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Looking for anybody who remembers Johnny W. “Tennessee” Hoback. I served from June 1968-71, including service with C Co., 4th Inf. Div., Pleiku and Cam Ranh Bay, 1969. Contact: Johnny W. Hoback, P.O. Box 963, Hwy. 4, Tracy City, TN 37387; 931-592-9406.

Need help verifying stressors for VA claim. Seeking Paul Crenshaw, Frank Brookbank, or anyone else who served with me at LZ Kelly in 8th Engrs. attached to 1st Cav. Div. Contact: Bill Sterbenz, 15743 Bellaire Rd., Baraga, MI 49908; 906-353-6765.

Seeking information about my father, Lewis Lacy, an Army vet of WWII who served from 1941-50, including time at Pearl Harbor working as a meatcutter and mechanic. He died in July 1975. I would love to locate pictures, mementos, or old friends of my dad. Contact: Otis Lacy #191720, James Crabtree Correctional Center, Unit 3, Rt. 1, Box 8, Helena, OK 73741; 918-225-6642.

Searching for Abel Ruiz, Taberos, Doug Stout, or anyone else from Co. C, 2/39th Inf., 9th Inf. Div., Bear Cat, 1967. Contact: Ronald W. Sisco, 2722 Sunset Dr., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168; 386-847-3096.

Need help with VA claim. Seeking Delbert Cooper (Dayton, Ohio), Larry Carter (Asbury Park, N.J.), and Horace Smith (Detroit). We served together at MAG-12 and MAG-13 in Chu Lai, 1968-69. Contact: Joe Anderson D-50890, Pleasant Valley State Prison, B-1-124L, P.O. Box 8502, Coalinga, CA 93210.

Looking for James R. Sanders or any relatives. He served aboard the U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19), V-1 Division, 1965-66, and was from Eagle Pass, Texas.  Also seeking Donald Gass, V-3 Division, U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43). Contact: Roger Armstrong, 8822 N. Main St., Canastota, NY 13032; 315-697-5660.

Seeking old shipmate Joe Mike Martinez. We served together aboard the U.S.S. Casablanca (CVE-55), July 1944 to April 1946. Joe Mike enlisted in the Navy on March 24, 1944, in Denver and may still be living in that area. He was the ship’s barber. Contact: Guy Janis, Sr., 605-867-5656 or 605-867-5577.

Searching for John Price, Thomas Ortman, or anyone who served aboard the U.S.S. Reaper (MSO-467), U.S.S. Acme (MSO-508), U.S.S. Lucio, or U.S.S. Prime (MSO-466) during 1967-69. Contact: Ray Rogers, C-54337/3112, P.O. Box 8101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93409.

Looking for stories and memories of Marines who served with 7th Separate Bulk Fuel Co., July 1966 to March 1970. Contact: Philip D. Martin, 101 Caseland St., Springfield, MA 01107; 413-737-4562;

Seeking members of Honor Plt. 361, San Diego, March-May 1966. Gny. Sgt. Listchen, SSgt. Bolton, and Cpl. Butler were our DIs. Contact: Bruce Raftery, 55 E. 700 S., Apt. 5, St. George, UT 84770; 435-688-0240 (home); 435-862-9108 (cell);

Need to verify stressors for VA claim. Seeking Allen Batty (Provo, Utah), Hutton (Mass.), or anyone who served with me in Co. K, 3rd Bn., 9th Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Bien Hoa, Nov. 1971-Nov. 1972. Contact: Donald Strahl, N. 12975 K-1 Rd., Carney, MI 49812; 906-639-2501.

Need to verify attacks on Da Nang AB in late 1972. I represent a veteran who was wounded during an attack while serving with 365th Support Squadron on TDY to the 314th STS. Jerry Powell, Ralph Bowker, Tommy Johnson, and Johnny Jackson were with him when he was wounded. Contact: James W. Stanley, Jr., 917 W. Markham, Suite A, Little Rock, AR 72201;

Vets’ service rep has a lost Zippo lighter that needs to find its owner. The lighter has the image of a CIB and the words 1st Cav. engraved on one side. The owner can tell me what is engraved on the other side. Contact: Vic Romback, 173 U.S. 41 E., Negaunee, MI 49866; 906-475-0005.

Looking for anyone who served with my grandfather, Robert “Moose” Moore, who was a helicoper crewman (Specialist 4), An Khe, 1966-67. Contact: Ryan Kane,

Seeking William S. Grimes (formerly employed at the Glade Valley horse farm in Walkersville, Md.), his daughter Debbie, or her son who was born in or around Boonsboro, Md., in 1965 or 1966. Contact: Ben Kinser, 304-692-7534; 304-735-5134; 301-501-2157;

Need help with VA claim. Seeking Donald L. Cheney, M.D., Joseph E. Pirog, M.D., Ray Grissom, Ron Moon, Jesus “Jessie” Alinez, and medics from 1st Bn., 72nd Armor, Korea, 1969-70. Contact: Thomas Vana, 942 Hollywood Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60016; 847-207-6416.

Looking for anyone who served with the 179th or 180th Assault Support Helicopter Companies or their maintenance departments. Contact: Harold Lanham, 1081 N. Elmwood Dr., Aurora, IL 60506; 630-897-4922; 630-220-1419;

Seeking Steve Wilson to request permission to use his poetry in my autobiography. Contact: Walter E. Davis, 5595 Beverly Hills Dr., Apt. A, Columbus, OH 43213; 614-322-9059.

PTSD claim pending. Must verify attacks on Long Binh in late July 1966 and Tan Son Nhut AB on Dec. 4, 1966. During the second attack I was assigned to HQ & HQ Co., USARV Special Troops. Contact: Bobby Rea, 1880 Private Rd. 6137, Elkhart, TX 75839; 903-764-5354.

Incident verification needed for two events in Long Binh: May 1966 attack on water purification plant and the collision of two helicopters inside the compound in June or July 1966. Contact: Albert Hutchison, 7144 Midnight Rose Cir., Corona, CA 92880; 903-490-3979.

Searching for anyone who served with the 67th Maintenance Co., Phu Loi, Long Binh, and Camp Eagle, 1968-69. Contact: Pat O’Brien, 5533 W. Agatite, Chicago, IL 60630; 847-409-4676; Carter (Butch) Brooks, 970-330-1066;, or Dan Yatsko, 219-923-4404;

Looking for anyone who served with 97th LCO Boat Co., 1963-66, or 1099th Medium Assault Boat Co., Cat Lai and Long Binh, 1968-69, and anyone who served with 95th MP Bn., Long Binh, 1971-72. Contact: Charles Kidwell, 134 State Route 420, Trenton, TN 38382.

Seeking Loren B. Kelsey (Seattle). Also searching for Jack Sinnott (possibly spelled Sinnett, pronounced Sin-It), former Army medic who served with 815th Engr. Bn. in and around Pleiku, Kontum, and Dak To. Also seeking Vietnam-era refrigerator magnets (unit and rank insignias, etc.). Will pay P&H. Contact: Doug S. Berg, 4037 Dolbil Dr., St. Louis, MO 63125; 314-638-4295.

Need help for a disability claim. Looking for anyone who remembers Dennis Beinecke from jump school at Fort Benning with the 82nd Airborne in October 1969. Jumps were made in high winds on the second week of training. Contact: Dennis Beinecke, P.O. Box 475, Buena Vista, CO 81211;

Searching for William James who attended Lincoln Savage Jr. High School in Grants Pass, Ore. Contact: Karen Kalteich, P.O. Box 5034, Grants Pass, OR 97527;

Looking for Jerry Cope, Eric Jacobe, Woodrow Wilson, Jr., and John A. Rhodes from C Btry., 1st Bn., 8th Arty., 25th Inf. Div., Cu Chi, 1966. Contact: Tommy Townsend, 182 Bullens Rd., Ocoee, TN 37361; 423-338-2912;

Seeking Ray Fiore who attended AIT at Ft. Polk, La., served with B Co., 1/506, 3rd Bde., 101st Airborne, March 1968-69, and then at Ft. Dix, April-Sept. 1969. Contact: Robert Lance, 33 Redwood Rd., New Hyde Park, NY 11040; 516-270-3632.

Need assistance for VA claim for PTSD and hearing loss. Seeking anyone who served at U.S. Army Mortuary (TSN) Saigon, April 1969 to October 1970. Contact: Edward J. O’Sullivan, 726 N. Venice Ave., Tucson, AZ 85711;

Looking for members of the 394th Transportation Bn. (Construction Detachment), Qui Nhon, especially Dave Boutotte, Bob DeMoulin, Phil Kern, Roy Peakes, Pete Requentes, Irv Wilkie, and  Micechonis. Contact: Tom Ras,

Must locate a DD 214 for VA claim for Daniel F. Mardis, 5th Special Forces, 101st Airborne, 1964-1968.  Records are sealed or unavailable. Looking for anyone who served with him or remembers him from Army service. Contact:

Looking for Anthony B. McClain, originally from Detroit. K-3-5, B-1-9, K-3, 1964-67. Contact: J.A. Daily,

Looking for Galen Francis Anderson and wife Ruth Anne, friends of Walter William Norman. They were last seen in Hawaii. Were stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., 1958-64. Contact: Anita Norman McGrew, 1135 Beauvoir Dr., Florence, SC 29505; 843-664-9236;

Looking for Gerry DuPre, stationed at Camp Lejeune, 1968-69. Originally from Grand Rapids, Mich. Contact: Norma Stewart,

Looking for anyone who served with Joseph Friel in Co. C, 3rd Plt., 1st Bn., 26th Marines. Friel was KIA while saving the lives of three fellow Marines under fire during Operation Deckhouse #4, Sept. 21, 1966. I want to raise the level of award Friel received for this action. Seeking anyone who knew Joe or recalls the incident described above. Contact: E. Sullivan,

Looking for anyone who served with the 633rd CC&S at the foot of Marble Mountain, Da Nang, 1969-1972. Contact: Robert Romaniello, 734 Falling Oaks Dr., Medina, OH 44256; 330-461-0380;

Looking for former Marines from Comm. Section, 1st Medical Bn., 1st Marine Div., Da Nang, January-April 1971, or any Marines from Supply, MotorT, or Graves Registration. Contact: Alan Vande Vusse,

Looking for anyone who served with 2/9th Arty (“The Mighty Ninth”), 4th Inf. Div. (originally part of the 25th Inf.). New website available featuring pictures, rosters, and more at Veterans from 2/35 Infantry also welcome. Contact: Tom Roman, 561-968-2115;

Looking for anyone who served with 6th Bn., 11th Arty., 11th Inf. Bde. in Hawaii and Vietnam. Planning a reunion, all years, all batteries. Contact: Thad Lindquist, 360-293-4042; or Larry Solie, 425-372-6870;

Looking for James R. Robinson and Hugh L. Kelly, 10th Chemical Plt., 101st Airborne Div., Hue, Phu Bai, Camp Eagle, 1968-69. Contact: Ralph Lawrence, 3 Holly Springs Ln., Greensboro, NC, 27455; 336-340-8599;

Who remembers when I was blown up while operating a grader at Lai Khe on July 24, 1970? Looking for assistance with VA claim, including pictures, first-person accounts, etc. Contact: Dale LaPalme, 906-498-2407;

Looking for Cole Sparkman, who served with 3rd Force Recon, 1967-68. Last-known location was Pensacola, Fla. Contact:

Seeking Mark Walker (San Bernardino, Calif.), 35th FMS, aircraft fuel systems shop, Phan Rang AB, 1967-68. Later stationed at McChord AFB, 1968-69. Contact: Bob MacAvoy, 11 Bartell Pl., Clark, NJ 07066;

Looking for assistance with combat stressor claim from anybody who remembers the frequency of rocket and mortar attacks at Phouc Vinh, December 1968-69. Contact: Ed Brownlee, P.O. Box 1263, John’s Island, SC 29457; 843-969-4485;

Looking for Joseph M. Costa, formerly an E5 (Sgt.) discharged from the Army in January 1970 after service with C Co., 5th Bn., 2D5BCT Bde. Contact: Patsy Lopes,

Looking for anyone who was deployed with 569th Engineer Topo Co. from Fort Hood, Texas, to Vietnam in 1965. Contact: James Strother,

USN vet looking for Royal Australian Navy Vietnam-era veterans or any VVAA near Perth or Margaret River, Australia. Will be visiting the area in April-May and would enjoy sharing memories. Contact: Gary Feikert,

Seeking anyone who served at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (Colorado) and participated in chemical warfare material disposal in the 1970s. Contact: Jim Riesenberg, 34 Marshner St., Plymouth, WI 53073;

Looking for Lee B. Wilson, former major with 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Force, An Khe District, Binh Dinh Province, 1964-69. Contact: Robert Moseley,

Looking for assistance with stressor claim from William Cherry, former captain in charge of security at Long My, 1970. I was the company clerk. Contact: William Forst,

Seeking information from any USAF “Green Hornet” who attended the Memorial Service for Thomas Fike, Cam Ranh Bay Base Chapel, Dec. 1971. Contact: Mike,

Looking for anyone in A Co., 3/12th, 4th Inf. Div., Aug. 1967-68. Contact: James Palmer,

Looking for Charles (Chuck) Nolen, HQ/HQ Co., 1st Bde., Camp Eagle, 101st Airborne Div., Phu Bai, 1970. Shot down in an LOH near Firebase Checkmate. Chuck sustained severe burns and recovered at Ft. Sam Houston. Contact: David Tampio, 702-499-7787;

Looking for Billy W. Rogers, who served with D Troop, 3rd Sqdrn., 5th Air Cav., 9th Inf. Div., Dong Tam, 1969. Last-known address was El Monte, Calif. Contact: Vernon Michael “Mike” Coleman, 8520 Aumsville Hwy. SE, Salem, OR 97317; 503-749-1357; 503-580-2800.

Need assistance with PTSD claim from Ron Hudson, Steve Hotard, Wally Ceballos, Mike Lynch, Oscar Lopez, and Dave Dilbeck, 4th Inf. Div., 1970-71. Contact: Ken “Jersey” Richardson, 35 Hidden Stream Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728; 732-252-6172;

Looking for men who served with Ephraim Shuler in 1961, especially Vernon Williams, Garlan D. Turner, Kurt Gwalthney, and Roy E. Shelby from 585th Signal Co. Contact: Lon Shuler, 423-914-3806;

Looking for the Marine dog handler who handled “Satan,” 1969-70. Interested in returning lost property. Contact: Phil Savage, 2992 M66, Athens, MI 49011; 269-729-9703;

Looking for anyone who knew or served with Kenneth F. Nicholas in Co. D, 2nd Bn., 28th Inf., 1st Inf. Div., Light Weapons Inf. Crm., 1968-69. Contact: Glenna Courtney, or

Looking for Henry (Hank) Robles, originally from New York City. Graduated from high school in 1960 and enlisted the same year. Contact: Jimmy Basco, 718-786-2976;

Looking for anyone stationed in Da Nang with 23rd Air Base Group, Air Police Sqdrn., 1964-65. Contact: Ed “Cranny” Cranford,

Need help with PTSD claim. Seeking information on service details of former Navy corpsman Thomas Allen Williams, including his activities under fire serving with the Marines and also his postwar participation in Vietnam Veteran Leadership Program activities in New York City in the early 1980s. Contact: Carol Dillard,

Looking for anyone who served with Bob Altringer at Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, and in the 1st Armored Div. (Old Ironside Division). Contact:

Looking for serviceman who served in D Troop, 7/17 Air Cav., Nov. 1967-68. Contact: Brady Musgrove,

Looking for David Lee Sheppard from Hill 35 with 1/1st Cav. 23rd Div. (Americal). Last-known location was Kentucky. Also looking for Gomer who was from Tupelo, Miss. Contact: Dave Berlier,

Looking for anyone who was in Cam Ranh Bay from July 1965 to June 1966 with 515th Transport Co. Contact: Ralph Blevins, 2159 Moxley Rd, Hays, NC 28635; 336-957-2167;

Looking for anyone who served in the OL Division aboard the U.S.S. St. Paul (CA-73) in 1969. Contact: Alan Van Bladel,

Looking for assistance with VA claim regarding an incident at the Cam Ranh Bay Club involving a friendly-fire shooting in 1969. Contact: Edward Rogers, c/o Rene Ramirez,

Looking for Theodore Sharp who served with A Battery, 2nd Howitzer Bn., 35th Arty., June 1966-67. I am visiting from Australia and would like to reconnect. Contact: Peter Brown, 

Seeking anyone who knew or remembers Thomas Charles Bungay who served with F Troop 2/11, 2nd Plt., ACR, March 1968-69. Contact: Lynn Kathcart,

Searching for James W. Maxwell (from either Missouri or Kansas), quartermaster aboard the U.S.S. Arikara (ATF-98) in 1969. Contact: Mike Lee, 406-443-1126; 

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;



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