Bert Hubble

Bert Hubble's


September 2003


Friendship - Communication - Understanding

Distributed Quarterly: March - June - September - December
To Former Platoon Members of the 47th & 59th Infantry Platoons (Scout Dog)


Fellow Platoon Members:

2004 Reunion

The most important event coming up is the Reunion in Beaumont TX in May of next year. This will be a great way to get re-acquainted with your former platoon members and make some new friends. Each reunion that we have held has been a great success and I know of no one who was disappointed that they came to one of our reunions except for the fact that it was too short. . For those of you who have not attended before and may have some reservations, I can only say that you should put those concerns in the closet and come and enjoy yourselves. Remember this is a family oriented affair and you are encouraged to bring family or friends with you. Your guests will be very welcome.

It's not too early to call in your reservation and remit your our pre-paid costs for the upcoming Reunion which should be sent to Bertram Hubble 143 S. San Jose Drive Glendora CA 91741. I am reachable at 626-335-0428 or Tel 310-335-9499. Rusty may be reached at Tel: 409-787-4225.

The reunion is scheduled for May 2004 at Beaumont TX. Rusty is the Chairman for the event and Jonathan and I will be lending a hand. We are planning a very nice get together for all platoon members of the 47th IPSD and 59th IPSD and their guests. There will be Trolley Service to Old Town and many eating choices are available nearby. The main planned function will be a pre-paid Dinner Banquet. Details as follows:

Group Name: Scout Dog Reunion
Dates: May 6th May 9th 2004
Place: Holiday Inn Beaumont Midtown I-10
Reservations: 409-892-2222
Room Rate: $71.30 includes Room Tax & Free Continental Breakfast
Dinner Banquet:Saturday Evening May 8th 2004, 7:00 PM
$25.20 per person paid in advance
Airport Transportation: Free Shuttle

The banquet dinner will be a buffet affair which will include southern fried chicken, marinated london broil and cat fish fillet, fresh fruit salad and crisp garden salad, green beans, and almondine zucchini/yellow squash medley, rice or pasta, au gratin potatoes, black forest cake and cheesecake with fruit topping, coffee, decaf and iced tea.


Jonathan Wahl (Rough) and Leigh Hunt (Tumble) have returned from what turned out to be a 51-day hiking adventure . They described their trip in the following "press release":

On Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at 10:45 AM EDT, Rough and Tumble reached the Vermont/Canadian Border as they completed their 272-mile end-to-end thru hike of Vermont's Long Trail. "We can't believe we made it!" exclaimed the excited but weary pair as they embraced the international border marker number 592 located just past the northern terminus of the Long Trail. They started their journey on July 21st in Williamstown, MA.

"We met some great people along the way and this was truly our adventure of a lifetime" said Rough as he and Tumble posed for pictures at the boundary post. Sources report that the couple hiked the primitive trail in 38 hiking days with another 13 "zero days" taken for rest, resupplies, and waiting for the rain to stop.

"I couldn't have made it without my legs and feet and I want to pay tribute to them" added Tumble.

The happy couple is recuperating and rejoicing at their summer home in Fayston, VT and the online journal of their hike may be viewed at

The 47th's Jonathan Harraden assisted Rough and Tumble by driving them to the trailhead in Williamstown, MA and then resupplying them a few days later in Bennington, VT.

Platoon Members

Due to demands on my time and all, I have had difficulty this year devoting the time I would like to in locating former members. We do get lucky once in awhile and that happened when Pete (Rene) Peterman found our Web site and contacted us. Rene was in the original graduating class at Fort Robinson, Nebraska on August 18, 1945. Please see the graduation picture on our web site at and also Rene's and his dog King's photo at . We hope that Rene will be able to share some pictures with us that we may be able to use on our site.

We have had an all points bulletin out on Roger J. Herman who dropped out of site a couple of years ago. We think that we may have a current address but our efforts to make actual contact with him have not been successful as yet. We have not given up and will keep you posted. Randy Kimler has been a great asset and friend in helping us in our searches. Thank you Randy for your on going support. We hope your 42nd people will join us in Beaumont like you did in Columbus.

In Memory

It is very appropriate that we take a moment to remember Bob Hope who was a brave supporter to American Veterans since before our entry into World War II up until the day he died July 27, 2003. Bob made 9 visits to Vietnam over the years. I know that I enjoyed and appreciated seeing his show when it performed at Dong Tam on the Mekong River Christmas 1968.

Barb's Commentary

I am the wife of a Vietnam Vet who proudly served his country as a scout dog handler in the 42nd and 47th platoons. I disagree with your commentary and felt, after reading the June report, that I had to write and express my opinion. Not all veterans or wives of veterans agree with you.

Saddam Hussein is (was) a threat to the entire world not only did he murder thousands of his own countrymen, he was openly a part of the terrorism that threatens the world, He publicly gave families of suicide bombers checks for $25,000.00. Even after the invasion, the people of Iraq are still terrified of him and his regime. With the death of his two sons (such a couple of nice guys !?!?) I hope the people of Iraq will realize the formation of a new government based on freedom not terror and fear.

You know, there were people in the 1930's and 1940's who thought Hitler was not a threat to world freedom. They were STUDID, STUPID, STUPID ALL.

I am glad we have a President brave enough to take the initiative to take on terrorism and make the world a safer place, in spite of people who are content to bury their heads in the sand. Please keep in mind if you lived in Iraq and wrote such a letter against the government, you'd be history and I am grateful I have the freedom in this country to respond to your stupid commentary. You have my permission to print this letter in the next Bow-Wow Report.


Barbara Severni
Fridley, Minnesota

Take care of yourselves,


Author: Bertram M. Hubble
Editor/Publisher: Jonathan D. Wahl
2003 Bertram M. Hubble