So, there I was; Just this last Saturday, I was up a little
early and sitting at the kitchen counter daydreaming about the exciting day
ahead. Art Palaian, one of SgtMacsBar
A Combat Control * CCT * Hangout newest members, was going to stop by
for a few quick ones and later I was entering my bike in the Mid America Harley
Million Dollar Show. And then it happened……………..
Home Invasion; My mind was in a happier state of mind when
I hear my front door swing open. Like a
dummy, I only shut the storm door when I let Maggie in. My thoughts immediately went to SgtMacsBar Open House & Fun
and the huge amount of cash in the fund. The damn terrorists were
here to destroy the
“Fun Raiser”, there-by causing catastrophic damage to the
Open House. They were after your
Once a Combat
Controller, Always a Combat Controller; My warrior instincts just took over and
next thing I know I’m confronting a huge ugly looking bastard in my foyer. He just looks at me, sizes me up from head to
toe and just starts laughing. Now I was
concerned; I had the SOB dead to rights and I heard Maggie tearing down the
hallway to back me up and he was laughing?
I had been sitting at the kitchen counter smoking a 898
Partagas cigar; strong, well balanced and rich in flavour, unusually intense
and quite commanding, when I heard the front door open. I always keep my Colt “Gunsite” 1911 .45 Series 70 firing system Smith & Alexander metal grip
safety with palm swell Serrated flat mainspring housing Dehorned all around
Thin rosewood grips Gold Cup serrations on front strap Heinie front and Novak
rear sights Short aluminum trigger with 4 – 4½ lb pull Wilson extended safety lock
Two 8-round Wilson magazines w/metal base plate McCormick hammer and sear by my
I had the ATN Digital Ultra Sight in his eye causing him to squint
and the SOB had the nerve to laugh, while a 100 pound dog is making her
presence known. Then I realized how I
must look; I’m standing there naked, with only a 898 Partagas
cigar between my teeth and a big freaking pistol in my hand, yelling you ain’t
getting none of the beer.
So, quick thinking told me this wasn’t a regular home
invasion and this must be Art Palaian, who I’ve never met. He was traveling through and could only stay
a short time so I figured just showed up early.
Only a Combat Controller would in this situation.
So I yell out
Art. He says Ralph. I say Art?
He says no, it’s Ralph...Ralph Thomas!
Ralph, that was one hell of a
surprise………. Thank You!
I finally have the
bike running and looking good and my first chance to enter it in a bike
show. Jill’s going to enter her’s too
and we need to polish them. I’m a few hours
behind, but it’s not time to panic. Get
to work and quit whining.
Art Palaian shows up soon and what a breath of fresh
air. He met me with a case of beer, a
watermelon, and a huge hug.
We got out the
pictures, had a few beers and the stories started flying. He talked about being at Art and Ruby
Lawrence’s military wedding and about being roommates with Roger James and buds
with Charlie Mason.
had a few good
words to say about Bob Booth and how he just loved his time in
CCT. He mentioned how his wife doesn’t understand
why he’d go out of his way to stop and meet some guy he
doesn’t know. He tried to explain about the brotherhood,
but unless you were there, you just don’t understand. We
understood, I just wish Art could have
He has a Harley too and he made sure I got some polishing accomplished
on my bike. I told him meeting a Combat
Controller was more important than the bike show and it didn’t matter. I tried to bend his arm some to have him stay
longer, but he had a schedule to keep…… Damn
This was a first;
I’m sure most of you know I’m asking for donations, usually represented by the quantity
of beers you’re purchasing for your friends.
Art is new to the bar and didn’t know about these programs, but actually
brought a case of beer to the bar and said; “You be sure Roger James drinks one
of those beers and knows where it came from!”
Art made a
donation, as well as Ralph, I had them cornered. Art, the watermelon was gone that night and
the beer is chilling off for Roger to enjoy.
Art also left a glass from the 366 TFW, Da Nang, which we’ll pour some alcohol through
too….. Thanks Art!
Coincidence and Roger James; Roger James has an eye for detail and
noticed that SgtMacsBar had a huge injustice in age discrimination concerning
our more mature CCTers. He brought to my
attention that the Blue Beret was not represented at the bar.
I agreed, a huge
injustice, and searched for my old blue beret to no avail. My memories failing, but I think I burned it
in protest to giving it to the Security Police.
Roger sent me his beret……… Very Impressive!
The Blue Beret will
be represented at SgtMacsBar Open House & Fun
Raiser and Roger’s also bringing some Wisconsin Brats for chow on
22Sept. Roger also donated the “Super
Knife” as a free raffle prizes for all who donate.
I almost missed the
Million Dollar Bike Show, but Jill got us signed in by 1400 and even though I
got there a little late, I didn’t miss out.
I had to ride that
throbbing noise maker through the crowds pulling up in front of the other show
bikes. The sun was out in full force and
all the flake in the bike was on fire.
The pipes were music to the ears and you could feel the rumble in your
feet. This had been a good day and after
a few beers I was feeling good too.
Everyone knew I was there by the time I shut the Shovel Head down……………..
However, I wasn’t
ready for this; I had just shut the beast down and this guy walks up and asks,
“Are you Sgt Mac?” He didn’t look like a
terrorist, so I told him the truth and admitted to being Mike McReynolds.
He said my names
Ron Bible, I was a Combat Controller.
Bullshit, now I’m looking for the cameras, this has got to be a
joke. So I said, so you’ve heard about Combat
Control and he repeated he was a CCTer.
I had my Colt
“Gunsite” 1911 .45 Series 70 firing system Smith
& Alexander metal grip safety with palm swell Serrated flat mainspring
housing Dehorned all around Thin rosewood grips Gold Cup serrations on front
strap Heinie front and Novak rear sights Short aluminum trigger with 4 – 4½ lb
pull Wilson extended safety lock Two 8-round Wilson magazines w/metal base
plate McCormick hammer and sear tucked in the back of my pants and I released
He didn’t look like a terrorist,
but I had some questions. Like, how in
the hell did you find me? How did he
know I was going to be at the bike show?
I need answers!
He says his name’s Ron Bible and
he lives in Jefferson
City, 30 miles south
of Columbia. He’s checked out SgtMacsBar
A Combat Control * CCT * Hangout and saw my motorcycle on it. He just recognized the bike when I rode in.
Hey, come on now, I
already I have a huge ego and I don’t need him filling my head any
further. I asked why he hadn’t called me
and said even though he’d been to the website he didn’t know I was located in Columbia. So
now I’m to believe some CCTer recognizes my motorcycle from the website and
just happens to run into me.
I find the above
hard to believe, but after further interrogation, I put the safety back on my
Colt, and we had a few beers together.
I live in Columbia MO and saw 3 Combat Controllers in one day. One was planned, another had my address, and
one was just Coincidence…..... Shit Happens!
If you want it to
happen, don’t miss SgtMacsBar Open House & Fun
I tried to call
Dale Huddleston and was told the best way to find him was to get on the
Internet and go to SgtMacsBar, he checks in there once in a while.
Marty Martinez offers up a good job opportunity for CCTers
which I only passed on to you and posted on the website. Marty received over 300 resumes, which is
good, but they came from the whole spec op community and his intentions were to
just assist a few CCTers with a good job opportunity.
getting a lot bigger then I ever imagined and it’s all because of you and your
involvement. The mission is to “Bring Us All A Little Bit
Closer!” and it sure has brought me closer and from the thanks I’ve received, I
think it’s brought you closer too. I Love You Guys!
Up; Roger drank a few of the beers Art left for him and they have since
reunited and shared a few together! That's what it's all about;
Bringing Us All A Little Bit Closer!