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E-News – September 2016

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Lewis H. Pollard, 87, of Gold Canyon, Arizona, died June 29, 2016. Lewis H. Pollard, son of Leon and Alice Mae Pollard and loving husband of Margareta Katarina Pollard, passed away at his home in Gold Canyon. He is survived by his wife Margareta; and one daughter, Sonja Lindsay-Smith and husband George Edward Lindsay-Smith. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Christopher E. Lindsay-Smith, Adam C. Lindsay-Smith, and Eric J. Lindsay-Smith.

Lewis was a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the Army until his retirement in 1970. He was especially proud to serve his country in Vietnam; while there, he served with the Blackhorse. Throughout his military career, he earned several medals and awards including two Bronze Stars while in Vietnam.

He was happiest when spending time with his family. Lewis kept busy after his retirement by teaching and instructing others at the National Homebuilder’s Association; he also owned and operated a Shell gas station. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. The service was held July 7, 2016, 10:30 am, at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona.


Another Way to Support the Association

The following note was sent by Debra Phelps, and it’s worth considering. Thank you members for your support of the Blackhorse Association.

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Southeast Blackhorse Mini-Reunion

Veterans of the Blackhorse Regiment are holding a Southeast Mini-Reunion October 21-23, 2016 in Neptune Beach, Florida. If you will be in the area and would like to attend, please confirm your attendance by October 1, 2016. Contact Steve Jones at 912-409-9591 or to RSVP.

Information and tentative schedule for the weekend:

Hotel: Seahorse Ocean Front Inn
120 Atlantic Boulevard
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
800-881-2330 or 904-246-2175

Please mention "11th ACR Reunion" when making your reservation.

Schedule of Events

Oct 21


1800-2300: Friday night social at the Lemon Bar and pool area

Oct 22


0900-1500: The 2nd Annual Blackhorse Thunder Run motorcycle ride

0900-1800: Many other options for activities in the area to include golfing, beaches, and shopping

Tour of Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island

1800-2300: Dinner and Oktoberfest activities at the German Schnitzel House with

live German band and other specials. opens in a new
Oct 23

Places of Interest:
* Local beaches * Saint Augustine * Daytona * Jacksonville Zoo * TPC Sawgrass (Golf) * Amelia Island

Points of Contact:
* Steve Jones: or 912-409-9591 (cell)

* John Melin:

2017 Blackhorse Association Family Reunion

Atlanta, Georgia

It’s Not Too Early to Register!

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, June 8

  • 0830 – 1100 Reunion Registration Open
  • 1300 – 1800 3rd Annual Ernie Ford Memorial Golf Tournament
  • 1400 – 1900 Reunion Registration Open
  • Hospitality Room open, Blackhorse Store open, and Silent Auction

Friday, June 9

  • 0600 – 1800 Fort Benning & National Infantry Museum Tour
  • 0800 The 4th Annual Top Phillips/Trip Lemire Memorial Motorcycle Run (probable a later departure due to Atlanta traffic)
  • 1530 – 1730 Reunion Registration Open. Additional hours will be posted at the reunion, if necessary.
  • 1800 – 2200 Stable Your Mount Casual Evening 1800 Social Hour and hors d’oeuvres, 1900 Program

Saturday, June 10

  • 0800 – 0900 Executive Committee Meeting
  • 0900 – 1000 General Business Meeting
  • 1000 – 1100 Memorial Service
  • 1230 – 1600 Atlanta T our
  • 1800 – 2200 Social Hour and Banquet Dinner

Sunday, June 11

  • Farewells and departures


National Infantry Museum & Fort Benning
Friday, June 9

It’s an early start so that we can arrive at Fort Benning and The National Infantry Museum in time to witness the Fort Benning Basic School Graduation in the morning. Immediately following the graduation, there will be a short service at the Blackhorse Memorial, which was dedicated last year.

After the service, you will have time to explore The National Infantry Museum- home to one of the most significant collections of military relics in existence. The poignant art and artifacts of war housed here showcase the role of the infantryman in American defense over the past 200 years and include military transport vehicles, tanks, assorted artillery weapons, rare documents, and U.S. and foreign military uniforms from nearly every major conflict. At your leisure, you can trace the footsteps of infantrymen from 1607’s wilderness of Virginia to 1991’s sands of the Persian Gulf; from victory at Yorktown to events in Vietnam; and of course, everything in between! You’ll see weapons, uniforms, footwear, mess equipment, fine oil paintings, firearms, bronzes, helmets, and vehicles from a 1902 Studebaker Utility Wagon to the legendary Jeep. The museum shows not only the weapons, uniforms, and personal equipment of U.S. infantrymen, but also that of the enemies who chose to test our resolve. World War II Street is an authentically recreated complex of seven buildings from the 1940s. The gift shop is extensive and worth visiting.

Following a morning spent at the museum, we will make our way to Fort Benning, the Home of the Infantry since 1918. We will start by enjoying lunch at a Mess Hall followed by a tour of the base with highlights including the POW Monument, Doughboy Stadium, WHINSEC, and Curatels.

Note: If for any reason Fort Benning is closed to the public (security issues or other reasons), the tour length will be shortened but refunds can’t be issued. Due to heightened security, participants may be searched and a photo ID is required. *Please note that the following items are prohibited on this tour due to museum security restrictions: backpacks, sling bags, large purses, pocket knives, or utility tools.

Board bus at 0600 and back at hotel at 1800 $59/person; includes, bus, guide, admission, and lunch

City of Atlanta
Saturday, June 10

Enjoy the "must see" sights of Atlanta during a driving tour. We’ll see Centennial

Olympic Park, which is one of the lasting legacies of the 1996 Olympic Games hosted by Atlanta. The 21-acre park, which features the Fountain of Rings, is the world’s largest interactive fountain utilizing the Olympic symbol of five interconnecting Rings. Then it’s on to view Atlanta’s Peachtree Center, the CNN Center, Turner Field, and the Georgia State Capitol. The Capitol was built to resemble the US Capitol Building and has been called the "Capitol of the New South." On the north side of the city, we’ll drive through Buckhead, where gracious mansions and sweeping lawns showcase one of the most upscale areas of Atlanta.

Board bus at 1230 and back at hotel at 1600 $29/person; includes bus and guide

All Trips require a minimum of 35 people unless otherwise noted. Please be at the bus boarding area at least five minutes prior to the published time. Driver and Guide gratuities are not included in the tour prices.

For attendees cancelling reunion activities prior to the cut-off date, Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFR) shall process a full refund less the non-refundable AFR registration fee ($7 per person). Attendees cancelling reunion activities after the cut-off date will be refunded to the fullest extent that AFR’s vendor commitments and guarantees will allow, less the non- refundable AFR registration fee. Cancellations will only be taken Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, excluding holidays. Please call (757) 625-6401 to cancel reunion activities and obtain a cancellation code. Refunds are processed 4-6 weeks after reunion. Cancelling your hotel reservation does not cancel your reunion activities.

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