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July 25, 2016

Attention all Redcatchers:

There is a seat open on the Board of Directors, if anyone would like to volunteer to fill this vacancy please leave a message and your contact information at  

June 27, 2016


2017 Redcatcher Reunion dates:  Monday June 19th thru Friday June 23rd, 2017. 

Early arrivals Saturday/Sunday June 17th and 18th.

Location:  Silver Legacy Resort/Casino, 407 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada.

For room reservations:  Phone 800-687 8733.  Room rates are: Monday thru Thrusday- $70.00, Weekends $100.00. Rates include one $10.00 food voucher per room.  WHEN CALLING THE HOTEL FOR ROOM RESERVATIONS YOU MUST USE THE CODE IDENTIFIER:  LIB 17.  We are planning to arrange a dinner cruise on Lake Tahoe for Wednesday evening and the banquet will be on Thursday evening.  The cost per event can not be determined until six months prior to the reunion date. The Reno Rodeo which is considered the Wildest, Riches Rodeo in the West will take place during the week of our reunion. This should be an exciting time for some if not all. There are many exciting things to do in the Reno Area. Therefore a lot of our reunion activities will be self paced. If you have questions relative to reservations or events you can contact Jim Brinker at 814 706 7475.

Just to let everyone know, there are fees and taxes that are added to the room rates when you register. The actual cost of the rooms with the fees and taxes added are Monday thru Thursday $96.07 per night and Friday thru Sunday $130.12 per night.



June 17,2016



Click here to view the minutes from the 2016 Annual Business Meeting

Please note a correction to the minutes of the Business meeting minutes:

The 2017 reunion is going to be held in Reno and the 2018 reunion is going to be held in Charlotte, pending research into the availability and cost of a venue in Charlotte by the reunion committee.   

May 11, 2016



Just wanted to inform you of another Redcatcher who has recently passed on.

James Pittman Company C 4/12 1967 who was severely wounded in Vietnam and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life because of those wounds.

Jim was an outstanding individual who never complained about his condition. And is I may speak for the entire organization, I want to thank him for what he did as a Soldier, and as a great man.

God bless you Jim and may the Lord keep and welcome you into his home.

In this photograph are three Redcatchers who have gone from our ranks. Left is Col. William Schroeder (BN Commander 4/12 67-68)

Middle is George Hauer (Medic 67-68), Center James Pittman. Far right is Pancho Ramirez and who will attend the reunion.


Stay Safe and Always Stay Redcatcher




Johnny Velasquez

President, 199 LIB (Redcatchers)



April 22, 2016


Sad News

 Just learned that one of our Brothers just passed on.

 He had planned to be at the Reunion in June.

 David Graves

Company B 2/3 Old Guard 1968 – 1969

Our condolences to his wife Nancy and family.

God bless you David and may you rest in peace

 Johnny Velasquez 

And the rest of your Redcatcher Brothers and Sisters

April 3,2016




 Dear Redcatcher Friends and Family,

It is with deep regret and sadness that I here notify you of the passing of yet another from our ranks, former Captain Tonsetic, commander of Charlie Company 4th Battalion 12 Infantry 199 Light Infantry Brigade.  To his Family and circle of friends, we extend our deepest sympathies.  His personal story of both military and civilian experiences is inspiring, having devoted his most recent years of retirement to his found passion of writing.  He will be greatly missed.  But, through the power of his own pen and memories of him, shared by those that had served under his command and have come to know him since, he will be remembered, always.  We, his 199LIB comrades, thank him for his service and offer our Solemn Salutes!  R.I.P., Dear Captain.

Stay Safe and………..Always Stay Redcatchers,

Johnny Velasquez


Robert L. Tonsetic, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, 3 April 2016 in Easton, MD. He was 73 years old.

                                 Born in Braddock, PA, Col. Tonsetic graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964 and joined the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. He continued to serve as an infantry officer for twenty-seven years, with multiple combat tours during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star for his actions and leadership in 1968 and 1970, which included a pivotal role in the Tet Offensive. 

Upon retirement in 1991, Col. Tonsetic acquired a Ph.D. in education, and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida until relocating to Easton in 2003. He authored three memoirs on his service in Vietnam as an infantry officer and advisor to a South Vietnamese Ranger battalion, as well as two historical accounts of the American Revolution. In 2014, he was inducted into the U.S. Army’s Ranger Hall of Fame, at Fort Benning, GA.  He was also a member of the Legion of Valor of the United States of America.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Polly Tonsetic of Easton, MD; by his sons Mark Tonsetic of Alexandria, VA, and Michael Tonsetic, of Winter Springs, FL; his daughters-in-law Maureen McNulty and Kristin Tonsetic; and his three grandchildren, Mitchell, Miranda, and Sophia.

Funeral services will be held later this year at Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Talbot Hospice (


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April 2, 2016



It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online. Please pass on to other vets. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:  or try


This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

 Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site.

 Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will  be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time. Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.

March 5, 2016

It is my utmost pleasure in announcing that one of our own was recently selected as a 2016 Officers Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame Member.
1st LT Daniel A. Nixon of B 4/12 67-68 who was severely wounded during May 1968.
My congratulations to him and look forward to seeing him at the Reunion.
Johnny Velasquez

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