196th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE
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GUESTBOOK ENTRIES FROM
HQ 196th

I was living in Detroit in 1971-72 when I was with C.Co, 723rd Maint. Bn.(ORD). I am looking for anyone who was also in this Company during this period. Especially Fuqua, Smitty, Young, Battle, Spann, Averiett (Reverend), Cook, and Rodriguz.
William Butler (Bill, Snake) <wweb208@wmconnect.com>
Sioux Falls, SD USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 13:43:34 (EST)

Does anyone know the guys from the 27th chemical det. that were in duc pho in march of 1970 if so can you have them e mail me . Thanks and happy holidays to all.
John Deuel <buddsj2@yahoo.com>
manchester, NJ USA - Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 11:14:22 (EST)

Attached to HHC 196LIB at Tay Ninh from 2d Civil Affairs Co IIFF Dec 66 to (long after BDE went to Chu Lai)2 CA Co reorganiztion Jan 68, then attached MACV Tay Ninh. I saw entries from a few members of HHC. In those days HHC had something in the range of 1000 soldiers assigned or attached, each small unit/section doing its part in support of the mission of the BDE.
Phillip Denig <drogo1186"at"earthlink.net>
Manchester Twnsp, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 10:51:02 (EST)

HELLO. I WAS WITH THE 196TH AT FORT DEVENS IN 1965.WAS IN HEADQUARTERS HEADQUARTERS COMPANY.TOOK BASIC AT DEVENS.THEN WENT TO NAM.LOOKING TO HEAR FROM ANYONE IN THE COMPANY.
TOM BRIOTTA <A63OLDSTB@WALMART.COM>
MONSON, MA USA - Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 18:50:22 (EST)

Reference the entry below from J Blackmon. SFC William Petty, KIA 6/21/67, was member of HHC 196th. Home of record was Gaffney, SC.
Warren <President, 196th>
USA - Saturday, November 06, 2004 at 08:07:24 (EST)

My father, William Petty was killed in Chu Lie in June 1967. I was wondering if anyone was there at the same time and remembers the incident? Would appreciate any info.
J Blackmon <jblackmon1@sc.rr.com>
Columbia, SC USA - Friday, November 05, 2004 at 22:32:41 (EST)

Thanks to this site, I have been able to get in touch with a former buddy from 196th HDQ Company. We were in country 1968. All of my 196th patches and memorabelia were destroyed with my home last October in the Cedar Fire here in SoCal. Does anybody know where I can get replacements? I see Americal product is available to purchase, but what about 196th? Thanks. Hey there, Gramps in Utah
Neil Gray <ngray@barona.com>
Lakeside, CA USA - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 16:59:24 (EDT)

Hoping to find (then) Capt. Fred Milton - 196th PIO Officer in '67-'68. We were friends from when he was PIO Officer of 2nd Armored Div. in Ft. Hood before Nam. I was NCOIC of 198th LIB photo Lab from Oct. 67-July '68. Sorry, Capt. Freddy, I was a hell of a lot safer with the 198th than I would have been with you. Thanks for the great hospitality and warm beer when you were in Quang Ngai. I know the ride from LZ Bayonet to your bunker in Q.N. was probably more dangerous than working for you, but my foolish choices were still better than your necessary orders. Hope we find each other and share a few lies and truths over a bunch of COLD beers. I alwayys think of you, my friend.
Gary Befus <g.befus@worldnet.att.net>
Bath, NY USA - Friday, August 20, 2004 at 20:23:16 (EDT)

I served in the brigade headquaters with Col Leonard (S3) from Ft Devens to June 1967 when I left Chu Lai. Would like to hear from anyone associated with HHC 196th, and would especially like to know if anyone knows James Thompson or Alex Murphy.
Skip Koszalka <wedge2544@charter.net>
chicopee, ma USA - Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 20:25:32 (EDT)

Hi 196th brothers, The following is something I wrote a couple of years back and thought some of you might relate. It is self explanatory. I hope some of you enjoy it. Al "Gramps" Robb HHC 196th LIB, Oct 1967 to Sept 1968 - LETTER TO MY UNCLE- - Sam.....Remember when you sent for us on that unfor- gettable day? You asked so very many of us. It's in defense of freedom, we were to hear you say. It's to help a friendly country Who is trying to be free. You needed us to join you there, for a year or two or three. Duty to our country---we had always been told-----to honor those before us, who guaren- teed our freedom, which came from days of old. We answered all your letters, those of us who cared. We came as we were called. God knows that we were scared. We served our dear old country... we served her oh so proud. But when we returned here to our home, we were met by a hostile crowd. They called us dirty killers of women and babies too. But Sam we tried to tell them, those things we did not do. We often feel the anguish of seeing a comrade fall. Either from his wounds of battle or from the scars of war. They say a hundred twenty thousand have taken their own way.....to join those friends who went to Nam, forever there to stay. I say we are a proven group--- we love our country dear. But Sam, when will our honor come.....after oh so many years? Oh Sam, Dear Uncle Sam, We answered when you called. We served with honor and valor too. The proof is on the wall... That great black stone, in honor of those who gave their all, was erected by us......not a country proud of those who took the call. So Sam, when you see........that another of us has gone, you'll know it is without their country's love for the duty we have done. Remember, Please Remember, that we served our country well. We braved the storms, the depths of hell, the fearsome dogs of war. But our country did not embrace us when we returned here from afar. Al Robb.....June 1, 1992 Viet Nam...I Corps...196th Light Infantry Brigade Oct, 1967 to Sept, 1968
Al Robb <ankrobb"at"sisna.com>
Nephi, UT USA - Monday, June 28, 2004 at 21:41:39 (EDT)

Looking for any Signal Corps personnel that served with Specialist William L. Burke from Oct. 1971 to June 1972. Bill died of cancer in August, 2001. Any information would be helpful.
Beate Burke <CarolinaTgr@netscape.net>
Hephzibah, GA USA - Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 09:59:00 (EDT)

In honor of CWO Donald Lynn Delaplaine, HQ/HHC, who shared his last breakfast with me at the Colonel's Mess in DaNang 28 June 1971. Thanks, brother, for sharing your plans for the future and for looking forward to the day's mission. Sketch in your mind a twenty-seven-year-old Army captain and a cockey twenty-one year-old warrant officer, chopper pilot, from two different worlds, one a Georgian, the other a New Yorker. They sit at a small table in an Army mess hall in a foreign land, sharing a cup of coffee, each giving something to the other. That one morning, breakfast with a friend, a last for him and for me, is a gift. One day I will understand it all, even the horror of it. Thirty three years since that morning I am human again. It still hurts, but I am whole.
W. Donald Newton <Dadster01@webtv.net>
Chamblee, GA USA - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 10:01:47 (EDT)

Assistant S-1, S-1/Adjutant, HQ/HHC, 196th INF BDE, 23rd INF DIV (Americal), Hawk Hill and DaNang, 1971. Howdy Steve Babcock, Jim Carter, Steve Lecky, Al Tilis, Ron Taylor, Lyle Freeland, Al Schumann, B.J. Mahala (trip to Chu Lai with country-western band), Ned Bryson, Larry Parmlee, Bob Rudolph (the littlest red-nosed Ranger), Gene Scott, Joe Pratt, Bobby Jenkins, and Werner "Turk" Chamberlain (you fffffffffffflake!). Love to you and yours, Don
W. Donald Newton <Dadster01@webtv.net>
Chamblee, GA USA - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 21:26:43 (EDT)

My father Richard P. Davis was at LZ Baldy between 66-67 he is not to savvy when it comes to the internet, I and my younger brother have been trying to reach anyone that might have known him, he was in the 136 signal unit, please send email if you knew him, thanks.
Scott Davis <davis@sbep-law.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 02:09:09 (EDT)

served with hhc 196th rifle platoon-67-68--later transfered to 23rd s&t---would like to have contact with anyone from that time--currently living in chiang mai thailand--good luck to all who served then and now--phil
phillip williams <philw4athotmail.com>
chiang mai, thailand - Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at 21:01:11 (EDT)

My father's name is Richard P. Davis and he was in the Signal Platoon. He was in vietnam more than once between 1965-1970 a has a Bronze Star he was in communications. My pop is not interent savy so I am trying to locate friends from the war. Anyone who wanting ro contact Richard P. Davis please email me...
Gentry Davis <gentrydavis31@yahoo.com>
San Antonio , Texas USA - Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 10:56:44 (EST)

I SERVED WITH C CO. 723 MAINT BN FROM MARCH 1969 TO MARCH 1970 ON LZ BALDY AND LZ HAWK HILL. WE WERE ATTACHED TO THE 196TH BUT I DID NOT SEE US LISTED ON YOUR ORDER OF BATTLE UNDER SUPPORT.
GARY M ICHAEL COOK
IOWA CITY , IA USA - Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 11:32:16 (EST)

Looking for sp/4 Ramon Aviles (El Boto), Commo Section, HHC 196th, Hawk Hill/Danang.After 'Nam he was stationed at Honor Guard Duty stationed in Virginia.
Efrain Rodriguez <erodriguez60@hotmail.co>
San Juan, PR PR - Friday, February 06, 2004 at 21:39:04 (EST)

1968-69 in the Commo Unit of the 196th HDQ Company. LZ Baldy, Chu Lai, Tam Ky, Hue, and few other places. Just looking for Gramps, Tice, Jaffe, Ski.. and few others. Remember Sgt. Lumpy?
Neil Gray <ngray@barona.com>
El Cajon, CA USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 16:26:21 (EST)

Happy Tet-156 Sig Plt. 67-68
Will Whalen <wwwillymon@cs,com>
Boston, Ma USA - Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 11:53:59 (EST)

I served with HHQ on LZ Center from Feb. 1970-Mar. 1971 as a cook in the mess. I am interested in finding any old buddies that may remember me. Especially looking for "big Red" ( Jim Addair). Please contact me if you remember me.
Bob Wilson <wilson0340@sbcglobal.net>
Washington C.H., Ohio USA - Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 17:20:41 (EST)

I was HHC 196th at Tay Ninh dec 66 to feb 67 does anyone have info on the OH23 crash,after rework of the roter head,that fell into the medics tents ie dates time or names was in jan67 james phipps 817-572-4832 4124 meadow park dr arlington,texas 76017 thanks good luck
James Phipps <jim@tigersgss.com>
Arlington, Tx USA - Monday, December 15, 2003 at 23:07:18 (EST)

jim phipps 4124 Meadow Park Dr. Arlington, Texas 817-572-4832 glad to know you are here good luck Merry Christmas
jim phipps <jim@tigersgss.com>
Arlington, Tx USA - Thursday, December 04, 2003 at 01:32:07 (EST)

was at Tay Ninh 26Dec 66 to 20Feb 67 HHC helped build heated shower ect. Blown away by the site
Jim Phipps <jim@tigersgss.com>
Arlington, Tx USA - Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 20:49:17 (EST)

Evening Gentlemen, Does anyone remember a Jim Hale he was in a LRRP unit. White male with snow white/blonde hair from Mississippi. He's my father and wondered if anyone remembered him and would like to tell me something about him. I'm writing a book about him and need some information. He's still alive did 27 years and retired 1989 lives in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. I'm sure he'd be interested in hearing from some of his fellow soliders. Thanks, Jeff
Jeff Hale <j-hale@rocketmail.com>
Radcliff, Ky USA - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 21:14:42 (EDT)

I was in the 428th RR Det with the 196th at the base camp on Rt. 1 south of Chu Lai, Fall of 1967. Out unit was across from F troop. I would like to recall the name of the Brigade doctor at that time, a major. What was his name and does anyone else remember this man?
Roger Thurman <rogluthier@aol.com>
Kent, OH USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 20:24:41 (EDT)

Served with 196th Lt Infantry Brigade with HHC 196th from January 1965 to June 1967.
James B. Shirtliff <twokalispell@aol.com>
Fountain Valley, CA USA - Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 11:34:20 (EDT)

Help!!!I am looking for anybody out there that might have known my dad RONNIE G. RUNYON, he was with the 196th LIB, HHC, thats all I do know, 1966-1969., His brother was also in with him Ben Runyon... Please email me with any infomation at all, Thank You. ~Becky (Runyon) Francis
Becky (Runyon) Francis <rgfrancis@frontiernet.net>
Cookeville, Tn USA - Monday, April 07, 2003 at 13:56:05 (EDT)

I am looking for anybody out there that might have known my dad RONNIE G. RUNYON, he was with the 196th LIB, HHC, thats all I do know, 1966-1969. Please email me with any infomation at all, Thank You. ~Becky (Runyon) Francis
Becky (Runyon) Francis <rgfrancis@frontiernet.net>
Cookeville, Tn USA - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 14:27:52 (EST)

i was with the 196th in vietnam and i was with the 48th scout dog plt., 67 and part of 68, i was wondering what unit citations have the unit been awarded? thank you
kirbyhickman <alohahickman@netscape.net>
cimarron, nm USA - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 19:32:29 (EST)

I was in HHD & Band, 196th Support Bn (Prov). Started out at ICCV in 1971, and came to DaNang in March 1971, and left country right after we stood down. Anyone that was there durning that time please e-mail me!!! Thanks, George
George Fleshman <reassg@oct.net>
Saint Marys, Ks USA - Monday, February 03, 2003 at 23:33:21 (EST)

Happy Tet-- 156 Sig Plt
will whalen <wwwillymon@cs.com>
Rochester, Ma USA - Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 13:41:56 (EST)

I am looking for anyone who can provide information on the 1968 rocket attack and explosion one night at the Chu Lia airport ammunition dump. It occured from the mountains west of Chu Lia. I was with the 196th Light Infantry HHC on bunker guard east of Highway 1 (between Highway 1 and the airport) when the dump exploded. I was manning a 60 cal. when I was thrown 20 feet from the top of the bunker and suffered severe ear drum damage from the concussion. I would appreciate conformation from others who may have suffered similar physical damage from this explosion such as ear drum damage, ear infections, tinitis, hearing loss, etc.. Seeking to file claim with V.A.. This is my first time to this site and it's good to hear from other fellow vets. Great site, keep up the good work.
Frank Rider (EZ Rider) <pixiedixie@nmo.net>
Cheboygan, Mi USA - Friday, January 17, 2003 at 23:43:35 (EST)

Was in country with the 196th, recon unit working out of danang in 71 and early 72 was lucky that i missed most of the heavy action but heard that my buddies caught a bunch right after i left
david fields <dwfields@kyhomecare.com>
bowling green, ky USA - Monday, December 23, 2002 at 09:17:26 (EST)

I just returned from 2 weeks in Viet Nam. Saw Saigon, Hanoi,Hue, DaNang and other less noted areas. I was first there Oct 70 -Oct 71 with the 196th. Recon Plt. So was there during the move from Chu Lai to Da Nang. This trip was much more pleasant than the first. Driving down from Hue we came to the top of the Hai Van Pass (on Hwy 1, N. over looking DaNang), below was Danang Harbor, the city and the western ridge where the 196th was based. I recognized the ridge and location where the battalion was located. It was a moving moment. It became a point of reference inwhich I could balance the new information I was taking in on this trip. When we got to DaNang I took a taxi and searched out the battalion Headquarters. I Found it! Thats the good news, bad news is that is an Army Base with a guard out front. The area was as I recall, looking east, rice paddies below the base going all the way to Hwy 1., then there was the big white budda, then the bay. Most of that open space now has trees, there are lots of new homes and shops along Hwy 1. I could not see the billets of the battalion as there was much mature vegitation. On the hill tops there has been a reforestation program with pines and other trees. VietNam did not begin to prosper untill after 1986. That is when the gov. opened up a some-what free enterprise system. It is impressive to see what they have accomplished. Yet the gov. has not opened it up to the extent of China,but it is coming. The trip was very therapeutic for me. Before, when I would think of Viet Nam I would think of the war. Now when I hear the word Viet Nam I think of the people and culture. The war has now move a bit back in my mind and does't take up as much space ( I can put things into a better perspective), but it is still with me every day. Before I went on the trip I did some reading. It was an eye opener and helped understand what I was looking at. It also told me how blind we were as young kids shooting people and we had know idea why. The books are an eye opener. A book that give a complete history of the war and is so well written is "Fire In the Lake" After reading it, one can say that the war was lost when Diem was put in power in the 50s. Another book is "Viet Nam Now". It is a current update. Other items of interest: Chu Lai was an army base but it is now closed up. Nothing going on there. China Beach has the Furama Resort, outstanding hotel. I hope this is of some help. If you have the opportunity to make the trip, I think it will help put closure to one of the most adventurous years in our lives. Merry Christmas
Jim Dowling <innkeeper@gerstleparkinn.com>
San Rafael, Ca USA - Sunday, December 22, 2002 at 20:28:01 (EST)

I was with HQ 196 from 67 to68 my MOS was field radio repair. Dose any one know the people from the MARS station please let me know. My thanks to the people that created this site . It has sutured many memories.
Simon Eggeraat <eggeraat@hotmail.com>
milford, mi USA - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 09:29:16 (EST)

Great SIte! Served as the Brigade PSNCO from May to December of 69. Anyone remember the Brigade Chaplain Maj Don Barkley or Barrett. He was KIA while doing a film in Saigon after leaving the Brigade for his last few weeks in RVN. He was a great guy and his name is not on Honor Roll. Probably because after he checked out of the 196th he was on TDY for the remainder of his tour. He should be on the Honor roll, he served his 196 Brothers well.
George Case <RWS95@AOL.com>
Huntsville, Al USA - Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 17:08:00 (EST)

Happy Veterans Day-Brothers! 156th Sig Plt-67-68
william whalen <wwwillymon@cs.com>
Rochester, Ma USA - Monday, November 11, 2002 at 07:57:55 (EST)

I SERVED IN THE HHC 196th SIGNAL COMPANY DANANG DURING THE TIME OF AUGUST 1971 TO JULY 1972. I AM LOOKING FOR THOMAS WALLACE FROM GEORGIA OR ANYONE THAT MAY REMEMBER SERVING WITH ME DURING THIS TIME ON FB LINDA OR FB MAUDE. LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!
JIMMY FORSYTHE <FREJIM@BELLSOUTH.NET>
HENDERSON, TN USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 00:23:38 (EDT)

196th LIB - 9/65-2/67 196th LIB HHC (Avionics Detachment at Ft. Devens and BTOC in Tay Ninh Province as 31Qxx for Maj Ercie Leach). Also looking for Class 8-65,54th Company grads from Ft. Benning, particularly Joe and Jerry.
John Newbolt <jwnewbolt@hotmail.com>
Ramsey, MN USA - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 02:43:23 (EDT)

HHC196th Riffle Platoon 67-68-just started serch for friends and was sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie Freymuth of South Bend-would like to hear from any of you-special memorie of Rollen Davis-if any of you ever come to thailand please look me up-good luck to all chargers-sp4-phillip williams (willie of okie)
phillip williams <philw4@hotmail.com>
chiang mai, thailand - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 02:54:44 (EDT)

Looking for former members of the 196th Bde Band. I served with the Americal Div Band from Jun 71 until it was redesignated the 196th Bde Band in Nov 71. I left DaNang in Mar 72 as a SP5 playing clarinet and trumpet.
LTC E. ROBERT CLIFTON, USAR (Ret) <bob.clifton@us.army.mil>
Antelope, CA USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 13:32:49 (EDT)

I am from Puerto Rico. Was cook in HHQ 196th from jul 70 to aug 71 (Hawk Hill / Danang). Proud to be part of the 'CHARGERS'.
Efrain Rodriguez <erodriguez60@hotmail.com>
San Juan, PR USA - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 23:41:13 (EDT)

Great site. My father was the Provost Marshall (MAJ Linc Brigham)when the BDE shipped out to Vietnam. My memories are of the BDE marching all over Devens and me marching right beside. If you knew my father let me know. He is still alive but doesn't talk much about any of the three wars he has been in.I served for 20 and am very proud of you guys for keeping it safe.
SFC (Ret) Clint Brigham <clinton.brigham@cmtymail.104asg.army.mil>
USA - Thursday, June 06, 2002 at 09:20:44 (EDT)

I served as Brigade Surgeon for the 196th and c.o. of the medical company ["pill pusher"] at Hawk Hill from May to December, 1970. Would be most interested in hearing from anyone who passed through or served at our clearing company.
frank scarpa, m.d. <lcscarpa@optonline.net>
greenwich, , ct. USA - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 22:15:29 (EDT)

Looking for Maj. Kish and Sgt Sutton. We were in S-4, 196LIB at Baldy around November, 1968 to February, 1969. If you are out there, give me a shout!
Jim Quisenberry <Okie196@earthlink.net>
Plano, TX USA - Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 19:22:34 (EDT)

 


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