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May 26,2016

Click here to see the reunion itinerary. 


May 25,2016

Attention all Redcatchers at this time the Reunion Banquet is sold out. There is no more seating available as of today May 25, 2016 08:40 west coast time. As of now all requests to attend the Banquet will be returned and monies will be refunded for the Banquet only. You can still attend the reunion and participate in all activities during the week.Note you still must register for the reunion to have access to the Hospitality Room.


May 21, 2016

All Redcatchers that are attending the reunion next month at Ft. Benning be reminded that you and your guests must have a valid picture ID to be able to get on base during the reunion. There will be several events held on base and you will need a valid picture ID to attend them. Also the number of available seats for the Banquet are going fast only 29 left at this time. Go to the PX to make you reservation now. Click here for more information.

May 20, 2016

Attention all Redcatchers:
There are only 31 seats left for the Reunion Banquet in June. If you are Planning on attending the reunion and you have not made your reservation for the Banquet yet do so now. Seating for the banquet will be on a first come first serve basis from here on out.

Make your reservation now.

Go to the PX to register on line or fill out the Registration form and mail it in, click on 2016 Reunion above, then click on Registration Form in the menu.

May 14, 2016

Click here for information about the election of Officers and Board Members that will be held at the Reunion this year in Ft. Benning.

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 Ė 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 14, 2016





This is a special tour and a must see the tour is on Wednesday morning with the bus leaving from the Double Tree. Bus cost is $12.00. Entrance into the grounds is about $13.00 and the lunch is around the same amount. I have a call in to get the exact amount. It takes about one hour for the bus to travel to the FDR White House.

Tickets will be available at the registration table when you arrive. Click below to go to their web site.

Visit their web site

April 13, 2016
All Redcatchers,

We are reaching our maximum occupancy for the Reunion Banquet at the Infantry Museum.

Please be advised that we will soon be posting a notice of cancellation, and if you havenít sent in your Banquet Registration, you will not be able to attend.

It is important that you submit your Reunion Registration as well as the Banquet Registrion.

Johnny Velasquez

Click here to see the 2016 Reunion Itinerary 

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 andÖÖÖ..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. Armyís 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 25, 2016 - Notice Important Information

All Redcatchers,

 If you are going to the Reunion and you are from these States, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, or Washington, you need to have a Federal ID like a Military ID or Passport, or, Passport ID Card because your Driver's License won't get them on base. I would hate for someone to come all this way and not be able to get onto Ft. Benning.

All Redcatchers,


We will be posting the Reunion itinerary NLT April 16 for all to see.


All Redcatchers,

There is an overwhelming response for the Reunion, currently there are 90 hotel rooms reserved but we have not received any Reunion Registrations.

Main reason for this is that we are getting close to capacity for the Banquet at the Infantry Museum, which is a total of 500.

You need to send in your reunion registration ASAP

Please be advised that when we reach the maximum for the Banquet, we will have to close any further persons who may want to attend.

Donít be left out, so send in your Reunion Registrations now.

March 14, 2016

Concerning nominations for the Board of Directors of the 199th LIB Association. Please leave the name of the person you would like to nominate including yourself at

To find information defining the Board of Directors as defined in the by-laws of the Association.

Click here then read  Article V  of the By Laws.

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

Notice to all Redcatchers:

During the Reunion in Columbus this year, as in the past, we will be holding several raffles each evening in the hospitality room.  In the past members attending the reunion have donated various items to be raffled off. We are asking for anyone who would like to donate anything that could be given away as a raffle prize please bring it along with you. Just about anything of any value can be used for this purpose.  In the past some guys have solicited items from businesses or companies they had connections to. Also items from your hometown or state, like items from the west coast that might not be available on the east coast and vice versa.In the past we have had items such as golf balls, hats and t-shirts, arts and craft items that people made themselves, sports or military memorabilia and a variety of food and drink items. We hope that everyone will participate in this fun activity. There will be major prizes of considerable value raffled off during the week including a 50/50 raffle that will be held at the banquet.

March 2, 2016



For those of you that will be attending the Reunion in June.

We should start thinking about electing members to the Board of Directors at the membership meeting. You may nominate someone or yourself to run for this very important position.

 Soon, we will be posting the Reunion schedule and events to take place. All you have to do is send in your registration if you havenít done so.

June 2016 is rapidly approaching.

Johnny Velasquez


March 1, 2016

We want to thank everyone that responded to our request for volunteers to read the names of our KIA's at the Memorial during the reunion this year. We have our seven volunteers that we need at this time, again thank you all for your immediate response. So many of you volunteered that the only fair way to choose was by selecting the first eight e-mails that were received. Here is the list of volunteers: ...............................

Gary Underineer
Laurie Ruffino
Myron Kindrick
Roby Johnson
Bruce Taneski
Delson Runyan
Rob Patterson
Steve Wilson

February 26, 2016

We need 7 volunteers to read the names of the 757 fallen Redcatcher KIA's during the Memorial at the 2016 Reunion. Each man will read 2 pages of names and be asked to dress in country club casual clothes.
That is slacks (no shorts or blue jeans) and a collared shirt, pull over polo type shirts are fine. The Memorial will be held Wednesday evening June 8, 2016 on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum.
Contact Mike Gross by e-mail at
Thanks so much.

February 4, 2016


Southern California Redcatcher Luncheon at 

The Hilton In Huntington Beach (like Last Year) on March 19, 2016 starting at 12:00 pm. 

Contact Jim Rothblatt, with any questions.

Waterfront Beach Resort, Hilton Hotel
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach 92646

Parking $3.00

See you there.

Jim Rothblatt


February 2, 2016


Attention all Redcatchers that plan on attending the reunion this year.

"We are looking for suggestions for activities that the women attending this yearís reunion might be interested in doing together as a group while in Columbus. If you have any ideas or suggestions that you think your wife or significant other may be interested in doing with the other women please forward them to or post them on Facebook. Thank you."


January 21, 2016




JUNE, 7, 2016 @ 8:00 AM (8:00 HRS)


733 Lynch Rd., Midland GA 31820


Click here for more information about the Golf tournament.

For more information about the Reunion click on 2016 Reunion on the menu bar above.

January 2, 2016

Fellow Redcatchers

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to start gearing up for the up-coming June 2016 Reunion and if you havenít sent in your Registration yet, you should start thinking about it. 

We now have only six moths to go.

Everything is going well in preparation for this event, and I certainly donít want you to miss out.

Remember what the Army told us way back then "There will be 5% who donít get the wordĒ or, is it the other way around?

Stay Safe and Always Stay Redcatcher


Johnny Velasquez

President 199 LIB



Wednesday November 25, 2015

There may be a serious problem for those who are still using Rick Jones old website.

Since we are not paying for the old website any longer, it has been inundated with all sorts of advertisements that may carry virusís that could infect your computer, I recommend that you donít use it anymore.

Stay Safe and Always Stay Redcatcher


Johnny Velasquez
President, 199th LIB (Redcatchers)
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