What is an I&R
I&R Platoons in
The following are events
the I&R Platoon attended in 2012.
19 March, 2011. Delay the
Inevitable. Ft Custer, Battle Creek, MI. We arrived at Fort
Custer in a torrential downpour which subsided to an off and on light
rain/mist for Saturday. We started out defending the CP for most of the
morning but sent out a few short patrols to nearby areas. We borrowed a
BC-611 radio from the 9th ID which worked well until we left to probe
the German positions in the afternoon. From then on we were out of
radio contact. Upon making contact with the enemy (5th Wiking), we were
Ever swinging left, we eventually found a way around them and movied
down a stream in a small gulley. After hearing some noises to our
right, we surprised some Germans who had no idea we were to their rear.
Moving on we found a German objective and left half our unit to guard
that while the rest of us found and secured one of our objectives. At
this point we decided to continue on back to our CP in the same
direction rather than retrace our route. We managed to
return undetected and score a point for our side. The entire patrol
ended up traversing nearly the entire circumference of the training
area and allowed us to put into practice many of the tactics we had
trained for. This is one of the most gratifying aspects of tactical
events like this one and is our primary goal rather than focusing on
which side wins and which loses. In attendance were: Keith Bonney, Matt
and Dan Ziemer, Mike Lazotte, Joe Szomolyai, Doug Fesko, Jared Hart
(from 10th Mountain) and Paul Garrett.
April, 2012. LHRA National Spring Battle. Camp Atterbury. Wet
weather was a challenge at this event as well as some teething problems
as it is a new event at a new location, but this is one that shows
great promise for the future. This is emersion event (the first
for us) took place overnight Friday/Satirday and throughout the day.
Paratroopers "dropped " in around 0100 while Germans patrolled the
area. In the morning ground forces arrived and the battle continued.
The tank battle was very cool to see. Only a small group from our unit
was able to attend, but we look forward to next year and will have more
5-7 May, 2012. WWII Tribute at Buckley
Homested, Lowell, IN. This has been one of the staple
events of the reenacting season and really kicks off the public
schedule. We, unfortunately , had smaller than usual participation, but
those who attended had a good time. Hope to be back next year.
8-10, 2012. Rails to
Victory at the Fox River Trolley Museum. S. Elgin, IL. Our
first time at this event which was similar to the Union event of the
last two years. This is no surprise as the same people organized this
event as did the previous years' Union events. The trolley museum is a
nice location along the Fox River and offers some unique sites to hold
an event. We took part in the "Tour of France" in which the public
spectators rode trolley cars and witnessed various scenes from occupied
France and its subsequent liberation by Allied forces and partisans. We
met some great people from other units and really enjoyed the event.
The camp sites were nice and offered some shade from the hot sun of the
weekend. And of course we enjoyed camping next to our friends from the
10th Mountain Division. This is a great event and one which we look
forward to attending in the future. In attendance were: Keith Bonney,
Dan Zeimer, Doug and Shari Fesko, and Paul Garrett.