Reunion 2009

The 1/92nd Field Artillery
Association - Vietnam


Charlotte North Carolina
November 4th to November 8th

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Photo by Diedra Laird


The 2009 Reunion was a great success. It was well planned with some great surprises like the FOX News broadcast of the presentation of a Plaque at the Major Mark W. Syrkin Monument of Valor at the Convention Center. Quite an honor. Also, the article below in the Charlotte Observer or the night at the “Howl at the Moon,” a piano bar and much more, where we were called on stage to applause and cheers lasting several minutes.




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Burney and Joyce Knisley Photos

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A hearty "Good Job" and "Salute" to Bill and Patty Smith; a special thank you to Savannah Smith,
who all made the reunion a wonderful, well planned, most enjoyable and satisfying one.
Also we wish to thank the members, family and friends for their contributions. Well Done!!


The following is from an article published on the front page (B-Section) of the Sunday, September 8th, 2009 Charlotte Observer. Also on the Observer website.
Thanks to Kathy for all the time she spent with us and putting up with a bunch of crazy old cannon cockers.


Love Booms for Brave Cannons

Tight-knit Army unit that served in Vietnam is celebrated,
as are other service members at Charlotte Veterans Day Parade.

mailto:khaight@charlotteobserver.com

By Kathy Haight
khaight@charlotteobserver.com
  Photos by Diedra Laird
dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

 

  Every few years around Veterans Day, Bill Smith of Charlotte packs his red, short-sleeved shirt and heads to a family reunion.

The guys he gathers with - Gunn from Texas, Vito from New Jersey, JD from Minnesota - aren't technically brothers. But they are related by blood.

  Blood that stained the sandbag bunkers where they took cover. Blood on their uniforms when a guy beside them was hit by mortar fire. Blood spilled in a war so unpopular that some civilians called them "baby killers" when they returned from Vietnam more than 35 years ago.

  On Saturday, Smith and more than 30 of his Army brothers heard cheers as the rode in Charlotte's Veterans Day Parade, carrying the banner of the 1st Battalion, 92nd Field Artillery.

  Their unit is nicknamed the"Brave Cannons" after the howitzers they manned in support of troops, including Fort Braggs 82nd Airborne.

  The Brave Cannons reunion this weekend was a chance to tell stories, take pictures and be honored in ways they never were when they came home in the late '60's and early '70's.

  "I had my 21st birthday over there" said Larry Jeffers, 61, of Roanoke, Va. "The North Vietnamese helped me celebrate - with fireworks."
The enemy fire started at 3 a.m., he recalled, and lasted for three days. His howitzer crew lost three men.

 

  "We faced death seven days a week, 24 hours a day," said Joe Miklos of Ohio. "You learned to take care of each other."

  Wearing red polo shirts with the Brave Cannons insignia, the men spent few of their reunion hours talking about th tough times.

  Instead they remembered when the outhouse built from wooden ammo boxes fell over with someone in it. And when the rumble they feared was a convoy of Viet Cong turned out to be a herd of water buffalo.

  The men were touched when a piano player at the Howl at the Moon uptown brought them onstage Friday night to honor them with a version of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."

  And Smith, 63, wiped away tears Saturday afternoon at the unveiling of a plaque in the Brave Cannons' honor on a veterans monument outside the Charlotte Convention Center.

  Barry Baird, 59, who lives in Pennsylvania said he's grateful to see how much appreciation there is for the verteran these days.

  It seems, he said, that no matter what people think of a particular war, "they're for the troops."

A nice note from the Reporter and Photographer:
   "Thank you so much for giving our article such prominent display on your Web site. Diedra and I really appreciate it. You're a great group of guys, and I'm glad I got to write about you and share your stories with our readers.
"

Kathy Haight
Charlotte Observer
704-358-5999
600 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202




Text of FOX News at 10 PM - 11/07/09
 
- THE CHARLOTTE CONVENTION CENTER WAS FILLED WITH VIETNAM VETERANS TODAY. A GROUP HAD THEIR REUNION THERE. THE BRAVE CANNONS, A DIVISION OF THE FIRST BATTALION OF THE 92ND FIELD GET TOGETHER EVERY YEAR. THEY GOT A PLAQUE FROM THE LOCAL ORGANIZATION HONORING THEIR SERVICES IN VIETNAM. YOU GET THE RECOGNITION THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN AND EVERYONE THAT TALKS ABOUT HOW GENEROUS AND KIND THE PEOPLE OF CHARLOTTE HAVE BEEN AND HOW MUCH THEY'VE ENJOYED IT. ALL OF THEM APPRECIATED BEING HERE. THE VETERANS GOT TOURS OF NASCAR ATTRACTIONS AND THEY ALSO GOT A VISIT TO A WORLD WAR II AIR SHOW. A PARADE HONORING VETERANS FILLED THE STREETS OF UPTOWN TODAY. THE VETERANS STARTED AT THE HAL MARSHALL CENTER WHERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED TO WATCH. IT DIDN'T ACCEPT THE PRAISE, THEY GAVE IT TOO. A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE PARADE STOPPED TO THANK ME. THAT MADE ME FEEL GOOD. THE VETERANS FINISHED UP THE PARADE AT MARSHALL PARK. AND A VERY GOOD REMINDER THERE TO THANK OUR FORMER AND CURRENT SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN


Below is the Inscription on the Monument of Valor

Major Mark W. Syrkin
Monument of Valor


The people of Charlotte have selected this serene corner of hallowed ground to honor all members of America 's Armed Forces whose units gather in our city. We dedicate it not only to those who made the supreme sacrifice, but to those living members who remember their comrades and still hold high the torch of patriotism and love of country.

So many served - so few were recognized.

Our City seeks to honor all who come our way.



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