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Seeking anyone who served with 4th Bn., 39th Inf., 9th Inf. Div., Ft. Riley or Vietnam, 1966-69, for an upcoming reunion. Contact: Alan Svendgard, 402-426-9598; or Jim Haines, 303-809-1815;

Looking for anyone who served in direct support of combat operations in Vietnam but was based in the Philippines, Guam, Okinawa, or Thailand. There was a Southwest Asia Service Medal (for service in the Middle East) and a Vietnam Service Medal for those who served in-country. It’s time to recognize those who served in direct support of Vietnam combat ops but not in-country with a Southeast Asia Service Medal. Join and help me in supporting the creation of this award. Contact: Mick Webb, 404 Brookwood Ln., White Oak, TX 75693; 903-759-4085.

Searching for Don Chappell (“O.P.”), originally from South Carolina, last-known address in California. We served with the 820th Red Horse at Tuy Hoa and Danang Air Bases. Don or anybody else from the 820th should get in touch. I was the supply sergeant. Contact: Tommy Max Perkins, 3613 Randolph Rd., Janesville, WI 53546; 608-754-0861.

Seeking old friends from A Co., 1st/18th, 1st Inf. Div., 1969-70, including S. Strid, B. Swanson, R. Peacock, G. Sherrif, M. (“Cyclops”) Garrod, and S. Long for reunion and exchange photos. Contact: Bob Barris, 10 Windgate St., Orchard Park, NY 14127; 716-648-0030.

Searching for anyone who was at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, 1968-69. I have lost addresses and phone numbers of old friends. Want to reconnect. Contact: Peter D. Brancato, 508 N. 3rd St., Little Sioux, IA 51545; 712-649-2410.

Need help with PTSD incident verification. Seeking Hobart B. Pillsbury, Kenneth P. Jones, Daniel Noel, Melvin E. Ullman, or anyone else who served with A Btry., 2nd Bn., 35th Arty. in III Corps, Nov. 1968-March 1970. We were hit by mortars and rockets at Fire Support Base Concorde in the Mekong Delta, also saw service at Fire Support Bases Julian and Blackhorse. Need dates and confirmation of events. Contact: Ronald A. Moffit, 9 Eckleson Rd., Lincoln, ND 58504; 701-223-5822.

Looking for fellow Marines from 1st Plt., 2/7 Foxtrot, 1965-66. Contact: Vince DePrinzio, 220 Rt. 47 South, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210; 609-780-3872;

Need notarized affidavits for a VA claim from personnel who witnessed my back injury aboard the U.S.S. Monmouth County (LST-1032) operating from Vung Tau, 1970. I was an RM1 helping an ET3 who dropped his end of a heavy piece of equipment. Contact: Douglas A. Morin, 505 Whitestown Rd., Butler, PA 16001.

Need help verifying stressors for VA claim. Seeking anyone who remembers incidents with HHC, 41st Signal Bn., Sept. 1968-April 1969, including an attack at Nha Trang; a rocket attack at Cam Ranh Bay, and an attack at Danang, April 1969. Contact: Everett Summerville, 9208 Monique Dr., Little Rock, AR 72204; 501-225-4290.

In May 1967 I accidentally left my complete service record on a bench at the airstrip in Vung Tau. I have no records to confirm service, decorations, or for VA claims. I was in the Navy, stationed aboard the U.S.S. Tutuila (ARG-4). Can anybody help with advice or recommendations on reconstructing my history? Contact: Frank T. Griffin, 19129 Cheyenne, Clinton Twp., MI 48036;

Want to hear from anybody who served with 240th Assault Helicopter Co., 1969-71, at Bear Cat. Does anyone recall the RPG that hit the chopper I was aboard in 1970? Contact: Walter Weber, 35 Elmtree Ln., Galax, VA 24333.

Looking for former members of 5th Maintenance Bn. (DS) who served in Qui Nhon, Pho Tai, or the Sharang Valley. Contact: John T. Brown III, 800-745-6462; Ken Hamblin, or go to

Need date confirmation of three incidents that occurred at Cam Ranh Bay in 1970. A sapper blew up the base POL tank farm; a direct rocket attack on base fire crash station on the east side of Cam Ranh; and the C-123 crash that killed both pilot and co-pilot. Contact: Marshall David Joyner, P.O. Box 969, Blountville, TN 37617; 423-383-8186.

Searching for William (Bill) Dewey James, Vietnam veteran, but unsure of service branch, possibly USMC. Bill grew up on Stringer Gap Rd. in Grants Pass, Oregon, and attended Lincoln Savage Jr. High in 1968-69. Last known to be living in California. Contact: Karen S. Kalteich, P.O. Box 372, Rogue River, OR 97537.

Would love to hear from my old friend SSG Robert A. Holcomb of the 586th Engr. Co., Ft. Benning, March 1971-73. Contact: Raymond E. Eirhart, Jr., 114 Lexington Ave., 2nd Fl., Altoona, PA 16601; 814-941-6086.

I need help with two Vietnam veteran projects. Share your favorite song or songs during your RVN tour for a “Music and Memories” survey. Include a brief statement about the personal significance of the songs. Also seeking one of your most comic or bizarre experiences. Full credit provided, confidentiality assured. Copy of results to all contributors. Contact: Jim Barker, 4941 Dickinson Dr., San Jose, CA 95111; 408-401-7939;

Need help with incident verifications. A water pump fell on me at a USMC compound overlooked by Hill 55, and later the truck behind mine hit a mine and my buddies were killed. These events happened in 1969-70. Contact: Gary E. Fassauer, 1303 Parker, Amarillo, TX 79102; 806-373-1137;

Looking for guys who served with me in Co. D, Troop Command, 1st Logistical Combat Support Command, Long Binh and Bien Hoa, including Chip Olsen (Ariz.), Frank Ramano (N.J.), and Dave Makey (Okla.). Reunion planned for April 2008. Contact: Tim O’Rourke, 310 Church Rd., Mohnton, PA 19540; 610-775-9415; or

Searching for anyone who served in B Med., 1st of the 5th Inf. Div. (Red Diamond) at Quang Tri between July 4, 1969-Sept. 21, 1970. Does anyone recall Cody, a medic who was KIA? Or Ready (from Calif.) who was KIA in company area? I was in the motor pool. Contact: Michael Donner, 1412 McCloud Rd., Aledo, IL 61231; 309-582-3144.

Need help remembering details. I served at a Special Forces camp called Camp Jakar in the Central Highlands. If you served there or with me or know anybody who did, get in touch. Contact: Glenn VanderVeen, P.O. Box 266, Plainwell, MI 49080; 269-685-2697.

Seeking Alvin (Bud) Cunningham, Donald Rush, and Mike Cornish. We served together in the 1972nd Comm. Sqdrn., Danang AFB, May 1972-Feb. 1973. Contact: Gary (“Red”) Horne, 651 Cypress Creek Rd., Oakdale, LA 71463; 318-335-3357.

Looking for Mike Skomswald from Troop A, 7th Sqrdn., 164th HC, 1st Cav. (Air Mobile), Vinh Long Air Base, July 1971. Contact: Vince Wuwert, 5875 Yermo, B-10, Toledo, OH 43613; 419-475-4915; 419-490-4557;

Who remembers the 105 Howitzer “short round” that landed in the 1st Marine Regiment motor pool in Nov. 1966? Contact: Robert Gambol, P.O. Box 88, Lakewood, NM 88254; 610-304-6649;

Need VA claim verification. Searching for members of VRC-50 stationed in Danang, Oct. 1970. I flew in from the U.S.S. Shangri-La (CVS-38) on a C-1A. Contact: John Lyons, 3230 Harvard Rd., Erie, PA 16508; 814-864-4177;

Trying to locate Moon (former sergeant who is missing a thumb) and Harris. We were based at Qui Nhon and set up showers and laundry facilities between May 1966-Dec. 1967. Also seeking anyone who served in the DMZ between July 1966-Sept. 1967 (cannot recall camp name but a U.S. jet was shot down 500 yards away). Contact: Gary (“Swish”) Swisher, P.O. Box 932, Chester, VT 05143.

Looking for anybody who served with 610th Trans. Co., starting with Ft. Benning and on to RVN, Aug.-Sept. 1965. 14th Trans. Bn. reunion planned for Nov. 7-9 in Nashville. Contact: Douglas H. Muenzhuber, 5648 Yates Ave. N., Crystal, MN 55429;

Want to return a Zippo lighter I found on a ferry in Sydney, Australia. The lighter is inscribed as follows: Lt. G. Macgregor, U.S. U.T.D. Shark Attack, NAM Marko 1960, U.S. NAVY SEALS. Would love to get this back to its owner. Contact: Geoff Young,

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 FB C-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;

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;

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,

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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, or visit

Looking for members of OCS Class 4-65, Ft. Benning, Oct. 1964-Apr. 1965. Contact: Don Donnay, 208 Dorris Dr., Fairfield, IL 62837; 618-842-5703;

Searching for Thomas Laverty, DOB July 24, 1947, a former Marine who lived in North Dakota; Bronx, N.Y., and Kew Gardens, Queens, N.Y. Contact: Celia Barbera, 1543 Von Storch Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

Seeking anyone who can verify Agent Orange exposure while serving aboard the U.S.S. Thomaston (LSD-28) at Naval Support Activity, Danang, 1969-70. Contact: Jim R. Riesenberg, 615 N. 6th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081; 920-459-3054;

Looking for Herbert O’Quinn of D Co., 39th Engr. Bn. (CBT), 18th Engr. Bde., Duc Pho, 1967. Last known living in Bluffton, S.C. Contact: Jeff May, HC 73, Box 2410, Dingess, WV 25671; 304-752-8289;

Would love to hear from anybody I served with in 1st MAW/MABS, 17 Heavy Junk, Iwakuni, Japan, May 1965-July 1966, and 1st MAW/WERS, 17 Heavy Junk, Danang, July 1966-March 1967. Contact: John A. Carvalho, 1608 Bellevue Ct., Modesto, CA 95350; 209-402-9039.

Want to return a keepsake. Anyone know a soldier named or nicknamed “Red” who served with C Troop, 3/4 Cav., 25th Inf. Div.? I have a picture of Red that I found in a box I bought at auction. I would like to get it back to Red or his family. Contact: Penny Schrank,

Trying to find anyone who served with 519th MI, 1967-68. Contact: Joe Hillyer,

Seeking anyone who knew or served with Ross Applegate, KIA in 1968. Contact: Neil Wolinsky,

Want to return a lost dogtag to a soldier or his family. Acquired October 2007 from a museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Dog tag reads: Pecka, Gerald G., US 54 824 784, Type O, Roman Catholic. Contact: Russell J. Vandenbroucke,

Camera found in a remote spot near Carroll, New Hampshire, near Mount Washington. On starting up the digital camera to see if the owner had loaded his personal details which might help me to return the camera, I discovered photos of a military funeral or memorial service. I am determined to return the camera to its owner and welcome any assistance. In one picture the stone in front of the casket reads: Paul F. Trainor, LCPL, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam, Aug. 30 1943-July 14, 2007. Please help me return this camera. Contact: Stuart Brown,

K9 Veterans Day is coming. All invited to join in the celebration of the U.S. K9 Corps next March 13. March 13, 1942, is the official birthday of the K9 Corps. The Dog Museum, Doberman Pincher Club of America, the 101st Airborne Association, and the ASPCA are participating. If you’d like to join in honoring the service of the K9 Corps or would like additional information, contact: Joseph J. White, 506 South Third Ave., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250; 904-241-6051;

Seeking Frank Ramano (Newark, N.J.) and Kenneth R. Coleman (Houston). We were stationed at the supply depot with Co. D, Troop Command, U.S. Army Depot Long Binh (USADLB), 1st Logistics Command (later to become USARV), 1970-71. Want to find as many others as possible for a reunion. Contact: Kenneth R. Schossow, 479-790-7024;

My mom’s fiancé, Robert Nielsen Tams, was killed in Vietnam on May 10, 1965. Sgt. Dennis Allen (from Ohio) came to my mother’s house after Bobby died to tell her some things that Bobby wanted her to know. She was too upset to speak to Sgt. Allen at the time. She has always regretted this and is now trying to find him. If you remember Bobby Tams or knew or know Dennis Allen, get in touch. Contact: Kristin Crosley, 404-314-6090;

Looking for anyone who knew my brother, Louis E. Willett, while he was with Co. C, 1st Bn.,12th Inf., 4th Inf. Div., 1966-1967. Louis died in RVN on Feb. 15, 1967. Contact: Sally Willett Loree, (list the subject as: “Louis Willett”).

Seeking Gary Dale Southwood (Monticello, Ky.). We have a document that said he served with 1st Bn., 6th Inf., under Sgt. Major George N. Garrett, March 1968-February 1969. Gary also spent time in Alaska and Okinawa. Any information or personal accounts would be greatly appreciated. Contact: Phillip Swope,

Searching for a close buddy and fellow veteran. We served together in the Signal Corps, Quan Loi, 1969-70. I knew him as Terry Vanderpool. Any info is welcomed. Contact: Doris,


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