As of July 29, 2017

Memorial Dedication Ceremony Information:
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Memorial Contributions


December 20, 2016 - GOAL ACHIEVED! Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of The Cowboys, we have collected all of the funds necessary for the Cowboy Memorial. There is actually a few hundred over the goal which will be used for the memorial dedication ceremony. Well Done!

November 7, 2016
Contributions are now being accepted for the Cowboy Memorial! See below for details.

This is our opportunity to circle the wagons and support the Cowboy Legend that we were all a part of creating. This memorial will leave a lasting recognition to the many achievements of the 335th AHC and all those that servered in the unit. And most importantly, the Cowboy Memorial will honor the 54 Cowboys that gave their lives in the defense of their nation; Our Brothers, One and All.

The goal is to collect at least the necessary down payment of $7,500 by January 15, 2017. This will get the stone work started with a final delivery about 4 or 5 months later. If all goes as planned, we should have the Cowboy Memorial in place by late 2017. But this will take support from all Cowboys by sending your contribution of any amount.
For example: if we have 100 Cowboys contributing $145 we would reach our goal. But everyone will have a different amount they will feel confortable giving. So please send what you can with the guarantee that EVERY CENT goes directly to the memorial; zero overhead or administrative fees.

Please make your check payable to "The Falcons." Note in the memo section "Memorial Donation" and mail to the address below.

The Falcons
5814 Westchester Hills CT
Sykesville, MD 21784

Please send any questions you may have to Jack Hunnicutt at payabehr@yahoo.com


Monument Design


November 20, 2016
These drafts were developed after meeting with the Ingram Monument Company and incorporate the recommendations to fit our information on the stone. Specifically, the "335th Assault Helicopter Company" title is so long they wanted to drop the word "company." The compromise, which I feel is actually an enhancement, is to put this long phrase on the base stone, which provides more width. This base stone will have a beveled face on the front and rear; what this means is that the wording is actually facing up at about a 45 degree angle. Really makes it standout.

Coloring on the stones are actually applied or bonded to the stone and not cut or etched into the stone; color is not very durable. So our graphics or patches will be etched into the stone and will be a natural color. The jet-black stone when etched reveals almost a white natural color, very visible and very lasting.

The etching process will show the smallest detail of the original graphic. Etching is actually a diamond tip scratching process. All of the lettering will be sand blasted to a depth of the thickness of a penny. Both the etching and sand blasting will last for decades if not hundreds of years.

Our graphics and KIA name listing have been sent to the artist in North Georgia who will determine the actual size of the stone and provide the cost estimate. Hope to get this information next week. The draft images you see here are NOT to scale and will be taller. I expect the stone to be approximately 6 feet tall and 32 inches wide.

Final thing. After reviewing all of the feedback on which Cowboy Patch image to use, we settled with the newer Cowboy Patch. This draft does not do the graphic justice; I could not get all of the color out and some of the detail is missing. Once etched on the monument you will see all of the detail. As with any project involving a large number of people, we need to reach a compromise that everyone can not only live with but be proud of.












Memorial Description


A permanent granite monument recognizing the service and sacrifice of all that served in the 335th Assault Helicopter Company. The monument will be placed in Veterans Park at Fort Rucker, Alabama.


Memorial Status


July 10, 2017 - The stone is currently being sandblasted and etched in Georgia. Everything is on schedule for delivery in time for the October 26th Dedication Ceremony.

March 14, 2017 - Contract signed with Ingram Memorial to procure jet black granite and commission stone design company in Elberton, Georgia. Anticipated completion is 160 to 180 days.

November 21, 2016 - Formal request submitted to the U.S. Army requesting permission to place the Cowboy Memorial in Veterans Park at Fort Rucker, AL. The submission included the request letter, detailed diagrams of the proposed memorial and a brief history of the 335th Assault Helicopter Company. The approval process is expected to take 8 to 12 weeks.

November 4, 2016 - Initial planning was completed in late October and contacts have been established with the approving authority at Fort Rucker. A rough design draft has been provided to the monument company for the purpose of establishing a ballpark estimate on cost.

The formal request to the U.S. Army cannot be submitted until both monument costs and "final" design are identified. Once submitted it is anticipated to require up to 3 months to obtain approval. The monument etching and sandblasting will require 4 to 5 months to complete however these times may overlap where the final design can be sent to the granite artist before we actually get the U.S. Army approval letter. But we will proceed with caution to ensure we have no surprises.

Design concepts will be provided to everyone as soon as the initial coordination with the monument company is complete.

Memorial Committee Members: Jim Stein, Dom Fino and Jack Hunnicutt.

 

 

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