The following email received tells a big story...
From: Ross, Randy S. MAJ DIV INF 2 BDE 1 [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 12:38 AM
To: Louis T Dechert; Jeff Brodeur
Subject: RE: IRON TRIANGLE / 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION / KWVA INFORMATION
Your response has been outstanding. Thank you all so much for coming up on the net. It makes great sense that
we should have an active relationship between your organization and today’s troopers in Korea. My commander
responded back to me today that we have plenty that we can share with your Graybeards Magazine to keep you
informed about the Army in Korea. I also intend to publicize the KWVA throughout the Second Infantry Division here
and let our soldiers know that they’re eligible for membership.
As you know South Korea is a fast changing place. The evidence of freedom and opportunity is everywhere as the
country grows and prospers. The sacrifices of the Vets of past years have helped to make this possible. Whenever
we train up in the Chorwon or through any of the rugged hills and narrow valleys, especially in the dead of the
winter cold or the steaming summer heat, we think and talk about how doggone tough those troopers that fought in
these hills 50 years ago had to be.
Know that you have our respect. That will be part of the Iron Triangle Club; it will help to tell the story of
the Soldiers and the units that served here and continue to serve here. I am also working with COL (RET) William
Alexander, the curator of the 2ID Museum at Camp Red Cloud. He is always improving his position down there and has
built a great exhibit on the Battle of Chipyong Ni.
To Jeff: Thank you for your letter and contribution of photos. We just closed Camp GarryOwen this past fall,
along with all the camps in the Western Corridor. We’re in the process of handing over the JSA mission to the
Koreans. They are accepting more of their own defense tasks every day. 4-7 CAV now hangs its hat on Camp Hovey as
part of the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, as we transform along with the rest of the Army. I will share your
photos and story with them. You know that the CAV is proud of its history and its troopers.
Thanks for taking time to bring us into the loop. I look forward to working with you all in the near future.
MAJ Randy Ross