Blackhorse E-News – March, 2014

Trooper Down – Raymond R. Rodarte

Raymond Rodarte passed away August 1, 2013 at the age of 64. A graduate of Vaughn High School in Vaughn, New Mexico, he served in Vietnam with the 11th ACWC Blackhorse 1968 – 1970. He was also posted in Germany, Korea, and the United States for 16 years. Raymond was a Mail carrier for 13 years in Fort Worth and North Richland Hills Texas. He is survived by his wife Sue of 16 years; three children, Ramona, Raymond Jr. & Cynthia; and seven grandchildren.

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A Link to Those Who Died in Vietnam

This site (http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm) is an amazing effort to allow people to find out details about those who died in Vietnam, or, to find out who from their state or city who may have died in Vietnam. If you open the site, you can search by name or state and city. For example, click on the link and find the city where you went to high school and look at the names.

When you do find a name, click on it, and it will give details of the death, possibly a picture, biography, and list of awards.

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One of our Most Successful Yearly Events is Coming Up!

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Status on Our Paver Project

The following people have already signed up for pavers to support the move of our Regimental Monument to Fort Benning. Please join them in the important project. A link to sign up for a paver is below the list of participants.

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Blackhorse Scholarship Reminder
for 2014-2015 school year

The April 1, 2014 deadline to submit your scholarship applications for the 2014-15 school year is fast approaching. Go to the Blackhorse web site http://www.blackhorse.org/scholarships.cfm
for details and application form. The completed application must be postmarked not later than March 31, 2014 and mailed to:
Bob Hurt
75 E. Shadowpoint Cir
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Or it can be emailed to bobhurt3@comcast.net.
Any questions, call Bob at 281-364-7285. Reminder: Last year’s winners must reapply (complete the full application as if it were the first time) to be eligible for this year’s awards.

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Reminder – Moving the Blackhorse Memorial

As most of you know, we are moving the Blackhorse Memorial from Fort Knox to Fort Benning. This move is being funded entirely by donations and we are still short of the funds necessary to make this move. With the Armor Center moving from Fort Knox to Fort Benning, the move of the memorial only makes sense. Not only will the memorial be moved, but we will also take this opportunity to improve it. If you want to contribute to this important project, please go to the Blackhorse Association website (see below). In the upper right hand section is information and details on how to contribute.

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We want your input!
If you have an item of interest to the membership that you would like to see in future eBlasts or our bi-annual newsletter, please send items directly to banditsix@aol.com. The more detail you provide the better. In particular if you have knowledge of the passing of a former member of the Regiment and want this information published, please provide details of Regimental service and/or an obituary. This is your newsletter, please contribute.
You can always find the latest news and information on the Blackhorse Association at: http://www.blackhorse.org
If you run into Blackhorse veterans or serving members of the Regiment, let them know about the Association and point them to the website.
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Reminder – 2014 Blackhorse Association Reunion
Colorado Springs June 12 – 15, 2014

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Blackhorse Association will hold its annual Blackhorse Family reunion in Colorado Springs, CO, June 12 -15, 2014. The reunion is open to all past and present troopers who served with the Regiment, the Regimental Community, and all separate units that supported the Regiment.

The reunion will be held at the Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center, 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The Elegante is in the process of a major several million dollar renovation. Rooms have been set aside for reunion attendees at a special negotiated rate of $115 per night.

Attendees are encouraged to make plans early. For reservations, please visit https://www.reseze.net/cassets/mkt/mcmelegante/landing_pages/MCM_Colorado_Blackhorse_Association.html or call (800) 981-4012 (reservations). You can phone their Front Desk directly at (719) 576-5900 (be sure to give them our Group ID number – 693108 – and say you are attending the Blackhorse reunion).

For additional lodging options, go to http://www.expedia.com/Colorado-Springs-Hotels.d602991.Travel-Guide-Hotels.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND A REGISTRATION FORM