From the Editor:
We begin this issue with the man on the cover, Richard Simonian. As a Chapter 78 member, treasurer, and former chaplain, Richard has truly helped in many ways this Chapter to grow, thrive, and achieve its purpose. At SFACON 2022 he played a couple of roles, one as recipient of the prestigious St. Phillip Neri Award. Alex Quade wrote of her interview with Richard after the convention, letting him describe how excited he was to receive the well-deserved award, and how his SF experience served him through his entire life.
His other role was in a roundtable discussion, as one of the four remaining “Originals” from the first years of Special Forces. Alex goes on to describe that event, as well as cover the many activities at SFACON 2022, in “What It Was All About.” Reading it made we wish I could have attended.
Then we have a couple of pages of Chapter 78 enjoying the convention, put together by our graphic designer, Debra Holm, with just a few of the photos taken by Jim Duffy, John Stryker Meyer, and Greg Horton.
In “Remembering Our Sacrifices” by Alex Quade, she shows how much of the SF family she is by poignantly describing the speech by Gold Star Wife Norma Donlon, the gratitude shown in the dinner keynote speech, and interviewing other members of Gold Star Families. They are the ultimate examples of the sacrifices made by the families of our regiment.
“Dentcap” is a result of another “Letter to the Editor.” We had another member, Bob Reed, write about his PSYOP operation in the Lop Buri area of 1970 Thailand with 46th SF company. He will also be the guest speaker at our January Chapter meeting.
And the wait is over! We have Part 2 of Greg Walker’s story about Green Beret, David Baez, and his fateful operation with the Sandanistas. Greg has done us a great service by bringing attention to the very significant role SF played in Central and South America in stopping the surge of Communism. I’ve had comments by numerous members who were totally unaware of those SF exploits Greg authoritatively and interestingly describes.
We close, appropriately with Debra Holm’s eloquent tribute to Bruce Long, another of the great builders of Chapter 78, our Chapter meeting photos, and a friendly reminder regarding the postcard enclosures included with the latest DROP.