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NOTE RE ORDER OF LIST: The order of the links shown below does
not reflect their importance, interest, or priority. New links are added to the top of the list.
As a result, older links are forced to the bottom... but are often
as important and interesting as those at the top.
NOTE OF CAUTION: The Association does
not indorse or support any of the websites listed on this page, or
any of the products or services that may be sold on the websites
listed here. The list below is provided for your entertainment only.
Please also be aware, these are third party websites run by people
and organizations with no affiliation with the U.S. Army Signal
Corps OCS Association. As such we have no control over their
content. As a result, you may find certain content objectionable, or
worse, you may subject yourself to spyware, malware or viruses
by visiting these sites. To understand more fully our obligations
with regard to links on our website that take you to third party
websites, such as those listed below, you should read our Website
Privacy and Use Policy. You can read that policy by clicking here:
Finally, if you find a dead
link, or a site that is not being kept current, please inform us and
we will remove it.
Army Historical Foundation (added 5
April '12) Supported by Carl Jacintho, a Signal
OCS graduate from Class 04-66, this website is
the home of The National Museum of the United
States Army. The museum is in the process of
being built. When finished it will take its
place along the Potomac River just outside of
Washington, DC. "A magnificent state-of-the-art
facility [it] will be built to honor America's
Soldiers, preserve the history of America's
oldest military branch, and educate all
American's about the Army's role in our nation's
development." With Carl on the team for this
project, we can be sure that the Signal Corps
will achieve pride of place alongside our sister
Signal Company (added 5 March '12) A
web site gathering place for 221st Signal
Company images and memories. The site began its
tour of duty on Oct 1, 2010. If you were part of
this unit, visit the website and register to
join the association.
Conspiracy Theories (added 21 December '11) If you are one
of those who likes to follow the latest conspiracy theories,
then you will love this site. Chock full of insight, background,
and reference material, including NSAMs on the Vietnam War, it
discusses the famous charge that Kennedy was assassinated
because he wanted to withdraw all troops from Vietnam. It also
looks at the truth behind the US's involvement in the Diem Coup,
whether Johnson was a warmonger, and more.
Eighth Army History (added 18 December '11)
For those of you who want to know more about the
Korean War, this is the website for you. The
Eighth Army was assigned to Korea at the
beginning of the Korean War, and has been there
ever since. Their history page tells the whole
story, just the way it happened, plus, the rest
of the website will fill you in on 8th Army life
Army Echoes (added 6 Sep '11). Army
Echoes is a publication for retired Army
personnel and their families. If you haven't
registered to receive it, you should, as it will
keep you up to date on what the DOA is doing for
you. At the moment there are over 985,000
subscribers, and since Army Echoes is available
in an electronic version, you too can read it on
your iPad while you peddle to the local VFW for
a cold one! And a special thanks to Candidate
Moton (Pete) Peterson, OCS Class 01-68, for
recommending we add Army Echoes to our links
(added 27 Aug '11). A good site with lots
of interesting stories of the military. One of
the best is the Service Story of the Signal
Corps... which we have condensed and reproduced
elsewhere on this site.
(added 26 Feb '11). For those of you who can't
get enough of military talk, this website is for
you. It provides in one place a massive list of
military Blogging websites. Curious about what
front line duty is like in Afghanistan? You can
find Blogs here where you can swap messages with
the guys who fought on the front line. In many
cases they are Blogging with you from
the front line! Even if you don't want to
interact in an actual Blog, sometimes it's just
nice to join one, sit back and be a fly on the
wall, and read what everyone else is saying. Try
it, it will open your eyes about the real world
out there, and you'll quickly get a flavor of what life is
like in the Army today. Best of all, you may
find them asking you questions about what it was
like when you served!
Corps 150th Anniversary (added 11
July '10). A great site from the Army Signal
Corps commemorating the Corps' 150th anniversary
(1860 - 2010). Jump to the
Site Map page,
grab a coffee, and enjoy an evening of
worthwhile web surfing.
to visit this Mesothelioma support website (added 9 Sept '09). If after reviewing it you feel you need help, contact Carl Jewett, Veteran Liaison for
the Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com). The Mesothelioma Center is
an organization devoted to assisting veterans through their
application processes for VA benefits, and helping them obtain the
maximum benefits for which they are entitled.
(added 26 July '09) Thinking of having a reunion? Want to get
together with the guys from your former unit? Talk to Larry Eckard at Military Locator and
Reunion, Inc. Larry and his team have been in business since 1987,
organizing veteran reunions, and they do a darn fine job at it too.
Browse their website today, and set up a reunion
of your own.
459th Signal Battalion
(added 12 July '09) An excellent website to visit. Many Army Signal OCS
graduates served in the 459th or one of its companies. "Ad Terra Ad
Astra"... how many times have you seen that on your shoulder? Visit
this site. These folks are good people.
Army Lieutenant Web
(added 03 July '09) A good example of a personal effort on the part of one Lieutenant to
help his fellow officers navigate through the ton of information
officers must know today. This site looks like it's no longer being
maintained... even so, it has some interesting information on it.
AUSA The Association Of The US Army - A
true voice for the Army, and support for the soldiers. Worth
visiting every day!
Army Duh... well... the Home Page for the U. S. Army.
What else would you expect it to be?
DD-214s. Rebuilding Lost, Destroyed, Missing, Never
obtained DD-214 Military Discharge Documents
VIETNAM STUDIES COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONICS 1962-1970 Department
of the Army document by Major General Thomas Matthew Rienzi. As
stated in the book's preface, "This study attempts to record some of
the most important experiences, problems, and achievements in the
field of communications-electronics during the years 1962 to 1970.
It lays no claim to the definity of history."
below are links which we think will be of interest to Seniors. Many
have been reviewed and recommended by the National Institute on
Aging.HOWEVER – the
Association provides the list below for informational purposes only.
We do not in any way indorse or support the sites, the products they
sell, the services they offer, nor do we vouch for the propriety of
any of these sites.
Friendly Link – 1 Not a Senior
Friendly link per se, but one that is friendly to Vets. This site
lists thousands of businesses across America that are owned by Vets.
It lets you drill down to your particular town and find businesses
right around the corner from you that are owned and run by the kind
of guys you served with everyday.
Living - I [While reading this, click on the button on picture at
right...] This site is called a List Service website... it has no content of its own, but instead posts links to other sites that
pay to be listed. This site makes money every time you click on one
of the "sponsors" that are listed. Sometimes the link structure is
up so that you have to click through 5, 10, or even more levels
before you get to a real website... because the more clicks
you make, the more money they make. Still,
among the links and sponsors that are listed are some that have
valuable information on housing alternatives for Seniors. Please be
careful though... while this site looks clean, List Service sites are notorious for using tricks
to capture information about you that is eventually resold. Some
have also been known to spam
you, download viruses and other malware onto your computer
(called a drive-by download), or trick you with fraudulent
offers. For future reference, you can always identify a List Service
website by the fact that it usually has no more than one or two
paragraphs of real content, followed by a long
list of sponsored ads, or a list of topics you can click on. Don't be afraid of List Service sites... just
be very careful when using them, and make sure your virus filters
are on and up to date. (Shields up, Captain!)
Assisted Living -
II Another List Service site, but this time more cleverly
packaged to look like a real website. The information on this site
focuses on Assisted Living, Nursing Homes and Medical Care. As in
the case above, please be careful as you click through the list of
links and sponsored ads on this site. Just because it appears in
print does not mean the business is legitimate.
ProgramsAnother List Service website
(see Assisted Living - I above for explanation), but still a very
useful site to help Seniors find benefit programs to meet their
Special clothing for those who are disabled, are stroke victims,
suffer from arthritis, or otherwise have an adaptive clothing need.
Great site, with lots of variety.
Education For Seniors Still stumped as to
what ISDN is? Still think that Twitter is something a bird does?
Then check out this site... it's all about computer and technology
education for Seniors.
FDA Tips For Seniors This site is a
subsection of the full FDA website, with specific information of
value to Seniors. NOTE: US Government websites are notorious for
moving pages around. If this turns out to be a broken link, try
searching the FDA website for the terms "seniors" or "elderly," and
drop us a note to let us know that the link has been broken. Thank
Help With Aging
A combination advertising, List Service, and content providing
website, this site focuses on helping Seniors help America, and each
other through volunteerism. Answers the question as to why you
should volunteer, as well as where you can help the most. Also an
excellent resource of information about how to deal with your own
aging issues, from Medicare, to finding jobs, tax questions, and
more. Still... remember, their job is to make money from this
website, so be careful what you tell them about yourself.
Help For Your
Wallet This site assists you in finding
discount coupons and lower price products so that you never miss a
sale or discount again.
General Help For Seniors General
information for those of us getting up there in years... and who
isn't? Claims to be "a no-nonsense, yet caring and compassionate
internet destination devoted to helping seniors improve with age."
Hey, I thought I was already fully improved? You mean there's still
more learning to come??
Grand-parenting Got a few kids who've got a few kids? Then this
site is for you: provides information on Grand-parenting. Designed to
help you relate to your Grandkids, plan activities, and have fun.
Products A for profit website that provides information about
and sells medical alert and safety systems for Seniors. You may be
able to find similar products and solutions in your local community
from security alarm or other similar companies. Even so, this may be
a good place to start if you want to learn how these systems work
and what benefits they provide. As always, please use caution when
buying something or doing business over the internet. Note too that
the Association does not endorse this or any other for
profit websites or companies.
Facilities A list of all of the known nursing homes and medical
care facilities in the US that cater to Seniors. An excellent
resource and fascinating reading if you are wondering what the
nursing home your buddy from OCS is living in is like.
Assistance From electric wheelchairs to rolling walkers, this
site has it. They carry all the top brands, including Invacare,
Sunrise Medical, Quickie, Pride Mobility, Drive Medical, TiLite,
ROHO and many more.
National Council on Aging The NCOA is a nonprofit organization
providing service to older persons. It offers policy and legislative
advocacy as well as professional development, research, and
information resources to its members. The NCOA has eleven
constituent units: the National Institute of Senior Centers,
National Institute on Adult Daycare, National Center on Rural Aging,
National Voluntary Organizations for Independent Living for the
Aging, National Institute of Senior Housing, National Association of
Older Worker Employment Services, National Institute on Community-
Based Long-Term Care, the Health Promotion Institute, the National
Interfaith Coalition on Aging, the National Institute on Financial
Issues and Services for Elders, and the National Center for
Voluntary Leadership in Aging.
Information - I A combination List
Service and content website, this site provides useful articles,
resources, news and information that will entertain you as well as
help make your life a bit easier and less complicated. Not sure what
a "List Service" website is? Then please read "Assisted Living - I"
Information - II This website cleverly bills itself as the The
"E-cyclopedia" of housing options and information for retirement,
finance, insurance and care. It's a useful mixture of real
information and content, and advertisements for companies intent on
selling you their goods and services. Use it as a resource, but
please be careful when making online purchases. As always, when
surfing sites like this, be aware that many times their goal is to
get you to disclose personal information about yourself, so that it
can be resold to others. This is often done by asking you to
"register." When you do register with a website, unless you know and
trust the site, never give your real name, birth
date, contact details, phone number, or other information. Make them
up, then write them down so that you can remember them later.
Remember too, the Association does not endorse this or any
other for profit websites or companies.
Help - Outpatient Assistance A
commercial website promoting a California PTSD treatment center, the
information they offer is worth looking at. Their list of 16 ways to
help a friend with PTSD is well worth the read.
Help - Helpguide.Org A good place to
start to get a handle on what PTSD is and
whether it is affecting you or a member of your family.
PTSD Help - The VA's site on PTSD A good
place to get up to speed on what the VA can do to help you. Like the
other sites listed here, even if they can't help you, looking at
these sites can help you figure out where you are on the road to
Senior Citizen Resources A US Government website designed
to help you find government resources for Seniors on various topics
from money to housing, health, consumer protection, and more. Being
a government website, don't be surprised if it is offline or
otherwise difficult to connect to. Seriously, while a useful site,
on occasion we have had to try three or four times before we were
able to connect to it.
Lifestyles A for profit website that provides Senior
living and care information and recommendations on such topics as
Residential Care, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Respite Care, and
more. Likely as not, this site receives a referral fee if you buy
something or do business with a company you found via their website.
Regardless of how they make their money, please be aware that this
site represents a for profit business and that you have to do
something for them to make a profit. Accordingly and as always,
please use caution when buying something or doing business over the
internet, or when following the recommendations of, or accepting
referrals from someone you met on the internet. Be careful not to
fall for high pressure sales tactics. When filling out online
registration forms to join a web community or website, never
provide your real name and address, phone number, birth date, or
other contact details. Make them up instead, and write down what you
used in a notebook for future reference. Note too that the
Association does not endorse this or any other for profit
websites or companies.
Seniors - I Now that you don't have to drive to work
everyday, why not drive somewhere else? Get out and see the world.
Travel... and enjoy it. Interested in traveling, then check this
site out. Discover nearly 8,000 educational tours in all 50 states,
and more than 90 countries.
Seniors - II A Canadian travel planning website that
caters to Seniors from all over the world. Useful for help in
pricing and planning your travel, but before spending any money make sure
1) the prices you are
quoted are in U.S.$ and not Canadian $, 2) you don't have to pay an
exchange rate conversion fee if you use a US credit card, and 3) be sure to also check
other websites to see if you can find better pricing through the
usual high profile sites like Expedia and the like. You might also
drop by your local travel agent and ask them if they can beat the
deal you found on this site... at least that way, if the trip turns
out to be a disaster, there's someplace you can go to throttle the
person who made the arrangements (just kidding...)
Links to businesses run by Army
Signal OCS Grads... support your fellows classmates!
Check out their websites and buy from them whenever you can. (Listings
are alphabetical by subject) Are you a former Army Signal OCS graduate? Got a
business? Submit your link to us for posting here!
Call For Action – Doug Lising, Class 04-67, asks the
question "Have you ever wondered how the federal government has been
able to grow so large, cumbersome, and intrusive?" Doug has written
a book titled “Remember Roscoe FIlburn” that answers the question
and suggests several solutions to the problem of big, intrusive
government. Doug tell us that "The book may be downloaded for FREE
www.rememberrf.com or a
printed book (with a nifty color cover) can be purchased from Amazon
for $10. I would ask anyone that finds the book interesting to
spread the word and tell others to download the free PDF version."
Doug would also be happy to receive any feedback at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We've taken the time to read bits of Doug's
book, and it not only reads well but makes its points well too. Take
the time to read it yourself and form your own opinion, then let
Doug know your views.
Maine Art Richard A Dabrowski, Class
23-43 – A well published artist with works in mediums from porcelain
through to pen and ink, woodcuts, stoneware, bronze, terra cotta and
more. Richard celebrated his 100th birthday in March, 2012, and was
at that time still actively involved in his art. To learn more about
his art and see a few examples click on the blinking light at left,
and follow the links to purchase a piece of his art for your own
Instructor Al Smith, Class 14-67 – Professional
firearms training; don't bet your life on anything less. Excellent 2
part course covering 4 separate lessons leading to full NRA
Certification; world class instructors in a world class facility,
video courses, and more. Contact Al Smith and you can be
Front Site trained
too! Click blinking light at left to visit Al's website and learn
Photo Services Ron Sherman,
a graduate of Signal OCS
Class 08-67, is a well known and world famous photographer. His OCS
story is interesting, as he started in an earlier class, survived a
rampaging TAC officer and ended up in 08-67. During his time he
served in Vietnam from October 67-68 as a photo officer at the 1st
MIBARS Headquarters in Saigon and with the 45th MI Det(ARS) in Hue
Phu Bai. His last 6 months in service was as a communications
officer in Cleveland, Ohio. The link at left will take you to a
webpage he maintains with 15 pictures of OCS Class 08-67 training.
Ron will be adding more pictures as he processes them, so check back
Products Van Nuys, California, Allan Clair, Class
22-67 (Major, 14 years of service in the Active Reserve...). A&A Specialty Advertising is a full service distributor and
marketer of a wide variety of Promotional Products proven to assist
businesses increase sales by as much as 30 percent. When compared to
other forms of Advertising—T.V.,
Radio, Newspaper, Yellow Pages—Promotional
Products have proven to be a great tool to extend goodwill and build
Brand Equity for years. Click the blinking light at left to visit
Allan's website and see examples of the glass awards, personalized
luggage tags, business card holders, and much, much more that he has
David Martinek, Class 09-67. Looking for a mountain getaway? A place
to retire? Check out what LTC Martinek (R) has to offer. Click the
blinking light at left to visit Dave's website.
South Carolina, Jimmy Stewart, Class 17-52. Time to retire near the
seashore? Then contact Jimmy. Located in Little River, SC, Jimmy can
help you find the perfect place in the South Carolina Tidewater
area. Jimmy will be "the only friend you will ever need in real
estate." It will be his pleasure to serve you in any way possible in
your quest for real estate. Click the blinking light at left to
visit Jimmy's website.
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