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Help me identify a Huey gunship crew killed when their chopper went down
on June 10, 1964, at Dong Xoai, 60 kilometers northwest of Saigon in 3rd Corps area. This crew was recommended for Bronze Stars for their courage in eliminating a critical target that saved many lives and turned the tide of battle. If you were there, served with other units in the air or on the ground that day at that location, or know anything that could fill in the missing pieces, I need to hear from you. Contact: Dennis H. Brookover, 2707 N. Conway, #514, Mission, TX 78574.

Seeking any and all Naval intelligence officers who served in RVN with Task Forces 115, 116, 117, between Aug. 1968-Jan. 1970. Any information rosters, awards earned, assignments is helpful. Contact: Gerard P. Keenan, 16 East Beech St., Central Islip, NY 11722; 631-582-1262.

Looking for anyone who served with Co. B, 1st Inf. Bn., 7th Cav., Jan.-Nov. 1972. My nickname was “Wine-O.” Contact: Robert Hellems, 6815 Schneider Ave., Hammond, IN 46323; 219-588-9768;

Must verify stressors for PTSD claim. Who remembers the platoon sergeant’s name from 2nd Plt., 218th M.P. Co., Nha Trang, Aug. 1970? Contact: Joe Ryerse, 316 Pine St., Apt. 607, Marquette, MI 49855; 906-360-0440.

Seeking comrades from the Supply Division (S-2) aboard the U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19), 1970-72. Contact: Joseph E. Mavero, 93 Pulaski Homes, New Brighton, PA 15066-2761; 724-494-1505.

Want to share photos and memories from B Co., 1st Bn., 4th Inf., 3rd Inf. Div., Germany, 1963-66. Who remembers the 100-mile force march? Contact: Vinson Willis, Jr., P.O. Box 401, Mallory, WV 25634.

Searching for old friends from 592nd Trans. Co., 57th Trans. Bn., 500th Trans. Grp., 1966-1972. Contact: Kenneth G. Scott, 2241 Mapleton St. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505; 616-363-7828.

Looking for Connie Dewey. We were stationed together at Charleston AFB, S.C., 1965-66. Need to find her for upcoming reunion. Contact: Tracey Crozier, 1168
S. Seminole Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37412; 423-298-1250.

Seeking anyone who served with 190th Assault Helicopter Co., Bien Hoa, May 1968- May 1969. My nicknames were Little Bit, Half Pint, and Short Round.
I think of you guys a lot. Contact: George Fieldsa, 6 Goalin Ct., Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977;

Want to hear from shipmates aboard U.S.S. Niagara Falls (AFS-3), 1969-1971. Anyone remember the sailor who fell 40-50 feet from an M-frame to the deck when we were anchored off Danang? Contact: Mike Money, 642 Kitchen-Dick Rd., Sequim, WA 98382; 360-681-7085.

Must verify stressors for PTSD claim. Seeking USMC Engineers Bobby Wilson, Jim Toldman, Jim Schwagel from MAG 11/MSD 11, 1st MAW, Dec. 1966-Jan. 1968.

Also seeking Rick Mullins, a cook with the 1st Sergeant’s guard detail at Danang. Contact: Robert Ericksen, 1245 Co. Rd. 545 S., Skandia, MI 49885; 906-942-7423.
Who remembers the 105 Howitzer round that hit in the 1st Marine Regimental motor pool area in Nov. 1966? Contact: Robert E. Gambol, P.O. Box 88, Lakewood, NM 88254; 610-304-6649;

Looking for anyone, family or friends, of Randy Rogers, KIA June 1969 while serving with the 9th Infantry. Contact: Roy Hunter, 660-886-5148.

Would love to hear from anyone who served with the 240th Assault Helicopter Company at FSB Bearcat from 1969-1971. I was called “Hot Guns.” Contact: Walt Weber, 35 Elmtree Ln., Galax, VA 24333.

Incident verification needed for PTSD claim. Seeking anyone who served with 118th Aviation, 2nd Plt. (“The Choppers”), Bien Hoa, 1965-1966. I was a door gunner on Blue Tail 9 and photos of the helicopter would be appreciated. Contact: Donald Douglas Sanders, 1689 Lum Buck Rd., Greenville, NC 27858; 252-757-2847;

Seeking Penelope “Nellie” Hurt or information about her. We were stationed together at Keflivik NAS. I was USAF with the Black Knights, 56th FIS; she was with NAVFAC, OTS 3. We were both E-5s at the time. Contact: Nicholas P. Vocetich, 687 (Rear) Valley Rd., Ambridge, PA 15003; 724-312-5776.

Looking for members of COMDOC attached to MACV, 1963-1964. I remember the young Buddhist monk who set himself on fire in the marketplace. Contact: Rick Reinardy, 4766 S. 4400 W., Malad City, ID 83252.

Want to hear from anyone who served with C Btry., 5th Bn., 22nd Artillery at LZ Sandy, 1968-1969. I fired the 175 Howitzer Cactus and was wounded twice while in-country. Contact: George Bachli, 9220 52nd St. S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494; 715-213-5504;

Searching for anyone stationed with the 3rd Plt., 1st Lt. Trk. Trans. Co., 1965-1966. Contact: Ronald S. Park, 824 Weston/Andover Rd., Andover, VT 05143; 802-875-2968.

Looking for anyone who served with 5th Bn., 16th Arty., 4th Inf. Div., Pleiku, Oct. 1969. My husband, Edward Earl Pierce, died there while serving with that unit. Any information is welcome. Contact: Rosana M. Pierce, 161 Swan Lake Ln., Eunice,
LA 70535.

Need help with a claim. Seeking anyone who served with VP-46 flying out of Sangley Point in the Philippines, June-Nov. 1965, or was in the maintenance crew in that time period at that duty station. Contact: H. Richard Starts, 12950 El Camino Bodega, Freestone, CA 95472; 707-874-9724.

Seeking Ken Wells (originally from Barre, VT). We were close friends in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ken’s father was retired military and I believe Ken served in Vietnam. He was stationed in Colorado Springs around 1970-72. Contact: Ray Cerasoli, 1286 Lower Plain #8, Bradford, VT 05033; 802-683-8104.

Seeking all members of 183rd Aviation who served at Dong Bat for reunions. Especially looking for Allan Alacla (originally from CA). Contact: Bill Guthrey, 804 Broussard, Iowa, LA 70647; 337-582-6120; website at

Looking for (or information about) Richard Mohn from L Co., 3rd Bn., 4th MARDIV, Quang Tri, 1966. Contact: Ralph Poole, P.O. Box 347, Jonestown, PA 17038;

Any airmen out there from 366 TFW, A and E Squadrons, Danang 1967? I’m looking for pictures and stories of those I served with. Contact: John Wax, 2 North Pointe, Suite 4S, Clifton Park, NY 12065;

Trying to find a former airborne ranger, last name Wolf or Wolfe. Cannot recall his first name. He was headed up toward the DMZ in early August 1968. We met at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Would like to know if he got out alright. Contact: Will Campbell, 477 Hunters Ln., Crossville, TN 38571; 931-484-4636.

Would love to hear from men I served with as an artillery forward observer in 1st Bn., 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV, Jan. 1968-March 1969. Dennis Bronson (my radio operator); Sean Sheehan, a 1st LT I worked with once; Tom Adams with the 106s; Chuck Stricklan (from Texas); Bob Suddath (from Fairbanks, Alaska), and any others. Contact: Michael Lunghi, 45 Raymond Dr., Hampden, MA 01036; 413-566-2125.

Looking for any Vietnam veteran who has non-genetic (not inherited) ataxia that developed in the 1980s and is confirmed by a DNA blood test. Contact: Timothy J. O’Leary, 701 Madison Ave., Painesville, OH 44077.

Seeking anyone from 54th Artillery Grp., 2nd Field Forces, who operated in the Delta region in 1968-1969. Contact: Marvin Neal, 3709 Miranda Ln., Cookville, TN 38501; 931-526- 4024.

Must confirm combat duty for VA claim. If you remember me, incidents, or also served with H&S Co., 1st FSR, help me out. We went to Dong Ha on details, went out on patrol, did convoy security, and perimeter duty at the Danang airbase, at China Beach, and a hilltop ammo dump. Specifically recall Ray Moore, Ralph Dolan, and Steve from Vineland, N.J. I was a Lance Cpl. nicknamed “Mo.” Contact: Howard Mosher, P.O. Box 13, Lodi, NJ 07644.

Trying to find Joseph Johnson, squad leader for 611th Ord. Co. (AMMO). We served together in Cam Ranh Bay, 1965-1966. Contact: Joe B. King, 4600 N.E. Younger Rd., Kansas City, MO 64117; 816-455-9082.

Seeking Duke Bohannon, a former pilot and a captain at the time I knew him. I met Duke at Ft. Sill, Okla., in 1967. He rescued me when my car broke down and he drove me to the OCS to drop off laundry. He said goodbye on the day he left for Vietnam, and I haven’t heard from him since. Anyone knowing anything about Duke, sick or well, get in touch. Contact: Kay Kimes, 707-274-2766.

Searching for Ron who roomed with Tony Natalie in the Dental Corps at Ft. Benning. Ron, I believe you were from West Virginia. Remember “Big Al”? Trying to facilitate a reunion. Contact: Wayne Trudeau, P.O. Box 253, West Cornwall, CT 06796; 860- 672-0251;

Want to establish a roster for a 2008 reunion. Seeking all VF-96 Squadron personnel who served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65) on January 14, 1969. Contact: King (Al) Merendino, 9396 Highlander Blvd., Walkersville, MD 21793; 301-845- 4770;

Seeking a collectible: An advisory pamphlet given out on the “Freedom Bird” prior to arrival in CONUS warning to switch to civvies to avoid notice by anti-war protesters. Probably issued by MACV. Will donate $100 to VVAF in your name in return for an original of this pamphlet. Contact: Randall G. Cook, 414 E. Schubert St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624; 830-997- 1550;

Looking for anyone who served with me in the 1st Logistical Combat Support Command at Qui Nhon, June-Sept. 1969. I was a night tower guard on an ammo dump with a K-9 dog kennel in the compound as well. We worked two to a tower with an M-16, M-60, M-79 grenade launcher, and about five Claymore mines in front of each tower. Whatever happened to that ammo dump? Contact: Ronnie Stasinos, 61 Oak St., Harrison, NY 10528; 914-309-9791.

Need help with a claim. Looking for former Marines from Lima Co., 3rd Bn., 26th Reg., 1st MARDIV, from Sept. 1969-Feb. 1970 and also from Marine Barracks, Sangley Point, Philippines, from Feb.-Dec.1970. I served in Quang Nam Province, Danang, and near the Laos border. Contact: Amos Darrel Wellman, 10454 Woodlawn, Taylor, MI 48180; 313-910-9718.

I am Fred H. Steffens, a Navy vet suffering major health problems. I served aboard the U.S.S. Chukawan (AO-100) and have had mini-strokes, kidney failure, and now live in a nursing home. I want to know if any others who served aboard the same ship have also had health problems. Please contact my wife in response to this. Contact: Patricia Steffens, 716-720-4713.

Incident verification needed for a PTSD claim. Does anybody who served with the 228th Aviation Co. at Camp Bearcat remember Allen Howard? Does anybody recall my being wounded in the chest with shrapnel? I want to locate my assistant driver who was with me in May 1969 when he drove into a firefight. Contact: Allen Howard, 420 Lake St., Apt. 2, Ishpeming, MI 49849; 906-486-8087.

Seeking details or anybody who remembers a crew member killed by S2C aircraft propeller aboard the U.S.S. Kearsage (CV-33) on Yankee Station in either March 1966 or March 1967. Contact: Jim R. Riesenberg, Veterans Service Office, Courthouse, 615 N. 6th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081; 920-459-3054;

Need to verify radiation exposure in Minute Man missile silos and other weapons storage areas. Seeking anyone stationed with me in the 804th Security Police Squadron at Grand Forks AFB (ND), April 1967-March 1971. Contact: William Knuth, 121 Mill St., Marinette, WI 54143; 715-732-9550.

Need help for a back injury claim. Searching for anyone who served with
B Co., 20th Combat Engrs., 1968-1969. I fell off a Jeep while manning the M-60 as we returned to Fire Base Oasis in March or April 1969. If you remember the episode, call collect. Contact: Gregory Walker, P.O. Box 15, Colrain, MA 01340; 413-624-5522.

Looking for anybody who served with me in Troop D, 2nd Squadron (Airmobile), 17th Cav., 101st Airborne Division, 1970-1971. I was called “Skip.” Contact: Wayne Campbell, 36 Inslee St., Waterloo, NY 13165;

Want to hear from old shipmates who served with me aboard the U.S.S. Okanogan (APA-220) on Vietnam cruises, May 1966-Feb. 1967 and Jan.-Nov. 1968. Need help on a VA claim but also want to reconnect with old friends. Contact: John DePetro, 1803 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855; 906-228-6581.

Seeking an old buddy (or anyone else) who remembers Charles F. Baker of Delta Battery at Con Thien, 1967. I was the C.O.’s driver on July 27 when the C.O. was killed and I was wounded. Get in touch if you remember me or this event. Contact: Charles F. Baker, 479 Tripicaire Ave., S.W., Palm Bay, FL 32908; 321-722-4108; 321-626-5332;

Looking for friends from C Btry., 1st Bn., 8th Arty., 25th Inf. Div. in Hawaii and then Cu Chi, 1965-1966: Charles H. Burgardt, Jose A. Morales, Woodrow Wilson, Jr., Mickey J. Pope, Robert J. Sanger, and Jerry L. Cope. Contact: Tommy Townsend, 182 Bullins Rd., Ocoee, TN 37361; 423-338-2912.

Want to find my childhood friend Henry Quales who served with Bravo Co., 2nd Bn., 8th Regiment, 1st Cav. Div. (Airmobile) at FSB Jefferies, 1971-1972. Contact: Johnny Martinez, Jr., 2550 Bartlett St., Oakland, CA 94601; 510-536-9833.

Seeking anyone who developed diabetes after Agent Orange exposure at the SeaBee base in Gulfport, Miss. Contact: Keith Peterson, 5400 Posey Bridge Rd., Biloxi, MS 39532; 228- 392-7279;

Seeking Ronald Ayers, former USMC captain, regarding a mission in RVN, 1972-1973. Also looking for Virgil Jones, another former USMC captain. I served with HQ Co., 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune (N.C.). Contact: Michael J. Soltys, GRHV 3000 Monroe Ave., N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Need to verify stressors. Seeking men from Class 3 (Petro Storage) Supply Co., 15th S&S Bn., 1st Cav. (Airmobile), including (former 1st Lt.) Burns, Carter, Mellot, Palamino, Quarterman, Russ, Casares, Cassalat, Dunleavy, Jennings, Knight, or anybody else from our unit at Phu Bai, 1968. Also looking for (former 1st Sgt.) Perkins whom I served with at An Khe. Contact: John C. Hanseh, Jr., 814 E. Empire St., Ishpeming, MI 49849; 906-485-5600.

Searching for men from the 60th Ordnance Co., 3rd Ordnance Bn., who served at Long Binh, 1967-1968: Bill Quail, Jim Maurer, Teague, and an Irishman. Also Koche and John Honnaker. Contact: Tom Waldrop, P.O. Box 67, Waterloo, SC 29384; 864-861-4627.

Looking for members of the 75th Advisory Team at The Seminary (My Tho) in 1964: Dr. McDonald, Elliot (then a Lt.), Cooley (then a Sp5), and Nalls (then a Sgt.). Also seeking Cristiana and Davidson from Bien Hoa and Sam McCool from Saigon.

Does anyone remember the names of the captain and lieutenant who were ambushed and beheaded? Contact: Chris Green, 6359 Clara Lee Ave., San Diego, CA 92120; 619-920-1472;

Would like to be in touch with anyone who served with HHC 3rd Bde., 4th Inf. Div., Pleiku, Aug. 8, 1969-March 8, 1970; anyone who was with Co. C, 3rd Bn., 12th Inf., 4th Inf. Div., Pleiku, March 8, 1970-July 29, 1970, or was at the base camp at An Khe. Contact: Samuel L. Woodell, P.O. Box 218, Calera, OK 74730;

We have photos to return to Marty Sather or his family who was with the
1st Recon. Bn. near Danang in 1970. We corresponded with him; the last letter received in the 1970s said he was going home soon. We are hopeful we can connect with him or his family. Any information helpful. Contact: Nila and Maurice Howard,

I am doing research into the area known as The Fishhook at the Cambodia and Vietnam border. I’m trying to pinpoint the village or hamlet (past and present) located nearest to this site on either the Cambodia or Vietnamese border. I would also like to know if there’s a river running close to the area, and if so what’s its name? I’ve identified Bien Hoa and Phuoc Vinh as the closest former U.S. bases just south of this area, and a place called Xa Mat currently on the Vietnam side. Contact: A. Kinross,

Need help verifying stressors. Seeking anyone stationed with HQ Co., 9th Engr. Bn., 1st MARDIV. We got hit (incoming 60mm mortars) on or around March 1968. Marines died and were wounded. Members of the Army’s Americal Division were also in the area. Contact: Robert Geronimo, 352 Nome Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314; 718-494-0465;

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;

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.

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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