Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Posted originally on discussion forum...stolen and posted here

I have just copied and pasted a post from the general discussion forum. Earlier I posted Toothless's tribute to these folks that died so long ago defending our freedom. I shamelessly copy the following and post it here because people should know, and they do not.

By Grygoose from rftw:
I am doing a write up on these six boys/men and will be posting it at on the anniversary of that attack, 3/31. This was the most tragic event in the Seabee's RVN history. Not only were there the 6 Bee's that were killed that night/morning but also 2 Marines coming in for a medevac.

Six sailors and two Marines died in the incident at Phu Loc:
Det Echo, NMCB-9, 3/311/68:

BUL3 George R. De Shurley, Roswell, NM;
BUL3 Allan L. Mair, Park City, UT;
BUL3 John F. Peek, Pontiac, MI;
CN James F. Galati, Philadelphia, PA;
CN Mark E. Hodel, Lodi, CA; and
CN James R. Retzloff, Redding, CA.

UH-34D 148792 aircrew, HMM-362, MAG-36:
Sgt Daniel Pesimer, Salt Rock, WV and
Cpl Kenneth R. Yantis, Philadelphia, PA

It would be good to see your story on the post and if you haven't been to the site I think you'll have a nice surprise. Were trying to get a history of the RVN Seabee's because all the paper work, daily reports and logs never made it back. So now it's up to the Bee's that are still alive to leave the history of our past from there. If you have any pictures from your stay there with 9 and the Team you were on it would be great.

There was another incident on 1/14/68 with a CN Hodges, he was on a 16 man security detail on "Project Beaver" a helicopter repair facility project at Red Beach, DaNang. He was killed when a grenade was thrown into there bunker, he grabbed it and as he was trying to get it out when it exploded. His action directed the blast away from a mate in the bunker and saved his life.
I was wondering if you knew anyone who was on that Security Detail, or about that incident?
Great to find your post, hope to hear from you.
MCB 10 "C" Co. 69-71 BU3

In addition I am including the following information cause some of you who read this do not go to the forum pages, and that is OK too. But here is a post from there by Shoreparty (My Brother the Computer Super Genius I can say that cause he just gave me a quick tip that got my Mozilla working again)and I am reposting it here:

Quote shoreparty Quote:

We have 11 Pages of tributes this year Thank you all. We Ride for those who can’t! So if you are running this year and you have a friend, family member of just know someone who served and or is serving and you want to ride for them or carry their memory with you and share their story, I would ask you that you send in a tribute to be posted on the website, It is an honor and privilege to make these posts and read the stories. current tributes and tributes from , 2009 and 2010

A picture is nice but not necessary, just your that you riding for someone, there name and a brief bio if you have it. Then while your riding maybe someone will ask you about Paul, Jim, or your son or cousin, and you can share their story and heal also. Their story your story are the tools we all use to heal ourselves and each other. My first run each morning they read a tribute to a MIA from back in the day, we all knew except for the grace of GOD it could have been us. So if you have a tribute to send please do so. Thank you for reading this.

Send tributes to: or to

Shoreparty and Sage Owl

OK now I have to put my sunglasses on Thanks Shoreparty that tribute page thing is great!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Krazy Karl won't be with me this year

Well in about thirty five days I head to California. I wanted to meet Karl Haartz out there, he and I have a job that we sort of created on the run. One of the fuel crew leaders put it quite well (although I do not think he meant this in a nice way, but he was right) Karl and I make nice with the big rigs that the run encounters.

Our standard script is quite simple:" Thanks driver for staying in the center of your lane, and for being patient with us. This is not a rally, it is not a poker run, it is not Kyle Petty's Chick Filet charity ride. This is a POW MIA awareness mission. You do not have to like it you just have to do it."
Karl always adds "God Bless our troops and the Great American Trucker, If this country looses either, we are lost."

So for those of you who are following this to get information about loved ones on the run, they are being watched over, and the trucks love us. Or at least most of them do, and for the one percent that don't the other 99% tend to shut them up pretty fast. I will be looking for some one to take Karl's place, but that person will have big shoes to fill. I sure hope Trike is there, he has been the third member of Karl and My team for at least four years.
This team was not official until 2007, but I did it alone in 2005, and Karl helped me out in 2006. We became official when I notified Tanker of an Oversize rig that was partially blocking the right lane a few miles ahead of us, and in 2007 a truck that had passed us hit a deer that was laying in the center of the left lane. Sheepdog became a true believer when I notified him and he got the pack into the right lane. When Karl went by the deer who had only been sleeping jumped up and ran into the median. That could have been interesting with 500 bikes in the left lane.

I cannot wait till May

Sunday, April 10, 2011

SSgt Barry Sadler, Ballad of the green beret

Less than thirty days till the start of Run For The Wall 2011. One way to get ready for a mission of this magnitude is to remember those who did not come home.
Freedom is not Free, never forget, and SUPPORT our troops all the time no matter what.