Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Visitation:2:00-4:00 p.m. November 10th, 2016 (Thursday)
Services:4:00 p.m. November 10th, 2016 (Thursday)
Address: Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, UT
Monday, September 26, 2016
St. George News picked up the story of our Devil Pup graduates and Col. Toole's lifetime achievement award. They missed some names and flubbed others - but we'll take the recognition! You can read the story HERE.
I will be posting an album of all the photos I collect. Stay tuned!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Just a reminder that there will be no meeting this Saturday at the Elk's Lodge. Instead, we will all meet at the Harley Davidson Building just off exit 16 at 1000 to dedicate the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. If you are participating in the flag raising and firing detail, muster time is 0915. Uniform is ceremonial.
We will have a booth set up to sponsor the League. Bring any unsold rifle/pistol tickets you may still have in your possession, so we can hopefully sell them off before the drawing that is scheduled right after the event.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
2015 Graduates at Awards Night
Please remember our Devil Pup Awards Night program on Friday evening, September 23rd. This year it will be held at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, where Col. Toole is currently residing. We will have food catered by Brick Oven in the Multi-Purpose Room, where we will also have an award ceremony for Col. Toole as he retires from Devil Pups. Rich Linsday, President of Devil Pups, Inc. and Col. Ray Blum, Devil Pups board member, both long time friends of Col. Toole, will attend, as will Heather Ham, Devil Pups, Inc. coordinator. We are looking forward to honoring our seven new graduates and celebrating Col. Toole’s nearly 40 years of volunteer service to the Devil Pup program.
Doors open at 6:00, food at 6:30, program to begin at 7:00. Please be aware that Col. Toole has had a couple small strokes and is suffering from dementia. He may be overwhelmed by this evening - one that he’s poured his heart and soul into for so many years.
Please send me an e-mail if you plan to attend, letting me know how many will be in your party. I want to make sure you don’t leave hungry. Thanks to all of you - let me know if you have questions.
SoUtah Devil Pup Coordinator
dtoole (at) sunrivertoday (dot) com (you know how to correct this)
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
This past weekend I attended a reunion of the squadron I first served with in Vietnam during March ‘66 until April ’67, fifty years ago. What a great experience! The squadron was VMO-6 based at Ky Ha just a few miles from Chu Lai in Southern I Corps. For those of you who were in that area, our call sign was KLONDIKE. We flew the UH-1E gunship escorting troop transport helos, medevacs and providing close air support for troops in contact. Of all the flying I did over thirty years, that tour was the most rewarding. We saved a lot of lives and we took out a lot of the enemy.
About a third of the original squadron attended the reunion, both officer and enlisted. We talked and laughed a lot, sharing stories, telling jokes, remembering different missions and remembering our fallen comrades. More than a few tears were shed. We were all reminded of what a special relationship we shared during that combat tour. We were special; we were Marines. Today, I see similarities in our Detachment. Although we are not being tested as my unit was in combat, we have all faced similar tests in our military service and life after leaving the Corps. Our Marine heritage serves us well now. We all know the value of service together to accomplish the mission.
On September 10 we will render honors at the dedication of the new Vietnam Veterans Monument in Hurricane. I encourage all hands to fall out for that event, especially Vietnam vets. Later that day we will announce the winners of the rifle and pistol drawings. We have sold almost all of the tickets. Thanks to all who helped with this successful fundraiser. We have a few tickets left if you missed out.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Please click on the flyer for information on Medical Care for Veterans. Thanks to Steve Ikuta for this posting.VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM FLYER