Another sad note, Pappy Kuster passed on July 11, 2012
The internment ceremony was at the military cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 18th.
I know you wanted to be informed, and I know Dad cherished his association with you guys. Please inform other Bullwhip Squadron members.
Another Sad Passing of a Great B Troop Warrior 24 May 2011
From Jim Kurtz:
Forwarded with sadness. Al “D” DeFleron was one of the First Shift – those who trained together at Fort Benning, then rode the boat to Vietnam together to begin the exploits of the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry.
When the Bullwhip Squadron Association, formed by the First Shift in honor of the first squadron commander, decided to let “New Guys” join, Al was the first and foremost among the old guys to welcome us and make us feel like we were all part of the same Band of Brothers.
D, you are going to be missed, but we’ll catch up with you in Fiddler’s Green.
Al “Big D” DeFleron B Troop 1965
Working on the Bullwhip Newsletter April 2007. L to R: Larry Wright, Al "Big D" DeFleron, Al Tyre and Chuck Ridenour
Al "Big D" DeFleron in 2010
It is with extreme sadness that I report the death of MSG AL Defleron. He passed just after noon today, 5/24/11. He was the Secretary on the first Bullwhip Squadron Board for 12 years and ran the BWS store. He was a valuable asset to the Squadron and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
We are losing many to the effects of Agent Orange, all to soon. May God give him peace and the glory of being with Him.
former VP of the BWS
Lynne A. “Big D” DeFleron Guest Book Entries can be made at: (Click this link)
Mr. Lynne A. “Big D” DeFleron, a resident of Newton, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Flowers Hospital. He was 78.
Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011 at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Newton officiating. Burial with full military honors followed in Memory Hill with Byrd Funeral Home on West Main Street directing. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 W. Main St., Suite 3, Dothan, AL, 36301.
Mr. DeFleron was born July 13, 1932 in Mobile, AL and lived the early years of his life there. At an early age, he entered the U.S. Army and served 26 years prior to his retirement. A decorated veteran, he served in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was the recipient of numerous medals including the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star with Cluster and was a 3 time Purple Heart recipient. Mr. DeFleron also boxed for the military and was Golden Glove Champ in New York State in 1954.
Following his military service he was employed with Paige Aircraft for several years. He later owned his own cabinet shop which he operated for over 20 years. He received his degree from AUM and taught at Wallace Community College for over 15 years. Mr. DeFleron was a member of Goodwater Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Barry DeFleron (Helen) of Daleville and Randall DeFleron (Pam) of Slocomb; 5 grandchildren, Mariah Philpot, Ellen DeFleron, Lynn DeFleron, Michael DeFleron and Payton DeFleron; a sister, Eleanor Banks of Eight Mile; several nieces and nephews also survive.
March 4, 2011 -To All: David Coates Passed On this past Monday and his Bride Patricia has thanked all that have sent condolences and if you want to honor Dave in a way that can make a difference please donate to the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
Another sad passing February 28, 2011.
From John Peele, Apache 22, Greetings Troopers. I have some Extremely Sad News! Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retd) Dave Coates passed away this morning around 7:00am. As most of you know, Dave has been battling Pancreatic Cancer.
Dave did well with the surgery but the Chemo and Radiation Therapy were just too brutal. Dave suffered a Massive Heart Attack this morning 28 February 2011 around 7:00am in his home.
His wife Patricia and his Grandson were with him. The Medical Emergency Team was called and they transported Dave to the hospital but could not revive him.
Dave did attend the recent Apache Troop Reunion in Florida and has said so many times how important it was to see so many of the Troopers and how important all of you were to him and to Patricia.
Dave Coates, this is Patricia’s Favorite
Mr. David Alan Coates, 62, of St. Cloud, FL passed away on Monday February 28, 2011 at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of Patricia P.C. (Collins) Coates. David was born in Bluffton, Indiana on March 3, 1948, the son of Donald and Norma (Hedges) Coates. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War as well as the Persian Gulf and Iraq. David is survived by three daughters, Tammy Burke of Indiana; Shannon Duncan of Panama City, FL; Marnie Duncan of Newman, GA; three sons David Kris husband of Joy Coates of Nashville, TN; , James husband of Martha Coates of Nashville, TN; , James Duncan of Panama City, FL; He is also survived by 10 grandchildren & 1 great grandchild and a brother, Kenneth husband of Mary Coates of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Services for Col A T Pumphrey were held Friday 31 Dec. 2010 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, TX
I was his S-4, then became XO when Nevins took over. Actually served with Pump on three occasions. He was a fine officer and will be greatly missed as a friend. LTC (Ret) William L. "Bill" Potts
Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1983 Induction
Colonel A. T. Pumphrey, while serving continuously in Army Aviation for 30 years in the grades of Flying Sergeant (World War II) to Colonel, was in the forefront of major advances in air-ground warfare in all three major theaters of warfare known by his generation.
During the early 1940's in WWII, he pioneered the combat employment of the L-5 as a vital observation post for armored forces in Germany. Later he perfected the first aerial patrol along the German-Czechoslovakian border and achieved notable success in detecting Communist troop movements.
In 1950 in the Korean War, he volunteered for and flew numerous L-17 forward air controller combat missions and these greatly facilitated USAF strikes against the enemy. Also, Colonel Pumphrey helped provide aerial surveillance for U.S. forces as they marched on the North Korean capital.
In 1966-1967 in Vietnam, he again distinguished himself as a combat leader while successively commanding an 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion and 1st Squadron 9th Air Cavalry Squadron.
His other contributions to Army Aviation had significant impact on flight safety, instruction, at the Aviation School, and field training and inspections.
Retired Army Col. A.T. Pumphrey (right) acknowledges the parade crowd while serving as Grand Marshal in the Terrell Hills Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Pumphrey was joined by his wife, Angela, at his side. Pumphrey, 93, had served in Army Aviation from World War II to Vietnam. / San Antonio Express-News
Lou "Rocket" Rochat talking to COL Pumphrey at the 2006 reunion
Another sad passing of one of our Troopers.
Served in A Troop , August 1965 to August 1966
From Larry Wright: He was a very young WO-1 in August 1965 when we went over was a Scout Pilot to fly H-13s.
His Obituary can be found at - http://www.harvey-engelhardt-metz.com/obituaries/Dean-H.-Nichols1641404755/Obituary/?sms_ss=aolmail
Dean is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Leslie Linette (Timothy David) Alvarez of Fort Myers; three step sons, Lt. Col. Joseph Richard (Jamie) Costello, John Robert Costello and James Ronald (Loni) Costello; two brothers, Dale and Don Nichols both of California and 21 grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Inc., 9470 Health Park Cir., Fort Myers, FL 33908 in memory of Dean.
TAPS for Arthur A “Art” Dockter
A Troop 1969—1970
Arthur A. “Art” Dockter, 59 of Ellendale, ND died June 1, 2010, at his home in rural Ellendale.
Art served with Apache Troop, 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. A memorial was held on Friday, June 11 at Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale with Pastor Galen Sylvester officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale. Please add to his guest book at the Hoven Funeral Home, Click on this to go to the site.
From John Allan (Apache 32 – “Tuna”) The three John’s were privileged to be present at this memorial to Art. His family and friends did not know how much the 1/9th reunion group had grown and the significant impact it has had to all involved. I invited Art’s twin sister Sharon McLaughlin to meet us in Orlando this year and I hope Peele would extend the reunion information to her. She is now our sister. I will post her e-mail address for you all to send her your favorite memory of Art. She was very appreciative of your memorials posted on the funeral home’s web site. I was sorry that the trip was not to see Art in person but his memory and photo’s will live eternal.
Looking at the pictures we share there is one thing that John Williams (Apache 38) mentioned the other night - "Do you see a single photo of him without a smile...or perhaps a wee bit of a sheepish grin? Nope, never." Art kick started Apache Troopers getting together back in 1986/87 and we owe him more than I believe we know.
Art at the 2003 Apache Reunion
Duane ?, Ken Brown, Art Dockter and Chuck Atkinson after a scary mission 16 Nov 1969 where the Crew captured the 12.7 that had shot down Rash 11 earlier in the day.
Art told me Back in 2003 that this was one of his favorite pictures that he took. He called it " Hot LZ ".
Lou "Rocket" Rochat III, Apache 16,
is waiting for us in Fiddler's Green
29 May, 2010. It is with a sad and heavy heart to let you know that Lou passed away earlier today while at home under the care of Hospice and surrounded by family.
Update 31 May 2010: Fellow Troopers, Rocket's Obituatary can be found here. (click to go to his Obit - writen by, of course, Rocket himself)
Burial at Arlington National Cemetary is scheduled for 31 August 2010.
Donations are welcome to help the family and to asist in Rocket's request to be buried with his felow Troopers at Arlington.
The following is from CW2 Lori Gaff, President of the Combat Helicopter Pilots Association.
If you'd like to donate you may do so by contacting CHPA at 800.832.5144 or you can send a check made out to CHPA with "Rochat Funeral" in the memo field to:
PO Box 15852
Washington, DC 20003
All donations will be tax deductible and will be used to help the Rochat family defray funeral expenses.
Click here to go to the CHPA website
Lou 1970 in RVN and at Apache Troop Reunion in 2006
Unknown, Rocket and Jack Hugele, 1970. Picture from Mike King
Bequi Livingston, Rocket, Ann Rochat and Ron Livingston on discharge Day - Jan 27, 2010