Thanks to Tracker
Frank Merritt and to
Sue Merritt Webmistress/Historian for the
endless hours of data entry, time on the phone, all the e-mail correspondence,
and for making this site a reality. Thanks to
Dave Layne for all his time spent surfing the Web for information, and for
corresponding with so many. Dave is a consummate Tracker and a right hand. Also a
Thanks to Don Hendricks,
Mitch Scott and
Merritt for all of their efforts to bring the TRACKER FAMILY
home at last. They started the non-profit corporation -
Combat Tracker Teams of the Viet Nam War, Inc. to be sure that the Trackers will go proudly forward together into the new
Mike Landers for finding the Trackers who
served with both the 25th & 9th Infantry Divisions and for his work on the 1999 ALL
TRACKER Reunion in Saint Louis, MO. Thanks
Perry Callaway and company for their work on the 2001 TRACKER Reunion
in San Antonio, TX. Thanks to
Sue Merritt for the 2002 Reunion in Easton, PA. Thanks to
Chuck Steward for hosting the 2003 TRACKER
Reunion in El Paso, TX. Thanks to Ron Eitel and
Jim Myrick for putting together
the 2004 TRACKER Reunion in Oklahoma City, OK. Thanks to
Ken Goss for hosting the 2005 TRACKER Reunion in Columbus,
GA and to Jesse
Mendez, Dixie Whitman and the German Shepherd Club of Atlanta for their hard work and assistance. Thanks to
Don Campbell for the 2006 TRACKER Reunion in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks
John Dupla, his family and friends, Mark Bowen,
for the 2007 Reunion in Galveston, TX. Thanks to
for hosting the 2008 Reunion in Nashville, TN. Thanks to
for all the hard work to make the 2009 Richmond/Arlington Reunion a
great event. Thanks to Leonard Garcia
for hosting the 2010 Reunion in Fresno, CA - job well done. Thanks
to Sue Merritt
for the 2011 Fort Washington, PA Reunion.
Chuck Steward hosted the 2012 reunion in
Albuquerque, NM - our thanks to you and the
folks at the hotel.
John and Donna
Carroll hosted the 2013 reunion in Canton, Ohio and
dedicated the Combat Tracker Team Memorial Bench at the Ohio
Veterans Memorial Park. Great job! Bob Konarske
hosted the 2014 get-together in Charleston, West Virginia.
Thanks to Bob for a job well done and to the people of Charleston
who love veterans! Thanks to Lloyd Pursley
for a job well done with the 2015 reunion in Mobile, Alabama. Thanks
to Jack, Rosalie and the
Patrick family for hosting the 2016
reunion in Allen Park, Michigan - and thanks to
JD Dudley and family for the fish
fry and then some - and thanks to Mike Horton
for the t-shirts - and thanks to Chuck
Steward for the auction and then some -
and to Yvonne Auer for the quilt and
Bob Konarske for the woodwork - and to
Don Campbell for the scholarship fund
and to all for your donations. The 2017 reunion was held in Branson, MO and
hosted by Tom &
Yvonne Auer with able assistance from
Walter & Kathy Ennis. A great time was had by all and a big
"Thank You" from the Trackers. The 2018 20th Anniversary
Reunion was hosted by Mike & Pam Sisco
and Gary & Beverly Walker in St.
Augustine, Florida - historic place, historic time! Thanks to all
for your hard work that made the get-together a success. And thanks
to all for supporting the Combat Tracker Team website. The 2019
Reunion was held in Rapid City, South Dakota. Arrangements were made
remotely by Chuck Steward - well done
Sergeant Major! 2020 the Tracker family gathered in Greenville,
South Carolina. Tom and Marjorie Dodd
hosted the reunion ably assisted by family and friends - our thanks
to all. 2021 found the Tracker Family in Lexington, Kentucky,
again hosted by Chuck Steward - another
well done to Chuck. 2022 was Kansas City/Independence, MO hosted by
Sunny Apman - good job, good time.
Thanks to ALL the Trackers for
their support and for sending their photos and sharing the information. Thanks to
ALL their wives and families for
understanding why this project is so important to so many. I hope that you will always be
proud of the results of your honorable service as it is represented to the public through
YOUR Website and through other media. I can only hope tell it and show it as best I
can - any errors are clearly mine, and all respect and recognition is yours and long
ALL Instructors -
#2 WDTU, Royal Army Veterinary Corps; Staff of British Jungle Warfare School;
Dog Training Detachment, Bien Hoa, RVN; CTT School, Ft. Gordon, GA. The proof of the excellence of your instruction is evident in the number
of Trackers who came home. To a man, there are not enough words in the language to
adequately thank you.
a salute to the Labs! God bless them all!
to Steve Cradick of CTT#8 for
starting the track to find his fellow team members many years ago and for holding the
first Tracker Reunion. Thanks to John Dupla, the Unit Historian for CTT#7 & 8, 62nd IPCT for
saving the papers, for finding so many Trackers and providing so
much valuable information.
Col. Dick Baumer, USAR for his support and
encouragement. Dick is
a former Tracker CO and an Officer and Gentleman of the highest order.
Bob Konarske for conceiving and making the
Tracker gear project a reality.
Ken Goss, Mo Huggins, Gary and Mary Morris, Ron and Pat Eitel, and Wiley Clark
for the outstanding CTT Memorial Tribute that they have
Kregg Jorgenson, author
of "LRRPs in Cambodia - M.I.A. Rescue", and many other titles, for his help in getting the story
out. To Martin Murray,
writer and historian, for all of the worldwide travel, countless
interviews, and research.
Dr. Howard Hayes for all the
research and information on the Teams and Dogs - a very special friend and supporter -
whose other saving grace is his appreciation of ZZ TOP!.
Major David Scott-Donelan,
former Officer with the SAS 22nd Regiment, C Squadron, and owner of MANTRACK - the tactical
tracking school, for his support and information and for being a good friend.
Thanks to fellow Tracker
Barry Magor, 8RAR,
Australia, and to Alan Grayling, New
Zealand, for their support and information.
to Father George C. Allen II, Brigadier General, USAFR, for his support and spiritual guidance - He
who is always willing and able to do whatever he can for the Viet
Nam Vet! Our own personal Chaplain!
A very heartfelt Thanks to VIETNAM MAGAZINE for their support and excellent
introduction of Combat Tracker Teams to the public. We are profoundly grateful!