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Former Bear Cat security guard Allen D. Howard needs help verifying a shrapnel wound but also wants to meet and share memories. Would particularly like to find old friend “Tiny.” Any help appreciated. Contact: Allen D. Howard, 4040 W. Peoria St., Apt. 2081, Phoenix, AZ 85029.

Seeking John Rodriguez, Jr., and Jerry Cruz who served with C Btry., 7/15th Arty. John was at LZ Oasis and was part of a convoy hit by a landmine on Nov. 16, 1968. He formerly lived at 1257 Sanchez St., San Francisco. Jerry also served at LZ Oasis, as well as Diamondhead, Jenny, Linda, and others. He drove a Jeep for Cpt. Strasser and may have originally been from N.J. He once lived in Lorain, Ohio. Contact: Dave Holdorf, 9343 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53222; 414-464-2939; hidavo@earthlink.net

Looking for veterans of the 175th Assault Helicopter Co. who served with me July 1968-69. I was known as “Big Ron.” I also served with the 611th Trans. Co. Contact: Ronnie W. Marple, 252 W. Fairview St., Piedmont, WV 26750; 304-355-2068.

Planning reunion in Sept. of Co. E, 709th Maintenance Bn. (1966-67) and need help locating Robert Becker, Richard Moore, John Outland, Lionel Graves, Jerry Witte, Ray Price, Dean Ayers, Ewens, and the cook from Salina, Kansas. Contact: Kenneth Bowen, tinman44622@yahoo.com or Dave Diauto, desertdawg911@aol.com

Seeking friends from USMC boot camp days in Plt. 3117, K Co., 3rd Bn., Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Oct. 1971-Jan. 1972. Also would enjoy seeing our platoon graduation book. Contact: Frank Smith, A-83283, P.O. Box 711, Menard, IL 62259.
Looking for former members of 1 Bn., 83rd Arty. Visit our website at http: //billtaggs.home.comcast.net

Seeking info on water purification or air ducts and herbicide exposure aboard ships serving in coastal waters of RVN. I serviced ships, now have prostate cancer, and suspect herbicide exposure is involved, but cannot find data or records on herbicides in air ducts or water systems of Vietnam Era ships. Contact: Richard A. Outlaw, 3800 Yates Mill Pond Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606.

Searching for Vincent Dema. We served together with the 58th Trans. Co., Qui Nhon, 1967-68. Last info I have: Vincent’s wife’s name is Sandy and they live in New Brunswick, N.J. Contact: Joseph Swyston, 60 River St., Apt. 516, Rochester, NY 14612; 585-581-5604.

Looking for USMC 3/26 (1966-67) veterans Kenneth J. Muse, Rhinehart (from the 81’s), and Norman Messier. Also seeking John Grebas, MP & Guard Co., Camp Lejeune, 1968. John may now be a Pennsylvania state trooper. Contact: Charlie Carter, 72196 Dogwood Rd., Abita Springs, LA 70420; 985-640-3166.

Need help with a PTSD claim. Seeking anybody who served with PB 22 Squadron flying out of Utapau, Thailand, in 1974 and has knowledge of the Orion aircraft. Particularly seeking anyone who witnessed crashes or other operations. Contact: Chuck Warren, 917 W. Markham, Suite A, Little Rock, AR 72201; 501-324-2889.

Seeking anyone who served with C Co., 1/505, 3rd Bde., 82nd Airborne; B Co., 1/8, 1st Air Cav., or O Co., 1/75 Rangers, 1968-70.Particularly seeking Larry “OJ” Venus, Fred Belt, and Ron Atkinson. Contact: Cliff Servetti, P.O. Box 31355, San Francisco, CA 94131; 415-519-3187; customengine5@aol.com

Looking for Sam Smith. We were stationed together at Camp Lejeune (Montford Point), 1966-67. Last-known info: Sam was a reporter for a Cleveland newspaper. Contact: Robert U. Lowe, H-33065, CSP-SAC, C8222, P.O. Box 290066, Represa, CA 95671.

Searching for Eric Frankenfeld (born April 21, 1953), drafted in Long Beach, Calif. Eric’s girlfriend at the time was Julie Bixby. Also seeking draftee James Deemer, whose birthday was Christmas Day. Contact: L. Campbell Nelson, 4010 E. 8th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99508; 907-333-2866.

Searching for anyone who served at Dong Ha Airbase, 1966-68. “Remember Sweet Pea.” Air Force and Marines worked side by side. My nickname was “Lucky.” Contact: Leon J. Fields, 3128 Richard Ave., N.E., Roanoke, VA 24012; 540-342-6313; 540-312-7782.

Seeking former Marines Paul Scaglione and Maurice Vorasco. They helped me treat a badly wounded Marine during a rocket attack at Cam Lo Hill on Feb. 4, 1968. Together we were able to move the wounded man to safety in nearby bunkers. I have never forgotten Paul and Maurice and have tried to find them for years. Contact: Dr. Jon Schiff, 2918 RR 620 N., Apt. 295, Austin, TX 78734.

Looking for Danny Assit. We were together in the “tent city” at Ft. Gordon in 1966 or 1967. I was en route to Germany. Not sure where Danny was headed. Contact: Mark A. Griffin, 10704 George Grimsley Hwy., Columbia, AL 36319; gmarka@yahoo.com; 334-696-3400.

Searching for Harold Folk (Pa.), Emilio Nieto (Texas), Mario Ruialdi (Utah), Dennis Strehlman (Calif.), all from H&S Co., 2nd Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., 1968. Contact: Tom Scearcy, 1590 Big Horn Bay Rd., Alexandria, MN 56308; 320-834-3737.

Need help with PTSD claim. Looking for shipmates from the U.S.S. Washburn (AKA-108) WESPAC cruise, 1967-68. Contact: James A. Lewis, 3106 Hodges Rd., Kinston, NC 28504; 252-523-0719.

Seeking John George Johnson (born Dec. 3, 1938), who served with S3 Sector, Advisory Team 71. On his return home, he was stationed in Kentucky and visited his mother in Michigan every weekend. Contact: Doug McLean, ttenis@netspace.net.au

Looking for anyone who knew Randel Pruett, a cook with Co. B, 168th Engr. Combat Bn. , Lai Ky Base Camp, 1967-68. Contact: Jimmy Keas, jdkeas@grnco.net

Searching for former lieutenant Wayne Shipman. I am the son of Col. Kim Pham, formerly of the 10th Regiment, 7th Div., Army of the Republic of Viet Nam. Lt. Shipman was my father’s adviser in Kien Hoa (Ben Tre) Province, 1968-69. My father now lives in Atlanta and speaks often of Lt. Shipman’s courage. I would like to re-connect these two veterans. Contact: Long Pham, phamlong@bellsouth.net

Seeking Steve Owens, air traffic controller with the 345th, Can Tho, 1969-70. Contact: Alex Kutcher, indochine1@verizon.net

Looking for Ernest Friedel, former electronics technician, Phan Rang AB. I am a veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force, No. 2 Squadron, based at Phan Rang from Feb. 1969 to Feb. 1970. I believe Ernest was from Port Arthur, Texas. I have tried to locate him over the years without success. Contact: Peter Ruston, rustonfamily@bigpond.com

Want to hear from anybody who served with B Co., 1st Tank Bn., 1st MARDIV at Hill 55, 1967-68. Contact: Donald W. Chester, Sr., 329-A Bayou Blue Rd., Houma, LA 70364; 985-851-6971.

Searching for anyone who served with D Co., 1st Bn., 1st Inf. Div. Also anybody who served with or supported the 1st Inf. Div. mine sweep team. Contact: Charles V. Chapman, Sr., 1232 S. Mesa St., San Pedro, CA 90731; 424-901-9164.

Seeking Charles Norman, Ken Sieves, Phil E. Butler, Rector, and others from 32nd ADA Bde. Also 84th Ord. Bn., Kaiserslautern, Germany. We all hung out at the Stadtwein and PX Vogelweh, 1960-65. Contact: Vincent Perrera, 20 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701; 914-841-0183.

Trying to locate anyone who served in Giessen with the Signal Corps (radio repair), 1961-62. Contact: Jerry Patterson, 3920 Haynes Rd., Bartlett, TN 38133; 901-372-1661; 901-461-7030.

Searching for William Sheriff who was with C Co., 864th Engr. Bn., Nha Trang, 1966-67. Sheriff’s last-known address in Macon, Ga. Contact: John “Cap” McKeighan, 334-445-1014.

Seeking information about Richard D. Conklin (former PFC), died June 15, 1968, and Joseph P. Braun (former LCPL), died Apr. 28, 1967. Conklin Field in Milford, Conn., is named for Richard. Contact: Fred Van Pala, 11 Sperry St., Milford, CT 06460; 203-877-3038; fredvp@myway.com

Need help verifying stressors for VA claim. Trying to find (former E-5) Mulvanie or anybody else who served in Btry. D, 56th Arty., above Bien Hoa airport. I did a lot of convoys to the Long Binh ammo dump and out to the base camps. Contact: Leslie Henry, 1070 State Rd., Manistique, MI 49854; 906-341-8100.

Looking for Willie J. Ward who was an Army MP, 1969-71. He was at the Yuma Proving Grounds. We lost touch when I went to RVN. Ward was from either Bessemer or Selma, Ala. Contact: Ronald J. Doering, W3026 N. Lake Ln., White Lake, WI 54491.

Seeking J. Zito (N.J.), J. Edgar, Battaglia (N.Y.), R. Truesdale (Xenia, Ohio), from RT-29 Radio Telegraph School, San Diego, 1966-67. We all went to Vietnam. Contact: Fred C. Wood, 4184 Altair Course, Liverpool, NY 13090; 315-622-3323.

Anyone out there who served with HHB, Div. Arty., 1st Cav., 1966-67? I was the company clerk with Vern Johnson at Camp Radcliff, An Khe. Contact: Al Litman, 571 Trailside Way, Mesquite, NV 89027.

Want to contact radar technicians assigned to Task Forces Pike/Slawson, 3rd Marine Div., 12th Field Arty., Dong Ha, June 1967-68. Our team repaired the AN/MPQ4A Counter Mortar/Artillery Radars among the DMZ (Gio Linh, Con Thien, Camp J.J. Carroll, Khe Sanh, etc.). Contact: Don Groner, 129 E. 8th St., Benson, AZ 85602; 520-586-9404; dgyg1938@cox.net.

Looking for members of the band called “Unrep a Go-Go” aboard U.S.S. Cacapon (AO-52), 1965-67, including Butch Mitchell, Dalman, and Bertucci. Contact: Louis Pardo, 244 Cascade Rd., Warwick, NY 10990; 845-988-0844.

Seeking anyone who was in the 31st Trans. Sqdrn., Tuy Hoa AB, June-Dec. 1970. Also anyone who was a mechanic with 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing, Cam Ranh Bay, Dec. 1970-June 1971. Contact: Michael A. (Murph) Murphy, bubumurph@cableone.net; 208-227-6399.

Searching for Richard E. Holden (former Sgt, USAF) from Georgetown, Mass. We were stationed together in South Dakota, Spain, and Germany, 1966-70. Contact: David J. Delemme, 220 W. River St., Otsego, MI 49078; 269-692-3169.

Looking for old friends from USN Recruit Trng. Co. 103, Great Lakes Naval Training Ctr., April 1957. Contact: Carl D. Barber, 417-588-4383.

Incident verification needed. Does anybody recall when Clarence W. Bynum attempted suicide by drinking Pine-Sol while confined to the base stockade at Ft. Polk? Contact: Clarence W. Bynum, 501 S. Persimmon St., Pine Bluff, AR 71602; 870-489-0205.

Seeking Randal P. LeBlanc (Baton Rouge) of Co. A, 1st Cav., 2/12. Dave (“Deadeye”) Bonczyk and Tony (“Mr. Quick”) Katz have been looking for him for years. Contact: Dave Bonczyk, 10098 W. 25 Rd., Rapid River, MI 49878; 906-474-9485; djbonczyk@yahoo.com
Searching for any airman who served with 319th Combat Support Grp., Bien Thuy, 1967-68. Contact: Dan Lowery, 7498 Hwy. 248 West, Branson, MO 65616; 318-613-5385.

PTSD claim assistance needed. Seeking Marines who served with me in MAG-12, Chu Lai, Nov. 1965-April 1966. Contact: John Carvotta, 151 School St., Groveland, MA 01834; 978-462-8171, ext. 5119; 617-285-4268; jcarvotta@trsd.net

Looking for anyone who served with me on Advisory Team #73 in Chuong Thien Province, IV Corps, in early 1970, particularly members of the MAT Team I was assigned to in My Long. The C.O. was Major Lewis, and I worked with Sgt. Kelsey and a 2nd Lt. possibly named Nesbit. I was replaced by Sgt. Walker who was killed two weeks after I left. Contact: Joseph Leavens, 500 Mermaid Ave., Beachwood, NJ 08722; 732-344-3072.

Seeking friends from Co. E, 709th Maintenance Bn., 1966-67, including Jerry Witte, Robert Becker, Johnny Outland, Richard Moore, Tom Ewers, Ray Price, and the cook from Salina, Kansas. Contact: Kenny Bowen, 913-426-0290; tinman44622@yahoo.com

Would love to hear from old friends I served with in K Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Marines, up to Oct. 15, 1965, then G Co., 2nd Bn., 4th Marines, Oct. 16, 1965-Mar. 17, 1966. Contact: Meril Johnson, 505-313-4796; jmeril@yahoo.com

Looking for Edward Shuster (San Luis Obispo), electronics technician (navigation) and Robert Brown (Florida), air wing, U.S.S. Constellation (CVA-64), 1965-67; Dewey A. Niconish (Neopit, Wisc.), U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-43), 1965-67. Contact: Tim Duble, Sr., 268 Main St., Leetonia, OH 44431; 330-717-3669.

Affidavit needed for VA Agent Orange-related cancer claim from anyone who might recall leaving the U.S.S. Cleveland (LPD-7) with me in Da Nang, April 23, 1971. I was assigned to working parties bringing the Marines on board for the trip to Okinawa. Was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year but claim is pending. Contact: Pete Flannery, 920-650-6606; fortflan@yahoo.com

Trying to locate anyone attached to P.B.R. Mobile Base #1, Tan My, May 1970-April 1971. Looking for a shoulder patch from this unit. Contact: Joe Coullard, jcoullard@edisonsault.com

Need help with a DIC claim on behalf of my late husband Jerry Oakley. Want to locate veterans who served with him. He was in the 3rd Mtn. Bn., Para 7 AR 635, March 1962-March 1965, but I need more confirmation of dates and places of service for a DIC claim. Contact: Lucy Oakley, lucyoakley513@aol.com

Searching for members of the 328th Army Band, transfered to Ft. Wolters in Oct. 1966 from Brooklyn Army Terminal. I played the tuba. Names I remember: Robert McElwee (trumpet), Ken Vanzanbergen, Fred Schuller, Frank Chirellc, Risenhour, Schneider, Keiser, Skillern, Matos, Shank. Contact: Eddie Carpenter, eddie0623@gmail.com.

I am a Vietnamese veteran who was wounded in action and treated at the 95th Evac. Hospital, Da Nang, Oct. 1972. I was treated very well by Dr. James Greenberg, home state Wisconsin, duty tour in RVN, 1972-73. Want to reconnect. Contact: Do Minh Duc, mustang1983@gmail.com

Trying to locate anyone who served with my brother Robert A. Burzynski, AKA “Bob” or “Ski,” with 3rd Bn., 1st Marines, 1st MARDIV in the following units: Mike Co., 3rd Plt.; Kilo Co., 2nd Plt., and H&S Co., 1966. Bob participated in Operations Double Eagle (Phases 1 and 2), Utah, Texas, Hot Springs, Wyoming, Kansas, Liberty, Buck, and Teton. He was wounded on Sept. 5, 1966, in the Da Nang area. Bob passed away on March 14, 1984. Gathering information for his children and grandchildren. Contact: Larry Burzynski, 609-641-4107; poppop0304@hotmail.com

Seeking anybody who served with Bill Lamberson, Marine rifleman with 1st FSR/FLC, Da Nang, 1968-1969. He may have been a graves registration specialist. Contact: Joe T. Reams, 770-998-1876; tedreams@hotmail.com

Searching for John Koontz, whose life was saved by platoon-mate Robert David Biggerstaff. Koontz lost a leg, was very tall, and was originally from Indiana or Illinois. Both men were part of 5th Special Forces based in Tan Son Nhut, 1967-68. Contact: Britni Podskarby, britnipodskarby@yahoo.com

Looking for anyone who was in the 62nd SAG, Chu Lai, 1970-71. Or anyone stationed near the 62nd Signal Co. in Chu Lai. I recall Harvey Avery, Kiko and Gray (whom we called “Stump”). I worked in the motor pool, was in charge of the PLL Dept., and went on a lot of trips to Da Nang with 37th Signal Bn. Need to get in touch with the past. Contact: Bob Dietenhofer, dorisandbob@verizon.net

Need help with a VA claim. Seeking anyone who served with me in C/1/12, 3rd MARDIV and remembers the friendly fire incident in July or August 1968. I was on Gun 5. The crew chief was Sgt. Garcia and the corpsman who helped me was nicknamed “Red” or “Carrot Top.” Contact: Happy Dyer, 706-322-8123; dyerhappy@bellsouth.net

I want to learn more about Patrick A. Deck, whose name is on The Wall. Would like to find out if we are related. Deck was a Lt. from Chevy Chase, Md., born March 1, 1941, and died February 1977. I also want to say thank you to all veterans for everything you have done for us. Contact: Jenny (Deck) Holford, JennyHolford73@MSN.COM

Looking for the family of Christopher O’Sullivan, who was an adviser to a Vietnamese Ranger Bn. and was killed May 30, 1965. The flagpole at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, Queens, is named in his honor. The area around the flagpole is about to be refurbished, and we would like to contact the family. Unfortunately, they left Astoria several years ago. Contact: Mario Massa, 20-71 33rd St., Astoria, NY 11105; 917-673-2805.

Looking for Guillermo Federico Reyes who left our school in Guatemala City in the late 1960s, and came to America where he joined the Army and served in Vietnam. Contact: Dora Velazquez-Asturias, doraeuveas@yahoo.com

 

 

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