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Looking for anyone who served aboard the U.S.S. Oxford (AGTR-1), Jan.-Nov. 1966. Also searching for anyone who passed through Tan Son Nhut Airbase on the way back to the States on Nov. 28-30, 1966. Contact: Melvin Heyward, P.O. Box 362118, Decatur, GA 30035; 678-428-4266.

Seeking anyone who served in the 12 Sp 5 K-9 Section, Cam Ranh Bay Airbase, 1966- 68, especially Walker, Caverly, Royer, Podmore, Weaver. I was nicknamed “Jersey.” Contact: Jim Sylvester, 180 Prospect St., Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604;

I want to hear from shipmates who served aboard U.S.S. Niagara Falls
(AY-3), 1969-71, who might remember the name of the sailor who fell from an
M-frame some 40-50 feet to the deck while we were off Danang Harbor. Contact: Mike Money, 642 Kitchen-Dick Rd., Sequim, WA 98382; 360-681-7085.

Searching for marines from Recruit Plt. 2106, Echo Co., USMC Recruit Depot San Diego, 1996. I fell down an embankment on a march and injured myself. As a result of that incident I was discharged early. I am now disabled and experiencing “survivor guilt” about not being able to continue my service.
Would enjoy hearing from anyone I served with. Contact: Jacob Fish, 2646 Lower Elwha Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98362; 360-460-2602.

Looking for Daniel Catlin who served with 1st Cav. in Fulda, Germany, 1971. Last known as a truck driver in Plainfield, Ill. Contact: Michael Mann, 1506 Sea Breeze Ln., Melbourne, FL 32935.

Want to hear from Bobbie Lou Pendergrass, brother of James McAndrew who was KIA Jan. 11, 1963, in an H-21 crash. I was in his unit at Ft. Lewis, Wash., before we were deployed. Contact: Gene Klapperich, 109 S. 10th St., Lynden, WA 98264; 360-920-3390.

Seeking Floyd D. Caldwell. I have your ID bracelet and want to return it. Contact: Connie Geesaman, 12209 N. St. Rd. 3, Muncie, IN 47303; 765-282-2799.

Searching confirmation of combat activity around Camp Schmidt, near Pleiku Airbase, Nov. 1966-Feb. 1969, and Dak To in 1967. I was with Security Plans and Operations and remember Charles McCain (Indiana), Crowder, “Scrounge,” “Tex,” “Shorty,” “Red,” and Joey. My nickname was “Gag” or “Gorey.” The Vietnamese called me “Luong.” Contact: John Gagnon, c/o 456 York St., Caribou, ME 04769;

Looking for John Horn, former commander of A Co., 4th Bn., 23rd Inf., 25th Inf. Div., summer and fall, 1970. We went to Australia together on R&R. Contact: Bill Fischer, 6425 Broadway, Apt. 5A, Bronx, NY 10471;

Seeking old friends from Co. A, 125th Signal Bn., 25th Inf. Div., 1969-70, and from Charlie Co., 1/27 Wolfhounds. Remember the stand down on Charlie Section when they came in on us? Contact: Jackie F. McGehee, 15266 Old Lowery Rd., Omaha, AR 72662; 870- 426-3675 (home); 870-688-0670 (cell).

Seeking info on a joint military Isthmus of Panama Expedition in 1953. The expedition followed the 1513 route of Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez Balboa and included U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, as well as Panamanian military personnel. Contact: John F. Forgette, 104 South Garden St., Bellingham, WA 98225-5818; 360-671-5083.

Must verify stressors for PTSD claim. Seeking Peter Weist or anybody else who was TDY from 459th Signal Bn. to 457th Medevac Co. at Quang Tri around March 1971. I recall there were four of us on TDY orders. I was nicknamed “Okie.” Contact: Daniel Pack, E. 3490 H 44 Rd., Traunik, MI 49891; 906-446-3616.

Looking for anyone who flew, worked on, worked with, or has a high admiration for the A- 37 fighter aircraft. Reunions every two years in various parts of the country. Send your e-mail address and receive newsletter free for a year. Let us not forget the A-37s more than 100,000 air support missions in Viet Nam. Contact: Ollie Maier, 306 Village West Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666-9436; (that’s “GM zero eight”).

Jim Spears, P.J., Jack Mangrum, “Tommy” Thompson, Johnny Villa, all from Jolly Green, 37 ARRS, Danang Airbase, 1968-69, are you out there? Drop a line. Contact: Eldon W. Marsh, 149 Village Green, #411, Universal City, TX 78148; 210-415-3640.

Searching for Charles Duncan (North Carolina) and Gale A. Hughes (Oregon), both door gunners and crew chiefs with D Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cav., and later K Troop, 17th Air Cav., Phan Thiet, 1970. Contact: Harold M. (Mike) Addison, 19860 Diamond Rd., Lebanon, MO 65536; 417-532-6098.

Seeking any and all info about Naval Intelligence officers attached to Task Forces 115, 116, and 117 in Vietnam between Aug. 1968-Jan. 1970. I am preparing a research report for a retired Vice Admiral and former Director of Naval Intelligence. Any help appreciated. Contact: Gerard P. Keenan, 16 E. Beech St., Central Islip, NY 11722; 631-582-1262; 516-768- 9602 (cell);

Want to find anyone who served with me in 19 TASS at Bien Hoa Airbase and with 1st Air Cav., 3rd Brigade, Quan Loi, 1969. We were forward air controllers and maintained the OV-10 Broncos. Contact: Benjamin J. Cordero, 325 N. Penn Ave., Salina, KS 67401; 785-826-1561.

Looking for crew chiefs who served in the O.M.S., 389th TFS/366th TFW, Holloman AFB, Alaska, Phan Rang, and Danang, 1965-67. Contact: David W. Helmke, 10801 W. Roundelay Cir., Sun City, AZ 85351; 623-583-1494;

Want to contact those I served with in 517th MID, 1st Bde., 5th Inf., Quang Tri, 1969-70. Contact: Frank Hotze, 3436 Brown Rd., Hamersville, OH 45130; 513-720-9558;

Seeking anybody, officers and enlisted, from U.S.S. Long Beach (CGN- 9), OM Div. or Weapons Dept., Nov. 1968-July 1970. They called me the “Las Vegas Kid.” Contact: Ronnie Vause, 459 E. Mule Deer Circle, Central, UT 84722; 435-574-3344;

Men of 168th Engineers, HQ and A Companies, get in touch. Roy D. (“Cowboy”) Winn, are you on the rodeo circuit? DeNaples, Nickel, Kelley, Greene, Sgt. Britt, how are you? Contact: Edward D. Brown, 3323 Hackberry St., Cincinnati, OH 45207; 513-532-5370.

Searching for James L. Nelson, who served in B Btry., 2nd Bn., 20th Artillery, 1st Cav. Div. We served together in RVN 1966-67. Our last contact was at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, on Aug. 16, 1968. Contact: Joseph M. Nowacki, 1596 Brunswick Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648; 609-393-0252;

Raymond Geer, are you out there? You were with Alpha 1/1 and rotated stateside with several rolls of my undeveloped photos. Did the pictures survive? Get in touch. Contact: Leonard W.K. Ho, 1667 Waikahalulu Ln., Honolulu, HI 96817.

Seeking old friend Tyrone A. Jackson. We served together in A Co., 1st Bn., 11th Inf., 5th Inf. Div., Quang Tri, 1970-71. Contact: Rudolph Carey, 289 Low Ground Rd., Emporia, VA 23847; 434-634-3202.

Looking for Boyce Jefferson. Your family needs to know where you are. Contact: Joseph C. Miller, 212 N. Duke St., Durham, NC 27701; 919-641-7062.

Need verification on two incidents. Want to learn more about the helicopter that came into the Phu Bai ammo storage facility near the airport, setting off explosion of all artillery and ammo. Need date and names of KIA. Also: info on artillery unit at GIA-LR combat base, Jan.-Sept. 1968. Need exact name of unit, exact date of episode, and names of gun crew (eight men) KIA when 8-inch gun exploded. Contact: Hosia Blankenship, 770 Page Rd., Winchester, OR 97495; 541-673-0599.

Working a VA claim and am searching for Marines who served with me in Training Plt. 1053, Parris Island Recruit Depot, Sept. 1966. Contact: Robert L. Meadows, 1129 Breezeport Ct., Henderson, KY 42420; 270-827-9449;

Need info on two incidents involving U.S.S. Kearsage (CVS-33), summer/fall 1966. Incident one: a small boat party went ashore to retrieve refugees. More info needed for Agent Orange claim. Incident two: deck crew killed by airplane propeller. More info needed for PTSD claim. If you served aboard or know anything, please help. Contact: Jim R. Riesenberg, Veterans Service Office, Courthouse, 615 N. 6th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081; 920- 459-3054;

Looking for the corpsman who was at the Camp Carter dispensary, Sept. 1968-Oct. 1969. First name John. Last name unknown. John, are you out there? Anyone know him? Contact: John Haldeman, 2800 Maple Ave., #13A, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

Incident verification for PTSD claim involving a 1971 court-martial at Camp Lejeune, N.C., while serving with Co. C, 1st Bn., 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Div., FMF. Looking for Tony Swanson, Desi Aesiderio, Morris (former Capt.), Mickel, Dennis Whoback. Contact: Neil Allen Robinson, 1026 Garfield Rd., Masardis, ME 04732; 207-435- 6267.

Seeking friends from A Co., 4th Bn., 9th Inf., 25th Inf. Div. (Manchu), Dec. 17, 1967-Dec. 18, 1968. Can’t recall names but think of you Manchu warriors every day. They called me “Indio.” Contact: Robert Tafoya, 6343 Isleta, S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87105; 505-873-0899;

Need the name of the company clerk with 919th AC Engr. Co. with 11th ACR, 1966-67. We left Ft. Hood for RVN in Aug. 1966. Our company commander was Capt. Crocker and first sergeant was James Cox. Contact: Ron Emerson, 6324 N. Liberty Lake Rd., #163, Liberty Lake, WA 99201; 208-660-6638;

Searching for Norman Clarence Wingate. We served together from basic training at Lackland AFB to security at Ellsworth AFB and on to Vietnam where we got split up, me to Cam Ranh Bay and Norman to the Delta. Norman was from Baltimore. Would love to reconnect. Contact: Raymond Allen Jones, 739 Arrowood Rd., Rutherford, NC 28139; 828-286-8617.

Looking for James Wesley Lusk, my uncle, a Canadian who served in the U.S. Army between 1968-72. He was born in Manitoba, did basic in the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, area, and may now be living in or near Bastrop, Louisiana. He’s the only uncle I have left on my mother’s side and would love to reconnect. Contact: Cindy Nobiss, jamescindy2006@shaw.cca

Seeking Peter N. Goodell, Richard A. Perry, William H. Murphy, former Maj. Ballias, or anyone who served with my father, retired Maj. Russell G. Cottrell, in the 45th MI Co., 519th MI Bn., 525th MI Grp. on two Vietnam tours, 1968-69 and 1971-72. I have a letter confirming that my father was approved to receive a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster but the award was never made. I have been told I need further confirmation so am seeking anyone who remembers or served with my father. I have worked on this for over three years and am determined to see that my father receives the decoration he earned in service to our country before he dies. Contact: Debra Johnson,

Looking for anybody who served with me in the Redball Express, Jan. 1966-May 1967. Contact: Marty Bisson,

Looking for Thomas R. Spickard and Thomas L. Shamanski. I was a sergeant with 159th Transportation and 1st Logistics Command Support Group, May 1968-May 1969. Spickard and Shamanski were at Wonder Beach, one of them with 5th Medical. I need support for ongoing VA claims process. Contact: William K. Lowery, 14007 Stephens, Warren, MI 48079;

Seeking all Vietnam veterans who served with any engineer unit as well as those who served with 585th Engr. Co. (DT), 1966-1972. Contact: Tom Garney, or visit our websites at or

Looking for half-brothers William Joseph Shipton and Philip J. Maulden. I trained with them in 1968 at the USMC San Diego Communications School. Philip was a radio operator and William, like myself, was training to be a teletype operator. They were from Las Vegas. Contact: Garnett (Adkins) Nyahay, 3018 E. Second St., Basile, LA 70515.

Searching for close Signal Corps buddy Terry Vanderpool with whom I served in Quan Loi, 1969-70. If you have even the slightest info, I’d like to hear from you. Contact:

Seeking my uncle, Mike Charlie Johnson. He was stationed in Thailand in 1962. I’d like to find him or find people who knew him. Contact: Rick James,

Seeking anybody who knew, served with, or remembers my father Robert E. (Bob) Bauer. My dad served in Vietnam with the 199th Infantry (the “Red Catchers”), 1969-70. He is recovering from colon cancer and has started to open up and tell stories and mention people I have never heard of before. He apparently served with three men who were hit and airlifted out. My father never found out what happened to them. All I have is bits of their names. Clem (his first name, my father can’t remember his last), Holland, and Lowe. There was also a sergeant named Bird (Byrd?). Contact: Shauna Bauer,

Must confirm stressors for PTSD claim. We came under attack while I was stationed in transit at Camp Tien Sha (Danang), Nov. 1970. Seeking Seaman Richard Pruess, and any other Navy personal from Camp Tien Sha. Were you there? Do you recall details, names, events? Please get in touch. My nickname was “Patrick Son.” Contact: Patrick Lewellen, P.O. Box 243, Spearfish, SD 57783; 605-645-8888;

Searching for my old crew chief, former Spec4 Charles Smith from A Troop, 7/1 Air Cav., Vinh Long. Charley crewed my Cobra, Jan.-Sept. 1970. They called me “Mixer.” Contact: Donn Wilimzik,

Seeking info on behalf of my uncle. He says he was a truck driver with HQ Signal Support Group out of Long Binh, 1967-68. I cannot find anything on this unit. He would like to find some friends and old comrades if possible. Contact: John “Bob” Broach, Sr., 313 Riverside Dr., Tallassee, AL 36078; 334-283-6636;

Looking for my sarge, William “Bill” Kendall (mess sgt.) with Delta Co., 1st Engrs., 18th Inf. Div. (“Big Red One”), 1965-66. Contact:

Seeking former Capt. James Habel with HQ Co., 2nd Bn., 18th Inf. Div. (“Big Red One”), 1965-66. I served under Capt. Habel and would be thrilled to contact
him for a reunion. Contact: Kelly Boyd,
Duke Bohannon: You were stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1966-1967. You drove an Oldsmobile 447, and you rescued me when my car broke down at the dry cleaners. We became good friends. You left for Vietnam in your plane and then flew back the same day to say good-bye. Contact: Elaine Kay, P.O. Box 81, Nice, CA 95464;

Trying to locate anybody who served with me at the Navy communication site on Marble Mountain, 1966-68. My best friend was James Edgar (Los Angeles). Other buddies were “Boxie,” from Ithaca, N.Y., and a pal from Utica, N.Y. Contact: LeRoy Thomas Powers, 30 Van Patten St., Auburn, NY 13021; 315-224-6349.
Looking for anybody out there from B Co., 3/1, 11th Brigade, 23rd Inf. Div., March 1971 until Division standdown.

I was the medic with 3rd Plt. Contact: Stephen D. Lutz,
Need help verifying stressors. Seeking anyone stationed with 228th S&S Co. at Binh Thuy, Nov. 1970-Dec. 1971, who remembers me or the incidents there in that time frame. We got hit in Dec. 1970 or Jan. 1971; two men died from 550th Trans. Co or 93rd Engineers. Contact: Jeffrey Weise, N9125 Sheik Ln., Criuitz, WI 54114; 715-923-5685.

Looking for incident verification to support medical record. Seeking anyone who served with HQ Co., 504th Military Police Bn., at Phu Bai on Feb. 21, 1972. I was wounded that day in a rocket attack at Phu Bai. Anybody who was there and remembers, get in touch. Contact: Alan A. Babich, 1712 N.W. Oak, Lawton, OK 73505; 580-248-6972.

Seeking confirmation of my tour of duty with C Co., 1st Cav., at Camp Evans, Pleiku, II Corps, 1971. I remember Sgt. “Duck” Redder, an American Indian nicknamed “Chief,” “Slick” Jones, a Samoan nicknamed “Pineapple,” and a KIA soldier nicknamed “Tripper.” I was nicknamed “Shooter.” Contact: Earl W. Buck,
630 Layfayette St., Glasgow, MO 65254; 660-336-2853

Want to hear from anyone from 5th Trans. Co., Qui Nhon. Anybody out there with pictures, particularly from the Tet Offensive? I was a jeep machine gunner. Gene Beavers and Bill Metcalf are still friends. We lost Ed Smith to suicide in 2004. Contact: Frank Smith, 11880 N.E., 1137 PVT Rd., Deepwater, MO 64740; 417-644-2029;

Want to locate Charles (Charlie) Kegley from either Washington or Oregon, stationed near Bell Gardens, 1969-70. Charlie shared an apartment with three other Army vets and worked with provisions if I recall. I have his father’s wedding ring and would like to return it. Contact: Kim Gunter Abercrombie,

Looking for a Vietnam veteran named John Hodge or possibly Hodges, based in Paris in 1965. Contact:

Looking for an Australian Vietnam veteran named John Alexander Matheson from the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment, (Australian Army), in-country in 1968. Last known to be living in Texas. Contact: Geoffrey Miles,

Trying to find any sailor who served aboard the U.S.S. Cleveland (LPD-7) who recalls docking in Danang in late April 1970. We were there a day or two loading Marines to take back to Okinawa and on to CONUS. Contact: Pete Flannery, 600 Robert St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538;

Looking for anyone who served with Ben Worsley in 504 MP, Hue Platoon-MACV Command, 1968-69. Need to find Mike Castellano (New Jersey) and Harrison Brown (South Carolina) for statements on incidents that occurred in and around Hue. Contact: Ben Worsley, 614 Newton Ave., Tarboro, NC 27886; 252-823-1866;

Seeking those assigned to B-11-4, 2nd Plt., Fort Knox (Basic Training), May-July 1969. Vorick, Whitney, Moreford, Puckett, Thames, Silva, Parker, Ledanyi, Martin, Misiasz, Poteet, Jones, Brennan. Also Ernie Rose and James Porter from 3rd Plt. Most were draftees from Michigan. Contact Gerry Wright, 248-874-7589; 800-632-2370;

Seeking Marty Sather who was stationed near Danang, Aug.-Nov. 1970 with 1st Reconnaissance Bn. We would like to send a couple of pictures back to him or his family. Contact: Nila Howard,

Want to hear from guys who served with D Co., 1st Bn., 9th Marines,
1965-66. Willy White, Larry Moecair, Richard Korisky, Howey George, are you out there? Contact: Joe Langer, 126 Curry Rd. W., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590; 845-297-0102.

Looking for guys from Co. L (Rangers), 101st Airborne, 1970, including Kris Christiansen (“Sockratese”), Bugs Moran, Carlos Quinonese, Doc Tallon, and the guy from Hawaii nicknamed “Pineapple.” Contact: Eric R. Nielsen, 68277 Mary St., Richmond, MI 48062; 248-259-3081;

Anybody from Gun Plt., 129th Assault Helicopter Co., 1st AU Bde., 1969-70, it would be great to hear from you and share memories. Contact: George Bessette, 9 Butternut Rd., Somerset, MA 02726; 508-678-0057.

Incident verification: On either Thanksgiving or Christmas 1969, a medic in the hootch next to the Psychiatric Unit, 8th Field Hospital, Nha Trang, opened fire on his hoochmates. Need to hear from anyone who was there, remembers, or has information about this incident. Contact: John B. Clarke, 1025 S. Capitol Ave., Apt. No. 125, Boise, ID 83706; 208-345-3140.

Seeking crewmembers from the 1965 WESPAC cruise of the U.S.S. Bayfield (APA-33). Looking for E Division guys, including Howie, Lucky, Thatch, Winfrey, Bird Ramsey, Cookie, Kaoni, Carlson, Beeman, Krebs, and any others. It’s reunion time. Contact: Bill Hager, 105 S. 1st St., Ishpeming, MI 49849; 906-485-4447.

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