CAPER Company M-16
CAPER Company M-16 was located at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Representatives of then future CAPER Company M-16 attended the first CAPER National Convention in Washington, DC in March 1967 as observers.
Company M-16 was probably the first charter application I saw coming into us. I was probably a pledge at the time.
Their local name was Les Bleus Berets.
The CAPER Company M-16's 1968 Article said that they were first organized in January 1967 under the leadership of Phyllis Boutwell Dearborn. They had a very successful rush in February 1967, as the original 6 officers got 20 new pledges who were initiated in April.
The fall of 1967 had 15 returning active members and were "affiliated" with Coed Affiliates Pershing Rifles in September 1967. The fall quarter the company began raising money for uniforms so they would have them for the January rush.
CAPER and Pershing Rifles sponsored a dance after the FSU-VPI football game. The proceeds were used to send clothing collected by Tallahassee school children to send to orphans in Vietnam.
On January 17, 1968 the company pledged 28 girls. During the winter quarter their service was primarily devoted to the retarded children at Sunland Training Hospital in cooperation with Circle K. The drill team practiced several times a week in preparation for competition during the spring quarter in Sarasota and during Circus Weekend at Florida State.
The company also planned to help the 16th Regiment in CAPER expansion efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico.
In the Pershing Rifles Company M-16 article from the 1968 Pershing Rifleman, they bragged about their CAPER company participating in the Festival of States Parade in St. Petersburg, FL and the 1st Annual Beach Ball Festival Parade in Atlanta, GA.
I was given a binder full of CAPER documents and letters from the P/R archives. For some reason the CAPERS who put this together, used several Company M-16 Activity Reports as an example. So here is some information from them:
|April 27 Bake sale to raise money for uniforms.|
|April 28 Pledges got their invitation to their initiation after drill.|
|April 30 New Member initiation with all 7 pledges initiated. Afterwards a reception was held with Pershing Rifles Company M-16.|
|May and June 1970|
|May 9 The drill meet was cancelled due to campus disorder on May 7.|
|May 20 Hamburger cookout held by MAJ Crump (advisor) for Les Bleus Berets and Pershing Rifles officers.|
|May 28 Performed a fancy drill exhibition for the Army Awards Presentation doing the what they had ready for the cancelled drill meet.|
|May 30 Les Bleus Berets and Pershing Rifles had a Memorial Day picnic at Maclay Gardens, meeting first at the ROTC building.|
|June 4 Participate in Army-Air Force awards presentation by handing out the awards.|
|Sept 24 Participated in the P/R Smoker, serving refreshments and acting as hostesses. It took place in the Leon Lafayette Room on campus.|
|Sept 24 New offcers elected to fill vacancies.|
|Oct 12 and 13 Held open registration for Rush.|
|Oct 17 Honored Rodger N Pattison and his wife for all of his help at the House of Steaks.|
|Oct 14 Informational tea for those interested in pledging.|
|Oct 15 and 20 Held interviews with potential pledges.|
|Oct 20 Susan Welman named Pershing Rifles Sponsor|
|Oct 22 17 new pledges tapped. Pledged on Oct 28.|
|Oct 30 Ham sandwiches made by Les Bleus Berets (actives and pledges) and Pershing Rifles (pledges) for a money-making project for Les Bleus Berets.|
|Oct 31 Sandwiches per sold to ROTC cadets during FTX at Silver Lake|
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|First Name||Maiden Name||Married Name||Pledge Year||Highest Rank||Highest Position|
|Phyllis||Boutwell||Founder or first "leader"|
|Vicki||Aubuchon||1LT||1967-78 Executive Officer|
|Cheryl (or Sheryl)||Rouse||1970 S-3, then Company Commander|
|Candy||Edwards||Summer 1970 S-3|
|Nancy||Beale||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Judy||Branch||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Debbie||Coggins||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Phyllis||Falvo||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Sherry||Icard||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Barbara||Henderson||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Denise||Johnson||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Arlene||Kotowski||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Dana||Luker||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Clair||Partridge||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Rose||Poolos||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Lillian||Skrovig||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Sue||Smith||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Susan||Ulm||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Linda||Basbourg||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Kit||Webb||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Gwen||Williams||Fall 1970 pledge|
|Rosemary||Waskalooski||Fall 1970 pledge|
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