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Dedication Of the LTC Cephus Lee Roupe Memorial Bridge
On 19 Sep 14 a State Route 18 bridge over Fish Creek in New
Freeport Township, Greene County in south western Pennsylvania was named
in honor of the late LTC (R) Cephus Lee Roupe, MSC. LTC Roup's career
spanned 36 years of enlisted, warrant, and MSC officer service and he leaves
a legacy of passion and excellence that is the embodiment of our Army
C-7-101 Welcomed Home
Executive Director, Dan Gower, and his wife, Suzie, travelled to Ft.
Campbell, KY to welcome home Eagle DUSTOFF (C/7-101) from their deployment
C/7-101 formation in Eagle DUSTOFF hangar.
Dan with MAJ Huggins and 1SG Scott – command team.
Dan Gower hugs and thanks Molly Huggins for her FRG leadership.
It was a momentous tour with many saved lives and many heroic actions on
the part of these proud DUSTOFF Warriors. Dan and Suzie met with the unit on
27 August, at their hangar to welcome them home, honor two Difference
Makers, and honor the leaders of the Family Readiness Group.
Dan coins CW2 Brewer
Dan coins SGT Joe Campbell
Dan coins SPC Polite
MAJ Pete Huggins and his First Sergeant Randy Scott hosted Dan and Suzie
for dinner that night and it was a reunion of sorts as Randy and Dan were in
four other welcome home ceremonies (an indication of the number of
deployments for 1SG Scott).
Dan, SFC Brandon Coughlin and 1LT Norris – Brandon saved CW2 Jason
Didonato’s life when he was shot in the chest during a medevac in
Iraq. 1LT Norris flew with MAJ (Now LTC) Pat Zenk’s unit as a
Molly Huggins talks about her ladies and the support they provided
to the deployed unit. Members honored were Molly Huggins, Jenna
McClung, Jennifer Alford, Stacey Scott, Charity Godles, and Tawny
Campbell (not all were present)
Suzie Gower presents Proud DUSTOFF Wife Coin to Jennifer Alford.
Following the welcome home, Dan and Suzie spent time catching up with SGT
Joe and Tawny Campbell. Dan flew missions with Joe in Afghanistan while
filming the documentary “When I have your wounded” in 2011 (C/1-214th GSAB).
Kelly Memorial Stadium Rededicated Honoring 50 Year Anniversary
The community of Sylvania, Ga., Screven County High School, and Soldiers
of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade joined local Vietnam War veterans in a
ceremony rededicating Kelly Memorial Stadium in honor of Maj. Charles Kelly
Aug. 23 during a pregame ceremony before the Screven County Gamecocks' first
regular season football game of 2014.
Before the ceremony, a memorial was unveiled for the Vietnam War hero. Kelly
was honored not only for his bravery during wartime, but also for the
standards he set for generations of MEDEVAC missions to come, and his
legendary last words spoken during his last mission.
Kelly, a 1947 Sylvania High School graduate, died from a single bullet to
the heart 50 years ago on July 1, 1964, when he attempted a MEDEVAC during
an intense firefight in the Vinh Long province of South Vietnam. Kelly was
told he would have a secure landing zone but immediately, upon arrival, took
a barrage of enemy fire as he was told to withdraw repeatedly. His reply,
"When I have your wounded," has become the battle cry for the DUSTOFF pilots
Charles Kelly Jr. was on hand to honor his father's legacy. He also
assisted in unveiling the memorial crafted to honor his father. Kelly also
talked about why it was so important to rededicate the stadium in his
"It's important, I think, to pass these things along so that the kids that
attend this high school understand why it's named Charles Kelly Stadium,"
said Kelly Jr. "They probably don't know the story, but after today they
will. There are so many things he did, and it's important to pass that
along. I'm very proud of my father and I'm in awe of what he did."
2015 Reunion Location Set
36th Annual Reunion
next DUSTOFF Association Annual Reunion is scheduled for 26-29 Mar 15 in
Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This date span will put our
reunion the weekend prior to the Quad-A Convention. Check the
Reunion page for more information.
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