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Seeking comrades from 3rd Shore Party Bn., 3rd Marine Div., Dong Ha, Phu Bai, and Hue (Coco Beach), 1966-68. Contact: Wilmoth F. Cooper, HC-65 Box 31-A, Harman, WV 26270.

Want to hear from anyone who served with 377th Civil Engineering Sqdn. (CES), Tan Son Nhut, 1968-69, or 12th CES, Phu Cat, August 1970-71. Contact: Eugene F. Speranza, 391 Bali St., S.E., Palm Bay, FL 32909;

Searching for anyone who served with Echo Company, 1st Logistical Command, Phu Tai Valley, 1968-69. Contact: Dave Dyson, 164 North Shore Rd., Derry, NH 03038; 603-434-9458.

Need help for VA claim.  Seeking anyone who served aboard the U.S.S. Monroe (SSBN-662), 1987-90. Contact: John Wilson, #0-T21940, Zephyrhills Correctional Institution, 2739 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhill, FL 33541.

Seeking old friends Biggars (Conn.), Roger Harris (Pa.), Moonshine (Chicago), Sam Dailey (Fla.), Matthew Prybyz (Marquette, Mich.), and any others from Firebase Moore at My Tho. I was with 4-Delta, 3/39 Inf., Ninth Inf. Div., Rach Kien, Rach Kat-Fort, Long An, Dong Tam, 1968. Contact: Mike Reade, Apt. 102, 3535 28th St., Boulder, CO 80301; 303-245-0350.

Searching for Jeff Hetland, Mike Lubecki or anybody else stationed with me in the 2/39th Inf. Bn., 9th Inf. Div., at Ft. Lewis, 1972-75. I am looking for yearbooks for years 1972-1975 for the 2/39th. Contact: Jerry B. Nutt, K-52250, 10-112L, P.O. Box 409040, Ione, CA 95640.

Looking for Salvatore Alessi (from upstate N.Y.) who served with me aboard the U.S.S. Macon (CA-132) in 1959. Contact: Richard Estes, 4736 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40207; 502-896-4021;

Seeking John Clayton Hampton, former Navy Seabee stationed at Pt. Mugu, Calif., who retired in 1969. John’s wife was Ruth, and he had two daughters, Crystal and Melodie. Contact: René Gagnon, 264 Timber Ln., Cheshire, CT 06410; 203-272-4367.

Seeking Bob Stein who graduated from Ithaca College and went to Vietnam in late 1968 from Ft. Dix. Contact: John Senka,

Robert L. Jones needs help verifying combat stressors for PTSD claim. Seeking anybody who served with him in the 84th Bn., 523rd Combat Engrs., May 1968-March 1969, and can verify incoming mortar fire and other combat-related events. Contact: Robert L. Jones c/o attorney James W. Stanley, 917 W. Markham, Suite A, Little Rock, AR 72114; 501-324-2889; 501-324-2820 (fax);

Looking for Steve Best, Ed Ross, or Tyrone Powell from 1st Air Cav., 101st Airborne Div. during operations on the South Vietnam-Cambodian border and in Cambodia, 1970-71. Contact: John D. Ogni, #59060, Medium One BL-4B, P.O. Box 8274, Cranston, RI 02920.

Seeking Jack Gilman, Beasley, Bazzam, or anybody else from HHC, 1st Bn., 173rd Airborne Bde., Phu Bai and Hue. Also looking for Laurence Owens, Bien Hoa and Saigon. Contact: Don Murphy, 2477 N.E. 68th St., Gladstone, MO 64118; 816-728-1078.

Looking for a photo of my armored personnel carrier (#31) after being hit by an RPG (a B-40 rocket). I served with C Co., 2/8, 4th Inf. Div. Contact: Bob Byrne, 1832 Sanford Dr., Elizabeth City, NC 27909; 252-335-5693; 252-312-6026 (cell).

Need to verify events to confirm my right to a third Purple Heart. Seeking Hillgarter, former commanding officer of 1st Bn., 5th Marines, 1st Marine Div., 1966-67, and the commanding officer of 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, 1st Marine Div. in 1966. Also seeking a former brigadier general named Styles from the same time period. Contact: Thomas L. Ross, 0720 Victoria Mansion, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines; 044-464-1669;

Need help for VA claim. While stationed in Germany with the 43rd Artillery between Oct. 1966-March 1968, I experienced episodes of racism and racial hostility expressed by members of my unit and local German citizens. Seeking anybody who can recall and corroborate these episodes. Contact: Lloyd W. Davis, 1325 W. 24th Ave., Pine Bluff, AR 71603; 870-541-9023.

Need help to verify stressors for VA claim. Searching for anyone stationed with me at Bien Hoa in 1966-67 with Btry. D, 6th Bn., 56th Arty. I ran convoys from the ammo dump and also volunteered for duty in the bush. Contact: Leslie Henry, 1070 State Rd., Manistique, MI 49858; 906-341-8100.

Need confirmation of events for VA claim. I was a cook at Phouc Vinh, 1967-68, and need supporting statements from anybody who was there and recalls the frequency of attacks and the additional duties that cooks had during attacks. Contact: Daniel Snell, 15549 1st St., Painesdale, MI 49955; 906-487-9504.

Want to hear from anyone who was with me in HQ Co., 1st Inf. Div., Bien Hoa, 1966. Contact: J. Little, 29203 N. Pyrite Ln., Queen Creek, AZ 85143; 480-209-1617;

Searching for veterans of the 2nd Bn., 32nd Heavy Artillery. We deployed to RVN from Ft. Sill, Okla., in Oct. 1965 and traveled aboard the U.S.N.S. Gen. W.H. Gordon (AP-117) to our staging area at Bien Hoa. There was a fire aboard the Gordon in which lives were lost. Contact: Coy R. Nichols, P.O. Box 398, Peterstown, WV 24963; 304-646-8626.

Want to learn more about my uncle Charles (Chuck) J. Hein, Jr. who served with 5th Special Forces with Recon Team Vermont. Chuck died on May 8, 1970. Contact: Lisa Langlitz, P.O. Box 134, Aurelia, IA 51005;

Looking for anybody who served with Co. D, 299th Combat Engineers, Phu Tai, Qui Nhon, and Cam Rahn Bay. Contact: Barry Avent,

Seeking members of the 299th Combat Engineers, Dak To, Ahn Khe, North English, English, LZ Pony, and Salem. Also looking for Wimpy Williamson, Houghbaugh, Hildebrand, Purser, Fisher, Cameron, Philbrick, Covert, Hamlet, Kittle, and Burge. Contact: Jay Gearhart, 231-922-3471;

Searching for Richard E. Holden, 821st C&E (28th Bomb Wing), Ellsworth AFB and RVN (1968). Contact: Dave Delemme, 220 W. River St., Otsego, MI 49078; 269-692-3169.

Looking for anybody who served with the 37th Air Base Sqdrn. (Security Police), Fuchu Air Station, Japan, 1969-72. Contact: Jim Comalli,

Looking for members of Honor Platoon 141, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, March-May 1967. Contact: Jay F. Grams, 7937 Alpine N.W., Sparta, MI 49345; 616-887-0081; 616-291-9023;

Seeking information on an artist featured during the 2004-2006 Bennett Spring Hillbilly Days event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in Lebanon, Mo. One piece of artwork featured an American Indian warrior looking into a pool of water—the Indian’s reflection was that of a Vietnam Era soldier. Contact: M.H. Reagan; 417-588-5811; 417-718-0486;

Searching for Curtis Wilson or anybody who knows or remembers him. He was in the Air Force and served at the Saigon Airport in 1971. Contact: Chuck Geiger,

Looking for basic training album from Ft. Jackson, September 1966. Also seeking members of 312th Supply Co., 96th S&S Bn., March 1967-68. The 1st Plt. transferred to Chu Lai and served during the Tet Offensive. Contact: Joseph L. Curatolo, VA Medical Center Northport, 79 Middleville Rd., Bldg. 6, Northport, NY 11768; 631-261-4400 ext. 5667; 631-774-7902 (cell); 631-754-7993 (fax);

Trying to find Frank Tolbert and John Greer. We served together in a Combined Action platoon (CAC) in the Phu Loc Valley in 1967. Our call sign was “Tiger Hotel 6.” Contact: Gary Stines, 734-457-5414;

Seeking John V. Ferry or anyone who knows or remembers him. I served with 2nd Bn., 4th Bde., Fort Ord, 1967. We won the company and brigade basketball championships. I still have and cherish the trophies from those tournaments. Capt. Ferry was my commanding officer and was very kind to me. We have not seen each other since 1967. Contact:  Charles S. Togias, 239-594-7683 (home); 315-727-1011 (cell);

Searching for David Bright (from Bell, Calif.), 545th M.P. Co., 1st Air Cav., 1967-68. Contact: Jerry Ferraro,

Looking for Bradley J. Carlson (Mass.) and Bernard Mitchell (Pa.) from 60th Supply Sqdrn., Base Fuels POL, Travis AFB, 1975. Contact: Daniel L. Cameron;

Seeking any Navy corpsmen who were at Battalion Aid Station on Hill 55 on March 21, 1968 (southwest of Da Nang), and recall treating several marines for wounds at around 3:00 p.m. Contact: Ted Pietz;

Seeking veterans who served in A Battery, 2nd/11th Artillery, 101st Airborne who were in-country from mid-1967-1968, specifically Jerry Crunkleton. Contact: James Ensign, 2259 Osage Trail, Wadsworth, OH;

Looking for fellow members of 441st Bomb Sqdrn., 320th Bomb Wing, Mather AFB, Sacramento, Calif., 1972. Contact: Mark D. Madsen, 320-241-4056;

Looking for anyone with Charlie 33, Ft. Carson, Colo., January 1968. Contact: David Benjamin,

Seeking Johnny Espinosa, who was stationed in the Fairfax, Va., area in 1968. Contact: Kathleen Watson Plake,

Searching for anyone who served with Doug Steele in Echo Co., 1st Bn., 1st Div., 1968-71. Contact: Doug Steele,

Want to find Elgin A. Brown who served in RVN 1969-70 with 1st/22nd, 4th Infantry Div. Elgin is an American Indian originally from Crownpoint, N.M., now possibly living in New Mexico or Arizona. Contact: Gerald L. Patterson, 5505 Woodlawn Ave., Omaha, NE 68127; 402-592-9047;

Looking for anyone who served with the 3rd Marine Div., HQ Bn., Service Co., Repro Section, Quang Tri, April 1968-May 1969. Contact: Jim Cantrell, 614-991-5889;

Searching for anyone who knew or remembers Gerald Wesley Vaughan, USMC fighter pilot stationed in Da Nang in the mid-1960s. Contact: Stephani Vaughan Haskins,

Seeking anyone who knew Vietnam-era veteran Thomas Hall. He may have been known as either Tom or Tommy, worked on a construction project at Ione, Calif., lived at Comanche Lake, and had a brother named John. Born late 1940s, deceased mid-1970s. Contact: Claudia Dee Price,

Australian Vietnam vet developed a passion for 1960s American cars while serving in RVN. Now seeks assistance from car enthusiasts in locating a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro or Chevelle available for sale.  Contact: Iain Nixon,

Looking for a graduation book from Ft. Bragg, March-June 1970, and anyone who remembers Johnny Worley. Contact: John Worley,

Seeking any former Marines who served with Co. C, 1st Bn., 26th Marines in Operation Deckhouse IV who knew Joseph Friel. Joe saved the lives of three Marines in a firefight and lost his own life saving a fourth. I want to help upgrade his posthumous decoration. Contact: Ernie Sullivan,

Seeking anyone who knows or knew Michael Dee Bradley, Vietnam veteran last known to be living in California. Contact: Ronald Bradley,

Need help with VA claim. Seeking anyone with information or perspectives regarding discharge physicals administered at Ft. Hood. Contact: Max E. McVey,

Searching for anyone who knows or knew Patrick Ryan, a Vietnam veteran who at one time corresponded with Phyllis Campbell. Contact: Patrick Rapa,

Active-duty Army officer completing a graduate degree in military history needs help. Seeking any members of MAAG-V and also any individuals who served in both Korea and Vietnam. Specifically interested in military advisory roles and the transition of these operations between Korea and Vietnam. Contact: Gregory Schrein,

Looking for anyone who served in 306th TFS, 31st TFW, Tuy Hoa AB, June-July 1968, who knew or had contact with Lance La Grange, F-100 pilot, KIA July 2, 1968, during LZ prep in Thuan An, Binh Dinh Province, or anyone connected with the LZ or his final flight that day, or his classmates from Cannon AFB (class of 1968-FR). Contact: Jeff Gorss, 398 North Creek Rd., Greenfield Center, NY 12833;

Looking for former GI Schmidt or anyone who knew him in Vietnam, knows him now, or has information about him. He was a mess sergeant with HHC, 23rd Arty. Grp., 2nd Bn., 13th Arty. Regt., Phu Loi, 1966-67. Contact: Cindy Nguyen,

Looking for Jack Colbert, who served as a gunner on my Quad 50, 1968-1969, LZ Thunder/Montezuma, Duc Pho. Contact: Dennis Anderson;

Looking for anyone who remembers me from NAS Da Nang, 1966-67, and especially anyone who remembers me from a three-week tour at Da Nang Station Hospital in March 1967. Contact: Lance Webber, 13672 Wayne St., Union, MI 49130;

Seeking William P. Richardson and Bernard J. Ramos or anyone else who served with C Btry., 2nd Bn., 40th Arty., 199th Light Infantry Bde., 1969-70. Contact: Derril Robertson, 256-777-8247;

Looking for any dog handlers who served with the 267th Chemical Co., Okinawa, 1968-69, regarding reported leakage of unknown chemicals. Contact: Walter Opat,

Seeking Ralph Fox (Owensboro, Ky.) from Co. B, 1st of the 1st, 28th Inf., Phuc Vinh, Quan Loi, 1967. Contact: Jeffrey L. Webb, N16742 Dam Rd., Beecher, WI 54156; 715-324-5051.

Looking for anybody who knew my brother, Gene Wallace Shelley, of A Battery, 6/14 Artillery, stationed at Pleiku (1967-68), who died Dec. 7, 1969. I have pictures from those years in RVN.  Any correspondence appreciated. Contact: Gay Carlson, 405 11th St., NW, Devils Lake, ND 58301.

Searching for Cheryl Brooks, formerly of the Dental Detachment, Ft. Leonard Wood (1973) and the 324th MP Group, UANG, Warren, Ohio (1970s). Last-known home, Newton Falls, Ohio. Also seeking Jacqueline Bedford, last known at Ft. Jackson, S.C. Cheryl married a Navy man and may be living in San Diego. Contact: Mike Bedford, C-2119 #028348, Okeechobee Correctional Institution, 3420 N.E. 168th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.

Need assistance for VA claim. Looking for Dan Knotts (Ohio), Don Baxter (W.Va.), or anyone else who served with Mobile Construction Bn. 71 (Seabees), Charlie Co., Tam Ky Detachment  (1968). Contact: Al Lacount, N7261 Knollwood Dr., Shawano, WI 54166; 715-745-6186.

Planning a get-together of veterans of the 585th T.C. Co. Seeking Ralph L. Jordan and any others. We left Ft. Lewis Sept. 1966, served in RVN until Oct. 1967. Am in touch with several others from the unit. Contact: Joseph J. Michalski, 3811 S. Hartford Dr., Saginaw, MI 48603; 989-792-9195.

Need assistance in managing PTSD. Seeking anyone with photos, unit rosters, officer of the day reports, letters, incident reports, combat statistics, memoirs, web sites, or any other information related to 51st Medical Unit Ambulance, 18th Surgical Hospital (MASH), Camp Evans, Quang Tri, Oct. 1969-70. Contact: Donald Lee Thomas, 304-248-7305; 304-921-0059;

Seeking information regarding the friendly fire deaths of thirteen men from 1st Bn., 3rd Marines at MCB-1, Da Nang, 1966. Contact: Charles A. Kuenzli, 3 Penrose Cr., Savannah, GA 31410; 912-898-0441.

Trying to find Doug Roeder (Chicago). We met in Tokyo on R&R in Oct. 1968. Doug was with a Combined Action Group (CAG) based in Hue and I was with FLSG-Bravo based in Dong Ha. Contact: Robert Czyzewski, GN-9271, State Correctional Institution, 1000 Follies Rd., Dallas, PA 18612.

Need assistance for VA claim. Looking for Brian Bellows, Jerry Lewis, or anybody else who served with me in 4th of the 21st Inf., Americal Div. I drove a truck bringing infantry out of the bush. Contact: John Kubic, 932 Silver Creek Rd., Marquette, MI 49855; 906-249-4532.

Looking for my uncle, George L. Rodgers, last-known address at the Martinsburg, West Virginia, VA Medical Center. Prior to that he lived at the G&E Trailer Park in Inwood, W.Va. Contact: Joshua Lortz, #523-566, Mansfield Correctional Institution, P.O. Box 788, Mansfield, OH 44901.

Need assistance for a VA claim. Seeking anybody who served with me in the 330th Radio Research Field Station, Army Security Agency, Nha Trang, Dec. 1971-March 1972. Contact: Donald Lively, 663 Hallock Young Rd., Mineral Ridge, OH 44440; 330-824-3816.

Searching for anybody who served with me between Feb. 1965 and April 1967 aboard the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31) in the V-6 Div. (Aircraft Maintenance) under Lt. Cdr. Simia. Contact: William Taylor, 174 Belmont, NW, Warren, OH 44483; 330-399-7650.

Need assistance for a VA claim. Seeking anyone who served with me in 45th Medevac, Long Binh, 1970-71. Contact: Larry Hivner, 407 East Liberty, Hubbard, OH 44425; 330-442-5350.

Seeking information on WWI veteran Vernon F. Schultz who served with HQ Co., 45th Arty., CAC-AEE. Returned from France on Jan. 31, 1919. Contact: Richard H. Claussen, 107 McKinley St., Kouts, IN 46347.

Looking for Kenneth Gardner, stationed aboard the U.S.S. Valley Forge (CV-8), 1962-66. Also looking for anybody who served with me in Coastal Group 15, Chu Lai, 1969-70. I was seamanship advisor to the junk fleet. Contact: John M. Baker, 1310 N. D St., Rogers, AR 72756;

Seeking family members of Louis B. Arnold of 552nd Medical Service Flt., KIA at Loc Ninh, Binh Long Province, during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Contact: George H. Shields, 757 98th St., SW, #106, Albuquerque, NM 87121; 505-831-0321.

2/9th Arty., the “Mighty Ninth” of the 4th Inf. Div. (originally of the 25th Inf.) is reborn. Visit our website at or email Website has pictures, rosters, and old friends. Contact: Tom Roman, 561-968-2115;

Need assistance with VA claim. Looking for Robert Pitchler, Andrew Bitter, Nathan Schoway, Jerry Pinckus, Neil Konigberg, Bob Fishauw, or anyone else who served with HHC, 864th Eng. Bn. (Construction) at Camp McDermott, Nha Trang, in Dec. 1969 and remembers the incident when 1st Sgt. Snow assaulted me with a pistol outside the EM Club. Contact: Ronald L. Lewis, P.O. Box 105, Oakland, NE 68045; 402-685-5051.

Seeking Luis Robert Colon-Pagan, likely serving at Ft. Sam Houston in 1967. Contact: Jeremy C. Parks, #375540, Price Daniel Unit, 938 SFM 1673, Snyder, TX 79549.

Need to confirm stressors for PTSD claim. I served with 6100 Combat Aircraft Maintenance Sqdrn. (Tachikawa, Japan) but performed duties for 901st Aeromedical Evac. Sqdn. aboard C-118s from Cam Ranh Bay to Tachikawa between Dec. 1965-Sept. 1967. Need help in verifying that this unit carried combat casualties, including the dead, during this timeframe. Contact: William James, c/o James W. Stanley, 917 W. Markham, Suite A, Little Rock, AR 72114; 501-324-2889; 501-324-2820 (fax);

Trying to locate a basic training yearbook from Ft. Polk, Sept.-Oct. 1970, Co. C, 1st Bn., 1st BCT Bde. Contact: Phillip Carter, 333 Millsaps Ave., Apt. 107, Jackson, MS 39202.

Would like to hear from anybody who served with A Co., 168th Engr. Co., 573rd Engr. Co., or 100th Engr. Co., or anyone who was involved with the Dong Nai float bridge near Xuan Loc in April 1968. 200 units of the 11th Armored Cav. (Blackhorse) crossed that bridge. Contact: Don Dressen, 715-766-3003.

Need help with Agent Orange claim. Seeking Dave Fussell of VP40 (Navy Patrol Sqdn.)  or anyone who served on the 1965, 1966, or 1967 tours. I was on TDY assignment aboard a seaplane tender when I jumped into the water to repair a leaking hydraulic hose. Dave can also place me on land in this timeframe. Contact: Jerry L. Carver, #1099463, Ramsey 1, 1100 FM 655, Rosharon, TX 77583.

Seeking William D. (“Bill”) James from Grants Pass, Ore. We went to school together at Lincoln Savage Jr. High School in Grants Pass. Bill served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. Contact: Karen Kalteich, P.O. Box 5034, Grants Pass, OR 97527.

Seeking contact and information on fellow graduates of Army Special Warfare School,  Ft. Bragg, N.C. I was Military Assistance Training Advisor, Senior NCO Course, Feb. 16, 1966, before deployment to RVN. Contact: Lawrence M. Henry, 58 Reata Way, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909; 501-922-1437;

Need incident verification for VA claim. Minesweep sailors, Operation Market Time, 1970-71. Need statements regarding Agent Orange use and MSO deployment. Contact: Donnie Rash,

Need incident verification for VA claim. Anyone stationed on the U.S.S. Kishwaukee (AOG-9), RVN, 1969. Contact:  Ronald Marcum,

Need verification for VA claim from David Julseth, Henderson Climbing Bear, John Hartman, Johnnie Ford, or anyone who served with me in Long Binh, October 1969-70. Contact: Larry W. Fowler, P.O. Box 231, Choccolocco, AL 36254; MIJACL@BELLSOUTH.NET

Looking for Steven Operer, Vincent (Vinny) Adolfo Morales, and Brandon Kavorkian,  all from the New York area, regarding Arlin Thomsen. Contact: David Lee, 718-668-6192;

Need verification for VA claim from Lt. Thorson or any servicemen in Dong Tam on the road to My Tho and the 1969 attack on ammo dump. Contact: Paul Gagne, 141 Den Quarry Rd., Lynn, MA 01904;



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