27 January 2023
Dear NY/NJ Chapter 1st Cav Division Association Members:
Reminder: our next chapter meeting is scheduled for February 25, 2023 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Elks Lodge in Ridgefield Park (30 Spruce Avenue.) There is no charge to attend and a buffet lunch will be served.
Please invite your friends and military buddies to come regardless of unit or branch. Meet old friends and make new ones. In the event of bad weather, we will reschedule for another date in March. More details to follow.
Our next guest speaker will be LTC. David Siry, recently retired, who is currently an Assistant Professor of Military History at the US Military Academy. David is the Director of the Center for Oral History at West Point. He graduated from USMA in 1994 and chose Armor as his branch. He served in many assignments around the world to include Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Haiti, Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox, KY. Most recently, he served as an Operations Officer and Executive Officer with the 3d Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division and as a Team Chief on a Military Transition Team working with the Iraqi Army, Air Force and Police in Wasit Province with the 1st Cavalry Division.
Come to the February meeting to hear more about some of the interesting stories David has conducted as Director of the West Point Oral History Project.
On March 29, Americans will come together to commemorate the service and sacrifices made by the nearly 3 million service members who served in Vietnam. In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation, designating March 29 as the annual observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Team has authorized the distribution of a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin to all veterans and family members who served during the Vietnam era. Our chapter has received a supply of pins and one will be given to each Vietnam Veteran attending our next two meetings.
The signing of the commemorative proclamation by Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the departure of the last American troops from Vietnam — March 29, 1973. Only U.S. embassy personnel and support staff remained in South Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Here is what the President had to say:
“The Vietnam War is a story of service members of different backgrounds, colors and creeds who came together to complete a daunting mission,” the proclamation states. “It is a story of Americans from every corner of our nation who left the warmth of family to serve the country they loved. It is a story of patriots who braved the line of fire, who cast themselves into harm’s way to save a friend, who fought hour after hour, day after day to preserve the liberties we hold dear.”
As you know, more than 58,000 Americans were killed and many thousands more were wounded and injured or determined to be missing. Tens of thousands of families suffered from this loss.
The proclamation also states: “In one of the war’s most profound tragedies, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected — to face treatment unbefitting their courage and a welcome unworthy of their example. We must never let this happen again.”
All are welcome to attend our chapter meetings. Our meetings are open to all service members regardless of branch, division or unit assignment, and for relatives and interested parties.
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Robin Bartlett, President
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21 September 2022
This Cav newsletter: is for all service members regardless of branch, division, rank or unit assignment, and for relatives and interested parties. This periodic communication will provide notice of future chapter meetings and important local activities.
Mark your calendar: Our next chapter meeting will be held on October 15 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Elks Club in Ridgefield Park (30 Spruce Avenue, Ridgefield Park). There is no charge to attend and a buffet lunch will be served. If you’re curious about our chapter, please come to the meeting, meet old friends and make new ones. Or, click the red button below to ask a question.
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Our guest speaker at the October meeting will be Takeshi “Tak” Furumoto. Born in an American internment camp during WWII, Tak grew up in Japan, returned to the US to attend college at UCLA and then joined the Army. As an OCS 1st Lieutenant, Tak served a tour in Vietnam from 1970-71 as an Intelligence Officer in the Hau Nghia Province near the Cambodian Border (Parrot’s Beak) in III Corps. He was an advisor to the Vietnam National Police Chief during the CIA’s Operation PHOENIX and worked to neutralize VC infrastructures in the region. Returning to the US, Tak suffered from both PTSD and AO poisoning. Tak will discuss and answer questions about specific engagements in Vietnam and his challenging return to civilian life after Vietnam. You wont want to miss his amazing story!
Also attending our meeting: will be Kevin O’Hora from the Division of Veterans Services in Bergen County. Kevin has a wealth of information about benefits available to service members including healthcare, surviving spouses and children, military burial, filing claims for pension and compensation for disabilities and PTSD. If you are unable to attend our meeting you can reach Kevin at 201-336-6325 or by email at email@example.com.
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Please forward this message: to your veteran friends regardless of branch, rank or affiliation. All are welcome at Cav meetings.
Be well, stay safe and WELCOME HOME!
25 July 2022
Dear Sky Troopers,
The Cav Newsletter. Our newsletter is for all service members regardless of branch, division or unit assignment, and for relatives and interested parties. This periodic communication will provide notice of our future chapter meetings and important local activities.
Visit to the Moving Wall in NJ. Several Sky Troopers recently visited the Moving Wall at the County College of Morris. The Moving Wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The Wall was sponsored by VFW Post 7333 and donations are still gratefully appreciate. For more information about the Moving Wall go online to:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial “The Moving Wall” Coming to County College of Morris
Veterans Pulse Newsletter. The VA has recently started an informative newsletter called “Veteran Pulse.” It contains very helpful information about the VA in New Jersey (addresses, telephone numbers and healthcare information for both men and women and all the VA hospitals and clinics in NJ. To start receiving your copy of this informative publication click the button below and I will send you a link.
Mark your calendar: Our next chapter meeting will be held on October 15 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Elks Club in Ridgefield Park (30 Spruce Avenue). There is no charge to attend and a buffet lunch will be served. If you’re curious about our chapter, please come to the meeting, meet old friends and make new ones. Or, click the red button below to ask a question.
Our guest speaker at the October meeting will be Takeshi “Tak” Furumoto. After graduating from UCLA in 1967, Tak enlisted in the Army completing Basic and AIT at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. This was followed by Engineering OCS at Ft. Belvoir, MD, the Monterey Language School in CA, and Combat Intelligence School in MD. He worked to neutralize VC infrastructures as a part of the CIA’s Operation PHOENIX.
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Have a Great Summer. I will check back in another month!
27 June 2022
All service members regardless of branch or unit assignment, relatives and interested parties are invited to the next meeting of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the 1st Cav Division on Saturday, October 15. The meeting will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Elks Club in Ridgefield Park (30 Spruce Avenue). There is no charge to attend, and a buffet lunch will be served. Please join us to meet old friends and meet new ones.
Our guest speaker at the October meeting will be Takeshi “Tak” Furumoto.
After graduating from UCLA in 1967, Tak enlisted in the Army completing Basic and AIT at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. This was followed by Engineering OCS at Ft. Belvoir, MD, the Monterey Language School in CA, and Combat Intelligence School at Halibut, MD.
As a 1st Lieutenant, Tak served a tour in Vietnam from February 1970-71 as an Intelligence Officer at the Due Hue District, Hau Nghia Province near the Cambodian Border (Parrot’s Beak) in III Corps. He was assigned as an advisor to the Vietnam National Police Chief, during the CIA’s Operation PHOENIX. He worked to neutralize VC infrastructures in the district. He was awarded the Bronze Star for actions during the Cambodian invasion by US and ARVN forces in 1970.
Returning to the US, Tak suffered from both PTSD and AO poisoning. He has been active in real estate development in Fort Lee, NJ, the town’s Chamber of Commerce, VFW Troop 2342, and in human rights activities. Tak will discuss some specific engagements in Vietnam and thoughts on the war.
For more information about this meeting please contact Robin Bartlett, President, NY/NJ Chapter 1 CDA, firstname.lastname@example.org
10 May 2022
Photo Caption: L To R NewChapter President Robin Bartlett and Bob Arbasetti
On April 31, The New York-New Jersey Chapter held its spring meeting, the last meeting that I will have as president. The chapter elected a new president, Robin Bartlett. In the next issue of the Saber, Robin will introduce himself. We had a good turnout. Everyone seems happy to see each other. Once again, we were fortunate to have Meegan Wadleigh as our photographer; despite dealing with a primitive camera and crusty old Veterans, her work was outstanding
I want to thank everyone who not only turned out this time but all who have helped and supported me through my presidential term. Thanks to the 1st Cavalry Association and the kind people who have guided me over the past 20+ years. I also want to thank Fred Robins, Bob Heintz, and all chapter members past and present who have contributed to my success
I want to leave everyone with the idea that it’s time to share your story and tell who you were when you went to War. Don’t let others tell a story that is not yours. Let them know what life was like back then, how little life experience we had. Although the war was unpopular, we served our country with pride. Tell Family and friends about all those we met along the way. Some good, some bad but all our brothers. Tell of sacrifice we share; the loss of life and explain how the War has lived in us for so many years and how it has become the filter we see the world.
During the timeframe of the Afghanistan war, I thought about returning to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit wounded Soldiers. The best time to do this wound be Veterans Day week in Washington D.C. The 1st Cavalry Div Association stays at a hotel for Veterans week, and this is an excellent place to assemble our team. I knew that it would be a difficult visit and the best way was to form a team. Edie Meeks, a nurse in an army field hospital in Vietnam, was the first person I approached. I knew that her ability to deal with patients and hospital situations would steady the team. Then I sought chapter members and friends who were wounded in combat, whom I knew in Washington, to join the group.
On our first visit, I realize that none of us were prepared for what we were about to experience. Even though the Soldiers were in their twenties, they seem like school-age children. We were surprised to see many female Soldiers with a few missing limbs because of many roadside bombs.
All were happy to see us; some wanted to show us videos that they shot. Others wanted to show pieces of shrapnel that were taken out of their bodies. Others wanted to display their scars. Most patients wanted someone to talk to. The hospital can be a lonely place to be.
Everyone seems pleased to visit with these Soldiers. It reminds one of the sacrifices they made. To me, it just how terrible war is and how costly the price that is paid.
The New York-New Jersey Chapter will hold its Fall Meeting on Oct 16, 2021, at the Ridgefield park Elks Lodge in Ridgefield Park NJ. Check out the Facebook page for updates.
Bob Arbasetti, president