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Looking for bomb loaders from 34th Camro Squadron, Bien Hoa, Oct. 1964-65. Gerald Vineall or Ken Walter, where are you? Also seeking Walter King from the days in Phu Cat, Oct. 1970-Feb. 1971. Contact: Edgar H. Robinson, 1004 E. 24th St., Holland, MI 49423; 616-396-8194.

Seeking contributions from Viet vets for prospective publication, “Music and Memories.” Share a song (or top three songs) that were particularly meaningful with a brief note or story about the music. All contributors receive a copy of the book. All proceeds benefit the Iowa Vietnam Library Project. Contact: Jim Barker, 4941 Dickinson Dr., San Jose, CA 95111; 503-957-3911; erodemango@yahoo.com

Want to hear from anyone who served with 1st Admin. Co., Di An, Nov. 1965-66. Contact: Robert D. Smith, 5534 Sam Potts Hwy., Hallsboro, NC 28442.

Searching for anyone with hepatitis C who received shots with the immunization “air gun” at Ft. Bragg, June 1969. Contact: Bobby Lamb, RD 1203-355, Nettleton, MS 38858; 662-963-7502.

Where are you Bravo Co., 4th Bn., 9th Inf. (Manchu), 25th Inf. Div., 1968-70? Seeking Thomas Kelly (Pa.), Gary Floyd (Ohio), Garcia, Lt. Col. Randolph, Lt. Marcks (Wisc.), Phillip Roberts (Mich.), only a few on our “looking for” list. Have located many and enjoy annual Sept. reunions. Contact: Stan and Rita Adams, 1665 Saratoga Dr., Fulton, MO 65251; 573-642-5250; theadamsfamily@socket.net or www.manchu.org

Looking for MacDonnell from 16th Military Police HHD, with 252 MP Bn., Nha Trang, April 1967-68. I owe Maj. MacDonnell a debt of gratitude and hope he or his family will contact me. Contact: Bob Wolf, 1501 48th St. SW, #206, Fargo, ND 58103; 701-281-7028.

Want to find Jerry Cross (E. Sedalia, Mo.), Eric Fletcher (Seattle), Moose Burrell, Art Shivy, Cramuel Tolliver (Bronx, NY) from 35th Combat Eng., July 1968-Sept. 1969, I Corps north of Da Nang and IV Corps near Can Tho. Contact: Scott E. Henry, 15532 S.W. Pacific Hwy., C-113, #107, Tigard, OR 97224.

Looking for anyone who served with my cousin Alex (“Andy”) Orlikowski, Jr., 8th Eng. Bn., Co. B, 1st Cav. Div. (Air Mobile), Vietnam 1966-67. Andy died in 1991, and I’d like to hear from those who served with him and have stories or pictures to share. Contact: Walter Orlikowski, 6576 Mason Rd., Athens, WI 54411; 715-257-7833.

Where are you, Parker? We went overseas together on the U.S.S. Gordon and served together in 6th Bn., 14th Artillery. Anyone else out there from HQ Battery, 1965-66? Contact: Ernie Coe, 12973 Woodlark Ln., St. Louis, MO 63131; 314-835-3703.

Seeking anyone who served with me in 2/60, 9th Inf. Div., mortar platoon, Tan An, 1970. Robert Socko, Bowie, Anderson, Nieto, it’s me, “The Runaway.” Contact: Gil Delvare, 511 Edward Ln., Vineland, NJ 08360.

Anybody out there who served with Co. B., 69/44 Sig. Bn., HQ Plt., USARPAC, Long Binh, June 1968-69? Contact: M. Loehr, 800 Woodward, Lot 16, Fostoria, OH 44830.

Looking for anyone who served with HHS, 79th Eng. Grp., Long Binh, July 1966-67. I was a truck driver and need help with VA claim. Contact: Thomas E. Walker, 307 Natural Dr., White Hall, AR 71602; 870-247-4189.

Searching for anyone from basic training, Ft. Dix, November Co., Jan. 1965. The bolt flew out of another soldier’s M-14 during rifle drills and struck me on the nose. Did not go to sick call but have had sinus trouble and breathing difficulties since. Need help with confirmation. Contact: Edward T. Akerley, 456 York St., Caribou, ME 04736; uncamitty@yahoo.com

Need to locate anyone who remembers me rotating from MACV Saigon to Pleiku medical field hospital via medevac, 1970-71. Contact: Terry Stewart, P.O. Box 1113, Clyde, NC 28721; stewart8311@bellsouth.net

Seeking George Brooks. We served together in 1/44 Artillery (Dusters), Dong Ha, 1968-69. Have located Mike Borowicz and Jack Fogle after 38 years. Contact: John Devlin, 7472 McClure Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218; 412-242-8171.

Searching for Mary Jordan. We served together as hospital corpsmen on the neuropsychiatric unit of the Naval Hospital at Philadelphia, 1964-65. Contact: Robert W. Cohen, 13382 Portsmouth Crossing, Plymouth, MI 48170; 734-347-7496.

Looking for buddies from Lima Co., 4/11 Artillery, April 1967-May 1968. Contact: Randy Phillips, P.O. Box 83, New Blaine, AR 72851; 479-938-2896; rphillips@tankersleyfoods.com

Want to find old friend Jennings from West Virginia. He was a Sgt. when we served together in Mortar Platoon, C/1/28, 1st Div., Nov. 1966-67. We flew into Phuoc Vinh together. Contact: Paul E. Raley, 29 Ridgeview Ln., Buffalo, MO 65622; 417-345-9808.

Seeking T. “Bill” Barone, Jr., from Paterson, N.J. Your old Marine buddy “Moon Man” would love to reconnect. We served together from Plt. 160 at Parris Island to Mike Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Marines in RVN. Lost track of you on Operation DeSoto. Contact: Richard B. Mooney, 25 Park Pl., Floral Park, NY 11001; 516-352-9203; rmooney2@optonline.net

Love to hear from anyone who served with Plt. 236, USMC Recruit Depot Parris Island, or with D Co., 7th Eng. Bn., 1st Marine Div., at Hill 37, 1968-69. Contact: Joe Harvey, 3015 Merriweather Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870; 419-625-4161.

Searching for “Doc” Henery (from San Jose, Calif.). Also anyone who served with Hotel Co., 2/4, early 1967, and 3rd Medical Bn., Phu Bai, summer 1967. Contact: Jay Jones, 363 Eagle Way, Smyrna, DE 19977; 302-653-6361.

Looking for Marines who were at the Saigon U.S. Embassy or Consulate during attacks of late 1962 and early 1963. Some of us river patrol personnel were sent to help at both places. Contact: Larry Morris, P.O. Box 5642, Sun City West, AZ 85376; 623-977-5858.

Seeking Martin Richardson. You served with my husband in the 173rd Airborne, 1969-70. I want to surprise my husband. Contact: Barbara Kutsavage, 1324 Victoria Dr., Gardnerville, NV 89460; 775-265-1731.

Trying to find Carmine R. Schiaffo. Carmine, you were my NCOIC in 1st Mobile Comm. Co. at Clark AFB, Philippines. Need your help on a claim verification. Contact: Jack Kester, 11950 S.W. Lincoln Ave., Apt. 16, Tigard, OR 97223.

Searching for Lacates, Hahn, Robinson from B Co., 1st Aviation Bn., 1st Inf. Div., Phu Loi, 1968-69. Also seeking Randy, the door-gunner with 12th Aviation Group. And who treated my leg wound on Mar. 16, 1968? Contact: Richard Griser, P.O. Box 255, Oakmont, PA 15139; 724-516-0238.

Want to hear from anyone who served with me in the 258th MP Co. Corps, Ft. Hood, Texas, March 1970-August 1971. Contact: Rick Popa, 6520 Pressley Creek, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189; seniorpopa@hotmail.com

Looking for Mike Casey or anyone else who served at Binh Thuy Air Base, Jan. 1968-69. Contact: Dennis Madsen, 1517 Lucia Ave., Fairmont, MN 56031; dm73145@chartermi.net

Would love to hear from anyone who served with me in HHC, 159th Engr. Grp., Engr. COMD, 20th Engr. Bgd., USARV, Long Binh, 1970-71. Contact: Fred Van Pala, 11 Sperry St., Milford, CT 06460; fredvp@sbcglobal.net

Seeking anybody who was on Hamburger Hill (Dong Ap Bia), May 1969. How about with C Co., 3rd/187th at Camp Eagle before the start of “Apache Snow”?

Looking for John Comerford, Bill Batten, Leonel Mata, any others. Contact: Chuck “Shorty” Schilling, Jr., 122 Oak St., Brooklyn, MI 49230; 517-467-4625; grumpygrucker@aol.com

Seeking anyone who loaded munitions on F-4/D and F-4/E aircraft with 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Danang Air Base, 1969-70. Some personnel were out of Eglin AFB, Florida. Contact: Karun W. Sjostrom, P.O. Box 467, St. Michaels, AZ 86511; 928- 871-2017 (day); 928-871-4468 (evening).

Searching for family members of Samuel Boyd of Newark, N.J., KIA June 10, 1968. I served with PFC Boyd in A Troop, 2/17 Cav., 101st Airborne Div. and was with him on the night he was killed. Contact: Arthur P. Corley, 5 Longview Dr., Bridgeton, NJ 08302; 856- 451-9491.

Looking for anyone from the 173rd or 241st Inf., Jan.-Sept. 1968. I remember Walley and Bob Brown. I was called “Robe.” Contact: Clifford J. Robertson, P.O. Box 1983, Maple Falls, WA 98266; 360-599-9127; Gracie-Cliff@yahoo.com

Would like to find any member of the M.A.S.H. unit in Phu Bai, 1968-69. Seeking info about the unit and locale. Contact: Jerry Spette, 66 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570; 914-769-7758; grspette66@aol.com

Seeking those who served as Air Police and Security Police at Tan Son Nhut AFB for our next 377th SPS Reunion in Nov. 2007. Contact: Jim Stewart, P.O. Box 67, Montrose, MI 48457; 810-639-5755 (evening); jstewart@centurytel.net

Would love to hear from anyone who served with me in HHB 3-13 FA, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Dec. 1974-77. Contact: Mike Reiss, 31 Brooks Dr., Stony Point, NY 10980; 845-429-6010; mreiss5504@optonline.net

Looking for Henry Anderson, Donald and C. Helphenstine, or anyone else from Plt. 278, USMC Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, 1968. Also seeking Joe McGuiness (may be spelled differently) from Indiana with H&S Co., or any grunts from H Co., 2/4, 3rd Mar. Div., I Corps, Quang Tri, 1969, ( “The Magnificent Bastards”). Contact: Gary L. Morrison, 3032 S.W. 22nd Pl., Cape Coral, FL 33914; 239-541-9937.

Want to hear from anyone who served with the 394th Transportation Bn., Construction Detachment, Qui Nhon, 1967-71. Contact: Tom Ras, 937 Salt Rd., Webster, NY 14580.

Searching for Robert Trafter, Jr. We served together in A Co., 3rd Engrs., Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Also served with him in Motor Transport, 1973-74. His wife was named Kelly. Contact: Roger D. Kellogg, 2301 Maplegrove Rd., Jackson, MI 49201; 517-769-3486.

Seeking anyone who served with the 31st Security Police Sqdn. (Tiger Flight), Tuy Hoa AFB, July 1969-70. Contact: Terry Padgett, 196 Catalpa Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24502; tpuvais1@msn.com

Looking for anyone assigned to Det. 9, 15th Aerial Port Sqdn., 7th Air Force, or any Marines stationed at the air field, Dong Ha, 1966-67. Planning a reunion. Contact: Leon J. Fields, 3128 Richard Ave., N.E., Roanoke, VA 24012; 540-312-7782.

Searching for a reunion of the 379th Transportation Co., 48th Transportation Grp., 6th Battalion. I was stationed with this unit in Long Binh, 1968-69. Anybody know about a reunion? Contact: Thomas Pratt, 52 4th St., Rochester, NY 14609; 585-454-5009; thomtra5@aol.com

Want to hear from anyone assigned to 711th, Turkey Hill, Belleville, Ill. 1955-1960, Boston Air Defense Sector, Stewart AFB, or 1st MOB, Clark AFB, Philippines. Bill Green, are you out there? Anyone from Tent Kit Section? Contact: Lawrence W. Gordon, 734 N. Monroe Dr., Xenia, OH 45385; 937-347-2212.

Seeking old friends from NavCat 18, Ben Hoa, 1970-71. We lived in the Chinese section of Saigon and worked on the coast in II Corps, close to the Hon Koi peninsula. Also lived on a Korean base named White Horse. Contact: Rich Tapia, rtdirections@yahoo.com

Trying to locate James (or John) McClinick (unsure of spelling). He is my husband’s father and was on leave at the time my husband was born. We were told that he was killed in an automobile accident on his way to join his wife and newborn son. I want to find out if that is true or if he might still be alive. I am doing this as a surprise for my husband. Contact: Amy Riggs, 937-446-3350; rrcontracting@dragonbbs.com

Seeking anyone who knew my uncle Robert “Bobby” Spencer. He was with the 503rd out of Ft. Campbell, Ky., 1966-68. Contact: Heather Spencer, c/o Jill Dargavell, dargavell@prtcnet.org

Looking for anyone who served on LCU 1575 in Vietnam, 1968-69. Contact: Robert Moore, rmoore@greatoakswater.com

Seeking August Jakubiec or his family. I served with HQ New Zealand Vietnam Force, Dec. 1966-Feb. 1968. August was with the U.S. Army. I have a 1967 photo taken on the roof of the Free World Military Assistance Organization (FWMAO) building in Saigon of August and me. I would love to reconnect. Contact: John Goodman, johnali@bigfoot.com.au

Seeking information on a rescue/ salvage mission aboard the U.S.S. Krishna (ARL-38) sometime in 1967-69 when a swift boat pulled alongside and a helmet was handed up with a head still in it. Does anybody recall this incident? I need proof and a time frame. Contact: Julie Welch, scabouch@yahoo.com

Looking for Horace Jackson, a Vietnam vet from Miami, Florida, arrested as AWOL in Australia in 1970 or 1971. I need further information. Contact: Craig Jackson, trevenar.co@bigpond.com

Looking for anyone who fought with my father, Phillip Walter Qualey, in the 9th Inf. Div., 490th General Support Bn., at Bearcat, Can Tho, and other locations in Vietnam. He is a Purple Heart recipient but won’t speak of his experiences. If you knew my dad, I’d love to hear from you. Contact: Michelle Andrews, 207-445-2885 (home); 207-441-3338 (cell); qualey28@adelphia.net

Searching for Lewis, Army mess cook at Cam Ranh. I’d love to get in touch. Contact: Yen Hoang, 3800 Herwol Ave., Waco, TX 76710; 817-514-0444; TootsieB46@aol.com

Seeking anyone who knew my grandfather, John Robert Gilfillan. John died a few years back and never talked about his Vietnam service. I don’t know much, but among his papers was a travel authorization from Saigon to Danang on Feb. 7, 1969. Were you a friend of my grandfather’s? Did you know him? Contact: Antoinette Peters, frog01@ihug.com.au

Need Agent Orange support letters. I served with C Btry., 4th Bn., 76th Arty., 7th Inf. Div., Dec. 1966-Feb. 1968. Contact: Ronald Dennis, P.O. Box 32364, Charlotte, NC 28232; 704-661-4611; sibledennis@alltel.net

Need buddy letter to verify stressors. I served with 199th LIB HHC MP, 152nd MP Plt., Sept. 1968-69. We were attacked with mortar, rockets, small arms, and sappers on Feb. 23, 1969, at Camp Frenzel Jones at Long Binh. Contact: David Jackson, david.jackson4582@sbcglobal.net

Searching for guys who served with me in the Cos. A and B, 15th Eng. Bn., 9th Inf. Div.,, at Bearcat, 1966-67. Contact: Larry F. Wilburn, Wallyworld@netscape.com

Trying to learn anything about my grandfather, Hubert D. Gaddis. Contact: Leah Pfeister, lpfeisterans@hotmail.com

Searching for anyone from Plt. 442, USMC Recruit Depot, Parris Island, 1945. Looking for platoon photo, memories, etc. Contact: Carl Robb, 1972 King Richard Dr., Titusville, FL 32796; CRobb2@cfl.rr.com

Want to surprise my husband George Q. Smith by finding buddies who served with him in Wertheim, Germany, 1966-67. Frank Howard, Larry Middleton, Kenny Volpe, Jerry Tradup, and Doug Ross are some of the names I remember. Would love to hear from you. Contact: Daralea Smith, daraleas@webtv.net

Trying to help a friend find George Walker who served at Ninh Chu in July 1971. Not much info but you never know. Contact: Whitchurch, Hk2734@aol.com

Looking for anyone who served with George Pike in 1st Bn., 7th Cav., 1965-66. Contact: George Pike, sparklilbit@aol.com

Looking for Jon E. Fine (Jonny) from Knoxville, Tenn. My husband and Jonny were radio operators (“053s”) in 2nd Bn., 41st Artillery, 3rd Div., Graves Kaserne, Aschaffenburg, Germany, 1964-65. Jonny’s service was extended in October 1965, almost certainly to Vietnam. We never heard from him after that. His name is not on The Wall or MIA. It would mean the world to us to find out what happened to him. Contact: Judy Courtright, 1830 Rowan-Burton, Alvin, TX 77511; jkc1945@sbcglobal.net

Seeking anybody I served with in 334th Armed Helicopter Co. stationed at Bien Hoa, July 1967-69. Are there any of us UH1C guys still around? Contact: Keith J. Clay, keithclay@aol.com or keithclay@gmail.com

Looking for anyone who served with me at Phan Rang AFB in the 35th Security Police Squadron, Panther Flight, 1971-72. Contact: Kh532@aol.com

Searching for anyone who remembers Byron H. Coates from 1st Engineers at Marble Mountain. Contact: gunneycoates@yahoo.com

Want to find anyone who served with Jessie Overbaugh as a welder and mechanic in the 1st Squadron, 4th Cav., 1st Inf. Div., Feb. 1969-70, at Lai Khe, Thunder One, Fire Base Doc, and various other places. Charlie Cole, Meagher, Terrill, Carvajal, Henry, Sgt. Sanders, Herndon, Clark, and Jughead looking for you. Contact: Lucena Overbaugh, Cenaluci@yahoo.com or Cenaluci@hotmail.com

Randall Moss is seeking Donnie Shelton. Randall served on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, 1975-79. Finding Donnie Shelton may be useful to his veteran benefits. Contact: Randall Moss, P.O. Box 314, Puxico, MO 63960; 573-222-6123.

I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the Chinook and C7 mid-air collision that happened the first week of Oct. 1969. Contact: Billy Flippo, Billyflippo@aol.com

Buddy, where are you? Looking for Dan Fern, 574th, Dong Tam, 1966-67. Contact: Dave Schwartz, lghtfld@localnet.com

Seeking Jim Green. We met in 1969 or 1970. Jim was a USMC captain at the time who flew helicopters into and out of El Toro Marine Base in California. He was originally from either North or South Carolina. Contact: Karen Cashner Abel, karena@iswest.com

Searching for anyone who served with me in the 4th MI, 4th Inf. Div., Pleiku, 1970-71. If I recall correctly, the 4th Inf. Div. left country after 6 months. I was reassigned to a MI group in Danang. I was called “Moon Dog” in those days. Contact: Chris Dautreuil, ccdautreuil@charter.net

Trying to locate anyone who served on the U.S.S. Kearsarge from 1967-70 and who flew dustoff missions to Vietnam. Also anyone who remembers the fire aboard the ship and the names of those who died. Contact: pcordova10@hotmail.com

Seeking anyone who staffed or remembers the Lai Khe aid station. Did you treat my head wound after incoming at the beginning of Tet 1969? I was a combat engineer with the 168th Engr. Bn. Some called me “Lizard Man,” others referred to me as “Crazyass.” Our C.O. was Gabrino, first sergeant was Bryant, and the platoon sergeant was Hamblin. Trying to get help for PTSD and need verification. Contact: Lee Bryant, 1005 Thomas Blvd., Springdale, AK 72762; Shellshock@aol.com

Seeking John McKee, 2/47 Inf. Div. (“Bearcats”), 1971. John was a 1968 ROTC grad from CCNY. Contact: Jim Hruska, Hruska@rangeragainstwar.com
Anyone who was at the Long Binh ammo dump in Tet 1968, get in touch. I also need a map of the ammo dump. Also looking for dog handlers who were attached to the Hawk missile battery that was sent to Chu Lai. Contact: rell4148@yahoo.com

Seeking Benjamin P. Williams who served on U.S.S. Canberra, 1966-67. Ben or anybody who knows him, get in touch. Contact: Melissa Green, melissagreen@ conwaycorp.net

Want to hear from anybody who knew or remembers my husband, Richard E. (“Reb”) Brundrette. He was in the Seabees and was killed in Vietnam in 1972. It still feels like yesterday. Now our 18-year-old grandson has left for Marine boot camp. If you remember Reb or served with him, I’d love to hear from you. Contact: Jeanne M. Farrell, nanfluf@aol.com

Would like to hear from anyone who was on Operation Meade River, Nov-Dec 1968. Contact: G.A. Gruenwald, usmcgman74@aol.com

Searching for vets of 25th Avn. Bn. (“diamondheads” and “little bears”), Cu Chi, for a reunion. Contact: Andy Asberry, 817-558-3932; aasberry@aol.com
Seeking Price, 585th Engineer Co., 1971, to invite to a reunion. SP5 Price actively participated in neutralizing a minefield with over 8,800 mines. Contact: H. Kenneth Seymour, 1200 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando, FL 34442; 352-527-3200.

In search of information about my cousin, Bruce Frank Williams. Bruce served as a helicopter pilot from 1966-73. He was born in Grand Island, Vermont, and attended Valley Forge Military Academy and the Norwich University School of Armor. Bruce died in 2002 and is buried at Arlington. If you knew him, remember him, or have stories or memorabilia to share, please get in touch. Contact: William White, 101 N. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057; 717-964-0680 or 717-557-9819.

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