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January/February 2003 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Looking for Claude Garbarino of New York and Kim Armstrong from Arlington, Virginia, who served in Vietnam. I am from Lima, Peru. Contact: Carmen S. Pitot,

Trying to locate anyone who served with me in 9th Inf., Div., A Co., 3rd Bn., 47th Inf. Reg., 3rd Plt. (Blue), February to August 1968, especially John ``Doc’’ McKnight (Medic), Frank McPhail, Jr., Lt. Knight, Sgt. DeJesus, Russ Reamer, and James C. Partee. Contact: Frank J. Gubala, 199 Oakridge Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217-1144; 716-873-4821;

The men of Bravo Btry., 1st Bn., 82nd FA, 1968-69, are looking for Mess Sgt. SFC Robert Henderson. A reunion is being planned for 2004, and they would really like to meet him there. Contact: Ron Griffin,

Trying to locate Ester Clariance Braswell, who served with 282 Assault Helicopter Company, Marble Mountain (212th Av. Btl.). I lost contact with him in 1969. I think he lived in Georgia. Contact: Ron Johnson, 1308 S.E. Howard Dr., Albany, OR 97322.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 3rd Mar., H&S Co., H&S Bn., Combat Eng., Quang Tri, March 1968 to July 1969, especially Frances Clark who was a nurse when I was on the Repose hospital ship, December 1968. Contact: Paul Mynatt, 7705 Grove Ln., Knoxville, TN 37924; 865-524-1988;

Looking for anyone who served with me at Ft. Benning, 1966-68, or in HHD 7th Spt. Bn., 199th Light Inf. Bde. I served with Maj. Lawrence K. John and Maj. Stervedant as brigade supply officer. SFC Rogers was storage sergeant. Contact: Abraham Richardson,

Looking for a photo album of the USS Paricutin (AE 18) and crew, 1969-71. Contact:

Looking for a Marine buddy I went to ammo tech school with in Quantico, Virginia, 1968. We would visit his aunt and uncle on weekend liberty in Falls Church. We both got orders for Vietnam after school. Contact: Tom Bergs,

Looking for anyone who served with Scott Scheirey, who was a paddy rat in 1968. Also would like information on paddy rats. Contact: Doug Scheirey,

Trying to locate Marines who served with me in I Co., 3rd Bn., 26th Mar., July 1968 to August 1969. Especially interested in when we were overrun by NVA in route to blow up jet fuel at Danang Airfield. Information needed for PTSD claim. Contact: Floyd ``Bambino’’ Monaco/AP-5766, 1100 Pike St., Huntingdon, PA 16654-1112.

Searching for anyone who served with me in Co. B, 97th Sig. Bn., USAREUR, 1966-68, who might be able to help me in a pending VA benefits claim. Contact: Larry C. McFarland, 21360 Deerfield Dr., Capron, VA 23829-2839.

Hospitalized veteran would like to hear from anyone who served with me in Delta Force or Recon One, Vietnam, 1968-69. Also, anyone who inserted into Thailand with me and Ssgt. Bill Thompson, who carried me on his back after we were wounded, or who were evaced on USS Hope from Saigon. Please e-mail or write; I cannot talk because of illness. Contact: Rufus Harper, P.O. Box 438, Villa Feliciana, Ward #1-D, Jackson, LA 70748; e-mail c/o

Incarcerated veteran looking for GSgt. Hank Weaver, last seen in South Carolina in 1999. I lost his address. Would like to hear from other Marines. Contact: Victor Anctil, #28779, P.O. Box 14, Concord, NH 03302.

Looking for heavy equipment operator Charles Gaffney, who was stationed at Sheppard AFB, Texas, in 1972 and was originally from Lynn, Massachusetts. He moved to California in 1972 and may be in Santa Cruz area. Contact: Millard ``Skip’’ Lonkey, 00A7107, P.O. Box 2001, CCF, Dannemora, NY 12929.

Trying to locate Randy Hanson from the Dakotas, who served with me in HHQ Co., 159th Eng. Grp., Commo. Sec., February to November 1971. Contact: Rudy Mayani, 3263 Vineyard Ave., #179, Pleasanton, CA 94566; 925-484-5313.

I would like to locate Mr. Chan and Sgt. Blackwell, both of whom I knew during the war. Contact: or Barbara’s Kiwi Cafe and Backpackers, 18 Nguyen Hue, Qui Nhon, Vietnam;

Looking for anyone who served with me in 2nd Civil Affairs Co., II Field Force, near Long Binh, 1969-70. Contact: Ed Thompson, 2523 E. Armour Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53235-5623; 414-277-5231;

Looking for SSgt. Polzaki from Grand Rapids, Michigan, or anyone who served with 554 Trans. Motor Pool, January 1978-84. Contact: David J. Kohns, #372634, HTF, 4533 W. Industrial Pk. Dr., Kincheloe, MI 49786-0001.

Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association is searching for all personnel of the 3650th Basic Military Training Wing, 1950-56, and all former POWs or family and friends to honor and record names on honor roll. Contact: Chip Phillips, P.O. Box 331, Williamsville, NY 14231-0331; 716-633-1119;

Looking for anyone who was stationed with me in 61st Heavy Equip. Co., Long Binh, 1967-69, detailed during Tet to Philco Ford, to confirm that we did drive for civilian company for VA claim. Contact: Willie Jackson, Jr.,

Trying to locate buddies who served with me in U.S. Army in 278th Sig. Co., An Khe at Camp Radcliff, Greenline. Contact: Tracy Morrish, P.O. Box 5576, San Jose, CA 95150; 408-297-0306.

Trying to locate members of Beachmaster Unit One, Coronado, California, 1966-68, especially Lifeguard Co., Seitz, Fishback, McGregor, Barthlomew, Smechel, Raspberry, Sager, Turner, Fears, Lt. Koehler, Jones, McNeil, Washburn, Toy. I have heard from Stickles and Franzen. Contact: Lowell Don Colvin, #531628, Wynne Unit 3-D-31, Huntsville, TX 77349.

Looking for James R. Hawk from Detroit who was stationed with M Btry., 3rd Mar. Div. (Rein), 1966-67. We corresponded in 1966 and I adopted him as my big brother. Contact: Stephanie Emberton Barrow, 541-338-2615 (work); 541-341-3399 (home);

Looking for Brent Alan Braley from Presque Isle, Maine, class of 1968. We were pen pals when he was stationed in Vietnam during the early 1970s. Contact: Gabrielle Schoeffield,

Looking for anyone who served with me in 377th Supply Sqd. when I worked in Loctor Section. I was TDY to Tan Son Nhut AFB from Kadena AFB, Okinawa, from May to July 1972. Trying to verify service for VA claim. Contact: Julius C. ``Big Daddy’’ Woodlin, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Bldg. 6, Coatesville, PA 19320; 610-380-5418.

Searching for anyone who knows whereabouts of David Godley, U.S. Marines, 1964-68. Last known address Camp Pendelton, California. Contact: Bobbie Sue,

Looking for combat female nurses (Flying Angels) from Vietnam War for book entitled The Forgotten Warriors of the Vietnam War. All proceeds will go to Agent Orange victims and men and women disabled from the war. Contact: Jack Kazanjian, Sr., 222 Cosman St., Washington Township, NJ 07675; 201-664-3456;

Attention all engineers, visit web site Welcome Home. This site was originally set up for the 864th Vietnam Pacemakers but now includes all engineers. Contact: Richard Gibbens, 27362 Woodsfield St., Inkster, MI 48141-1243; 313-274-5167.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 2nd Mar. Div., Vietnam, 1964-67. Contact: Gary Raymond Zima, 217 S. Pine St., Ponca City, OK 74601; 775-232-4464.

Looking for anyone who served at ICS 75 LBN, 1st Sig. Bde., Long Binh, 1972-73, prior to Vietnamization of the site. Contact: Francois Nguyen, K-49058, FSP-1-B1-14, P.O. Box 715071, Represa, CA 95671-5071.

Looking for anyone who served with A Co., 4th Bn., 503rd Inf., 1966-67. Contact: John A. Mendez, 1309 Continental Dr., Daytona Beach, Fl 32117; 386-871-7702; 386-252-4164;

Searching for anyone who served with or knew Lt. George W. Casey, platoon leader, G-2, 188th P.I.R., 11th Abn. Div., Japan, 1947-48. I heard he served as lieutenant general in Vietnam with 1st Cav. Div. and was KIA and would like this verified. Contact: Stan Skalski, 1341 Idlewild Ln., Homewood, IL 60430; 708-922-9222.

Searching for all the guys in the Aircraft (F-100 and B-57) Fuel Systems Shop, Phan Rang Air Base, 1967-68. Msgt. Grimm, Ssgt. Davies, Ssgt. Hammond, Ssgt. Young, Bernadini, Miller, Carnevale, Walker, Oliver, Mitchell, Wiley, Fought, Zummerman, Hackert, Hawthorne, Love, Polk. Also, any of the fuel guys from 120th TFS, Colorado ANG who came to Phan Rang in early 1968. Contact: Bob MacAvoy, 11 Bartell Pl., Clark, NJ 07066;

Looking for Marines who served with Plt. 268, Parris Island, 1963, and G 3/12, 1st Mar. Bde., Hawaii, 1964. Contact: Craig Franz, 2314 Dunwood Ln., Joppa, MD 21085;

Looking for anyone who served with me in 3rd Armor Div. Support (1st APU), Qui Nhon, Tuy Hoa, Phu Cat, and An Khe, 1969-70. Contact: Don Poleto, P.O. Box 264, Lewis Run, PA 16738; 814-362-7718;

Looking for anyone who served in Vietnam and may have been exposed to Agent Orange and have been plagued with cysts. Since 1970, I have had ten removed and continue to have problem and rashes that come and go. Contact: Thomas T. Moore, 251 Seymour St., Auburn, NY 13021; 315-252-0524.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with 2nd/18th Inf., Charlie Co., 1st Inf. Div., February 1967-68. Contact: Charles Cox, Sr., #878302-N-010, 938 South FM 1673, Snyder, TX 79549.

I served with U.S. Army, 1974-77, and am trying to locate Cheryl Jackson, Ft. McClellan, 1974-76; Sgt. Allen, Ft. Meade, 1976-77; John or Charles Poole, Ft. Meade, 1976-77; Dr. Ron Rickett, U.S. Public Hospital, Bethesda, 1976-77; and Eunice Jackson or Johnson, Ft. Meade, 1976-77. Contact: Dorothy Brown, 201 N. Sunset Dr., Apt. 306, West Hills Apartments, Winston Salem, NC 27101.

Looking for anyone who served with 1st Sqd., 1st Cav., Americal Div., 101st Abn. Div., 196th Inf. or 1st Armored Div. We have started a 1st Squardron, 1st Cavalry Association. I will send newsletters on events and future reunions. Contact: Terry (Doc) Babler, W5889 Durst Rd., New Clarus, WI 53574; 608-527-2444;

Would like to hear from fellow Marines who served with Plt. 255, Parris Island, 1968; HMS 12, Cherry Point, 169; and HMS 11 Bomb Dump off of Hwy. One, by Hill 327, 1969-70. Contact: George Marley, 16100 Space Center, #1309, Houston, TX 77062-6235; 281-480-7397;

Trying to locate Charles Nix who served with 306th Bomb Wing Field Maint. and was stationed somewhere in Florida in 1969. Contact: Todd Reynolds,

Would like to contact some of the guys who served with Alan Earl Hammonds, from Fort Worth. He was a mehanic with HHC 299th Eng. Bn., March 1970-72. Contact: Helen Hammonds Mateki, 3211 West Division, Apt. 129, Arlington, TX 76012;

Trying to locate members of the 3rd Inf. Div., 1977-79. Contact:

Wanted: Veteran of the first Gulf War who has documented evidence of exposure to battlefield Uranium who has subsequently developed leukemia or lymphoma. File will be evaluated by Chapter 54 of the VFP to develop claim for service connection from VA. Contact: Dr. Albert Holtz, P.O. Box 7107, Oxnard, CA 93101;

Trying to locate veterans who served with my father-in-law, Robert D. Tyree, 1st Air Cav. Div., Co. B, 15th TC BN, July 1968 to August 1969. Contact: Mrs. Andrew Tyree,

Looking for Vietnam veteran Marion Francis who served in the Air Force in the 1960s as a mechanic. He left for Vietnam in 1967 from airbase near Calabasas, California. Contact: Iraida Vega Storm,

Visit website for fomer members of 630th Engineer Company (LE) at Contact: Michael T. Frazier,

Looking for anyone who served with me at Camp Hardy, Okinawa, 1974-75. I was a boxer and was called ``Frog’’ because I could leap. Col. Smith was in charge when a solidier by the name of Epps was falling, but was saved from serious injury. Contact: Ed Perkins,

Trying to find my friends from 414th Sig. Corp., Ft. Meade, 1974-75, especially Pat Fincham, Dave Patrick, Sgt. Burns, and Sgt. Grant. I was shipped to Germany in 1975. Contact: Pat Rueda, c/o Petrolino, P.O. Box 1751, Wildwood, NJ 08260;

Trying to locate John Ray Salcido, U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran who was stationed at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, during 1960s and married my sister, Erna Beltran. They had a son named Donald. Contact: Patricio S. Beltran, 103 Lindencrest Ct., Sugar Land, TX 77479; 281-980-4850; 832-814-9776 (cell);

Looking for anyone who remembers a battle during the Vietnam War involving attack by hundreds of children with explosive charges on their backs. The veteran who related this story was only one of two survivors of the engagement and he was very disturbed when telling this. Would like to confirm. Contact: Dick A. Jaconbson,

Trying to locate Cmdr. John N. Morgan, B Co., 62nd, Eng. Bn., Phan Rang, 1965-66 or anyone who served with that company, especially Wally McKay, for PTSD documentation. Contact: Charles W. Haney, P.O. Box 304, Candler, NC 28715; 828-667-1942.

Trying to locate my brother and sister, Andy Nunez and Teresa Nunez who have served in U.S. Army for over 20 years. Teresa may be living in Alabama. Contact: Guillermina (Meletrich) Rodriguez, 188 North St., New Britain, CT 06051;

Trying to find members who served with 160th Eng. Det, Chu Lai, a support group of carpenters, electricians, and five-ton driver graders. We did work on the CPO around the compound and rode with John Johnson to Danang to pick up supplies. Contact: Billy Newsome,

Trying to locate list of names of persons who served with my father-in-law, Cpl. F.L. Mathis, who served with H&S Co., 1st Bn., 4th Mar., 3rd Mar. Div., attached to Delta 1/4 3rd Mar. Div., March to November 1969. Contact: Amanda,

Looking for Phil Thomas, B229th Killer Spade. Contact: Bob Booze,

Looking for anyone who served with me in Vietnam with 7-1 Cav., Vinh Long, 1969-70. I served with B Troop (Dutchmaster) and I never see any ads for reunions. Contact: Ronald J. Swift,

Looking for any 8th TFW personnel who served with me at Ubon AFB, Thialand, November 1968-69, especially Wayne Beldon and George Crawford. I prepared the frag at night for the next day’s missions. Contact: George Hoffman,

Trying to find members of 510th Sig. Co., 73rd Sign. Bn. who were stationed at Cam Rahn Bay, 1969-71. Contact: Robert Moore,

Looking for Marines from Charlie Co., 1/4, 1968. Contact: Sergent Flippen,

Looking for SSgt. J. Nagel who served with Special Forces and MACV-SOG, Vietnam, 1968-72. Contact: Myra Ramos,

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in C Co., 62nd Eng. Bn. Const., September 1967-68, Long Binh and Bien Hoa. I operated dozers and 290 scrapers. Contact: Mark Gadsby,

Looking for Michael K. Smith who served with 258th PCS, Wurzberg, Germany, during the Persian Gulf War, December 1990-91. Contact: Jacquelyn Nash Carr,

Searching for Steve Rozett who served in Vietnam with my father-in-law, Lewis R. Herrera , 704th, 4th Inf., Plekiu, 1966-68. My father-in-law gave Steve his walking stick and would like to get it back to pass on to his son. Contact: Darci Herrera,

Looking for Bob Allison, Sacramento, California, and Larry Buck, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who were MOS 6064, Flight Equipment Marines. Last contact was MCAS El Toro, California. We went to school together in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Contact: Bob McKevitt, or Mike, 906-228-2577.

Searching for Joe Saxman, from Bethesda, Maryland, who was a sailor stationed at Camp Pendelton during mid-60s. He was friends with Jim Smalley from California. Contact: Jeri Cates,

Looking for anyone who served with D-12-3, Ft. Knox, 1968; A-4-1 and ACL, Ft. Sill, 1969; or 6/29Arty. or 3/8 Inf., Pleiku, An Khe, 1970. Also wanted,  audio recordings. Contact: Jim Claeys, 1837 Sedro St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221; 330-945-6359.

Looking for anyone who served with 27th Maint. Bn., 1st Air Cav., Phouc Vinh, 1970-71, especially Specs. Clipper, Danz, Oppenheimer. Contact: Bill Shcarf, HCR 38 Box 752, Corn Creek, NV 89124; 702-271-2352.

Looking for anyone who serve with me in HQ Btry., 7th/9th Arty., especially Thomas Taylor from Los Lunas, Danny Hoskins from Dallas, Jack LaMontaigne, and Ron Stack. I welcome your letters. Contact: Sidney Cleo Shell, 480017 Ellis Unit, 1697 FM 980, Huntsville, TX 77343.

Looking for anyone who served with 2nd Bn., 5th Cav., 1st Cav. Div., Christmas 1969 and January 1970 who remembers a battle outside FSB IKE, January 5-6, 1970, especially Chico Ramirez, Larry Hughitt, Mike Blodgett. Contact: Gerald McDaniel, 624 N. Highway A, Lamar, MO 64759-8322; 417-214-1012.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with Co. C, 1st Bn., 1st BCT Bde., 5th Army, June 22, 1972, to September 1, 1972 at Ft. Polk. Especially would like to hear from Lt. Richard J. Rend and Sgt. Ray Sam from Chicago, Grimes from New Mexico, and Black from Cleveland. Contact: Ronnie Lee Wallace, #140221; 2500 S. Avon Beldon Rd., Grafton, OH 44044; 330-823-7510 (Carol).

Trying to locate Jim Stone from Boston area who served with C Btry., 1st Bn., 12th Mar., 3rd Mar. Div., 1967-68 as a forward observer radio operator. Contact: John Fedyszyn, 1502 Impala Pl., Lady Lake, FL 32159; 352-750-2122.

Would like to contact MICs and DACs who supported Shillelaga Missle System, Long Binh, 86th Ord. Det., Missiles, Sagam Army Depot, 1969-70, especially DAC Ray. Contact: Conrad Inamorati, 57 Sulphur Springs Rd., Lincoln, AL 35096-6554; 256-892-3411.

Looking for anyone who served with A Co., 1/327th Inf., 101st Abn. Div., May 1968-69, especially James Cronin from Rome, Georgia. Contact: Willie ``Sgt. Rock’’ Davis, Jr., 1209 Berthoud Pass, Hephzibah, GA 30815; 706-792-1961.



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