Happy Veteran's Day to all my Brothers of the 282nd. Have a great day and Welcome Home Brothers.
We have lost another great Brother of the 282nd AHC. Robert "Robbie" Benson (Black Cat 12, 67-68) passed away November 6, 2020 while in the hospital in Dothan, Alabama. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all his family. Rest in peace Brother.
I was contacted today from Brad Closen, son of Roger Closen, that Roger passed away April 22, 2020. Roger's tour with the 282nd AHC was from 1968*1969. He was a pilot in the 3rd platoon. I expressed our deepest sympathy to Brad and his family over the loss of our Brother Roger. May he rest in peace.
Steve Sneed called me a few minutes ago and informed me that Mike Sizemore's wife Ann passed away. Steve wasn't sure if she passed away yesterday or today. Ann had been battling an illness for a long time and she fought a tough fight. Mike has requested no cards or flowers be sent and we will honor his wishes. Our condolences to Mike and his family. Ann is no longer suffering and may she rest in peace. Her service will be a virtual service.
Just received notice that Robert C. Wood passed away February 22, 2013 from cancer as a result of Agent Orange. Robert was a crew chief 67-69. Our condolences to the Wood family. Rest in peace Brother.
It is with a sad heart that I inform all the 282ndAHC Black Cat family that Phil Johnson of Waterville, Washington passed away August 9, 2020 after an enduring battle with multiple cancers. Phil serve as a crew chief Alley Cats 68-69. Our condolences to the Johnson family. Graveside service will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Waterville Cemetary, 523 E. Elm Street, Waterville, Washington 98858. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Phil's to:
PO Box 400
Waterville, Washington 98858 or
Confluence Health Foundation
731 N Chelan Ave.
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
It is with a sad heart that I am reporting to all our 282nd AHC family Al Navarro passed away yesterday April 23, 2020. Our prayers are with his wife Ernie, and all his family. My he rest in peace with all our Brothers who have gone before him.
Received a message from Letta Staggs, she took Jerry to the hospital yesterday not knowing if he had a mini stroke. He is in the VA hospital in Dallas and they are doing a battery of tests to see what is going on. Will post updates when I receive them. Lets say a prayer for a speedy recovery for Jerry
Today, March 29, is National Vietnam Veterans Day
To those who returned with no one to greet them.
To those who have been told PTSD would go away in time.
To those who have never been told thank you of officially welcomed home.
To those who returned phyically but still are haunted by the nightmares of war.
To those who still react to a backfire & break a sweat at the sound of a chopper.
To those who have traveled endlessly never letting roots take hold or settled down.
To those who hear a familiar song that takes you back to a place you'd rather forget.
To those who can count the friends they have on one hand for fear of losing another.
To those who suffer from Agent Orange exposure & are still fighting the last battle.
To those who fought battles in steaming jungles of Vietnam & also here at home.
To those who have more friends on the Vietnam Memorial Wall than they do in this life.
WELCOME HOME BROTHER
Just wanted to say thank you to the Blackcats for supporting us in Quang Ngai at Advisory Team 2. I was an infantry field advisor with a 2nd ARVN infantry battalion from July '68 to July '69 and we relied on you guys all the time. I have a few pix of your choppers I'd be happy to upload, just let me know how to do it. Thanks again and welcome home!
Pete Jerszynski (1LT, Infantry)