The Association has published newsletters since December 1996. We owe a debt of gratitude to Association Founder Ken Riley, who edited and published the newsletters up to April 2001, when Robert (Doc) Melendez assumed the helm.
As a service to the membership, the website will maintain an archive of
Association newsletters. Just click on the title of this section to go to search the archive. Back issues are also available from the Editor
at a cost of $1.00 each plus $.55 for postage and handling.
Besides the reunions, newsletters, website, rosters and other traditional member
services offered since inception, the Association is searching for additional
services that our members will value. We welcome your suggestions for new
services, and will do our best to accommodate them. Here are those free
services we now offer our Members:
Rubbings from the
Vietnam Memorial Wall,
|This invaluable free service
has been provided by Gladys Grubb as long as I can remember. Gladys
is in charge of our Memorial Book and gets rubbings of all the 1/50th
guys that were KIA. She says to contact her and, "I'll be happy
to get a rubbing for any KIA that's on the Wall for anyone."
I was in the field with
A Company when Glady's husband, Steve, was killed in action in May
1969, and we can all be very proud of her!
Vietnam photos and
subsidizes a free scanning service for members who wish to publish
their documents (or just want them scanned into electronic files).
This allows us to post them on the website or in newsletters, and
helps us keep our history alive! Plus,
you might become famous!
1. Contact either
person and discuss your needs.
2. Arrange to send your documents.
3. They will scan them for free.
4. Originals and electronic files will be returned.
5. Electronic files will be sent to Webmaster.
Billie McGregor (aka "Dixie Chicken")
c/o Robin Keto
272 Wellington Way, Atoka, TN 38004
|Jim Sheppard (1/50 Historian)
228 East Arbutus Avenue
Absecon NJ 082015
Technical Writing and
|If you have a 1/50(M)-related
story to tell but feel uncomfortable writing it out, contact Webmaster
Ray Sarlin to discuss how we can
War Research Relating
to Questions or Claims
|Disclaimer: At this
time, the Association has no capability to assist with VA claim submission
and the like: however, we can help identify stressors by searching
our historical files for you and providing you with such written documentation
as we have. Just ask Jim Sheppard
or Ray Sarlin.
We'll do what
we can to help, but no promise is made or implied.
Search for men who served with the 1/50(M)
The Association maintains current addresses on many people who served
with the battalion in Vietnam: however, Privacy laws preclude us disseminating
such information without consent. We will, however, help get people
together where we can. Just ask John
Also check our website's Wanted
do what we can to help, but no promise is made or implied.
Elections were held during the General Membership Meeting at the Las Vegas
Reunion on 11 March 2001. The following were elected to office for a two-year
term, from 2001 to 2003.
Notes: * Chuck McAleer replaced Ken Riley as Treasurer effective
14 Dec. 2001. Thanks, Ken, for everything!
51 Eagle Road
Riverton WY 82501
200 Georgetown Court
Hanover PA 17331
717 East Third Street
Seymour IN 47274
438 Fairway Lane
Kirkwood MO 63122
228 East Arbutus Avenue
Absecon NJ 082015
P.O. Box 105
Gideon MO 63848-0105
The following policy was implemented effective 1 June 2001 due to rising printing
and postal costs.
Any member in arrears on dues or one (1) year will be sent
the Association Directory each year, and information on the reunion only,
until back dues are paid. Once reinstated, current issues of all newsletters
will be forwarded.
Any member in arrears for two (2) years will be sent the Association Directory once each year only, until back dues are paid. Once reinstated, current issues of all newsletters will be forwarded.
Any member in arrears for three (3) years or more will be moved to our Inactive
Roster and will receive a short letter at the beginning of each year with
an application to rejoin the Association. Those on Inactive Roster will
receive no information on the Reunion nor any updated Directory until all
back dues have been satisfactorily paid to the Secretary/Treasurer.
Our mission is to publish a newsletter and to maintain an internet homepage.
The Association will use these publications to inform its general membership about events within the Association and about current or proposed legislation that might affect veterans of all wars.
Members of the Association will strive to preserve the memory of those who served in the "ICHIBAN" Battalion and to publish only the facts concerning any particular battle, person or situation.
This website is also intended to give individuals who served in the Battalion a forum in which to be heard and a medium where they can communicate, make contact, and share the events in their lives with their fellow soldiers and their families.
The Association has been classified by the IRS as a non-profit National Association.
As such, we operate in accordance with a formal Constitution approved by
our membership, which is posted at Constitution
of the First Battalion, 50th Infantry Association, Inc.
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