Restoration

E-News — June 2023

Troopers Down

Colonel (Ret.) John P. Carter

 

Colonel (Ret.) John P. Carter. September 4, 1946 – March 13, 2023. John was born in a Navy family in the Canal Zone and lived the life of a Navy Brat through High School. He entered the Army through the Warrant Officers Flight Program in the Vietnam era, and he served as a WO1 and WO2 before receiving a direct commission as a first lieutenant in 1970. John’s distinguished career included serving in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division (B/4-77 Aerial Rocket Artillery) flying Cobras.

After Vietnam, he was a basic training company commander, which was followed by his service in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) Air Troop in Fulda, West Germany from 1973 to 1975; he moved to Bad Kissingen in 1975 to assume command of H Co, 2nd Squadron, 11th ACR. He later commanded C Troop, 2/10 CAV at Fort Ord, California, and he also commanded a Basic Training Battalion at Fort Ord. He was an Inspector General with 1st Army, and later he was a Joint Staff officer aboard the National Emergency Airborne Command Post aircraft out of Offut AFB, in Omaha, Nebraska.

John’s formal education included two master’s degrees — one in construction followed by an MBA. After the Army, he was a successful architect in the Phoenix area. John is survived by his wife Imelda, their son John, daughter June, and their respective families. John will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on July 19, 2023.

 

Thomas L. “Tom” Kouns

 

Thomas L. “Tom” Kouns, 74, of Galion passed away April 30, 2023 at Woodside Village Care Center in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Born July 11, 1948 in Ashland, Kentucky, he was the son of Everett and Mary (Tackett) Kouns. Tom is survived by his wife of 18 years, Caren A. (Rhodes) Kouns, whom he married on May 5, 2005.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War with the Blackhorse Regiment. After his military service, Tom first worked for the Gledhill Road Machinery, then with Schwan Foods, and lastly where he retired as a film processor with Lifetouch Church Directories in Galion. He enjoyed woodworking, making beautiful bird houses, and fishing (especially salmon fishing) in Michigan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Tommy (Janessa) Kouns of Galion; step- son John “JR” Hoffman, Jr. of Galion; grandchildren Kira, Brayden, and Braxton; and nieces Mary (Rob) Bentley and Jamie (Rick) Fosnaugh. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Veronica and Jim Jackson. Memorial services were held on May 4, 2023 with Pastor Shawn Easterling officiating. Burial was in in Iberia Cemetery. Military honors were rendered by the United States Army. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

 

Earland J. Sherman III

 

Earland J. Sherman III, 72, died peacefully at his home on April 22, 2023. Joe was born in Wareham, Massachusetts on August 23, 1950, the son of Earland J. and Violet (Johnson) Sherman Jr. He grew up in Marion, MA and graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School. Joe enlisted in the Army at age 18 and served in Vietnam for three years as a member of F Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, until his injury. He raised his family in Marion, MA and Gilmanton Ironworks, NH; and for the past 11 years, he resided in Pittsford and Shoreham, New York.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Barbara Ann (Corson) Sherman of Cambridge, MA in 2001. He leaves behind son Earland Joseph Sherman IV; wife Stephanie; their son Erik of Shoreham, VT; step-daughter Mary Beth Chase and her husband Rick and their children Tyler and Owen of Gilmanton Ironworks, NH; sister Vicky Cordeiro and her husband Mike of North Carolina; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

He was also known as Big Joe and Grampy. Joe enjoyed beautiful views, warm weather, fishing, the ocean, BBQs, his pets, and watching Svengoolie and wrestling. He was known for his generous, happy spirit and sense of humor, and his deep appreciation for his family, friends and caregivers. He was thought of as a superhero for his toughness and ability to adapt after his disability from his war injury and many health issues that never let down his optimistic spirit. Anyone he met appreciated his random wisdom, positivity, and his Ric Flair impersonation.

Prayer Services were held May 7 at Clifford’s Funeral Home in Rutland, VT. Burial services were held May 9 at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

Contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to The Blackhorse Association
at https://www.blackhorse.org/donate.

SGT Linden F. “Peewee” Moore Update

We want to pass along some information on SGT Linden F. “Peewee” Moore, who was a Blackhorse trooper in Vietnam assigned to B Troop, 11th ACR, 1968 – 1972.

If any of our members personally knew SGT Moore, please consider contacting him through CSM Huckleby, whose information is provided below.

SGT Moore is in rapidly declining health and is hospitalized in Brownwood, Texas; he’s requesting that any trooper who personally knew him while he was in the Army to contact him and say hello. He’s in need of comfort as he fights a debilitating health issue.

If you knew SGT Moore, please contact the following trooper who can further assist you.

CSM Jake Huckleby
6/9 U. S. Cavalry Regiment
254.833.2205 or jacob.d.huckleby.mil@nullarmy.mil

Historical Restoration at Pattons’ Park

On May 1, 2023, eleven former Border Legion troopers and two spouses gathered at Pattons’ Park, Fort Benning, Georgia, to restore the M113 ACAV on display in the park. All were volunteers. Their mission was to refurbish the ACAV as C66, 1st Squadron, 11th ACR as it was in Vietnam. Then-Captain Bill Hansen commanded Charlie Troop in Vietnam and was on hand to ensure the accuracy of the restoration. Bill provided accurate details of what the vehicle looked like in Vietnam. The volunteers included John Sherman Crow, Jim McEvers, John Heck, Bob Mark, Ed Messer, Bill Stephens, Ken and Marcie Batton, Gary and Angie Galloway, Jerry Weiland, and Bill Hutton.

Historical Restoration at Pattons’ Park

 

Bill Hansen, having approved the plaque that will inform visitors about the ACAV, is shown placing the plaque on its stand in from of the vehicle. From left to right, Bill Hansen, Gary Galloway, Jerry Weiland, Jim McEvers, Ken Batton, and Marcie Batton.

Plaque that was placed on the vehicle.

Plaque that was placed on the vehicle.

 

Participants in the restoration from left to right: Ed Messer, Bill Hansen, Jim McEvers, Bill Hutton, John Sherman Crow, Marcie Batton, Ken Batton, Garry Galloway, and Bob Mark.

 

Participants in the restoration from left to right: Ed Messer, Bill Hansen, Jim McEvers, Bill Hutton, John Sherman Crow, Marcie Batton, Ken Batton, Garry Galloway, and Bob Mark.

Work in Progress!

 

Work in Progress!

M60 Tank at Point Alpha

While this article is two decades old and in German, it is an interesting piece on the arrival of an M60 tank for permanent display at Point Alpha.

M60 Tank at Point Alpha

A Story from the 11th Cavalry’s Day as Horse Cavalry:
And You Thought Breaking Track was Tough!
Courtesy of Don Snedeker

The Greensboro Record (Greensboro, North Carolina) 31 October 1907
Former Trooper of Eleventh Cavalry Shares His Desperate Struggle

From the Des Moines Register and Leader

With eyes flashing, nostrils distended, ears laid back, mouth open, and whiskers standing sharply on end, Satan, a vicious horse, gave desperate battle with a brawny blacksmith yesterday afternoon. Satan determined he would not be shod: the blacksmith shod him single handed, but in the struggle, he had his left hand literally crushed. Several bones were broken, and the smith suffered excruciating pain.

The name of the smith is H.W. Brown, a former trooper in Troop D, Eleventh Cavalry, who was discharged here and took up the trade with Vroman.

Satan is a beauty: a little sorel, weighing scarcely more than 1200 pounds, plump and full of ginger and fire.

Satan has always rebelled savagely against the iron shoe. His very name was given him on this account. He has never been known to let a smith shoe him without being bound by leather straps until he could not move. Brown is a very wiry soldier, erect and solid.

Satan was led in by a common halter and tied to the ring at the side of the stall. With a great leather apron about his waist, Brown took the shoe and approached Satan. Quick as a flash the horse wheeled and both feet shot into the spot where Brown’s stomach was – But Brown was quicker in removing it.
Then came into play the scientific blacksmith’s tactics, picked up in the United States army, where bad horse are plentiful. Advancing to Satan’s side, Brown was ready for the next spring and caught Satan sharply in the flank with the point of his elbow; a painful grunt was Satan’s reply, and he huddled himself in surprise in a corner.

The smith stooped to lift a hoof and Satan, without moving his foreparts, deliberately twisted himself in a position to let fly one foot, but Brown again escaped by springing aside; this time, however, the smith trapped the fellow and caught his left foot before he had the leg stiffened. There was a struggle. Brown slipped a knee under the hoof and cruelly pressed down, cramping the leg so that Satan stood still, while the hot iron was pressed his hoof; then Satan’s hoof was released. For the first time he took a good look at the man who dared.

When the shoe was ready to nail, Brown again approached the horse. The same tactics were adopted, except that at the crucial moment Satan, instead of merely twisting himself, crouched and jumped forward as far as his halter would allow and let fly his left foot twice as quickly that it caught Brown’s left hand each time. Bystanders heard the bones crush as the cruel hoofs struck. Brown’s face went white, his teeth set and quietly asking his helper to take Satan’s head, the plucky fellow brought the crippled hand to the bear the best he could and forcing the little sorel in a corner deliberately cowed him by the power of his eye and his nerve nailed both shoes home.

When it was over the smith was wet with perspiration and almost fainting from pain. He was taken at once to a physician, where his hand was dressed.

Satan showed no more ill temper but walked with his head down from the building as though he were ashamed.

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