Fall 2012 Newsletter - Sons of the American Revolution

SAR San Diego Chapter Newsletter
Issue No. 112
September-October 2012
Edited by Ray Raser
Welcome New Members
San Diego Chapter Welcomes
New Members
L-R: SAR Color Guard Jim Mattern, SAR Registrar Ray Raser, Bryan B.
Bagnas, Rick C. Carson, Kenneth P. Myers, Brian F. Stokes, Alex Stokes,
Matthew D. Storevik, Austin Wallace, Raymond C. Weber, SAR Color Guard
Phil Hinshaw and SAR President Ted Rudisill
Officers 2012
Edward L. Rudisill
230 Prospect #36
La Jolla, CA 92037-5712
(858) 456-6179
1st Vice President
Robert Fagaly
3121 Madera Court
Carlsbad, CA 92009
2nd Vice President
George Wharton Brewster Jr.
11952 Ashley Pl.
San Diego, CA 92128-5226
Robert Hayden
1880 Lindsley Park Dr.
San Marcos, CA 92069
Mr. Daniel B. McLaughlin
1354 Watwood Rd
San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 465-7006
Raymond C. Raser
914 San Pasqual Rd.
Escondido, CA 92025-7623
(760) 743-2950
Rev. Dr. Stan W. De Long
3354 Mt. Carol Dr.
San Diego, CA 92111-4631
(858) 569-9201
October 20th Breakfast Mtg. Richard Lederer,
“Election Language.”
2. November 17th Breakfast Mtg. Tribute to Vets“Taps: Its Origins and Meaning”
Please make your reservations with Treasurer:
Dan McLaughlin
(619) 465-7006
Philip L. Hinshaw
1246 Australia St.
El Cajon, CA 92020-8806
(619) 448-8858
Ernest McCullough
3121 Plum Tree Ln.
Escondido, CA 92027-6756
Ernest McCullough
3121 Plum Tree Ln.
Escondido, CA 92027-6756
L-R: SAR Color Guard Jim Mattern, SAR Registrar Ray Raser, Bryan B. Bagnas his mother
Leslie Rae Mara, his wife Elizabeth Trinidad, Rick C. Carson, Kenneth P. Myers, Brian F.
Stokes, Alex Stokes, Matthew D. Storevik, Austin Wallace, Raymond C. Weber and Carol
Wootton, SAR Color Guard Phil Hinshaw
American Revolution Group Honors
UT Aug 17, 2012, El Cajon
The San Diego Chapter of the National Society of Sons
of The American Revolution is honoring El Cajon
Police Officer Tim McFarland with a Medal of
Heroism. McFarland will be honored at 9:00 am
Saturday at the Palms Restaurant Miramar Marine Air
Station. McFarland was one of the on-duty Officers at
the August 2011 standoff with a man who had killed
his baby daughter and mother in-law on Prince Street in
El Cajon. The 27 year-old, who also is the El Cajon
Police Department’s Rookie of the Year, is the stepson
of El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman
El Cajon Police Chief James Redman and Police Officer,
Tim McFarland, Jr. who was presented a Recognition
Medal for Heroism
Heroism Medal
May 24, 2012
San Diego Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
Per your e-mail of May 21, 20129, our nomination for the SAR medal for Heroism is El Cajon
Police Officer Tim McFarland Jr.
On August 21, 2011, while still in the field training program and under the supervision of Field
Training Officer Jared Slocum, they responded to a radio call of a male subject who had informed
his friends and family via text messages that he had shot and killed his daughter and mother-in-law
at a residence located on Prince Street in the City of El Cajon. The officers arrived to the location to
find the suspect’s vehicle parked in front of the residence and the house beginning to burn from a
fire that the suspect had set. As they began to assess the situation, the suspect began firing at the
officers from an unseen location, striking Officer Slocum in the head.
After a few moments, Officer Slocum moved from his position of cover towards Officer
McFarland’s location. Due to his injury, Officer Slocum lost consciousness, which caused him to
fall into a nearby fence where he remained in the line of fire. Once Officer McFarland realized that
Officer Slocum was no longer able to get out of the line of fire on his own and was in danger of
being further injured by the suspect, he placed himself in harm’s way, running from his position of
cover into the line of fire, holstered his firearm, and pulled Officer Slocum to safety. Once Officer
Slocum was pulled to safety, he stood over Officer Slocum with his weapon drawn to protect his
partner until an officer rescue was formed to extract Officer Slocum from the location so that he
could receive medical treatment.
On this day, he demonstrated incredible bravery and heroism during this incident and had it not
been for his actions this tragic situation may have had an even more tragic outcome.
Should you need further information, please feel free to contact my secretary, Jay Grobe, at 619579-3351.
Jim Redman
Chief of Police
Admin_sec/common/awards/2012/Law Enforcement Commendation Medal 052412.doc
SAR August 18, 2012 Meeting Recognitions & Speaker Izella Dickey.
Izella gave a very informative presentation on the reasons that it was critical to
bomb Hiroshima & Nagasaki to end World War II. It is estimated that the
bombing resulted with the surrender of Japan saved over a million American
Soldiers lives and many million Japanese lives that would have resulted from an
invasion of the Japanese Mainland.
Tom Kubow was presented with the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal
& Terri Kubow was presented the Martha Washington Medal by
CASSAR South Vice President Kent Gregory
Raymond Charles Weber &
Carol Wooten
Duane Wheeler receives 15yr SAR
Membership award
Speaker Izella Dickey, DAR “VJ Day,
the Bomb & Why”
Registrar Ray Raser & New
Member Rick Carson. Ray was able
to get Rick’s application on track
from stalemate several years ago
Constitution Day Sept 19, 2012 Grossmont College
SAR is represented by SAR Color Guard Members Ernest McCullough and Phil Hinshaw
L-R: Ernie McCullough and Phil Hinshaw
Colonel Allen Reed Wissinger
Colonel Allen Reed Wissinger, 73, passed away September 15,
2012 in San Diego, CA. He was born October 4, 1937, in Detroit,
Michigan. He married Christa Luise Edelmann on November 24,
1956. He is survived by his wife and sister, Roberta Powers. His
family includes nine children: Allen R. Wissinger, Jr., Terry
Schrimsher, Larry Wissinger, Richard Wissinger, Steven
Wissinger, Lisa Haussner, John Wissinger, Suzanne Nicholas
(deceased), and Janine Flecha plus 21 grandchildren and 17 great
grandchildren. Services were held on Wednesday, September 19,
2012 at Peace Lutheran Church in San Diego. Interment will be at
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia with full
military honors. Colonel Wissinger began his military career in
1952 when he volunteered as an Observer with the reactivated US
Air Force Ground Observer Corps (GOC). In March 1955, he
enlisted as a private in Pennsylvania National Guard and enlisted
in the regular Army in December 1958. In September 1962, he
was commissioned as an Infantry Officer and was inducted in the
United States Army Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia in
February 1988. He retired from the Army on July 31, 1988 with over 34 years of combined enlisted and
commissioned military service.
Individual Military Awards and Decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert
Infantryman Badge, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (4
Awards), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Awards), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal
(2 Awards), Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin, Germany), National Defense Service
Medal, Army Expeditionary Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal with 7 Campaign Stars, Humanitarian
Service Medal, Army Overseas Ribbon (six tours), NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Vietnamese
Cross of Gallantry with Star, Vietnamese Staff Service Honor Medal 1st Class, and Vietnamese Service
Medal w/60 Device. Unit Awards include the Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award, US
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (4 Awards), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm (3
Awards), Vietnamese Civil Action Honor Medal. In July 2007, Colonel Wissinger was inducted into the
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (San Diego Chapter) based on the service of his
4th great grandfather Ludwig Wissinger. His patriot ancestor served in the German Regiment, Continental
Army (1776-1779). Ludwig came to America with his parents from Germany prior to American
Revolution and settled near Frederick, MD. Ludwig enlisted on August 14, 1776 for three years in the
third battalion German Regiment under the command of Colonel Ludwig Weltner. He fought in battles of
Brandywine, Germantown, Trenton, Fish Hill Camp, White Plains and Second River. He spent the winter
at Valley Forge of 1777-78. He was discharged July 20, 1779 at Wyoming, PA. (near Wilkes-Barre), but
did not receive any discharge papers. On April 19, 1833, Ludwig was granted a pension of about 30
dollars per month. His basic rate of pay while in the service was six and two-thirds dollars per month (two
pounds, ten shillings).
He was given a grant of land for his services. In 1781, he married Susanna Miller in Frederick County,
MD and they had 13 children. They moved from Mann’s Choice, Bedford about 1790 to what is now
Oakland, Stonycreek Township, Johnstown, PA. He died on May 6, 1842 and is buried in the private
Wissinger cemetery in Johnstown, PA. The cemetery was part of the Wissinger farm. A tombstone was
placed at the burial site in 1966 by the Oakland Home and Garden Club; unfortunately the inscription has
the date of death as 1840
Colonel Wissinger began his military career in 1952 when he volunteered as an Observer whit the
reactivated US Air Force Ground Observer Corps (GOC). He served
as a Q-t server on Saturdays, reporting all aircraft overflying
Altoona, Pennsylvania to the US Air Force Regional Center in
Pittsburgh, PA. He resigned this position when his family moved to
Ankara, Turkey in August 1953. Upon return from Turkey in March
1955 he enlisted as a private in Company G, 1lOthInfantry
Regiment, Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, in
Altoona, PA. He volunteered for and was accepted for 6 months of
Active Duty for Training in 1955. His training began in January 1956
with the 101stAirborne Division at Fort Jackson, Sc. He returned to
his home unit in July 1956 and worked his way up to Sergeant before
returning to Active Duty in March 1958. In December 1958, he was
discharged from the National Guard and enlisted in the Regular
Army at Fort McClellan, AL. His enlisted assignments included:
Infantry NCO –Chemical School and Training Center, Fort
McClellan, AL; Squad Leader, 2d Battalion Combat Team, Keflavik,
Iceland; Squad Leader, Co B, 2d Battle Group, 12thInfantry, Fort
Riley, KS; Squad Leader, Battle Group, 13thInfantry, Fort Riley,
KS; Student, US Army Language School, Presidio of Monterey, CA; and Student, Infantry Officer
Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA.
Colonel Wissinger was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate
School (OCS) Class # 4, Fort Benning, GA on 21 September 1962 after over six years of enlisted service.
His first duty assignment was as a Psychological Warfare Officer, 10th Special Forces, Bad Tolez, Federal
Republic of Germany followed by Advanced Marksmanship Training and Administrative Officer,
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battle Group, 6th Infantry Regiment, Berlin Brigade, West
Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany.
His subsequent assignments included: Rifle Platoon Leader, 4th Battalion, 18th Infantry, Berlin; Scout
Platoon Leader, 4th Battalion, 18th Infantry, Berlin; Battalion
Intelligence Officer (S-2), 4th Battalion, 18th Infantry, Berlin;
Corps Senior Transportation Advisor, II Corps, Republic of
South Vietnam; Infantry Battalion Senior Advisor, 4th Battalion,
47th Infantry Regiment, Army of the Republic of South Vietnam;
OCS Company Commander, 51st Company, Battalion OCS, Fort
Benning, Georgia; Infantry Company Commander, Company B,
2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, Infantry Division, Republic of South
Vietnam; Division Headquarters Commandant, Infantry
Division, Republic of South Vietnam; Team Chief and Senior
Instructor, Company Operations Department, United States
Army Infantry School (USAIS), Fort Benning, 'Georgia; Chief,
Operations Division, Company Operations Department, USA,
Fort Benning, Georgia; Assistant Director, Company Operations
Department, USAIS, Fort Benning, Georgia; Battalion
Operations Officer (S3), 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 28th Infantry, Is Brigade, Is Infantry Division
(Mech), Fort Riley, Kansas; Battalion Operations Officer, 3rd Battalion (Mech), 28th Infantry, 4th
Brigade,4th Infantry Division (Mech), Wiesbaden, Federal Republic of Germany; Brigade Adjutant (SI),
4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division ~Mech) Wiesbaden, Federal Republic of Germany; Commander, 2nd
Battalion (Mech), 58th Infantry, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, 61th Battalion
(Mech), 31st Infantry, National Training Center,
Fort Irwin, California; Chief, Doctrinal Literature Division, United States Army Infantry
School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Chief, U.S. Military Liaison Office, United States Central
Command, Kuwait City, State of Kuwait; and Senior Regular Army Advisor, 63rd United
States Army Reserve Command, Sixth U.S. Army, Los Alamitos, California.
Colonel Wissinger is a graduate of the: Basic Army Administration Course; First Army
Noncommissioned Officer's Academy; U.S. Army Language School (Russian); U.S. Army
Officer Candidate School; U.S. Army Special Warfare School; Infantry Officer Advanced
Course (Commandant's List); U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Honor
Graduate); Department of Defense Institute of Security Assistance; and the Department of
Defense Language Institute (Arabic).
While on active duty Colonel Wissinger participated in off-duty hours civilian education
Programs at Kansas State University, the University of Maryland, the American
University, and the United States Armed Forces Institute, leading toward the attainment of a college
degree. With a one year sabbatical from the U.S. Army, he earned his B.A. degree in History from
Auburn University, Auburn Alabama in 1971 and was inducted into Phi
Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society. He earned his Master's Degree in
Military Arts and Science in 1975 while a student at the U.S. Army Command and General
Staff College. His Master's Thesis was Economic Planning as It Affects Military Strategy:
The Rathenau and Speer Systems of Modern Industrial Warfare (1914-1945}.
His military decorations and awards include the: Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of
Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak
Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal,
Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary
Medal (Berlin), Vietnam Service Medal with 7 Campaign Stars, Humanitarian Service Medal (Cuban
Refugees), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon,
Overseas Service Ribbon with 5 Device (6 Awards), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze
Star, Republic of Vietnam Staff Service Honor Medal (1 Class), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
with Clasp, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (DOD),
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation
(3 Awards), and the Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation.
On 12 February 1988, Colonel Wissinger was inducted into the United States Army Infantry Officer
Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia. Colonel Wissinger retired from the
United States Regular Army at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Los Alamitos, California, on 31 July
1989 with over 34 years of combined enlisted and commissioned military service. In July 2007, he was
inducted into the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) based on his
ancestor's, Ludwig Wissinger, three years of service (1776-1779).in the German Regiment, Continental
Army. In 2009, he established that his maternal ancestor from North Carolina, John Foust, also served in
the Revolutionary War and this resulted in a Supplemental Membership in the
Hiroshima & Rebirth
By Rev. Dr. Stan De Long
In July 1978 I reported for duty at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan some 40 miles south of Hiroshima.
One of the first things I did was to purchase a copy of John Hersey's book Hiroshima which
follows six survivors of the attack. Little did I realize then I would meet one of these people
before I finished my
One of the persons in
Hersey's book was the
surviving pastor of the
downtown Hiroshima
Methodist Church, Rev.
Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto.
He was one hill to the
north of the epi-center of
the bomb blast. In
January of 1979, a
Marine Staff Sgt. came
Hiroshima, Japan Today
in to ask if I would be
able to perform a
wedding for him. In the course of premarital counseling I learned that the young woman he
wanted to marry was a Christian. She was very pleased when I asked if her parents would like to
have their pastor share in the wedding service. As it turned out Rev. Tanimoto was their pastor.
What a pleasure to meet him.
Prior to WWII, a young Kiyoshi Tanimoto wanted to marry "the woman of his life" only to be
informed by her Father that "his little girl" would not marry a Christian. Turning to his pastor,
he was asked if he would be interested in being sponsored as a student at Emory University in
Atlanta, GA with a view to becoming a Methodist pastor.
On his graduation in 1940, his return found Japan at war. "He spoke excellent English; he
dressed in American clothes; he...corresponded with many American friends...and among a
people obsessed with a fear of being spied on...he found himself growing increasingly
uneasy.....In compensation, to show himself publicly a good Japanese, Mr. Tanimoto had taken
on the chairmanship of his local tonarigumi, or Neighborhood [Watch] Association." After the
surrender, Rev. Tanimoto's friendships in Atlanta proved to be very significant in relationship to
acquiring medical assistance in reconstructive surgical treatment for radiation damage sustained
by so many residents of Hiroshima.
Following the wedding, I had asked Rev. Tanimoto if he would be our Easter Sunrise speaker.
He agreed to do so. He spoke of God's involvement in our lives bringing life out of death. He
shared how this had been true in his life, and in the life of so many in Hiroshima, and can be so
for every one of us in light of our trust in Jesus Christ as or Savior.
San Diego Chapter 2012
Executive Board Meeting in Blue
General Meetings in Red
7:00 PM
9:00 AM
Breakfast Meeting
7:00 PM
11:00 AM
7:00 PM
Breakfast Meeting
November Events:
“Honor a Veteran”
FREE and open to DAR, SAR, & C.A.R:
“Puppy” Graduation — November 9th
Tour CCI — November 19th
We have a Puppy Store!
Donate a “puppy kiss” or a “favorite chew
toy” today!
Visit our store online, through the “Canine
Companions for Independence” website at:
(You can also search www.cci.org for our
name under, “Find An Event”)
This is a great way for our members and
community to support C.A.R. and veterans
too! Some of our “products” you can donate
You are wanted!!!
San Diego Chapter Sound System
Manager Volunteer.
Compatriot Phil Hinshaw has taken care
of our Chapter sound system for many
years and due to other commitments
needs relief.
The only requirement is that portable
sound system is at the monthly Chapter
breakfast meeting (if you cannot attend
just arrange for another person to do it).
House of Spain
Some of October's events are:
Sunday, October 7, at 12:00
We'll have the HPR's Lawn Program with Juanita Franco and
Friday, October 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Casita
Reception, Dia de la Hispanidad
We'll offer tapas and drink to all the members of the
organization and any other Spaniards and their descendants in
San Diego who want to join us to celebrate such an important
date in our country.
Friday, October 12, from 8:00 to 11:00, at St James by the Sea
in La Jolla.
We are lucky in having in San DIego the Spanish group
going to play pre-renaissance music "Música para su Majestad
Católica". The cost of the entrance covers tapas and drinks with
the musicians. For more information about this event visit: