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President - Jim Stokely (Company B, 1/12th Cavalry)

I am a Vietnam Veteran, drafted in June 1968 upon graduation from college.  I did my basic and AIT training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, with an 11B PMOS in June 1969 I was given orders for Vietnam.  At the 90th replacement in Long Binh, I was assigned to B 1/12.  I arrived at FSB Grant the same month and spent the next 6 months in the field most of it as the First Platoon RTO, hence my    e-mail address of

Lucky enough having typing abilities, I spent the next 6 months as the company clerk.  Over the year, I served off FSB Grant, Quan Loi, FSB Lee, and finally FSB Buttons, leaving country in June 1970.  I derosed from the army in Oakland the same month. For the next 28 years I taught high school biology, retiring in 1999. Over the years, I've served as president of both the 12th Cav Assn. and the 1st Cav Assn.  It has been an honor and a pleasure. The fellowship with Cav Veterans of all eras and being involved with active duty troopers is more than rewarding. In addition, I spend the winters in Fort Myers, Florida as a snowbird and am a certified beach bum!  Live the Legend First Team!

Vice President - Position Open


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Treasurer - Gary Pezzuti (Company D, 2/12th Cavalry)

Gary was drafted in March, 1967, completed Basic Training at Fort Knox and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson. Next stop was Vietnam and the fortuitous assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division and joining the 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 12th Cavalry Regiment.

Gary’s initial role was as an Ammo Bearer and later became the Machine Gunner. He was pulled from the field on December 12th when Danny Maguire was killed. He returned to the field in March and became the Squad Leader of the 2nd Platoon. Gary was wounded with shrapnel on Jun 6th when Robert Smith was killed.

On his return from Vietnam in August,1968, served in Fort Benning and assigned to the 197th Infantry brigade conducting as aggressors for the Ranger Trainees. He was released from active duty in March, 1969.

After numerous odd jobs in construction Gary began a career in June,1972 as a Placement Professional specializing in Operations and Supply Chain as well as Production Management and Manufacturing / Industrial Engineering.

In the past 40+ years Gary has weathered 8 economic recessions and observed evolutionary changes in hiring procedures as well as the emergence of numerous "magical marketing techniques". While there are no magic pills, Gary has developed a method of teaching candidates more effective ‘real-life’ presentation techniques... satisfying the desires of the candidates as well as fulfilling the requirements of the position and the expectations of the hiring authorities.

Gary is a frequent speaker at APICS, ISM, IMA and ASQ chapter meetings across the country and at APICS District and International Conferences. In 2012 Gary was named APICS International Volunteer of the Year. He also provides pro bono Outplacement Counseling and conducts Community Workshops, Career Planning Retreats as well as mentoring graduates of the New Jersey Food Bank Food Service Training Academy.  Additionally Gary presents at 12 to 15 colleges / universities annually and is a favorite of the students.

Gary joined APICS in 1981; serves as Treasurer for Central Jersey Chapter, Treasurer and past Secretary for West Jersey Chapter and past Treasurer North Jersey Chapter.

He is Past President of the Board of Unity Church of NYC, Past Treasurer of The Eric Butterworth Foundation as well as Finance Officer and Adjutant for the Military Order of the Purple Heart - Chapter 202 since 1992. Gary accepted the position of Treasurer for the 12 Cavalry Regiment Association in June, 2020.

Gary is married to Linda and have 3 children, 4 grand, children and 2 great grandchildren.

Secretary - Thomas Crabtree (Company , 2/12th Cavalry)


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