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E-News – September 2021

The Blackhorse Marathon(Note: As stated below, this event is open only to Fort Irwin participants.)

The following note was sent to the daughters of MG (Ret.) Robert J. Sunell, 48th Colonel of the Blackhorse

Ladies – It is our great pleasure to let you know that the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

and its Veteran’s Organization, the Blackhorse Association, are sponsoring a marathon

in honor of your Father.

This year, we will have a limited opportunity for members of the Fort Irwin, California installation to participate in the run on September 25; however, we look forward to future years when this can be open to a larger audience.

Your father initiated this run in Fulda Germany, and we feel it is important to honor his memory and intention of promoting a better understanding between Soldiers and the people they serve.

At this link you will see a promotional video:

The following is a poster promoting the marathon.

Blackhorse Marathon

Honoring One of Our Own Joe Thomas Distinguished Service Cross While Serving with the 11th ACR
An Opportunity to Join in the Event From Mike Lapolla


I am an Ambassador with the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.

This year we are inducting Joe Thomas into our Hall of Fame Class of 2021. We selected seven from over a hundred nominees. Joe was a SP4 combat medic with the 11th ACR when he was killed in action and awarded the DSC.

Click here to view Joe’s nomination statement.opens PDF file

This following notice went out to his family and friends. Friends of Joe Thomas:

The Board of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame announced there will be seven inductees for the Class of 2021 of the prestigious Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. The highest rated selection was SP4 Joe Thomas (Booker T. Washington HS Class of 1965). The Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday evening October 23 in Norman. The Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be inducted together. Since 1998, just over 200 Oklahoma veterans have been selected from thousands of nominations.

The Hall of Fame made this announcement via a Facebook post and internal email. A formal press release to the media will be in September. See for more information about the Hall of Fame.

Annette (Thomas) Thompson is representing the family, and she is being assisted by DeLores Thomas and Mary Thomas. Also, local West Point and Naval Academy grads are funding a special exhibit at his high school honoring him and another Hall of Fame inductee.

If you know of anyone in Oklahoma who should be invited to the event or receive an announcement by postal mail, please contact me by phone to discuss.

Mike Lapolla Ambassador,
Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
2819 South Cincinnati Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74114
918-693-8608 (cell)
lapolla@nullswbell.netcreate new email

Item of Interest Courtesy of Don Snedeker Daily menu for G Troop, 14 Aug 1922, Presidio of Monterey

The Presidio


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