WELCOME HOME 1-135TH! CURTIS KING IS STATESIDE!

January 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Troop Supporters, I’ve received two messages about Curtis King’s return home.

The first was the email below from his father, Rick King, with five accompanying photos.

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From: King, Rick
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:24 AM
To: Lauer, George
Subject: Curtis King Task Force Reaper

George, here’s something I got from Curtis’s wife last night. Thought you or someone might be interested in reading it. Also attached pictures of Curtis and some buddies he sent to me. Received information this morning that he is out of Afghanistan now.
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/119643/task-force-reaper-concludes-successful-tour-camp-marmal#.UubpU3LnYRo

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 Curtis is closest to the front of the picture on the left.

Curtis is closest to the front of the picture on the left.

 Curtis is 6th from the right  with the group of men with their backs against the helicopter. He is leaning against the helicopter near one of the men who is  sitting on the helicopter.

Curtis is 6th from the right with the group of men with their backs against the helicopter. He is leaning against the helicopter near one of the men who is sitting on the helicopter.

 Curtis is in the middle of the picture sitting to the right of the uniform that is real bright.

Curtis is in the middle of the picture sitting to the right of the uniform that is real bright.

The second was this Facebook post from the 1-135th Attack / Reconnaissance Battalion:

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1st Attack Family, Friends and Loved Ones,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the team is back together again! All 1st Attack units are safe and sound out of the combat zone. I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I am of the work your Soldiers performed in support of this important mission.

The next step will be the DEMOB process which occurs where this journey began last spring. I know you are very anxious to see your Soldier again, but please be patient. The process is very deliberate and we will get through it as quickly as we can. Once we clear outprocessing, we will all be returning home to you.

Regarding the welcome home ceremony; The details on that are still being worked out and we will let you know as soon as our final travel plans are solidified. What I can tell you is that we will get off the plane and be immediately bussed to the location of the ceremony where families will be assembled and waiting. There will be a short ceremony and then your Soldiers will be dismissed to you. Once again, we will release more specific details as we get them.

As I have stated before, this deployment could not have been successful without your constant thoughts, prayers and support. Thanks again, you are all true patriots and vital members of this team.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I monitor this page frequently when we have access to the internet.

See you soon!

1st Attack!

LTC Schreffler
Commander
“Reaper 6″

The 1-135th also added this photo.

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WELCOME HOME!

Forrest William “Bill” Thompson

January 17, 2014 at 8:35 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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Forrest William "Bill" Thompson

Forrest William “Bill” Thompson


It saddens me to inform you that a very good man has passed. Bill Thompson was my neighbor and friend.  He generously donated to our troop shipments, and even when his health was failing he volunteered to help prepare custom forms.  He will be greatly missed.  

From the Jefferson City News Tribune

Forrest William “Bill” Thompson U.S. Veteran
May 11, 1938 – January 15, 2014
Forrest William “Bill” Thompson, age 75, of Jefferson City, died peacefully Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Jefferson City Nursing and Rehabilitation surrounded by family. Bill was born on May 11, 1938, in Marshall, Missouri, the son of the late William Coleman Thompson Jr. and Virginia Spicer Thompson. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1956. Bill was married at First Baptist Church, Marshall, Mo., in January of 1962, to Donna Lu Forbes. Bill later married Mary Ellis Bowers on October 11, 1998, at the Wilderness Church, Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo. Mr. Thompson volunteered and served four years in the US Navy, serving in Navy Air from August 1956 – August 1960. He maintained fighter aircraft in the squadron, being sure they were air worthy and battle ready, stationed at Marimar Field in California, Barbers Point, Hawaii, Midway Island, aboard the Wasp, Essex, and Boone Homme Richard air craft carriers, covering most of the Pacific area, Japan, Philippines, and Hong Kong. Bill, retired from the MO Dept of Social Services in 2003. Like his father, he worked in law enforcement, and was a Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff in Marshall, Mo., the GM&O Railroad in Chicago, and was a Service Manager for car dealerships. Leathercraft was a lifetime hobby of Bill’s that led to working 5 years at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., as a Master Leather Craftsman, and having his picture chosen and printed on SDC mugs, brochures, and billboards. He also loved hunting, fishing, model railroads, music, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bill was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Jefferson City; Jefferson Lodge No. 43 A.F.&A.M. (Mason); United Sportsmen’s Club, NRA, AARP, and ARMSE. Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; one daughter, Linda Goldammer of Lohman; three sons, Mark Welty of Jefferson City, Forrest Thompson of Crane, Ryan Thompson of St. James; 12 grandchildren, Tyler and James Strauch, Travis Kempker, Emily Goldammer, Danielle and Lauren Welty, Cole, Sarah, and Seth Thompson, Holly, Ginny, and Joey Thompson; one brother-in-law, Lawrence (Shirley) Ellis of Lee’s Summit. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Brenda; step-mother, Opal Thompson; and son-in-law, Philip S. Goldammer. Visitation will be held at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall, Mo., from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014, followed by funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Marshall. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, Marshall, Mo. Online condolences may be left http://www.campbell-lewis.com