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Chaplain (COL) (Ret) William O. Rodefer
Association Regimental Chaplain

Chaplain (COL) William O Rodefer has just volunteered as the Association’s Regimental Chaplain. Bill has been a minister for over 60 years with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He is a graduate of Milligan College, TN, and received his Masters of Divinity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.  He was ordained in 1953 in Waynesburg, Pa.

Bill served as an Army chaplain for 28 years. While on active duty, he was assigned in 1965 to the Support Command, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. He later served 6 months as the chaplain for the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry. After his tour in Vietnam, Bill spent 3 years in Germany as Chaplain for the US Security Agency and due to the widespread responsibilities of that command, he traveled to many countries throughout Europe.

Following his tour in Germany, he attended the U S Army Chaplains school at Fort Hamilton, NY. At the end of that school year he was released from active duty and returned to Indiana to finish his military career in the US Army Reserve.

Bill retired from the military in 1988 and has served several churches in both Indiana and Ohio since then.  From 2000-2006 he served as Pastoral Care Minister, First Congregational Church, Akron, Ohio and retired for good in 2006.

Bill has worked for years with veterans in drug and alcohol rehab programs and was one of the founders of “Warriors’ Journey Home” in Tallmadge, OH.  This group helps veterans deal with personal issues resulting from PTSD and the trauma of war.

Chaplain Rodefer is now retired and lives with his wife in North Port, FL.


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CSM Buddy Wallace is opening a new office outside of Ft Riley. He asked that anyone who has pictures of themselves while on active duty or anything with the 16th Infantry Logo etc to send it to him to decorate his office. This will help with new members from the local area. His contact info is



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Reunion 2012-Memphis, Tennessee

    As has become an annual tradition in the great Society of the 1st Infantry Division, the 16th Infantry Regiment Association again enjoyed the largest attendee turnout of any subordinate unit at the Division Reunion this year. We had plenty of room in our command post, however, due to local and state laws that precluded us from running our own bar as is also a long standing tradition. Not to worry, however, Dennis Moorehead, former Association President, once again took charge by boldly attacking the problem and establishing a beachhead  hospitality room upstairs to provide our thirsty and ailing members plenty of “roomatiz” medicine.
    Our Regimental Quartermaster and 2nd Vice President, Phil Hall and his better half Barb did a outstanding job with setting up the colors and guidons in an impressive display. They also made available much of the Quartermaster Store’s inventory items and made a fair amount of money to support the Association’s programs to support our active battalions.
    Many thanks to Joe Calhoun for once again volunteering to function as the master of ceremonies and auctioneer for our successful raffle and auction. As always, he performed his role wonderfully and, like everyone else, had a lot of fun doing it (we just need to stop him from laughing so much).
    Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion won the newly established Colonel Galusha Pennypacker award for having the most company members attend this year’s reunion. Loupie Francis accepted the award on behalf of the company on Saturday night. Loupie said he plans to have even have more C/2-16 members there next year, so the rest of the companies need to get off their butts and not let Charlie Company beat them sitting down. You guys get your Company brothers together and have them attend the reunion next year and show Charlie Company that they ain’t the only outfit in this regiment.
During the Society business meeting on Saturday, the Association donated $2000.00 for refurbishing the 1st Infantry Division Memorial located at President’s Park in Washington D.C. Part of the refurbishment effort is to have the names of all division KIAs from Iraq and Afghanistan added to monument along with all those other Big Red One Soldiers who gave their last full measure in earlier conflicts. When Bob Humphries presented the check at the meeting, he grabbed the microphone and concurrently challenged all the other division units to match the regiment’s contributions. That evening at the banquet, it was announced that out brother regiment, the Vanguards of the 18th Infantry, gamely beat our contribution by a whole dollar ($2001). Not to be outdone, Phil Hall boldly strode up to the dais of distinguished generals and Society officers and added another $5.00 to the project in order to keep the Rangers in first place.
    Perhaps the highlight of this year’s reunion was our two Wounded Rangers who received an all expenses trip to the reunion, courtesy of the Association. The Association hosted Aaron Kuomamoto and his wife Erica, and Bryan Jergens and his wife Jennifer, as the initial participants of our newly established Wounded Ranger Program. Aaron was wounded in Iraq and Bryan in Afghanistan. We will be looking for qualified candidates to sponsor for next year and have already identified a few.
And uh . . ., by the way, as might be expected, there were numerous Elvis sightings this year during the reunion.  
See you next year in Jacksonville!


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