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MR2 06-13-2013 12:58

DET (A) Memorial Stone
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After our Detachment (A) function at Myrtle Beach, I (Bob Charest) got an email from DET (A) member Gene Piasecki who works at Fort Bragg. He informed me that Jimmy Spoo, another member of DET (A) submitted a request to fund a DET (A) memorial stone at USASOC Memorial Plaza at Fort Bragg. He needed help so Gene sent all the forms needed – a lot of them.

We alerted MG Sidney Shachnow (Ret) who enlisted the help of Mike Linanne and myself, as Jimmy was currently deployed. We visited USASOC Memorial Plaza to check out the stones currently installed, i.e., Mike Force, various SF groups, et al. for design ideas and understand the specs required. These are very impressive stones.

We took Jimmy’s verbiage for the stone, and together designed a DET (A) Memorial Stone.

Mike Linanne has been instrumental in putting together the paperwork – lots of it - and procuring a stone contractor. General Shachnow is overseeing this project to ensure its successful conclusion.

We thought this should be a collective effort for funding of the DET(A) Memorial Stone. This is a request to all DET(A) members for help with this historic project. The price of the stone, which includes installation, is $4,375.00.

SFA has been very helpful with this effort. I spoke with SFA President Jack Tobin and he offered SFA’s resources to assist in fund collection. SFA Treasurer Jim Blanchard has set up a special account for collections and accounting for us.

Donations should be sent to:

Special Forces Association
ATTN: Treasurer Jim Blanchard, SFA DET(A) Memorial Stone Fund
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309

Many thanks to Jimmy Spoo for his idea for the preservation of DET(A) history, and making this happen.

More information will be sent as it becomes available, and I will update you on the progress and status.

Bob Charest Sends

Roguish Lawyer 06-13-2013 13:30

Great project, thanks for spreading the word.

PRB 06-13-2013 19:41

Very nice...I like the proposed stone.

MtnGoat 06-14-2013 11:21

Very Nice idea!!

SF_BHT 06-14-2013 17:39

Great idea......

MR2 06-20-2013 08:44

Update on Check Payable Info
Update on Check Payable Info

Make checks payable to: Special Forces Association

In the memo line of the check add: DET A Memorial Stone

Send Your Check to:

Special Forces Association
ATTN: Treasurer Jim Blanchard
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309

Many thanks to those of you who have donated thus far. The total cost of our DET(A) Memorial Stone is $4,375.00. We have collected $1,1000 to date. We still need $3,275.00. This is a team effort and we thank you for your support.

We also want to thank Jim Blanchard for providing accounting services to us for our Det(A) Memorial Stone fund.

A web site in support of the Memorial Stone Fund has been established at:

MR2 07-02-2013 11:17

Status Update

Folks, we are not accepting any more donations. Below is the list of donors supporting our historic Detachment(A) memorial. Thank you all.

We collected a total of $6,370. We are planning a dedication later, and I will notify you when it is set up. All of Det(A) will be invited. We will use some of the excess funds for refreshments.

The remainder of the excess funds will be sent to the Green Beret Foundation for our wounded Green Berets.

All those who have donated have been recognized on Tom Twomey’s web site. He also has the Stone Proof and the original artwork for you to look at. His web site is locate at:

Many thanks to those of you who have donated to this special project.

Bob Charest Sends
(Again, I'm not Bob) and thank you to everyone who helped out.

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