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2015 Reunion Pictures
Some of the pictures
from the 2015 Association reunion in Nashville have been posted.
There are lots more to go, but take a look at what's there now and be amazed
at how good looking we all are!
159th CAB, C7-101 (50th Med)
the 159th CAB (including C/7-101st - the old 50th Med Co AA) Inactivation ceremony will take place Thursday, 7 May 15, at 1030 on the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Parade Field at Fort Campbell.
A Vietnam Patient Reunion
Bob Barrett (L) and Mike DeFazio (R)
During the Vietnam War, Bob Barrett, like all of our Vietnam War
DUSTOFFers, evacuated hundreds each month. Sometimes a small business card
was dropped in the pocket of the wounded letting them know who had pulled
them from the battlefield to life-saving care. Many went un-noticed. One
such card surfaced last summer when, after over forty years, Mike DeFazio
unpacked a duffel bag and donated the artifacts to a local museum. In the
shirt pocket of his fatigues was a card that was discovered. It was from Bob
Barrett indicating that Bob had evacuated him.
Mike Reading Card
At our reunion this April, Mike and Bob were reunited. It was quite an
emotional time for Bob to see the results of just one mission flown so long
ago. Mike returned from his injuries - he was within four minutes of
bleeding out according to his surgeon. Mike married. Mike and his wife have
three children, all of whom are now working in the service of our great
Nation. In the words of MG Pat Brady "It's not just one man he saves, it's
generations of children he saves." Welcome Home Mike and Bob!
Paul A. Bloomquist Inducted
Into AA Hall Of Fame
Bloomquist was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN
on 30 Mar 15.
Throughout his short, but brilliant career, LTC Paul A. Bloomquist
represented the very highest traditions of Army Aviation and strongly
promoted the DUSTOFF spirit. Graduating from the Helicopter Officer’s Course
in 1954, his initial assignment was with the 54th Medical Detachment
(Helicopter Ambulance) in South Korea.
After he returned to the U.S., his keen aviator skills were called on during
a massive snowstorm that blanketed much of the northeast, in the winter of
1958. Flying a UH-19 helicopter in extremely hazardous conditions,
Lieutenant Bloomquist logged 55 rescue missions and made 62 drops of food,
medicine, and emergency supplies to travelers, farmers, and villagers cut
off by the heavy snow and earned his first DFC.
It was during his initial tour in Vietnam that CPT Bloomquist distinguished
himself as one of the Army’s finest military officers and premier aviators.
He kept extending his stay in-country, and during 21 months of daily combat
flying, was cited for heroism several times. Among his four Distinguished
Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, thirty-six Air Medal
citations, one of his DFC actions exemplifies the kind of courageous and
dedicated pilot he had become. [Read
Full Citation] [See
James C. Wingate Inducted
Into DUSTOFF Hall of Fame
Wingate was inducted into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame on 28 Mar 15 during the
2015 DUSTOFF Association reunion at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville,
TN. Congratulations to Jim for his life-long dedication to serving our Army
and DUSTOFF. [Read Citation]
Former Medic Award Recipient
In Need Of Your Help
(Springer) Wunderlich received the Medic Of the Year award in 2008. But upon
her return from her second deployment in 2010-2011, she became quite ill and
needs all the help the DUSTOFF community can afford.
A fund has been
established by her friends and family and will be used specifically for
the purpose of taking care of ordinary living expenses and outstanding
medical bills. If possible and appropriate, please forward
this link to
anyone you would like to share with.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Observes George Washington's Birthday
Military Order of the Purple Heart is proud to observe the 283rd anniversary
of the birth of the nation's first elected President, General George
Washington. As the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, it was
General Washington who created the Badge of Merit on August 7, 1782 to
recognize the bravery and meritorious service of the common soldier on the
This year, patriot members of the MOPH will gather at the statue of George
Washington on the steps of Federal Hall in New York City, the first Capitol
Building of the United States of America, which marks the spot where George
Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first President. On this
occasion, the City of New York will present the MOPH with a proclamation
designating the city as a "Purple Heart City," as an expression of its
support and appreciation for its native sons and daughters who were wounded
or killed in combat by the enemies of the United States of America,
defending the very freedoms that make this nation so great. For their
service and sacrifice they received the Purple Heart Medal.
Do We Have Your Current E-mail Address?
With the Army Knowledge Online move away from local e-mail servers to the new “mail.mil” e-mail, we are experiencing lost e-mail traffic with some of our members. If you have an e-mail address registered with the DUSTOFF Association that is either a “us.army.mil” or “amedd.army.mil” domain – please take time to send us your new “mail.mil” domain
based e-mail address. [Read
Help Find Lost Association Members
We have an abnormally large number of Association members we can no
longer communicate with. When postcards are sent out, for instance to
announce voting for Hall Of Fame inductees, we've received cards as
"Undeliverable." Please take a moment to scan the
list of lost members and send us contact information if you find your
name or you know the where-abouts of someone on the list. [See
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