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  • Looking for James P. Norris and Johnny Powell, both USAF retired.
    The last time I saw James Norris was at Spangdahlem AFB, Germany. Johnny, you stopped by Tinker AFB and we talked. Would like to hear from both of you. Contact: William C. Sankey,
    308 Park Ave., Pomeroy, IA 50575;
  • Seeking anyone assigned to 101st MP Co., 101st Airborne, between Mar. 1969-Feb. 1970; 29th Civil Affairs, USARPAC Vietnam between Aug. 1970-Mar. 1971, and A&C Co., 716th MP Bn. between Mar. 1971-72. Would like to reach those who served with me. Particularly interested in anyone in the lead MP team (101st Airborne) airlifted into Tam Ky airport to set up security for the Americal Division. Contact: Gene W. Sanders, Jr., 8099 Autumn Forest Dr., Jonesboro, GA 30236; 678-231-4909;
  • Want to get in touch with sailors who served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise
    (CVA-65), 4th Boats Division. We stayed at Subic Bay when the ship sailed to “Yankee Station.” We carried out Special Ops in RVN: Saigon River, Mekong Delta, Ben Hai River. I need a letter that confirms we were there. Contact: Thomas O. Dunbar, 612 C St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501;
    515-955-3229; 515-955-4803.
  • Searching for members of B Battery, 4th Bn., 16th Artillery, 4th Inf. Div., out of Ft. Lewis, Washington, 1965-67, boot camp to Vietnam. I was called “Dogpatch.” Contact: Tom Eberspacher, 8815 Grospoint Ave. South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016; 651-458-3705.
  • Want to find Spec 4 Johnson (“Little Bear”) from Washington State, and David Shrodner from Montana. You served with me in the 725th Maintenance Bn., 25th Infantry, Cu Chi. Also seeking anyone from the 101st Airborne at Phan Rang, 1967-68. Contact: Ornell E. Ericksson, 1104 N. 15th St., Moorhead, MN 56560; 218-233-7456.
  • Seeking Melvin Miller who was stationed at the McNair Kaserns (Germany). He left Germany in the spring of 1965. His home address at the time was in Chicago. Contact:
  • Looking for members of C Battery, 2nd Bn, 101st Airborne Division. Contact: Cecil Brown, 1521 Social Circle Fairplay Rd., Social Circle, GA 30025; 770-464-9246.
  • Want to contact anyone who served with Command Aircraft Co., Long Thanh North, 1969-70. I was flight line crew chief. Most guys called me “Hillbilly.” Contact: Richard Simpkins, Box 158, Switzer, WV 25647; 304-946-6214;
  • Would like to hear from any sailor who served aboard the U.S.S. Hull (DD-945), 1969-70. Contact: Henry C. Hayes,
    4310 W. 2nd, Pine Bluff, AR 71601; 870-536-6658.
  • Seeking Larry Colbert of Meridian, Mississippi. Your buddy “Pappy” (also called “Soul Brother #1”) is looking for you. I have the $20 I owe you! I’d also love to hear from other Marines from H&S Co., 1st Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, stationed in An Hoa in 1969. Contact: Raymond Woods, 530 Edgewood St., N.E., Washington, DC 20017; 202-529-5188.
  • Want to hear from Willie Sanders (from North Carolina) or John Stewart (from Pennsylvania). We were in the 4th (Mortar) Platoon, 2/12 1st Cavalry (Airmobile), An Khe, 1967. Stewart was transferred to the front, Sanders went to Heavy Equipment. I was wounded and sent to a Navy hospital in Japan. Contact: Eddie T. Wilkerson, 4925 Minnetonka Blvd.,
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416.
  • Please get in touch if you served with me in RVN at the 6th Convalescent Center. I’m seeking VA benefits and need confirmation. Contact: Peter DiMaria, 55 West Main St., Suite 140, Waterbury, CT 06702.
  • Would like to hear from anyone who served with me at Cha Rang Valley, An Khe, Phu Tie, Long Binh, Pleiku, or Cam Ranh Bay between Feb. 1971-72. Names I remember: Stony (from Pennsylvania), Lt. Finster (from California), Sgt. Sebota, Cavenall, Calhoun. Contact: James Howe, 8 Grant St., Easthampton, MA 01027; 413-529-9099.
  • Searching for a vet named Fernando de Leon. We met in Quebec a long time ago. Would like to reconnect. Contact: Annick Pais, 50 rue Truffaut, 75017 Paris, France;;;
  • Want to hear from any fellow recruits from Plt. 3062, USMC Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, SC, graduated Sept. 17, 1966. I was Honor Man. Contact: Herbert W. Allen, 209 Clayton St., Winston Salem, NC 27105; 336-661-1741.
  • Looking for Larry Epler (from Globe, Ariz.) and Dick Moran. We served together in the 101st Airborne, Vietnam, 1967-68. I was wounded in 1968 and never returned. Contact: Rene Fimbres, 3845 N. Gold St., Silver City, NM 88061.
  • Trying to locate any DARRS Team members who served in 1971-72, especially M. Flynn of 5th DARRS. Contact: Jim Barker and Chinh Pham, 4941 Dickinson Dr., San Jose, CA 95111;
  • Seeking John Riley of C/4/173rd, (“Sgt. Rock”). Currently might be somewhere in Texas. Contact: Jimmie L. Hicks, 3408 Jewel Dr., Augusta, GA 30906; 706-793-5388.
  • Looking for anybody I served with in C Co., 7/15 Artillery, An Khe, 1970-71. Contact: Randall (“Randy”) Washburn, 24 Baldwin St., Apt. #5, Laconia, NH 03246; 603-524-7028.
  • Searching for anyone who served in the 155th Transportation Co. or the 870th Trans. Co., Vietnam, 1965-66. Contact: Gary Grastley, 3476 Messersmith Rd., York, PA 17404; 717-792-9858; 717-792-9858.
  • Want to locate or learn the fate of Nguyen Van Rit. He was the driver for the senior artillery advisor to the 22nd RVN Infantry Division (MACV Team 22, Bagi), 1970-72. Contact: Rod Williams, 44-170 Nanamoana St., Kaneohe, HI 96744; 808-398-4316;
  • Does anyone remember the attack on the 526 CC&S Co., 5th Maint. Bn., USASUPCOM QN? Fredrick Larson, John Shiray, John Miller, Robert Lamb, Roy M. Mueller, Jr., William Broussard, you were all there. Also seeking information on a TDY to 669th Trans. Co., 54th Trans. Bn., 8th Trans. Grp. (MT), early 1968. I was a driver assigned to security on an armored truck. Need an idea of when and where there were hits on three convoys I was on. Roberto Randres, you were there. Contact: Thomas E. Thornton, 82 Mount Neches, Woodville, TX 75979; 409-429-3271.
  • Seeking the corpsman who treated D.J. Kolojay for a foot injury aboard the U.S.S. Oriskany in April 1969, the doctor who took pictures of the injury, or anyone on Hangar Deck #3 who witnessed the injury. I was in sick bay for 30 days. Need help to verify. Contact: Donald Kolojay, 1497 E. 14th Rd., Streator, IL 61364; 815-673-1706.
  • Searching for former members of Bravo Co., 5th of the 60th (MECH), 9th Inf. Div., in-country Nov. 1966-1967. Contact: Rich Paraboschi, 23407 Olde Meadowbrook Cir., Bonita Springs, FL 34134; 239-495-0144.
  • Looking for Tom Elgin (from New York City area) and Ted Solez (from Brownsville, Texas, where his family ran a motel). I served with Tom at the Camp Schaub mess hall bakery in the summer
    of 1967. I served with Ted in late 1966. Contact: Frank Spadafore, 7469 Longacre, Detroit, MI 48229.
  • Anybody out there from Plt. 237, USMC Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, SC, 1963; H&S Co. (mortar platoon), 1963-65; Clarksville Base, TN (particularly Silas Kidd or Danny Mack), 1965; C-1/9 (mortar platoon), Vietnam, 1966-67. I met some good guys along the way and would like to hear from you. Contact: Robert Pitts, 6 Society Ct., Burlington, NJ 08016; 609-239-8178.
  • Looking for Kenny Pepper (from Texas) and Jesse Miles (from Calif.) or anyone else who served in the 199 Co. C, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., 1968-69. Contact: Ray Heikkila, 45 Harrison’s Trail, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533; 845-227-7748.
  • Seeking anybody who served with C Battery, 2/321 Artillery, 82nd Airborne, 1968-69. Contact: Joe Brown, 14545 Chispa Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422; 805-466-0287.
  • Would like to hear from anybody I served with in USAF Basic Training, Lackland AFB, April-May 1967. We had a “Texas tornado,” anybody remember? Contact: Royce E. Lincoln, 217 Drury La., Slidell, LA 70460; 985-639-3402.
  • Seeking old friends Leonard Byrd and Wayne Burwell, K Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Marines, Chu Lai. Contact: George Bunting, P.O. Box 377, Rehoboth, DE 19971; 302-227-3891; 
  • Searching for anyone who witnessed a mine explosion, two vehicles lost in Cambodia 1970. Serving at the time with 62nd Trans. Co., 7th Trans. Bn., in support of 25th Inf. Div. I was a machine gunner in the convoy; wounded by shrapnel above my eye. I pulled a driver out; don’t know if he survived. Event witnessed by Kurt Dresner (then a Lt.). None of this is in my file and I need verification. Contact: Robert Matovic, 112 Curtis Dr., Sound Beach, NY 11789; 631-821-5272.
  • Trying to find anyone who served with me in the 3rd Bn., 82 FA 196 LIB Airmobile, Americal Div., March 1968-69, including L.C. Bolidy, Terry Smith, Jones, Roger Gones. Contact: Larry J. Gouine,
    718 E. Randall, Shawano, WI 54166.
  • Want to hear from anyone who served with Roger L. Wilson (aka Lee) in the Combined Action Campaign, Danang, 1966-68. Lee was KIA Jan. 20, 1968. I’m seeking closure. Contact: Priscilla Heinen, 207 Mulvain St., Durand, FL 61024; 815-248-2883.
  • Looking for anyone who served with the 595th Engr. Co. (Landclearing), RVN 1967-69. Need help confirming information for PTSD and Agent Orange claims. Contact: Dewey Pargason, 170 Joshua Dr., Reidsville, NC 27320.
  • Seeking former members of HQ Co., 6th Bn., 84th Artillery, An Khe. Unit deactivated in June 1969 and we went to 7th Bn., 13th Artillery at LZ Uplift. Contact: Ken Calkins, 174 W. Van Buren, Elmhurst, IL 60126; 630-834-6036. Searching for guys from the 572nd Trans. Co., Danang, 1972, particularly Don Jenkins or Robert Blanks. I was the last driver for the “Gypsy Bandit” gun truck. Contact: Bob Holtz, 740 Oak St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494; 715-424-2561.
  • Looking for anyone who was with the “David Crockett” unit at Ft. Riley, Kan., then to RVN with the 9th Div. (Bear Cat), 1966-67. Contact: Rodney Rodriguez, P.O. Box 767, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591;
  • Want to hear from anyone who served with Co. C, 2/12, 1st Cav., Feb. 1968-69, and was with us in the A Shau Valley when we found the NVA compound. It had a general’s house and an officer training school. Contact: Dan Griffin, P.O. Box 744, White Plains, NY 10602; 914-682-4949;
  • Need to locate George L. Shea from A Co., 67th Armor Div., Ft. Hood, Texas. Served in 1963-64. May now be in southern Arizona. Contact: Antone J. Valdez, 5424 Dona Ane Rd., Las Cruces, NM 88007; 505-647-9261; 505-650-9262 (cell).
  • Seeking anyone that was in the 135 AHC from Oct. 1968-69, especially Mike Foley (from New Jersey), or the company supply and admin officers. We were shot down in Nov. 1968. Contact: William J. Bandy, 7046 Rt. 100 B, Moretown, VT 05660; 802-223-3458.
  • Want to hear from anyone stationed with 937th Engr. Grp. HQ on Engineer Hill, Pleiku, April 1968-69, especially Mark Crosby, Keith Zigtemian, Richard Vyvian, Robert Wilson, Thomas Coraci (all chaplain’s assistants at battalion level). Who remembers the “bugout” from Engineer Hill to Qui Nhon in March 1969? Contact: Joe Kearney, 2803 Dunham Rd., Utica, NY 13501; 315-732-2912.
  • Looking for my CO, Lt. Benson. Need to know you made it home OK.
    We served in Co. D, 36th Signal Brigade, in support of 101st Airborne, MACV, Vietnam, 1968-69. Contact: Thomas “Bo” Watts, 2218 E. Camino Cir., Mesa, AZ 85213; 480-834-0386.
  • Seeking Larry Davidson, Jose Estevez, Fred Myers, Joshua Ashley. You served with me in Vietnam, Co. D, 1/6, 198th Lt. Inf. Brigade, Americal Div., 1967-68. Would like to hear from you all. Contact: Hockless Bryant, 1401 NW 103 St., Apt. 232, Miami, FL 33147; 305-694-9607.
  • Searching for Ramon Rivera (from Texas), A Co., 2/47, 9th Inf. Div., 
    Ft. Riley, Kansas, and in Vietnam, 1966-1967. Contact: Dale Miller, 2788 Northbrook Lane, Charles City, IA 50616;
  • Trying to locate Tim Morrow (Ohio) and Jim Sweet (Florida) who were stationed at Camp King-Oberursel, Germany, with HHC, USA Transcom Europe, 1972-73. If you’re out there, or any vets know these guys, pass this along. Contact: John Beal, P.O. Box 278, Swan Quarter, NC 27885.
  • Seeking information regarding a plane that crashed on landing at Pleiku Airbase in the first week of January 1968. Contact: John C. Canterbury, HC 77, Box 322, Ballard, WV 24918. Looking for anyone who served with MAG-12, MABS-12, 1st Marine Air Wing, at Bien Hoa, May 1972-Feb. 1973. We were deployed from Iwakuni, Japan, in support of VMA 211 and 311. Contact: Oren Braatz, W6992 Brown Rd., Fond du Lac, WI 54937; 920-602-1265. Seeking anything memorabilia, photos, home movies, remembrances of Wesly Kimmel who served in Vietnam in the late 1960s, early 1970s. He was killed after discharge and his widow lost everything in a fire. Anything at all, even if a personal memory to share, will mean a lot to her. Contact: Linda Johnson, Rt. 1, Box 269, Tamms, IL 62988.
  • Former Marine needs to confirm and verify activities in-country between Dec. 1966-Oct. 1967. I served with H&S Co., 3/26 and 2/9, in Phu Bai and Dong Ha. Participated in Operations Prairie and Kingfisher. Did casualty reporting and worked in the morgue at the Phu Bai hospital. Need verification for VA claim. Do you remember me? Contact: Darrel Dean Butler, 122 Dewey Davis Rd., Walland, TN 37886; 865-984-2979;
  • Seeking Donald J. West to help confirm a stressor for VA claim. Incident happened off the coast of Vietnam in Oct.-Nov. 1972 near Tan Son Nhut. I was serving with B Co., 2nd Am Trac Bn., 3rd Marine Division. Contact: Vince Gusmano, 11930 Bayshore Dr., N. Miami, FL 33181; 305-534- 5269.
  • Looking for anyone who served with me in the USAF 37th SPS at Phu Cat, 1969-70. Especially would like to hear from Steve Malzoof (from Bad Axe, Mich.), Gary Gilly, or Howard Collard. It’s been a long time and I’d like to hear how your lives have gone. Contact: Bob Timberlake, 19942 Woodworth, Redford, MI 48240.
  • Seeking any and all vets who served with C Battery, 2/320 Artillery, 101st Airborne, from April-Sept. 1969. I have information, photos, and documentation available for you. Contact: George O. Upton, 1127 Magnolia Bloom Trail, Houston, TX 77073; 281-209-1668.
  • Want to locate a former sailor named Jones. He was a First Class Petty Officer (Engineman), and we were stationed with USN Coastal Group 15 at Chu Lai. Jones, if you’re out there or anybody who served with us in 1969-71, let me hear from you. Contact: John M. Baker, 1310 N. D St., Rogers, AR 72756; 479-936-6023.
  • Need contact with anyone serving with the 93rd Engineers at Bear Cat near Dong Tam, Mar.-Dec. 1968, or 94th Engineers, Jan.-May 1969 at Vung Tau. Require assistance with a VA claim. Contact: Ned Parker, P.O. Box 572, Junction, TX 76849; 214-663-8833.
  • Mark Anthony Woolf was my father, a medic in Vietnam from May ’67-May ’68 with B Co., 1st & 8th Inf., 4th Div. He is interested in finding other soldiers who served with him, Alfonso Galeano (from Queens, N.Y.) in particular. Contact: Diane Allard,
  • Seeking members of Co. D., 58th Inf., who served at Phu Tai, RVN. Contact: James L. Call, 703-614-9733;
  • Trying to locate Dennis O’Sullivan, who graduated in 1987 from Mansfield High School, Mansfield, Mass. I believe that Dennis might have received an Award for Excellence at the Bedford VA Medical Center, where he was the Program Director of the facility’s PTSD and Community Stabilization Program. Many veterans returned to thank him for being there for them. They said he saved their lives. The O’Sullivan I’m looking for would be 36 or 37 years old. Contact: Charlene (McKenney) Sudore,
  • Trying to locate any surviving officers of B Troop, 3/4 Cavalry Regiment, 25th Inf. Div., based near Go Dau Hau, Vietnam during Jan.-Feb. 1969. I am a New Zealand Vietnam veteran and would like to be in touch with vets of B Troop. Contact: Geoff McClelland, 
  • There is a helicopter in our Memorial Park (UH1 66-00632). I’m researching her history. We know the craft saw Vietnam service with 134th AHC, 57th AHC, and 129th AHC, flying 1,832 hours in the
    skies over Nam, including flights over Hamburger Hill, extensive action during Tet, around An Khe, and most of II Corps.  I want to continue this research and tell the story of this helicopter. Any vets out there who piloted or flew in this chopper? Anybody recall any stories, incidents, events, or have photos? Contact: Don Reed, 734-847-1767;
  • Trying to locate E.D.Witteboot, last-known address aboard the U.S.S. Alamo. I found his Westpac book and his U.S.S  Alamo book from 1967-69 among some of my old effects. Would like for him to have these if he is still living. Contact: Shirley Dales,
  • Need help with PTSD claim. I was with the 173rd Admin Co., at Bien Hoa, Saigon, Mar. 1966-67. Charlie blew the 3rd floor of a hotel the first night in-country, later the ammo dump at Long Binh; a monk set himself on fire; body bags everywhere. Anybody remember? Contact: Russ Gray, 559-783-6805.
  • Want to hear from anyone who served with my brother in Vietnam. He was in the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He was from Mississippi. He died on Feb. 7, 2006, and I’d like to know more about his Vietnam years. Are there any pictures? Contact: Cecile Strickland, 714 Gardner Rd., Lot 17, Monroeville AL 36460;
  • Need to confirm dates. I was ambushed on Highway 1 while serving with 597th Trans. Co., May 1968-Dec. 1968. But what month was it? Possibly April? Anybody who was there or remembers? Contact: Mark L. Williams,
  • Searching for shipmates who remember the A-7 accident aboard the U.S.S.  Constellation (CVA-64) between 1968 and 1972. Anybody else recall? Any assistance would be geatly appreciated. Contact: Arthur Sallard,
  • Seeking info on James Scott Brown, KIA May 10, 1968, Binh Dinh. He was a paratrooper (B/3/503). Contact: Bev Girl, 
  • Trying to locate anyone who served in 306th TFS, 31st TFW, at Tuy Hoa AFB June-July 1968 who knew or had contact with Lt. 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 68-FR). Contact: Jeff Gross, 398 North Creek Rd., Greenfield Center, NY 12833;
  • Want to locate people I served with in the 1/44th E Company Artillery, Phu Bai, between 1970-71. Contact: Arnold McDonald, P.O. Box 861, Darby, MT 59829; 406-360-1353.
  • Seeking graduates of CCNY’s ROTC program in 1950’s, ’60s and ’70s in an effort to put a reunion together in 2007. Contact: Richard Ventola,

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