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Need to hear from Marines who served with 1st Heavy Artillery Rocket Btry. (HARB) at MCB, 29 Palms, Calif., and later on Okinawa, 1958-63. Want to organize a reunion. Contact: Michael L.R. Meade, 8723 Westbrook Dr., Boise, ID 83704; 208-377-3806;

Looking for John A. (Augie) Swartel from the Finger Lakes area of New York. We were dog handlers attached to 5th CDS (SAC) at Travis AFB. I got orders to Bien Hoa AB but ended up at Tuy Hoa, Dec. 1966. Contact: Michael L. Warner, 15086 S. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, MI 48161; 743-243-3634; dogmanandduke@

Searching for photos taken at Pleiku (Camp Enari) or An Khe (Camp Radcliff). Also looking for recordings done in Vietnam. Have much to exchange. Contact: Jim Claeys, 1837 Sedro St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221;

Seeking sentry dog handlers who served at Tuy Hoa AB. Specifically looking for the man who handled Shep 7F79 starting on or about Feb. 20, 1967. Contact: Phil Savage, 2992 M66, Athens, MI 49011; 269-729-9703;

Seeking anyone who served with Co. A, 577th Engr. Bn. at Don Duong, or with 497th Engr. Bn., or with 124th Med. Evac. (Search and Rescue), Cam Ranh Bay, 1971-72. Contact: Paul Skip Wooten, 11624 Burke St., #8, Omaha, NE 68154; 402-575-5710.

Searching for John Koeppen. I am an Aussie vet who served with the 2nd Bn., Royal Australian Regiment, 1970-71. John was an American friend, a welder in civilian life who once owned a bar called The Up and Under in Milwaukee. Contact: Bob Wallace,

Trying to locate Norman Clarence Wingate, USAF Air Police 1963-67. We were stationed together at Lackland AFB, Ellsworth AFB, and separated after going to RVN. Norman was born July 1945 and was from Baltimore. He married a woman named Lyda or Linda before deployment. Contact: Raymond A. Jones, 739 Arrowood Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

Looking for Quincy Collins, formerly a POW in RVN for 7 years. Contact: William C. Beals, Sr., 1111 Highway 73, Moose Lake, MN 55767.

Want to locate Mike Donovan, Neil Wolfe, Ben, and Buck, all USAF 46250 weapons mechanics and all together when a grenade was thrown into our midst, Nov. 16 or 17, 1968. Mike was hit in the chest; I was hit in the head and shoulder. Contact: Jerry Kmieciak, 11291 Heidi Lee Ln., Ft. Myers, FL 33908; 239-466-7562;

Trying to recover photos lost at The Wall on Nov. 11, 2007, during Veterans Day wreath ceremony—four XD picture cards in holder by the East Panel. Many valuable photos of my brother (also a Vietnam vet) and me. Offering $100 (or more) reward to you or donated to VVMF. Contact: Frank “Paco” Arce, 4016 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10465; 646-752-0447;

Seeking Samuel M. Commings, drafted into the Army in Leavenworth, Kansas, and deployed to Vietnam. Would now be 62-65 years old. Contact: Everlene Rouse (aka Everlene Ross),

Looking for former Ft. Ord buddies for possible reunion. Liggett and any others from 54th/571st/7th Presidio of Monterey Military Police. Contact: Bradley T. Higgins, P.O. Box 224, Round Top, NY 12473 or Rich Winstanley,

Searching for shipmates from the U.S.S. Hull (DD-945), 1969-71. Contact: Henry C. Hayes, 4310 W. 2nd Ave., Pine Bluff, AR 71602; 870-536-6658.

Seeking anyone who served at Danang AB at “Gunfighter Village.” Need verification of direct-hit rocket attack on barracks on or about July 7, 1971. Many killed and wounded. Contact: Donald L. Goodwin, 811 Comfort Ln., Jennings, LA 70546; 337-824-4454.

Need help with VA claim. Want to hear from shipmates aboard the U.S.S. Cacapon (AO-52), 1971-73, including Michael McCorkill (Wizard, Mo.), Patrick McMullen (Calif.), Ronald Bunker (Michigan). Trying to verify working conditions in fire room. Contact: Kenneth L. Bryson, 2116 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, MO 64505; 816-279-3361.

Looking for members of USN boot camp Co. 951 (Great Lakes) who graduated Oct. 1969. Also seeking Wally Wilkinson (former USCG) who was in quartermaster school in Newport, R.I., in Dec. 1969. Contact: Dana Evans, 6336 Y Ave., Aurelia, IA 51005; 712-282-4360;

Searching for anyone who knew Norman Roggow. He served on the U.S.S. Oriskany (CV/CVA-34) in 1967. His plane crashed on Oct. 8, 1967, in RVN. He was my brother; we just had his funeral 40 years after the crash. Contact: Connie Fraser, 17475 Yacht Ave., Hutchinson, MN 55350; 320-587-5779.

Seeking old friend Chuck Throne, originally from Chicago. We served together at Wright-Patterson AFB in 17th Combat Defense Sqdrn. (K-9 unit), and at Tuy Hoa in 31st Security Police Sqrdn. (K-9 unit). Contact: Joe Richardson, 5856 Broadway St., Indianapolis, IN 46220; 317-523-0019.

Want to find John Pelkey and Jim Bailey, both medics from 1st Bn., 12th Inf., 4th Inf. Div., Camp Enari, Pleiku, Feb. 1969-70. Contact: Doug Moylen,

Does anybody remember when an aircraft maintenance accident on an F-4 Vigilante cost the lives of two fellow sailors at Naval Air Base, Albany, Ga., in June 1968? Contact: William T. Patterson, 39 E. Marion St., Youngstown, OH 44507; 330-330-5342.

Looking for 69th Sig. Bn. personnel from Camp Gaylor, Tan Son Nhut AB, including Larry Caldwell (Ferguson, Mo.) and Charles L. Curley (Eatontown, N.J.). Contact: Leonard Gamradt, 504 3rd St., S.E., Little Falls, MN 56345; 320-632-8845.

Seeking anyone who served with A Btry., 6th Bn., 14th Arty. on “Artillery Hill,” Pleiku, Oct. 1967-68. Contact: Donald Wayne Ashwell, 3006 Marysville Rd., Altavista, VA 24517;

Seeking Fred Rodman. We served together in Hawaii, 1972-73. We had the two best bikes in Hawaii. We were both at CINCPAC FLT but in different offices. Contact: Richard (Dick) Witte, 1224 Kirsten St., La Marque, TX 77568; 409-938-7291; 409-771-1379.

Does anybody recall an episode at Ft. Polk when Clarence W. Bynum was confined to the base stockade and attempted suicide by drinking Pine-Sol? Incident verification is needed. Contact: Clarence W. Bynum, 501 S. Persimmon St., Pine Bluff, AR 71602; 870-489-0205.

Trying to recover an AWOL bag lost somewhere on the flight home from Tan Son Nhut through Cam Ranh Bay and on to Ft. Lewis. The bag contained slides, a trophy, and D Troop Zippo lighter. Contact: Ken Moore, 164 Baneberry Way, Hilton, NY 14468; 585-392-0269.

I’m looking for the Army 1st LT in the accompanying photo, part of an MP Advisory Team, who was assigned on Phu Quoc Island. In January 1971, he escorted me and another nurse while we participated in a three-day MEDCAP providing care and assessment for VC and NVA POWs at different enclosures. With us were two Vietnamese doctors, several of our doctors assigned to the 3rd Surgical Hospital in Binh Thuy, our dentist, and his tech. Contact: Connie Christensen, 1141 SW 8th Terr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315;

Need help with PTSD claim. Seeking Robert Garner or anyone else who remembers me from A Co., 84th Engineers (1970) or HHT 1/10 Cav. (1971). Contact: Wayne Weaver, 514 Mt. Misery Rd., New Oxford, PA 17350.

Seeking former Navy corpsman Fitsimons (or possibly Fitzsimons or Fitzsimmons) who was wounded on or about March 8, 1968, while attached to Kilo 3/9 on Operation Dewey Canyon in the A Shau Valley. My fireteam carried him to the Medevac chopper. Contact: Adam W. Mackow, 25 Abrams Rd., Milford, NJ 08848; 908-995-9191.

Looking for copy of a boot camp book for Plt. 139, USMC Recruit Depot San Diego, June 1963. Contact: Jerry Thurman, 3438 College Ave., Davenport, IA 52807; 563-386-4662.

Looking for shipmates from U.S.S. Constellation (CVA-64), P-1 or P-2 Div. (B Div.), WESPAC, 1966-69. Contact: Len Hampton, 1390 Anasazi Ct., Las Cruces, NM 88007; mixedcompany2@

Seeking anyone who served with the 516th PSC or 490th GS Co. located in or near the 1st Logistical Compound, Danang, June 1969-70. Contact: Charlie Ott, 1980 Surgi Dr., Mandeville, LA 70448; 985-626-6031;

Searching for anyone who served with me in the 498th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance) Dustoff, Jan. 1968-Sept. 1969, especially Blackwell or David Franz. Franz’s last-known duty station was in Germany with 503rd CAB, late 1970s. Contact: Clifford Baldwin, 114 Zinnia Dr., Killeen, TX 76542; 254-526-4022.

Army engineers who served in Vietnam, your brothers are looking for you, just to reminisce or organize a reunion. Contact: Brian Bobek, 21180 Armada Ridge Rd., Armada, MI 48005; or pacemakers.htm

Searching for Robert Cetrone from N.Y. We served together in D Co., 24th Engr., 4th Armored Div. in Feurth, Germany. We requested Vietnam duty, got orders, left together, and lost touch. Contact: Glenn Straub, 1165 W. Lloyd St., Shenandoah, PA 17976; 570-462-9540.

John Bannister is seeking old friends from 228th Supply Service, Tay Ninh, Jan. 1968-69. Contact: John Bannister, P.O. Box 2586, Binghamton, NY 13902; 607-242-1230.

Seeking Roberts, former USMC sergeant with 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Div., Quang Tri, 1968. He was wounded and pinned down while crossing a rice paddy south of Cua Viet. I was the rescue man that day. I last saw Roberts at Camp Lejeune. He later became a police officer in Jacksonville, N.C.

Would like to reconnect. Contact: Joseph M. Guevara, 9 Wrights Way, Fall River, MA 02720; 508-578-6351;

Looking for Baker, former sergeant with 3rd Plt., B Co., 1/506, 101st Airborne Div., 3rd Brigade, based at Camp Evans, 1970. We were on operations in the A Shau Valley when we lost Cecile Dabson in a tunnel situation. I served under the last name Meara, but reverted to my birth name after I got home. Contact: Art McLellan, 134 Summer St., #39, Malden, MA 02148; 781-324-9787.

Looking for a picture of my track (#31) from the days with Co. C, 2/8, 4th Inf. Div. It was hit by a B-40 rocket. Contact: Bob Byrne, 252-335-5693;

Seeking William Schmidbauer. Contact: Alan L. Smith, 6048 S.W. 103rd Loop, Ocala, FL 34476.

Seeking anyone who knew Gregory W. Sheeler, KIA May 28, 1970, while serving with Tr. C, 3/5th Cav., 9th Inf. Div. in the Dong Ha area. Looking for photos or memories. I am his cousin and also a veteran. Contact: Edward P. Duffey III, 1405 Northview Ave., Rose City, MI 48654;

Want to return a lost Army Commendation Medal belonging to James A. Helm, B Trp., 1/11th ACR. Contact: Claude Peterson, 2770 Quail Dr., Stanton, IA 51573;

Searching for Ed Cook (possibly Cooke) who was at Tan Son Nhut AB, 1969-70. Ed worked in base ops and I was with flight records. His last-known address was in the State of N.Y. Contact: Paul L. Daniel, P.O. Box 323, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450; 802-370-5383.

Looking for members of 6990th Security Sqdrn. We went to Berlitz Language School in Washington, D.C., to learn Vietnamese in 1966. Shipped out through Goodfellow AFB and Fairchild AFB and flew in RC-135s from Kadena AFB in Okinawa under Col. Doyle Larson and served from Dec. 1967-Jan. 1969. Contact: Rick Martinez,

Seeking Robert Nash, former 1st Lt. who served as S-2 officer with 5/60th Inf., 9th Inf. Div., 1969-70. Contact: Phil Nichols, 5195 Leslie Rd., Decker, MI 48426; 989-325-1208;

Former sailor seeks other crewmembers aboard U.S.S. Midway (CVA-41) from WESPAC cruise 1960-64 who might have become ill from Agent Orange or asbestos in overhead pipes in sleeping quarters. Contact: William Danny Neuman, 2215 S. Chase #4, Port Angeles, WA 98362; 360-452-6733.

Looking for anybody from 8th Engineers who remembers the day I was electrocuted at LZ Evans, late Feb. or early Mar. 1968. I was a surveyor with HHC S-3 and was hooking up a box to a CH-47. Two guys revived me, but I was stunned and wandered away in a daze. Want to thank those men, along with crew of the CH-47, and confirm incident details. Contact: Leo Miller,

Seeking anyone who served with me in 2nd and 27th Inf. (Wolfhounds) at Cu Chi, Aug.-Nov. 1969. I was wounded in my right heel in morning chow line. Contact: Floyd R. Griffin, 1313 Hillcrest Dr., Pauls Valley, OK 73075.

Retired nurse now working for Military Order of the Purple Heart seeks former Marine David Chester Walton from 1965-66. He was a sergeant at the time and a tank commander in Vietnam. His hometown was Bangor, Maine, he was a twin, and would now be approximately 62 years old. Contact: Carol Ann Long, 304 E. Maple Rd., Linthicum, MD 21090; 443-749-0807.

Seeking Patrick Mann. He was in the USAF based in Korat, Thailand, approximately 40 years ago. Contact:

Australian Vietnam vet interested in corresponding with American veterans. I served in the infantry, got wounded on July 19, 1969, and spent two years in the hospital. Contact: Don Tate, warvet_69@

Seeking Masaru Senda who served in Vietnam, 1966-67. Contact: Michael J. Win, 5900 Sepulveda Blvd. #500, Van Nuys, CA 91411; 818-981-9960; 818-781-8512 (fax);

VA claims assistance needed for Karl L. Peterson who served with 592nd Trans. Co., 1966-1968. Seeking Toby Williams and Mike Thomas, and information from Ban Me Thout in that time frame. Contact: Scott Ferguson,

Seeking wartime photos of Salvatore “Sonny” DiCicco, Vietnam veteran from Philadelphia. Contact: Nicole DiCicco, 2237 S. Bouvier St., Philadelphia, PA 19145; 215-590-9093;

Searching for information or memories of John Skane, who I believe was a POW and may have died in captivity. Contact: Christina Zimmer,

Want information about or memories of Eugene D. Forbes, former private, service number US 52401618. He served with a Headquarters Company, 1956-58. Contact:

Looking for anybody who served with the 15th Engr. Co., 299th CBT Engrs. at Dak To, LZ Pony, and LZ North English. Seeking Stocks, Holbaugh, Matlock, Card, Wimpy Williamson, Fiest, Stanley Eagle, Hildibrand, Lusty, George Harvey, Gary Griggs, Grady Gibbs, and Smith. Contact: Jay Gearhart, 231-922-3471;

Looking for anybody who served with Echo Co., 2/5 Cav. between 1966-72. We are attempting to create a roster for our first reunion. Contact: Mick DeHart, or Al Hembd at

Searching for Brian Tobey. He graduated from Leigh High School in San Jose, Calif., in 1964, and joined the Air Force after he graduated. Contact: Irene Hutchison, P.O. Box 204, Andrews, IN 46702.

Looking for anybody who served with Co. A, 2/5 Cav., particularly Pratt, Larry Weaver, Jim “Click” Kinney, Vic Alesi, and Ollie Mason Jones. Contact: Mike Puraty, 714-719-3871; chief_mpura@

Want to locate friends, former co-workers, and eyewitnesses to the death of Frederick Phillip “Fred” Smith (former Army captain), killed Feb. 13, 1971, in Vietnam. I am having his name added to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the Army Chemical Corps Memorial at Fort Leonard Wood, and plan to nominate him for the Army Chemical Corps Hall of Fame. I am trying to upgrade his valor award to the Medal of Honor or the Distinguished Service Cross. Contact: Mike R. Vining, 635 Blackhawk Rd., South Fork, CO 81154; 719-873-1065;

Seeking former POW (Korea) Lee Holden Hinkle, born in Cuyahoga, Ohio, in 1924. He was married to Frances Louise Crump in 1957. I last heard from him when he lived in Chaparral, New Mexico, around 1990. He was a VFW member. Contact: Cynthia Fowler, 479-344-6077;

Need help building roster of veterans who served in defoliated areas, had Agent Orange exposure, and now have Parkinson’s disease. The roster currently carries over 130 names. Contact: Clement G. Moser, 217 N. Market St., Van Wert, OH 45891; 419-238-6580 (day); 419-238-6474 (night); 419-238-981 (fax);


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