Hi fellow 44th brothers and sisters, Deborah and I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well.
We have gotten our covid shots and are looking forward to getting about again and of course seeing you at the reunion this September. In fact we just got back from going to a wedding in Texas. It was a small affair but it was great to just get out and stretch our traveling legs so to speak.
Speaking of the reunion, Ron Powell is doing a heck of a job putting together a great time for us all. This is not an easy task and I know we are all grateful to him. Make sure you get your reservations made at the host hotel, this is a good way for Ron to keep track on how many folks may be attending.
We will have a lot to discuss in our business meeting but I will endeavor to not take more time than is necessary. Make sure to read over the Bulletin section of this communiqué to see most of what is on the agenda. Of course there could be things that come up that were not listed, there always is.
44th Engineers Battalion Association
I hope you will find this website entertaining as well as informative. Make sure you view all the pages and hopefully you will find something to appreciate.
A special note to those who are alumni of the 44th but are not members of the association. I understand that many of you were attached to the 2nd Infantry Division and I understand your connection to that unit. What you may not know is that the 44th has a rich and glorious history that is second to none and you can be proud to have served with it regardless of when that was. The Korean War veterans that started this association wanted to preserve the traditions, and with the more recent history of the deployment to Iraq has just added to this storied past. What the 44th did in Iraq was arguably no less valiant than when it landed in Inchon with Gen. Douglas MacArthur and its involvement at the Chosin Reservoir. Please understand that the landing in Inchon & the Chosin Reservoir is as much part of our shared history as what was done in Iraq and it is up to us, those that served with the 44th to keep the memories of it alive and to pass them on to the future generations for as long as we can. You can read more on our History page within this website.
A personal note: I was too young to have served with the 44th during the Korean War and too old to have been deployed to Iraq, but as an alumni of the 44th I feel that the soldiers that were there in these campaigns (and others) were my brothers. I feel this way about all that have served with it regardless of when or where. For the 44th always did what it was ordered to do and did it with its own distinctive style.