Chapter 13 Calendar for 2015
February 21, 2015 - Corpus Christi or Port Aransas, TX
May 2nd thru 6th - 2015 Reunion in San Diego
May 30, 2015 - San Antonio TX at the Drop Zone Cafe
August 2015 - Fort Worth, TX
October 3, 2015 - Gary's Ranch in Plantersville, TX
Annual Christmas Lunch at Roy Maas
On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the San Antonio Area Sky Soldiers once again went to the Roy Maas' Alternative Youth Center in Boerne, Texas and hosted their 10th Annual Christmas luncheon for the children who reside there. Once again, the children and staff were very excited to see the SkySoldiers come out there and visit with them and were ready to eat a good meal and mingle with them. A total of 57 children and staff were present for this annual event.
The meal consisted of brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans, chips and sodas. The sausage, potato salad and beans were donated by the Bill Miller Bar- B-Q donation committee and Texas Chapter 13 provided the brisket. HEB Store #11 Valley Hi in San Antonio donated 5 $10.00 gift cards which were used at the store to buy the sodas and chips. Beau coup KUDOS go out to the Bill Miller Donation Committee and to HEB store #11 for all their support to this fine event.
Sky Soldiers who were present for this event were Tom Murray, Leo Martinez, Russell (Wolfman) Walter, Jason Brooks, William Chavis (Still on active duty), John and Evelyn Rolfe, Roberto and Herlinda Sifuentes, Brian and Christina McCumber and their beautiful daughter Grace who handed out candy to the children and Manuel (Manny) Mermea Jr. Our elder Herd member Frank Martinez was not able to join us for this event like he normally does because he needed to attend his son's birthday. But Frank like he usually does every year, he goes out and asks the "Airborne" community for donations for this event and he was able to collect $1,468.00 which we donated to the children their at Meadowland. The children and staff were very excited and very appreciative about this. After the event was over, the children presented the Sky Soldiers who were present with giant greeting cards and also to the Bill Miller and HEB. The Sky Soldiers bid them farewell and told them that the next event would be sometime in June or July of next year at which time we would cook hamburgers and hot dogs for them.
Major Dan Parker (Retired)
Major Daniel D. Parker US Army(Retired) presenting an American Flag to Patrica Fogarty, City Secretary of La Porte, Texas for a employee, Michael Dolby (a Retired Veteran of the US Air Force) and all City employees who have served. Dan has been a resident of La Porte for 50 years and is proud to stand up and say "the 173d Airborne Brigade is my unit of choice in the US Army and I'm happy to be living in a safe and growing City of La Porte". Dan continues to serve the 173d Airborne Brigade Foundation (Sky Soldiers helping the wounded warriors programs, Gold Star members and scholarships, theherdfoundation.com),The La Porte Citizen Police AAA and a recent graduate of The La Porte City University (City U). On this Veterans Day, Dan wanted to thank all veterans, the 173d Airborne Brigade Foundation (Sky Soldiers ) and the City of La Porte.
Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Houston National Cemetery, December 13th 2014
Chapter 13 has contributed to this event for the past three years. We became involved when I was contacted by an Eagle Scout whose grandfather was with the Brigade when it was founded on Okinawa. One of his scout projects was to raise money for this event. We contributed $173.00 for the next two years. The chapter voted in May to provide this support on a continuing basis and this year I decided to individually honor Skysoldiers who are buried at the cemetery. After some research I was able to find four of our brothers who are buried there. These honored Skysoldiers are: Abraham Lincoln Hardy, Ruben S. Dimas, John Blair, and William Collins, Jr.