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Greetings everyone, I would like to suggest a new trend . I am going to dedicate space here on face book, as well as space on my unit's web site, www.75thOVI.net , to pay tribute to heroes within our unit....I have several... to bring to light.
IF THERE ARE HEROES IN YOUR UNIT, PAY TRIBUTE TO THEM ON FACE BOOK. With the Government's VA scandal, cutting VA benefit's, and veterans pay, someone has to give them the praise they deserve.
[ And the Entire 75th OVI wants to Thank Our Colonel, Dwight Dovel, for his service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division Screaming Eagles! ]
Below you, is Pvt. Josh Cooley, Co. A, 75th OVI. Those of you that knew Josh know him as Pasco Cnty. Deputy Sheriff. Not only did he pull road duty with Joe Liddick, but he was also on the Pasco Cty S.W.A.T. Team, and further, volunteered for Vice. You would think putting his life on the line every day for the public would be enough, but for Josh...it's wasn't. Josh Cooley came from a long line of Marines, so he quit the Sheriff's Dept. and joined the US Marine Corps, and volunteered for duty in Iraq.
Unfortunately, Josh's Humvee was hit by a car bomb (or land Mine) not sure,
and Josh, received very severe head injuries. We pray for Josh every day, but chances are he will never be the same. In our hearts, he will always be "Punkin" and missed terribly.
Photo From the Fort Pierce photos, 2007 is Rick Eckert with his lovey bride Colleen. Rick Eckert is a Viet Nam veteran and recipient of 3 Purple Hearts. It is with great honor and respect that I acknowledge Corpsman Richard Eckert for the 'WALL OF HEROES'.
In 1968 Richard Eckert was a corpsman with the United States Navy. Upon arriving in South Viet Nam, corpsman Eckert was assigned to "Echo" Co., 1st RECON Battalion, 1st Marine Div., South Viet Nam. 1968 was a tough year for the US forces in Vietnam, especially for the Marines. The 1st RECON Bn., lost more KIA in 68, than any other year. The number of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops was highly exaggerated due to Teat of 68. This created a need for extensive search and clear RECON missions. On one such mission, ECHO Co., 1st RECON Bn., was dropped into their LZ (landing zone), and after securing the area, moved out in the direction of Charley Valley, about 26 miles north of Da Nang. On the second day out, Echo company was ambushed by VC or NVA. Several Marines were hit, and Doc. Eckert scramble to tend to them. Just prior to breaking contact with the enemy, Doc Eckert took several rounds in his hip and leg. Doc Eckert was medi-vaced out to the hospital in Da Nang where he made a good recovery. Many patrol's later, Doc Eckert, still with Echo Co., 1st. RECON Bn., was once again dropped into another area near Elephant Valley, also north of Da Nang. On this mission, Doc Eckert and some of his men were wounded by a VC "booby trap". Rick's wound, would be enough to bring this Hero home. I am proud to say that Rick "Doc" Eckert has been a member of the 75th for 20 years, and has been my friend for just as long. HUUUZA Rick you are one of my HEROES
TRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S HEROES:
As I indicated, I want to pay tribute to the Military Heroes within the 75th Ohio Vol. Inf. Regiment. Below this message, are two photo's. One is a squadron of F-4 Phantom Jets,, and the 2nd photo is Full Bird Colonel Robert Buckey, Retired US Air Force. FYI, Col. Robert Buckey flew in excess of 1500 hrs. in the F-4 Phantoms, and if the average flight is 6 hours, that equals over 250 combat missions. While we were on the ground in Viet Nam, Col. Buckey was fling close air support and napalm runs . When is was not flying air support, he was making bombing runs over Hanoi. I can't tell how many bombing runs he made but many of his squadron didn't make it back. It takes big fuzzy one's to fly those birds right straight at the enemy. Below is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. HE SAVED COUNTLESS LIVE ON THE GROUND IN VIET NAM. Huuzzzzza Colonel Buckey, Diamond Slot Position
TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN HEROES:
Two more of my heroes need to make the wall. Below, please find US Navy Senior Chief Barry King, and Senior Chief Billy Whitehead. Each of these Gentlemen served 30 years in our Navy protecting us from the threat that lurks around the world. Barry spent most of his time on the flight deck of America's grandest Carriers, while Billy spend is time in the Submarine service. Billy's duties were dangerous and necessary , working underwater with nukes....Through war and peace they stood their post. They dedicated their life to protect ours. .... That in my opinion makes them Heroes.
TRIBUTE TO OUR AMERICAN HEROES!!
75th OVI VOL. INF. REGT.
Greetings everyone. Of late, I have brought attention to our military heroes within our unit. As you can imagine, one does not have to serve in the military to be a hero. On the 26th of Feb., 2000, at a reenactment in Crystal River Fl., we had a serious incident in the middle of our Saturday battle. It was 90 plus degrees, when A flag barrier in the Federal lines went down hard. As usual, the "on field" medical staff responded with immediate action. The medical staff who continually served us was Doc. Tom Aloisio, Mary Roberts, and Mitch Price. On this particular day, the Union soldier that went down had suffered a massive heart attack.
The soldier had no heart beat nor was he breathing. Immediately, Tom, Mitch and Mary went to work. One would massage his heart while another gave CPR. When they tired, they would rotate positions. For nearly 1/2 an hour these three dedicated professionals worked on this man, keeping air in his lungs and massaging his heart. After 30 minutes an ambulance arrived with a defibrillator and Tom and the crew were able to get the gentleman's heart beating again. He was transported to the hospital where he under went triple by-pass surgery. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of these three individuals, the gentleman survived, and lived to reenact again. Mitch and Mary are members of the 75th OVI and Doc. Tom is also, he just doesn't know it. Remember, When you can save a fellow man's life, you ARE a hero. So when you are on the field, say hey to the medical staff, and know there is someone there watching over you !! Huzzza