The Ripcord Report
Ripcord Association Newsletter

Ripcord Report #131
September 2022

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2022  Ripcord Reunion

Sunday, October 16th  through Wednesday, October 19th
with departure on Thursday, October 20th

University Plaza Hotel, Springfield, MO.
Call Hotel 417-864-7333
for hotel reservations   Group Code: RIPCORD

Cutoff date for special rates  Tue, 13 Sep 2022

use this link for online hotel reservations

Association reservation form:   registration form

List of members registered for reunion as of Sept 12, 2022

Lee Widjeskog
July 22, 1946 – Jan 10,2022

Lee Elis Widjeskog, 75 years of age of Deerfield Township died unexpectedly on Monday, January 10, 2022 shortly upon arrival at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.

He was born in Bridgeton on July 22, 1946 and was the son of the late Elis and Hildegard Widjeskog. He was a graduate of Bridgeton High School in the Class of 1964.

In 1968, Lee married Kathryn Haruko Niji while finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He began his military service in May of 1969 and served in the 101st Airborne unit of the US Army as a First Lieutenant and was eventually deployed to Vietnam. Trained in Airborne School and Jungle School, he fought in one of the last major battles of the war from firebase support Ripcord and considered himself lucky to survive. He received the Combat Infantry Badge. He was discharged to the US Army Reserves in March of 1971.

Lee was employed for 40 years by the State of New Jersey, Division of Fish and Wildlife as a Wildlife Biologist. He loved being part of nature and enjoyed every day of his work.

A true sportsman, Lee was an active member of Ducks Unlimited, The National Wild Turkey Federation, Sportsman’s Federation and the Ripcord Association. He and Kathy organized numerous banquets, jamborees, reunions, take-a-kid hunting days and anything to promote the love of nature and being outside.

He was generous to a fault, kind, honest, hardworking and a great husband, son, father and brother. He was also the family and neighborhood historian.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Denise (Ryan) Powers and Brett Widjeskog, grandson, Tyler Powers, siblings, Linda (Chris) Laning, Roy (Susan) Widjeskog, Judy (John Nedohon) McCormick and Sue Widjeskog and numerous nieces, nephews, and family in Finland.

2021 DMOR Nomination Information
(Distinguished Member of The Regiment)

2020 Ripcord Reunion Canceled

I am sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the2020 FSB Ripcord Association reunion in Springfield, MO.  With the pandemic, the uncertainty of the length of its impact and the fact that our members are all in the high risk category of contracting the disease, we have decided to try again in 2021.

We have the facility reserved for early October 2021 so it will be the 51st anniversary of the battle.  Other than the date, all else will be the same. Ripcord Reunion 2021 at  Springfield , MO,  Wed 6 Oct to Sat. 9 October.  With Sunday 10 October the get away day.

I recommend you cancel your present room reservations.

Your reunion sign-up fees will be carried over for you for 2021.  If you want a refund contact me.

The next newsletter will contain as much detail as we have available at that time.

Thank you for your support and I hope to see you next year after this pandemic is over.
Any questions contact me at, or call at 856-451-1108.
Take care and be safe!
Lee Widjeskog
A 2/506 1970