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Reunion 2010 Dates are set for the 2010 ASA reunion. Seal Beach, California, hosted by Jerry Littlefield. More Info
The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina inducted the Alamo Scouts, OSS, and First Special Service Forces as Distinguished Members of the Special Forces Regiment on April 22, 2009 during a Special Forces Symposium. Click here to read more.
CCSM Galen Kittleson was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment at Fort Bragg on July 9, 2009. Read about it in our newsletter.
The Plaque Dedication Ceremony honoring, Robert S. Sumner and the men of the Alamo Scouts, took place on March 13, 2008 at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredricksburg Texas.
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The new History Channel documentary, "Warriors," will air an episode on the Alamo Scouts on May 14th. (Check local listing for times in your area.) The 10-part series, with host and current Green Beret, Terry Schappert, examines warrior cultures of the past and will feature the Alamo Scouts in the season finale. ASA Historian Lance Zedric and Alamo Scout Bill Littlefield were recently at Camp Blanding, Florida for the filming of the episode. Check out the March 2009 Newsletter to read more. Check local listing for times in your area.
Reunion 2009 is set for May 13th-17th in Moline, Illinois. Please make your reservations now. Click Here for more info.
Robert Prince who led the raid on Cabanatuan Prison Camp to free 512 prisoners of war, passed away on New Years Day at the age of 89. Click Here to read more.
A new book, SHADOWS IN THE JUNGLE, The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II, was recently released by National Bestselling Author of Biggest Brother, Larry Alexander. Click on the banner above to look at the book on amazon.com
The Alamo Scouts Association needs help! The ASA is $1,050 short of its goal toward an July/August 2008 research trip to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Contact Russ to make a cash donation. Lance Zedric and Russ Blaise are leaving to fly to Washington D. C. on July 29th and will be returning on August 5th. Plane and hotel reservations have been already made. We just need a little more for photocopying, acquisition of Scouts related photos and film, and incidentals. Thanks to, Bob Buschur, Christine McGowen, John Heineke, Bonnie "Coleman" Glass, Jack Geiger, Elaine Blaise, Mayo Stuntz and Gerald Nolls for donating funds to our project thus far! For more information on the ASA's 2008 National Archives project, Click Here
Mission Accomplished! The Alamo Scouts Reunion 2008 in San Antonio, Texas was a success.
The Alamo Scouts Association needs help! The ASA is $1,050 short of its goal toward an July/August 2008 research trip to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Contact Russ to make a cash donation. Lance Zedric and Russ Blaise are leaving to fly to Washington D. C. on July 29th and will be returning on August 5th. Plane and hotel reservations have been already made. We just need a little more for photocopying, acquisition of Scouts related photos and film, and incidentals. Thanks to, Bob Buschur, Christine McGowen, John Heineke, Bonnie "Coleman" Glass, Jack Geiger, Elaine Blaise and Mayo Stuntz for donating funds to our project thus far! For more information on the ASA's 2008 National Archives project, Click Here
Alamo Scouts Plaque was mounted today, May 15, 2007, at the National Museum of the Pacific War (also known as the Admiral Nimitz Museum) in Fredericksburg, Texas. The 20" x 20" plaque is on the “L” bracket wall to the west of the propeller pool which is a newly built area. The plaque honors the Alamo Scouts and memorializes the late Founder and Director of the Alamo Scouts Association, Col. Robert S. Sumner. Click Here for a larger view.
The Alamo Scouts Association desperately needs additional photos and/or information on the following Alamo Scouts: Robert Beattie, Jack E. Benson, Robert J. Borg, Ray Corpuz, Denmore Euart, William Farrell, John E. Gass, Paul V. Gomez, William Haslam, Howard Helton and John W. Hoke. Click Here for the entire list of names. Contact Lance or Russ if you have any info. Don't forget to check out the roster and photo archives and be sure to sign the guestbook.
An Article That Appeared in the April-June 1986 issue of The Trading Post, the quarterly magazine of the American Society of Military Insignia Collectors, has been re-written by the original author, Les Huhes. It appears on the INSIGNE.org website. The article is written about the history of the Alamo Scouts Sleeve Insignia.
Photo of Sumner Team members, Harry D. Weiland and William F. Blaise, illustrates early special forces units that led to the formation of the Green Berets in a children's book entitled "The Green Berets". It is part of the Warriors of History series by Capstone Press. Click Here to see full page.
McGowen Team mentioned in a new book by, Clinton Frederick. Clinton returned to his grandparents' house for a family wedding in 2002. In the attic, just as he'd remembered, were Japanese swords, parachutes, and other memorabilia from WWII. In a trunk stuck back under the rafters, Clinton made a discovery that would change his life forever. Inside were more than hundred letters written by his father, Captain George Frederick. WWII - A Legacy of Letters, is a true story of love and war. In it, Frederick artfully weaves together his father's letters with historical information about some of the most important military campaigns of the war. Click Here for more information or to buy the book.
Alamo Scouts Plaque to be dedicated at the National Museum of the Pacific War (also known as the Admiral Nimitz Museum) in Fredericksburg, Texas. The 20" x 20" plaque will be among the more then 1000 plaques that hang on the century-old limestone wall separating the museum's Memorial Courtyard from the Japanese Garden of Peace. The plaque will honor the Alamo Scouts and memorialize the late Founder and Director of the Alamo Scouts Association, Col. Robert S. Sumner. In lieu of flowers for Sumner, donors contributed almost $2,500 for the plaque. To read more and to see a larger view of the plaque, Click Here.
We know it’s the McGOWEN Team.
We know the photo was taken after the Los Negros mission (27-28 Feb 1944). We know that the man (back row, center) is John R. C. McGowen. We know that the rest of the team consists of Paul A. Gomez, John P. Leugoud, Walter A. McDonald, Caesar Ramirez, and John A. (Red) Roberts. But we don’t know who is who? Can anyone help match the names to the faces? Please email Russ or Lance. To see a large view of the team photo, Click Here.
October 19th, 2006
Alamo Scouts Plaque
National Museum of the Pacific War
Alamo Scouts Plaque to be installed at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. Also known as The Admiral Nimitz Museum, the 20" x 20" plaque will be among the more then 350 or so plaques that line the 100 year old limestone wall separating the museum's Memorial Courtyard from the Japanese Garden of Peace. The plaque is to honor the men of the Alamo Scouts and the late Director of the Association, Col. Robert S. Sumner (Ret). Read More and to see the plaque.
July 5th, 2006
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May 11th, 2005
Alamo Scout Patch
From 4-11 May 2005, an original Alamo Scouts shoulder patch was auctioned on Ebay by a militaria dealer. The patch sold for $2,928.78. Only 440 Alamo Scouts Shoulder Patches were produced sometime in late 1944/early 1945. According to Lew Hochstrasser, officers purchased their patches for ten cents apiece, and enlisted men recieved up to three for no charge, (go to Insignia page).
April 21st, 2005
The Great Raid
The Alamo Scouts will be getting a real treat at their 2005 reunion. Miramax Pictures will be hosting a screening of their upcoming movie, The Great Raid. It will be shown on Saturday June 18th at 10am at the Crown Center Cinema, 2450 Grand, Kansas City. After the movie there will be a q&a by the Director, John Dahl. The official release of this movie is September 2nd.
March 25th, 2005
ALAMO SCOUTS REUNION 2005
Registration and Events
Registration check-in, June 15th at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64108, (816) 435-4137, ask for Sara Duvalt to get the $79.00 per night Room Rate. Events for Thursday, June 16th: Liberty Memorial. Charge: none. Time: T/B/A. Science City. Adults: $8.95, Seniors: $6.95. Time: T/B/A. Optional: Baseball, LA Dodgers v. K.C. Royals. Time: 7:05pm. Events for Friday, June 17th: Alamo Scouts Meeting: Time: 10am. Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. Time: T/B/A. Banquet with be at the Hyatt Regency. Menu: Fish, Chicken, Steak. Cost: T/B/A. Time: T/B/A. Events for Saturday, June 18th: Movie Screening: Time: 10am. "Lil Jakes" BQ (featured nationally as Barbeque Best) Time: T/B/A - Noon? Detailed Information To Follow. Extra Activities to Choose From: River Boat Casinos, River Market Activities, J.C. Nichols Plaza Shopping.
Feburay 21st, 2005
ALAMO SCOUTS REUNION 2005
Date and location is set
The date for the Alamo Scouts reunion is June 15th through the 18th. A poll was sent out to all of the AS members asking where they would like the reunion to be held. A large percent of them came back with Kansas City Missouri as the location for the reunion. So Kansas City Missouri it is. Team Leader Robert L. Shirkey will be the host of this years reunion. Once we have all the details, more will be posted.
January 1st, 2005
ALAMO SCOUTS REUNION 2005
Tentative date is early June
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Alamo Scouts Association and the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the ASA would like to extend a special invitation to all ASA members, non-members, families, and friends to attend next years reunion at a location to be determined.
A special tribute will also be held in honor of ASA co-founder and Director, Robert S. Sumner, who passed away in August. More details on the reunion will be posted on this web page as we have them. Keep checking back for the latest reunion information. Hope to see you there!
August 3rd, 2004
The passing of our Director
The Alamo Scout community is saddened by the passing of Colonel Robert S. Sumner, Director of the Alamo Scouts Association, on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004. "Red" was the catalyst in creating and perpetuating the Association in 1980. Under his energetic and articulate direction, the Association thrived and grew to include more than 60 members. But more importantly, he was our friend.
And we shall miss him. Obituary