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1 26 Sep 2017 09:06 AM       Stephen Tanner               From: ohio
A tribute to Michael D. Holmes from St. Louis, MO. was also given last nite KIA in 1969, served in a Cav. unit of the 196th. RIP Michael He was the recipient of several purple hearts "Job well done Soldier" I also saw last week a list of major operations which included Attleboro.

2 25 Sep 2017 10:55 PM       bill russell               From: norman ok
well, the 17th Cav got a spot on the Ken Burns Vietnam series tonight. A small scene of Lz Baldy. Being 1969 now, I think A Co, 3/21 will probably come up tomorrow night.

3 25 Sep 2017 10:55 AM       Frenchie 68-69 Co C 4/31               From: California
Jim A.
i havent been watching and im sure youre correct but i want to offer that it does not matter who would have done the series....they or we all would have a bias..human nature.
I must have an old email address....it came back

4 25 Sep 2017 10:27 AM       Dennis Passwater               From: Georgetown, OH
No Greg, that was not me smoking a "blunt," :-). I was in the 2nd. platoon.

5 25 Sep 2017 10:20 AM       Dennis Passwater               From: 55 Hollywood Lane Georgetown, OH 45121
To Greg, yeah my son posted it as 1967, but Jim Brewer filmed it between Aug-Nov 1966. My son is sorry about the mess up. :-)

6 24 Sep 2017 07:37 PM       Bill Mayo A/4/31               From: Matthews nc
I hope all 196ers will boycott NFL games until these puffed up spoiled brats stop disrespecting our flag that we all fought for and many of our friends died for. I for one will not watch any teams that has a player sit for the National Anthem. Post to your facebook friends. This needs to spread. Maybe it will get the NFL"s attention.

7 24 Sep 2017 07:11 PM       Vance Van Wieren               From: Fennville, MI
Making this entry for 1st. SGt. Elfego Gomez from Delta - 4/31st. 196th. LIB. 65,66 & 67. He is sad to inform us of the passing of one of his squad leaders, Thomas Mostellar of the Mortar Plt. Delta - 4/31st. 1966 & 1967. Thomas passed away Sept. 17th. 2017 in CA. 1st. SGT. Gomez was notified by Tom's wife Andy.
May God comfort & bless the family.

8 24 Sep 2017 01:25 PM       Jim Armstrong            
Junction City, Cedar Falls, Attleboro.
The deadly M-16 scandal.
The Gulf of Tonkin "attacks."
The most commonly used word.
That is a few from the first half of the series.

9 23 Sep 2017 11:58 PM       Byron dare               From: Nuy Lon
JIm Armstrong. PLease elaborate re things left out and glossed over. Thanks, bd

10 23 Sep 2017 09:25 PM       Jim Armstrong            
The second half of the Vietnam War film on PBS starts tomorrow.
I recommended that those who were there watch it to bring first hand experience to Ken Burns' effort.
I have been disappointed so far, with important things left out and others glossed over.
Take a look at the sponsor list at the end and think about what their interests are. I think they are not the same as ours.

11 21 Sep 2017 09:51 PM       Joshua Mortus               From: Streetsboro, OH, USA
New to the site. I'm looking for any information on my uncle, Patrick C. Mortus of Twinsburg, OH. He was with B Company, 2nd BN, 1st Inf.,196th INF BDE. He was a sergeant. KIA on Jan. 14, 1968. On panel 34E line 049. I don't have much info on him other than of that before his service. His widow lives maybe 3 blocks from me, my dad (his brother) Still lives in their childhood home. If anyone served with him, I'd like to know. You can find me on Facebook or email hotrodderboy@yahoo.com...thank you

12 21 Sep 2017 08:51 PM       Bill Mayo               From: Matthews NC
That is very sad Gene.

13 21 Sep 2017 11:21 AM       Gene Hutmaker               From: Monmouth Junction NJ 08852
I am an ORGINAL Charger - C-2/1 in basic at Devens - D 2/1 mortars in AIT & 'Nam - I work security at our HS - I gave a few 196th/'Nam history classes - I go on for an hour or so - I bring my 'Nam fatigues, boots, dog tags & photo album- first question from a studenr was what kind of pot did I smoke there

14 17 Sep 2017 10:27 PM       Greg               From: midwest
Hi Dennis, is that you about 50 seconds in walking by and smoking a blunt :-) BTW, your time frame 10sec in sez August to November, 1967. we were not in TayNinh then, but had moved north, so don't you mean 1966? what platoon were you in?

15 17 Sep 2017 01:35 PM       Dennis E. Passwater               From: Georgetown, OH 45121
I had my son make a DVD off a VHS tape filmed by Jim Brewer in Tay Ninh 1966, Co. B 3/21. My son added music to the film with "We gotta get out of this place," and Who will stop the rain." It can be viewed on You Tube.

Dennis Passwater '65-'67

16 17 Sep 2017 12:21 PM       Stephen Hemmert               From: Tacoma, WA A 3/21 (1970)
I'll be watching Ken Burn's documentary. My wife volunteered me years ago to give a talk to her Vietnam War as History class at Pierce College, Lakewood, WA. I found the younger generation of that time had many questions and intently listened to my comments. Maybe it's time for the country to view us in the same light as the "greatest generation" has been treated, and, ask us about our unique experiences and comment on the documentary.

17 17 Sep 2017 12:25 AM       Frenchie 68-69 Co C 4/31               From: California
i dont know what Ken Burns is going to say or show us differently then what we already know. My experience has been that EVERYONE'S experience was unique and probably different than everyone elses. So ill pass watching the series. Ive seen it in books where someone writes a book about their experience in that tropical paradise and without a doubt someone says: not so, it didnt happen like that...
Happens often

18 17 Sep 2017 12:15 AM       Frenchie 68-69 Co C 4/31               From: California
Terry Toll:
Thank you very much for the information. I think ill call Ron Brookover tomorrow and see if 1) i got the right family and 2) see if Ken is interested in reconnecting.

19 16 Sep 2017 07:56 PM       Jim Armstrong            
There was the question here a while back about watching Ken Burns' Viet Nam piece starting Sunday.
The more I thought about it, I came up with good reasons to try it and good ones to skip it.
Overall, I think if those of us who were there don't watch it and correct things we know first hand about, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
So I am going to watch as much as I can, expecting some tough moments and hoping this effort does not turn into the Pentagon's current re-writing of histo...

20 14 Sep 2017 05:43 PM       Terry Toll               From: A/2/1 Racine, WI
Frenchie, I was born and raised in Zanesville,Ohio. I live in Wisconsin but have contacts in Z. Here's what I found on the Brookover guy you are looking for. There is a Ron Brookover @ 1677 Linden Ave. 1-740-453-9565. Give it a try. Good luck

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