(updated 02 Feb 2012)

    60th Anniversary Year Book

Note the attached letter re: a 60th Anniversary Year Book. Most members have seen the 50th "First 50 Years" book. This will be an extension of that with 10 more years worth of information and stories. If you have something to submit please note the address in the letter.

Cliff Newman
Administrative Director
Special Forces Association
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309
(910) 485-5433


Archbishop Hannan Taps Notice

The Special Forces Association and Chapter XXX has lost a very distinguished HONORARY MEMBER, THE MOST REVEREND PHILIP M. HANNAN, Retired Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Greater New Orleans, LA. Area which he presided over from 1965 to 1988. He passed away on September 29, 2011 at the age of 98 (1913-2011) who was active and lively in retirement until the last couple of years. He was in the US Army from 1940 to 1945 serving as a Chaplain in the 82nd Airborne Division who jumped into Normandy during WW2, and was affectionately known as “The Jumping Padre”. He was always a champion of the US Military and its veterans both nationally and locally. The Archbishop became a behind the scenes confidant of President John F. Kennedy when he was first in the House of Representatives and later when he became President. Their friendship was so close that upon the President’s untimely Death the First Lady, Mrs Jacquelyn had The Archbishop deliver the eulogy at the President’s funeral.
    For the funeral of Archbishop Hannan on October 6, 2011 the Honor Guard was provided by the 82nd Airborne Division. A detailed obituary on his death may be viewed in the NO LA newspaper at: For more complete information on the tremendous accomplishments of his life see:

The Archbishop is on the left, the individual on the right is a previously deceased SFA Honorary Member, Mr. Patrick F. Taylor (who passed away in Nov 2004). This picture is courtesy of Mrs. Phyllis Taylor and is from the files of Taylor Energy Co. 


Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
08 Nov 2011

    The Chapter received a prestigious award the “BRONZE PATRICK HENRY MEDALLION for Patriotic Achievement”. It was from the MILITARY ORDER OF WORLD WARS (MOWW), Captain Francis B. Grevemberg, New Orleans Chapter presented by Commander COL (RET) ALONZO N. DIODENE at their meeting on August 17th, 2011. It was in recognition of Chapter XXX’s annual Mardi Gras program honoring our Combat Veterans. They ride in our float on Mardi Gras Day with the Krewe of Argus in Metairie, LA. We have four members who are also members of this MOWW Chapter; Henry Cook, Brandon Haynie, Geary Mason and Bob Moreau. (See photo). The parade is funded by soliciting donations from corporations, small businesses, veterans and patriotic citizens to provide a free ride for the HONOREES as well as their “throws”. To view our HELP HOST A HERO FOR MARDI GRAS 2012 brochure visit our website at
    It is with sadness we report the passing away of a distinguished Honorary Member of the SFA, The Most Reverend Philip M. Hannan, Archbishop (Retired) of the Catholic Church Diosese of the New Orleans area. He passed away on September 29, 2011 and laid to rest on October 6, 2011 with an Honor Guard from the 82nd Abn Div. The Archbishop was in the US ARMY 1940-1945
As a Chaplain who jumped into Normandy on D-Day and known as “The Jumping Padre”. For more information see his notice in TAPS of THE DROP or read his obituary at or for overview of his life.
    On October 22nd 2011 we held our Quarterly Meeting at Drusilla’s Seafood in Baton Rouge, LA. with everyone enjoying good conversations and each others company. Our two “TV Stars” were present Mykel Hawke and wife Ruth England with son Gabe enjoying time off between filming their series. Mykel & Ruth’s program “MAN, WOMAN, WILD” and Mykel’s “ ONE MAN ARMY” are both on the Discovery Channel (check local program guide). The business part of the meeting had a few new items to discuss and vote on. A) Chapter 81’s two members John Arceneaux and Robert Martin spoke about funding to continue their Special Ops Monument in Breaux Bridge, LA – see their article in the Fall issue of THE DROP. Chapter XXX approved a
Donation of $500.00 to the fund and the check was given to them. B) Jim McCurry as chairman of our Teller’s Committee announced the nominations having been closed during the meeting that
IAW our By Laws the ballots shortly be mailed. Those elected will be installed at our January 2012 Meeting. Members present were; Jim & Mitzi, Henry, Russ & Susan, Ted, Tom F, Ed, Mykel & Ruth w/Gabe, Earl & Joann, Tony L, Jim & Kathy, Ron, Bob & Judi, Bob N, Ralph & Janet, Lester, Tony & Sandy, Ben & Xiaomei, Willie & Vita, Lloyd & Luzstella, Tom T, John & Jan and guest John & Robert.

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