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We’re sending this E-News Special because of the time-sensitive Celebration of Life Service in Louisville on September 2.

James M. “Jimbo” Angelini, of Louisville, Kentucky

James M. “Jimbo” Angelini, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away from natural causes on August 6, 2023. Jim proudly served his country as a Sergeant in Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment) in the Vietnam War in 1970. He was a Life Member of the 11th ACVVC.

Jim was retired from Louisville Metro Corrections.

He is survived by his wife Kay and sons Nick and Eric.

The Angelini family will be hosting a Celebration of Life Service this Saturday, September 2, 2023, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., at the Blankenbaker F.O.P. Lodge. The lodge’s address is 2713 Blankenbaker Rd., Louisville, KY 40299.

In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations at the service for Jim’s favorite charities. If you would like to donate directly, please go to the link below:

The Air Cavalry Troop chapter of the Blackhorse Association will gather at the Gold Vault Inn, 1225 N. Dixie Blvd., Radcliff, KY 40160.

Mike DeNote (“SGT D”) has spoken with the Inn’s new manager, Amber (270-351-1141; Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.), and she is giving anyone who wants to stay there a discount. If there are at least 10 rooms booked, she will give us the Hospitality Room free. Jim’s son Nick has said he would like to have a cookout at the motel after the Celebration of Life Service. In his words, it will be a mini-reunion.

If you are flying in and need transportation to and from the Gold Vault Inn, please contact Nick Angelini at 502-442-3121.

It will be great to say goodbye to Jimbo at the very location that the Angelini family hosted the Air Cav Troop Reunions for so many years. We will remember that Jimbo was the glue that brought us together for 34 years.

All Blackhorse Troopers in the Louisville, Radcliff, Fort Knox, and Elizabethtown, Kentucky areas are urged to attend Jim’s Celebration of Life Service.

Rest in peace Jimbo.

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