Saturday, November 5, 2016

Greetings!




Welcome to the Charlie Company (1966-68) 4th Battalion (Mechanized), 23rd Infantry Regiment blog.  Please feel free to look for old friends, share memories, and find information about our annual reunion.  (Our next reunion is planned for September 2017, in Columbia, South Carolina.  Please click on the Upcoming Events tab above for more details.)  The photo at the top of this page was taken in September 2016, at our ninth annual reunion, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  All of the 31 men who attended are pictured. 



This year’s reunion headquarters was the Drury Inn and Suites, just seven miles from the U.S. Air Force Academy, which is both a military organization and a university, currently educating over 4,000 cadets.  It is also a national historic landmark.  As a group, we carpooled to the Academy, where we toured the Visitor Center, showcasing Academy history and cadet life, and the Academy Chapel.  In this 110-foot tall building, we saw the stunning Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist, and Jewish worship centers.  Afterwards, we caught part of the noon meal formation of cadets in the plaza, marching to the beat of the Air Force band.



During our time together, we enjoyed welcoming new members, chatting, sharing meals together, and sightseeing in the Colorado Springs area.  Some took the cog railway to the top of Pike’s Peak, many hiked around the Garden of the Gods’ red rock formations or the Seven Falls area, and others enjoyed various additional  points of interest.  A women's discussion group, led by Suzanne Cagle, met one morning during the reunion and was helpful and encouraging.



Our reunions are mostly “free-form” and casual.  Jeans, shorts, and T-shirts are welcome.  Some wear shirts and hats commemorating their service in Vietnam.  Men meet, often for the first time in recent history, and are refreshed and energized by the bond that connects them to their combat brothers.



If you have never attended before, you are most welcome to join us in September 2017!

1st Platoon

2nd Platoon

3rd Platoon

4th Platoon

Charlie Company Women





Friday, May 4, 2012


The photo above was taken on September 15, 2011, at our fourth annual reunion, held in the Seattle area.  Most of the 27 men who attended this reunion are shown.  The highlight of our time together was going to Fort Lewis, headquarters to the current 4/23rd, where we were treated to an incredible tour of their facilities.  (Many thanks to Colonel Greg Harkins, Command Sergeant Major Paul Bigs, and the many more involved, including our own "Doc" John Wood, Bill Dillehay, and Dave Guilland, for arranging this awesome event!)

The army base sent two buses to transport us from our hotel in Seatac.  On base, we ate breakfast in the mess hall (more like a cafeteria), were greeted by the current command of the 4/23rd, examined closehand a "Static Display" (men from the Stryker Brigade in combat garb with their weapons, along with several variations of Stryker vehicles), visited the barracks (more like college dorms), traveled in Strykers to the firing range (where those who wanted to could fire weapons--including the "SAW"), ate MRE's, saw a demonstration of night vision equipment and helmet-mounted communication devices, and later were guests at an impressive military banquet.  All of us Vietnam veterans were treated with the utmost respect and consideration by the men of the current unit.

For some interesting photos of our tour of Fort Lewis, go to the "Pictures" tab.


"All Gave Some... Some Gave All."