A Brief History
A Brief History of Chapter XIX
Chapter XIX received its’ initial charter in the spring of 1976 as the Kenneth Woodward Memorial Chapter. Initially our membership came primarily from B/1/11th SFG (A). A list of our charter members when we were reformed in 1997 is listed below.
A major significant event for Chapter XIX occurred in the summer of 1982 when we hosted the annual Special Forces convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sometime later, in the mid to late eighties, the chapter closed due to inactivity and financial difficulty.
Sometime in the early 1990s a small number of former chapter members began to meet informally and after several meetings they decided that there was sufficient interest to reactivate our chapter. During that time Garry Fink was the driving force to reorganize when he made it his life’s mission to personally contact everyone from the old chapter rosters. It was through his dogged determination that Chapter XIX was brought back to life. That year was 1997.
When our chapter was reborn in 1997 the majority of our members were in agreement that we should give this chapter a new name. Previously this chapter was named for Kenneth Woodward who died in a terrible aircraft accident at the time that this chapter was formed.
Originally, during the process of getting us reestablished, our thoughts were that we should honor Jim Miller who was known and respected by many. Several years later when Ed Muller passed the decision was unanimous that we should add Ed Muller’s name to our organization. At that time we all knew Jim and Ed. They were not only good friends, they were well respected leaders.
When: The third Sunday of the month, unless stated otherwise
Where: Woody’s Roadside Tavern located at 105 Academy Street, Farmingdale NJ 07727
Phone: (732) 938-6404
Time: Meetings begin at 10:00 am and lasts for an approximate one and a half
hour. At 11:00AM an optional Brunch becomes available.
More Information about Woody’s Is Available from their web page at: Http://Woodysroadside.Com
Aside from our monthly meetings we hold three annual chapter events also at Woody’s Roadside Tavern. Maps are available for Woody’s upon request or can be obtained from Woody’s web site. Times and dates are subject to the availability of the appropriate facilities. When the date is finalized all will be notified via Email and or Snail Mail.
Dinner: Over the past years the dinner has been held in May.
Picnic: Held in August. The location is now at Woody’s Tavern. Unless otherwise stated the picnic begins at noon and ends when the last person leaves.
Christmas Brunch: Held on the third Sunday in December also at Woody’s Roadside Tavern.
The Apex – is our chapter’s quarterly bulletin. In it, we attempt to highlight our recent activities and memorable moments.
CHARTER MEMBERS (1997)
The charter members are: Bill Bauman, Pete Butler, Mike Carpinello, Myles Cappiello, Steve Coleman, Mike Colvin, Tom Crucet, Silas (Jim) Dawson, Pete DeVries, Gil Esteve, Garry Fink , Arthur Grim, Larry Jasper , Joe Mc Millan, Ed Muller, Maurice Nielson, Pete Novak, Walter Rosario, Robert Taylor, John Werner, Gerd Wiede.
President, Garry Fink Vice-president, Pete Novak Treasurer, Steve Coleman Secretary, Bill Bauman