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Memorial Day 2013


Lt. Col. Jim Dabney of Leonardtown, Maryland, salutes as he
and other members of the 199th light infantry battalion, honor the memory of
Gridley native Raymond G. Witzig who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968,
Monday, May 27, 2013, at the Gridley Cemetery. Dabney commanded the 199th on
the day they took on three North Vienamese and Vietcong battalions. (The
Pantagraph, David Proeber)


- On May 6, 1968, Army Pfc. Raymond Witzig's heroic actions were credited with saving the lives of others in his company - at the cost of
his own.On Memorial Day, Witzig helped bring together from across the country
nearly a dozen men who had served with him in Vietnam to honor his memory and
his sacrifice and the sacrifices of others to whom the holiday is
dedicated.They gathered on an overcast morning in a small cemetery on the edge
of Gridley with friends and family of Witzig, as well as relatives of Harvey
Cooley, the Delta Company medic who was killed while attempting to carry Witzig
to safety. Also killed in action that day was Charles Frank McGowen.

Several hundred people joined them in their salute to Witzig, Cooley and the more than
650,000 members of the U.S. military who have been mortally wounded on the
battlefield, starting with the Revolutionary War.

On a day that has more personal meaning to some than others, Witzig's story helped
make it more personal for everyone present.RetiredLt. Col. James Dabney, who was a captain in Vietnam, said Witzig had a "unique
ability to keep morale high."
In a service at the cemetery, Dabney related how Delta Company, 12th Infantry, 4th
Battalion, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, was on a search and destroy mission
when Witzig alerted his group to a possible ambush, then remained in an exposed
position, providing cover fire, when they came under attack. He was awarded the
Bronze Star posthumously.
"Because of his heroic action that day, many lives of Delta Company were saved," Dabney
said. "I am so proud to have served with Raymond."





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Update on the Redcatcher 2016 50th Anniversary Reunion in

Columbus GA June 6 - 9, 2016

DoubleTree Hotel - SOLD OUT

FairField Hotel - SOLD OUT


The DoubleTree and Fairfield Hotels have SOLD OUT.  You can make a room reservation at the Hampton Inn for the same $83 room rate.  Call 706-256-2222 and ask for the Redcatcher Block of rooms.  The Hampton Inn is located at 7390 Bear Lane, Columbus GA 31909

If you have any questions contact Jim Brinker 814-706-7475

Attention all Redcatchers the Double Tree Hotel in Columbus GA the host for our 2016 Reunion is completly booked for the week of our reunion. The back up hotel for the reunion is:  

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus

 4510 Armour Road  Columbus  GA  31904 
or click on the link below to make your reservation on line: 

 Be sure to tell them it is for the 199LIB reunion June 6 thru 9, 2016. The rate is $83.00 and rooms are availlable at this rate from June 4 to June 11, 2016 but must be made prior to May 5, 2016 or until the allotted number of rooms are sold out.



The primary location for the 199th 2016 50th Anniversay Reunion is the:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbus GA. 

5351 Sidney Simons Blvd, Columbus,Georgia, 31904, USATEL: +1-706-327-6868

The reunion will officially start on Monday June 6, 2016 and run thru Thursday June 9, 2016.

Rooms at the $83.00 per night rate at the Double Tree are now sold out from June 4th thru June 11th, rooms at the hotel regular price may still be avaliable. 

Rooms are now avaliable for the reunion at the same rate $83.00 at:

Redcatcher Reunion Update:

First off we would like to thank everyone who attended the 2015 Reunion in Nashville for their help in making it such a huge success and hope that we will see all of you next year in Columbus GA at Ft. Benning for the 199th LIB 50th Anniversary Reunion.
As information about next year's reunion (June 6 thru 9, 2016) becomes available we will post it on both web sites and all of the face book groups that we are aware of that are monitored by Redcatchers.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus, click here to register online.

Again we would like to thank everyone who attended this year's reunion and especially those who worked so hard behind the scenes to put it all together.

Click here for additional Hotel Reservation Information.