s annual Spring Break.

It was Dawson who urged the YMCA in 1972 to bring their National Championships to Fort Lauderdale which is now is the largest annual National swimming event in numbers of athletes and spectators in the country. The FINA International Diving Grand Prix, nationally televised for most of the past 28 years, is a Dawson creation as is the 38th Annual Fort Lauderdale Rough Water Swim, formerly International Swimming Hall of Fame Ocean Mile and Galt Ocean Mile Swims, and now the longest-running ocean mile swim on the eastern coast of the United States. At one time or another, he brought the U.S. National Championships of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo to Fort Lauderdale. It was Dawson who gave the now Fort Lauderdale-based American Swimming Coaches Association roots in 1971 when he and the Hall of Fame staff assumed administrative duties for ASCA.

Dawson was the first president of the International Sports Heritage Association, now a 136 member organization of Sports Halls of Fame which he founded under the name of International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame. His first meeting in Fort Lauderdale in 1971 had only two other organizations in attendance—the Hockey Hall of Fame of Canada and the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame. Under Dawson’s leadership, ISHOF became the world’s first “International” Hall of Fame when it was recognized by the 96 member FINA Congress (the world’s governing body of swimming) in 1968. ISHOF was also the first Hall of Fame to have the “field of play,” the swimming pool, on site.

Dawson traveled throughout the year from meet to meet armed with Fort Lauderdale and Hall of Fame brochures, books and bumper stickers, always spreading the word, always willing to talk and teach swimming to anyone who would listen. As swimming’s walking encyclopedia, he was respected in his field not only for his knowledge, but his zest for life, his search for new facts, memorabilia, new ways to teach children to swim and keep the sport alive and growing. Dawson was the link between the age group swimmers and swimming’s legends. He brought Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller to Fort Lauderdale for six years as ISHOF’s Chairman of the Board. Buster Crabbe, Eleanor Holm and Esther Williams were regulars. Dawson was the common denominator that tied the past to the present.

Born on Halloween in 1920, in the same hospital room that produced swimming greats Bill Simon (USOC and ISHOF President), Ginny Duenkel (Olympic Swimming Champion), and Fort Lauderdale’s Alice and Dick Kempthorne of ISHOF and US Swimming Fame, Buck was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Dawson of Easton, PA. His father was President of Dixie Cup Company (and later went on to head the “Keep America Beautiful” Campaign) while Buck attended prep school at Blair Academy (NJ) where he was an all-state track captain and a state champion halfback on Blair’s undefeated football team. His sports talent continued at the University of Michigan and included freshman football and running on the track team where his 880 yard relay team set an indoor world best time. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He was elected to Michigauma, the senior honor society, and was managing editor of the Michigan Ensian Yearbook in 1948, his senior year. He completely re-organized the book from cover to cover and his writing career took off where in the next 55 years he wrote hundreds of short stories and authored or co-authored over 18 books on a full range of subjects from swimming, volcanoes and the environment, the American Civil War and World War II. He received Michigan’s prestigious Hopwood Prize for Writing. Some of his books include A Civil War Artist From the Front (the work of Edwin Forbes, combat artist), When the Earth Explodes, Michigan Ensian (50 year history of Michigan Athletics), All About Dryland Exercises For Swimmers, Weissmuller to Spitz—An Era to Remember (Swimming Hall of Famers from 1965-1987), Age Group Swimming and Diving For Teacher and Pupil (with wife RoseMary), Million Dollar Mermaids—America’s Love Affair With Its First Women Swimmers, Gold Medal Pools (features the worlds most beautiful pools), We Don’t Sew Beads on Belts (a 500 page scrapbook of memories of Camps Chikopi and Ak-O-Mak) and Stand Up and Hook Up (his diary as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne).

Dawson was a combat platoon leader and glider trooper with Co. E, 235 GIR, Division Reconnaissance and Division Headquarters. He is a recipient of 17 decorations including the Bronze Star and French Medal of Honor. He landed at Nijmegen, Holland, on September 17, 1944, in Operations Market Garden, participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Siegfried Line, crossing the Elbe River and meeting the Russians at Grabow, Northern Germany. He also occupied Berlin, in charge of press relations for General James Gavin and the 82nd Division. Among his duties were to escort Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman through the city, to report the progress of the troops. In the process, he befriended Dietrich, serving as the liaison between her and her mother in occupied Berlin. He tried to impress Bergman by jumping off Hitler’s balcony when asked how Hitler may have escaped the raids.

After the New York Victory Parade down Broadway, he wrote the Saga of the All American, the official history of the 82nd Airborne, a task assigned to him in England by General Matthew Ridgeway. His previous service with the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops had given experience to handle deep snow in Ardennes Patrol. He returned to service during the Korean War as the public information officer for Army Air Support Center, publicity officer for National Army and Air Force Recruiting. He was a writer for Admiral Carney’s NATO command of southern Europe and editor of the Jayhawk (newspaper) for General Gavin’s V Corps, Germany. He spent his last Army year in Walter Reed Hospital recovering from multiple injuries suffered in a jeep accident. He was discharged from the hospital wearing a black eye patch over his left eye, a patch which became his identification mark for the rest of his life. He was a special assistant to the Director of the Peace Corp in the early 1970’s.

After the war, Dawson returned to Ann Arbor to complete his BA under the GI Bill, focusing his energy on Michigan’s Ensign Yearbook. As yearbook editor in 1948, Dawson traveled with Michigan’s first football team since 1902 to compete in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Marlene Dietrich and director Billy Wilder were there to greet Dawson as he was hoping for a break into the movies, which because of the rise of television, never materialized. A $100 bet with Humphrey Bogart on a Dawson declared score of 50-0 horrified Dawson when Michigan only won by a 49-0 score. He wondered how he would come up with the money to pay movies’ toughest guy. On the set of Foreign Affair, Wilder was the one to say, “Don’t worry about it with only a one point difference.”

His 1955 marriage to RoseMary Mann Corson, a widow with three children, was his invitation to join the Mann family camps Ak-o-Mak (for girls) and Chikopi (for boys), the world’s first competitive swimming camps and located in Ontario, Canada, founded by RoseMary’s father, Michigan and Olympic swimming coach Matt Mann in 1920. Dawson was the campfire entertainment, sports teacher and instigator while RoseMary was the swimming coach, disciplinarian and philosopher—a perfect combination of talent. Dawson was all outdoorsman, a sportsman, the kind of guy you can get lost in the woods with and laugh your head off before he finds your way back. Campers still tell “Buck the Hero” stories.

Dawson’s interest in lake swimming led to his training swimmers for marathon swimming races and included Fort Lauderdale’s Diana Nyad as well as Marty Sinn, Susie Thrasher, Jocelyn Muir and more, taking them on crossings of the English Channel, Lake Ontario and other bodies of water. The camp girls (and boys) competed in the U.S. Long Distance Championship Three and Four Mile Swims, each summer usually held in Huntington, Indiana. His competitive spirit flowed into all that Dawson did at Ak-O-Mak and Chikopi including the inter-camp softball and soccer competitions—boys against girls. In his later camp years, Dawson was a story teller, a cheerleader and biggest booster. With his PR mind, he took Matt Mann’s words and put them to work—“We Don’t Sew Beads on Belts,” meaning camp is all action, all activity.

With Rosemary, he helped organize the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Swim Club in the late 1950’s, one of the country’s first swimming clubs for women. He was Chair of Michigan Women’s AAU Swimming for eight years and served three terms on the United States Olympic Swimming Committee. He shared responsibility with RoseMary in starting National Collegiate Swimming for women and reviving National Women’s Water Polo in the early 1960’s.

Dawson followed RoseMary from Ann Arbor to London, Ontario in 1963, when she became the first women’s coach of any sport at the University of Western Ontario. Then it was RoseMary’s turn to follow Buck the next year to Fort Lauderdale when Buck opened the International Swimming Hall of Fame. By now they had four children, three daughters and one son. Connie was an outstanding women’s swim coach. Marilyn made two Canadian Olympic swim teams winning a bronze medal in 1968 (4x100m freestyle) and serving as team captain in 1972. She won four Pan American and two Commonwealth Games medals. Marci and Bruce were outstanding high school swimmers. Marci pre-deceased her parents.

Dawson is hype, show business, a collector, historian, dog trainer, fund raiser and ladies man. But most of all, he always got his kicks out of promoting somebody or something he believed in: General Ridgeway, General Gavin, the 82nd Airborne, Camps Ak-O-Mak and Chikopi, the University of Michigan, his wife, children, father-in-law, and ultimately the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

A 45 year resident of Fort Lauderdale, Dawson was honored as Fort Lauderdale Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1987, for his many contributions to the City. Under his leadership, the ISHOF became the center of activity on the beach and the anchor for beach revitalization in the 1990’s. He received many honorary awards including the Wilbert E. Longfellow Commodore and Golden Whale for the promotion of water safety; the R. Max Ritter Award, the highest honor bestowed by U.S.A swimming; the W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Award, the most prestigious award from the International Sports Heritage Association; the Joseph G. Rogers Award, the National YMCA’s Grand Award; and the Davids/Wheeler Award for Meritorious Service to Long Distance Swimming. He was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as a coach/contributor and into his own International Swimming Hall of Fame as a contributor following retirement in 1986. The International Swimming Hall of Fame recently announced the Buck Dawson Annual Author’s Award presented to the author of an inspiring book related to swimming.

A memorial gathering will be held on May 11 beginning at the International Swimming Hall of Fame at 8:30AM and continuing on to the beachfront at A1A and Hall of Fame Drive (SE 5th Street); and in July at Camp Ak-o-Mak. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Camp Chikopi (boys) and Camp Ak-o-Mak (girls). After 44 years of raising funds for ISHOF, this is Buck’s final fund raising project for his two favorite causes. 954-462-6536 - ISHOF; 416-427-3171 - Camp Ak-o-Mak.

Bob Duenkel, ISHOF Museum Curator

Check out the online video "ISHOF Remembers Buck Dawson"


Family, friends pay respects to Mr Swimming Hall of Fame

By SHARON ROBB South Florida Sun-Sentinel May 12, 2008 FORT LAUDERDALE:

The large group of family and friends, mostly from the aquatic world who gathered to pay tribute to Buck Dawson, couldn't help but smile every time his name was mentioned during the memorial service Sunday at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum.

Diving greats Micki King, Hobie Billingsley and Ron O'Brien, Hall of Fame coach Jack Nelson and Olympian Ann Marshall were among those who came to pay their final respects to the 45-year Fort Lauderdale resident known as Mr. Swimming Hall of Fame.

Dawson died April 4 in his sleep of heart failure and complications from Parkinson's disease at age 87.

Dawson wore many hats — author, historian, promoter, fundraiser and good-hearted prankster — but the role he relished the most was helping Fort Lauderdale earn the title of Swimming Capital of the World.

A 26-minute video of Dawson through the years brought back fond memories for everyone. Several top aquatic stars, including Olympian Donna de Varona, sent taped messages for the video.

"It brought out a lot of smiles," said longtime friend Bob Duenkel, ISHOF museum curator. "I certainly miss him. We all do."

After the memorial, the group headed to Fort Lauderdale beach where his ashes were sent off to sea.




A Time To Remember

YOM HASHOAH OBSERVANCE

Join us as we remember those who were lost
and pay tribute to those who survived.

Thursday, May 1st 2008
at 6:30 PM

Holocaust Memorial
1933-45 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach FL 33139-1817

Free Parking available south of the Memorial

(In case of rain - proceed to Temple Emanu-El
1701 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach FL)

The South Florida Chapter
82nd Airborne Division Association
Color Guard will participate in the event
as in years past...

Holocaust Memorial
phone: 305-538-1663
or: 305-538-1673





Spring Picnic, SUNDAY, March 9th, 2008 - TOPEEKEEGEE YUGNEE PARK ( TY Park )


The wrecking crew is assembled for the first Picnic Meeting of 2008

Bob Wirt and Ron Stirlacci at check-in...

Helga Buffington and Jimmy Campillo at Booster's...

Bob and Bettye Wirt with Lydia Stirlacci

Al Gilliam and Roger Cupo manning the grill...
agruing a point of order
at the business meeting




Tony Altobell, Gus Vass,

Ron Stirlacci and Bob Buffington

Parade the Colors in Davie FL

Tony Altobell
82nd Airborne
South Florida Chapter
Color Guard
at the
Ron Bergeron
Rodeo Grounds
in
Davie, Florida


Ron Stirlacci

Tony Altobell
71st Annual
Orange Blossom Parade

Sponsored by
The Town of Davie


Gus Vass



Ron, "Miss Kitty" and Gus



Fisher House

Date:     17 November 2007

To:         Friends & Family, near & far

From:     COL Lettie Bien (Ret)

RE:         Fisher House

I know this is an immensely impersonal way to say hello and ask you to do something, but desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures. Please forgive me and know that you, individually, are very special to me in many ways and for many reasons.

As many of you know, I have started a new position in the financial services industry. I am the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Investor Solutions in Coconut Grove.

But my passion remains my volunteer-related work, in general, and for our military and Veterans, in particular. My latest project is bringing a Fisher House to Miami. For those of you that have been or are involved in the military, you know what a Fisher House is and how important they are to our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coasties. For those that don't, please read on.

The Fisher House program provides a compassionate home away from home for families of patients receiving long term or rehabilitative care at every major military and VA medical center. They serve as a tangible symbol of support for our military and Veterans and their families. They have played a critical role in caring for our wounded and injured in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Miami has been named a recommended site for a Fisher House.  Over 400 military families annually, in the South Florida area, are paying with out of pocket money for lodging costs so that they can be with loved ones at the Miami VA hospital. This outlay is not reimbursable and our young families can ill afford this necessary expense.  We don't have an active duty base in Miami; we have mostly Reservists and Guardsmen that have found themselves in harm’s way. We must help them!

A potential Fisher House community is asked to raise seed money for that house to be built. The Fisher House Foundation will then provide the remaining (and majority) percentage of funds to construct and furnish the house and ensure the operating & maintenance costs and expenses in perpetuity. We need to raise $2 million dollars to start the construction of the 21- room private suite house to be located on the VAHS Miami campus. The land is available, cleared and ready.

As you acknowledge your many blessings AND think about your end of year contributions, please consider showing your thanks by making a donation toward our Miami Fisher House. Regardless of your political position on our foreign affairs philosophies and actions, we must support our individual Americans that comprise our Services and ensure our freedoms.   To make your contribution to this tax deductible,  501(C)(3) entity, you can go to the national site at www.fisherhouse.org ; be sure to scroll down to the Miami VAHS Fisher House. Or you can go to our site at www.fisherhousemiami.org where all payment options are identified. Or you can make the contribution as part of your Combined Federal Campaign contribution. Any and all amounts add up.

Any questions you have I will be happy to answer, but most everything can be found at the two websites. Thank you for your consideration in this very important and urgent activity. Our Veterans need your support.

With Love, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving & Season’s Greetings - Lettie Bien


Saluting Your Flag

This Bill was passed July 25, 2007.
Let your veteran friends know about the Passage of this Bill - It's OK to once again salute your flag...


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) 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.

At One Time Our Country Asked Ordinary Men To Do Extraordinary Things
Ron Stirlacci's Airborne Truck
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"The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's military service," 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."



and... Speaking of Saluting Your Flag

The man who would be your Commander-In-Chief
shows his true feelings about our flag...

( Click photo to play the YouTube video )
... by contrast,
here's a guy who's
obviously spent some time



To quote his pastor, whom he claims not to have heard
in twenty years of Sunday sermons:
"God Damn America"
wearing his country's uniform
and respects everything
his flag stands for.

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2008 Officers and Directors Installed November 10th 2007

Officers for 2007-2008

South Florida Chairman
French Shannon
1331 SW 114th Way
Davie FL 33325-4548
1-954-472-3721
( Marie )
French82abn@aol.com

Vice-Chairman

Tony Altobell
Post Office Box 22476
Fort Lauderdale FL 33335
1-954-583-8081
( Carol )
chimera86@aol.com

Secretary / Treasurer

Bob Buffington
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605
1-954-435-9174
( Helga )
RBuff@bellsouth.net

Chaplain

Myles Gill
156 SW Peacock Blvd Apt 104
Port Saint Lucie Fl 34986-4520
1-305-318-9698
( Carolyn )
MylesGill08@comcast.net

Judge Advocate

Irv Weinsoff
600 NE 36th Street PH 3
Miami FL 33137-3952
1-305-573-1666
( Sylvia )
Weinsoff@msn.com

Sergeant-At-Arms

Roger Cupo
Apt 503
1830 Dixieana Street
Hollywood FL 33020-3153
1-954-993-1705

Directors for 2007-2008

Director

Jimmy Campillo
3444 SW 53rd Court
Fort Lauderdale FL 33021-7967
1-954-322-4452
( Lucy )
jamlu82@comcast.net

Director

German Martinez
81211 NW 15th Street
Pembroke Pines FL 33024
1-954-435-4992
( Leonides )
Airborne1914@bellsouth.net

Director

Ron Stirlacci
117 Lake Emerald Drive Apt 303
Oakland Park FL 33309-6269
1-954-732-0773
( Lydia )
RL2760@aol.com

Director

Al Gilliam
4700 NW 18th Court
Lauderhill Fl 33313-4122
  1-954-739-7082
(
.......... )
MRG1654@msn.com

Director

Don Moffett
32 Bunting Drive
Key Largo FL 33037-3003
1-305-453-9991
( Phyllis )
PhylMoff@bellsouth.net

Director / WebMaster

Bob Wirt
Post Office Box 11280
Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280
1-954-565-8123
( Bettye )
BobWirt@82airborne.org

Chapter Historian :

Irv Weinsoff Weinsoff@msn.com


Irv, Bob, Al, Ron, German, Don, Roger, Jimmy, French and Tony sworn in by Secretary/Treasurer Bob Buffington

A Dying Institution: Our Veterans Associations
LTC Bryan Hernandez, J-3 Plans © 2007
This past weekend I spoke at the South Florida Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association Veteran’s Day reunion. As I entered the small conference room, tucked quietly within the corner of a suburban restaurant, I quickly noticed the age difference between those of the chapter’s proud veterans and myself. I was the “honored” guest, a young 37 years old veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, amongst men that had parachuted into the fields of Normandy over 60 years ago, delayed Communist forces along the Yalu River in the Korean War, and fought in the jungles of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. I felt like a dwarf amongst giants, humbled by those who had written the pages of modern history by their sweat and blood. I did not feel special but rather honored to sit and talk with these quiet men with whom time has slowly taken away their youthfulness but not their pride and patriotism.

Upon arriving that evening, I walked around to greet people and introduce my wife, but I could not help noticing that we were the youngest people within the room. Suddenly, a feeling of sorrow and shame embraced me as I wondered where my fellow veterans were. Within the small room were men of all different parts of American society that held a special bond and pride of their service and sacrifice, given to their nation during perilous times in their youth. They all answered the call to serve and following their duty, they made a commitment to come back together in order to remember and take care of those who returned less fortunate.

During the mid-20th century veterans associations were successful recruiting service members from World War II and Korea due to the large number of veterans involved in these conflicts and their political activity to advance veteran rights as the country absorbed them back into society. In the political aftermath of the Vietnam War, other veteran organizations began appearing as disenfranchised veterans called for attention and gratitude for their service in an unpopular war.

However, there has been a noticeable decline in the membership of many veteran groups since these wars. The decline seems attributable to the


LTC Bryan Hernandez, J-3 Plans

lack of sustained conflicts, with combat affected veterans, in the 1980s and 1990s, disinterest by younger vets, and a general misconception that veteran organizations are for the older generations of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The question is if the hundred of thousands of veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere will replenish the depleted ranks of America’s veteran organizations.

Unfortunately, this group of veterans, once bursting with membership is slowly withering away. Further, this phenomenon is not exclusive to the veteran’s chapter that I met, but is occurring throughout this nation as more and more veterans leave their ranks with few, younger veterans replacing their hallowed halls. When I finally sat down, I asked a question to the veterans at my table, “Where are the veterans from our recent wars?” The answer was, “Not here.” My next thought was why.

The history of veteran’s association is intricately linked with the history of our nation both in their development and in their purpose. Since the War of Independence to the Civil War and following America’s world wars in the 20th century, veterans have organized into collective groups in order to advocate both recognition of their service and request assistance in areas such as health care and education.

More importantly, they have served as institutions to remind Americans
of the human costs of war and the sacrifice made by so few for so many. These institutions are dying with their aged members and as they disappear, so will their wisdom and history.

As the evening continued, I asked dozens of questions about the experiences of the veterans at my table, which included a former Tuskegee Airman turned combat paratrooper in the Korean War. There was a glaring point that these men, and their spouses, shared a camaraderie that our generation of veterans needs to continue. While we continued to talk, it came time for me to deliver my speech and so I humbly went to the small podium situated in the middle of the room among tightly packed dinner tables. I talked briefly about the history of Veteran’s Day, the 82nd Airborne Division, and proudly discussed the division’s many deployments in the current Global War of Terror, to include my former battalion that is now on its fourth deployment in five years. At the end, I concluded with what I termed a “Call to us”.

I explained that the “call” was our need and responsibility, as a collective group, to honor the thousands of service members who will not return from the war and to be prepared to receive the thousands of veterans that are coming home wounded and fatigued through organizations such as theirs. Veteran organizations are invaluable and not a relic of past conflicts but institutions that need to engender the new wave of American veterans fresh from the sands of the Middle East.

At the end of the night’s events, my wife and I stayed around to give our thanks for the invitation and say our goodbyes to the many veterans that attended. Many veterans stopped to say thank you in a way that made me feel even more humble, it was if I was a visiting dignitary or movie star. I quickly let them know that I was the one humbled because they were, and continue to be, my heroes. As I delicately shook many tired and aged hands, I made a promise to them that my generation would honor them not through words but rather by stepping up to take their place to ensure America does not forget those who have bled for its freedom.

LTC Bryan Hernandez, J-3 Plans © 2007


Memorial Services for Terry Watts - Saturday, February 16th, 2008 :

From: Robert Buffington <RBuff@bellsouth.net> Date: January 28, 2008 8:41:30 PM EST Subject: Bad News

I'm sorry to report that I just got off the phone with Rob Simpson the stepson of Terry Watts. Terry passed away early this morning after a very long and hard fight with cancer. Terry will be greatly missed and has been missed since his move north. Our feelings go out to Jan his wife. She is a tough lady who has handled Terry's illness with a lot of class. I'm glad that Terry got his last trip to his homeland of Ireland in last fall.

Bob Buffington

From: TPWatts82@aol.com Date: February 1, 2008 4:06:15 PM EST Subject: Service Arrangement for Terry

All: We have set up the arrangements and thought we would send them as soon as possible for anyone who would like to attend. We will be having the following:

Services - Saturday, February 16, 2008
- 11AM Mass -
St Vincent Church
6350 NW 18th Street, Margate, FL
Phone: 954-972-0434




Following the 11AM Mass -
There will be memorial services outside
St. Vincent's that will include the Margate Police,
the 82nd Airborne Association, and the Elks Society.

Immediately following, we would like people to join us at
the Elk's Lodge in Sunrise
We estimate it will be around 2PM




The Sunrise Elks Lodge is located at
8900 NW 44th Street, Sunrise, FL
Main number: 954-642-8840


We hope all is well with you and your families, and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.
 
Sincerely
Sandi Yezierski (Jan's Sister)

On February 11th Gus Vass the color guard leader wrote:
 
Fellow Troopers: Our Color Guard will participate in the memorial service for one of our past members, Terry  Watts.
The service will be at St. Vincent Church. 6350 NW 18th Street----Margate FL  There will be an 11am mass. Following the mass is where we come in.  I'll read a short bio of Terry's time in the 82nd, followed by the final Airborne Salute. The dress will be civilian clothes with Beret. Please try to make it as Terry's wife asked for us and it would be nice if we made a good showing.
 
Thank you. Airborne, Gus Vass
 
I would like to add that Terry served as Vice Chairman, and Director with our chapter and is missed by us all. His wife Jan has asked that we take part in the ceremony. We all owe it to Terry to be there for his final farewell. The uniform for the day is civilian clothes with a beret. If you do not have a beret don't worry about it. I will bring two extras with me. With one or not you can take part in the services our part will be presenting the final Airborne Salute after Gus reads a tribute for Terry. Come whether you knew Terry or not he was one of us. The Margate Police where Terry worked for 34 years will be the main part of the ceremony and will take part in the folding of the Flag, firing squad, the Bag Pipers and Bugler.

Bob Buffington


Final Sick-Call Update on Terry Watts from Jan Watts :


From: TPWatts82@aol.com Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 11:33 AM Subject: TERRY UPDATE - HELLO,

IT'S BEEN AWHILE SINCE I LAST WROTE AS USUAL.  THERE WAS A FEW WEEKS THAT TERRY WAS FEELING BAD AND THEN OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY HE FELT JUST GREAT.  COULD IT BE BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO IRELAND IN TWO DAYS??? 

CAN'T SAY, BUT WHO CARES... HE IS FEELING JUST GREAT!!!  HE WAS FEELING SO BAD THAT I HAD TO HELP HIM DO EVERYTHING. THEN LITTLE BY LITTLE HE GOT OVER THIS AND STARTED DOING EVERYTHING INCLUDING DRIVING AGAIN. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH THAT HELPED ME.

AS WE SPEAK HE IS RIDING DOWN BY THE BEACH WHERE HE HAS BEEN GOING TO WALK OUT ON THE BOARDWALK. THIS GIVES HIM THE NICE SEA AIR AND ALSO HELPS HIM TO DO MORE WALKING.

HE IS HOLDING HIS OWN AT 142 POUNDS FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. AS OF TUESDAY HE WILL HAVE BEEN OFF HIS KEMO FOR 3 WEEKS, WHICH ALWAYS HELPS. HIS EATING HAS IMPROVED 100% AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT HE IS DRINKING BOTH WINE AND BEER AGAIN. BEING OFF THE KEMO GIVES HIM BACK HIS TASTE FOR THINGS. SO I AM HOPING THAT HE WILL PUT ON MORE THAN A FEW POUNDS WHILE IN IRELAND. 

JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW WE WILL BE GONE FROM 8/28 UNTIL 9/21. I GOT LUCKY AND USED MY DELTA SKY MILES FOR US BOTH AND WE ENDED UP FLYING TO IRELAND FOR ONLY $142.80!!! IF THAT'S NOT A BARGAIN I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.
 
AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE ATTACHMENT TERRY IS NOW THE PROUD OWNER OF A NEW FORD 2007 "SPORT TRAC". HE JUST LOVES IT. HE WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL HE GOT THE RESULTS FROM HIS NEXT "PET SCAN" BUT I TOLD HIM TO GET IT NOW SO HE CAN ENJOY IT WHILE HE IS FEELING GOOD. WHAT SENSE DOES IT MAKE TO BUY SOMETHING WHEN YOU CAN'T DRIVE IT AND ENJOY IT???
 
I GUESS THAT DOES IT FOR NOW, I WILL WRITE AGAIN WHEN WE GET BACK.  TAKE CARE ALL AND KEEP UP THE PRAYERS BECAUSE I KNOW THAT IS HELPING HIM.
 
JAN


From: TPWatts82@aol.com Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 10:48 AM Subject: TERRY UPDATE

HI EVERYONE,
 
SORRY IT'S TAKEN ME SO LONG TO WRITE, BUT I CAUGHT A COLD IN IRELAND. IT'S TAKEN ME THIS LONG TO GET OVER IT !!  YES, WE ARE BACK FROM IRELAND AND WE HAD A GRAND TIME.  I KNOW YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS BUT TERRY GAINED 21 POUNDS WHILE ON VACATION!!!!! I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT. HE IS NOW LOOKING HEALTHY. IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW BETTER YOU WOULD NEVER THINK HE HAS CANCER. HE WENT FOR HIS TREATMENT THIS PAST TUESDAY. AS USUAL HE IS FEELING TIRED AND ACHY BUT OTHER THAN THAT HE IS OK. ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR WE WILL BE GOING DOWN TO SOUTH FLORIDA FOR HIS NEXT PET SCAN AROUND THANKSGIVING. SO I KNOW HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE.
 
IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN. THE COUPLE WHO WERE WATCHING THE HOUSE FOR US SURPRISED US AND MOWED THE LAWN. GOD THAT WAS HELPFUL, BECAUSE WITH MY COLD I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT UNTIL TODAY. AS SOON AS TERRY FEELS 100% AGAIN WE HAVE A FEW TREES TO PUT IN. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW NICE THE WEATHER IS UP HERE. AS OF YESTERDAY THE TEMPERATURE WAS 72 DEGREES WHEN I WOKE UP AND IT DIDN'T GO HIGHER THAT THE MID 80'S. UNFORTUNATELY THIS WAS ONLY A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE IS GOING BACK UP THIS COMING THURSDAY. BUT AT LEAST IT IS NICE TO BE ABLE TO OPEN UP THE HOUSE FOR THREE OR FOUR DAYS.
 
BEING THAT TERRY WAS FEELING SO GOOD WHILE WE WERE IN IRELAND WE MADE A SIDE TRIP TO ENGLAND. SINCE I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE, WE WENT TO SEE HIS NEPHEW ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT AND HE TOOK UP ON A TOUR OF LONDON. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE! THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND SO LITTLE TIME TO SEE IT ALL. NEXT YEAR WE PLAN TO FLY TO LONDON FIRST AND STAY THERE FOR A FEW DAYS THEN GO TO IRELAND.
 
WELL, THAT DOES IT FOR NOW. EVERYONE KEEP UP THOSE PRAYERS BECAUSE I KNOW THEY ARE WORKING.
 
JAN



Scenes from recent Picnics & Meetings @ TY Park, Hollywood FL

Group shot from the Fall Picinc September 2007

Ron Stirlacci; Bob Wirt; Andy McGowan; Gus Vass; French Shannon; John Crews and son; Bob Buffington
Jim Bono; Roger Labonte; Jimmy Campillo; Irv Weinsoff; Al Gilliam

Images from the Summer Picinc June 2007

Jim Bono rigged and ready to go...

Bob and Bettye, sittin' in a tree

Rigging up Ron Stirlacci's parachute for a sound-off for equipment check

cooks at the ready...the ladies chat

and, oh yeah, there was a meeting




Memorial Day Honor Guard at Sandy Nininger Memorial, Fort Lauderdale FL, 2007


Bricks laid at the base of the Sandy Nininger memorial to honor our latest Iraq War dead.


South Florida Chapter Honor Guard




Sandy Nininger War Memorial
Fort Lauderdale FL 05/31/2007





82nd Airborne Division South Florida Chapter Caps and Shirts

The caps are adjustable so one size fits all. We have on hand the following color caps: White, Navy, and Black - other colors can be special ordered.
The South Florida Chapter is what is embroidered above the pocket - $2.00 additional charge to have your name embroidered on right side of the chest opposite the 82nd logo.
The shirts are 50% Cotton & 50% Polyester Stain Resistant: On hand we have Black, Birch, and Navy - Other colors can be special ordered.

Cap Cost: $10 + $2 postage

Shirt Cost: $20 + $2 postage

Buy at a meeting and save postage

Order From: Bob Buffington, 2765 Garden Drive, Cooper City FL 33026-3605 Phone: 1-954-435-9174



AIRBORNE! All The Way!



Have You Paid Your 2008 Association Dues Yet?

If your membership card doesn't say 2008,
you haven't paid for this year.
Please send your check for $15.00 payable to:

82nd Abn Div Assoc So Fl Chapter
c/o Bob Buffington, Sec / Treas
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605


If you'd like to make it out for a little extra,
anything over the annual $15.00
will go directly to our
South Florida Chapter's BOOSTER FUND
... Thanks for your continued help and support!




Honor Guard of The 82nd Airborne Division
Association Inc, South Florida Chapter


If you’d like to serve on the
Honor Guard and
show the colors at various functions, contact

Ron Stirlacci at 1-954-732-0773
or Gus Vass at 1-954-610-5371


We can always use an extra trooper or two (or more)
to fill out our roster and make it to the various parades
or memorial activities when other members may not be
able to attend, to keep the ranks closed and our colors flying.









"All American All the Way:
The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II"

by
Phil Nordyke

For the first time, All American All The Way tells the definitive human story of what was arguably the most elite American fighting division of World War II, the immortal 82nd Airborne Division. Combining oral and written accounts drawn from almost 1,000 veterans, the history of the division in World War II is told from the perspectives of the troopers in the foxholes. These accounts most often have never before been recorded: they are the experiences and reflections of the junior officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men - those who did the fighting.




"Hunting The Jackal:
A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's Enemies"

by
Billy Waugh with Tim Keown

No synopsis can adequately describe Waugh's experiences. He spent seven and a half years in Vietnam, many of them behind enemy lines as part of SOG, a top secret group of elite commandos. He was tailed by Usama bin Laden's unfriendly bodyguards while jogging through the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, at 3 A.M. And, at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as one of a select number of CIA operatives who hit the ground as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Waugh came face-to-face with bin Laden in Khartoum in 1991 and again in 1992 as one of the first CIA operatives assigned to watch the al Qaeda leader. Waugh describes his daily surveillance routine with clear-eyed precision. Without fanfare, fear, or chance of detection, he could have killed the 9/11 mastermind on the dirty streets of Khartoum had he been given the authority to do so.

No man is more qualified to chronicle America's fight against its enemies - from communism to terrorism - over the past half-century. In Hunting the Jackal, Billy Waugh has emerged from the shadows and folds of history to write a memoir of an extraordinary life for extraordinary times.

© 2004 Billy Waugh



Got An AIRBORNE Activity You'd Like Everyone To Know About ?

We continue to use the South Florida Chapter WebSite to keep in closer contact and allow for more frequent updates of information regarding Chapter activities and functions.

Contact our WebMaster (Bob Wirt) and be sure to send your article or announcement by SnailMail to PO Box 11280, Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280; or FAX to 1-954-565-5922; or e-mail (much preferred) BobWirt@82airborne.org

The online WebSite as well as our SnailMail Newsletter are only as useful as you make them. If you have a Chapter activity you'd like to announce, please e-mail the particulars in advance so we can get the word out to everyone:
click here to Contact Our WebMaster and send your article or announcement

If you know of other Chapters' operations or functions which are open to our troopers and would like to pass the word along, send that information as well. Please include dates, addresses and phone numbers plus the contact individuals so we can ensure the word we pass along is complete and correct. We'll do our best to get your announcement onto the WebSite and into the Newsletter so you'll get the most member involvement and best turnout possible.

For those of you who have stopped me at meetings and picnics asking why the website doesn't change much, I can only say that it's because no one sends much to me to be published online, so nothing much gets posted. Sorry, but the website is here for your use and if you choose not to use it, it won't change much from day to day. It fact, it won't change at all.


OnLine Roster: Some troopers who are online have their e-mail addresses published in The South Florida Trooper News Letter so that other Airborne Troopers can more easily maintain contact with them, and they are:

Serafin Agostini 
feenieairborne@aol.com

Tony Altobell,
South Florida Vice-Chairman
chimera86@aol.com

William Barry
balloonman1495@earthlink.net

Jim Battaglia
Jimb505425@adelphia.net

Col Lettie Bien (Ret)
LJBesq@aol.com

Tigner Blackman 
tigercsa@mailstation.com

Jim Bono
JBono01@aol.com

Michael Borrelli
MikeB417@aol.com

Robert Buffington,
South Florida Secretary / Treasurer
rbuff@bellsouth.net

Herb Bunch
HERBBUNCH@comcast.net

Gregg Calhoun
Fordhealey2@earthlink.net

Jimmy Campillo
jamlu82@comcast.net

James Capasso
inspcapaso@aol.com

Art Cockerham
Gloart@webtv.net

Chris Collins
madness_01@msn.com

Johnny Currington
currbail@bellsouth.net

Steven Daugherty
sdaugh8991@aol.com

Michael Davino
MDavino@aol.com

Barry Dearden
MiMiX55@TampaBay.RR.com

Edward DeBarros
edb1125@bellsouth.net

Jim DeMatteo
jimdematteo@yahoo.com

John Desormeau
JDesorm@bellsouth.net

Patrick Devine
DevineHome@aol.com

Gerald Ellis
ell2580@aol.com

Joe Fischler
joefisch@fea.net

Lt Col Laura M Foglesong
Foglesongs@hotmail.com

Jean-Marie Funke
Traumatek@aol.com

Brian Gehling
bgehling@hotmail.com

Joseph Gethers
Joseph319@aol.com

Myles Gill
MylesGill08@comcast.net

Alfred Gilliam
MRG1654@msn.com

Joe Guilbert
JSGuilbert@aol.com

Herb "Sarge" Hankerson
sarge5sf@aol.com

Al Hernandez III
herel@bellsouth.net

Bob Hoke
bnbhoke@bellsouth.net

David Izquierdo
izzybpa@hotmail.com

Angel R Jerez
Angel@msn.com

Moses Johnson
moejohn2@aol.com

George Klien
gucklan@aol.com

Edmund Kolby
rgrinf@yahoo.com

Harold Kravitz
Halklaw@bellsouth.net

Roger Labonte
rlwdwkg@bellsouth.net

Joe Lanzillo
rangerjgl@bellsouth.net

Gilberto Marin Jr
gilmarinjr@hotmail.com

John Marlowe
ParatrooperJohn@aol.com

Jason Marker
jasonmarker@bellsouth.net


Hector Martinez
martinez1264@bellsouth.net

Ted W Mauzey
RNGR508@aol.com

Cary Mendelsohn
carysbluesky@yahoo.com

Avi Mizrachi
avimiz@worldnet.att.net

Don Moffett
phylmoff@bellsouth.net

Kevin Moyers
kevinmoyers@bellsouth.net

Joseph J Pappacoda
MrQuiTam@aol.com

Henry Oppenborn
hoppenbo@Tampabay.rr.com

Jose L Perez Ortiz
atmman1305@cs.com

Ronald Perkins
RonLynn@terranova.net

Peter Portilla
PeterPortilla@BellSouth.net

Bill Radcliffe
billrradcliffe@aol.com

Frank Rivera
FrankRivera82nd@aol.com

French Shannon Jr
South Florida Chairman
French82abn@aol.com

Ron Stirlacci
RL2760@aol.com

Jack Sullivan
SullyinFL@msn.com

Dewey Tyler
dtylerlu@bellsouth.net

Gus Vass
GVass2327@aol.com

Terry Watts (Jan)
TPWatts82@aol.com

Phil Webb
Miamiphil@aol.com

Irv Weinsoff
weinsoff@msn.com

Bob Wirt
WebMaster
BobWirt@82Airborne.org

Gary Zalewski
gjkezski@bellsouth.net

If any others are interested in joining our e-mail group please let us know by sending your current e-mail address, preferably on-line, to: BobWirt@82airborne.org

Also, we plan to offer members personal page links from our domain for some nominal annual fee, which funds would go into our Booster Club to help cover online site costs. To see what a sample personal page might look like, click on the name Bob Wirt but keep in mind that your Webmaster just got carried away with his, not knowing when to stop posting stuff.



50th Anniversary Commemoration Parachute Jump
with The Phantom Airborne Brigade
and
The Rakkasans - Russ Brambi, Secretary
Reported by: Ron Stirlacci



Click Here to see the Text and Photos about this Parachute Drop


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Membership Application - The South Florida
Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association
Phone Number
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Check One
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Enclosed is $15.00 _____
my annual membership dues for the year 2008
.....
subscription to PARAGLIDE & Newsletter included.
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( includes an extra $1 for the Educational Fund )
Enclosed is $150 for Life Membership _____
( $100 _____ if applicant is over 50 years of age )

Name

Address

City

State
_______________ 9-digit Zip

Rank

ASN or SSN
Airborne Unit(s)
Include all
Airborne Unit(s)
continue here:
Dates of Airborne Service
Month & Year for each
Dates of Airborne Service
continue here:

Present Occupation
Single ___ Married ___ # Children ____
Spouse's Name

Chapter Preference
New Members MUST include a copy of official proof of
either glider or airborne military qualification & service.
Mail Check payable to:
82nd Airborne Division South FL Chapter
ATTENTION OF:
Bob Buffington, Secretary / Treasurer
2765 Garden Drive
Cooper City FL 33026-3605
Phone: 1-954-435-9174
or rbuff@bellsouth.net

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