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1 22 May 2017 09:09 PM       Doc Mercer               From: Lincoln RI
There was a very moving well attended ceremony this past Sunday in Pawtucket RI honoring the 21 local servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. A beautiful stone memorial made from the same African granite as used on wall in DC was dedicated. A recent book (available on amazon) "They heard the bugle's call" written by Terry Nau details the stories behind each soldier. Great read!

2 19 May 2017 05:32 PM       Vance Van Wieren               From: Fennville, MI
Attn: David Moore from Lake Havasu City. Dave Hahn from Delta - 4/31 will be at the reunion or I can give you his e - mail address?
Mine is delta431basecamp" AT" gmail.com
I'm sure you know " AT " ain't how it goes, it is a anti spam protector provided by the association :)
God willing I will see you all at the reunion and may God Bless America !!!

3 19 May 2017 11:15 AM       Mike Burnard               From: Midlothian, Tex
I attended the Monument dedication at Ft Sill for the Americal Div. Very good turnout and a beautiful monument indeed.If you weren't there and ever get to Lawton, Okla area, you should make a point to go by and see it.The museum is an extra treat.

4 17 May 2017 07:29 AM       Larry Mladek               From: Georgetown texas
Well said Mr. Phillips.

5 16 May 2017 02:06 PM       B. J. Phillips               From: Cosby, TN
I guess I am old school, but not to crazy about the CAB concept. The CIB and Combat Medics Badge were at one time a special recognition for the COMBAT INFANTRY and Medics that served in infantry units in the field/bush and it seems like they just created a "new" medal to include everyone from REMFS and High ranking officers to wear on their uniform! Same said about berets as it was once only allowed to be worn by SPECIAL FORCES, but now everyone can wear a beret!

6 10 May 2017 09:38 PM       Mason Poe Jr               From: Dayton Ohio
hello, I'm looking for anyone who served with SGT Mason Poe while in

vietnam, 1967-1968. F Troop, He passed away in april and I just wanted to

hear from some of his buddies that were with him at that time. i'm his eldest

son and i'm also in the service and I'm going to try to write a few stories

about his life for the family and that time was really big in his life as well as

ours. Thank You for your time.

7 09 May 2017 08:37 PM       Al Robb               From: Nephi, Utah
I just learned that one of our group from HHC Radio team has passed away due to issues related to Agent Orange. Howie Imes passed away in 1993. I just yesterday 5-8-17 made contact with his wife and she told me that he had passed back in "93." That makes two of our group that have died due to Agent Orange. The other being Tom Heisler. Neil Gray suffers from Parkinson's another link to Agent Orange.
Steve Jaffe has suffered from cancer and is currently fighting lung cancer.

8 09 May 2017 05:32 PM       Charles Van Natter "Van"               From: York & Philadelphia, PA
To all who were at Kham Duc 49 years ago this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 10, 11, and 12 - congratulations on making it out and still being here. Would you have believed it back then? God bless you all.

9 05 May 2017 09:58 PM       Carl Fryman               From: Covington, KY
Sam, That's where I found the info that I gave Charles. See you in Louisville, Sam!

10 05 May 2017 09:24 PM       Sam Mazzola               From: Clinton Township, MI
Charles Van Netter, another source for info that you should check is the Cofffelt Database Of Vietnam KIA's. You look for people by name, time period, state/city. It may take a little work to find who you are looling for. They will give you details and locations of the incidents. I have used this site extensively to develop my roster for Alpha 4/31. Check it out, hopefully you will find the info you are looking for. See everyone in Louisville.


11 05 May 2017 08:48 AM       Larry Mladek               From: Georgetown, Texas
During my 20 plus years of service I received several awards. However the one I rate as the highest is my CIB from my tours in RVN. I wore it with great pride.

12 04 May 2017 11:05 PM       Carl Fryman               From: Covington, KY
Charles, Was his name Willis C. Rheault from Lake Linden, MI or was his name William N Flint from Naples, FL.?

13 04 May 2017 09:32 PM       Charles Van Natter               From: York & Philadelphia, PA
D 2/1 67-68 I'm trying to get the full name of Willie (?) killed in Danang in Feb 68. Rod Gilbertson was his squad leader and was wounded in the same firefight. Willie was his gunner.
Joe Heydinger was killed that day too.
I was D three six's RTO. I can't recall his name. So much for the passage of time and an aging brain.
Anybody who was there and can help me with Willie's complete name I'd appreciate it.

Chuck Van Natter

Response:  Looking at the Honor Roll, there are 3 possibilities for "Willie".
SSGT William Neil Flint was in D, 2/1
SGT Willis Clifford Rheault was in B, 2/1
PFC Gerald Patrick Williams was in C, 2/1

They were all KIA on February 9, 1968, the same day as Joe Heydinger. My guess would be Flint, as he was in D Company with you and Heydinger.

14 03 May 2017 12:08 PM       jim stone               From: nebr
I always thought it was strange when we went in the Army no one wanted to be infantry, then when we got home everyone wanted to be recognized as being in the infantry. Just my take. Stoney (definitely Infantry)

15 02 May 2017 08:11 PM       Chip Hummel C 4/31               From: Blandon PA
being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement. The CAB may be awarded to any branch of service or military occupational specialty including infantrymen except when serving in a role where they would be eligible for the CIB.
The Combat Action badge is unique in that unlike the Combat Infantryman and Combat Medical badges, it can be awarded to soldiers of any rank, to include General Officers, whereas the CIB and CMB are both restr...

16 02 May 2017 08:08 PM       Chip Hummel C 4/31               From: Blandon PA
Someone asked about the Combat Action Badge: The Combat Action Badge (CAB) is a military badge worn by U.S. Army soldiers. The emblem features both an M9 bayonet and M67 grenade. The Combat Action Badge may be awarded to any soldier not eligible for the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) or Combat Medical Badge (CMB) after the date of September 18, 2001 performing duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized, who is personally present and actively engaging or being e...

17 30 Apr 2017 08:16 AM       Larry Mcknight               From: PARKERSBURG
Is there a list somewhere of those attending the reunion this year? I remember the last reunion had a list, but can't remember where it could be found.
Response:  You can view the list of people who have registered already at: http://afr-reg.com/196LIB2017/

18 29 Apr 2017 08:00 PM       David Moore               From: Lake Havasu City
Any Contact information on David Hahn?

19 29 Apr 2017 07:54 PM       David Moore               From: Lake Havasu City
I see that Jay Hahn is attending the reunion. Does anybody have any contact information for Jay Hahn?

20 25 Apr 2017 02:27 PM       Doc Mercer               From: Lincoln, RI
B.J. Philips is correct. Combat Infantry Badges are awarded to infantry personnel with MOS 11B, D, etc. serving in combat areas. It should be noted however that the equivalent Combat Medical Badge is awarded to medics with the MOS of 91 A, B etc. who served along their infantry brothers. Doc Mercer

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