ASA Memorial at Arlington
Too little is known about the ASA and their accomplishments, but this monument finally acknowledges the service that earned ASA units 120 US decorations and 60 foreign citations during the Vietnam War alone.
Funds requested provide for manufacturer, placement at Arlington National Cemetery and provide a small reserve for perpetual care.
If you were ASA or supported by ASA and know you benefitted from their services, consider a donation.
See the Army Security Agency Memorial at Arlington page on facebook.
The National Army Security Agency Association (NASAA) is a 501c19 veterans organization.
On receiving the completed study our packet will complete and submitted. We anticipate knowing the outcome about 120 days later and hope for approval.
As this is still very much a working project, I am leaving the campaign active to signal work in progress. Due to the amount of time this process is taking, there probably will be some cost increases, but we are not twisting arms at this point.
In the near future, the NASAA Webmaster, Chui, will be contacting all of you that we have email address for. He will be asking that you email him your postal address. The NASAA wishes to send each of you a token of our appreciation. PLEASE do NOT hesitate to provide it. Your information will NOT be used for any other purpose.
Thanks again for your overwhelming support!
This past Monday, five Army Security / Radio Research veterans met with LTG Gary Cheek USARMY HQDA DAS (US) and Mr. Gerald O’Keefe, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon. Our task to to familiarize the men with the mission of ASA/RR and its place in Military Intelligence history. We were well-received and accomplished our mission. While neither gentlemen was able to offer official support, they both encouraged us to continue with our efforts. Although we worked very hard not to show it, we were especially impressed with the respect we received from the Pentagon folks; from the escorts who showed us the way through the maze that is to the Pentagon to the meeting with General Cheek and Mr. O'Keefe. (This former SP5 was especially impressed with the firm handshake I received from General Cheek and to be addressed as "sir!")
We followed up with a meeting in the afternoon with the Arlington National Cemetery committee who will ultimately decide upon our request. Unfortunately, our proposal did not meet the requirements for consideration at the time of the meeting. However, after Cecil Carver present his presentation, we met with several members of the committee individually. We were complimented on the presentation and encourage to continue the effort. The committee was headed by General Davis and he was personally very supportive.
Initially, we were instructed to keep our presentation to 3 minutes. Cecil's presentation to the committee lasted every second of 30 minutes and he held everyone's complete attention. Cecil is to be commended.
The mission continues.
Our packet has been submitted to ANC for consideration and the concerned committee(s) will be meeting 24-25 October 16. We will have people on hand to present our case.
We know this is an uphill fight and can't SWAG how it will go at this time, but will keep you informed.
Our packet for memorial approval has been submitted to ANC and may be reviewed in October. After approval by the Honor Subcommittee, it goes to the Executive Director for approval and then to the Secretary of the Army (SOA) who has the final say. This is our ANC Remedy case #: 173157. Please write your representatives with a request that they write the SOA urging approval of our monument. Do put the case number in all correspondence.
We will use our NASAA website [ www.nasaa-home.org] and facebook sites to keep you informed of progress.
I was ASA from 1966 to 1970 I was in Nam 67-68 first TET with 372 R&R 25th ID and then Japan in all that time I did not have any trouble with the officers and nco and did not know of any We are all ASA and that is all that needs to be said we are one So let all work to keep the memories going and work as one
Was RVing in the area and went by Ft Devens. Drove thru the quadrangle at USASATC&S. Was there Mar -Sept 1961. Driving out thru the Jackson Gate, got three bricks from the crumbling guardhouse wall! After Ft Devens sent to Germany to Rothwesten Field Station 319 Bn. Rothwesten Luftwaffe Base now as industrial park. Antenna field is a solar panel power plant, with the "ice house" in the middle of the panels. Got photos if anyone interested. Call 908-781-1406
Forwarded from Cecil Carver ... There Was A Time … … when we were active soldiers of the ASA. We would throw words of stone at our Officers and NCOs, about their directives, and wishing WE were in control. Well, we now have that, and I know how much we all love to interact with fellow ASA friends. In many ways, some are still waiting for something for us to become involved in … hopefully, it’s the ASA Memorial at ANC effort. The briefs to the ANC board of directors were filed last Friday, and we are now in the waiting period. Is there work still to be done? YES! You are in charge of only you, and I ask on behalf of all our departed friends and loved ones, will you contribute something to the needed funds to give All ASA the honor and privilege we earned so long ago in unknown parts of the World? We all contributed then, not in bits and pieces, but with abundance; and that is why we excelled. We were the top 10%; we had pride in what we did, regardless of the situation at the time and place. The Officers and NCOs are not here to tell us what to do anymore. The Legacy of ASA awaits YOUR decision! In the words of the King of Rock and Roll: “It is now or never!” We will not petition you again. If ANC allows us entry, it will be for ALL. When entry to ANC is announced, YOU may have missed YOUR opportunity to say,” I was a part of the HISTORY of the unveiling of the ASA Memorial at ANC, our FINAL MISSION!” Join, in faith, of celebration to come! Cecil Carver
I Wanted The Full Eagle [From Cecil Carver] Several months into the ASA endeavor, it became evident to all that we needed to decide on our symbol for the monument. I had grandiose ideas of a full body eagle, with razor-like talons, a beak that would rip any adversary to shreds, and eyes that would pierce the armor of any enemy. Several ASA veterans championed what we all know as our symbol, the Eagle’s talons clinching the lightning bolts. I am proud to say, I am glad they won the argument! Let me tell you why. The Eagle behind the talons was never seen, but legend has it, he was the most feared Eagle to ever live, with feathers that were the envy of every bird, even the proud peacock. He could not fly among other eagles; he always flew undercover of smaller birds, and they often rode on his mighty wings to conceal him. No Eagle was a match for him, in any manner, as he was born into the ASA in 1945. For over 30 years, he grabbed the lightning as if catching a baseball; nothing got by him. But the lightning bolts were the enemies’ intelligence. He was vigilant 24 x 7, always perching, and ready to pounce, at the blinking of his piercing eyes. During the 30 years of the ASA existence, he lost a feather, each time an ASA’er died, either at the hand of the enemy or of natural causes. As death came to some, he continued to add to his beautiful coat of fathers with each new enlistee. In 1976, it became apparent, that he would only lose feathers going forward, for the ASA that he flew for was no more. It is now 2016, we have lost the greater majority of those who ever served, to the wars, to Agent Orange, to suicides, to old age, and the list goes on. Our Eagle is almost without feathers, only a shadow of what he was in his glory days. We, the remaining, exemplify only the feathers on the Talons of the Mighty Eagle we once were. And we will not let go of the lightning in its grip as it represents our final mission for a Memorial in ANC. I am glad I cannot see the full Eagle, but then I must say, how he is viewed physically is what we are today, far less in number than we ever were, but with a mission for the Ages. We have to do this for our fallen friends, our families. The citizens need to know of the valor of the ASA soldiers. The NSA and the Army have had over 40 years to step forward to assist in our unveiling yet they remain in total silence. I represent one of the remaining feathers around the talons and so do each of you. Please remember as long as we are feathers, the Eagle can still fly, but he is faltering fast. When we get our monument, as always, others will only see His Mighty Talons, but we will know of His renewed energy, knowing all of the feathers will rest in peace, with knowledge that our final mission was a success. When the last ASA soldier is no more, Our Eagle will be free for the first time in his life. Faithful he has been to all of us, never leaving our side or wondering in the night, as long as 1 ASA soldier was in need. His freedom is like that of ours, being in in the closet for oh so long, and now he can fly among his own, knowing he leaves a job Well Done. That is who we were, still are, and the legacy we leave for all America. It is not our desire, for anyone who cannot afford to donate, to feel they are not included. When we say the monument is for all, it will be for all. That is the only way the Eagle will be full of feathers again and fly to his highest heights. For those that can, please do. God bless all, and having had the privilege to serve in the ASA, we know that blessing was from Him! Cecil Carver
Ladies and Gents! Slow but sure. I'm impressed at the donations so far. They keep coming in. This reinforces my thought that ASA was something special. Please know that a substantial amount has also been raised through contributions sent directly to the National Army Security Agency Association, thus avoiding GoFundMe's 8% administrative costs. If you are interested in contributing directly through NASAA, send me a private message through Face Book and I'll forward the address. Again - thanks for your support!
Bill, Great work by you and the team. What needs to be done to meet the requirements? How can we help? ASA all the way...
Nice job Jake!
Thanks, Mike Trout; well said!!!
Greetings ASAers et al' The following comment is provided by Cecil Carver who is the man behind his effort to have a ASA Monument/Memorial at ANC. "My fellow ASA members, the greater majority of you do not know me and neither do I know the majority. It has been 40 years since the ASA was dissolved into other Army units. As of right now, there has not been a movement to get us out of the closet of NSA or to be recognized nationally with the likes of any other Army units. We were not saluted as we returned from the Korean War, and the only salute we received from the Vietnam War, was a spit in the face and get on to your next assignment. The same applies to those that served during the Cold War—no recognition. The Army and NSA has had all this time to do something, and they have and will continue to remain silent, as if we never existed. Some will argue and say, go here or there, if you want to see this or anything about the ASA, but if one does not know of the ASA, then how do they search for that which they know not. Outside of the ASA, how many Army personnel did you meet while serving and even now, that knew of and what the ASA did? The citizens of this country, know even less, if anything. The point I am trying to make is, unless WE—ALL OF US, stand together NOW, then shortly we will all be deceased and we will have failed those who proceeded us in death. In other words, we failed THIS our final mission, and lose our chance for recognition in Military and civilian history! I sought for a waiver for over 1 ½ years, through political and Army channels, as high as you can go, and was told flatly, waivers were removed from the entry bylaws for ANC several years ago. This is our option: we can fold camp, stop knocking on the door of our locked closet, or we can suck it up, do the funding that is necessary to be considered for admittance into ANC, and when/if we are successful, we can say we did it OURSELVES, as usual, without assistance. That is how ASA, became All The Way! Your answer to this message, will be to Stop, if we do not fund this endeavor. At that time, I and others, who have devoted countless hours to the cause, will cease, for the call for not having a memorial is greater than the call for having a memorial. Personally, I want to continue, but will you join those of us who believe in this ASA endeavor? If not now, as this is our first personal endeavor in ASA history, then we have to believe, it will be squashed forever or at least for our life time! May God bless America and may HE also bless the ASA! My personal best to all! Cecil Carver"
Thanks to the ASA vets who stopped by and showed their support for the ASA at ANC project.
318th ASA, 335th RRC, 372nd RRC Aug 1964 - July 1968