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President Emeritus
Ken Wondrak

Past President
Dennis Dougherty

President
Michael Hrycak

Vice President


Treasurer
Bill Gruss

Secretary
Vince Tirri

Historian
Philip Notestine

Membership Chair
Ken Mahan

Sergeant-At-Arms
Henry Wetzel

Editor
Philip Notestine

Editor Emeritus
Ken Quass

 

     


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 The SPUR

BECOME A BOOSTER – RENEW YOUR BOOSTER

To become a Booster of The Spur, please send $10.00 for a year of inclusion as a Booster in four issues of The Spur. Make check payable to the 117th Cavalry Association - $10.00 for each year of support.

Mail to Bill Gruss, Treasurer, 117th Cavalry Association, 21 Blake Drive, Clark NJ 07066-1645.

Indicate how you wish to be listed:


In This Issue...

President’s Message - LTC Michael P. Hrycak: The Association is continuing to progress as an organization, both among our members, as well as our projects. During our last meeting, on Veterans’ Day, SGM (Ret) Ken Mahan, proudly announced, as Membership Chair, that 15 new members joined our organization.

From the Squadron Commander -  MAJ Dennis Stiles: It is my great honor to address you as the incoming Squadron Commander. Serving as the Executive Officer under LTC Tim Coakley has been a great experience for me personally and I wish him well as he gets ready to take over the 50th IBCT as the Brigade Commander. I have no doubt that the Brigade will continue to succeed under his watch. Our Squadron has had a tremendous year and we will get no rest in the coming months.

From the Editor - Phil Notestine: Shortly after moving from Mountain Lakes, NJ to Pinehurst, NC I sought and found an NRA Affiliate range and club. A Life-Patron member of the NRA, I had belonged to the NRA affiliate "Association of NJ Rifle & Pistol Clubs" at Cherry Ridge, Highland Lakes, Sussex County NJ. One of my favorite pastimes is shooting pistol, rifle and sporting clays. Our club, the Moore County Wildlife and Conservation Club http://www.mcwcc.org/ has good ranges and a large membership. We often have informal matches. Recently I shot a rimfire pistol match at 25 and 50 yards. At my left positions were a 13-year-old girl named Lily, and a soldier SPC Anthony Heinauer. Lily is a member of the club rifle team, and an excellent marksman. She outshot me; that is all I will say!

We continue "Larry’s War", installment #4:

Membership Update –SGM (Ret.) Ken Mahan: Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2015 or later, you are behind in your dues. Your Subscription to THE SPUR is going to run out, due to non-payment.

KENNETH L. MAHAN

12 W. WALNUT ST.

METUCHEN NJ 08840-2616

To Members behind in their dues, you will have the date circled in RED! This is the only notice you will receive. Send information and/or dues to me at the Metuchen address shown above.

TAPS Update


In This Issue...

President’s Message: In this issue of The SPUR, I have shared an article, "Russia’s New-Generation Warfare", written by Dr. Phillip A. Karber, of the Potomac Foundation, and LTC Joshua Thibeault, an operations research systems analyst and member of Training and Doctrine Command’s Russian New Generation Warfare Study Team. It presents 10 most critical lessons the U.S. Army must learn from this conflict (the Russo-Ukrainian War in eastern Ukraine), now in its 30th month, after 15 years of counterinsurgency operations, and must now focus on preparing for the next war against near-peer threats.

Message from the SCO LTC Tim Coakley: In my last message, I left out an important event from Annual Training. The Squadron hosted fifteen officers and NCOs from the Albanian Army. Alpha and Bravo demonstrated their mounted maneuver capability while C Troop showcased their sniper section expertise. Our guest left with a better sense of the dedication and training required to forge a ready combat unit.

Editor’s Message – Phil Notestine: I am glad to see that some progress is being made regarding the renaming of the Association. This matter has been on the table for many years! My vote is for NJ Cavalry and Armor Association, an all-inclusive name, and very appropriate. Thousands of NJARNG veterans who have served in the many various cavalry, tank and tank destroyer units would feel recognized and included.

Past President and new Historian of the 117th Cavalry Association. Dennis has been submitting articles of historical NJ Army Guard Cavalry and Armor units. This one is the latest of a series. Dennis was the Historian of the 117th Cavalry Association when it was formed in 1980, and recently agreed to resume that role. He was the Association President for over 16 years! COL Dougherty is the AUSA Northern NJ chapter and AUSA NJ State president. He is an ad

Membership Update –SGM (Ret.) Ken Mahan: Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2015 or later, you are behind in your dues. Your Subscription to THE SPUR is going to run out, due to non-payment.

KENNETH L. MAHAN

12 W. WALNUT ST.

METUCHEN NJ 08840-2616

To Members behind in their dues, you will have the date circled in RED! This is the only notice you will receive. Send information and/or dues to me at the Metuchen address shown above.

In This Issue...

President’s Message Fall 2016 It is the continuing objective of The SPUR to foster and preserve the Spirit of the 117th Cavalry Association, and to promote and enhance the friendships and camaraderie of our members, who are mutually bound by service and devotion to our country.

Message from the SCO LTC Tim Coakley Another annual training fades into history like dust on the trail. The Squadron completed a challenging training period for two weeks in June as the capstone to a year of squad level readiness.

Editor’s Message – Phil Notestine Sad to have posted so many obituaries of our brothers who have moved up to Fiddler’s Green. Please do them the honor of carefully reading the few words about each of them, and contemplating on the lives they lived, their contributions and people they touched.

50th Armor Regiment traces its origins to the 157th Field Artillery. It was organized and federally recognized 16 June 1937 as 3d Battalion, as an element of the 44th Infantry Division and served throughout World War II with the Division.

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Larry’s War – SGT Larry Haskett’s WWII Diary - continued from Spring 2016 issue of The SPUR:

We were not among the first troops to go ashore in Italy. The September invasion started at Saloon, and it was a very bloody time. We were landed much later near Naples. From there, we fought our way up the boot of Italy, through Castrate, Form, Terracing and into Velletri. This was the first real "blooding of the Squadron as a whole, where we really learned what war was all about, and it wasn’t pretty.

To Members behind in their dues, you will have date circled in RED! This is the only notice you will receive. Send information and/or dues to me at the Metuchen address shown above. Annual regular dues of $20.00 and Associate dues $15.00 are due in September. Make checks Payable to 117th CAV Association.

TAPS Update


In This Issue...

President’s Message Summer 2016 It is the continuing objective of The SPUR to foster and preserve the Spirit of the 117th Cavalry Association, and to promote and enhance the friendships and camaraderie of our members, who are mutually bound by service and devotion to our country.

 

SCO Message Time flies when you are in The Cav. Just a few short months ago, I was
sending out my welcome message in The Spur and now it is time to for another issue including the exploits of the Squadron. The Squadron Headquarters completed the Warfighter Exercise in April, receiving many accolades for the performance of our Officers, NCOs, and Soldiers.


From the Editor – Phil Notestine Thanks to all who developed and contributed articles for this issue of The SPUR. As you will read, Association member and WWII veteran Larry Haskett has given permission to publish his WWII diary "Larry’s War". Larry joined the 102d Cavalry Regiment at Fort Jackson, SC in 1942. Larry was born September 15, 1919. A widower, he has a loving family who are very proud of him for many reasons. He is on Facebook, so if you are too, "friend" him!

Larry’s War, his WWII diary

Larry Haskett, soon to be 97 years old, is one of our treasured WWII veterans of the 102d and 117th Cavalry Recon Squadrons (Mecz), an original 117th CAV man. He was inducted in January 1942. After basic cavalry training at Fort Riley, KS he was sent to Fort Jackson, SC assigned to the Medical Detachment. After much protest and fuss, he was transferred to Troop B, 1st Platoon, 2d Squadron, 102d Cavalry Regiment. He was trained as a radio operator. The rest of the long and "adventurous" story follows!

 

Membership Update –SGM (Ret.) Ken Mahan Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date Is not September 2015 or later, you are behind in your dues. Your Subscription to THE SPUR Is going to run out, due to non-payment.

TAPS

(Happily - NONE to report!)


In This Issue...

President’s Message Spring 2016 It is the continuing objective of The SPUR to foster and preserve the Spirit of the 117th Cavalry Association, and to promote and enhance the friendships and camaraderie of our members, who are mutually bound by service and devotion to our country. It is quite an honor to be selected to serve our Association - I thank all our members for their support. It has been twenty years following the leadership of General Wondrack and Colonel Dougherty, so I will use our mission statement as my guide.

Editor’s Message - must be very brief, no room for me to be wordy! I believe that not being able to attend meeting in NJ is limiting my effectiveness as your Editor of The SPUR. I have had almost 10 years to accomplish my personal goal as Editor. It is time for me to retire! I ask for a younger member to accept the post.

SFC Dale McTighe has been named recipient of the First Sergeant Bill Maloney Trooper of the Year for 2015.

First Lieutenant Robert Freeman has been named recipient of the COL Harold Samsel Junior Officer of the Year for 2015.

 

Membership Update – SMG (Ret) Ken Mahan Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2016 or later, you are behind in your dues. Your Subscription to THE SPUR is going to run out, due to non-payment of dues.


In This Issue...

President’s Message

The success of an organization is measured by the involvement of its member’s.

SCO Message Recently the Squadron was tasked with a Domestic Operation. The Squadrons mission was to provide security, check point operations and support road closures for the Papal visit to Philadelphia.

From the Editor Phil Notestine I am a little sad that my friend COL Dennis Dougherty is stepping down as President of our Association. 

It is time for me to retire as Editor of The SPUR. I will help the new Editor get started and advise as needed. Please do consider and call me to discuss. My home number is 910-420-2968, Pinehurst, NC.

2-38th Cavalry This speech below is from the casing of the colors of the 2d Squadron of the 38th Cavalry Regiment.

The 644th Tank Battalion was constituted 3 December 1941 in the Regular Army as the 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

Membership Update – SMG (Ret) Ken Mahan  Trooper! Look at your address label!

TAPS Update


Fall 2015

In This Issue...

 

President’s Message: Since the terrorist attack on our nation September 11, 2001, we have been at war with Islamic Terrorism both at home and abroad.

From the Squadron Commander: As the Squadron closes Training Year 2015, I want to take this time to reflect and recap the challenges faced this past year.

 

From the Editor Phil Notestine: In this issue, you will find the last several pages of "THE 11TH PANZER DIVISION IN COMBAT The Battle of Montrevel / Malafretaz September 3, 1944"by Frédéric Deprun.

 

Spurs and Sabers Dinner Dance

Saturday September 19, 2015

The Grand Summit Hotel

570 Springfield Avenue, Summit NJ

 

Membership Update –SMG (Ret.) Ken Mahan Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2016 or later, you are behind in your dues. Your Subscription to THE SPUR is going to run out, due to non-payment of dues.

 

TAPS Update


In This Issue...

President’s Message: Must read!

70 Years ago this month...

 

From the Squadron Commander:

 As we enter the 4th Quarter of the training year the Squadron continues to face challenging training events.

 

From the Command Sergeant Major:

 1-102d Cavalry: I want to start this edition off by talking about Leadership in Today’s Army.

 

From the Editor Phil Notestine:

My apologies for The SPUR being delivered out of sequence.

Now it is time for someone to step up and volunteer to take over as Editor of The SPUR! I look forward to the first inquiry. Call me at 910-420-2968, email is notie@msn.com

For the second time in its history, the 2d Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, cased its colors

To Members behind in their dues, you will have date circled in RED! This is the only notice you will receive. Send information and/or dues to me at the Metuchen address shown

TAPS Update


 

In This Issue...

President’s Message: Spring is a time to look forward. Our 117th Cavalry Association continues to outreach to our membership.

 

Seventy Years ago: 1-102nd Cavalry Troopers Honored

Squadron Commander’s Message: The initiative, motivation, and professionalism of our Troopers continue to astound me. I am truly proud and honored to be the Commander of this great organization

Command Sergeant Major’s message: In these difficult economic times our soldiers are doing more with less, I expected nothing less from our soldiers, they continue to set the example and prove there are none better than the soldiers of the 1-102d Cavalry.

Editor’s Message: In this issue we resume The Battle of Montrevel – Malafretaz Germaine to this story is a book I have just finished entitled "Ruckzug: The German Retreat from France, 1944".

Membership Update: Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2015 or later, you are behind in your dues.

TAPS Update


In This Issue...

Presidents Message: Seventy years ago the Winter of 1944: In November 1944, hard fighting was the order of the day the snow rain and mud of winter had come early to Europe, the Cavalrymen of 102nd Cavalry Group (102nd & 38th Cavalry), stood eyeball-to-eyeball with the Nazi’s across the Siegfried Line.

LTC Jeff Brownlee, SCO 1-102nd CAV We are about to close the 1st Quarter of the training year with our Holiday parties.

Editor’s message - Phil Notestine at the range with my Smith Corona M1903A3 .30 rifle.

Here in Pinehurst, NC a dedication ceremony was held on 7 November 2014 at General George Catlett Marshall Park.

The Keynote speaker was General Raymond T. Odierno, USMA 1976, 38th Chief of Staff, U. S. Army. A native of Rockaway, NJ.

September Meeting of the 117tH Cavalry Association Our September meeting is always special. Our 117th Cavalry Association meeting will be joined together with a Stable Call for the Officers and Senior NCOs of the 1-102nd Cavalry. The highlight of the evening was the return appearance of Harry Yeide, author of the book "Steeds of Steel", A history of American Mechanized Cavalry in World War II.

SGT Joe Pocoroba has been decorated Chevalier, in the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony on November 7, 2014 in New York City.

The Armor School, Cavalry and Armor Association (CAA) and the Draper Leadership Foundation recognized the winner of the 2014 GEN Starry Writing Competition, MAJ William Nance.

SSG Thomas H. Brennan, Silver Star, Troop C, 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz) Essex Troop's SSG Thomas H. "Tommy" Brennan was born in New York State, but lived with his divorced mother Hazel La Point in Hillside, New Jersey.

Operation Dragoon 70 years later: Often times, great opportunities walk through your door unexpectedly.

Spurs and Sabers Dinner Dance pictorial.

Membership Update – SMG (Ret) Ken Mahan Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2015 or later, you are behind in your dues. Your Subscription to THE SPUR is going to run out, due to non-payment of dues.

TAPS Update


In This Issue...

Presidents Message: With the summer coming to an end, it is time for our 17th Biennial Reunion.

Seventy Years Ago: On 21-22 August 1944, the 102nd Cavalry Group commander COL Cyrus Dolph put the names of his six reconnaissance troop commanders in his hat...

LTC Jeff Brownlee, SCO 1-102nd Cavalry: Annual Training at Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst was a success for the Squadron.

From the Editor Phil Notestine: (That’s me during M48 tank crew training at Fort Knox, August 1958 - 56 years ago).

June 6th 2014 Meeting of the 117th Cavalry Association: June 6, 2014 was a special meeting for our 117th Cavalry Association. As most know this year was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France and the beginning of the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny.

Class of "41" and Cavalry Friend’s Luncheon: On June 3, 2014, We had 9 people attend.

Change of Responsibility: Congratulations and thank you for a job well done to SGM Ron Ambrose as he departs.

2014 1/102nd Cavalry Spur Ride: The "Order of the Spur" is a Cavalry tradition within the United States Army. The Spur Ride is the only means of joining the Order of the Spur, aside from a wartime induction.

Annual Training Troop A 1-102nd CAV: As we wrap up the training year, we in Apache Troop can look back on some very memorable events that have occurred over the past several months.

1-102d Cavalry Annual Training CPT Ryan Harty: B Troop 1-102d Cavalry recently returned from another successful Annual Training iteration at Fort Dix, NJ.

AT-2014 marked an interesting year for HHT 1-102nd Cavalry: Much in the fashion of HHT, the training for the troop during the 15-day operation consisted of an extremely broad span of exercises.

Delta Company 1-102nd CAV Forward Support Company: Delta Company performed superbly during this year’s annual training.

HAPPENINGS AT THE WESTFIELD ARMORY by Danielle Bracco: In January 2014 Bonds of Courage moved to the Westfield armory.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Spurs and Sabers Dinner - Friday, October 3, 2014

Support Our Troops Casino Night On Saturday, November 22, 2014

Membership Update – SMG (Ret) Ken Mahan Trooper! Look at your address label! If the date is not September 2013 or later, you are behind in your dues.


In This Issue...

2014 Biennial Reunion / The Spurs and Sabers Dinner Dance

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Seventy Years Ago - June 1944

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Plaque Dedication

 

CLASS "41" & CAVALRY LUNCHEON

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THE 11TH PANZER-DIVISION IN COMBAT

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Membership Update – SMG (Ret) Ken Mahan

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Armor of the NJ Cavalry and Tankers, from WWII

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BECOME A BOOSTER – RENEW YOUR BOOSTER

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TAPS Update


In This Issue...

President’s Message President’s Message Spring 2014 Get ready for the 2014 Biennial Reunion!

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70 Years Ago: The Spring of 1944 found the 102nd Cavalry Group in Exeter, Southeast England

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LTC Jeffrey Brownlee takes command

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February 7 2014 meeting 117th Cavalry Association

was a busy evening.

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Situation in Ukraine – a Cavalry Officer’s Assessment - by LTC (Ret) Mike Hrycak

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THE 11TH PANZER-DIVISION IN COMBAT

The Battle of Montrevel/Malafretaz

September 3, 1944 By: Frédéric Deprun

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Membership Update – SMG (Ret) Ken Mahan

Trooper! Look at your address label!

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TAPS Update

 


Editor's Column

The SPUR welcomes your input, such as articles and letters

to the editor. We encourage your participation. Your fellow

troopers want to know what you're doing, and about

your experiences in the military service.

The SPUR is in it's 25th year of Post-WWII publication.

Regular Issue deadlines are:

1st of Mar, May, Aug & Oct. This allows each edition to

arrive to Assn members in time to remind you of the

meeting in the following month.

 

Send your contributions to The SPUR by:

 

US Mail:

Phil Notestine

28 Oxton Circle

Pinehurst, NC 28374-8880

 

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Email: notie@msn.com or editor@117th-cav.org

 

Thank you,

Phil Notestine

Editor - The SPUR - 117th Cavalry Association

 


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