220th Reconnaissance Airplane
and all Friends and Brothers in
in memory of those who have
This following topic originated with a question from
Charlie Finch and culminated with a formal suggestion
by John Hillman.
Beginning this month, and every month afterwards, you
should receive a Catkiller Communications Center (CATCOM) E-News Letter. The
numbering system will be simple, such as 12-2002, meaning the month and year.
The mailing list used for this purpose will be the Catkiller Group List and
shall represent the most up to date list, as of that
CATCOM ALERT, a one-time special announcement or
immediate call for help, sent to the list, will be issued when
Contest: Anyone with a
suggestion for a name, please submit your idea. I'll ask Charlie and
John to pick the winner. E-News Letter name should begin with CATCOM (followed
by the name and the month-year).
The purpose of this letter is to keep us informed
about one another, facilitate the gathering and sharing of information, and
planning for events. A major focus from now and during early 2003 will be to
establish contact with former members and promote the reunion. Thanks to
all for being a part of this effort.
A copy of each monthly CATCOM E-News Letter will be
available on the internet, the URL included at the top of each first page (just
click on the blue, underlined CATCON edition name). Generally, the htm file will
be at the following web site (file will change monthly, ie. catcom01-2003.htm
for January): www.catkillers.orgcatcom12-2002.htm
Editor and Publisher is known as CATCOM EdPub, which
is me, until properly relieved from duty.
SNAIL MAIL TO THOSE WHO DON'T
In addition to the e-letter, I will make an effort to
send, via normal USPS mail, a copy of the letter to those who are not online. I
received the following e-mail from Johnny Moore suggesting such a
mailing. Thanks, Johnny. Jim will have a copy of this in tomorrow's mail. If you
know of someone who would appreciate a copy, please let me know.
"If you do a mail out RE: Reunion, please send a
packet to Jim Turnbow. Jim Turnbow was in Tech Supply with SSG Ken Miller
in 68-69. He and I joined the army together.. He isn't online, so can't receive
email [I enclose this address in case some might want to write. DMR].
PO Box 171
Leachville, AR. 72438"
FORMAT AND CONTENT OF E-NEWS
Regarding the content of CATCOM E-News Letter: those
of you who have something to post to the list, just send your input to me,
CATCOM EdPub, at any time before the 10th of the next month. E-News Letters will
be sent each month, not later than that date.
Let me know if you cannot receive HTML format e-mail,
and I will adjust your address to receive text only.
These e-mail addresses were checked for bounce.
Updates would be helpful:
Cortner email@example.com Catkiller 13/28 reported in, born in Bell Buckle, Tenn.,
and living in Huntsville, Ala., with wife, Elain.
Moore firstname.lastname@example.org As
you see in the message above, Johnny is now on the list and lives in
Gaunt email@example.com Catkiller 17, 1971. Alive and well and living in
Nairobi, Kenya. More to follow upon his approval. On the e-mal
Regarding personal information, like addresses, phone
numbers, etc., I will retain this information in my files but will not reveal
such information without your permission. If you have a need for such
information, please contact me or the specific person on the
The latest e-mail listing, Catkiller Group Mailing
List, is available in text format, if needed. E-mail CATCOM EdPub for a
To restate the specifics: 220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company REUNION
October 19, 20, 21, 2003
Palace Station Hotel & Casino
West Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV
We have reserved a block of rooms under: "220th
RECONNAISSANCE AIRPLANE COMPANY" (CATKILLERS). Please state this when you make
your reservations. Cost of rooms: $69 per night.
Don Ricks has a photo page, temporarily,
that has a link to Scott's web site. When he has time and room, this one needs
to be transferred to Scott's site:
The CATCOM newsletter will remain at the geocities
BIKING TO LAS
So far, Don Pepe and Don Ricks have
indicated a preference to ride their motorcycles out to Las Vegas. Still in the
planning stage, Pepe leaving from Jacksonville and Ricks from Nashville, to meet
up somewhere along the way. Anyone else feel like an adventure, e-mail Don
There is a text file now in the
initial stages to gather and organize as much information about
those of us who have fallen or are missing, including anyone who has died
after returning from Vietnam. If you have an official citation,
announcement, or personal knowledge to help in the development of this document,
please send it along.
I also expect to keep an ongoing record of
e-mail traffic in a Word for Windows or text file, for historical purposes. Any
other suggestions are welcome.
Searching the Internet, I located this call for
Trying to locate: Friends of Major Donald Lee Harrison
Branch of Service: Army
Unit was: 220th R.A.C.
When served: May 6,1968 thru Oct 29, 1968
Message is: Major Donald Lee Harrison is my brother. In 1968
(Oct.29) he was shot down in Vietnam just north of the DMZ while flying an O1
birddog recon aircraft. I am interested in talking to any of his friends or
acquaintances from Vietnam. There is mention in correspodance that I have that
he was a member of the DMZ platoon.
Please contact: Steve
Mailing address: 1212 W. Cleburne Rd.
City, State, Zip: Crowley,
Or send email to Steve Harrison using this automatic email form"
[the e-mail address bounced. DMR]
UNIT ORDERS, LISTS AND OTHER
Seeking to establish those who were members
of the unit, for historical purposes, from official sources, if possible. Anyone
with orders, lists, etc., from official documents, please scan them or send them
to me. I'll provide my address upon request.
Till next month, if not
Donald M. Ricks