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2007 GUESTBOOK
(Old Guestbook Style)

I just want to wish a happy Forth of July to all of you unsung patriots. At the very least you did what was asked of you when it was asked. I'm proud to be a part of your brotherhood.
Jim Becker (Phred) <jaybker@aol.com>
Clinton, NY USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 10:01:46 (EDT)

Looking for anyone who possibly served with my uncle, SP4 Paul Walters in the 196th. He was in Alpha 4/31 from June of '67 to October of '67. In Oct '67 he was wounded and then shipped over to the 199th LIB. I know theres some Alpha folks out there. Give me a holler. I'd like to get my uncle in contact with you. gringo47117@sbcglobal.net
Dan Culbert <gringo47117@sbcglobal.net>
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 09:30:38 (EDT)

the colors are flying hope that everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July
jim gray d3/21 &hhc 67/68 <mrtirejpg at msn.com>
BRADENTON, fl USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 06:00:10 (EDT)

The Gimlet Association 21st Infantry wants to wish all brother Gimlets and Chargers a Happy Fourth of July
Gimlet Association
USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 16:31:01 (EDT)

Happy Independance Day to all......put the flag out.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN
USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 14:31:19 (EDT)

I served eith the 23d mp co in 1972, and i would like to say hello to all of you.
Jimmie L. Kennedy <JKennedy4@Hot.rr.com>
Copperas Cove, Tx USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 13:34:05 (EDT)

Time sure flies... I was a platoon leader with the 196th in 1968-69. HHC and 4/31. Baldy, West, East, Camp Evans. My heart bleeds for the soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen in Iraq. Not quite like us, but this country is more interested in American Idol than the war or our troops...
Frank Zedar <frankzedar@earthlink.net>
Palm Coast, FL USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 13:20:07 (EDT)

RIP Don Delaplaine, KIA 6-28-71. http://home.twcny.rr.com/g157/delaplaine.html
Rob Griffiths
Chittenango, NY USA - Friday, June 29, 2007 at 17:45:03 (EDT)

Delta - 4/31 looking Doc John Miles & LT. Gary Tiereny and other guys who have moved with no forwarding address. God bless " US " All. Vance
Vance van Wieren <delta431basecamp"at"i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 18:24:24 (EDT)

Sorry to hear about Mr. Hickman's death.
Mike
USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 20:59:25 (EDT)

RIP – Dennis C. Hickman, 3d Battalion, 82nd Artillery, 196th LIB, 23rd Infantry Division (AMERICAL) Today I received word of the passing of Vietnam veteran Dennis C. Hickman, 62, of Naperville , IL , on June 25, 2007. Both Dennis and his twin brother, Danny, were artillerymen assigned to different batteries supporting the 196th Light Infantry Brigade during its early Vietnam deployment. OBITUARY: Dennis C. Hickman Hickman, Dennis C. age 62, June 25, 2007. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Bruns), devoted father of Beth, loving son of Mary L. and the late Marshall L. Hickman, dear brother of twin Danny (Andrea) and Donna (Arnold) Richter, loved uncle of Sarah, Allison and Jessica Hickman and Wendy (Bill) Chapman, Jeff (Kathy) and Arnie (Laura) Richter. Funeral Friday, 10 a.m., at Alleluia Lutheran Church , 4055 S. Book Rd. , Naperville . Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery . Visitation Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m., at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 24021 W. Royal Worlington Dr. (Rt.59), Naperville. Retired employee of Commonwealth Edison. Memorials to the American Cancer Society. 630-922-9630. www.beidelmankunschfh.com Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home Route 59 Chapel 24021 West Royal Worlington ( IL Route 59) Naperville, IL 60564 Phone: (630) 922-9630 Fax: (630) 922-9633 I regret that I did not know Dennis. His twin brother, Danny, is a member of Chapter #311 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and I am hoping VVA Chapter #311 members, other VVA members, 196th LIB vets and other veterans might be available to assist with a memorial service at the wake on Thursday evening, June 28th. Please contact 196th LIB vet John Maloney 847-455-2413 to volunteer. Brian J. Mulcrone President Chapter #311 Vietnam Veterans of America
Brian J. Mulcrone <mulcronebrian@yahoo.com>
Bloomingdale, IL USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 08:55:31 (EDT)

I only crossed the atlantic from France to the US(NYC) and still recall being sea sick for 4 days out of 7....i cant imagine being on a cargo ship for a month!!! brrrrrrr
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN
USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 21:15:11 (EDT)

Note to Jim Armstrong and all our brothers. I do remember saling down the Atlantic and through the Panama Canal, with a stop in Long Beach, Ca. I mostly remember the Typhoon we hit on the way over. Surprising we didn't lose anyone overboard.
Jim McGinnis <jmgin196@aol.com>
Waldwick, NJ USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 16:39:01 (EDT)

Forty years ago the original 196ers were getting seriously SHORT! Our tours began on July 15, 1966 when 3,124 of us left Boston on the Darby and the Patch, arriving at Vung Tau on the 13th of August after 12,358 miles at sea. The month on board was counted as time in country, and most DEROSes were around July 14, 1967. Call it 20 and a wakeup! Welcome home.
Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
Potter Valley, CA USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 12:14:07 (EDT)

Delta - 4/31 Guys,I have been contacted by Nino Eliseo. He does not remember what Platoon etc. that he was in during his tour in 1968. He would like to find Dave Cordova from San Antonio, TX. Henry West, Tony Randell and Sgt. Jesse Chavez. Please contact me for more information. May God bless us all. Vance van Wieren 269 - 543 - 3661
Vance van Wieren <delta431basecamp"at"i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 00:03:19 (EDT)

My dad was a Staff Sergeant in 196th Americal. I know that his entire platoon was knocked out when he was off on R&R and had to start over. I know that he did some of his time in Laos. I would like to converse with someone who knew him or of him. The more information the better. He is receiving psychological care. Anything might help me understand him better. Specific or general... May the Lord be with you all, Wallace4301@sbcglobal.net
Josh Wallace <wallace4301@sbcglobal.net>
Rockwall, TX USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 07:51:13 (EDT)

d 4/311/plat.was at hill 63 know what i know.know much less.would like to know more.delt co.67/68 usa.
David L Smith <polarbears1967at'bellsouth.net>
Jonesboro, Ga USA - Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 17:27:13 (EDT)

There is a new report on agent orange and prostate cancer-please google -Vietnam Vets and Prostate cancer-about five down.
Will Whale <wwwillymonatcs.com>
Boston, Ma USA - Friday, June 22, 2007 at 08:28:41 (EDT)

To Jim and others, if you click on the link on this site for HONOR ROLL, we have the Coffelt database for the 196th KIAs and also a link to the Virtual Wall and the actual Coffelt database that has all Vietnam KIAs. (Ken-Editor, 196th Association)
Ken McKenzie, Editor
USA - Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 21:57:34 (EDT)

I found a resource recently that provides some information not commonly found. It includes unit info down to the Company level for KIAs (the Coffelt Database), has some Award info and a Unit history section (Situation Report Army File) that is currently not working as it should. It is called Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and is worth spending some time poking around in. http://aad.archives.gov/aad/index.jsp
Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
CA USA - Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 18:20:26 (EDT)

Troops At War Instead of disparaging our troops the American People should acknowledge that what they are doing is an act Heroism! They have enlisted in the Armed Forces of the United States of their own free will to ensure the safetyof its people and to guarantee our freedom. I myself spent 13 months in the Viet-Nam War. My M.O.S. ( Military Occupation Specialty) was 11/B/10. That is to say I was an Infantryman, a grunt. I was assigned to the Americal Division,196th Infantry, Co. B 3/21 st. We were engaged in a war to help those who were not capable of helping themselves! People with liberal view-points (draft dodgers, hippies, and we can't forget Hanoi-Jane-Fonda) protested against the very beliefs this country was founded on! They discredited our efforts to give freedom to these while living under the umbrella and security of our great nation which was made possible through the blood which has been shed by all the veterans of this great country.The people who are disgruntled today about what's going on in Iraq should be thankful for all the brave troops who are actively engaged in protecting rights.We have freedom; don't the people of Iraq deserve that right also? We are there to afford those people that right also.This is a power struggle to allow them to have freedom and equality too! We take our freedom for granted. Most have never seen the extent of how people live in 3rd world countries.They have no rights;freedom of speech, the right to elect government officials, or obtaining an education to create a better life-style for themselves.We are trying to help them have these rights! And may God Bless and protect the brave men and women who are willing to make sacrifices and to put their very lifes on the line to defend these rights that we so apptly take for granted! I Proudly Praise & Salute each & every one of You. N01GUN
Robert M. Wible <n01gun"at"yahoo.com>
Lee Center, NY USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 13:34:09 (EDT)

Yes, I agree with John, everyone should get checked out and have your blood workup. If you need help in filing a claim, get your old butt to the DAV, VFW, Vet Center and they will assist you in filing a claim (these people are on your side). Oh, and be sure you get screened for PTSD at the STAT location in the VA. File the claim with one of the above organizations, it is your right....
Ron Morenz <chgosouthsidemo@aol.com>
Mesa/Chgo, AZ USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 13:28:45 (EDT)

For all you guys out there worried about agent orange. I personally feel we were all exposed to it. Like I said I've had cancer twice! Of course liver cancer is not on the list because there's not enough documentation to support it! The reason being everone who contracts it dies. The other day the surgeon told me she has been in her field for 30 years and I'm the only person she knows that has survied it! I bumped into a total of 8 guys that were all up in the icore region working the same A.O. that I was in and they have all died from liver cancer. The federal government just won't amidt it.Anyway I suggest all of you get regular physicals and have your blood work done at least once a year. The Dr. ( Dr. Semour Schawartz ) asked if I had ever had Hepatitis B? I said I didn't know but that I had been in Viet-Nam and he said that explains it I've never seen anything like this it has to be from the agent orange. Got to sign off but like you my brothers we all survied a living hell and 35 years it is still trying to kill us! n01gun
Robert M. Wible <n01gun"at"yahoo.com>
Lee Center, NY USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 12:19:24 (EDT)

I was in B co. 2/1 from Dec66 to Sept 67, came over from the 4th Div when they decided to start shuffling the deck..(Did't want us all going home at the same time...) I was Capt Buck Corley's RTO. (We all had a cross to bare, he was mine..) Anybody remember Al Sorenson?, Dennis Hoblett? Best to all you guys... Damn proud to have served with you!!!!
John Gifford <gif4dlz@comcast.net>
Lake Zurich, Il USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 08:22:15 (EDT)

Larry Boetsch...were you with Charlie Co? You might check charliegrunts.com lots of action there, maybe some from your years.
Jim Hettinger <mowjinx@aol.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 22:11:07 (EDT)

Guys, One caveat, just because you were in Viet Nam doesn't mean you have Agent Orange. You actually have to have a diagnosis of one of the qualifing diseases. One of which I have, peripheal nueropathy, no feelings in your extremities, but I do not have Type II diabeties. So, I'm not qualified. I would have had to put in a claim within one year of coming out of the service to be elligeble. Nobody new what Agent Orange was at that time. Is that screwed up or what...!!! I was told at the DAV that Congress is the one who wrote that law. What a bunch of 'dumb shits'. I put in another claim last year, but was talked out of it by my couserlor and head of the Vet Center. They did not want the VA to have the opportunity to reopen my entire file and possibly re-evaluate me because I am at 100% and permenant.FYI....come on reunion.
Ron Morenz <chgosouthsidemo"at"aol.com>
Mesa, AZ USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 23:03:01 (EDT)

I was with the 2/1 in 68. Does anyone remember me? I beleive I was with the ist platoon
Larry Boetsch <boetsl1@sbcglobal.net>
Bedford, Texas USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 20:28:02 (EDT)

Thanks Jack, good point. Again I highly recommend all you guys go and read this article and take this information to your docs.
Jim Pongonis <japongonis"at"ala.net>
Dothan, AL USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 16:44:41 (EDT)

In regards to the link to the "Seeing Orange" article on the MOAA website - note that to get to the article with the URL address that Jim shows you have to leave off / remove the last period to get to the webpage - here is the URL again - http://www.moaa.org/Magazine/January2005/f_orange.asp - I also converted the article to an Acrobat PDF file so we can print it out as it was published, save it to a folder, etc. - I have uploaded the PDF file version to this URL address - http://www.freefilehosting.org/public/42387/MOAA_%20Seeing%20Orange.pdf
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 10:44:53 (EDT)

Guys, Minnesota and GFOSTER have a point, you need to ensure that ALL of your doctors know you served in VN and were exposed to Agent Orange. (The current VA position is that if you served in VN you were exposed.) There was an article with a chart that appeared in the January 2005 issue of the MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) magazine that had a list of all the Agent Orange connected disease conditions and their associated symptoms. I encourage each of you to read the article and the chart. I copied the chart and gave a copy to each of my doc’s to put in my file so if they suspected one of the covered diseases they would know there could be a direct connection. Here is a link to the article if you want to read it and copy the chart for your docs. If you can’t get to it let me know and I will send you a copy of the chart: http://www.moaa.org/Magazine/January2005/f_orange.asp.
Jim Pongonis <japongonis"at"ala.net>
Dothan, AL USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 22:33:23 (EDT)

How are all my brothers out there?I served with B/Co.3/21 196th from Feb.1st 1970- Mar13-71. I was in 1st platoon and carried the M-60. I was at that time from Glassboro NJ. In recent years I've had 3 major surgies for colon cancer, liver cancer, and hernia repair do to all the surgery. The last surgery was in Feb. of 2000. I'm going to the renuion in Ft.Mitchell Ky. the end of July. I know a few guys from the company are going to be there, but if anyone that was there at that time in Co.B/3/21 is going to the reunion I'd like to get an e-mail from them so we can hook up. Robert M. Wible N01GUN
Robert M. Wible <n01gun"at"yahoo.com>
Lee Center , NY USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 18:32:28 (EDT)

TO GFOSTER AND ALL BROTHERS: YES, WE ALL NEED TO GET CHECKED OUT FOR AGENT ORANGE. PERSONALLY, I HAVE HAD TWO BOUTS WITH CANCER, THE LAST TIME THEY TOOK ONE OF MY LUNGS!! ALL OF MY DOCTERS TRACED IT BACK TO NAM... SO PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND GET A CHECK UP. TAKE CARE BROTHERS..
MINNESOTA <NONE>
Argyle, MN USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 10:11:46 (EDT)

I would like to get in touch with anyone that was in Bravo Company 4/31 Inf. Brigade during 1969-1970. Juan Flores
Juan Flores <juan4golf@yahoo.com>
Saginaw, MI USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 19:48:32 (EDT)

I’m from A.3/21 and got medivaced to 95thEVAC at China Beach 2 days be Hester hit. The ward I was in was a Quonset hut and one of the few buildings that didn’t get blown away. But we had about a foot of water on the floor. As soon as the storm blew through the loaded us up and flew us first to a hospital in the Philippeans and then to the Navy hospital on Guam. I’m from Houston and have been through many storms- including Carla in ’61, but that’s the only storm I’ve ever been in on the beach under a tin roof !!
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 00:40:30 (EDT)

Typhoon Hester was one of the wierdest things that happened during my tour. Big sheets of tin roofing flying through the air at 70 mph like some gigantic guillotine. My building was completely blown down. I ran 100 yards for the bunker during the eye of the storm. Lucky me or else I would have been buried under the roof of the building I was in.
Jim Collier <jimrcollier@hotmail.com>
Washington, DC USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 22:35:31 (EDT)

40 years! Can't believe it's been that long, arrived in country April 67. B/3/82 Arty, LZ Center. I remember when Regan was president, and he was at Normandy on the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasion (1984), at the cermony were many of the heros that had stormed the beaches 40 years before. Even back then I thought they were a bunch of brave soldiers that saved the world from destruction. They looked old on TV, so I thought, still heros, but a bunch of old farts. Now look at me! It's 40 years! I've become an old fart!!!!!
Michael Smith <airsmith1@cox.net>
Tulsa, OK USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 21:02:55 (EDT)

Brothers, if you have not been tested for Agent Orange,check with your Department of Veterans Services in your state and make arrangements to be tested. We all need to have this test. Don't put it off. We all beat the boonies and walked in this stuff and had it spayed on us.
gfoster <spec4m79"at"wmconnect.com>
conyers, ga USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 18:42:46 (EDT)

Larry....I was with C2/1 196 and was in Chu Lai when Hester hit. We were there for the 198th stand down. Picked up a lot of 198 guys that were with me for the rest of my tour. Might know you but can't remember.
Jim Hettinger <mowjinx@aol.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 18:21:32 (EDT)

I just learned that Gimlet Brother John Penny B 3-21 IN Vietnam era is in hospice. I don't know the extent of his illness, but do have his address in the Gimlet Association database if anyone wants to contact him.
Mitch <gimletmail21"at"yahoo.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 16:56:50 (EDT)

Hello everybody, I severed with 196th HHC,2nd Bn 1st Inf from Aug 1971-Mar 1972,also severved with the 198th HHC Co ChuLai vietnam standing done 198th Inf 1971.Does any one remenber myself&Tyhoon Hester hit ChuLai??.God Bless All.
Larry Golecki <theloneranger@scronline.com>
Vallejo, Ca USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 15:50:09 (EDT)

Looking for Richard Demsey if you see this e-mail me at swampy70_71@yahoo.com my name is john webre i was with Aco.4/31 196th 3rd plt. aug.70 to oct.71. We have found 22 guys from 3rd herd so far. if any of you guys out there were in that company in that time frame even if you were in 1st or 2nd plt e-mail me would like to here from you. It would be great to get the whole company together again.
John Webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
Pensacola , Fl USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 10:30:39 (EDT)

My sister and I are looking for anyone who remembers my father, Sgt Bob Teall (Robert). He was part of Company A, 4/31. He served between 65 and July 67. If anyone remembers him please email. We would like to hear from you.
Tammie and Sandi Teall <earane_telrunya at Yahoo.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA - Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 00:47:36 (EDT)

I have a copy of the 31st History, Lineage, Honors, Decorations and the Seventy-Fourth Anniversary. It was compiled and edited by the Unit History Committe, 4th Battalion (Mechanized), 31st Infantry, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 73503-6004, Winter, 1989-1990. Chapter 7 is Vietnam 1966 - 1971 and has most officer brief reports. "This is a living document, stored on disk and easily updated. Siberia, Shanghai, Bataan, and Chosin, and the 4th Battalion in Vietnam are well documented. We could use more on ..... encouraged to send us a Xerox copy. We'll incorporate them into the history, and frame them in our newly expanded museum. Come visit our museum when you're in the area - it contains over 2000 artifacts and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all Polar Bears, past and present. Signed Robert L. Smalser, Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry, Commanding" This was when the 31st was at Fort Sill and at one reunion I got this booklet and had given the museum a SKS rife that I had brought back. What the story is now since moved from Fort Sill I do not know. If anyone would like to have a copy I will have copies made. Maybe someone may know if has been updated by current unit and hopefully more been added.
Lloyd Martin <martyc382AThotmail.com>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 18:16:23 (EDT)

For all you "Texas"-"Chargers" - when I got drafted I went to Polk - there were so many of us that we went through Basic up at Tigerland (north fort) - When we got there they seperated all the native Texans together into the same platoon - including our DI and cadre - we won everything in the battalion - carried our Texas flag everywhere we went ;-) - a pic of the "Texas" platoon - http://i8.tinypic.com/5zlk7k7.jpg
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 11:28:00 (EDT)

I was able to visit the US Archives today trying to get info for some of the fellows on the board. I was told by an archivist friend that Morning Reports can be obtained from St Louis(Archives Does not have them). It seems that copies were microfilmed of 2 Reports for each year( May & Oct) and the rest destroyed. You need to complete Form 180 Section II 2.) Other Information and/Or Documents Requested and note Company/ Bn and Time Frame. There is a nominal charge. If anyone out there has experience with this it might be helpfull to comfirm with us that you have actually had results doing this before we get our expectations to high.
George Whitehouse <gawhitehouse@prodigy.net>
Silver Spring , md USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 11:08:29 (EDT)

Today June 8th 2007, It was June 8th 1970 we lost my nephew cpl Steve Blaskovich at Hiep Duc. with the 1/46 thoughts, prayers and love are with Steve. Steve no matter how many years go by it don't heal the pain in my heart. I miss you beyond words. To Steve's brothers in arms I welcome you to visit my site in memory of Steve and sign my guest book for him, you can put a face with the name of one of your own and help me keep his sweet memory alive. God be with you Steve, someday will all be together again. LOVE BETTY ( AUNT 3 years older than Steve) http://cplsteveblaskovichjr.homestead.com/SteveBlaskovichJr.html
BETTY <photoboopno1@yahoo.com>
Toledo, OHIO USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 02:23:30 (EDT)

Having a roster is a great idea......if anyone from Company C is willing to submit their info to me id be willing to maintain a roster by company etc...this is all voluntary information that you would offer and this info would be passed along to other C 4/31 guys....this would never be a list sold for whatever reasons by me...of course i cant control what others can or will do......ideas welcome. Doc Mercer, sent yhou an email if you didnt get it, check your spam/junk box...thanks you to all...life is GREAT.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 17:58:43 (EDT)

Never saw any Morning Reports in the Archives Records. I plan to drop by the Archives II tomorrow am and will ask some of my friends who work there about them.
George Whitehouse <gawhitehouse@prodigy.net>
Silver Spring, Md USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 16:12:58 (EDT)

RE: George Whitehouse & Jim Armstrong - the form you are referring to is the- DA Form-1 - "Morning Report" - made out by the company clerk - reviewed by the CO, XO or 1stSgt. and sent up to HQ every morning.
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 15:18:25 (EDT)

Delta & HHC - 4/31st. Vietnam Veterans. We have a current roster of Delta & HHC - 4/31st. guys. We number well over 400 guys with name, address, phone & e - mail info. This is a free service to be phone book user friendly for staying in touch. We support and urge membership in the 196th. Association. All of our reunion activities are with and include the 196th. Association and all of my search information is shared with the 196th. Association for the good of the 196th. association. That being said, I encourge all Delta & HHC - 4/31st. vets to contact me if you are interested in being put on our roster. Will Walt the original Delta XO for the "Boat People" please contact me again. My new e - mail address is delta431basecamp@i2k.com Thanks and may God bless our Country, our Armed Forces. our Leaders and all of America's Veterans. Vance
Vance A. van Wieren <delta431basecamp@i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 11:12:35 (EDT)

Doc Mercer: if you dont mind...email me that article , it did not come up for me...or if its ok, email me anyways...as far as his name i cant be sure any more. But the events are as i mentioned. Im checking my time frame...perhaps it was late Winter and not Fall.. Thanks for the info.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 15:43:37 (EDT)

Frenchie / Jeff Sorry, This was this title of the article. 02Mar69-Southern Cross Vol. 2 No. 05 Page 6 Combat In Review http://www.americal.org/Hines%20Collection/6903_205.doc Scratch One AA Gun
Doc Mercer
USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 15:00:41 (EDT)

Any body know my dad, Gary Elowsky? He was in Vietnam from 71-72 in the 196th.
Joshua Elowsky <elowsky@hotmail.com>
Oakland, CA USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 14:37:04 (EDT)

Frenchie,Jeff, I think Charles Groh is the guy, he was killed Jan 2,1969,was from NYC. I was wounded on the same day and received my first PH. I also found the write up in stars & stripes that you can read. Check out the March 2 1969 entry. http://www.americal.org/Hines%20Collection/6903_205.doc ps: Jeff, notice Tim Peterson's name. Thanks for your recall. Doc Mercer
Doc Mercer
USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 13:11:58 (EDT)

My recollection of the man was that he was not tall and he had black colored hair and 3d platoon comes to mind...the event was in Antenna Valley in the fall of 68 when company C went back there for our second time.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 10:24:45 (EDT)

Doc&Frenchie-Could that be a blond haired guy by the name of Charlie Groh?
Jeff Miller
USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 09:03:08 (EDT)

Doc Mercer...No i didnt...i tried to go through the KIA list for the date i tought it was but i didnt recognize his name. He was from NY..that was my recollection..i believe it was NYC not just NY state. Sometimes i cant recall names until i see the name then things click in the upstairs filing cabinet.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
, USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 01:11:00 (EDT)

Hey Frenchie, Did you ever get the name of the guy that that you emailed about who had been separated from his unit and left behind overnight. Next day we went back and found him KIA & mutilated. I think he was from NY. Doc Mercer
DocMercer
USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 00:14:54 (EDT)

Re Daily Journals. I live near College Park MD where US Archives II is located. They have all Records from RVN era and they are accessable to the general public. Being local to it I have some expertise in finding info but there are archivists who will assist you. I recommend it to anyone . I offer to help anyone obtain records if they can't get here and do it on their own but need specific info as to Units/ Dates and info they are looking for. I Try to accumulate requests and then make one visit when necessary. So if anyone would like me to help them, send me an email request and I'll see what I can do gawhitehouse@prodigy.net
George Whitehouse <gawhitehouse@prodigy.net>
Silver Spring , Md USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 11:57:17 (EDT)

Gerorge: I have often wondered about the availability of Daily Reports (Journals?). Do you have special access or can they be found by anyone?
Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
CA USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 11:22:28 (EDT)

Vince, If you can get exact dates and which Comapny/ platoon of 2/1 I should be able to get info from US Archives ( Daily Journal for that day) noting exact locations of each unit
George Whitehouse <gawhitehouse@prodigy.net>
Silver Spring , Md USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 10:35:57 (EDT)

I'm back once again attempting to gather information for my brother Terry Chris. He served in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade HHC, 1st/2nd OR 2nd/1st Americal Division during Vietnam in 1971-1972. An award application (Silver Star) was apparently submitted, and now he must prove he was there. They have the paperwork stating he was there, but they're making him gather the data they already have to prove he was there. This is actually outrageous, but I'm told they do this to everyone. I cannot remember whom I spoke with last year. He tried to help us determine which hill Terry was on. We believe it was Marry Ann, but we're uncertain... Any and all assistance will be appreciated.
Vince Chris <PCM.Vince"AT"gmail"DOT"com>
Grayson, LA USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 16:16:54 (EDT)

I would like to hear from anybody from C Co. 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry who may have been with a very good friend of mine, John Wetzel, when he died in an ambush near the bicycle shop on or about Feb. 23-28, 1967 at about the start of Operation Junction City. Thanks so much in advance for taking the time to respond. Sincerely, Jerry Fulbright.
Jerry Fulbright <jerryfulbright@yahoo.com>
Sturgis, MI USA - Sunday, June 03, 2007 at 18:51:37 (EDT)

It is with great sorrow that I write to inform you of the passing of our brother, Kenneth E. Black. Ken was with the 196th, 3/21, Echo Recon, Assassins/Spectre. He was a brave soldier and good friend. He was with us during our own night of Hell on April 13th, 1968 in the AK Valley. He is survived by his wife and children as well as all of his brothers in Echo Recon. God bless this brave soldier. He will be sorely missed.
Sam Beck <graciesgram2000@yahoo.com>
Weatherford, Tx USA - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 23:27:17 (EDT)

Hey Guys: Just my usual "look" for anyone that was with c co., 2/1, 4/67-4/68. Take care and GOD bless you all. bill
bill <wilfr5@aol.com>
ny - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 11:15:31 (EDT)

served june-67---dec-67 in chui n. also dec67-june 68. in the south. hello. anybody.
wayne johnson <pepie1@wildblue.net>
lakeland, FL United States - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 10:02:27 (EDT)

Hey frenchie, you know I can never be offended, love ya bro, ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, Co. USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 07:50:26 (EDT)

Eddie Z. me too. See you in july. Tom Donoher is coming for the first time, he was my team leader when I was point. He was with us in the valleys. The other ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
eveergreen, co USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:27:40 (EDT)

This looks like a good cause we all should support - Ken McKenzie, Editor
Hello, My name is Mike Buchanan. I am a member of the Indiana-Ohio Center for Traumatic Amputation Rehabilitation and Research. We are funded by the Department of Defense to study the history of the amputees of the Viet Nam war, such as myself, to see what happened to them after they were discharged from the service. That sounds like a relatively easy thing to do, except the government does not know who we are. They do not know how many of us there were, how many are still alive, where we are or anything about us. I know that sounds preposterous, but it’s true. Indiana University and Ohio State University have come together to find out what we did as amputees. What did we do or not do, how we made it, what troubles we had and how we got around them. In short what was our life like? The information that is gathered will be used to help the amputees of our newest wars. Since the percentage of amputations is higher, the hope is our experiences will help them get through life a little easier and with better quality. For myself, I was wounded on 8/15/1970. I have had 36 years of experience, as an amputee, and no one to pass them on too. If I can help these men and women get by just a little easier, then it is the least that I can do. I reiterate that all information will be held in strictest confidence. The attached web site gives all of the information needed. Please check it out and if you feel that it is worthwhile pass it along to others. By posting this letter on your website maybe we can get more veterans to respond. Thank you for your consideration and help. Michael R Buchanan https://www.vietnamwaramputee.org/

Mike Buchanan <buchana1@aol.com>
Munster, IN USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 19:17:07 (EDT)

Came into the 196th AVN Sect. at Tay Ninh as an Air Traffic Controller in 66-67, after the move to Chu Lai was one of two Atlas 14 X-ray's at the BTOC and in the field. Woked under Maj.'s Horton and Watke. After extension, flew as door gunner and woked flight operations. Looking for Kenneth C. Elison, also former Atlas 14X-ray.
Michael Braid <mbraidatmyactv.net>
Hagerstown, Md. USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 17:41:06 (EDT)

Every Memorial Day, my thoughts go back to the guys who helped get me through the good and bad times in 68-69 in Que Son, Hiep Duc, Antenna, AK, and others Valleys of South Vietnam. God Bless you all and LETS NOT FORGET THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORMS TODAY ~ God Be With them too... they are special. I watch the Military Channel's War Diary and see what they go through in Iraq and Afganistan... See some of ya's in Northern Kentucky at the reunion Eddie Z....
Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
Litchfield Park, Az USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 11:12:05 (EDT)

as arlo guthrie sang Good morning America how are ya? I pray that everyone is well and has a very good Memorial day
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg at msn.com>
bradenton, fl USA - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 05:27:50 (EDT)

Hi guys! I am glad that I can wish all of my fellow soldiers a "Happy Memorial Day". I also want all of you to know how grateful I am to have served with you. Frenchie, on a personal note, I hope you and yours are safe this holiday. Ya'll take care!
Stan "26" Cantrelle <stancan1@hotmail.com>
Schriever, LA USA - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 23:26:08 (EDT)

Happy Memorial Day to all. Hope everyone is having a good day. Are prayers to all we lost and to all of us still here. And a special prayer to all the guys overseas now. Frenchie keep posting. Ralph
Ralph Urrutia <ralphurrutia"AT"bellsouth.net>
Miami, Florida USA - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 16:00:51 (EDT)

Gilbert i remenber that episode. thought it kind of silly. we all have our stories. notice the email
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg @ msn.com>
bradenton, fl USA - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 06:36:19 (EDT)

Cmon Frenchie stop beating up on your self. We love to read your posts. Stoney
stoney <jstone10(at)msn.com>
Ne USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 22:08:04 (EDT)

Jim Gray: Youre very right. I used to post more often and usually put my unit etc. Go to ARCHIVES and punch in my name. I dont post as much any more due to some guys being unahppy about it. My crime was to share my experiences over there...i have no exploits...a couple guys told me to use the Email for that purpose...so be it...i surely wouldnt want to many anyone unhaaaaappy. Have a great week end and God Bless those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I cant figure out your email or i would have emailed u.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 19:17:39 (EDT)

Frenchie thank you for the info. i think its good to know what units and time frame others served. it sometimes makes it easier to relate to their postings.
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 18:53:24 (EDT)

Just sitting here thinking about days of long ago and decided to visit our guestbook and say hello to all the men that risked their lives for another country so they may have freedom. I feel guilty about making it back and lots of my buddies didn't. Hard to shake that guilt. May God bless all of you. Sgt. Jimmy W. Swilley Co. D 1/46 196 LIB Americal 1970-1971
Jimmy Swilley <jsjs49a"at"yahoo.com>
Portageville, Mo USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 18:02:34 (EDT)

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn them. By the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them, lest we forget.
Michae Wicke <michaelwicke#optonline.net>
Ocean, NJ USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 15:21:15 (EDT)

Jim Gray: i landed in Cam Rahn in Feb 68. Spent a week or so there and i was supposed to go to An Khe (Air Cav) somehow i ended up in Chu Lai and became part of C 4/31 196th Americal Division. we mostly hung around Hiep Duc but did go "Up North" to Camp Evans for a month or so...We built and demolished and re built LZ West, Mellon, Polar Bear, Lurch(?), Oconnor...probably more than you were asking...i ended up leaving a year later Feb 69...That Steve Uppman story made my year (see below).
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 14:51:16 (EDT)

Gilbert -if i may ask - what time frame were you in country and what unit[s]?i read your postings but do not remember seeing this mentioned. thanks for the info
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, fl USA - Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 14:39:20 (EDT)

to my brothers and sisters in amrs have blessed and safe Memorial Day and spend a moment to remember all that have gone before and have given their all. To all of us that are left let us watch out for each other both old and young. If you are near a military hospital maybe you can go cheer up one of the guys or perhaps if you are near one of the veteran homes then you could go and listen to the person's story and tell them that you are glad to meet them. I know that I am truly blessed to be here every day. Note to Tom Pollard for the love of God please be safe in Iraq. My the good Lord bless all of us... Dave
David Treese <soul@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 23:02:23 (EDT)

Back in Nov 2006 i saw an entry from Steve Uppman. Steve mentioned of a meeting he had with a guy that humped with a SRT101. He had a NIKONOS. I did back in Nov 2006 recall meeting such a person. I did have a SRT101 in Hiep Duc and i replied to him that i would send him a copy of the slide i had taken with i met the guy with the Nikonos. Flash forward 6 months!!! My brother came over last night and we started fooling around with my slide scanner (he is more patient) that i had bought a year earlier...i knowwww. I dug up the slide that i tought would be Steve and scanned it and emailed it to him and BINGO I got a reply from Steve confirming that it is he in the picture. Made my day, month, year!!! The funny part is that we only spoke for a few minutes on top of West and I never forgot the encounter with the tall guy and his Nikonos. After al l its only been 39 yrs!! Life is Great!!! Thank you Steve Uppman
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 19:17:10 (EDT)

STEVE UPPMAN of D 4/31 check your EMAIL...I sent you a picture that i took of a "Grunt Photographer". I believe there is a great possibility it is you. Let me know if I am right. This is based on your GUESTBOOK entry of 09/2006. Have a great Memorial Day....as I always tell others.....EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY..........Frenchie
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:17:05 (EDT)

welcome home brothers...heading to DC for Memorial Day...hope to meet some of you chargers for rememberance at the wall...see you there...vince
vincent scalese <vscaleseatadelphia.net>
thornton, nh USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 20:07:21 (EDT)

Larry McKnight, Contact your Department of Veterans Service in your state and they can tell you were the closest office is to you. Then just go and talk with them and they will help you get set up. Also here is a web site that will help you. www1.va.gov/agentorange One of these should get you going. Good luck Brother and let me know how you come out.
G. Foster <spec4m79"at"wmconnect.com>
Conyers, Ga USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 17:52:47 (EDT)

Foster, I was with B Co 2/1 through basic and AIT. then transfer to S-4 HHC. How do you go about getting a rept. so you can get registered on the agent orange list. I have emailed DAV, but no response. Take care brother. Thank You
larry mcknight <mcknight4662"at"cs.com>
parkersburg, wv USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 15:01:20 (EDT)

May 4 through the 6th I held a Reunion at my home for my brothers from Recon 3/21 of the 196th. I found about 40 of Recon and a few from the four deuce. I had guys from 1969 all the way through 1971. Twenty Five of the guys attended and we had a blast. We had more food that what our group could have ate in Nam. They did not drink as much as they use too. This was our first Reunion after 37 years. We had KDFM Channel 6 news out of Beaumont do a story on us on Saturday May the 5th. If your interested the clip is the cover story that day and it is archieved at their website. Take a look. Later my brothers.
Roy G. Stephens <griddlyman at hughes.net>
Silsbee, Tx USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 14:41:57 (EDT)

I served with B/4/31 from July 66-Feb. 67. Was the 196th awarded any unit citations such as: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation,or Rep. of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation for that period or for service in Vietnam 1966-72? See you at the reunion.
woody glaudel <woodyglaudel@cox.net>
scottsdale, az USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 13:29:42 (EDT)

This Memorial day, we have more Polar Bears to mourn. The body of one of the missing was recovered yesterday, I fear for the other two. Rest in Peace bros. Ed
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 09:29:43 (EDT)

Bob I was with B 2/1 Sept 1966 to Sept 1967. What years were you there?
Foster <spec4m70"at"wmconnect.com>
Ga USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 18:24:58 (EDT)

Steve castro: My name is Bob dunphy was with B Co. 2/1 196 was there when Larry Gatliff was KIA near Kham Duc also have some pictures of Larry. Bob
BOB DUNPHY <mdunphy1@msn.com>
Flourtown , Pa USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 14:30:13 (EDT)

After Bill Russell recommended VAWATCHDOG.ORG ("Keeping an eye on the VA, because somebody has to!") a few weeks ago, I have checked in there every day or two. This is a superb resource with news articles and advice for every interest and problem veterans have. One of their contributors, Jim Strickland, has especially meaningful input. I suggest everyone look at this organization and its webpage and consider supporting it in any way you can.
Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
Potter Valley, CA USA - Monday, May 21, 2007 at 12:20:06 (EDT)

The "Polar Bear" crest was shown on CNN Friday May 18th with 4-31 on it. They were talking about the 3 captured soldiers from 4-31- 10th Mountain Division. Let's all say prayers for them.
jackbisbee <jab196us"at"yahoo.com>
Omaha, Ne USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 19:52:30 (EDT)

My e-mail has changed. I served with Charlie Co. 4/31 LIB 68' to 69'
Stan Cantrelle "26" <stancan1@hotmail.com>
Schriever, LA USA - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 13:49:09 (EDT)

Hello, I am currently doing the most amazing project in the world... acknowledgeing 8 fallen soldiers from Lebanon, Oregon. that served in Veitnam. Larry Allen Gatliff is the man i have the privledge of doing my project on. It has been brought to my attention that he served in the 196 LIB. and im hopeing the someone from his Brigade can help me with any information about him or any pictures. please... i need all information ASAP!!! This is a huge project for not only me but my community aswell... thank you. please someone email me back. scastr01@hotmail.com (Our records show Larry as serving in "B" Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th, and KIA on July 23, 1970 - Editor)
steven castro <scastr01@hotmail.com>
Lebanon, OR USA - Friday, May 18, 2007 at 00:22:29 (EDT)

Mike, my deepest sympathy for your' families loss. sincerely, ed latini.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 15:15:56 (EDT)

As a member of a gold star family i can tell you they protect the family real close from the news people and others that try to get info on mias the kias and the injured dont take offence at there protecting them at there time of need you would not belive what kind of crap goes on when they try to get info we had over 200 letters and calls wanting to know how our boy died, where,and when and to this day they still try! Most of the time a statment is given by the army or family to the press so try the paper or the local news channel they will have it!!!
mike campbell <sgtcampb"at"yahoo.com>
sun prairie, wi USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 13:49:13 (EDT)

Hey frenchie, how's it going? It seems we Polar Bears can't get out of the mix. Take care, not long until the reunion. Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 12:10:24 (EDT)

Looking for John Grady i served with hin in the 23d mp co in 1972
Kennedy, Jimmie L <JKennedy4@Hot.rr.com>
Copperas Cove, Tx USA - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 00:31:00 (EDT)

Call info for "Watertown", New York, they should have the Ft Drum listings.
'Grunt' & 'Dust-off' medic;67;68;69;70;71 & 72
USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 23:05:17 (EDT)

doc- the phone number for the chaplain for 4/31, listing is at drum 315/7728036 or 7720836
john coombs <jrcoombs@comcast.net>
salem, nh USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 14:28:10 (EDT)

Gentlemen; you too Frenchy, One of the Polar Bears MIA in Iraq is from Torrance California. I am trying to get his address, his family's phone and address are unlisted. I tried to contact Ft. Drum the phone company says sorry we have no listing for Ft.Drum New York, then I called DOD talk about idiots, they are dumber than dirt. I got so pissed you would think some one who identifed themselfs could get the phone number for HHC 4/31 10 Moutain Division would not take an act of Congress any way I will try on my own to find the family of Joesph Anzac II in Torrance California Doc La Palio HHC Charlie,and Delta Co 4/31st 68/69 " Pro Patria"
Doc La Palio <aml at vg labs. com>
Long Beach , ca USA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 13:44:15 (EDT)

missing soldies from fort drum 4/31 praying for them .
john coombs <jrcoombs@comcast.net>
salem , nh USA - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 13:26:49 (EDT)

I was with the first Platoon. April 1969 to March 1970. First as T/C on Track 13. Harry McGrillis was my driver, Bob Griffith machine gunner. Moved to T/C Mortar Track 18. In Nov. 1969 I was 5th in line and hit 300# bomb. My Driver was killed. (Larry Golden) I'm a neighbor to SSgt. Bob Sabrie and Waylon Blakley. I remember several members of the First Platoon at that time: Sgt Gary Probst, Sgt Steve Anton, Tex Conner, Sgt. Carl Barger TOC Spec. Mike Davey Spec Norman Goodfriend, one of the cooks was from Standford, Ky. If anyone remembers his name contact me please. Sgt. Tanner (Huck) Sgt Mike Hoffman. I came to F Troop along with Sgt. Jim Jackson (Ashland, Ky.) He was assigned to the second platoon. I'm looking forward to the reunion in July. My cellular phone number is (502) 727-9280.
Chris F. Johnson <CSNCFJ05@aolc.om>
Lousiville, Ky. USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 13:41:04 (EDT)

Would like to hear from anyone who served with a Medic named Darrel Wagner who was with your unit from 1967 to 68. Ft Hood to RVN. Email or call 734.854.4829 Thanks. And I hope any of you who went thru Basic at Devens got out before winter hit. I was there from 5/67 to 10/68 and that place was one cold mother ! Went there from Medic schoool at Ft Sam where it was in the 80's to brrrrrrrr with snow still piled on the sides of the barracks. Brrrrrrr ! And they thought it was a mild spring ! Brrrrr !
Phil Gannon <walnutshire95 at aol.com>
Ottawa Lake, MI USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 12:29:10 (EDT)

Good to hear from you Joseph Greear and yes I do remember in fact I still have the newspaper clips my mother saved that made the local paper.
John K. Jauch <JKJ@infionline.net >
Lakewood, NJ USA - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 09:17:47 (EDT)

Happy Mother's Day to all of you
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
USA - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 15:20:38 (EDT)

Hey John K. Jauch, I remember you very well. Remember the soccer game behind the orderly room at Devens, I accidently broke your glasses and we taped them back together. A real weird experience resulted from those broken glasses shortly after we got to Nam, do you remember? Hey Lieutenant Ace, just read your post, and if ever in your area, I will buy the beer and the Coffee, you & Captain Devries are the two most outstanding Officers I ever had the pleasure of serving with.
Joseph Greear <GIJoe196th@aol.com>
Lincoln Park, Mi USA - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 13:52:37 (EDT)

I was the platoon leader of the 1stPLT. C.CO 3/21 in1966-67. I am in Seabrook Texas just outside of Houston. Any of you guys come this way I will buy the coffe u buy the beer.
Joseph Ace <joseph_ace @sbcglobal.net>
Houston, TX USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 15:04:00 (EDT)

Hey guys anyone out there that served with B/Co.3/21 Feb of 1970-Mar of 1971? I'm trying to locate Tom Macabe . I believe he was from Mobile Ala. Grunts in my squad were Ken Hoke Pennsylvania,Alex Beasely Wisc,Byron Blanchard Minn, Vandyke Ky,John Flores Cal. The Co. Comander was I believe Ben Wedding who was replaced by Capt. Woodyard (Toolbox). Platoon leader was Lt. John Rouse and my squad sargent was John Flores who was replaced by Mike Nell. Others in the Co. Ron Dewitt,Ken Hanna,Gene Woloz,Ken Shears,Merrick Dodds,Eddie Harris,Al Taylor,Doc Gary Matthews,medic Terry Dill,and quite a few others. If any of you guys are out I would like to hear from you. Bob Wible
Robert M. Wible <n01gun@yahoo.com>
Lee Center , NY USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 11:31:56 (EDT)

a good site to keep up on the VA and gov.decisions on military issues is WWW.VAWATCHDOG.org. They will return your e/mail queries too.
bill russell <rwill62atmptelco.com>
medicine park, ok USA - Friday, May 11, 2007 at 09:14:08 (EDT)

I served in the HHQ 2/1 196th LIB. I was known as Sgt. Rock or Sgt. Rocky. I was the Batallion Wire Chief. I was stationed in Hawk Hill and was in Chu Lai when the Typhoon wiped it out in October. Post here I will be checking in regularly.
Steve Strickland
Statham, Ga USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 15:19:56 (EDT)

EJ I'm still kicking around. It made my day to see your posting. D-2/1 2/68 to 12/68
Larry Wilson <l_wilson47"at"yahoo.com>
Decorah, IA USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 02:44:40 (EDT)

Trying to find out a few more details about my cousin, Gordon Campbell, KIA 01/10/1968. I think he was 3/21 Co. A.
Doug Smith <doug@dasmith.com>
Norcross, GA USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 22:12:38 (EDT)

Many thanks to Warren, Bob and others who have provided information on my wife's uncle, SP4 Edwardo Cazanas-Diaz (aka "Diaz"). If anybody has any photos of him or additional information to share please contact me at my Yahoo email address. Thank you again.
Raul Mas <raulmascanosa_at_yahoo.com>
Miami, FL USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2007 at 12:20:23 (EDT)

FYI - SP4 Cazanas-Diaz was a member of F Troop.
Warren <President>
Cicero, IN USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 18:22:33 (EDT)

Would like to find information on SP4 Edwardo Enrique Cazanas-Diaz KIA Jan 7, 1967 in Binh Duong. He is my wife's uncle. Can anybody shed some light on his last days?
Raul Mas <raulmascanosayahoo.com>
Miami, FL USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 14:16:25 (EDT)

Hey guys I served with Co.B3/21 from 1st of Feb. 1970 to Mar. 13 1971 .platoon leader was John Rouse and platoon sargent I believe was Bob Walsh . My squad sargent was John Flores .Like to hear from any of you guys that were in my company . Bob Wible
Robert M. Wible <n01gunatyahoo.com >
Lee Center, NY USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 09:46:04 (EDT)

Any Trooper from F Troop 17th Cav who knew Howard Johnson, KIA 08/30/67 is requested to contact Joe Willey at 11thacrkia@gmail.com
Joe Willey <11thacrkia at gmail.com>
Fernandina Beach, FL USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 13:42:07 (EDT)

Hay Joe Greear I was also with the 3rd of the 21st; "C" Company under Capt. Deviries; 3rd Platoon under Sargent Curtis and I was also transfered to the 2nd of 27th Wolfhounds of the 25th Infantry. Was wounded on January 18, 1967 and sent home. Good to hear from someone that went through the same deal as me.
John K. Jauch <jkj@infionline.net>
Carteret, NJ USA - Monday, May 07, 2007 at 08:53:32 (EDT)

Hello Suzy Spain long time, let me know if you recived last email I sent you, would love to talk to you again after 40 years.
Dennis Weaver <inf196"at" verizon .net>
Rowlett, Tx USA - Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 16:26:58 (EDT)

Remember the beetle nut and old mamasans teeth or lack of. Used to laugh whenever we would get a new guy and would be searching the courtyards for sandal tracks and the newby would see where mamasan had spit and think he had found a blood trail. Man those were the days. Stoney
Stoney <jstone10(at)msn.com>
Ne USA - Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 11:38:05 (EDT)

Larry Larry hope you are doing well you are in my prayers. Since you are a DAV I assume you have been tested for Agent Orange. If not have it done. My VA represntive had me have this done. I went 35yrs before I was tested. I was with the 196th B 2/1 fron 9/66 to 9/67. Welcome home my BROTHER.
foster <spec4m79"at"wmconnect>
Conyers, Ga USA - Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 08:39:06 (EDT)

We send our condolences to the family and friends of Dan Shifflet who passed away last week. Dan was assigned to the HQ Aviation Section as an LOH pilot in 70-71. In recent years Dan had served as the President of the Ohio Chapter of the 196th Assn.
Warren <President>
Cicero, IN USA - Saturday, May 05, 2007 at 22:49:57 (EDT)

I am looking for John R. Biggs. He was in Vietnam in the 196th A Co 2nd Platoon from Feb 68-Feb 69. We exchanged letters for several years but lost touch after 1971. If anyone knows where he is or how to get in touch with him, I would really appreciate if you could pass the information to him or send me an email address. Thanks.
Suzy Spain Goldman <suzanne.goldman@sbcglobal.net>
Hurst, TX USA - Saturday, May 05, 2007 at 15:59:36 (EDT)

"peaches and pound cake" we are touching on sacred ground here.
Mike
USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 23:55:40 (EDT)

Gents, I just recieved my copy of the 31st. Inf. Reg. Assoc. news letter, I pass on this article with regrets; "ANOTHER POLAR BEAR KILLED IN IRAQ" "Pfc. Brian A. Browning, B Company 4th.Bn. 31st. inf. was killed in action on Feb. 6, 2007 in Iraq. Killed by small arms fire during security operations in Baghdad. Pfc. Browing is the seventh member of the 4/31st. To die in iraq. The others, Cpl. bobby Callahan (19sept.2006), Pfc. Nathaniel A. Given (27 Dec.2006) Pfc. satien Greenlee (1Oct.2006), lat. Adam Malson(19Feb. 2005), Sgt. Christopher P. Messer(27Dec.2006),and Spc Nicolas Rogers (22 Oct.2006)" May They rest In Peace. Pro Patria
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 19:23:09 (EDT)

Peaches and pound cake.
stoney <jstone10(at)msn.com>
Ne USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 19:15:53 (EDT)

Larry, by the dates I'd assume you were in the Tay Ninh/Lai Khe to Phu Loi area. I think I read once that was the heaviest sprayed area in Nam.
Mike
USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 18:46:28 (EDT)

For those who R&R'd in Hawaii and remember going to the Don Ho show at Dukes in the International Market Place, he passed a week or so ago. Being an Air Force Veteran, he provided many an hour for his show instead of a few minutes.
larry mladek <larrygranny1@yahoo.com>
el paso, tx USA - Friday, May 04, 2007 at 12:55:08 (EDT)

I was with 196th LIB 2/1 from 65 to 67. I was in country from 7/66 to6/67. I recently had surgury to remove a cansuress kidney with a tumor growing on it. I was wondering if anybody else out there that had been exposed to agent orange had this problem with their kidneys and have filed a clain with the VA.I am also a member of DAV. I would apprecate any response to this. Thank you.
Larry Mcknight <mcknight4662@cs.com>
Parkersburg, WV USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 08:31:34 (EDT)

oops, sorry. didnt know it went twice, wasted alot of time typing all that over, whew..god bless, Soy. and forgive the typos.
SoylentGreen <fluffyboobsathotmail.com>
columbus, ga USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 06:44:33 (EDT)

hey all 196ers..had a nice message on here but was not acceptable becuz it didnt pertain to you men and women, I am with ya, hung out with yall on CQ, snuck in the barracks with yall back in the day..*sigh..funfun..sneaking out was a bit harder at daybreak, with yall running and shit. *S (wrote a long ass love letter, in a way to you men and women..) wanted to express my true and undying love and support for yall. but im going to drift a second..tell u about me...dad retired E8,Joined the Army with his dead older brothers birth certificate, he was in ww2, korea, vietnam..and he did it cuz he was that man..that man that joined for US..twin brother in the navy..got love for yall. want you all home today, ( i did say i hate Fucking Bush)..is that why my last post was deleted?...yall are great...you the bomb-diggity...so,back to my point, and yall feel free to drop me a line anytime, no forwards tho. yall i was in Cheddars today, eating..sat near the bar with my friend. and noticed alot of young enlisted men were drinking at the bar, one in particular was getting the dunkest, (all his friends were supp`lin the drinks, they were getting a laugh at him and how trashed he was..wobbling to an fro the head...i grinned, wanted to buy him a beer myself, but if I did that, hed throw rocks at everyone else, *39,im olderchika. he's a young buck..back to the story, again!..gosh i do drift..*Soz..i noticed some older people (over 50) get a case of the ass, snarling to each other, pointing at him, and I thought and i am not cory..What would jesus do?...why hate on folks, clearly they were all happy, what if he (the skinny one) wasabout to go fight somewhere for us? what if he was getting out? what if he was getting married?...i wish i woulda bought that man a beer..so, all you enlisted men and women there...i know sand hill and kelly hill, and all of Ft.Benning..heh. so all you Sisters and Brothers, Mothers and Fathers, Daughters and Sons, and FRIENDS be safe. Soy.
SoylentGreen <fluffyboobsathotmail.com>
columbus, ga USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 06:40:27 (EDT)

no, not my real name, I was out eating yesterday nice place, saw half a bar full of soldiers, army, ...all big guys, except for one, he was the center of attention, they (or he) got him drunkkity drunk..im eating my dinner..grinning, wanting to by him a beer, some folks snarled at him and his silly night with his buds, i was thinking..and im not being corny, "what would jesus do?" what if he going off to iraq soon? or getting married? or just got back from iraq..or whatever..i wish i coulda bought the dude a beer, but im 39,..he's a young buck..but god love him, i smiled, and enjoyed watching him and his friends have fun,. he did wobble to the bathroom twice that i saw, and he puked, (his friends were close enuff to us, i heard, i was dippin in the conversation) and with respect, i was glad they got him outa there w/o the manager hassling him..i grew up here in cloumbus, but im not southern, dad retired military Ft.Benning. got mad respect for yall, i love you, in case no one told you today, twin brother is in the navy now 19 years, hes' in the water over there..i dont worry about him as much as i worry about the men and women on the ground..for reals..love yall..come back home to us. our brothers and sisters , fathers and mothers,..sons and daughters,..our friends...I will by the next soldier i see a drink when im out. (dont care how old I am) ~mad props~ Its not worth dying for..but yall do it...i want yall back, like yesterday..can i say i hate Fucking Bush? Soy.
SoylentGreen <fluffyboobsathotmail.com>
columbus, GA USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 06:16:35 (EDT)

The left sleeve is for your current unit of assignement (there actually is a U.S.Army Retired patch now!) and the right sleeve is for "former wartime service" unit patch. It is the individuals choice which former wartime service unit patch to wear if they are qualified to wear more than one. An individual is NOT required to wear any patch on the right sleeve if they do not want to wear one.
E. Robert Clifton <bob.clifton@us.army.mil>
Antelope, CA USA - Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 05:43:36 (EDT)

Greetings Gimlets and all other Chargers. I was with the 196th from Devens to Tay Ninh, C 3/21. Was transferred to 25th Div. (wolfhounds) B 1/27 on or about 1/12/67. My summer greens are still in my closet with 25th Div. patch on the left and the 196th patch on the right. Would like to hear from anybody from Charlie Tigers while in Tay Ninh or Devens during that time frame. Joe Greear, C 3/21 196th LIB
Joe Greear <GIJoe196th@aol.com>
Lincoln Park, Mi. USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 18:30:36 (EDT)

I will be attending my first reunion this year and hope to meet up with some grunts fron A-2/1, 67 - 68. Missed the trek north from Tay Ninh to Chu Lai, I got hit (first time) on April 7, 1967 and was at Vung Tau hospital. Can't remember many names from those days, just faces. They never go away. Hopefully seeing some of those faces all wrinkled up like mine will help. See you there.
Ed Moree <ed.moree"at"unilever.com>
Whispering Pines, NC USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 10:54:27 (EDT)

Hi 196th I could really use your help..I'm looking for anyone who served with my brother COD Sgt. ROY E. BRIGHT 4th BN 31st. INF 196th LIB Americal Div. Vietnam Quang Tin in 1969...He was lost April 17th. I was 7 the last time I saw him. I would love to talk to anyone who knew him. I'm his baby sister. If you knew him please contact me..
Ellen <yuentameeatyahoo.com>
Ark USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 10:13:34 (EDT)

Charles, you have it correct...Combat Patch on the right sleeve and current unit patch on the left.
Jim Pongonis <japongonis"at"ala.net>
Dothan, AL USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 09:48:58 (EDT)

The way I understood it, the patch worn om the right shoulder was a combat unit servered in, not just the last unit. Showed you've been there, done that! The left was your current, of course. I was separa from active duty when I hit the states. I never was able to wear 2 patches. F Troop 17th Cav, May '67 - May '68
Charles Fries <cfries@comcast.net>
Independence, MO USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2007 at 09:18:12 (EDT)

Justwant to see if any Delta 2/1 guys from '68 are in touch. 5/68 to 12/31/68.
Edward J.Burris <kilo21196@aol.com>
Streamwood, IL USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 21:52:05 (EDT)

I had a 196th patch on the right shoulder of my dress greens in my closet stateside at my house. One weekend while I was out someone broke in and stole them. I asked my new neighbor ( a Vietnamese) if she saw anything. She said there was a Vietnamese kid who lived down the street hanging around. So I guess in the end I did something for the Vietnamese after all lol.
Mike
USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 18:01:31 (EDT)

I still have mine-196th on right shoulder Americal on right pocket!Nov68
Will <wwwillymonatcs.com>
Bostom, ma USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 15:57:45 (EDT)

the unit patch that you are currently with is worn on the left shoulder and the previous unit is worn on the right shoulder. hence the 2 patches worn at the same time. when i came back i wore the 196th patch until refrad - no one ever said anything
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 14:35:45 (EDT)

Don- You are right, The 196th patch was worn on the right shoulder and the Americal on the left
Rodney Bryant Green <rodney@colliersf.com>
San Francisco, Ca USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 13:00:36 (EDT)

Don- You are right, The 196th patch was worn on the right shoulder and the Americal on the left
Rodney Bryant Green <rodney@colliersf.com>
San Francisco, Ca USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 13:00:33 (EDT)

If memory serves (and that's always a big if), we wore the 196th patch on one shoulder and the Americal on the other. I think.
Don <cuppett"at"hotmail.com>
Bronx, NY USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 07:50:55 (EDT)

I see comments about wear of the 196th patch vs the Americal patch. My understanding of the regulations is that if you were with the 196th while it was part of the Americal, you wear the Americal. If you served with the 196th before it became part of the Americal or after the Americal stood down you wear the 196th patch. I am able to wear both since I was with the Americal until it stood down and then stayed on with the 196th. I am currently in Baghdad and alternate between the Americal and the 196th patches (I have the 196th on today). LTC Emory R. Clifton, USAR(Ret) (recalled to active duty)
E. Robert Clifton <bob.clifton@us.army.mil>
Antelope, CA USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2007 at 03:25:52 (EDT)

Great website! Thanks to my brother, Sgt. Jim (Phred) Becker for directing me this way. As a result of his research, we are now in touch with another of our brothers, Sgt. Ben McKenzie, who was wounded and evacuated. Hello to the guys in 1/46, Co. D who served on FB's Professional and Mary Ann. Keep up the great work with this website.
Joe Phillips <jphi10851@msn.com>
Boise, ID USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 21:12:25 (EDT)

On may 1-67 "B" 4/31 196 lib. lost Ssgt. Bobby Hunt I still think about him.An miss his friendship.It was a long day.
Porter Harvey <11b40@bellsouth.net>
Elberton, ga USA - Monday, April 30, 2007 at 18:23:27 (EDT)

You may want to check out the TV series, "Tour of Duty" which ran a few years ago, once, again the 196th. LIB Patch was the unit choice, as in the movies indicated.
Jim McGinnis <jmgin196@aol.com>
Waldwick, NJ USA - Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 09:37:49 (EDT)

Patches: If I am correct, in the movie "Uncommon Valor", starring Gene Hackman, the opening scene had a 196th patch on his son that was left behind. In the movie "Contact", starring Jody Foster, I am sure I caught a fleeting glimpse of the Americal patch. By the way if you are "spiritual" in any way I would advise the movie "Contact". Makes one think! If nothing else you will see Jodie Foster's butt. One of our church members thought it was good material for our confirmation class. We showed it without previewing the movie. We were surely embarrassed.
Ben Buehler <bueh4atnetins.net>
Lake View, Ia USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 23:36:05 (EDT)

Terry, in the movie, the Travolta character and his co-worker had served together in combat in Viet Nam. The time frame of the story was late eighties or thereabouts so there would have been few active duty people still around who served in Viet Nam. The 196th was the last infantry unit out of the bush so that must have been why it was used. However, unlike in the film, when we got back to the world they told us whe had to use a division patch on our uniforms and we had to use the Americal patch instead of the 196th.
Jim Comer <jimcomeratguamcpa.com>
Guam, USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 18:45:22 (EDT)

Jim: The patches were on special on Ebay that week.
Mke
USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 18:34:41 (EDT)

In the movie The General's Daughter with John Travolta he and the general are wearing the 196th shoulder patch, can you tell me why this patch chosen, I have not read the book yet Thank you Spec5 Terry James "1968"
Terry James <Tjames7"at"insight.rr.com>
Reynoldsburg, Ohio USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 13:30:35 (EDT)

It's been 4 years since I've visited this sight.I was in B co. 3/21 70-71 .Served with some of the best men God created .Looking for Tom Mabe Ken Shears Marrick Dodds .If anyone knows there where abouts please contact me at n01gun@yahoo.com or 315-371-6422 I moved to Upstate NY 13 years and if memory serves me correctly Mabe was from Mobile Alab Shears was from Chicago & Dodds was from Hiwaii I was put for awards that i never received after a battle that took place in Hiep-Duc valley in the first week of June Of 1970 . I would very much like to beable to get verification of this . thanks to all my brothers out there and I'm glad many of us were fortuniate enough to make it home God Bless Us
Robert M. Wible <n01gun@yahoo.com>
Glassboro , NJ USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 21:45:36 (EDT)

I run into a Nam vet every once in a while, seems most of them were snipers or SF and about half are also Navy Seals. Get the book "Stolen Valor". Good reading!
Ben Buehler <bueh4atnetins.net>
Lake View, IA USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 21:12:57 (EDT)

Looking for anyone who may have knew my cousin Alex G Griffin D Co 3rd Bn 21st Inf 196th KIA 01/10/1968. Would like to known what happen that day and why his death is listed as Died while missing. Spend 22 years in the Army never had the honor to serve with the 196th. Thanks for the Help.
Charles Echols <lifer93"at"bellsouth.net>
Ochlocknee, Ga USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 17:20:35 (EDT)

Jack Quinn, your experience reminded me of something that happened to me years ago..i worked part time at a store and there was a young man there who was going around all day telling people war stories about himself. He didnt know me but i recognized him as being one of the guys my daughter dated at some point..even then i was much older than he and finally i couldnt keep ignoring the guy and his stories and i reminded him of my daughter and added that if he was in nam when he said he was he would have had to be 8yrs old....no more stories after our chat.
g <namratsathotmaildotcom>
USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 13:26:04 (EDT)

Recently I was at a local resturant for breakfast with my wife and I noticed that the "bus boy" was wearing "dog tags". I asked him about his military service and his response was "I ONLY WEAR THESE FOR FASHION, I WAS NOT IN THE MILITARY" Needlees to say was shocked......WHAT NEXT!!!!
Jack Quinn B 3/21 1965-66 <quinnfamily"at" msn.com>
East Falmouth, MA USA - Friday, April 27, 2007 at 09:40:45 (EDT)

Looking for Robert Chambers who served from the start at Ft. Devens, thru 'nam 3/82 arty, and l think Brigade HQ later. I was 3/82 radar. Thanks.
Daniel W. Miller <dardan at redbird.net>
Galion, Oh. USA - Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 12:51:56 (EDT)

1969 - 1970; A Co 23 Sig Bn, LZ Baldy, LZ Hawk Hill and then Back to Chu Lia - Worked Tech Control and TeleComm Center
Gene Davenport <gene.davenport@osd.mil>
San Diego, A USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 17:31:28 (EDT)

D 1/46 196th sept. 70-71 fsb MARY ANN hay ouy there,any body remember me ? chipp
carl austin (chip) <aredlandscarl@yahoo.com>
redlands, calif USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 16:52:34 (EDT)

For those of you that served with the 3-21 IN, 196th LIB, the Gimlet Association's May edition newsletter went to press Friday. The Gimlet Association 21st Infantry will begin mailing The Gimlet the last week of April, if interested in receiving a personal hard copy contact association headquarters at Gimletmail321 "at" aol "dot" com or GimletInn "at" aol "dot" com for more information.
Gimlet Association
USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 15:43:15 (EDT)

The host hotel is full but we still plenty of rooms at the backup hotel and we have contracted with a third hotel for another block of rooms to become available after the primary backup hotel fills up. Registration deadline is 15 June. Room availability can not be assured after that date. So make those reservations and get your registration forms sent in. Hope to see y'all in Kentucky!
Warren <President>
Cicero, IN USA - Monday, April 23, 2007 at 07:49:14 (EDT)

WOW, THE HOTEL HAS BEEN BOOKED FOR A FEW WEEKS. IT LOOKS LIKE WE WILL HAVE THE LARGEST GROUP OF PEOPLE WE'VE EVER HAD.IT'S ALLWAYS GOOD FOR OLD FRIENDS TO GET TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT SOME OTHERS WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND.TO EVERYONE, STAY SAFE BE HEALTHY AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.
don maxfield
prospect pk,, nj USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 22:11:12 (EDT)

Thanks, Michelle, I found it. The article does need to be fleshed out.
Jim Armstrong
USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 20:00:51 (EDT)

To find the 196th Wikipedia page, follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196th_Light_Infantry_Brigade Or, use the search box and type "196th Light Infantry Brigade". For some reason searching for "196th" doesn't bring up the entry.
michelle <michelle-pacland@sbcglobal.net>
merced, ca USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 19:06:09 (EDT)

The closest reference I can find on Wikipedia is the 199th LIB, nothing on 196th.
Jim Armstrong <jimarmatpacific.net>
CA USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 12:39:18 (EDT)

Check out and add to your entry on Wikipedia! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196th_Light_Infantry_Brigade
Michelle <michelle-pacland@sbcglobal.net>
Merced, CA USA - Friday, April 20, 2007 at 19:23:32 (EDT)

Kenny Hunt was a member of D 4/31, 68-69. We did not previously know of his passing. Our sincerest condolences to his family.
Warren <President>
Cicero, IN USA - Friday, April 13, 2007 at 07:29:15 (EDT)

Thanks Byron, I've been mixed up for 40 yrs. now! See you in july, I hope. ed
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, April 13, 2007 at 02:55:19 (EDT)

Ed--you got your "Nuys" mixed up. 18 May was Nuy Lon. Byron
Byron Dare
USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 15:09:08 (EDT)

Will the opening date for the Traveling viet Nam Wall in Abington,ma will be June 8th, 2007 not June 7th as I first stated. The 7th is set up day. Paleas come and bring friends
paul flynn <peflynn1@yahoo.com>
stoughton, ma USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 14:03:44 (EDT)

My Dad, Kenneth "Skinny Kenny" Hunt passed away on March 20th 2007. He was a Vietnam Vet in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. He is missed already.
Reggie Hunt <jaymecole@hotmail.com>
Spearfish, sd USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 12:33:17 (EDT)

In the article in V.N. mag. The quote they cite comes from a much earlier publication, " I beheld a pale green horse, his rider was named death, and, hades accompanied him" Rev. 6:8 Viet Nam "68" ?? ed
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Sunday, April 08, 2007 at 02:13:54 (EDT)

Butch Harris this is the url for Vietnam Mag. www.HistoryNet.com/vn land line-(703)771-9400. Director,single copy sales George Clark url..Vietnam@weiderhistorygroup.com If this was the action (ambush) that Alpha 4/31 walked into the night of May 18Th. On Nui Chom. The story tells of the brotherhood between the two men. It does not describe what they went through to reach that fateful spot. If you would like to know more, the survivors of that night sit together at the reunions. Stop on by , I'm the short ugly one, ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Sunday, April 08, 2007 at 01:56:13 (EDT)

Does anyone have photos of Hector Gonzalez back during 1967 and 1968? If you do please email me a copy to dmedrano1@aol.com or please mail to David Medrano PO Box 34742 San Antonio, Texas 78265 Or call me at 210-364-4646 Thanks
David Medrano <dmedrano1@aol.com>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Saturday, April 07, 2007 at 21:17:26 (EDT)

Stewart Cole I tried to answer your mail about the reunion but it wouldn't go thru. Yes there are 2plt and 3plt members that have gone and met at the last two reunions...I don't know about this year but will ask. They all served 67,68and 69 time periods
Doug <Dougwr46ataol.com>
USA - Saturday, April 07, 2007 at 01:34:45 (EDT)

D 4/31 68 Warren: please post an address as to where you can get a copy of the magzine or please e-mail butch
Butch Harris <hwh66"at"mindspring.com>
Arlington, tx USA - Saturday, April 07, 2007 at 00:00:26 (EDT)

Tim, Sam, Buzz, was 203 Nui Chom? Same date, was he 3rd. plt? I remember the name, can't put a face with it. See you in july, ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 23:38:18 (EDT)

Chargers!! Please check out the current (Jun 2007) issue of Vietnam Magazine. There you will find an excellent article on pages 23-25 by one of our own, George Hawkins, HHC 4/31, 68-69. George has written an article that will touch your heart.
Warren <President>
Cicero, IN USA - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 10:50:33 (EDT)

How can I obtain a unit roster for C 3/21st 196 LIB for the years 1968-1969? Anyone out there have one or know where I can get same? Thanks
Rodney Bryant Green <rodney@colliersf.com>
San Francisco, Ca USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 18:27:35 (EDT)

I just spoke to CSM Jim Trepoy (RET) our old 3-21 Command Sergeant Major 68-69. He is not doing well health wise. He could sure use some moral support from some of the guys that served with him. He no longer is able to e-mail due to health reasons. Myabe he needs to hear from us with some positve thoughts, or a prayer or two. I have his home address if anyone would care to drop him a card.
Mitch <Gimletmail321"at"aol "dot"com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 14:06:55 (EDT)

Roger Wing. This list of guys also came from Ft Hood(basic)then to Ft Sill,OK (AIT)and when we came back to Hood they told us we were going to Ft Devens Ma to the 196th. We were part of the advance party arriving in Tay Ninh 8/1/66. Bill Ward, Bobbie and Donnie Atkins, George Brevard, Brown, Batchlor(sp)Mike Compton(one of the first 196th KIA),Mike Collins, Cunningham, Comptenden(sp)Dan Farrell and Charlie Jew. Brevard,Collins,Batchlor,Farrell,Jew went to C Batry I am not sure what Batry the others went to. Collins and Farrell are from Rochester NY. When we got to Devens everyone was on leave thinking they were going to Santa Domingo(we were given the same info at Hood). The list is alpha order execpt for Bill Ward whose name appeard first on the list of orders(temp strips)from Ft Sill back to Hood. By the way the rest of our company at Hood went to Germany for a year.
Mike Collins <mjcollins161 "at yahoo>
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 10:58:42 (EDT)

Cecil, I was in B2/1 2ND PLT. 1966 AND 1967. welcome home brother.
Galen <spec4m79atwmconnect>
Conyers, Ga USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2007 at 18:17:19 (EDT)

In B/2/1 2nd plt. Jan 68 to June 68 got sent to Sigon to pull gard duty .Don"t rember many names only Chuck from up north
Cecil David Hembree <hcecild"at"bellsouth.net>
Marietta, Ga. USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2007 at 23:06:27 (EDT)

The Wall: My first visit to the Wall was last year and I must tell you that I ran across one of the constant streams of school children who are brought there as a part of their studies. Their teacher went to great lengths to explain that each name on the Wall represents a human being, a person just like themselves, who loved, who had his own likes and dislikes, who had family who grieved their passing. I was quite astonished as he made no effort to politicize the Wall or to offer patriotic platitudes to his kids (who were pre-teens). Because of that teacher, the kids left there with the somber realization of the cost of liberty and I was so moved and delighted that I thanked the teacher for what he had done. I also met a Vietnamese family who comes regularly to the Wall to pay homage to those who tried. Their father, an ARVN officer, died as a result of his internment in a "re-education" camp and the family escaped. THEY have not forgotten!
Gary Capshaw <kiteria@cablerocket.com>
Denison, TX USA - Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 09:43:35 (EDT)

Bob Barth; the 2d Surg Hosp was serving the 196th at Chu Lai early 68 located just north of C/8th Support near the ocean. It was a Reserve outfit and was replaced by the 27th Surg which 'set-up shop' at the SW corner of the Chu Lai Compound west of MAG-13 and just east of Hiway #1. I believe the 91st Evac arrived in Aprit of 69; they occupied a 'point' over-looking the S. China Sea (They had a large 'blow-up' surgical unit; the Medical Wards were the typical plywood, 2x4 and tin structures) just north of Red Cross Center Beach where those on stand-down at the 'Charger Hotel' went for 'fun in the sun'. The 68th Med Det (Dust Off) followed them from Tay Ninh arriving early May 69 to support the expanded AO (Americal) along with the 54th; I joined the 68th as a Flight Medic with Chu Lai Dust-Off in July 69; prior to that (11/67-03/68) I served with 3/21/196th; was WIA and evac'ed to the 2d Surg 03/30/68. The 2d Surg Area was just west of the Morgue and a ground ambulance unit, when the 2d left the ambulance unit was moved into some of the old hospital wards and the 68th was given their area as it was adjacent to the 54th (everytime I walked out the front door of my hooch one of the first things I saw was the Morgue). We shared DO Ops with the 54th while maintaining Unit Crew integrity for about a year, then we intergrated. I spent 31 months in the Americal AO from Duc Pho to Baldy and west to Laos. "Out here".
'Grunt' & 'Dust-off' medic;67;68;69;70;71 & 72
USA - Friday, March 30, 2007 at 23:21:10 (EDT)

Just got back on line and lost everything. Joe, Tommy, Terry, Don,( and any body else from D 2/1 70s thru 71) drop me a line so I have your E-Mail addresses.
Kerry Cooper <coop196atbellsouth.net>
Irondale, Alabama USA - Friday, March 30, 2007 at 18:27:24 (EDT)

Guys; Thanks I have a great site that Jim Bryant sent to me. It is www.Militarybest.com and they have the decal with the glue on the back just the way I wanted it. I ordered 2 this morning. Thanks - Dave B/8th Support 196th LIB
David Treese <soul@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, March 30, 2007 at 17:01:48 (EDT)

To David Treese. David, Try this site: http://www.4armedforces.com/product/6020_B139
Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, March 30, 2007 at 15:35:24 (EDT)

Guys - I have a question. Does anybody know where I can get a 196th decal? I want the kind with the glue on the back so I can put it on my car. I am proud to have been a member of this group then and now. - Thanks Dave
David Treese <soul@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, March 30, 2007 at 01:19:59 (EDT)

I left LZ Center in May '69. Since I have come home things have medically goten worse. I am 100% Unemployable rating. I have been told I have Myo-Clonus? Some kind of epilepsy. The VA, has tried 8-9 different meds on me that are suppose to control this but, so far nothing works. I jerk and have spasms on my left side of my body. My left leg, left arm, neck and peck in chest. Involutary jerking. Nothing controls this but drugs...........and I hate taking them. I am such an angry man now. Is there anyone out there that has a similar or this condition. If so, please email so that we can exhange notes and maybe find help. The VA, told me that medicine was a practice and thats what they were doing with me (Practicing Medicine) they don't know what to do or how to fix it. Contact me if this is you or you know anyone..............thanks, Kevin 3/21st, 196th LIB
Kevin Gibson <k52g@cableone.net>
Prescott Valley, Az. USA - Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 20:00:30 (EDT)

Hey Bruce Felton I think Chui Lai was 91st evac hospital and I know Cam Rahn was 6 cc (convalescent center) I was in Danang 95th evac then 6 th CC in June 69. Was with A co. 4/31st 68-69.
Bob Barth A company 4/31 68-69 <bob.barthatacs-inc.com>
USA - Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 08:45:02 (EDT)

I hope we're all going. ed, A/4/31, "67-68"
ed latini <sargent196infantry>
evergreen, co USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 11:16:22 (EDT)

Looking for my buddies that served with the 196th B3/21 1968-1969. I was a machine gunner, 2nd platoon? Can't remember names, but I have pictures. Anyone going to the 2007 reunion?
Stewart Cole <guns_plus at yahoo.com>
Barton, NY USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 08:27:37 (EDT)

Will see you there!!
Will Whalen <wwwillyatcs.com>
Boston, Ma USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 18:23:38 (EDT)

will- the first time i went to see the traveling wall i took one of my sons who was about 14 at the time[he is now 32]i was amazed by the feelings i had. i am one of those guys that never showed emotion. until then! i cried. it was a very moving experiance. i have since been to DC and have seen the wall on the mall. it does not get easier. i have seen the traveling wall 4 times now. i know that if given the opportunity i will see it again. will do yourself a favor and see the wall. good luck brother
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 18:18:10 (EDT)

Served with the 196th from March 69 to March 70. Commanded B "Bushwackers" Battery, 3d Battalion 82nd FA on LZ Center. I took the Battery of LZ East after it got over run. Looking for any of the guys who served in the Battery and Cpt Monahan the AO for the Battalion.
Felix "Pete" Peterson <pete73112@yahoo.com>
Lawton, OK USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 17:19:50 (EDT)

Will I read you posting about not being able to go to the Wall. On June 7th 2007 The Traveling wall will be in Abington for four days and nights. I am on the committee to bring the wall to abington and I invite you to come and see the smaller version. I will be on site each day and if you are looking for an escort or just someone to talk to please stop by. It is a wonderfull thing to see. Paul Flynn 3/82 Arty 196th LIB 65-67
Paul Flynn <peflynn1@yahoo.com>
Stoughton, MA USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 15:17:49 (EDT)

I finally went to the Wall a few years ago.Just stirred me up, made me angry. There were tourists everywhere, lots of laughing , finger pointing. I should not have gone.
Mike
USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 13:50:22 (EDT)

Dear Will, I know how you feel!!! I went with people that I trust about 2 years ago and it was very moving. I was standing there with tears running out of my eyes. I actually hope that you get to go. There use to be a portable Wall that went around the country and if it is still going then maybe you could start with that - just a thought. God Bless Dave
David Treese <soul@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 06:18:17 (EDT)

tThe Wall started 25 years ago today-still cannot go!
will whalen <wwwillymon@cs.com>
Boston, Ma USA - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 21:41:34 (EDT)

I am searching for anyone who may have know SP4 Brad Chriss company A, 2/1 of the 196th. He was KIA March 19, 1969 along with 7 other soldiers. His Sister is a good friend of mine and would like to talk with anyone who knew her brother. Thank you
Alan Shirley <ashirley@cfl.rr.com>
Melbourne, FL USA - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 19:43:12 (EDT)

I regret to inform everyone that Richard (Richie) Michaels of Marietta, GA. has passed away. We became good friends through the many emails between us, and phone calls. He was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and was sent to Vietnam in 1968. He was a cook from 1968 to 1969 on LZ Center. Please keep Richie and his family in your thoughts and prayers. I will be scanning on of his photos to post a memorial on my web site. www.lzcentervietnamvets.com
Pete Shotts <lzcenter68"at"yahoo.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 16:02:23 (EDT)

Great site... I commanded "Automatic Alpha" Btry ...3rd Bn/82d FA from Sep '69---Jun'70 at "Hawk Hill' and surrounding areas.. Be pleased to hear from any of the old team. Should anyone be looking for Felix "Pete" Peterson,"B" 3/82d,I can put you in contact with him. Jim W.
James (Jim) I. Wipf <Jim.Wipf@sbcglobal.net>
Reno, NV USA - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 12:29:16 (EDT)

greetings to all, it's been awhile since i visited this page. i just wanted to log in. i was with D 1/46 70-71 on FSB Maryann.
carl austin (chip) 1/46 196 th <aredlandscarl at aol>
redlands, calif USA - Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 07:53:18 (EDT)

Darris "Butch" Beam was a member of D 4/31, 4th Plt in 66-67. We didn't know he had passed on. Our sincerest condolences to his family. We also send our condolences to the family of Richard "Russ" Russoman of B 2/1, 66-67 who passed away last Sunday.
Warren <President 196th>
Cicero, IN USA - Friday, March 23, 2007 at 13:43:27 (EDT)

My sincere condolences to the Russoman family. Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, March 23, 2007 at 11:55:59 (EDT)

I am looking for any information I can get about my husband Darris "Butch" Beam who served in Vietnam 1966-1967. I know he was with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, but that is about all he told me....didn't talk about it much. Butch passed away on March 7, 2007 after a year long hard-fought battle with cancer. We have a local version of Rolling Thunder here called Iowa Thunder in May & the organizer would like as much info as he can get so he can do a special memorial to Butch. Anyone with any info please contact me. Thank you & welcome home!!!!!!
Becky Daugherty <Hrlyldy1969@aol.com>
Grimes, IA USA - Friday, March 23, 2007 at 10:12:18 (EDT)

Sorry I didn't put in the site it is vietnamresearch.com
John (Doc)Clough <clough001@msn.com>
Pueblo West, CO> USA - Friday, March 23, 2007 at 01:37:30 (EDT)

Bruce Fulton, If you go to this wed sight it lists all of the medical units and Hospitals.
John (Doc)Clough <clough001@msn.com>
Pueblo West, CO. USA - Friday, March 23, 2007 at 01:28:07 (EDT)

SADLY I MUST TELL YOU OF THE DEATH OF A BROTHER ... RICHARD "RUSS" RUSSOMAN SERVED WITH 4TH PLATOON B CO. 2/1 FROM DEVENS TO TAYNINH DIED AT HOME IN TOMS RIVER NJ ...AGE 61 , ON SUNDAY MARCH 18TH WE WILL MISS HIM ! BILL CHOJNOWSKI
WM. E. CHOJNOWSKI <FIGHTERBRAVO196@WEBTV.NET>
WESTFIELD, MA USA - Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 14:08:52 (EDT)

SADLY I MUST TELL YOU OF THE DEATH OF A BROTHER ... RICHARD "RUSS" RUSSOMAN SERVED WITH 4TH PLATOON B CO. 2/1 FROM DEVENS TO TAYNINH DIED AT HOME IN TOMS RIVER NJ ...AGE 61 , ON SUNDAY MARCH 18TH WE WILL MISS HIM ! BILL CHOJNOWSKI
WM. E. CHOJNOWSKI <FIGHTERBRAVO196@WEBTV.NET>
WESTFIELD, MA USA - Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 13:29:43 (EDT)

Hey frenchie, how are you? There were 25,000-30,000 of vets. Impossible to determine which units were best represented. Three fourths were Vets. motorcycle club members. A sea of leather. Rolling Thunder M.C. came in busloads. Hundreds of Patriot Guard riders, Legacy (sic) Vets. Thousands of Marines from Ist and 3rd div. Hundreds of Leatherneck M.C.. Cav. Vets in the thousands. Many helicopter outfits. 11 of us from the CVMA. Saw 4 other burning worms Many Americal. All in all, one hell of a turnout. When the "lemmings" faced us at 10 meters, you could see in their eyes , they were afraid, very, afraid. Their was no violence, thankfulley, for it would have been a massacre. Take care bros, Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 12:39:47 (EDT)

Bruce Fulton, When I got to Hawk Hill Jan of 71 the aid station was run by the 23rd med. I worked there before going to fire bases with 3/82nd FA.
John(Doc)Clough <clough001@msn.com>
Pueblo West, CO. USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 02:24:43 (EDT)

Gil: In reading through the book, Vietnam, Order of Battle, it indicates, that when Task Force Oregon, was reassigned to the Americal Div., the 196th.LIB was the only Brigade to serve with the Task Force and the Americal Division. I derosed "Back to the World" in July 67 Prior to this reassignment. Jim
Jim McGinnis <jmgin196@aol.com>
Waldwick, NJ USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 16:47:43 (EDT)

Hey Ed Latini and Jim McGinnis could you tell which unit was the most represented?
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
USA - Monday, March 19, 2007 at 23:35:24 (EDT)

I was dusted-off from the field oct./70 and went to aid station on hawk hill and later to evac hosp in chu lai and then on to convalescent center in cam rahn bay. does anyone remember the unit numbers of these facilities? i'm trying to get my medical records from st.louis and it seems they can't any of my records. any help appreciated. b co. 4/31 70/71 thanks, bruce fulton
Bruce Fulton <bamful "at" elmnet.net>
Trivoli, IL. USA - Monday, March 19, 2007 at 22:42:23 (EDT)

All non smoking rooms are booked at the hotel as of 3/19/07. Call today to resrve a Room .
Bob Kelly <lib196bobataol.com>
millsboro, de USA - Monday, March 19, 2007 at 14:57:03 (EDT)

Bill Davis Call me at 804-526-6119 10 to 6 M-F work or 804-520-2525 home anytime.
Eddie "Duke " Ellington <ELLOPTat AOL.COM>
Colonial Heights, VA USA - Monday, March 19, 2007 at 13:53:37 (EDT)

Bravo Co.4/31 196th Nov.67/Nov.68
Art Coons <arcoons@mchsi.com>
Des Moines, IA USA - Monday, March 19, 2007 at 13:23:33 (EDT)

I too was at the Gathering of Eagles, tens of thousands of Vets. found 3 from the 196th?? Christ, get involved !! I flew to Tn. hooked up with a 9th. inf. Vet. we rode motorcycles 1300 mi. to participate, Glad to see another Charger was there. All the rest, see you at the reunion. Ed Latini, #704, Combat Veterans M.C. Assoc.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Monday, March 19, 2007 at 00:03:49 (EDT)

I was with the 196th 3/21 A/2nd plt from 6/1968 thru 8/1969, would like to hear from other members of the unit.
Bill Davis <Baysidepartners at msn.com>
Cape Charles, Va USA - Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 21:18:04 (EDT)

I just got home from standing beside my Brothers at the Gathering of Eagles it was a very enlightening experience. I have never experienced such Brotherhood. I am really proud to be a Veitnam Vet. even with the bitter sweet experiences.
Joe Corona <tjplumbatcomcast.net>
Quakertown, Pa USA - Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 17:21:03 (EDT)

Bill: There is a book called "Order Of Battle, Vietnam" by Shelby Stanton. There are sections on every unit in this book,with a good bit on Task Force Oregon. I was included in this move in 67 with Delta Co. Recon Platoon 3/21 Jim
Jim McGinnis <jmgin196@aol.com>
Waldwick, NJ USA - Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 12:20:14 (EDT)

HELLO BROTHERS AND HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY TO ALL OF YOU. BOB DUNPHY B 2/1
BOB DUNPHY <mdunphy1@msn.com>
Phila, pA USA - Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 11:02:53 (EDT)

I joined the 196th when i was sent there from Ft.Hood,Texas, to Ft. Devens, Mass. We then flew over to Vietnam.Which i'm told that we were the first troops from the 196th to land in Vietnam.I believe that I was in C battery 3/82 artillery. If anybody has a roster of the men who first flew into Vietnam with the 196th please forward it to me. My best friends name is Herbert Smith from Patterson NJ back then.If anybody knows him please e-mail me also. Awesome site good work brothers New e-mail VietnamVet@midtel.net
Roger D.Wing <VietnamVet"At"midtel.net>
Schoharie, NY USA - Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 21:42:39 (EDT)

6/1968 - 6/1969, I was assigned to A/2/1 196th Lt Inf Bde Looking for the men of that unit that remember me and the combats missions that we were on. Especially the mission that I was awarded the Silver Star for organizing some volunteers to rescue some of our stranded men that were under enemy fire. Waiting to hear from you Guys, especially those that were in my unit.
Lt. Clyde Wilson <wilson_forestrail@yahoo.com>
Park Forest, IL USA - Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 09:26:16 (EDT)

can anyone recommend writings on the Chu Lai,67 period. There is plenty on the Que Son valley,67 til the move to Danang area,and some on the 3corps actions of 66 til their move north to Chu Lai, but don't have anything on the Task Force Oregon time in the Chu Lai area. Suggestions?Bill Russell,Bn.FDC,3/82,67-68
bill russell <rwill62@mptelco.com>
medicine park, ok USA - Friday, March 16, 2007 at 11:50:45 (EDT)

HEY; RICHARD ROBLES, PAT DOWNEY,CPT. KING, LONDELL SCOTT @ who ever was on LZ BALDY OR LZ PROFESSIONAL from SEPT 68 thru SEPT 69 GIVE ME A LINE DEAN SENSABAUGH
DEAN SENSABAUGH <sensabaugh"at"yahoo.com>
BIRCHRUN, MICH USASAGINAW - Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 20:03:06 (EDT)

HEY I WAS WITH BRAVO COMPANY 1/46 FROM SEPT. 68 TO SEPT. 69 OPERATED OFF LZ BALDY & LZ PROFESSIONAL WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOMEBODY AT THE TIME, SAME PLACE!
DEAN SENSABAUGH <sensabaughdl"at"yahoo.com>
birchrun, mich. USAsaginaw - Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 19:42:47 (EDT)

Wow, I didn't know the US Army was spread that thin until I read the homepage 196th letter. I faced possible recall to active sevice at fifty years of age during the Gulf War, but recall at sixty. I had heard that the enlistment age had been uped considerably, but sure didn't know that the Army was taking senior citizens to fill the void. I guess even though I'm now sixty-six and retired I had better be looking for recall paper work any day now. Good luck my aged brother in arms
Paul
USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 14:41:25 (EDT)

Hey brothers welcome home. I just thought since I haven't posted here in ages I'd say hey. I was in 3/21 Delta Company 68-69 with a bunch of nuts with many fond memories. The bad ones seem to fade with age. I hope this finds you all well and in good shape for the shape we’re all in. PS I sent off my lifetime membership $$$ just waiting now.
Mark Robinson <caniplaythru@hotmail.com>
Plainwell, MI USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 13:18:36 (EDT)

Hi to all fellow 196th vets. There is a letter on the main page of the website that I sent to the editor of the newsletter (did not expect him to post it). Just to let you know, Iraq is not like VietNam in many ways, but in some it is the same. No place is safe and there are no "safe" jobs. Some are more dangerous than others. Here, truck drivers have one of the most dangerous ones. All my respect goes out to those who faced the NVA and VC every day, but everyone there and everyone here faces some danger every day. Everyone take care and hopefully I will get to come to a reunion one of these days. E. Robert Clifton, USAR(Retired) and recalled to active duty.
E. Robert Clifton <bob.clifton@us.army.mil>
Baghdad, Iraq - Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 09:45:52 (EDT)

Earl, I tried to email you back but the address was incomplete. I was in Charlie Co. 3/21, 1st Platoon from April 1969 to April 1970. I was in Joel Pasternick squad with Bill Daniel and Harold Forth. My name is JB Evans.
JB Evans <evans-peggy@sbcglobal.net>
Fenton, Mo USA - Friday, March 09, 2007 at 18:17:45 (EST)

JUST READ WHERE RANGER BOB WAS PLAYING SOFTBALL WITH MY SON IN SAIGON. I WAS IN C 3/21 IN 69-70. ANY OF YOU OUT THERE IN THAT COMPANY. HI TO YOU RANGER BOB EARL
EARL POWERS <epathhxray.com>
WINNSBORO, LA USA - Friday, March 09, 2007 at 15:11:32 (EST)

Echo Recon, 196th off Hawk Hill 1970; called it "Jacks" or "Humping the Boonies". I remember the "monkey bars" had to be negotiated before your entry into the Mess Hall.
Bill <mcgee2517@aol.com>
Paducah, ky USA - Friday, March 09, 2007 at 09:43:22 (EST)

In "67-68" we called it Search and Destroy, and Zippo raids. ed
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, March 09, 2007 at 03:46:49 (EST)

Stoney was mentioning the whole tour in the bush.That's what I remember.When I was in Nam that's what I thought everybody did. Since then I have found that wasn't usually the case.In fact Stoney is the first I've seen say it. I don't even know what the Army called that type of thing , I called it wandering through the jungle.
Joe
USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 20:17:01 (EST)

paul i became a DI when i came back to the states and i can not remember them. here are some push ups- sit ups- squat thrust - jumping jacks - leg lifts - man are we getting old or what
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpgatmsndotcom>
bradenton, fl USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 19:08:01 (EST)

Pfc Gerald Williams, KIA, 2-9-68 Does anyone out there know anything about the circumstances surrounding my brothers' death. I'd appreciate any reply.
Martin Williams <Martin8150@comcast.net>
St. Charles, IL USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 17:48:54 (EST)

Can anyone remember what exercises made up the Army daile dozen when we were in basic training at Ft,Devens in '65. Also if anyone still has the booklet handed out at reception I would like to buy a copy of it. We can connect at the reunion
paul flynn <peflynn1@yahoo.com>
stoughton, ma USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 14:52:10 (EST)

Stoney; I just came back to put up a 'post' in reply to Dave's remarks. As I recall, it was tough trying to sleep on top of your 'ruck' or arrange your poncho in the dead of night on a slight incline in order for the water to flow under it. No need for Dave to get 'whacked' out over all this BS, I think it proves we still have some 'spirit' left in our aging minds and bodies, well minds at least. No need for anyone to apologize for anything; we all did our part, I can't bitch as I volunteered for everything I went thru. It is strange how the mind adapts to different things. When with Chu Lai Dust-off; walking out the front door of my hooch the Americal Morgue was about 30 meters in front me and that is where we cooled our 'excess' beer; made sense to me then and the liklyhood of it being stolen was slight. Yes, there were thoughts of that place being my 'exit strategy' from VN and some of our guys went that way, but I adjusted and forgot it. Being with Recon wnen TET started full blast was a trip as well. I am aware of what you went thru. "Out here".
'Grunt' & 'Dust-off' medic;67;68;69;70;71 & 72
Western Nebraska, USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 12:06:14 (EST)

stoney we all know what you meant. i only spent 3 months in the bush but was on lz baldy and camp carroll and then back to baldy for the remainder of my tour? my lt that i was radio man for lt seibert was kia a couple of months after i left the field he was a good guy and was in the field at least 6 months before kia. no it was not all fun but at times we did have a good time. my what fun we had hope that everyone is well and doing good
jim d321andhhc 67 68 <mrtirejpgatmsndotcom>
BRADENTON, fl USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 11:44:45 (EST)

Sorry I opened a can of worms guys. Didn't really mean to. Everyone who was there deserves credit. Actually being out in the jungle for the full year was worse than the actual combat. Being out in the rain and heat, trudging thru streams and paddys soaking wet, then digging the foxhole and laying down on the ground in the rain and trying to get a couple hours sleep until your next hour of watch and then do it again. Then get up at daylite and move out for the next fun day of patroling day after day. Actually the occasional fire fight broke up the monotony and kept you from going crazy. Some times we would get so down we would all start laughing at some stupid thing klike a bunch of crazy people. Being out there for so long is hard to describe to anyone who wasn't out there with us but it was maddening and took every bit of your sanity to just deal with all of the elements. About the only ones who possibly could understand are you guys. Just venting. Take care. SSGT Stone
Stoney <jstone10(at)msn.com>
Ne USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 11:22:56 (EST)

I'm still looking for Randy Robertson A 2/1 67-68. If you can help please contact me. Mike Robertson, call sign CA10, A 2/1 July 67 July 68.
Mike Robertson <Khamduc68vet at peoplepc.com>
Ventura, CA USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 09:12:53 (EST)

Guys this bull crap has to stop!!! If you were in country then no, I repeat No place was safe. I was a 11C20 (mortar) that wound up in a B/8th support Battalion and my job was to make sure that the guys in the boonies had something to eat etc. But there was no in the rear with the gear. The mortar attacks on the base camp killed people. I was with the wrecker crew and we did things like change barrels on the 175’s every day, there were two of them and one needed to be changed every day. We would unload the supply convoys as they showed up. But we were not safe. Another mortar attack or Charley would try and come through the fence. People ask how long were there and I tell them about 4 months and they say that I was not there very long and I tell the ignorant so & so that I was there long enough to hit a land mine. I went to the burn center and spent many months in various hospitals. I had six or seven operations on my right hand alone. I am saying that if you were in country then the Hell of the situation was apparent. We were all good men and women that did our best for a war, excuse me police action, that we were not allowed to win. Our prayers should be with each other because we all carry the ugliness of what happened to us and our fellow soldiers. Our prayers should also be with the soldiers that are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are all brothers and sisters in arms and have the scars to prove it. God Bless and may you be able to get a night’s sleep every once in a while. Dave
David Treese <soul"at"satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, Texas USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 05:03:13 (EST)

Frenchie, it was only yesterday and I've got the scars to remind me. Stoney is right the max requirement for a Plt Ldr was 6 months unless they chose to stay; medics could ask for relief at 6 mos and sometimes that was granted, some chose to stay. I made it just 5 months, would rather have left on the Charlie Charlie acft after a year without the holes in my body; 39 years ago this month. Yes there were some good Lt's, those that listened and learned as stated by a previous knowledgeable "Grunt". I still remember all the names of guys we lost in my Plt; I've either been blessed or cursed with a great memory, perhaps both. It wasn't the brother grunts guys were cussing when we 'dusted' them off. "Out here".
'Grunt' & 'Dust-off' medic;67;68;69;70;71 & 72
Western Nebraska, USA - Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 00:19:04 (EST)

Thank you Jim. Re: Hanging around with officers. In our AO there were some people smart enough to shoot the guy in front of the radio. If he really wanted to be a hero he would shoot the guy in front of the second radio. That is where the Platoon Leader would be. I found myself in that position on Jan 9, 1970 when the Platoon Leader had gone back to confer with the CO over their map reading skills. After that on days I felt spooked I would carry my own radio. RTO liked that too! I did my best for my country and my brothers in C 2/1.
Ben Buehler <bueh4atnetins.net>
Lake View, IA USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 21:57:42 (EST)

I had a few different LT's for one reason or another. However all I had were good up standing guys just trying to keep themselves and everyone in their platoon alive. Just for the record I was in C 2/1 and we had, with very few exceptions, outstanding officers and NCO's. Thank you.
Jim Hettinger <mowjinx@insightbb.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 21:17:14 (EST)

No armchair QB here Frenchie, Been there done that. Spent my whole year out in the boonies, no base camp, just had what we had on and carried, nothing else, and I mean nothing. So don't call me an armchair anything, I know what I'm talking about. Stoney A 3/21 10/67 to 10/68.
Stoney <jstone10(at)msn.com>
Ne USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 19:55:29 (EST)

My My My...so many armchair quarterbacks ... 30+yrs later.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 14:56:18 (EST)

Regarding LT's. Most of the ones I was around stayed in the field for about 3 or 4 months at the most, to get their tickets punched. Then got a rear job. The ones that survived studied under their NCO,s for a while befor taking over the platoon. That is the smart ones did. It saved them and a lot of us grunts that had to follow some of the rediculous missions. Stoney
Stoney <jstone10(at(msn.com>
Ne USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 14:26:54 (EST)

A FNG could NEVER learn anything by hanging out with an Lt in the 'Bush'. The "DOC" was was always with the 'MEN' who would and could school them. Lt's(FO or orherwise) usually had their shiney map open or hanging out of their pocket. Someone should have schooled you to stay as far away from them as possible. With a 'max' of 27# PLT, I never consistantly walked the same place, even tho I liked to hang with my M-60 'gunner'Bud.
'Grunt' & 'Dust-off' medic;67;68;69;70;71 & 72
Western Nebraska, USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 13:46:05 (EST)

Stoney, I was a FNG and the senior medic for Delta, I think the only reason I was the senior medic was I had two years experince in a hospital as a surgical tehnican and in medic in the intensive care ward, and emergency room, so the medical experince and because of my rank, by the I was very rank with smell, any way thats why the made me the senior medic, with zero experince in the field. I was in the CP and walked behind the F.O. We had just left village got into a firefight and after the firefight my first, I about pooped my pants, I poop you not. He had been in the field for a year he was supposed to DEROS in two weeks, so when we left the village he was pointing out to me where the little people would be hiding to ambush us. Then the big nasty happend. I hope this helps. Doc La Palio I hope that answers your question.
Doc La Palio <aml at vglabs.com>
Long Beach , Ca USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2007 at 12:39:24 (EST)

Doc, This is probably a stupid question, but what would the Lt FO be doing in trying to show the medic where the dinks were in the first place? Just asking. Stoney
Stoney <jstone10(at)msn.com>
Ne USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2007 at 21:48:04 (EST)

This is for Billy Gillman, I thought I was responsible for Lt.Gary Tierney our F.O.loosing his legs, and for his RTO being wounded and me being temporaily blind for two months. For 34 years, finaly Col Tom Benet from the Ameriacal Divison found Gary for me. It was extremly emotional for me to call him, I apologized to him I told if he had not been trying to point out in a hedgerow were the little people where hiding and then the next thing was a loud explosion and I thought I was going to die. But after I talked with him for a minute he said Doc you were not responsible; It felt like a four hundred pound gorilla was off my back. The only people who where responsible for the death and wounding of American men and women was Eisnhower, Kennedy,Johnson and Nixon. These men were the commander and chief and the Buck stopped there. Just like in this Iraq mess there is only one person responsible for it and its the commander and chief. Billy your father is an Honorable man who did what his country asked him to, nothing more nothing less, and I would be proud to call him my brother. Best regards, Doc La Palio, HHC, Delta, and Charlie co.4/31 68/69
Doc La Palio <aml at vglabs.com>
Long Beach, ca USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2007 at 15:16:45 (EST)

Happy Birthday to Bob Erickson (58) and Mike Germain (57) on the 6th of this month. Erickson was with the sapper squad (thump gun and point) and Germain carried the pig for the 3rd platoon (D/4/31).
Ranger Bob Delzell <BobinSaigon"at"gmail.com>
USA - Sunday, March 04, 2007 at 21:54:33 (EST)

Ranger Bob in Saigon here, What a small world! One of the guys I have been playing softball with (Neil Powers) has a father who served with C/3/21 (69-70)(I'd served with D/4/31, 69-70). Living here is similar to what we used to say "back in the world". In a way, Vietnam is other worldly. Many men here have staretd both new lives (in their late 50's,60's, 70's) and even started new families (like myself, a 4 month old baby girl). Here its very common, there its very uncommon. Another world...Thank you all for the kind words of support. The only one who had it wrong was TC when he said it was an honor to serve with me...it was an honor for me to serve with him. He walked point. Enough said. Take care my brothers
Ranger Bob Delzell <BobinSaigon"at"gmail.com>
Saigon, Vietnam - Sunday, March 04, 2007 at 10:45:04 (EST)

A bit of history: All personnel assigned to 196,198,& 11th brigades as of September 1967 o stand down are Americal Divison Vets. The First Squardron 1st Armored Cavalry was attached to US Army Pacific , but were still an element of 1st Armored Division. I served in 196th 6/67 to 12/67 , 1st ACR 12/67 to 6/68 . Authorized to wear 196th, 1st Armored Divison , Americal Division Combat patch. When the war wound down some Americal Units were assigned to 101st.
Bob "doc' Kelly <lib196bobataol.com>
millsboro, De USA - Saturday, March 03, 2007 at 11:17:45 (EST)

I am looking for anyone who was at LZ Mary Ann March 28, 1971. I'm trying to find someone who knew Michael Bayne. Please email me at zichydorfer@hotmail.com. Thank you... Barbara Anne
Barbara Anne <zichydorfer@hotmail.com>
WA USA - Friday, March 02, 2007 at 20:52:51 (EST)

This post is a little on the late side but my dad lost his best buddie on 10 FEB 1970. His name is Thomas M. Hill, Jr. and was from Alabama. He was married when he was lost and his wife had his son. I am trying to locate either his wife or son for my dad. He would like to talk to them as he seems responsible for Tom's loss. They were in Alpha Co. 2/1 3rd platoon 1st squad. Please contact me with any information you might have. Being the son of a veteran, I have only the utmost RESPECT for you guys that served and for the ones that serve today!!
Billy Gillman <brgillmatlocalnetdotcom>
IN USA - Friday, March 02, 2007 at 05:46:55 (EST)

Hey Guys, I can't believe it but I have found the kid that was driving the truck when we hit a land mine on Nov 10, 1966 from this site. This is great. Thank you so much!!!! Dave Treese B/8th Support 196th Tay Ninh 1966
David Treese <soul@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 17:08:44 (EST)

I posted Bruce Crandall's Medal of Honor story here, if any are interested. Ride on Bruce! Ride on.... http://415vva.homestead.com/EventsNews.html
Ron T <barnyatusa.net>
N.J. USA - Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 11:40:46 (EST)

Hey everyone, This is a great site!! I am looking for anyone that I served with. B/8th support 196th from sept 66 until nov 66 when I hit a land mine. I am originally from Rochester NY. I was with the wrecker guys. The Long Gun boys should remember us we changed the barrels on the 175's every day. I can even remember Martha Ray showing up for a show in base camp in good old Tay Ninh. God Bless and hope to hear - thanks - Dave
Dave Treese <soul@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 06:13:46 (EST)

I received the announcement about the 196th reunion and I am confused about why. I served in Vietnam Jan. thru Dec., 1971. I served in three different units: 198th Inf., 1/1st Cav and the 101st Airborne Div. I think the CTroop, 1/1st Cav was part of the 196th, but I am not sure? Anyone help me out with this? Thanks
Dennis Stevens <dstevens48@yahoo.com>
Eagle Mountain, Utah USA - Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 23:28:08 (EST)

If you saw the movie "We Were Soldiers Once and Young", I believe Bruce Crandall (played by Greg Kinnear) was the helicopter pilot who organized flights into the LZ where the Ist Cav was fighting in the Ia Drang Valley.
Mike <michaelwicke#optonline.net>
Ocean, NJ USA - Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 07:51:41 (EST)

read today of a nam vet to get the medal of honor.his name is bruce crandall [ major at the time ]he served with 229 assault helicopter bat 1 cav armored div in nov 65. he is still alive 74 years old and lives near bremerton wa. the incident took place in ia drang valley. at the time he flew there were no door gunners I really think it is great that our vets are still being recognized
jim d321andhhc 67 68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, fl USA - Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 06:46:28 (EST)

One of our best friend's daughter is, as her mother says, "a free spirit". She has traveled the world. A few years ago she moved to VN and lived there. I have to admit to my discomfort in hearing her stories. She gave me a book called "Vietnam Now" by David Lamb. It is very enlightening. Yes, Ranger Bob, I would like to come visit you someday. By the way I went to the link you noted, fascinating Bio!
Ben Buehler <bueh4atnetins.net>
Lake View, Ia USA - Friday, February 23, 2007 at 09:26:07 (EST)

Ranger Bob, So you have a eight month old baby, congradulations but good lord man. I have grandchildren that are older, what were you twelve years old when you went to the land of enchanctment? I have seen a couple of "Going Back" on the military channel, go figure. But for what the Vietnamese people one a NVA solider said the same thing you said, the people do not really hate us. It is interesting we call it the Viet-Nam war and they call it the American war. Since they fought the Chinese, French, British, and Us. Keep up the good work with operation smile. Doc La Palio HHC,Delta,& Charlie Co 68/69
Doc La Palio <aml at vglabs.com>
Long Beach, Ca USA - Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 15:31:18 (EST)

Hey bros! Anyone attending the "Gathering of Eagles" at the wall 3/17? If so, look for the CVMA group, ( patch w/ skull and spade on it)There will be 50-80 of us, sure would like to meet anyone in attendance. Ed. We are staying at the Wolf-Trap, Va.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 09:57:15 (EST)

Al, I was manning a perimeter bunker on LZ Siberia (D,4/31,196th) on the night that you are talking about. Ranger Bob Delzell was there too. Because of Ranger Bob's actions that night American lives were saved and the Sappers were not able to get inside of our perimeter at the dump and create havoc. It was an honor to serve with Bob Delzell.
TC
USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 19:11:12 (EST)

1st 46th 2nd 1st 3rd 21st 3 72 19 72
brad kirchen <goodsoldier4at msn.com>
lakewood, wa USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 12:23:10 (EST)

Looking for the name of the commanding officer of HHC 3/23 at Da Nang in 1972...He was a CPT anyone who might remember him let me know...Welcome Home
Jerry Kennedy <jwk2376@hughes.net>
Sayre, OK USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 00:01:31 (EST)

anyone remember kham duc may 1968 if so please contact me at my email address.i was with the a 2/1 196lib.
larry w furr <larry_furr@bellsouth.net>
stanfield, nc USA - Monday, February 19, 2007 at 10:41:16 (EST)

Hey Ranger Bob, it's been a long time. Are you still with operation smile? If so send me the address, I missed this years contribution. It would be great if you can make the reunion, if not,Talk again soon. Sincerely, Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Monday, February 19, 2007 at 10:08:37 (EST)

Bob Delzell D/4/31 196th (69-70). Have been living in Vietnam for 5 years now, teaching English,a class on the stockmarket at the university level (used to be a broker with Morgan Stanley), and take vets back to Hiep Duc. Really hope to make the reunion but have a 4 month old baby girl, a wonderful, educated, Vietnamese wife, so aforementioned commitments might prohibit it. After experiencing Vietnam at peace and prosperity, getting to know the people, and working with them extensively, I want you all to know that they honor and thank us for what we tried to do. They set Americans apart from the others who have came here and waged war. They have told me that we are different from the French, Japanese, Chinese, and Russians. I have had Vietnamese soldiers who fought for the South and spent years in their prisons, tearfully thank me for my service. I have had former VC and NVA tell me that we were formidible on the battlefield and in peace helpful to their country and it's people. Never feel that what we did here was not respected by the people who on both sides fought the war. Don't believe me, come and see it for yourselves. I will welcome you all and be your gide and host. Take care, brothers, Ranger Bob, Saigon ps you can read a story from Claremont Graduate University at: www.alumni.cgu.edu/alumniprofiles/delzell.asp
Bob Delzell <bobinsigon"at"gmail.com>
Saigon, Vietnam - Monday, February 19, 2007 at 00:59:21 (EST)

Re: Mike – “Why bother though, those that are Vietnam Veterans already understand and those that aren't will never believe it.” – Mike – my liberal – draft dodging friends are still liberal, anti-military, draft dodging cowards – bigger wimps today than they were in 1969.
Jack Krohn
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 17:30:19 (EST)

I was with 3/82 artillery, LZ Siberia, all of 1970. The hill was hit by NVA sappers, and then 45 straight days of incomming.......contact me if you were there, just to BS.
forum <dlangrall@comcast.net>
al, al USA - Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 15:30:41 (EST)

Gary, I agree. My neighbor is a membor of the Patriot Guards. I need to tell him that I respect the things that they do. Just haven't loosened up yet. Also thank you for all the e-mails and snail mail inviting me to the reunions. I haven't been ignoring them just need to take the step I guess.. Again thank you! I really mean it. C 2/1 71-72
Jim Hettinger <mowjinx@aol.com>
Decatur, Il USA - Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 00:05:12 (EST)

I was looking a little ways down and saw some discussion about the treatment of Vietnam Veterans by this country. If I was a writer I think I could write a book about it. Why bother though, those that are Vietnam Veterans already understand and those that aren't will never believe it.
Mike
USA - Friday, February 16, 2007 at 20:25:51 (EST)

Ed Latini and other bike riders. Have y'all considered riding with the Patriot Guard Riders? It's probably the most worthwhile thing we Vietnam Vets can do, if for no other reason than that no one was honoring our dead back then as the PGR does today. Check out the website.....www.patriotguard.org....and join us.
Gary Capshaw <kiteria@cablerocket.com>
Denison, TX - Friday, February 16, 2007 at 10:18:33 (EST)

Frenchie, next time I buy, this machine is making me nutier than ever, now it's 4 lines The "Horror", It's screwing up my manicure. Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co. USA - Friday, February 16, 2007 at 01:05:33 (EST)

This is the reason I love my Bros. We may joust on occaision, It's truley in fun. Stay safe, rubber side down! Ed, proud to be a CHARGER.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, February 16, 2007 at 00:59:31 (EST)

Skip this is nuts! It's only allowing me 5 lines to post, please e-mail me direct, just switch the at to @, Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, February 16, 2007 at 00:53:12 (EST)

Skip, I didn't have space to expound. Where are you located? We have about 20 chaps. We are national, our convention is in June in La. outside of New Orleans. If you know fellow vets that ride let em know. sincerely, Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, February 16, 2007 at 00:50:04 (EST)

Hey Skip, the url is-combatvet.org- You can download an application from this site. We are a growing org. I was introduced and joined about a year ago, I'm mem. # 704. We are over 1600 strong today. Vets helping Vets is our' motto.
ed altini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, February 16, 2007 at 00:45:12 (EST)

Skip: I'll be in Lafayette on the 27th of this month for the La. Commission On Law Enf. meet at The Hilton, email me a number...I ride, and want to meet another 196th biker.
chuck reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.net>
Hammond, LA USA - Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 21:53:26 (EST)

Ed I would like some info on the bike club, I ride and would like to belong....know what I'm talking about Sitrep...negative old RTO's lingo are hard to break
Skip <smenardathanover-co.com>
Lafayette, La USA - Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 21:38:38 (EST)

You may be shorta teeth, but when you sit by the hospital bedside of a dyin' brother...it means ya got lotsa heart. Ass-hole sergeant...this hippy PFC will still fight by ya.
chuck reed <chuckreed49>
Hammond, LA USA - Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 21:00:30 (EST)

My ass still hurts!!
will <wwwillymonat>
Boston, ma USA - Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 20:50:46 (EST)

Bite? I have no real teeth??? Thank you for the comments Frenchie, It was an honor to meet you. Sincerely, Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen , co USA - Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 18:51:52 (EST)

In communicating with Ed Latini I soon found out he was visiting a close friend a few miles away !!!How strange is that?? we quickly connected and met for lunch in town (Fresno)...we went through the map of Hiep Duc and the required viewing of my pictures...and then we made a quick trip so that Momma Frenchie (my mom) could meet Ed...Let me reassure everyone that the Great Latini has a bark louder than the bite...etc etc...Ed is a great man...not dull for sure...very dedicated to our unit and brotherhood. He served in company A and I had served in company C of the 4/31 (about a year earlier). By our conversation it was clear that there was this instantaneous brotherhood between us and for all practical purposes it was as if we were from the same squad from the same platoon from the same company!!!! Ed Latini it was an honor of meeting you...one thing we agreed upon when it was time to leave we were the "What You See Is What You Get" type of persons...there were no smoke and mirrors in sight during our visit. Ed, if you ever come back this way be sure to let me know...and lets get toghther again if poosible before you leave california. Frenchie
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 17:38:53 (EST)

Swampy, Ed or Purple Haze (Hayes): Found a Vietnam-issue CIB on ebay and had to buy it. Still got mine (most valuable thing I own). So, if y'all know a brother (widow or son)who lost theirs and you can speak for 'em or they have a DD214 showing one, let me know, need to gift it. Funny how things romantic are relative. Talked with a Marine recon bro this a.m. about how the full moon still puts us in full alert mode. So much for Valentine's Day. Don't know if I'll have the coin for KY...but will be there in spirit - guaranteed. Indianhead ACo4/31 70-71.
Chuck Reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.net>
Hammond, LA USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 21:20:47 (EST)

LOL Southie, I'm done.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 15:33:37 (EST)

Check your MEDS!
will <wwillymonatcs>
Boston, ma USA - Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 14:19:06 (EST)

Not the clowns on the street! the ones on the net. The only people concerned with the tightness of chaps are on the lower west side of New York. Drop a line , we can work it out. Ed. url sargent196infantry@msn.com Peace bro.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Monday, February 12, 2007 at 22:56:40 (EST)

On Veterans Day in South Boston - a Marine Town- a few years ago had the 82ABN Honor Unit march behind the clowns-maybe its a Boston thing and then again your chaps might be too tight!!
will whalen <wwwillymonatcs,com>
Boston, Bostoman USA - Monday, February 12, 2007 at 18:52:30 (EST)

Io-4 Ken, I'm a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assoc. the only criteria, is having served in a combat zone, all branches. We have hundreds of members from the Letherneck M.C. We ride to all patriotic meets, The Wall, Angel Fire, The All Patriots run and four or five others. I've yet to hear a negative word spoken between any members despite their' branch of service. NOBODY shits on anyone. Are you sure your' friends are really Marines? Sounds more like Boy Scouts!! You are hanging out with the wrong crowd. It seems they have implanted a few I.E.D's in your' thought processes. Not to be argumentitive, but, get real or get gone. Sincerely, Ed Latini, Pro Patria!
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Monday, February 12, 2007 at 17:07:55 (EST)

Sorry, I'm out of town this week and can't delete the porn messages until I get back home.
Ken McKenzie, Editor
USA - Monday, February 12, 2007 at 16:51:38 (EST)

Thats the point-when you meet a fellow vet the first meeting is a feeling out -who did what- where-then you can start a real conversation and get to know each other.
will whalen <wwwwillymonatcs.com>
boston, ma USA - Monday, February 12, 2007 at 07:38:18 (EST)

looking for robert rager , larry williams. the parents of larry gene taylor ask me to look for you. 196th 70-71 wasthere with larry contact me. jerry
jerry skeel <jndskeel@yahoo.com>
clio, mi USA - Monday, February 12, 2007 at 07:26:59 (EST)

Is this the Andy Casazza who was my point man in 1966-1967 in the 196th in Chu Lai? Send a reply.
Eugene Van Dorn <jvandorn@papadocs.com>
Carlyle, IL USA - Monday, February 12, 2007 at 00:12:13 (EST)

The circus must be in town! There are CLOWNS all over the internet. Grunt.C.V.M.A. #702
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 21:57:07 (EST)

Jim Comer - I checked out your site and yes, I did notice someone I knew...me! On page 8, top right photo, is a tall blond guy with his back to the camera, talking to a Sgt. It even shows the mountainyard bracelet I always wore over there. With a beer in hand and ruck sack sweat marks on my back, I'l guess this was after a hump back to our battalion area from the ridge line bunkers. Great pics and lots of memories from the rear and the AO. I've got a bunch of pics too that I need to scan sometime. Maybe when I retire. The shots of Capt. Blanchard, Lt. Ed Petrazzolo (I bunked next to him in the hooch), and Sgt. Duke were great. I've been trying to remember Ed's name for years. Unfortunately, I don't have a company roster. Thanks for the info and the memories. Take Care!
Don Redmond <ronniel.redmond at comcast dot net>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 18:18:32 (EST)

Re: Whalen: "My Marine friends shit on Airborne" - and the Marines go through jump school at SandHill at Benning like everyone else...
Jack Krohn
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 13:27:41 (EST)

Re: Whalen: "My Marine friends shit on Airborne" - and the Marines go through jump school at SandHill at Benning like everyone else...
Jack Krohn
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 13:27:40 (EST)

My Marine friends shit on Airborn-who shit on Legs-who shit on Sailors-we all shit on the AirForce -then we have a beer and nobody cares!!
will whalen <wwwillymon@cs.com>
Boston, ma USA - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 10:13:53 (EST)

for the "Gimlets" 3/21st - http://tinypic.com/a9tv7l.jpg
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 01:46:39 (EST)

to gordon; please do not think that you don't belong,you do. as a brother i am asking you to consider going to the next reunion. if you need someone to talk to look for me i will be proud to spend some time with you. we are brothers and we must look out for each other and we will. i am not proud of everything i've done in my life but, i am proud of my time served with the 196th. no one can ever take that away from us. so, please call the hotel today, come to ky. see some old friends, make some new ones.
don maxfield
prospect pk., nj USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 22:21:51 (EST)

Don Redmond, I was in Hawk Platoon, 3/21 when you were with the company. I took a bunch of pictures and posted them, along with those of Bill Doyle, at http://jimcomer.smugmug.com/Vietnam. Most of the people in the pictures were from Hawk Platoon but you may recognize some of them. If you do, please let me know so I can put a names to the faces. Did you by chance save a company roster?
Jim Comer <jimcomer at guamcpa dot com>
Guam, USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 21:54:38 (EST)

Hey Gorden, that's B.S. you come to the reunion! You are more than welcome to sit with me and the alpha guys from "67-68. No such thing as JUST rockets, they used to tear up West pretty good. Sincerely, Ed Latini Alpha, top dogs!
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 20:10:11 (EST)

I do remember Lt Byrnes { Scottie } from Califorina he just got married about 2 week after his R & R and his best man was Ski R.O. both K I A together . sad day for all Scottie was the best F.O. he got the job done a very fine officer and very he enjoyed his sun tan
Robertson <at>
USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 18:35:13 (EST)

Thank you 1 LT. Robert S. Byrnes Hero you saved our lives Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends......John 15:13 Your deat was not in vain......You are a hero not forgotten K I A Feburary 09,1968 Band of Nam brother 196th
196 th Nam Brother 39 yrs ago <at>
USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 18:19:25 (EST)

Guess Jacks comments struck a nerve with some of us. I doubt he meant any disrespect to any vets. The response just goes to show how sensitive we still are to an event that touched us 35 to 45 years ago! Maybe we were made more sensitive because of the public opinion we faced as soldiers. We are still quick to get our backs up at any mention of Vietnam. I don`t think it made any difference what patch you had on your shoulder or what theater you served in during that time, any vet in uniform was shown great disrespect. Like many others I shed the uniform as soon as possible and rarely let any one know I was a vet, let alone a Nam vet Now I find myself almost jealous at the support the young vets are getting. There is no doubt those of who served in country hold ours selves apart from others who didn`t And in country guys were in there own little groups. Arty, infantry, recon, snipers, dog handlers, cooks, you name it. We all tried to think of our group as the best ..the elite. It was one way we had to make what we did important.Bottom line is we all did our jobs. I for one respect each and every one on my comrades in arms. nuff said ..boots off*beer open*butt down!
Bob A Co. 3/21 71
USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 17:04:01 (EST)

jack more than likely most of us have been treated bad. sometimes in casual conversation i bring up my service in the nam. most people understand that what we did was not our choice, but because we were there we are all some sort of bad person. i really do not think anyone enjoyed what we did over there but like you said we did our job to the best of our ability and i for one am proud of all of us. i am often asked if i would do it again YES
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, fl USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 15:18:20 (EST)

Apologies to all - I should have realized how narrow my statement was - it wasn't directed to anyone on this board but to those who never served and still give Vietnam vets a hard time - I make a conscious effort not to let them know I was in the Americal - anyone from our time might remember Callie and MyLai - then those of us in the 196th get labeled a "Baby Killer" - when I got out of the hospital a Brook in SanAntonio two girls came by and spit at me while I sat and waited for my bus - I was wearing dress greens with an Americal patch on my right shoulder because I couldn't find a 196th patch in the PX at Ft.Sam - I'm a native Texan and was drafted - medivaced home - spent 7 weeks in the hospital - didn't ask to go and I get spit on while I'm minding my own business waiting for my bus to come home to Houston - yes I'm still very bitter about the whole thing – again - - no disrespect meant to my fellow 196ers - if only the 196th had never been attached to the Americal in the first place.
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 01:55:52 (EST)

re:jack krohn i was with hhc 196th commo plt on baldy and hawk hill from 69-70 for 18mos. i was told by some of the originals at the reunion that all that matters is that i was there. i guess they liad to me according to your standards. no sence going to another reuion because i only saw rocket attacks, no fire fights. i guess i was right after all these,i don't belong cause i didn't see combat.
gordon alyea <galyea"at"msn.com>
sparta, mi USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 21:15:34 (EST)

I'm looking for anyone I served with in Kelso Platoon, Delta Co, 3/21, 196th, from Nov 11, 71 to Mar 22, 72. I shipped up to DaNang from Alpha Co, 1/6, 198th Bde, 23rd Div. in Chu Lai when the 23rd Division stood down. I was the platoon leader till the last month and a half -- then Company XO. I was a young whippersnapper (turned 21 in the field in Chu Lai) tall, thin, and blond hair. My nickname was Thinman. Our rear area was in the old 3rd Marine Recon area by the west ridge line out of DaNang. Any old Black Death guys that were there then -- I'd like to hear from you. I've stil got the one fatigue jacket we were allowed to take home with the Black Death patch, and the 196th patch, original CIB patch, etc. As for the P-38, I lost my keys about 15 years ago, and that ole dude went with em - MIA. Take care buds, it sure has been a while now.
Don Redmond <ronniel.redmond at comcast.net>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 19:57:12 (EST)

Guess we with the "CMB" and PH (Recon and C/3/21) don't count for much in Cpt Jack's book. Over 900 hrs air time and over 1100 casualties dusted off (yes , operations kept individual rcords), shot down once, one auto-rotation, one mechanical failure caused crash and dozens of hits to each of our aircraft. "RA" all the way! "out here"
'Grunt' & 'Dust-off' medic;67;68;69;70;71 & 72
Western Nebraska USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 19:25:45 (EST)

Re: Ben Buehler - I have the same problem when people find out I'm a Nam infantry vet - you would think that now after two Gulf wars that they would slack up on us a little - BUT.... I was drafted and didn't agree with the politics of the war - BUT... I tried to be the best soldier I could be- to keep my ass alive.. I do have problems with people who haven't served and I do put those with a CIB or CAR in a special group, and do kinda look down on those who didn't serve in a combat unit. - I probably bring it on myself by my attitude....
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 14:38:52 (EST)

E-3-21-196 Recon platoon is looking for members of Recon and Mortar squads. Currently have folks from 1968 - 1971 using a small group communication site, http://groups-beta.google.com/group/recon-e-3-21-196?hl=en Please let us know if you know anyone or can pass on an address. Thanks, Clair Button Recon '70-71
Clair Button <clair.button at gmail.com>
Baker City, OR USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 13:32:24 (EST)

Yes John "Doc" I would also like to find more of the "flying red horsemen" I was XO of C 3/82 Aug 68 to Feb 69. Became XO on LZ Karen, went back to LZ West. Col Wetzell split us and I took three tubes back to Karen for support of Nui Chom, back to West, again three tubes to LZ Ryder, back to West and then end of tour. I have some pictures posted on shutterfly of West and Karen and have a lot more slides to get digitalised so I can post. http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AZs2LZy1Zs2LsY
Lloyd "Marty" Martin <martyc382"at"hotmail.com>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 13:05:34 (EST)

I served with the 1/1st Cav, C company from May to November, 1971. We rode around on APC's west and north of Danang.
Dennis Stevens <dstevens48@yahoo.com>
Eagle Mountain, Utah USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 11:04:18 (EST)

Recon E 2/1 1970; sister in law sent me about 10 cans of tuna with about 6 can openers; I had told her I had a P38; she thought that was a pistol. Memories, aren't they great.
Bill <mcgee2517@aol.com>
paducah, KY USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 09:14:53 (EST)

I have kept my trusty P-38, also. It is threaded onto the ring, along with the cotter pin, from a grenade I used in a firefight. And not to be one-upped I have the complete jungle fatigues, with correct patches, I wore back to the states. A couple of years ago I wore the jacket to a 70's party. I sensed it was not well received. I think it was the first time most of my "circle of friends" knew I was a combat veteran or as some people put it "Crazy Vietnam Veteran".
Ben Buehler <bueh4atnetins.net>
Lake View, Ia USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 09:03:40 (EST)

Since my last posting I have left California and now live in Colorado. I to have my P-38 and my original Booney Hat. Where are all the 3/82nd Brothers?
John "Doc " Clough <clough001"at"msn.com>
Pueblo , CO. USA - Friday, February 09, 2007 at 02:21:52 (EST)

p-38 is that a flying c-ration i have an origional p-38 to also have an origional jungle fatigue top with 196th patch
bob mccaffrey <mccbob52>
henderson, nv USA - Thursday, February 08, 2007 at 18:34:49 (EST)

Warren, just got to a comp. in Ca. sorry for that posting, meds. weren't working that day. Sincerely, Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Thursday, February 08, 2007 at 18:29:06 (EST)

Served during jan 9th 1970 to mar 1970. Want to hear from James Greenwood or Donald Richie,or anyone who served during this time.
SGT. BEN MCKENZIE <dennisrbush@comcast.net>
aiken, sc USA - Thursday, February 08, 2007 at 14:05:26 (EST)

Hey everyone!! I was with B/8th support at Tay Ninh and hit a land mine on November 10, 1966, we were in one of the last working wreckers that we had. A guy last name Pollard was with me and I never found out what happened to him. If any one can let me know I would appreciate it very much. Thanks - dave
David Treese <soul@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, February 08, 2007 at 13:56:23 (EST)

Yes i agree also. Thank you Lloyd Martin for posting those pictures. The area looked similar to our company AO (Co C 4/31) and I was imagining i knew some of the guys in the pictures...after all we all looked the same....skinny, clean cut (at least for the pictures). Thank you again
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIANn <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Thursday, February 08, 2007 at 12:04:25 (EST)

I was in Co "A" 8th Spt, 196th LIB in Sept 67...but shortly after that was assigned to 23rd Admin Americal Division in Finance.Trying to figure out where Co A was located, i know it was close to Chu-Lai base.
Rick Carleton <rjcarleton55@yahoo.com>
cleveland, tx USA - Thursday, February 08, 2007 at 10:28:13 (EST)

Re: Lloyd Martin - Enjoyed your pix - thanks for posting
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Thursday, February 08, 2007 at 02:19:07 (EST)

I have posted some of my pics on shutterfly from Feb 68 to Aug 68 and some others added when I was FO for D 4/31. Here is link and if you have problems send me e-mail and will forward shutterfly invitation to view. http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AZs2LZy1Zs2LsY
Lloyd Martin <martyc382"at"hotmail.com>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 22:23:59 (EST)

I salute you, I'm trying to piece together an original uniform for my father's birthday I am currently in need of the 196th unit patch and the bear crests. My father served with the 196th during the mid-sixties, doing two tours in vietnam where he advanced from Private to Sergeant. He is my mentor, my vision of a true hero. He is why I am currently enlisted in 3/321FAR. If any solider or officer here could please help me with these items I'd greatly appreciate it, Thank You and God Bless You and our Fallen Brothers
SGT William Carcieri <william.carcieri@us.army.mil>
Fort Bragg, nc USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 18:27:48 (EST)

SORRY,MY GRAND KIDS JUST SHOWED ME HOW, I'M ALL SET---1965 TO 66
MARION THURMOND <THURMONDDUNN"AT"AOL.COM>
DUNN, NC. USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 18:08:56 (EST)

I AM ONE OF THE ORIGINALS FROM FT. DEVENS 3/21BCO. 3RD PT. I NEED THE PAPER WORK TO JOIN AND THE PAPERWORK FOR THE REUION.I'LVE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES ON LINE BUT NOTHING HAPPENS HELP????
MARION THURMOND <THURMONDDUNN"at"AOL.COM>
DUNN, NC. USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 15:56:57 (EST)

To all Gimlet Brothers. A decision has been made, for a number of reasons, to combine the last newsletter of 2006 and the first newsletter of 2007. The first newsletter will be mailed in late April early May for all those on the newsletter mailing list. As I said there are varied reasons for the delay in the last 2006 edition; however, the reactivation of the 3-21 IN in Alaska, the dedication in Feb of the memorial for 1LT Hoe, and other events and stories. I have been notified of many deaths in the past year, so of course these Gimlets will be recognized. Also, the names of 3-21 IN Gimlets that lost their lives in May 1968 will be listed. If any Charger Gimlets are interested in this special newsletter let the association know that you want to join the association or receive a copy of the May 2007 Memorial Day edition of the newsletter. The association encourages support and information about Gimlet past and present.
Membership Comm <gimletmembership21 "at" yahoo. com>
USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 15:15:11 (EST)

I still have a P38 in the original sealed bag.
Paul Gildner, Echo 1/46th <pgildner"at"sbcglobal.net>
Cadillac, MI USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 10:39:30 (EST)

My p-38 has been on my key ring since 1969 and I'd be lost without it.
Mike Long <mikelong@century21countrynorth.com>
oregon, il USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 05:53:15 (EST)

i still have my p38 too. i think they are like the love we have for our brothers. it last forever.
don maxfieldd
prospect pk, nj USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at 23:50:22 (EST)

Warren Faulk, I too, still have a P-38 from a box of C-rats on my key chain and it still works great.Welcome home all my Brothers. C-3/21 196th 1966-1967
Joe Greear <GIJoe196th@aol.com>
Lincoln Park, Mi USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at 19:21:53 (EST)

Delta Co. 4/31st 196th, Recon 9/65 to 7/67...Fort Devins, Camp Drum, Tay Ninh, Chu-Lai, Home! Gve me a call...Saint Charles Il. 630-365-1704 roy.toms@sbcglobal.net
Roy Toms <roy.toms"at"sbcglobal.net>
Saint Charles, Il. USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at 15:06:02 (EST)

This site has amazing Nhi Ha aerial photos and commentary. Note the reference to the May 6 devastation of A 3/21... that was one bad day. http://www.174ahc.org/daido.htm
Neil Hannan <neil_hannan "at" hotmail.com>
Copper Center, AK USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at 14:15:49 (EST)

E 2/1 Recon; I remember our grid was Bravo/Tango and when we would call in our location and give the grid coordinates; we always used the term "Big Tits" for Bravo Tango; I often wondered what Charlie thought as he listed in.
Bill <mcgee2517@aol.com>
paducah, ky USA - Monday, February 05, 2007 at 09:13:36 (EST)

For grunts from B Co of 3/21 1970-1: Who remembers our call signs? Yankee, Yankee, Yankee- Cool Brew. This was 3rd platoon calling HQ CP. 2nd platoon was Budweiser, I think. Cannot remember 1st platoon. Some time in late Spring of 1971 we became "Osprey".
Doc Crawford <Crawford.Dave@epa.gov>
Arlington, VA USA - Monday, February 05, 2007 at 08:24:41 (EST)

All of you Chargers who where with 3/21 at Nhi Ha in May '68 would be interested in this site: http://captainfreddie.bravepages.com/
Neil Hannan <neil_hannan "at" hotmail.com>
Copper Center, AK USA - Sunday, February 04, 2007 at 20:58:22 (EST)

looking for jerry novotny and pete damico from recon 4/31st lz west 69-70 recon 4/31st 196 nov69-oct70
john nover <customcamerarp@aol.com>
milton, fl USA - Sunday, February 04, 2007 at 16:08:49 (EST)

But, then, there's Daniel Fennewald, our platoon medic with 2nd Platton, A 3/21. Daniel was a conscientious objector, and didn't carry a weapon, but was a brave, dedicated medic. He was KIA May 3 '68 during the battle for Nhi Ha. he may not have believed in killing...but he had balls.
Neil Hannan <neil_hannan "at" hotmail.com>
Copper Center, AK USA - Saturday, February 03, 2007 at 16:31:38 (EST)

I usually post a link to some of my Nam pix every year - the server that was hosting them is no longer so I put them all together and loaded them to another server - for you folks who were in A-3/21 in the fall of 71 - http://tinyurl.com/uv77t
Jack Krohn <captjack50"at"yahoo>
A.3/21.71, Republic of Texas - Saturday, February 03, 2007 at 00:38:58 (EST)

Hi,my name is tony and I'm trying to get info from who ever knew my father Guadalupe Varela Mata he was with C Btry 3d Bn 16th Arty USARPAC RVN back in 1st march 1972 as a cannoneer (13A10). Then he served with C Btry 3d Bn 82d Arty USARPAC RVN same month as the C Btry 3d Bn 16th Arty have no clue on where he was at that time campaing or place but he was last with B Btry 3d Bn 82d Arty USARPAC RVN as a cannoneer (13A10) then he was sent to conus on may 1972 where he was honorably discharged from the active. he served with different other units,back on 16th of december 1971 he was a student at HHC196 COMBAT CENTER. My dad was from Uvalde,Texas closed by San Antonio,Texas. Well thanks for all your help I will appreciate all the info that you can give me. thanks again and GOD BLESS!!
Tony Mata Tarin <tarinfamily4ataol.com>
Ft. Collins, co USA - Thursday, February 01, 2007 at 21:37:51 (EST)

I have the P-38 can opener that I took out of a package of "C" rations at Dau Tieng in 1966. Still carry it on a keyring and it still works. It will be cremated with me and I'll bet you it doesn't burn.
Warren Faulk <PersimmonXing at aol.com>
Smarr, GA USA - Thursday, February 01, 2007 at 14:09:53 (EST)

Guys I started a website and the website is vigs.smugmug.com.....enjoy
Gary Vigoren <vigsnak@msn.com>
Anchorage, AK USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 22:58:19 (EST)

Guys Started a website for my family and friends back in MN> I have recently started adding my favorites from Nam. I was C-2/1 11C 1971-72. Hope you find something you enjoy.
Gary Vigoren <vigsnak@msn.com>
Anchorage, AK USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 22:55:39 (EST)

Jim,Gilbert,David,Mike,C,Lonnie, Minnesota, Yep so much for Jane. About "phonies", I read somewhere that one in ten guys who says he's a Vietnam Vet is one. Probably true.
Mike
USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 21:15:16 (EST)

2007 a long time from 1969. Hello to all B 2/1, in particular 3rd platoon. I was thinking how I kept quiet for years after 'DEROS'. Now I meet so many phonies who say they were in VN ... I know they are BSing becuase I ask questions that any grunt would know and they can't answer, It really bugs me after the way we were treated for it ot now be fashionable to have served in VN.
David Blanton <196 at highrolls.net>
High Rolls, NM USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 00:55:44 (EST)

Happy Tet 1968-LZ West
will whalen <wwwillymonatcs.com>
Boston, Ma USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 20:35:12 (EST)

Hi. I was wondering if anyone recognizes these names: Eddie Battle, Wayne Darker or Parker, Cutter Olysses, Juan Flores, John Fagan, Guzman Paul, George Norman, Jim Giannini, James Grace, Lowell Gibson, William Kryschski, Jenny Motley, Danny Rogers, Wayne Boyd Jr. E-mail me if you wannt chat. Or if you remember me I was stationed at LZ West and LZ Siberia, Company Bravo. 196th Light Infantry Brigade. E-mail me. Peace & God Bless Steven Lannert
Steven Lannert <lainey1006@sbcglobal.net>
New Athens, IL USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 19:19:56 (EST)

Alfred Houston of Charlie Co. 196th 3/21 I am the Rodney Green you are looking for. Please check your e-mail, it keeps bouncing back. Good to hear from you my friend, after all these years. Hope you read this and get in touch, I am in contact with several of the Tigers. Best to you, Green
Rodney B. Green <rodney@colliersf.com>
San Francisco, Ca USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 16:52:04 (EST)

I visited the wall in DC for 3rd time-- I had closure this time .Remeber the picture reflections where you can see our brothers looking back at us, well this time there was an old man looking back at me. 37 years a long time. Wish all my brothers in the Americal (D3/21 196th Black Death 1969-1970)peace and a healthy New Year.
Gene Taylor <bladevsct@aol.com>
Ridley Park, Pa USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 14:57:14 (EST)

Jane Fonda reminds me of jungle rot. She is a festering sore that never goes away. Put a ruck sack on her back and walk in our shoes. Keep the faith brothers
mikelong <mikelong@century21countrynorth.com>
oregon, il USA - Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 04:49:18 (EST)

Adolf Hitler was ahead of his time in social reform. He did a lot of wonderful things for the people of Germany. Because of other things he did, he will never be known as one of the great men of the 20th Century. Likewise, Jane Fonda has done a lot good for the human race, but because of other things she has done she should not be recognized as one of the great women of the 20th Century. I accept her apology, but that does not change the facts of what she did in Hanoi or bring back the dead POWs.
Ben Buehler <bueh4atnetins.net>
Lake View, Ia USA - Monday, January 29, 2007 at 20:53:08 (EST)

BROTHERS, JANE IS THE SAME AS AGENT ORANGE! SHE IS A CANCER VIRUS. SHE HAUNTS ME AS DOES A.O. I STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO HATE HER AS MUCH AS I HATE CANCER. TAKE CARE, BROTHERS.
MINNESOTA <NONE>
Argyle, MN USA - Monday, January 29, 2007 at 16:05:08 (EST)

I was there when she was in the north we prayed the flyboys would drop a 500 lber on her we even had bets on it being at the airbase in danang but no such luck shes just trying to jump start her film life again but shes old and ugly no one wants her except bill clinton im over her she cant hurt us any more you need to for get that bag of wrinkles and look for your buddys they need you more.!!!!
mike campbell <sgtcampb"at" yahoo.com>
sun prairie, wi USA - Monday, January 29, 2007 at 15:08:36 (EST)

Sorry to inform you that Edward Lister, C Co. 8th. Support Bn. 65-67, passed away in May 2006.
Ron Dougard <rondugar@hotmail.com>
Brick Twp., NJ USA - Monday, January 29, 2007 at 13:38:26 (EST)

C 2/1 Infantry. Anyone who ever served with the Company, or were attached to it, are invited to re-join our little family at www.charliegrunts.com Welcome back!
Gary Capshaw <kiteria@cablerocket.com>
Denison, TX USA - Monday, January 29, 2007 at 10:47:39 (EST)

With AVN section HHC 196th, from '66, ATC Tay Ninh airfield, to '68, BTOC ( Atlas 14 X-ray), Charger Ops., Door Gunner,Chu Lai ( Ky Ha).
Mike Braid <mbraid"at"myactv.net>
Hagerstown, Md. USA - Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 19:09:26 (EST)

Jane Fonda and a war protest rally its Da Ja Vue all over agin. B 4/31 68
Lonnie Leech <lonnieleechathotmail.com>
Denver , Co USA - Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 16:38:10 (EST)

Guys, Forgive but NEVER Forget!!! dont let her harm you any more than she already has.....Remember! FORGIVE BUT NEVER FORGET.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 12:02:25 (EST)

Well said Don I agree and I to got madder this morning than I have been in a long time. I get mad anytime I see Hanoi Jane
Galen Foster <spec4m79"at"wmconnect.com>
Conyers, Ga USA - Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 09:10:40 (EST)

i agree. we really do need to try to forget all of that stuff. jane has nothing to do with us and i do not pay any attention to her. we are not allways right--but we will allways be 196th
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, fl USA - Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 05:41:25 (EST)

on my way to work last night i heard something on the radio that really got to me. no one here to talk to so, i will talk to you my brothers. there was an anti war rally in dc. yester day. i can live with that but jane is at it again. she said a few things about the administration. that is her right. then she said she doesn't understand why everyone has been telling lies about her all these years. maybe they weren't lies jane.i know the war was over a long time ago and some things we must learn to live with. some people just can't let it go. she brought back a lot of memories. some of them good and some not so great.i haven'tbeen this mad for a long time. i think we're suppopsed to forgive and forget but, sometimes that is hard to do.i don't like the hate that i am feeling right now. am i wrong guys? no one around here to talk to so,i thought i'd ask you guys. stay safe and i hope to see everyone in ky.
don maxfield
prospect pk., nj USA - Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 05:35:21 (EST)

Looking for any brothers from C 2/1 1967/1968
Angel C. Velez Jr. <svelez6@satx.rr.com>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Friday, January 26, 2007 at 23:31:08 (EST)

Its a new year i hope too find more off my buds from 71-72 bco3rd21st we are getting older now time is important to all of us!!Im still looking for LT.Decker, paul graves, aries,stan breisch,wayne koop,gary green,and a host of others that i cant remember there names reehorn helped me with these thanks bud !!!im in the process of setting up a page with all my pics that i took in 72 it takes awhile and im not that well on a computer so i need help from my kids and you know kids its on there time! if you know where these guys are email me thanks !!!!
mike campbell <sgtcampb"at" yahoo.com>
sun prairie, wi USA - Friday, January 26, 2007 at 17:05:32 (EST)

Ken, my appologies, Great Job. Thanx. ED.
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, co USA - Friday, January 26, 2007 at 09:04:29 (EST)

Thanks for the good words but the real credit for the newsletter needs to go to Ken McKenzie who, amidst the general chaos of his own life, manages to get the newsletter together, printed and mailed. Let Ken know how much you appreciate the job he does at the reunion in KY and maybe we can keep him around a few more years.
Warren <President, 196th>
Cicero, IN USA - Friday, January 26, 2007 at 07:04:43 (EST)

Warren, great job on the news letter, thanks for all you do. ED
ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
evergreen, Co USA - Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11:01:42 (EST)

My Squad had the honor of providing security for the Engineer mine sweepers one time from LZ Ross heading toward Baldy. Another unit came from LZ Baldy heading toward Ross. We met in the middle. Trucks picked us up to go back to our LZs. A lot vehicles died on that road.
Ron <ronniepayne"at"comcast.net>
Va USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 19:22:12 (EST)

SSGT Skivington’s service was yesterday and several of us from 2/1 were there. The Virginia Chapter of Rolling Thunder was there and members of Special Forces Chapter XI . In all there were 35 of us. I posted the story of Recon E 2/1 at Kham duc on SOCNET, Professional Soldiers and Snipers Hide. I put a few pictures of the service there. Snipers Hide has the most pictures. Here is the link --http://www.snipershide.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=002069--. I was the platoon Leader for Recon E 2/1 in 1971. If any of the details of the battle are wrong, I apologize in advance. The only part I actually wrote myself is Part 2 – Introduction. The Washington Post had a picture of the service in the Metro section today.
1 Lt Jim Collier <jimrcollierathotmail.com>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 16:08:24 (EST)

To all men of B,1/46th, Inf 1971/72. I'am looking forward to seeing you at the reunion. I hope to see Tennesee, Bull,D.J.and B.J.. Hopefuly I'll see nany more "Brother's
Charles C. Bailey <KC5YZS@aol.com>
Grand Prairie, TX USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 15:00:09 (EST)

Hopeing to see all of Aco 4/31 196th LIB 70-71 at the reuion in july.
John Webre <swampy70_71"at"yahoo.com>
Pensacola , Fl USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 08:06:54 (EST)

To all the men of B. Co. 4/31 69-70. Lets all get to the reunion in July. We are not getting any younger and need to catch up. See ou there.
Mike Long <mikelong@century21countrynorth.com>
oregon, il USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 05:21:57 (EST)

wondering if anyone was a part of the death squard in around 1974 in Cambodia and remembers me?
victor brad grandahl <dahlingkat@aol.com>
thornton, co USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 23:50:10 (EST)

The name of the road between Ross and Baldy? Do you mean to tell me, after all these years, that there was a road? Sorry--couldn't resist. Best to all, looking forward to July. Byron Dare
Byron Dare
USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 23:18:06 (EST)

Does anyone remember the name of the road that ran between LZ Ross and LZ Baldy. Remember it only as "Mine Alley". Submitted by Warren for Mike.
Mike Fridovich <michaelatfridovichdotcom>
USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 18:12:56 (EST)

Chargers and Gimlets: Colonel Howard J. Killian, Commander U. S. Army Garrison, Hawaii cordially invited the Gimlet Association 21st Infantry Regiment to attend a Memorialization Ceremony to dedicate the Battle Command Training Center in honor of 1LT Nainoa K. Hoe of Friday the 9th of February 2007 at the Battle Command Training Center, Building 1503, Schofield Barracks. 1LT Hoe was assigned to C 3-21 IN and was KIA in Iraq. Lieutenant Hoe's father is a veteran who served with the 2-1 IN, 196th LIB in Vietnam. By the way the newsletter (The Gimlet) is late coming out, but will be published. As always: Bore Brother Bore! R. Mitch Mitchell, President Gimlet Association 21st Infantry Regiment
Mitch Mitchell
USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:05:15 (EST)

Co. B, 3/21, in Nam from March 69 - April 70. Looking for old buddies in my M60 platoon, the "ZOO". "Bambi, Mole, Wildebeast, Gorilla". My field name was "BUGMAN".
Ralph Gorton <gorton@tds.net>
Perry, MI USA - Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 22:42:13 (EST)

Looking for any one that served with Earl Snyder KIA 3/29/69
Sam Dobbs <samdbbsattahoo.com>
Algonac, MI USA - Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 13:19:42 (EST)

Looking for anyone from HHD 8th Spt Bn from Jul 66 thru Jun 67.
J White <jkw4251@aol.com>
San Antonio, Tex USA - Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 09:30:46 (EST)

I am looking for anyone who served at the Chu Lai "Hilton" Stand-down Center early 1969.. I would like to say hello to Cpt.Robert Brijido Cruz,Special Forces, SGT. Jeff Weber, First SGT. Powell. Hope you are well. Sgt. Green
Rodney B. Green <rodney@colliersf.com>
San Francisco, Ca USA - Friday, January 19, 2007 at 13:53:31 (EST)

I am looking for anyone who served at the Chu Lai "Hilton" Stand-down Center early 1969.. I would like to say hello to Cpt.Robert Brijido Cruz,Special Forces, SGT. Jeff Weber, First SGT. Powell. Hope you are well. Sgt. Green
Rodney B. Green <rodney@colliersf.com>
San Francisco, Ca USA - Friday, January 19, 2007 at 13:53:28 (EST)

Hello, I hope that everyone is doing well today. My name is Jennifer Berry and I am the Picture Editor for Vietnam Magazine, if you are not familiar with our publication please go to http://www.historynet.com/magazines/vietnam (we put wonderful articles and photographs up on our site all the time). For our June 2007 issue of the magazine we are working on a piece about SP4 Timothy J. Rizzardini who was was a member of Co A 4/31st Inf, 196th LIB killed in action on May 18, 1968. I was wondering if anyone has a photograph of Rizzardini or knew where I might be able to find one. Thank you very much for your time and have a great week! Please don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have any information on where i could find a photograph (Jennifer.berry@weiderhistorygroup.com)
Jennifer Berry <Jennifer.berry "at" weiderhistorygroup.com>
Leesburg, VA United States - Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 09:21:45 (EST)

Hello everyone, I am the daughter of a viet nam vet. I am looking for anyone who remembers a soldier named Roger Hale that served in Co. C 2nd BN 1st INF 196th BDE back in 1971 - 1972. He was stationed in Denang. If you remember Roger please email me. Thanks in advance. Keke
keke hale <shakeitha_hale@hotmail.com>
san augustine, tx USA - Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 09:19:40 (EST)

Let me tell you the Vietnam War is looking better everyday, My buddy in the reserves just got a 18 month tour to Iraq. He will have no R&R, no lose women, no beer or drugs, what kind of war is that.
Bob Herrmann <sat516@cox.net>
Sierra Vista, AZ USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 23:28:02 (EST)

I was one of the first soliders to be assigned to D Company.I can remember reporting to the unit and we had nothing to work with. We recieved a supply sgt and he was allowed to begain to drew some supplies and equipment. I thin our top sgt was named Willims a real low keyed fellow. the Company Commander was Cpt Sosa,m who was a real soldier infantry all the way. I would love to hear from any of the guys who still can remember the good old days forming the 196th light infantry Bde.
Leodis Youngblood <sgtyoungblood@comcast.net>
Lithonia, Ga USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 23:04:56 (EST)

I am trying to locate a SGM Haas (not sure about the spelling) that was with the 196th 8th Support BN in 1968. I would appreciate anyone who might be able to help.
MSG Richard Tatroe <richard.tatroe@pec.ngb.army.mil>
North Little Rock, AR USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 14:58:26 (EST)

I am looking for A SGM Haas (not sure about the spelling) that was with the 196th 8th Support Bn at LZ Baldy in 1968. Any help would be appreciated.
MSG Richard Tatroe <richard.tatroeatpec.ngb.army .mil>
North Little Rock, AR USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 14:49:43 (EST)

Looking for Scott Smith, medic with Recon 2/1, late 1970. I was C 2/1, 1969-70.
Ben Buehler <bueh4atnetins.net>
Lake View, Ia USA - Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 03:57:54 (EST)

Illy, where are you? johnboy, 4/31, C company, 5/70-8/70. Did LRP's with you. Illy, are you here? Hope you made it. great website!
John Boye <jboye@carolina.rr.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Monday, January 15, 2007 at 21:30:41 (EST)

I served with the 175th Combat Engineers from Feb. 1967 - March 1968. Parts Eng. specialist. We were in Tay Ninh for about three months and then joined the 196th LFB in Chu Lai. Would like to hear from anyone that may remember me. Gary Vance was one of our mechanics.
Carl Blakley <carlblakley@yahoo.com>
Murfreesboro, Tn USA - Monday, January 15, 2007 at 12:40:18 (EST)

ROY G STEPHENS Beleave I remember you and Jimmy Cosby from L Z Center. I was thear from Aug.-69 to Aug.-70 on 4.2 mortores. Been trying to E-mail you without any success.Please respound to my wifes E-mail address. Jim wilson
Jim Wilson <Fran@phreego.com>
Union, IL USA - Monday, January 15, 2007 at 11:55:48 (EST)

I was with the 196th LIB B co & HQ co 8th Support Battalion. Looking for anyone who was at premature explosion of artillry shells in LZ Baldy in 1968. Vehicles were destroyed & rifles were melted. Also looking for Sgt Major Haus (not sure about the way he spells his name)I need to know what month this happened. Anyone with any information can call me at 409-527-1620. Thanks for any help I can get.
Daniel Nelligan <pkholataol.com>
Port Arthur, Tx USA - Friday, January 12, 2007 at 17:05:06 (EST)

sadly,the weather makes it impossible to get to Edmond for Lt. Ransbottoms services.I thank Lt. Collier,E,2/1 71, for his posting on the Baggerly Funeral Home,Edmond Ok site,with details of Kham Duc battle.Welcome home Lt.Ransbottom.
bill russell <rwill62@mptelco.com>
medicine park, ok USA - Friday, January 12, 2007 at 11:57:39 (EST)

yes i am hoping that clyde wilson gets this message please contact me at my email,yes i remember you,you wore glasses and ltlater
larry w furr <larry_furr@bellsouth.net>
oakboro, nc USA - Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 20:23:15 (EST)

Co A, 3/21 May '68. Does anyone recall who took over as 2nd platoon medic when Doc Fennewald was KIA near the DMZ, at Nhi Ha, May 3, 1968? Thanks for any help that you can provide and have a great 2007.
NEIL HANNAN <neil_hannan"at"hotmail.com>
Copper Center, AK USA - Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 15:52:39 (EST)

HHC 196TH AUG 1971 MAY 1972
THOMAS A O'BRIEN <TOM4888@CS.COM>
RENO, NV USA - Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 13:49:26 (EST)

US Soldier risk of dying in IRAG vs Vietnam Wars: I suppose, because I quantify risk on hazardous waste sites for EPA and because I served in Vietnam, I have two interests converging here. I was curious as to which war posed the greater risk of soldier death. Here are my back of the envelope calculations. For Vietnam, 55,000 deaths, assume 500,000 troops for 7 years (when the bulk of the deaths occurred): 55,000/3,500,000 equals 0.016 or 1.6% per troop year. For Irag: 3000 deaths, assume 140,000 troops for 4 years: 3000/560,000 equals 0.0052 or 0.54% per troop year. Here are some differences though. We (Vietnam vets) nearly all served just one year. These guys are doing 3-4 tours. Our deaths were nearly exclusively among field troops and only about 1 in 7 (as I recall) of the troops in the Nam served in the field. Risk to grunts was much greater, and much less for those in the rear. Deaths in Irag are more evenly distributed. Lost of lot of truck drivers in Iraq to IEDs. Plus, the number of US troops in Irag is understated. Contractors are filling many positions in Irag filled by troops in Vietnam.
Doc Crawford <Crawford.Dave@epa.gov>
Arlington, VA USA - Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 13:09:07 (EST)

Gentlemen, My name is Brent Reidenbach and I'm looking for anyone that served in B/4/31 from June '67 to November '67. After 40 years, my father - Robert L. Reidenbach - will be receiving his Purple Heart along with a few other medals/awards that he did not receive as a result of his service in Vietnam. Anyone that might remember him or the action that caused his wounding on 3 August 1967 may contact me. Thanks
Brent Reidenbach <coachr_71 "at" yahoo.com>
Lorton, VA USA - Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 12:16:23 (EST)

Rafael Perez, welcome home my brother. It is great to hear from someone from the unit. I don't remember many names. I do remember Ronald J.Hahn, Dan Kavanaugh and Bill Pelch. Were you in 2nd platoon? Hope to hear from you.
Galen Foster <spec4m79@wmconnect.com>
Conyers , Ga USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 18:40:08 (EST)

I was with co. a 2/1 196lib from sept. 1967 to sept. 1968 I was in 3nd. sq. 3nd. plt. they call me DD.
Dominic Distasio Sr. <dmdistasio@maine.rr.com>
westbrook, me. USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 15:10:50 (EST)

Hello, gents. It's been 40 yrs. now. A little more, or little less. Let's make this the best reunion ever. Can't wait to see you all again. Ed. Pro Patria
Ed Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:32:21 (EST)

i served with A battery 3/82, attached to B co 2/1 as recon sgt from 1968/69.
harold meek <hmeek_65@yahoo.com>
in USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 07:23:49 (EST)

I joined A 2/1 196th LIB Tay Ninh Spt 1966, redeployed to Chu Lai in 1967 until my EST in June 1967. Found this site just hours ago but have been trying to reconnect with buddies from 2nd squad. I believe my platoon leader, Lt. Armstrong, is the same Jim Armstrong active in this site helping Vets affected with agent orange. Hi LT, it's been a long time (40 yrs) since I left that mountaintop in Chu Lai hoping the jeep doesn.t hit a land mine. Would love to hear from anybody.
Napoleon C. <sccyork at yahoo.com>
York, Me USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 05:42:36 (EST)

With Co. A 2nd Bn 1st Inf. 1966 to June 1967. Would like to hear and reconnect with members of our unit.
Napoleon C. Tabora <sccyork@yahoo.com>
York, Me USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 03:00:55 (EST)

Galen Foster, please list your e-mail. I was with B, 2/1, 196th LIB from about March 1967 until August 1967. I came over, with others, from C Troop, 1/10th Cav, 4th ID. Welcom Home.
Rafael Perez <perezrafael"at"vcss.k12.ca.us>
Camarillo, CA USA - Tuesday, January 09, 2007 at 12:37:10 (EST)

In Memory of my Uncle, SGT. Harry Lee Watkins Jr. D 2/1 196th LIB. KIA 9 Jan. 1968 and the other 196th soldiers KIA in the same incident: 2 LT. Edward J. Harris, PFC Johnny L. Williams, Sp4 Dennis L. Prescott, and PFC Paul H. Oliver. I am interested in being contacted by 196th veterans that served with my uncle in D 2/1 196th.
Dave Shingleton Jr. <equinechaps@yahoo.com>
Mount Jackson, VA USA - Tuesday, January 09, 2007 at 07:08:45 (EST)

Co A, 2nd Bn 196 Lt Inf Bdg from 1968 - 1969 Looking for anyone that remebers any of the Combats in and arounf Chu Lai. I never receive my Purple Heart needs some hel[p
1st Lt Clyde Wilson, USARet <wilson_forestrail@yahoo.com>
Park Forest, IL USA - Sunday, January 07, 2007 at 23:55:19 (EST)

Happy New Year to all...i am hoping to get to DC for the Skivington service...are there others going?...can we meet somewhere and show as a group?...39 years MIA is a long time and would be nice to have a show of force to honor his sacrifice and his family's loss...a symbol of honor for all our brothers who never made it home...vince.
vincent scalese <vscalese"at"adelphia.net>
thornton , nh USA - Sunday, January 07, 2007 at 15:24:00 (EST)

will drive up to LT.Ransbottom's services on Sat. Plan on going to the gravesite directly,unless there is something that is planned for 196th people. Will change plans if I'm missing a gathering. Please post info.Bill Russsell,3/82,67-68
bill russell <rwill62atmptelco.com>
medicine park, ok USA - Sunday, January 07, 2007 at 11:54:43 (EST)

remembering the men of C 2/1. January 5,6 1968 God bless all.
ron causey <roncauseyatsbcglobal.net>
santa ana, ca USA - Sunday, January 07, 2007 at 11:28:17 (EST)

I was with the C 3/39 th Infantry in 1968. We had a message posted on our Yahoo group site from someone who was looking for Vietnam buddies. The unit information that was provided was incorrect (169th Infantry Division has no references that I could find). I thought maybe the numbers got transposed and hey were looking for the 196th. Here's a copy of what was posted. Maybe you can help. I was unable to get the full E-Mail addresses out of what was posted, but there is a phone number listed. I also tried to let the person who posted the message know that I had put the info in here Regards, Mike C 3/39 1968 Looking 4 LOST buddies-9th Inf*169th Div*Vietnam*1972-74 Hoping to contact them for a great reunion. If you have any knowledge of the following names, could you please reply to given Email address or tell that person this message so they may contact me directly? Doing this from memory so all details may not be exact: 9th Infantry Regiment * 169th Division * Vietnam * 1972-1974 CHARLEY GLEASON*NJ – JIM FENNECARO(?)*NJ – BUDDY JOHNSON*TX - PETE O’CARROLL*NH?VT? – TONY FALCONE*NY?LI? – BOBBY PEREZ*CT(?) – MIGUEL RUIZ* ? – TIMMY WASHINGTON* ? Please contact Joe Pollio at: joep1955@... or benson_rink@... * Cell phone # 973-668-2638
Michael J. Canney <mikecanney2@yahoo.com>
Greenfield , WI USA - Sunday, January 07, 2007 at 05:25:35 (EST)

Ken just down loaded - printed and read the news letter. it is a great piece of work. really appreciate the work that you do
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, fl USA - Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 19:58:58 (EST)

I hope someone will post the final times of the Skivington service when it gets closer to the day. I would like to be there.
Jim Collier <jimrcollierathotmail.com>
Washington, DC USA - Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 19:50:05 (EST)

looking for someone going to william skivington service, from the state of nh .on the 23 of januray my car or your thanks, john f coombs 196th
john coombs <jrcoombs@comcast.net>
salem, nh USA - Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 19:17:39 (EST)

Max ...thanks for the call...it was fun. Drop me a line with your tel. number...would like to stay in touch. or call again.
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namratsathotmaildotcom>
fresno, ca USA - Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 17:36:49 (EST)

Hey Tom, I plan on being there, looking foward to seeing you again. ED Latini. A/4/31, "67-68".
Ed Latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Friday, January 05, 2007 at 11:49:07 (EST)

I have made my reservations and I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. Have any of the you Alpha 4/31 Polar Bears made your plans if so let me hear from you.
Tom Gimble <tfgimbleatcomcast.net>
woodbridge, va USA - Thursday, January 04, 2007 at 23:07:23 (EST)

George Papachronis I was with you from Devens to when your were hit,the pointman in that ambush LEON JOHNSON,THE 12TH MAN WAS Kramer,your third patoon was on the left flank.
Charles Mcvey <cnmcvet298@yahoo.com>
Goshen, Oh USA - Thursday, January 04, 2007 at 19:27:24 (EST)

In honor of the KIA 196th, D4/31 Jan. 3-4th 1968 in Hiep Duc Valley ( Roger Larcher, Jack Mckinnon, James Osenbaugh Walter Peters, Robert Sorensen and Billy Jent ). This was the first battle for the 196th leading up to the Tet Offensive. Capt. Richards made a decision to move the 60 machine gunners to the rice paddy of our perimeter. Some guys didn't like it, but it later prove to be the right decision as it later turned out to save a lot more lives and possibly the entire Delta Co. This was all discovered by the guys that were at the last reunion by use getting together and talking about it, so we now know it. Capt. Richards never not recognition for that decision...so guess what this is.... Soooo come to the next reunion and you can find out about events that others can verify or explain so you don't have to think that you just dreamt of it.
Ron Morenz <chgosouthsidemo "at" aol.com>
Mesa, AZ USA - Wednesday, January 03, 2007 at 15:20:26 (EST)

In honor of the KIA Jan 3-4th 1968, the first battle leading up to the Tet offensive in Hiep Duc Valley. Delta Co. 4/31. ( Jack Mckinnon, Roger Lacher, James Osenbaugh, Water Peters, Robt. Sorensen and Billy Jent. Thanks to our sister Companys Charlie and Alpha 4/31 for coming to our resque. A big THANK YOU to Capt. Richards for putting our 60 machine gunners towards the rice paddies that evening. Some guys didn't like it, but it later turned out to save a lot more lives and possiby the entire company. I am here talking to you all because of that decision. The guys that were there in that grueling battle that talked about it at the last reunion know...so make every effort to come to this upcoming reunion...it's worth it. God Bless our brothers on the "Wall" and our brothers that came back.
Ron Morenz <chgosidesouthmo"at"aol.com>
Mesa, AZ USA - Wednesday, January 03, 2007 at 14:47:23 (EST)

Served with C 3/21st Aug. 1968-1969, We worked off from FSB center and all areas surrounding. Wish all of C 3/12st a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Looking for patriots who served in that itme frame.
Kirk Blackmon <blackmonkd@suddenlink.net>
Washington, N.C. USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2007 at 19:54:12 (EST)

I served with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade Company B 2/1 in Chu Lai and Tay Ninh Nov.1966 to Sept. 1967. My nickname was Forbes.
Galen Foster
Conyers, Ga USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2007 at 19:04:47 (EST)

To all who surived the hell of the Heip Duc the first 6 days of January 1968 and in memory of those that did not. Remembered always with love.
Peggy <plreider at aol.com>
Dover, PA USA - Monday, January 01, 2007 at 21:34:16 (EST)

Trying to find out if any one knew my half brother. We were in country about the same time and never knew it. Name: Steven Ross King. Thanks
LtCol Charles W. Driest USMC (Ret) <DriestSenior@aol.com>
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Monday, January 01, 2007 at 20:11:18 (EST)

does any one know if their is still a web site for the gimlets? i hope that everyone has had a good start to a happy new year
jim gray d 3/21 and hhc196 67/68 <mrtirejpg>
bradenton, USA - Monday, January 01, 2007 at 18:30:53 (EST)

I am trying to locate my brother's buddies from Vietnam. He was in Co A/4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division in 1970/71. I would like to know when the reunion is, if there is one, and/or where to look up reunions. My brother is extensive bladder cancer and is to start intense chemo next month. You can email me at dsmjane50@aol.com Please email ASAP please. He would love to be in touch with his comrads.
Van Dell fouts <dsmjane50 at aol.com>
Des Moines, IA USA - Monday, January 01, 2007 at 16:06:35 (EST)

I was with 3/82 artillery, LZ Siberia, all of 1970. The hill was hit by NVA sappers, and then 45 straight days of incomming.......contact me if you were there, just to BS.
Dennis Langrall <dlangrall@comcast.net>
Towson, Md USA - Monday, January 01, 2007 at 14:08:28 (EST)

 

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