Dining-In 1910 Style

E-News — February 2024

Troopers Down

Ronald Aurele Pineau

Ronald Aurele Pineau, 74, of Jay, Maine, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2023, in Benton, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Ron was born on October 28, 1948, to Robert Napoleon Pineau and Joan d’Arc Fournier in Farmington Falls. After Ron graduated from Jay High School in 1967, he was drafted into the United States Armed Forces as a member of the 3rd Squadron of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and served in both Germany and Vietnam. During his time “in country,” he was a tank driver and sustained severe injuries from a tank accident. He was honorably discharged in 1970.

On his return, he briefly attended the University of Maine at Orono before graduating from the Central Maine Vocational-Technical Institute with a degree in Industrial Electricity in June of 1976. He spent the remaining years of his career as an electrician working at the Otis Paper Mill in the town of Jay.

Ron loved to spend time outdoors where he canoed down the Allagash, snowmobiled thousands of miles across the state of Maine, slayed hundreds of fish, and bagged dozens of birds, deer and moose. He was an accomplished athlete who skied, played baseball, softball, and football in his high school and college years. That love of sports continued into his adult life where he skied, played softball, and even coached his son’s little league team.

He particularly loved spending time at the Pineau Family camp on Moosehead Lake, where he was found most often with a cup of coffee (or an Old Milwaukee) and a book in hand. If he wasn’t reminding his kids to “pay attention” or that when you’re out fishing you always have to “watch the tip” of your rod, he could be found frying up deer heart and liver, making chili, or whipping up a batch of his famous spaghetti sauce and meatballs.

Ron’s greatest personal passion was music. He played guitar and sang everywhere from the jungles of Vietnam, on Maine public television, in weddings, at the VFW, or as a volunteer at local nursing homes. You could even find him listening to his own recorded music while driving around his hometown of Jay.

He is survived by his children, Sherry Pineau Brown (and husband Alexander “Xandy”), Christine Pineau, Joanne Pineau, and John Pineau (and wife Kristyn); grandchildren Katherine “Kitt” Brown and Mckenna “Mac” Pineau; siblings Norman Pineau (and wife Nancy), Raymond Pineau (and wife Denise), Marie Pineau, Ed Pineau (and wife Cate), and Rita (Pineau) Pender; and dozens of loving nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family.

He was predeceased by his parents: mother Joan d’Arc Fournier and father Robert Napoleon Pineau.


William R. “Bill” Suhre

William R. “Bill” Suhre, Esq., of Cape Coral, Florida, passed away November 30, 2023 with his wife Barbara at his side.

Bill was born in the Bronx, New York to Lilienne and John Suhre. He lived there through his high school years hanging out with his older brother Jack and best friend Norman Goldstein. After graduation he attended Colorado University of Boulder to party and study. After two years, he was asked to leave, and the U.S. Army and Vietnam were waiting for him. From then on his life was lived to the fullest!

Bill proudly served his country as a 1st Lieutenant, Platoon Leader in I Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment) in the Vietnam War in 1968. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, rising to the rank of Colonel. He was a Life Member of the 11th ACVVC.

He also served as the Judge Advocate of the 11th ACVVC and as the National Judge Advocate of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

He had several degrees, including a Juris Doctorate, Accounting degree (CPA), and a Masters of International Studies. From a soldier, bar piano player, auditor, CPA, and lawyer, he was a man of many talents.

Bill strived to be the best husband, father, Papa, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, best friend, employer, and being there for anyone who needed help. He now resides in Heaven taking all the LOVE of his family, friends, and Barbara — his Soul Mate of 51 years — with him.

Bill will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Rest in peace Bill.


Zane D. “Tarz” Gray.


Zane D. “Tarz” Gray. It is with great sadness that I share with you and your brothers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment the passing of one of your members, Zane D. “Tarz” Gray. He was my brother-in-law of almost 60 years.

According to his DD214, he served in Vietnam with the 11th ACR during 1969. His discharge paper lists the last duty assignment and major command as I Troop, 3D SQDN 11th ACR USARV. He was a man of few words and never talked about his tour “in country” that year, and I didn’t ask. I respected him too much to do that.

Tarz was a large man, standing 6’3” and was one-quarter Cheyenne River Sioux Indian originally from South Dakota. He and my sister lived and loved the life offered through ranching for 50-plus years working on ranches in Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. They mentored young cowboys in high school rodeos and were loved in the small communities where they lived. Tarz was a member of the VFW and American Legion, and I suspect those were the places he could spin a yarn or two about his service years.

I am in the process of completing the paperwork needed to lay the remains of Tarz and my sister to rest in the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Casper, Wyoming. Tarz always wanted to attend a Blackhorse Regiment reunion, but kept putting it off “till next year” and sadly, to my knowledge he never made it. But, I know he wore the Blackhorse patch proudly and never stepped out of the house without his hat.

I’ve attached a photo of Tarz and Cathy just to make you smile. He’s wearing his hat, Cathy is wearing her hat with the Blackhorse pin, and the denim shirt she’s wearing has the logo on it. I know that he was proud to have ridden with the Blackhorse Regiment.

In closing, while it may seem silly, I’ve included the link to Tarz’s favorite song about his wife. I never grow tired of hearing it, always bringing tears and smiles at the same time. I hope you enjoy it. They were the real dea

Here’s the song: What Does She See by Ian Tyson. https://youtu.be/5uJY26W8Tro?si=pTfaksUM1XGpx9VG

Thank you for YOUR service. My first husband served in the Marines in Vietnam (we served 20 years in the USMC), and my father in the Marines in Korea. I lost my high school sweetheart in Vietnam in 1969 and when I can, I visit The Wall or the moving memorial of it. I do know sir, that Freedom is not Free.

P.S. If you happen to have a member in Wyoming, I would like to include him in the Memorial Service scheduled for May 3, 2024. My contact information is below.

May God bless you for the acts of service you continue to give.


Sandy Janzen
866 Shrider Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Email: sandysplace07@nullmsn.com


Henry Benton Thorpe, III.


Henry Benton Thorpe, III. February 11, 1961 – January 9, 2024. Henry Thorpe was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His father spent a career in the Army as an Infantry Officer and business entrepreneur in Rocky Mount, N.C. Henry grew up there and worked in the family business, Thorpe Music Company. He graduated from Northen Nash High School in 1979. He was a popular student who played on the football team as a defensive end (now defensive corner) and played the saxophone in the high school band.

Following graduation, Henry decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, and he joined the United States Army to become an Armored Reconnaissance Scout. After completing basic training at Fort Knox, KY, he was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, Germany. His outstanding service as a Border Scout led him to being selected for special assignment as the Enlisted Assistant/Driver to Regimental Commanders Col. John Sherman Crow and Col. Thomas E. White.

Upon completion of his three-year Germany tour, Henry was reassigned to Fort Ord, CA with the 7th Infantry Division, 2nd Squadron, 10th Air Cavalry Squadron as an Aero/Motorcycle Scout. During his tour, he signed-up for the Ranger Assessment and Selection (RASP) course at Fort Benning, GA and proudly graduated as an Army Ranger in Class 6-84.

Henry’s next assignment landed him at Fort Bragg, NC (now Fort Liberty), with the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 73rd Armor Regiment. Henry served in several positions within the battalion to include: Scout Section Leader, Scout Squad Leader, Assistant Operations Sergeant, and Armor Section Platoon Sergeant. Henry’s love of jumping out of perfectly good aircraft enabled him to achieve the highly coveted Jumpmaster Rating to ensure others survived their jumps.

During his Army career, Henry participated in the following operations: 1981 War Warning (Polish Uprising), Operation Golden Pheasant (1988), Just Cause (1989), and Desert Shield/Storm (1990/1991). Henry was Honorably Discharged from the Army in 1992 and moved to Tampa, FL. Henry maintained his lifelong dedication and selfless service to the Army as a member of 82nd Airborne Association and worked tirelessly as the Chairman of the Tampa Bay All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. He will be remembered for helping others, sharing great stories of his adventures, his love of sports, and old movie classics.

In 2013, Henry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida and was immediately hired by Tata Consultancy Services as a Project Manager. Henry flourished at his job and employed his years of Army leadership skills by leading and mentoring others to be their personal best.

Henry is survived by his mother, Sharon; his sister Karen; his son, Henry; his wife of 18 years, Mary; his daughters Erika and Emily; and grandchildren Saoirse, Michael, and Monica. Henry was like a son to a few, a father to more, and a brother to all. He was loved and will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held at American Legion Post 152, 11211 Sheldon Road, Tampa. Florida 33626 on February 17, 2024 at 1 p.m.


James Evans “Jim” Brisbane, 78, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, died October 31, 2023, at his home. He was born May 15, 1945, in Niagara, WI to the late Oten and Ione (Carlson) Brisbane.

Jim had a love for the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and going for long drives to find shops and new restaurants to eat at. Jim was always willing to help someone in need. His biggest passion, besides his family, was his backyard which he turned into a Jurassic Park Wonderland. This creation earned Jim the nickname “Jurassic Jim.” Following graduation from high school, Jim proudly served his country in B Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment) in the Vietnam War in 1966 – 1967.

Jim is survived by his sons, Brian Brisbane and Mark (Melissa) Brisbane; stepdaughters, Linda (Mike) Baldwin, Virginia (Scott Knoke) Mineau, and Peggy (Mike) VanHout; grandchildren Taylor Brisbane, Amanda Baldwin, Matt and Jacky Knoke, Courtney (Isaac) Vania, Christian VanHout, and Sherida (Curtis) Rickling; great- grandchildren Zoey, Madix, Kiniili, and Jaxon; sister, Patricia Kersten; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Bender; his former spouse, Connie Brisbane; and a stepson, Albert Mineau.

Friends and family visited at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason Street, on November 6, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Funeral Service was then held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Bill Burkel officiating. Military Honors followed. Entombment was in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum.

Rest in peace Jim.

Blackhorse History Corner

Dining-In 1910 Style
Courtesy of Don Snedeker
Dining-In 1910 Style

K Troop Trooper’s Scrapbook

In 1918, K Troop was stationed in Southern California patrolling the border with Mexico. Bugler John Galardi, fresh off the boat from Italy, was a member of K Troop. These are from his scrapbook during the 1919 – 1940 period.

K Troop Trooper’s Scrapbook

Defense Support of Civil Authorities

During World War I, the 11th Cavalry was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe in northwest Georgia (near Chattanooga, TN). One its missions was to ride into the hills and mountains of northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee in search of deserters and draft dodgers. The following article, published on August 11, 1918 in the New York Times, tells a story about that mission.
Defense Support of Civil Authorities

OCS Hall of Fame Induction for a Blackhorse Trooper

On May 6, 2024, LTC (Ret.) William W. “Bill” Hansen will be inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Moore. Induction will be at 1600, with a dinner to follow at 1800. Both events will be at the National Infantry Museum. Hansen served with the Blackhorse in Vietnam as troop commander of Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th ACR in 1968, where he was awarded two silver stars and the Purple Heart. He continued his service with the Regiment in Germany during 1974 – 1975 as an Assistant S-3 and then Commander of Bravo Troop, 1/11 ACR.

To view LTC Hansen’s biography, please visit https://www.blackhorse.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Hansen-Bio.pdf

Barbecue Before the Blackhorse Family Reunion

For those planning to attend the pre-reunion BBQ on Tuesday (July 23, 2024), the coordinating instructions are below.

BBQ location:
3773 High Chaparral Rd, Lake George, CO 80827

Directions from The Academy Hotel:
Travel time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

South on I-25 to Colorado Springs and Hwy 24 exit (0.8 miles)
West on Hwy 24 to High Chaparral Rd (60.7 miles)
Proceed 1.5 miles on High Chaparral Rd (Rearing Blackhorse is your destination.)

Directions from Woodland Park:

Travel time is 40 minutes.

West on Hwy 24 to High Chaparral Rd (32.3 miles)
Proceed 1.5 miles on High Chaparral Rd (Rearing Blackhorse is your destination.)

Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Feel free to come early to lend a hand or stay late and watch the sunset.

Activities: Drinks on the deck and BBQ

Planned menu: Brisket, Tomahawk steaks, burgers, potato salad, salad, pies

Local Lodging:
Country Lodge in Woodland Park, CO
730 Country Drive, Woodland Park, Colorado, United States Contact info: 719-687-6277 or info@nullwoodlandcountrylodge.com

Reservations can be made online or by phone. Rooms include 2 Queen-size or King- size beds and range in price from $174 to $219 before the discount (AAA, Military, AARP, etc.). They also include breakfast. The lodge is located near Pike’s Peak and within easy driving distance of Scott Harrison’s house in Lake George; Colorado Springs; and many other activities. Scott recommends staying at the Country Lodge Tuesday night before heading to the reunion site near the Air Force Academy (about 30 minutes northeast).

Here’s their website: https://www.woodlandcountrylodge.com/

If you’re coming to the BBQ, please contact Scott at sharrson@nullgmail.com by July 5,
2024 to ensure enough food and beverages are available.

Scott Harrison
813-944-8808 (cell)
866-426-5512 (fax)

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