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George & Vicki Lawson <geo.lawson at juno dot com>
Oak Harbor, WA - June, 28, 2012 @ 11:31:03 am (MST)

We are family friends with Jack Geiger, who is a resident in our town! We are so proud of him. He is 89 years young this month, In addition to Jack's bravery and accomplishments in World War 2, Jack, with his wife Betty, have raised a beautiful family of 8 daughters and 1 son. Jack now has several grandchildren and great grandchildren as well. He is as humble as he is proud of his service overseas. We are extremely honored and privileged to know him.
Robin & Chip Sweeney <chip.sgapp at verizon dot net>
Sea Girt, NJ - April 23, 2012 @ 07:58:04 am (MST)

My Dad is JH Baker - he was a QTMR2c on PT-546 "Timber Wolf" in Squadron 28 in the SW Pacific.  Thanks Lance for documenting this.  If anyone knows how to contact Bill Lambdin from the same PT my Dad would like to talk with him.
April Baker Sealy <aprilsealy at aol dot com>
Joshua, TX - February 5, 2012 @ 04:31:10pm (MST)

I recently read Shadows in the Jungle, which led me to the internet to see what else I could find, which led me to this site. I was shocked to see in the Final Roll Call, Mr. Norman S Boschert. I worked with Norm for 15 years in the 80's and early 90's. He was a great guy. The thing is..I never even knew he had served in the military, let alone in the Alamo Scouts. God Bless these great heroes, many of whom are our friends and neighbors.. and we don't even know the sacrifices they have made.
Vern Jones <vern.jones2 at verizon dot net>
Kane, PA - January 31, 2012 @ 043:13:00 pm (MST)

My Great-Uncle Andy Smith served in the Nellist Team. I was fortunate enough to hear many of the stories that Uncle Andy had to share about his experiences in WW II. I spent many a day bailing hay with my Uncle Lyndon, Andy's son, sharing stories and attempting to grasp the magnitude of what Uncle Andy had been through. I'll forever cherish the days of playing catch with him at our family reunions and learning the intricacies of throwing a palm ball. Even as old age had set in he was still a phenomenal athlete! Best wishes to you all. I now serve myself and, like family before, do not have many opportunities to get away. But I'd love to attend a reunion sometime just to hear the stories these American heros have to share.
Nicholas Glenn <nicholas.glenn at us dot army dot mil>
Germany - August 2, 2011 @ 05:09:02 am (MST)

Having family members who had served in WWII, I have always been interested in books about the matter. I picked up this book at the book store randomly and after a couple chapters realized that the Robert Sumner mentioned in the book might be my great Uncle. I called a family member to confirm and was told "oh yes, not sure what he did during the war..something secret that he couldn't talk about"! INCREDIBLE!! What a shame that these heroes could not be honored until many years later for their valuable work during the war. God Bless the USA and all who serve it!.
Alison Garrison <allyoop_02 at yahoo dot com>
Miami, Florida - July 20, 2011 @ 05:23:33 am (MST)

Colonel Robert S. Sumner was the Professor of Military Science when, with his recommendation, I graduated from Niagara University as a Regular Army Infantry Second Lieutenant in 1969. The following year, as a young and eager, if naive, Airborne Ranger Infantry first lieutenant, I had the privilege to serve in combat in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a battalion Recon Platoon Leader, and later Rifle Company Commander. I am very pleased to see this brave, kind and quiet man honored in Larry Alexander's Book "Shadows in the Jungle", as one of America's premier Special Operations Forces, The Alamo Scouts. I am only saddened to learn of his passing, and will say a little prayer for him and for his family, and his Alamo Scout family. God bless 'em all.
Thomas F. Schmitz <TSchmitz at twcny dot rr dot com>
Oneida, NY - July, 12, 2011 @ 03:17:55 am (MST)

My sister just came across a picture (#571) of my dad, Joseph Novella, Hall Team, Subic Bay, Luzon July 1945. WOW I cannot wait to show my children, how very proud they will be of there grandfather.
Susan Tipton <sft40 at juno dot com>
Boca Raton, Florida - June 17, 2011 @ 08:07:14 am (MST)

The information that I knew about the Alamo Scouts was very vague until I just watched the 2005 film The Great Raid. This intrigued me, so I did a little research which ultimately lead me to this web site. I learned a lot and am very appreciative of your services! God bless.
Dennis H. Jarvis Jr. <pliskinjr at cox dot net>
Council Bluffs, Iowa - April 4, 2011 @ 11:28:07 am (MST)

A friend who was in the Green Berets back in the 60's recently told me about the Alamo Scouts. I was looking for additional information on them when I discovered Mr. Galen Kittleson. As a former soldier in the US Army and a native Iowan I am very proud to read about a true hero in every meaning of the word. I am a member of the Patriot Guard which is a true honor on my part to honor fallen Hero's. I have shared this information with numerous friends and family members. They like I was had never heard of the Alamo Scouts. Now I am researching everywhere on the internet to find as much as I can about the group of American Heros. I hope to enlighten a number of people about this group of unsung Hero's.
John R Cook <najla123 at verizon dot net>
Laytonsville, Maryland - December 22, 2010 @ 7:54:52 am (MST)

My Best friend and I were talking today and he told me about the Alamo Scouts. I had never heard of the Alamo Scouts before but he recommended that I read Shadows In The Jungle which is about this group. My friend Mike was in the Green Beret back in the sixties. As I was in the Army at that time myself we have had numerous conversations aout the groups that were in the Armed Forces of the USA. I have not had the plesaure of reading this book as of yet but you can be sure that i will be getting me a copy to read in the near future. All i can say is thank each and everyone of you for your service and it has been a privilege to hear about this unit. May God bless you all!
John R Cook <najla123 at verizon dot net>
Laytonsville, Maryland - December 20, 2010 @ 9:04:06 am (MST)

How fortunate our nation is for having such heroes as CSM Galen Kittleson come forward and say, "send me". I wish I had known this fine man. I am reading "Raider" now to get to know him a little. It's been a few years since his passing, and I wanted to wish his family well. With utmost respect.
Vern Messer <vhmbnmcbm at yahoo dot com>
DSCI Camp Phoenix, APO AE, 09320 - October 9, 2010 @ 3:21:03 am (MST)

It was wonderful seeing everyone at the Alamo Scouts reunion in Seal Beach on June 16-19. A special thanks to Jerry Littlefield and Glen and Annette Groen for hosting an outstanding event. We had over 70 Scouts, family members, and friends in attendance at the reunion banquet and the weather was perfect! See everyone in Charleston, SC in 2011!.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - June 24, 2010 @ 6:54:07 pm (MST)

I recently read "Raider", and am a huge fan of the movie and book "The Great Raid". I am a WW2 history fanatic, and can't seem to read or watch enough about the fine Americans that fought in this war. I served in the Army during peacetime, with a rather uneventful time of service. I wish I could have taken that time to the standard and accomplishment that CSM Kittleson did his. My deepest regards go to his family, and I thank him with all of my heart for the sacrifice and contribution he made for the betterment of this country and the world.
Robert F. Ciancio Jr. <rfciancio at yahoo dot com>
Laurel, MD - March 14, 2010 @ 06:09:12 am (MST)

I just completed reading the book "Shadows in the jungle", thanks & God bless all of you.
Thomas Drozd <thomasdrozd at rcn dot com>
Easton, PA - November 5, 2009 @ 07:57:21 am (MST)

Galen was a quite strength who impacted my families lives thru his love of children and abilitys to encourage belief in oneself that they could accomplish anything they wanted to. I have two daugters who belonged to Alamo Scouts from 1998 thru 2003. He will always be remembered with respect and love from us. God bless.
Brenda Meizo <bmeizo6pk at yahoo dot com>
Lindstrom MN - October 27, 2009 @ 06:14:10 am (MST)

I was fortunate to serve numerous times within the same SF Company with "Pappy" from a young SF PFC to an old SF SSG when he retired. I continued on to retire from SF in 1987 and now work at the USAJFKSWCS, Ft Bragg, NC. It has been an HONOR to serve and know him.
Bennie J. Pokemire, SF Retired <pokemirb at soc dot mil>
Sanford, NC - July 10, 2009 @ 09:42:12 am (MST)

I just finished the book "Shadows in the Jungle" and I have also been a big fan of "Ghost Soldiers" and the movie "The Great Raid". I respect all that our veterans have done and I am inspired by their example. Thank you for your service and God bless your soul and family.
Brian VanDenburgh <brian at lockoutexpress dot us>
Schererville, IN - March 15, 2009 @ 11:16:54 pm (MST)

"Ghost Soldiers" is one of my favorite books that I have read about 5 times and learned about Alamo Scouts. With men like this we have such great military warriors that saved us from WWII. I thank you for all your years you gave to us, for all you gave up when you were there. Because of men like you and what you gave I pray often for our military personnel as they put their lives on the line for me and those that can't protect themselves. As we sadly see our WWII veterans leave us for good, I want you to know how much I appreciate the sacrifice you gave. When I recently read this quote I took it to heart because even though I can't fight for myself, I'll gladly stand and cheer as you go by. "We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by - Will Rogers”.
Tamara Blackburn <ta58email-misc at yahoo dot com>
Garland TX - February 16, 2009 @ 05:46:19 am (MST)

I had the honor and privilege of serving with MSGT Galen "Pappy" Kittleson during the mid 1960's, while we were both assigned to the 6th Special Forces Group at Ft Bragg, NC. "Pappy" was my team sergeant and one of the greatest soldiers it has ever been my honor to have known. I got to know "Pappy" quite well while we served together, but I never knew all of the great and heroic things he accomplished until I recently read "Raider". "Pappy" was never the type to brag or talk about his accomplishments and unless you read about what he had done, you most likely would never know how great this humble leader of men was. "Pappy" was truly my role model and my hero and was certainly one of the greatest warriors and soldiers to ever put on a pair of jump boots!! Although I missed the Son Tay raid due to being on orders for another tour of duty in Viet Nam, I sure wish I could have gone along, if only to watch "Pappy" in action, one last time!!! God Bless you "Pappy" you will be missed.
George Chigi, III, CW4 (Ret) <csigijuri at yahoo dot com>
Albuquerque, NM - February 9, 2009 @ 01:59:20 am (MST)

The Alamo Scouts Association conveys its deepest condolences to the Prince family on the passing of Robert Prince, the former Ranger captain who led the combined Ranger/Alamo Scout/Filipino Guerrilla raid on Cabanatuan POW camp freeing over 500 Allied POWs. Prince was a man of the highest order and was greatly admired by those Scouts who knew him. His quiet yet brilliant leadership defined the Cabanatuan Raid, but the raid could not define him. He was so much more. He will be missed.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - January 15, 2009 @ 9:20:38 pm (MST)

I first met CSM Kittelson ( Gay as he liked to be called ) in Dec 79, about a year after his retirement.He became a friend, an inspiration and a roll model shortly after. He assisted my sibblings and I throughout our military careers. During my career I came accross many many soldiers that new Galen and had been their roll models. He was and still a legend in the SF community and in Nothern IA. The boy scout post Galen started in the early 80's is still going strong. I'm proud to say I 'm one of the leaders of the post and we strieve to carry on the way Galen would want us to. We miss his leadership and wisdom but he choose us to be leaders under his command and we are all under his watchful eye . Pappy we hope we are making you proud!!!
MSG Steven R Merrill (USA RET) <totalsecurity at mchsi dot com>
Charles City, Iowa - December 5, 2008 @ 11:30:35 pm (MST)

Being a former MARINE, I truly hoped to meet with Galen. Now it will be in our new life in LORD JESUS. Respectfully Cpl. R.J. MEANS
Ronald Means <paparonnie10 at msn dot com>
Clear Lake, Iowa - November 28, 2008 @ 03:18:22 am (MST)

Happy Thanksgiving! Russ and I would like to thank the Alamo Scouts and their family members who have come forth with letters, photos, and other items for the oral history book on the Alamo Scouts that we are working on. We would also like to invite those who have additional items to contribute to do so soon. There is still time to get your material in. We are especially interested in personal war-time letters, military orders awarding decorations earned while in the Alamo Scouts, and diaries of any kind. Photos and/or photo scans (300 dpi minimum) are especially valuable, and if they have captions on the back even better! Again, a special thanks to everyone!
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - November 27, 2008 @ 10:21:00 pm (MST)

I wanted to go visit Galen at First Lutheran this veterans day, but I am not able to. So, I will do what I can to honor his name today where I am. Galen was my hero. He had a good character and was the most honorable and respectable person I have ever met. When I was younger, I lived in Stacyville, Iowa. I started going to a group called Alamo Scouts that was started by Galen Kittleson for young men and women to learn values, discipline, hard work, and to have fun! Little did I know I would ever have the chance to meet someone like Galen. As time went on, I learned what the Alamo Scouts really meant, who they were, and all they had done, and especially all they had to go through. Galen was a inspiration to all of us who joined and many others in the past who I have never met. I miss SGT. Major Kittleson greatly. The impact he made on people throughout his life is amazing. His memory will remain with me all my life.
Ashley Mae Caswell <casualcaswell at yahoo dot com>
North Branch, Minnesota - November 11, 2008 @ 10:04:33 am (MST)

Alamo Scout; Cpl Gordon H. (H. for Hunt) Butler was my uncle, my Mother's youngest sibling out of her 11, from Howe, Texas. In 1959 when I was 13, and we were visiting relatives in Texas, I asked him what he did during the war. I was quickly pulled aside by another adult relative and told, in no uncertain terms, that I was to never again ask my uncle questions about, or mention the war when around him. Sometime later I was told that he had had some really bad experiences during the war and that he was back home for a long time before he began to be himself again. Years later I was told that not long after he returned from the war, he was looking out the kitchen window; yelled Jap, grabbed a butcher knife and took off running down the road - after no one. They didn't know anything about Post Trumatic Stress Disorder back then, and I am sure that is what he was suffering from. Years back I read Lance Zedric's book "Silent Warriors". At last someone had done the work required to write this great book, from which I learned so much. Thank you Mr. Zedric. I was even abe to locate several photos of my uncle in the book... I'm a former Sgt. of Marines 1963-1967, Semper Fi
Robert Stephen Coffey <rscoffy at alaska dot net>
Anchorage, Alaska - November 10, 2008 @ 01:41:03 pm (MST)

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of CSM Kittleson. He was a truly fine man, a true patriot, and a great soldier. I was with CSM Kittleson on the raid into Son Tay, NVN. He was "Pappy" to us, I guess because he was old enough to be our father. He was a kind,quiet man, soft spoken but strong, and someone everyone looked up to. He could always be relied on to do more than his share. I feel honored to have served with him. He is one of the most respected men I have known. I am pleased that he has a grandson who has put on the uniform and will carry on where his grandfather left off. I am sure that he will be as great a man as his grandfather. The country will miss you Pappy. God bless you.
Tom Jaeger <tomjae at verizon dot net>
Ashton, MD - October 28, 2008 @ 01:58:57 pm (MST)

Hello, I am one of Col. Robert Sumner's Nephews. My Dad, John Bambick served in the Pacific at the battles of Okinawa and Siap an.My Dad's sister Dorothy married Col. Sumner. I always enjoyed visiting with him when he would come to visit my family on my Dad's farm in Fredonia, KS. Great man that I wish I would have seen more of. We do have a video of Col. Sumner and others of the alamo scouts from a TV production which I though was great. To read and hear about all the great things that all of you accomplished and sacrificed is amazing. Thank you for everything that you did. I only wish I would have found this website sooner. So these great men could be thanked while they we're still alive.
Ed Bambick <ebambick at yahoo dot com>
Hutchinson, KS - August 26, 2008 @ 09:44:28 am (MST)

I just completed the reading of "Raider" and wanted to learn more of CSM Kittleson, I was sad to hear of his passing. As an Army Veteran of Desert Storm, I am proud to have know that such a great figure filled our ranks at an earlier time. I was absolutely humbled by the many acts of CSM Kittleson, and during the time frame that he served. God Bless him and his family...HOOWAH!
Lee Simpson <eclipse05 at sbcglobal dot net>
Arlington, TX - August 5, 2008 @ 07:11:47 pm (MST)

This is the first time I visited this site thanks to Lance Zedric. He contacted me about my Dad who was a crewman on PT 495. I'll be looking forward to talking with him. Ray Wilbur, PT 495, Ron 33, 2nd Generation,
Raymond Wilbur Jr. <chrys32 at comcast dot net>
Eliot, Maine - July 8, 2008 @ 06:16:05 pm (MST)

1st Cav greetings to a great website keeping alive our WWII Veterans history. I was steered to your site by Peter Mcfarlane a fellow 1st Cav associate, Loyalty & Courage.
Paul Schwiegeraht <swig6667 at peoplepc dot com>
Cornelius, OR - May 1, 2008 @ 11:17:48 pm (MST)

As an American citizen of Filipino descent I was really proud to read the history and exploits of the men of the Alamo Scouts. When I was a child growing up in the Philippines I have heard of Lt. Gen. Rafael Ileto and little did I know that as an Alamo Scout he and a lot of his fellow Alamo Scouts played significant roles in the liberation of the Philippines during the closing days of World War II. I am an avid student of history and it was an enlightening experience to read about this special unit.
Piolito B. Deveza <pbdeveza at yahoo dot com>
San Diego, CA - April 27, 2008 @ 12:47:17 pm (MST)

CSM Kittleson was my first Team Sergeant in Special Forces. We served together in Vietnam. He was an outstanding role model to me. I was with him on one of his POW Rescue attempts. It was an honor to serve with him. RIP
Randolfo Cesani <Tuffy402 at aol dot com>
Weatherford, TX - March 5, 2008 @ 10:42:42 pm (MST)

I am looking to conduct telephone interviews with anyone who had contact with, supported, or conducted joint operations with the Alamo Scouts during WWII for an oral history to be published in late 2008 or early 2009. Of particular interest are Filipino guerrillas, Navy PT boat crewmen, Air Corps pilots, and non-Alamo Scout Army personnel. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Hope to see everyone in San Antonio in March!
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - December 20, 2007 @ 02:48:13 pm (MST)

I have, for the last several years, stopped in every now and then to have lunch at a local drugstore lunch counter..., we still have one here. While lunching, I have come to know two extraordinary men, brothers in fact. Jim and Henry Baker. Jim went ashore at Calais 4 days after D Day, eventually was wounded and ultimately shipped back to the States. He has never completely recovered.., but became a successful and respected businessman. Henry is, of course, Henry 'Snake' Baker. I would never have known about the Alamo Scouts except for the fact that he one day wore his Alamo Scouts cap. That piqued my curiosty and I began to do some research. Like Jim, Henry returned and established himself as a respected local businessman. Unassuming, almost humble it seems to me. I feel it an inexpressable honor just to sit and share some coffee.
John Whitton <jwhitton at bellsouth dot net>
Asheville, NC - November 4, 2007 @ 06:40:14 pm (MST)

I recently learned that my Grandfather, Samuel L. Armstrong, was an Alamo Scout with the Livingston group. Any stories or pictures would be great for I did not know much about him.
Aimee Napier <aimee.napier at hotmail dot com>
Knoxville, TN - November 4, 2007 @ 02:00:53 pm (MST)

My brother was a alamo scout Irvin Ray. I was very young when he was in the service so I do not remember much about his life in the military. I am very proud of my brother and his family. I have read the book and watched the TV program and would like to know more about his time in the Alamo Scouts.
Ruth Rodericks <rodericksm at bellsouth dot net>
Dandridge, TN - October 12, 2007 @ 03:19:31 pm (MST)

I am the oldest daughter of Zeke McConnell. I want to thank you Ann for the kind words about my Dad, and thank ALL the Scouts and their families for loving my Dad! You were/are like his second family only to our immediate family and grand children, as most of you know Dad was raised in an Indian Orphange in Oklahoma. I am THRILLED to say that my husband, Jack, and I are going to be able to join you this year at your Alamo Scout Reunion in Denver! I was taking care of Mom while Dad was at the last 3 reunions. Mom broke her left leg and she is slowly recovering at a Rehab Center. When I get back she will be moving to a very nice Assisted Living place here in Federal Way.
Kathi (McConnell) Henderson <hendersonj_k at msn dot com>
Federal Way, WA - October 8, 2007 @ 01:12:02 pm (MST)

The Scout story is one of bravery, duty and accomplishment. I am amazed that it is not more well known.
Laurence Langan <larry_langanathotmail dot com>
Manasquan, NJ - October 8, 2007 @ 08:07:48 am (MST)

My uncle, Allen Holt Throgmorton was an Alamo Scout. Although we knew very little about what he really did, we knew it was something special and he was in the South Pacific. He also served in Korea..
Phyllis Throgmorton Skonicki <skonickip at bellsouth dot net>
Louisville, Kentucky - October 7, 2007 @ 5:15:50 pm (MST)

Wishing all the Scouts and their families a joyous and successful reunion in Denver this weekend. Sorry I couldn't make it. All of you have my undying respect and admiration.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - October 2, 2007 @ 03:10:11 pm (MST)

I want to express my condolences and personal sense of loss at the passing of Zeke McConnell. I met him many times and I know that my father, Red Sumner, thought very highly of Zeke.
Ann M. Sumner <am_sumner at yahoo dot com>
Santa Rosa, CA - July 22, 2007 @ 11:18:24 am (MST)

As a PFC in the UNC/EUSA public information office in Korea in 1963-64, Lt. Col Chester B. Vickery, onetime Alamo Scout
team leader, was a good mentor to me. I had contact with him for only a short time after my two years of active duty yet have always appreciated the counsel he gave me and his watching out for me. Altho we discussed only a bit his Alamo Scouts service, he did tell me how high a priority it was for him to not lose a member of his team. Thanks to the Alamo Scouts for your service.

Tom Diffenbach <diffenbach at comcast dot net>
Harrisburg, PA - July 7, 2007 @ 01:11:11 pm (MST)

I'm the nephew of General Rafael Ileto. His wife is my Grandmothers sister. I got goose bumps when I found out that he's an Alamo Scout and that the plaque is in Fredericksburg. I never knew he served with the Americans in the war. I told my family that from now on we will make a trip to Fredericksburg on veteran's day. I've lived in San Antonio for 17 years. My grandfather survived the Bataan Death March, his name. Vicente Dinglasan, but he was killed by the Japanese after being identified by one of the "stoole pigeons". He is survived by two son's. One is my father. I'm not sure if my grand dad was an alamo scout, although I was told growing up that he was an officer and was also involved with the guerrilas.
Joel Dinglasan <jdinglasan at satx dot rr dot com>
San Antonio, Texas - June 29, 2007 @ 03:37:44 pm (MST)

I am reading up on the ALamo Scouts as I just met the daughter of Col Sumner. As a Vietnam Vet, I am always amazed at the things that the Greatest Generation was able to do. Myself, along with another Viet Vet, a Marine, I was Navy, have formed the only known American Legion Motor Escort Team in the nation, and we have been performing the sad duty of escorting deceased soldiers coming home from Iraq. The beat goes on, generation to generation. We have a saying, 'let our generation of veteran never forget another'. Thank you all for your service to our country, as only those of us who have served, can speak with authority about doing so.
Gary Greenough <LnRngr69 at aol dot com>
Santa Rosa, CA - June 24, 2007 @ 11:29:49 pm (MST)

My heart sank today when I sat down at my computer hoping to send some form of correspondents to Galen Kittleson after reading about him in the book “Raider” only to hear of his passing. He him self was an extraordinary man and part of an amazing generation that fought for what they believed in no matter what the cost. His memory will live on forever as will the memory of the countless others who served this great country as he did.
Ryan C Brooks <Rbrooks2 at gmu dot edu>
Fairfax Virginia - June 15, 2007 @ 12:08:53 pm (MST)

What a great service Lance and Russ have done on this web site. My Uncle Andy Smith is an Alamo Scout, he has passed away, but once an Alamo Scout always a Scout. I am always saddened by any Scout who has left this old world to be with his Alamo Scout Team in hero heaven. Keep up the good work guys and God Bless the Alamo Scouts.
Alfred Max Smith <alfredmaxsmith at peoplepc dot com>
Aiken, South Carolina - May 17, 2007 @ 06:56:50 pm (MST)

I served on PT boat 546 of Squadron 28. We worked with the Alamo scouts many times, taking them withing a few hundred yards of enemy held territory, putting them in a rubber life raft and leaving them to go ashore and scout for enemy gun emplacements, number of enemy on island, etc. I have never forgotten the bravery these men showed. We would go back later at night and pick them up. My hat goes off to these very brave soldiers who faced the enemy in a very different and hazardous way.
Bill Lambdin <wlambdin at tampabay dot rr dot com>
Clearwater, Florida - February 23, 2007 @ 11:04:11 am (MST)

I want to thank all of the Alamo Scouts for their courage, sacrifice and service to our country. You are an example to all of us.
William J. Venneman <william dot venneman at us dot army dot mil>
Las Vegas, Nevada - January 30, 2007 @ 02:57:15 pm (MST)

I am happy I had the chance to get to know Galen. He was a hero and also my role model. I looked up to him and still do to this day. When you met somebody like him and he tells you, "he is proud of you", it's a great honor. Just being able to know him was a honor. He meant a lot to me. He took me under his wing and has helped me accomplish so much. I miss him a great deal. He always used to help point me in the right direction. His advise was always helpful and admired. He was a great person and he was very special to me and many others. He touched people, who didn't even know him directly.
Shalmarie Oakes <cat334 at riceville dot k12 dot ia dot us>
McIntire, Iowa - October 27, 2006 @ 08:30:34 am (MST)

Congratulations to the Alamo Scouts and their families on attending the 2006 Reunion in Honolulu, Hawaii. I regret that I am unable to attend this year's gathering, but I am confident that Terry Santos and the other Alamo Scout stalwarts in attendance will assume the heavy responsibility of ingesting my share of the food and drink, and telling my portion of tall tales! Best wishes for a marvelous reunion and my warmest regards to everyone.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - October 3, 2006 @ 01:38:15 pm (MST)

I served with CSM Kittleson in the 5th Special Forces, from 1971-1973. I can still see him with his beret in one hand and him rubbing his bald head with the other. Oh yea, he always had a smile on his face. He had the misfortune of standing in front of a our battalion or companies as it may be, and calling out names. "The following people are going to Disneyland" he would say. Of course we all knew he meant Vietnam. He was a born leader and lead by example. I was only 24 at the time and we all struggled to keep up with him on runs and marches. I was watching the History Channel one day and there he sat, modestly telling his story. I too didn't know he had accomplished so much in his career. He was a modest man, quiet, caring and helpful. A man I am proud to say I had known and served under. Thank you to his family for enduring, while he made the world a safer place to live. Very respectfully, formerly SFC PAUL J. DUSING. ODA 574, A-3-5. Airborne.
Paul J. Dusing <duser1 at wans dot net>
Florence, KY - September 25, 2006 @ 02:55:15 pm (MST)

Sorry to hear about Galen Kittleson. I read his book and was given the impression that Galen was unique, and had certain qualities that made you think that sometimes the path of life is set out for you and thank God that men like Galen stood up to be counted.
Alan Cumming <cummal80 at aol dot com>
West Lothian, Scotland - July 8, 2006 @ 01:48:29 pm (MST)

I am please to see that an ex-neighbor and fellow soldier has done so well. Continue with the your good work, Lance.
Monte Kruzan <ml-kruzan at wiu dot edu>
Macomb, IL - June 25, 2006 @ 08:34:10 pm (MST)

My father, Robert W. Teeples was a Alamo Scout. I was a LRRP with Kco. 75th Rangers in Viet Nam. He gave to me so much of what it took to perform those type of missions. The Alamo Scouts were the greatest.
Thomas D. Teeples <ourstars at hotmail dot com>
Black River Falls, Wisconsin - June 15, 2006 @ 04:40:29 am (MST)

I would like to express my condolences to the Kittleson family for the forsaken departure of their beloved Galen. I have just recently heard of the Command Sgt. Majors passing. I first read Raider one year ago after checking it out from my school library. I picked it up again this past April for another glance. I was truly inspired, and drawn to the storyline; partly because it was all true, and with the remaining factor being the unwavering sense of patriotism, honor, and duty which I felt radiated from the Sgt. Maj. A man of such virtue will undoubtedly be missed, and his memory cherished. I never knew, or met him, but a man such as this will always have my utmost respect; in this life and the next.
Joshua Don Clay <TeddyC87 at msn dot com>
Van Alstyne, TX - June 13, 2006 @ 06:11:34 pm (MST)

I remember Pappy Kittleson. He was my first team “daddy” and my mentor when I first came to the 6th Group in 1968 as a young buck sergeant medic fresh out of Training Group. I remember staring at the back of Pappy’s bull neck as he led our team on the morning PT run. I figured if Pappy could run I could run. I remember Pappy taught me how to tie a survival knot using parachute cord; this I have passed down to my son and other young troops. That knot is Pappy’s legacy to me. I saw Pappy on an interview on the History Channel in December 2005 as he recalled the Cabanatuan raid. I called him in January this year to say hello and talk of old times. I am glad that I did before he passed away. Bill Gates, CPT (ret) - President - Chapter 16, Special Forces Association
William Gates < bgates at kleinfelder dot com>
Auburn, WA - June 5, 2006 @ 10:14:28 pm (MST)

My sympathy to SGM Kittleson's family on your loss. I knew him from several reunions of the Alamo Scouts and from several interviews I conducted with him for articles. He was a fine man and a great soldier.
Michael F. Dilley <mdilley1 @ msn dot com>
Alexandria, VA - May 29, 2006 @ 05:07:03 pm (MST)

When you meet a man like the Sergeant Major, regardless of his military accomplishments, you know you've met someone special. The CSM was dedicated to whatever he did whether it was the Military, his family, his faith, his hereford cattle or his Alamo Scout Explorer Group. He embodied the term "HERO" to a wide variety of folks, not just military folks. He will never know how many lives he touched and helped make better just by showing he cared, especially the troubled youngsters in the Alamo Scouts. I am proud to have met the man when I did and am happy that I have been able to help with the Alamo Scouts and carry on the tradition and the standards set by the CSM. We will carry on! My sympathies, again, to his family. He will be missed. He may have been small in stature but he was a giant at heart. Alamo All The Way!
Gary L. Huffman <gary.huffman at us dot army dot mil>
Osage, Iowa - May 24, 2006 @ 01:13:55 pm (MST)

I grew up in Mitchell County, Iowa where Galen Kittleson grew up and where he founded his Alamo Scouts. He was a well respected member of our community, helped guide many young people toward responsible adulthood. His passing is a loss but his spirit will live on.
Patrick Johanns <pat_johanns at yahoo dot com>
West Lafayette, IN - May 21, 2006 @ 03:24:51 am (MST)

I thought that the book "Raider" was a very good book. I haven't seen the moive the "Great Raid" but i really want to. I am proud of what CSM Galen Kittleson did to save the POWs and how he helped to start the Alamo Scouts to help other people to get involved with the Alamo Socuts.
Ian Halliday <ianhalliday91 at yahoo dot com>
St. Ansgar, IA - May 19, 2006 @ 09:20:44 am (MST)

My name is Wil Costa. I was an Officer (2Lt) in Brazilian Army and I read about the courage of the Alamo Scouts. I wanted to say thank you and all of the Alamo Scouts.
Wil Costa <wilcosta @ adslcertto dot com dot br>
Medianeira- PR, Brazil - May 15, 2006 @ 08:55:15 pm (MST)

I was an Alamo Scout in CSM Kittleson's civilian explorer troup in the '80's. I can't describe how good of a mentor he was... He taught us young punks all about respect, honor, responsibility, and common sense. He drilled those values into dozens, if not hundreds of people, and the world is better because of it. The world lost a warrior, a true hero, on May 4th. His passing makes me sad, but I know exactly where he is now. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Chris Bensend <benny at bennyvision dot com>
Ames, Iowa - May 14, 2006 @ 11:20:00 am (MST)

Fair winds and following seas to a great American hero, Command Sgt. Major (Ret) Galen Kittleson. I first met Galen as a 16 year old working in a small garage in Osage, Iowa. The last time we met was in 1999 at a Memorial Day service in my hometown of Mitchell, Iowa. He looked impecable still in his dress uniform and was so gracious. I was in uniform and just wanted to shake his hand. When I was introducing myself he chuckled and said that he knew who I was. He asked me how many years I had in the Navy and I told him almost 29, his advice for me was to stay in as long as they would let me. I retired in 2001 with 31 years service. Galen was an awesome role model and will be missed.
Michael Gene Barrett <engldocdr at hotmail dot com>
Williamsburg, Virginia - May 10, 2006 @ 05:48:10 pm (MST)

We both grew up in Mitchell County, Iowa, lived in Toeterville, Iowa for several years, and had the privilege to live right next to Galen and Darlene Kittleson. What great neighbors they were, and what great memories we have, about so many days just living there! Amidst all the wonderful contributions made by Gay Kittleson to the United States, and they are beyond comparison, he was a great friend and mentor. He helped us as a young couple and our family to learn some never-to-be-forgotten values about this life that we all lead, and we remember many wonderful things about him and his family. As neighbors and friends, there is just way too much to mention here. God Bless Galen, Darlene, and family, and there is no doubt that Our Lord has lifted Galen to a new rank among the Saints. We shall always remember him in our hearts.
Dennis M. and Julaine K. Dammen <d.dammen at mchsi dot com>
Prior Lake, Minnesota - May 9, 2006 @ 10:17:23 pm (MST)

Stan was Galen's 2nd cousin and we were very fortunate to know Galen and Darlene. Darlene is a grand lady and at the funeral she received a round of applause for her role in Galen's service to his country. I knew Galen as a family man, a humble and humorous man who wanted all the Kittlesons, in Iowa and North Dakota,to know the family history and continue with family reunions. He helped me start planning the 2006 reunion to be held in North Dakota this summer. We will continue his work. We will miss him.
Stan and Judi Kittleson <kittjudi47 at aol dot com>
Solon, Iowa - May 9, 2006 @ 07:54:44 pm (MST)

I knew Galen as a warm, self-effacing man who was one of my dad's best friends. He will be deeply missed by the Alamo Scouts family, and by all who knew him. Thanks for everything.
Ann Sumner, Red's eldeset daughter <sumner at saber dot net>
CA - May 9, 2006 @ 07:12:38 pm (MST)

MSG Galen "Pappy" Kittleson was my team sgt in the 4th Mobile Guerrilla Force (VN-1967-68) when I was the team XO(A-403). I have never met a better soldier, mentor, teacher or man than "Pappy". He was patient with young Green Beret officers but was a stern yet gracious and humble and there is no one I respect more than him. On his passing from his last formation to the ranks of the heroes above I again salute him. There was never a finer soldier. Thank you "Pappy"
Henry J. Cook, III <hjcook at cableone dot net>
Diamondhead, MS - May 7, 2006 @ 07:01:19 pm (MST)

It is with great sadness that I read about the death of Galen Kittleson. Although I never met him personally I felt a certain closeness to him after having read so much about him and also after having had the privilage of working with the Alamo Scouts Team Dove during the last six months of the war. To borrow from the late Will Rogers, "I never met an Alamo Scout that I didn't like." The were a great bunch of guys and personified my personal image of the American soldier. Rest in peace "Pappy" and may your contibutions to this great country never be forgotten.
Ralph Kleeberger <rallee at wcnet dot org>
Perrysburg, Ohio - May 7, 2006 @ 06:38:17 pm (MST)

I served with Galen Kittleson years ago but will always remember him. He was a great man.
Marcus E. Reed <invictus2 at>
Ewa Beach, HI - May 7, 2006 @ 2:35:22 am (MST)

Though I never knew Mr. Kittleson I have read the articles in the local newspaper of his service to the U.S. and the Jr. Alamo Scouts program that he started for youth in the area in which he lived. There are very few men like him in a lifetime - - with his courage, determination and humbleness. His service to the U.S. was second to none and I was saddened to learn of his passing. May God bless him and his family.
Jeff Newell <jeffroxann5 at msn dot com>
Mason City, IA - May 6, 2006 @ 11:49:12 am (MST)

The Alamo Scouts Association is deeply saddened to announce the passing of CSM Galen Kittleson on 4 May 2006. Kittleson was the co-founder of the ASA and an American hero in every sense of the word--soldier, father, gentleman, and friend. Our deepest condolences to his wife Darlene and to the entire Kittleson family for their loss. In recognition and rememberance of Galen, the ASA invites everyone to sign the Guestbook or to leave a message on the Message Board.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - May 5, 2006 @ 05:33:59 pm (MST)

Lt. Marion "Bud" Myers, was an alamo scout. I never knew him, as he died months before I was born. My mom, his daughter, knew of his being a scout but never explained the significance of what it meant to me. One day I was watching the history channel, and lo and behold they were doing a special on grandad's unit. Within two minutes of watching, my grandad's face appeared on screen. I recognized it from pictures my grandmother had in her house. I flipped out. No one in the family knew that he had been involved in something so extraordinary.
Jason Myers Mund <jmund2602 at hotmail dot com>
Towson, Md - April 16, 2006 @ 02:14:48 pm (MST)

Homer A. Williams was My Grandpa. I did not know all he had done for the Scouts till he was gone.
Matthew S. Martin <stuppietoo at>
Copperopolis CA - April 8, 2006 @ 09:53:55 pm (MST)

About 3 weeks ago, I was informed about the passing of Bill Rankin, a young U.S. Navy man whose photo (#126 in Alamo Scouts photo archive) "reverberated" around the world almost 60 years later. Almost 60 years later, the discovery of that photo, taken by Bill, of my family, including me when I was a little over 1-1/2 years old, being held on my mother's lap, on PT Boat 379 during our rescue from Fuga Island (See "Miracle Mission on Alamo Scout website), connected me with former PT boat members, including Bill Rankin, Ralph Kleeberger, and Handy Stinson, as well as Lance Zedric and Russ Blaise, and members of my extended family whom I had not had any contact with since 1965 when I left the Philippines to come to the U.S. I salute Bill, along with his fellow PT boat members, for his part in the mission that rescued my family off Fuga Island, and for being a member of "The Greatest Generation" ever.
Priscilla SyCip Bogner <pbogner at sbcglobal dot net>
Frankfort, IL - March 19, 2006 @ 09:01:12 pm (EST)

A very interesting and informative site. I read about The Alamo Scouts in the book Ghost Soldiers. I had vaugely heard the name of the unit, but now know a whole lot more. Everoyone involved with the unit can be rightly proud of their exemplary war record. A truly elite unit!
Grant Young <grantyoung34 at hotmail dot com>
Edinburgh, Scotland - March 18, 2006 @ 11:46:17 am (EST)

Tom Rounsaville was my great uncle. He will forever be one my heroes !!!!!
Philipp B. Moore II <philipp_moore @ yahoo dot com>
Augusta, GA - January 6, 2006 @ 02:50:38 pm (EST)

Happy New Year to all the Alamo Scouts and their families. As Historian for the Alamo Scouts Association, I am looking to obtain photographs (scans or photos)of the following in Kyoto, Japan: the Daiken Building (6th Army HQ); any barracks where the Alamo Scouts and 6th Ranger Bn were billeted from Oct-Dec 1945; any bars, clubs, restraurants, theaters, etc., where the Scouts might have frequented; and photos of "The Alamo Express," Krueger's special train. Any additional photos of Alamo Scouts, overhead personnel or general period shots in New Guinea, the Philippines or Japan would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - December 31, 2005 at 5:22:25pm (EST)

My stepfather was John G. Fisher of Dove Team. I missed the History Ch. show and just found your site by chance. Dad talked about some of his experiences in the Scouts as I was growing up. Very few people I have talked with know anything about them. He would have been very proud to know he was on your site. Thanks.
Jackie Christian <doodle at c2i2 dot com>
Sierra Vista, AZ - September 30, 2005 at 18:12:07 (EST)

Tom Rounsaville was my husband's uncle. I met him for the first time in 1989 when I married! Uncle Tom was a true hero and I am very fortunate to have known and loved him.
Taylor Ann Rounsaville <zmassagegal at aol dot com>
Fayetteville, NC - September 22, 2005 at 2:18:19 (EST)

Andrew, I knew your uncle Tom Rounsaville well, and he was one of the most forthright, interesting, humorous, and charismatic Alamo Scouts I ever met. He was truly larger than life, and I will never forget him. Also, congratulations and thank you for your service to our country. Tom would be exceedingly proud of you.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - August 18, 2005 at 21:53:03 (EST)

I would just like to say that I am proud to be one of Tom Rounsaville's relatives. As I watched The Great Raid it made me realize that he and most of the other men that liberated the Cabanatuan POW's were barely older than I am right now at the age of 21. Also, I am very proud to say that I will one day serve my country as I am currently a cadet in the Air Force ROTC program and I hope that I will make my Uncle Tom proud. Thank you to all the Scouts for everything you have done.
Andrew Schweichler <as1150 at txstate dot edu>
San Marcos, Texas - August 18, 2005 at 01:39:19 (EST)

My greatest thanks to the Alamo Scouts and their participation in liberating my father, Sgt Albert L Parker, from Cabanatuan Camp. The fact that I am typing this letter today is testiment to their bravery and dedication. My father passed away in July, 2005. He carried with him the greatest admiration for the Scouts and Rangers who liberated him. He, as the other prisoners, had lost hope years before. They were excited to hear of the approaching Yanks, but knew that their days were almost over. I would be pleased to hear from any of the members of that unit or their families. It is a great thing that Hampton Sides's book and the subsequent film has brought this amazing feat back to the attention of the American public and the world.
John Marshall Parker <MarshPark at gmail dot com>
Tombal Texas - August 16, 2005 at 14:02:39 (EST)

My Good Friend Sid Tison was an Alamo Scout. I spent spent hours with this great American. As a young man, he took me flying which drove my interest in aviation. I retired November of 2004 from Delta Airlines after a number of years in the Airforce/Guard. I also spent some time with Martin Grimes. A friend of Sid and myself, Jim Cox had a meeting with Al Veritta in the Philippines. Thanks for the website.
Baron Windham <Baron2w at aol dot com>
Hartsville, SC - August 15, 2005 at 10:59:05 (EST)

I knew Sidney Tison later in his life and used to listen transfixed to his stories (when he could be persuaded to begin them) and his love of the Alamo Scouts. He often mentioned his good friend, Henry "Snake" Baker. He was a good man.
Mimi Sansbury <mbsan1 at yahoo dot com>
Columbia, SC - August 14, 2005 at 15:07:37 (EST)

Recent research at the National Archives has uncovered more than 30 additional graduates from the Alamo Scouts Training Centers. Check out the updated roster for the new listings.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - July 27, 2005 at 12:58:53 (EST)

Thanks to the Alamo Scouts and their families for a wonderful reunion in Kansas City from 15-18 June 2005. It was a pleasure seeing all of you again, and I look forward to next year in Hawaii.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - June 20, 2005 at 18:25:58 (EST)

My grandpa was Willie B. Holeman TSgt, 383rd Co. K, 96th Infantry. He saw a great deal of action in the Phillipines and Okinawa. He would have been 83 today and he was always proud of his service and especially the men he served with. I never heard him mention the Alamo scouts by name, but he often spoke of the bravery of the men who liberated the POW camps in the Phillipines. I thank you all for your service and dedication to country and especially the families of those who did not make it home. Would welcome any information from anyone who served with my grandpa or in associated units.
Rodney Langley <langleyrodney at yahoo dot com>
Jonesboro, Arkansas - May 3, 2005 at 19:10:18 (EST)

I found out about the Alamo Scouts website by accident. I was looking for articles about my Great Uncle LtGen Rafael Ileto (Alamo Scouts 5th class). Mr. Blaise and Mr. Zedric did an outstanding job creating this website and share them with us. I have learned a few things I didn't know before. I hope to know more after reading Mr. Zedric's book "The Silent Warriors.."
J.V. Ileto, III <jaime.ileto at baesystems dot com>
Olney, MD - April 25, 2005 at 9:58:15 (EST)

We watched a DVD of the PBS special tonight and wanted to find out more about the Alamo Scouts. Thank you for risking your lives for our wonderful country!
Tom and Kathy Perkins <genetictraindriver at yahoo dot com>
Atlanta, GA - March 30, 2005 at 10:50:01 (EST)

My father was also a soldier but he was not a WWII veteran, he went to Korea (2nd BCT PEFTOK) and wento also to Vietnam (2nd PHILCAGV). He is also a Scout Ranger the Philippine version of the Alamo Scout . He enlisted in the Army in 1954 but he is retired now I think he had 29 years in service. My father is still living at the age of 72 and im proud of him, for his service to our country. It is always a great interest for me to read anything on Philippine War history, about our great countrymen who lost their lives for freedom.
Larry G. Sagun <lgs at mydestiny dot net>
Makati, Philippines - March 3, 2005 at 3:26:48 (EST)

Thanks to SFC Barry Leming and the UCSB ROTC department for putting together an outstanding Alamo Scouts program at the UC Santa Barbara campus on 25 February. Barry's enthusiasm, attention to detail, professionalism, and can-do attitude were exemplary and he is a credit to the military profession. The cadets at UCSB are lucky to have him. On behalf of Scouts Bill Barnes, Connie Vineyard and Bill Littlefield, and everyone who attended, thank you Barry for a job exceedingly well done. Bravo! A special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. John Blankenship and Ms. Stefanie Salata of the Pierre Claeysson WWII Museum for their generous co-sponsorship of the event. It was fun!
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - February 26, 2005 at 19:38:26 (EST)

I don't really no what to say, but I'm very impressed about all the work which has been put into this website. I'm starting to get elderly myself, 68 going for 69, and do remember a lot of things from my childhood here in Denmark. I did no much about what was going on in the Pacific until I grow up. I started to travel to the Philippines in 1998, and have by now been there 16 times. I have of course visited the big cemeteries in Manila, and that is where I really learned and started to understand what went on in the Pacific during WWII. I can only give you my best compliments for this website. I do wish you and all reader a very happy new year 2005.
Tom Kristoffersen <bentom at bentom dot dk>
Kastrup, Denmark - January 7, 2005 at 14:03:49 (EST)

Happy Holidays to everyone, and especially to the Alamo Scouts community. Let's make 2005 the best year yet for the Alamo Scouts website. At the Alamo Scouts reunion in June 2005, the Alamo Scouts will commemorate the 60th Anniversary of VJ Day and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Alamo Scouts Association (ASA). We need more photographs for the website and for reunion displays, and urge the families of any and all Alamo Scouts to scour old photo albums for any and all memorbilia, not just photos, for inclusion in the ASA archives. Also, Russ Blaise and I welcome any war photographs of New Guinea and the Philippines that would enhance the site, regardless if they feature Scouts or not. Again, thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you in June!
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL - December 25, 2004 at 10:25:09 (EST)

I'm afraid I am a little late to discover this website. But I did find it very interesting. I've read the book the Raider about "Pappy" Kittleson. Which explained to me why I had such respect for the man. He was my A-team Sgt. '69-70 at Fort Bragg. Brag was something he never did. So it took some thirty odd years to find out why I have so much respect for the man. He deserved it and I damn well knew that, but he never spoke of what he had done. Though he sometimes wore an odd WWII patch as a combat patch. I went to see him this past summer and spent a day with him in Iowa. It was a day well spent, meeting his wife, and spending an enjoyable day on his family farm. He's still the man I remembered from so many years ago. He's still my hero.
Loren R. Olsen <oly at unique-software dot com>
Prior Lake, MN - December 12, 2004 at 23:44:22 (EST)

Got home last night & flicked on the History Channel. It featured a fantastic documentary on the Alamo Scouts. As an Australian, I owe all those brave men a heavy debt. An extraordinary account of bravery.
Ian Grant <ian.grant at firstpermanent dot com dot au>
Sydney, Australia - November 29, 2004 at 17:46:00 (EST)

Hi, my name is Sgt. David Lane. I'm a cavalry scout in the 4th infintry division. I wanted to say God bless to you and all of the Alamo Scouts. It was my english teacher, Patty Frisk, who inspired me to join. Her father was John (or jack as she called him) Dove. Thank you for putting togerther such a historicaly and inspirationaly unparalell website. May their story and heroics live on for ever through peolpe such as yourself.
Sgt. David Lane <AmyDaveLane at aol dot com>
Fort Hood, TX USA - November 11, 2004 at 10:18:00 (EST)

I'm the daughter of Bob Ross. He was a memeber of the Lutz Team. Thank you for this wonderful website.
Lisa Ross
New York, NY USA - October 8, 2004 at 17:53:52 (EST)

This past Memorial Day, I had the privledge of meeting MG R.L. Shirkey. I remembered the occasion when the General (and all of the Alamo Scouts) had been awarded the Special Forces designation. I had been at Ft. Leavenworth that day. The Post CSM mentioned it to several of us that were attending some function. Unfortunately I could not get away to observe the ceremony. Several years later the General was the featured speaker at the Korean-Vietnam Memorial at the Wyandotte County Lake Park in Kansas City, Ks. The park was dedicated in 1988, since that time, the Legion of Honor, of Abdallah Shrine Temple has sponsored the Memorial Day Program. The Legion of Honor is the Veterans Organization of the Shrine of North America. It was my privliage and honor to serve as chairman for nine of the first sixteen years. My father had served in the CBI and had mentioned hearing about the Scouts, that was all I knew until hearing about Gen. Shirkey. When the original Memorial Day Program was planned and put together, one of the primary goals was to have Flag Officers as the principle speaker, not politicans... Our thoughts were based on the premis that the Officers that commanded and led troops (all services) had a deeper and stronger feeling of the sacrifices made by the men and women that have defended our country since its inception. The current situation in our country clearly illustrates the validity of that thought. I was not yet in school when you and your comrades were doing your duty, I was slightly younger when my father was in Bastone. Thank you and all of the Alamo Scouts for what you did for all of us. Sincerely yours,
Joseph R. Cook, CSM, USA ( Ret.)
Kansas City, KS USA - September 29, 2004 at 15:30:03 (EST)

I am glad to have found out about the Alamo Scouts website recently. For to brief a period of time I knew Bill Nellist. When I moved from southern California up to Humboldt county in 1992 I joined one of the local shooting ranges. A year or so later I found that there was a small group that would show up on Monday mornings to do some long range shooting, and I decided to be a part of it. Bill was the mainstay of that group. For a while I knew nothing of Bill's past. I only knew that he was a very knowledgable shooter and he would always be there to give advice and guidance for folks such as myself that were trying to learn. Like most of the WWII veterans that I have known, including my father, Bill didn't talk about his experiences unless you asked him. During the time I knew Bill, many other people filled me in on his acomplishments with the Alamo Scouts. He eventually told me a few stories that I pried out of him. I know that he held General Krueger in high esteem for the work he did in forming and maintaining the Scouts, and also that Bill was always happy attending the Scout reunions. I am indebted to him for helping me in my quest to become a better rifle shooter, for making me his friend, and for letting me see how a true gentleman behaves towards others. There is one story I would like to tell about Bill. After one of the Monday morning shooting sessions we were all packing up our gear to go home, and Bill said, "Well, I'm going to go home and get my lovely young bride, and take her out for lunch". After 52 years of marriage, Bill loved Jane with the same passion as when they first married. Bill Nellist was a class act, and I would like to tell every Alamo Scout who ever served, you sir are a class act too. Thank you for serving your country, and may God bless you all. Sincerely,
Tom Lowry <cranch7 at sbcglobal dot net>
McKinleyville, CA USA - August 8, 2004 at 5:02:43 (EST)

I am one of Milton H. Beckworth's daughter's and am thrilled that this is now available. However, I would love to see and read more about the staff, which my Father was a part of. Keep up the good work and thanks !!
Linda McNamara <jmcnamara5 @ cfl.rr dot com>
Orlando, FL USA - Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at 19:25:21 (EST)

Thank you Lance and Russ for writting the story of the rescue of my family from Fuga Island during WWII in the Philippines. I was so excited to find my picture in your Photo Archives - almost 60 years later! This discovery allowed me to meet (via e-mail) some great people like Lance Zedric, Russ Blaise and some of the crew members on PT Boat 379 (Bill Rankin, who took that picture, Ralph Kleeberger, Handy Stinson) which took the Alamo Scouts to that Island. Alamo Scout Lt. John Dove sounds like a man I would have loved to meet and I enjoyed reading about him in your book "Silent Warriors." Some of us have talked to Mrs. Dove and are grateful she provided letters from my grandpa to Gen. MacArthur and Lt. Dove thanking them for rescuing us. We are all grateful to them and the men on PT 379 for that day we'll all remember forever.
Priscilla N. (Lily) SyCip-Bogner <pbogner at sbcglobal dot net>
Frankfort, IL USA - Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 11:30:23 (EST)

Thanks to everyone who has recently sent photographs for the Alamo Scouts Photo Archives. It is growing in quantity and quality each week. To make viewing the archives easier, we have included a Photo Index. Simply click on Photo Index on the Photo Archive page and scroll down to the name you want to find. A page number will appear next to the name. Then click on the corresponding photo number and go directly to that photo. If someone's name does not appear on the index, we do not have a photo for that person--or--they might appear in a photo under "unidentified Alamo Scouts" in the index. That's where YOU can help. We still need more photos.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Friday, July 9, 2004 at 7:07:48 (EST)

Good Site with a large number of photos. My father, CSM(Ret) Galen C. Kittleson, and I enjoyed looking through the archives this evening, 21 June 04. BGK
Bruce Galen Kittleson <bgkittleson at cs dot com>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Monday, June 21 2004 at 21:01:15 (EST)

Thanks to the people that made the Reunion a great time. Boes and I had a great reunion also!!! I would like to attend another reunion of the Alamo Scouts. THANKS!!!!
Larry W. Stoner <lstoner at attg dot net>
Garden Grove, CA USA - Monday, June 24, 2004 at 22:40:22 (EST)

Aubrey Lee Hall is my uncle and was a member of the Barnes Team. I have never met him, but found out about his involvement with The Alamo Scouts just yesterday. Your web site is fantastic. I was hoping to see a photo of my uncle in the photo gallery, but did not. He lives in San Francisco with his wife. If anyone has any information abour him, I would like to hear it.
Jeffrey R. Hall <jeff.hall at fibergrate dot com>
Dallas, TX USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 8:24:01 (EST)

On behalf of the Alamo Scouts website, Russ Blaise and I would like to thank all veterans and their families for their sacrifice during peace and war. Let no one forget.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 10:03:01 (EST)

Looking for anyone who might have had contact with Dove Team during two missions to Fuga Island from 10-22 June and from 25-28 July 1945, or for anyone who lived on Fuga at that time. Thanks.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Saturday, April 3, 2004 at 18:54:47 (EST)

Great web site. My Father Robert W. Teeples was in the Alamo Scouts. I have a great deal of respect for him, and all of the other members of this great organization.
Thomas D. Teeples <ourstars at hotmail dot com>
Black River Falls, WI USA - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 1:40:00 (EST)

I'm reading the book "Raiders" about CMSM Galen Kittleson. I am in awe of the job all of you Scouts did. Thank you for your service to our country. God Bless you all.
Richard Luther <rluthe at iccnet dot com>
Lexington, SC USA - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 9:01:51 (EST)

Great, Thanks for serving.
Roy E. Parker <royearlparker at aol dot com>
Whitehouse, Texas USA - Friday, January 16, 2004 at 20:47:34 (EST)

To all Alamo Scouts and their families; make a New Year's resolution to dig into those old photo albums and scrapbooks for items we can add to the Alamo Scout archives. We need photographs, orders, citations, written or oral recollections, and any ephemera or memorabilia that will perpetuate the website and continue to make it one of the finest military sites in existence. If you're concerned about sending original material, scans sent as electronic files will work just as well. Let's make 2004 a memorable year for the Alamo Scouts website. We can't do it without YOU! Thanks so much.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 8:18:31 (EDT)

My dad and I were watching THC's show on the scouts and he mentioned his good friend Pete "Joe" Moon, was an Alamo Scout. I had grown up listening to Pete talking about fishing,hunting,and above all else,shooting. But I don't recall him even mentioning he was in the Army during WWII. I am an avid reader of first person accounts of WWII and would have really enjoyed hearing of his experiences first hand from him. Unfortunately he had passed away a few years before. I myself was surprised that I had never heard of the Alamo Scouts after all of the reading I have done about WWII. Silent Warriors and Ghost Soldiers are the only books I've read that give more than a mere mention of the Scouts. I've about gone through all the books I can find and am now pouring over the internet for sites like yours. All of the men and women who served in the war would do a great service to people like myself by telling of your personal experiences and rememberances on sites like these before they are lost forever. Thank YOU for all the things that you have all done for the world and all the things you have yet to share with it.
Pat Griffin <patrickgriffin at sbcglobal dot net>
Rocklin, CA USA - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 19:39:53 (EST)

I SALUTE THE MEN OF THE ALAMO SCOUTS. I WAS A SCOUT WITH THE 1st.CAV 63 and with 11acr 68. Bless you all and thank you all for the freedom I Have. Payton
Bill Pharris <bpayton at twlakes dot net>
Gainesboro, TN USA - Monday, December 15, 2003 at 20:49:20 (EST)

Hi I was in class number 3. At mange point in 1944 If any one remembers me, please let me hear from you. Thank you Sgt. James Steele
James D. Steele <randasint at aol dot com>
Reno, NV USA - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 12:38:38 (EST)

As Veteran's Day is approaching, we would like to send a remembrance of John M. Cook, who passed away on May 31, 2003. My stepfather was proud to be part of the many documentaries and, in particular, the book "Ghost Soldiers" written by Hampton Sides, and to share his experiences as a POW in Philippines during World War II. He was a true soldier all his life and is truly missed by his wife, Theresa Cook, and his entire family. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to honor John in this way and for the feature of him on your website.
Allan and Joan Lovan
Auburn, CA USA - Monday, November 10, 2003 at 13:42:36 (EST)

As a member of the 1st Marine Recon Bn. in Viet Nam, I salute the members of your unit. It's sad how our country often forgets the sacrifices our warriors have made. I would be proud to shake the hand of any man in your unit.
Stephen Smith <nestor747 at earthlink dot net>
Glassboro, N.J. USA - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 17:47:00 (EDT)

Welcome back everyone! The Alamo Scouts Guestbook is back online. As a co-administrator of the website, Russ Blaise and I invite all guests to comment on the website and to help continue the historical legacy of the Alamo Scouts by passing along information, documents, photos, recollections, etc., that may be in the possession of people who had knowledge of, contact with, or participated in operations with the Alamo Scouts during World War II. We owe it to all veterans to do this right. Also, a special thanks to Alamo Scout Conrad Vineyard for his participation in the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch WWII History Round Table, and to the Round Table Staff for a job exceedingly well done. It was a pleasure!
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 19:53:02 (EDT)

I have always been interested in our armies action against the Japanese in the Philipines, e.i. 1940's. The treatment of American and Philipine prisioners of war was atrocious. I believe that the mission performed by the Alamo Scouts was one of valor and courage....unsurpassed. I can only salute those men.
Don L Kennedy <donel at citlink dot net>
Kingman, AZ USA - Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 23:26:53 (CST)

HOOVER, AL USA - Saturday, December 07, 2002 at 13:38:24 (CST)

As a friend of John Geiger, I felt obligated to see the information and exploits of a group that I never heard about, if not for J. Geiger. I am presently reading the book and it has revealed efforts in the war that were not generally known.
John J. D'Luhy <johngale at worldnet dot att dot net>
Spring Lake, N.J. USA - Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 12:33:07 (CST)

My wife saw the documentary on the history channel and thought it was wonderful. She wanted to get the book and the video as a Christmas gift for her brother. I am sure he will enjoy both.
Robert J. Wherry <RJW4488 at cs dot com>
Martinez, CA United States - Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 15:41:51 (CST)

Wonderful page! It helped me A LOT on my project for history class. Keep up th great work, although if you organized the pictures a little better, like by categories or something, it would make life much easier.
Barbara <xoxo13Angel at cs dot com>
Hayward, CA USA - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 09:15:26 (CST)

MSG Galen "Pappy" Kittleson was my team sgt in the 4th Mobile Guerrilla Force (VN-1967-68) when I was the team XO. I have never met a better soldier, mentor, teacher or man than "Pappy". He was patient with young Green Beret officers but was a stern yet gracious and humble and there is no one I respect more than him. Thank you "Pappy"
Henry J. Cook, III <hjcook at cableone dot net>
Diamondhead, MS USA - Friday, November 22, 2002 at 12:52:44 (CST)

My father Bill Shaffer, AKA "Major Bill" was a POW escapee who served with Lt Rounsaville and Littlefield prior to the liberation of Los Banos. He was later wounded in action fighting with his guerilla unit, the Hukbalahaps, I'm seeking any information. Did you know him.
Mark Shaffer <shafferdsgngrp at attbi dot com>
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, November 22, 2002 at 12:49:10 (CST)

I am so thankful for this tribute to the men who served as Alamo Scouts. My uncle was one of them Robert D. Hamlin. He would sometimes tell us stories and they were so interesting Why has there not been a movie about the men who gave so much. A side note when my uncle left the Army he went to work for Areo Jet and there he invented Solid Rocket fuel. He was one of five registered scientist without a college degree. Its sad to say that we lost him in 1997. Once again I am so proud of what they did for our country.
Albert Hamlin <AHamlin418 at aol dot com>
Palmdale, CA USA - Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at 23:02:25 (CST)

I recently saw the History channel on the Alamo Scouts and could not believe I had never seen the story of this legendary unit. I am from the 70's generation and I do not think there are many from my generation that really know and think about the price of our freedom and what it took to ensure we live in the land of the free. I shake the hand of every vet I see and say thank you for ensuring my freedom. The Alamo Scouts to me embody what is best to me about this generation of men who went to war, to ensure that I could grow up an have the privelige to say that "I am an American". I tell all I meet now when I can about the Alamo Scouts history.
Michael McDaniel <ss_spetsnaz at yahoo dot com>
Glendale, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 10:07:31 (CST)

I just watched a special on the Alamo Scouts and was surprised to just now see anything on the scouts. I consider myself addicted to anything involving World War II including the European theatre as well as the Pacific. I can't remember ever reading or seeing much on the Alamo Scouts. I will continue to learn more about them considering the important role they played in the war.
Patrick McClaskey <patrickmcclaskey at hotmail dot com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 13:17:15 (CST)

I have enjoyed viewing this web site since I discovered it a little over a year ago after the history channel special aired. My grandpa Samuel Jacobson was an Alamo Scout. I am very interested in any information anyone might have about my grandpa. During the last year I ran across pictures from a gathering held sometime around 1980. thanks,
Matt Jacobson <mbj at mn.usda dot gov>
Kenyon, MN USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 10:46:45 (CST)

Friend of J.Newell Henderson--1944 class. I am passing this website to him after speaking with Lance Zedic, author of "Silent Warriors".
James W. Plate <JWPlate at aol dot com>
Rockford, IL USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 10:40:11 (CST)

Excellent website! I just finished reading "Ghost Soldiers" (the Cabanatuan Prison Liberation). I had never heard of the Alamo Scouts and had to find out more. this is truly a story that needs to be heard. I pray America continues to have such men.
Andy Wagner <adw99 at pacbell dot net>
Sacramento, CA USA - Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 16:18:09 (CDT)

One of the first men I met when I came to Eureka in 1954 was Bill Nellist. He was a journeyman plumber at the firm my sister worked and he loved to hunt and flyfish. He had snow white hair and a barely discernable voice that I was told resulted for his military service. I heard two stiories...he had malaria and two it was because of the difficult missions he went on. I knew at that time he was on the mission to free the POWs in the Philippines. He and his wife Jane were friends of my sister and her husband. His son Chuck is a good friend of my son and they ride dirt bikes together. Bill passed away a couple of years ago and I am not sure of his wife. Bill would flyfish the Pacific ocean off the coast here in a float tube. He also waterskied from Eureka to Trinidad Ca on the ocean, a distance of about 15 miles in rough water.
Leon warmuth
Eureka, ca USA - Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 21:51:12 (CDT)

Don Brown who was a member of the Ouzts Team was my Scoutmaster of Troop number 13 in Minneapolis, Mn. in the 1950's> He taught me many of life's lessons. Members of that scout troop are still friends and get together periodicaly for reunions. Don has passed away and is buried in Fort Snelling National cemetary in Inneapolis.
Roger Locken <rlock at emily dot net>
Deerwood, Mn. USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 10:24:25 (CDT)

I have been told that Alamo Scout patches are selling on ebay at more than $2,000.00
George S. Thompson <gthompson at cvalley dot net>
Salisbury, MO USA - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 20:12:46 (CDT)

I am the son of Sgt. Paul E. Draper, 5th. training class, Ileto team. Growing up, I heard stories from my mom about the very elite group of soldiers my dad fought with in the Phillipines... and can always remember looking in the small metal box where dad kept his war memorabilia. It was a modest collection of unit badges, some silk aviation maps and of course his Scouts patch and a captured Japanese flag. The stories I heard likend the Scouts to the Green Berets and other well known Special Forces units. Yet I had never heard of the Alamo Scouts out side our home and recall chalking up those stories to exageration on my Moms part. I just finished "Silent Warriors". The pride I'm feeling can't be described with words; only experienced. To be able to read about at least a few of the actual missions my dad went on and see his name in print next to those men he fought beside... To learn of the training he endured and the skills he learned... and finally to be shown how the Sixth Army ( and many others ) systematically eradicated the Japanese from New Guinea and the Phillipines and basically drove their asses all the way back to Tokyo! ( carried away Thanks Lance. In a tangible way your efforts have changed me, at least in a small way, for the rest of my life. I am really interested in anyone who served with my dad to please contact me. I only knew him in his late 40's and 50's... It would be great to someone who knew him as a young man. E- Mail is OK or phone me at 850-297-2243)
Paul B Draper <DaDrapers at aol dot com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 20:53:26 (CDT)

When I was a young Special Forces soldier, I knew CSM Galen (Pappy) Kittleson, when he was the CSM of the 7th Special Forces Group. Although I had the greatest respect for him, I can now see that his very presents and mentorship in Special Forces was a result of his background and experience. Men like "Pappy" Kittleson helped to make Special Forces what it is today. "Thanks. Pappy"
John M. Woodham (MSG, Ret. US Army Special Forces <jwoodham.rhs at hub dot catoosa dot k12 dot ga dot us>
Ringgold, Ga. USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 08:19:34 (CDT)

Roger Locken <rlock at mlecmn dot net>
Deerwood, Mn USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 15:15:52 (CDT)

My Mom's brother Harvey L. Hines (died Oct '99 of strange blood disease he fought since WWII), who I rarely ever saw growing up, talked with me in '91. Late into the nite he told me about a trek across one of the Islands, guided by a 15 year old Filipino Resistance Fighter to reconnoiter the Island for re-invasion. He said after the war his team was moved to a large Japanese city (Tokyo?) and given the task of guarding an innocuous butcher or bake shop. After several days of wondering what the heck they were doing there, they started nosing around. They found a trapdoor beneath a large butcher block or heavy table of some sort. When they entered, they found lots of gold bullion, which was trucked away some time later under orders from a civilian in a black trench coat (OSS?). I have never attempted any follow-up on my own, so anyone who knew him or who knew members of his team is certainly welcome to e-mail me with into. I don't know if my cousins (his 3 kids) are interested, but I sure am. Both my parents landed on Utah Beach (You're damn right my Mom wore Army boots!) and spent two winters patching up our guys. Today's kids don't have much of a clue what the Greatest Generation went thru, but it's high time they learn. Thank you. Great website!
Bob Engebretson <doglets at alaska dot net>
Valdez, AK USA - Saturday, May 25, 2002 at 12:44:36 (CDT)

PHILA, PA USA - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 10:03:17 (CDT)

We are still looking for copies of photos, orders, letters, mission reports, documents, awards, or diaries from former Alamo Scouts, their families, or anyone who had contact them during World War II. Please email me to make arrangements. Thanks again to all who have loaned us the above items. You are ensuring that the legacy of the Alamo Scouts will not die.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 21:48:24 (CDT)

Good job on the sight! I really like this sight and the way it is put together! Good luck on your new book Mr. Zedric.
Frank <frankoman2000 at hotmail dot com>
USA - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 21:26:08 (CST)

I am a relative of Lawerance Coleman who served in the Alamo Scouts. His sister sent me the website URL and I have enjoyed learning about the Scouts. I had not heard of them. I was in the US Navy 1962 - 1966 and was involved in secret stuff, so I really enjoyed reading about the Scouts. There are so many veterans who have never gotten credit for the secret missions that they risked their lives on.
Billy A. Upchurch <bupchurch at chartertn dot net>
Bristol, VA USA - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 16:57:43 (CST)

Great to see the Scouts have a very good and informative site. I hope people start to see what they did!! Keep up the good work!!
Luke Sparke <ssf1945 at hotmail dot com>
Maryborough, QLD Australia - Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 21:32:53 (CST)

I spent ten years in Special Forces and my Team Sergeant in Vietnam was Galen Kittleson an Alamo Scout. Always had a great deal of respect for him and the Alamo Scouts.
Randy Cesani <PEACEKR at aol dot com>
Weatherford, TX USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 13:28:20 (CST)

Hey, I am a student in the eleventh grade. For history this year, I am working on a paper about the special forces. If anybody could possibly point out any good resources about the Alamo Scouts, I would greatly appreaciate it. I believe that they are an important part in our history, and I should try to include information about them in my paper. Thanks. -AAF
Andrew F. <Al_Thor880 at yahoo dot com>
Lexington, MA USA - Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 14:39:41 (CST)

So glad to see the Alamo Scouts beginning to receive the recognition they deserve.
W P Resen, LTC, USAR (Ret) <wpresen at yahoo dot com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, January 04, 2002 at 20:25:49 (CST)

I am a retired Army NCO and an Army History buff. I have heard of the Alamo Scouts before, but learned of your web site by way of Army Magazine. The site is very informative. Thanks a lot.
James F. Carson <jamlu2 at juno dot com>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 14:31:28 (CST)

The Alamo Scouts were brought to my attention by Army magazine. I am a retired Army NCO and A Military History buff. I enjoyed your page and will return to check for updates.
James f. Carson <jamlu2 at juno dot com>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 14:22:10 (CST)

My father was an Alamo Scout - Sgt. Gale E. Brant. He talked about it a little but I never knew much about the Scouts until after he died. A military historian contacted me seeking information about the unit from members and their families.
Donnie Brant <dbrant at iland dot net>
Centerview, MO USA - Monday, December 31, 2001 at 18:19:12 (CST)

Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays to all the Alamo Scouts and their families. It was great seeing you in Pensacola. Look forward to the next reunion in Houston.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 07:44:53 (CST)

I think Lance Q. Zedric is a good teacher, he did a good job at gathering info on the Alamo Scouts. I think the Alamo Scouts are awesome. It looks like they have a hard training to go through.
JD <eagle21_1 at hotmail dot com>
USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 17:37:19 (CST)

This was my first Alamo Scouts reunion. After working on the website for over a year and getting familiar with the names and photographs of the Scouts, now I got to meet them in person. What a payoff!, what a great group of men!, along with their family and friends. One thing I won't forget is that Zeke McConnell asked me if he could exchange name tags with me. I felt honored. I came away with knowing why my father, (William F. Blaise) made it home alive from the war. He had the best group of men that anybody could serve with and I thank them all for being there with him. I just wish my father was still with us to go to one of these reunions. Also after over a year of e-mailing and hours of phone conversations with Lance Zedric, I got to meet Lance and his wife Ching for the first time. I'm looking forward to the next reunion.
Russ Blaise <russ at alamoscouts dot org>
Clearwater, FL USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 15:30:21 (CST)

I am in the St. Ansger Alamo Scouts and we get a taste of what it was like in the real Alamo Scouts the leaders name is Galen Kittelson and he was a real Alamo Acout at one time.
Tim Baldwin <tibble_jay_otter at hotmail dot com>
osage, ia USA - Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 18:38:51 (CST)

To the Best of the Best: Congratulations on another wonderful Alamo Scout reunion! Ching and I enjoyed seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and being witness to an incredible brotherhood that has endured for over fifty years. It was an honor. God bless you.
Lance Zedric <Zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 08:53:51 (CDT)

I think the Alamo Scouts were pretty cool I learn alot from my teacher Lance Q. Zedric he asked me to come see this sight and I think it is great (war does not determin who wins but who is left)
Frank <frankoman2000 at hotmail dot com>
galsburg, il USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 18:52:18 (CDT)

I am glad to see the Alamo Scouts finally getting recognition for their work. My father, Jacob T. Richards, served as a cryptographic technician with the 334 Signal Operation Battalion in the same battle areas: Hollandia, New Guinea; Leyte; and Luzon. He was sent in to Luzon to set up guerilla message centers before the landings, but I cannot find any information on his group. Any information would be appreciated. I enjoyed the Alamo Scouts website and found it informative.
Jay C. Richards <jayrichards at enter dot net>
Phillipsburg, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 08:52:04 (CDT)

Your web site is excellent and we especially appreciate the photographs of our local Scout "John Geiger". Keep us informed! We are very proud of you all..Kevin and Heidi Fay.
Kevin and Heidi Fay <kfay1210 at aol dot com>
Spring Lake Heights, NJ USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 19:21:53 (CDT)

Best wishes and kudos for a good site, our respect to all who served with the Alamo Scouts, Gen Raphael"Rocky" Ileto, AFP (Ret), founder of First Scout Ranger Regiment, Philippine Army who is once a team leader of the Alamo Scout. please visit us at
Combat Zone, tribute to Philippine Army Scout Ranger <armyscoutranger at hotmail dot com>
USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 15:10:03 (CDT)

I KNOW GALEN KITTLESON!!!! im in the "boy scout" group called Alamo Scouts and he told us about the special forces group and we watched the thing on it on History Channel.
Staff Seargent Johnson <hypnotik00 at bolt dot com>
Osage, IA USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 12:24:16 (CDT)

I wanted to let you guys know that I grew up hearing stories from and about my uncle Tom and others scouts and you guys have been and always will be heros to me. I just wish the youth of today was made up of the type of people that were involved in WW2. God bless you all. Clay Giles, nephew of Tom Rounsaville ( may he rest in peace)
Clay Giles <clayandrenea at aol dot com>
birmingham, alabama USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 00:18:34 (CDT)

I first heard of the scouts when I read the book GHOST SOLDIERS which recounts the liberation of prisoners on Cabantuan by rangers after detailed reconaisance by the scouts.A truly moving book of courage and teamwork.
Joe Mercer
UK - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 18:05:51 (CDT)

My father was with the 43rd Division throughout the Luzon campaign. He was a platoon leader in the Quartermaster company and his primary job was as a convoy master (2 1/2 ton trucks.) One extra duty he had was to lead scouting missions in advance of moving his trucks to be sure they could handle whatever obstacles were present. He became an expert at that. In late July, 1945, my father received word that he had his rotation points and was to prepare to go home. However, the 43rd was chosen to participate in "Operation Olympic", the invasion of Kyushu, and he was called back. Because of his expertise at moving trucks, he was told he was needed to accompany a "scout" team that would travel to Kyushu via submarine, land by rubber boat, gather the necessary information about the landing beach, and then hopefully return to the submarine. At that point he told me he wrote his "last letters home." Just a couple of weeks later the bombs were dropped and the war ended. My father never had to go on the mission with the "Scouts." My father passed away in 1984, and it was not until the presentation on the History Channel did I know how famous those "Scouts" were. I wonder if anybody out there has any more details of how that mission would have been carried out. I know Pop started training, but I don't know whether he actually joined up with the Alamo Scouts or was still with the 43rd. He was at Camp Lacroix on Luzon when the war ended. I'd love to know. His name was Lt. Joseph H. Johnston.
Hugh Johnston <hughj at bearcom dot com>
Grapevine, TX USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 17:28:34 (CDT)

I thought I knew quite a bit about WWII. but reading at today I found that my knowledge was sorly lacking when it came to the Alamo Scouts. thanks for this great site and for the information I gathered here. keep up the good work.
Bob Pritchard <weaveandbob at webtv dot net>
Atascaders, CA USA - Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 18:14:15 (CDT)

Greetings everyone! Russ Blaise and I are still seeking photos, documents, and oral or written accounts by anyone who went through Alamo Scouts training or who had contact with the Scouts during World War II. Photos will be posted on this website and other information copied and retained in the Alamo Scouts archive. Look forward to seeing everyone at the Alamo Scouts reunion in Pensacola, Florida! Thanks!
Lance Zedric <zee61 at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 08:10:32 (CDT)

Hello scouts, This is a great homepage. I´m a scout, too. I love it to be a scout. Best wishes from Germany,
Florian Ulrich <florian-ulrich at gmx dot de>
Germany - Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 16:42:23 (CDT)

karl carlysle <carlyslelrrp at yahoo dot com>
Okemos, MI USA - Friday, August 17, 2001 at 22:29:56 (CDT)

My dad was a POW. I did not know this until last year my mother finally told me. He died in 1975 and I always wondered why he could not get over the war. He was 100% disabled vet. This week I found a hand drawn picture of him looking terrible dated May 1944. I was wondering in the Alamo Scouts helped get him out of a POW camp. He was in New Guinea during the war. I was told he was in a hospital all of 1945 after his release. His name was Harry Hall Saunders. If anyone could help I would appreciate it.
Stella Church < at aol dot com>
USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 14:33:28 (CDT)

WILLIAM A. BAILEY <csmb1 at yahoo dot com>
EGLIN, AFB, FL USA - Monday, August 06, 2001 at 21:26:59 (CDT)

Ever since I was a kid, I have had an interest in WWII history. I had never heard of the Alamo Scouts until I saw it on the History Channel. Great Story!!! God bless them. It is because of dedicated people like this that we -- and others, for that matter -- live in freedom. It is about time their story be told. I hope the History Channel keeps telling more stories of unsung heroes.
Bob Richards <runaround93 at yahoo dot com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 05:07:50 (CDT)

JASON T. OLIVER <jtolto at aol dot com>
SMITHFIELD, NC USA - Friday, August 03, 2001 at 02:19:13 (CDT)

I watched the History Channels program about the Alamo Scouts and was very impressed with what they were able to do. I think it is finally time that these men receive the thanks which they deserve. Hats off to all those of you Alamo Scouts who are still with us. Thanks.
Thomas L. Fessler <fess2000 at aol dot com>
West Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 23:26:50 (CDT)

On watching the History Channel, I was fortunate enough to gain some insight into the exploits, emense contribution and courage demonstrated by the Alamo Scouts during World War II. As a proud citizen of the United States I simply wish to thank all of the members of this elite group. I am so grateful for the personal commitment made by the members of the teams. I hope that many more citizens of our great country become familiar with the Alamo Scouts history and the individuals who we owe so very much. My thanks....
Tom Salahub <tpwds at aol dot com>
Oakton, VA USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 19:14:11 (CDT)

I have reviwed your site and I am very much impressed. I am a 3 time Viet Nam combat veteran of the United States Army Special Forces I can very much appreciate what the "Scouts" went through. Their courage, stamina, and splendid war record are phenomenal, to say the least. I am greatly pleased that the "Scouts' were awarded the Special Forces Shoulder Tab. It makes me extremely proud to know that your story is being told at long last. I am prouder still that our two great units are linked together throughr a common Heraldry. I also know and understand how tought it is to have to remain silent all those years while others were doing their bragging. God bless you all. Thank you. "DE OPPRESSO LIBER"
ROBERT WATTS MANSFIELD <bunardvn at Juno dot com>
Prescott Valley, AZ USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 11:43:47 (CDT)

I regularly watch The History Channel and have always watched a lot of TV concerning WW2. I'm 53 and can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in WW2 history. I just watched a program on THC (8-1-01) on the Alamo Scouts. I hadn't known about them and thoroughly enjoyed the program. I am so excited and grateful that the story of the Alamo Scouts is finally being told by such a highly respected venue as The History Channel. We free Americans need to know much more about these extraordinary servicemen.
Margaret Calvert
Wichita, KS USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 00:04:53 (CDT)

WOW, I caught the History Channel's show on the Scouts. It troubles me that it has taken so long for us to hear of these heros. Truly, they make me proud to be an American. They deserve our country's highest recognition. God bless them all, then and now.
Fred Swain <colonel at mail dot clis dot com>
Newport, NC USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 23:26:56 (CDT)

Tonight I watched The History Channel's wonderful documentory on the brave men who served with the US Army's Alamo Scouts during WWII. These men deserve the utmost respect, admiration, and recognition of every American. They epitomize a generation of American fighting men who gave selflessly of themselves and asked nothing in return. I salute these 124 wonderful men and thank them for their service to our country.
SA Larry Keating <keatinglarry at hotmail dot com>
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 21:40:45 (CDT)

I love reading about and watching any programs on World War II. The special on the history channel caught my eye. I have always been intrigued by the actions of special units who get behind enemy lines without detection. I look forward to reading up on The Alamo Scouts. Another thing that greatly amazes me about them is how they did not receive one casualty throughout their over 100 (known) missions. These great men helped pave the way for today's modern Special Ops groups and should be honored as be fit. Aaron Goshert (Age 14)
Aaron Goshert <agoshert at ptd dot net>
USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 20:35:11 (CDT)

Thanks for stopping by! If you missed the Alamo Scouts on television the first time, please be sure watch the reairing of "History's Mysteries: The Alamo Scouts," on the History Channel on Wednesday, August 1, at 8pm eastern. Also, please show your support for the Alamo Scouts by signing the guest book and by posting a message on their message board.
Lance Zedric <alamoscouts at aol dot com>
Peoria, IL USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 09:44:48 (CDT)

I served with SFC Andy E. Smith at the US Army Intelligence School, Department of Area Studies, in the early 1970s. He was one of the finest men I ever had the honor of serving with. Even though all of us had just come out of Vietnam, Andy Smith was "in deep" before most of us were born. God bless him wherever he is.
John C. Wideman <jwide9668 at c4 dot com>
USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 03:36:07 (CDT)

Russ and Lance -- I was a member of the last Alamo Scout Training Center Class at Subic Bay PI. I am overwhelmed with emotion at discovering your web-site and veiwing the History Channel Documentary. For years I didn't know how to tell the story to my family and friends -- you said it all! I now have closure - Thank You !
Conrad ( Connie ) Vineyard <cvine at pioneerplanet dot infi dot net>
Coon Rapids, Mn USA - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 17:02:58 (CDT)

As a young sergeant, I had the good fortune of being a student under then-Master Sergeant Andy Smith. My training involved specialized intelligence methods. What Andy taught me I will never saved my life and those beneath me. He was a excellent soldier...and a good man.
William Gaschler <gaschlew at jackson-dpi dot army dot mil>
Columbia, SC USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 14:15:02 (CDT)

Thankyou so much for the website. I was so excited to watch the history channel program on the Alamo Scouts and my great-great uncle; General Walter Krueger. Not only did I learn more about the Scouts, but on your site I found a family member that I never knew before. "Carol" is General Krueger's grand-daughter. I also bought the book for my Grandfather. If it were not for this site I would never had known any of this. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!(Thanks also to Lance for the book!) Donna
Donna Kane <dinkdk at aol dot com>
Newbury Park, CA USA - Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 01:17:51 (CDT)

It's about time the heroes were recognized.
Wally Derose <wall.derose at gsa dot gov>
merrillville, IN USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 13:42:40 (CDT)

When I was a child my mother cut out an article from our local paper about my great-uncle, Andy Smith. That article is still taped in my scrap book and is a cherished possession of mine. I was lucky enough to have had visted with Uncle Andy and have him tell me what he could about his experinces in WWII. The attention the Alamo Scouts are now getting is long overdue, but this web site is an wonderful effort to make sure they are never forgotten.
Steve Jones <sgjones at decaturnet dot org>
Decatur, IL USA - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 16:13:15 (CDT)

I learned of the Alamo Scouts on the history channel. I found it very interesting.
Larry Lara <pllara at novacoxmail dot com>
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 06:24:19 (CDT)

Have been studying special ops and intelligence organizations for many years. I had heard of Alamo Scouts, but not had much info until History Channel special aired. Look forward to reading Silent Warriors when I receive it. As with many such cases throughout history, we never really know the full measure of what we collectively owe to those who served in our silent services.
Lance S. Edwards <ledwards at spalding dot edu>
Louisville, KY USA - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 14:38:10 (CDT)

Well I caught your show on the history channel the other night and loved it!! My hat goes off to all the Alamo Scouts!! I have passed this page on to fellow friends to whom I think would appreciate it. I am a military veteran and had the oppurtunity to visit some of the 6th armies ol' hangouts in WWII. My grandfather was with the 6th army during WWII.
T. Scott Wellman <wellman at roanoke dot edu>
Roanoke, VA USA - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 01:18:23 (CDT)

I would like to commend Lance Zedrick and Russ Blaise for putting up this site. As a student of history and as a Filipino, I'm grateful to the contribution the Alamo Scouts in the liberation of my country during the war. It's high time they receive the credit they deserve. Gen. Rafael (Rocky) Ileto would like to extend his regards. He appreciates this very much as well.
Aaron Ronquillo <claagr at dlsu dot edu dot ph>
Manila, Philippines - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 01:21:40 (CDT)

On behalf of the William Nellist family, we thank everyone involved in preserving the history of the Alamo Scouts. The History Channel program was excellent in covering the legacy of this fine group of men. Thanks!
Linda Nellist <lnellist at humboldt1 dot com>
Eureka, CA USA - Friday, June 08, 2001 at 01:10:14 (CDT)

I just wish I could personally thank the Alamo Scouts and all the soldiers before and after them. America owes all of you a big thanks. God Bless America
Sonny Thompson <sonnythompson at hotmail dot com>
Midland City, Alabama USA - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 20:27:20 (CDT)

I am a retired USAF Major and combat vet of the 88th Inf Div. Until the History Channel showed your story I too was not aware of your existance. Far too many true heroes are unsung but not unwept.
R J Linke <arjay1 at bigfoot dot com>
Amarillo, TX USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 14:05:01 (CDT)

I have to agree with all of the afore mentioned comments. Through various programs on the History channel I have learned alot about the brave men who served and serve our country..
Josh Nattermann <putz at zoomtown dot com>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 12:52:48 (CDT)

This is a very good web sight. I have never heard about the Alamo Scouts until I watched the program on the History Channel. Thank You to all of the Alamo Scouts and all the other Veterans for risking your lives so many years ago to preserve our freedom. God Bless.
Kevin Lidey <gadnauk at aol dot com>
West Memphis, AR USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 12:11:36 (CDT)

Lawrence E. Coleman TSG - Sumner Team, was my father. I knew, but not the details...Thank You!!!
Dennis W. Coleman <majoraccts at bhamnews dot com>
Pelham, Al USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 10:13:37 (CDT)

Until last night, I was unaware of the existence of the Scouts.The program was outstanding. Did the Scouts predate the 1st Special Service Force? Please respond if possible. Thanks,
Tony Gorman <aggorman at usa dot net>
Miami, FL USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 10:04:12 (CDT)

I just learned of the Alamo Scouts through the History Channel program. Every American, every freedom loving person, should get down on their knees and thank God for the dedication and bravery of these men. No one will ever know how many lives were saved because of the courage and unselfess sacrafices of these men. Thank you and God bless you always.
Doug Haynes <haynes71 at pacbell dot net>
Anaheim, CA USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 23:34:28 (CDT)

As a former armor recon specialist, I can (to a limited extent) appreciate the courage and skill of the Alamo Scouts. Thank God they were there for us.
Jon Craig <jon1044 at aol dot com>
New Orleans, LA USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 22:08:51 (CDT)

My Father Zeke McConnell (Cherokee)was on Littlefield's team. I'm glad, honored and proud to see that the Alamo Scouts are finally getting the respect that they deserve.
JB McConnell DrowningBear <drowningbear at earthlink dot net>
Tulsa, OK USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 21:44:04 (CDT)

Just saw the History channel program on Alamo Scouts. I salute them. From Korean War Vet, USMC.
Richard Masters <rmasters at up dot net>
Munising, MI USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 21:27:45 (CDT)

It is our privilege to know many of the Souts. Our father was Col. Tom Rounsaville, a Scout, and is greatly missed by us. We are proud of these men and what they accomplished and are proud that they are getting the recognition that they deserve as individuals and as a unit. Our children and grandchildren will enjoy the stories of the Alamo Scouts.
Pete & Vickie Rounsaville <p1v1homes at aol dot com>
Columbus, GA USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 20:45:06 (CDT)

I am proud to be an American, I am proud the Alamo Scouts. serve our country. GOD BLESS THEM ALL,
Alberto Padron <hbproducts at rcn dot com>
newn y, USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 20:20:50 (CDT)

God bless and keep the fellas' who were there and served our Nation so well indeed. I missed battle, and worked with the USO, during the Korean WAR - and I am so proud of those who accomplished what The Scouts did. Hats off to the Alamo Scouts !
Richard Braithwaite <kooby at penn dot com>
Galeton, PA USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 19:25:27 (CDT)

STEVE DU BOSE <jsdubose at pacbell dot net>
PLEASANTON, CA USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 18:02:55 (CDT)

Very special site, guys! Glad to have discovered a special operations unit previously unknown to myself...quite a history you have. Congratulations to the Alamo Scouts and the site's designer. All the best, Ron aka x-medic
Ron <xservicemeninfo at usa dot net>
MA USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 15:14:23 (CDT)

I retired from the U.S. Army on disability. For the last 6 years, I have been the voluntary Liaison NCO for this unit. We are striving to help keep the legacy and history alive. My Dad served with the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments in New Guinea and Luzon. The Alamo Scouts were instrumental in working with members of my Dad's units during their combat campaigns in the Philippines. I am proud to know that the Alamo Scouts were the "liberators" of the Cabanutuan Prison. On 19 May 2001, a ceremony to recognize and honor Filipino-American World War II veterans will be held at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, CA from 11:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please come and recognize these many aging veterans who have made sacrifices to our country's freedom.
SGT (Ret) Pelagio A. Valdez <sgtpv at aol dot com>
Daly City, CA USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 02:46:50 (CDT)

Thank you very much for the web site . It makes me proud to have a dad that was a alamo scout . I know he would be vary proud to have seen this site. I would like to thank all scouts that keep my dad safe on his many missions. I still miss him. Thank you Lance Z. for Eulogy, and good work on the book Silent Warriors. Dad was proud of it.
Lyndon L. Smith <horseshoes at wabash dot net>
Louisville, Il. USA - Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 16:56:57 (CDT)

Wonderful web page - the Alamo Scouts represent a gripping tale that would surely be lost in the numerous chronicles of war without people like Russ and Lance. Lance's book is a must read for anyone with an appreciation for special operations and intelligence gathering the "old fashion way". Honor and heroism at it best.
David Wright <dwright at hteinc dot com>
Yuba City, CA USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 11:01:58 (CST)

Russ, I would like to add my compliments to Lance and you for an outstanding job in establishing the web site. I know I speak for all the scouts when I say we are quite proud of our small unit and you are helping to preserve our contribution to history.
John J Geiger Jr <Jjgscout at aol dot com>
Sea Girt, NJ USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 10:59:01 (CST)

We are so proud to have had Bill Blaise as a very special friend and now we have an insight to the stories he told us about his activities in WW2. We look foward to the program on the History Channel. Russ, you did a wonderful job on designing the site, you helped to bring history alive. We will be returning to it many times I am sure.
Joyce and Herb Becker <joyce1 at optonline dot net>
Merrick, NY USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 10:57:24 (CST)

Thank you, Russ, for putting together such a great collection of important WWII history. My dad and I will be visiting the site frequently. I look forward to traveling to the next reunion with you, and seeing the contemporaries of your father and mine. It's great company and I wouldn't miss seeing them for the world. John
John J. Geiger III <geigersmail at aol dot com>
Lake Mary, FL USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 10:48:29 (CST)

Russ--your Father would be very proud of the work you have done on this site, as will all the Scouts and as I am. Many Thanks.
Elaine Blaise <elaineb at ij dot net>
Port Richey, FL USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 10:45:58 (CST)

Russ Blaise has done an outstanding service in creating this website. Hopefully, it will help the men of the Alamo Scouts receive the credit they deserve. Way to go, Russ!!
Lance Zedric <alamoscouts at aol dot com>
USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 10:44:40 (CST)