River Raiders Of The Past
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HOT HOT HOT 17 April 2009, I received an e-mail from Thom Kirkpatrick last week about there being a 1097th Reunion this coming October. After a few e-mails with John Crenshaw I have the basic details, 9-12 October 2009, Columbus Day Weekend in the Ft Eustis/Newport News area. I am planning on attending and would like to make a humble request, if anyone has any scanned copies of their pics from any era of the 1097th and would like to share them please give them to me and I will add them on the page. The longer I keep this page going them more I want it to by OUR page and not MY page. I will update with more details as I get them.

Something else that's been on my mind for a few years, contact information on the Raiders of the Past list. For a long time I have wanted to include contact information for those that wanted their contact information listed. Once down side to this is people who you don't want to have your contact information have a way to get it and pester you. The decision is 100% yours. If you want your e-mail or snail mail address listed under your profile in theRaiders of the Past let me know stating this and I will post as you desire. I would also like an updated profile if you so desire so I can also update this at the same time. If you want this please contact either of us E-mail Sean or E-mail Tom



If your name is on this list than more than likely you know where you have been and what you did in Panama and what you are doing now. I am finally finished with all of the Bios. If you want to add anything to your Bio e-mail
Me! If your name should be on this list, or know of others that should be on this list send me an E-mail!Please include the name, nickname and the approximate or exact dates. Also if I forgot your name on this list don’t take any offence by this, almost all of the names of the 1990s were taken from memory. Please remember that after over six years and about 500 different faces it is sometimes difficult to remember.



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Russ Abbott, 1975 - 1977
I got an e-mail from Russ this morning so I am adding him to the list. I have no further information as of 17 July 2005.

Carroll Abbott, Sept 1976 - Oct 1977
From Carroll's own hand, "My name is Carroll Abbott and I was one of the original "River Raiders" who deployed from Ft. Eustis, VA to Ft. Davis in 1976. Please add my name to the Rive Raiders of the Past list. I was in Panama with the 1097th from Sep 76 to Oct 77. Waterborne." I have no further information as of 4 December 2003

Rodolfo Acosta, 1969
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Adeleke, Peter late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Informatio is as of 19 April 2000

Carl Agard, early 1990s
Worked in Maintenance Platoon. I have no further information, but I believe he is assigned to 24th Trans BN at Fort Eustis. Updated 20 Oct 2006

Jose Aguilar, 1997 - 1999
Jose Augilar joined the 1097th in 1997. He was assigned as the Chief Engineer aboard the LCM 8519 in Medium Boat Platoon which was more or less assigned to Fort Sherman. He left in mid 1999 and was assigned to the 97th Transportation Company, Fort Eustis, Virginia. Information is as of 13 October 2000.

James Allen, 1969
I have no further information.Information is as of 19 April 2000

Rick Allen, ???
I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
Clayton Roger Allen, early 1990s
Best bud in Panama and FEVA of mine. Last I knew he was assigned to Ft. Story (96). Unknown since. Updated 20 Oct 2006

Allison (first name unknown, male) late 1980s - early 1990s
I have seen him a few times on post. Last time I saw him he was assigned the CASCOM. I have no further information. Information is as of 24 May 2002

James Alphin, about 1967
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

David Alzen, late 1980s - early 1990s
David Alzen joined the 1097th in late 1989. He was assigned as an engineer aboard one of the LCMs. He got married and requested an In Place Continuous Overseas Tour which was granted so that he was able to stay in Panama for an additional 2 years. I don't think that he spent any time in the Heavy Boat Platoon after it was formed in 1991 and his final assignment was as the Chief Engineer aboard the LCM 8519. He left Panama in late 1993 and was assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia. He is assigned to one of the Heavy Boat Companies at Fort Eustis and works on an LCU 2000. Information is as of 19 April 2000.

"Chewy" Anaya (first name unknown, male), mid 1980s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Joseph Annis, early 1990s
Joe Annis was assigned to Maintenance Platoon's A Shop for the only time that I can remember him in the 1097th. I think he left the company prior to the move to the Pacific Side in 1995. I have no further information. Information as of 19 April 2000

Steven Ansotegui, 1969
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000.

Ryan "Gee Golly" Applegate, 1996 - late 1990s
Ryan Applegate joined the 1097th in early 1996. He was assigned as a Seaman aboard the LCM 8519. I think that he later was assigned as a Seaman aboard the LCM 8504. He sailed as a "rent a seaman" sveral times aboard the LCU 2000s. He left Panama in the late 1990s and was assigned to Fort Eustis Virginia. He has gottwen married and I believe that he is still in the Army. He has gotten divorced and has gotten out of the Army in late 01 or early 02. Information is as of 24 May 2002.

Arzadon (first name unknown, male), early - mid 1990s
Arzadon was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon. I can't remember his first name but he drove a Jeep Comanche pich-up truck. H left Panama in the mid 1990s and was assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia, I think to one of the Tug Boat Units. Sometime thile he was working on the tugs back in the states he was caught between two barges and was severely crushed. He was lucky to live to tell about it but he is now as good as new. I saw him in passing on 17 April 2000. He is assigned to the 97th Transportation Company at Eustis. He is now assigned to T-School as an Instructor. Information is as of 24 May 2002

Asaro (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Rulon Ashcroft, early 1990s
Rulon Ashcroft joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was assigned as a Seaman in one of the Platoons. He had some time in Heavy Boat Platoon but for the entire time that I knew him he was in the Medium Boat Platoon. He married a woman from Panama. His final assignment was as a Coxswain aboard one of the LCMs. Rulon Ashcroft left Panama in the mid 1990s and was assigned to Fort Eustis Virginia. I saw his wife working in one of the stores on post in early 1996, but I do not know if they are still here. Information is as of 19 April 2000.

Kenton Ashworth, mid 1980s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Don Ray (Pooh Bear) Atkins, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Ausman (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Steve Austin, early 1990s - mid 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000




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Michael "Professor Gadget" Back, mid 1990s - 1999
Michael Back joined the 1097th in the mid 1990s. I can't remember where he was assigned but during his tour he was assigned as a the Chief Engineer aboard several of the LCMs. He was also assigned as an Engineer aboard the LCU 2000s. The reason that he is called "Inspector Gadget" is because whenever he gets underway on a boat he arrives at least an hour before the crew to unload every gadget that you could imagine. Nothing was too much for him. On the LCMs especially. He would bring his own generator, TV, VCR, AC unit for the Wheelhouse, and a whole lot more. Michael Back left Panama in mid 1999 and was assigned to Fort Eustis Virginia. I saw his van parked in the port the other day so he is probably underway on one of the vessels. He got out of the Army in 2000 or 2001. He is working for a private contractor company in support of the Army. Information is as of 24 May 2002

James Bailey, late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Jerry Bailey, 1995 - 1996
Jerry Bailey joined the 1097th in 1995. He was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon, I think on the LCU 1600s. The one thing that I will never forget about him is that I was assigned as his sponsor and I kept procrastinating to send his welcome letter. One day while we were kicking back some cold ones in my room there was a knock at at my barracks room door and in he walked asking for me saying that I was supposed to be his sponsor. I replied that I figured that I had waited too long to write that letter. He left Panama in 1996 and was assigned to Fort Eustis Virginia. I saw him a few nights ago in the shoppette on post and we talked for a few minutes. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Baker, 1977 - 1979
Baker was a Liuetenant in the Company. I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
George Baker, 1981 - 1983
I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
William "Bam Bam" Bamman, late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Dave & Lesa Barbor, early 1990s
The Barbors joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. While I don't know all of their activities in Panama, when I arrived in Panama in 1993 Dave was assigned as Medium Boat Platoon Sergeant and Lesa was assigned in the Maintenance Platoon. I believe that both served in Medium and Heavy Boat platoons, but I can't be sure. Dave & Lesa Barbor left Panama in late 1993 to be reassigned at Fort Eustis Virginia. Lesa went to Warrant Officer school sometime thereafter and Dave stayed enlisted. Dave is an E-7 now and Lesa is a CW2. I believe both are still assigned at Fort Eustis. Dave just retired this year and Lesa is still in as far as I can tell. Information is as of 24 May 2002

Brent Barnes, 1996 - 1997
Brent Barnes joined the 1097th in 1996. Captain Barnes replaced the outgoing Commander, Fredrick Stroker. Captain Barnes won the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Unit of the Year and also won NDTA Officer of the year for his accomplishments as commander. Captain Barnes was replaced by Robert Hathoway as commander in 1998. He was reassigned as Battalion S-4 until he left Panama in the late 1990s. He was reassigned to Fort Carson Colorado, I think and I also think that he is a Major now.

From Brent Barnes' Hand: that it was the NCOs that made that SHIT HAPPEN! They included the USARSO PT Streamer, Department of the Army Maintenance Excellence Award and the Department of the Army Safety Excellence Award. There were others, but those were the BIGDOGS. Information is as of 19 April 2000.

Barnett (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000

Bear Barrera mid - late 1980s
I have no further information. Information is as of 19 April 2000.

Anthony Barzola, late 1996 - 1998 +/-
Anthony joined the River Raiders in late 1996. He is Equadorian born but raised in Miami. He was prior service, ex squid, and didn't have to go through 88K T-school but was automatically given his Certificate since he was a USCG licensed Master for 100 tons or less. He was originally assigned to Medium Boat Platoon. I remember shortly after he arrived spending some of the X-mas holiday working him like a slave painting the M-19, his wife Lotte also joined in the fun. Lotte, f'ing hi and sorry for forgetting to add Tony on the list, it happens. Anyway Tony was reassigned to HQ Platoon working in Operations.

He left the Army from Panamá and rejoined the civilian side of the house. He and Lotte are currently living in Miami and Tony is the master of his own boat, at least as soon as it arrives from the far East. Information is as of 30 June 2002. Sorry Tony for forgetting you on the list.

Bassett, UNK, SFC, late 1980s or early 1990s
He was the op ncoic during JC, he also worked with SSG Allen, Roger. Real quiet and a computer geek. SFC Walters should have more info on him. Updated 20 Oct 2006

Dan Bergel, 1987-1990

Per Dan's email(June 2009):

My name is Dan Bergel and I served in the 1097th in 1987 to 1990 with a few people on your list such as Don Walters Jeff Brondyke Mike Byers and more.
I would like to be on your list also and be able to get in touch with some of the people such as Don Walters and Jeff Brondyke.
I currently live in Florida...West Palm Beach . I am a ROV pilot and travel alot around the world for work.
Here is my email deltabravo39@yahoo.com.

Dan Bergel

Bishop (first name unknown, female) early 90s
Bishop was seen in some pics I saw at Bee Bop's house in early 99. She was later assigned as one of the Mate's on a tug and is now serving as the 1SG of HHD 6th Trans BN. I have no further information. Information is as of 24 May 2002.

David Boley SR, 1989 - 1993
From an e-mail he shot me:
Here is a Brief Bio:
David A. Boley Sr. assigned to the 1097th 1989-1993. My vessel was the LCM 8509, Please see your copies of Don Walters Log Doc #05. I am listed as SPC Boley in the entry. I made SGT then came back to Ft. Eustis and was assigned to 1098th 24th Bn. after sustaining spinal damage (Blowing out two disks) I was assigned to HHC 24th Bn and worked in the S-3 operations. Then on 17 March 1997 I was put out to pasture on a Medical Discharge. I now live in Bedford, Ohio about 40 minutes from Atwater were SFC Don Walters lives now. I am very active in the Northfield VFW Post 6768 as I am the news Letter Editor there now.Please see our post web page: www.vfwpost6768.com
Thanks
Dave

Bottomly (first name unknown, male) early 90s
I remember Bottomly generally went out on the boats when they would go out on "Maintenance Runs". He left panama prior to the move to the Pacific Side, but where he went I have no information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Bowen (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Al Bowman, early - mid 1990s
Al Bowman joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. Al Bowman was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon and left the Company Shortly before Fort Davis was closed. I believe he returned to Fort Eustis Virginia, but I am not sure. Information is as of 20April 2000

Brad Bowman, 1986 - 1987
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Boyd (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Raymond Boyle, 1969
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Brammell (first name unknown), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Eric Brandberry, 1969
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Ian Brathwaite, mid 1990s
Ian Brathwaite joined the 1097th in late 1993 or early 1994. He was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon, I think he was the Boswain on one of the LCU 2000s, but I can't remember. He left Panama before the move to the Pacific Side and was assigned to the Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) Academy at Fort Eustis, Virginia. In mid 1999 he left the NCO Academy and was assigned on an LCU 2000 in the 97th Transportation Company, also at Fort Eustis. Now he is serving on the ST-901 as the Mate. Information is as of 24 May 2002.

Paul Brauer, 1969
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Brave, Leendert Den (Lenny or Mother Hen), 1968 – 1969

I received an e-mail the other day from him that said he had been stationed in the 1097th during Vietnam. He gave me a few names and promised some pics. I have no further information. Information as of 14 Apr 01.

Mike Brazeel, 1993 - 1995
Mike Brazeel, what can I say about him? He joined the 1097th in late 1993 and was assigned as the Assistant Chief Engineer aboard the LCM 8503 in Medium Boat Platoon. He was later reassigned to the J-3795 and reassigned back to the LCM 8503 a few months down the road. He attended the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) at Fort Sherman in May 1994. He also won all of Soldier of the Month/Quarter boards all the way up to USARSO where he unfortunately lost. What else? C'mon this was one of my best friends in Panama, why can't I remember more? He was also one of the designers of the New Year's Eve 1994's Toga Party. His wife returned to the states in late 1994 and he returned to the states in early 1995. I have not heard hide nor hair of him since. He's good people. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Bresh, 1976 - 1979
I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
Dan "Dano" Bressette, about 1997 - 1999
Dan Bresette joined the 1097th in in 1997. He was assigned to the Medium Boat Platoon as the Chief Engineer aboard the LCM 8504 where he stayed until he returned to the states in 1999. He was reassigned to the 73rd Transportation Company Fort Eustis Virginia. Information is as of 20 April 2000.
Charlie Brewster, early 1990s
After Charlie Brewster left Panama he was assigned as the Harbormaster at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He has retired and works on Fort Eustis as a civilian. I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Brietspeker (first name unknown, male) late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Peter Bristol, 1969
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Jerry Briston, mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

William "Bill" Britt, early 1980s
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Jeff Brondyke, 1992 - 1999
Jeff Brondyke joined the 1097th in 1992. He was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon as an Engineer. He assisted in the moves from Fort Davis to Fort Clayton, Fort Clayton to Rodman Naval Station and the last move from Rodman Naval Station to Fort Kobbe. He was briefly assigned to the Orderly Room and then went back to the Heavy Boat Platoon. To the best of my knowledge, he has the most consecutive time in the Company, 7 years. He left the 1097th in mid 1999. He was assigned to the 558th Marine Maintenance Company Fort Eustis Virginia. He is now serving at Fort Lee as an 88L advisor to CASCOM. Information is as of 24 May 2002.

Alphonse Brooks, 1968
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Don Brooks, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Brown (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Doug Brown, 1968 - 1969
Doug Brown was assigned to the company during Vietnam. He was assigned as the Coxswain of the Damamge Control Vessel. We crossed pathes and he is now the primary source of information from the Vietnam Era. He has given well over 100 names to this list. I thin he is living somewhere on the East Coast of the US. He owns his own printin business. Informations as of 20 April 2000.

Doug Brown, mid 1990s
Doug Brown joined the 1097th in the mid 1990s. He was assigned as an Engineer aboard the LCU 2017. He was failing, but still trying to learn on how to be a "Downranger" from El Pirata. He was taken down to Colon several times kicking and screaming because he didn't want to go by El Pirata. He left the 1097th in the mid 1990s. Where he went or where he is is unknown. Information is as of 20 April 2000.

Ed Brown, early - mid 1990s
Ed Brown joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was assigned as a Mate in the Heavy Boat Platoon. He left the 1097th in the mid 1990s. He was assigned to Fort Eustis Virginia. The latest information puts him as the First Sergeant of the LSV-4. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Gary Brown, early - mid 1990s
Gary Brown joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. I don't know about where he was before I got there, but while I was there he was assigned as a Seaman aboard the LCM 8582. He left the 1097th in the mid 1990s, but I can't remember if it was before or after the move to the Pacific Side, and he was reassigned to the JOTB Boathouse. Later he was reassigned to the 331st Causway Company at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Jack Brown, mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Randy Brown, 1993 - mid 1990s
Randy Brown worked at T-School before he went to Panama. He was my Class Liason Officer when I went through AIT. He joined the 1097th in late 1993. He was assigned as a Mate in the Heavy Boat Platoon and later he was assigned as the Medium Boat Platoon Sergeant. He laft Panama in the mid 1990s but I don't know where he went after that. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Ray Brown, mid 1990s
Ray Brown joined the 1097th in the mid 1990s, but it was before the move. He was assigned as a Boswain in the Heavy Boat Platoon. He left Panama just after the move. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Timothy Brown, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Chance Bryan, mid 1990s
Chance Byran was assigned to the 309th Transportation Company at Fort Story, Virginia before he came to Panama. He joined the 1097th just after the move to the Pacific Side and he was assigned as a Coxswain on the LCM 8504. He left Panama in 1996. He was assigned to a Unit on Fort Eustis, but I can't remember which. He is still in the Army and still at Fort Eustis. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Reggie Bryant, early - mid 1990s
Reggie Bryant joined the 1097th right out of AIT and he was assigned as a Seaman aboard the LCM 8502. He later was assigned as a Seaman aboard the J-3795. He attended PLDC in Aug/Sept 1994, the last class before the NCO Academy closed. He reenlisted for an assignment in Hawaii and he left Panama before the move to the Pacific Side. After he left Hawaii he was assigned to the 331st Causeway Company at Fort Eustis. He is now assigned as a Boswain on the LCU 2017, originally from the 1097th, in the 558th Maintenance Company. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

Buck Buchannan, 1984 - 1986
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Neil Buck, late 1990s
Neil Buck Jouned the 1097th in the late 1990s and was assigned as an Engineer aboard one of the LCU 2000s. He was later reassigned as the Chief Engineer aboard the LCM 8519. He left Panama in mid 1999. He was assigned somewhere on Fort Eustis. I have seen him a time or two, but I can't remember which unit he is assigned to. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Buddy (first name unknown, male), early - mid 1990s
Buddy was assigned to the JOTB Boathouse directly from AIT. He joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was an Engineer, I think, but I can't remember where he was assigned. The only other memory I have of him was that he had a primer colored Honda POJ that was always parked out behind the Company. I think he got out of the Army before the move, but I can't remember. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Burgos (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

William Burke, 1995 - 1996
William Burke joined the 1097th in 1995. He was assigned as the Platoon Leader of Meduim Boat. For a Lieutenant he had cajones bigger than most Generals. He generally was able to get what he wanted for his platoon. He was involved in the Bocas Del Toro Incident was discharged from the Army as a result. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Burkhardt, 1976 - 1978
I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.

James Burkhart, mid 1980s
James Burkhart was the Coxswain of the LCM 8504 during the Soviet Vessel Incident. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Gordon Burleson, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Shannon Burley, late 1990s
Shannon Burley was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon. She was later reassigned to the Orderly Room then later Back to the Heavy Boat Platoon. She got her tour shortened so that she could attend a school at Fort Eustis, but after she reported to the school she could not attend for some reason. She is assigned at Fort Eustis. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Bruce Burnett, early - mid 1990s
Bruce Burnett was assigned as the Vessel Master of one of the LCU 1600s. He left Panama before the move to the Pacific Side, but I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

James Bush, 1968
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Mike Bushemi, mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Robert Buswell, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Butterball, late 1960s
Butterball was the Company Mascot during the Vietnam War. From what the news clippings say about him he was a genuine River Rat Pirate. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Peter Butts, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Mike Byers, late 1980s - early 1990s
Mike is nearing, or has already, retiring. Last time I saw him, about a year ago, he was serving as a Mate on one of the LCU 2000s on Eustis. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.




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Dennis Call, mid 1990s
Dennis Call replaced First Sergeant Copeland as the First Sergeant. He was later assigned to the 245th Support Battalion and later as the Acting Battalion Sergeant Major and later still back to the 1097th as the First Sergeant. He retired from the Army and left Panama. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Lloyd Callendar, early 1980s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Ernest Canady, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Joseph Capinski, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Pedro Carmaega, mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Karsten Carosella, early - 1996
Karsten Carosella was assigned as a Section Sergeant in the Medium Boat Platoon and was later reassigned as the Boswain on the LCU 2017. He left the 1097th in 1996, but I don't know where he went. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Scott Carr, early 1990s - mid 1990s
Scott Carr joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was a Seaman in the Meduim Boat Platoon and he may have had some time on the Heavy Boats, but I can't remember. He married a Woman from Colon. He also bought a "Duty Paid" ancient "3 in the tree" truck from Jack Hargis. He left Panama before the move and was assigned to Fort Eustis. He is now assigned to one of the Tug Boats in 3rd Port. He is now serving as a Boswain on the LSV 4, I think. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

Matt Carrier, 1992 - 1995
Matt Carrier joined the 1097th in 1992. I only know of him being an Engineer aboard the Heavy Boats, but he may have spent some time in Medium Boat Platoon. He was an avid diver. He spent hundreds of hours diving in Panama and the surrounding areas. Where he went from Panama I don't know. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Dennis Carroll, early 1990s
Dennis Carroll joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. I know he was assigned as a Seaman on the LCM 8519 when I got there and up to the time he left. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

James Carroll, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Edward Carpenter, mid 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Floyd Carpenter, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Jimmy Carter, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

John Cartwright, 1976 - 1977
John Cartwright joined the 1097th when the unit was still assigned to Fort Eustis. He laid out the plans for the move and implemented them. He was relieved shortly after the move to Panama due to a bad rating during an IG Inspection. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Thomas Causby, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Jamie Cavanol, late 1990s
Jamie Cavanol joined the 1097th in the late 1990s. She was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon. She was reassigned to Fort Eustis. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Cedebaca (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
Cedebaca joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon. He left Panama and was assigned to Fort Eustis. He went through Warrent Officer School and is now a CW2 stationed somewhere at Fort Eustis. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Chaffin (first name unknown, gender unknown), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

John "The Ogre" Chaplin, early - mid 1990s
The Ogre joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was assigned to the Welding Shop. The Ogre assisted in the Move to the Pacific Side in 1995 and left the 1097th later that year or the following year. He bought a Brand New Ford Explorer shortly after the move. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Angelica Charleston, early - mid 1990s
Angelica Charleston joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. She was assigned to the Orderly Room. She did not have enough time left in Panama for her to move with the Unit to the Pacific Side, but until there was a replacement for her in the Orderly Room she used to have to take the shuttle bus each day from Fort Davis to Rodman to get to work and take it home each afternoon. All in all she only had the opportunity to work about 3 hours per day with the rest of the time being spent on or waiting for buses. After she left Panama I don't know where she went or anything else. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Cheromiah (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
He was Navajo I believe from AZ. Worked as 88L Med Boat. If this is the same Cheromiah I am thinking about he was in 309th at FSVA either before or after his tour in Panama. Updated 20 Oct 2006

Fred Christ, Late 70s
I have no further information as of 4 March 2007.

Jeffery L. Christian, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Nels Christopher, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Eric "Chris" Christopherson, 1976 - 1982
I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
Chumack (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Ruben Cimberon, late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Clark (first name unknown, male), mid 1990s
Clark joined the 1097th just after the move to the Pacific Side. He was assigned to the Supply Section. He was a country boy. He was one of my roomates until he left Panama in 1996 or 1997. He showed me a few downrange places on the Pacific Side, because I had no clue of anywhere to go on the Pacific Side. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Dale Clark, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

John Clark, late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Paul "Beevis" or "Butthead" Clary, mid 1990s
Paul Clary joined the 1097th in the mid 1990s, just before the move to the Pacific Side. He was assigned as an Assistant Coxswain in the Meduim Boat Platoon. He was a certified Lifeguard and was part of the 1097th Team that taught drownproofing and swimming each and every Thursday during PT time. My fondest memory of him was that he could duplicate the vioces and personalities of Beevis and Butthead perfectly. There was nothing better than hearing him get on the radio in the wee hours of the morning when you were about to fall asleep from the rocking of the ocean while you were sailing on a mission and he would start doing a Beevis and Butthead impression for about 10 or 20 minutes. Presto you were awake. I think he was assigned to Fort Eustis when he left Panama, but I don't know. I do know now! He is married and assigned to the 331st Trans Co (CAUSEWAY OR NO WAY) and is in my Platoon. He's a Squad Leader and a Pilot in training, as I am. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

Clayton (first name unknown, gender unknown), mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Richard Cleaves, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Clemons (first name unknown, gender unknown), mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Larry Close, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

John Coburn, 1991 - 1993
John Coburn joined the 1097th in the 1991. He was assigned as the Coxswain aboard the LCM 8503. He did a 2 year tour was returned to Fort Eustis in late 1993.
He is now serving as the Maintenance Platoon Sergeant in 331st Trans Co (Causeway Or No Way). I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

Cochran (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

William Coffey, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Coleman (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

John Coleman, early - mid 1990s
John Coleman joined the 1097th in early 1990s. He was assigned as a Mate aboard one of the Heavy Boats. He made the move to the Pacific Side. He returned to the states in the mid 1990s and was was assigned to Fort Eustis. At one point in time he was the First Sergeant of the LSV-6 but where he now I don't know. He has retired from the Army as of 00 or 01. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

Carrol Coley, early - mid 1990s
Carrol Coley joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. She was assigned to the Supply Section. She attended PLDC at Fort Sherman in 1994. She was promoted to Sergeant. She was later reassigned to another unit in Panama but I don't know where she went from ther nor where she is now. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Joseph L. Colvin, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Paul Combs, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Barb & Rick Conklin, early 1990s- 1995
Barb & Rick Conklin joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. The both spent time in Heavy Boat Platoon and Medium Boat Platoon. While in the Heavy Boat Platoon Barb was the Boswain aboard the LCU 2000s and Rick was the Leading Seaman and Boswain aboard the LCU 1600s. While in the Meduim Boat Platoon Barb served as Platoon Sergeant while Rick was the Coxswain. After leaving Panama Barb was assigned to Fort Eustis while Rick decided he wanted to get out of the Army. Barb is currently working in Building 705 and Rick drives trucks for a living. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Dante Conner, late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Conway (first name unknown, gender unknown), mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Henry Cook, early - mid 1990s
Henry Cook joined the 1097th in the early 1990s as a wet behind the ears Lieutanant. He was assigned as Platoon Leader of one of the platoons. Later he was assigned as the XO. He left Panama just before the move.

I just got an e-mail from him out of the blue. He is Major now as I think working as a Army in Industry position. He told me about a few awards the 1097th was authorized to wear and I will post these as I confirm them with PAC. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

Shawn Cook, early - mid 1990s
Shawn Cook joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. It was his first duty station. He was a generator mechanic and assigned to the Motor Pool working on wheeled vehicles, go figure? Shawn was my first roomate when I got to the 1097th. I think he was just playing a trick on me but I had learned a little Survival Spanish before I got to Panama and I was ready to say "No Comprendo" when talking to Spanish speaking people. Shawn said that "No Comprendo" was disrespectful and to use "No Aqui". Hey I was wet behind the ears at this point so I believed it. It took me several months before I finally figured out why every one was hanging up when I said "No Aqui". Shawn was Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor certified which gave him the additional duty of being on the Lifeguard Team. Shawn left Panama before the move, I think. Where he went or what he is doing now is unknown. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Charles Copeland, mid 1990s
Charles Copeland took over as First Sergeant from Rusty Phelps just as the dust was starting to settle after the move the Pacific Side. He left Panama in 1996 or 1997. Where he went or what he is doing is unknown. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Cordin (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Lenny Costa, 1994 - 1995
Lenny Costa joined the 1097th in early 1994 just when USARSO was giving out 1 year tours. He was assigned to Meduim Boat Platoon but as we went to Fort Sherman one night he refused to follow his Medium Boat initiation of licking the wall of the the Locks. I mean the slimey green part, been there done that got the T-shirt. Anyway he was reassigned to Operations where he worked the night shift until he DEROS'd back to the states. He wore the same rank on his collar each and every night without ever painting it black again as the paint was worn off. By the time he left that rank could have been worn on his formal uniform. He returned to Fort Eustis in early 1995. About 1 year after he returned he got out of the Army. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Willaim Cousins, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Edward Cowardin, 1982 - 1984
I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
Tony "CPT Caveman" Crawford, 1982 - 1983
CPT Caveman was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way back from Colon. He appearently hit a tree. The rider on the back survived with a broken arm. I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
John Crenshaw, mid - late 197os
John Crenshaw joined the 1097th in 1976 right before the move to Panama as a Second Lieutenant. He was sent on a 10 day recon of Panama prior to the move and was part of the advance party sent to Panama. He was the last of the old leadership to be removed after the bad rating during the IG Inspection in 1977. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Mark Cresse, mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Crist (first name unknown, may be John, male), late 1980s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Ralph Crysel, 1882 - 1984
I have no further information. Information as of 8 June 2000.<BR
Cuffee (first name unknown, gender unknown), mid 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Michael Cummings, 1967
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Steve Curda, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Curry (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.




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Darryl Daniels, 1991 - 1993
Darryl Daniels was assigned to the 309th Transportation Company prior to joining the 1097th in 1991. He was originally scheduled to leave for Panam in late 1990 but due Sudam Insane Darryl's Orders were deleted. After he finally got to Panama he was assigned as the Assistant Coxswain on the LCM 8503. He returned to the States in late 1993. He was assigned somewhere on Fort Eustis. I have seen him once or twice since I returned from Panama but I forget where he is assigned. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

William E. Daniels, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Matthew Dansbury, mid 1980s
He was one of the LT's in the company. I have no further information as of 4 March 2007.

Steve Dardin, late 1980s - early 1990s
Steve Dardin was present for the Invasion in 1989. He left Panama in the early 1990s and was assigned to the 309th Transportation Company at Fort Story, Virginia. I think he got out of the Army but I can't remember. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Davis (first name unknown, female), early - mid 1990s
Davis joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. She was assigned to the Orderly Room. She did not have enough time left in Panama for her to move with the Unit to the Pacific Side, but until there was a replacement for her in the Orderly Room she used to need to leave her house on Fort Sherman at 0500 so that she could catch the shuttle to Clayton at 0555 and once she got to Clayton she had to wait for the Rodman shuttle by the time she ended up getting to work it was 1000 or 1100 and she had to leave Rodman by 1400 in order to catch the last Pacific to Atlantic Shuttle. She had to do this each and every work day. As she was trying to get her house on Fort Sherman ready to turn in her son got creative with some paint and put an extra special coat on the floor of the house. She appearantly spent several days cleaning all of the paint off the floor. After she left Panama I don't know where she went or anything else. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Joe Day, mid 1980s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Wayne Deal, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Bill "Deck the Deckie" Deck, 1993 - 1996
Bill Deck Joined the Army in 1988 and attended AIT in early 1989. He was assigned to the 331st Transportation Company (ACV) at Fort Story, Virginia. He spent several summers as a Lifeguard at Fort Story's beaches.

He joined the 1097th in Late 1993. He was assigned as the Coxswain of the LCM 8503. Later, in late 1994 he was assigned to the J-3795. Then Later in later 1994 or early 1995 he was assigned as the Boswain of the LCU 2018. He left Panama in late 1996. He was assigned somewhere at Fort Eustis. In 1998 he attended the Basic Warrent Officer Course and in early 1999 he attended the Marine portion of the Warrent Officer school. After he graduated he has been assigned to one of the LCU companies at Fort Eustis. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Delaney (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Timothy Demasion, mid 1980s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Joseph Demyon, early 1990s
Joe Demyon was assigned to the 309th Transportation Company prior to joining the 1097th in the early 1990s. I don't know what all he did here, but when I arrived he was working in the "A" Shop. He left Panama in 1993 or 1994. I think he was assigned to Fort Eustis. I also think that he is still in the Army. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Shawn "Roach" Derosiers, mid 1990s
Roach joined the 1097th as his first duty station prior to the move to the Pacific Side. He was assigned to the Welding Shop and assisted in the move of the shop to the Pacific Side. After the Welding Shop was phased out of the Company in 1996 he was reassigned to Operation where he spend his remaining time in Panama. He begged and pleaded to get to go on a mission aboard one of the LCU 2000s. Finally he got his wish and sailed aboard the LCU 2017 to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Upon coming aboard the Boswain, El Pirata, told him a few of the rules that all Mariners, and supercargo, must follow. One extremely important rule was not to put, or leave you hat on the Galley table. Well low and behold he forgets the most important. No one in the galley who see this says anything to him. Three days later Roach starts looking for his hat. It is finally found in the freezer in a solid block of frozen creamed corn. He never forgot the hat rule again. He left Panama and was assigned to the 558th Maintenance Company at Fort Eustis, Virginia. When one thinks of the chances of a Non Mariner MOS being assigned twice to boat units, it is extremely rare. The last I heard he is still in 558th. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Raymond Desalvo, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Jeremy "Big Country" Dey, 1996 - 1999
I met Big Country while I was at Fort Eustis for 20 School from Panama while Big Country was attending AIT. Don "Bee Bop" Walters introduced us and told me to tell Big Country about Panama because he was going there as soon as he graduated fromAIT. I did and Big country joined the unit in early 1996. He was assigned as a Seaman on the LCU 2017 in Heavy Boat Platoon. While he was on the 2017 I was assigned briefly to the vessel as the Boswain which is when he got his name of Big Country. I was also given another nickname of Big City. Between the two of us everything on that boat was accomplished, as long as it involved brute force. Whenever we were tieing down cargo the binders we used had washers to take up ther slack in the cable and tighten the cargo down. Each and every time we were tieing cargo down we would try to, generally we would, get one more washer into the binder to get the cargo tighter and tighter. One perticular day we were tieing down some mid sized trucks that were on their way to Gitmo. When the trucks were unloaded they had about nine inches of ground clearance but by the time we finished they had less that three inches of cleacance. He was assigned to that vessel until late 1998 when he was assigned to Meduim Boat Platoon. He got married to a woman from Vera Cruz and they had their first baby in mid 1999. Big country got out of the Army from Panama and moved to Oregon. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Diaz (first name unknown, male), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Mike Diaz, 1995 - 1996
Mike Diaz joined the 1097th in mid 1995. He was assigned as the Assistant Platoon Sergeant of Medium Platoon. He was involved in the incident in Bocas Del Toro and got out of the Army in late 1996 or early 1997. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Russell Dice, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Rolon "Hard Body" Dioselina, late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Edward Dohring, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Jeanne Donaghty, late 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Donaldson (first name unknown, gender unknown), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Eliut Donis, 1992 - 1998
Eliut Donis joined the 1097th in 1992. He was assigned as an Engineer in the Heavy Boat Platoon. Later he took on the additional duty as the Reenlistment NCO. In late 1996 or early 1997 he was assigned as the Cheir Engineer aboard the LCM 8519. He later went back to Heavy Boat Platoon. Most of his time was spent in the Heavy Boat Platoon. He left Panama in April or May after the denial of his 2 month tour extension. His son was graduating from Balboa High School in the end of May and he wanted to wait until after his son finished shcool to move. He returned to the states and got his assignment in one of the LCU companies then immediatly took leave back to Panama so he could be there for his son's graduation. The funny part about the whole thing was that his family was able to stay in his house on Fort Clayton while he was not assigned to Panama until after his son graduated and then everyone moved to the States. The last I heard he is assigned to the LCU 2013. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Donnelly (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Patrick Doran, early 1990s
Patrick Doran joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was assigned as a mate aboard one of the LCUs. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Steven Doughten, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Doug Downing, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Michael Drake, late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Dudley (first name unknown, male), early 1990s
Dudley joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was assigned to the Supply Section and he also had the additional duty of being the R&U person for the company. Where he went from the 1097th I have no idea. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Durso (first name unknown, gender unknown), late 1980s - early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Dennis Dyer, 1968
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Jerry Dyson, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.




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Larry Easter, mid - late 1980s
Larry Easter joined the 1097th in the mid 1980s. He was assigned as the Maintnenace Officer for the company. He left Panama in the late 1980s and retired from the Army sometime later. He has contributed several pictures and several names to the page. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Charles & S. Edmundson, late 1980s - early 1990s
The Edmundsons joined the 1097th in the late 1980s. I don't know if they were married before they got to Panama but they were when they left. The both were assigned to Fort Story, Virginia after they left Panama. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Charles Egger, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Eric Eggers, early - mid 1990s
Eric Eggers joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. He was assigned to the Heavy Boat Platoon. He got one of the one year short tours and left Panama shortly before the move to the Pacific Side. He was assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia. He is still in the Army as of the last time I saw him a year or so ago.

He is now a CW2 assigned as one of the Engineers on a Tugboat. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

Earl Ehrson, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Carol Ekern, mid 1970s - late 1970s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Larry Eldridge, early - mid 1990s
Larry Eldridge joined the 1097th inthe early 1990s. He was assigned to the Commo Shop. He helped move the company to the Pacific Side. Where he went after Panama I do not know. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Donnie Elkins, early 1990s
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

John Ellis, mid 1990s - 1999
John Ellis joined the 1097th in the mid 1990s. He was assigned to Heavy Boat Platoon. He left the unit in 1999 and was assigned to Fort Eustis. He is assigned as an Engineer on one of the boats in Causeway. I have no further information. Information as of 24 May 2002.

E. Joseph Elzey, 1993 - 1996
Joseph Elzey joined the 1097th in early 1993. He was assigned as the Chief Engineer of the LCM 8582. He owned an 87 Jeep Wrangler and he would ocasionally go out 4X4ing with me. Where he went after he left Panama I do not know nor do I know whether he is still in the Army. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

William Emde, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Hillary Emrick, early - mid 1990s
Hilary Emrick joined the 1097th in the early 1990s. She was assigned to the Supply Section. She had a child and got out of the Army when she left Panama. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

James Erickson, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Joe Espinosa, 1969
I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.

Kelly & Nelson Etrata, 1994 - 1996
Nelson joined the 1097th in July 1993. He came from the 309th Transportation Company where he had been since he finished AIT. He got married to Kelly right before he went to Panama and she did not come to Panama until mid 1994. Nelson was assigned as the Coxswain of the LCM 8582. Kelly was assigned to the Supply Section. Nelson and I used to go surfing just about each and every weekend. They both assisted in the move to the Pacific Side. They both left panama in late 1996. I think that Kelly got out of the Army but Nelson is assigned to the 309th Transportation Company at Fort Story. I have no further information. Information as of 20 April 2000.







HOT HOT HOT 17 April 2009, I received an e-mail from Thom Kirkpatrick last week about there being a 1097th Reunion this coming October. After a few e-mails with John Crenshaw I have the basic details, 9-12 October 2009, Columbus Day Weekend in the Ft Eustis/Newport News area. I am planning on attending and would like to make a humble request, if anyone has any scanned copies of their pics from any era of the 1097th and would like to share them please give them to me and I will add them on the page. The longer I keep this page going them more I want it to by OUR page and not MY page. I will update with more details as I get them.

Something else that's been on my mind for a few years, contact information on the Raiders of the Past list. For a long time I have wanted to include contact information for those that wanted their contact information listed. Once down side to this is people who you don't want to have your contact information have a way to get it and pester you. The decision is 100% yours. If you want your e-mail or snail mail address listed under your profile in theRaiders of the Past let me know stating this and I will post as you desire. I would also like an updated profile if you so desire so I can also update this at the same time. It you want this please E-mail me.



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