"THE MIGHTY NINTH"
           2D BATTALION, 9TH  ARTILLERY
               
The Republic of Vietnam

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FORWARD OBSERVER LT EDWIN "ED" THOMAS

Supported units of the 35th Inf Regiment and the 1/14th Inf Regiment

 

Edwin Eugene Thomas, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on February 13th, 2024 in Baxter Springs, Kansas. He was born on September 12th, 1944 in Miami, Oklahoma to loving parents who instilled in him the values of hard work and selflessness.

After serving his country with honor and dedication for six years in the United States Army, Edwin went on to become a pillar of his community as the founder of World Mission Builders. His passion for service and devotion to helping others knew no bounds. He dedicated his life to spreading the word of God and Godís love through his mission work, building over 367 churches, orphanages, bible colleges, etc. Baptizing over 307,000 people in over 50 countries through the years. Preformed over 100 marriages. 

Edwin's impact extended far beyond his professional endeavors. He was a devoted family man who cherished every moment spent with those he held dear. His wife Pat stood by his side through thick and thin; their bond was unbreakable. Together they raised three wonderful children: Becky Brown, Susan Womack, and Tommy Thomas.

His son-in-law Bobby Womack became like a son to him over the years while Jennifer Thomas became an integral part of their family when she married into it. Edwin adored each one of them as if they were his own flesh and blood.

The light of Edwin's life shone brightly through the eyes of his grandchildren: Kyleigh Brock, Nicole Thomas, Raygun Buzzard; as well as great-grandchildren Leighton Brock and Everleigh Brock - all whom he loved dearly.  Edwin will be remembered not only for what he accomplished but also for how he lived - always putting others before himself without expecting anything in return. His unwavering faith guided him throughout every trial that came his way.

Funeral services will be held at Derfelt Funeral Homes in Baxter Springs on Monday February 19th at 10:00 am where friends and family can gather together to celebrate Edwin's remarkable life while finding solace in each other during this difficult time.

 

In lieu of flowers or gifts please consider making donations to World Mission Builders or any charity close to your heart that reflects Edwinís spirit of giving back.

 

May we find comfort knowing that although our hearts ache from missing him here on earth Ė heaven is rejoicing because another angel has come home.

 

  We wore Two Division Patches in "The Mighty Ninth":
3d Brigades were "swapped" effective 1Aug67

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25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
24Dec65 - 31July67

4th Infantry Division (Ivy)
1Aug67 - 26Mar70

We provided direct support artillery to the 35th Regt (The Cacti) and the 1/14th (Golden Dragons)

                                                                                  

 

                           The Cacti (Blue & Green)     
                                www.cacti35th.org     
     
The Golden Dragons
www.1-14th.org

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New Email Address: mightyninthcableone@gmail.com

Dennis Dauphin, Webmaster

MISSION STATEMENT

Guide to The Mighty Ninth website (PDF)
click on this link for site contents


HISTORIC 2/9th FA REUNIONS

Our "First Ever" reunion was held at Ft Sill on 
May 29 - June 1, 2013
ENCORE REUNION OF THE 2/9th FA 
Our "Encore" reunion was held at Ft Sill on 

May 10 - May 13, 2017
"GRAND FINALE" REUNION OF THE 2/9th FA 
Our "GRAND FINALE" reunion was held at Ft Sill on 
May 9 - May 12, 2018

 

--ROSTERS--

WE WERE THERE! 2013 Registration
(click on this link)

WE WERE THERE! 2017 Registration
(click on this link)

WE WERE THERE! 2018 Registration
(click on this link)

Our Veterans,
We don't know them all,
But we owe them all.

-Church sign,
Ocean Springs, MS


--PHOTOS--

WE WERE THERE! - 2013
(click on this link)

WE WERE THERE!  ENCORE - 2017
(click on this link)

WE WERE THERE!  GRAND FINALE - 2018
(click on this link)

 

FACEBOOK: If you have Facebook and would like to join the group, 
go to "search people, places & things", type in "Redlegs 2/9th Artillery" and request to join the group.

Moderator: Cowboy Danny Fort

 

Map of Vietnam
(Color)

Map of Vietnam
(B&W)

Map of Vietnam
(Topographic)

Pocket Guide to Vietnam
(DoD Pamphlet)


2/9th Artillery, 105mm Howitzer Towed, M101A1 
M102, 105mm Howitzer, Airmobile

"WE FIRED FIRST!"
(Click on above)

           

                                                    "The Wall" - Washington, D.C.                                                    "We Were Soldiers...And Young"
                                                          (click on the link above)

105mm Howitzer, Towed, M101A1     

105mm Howitzer, Airmobile, M102
Arrived in early 1969 
                                                                     

Webmaster:
Dennis L. Dauphin
Email: mightyninthcableone@gmail.com


Technical Support provided by
MR. ED GREGORY
ed@edgregorynet.net
&
LTC (Ret) Ron Cran
Coppermine Photo Gallery