December 21, 2014

From the Command Tent

Gentlemen,

We will be having our winter meeting January 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Once again, the folks at Conner Prairie are granting the use of their facility.

I would like for the company commanders to let Adj. John Porter know how many in your respective companies are planning on attending. We need this information ASAP. Nathan Allen is planning on having coffee and donuts for us. This meeting is open to all members.

After we discuss any issues from our past season, I want to cover some of the items we discussed at the Hartford City event.

Below you will find the items I wish to discuss:

  • Loss of membership at I.G. events.
  • Spring Drill
  • I. G. events for 2015
  • Battalion Staff camping
  • Battalion Parade
  • Movement of Color Guard
  • Company roster manning. To determine % of company attending events to qualify for voting rights.
  • Company members who want to be active in battles, but because of physical constraints, can’t.

Your Obedient Servant,
Col. Danny Linkous

Christmas and our Military Servicemen

I want to begin by wishing all of our membership a “Very Merry Christmas.”

I would also like for you to take a moment to think of your servicemen and women who are far from home.

From my own personal experience, I can tell you, Christmas Eve can give our soldiers a very lonely feeling.

While serving in Vietnam, I had duty on Christmas Eve. I was in a bunker monitoring the ambush squads surrounding our perimeter. Foremost, on my mind, was “Please God, don’t let anything happen tonight, of all nights.” Then, I thought about my family at home. My parents always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve.

I wondered, “What are they doing now? Are they having dinner? Are they opening gifts?” For us Christmas was always a family affair including siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Wishing I could be there with them, I thought about them all night.

When relieved that morning, the Officer of the Day made it a point to catch up with all the men who had duty that night. He had a special Christmas Gift for us. He gave us a pass to see the Bob Hope show in Da Nang. All we had to do was secure a ride there and back, which we did.

I will never forget that Christmas.

My message to you is this: if you have a son or daughter, sibling, cousin, or any other loved one serving our country, contact them by phone or computer if possible. If not, say a prayer for their safe return home. But do try to let them know you are thinking about them on Christmas.

Believe me, they are thinking about you.

Danny Linkous USMC

December 17, 2014

Members of the Independent Guard:

Coming this spring two of the last 150th-anniversary events are presented to us. Unfortunately, there is not enough member company commitment for the IGB to attend, but we are passing word along to anyone interested.

First up is Bentonville, NC, March 21 and 22, 2015. The 44th Tennessee reports they will be attending this event, and if you wish to fall in with them, you can contact Sgt Chuck Cunnyngham on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/chuck.cunnyngham?fref=ts). Information on the event can be found on the event website, here.

Finally, the 150th Appomattox will be attended by the 50th Virginia, April 10-12, 2015. Contact Capt. James Lemon (contact information) if you wish to attend. Event information can be found here.

Your Humble Servant,
Russell Judge, Major, Independent Guard Battalion

December 12, 2014

Members of the Independent Guard:

With the annual battalion meeting approaching, the Colonel requests that anyone who has an event or events they would like to discuss, please forward that information to the Colonel.

Also, Company Commanders are requested to bring their company rosters to the meeting.

Your cooperation in this matter is much appreciated.

Your Humble Servant,
Russell Judge, Major, Independent Guard Battalion