70th Regional Support Command Event
Led by Andy McMahon, Ted Mataxis, and State
Coordinator Dick Beyer, more than thirty "original Trailblazers" including
family members, recently made the trek to Fort Lawton, the scenic and historic
army reserve post in Northwest Seattle. In addition to the Northwest states,
representatives traveled from CA, AZ, TX, NC and SC to join in the affair. The
highlight of the two day event for the "old soldiers" was the June 24th
dedication of a monument to the 70th Infantry Division.
Gen Collins presenting Ted Mataxis with
plaque for "Outstanding
Service" following Ted's address at the Monument Dedication.
Invitations had been extended by the 70th
RSC Commanding Officer, Major General James M. Collins, to participate in the
"Spirit of the Northwest", a series of celebratory and commemorative events at
Fort Lawton. Saturday started with an Open House at Leisy Center, followed by an
acknowledgement of the Armyís 225th Birthday. With 70th
RSC units assembled on Trailblazer Field, the Colors were posted and General
Collins addressed the audience.
Next the 57th Anniversary of the
activation of the 70th Infantry Division was recognized by 70th
RSC Command Sergeant Major William Scott and Ted Mataxis who delivered a
stirring speech, much of it by memory when a gust of wind carried off his notes
(Ted was in great form, never missing a beat). Following Andy McMahonís comments
he, General Collins and the 70th RSCís most recently promoted PFC
jointly unveiled our newest monument, a replica of the Spicheren Heights and
Fort Benning memorial stones.
Left: Andy McMahon at podium on
Trailblazer Field describing 70th Infantry Division history and accomplishments.
The inscription below the ax blade shaped
granite reads as follows:
Baptized in Fire
Brotherhood into the Future
Erected and dedicated by the
70th Regional Support Command on 25 June
The form of this monument is a
replica of a memorial erected by the people of the District of Forbach in France on Spicheren
Heights, site of a major victory of the 70th which was dedicated on
the 50th Anniversary of V.E. Day, 8 May 1995.
A cake cutting reception followed in the Leisy
Center. Starting at 5 PM everyone was invited to the USO Dance and Canteen in
Harvey Hall with the 104th Division Band providing the music. One of
the attractive, blond female members of the 70th RSC, in battle dress
and sporting a sign "GIís - 10 cents a dance", added a bit of levity to the
evening and probably brought back some memories of long ago.
Sunday morning the Chaplain conducted a short
chapel service on Trailblazer Field prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony opening
the 70th RSCís impressive new administration building. In the
afternoon the Korean War Veterans were recognized with a 50th
Anniversary Commemoration ceremony.
Assembly of "original Trailblazers"
following unveiling of Monument at