TO: VN War Commemorative Partner Program
RE: After Action Report






DATE: 26 July 2014

TO: VN War Commemorative Partner Program

RE: After Action Report


On 7 June, 2014, the 30th FAR Association conducted a memorial program for the Fallen of the Regiment in action against enemy forces since the origins of the unit in WWI. This ceremony took place at Fort Sill, OK, during the Associationís annual reunion. During the ceremony, the names of each of those lost was read, and an artillery shell casing, suspended on a tripod, was rung to honor the lost comrade. To the extent possible, the reading of the name and the chiming of the casing was conducted by an individual who served in the conflict with the person whose name was read.

This ceremony, while conducted every year and as usual heavily oriented toward those lost in the VN War, was marked this year for the first time by the addition of the names of 30 men of the Regiment who perished in the influenza epidemic from August 1918 to January 1919. Until research early this year, the names of these men who had been within days or months of seeing combat save for the armistice had not been known.

The memorial service was followed by a brief ceremony recognizing the Regiment as a Commemorative Partner. The service served as an announcement to the membership attending, and outlined the many ways in which individuals could be involved in the program.



John H. Dynes
Past President
30th FAR Association

CC: Dan Gillotti, President
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