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E-News – May 2017

Trooper Down

Raymond J. Hollander. December 7, 1943-April 1, 2017. Raymond J. Hollander, 73, died April 1, 2017, after a gentle, kind, and honorable life. Born in Albany, NY, Ray served in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant in the 11th Armored Cavalry of the U.S. Army after receiving a BA at Villanova University. Also a graduate of Babson College Business School, Ray was an accountant at the Hartford Chamber of Commerce in Hartford, CT for many years. He was also fiscal director of Sheldon Oak Central Housing, treasurer of the Connecticut Chapter of the Villanova Alumni Association, and a Big Brother volunteer. Moving to Portland in 2002, Ray worked in finance at Ecotrust, a nonprofit organization focusing on environmental conservation, until he retired as controller in 2011.

Ray is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marcia (Leiden); children Ryan John and Lia Beth; son-in-law Martin Wehner; granddaughter Ella Sistrunk-Hollander; and sisters Harriet Williams, Elizabeth Haynie, and Kathleen Puls. A private family service will honor Ray in early June.


Request for Assistance

As many of you may remember, the Blackhorse Association undertook a project to decorate a classroom at the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Benning. The initial phase of the project was completed in 2016, and the classroom will be a featured part of our visit to Fort Benning during next month’s Reunion.

We would like to add some more memorabilia to the section that describes the Regiment’s service along the East-West German border. While we have limited space, we would like to collect some smaller memorabilia that could be placed in a shadow box to highlight some of the key events in which the Regiment participated. We already have collected a small number of items, and we’re very interested in collecting additional items. Specifically, we’d like to include any unusual patches (such as Boselager, unofficial troop/company/battery patches, qualification patches/tabs) or others such as volksmarch medals, etc. We are particularly interested in qualification patches and tabs.

We have the patches and tabs shown below, but would like to put together a more complete and diverse set. If you have any items that you would care to donate, please send them to:

Clint Ancker
11606 52nd Ave Ct NW
Gig Harbor, Washington 98332

Clint will collect them and arrange for their inclusion in the shadow box. If you have any questions about applicability, please phone Clint at 913-488-2752 or send him an email at opens in a new create new emailwith a photo of the items.


Another Request for Assistance

Over the past few months, a number of members of the Blackhorse Association have suggested that we should broaden our coverage and appeal by including stories from different eras of the Regiment’s service. It’s probably been too long to include anything prior to or about World War II, but we do have members that served in Germany in the post-World War II constabulary; in Vietnam; and in the current fights. We are also still interested in the Border Legion period from 1974-1991.

We are asking members who have interesting stories about events or personal reminiscences to share them with us. Please send a write-up along with photos (if possible) to Clint Ancker, the Association’s director of communication.

He can be reached at or by regular mail at:

Clint Ancker
11606 52nd Ave Ct NW
Gig Harbor, Washington 98332

For those who have suggested that we broaden our coverage, here is your opportunity. Please help us capture some of those memorable moments that you have experienced.


Update From Blackhorse Association Representative In Germany Craig Birchard
Volker Bausch was presented the Honorary Regimental Member Certificate April 28 at the annual Last Patrol Day at OP Alpha. In the photo below, pictured left to right are CSM (ret.) Vern Croley, 1st and 3rd Squadron Alumnus LTC (ret.) Brad Gavle, Volker Bausch, and myself.

I met Dr. Ricarda Steinbach, who took the leadership of the OP Alpha Foundation upon Volker’s retirement. I suspect that the Regiment will receive the same type of support as when Volker was sitting in her chair. Additionally, I met a German historian who has led the charge to have OP India (near the city of Ifta) designated as a historical point on a complex of walking and cycling trails. All that is left of India is the tower that was rebuilt in 1984. The historian has cleaned up the area, and there is going to be a Grand Opening on September 10, which I will support. I was commanding L Troop and on OPIndia (in the tower at the time) the day that the HIND D crashed about 150 meters from the OP on the eastern side of the border. I could write a book about that day!


3rd Annual 11th ACR Veteran’s Northeast Region Blackhorse Reunion
July 7-8, 2017

What’s happening?
July 7th @6pm (arrive early to get through traffic and get a parking spot)
  • Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise; 125 West Station Square Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 July 8th @2PM
  • Stable Your Mount; The Grange, 1208 Skyhill Rd, Edinburg, PA 16116
  • Business Meeting
  • DAV Rep to discuss VA claims process
  • Dinner (Amish dinner)
Where to stay?
We have a Blackhorse hotel rate at the Microtel in Beaver Falls, PA: $85.02/night.

How much?
Reunion tickets are $85 per person. This includes the Gateway Clipper cruise, dinner on the Clipper, and Stable your Mount dinner.

Who to contact?
Darryl Wolfe, 724-494-0478 or Walter Mazuchowski, Jr, 716-392-7916.

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Please make your donations today by changing your settings on Amazon. During the past year, one Association member made 26 purchases on AmazonSmile; this generated nearly $10 for the organization. If everyone designated the Blackhorse Association as their charitable organization and purchased through AmazonSmile, we could generate a lot of donations. You will have no additional fees, surcharges, or costs. There is no need to register with the Combined Federal Campaign or beg for a contribution. All you need to do is continue to purchase on Amazon, and Amazon will deposit funds into our charity.

Please click on the link below to add the Blackhorse Association as your Amazon charitable organization.


3rd Annual Ernie Ford Memorial Golf Tournament

About the Tournament
We currently have 21 golfers registered for the 3rd Annual Ernie Ford Memorial Golf Tournament. If you registered for the reunion but forgot to include registration for the golf outing, you can pay your greens fees ($67) on the day of the tournament. Greens fees include a bucket of balls for the driving range and lunch at the Clubhouse.

As in past years, we will play a scramble and include longest drive (hole 8) and closest to the pin (hole 7). Seniors (60+) and women have the option of playing from the red tees, while all others will use the white tees. Tee time is 1300, which will allow for late arrivals, lunch, and range time. Attire should be a collared shirt, pants or shorts, but not blue jeans. Prior to the tee time, please provide your golf handicap, if known, to Scott Harrison. Depending on the number of players, we will either use a shotgun start or will have each foursome start on the first tee.

Course Layout
The scenic 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course in Marietta covers 5,721 yards. There is a pro shop and café available just outside the front entrance of the Hilton Marietta. Rental clubs are available as well:

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