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McNasty
04-22-2005, 13:55
We have any other 1st SFG(A) guys running around the site?

magician
04-22-2005, 13:59
never heard of it.

;)

BMT (RIP)
04-22-2005, 15:43
McNasty, What about !stGp SAFASIA. That might of been before your time.

:)

BMT

Radar Rider
04-22-2005, 16:13
I'm not a QP, but I was there. 2nd Bn MID from '94 - '95.

We who are support MI guys do say that a bad day in Group is better than any day in an MI unit. :cool:

Team Sergeant
04-22-2005, 17:19
1st Gp 91-97

ODA's 113 & 130

OKI C-Team (S-3 Operations Sgt)


Team Sergeant ODA 195. Ft Lewis

DS7
04-22-2005, 18:09
172 Dec 2001 - Jan 2005 :cool:
170 Jan - Mar 2005 :mad:
enroute to C/1/1 :D

DDD
04-22-2005, 19:22
145-1986
126-1988-1990
134-1990-1992
and so on........

McNasty
04-25-2005, 09:22
Haha there's a few then !!
I have probably ran into a couple of you guys, seems we were in the same places around the same times.
2/1 - 93-96
1/1 - 96-2000
2/1 - 00-04

BMT, I think you may be right, SAFASIA is before my time. :)


Good to see all of you guys.

Go For Broke
04-25-2005, 10:17
190 Jan 02 - Jul 02
196 Jul 02 - Jul 04
FOB 13 Jul 04 - Dec 04

magician
04-25-2005, 12:40
goddamn....you guys make me feel old.

;)

Eagle5US
04-25-2005, 12:54
All the first group guys are defecting to the only REAL group
7th :D

And Steve...you ARE old Brother :lifter

Eagle

McNasty
04-25-2005, 13:02
Eagle5US,

Yes, I too tried to defect to 7th since I've been here. Also tried to defect to 3rd. Was Ambushed, captured, and still sittin at the friggin desk across the street from you guys !!

Yeah, sux to be me :boohoo

7th is not the only "REAL" Group though. I've heard of a few others ;)

Eagle5US
04-25-2005, 13:07
7th is not the only "REAL" Group though. I've heard of a few others ;)
:eek:
Lies LIES and propaganda I SAY!!! :D

Eagle

magician
04-25-2005, 13:20
The 7th Group sure was the place to be back in the '80's. I connived like a mo-fo to get there, and when I finally did....I finally had orders in hand assigning me to 3/7....I had to walk away from them to take an ROTC scholarship.

In retrospect, that was a very, very bad move. With the perspective of decades.....I sure wish that I had gone to Panama, instead.

Man, my stupidity knew no boundaries in those days. It started for me when I first went to 1SFGA. Thinking that 1st Group would be cool, right as it was starting back up.

Here is a word to the wise: if they ever offer you the chance to be a plank holder when they reactivate an SF Group, politely decline.

Maybe...I would have felt differently if I had been in the warm weather battalion.

But NOOOOOOO. I had to go to Korea.

Meanwhile....all my buds were cavorting in Thailand, and Malaysia...and the PI.

Bastards.

It still chaps my ass, and we are talking decades now. I remember.

;)

BMT (RIP)
04-25-2005, 13:52
Magic Man when someone tells you "Your 2 days older than dirt" then you are old!!!

BMT

Pattaya
04-25-2005, 15:43
C/1/1, A/3/1 ~~ 86-00
left in 2000

P36
05-16-2005, 08:20
C/1/1, A/3/1 ~~ 86-00
left in 2000


We were there 98-00. I miss it.

Merlyn
08-21-2007, 17:49
MBT-- was there and put up with all the crap: water rationing, Okie riots, Reversion, etc.

Good times anyway.

Remember Sam's Anchor Inn?

longrange1947
08-23-2007, 13:51
MBT-- was there and put up with all the crap: water rationing, Okie riots, Reversion, etc.

Good times anyway.

Remember Sam's Anchor Inn?

Which Company/Battalion, since it changed from Companies to Battalions at that time. I was there from 70 until 73 wiht a side trip to Thailand.

And yes on Sam's, as well as Koza Palace, Gate 2, BC street and Kadena Circle.

How about Tommy's and that group of hangouts at KC?

DAM, now i am feeling old!!!

Magic, I feel for you and you missing 3/7 in the early 80s. Best place with the most fun. :p


Sorry shouldn't rub it in. :boohoo

magician
08-24-2007, 00:52
Magic, I feel for you and you missing 3/7 in the early 80s. Best place with the most fun. :p


Sorry shouldn't rub it in. :boohoo

It is ok, brother.

I figure that the Big Man made it happen that way for a reason.

:)

mswilliams
08-24-2007, 06:04
XO 130 - 1991 - 1993
1st Bn, Asst S-3 - 1993 - 1994

1st Bn S-3 - 1996 - 1997
Cdr 120 - 1997 - 1998

Loved Oki and would go back in a heartbeat :D

plato
08-24-2007, 11:01
MBT-- was there and put up with all the crap: water rationing, Okie riots, Reversion, etc.

Good times anyway.

Remember Sam's Anchor Inn?

We may well have low-crawled down the same sidewalks.

72-74 or whenever we were asked to leave.

Evenings in the Habu Pit, sometimes vertical :D

tom kelly
08-31-2007, 18:19
I was in Machinato,Okinawa C Company 1st SFG(Abn) from Dec.1964 untill June 1964 (TDY down south (Camp Plei Mrong Vietnam)for 6 months then back to Okinawa. I was there before the ******* nit wit politican gave it back to Japan.I wonder what Lt.Gen. Buckner would think about that move,He and thousands of other soldiers only gave their life to capture the Island from the Japs .Regards,Tom Kelly

deanwells
09-03-2007, 05:31
Yep, here now for another couple of weeks....then off to another Uncle Sugar sponsored camping trip.....;)

Deadhead 63A1
09-03-2007, 15:43
C/2-1 for a little over a year now.

Merlyn
09-11-2007, 11:03
Yep, Plato, we may have low-crawled the same sidewalks.

I was there '71-'74. Good times and otherwise.

I notice from the news that the Okies haven't changed. One of my favorite Okie quotes was "Americans:leave, but don't reduce the number of government jobs.

Divemaster
10-20-2007, 05:07
1st SFG 89-present. Out of Mekong. Situation desperate.

BMT (RIP)
10-20-2007, 05:50
Believe it or not the HICOM had a good local intel op on the island.

HICOM got word the PX clerks were planning a strike. Very quietly a plan was put together to train GI's as clerks.

Day of the big strike PXs opened on time and things went smooth as silk.
Next day the girls were back at work and nothing else was heard about a future strike.

I worked on the reversion plan for over a year. Our biggest fear was the State Dep't would sell us down the river. IIRC we only lost about 10 acre's of property.
That was the site of the first elementry school on the island. :D

BMT

seapig173
11-02-2007, 02:02
1st SFG 89-present. Out of Mekong. Situation desperate.

out of mekong,, damn that is desperate Mike, lol :D

Bob

Divemaster
11-03-2007, 14:16
out of mekong,, damn that is desperate Mike, lol :D

Bob

Yeah, I need to get back to the magic kingdom.

sleepyhead4
12-05-2007, 01:27
Recently signed in to A 2-1. Now that they changed the ODA designations to 4 digits (i.e. 1210), it's a little confusing.

mark46th
02-02-2008, 22:07
I realize this thread is a couple years old but, does 46th Co count? 2-72 to 1-74. IIRC, 46th Co reverted to 1st SFG(A) in March 1972....

trent
02-17-2008, 03:54
B Co 1-1 (2008-)

Dave Harrington
02-19-2008, 15:20
Hey Dude,

Dave Harrington here. 1/1 Oki / Oct88-Dec92 A&C Co.

Team Sergeant
02-19-2008, 15:27
Hey Dude,

Dave Harrington here. 1/1 Oki / Oct88-Dec92 A&C Co.

You still owe me beer....;)

Good to see you again at Shot Show!

TS

longrange1947
02-20-2008, 19:33
Dave, what have you been up to lately, Range 37 still going strong. :D

fishbowl
03-02-2008, 17:48
2/1st BN S2 84-85
A/2/1st ODA 143 89-91 Team Sgt
A/2/1st ODB 140 91-93 B Team Ops NCO
A/2/1st ODB 140/SOCPAC 93-94 SOC J4 NCOIC

and those were the good years.

Donjulio
03-06-2008, 11:36
163 & 165 93-97

austinsf
03-06-2008, 16:02
C/3/1 2004-2007
AOB 190
ODA 194

Blitzzz (RIP)
03-07-2008, 08:17
My first SF assignment. A young Demo guy ODA-224 '69---->72, Don't know how old some of you are but I'm 60 today. :cool:

mark46th
03-08-2008, 21:17
Blitzzz- I think we are some of the older guys- I'm 58. I was back at Bragg for the 50th in the Museum Store. They had the unit coins there, which I hadn't seen before. I asked the girl what they were. She said,"Oh, you must be one of the old guys." I took it as a complement and kept quiet....

Blitzzz (RIP)
03-08-2008, 22:51
I was a youngster when I was sent to Oki. I was assigned to A-223 and then to 224 after some time. First team Sgt was Msg Cottel a burn out that never wanted to go anywhere. he was replaced by Danny Kling A much better Team Sgt. finily I was Blessed to work under Walter McBroom most outstanding Team Sgt ever. A short guy with handlebar Moustache and damn near bulletproof. Kind of guy that taught you stuff without you knowing it. Blitz

jdl141
03-13-2008, 20:44
Aco. 2nd BN ODA-141
1993-1997

longrange1947
03-13-2008, 21:13
My first SF assignment. A young Demo guy ODA-224 '69---->72, Don't know how old some of you are but I'm 60 today. :cool:

Congrates! I turned 60 last year. :D :munchin

Blitzzz (RIP)
03-17-2008, 07:45
I see your a distance shooter. I do also got some 1250 hits and reciently been working on a 1600 meter load for 30-06 using a 240 gr bullet. really good to 1300 meters not quite hot enough for 1600. I may not be able to push it that hard. Anyway I srepped outside of the thread a bit, so let me ask you if you got a chance to go to the rough terrain training on Oki and Taiwan? Hey I could change my Name to Longrange1948...;) Dave Boltz

longrange1947
03-17-2008, 08:33
Biltzz - Went to Rough Terrain School on Taiwan. Someone told me I was teh lst active duty guy with Taiwanese wings when I retired. Don't know if that was true or not but I do know I was the youngest guy on my team when we went. First stayed in Ping Tung and then moved, due to an incident to the Hotel Love River, next to the Love River. Talk about pollution! :D

If you want some fun at range go with a Sako .338 Lapua. That will ring a target at 1600 easy. The 30.06 is running out of juice by then. :)

Blitzzz (RIP)
03-21-2008, 15:02
I was young also 20 but we trained on OKI and did get three jumps in Taiwan. Did you get a chance to go to Pato's mountian. :D;)

I have probably about stopped loading the 30-06 for 1600 meters. I've got a super nice load for 1300 meters that also builds a ragged hole at 100. They shot so well at 100 meters that I put 15 rounds 14 in same hole and one touching the hole. I believe I'll keep this recepe, it doesn't even recoil much. Am using IMR 4065 and it's really smooth. also the 240 gr Sierra HTBT carries .711 BC. I also shoot an 1874 Sharps repo in 45-110. I need to be more consistent loading the black powder.

While you were on Oki did you get a chance to work at Camp Hardy? I was there during the "matsuda boys" days. Blitz I have been seriously considering a 338 Lap. What do you shoot at with? BLITZ
sorry i just saw you said SAKO blitz

Merlyn
03-21-2008, 17:28
Talk about feeling old... SAFAsia-- '71-74.

longrange1947
03-22-2008, 00:33
I was young also 20 but we trained on OKI and did get three jumps in Taiwan. Did you get a chance to go to Pato's mountian. :D;)

I have probably about stopped loading the 30-06 for 1600 meters. I've got a super nice load for 1300 meters that also builds a ragged hole at 100. They shot so well at 100 meters that I put 15 rounds 14 in same hole and one touching the hole. I believe I'll keep this recepe, it doesn't even recoil much. Am using IMR 4065 and it's really smooth. also the 240 gr Sierra HTBT carries .711 BC. I also shoot an 1874 Sharps repo in 45-110. I need to be more consistent loading the black powder.

While you were on Oki did you get a chance to work at Camp Hardy? I was there during the "matsuda boys" days. Blitz I have been seriously considering a 338 Lap. What do you shoot at with? BLITZ
sorry i just saw you said SAKO blitz

I was 25 when I went through Taiwan's Rough Terrain School and I did not get to jump on Oki rough terrain due to TDYs. Not sure that was a bad thing as I have listened to t he tales of long humps up the mountain to get to the road.

That 45-110 Sharps will give you wallop when you shoot it if you are not hanging on. :D

Worked Camp Hardy for only a 90 day period. Was up there numerous times for either Sage Warrior or demo training or some other in the CTA and NTA.

It was definitely fun times though. :lifter

Merlyn, I was there the same time period as was Blitzzz

Pendraghon
04-15-2008, 11:04
Did -

84-85 B/3-1
85-88 C/1-1
88-90 SFAS
90-97 C/1-1
97-98 HHC 3-1 and retired...

hondoj11
05-05-2008, 16:27
Hooah partner! My name is Hondo and I'm an old 1SFG(A) guy from 1972-1974, back during the smoke bomb hill and beat your boot days. Man what a life. Went back to Bragg last year (for the first time in 10 years) and couldn't believe it. Hayes street is now a tourist attraction, but Bruce the gay beret is still there, so I guess the old days are not over. At 53 years old, I just did my 131st jump with my bud from 1/75 at HAAF GA. Man what a rush! Take care brother and as I tell my grandson, life is not measured by how many breaths you take, but how many times life takes your breath away! Live hard die pretty; Hondo

The Reaper
05-05-2008, 16:30
Hooah partner! My name is Hondo and I'm an old 1SFG(A) guy from 1972-1974, back during the smoke bomb hill and beat your boot days. Man what a life. Went back to Bragg last year (for the first time in 10 years) and couldn't believe it. Hayes street is now a tourist attraction, but Bruce the gay beret is still there, so I guess the old days are not over. At 53 years old, I just did my 131st jump with my bud from 1/75 at HAAF GA. Man what a rush! Take care brother and as I tell my grandson, life is not measured by how many breaths you take, but how many times life takes your breath away! Live hard die pretty; Hondo


Welcome aboard Hondo.

Did you read your registration message we sent you?

TR

hondoj11
10-03-2008, 16:30
I am an old 1st grp guy from probably before you were born 72-76. Enjoyed my time and met some[ real heros. better to be smart than safe, lots more fun!

DeMo180a
10-25-2008, 01:22
Hey all,
I was there from 93-05, then did my last two years at DET-West before recently retiring.

I served on 141 as an 18E, did a rotation in Haiti with 140 as the commo geek, then went back to 141 and did another rotation into Haiti.

From 99-03 I served on 153, as the Detachment Warrant to include the 1st rotation in the PI fighting the WOT.

I did my last stint on ODA154, before they moved me over to the Special Activities Cell at 2nd BN where I did my Afghanistan rotation.

Great to get plugged back into the brethren now that I've been retired for a few months. I've hung my hat locally in Pierce County and expect to see most of you at the golf tourneys, the SF Chapter meetings and the SHOT Show in Jan 09!


Ken "DeMo" DeMaria

Divemaster
10-25-2008, 02:24
Welcome aboard Demo! Great to see you again. Hey, before the powers that be zero in, don't forget to post your intro in the proper area if you haven't already.

Mike

longrange1947
10-26-2008, 09:27
I am an old 1st grp guy from probably before you were born 72-76. Enjoyed my time and met some[ real heros. better to be smart than safe, lots more fun!

I doubt that you were there before I was born since I got there in 71.

Now did you answer TR's question? :munchin

hdgb
11-03-2008, 11:17
Left 7th SF for OKI w cabin beach
Signal co 1983-1985
183, Ft lewis 1986-1988 in the old world war two bldgs on north fort.
165, 166, 145 1990-1994 Ft Lewis on new compound

Good times!

CLIMBNRG
11-04-2008, 07:46
18C on 182 and 183 before heading to Bco 96th and then to SWTG S-3. Currently living and working in and out of Kuwait. Best to all.

Doug R.

DE OPPRESSO LIBER

To put yourself into a situation where a mistake cannot necessarily be recouped, where the life you lose may be your own, clears the head wonderfully. It puts domestic problems back into proportion and adds an element of seriousness to your drab, routine life. Perhaps this is one reason why climbing has become increasingly hard as society has become increasingly, disproportionately, coddling. A. Alvarez , The Games Climbers Play

a6fan1127
12-02-2008, 10:07
Estep's party at Torii with the flatbed and party favors from the PI?

hdgb
12-03-2008, 12:59
Ya i was there for that
flat bed truck with band keggars and like you mentioned live party favors from the PI . "We are going to war this week boys" One leg shorter than the other from nam incident, good times in the rebirth stage of 1st grp OKI. When the club was up on the hill it was a nightly blast. Anybody remember the fight involving the piccalo player or something, officer's club, formal ball hehehehe.
Freddie M ?

Old Guy
12-26-2008, 22:25
Yo Dawg! I am pretty sure we were in Oki together. I do hate it for you being desk bound! And if my memory serves me right about your character, you are probably hating it. The Big Plus side is, they dont get a Desk Weasel to do what you are doing. Soone who takes a team perspective on things.

God bless, safe travels!

Reporting Live from the beach in Krabi, Thailand

bluemax
01-10-2009, 14:14
Anybody that old?

Bluemax

Lobstah
01-10-2009, 15:33
Commo Sgt with B430, Matsuda 63-64. Reconnected 1st Gp 50th anniv in Seattle last yr. ditty dum dum ditty,
Lobstah

Team Sergeant
01-10-2009, 18:48
Anybody that old?

Bluemax

I was still sporting diapers I think.;)

mspike
01-14-2009, 16:49
Was in 10th for 6 years as a spt guy. Went to Q in 93-94, went to Lewis 95-99 2/1 (Cold weather Bn, no fun trips to the Kingdom, plenty of trips to the land of expensive juicy girls), went to Oki 99-04 , went to SWC 04-08, and finally am a "Desert Eagle"over in 1/3 (definately no more trips to the Kingdom at Gvt expense).

Comsmith22
01-15-2009, 17:00
I was inthere for a while... on both sides of the pond...
1st BN, Sig Det , A-123 and B-120 from Feb 88 to Feb 90
Group Sig Det 90 ...
3rd BN A-196, B-190 from 1991-96
1st BN B-130 96-97, Bn S-3 , 97-99

hhscooter
03-28-2009, 09:47
1st BN Cco 2001-2005; 18F on 130 and 135.
Enjoyed the island, nice being away from the flagpole. Retired in 2005.

tom kelly
04-04-2009, 11:50
Anybody going to El Passo for the 1st Group Reunion June 16 thru June 20,2009? " That is were you see the Old Guy's" Hope to see you there. tom kelly 1st SFG (Abn) C Company Jan. 1964 to Feb. 1965. Also had a TDY trip down south for 6 months.

coppertop
05-09-2009, 14:14
The entire team I was on in 7th was reassigned to 1st. I extended my active duty time to complete the 18 month tour in Okinawa. I remember Col. Estep's beach party. I also remember morning PT and hearing hundreds of hermit crabs dragging themselves across the asphalt running track. I don't know if it is any claim to fame, but I think I was the only one in A Company riding a motorcycle on the rock. Fond memories of those days...

akunochi
06-07-2009, 10:08
I'm just a new guy here at 1st Group, but loving every minute of it.

SFBill
08-01-2009, 23:35
Anybody that old?

Bluemax

I was born in 64.....

SFBill
08-01-2009, 23:40
Started on North Fort/Ft. Lewis A Co 84-88, Oki C Co 92-96, Oki C Co/S2 99-02.

silentbob
09-02-2009, 00:43
C 3/1 and if you are the McNasty I know I'm currently loving life on your b-team.

Mgrayfox
09-02-2009, 09:29
I never served in 1st SF but an old teammate from A-225/B-2-10 was there at Ft Lewis in 1988, SGM Mike Gilbert. Does any one have intel on his whereabout?

fishbowl
09-10-2009, 13:45
1984-85 Bn S2

1989-91 ODA 143

1991-1994 B Team Ops Sgt

fishbowl
09-10-2009, 14:38
Frist I'd like to say hi to all may SF brothers Pasted and Present, Just recently, myself and two Retired SF brothers have in the makings of an Back Woods outfitters company in centeral Idaho...

JB21
10-04-2009, 16:53
06-present B 2/1

Grey1
10-06-2009, 04:00
'03- march '09

GSB (EMS)
A/2/1 (140)
C/2/1 (160)

bluebb
10-09-2009, 12:03
ODA 122 Aug 88-Aug89
ODA 132 Aug 89-JUL 92
ODA 162 Dec 95-Dec 98
ODA 131 JAN 99-SEP 01

Blue

CSM-H
10-15-2009, 10:18
Hey to all, yep 1st Grp is pretty special......and I mean that in a good way. was there a short time 89-91, CSM-H

B/2/1 ODA-156 Tm Sgt
S-2 NCO 2/1

DemoMan
10-30-2009, 15:02
ODA-151 96-98...

Had the best 180A ever...y'all might have heard of him....little tiny dude, super quiet...never ever laughed (Note sarcastic tone) ..First name was Nick...Last name rhymed with Hakuna mata ta. Came from one of them islands....

Hehe...

Always bringing sloppy mouthed mastiffs into the team room...

Anyways...good to be here...

Mr_PreScuba
11-04-2009, 23:41
1983-1985 3rd Bn S-2

1985-1988 ODA-175 Wpns, then Intel

1988-1990 ODA-195 Tm Sergeant

PS I also remember MSG CW Clark... Rest In Peace... Absent Friends...

dacsus65
11-07-2009, 12:50
I was there. 3/1st S-3 shop '85-'86 then ODA-112 '87-'88 junior weapons.

Habu-MFFI 175
11-07-2009, 20:38
I hit Ft Lewis on the north side in Aug 1984. I had been in 7th for 8 years prior. Stayed and had a blast with all the hunting and fishing opportunities around. But Uncle Sugar decided I had to much fun and in Aug 1985 was made to go back to Bragg...SWC duty...:boohoo Lots of others came with me and had to go back to Bragg for SWC duty.

ODA 184 Halo

Oh yea....My last Bn formation was when CSM T....shot the mans dog...in front of a BN PT formation.:eek:

Beer is good and people are crazy.:cool:

<*)))))>{

Holmchicken
04-09-2010, 18:24
C/3/1 from 07 to present and looking just about every which way possible to escape.

LongWire
04-12-2010, 04:34
C/3/1 from 07 to present and looking just about every which way possible to escape.

There is always SWTG Brother!!!! :D

Holmchicken
04-13-2010, 09:37
There is always SWTG Brother!!!! :D

Funny, a guy from my old team just volunteered and instead got sent BN!

glebo
04-13-2010, 11:40
haaa, you know it. You know the old saying..."be careful what ya ask for....ya just might get it!"

MBJ
04-17-2010, 12:09
Group 3 shop 89-90, ODA 173 92-95, some time with SOCPAC and with SOCCENT too. Been retired for a couple years.

SOT-Aj KIA 4th July 2010
05-13-2010, 08:34
3/1 SOT-A '07-current

Flashbang12
11-27-2010, 03:53
Rest in peace, A.J.

SeaPig
02-05-2011, 15:29
Let's see here:

3rd BN SIGDET, 92-93
173- '93-'95, 176-96-'97
1st BN SIGDET, '97-'98
111 '98-'00
1st BN LNO '00-01
114 '01-'02
2nd BN C&E '02-'03
Group Frequency Manager '04-'05
C-2-1 Ops Nco '06-'07
162-165 '07-'08
2nd BN OPS '08-'11

Man have I been around alot:D

BMT (RIP)
02-05-2011, 15:51
SEA PIG look's like one of those guy's who couldn't hold a JOB very long!!

:D

BMT

SeaPig
02-05-2011, 17:24
BMT You are an evil man.
I WAS going to take offense....:mad:
Until I saw YOUR profile:p

I do believe I am going to like being here.

Old Dog New Trick
04-02-2011, 23:46
Present and accounted for. :D

psherlin
04-24-2011, 13:00
I was with the 1st from 71 to 73, Bolo Point, spent time with 46th Company, and went to the 1st Group SCUBA school. Was one of the survivors of Raider School also.

Richard
04-24-2011, 18:55
For those who don't know the history of the 46th SF Co and its association with the 1st SFG, volunteers from the 7th SFG formed D Co (Augmented) 1st SFG at Fort Bragg in 15 April 1966 and deployed to Thailand 15 Oct 1966 with concurrent redesignation as the 46th SF Co. The 46th SF Co was redesignated 46th SF Bn in 1972 and then US Army SF-Thailand (USASFT) although their official designation was 3rd Bn 1st SFG until their inactivation and departure from Thailand in the spring of 1974.

I was one of those guys who was 'officially' in the 1st SFG but never stationed on Oki or wore the 1st SFG flash (we wore the 46th Co flash) and 'officially' in the 10th SFG but never stationed at Devens or wore the 10th SFG flash (we wore the 1-10th flash with the German national colors on the flash and wings background).

And so it goes...

Richard :munchin

SeaPig
05-04-2011, 09:21
That was really great Richard.
Thank you for sharing it.

longrange1947
05-04-2011, 11:40
So Richard, you are saying you were never "really" in a Group then! :munchin :D :D

Richard
05-04-2011, 12:36
So Richard, you are saying you were never "really" in a Group then! :munchin :D :D

Only if those 3 tours in the 7th (2 as an NCO and 1 as an O) don't count.

Richard :munchin

BMT (RIP)
05-04-2011, 19:04
I can't remember all the details but the Thai goverment got involved with the unit designation.
RTG didn't want the company to be part of the 1st Gp.

Jack

longrange1947
05-04-2011, 19:20
Damn Richard, stop confusing me with facts!!! :D

Also a problem with 1st and 46th was that the Japanese govt did not want combat troops to be deployed directly from their soil. That meant a stop in the Philipines and flash change or a stop in Lopuria and a Flash change. Even though 46th was officially 1st it could not be acknowledged with the Japanese. Open secret so to speak. :munchin

Atleast taht is what my old memory remembers while chnaging flashes in various locations. :D

Richard
05-04-2011, 19:41
Yeah - and we had 2 MLTs in Thailand (NKP and Ubon) + the Liberty Bn tng and spt for Laos (Pitts) + JCRC (after JPRC moved to NKP in 1973 w/BGs Kingston and Ulatowski when I was there) + the Freedom Runner and MEDTC tng and spt for Cambodia - with teams from Oki and Thailand all working to get the job done around the 'sensitivities' of our staunch allies the Japanese, Thais, and US DofS.

Life was good. ;)

Richard :munchin

weberk
06-04-2011, 10:27
First Group...mmm...Let's see...

I was on ODA 114 from August 88 until September 90. I moved to C Company and stayed there until December 93.

I was in Lewis for 18 months (longest 18 months of my life) starting in May of 95, split between ODA 176 and 3rd Bn S-3. I was able to arrange an escape in November 96.

I got back to C Company in January 2000 and stayed there until I retired in September of 05.

Overall I loved my time there (except for that part at Lewis, that was pretty horrible). I got to work with great people doing a great job in great places, what's not to love?

KWeber

keeper36
06-17-2011, 10:29
I was in SAFAsia down South at Camp Chinen, '72-'74. Took part in what I think was the first, and probably the only, "Q-Course" administered away from Ft Bragg. I think 1st Bn was responsible and had numerous participants, both officer and NCO.

Spring and Summer of '73 we had night classes with occassion field exercises. One week up at White Beach and the north end of the island. Final test was a low-level C-130 night drop into Korea. We stayed on the ground for 10 days or so.

At ENDEX, we went back into isolation somewhere on K-2 Airbase. Left unattended, things got rowdy. Boys being boys, ya know. "Someone" set off a smoke grenade outside the secret barracks. AP's and base cdr were VERY upset, and we had our own personal escort to the airfield for a midnight departure.

They made the course tough. Out of 2 teams that made it as far as Korea, I was among the handful who ultimately passed the board and was awarded a 3-Prefix or S-Suffix.

As age has a way of helping the memory fade, that's the best I remember it.
Anyone else there with me???

Our handler (OIC) was CPT James McQuirk (hope spelling is right)
Anyone remember him???

plato
06-17-2011, 19:38
I was in SAFAsia down South at Camp Chinen, '72-'74. Took part in what I think was the first, and probably the only, "Q-Course" administered away from Ft Bragg. I think 1st Bn was responsible and had numerous participants, both officer and NCO.

Spring and Summer of '73 we had night classes with occassion field exercises.

As age has a way of helping the memory fade, that's the best I remember it.
Anyone else there with me???



I was there for part of it. COL Geraci brought me over to replace his S-2. I parked in the 441st until the slot was cleared. My section and I taught the rope, climbing, ravine crossing part of the course, since I inherited quite a few with ranger tabs and had worked in Dahlonega for the COL during a previous assignment.

I spent some time with one of the teams at the northern end of the island as well. Wound up with zero chance to complete the course when a "situation" popped up and I had to join up with some of our guys off island. :(

I have some small pictures of the ravine we trained in, if the ex didn't toss them. They're probably too small for you to recognize faces. Still, if you want to pm me your email address I'll send them within the next week or so.

Good to hear from another FOG. :)

tom kelly
06-19-2011, 07:01
Happy Father's Day, from all of the 1st SFG (Abn) at the 54th reunion in Tampa, FL. wish you were here, it's a great time...Tom Kelly.

Baht Dog
10-26-2011, 16:55
3rd BN ODA-174 & also a stint in Group S-3 '88-'92

C/1/1 ODA-132 '92-'95

The highlight of my career. Like Kurt said, "what's not to love". Unless you were in 2nd BN :D That's OK 2ND Batt boys, I grew up split between southern California and Alaska so I know what both extreme are like.

Greetings to:

JD "Mr. Commo" the go-to fix it man for commo problems.

Dave H - Dave's one hell of a shooter and equal to about 5 SF guys.

Nick P - Thanks for everything. The night diving in Guam that you organized was great and something I'll probably never forget.

WebberK - Mr. Brewmeister and all around good guy. I didn't know you retired out of Oki. Awesome.

And everyone else I missed mentioning.

I was the guy who windsurfed out to the Karama's and back just because "it was there". Major shipping channel, great whites. It was a stupid stunt, but what the hell :D

psherlin
01-15-2012, 09:18
I was picked to be a volunteer for the Raider course in 71 or 72, there was only one. Anyone else out there still around? I also did my Scuba school there and I have a picture of the 1st Bn taken at the jump school area.

jackalcid
03-09-2012, 15:20
I am a 35P and have my orders to 1st SFG. I should be there in Aug. sometime. I wanted to introduce myself and see if there were any other soldiers or QP's in 1st SFG that I could introduce myself to and talk to. I look forward to supporting the mission.

John051
09-01-2012, 19:58
B Company of the 1st 1962 to 1965. Spent half of the time on Oki and the other half being deployed.

tom kelly
09-02-2012, 17:11
I was in C Company 1963 to 1965: 6 months TDY to Vietnam ODA-333 Jun -Dec 1964. Do you attend the 1st Group Reunions? They are alot better than the SFA Conventions. If you are a member of the SFA the 1st Gp. reunion is on their web site or you can contact Jean Thong via e-mail jsthong@hotmail.com or write to REUNION POC 7807 LOLA Circle Navarre,FL. 32566
Dates of Reunion are 14-19 June 2013 Hosted by Chap. XVI, SFA
Location: Doublertree Suites by Hilton Hotel Airport-Southcenter, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA.98188

Hope to see you there...Tom Kelly

oda751
11-24-2012, 22:02
Was in 1sfga in Okinawa from 1970 to 1974 and helped close out the group then in 1984 went back on the advance party with Col Estep and CSM McCloskey. I am SGM Thatcher (ret) Enjoyed both tours and didnt want to leave. After coming back from Okinawa in 1987 went to 1sfga at Fort Lewis Wa as OPN SGM.

psherlin
11-30-2012, 20:24
I was stationed at Bolo Point from 1971 to the Summer of 73. on ODA 231, junior engineer. Went to the 10th and stayed on ODA 326 till 83. We were 226 for a while when the moved the SCUBA teams to 2nd Bn and the HALO teams to 3rd Bn

X180A
01-30-2013, 14:02
I spent ten years in 1st Gp at Fort Lewis. I served in both 2nd and 3rd battalions with a couple of years as the Diving Office in between. I read in another post that the 2013 1st SFG reunion was to be in Seattle. Anyone have more info?

viperwsu
02-01-2013, 15:24
1220 '06 and during OEF-P, 1226 '07-09

Divemaster
02-02-2013, 02:16
I spent ten years in 1st Gp at Fort Lewis. I served in both 2nd and 3rd battalions with a couple of years as the Diving Office in between. I read in another post that the 2013 1st SFG reunion was to be in Seattle. Anyone have more info?

I misplaced the reunion info but just pinged a brother to resend it. From what I remember, it will be at the Doubletree in Seatac in June. When I get the PDF with the details I will post it here unless one of the family beats me to it.

Edit: Just re-received the 2013 1st SFG Reunion info.

Running Man 541
02-28-2013, 20:02
ODA 124 and 113 18D loved my time in group, on the island and around the pacific.

mojorod
03-31-2013, 03:53
Hey everyone,

Server in 1st Group from 84-96. 172, , 116, 112, 111, 150, 154. All three BNs! Had the privilege of serving with some of the best people I have ever met.

Currently working in Belgium with the NSHQ at SHAPE. There are quite a few 1st Group guys here serving in various posts, as well as some 10th and 3rd Group guys.

psherlin
03-31-2013, 09:28
ODA 231 71 - 73

Grinch
04-02-2013, 08:44
91-92 - ODB-160
92-94 - ODA-162
94-97 - SFDK
97-99 - HSC, 2nd BN, S-6

Retired at 24 years, Commo Guru then and still - Harris RF Communications, Rochester, NY, 13 years now doing about the same thing!

michaelht1
06-26-2013, 07:49
Was with the 1st right out of Bragg in 1969, A-213, went over with M.Whitt and M. Blackwell, left Oki to CCC than TF2AE, back again to the 1st and returned with the colors after revision to Bragg to join the 5th group, great time and great memories

trent
08-02-2013, 00:30
Previous B/1/1 now A/2/1

MoFo
08-22-2013, 07:55
ODA-143, 84 and 85.

Mike Jones
09-18-2013, 12:47
I served in Lop Buri, Thailand from April '73 til they were inactivated in March ''74. Initially on SFT 42 "Freedom Runner" and then on SFT 44 HALO Team teaching at the Thai Jump School at Erawan and Skydiving on weekends. That was a lifetime ago, but I treasure the memories of all the guys I served with.

mark46th
09-18-2013, 22:12
Welcome, Mike... A20 Nam Pung Dam during that time frame...

Alacrity
07-31-2015, 14:42
Formerly 174/1314 - 2008-2014

Now over at B/2/1 SWTG

Running Man 541
08-27-2015, 17:45
94-97 ODA-124 and 113