Steel Tigers 1/77th ARMOR ASSOCIATION
Standing Firm Then
Standing Firm Now
Words from our New President…Tim O'Neill:
What came home
to me at the reunion in Colorado Springs was a simple idea, but one
almost impossible to put across to those who have not shared that time.
What we did then determined what we are now. I guess I’ve always
known that. I’m not alone. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., looking
back as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court on his service
in the Civil War, revealed what we all know: We have shared the incommunicable
experience of war. The key word is “incommunicable.” Wives
and friends who do not share that part of our experience simply cannot
grasp what that means.
Across all those years there is as well the common ground shared by soldiers, and this connection was clear and moving as we had the chance to share those few days with representatives of the current 1-77. Wars change, they are waged for different purposes and with different outcomes, but the character of a soldier is a constant. This is an important lesson, and one I propose we make a goal in the coming year – to draw in the active duty members of the 1-77 and form an unbroken line of steel crossing decades. When the regimental system was introduced in the Army, those of us serving had to choose a regiment. My choice was clear, and somewhere back in the upstairs closet is a green blouse with the crest of the Steel Tigers pinned above the pocket. I’m not the first, and will not be the last. We’re all brothers, and recognizing and making formal that brotherhood should be a task close to us all.
We should also help as we can in identifying and bringing together those former members who have so far eluded the dragnet – we need to search our scrapbooks, look at our old letters home, search our memories and fill those vacant crew positions.
Also on the list of things to do: make the next reunion even better than this year’s gathering, with more faces and a continuation of the camaraderie of previous years (plus a little mercy for the spouses – they can’t be blamed for their glazed looks after the nth rendition of that same war story, and would probably benefit from a little less hoo-ah and more activities of their own).
But time is short
– less than a year to the next meeting, and quite a lot of work
to do. The team has a head start, and I personally look forward to a
major reconnaissance in force.
Blood on the axe!