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* Have a title ALL CAPS

* Author  name and State

* Identification SCV Mechnized Cavalry, SCV or others..

* All reports or submissions should contain the following information : "Who", "What", "When" and "Where

* Pictures,  maximun 15 pics per report, If circumstances allow (WEBSPACE) will be expandable.

ALL submitted pictures must be in JPG or JPEG format include the names of each person

 appearing in the photo whenever possible.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly :

* Same policy,  JPG or JPEG format

* Please provide photos and identify those pictured by first and last name, State ...

CRACKER is published monthly, the last Friday of each mont, rain or shine, don't wait until the last minute to send us the report,

 check out deadline.  I would like to thank all of our reporters from the Confederation for their contributions to the Cracker.

Editor's note : I send the Cracker to John one week before it is put on the website so my deadline is the next to last

weekend of the month.

 Well gentlemen, September is here and with it more Confederate bashing. I have included several articles written for us by true Southron men.

 I am getting so sick and tired of the Southron, Guns, flag, and Country bashing I’d like to send all these idiots off to Afghan or Iraq to

see what BS they would live thru after they open their mouth.

I would like to thank all of our reporters from the Confederation for their contributions to the Cracker.

Keep the flag flying and support the SCV and the Mechanized Cavalry.

Enjoy another issue of the “Florida Cracker,” see ya’ll next month.

Editor’s Note: Many of you submit your photos to John directly, I keep an archive of the Cracker so please copy me with your pics and articles,

as what goes in the Digital Copy is not saved and we lose many good articles that way, I also ask that you try to identify the event

 and names as best you can. Many times I see pictures of say, Ga. boys and I have no clue who they are or why unless they stand

 in front of a sign which ID’s the event. This newsletter is read by Cav members and SCV IHQ, and also non SCV members,

so the more info the better, everyone likes to see their photo and name in print


Other than being hot as hell down here this summer everything is running smoothly.

I would like to welcome Billy Gorman from Texas to our ranks.

I'm going to need some help once it cools down with setting a couple of head stones in

 Center Hill once we get a date set I'll be posting the info


Tue, 14 Aug 2018

Men of the Cavalry,

I just learned of the passing this morning of VA SCVMC member#1669 Jeff Sweat. Please keep his wife Brenda and the rest of the family

as well as VA brothers in your thoughts and prayers. Also lower all flags to half staff as is our custom. They are to remain that way until 24 hours after his service which

 I will advise once I hear details.

Kevin Stone

SCV Mechanized Cavalry Commanding

Compatriot Charles Jeffery "Jeff" Sweat (age 58) who's image appeared in the May 2013 Cracker passed away on Tuesday August 14, 2018.

 He was 2nd Lt. in the Dearing Beareguard Camp , Associated member of the Dinwiddie Grays, and in the VA MC, 2nd Battalion, Co A, 4th Platoon.

 His funeral procession included his HD on a trailer with the fairing covered in black and his boots placed on backwards,

followed by 34 MC bikes and many cars. Jeff would have been proud!



Charles Jeffrey Sweat, 58, of Matoaca, VA, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents,

Robert David and Dorothy Louise Dilday Sweat; and his son, William Robert Sweat. Jeff retired from Philip Morris after 31 years of service

and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Hopewell. He was an active member and currently serving as 2nd Lieutenant Commander

 of Dearing-Beauregard Camp #1813, Sons of Confederate Veterans, an associate member of Dinwiddie Grays Camp #2220, Sons of

Confederate Veterans, and a member of the 4th Platoon of the Mechanized Calvary.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Brenda Wood Sweat; his darling daughter, Tiffany D. Ashton and her husband,

Timothy; his wonderful grandchildren, Makayla Grace Ashton and Gunner James Ashton; brothers, Robert D. Sweat, Jr. and his wife,

 Darlene, and Kenneth W. Sweat and his wife, Dee; a niece, Samantha Marie Sweat; nephews, Robert David Sweat, III and wife,

Sara, Christopher Ryan Sweat and wife, Diana, Jesse Arsenault and wife, Natalie, and Dustin Arsenault,

 as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018, at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Southlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dearing-Beauregard Camp #1813, SCV, 6821 Hickory Road, South Chesterfield, VA

23803 or the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. Condolences may be registered at


Reported by Jim Edwards


How cool is this picture, our new Florida Division Commander & Mechanized Cavalry Lieutenant Kelly Crocker standing

 alongside the SCV sponsored race car, driven by none other than the famous NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin. Sterling,

the Daytona 500 two-time winner, made a visit to our SCV National Reunion in Franklin, TN this past July.

 (Could LT Crocker be thinking about changing careers?

 Hell, Sterling is still racing at the age of sixty and Paul Newman raced in his eighties.)

To all,

We are replacing the sign at Confederate Memorial Park this week I am accepting bids for the old sign starting at 25.00.
Bid period will run through the month of August so send me your replies in the next 12 days.

Mike Herring, Camp 556

Florida Mechanized Cavalry Members at Sturgis 2018 Rally

Thanks to Jim Edwards for his report.

Two of Florida's N.E. Jacksonville Mech-Cav members, Tommy Whitcomb and Jimmy Edwards (St. Augustine Camp), packed up the RV,

 hitched-up the trailer and hauled their bikes over 1,800 miles (one-way) to Sturgis, South Dakota's 2018 rally.

They were able to acquire a RV campsite at the Ellsworth Air Force Base, which is located real close to the town

of Sturgis (big money saver on real estate). They experienced three days of unbelievable rally enjoyment and sightseeing

throughout the Black Hills & Bad Lands of South Dakota & Wyoming, making visits to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument,

 Saloon Number #10 in Deadwood where Wild Bill Hickok was killed, Spearfish, Devils Tower National Monument,

 Town of Sundance (the Sundance Kid took his name from this town), Custer Park where wild buffalo roam, and other

breathtaking locations. When wearing their Mech-Cav vest they received a number of positive comments, to include inquiries

on the biker organization. There were other biker clubs there too: AMVETS, Sons of Silence, Hells Angels,

Boozefighters, and many others. This was a trip to remember, especially with them returning home safely.

 (Ooops! forgot to mention the wild, Sturgis women -- now that made the trip rememberable.)