COLONEL JERALD L. THOMPSON D-4046 (Life)

Jerald L. Thompson was born in Oakland, California on 22 November 1945.  He was the oldest of two sons born to Bennett and Georgia Thompson.   Throughout his high school years he was part of the Junior. ROTC program.   When he was 17, he enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.    He received his commission from Officers Candidate School (OCS) in 1965.   His first duty assignment as an officer was at Fort Dix, New Jersey where he was the youngest lieutenant at 19 years of age.  After serving as a Platoon Leader for 13 months in the Republic of Vietnam, he resigned his commission in order to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He graduated in 1971.  During his 26+ year military career, Colonel Thompson served in a multitude of command and staff positions.

COL Thompson’s Special Forces assignments included command of a Special Forces Operational Detachment ‘A’; a company command in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and he was the Commander, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from June 1989 to June 1991.  Under his leadership during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/STORM, the unit received a Valorous Unit Award for its combat operations.  The   also received 50 of the 70 medals awarded to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).   After the Gulf War, COL Thompson was selected to command Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) (Forward) until the theatre SOP was established.  He also commanded the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training and Management Organization (SATMO).

COL Thompson used his unique skills in other assignments that were oriented toward the 5th Special Forces Group’s area of the world and thereby had ample opportunity to use his language skills in Arabic, Persian Farsi and Persian Afghani.  Most notably, he served as a Military Observer, United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization, Lebanon.   He was the G5 Plans Officer, XVIII Airborne Corps; and he was the Middle East, North Africa Desk Action Officer of the Politico Military Affairs Directorate, J5, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

COL Thompson always set the standard of conduct for his troops.  A serving Christian officer, he knew the importance of and made sure of the care of each soldier’s family.  His deep religious convictions were reflected in his primary belief that family is a soldier’s most important responsibility.  Col. Thompson’s care for his soldiers was reflected in a  gift from the Noncommissioned Officers and Enlisted soldiers at the end of the Gulf War.  He was presented with the battalion colors, an Iraqi bayonet and khaki patches saying DESERT STORM and MISSION COMPLETE, all beautifully framed in a large shadow box.

During his career, COL Thompson earned numerous awards and decorations including the Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab and other U.S., foreign and United Nations decorations.  He graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with a Masters Degree in Middle East History and was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

COL Thompson died on April 14, 1994, when the U.S. Army helicopter in which he was a passenger was shot down by the U.S. Air Force near Irbil, Northern Iraq.  The two Black Hawks were mis-identified as Iraqi Hinds!  Twenty-five others including 13 U.S. service members, a State Department official, six foreign officers and five Kurdish guards were also killed.  At the time of his death, COL Thompson was serving as the Commander of the Military Coordination Center, Joint Task Force PROVIDE COMFORT.  He would have relinquished command the following day.  COL Thompson was laid to rest with full military honors on April 22, 1994 in Arlington National Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Eileen and their two children, Jennifer and Eric, his mother Georgia VanPraag and his brother, Bob.  


SERGEANT FIRST CLASS DANIEL HENRY PETITHORY M-09263 (LIFE)

SFC Dan (Da Man) Petithory  was a soldier’s soldier as well as the life of the party.   As long as I knew him, he never asked another soldier to do something that he would not or could not do.

Da Rock Sends……..
“It is the man who makes the Beret; not the Beret the man.”-Da Rock, 1979


SFC Daniel H. Petithory, 34, was a Communications Sergeant assigned to ODA 574, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).  He was killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dan was born in Massachusetts on June 30, 1969.  He graduated from Hoosac Valley High School in Massachusetts in 1987.  After enlisting as a Military Policeman in September 1987, he served a tour at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  After completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course, Dan was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky in 1992.  While there, Dan served as a Communications Sergeant on both ODA 572 and ODA 574.

During his tenure of military service, Dan participated in contingency operations in Kuwait, Haiti, Africa and throughout Southwest Asia.

His awards and decorations include Silver Star, two Army Commendation Medals, one Army Achievement Medal, the United Nations Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.

Known as “Dan Da Man” for his keen wit and boyish charm,  he joined Chapter 38, SFA as a Life member in 2001.

He is survived by his parents, Louis and Barbara Petithory, a brother, Michael and a sister, Nicole.


MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) REX A. NORTHCUTT D-4207

Rex Nothcutt for a long time friend of many folks in 5th Group. I tried to call him the day he passed away.  I thought that Karin Bossi was kidding when she told me he had died.  I said, “Right Karin, can you put him on the phone.”  Unfortunately, she was telling the truth.  I remember a lot of parties and good times that Rex, John Aiello, and I use to go to.  We will definitely miss you Rex, but Spanky and the rest of the gang will never forget you.

Da Rock Sends…..


Rex Allen Northcutt, 43, formerly of Kentland, died June 27, 1994 at his home in Clarksville, Tennessee.

He was born December 10, 1950, in Rensselaer to John Oliver Northcutt and Phyllis B. Gordon Nortcutt of Monon, and the survive.

Mr. Northcutt was a member of the U.S. Army in the Airborne and specil Forces divisions for 21 years before he retired.  He served in Vietnam and in Operations Desert Storm.

He was employed by Capitol Products during the three years he lived in Kentland.

Mr Nortcutt uas a member of the kentland american legion Post and graduated in 1969 from North Newton High School.

Surviving with his parents are one son:  Kisttopher Allan Northcutt of Kentland; four sisters: Betty Chernowski and Rebecca Northcutt, both of Kentland, Barbara Wayen of Monon, and Patricia Cripe of Earl Park; and four brothers: Wayne Northcutt of Trinity, N.C., Dennis Northcutt of Magnolia, Texas, Carl Northcutt of Brook, and David Norcutt of Reminton.

Friends may call from 5-9 p.m.  Friday at kellogg Funeral Home in Monon, with services there at 11 a.m. Friday and burial in the Bedford Cemetery in Monon.  the Reverend Larry Piatt will be officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.


STAFF SERGEANT (RETIRED) DON FRANK MURPHY D-3309 (LIFE)

Da Smurf/Sluggo

It is not easy to write things about the Brothers you love who have already left the plane for the big DZ. I have a lot of great memories surrounding Da Smruf.  I met Don (Da Smurf) Murphy, alias Sluggo, over 30 years ago.  As one of my mentors, I still see his presence in many things that I do; smiliar to those of Da Cajun.  We never agreed on everything, such is the way of The Brotherhood, but we shared a bond that few men ever do.  We had each other’s back covered.  Smurf’s “war stories” about me grew better as time marched on.  I used to listen to Sluggo’s “Tales From The Soggy Bottom” quite often and with intense interest; we even published some of them in the Chapter 38 Newsletters.  Don was a man’s man, a “paragon of innocense, a pillar of virtue, pure as the driven snow …”

When Tim Rogers and I found out that Don was in the hospital, we decided to go and give Da Smurf a hard time the next weekend, but we were too late as we miss the LD which is a court martial offense.  However, as I recall Da Smuf knew a lot about Courts Martial or at least Article 15’s and thus will hopefully forgive us.

Da Smurf, Da Cajun, Mild Mannered Mikey, Diamond Jim, Da Italian Stallion, Sir Joseph of Cyr, Da Rose, Digger, and others have all left to engage other adventures.   Once again, we miss them, but will never forget them, and definitely love all of them.

Da Rock Sends….


 Staff Sergeant (Retired) Don F. Murphy, 78, of Parklawn Court, Hopkinsville, Kentucky died at 1:12 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville of natural causes. Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West and conducted by Rev. Nathan C. Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Art Garcia, Wendell Green, Gerald Nix, Ron Davidson, Tony Rucci, Judd Haverkost, Joe Carr and Steve Stone.

A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, he was born February 16, 1937 son of the late Clifford W. Murphy and Pauline Huber Murphy.

A military retiree, Don was a Vietnam veteran and served with the U.S. Army Special Forces and was awarded the Silver Star. He was retired from Civil Service at Fort Campbell , Kentucky . He was a member of First Christian Church and a former troop leader of Boy Scout Troop 13.

He was a life member of the Special Operations Association, Chapter 38, Special Forces Association, the 82nd Airborne Division Association, and V.F.W. Post 1913.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Linda Ringe Murphy, two sons; Daniel Murphy, Port Royal, Tennessee and Mark Murphy, Hopkinsville, and a sister, Jean Murphy Laughner of Midwest City, Oklahoma.


SERGEANT MAJOR (RETIRED) ALBERT TYLER MORACE, JR. D-4404 (LIFE)

Da Cajun

We saw Al (Da Cajun) Morace at the hospital the day he passed.  Gerrie Morace was stalwartly by Al’s side.  Al was always the consummate friend and mentor to many soldiers. Known to the chosen few as Da Cajun, Al was constantly a host of the highest order. Known as ” host and hostess with the mostest”, if you stopped by Al and Gerrie’s you had to stay at least ten minutes,  have something to eat,  and/or something drink. 

Always with an impeccable demeanor and “movie star looks”, Al was the life of the party  and would always lift your spirits high beyond belief.  He loved his family (the light of his life), The Brotherhood, and his friends.  Al cared about people and never met a stranger.  

Al was one of the primary persons to ensure that The Brotherhood had a place to go, known as SafeHouse 38.

It was truly a very sad day for us and the many friends that Al has will truly miss him. He is another Brother, a Professional who will not be forgotten.  Sergeant Major, we already miss your smile, consultation, advice, and coffee.

Da Rock Sends…..


Albert Tyler Morace, Jr., 69, of Browning Place, Hopkinsville, KY died at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center following a long illness.

Services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville with the Reverend Jesse Brown officiating followed by burial with full military honors at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.  Visitation was Monday, September 24, 2012 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville.  Many friends from The Brotherhood travel long and far to attend the visitation and funeral.  The funeral procession was one of the longest processions we had ever seen. 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) served as the Professional Honor Guard.  Members of Chapter 38, SFA served as Honorary Pall Bearers.

A native of Eva, LA he was born September 15, 1943 the son of the late Albert Tyler and Gladys Morace. 

An Army veteran and “Green Beret”, Sergeant Major Morace served 27 years as a paratrooper.  He served two tours in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).  He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. 

He was a member of Casky Baptist Church.  He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and a lifetime member and past serving officer of Chapter 38, Special Forces Association at Fort Campbell, KY.

He was preceded in death by his five sisters:  Bernice Clark, Freda Nelson, Jerry Hedrick, Helen Tiffe, and Peggy Breland. 

Survivors include his wife:  Geraldine ”Gerrie” Morace; his two sons:  Albert Tyler Morace III (Jeanette) of Houston, Texas and Armond Wendell Morace (Natalie) of Greenville, North Carolina; his daughter:  Meghann Lynn Greenwood (Patrick) of Barstow, California; and two grandchildren:  Emalee Terese Adams of Barstow, California and Lauren Kala Morace of Greenville, North Carolina.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International P.O. Box 566, Hopkinsville, KY 42241 or the Green Beret Veterans Association P.O. Box 1287, Fort Campbell, KY 42223.


MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) JIMMIE N. JOHNSON D-2125 (LIFE)

MSG (RET) Jimmie Johnson is another Lifetime Brother who has gone to occupy the final ORP.  Hopefully he is lighting the drop zone for those of us who follow.   I did not know him as well as Mac McGlothren, Don (Da Smurf) Murphy, Kevin (Snake) Smith, Al (Da Cajun) Morace, Ken Bowra, or Eldon Bargewell, but what I knew of him I liked.  Another Brother who we will never forget.

Da Rock Sends……..
“It is the man who makes the Beret; not the Beret the man.”-Da Rock, 1979


MSG (RET) Jimmie Johnson, 61, of Meridian, Mississippi passed away at the Alvin C. York VA Hospital at 0800 on 7 January 2004. Cause of death was cancer.  The funeral was held at 1330 hours (1:30 p.m.) on Sunday, 11 January 2004 at the Ayers and Jennings Funeral Home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Military Honors were rendered by  5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Chapter 38, SFA from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Jimmie was the son of the late Jimmy and Myrtle Johnson.  He was a native of Samson, Alabama and retired from the U.S. Army, Special Forces having served three tours in Vietnam.

He served one tour with the U.S. Marine Corps and two tours with MACV-SOG, where he distinguished himself as a recon team leader.  His unit was recently awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary valor.

Survivors include his wife Carol E. Harvey Johnson of Meridian, Mississippi; daughters Lisbet Wilford, of California, Linda Ruiz of Murfreesboro and Holly Coe of Tampa, Florida; brother Tim Johnson of Atlanta; sister Sylvia Shymko; grandchildren George Adair, Sean Babac, Amanda Ruiz, Desiree Ruiz and Elizabeth Ruiz; and Brothers-In-Arms from the Special Forces Community.

In attendance from Chapter 38 were Don (Da Smurf) and Linda Murphy, Steve (Da Rock) Stone, Frank Wisniewski, Tim Rogers, and Jeff Willingham.


MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) CHARLES B. HOPKINS D-4207

SHARKMAN

I knew Charlie Hopkins for a while; less that some folks and more than others. I helped him with a couple of problems once, and we became friends.  Everytime I saw him, he had a smile on his face.  In fact the photo to the lower right demonstrates that ever glowing smile.  He asked me to reenlisted him.  It was an honor to be asked and an extreme pleasure to serve with him.  He was a great soldier, leader, friend, and I have not forgotten him.

When people pass, folks can put up momuments, statutes, and all kinds of things.  But in my opinion, the real tribute is what folks think of us, and how they feel about us.  Charlie had a large number of friends who cared about him.  Below are some of those comments that were on the old site.

Da Rock Sends…..

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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:27:15 AM

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Charlie Hopkins, former Tm Sgt for ODA 525 and later ODA 321, died on 25 Jan from injuries incured in motorcycle accident.

If you’re familiar with Desert Storm you’ll know that Charlie’s team was the one caught in Iraq and had to call in F-16s for CAS to save their collective ass. I have served in special ops units my entire career of 16+ years and have not met many men who personified the SF image and reputation as well as Charlie. No saint by any stretch but a good friend and a guy to have on your side when shit went bad.

He deserves to be remembered and recognized. Halo JM Combat Dive Supervisor Silver Star (among other crap)

Seth P. Baker 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:34:40 AM

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Charlie Hopkins, was killed last night on his way home from Mike William’s going away party. He was travelling at a high rate of speed and hit the curb as he entered the “Zoo” round-about in Al Ain. His bike jumped the curb and hit a “give way” sign with such an impact that it broke the springer front end off. Charlie flew across the road and landed on the side walk that goes around the center of the round about, about 50 feet from the sign. His bike came to rest about 20 feet past him in the grass. It looks like he may have been looking at something on the bike or was distracted somehow because there were only 6 feet of light skid marks leading up to the curb.

The accident happened around 0330, but we did not find out about it until around 1500. The police found Charlie almost immediately after the accident and took him to Al Jimi hospital where he was pronounced DOA. The local police notified the Military Police but from there we do not know why we were not notified earlier.

Diana called looking for Charlie so Jim Magnuson and myself went and backtracked from the Hilton to Charlie’s house in separate cars. We did not find any trace of him so I called one of our local instructors, Thani, and asked him to call the police and see if there were any accidents reported.

Thani found out that there was an accident involving an American and a motorcycle, and that the victim had died. We then went to Al Jimi Hospital and made a positive identification.

Charlie died of multiple fractures to the head, hands and one leg according to the hospital report. He had a cut in his forehead and it appears he died instantly. He was wearing his helmet, goggles, black leather jacket, RRMC “T” shirt and jeans. He had a few beers at the party but was not drunk, he was his usual laughing and joking self as he got on his bike to leave.

Diana was working today in Dubai so we had to wait for her to come home to tell her. She took it very hard and wanted to go see Charlie before she would actually believe it was true. She saw him a few hours ago and she is still very upset but seems to be calming down a bit.

Rick Desmond, suggested a memorial service and Diana has asked that we do it on Sunday. It will be held here in Al Ain, but I do not know the time and exact place yet, as soon as I do we will get the word out.

The unit has been notified and folks are starting to pitch in and try to help in any way possible. I have been relieved of my regular duties at work and will be concentrating on helping Diana get Charlie and their things back home. Charlie’s body will be transfered to Zayed Military Hospital on Saturday and prepared for the trip home.

Diana made the remark tonight that Charlie went out the way he said he wanted to go. . . on his Harley. We will miss him . . .

Dwight

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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:35:45 AM
Hey Charlie,

Will see you again some day.  In fact, can’t ever tell when one of us will show up behind you.  But keep a “cold one” ready for us to have a few toasts.

Later Brother!

Da Rock Sends….
“It’s the man that makes the Beret; not Beret the man.”-Da Rock, 1979
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:37:05 AM

Comments
Rock,

So sorry to hear about Charlie’s death, I know it hits you hard. If there is something Ginny and I can do from here let us know. My condolence to Diana.

Robert A McDowell 
Special Forces Association Chapter 64 
Website-http://hometown.aol.com/rambob64/index.html 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:39:17 AM

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So sorry to hear about our fallen comrade. Charlie was a great soldier and lived up to the Special Forces traditions to the fullest. He will be missed by all of us.

Terry R. Hunsicker 
SF, Retired 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:42:01 AM

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Charlie, was a friend and brother. “It’s the man that makes the Beret; not Beret the man.” Charlie was that kind of man.

John M. Aiello SF, Retired 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:43:06 AM 

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The loss of a brother is always hard to take. So long….

Dennis “Bam Bam” Holloway, SF

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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:44:01 AM

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I worked with charlie here in the UAE. Good friend, co-worker and person. Dont know how he made it through the Static Line J/M Course I put him through in 1986.

Dick Cooper 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:45:42 AM

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I was with Charlie on 525 during the Gulf War. I saw his true character. He was a truly great leader, soldier and a hell of a friend. He was the true SF Soldier. Every time he returned from the U.A.E. he came by to see me. I planned on going over to the U.A.E. and working when I retire on Charlie’s recommendation. He loved what he did and was good at it. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

MSG Jim Weatherford 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:46:31 AM

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Charlie was a good man and a great soldier. He was the archetype team sergeant.

I am honored to know him, and to serve with him; I shall mourn his passing.

Godspeed.

Solemn Condolences to his family from Stuttgart.

CPT Brett J. Patron 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:49:12 AM

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It was a shock to receive the news. He was one of the first NCOs to make a long-lasting impression on me when I came out of the Q Course. He could do all the important things well with an astounding ability to endure physical hardships. To this day I am indebted to him for his countless tradecraft lessons from which he had an inexhaustible supply.

But, in a greater sense, it was Charlie’s wounderful personality that made all our lives richer. His uplifting humor and genuine love for his fellow SF troopers is why we treasure his memory. Those of us who served with him could not help wanting to be more like him. I thank God for having known him, and I shall carry Charlie’s memory in my heart til the end of my days.

Bruce Watts 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:51:51 AM

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When I heard this information, I was hurt.

“Charlie B” and I spent over a decade on the same team. We grew up together as men. If there was any way to get things done, Charlie was the man. If I as the detachment commander needed a mission completed, communications, or a team sergeant, Charlie fit the bill. I saw Charlie 9 months ago at the Ft. Bragg, PX, he told me he was retired, happy and working abroad. He had his two sons with him and I was in a hurry to go back to a college class. I wish I would have taken a little more time. I wish I could of said to be careful, I miss you and love not only you, but your family. He said he never wanted to come back, his life was every thing he wanted. He said that SF had given him all the training and finally he was doing what he was suppose to do. 10 years is only a moment in time. He left me with a lot of memories. My “Best Ranger” buddy in competiion against the Rangers, pre-scuba training, skiing, halo operations and scuba. He was alway next to me on our operations to set the example, the first to charge the hill. He will alway be a professional memory, I sincerely wish his family well. To his sons, you have a father to be proud of, and to his wife, I’m truly sorry. To Charlie, I will never forget you and will always cherish the moments that you and I kicked some ass.

May God Bless you all,

Dave Holt and Family. “SharkMen” 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:52:33 AM

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Charlie Hopkins was a great soldier who showed his true mettle during Desert Storm. This is truly a sad day for Charlie’s family, friends and the SF community.

Jim Kraus 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:53:55 AM

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Charlie Hopkins was an old school Special Forces Soldier! He was, what every other SF soldier strived to be, he always took on the most difficult of challenges, and always excelled. A master at his craft, training hard, living hard and setting an example of a Special Forces Soldiers Life. When ODA 525’s Special Reconniassance mission became compromized 140 miles inside Iraq, I turned where every Commander would turn, To his team Sergeant. Charlie was calm under fire, almost mechanical in his actions, years of training took over, Charlie was concerned, not for his own safety or his own life, but only for the survival of his team. His actions were instrumental in saving the lives of his team mates. An American Hero, who served his country as a Special Forces Soldier. You will be missed!!! My deepest sympathy to the Hopkins Family..

Chad “The Bulldog” Balwanz 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:55:25 AM

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Charlie “B” Hopkins “B” stands for brother. That’s Charlie. The man that beat all the odds. Lived life hard; played hard, partied hard, and worked hard. A true warrior. My mentor and friend. God must need him for something else. Charlie, I will always think of you in the highest regards. My deepest sympathies go out to “D” and the boys. Of all the things that you were, you were a great father and I know your boys will miss you tremendously. My heart goes out to them. “ODA” 525 was never the same when you left and for those that loved you, life won’t be the same now that you’re gone.

My prayers are with your family and my hope is that I will see you again….in a better place.

Buzz Saw 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:56:12 AM

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I have only good thought of Charlie and it seems like yesterday he was at my home asking for some advice. We had a long talk and when he pulled from the driveway he must have gotten some answers he needed. I will remember the ‘thanks Hank’ and him leaving with a smile.

Hank Gallahan SGM, Ret. 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:56:57 AM

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Charlie, I miss you. Dirt 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 8:58:16 AM

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Charlie, Thank God you were the Team Sergeant for 525 before I got there! Your leadership and the stuff you had already shown those guys made my life so much easier. No matter what Winston Clough says, the “Sharkmen” already had “adult leadership” and it knew which way the battle really was. It was great to see you a couple of months ago and I do appreciate your offer to return to that part of the world – would have tremendously enjoyed your company. You are what SF used to be about. Unfortunately there aren’t very many of you left and there are even fewer leaders who realize your true value and how to make the most of it. You are not gone. Just like when we were on the team – Charlie’s on a different mission somewhere else, I don’t know what it is, but he’ll be back.

Take care, I’ll see you again.

Butch Young 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 10:36:45 AM

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Charlie is a great father and always will be!  if we ever needed anything i’m talking anything he would be the man to get it and he has always been there for us making us the strong people that we are today.i loved him so much but i never really did get to tell him that but i know that my dad understands and i also know that he will be soo proud of everyone one for being so strong.he will be forever missed and loved.his spirit will always be riding FREE!!! melody hopkins(daughter)
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 11:33:31 AM

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I had the pleasure of being Charlie’s Barber while he was on assignment to 3rd Army at Ft. Gillem,GA. Diana ( his wife) was a co-worker of mine and used to ask me to “Get the Scoop” on him. Well that situation panned out for the both of them and the rest was history. Through that relationship I got a chance to get to know him. The one thing that I’m going miss about Charlie the most is- his Spirit- I don’t know how else to describe it-but no matter whether we were drinking (Capt. Morgans), he was teaching me the fine art of shooting, getting a Haircut or telling me about some of his exploits-(because he knew I was a Huge Fan of Special Operations)………He was always the same- He just had this “ALL WILL BE WELL” type of aura that surrounded him and sucked you in no matter who you were- just by being in his general vicinity. I think that came across to everyone who ever met him. I’ve never met an individual like Charlie- He Lived Life like he wrote the F**kin’ Book. Charlie- I miss You ,buddy………….. The World has lost a True Warrior, Friend, Father and Husband……………

God Bless…………… ACE
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 12:50:43 PM

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Knowing Charlie for 3 years wasnt long enough but it is long enough to say that its a great loss to this world!!and i know that he was a great father,and a great guy to get advice of,he is one of a kind!!i wish the best luck to his family. Marwan
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 2:52:47 PM

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Chuck, you were the best step father I could ever have, I love you so much, I cared so much about you, and prayed for you so much. I can’t really believe you are gone, it was like you were unbreakable. I don’t know how else to explain you. You taught me a lot in the important years of my growing up. Thank you for being a part of my life. I will never forget you, I don’t think anyone ever will. Love always, Shannon 
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 3:31:56 PM

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Hal Bedell sends I still picture Charlie as a rock in Aqaba, Jordan. He was the picture of a Special Forces Soldier.
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 5:03:27 PM

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Charlie was truly a great friend, solider, and man who taught all of us who knew him many of life’s important lessons. Thanks for standing in the arena with us Charlie

Chuck Roach SF Ret
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 9:40:32 PM

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Charlie, Remember hunting in NC, commo in liberia, and drinking like maniacs at the house on the Bulevard? Later man, Scott Abbott, SF, ret
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Date: 1/29/01 
Time: 10:29:06 PM

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Great Job and our wishes go out to his Family…From what I have read and heard was was a great MAn.

DANO
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 12:03:44 AM

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Charlie was a fellow warrior and friend from the old B Co 1st Bn days at Ft. Bragg; I will always remember the times in Kenya back in 1984. I have some Kenya pictures of Charlie that I can make copies of for the family if wanted. The next time I saw Charlie was on a video taken during the Gulf War (I was in the SFDOC in 1991). As luck would have it, I had the pleasure to serve briefly with him at Ft. Campbell before he PCS’d. Brother, you will sorely be missed!!! My condolences and prayers to his family!!! GODSPEED

Mike Hurst CPT, SF, (RET) 
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 8:01:45 AM

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When I first read Steve Stone’s message – like everyone else I was shocked. I last saw Charlie B. this past summer, in of all places ‘The Mouse Trap’ in TN. Charlie always seem to stop by the place on his way through TN, he always made time for his friends. We talked about his job overseas. He told me that he’d just come from 1/3d on a recruiting visit and had signed up two guys from the battalion. I told him that once I got there he was ‘persona non grata’ when it came to recruiting unless he got me a job first. He laughed and actually gave me the sales pitch to come work for him. Knowing Charlie, and his standard, I was felt privileged that he would offer. We laughed and shot the shit for a couple hours – making fun of Sheila’s new bar and her historical nature of hiring lazy bartenders. Mostly, Charlie talked about how he was enjoying working overseas, the old guys’ softball league and the opportunities it afforded his family. Charlie never missed a chance to talk about his family and the pride he had for them. Of Charlie’s history and exploits as a soldier, a leader, and hero there can be no doubt. I’m writing this to thank Charlie for that little bit of extra that he brought into my life. Although I may never live my life like Charlie – he showed me how life should be lived and enjoyed. From my first experiences of runnin’ with his crew (Jimbo, Kim, etc) and venturing into the ‘other’ bars in Clarkville, he taught me to live for the moment and to enjoy life’s every minute. I may not have been your best student brother, but I’ll always keep trying. I thank you brother for that extra you added to my life, and I grieve and mourn with your family and friends at your untimely passing. You’re the man Carlie B – and we’ll never forget. PS – When you meet up with ‘Big Frank’ tell him we said hi!

Frank McFadden 1/3d 
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 10:32:44 AM

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So long Charlie! The fellas of ODA 532 and ODA 512 wish your family well. If ya’ll come through El Paso, TX we’ll make room for ya. Just call 915-241-8875 and ask for Dale Marlow. The Mouse Trap and John Aiello, what a combo. 
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 10:35:09 AM

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Charlie, may you rest in peace at that great Harley Rally in the sky. LTC Bob Biller
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 11:26:18 AM

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Last time I saw Charlie was in the Clarksville AO a few years back…over a beer…A song was playing by Bob Seger…”Like a Rock”….”20 years where have they gone”…

He talked about the old 1st Bn/5th SFG Days in the 80s-early 90s…Lots of good times some hard times…but he mainly talked about our old commrades whose friendships he cherished…

Charlie had his ups and downs…but always seemed to come out on top…always optimistic..worked through it…A great soldier…team player…

Train Hard Fight Easy…and no matter what had fun doing it…

Throughout our careers we work with alot of soldiers… Charlie was one of the best who will be missed and remembered. 
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 11:49:04 AM

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I’m sorry to hear about Charlie’s untimely death. I first met charlie back in 1978 through Pete Aragon when I was a candy striper. That was back when Mike Stangle, Ed vegara, and a bunch of us lived on the first floor of the 5th Group barracks. Charlie was just a regular guy, he never treated me badly or tried to show me up. Though I never really new him as well as most, I will miss him and always remember him like a brother in arms. Rest in peace Charlie and God Speed. Bále Perez, 7th SFG Retired. 
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 1:29:47 PM

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Charlie Hopkin’s ‘Can Do’, ‘Will Do’, and ‘Have Done’ attitude was the trait I always counted upon, when faced with a tough task… His presence will be missed, but his memory will always linger. My most sincere condolences go out to his family… Steve King (  )
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Date: 1/30/01 
Time: 11:46:38 PM

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We will miss you Brother…

Brian A. Bewley USSF(Retired)
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Date: 1/31/01 
Time: 1:23:14 AM

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I met Charlie when first getting to 5th Group. He gave me some words of welcome and a little advice. We only met a few more times but he always remembered who I was and asked how things were going. That means alot to be remembered. So heres to you Charlie until the next linkup.

Frank Rosetti 5th SFG RET RIZZO Sends BTAR 
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Date: 1/31/01 
Time: 1:41:14 PM

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Charlie (Coach),

I only knew you four short years but we hit a home run straight off the bat. You acted in true Master Sergeant style in coming forward, developing & running our two softball teams & they will carry on in your honor. Although we are both hunters & shooters from different spheres we shared a lot of common ground & I will always cherish that. We had some hard runnin humorous times together. Ride on my humble warrior brother & keep that front tire pumped up & throttle cranked open.

Craigo

H-D of U.A.E. 
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Date: 1/31/01 
Time: 2:58:56 PM

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I only knew Sharkman briefly, as a brother in RRMC and one squared away dude. From the first time we met, I could see that Sharkman had the cool confidence of a natural born leader. Its no wonder that some many people will miss this outstanding individual. Later, bro.

Dragon
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Date: 1/31/01 
Time: 3:31:56 PM

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Chuck,

We Love You and Will Miss You.

Dennis
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Date: 1/31/01 
Time: 6:07:40 PM

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The last time I saw Charlie was in December 2000, drinking beer and laughing with him at The Palamino in Fayetteville. Charlie, your a One of a kind guy and will greatly be missed by all of us. Thanks for all laughs and may God Bless you! My heart goes out to your family.

Lori Spear
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Date: 1/31/01 
Time: 7:51:11 PM

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In the 10 years in which I knew Chuck, I always thought of him as “the man of steel”. He was a man in which i’ll never forget.He taught me the little things that turn a boy into man. I have strong appreciation and also admire him for always seeing that his 3 sons (brian,lee,joe)recieved his hand when needed. May in peace you rest.love, james lynch (jimmy) 
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Date: 2/1/01 
Time: 2:55:11 AM

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Words are so inappropriate at times like these. Charlie was one of the good ones, he’ll be missed by all. Ride Free Bra.

B. Hern SF Ret. 
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Date: 2/1/01 
Time: 10:52:57 AM

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We will miss you Charlie.until I see you on the other side of RIVER..God Speed

GAG 5th/10th SF
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Date: 2/3/01 
Time: 11:45:46 AM

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Charlie was a solid man in all ways, keep on cruising brother! George Manz
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Date: 2/4/01 
Time: 1:51:59 PM

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Goodbye Chuck thank for all the things you have done for I will miss you for all eternity. Your nephew, Boyd Adair Hopkins
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Date: 2/10/01 
Time: 7:47:30 AM

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CHARLIE HOPKINS

MY DESIRE

MY LOVER

MY IDOL

MY TEACHER

MY LESSON

MY BABY

MY DAD

MY GUIDANCE!

(MY HONOR)

MY THANKS TO CHARLIE

MY LOVE FOREVER,

DIANA 
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Date: 2/15/01 
Time: 6:41:36 PM

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GI Joe I will miss you and your BS!!!!! For sure my life will never be the same without ALL of my brothers. I know you are hanging out with the Hopkins on the other side. You are a great addition to all of my guardian angels. I can’t wait to see all of you again tell them hi.

Love you forever, Monica 
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Date: 3/12/01 
Time: 4:37:02 PM

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I still can’t believe it. Can anyone post directions to his burial site. Need to have one last drink with him. Seth Baker MSG 
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Date: 6/20/01 
Time: 6:26:30 PM

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Charlie was a fellow warrior who always will be remembered as a Sharkman. He helped prepare me for Combat Diver School, a memorable experience. He will be missed by all. Mark Vargas
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Date: 7/4/01 
Time: 8:07:40 AM

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TO THE MYSTERY MAN WHO FILLS MY HEART EVERY MORNING EVER SINCE THE DAY I LAYED EYES ON YOU.

HAPPY 4TH MY LOVE!!!!!!!!

DIANA
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Date: 7/4/01 
Time: 8:34:03 AM

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HAPPY 4TH MY LOVE !!!!

TO THE MAN WHO FILLS MY HEART WITH FIREWORKS

EVERY MORNING

EVER SINCE

I LAYED ON YOU………..#1 
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Date: 3/8/02 
Time: 7:28:27 PM

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Pete Aragon Sends….. Miss you my Whiskey Niner brother—Remember Liberia? You will never be forgotten.
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Date: 4/8/02 
Time: 10:53:01 PM

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It saddened me greatly to here of Charlie’s demise. I met him in 1984 at B Co, 1BN, 5th SFG(A) Ft Bragg where he was on 525. As an SF Baby, like many of us, we looked up to and admired him. The last time I saw him he and I were out processing at Bragg to retire in 1996. I will truly miss him. Sincerely, SFC Steve Little (Ret.)
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Date: 8/18/02 
Time: 8:10:08 AM

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It has been over a year since I went to “find” Charlie. Time has not diminished the loss, it only amplifies it here where he worked last. We regularly lift a glass and talk of our friend, and of course wish he was still here with us. Charlie is missed a lot. Dwight Coursey
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Date: 5/1/03 
Time: 10:47:25 AM

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YOU ARE IN MY HEART AND THOUGHTS EACH AND EVERY DAY.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN FOR HELPING ME TO LEARN SOME OF THE TOOLS OF STREGNTH THAT PEOPLE NEED JUST TO MAKE IT THROUGH A DAY.

SO MANY TIMES I’VE REFER BACK TO THEM WHEN TIMES GET TUFF. YOU WERE A LEADER CHARLIE AND A TERRIFIC TEACHER AND I CARRY YOU WITH ME EVERY WHERE I GO.

I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH………

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN,

LOVE,DIANA 
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Date: 6/28/03 
Time: 9:16:17 PM

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THANKS CHARLIE, SERGEANT VINCENT MOULTRIE, LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
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Date: 12/10/03 
Time: 10:31:16 AM

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Charlie was a great friend and comrad. We raised good hell together. I will always have fond memories of him, the team, and the shark men.

Miss ya Chuck,

Ernie Ingram
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Date: 3/26/04 
Time: 5:09:05 AM

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YOU LIVE IN MY HEART CHARLIE EACH AND EVERY DAY

IN MY MIND I HAVE A WARRIOR GUARDIAN ANGEL

ALL MY LOVE TO YOU DIANA
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Date: 5/3/04 
Time: 5:21:30 PM

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I worked and rode motorcycles with Charlie in the UAE… and he more than lived up to his reputation… which was impressive. An honor to know him. Ranger Roach 
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Date: 8/8/05 
Time: 8:07:31 AM

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HI DAD
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Date: 8/10/05 
Time: 3:02:14 PM

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Hey Dad …this is your oldest son Lee… i can genuinely say that out of all the things that life has offered me, I valued and still do value you the most. You know the connection that we have had all of my life, and theres only one like that. Its been 4 and a half years since you passed but I still think of you every day as if u were still here. There was just something about you man that I really did love..you were always the highlight of my life and the best thing that I ever had, I know Brian and Joe feel the same way too, they loved you damn much. I think about you all the time and I just smile, your drive and determenation is living inside me now and Im proud and inspired by everything that you did with your soldier life. We never did talk much and I regret all the times that we didnt hang out together and that I did not take advantage of to talk to you, I guess it’s because Im a man now and I wish you were here, I would talk to you and drink a few beers for hours and then we could ride out on are harleys, I know if you were here that we would be riding together, but Im gonna keep on riding for now and you keep things under control in Val Hala …love you man. Lee
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Date: 8/10/05 
Time: 3:13:24 PM

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Also , again this is Lee ..Charlies oldest son…i would like to say Hi to all of Charlie’s freinds , and say thank you for all of your comments, and thanks to the person who created this memorial page for my dad…..if any of you would like to keep in touch …you may email me at [EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED], thank you all very much.
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MASTER SERGEANT (RETIRED) JOSEPH EDMUND CYR D-4207

Sir Joseph of Cyr

Frank Wisniewski called and told me that Sir Joseph was in trouble, he thought his was on his last breath.  Both of us rushed to Joe’s house but there was nothing we could do to save our Brother.  It was truly a sad day for us and the many friends that Joe has.  He is another Professional who will not be forgotten.

Da Rock Sends…..


Master Sergeant (Retired) Joseph Edmund Cyr, 54, served a long fulfilling and professional career in 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Most of his friends knew him as “Sir Joseph of Cyr”. He was a “True Quiet Professional” and a member of “The Brotherhood”.

Sir Joseph of Cyr died Thursday, November 13, 2003, at his residence from a long hard fight with cancer.  In attendance was his loving wife, Faith Cyr; Frank Wisniewski, President of Chapter 38; and Steve Stone, Secretary of Chapter 38, SFA.

He was born April 9, 1949, in Waltham, Massachusetts, son of Arthur R. and Marian E. Triner Cyr. He was preceded in death by a son, Jonathon Matthew Cyr.

During his military service, Joe served on many missions in various foreign countries, including Operation Desert Shield/Storm, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

Joe’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Saudi Kuwait Liberation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab,  Scuba Divers Badge, and Halo Parachutist.  He was a Life Member of Chapter 38, Special Forces Association located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and VFW Post Number 11160 located in Clarksville, Tennessee.  He was Catholic.

The funeral service was held at McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home in Clarksville, Tennessee with Bob Denman and Chaplain Major Marc Gauthier of 5th Group officiating. Burial was at Blooming Grove Baptist Cemetery in Woodlawn, Tennessee with full military honors.  ODA 565, Joe’s old team, provided the burial detail, members of 2-5th SFG(A) provided the firing party, Merritt Powell played the bagpipes, and Mike Gaglione played Taps. 

Many members of The Brotherhood and family traveled from far and wide to attend the services. After the burial, the traditional Brotherhood toast was conducted at the burial site followed by a flag raising ceremony at the Cyr Ranch.

Survivors include his wife, Faith Brooks Cyr; two sons, Joseph E. Cyr II, Atlanta, and Michael S. Cyr, Kings Bay, Georgia.; two brothers, Arthur Cyr, Temple, Texas, and Steve Cyr, Washington, D.C.; a sister, Judy Cyr, Kyle, Texas, and two grandchildren.


STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL CIOCH D-8355 (LIFE)

Mild Mannered Mikey


I received a message from Mikey a long time ago; many years have passed and I cannot remember the exact date.  He was out of SF and felt the urge to communicate with his SF Brothers once again.  I had been the Secretary of Chapter 38 for a long time, thus linked him up with The Brotherhood because I felt his need for SF comraderie.

When I received terrorfying news from Lil’ Sis (Linda Cioch) that Mikey was in the hospital and the prognosis was not good.  I asked if there was anything I could do.  Lil’ Sis indicated that Mikey needed a laptop computer to check his emails at the hospital.  I asked if a tablet would do as I believed it would be easier for him to use.  She indicated that it would probably work better, so, I ordered one and sent it to Mike and Linda.

As I sat in my “man cave” I began to reminice about the things that Mikey and I had done together.  The many times we ran training operations to help soldiers.  He was our demo man on ODA-Cassidy (Team Fallujah) He watch my “6” more than once; I never had to worry about doing stupid things when he was around because he would let me know in a heart-beat if he thought it was dumb.  Mikey also had a sense of humor and a “hard headness” that I would put up against any person I have ever met.  The “war stories” we shared got better with age.

Linda (Lil Sis) and Mike (Mild Mannered Mikey) have always been staunch supporters of Chapter 38, SFA; the SafeHouse, and the GBVA.  I will definitely miss Mikey and the memories we share, but I will absolutely never forget him.  Take Care Mikey, and save a cold one for me.  Also, tell The Brothers I said, “Hi!”

It was truly a very sad day for us and the many friends that Mikey and  Lil’ Sis have. I and others will truly miss him. He is another Brother, a Professional who will not be forgotten.

Da Rock Sends…..


 Life Member of Chapter 38, SFA Michael (Mild Mannered Mikey) L. Cioch, 60, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 0220 hours in Hospice Franciscan Communities located in Michigan City, Indiana.  Mikey was a staunch supporter of Chapter 38, SFA and the SF Brotherhood..

 Funeral services were held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana with  Jay Whetsel officiating.  Visitation was from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, Saturday at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, Indiana.    A  private burial took place with the assistance of his SF Brothers.

 He was born February 7, 1955 in Herkimer, New York to the late Ernest and Patricia (Furois) Cioch. On February 14, 1987 in Michigan City, Indiana he married Linda Thomson  who survives in Michigan City, Indiana.

 Also surviving are three daughters, Cari Mitchell of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, Amanda (Josh) Krickhahn of LaPorte, Indiana and Christina (Brian) Wright of Michigan City, Indiana; son, Michael (Heather) Cioch of Terre Haute, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Jordyn, Jacob, Ethan, Tyler, Nathan, Mark and Kennedy; and two brothers, Thomas (Tracy) Cioch of LaPorte, Indiana and Steven (Rhonda) Cioch of Fuquay Varina, NC.

 Mike was an electrician with the I.B.E.W. Local 531 and a U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 531, Special Forces Association Chapter 38 and was a Mason and a Shriner. Mike enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles.

 Contributions may be made to Shriner’s Childrens Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60607 or to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tennessee 38105.


GEARLL E. BYRER D-3833 (LIFE)

Don (Da Smurf) Murphy introduced me to Gene when I was the S3, 1-5th SFG(A).  Gene was always helpful and was a staunch supporter of Chapter 38, SFA.  He is another Professional who will not be forgotten.

Da Rock Sends…..


Gearll Eugene Byrer was born in the small town of Odom, Indiana on the 17th of July 1942. He became known to his family and friends as Gene. After he graduated from highschool he enlisted in the United States Army, where he honorably served 21 years on active duty.

During this time he served two tours in Korea, one tour in Europe, and three tours in Vietnam where he distinguished himself by being awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars, and other awards to numerous to mention.

His proudest acheivement during his military service was to have been a member of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

After he retired from the United States Army, he worked as an X-ray technician for the Kentucky Department of Corrections for 5 years and then as a civil service employee for Army Community Services at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He then moved to Yuma Arizona where he was Chief of Family Support at Yuma Proving Grounds. In 1997 he medically retired.

He is survived by his mother and father, Jayne and Floyd Byrer of Odom Indiana; one brother, Gary Dean Byrer of Bloomington Indiana; two sons, Gearll Eugene Byrer II and Barrell Lee Byrer, both of Yuma Arizona; two grandchildren, Andrea Nicole Byrer of Yuma Arizona and Nicholas Andrew Byrer of Billings Montana.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and Special Forces soldiers world-wide.