News and notes

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Chapter Officers for 2018-2019

President - Dan DuRocher
Vice President - David Miller
Secretary - Mike Babb
Treasurer - Al Forster
Quartermaster - Lesa Howard



Summer getaway 2019

Fort Tuthill/Flagstaff

 Summer Get Away has come and gone.  Overall it went pretty good.  Being at a new location we had a couple of speed bumps but we overcame them.  The range was FANTASTIC!!   After that, it got a little confusing on what to do next, we finally all got together and planned a visit to Lowell Observatory and dinner.  Everyone really enjoyed that.  The nice thing is once you pay for the tours, you can leave and come back later that day.  This went well to allow for dinner and then back after dark, to look through the telescopes!  Some of us also toured the Ft. Tuthill Museum, it was small but very interesting and informative.  We all enjoyed that also.  Another interesting thing was Ft. Tuthill was the command center for the Museum Fire...So there were small tents everywhere!  If we use this facility again next year, we've figured out a few things for entertainment...Great trails thru the woods, horseback riding and many other things in  Flagstaff.  A common note was that the facilities were not the greatest...They were OK however no restaurant on site so that caused some of the speedbumps.  The rooms were pretty mediocre, nothing to rave about...We'll talk about this location at the September meeting.  So, if you attended, write down your thoughts to talk about! 

Additional photos are on Photo Gallery Page

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TAPS

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Lambert "Doc" Case

We recently lost a great Chapter member, Lambert "Doc" Case.  Doc had been battling a multitude of medical problems in the last few years, and finally succumbed to cancer.  He passed away at 8:30, 29 May in Tucson.  Doc was a regular at most of our Chapter functions, and in spite of his health issues, always had a smile and usually some funny jokes or stories.  He was well-known in the White Mountains area as a great banjo/guitar "picker", and was often invited up to perform with local bands. He is going to be missed by all who knew him.

 Saturday, 13 July, family, friends, comrades and community gathered to celebrate Doc's life and legacy.  The celebration took place at the Foxfire Restaurant in Alpine.  Several of Doc's musician friends and bandmates provided music most of the afternoon.  A local artist made a portrait of Doc which was auctioned off, and the proceeds were donated to our Special Forces Chapter.  It was a great and fitting send-off for Doc.  Photos are on the photo gallery page. 

Please keep his wife Tina in your prayers

SGT Walter Bruce Foote Memorial Day Ceremony

Chapter members traveled to Safford Arizona 25 May 2019 for a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Gravesite of our Chapter namesake, SGT Walter Bruce Foote, the first Green Beret from Arizona killed in Vietnam.  The Safford American Legion Post provided the Color Guard, Firing Party and Bugler for the ceremony.  After the ceremony, all participants moved the the American Legion Post for a luncheon hosted by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Photos of the ceremony are posted on the Photo Gallery Page.

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non-member passing

William G. Holt

 

With everlasting deepest sorrow at 7:33pm, May 13, Bill lost his valiant battle and joined his Mother, Sister, nephew. and his Brothers of the SFA. Our sons and daughter in law were with us at the last, our grandson had to leave the day before. 

 We had over 53 years together including his tour in Viet Nam.

He was a loving caring man devoted to his family, Special Forces and VFW Post 769, Quartzsite, AZ.  He was my Hero, my Valiant Warrior, my Green Beret and the love of my life.

Until we meet again my love, Rest in Peace with no more pain or suffering.  I will love you forever,

There will be a VFW Ritual and Celebration of Life at

VFW Post 769, 305 N. Central, Quartzsite, AZ, at 1:00pm June 8, 2019


Gail Holt

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Medal of Honor Presentation

Former Chapter member Ron Shurer was presented the Medal of Honor by President Donald Trump in a White House ceremony. Chapter President Dan DuRocher flew out to attend the reception after the ceremony.  Ron had been working with the US Secret Service in Phoenix, and was reassigned to Virginia a few years ago.  Ron received the MOH for actions in Afghanistan while serving with 3rd SFGA.