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Hark & Push
NAM KNIGHTS DOG TAG CEREMONY
Jim Alderman was just 18 years old when he became
a Marine back in September of 1966. Not
long after that, in February of ’67, Jim was sent
over to Vietnam where he served as a member
of the 3rd Recon Battalion Charlie Company.
the night of August 13th, 1967, during a mission
in the A Shau Valley, near Khe Sanh, Vietnam,
Jim was wounded in the wrist and chest by enemy
fire. While being treated at the Charlie
Company Medical Evac Center, Jim’s boots were
cut off and tossed into a pile. Jim’s dog tags
were laced into those boots.
After treatment, Jim returned to duty and explained
to his sergeant what had happened and
said that he needed replacement dog tags. His
sergeant ordered him back to the evac center to
find his lost tags.
Returning to the center, Jim
found a dozen soldier’s bodies, being prepared
for their trip home, near the pile of discarded
belongings, which had now grown to 6’ tall. Out
of respect for the deceased, Jim said he just
couldn’t bring himself to start digging into the
pile of belongings, just to find his dog tags. Jim
returned to his sergeant, telling him that his dog
tags were gone and could not be retrieved.
finished up his 13 month tour of duty in Vietnam
and went on to be a drill instructor at Parris Island,
his lost dog tags becoming a distant memory.
Fast forward to 2012 and Jim is now living in
Kissimmee, Florida. His son Jon is surfing the
internet and stumbles upon a website for the
New Jersey Dog Tag Committee along with a listing for J. C. Alderman, USMC – Jim’s long lost
dog tags had been found...
*Download Issue 33 - Page 19 to Read more and to see all photos
2012 Florida State Rally
Every year the Harley Owners Group holds a
State Rally somewhere in the state of Florida.
This year the rally was held on October 31st thru
November 3rd in Lake County – centered on the
Mission Inn in the town of Howey-in-the-Hills.
What a great place for a motorcycle rally – miles
and miles of beautiful two lane roads – many
with actual hills! You couldn’t have asked for
better riding weather either – highs in the 70’s
and no rain.
Now normally a State HOG Rally is mostly a
closed event for members and guests with a few
things open to the general public – a benefit of
being a HOG member. Well this year was a little
different, the rally partnered with several local
cities to hold street parties that were open to
everyone. This turned out to be a good deal for
everyone involved – the cities brought in more
people and rally attendees got more entertainment
*Download Issue 31 - See page 47 to Read More, page 48 for photos
6th Annual Cruisin' for Kids at St Jude's
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and
research facility. Discoveries made here have completely
changed how the world treats children with
cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research
and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where
some of today's most gifted researchers are able to
do science more quickly...
And what a great job was done by all Saturday
November 3, 2012... At the 6th Annual Cruisin' for Kids at
St Jude's. Mike, his wife Wanda (of Mike's Bikes),
organize a really scenic and relaxing ride route. Then
we chowed down on some really good food, supplied
by “The Blue Roof Grill”. Owners, Angie and Chelsie
whipped up some scrambled eggs, sausage, grits,
bread, tea, coffee, soda.... And it was pretty darn
good. Real nice folks. Stop in and say hi to Angie and
Chelsie when you get in the area.
*Download Issue 31 - See page 36 to Read More, page 37 for photos
HOG Thunder In The Hills ~ Howey-In-The-Hills Florida State Rally
October 30th thru November 3rd Thunder will
roar in Lake County as the Florida State HOG
Rally returns to the hills. This years rally is different
than rallies of the past because some of
the rally is open to all riders and the public.
Beginning Tuesday night October 30th Dan and the
gang at the Hideaway are doing up a Free HOG
Roast with all the fixins. The party will begin
around 4 PM and end when it ends.
*Download Issue 30 - See page 8 to read more and see photos
Ridin With Johnnie
Nothing makes me smile more than getting up to
the cooler mornings and riding my bike to the
East coast. Tank put me a new five speed on“Lucille” my shovel and I doing 65+ and still got
me one more gear!
We got up last Saturday and just before dawn
we were on our way to St. Augustine. The first
stop we made was The American Legion on A1A
just before the “Bridge of the Lions”.
Once we all got a morning leveler we were ready
to proceed down the seaside to a fabulous restaurant “Finn’s”.
This place has a second story
were you can have refreshments and look out
over the awesome Atlantic Ocean.
*Download Issue 30 - See page 14 to Read More & see photos
The Beartooth (Montana)
...All American Road! Is heralded as one of the most scenic rides in the United States. The route features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Bearthooth Mountains with high alpine plateaus dotted with countless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife galore.
It provides access to Yellowstone National Park from Red Lodge or Chief Joseph highway which is another great ride in itself. The Beartooth passes through the highest most rugged areas in the lower 48 states. With 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation.
This was a ride of a lifetime for Push and I. We recommend you stay in Red Lodge Montana doing day rides all around the area. This is without a doubt a ride you will never forget.
*Download Issue 3 from our Archived Publications (page 7 to see all photo's.)
New Zealand National Rally
Hi there or Kia Ora from New Zealand, the land of the Long
White Cloud, Aotearoa as it is known by our indigenous people,
this year we were fortunate to hold our National HOG
Rally in Christchurch, the beautiful garden city in the South
island, for those of you who may not be aware New Zealand
is in the pacific ocean, and is two islands, the North Island
and South Island.
Geographically it’s a bit like having the 50 states of the USA
in two small land masses, we have everything from majestic
mountain ranges with fantastic passes to ride, through to
beautiful beaches, and rivers.
Our island, the South is around 600 miles long and 150 miles
across, we have the four seasons and in Winter generally ride
in the middle of the day, depending on ice and sometimes
We have six Harley dealers here with a population of around
4 million. The dealers are located in both Islands, we have
two in the South Island, due to our small population we each
take a turn at putting on the National Rally every six years,
this is a fantastic idea as it means 5 years out of six we get to
travel as a chapter to our brothers and sisters throughout New
Zealand... *Download Issue 4 from our Archived Publications (page 22 to Read All & see photo's.)