“Hail Throwe! All Hail!

Posted September 18th, 2020 by Iron Mike

RIP:  General Jim Throwe,  CTARNG  1930 – 2020

I came to the CTARNG from Georgia in 1981,  – and had a most unusual relationship with the Brigade Commander;  – we greeted each other with the Roman Salute, – and he obviously enjoyed the departure from Army norms.  He responded by naming me “Iron Mike” – in a most public venue… 

And it stuck!

As with only a handful of others,
I cherished my time in his command; – there are so few worthy leaders and commanders.  He was one!

He was an attorney,  the Mayor of South Windsor,  and served 39 years in the Guard.  He loved the troops – they loved him.  Tango Yankee Sir!

/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier,  – Still Good for Parts!
CDR,  CSC,  1-102 Infantry – the Iron Greys!

One Response to ““Hail Throwe! All Hail!”

  1. Kojack

    Always wondered how you got that name.

    I always hate to see a loyal patriot leave, but I know he’s gone home and to a better place.

    RIP Commander.

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    Early one May Monday morning at Fort Drum – Brigade Run around the quad….

    I had our guideon bearer lower in Salute – and bellowed out “Hail Throwe – All Hail!”

    And without a pause – back came the retort: “Hail Iron Mike – All Hail!”

    For the rest of that two weeks the ball-breaking from my contemporaries was unceasing,….

    …but lo-and-behold – the name stuck – and proved priceless in recruiting.

    In less than 2 years we were at full strength – then over-strength by 28.

    When I finally had to hand back the guideon – I had FULL strength on the ground, 14 more in the state OCS program – and 14 more down at Benning in OSUT. EVERY man hand-picked!!!

    A kid I recruited out of hs – became a LTC, and led a battalion into Baghdad.