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    GUESTBOOK ENTRIES FOR 2005

    Who remembers spending the day on S&D in 100 degree heat, then being airlifted to another AO and falling to sleep in the cool of the chopper ride and dreaming of home and loved ones, only to be awakened by a shout of "hot LZ"? I pray for no hot LZs for any of us this coming year.Ronnie
    Ronnie Payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    Martinsville, Va USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 21:29:56 (EST)

    i would like to take this time to wish all of my brothers in arms a happy new year and the best of luck to all.also it would be nice when someone posts to the guest book to include your unit and month and year of service in the nam
    jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 14:36:59 (EST)

    Trying to get up with anyone who was with Aco 4/31 196th 3rd palltoon 70-71.come on you guys lets start the new year off right.MAC if you are out there give me a holler.Lets get the herd back together again. jonn{swampy}
    john webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:12:23 (EST)

    Hey Frenchie, I was Bn. Post master from late sept. 20 until 19. nov. WIA, couldn't hump. Lt Burke assigned me to the position. No more sgt. of the guard on perimeter (scarier than point). Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co. USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:08:20 (EST)

    I need more info on the firefight on Feb 9 1968 south of Danang Airbase near Hoi An. It involved the companies of the 2nd of the 1st Inf.,196th. I was with D-2-1. I received some good info. from a brother in C-2-1. I'd like to hear from brothers of D-2-1 and the other Companies that were there. Happy New Year everyone. Ron
    Ronnie Payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    Martinsville, Va USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 09:07:50 (EST)

    looking for a response from earl ballard,or jim gray. I was in the same unit with them in nam in 67-68. d3-21. was with Lt. Siebert.
    Sal Pilo <gonepostal81646@earthlink.net>
    holly springs, nc USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 01:40:34 (EST)

    I would like to wish all fellow Chargers, and especially my fellow troopers of F Troop, 17th Cavalry, a very Happy Holidays. It was great having become reacquainted with many of you at the San Antonio reunion. As Tiny Tim says in Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol"; "God bless us, every one!"
    Lee "Slim" Kujawa <leekujawa@gmail.com>
    Milwaukee, WI USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 16:50:49 (EST)

    On Dec.27 Joesph Coldwell passed away from heart failure. He was an original member of the 196th Joe was a medic with Charlie Co 2/1. He attended many of our reunions. Joe will be greatly missed by all. I hope everyone has a wonderful newyear. God bless our troops
    Ron "Doc Maynard" White <Lwhite@voicenet.com>
    Bethel, Pa USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 19:28:35 (EST)

    i was with the 196th in 66 67 first arrived in tayninh i was with co a 4/31st
    joseph gernert <jgernert196@columbus.rr.com>
    sunbury, ohio USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 18:57:51 (EST)

    TO "YOU DON'T KNOW ME" I FEEL FOR YOU DEEPLY. YOU ARE OUR BROTHER. TAKE OF YOURSELF AS MUCH AS YOU ARE ABLE TO. I SHARE WITH YOU A POSSIBLE SCENERIO, BUT I WILL FIGHT ON AS LONG AS THE GOOD LORD PROVIDES. I HAVE TO MANY REUNIONS TO GO TO YET. SO "YOU DON'T KNOW ME" HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR. THANK YOU FOR ENTRY IN THE GUESTBOOK. LOVE YOUR BROTHER IN ARMS. [MINNESOTA]
    MINNESOTA
    ARGYLE, MN USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 17:53:46 (EST)

    In answer to Ron Payne and others searching for info on certain events that took place in Vietnam, the US Archives II in College park, Md(right outside of Washington DC) has all kinds of records including Daily Journals, Maps, hand written journals, photos etc. These records are easily accessable to anyone. They also have archivists on staff to assist people with their research requests. If anyone has any questions regarding the Archives and how to use them send me an email and I'll be glad to try to help out. Welcome home to all my brothers from the 101st, 196th, and Task Force Gimlet!!
    George Whitehouse <gawhitehouse@prodigy.net>
    Silver Spring , Md USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 16:39:51 (EST)

    Correction to my entry, Searching for Dco-2-1 members on Tuesday Dec.27th.The date of firefight near Hoi An should have been Feb.8, 1968. I had the year wrong. Ronnie Payne
    Ronnie payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    Martinsville, Va USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 16:10:12 (EST)

    Searching for members of D-2-1, 196th that was in the firefight near Hoi An, Feb 8,1967.We were south of Danang Airbase. We were trying to break up a large concentration of NVA around Danang. A-Co. was hit first, then Dco was sent to help. I believe B&C co. were there too. E-mail me if you have info.Ron
    Ron Payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    Martinsville , Va USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 18:09:46 (EST)

    hey anyone with Aco 4/31 3rd plattoon 196th give us high sign. we need to find more from from the 3rd herd. there are 5 of us we need the rest to complet the herd the year was 70-71
    john webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 07:47:15 (EST)

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.
    Kermit Marion <kmario@triad.rr.com>
    High Point, NC USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 19:05:33 (EST)

    Hey All you guys that was with A/co.4/31 70-71 give me a holler. Were trying to get as many as we can at the next reunion.its been 35 years since we last talked so far we found Doc,John weber,Chase,and maybe woody. Still looking for Mac and the rest of the 3rd heard. (dont be shy give us a holler)remember the old saying IT DONT MEAN NOTHING --- WILL THIS MEANS ALOT
    Ron Davison <rufraod@aol.com>
    Fontana , Ca. USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 16:06:40 (EST)

    Hey All you guys that was with A/co.4/31 70-71 give me a holler. Were trying to get as many as we can at the next reunion.its been 35 years since we last talked so far we found Doc,John weber,Chase,and maybe woody. Still looking for Mac and the rest of the 3rd heard. (dont be shy give us a holler)remember the old saying IT DONT MEAN NOTHING --- WILL THIS MEANS ALOT
    Ron Davison <rufraod@aol.com>
    Fontana , Ca. USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 16:05:13 (EST)

    Of course I am from California but there were only two of us doing the job....clean laundry to the field, new mail and packages, resupplies etc etc...when i was in the bush for 8 months they asked me if i knew how to yadda yadda yadda......i told them YUP, IM YOUR MAN and i was outa there....couldnt have come at a better time...monsoon was starting up and the creeks/rivers were rising fast and for every 2 steps up the hills (days objective) there was 4 steps sliding backwards with the mud... Yea I KNEW EVERYTHING!!!!
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmaildotcom>
    fresno, ca USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 10:20:41 (EST)

    Frenchie-our Mailman was an E4 out of Bridade-he was from Calif. Sorry about that!!
    william whalen <wwwillymon2cs.com>
    Boston, ma USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 20:24:14 (EST)

    att: William Wahlen...i was not a "mailman" per se. I was the designated gopher for the illustrious 1st Sgt Swafford. God I hope the man does not read this...he will (chuckle) send me back to the field permanently.!! The other guy's name i worked with (another e 5) was tom kolberg.
    GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <NAMRATSATHOTMAILDOTCOM>
    FRESNO, CA USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 20:02:42 (EST)

    A Merry Christmas to all of you. Special regards to all from A/3/21 from 1968. I hate to admit it, but I got shot three times, but am still healthy and happy. Hope you guys are, too. WAtchdog
    Jim Simpson <subspot2 at comcast,net>
    Orange Park, FL USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 18:47:40 (EST)

    I would like to wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever form of winter solstice holiday you practice. Be thankful you're an American where we have a choice because of guys like us who did our duty. I love you guys!
    Warren <President, 196th LIB Assn>
    USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 11:49:47 (EST)

    Yo Frenchie-there was another Mailman at base camp who got the mail out there-nice guy-what was his name??
    william whalen <wwwillymon2cs.com>
    Boston, Ma - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 11:23:09 (EST)

    I Just want to wish all our Brothers & Sisters that are serving this great country of ours right now a very Merry Christmas
    1972 Vietnam Veteran--(196th) <justride"at"yahoo.com>
    solway, mn USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 00:46:36 (EST)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the 196th LIB past & present......and in particular the men and families of Company C 3/21.... GOD BLESS
    Jimmie L. Coulthard <jimcathycoulthard@comcast.net>
    River Falls, WI USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 00:20:16 (EST)

    I had to smile at the entry regarding flares on Christmas eve and New Years Eve. Our were in Antenna Valley area of operation. On New Years eve I was taking the mail and resupplies to the guys in the field and spent the night out...and I was not assigned a bunker....what to dooooo? I found this "shed" that i tought would keep me verrrry dry in case of rain....it was dark and beggars cannot be choosers. Next day i got chewed out because the "shed" turned out to be the 105MM ammo dump on the LZ.....ouch. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years. Frenchie C-4/31 02/68 02/69
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <NAMRATSATHOTMAILDOTCOM>
    FRESNO, CA USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 22:48:42 (EST)

    God bless all of the men wqho have served their country and and are serving today in Iraq. To all the Infantryman GOD bless you because unless you one you don't know what they expererenced. We can all agree to disagree as a free Country.
    Joe Wolfe <hwolfe14@comcast.net>
    Charleston, SC USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 19:35:38 (EST)

    Merry Christmas to all. Echo Recon and Delta Company 2/1 back in 1971.
    Jim Collier <jimrcollierathotmail.com>
    Washington, DC USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 18:41:07 (EST)

    Wishing all the guys in 4/31 a happy and healthy xmas and new year. Thanks to all veterans that did the right thing. Lest we forget. Doc Stafford
    william h stafford 111 <williamhstafford111atYahoo.com>
    East Hampton, ny USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 14:40:30 (EST)

    Spent Christmas and New Years 1968 on some LZ-We let all our flares and tracers go-too cool-Peace and Love to you all!! Whalen 156th Sig Plt.
    william whalen <wwwillymon@cs.com>
    Bostonma, Ma USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 14:11:30 (EST)

    I was with Aco 4/31 196th but i am wishing all my brotherss who were with the 4/31 196th and who served in vietnam A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR JOHN
    john webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 07:55:06 (EST)

    Christmas eve 1967 we had not been re-supplied. we spent the night taking turns eating some farmers huge basket of peanuts. we were re-supplied on Christmas day. To all of my brothers have a Merry Christmas.
    jim gray d3/21 and hhc 196 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 06:29:07 (EST)

    Welcome home, God bless and Merry Christmas to my 196th family.Barbra and I look forward to being with yall (we're southern)at the next reunion.
    wayne carlton (carl) <carl021046@aol.com>
    bartlett, tn USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 20:10:24 (EST)

    I am thankful to MSG (Ret) Neill for giving 196th LIB memo- rabilia to me over the past few months. This uncluded a 196th LIB patch, DUI, challenge coin and a decal. I have been the Military Liaison for the Veterans of 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments and 1st Reconnaissance Battalion (Special), U.S. Army, 1942-1946 since 1996. I am based out of Northern California. This is my Dad's all-Filipino World War II unit which originated from California. These units saw combat in New Guinea, Samar and Leyte, the Southern Philippines. I look forward to hearing from MSG (Ret) Neill again regarding memorabilia items to include reunion t-shirts. Thanks again for everything, MSG (Ret) Neill. Take care & God Bless. Respectfully, Pelagio A. Valdez SGT, U.S. Army, Retired Military Liaison Veterans of 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments and 1st Reconnaissance Battalion (Special), U.S. Army, 1942-1946 246 Warwick Street Daly City, CA 94015-2830 Direct: 415-424-8366 E-mail: SGTPV@comcast.net Website: http://geocities.com/laginguna1942/
    SGT (RET) PELAGIO A. VALDEZ <SGTPV@comcast.net>
    DALY CITY, CA USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 16:07:10 (EST)

    Just wanted to wish all the guys and their families from 1/46th and all the 196th a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Extra wishes for all the guys from A co. 1/46th. It's extra special this year for me, now that my Son, Sgt. Jon Kristopher Burns USMC, returned from Afghanistan in July this year (Wpns Co. 3/3 Marines), after 4 deployments in 4 years (Drove me Crazy!), he reupped and is now a Coach on the rifle range at Paris Island S.C., says, he wants to be a DI ! Watch out World! There's another Sgt. Burns on Watch! Best Wishes and Prayers to all the 196th Family!
    Jon Burns <jonkburns@verizon.net>
    Wimberley, TX. USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 10:51:16 (EST)

    there is a good article in the Bradenton herald news paper about widows of vets and benefits. go to heraldtoday.com
    jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 05:14:55 (EST)

    I want to wish all of you that were affiliated with the 196th a very merry Christmas. You did well in your service to our country. I am having a difficult time since I lost my husband, one of your brothers, Harold Menzie also known as Skeeter. God bless all of you, and our men and women in Iraq are strong and they are so glad we do not speak Arabic yet.
    Sandy Menzie <scalabrese795at sbcglobal.net>
    New Milford, Ct USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 23:34:05 (EST)

    A trip down memory lane. We were on stand down in Dec of '68 when a ambulance picked us up and took us to the ampatheater in Chu Lia to see Bob Hope. We had to set in the back of the theater and could not see who was on stage. Thanks to our FO field glasses we were able to see the show. The best Christmas present would be to contact more of A/2/1 brother 68-69. Have a Merry Christmas and a HEALTHY New Year. George Sanders A/2/1 68-69
    George Sanders <gsandersatkans.com>
    Staffford, Ks USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 23:21:11 (EST)

    Another year gone by ive found alot of brothers this year that was great became a gramps for the third time better yet lost a nephew to war in oct not so good!! but all in all it was a good year MERRYCHRISTMAS HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOD BLESS !!!!!
    Mike Campbell <sgtcampb"at"yahoo.com>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 15:57:29 (EST)

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,To all you Chargers this christmas is a whole lot better than being on LZ West December 1968. This has been a good year even with the two reconstruion operations on my hand. Brother Bill Cobler you finally recevied your Purple Heart wear it proudly, Vance Van Weirden you are trully a great guy, Vance travelled 1500 miles in four days visiting ailing Delta Company brothers;when I could not make the reunion in San Antonio he sent me a T shirt hat and some great bottle holders. Ranger Bob keep on keeping on! To brother medic Bob Kelly, thanks for your concearn To all the surviors of Nui Chom its good to be alive. Frenchy my friend I will see you soon. God Bless you all Doc La Palio "Pro Patria" Delta and Charlie Co's Senior Medic 4/31st 196th LIB
    Doc La Palio <aml"at " Vglabs.com>
    Long Beach , ca USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 14:45:19 (EST)

    Best wishes for a safe and enoyable holiday to all the vets of the 196th LIB, and their families. http://lzcentervietnamvets.com
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 12:02:13 (EST)

    Son searching for anyone who knew or remembers my Dad, SGT Paul F. Rogalske, A 3/21 (KIA 1 May 1970 - he was MIA for about 3 weeks, so his actual death date is most likely sometime in April). Thank you to everyone who responded to my first posting - the help is greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
    Paul Rogalske <dawg694@hotmail.com>
    Tampa, FL USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 10:25:11 (EST)

    I'm one of Sgt. Ronald J. Becksted's sisters, Ron died March 28, 1971 at Fire Base Mary Ann. It just hit me tonight to "google"my brothers name and see what I could come up with. I see there is still "a band of brothers" this is great. Thanks to all for your sacrifice.
    Mary Ann Becksted <mbecksted@adelphia.net>
    Chantilly, Va USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 20:07:06 (EST)

    Still looking for guys from Aco 4/31 3rd paltoon 196th 70-71 if you see this e-mail me. if you knew doc clark- mac-chase-or woody contact me i have talked to them and we would like to get up with you guys.And if you this have a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO ALL. JOHN
    john webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 10:27:27 (EST)

    Have been living in Saigon, teaching English, and taking vets back to Hiep Duc for the past 3.5 years now. Served with D/4/31 196th 69-70 (Oct). Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas...getting married on the 25th!
    Ranger Bob Delzell <bobinsaigon@gmail.com>
    USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 02:54:23 (EST)

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all the medics of the 196th . Hope to see my new friends at the Next reunion
    Bob "Doc" Kelly <lib196bob@aol.com>
    Reading , Pa USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 18:21:16 (EST)

    Hi, and Merry Christmas and Happy and great new year to all you 196th brothers in combat. I was with the headquarters company of the 196th commo unit. Hi to all. Especially Gramps.
    Neil Gray <ngray@barona.com>
    Lakeside, CA USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 16:46:21 (EST)

    I am researching the VN experience of my brother, Floyd G. Talley, a combat medic with 1-46th INF, who died of wounds in a hospital in VN on Dec. 8th, 1969. I am particularly interested in the details of his last battle, which I understand occurred a few days prior to his death. Any information would be appreciated. Ken Talley, U.S. Army (Ret)
    Ken Talley <wakental at insightbb.com>
    Louisville, KY USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 19:50:51 (EST)

    " He not busy being born, is busy dying " Bob Dylan. The when, and the where, are beyond us. Be of sound heart, We have done, what was asked of us! Pro Patria; Ed.
    Ed Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co. USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:56:21 (EST)

    Here's another salute for (you don't know me). May your heart be filled with peace. Ronnie
    Ronnie Payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 21:13:38 (EST)

    Reference the post of 12/12/05, 2110 hrs (You don't know me). I wondered how or if anyone would respond to this 'Gent'. It appears that all chose to let it go by. It does deserve attention. I believe I know the man and if not this guy, one in the very same circumstance, HE IS DYING; his post is a call to all of us letting us know he will not be around much longer. He is one of us and deserves our attention. The death toll from VN goes on and on, cutting many lives short. I salute you my Friend whomever you are; you are 'Point Man' for many of us yet to follow.
    'Grunt Medic'
    USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 15:32:58 (EST)

    I spent Christmas 67 on Hill 35 at the Aid Station.I bought a case of cokes and some cans of potato chips and watched the movie Born Free. I still have the letter I wrote home from there. Lets pray for all our troops that are in harms way this Chritmas. Merry Christmas and Happy Near Year to everyone. Sgt. Payne
    Ronnie Payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    martinsville , va USA - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 20:00:16 (EST)

    Hi, i was just wondering if anyone knew my father? His name is Lane Walton Jr. He told me he was in the 196th Light Infantry. Thanks
    Justin Walton <basbalfan2ataol.com>
    West Valley, UT USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 13:59:34 (EST)

    I am the son of Paul Frank Rogalske who served in the 196th in Vietnam (KIA May 1, 1970). I am just doing research on my father and/or the unit he served in. I am a Navy vet of the first Gulf war, and am not very familiar with the Army structure, so I am looking for some help. I just found out my Dad was with the 196th, and was wondering if any of you know where I could go to find more information (such as more details about his specialty, etc.). Any help would be appreciated. I can be contacted at my e-mail address (dawg694@hotmail.com). Thanks for any help, and thank you all for your service.
    Paul Rogalske <dawg694@hotmail.com>
    Tampa, FL USA - Friday, December 16, 2005 at 12:11:05 (EST)

    I am the widow of Robert Olszewski, 4th/31st, Feb'70/Feb'71 at LZWest, He was some of the first in the ambush 6 June '70 at Heip Duc. It's been nine years since he passed away from non-Hodgkins lymphoma from dioxin exposure, after years of struggling with combat PTSD and self-medication with drugs and alcohol. Last June I was trained and certified by VVA in DC to be a service rep here at the Long Beach VA. He told me a hundred times, "you weren't there, you don't understand". Well, I have spent the last few years listening to combat vets, going to PTSD seminars, watching every bit of footage from Vietnam on the History channel, the Learning Channel and the Military channel so I can begin to understand. I wasn't able to help my husband when he was alive, so now I have dedicated my life to helping his brothers in his memory. Thank you for serving our country and welcome home.
    Karen Olszewski <ok--ko@juno.com>
    Long Beach, CA USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 21:15:34 (EST)

    HEADS UP "ORIGINALS": Volume I of the "History of the 196th LIB" is being auctioned by a seller on E-Bay. It looks like a yearbook put together at Devens (with pictures of the entire Bde? and signatures from some), and the dates appear to be Sept. 65 to June 66. Seems a tad pricey to me, but should be a real find for you. Item number is 6589129723. Happy holidays--stay safe, Byron Dare A 4/31 '68.
    Byron Dare
    Durango, Co USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 11:27:07 (EST)

    The last email from me was a Request that was sent to me by Col. Carvell. He was the Battalion Commander 1/46th (Professionals) when I arrived Sept. 1970.
    Joe Wolfe <hwolfe14@comcast.net>
    Charleston, SC USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 10:19:50 (EST)

    I have a special request. I'm sure many of you are currently writing cards to friends and family. If you can, please send an extra one to our American military heroes who are recuperating from wounds this Christmas Season. Please enclose a short note thanking them for their service and personal sacrifice. They are the protectors of our freedom, we must let them know. Your small act of kindness will be greatly appreciated. Here's the address... A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001 If you would, please forward this message to your email from Colonel Carvell. All of you who have spent a Christmas in a Military Hospital will understand this request. Thanks to these Brave troopers we are living in a land of Freedom. Joe Wolfe D/1/46th 1970-1971
    Joe Wolfe <hwolfe14@comcast.net>
    Charleston, SC USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 10:13:07 (EST)

    Thanks to Chuck Hitzemann for sending me a current photo of LZ Center taken in 2002. For those interested, you can view the photo at: http://www.lzcentervietnamvets.com
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 17:28:51 (EST)

    hey nice sight, just wish'n all the best I was with charlie 3/21 inf 1986-90. Try'n to to find ppl I served with. "DUTY FIRST"
    Spc Ross <marzzzzzzy@yahoo.com>
    kennewick , wa USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 16:00:53 (EST)

    Hi Jim P, as I recall, The 196th. took Hill "445"in late "67". Stayed a few days, and left. We returned a couple of weeks later and re-took the hill. It was then designated as L,Z. West. The dates remain a bit foggy, but the assaults I remember well. Ed. A/4/31, 2nd. plt. 2nd. sq. 67-68.
    ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, co USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 15:15:59 (EST)

    Interested in finding SFC Roy McClendon 2/1 B Company I think. Anyone remember? God Bless you all.
    Robert Kidd <kiddj@carrollton.k12.oh.us>
    Flushing, oh USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 12:05:31 (EST)

    Wishing all my brothers a blessed holiday with a prosperous New Year. God Bless.
    isaac mitchell D 2/1 --- 69/70 <isaac_63093@yahoo.com>
    suffolk, Va USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 13:13:13 (EST)

    this goes with the other message it was Aco 4/31 3rd palttoon YEAR 70-71 196TH
    john webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 11:35:46 (EST)

    Anyone who was Aco 4/31 196th 3rd paltoon if you see this please contact me. looking to maybe all meet someday if you guys are out there give me high sign.lets get the 3rd HERD BACK TOGETHER.IT WOULD BE GREAT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.
    john webre <swampy70_71@yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 11:21:20 (EST)

    Merry Christmas to all my brothers in the 196th. Does anyone have an E-mail address for Al Houston or Chuck Horner. I'm getting bounce backs for the address'es I have. Frierson, C co 3/21/196th 68/69
    Dave Frierson <charlietiger@tds.net>
    Roxbury, VT USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 08:18:50 (EST)

    This will be my last Christmas, so I thought I'd drop by and wish you a merry one.
    You Don't Know Me
    USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 21:10:28 (EST)

    This is Rusty checking in again. Wishing all of you a joyous holiday season...whatever holiday you decide it is. (how'd that ever become an arguing point?)...Anyway, thanks for this site, and I sure would like to find our about people I knew. LT Doss Kornegay...recon platoon leader. LT, then CPT Steve Thatcher, commo officer. CPT Paul Jenkins, my boss...who left me alone when he DEROS'd...Steve Pennington, Cusack, Ben Perry on LZ West...on and on. I was with 2/1 inf from March 1969 to March 1 1971...toward the end I spent some time with 4/31 and 5th ARVNs and then managed the 3/82 stand down area in ChuLai for my last couple of months as a reward for going on that 'one final mission'...that almost cost me my life. Welcome Home to all of you, wherever it is. I've been in the bush of Northern Minnesota with an outhouse and a handpump for the past couple of decades. I think it's time I retire to Mexico or somewhere else warm. My wife and my place can be viewed at: http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/lilacfarm.html My real name is Bruce, but no one ever knew that.
    Rusty Brummitt <balancing_stones at yahoo.com>
    Ponsford, MN USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 03:02:42 (EST)

    Happy Holidays to everyone
    john p flynn <shooter685atcox.net>
    peoria, az USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 13:16:22 (EST)

    happy holidays to all chargers and 175th engs.remember our brothers that are no longer with us and all of our troops that are in harms way. may they all be home soon with their loved ones.
    don maxfieldd
    prospect pk., n.j. USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 01:18:49 (EST)

    of course for those of you who do not need bifocals, NUI CHOM is north (just a little) and EAST (towards Laos). like i always say......everyday is a great day (now that is).
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmail.com>
    fresno, ca USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 22:44:46 (EST)

    For those of you not aware....check out and down load GOOGLE EARTH you and youll see the "olde" stomping grounds..NUI CHOM is labeled just a a little north of Tam Ky and out west...and of course LZ West is just a skip and a jump (hahaha) south of it. Let me know if you need help.
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmail.com>
    fresno, ca USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 22:42:03 (EST)

    I served with D/2/1 196th 1st plt.2nd squad. 67-68. I was pointman for Sgt.Burk, then Squad Leader after the sarge was wounded. Thank you Sgt. Burk for teaching me how to survive. I took care of your men the best I could after you left. Happy Holidays to all my brothers-in-arms. Ronnie
    ronnie payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    martinsville, va USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 21:02:36 (EST)

    looking for anyone who served 70-71 with Aco 4/31 3rd paltoon. DOC.CLARK - OR MAC are you out there if so give sign. istill hane the CHRISTMAS CARD you sent me my first christmas home , so if any of you guys are out there give me a sign . hope to here from ya'll. JOHN
    john webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 17:35:30 (EST)

    For all Chargers that spent time on LZ’s East, West, and Center and especially Jim Stone, Pete Shotts here is a little information about the 196th’s move north from Chu Lai and other LZ’s in the AO. First a little about me: At the time I was the Bde Artillery LNO from the 3/82d Artillery. As such I made trips north visiting the new 196th AO and existing FSB’s. The area that the Bde was to move into was the AO of the 1st Bde of the 101st Abn Division. They had established FSB Center and I think they also established East and West. A few weeks prior to our move Center was hit by the NVA/VC and hit hard. Sappers got into the perimeter and did quite a bit of damage to the artillery on Center. At some point the Artillerymen on Center painted some ammo canisters yellow and spelled out the words “Ho Sucks” on the side of the hill, can’t remember if it was still there after they departed. For those that occupied East, which is hill 488, you might want to read the book “Hill 488” by Ray Hildreth and Charles Sasser. This is about a USMC recon platoon that was on 488 and came under attack by the NVA. When the battle was over they got one CMH, 4 Navy Cross’s and 13 Silver stars. The book is quite a read and it is amazing that any of them survived. The AO expanded when the !st Cav moved out of the Que Son. At that point the Bde HQ moved from Hawk Hill to LZ Baldy and soon after D Btry 3/82 was formed and moved on to LZ Colt which had been established by the Cav. AT this point LZ Ross was occupied by the 196th as well as Center and Baldy but I don’t recall if East was still open. For a short period LZ O’Conner was reopened, west of LZ West in the Heip Duc valley, which had been originally opened by the 1st Cav. As I recall O’Conner was closed when the Bde moved north to support the 1st Cav Div. This is getting too long so I’ll end it here.
    Jim Pongonis <japongonis"at"ala.net>
    Dothan, AL USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 16:04:28 (EST)

    I was with Dco/2/1, 196th. I was in 1st platoon in 67-68.Does anyone remember the name of the medics we had in 1st. plt.? One medic joined up with us in dec. 67 and I believe he got a Silver Star in 68 tet. Thanks for any info.
    ronniepayne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    Martinsville , Va USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 09:22:48 (EST)

    season greetings to all of us friedberg C-723 maint 1970july 1971 oct hope this message finds most of us in good health
    Douglas Friedberg <star393@juno.com>
    cicero, il USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 02:34:07 (EST)

    Served as a Medic Sep 68 to Jul 69 (3rd plt, mortar plt, and Hq plt) B Co 1/46 198th then changed to 196th. Spent time at LZ Baldy and LZ Professional. Anyone served same time would appreciate a response.
    Ray Gesick <ray.gesick@us.army.mil>
    Virginia Beach, Va USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 09:21:34 (EST)

    I served with CoB 4th Bn 31stInf 196th LIB,from Nov.25,67 to Nov.26,68. I'm looking for information/dates on the conflicts we encountered. Base camp was at Chu Lai,Que Son Valley, Hill 452(I think). Need the info. for a claim with the VA,thanks
    James Strasser <jstrasser@roguecc.edu>
    White City, Or USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 00:13:56 (EST)

    A website is being developed for those who fought on and supported LZ Center, in addition to all Vietnam vets in general. Thank you for those who have contacted me thus far. http://www.lzcentervietnamvets.com
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 11:29:48 (EST)

    CHASE IF YOU ARE OUT THERE WRITE ME . ITWOULD BE NICE TO HERE FROM SOME ONE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. HAVE YOU HEARD FROM ANY OF THE OTHERS.IWAS IN 3RD PLATTOON ALL SO THAT IS WHAT MADE ME REMEBER YOU . WRITE ME. JOHN
    JOHN WEBRE <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 09:10:41 (EST)

    Was in A 3/21 in 1968. I am looking for George Mills who was our Plt Sgt. He was an E-7 then and was a career soldier. I believe he was from Oklahoma as he had Okie from Muskogee on his helmut. I would like to find him, any help would be appreciated. Stoney
    Jim Stone (Stoney) <jstone10(at)msn.com>
    Lexington, Ne USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 18:35:52 (EST)

    I am seeking information on what happened the night I was wounded, Dec.22,1966. I can't remember who all was with us that night, but if anyone with Co.B 2nd. platoon can recall the 100lb. Chinese claymore that hit us at 0230, PLEASE send me an email. Either my mind has blocked it out or I am getting old, (Nah) Thanks guys.
    Dennis Passwater <thepasswaters@yahoo.com>
    Roseville, OH USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 17:54:22 (EST)

    I was in Dco/2/1,1st plt. 2nd squad.67-68 Would enjoy hearing from anyone in our outfit.
    ronnie payne <ronniepayne@adelphia.net>
    martinsville, va USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 17:33:51 (EST)

    John Webre, I was with A Company, 4/31th, 196th, Aug 1970-Oct 1971, 3rd Platoon, nickname.."Chase"..drop I line if you remember me !!
    Duey (Chase) Holm <dueyholm "at" yahoo.com>
    Shoreview, MN USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 14:13:15 (EST)

    Looking for anyone who was with aco 4/31 in vietnam in 70-71.Are if you know doc.Clark" are Mac . IF YOU GUYS ARE OUT THERE GIVE ME A SIGN SWAMPY
    JOHN WEBRE <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
    pensacola, fl USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 11:25:25 (EST)

    Seale W. Tuttle-your E/mail address won't go through. Write me at the E/mail address below if you have another address.
    william russell <Rwill62@sbcglobal.net>
    norman, ok USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 10:54:03 (EST)

    Hello all! I have been out to Ca. to visit Randy Kimes. His condition is deteriating. No date set yet for surgery. If anyone wants to contact me, my cell# 720-253-5430. I am presently in N.Y. Warren, I know this is not a chat room, I deeply appreciate your' posting of this, Sincerely, Ed Latini.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, co USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 09:19:12 (EST)

    I served in the 3/82 Arty from late July 67 to late July 68. First assignment was LNO to the 3/21 Inf until 12/67 (LTC Champlin commanding) and second assignment was LNO to Brigade HQ (COL Gelling commanding). Would enjoy hearing from anyone who remembers me or any of the other men in the "30" or "50" Liaison sections, particularly anyone who remembers my RTO, SP4 Lee Ridings from Missouri, who died in Dec 67 while we were on LZ Center.
    Seale W. Tuttle <82Arty.DaiUyTee(at)Spamgourmet.com>
    Tolland, CT USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 01:17:23 (EST)

    I served in the 3/82 Arty from late July 67 to late July 68. First assignment was LNO to the 3/21 Inf until 12/67 (LTC Champlin commanding) and second assignment was LNO to Brigade HQ (COL Gelling commanding). Would enjoy hearing from anyone who remembers me or any of the other men in the "30" or "50" Liaison sections, particularly anyone who remembers my RTO, SP4 Lee Ridings from Missouri, who died in Dec 67 while we were on LZ Center.
    Seale W. Tuttle <82Arty.DaiUyTee(at)Spamgourmet.com>
    Tolland, CT USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 01:15:45 (EST)

    I'm looking for buddies from DCO\2nd/1st, 196th Inf. 67-68. I was in 1st plt. 2nd squad. I was the Pointman until Jan. 68 then became Squad Leader. I'm also looking for Pop the singer from Florida.
    ronnie payne <ronniepayneatadelphia.net>
    martinsville, va USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 21:00:30 (EST)

    I really would like to hear from Sgt. Don Butler, Billy Graham and all the others who remember me. You guys called me "Sandy" back then. I was in the 196th 3rd/21st B-Company. My home phone is 205-670-5454, or E-mail my wife, Sissy at sylvia.martin at hotmail.com or butterfly154 at verizion.net Please Billy Graham, Sgt. Butler contact Sandy, he has talked about all of you as long as I have know him.
    Gary K. Martin <sylvia.martin@hotmail.com>
    Shelby, Al USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 17:17:10 (EST)

    I was with Sgt. Don Butler, B-Company 3-21 196th in 1972. I am wanting to hear from my old friends and conrads. Please contact me. Home # 205-670-5454. Or contact my wife via E-mail sylvia.martin at hotmail.com
    Gary K. Martin <sylvia.martin@hotmail.com>
    Shelby, Al USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 23:08:33 (EST)

    I WAS AT ALL THOSE IN 72 BCO AND CCO TILL STAND DOWN GIVE ME A HOLLER IM IN TOUCH WITH A FEW GUYS PREACHER,ANINMAL,FEW MORE IVE HAVE A SITE IVE POSTED SOME PICS ON WRITE ILL GIVE IT TO YOU. BUSHMASTER WECOME HOME
    mike campbell <sgtcampb"at" yahoo.com>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 18:32:27 (EST)

    The reunion of D Troop 1/1 Cav (RVN 68-72) will be held at the Orleans Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on 24-26 March 2006. Contact Keith Aakre for more information at keith_aakre@yahoo.com or 480-595-3956. Info is also at www.dtroop.com. D/1/1 was with 196th from 6/71 to 6/72.
    Keith Aakre <keith_aakre@yahoo.com>
    Phoenix, AZ USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 18:19:54 (EST)

    LOOKING FOR ANYONE JULY '71- APRIL '72. 4/31 AND THEN 1/46 196TH BDE. BRAVO, ECHO AND HHS COMPANIES. I WAS AT HILL 350 (LZ MAUDE), FIREBASE RAWHIDE, CHARLIE RIDGE, ETC. I WORKED WITH 4-DUECE ON HILL 350 AND THE RIDGELINE OUTSIDE OF DANANG. ALSO, CARRIED 81'S OUT IN THE BUSH. I REMEMBER RUSS NORLUND, RAY RAYBON, DENNIS MITCHELL. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE OTHERS, BUT WOULD LIKE TO FIND SOME OF THE GUYS I WAS WITH. MSGT TERRY JORDAN
    TERRY JORDAN <TERRY.JORDANATMNDULU.ANG.AF.MIL>
    DULUTH, MN USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 14:39:47 (EST)

    I regret to inform you of the death last week of Lt. Colonel Lawrence Lovato, USA Ret'd. Colonel Lovato passed away near Cambridge, UK where he had lived in retirement for many years. A bootstrap officer, recipient of several awards for valor and former 196th Light Infantry Brigade soldier, he received his final salute by a single U.S. Army specialist escorting his body at the funeral. VR/JOCM(SW) D.L. Lovato, USN Ret'd (his elder son)
    David L. Lovato <dljilovato@comcast.net>
    Dumfries, VA USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 20:07:17 (EST)

    Sorry for using this as a chat room but I would like to get in touch with Danny Cain. I was with Echo for much of the time that you were ther and I would like to talk to you. I have over a hundred names of guys that were in our unit. Please e-mail me or call me at 231.620.9827.
    Paul Gildner <pgildner at talkamerica.net>
    Cadillac, MI USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 11:32:40 (EST)

    Looking for anyone who served E Co. 1/46 196. I served from Jan.23 1969 to April 70 most of the time on LZ Prof. I was in a 4.2 mortar squad. Trying to recall some of the names faces places and events that took place, some I can some I can,t.Thiry Six years is a long time.
    Danny Cain <danny cain at fws.gov>
    Marion, La. USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 09:28:19 (EST)

    I am trying to get in touch with anyone who knew SFC Hunter who was with the 196th Inf Bde Personnel and Finance section
    Jimmie L. Kennedy <jkennedy4@hot.rr.com>
    copperas cove, tx USA - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 20:30:31 (EST)

    I need help in getting my Dad the ARCOM medal that he is due and NEVER received! My Daddy, Sergeant Richard G. Way, US51541491 Specialist Four E4 Company D, 3rd battalion 21st Infantry, 196 Light Infantry Brigade APO 96256 was supposed to have received the ARCOM medal per the direction of a letter dated 07/04/1967 signed by his commander Captain O.P. Anderson. I have provided this letter as well as 8 other pages of documents to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis but he STILL hasn't got his medal... Has anyone else run into this red tape? Please call me or email me. My direct line is 212 451 9955 if you have any suggestions as to how to get my daddy the recognition that he deserves for defending this great country!!!!!! Thanks! Kelly Way
    Kelly Way <kelly.way@wachovia.com>
    Stamford, CT USA - Friday, November 25, 2005 at 11:39:55 (EST)

    Felt good to see this site as my father was a member of this group in 1960 or 70s when it formed at Ft Deveens Mass. hoped to find out a little more about him as he is now passed on any info would be nice he was Capt. David W. Decker thanks Kim
    Kim Decker Sr <yanky69_us@yahoo.com>
    hornell, ny USA - Thursday, November 24, 2005 at 19:03:48 (EST)

    Looking for Names http://spaces.msn.com/members/azcard/
    David Moore <dmoore"at"citlink.net>
    Lake Havasu City, AZ USA - Thursday, November 24, 2005 at 09:25:55 (EST)

    On behalf of the Gimlet Association (21st Infantry) and myself, I want to wish all my brother Gimlets and Chargers a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day but let us not forget our brothers that are no longer with us to celebrate the holidays. Take a moment of silence on Thrusday with your family to remember our brothers.
    R. Mitch Mitchell <gimletmail21"at"yahoo.com>
    USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 17:02:22 (EST)

    looking for members of recon 196th 1969
    carl flynn <tudawg414@yahoo.com>
    springville, in USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 01:00:28 (EST)

    It is so sad, doesn't matter what color you were when you served your country, or if you were gay. You did what you had to do. I know a few gay individuals and they never push their sexuality on someone who doesn't want it. It doesn't matter the color you were or are you are all doing the same thing, that is to serve your country and make sure we remain free and don't have to learn their language. I am still looking for comrads of Harold Menzie also known as Skeeter. I am back home where I first met my love and have many memories. I cry a lot, as I miss him. He went thru 14 campains in Vietnam and over 1000 in his brigade are on the Vietnam Wall. Back home is Pueblo, Colorado, where I met him and fell in love with him He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado after his return from Vietnam. If anyone knows him from Vietnam or any of his posts he was assigned to please respond. Sandy Menzie
    Sandy Menzie <scalabreseatsbcglobal.net>
    New Milford , Ct USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 21:46:13 (EST)

    Wonder if Mounts is still alive sp4? He wasn't when we put him on the huey, but I heard they got him going again. He was from Ohio ,wore glasses.
    Dan
    USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 15:43:05 (EST)

    I am trying to get in touch with anyone who knew SSG. William (Bill) Soule who was killed on August 21, 1967. I have been asked by his sister to try to locate someone for her. I was a medic of 1st platoon Charlie Company, 25th infantry on Hill 54, Chu Lai during that time frame. Thanks
    Joseph calhoun <jecalhoun@sw.rr.com>
    Wichita Falls, Tx USA - Monday, November 21, 2005 at 23:27:03 (EST)

    Jim Gray: I new a Gray and I thought his name was Jim Gray but I was with 4/31 E/Recon '68
    David Moore <dmoore"at"citlink.net>
    Lake Havasu City, AZ USA - Monday, November 21, 2005 at 23:02:58 (EST)

    Just wanted to pass along that we activated the 6th Squadron, 17th US Cavalry here at Wheeler Army Airfield at 1130 Hawaiian Standard Time, 18 November 2005. We are proud of our lineage that traces back to F Troop, 17th CAV, 196th Infantry Brigade. It is our intent to post monthly updates on the happenings in the Squadron. Our many thanks to your members for their sacrifices and self less service. Regards, Scott Robert S. Brown LTC, AV Commanding "OUT FRONT-SIR!"
    LTC Scott Brown <robert.scott.brown2@us.army.mil>
    WAAF, HI 96786 - Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 21:33:57 (EST)

    LT. WILLIAMS C.CO 3/21 196th. You are wearing my SILVER STAR. Does any one know of a private agency I Can go thru to track this guy down So i can Correct the Injustice this man did to me 35 years ago? PH 906-523-0064
    Dan Isakson <uppermiiike>
    chassell, mi USA - Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 07:56:29 (EST)

    I am submitting this for Roger Helton who was with the 196 light inf. He was with you guys in 1970 and 1971, He mentioned Chu li, Hawk Hill and some other places , He does not use a computer so I am sending this for him, If any one remembers this old Bird contact me and I will get him in touch with you, Also I see your next reunion is in Kentucky! please send me info and I will give it to him. I was with the 3/5 Cav B Troop 1st Plt. 1966- 1968 and the Battle of Bau Bang , so I say sound the charge Brothers in arms and welcome HOME
    Tim Beardsley <tstbgpops@aol.com>
    Berea , Ky USA - Friday, November 18, 2005 at 12:42:42 (EST)

    Jim: Address S/B wilfr5@aol.com. Tried to send you but it didn't like your address.
    bill <wilfr5@aol.com>
    ny, ny USA - Friday, November 18, 2005 at 05:31:29 (EST)

    I was assigned to Headquarters HHC 196th Lt Inf from March 1967- Nov 1967. I was infused into the 196th from the 9th Inf Div. I came over to Nam on the USNS Barrett in Nov-Dec 1966. I one of the HC doc's helped run the Aide Station and went out on operations around the french fort and the black virgin. Went with the 196th to Chu Lai in April 1967 and helped run the Aide station at headquarters, and went out on Ambush Patrols. We were infused into the Americal Div and I left country on Nov 15th 1967. Looking for anyone that remembers me, or was one of the Docs that were in HHC medics. Looking for a guy with the last name of FLANDERS he was one of the original members that took the boat over from Ft Devens Mass in early 66,also LARRY DICK, BOB BUYERS< LARRY ALLEN from Chicago. Also any Doc that might of been infused from the 9th Inf Div with me. Would of been from C company or D company 9th Med Bn.. You can contact me at billbeas@yahoo.com
    Bill Beasley <billbeas@yahoo.com>
    Destin, Fl USA - Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 22:56:29 (EST)

    Hello.... I'm looking for anyone that was with me in HHC Medical from March 1967 - Nov 1967. I was infused into the 196th from the 9th Inf Div in March 1967 at Tay Nin, Than all of the 196th was moved to Chu Lai in April 1967 and than became the Americal division. I was a HHC DOC we ran the Aide station and worked Ambush patrols also. Also anyone that was infused from the 9th INF into the 196th and were 91B Medics I was also in C and D companies 9th Med BN 9th INF Ft Riley KS from June 1966 - March 1967 Went to Vietnam on the USNS Barrett in Nov-Dec 1966..
    Bill Beasley <billbeas@yahoo.com>
    Destin, FL USA - Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 22:32:55 (EST)

    I just want to let everyone know how PROUD i am of our men in unaform from the gens on down for how they treated our family the past month while my nephew lay in brooks burn center after hitting a roadside bomb on oct 31st he pasted a way we would have never seen this back in the 60sand 70s we had 57 salutes at his casket inside and they lined the roadway till mom and dad left at att.they gave a coffen size flag to his mother,sister,and his girl friend who he was going to marry when they got home! They were in the same unit but diff co. im just so dam proud i had to share it with you guys!!!!!!
    mike campbell <sgtcampb"at"yahoo.com>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 18:04:01 (EST)

    Thanks Ken for the time and effort on your reserch. We also had an incident 2 weeks ago where Fred Phelps (a minister in Kansas) went to a funeral for a soldier killed in Iraq to protest that he was gay. Not sure that he was even gay. Anyone that is willing to join the service and put his life on the line, should be given the respect and honor, no matter what faith, sex, color, or beliefs he or she has. These extreme christians and patriots make me sick.
    George Sanders
    USA - Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 17:32:51 (EST)

    looking for anyone knowing my brother 1stLt Mike Snider Sept-Dec 1971(now deceased)thanks ken snider
    ken snider <ken1@cableone.net>
    ocean ssprings, ms USA - Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 16:21:24 (EST)

    Normally I wouldn't inject into this type of discussion, but it was not college kids that were involved in this incident. It was an anti-gay group and consisted of about 5 people. I searched on the web and found a site http://pkos341.home.comcast.net/index.html that has a very good coverage of the incident and many photos. What is heartning is the support for the soldier and his family from many parts of the community. These protesters are just jerks and don't deserve the publicity thay have received. Ken-Editor 196th Association.

    On the TV today were some college kids saying our soldiers deserved to die . They had signs saying "thank God for IEDs","God hates America" and so forth. Kinda like the good old days, and the little brats don't even face a draft.

    Mike
    USA - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 19:12:35 (EST)

    LT. WILLIAMS you served with the americal 3/21 196th in 1970 and worked off of LZ Center. Charlie Co. I think.I put my life on the line to pull 2 buds out of the line of fire and then you had me fabricate a story and put you in for the silver star which should have been mine. This has eaten at me for 35 years and some day I will track you down so this injustice can be rectified..Can any body out there help me find this guy??? Ineed to put this to rest once and for all.
    Dan Isakson <uppermiike@yahoo>
    chassell , mi USA - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 23:11:34 (EST)

    On March 22, 1969 Co. C 2/1 196th LIB was ambushed by the VC. My father 1st Lt. Cecil I. Wright was wounded during this skirmish. I was just wondering if any of these men are still alive and if they remember what happend. Looking for Roger Litteral, Jerry J. Barnes, Douglas P. Steele, Ronald Haberman, Sylvester Harrall, Wilbert F. Otstot, James D. Crain, Norman Sanders, Sang Wang, Robert D. Gerber, Thomas Hall, Richard Hernandez, and men with the last names of Gardner, Reitman, Bates, Smith, E., James, Dzatko, Siegfied, Wood, Graves, Ford, Tennant, Burns, Smith, L. and Holloway. Any help would be greatly apprieciated. My dad is alive and doing well, he would like to get in contact with some of his old comrades. Some of these men I have had some contact with. Thanks, Garret
    Garret Kremer-Wright <gbkw83@hotmail.com>
    Centerville, OH USA - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:28:30 (EST)

    I am still looking for anyone that was in country with Harold Menzie, also known as "Skeeter". He was there 1967-1968. I finally was able to gather some of his clothes to donate, as he passed on Feb 22, of this year. I found a letter he wrote. He said one of the companies he was with in Vietnam, is secon squad, 26th engineer brigade. All were killed except him and two other men. PLEASE, if you knew Skeeter please respnd. I can attach a picture of him if you respond.
    Sandy Menzie <scalabrese797atsbcglobal.net>
    New Milford , CT USA - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 12:59:33 (EST)

    Looking for Wilfred Eggleton or Webb Peterson. Also looking for Mike McGovern. We all trained together in both Basic and AIT at Ft. Ord from Jan 1970 to May or June 1970 and flew together to Nam. Now it was either Wil or Webb. We flew together to Nam and were assigned to different units in the Americal Division, 196th LIB. I served with the 4th/31st. You might have served with the same unit but different company's. You were walking point for your unit when we last saw each other out in the bush. We both may have been in-country for a few weeks at that time. One of you were going to be sent back to the World because you were alergic to malaria pills. Have thought about that all these years as to if you were sent back home to the World because of that. Mike you were suppose to be sent to MP training after basic but were sent to an infantry AIT at Ft. Ord. You had actually served in the Navy for six years before being discharged from the Navy and enlisting into the Army If I recall right. We came across each other paths in Chu Lai sometime in Oct or Nov 1970 and you were still a grunt. Have wonder all these years if you ever became an MP? Greg
    Greg O'Neil <goneil90804 "at" yahoo.com>
    Long Beach, CA USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 15:12:16 (EST)

    I hope that all my Charger and Gimlet brothers take part in and enjoy celebrations today: Veterans Day 2005. Today, we honor all veterans, past and present. Also, I hope all Gimlets enjoy the reading the November issue of The Gimlet our association's newsletter. God Bless you all. Mitch
    R. Mitch Mitchell <gimletmail21"at"yahoo.com>
    USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 10:22:12 (EST)

    I wanted to tell you, all, THANK YOU for your service, without our veterans we would not be here as we are today.
    Peggy <plreiderataol.com>
    Dover, Pa USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 07:44:13 (EST)

    well here we are with another Veterans Day. i salute all of our brothers and hope that everyone is doing well
    jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, f USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 05:22:21 (EST)

    To bill/warren just asking a question have you heard anything about the reunion books..the pictures are great still think you'll did an outstanding job
    butch harris <hwh66"at"mindspring.com>
    arlington, tx USA - Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 18:57:59 (EST)

    I am presently working in Iraq. Served with 196th, 3/82nd Artillery & 2/2nd Infantry from 6/71 to 2/72. Chief of Section for Ammo with 3/82nd then moved to Recon Sgt with 2/2nd Infantry C Company.
    Sgt. Garland Edward Holt, 2nd (Ed) <edward.holt@halliburton.com>
    APO AE 09375, USA - Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 09:03:28 (EST)

    This is to say ((thanks)) to all the 196th Light Infantry. The Brothers In Arms to my nephew CPL Steve Blaskovich Jr. K.I.A on June 8-70 In the Hiep Duc Operation with the 146th. This is to let you (all) know that what you did and gave of yourselves back then will never be forgotten by myself and thoses of us who know the Hell you all went through and still do today. To My beloved nephew Steve (who I love like a brother) your forever in my heart and not a day goes by that I don't miss you. So untill were together again, Know I love and miss you. You gave your all. God be with you. To all Steve's brothers in arms may you all know that you don't stand alone and you ((ARE)) appreciated by those of us who feel the hurt and pain of the hell you all had to go through and still do today. It's (not) just Veterans Day that (I) think of all of you but this is to be day when all others can wake up and say THANKS FOR ALL YOU GAVE. God Bless each of you and for thoses of you who came back to us know I say from the heart (WELCOME HOME and THANK YOU). GOD BLESS You *Sincerely Yours BETTY*
    BETTY <Photoboop"at"cs.com>
    USA - Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 03:22:27 (EST)

    Bill, I'm looking for the name and/or contact information for Lt German's RTO. German was the FO for C 2/1 that was killed Jan 6, 1968. Can you help? I tried your email address but it wouldn't go thru. Jim
    Jim Pongonis <japongonis"at"ala.net>
    Dothan, AL USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 16:07:24 (EST)

    I WAS UNIT CDR OF B CO 2.1ST 196TH BDE FROM SEPT 1969 TO JUNE 1970. LOST CONTACT WITH PAXSON PAYNE , HIS EMAIL HAS CHANGED. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE UNIT ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT ME
    joseph genereux <jgenereuxatcfl.rr.com>
    ormond beach, fl USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 11:44:06 (EST)

    just wondering if you have heard or know about the books? I understand about the problems with a pasting of a parent and the help that is needed to help our prayers are with you...
    butch harris <hwh66"at"mindspring.com>
    arlington, tx USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 22:01:12 (EST)

    with C/CO 2/1 196th 4/67-4/68 any one out there? thanks and GOD Bless to all. bill
    BILL <WILFR"at"AOL.COM>
    NY USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 04:56:06 (EST)

    Sadly,Vinnie, I would have to decide which Wife, which Children and which Grand Child. I have a Daughter who was a Tour Guide on 'The Mall' while attending GW College in the DC area; several years later, she took her half Brother on a tour which included 'The Wall'; I divorced her Mother so I could go to war. She also went to HS with a half Sister whom she didn't know was the child of her Mother's best friend until later in life, had a different last name. The 'SOILS' of war will never end for some of us until the 'grim reaper' calls. I do thank all for your service and wish for you piece of mind and loving Friends.
    'Grunt Medic'
    USA - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 00:11:04 (EST)

    hi brothers...another veteran's day is coming around...a time to relfecton on and celebrate the lives and sacrifices of all who have served...especially those of us who served in viet nam...I hope to see some of you in washington this weekend...will be traveling there with my wife, children and grandchildren...want to introduce them to a side of my life they haven't known about...hope to introduce them to some of my brothers in arms...vince.
    vncent scalese (A 2/1 class of '67) <vscalese"at"adelphia.net>
    thornton, NH USA - Monday, November 07, 2005 at 11:45:38 (EST)

    i like the photos. to bad there isnt any captioning
    jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Sunday, November 06, 2005 at 05:50:35 (EST)

    My respects to the members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, my cousin Phill Adams was KIA on 11/23/67 in Vietnam. A day does not go by when I think of him and what he could have become. We were close in life and I think of him and thank all of you for the sacrifices you have endured. Thank you Thomas Adams
    Thomas Adams <tjadams@rjetelecom.com>
    Brewster, NY USA - Friday, November 04, 2005 at 08:58:09 (EST)

    PHOTOS ARE NOW POSTED OF THE 2005 REUNION. Sorry it took so long. My brother passed away soon after I returned from the reunion and it has been hectic trying to assist his wife in settling his affairs. The next task for me is to get the newsletter out before the end of the year. Thanks for your patience.
    Ken McKenzie
    USA - Thursday, November 03, 2005 at 23:46:20 (EST)

    I'm one of the orignals from Ft. Devens to Tay Ninh. I was with D co. 2/1 mortars. Are there any of you old timers out there?
    JIM JOHNSTON <jimlindaatsuperior.net>
    HUDSON FALLS, NY USA - Thursday, November 03, 2005 at 19:12:10 (EST)

    Hey guys, just got back from reunion, great time, thanks, Warren& crew. Ed
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen , Co. USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 at 13:17:03 (EST)

    Both Loatman and Mc Kinnon are listed wrong or incompletely at a few memorial sites as to unit. I have forwarded your message and information from the Coffelt database to the site. Hopefully they'll correct the info.
    Mike
    USA - Wednesday, November 02, 2005 at 12:37:51 (EST)

    Warren, after a lot of research (2) names have come to the attention of some of D 4/31 troops. The reunion was very enlightening in recounting some events of 37-38 years ago. I would like to add and honor the names of Rodney Ellis Loatman KIA 11-23-67, Thanksgiving Day Battle at Hill 63, D.O.B. 1-12-48, from Newark, New Jersey, grade E-3, M.O.S. 11B10, in country 4-21-67 unit D-4/31; Jack Wiley Mc Kinnon KIA 1-3-68, D.O.B. 3-9-48, from Santa Cruz, Ca., grade E-4 M.O.S. 11B20, in country 4-13-67, unit D-4/31 to our Honor Roll. A special thanks to Dave Smith and Billy Lightfoot for their imput. Guys I met after 37 years and walked the Hiep Duc Valley and Que Son Valley with, Doc Cassidy, Doc Israel, Chip Skuse, at the time (Captain) Jim Richards, Billy Lightfoot, Joe Grizzard, Dave Smith, Rhiney Hyde and the guys we called on the phone at poolside Angie Anguiano, Bill Duber and Chuck Flinchum.
    Ron Morenz <southsidemo"at"cs.com>
    Chicago/Mesa, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 15:05:55 (EST)

    im looking for anyone that served in the charlie com 3-1 11th light inf brigade chu lai from 67-69.. me and two other men was wounded in action a tony campbell and a pete molyneaux
    john hefner <jah_ford5@hotmail.com>
    USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 12:21:10 (EST)

    im looking for anyone that served in the charlie com 3-1 11th light inf brigade chu lai from 67-69.. me and two other men was wounded in action a tony campbell and a pete molyneaux
    john hefner <jah_ford5@hotmail.com>
    USA - Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 12:19:49 (EST)

    Looking for anyone that served (or knows someone) that serves in army- 572 mp group attached to 196th light infantry, 1967-1968. chu-lai, vietnam. Please contact me if you have any information. Thanks for your help!
    David Johnson <hydroscapes@frontiernet.net>
    Medford, OR USA - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 15:26:08 (EST)

    Need to find Bill Williams he served with Americal 196th Charlie Co. 3/21 in 1970. He was wounded when my best friend Bill Wicks was killed. Weworked off LZ Center
    dan isakson <uppermiike@yahoo.com>
    chassell , mi USA - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 00:33:37 (EDT)

    Despertly looking for a LT Williams who served with americal 196th 3/21 Charlie Co in 1970. We worked off of LZ Center. He was wounded by a booby trap that killed my best friend, Bill Wicks.
    Dan Isakson <uppermiike>
    chassell, mi USA - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 00:23:55 (EDT)

    Mike, Prostate cancer is listed by the VA in the Agent Orange Review, Vol. 21, No.1, November 2004, as illnesses presumptively service-connected to date. According to the review Vietnam veterans with one of more of the conditions listed in the review do not have to show that the illness is related to military service to get disability compensation. VA presumes that the veteran's condition is service-connected. Check:www.va.gov/AgentOrange
    Paul
    USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 21:44:37 (EDT)

    Paul: Thanks much for the link. Will prostate cnacer and Nam. I cut this message from another site: "Posted by Jim McKenzie on 3/16/2005, 2:52 pm 24.236.81.140 Vet Friends - Prostate cancer in rampant among our comrades. Of six gallent men I served with in Viet Nam, only two of us survive, and we both have prostate cancer. The other four died from prostate cancer. It is urgent that every veteran who served in Viet Nam have a regular PSA test. If you have not done so, do it now. God bless you all."" I think prostate cancer is an agent orange related cancer ,according to the VA.
    Mike
    USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 20:51:00 (EDT)

    What do we know about Prostate cancer and Nam?
    Will <wwwillymon@cs.com>
    Boston, ma USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 20:22:50 (EDT)

    Mike the link herein says about 12 weeks to a year: http://www.expresscitations.com/DD214,%20201%20Personnel%20File,%20Military%20Medical%20Records.htm
    Paul
    USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 18:27:45 (EDT)

    Just wanted to say hello. Class of '66 67 RVN
    Jim Boone <Jim9270@aol.com>
    Phila, Pa USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 14:06:34 (EDT)

    Just wanted to say hello. Class of '66 67 RVN
    Jim Boone <Jim9270@aol.com>
    Phila, Pa USA - Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 13:49:29 (EDT)

    Last week I sent off that form to update my DD214 to a DD215. I included the orders the clerk must have overlooked when typing up my DD214. Question: Does anyone know how long this process takes? Several months or several decades? lol
    Mike
    USA - Friday, October 28, 2005 at 15:23:21 (EDT)

    Brien Holroyd was in A 1/46 69-70. Brien does not do Internet so I am trying to help him contact anyone who remembers him. Thanks
    Mike Robertson <oatsteam@aol.com>
    Ventura, CA USA - Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 11:22:19 (EDT)

    A website is being developed for those who fought on and supported LZ Center, in addition to all Vietnam vets in general. Thank you for those who have contacted me thus far. http://www.lzcentervietnamvets.com
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 11:19:20 (EDT)

    I didn't see anyone from D.Co. 1/20. I served 1970-1971, Welcome Home Guys !
    Everett R. Boully <boully@charter.net>
    Arab, Al USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 07:48:27 (EDT)

    Here's an interesting story of a Vietnamese immigrant who punched a Communist Vietnamese delegate visting the USA. He is the son of an American Marine KIA. http://www.washingtontimes.com/metro/20050922-111321-9539r.htm
    Mike
    USA - Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 12:29:09 (EDT)

    the book Survivors can be bought at www.Alibris.com-a very good site for any older book.
    bill russell <rwill62atsbcglobal.net>
    norman, ok USA - Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 09:52:12 (EDT)

    If anyone out there was in the battle in early Jan of 68, with A and D Companies, when some of our guys were captured and we suffered a lot of casualties. I ran onto a book written by some of the guys that were captured. It is an old book but your library should be able to get it for you. It is Survivors, by Zalin Grant and published by Pythia Press. Just thought I would pass this along. Stoney
    Jim Stone <jstone10@msn.com>
    Lexington, Ne USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 23:14:35 (EDT)

    I was not in the 196th. But I met Clyde Roan. I read where Dave Morris of the 196th was looking for him. I met Clyde in Gulfport Fl water front bar. He was a best friend of my older brother Tom Stock. Clyde Roan was recognized as a hero. I was proud to have met him. Clyde Roan (Lt. Colonel, special ops etc) died a few years ago in Gulfport Fl. I dont know where he is buried or the exact dates but would be very happy to gather those facts and put anyone in touch with my brother who loved and respected Clyde Roan as a friend. Don Stock Tallahassee Fl.
    Don Stock <donstock17@comcast.net>
    Tallahassee, fl USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 19:24:31 (EDT)

    Also - daddy had photos of some me. I know three that he spoke of were Artie Krull, Dando Pierce and Sgt. James Key
    Anita Parrish <ar7171127@wmconnect.com>
    Russellville, AL USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 12:58:47 (EDT)

    Looking for anyone who remembers my dad or may have photos of him in Nam. His name is Frank Wellington. He served in Co A 4th Bn 31st Inf of the 196th from 66-67 when he stepped on a land mine and lost his right leg. He died on Sept 16, 2005 from cancer in his neck that was caused by Agent Orange. Somehow this is therapy for me to see if I can locate anyone who remembers him or has pictures of him in Nam. You are all my heroes. The stories that Daddy told me about being in that jungle were awful. Your strength and courage is beyond compare in words. God Bless you all!
    Anita Parrish <ar7171127@wmconnect.com>
    Russellville, AL USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 12:57:15 (EDT)

    i was with b 3/21 until i was medivaced out on dec 24 70, i was sent to japan due to wound being infected. None of my belongs were sent to me so all names of guys i was with was lost. To all the guys i was there with i hope you all made it back safely. I do remember nick the 60 guy, he was from new york i believe. Hope to be hearing from someone to jar my memory
    al dabalos <addabalos@aol.com>
    franklin, in USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 20:20:54 (EDT)

    i was with b 3/21 70, medivaced out on dec 24 70, then shipped to japan, wound got infected. none of my belonging ever got back to me, so all names of guys i was with was lost, i do remember the 60 gunner was nick, new york guy. i always wondered what happened to all those guys, wishing all the best
    al dabalos <addabalosataol.com>
    franklin, in USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 20:10:29 (EDT)

    I was the Platoon Leader for the 2nd Plt, Co.C, 2/1 served 1971 - 1972. At that time I was a Staff Sergeant, I retiredas a First Sergeant E-8 in 1986 after 20 Years. Cpt Terry Fox was my Company Commander at that time. I have about 20 pictures from those days and cant remember the names of some of the guys.
    Jim Clauson <coastalreport@aol.com>
    Long Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 13:01:10 (EDT)

    RE: LZ Ross make that NORTH EAST of LZ West
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmail.com>
    Fresno , CA USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 10:45:14 (EDT)

    LZ Ross: LZ Ross was just a tad north east of LZ West..I should look it up on my map...they were primarely an arty support base. My recollection is that they had 8 inch and 175 MM artillery pieces...their location was on what seemed to be a low ground area (looking down from LZ West). Of course in between was the Popular FOrce place called Nui Loc Som (cant vouch for the spelling)...those folks shot up their AO *ALL* night long and i do mean *ALL* night long...we did receive support from them (LZ Ross) whenever needed...miles away usually and we were always GRATEFUL to them....thats all i know of LZ Ross.
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmail.com>
    Fresno , CA USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 23:30:24 (EDT)

    Where did LZ Ross fit into the picture? I got in country Nov of 68 and went to Ross to join my company A 2/1
    George Sanders <gsanders@kans.com>
    Staffford, Ks USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 21:09:47 (EDT)

    Jim. If you have any photos to share during your time on LZ Center, please email me. See the following site: http://www.lzcentervietnamvets.com
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 17:56:27 (EDT)

    The 196th moved out in the Que Sons in Nov of 67 from Chu Lai. Each battalion 4/31, 3/21, 2/1, built their own fire base. They were LZ East,Center, and West. The only one to remain continuous through the summer of 68 was LZ Center. I was in 3/21 on Center and at one time or the other in spring and summer of 68 I was on top of both East and West and all that was there was empty bunkers. stoney
    Jim Stone <jstone10(at)msn.com>
    Lexington, Ne USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 17:21:39 (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 brothers was also in with him Ben & George Runyon... Please email me with any infomation at all, Thank You. ~Becky (Runyon) Francis
    Becky (Runyon) Francis <becluvsjoe@yahoo.com>
    Cookeville, TN USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:43:49 (EDT)

    Brien Holroyd was in A 1/46 69-70. Brien does not do Internet so I am trying to help him contact anyone who remembers him. Thanks
    Mike Robertson <oatsteam@aol.com>
    Ventura, CA USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 13:25:27 (EDT)

    Brother Gimlets,time for "The Gimlet" once again. Yes, it's that time of year, time for the Gimlet Association's newsletter to be published. The newsletter goes to press this Friday, so If any of you Gimlets are interested and want a personal copy please respond by COB Thursday, 20 October 2005, so that you may receive your personal copy of the Gimlet Association's Veterans Day newsletter by 11 November 2005.
    R. Mitch Mitchell <Gimletmail321"at"aol.com>
    USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 00:16:18 (EDT)

    Brother Gimlets, Time for "The Gimlet once again." Yes, it's that time of year, time for the Gimlet Association's newsletter to be published. The newsletter goes to press this Friday, so If any of you Gimlets are interested and want a personal copy please respond by COB Thursday, 20 October 2205, so that you may receive your personal copy of the Gimlet Association's Veterans Day newsletter by 11 November 2005.
    R. Mitch Mitchell <Gimletmail321@aol.com>
    USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 00:13:35 (EDT)

    what a LZ- I believe the quods where mortored and lost and never replaced! Anybody remember Spec 5 Patrex?
    will <willymon@cs.com>
    BOSTON, mA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 21:13:58 (EDT)

    I was with C/4/31 of the 196th from 02/68to02/69 and Hill 445 aka LZ West was our battalion hq. Our company rotated to LZ West with the other companies. We built LZ West at least once or twice...filled and emptied many sandbags there...a couple recollections;;;one time we found a bangalore torpedoe near the barbwire and another time there was a body (squeletal remains) found from earlier firefights...and on the humorous side...a jet jockey once lowered his wheels and pretented to "land" on LZ West with his F-4...I do recall seeing rain clouds coming from the west and as they got closer I started hearing noises...like a hum kind of sound that progressively got louder until i found out it was RAIN hitting the vegetation below us by that time i was wet...i do have a question...there was a plane flying through Que son/Hiep Duc and this went on for a few weeks in the summer and all of a sudden there was a huge flash that lit up the whole valley below hill 445...I can only assume it was a flash to allow recon planes to take pictures....anyone know for sure? When I was stationed there with our company there was a Quad 50 that shot up the countryside at night and a small radar station... thats all I have today. Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmail.com>
    Fresno , CA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 20:54:18 (EDT)

    Make that 1968!!
    will <wwwillymon@cs.com>
    Boston, Ma USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 18:17:35 (EDT)

    What month was LZ West taken-seems to me August67?
    Will <wwwillymon2cs.com>
    Boston, Ma USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 18:03:17 (EDT)

    JOHN B.We have no idea at this time why?We are trying to contack his wife at this point to find out what happed we were in the pross.of trying to locate him when we found out about his death.I will post anything i find if she says its ok.I myself am disable with a seizure disorder with no reasons.no head injurys but i was in a a/orange ao vietnam.
    mike campbell <sgtcampb"at" yahoo.com>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 16:04:21 (EDT)

    that was C/3/82 arty on West
    bill russell <rwill62atsbcglobal.net>
    norman, ok USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 09:21:54 (EDT)

    LZ West was also called Hill 445 I think. Don't know the arty unit .
    Mike
    USA - Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 23:29:49 (EDT)

    4/31 196th A, B, C, D, E infantry companies worked off LZ West 1968 and 69. I don't know what arty unit was up there.
    Bob Barth A company 4/31 68-69 <bobbyb1146ataol.com>
    Charlotte, NC USA - Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 20:58:18 (EDT)

    What units where on LZ West-1968 and was this also called Hill 5 something-rainy day and just thinking-thanks.
    will <wwwillymon@cs.com>
    Boston, MA USA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 10:47:54 (EDT)

    Just wondering-what units where on LZ West 1968 and was this also called hill 5??-thanks!
    Will <wwwillymon2CS.COM>
    Bostin, Ma USA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 10:20:49 (EDT)

    Hi I am Sergio cousin. We are related to famous Croation cosmonaut Boris Blastoff. Second cousins to famous Croation lover Ivan Jerkinoff. Best wishes from Croatia.
    Boris
    USA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 00:29:20 (EDT)

    Hi! I'm Sergo(www.erectorkit.com), keep up your work!
    Sergo Ivovitch <webmaster@erectorkit.com>
    Zagreb, ZA Croatia - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 21:40:50 (EDT)

    Please if you were in the Americal 196th 3/21 in 1970 I am trying to locate some men, Lt Rice, Lt Ross, Lt Williams to name a few. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Dan Isakson Ph 906-523-0064
    Dan Isakson <uppermiike@yahoo.com>
    Chassell , Mi USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 21:09:15 (EDT)

    Please if you were in the Americal 196th 3/21 in 1970 I am trying to locate some men, Lt Rice, Lt Ross, Lt Williams to name a few. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Dan Isakson Ph3 906-523-0064
    Dan Isakson <uppermiike@yahoo.com>
    Chassell , Mi USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 21:07:12 (EDT)

    B4/31 1968 trying to get ahold of Tom Anderson (andy) Ive tried to E mail you 3 times never goes thru have you got new address.Mail me
    Lonnie Leech <lonnieleechathotmail.com>
    denver, Co USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 12:25:22 (EDT)

    Anybody have addresses for General Knowles, Colonel Murray or any of the Bde staff from the late 66/early 67 time frame?
    Warren Faulk <PersimmonXing@aol.com>
    Smarr, GA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 11:02:04 (EDT)

    Michael Cambell: any idea why he passed? was it agent orange type things?
    John B
    USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 02:03:49 (EDT)

    I WOULD LIKE TO LET FELLOW Cco3rd21st 71/72 know that steven e peralto passed away in 2004 at big bear city,ca.steven was a sp4 in 71/72at danang with the 196th.
    mike campbell <sgtcampb"at"yahoo.com>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 20:54:41 (EDT)

    I must echo Warren's words of commiseration, and express deepest condolences from myself and the Gimlet Association (21st Infantry) to family and friends of Ron Davis. Ron was a Charter member of the Gimlet Association (21st Infantry). Ron will be missed by his fellow Gimlets and Chargers and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I looked forward to receiving e-mails from him. We'll all see each other again on the other side for the big muster and pass in review. Rest in Peace. R. Mitch Mitchell Interim President Gimlet Association (21st Infantry)
    R. Mitch Mitchell <Gimletmail321@aol.com>
    USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 15:42:05 (EDT)

    I served with C/2/1 from Nov.1968-Dec.1969. Would love to hear from others from Charlie Co. God bless you all.
    Ronald Jackson <ronaldjatbiscoe.citation.net>
    biscoe, nc USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 11:43:34 (EDT)

    It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you of the passing Tuesday evening of Ron Davis, B 3/21, 65-67. Ron was the Association Membership Chairman for many years. He attended reunions throughout the country representing the 196th & Americal. He collected hundreds of names and addresses of his 196th brothers over the years. Ron was a great ambassador for the 196th and will be greatly missed. The viewing will be this Friday, 14 October at 10AM EST at the Smith McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 S US 27, Fountain City, IN. Services and burial will follow at 11AM EST. The funeral home has suggested a local florist, Sandmark Florists, (765) 489-4155, for those who may wish to send an arrangement. See you on the other side, Ron.
    Warren <President, 196th>
    Cicero, IN USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 20:33:50 (EDT)

    Enlisted 29 Jan 70, Tng Ft. Ord, CA, Vietnam 2 Sep 70-Oct 71. Co E 4/31st Inf, 196 LIB, MOS: 11C1O, SP4 E4. I would like to find out more and a list of people I was stationed with on LZ West and hill 350. POB: Honolulu, HI Aloha Gene
    Gene KH Chung <genekhchung@yahoo.com; gene.chung@hoffman.army.mil>
    Alexandria, VA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 11:09:55 (EDT)

    Hi folks. I was in C Co 2/1/ from 9/70 -9/71 and served in the 4.2 mortar platoon as well. Retired from the Army after 27 years and now help with disability. Was with Cpt White and 1Sgt Green in C Co and after we went up north to Charley 1&2 was in the mortars. Was also in LamSon719. We put a lot of rouinds on the ground. Would like to hear from Frag, West, SSG Horne, or anyone who was in C CO or the 4.2 mortars. We all had one hard time and if you were there in the field you knew. Hope all my fellow comrades in arms are alive and well. "Pete"
    Peter E. Gould SGM (R) <Gould714 & tampabay.rr.com>
    Brandon, FL USA - Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 21:22:46 (EDT)

    I was in country from Sept 70 to Jan 71. Was medvac out after hitting booby trap Jan 19th 1971 I was with D 3/21 196th Company name Black Death
    Bill Testerman <cazzman@verizon.net>
    Terra Alta, wv USA - Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 15:15:44 (EDT)

    I would like to announce the passing of my father and former Charger, MAJ(Ret.) Lincoln Brigham. Linc served as Provost Marshall with the 196th LIB from the very first tour until 1966. He loved the people in the 196th and especially "his" MPs, who could still bring a tear 0fpride to his eyes when he talked about them 30+ years later. MAJ Brigham served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Three wars took a lot out of him especially Vietnam but he was always proud to have served. Thanks to all you Chargers who answered the call.
    SFC (Ret.) Clint Brigham <clint.brigham@gmail.com>
    Heidelberg, Germany - Saturday, October 08, 2005 at 07:34:57 (EDT)

    Does anyone remember the French Motor Pool just off Hill 251, toward Kham Duc?
    Bill McGee <mcgee2178ataol.com>
    Paducah, KY USA - Friday, October 07, 2005 at 14:17:53 (EDT)

    STILL LOOKING FOR A NEW ADDRESS/EMAIL FOR JERRY AUGUSTINE, I THINK THAT IS HE SPELLS LAST NAME, WAS WITH CO.B 3/21, TAY NINH, 1965-67. THANKS.
    Dennis Passwater <thepasswaters@yahoo.com>
    Roseville, OH USA - Thursday, October 06, 2005 at 16:13:31 (EDT)

    Trying to locate anyone who served with my brother PFC Dewey Ray who was with the 196th Light Inf Bde 17th Cav F Troop, KIA 9/14/69. Any and all help would a blessing to put the wondering away. Drop a line to E-mail address. Thanks and God Bless.
    Marvin Ray <mray5149684@yahoo.com>
    Traverse City, MI USA - Thursday, October 06, 2005 at 16:07:20 (EDT)

    ****TO ALL WHO ORDERED MEMORYBOOKS AT THE REUNION**** I apologize for the delay in the Memory Books. We have been awaiting photos from Hawaii and other sources to complete the book. It should be ready to go to the printer within 2-3 weeks and probably be received before Thanksgiving. Thanks for your patience.
    Warren <President, 196th>
    Cicero, IN USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 22:43:33 (EDT)

    San ANtonio was great. Many of us had portrates taken for a book of rememberance. Have any of you gotten your copy of that book yet? If you have, how long ago did it arrive. I'm still waiting for mine. Jim "Guner Wil" Willard
    Jim Willard <jimwillard@charter.net>
    Walla Walla, WA USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 20:33:22 (EDT)

    I am developing a website dedicated to those who fought on or supported LZ Center. This was the home of the 196TH LIB 3/82nd Arty. I am looking for those who would like to share their photos or stories. The address is http://www.lzcentervietnamvets.com
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 19:53:48 (EDT)

    God bless those that made it home. I hope the ones that did not, may they rest in peace. The war is over, finally. God bless them all. I lost many good frieds over there. They are thought of every day. D4/31 196 LIB. Go Chargers. I also do volunteer work at Augusta V.A.
    Victor W. Howell <vhowellvhowellvhowell@yahoo.com>
    Milledgeville, GA. USA - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 16:42:48 (EDT)

    President's Note: CPL Johnnie Barchak of San Antonio, TX was a member of C 4/31. He was KIA on 2/28/67 along with 3 others from C 4/31.
    Warren <President, 196th>
    Cicero, IN USA - Friday, September 30, 2005 at 23:05:21 (EDT)

    I wrote about if anybody knew my Uncle Johnnie "butch" Barchak I wrote the wrong years he served. He served August 7, 1966 to Feburary 28, 1967. I'm sorry about getting the years wrong.
    Brandi Barchak <b_brchak@yahoo.com>
    anna, tx USA - Friday, September 30, 2005 at 16:32:48 (EDT)

    Hi I'm looking for anybody that served with my uncle in vietnam. He was in there from august 1967 to feburary 1968. His name was Johnnie Barchak but they called him "Butch". I have some questions about him I need to know. If you could email me if you know anything about him. Thank you, Brandi
    Brandi Barchak <b_barchak@yahoo.com>
    anna, tx USA - Friday, September 30, 2005 at 16:16:41 (EDT)

    I am looking for john grady who served with me in the 23d mp company in 1972. If anyone knows where he is or how i can contack him, please let me know.Jimmie l. Kennedy copperas cove, tx usa
    jimmie l kennedy <jkennedy4@hot.rr.com>
    copperas cove, tx USA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 20:41:13 (EDT)

    E Recon 2/1 April-68 --July -68 LZ BALDY LZ ROSS in BN TOC as night Staff Duty for last part of tour, then to MACV in Danang last tour in II CORP 1/22 INF
    Karl Krueger <colonel57106@sio.midco.net>
    Sioux Falls, SD USA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 08:30:04 (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 <becluvsjoe@yahoo.com>
    Cookeville, TN USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 20:25:57 (EDT)

    I have found David Connely the assistan gunner after so many year Chitwood you supose to be gunnerfor the 2nd platoonin1967for a3/21.we want to no wre you at If you see this give me line or call8644260631 or anybody else that was their in the unit can do the same
    paul rhinehart <rhinehartpaul@yahoo, com>
    union, sc USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 17:07:05 (EDT)

    Hello everyone, I was with F Troop 17th Cav 1967 - 1968. Best wishes to everyone that was over there.
    Lawerance Hinkle <lkhinkle5@Yahoo.com>
    Pendleton, Or USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 00:55:59 (EDT)

    Just a quick hi. I seved in Co D 1/46 in 1971. Don't see anyone form second platoon signing on. What like to hear from anyone who remembers the typoon, scout dog dying, or some of the other crazy stuff that happened.
    Bob Stewart <stewr1@npoint.net>
    Dunlap, IL USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 00:24:03 (EDT)

    i was the 23rd mp co 1sg in 1972
    Jimmie L. Kennedy <jkennedy4@hot.rr.com >
    copperas cove, tx USA - Friday, September 23, 2005 at 19:16:57 (EDT)

    I am still looking for John Oliver who served in 3/82 FA in the '67-'68 timeframe. He was the FO for A 4/31 and FDO for D Btry 3/82. If anyone knows where he is or how to contact him please let me know.
    Jim Pongonis <japongonis'at'ala.net>
    Dothan, AL USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 22:09:47 (EDT)

    Pat, sorry , disregard. I read it wrong.
    Mike
    USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 17:20:59 (EDT)

    Pat, probably a different Larry Poss but man with same name is affiliated with Voyforums War Stories. He also has his own web page at: http://www.larryposs.com/
    Mike
    USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 17:19:13 (EDT)

    I served with the 1/46 Echo Recon fron 12/69 to 11/70. I went by the name of "Buckwheat" I am looking for JB Akins Sgt Larry(Poss) Williams,John(Claymore)Clifford and Ssgt Samuel Jackson.
    pat correll <superc53"at"otbnet.com>
    noble, il USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 23:11:28 (EDT)

    I served with 1/46 Echo Recon 12/69-11/70. I went by the name of "Buckwheat". Also looking for other Recon guys from my platoon, JB Akins, Sgt Larry(poss)Williams,John(claymore) Clifford and Ssgt Samuel Jackson.
    pat correll <superc53"at"otbnet.com>
    noble, il USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 23:00:32 (EDT)

    I would like to know if Lee E Kujawa served in F Troop 17th ACAV during '68-69?
    Bill Shaw <ordnanceman@comcast.net>
    Baltimore, MD USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 15:44:00 (EDT)

    I am still looking for individuals that served in Vietnam during the years of 1967 and 1968. He was know as Skeeter Menzie, but his real name was Harold Menzie. He was in C company 4/31. His daughter and I are anxious to talk to anyone that remembers him in Vietnam. He passed away on Feb 22, of this year. The last date I have posted was incorrect. He was stationed at Ft. Carson after leaving Vietnam, then at Ft. Lewis, Washington prior to his getting out of the army. Please respond if you knew Skeeter. Sandy
    Sandra Menzie <scalabrese7975atsbcglobal.net>
    New Milford, c CT - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 00:42:06 (EDT)

    Hi the name is John Biesen and I’m sitting here reading about the old days and am wondering if my friends from back then are also reading these entries. I was with Co. D 4/31st second platoon and second squad from January 1970 till May 1970 as I recall. Then I was in HHC 196th commo from June 1970 till December on Hawk Hill. Fayton, Fussner, Merchant, AL Lawson, L.C. Dixon, Bushfan are the names I remember. I’m interested in hearing from any who knew me from back then.
    John Biesen <slippersataol.com>
    orland park, il USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 22:42:18 (EDT)

    The web site mentioned below is: www.lzcentervietnamvets.com
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 11:36:04 (EDT)

    My father, Rudy Shotts, served in Vietnam from November 1967 to October 1968. He was a gun chief for the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Arty, B Battery, gun #2 on LZ Center. I am currently looking for vets who may have served with him, or was part of supporting Hill 348. I have dedicated a website to LZ Center, and all Vietnam vets. This site is a work in progress, and I would appreciate any photos or stories to place onto this site. www.lzcentervietnamvets.com Thanks everyone. Pete
    Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
    San Diego, CA USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 11:33:29 (EDT)

    I am looking for veterans that were in Fort Carson during the year of 1969, that may remember Skeeter (Harold Menzie) I think Skeeter was affiliated with the infantry. I lived in Pueblo, Colorado. He served in Vietnam prior to his post in Fort Carson. Help! Sandy Menzie
    Sandy Menzie
    USA - Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 20:15:43 (EDT)

    Served August 1967 to August 1968, Charlie Company 2/1 for about three months then HHQ for the remainder. Survived Kham Duc 12 May 1968.
    Glenn Ehlers <glenn.ehlers.btx1@statefarm.com>
    Conroe, Tx USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 16:06:22 (EDT)

    Looking new address for "Auggie" Co.B 3/21, '65-'66. Old email address is no good. Thanks.
    Dennis Passwater <thepasswaters@yahoo.com>
    Roseville, OH USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 17:48:44 (EDT)

    Looking for anyone who was with D-Co, 3/21st on March 7, 1969. I was a helicopter pilot who flew two missions in recovering wounded that day. Would like to hear from you. Thanks
    Robert "Russ" Jones <rjones7015@satx.rr.com>
    New Braunfels, Tx USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 22:54:36 (EDT)

    Great Vietnam Veterans Reunion coming up Sept. 15th. 16th. 17th. & finishes up Sunday Sept. 18th. 2005 at the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization property on Rte. 26 about 8 miles East of Kokomo , IN. This is a campout style reunion with good bands,many food vendors and vendors selling unit tee shirts,hats,fatigues, flags, cups and you name it. There are also many good motels in Kokomo. Many associations such as the Americal have booths in the tent and Warren Neill and other officers from the 196th. association have been known to do a fly by ( or stop for a cold drink at your camp site ). Delta - 4/31 is expecting about a half dozen guys, including Col. Ed Griffin (ret.) Major Freddie Martin, Ken Phillips, Bob Reichel, and first time attendee Bobby Abbott from 2nd. platoon & Capt. Whittakers sapper squad. We have many guys in the area and it would be great to see you there. I will be on site 435 West. May God bless us all. Vance
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com>
    Fennville, MI. USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 00:13:07 (EDT)

    Aco. 1/46th 71-72....JIM ISSAC... sent an email, it said email address was bad, write me at my eamil! Take care, good to hear from you! The old Sarge Jon Burns
    Jon Burns <jonkburns@verizon.net>
    Wimberley, TX USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 22:46:54 (EDT)

    I was in 3/21 at LZ Ross and Baldy, July 68-June 69. Looking for "Big head Fred" "Sorgie/Sergie" who saved my life after an all night fire fight. I used to load sortes with Sgrt.Bruce Lahey at Ross. Does anyone remember an attack on Ross or Baldy May 12, 69?
    Bill Beasley <wildcoyote2 at msn.com>
    USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 16:37:01 (EDT)

    First of all i want to thank Ralph U for replying to my request for copies of picture he had already sent...thank you Ralph. Our outfit was C 4/31 196th LIB...for a while our platoon leader was Lt. Stan Cantrelle...Stan is from Louisiana...I am interested in hearing from anyone who knows his status/situation due to the hurricane Katrina....Plse let me know.
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmail.com>
    Fresno, ca USA - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 16:13:41 (EDT)

    The Dept of Vet's Affairs has established a link for those who wish to volunteer their time and/or money to the KATRINA HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT: http://www1.va.gov/opa/katrina/ I have chosen to send $1000. to a Church which I KNOW accounts for every dime spent.
    Grunt Medic
    USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 19:44:35 (EDT)

    Someone sent me an email a few months ago with pictures of myself and Richard Martinez. We were being awarded medals at the world famous Chu Lai Hilton (**** rating)given to us by 1st Sgt Swafford...a man with a loud bark and no bite..LoL....I forwarded them to Richard Martinez who tells me he never got them...I no longer have my copy either...whoever it was Im gonna ask you to send them to me again....we were from C / 4-31 served there Feb 68 to Feb 69. Hope you can help us. Thank you
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namratsathotmail.com>
    fresno, ca USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 10:38:06 (EDT)

    help set up adobt a vet--the system is over loaded--chip D 1/46th
    carl austin <redlandscarl at aol.com>
    redlands, ca USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 03:22:47 (EDT)

    Start up--adopt a vet-- some of us might have the room to help - the system is over-loaded - chip D 1/46th
    carl austin <redlandscarl-aol>
    redlands , CA USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 03:15:32 (EDT)

    I would like to see the 196th start a donation drive for the Vets affected by Katrina. I will donate $50 to this cause. Will be sending check to our association president
    George Sanders <gsanders@kans.com>
    Stafford, ks USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 16:25:32 (EDT)

    A Co. 1/46 from 71-72. Served with Sgt. Burns, Sgt Taylor, Stosh, thompson, Natel, England, Rogers, Labue, I was the RTO.
    Jim Isaac <1-gabe@cox.netg>
    Eureka, CA USA - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 01:54:38 (EDT)

    i would like to hear from someone who served with my brother jim hertz who served in chu lai in 1965-66 tanhks george
    jidge107 <jidge at verizon .net>
    sch. haven, pa USA - Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 21:10:34 (EDT)

    Harold (Skeeter) Menzie was affiliated with the veteran's of foreign war in New Milford Ct post 1672. I am searching for any of his comrades that were members of C4/31 in 1967-1968. Skeeter passed away February 22nd, 2004. He finally had put the ghosts to rest that came with his tour in Vietnam. His death untimely death is a consequence of that war.
    Sandra Menzie <scalabrese7975atsbcglobal.net>
    New Milford, CT USA - Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 17:55:24 (EDT)

    This is just a hello for the site. Over memorial day weekend I was luckly enough to get a call from Mike Dietzi, with whom I served those many years agoand hehad some numbers and addresses that in turn enable me to talk to I think 5 or 6 fellow squad members,and it was this site that got that unforgetable weekendgoing.So thanks Mikeand all you guys So if anyone else is out htere from Bravo 1st/46th,71 72 Go ahead use the damn keyboard. Speed OUT.
    C.D. Wittenbach
    Ionia Mi., USA - Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 17:26:54 (EDT)

    Looking for "Crazy John" (last name ?) who served with the 196th LIB, 4th/31st, C Co., 3rd Plt., 3rd Sqd. from June or July 1970 to 1971. When you hooked up with the unit you lost quite a bit of money playing blackjack to Jessie Whittingham. Jessie carried the pig. I have made contact with a few guys from the unit over the past few years. If you see this post John please make contact with me. I carried the M-79. Have thought of you often over the years and would like to hear from you.
    Greg O'Neil <goneil90804 "at " yahoo.com>
    Long Beach,, Ca USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 23:18:39 (EDT)

    Does anybody remember a Dr Shapero or SPEC 5 Joel Patrix of HHC 4/31?
    will whalen <wwwillymatcs.com>
    boston, ma USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 20:55:22 (EDT)

    Mike email me a sgtcampb"at"yahoo.com about your last post i would like to clear some things up!your right there are a lot of wrongs that need to be righted.
    Michael campbell <sgtcampb"at"yahoo.com>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 14:10:19 (EDT)

    I've never posted but after seeing Grunt Medic censored I have to comment that I don't remember it being all warm and fuzzy either. Co E (Recon) 2/1 Infantry
    Bill Znidarsic <WZnidarsic at aol.com>
    Woodbridge, NJ USA - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 19:26:05 (EDT)

    Today Aug 27th 05 is my nephew Steve Blaskovich's Birthday. Wer lost Steve June 8th 1970. I am posting this in memory of him and to say hello to all his brothers in arms. Steve was with the 196th, CoA, 1st BN ,46th Infantry. Steve would be 56 today the (27th of Aug). I welcome any and all of Steve's brothers to visit my site in honor of him and sign my guest book on that site. Help me keep his memory alive and let him know he's (not) forgotten. I love you Steve. http://cplsteveblaskovichjr.homestead.com/SteveBlaskovichJr.html I love and miss you Steve and miss your smile and sweetness. You gave your all. aug 27th will always be special as that was (your) day. I know your celebrating in a better place these days, but it don't make the pain we feel any less no matter how many years go by. *Love XO BETTY* (Aunt)
    Betty Smith <Photoboop@cs.com>
    Toledo, OH USA - Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 01:00:27 (EDT)

    As I look through the names on the 196th "Honor Roll" I see many as having been killed in an "unknown" province. If you check these names around the net, you will find their buddies who were there at time of loss. Basically what the DoD has done is not put forth the effort to record where they were killed.My own opinion is this is inexcusable.Maybe the government can't show the common courtesy to care where a man was lost but at least the 196th should make some effort to fix this. A week ago or so a fellow 196th man was finally corrected at the "virtual wall" from "unknown" to Quang Nam, in part due to the efforts of people from this board.
    Mike
    USA - Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 18:52:38 (EDT)

    My sincere thanks to all officers who put together a fabulous reunion. I can't wait for the next one!! Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Friday, August 26, 2005 at 14:45:27 (EDT)

    I agree with Pres. Warren, this isn't the place for character assassination. As old Infantry/Troops from combat arms we should stick together, remember the good times. The good times are to be cherish and shouldn't be forgotten. I almost felt that the reporters did us in on the evening news, and they are still at it today! All Vietnam Vets should support our troops of the past and the troops in Iraq. Remember the politicans make war, the Soldiers are only a vechile to caryy out their policies.
    Joe Wolfe <hwolfe14@comcast.net>
    Charleston, SC USA - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 08:17:13 (EDT)

    Hats off to Warren & Carol Neill and the Officers of the 196th. for a great reunion in San Antonio. Some of us attended John Hagee's church and recieved a standing ovation that went on and on and on. We are searching for all Vietnam Veterans who served with Delta/HHC - 4/31st. We have over 400 current names, address's e - mail or phone #'s. Most recent finds are Lt. Gonzalez from 1st. platoon and Doc Pacheco from 2nd. platoon. Someone is looking for you! Please e - mail or call me for roster information. May God bless us all. Vance A. van Wieren
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com>
    Fennville, MI. USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 14:05:49 (EDT)

    My dad and I share the same first name. He was in Alpha company 2/1 3rd platoon from Dec.69 to Dec.70. I am trying to help him locate anyone from his platoon. Some of the names are... Rob Taylor, James Howard "Okie", Monte Pierce, Michael Koepke, Sgt. Bevels "Pappy" and more faces he can't put names with. He and John Milke we reunited in the spring and have been talking on the phone since. Anyone with information about the guys in the 3rd Herd please email me. With Pride and Thanks! Welcome Home! Billy Gillman
    Billy Gillman <brgillm@localnet.com>
    Akron, IN USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 13:46:15 (EDT)

    Grunt Medic. Folks who visit this site are looking for old friends and information to help them or others reconnect. Sharing is good but character assasination is not acceptable. The guestbook is not the place for personal attacks. Your post will be removed. Feel free to contact me direct at President196"at"196th.org.
    Warren <President, 196th>
    Cicero, IN USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 09:42:45 (EDT)

    I may have posted this information a year or two ago, but I just re-visited this webpage and found much more to look at. The Aviation Battalion of the 25th Division has a really comprehensive site (//25thaviation.org, no www) that includes after action reports, maps, photos, etc. of the 196th LIB when we were attached to the division from 7/66 to when we moved north. You can find day to day summaries of operations we were involved in and articles from "The Tropic Lightning News" where you might recognize yourself or old buddies; it also lists medals and citations for the 196th. If you have trouble navigating it or comments about it, drop me an email. C, Hq and A 2/1, '65-'67
    Jim Armstrong <jimarm"at"pacific.net>
    CA USA - Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 14:47:16 (EDT)

    I had hospital appoitments at the time of our reunion and couldn't make it to San Antonio. I keep seeing the next one is in Kentucky but no mention of where in Kentucky. Anyone care to post that? My combat buddy who went from Tennnessee can't seem to remember, other than Kentucky.He must have partied too hard or he is getting Old timers Disease! Sgt. Marty
    Timothy L. Martin <marty196th@yahoo.com>
    nashville, OH USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 14:07:30 (EDT)

    I am sorry that I missed the reunion. I had my reservation for the hotel, and reservations for the banquet, and yearbook, transportation booked, and bag packed. However, on 25 July, I was admitted to the VA Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, with congestive heart failure. I have had heart problems and was carrying a copy of my medical file in case I had troubles while in San Antonio. Well, I never got out of Kansas, I am sorry that I missed meeting all the men at the reunion, especially the men of the 3/21 Inf that I was privileged to have served as their Sgt Maj in 68-69. I have heard that the reunion was a great success, attended by many first timers, and want to give all the men resonible for organizing the reunion, a round of applause. I will be hoping to meet you all in Kentucky in 2 years,
    Jim Trepoy <at>
    Salina, KS USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 12:09:32 (EDT)

    I recieved a phone call from a 196th member. My unit, The 45th Surgical Hospital is having a reunion soon for the original members that set up the hospital in 1966. He called to wish us good luck and to enjoy the time. We look forward to seeing those people we spent a year with and worked side by side with. I can only hope it is as sucessful as the 196th reunion. This will be our first one. Thanks to all you 196th grunts for keeping us out of harms way while we did our job. Good luck and best wishes to all of you. Welcome home !
    Jerry Mines <jkmines@sbcglobal.net>
    Carlyle, Il USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 16:52:30 (EDT)

    Looking for anyone from HHD 8th Spt Bn, that served from July 66 to July 67. Members I remember are Tony Bodisch, Rod Currier, Dale Rittenbaugh, Kevin Galvin. Most of the members were from New England except a couple of us Texans.
    Jim White <JKW4251@aol.com>
    San Antonio , Texas USA - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 13:07:35 (EDT)

    Quinn, James A. "Jim" served in Delta 3/21 (Black Death) KIA 10-29-70. Would like to hear from anyone who served with my brother Jim. Please contact me - Thanks
    Pat Moffa <Moffa895"at"comcast.net>
    Wayne, PA USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 22:38:06 (EDT)

    I'am a retired First Sergeant and served with Co C, 2nd Bn, 1st Inf, 196th Light Inf. I was in Viet Nam in 1971 1972. Be interested in finding any former members of my platoon. I was a Staff Sgt at that time and I was the platoon leader. Also, interested in any family members of Cpl Dourty a team leader who lost his life while under my command in combat.
    jim clauson <coastalreport@aol.com>
    long beach, ca USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 20:05:22 (EDT)

    I was with 3/21 from May 71 to March 72 Medic with HHC.
    Bill Manley <wamdon@aol.com>
    Gladewater, USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 02:01:27 (EDT)

    I have a friend who has discovered a recording made by her late husband and several others in July of 1966. Her husband, Richard Zummo served with Co. A, 8th Support Battalion. She would like to share this with any of Richard's buddies who might have been present when the recording was made. There are several voices on the recording (orginally reel-to-reel, now on CD-ROM). You may contact me directly at jackfmoore at msn.com Thanks, Jack Moore
    Jack Moore <jackfmoore at msn.com>
    Alamogordo, NM USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 12:18:04 (EDT)

    I am trying to find the truth as to what happened to Spc. Joseph Edmund Mazzanti. The military said he drowned in a culvert. The incident happened on 9/18/69 with A Company 26th Engineer Battalion at Triple Culverts on Thunder Road, between FSB Baldy and Ross. If you can help with the truth, please contact me.
    Ron <barny@fast.net>
    N.J. USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 18:46:16 (EDT)

    Well grunt,its aug 12th the day we all came home the last combat troops to leave viet nam!!!I've found alot of buds this summer from 71/72 and hope to find a lot more before the snow flies.We fixed some wrongs,and tend to fix more were on aroll so fellow bushmasters and tigers come out of the bushes and give preacher, steve,and I,a hand GOD BLESS;
    MIKE CAMPBELL <MGCAMPBELL51"at"hotmail.com>
    sun prairie, wi. USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 11:51:45 (EDT)

    there were a bunch of us from different tour years from c/2/1/in the upstairs area. in 2007 look for the sign c/2/1 we are trying to get all of us together next time for a mass picture. larry mladek welcome home
    larry mladek <larrygranny@yahoo.com>
    el paso, tx USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 16:44:16 (EDT)

    Here's a comment from another board I've cut and pasted here. Pay close attention to the message . I know vets are tough and hate Doctors, but do yourself a favor for once ... Vet Friends - Prostate cancer is rampant among our comrades. Of six gallent men I served with in Viet Nam, only two of us survive, and we both have prostate cancer. The other four died from prostate cancer. It is urgent that every veteran who served in Viet Nam have a regular PSA test. If you have not done so, do it now. God bless you all."
    Mike
    USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 15:37:38 (EDT)

    Just wanted to inform you that a member of the 196th LIB, John Crook, passed away on June 16, 2005 (cancer). He was a twice awarded Purple Heart recipient and served with the 196th, in Vietnam, from March 1967 to March 1968. John held the rank of Sergeant. He was very proud to have served his God and his country in the United Sates Army. He is survived by his spouse,son and daughter. In remembrance... for my friend and brother-in-law! Semper Fi John!!!
    Bob Schreiber <robert.schreiber@netl.doe.gov>
    Morgantown, WV USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 07:48:05 (EDT)

    I went to the re-union in San Antonio and it was great. Even though we 7 members of Co. C, 2/1 (70-71) mostly hung out together, seperate from the group, it was much, much better than the Americal Div. re-union we went to in Little Rock. We all had a great time and the trip to Pastor John Hagee's Cornerstone Church (where we received a standing ovation) was especially memorable. I've never gotten an ovation and it was very, very touching. One suggestion: In the future, could y'all keep a running list of who is there from each battalion, including those who didn't pre-register? I'm afraid we might have missed an old comrade simply because there was no list of who was there.
    Gary Capshaw <kiteria@texoma.net>
    Denison, TX USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 03:56:20 (EDT)

    1968, chu lai, lz ross, mountains west of danang, 2/1,a co,196th light infantry brigade, 11b10, m16. This is all the information I have for Guy Magnero. I am trying to locate ANYONE who would have served with him that I could correspond with. I am searching for information for his only daughter. Guy passed away a year ago and we are just trying to find any information. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.
    Wendy Patterson <wmpatter@yahoo.com>
    houston, tx USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 23:45:30 (EDT)

    I have spent the past 16+ years as aVeterans Service officer for the commomwealth of Massachusetts. as such I had constantly monitored the status of an MIA from my home town who was killed, body not recovered, and listed as an MIA. PFC Paul S. Czerwonka USMC was lost on May 10, 1968 at Kham Duc during the the evacuation of the camp. Paul was with D Battery 2/13th Arty, Marines. He was 19 years old. I sit here not knowing wether to be celebrate or cry. I was notified early this am that Paul's remains were positively identified and he will be coming home. I graduated from High school before Paul but I remember him and I am experiencing a gamit of emotions at this time so i so i came tothis site knowing someone out there would understand. i also wanted to notify those from the Brigade who were searching for paul and the other 32 who were unaccounted for on that fateful day and the following day. I know I will be celebrating for Paul tomorrow but i will be thinking about that family reunion in the heavens tonight. thganks for listening. Paul Flynn, C&HQ 3/82Arty 65-67. Great reunion in SA TX Thanks to all who planned and executed the reunion.
    Flynn, paul <peflynn1atyahoo.com>
    stoughton, ma USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 00:15:31 (EDT)

    anything on the 4/31 battalion reunion in Georgia this August?
    Bob Barth <bob.barth@acs-inc.com>
    queens , nc USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 18:11:14 (EDT)

    Just a quick howdy! I was in "D"2/1 196th from Feb. 69 to ??Oct.?? 69.Knew Snake, Holroyd,Backstrom,Macintosh,Oakley,Schonefeld,whew and more and more. Welcome home men!!!
    Darryl Martin (Omar) <dmanddm1@hotmail.com>
    Vinemont, Al. USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:25:46 (EDT)

    INTERESTING HEADS UP… I subscribe to the online DVD rental called NetFlix and noticed that they have all 3 seasons of the 80s TV show “Tour Of Duty”. I started poking around on Google and found a couple of websites for the fans with message boards. A person asked where in Nam the show would have happened, since the unit in the show is in the 196th. On one of the message boards there are two guys who served as military advisors to the show that answer questions. After digging around I figured out that the unit is in Co. B of the 3/44th “fictional” battalion at the “fictional” firebase “Ladybird”. Well- the battalion insignia is the 3/21’s insignia over an eagle. And in the pilot episode the sergeant tells to “cherries” that they’re going to Bravo in the “3rd Herd”. This means that it would really be Co. B 3/21 “Bushmasters”. This is a link to my response thread - http://members3.boardhost.com/HUM90/msg/13025.html and this is the link to the response from Lee Russell, one of the show’s advisors - http://members3.boardhost.com/tourofduty/msg/15323.html - I only caught a few of the show’s episodes when it was on in the 80s. Now that I can rent them on DVD I’ve started watching them again. I’ve only gotten through the 1st 10 episodes (58 total) and the stories are very well done. The area in Hawaii where they filmed the show looks a lot like the QueSon & HiepDuc valley area. The acting is a little weak but the show brings back a lot of memories….
    Jack Krohn <captjackatev1.net>
    A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 10:20:23 (EDT)

    I attended my first reunion in san antonio,i did not meet anyone that i knew but i did meet new friends.to all of you that made me feel that i belonged, thank you. if anyone has pichtures of baldy or hawk hill or a map showing them please contact me. who was it that wrote the song at the banquet,i would like to get it on tape. once again thank you.
    Gordon Alyea <galyea at msn.com>
    sparta, mi USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 22:24:45 (EDT)

    SFC Joseph Splane, where you at? If you read this, or if anybody knows, contact Watchdog (A, 3/21,1968).
    Jim Simpson <subspot2 at comcast.net>
    Orange Park, FL USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 15:38:28 (EDT)

    I was in Delta 4/31 2nd platoon. The nightmare we are living will never go away, I know it hasn't for me. I know if you are reading this you made it home. I know you are not as well off as you left, I know I'm not. God Bless you all. Hopefully things will get better for you. I fail to mention I was a point man for 6 months and in the 196 LIB.
    SP/4 Victor W. Howell <vhowell1970atyahoo.com>
    Milledgeville, Ga. USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 15:13:16 (EDT)

    I was in Delta Co. in'69 and'70. I lost alot o good buddies. I wish for all that made it back are doing well. I know it is hard to forget. Some of us never will, especially me. D4/31, go Chargers! 2 platoon.
    SP/$ Victor W. Howell <vhowell1970atyahoo.com>
    Milledgeville, Ga. USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 15:03:30 (EDT)

    My apologies for the multiple e-mails, my computer slipped from semi to full auto?? Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Saturday, August 06, 2005 at 12:19:47 (EDT)

    another great reunion. i was glad to see so many 1st.timers there. hope to see everyone in ky.
    don maxfield
    prospect pk., nj. USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 23:17:54 (EDT)

    I served with d/1/46th from Set 1970 until July 1,1971. I did read Nolan's book Sappers in the Wire: Firesbase Mary Ann, and I can't agree with some of the things he worte about Delta Company. I was the Field 1st under Captain Charles Kirky, a fine officer, before he was CO I served as Platoon Sgt. under Lt.Hugh Harrell, the best LT to every led a Platoon in Vietnam. Lt. Harrell passed away Jan 2004 from a heart attack, God bless his soul.
    SFC Joseph H Wolfe, Jr. USA (RET) <hwolfe14@comcast.net>
    Charleston, SC 29403 USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 17:31:28 (EDT)

    Had a great time seeing all the boys from B 4/31. Great job by the reunion committee. See y'all in KY in '07.
    Jerry Nostrant <jn6945"at"adelphia.net>
    BUFFALO , ny USA - Thursday, August 04, 2005 at 12:38:11 (EDT)

    The Fields of Glory I return to the fields of glory Where the green grass and flowers grow And wind softly sings the story Of the brave lads of long ago. March no more my soldier laddie; There is peace where there once war. Sleep in peace, my soldier laddie; Sleep in peace now, the battle's o'er. In the great glen they lie asleeping Where the cool waters gently flow And the gray mist is sadly weeping For the brave lads of long ago. March no more my soldier laddie; There is peace where there once war. Sleep in peace, my soldier laddie; Sleep in peace now, the battle's o'er. See the tall grasses there awaving As their flags did so long ago. With their heads high, bravely marching Onward against the foe. March no more my soldier laddie; There is peace where there once war. Sleep in peace, my soldier laddie; Sleep in peace now, the battle's o'er. Some returned from the fields of glory To the loved ones who held them dear, But some fell in their hour of glory And were left to their resting here. March no more my soldier laddie; There is peace where there once war. Sleep in peace, my soldier laddie; Sleep in peace now, the battle's o'er.
    Douglas R. Moses <highlandyankee at bellsouth.net>
    Salisbury, NC USA - Thursday, August 04, 2005 at 08:43:14 (EDT)

    To add the finishing touches to Butch Harris's posting about 11 back, Vance merely shakes the bushes to get Delta & HHC - 4/31 guys out. All the work of the reunions and planning and packaging up all the goods for the registration at the reunions goes to Warren Neill and his hard working wife and the officers of the 196th. association. May God bless them for their hard work and dedication. Vance A. van Wieren
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431@i2k.com>
    Fennville, MI. USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 22:04:06 (EDT)

    Had a great time at the reunion.Everything was 1'st class.Mark Graham gave me an e-mail I can't use. Please send again. ZEKE Also Warren did a beautiful job,My cowboy hat goes off to him.
    ZEKE <ZEKEMAN196@AOL.COM>
    MOKENA, IL USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 15:07:58 (EDT)

    This was my first reunion. My brother Donald Cook was KIA on 10/27/68 and I came to meet with anyone who had served with him. I met with Max Garcia, Joel Estey, Ed Welch, Jim (Red), and anyone else who either knew my brother or helped me find the guys who were with him. I appreciated everything they did for me from making me feel welcome to sitting down and talking with me. I don't think that they know how I appreciated their stories and pictures. I lost my brother 37 years ago but feel like I came home with many more. My brother is in my thoughts every day and I am glad to see that he was in the thoughts of these gentlemen also. Thank you so much!
    Renee Diroff <Redir67@hotmail.com>
    Canton, MI USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 11:11:33 (EDT)

    I am looking for any 196th member who was going on R&R at Da Nang the night of 1/31/68. The center came under rocket attack that night.
    Bob "DOC" Kelly <lib196bob@aol.com>
    Reading, Pa 19606 USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 10:10:47 (EDT)

    everything was wonderful. hats off to all of you that put it together. see you in ky.
    larry mladek <larrygranny1@yahoo.com>
    el paso, tx USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 09:00:28 (EDT)

    Thanks for the great time , i had at my first reunion. See you in 2007.
    Bill (Doc) Stafford <williamhstafford111@yahoo.com>
    East Hampton, NY USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 23:31:42 (EDT)

    Bruce James--- great talking to you again, we got a lot of years to catch up on. (B cp. 2/1, 70-71) To the reunion committee--- GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!
    Don Campbell <donc"at"cebridge.net>
    Wellington, MO USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 22:48:17 (EDT)

    I WAS IN ALPHA 2/1 FROM 1969 - 1970. IN JANUARY OF 1970 OUR COMPANY WAS AMBUSHED INSIDE OUR PERIMETER. LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO WAS WITH ME DURING THIS TIME. HOPE TO HERE FROM YOU SOON!!!!!
    RICK HUDNALL <shudnall@ralphlewislaw.com>
    OAK GROVE, MO USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 13:13:19 (EDT)

    Reunion was incredible, outstanding Warren and Bill, and all those whom contributed to "the best reunion so far". Never thought I'd see N.F.Gs'With 20 plus yrs. service? They made me even prouder to be a "Charger" Thanks again, sincerely: Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 11:35:16 (EDT)

    Looking for anyone with photos from LZ West,LZ Siberia,Qua Son Valley from 10/69 to 10/70. Echo Co.....recon 4/31. Trying to find out whatever happened to PFC Kim Johnson and Squad Leader Sgt. Simpson. Just can't remember all of the names of the guys I served with. Searching for a guy from Cleveland, Ohio, who was on a radar unit that picked up movement. Last seen, late 70's early 80's working at SOHIO gas station at W.117th St. and Trisket Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Ronald J. Johnston <ronaldjj@comcast.net>
    Elyria, OH USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 10:53:46 (EDT)

    Warren, I must say that you and the reunion commitee did an outstanding job. The Hotel was great as were all the activites. I was a little disappointed at the Cowboys dance hall. There were only a few of us dancing Doc Mosher and his lovely wife were really cutting the rug. My wife and myself didn't do too bad even though the last time we danced was 32 years ago at our wedding. The 1/2 a dozen plus Corona's helped a lot also. Thanks again for a great time.
    Joe Corona <TJPLUMBatcomcast.net>
    Quakertown, Pa. USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 09:10:52 (EDT)

    The reunion was great. I was glad to see so many Medics made the first trip to a reunion , keep it up and see you in 2007.
    Bob "Doc" Kelly <Lib196bobataol.com>
    Reading, Pa USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 06:37:02 (EDT)

    The Reunion was Great and to see all the old freinds and the new people I met. To all the people who put it together y'all did a wonderfull job. I hope to see everyone at the next one.
    Dennis Weaver <inf196@verizon.net>
    Rowlett, Tx USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 14:26:42 (EDT)

    Well, this has been the best reunion I've been to, will hope to go many more. Like to thanks Sid Ordway and Sam Westsel for comming and Really did enjoy the time wew spent to gether.... and Vance and the organizers for a great time...
    Butch Harris <hwh66"at"mindspring.com>
    Arlington, TX USA - Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 22:46:12 (EDT)

    UPDATE: Regarding 3/21 BRAVO Co. 196th LIB 1971 & 72, those whom served in the platoon with Gary Schwartz, Scott Zenz, Joe Griffith, Mike Campbell etc. "The DOD has approved the correction." The Casualty Location will be corrected soon at http://www.vvmf.org the home of the OFFICIAL "Virtual Wall."
    Steve Schwartz <u2boote@yahoo.com>
    Renton, WA USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 15:16:44 (EDT)

    Was checking out the arckives and found a message from Dale Flickinger who was in my outfit. Tried his e-mail address and with no luck! Anybody out there have any information on Dale? Others mentioned Sgt. Curtis Lester Love. Would appreciate any help on tese guys or any one else who served in 3/21 Co. C, 3rd platoon from Devens to Nam 66/67. Thanks guys. John K. Jauch
    John K. Jauch <jkjatinfionline.net>
    Lakewood, NJ USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 12:27:36 (EDT)

    Was checking out the arckives and found a message from Dale Flickinger who was in my outfit. Tried his e-mail address and with no luck! Anybody out there have any information on Dale? Others mentioned Sgt. Curtis Lester Love. Would appreciate any help on tese guys or any one else who served in 3/21 Co. C, 3rd platoon from Devens to Nam 66/67. Thanks guys. John K. Jauch
    John K. Jauch <jkjatinfionline.net>
    Lakewood, NJ USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 12:27:33 (EDT)

    Any info. on Sgt. Norman Ralph Hetzel. Co. C, 4/31 KIA 8/26/69 Only In Country several weeks. Thanks.
    Ralph Coviello <rcoviello at Glattair.com>
    Mahwah, NJ USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 23:16:08 (EDT)

    If there is anyone out there who still needs a bed,Dave asked for it awhile ago and I thought it was taken. He thought I had an extra room??? I still have an extra double bed. My L.L. is (303) 670-0624, confirmation#3200983283--Airport Hilton! I'll be with A/4/31. See you in a couple. Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 16:36:24 (EDT)

    Looking for anyone 1/46 196th Co C 69/70 Pro.& MaryAnne I was there Nov.to Nov. I'm ANDY Like to here from anyone.I think I put wrong E-mail on posting back in July.Sorry!!! Still learning at my age!
    Jerry Anders <jerryanders67@hotmail.com>
    Monmouth, IL USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 23:53:07 (EDT)

    3/21 BRAVO Co. 196th LIB 1971 & 72, those whom served in the platoon with Gary Schwartz, Scott Zenz, Joe Griffith, Mike Campbell etc. please post a message of Remeberance on the VVMF virtual wall. The records for this memorial site is supported by DOD. The record of Gary Schwartz states that he was a casualty of South Vietnam, Province or City unknown. More testimony is needed to have that offical record changed from "Unknown" to "DaNang." That site would be: http://www.vvmf.org//index.cfm?SectionID=110&Wall_Id_No=46248.0
    Steve Schwartz <u2boote@yahoo.com>
    Renton, WA USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 16:32:10 (EDT)

    I just wanted to inform anyone who knew him that Bill "Tiny" Gobble, former member of the 2nd Platoon, C 2/1 Inf (1970-71) passed away Friday after a long bout with heart disease. "Tiny" was the only man I ever knew who was not ashamed to say, "I love ya, man" to his brothers-in-arms. He was a soldier, a comrade, a brother, and I am proud to have served with him and to have called him friend for 35 years. RIP, Tiny.
    Gary Capshaw <kiteria@texoma.net>
    Denison, TX USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 21:49:17 (EDT)

    The Nam - A Co. 2/1 Inf 196th LIB 1971-1972 - photos provided by John Woyansky-Jack Burd-Steve Wilson - Goto - http://www.aclassicvoicefilms.com/amateurmilitaryfilms.htm
    David Garcia - Director AclassicVoiceFilms
    Phoenix, Az USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 18:46:50 (EDT)

    George Presson saw your entry. I was A from Nov. '68-'69. I also live in Jackson. Try to e mail me and let's get together.
    Jim McDowell <jmcd4749"at"bellsouth.com>
    Jackson, TN USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 20:17:38 (EDT)

    Great site gave me a lot of memories. Keep up the good work.
    Stephen Babinsky <steve@autorest.com>
    USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 15:18:36 (EDT)

    Polar Bears of 4/31: On 1 July 05 I was invited and honored to particpate and pin on Medals and CIB's of 4/31 Polar Bears at Ft Drum, NY who returned from Iraq on 15 June 05. Our outfit really looked great. Superb soldiers. New subjects: I will be in San Antonio and want to see all 4/31 guys from July '68-Jan '69 when I commanded the Battalion. Secondly, the 31st Infantry Regimental Association Reunion is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus/Ft Benning 26-28 August 05. Hilton is full and overflow is The Wingate Inn 1711 Rollins Way,Columbus, GA 31904 tel 706-225-1000, which is only 5 minutes from the Hilton. Anyone wanting to come to this annual 31st Infantry Reunion, please contact me and I will send Registration Forms. See you in San Antonio. LTG (Ret.)Sam Wetzel 1425 Dartmouth Road Columbus, GA 31904 706-576-4204
    SAM WETZEL <wiint322@aol.com>
    COLUMBUS, GA USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 10:39:21 (EDT)

    "A" COM.2/1 JULY'67-'68 196TH NICKNAME "POPS OR TENNESSEE".SERVED WITH CROSS,D.BROCK,HEAVY,JOHNSON,SANDERS,ALSO SERVED WITH "E" COM.AT KAHM DUC,AND HILL 488.
    george presson <geo presson@aol.com>
    jackson, tn USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 20:40:33 (EDT)

    Let the march begin! See you all in a few. Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 13:56:40 (EDT)

    Greetings to all members of Alpha 4/31, i'm still keeping the roster. Any changes, corrections or additions please contact me. Address P.O Box 242 Greenbush, MI 48738, phone 989-739-5241, or by e-mail. See you in San Antonio in a few days. Sam
    Sam Mazzola <sammazzolaATfamilyonline.com>
    Greenbush, MI USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 22:57:30 (EDT)

    I just want to let everyone know that I am leaving for Texas tomorrow. No more reunion business will conducted until 1200 on Thursday, July 28th. I will not be available by regular mail, email or phone until after the reunion. Hope to see many of you there. Travel safely!
    Warren <President, 196th>
    Cicero, IN USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 20:25:10 (EDT)

    I WAS UNIT COMMANDER OF B/CO 2ND OF THE 1ST INF 196 INF BDE FROM OCTOBER 1969 TO JUNE 1970. IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS FOR THAT TIME PERIOD, I WILL DO MY BEST TO HELP THEM. IE AGENT ORANGE ETC JOE GENEREUX
    joseph genereux <jgenereux@cfl.rr.com>
    ormond beach, fl USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 10:49:27 (EDT)

    He should have lead us over the DMZ...Hanoi in 3 days..then what?
    will whalen <wwwillymon>
    Boston, Ma USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 21:23:05 (EDT)

    last nite gen westmoreland died. ihope that all of us would salute him
    jim gray d321 and hhq 67/68 <mrtire>
    bradenton, fl USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 06:44:22 (EDT)

    I was in Vietnam with C/2/1 from 11/68-12/69. I'm doing great. Would love to hear from anyone during that period. God bless.
    ronald jackson <ronaldj@biscoe.citation.net>
    star, nc USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 14:39:15 (EDT)

    Just received this email, even though these guys were not 196th I thought you might like reading it. Hope all are safe in their travels to the reunion. Subject: A "DOGGIE'S" RETURN TO NAM well worth reading. Semper Fi JJ In mid-May I made a return visit to Vietnam, with two of my buddies from the 11th Light Infantry Brigade, John Drillot and Mike Myers. We returned to visit some of the places we'd been 36 years earlier. We had spent the majority of our time in-country in '68 - '69, operating in I Corps in the area a little north of Qui Nhon to the area around Danang. At the time, the 1st Marine Division was responsible for operational control of all of I Corps. Normally the way it worked was they would send the Marines and U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division into the areas that were the hottest and they'd send us in to patrol the areas they just left. We worked closely with the Marines and much of the time our close air support was provided by Marine Corps aircraft. For the past 5 or 6 years I wanted to return to Vietnam. I spend a lot of time on the internet and had read many stories about returning G.I.'s and Marines and the positive, cathartic effect seeing the country in peace had on them. During most of this time, John expressed no interest whatsoever in returning. I didn't realize it, but Mike was even less interested. But last March, John called me up and said, "We're going. Do you want to go? After years of talking about it, there was only one answer I could give, "Yes!" After years of trying to make sense of the Vietnam War or as the Vietnamese call it, The American War, I guess I was resigned to the fact that the whole thing was a colossal waste of lives, money and materiel. This trip would prove that belief to be totally and completely false. We started in Saigon, flew to Cam Ranh Bay and drove to Danang, stopping along the way in Nha Trang, Quang Ngai City and Danang. It brought back few bad memories, except seeing the some areas of the country such as the area around the Batangan Peninsula, where we always ran into trouble. The country was even more beautiful than I remembered it and it was nice to see it without a war going on. We saw almost no trace of the American bases and saw no military (even Vietnamese) except for a few at Ho Chi Minh's birthday celebration. There's construction everywhere and the place looked prosperous and the people appeared happy. I took some toys for the kids we saw along the way and they smiled and cheered us up just like they did during the war. Back then, we rarely saw anybody of military age. The men were either VC or in hiding and the women were kept hidden so nobody would take advantage of them. On this trip we saw all kinds of people of this age group, all smiling, all eager to try out their English. For the most part they all seemed happy to see us. In fact, everywhere we went we saw smiles. Even the middle aged and older people smiled at us. Many came up to us and thanked us for serving in Vietnam. It's funny. More Vietnamese thanked us in nine days than everyone in America has thanked us in more than 36 years. This did not go unnoticed. On the road to Danang our translator said, "the Communists liberated Vietnam, but the Americans liberated our minds." Communism in Vietnam is toast. Capitalism has taken over the South and is moving North rapidly. The Vietnamese have come to the realization that Communism is not a system that works. I think so many thanked us because they now understand the sacrifices many American made so they can live a better life, a life they are seeing unfold for them now. I was very happy to see this beautiful country and people at peace. But the most profound experience of the entire trip was realizing that we accomplished our mission, that the 58,000 plus Americans who died there and the hundreds of thousands more who suffered physical and psychological wounds did not do it in vain. We can all be assured that we made a difference. We really made a difference. Carl W. Nord Specialist 4th Class, Retired
    Peggy <plreiderataol.com>
    Dover, PA USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 14:00:41 (EDT)

    To all who are traveling to San Antonio for the 196th Reunion, May God watch over your journey and all return home safe, and with a new commitment to keeping the memory of our fallen brothers alive, both those lost over in Nam and those lost since their return. Hope everyone has a wonderful time. Looking for any former members of Echo Company, 1/46th, both while we were with the 198th and the 196th LIB. If you have not been notified of recent activities of our unit, or have not heard of our up-coming gathering in Branson, please contact me. Warren Neil, keep up the great work and effort you have put into this organization.
    Paul Gildner, Echo 1/46th <pgildner at talkamerica.net>
    Cadillac, MI USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 11:41:17 (EDT)

    Tom and Martha: Sorry for your loss. Having trouble with your e-mail address. I served with LT. Drake. GOD bless. bill
    Bill <wilfr5@aol.com>
    ny USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 10:24:24 (EDT)

    co B 1st 46 196 Aud 69-70
    george d moore <george.d.mooreat.us.army.mil>
    shoreview, mn USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 04:33:26 (EDT)

    To all you B2/1ers, get it together and come on down to San Antonio. I will need a little help handling all those other 196ers. I will be at the Airport Hilton on the 28th. Looking forward to seeing all.
    Bennie Cowart <benniecowart "at" hotmail.com>
    Oakhurst, Tx USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 18:19:26 (EDT)

    I am interested in hearing from 67 and 68 F Troopers. Whatever happened to the assn. I attended the VA reunion and then everything just stopped.
    Charles P King <ckking@kc.rr.com>
    Kansas City, MO USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 18:08:35 (EDT)

    10 DAYS And a wake up. some good times, with good friends. it doesn't get much better than that. see everyone soon.
    DON MAXFIELD
    PROSPECT PK., NJ. USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:53:47 (EDT)

    CSM Melvin J. Holifield, my father, served with 3BN 82Artillery from 28 August 67 to 25 November 68 in Chu Lai. I would like to send greetings on his behalf to all his fellow soldiers. He passed away on 3 Feb 2001.
    Holifield, M.J. <lmholifield@earthlink.net>
    Muskego, WI USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 14:49:36 (EDT)

    This is a fantastic site. I have located three brothers I served with 35 years ago. With additional information we have located 13 brothers in our platoon. The response has been overwhelming. We have traded pictures, phone numbers, and addresses.Six or seven of us are getting together this October for a reunion.Thank you for a great site. Jim Bryant. Former RTO 1st platoon A Co. 3/21 196LIB.
    Jim Bryant <Jbryant0114@aol.com>
    Niles, Mi USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 09:52:04 (EDT)

    STOP THE BLEEDING, CLEAR THE AIRWAY, APPLY PRESSURE DRESSING We are going to leave from the Hotel on Wedensday 7/27/05. Rally time in the lobby 09:30 AM. Photo ID must be available to enter the base. There are a few seats open on the Bus. Contact me that morning if you are interested.
    Bob "Doc" Kelly <lib196bob"at"AOL.com>
    Reading , Pa USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 15:06:27 (EDT)

    IN CONUNTRY SEPT68 INFANTRY MEDIVAC T0 OJI APRIL 69 THEN TO WALTER REED 69MAY WADE PARK FOR MOST OF YEAR MENTAL WARD 6YRS OUT OF ROSS AND BAULDY IBELIEVE D 2/1 196TH DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER?
    JAMES COLLIER DILL <SPORTSPICKLE44@CS.COM>
    NEW PHILA, OH USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 16:30:03 (EDT)

    Was in the 196th LIB as part of the Americal Division in Vietnam from July 1971 to April 1972. My MOS was 11B4P, and I was the "pig-man" who carried the m.60 machine gun in the areas based from Chu Lai and Da Nang in I Corps and even in parts of II Corps.
    Fred Castaneda <fgcast@us.ibm.com>
    Austin, Texas USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 14:01:22 (EDT)

    am writing to tell those who knew John Franklin,B,3/21,67-68 that he can't make the re-union,and doesn't have a computor.To contact him write me at my e/mail address,and i'll give you the info to contact him.
    bill russell <rwill62@sbcglobal.net>
    norman, ok USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 21:51:26 (EDT)

    Packing our "ruck sacks" for San Antonio Reunion. Anticipating a fun time rubbing elbows with fellow 196'ers and socializing, especially with brothers from B Co. 3/21 '68 era. Sgt. Fritz, you out there? I made it back, thanks in part to you, and a few other grunts.
    Ken Sisco <paintwright@aol.com>
    New Port Richey, Fl. USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 05:55:29 (EDT)

    Looking for anyone who served in D 2/1 or E 2/1 70-71. Nice to be alive! Glad you made it!
    Joe Riordon <jmriordon@yahoo.com>
    Ma. USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 23:47:06 (EDT)

    I work with a friend who was with F troop 17th cav. 196th Inf. brigade Americal Div...He served in Vietnam 10-69 to 10-70...His name is Donald Divine...He would love to hear from his friends from long ago...Im doing this for him because as he said..he's not much with computers..Email me and Ill forward the messages or addresses...Thank you and God Bless you all for serving our country...Kevin W.Skaggs
    Kevin W. Skaggs <kwskaggs@aol.com>
    Frankfort, ky USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 13:00:37 (EDT)

    Dear Gentlemen: Mr. Neill was kind enough to guide me to your guestbook to ask my question. If anyone knew and served with SGT. Phillip "Frank" Hults who was also in the 196th, B 2/1 and was from Stanton, California I would really and truly appreciate a shout out. Frank left me here to wait for him to return on 9/6/69. My Frank was killed in Quanq Tin Providence on February 18, 1970. He also left behind a 4 year old daughter named Elizabeth Anne. We both loved and adored him so very much. Not one day has gone by since he left that I don't think of him and how proud he was to service our country. He will be eternally missed. If anyone has pictures of Frank would it be possible to e-mail them to me at my brother's email address? I am desperate. I lost everything in a fire here in November 2004 after moving here to be with my brother in Atlanta. I lost all of Frank's pictures and letters he wrote to me. It also destroyed his rosary and Army ring. There was nothing left of my memories of him or his little girl that we spent so much time with. Please, if anyone knew him and can share anything please contact me here. You may write me at The King Plow Arts Center 887 W. Marietta St., N.W., Ste. S-104, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318. Please address it to Toni MacDonald c/o Ron MacDonald Photography. God Bless you all. With much respect, Toni MacDonald
    Toni MacDonald <ronmacphotoatgmail.com>
    Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 19:41:12 (EDT)

    "lord willing and the creek don't rise" was a phrase Hank Williams used to close his radio show. Texans take credit for everything,as you will soon see. On to San Antonio!
    bill russell <rwill62@sbcglobal.net>
    norman, ok USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 18:34:54 (EDT)

    Entries in the guestbook are slowing down, must be that everyone is packing their suitcases for San Antonio. 17 days and a wake up! As the Texans say, God willing and the creek don't rise we will see each other very soon. May God bless all of our travels to and from the reunion. Vance
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com>
    Fennville, MI. USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 14:29:21 (EDT)

    Jesse johnson i tried to email you at the you listed it came back try and send one to me i have some info sgtcampb bco3rd21st 1972
    mike campbell <MGCAMPBELL51"AT"HOTMAIL.COM>
    sun prairie, wi. USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 14:55:57 (EDT)

    Little late in posting this, but finally found time to do it. I went to the "Operation Welcome Home" in Branson, MO last month. All I can say is "WOW" ,"IT WAS A GREAT TIME" Not enough space here to say what all went on but this Viet Nam vet was made to feel welcomed back home. And to top it all off, I am going to hit San Antonio too! So, "WELCOME HOME, BROTHERS". See you in Texas.
    Don Campbell "teacher" <donc"at"cebridge.net>
    Wellington, MO USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 11:56:45 (EDT)

    Iam looking for RC of Minneapolis,Mn. I was with C-Co,1/46 196th,LZ Pro,MaryAnne Nov.69to70,I am Andy. Do you remember Sugar Bear I was in the Soul Patrol with him how about Tommy Malagarie,Jim Love,John Mohs,Gary Kennedy,and how about Harry Hiramoto.I sure would like to here from Ya!! And yes I remember Head Armstrong!It has been along time!!! Get back if Ya Can,(ANDY) Daddy Rabbit!
    Jerry Anders <jerryandersathotmail.com>
    Monmouth, IL USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 00:39:53 (EDT)

    I just received some information that CPL Dennis E. Ijams was in D 2/1, 196th LIB and that he was a casualty on 23 Jul 1968 in Quang Nam. Any information about Denny or the incident on 23 July would be greatly appreciated. Also, love to hear from guys that served with Denny.
    Douglas Christie <badgerkilt@yahoo.com>
    Warrensburg, MO USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 17:20:43 (EDT)

    My name is SGT Douglas Christie. I am active army with the 1/135th Avn Bn.(Apaches) Cpl Dennis Earl Ijams was my 2nd cousin. I just found out that he served with the 196th LIB when he was killed in 1968. I would like to hear from people that served with or who knew "Denny". Denny died when I was a baby and my family still won't talk about what happened, if they even know. Any information would be greatly appriciated. I am 39 years old and have always had a special connection with those that served during the Vietnam Conflict. Thank You.
    SGT Douglas Christie <badgerkilt@yahoo.com>
    Warrensburg, Mo USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 14:45:10 (EDT)

    I was with A Co 3/21 196th in 69 and 70. Im trying to locate anyone else there at that time. This site sure brings back memories. I hope your all doing well this holiday weekend.
    Rick Reuter <SRTleader@hotmail.com>
    Evansdale, Ia USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 21:18:03 (EDT)

    On this Independence Day, we would like to share with your unit a discovered treasure from LT Steven Drake killed Jan 5, 1968 at Hiep Duc (sp?) and who was awarded the DSC poshhumously. It is a poem found in an old notebook that Steve had written while still in college. It was discovered in his brother Bill's desk long after Steve's death. America Has No Price The day is done -- beautiful, sorrowful taps Has played and wailed a brave cry to the day just pass, To those who breathed their last, defending what They could not say, but for the Father Land They knew and loved, they died. For Home is where The brave have come to love and stand in awe -- The beauty of this land is worth all the stalwart souls, And none of those would stand by to see us cower Before the tyranny of warped minds. Were there none who treasured Rembrandt's golds or Beethoven's joyful sounds, they would have perished long ago; Were there none who loved this land, it would be gone to hell. Count not the dollars nor the debt, for those are trifling: Count not the bullets or the guns, for they are only metal; Count not the lives, for they were freely given; For life and love and liberty are in the hearts Of free men only -- America has no price! Steven C. Drake May his memory and words bring pride to all of you who served in 196th and to all Vietnam Vets.
    Ted & Martha Nordin <tnordin at cox.net>
    Sierra Vista, AZ USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 19:29:12 (EDT)

    I have gotten a bunker mate, Lt.Bob Thomas. See you all there. Pro Patria, Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co. USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 16:23:59 (EDT)

    As we celebrate the 4th of July - would like to remember my 4 soldiers killed by "Friendly Fire" 7 July 1972 3/21 In - Task Force Gimlet. May they rest in peace and be "forever young". God bless thier souls.
    Jesse Johnson <jesse.johnson2atus.army.mil>
    USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 03:10:40 (EDT)

    Alfa Co 3/21 I was your FO during time SGT Hawco was killed trying to help pull troops out of crashed helicopter on Firebase Center. I wrote family over 7000 words about much of Alfa's field activities during Jan 1970. The story recalls the hidden NVA base camp, thier ambush, our ambush, the night in the steam, the stay behind ambush,the murder of Cpl Krammer etc. Please read entire account on Sgt Hawco Vitual Wall. Thier is a link on his page to see full story as "The Vitual Wall" edited the story to deal mostly with Sgt Hawco's death. His daughter wants to learn more about her father so please send me any insight, corrections or confrims if you can take the time to go on patrol again.
    Lt Thomas <eastdragon"at"juno.com>
    san jose, ca USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 18:15:46 (EDT)

    Happy Independence Day! I still have extra room at the Hilton conf# 3200983283. If needed it will be there, I'm already paying! If your' a bit short, bunker up for free. ED.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 14:26:26 (EDT)

    This is to inform the members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade Association that my father, Jerry M. "Mike" Blake, who was a former member of the 196th, died after a long illness on June 15, 2005 in Atlanta GA. He was 61. My father served in the Army from 7/1967 to 3/1969 and he served in Vietnam from 3/1968 to 3/1969. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart during his tour of duty. I don't know the specific batalion or company that he was in but I do know that his best friend, Jackie Joe "Jack" Webb was killed in March 1969 about 2 weeks after Dad went home. From 1994 up until the end of his life, my father was treated at VA hospitals in Pittsburg, West Palm Beach, Miami and lastly in Atlanta. He was in the Atlanta VAMC for 31 days before he died. I am and will be eternally grateful for the care that he received from the VA over the years. My father was proud to have served his country and to have been a member of the 196th. If anyone knew him or can give me instructions on how to find out what his exact unit was, please sent me an email at kblake9453@aol.com. Thank You, Kevin Blake
    Kevin Blake <kblake9453ataol.com>
    Atlanta, GA USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 00:31:50 (EDT)

    SGT LANCE ROST: I found an old posting that said you were looking for me down in Radcliff. The e-mail address you gave don't work, dude. Pleawe contact me. Watchdog
    Jim Simpson <subspot2 at comcast.net>
    Jacksonville, FL USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 22:15:25 (EDT)

    I just went through all the archives for 3/21 and saw a lot of references to magazine articles ,etc. I thought I was the only one who didn't know about "the book", but for those who don't: "The Magnificent Bastards" by Keith William Nolan is a really good, accurate history. Last quarter of the book is about 3/21 at Nhi Ha in 1968. Jim Simpson, Watchdog, 1st platoon, A/3/21 then E/3/21, 1968.
    Jim Simpson (Watchdog) <subspot2 at comcast.net>
    Jacksonville, FL USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 21:56:07 (EDT)

    Hey guys because of health and va apps:i won't be able to be at reunion have a great time!Don't get to drunk,its hot down there this time of year so you have too drink!!!and have one for me sitting up here a old bushmaster!!!!!!!
    MIKE CAMPBELL <SGTCAMPB@YAHOO.COM>
    SUN PRAIRIE, WI USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 13:49:08 (EDT)

    Just checking in to see if anyone is from D 2/1 (C.O. at that time had nickname "Snake") or E 2/1 from Aug. 68 to Aug. 69. I started out in D Co. but got moved to 81mm mortars (with Odell Clinton) when they were a little short handed on an OP we went on out west of LZ Ross (Que Son valley). I also spent time on Dragon Base and Tiger Base, and on the Base on the road outside QueSon before we moved to LS Baldy, and later on to that 1st Cav. LZ where we were replacing a unit that was going home (or moving)?. We were hit bad the first night we were at the the 1st. Cav Base. Had our 81 tube setup next to the Med. bunker. Also looking for Terry Jennings, E Co. 81mm crew Sgt.
    Greg Meyer <gmeyer at visteon.com>
    Kosciusko, MS USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 12:43:26 (EDT)

    LEST WE FORGET... One of my former RTO's ~ Herbert "Log" Logsden, Purdue University "Boilermaker" graduate who was KIA near Hiep Duc on/about 27 June 1969. He was a mellow, gentle being who gave his life in the line of duty to his country. Never forgot him !
    Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
    Litchfield Park, Az USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 12:21:29 (EDT)

    Sergeant Merlin Joseph Craig, Alexandria, La. He was one of my High school friends, we worked at Sally Foods grocery store after school. He was killed 26 August, 1969 in Quang Tin South Vietnam. I would like to hear from his friends.
    Donald G. Stroud <dstroud1atyahoo.com>
    alexandria, la USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 23:06:00 (EDT)

    ****** POSTING WEDNESDAY TRIP MEDIC TRAINING SITE ****** I have a list of people who have signed up for this 7/27/05 trip. I have a limited number of seats on (1) bus. We will be on a tight schedule and you must contact me before the morning of the trip. 610 779 6399 . I will be at the Hilton on 07/25/05.
    Bob "DOC" Kelly <lib196bobataol.com>
    Reading , Pa USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 19:15:41 (EDT)

    Looking for RC Minneapolis,Mn. Letter in guestbookarchives Tuesday,July 22,2003 at 20:08:03 [EDT] I was there 69/70
    Jerry Anders <jerryandersathotmail.com>
    monmouth, il USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 00:12:21 (EDT)

    In memory of Don Delaplaine, KIA 6/28/71 near Da Nang. Note to members of the 196th - I did not serve with him, but I knew him from school before he joined up. Sad day.
    Rob Griffiths
    Chittenango, NY USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 12:39:47 (EDT)

    In memory of CW2 Donald Lynn Delaplaine, KIA this day, 1971. Will cherish always that gift of breakfast with you that awesome morning. Love you, Brother, and all whom you loved. My best wishes to them. Cheers, Don
    W. Donald Newton <Dadster01"at"webtv.net>
    Chamblee, GA USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 11:11:15 (EDT)

    I served in Viet Nam 68/69 Co B 431st 196th LIB.Am looking for those who were there.
    Eddie Kent <elkent@hopper.net>
    Oneonta, Al USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 23:23:07 (EDT)

    I would like to let everyone know that Mac Byrnes,father of Lt. Robert (Scottie) Byrnes from Carmichael Calif. passed away Sunday June 26 at 11:20pm. His son Scottie was KIA in Vietnam in Feb 1968.He served with the 3/82nd as a forward observer.He and Scottie are finally reunited. God Bless You Mac. Respectfully, Sgt.Marty, D/2/1
    Timothy L. Martin <marty196th@yahoo.com>
    Nashville, OH USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 22:33:41 (EDT)

    Id just like to say again , thanks Mr. Dave Kruger 196th for your remembrances at the virtual Wall. You have been placing remembrances there for the guys that had none. Not a single god damned thing after all this time from a grateful nation.I'm proud to have been part of the 196th because of guys like you.
    Mike
    USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 18:45:38 (EDT)

    I am writing in regard to my father. He is retired CWO W-2 Herbert Ayars. My dad was Armament Section Leader for Company B, 8th Support Battalion in Vietnam from August 1966 to June 1967. I believe he was in charge of repair for all artillery, small arms, night vision and fire control equipment for the 196th Brigade for a period of 6 months during his tour. He shipped from Ft. Devons. If anyone remembers my dad, please let me know. Many thanks. James Ayars
    James Ayars <jayars35atYahoo.com>
    Southern Pines, NC USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 17:14:07 (EDT)

    i just saw the notice thar warren posted on the passing of our brother, dave morris.i didn't have the honor of serving with him in nam.we met at one of the early reunions.he was a good friend and i will miss him.
    don maxfield
    prospect pk. , nj. USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 06:47:06 (EDT)

    We need a litter for the "aid station" being setup to treat our "mock" patient. E-mail if you can help us out with a litter !! Dinky-Dau Bacsi Kelly
    BOB "DOC"KELLY <lib196bob"AT"aol.com>
    Reading, PA USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 13:49:50 (EDT)

    I served as a platoon medic and senior aidman with A/2/1 of the 196th in Viet Nam, January-March 1969. I was a spec-5 and was not supposred to be in the field, but voluntered due to the shortage of medics in the field. I had been moved back to the batallion HQ when we moved to Tien Phuoc. On the morning of March 19, 1969(I think) A co. got ambushed and had a lot of of casulties. I went out on the first chopper, and the first casulty I got to was Tom McMahon, the senior aidman. I started an IV on him, and goy him on the chopper. He died and was awarded the silver star and later the CMH posthumously. His home town of Lewistown< Maine renamed his elementery school Thomas MsMahon Elementery in his honor and his uniform and Medal of Honor are located there. The only person from "Nam" that I am in contact with is David Carter from Rome, Georgia. Would like ti hear from anyoneelse who remembers me. It has taked me 35 yeas to "come back through the wire". I am going to the 196th reunion in San Antonio in July for the first time this year and hope to see a few people I know. Gary Cloud 259 Weeping Oak Drive Shreveport, La. 71106 gcloud6292@aol.com
    Gary(Doc) W. Cloud <gcloud6295@aol.com>
    Shreveport, LA USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 13:41:41 (EDT)

    It is with heavy heart that I must report the passing of our Brother Dave Morris, F Troop, 65-67. Dave had a difficult 4 1/2 month recovery period following major surgery. He would have 65 this September. Dave was a huge presence at our reunions, a great help to me and a great friend to all veterans especially his 196th brothers. All who knew him will surely miss him. His spirit and esprit de corps will live on in us forever. Dave's remains have been cremated with final disposition to be determined. We salute you Dave...We'll miss you in San Antonio.... Dave's ex-wife Terry nursed him upon his return home from the hospital and has indicated that any of Dave's old 196th buddies should feel free to contact her. Her number is 203-271-1107. Her address is Terry Morris, 19 Southwick Ct, Cheshire, CT 06410.
    Warren <President, 196th>
    Cicero, IN USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 21:19:47 (EDT)

    C 2/1, 1970-71: We now have 7 members of Charlie Co. confirmed as coming to San Antonio! We'll be scattered all over town as we all procrastinated until even the backup hotel was full, but we'll be there. Any other C Co. members from those years coming?
    Gary Capshaw <kiteria@texoma.net>
    Denison, TX USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 20:58:47 (EDT)

    Just want to let everyone know I will not be able to make it to the reunion.I had a mini-stroke in March in Florida and I have to have some tests done to see if the VA can find out what is wrong. To the California vet I made friends with in Branson at the Branson Reunion, please contact me if you have access to the web. You will remember me by Mr. Baritone. You truly made my day at Mike Radford's show! I have something for you.I wish you all the best and most of all safe travels! I truly will miss you ALL. God Bless! Tim Martin, Nashville, Ohio 44661 (Sgt. Marty) D/2/1 12-66' thru 12/67' Semper Primus!
    Timothy L. Martin <marty196th@yahoo.com>
    Nashville, OH USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 20:52:03 (EDT)

    I was at Ft. Devens Mass when the unit was activated. Left for RVN by ship, arrived at Vung Tau Aug 66, member of Co A, 8th Spt Bn. I have memories. Always on the lookout for Jerry Hansen, thought he shoulda had a medal. Helping wounded to the Hospital.
    Bob Bubier <pegbob4@msn.com>
    Huntington, WV USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 15:28:56 (EDT)

    Sorry but I forgot two important fact in my message. I was a senior medic while in the Army and my complete email adress is cid60"at"mac.com. Thanks again
    David Israels <cid60"at"mac.com>
    Peoria, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 17:17:25 (EDT)

    I have been reading this wonderful guest book for several months. Thanks for the site. I served with the 196th LIB from Jul 67 to Jul 68. I was assigned to HHC 3/21 initially stationed in Nuc Mam south of Chu Lai. In Mar 68 I was transfered to B Co 8th Spt Bn. During this time the unit moved to the DMZ in support of the Ah Sha Valley incident. Unfortunately, I do not remember many names of comrades in arms but enjoy reading the messages. God bless every one.
    David Israels <cid60>
    Peoria, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 17:14:46 (EDT)

    b/2/1 68/69 looking forward to reunion.hope some pot squad members will attend.talk about ross,baldy,kham duc,488 and other memorable places we visited.
    steve kochick <steve_kochick@yahoo.com>
    madeira beach, fla USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 16:37:02 (EDT)

    Gentlemen, I will not be making the reunion this year. I have a date with the doctors here. I will give you my confirmation number at the Hilton 3200886126 I am going to call at 9:30 am pst. Good luck and take care. I am glad that I got to know you guys in 196th and I am glad that most of you made it back one way or another. God bless you all. Alpha, Mike, Foxtrot Doc La Palio, HHC, Delta, and Charlie Co's 68/69 4/31st.
    Doc La Palio <aml"at" vglabs.com>
    Signal Hill , ca USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 12:26:51 (EDT)

    Hi gents! We're getting close now. Randy has another cat-scan the 5th. He is maintaining a positive attitude amd sounds pretty good on the phone. If nothing further comes up, I'll give you an update in Tex. Sincerely, Ed.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry'at'msn.com>
    evergreen, co USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 17:05:36 (EDT)

    I served with Comapny C 3/21st 1966-1967 tai nin & Chu Lia.
    Rich Wiehe <richwiehe@charter.net>
    Grand Blanc, MI USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 20:53:13 (EDT)

    Sending out my new E-mail address to all. charlietiger@tds.net. Served with C co. 3/21/196th. 5/68-5/69. Hello, to all my brothers in the 196th. May still get to the reunion but still building our new home and moving........ Sit Rep Neg, over Frierson
    Frierson, Dave <charlietiger@tds.net>
    Roxbury, VT USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 10:49:30 (EDT)

    Hi, I was 6,2 of B 4/31 from Feb to Oct 68 and just wanted to let anyone interested know I'm still alive. But more importently a friend with whom I work is section leader of a national guard artillery radar section in Afganistan and lost 1 KIA and 4 Wia to heavy motars. If anyone wants to drop him a line i"m sure he'd be greatful his E-Mail is jose.f.monterio@us.army.mil.
    Fran Brown <butch31s at yahoo.com>
    weymouth, ma USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 19:48:24 (EDT)

    Good News! 600 soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry arrived home safely from Iraq on June 15, 2004. 4/31 is now part of 2d Bde, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, Watertown, NY. The battalion "conducted 130 raids, 3750 combat patrols, and 1125 traffic control points", according to BG Arthur Bartell, ADC. The 10th Mountain Div. is the most deployed unit in the U.S. Army, and it's 1st and 3d Bde's will soon send more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. Great TV and front page color photo newspaper coverage of "Welcome Home" ceremonies, billboards, yellow ribbons, and reunions with families and kids. Hmm, maybe we Americans have learned at least one lesson from Vietnam. We salute our 4/31 brothers and sisters and their families, then and now.
    Tom Schmitz 1/46 1970-71 <tom_schmitz at use.salvationarmy.org>
    Syracuse, NY USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 09:22:46 (EDT)

    Just a word or two about Ranger "Bob" Delzell ~ he's is first rate and I can vouch for him being a true brother. Went back to Nam last year and Bob made everything easy for me and a travelling friend ~ went back to Que Son and Hiep Duc and walked the trails of yesteryear and it was something I'll never forget ~ got great pictures of Siberia, West (from way off !) and the "river"... Again, Bob Delzell is for real ~ he's sincere and wanting to help you all... God Bless Eddie Z... ex-1LT, Delta and Alpha, 4/31... Had two great platoons who took care of me and I them ! Sept 68 to Aug 69
    Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
    Litchfield Park, Az USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 00:04:49 (EDT)

    Oops, typo should have been "taking vets from the US back to the battlefield" Come and visit and experience this place at peace.
    Bob Delzell <bobinsaigonatgmail.com>
    saigon, vietnam - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 23:31:04 (EDT)

    Served with D/4/31 196th from 69-70 as an acting platoon leader for 9 months (shake n bake, airborne/ranger). Have been living in Saigon, teaching English and taking vets back to the US. Will be going back to Hiep Duc in 2 weeks and it is a wonderful experience. Should any of you wish to come and visit, can put up 2 people for a few days here in Saigon, rent free to all vets in the 196th. Also volunteer for Operation Smile, non-profit org that corrects hare lip deformities in children here in Vietnam. Cant make the reunion, good luck and God bless to all. Ranger Bob
    Bob Delzell <bobinsaigonatgmail.com>
    saigon, vietnam - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 23:28:24 (EDT)

    WOULD LIKE TO CONNACT SOMEONE WHO WAS WITH HHC2NDBn1stINF.DIV 196Lt. INF BDE. FROM MARCH13 1967 TO SEPT. 15,1967. OUTSIDE OF CHU LAI. MOS COOK. OUR UNIT WAS LOCATED ON A HILL OUTSIDE THE CITY.
    RONALD BOULEY <RONBO13754@WMCONNECT.COM>
    NORWICH, CT USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 15:32:42 (EDT)

    Hi, i was with B2/1 11-69 to 3 16-70 i was point man for 2nd squad 1st.plt. stepped on a small mine going on a jack of 251. take care my Brothers.
    Marlin E Egeland 'Eggy' <eggy"at"polarcomm.com>
    Edmore , ND USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 20:26:19 (EDT)

    This website, the organization, and the reunions have done a lot re the healing process. But there is still a void in my heart--especially related to Spider, Ace, Harlan Lane, and Hippy-Doc. Spider--we wonder about you at every reunion, and now that the Strawberry Fields Commune in Topanga Canyon is long gone, where can you be? Ace--would like to thank you for being so kind after I was hit on 18 May,68; Iremember that you were from Michigan--Sam Mazzola, Terry Goul, and Steve Dillon are your neighbors man--get in touch! Harlan--thanks for humping my ruck up the hill the day that the heat got to me. Hippie Doc--thanks for slapping me out of shock and saving my life on 18 May--remember the night that we partyed with those lesbian nurses at Fort Ord in early '69? I came back to the hospital after a convalescent leave and you were gone! Sorry I must miss San Antonio this year! Welcome home to all. Byron Dare A 4/31 68.
    Byron Dare <dare_b"at"fortlewis.edu>
    Durango, Co USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 21:10:24 (EDT)

    Just saying Hi to all my brothers, seved in Nam 9/69to 9/7o with D 3/21 Black Death Dan --Cowboy-- Zone -- anybody from Kelso-- Killer Platoons drawing a blank on 3rd platoon, recently diagnosed with Diabetes #2 any help out there, God Bless all you guys, just rambling on.
    Gene Taylor <bladevsct@aol.com>
    Ridley Park, Pa USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 15:59:06 (EDT)

    Want to say hi to all of Steve Blaskovich's brothers in arms. And how very much Steve is missed. It was on June 8th of 1970 that we lost him. Don't seem like 35 years on the 8th. His kindness and sweetness will always be with us. He gave his all and I want to see he is remembered. I have a website in honor of him. I hope any of his brothers in arms will visit it and sign my Guest Book on that site in memory of Steve. I thank all of you who have been to the site and help me keep his sweet memory alive. God be with you all who served then and those who continue to keep us safe today. Steve I am thankful we had you for awhile as you made such a difference in our lives. Your beautiful smile is always in my mind and your always in my heart. *LOVE Aunt BETTY* June 8th of 1970 KIA Hiep Duc, Vietnam (196th) http://cplsteveblaskovichjr.homestead.com/SteveBlaskovichJr.html. God be with each of you who went to hell and back for us
    Betty <Photoboop@cs.com>
    OH USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 00:44:01 (EDT)

    To Jim Simpson I was with Aco3/21 1st Platton May68-May69.I rember Frank arzola,Sims,Shorty,Also Pineapple and A few more.Frank showed up on my front door sometime in the 80s he was on his way to Dallas Tx. I have not heard from him since.Are you going to the 196th reunion in San Antonio? God willing I'll be there Try and make it. Welcome Home.
    Mike Sanchez <miguelrto@cox.net>
    Big Spring, TX. USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 12:06:43 (EDT)

    change in e/mail address:was rwill60@aol.com-new address:rwill62@sbcglobal.net Bill russell fdc 3/82,67-68
    bill russell <rwill62@sbcglobal.net>
    norman , ok USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 23:39:40 (EDT)

    whats up...its been years! went to ft.benning for infantry school april 1984....brovo company.. brovo 7-1 blackhawks 4th pltn.wolfpack just wondering how my brothers are hope you are all alive and well . montayne you will alaws be a brother. be safe guys...god bless....thank you to all on this web site!
    carlos muniz <latinrascal101@hotmail.com>
    jamaica, ny USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 22:36:59 (EDT)

    Steve Mason, often called the poet laureate of the Vietnam War and compared with Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, died in Ashland, Oregon 5/30/05. A Vietnam combat veteran, Steve wrote three great volumes of poetry, including "Johnny's Song" (1986), "Warrior for Peace" (1988), and "The Human Being: A Warrior's Journey Toward Peace and Mutual Healing" (1990). He read his now famous poem , "The Wall Within" at the dedication of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 11/10/84. In it, Steve called The Wall "the veterans' solemn pledge to remember". Rest in peace, Brother... "PUT IT ON THE WALL!!" Tom Schmitz, 1/46, 196, Americal,1970-71
    Tom Schmitz <Tom_Schmitz at USE.salvationarmy.org>
    Syracuse, NY USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 14:59:35 (EDT)

    came from ist infantry div. to E 2/1 inf. in Feb1970 to Aug1970 with a few more guys. I was in gun 6 81mm mortars. I would like to know if anyone remembers me. I don't remember too much. I remember my squad leader was Ray Gibson. Was at hawk hill, hill251 hill 10
    Jimmy Creech <mrhoweyjim@aol.com>
    Howey, FL USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 19:40:35 (EDT)

    Hello, I was with F Troop from 66 to 67. Started out in Mass went over with the unit by ship. Just want to say Hi to my Brothers in arms. May God Bless you all.
    Steve Combs <Arrowthorn@cox.net>
    Fall River, Ma USA - Saturday, June 04, 2005 at 10:35:50 (EDT)

    I have reservations for two at reunion, at this point Randy won't be able to attend. I'm still expecting to make it to make it myself. Anyone is welcome to share the bunker! Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 23:58:10 (EDT)

    ROGER LOFTIS, DELTA CO, 2/1, 2ND SQUAD, 2ND PLATOON, 67-68: IF ANYONE WISHES TO CONTACT ME, CALL 940-569-3271. WON'T POST E-MAIL ADDRESS, TOO MUCH SPAM! HOPE TO SEE FAMILIAR FACES AT SAN ANTONIO 2005 REUNION.
    roger loftis
    burkburnett, tx USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 20:29:00 (EDT)

    Charles Roger Clark, my father, served in VN from 1966-1967 in the 1st Infantry Div, LLRP. He had a wonderful friend named Jim Warren Hall, who lost his life at the Battle of Junction City. I have spent countless hours trying to find any info on people who served with my dad or knew him or his dear friend. No luck so far. I would love to reunite him with someone from such a painful time in his life.
    Mandy Clark <vrbatmmpatswetlandcom.com>
    Vandalia, IL USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 16:16:44 (EDT)

    Thanks Chuck. Hack was a brother in arms and friend, he will be sorrowfully missed by all who knew him.
    Paul
    USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 23:58:23 (EDT)

    Just wanted to tell y'all I (unofficially)represented the 196th at Col. David Hackworth's memorial service and Arlington burial Tuesday, May 31. Our brother (101st Airborne)was well received. I was sure the Polar Bears' (4/31)respect was paid.
    Chuck "Indianhead" Reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.net>
    Hammond, LA USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 22:26:37 (EDT)

    Ya snooze, ya lose!! The host hotel is now full! Rooms are still available for our members at the back-up hotel, Doubletree Hotel San Antonio Airport, at $80 per night. For reservations call 1-800-535-1980. Be sure to tell them you are with the 196th reunion. The Doubletree is within a half mile of the host hotel. If you've got a room and haven't gotten your registration in yet, do it now......Thanks! See you in San Antonio!!
    Warren <President, 196th LIB Assn>
    USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 17:29:42 (EDT)

    Paul: Thanks for your post explaining in detail the history of Agent Orange and other chemicals used over the years. I visited the Lewis Publishing site again and, as you say, it is a good resource; however, I was disappointed that two years after the recognition of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) as Agent Orange related, they still don't list it. The VA has determined that CLL is totally and permanently disabling and grants a 100% rating for it. I am surprised that more detailed studies have not been done, but websites that provide maps and dates of Agent Orange spraying show that the 196th was right in the middle of the heaviest use in 1966 and 1967. The presumptive exposure of all Vietnam Veterans was an important step, but those of us who operated on the ground in defoliated areas should realize we underwent acutal exposure and are at the greatest risk for its effects.
    Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
    Potter Valley, CA USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 11:17:52 (EDT)

    Need some help with V.A. claim. Any Brother who served with B Company 4/31 LIB from 4/67 to 1/68 please contact Tom Dooley at xkegto@aol.com
    tom dooley <xkegto@aol.com>
    st augustine, fl USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 19:11:44 (EDT)

    There were many defoliant chemicals used in Southeast Asia and Korea during the 1960s and 70s. Agent Orange was just one, but has been a catch-all for all of the chemicals used in country. There were more than 15 chemical herbicides used in Vietnam and Korea during the 1960s and 70s, seven were color band coded. Agent Orange II, called Super Agent Orange, was used in in Vietnam in 68 and 69. The folowing is one of the best websites I have found regarding the matter: http://www.lewispublishing.com/orange.htm All of these chemicals leave, in most cases, devastating results to humans as well as the fauna and flora that is indigenous to particular regions and countries. There were numerous insecticide chemicals used in Southeast Asia and Korea during the 1960s and 1970s, DDT was just one of them, and its use dates back to W.W. II. The following is a very good site dedicated to DDT information: http://www.junkscience.com/ddtfaq.htm#ref1 Again, these chemicals leave, in most cases, devastating results to humans as well as the fauna and flora that is indigenous to particular regions and countries. Let's not forget all the other chemicals used by the military over the years of land warfare throughout the world. Maybe, one of these days, the DOD and VA will step up and be accountable. I hope these sites are helpful.
    Paul
    USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:30:21 (EDT)

    you werethe company commander from 2/1. I know you from hill 251. you were c.o. there. its nice to know that youre still alive and seem to be doing o.k. take good care mr. genereux. write again soon as i am in contact with two more guys that served with you.
    payne,paxson l. <poospaxipoo@aol.com>
    stephens city, va USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 12:19:30 (EDT)

    JOHN; DDT was used on most bases and citys in the 50s&60s by the GAL. It was sprayed on the water to kill larva and used as a fog too kill the adults agent orange just kills veg.and us!!!!!
    MIKE CAMPBELL <SGTCAMPB'AT'YAHOO.COM>
    MADISON, WI USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 11:19:54 (EDT)

    "Brothers" Looking for any c 2/1 4/67-4/68 take care and GOD bless! bill
    bill <wilfr@aol.com>
    ny USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 07:53:30 (EDT)

    I WAS CO CDR OF B/2/1ST INF IN 1969-JUNE 1970 IF ANYONE IS INYERESTED IN CONTACTING ME. JOE GENEREUX
    joseph genereux <jgenereux@cfl.rr.com>
    ormond beach, fl USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 20:04:31 (EDT)

    Welcome Home!!! I served with 4/31 from Dec68-July70. I was assigned to the Bn S3 section as the Chemical Nco. Went out on a lot of mission with all of the companies. I especially remember being out with Bravo company. We were in Death Valley and found this hospital complex. They called the s-3 for tear gas and I had to go out and blow up about 50 bottles of tear gas near the entrance and inside of the hill. Spent the night out there and woke up the next morning with ak-47 rounds hitting all of our positions. The only names I remeber are "Cowboy", he was a plt sergeant and a brother by the name of Willie Coleman, he carried the pig (M-60). I was later stationed in Germany with Coleman brother and he told me that Willie and gotten shot while two guys were fighting in a club in Macon. Georgia. Its ironic he lived thru all that hell and goes home and gets shot by mistake. While in the rear did any one ever remember, Willie, Charlie Brown(Miami), Bro. Steele(Miami).In closing I want to say thanks for all the memories and may godd bless all of the veterans.
    Clarence J. Williams <asiapoogh1"at"yahoo.com>
    Birmingham, al USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 16:36:55 (EDT)

    I should have taken the opportunity in the post below to state again the very important fact that ALL servicemen and women who set foot in Vietnam any time during the war are considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange and its medically devastating ingredient, dioxin. These veterans are eligible for treatment and benefits related to over a dozen conditions and diseases. Since all but dishonorably discharged veterans are eligible for some level of VA service, everyone should intiate contact with them directly or through your local Veterans Service Office. You have earned these rights and should avail yourself of them.
    Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
    USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 15:17:40 (EDT)

    John: Agent Orange was a herbicide, used to kill plants, not an insecticide for killing mosquitoes. That is no guarantee the Army knew the difference and just the possibility is worth following up on.
    Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
    Potter Valley, CA USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 11:12:40 (EDT)

    WAS RTO ON AND AROUND LZ WEST OCT 68-OCT 69 WITH 4/31ST. DEFENDED FIRE BASE FROM BUNKER #21. LOOKING FOR JAMES FAULKNER (FROM MISSISSIPPI) OR JORGE REYES (PUERTO RICO)
    HAROLD WATSON <h.o.watson@earthlink.net>
    SAN JOSE, CA USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 23:53:54 (EDT)

    I NEED TO KNOW IF AGENT ORANGE WAS EVER USED AT FORT POLK TO ERADICATE MOSQUITOES............
    john dorman <johndorman2000 at"yahoo.com>
    chicago, USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 22:54:56 (EDT)

    544th MP Platoon, 196th LIB, Task Force Oregon- August 67 until incorporated into 23 MP Company, Americal Division Oct 67. Greetings and best wishes!
    Lee Woodson <pathfinder_ca at hotmail.com>
    White Rock, BC Canada - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 10:02:09 (EDT)

    a memorial day prayer for all on this day of rememberance of our brothers and friends who have no more days...vince Eternal God, Creator of years, of centuries, Lord of whatever is beyond time, Maker of all species and master of all history -- How shall we speak to you from our smallness and inconsequence? Except that you have called us to worship you in spirit and in truth; You have dignified us with loves and loyalties; You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses. Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling [though we sometimes feel that low] and without fear [though we are often anxious]. We sing with spirit and pray with courage because you have dignified us; You have redeemed us from the aimlessness of things' going meaninglessly well. God, lift the hearts of those for whom this holiday is not just diversion, but painful memory and continued deprivation. Bless those whose dear ones have died needlessly, wastefully [as it seems] in accident or misadventure. We remember with compassion those who have died serving their countries in the futility of combat. There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation, when all the answers we are offered fail the question death asks of each of us. We believe that you will provide for us as others have been provided with the fulfillment of "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
    vincent scalese <vscalese(at)adelphia.net>
    thornton, nh USA - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 10:35:19 (EDT)

    During the time period of Sept. 1970 to July 71 I was assigned to B Co. 4th of 31st. Like many others I too had the opportunity to serve in this unit. My nick name was either robo or robby ranger. I was a squad leader with Dan I think warren was his last name. I would welcome to receive email from any grunts assigned to this unit during the above time period. Also looking for anyone that knew my slackman Harold we called him bloop because he carried and M-79. Hey redbird how's everthing going in the northen neck?
    B. I. Robertson <robb2vick @comcast.net>
    Chesterfield, VA USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:00:33 (EDT)

    Warren, this is the last posting I'll make, of this type. Contact Randy or I , direct: www.papermarchebooks.com Thanks again, Sincerely,Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 15:41:21 (EDT)

    FYI posting for Charles Hareng D 3/21 and then work in HQ I guess 68 -69. Chuck and I went to HS together played football. He has not gotten a computer yet, 8037 S. Chapel Hill Dr., Franklin, WI. 414-425-0804 Lloyd Martin FO D 4/31 XO C 3/82 68 - 69
    Lloyd Martin <martyc382@hotmail.com>
    Austin, TX USA - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 22:09:59 (EDT)

    My sincerest thanks to all the brothers who have contacted me as to Randys' condition. The support and information provided enables us to make more educated decisions. Sorry once again for using ths site as I am. I need the input; Randy gave me Power of Attorney, for life-death situations. I am humbled.I will if there is anyway possible, see you all in Tex. ED.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 15:58:19 (EDT)

    served b co 4/31 196 sept70-sept71 anyone there at the time drop me a line
    bob kaihe pineapple <mahalobro74@yahoo.com>
    sacramento, calif USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 22:19:08 (EDT)

    Jim Grey from Delta - 3/21. Praise the Lord. Congradulations, I hope many other Delta - 3/21 guys will continue to contact you. Vance D - 4/31st.
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com>
    Fennville, MI USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 20:50:47 (EDT)

    earl i was in your unit. i was lt seiberts radio man for a little while. d 6 xray was my call sign and his was kelso 6. i was not in the field when all hell broke out on jan 9 and 10 . our unit lost 13 men in 2 days. glad to finally hear from someone in my unit. good luck and may god bless you
    jim gray d321 and hhc 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 18:03:36 (EDT)

    I served in Co.D,3rd Bn.21st.Inf,196th Lt.Inf Brigade from April 1967 too April 1968.Nightmares still plage me of thing that happened while I served my country.My memory failes me of names of most of the guys I served with. Although I do remember my assient squad leaders name George Stephen Sehi and I will never forget his smile when we last talked. He was my best friend while we were there. My platoon leaders name was Lt. Richard Seibert. We lost them both on 1/9/1968 and I carry the sorrow with mw to this day. I keep asking why them and not me? If there is anyone out there who served with me please e-mail me. As I have so maney questions about what happened to our company in the first part of January 1968. Help me if you can. Now let me send to all who served with me and made it home this. "Welcome Home From Me" Long live Black Dearh.
    Earl Ballard <earls_on@yahoo.com>
    Ann Arbor, Mi. USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 15:10:13 (EDT)

    Does anyone who served with the 4th/31st, Charlie Company during the time frame of 1970 thru 1971 remember an officer with a Ukrainian last name? I don't recall if he was a LT or Cpt. He had a brother who was serving with I think the 101st. They would set the radio frequency to a certain frequency at night and talk to each other in Ukranian. If I recall he was from Detroit, MI.
    Greg O'Neil <goneil90804atyahoo.com>
    Long Beach, CA USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 13:19:46 (EDT)

    trying to anyone from F/Troop 17 TH Cav 6/71-4/72
    Ralph Aitken <pikepole"at"cox.net>
    Phoenix, AZ USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 18:42:23 (EDT)

    I'm trying to find anyone who may have served with my father. Woodrow W. Gaff Jr. I'm his 2nd oldest son and was trying to get some info. I'm currently in the Army with the 1st AD. Please contact me if you have any info.
    Gaff, Benjamin J <benjamin.gaff@us.army.mil>
    APO, AE Germany - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 08:47:12 (EDT)

    Delta 3/21 1967-68. Chu-lai, Tam Key. Looking for Mike Zimmerman, Mike Doughtery, Gus Antico, Bob Hayman, anyone else from the old group.
    Tom Clayton <medman at bledsoe.net>
    Pikeville, TN USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 09:33:48 (EDT)

    A Memorial Service for Colonel David H. Hackworth, Infantry, United States Army (Retired), will commence on Tuesday, 31 May, at 11:00am EDT at the Main (new) Chapel, Ft. Myer, Arlington, Virginia. This service will last somewhat less than one hour, since services for another individual are scheduled to start at 12:00 noon in this same chapel. Following Hack's Memorial Service, those who wish to may follow in trace the caisson with Hack's cremains to the burial site. (Services at the grave site will be on the order of 20-30 minutes.) I, for one, will represent the 196th that day. Indianhead - A Co.,4/31, 70-71
    Chuck "Indianhead" Reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.net>
    Hammond, LA USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 17:55:58 (EDT)

    We just received our Gimlet newsletter, and my wife and I really enjoyed it. It's full of great pictures, information and tributes to those who have fallen in the war in Iraq. Ron Mitchell, and all concerned, did a wonderful job. They deserve alot of credit.
    Jack Oglesby <shirley5318athotmail.com>
    Long Beach , CA USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 15:58:08 (EDT)

    Jim Simpson, was in E. Co. Recon late 68-69. Come to the reunion in San Antonio in July. There will be some recon from all of 68 there.
    Ken McParland <knmcpr>
    Sioux City, IA USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 00:43:43 (EDT)

    First time to the site. Great job. I was with A, 3/21, then E, 3/21 in 1968. Platoon leader, known as Watchdog. I've run across lots of the old platoon, but have often wondered about SSG Francisco Arzola and SGT Sweet Jimmy Sims (as well as Sweet Jimmy's best bud, Shorty).
    Jim Simpson <subspot2atcomcast.net>
    Orange Park, FL USA - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:00:48 (EDT)

    On February 22, 1970 I was wounded on LZ Mary Ann along with Johnny Fortes, James Earl and John Clerkin. We took a direct mortar hit in our partially completed bunker, the round hit the bunker wall just behind David Janish and I was right in front of him. James Earl was in front of me, Johnny Fortes was trying to get out and was half way up the bunker wall. John Clerkin was at the far end of the bunker facing back towards the rest of us with a flak jacket wrapped around his body. When the round hit Johnny Fortes was blown out of the hole and started screaming. I looked around to David and he was reaching out to me for help and saying something that I couldn’t hear because my ears were ringing from the tremendous concussion within those walls. I tried to turn around and help him but I couldn’t, I was too badly wounded myself. David Janish died that day and I’ll never forget him. If any of you guys that were there are still around I would love to hear from you.
    Dan Holguin <tkddan@comcast.net>
    Canton, MI USA - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 12:11:23 (EDT)

    Somewhere on here I read my brother in laws name in a query about someone. His name is Ardon Schmidt. He was a chaplain.
    C Schmidt <gen3149@earthlink.net>
    USA - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 23:27:21 (EDT)

    Hello Brothers, Was amember of B 2/1 196Lib 1970 3rd platoon, was Rto for three months call sign Irish, looking for anyone from the company Bob
    Bob Dunphy <mdunphy1@msn.com>
    Flourtown, Pa USA - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 09:41:42 (EDT)

    Hey Paul, don't go to Branson, go to San Antonio. Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:09:06 (EDT)

    Looking for all former members of Echo Co, 1/46th, 196th and 198th LIB. The time is approching fast for the Branson Reunion. If you have not heard from me by now please email me ASAP so I can get the information to you. We have about a hundred former members of our unit located, and are looking for more. Lets all remember our fallen buddies, and to pray for those who are currently in harms way around the world.
    Paul Gildner, Echo 1/46th <pgildner at talkamerica.net>
    Cadillac, MI USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 11:51:55 (EDT)

    ED, I have been reading the 196th Guestbook for several years after discovering it. You appears to be a frequent communicator a this site with many good insights. Question, You mention something about the tumor board. I am scheduled for a pituitary gland tumor surgery on June 20,2005 and are curious as to what cause this growth. I was a grunt in the 196th lib delta 2/1 in 69-70. My real concern is agent orange dioxin. blessings Isaac
    isaac mitchell D 2/1 <isaac_63093@yahoo.com>
    suffolk, va USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 10:39:48 (EDT)

    Good evening to all of my Brothers. First of all I would like to say that our Brother Dave Morris from F Troop, 17th. Cav. is recovering slowly at home from major nasty surgery. Please keep him in your prayers and send him your get well wishes that he will recover in time to attend the San Antonio reunion, it would not be the same without him. The other item is to never give up on finding your old Brothers from Nam. It has been over well over 30 years for all of us and guys keep turning up every day. Delta - 4/31 has been blessed with a ton of guys coming together, but some of the guys I miss the most are still out there. Please come to the 196th. Reunions and keep posting your search info. on the different guestbooks and put requests on the VVA, VFW, DAV, & American Legion locators. This is a free service, it takes a little work but pays off. And don't give up!! May God bless our Country, Troops and Veterans. Vance A. van Wieren
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com>
    Fennville, MI USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 00:30:39 (EDT)

    Just returned from an 8th grade field trip (I teach now)to Washington DC. My students were shocked when in less than 5 minutes a 101st ABN Combat Vet spotted me as a brother and we quietly shared our history, hugged, saluted the wall and cried. In Nam,I was too young (18-19), too dumb (I got smarter;in '84 I graduated from US Navy TOPGUN as a LT F-4 RIO), and a "ShakenBake" SGT who came home early compliments of Tricky Dick's "Combat Forces Reduction". Our CO was CPT Mark Romph (I ran into him in '77 at Ft Benning; we attended an Officer's course together), other names are a blurr.If you remember me from "Black Death" D/3/21 Aug 71 to Jan 72 please give me an email.
    Don "Cut 'em Down" Cutts <dcutts196atbellsouth.net>
    Goose Creek, SC USA - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 19:10:15 (EDT)

    I want to thank a man named Dave Kruger. He was 196th 1966-1967. He has lately , every day been posting remembrances at the Virtual Wall for all those hundreds maybe thousands of men that had no remebrances left for them. At least they have his remembrance now.
    Mike
    USA - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 15:21:25 (EDT)

    Ken, and all whom know of Randy Kimes. A brief update; He is flying to L.A. to meet w/another set of Drs. His case has to be reviewed by "a tumor board" Thanks Guys. Ed Latini "Pro Patria"
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co USA - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 15:20:14 (EDT)

    Speaking of Tee shirts if you are a medic signed up for the Ft. Sam training center tour. Please send me your name and Tee shirt size. They run large , but even those who have grown a few lbs. should get by in L XL 2X
    BOB "Doc" Kelly <lib196 bob@aol.com>
    Reading , Pa USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 07:59:09 (EDT)

    I was with A Co. 4/31 196th. I carried a M79 ,usually on Nui Chom I picked up a M16, M79 wasn't much use. I and another guy ,I think his name was Hudson ,not Danny Hudson [KIA] the same day, were with Mike Crescenz when he bought it. I was linking belts together for Mike, that guys would throw over the ridge to us. I'm not good with names and unit [squads and plts] seem to have run together those days on Nui Chom. Months of struggle , moments of " Glory ". If that wasn't Hell ,it was good proximity. God bless our fallen comrades. Jim
    James Nuss <leroi523"at" msn.com>
    albuquerque, nm USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 22:00:17 (EDT)

    I seem to have opened a can of worms.The T-shirt order form is on the renewal form of membership found in the bi-yearly mag of this association. It has been available for some time. Bill Russell-Bn.FDC,3/82,67-68
    william russell <Rwill60@aol.com>
    norman, ok USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 20:06:15 (EDT)

    What T-shirts ??? Chip D 1\46 196th
    Chip (Carl Austin) <redlandscarl at aol.com>
    Redlands, Ca USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 09:20:18 (EDT)

    Col. David Hackworth (USA, ret.) died yesterday, in his wife's arms in Mexico where he was being treated for cancer. Men like him are what set us apart. Google his name, bio, and writings in nationally syndicated newspaper columns. Grunts never had a better friend. See ya in the Vallhalla Section of heaven Colonel. Salute!
    Chuck "Indianhead" Reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.net>
    Hammond, LA USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:36:02 (EDT)

    What T-shirts??
    Will Whalen <wwwillymon@cs.com>
    Boston, Ma USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 07:10:45 (EDT)

    I served with 196 4/31 2pltoon 2sq. in 68,I humped the pig.I need to hear from any Vet who served with us.
    William M. Howe <lousam@peoplepc.com>
    Nelsonville , Oh USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 23:51:26 (EDT)

    THANKS KEN,GREAT JOB.MY LAST MESSAGE 2 YEARS AGO RESULTED IN SEVERAL CONTACTS.I VIEW THIS WEB SITE ON A REGULAR BASIS.I AM ALWAYS INTERESTED IN READING COMMENTS FROM NEW MEMBERS CHECKING IN THE THE FIRST TIME.I HOPE THEY WILL ALSO VIEW THE ARCHIVES.THAT IS HOW I WAS CONTACTED BY OLD PALS FROM MY PLATOON.I SERVED AS A PLATOON MEDIC WITH "A" CO. 4/31,3rd PLATOON (LT.TUCKER) FROM FT.DEVINS 1966 THROUGH MAY 1967 WHEN BRIGADE LEFT TAY NINH.I WENT TO 4th DIV.(3/22)FOR REMAINDER OF MY TOUR.I HAVE A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS,MY OLD ONE IS NO LONGER VALID.I AM LOOKING FOWARD TO MY FIRST REUNION.HOPE TO SEE OLD PALS AT THE REUNION.BILL "DOC" LOUGH.NEW EMAIL ADDRESS:WLHAMMER2"AT"AOL.COM
    BILL "DOC" LOUGH <wlhammer2"AT"aol.com>
    SAN ANTONIO, FL USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 23:39:53 (EDT)

    I serveed with HHC 196th LIB Rifle Platoon in 67/68. The CO and the RTO were Fragged and Killed.Does anyone know what was their Names and what ever happened to the guys that did that. Please let me know
    Gerald Moore <Dlareg7@aol.com>
    Punta Gorda , Fl USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:41:00 (EDT)

    looking for anybody served A3/21 august 1968 to jan 1970 I am Puerto Rican I was assistan gunner for the m60 2nd platoon.
    william solivan <solivanpost2002@yahoo.com>
    Cayey, P.R. USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 19:48:26 (EDT)

    The donut dollies was a breath of fresh air. Those who have not been to the wall is not an American. I lost a lot of friends over there. 2nd platoon 4/31 LIB. I am proud to be an american. I would do it all over again.
    Victor W. Howell <vhowellatyahoo.com>
    Milledgeville, Ga. USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 14:47:31 (EDT)

    Just received my 196th T-shirt I had ordered. Pretty spiffy!
    William Russell <Rwill60ataol,com>
    Norman, OK USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 14:09:26 (EDT)

    To Mike five entries down: Same here man, I can't find anyone and I wonder why I can't remember as much as I would like. At the same time there are things I can't forget. Reading between the lines of your short entry you hit a nerve with me. WELCOME back to the World! The world we hoped would make it all good again. The world we thought would let us pick up where we left off. The life we wanted to fix and make better. Just remeber "Ain't nothing but a thing" and "It don't mean nothing". Take care man..... A 2/1 67-68 Call sign CA10
    Mike Robertson <oatsteam@aol.com>
    Ventura, CA USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 09:18:01 (EDT)

    To Karen Strong: I'm not sure but I have a friend who, just yesterday, sent me a copy of the "book" he wrote of his memoirs of his tour of duty. He was D 1/46th and was badly wounded on 2/22/70 at LZ Mary Ann. I have not asked his permission to give out his personal info but he did give me permission to use any of his material for a book that I'm writing. I said all that to say this: In his "book" he wrote: "We had an American Indian that we called Chief. I know it's not very politically correct in today's day and age but back in '69 no one had a problem with it, especially Chief. I didn't know Chief very well but his reputation as a warrior was lendendary. Chief carried an M-14 and offered it to me when he was rotating back to the world. I was honored to take it." I'm not sure if this Chief is your Chief but on the slightest chance that it is, I know I'd want to know if someone said something that nice about me and remembered me that way after so many years. His "book" was written in 2001. His first name is Dan. This quote comes from quite a warrior himself.
    Brenda <Mrs2stepper1"at"comcast.net>
    USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:31:56 (EDT)

    I am of the opinion that the Internet is an additional "TOOL" to help us in our search for others. We cannot kick back and assume that the internet is the answer for everything....it is ONE tool... One of the first thing i did when I found out what my orders were was to go out my local Blue Light place and pick up a Minolta 35MM...I wanted to document the good and less than good of my time there. I took some friendly flack from the buddies along the lines of "why would you want pictures/slides of this dump?"...well over the years ive had many request of copies of my prints...I think i have about 150-175 slides...i never counted...along the black and white polaroid shots that stuck together due to the humidity. Its taken my MANY years but I have located about 20 guys from C/4/31 who served in 68-69...including our Lieutenant and Head Medic and many others...I started by looking up for telephone number in the book at the libraries...Im still looking for Brad Homer and Carl Johnson aka Big John...enough rambling on...once you find ONE person from your platoon it has a ripple effect and new clues come out...dont give up.
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namrats@hotmail.com>
    Fresno , CA USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 01:36:56 (EDT)

    Mike, Jim. You guys are right. It's hard to communicate across the years in the space of one guestbook entry. I wonder where my platoon buddies are, too. I do know, though, that the medic who showed me the ropes and the RTO that became my best friend are both dead. Jim G. and John Groff, I miss you guys.
    Doc Cuppett <cuppett"at"hotmail.com>
    USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 22:10:49 (EDT)

    mike i feel the same way. i put my unit in with my name so that someone may recognize my name. it has been a long time since we left the nam. i forgot the names of a lot of people that i served with. i wish i had a better memory. but i do not. i came to this site a few years ago and have yet to see a name that i remember. maybe its a good thing, maybe bad . the moving wall is about 6 miles from my home this weekend and i will go pay my respects to all of our brothers and sisters in arms. GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR MEN
    jim gray d321 and hhc 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 19:19:50 (EDT)

    I think the internet is not a good way to communicate. There's no body language , no voice inflection, nothing. Trying to express a feeling in one paragraph. I'm not sure it can be done.I came here years ago looking for a buddy, he never showed up. Nobody from my Company not even the ones I didn't know.
    Mike
    USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 18:27:39 (EDT)

    Anyone remember Brien Holyrod A1/46 69-70? Brien does not do Internet and I am trying to help him make contact with old buds. Thanks. Mike Robertson A2/1 196LIB 67-68 Call sign CA10
    Mike Robertson <oatsteam at aol.com>
    Ventura, ca USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 23:29:04 (EDT)

    I have photos of FSB Mary Ann under construction. D Co. 1/46 Doc Tom
    Doc Tom <tomnsherry@sbcglobal.net>
    Galt, Ca USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 21:33:16 (EDT)

    Hi Doc, Is there any among us with the misconception, that R.V.N. Was not a political war?? I realize this is not a chat room for The 196th. If there is something posted that I don't care for, I scroll past it! Sorry Ken, but I don't care for censorship. Many brothers have strong feelings and I would like to read them. No spam, just the reality we live with. Sincerely, Ed Latini.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 13:12:39 (EDT)

    Dear Ken, I apologize for making any political statements on this site. I know it is not a chat room. I also apologize to any member of the 196th LIB that I may have offended. Sincerely, Doc La Palio,
    Doc La Palio <aml(at) vglabs.com>
    long beach, ca USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 12:19:38 (EDT)

    I'm trying to help my father find the people he was in Vietnam with. He was in the 17th armored cav 68-69. His name is Ron Jourdain - his nickname was Chief. He used to do the tunnel stuff. The patch that he has shows the burning rope insignia and I was hoping someone out there would remeber him... I have a picture of him in country but cant figure out how to get it in the box here... anyone with any information or anyone who knows him please e-mail me at the address with this post. We both thank you very much.
    Karen Strong <klstrong(at)paulbunyan.net>
    Red Lake, MN USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 16:10:47 (EDT)

    I post here on occasion, but I read the 196th guestbook nearly every day. Sure, sometimes we get more political than we should, but no problem -- Ken's delete button always takes care of that! I'm always very interested to read what everyone has to say: not only political, but stories and anecdotes and generally remembering that which we once wished we could forget (as if that could ever happen). I'm glad that old buddies have been found, thanks to this site, and that sons and daughters and others have learned what really happened to their loved ones. Yes, I've been drinking a brew or two, and yeah, and I'm feeling nostalgic -- even for a place I hated at the time, half a world and more than half a lifetime away. May I raise my glass and salute you guys. (And I'm also feeling nostalgic for beer that cost a nickel a can, if you couldn't get it for free!) -Doc, C, 1/46, 1971-72.
    Donnie "Doc" Cuppett <cuppett"at"hotmail.com>
    New York, NY USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 20:44:54 (EDT)

    Sorry, if forgot to include the years that my pictures, discussed below, were made. It was 1971 and 1972.
    Jim Comer <jimcomer at guamcpa.com>
    USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 22:17:56 (EDT)

    To all of those in D company, 3/21, 196th, I finally got my pictures scanned and posted. I posted some of Bill Doyles as well. If any of you recognize yourselves, I'd love to hear from you. Also, I need any help with names that you can provide. Just leave a note at the picture site, http://jimcomer.smugmug.com/Vietnam Best regards
    Jim Comer <Co. D, 3/21, 196th>
    USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 22:13:38 (EDT)

    Thanks Ken; I have hesitated to send my dues as what I'm reading is of no value to me. Once I posted on this site; a half dozen guy's from 3/21/196th (Charlie Tiger) got in touch & indicated they were not happy with the Spam & Monopoly. We use each others personal address. You, or somebody, did a great job with the "trash" that was showing up. I have a "manuscript" which was done several years ago; it was for my Son & he cherishes it. He is now Crew Chief on KC-10's. He once asked if I was dissappointed that he did not go Army Inf, my reply was absolutely not. I think my 44 months was sufficient for both of us. I was Inf/DustOff & Spec. Ops as a 91B.
    "Doc" Brassfield <do68pappydave"at"earthlink.net>
    Nebraska USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 21:55:25 (EDT)

    Sorry folks. The comments were getting too far from our purpose and I had to edit. Lets try and use the forum as a guestbook and a little less as a chat room. Once again, Sorry.
    Ken McKenzie - Editor
    USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 21:28:19 (EDT)

    Ed, I checked the after action reports and Col. Humphries book, you were the closest company to them. I believe you were in touch with elements of the first platoon, some of them were outside of the main perimeter. You had to go through the enemies' location to get back to the main body of C2/1 Twister Charlie. Ed, I don't go back to reading about our battles when I'm alone, but when it's brought up and I start reading the reports and book; it's like watching a movie in my head, then it takes the form of surrealism, I'm watching the battles and yet I'm in it, experiencing it-Thanksgiving Day Battle-Nov 67, Jan. 3-4th 68; 5-6th 68, 8-9-10 68. I go through the gamit of emotions and yet at the end I'm left with the humbleness of being PROUD THAT I WALKED WITH MY BROTHERS OF THE 196TH IN BATTLE IN VIET NAM. we were the ones with a backbone and we are the ones that are not afraid to wear the flag on our lapel or hat, that it might offend someone, for we are the ones that carry the honor of our brothers who did not make it back and the proudness of walking next to each other, for we are the current Band of Brothers and there's a group that is currently walking in our foot steps. So even in our short commings may God Bless Us All.
    Ron Morenz <southsidemo'at'cs.com>
    Chicago/Mesa, AZ USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 17:04:44 (EDT)

    Hey Ron, the mispelling of my name is okay, but, I see no mention of the unit that led the charge to Twister Charlie that fateful night. I remember, because, they were right behind me. Ed,Aco 2nd.plt. 2nd squad, point man.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co. USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 14:42:42 (EDT)

    Moe , I thought I remembered this from before . A man named Jack Krohn (spelling)? left of .jpg image online of the "Gimlet" 3/21st Infantry Company patches. It's still online. If you copy and paste this link it will show a picture of the Company patches, including the "Bushmaster" patch............... http://pic12.picturetrail.com/VOL433/1045515/1957272/58500847.jpg
    Mike
    USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 18:20:45 (EDT)

    Moe , the "Bushmaster" patch was assigned to B Company 3/21st 196th for one . I'm not sure if other'B ' Companies used it. Haven't seen it done.
    Mike
    USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 17:55:05 (EDT)

    Anyone remember Brien Holyrod A1/46 69-70? Brien does not do Internet and I am trying to help him make contact with old buds. Thanks. Mike Robertson A2/1 196LIB 67-68 Call sign CA10
    Mike Robertson <OATSTEAM@AOL.COM>
    Ventura, CA USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 11:27:36 (EDT)

    Looking for info i was in the 196th around 68-69 and had a special patch called (BUSHMASTER) Guess i'm getting old and starting to think about the war again. well anyway just looking for info on this patch and what was it all about. thanks for any info on this.
    Moe Matte <moematte@comcast.net>
    billerica, ma USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 09:37:31 (EDT)

    Ther are seats available at this time for the Wed tour of Ft. Sam Medic Traing site. Medics and family get first preference. Early Birds will be accepted on space available the morning of the trip. All must have photo ID to enter the base.
    BoB "DoC"Kelly <lib196bob@aol.com>
    Reading, Pa USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 07:20:42 (EDT)

    Bob(DOC)Kelly, I would like to reserve 2 places for my wife and me for the tour of FT Sam. I'm not sure if we are going to make it but if we do I would like to see the old training area and see what changes have been made. Thanks, John Clough (Doc) 3/82nd
    John Clough <clough001@msn.com>
    USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 02:25:31 (EDT)

    I was with 1/1 cav b Trp.2nd platoon. From 08/71 to 12/71 camp Faulkner outside Danang.I used to ride APC #22.If any body out there please drop me a line or send me a picture. Thanks
    Ruben H Gonzalez <rgonzalez6atelp.rr.com>
    El paso, Tx USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 14:16:32 (EDT)

    Good morning fellow Chargers, with the help of the persistant Peggy Reider and her after action reports, Col. Humphries book "Through The Valley" and the "Task Force Dorlan" article I've put together a battle action flow chart of the "Thanksgiving Day Battle" Nov. 1967, the battle on the 3-4th of Jan. 1968 and Jan. 5-6th 1968. They're on the Map of Viet Nam and the coordinates from all three sources were used. In speaking with Ed Lantine by email he said some of you would be interested in them. You can frame them or tuck them away with your other mememtos. The first two battles are on one sheet with two maps joined together(the first and last battles I was in), the last one is on one sheet. Units enevolved: d 4/42, c 4/31, b 4/31, b 3/21, f troop 17th cav, a troop 1st sqdn, 71st ahc firebirds and rattles dust offs 55,56,58; helix c-7-17 cav, aerial rocket c/2-20, 3/82 arty, 3/16 arty, Helix 11, c 2/1 a 3/21, c 3/21, LZ west, LZ center, LZ leslie, LZ ross. I will bring the master and submaster(color coordinated) with me to the reunion. The color copies will cost about $2.00 and the after action reports about $2-3.00 each. Please chime in on my email and let me know how many of you are interested and or the brothers who can not make the reunion. Vance let me know if you want a copy. I actually have a few after action reports with Jim Pongonis' name on them...pretty cool huh!! Thanks to all who helped in putting this together; Peggy Reider for her after action reports, Chip Skuse for sending me the Task Force Dorlan article, Les Hines for his map site, Terry in Yuma, Az for his map, Col. Humphries for Through The Valley, Chip Hummel for his suggestions on sites, 174thAHC site and 71stAHC site. The maps really pull the whole action together with the reports.
    Ron Morenz <southsidemo"at"cs.com>
    Mesa, AZ USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 14:05:08 (EDT)

    Headquarters Company of the 196th. Hi to the guys from the company I was with Jan '68 through Feb '69
    Neil Gray <ngray@barona.com>
    Lakeside, CA USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 13:52:23 (EDT)

    1\46 196th Americal Sept 70-71
    Carl E. Austin (chip) <Redlandscarl@aol.com>
    Redlands, Calif USA - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 09:40:59 (EDT)

    Ed, John Oliver was the FO the night of 5-6 Jan when A 4/31 was fighting to relieve C 2/1 when they were cut up so badly and Lt German, FO C 2/1 was killed.
    Jim Pongonis <japongonisatala.net>
    Dothan, AL USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 10:47:10 (EDT)

    Jim the name is familiar, just can't put a face with it! Check with John Mansfield, he has the history of Alpha Co. Ed.
    edlatini <sargent196infantryatmsn.com>
    eveergreen, co USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 10:37:44 (EDT)

    Hi guys. I’m still looking for Lt John Oliver. He served as FO for A Company 4/31 Inf and as FDO for D Btry 3/82 Artillery ’67-68 timeframe. Does anyone know where I can find him?
    Jim Pongonis <japongonisatala.net>
    Dothan, AL USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 09:27:01 (EDT)

    Mike, I was born Old! I was 23 when the pics were taken, a bit older than most! But, still kicking. Ed.
    Ed latini <sargent196infantryatmsn.com>
    evergreen, co USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 09:31:12 (EDT)

    Ed Latini, I just looked at your Vietnam video at Classic voice. I liked it. Are you trying to fool us into thinking you were that young once?.......Just kidding.
    Mike
    USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 22:33:20 (EDT)

    You got me! I'm on "borrowed computers". Mine puts the AT in automatically. I'm beginning to get excited as the reunion nears, can't wait to see you all again. Ed.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, co USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 11:14:09 (EDT)

    I WAS IN COUNTRY JUNE '67 - MAY '68. I WAS PART OF A PLATOON OF COMBAT MP'S WITH THE 196th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE. WE PULLED RIVER PATROL NORTH OF CHU LAI AND I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE BOONIES TO GO OUT ON PATROLS, SWEEPS,SEARCH & DESTROYS WITH THE INFANTRY. I SPENT MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS AT HILLS 69,63,406,488,LZ BALDIE,CAMP EVANS,CHU LAI AND TAM KY. I REMEMBER LEAVING CAMP EVANS IN MAY '68 THINKING OUR HEAVILY LOADED C-130 WOULD NEVER MAKE IT OFF THE GROUND. WE WERE BEING ROCKETED BY NVA REGULARS OPERATING IN THE MOUNTAINS JUST TO OUR WEST (EDGE OF AUSHAU VALLEY ). PIECES OF THE RUNWAY WERE BEING BLOWN UP AND HITTING THE SIDES OF THE PLANE WHILE WE WERE TAXING TO AND GOING DOWN THE RUNWAY. I REMEMBER THE CREW CHIEF SCRAMBLING TO GET THE TAIL RAMP UP IN TIME FOR THE C130 TO LIFT OFF.YOU COULD SEE THE RUNWAY TO THE REAR BEING HIT AND PIECES FLYING EVERY WHERE. I WAS SANDWICHED BETWEEN A JEEP AND A 75 MM HOWITZER THAT WERE BARELY TIED DOWN. WHEN WE GOT IN THE AIR EVERY GRUNT ON BOARD LET OUT A GREAT CHEER AND APPLAUSE FOR THE CREW. WELL, THANX FOR LISTENING.BOB HITCHNER ( "HORRIBLE HITCH" )I'M JUST BEGINING TO LOOK BACK INTO BY TIME IN COUNTRY. IT'S SOMETHING THAT I'VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DEAL WITH UNTILL RECENTLY. ANY ONE WHO WISHES TO WRITE, I'LL RETURN THE E-MAIL...HITCH. bobhitch320@hotmail.com
    BOB HITCHNER <bobhitch320@hotmail.com>
    MARLTON, NJ USA - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 22:02:33 (EDT)

    Dittos Ed, Bridgett is a hot chick. Hey Chargers, does anyone have purple heart orders from Jan. 3-4th 1967 or does anyone have purple hearts orders that has Jan. 3-4th names on them? I'm looking for Johnny R Anderson, I believe from Arkansas, please email me. Hey Ed, you let your guard down, remember guys, do not type in @ when entering your email address, the spammers I lurking in the weeds. I'm still getting it, 3 months now.
    Rpn Morenz <southsidemo"at"cs.com>
    Mesa, AZ USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 12:35:16 (EDT)

    I served with A/3/21 from 9/66 to 2/67. I was WIA during op. Attleboro. Would like to hear from anyone who served during that period, especially from the heavy weapons platoon. I served Cooper,(dave?),Spc/4 machine gunner,KIA 1/12/66, and Angelo Torres,Waterbury,Bruno,Gomes and Fernandes all KIA 1/1/67 up in Chu-lai. Iwould like to know if anyone in the squad survived.
    Guillermo (gil) Rivera <gilvv"at"aol.com>
    Jamaica Estates, ny USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 10:56:19 (EDT)

    Finally got to a computer. I see much written about a non-entity. Jane was Tarzans'wife! She spread her legs for a A.A. Gun, and much more I'm sure. I like Bridget, she can sit on my A.A. gun anytime?? Can't wait to see you all in Tex. P.P. Ed.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 09:29:18 (EDT)

    Im proud of being there im proud of knowing the guys that were with me!!!!!IM proud of never knowing her or watching,reading or anything else involving jane f*** up get over it jane let us live or lives not make you money!!!!!play cards with john and bill in your ollld age.
    MIKE CAMPBELL <sgtcampb"at"yahoo.com>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Thursday, April 07, 2005 at 12:49:10 (EDT)

    bob i am the same as you .i did my job. with luck i came home in one piece. what she did was over 30 years ago. i just dont pay any attention to those people. we know what it was like over there. and we can all be proud of ourselves and stand tall.
    jim gray d321 and hhc 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 18:36:29 (EDT)

    I was never ashamed of what I did , nor was I proud of what I did in Viet Nam. I never liked the war, but I did what was expected of me. I did what I felt an american should do to earn the right to state my mind and live in a great country.
    Bob "Doc" Kelly <lib196"at"aol.com>
    Reading, Pa USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 18:11:33 (EDT)

    When we where in Gettysburg for the reunion some civil war veteran of the Gettysburg Battle wrote " Some of us went and a few came back and if you were not there you have no idea of what we went through". I could care less about the congress that kept us there the three presidents that kept us there and the American people that kept us there. Let alone some nitwit actor, If you rememember we had the B-3 can with the candybars there was the Audy Murphy bar with the real nuts, and the John Wayne bar with out the nuts. She can keep her apology along with McNamara, Laird , and Kissinger. Doc La Palio,
    Doc La Palio <aml(at) vglabs.com>
    long beach, ca USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 14:58:41 (EDT)

    My father ( GABE LAVELLA Jr. ) served in the 196th, In 1968 he fought in Vietnam, if anyone recognizes his name PLEASE EMAIL ME!!! He was in Da Nang, Hue, Imperial City, Dung Ha, and many other places! God Bless the 196th!
    Vincent Lavella <vincent.lavella@maritime.edu>
    Chester, PA USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 20:45:28 (EDT)

    Dittos Mike, I for one can not accept her apology because she had the wharewithal to know what she was doing and using her celebrity status to do it. North Viet Nam ceased the negative press she created,along with Walter Kronkite telling the American public that we can't win this war because North Viet Nam was on the brink of pulling out of the War. She also was the direct cause of the death of one or our POW's. I for one will not accept her apology, to little to late. She needs to be held accountable for her actions along with Kronkite and Kerry. I must forgive her as I am forgiven, but I do not have to accept her apology and will never forget. We go the The Wall to honor our brothers and sisters that stood beside us in battle and did not come back. It is our connection to them, to keep them in our hearts and minds. She needs to speak directly to all Viet Nam Vets and their families, not for the so-called press or the liberal media for ackknowledgement. Then maybe I can accept her apology.
    Ron <southsidemo"at"cs.com>
    Mesa, AZ USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 00:59:40 (EDT)

    I didnt pay attention to what Jane Fonda did in Hanoi...i was too busy that year...therefore I dont care about her so called apology. Frankly we need to let it go.... I guess i mean lets simply not respond to whatever she has to say and she will simply go back in the shadows...we probably should re focus on something REALLY important. Otherwise we should never give our presidential vote to draft dodgers with connections...I saw her interview and it was a lot about nothing...i guess the cutting room did a cutting job on her remarks...just an opinion. Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <Namratsathotmail.com>
    Fresno, ca USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 00:21:38 (EDT)

    I agree with you Mike. The Bitch like you say is about 70 so my guess is she wants to sell her book. It seems the only friend she has now is money. With all the guys that were dying that our medic would ask me to stay with so he could save the ones that had a chance. This middle finger is for you jane fonda
    Joe Corona <TJPLUMB@comcast.net>
    Quakertown, Pa. USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 20:35:45 (EDT)

    I agree with you Mike. The Bitch like you say is about 70 so my guess is she wants to sell her book. It seems the only friend she has now is money. With all the guys that were dying that our medic would ask me to stay with so he could save the ones that had a chance. This middle finger is for you jane fonda
    Joe Corona <TJPLUMB@comcast.net>
    Quakertown, Pa. USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 20:31:28 (EDT)

    I'm sure "Janes" apology will impress the talking heads on TV. Maybe her sympathizers will feel atonement. Probably the young will perceive it as a noble gesture on the part of someone who was once a misunderstood youth. Jane was 38 years old during her trip to Hanoi.She knew exactly what she was doing. Sometimes you can apologize for a missed lunch date or possibly a broken dish etc. How do you apologize for treason? I never gave her much thought back in those times but upon reflection I think she prolonged the war and cost lives. She's about seventy now, she can save her apologies for those she may meet in the hereafter. Just my opinion, lol.Living Vietnam Veterans make up less than 1 percent of the American population, so Jane will mostly be apologizing to people that don't have a clue.
    Mike
    USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 16:17:06 (EDT)

    Dont's shoo the messenger, but "Jane" is supposed to "appologize" on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
    Dan Griffin <dan.griffin343 at sbcglobal.net>
    Palatine, IL USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 00:04:59 (EST)

    Did anyone shoot a video of any of the reunion banquets? I hope to see EVERYONE in San Antonio!!
    Rich ("Doc") Mosher <rpm196at hotmail.com>
    Gurnee, IL USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 09:17:30 (EST)

    I'll be in the N.Y. area for a couple of weeks. If you're near, contact me. Cel. 720-253-5430, Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 15:19:15 (EST)

    About 118 days and a wake up until San Antonio!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless you all, please pray for our troops and our nation. Vance A. van Wieren Delta - 4/31st. 196th. LIB.
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com>
    Fennville, MI USA - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 09:38:19 (EST)

    PFC Craig A. Newell served as a machine-gunner with BCo 3bn 21inf 196LIB from Nov68 til he was KIA on 10 jun 69. He was from Philly, and me and my cousin were very close.I love talkin' about him, 'cause it does me good. I was just turned on to this site and got a rush you won't believe. If anyone remembers him, knew of him, served with him, was with him on that day, or anything, please let me here from you. He'll always be in my heart, and just a conversation away. Thank you.
    Earl Lucas <earlybird1948 at msn.com>
    Newport News, Va USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 14:34:25 (EST)

    Skip, this is Mac from recon. Bring any orders you have for Doc Miller or Lopez to San Antonio. I have a lady that helps me find guys. She found Condor. Warren, my recon happened to be dropped off at LZ Maryann and was to be picked up the next morning. That is the night they got overun. I asked him about it. Don't know if any of recon was kia but he was wounded. He won't talk about it and that was his third tour in the field
    Kenneth McParland <knmcpr>
    Sioux City, IA USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 23:39:14 (EST)

    Mike, The night of 27-28 March was the night that Firebase Maryann was attacked. Most of those KIA's were from C 1/46. See Keith Nolan's book "Sappers in the Wire" for the whole story.
    Warren <President, 196th>
    Cicero, IN USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 17:34:32 (EST)

    Anyone remember Doc Lopez or Doc Miller from Recon E-3/21?
    Skip Menard <smenard "at" hanover-co.com>
    Lafayette, LA USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 17:02:20 (EST)

    All of those names I checked were killed by incoming from both sides.
    Mike
    USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 16:00:46 (EST)

    On this date 1971 , 35 men died in Vietnam. I clicked on some of the names and every single one was with 1/46th. I didn't check them all but they all might be 1/46th.
    Mike
    USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 15:41:01 (EST)

    I put some pics up at www.vetfriends.com of the old a.o.and me swartzs is in one of them he lost his life in april of 72 the rest are of bush ridge and camp enjoy mike c.
    MIKE CAMPBELL <SGTCAMPB"AT"YAHOO.COM>
    SUN PRAIRIE, WI USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 15:32:02 (EST)

    I retired in June 04 and this is my new email address at home. like to hear from any 3/82 arty from65 to 67 Devens and Nam. Also anyone from the infusion to the 1/84th arty 9th inf div 1pril 67. Welcome home brothers
    paul flynn <peflynn1"at"yahoo.com>
    Stoughton, MA 02072 - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 14:43:40 (EST)

    i served in da-nang in late 1970-1971. i was assigned to a unit close to freedom hill. welcome home to all our brothers.
    david knapp <lanny4944@adelphia.net>
    wellington, fl USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 11:22:20 (EST)

    he is risen
    jim gray d321 and hhc 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
    bradenton, fl USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 06:07:33 (EST)

    Looking for Burrows? Here is another assoc. to check with " LAB196TH@AOL.COM" This is th url for 196Locate-a-Brother Assoc. Good luck! many guys were known by nick-names. Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 15:21:17 (EST)

    Yeah Doc, "what a long strange trip it's been". Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 15:09:34 (EST)

    Ed, I flew back to the world out of Da Nang and we left at 7AM and arrived at McCord AFB in Washington at 6AM the same day so I lost an hour of my life comming home. John 3/83nd
    John "Doc " lough <clough001@msn.com>
    Hesperia, Ca USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 00:42:10 (EST)

    Anyone out there remember Al Burrows? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Just his son curious about my fathers life. Don't remember the years exactly he served but do know that he did. Thanks to all of you.
    Burrows <dozer0323atyahoo.com>
    NE USA - Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 00:08:46 (EST)

    I was with B Co, 1/46 from Aug. 69 thru Aug 70. I carried the M 60. CO was Cpt. Bradley, Lt Allen the platoon leader. Anybody remember the big python? AD, Turner, Grieg,Burgess. I saw a post by Lt Allen but his email address wasn't valid any more.
    Chris LoPresti <wanderer1atcore.com>
    Riverside, IL USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 21:40:22 (EST)

    Ed,I spent 11 days on that puke bucket USNS Geiger coming back from Germany in 66. Not a pleasant trip!I flew to Nam in 67 on that hippy dippy Brainiff airlines. Honstly,wasn't sure I wanted to crash or land.
    bill russell <Rwill60ataol.com>
    norman , ok USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 09:49:39 (EST)

    Here's a site that lists (you can listen also) most of the music you may have heard during the Vietnam War years.It's kind of interesting, I'd forgotten some. http://chu65nang67.com/nam/vietnam.html
    Mike
    USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 21:16:54 (EST)

    Wish I took a ship! Flying through the international date line, I believe I got there the day before I left?? Leap year too.Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co. USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 17:21:14 (EST)

    John: How well I remember the crossing on the Darby, coming up on 40 years ago. The Darby was placed in the National Reserve Fleet in 1999. The General Alexander M. Patch was, sorry to say, sold for scrap in June, 2001. They were bigger than I remember: 608 feet.
    Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
    Potter Valley, CA USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 11:58:32 (EST)

    I served with the 196th from Devens to Nam with the 3rd of the 21st Company "C" 3rd platoon. Went over on the Patch out of Boston. The patch was accompanied by her sister ship the Darby, I wonder what became of them. Hi to anyone who remembers me. I was transfered to the Wolf Hounds 3rd of 27th in January 1967 wounded on January 18th and sent home to Walson Army Hospital in Ft. Dix, NJ. Sargeant Curtis are you still out there? The e-mail is my work e-mail, since I'm not hocked up at home. Hope to hear from some of you guys. Stay safe and God bless!
    John K. Jauch <JKJ@infionline.net>
    Carteret, NJ USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 08:02:47 (EST)

    Were are all the guys from charlie company 4/31 infantry from march 67 to Sept. 67 by chu lie.....
    lewis leoce <lou@us.ibm.com>
    newburgh, ny USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 13:59:22 (EST)

    I am writing in regard to my father. He is retired CWO W-2 Herbert Ayars. My dad was Armanent Section Leader for Company B, 8th Support Battalion in Vietnam from August 1966 to June 1967. I believe he was in charge of repair for all artillery, small arms, night vision and fire control equipment for the 196th Brigade for a period of 6 months during his tour. He shipped from Ft. Devons. If anyone remembers my dad, please let me know. Many thanks.
    James Ayars <tromso35@yahoo.com>
    Southern Pines, NC USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 19:39:21 (EST)

    I support all of our troops around the world. I don't agree with the reason they are there. That's just my opinion. Still serving United States Army Retired.
    SP/4 Victor W. Howell <vhowell1970@yahoo.com>
    Milledgeville, Ga. USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 10:56:23 (EST)

    We will need a count for the Medic tour on Wed. 7/27/05. The Training Center has advised they want us to use a bus. Cost will be determined by number of seats occuppied. Plan is 10:00 Am start time. reply by 3/31/05 please
    Bob "Doc" Kelly <lib196bob@Aol.com>
    Reading , Pa USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 07:05:36 (EST)

    Paul Gildner, have some pics of LZ Karen, Lz West, and Lz Center or Ross which I do not quite remeber, will have to check map again. Could not get your e-mail to go through
    Lloyd Martin <martyc382@hotmail.com>
    Austin, TX USA - Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 01:13:48 (EST)

    bob barth are you going to reunion in texas? doc stafford my email is williamhstafford111@yahoo.com
    william stafford <williamhstafford111@yahoo.com>
    east hampton, ny USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 20:31:31 (EST)

    Been awhile just got back on line. Anyone from Delta 2/1, 1970 - 1971. I was in country fro 10-15-70 to 10-30-1971. Drop me a line let's exchange histories to date. God Bless Us Each and Everone...
    Kerry Cooper <coop196@bellsouth.net>
    Irondale, AL USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 18:45:49 (EST)

    New email address and have been a while since I checked in. Retired last may and been so busy I don't know how I worked. Was with B co. 2/1, 2nd plt. Sept 70 to end of Aug 71. My handle was "teacher"
    Don Campbell <Donc "at" cebridge.net>
    Wellington, MO USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:35:24 (EST)

    I was wounded March 24,1970 in Happy Valley. I would like to get in contact with anyone who helped save my life. Delta Co. 4/31 2nd platoon 196 LIB.
    SP/4 Victor W. Howell <vhowell1970@yahoo.com>
    Milledgeville, Ga. USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 13:47:05 (EST)

    Dear Brothrs, I received a e-mail from Vance Van Wieren Delta 4/31st. That Doc Steve Eder Delta company 68/69 had a heart attack, and that his daughter Traci a nursing student was with him and gave him a aspirin, and that he is resting comfortably. When Lt. Tierney and I were wounded from the land mine Feb 28th 68 It was Doc Eder that took care of both of us. he can be e-mailed at edersjd(at)AOl.com. Keep him in your prayers Doc LaPalio HHC,Delta & Charlie co's 4/31st 68/69
    Doc La Palioa <aml(at) vglabs.com>
    long beach, ca USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 13:33:13 (EST)

    Just a short note i put some of my pics of 1972 on www.vetfriends.com of bco3rd21st196th look and see if your in any of them. im going to set up a site fore the rest some 100 or so some time soon thanks
    MIKE CAMPBELL <MGCAMPBELL51@HOTMAIL.COM>
    SUN PRAIRIE, WI USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 12:39:36 (EST)

    I served with the 196th LIB, 4th/31st, Charlie Company, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Squad from June 1970 till Dec. 1970. I eventually rotated out of the unit to an MP job at Hawk Hill. When I was with the unit I carried the M-79. I received that weapon from Ed Taylor (Chief) who at that time was becoming a short-timer and didn't want to carry that particular weapon anymore. I am looking for a guy who was nicknamed Crazy John. I believe he was from Texas. Is there anyone out there from this unit during the time mentioned above who remembers this guy? I am trying to find out his last name. John use to love to play blackjack and poker. What I remember he wasn't a very good card player. He was a good person and had a good heart. If anyone from this unit who remembers him would you please make contact with me. Thanks, Greg
    Greg O'Neil <goneil90804 at yahoo.com>
    las vegas, CA USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 02:22:44 (EST)

    I am looking for Carl "Shorty" Thilesen who served with me from 12/67 to about 6/68. We were with the 199th L.I.B. but he had been with the 196th L.I.B. before coming to the Redcatchers. He is a great all arround guy and was one hell of a "tunnel rat". If any one out there might know any information and would like to contribute to my search, it would be greatly appreciated by alot of his old buddies. If you ever met him, I'm sure you haven't forgotten his Brooklyn personality! Thanks for any help. I can be reached at:granpaschroeder@comcast.net. Henry Schroeder
    Henry Schroeder <granpaschroeder@comcast.net>
    Margate, Fla. USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 13:34:57 (EST)

    If anyone would like to share any aerial photographs of the LZs that the 196th worked out of I would appreciate copies. I am working on a poster of a map of I Corp and am looking for pictures of the base camps. My map has all of the firebases marked out through the middle of 71.
    Paul Gildner, Echo 1/46th <pgildner at talkamerica.net>
    Cadillac, MI USA - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 06:35:13 (EST)

    Hey Doc! (did you get my e-mail to your yahoo address? How’re you doing? I remember you as the best medic (Doc) we ever had. I was in the 3rd herd (Brandon’s bandits) with you I carried the M60 machine gun. I was a kid originally from NYC I remember you were from out in the Hamptons Check the guestbook 2003 April 10. I was asking for you. Great to see your posting
    Bob Barth <bobbyb1146ataol.com>
    Charlotte, NC USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 16:20:52 (EST)

    I plan to be at the 196th Reunion in July. Hope to see all Polar Bears from 4/31. Re the question about Michael Crescenz, I was present atThe White House in 1970 when his Parents and two Brothers (in Marine Uniforms)received the Medal of Honor from President Nixon. Very nice people. His Father was a Beer Distributor in Philadelphia. For all 4/31 Polar Bears: the 31st Infantry Regiment Association Annual Reunion this year will be in Columbus, GA at the Hilton Garden Inn 26-28 August 2005 Call direct(706)-660-1000. Hope to see all of you there. Check in Friday 26th, Tour of Ft Benning Saturday 27th, meetings and Banquet Sunday 28th. For more info and Reservation Form email me. Thanks, Sam Wetzel 4/31 Bn Cdr 68-69
    LTG (RET) SAM WETZEL <wiint322ataol.com>
    COLUMBUS, GA USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 15:28:59 (EST)

    i was reading some of this emails about different firefights. i was there the day mike cresenz was shot .It was very hard day for me and for the next 20 years. Did anyone ever contact his parents or brothers?
    william stafford <williamhstafford111at yahoo.com>
    east hamptopn, ny USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 13:57:31 (EST)

    Ed, the maps are on the way, mailed out yesterday. The pictures are great. The aerial pic of LZ West coinsides exactly with my topical map...pretty cool. The pic of the river is probably of the Lau River at Hiep Duc Village at coordinates 897/244 or at village Phu Thang (3) just south where the Lau River crosses Rt 534 (Old French Rd) at coordinates 973/269, do you remember where you took it? Let me know, also Ed, let me know how you like the maps, I'll probably bring them to the reunion for the other Chargers! HEY GUYS, LETS STAY VIGIL, DO NOT PUT YOUR THE @ ON YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WHEN DOING AN ENTERY...YOU WILL GET SPAMMED TO NO END!...IT'S TWO MONTHS NOW FOR ME.
    Ron Morenz <southsidemo"at"cs.com>
    Mesa, AZ USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 12:37:51 (EST)

    William Staford, I have on three cd's my pics for D 4/31 Feb 68 to about Aug 68 when I was their FO. Then became XO for C 3/82 on Karen with three 105's for support battle of Nui Chon. I still need to get all those pic's tansfer from slides. Send me your address and will send to you. Your E-mail not right
    Lloyd Martin <martyc382@hotmail.com>
    Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 08:25:43 (EST)

    I have many pics from "68". Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen , Co USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 00:26:10 (EST)

    i was in the a co 4/31 in1968- through 1969 does anyone have pictures that can be shared? i will respond to any one who was there. I wounder if smiley is around I know he was hit nov 21 -69. God bless all doc stafford
    william stafford <williamhstafford111yahoo.com>
    east hampton, ny USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 00:18:23 (EST)

    I am trying to find a company roster for D/2/1 for any month between April 1969 - March 1970. Does anyone know how to locate such a document? Thanks, Charles Penley
    Charles Penley <cepenley@chartrtn.net>
    USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 16:39:30 (EST)

    I'm looking for info on Mark Edward Klever KIA 6-6-70 QUANG tIN pROVINCE. I'M A VIETNAM VET AND A CHILDHOOD FRIEND. THANKS BROTHERS
    William E. Goff <buzzard@gtcom.net>
    Blountstown, Fl. USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 19:48:45 (EST)

    Was on 4.2 mortors on lz center Aug 69 to aug 70. Would love to hear from anybody during that time frame. Looking for Roy Little was from PA. Steve Mottor from Michigan, Roberto tapia from Arizonia. Either PTSD or old age cann't remember names of anybody else.Frenchy from quad 50 are you out thear? Keep the faith. JIM
    James Wilson <jw@stans.net>
    union, il USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 09:51:52 (EST)

    I have had a request from a history class in New Jersey for some insight in Thomas McMahon "A" 2/1 medic KIA march of 1969. Any of you out there ?
    Bob "doc" Kelly <lib196bob@aol,com>
    USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 12:57:19 (EST)

    Was member of Company D 1st of the 46th Infantry 1971/72 DaNang.
    Bob Stewart <stewr1atnpoint.net>
    Dunlap, IL USA - Friday, March 11, 2005 at 21:40:41 (EST)

    Looking for Mike Mulkey he trained At FT HOOD 66,67 1st of46th at hood then over would greatly like to see him agin
    DONAD NIERODE <dcnierode52@msn.com>
    Franklin, WI USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:31:17 (EST)

    David Garcia, I am not related to Gen Pagonis but I sure know who he is. I believe that General Pagonis traces his ancestry back to Greece but Pongonis goes back to Lithuania. An interesting point my grandfather and his brother, my uncle Tom, got into a fistfight on Ellis Island over how the name should be spelled. Uncle Tom spelled it Pangonis and he might have been right as he had a lot more education than my gramps. But thanks for asking.
    Jim Pongonis <japongonis"at"ala.net>
    Dothan , AL USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 16:56:54 (EST)

    Brothers, I need help. I was a red headed, CO, medic assigned to D Co. 1/46. In Feb., we were air lifted to a grassy hill, later to be known as FSB Mary Ann. We were mortored twice, I was hit in the upper chest on the second attack and was sent to Chu Lai. When I returned, D. Co. was back in Professional AO. After several months, D. was deployed with a tank batallion. We passed through a town I didn't hnow the name of, into a valley. The column split into two, Part went down into the valley, the other stayed on a ridge. I was with the second. One of my men was overcome by the heat and I recommended him being lifted out. When nobody would bring the chopper in, I was elected. As I stood in the patty with my arms up, the chopper came in too fast and tried to stop too fast. He pointed his nose up and slowly came down on his tail and folded in two, a few feet from me. Everybody got out without serious injury, but the pilot, sitting next to me, became agitated and tried to kill himself two times, which I prevented two times. I wasn't able to follow up on him because my squad was deployed to the other column, down in the valley, which was incircling a disabled APC under rocket attack. My squad sent to the bluff to disable the riocket senders. A few minutes later, I, and another medic were wounded. We spent the rest of the afternoon, passed out in the bottom of an APC. When I came back from Chu Lai, again, I was reassigned to the BAS on an already rebuilt Mary Ann. If there is any body who remembers me, the campaign or the situation, I would appreciate knowing where I was and what happened. There was also a tall firebase over the valley. "Doc" Tom
    Tom Patterson <tomnsherry@sbcglobal.net>
    Galt, ca USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 17:03:01 (EST)

    On another Vietnam Vet Forum I found this link. It is a neat page and includes over a hundred songs from the Vietnam Era to listen to. They really bring back memories. You don't need any music programs to listen and I don't think you can save them, so there is no copyright problem. http://chu65nang67.topcities.com/nam/vietnam.html
    Jim Armstrong <jimarm at pacific.net>
    Potter Valley, CA USA - Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 11:25:32 (EST)

    Jim Pagonis...I used to be in protective services in west Germany in the 80s. One of my principals was General Pagonis. He later served the 1st Gulf War under general Swartzkaulf in statisical analysis for movement coordination. Swartzkaulfs Right hand man. My qustion is obviously are you related?
    David Garcia <dgarcia(At)everestkc.net>
    Phoenix, Az USA - Saturday, March 05, 2005 at 10:31:46 (EST)

    greetings from afganistan. m best friends uncle was in the 196th (Jerry Feldman) i just wanted to know if anyone knows him please e mail me. he has toaght my friends (Jared Feldman) and me a lot about being an awesome soldier weather he knows it or not. i hope all of you know that you are mine and any other soldiers hero. what you guys have done was very important and makes paratroopers like me want to do my job over here better than i can and always push to help this war on terror end as son as possible. but if you know Jerry please e mail me i would love to talk to you. PFC Heath Samsel 173rd Airborne Brigade 1/508th (ABN) Parachute Infantry
    Heath Samsel <heath.claton.Samsel>
    Willard, MO USA - Saturday, March 05, 2005 at 07:47:02 (EST)

    D Btry, 3/82 FA. For those (like me) that are having a problem remembering names I have a copy of the battery roster dated 9 March 1968. Let me know if I can help. If anyone knows where to find Lt John Oliver, I would like that information.
    Jim Pongonis <japongonis"at"ala.net>
    Dothan, AL USA - Friday, March 04, 2005 at 17:55:50 (EST)

    Mike, They are bound by law to do your case in a year. That don't mean they will though. If you don't keep your filing current year to year, they will only pay up for the last twelve months. I went through three service orgs and finally got a very good lawyer and he stuffed it through really fast.
    fletch <fletchw20atcomcast.net>
    USA - Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 18:23:51 (EST)

    Hi guys, Ranger Bob in Saigon here. On the 27th we had a check presented on behalf of the 196th LIB Association for $1,500 for 15 operations for childrent with hair lip deformities. Today I visited the hospital and watched some of the operations. I learned that many of the infants born with the deformity die within the first few months because they are unable to nurse. You have literally saved lives today! I keep getting additional sponsors on my e mail, the most recent being Stephen (LT) Lee, from Hawaii. I will be sending pictures of the presentation, given by Congressman Jim Marshall (D. Georgia, and old Ranger buddy of mine. I hope to make it to the reunion to give a slide show on my travels in Vietnam and Operation Smile. You can google search: Robert Delzell and read a story about my being here if you like. A few days ago the congressman and I went to Quang Ngai City and he visited his old AO where he got wounded. It was a remarkable trip for him. During his motorbiking around his old AO he met many farmers who invited him in for rice wine or tea. They really appreciate what we tried to do for them. They respect and love Americans here very much. All was not lost after 1975, they remember the Americans as good, caring, fighting men. I've changed my e mail to bobinsaigon@gmail.com because the msn keeps filling up too quickly and I'm too cheap to upgrade (yet). Take care...and keep it spread out! Ranger Bob
    Bob Delzell <bobinsaigonatgmail.com>
    Saigon, Vietnam - Wednesday, March 02, 2005 at 06:12:37 (EST)

    I was with Co "A" 8th Support in Sept '67 in Finance. Merged with the 11th and 198th into the 23rd Admin Co in Chu Lai Dec '67. Always good to read posts from fellow "Chargers", but i wonder where all the "Support" troops are? The vast majority seem to be combat arms, and since about 80% or more were support MOS...i wonder "Where are all the guys that were "in the rear with the beer?" (Check the archives for 8th Support - Editor)
    Rick Carleton(Gordo) <rjcarleton55@yahoo.com>
    cleveland, Tx USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 20:45:53 (EST)

    Concerning the VA, DAV, etc. I only know what I've read/heard. Most of it was not good.I thought about a VA claim about a year ago, but could not find my DD 214. I sent for it from NARA and recieved a copy six months later. It had a few mistakes on it but it did mention Vietnam service.The reason I considered applying was because I was very sick, the problem can be found as one of the AO related diseases at the VA site. In fact using the VA formula it's a 120% condition.I checked into it further and found that many vets were waiting a year to five years for the VA to resolve their case. To make a long story short, my Doctor told me I had less time than I think it would take the VA to get around to me before I'm gone.So why bother. My advise to others is to start a process now if there is any indication you might need to.
    Mike
    USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 20:32:20 (EST)

    I have received the offical approval on the Medic tour Wed 7/27/05 from Ft. Sam. We will need a count no later than 3/31/2005 as a bus is probally the best means of transportation. 610 779 6399
    Bob"Doc" Kelly <lib196bob@aol.com>
    Reading, PA USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 13:30:44 (EST)

    Everybody in Viet Nam had a different personal experience. The same holds true for the 37 years since. I had a positive experience with DAV. I had a question in group at the PTSD program @ Coatesville Pa. " how heavy was that aid bag" ? Answer It weighed a ton on my soul for 370years
    BOB "DOC" KELLY <lib196bob@aol,com>
    REading, Pa USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 12:22:01 (EST)

    I am looking for anyone from 196 LIB 4/31 inf ECHO co 69-70 RECON. I am actually doing this search for my dad. if anyone has a new email for Ronald James Johnston, let me know, thanks.
    Robert Storey <punkfriday"at"msn.com>
    Rogers, AR USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 12:06:01 (EST)

    I don't know, Doc; 100% in only ten years? That may have BEEN the fast track!The DAV guys in Syracuse, NY were a big help to me, and the folks at the Syracuse VA hospital have been terrific. Served with Echo Recon, HHC and Co D, 1/46, 196 LIB, Americal, June 1970 - June 1970. LZ's Professional, Maryanne, Young, Mildred, then Linda. "LT" Tom Schmitz
    Tom Schmitz <Tom_Schmitz@USE.SalvationArmy.org>
    Oneida, NY USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 10:12:30 (EST)

    to Bob "doc" Kelly I totaly disagree with your commet on the DAV. It took me 10+ years to get 100% they were supposed to represent me all I ever got from them was letters agreeing with VA decison's, and when I tried to contact both the office at regional or the locals all I ever got was the run around I have PTSD.
    john "doc" bays <j_bays@charter.net>
    st george, ut USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 07:23:57 (EST)

    There is a ring such as the one that you inquired about that is offered for sale through the 196th LIB Ass. I suggest that you contact the association regarding this. (CHECK HERE FOR ORDER FORM - Editor)
    Mitch
    USA - Monday, February 28, 2005 at 10:52:51 (EST)

    my father in law fought with the 196th in vietnam. i have been looking for companies that produce military rings that will be able to put the flaming rope on it. any help you can give me sure would be appreciated. thank you
    john obenrader <john.f.obenrader@us.army.mil>
    ft bragg, nc USA - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 20:45:50 (EST)

    new email address hope to here from those who know me. c3/21 67/68 road runner 3-3
    tom orner <orner196athotmail.com>
    prospect, or USA - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 19:22:27 (EST)

    I was a Medic with the 196th LIB in Tay Ninh 1966-67, Chu Lai 1967-68 C co 8th Support Bn . I built and ran EM club in Tay Ninh and Chu Lai. I was a Medic with A/4/31 in the summer and fall of 1967. Some of the people I remember are The Rock, Sgt. DeRoco, from the coal mines of Penn.who liked his cognac, Tarzan, the machine gunner, Big Foot, the Point man , and Sgt. Lappie, our squad leader I believe. Anyone from this area or units that might remember me please feel free to contact me at wwayout8@msn.com or mail me at 10247 Jarash Pl. N.E. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87122 or give me a call at 1-505-823-1562. Jerry Wahe
    Jerome L. Wahe <wwayout8@msn.com>
    Albuquerque, NM USA - Friday, February 25, 2005 at 18:59:22 (EST)

    I served with ACo 3/21st 1st platoon May68-May69 Just to let you know of my new e-mail address. I will be going to the reunion in San Antoino Tx. Take Care OUT.
    Mike Sanchez <miguelrtoatcox.net>
    Big Spring, Tx. USA - Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 13:28:31 (EST)

    Re: CLL Only two (Al and Bill) of the many 196ers who must have and/or are receiving VA benefits for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia have contacted me as a result of earlier posts. A small but growing group of Agent Orange Veterans with CLL are trying to gain a greater understanding of how the VA is treating claims for disability, with an eye to having some input regarding future changes. Your experiences with this subject will help this effort. Please email me for more information. Jim Armstrong, C, Hq, A 2/1 '65-67
    Jim Armstrong <jimarm@pacific.net>
    Potter Valley, CA USA - Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 11:56:52 (EST)

    Ranger Bob, tried to e-mail, would't work. Please contact me at my url, for info on program. Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co. USA - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 21:54:54 (EST)

    Ranger Bob,why don't see if you can get a fund raiser going for Operation Smile at the reunion in July.also the Americall and 31st Regimemt Associations reunions.It could be a raffel, 50/50 drawing or just a can for donations.
    Sam Mazzola <sammazzolaathotmail.com>
    Detroit, MI USA - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 12:49:16 (EST)

    Ranger Bob here in Saigon again (D/4/31 196th) Just wanted to thank some additional sponsors that have changed a child's life by donating for corrective surgery (hairlip) for the kids here in Vietnam. Bob (Yank) Verlinde, Chip Skuse, Steven (point man in our sapper squad)and Marsha Moses, and Vance Van Wieren (Mr. 196th, who keeps us all together). I will be presenting a check on behalf of all of the sponsors at a ceremony honoring Congressman Jim Marshall from Macon, GA. I would like to mention that the check is on behalf of individuals of the 196 LIB, if that is appropriate. Press coverage will assist in bringing the need to help the kids here in Vietnam. The congressman is currently in Vietnam on the MIA issue and will visit me in Saigon on the 27th. Jim and I went through Ranger School together and he served with the 198th near LZ Stinson. Jim has a purple heart and bronze star with V device. As many of you know, I've been living in Saigon for 3 years, teach English, and take vets back to Hiep Duc and other AO's. If any of you have questions about coming back for a visit, shoot me an e mail. If any of you would like to change a child's life for $100, tax deductible, again, shoot me an e mail. Thank all of you so much.......Ranger Bob.......over PS Moses, you were a great point man!
    Bob Delzell <bobinsaiognatgmail.com>
    saigon, Vietnam - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 06:14:02 (EST)

    Chargers, I just came across a ptoto of L.Z. West. It was taken while returning from a night ambush. It's a great pic. Anyone interested, I'll be more than happy to send an e-mail copy. Use my url, drop the "at". Sincerely, Ed. P.S. It's not the one of the CH-47.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co. USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 12:39:24 (EST)

    Looking for some guys with me in B Co. 2nd/1st Feb 1972--July 1972 (Al Horner from Illinois, Sal, Jim from Wisconsin, Jethro from Alabama, SSGT. Vasquez from California--we went from the bush to 81mm mortar platoon--were at Phu Bai, Tan Mi, Danang, Monkey Mnt. etc.
    Clinton J. Vogel <clinton.vogel@nashville.gov>
    nashville, tn USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 12:07:32 (EST)

    For the Southern boys of 196th...check this out: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nolenancestry/comanche_lz_maureen_flag_raising_aug_68_kenneth_lorenz_far_left.jpg
    Chuck "Indianhead" Reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.com>
    Hammond, LA USA - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 23:30:12 (EST)

    I was in Co. A 2/1 in viet nam in july 67 till feb 68. Please help me rember anything about it . I am suffering from PTSD and can't rember anyone over there.God Bless everyone that served in the 196th
    Barry Lenski <barrylenski@hotmail.com>
    Clare, MI USA - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 20:04:12 (EST)

    Hey, Nick Leech! Welcome Home, my brother. Let me be the first to tell you that we Grunts could never have done our job without you and all your clerk and support buddies in the rear doing a terrific job to keep us supplied, paid and fed. You, my brother, are a hero in your own right. Thanks for being there.
    Warren <President, 196th>
    USA - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 16:52:56 (EST)

    I was in Co A, 8th Spt Bn from July 1967 until the Americal Division was formed. Then into HHC Americal, then HHC 196th. Left Country in June, 1968. Sure would like to hear from some of my old buddies. I was a clerk...lousy job in a lousy place, but you grunts are the real heros. Thanks for a job well done.
    Nick Leech <nick_leechathotmail.com>
    Bloomingotn, IL USA - Monday, February 21, 2005 at 15:26:02 (EST)

    Southwest has flights listed for Jully 2005 (reunion dates) If You are a Bac si and want to tour the Medic training site on WEDNESDAY 7/27/05 contact me 610.779.6399
    BOB"DOC" KELLY <lib196ataol.com>
    Reading, Pa USA - Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 06:03:00 (EST)

    Charlie; there were 3 primary Infantry Batallions in the 196th LIB. LZ (landing zone) Baldy was the forward Aid Station for the 196th and C company of the 8th Support Batallion was the pool of medics the units under the 196th command structure drew their medics from. It is possible that he was WIA while with C/8th Spt Batallion. If he was with an Inf, Calavery or Artillery Bn. prior to going to 8th Spt, it would be advantageous to mention the Batallion, Troop, Battery, or Company he was with. The more you can break it down the more likly he would be remembered or heard of. Wish you luck in your search. "out,Here" Dave "Doc" Brassfield
    David Brassfield <do68papydave"at"earthlink.com>
    Oshkosh, Neb USA - Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 01:44:38 (EST)

    In the book "Shadow of Death" Paul Hughes talks about being assigned to Vietnam in March 69 to "A" Company 196th Light Infantry Brigade. He was wounded around September 1969 and was medically discharged. Talks much about LZ Baldy. If hope someone will recognize Paul.
    Charles W Rowell
    Zumbrota, MN USA - Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 22:14:18 (EST)

    Trying to find a fellow trooper last name of Weatherwax.Was with C Trp 196th Light Inf Bde by Marble Mtn. Need info on 8 guy's wounded in mine explosion 23 mi. South East of Danang,Feb or March of 1972. Any one please contact me.God Bless! Hey! My name's Dan Johnson. I was with C Trp 196th Light Inf Bde by Marble Mtn. I need to find any trooper's I was with from Feb to March 1972. We were on a dismounted patrol 23 miles southeast of Danang, looking for a cashe of 122's being launched into the air base at Danang. Out of a 10 man patrol a guy named George and myself were the only one's not wounded. There were 4 friends who lost legs and 4 who had bocoup! schrapnel! I was new to the unit so can't remenber a lot of last name's. I know one's last name was Weatherwax, Tom Weatherwax. The other guy who didn't get wounded is George, no last name? By the way Wax was not wounded, he would know what was up! If anyone can help E-Mail me will you? God Bless!
    S/P4 Dan Johnson <Danang41@aol.com>
    Denver, CO. USA - Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 17:32:39 (EST)

    I have just starting volunteering for Operation Smile here in Vietnam. It's a non-profit org. that operates on children with cleft palate (hair lip) deformities. Just wanted to thank some of the guys in my unit who helped change the lives of the children. Prior to the corrective surgery the parents keep the kids at home and out of school. They are not allowed to play with other children. The parents believe that God has punished them by giving them deformed children. If the surgery is not done, their lives are terrible and the kids never learn (or are able to) speak. I've only contacted a few guys in my unit and just want to thank them here: David (Trip) McCreight, Bob (#10)Bourassa, Eddie (LT) Zugler, and Ron (Hippie) Ward. Also Carol Ann Gretchen Guy, drafted by Trip to assit with the cause. Each operation only takes about 45 minutes but changes the lives of children for a lifetime: cost $100. To find out more about Operation Smile, do a google search and read the story about the organization here in Vietnam. I've been living and teaching English here for almost 3 years now. I also volunteer to take vets back to the bush and have been to Hiep Duc 4 times in the last few years. If any of you are interested in returning for a visit or have any questions about Vietnam, just e mail me. If you are interested, google search: Robert Delzell and read the Claremont Graduate School story of my return to Vietnam. Thanks again to the guys who have changed lives, "Ranger" Bob Delzell
    Bob Delzell <bobinsaigon@gmail.com>
    saigon, Vietnam - Friday, February 18, 2005 at 21:44:14 (EST)

    I am proud to be one of the original CHARGERS,serving from 1965 to 1967-Devens to Chu Lai. Looking for anyone who served with B Company 4/31st! Hope to hear from some of you before we meet up at the reunion in Texas. Especially interested in hooking up with the guys that were wounded with me by some "short rounds" on September 19th of 1966 namely, Mark Graham, Willie Johnson,Ed Korndoerfer,Chalrles McVey,James Naylor, and Adam Slone. Company B 4/31st was called "POLAR BEAR BRAVO" by it's members. POLAR BEAR BRAVO. Like our fathers, it was our DESTINY,and our DUTY, RESPECTFULLY and PROUDLY FULFILLED.Our LEGACY is that we will NEVER FORGET!!! I say to you: WELCOME BACK BROTHERS! SP/4 Arron W. Draper, US 55835805 Co. B 4/31st 1965-1967
    Wayne Draper <hunterdraper@aol.com>
    Plainfield , Il USA - Friday, February 18, 2005 at 16:59:09 (EST)

    I am loking for someone that may know me. My name is David Grant and my nick name in Vietnam was RIP. I was an RTO with HHC 1/46 198 LIB and 1/46 23rd Inf Div. but was TDY for awhile with the 5th Special Forces in and around Tien Phouc. As I suffer through this recalling process, I do remember a couple of things. One was a helicopter collision and I had to take dry uniforms that we collected to a chopper pad running in a zig zag motion because we where taking morter rounds from below where we could actualy see the Ho Chi Ming Trail. After the motor attack, they attempted to over run us. The insueing battle lasted for days, maybe weeks. After the battle we had to pick up the bodies of the Viet Cong and or NVA's. It seems that there were hundreds of them and many had been baking in the hot sun for so long that as we tried to pull them apart, limbs would actualy detach. We placed them on a sling and a chopper picked up the sling and took the bodies to the town (Tien Phouc I believe) to display them. I think that the hill was either caled LZ Baldie or Hill 54 which could be all in the same. I don't know much more about it at this time except that we lost many of our own and somewhere in my PTSD mind, I have forgoten there names as I have yours. I am also trying to remember any other events of my time betwen August 1968 and September 1969. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, David Grant
    David Grant <Oliver_Hil@email.com>
    Garland, ME USA - Friday, February 18, 2005 at 15:45:43 (EST)

    Hi Guys, I'm looking for the person that contacted me in N.Y. with info about Ron Baren. He was with 2nd. squad, 2nd. platoon Alpha Co. In 1968. He carried an M-79. I lost both of your' #'s. If you see this please contact me. I understand his condition is detiorating, I need to get in touch. Thanks, Sincerely; P.P. Ed.
    Edward Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    Evergreen, Co. USA - Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 23:32:57 (EST)

    I was an FO in Nam Jan.67-Jan.68. Iwas a member of C btry.3rd btn. 82 Arty. and was attached to D co.4th btn. 31st Inf. for fire support. Would like to hear from anyone who served with me. I am looking for Lt. Moore, our FO officer if anyone knows his whereabouts. Thanks!
    T.J. Foster <FOnam67@aol.com>
    Scott Depot, WV USA - Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 09:59:34 (EST)

    I am trying to locate any and all former members of Echo Company, 1/46th, 196th LIB. We are getting together for a reunion in Branson in September, 2005, and would like to have you join us. I have much information to pass on. If you were assigned to this unit please contact me. We have a roster of approximately 80 members and want to find more. Welcome Home, and remember to pray for those who protect us still.
    Paul Gildner, Echo 1/46th <pgildner@talkamerica.net>
    Cadillac, MI USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 10:57:25 (EST)

    My best friends uncle was apart of the 196th in Veitnam so i thought i would write a say thanks to everybody that fought along his side and did what had to be done over in that jungle. you guys are one in a million. im apart of the 173rd Airborne 1/508th parachute infantry now and im proud to serve this counrty now over in the middle east. thanks again for all you did and thanks for the support you give to te war on terror. my friends uncle is Jerry Feldman if you know please e mail me at heath.clayton.samsel@us.army.mil thank you
    Heath Samsel <heath.clayton.samsel@us.army.mil>
    Willard, MO USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 07:44:54 (EST)

    Dave Kruger: I add memorials to 196th brothers sites at the virtual wall.They're video type music memorials. I guess they're not very good but I try.At least if their family visits they can see someone at least did something.To watch these takes DSL.I'm not sure if they mean anything except to me.Last one I did was for Thomas Steven Hickman D Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Inf Rgt, 196 Inf Bde.I get so irked to see these guys with nothing left under their name.It's been six years now.If just 1% of adult Americans stopped and left something there would be 10 times the number of remebrances there than there are.In other words the guys that died in Vietnam have on average a one tenth of one percent remembrance from America.Many have 0%.
    Mike
    USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 14:28:32 (EST)

    I was with the 196th from the beginning with the 2/1st C and then got transferred to HHC and went to Nam by ship. Got a request The VietNam Memorial Web site has everyone whose name is on the wall listed on their web site, but a lot of our friends have nothing but there name and where they gave their lives. Find someone you knew and add a comment so they will never be forgotten.They are looking for a picture of that person. They have about 10,000 need 48,000 more. It was sad when I looked up 4 great friends and didn't find one comment about this person. It must be sad for a family member to look up a relative and not see a note from one his army buddies,it will mean a lot to them. Thanks the site is WWW.VVMF.org
    Dave Kruger <sebring9"at"sbcglobal.net>
    Lindenhust, il USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 05:55:52 (EST)

    Served with D/4/31 196th 69-70. Have been living in Saigon for 3 years teaching English and taking vets back to the battlefield. Will be going back to LZ Stinson with an old Ranger Buddy on the 25th. If any of you are intersted in returning, I'd be honored to put you up in my house in Saigon and take you back to Hiep Duc. Google search: Robert Delzell to find out a bit more on me. Hope you are all well.
    Bob Delzell <bobinsaigon@gmail.com>
    Saigon, Vietnam - Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 08:41:10 (EST)

    what happened to the 2004 guestbook entries? (I was on the road for 3 weeks and erased some of the entries trying to get rid of the SPAM. I am back home and have the files to repair the erased entries. Hope to have it back right in a couple of days, and will archive the 2004 entries by unit and start a new entry page for 2005. Ken - Editor)
    jim gray d321 and hhc 67/68 <mrtirejpgatmsn.com>
    USA - Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 19:29:23 (EST)

    Have y'all seen this: Army Announces Close Combat Badge February 11, 2005 In response to requests from field commanders and after careful analysis, the U.S. Army announced today a new badge for selected combat arms Soldiers in combat arms brigades who engage in active ground combat. The Army will award the CCB to Armor, Cavalry, Combat Engineer, and Field Artillery Soldiers in Military Occupational Specialties or corresponding officer branch/specialties recognized as having a high probability to routinely engage in direct combat, and they must be assigned or attached to an Army unit of brigade or below that is purposefully organized to routinely conduct close combat operations and engage in direct combat in accordance with existing rules and policy. PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE CIB! Mail one of yours to your Congressional representatives and DEMAND that the Army instead issue a Combat Action Ribbon to all MOS's, as the Marines do.
    Gary Capshaw <kiteria@texoma.net>
    Denison, TX USA - Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 18:03:18 (EST)

    Hey fellow bushmasters 71/72 please note my new email sorry because of med.bills i wont be able to make it to reunion maybe next one if im still around.
    michael campbell <SGTCAMPB;AT;YAHOO.COM>
    sun prairie, wi USA - Friday, February 11, 2005 at 14:29:47 (EST)

    Skip, I am working on more recon showing, have found a few more but they don't sound interested in the reunion. That is sad. Will see you there in San Antonion. Mac
    Kenneth McParland <knmcpr at aol.com>
    Sioux City , IA USA - Friday, February 11, 2005 at 00:24:43 (EST)

    I was with A-4-31 on Mt. Nui Chom Nov.20-27,1968. I helped a buddie of mine who was wounded to the medivac. His name was Dennis Jones from Calif. Does anyone know him? please let me know.
    Jack Bisbee <jab196us"at"yahoo.com>
    0maha, Ne USA - Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 22:04:32 (EST)

    Paul: "All of my Viet Nam memoribilia was ceremoniously burned by my x-wife before the court would let me get in to retreive it". I had to chuckle when I read that. Not because it is funny but because it kinda happened to me.
    Mike
    USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 20:01:21 (EST)

    E 3/21 Recon, any you guys going to the reunion?
    Skip Menard <smenard "at" hanover-co.com>
    Lafayette, LA USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 16:45:32 (EST)

    "Doc" Dave Brassfield; NEW ADDRESS again. As follows: do68pappydave"at"earthlink.net All the best to "Chargers" & 196th. "out here" Dave Brassfield
    David Brassfield <do68pappydave"at"earthlink.net>
    Oshkosh, Neb. USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 14:13:06 (EST)

    Brien Holroyd is a good friend of mine and does not do the internet. Brien was with A 1/46 69-70 196 LIB. If you remember Brien and would like me to give him a message please write, it would be my pleasure to pass it on. Mike Robertson A 2/1 67-68 196 LIB Call sign CA10.
    Mike Robertson <oatsteam at aol.com>
    Ventura, CA USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 12:01:18 (EST)

    Our unit, Echo Co, 1/46th, 196th LIB, is planing a reunion in Sept 2005 and I would like to ask if anyone out there might have some good aireal photographs of LZ Professional, LZ Mary Ann, or the rear area in Chu Lai. All of my Viet Nam memoribilia was ceremoniously burned by my x-wife before the court would let me get in to retreive it. If you have any of these pictures that you could email I would appreciate it. If you have hard copies I will pay to have them copied. Thanks.
    Paul Gildner, Echo 1/46th <pgildner at talkamerica.net>
    Cadillac, MI USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 09:27:39 (EST)

    Went to DSL and have changed E-mail address as folows: do68mike5"at"earthlink,net Thanks much, Dave "Doc" Brassfield
    Dave Brassfield <do68mike5"at"earthlink.net>
    Oshkosh, Neb. USA - Monday, February 07, 2005 at 18:40:46 (EST)

    DAV is a great organization that works for Vets. If you were assigned a Chapter go to the meeting and tell them who you are ? I am the Adjutant of DAV Chapter 10 Reading Pa.
    Bob "Doc" Kelly <lib196bobataol.com>
    reading, pa USA - Monday, February 07, 2005 at 16:25:51 (EST)

    I was with the 196th Bde. as part of the Americal Division in 1971 when we were stationed in Chu Lai, and then later moved north to Da Nang. I was with B Co, 4th Bn, 31st Inf., 196th Bde, 23rd Inf. Division (Americal). I was a pig-man (carried the m.60 machine gun) and got to know all the familiar places like the Ashau Valley, Happy Valley, Heb Duc, and other spots like that, including Laos.
    Fred Castaneda <fgcast@us.ibm.com>
    Austin, TX USA - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 21:21:20 (EST)

    I was with Co. B 4/31, 1968-69. Regarding AO claims - I had my Prostate Cancer almost 8 years ago and had it completely removed. 2 years ago I filed a claim with the VA and now receive 20% disability. Since then I have helped 3 veterans receive disability from AO related disease. Anyone who was in Nam is eligibly for an AO related claim if they have the following - Prostate Cancer, Certain forms of Diabetes, Lung Cancer and several other more obscure ailements. It takes about a year to receive your compensation, but it is retroactive from the day you file. You can file on line at www.va.gov. Also the VFW, American Legion, DAV, or any other Veteran Service organization will represent your case. It's a pain - but well worth it. Compensation will vary on the severity.
    John Pfaendtner <japfaendtner"at"hotmail.com>
    Grand Rapids, MI USA - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 15:35:13 (EST)

    SERVED12-68-12-69 3/22NDINF DELTA CO. LOOKING FOR GUYS FROM 2ND OR 3RD PLATOON WHO SERVED WITH ME AT FIREBASE CROOK.TAY NIHN.
    DENNIS STERRETT <STERRETT3@HOTNAIL.COM>
    HARPER, IA USA - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 09:57:19 (EST)

    To my Brother Eddie Zuleger, Thanks for your kind words. Locating our Brothers is a team effort that takes us all. Col. Tom Bedient who served with the 11th. Brigade in Vietnam walked point on finding Phil Madlang. Tom has great connections and savy in locating people. Tom has helped fill in many gaps on our Delta / HHC - 4/31 roster. Locating and keeping track of all of our Brothers is a team effort by the 196th. 198th. 11th. Bde. 31st. Infantry and Americal Div. associations and many others. May God continue to bless us all and our efforts. Thank you to all. Vance A. van Wieren
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com >
    Fennville, MI USA - Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 23:10:48 (EST)

    If the guys from 1/1 Cav will go to www.dtroop.com you will be amazed what Mike Gustin has done,
    Michael Wilde <michaelewilde@yahoo.com>
    Lake Charles, LA USA - Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 19:21:57 (EST)

    About DAV. I sent $180 to them in Nov. for a lifetime membership. It was accepted,cashed,and I was assigned to a chapter here in Norman Ok.But,I/ve never received a membership card or a"welcome to DAV" or anything at all.Is this normal?
    Rwill60ataol.com
    USA - Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 12:40:46 (EST)

    Special thanks to Vance "King-o-Sabee" VanWieren. He responded to my entry reference my desire to find a fine soldier and my platoon sergeant in Delta 4/31~ Phil Madlang. Vance, you are exceptional in your efforts to help not only me but other Chargers as well. Phil and I have exchanged emails a few times already. It took time, but I now have had contact with two of my Platoon Sergeants ~ "TOP" Price from Alpha 4/31 and now Phil Madlang from Delta. Both of these guys taught me a lot and I never forgot them for it. Looking forward to San Antonio. God Bless
    Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
    Litchfield Park, Az USA - Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 05:04:46 (EST)

    Still looking for "Hoss" Hensley, D/3/21 (Louisiana) and Sp/4 Charles of C/3/21 (I believe). Last saw "Hoss" in passing on Center. He shook his old steel canteen on his web-belt and it had an AK round in it, must have come from a long distance as could see the entrance hole and a dent on the opposite side. Charles killed one of 2 dinks he caught lounging in the sun when he was walking point with his SINGLE SHOT M-16. He replaced his weapon with the M-16 the dead dink was carrying. He knew his had been jaming, but didn't get it repalced on resupply. Good thing the other dink ran, as he too had an M-16. "out here" Dave "Doc" Brassfield
    Dave Brassfield <rd4412atactcom.net>
    Oshkosh, Neb USA - Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 01:49:11 (EST)

    I'm looking for anyone who served with or might remember Charles D. Green who served with A or C company (March - June 1969). He died June 11th (on LZ East??).
    Chad Bennett <Ledfoot66atyahoo.com>
    ID USA - Friday, February 04, 2005 at 22:15:07 (EST)

    I would like to thank Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian for the information he so kindly gave to my brothers best friend and myself concerning my brother LeRoy Katterhenry's death.
    ekatterhenry <ekatterhenryathotmail.com>
    oakland, ca USA - Friday, February 04, 2005 at 21:53:06 (EST)

    Brien Holroyd is a good friend of mine and does not do the internet. Brien was with A 1/46 69-70 196 LIB. If you remember Brien and would like me to give him a message please write, it would be my pleasure to pass it on. Mike Robertson A 2/1 67-68 196 LIB Call sign CA10.
    Mike Robertson <oatsteam"AT"aol.com>
    Ventura, CA USA - Friday, February 04, 2005 at 11:13:50 (EST)

    I want to publicly thank GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN for providing me vital information concerning the death of my High School buddy Leroy Katterhenry in Vietnam. I was a Weapons Mechanic in Thailand at the time Leroy got killed and had many questions related to his death. Gilbert provided a real service to me and Leroy's sister by providing details related to the day he got hit. If anyone else knows anything about Leroy and would like to share it, I would deeply appreciate it. Best Regards, Tom
    Thomas C. Harrison <Harrison.thomas@att.net>
    Hot Springs Village, ar USA - Friday, February 04, 2005 at 01:09:42 (EST)

    I served with Delta Company 2/1 196th, 1971-1972, under Capt. White, Then under Capt.Black, Lt ClayDavis,Ernest Fudge(big man)chuck Jones, Ed Casey, the guys from Las Vegas..Ted ?? I lost all my photos in a house fire. any one remember the point man from Casper Wyoming? give me a shout.. it's been awhile God Bles Ya'll...Reggie
    Reggie Pruitt <reggiepruitt@msn.com>
    Hunt, Tx USA - Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 19:32:19 (EST)

    I would like to find out if any of the Co B 3/21 "Originals" are going to be at the renunion. Jack Quinn Co B 3/21 1965-1966
    Jack Quinn <quinnfamily"at"msn.com>
    East Falmouth, MA USA - Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 15:23:26 (EST)

    I served with the original 196th. out of Fort Devens. My unit was B Co, 2/1. !st. platoon. I left Nam in December of 1966 because only one brother can serve in a combat zone at the same time. If any of my buddies remember me please write. It'll mean alot. Thanks.
    Phil Conrad <fastphil@rochester.rr.com>
    Rochester, N.Y. USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 14:04:28 (EST)

    I WAS WITH ACO.3/21 1ST PLATOON MAY68-MAY69 REMBER NAMES LIKE FRANK AROZOLA (ZULU}PINEAPPLE,SIMS,SHORTY,BAKER,SNOOPY,FRANK WARE AKA THE MANILA KID,RED (I THINK HE WAS A MEDIC},LT.ROBERT UNGER (STUBY),JAY JAMISON,BEN OHNHEISER,MANUEL HERRERA,WESTBROOK,DWIGHT JONES(BALTIMORE MD.)AND PAPPY HE WAS KILLED MAY 13 69 EARLY AM I WAS WOUNDED LATER THAT DAY THE LAST FEW MONTHS IN COUNTRY I WAS ONE OF THE CO. RTO. HOPE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE OUT THERE.I WILL BE GONING TO THE 196TH REUNION IN SAN ANTONIO IN JULY TAKE CARE OUT.
    mike sanchez <miguelsanchez1"at"cox.net>
    BIG SPRING, TEX. USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 13:08:20 (EST)

    I was with the 196th from nov 66 to oct 67 tay ninh to chu lie.With b co 8th sopport bat.Truck driver. Member of group called tay ninh road runners any one out there who rembers us please e-mail me at smokbett@cs.com
    SP4 Folts <SMOKBETT@CS.COM>
    rOCHESTER, n.y USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 18:38:17 (EST)

    I READ AN ENTRY MENTIONING AGENT ORANGE. ON JAN 29,2004 I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER. THE FIRST QUESTION THE DOCTOR ASKED WAS IF I WAS IN VIET NAM. THE SECOND QUESTION WAS IF WAS EXPOSED TO A.O. HE IS A CAPTAIN IN THE NAVY RESERVE. I GIVE HIM A LOT OF GREIF ABOUT THAT. I WRITING THIS SO THAT YOU MEN GET CHECKED OUT. I WAS WITH A/3/21 FIRST PLT. JUST WANT TO SAY HI IN HERE TO JIM,{GROUCHO} THANKS SO MUCH FOR CALLING AND FOLLOWING UP ON MY OTHER ENTRY. OUR NEXT MISSION IS TO GET SHIT SALESMAN TO RESPOND. TAKE BROTHERS!!!
    MERLYN [MINNESOTA] <NONE>
    ARGYLE, MN USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 18:25:32 (EST)

    Thanks guys in your response to me aquiring my long over due Purple heart. I will follow up all suggestions. Again Thanks.
    isaac mitchell <isaac_63093@yahoo.com>
    suffolk, va USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 15:46:13 (EST)

    Check out this site, "Chargers" especially those from Alpha and Brovo Cos. HTTP://www.papermarchebooks.com ... No spam just facts about the 196th. Inf. Ed.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 12:25:16 (EST)

    Thanks to all responsible for establishing and maintaining this website. I believe I was transferred from 1st Cav to the 3/21st 196th LIB around Feb. 1971. Served in line unit that patrolled hills west of Cu Lai and later Danang. Danang AO included Duc Duc, Que Son, Nui Loc Son. One distinct memeory was of terraced hillsides on slopes adjacent to FSBs. Last FSB I remember was Yonkers. Would lile to hear from anyone who might remember. Regards, Jerry Buhi
    Gerald (Jerry) A. Buhi <Jerry.Buhi@DHS.Gov>
    Brunswick, MD USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 09:45:58 (EST)

    Gary, the 7 year full cycle or 3 year half life for AO is probably a blood serum cycle. I was referring to enviornmental half life when not exposed to sunlight. Tne reason I mentioned it is because they (international scientific groups) are still finding heavy dioxin levels in Vietnamese sediment. Mainly though what I meant was, If you've ever humped the damp shady jungles of I Corps, drank from springs/ rivers after rains etc. You have ingested Dioxin.During the time it spends in the bloodstream it has been shown to cause permanent genetic damage.That damage is what is likely responsible for various ailments.
    Mike
    USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 09:43:10 (EST)

    Thanks to Vance "King-O-Sobee" VanWieren, I now have a "fix" on the platoon sergeant who taught me how to be a platoon leader in September through November 1968. We believe his name to be PHILIP MADLANG (spelling is off). I want to/mustlocate him as I have to tell him THANK YOU again. Unfortunately, I only remember a few Delta ~ 4/31 guys being sent to Alpha Company when Lt. Burke was killed on Nui Chom. I've contacted and been able to see several of my Alpha guys and its been really great ! So if there is anyone out there who can help me find PHILIP MADLANG please advise. Also as to BOB DELZELL (see a few entries down), I went back to Vietnam in August of 04 ~ he was priceless in his assistance to me and my traveling buddy. We saw more in 10 days than 10 months in the Nam in 68-69 ~ of course, back then I couldn't go where I wanted ! Even returned to Hiep Duc seeing the sites. Bob is a true "Brother" and although he came in country after the August 69 "Death Valley" Battles which just about made the 4/31st totally ineffective ~ he has his own stories of horror ~ which like most of us we've kept in the vacume of our psyche for many, many years. Anyone in the Laughlin, Nevada area on 17 March 2005, stop by I will be at the Ramada Inn Military Museum as a quest speaker, telling my story of what it was like growing up in the 50/60's, getting drafted and being sent to Vietnam. PLEASE HELP ME FIND PHILIP MADLANG. God Bless the Chargers of the 196th one and all ~ always. Eddie Z...
    Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
    Litchfield Park, AZ USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 08:37:53 (EST)

    Greetings to all: I am happy to inform all of you of the opening of a new group dedicated to veterans of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade. Our group site is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bayonetnews198th/ and our e-mail address is bayonetnews198th@yahoogroups.com We hope to have 100+ members by the Kansas City 2005 ADVA Reunion, and as our membership continues to grow will pursue the possibility of a regular web site. For now, please visit us and help 'Perpetuate the Brotherhood' Gary Befus former NCOIC 198th LIB Photo Lab Fort Hood - July 1967-October 1967 LZ Bayonet - October 1967-July 1968
    Gary Befus <sugarpix2000@yahoo.com>
    Bath, NY USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 08:21:19 (EST)

    Re AO discussion It is my understanding that the half-life cycle goes full circle every seven years. That info given to me by 20 year+ VA doctor at Buffalo, NY VA. He first told me that in 1987 and his advice hasn't changed since. Regards, bros.
    Gary Befus - HHC 198th LIB 67-68 <sugarpix2000@yahoo.com>
    Bath, NY USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 08:18:49 (EST)

    Still in Saigon! I've been here now almost 3 years and will be going back again to Hiep Duc and LZ Stinson with another vet. I'd be glad to put any of you up in my house in Saigon and assist you with a trip back to our old AO. I was a 19 year old Ranger with D/4/31 from Oct 69-70. Hope to make the reunion in July. Any questions re: Vietnam now, just give me an e mail. Take care, Bob Delzell
    Bob Delzell <bobinsaigon@gmail.com>
    Saigon, Vietnam - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 00:15:50 (EST)

    I've been told by fellow 196THers that our company was liberally sprayed with agent orange on LZ Mellon...frankly I cant recall the event but ive been told by several of the guys who had no contact with other i spoke to so I believe it. Related or not I do not know but when i was 40yrs young i had colon cancer...it all worked out perfectly and i do have a regular colonoscopy (that will make you humble quickly)...I did put in for a claim back in the 70s and i got the reply that basically stated nicely of course, i would have to be dead to collect....nice arent they?
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namrats@hotmail.com>
    Fresno , CA USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 00:14:43 (EST)

    Jim, re: agent orange.Two areas most heavily sprayed with AO were I Corps around the 196th and III Corps around 196th. The effects are cummualtive since AO has a half life of 25 years or so.The reason you don't hear a lot about Agent Orange anymore is that most people that were going to have a problem already died or are too sick to chat online.The VA would not surprise me if they cut all AO benefits in the next few years. In fact it would not surprise me if they (the government ) got rid of the VA Department.I think you'd be surprised how many 196thers that read this board are dieing of AO, they don't say much because what would be the point?
    Mike
    USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 20:11:10 (EST)

    I know there is only limited interest about Agent Orange in this group, since it mainly seems to affect only the very earliest 196'ers. Without going into detail, I want to mention that the VA may be making a move to curtail benefits for at least one related condition: CLL. For more information feel free to email me. C, Hq, A 2/1 65-67
    Jim Armstrong <jimarm "at" pacific.net>
    Potter Valley, CA USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 19:46:18 (EST)

    Baby Huey!!!Saw your entry on the 196th site about Tom Rogers, I was in your squad, I came in the Co. in Sept. 71, was an E-5 Sgt. from the Ranger Co. down in Chu Lai.......I am Jon Burns, I was also a Shake-N-Bake in Country for about 3-4 months then, all the names you mentioned,Steve "Stash" Sokolowski,Tom "Bubba"Rogers,Tom Thompson, Tony Natale, Ron England, You, Dejecco, Lt. Ski, Jesus Fuentes, Lt. Deas, Capt. Snow and others, I emailed Lt. Findley just a week or two ago, he was in another Plt. then. How are you? I came in and was with you in the squad then, you and Dejecco left in Oct. I think? I left the Company in March 72. Email me and we can trade questions! Take Care..........................Jon B. Jon K. Burns jonkburns@verizon.net
    Jon K. Burns <jonkburns@verizon.net>
    Wimberley, Tx USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 19:30:20 (EST)

    Hello fellow Chargers, I'm looking for some help to locate the area I was in prior to being medevaced out to the 2n Surgical Hosp. in Chu Lai. So any Arty of FO guys please chime in. I was with the 3rd Plt 4/31 on the 3rd & 4th of Jan. 68 along with the 2nd Plt. My CO said we walk off a newly acquired hill and were north of it in our AO. The only reference to that is in an article in the Viet Nam Magazine in an article titled "Task Force Dorlan Hill 63" were Maj Dorlan refers to a newly acquired Hill 441 between the Ly Ly River and Rt 534 as FSB West, which was secured by A Co. This is also backed up by the 174 AHC maps but call it LZ West. Is FSB West the same as LZ West or are they separate hills? Two other sources show LZ West south of Rt 534 between LZ Center and LZ Karen...help. Also is Antenna Valley between Hill 441/Hill 270 and the mountain LZ Ryder was on, because a source said it was west of LZ Ross or was it over the mountain of LZ Ryder? Antenna Valley also known as Dragon Valley. The morning of the 4th we were hit with a mortar attack and ground assault and I was on the last chopper out before day break. Capt. Richards said that C Co. 4/31 was coming our way to support us at around 3:00 on the morning of the 4th. Please email me with any info. Thanks, I'm proud to serve with all of you 196er's.
    Ron Morenz <southsidemoatcs.com>
    Mesa, Az USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 17:56:42 (EST)

    A 3/82 ARTY Looking for any information on then E4 Stowers & E3 Sims, first names are unknown, were with C 2/1 5 & 6 Jan 1968, I believe. Also looking for E4 Robert L Cooper and E 3 Richard P Witmer - again all were with A Battery 3d of the 82nd Arty, January 1968. Thanks for any help.
    Peggy <plreiderataol.com>
    Dover, PA USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 21:09:08 (EST)

    Isaac , one more thing lol. Here are some people that were there and may know of your situation. Maybe their e-mail addresses are still good. Mike McCabe mmccabe@ci.chi.il.us comrade in arms Hector and I both entered the Army from Chicago. He arrived in Vietnam about one month before I did. I never knew him in Chicago, but I remember him as a medic in the 2/1. My name would be next to his on this page if I wasnt on R&R the day of the chopper crash. See ya soon Hector! Mike Monday, August 26, 2002 Scott Smith scotts@nwrain.com Fellow Medic in 2/1, 196th 2918 208th Ave E Sumner, WA 98390 Hector: Met your doughter, Sandy, in 1995 at the WALL - we visited you together. Convinced her that you had known about her birth before you died trying to save someone else from that horrible chopper crash at LZ Judy. She knows now that you were a hero as well as a loving father and husband. All of us from 2/1 will never forget that day at LZ Judy, when you and 25 others died, or the operation at Kham Duc before that. Tuesday, June 27, 2000 bruce jackson wajack99@hotmail.com Friday, May 24, 2002
    Mike
    USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 23:50:20 (EST)

    Sorry to bother you again, Hector Montalvo Sandoval was the only Hispanic Medic on that Chinook. I double checked.
    Mike
    USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 22:30:23 (EST)

    Issac if I remember what the medic MOS was the man you're looking for is Hector Montalvo Sandoval (spelled correctly this time). Two of the others were 11B20 and the other I'm not sure.
    Mike
    USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 22:23:47 (EST)

    Issac I forgot the commas: Bedra, Flores, Martinez-Zayas and Sandova.
    Mike
    USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 22:16:30 (EST)

    Issac, there were many 196th men that died that day. Most were aboard that Chinook. The ones aboard that Chinook with seemingly Spanish surnames were: THEODORE FRANK BEDRA FLORENTINO FLORES RUBEN MARTINEZ-ZAYAS HECTOR MONTALVO SANDOVA If none of these names rings a bell, the one with a medic MOS should only take minutes. They will be listed here on the "Honor Roll" if you have time to look.
    Mike
    USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 22:13:00 (EST)

    D 2/1 196th light inf, 9-69 thru 9-70. I am doing some research in an effort to get my long over due Purple heart. The medic that remove the shrapnel from arm was KIA when Chinook(tail number 67-18445)was hit by enemy fire. He was one of the grunts that left Kham Duc on August 26,1970 headed to LZ Judy. I need to find some way to obtain his name. He (Doc) was of Spanish origin. There may be a viewer that remeember incident and me (aka "Mitch or Ike). thanks
    isaac mitchell <isaac_63093@yahoo.com>
    Suffolk, va USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 11:37:44 (EST)

    Hi and God bless all you 196er's. Looking for anyone from C 2/1 Aug 71 to Jul 72. Especially Dan Isaia, Jonesey from Indiana, Dave Eickstedt, Taco Bell, George Commander. Any of you guys going to Branson?Let me know.
    Gary Vigoren <vigs at astound.net>
    Sartell, MN USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 21:51:33 (EST)

    I served with the 507 TACg assigned to the 196 Light Infantry Brigade From August 1966 To March 1968 in Tay Ninh and Chu Lai. I have a slide collection of some of the operations of the unit. I was proud to serve with the Unit.
    Billie J Crooks CMS USAF RET <bjcrooks"at"mindspring.com>
    Seneca, SC USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 20:27:19 (EST)


    Ive been on this website and hit jackpots several times and I want to try again... I served with Co C 4/31 from Feb 68 to Feb 69 and the two guys I am looking for are LT Crockett Proffitt and Rick Lett and Brad Homer...Rich is from California, Lt Proffitt (spel?) is i believe from the midwest and Brad Homer is from Reno, NV, Ive done the usual internet search...and nada... ANd a question for the webmaster: Is there a potential to post pictures on the website in the future? Thank you Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian
    GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <NamratS@HOTMAIL.COM>
    FRESNO, CA USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 21:51:05 (EST)

    I saw in one of the guestbooks a tom rogers who looking for then unit he was in there was tom rogers in my unit a co 1/46th 196th bde in 1971 in 2nd platoon with natalie rogers thompson sokolowski england chief sgt greene if was the same incident with booby trap it was the same time that sgt greene step on one also we were reconing the old railroad bed out side nanang your nickname was buck and mine was baby huey.
    bruce l mullenax <blmullenax@yanoo.com>
    oswego, ny USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 09:45:19 (EST)

    I was in country jan. 70 to Dec. 1970. Served in B Co. 2/1 196 LIB. Like to hear from anyone that was in same squad or company or platoon. Especially seeking info on Walter Hart. God bless you all. Mike Carter
    Michael G. Carter <mhc357@yahoo.com>
    Rockmart, GA USA - Monday, January 24, 2005 at 19:50:15 (EST)

    If he's out there and kicking, I hope I can find him and I hope he forgives me for not trying to find him much sooner. In September 1968, I was assigned to Delta Company, the 4th of the 31st Infantry as a new platoon leader off LZ West. Captain Robinson was the CO and at the end of his "field time" and I only served under him a short time until he was replaced by Captain Sid Ordway. I had a GREAT, PLATOON SERGEANT, (an E-6 and a career man, a Hispanic, about 26 or so) who taught me how to be a platoon leader.. which was a great deal different than Benning OCS ~ especially being a platoon leader in Vietnam ~ where the book solution didn't apply! This BRAVE and COURAGEOUS platoon sergeant was with me when we were able to reach (and rescue) Captain Ordway and his CP when they were in an intense firefight at the start of the November 68 Nui Chom Battle. Accounts of what happened that day, don't speak of this fact and the good job my platoon did ! I remember my platoon repulsing the NVA still there trying to "do in" Captain Ordway's CP element. This Platoon Sergeant was very instrumental in us getting Captain Ordway and his group out of there ~ I have three vivid visions of that incident.. one: my platoon frantically going up the narrow trail almost in a fast run trying to get to Captain Ordway; two: Captain Ordway's condition (blinded by metal scrappings in his face)and three: how my platoon sergeant who made sure we were able to get to safety to fight another day ~ which we did. A few days later I was sent to Alpha Company because of the lost of Lt. Kevin Burke (KIA) and Steven Rice (wounded, I believe)... The only Delta guy I remember though is Lt. John Dolan...(shame on me, I didn't think about Vietnam for 30 years). However, Mike Day has emailed me and told me he was my RTO for a time (discribed as his, darked haired Catholic Lt.~is the way he remembered me and I'm proud he remembers me that way !).. Mike, if you read this ~ HOPE TO SEE YOU IN SAN ANTONIO... as I've emailed you and believe the email address is bad... So if any Delta guys remember my PLATOON SERGEANT (want to say MONTEZ) in Delta please advise and also if we were together in Delta please advise.. Remember, I was "new" with Delta and got "educated" thanks to your help ~ making me a better LT for my Alpha guys... several of whom, I am grateful to have been able to contact and see ... God Bless.
    Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
    Ltitchfield Park, AZ USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 12:12:23 (EST)

    hi in nam 1972 last patrol [runt]
    james highland <runt196lib@yahoo.com>
    mattoon, il USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 10:48:50 (EST)

    My nephew Bob Evans,4/31 battalion will be attending brigade reunion in July. Where will it be held?
    Michael Quinn <mjqdelmar@yahoo.com>
    Delmar, NY United States - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 16:33:56 (EST)

    Charlie didn't need a nose, just ears. They could hear us from three clicks away.ed
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 00:11:51 (EST)

    Chalk one up for the Scout Dogs & Handlers. I will also note that the VC had great noses in regards to "sniffing" us out. 3/21/RECON/C.Co/ChuLai Dust-Off & Spec.Ops.II Corp, FOREVER; "out here" Doc Bassfield
    David Brassfield <rd4412atactcom.net>
    Oshkosh, Neb USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 10:59:36 (EST)

    Dear Mike, I remember that night all to well, scout dogs led us and one other Co. right through the ambush site. They hit C. Co. as we were digging in above you. We got back down and joined you in the trench you had re-taken. At first light during a sweep (and recovery of our K.I.A.s)I was amazed any of us made it out! Sincerely, Ed. a/4/31.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 20:58:31 (EST)

    to jim pongonis,in response to your letter it was c co 2/1 196 that was trapped in heip duc on 5&6 jan 68.it was a co 4/31 that left the safety of their night position to come and get us at great risk and casualties. lt german was a good f.o. and i have kept in contact with his nephew mike german and old girl friend peggy. be glad to talk more. mike
    mike seniuk <jseniuk2@aol.com>
    ft pierce , fl USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 14:53:06 (EST)

    Does anyone remember or know SFC Roy McClendon? After being wounded at KD he was sent to Chu Lai 258th PSC. I'd love to know what happened to him and contact him.
    R. Kidd <kiddj@carrollton.k12.oh.us>
    Carrollton, OH USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 12:04:50 (EST)

    I'm trying to locate former members of 4/31 Bravo and Echo companies including Recon and the Mortar section. Most that have contacted me are from the '68 thru '72 area. I can be contact by e-mail.
    John "Doc" Lysinger <doc101at interlinc.net>
    Lowry City, Mo USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 00:03:11 (EST)

    I'm trying to locate former members of Bravo and Echo including Recon and the Mortar companies. Most that have contacted me are from the '68 thru '72 area. I can be contacted by e-mail.
    John "Doc" Lysinger <doc101at interlinc.net>
    Lowry City, Mo USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 23:36:34 (EST)

    We are on for a tour of the Ft. Sam MEDIC training area on July 27th , 2005. This is a pre-reunion activity , you will have to be at the hotel on the morning of Wednesday July 27th,2005. The final count will determine if we use POV or rent a bus. There are currently (12)Medics & Doctors signed up. A small cost would be involved if we rent a bus . Please contact me at 610.779.6399 after 6:00 Pm Eastern time no later than 3/31/2005 or email to lib196bob@aol.com for reservations
    Bob "Doc" Kelly <lib196bob@aol.com>
    Reading, Pa USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 15:22:46 (EST)

    Would like to hear from anyone who served in Co.B, 196th, 4/31st, Americal from Sept. 70 to Sept.71 We started out in Chu Lai. I left for the states about the time the divison was being transferred to Da Nang. Joe Potter, Travis Richard (deceased), Bob Kahi, Richard Dinker, Christan Lowe are some the guys I remember that I can put a face and name together. Any help would be appreciated,
    John N. Loe <jloe@arkansas.net>
    Hope, AR USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 13:55:42 (EST)

    Hello "Chargers". Still looking for feed back about a scholorship prog.C.R. Kimes author of "One Zulu" has donated $1000.00 to kick it off. Please respond at my url, and not on this site. Just replace the "at" to @. Thank You all. Sincerely, Ed. (see you in Tex. P.P.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 12:49:47 (EST)

    Thank you Warren Neill for your email. I will pass on the message. My father would also like it notated (he is reluctant to jump on the email bandwagon!) that he served between 11/3/1966 thru 11/3/1967 in 3/21 and he is still looking to contact any that might have served with him. You can contact us directly via email and his mobile number is 210-415-1102 with Sprint and his home number is 210-433-3243. He is very excited and looking foward to seeing everyone again!
    Eloy T. Ortega <lo.valverde@penfed.org>
    San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 09:17:59 (EST)

    I am submitting for my father, he will be attending the reunion and wants to contact fellow comrades. He served in the 3rd Battalion, 21 Infantry.
    Eloy T. Ortega <lo.valverde@penfed.org>
    San Antonio , TX USA - Monday, January 17, 2005 at 18:50:16 (EST)

    Just sayin Hi . I notice that there ain't very many 1/46 guys guys signin in. 3rd sqd. 3rd plt. 71 72 . Maybe it's just cause we are computr illiterate.
    Dean Wittenbach aka Speed
    Ionia MI, USA - Monday, January 17, 2005 at 15:38:53 (EST)

    I notice I messed up on my email address. Maybe I can get it right this time. Hey Ron M., send me your email address. the "okie"
    Jerry Feldman <paulstjean04@msn.com>
    Phx., AZ USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 22:07:52 (EST)

    Dan Griffin, Great job on Doc Chatterton!!! My new e - mail is basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com. Ron Morenz has just located Bill Duber from 3rd. platoon. We need MacDonald ( PA. ) from 3rd. platoon to come forward and also Dave Cordova from San Antonio, Calvin Wynn ( LA ) before the reunion. I have about 80 guys on a Delta 4/31 Limbo list who are missing a great blessing by not coming forward and rejoining our Delta & 196th. Brothers. Teamwork!!! God bless all of our Brothers, Troops & Country. The Good Lord willing we will all see each other in San Antonio. Vance A. van Wieren
    Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com >
    Fennville, MI USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 15:03:03 (EST)

    Webmaster,believe it or not this particular spam seems to be manually entered one at a time.I'm not aware of any automated character recognition software that would get past your "junkeater" program.You could block the IP, but it will likely change over time(their IP).There are specific scripts which would apply to eliminating this particular character but that goes beyond what I would know how to use. (They are not entering manually. All posts from Junkeater are logged showing Junkeater's IP address. These posts are being written directly to our guestbook via a script. I log their IP every time they post and then complain to their provider. When their provider stops them, they just move to another provider. If I knew the script to allow posting from only the Junkeater IP, I would be able to stop this stuff. All I have to do is load the proper commands in the htacess file, but I don't know what the correct comands are. - Ken, Editor)
    Mike
    USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 14:22:57 (EST)

    Dear Vance, I have found our Doc Chatterton, subject of the book Shadow Divers, and host of History Channel series Deep Sea Detectives. But I have lost contact with you and two others who have changed their address. Please contact. Reading the the book reminds me how crazy he was/is!!
    Dan Griffin <dan.griffin343 at sbcglobal.net>
    Palatine, IL USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 23:12:33 (EST)

    Jerry (Okie) I have John Wayne Crawley's latest e-mail address. Sorry but I don't put my e-mail out on the net, but you have my e-mail
    Ron Mitchell
    USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 20:05:43 (EST)

    I was cruising google with "196th" and after a few pagers this story showed up. What doesn't seem right to me is the date. The man claims he was killed in I Corps in 1966 with the 196th, but he came back to life. I tounght 196th didn't go to I Corps till 1967 April.Webmaster delete this if it takes up too much space, just thought it was (intersting?) Consider for example, the case of Army Specialist J. C. Bayne of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Bayne was "killed" in Chu Lai, Vietnam, in 1966. He was simultaneously machine gunned and struck by a mortar. According to Bayne, when he opened his eyes he was floating in the air, looking down on his crumpled, burnt, and bloody body, and he could see a number of Vietcong who were searching and stripping him: "I could see me... it was like looking at a mannequin laying there... I was burnt up and there was blood all over the place... I could see the Vietcong. I could see the guy pull my boots off. I could see the rest of them picking up various things... I was like a spectator... It was about four or five in the afternoon when our own troops came. I could hear and see them approaching... I could see me... It was obvious I was burnt up. I looked dead... they put me in a bag... transferred me to a truck and then to the morgue. And from that point, it was the embalming process." "I was on that table and a guy was telling a couple of jokes about those USO girls... all I had on was bloody undershorts... he placed my leg out and made a slight incision and stopped... he checked my pulse and heartbeat again and I could see that too...It was about that point I just lost track of what was taking place.... [until much later] when the chaplain was in there saying everything was going to be all right.... I was no longer outside. I was part of it at this point" (reported in Wilson, 1987, pp 113-114; and Sabom, 1982, pp 81-82).
    Mike
    USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 22:37:44 (EST)

    I think I'm back on line. Thank you to those that sent me e-mails. Bill if you need to touch base, please write @ my url. Pro Patria, Ed.
    edward latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
    evergreen, Co USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 13:48:45 (EST)

    This is a long shot. I'm looking for a guy nicknamed Crazy John who served with the 196th LIB, 4th/31st, C Co., 3rd Plt., from around July 1970 to July 1971. Don't recall his last name. I think he was from Texas but not sure. Also looking for Smitty (Smith). He served in the same unit and hooked up about the same time frame as John. I think his first name is Bill or William and came from Santa Barbra, CA or around that area.
    Greg O'Neil <goneil@yahoo.com>
    Long Beach, CA. USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 06:53:08 (EST)

    Been reading through archives. Found an entry from Crawley, aka John Wayne, but email has been changed I guess. Maybe he'll read this and get back to me. Also David Edgington, son of Mike Edgington. I hope these 2 will respond. Thanks.
    Jerry Feldman aka "Okie" <Paulstjean@msn.com>
    Phoeniz, AZ USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 21:58:44 (EST)

    served with A/3/21 from Sept70/feb.20th'71..medivaced out of country april 71. cant remeber my plt think it was 2nd. finally became a life member this month also the 196th ring as well..only took 35 yrs but better late than never. hope all the grunts are doing well..happy belated new year w/best wishes.. hoping to attend my first reunion in San Antonio this July..prayers for troops in the fight for freedom all over the globe..keep five yards brothers,,
    Joe <Charger196ataol.com>
    kalamazoo, Mi USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 18:43:27 (EST)

    GREAT SITE, WAS ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH 4 FELLOW BROTHERS AFTER BROWSING THROUGH GUEST BOOK. THANKS
    KEN JASPER <kenny-jasper@sbcglobal.net>
    SALIDA, CA USA - Thursday, January 13,didn't know the guy. Good luck. Stoney
    Stoney <jstone10"at"alltel.net>
    Lexingtonn, Ne USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 12:19:18 (EST)

    I am looking for any of the members of the company that Lt German, FO 3/82 Arty, led out of a fire fight at the north base of the hill LZ West was on, in the winter of ’67. The company he was in the field with (sorry I don’t know which Company or Bn) was surrounded and pinned down by an NVA Bn plus. Things got so bad that when the troops returned fire the NVA massed their fire on the muzzle flash and would blow away the firer. Besides the heavy small arms fire they were receiving heavy mortar fire as well. Lt German was injured by the mortar fire and knocked unconscious’s. When he awakened all of the Inf leadership was dead or missing. Another company (again I don’t know which one) was fighting to relieve his company but were stopped by the NVA. Lt German rallied the troops that remained in his company, called for massed artillery support and lead the surviving troops in a break-out of the trap they were in. They fought their way to the relieving company whereupon Lt German was hit by another mortar and killed. At the time I was Asst S-3 of the 3/82 Arty and was in the Bn. FDC that night. Lt German was put in for the MH but it was downgraded to the DSC. Would love to get more details of what happened on the ground that night, so if you were there please contact me.
    Jim Pongonis <japongonis at ala.net>
    Dothan, AL USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:20:45 (EST)

    A 2/1 67-68 Call Sign CA10. I was with Paxton, Feliciano and Hamm. If you remember me please contact me.
    Mike Robertson <OATSTEAM@AOL.COM>
    Ventura, CA USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 09:29:08 (EST)

    Jerry Feldman Saw your post and tried to e-mail you but couldn't get through. Please e-mail me. Like to hear from you and update you on whats going on. Stoney
    Stoney <jstone10"at"alltel.net>
    Lexington, Ne USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 00:02:07 (EST)

    It truly is a shame that the spamers have takenover this site. Seeing entries entered in reverence for the Great Guys who never made it HOME ALIVE mixed in with the irreverent and aboulutely unnecessary trash hurts me deeply. I guess that is their intent! I remember guys who were in country a short time and in the Bush just days before being KIA. 30 years ago, I essentially cut my ties with the general population and trust VERY FEW folks outside my immediate Family. The Great Commander in the Sky and His Son keep me going; volunteer work, helping the elderly and others who are truly in need seems to be my only purpose in life. In reference to the Military; remembering our fallen and praying for our living is all I can do. "out here" Doc Brassfield
    David Brassfield <rd4412atactcom.net>
    Oshkosh, Neb USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 14:01:12 (EST)

    I served with the 196- C-CO. 3/21 from June 1970 to January 1971.I would like to here from anyone who served doing that time,and would especially members killer squard.
    Edward Duffy <eduffy@rocketmail.com>
    maimi, FL USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 13:52:16 (EST)

    HI great site. I was with 3/21 196 from aug. 69 to aug 70 as a 4.2 mortor man off of lz. center. Would love to hear from anyone during the same time frame.Keep the faith JIM WILSON
    JAMES WILSON <jw@stans.net>
    Union, illinois USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 11:49:34 (EST)

    5&6 jan has come and gone and i still miss my friends from c-2-1 who perished that day in 1968. passed through gettysburg pa at christmas and found and met officer larry runk, gary runks brother. spent an hour together and i left more heavy hearted than ever. we talked of his brothers commitment to their mother and i left heavy hearted that such a fine man was killed. i hope someday this gets better,but not yet.say a prayer for our brothers. thanks mike seniuk isg ret usa c-2-1
    joseph mike seniuk <josephs@co.st-lucie.fl.us>
    ft pierce, fl USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 08:50:49 (EST)

    i served 67 to68 charlie co. 4thof the 31st second platoon 3rd sq. lt.infatry. looking for any one who served in this unit. i am looking for a black guy i served with dont know his name knickname was "frog" think he was from detroit. or how to get information on this unit.
    john w bennett <jben101937ataol.com>
    southampton , n.y. USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 19:39:54 (EST)

    I was a crew chief with the 196th in Chu Lia. 67/68 We were at the end of the helipad next to the 2nd surgical hospital. I would like to hear from any crew members or maint. staff who served during that period. Welcom Home Bro's
    Mike Dickinson <kmd123_1 "at" yahoo.com>
    Clio, MI USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 15:46:52 (EST)

    Jerry Feldman - Please contact me. I have info for you. - Thanks!
    Warren <President196"at"196th.org>
    USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 11:28:45 (EST)

    Sorry,it was 3/21 instead of 6/21. Basic at fort devens mass.Thanks for the up date on capt. Gregg, I'll try to be in San Antonio.Does anyone know the where abouts of JAMES C SCOTT? He was a FO for B co.started with us at devens and went to nam with us in 66, he was from NC.
    Marion Thurmond <THURMONDDUNN at aol>
    Dunn, NC USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 10:30:04 (EST)

    Wanted to say 'thanks' to a great group of Vets! I was with A Co. 3/21, Sept. 68-July 69 3rd plt. My first plt. Sgt was Jim Stone. (Stoney) Hi Jim if you read this. Hope you're keeping warm in Neb. Stoney had 2 weeks left in the field when I arrived. He was so 'short' he probably won't remember this, I'm sure he had other things on his mind, but my first walk off LZ center down to the flat lands just north of that OP site on hill 407 I'll never forget. Talk about beng "green!" That night J.Jennings and B Walters told me to dig the foxhole which I did. But dug it just big enough for them. Later that evening during a light rain we took some incoming rounds from the local pappasons and we scrambled for the holes. Only there wasn't room for me now in this little hole. They told me to crawl over to the next hole. I did my well learned 'belly crawl' and accidently crawl out in FRONT of the next hole. I could hear G. Haney saying something to the effect that somebody was out in front and they should probably open fire. Using the most perfect English in my Okie accent I told them it was me, not to fire. I finally crawl up and they said to go to Stoney's hole directly behind them. I did. On the way somebody popped a flare and I froze, belly down, stretched out on the ground, my head in a m79 crater with my helmet as low on my head as I could get it. Stoney looked out of his hole and thought someone had been shot. He crawled out there and started dragging me to his hole. I think he was surprised when he found out I was ok. We sat there in his hole and he told me it would be over in a few minutes that it was just pappason's letting off a little steam that night. He asked where I was supposed to be and I told him with Jennings and Walters but had dug the hold too small. I think the next day they got their butts chewed real well. Anyway, for Stoney, Thank you. I'll never forget my introduction to the field.
    Jerry Feldman <Jerryfeldman"at"msn.com>
    Phoeniz, AZ USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 09:18:07 (EST)

    Served witJerryfeldman"at"msn.com>
    Phoeniz, AZ USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 09:18:07 (EST)

    Served with Co C 4/31 Feb 68-Feb 69...Im still trying to locate some of the guys....anyone hear from Rick Lett? or Carl Johnson (Big John) or Brad HOmer originally from Reno NV...My original squad leader. Sgt Payne i think from Texas...or some little guy we called Twiggy...was from Philly.....that is it for now....stay in touch...EVERY DAY IS A GREAAAAAAAT DAY for me... Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian
    Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namrats@hotmail.com>
    Fresno, Ca USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 01:27:23 (EST)

    Has anyone been back to visit the old AO? I've been thinking about a trip back to the Danang area just to see what it's like now. Have any of you done this? Any advice?
    Jim Comer <D 3/21 71-72>
    USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 20:31:06 (EST)

    6/21 B CO. ONE OF THE ORIGINALS. I'm from buffalo,ny. 66-67...I talk to D. Barlow &Al both from naptown.Where is capt. Gregg???
    Marion R. Thurmond jr <THURMONDDUNN AT AOL.C OM>
    DUNN , NC. USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 20:18:34 (EST)

    Hello all 196ers, welcome back, in country Nov 67 to Jan 68. Choppered out Nov 22 late afternoon, next full day was Thanksgiving Day 10 hours of hell with a defective weapon and three days later it ended. I'm blessed to be back here with you guys. Left my unit D co. 4/31 Jan. 4th 68...came home on stretcher from 249 Gen. hosp.Feb. 68th. Went to the Wall for the first time and paid honor and respect to the guys that didn't make it back:D 4/32-Phil Adams, Ken Adams, Ron Essler (came over from 175th Eng.), Robt. Waddell, 17th Cav F Troop Joe Cloud, C co. 3/21 Calvin Cook, D co. 3/21 Calvin Strang...kia Thanksgiving Day Nov 67. D co 4/31-Billy Jent, Roger Larcher, James Osenbaugh, Walter Peters, Robert Sorensen...kia Jan. 68. God blessed them all. Does anybody remember Bill Duber from California, big guy about 6' 3" black hair...in country Jan 68 lsft in Jan 69 with D 4/31. Also looking for AO maps of Quang Tin Que Son valley and LZs. Thanks for a great site.
    Ron Morenz <southsidemo@cs.com>
    Mesa, Az USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 15:09:08 (EST)

    Brother Bill Cobler, If you send me your snail mail address, I will send you a letter that has been notorized that I treated you on Nui Chom Mt. On November 17th or the 18th 1968 that I treated you for schrapnel wounds received on Nui Chom. The concussion from the gernades and the 500 lbs bombs and the arty must have confussed you. Although I was the Senior Medic for Charlie Company I was the senior medic on the ground and I was responsible for the notification of the wounded and the dead. It was my responsibility. I will include the Americal magazine dated May of 1969 that has my name in it as the senior aid man for charlie company. Again it was my responsibilty for keeping the records of the wounded and dead and passing it on to battalion Hq. Sincerly, Doc La Palio HHC, Delta, and Charlile companies Senior Medic 4/31st 196th LIB
    Doc La Palio <aml(at) vglabs.com>
    long beach, ca USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 13:55:35 (EST)

    Welcome home BROTHERS, This is my new E-Mail address, I'm still looking for John(Ron) Basar/ Aurora,Illinois. Was with me in Nam 1966-67. Went to a couple of re-unions, I lost track of him. We spent time in the state police barracks @Watertown N.Y. For anyone interested,I'm in touch w/Bill Donnelly (Rhode Island) Rufus Banks (Aurora, Ill.)Lindsey Mc Clamb( Newark,New Jersey). Looking forward to seeing everyone in Texas.Also I'm originally from Buffalo N.Y. Is anyone in touch with the families of Carmen Cartonia-Sam Cammarata(Both Deceased). They were both very good friends of mine. I've waited too long to ask this question. Thank you Brothers
    JOHN FREEMAN <johnnyfree"at"adelphia.net>
    Cleveland, Ohio USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 22:21:24 (EST)

    Served with Hq 196 Sep 65 - Jan 66 then C 3/82 Jan 66 Oct 66 then Hq 196 Oct 66 -Dec 66 Great to review this site --- Lots of memories mostly good.
    Jim Dearlove <Paradefield@AOL.COM>
    Lovettsville, VA USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 18:04:52 (EST)

    was with F Troop 17th Cav Jan 1969 to july 24 1969, 3Plt maniac
    Pete A. Frank Sr <petefrank2@aol.com>
    Palm Bay, FL USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 11:34:43 (EST)

    I came across a resource yesterday that I have not seen before and it may help Paul as well. For those of us who were part of the original 196th and served while we were attached to the 25th Division at Tay Ninh (through March, 1967) the 25th's Aviation Battalion has a web site with after action reports which include 196th operations. I am not sure when these were declassified, but they are quite detailed; I found several that recounted actions I was in. I hope to find other such pages; please inform me if you know of any. This one is at 25thaviation.org/history/home.htm (no www) Jim Armstrong, C, Hq and A 2/1 '65-'67
    Jim Armstrong <jimarm (at) pacific.net>
    Potter Valley, CA USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 12:22:31 (EST)

    To Minnesoto and Shit salesman. Glad you both made it back, welcome home. In Nam 8/69 to 8/70, 196LIB 3/21 A Co. 1st Platoon, RTO.
    Jim Bryant <Jbryant0114@aol.com>
    Niles, Mi USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at

    I am looking for some information about an attack on ffb at prekloc in March of 67 when the fdc bunker was hit by a rocket and collapsed. I am trying to verify a claim with the VA that I was wouded in that collapse. Can anyone out there help with details. I was with HHS 3/82 Arty. Also please note my new wmail address Thank for the help
    paul flynn <peflynn1@yahoo.com>
    stoughton, ma USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 16:52:53 (EST)

    TO SHIT SALESMAN: I CAN'T BELEIVE I FINALLY RECOGNIZED SOMEONE FROM MY TIME & COMPANY. REALLY GLAD TO KNOW YOU MADE IT OUT. MY REAL NAME IS MERLYN BY THE WAY. I REMEMBER THAT YOU GOT SENT DOWN TO VONG TAU. I GOT THE 79 FROM BEAUPRE I AM NOT SURE IF HE MADE IT OUT OR NOT. AS FOR ME I'M ON 70% DISABILITY. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT TO SAN ANTONIO THIS SUMMER. THE 4/31 HAS KIND OF ADOPTED ME CAUSE NONE OF MY SQUAD EVER MAKES IT TO THE REUNIONS. MOST OF THEM WERE KIA ON MAR/19/70. I LEFT THE 13TH. STILL CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY. TAKE CARE BROTHER!!!
    MINNESOTA <NONE>
    ARGYLE, MN USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 10:45:30 (EST)

    Co E, 4/31, 196th. June 1968-1969. Anybody out there from my unit, if so, would love to hear from you. Bill Phillips
    Bill Phillips <bill_phillips@verizon.net>
    Glendora, CA USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 21:13:30 (EST)

    Back in the 80s somewhere the VA mailed a questionaire out to Vietnam Veterans. If I recall they wanted to know about chloracne. They never mentioned cancers etc. Now that thousands of guys have died from and or are dieing of various ailments caused by agent orange the VA is silent.They must expect all vets to know somehow that they may be dieing of agent orange.Of course they could really care less, in fact they would rather we do.Totally irresponsable to spray that crud on our troops, especially when they knew before they sprayed it it caused problems.Even more irresponable is to not inform vets of what may be wrong with them now.Was that what the Vietnam war was about?thin out the baby boomers a little? Wouldn't surprise me. But why?
    Mike
    USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 00:10:29 (EST)

    C 2/1 - A 4/31, 37 years, yet - All that you gave, all you lived through are not forgotten. Thank you.
    Peggy <plreider aol.com>
    Dover, PA USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 20:29:37 (EST)

    After 36 years I have decided to pursue something I earned but never received. In November 68 while serving with the 196th LIB, A co, 4/31st, we ran into a base camp of NVA on Nui Chom. After the 3rd day of fighting, a guy in our Company who went by the name of PeeWee, came running back into our company logger. He had been wandering around an happened upon a bunker where there were several NVA inside. Hearing this, the sqad I was in went back up to where the bunker was. We proceeded to do a line assult. I was ahead and off to the side of the bunker. Everything was going well when all hell broke loose. Several of the guys were able to find protection behind a huge boulder however a couple of them had been wounded. One of them was a guy named perkins who was shot in his hand. I was pinned down and was unable to move up until some grenades came at me. I then made it back down to the rest of my buddies and we proceeded to make it back to our unit. It wasn't until we got back that I noticed some of the shrape metal had nicked me in several places on my arm. Although it was not real serious, I was treated by DR's who were chopper in to treat the wounded. The Medic in out platoon was a Black guy who I believe last name was Brown. As I was being treated, they took my name etc and stated I would be put in for a Purple Heart. I never left the field and was kept in the back as security for a few days until my arm was better. I never heard anymore about the Purple Heart. After all these years I have come to the conclusion that although I was not seriously wounded, I was wounded and I do derserve this Medal. However I need help with names. If anyone was there or can remember any of these details, please contact me. Not sure how far I'll get with this but anything you can do to help I sure will appreciate. Thanks.
    Bill Cobler <bcobler@twcny.rr.com>
    Tully, NY USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 17:58:35 (EST)

    (follow-up posting) I Served in Vietnam with A 2/1 LIB from August 71 until June 72 as a "Grunt". Want to here from any of my brothers who served in Vietnam. My new e-mail address is: dd196@earthlink.net.
    David Delifus <dd196@earthlink.net>
    Tallahassee, Florida USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 11:24:43 (EST)

    11 bravo-served with A Co. 3rd/21st 196th, called me the shit salesman, carried an M-14 summer 1969 thru february, 1970. mostly on patrol in Que Son valley area, sometimes did perimeter coverage of LZ Center, had a squad leader named Country from New York, hung out with Lester Beaupre, Mississippi, Dennis, Minnesota-can't connect nicknames with real names-must be the agent orange-help. Welcome home.
    david t. johnson <majohnsonfam@earthlink.net>
    destin, florida USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 11:24:00 (EST)

    11 bravo-served with A Co. 3rd/21st 196th, called me the shit salesman, carried an M-14 summer 1969 thru february, 1970. mostly on patrol in Que Son valley area, sometimes did perimeter coverage of LZ Center, had a squad leader named Country from New York, hung out with Lester Beaupre, Mississippi, Dennis, Minnesota-can't connect nicknames with real names-must be the agent orange-help. Welcome home.
    david t. johnson <majohnsonfam@earthlink.net>
    destin, florida USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 11:21:33 (EST)

    To all members of Charlie 2/1 and Alpha 4/31 today is January 5th, let's not forget the 17 men from C 2/1 killed in Hiep Duc on January 5th and 6th 1968. Rest in peace, Albert Carwithen, Norman Colosanti, Guillermo De Long, John Johnson, Alvin Johnson, Florian Kuss, Lafon Ladson, Gary Runk William Benard, Steven Drake, Edward Drew, Eric Fassitt, Jerry Gilliand, Jordan Ramey, Harold Smith and Leland Steward. You can post a remembrances to each of them at the Virtual Wall.
    Sam Mazzola <sammazzolaathotmail.com>
    Detroit, MIi USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 09:26:06 (EST)

    my uncle was with some of you guys i dont know much about ranks and units,but i would like to know if you guys served with him to me he is a hero,please e mail me
    stanley flinchum <stan_flinchum@hotmail.com>
    mt sterling , ky USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 19:57:59 (EST)

    Use the force, Luk!
    Marlboro cigarettes 2003 <0443@qu-qu-v-ru.ku>
    NY, USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 17:39:21 (EST)

    Hey guys, Looking for somemore guys in the 196th HHC.AVN.Sect. Was in ChuLai 67/68 on the cliff with the jarheads and hospital group.Found Bert Hampton, Jay Hartland,and a couple of others. Where are you guys?gwg
    George W. Geiger <g.w.geiger@lmco.com>
    Dallas, Ga USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 06:37:04 (EST)

    A few days ago I read a post elsewhere where a family member enquired about his cousins death in Vietnam. After a few clicks online I found his unit down to the Comapny level.I went to his units website and asked if anyone had known him or knew how to find out about his time in Nam. Within one day I recieved contact from the website and other mails from people the webmaster put me in touch with. One Marine was was a few feet from him when he got his Navy Cross that night. His Company Commander wrote me and several others wrote me. Some had Pictures of him, some had first hand accounts.One even had a short film clip of him converted to DVD.Their website has an archivist who maintains records on all of their people. The reason I mention all this is because we're not getting any younger. Someday someone may wish to know about an Uncle,etc.Be a shame for all info to be lost with time, thrown out in a scrapbook.
    Mike
    USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 01:55:21 (EST)

    ALL TROOPS WITH THE 4/31 ECHO COMP. 1969 CAPT. BARRY BRANDON
    carl flynn <tudawg414@aol.com>
    springville, in USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 00:22:11 (EST)

    I would like to thank Warren Neill of the the Association for sending me the news Magazine. Served with D 2/1 10-68 thru 9-69.
    Gary Syfrett <syfrettg@bellsouth.net>
    Asheville, NC USA - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 19:52:18 (EST)

    Jim Bishop, I don't know if you got the email or not, but the VFW said I should get the article this week. As soon as I do I'll send yours to you.
    bill doyle <bill_doyle@ccpsnet.net>
    Chester, VA USA - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 19:22:31 (EST)

    I was so excited to see a name of someone that I served with that I forgot to give the unit. Doc Chatterton was with 1st Platoon, Delta, 4/31st, 70 & 71. I was there strictly '71 with him until I went up to the motor crew on Hill 350 (?) nortwest of DaNang, after my six months in the field.
    Dan Griffin <dan.griffin343@sbcglobal.net>
    Palatine, Il USA - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 20:15:50 (EST)

    Doc was one of the younger members of our platoon. I think he was from Conn. , New England at least. Crazy. The few times we found a tunel he wanted in first!! Medic !!?? Great Guy.
    Dan Griffin <dan.griffin343@sbcglobal.net>
    Palatine, Il USA - Saturday, January 01, 2005 at 21:21:04 (EST)

    I just finished reading the book "Shadow Divers" by Robert Kurson. The true adventure of two americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II. One of the two americans is John Chatterton who prior to his deep sea adventure, served in Vietnam as a medic with the 4/31th in 1970. If he should attend the reunion in San Antonio, would be an excellent speaker. Does anyone who served with him know anything about him or his whereabouts. It's an excellent book by the way.
    Charles Rowell
    Zumbrota, MN USA - Saturday, January 01, 2005 at 18:49:38 (EST)

    I served with B 2/1 from 8/67-8/68. the last 6 months as the platoon leader(I was an E-5 at the time)of the 1st platoon..I'm still alive and well(diabetes from agent orange/disability 20%). I think of everyone I served with often.
    Jay Miller <rambleranch@earthlink.net>
    Mundelein, Il USA - Saturday, January 01, 2005 at 14:50:34 (EST)

    My Luck; the email in my last entry came out wrong---it's kmd123_1@yahoo.com---I am looking for anyone who served from june 67 through june 68. B co. 8th supt. (aviation maint.) also attached to the hc hc co. 196th Have a Great New Year and Welcome Home
    Mike Dickinson <kmd123_1@yahoo.com>
    Clio, MI USA - Saturday, January 01, 2005 at 11:26:56 (EST)

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