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Randy Hall,President

I was born and raised in a small farm town called Breckenridge in north central Missouri, drafted when I was 19 and in Nov. 16 1965 I was on my way to Ft. Leonard Wood and then “TIGERLAND” at Ft. Polk and on to Charlie 2nd battalion, 27th Infantry “WOLFHOUNDS”. That was my home and family for the next year, and like most of us, it took a long time to get back to the “FAMILY” that I had missed for so many years!

I am a retired Teamster and spent 32 years as a road driver for Consolidated Freightways in Kansas City, Mo. I have 1 daughter, 2 sons, a stepson, and 7 grand kids. I coached summer baseball and softball for different ages for 40 years and was also the Commissioner of the youth football league for fifteen years.

I still live in Kansas City and I’m very proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Wolfhound Historical Society.

James Malaguti, 1st Vice President

I was born in Springfield, Ma., in May 1971. I grew up in West Springfield, Ma., where I attended high school. While in high school I played varsity football, hockey and baseball. I graduated from West Springfield High School in June 1990. I enlisted into the Army in January 1991, I was sent to Ft. Benning (Sandhill) to do my Basic and AIT. While at Ft. Benning I was assigned the 11H mos (Heavy Antiarmor Weapons Infantryman) tow missile operator.

After basic training I was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hi., and assigned to 1st Battalion 27th Inf Reg., Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) from May 1991 until January 1994. I left active duty and transferred into the Army National Guard in January of 1994. Some of my duty and training stations while in the Army/National Guard were Ft. Chaffee Ak., Ft. Devans Ma., Ft. Drum NY., Ft. Clayton Panama, Ft. Bliss Tx., Ft. Bragg NC., Hohenfels Germany, Camp Atterbury IN., and Camp Dodge IA.

I deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 1) from February 2003 to May 2004. I was deployed to New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 to October 2005. I deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Kosovo from September 2006 to November 2007. I retired from the Army in August of 2011 with over twenty years of service.

Chris Cote, 2nd Vice President

In progress.

Dennis Mason, Secretary

National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon W/Device Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar

Purple Heart
Bronze Star with Valor
Silver Star

Dennis served in the Army as a Senior Medic with the Wolfhounds in Vietnam from Jan. 1967 to June 1967. He was injured on June 26th, 1967, and was later retired in Jan. 1968. After his time spent in recuperating he returned back to Lakeland and entered college again. Den was in the 25th Infantry 27th Division HHC/Charlie Co . Wolfhound

He graduated from University of South Florida and became a teacher in 1972. He taught at Lakeland Senior High for 20 years and left to be Department Chair in Social Studies at George Jenkins. He retired from there in 2008. He was just inducted to their Hall of Fame in August of 2017.

Polk County Teacher of the Year 1989 at LHS
2004 George Jenkins Teacher of the Year
Den has lead a active life in sports as a participant and as a Coach. He has played wheelchair tennis and wheelchair softball.

The Lakeland Ledger All Area Coach of the Year 1986 1988 1989

Division ll All Tournament Pitcher 2007 Wheelchair Softball
Division ll 2007 National Wheelchair Softball Tournament Champion

Married to Juliet for 42 years.

Tom Donovan, Treasurer

I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and at a young age I moved to East Meadow, N.Y. on Long Island. I lived there for most of my life. I worked for the Town of Hempstead Water Department for 32 years and retired in 2002.

I have been married to my wife Lenore for 34 years and we have been blessed with 4 grown children. Christopher, Matthew, Katelyn and Tracy.

In December 1965, six months after graduating from East Meadow High School, I received the famous letter from my favorite uncle, Uncle Sam. I was inducted in the US Army on January 4, 1966. I did my Basic Training in Fort Jackson, S.C., my AIT in Fort Ord, CA and the Jump School in Fort Benning, GA.

I arrived in Viet Nam on July 15, 1966. After processing in Camp Alpha I was assigned to Alpha Company , 2nd BN 27th INF. Shortly after arriving I was reunited with our current President, Chuck Dean, who attended Jump School with me.

While I was assigned to Alpha Company I was dazzled with stories of the Wolfhounds. If only half of them were true I realized that I was assigned to a tremendous unit. That realization only has continued to grow through the years.

I served with the Wolfhounds until I was wounded on December 20, 1966. After 3 months in the 106th General Hospital in Japan the Army, in its infinite wisdom, sent me to Korea to finish my tour. In Korea, this Airborne Infantryman was assign to an Engineer Company. When I return to CONUS I served in Fort Dix until my separation on January 3, 1968 and ultimately my discharge on January 3, 1972.

I have been privileged to serve the Society as Treasurer for the past 10 years. I have heard that if you love your job, you never work a day in your life. Well that pretty much sums up my service to the Society. During this time I have met some of the most tremendous people you could ever hope to meet. We call each other, Brother, and this is truly a Brotherhood.


Bill Thomas, Director

In progress.

Bill Spence, Director

William M. Spence Jr. was born on October 15, 1946 in Newark, Maryland. His family moved multiple times as he was growing up, and while he was in high school. However, his family finally settled down in Auburn, New York, to which he attended West High School. In the year 1966, William was drafted into the United States Army, and in January 1968 he was sent to fight in the Vietnam War. That year he was wounded in the battle of Good Friday and sent back to the states where he spent the next three months recovering. In November of 1968, William was Honorably discharged from the military as Sergeant E-5 and was awarded a Purple Heart along with several other additional medals.

In 1969, William moved to Syracuse, New York, where he was hired as a truck driver for the United Parcel Service (UPS). On June 28th of that same year he married Mavis L. Humphrey, to which they welcomed their first child Patrick a year later, and their daughter Ansheai, five years after.

He has been a member of the International Masons for over 40 years, as well as a member of the American Legion Dunbar Post 1642 for over 31 years and was a member of the trustees at Bellgrove Missionary Baptist Church for 30 years. And after 30 years of service with UPS, he retired. A few years later, William and Mavis decided to enjoy their retirement in Blythewood, South Carolina, where he is still an active member of the American Legion Dunbar Post 1642 and the International Masons. For the last 10 years he has been a member of Zion Canaan Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina where he serves as a chairman of its trustee ministry. He continues to be a loving husband, father and grandfather to five beautiful grandchildren; Yajarai, Keirrea, Greyson, Jeremiah Jr., and August.

Tom Harlan, Director

I was born and raised on a 400 acre dairy farm in Seaton, Illinois, where I still reside. After high school, I attended the University of Wyoming for 1 ½ years. I got married to my high school sweetheart in 1969 and was drafted the same year.

Took basic at Fort Campbell KY and AIT at Fort Polk LA and off to Vietnam for my year tour. I was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and the Delta Co 1/27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds). I served the rest of my military tour in Fort Riley KS with the Big Red 1 Infantry Division.

After being discharged from the Army, I farmed a few years. My Videography business started from a hobby and it turned into a full time business. I retired from the Videography business (sort of) in 2017.

I have been married to my wife Susan for 48 years and we have 3 grown children Tracy, Bryan and Kristina and 6 grandchildren.

My first Wolfhound Reunion was in 1995 in Nashville TN.

My co host for the 2018 Reunion, Dick Henson, passed away in July 2017. May he rest in peace brother Wolfhound.

Loyd Jones, Legal Co-counsel

  • Liaison Officer, 1st Bn, 27th Infantry June, 1966 to November, 1966
  • Platoon Leader and Company XO, A Company, 1st Bn, 27th Infantry December, 1966 to June 1967.
  • Awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
  • Lives and practices law in Tyler, Texas.
  • Married to Nancy Mason Jones since August 25, 1968.
  • Sons David and Ryan.

Paul Scott, Legal Co-counsel

Paul Tucker Scott was born on November 22, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois and is 72 years old. He is a resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia, having graduated from Fredericksburg’s James Monroe High school in 1961. He then took a BA Degree from The University of Virginia in 1965.

While there he earned a Reserve Commission as a Second Lieutenant in Army ROTC after cadet basic at Indiantown Gap, Pa. He then entered active duty in September 1965 at the Medical Field Service School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He reported for duty in the Medical Platoon, HHC, of the 1st Bn 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in November 1965. He served in that capacity with the Wolfhounds until rotated stateside in late December 1966 where he completed his active duty with the 13th Field Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va., in September 1966.

He then entered law school on the GI Bill and graduated from the T. C. Wms School of Law of The University of Richmond in 1969 with a JD Degree. During this time he served with an Army Medical Reserve Unit in Richmond completing his reserve commitment. He practiced law in Fredericksburg for 44 years retiring in 2013. He is married to De’Onne C. Scott, has three children, Tyler, Cary and Desa and enjoys wood working, gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling.

Chuck Dean, Past President

  • Drafted into the U.S. Army in December of 1965
  • Attended Fort Ord for Basic Training, was Associate Soldier of the cycle
  • Attended Fort Gordon for Airborne Infantry AIT
  • Attended Fort Benning for Jump School
  • Was assigned to A 2/27th in Cu Chi Republic of Vietnam. In July 1966
    • Involved in many operations with A Company
    • Was awarded a Bronze Star with a V
    • Was awarded the Silver Star
    • Was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a Bronze Star
  • Was assigned to the 38th Scout Dog Platoon as a Veterinary Technician
  • Was later assigned to B 2/14 Golden Dragons.
  • Was stationed at Fort Carson where I was discharged from The U.S. Army in December 1967.
  • Furthered my education with a Bachelor's in Zoology.
  • Worked in a Chemical Engineering field until retirement.
  • I attended my first Wolfhound Reunion in Colorado Springs in 2011
  • Was elected as a Director of the 27th Infantry Regiment Historical Society, better known as, 'The Wolfhound Pack', in Kansas City, MO. (2014)
  • Was elected as 1st Vice President, of the 'The Wolfhound Pack', in Charleston, SC. (2015)
  • Was elected President, of the 'The Wolfhound Pack' in San Antonio, TX, (2016)

David Shepherd, 2020 Reunion Chair

I was born in August 1947 and grew up in rural Eastern Kentucky. After graduating high school, I immediately enrolled in college in June 1964. I even have a copy of Jerry McKinney’s college freshman yearbook picture!

I was married in March 22, 1969 and 3 weeks later the letter from Uncle Sam came. I reported to Ft Knox for Basic Training, May 6, 1969. After 9 weeks of vigorous Training, the Army decided I was deserving of respite and spa treatment in the form of AIT at beautiful Ft Polk, Louisana. After Ft Polk, 10 days of leave and 4 days of travel time Found me at Ft Lewis, Wasington in route to Vietnam.On Oct 5 I arrived at Cam Ranh Bay, then to Cu Chi where I was assigned to Delta Co 2/27 Inf. I transferred to HHC 2/27 in July 1970 and served there until my departure in November 1970 when I separated from the Army. My entire time in the Army was either in training or with the Wolfhounds.

After returning, I enrolled in graduate school and then began my career in education. My wife, Wanda, and I both spent 32 years in education. I retired in 2002 from education administration.

Wanda and I have two children, a son and a daughter, and 5 grandchildren. I have had the opportunity to serve two terms as Director, I assist with the Wolfhound PX and am Involved in the Wolfhound Oral History Project. It is an honor to be associated with such great people.
Pack Officers and Committee
2019-2020 Executive Board & Officers
Randy Hall
1st Vice President
James Malaguti
2nd Vice President
Chris Cote
Secretary Dennis Mason
Treasurer Tom Donovan
Directors Bill Thomas
  Bill Spence
  Tom Harlan
Legal Co-Counsels Loyd Jones
  Paul Scott
Past President
Chuck Dean
2020 Reunion Chair
Dave Shepherd
Non-Voting Board Members and Committees
2021 Reunion Chair
Ron Detmer
Auditor Rick Waples
Quartermaster/Store Ted Hale 940-796-4414
  David Shepherd 859-428-1932
  Nelson Fox 607-226-3884
Newsletter Guy Hinton 513-385-2214
Regimental Colonel
LTG (Ret) Bernard Champoux
Regiment SGT MAJ
CSM (Ret) Leonard Letoto

Chaplain Fr. Stephen Spizak
Membership Gladys Dean
Public Relations
Pat Cannan
Historian Phil Sorrentino
Send a Card Committee
Easy & Doris Smith
Wreaths/Special James E. Hauser
Bugler Martin T. Uchic
Drummer Richard Dahms
Biography David Shepherd
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Historical Society By-Laws





1.         The official name of this organization is The 27 th  Infantry Regiment Historical Society, Inc. (hereinafter “The Society”).

2.        The organization shall be unofficially, but affectionately known as The Wolfhound Pack.




1.         To bring Wolfhounds  and other interested parties together.

2.        To preserve the history of the Wolfhounds.



1.        Regular :  Any person who has served in or been attached with the 27 th  Infantry Regiment (hereinafter “Wolfhounds”) shall be eligible for Regular Annual or Regular Life Membership.

2.        Associate :  Persons related by blood or marriage to Regular Members, any veterans who were on joint operations with the 27 th  Infantry Regiment, and others interested in furthering the purposes of the organization shall be eligible for Associate Annual or Associate Life Membership.  Associate Members are entitled to vote as well as serve on and/or chair committees.

3.        VIP :  Those eligible for Regular Membership, who have been awarded the “Medal of Honor” shall be designated VIP         Regular Life Members.

4.        VIP :  Those eligible for Associate or regular membership, who have made an extraordinary contribution to the purposes of the Wolfhound Pack shall be eligible of VIP Life Membership.  A unanimous vote of the Board of Directors shall be required for election to this class of VIP Honorary Life Membership.

5.        Meetings:  The Annual Meeting of the membership shall occur at The Wolfhound Pack reunion wherever it may be held.



1.        General Powers :  The property, affairs and business of The Society shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors and, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws, all of the powers of The Society shall be vested in such Board.

2.        Number, Election and Terms :  The number of the directors shall be not less than 12 and not more than 14.  The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers (President, 1 st Vice President, 2nd  Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary), Legal Counsel and Co-Counsel, the Reunion Chairman of the upcoming reunion, the immediate Past President and three directors elected by the membership at its Annual         Meeting.  All directors must be members in good standing of The Society.  The term of office of each director elected at the Annual Meeting shall be one year and thereafter until his removal or until his successor has been elected, whichever shall first occur.

3.        Vacancy :  A vacancy arising among the elected directors may be filled by the remaining directors unless sooner filled by the members.

4.        Meetings and Notices :  A regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately after the Annual Meeting of the membership and at such other times as the Board of Directors may determine.  Special meeting of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or the Secretary or by a majority of the members of the Board.  Notice of the meetings other than the regular Annual Meetings shall be given to each director at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting, at his residence or business address or by delivering such notice to him by telephoning or e-mailing it to him.  Any such notice shall contain the time and place of the meeting but need not contain the purpose of the meeting.  Meetings may be held without notice if all of the directors are present or those not present waive notice before or after the meeting.

5.        Action by Directors Without Meeting :  The directors may act without a meeting if they consent in writing, setting forth         the actions so taken, which shall be signed by all the directors.

6.        Quorum and Voting :  A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum, but less than a quorum may adjourn the meeting to a fixed time and place.  No further notice of any adjourned meeting shall be required.  Each director shall have one vote and the act of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors.



1.        The Officers must be Regular Annual or Life Members of the 27 th Infantry Regiment Historical Society, Inc.

2.        The Officers shall be the President, 1 st  Vice President, 2 nd  Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and three Directors, who shall be elected by the Membership at its annual meeting.  

3.        The President shall appoint the Historian, Auditor, Legal Counsel and such other committees as may be needed by The Society.

4.        Elections :  Elections shall take place at the Annual Meeting (Reunion).  The President will appoint a nominating committee consisting of two or three members to make nominations for elective offices.  Additional candidates for any office may be nominated from the floor.  The President shall appoint three members present at the meeting to be tellers and count the ballots.  A teller shall read the results of the election to the membership.  A majority of ballots cast shall be required to elect.    


5.        Terms of Office:

        A.        The term of office of the President, 1 st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Directors shall be one year.

        B.        The term of office of the Secretary and Treasurer shall be four years.

        C.        The term of the Immediate Past-President Board of Director shall end when his status changes.



1.        President:

        A.        Shall chair all meetings of the General Membership and the Board of Directors.

        B.        Shall fill all vacancies among the Officers and Committees by appointment.

        C.        May co-sign checks for disbursement of funds.

2.        1st Vice President:

        A.        Shall succeed to the Office of President if it is vacant for any reason.

        B.        Shall assume the duties of President if the President is absent from a meeting or function.

        C.        Shall supervise Public Relations and all         communications.

        D.        May co-sign checks for disbursement of funds.

3.        2nd Vice President:

        A.        Shall succeed to the office of 1 st Vice President if it is vacant for any reason.

        B.        Shall supervise all Membership and Financial matters.

        C.        Shall serve as an Ex-Officio member of all committees.

4.        Treasurer:

        A.        Shall collect and deposit, in a bank approved by         the Board of Directors, all monies due the organization.

        B.        Shall maintain detailed records or receipts and disbursements of funds.

        C.        Shall co-sign all checks.

        D.        Shall transfer all monies and records to a successor and arrange for all required changes                         in banks and other signature documents related to the Treasurer within thirty (30) days of the transfer.

        E.        Shall prepare and deliver financial reports of the organization to all Officers and Directors on a quarterly basis, and the Membership at Quarterly and Annual Meetings.

        F.        Shall perform all such other duties as assigned by the President or the Membership.

5.        Secretary:

        A.        Shall record and report minutes of Meetings of The Society, and meetings of the Officers and Directors, and provide the Members of the Board with copies of the minutes within thirty (30) days.

        B.        Shall conduct the correspondence of The Society.

        C.        Shall cause notifications of all meetings to be sent to the Membership.

        D.        Shall perform all such other proper duties as assigned by the President of The Society.

6.        Historian:

        Shall maintain and be responsible for all Historical Records and Materials.

7.        Auditor:

        Shall be assisted by two Members of the Auditor’s choosing to conduct an annual internal audit.  

8.           Legal Counsel:

        Legal Counsel shall be licensed and in good standing to practice law in the state of his residence and shall, in cooperation with Co-counsel, advise the Officers and Directors of The Society concerning its operation when requested to do so by such Officers and Directors.



1.        Method.

        An Officer, Director or appointee may be removed from         Office for cause, by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors at a regular or special meeting called for that purpose.

2.        Reasons for Removal.

        A.        An Officer, Director or Appointee may be removed for cause for any of the following:

                a.        Misconduct.

                b.        Failure to perform the duties of Office.

                c.        Failure to pay annual dues as required by the Chapter.

3.        Notification Pending Removal.

        An Officer, Director or Appointee subject to provision of the article shall be given a minimum of thirty (30) days written         notice prior to the date of the pending action for removal, listing the charges and specifications.



        The Board of Directors shall set the amount of Annual and Life Membership dues.  Dues shall be levied on a calendar year basis and shall be due and payable on January 1 st  of the         year to which they apply.  VIP Life Members shall be exempt from payment of Dues.



AMENDMENTS  to the By-Laws shall be proposed as follows:

1.        Proposal.

        Any Member of the organization  may propose amendments to the By-Laws.

2.        Notices.

        A.        Members must send proposed amendments to the Secretary and Newsletter Editor four (4) months prior to the Annual Meeting at the Reunion.

        B.        The Secretary shall give written notice of proposed amendments to the By-Laws not later than sixty (60) days prior to the date of the meeting at which such amendment or amendments are to be considered.

                Notification shall be given via a Newsletter or other means of communication prior to the Annual Meeting at the Reunion.  Such notice shall state the portion(s) of the By-Laws that are to be revised, added or deleted and the text of such revision, addition or deletion.  The Secretary must be notified thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting of any disapproval of those proposed changes.

        C.        Proposed amendments to the By-Laws may be amended during discussion by the Membership with the approval of the author of the proposed amendment.

3.        Adoption of Amendments

                Adoption of the amendments to the By-Laws shall be by a two-thirds majority vote of the Members attending the Annual Business Meeting.

4.        Providing Members with By-Laws

        A.        Amended By-Laws shall be provided to all Members by publishing them in the Newsletter.

        B.        The Secretary shall send new Members a copy of the By-Laws along with their Certificate of Membership.



        1.        When conducting business on behalf of The Society, all receipts for pre-approved expenses must be turned in within ninety (90) days for reimbursement.  Any other receipts turned in, requires Board action for reimbursement.

        2.        Any person authorized by the Board to conduct Society business will receive reimbursement for the following types of expenses, with itemized receipts:

                A.        Gas purchased for the trip

                B.        Tolls

                C.        Meals (excluding alcohol) on a per diem decided by the Board

                D.        Any other miscellaneous expenses to be         approved by the Board


These amended By-Laws were adopted and approved by the Membership on August 15,2015

Dorsey Weeks, President

Nelson Fox, 1st Vice President

James Arradondo, 2nd Vice President

Dick Henson, Secretary

Tom Donovan, Treasurer

John Coon, Past President

Randy Hall, Director

Ron Straight, Director

Chuck Dean, Director

Bill Spence, 2015 Reunion Chairman

Larry Milfelt, Ex-Officio Life Bd. Member





Certificate of Adoption


I, Dick Henson, Secretary of the 27th  Infantry Regiment Historical Society, Inc. hereby certify that at the Annual Business Meeting of this organization held on August 15, 2015, the Membership of this organization adopted the above By-Laws.








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