John Dodd

Kokomo Sept 2015

Kokomo is bigger than ever this year. Everyone got the site up and ready quickly.  Brothers helping brothers.



Thunder Valley, Bristol, TN Honors Veterans

The Ace of Spades participated in Thunder Valley’s parade of military vehicles; honoring all veterans from all wars.  Not shown in this pic is a WWII jeep that was brought back from overseas after the war, and “hidden” in an Arizona desert until a few years ago, when it was discovered almost in pristine condition.  Also scheduled was the National Fireworks Association product display, with a two hour fireworks show.

Thunder Valley, Bristol, TN 2015




William W. Bitner Jr. & Judith Marlyne Ladelle Bitner were both lost in a house fire on 7-10-2015 in Norway, Oregon. Bill donated several pictures of gun trucks that were featured in The Hard Ride. Bill earned a degree in Art from the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA before his service in the US Army where he earned a purple heart, a bronze star and an Army Medal of Commendation in Vietnam. He was an artist and musician, as well as a man known for his special touch with animals. Marlyne went to Arcata High School in Arcata, CA and worked for many years as a nurse’s aide.  Bill and Marlyne left their son William W. Bitner III and his wife Heather. Bill leaves his brother Ted, his sister Sandy, his sister Anita and his stepfather Merle Babcock. Marlyne leaves her sister Jennifer, and many beloved extended family members. Bill and Marlyne were preceded in death by their infant son Rueban James. Also preceded were Bill’s mother Thelma Faye Babcock, his biological father William W. Bitner Sr., and sister Sherrie. Marlyne was preceded by her parents Jess and Alice La Delle, and her brothers Joe and Jess. The Bitners were laid to rest together at the National Cemetery in Roseburg Oregon.

Shown here is a picture of Bill & his wife Judy on his 30th Birthday.

Bitner, William W. Jr. & Judith Marlyne Ladelle

John Dodd


Tomorrow will be the Annv of the 9-11 aircraft Piloted by enemies of the USA and causing the World Trade Center, Tower 1 and 2 to come down. Say a lil prayer and remember those that lost their life in the World trade center, Pentagon, and flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Also remember those, military and civilian, who answered the call and gave their life for our country afterward.

John Dodd

KOKOMO The Place to Be

KOKOMO Wildthing campsite Time to bring the next event to the top. 17 to 20 Sept, 2015 Kokomo, Indiana with the Wildthing and Randys collection of Vehicles. This year Tom Throne will bring The Untouchable Guntruck. Lest not forget Sharons great cooking. See you there in front of the big flag.  

John Dodd

Have a Safe Labor Day

Have a safe labor day weekend.

happy labor day


8th Transportation Group Chaplain

For a historical magazine article, I’m looking for any memories of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) R.R. ARMS or ADAMS, author of “Prayer of a Trucker’s Chaplain”, and a photo of the Chaplain, if possible.


Many thanks and “Keep ’em Rolling!”


Added note from deb…

I thought I’d add a copy of the prayer if it helps any…

Respectfully, deb

Prayer of A Trucker's Chaplain



I was there too!

I know a great deal of time has passed but wanted to give a shout out to anyone who was in Vietnam with the 515th from August 1967 to August 1968 or November 1970 to November 1971. I was there also!

Dr. Martin A. H. (Tony) Jones (1SG Ret)
John Dodd

Sep 2nd 1945

Japanese surrender.. Post  provided by Dan Jordan 666th TC.

Proud American

Gathering XIII Pics

Just want to post a few pics I took at the Gathering this weekend for those who could not attend:GT13-1GT13-2GT13-4GT13-8GT13-12attachmentVR77Z1BB