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E-News – December 2018

Troopers Down

Michael Joseph Walsh, July 22, 1958 – November 21, 2018. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Michael J. Walsh, a resident of Clayton, California. He was the beloved brother of James (Maureen) and Eugenie Walsh Hausseguy (Emmanuel), and dear uncle of Marie-Claire, Kelly and Michael Hausseguy. Michael was a 1980 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He proudly served as a Captain in the U.S. Army.

Sergeant Thomas Lee “Tommy” Diles, age 41, passed away December 10, 2018 after a long illness. Tommy loved his country and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving for 12 years including three tours of duty in Iraq. He served 25 months in Iraq with the 50th Combat Engineer Company, 11th ACR. He retired from active duty only because of a life-threatening injury. He is preceded in death by his father, Solly Fuller and his beloved nanny. He is survived by daughter, Hayleigh Mae; mother, Audrey; sisters, Audrey “A.J.” Diles and Kassie Caperton; brothers, Michael, Solly Dale, and Rocky Lee; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his many Army brothers.


A Bit of Blackhorse History


From Don Snedeker: On 12 November 1940, the 11th Cavalry Regiment (Horse) departed the Presidio of Monterey for the last time. The local newspaper had a front- page article and a couple of photos (it was pretty dark because the ceremony was at night). They also published a poem lamenting the departure of “Monterey’s Own.”


Blackhorse Wreath Ceremony In Honor of the Regiment’s 118th Birthday


The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment will be represented by Regimental Troopers past and present to honor the 11th Cavalry Regiment’s birthday with a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:15 am. This event is a growing tradition and entering its fourth year. Our Regiment, currently stationed at Fort Irwin, California, intends to send a detail toparticipate. Following the ceremony, we will share lunch at a restaurant in Arlington (at a place TBD). For more information, please contact the event coordinator, LTC (Ret.) Guillermo Guillén (11th ACR from Jun 2001 to Jun 2006) at guillermo.guillen.03@nullgmail.com. Kindly forward this email to other Troopers who you are in contact with that are not receiving the association’s E-News. Below is a list of instructions from ANC:

  • Privately owned vehicles and commercial buses are not authorized to drive to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Parking is available at the Visitor’s Center paid parking lot. Please be aware that the parking lot reaches capacity early during peak tourism months from March through September.
  • To minimize delays that would prevent your group from making its scheduled time, we recommend that your travel plans include additional time for unexpected traffic congestion, unfamiliarity with area roadways, parking, and unloading.
  • Lastly, it is winter in the National Capital Region. Dress for cold weather!
Guillermo Guillén


Former Lima Trooper, Scott “T” Thompson, Still Bringing
Honor to the 11th Cavalry After Almost 40 Years


The “2018 Veteran of the Year Award” of Walker County, Georgia, was presented by Sheriff Steve Wilson to James Scott Thompson at a Tribute to America Veteran’s Celebration on November 3, 2018 at the Colonnade in Ringgold, Georgia. Scott had been nominated by a dear friend and fellow Veteran but had no clue about his nomination. In fact, when Sheriff Wilson started to read about the recipient of the 8th and final award of the ceremony, Scott kept looking around and saying “I should know this person…I should know this person!” never suspecting it was HIMSELF …until he heard “T”…”and then recognized himself as his nickname was “T”…” He was moved to tears…it was an emotional occasion for both Scott and his wife Petra.

Scott entered the US Army in the spring of 1977 and completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, graduating AIT August 16, 1977. He was then assigned to Lima Troop with the 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bad Hersfeld, Germany as a 63 Charlie, Track and Wheel Mechanic, guarding the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Scott stayed with Lima Troop his entire tour working as a track mechanic and driving the Commanding Officer of Lima Troop, then CPT Robert Mixon, until the end of his tour in March 1980.

Scott is a lifelong resident of Walker County where he and Petra, of Rotenburg an der Fulda, Germany, have owned a small family business for over 20 years. They have 2 grown sons with college degrees and 4 grandchildren. He is an active member at a local church, and he is a man devoted to God, family, country, and fellow Veterans. Scott has also served as a local Scout Master for more than 25 years by contributing to helping many young men, including his own two sons, achieve the highest rank of Scouting – the Eagle badge.


A Christmas Message From Germany


Dear Friends,

I hope that this Christmas turns into a joyful celebration for you and your family and that you can tune out the rest of the world for a few days.

As the Christmas season approaches, we are all so busy and have so much business to attend to that it is easy to forget to say thanks.

So, before I forget, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship in the past years, and may this holiday season bring you and your family all of the joy and happiness you deserve.

Wishing you peace, love and joy this Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019.

German-American friendship in Fulda is still alive. We often think of our friends in the states and sometimes we meet our friends here in the museum.

German-American Friendship, Culture & Sportsassociation KONTAKT Fulda / Germany and Museum of American Troops in the Fulda Area
Winfried Jäger
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