Officers of 12th Cavalry Regiment Association


     President - Doug Warden (Company C, 1/12th Cavalry)

Doug was drafted in June, 1966 and served seven years on active duty. He served in Vietnam with C Company, 1st BN, 12th Cavalry, from May, 1967 to May, 1968. He was a rifleman, RTO, squad leader, platoon sergeant and platoon leader for the 3rd platoon of Charlie Company. Doug also served with the 1st Special Forces Group (ABN) from 1970 to 1973. He was awarded two Silver Stars, the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star w/ V, three Purple Hearts, the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge, among others. He was medically retired from the Army in 1973 after injuries sustained from a cable malfunction and separation on a 34 foot parachute tower, while a participant of jumpmaster school with the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa in 1972.

He graduated from Webster University in 1980 with a degree in Business Management and attended graduate school at Oklahoma City University. He worked for AT&T until he retired in 1993. He retired again in 2006 after spending over 10 years with Gartner, Inc. He is a life member of the DAV, VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the Special Forces Association and the 12th Cavalry Regiment Association. In 2011 he was awarded the title of Distinguished Member of the 12th Cavalry Regiment by the Army’s Chief of Armor.

Doug has been married to his wife, Marty, since 1968 and they have two children and five grandchildren. Doug can be contacted by e-mail at


     Vice President - Leon J. Hinton (Company B, 2/12th Cavalry)

Leon Hinton was commissioned in March of 1967 through OCS at the Infantry School in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon graduation, he was assigned as a Platoon Leader to the 1/36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division, Bad Nauheim, Germany. In the spring of 1968 he volunteered for duty in Vietnam with the specific request for assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). He arrived in Vietnam in August of 1968 and was assigned as a Platoon Leader in B Company, 2nd/12th Cavalry (Badbet). He was a Platoon Leader from August of 1968 to January of 1969 and then assumed command of B 2nd/12th until April of 1969. Leon completed his Vietnam tour as the S-1 of the 2/12th.

After Vietnam, Leon was assigned to a training battalion at Ft. Campbell, KY, which led to assignment at the 2nd/4th Infantry and a return to Germany, where he commanded C Company of the 2nd/4th Infantry and served as Senior Aide-De-Camp to the Commanding General, 3rd Armored Division and the S-1 for DISCOM, 3rd Armored Division. Leon left active duty in July of 1973 as a Captain and then began a 40+ plus year career in the energy exploration industry. His service awards include the Combat Infantry Badge and the Silver Star.

He and his wife Christine have been married for 34 years. After living in Colorado for many years, they relocated to Michigan in 2014. Leon can be contacted by e-mail at

     Treasurer - Klaus Lachmann (2/12th Cavalry)

Klaus Lachmann was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1956, becoming a citizen in 1959. He enlisted in the US Army in 1965 and served in Berlin, Germany in the 3rd BN, 6th INF reconnaissance platoon. He arrived in Vietnam in August, 1967 and was assigned to the Division forward headquarters in Bong Son. After the 1st Cavalry moved north to Camp Evans, he was involved in the support of the 2nd/12th operations in and around Hue, Vietnam. He was on the first helicopter of 1st Cavalry flown into Khe Sahn during the siege. He also led an operations/intelligence team in the A Shau Valley, operating out of LZ Stallion. His final tour was with CENTAG in Germany.

He received an honorable discharge from the Army in 1969, having received three Army Commendation Medals. He returned to college while working as a deputy sheriff. He retired as a division general manager for a large multinational firm in 2005. He was the founding secretary of the Chicago 1st Cavalry Division Association Chapter and was its second president. He was the vice-president and president of the Portland, Oregon chapter and one of the coordinators of the 2012 1st Cavalry Association reunion in Portland. He served on the 1st Cavalry Association Board of Governors for eight years. He has two sons. He and his wife, Pam, live in Columbia, Tennessee. Klaus can be contacted by e-mail at

     Secretary - Ken Howser (Company B, 2/12th Cavalry)

Ken Howser was drafted in 1968 and was trained as an indirect fire infantryman (11C10). He joined A Company, 2nd/12th in February, 1969. He served in the weapons platoon as an ammo bearer, fire direction controller and RTO. He became a RTO in the company command post, carrying the company radio and later the battalion frequency radio for his company commander. He was later a jeep driver for the battalion S-3. His tour ended in March, 1970.

Ken attended his first 1st Cavalry Association reunion in 1990, when he also joined the 12th Cavalry Regiment Association. He was elected Secretary in 2007 and has written the 12th Cavalry column for the 1st Cavalry Association SABER since then. He is a member of the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Ken graduated from Frostburg State College with a BS in History and worked for the US Postal Service with over 36 years of federal service. He lives in Maryland and has been married to his wife, Karen, since 1973. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren. Ken can be contacted by e-mail at