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Looking for U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19) shipmates from S-2 Division on WESTPAC cruises, 1970-72. Contact: Joseph E. Mavero, 93 Pulaski Homes, New Brighton, PA 15066; 724-494-1505.

Would like to hear from anyone who did basic training at Ft. Bragg, Feb.-Apr. 1969 in D-2-1, especially the 4th Platoon, or from buddies at AIT at Ft. Sill,
Apr.-June 1969, A-1-4. I recall Alford, Coolahan, Dotson, and Wilson. Also seeking brothers from A Btry., 2/94 Artillery, “Defenders of the DMZ” at
LZ Sally, FB Sharon, FB Barbara, and FBC-1. Contact: Bill Cowan, 9 W. Chelton Rd., Parkside, PA 19015; 610-485-1683.

Want to hear from anybody who was with E Btry, 1st Bn., 84th Artillery, 9th Inf. Div. at Ben Tre, 1968-69. A reunion would be nice. Contact: Denis B. Backus, 1014 Old River Rd., White River Junction, VT 05001; 802-295-5005.
Seeking members of the 174th AHC, Duc Pho, 1969-70, including Taggert, Shedd, Zohel, Riddle, Bond, Pritchard, Max, Moody, and Baldy, all members of the “Dolphins.” Contact: William Conklin, 402 N. Umatilla St., Sutherlin, OR 97479; 541-459-4407.

Looking for anyone from Plt. 3314 Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
Sept.-Nov., 1966. Frank Baton, Andy Antone, Eddie L. Harris, or anyone from A or B Companies, 1st Tracks, 3rd Mar. Div. stationed at Que Viet, Mar. 1967-68. We were the “AM Grunts.” Contact: Robert E. Davis, 6530 Lake Ave.,
St. Joseph, MO 64504.

Seeking shipmates from the U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43), V-3 Div., 1965-67. Don Frowick, Don Gass, George Fluker, Doug Mann, Bob Smith (Smitty), Mike Ward, Dave McKelvy, Monty Franklin, Jerry Akers, Lt. Guthouser, and any other guys from the Division. Contact: Al Krueger, 25752 60th Ave., Cushing, MN 56443; 320-749-2431.

Need help verifying stressors. Seeking anybody stationed with 1st Marine Div., 9th Engr. Bn., HQ Co., Construction Plt., Chu Lai. We got hit by 60mm mortars in March 1968. Members of the Army’s Americal Div. were also in the area. Contact: Robert Geronimo, 352 Nome Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314; 718-494-0465; RG0829@aol.com

Want to hear from anybody who served with D Co., 1st Bn., 9th Marines, 1965- 66. Willy White, Larry Moecair, Richard (Sky) Korisky, Howey George. Contact: Joseph Langer, 126 Curry Rd., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590; 845-632-2716; glider9426U@yahoo.com

Incident verifications for PTSD claim needed. Late July 1966 attack on Long Binh when I was in transit and 186th Engr. Bn. was occuying the base. Later that year, on Dec. 4, another attack at Tan Son Nhut Air Base when I was next door assigned to HQ & HQ Co., USARV Special Troops. Contact: Bobby Rea, 1880 Private Road 6137, Elkhart, TX 75839; 903-764-5354.

Looking for John Eldridge from Mississippi, crew chief of a CH-53-D who was at Marble Mountain 1969-70 or 1970-71. He was my supervisor and trained me as a crew chief. Also Sgt. Bechtel, Cpl. Benton, Sgt. E.E. Smith, and all crew chiefs and members of HMT 204, MCAS, New River, N.C., who were involved in the evacuation of Saigon, 1974-75. Contact: Rodger E. Brown, 214 Greenbrier Dr., Simpsonville, SC 29680; 864-963-9228.

Trying to find anybody who was in the 306th LOG CMD, Camp McCoy, Wisc., 1951-52. This was a reserve unit activated before the Korean War, on active duty when I was discharged in Dec. 1952. Contact: Billy R. Alexander, 4502 Mt. Vernon Rd., Louisville, KY 40220.

Seeking Ron “Doc” McLaughlin or information about him. We served together aboard the U.S.S. Eldorado (LCC-11), May 1970-March 1971. We were like brothers. Contact: Jim Wright, 755 Delifield Ave., Staten Island, NY 10310; 718-273-4795.

Looking for anybody who served aboard the U.S.S. Bordelon (DD-881), 1965-69. Home port was Charleston, S.C.; in RVN 1967-68. Contact: Robert Evans, bobinspects@sbcglobal.net

Seeking a replacement for a yearbook called Tour 365 that I received when I left Vietnam in March 1969. It was about the size of a comic book. Can anyone help? Contact: Parker Jarvis, 555 W. Schrock Rd., Suite 120, Westerville, OH 43081; DrJarvis@netwalk.com

Searching for anyone stationed with the 31st Support Sq. at Tuy Hoa Air Base, June-Dec. 1970, and at Cam Ranh Bay in the 483rd Transportation Sq., Dec. 1970-June 1971. Contact: Mike Murphy, 208-227-6399; wiley9042@msn.com

Want to contact the Marine who escorted the body of PFC Robert Clarence Skinner back home. PFC Skinner served with 1st Shore Party Bn. and was killed on Nov. 16, 1969. Contact: Eddie Hammonds, 9771 Peacock Rd., Chadbourn, NC 28431; eddie.ham@intrstar.net

Would like to find Fred Rogers from California. We served together in an artillery unit attached to the 25th Inf. Div. near Cu Chi. He called me shortly after I returned from Vietnam. Contact: Charles Collick, 204 Patch Rd., Negaunee, MI 49866; 906-475-6166.

Looking for anyone who knew Norman James (“Totty”) Martin who played football and baseball for the Army, 1949-52. He was stationed with the
382nd MP Bn. and played in or around Bremerhaven, Karlsruhe, and Munich, Germany. His records were lost in a fire, and we need confirmation that he played. Contact: Phil Faucher, 248-363-4910; 906-334-2918; luckyp@up.net

Seeking Glen Donner Bauer or any others I served with in B Co., 62nd Engr. at Long Binh, March 1967-March 1968. Need help filling in gaps for a VA claim.
I was a heavy dump-truck driver. Contact: Starr (Barney) Deibert, 308 Fir St., Munising, MI 49862; 906-387-2371.

Searching for all field artillerymen who served on the “Kiss of Death” 175mm Howitzer at Camp Carroll and at Con Tien during 1967-68. Contact: Stephen L. Bailey, 3820 N.W. Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64154; 816-665-7294.

Seeking individuals who recall an explosion on Mount 53 of the U.S.S. Boston (CAG-1), July 9, 1969. Need claim verification. Contact: Charles Smith, 1407 E. Boston Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502; 330-782-5513.

Need to locate anyone from November Co., basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J., Jan. 1965. An M-14 bolt flew out of another soldier’s weapon and struck me in the nose. I had a black eye and a bloody nose but did not go to sick call. I have had sinus trouble and difficulty breathing ever since. Contact: Edward T. Akerley, 456 York St., Caribou, ME; 04736; uncamitty@yahoo.com

Looking for anyone who served with my uncle Robert Lee Hall in 5th Tactical Control Group based at Clark Air Force Base. Need verification of time in-country. Contact: Noah Dillion, 3208 Woodward Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018; 859-342-5120.

Need to confirm receipt of a Purple Heart awarded to me at Konsinock Hospital in Vietnam in either July or August 1968. I did not receive a certificate. Also want to hear from men I served with in the 173rd Inf. Contact: Clifford Robertson, P.O. Box 1983, Maple Falls, WA 98266; 360-599-9127.

The 114th AHC (“Knights of the Air”) is seeking Jill Johnson from the service club at Vinh Long, and John Jurhs, James A. Adams, Roy Billings, Vincent Alit, and others who served with us at Vinh Long Army Airfield and in Panama. Contact: Charlie Brown, ctbrown2@rcn.com or visit www.114thaviationcompany.com

Would love to hear from anybody I served with in 8th Support, Co. A, 196th Lt. Inf. Bn., July-Dec 1967. Contact: Barry O’Neil, 24 Burlington Ave., Leonardo, NJ 07737; 732-291-9270; 732-618-4676; barryhog@aol.com

Seeking Bernard Champagne, my roomate at Bien Hoa Air Base, for help with a VA claim. Bernard was last known to live in Lowell, Mass. Contact: Gary L. Bianchi, 123 Prospect Gardens, Ludlow, MA 01056; 413-265-0883.

Looking for Lindell Cooper, Mike Lamb, Lee Chaney, John Ricerz, and any other members of the Lighter Support Division 1 stationed with me in Danang, 1967-68. Contact: David D. Bair, 680 Calm Lake Cir., Apt. B, Rochester, NY 14612; 585-755-2577.

Seeking Frederick Masterson. I want to return a bracelet I purchased with his name on it during the Vietnam War years (July 11, 1972). He was then a lieutenant but I do not know which service branch. Contact: Jeannette DePalma, 180 Runnymede Rd., W. Caldwell, NJ 07006; jmdepalma@comcast.net

Need PTSD assistance. Who recalls when A and C Service Batteries, 16th Arty., 3rd Bn., 23rd Div. were overrun in 1970? Contact: John E. Lotito, 12845 McCarthy Rd., Lemont, IL 60439; 630-675-9792.

Searching for anybody stationed in the Band Section, Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor, 1964-66, or MCAS Cherry Point, (N.C.) in late 1966, notably Keith Tobin, Bob Cardososo, Jim Attestley, Ray Morrow, Tom Mercer, Dennis Pugh, Spisak, and Sam Genna. Freddy Edler passed away. Contact: Gerald Michael Maday, 29444 Cunningham Dr., Warren, MI 48092; 586-558-7127.

Incident verification needed for episode sometime during 1973-75. Information sought about an in-flight emergency aboard a homebound KC135 from Alaska to Carswell AFB, Texas, with emergency landing in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). An airman was killed when a window blew out due to cabin decompression. Contact: Steven Guerra, 1754 Connie Dr., Canyon Lake, TX 78133; 830-899-5324; 210-827-0381.

Stressor verification required for PTSD claim. Seeking anyone who served aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-60) and witnessed or knows about the at-sea collision with an oiler or supply ship in the Atlantic sometime during 1974-76. Contact: Anthony Chianese, 2071 Batchelder St., Brooklyn, NY 11229; 718-669-8446.

Need help with VA benefits application. If you served with 59th Field Service Co., Cam Ranh Bay, May 1970-71, get in touch. Contact: Peter DiMaria, 55 W. Main St., Ste. 140, Waterbury, CT 06702.

Searching for W.H. Simpson or anyone else stationed with the Communication Team, MACV Compound, Kontum, in 1969. Not a claim or incident query, just want to reconnect. Contact: Angelo Carmen, 2144 Ridge Rd., Ontario, NY 14519; 315-524-7866; 315-945-2990.

Looking for Joe Burns who served aboard LST 620 during WWII. Last known to live in Brooklyn, N.Y. He worked in the New York City tunnel system. Contact: Robert W. Richmond, 2829 Frankel St., Lakewood, CA 90712; 562-421-6268.

Seeking anyone who served aboard the Coast Guard yard patrol vessel YP-381 (formerly the St. James) out of Treasure Island, Calif., 1941-45. Contact: Gene Bergman, 132 Trout Loop, Roseburg, OR 97470; 541-679-2447.

Anyone out there from Bravo 1/13? We arrived in Danang in Aug. 1966 and Khe Sanh in Oct. 1966. Contact: Jerry Griffin, 409-673-8330; jerrygriffin@hotmail.com or Mike Walker, 516-316-8568; jollywaggle@aol.com

Need VA claim help from anyone with the 553 FB near Cam Ranh Bay, also with 35th Combat Unit, 18th Engrs., or stateside with 417th Med. Co. Incidents include the death of two truck drivers, a child hit by a truck, and a plane crash at Phan Rang AB, all between 1970-71. They called me “Slim” or “Hillbilly.” Contact: Aaron Entrekin, 1460 War Memorial Dr., Memphis, TN 38104; 901-239-3872.

Would love to see Kenneth Asay again. You were from Wyoming and served with Icebreakers out of New Zealand and with H.E.C.P., Danang, 1966-67. Contact: Ed Greenhaw, 159 Red Snapper Dr., Port Lavaca, TX 77979; 361-893-5198; nored@laward.net

Must verify Claymore explosion exposure for VA claim. Trying to find Bill Bonderant, possibly spelled Bondurant or other variation. Also Chuck Grimes, Frosty Baker, Tom Chaparus, or any others who served with me in 269th Signal Co., 1st Signal Bde., Bien Hoa, July 1970-71. Contact: Howard L. Huske, 134 Wolverine, Iron River, MI 49935; 906-265-6228.

Seeking Gary W. Timm, Jim Carter, Keith, or anybody who served with Rick Kittredge in either 26th Engr. Bn. at Chu Lai or 136th Light Maintenance Co. at Cam Ranh Bay, Nov. 1969-70. Keith and I were blown up in a WWII vintage tank along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Contact: Ken Marks, County Veterans Counselor, Menominee Cty. Veterans Office, 839 10th Ave., Menominee, MI 49858; 906- 863-5691.

Looking for William T. Cooper who served with 9th Div., 1st of 84th Arty., Dec. 1967-68, then with 69th Engrs. after Jan. 1969. His radar operator and comrade was named Rich. He was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and had a sister named Kathy I wrote to. Contact: Richard Wheeldon, 283 Esser Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207; 716-873-8539.

Seeking any who served with A Co., 1st Bn., 7th Marines, Sept. 1966-Nov. 1967. Love to hear from you. Contact: Carl L. Boudreaux, 218 Mary Beth Ave., Houma, LA 70364; 985-868-7469.

Searching for anyone who served with RF/PF Advisory Detachment, Motivation Indoctrination Program, MACV HQ, Saigon, 1965-66. Contact: Jim Henderson, 77 S. Prigmore Dr., Rossville, GA 30741; 706-858-6316.

Looking for anyone who served in the late 1960s/early 1970s in Germany who knows first hand about race riots at Nelligan Barracks and Krabbenloch Kaserne. Any help appreciated. Contact: Paul Sutton, ssgtusmc6169@yahoo.com

Looking for Michael Richard Skomswald of Troop A, 7th Sqdrn., 1st Cav. (Air Mobile), 164th AHC, Vinh Long, July 1971. This concerns his roommate Allan J. Dyer from Toledo, Ohio. Last-known civilian residence was San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Vince Wuwert, VAWUWERT@aol.com

I have a cigarette lighter found on a ferry in Sydney, Australia, and inscribed with the name “Lt. G. Macgregor, UDT, Shark Attack NAM, 1960 U.S. Navy SEALS.” I’m sure its owner would love to have it back. Contact: Geoff, geoffyoung1@optusnet.com.au

Looking for George R. Doermann who served in the 221st General Dispensary. Contact: Bart Hill, l-bhill@cox.net

Must verify stressors for PTSD claim. Seeking USMC Engineers Bobby Wilson, Jim Toldman, Jim Schwagel from MAG 11/MSD 11, 1st MAW, Dec. 1966-Jan. 1968. Also seeking Rick Mullins, a cook with the 1st Sergeant’s guard detail at Danang. Contact: Robert Ericksen, 1245 Co. Rd. 545 S., Skandia, MI 49885; 906-942-7423.

Who remembers the 105 Howitzer round that hit in the 1st Marine Regimental motor pool area in Nov. 1966? Contact: Robert E. Gambol, P.O. Box 88, Lakewood, NM 88254; 610-304-6649; bobgambol@yahoo.com

Looking for anyone, family or friends, of Randy Rogers, KIA June 1969 while serving with the 9th Infantry. Contact: Roy Hunter, 660-886-5148.

Would love to hear from anyone who served with the 240th Assault Helicopter Company at FSB Bearcat from 1969-1971. I was called “Hot Guns.” Contact: Walt Weber, 35 Elmtree Ln., Galax, VA 24333.

Incident verification needed for PTSD claim. Seeking anyone who served with 118th Aviation, 2nd Plt. (“The Choppers”), Bien Hoa, 1965-1966. I was a door gunner on Blue Tail 9 and photos of the helicopter would be appreciated. Contact: Donald Douglas Sanders, 1689 Lum Buck Rd., Greenville, NC 27858; 252-757-2847; topper42@embarqmail.com

Seeking Penelope “Nellie” Hurt or information about her. We were stationed together at Keflivik NAS. I was USAF with the Black Knights, 56th FIS; she was with NAVFAC, OTS 3. We were both E-5s at the time. Contact: Nicholas P. Vocetich, 687 (Rear) Valley Rd., Ambridge, PA 15003; 724-312-5776.

Looking for members of COMDOC attached to MACV, 1963-1964. I remember the young Buddhist monk who set himself on fire in the marketplace. Contact: Rick Reinardy, 4766 S. 4400 W., Malad City, ID 83252.

Want to hear from anyone who served with C Btry., 5th Bn., 22nd Artillery at LZ Sandy, 1968-1969. I fired the 175 Howitzer Cactus and was wounded twice while in-country. Contact: George Bachli, 9220 52nd St. S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494; 715-213-5504; faygonz@yahoo.com

Searching for anyone stationed with the 3rd Plt., 1st Lt. Trk. Trans. Co., 1965-1966. Contact: Ronald S. Park, 824 Weston/Andover Rd., Andover, VT 05143; 802-875-2968.

Looking for anyone who served with 5th Bn., 16th Arty., 4th Inf. Div., Pleiku, Oct. 1969. My husband, Edward Earl Pierce, died there while serving with that unit. Any information is welcome. Contact: Rosana M. Pierce, 161 Swan Lake Ln., Eunice, LA 70535.

Need help with a claim. Seeking anyone who served with VP-46 flying out of Sangley Point in the Philippines, June-Nov. 1965, or was in the maintenance crew in that time period at that duty station. Contact: H. Richard Starts, 12950 El Camino Bodega, Freestone, CA 95472; 707-874-9724.

Seeking Ken Wells (originally from Barre, Vt.). We were close friends in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ken’s father was retired military and I believe Ken served in Vietnam. He was stationed in Colorado Springs around 1970-72. Contact: Ray Cerasoli, 1286 Lower Plain #8, Bradford, VT 05033; 802-683-8104.

Seeking all members of 183rd Aviation who served at Dong Bat for reunions. Especially looking for Allan Alacla (originally from Calif.). Contact: Bill Guthrey, 804 Broussard, Iowa, LA 70647; 337-582-6120; website at www.183seahorse.org

Looking for (or information about) Richard Mohn from L Co., 3rd Bn., 4th MARDIV, Quang Tri, 1966. Contact: Ralph Poole, P.O. Box 347, Jonestown, PA 17038; ralphbill@msn.com

Any airmen out there from 366 TFW, A and E Squadrons, Danang 1967? I’m looking for pictures and stories of those I served with. Contact: John Wax, 2 North Pointe, Suite 4S, Clifton Park, NY 12065; Jwax@nycap.rr.com

Trying to find a former airborne ranger, last name Wolf or Wolfe. Cannot recall his first name. He was headed up toward the DMZ in early August 1968. We met at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Would like to know if he got out alright. Contact: Will Campbell, 477 Hunters Ln., Crossville, TN 38571; 931-484-4636.

Would love to hear from men I served with as an artillery forward observer in 1st Bn., 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV, Jan. 1968-March 1969. Dennis Bronson (my radio operator); Sean Sheehan, a 1st LT I worked with once; Tom Adams with the 106s; Chuck Stricklan (from Texas); Bob Suddath (from Fairbanks, Alaska), and any others. Contact: Michael Lunghi, 45 Raymond Dr., Hampden, MA 01036; 413-566-2125.

Looking for any Vietnam veteran who has non-genetic (not inherited) ataxia that developed in the 1980s and is confirmed by a DNA blood test. Contact: Timothy J. O’Leary, 701 Madison Ave., Painesville, OH 44077.

Seeking anyone from 54th Artillery Grp., 2nd Field Forces, who operated in the Delta region in 1968-1969. Contact: Marvin Neal, 3709 Miranda Ln., Cookville, TN 38501; 931-526-4024.

Must confirm combat duty for VA claim. If you remember me, incidents, or also served with H&S Co., 1st FSR, help me out. We went to Dong Ha on details, went out on patrol, did convoy security, and perimeter duty at the Danang airbase, at China Beach, and a hilltop ammo dump. Specifically recall Ray Moore, Ralph Dolan, and Steve from Vineland, N.J. I was a Lance Cpl. nicknamed “Mo.” Contact: Howard Mosher, P.O. Box 13, Lodi, NJ 07644.

Trying to find Joseph Johnson, squad leader for 611th Ord. Co. (AMMO). We served together in Cam Ranh Bay, 1965-1966. Contact: Joe B. King, 4600 N.E. Younger Rd., Kansas City, MO 64117; 816-455-9082.

Seeking Duke Bohannon, a former pilot and a captain at the time I knew him. I met Duke at Ft. Sill, Okla., in 1967. He rescued me when my car broke down and he drove me to the OCS to drop off laundry. He said goodbye on the day he left for Vietnam, and I haven’t heard from him since. Anyone knowing anything about Duke, sick or well, get in touch. Contact: Kay Kimes, 707-274-2766.

Searching for Ron who roomed with Tony Natalie in the Dental Corps at Ft. Benning. Ron, I believe you were from West Virginia. Remember “Big Al”?

Trying to facilitate a reunion. Contact: Wayne Trudeau, P.O. Box 253, West Cornwall, CT 06796; 860- 672-0251; ottersdream@comcast.net

Want to establish a roster for a 2008 reunion. Seeking all VF-96 Squadron personnel who served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65) on January 14, 1969. Contact: King (Al) Merendino, 9396 Highlander Blvd., Walkersville, MD 21793; 301-845- 4770; king.merendino@
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