13 March 2019: Association member Clem Smiley received the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara medal
from COL Stephen P. Carpenter, Commander, 75th Field Artillery Brigade. The award recognizes Clem's lifelong contributions
to the Field Artillery and to the U.S. Army.
Clem Smiley with CSM Larsen, COL Carpenter and LTC Auten. At the far right is MG Kenneth Kamper,
Deputy Commanding General, III Corps.
13 March 2019: LTC Andrew M. Hercik assumes command of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery
from LTC John M. Auten III. The Association welcomes LTC Hercik and we look forward to continuing a strong relationship with
the Steel Warriors. We thank LTC Auten for the support he provided to the Association and wish him and his family all the
best in the future. Representing the Association at the ceremony were Geoff Buhlig, David Laukat, Clem Smiley, Joe Goeke,
Michael Schwank and David Termin.
LTC Andrew M. Hercik receives the Battalion colors from COL Stephen P. Carpenter, Commander,
75th Field Artillery Brigade.
Joe Goeke and David Laukat with descendants
of Chief Satanta at the 1-14FA Change of Command ceremony.
12 March 2019: The Association welcomes Tommy Stewart, 6th Battalion
as its newest member.
21 and 22 February 2019: Funeral services for Colonel Roger L. Bernardi,
Honorary Colonel of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment, were held in Gainesville, VA. Burial services were held in Thomas,
WV. Association members attending the services were Rick Brown, Bob Bruce, Joe Goeke, Jim Marlow, Tom Rezentes, Michael Schwank
and David Termin. LTC John Auten, Commander, 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery, represented the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion
and the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. Flowers from the Association were present at both services.
12 February 2019: The Association Board of Officers has approved two actions to honor the memory of Colonel
— A biographical plaque to be displayed in the 14th FA Regimental Room at
Expenditure of up to $100.00 for a flower arrangement from the Association to be present at funeral and burial services.
12 February 2019: Funeral services for Colonel Bernardi will be held at 1330 (EST) on 21 February at
the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Linton Hall Road in Gainesville, VA.
Burial services will be held at 1330 on 22 February at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Thomas, WV.
8 February 2019: Colonel Roger L. Bernardi, Honorary Colonel of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment, passed
away at 0108 EST. Information regarding services for him will be posted on this log when it is received.
The Association Chaplain, Joe Goeke, prepared a prayer for
COL Bernardi. His prayer is on the Chaplain's Corner page.
sends our warmest thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Marty Bernardi and to Ann and Jim.
10 January 2019:
A Buddy Search request regarding Joseph E. May. From Jason Nye:
"I am the nephew of Joseph E. May
(born in Troy, Pennsylvania).
Joe sadly passed away last year and our family is attempting to gain information regarding his military service.
The information I have to date:
Stationed at Ft. Sill Oct 64 through Dec 64.
Jan 66 through Jan 67 — Served with B Battery 6th Bn !4th FA. Was located in Pleiku, Kontum and Duc Co. Promoted to
E5 during his tour. Possibly was a MACV Advisor based on pictures of im in uniform (MACV Patch).
Pictures of him in a ARVN Rangers Beret and a ARVN Paratrooper Beret.
pictures of a SP5 Allman, SP4 Sievers, SP4 Henning and PFC Tipton.
Would love to gain further knowledge of my uncle's service or talk with anyone whom may have known or served alongside
I can be contacted via email at email@example.com."
7 December 2018:
The Association welcomes Clyde Boykin, 1st Battalion, as a new Life Member.
4 December 2018:
From Rex Weaver, former Association President:
"Greetings to all
stone hurlers, archers, spear clunkers, catapulters, rocketeers, gunners, and,
missilers, on this birthday of our patron saint. Each of you are a unique
member of the band of brothers. Thank you for your service. Tonight as the sun
slips below the yardarm, please join me in lifting a glass in memory of our
brothers and sisters that are waiting at Fiddlers Green. May God bless you all."
SAINT BARBARA'S DAY
November 2018: From Dave McMillan.
"My wife, Jean, and I attended the
ceremonies at The Wall
on Veterans' Day. It was also the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Women's Memorial, so that was the
theme of the special ceremony. The picture of Jean and me at of the wall was
taken in front of the panel where the name of 1LT George T. Kelly, of
6/14 Artillery, appears. There is also a picture of us by the Three Soldiers
Statue. This has become one of the "obligatory" pictures we take each
year. The plaque in one of the other pictures is new. It recognizes those who
died as a result of the war in Vietnam, but, perhaps, many years later, e.g.
victims of Agent Orange. The day was a beautiful, crisp autumn day in
Washington, DC. Jean and I plan to make the trip every year, as long as we are
We thank Jean and Dave for sharing their
experiences and pictures with the rest of us.
November 2018: From Jack Gaudette: "Hello I just found your site and am so very proud to be a veteran of the 1st Bn, 14th
Field Arty. I served from 1980 to 1986 most of my time in Germany. Just so nice to see part of my life is not forgotten. Thank
you so much for this great site. I was in Garlstedt from 1980 to 1983. I was in A battery 1/14th. I was in FDC. Also
have a few pictures. Nice to see you on here. This was my first time ever on this site. Thank you my brother for your service
hope you and all you love have a great holiday season."
13 October 2018: From David McMillan: "Again this year my wife,
Jean, and I are
planning to visit The Wall in Washington, DC, on Veterans' Day. For those of
you who have not visited The Wall, Veterans' Day is a great day to do so. Be
sure to wear something showing your association with the 14th FA. If any
Satanta Regiment alumni will be there, let's arrange to meet. There is always a
very nice ceremony at 1:00. It will take place on Sunday, 11/11."
25 September 2018: The Association welcomes John Harris
as our newest Life Member.
1 September 2018: This is a Milestone Date in the 102-year
history of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. The 1st Battalion Steel Warriors, having successfully completed their overseas
mission, returned home to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to be reunited with their Families.
both flights were held in the Rinehart Fitness Center. Betty Washburn and her niece, descendants of Chief Satanta, attended.
Their presence upholds the Regiment's Kiowa tribal heritage. The Association was represented by David Laukat, Clem Smiley
and David Termin.
Veterans of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association are proud of our legacy, the Steel Warriors. We are grateful
for the safe return of every Soldier. We thank them and their Family Members for their service and sacrifice — at home
and when deployed. WELCOME HOME.
More details of the Battalion's deployment and return, including photos
and videos, are on the 1-14 FAR Returns Home page.
24 August 2018: The Association welcomes Alvin Jackson,
6th Battalion, as our newest member.
28 July 2018: Walter Felscher, 6th Battalion, joins the
Association as our newest Life Member. Welcome Walter!
21 - 24 June 2018: The Association conducted its 2018 Reunion at Branson, MO.
The Reunion marks the end of the six-year tenure by Rex Weaver
as Association President. We thank Rex for his leadership and for the successes the Association accomplished under
return to Branson for the Reunion in 2020.
Officers for the 2018-2020 term were elected:
President: David Termin
Vice President: Tom Rezentes
Secretary: Bob Sorensen
Treasurer: Rick Brown
Quartermaster: Clarence MarrsChaplain: Joe Goeke
14 June 2018: Today is Flag
Day and the 243rd Anniversary of the United States Army.
11 June 2018:
An invitation to the Army Birthday and Flag Day celebration at Fort Sill on 14 June.
11 May 2018: Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Members
of the Association recognize the support our spouses gave during our military service and the sacrifices they made on our
behalf. The Association gives a special salute to the spouses of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment as they make
daily contributions and sacrifices while their Soldiers are deployed. Thank you Steel Warrior Spouses!!
8 May 2018: A reminder: the final day to make hotel reservations for the Reunion is 21 May. Registration
details are on the Reunion Page.
1 May 2018: A request from Don Taber:
“I was a member of the 14th Artillery Battalion,
4th Armored Division, in Nuremberg, Germany from 1961 to 1963. We were
quartered at Monteith Barracks, in Fuerth.
I cannot remember the name of the colonel who was the battalion head. Anyone
remember who that was?”
If you can answer Don's
question, reply to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 April 2018: The Association
has learned of two former members of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment who have passed away.
Charles "Mick" Odom who served with 6th Battalion in 1968 passed away 27 March 2017.
Joe Fridley was Chief of Smoke (Chief of Firing Battery) for
Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 1967-1968. Joe passed away 12 April 2018.
9 April 2018:
A film showing Soldiers of 1-14FAR in combat action. The film is narrated by LTG Michael Garrett, Commanding General, U.S.
Army Central. LTG Garrett states: "This is the most precise application of firepower in the history of our Army."
3 April 2018: The Association has received word that Walt Smith passed
away in March. Walt served with C Battery, 6th Battalion in Vietnam, February 1967 - February 1968. We extend our condolences
to Walt's family.
29 March 2018: On this Vietnam Veterans Day, the Association salutes all
Veterans who served in Vietnam. We thank you for your service and sacrifice. Welcome Home, Brother!
6 March 2018: "Steel Warriors" of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment, on deployment, visited Sailors
aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). More pictures of their visit can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/gp/153000439@N04/21v21t
17 February 2018: David Weise, 5th Battalion has joined the Association as an Annual Member.
2018: Rick Brown upgraded his membership to Life Member.
3 February 2018: The Association is pleased to welcome Gary Howell as a new Annual Member.
2 February 2018: 1-14 FA Soldiers conduct a combat fire mission
in support of Operation Inherent Resolve:
6 January 2018: We are pleased to welcome Fred Allen, 6th Battalion to the Association as an Annual
2 December 2017:
The Association welcomes Dale Hensley as our newest Life Member.
1 December 2017: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment cased its Colors in a ceremony at Fort Sill. The Battalion
will deploy to support Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve and will unfurl the Colors when they are operational
in the Middle East Theater of Operations. The Association wishes Godspeed to each Soldier and their Families. We look forward
to welcoming the Battalion back home upon their return. David Laukat, Clem Smiley, and David Termin represented the Association
at the ceremony.
LTC Auten, Battalion Commander and CSM Larsen, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, case the 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery
Regiment colors at Fort Sill. The colors will be unfurled when the Battalion assumes its position in support of Operation
11 November 2017: Robert Fulwiler (email@example.com), formerly assigned to Metro Section, 6th Battalion, and later to B Battery, 6th Battalion, has provided photos and an excerpt
from the 6th Battalion Daily Staff Journal detailing the overrun of A Battery at LZ Oasis on 30 October 1970. See the photos
and the journal on the 6th Battalion page. 24 October 2017:
1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct a Casing of the Colors Ceremony prior to deployment. The ceremony
will be on 1 December at 1000 hours at Rinehart Gym, Fort Sill. Association members are invited to attend. Click here to RSVP.
17 October 2017: From Dave McMillian:
Jean, and I plan to be at The Wall in Washington, DC,
on Veterans' Day. This marks the Wall's 35 anniversary. Are any other 14 FA
vets planning to be there? If so, I would like to arrange a meeting point."
16 October 2017: Be
sure to check this site as we finalize plans for next summer's reunion in Branson, MO.
22 August 2017:
The Museum of the United States Army has received our donation. The Association's name has been added to the Bronze Service
Star level on virtual Veterans' Hall Wall on the Museum's website.
5 August 2017: The 14th Field Artillery Regiment Association reached its goal to raise $2,500 for the Museum
of the United States Army. A plaque recognizing the service and contributions of our Regiment, and its Soldiers and Veterans,
will be placed in the Museum's Hall of Veterans. The Association's Board of Officers thanks all who participated
in this worthwhile effort.
5 August 2017: Mark A. Sullivan, 1st
Battalion, has joined the Association as a Life Member. Welcome Mark!
22 July 2017: The Association welcomes Frankie L. Smith as our newest Annual Member.
14 June 2017: We celebrate the 242nd Birthday of the
United States Army. It's also Flag Day. 6th Battalion Veterans are keenly aware of the symbolic importance of 6-14!
10 June 2017: Joe Goeke, Association Chaplain has offered
a special prayer for Vietnam Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam era. Go to the Chaplain's Corner page.
7 May 2017:
The Association welcomes John Sorvari, 2nd Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
21 March 2017: LTC John M. Auten assumes command of 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment.
20 March 2017: Remarks from LTC Pete Sittenauer, outgoing
1-14 FAR Commander.
"Among the most memorable
things about my time in command is spending it
with the Regimental Association and the honor of participating
in the 100 year
anniversary of such a great organization."
The Association is grateful to LTC Sittenauer for his support. We wish him and
his family best wishes for the future.
20 March 2017: From Gregg Malicki – "
wanted to pass on to my fellow 14th Field Artillery
Regiment Association members that the Americal Division Veterans Association will be hosting
the dedication of a monument to the Americal Division Artillery.
dedication will take place at Fort Sill on 10 May 2017
and other events are planned around that day and the next for attendees."
16 March 2017: 1st
Battalion will conduct a change of command ceremony at Fort Sill on 21 March. Association members are invited to
28 January 2017: We are pleased to welcome Gregg Malicki, 1st Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
14 January 2017: The Association welcomes Charles (Charlie)
Brown, 2nd Battalion, as our newest Life Member.
1 January 2017: Kicking off the New Year with the announcement that John Large has renewed his membership.
2016: From David McMillan:
wife, Jean, and I visited The Wall on Veterans' Day and
attended the annual ceremony. While visiting, we wanted to locate the name of
one of the soldiers from my battery (HHB) who was killed in a tragic accident
on Artillery Hill. We walked up to one of the National Park Service volunteers
to help us find the name. The volunteer recognized the 14th Artillery crest on
my hat and shirt. It turns out that he served in the ammo section of Service
Battery 6/14 from November, 1968, until January, 1970. This overlapped for a
few months with my time in the battalion. His name is Tom Tabor. He said he
went by the nickname, "Top." He has served as a volunteer at the Wall
since 1986. I told him about our recent reunion. He seemed to be aware of the
website. I told him to consider joining the gang in 2018. Does anyone remember
Tom? When we visit the Wall, we are always hopeful that we will connect with
someone who served with the 14th Artillery. So, this year's visit was very
26 October 2016: There is a new request from Skip Hughes on the
Buddy Search page.
September 2016: Clem Smiley update. Clem continues to recover and is scheduled to return home on Friday 9/30. We thank David
Laukat and Clarence Marrs for being with Clem while in the hospital, and we thanks the members of the 1st Battalion Steel
Warriors who travelled from Fort Sill to Oklahoma City to visit Clem.
27 September 2016: Clem Smiley is recovering from surgery. He is will return home later this week and is
expected to make a full recovery. If you would like to send get well wishes to Clem and Hanne, their address is 125
SE French Road, Lawton, OK 73501.
20 August 2016: Art Miller, 6th Battalion, upgraded his membership to Life Member. Welcome Art!
5 June 2016: The family of 1LT Kenneth Kirkpatrick, B 1/14FA, has posted a request on the Buddy Search page.
1 June 2016: Rick
Simmerman, 6th Battalion, has upgraded to Life Membership. Welcome Rick.
27 May 2016: The Association welcomes John Coons, 2nd Battalion, as a Life Member.
21 May 2016: The Association welcomes our newest members
Alex Reid who upgraded to Life Member, and Tomas Caraballo, Annual Member.
12 May 2016: REUNION REMINDER. Hotel reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn using our Reunion rate
need to be made NLT 26 May. Check the Reunion 2016 page for details.
3 May 2016: 1-14 FA conducted an Officer Professional Development class in the Regimental Room at Battalion Headquarters
on Fort Sill. The class subject was the history of each of the six battalions of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. Members
of the Association participated in the class to add first-hand accounts of their experiences while serving in the Regiment.
Representing the Association were: Rex Weaver, David Laukat, Loma Allen, Andrew Pearson, Geoffrey Buhlig, Clarence Marrs,
Bob Sorensen, Clem Smiley, Jerry Goos, Joe Moehrle, and David Termin.
14 April 2016: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. 1st Battalion at Fort Sill will hold an Officer Professional Development class
on 3 May. The subject will be the HISTORY OF THE 14TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT. The Battalion is seeking veterans from each
Battalion of the Regiment to portray their experiences from an historical perspective.
Although being present at Fort Sill for the class would be
meaningful, it's not necessary. A conference call is being planned so participants can call in to participate.
If interested, contact David Laukat, Clem Smiley, or David
2016: Roy Huff, who has served as Treasurer since the Association was founded more than 10 years ago, has announced he is
retiring from the position. The Association's officers and membership are grateful to Roy for his dedication and hard work
and we recognize he is an important part of the Association's success.
WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AS TREASURER for the term that will begin at the Reunion in June. If you are interested
in serving, please contact Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Termin at email@example.com.
29 March 2016: Today is Vietnam Veterans Day marking the
day in 1973 when the final troops returned to the United States from Vietnam, signaling the end of U.S. involvement in
all who served in Vietnam, thank you for your service there and for your many contributions over the years following your
27 March 2016: The Association has received word that Colonel James H.
Pierce, 6th Battalion, passed away on 25 March 2013. From his stepson, Bob Lundfelt, "...a true soldier...the Army was his
life...he had a full military funeral...from Fort Knox...I will forward his obituary in the future...I wish he could have
attended the 2016 reunion..." The Association sends our thoughts and prayers to Jim's family.
16 February 2016: Bob Bruce upgraded his membership to Life Member.
14 February 2016:
Rick Brown, 6th Battalion, renewed his annual membership. Welcome, Rick!
9 February 2016:
Dennis McMilian upgraded his membership to a Life Membership.
5 February 2016:
We received a note from Tom Grinnell regarding the upcoming Reunion:
you for the e-mail and reunion form. At this time, I
will just send in a donation, to be used for the assistance of active duty
soldiers and their family members, because I do not plan on attending the
gathering. I have been to Lawton/Ft. Sill twice, since 2004, and I have
seen many places I went to back in 1964-65, so I have already “done
that.” There are at least a couple of guys I would like to see again, but
I do not think I will undertake such a long journey for that. Of course,
I reserve the right to change my mind! I have many good memories of
Lawton/Ft. Sill, C/6/14, the people I knew, Charles Maldonado and more.
to you and the other Association members for a
4 February 2016: We welcome Lloyd Edens, 6th Battalion, who has renewed his annual membership.
30 January 2016: Registration for the 2016 Reunion and 100th Anniversary celebration is now open. For more
details and to register for the Reunion, go to the Reunion 2016 page.
27 January 2016: We have received the sad news that our member Reggie Figueroa
has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
25 October 2015:
The Association welcomes Gary Hollis, 1st Battalion, as our newest life member.
5 October 2015: Gary
Hollis has contacted the Association with the following request:
"My name is Charles Gary Hollis. During 1968 - 1969, I was with D Battery
1/14th Artillery, 198th Infantry, Americal Division. I am
looking for history on D battery 1/14th Artillery for a VA claim for
PTSD. I need locations of D battery."
If you have any information that would be helpful to Gary, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 September 2015: The Association
welcomes Donald Sylvester, 1st Battalion, as a Life Member.<
7 August 2015: The Association welcomes its newest Life Member,
19 June 2015: The Association, represented by David Laukat, presents a bugle to
Betty Satanta Washburn, descendant of Chief Satanta. The bugle represents a bugle captured by the Kiowa Tribe from Custer's
4 May 2015: Bravo Battery 1-14FAR will conduct a Deployment
Ceremony on 20 May at 1030 at Rinehart Gym on Fort Sill.
22 April 2015: Joyce Goeke,
wife of our Association Chaplain Joe, passed away yesterday. Services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, 2 May at 1:00PM
Central Time at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, II.
Please remember Joe and his
family in your thoughts and prayers.
19 February 2015: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment will conduct a Change
of Command ceremony on 26 March at Fort Sill.
10 February 2015: A new request from Dearl ("Butch") is on the Buddy Search page. 23 January 2015:
A new request from Allen Ham is on the Buddy Search page. 30 November
2014: Click here to see a Forum entry from Ben Youmans looking for information about a battle near Dak Seang in April 1970.
21 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment
held it's Dining Out in Lawton, OK.
During the event, Roger Bernardi was reinstalled as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. David Laukat, accompanied by
his wife Debbie, was reinstalled as Honorary Command Sergeant Major of the Regiment.
Clem Smiley was recognized for his outstanding service and
contributions to the Regiment and has been designated a Distinguished Member of the 14th Field Artillery Regiment by the Secretary
of the Army.
Termin was the guest speaker for the evening. He spoke about how Soldiers' experiences in the Army give them the skills and
tools to succeed in their lives after the Army.
Jerry and Shirley Goos also attended the event.
4 November 2014: Veterans Day is next Tuesday, 11 November. Several national and regional restaurant chains are offering
free meals or coffee to Veterans on Veterans Day. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants (courtesy of David Laukat), and click here for a second list (courtesy of Dennis Proulx).
2 November 2014: 1st Battalion 14th Field Artillery Regiment "Steel Warrior" invite members of the Association to
attend a Dining Out in Lawton on 21 November.
Tickets are $40.00 per person. RSVP to 2LT Rebecca Espinosa, Battalion S-1, NLT 7 November. 2LT Espinosa
can be reached at 972-603-5545 (cell) or 580-442-2158 (work).
1 November 2014: Several Buddy Search requests have been added to
the Buddy Search page.
Jim McCormack, HHB 2-14FA, 1968-70
John Berkoben, D Btry 1-14FA, 1970-71
Gerald ("Jerry") Meek, A Btry 6-14FA, 1969-71
15 July 2014: Donnie Scarbough from Seminary, MS, served as a Recon Sergeant with A Battery
1st Battalion in Vietnam from October 1967 to January 1968. He is seeking information regarding a mission in which he was
airlifted into 3 LZ (or LZ 3) while serving under 1LT Howard Snyder. Donnie needs the information for a PTSD claim with the
VA. If you recall any details regarding the mission, please contact Lawrence Austin at email@example.com.
3 July 2014: The Association welcomes Art Sipes as a Life Member.
June 2014: An article about 1-14 FA's recent certification field exercise has been posted to the Steel Warriors page.
26 May 2014: See Aaron Foster's request for information regarding Larry Kesler, KIA 25 June
1966, on the Buddy Search page . 19 May 2014: Joe Blackwell has new contact information. See the Active Members page.
9 May 2014: Clyde Boykin has renewed his Annual Membership.
15 April 2014: The Association welcomes Alex Reid and Steve ("Doc") Weishaar as Annual Members.
17 March 2014: John Carter provided a photo of Bob Hamilton's Retirement Ceremony in 1990. See the 6th Battalion
9 March 2014: The Association welcomes Anthony Ciociola as a new Annual
6 - 9 March 2014: The Association conducted the 2014 Reunion at San Antonio, Texas.
27 February 2014: The Association welcomes Einar Tyvela as our newest Life Member.
2014: Dedication and Tribute to the Vietnam Veteran.
(Provided by Rex Weaver)
06 January 2014: Gary Patton is the Association's
newest Life Member, upgrading his membership from Annual Member.